Throwback Blog: I got another credit card?!

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REMEMBER THAT I CLOSED MY GOLD CREDIT CARD LAST MONTH?

Well well well, this morning I was surprised to receive a packet from the bank. The messenger asked for my ID so I thought “Whoa, this is legit and not some random letter. But wait, didn’t I close my card last month? What’s this then? I don’t remember applying for anything!!!” So I ask the messenger “Ano to manong?” and he answers “Card po ma’am.”

I run back to my room and open the packet. TADAAAA! An American Express card! Shopaholics would usually jump up and down for joy if they receive such a thing, but my initial reaction was PUZZLEMENT. I really didn’t apply for anything! And then the letter goes “the card is active blah blah blah…” “membership fee is waived for the first year…”

 

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VLOG SHORTS: At Greens Vegetarian Cafe w/ Yeng Constantino!


Uy! Familiar face! Le boyfriend and I were hungry and decided to try Greens Vegetarian Restaurant & Cafe at Tomas Morato. Pag pasok namin, Yeng was there and she was so happy to see us. :p She stayed a little bit to talk about life so far (behind the scenes), her husband, their vegan lifestyle, ministry opportunities and challenges and even gave us marriage advice! Thank you Yeng. Nakakabusog lahat ng kwento mo. 😀

This is not a full food review by the way! We will come back and try the other dishes. I had the Vegetarian Barbecue with Brown Rice (P115) while Dave had the Sweet and Sour “Fish” with Brown Rice (P140). I haven’t had regular barbecue since 2017 and I’m happy that the vegetarian barbecue did not disappoint–flavor and texture-wise. Prices are affordable. You can order a lot with a P500-P1000 peso budget.

Street parking is limited, although they have a designated empty lot where diners can park. I highly encourage you to not leave valuables in your car as there are no CCTV cameras and only a single guard roving the parking area. The restaurant has a very homey feel and the menu is straightforward. I find their servings a bit small though. The dishes are tasty but tend to give you that “bitin” factor. I like that they also sell vegan and vegetarian-friendly products in the store.

Throwback Blog: Cutting my Gold Card

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Oh the freedom and the joy! I rarely use it yet pay for the exorbitant membership fee. 

For those who just started working, you may be easily tempted to sign up for a credit card, feeling ever so powerful because you’re earning your own keep.

THINK REAL HARD and have an accountability partner who will remind you if you’re spending too much. There is nothing wrong with credit cards, but take caution because it may end up controlling you. Do not be enslaved by it and drown yourself in debt. Use it wisely.

Should you need to use that piece of plastic, make sure that whatever you charge is something you can easily pay off with cash. Pay your bills on time and in full, as much as possible. Rewards offered by credit card companies can be very tempting, but again… think and pray! Do you really need it? Do you really have to go on that trip? Is it a matter of life and death?

Have a great Friday!

 

Hosting for Jed and Halee at the UP Bahay ng Alumni

It’s always good to witness a friend’s milestones specially when you hear their stories of waiting, hoping and finally finding someone that makes their heart complete. Halee and I have served in the GCF Youth Ministry for a few years and we also get to lead worship together from time to time. In the recent year, we saw how her relationship with her boyfriend Jed progressed to their being engaged. It was wonderful. We were so happy for Halee.

After about a year of planning, they finally tied the knot and got me to host their special day. Here’s the vlog of their wedding reception held at the UP Bahay ng Alumni.

ON GOSSIPERS AND RUMORMONGERS

It’s important to be careful and discerning of things we are told. No matter how tempting it is to get into all the juicy details, there are three sides to every story. When you are on the receiving end of gossip, it’s best to pause and ask yourself:

  1. What do I get out of this information? How will it help me if I know this?
  2. Am I directly involved? Can I talk to the person to clarify the truth?
  3. Is it necessary that I spread this around?

Also when it comes to gossipers, remember that if they can gossip about others, they can definitely gossip about you.