resolution series: [thirty] save up

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often when the the topic of saving comes up, everyone immediately thinks of the bling. but sometimes you have to look at a broader picture of wealth. by definition, wealth means assets; it does not only come in money value, but also comes in knowledge and experience that you possess and the quality of people that surround you. i consider my family an asset, for they are who have raised me, who taught me everything i know and gave me everything i have. i share all my past with them and they do the same with me. the amount of support i receive from them over the years is immeasurable and cannot be calculated in any currency. friends is another asset, because they are who you grow up with, learn from and play alongside. together, we shared countless memories that no one can take away from us. and then of course there’s the financial side of wealth, which unfortunately no one can live without. to save up is to make sure you retain those valuable connections with family, friends, teammates and soul mates. for those you want to continue growing old with, treat them well and take care of the relationships you don’t want to go without. being successful starts now, in planning ahead and building up for the future in all aspects including people. every small increment will grow and over time and will add up over time

…and that concludes my resolution series. hope you found it enjoyable to read as much as i enjoyed writing it

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day 538 – the last meal

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second dineout vancouver stop at carderos with some fellow hamberites. nice walk along the seawall although it was a cold one, maybe that’s why my throat is hurting. being guilt tripped after dining out past month, i told myself each time that it was the last; but after yesterday, i swear it would be the last exquisite dining out for a while and even limiting any kind of eating out as much as i can. that’s enough pampering myself with good yet expensive food

day 537 – fitbit

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shit just got real and i dare not look back because things are about to change for the better. i don’t know what exactly sparked it, finally decided to make that big move after such a long time of eyeing it. it was not a matter of if i would get it but when, so figured i might as well stop wanting and start doing. i am super stoked to get going and kickstart what has been a pressing issue for me. now that i am a proud owner of this gadget, it’s really game on and time to make things happen

twenties series: [thirteen] economize

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looking further ahead and thinking for long term is the smart thing to do now. its never a bad thing to start early and create a good habit to control monetary usage and handle cash flow with care. at a point where i should start thinking about investments, assets and things that would affect the markets. the last thing i need is to see my bank account balances dip slowly because of poor monetary management and unnecessary expenses. that means, controlling the frequency of eating out, holding back often temptations for online shopping and differentiating between wants and needs. its no secret i put much emphasis in my technology, my car, and my taekwondo gear. i like shopping and i love new things, who doesn’t? online shopping has made it so easy for me to make purchases, i could be spending way more than i would want to without realizing until i receive my credit card bill in the mail. for example, it doesn’t help that i have not used any phone model for more than two years, in fact, record shows i have had four phones in the past four years and three laptops within the past six years. recent investment in yet another uniform to add to my ever growing collection of taekwondo gear, but i swear this time is for a good cause

day 252 – breakfast

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the toaster didn’t like my bread and burnt my one and only slice of bread left in my kitchen, now what am i going to eat for breakfast?? it’s probably a smarter choice to starve and refrain intake of possible cancerous food. at least i can make an excuse and eat a bigger lunch this afternoon