Posts by Cris_Antonio

Storyteller | Editor | Adventurer | Baker | Looking to write meaningful stories for the Web.

4 Ways to Shop Smart No Matter the Season

When it comes to shopping, we’ve all heard similar advice such as ‘don’t shop hungry, tired, or in a hurry’. This is already common sense. Shopping when you’re hungry for instance, will make you super cranky, and even make you grab all those extra snacks at the checkout. But there are other, more practical tips on how you can save money – while still getting what you want.

Here are my tips on how to shop smart throughout the year:

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Why You Need To Take a ‘Money Day’

What is a Money Day

In my previous entry, I wrote about money and why one shouldn’t be owned by it. Money – and related themes – can be sore topics to most of us, and for many reasons. Mostly, it’s because many people aren’t good with handling it.

Now I don’t claim to be such a money whiz. However, I am on a journey of slowly building up my assets to where I eventually want to be. From saving, budgeting, to exploring investment options, it’s never too late to make money work for you, instead of the other way around.  But it can’t happen if you don’t invest on the knowledge first.

And this can all happen if you take time out for a ‘Money Day’.

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The Most Expensive Kind of Paper

I’m not sure precisely when it happened – probably it was during that night at the hotel room I shared with my mother, the day of my graduation spending spree; or perhaps it was after I spent my very first paycheck on that knife set (which we still own – yay me!) – but there came a time when I in fact, became good with money.

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Baking a Filipino

Between layers of cake and cups of tea, I’m being bothered by something lately.

Food seems to be trendy these days: what with all the restaurants popping out of nowhere and “gourmet” chocolate that claims to make you live ten more years (as if living now isn’t bad enough) – and I just couldn’t help but be swept by the bandwagon.

By my recent discovery that moi, is the original Cake Boss, I’ve started daydreaming of a future Cafe and a dazzling career as a pastry chef. Not bad. But during my afternoon tea (and whenever I watch Masterchef), I can’t help but feel a lump in the pit of my stomach. And no, those aren’t the raisins.

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True confessions of a freelance editor

Everybody loves a good gossip – especially if it involves insider information about an everyday job most folks would classify as…uneventful. Sure, you’ve probably read your fair share of ‘confessions’. But were they really?

As a freelance editor, I have a love/hate relationship with my own kind. Believe it or not, we editors also have editors. No, I don’t mean our supervisors (they take care of the scolding and paycheck – not the actual editing). So if you think we’re tough on you, just imagine how we are with each other.

Once in a while, we do set down our red pens, notepads, and glasses to ‘try’ and enjoy each other’s company. However, current circumstances (i.e. the digital age) forbid us to enjoy the usual tea or coffee at The Ritz.

So in the advent of social media, editors had to resort to blogs or online channels to read about each other’s unfortu – I mean, interesting circumstances. For instance, inspired by my recent readings on ‘confessions’ by photographers, make-up artists, teachers, and ghostwriters, I went ahead and made a search for ‘confessions’ by freelance editors.

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