Unexpected WAHM Opportunities

They say that when God closes doors, He opens windows. I love windows. I have always been the type who sees a lot of doors open and would not hesitate trying them all out if I can. Every time I try going for any opportunity presented to me, I go at it with solid belief that if it is for me, I'd get it, and if not, then things will not work out one way or another. Whenever something does not work out, I am always presented with windows wide open. Ever since we moved here to Brunei, I have…
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How We Are Raising Our Kids Religion-Free

I have long thought and planned of writing a post on this topic, but have postponed it many times because of its controversial nature. A few weeks ago, I read the article How Secular Family Values Stack Up and it resonated with me and finally put a name to what we have been doing with our kids. Most of our parenting choices were made on the fly - we'd do whatever feels comfortable for Ramil and me - while utilizing the power of Google. Oftentimes, it involves trying out different things before we find something that feels just right for…
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Family First: Why I Don’t Put My Husband Or My Kids First

For quite some time, I have been reading articles on putting marriage first before the kids. Although these articles make very strong points on why someone like me should prioritize her husband before the children, I have always been uneasy with putting myself on that side of the argument; because even if I agree with the importance of a strong marriage to be able to provide better care and environment for the children, my husband and I have not exactly practiced any of the usual suggestions in the articles. For example, we rarely go out on couple-only dates, we co-sleep…
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How We Reduced Processed Foods In Our Diet

Photo Credit: Gamma-Ray Productions via Compfight cc In April 2014, the hubby and I decided to make a huge change in our family’s lifestyle and eating habits. A4 caught a nasty virus which, naturally, got passed around the household and in just two days’ time, we had our hands full with three very sick kids. I would say that generally speaking, our kids are healthy and would only get sick 2-4 times in a year ranging from a mild cold to a full-on flu. However, this particular virus was a strong one and it forced us to face other health…
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2015 Will Be Great!

2014 was not exactly great for us, financially speaking. Despite this, it has been a year of tremendous learnings and valuable experiences. We spent the last month of the year here in Brunei and we had a very quiet, relaxed, and laid-back holiday season. Although we initially dreaded it, Ramil and I ended up liking it very much because we were able to recharge and recuperate away from the very busy Christmas season in the Philippines. In fact, we liked it a lot we are now considering spending our Decembers here in the Abode unless there is a very good…
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The Selfishness of Staying Home

I have been working from home full time for more than four years now. Before leaving regular employment, I swung between working from home part time and working as a part time teacher – all because I am insistent on having significant control over the care of my then only child. There was even a school year I went back to teaching full time and I dealt with it by bringing M7 (who was then only a year old) everyday to school. He stayed in the library with his yaya whenever I had a class and the clinic became our…
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5 Things I Want My Kids To Learn (And Movies For Teaching Them)

Our household is a relatively low-screen-time household. We do not have cable subscription so the kids are limited to movies, TV series, and documentaries we download. They get very little concept of the usual TV channels that commercials are quite foreign to them. Nevertheless, this has allowed us to closely monitor and supervise the material that the kids are subjected to. Hence, we are always looking for new and interesting videos for the kids to watch and the hard drive attached to our TV is home to many favorites that we have watched over and over again. It has been…
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New Amazing Discovery: Brunei Public Library

Term breaks are always both a reprieve and a challenge for me and Ramil. We relish the opportunity to spend time as a family, but we sometimes struggle with coming up with activities that would be enjoyable for all of us. Since we will not be going home this December, we have been listing down and planning activities for us. Among those in my list are visits to the Brunei public library, also known as Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Library. I learned from someone that Brunei has a public library and I have long wanted to find it. After a…
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The Season Of Love And Devotion

Love may seem like such an overrated topic for a lot of people, but no matter what they say it is something that most people are always in need of. The other day, after giving a sermon speech to M7 about being responsible and thinking before doing, I felt resigned, then I let go of the anger, and just pulled him to me and hugged him. The harsh words were prompted by something he did that was very irresponsible and which I knew he did without a single thought to what can happen. After such 'talks', which he would often get…
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5 Tips For Being An Effective WAHM

Ever since I gave birth to M7, I have worked from home, on a part-time basis for the first 2 years and then full time after that. Until now, I struggle to be more effective and efficient especially since there are too many balls to juggle every hour of every day. Over the years, I have learned quite a few things that usually help me in getting more items crossed off my unending to-do list. Here are some of them. Manage your time. Easier said than done right? But no matter how cliche it gets, proper time management really makes everything…
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