2019 June Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Not Quite Mine by Catherine Bybee
- Perfect Stranger by Dani Atkins
- Love and other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
- Covet by J.R. Ward

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Netflix Movies

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Summer!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- Allergies and Migraine this month :(

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Went to South Korea with the whole family

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
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What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- No purchases this month ♥

May Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody
- One Day in December by Josie Silver
- Busted by Gina Ciocca
- Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Endgame ♥
- Netflix Movies

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Summer!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- Allergies and Migraine this month :(

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Went to Batangas with our CFC Family
- Went to Mindanao to visit parents and relatives ♥

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
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What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- No purchases this month ♥

What have you learned this month?
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How to Travel to Europe on a BUDGET?


YES. You read that right - Europe on a budget. It is possible! Here are a few tips that you might be interested.

1. Book through Travel Fair. For our April trip, I was able to book a really good deal last July, 2018 travel fair.

2. YES! Plan early. To tell you the truth, I planned this trip 5 years ago. After I was able to go to Central Europe last 2014, I promised Hubby that we will go after a few years. And since we wanted to celebrate our birthdays there (won't tell you how old!), we decided to celebrate it in Eastern Europe. ♥

3. Avail of the early promos for your train tickets. In Austria, they have this promo called "Sparchiene" were you get cheap train tickets if you bok 3 months in advance. And with this setup, you can pay for it little by little. Spending will not be that extravagant.

4. Use www.Booking.com or any other travel sites when booking for your hotel. Why? Through these sites you get to choose hotels according to your budget and preferred location. I'm so happy to say to I loved all the hotels that we chosed not only because it was within our budget but it was also on a very good location! I loved that most of it offered FREE breakfast as well! Very sulit!


When in Europe, I made a couple of cost cutting when in comes to tours and shopping. Here are my tips...

5. Our whole trip was DIY. Hubby and I planned everything from the very start. I will post another blog about the Europe Trip Planning very soon! So with this setup, we were able to save a LOT. YES! A whole lot!

6. We availed of the FREE walking tour per city. This is indeed FREE! But you have to provide tips! So you give the tour guide what you think they deserve. It's a win-win situation, right? Love this concept!

7. When planning your tours, make sure you visit per area. Meaning? Finish sight seeing in one place, then transfer to another. This way, you get to save up for train rides going to and from the places. All you have to do is WALK from one place to another. Trust me, walking is your best way to save in Europe! (*wink*)


8. Visit FREE musuems. Sometimes it is free on Sundays so best to research before buying the tickets.

9. Avail of the 24H Unlimited Train Rides. You will save a lot here. Like in Vienna we got the RED Vienna Card, in Prague we got the 48H unlimited card and in Budapest the 72H rides. This way you can ride whenever you can in buses, trains and trams. Not to mention very convenient too since you won't have to buy tickets in every journey.

10. Research. Research. Research. Find everything you can before you visit a country. This way you can check which are the places that are FREE to hang out, like parks, etc. It helps to be familiar with the place to know what you should expect too.

11. We stayed away from souvenir shops. Since I became a minimalist, I don't include shopping in our itinerary anymore. Yes I would buy stuff but mostly its for our kids, parents and siblings. Yes mostly for pasalubong. AND, we love grocery shopping, so you would see us in the grocery stores ALL THE TIME! (*wink*)

12. As mentioned, grocery stores are the way to go for pasalubongs like chocolates, local food (we even brought home a canned tuna! LOL!), there are also souvenirs like key chains and the items there are in a good price compared to the stores in tourist areas.

13. Wake up very early. This idea is more of time saving. We noticed that if we wake up early and check out the popular spots at 8 in the morning, there were not much people so, we get to enjoy the view. We get to have great pictures! This will help you save up time in waiting for your turn when there are too many people lining up for photo ops.

14. Schedule time to relax. I grew up travelling with a goal that we HAVE to go to as many places as we can. So mostly the memories that I would remember is the stress and the memory of us very tired from walking simply because we wanted to make the most out of our trip. I realized now that I wanted a more relaxing trip. I guess it comes with the age too! HA! So yes, schedule time for dessert, or coffee with your loved one. Maybe go back to the hotel to take a nap (yes we did this!). Or just end the day even if the sun is still out, eat dinner in your hotel room and enjoy the quiet evening. It helped us recharged and face another new and exciting day ahead of us.

SO there, now that I mentioned having dinner at the hotel room, here are also my tips on what you can do to save money on FOOD!

15. We didn't eat in the restaurants the WHOLE time. To save money, we just buy at the grocery stores for our dinner and eat it in our hotel room while watching a movie or just talking. It was a quiet evening, relaxing too and not to mention we were able to save tons!

16. For breakfast, we just have a sandwich and a coffee. There were days that we didn't avail of the hotel's breakfast buffet, so we just go to the nearest coffee shop and order our favorite bagel or croissant. Very cheap but filling. And we were not that full too. I love that we could still focus on healthy eating even if we were not at home.

17. Again, we went to the grocery stores for water. Water costs A LOT in Europe. So we bought a big bottle (I think 1.5 liters is the biggest) and then we just refill our bottles when we go out for the day. Instant savings! The 1.5 liter is only €0.64 compared to a €2 or even €3 in the tourist areas. YES! That expensive especially if you convert it to PESO.

18. While in the grocery stores, buy snacks that you can munch on for the day. Like nuts, crackers, cheese, chocolates or fruits. It helps to bring food. This way you don't have to buy too much when you are out and it will save you time especially if you want to see a lot of places during the day. While on tour and your typical lunch hour has just passed, your snacks will definitely come in handy. And yes, don't forget your water!

19. Get a hotel that offers breakfast.

20. Restaurants at the train station are usually affordable. There was this chinese fastfood chain that we saw in Vienna's train station. We got fried rice with two viands for only €4.50. YUM! I cannot live without rice! So happy!

21. Of course there is a reason why we were so frugal on some of our meals. Because we wanted to experience dining in Europe too. But we wanted to make sure that it is worth it. So with this view, do you think it is?


We are so blessed and thankful to be able to experience Eastern Europe during Spring time. With this trip, we realized that anything is possible if you have a budget and would stick to it. But most importantly, if you do a lot of research you will be able to reach that goal of yours. I know, because I've been dreaming of this trip for 5 YEARS! (*wink*)(*wink*)(*wink*)


April Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Started Reading: EMT by R.L. Matthewson

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Netflix Movies
- Marriage Contract Series in Netflix

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Summer!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- Allergies and Migraine this month :(

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Went to Europe with the Husband

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
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What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- Bought keychain mirror, chocolates, a few souvenirs from our Europe trip ♥

What have you learned this month?
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Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Our two-week trip to Europe!
2. Migraine is getting better
3. Airconditioner on this uber hot summer!
4. Green Tea
5. Decaf Coffee
6. Giving out gifts
7. The Feast
8. Work (i love working!)
9. Wonderful Memories
10. Kisses and Hugs from my Kids

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March 2019 Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
- My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
- The Trouble with Flirting by Claire Lazebnik
- Fractured by Dani Atkins
- How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
- Our Song by Dani Atkins
- All Our Perfects by Colleen Hoover
- Wife by Wednesdy by Catherine Bybee
- Started Reading: A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Netflix Movies
- Aquaman
- Ready Player One
- Storage Wars in Netflix
- Marriage Contract Series in Netflix
- Seven Sundays

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Summer!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- Allergies and Migraine this month :(

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
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What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
-

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- I bought one maroon top and a flimsy skirt for a wedding that I will attend soon

What have you learned this month?
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February 2019 Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd
- Spark by Rachel Craw
- We All Fall Down by Natalie Richards
- Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Netflix Movies

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Valentine's Day! ♥

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- I am thankful that I didn't have much allergies / headaches migraines this month

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Went for a quick getaway to Nueva Ecija ♥
- Quick getaway to Dahilayan Adventure Park and CDO with the whole family

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
- Dahilayan Adventure Park Hotel
- Dahilayan Forest Park
- Giuseppe

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- No shopping this month (WOOT!)

What have you learned this month?
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January 2019 Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Ella's Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling
- Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
- Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling
- Vance by Lucy Lambert
- Love Connection by Camilla Isley
- I Have Never by Camilla Isley
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Christmas Movies from Netflix
- The Walk
- The Black Mirror latest episode - "Bandersnatch"
- Marie Kondo Netflix
- The Most Extra ordinary Houses in Netflix

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Our Anniversary ♥♥♥

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- I am thankful that I didn't have much allergies / headaches migraines this month

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
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What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
-

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- No shopping this month (WOOT!)

What have you learned this month?
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Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. New ebooks!
2. Trip to Osaka / Kyoto / Nara / Kobe
3. Family Bonding
4. Freshly Brewed Coffee
5. Work, work, work
6. Blessings are never-ending! Thank you, Lord!
7. The kids' good grades ♥
8. Online Groups
9. Projects to Look forward to
10. 14 years ♥

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2018 December Monthly Roundup

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- Lauren by Julia Crane
- The Bastard Brotherhood Book 1.0 Destined for a King by Ashlyn Macnamara
- Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
- Running from Romeo by Diane Mannino
- Star-crossed by Pintip Dunn
- Excaping a Royal Wedding by Elizabeth Lennox
- Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Christmas Movies from Netflix
- Mowgli from Netflix

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- Our little girl's birthday!

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- I am thankful that I didn't have much allergies / headaches migraines this month

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Went to Osaka / Kyoto / Nara / Kobe to celebrate Christmas and New Year

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
- Pancake House!

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- Some tops from Online Shopping (*grin*)

What have you learned this month?
- Christmas is all about JESUS. ♥