Two more days and it will be thanksgiving day in US, but here in Philippines there's actually no specific date or month it is celebrated (in short, it is nonexistent). Yet still, some Filipino's were celebrating it - mostly because of influence (ehem!).
Anyway, in line with the thanksgiving event in US this November 28, below is my list of the things i'm grateful for 2013:
- First is to the Almighty God who bring me to life and never abandoned me.
- Second is to myself who continue to move forward despite of all the things that life is throwing me.
- Third, for the pains which become my opportunity to grow up.
- Fourth, for bringing Caleb here in earth safely.
- Fifth, for Chloe who always bring cheer in my heart (though she's growing up as a maldita).
- Sixth, for my partner who accept me for being me - PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.
- Seventh, for my mom who continuously supporting me. Taking care of my children though I know she's complaining already even without saying it verbally.
- Eighth, for my immediate family (my father and 2 bros) who will be the first three boys of my life.
- Ninth, for my friends who will be there always even though we were not seeing each other often.
- Tenth, for my career who gives me opportunity to learn and earn.
- Eleventh, for the internet which happen to be my outlet to view the world.
- Twelfth, for bloggers, online forum community and Facebook groups which help me learn and share things and meet new friends as well.
- Thirteenth, for all the blessing's I have received and will receive before the year ends.
How about you what are the thing you were thankful for? Don't hesitate to share it below.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Be sure to count your life's blessings and small miracles.
As we all know, our beloved country Philippines was hit by the strongest typhoon "Yolanda" (internationl name: super typhoon "haiyan") last November 8, 2013. This was the strongest typhoon ever that hit Philippines and was considered as well as the worst typhoon in the world for 2013.
As the death toll, there were already 1,774 number of deaths caused by super typhoon said by a government agency last Monday night. It is really heart breaking to see them in that situation. As seeing the video and pictures in the internet and in the news, trees, houses, road and other infrastructure like airport and churches were wrecked. Almost all the typhoon victims were asking for food and water and most of the child are getting sick already.
People you can do even small things to help them. Spring clean your old clothes, get your slippers that you're not using anymore yet still in good condition and even some of the blanket that is only kept on your wardrobe may do good to the victims. And if you have some spare on your budget, you may buy bottled water and some noodles and bring them at some drop off areas.
You may check the list of organizations and institutions below that accept donations whether it is in cash or in kind:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) Chapel Road, Pasay City (going to NAIA2). Contact number: (02) 851-2681
- Philippine National Police - PNP Gymnasium, Camp Crame, Quezon City. Contact numbers: 0915-333-8685, (02) 722-0650 (Police Senior Superintendent Teroy Taguinod)
- Operation Tulong Bayan - Balai, EDSA corner McArthur Ave., Cubao, Quezon City. Contact number: 02-913-6254; or The Commissary at Whitespace, 2341 Chino Roces Ave Ext. (formerly Pasong Tamo Ext), Makati City. Contact number: (02) 729-0030
- The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center will be open today from 9AM to 5PM to accept cash and relief goods at the Meralco Covered Tennis Court, Meralco Compound, Ortigas, Pasig City. Contact Eds Addun at (0939)913-3771 or 632-8301 for more details.
- All LBC branches are accepting donations for typhoon Yolanda victims until November 30.
- All McDonald's stores in the National Capital Region are accepting donations in kind. Collected donations will be packed and distributed through the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Bigay Tulong Program and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya.
- Operation Blessing Philippines is accepting donations in cash and kind at E. Rodriguez Ave. C5 Road cor. Corporal Cruz Bagong Ilog, Pasig City. Call 477-7802 to 04 or (0917)581-2603 for more details. Operation Blessing is also accepting volunteers for their partners in Cebu and other nearby areas.
For some other areas, you may check rappler list here.
"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
- Og Mandino
After working for more than 3 years in different companies, finally I have used my SSS loan benefit for the first time.
For first timers like me, as long as you have 36 posted monthly contributions, you are qualified to file a loan.
Anyway, these are the following SSS Salary loan requirements I submitted to our HR:
- Photocopy of my SSS ID, Company ID and any other 1 valid ID for supporting document. For voluntary, just you’re SSS ID and other 2 valid IDs.
- Accomplished SSS loan application form (click here to download SSS Loan Form)
- Prepare as well an authorization letter, if the company will process it in behalf of you. (For employed members only.)
Whoala! Just easy as 1-2-3! All you have to do now is to wait for the check which will take a couple of weeks before it will arrive. Or you can check your SSS online account (if you have one!) from time to time to check your loan status.
On your online SSS account, you will see a Check Generated Status, Check Date, Loan Amount, Check Amount and your monthly amortization which will be deducted on your salary after two months. See image below for reference:
Check will be delivered to your employer’s address for SSS employed members or to your home address if you are voluntary or separated members. So I’m expecting mine to receive at our office since our HR was the one who filed it for me. :)