Dec 29, 2008

So How Was Your Christmas?

So how was your Christmas? Did you have a lavish noche buena? Were you able to complete the nine day (or early morning) simbang gabi? Did you get to attend all those parties, reunions and happenings? Did you get to visit your Ninongs and Ninangs? Yes, all of these are part of the long celebration of Pinoy Christmas.

Hope you all had a nice one, and lets all hope for a better one next year!

Merry belated Christmas to you all, and have a safe and happy new year!

Dec 23, 2008

How to Compute Your Witholding Tax for 2008

Do you know how to compute your withholding tax for 2008 given the recent BIR ruling? I made a spreadsheet to check my tax refund for the year so I was not surprised when my pay for this period comes out a little higher than usual. I also found this site which gives step by step instructions on how to compute your witholding tax very easily.

Enjoy your tax refund!
Or hope that your taxes are really working for you in this country!


Dec 22, 2008

Divisoria in December


Of course, you have been to Divisoria this December. With prices of everything going up and our meager salary staying the same, we troop to Divisoria in search of gift items for our inaanaks, parents, friends and loved ones. But how is Divisoria in December? It is a battle zone , I tell you. If you have been to Divisoria during May-June, in time for opening of classes, you can imagine the number of people there. Now, multiply that number by ten. Yes, thats how crazy Divi is this time of the year. But you can buy really cheap stuff, and get the most out of your money if you are wiling to brave the battlezone. When I saw the sign below, I had to take a picture. I only managed to take another one before my mother glared at me to put the phone inside before some somebody grab my phone!

Dec 16, 2008

Bibingka, Puto Bungbong and Simbang Gabi

Today is the start of the Simbang Gabi or the Misa de Gallo, the nine-day dawn masses that also marks our long celebration of the Christmas season. It is one of the most important Filipino Christmas tradition, the Novena to ask for special graces and to show faithful devotion. After the mass, it is always a treat to eat the delicacies being sold near the church, such as bibingka and puto bumbong.
Early this morning, my husband (he didn't go to mass since last night was my company's Christmas party and we went home late) went out to buy bibingkas, one special and another regular, and 2 puto bumbongs. I was so touched, since he knows they are my favorite, so I forgot to take photos before we started eating them. Siempre, when I remembered to take pictures, there was nothing left, except for the niyog! Anyway, here are yummy and nice photos from the Pinoycook.

Now, there is a small lifting of my post-Bohol holiday mood and I am slowly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! There is really nothing like food to usher the holiday!

Dec 15, 2008

Unholiday Mood

Its 10 days before Christmas and I'm not yet in the mood. Christmas came early for me when we went to Bohol so I'm still suffering from post-holiday depression. Maybe, today's payday will lift my spirit though!

Also, have you noticed the kind of gifts you get from corporate clients this year? Its now almost the last week of work but I have only seen 2 desktop calendars so far. No umbrella yet. He he. Sure sign the economy is really bad.

Dec 10, 2008

What I Hate About Manny Pacquiao Winning...

... the biggest fight of his career, is the endless interview with his mother, Aling Dionisia. I am so sorry, but I either turn the TV off or switch to another channel whenever she is on. To tell the world that you are worried about the fight and proud of your son after his win is fine, but praying the rosary, complete with fainting spells and all her other antics, just grate on my nerves! Pramis, nakakainis na talaga!

Dec 2, 2008

The Blogger is in BOHOL!


We are off to Bohol for a week-long vacay, and I leave you to vote for this magnificent place to make it among the New 7 Wonders of the World!