Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hashtag Travel

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I have mention in my previous post that one of the things that I want to give focus this year is TRAVEL. Before, when I heard the word travel, what comes to mind is, I need to go far places like outside my country or at least outside my region and need long hour of travel by sea or by plane. Yeah, I know kinda stupid of thinking. LOL.

Now, my definition of travel is at least 1 hour of ride by plane or by sea or by land. As long as you go from one place to another place. But this is how the dictionary define travel:

  1.  to go from one place to another as by car, train, plane or ship.
  2. move or go from one place or point to another.

So who inspire me to travel? well, aside from the sayings of Dalai Lama "once a year, go some place you've never been before". First, my big influence is my good friend J...she's been a lot of places here in the Philippines, I find it cool and yeah, i'm kind of jealous actually why she is able to travel though we're both don't have much money in our pocket, haha. Second, my daughter Iris. I want her to grow up appreciating people and places. I know you will learn a lot by travelling especially on dealing people. Also, when you traveled nature places, you learn to appreciate them and taking care of them. Seeing different kind of people also teach us compassion especially seeing less fortunate. That's what I want to impart Iris. Third, this is my catching up moment with Iris, being a single mom I tend to work long hours like 12-14 hrs a day. So travelling with her is also our bonding moment.

I plan to travel new places at least once a month. Don't have to be expensive or need long travelling or need to be on high end resort or travel destination. Traveling even in our local tourist destination is fine with me as long as I am with Iris. I enjoy it, Iris enjoy it. We enjoy it. Knowing my daughter, we just need a place with a pool, a falls, a river and or a sea is fine with her. Her definition of travelling for now is SWIMMING.

So our hashtag travel will be #IJSLagaw2016. Lagaw means travel. IJS is Iris Joehanna Apuhin. So that's it!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2016 will bring us so much blessing. More blessing than the previous year. 
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Well, I don't have much plan or resolution really for this year. I only have 3 in my mind right now.
  1. Focus on my faith/ relationship with GOD. Bring Iris closer to GOD.
  2. Health. Healthy lifestyle. Exercise I guess.
  3. Travel. More travel. At least discover beautiful places in our local. Negros Occidental. Will be using hashtag #IJSLagaw2016
So that's it! oh, and be more active in my blogs (hopefully)


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Best Exercises During Pregnancy

Exercises are a must for most of the would-be-moms during the pregnancy months. According to senior gynecologists, the would-be-mom should follow a minimum 30 minutes work-out regime at least 4-5 days of the week. Exercises at this stage help to keep both the mom & fetus healthy – preventing problems like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Workout prepares the body for a smooth childbirth, by improving muscle strength & endurance. One can visit to here to find helpful advice on pregnant women and baby care. The post below discusses the best exercise options for the expecting mommas.

It’s one of the best and easiest of exercises for the pregnant mommies. You must walk minimum 30 minutes a day when you are expecting. Walking assures great cardiovascular movement that keeps the lady fit sans jarring ankles and knees. The best bit about walking is that, you won’t need any kid of equipment here & you can carry it any time. Just make sure to slip into good walking shoes.

Most of the doctors advise for swimming and it’s often tagged as the best workout when one is expecting. It’s because swimming involves working on both the big muscle groups like legs & arms; great cardiovascular benefits & a weightless light feel even when you have put on extra pounds for pregnancy.

Yes, light dancing is allowed during pregnancy as it keeps both the mind and body fresh. But don’t opt for twirls, jumps or leaps. You can enjoy the moves at the comfort of your own home or else can take to a dance class as well.

Stretching is really wonderful when one is pregnant. It keeps the body limber, relaxed & also prevents chances of muscle strain. Stretching should be added to your cardiovascular exercises such as walking or swimming or dancing for a comprehensive workout session.

Yoga is another great exercise when you are at the expecting stage. The yoga moves help to maintain the muscle tone & keep the body flexible. Besides, yoga also calms the mind which is equally important when you are pregnant as much as a fit body. But then again, sole yoga moves won’t suffice. It’s better if you can accompany them with swimming or walking. Besides, always make sure to consult a yoga expert before selecting the moves as not all yoga moves would befit a pregnant woman.

A number of things you should remember when it comes to exercise during pregnancy:
  • ·         Always make sure to consult your doctor before embarking on the exercise routine.
  • ·         Avoid contact sports of any kind like volleyball, basketball, football etc. while you are pregnant.
  • ·         Do not follow any exercise that can create even light abdominal trauma such as rapid direction changes or jarring motions.
  • ·         Do not follow any exercise where you would need to lie on the back for over 3 minutes.
  • ·         Never take to waist twists while standing.
  • ·         Do not go for full sit-ups, deep-knee bends, straight-leg toe-touch & double-leg raises.
  • ·         Never exercise in humid, hot weather.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Should I Invest in Property?

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Should I Invest in Property? Years ago, the quick and simple answer to this question; was “yes”. But now, given the sheer diversity and complexity of investment options in the market, the answer is no longer such a straightforward one. So let’s take a look at property investment in a little more detail.

This is the ultimate objective of any investment as it is a measure of your total profit. Probably the two key factors that determine how much an investment will return are 1) risk and 2) the amount of money (capital) initially invested. Generally speaking, playing the share-market bears the most risk but can also yield the highest returns. Shares in blue chip companies (e.g. major banks, mining companies) are usually a safer bet as well as low-risk or ‘conservative’ managed funds. Property has traditionally been seen as a safe and reliable investment option. In most cases it is, but the following factors need to be kept in mind:

Property Price, Location and Condition

• Is the property reasonably priced? In many areas of the country, property has become over-inflated and may not represent a good investment opportunity, particularly if the real estate bubble bursts. • Where would you buy? Some areas have already peaked (as above) and others are waiting to boom. Just like shares though, it’s all a bit crystal ball and you do have to take a bit of a gamble. One option to consider is master-planned communities. Demand for properties in these communities is consistently high as they represent good value for money through affordable house and land packages (such as those provided by Coral Homes ). • What state is the property in? Will you need to outlay large amounts of capital to renovate and/or repair? Will this result in your over-capitalising and therefore, making a loss rather than a profit?

Length and Type of Investment

• How long do you intend owning the property for? Typically speaking, property is at the very least a medium-term investment, but tend to yields the best returns over the longer-term (10+ years). • Do you intend on living in the property or renting it out? There are pros and cons for each option. This is a really tricky area as it involves tax law (e.g. depreciation, Capital Gains Tax, etc.) and your best source of advice here is an experienced accountant.

Investment Amount

• How much do you have to invest, how much will you borrow and most importantly, how much interest will you pay? If you rent out the property, you may be able to negate some of this through negative-gearing. Once again, best to consult an accountant on this.
Of course the one thing that hasn’t been mentioned here is the non-monetary value we place on our homes. If you’re wanting to invest purely for financial gain, that’s okay; you just need to be shrewd in your decision-making process. However, if you’re looking to put some serious roots down and build a family home, your approach is going to be considerably different. Ultimately, what you need to ask yourself is: what are my ultimate goals here?

Investing in property still remains a solid investment option. Just make sure you’re fully aware of some common pitfalls when buying (or building) and make sure you stand the best chance of maximising your returns, whether as an investor or home-owner.

Monday, August 4, 2014

C is for Cute Childrens

Hello everybody welcome to another round of ABC Wednesday. My entry for this week "C" is this Cutie Children. Iris is in Color Red.

This was taken last July 30 during School activity if Iris. She was one of the muses during parade. One proud mom here :). Philippines celebrated month of July as National Nutrition Month, pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974. This observance is to raise awareness on hunger and malnutrition.

Have a nice day everyone!