17 Lessons I’m Taking With Me In 2017

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I’ve got a couple of backlogs that I meant to finalize and post back in December but I got lazy never got to do so and this is one of them. It’s already February and I’ve been itching to put my cluttered thoughts in order because 1) Twitter’s character limit is very, well, limiting and 2) posting blog-length updates on Facebook is a huge no-no for me and 3) it’s been getting really noisy in my head.

I skipped the whole “New Year’s resolutions” crap because years of experience has proven that I break my resolutions EVERY TIME and I commit the same errors every year. (Don’t you ever learn, Heidi?)

Since we’re on the topic of learning, I decided to think about the lessons I learned in the past years, especially the ones I learned in 2016, because God knows that year was chocked full of them.
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One Broke Girl: A Lifestyle Guide

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Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed to have six digits in their bank accounts. Some are living-paycheck to-paycheck. Some live off their savings. That’s me.

I resigned from my day job last August 2016 for personal reasons. It got difficult balancing the long hours with living alone. I think that’s why people get roommates, so they can take turns with responsibilities such as chores, cooking, and paying the bills. I lived off my savings for a few months. And when the digits got lesser and lesser, I started to panic. For the first time, I was legitimately broke.

I am broke but I’m going to make it.

With limited funds and miles away from my family, I tried to find ways to cut back on my expenses and stretch the little that I had. I’ve listed a few tips based on what I’ve learned as a broke girl living in the city.Read More »

3-Ingredient Moringa Pesto

Traditional Italian pesto is made strictly with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil. But if you’ve come across Buzzfeed’s post on pesto, you’d realize that you can switch out basil for any herb or greens you have on hand and replace the pine nuts or eliminate it all together, as Whitney Biber has done in her 3-ingredient pesto recipe. I’ve made cilantro pesto before, since I had leftover herbs from making chimichurri sauce.

But, let’s be real, basil isn’t exactly affordable. I got the idea from a friend, who made pesto using moringa leaves or malunggay. Her homemade moringa pesto smelled heavenly, thanks to the garlic.

Turns out, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy good pesto. Malunggay is really cheap and it grows in many backyards here in the Philippines. I live in the city so I don’t have free access to it, but it costs less than P15 in the supermarket. Apart from being really affordable, malunggay has tons of health benefits, so it’s a great way to sneak in vegetables into your diet.

 

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Inspiration: Black & White

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on the internet lately. And if you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that based on my tweets, I’ve been looking through Home Decor articles and pages. I usually do this when I’m looking for inspiration for an upcoming general cleaning session for my condo unit.

This month’s inspiration is black and white decor. I don’t know what it is about this classic combination but it always draws me in. I love how simple and clean it makes everything look. To me, if done right, it’s both timeless and tasteful.

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