Saturday, February 27, 2021

Choosing the Best Work From Home Look

With this pandemic, life as we all knew it came to a screeching halt, and many of us found ourselves working from home suddenly. No longer needing to get up early and get hair and makeup done, you have more time to sleep in, and you don’t necessarily have to dress up as much as you would have in the past if you were still going in to your office. However, for some work from home employees, they have had to dress up even more as they are now interfacing with different clients on Zoom and other virtual meetings that they may not have had before. Check out some ways to choose the best work from home look based on your career.

The Tech Industry

If you work in the tech industry, odds are you probably had a casual dress code at your office. Jeans were likely acceptable, and while guys may wear shorts and flip flops, women still tended to dress up a bit more in a nice blouse, maybe even a dress when the weather was warm. You may not want to break into your dresses, but there’s no reason you can’t be cute and comfortable while you are working from home. A great option for those who work from home and don’t have to be seen by others is a comfy shirt and pants, either joggers, jeans or shorts, depending on the weather. When you choose an outfit like this, you are comfortable, but you are also very capable of heading out for a quick grocery run when you are off the clock.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Shapewear and Its Uses

Wearing shapewear has been a practice long before. I know because I see my mom use this back in the 80s or maybe it even started longer than that. After seeing Netflix’s Bridgerton, I think shapewear started with corsets and evolved from there. Women’s desire to have a good body shape hasn’t really disappeared all these years and what’s good is that shapewears have been changed for the better; better material, better comfort, better use.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

How to Make your Lawn Healthier

Is your lawn looking a little brown and dry this year? This happens to many homeowners across the nation despite the climates they’re in. Without proper maintenance, grass can become unhealthy and begin to lose its luscious green appeal. If you’re struggling with a dry, brownish yellow yard, there are many ways in which you can bring it back to life! You won’t need a professional landscaper and can do many of the following without spending a fortune. In fact, it can be very economical to restore moisture and nutrients back into your grass. Here are few ways in which you make your lawn look healthier once again.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Where to Find Virtual Art Tours

 We’re still living in a world where COVID-19 pandemic still exists. That means we’re still staying at our homes and to be honest, I’m feeling a little down lately or probably stressed for the past months already because of the pandemic. That’s why once in a while, I check some art works that are for sale online even if they’re just stickers or posters. Art is an essential part of our culture because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

How To Receive, Open and Clean Packages During Corona Virus Pandemic

Sending items door to door seem to be part of my new normal nowadays. In a week, I’d be sending a document or two to someone for work or for my kids’ school. At the same time, I buy packages online from Shopee or Lazada almost twice or even thrice as much compared before the pandemic so I always receive parcels twice or thrice a week. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Spoil Yourself This Holiday Season

It was a simple and yet meaning holiday for us this year. But for moms like me, I still work during the holidays at home. Nevertheless,  I still find myself lucky that I still have a job despite the pandemic and I was able to buy my family some gifts. How about you, moms? Did you get yourself a gift this year? Pandemic or not, we really should love ourselves more because if we’re not healthy, our families also suffer. I remember the time when I got a fever, my husband got tired of looking after the kids and as a result, he gets grumpy until he doesn’t have energy to play with them anymore. The kids were also constantly worried about my condition.  They would go to the bedroom every now and then asking if I was feeling better.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Can I Afford to Buy a House?

Can I afford to buy a house?
Not really my ideal house, but it's close enough. Picture from Pixabay

Yes, yes, I know. It's Christmas and buying a house is probably the last thing our minds right now. But I'm actually thinking in advance for next year or the next. I am middle-aged woman of 39 and yet I still don’t have a home on my own. I’m actually still living with my relatives and that’s quite normal in my country. But still, having a husband and kids of my own, I still yearn for a home that I can call our own home. It’s still different when you’re free to do what you want and there’s no eyes looking at you.

Sometimes I would look at houses in our area and I get inspired to get homes like theirs because theirs are so beautiful and they look cozy. But having the salary that I currently have right now which is way below minimum compared to US rates, I don’t think I can own a home any time soon. So I thought of having a job offering a higher salary. There was a time in life and probably even now, I still wonder what kind of job does it take for me to afford something like a house or a car. I initially thought maybe only high income jobs like doctors or only laywers can afford good houses.  

So I looked in the internet on the keywords, “can I afford to buy a house.” I wound up at Investopia’s article about being ready to buy ahouse. There were two questions raised there; one is am I ready to buy a house and second is how much can I afford. The second question is the tricky and hard one. My answer to the first question is yes, but the second one is something I have to solve first.

So I searched again on tools on how to buy a house in my current salary. I came across an online mortgage calculator and I was fascinated by its simple features. There I placed the price of the dream house I wanted which is priced at $127,000.  I pressed “calculate” and then voila! To be able to buy my dream house, I need to have a job that gives me an annual salary of $29,638, which is, sad to say, an executive position already in our country. 

After giving it much thought, it’s either I  educate myself again and get certified to get a high-paying job or stay in my current job and get a side job like blogging, writing, or sell some goods (e.g. buy and sell). According to an article from Bloomberg, we really need to set a strategy when buying a home.  Aside from the selling price of the house, expect additional costs to be paid and location is also important because it will really affect our daily lifestyle including our daily costs, more specifically transportation costs.   That’s something I’d have to discuss with my husband and probably he’d give me some insights to help me decide on what direction I should go to. Maybe if we combine our salaries, that could work also.

So are we ready? Yes. How much are we willing to pay for it? Definitely less than my ideal home, but it's still under discussion. The pandemic has really hit us hard financially and I know it's not the right time to find a home, or is it? Hopefully, I could post a future article that discusses on the step by step process we would undertake on buying a house so I can share with our experience. 

Comments or suggestions? Let me know in the comments below. 

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