Sunday, March 19, 2017

Store Brands

Many still are debating whether to choose leading brands or store brands when doing the grocery shopping, and I am no exeption to them. But as time flies many people opted to select store brand products over the leading brand. Main reason the PRICE. I guess we are becoming more price conscious and we want to be in control of our budget.

Choosing store brands does not mean you are sacrificng the quality. Honestly, there are store brand products which you can't tell the difference from the leading brand (except of course the price!). Here in AU there are plenty of store brands to choose from...there's Home Brand and Select of Woolworths, Smart Buy of  Coles, Black & Gold, No Frills, etc. Most of the time I do my weekly grocery shopping at Woolworths or Coles because of the store's proximity from my house.

So which one do I prefer, Woolworths brand or Coles brand? Yes, even store brands differ from each other!

For toilet cleaning items and kitchen stuff like dishwashing soap, scouring pads, paper towels, rubbish bin bags I go for home brand of Woolworths because they do last and cheaper too. Coles brand and Woolworths Select have the same quality and price when it comes to toilet paper.

When it comes to cheeses, chicken nuggets and prepared fish fillets I also prefer Home Brand over Coles. But when it comes to ice cream I go for Coles brand.

With prices of hosehold items going up to often,  it's about time to be wise.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

To My Daughter

My daughter's school asked parents of Year 12 students to write an affirmation letter to their son/daughter. The letter will be handed to the students during their retreat.

Honestly, I don't know what to tell my daughter. There are so many things that I wanted to tell her. But it is so difficult to put my thoughts into writing.

If by any chance my baby girl will stumble upon this blog, this is what I wanted to tell her...

My Dearest Chloe,

There are times when our ideas clashed. There are times when I can see you disagreeing with my decision but cannot express your disapproval because you knew that your dad and I will never tolerate you and your siblings to answer us back. But during those times that we are on opposite directions, your good manners and respect to your dad and I are always there.

I am so blessed that you are my daughter. At a very young age you know how to run a household. At times when I am in a not-so-good mood you are always there ready to rescue me. When I am sick you are there to be my little nurse. 

Your way of thinking is so beyond your age. Often times I wonder if you are an old soul trapped in a 16 year old body. 

This year is a very important year for you. I know you are excited to find out what the future holds for you. No need to worry my love, I am sure that it will be beautiful.

Do not be afraid to try and then fail, this is better that not trying at all. Always be mindful of your manners and never ever make someone feel inferior.

Offer all works to God and be thankful for all your blessings.

Keep in mind all the advices that your dad and I have been telling you. And always pray and seek God's guidance. Like what I am always telling you and your brothers, I am not after having the best child, all I hope for is you to become a good, compassionate, loving and most importantly God fearing person.

Love,
Mum

Monday, February 20, 2017

Online Survey Reward

So happy to recive my reward gift voucher from Valued Opinions. I've been their member for about five years, and it was my first time to claim the points I have collected.

Though it took awhile for me to collect the points I needed to claim a $20 gift voucher, but  it is still worth it! Nowadays $20 is still something big.

It's so easy to join Valued Opinions and everyday I receive online survey invitations from them. To those who are actively online it is worth trying to be come part of an online survey company. Good use of your "surfing" the net time.

Friday, February 3, 2017

My first entry for 2017

It's been a while since my last blog entry. The usual excuse, family and work keep  me busy :)

I often hear people saying when kids grow up you will have more time for yourself, you can do this and that and so on and so forth. True, my kids can now do more things on their own. However, I realised that as they get older what they need from me changes too. Like my 16 year old daughter, she wants me to spend more time with her. She gets excited when I am taking some time-off from work. She is happy when we can spend the weekends together even though we have nothing exciting to do.

My two boys are the same as well. They always look forward to Saturday evening because I will be cooking something special for them.

Being a parent is a 24/7 job. There are so many things to weigh and prioritise. It is not easy to raise a child but it is definitely rewarding 😊. No regrets that I am a mom.

#motherstory #mother #kids

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Open Letter to My Teen-age Son

Dear Kuya,

Finally, your most awaited day arrived, you're now officially a teenager! But this does not mean you can now freely do whatever things your heart wishes. Of course, your dad and myself will still be at your back and constantly guiding you.

Being a teenager is exciting and at the same time entails bigger and more responsibilities. You're about to enter the most vulnerable stage of a person's life. Many paths will be presented to you, at the end only you who can choose which path you would like to take. Keep in mind what we always tell you, think many times before you decide on to something because it is you who will bear whatever is the consequence of that decision.

Do not choose to do wrong in order to be different. A true friend will accept you unconditionally. He will not ask you to change just so you can be his friend. Choose your friends well, they too will play important roles in your life.

We wish and pray that our Lord will always guide and protect you. May He always enlighten your mind and help you make right decisions. May He make you strong to resist whatever temptations that may come your way.

Always remember that daddy and I love you so much. We will always be here for you...

Love,
Mum

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Zealand Hotels for the Rugby Fanatics

New Zealand is known for having beautiful tourist spots, green scenery, delicious food, friendly people and most of all for the game Rugby.

After hosting the successful National Rugby League and winning the cup, many people will surely be interested to visit the country and at the same time watch the rugby union games held in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch. Of course, when traveling overseas it is always a must to first arrange the accommodation in order to enjoy the much anticipated break.

With plenty of internet sites on where to find the best and yet the cheapest accommodation in New Zealand, it becomes tedious to decide where to stay. To those who are big fans of rugby and want to follow every game, the site Cheaper Than Hotels is a must to visit. You can search by regions or hotels and view the cheapest to the most expensive hotel rate. It also shows which hotels have vacancy for a specific date.

To minimize the searching time, it also has a site for just hotels in Wellington and/or Christchurch.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Random thoughts....

After 12 long years of living overseas, I've finally able to attend a funeral service of a former work colleague. It was very different from the funeral services I had attended in my home country. One thing I was able to confirm, the casket here in abroad really has no glass! All the while I thought this kind of thing is only for movies.

But this isn't really what I want to write. As you see, today I realized that even though a couple decided to go on their separate lives, as long as there is a child that binds them, you are still a couple no matter what. Being a very observant person, I immediately noticed who's my office mate first wife and his current partner. I saw the pain and the grief in the first wife's eyes but nothing from his current partner. Yes, after the service, I saw the current partner cried but she's not that affected as the first wife. Maybe because they do not have a child unlike the first wife, who gave him a beautiful daughter.

Ah, love...so hard to comprehend...it's so easy to say you don't love the person anymore...but in the end actions speak louder than words...