Feb 13, 2021

Need A New Car? How To Narrow Down The Options

 Are you on the hunt for a new car? Whether you’re shopping for a brand new car, or you’re looking for a used vehicle, it’s important to take the time to narrow down your options and ensure you make the right choice. Here are some top tips to help you find the perfect car. 

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Setting a budget

Setting a budget is a great place to start because it will enable you to determine what kind of car you can afford and prevent you from falling head over heels for a mavailable to you when it comes to buying a new or used car. You can purchase the vehicle outrightke or model that is out of your price range. Before you start booking test drives or making a short-list, analyze your finances and think about how much you want to spend. There are various options a or you can take advantage of solutions like Vauxhall hire purchase if you want to spread the cost over a period of time or swap your car every 2-4 years. If you do choose to buy the car on finance, or you’re looking at hire contracts, make sure you can afford the monthly payments before signing on the dotted line. 

Outlining your priorities

There are hundreds of different makes and models to choose from, but not all of them will be suitable for you. Once you’ve set a budget to either buy a car outright or make a monthly payment, think about your priorities. What kind of vehicle are you looking for? What types of features are essential? From family-friendly SUVs and compact hatchbacks to estate cars and luxury sports cars, consider the type of vehicle that suits your lifestyle. Do you need a car for business purposes? Are you an auto enthusiast who wants to enjoy the driving experience? Are you searching for a car to do the school run? Are you keen to go green and buy an electric car? Once you know what your priorities are, you can focus your search on vehicles that cross those boxes. 

Test driving

Test drives are hugely important because they enable you to see how the car runs, how much space there is inside and what the vehicle feels like. You can’t gather this information by looking at pictures or reading brochures. If you’re going to invest in a car and drive hundreds or thousands of miles every year, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable and that you enjoy your time behind the wheel. If you have a list of contenders, organize test drives and make your decision once you’ve really got a feel for the cars. You don’t want to think you’ve bought the perfect car to find that you’re uncomfortable when you actually drive it. 

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There is an incredible array of cars available today and this can make narrowing down the options tricky. If you’re looking to replace your car, set a budget, establish a list of priorities and essential features, create a short-list and then organize test drives. 

Jan 25, 2021

Celebrating Christmas during the Pandemic

After so many years, I get to celebrate Christmas with my friends again. But there only 3 of us since there is still pandemic. I also got to have exchange gifts with friends. Afterwards, we headed straight to our friend's house where we celebrated the rest of the night until morning.

Of course we did karaoke, drink alcohol and had a lot of chitchats. I miss this moment that I get to spend (longer) time with friends. Ever since we started being adults, we barely had time to see each other and not all of us will be available. 

Anyways, it was really a time well spent with friends. Before I went abroad, I always celebrated Christmas with my family.

Dec 6, 2020


Before the 'Plantita' was a thing in our country, I was already into this hobby but most them are fruit bearing plants. While browsing my past photos, I couldn't imagine how many plants we had in our backyard before. So I want to share it on my blog.

I used to be obssessed in planting sunflowers because I saw how beautiful they were in UP Diliman. Unfortunately, I was not able to plant many sunflowers. But I'm still happy since they grew and the flower blossomed. 

Oregano and Santan


I forgot the name of this plant. It has bulb and  I believe this plant belongs to the lily family. But the flowers are really beautiful. Until now, we still have this kind of plant in our yard.

We also had plenty of fruit bearing plants. I love to eat fresh veggies that's been picked from our garden. It's organic and we were able to save a penny.

Here's some of our plants. 

I love spicy foods that's why I always wanted to plant chillies. We still plant chillies until now. As we all know, they can be expensive in the market.

We always have 'malunggay' or moringa in our backyard. They are full of nutrients and can be mixed with a lot of different Filipino dishes like 'monggo', 'ginisang sardinas', 'tinola', or 'dinengdeng'

Not everyone likes the taste of bitter melon but it is healthy and I like eating it's leaves. I just boil the leaves and add a little bit of 'bagoong' and 'calamansi'

Papaya. They're perfect for 'tinola' and 'dinengdeng' or 'inabaw'.

We used to have plantains. They were from Ivory Coast but unfortunately we were not able to maintain them. 

Eating green leafy vegetables are healthy. I also love to eat kamote (leaves) salad mixed with tomatoes and onions. 

We had 'calamansi' plant. It had lots of fruits before I left to work abroad that's why we didn't have to buy to the market. We just pick the fruits when we need it. Calamansi is a good source of Vitamin C. I used to love making calamansi juice or shake.

I also eat okra that is boiled, steamed or fried. I dipped it in bagoong or soy sauce with calamansi.

Lastly, our eggplant. I love to eat eggplant omelet for breakfast. I also like it fried and dipped it in soy sauce with calamansi.

Gardening is really therapeutic and it's a good hobby. We are able to pick fresh fruits from them. Fruits and vegetables are getting expensive so it's better to plant at home even if it's in a small pot. These days, we have to be practical and wise in saving money ang to being healthy. 

Dec 5, 2020

Crabs in Coconut Milk


So my friend and I decided to cook 'ginataang alimango' on the weekend since we were both craving for this dish. I actually love eating this kind of dish once in while. We went to the market nearby to buy crabs and other needed ingredients. 

I find cooking this dish easy. First, I washed the crabs to removed the dirt on their shell. Then I boiled them. Then I started to prepare the string beans, squash, onion, garlic and ginger.

I started cooking by sauteeing the garlic, onion and ginger. After that, added the squash and string beans. When the veggies are a little bit cooked, I added the crabs that I boiled earlier. Then I put the coconut milk. I used the powdered one. I just mixed it warm a cup of warm water before I poured it in. Lastly, I added salt and pepper to taste. That's how easy to cook it. Then we finally ate it. We ate a lot of rice because I enjoy this dish with rice. 

We had sliced pineapples for dessert. They are really sweet.

Unfortunately, I accidentally cut my thumb while peeling the squash. It's really hard peeling this vegetable. A part of of thumb nail was also cut and my thumb bled a lot. As of this writing, my wound is find now. Hahaha!

Dec 2, 2020

4 Things To Know For Your First Visit To Australia

 4 Things to Know for Your First Visit to Australia

Australia is a tourism hotspot for many travellers worldwide and is known for its vibrant cities, breath-taking natural landscapes, and friendly locals. According to Camper Champ, Australia welcomed about 9.3 million tourists in 2019. The travel experience can be quite daunting for anyone - especially first-time travelers - so it’s necessary that you discover helpful insights about your destination. This helps to guide your expectations so you’ll learn how best to take advantage of your experience. So, are you considering a visit to Australia anytime soon? Here are some things you should know about.

  1. Australia is a vast country

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Although Australia might look small on the map, it is the sixth-largest country on earth, with a landmass about 50% greater than Europe! As such, it takes considerable time to get around in the country. Car rentals are popular among tourists, especially those who visit in groups because renting a van is more convenient than public transport. Many travel experts suggest taking advantage of Australia’s vastness to go road-tripping since it is the best way to see the country. Therefore, if you are in the country for a long break and interested in an adventure, you can rent your car and take a classic Aussie road trip to experience Australia first-hand. 

  1. Mind the sun

Did you know that Australia has the highest skin cancer rate globally? Indeed, Australia has a thin ozone layer, making the sun harsher. Therefore, bringing along adequate sun protection is standard advice that travel experts give to people visiting Australia. Take your hat, sunglasses, protective clothing, and sunscreen to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. Also, many parts of the country record above 40°C temperatures several times a year, so it would be best to do some weather-forecast research about the regions you will be visiting to guide your packing. Skin damage is a real threat in Australia, so prioritize sun protection while packing to avoid any health problems after.

  1. Must-see destinations

There are several destinations in Australia that many travel experts and seasoned travellers agree that you should not miss while in the country. From stunning beaches to beautiful rainforests, there is something for every type of traveller. You can visit the Great Barrier Reef to see the world's largest reef and go diving in it as part of your holiday plans. Also, what's a trip to Australia without visiting the Sydney Opera house? With over 40 shows weekly, there's something that would undoubtedly interest you. Uluru, Bondi Beach, Daintree National Park, Sydney Harbour bridge, etc., are other destinations you should consider visiting for a remarkable Aussie experience.

  1. Money matters

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Some travel experts think a daily budget of $100-$200 for food, accommodation, and activities should be your estimation for your Aussie trip, so keep this in mind when drawing your budget. Also, rentals are typically listed weekly and not monthly like in most of Europe, so check with your travel agent before booking accommodation and rentals to avoid oversights that may lead to overpayments. Finally, due to Australia's high minimum wage, Australian services like bars and taxis don't expect tips from you, so you can conserve those tips to fund other areas to enhance your vacation experience.

Nov 27, 2020

Road Trips: What to Think About Before You Head Out!


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Road tripping around the world is one of the most important things you could do to expand on your love of travel, but also to expand your horizons. A road trip can be a perfect way to explore new places, trying new things, and potentially rediscovering who you are. But the perfect road trip comes with a lot of preparation. What are some of the things you should think about before you head out?

Upgrading Your Vehicle

There are two options here. If you are bringing friends along, you will need to rent a campervan. This has plenty of benefits. You can split the costs but also, when you are in a car, you can feel in close quarters, so you may think twice about who you travel with. You can very easily hire a motorhome online, and it saves on accommodation. However, if you are going by yourself or with one other person, think about upgrading your vehicle just to make sure it can keep the distance. Make sure that you upgrade your wheels to guarantee that they are able to withstand long journeys over various terrain. You may have an old second-hand vehicle or you may consider purchasing a new vehicle, but a few simple tweaks might be all you need.

Don't Travel Light

A road trip is an adventure, and this means you got to pack accordingly! You don't know what sort of situation you might end up in. You may be driving for 12 hours at a time, or you may be racing to get to the accommodation before it shuts for the night. Whatever happens, make sure you've got an emergency case of supplies for the worst-case scenario. Essential accessories like water bottles, adaptors, batteries, and even a gas stove will make sure that you've got the basics covered. And always make sure that you've got a phone charger to hand. Whenever you are stopped off in a lay-by, take the opportunity to charge your phone while you eat so you can get to the next destination. And it's important to remember that you can't always rely on your phone for directions. Make sure you have an actual map in your glove box!

Plan Your Accommodation Sensibly

Part of a long road trip is about veering off course and following your nose. The best thing you can do if you are planning a lengthy road trip is to find accommodations that are within driving range. So if you find yourself getting fatigued, you've always got the opportunity for a good night's rest. In addition to this, you need to make sure that the hotels are affordable but also have a good reputation. If you are driving a motorhome or a caravan, find out the best campsites for your budget. Booking hotels in advance will always mean you get the best deals. But make sure that you scour the reviews. You don't want to be up all night worried about cockroaches when you've got a long drive ahead of you the next day!

Prepare Your Body and Brain

A road trip is fun, but it can be exhausting. You've got to make sure, before you head off, to guarantee that your mind and body are in peak condition. You don't want to start your journey with a low immune system or feeling unwell. This can make the journey even more arduous. Take the opportunity before you go to have a physical check-up and if you have a medical condition, make sure that you are given the okay from your doctor. A long road trip means engaging in so many different activities. And if you plan on doing vigorous physical activities like surfing or hiking, make sure that your body is ready. Start to prepare your body for the activities. There is nothing worse than feeling exhausted at the end of the day and waking up feeling worse than the night before. You have got a lot of driving to do, which is why it's so important to make sure you are as healthy as you can possibly be. If your driving isn't up to speed, you should think about strengthening this skill as early as possible. If you plan on driving very long distances during all manner of weather, at dawn or dusk, developing your ability to concentrate and react quickly is of the utmost importance.

Leave Your Problems at Home

Going on a road trip is about throwing caution to the wind, but only to a certain extent. It's important to plan your trip carefully. But you shouldn't be too obsessed over a schedule. It's important to allow yourself a certain amount of freedom. It gives you the opportunity to relax and have fun. A road trip has to be about going away from your normal life and giving yourself the opportunity to become a different version of yourself. And this is something that we can forget about. If you're going with a friend, you may start to rely on them more to get you through difficult situations. But the great thing about a road trip is that it can be good and bad in equal measure, although the outcome is always the same: you've learned and developed yourself. Take the opportunity to leave your problems at home. 

A road trip is like a long weekend in many ways. It is the escape from the normal life you need, and it's important to point out that this is different from a typical vacation. A road trip isn't just about having fun, it can push you to your limits. There are so many possibilities and adventures. A road trip is something that you can plan meticulously or you can leave to chance. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for the worst but expect the best. A road trip will always be something to cherish because you will learn so much in a practical sense, but you will also learn about yourself on the road.

Nov 6, 2020

Spicy Fried Rice


I am a rice lover and I believe that's one of the reason why I've gained so much weight. I used to cook fried rice whenever there's leftover in our kitchen. I find it so delicious when rice has a flavor. What I do is I just mixed it with whatever food that's available in our kitchen. So in the picture, I cooked the leftover rice with scrambled eggs and water spinach. Then I just added some soy sauce. I love eating super spicy foods that's why I also added some chilli. This is so easy to make! 


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