3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Car

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Next to buying a house, buying a car is one of the biggest purchase in every household. Buying a car is no joke. A chunk of our paycheck will be taken out for the monthly payment of that car.

That is why before we take our wallets out and place a bank loan, we should know what is the best car that would fit our family and our lifestyle. Here are some points to consider and questions you need to ask yourself before you commit to buying your dream car.

1. What are you going to use it for?
We buy cars for different reasons. Some buy for family use. Some buy for business. If you have a small family, then a small compact car would suffice. If you are using for a daily drive to the office, buying a big van would not be advisable.

2. Have you checked more than one dealer?
When we were going to buy our first car, my husband checked different dealers before negotiating. We ended up buying our car a few cities away but went home with the best deal. We were definitely pretty happy with our purchase.

3. How much are you willing to pay?
Obviously, you can’t buy something you can’t afford. Only buy a car that you know you can sustain. Remember that aside from the down payment and monthly loan, you will also pay for insurance, maintenance, gas, daily parking, etc. Don’t make a mistake of only looking at your monthly bank responsibility. Our friend likened having a car to having a new baby. Once you bring your new car home, another set of expense starts.

There is massive choices in the market. That is why you have to research first and be very picky. First find the best car that would suit your family then find the best deal on the market.

Any other tips in buying a car?

McDonald’s Happy Studio App

Yup! McDonald’s has a new App, Mommies! It isn’t just an engaging app, it is also educational. After learning McDonald’s is going to have a new App, I quickly downloaded it on my phone.

Happy Studio is an interactive learning and play app that makes the Happy Meal experience even more enjoyable. The best part? You can even scan a Happy Meal toy to unlock more fun and games within the app!

Educational Game Play
McDonald’s App grows children’s imaginations and encourages innovative thinking. In the Happy Studio app, kids can choose to step into the shoes of an inventor, an artist, or a musician. Each activity is focused on developing certain skills while putting the child into playful mini-scenarios.

As an inventor, kids can build various objects with their favorite characters while learning creative and logic skills as they go. As an artist, children are able to improve their creative skills and exercise their imagination. As a musician, kids are able to explore musical patterns to help improve their rhythm and timing.

My 3 year old loves to doodle, so she enjoyed being an “artist” through this App. She is yet to try being an inventor and musician but I am sure she’d love this too!

Now we don’t have to let her watch videos on the internet. Instead, we can use the McDonald’s App and learn thru play!

Happy Studio is now available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Share your love for the app via the official Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/mcdo.ph, or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny Happy Studio moments on Twitter or Instagram.

Yamaha is celebrating 50 years and spearheading the 3S (SSS) with Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo

Gary A. Yupangco had finally fulfilled a once-sublimated desire and, with it, the musical desires of millions of Filipinos nationwide. Today, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education. Those are the amazing words written in the company website, but what is the new focus now in Yamaha after all those years?

In celebration of its golden year anniversary, the company is spearheading the 3S (SSS, Sustainability, Self-reliant and Service Oriented mindset to it’s team members. Headed by Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo, the only daughter of Gary and the grand daughter of the former President of the Philippines, Jose P. Laurel, the management is focusing on its valuable asset, that is their manpower organization which has attributed to its success for 50 years.

According to Regina, “We have team members who are already 40 years in the company and this time, it’s about them, we would like to sustain them with good benefits, to become self reliant and of course to be a service oriented team member. If they are happy, the customers are happy and the company will
be happy thus we launched the SSS or 3S.”

Yamaha is an industry leader in the Philippines and around the globe for its technological innovation. To know more about the company, visit http://www.yupangco.com.

FREEdom in FREElancing…

I immensely enjoyed my almost 10 years of being an English and Creative Writing teacher, but there was something in me that tells me there is something more. So in 2012 up until today, I had been a happy go lucky Freelancer. I wore many hats from being an encoder, a wedding host, a home-based teacher and did several start up businesses. Looking back, there is no other way I wanted it to happen. I definitely wasn’t born for the 8-5.

Did you know that according to Upwork, a leading global online jobs platform, the Philippines is the third highest – earning country in the world when it comes to freelancing? In fact, more than 1.4 million Filipinos are registered in the platform alone!

If you are just like me or thinking of entering that 1.4M statistics, then what I’m gonna tell you is something you’d want to know. This is what Freelancing is…

  • F – lexibility and Autonomy

We live in the Digital Age, so it should come as no surprise the technologies that can allow us to work anytime and anywhere, and provide services to clients from anywhere in the globe! Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to telecommuting! Also, the nature of Freelancing can give you the flexibility and autonomy to work at your own pace and choose the clients and projects you want to work on.

  • R – ewarding Career

Who says that Freelancing can’t be a career or profession? For many who have gone this route, it has paved way for them to pursue their dream jobs without the constraints of a fixed job description or the frustration of being stuck in a mundane ‘9-5’ office job. As a self-employed professional, you are fully empowered to pursue projects that would nurture your skills and passions.

  • E – ndless possibilities

As a freelancer, there is no limit to the opportunities and possibilities you can pursue, now that you have full control of your career, profession and time. Whereas before, the most part of your day and energy would be spent in long energy-draining meetings and long commutes, Freelancing lets you color and fill each day with activities that you consider truly aligned in attaining your life goals.

  • E – nables you to design your own lifestyle

Are you a night owl who is most productive in the evenings? Dreamed of having your own 4-Hour Work Week? Or what about getting down to finally working on that business plan for your dream start-up? With Freelancing, you can get creative on how you design your typical week, that would specially cater to your unique personality, interests and quirks.

  • D – o things your way

Always had a need to be in full control of your work, surroundings and growth? Then Freelancing will definitely give you that! Being your own boss is one of the great perks of being a Freelancer, and that means getting things AND results done just the way you envisioned it.

  • O – wn your time

Ever wondered how it would be like to respond to emails in your swimwear, with your toes brushing the sand as it points towards a breathtaking view of the beach? Well, in the Freelancing Handbook, you are free to take a vacation in the middle of the week, just as long as you get the job done and your clients happy. Becoming a Freelancer means taking full control of your time and schedule.

  • M – ake room for the people and things that truly matter

And here’s the most important part. Freelancing enables you to spend more time with your family, and other things that truly make life meaningful. With Freelancing, it has paved way for the rise of thousands of hands-on mommies, who find fulfillment in being able to nurture both their families and careers. Whilst for many others, they found it in more time spent in pursuing volunteer work, or in endeavors which define their passions and values.

Well, if you’re itching to learn more about the boundless opportunities of being a Freelancer, then you’re in luck. This year, Manila Workshops, with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), will be holding the 2nd Freelancer Fair on Sept. 2, 2017, to be held at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, Pasig City.  It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers.  The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.

For more information about this year’s  The Freelancer Fair, visit their Event Page. Get your ticket and see you at the Fair!

To learn more about Manila Workshops, the organization behind this event, connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their upcoming workshops by visiting their official website.

Here’s the thing …

As a bonus for being an avid reader of The Fulfilled Women, Manila Workshops is giving you a Php200 off on its ticket! How’s that for a deal?? Coupon Code: TFF17blog_Viv200off.

Don’t miss this out!

About The Freelancer Fair:
The Freelancer Fair is an annual event started last by Manila Workshops, headed by the team’s CEO – Ginger Arboleda, a former employee, freelancer and now a serial entrepreneur / technopreneur, and mom blogger. The Freelancer Fair was built especially for aspiring and existing freelancers, companies, brands and organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.

When the Church Becomes Just Like Facebook

When I became a Christian more than a decade ago, the church has been my place of refuge. It was a place I felt safe and secure. I made long lasting friendships with people who are raw and struggling but were faithful to fight and win for Christ.

However, 3 years ago things became a little different. It was one of my darkest years. As some of you know  I battled with depression for almost a year and the place I used to find refuge from became a place of more pain. 

I remembered what Mahatma Gandhi said.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

I never thought I would ever feel that way towards the church (its people). When all I needed was a hug, a simple prayer or a pat in the back, what I got was either an insult, a mean comment on my parenting or a rebuke that I am not holy enough that is why I am going thru depression. (P.S. Depression much like flu is a disease, you need to get treatment. But this is for another post.)

It felt like everyone in the church were Pharisees who appear holy by knowing the Scripture but lacked love and compassion.

By God’s grace, I found refuge somewhere. I became part of different online Bible Studies and made friends with people who are just like me — hurting and needing some love. Through their prayers, it was then I slowly recovered from depression.

Just like Facebook, the church is filled with holier than thou church goers. They appear to have a perfect life. No problem at all. I am holy, remember? But this is not real life. This is fake life!

How do you think non believers would come to you for help if they knew you never had problems in your life, that you had never ever struggled or had never overcome a problem? It’s ok to struggle. It’s ok to feel pain. And you know what? It’s ok to share it. Because people around you are struggling. People around you are in pain. Stop hiding and pretending to be perfect. How can people even see God’s hand at work if they don’t even know you were struggling in the first place?

Stop acting as if your life is perfect. Be raw and vulnerable and admit that without Christ, you are nothing.

The church isn’t Facebook. You don’t have to take pride in showing off how beautiful and perfect your life is and judging people who doesn’t have it all together.

What people need is LOVE.

Mytote Philippines – Caloocan City

I love personalized products. I know I said that many times over because I am just a bit obsessed by it obviously!

Well, recently I had the chance to be in partnership with MyTote Bag – Caloocan City. They do personalized shirts, pouches, drawstring bags, etc.

Here are some of the samples of their products:

The good news is, when you use the code: AF16, you get to have a lifetime discount of 5% on all their products. What’s more.. they won’t charge you for the customization. Also, when you order from them at Shopee, you get to avail of FREE Shipping for purchases P500 and up. Good deal, right?

Their totes are somewhere P200+ and their pouches at about 150+. Absolutely affordable. Probably some of you are already thinking of what to give out as souvenirs for your next party. Keep MyTote Philippines – Caloocan City in mind.

Find them on Facebook: Mytote Philippines – Caloocan City.


Disclaimer: This is an affiliate post. I get a little profit when you purchase from Mytote Philippines – Caloocan City using the code I gave you.

Thoughts on having a Third Baby

All my life, I wanted to have a big family. I wanted at least 8 children. Actually, 8 daughters.

During Natalie’s first year however, things began to change. I think we were ok with one. It was the hardest and most emotional year of my life. There was a battle in my head. I don’t want her to miss out on the fun of having siblings. I know how fun that is because we are four and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was so much fun having a brother and two sisters around. But I was also scared because having more children is beyond my (patience and) capacity. It’s just way way way way beyond me. Then after I surpassed the 1st year, my heart started to ache for another child. I felt selfish for not wanting another baby just because it will be hard on my part.

Then last year, I started wishfully thinking we could have another baby. It was October when I was delayed for 2 weeks. I bought some pregnancy tests and it turned out negative. Still, I went to check with my OB. Maybe there was a mistake. I took a blood test and unfortunately it was still negative. I had to hold my tears because I was with my mom. No second baby that time.

The following month though, I was delayed again. I didn’t want to expect anymore because I didn’t want to get hurt once more. But I was too anxious I couldn’t hold my curiosity. I bought some pregnancy tests and this time it turned out positive!!! I had to keep it a secret until I went to my OB. And indeed I was pregnant for with Baby # 2!

Fast forward to when the Little Boy arrived, it was via Emergency CS. I dreaded not giving birth vaginally but we were left with no choice. The recovery period was the hardest. Not being able to move freely, the pain, the breastfeeding hurdles. They were just too much to bear. I can never go thru this again! I swear! This will be the last time. I don’t think I want to be pregnant ever again. I have decided to sell all Natalie’s clothes and all the pink stuff. Because there is not gonna be a 3rd baby for sure, I wanted to let her stuff go.

But now 3 weeks postpartum and almost healed (not exactly back to normal but I feel great already), I am thinking twice whether it’s really going to be the last.

I know it’s pretty crazy. Maybe it’s just hormones. Maybe it’s just the medication. Or maybe I just lack sleep. I don’t know! But whatever God’s will is for our little family, I hope my heart will be ready!

How many kids do you think you can handle? 

Hakab Na! 2017: Busting Out Soon!

Breastfeeding moms in the South, get ready to bust out! Join the South PiNanays as we break down the barriers to sustainable breastfeeding, at Hakab Na! 2017, on August 5 (Saturday), at the Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa City, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hakab Na! is the Philippines’ contribution to the Global Big Latch On, an international celebration of breastfeeding, held in line with World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). With this year’s global theme of “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together,” the goal for advocates worldwide is to forge multi-sectoral partnerships to help women sustain successful breastfeeding.

Why sustain breastfeeding? Science tells us that breastfeeding benefits not only babies, but also women, society, the economy, and the environment. Successful breastfeeding is not just a victory for the breastfeeding mother and child, but for sustainable development as well.

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This is South PiNanays’ third year at hosting Hakab Na! for families living south of Metro Manila. More than 200 mom and baby pairs are expected to join this year’s celebration. On the program: expert talks on breastfeeding and parenting, testimonials on overcoming breastfeeding challenges, a mompreneur fair, and the main event– a simultaneous latch- on at 10:30 a.m. Games and other fun activities await participants.

Bust out with us! For registration and more information, hop on over to https://spinhakab2017.eventbrite.com/

See you soon!

By Issa Ocaya-San Jose