Philippine Web Design Conference in November 2015!

The people behind Philippine Web Designers Organization are amazing, talented, and hard workers and continue to deliver. I feel fortunate to have been one of the first members and I’m happy to invite you to attend this upcoming event. The pool and caliber of attendees continues to grow. I got initiated into the world of web dev young and I will probably be here to stay, currently exploring the marketing and project management side. It’s fortunate that you have access to world-class mentors thru the computer — but nothing beats in-person and hands-on learning. That’s what happens at the events that PWDO organizes. Excellent learning at a great price point.
Form Function Class
November 14, 2015, Saturday
Hive Hotel and Convention Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Performance Marketing, Affiliate Marketing Conferences

Habit # 7 of Highly Effective People: Sharpen the saw. So I’m always on the lookout for best practices trainings and conferences, whether online or in real life.
In the world of Performance Marketing, these are what I’ve found so far:

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Shopping for our Home – S&R & Homeworld Sale!

So we’ve just moved to a new 2-bedroom 2-bathroom apartment – and it’s still completely bare! We have our tables and chairs for our work and not much else.

Fortunately, there are a bunch of sales this September:

  • Mandaue Foam until September 15 (but their showrooms are too far for me)
  • S&R Members Treat (our very own Costco!) – September 14-18
  • SM Homeworld Sale at Megatrade Halls 1-3 Megamall – September 16-18
  • There’s also a huge sale at SM Mall of Asia September 16-18

I’m still too scared to go to S&R knowing that there’ll be hours of queueing for getting into S&R (not to mention finding a parking spot), for getting carts, then after all that hunting around for good deals, another queue for paying at the cashier.

I don’t know if the “savings” will be worth it. I’ve heard stories of people spending 8 hours there…

So anyway we’re nearer to Megamall, so we got to visit the first day of the Homeworld Sale. So fun!!! We’ll definitely come back tomorrow. It’s more organized and bright and cleaner than the Travel/Luggage/Footwear sale a few weeks ago held at the same place.

Our first priority was a big bed, mattress, linens, pillows – which we all got for under P20,000.

  • Queen size leather bedframe made in Malaysia SRP: P14,960 – Sale price: P8,960 (There were even bed frames that were offered at just under P5k but I was a bit wary of how sturdy they would be, made of particle board) The one we got seems like it’d be worth upwards of P20k actually
  • Memory foam mattress SRP: P10,000 – Sale price: P7,000
  • 4pc. queen-size Linens 310 thread-count SRP: P4,279.75 – Sale price: P2,140
  • 1 pair pillowcase 220 thread-count SRP: P699.75 – Sale price: P210
  • 2 20×30 Trendsetter pillows SRP: 706 – Sale price: P525
  • 1 Joyce & Diana 20×30 pillow P400 – just for elevating my feet! yay!
  • Teal curtains B1T1 (P400) and white sheers (P350)

Also got a couple of baking pans for the oven for under P300 for both.

And the delivery price seemed cheaper than their usual rate too. They offer installment up to 3 months for a min. purchase of P5,000.

That we went today on the first day on a weekday during the day, we witnessed how the crowd grew as the hours passed. Still, at least we got the lay of the land for when we go back :)

Aside from furniture, other shoppers were hoarding Christmas decors, china, linens, kitchen items and small appliances (e.g. oven toaster, airpot), clothing storage, plastic box containers. The window drapes seem like especially good deals. We stayed for about 5 hours but only because we did a lot of back and forth, canvassing, malling, and eating in between shopping. Queueing was not so bad.

I wonder if there are better rates for linens at S&R but I don’t think I can stomach all that queueing.

Can’t wait to go back to Megamall this weekend though! Don’t forget your SM Advantage Card!

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Should I Buy or Should I Rent?

I’ve been married for a month now! :) Planning an “intimate and elegant wedding” was an exhausting (but quite rewarding) experience in must-have’s and nice-to-have’s.

Right now, we’re staying in a studio condo in the city we’re renting. It also functions as a home office so we have both personal stuff and work stuff all around the house. It was just ok for single living, but now with both of us and all our stuff, it’s just too crowded and cluttered. Even with constant purging of unnecessary stuff, they do have a tendency to accumulate.

So, we went on a hunt for a new apartment and found a wonderful 2 bedroom just 15 minutes away from our current place. *Must take pictures when we visit again*


  • Accessible to public transport (MRT, bus, jeeps)
  • The amenities are pretty awesome too (a proper swimming pool, gym, clubhouse).
  • And the community seems safe. Kampante naman ang feeling.
  • Security guards are courteous.
  • More than 2x the space we have now
  • Includes a parking spot in the building’s basement
  • Good feng shui layout
  • A/C units provided for each room so we won’t have to buy
  • Comes with a proper gas stove with oven
  • 2 Bathrooms!!
  • Nice finishings.


  • Building doesn’t have a proper garbage chute. How silly is that?
  • Might flood outside. We’re told no naman, but we’ll see.
  • More than 2x the rent for our current place
  • Not quite easy to commute to the mall (because now, I can just hop on a jeep or even walk). But I guess that might be a good psychological barrier so I won’t spend so much sa mall.

So really, how can you beat that list of pros? Then my tita mentioned again about how our family friends would ask her about where we newlyweds are staying. They’re expecting us to have our own place na versus renting.

Hello? We really don’t know where we want to live yet so we’re not in the proper mindset to commit to a 10-year (or even 15 or 30 or 5) for a property. We’d have to be able to justify that we’d live in that same area for at least 5 years, commit to the monthlies and maintenance, and all the perks and peeves of home ownership. Which at this point, we’re just not ready for.

And apparently, the Is it Better to Buy or to Rent calculator agrees with me. YMMV (Your mileage may vary).

Though now that we’ve gotten married, paid for a really beautiful wedding ourselves, and got to travel together a few times, we’ve ticked off some items on the to-do list and we just might take the plunge in the next few years…

What about rent as money you’re “throwing away” every month instead of investing into an asset you’ll eventually own? Rent is really just an operating cost. You just have to spend it to be able to make more money. So, we’ll earn that rent back and much more – so we can have more money to invest or to give or to spend. I think it’s the same whether you’re an employee or self-employed. If you could live nearer your workplace and save time, energy, and money by not commuting – there are cases when that makes sense versus owning a home in a remote village. Or you could work nearer where you live.

Then again, maybe that’s just me. We do live in a country where people don’t value their time as much as physical money.

So anyway ghost month is over. On to new beginnings! Happy long weekend!

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