Summer Getaway-Part 1

Most of the time , the first thing that comes to our mind when we heard the word “summer” is beautiful beaches, right?. Last year our summer was consumed by just staying at home. No summer getaways and other stuff that people usually do during summer. Lucky, our summer this time will not be the same as last year. Many thanks to my boyfriend for allowing us to have an out of town summer getaway with my family.

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On our way to Cebu with my nephew

We were booked for one night and two days stay at Anika Island Resort Sta Fe, Bantayan on April 19-20, 2017. Well, supposed to be it was a 2 night stay but I decided to stay for one night and spend our budget for the second day to roam around Cebu. Gladly, the boyfriend agreed. So anyway, the planed was to leaved on Sunday (Easter Sunday) at night so we will have time roam around before going to Bantayan. But because of the bad weather caused by typhoon Crising I don’t have any choice but to change our itinerary. I asked my younger brother to buy our ticket for Monday but unluckily the 10pm trip from Ormoc to Cebu was fully booked which is not surprising because the trip for Saturday was cancelled due to typhoon Crising. We don’t have any other option but to grab the Tuesday trip unless we take the fastcraft which is not on my plan because of my fare budget.

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Bluer than blue..on our way to Bantayan Island

Hence our booking at Anika Island Resort is on the following day we only slept on our rented room for one night and checked out early in the morning as we planned to travel on or before 7 o’clock in the morning to catch the early trip. We want to arrived at the resort before the check-in time which is 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It was a four hours trip going to Bantayan Island from Cebu North Terminal. My nephew was complaining if we are to go swimming or not since we have been traveling for long. Hahahhaha…!!! The downside if you have a kid when travelling because they can be impatient. The trip going to Bantayan was comfortable, thanks God we were in an air-conditioned bus because if not we will be in a bad mood.

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Arrival Sta Fe, Bantayan Port

Upon arrival in Sta Fe, Bantayan Port the resort shuttle driver was waiting for us handling a placard with my name. By the way I called the resort while we were in the ferry that is why we were picked up by the resort shuttle and also it is for free. The boyfriend booked two different rooms. I, my son and my sons Aunt stayed in Sunrise View room while my Mom, my cousin and nephews stayed in the Garden View room. We just asked for an extra beddings for my cousins.

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Manong Driver!!!

More of our summer getaway stories and photos in the next following days or week. 😍😅

Congtratulations Batch 2016-2017

I can still vividly remember my fair share of graduations feeling. Both of my elementary and high school graduation my mother was not present because she is miles away from us working hard for us. So when Nanay came home for few weeks vacation I decided to apply for graduation for Associate in Computer Science. It was not in plan but I want to experience the feeling of graduating having Nanay to escort me. Good thing I decided to march after taking up my associate course because if not, I will not experience graduating with Nanay to celebrate one of the important milestone of my life because I failed to finished mu 4 years course.

Before the month of March ends the little big tot and my nephew had their Moving Up Ceremony. The little big tot finished his elementary grade and my nephew his junior high school. Although I almost give up on my nephew because he is not doing his obligations as a student I am thankful that he still made it. Congratulations to both of you!

To all the graduates of batch 2016-2017, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Going Solo & Not Going Broke Is Possible

The chances are when you got pregnant with your little ones; you thought that as they grew up, you will still be happily living with your partner, and would have two incomes coming in. However, if you are now single, for one reason or another, and flying solo, then you may be struggling with your finances. It’s easy to make the assumption that you can’t cope without the help and support of your ex-partner, but the fact is that isn’t true – there are millions of single parents across the world bringing up their kids on just one wage, so there’s no need to panic because it is doable. To ensure that you are able to parent solo and not go broke, below are some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.

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Clip coupons

When you are bringing up your kids on one income, you need to save as much money as possible wherever you can. That means being willing to flick through magazines and browse websites like this one here, to find all of the best coupons to cut out and use online or at your local store. You might not fancy spending your free time looking for coupons, but the fact is, if it will help to make life as a single parent more affordable, it’s worth it. The fact is that the more money you can save, the better, as it will help to make day to day life that little bit easier for you.

Have a budget and stick to it

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The key to success when it comes to bringing up little ones on just your income is to ensure that you have a budget in place and always stick to it. If you want to make living on a small income easier to do, having a budget in place that determines what you can spend on different things, such as your food, bills, and car, is important. If you know where every penny of your money is going, it will make the process of living on a small amount of money each month, that little bit easier.

Get help from your ex-partner

If your ex-partner doesn’t already contribute to your children’s upbringing in some way or another, then it’s important to request help from them. The fact is that the law states that both parents need to contribute to their children’s upbringing in some way, so it shouldn’t just be you who is having to do so. If you are unsure what you would be entitled to or how to start the process, it’s worth making an appointment to speak to a lawyer, so that you can get a better idea of where you stand in the eyes of the law.

Being a single parent isn’t easy, especially when money is tight. However, the good news is that it is possible to successfully raise little ones on a small income, it’s just a case of being smart about it. Sure, there will be tough times,but you will get through them.