A few hours before Christmas Eve, here’s the scene at our house.
S was asleep because he needed to go to work that night. Meanwhile, Z was also eager to go to bed so that when he wakes up it’s already Christmas and he can open his gift. I was busy preparing our noche buena and putting the chocolates inside Z’s stockings.
Z woke up around 9 pm and promptly proclaimed it was already Christmas and it’s time to open his gift. I couldn’t say no so off the gift wrapper went.
A few hours later it was S’s turn to open his gift.
The truth is they already knew what their gifts were because a couple of hours earlier we went shopping together so it was no surprise at all!
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Credit cards and debt are definitely linked together. The efficiency in which a consumer can use his or her credit card has led to increase in “unnecessary” spending. Money through credit card is easily spent but unfortunately the debt that results from using it it may linger in our lives for quite a while. If this happens to you and you already have a history of missed payments it will be hard for you to apply for an important loan without cosigners. Debt consolidation can actually help you achieve a debt-free life. Here are some of the benefits of debt consolidation.
1. Debt counselors can actually help you lower down some interests and reduce penalties so you can have a more lower debt to pay than you previously have.
2. All your debts from different credit card companies are consolidated which means you only have one monthly payment to make each month. You’ll definitely be able to budget your finances more with this system and will only have one goal to keep track off.
3. Debt counselors can help you get rid of embarrassing and harassing experiences from collection agencies because they know the low and can negotiate with them on your behalf.
Don’t worry if you have made foolish choices in the past because you can still make it right. Don’t hesitate to seek for professional help if it will make your life easier in the end.
We went to the wedding of my friend Nix, and it turned out to be not the usual wedding experience we anticipated. First, traffic was really bad and with no taxi cab available our one hour allowance for traveling time turned out to be a really bad idea. We completely missed the wedding ceremony because we also got lost on the way so we had no choice but to proceed directly to the reception. We had no idea where Plaza Moriones was and the taxi driver didn’t either but it was inside Intramuros so we knew we’ll be able to find it no matter what. We were expecting a restaurant but how wrong we were! Plaza Moriones was aptly named because it is, of course, a Plaza! There was a tent set up in the middle for the reception and the place was gorgeous not to mention rich in Philippine History. We had time to walk around and we discovered that Rizal Shrine is just a few steps away. I immediately grasp the opportunity to teach Z about our national hero and about Intramuros. Here are a couple of shots:
The reception started around 6:00 PM and by that time S had to go back to his office so Z and I were left behind. Z played around this giant Christmas tree. I let him run around it so he’ll not get bored.
About 6:30 the bridal car pulled up and it was a gorgeous Rolls Royce. I can’t resist but take a shot because I haven’t seen one up close.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get our picture taken with the bride and groom. Immediately after eating we have to go because Z is getting restless and was already begging me to go. I was also afraid to go home too late because the place was not familiar with me. Outside the plaza, I can’t resist taking pictures of these beautiful Christmas lights.
Intramuros is really a nice place to visit and I’m sure we’ll come back when Z is a little older. Congratulations to the newlyweds Chuck and Nix!
We went shopping today for some clothes to wear for the wedding of my college friend and Z’s ninang, Nix. I already bought mine last month but Z has nothing to wear from head to foot because we thought we wouldn’t be able to bring him. So with only a day away I was already panicking on what clothes he would wear for the first formal event he’ll be able to attend. His dad thinks it’s not a problem saying we’ll just drop by at any mall on the wedding day itself but I decided it’s better to look for clothes today even if it’s already night time rather than do it tomorrow. So we proceeded to Ever, the nearest mall in our area. S wanted to eat dinner first before he goes to the office so we dropped by at Greenwich first. After eating, S said goodbye to Z and told him he’s going to the office already. Z was quiet as S went to the opposite direction but I knew he was sad and was taken aback by his father leaving all of a sudden. It was entirely our fault because I forgot to remind S to tell Z in advance that he’s heading right to work after eating. I always tell him in advance if someone is leaving that way he’ll be prepared and won’t get too affected by it and it works. But this time I forgot and it was evident that he was affected because he told me a couple of times how sad he was his dad left for work early. Good thing that shopping therapy also works for toddlers! He was sad while I was in the bookstore looking for books to buy but when it was time for us to shop for his black shoes, all traces of sadness were gone. The first pair he tried on he complained was too small, the second one his eyes lit up, and the third he kicked in disgust. So off we went with the second pair of shoes. Next stop was downstairs, the children’s clothes area to shop for slacks and polo. I was about to undress Z in the middle of the store to try on the clothes but he wanted to use the dressing room. We didn’t waste a lot of time there because the clothes we got fit perfectly. Our next mission was to shop for his black belt. We saw one right away but it needed an extra hole punched because it was too big. The saleslady went around asking where it was but it seems nobody knew where it could be done. I was about to get upset and request for a supervisor but fortunately my gut instinct directed me to where it should be – upstairs in the men’s accessories section where adult belts are sold. We also got a white under shirt for S but the salesman convinced me to buy a set of children’s brief that was 50% off and which Z badly needed. We also got a wallet for free.
We went home tired but not tired enough to try on the clothes. Z didn’t want to at first because he wanted to play but when he saw his shoes he agreed. So I dressed him in full costume with a wallet to boot. I also can’t resist trying my own dress on. I took pictures of Z:
He took a picture of me:
And I took pictures of us together:
He even wanted to strike a pose:
Z definitely enjoyed his maporma clothes. Long after I was back in my everyday clothes, he still refuses to take off his. He keeps on taking his wallet out and putting it back inside his pocket. I think he feels grown up with his new attire. I hope he behaves during the entire ceremony.