3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Purchase a Family Car

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So you’re considering getting a new car. Or more specifically, a family car.

Buying a car whether a new or used one requires a lot from the family budget so it certainly is a good idea to think about it well before you make the purchase.  So to all women and mothers in the house, here are 3 things to consider asking as you make that decision for the car.

  1. Who’s driving? Are you the one driving most of the time? Or perhaps your husband or an older child would also be driving? The car should fit your needs and preferences then if you are the one who would be behind the wheel all or most of the time behind the family car. But if other members of the family will also have their time behind the wheels, then their preferences should be considered, too.
  2. What are the car’s features? Think about the safety features of the car as your kids will be riding with you. But don’t stop there, in fact, check every feature of the car you have in mind for the family. Do your research. Visit several car outlets and dealers. Know that you can also do your research online. Cars.com can provide you the details and information you need. The site even provides car costs as well as helpful car reviews and videos.

    My cousin’s car is a good fit for the family.
  3. Am I aiming for a new car or a used one? As you consider the car features and your budget, you also need to weigh in if a new car or a 2nd-hand one is the choice for you this time. Getting a new one would be great but would it fit your budget? If you’re getting a used one at a cheaper rate, are you sure it’s worth the savings in the long run?

Buying a family car is a decision that will mean more mobility and even more fun for the family but it will also mean financial cost for you, your husband. Do your best to make sure that you have made the right choice.

What’s in Your Bag?

What’s in your bag? What’s in your children’s bag?

Several years back, we may not be thinking of regularly bringing laptops with us for work. Or that our kids would also need to, as they go to school or university. Bringing laptops to work or school may not be something that we are used to before, but now it has become quite a regular thing. Sometimes it can be a challenge then as it may not always be comfortable to do so — it would also mean bringing a laptop bag or another bag for your laptop.

The good news is that you can have a bag that can contain all your essential stuff as you leave your house (wallets, keys, beauty/grooming essentials, etc) but it can also contain your books, folders and yes, your laptop! This is what the Classic Water Resistant School College Bag Rucksack Travel Backpack will do for you. Your 14 Inch Laptop can fit right in with all your other stuff! Check it out:

 

This is how the inside part of the bag looks like:

 

You even have space for your water bottle 🙂

 

Available in different colors, the Classic Water Resistant School College Bag Rucksack Travel Backpack is made up of Polyester. Its size/dimensions: 45*30*15CM (H*L*W). It’s main compartment comes with double-zipper closure. It also has one exterior zipper pocket. As mentioned, it has a water-bottle pocket not just on one side but on both sides. It has padded Ipad/Laptop pocket. It also has 4 interior pockets as well as one glass packet. It has a conveniently adjustable padded reinforced strap with reinforced bottom. And yes this backpack will fit your 14″ or smaller laptop. It’s available at Bagail.com.

This can be your ideal backpack for work, school and even for travel. Now you don’t need more than one bag to carry as you step out of your home 🙂

My Kind of Sunset

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Even as a child, I have always loved  watching sunsets by the port area or by the beach in Bohol (Philippines) where I was born. And through the years, it has become a habit of mine to take sunset shots in the different places I have lived in or traveled.

This sunset photo featured above was one I took in December 2015 in Surigao City at its laid-back Mabua Pebble Beach. My husband and I together with some friends visited Surigao and explored this beach.

The photo is among the many I have taken with my Samsung phone camera and kept among my photo file folders. And I thought it deserves to be shared and perhaps serve as a reminder to us all how beautiful nature can be — the sunset, the sky, the sea. And that a lot of things in life are really, still free.

Note: This is my entry to Skywatch Friday. Check the entries there and be inspired.

Celebrating Our 7th Wedding Anniversary in NZ

It was not really planned. And yet my husband and I ended up celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary in the land where they say there are more sheep than people: New Zealand 🙂

We checked out the following places and more during that one fine day in November (our 7th wedding anniversary also falls on the 7th day of November).

Pegasus Town. Together with my cousin Jaireh, his wife and kid, the hubby and I went to Pegasus Town in North Canterbury (we were coming from Christchurch). We had our lunch at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club and took time to stroll around the area.

Hanmer Springs. Next stop after Pegasus was Hanmer Springs. With the temperature at 5 degrees (Centigrade), one doesn’t really think of swimming. But as we were in a new place, Jaireh managed to convince us that we should go for a dip at Hanmer Springs, specifically into its thermal pools. Hanmer is also located in the Canterbury region. Yes, it was really cold as we put on our swimwear and walked to one of its pools (the pools have different temperatures, think hot to hottest) but as soon as we got into it, it was really relaxing 🙂 Below is one of the pools we chose to swim in:

Experiencing Nature. New Zealand is such a scenic country and it is easy to find so many postcard-perfect spots or should I say, instagram-worthy ones. And so before we headed back to Christchurch, we stopped several times to take photos 🙂 And I was so thankful that I finally got to see cherry blossoms 🙂  We also had to take photos with the sheep and deer which you could see just dotting the green landscape as we drove by.

Kiwi and Chinese food. Of course, the day won’t be complete without food 🙂  As mentioned, we ate lunch at Pegasus Town. We also had a light snack at Hanmer Springs. We capped the day with a dinner at a Chinese eating place: Dragon Restaurant. (You can also check out some of the Kiwi/New Zealand food we enjoyed in NZ here.) 

What a beautiful day we had! We are truly thankful to God, to Jaireh and to his “fam bam” and to our friends and family who have helped make the trip to NZ a beautiful reality 🙂  Thank God from whom all blessings flow 🙂

Note: Daryl and I were a part of a group of pastors and leaders from our church who were invited for a leaders’ training in Hamilton, New Zealand. We stayed on for a few more days after the training to see friends and family in NZ.