November 7, 2016

How I Saved Up Php180000 [$3700] for My Year-long Trip?

First, let me tell you a little story. My older sister, a single mom who is raising her two sons alone, bought a piece of land some months ago. She works at home by teaching English to Koreans and the Japanese. The construction of her own house in her own land is undergoing right now. Now, why did I bring it up? If I recalibrate my priorities, my travel fund is actually enough to buy a small lot in a small town in Cebu where I can build my own little dream house. Yet, I choose to follow my own […]
October 4, 2016

Money Guide for Travelers from Developing Countries: Why You Must Have a Separate Travel Fund Bank Account

Otherwise Known: How Not to Feeling Guilty for Spending for Your Trip Over coffee and dessert, Ellen (I mentioned her in my “What’s Wrong with ‘Leave Everything behind and Travel the World”) said that she feels guilty everytime she travels. She considers traveling a personal pursuit, a selfishness that she must curb down or deprive herself of. I am pretty much aware of her financial status. She often consulted me especially when financial concern meets travel confusion. I am her sinister, bitchy, loud ate in the city. She would ask me: should I book this flight? Is it too expensive? Should I extend my stay? […]
May 17, 2016

Why Working Some More Instead of Traveling Europe Felt Great

Last month, I emptied my cabinet of clothes and realized I had a lot of second-hand dresses I haven’t worn yet. Sorting out the clothes—what must stay and what must be given away—was not as easy as I thought. I let my small garden at the back die. I moved empty pots after empty pots. Layers of dust piled up on the shelves of books. Cobwebs started to form in corners. My little place, which used to be neat and orderly, mirrored my mind: chaotic, confused, confusing. I was in the process of dehoming. Despite traveling constantly, having my own […]
May 6, 2016
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MONEY TALK | Can You Really Save by Cooking for Yourself?

Some people at work were somewhat surprised to learn that I do not only do something domestic but I actually love doing them; say handwashing clothes (no, it is not a primitive way, just a matter of preference), interior designing my little place, and cooking. Once you start wearing the label feminist (or an independent woman who loves traveling), for some, it is like an instant dismissal of anything domestic. Truth be told, I hate the laborious and boring dish-washing. But most domestic responsibilities are rather meditative and creative, something I need when writing becomes toxic. I need something that […]