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Six Simple Engagement Ideas to Celebrate Love

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Love grows and expands. It is the only thing that you give away but never diminishes. Once you fall and accept the person as they are, you are entirely captivated by the person. The time when you want to enter the next level of your relationship.

Long-term relationships past the dating stage are ready for the next step, marriage. But before they go hunting for rings in shops at Vertis North. Their partner must get to the proposal. Asking the question is dreadful as there is no assurance of any affirmation. Also, they want the best for their partner, so they want everything to go off without a hitch.

A simple engagement often completes the moment. Gathering family and a close-knit circle of friend to witness the once-in-a-lifetime moment completes the occasion. But if you still want to execute a unique proposal for your loved one, try one the ideas below.

1. The Surprise Homecoming

If your partner is a jet-setter because of her job, you can use this opportunity to give her a warm welcome at the airport. The next time he or she comes home from a long trip, you can propose on the spot upon embarkment. You can hold up a huge handwritten sign saying “Will you marry me?” or you can meet your partner halfway to get on your knee and hold out the ring box. If you wish to go with the sign, asking help from family members and friends to hold the signs will place the last word – “me” – in your hands.

2. Fine Dining

A lot of people propose in public places. Most end up restaurants for its comfort. You have the meal and the luxurious setting in one place. What more can you ask?

If you wish to propose in a restaurant, inform the establishment beforehand. Know if they have arrangements regarding wedding proposals. That way, you can plan the flow of your date night. You can also ask them for advice on the best way to have the engagement. You can have your proposal written on a plate as the waiter delivers the ring with the dessert or entree.

3. Completing the Puzzle

Want something unique? Create a customized jigsaw puzzle! Write the words on the pieces and allow your partner solve the picture. You can create the puzzle pieces through CreateJigsawPuzzles, Piczzle, Printer Studio, and, Portrait Puzzles.

4. Going Back in Time

Take your sweetie to the place your story began. It can be the theme park you had your first date or the restaurant you spent your first anniversary. Drop some lines during an intimate moment. It can go something like this, “We’ve had an amazing journey these past years. I think we are ready to take the next step in our journey. I hope you pick me as your partner in life.” Try to be as smooth as possible. To make it seem natural, add some lines or humor that brings out your personality.

5. Skywriting

Superman isn’t hiding behind the clouds in the sky. They are digital skywriting planes high above the ground doing advertising and writing messages. Take your engagement off the surface of the Earth by setting up a personal note to an aerial advertising company. It’s one way of showing your love to the world. Tying a banner with the proposal and flying the plane over your town is a cool way to spread the news.

6. Watching Your Silver Screen Moment

It doesn’t matter whether you are the creative type or not. You can come up with a montage or compiled video clips with the someone’s help. Recording your travel moments, holidays, and other activities while narrating how they are special to you will bring tears to your partner’s eyes. You can play the short movie at home before starting your favorite TV show. You can also show it to your family and friends as a surprise during a luncheon or a dinner. If you want to go big, you may show it at a local movie theater. Have it running before the usual Vertis North cinema schedule.

Marriage proposals, without extra effort and elaborate motions, are unforgettable. They are one of life’s milestones as you accept your partner to be part of your remaining life on Earth. Though acts of grandeur are unnecessary, paying attention to what your partner needs show how your love and affection. These six simple proposals are sure to get the affirmation you wish to hear.

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Etiquette: Unsolicited Advice from Life’s Experts

Scratch that. Nobody is an expert on the facts of life. There are only people with experiences. These people are around long enough to know the difference between what works and what doesn’t. They know how to deal with people and work with the bumps along the way. Most of all, they are self-assured. They know enough to help the lost and young on the questions they had when they were at the same age.

When advice is put into action, it becomes a part of etiquette. Instilling manners into your system does not only benefit yourself. It also helps the community and the society once everyone gets going with the trend. You get to score points with your neighbors at your condo in Nuvali. You live a long life as you fill yourself with confidence and love.

However, a twenty-something may still be unaware of how to accomplish these things. Most of them recently got their diplomas, on their first job or serious relationship. Some of them think they have it all under control when they absolutely have no idea what to do. They face problems head-on and apply solutions that only smack them in the face. Stumbles will always be part of life, but they become fewer as one learns how to face the hurdles.

Experienced Humans: Fifty-Somethings

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Below are some bits of advice from experienced humans, in this case, fifty-somethings that will help you through life. These people already spent half their life on Earth. Hence, they don’t mess around when talking about life.

Actively work on identifying what job will make you feel like you don’t work in a 9-to-5 setup. Pursue it with all the energy you can manage. Nothing says demise than daily routine. Clocking in and out at the office, sending and replying to e-mails, and accomplishing the same ad-hoc tasks is a surefire way to kill the spirit. Instead, ignite the passion inside of you. Dance, draw, paint, read, sing, write, or travel if that’s what you wish to do. You can immerse in various pursuits throughout your lifetime. Doing them brings you closer to what works for you.

No one wins or loses in the game of life. It’s the journey that counts. The material wealth you have – cash, automobiles, electronics, and other luxury items – have the same value as the generic ones. A Chanel bag is still a bag. A Bentley is still a car. It all boils down to perspective. Switching to newer and better versions of the former will result in the same way it was before after six months.

Consequently, do not put stuff above people when making priority lists. They are never as important as the people you love. Cherish the memories and time you have with each person in your life. Family and friends are the ones there for you at a time of crisis. Not your iPhone.

Major life decisions are for you to decide. Other people exist to encourage and provide support. They must not be the one running the show. Thus, don’t make decisions to please others. Live for yourself. Remember, there is no one else to support you and your dreams but you.

If you don’t have confidence, fake it. Pretend as if you do. Going through the motions will trick your brain into believing. Eventually, you will gain it, and everything will fall into place.

These five pieces of advice target the self. Change starts within a person the spreads to others once they are sure of themselves. Twenty-somethings are in a period of insecurity due to the unstable footing and lack of knowledge in the world. Having a guide, mentor or someone who is wise beyond their years are the people who give out nuggets of wisdom.

The Joys of Being Alone: Becoming Financially Stable

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Financially stability is probably every Millenial’s dream. Born in a world of economic meltdowns, fiscal and monetary policy, these individuals often look forward to easing their worries regarding finances.

They start early – they look for jobs and side hustles, build empires and turn their passion into business ventures. Of course, the path to these isn’t easy. It can be a breeze when you know where to start.

To help you get started, here are some hacks to financial stability.

1. Build your emergency fund.

There’s no other solution during difficult times than to establish a sizeable amount of emergency funding. Each day unexpected events happen to each one. What’s worse, the outcomes are unpredictable. Some events result in greatness while others result in depression (not the illness).

These events not only happen to us. They also occur to people close to us – parents, siblings, and children. When these occur, you must be ready to buffer against the hardship. A sudden layoff, sickness, and death entail costs that can eat up your operating expenses. An emergency fund will help you sail through them.

If you’re a regular employee with a monthly salary, it helps to save six months’ worth of expenses. Entrepreneurs, people on commission and those without a fixed income must save a year’s worth for their expenditures.

2. Expand your income base.

It will take you awhile before you reach the ideal amount for an emergency fund if you have a meager paycheck. A minimum wage will only get you so far – utilities, food, other necessities, and the remaining for savings. You won’t have enough for investment which is crucial to make your money grow over time.

Thus, you must get creative and bust some move to gain some moolah. Some people get a side hustle on top of their 9-to-5 job. Others explore their passion until they start making something out of it. There are guides and tutorials on the Internet that can guide you and become your inspiration to grow your money.

3. Explore community services.

Privatization and exclusivity may be convenient and fancy, but it’s highly expensive. An Uber ride to work is double the amount of your daily train fare. Therefore, commuting is highly sustainable compared to other modes of transportation. Exploring the travel route from Trinoma to Vertis North saves you a couple of bills while doing good to the Earth.

The same goes for biking and walking. It doesn’t only decrease your expenses. It also minimizes your carbon footprint. Besides commuting, common areas like public parks, museums, and libraries are sources of culture and entertainment. Most of these establishments offer a small fee (often the entrance fee) to maintain their operation.

TL, DR: You can be part of something without spending a ton of money just because of exclusivity.

4. Set a partition on your utilities.

Scheduling bill payment twice a month between both paychecks is a life hack. It spreads out your money and extends your budget. To do this, include electricity and water bills in the first half of the month. The other half covers the remaining expenses such as cable, Internet and other payables.

You can throw in other expenses such as groceries and household expenses in the mix. You can do grocery shopping twice per cutoff. That way, you can easily track where the bulk of your money goes.

5. Use budgeting apps.

There’s an app for everything. There’s an application for budgeting for sure. Hence, use the power of technology to cultivate lasting financial habits. If budgeting and monay management isn’t your cup of tea, you can rely on apps to balance accounts and compute your expenses for you. All you have to do in input the complete details to arrive at an accurate computation of your payments and net income.

Maintaining a savings account and paying off a loan is easy when you don’t have obligations. Family members can add to the bulk of expenses without contributing to income. Thus, use these tips and hacks to maximize your earnings. Once you have enough, start growing your passive income. Being financially stable is based on a having a fixed passive income.

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Five Ways to Be A Good Neighbor

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“A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.” -Hesiod

 

A Chinese proverb once said that a good neighbor is a priceless treasure and indeed they are. Although it is an often overlooked aspect when it comes to looking for a prospective house, it should be an integral element when it comes to looking for the right neighborhood. After all, a good neighbor does not only foster a community of helpful friendliness and comfortable living; it cultivates a good relationship among all the members of the society as well. However, it is not only enough that your neighbors are good, but you also need to be an excellent neighbor to them as well. After all, these are the people you live in proximity with so it is only right that you establish a good relationship with them. So, if you have just moved into a new neighborhood or are seeking to make new friends with the neighbors who have just moved in (whether you may be living in a condominium in Manila or elsewhere), here are ways you can be an exemplary neighbor:

1.) Be welcoming

It might be a little awkward to start up a conversation with a neighbor who is new to the community and even harder if you have lived next to them for months or years, but it can be done. Break the ice by introducing yourself as soon as they move in or if they have been around for quite some time, talk to them. Inviting them to a delicious meal or giving them some of your homemade cookies would not hurt either.

2.) Strike up a conversation

One of the easiest ways to establish a relationship with your neighbor is to strike up a conversation whenever you see them. Instead of just smiling and waving, ask them how their day went and do some small talk. In this way, you can get to know your neighbor better. Remember, try not to broach on topics that are too personal—well not until at least you know your neighbor fairly well and have established a close relationship with them.

3.) Do not snoop on your neighbor’s business

If you have been invited into your neighbor’s home, do not snoop around. Wait for him or her to give you a guided tour and if he or she does not, do not wander. Simply stay where he has invited you. Furthermore, do not try and pry into your neighbor’s personal life as this might make them feel like their privacy or personal space is invaded. Wait for your neighbor to open up to you in his or her own time and if they do not, do not pressure them into doing so.

4.) Be responsible for your pets

Be a little considerate of your neighbors if you have furry friends about. Make sure that your dog does not bark in the wee hours of the morning and also, do not let them leave their waste in your neighbor’s yard as this is one way to ruffle their feathers. Be responsible for your pets, and your neighbors will thank you for that.

5.) Do not be noisy

Should you be throwing a party or hosting an event in your house, let your neighbors know in advance—especially if,, you expect it to be a little rowdy. However, should your event last way into the night, try to at least tone it down and keep your voices down. Warn your guests not to get too uproariously noisy as this is a guarantee that your neighbors would be irked. Or worse, they might even call the cops on you.

 

Remember, if you want a good relationship with your neighbor, it has to start with you as well. Be a good neighbor yourself and maybe that is all you would need to make a difference. You might never know, but the neighbor you have been living next to for years might just be someone you can consider as a close friend.

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Perks of Residing Near Your School and Work

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The students just started this school year, and our ever-hard-working laborers are still working year-round, as usual. For many of us, travel going back and forth to our school and work is such a hassle. Imagine being stuck in traffic and you have a class at 8 in the morning, or have a meeting at 1 in the afternoon. You might have left your house three or four hours earlier, but it just won’t do. Unlike the people who are in a condo for rent in Makati, they don’t seem to have any problem if their school or workplace is just near their place.

To give you more of the mentioned above, here are some of the perks if you are residing near your school or work:

You are well-rested

It means no alarm four of five hours before you need to leave home. Thus you have extra time to sleep. You can do many things at home after school or work. You may be tired, but you still have a lot of time to do whatever you want or gain energy thru having a good rest. Isn’t it lovely?

Less time on the road

Given that the traffic in the Metro, well actually everywhere in the Philippines, brings out the worst in us, you will do anything just to get out of that trap. Having less time on the road is just pure nirvana we are all aiming for. Moreover, you are saving a lot of money and energy if you just live a few blocks away from school or work. You can walk for a few minutes or go bike, a workout that you can do in your daily life.

You can go back and forth to your place quickly

If you accidentally left something at home, you can get it and be back at your school or workplace in a jiffy. You can also spend long breaks at home, be at ease knowing that you can get no traffic. Hooray!

Feel free to invite friends and colleagues to come at your place

If you need to do projects or merely for bonding, you can have your friends and colleagues to come at home. It will be very easy for your group to go since it’s just around your area (school or office). It is also economical to hang out or spend your vacant in a house than renting a hotel, go out to eat at a fancy resto, etc. You can have your people swim (ask permission or sign them as guests) in your condo’s pool and cook scrumptious food at home. Having quality time with friends and at the same time being practical with your choices have never been this easy.

If there’s any emergency at home, you can easily storm your way

You get to your school or office around 10 to 15 minutes of walk, and if there’s an emergency, you could surely fly your way for like 5 minutes or less. Might be exaggerated but the fact the whenever someone needs your help or the like, you can quickly excuse yourself (and it’s reasonable).

More time for yourself and family

Given that you are just a few blocks away, you have less time on the road and more with your family, and to yourself of course. Work-life balance seems easier to do if you choose to live near your workplace or school, or vice versa.

Does it speak to you on a personal level? Well, it’s either a calling that you should consider moving somewhere near your current school or workplace or affirmation that your decision to live in a condo in Makati is an excellent choice. Whatever it is, I hope I was able to showcase the little perks you can have if you reside near your school or workplace.