How to Overcome Financial Roadblocks?

I have had my fair share of financial cul-de-sac in the past. My first job didn’t pay much. In fact, my salary was below minimum. I had to sacrifice a lot of things to make ends meet.  Plus, I had to split my little salary for my sister’s tuition fee and help my parents pay the bills. It was tough every time I reach down my pocket, only to find out that I don’t have enough money to get me through the end of the month. It made me sick to my stomach.

It didn’t take long for me to decide to leave the corporate world and try my luck in freelancing. Thankfully, an opportunity knocked on my door and gave me the chance to have a bit of luxury. It made me happy. I finally had more than enough. But then, earning three times my usual salary became dangerous for me.

You see, I grew up in a simple family and my sisters and I didn’t always get what we wanted because we needed to be practical. So, I told myself, when I start earning my own money, I’ll buy the things that I’ve always wanted to have – and that’s exactly what I did. I bought things. I spent my money on clothes, shoes, makeup, books – impractical things that I don’t need (well, except for books). Shopping made me happy. It was so addictive. I was on a high. Until one day, I had an emergency and I didn’t have enough money in my bank account. That’s when it hit me – I’m becoming like Carrie Bradshaw, a woman with lots of shoes but no place to live!

It was scary, but I finally had my wake up call. Since then, I’ve started spending and managing my finances wisely. I still spend a lot nowadays, but my receipts no longer include Converse or Vans (Well, at least not as often as they used to). Instead, I have receipts for HMO, memorial plans, real estate, and now I’m about to get a life insurance.

Recently, I attended the SunLife Fun Day, where I got the chance to pick the brains of Entrepreneur Mark Bonifacio and SunLife Advisor JP Fabian who shared their experiences in financial management.

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Morisette is Made in Davao

I remember the first time I saw Morisette on national television. She was auditioning for The Voice where she sang “Love On Top” and eventually became part of Team Sarah. She was only 16 then, but she already had this really mature and powerful voice. That’s when I knew this girl would soar. Five years later, she has come full circle.

This coming September 2, the Asia’s Phoenix is bringing her “Morisette is Made” concert to Davao at the SMX Convention Center to stun her fans from all corners of Mindanao.

Concert producer Glenn Aldueza of Aldueza Entertainment Productions (AEP) says “Morissette is the next big thing in the music industry. She is preparing for her international stardom as she collaborated with Michael Bolton and Jessie J soon,” 

“Morissette Is Made” is the first major solo concert of Asia’s Phoenix in Davao City. It is a homecoming of sorts for the Cebuana artist because her father Mr. Amon, is originally from Davao.

By Morissette’s special request, The Unstoppable Darren Espanto will be her special guest at the concert.

“I love Darren because he is my good friend. I thought it would be special if I shared the stage with him,” says Morissette, who will also be one of the awardees of the prestigious PeopleAsia magazine for its upcoming “Women of Style and Substance” issue.

“Morissette Is Made” is produced by AEP and sponsored by SMDC and Frontrow.

For tickets and other inquiries:

Visit 2nd floor SM Lanang ticket booth (in front of Starbucks) and SM City Davao.


My Celine Dion Concert Experience

Living so far from the glitz and glam of Hollywood, I could only dream of watching an international artist perform live. But dreams definitely do come true, do they?

I grew up listening to Celine Dion. Her songs are some of my favorites to sing on Karaoke (even if most of the time, I can’t even hit the right notes. LOL!). I have a playlist of her songs that I still listen repeatedly up to this day. I have never, in my wildest dreams, thought that one day I’d be able to watch her perform live.

The experience was magical, and at times, emotional. The moment I saw her come out of the stage, my eyes and my heart started to swell. As cheesy as it may sound, but I was in tears as she sang Power of Love. It was a good 2-hour show and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Here’s a short vlog I made during my weekend trip to Manila to watch Celine Dion. =)

Opportunities like this are hard to come by, which is why, I am truly thankful to my PLDT and Smart Communications family for making this happen. Truly one for the books!