Provision

In the meantime, I trust. I trust that He will provide what it is that I need.

How about you, love? Have you ever been propelled to an entirely different direction because of a dream you want to pursue? Being thrown off out of your comfort zone? How did you go about it? 

 
I love this verse from Matthew 6:26. It gives me the assurance and comfort that everything will be okay despite the fact that I do not waddle in the corporate world anymore [read: steady income down the drain].
I didn’t know that my writing would somehow matter in these times. I always thought that it was for my personal consumption. But I have been getting some trickles of writing jobs here and there that allow me to contribute even a little to our household expenses. Edzel has been awesome, providing for everything that we need in the house but I cannot stop feeling guilty sometimes. Again, I know that it is my pride talking.
I have recently joined a community of work-at-home moms on Facebook. I envy how they got it all figured out. Bounce me in any corporate matters and I will rise by it with flying colors but this whole “figure-this-as-you-go-along” thing — oh man!
But yes, God provides me with sanity, one day at a time. It could be a writing job or a friend talking to me the whole day or an incessant chore that I need to do (and would usually occupy one whole day). Just this morning, I landed a part-time job offer for an awesome Australian company — I was looking for something to do at home, exercise my brain cells and save a little. This was another of God’s answers. And there is another bonus — this company is all about health and wellness and how to improve your lifestyle. Isn’t it Providence?

I may not be doing what I want to do for now, but I am sure that this is what I should be doing at this point in time.

I may not be doing what I want to do for now, but I am sure that this is what I should be doing at this point in time. Staying at home makes me more attuned to my role as a wife as I get to talk to my husband more during the day, cook for him and take care of making our home a wonderful place to go home to [hopefully]. It also helps me focus on that one dream that I want more than anything else, the main reason why I have quit anyway and that is to prepare myself to hopefully have a baby.
Have I slowed down according to my physician’s orders? Yes, I think so. In a significant way, if I may say. Am I still learning despite the fact that I just stay at home? Yes, I do. In a whole new perspective but still learning — to cook, to bake — and admittedly, I have a looonggg way to go.

How To Make Paper Bags Out of Old Magazines

Welcome to another how-to Mondays. Today, I will run you through a little green trick I have “mastered” last week in time for my first bazaar last Saturday — how to make paper bags out of old magazines.
Here goes:

Check out the step-by-step instructions (with pictures) here:
1] Look for pretty pages in magazines. Something with captivating photos and preferably less texts. Fashion ads are the best *wink*. Using a cutter and a ruler, cut the pages neatly.
2] Glue the horizontal edges together. In my case, I only needed small paper bags for my bracelets. If you want bigger paper bags, you can glue two magazine pages together.
3] Fold the left and the right side of your folded magazine pages in same width.
4] Open them up and tuck down on each side, folding the crease inwards to make an accordion effect.
5] Fold the bottom of the bag around two to three inches.
6] Create another fold for easier folding later on.
7] Open the bottom part.
8] You will see a triangle of folded paper on the sides.
9] Fold the left and the right sides of the rectangle open.
10] You will be getting an octagon-shaped bottom.
11] Fold the top and bottom part of the octagon towards the center and glue overlapping edges.
12] You got yourself some nifty, cute paper bags! *big grin*
Hope you liked this little tutorial on how to recycle those old magazines! Go green!
xx,
Balot

On Waiting

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing what to do is the worst kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho

All our lives, we are always bound to wait. Wait for our planes to arrive. Wait for a promotion long due. Wait for the right one. Wait for the wrong one to realize he is the wrong one because you do not have the courage to break his heart.
Or there are times that we choose to forget.
To forget that we have that one dream that we long for. Forget that we wanted to travel the world when we were younger. Forget that there is more to life than the one that we have.
And the worst part, yes, it is the worst part – when you do not know what you have to do.
Over the past few days, I have been floating in a limbo. Again. It is so hard to wait especially for someone whose patience is not her strongest suit. It is hard to battle the “baby lust”. So every month that I am not yet pregnant, it pushes me back into my black hole.
I am very blessed to have friends who keep on reminding me that everything is going to be okay. I am very blessed that I have a husband who supports me in all aspects of our relationship and does not mind that he has to take care of everything, for now.
There are just moments that I break down because I do not know what to do anymore. Do I stay at home, continue being a housewife, and wait that one day, it will come? Or do I get back to my old corporate life and just let things run on its course?
Yes, it is probably my pride [or ego] talking. I have never felt so helpless, clueless and fully dependent on someone all my life. I plan my life well and at this moment, there is nothing to plan. There is nothing that I can do but to wait because there is no option for forgetting this dream that I want.
And so, this continues. Good luck to me, then.

How To Register Your Business Name in 5 Easy Steps

There has been an increasing number of budding entrepreneurs especially stay-at-home moms (or wives) who put up their own small businesses. If you are one of them, the first step in processing your business is to apply for a business name under the Department of Trade and Industry. This post is how to register your business name if you are a sole proprietor.


I am an extremely lazy person. I do not like falling in line and I love the convenience that the Internet has to offer. So it was a no-brainer that I had to look for a way to register my business name online. Good thing, DTI has opened its portals to the online world and made this process sooo easy! 

1. Go to DTI Business Name Registration Services (BNRS) website.

2. Pick out a business name. 

The website has several guidelines as how you should choose your business name. Your business name should:

  1. not and will not be used for business that is illegal, offensive, scandalous, or contrary to propriety (e.g. Popoy’s Jueteng Betting Place, Boobs Massage and Spa)
  2. not a name which by law or regulation cannot be appropriated (e.g. OTOP, Intelligence, State College, CALABARZON);
  3. not used to designate or distinguish, or not suggestive of quality of any class of goods, articles, merchandise, or service (e.g. Best Taho Factory, A-1 Auto Repair Shop );
  4. not a name or abbreviation of a name used by the government in its governmental functions (e.g. NBI Private Investigation Services, DTI Trading);
  5. not a name or abbreviation of a name of any nation, inter-governmental or international organization (e.g. Philippine Manpower Pooling Agency, UNESCO Marketing, WHO Health Services); and
  6. not deceptive, misleading or which misrepresent the nature of business (e.g. “ABC Construction Services“ where nature of business is recruitment, a business name carrying another person’s name).
  7. not composed purely of generic or geographic words (e.g. The Laundry Shop, Bacolod);
  8. not the same or nearly the same as an existing registered business, company, partnership, corporation (Securities and Exchange Commission), cooperative name (Cooperative Development Authority); nor it infringes on any trademark, service mark and tradename (Intellectual Property Office0 (e.g. Anne Dok’s Lechon, Jolibee, Starbax Cafe);
3. Fill out the forms. 

It took me several attempts to successfully register my business with the portal. There is a little trick that you need to do with their e-form. 

IMPORTANT! When you reach the “Town/City/Province” part of the Residence Address, type in the first three letters of your municipality or town and wait for it to give you a drop-down selection. If you just type in your town or city address, you will not be able to select your Barangay and you could not complete your registration (I found out about this when I personally called the DTI Office.


4. Pay. 


There are three options: Bancnet, DTI Teller and GCash. In my case, since I wanted to get my permit immediately, I opted an online transaction via Bancnet. 

5. Print your registration. Your business name is now registered for five years!

See! Easy, right?  Have you tried the BNRS Portal of DTI yet? Why don’t you check it out? 
Cheers, 
Balot



Dough-It-All By Myself

 

I woke up at the wrong side of the bed this morning. I was supposed to fix some business requirements for my shop, transfer my BIR RDO, go to the City Hall and meet a friend but I just didn’t have the energy to do so. I am taking a medication which totally effs up my hormones (and probably my brain) – another immunosuppressant for my APAS condition and its side effects are driving me crazy.
I had a little emotional breakdown. This is not to be melodramatic or whatsoever. I think it just comes to a point when you second-guess yourself on a major decision you have made (read: corporate junkie turned housewife).

What have I done? I threw all of my career away. When is my baby going to come? What the hell am I supposed to do the whole day? 

I know all about positivity. I am an advocate for it but sometimes, it just gets you off-guard. Especially when you are all alone. It also does not help that Sachi cannot talk back to me *sigh*.
I try to keep myself busy but there is a limited variety of things to do at home. I do not like watching television the whole day. I couldn’t even concentrate on the book I was reading! Desperate situations needed desperate measures so, I went to my helpline and called a friend.
So Carla, who is back in Bacolod (this is the thing I hate most because I could not just see my closest friends or my family when I need them), told me to do something to pass the time. Do anything to divert my state of mind. She told me that maybe I should already start on my baking project, which I have been wanting to do for a while.
Of course, obedient as I always am *snicker*, and with nothing to do, I drove to this place which was introduced to me by my another friend, Sarah, who owns Pateacherie. Several months ago, I was looking for some supplies for my accessory shop and she brought me here.
So… the place which took away some of my woes today — introducing Dough-It-All (pretty punny, right?)
Dough-It-All is located at C. Palanca Street in BF Homes in Paranaque and it carries the whole thingamajig for baking – from pans to cutters to liners and ingredients. It is a one-stop shop for anyone who just wants to bake!
Photo from Dough-It-All Facebook Page.
Entrance to a baker’s heaven.

They have all kinds of these cute candy cups and cupcake liners. They are all equally nice and fun to collect.

Cupcake liners. In cute designs and colors.

They have pans and trays – plastic, aluminum, big, small, round, square – anything, you name it!

Pans and Trays.

And soon, if I am able to bake a cake — I should probably get this.

Cake bases. Or whatever that is called. Haha!

All the baking supplies you need at less the cost than the ones in malls!

 

 

Boxes for all types of pastries.

 

Lovely.

So, this is what I got for my little baking project this afternoon and I spent around  PHP1000 for all these supplies. I think it wasn’t bad although I wouldn’t really know. Any tips for me, baker friends? 🙂 

This is the itemized list of what I purchased. I had at home the other dry ingredients like the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Item Description  Qty  Unit Cost  Total
Grease Paper 1 pack or 10 sheets of 24×36 in 1                65.00          65.00
2 oz Cupcake Liners 200 pcs per tube 3                54.00       162.00
Aluminum Tray 18″ 2                35.00          70.00
Muffin Pan 12s 1              230.00       230.00
Bensdorp Cocoa per kilo 1              238.50       238.50
Icing Set With Spatula, measuring spoons and icing tube 1                65.00          65.00
Baking Pan 7x7x2.75 1                58.00          58.00
Baking Pan 9x10x2 1                80.00          80.00
Total       968.50

So for my first baking experiment, I came across this site, Bake Happy by Aikko. She said that her recipe for a Perfect Moist Chocolate Cupcake is foolproof. Magic word there! Unfortunately, I just had to skip that part when it said that I had to fill up the pan with 1/4 cup of the batter. I missed the “cup” so I poured the batter on the pan up to 1/4 of its level. Hahaha. Geez!

Quarter-full of batter. Haha. Fail!
After getting these babies out of the oven, I re-read the recipe and yes. That “cup” word. I missed that. So I made the adjustments on the second batch and this is the result!
 I did not want to do the frosting yet as it’s just too much sweetness for me for today. So there goes my first attempt at baking.
My first ever cupcake! Yey!
So there. I was able to take off my mind off my little low today. I am just following the advice of a friend to re-focus myself first on other things such as cooking (because God knows I still suck at it, hehe) and baking.
How about you, loves? How do you distract yourself from the things you worry about? Come on! Share something with me and let me feel I am, at the very least, still normal.
And to my baker friends who got this thing all figured out, what do you think? What else do I need? Any awesome recipes you can share with me? Hit me up!
xx,
Balot
PS. This is the shop information:
Dough-It-All (Baker’s Supply Center)
C. Palanca St., BF Homes, Paranaque
Monday to Sunday 5:00 am to 7:00 pm
PPS. I heard from the shop attendant that they have already opened branches in Baguio and in SM Aura. Awesome!
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