Coffee Talk Series: Be Financially Empowered

The current turmoil in the financial markets has more and more people thinking about their financial future.  Suddenly,  what seemed safe ground seems to be quick sand.  The “sure” thing is now uncertain.  Compound this with problems such as paying our regular bills and you realize the increasing importance to making (and keeping) a budget sufficient to satisfy future needs. 

On Sept 20,  attend a wealth management forum with Financial Columnist Karen Galarpe hosted by Mom Exchange and Alveo Verdana Homes.

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Greenbelt 3

Please RSVP to Geisler Maclang at 812-8828 or 812-9919 if you would like to attend. Here is the invitation.

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25 Ways to Save Money

The Consumer Reports Magazine recently published a list of 25 simple ways to save money.  Some entail changing certain parts / appliances but the savings in the long run do justify the short term costs.  Here are some tips which I plan to implement soon:

  1. Clean the coils behind or underneath your refrigerator with a tapered appliance brush to keep it running efficiently.
  2. Put your PC to sleep :  use the hibernate feature on your computer.
  3. Plug electronics into a power strip so that you can turn them all off at once.  If available,  get a powerstrip with individual switches so that you can conserve power consumption.
  4. Keep car tires properly inflated. A slightly flat tire results in greater drag and lessens fuel efficiency.
  5. Weather-strip old windows and doors. It’s the surest way to close the gaps around openings, reducing heating and cooling costs by 15 to 30 percent.
  6. Install a high-efficiency showerhead. It will reduce hot water use by up to 50 percent.
  7. Upgrade to a low-flow toilet and save 4,000 gallons per year.
  8. Add insulation as this can cut cooling bills by at 10 percent,  particularly useful during the hot summer months.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Muddles should teach Middles

Today’s youtube surfing session yield a treasure of a clip which was written and produced for Word Alive International Outreach.  Parents would do well to share this with their toddlers.

Got a college-bound teen?  Share this:

Start them young on the path of financial literacy so that they don’t make the bad decisions which lead to debt snowballs.

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2008 Christmas Bazaar Schedule

Ahh… the “Ber” months are upon us and the shopping frenzy has begun.  I’ve compiled a list of those bazaars which I think should be interesting, historically offering unique items at a fairly reasonable amount.  I’ll expand the list as soon as I get updates on the others.  =)

The 7th World Bazaar Festival
World Trade Center, Metro Manila
Dec 5-16

Karl Edwards International Bazaar
NBC Tent, Taguig
Sept 13-14 / 27-28
Oct 4-5 / 11-12 / 25-26
Nov 8-9 / 15-16 /22-23 / 29-30
Dec 6-7 / 13-23 /27-28

American Women’s Bazaar
World Trade Center, Metro Manila
Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 2

Casa Y Jardin
Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City
Oct 12 & 18 (9am-9pm

Woodrose Family Bazaar
Cuenca Community Center
Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
Oct 11-12

The Network for Enterprising Women Bazaar
Delicacies Village, Tiendesitas.  Admission is FREE.
Oct 25-26
New concessionaires still welcome.  Email mbci.events@gmail.com or go to www.mbcievents.multiply.com for more details. 

Urban Bazaar Series
Rockwell Tent,  Powerplant mall.
Oct 24-25; Nov 28-30; Dec 12-14
For more information, please call 898-1702 or log on to powerplantmall.multiply.com.

Head on to Luxe: 1st shopping soiree
Rockwell Tent,  Powerplant mall.
Oct 30-31
For more information, please call  (02) 480-5667 or visit http://luxeshoppingevent.tripod.com.

Cubao Expo Holiday Bazaar
Cubao Expo (formerly known as Marikina Shoe Expo.
Nov 8, 15, 22, 29.  Dec 6-7, 13-14, 18-24.
New concessionaires still welcome.   “No pirated products, fakes, imitation, or replica goods” policy. For more information, please visit http://cubaoexpogroup.multiply.com/journal/item/11/CUBAO_EXPOS_Y.E.S._08_Year-End-Series_of_Events_2008.

International Bazaar
PICC Forum
Nov 16

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2008 Manila International Book Fair

I’m so sad that I’m stuck here in KL in the upcoming week.  

Booklovers across the Metro have been counting down the days to the 29th Manila International Book Fair will be held from September 12 to 16, 2008, 10:00 A.M.to 8:00 P.M. at Halls 1-4, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The MIBF 2008’s theme is Words without Borders. It celebrates the power of literature to cross boundaries of time, place and culture.  MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature, textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, audio and e-books, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

This celebration of books and all that it contains is one of the longest-running in Asia. It is also one of the most accessible and affordable, Through the years, it has welcomed millions of Filipinos to the Manila International Book Fair, which is for everyone of all ages, of all tastes and means and dreams. This year, the Book Fair becomes more international opening up to other cultures while continuing to champion the best of what Philippine publishing has to offer.

The world and the word comes to Manila this September for the sharing of stories and the meeting of minds. Come and join the conversation.

The 29th Manila International Book Fair is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. For details, call 890-0661 or 896-0682, log on to www.manilabookfair.com, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com.

Many local publishing houses will have their booths there and hosting workshops at SMX.  I was particularly excited about the workshops being offered by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBYP):

  • A Thumbnail History of Children’s Literature in the Philippines
    A lecture to be delivered by Prof. Lina Diaz de Rivera
    9-12 noon, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • 25 Ways to Entice Children with Stories
    A workshop on storytelling; Facilitator: Manolo Silayan
    1-4 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • Library Magic
    – 25 Steps to Building a Mobile Library
    – 25 Ways to Survive and Thrive: Managing Change in Libraries
    – Setting Up Children’s Libraries
    Facilitators: Nina-Lim Yuson, Zarah Gagatiga, PLAI
    9-5 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Tong Tong Tong: Tinig, Tunog, at Talino ng Tulang Pambata
    Facilitator: c/o Linangan ng Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA)
    9-12 noon,September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Creative Effective Visuals for Children’s Books
    Facilitator: Totet de Jesus
    1-4 pm, September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Reading, Responding and Reviewing
    A workshop on reviewing children’s literature; Facilitator: Neni Sta.Romana-Cruz
    1-4 pm, September 15, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Each workshop has a fee of six hundred pesos (Php 600.00), except for Library Magic which costs one thousand pesos (Php 1000.00).  For inquiries or registration, please send an e-mail to pbby.ncbd@gmail.com or call 3723548.  Also visit www.pbby.org.ph.

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    Quote of the Day

    Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting.

    —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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