A Time to $pend

Ecclesiastes 3 already said it, there’s A TIME FOR EVERYTHING.  To paraphrase it (and make it even more redundant):

to everything, there is a season. 🙂

And the Christmas Season?  I say THIS Season is a time to SPEND a lot of cha-ching, cha-ching and  some ba-bling, ba-bling!  Ain’t that right, Jessie J?  Hahaha!

Since last Thursday (December 15th — aha!), I’ve been spending a lot of time at malls.  I know, I’m such a slacker when it comes to buying Christmas gifts that I wait for my 13th month pay before I even start crossing out names from my “Christmas presents checklist.”  Ayun naaa!

Anyway, I’m glad to say that I’m ALMOST done with it.  See?  “Almost” being the operative word.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  But still, progress IS progress, people!  You can’t complain about that — especially if you’re one of the people I’ll be giving those presents to!  HA HA HA 😉

But why am I rambling to the world again about my Christmas shopping spree?  Simple — because it hit me.  It hit me that I was able to spend THAT amount of money in just A FEW DAYS, which I tried earning for a few months — heck, even waited for A YEAR!!!  It hit me that the amount I spent in a few days can actually sustain several families for a month (maybe).  And thinking of that made me sad.  And it’s making me crazy.  RIGHT NOW.  RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT I’M TYPING THIS!!! @_@

But wait.  It also hit me that I spent “blood, sweat, and tears” not just for MYSELF, but for other people as well.  Especially MY FAMILY.  And I guess that qualifies as something that made me happy.  Actually, “MAKES” me happy.  Present tense.  Bow.

Of course you can say that spending money isn’t really necessary when it comes to giving Christmas “gifts.”  True.  But you see, that would’ve applied to me before — waaay back when I was still a student…  waaay back when I was still unemployed…  and waaay back when the only “gifts” I ever gave my family were “I love you’s” and DIY stuff.  Heehee.  That’s why I made a promise to myself that once I start earning my own money, I’ll always give “something” to my family.  Of course there are still the “I love you’s.”  Hindi na tinatanong yun.  But you know, let’s not be hypocrites here.  Who doesn’t want receiving actual “material” gifts from time time, right?  Don’t get me wrong.  My family’s NOT pressuring me to give them “something material.”  NOT AT ALL.  It’s not them, it’s ME!  Hahaha!  But seriously, I hope you’re getting my point here.  It’s all about giving back.  Period.

So to my “Christmas presents fund”?  Is it a BIG AMOUNT?  Yes, at least for me.  But is it still a BIG DEAL?  Not so anymore.  I guess sometimes, you just really have to look on the BRIGHTER SIDE of things!  Besides, pera lang yun. Napapalitan, napapaghirapan (waaah!)  But putting a smile on someone’s face and making them feel that you actually took the time to think and exert some effort to give them the awesome-est Christmas present you could ever imagine?  That’s PRICELESS, man!  Heck, that’s even HAPPINESS!!! 😀

So remember, spending MONEY won’t make you happy…

BUT

…but spending TIME — especially FOR and WITH those you love — will.

So this Christmas, make it a point to not just spend money, (seriously, don’t overthink it), but also “spend” a lot of TIME, EFFORT, and most importantly, LOVE for everyone you meet — especially for those who are very dear to you (i.e. your family).

(Moral of the lesson: Thy 13th month pay is ONLY meant for buying gifts, presents, and whatnot.  So if you think that you can save some of it, well…  THINK AGAIN.  Mwahahahahaha!)

Happy Christmas everyone!!!

Hugs and kisses from your resident Lady,
Mikhaela Georgette xoxo

P.S: This video might just make you feel better (and give you “inspiration” along the way!)

Presenting…  Jessie J featuring B.o.B. 😛

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Planners Here, Planners There, Planners Everywhere!

One of the things I love about the Christmas Season is none other than the different PLANNERS offered by most establishments here in the Philippines!!! 😛  Mapa-bakeshop, bookstore, coffee shop, clothing store, kahit nga yata si manang sa suking tindahan…  halos lahat may offered na na planner tuwing sasapit ang PaskoTama ba?  Hahaha!

Anyway, I’ve been really planning on making a post about planners (now that’s a lot of “plan” in one sentence!)  since last week but luckily, SPOT.ph made this “job” easier for me! 😉  This week, they’ve rounded up a list of the Top 25 Planners of 2012.  You can check it out here.

Three of my planners actually made it to the list!  Namely the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner, Papemelroti 2012 Planner, and Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner!  Yay!!!

But I think the more important troubling point here is…  WHY THE HECK DO I NEED not just one, not just two, but THREE FREAKIN’ PLANNERS , you may ask?!  Okay, let me defend myself. 😀

First, I’m very O.C.  And not just any O.C.  As in the serious kind of O.C.  Some of you may be shocked to know this, but I actually have O.C.D. or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!  Oo, yung “disorder” kind.  But no biggie.  I’ve been living with my O.C.D. self for more than a decade now (I started showing symptoms when I was in fifth grade) and I’ve learned how to “manage” my life with it.  Yun nga lang, sometimes it can be really tiring…  time-consuming…  and yes, sometimes it requires THREE PLANNERS!  Wahahahaha!

Moving on…

The Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2012 Planner

I just got mine (in bamboo) last week, and that’s actually my seventh Starbucks planner.  Ever since I had my hands on my very first Starbucks planner, wala pang taon akong naskiskip!  So yeah, blame it on “tradition” kuno!  Hehe.  But seriously, if you’re a natural coffee drinker anyway (who just happens to choose Starbucks), then spending moolah shouldn’t really be an issue.

So for those complaining about how pricey these planners cost…  kayo ah!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  Obviously, you’re just going to Starbucks just. so. you. can. get. the. planner. 😐  Puh-lease.  I don’t mean to sound rude or anything, but I’ve been drinking Starbucks ever since I was in sixth grade.  Hence, may planner man o wala, nag-staStarbucks talaga ako.  Kaya kung nagrereklamo kayo, edi ‘wag niyong buuin yung stickers!  Ganun lang kasimple!  Case closed.  Tapos!

O siya, peace on earth na ulit!  Hehehe. 🙂

Papemelroti 2012 Planner

I just started using Papemelroti’s handy-dandy planner this year (2011), but I’m still not sure whether or not I’m going to buy one for next year!  But c’mon, at P19.75 each + its adorable designs + convenience (it doesn’t take too much space inside my bag!) — and not to mention that it’s eco-friendly since it’s made of recycled paper, THIS IS DEFINITELY A STEAL!  Okay, fine.  I’m getting the princess-y one!  Heehee.

Belle du Jour 2012 Power Planner

2012 will be my first year to use a Belle du Jour (BDJ) planner, and the only thing that made up my mind is next year’s theme: TRAVEL!  As you can see on the picture…  Oh it’s travel-inspired, alright! ♥  PLUS it doesn’t hurt that it has tons and tons of coupons that can score me discounts ALL YEAR ROUND!  ‘Nuff said.

So…  Starbucks planner? CHECK!  But you see, my Starbucks planner is my “home planner” — meaning, it always stays at home.  I don’t know.  Maybe because I write more personal stuff in it?  Harharhar.  Now it’s just down to what gets to be my “bag planner.”  Papemelroti’s or BDJ’s?  I need mooore convincing.

Thoughts, please? 🙂 😉 😀


How about you?  What’s going to be your 2012 planner?
Sound off in the comments section below!