Personal Finance Lessons from “House Husband”

I spent my most of my weekend with my wife and child at home just playing, munching lots of finger snacks, and watching movies from the internet. And of course, we prayed constantly for our loved ones and kababayans back home to be safe from the approaching storm.

I seldom watch Filipino movies but my wife just really likes Judy Ann Santos. Personally, I’ve met Judy Ann in two ocassions in the past. One was during her shoot of a famous sardine brand’s commercial and the other one was in an event we’ve attended in Makati in the late 90’s. Other say she’s a “suplada” but I can say she’s a very simple lady and a very down-to-earth type of person.

So this weekend was spent watching about six English movies and one Judy Ann-Ryan Agoncillo 2011 comedy-drama movie entitled “House Husband”. *The story revolves around a married couple, Mia (Judy Ann Santos) and Rod (Ryan Agoncillo), who have a bunch of problems and endless arguments. Since then Rod has resigned from his job and made Mia find another one, while he takes charge of household chores and their children. (*Wikipedia) Continue reading Personal Finance Lessons from “House Husband”

The People Who Grew “Money” Have No Money At All

Have you ever wondered what your Philippine banknote or perang papel is made of?

The truth is that it’s not just paper. It’s not just ordinary sinulid or some gold dusts. Our local banknotes are mostly made of cotton and 20% abaca.

In case you don’t know what abaca is, take a look at the photo below of abaca trees and abaca fiber being dried.  Continue reading The People Who Grew “Money” Have No Money At All

Does God Look At Your Numbers?

We have been teaching about saving money. We have been teaching about growing them in investment placements such as the stock market or in businesses. We have been teaching about setting goals for our future. But is stacking up wealth the ultimate and only thing in life that we need to do?

In the Parable of the Talents, there were three servants who were entusted by their masters with “talents”. The first servant was given five talents; the second one with two talents, and the third one with one talent.

For those who are wondering what those “talents” mean in the Bible, this is not about the physical gifts or skills such as singing, dancing, playing basketball, being good in math, et. al. The word talent here pertains to the unit of measurement used for weighing precious metals such as silver or gold. It is also a unit of currency used for computing a laborer’s wage. One talent is equivalent to 6,000 denarii or equivalent to twenty years of work of an ordinary laborer. Continue reading Does God Look At Your Numbers?