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  1. Alexandoy

    How much savings do you need for your retirement?

    I would need at least $100,000 for my retirement that would take care of my needs. Aside from that amount I have my own home so there is not much to spend except for food, utilities and other personal expenses. Some of my friends who retired without a big savings are now having financial issues...
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    Renting a condominium unit

    From the people I know who own condominium units that they rent out, the pandemic had affected their investment. No tenants in sight. On the other hand, some potential tenants say that they cannot afford the high rent of the condo unit because their salary was affected by the lockdown. Indeed...
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    Doves For Pets

    A day before Christmas, a pigeon landed in our front yard. I gave it some rice and I did not expect it to linger. It was in our garage until new year and our housemaid was giving it rice every day. After the new year, the pigeon tried to get inside our home so I opened the door. That was the...
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    Where do you love Doing Exercises?

    My nephew is complaining that the gym has been closed since the end of March and will remain closed until the end of April. My advice is for him to do his workout at home. He has a bench exerciser and some dumbbells that I think would be sufficient to maintain his muscles. I do my exercise at...
  5. Alexandoy

    Pizza roll for a nice snack

    We made pizza roll today for our afternoon snack and the leftover will be for our dinner. The ingredients are sliced bread, tomato paste, sliced cheese, green bell pepper strips, egg and bread crumbs. The main ingredient is sweet ham cut in half. Procedure: Flatten the sliced bread with a...
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    Preparing your own drink at home

    The fruit shake is one of the favorite drinks of the kids here so I guess it would save money if we make our own shake. I experimented with ripe mango that I mixed with sugar, cream milk and crushed ice. Running the blender for 1 or 2 minutes that shake is ready for tasting. Gee, it was good and...
  7. Alexandoy

    Family Support

    This reminds me of my boyhood days where the 4 sons (I am the 3rd) would be doing the environment activities - cleaning the yard, tending the garden and cleaning the entire house. That is our menu for the weekend. But in the afternoon we were given money so we can buy what we want like a piece...
  8. Alexandoy

    Are motorbikes popular in your area?

    Before the pandemic era the motorbike is already popular here that I have noticed that they constitute about 40% of the road population. But now it looks like they have grown to 50% of road users. The main reason is the lack of transportation due to the covid protocols that passengers of public...
  9. Alexandoy

    Community credit union

    The community credit union is an informal cooperative. The members deposit an amount as their share of the investment. Members can borrow money with the loan interest to be shared at the end of the year. It is like a community bank which is good for financial succor especially those who need...
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    Have you been vaccinated against covid-19?

    My wife and our housemaid had their first dose of Sinovac last week. Now they have scheduled me to have the same vaccine although I prefer Pfizer. But there is no supply of vaccine for now so my schedule is delayed for a week or 2 according to the medical officer of Manila. I hope the vaccine...
  11. Alexandoy

    Attending workshops and seminars for personal development

    Personal development means you learn new skills. My favorite workshop is movie-making and next is scriptwriting. But I also enjoyed attending other learning like cooking and handicrafts. What's good in a workshop or seminar is that you meet new people. Whether you are introvert or not you can...
  12. Alexandoy

    Farm lot for a retirement home

    The farm lot is getting popular in the suburban towns here particularly those near the mountainside. The farm lot is at least 1 hectare with water supply and a road but usually no electric supply. Most of the buyers are retirees who build a small house and use the land for a vegetable garden and...
  13. Alexandoy

    Taking the first class bus for a long trip

    The first class bus has only 4 seats per row which means 2 seats per side of the center aisle. The legroom is spacious which is more comfortable when the seat is slanted for more relaxation. The fare is 50% higher than the regular bus. But come to think of it, the first class bus has all the...
  14. Alexandoy

    We cannot go to the park in this pandemic era

    We love parks including the small park in our village. Our favorite is the big park by Manila Bay where there are trees and lots of nice restaurants. It's nice to have a barbecue by the bay. But now that it is prohibited to go to parks I wonder how park lovers survive the boredom of the home. We...
  15. Alexandoy

    Choosing the best eatery

    Whether it is a cafe, bistro or a classy restaurant, you need to be choosy sometimes. Check on the menu and don't forget to determine the amount of food per order. Some Chinese restaurants serve too much on the plate that cannot be finished even by 2 persons. We had the experience in Singapore...
  16. Alexandoy

    Do you consider yourself a good cook?

    To be honest, I learned cooking only by myself like what they say "play it by ear." It was not much of a disaster to learn cooking if you have focus and the logic. I have been cooking for my family for 30 years now and no one complains although from time to time I can see their satisfaction on...
  17. Alexandoy

    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    I have to agree that traditional Chinese treatment works but not for all. I have tried acupuncture to treat my acidic stomach but it was not successful on me. In Manila there is a Chinese pharmacy that sells snake potion and other alternative medicines. I don't think I can take that kind of...
  18. Alexandoy

    Credit card theft

    Beware of theft when using your credit card. The theft is not the physical credit card but the digital content is copied and later used. One senator here has lost $5,000 worth of purchases when a digital thief used his card illegally. This digital theft is usually done when you pay with your...
  19. Alexandoy

    The kind of paint spells the difference in longevity

    When we first did the repainting of the 20-year old house that we bought, my cousin advised us to buy high quality paint of enamel. He stated the brand because he said that some brands are really not good in terms of long-lasting appearance of the paint. Come to think of it. The exterior of our...
  20. Alexandoy

    The modern wedding sucks

    In our country, the modern style of wedding sucks. Starting with the invitation, the indicated time is 30 minutes or 1 hour in advance. That means you go there on time and waste at least half an hour in waiting. After the church ceremony, the guests proceed to the reception but the newlywed...
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