Thursday, January 31, 2013

Understanding a foreign language never been so easy.

As a US immigrant, I feel lucky and proud to speak English quite well. Since it is considered by many as a universal language, I think it’s a great thing that it was taught in our schools in the Philippines. Moving as it is to a foreign land is hard enough, how much more if I don’t understand the language they speak, it would have been disastrous, lol! Although I’m sure there’s plenty of schools out there that teaches English for foreigners, but I think it’s an advantage that I know how to speak it already, thus saving hubby money for some translation services

We’re now in the modern world with high technology and computer savvy people, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem at all anyway, if there’s a need for some translating, interpreting, or transcribing. As a matter of fact, Rosetta Translation Company is your one stop multilingual language solution specialist out there. They provide a full range of translation services to individuals and companies worldwide. I also see this as a career opportunity for people who are into proofreading, editing and of course translating. Too bad their US office is based in New York only. I can see myself working for them for some proofreading and editing jobs, if they do online jobs, which I doubt but it never hurt to check. One can wish, right?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A taste of the Boodle Fight at Captain A's.

I am suddenly craving for Filipino food today. I missed the seafood, rice, kinilaw and all the tasty desserts that follow. To satisfy a little bit of my cravings, I dug through my recent PI vacation photos and lo and behold, I found this one. Of all the places that I've eaten while I was on vacation, Captain A's experience was different in a positive way. I love how they present their food. They are affordable and it can feed a lot of people. It was a pleasant experience for me. If and when I go back to my homeland in the future, I definitely would visit this place again.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hubby's Good at Finances

Thanks for the post from Sylvester Campbell

My husband has gone on a savings kick now that it’s turning a new year. Last year we had a few unforeseen expenses with my broken leg and the fridge dying and the car breaking down so he wanted to ensure if things got bad this year we’d have enough reserve money to take care of everything. We’ve got a whole new plan for next year: I already went online to get us some Dallas Electric Savings in terms of our utilities and I’ve also been subscribing to the Sunday paper since last month so I could get used to “couponing.” I’ve sold a lot of the stuff on Ebay that’s just been clogging up my closet and we’ve pared down to the lesser cable package and gotten a club buying membership to save cash. My husband’s really good at things like this and he’s all about making a spreadsheet to make himself feel better. I love him for it though because without his level-headedness I don’t know that we would be in the financial shape we’re in now. I know that one day when we decide to have kids we’ll be able to save for their college and buy a nicer home and all that without a huge problem. There’s something to be said for being financially responsible and without Mark I don’t know that I could call myself so. I mean, I’m decently responsible and all but I’ve never been good at saving and I don’t know an IRA from a 401K, that’s for sure. There’s never been a time in my life when I felt as secure as I do now and I’d say I owe all that to Mark and his right brain. Maybe one day I’ll pick up some of his good savings habits but I’m not going to hold my breath over it, either! Mark is the better half of the two of us because he’s better at thinking about the future and not as good at enjoying the moment!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Basement ideas.

When we were looking to buy for our first house, having a basement in it wasn’t really in our must-haves. But we ended up buying with one, lol! And I realized it’s nice to have that extra living space in the house. We are just starting to settle in our new home and probably the basement would be the last area that we’re going to have projects on. We’re thinking of converting it to a family room or a second living room. I thought about putting a pool table there for hubby but he thinks those are expensive. I wonder if there are pool table for sale that we could afford and see if he changes his mind on the subject, lol! I actually don’t know how to play pool so I won’t be heartbroken if that project wouldn’t materialize. I would just be happy if we would have a nice family room for us to gather around to have fun and bond with our son.