Save Up!

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Since moving to London, I've been planning on opening a Savings Accounts for myself. But the thing is there's just too much of a hassle, and I got lazy... so never mind. :D Hubby has an account anyway, and I use it whenever I need it (which is all the time hehehehe).

But... I'm still thinking about it. Having my own account would still feel different... holding my own money, or maybe budgeting our household expenses. Or maybe shopping without hubby seeing my expenses. hihihi!

Anyway... the other day I discovered this widget from ING Direct, which is amazing! From this I can easily see how much, on average, households are saving in my area.

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What I did was I clicked on the "My Comparison Table" and zoomed in on my area. Red, green and blue dots will appear. Click on those dots and the average household savings in those areas will appear.

If you see the blue dot, you're seeing the average savings per region. Zoom in more and you'll see green dots, which refers to the average savings per county. Zoom more and you'll see red dots that points to your local district. This would be encouraging for me and for others as well to save more because I can easily see if we're saving more or less than the others. :D

What do you think? Try out the "My Comparison Table" and tell me how much you could be saving. :D

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Missing My Family

I miss my family…

After going back to London from our very short vacation in the Philippines, I realized that I miss my family. It took us a year before we had the chance to go back home, and I have never been gone that long before since I started working. Even during business trips, I do my best to go home at least every 6 months or every Christmas. Now, it’s different because hubby and I are too far and air fare is too expensive.

Not only do I miss my family in the Philippines, I also miss my other relatives who are in the US, especially my grandmother and aunt, they’re in New Mexico.

Tita (that’s what I call my aunt) is a doctor and a nurse (yes… both! She was a registered nurse first, then took up medicine and now she’s a doctor), but I think her career in the US is in the nursing field. I guess you can call her a Career Builder or a traveling nurse? Hihi! :D Kidding aside, she has great benefits with here current work. And she loves it there.

Lola (my grandmother), on the other hand, has been living in the US for a long time… can’t remember since when! She’s a US citizen now. Before Tita moved to the US, she was living with my aunt in LA. Now, she's with Tita in New Mexico... too far away from our other relatives.

Hope Lola and Tita can visit me here…. Or maybe hubby and I can visit them there… :D

Christmas is in the Air!

It's December! Christmas is sooo in the air! And we have Christmas décors at home too. :D

Our flat's very small but we saw this small pot of Christmas tree and a small pot of poinsettia from the supermarket. So that's it... our Christmas décor. :D

It's super-cold now here in London. And now, the strong winds from Scotland are on their way south. So since last night (or was it early this morning?) we can hear the wind from outside.
So sad... coz I was planning to go out today and go malling...

Speaking of malling... I haven't bought any Christmas present for hubby... what to buy what to buy?!?!

11 days to go before Christmas!

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