Friday, August 15, 2008

Pros and Cons of a Business

Last Tuesday, August 5, we opened our new Sari-sari Store/Carenderia. It will be managed by Kuya Boy who sells dishes aside from basic goods. Mom also sells street foods such as cheese sticks, kikiam, fishball, etc. Among the three of us, Mom has the biggest income. Me and Rodel on the other hand, we earn by selling sago’t gulaman and by delivering breakfast in the office. With this little business, we are able to have at least a small income to support our daily needs. Actually, we really wanted to have this kind of business to keep Rodel and Kuya busy aside from the income we could generate from it.

Since the opening of the store, we forgot to take care of the things we usually do like house chores. Our house is now always messy. Mom forgot to do the laundry last week. She even asked Mylene to do it for her. She never prepares breakfast, lunch or dinner anymore. We, Rodel and me, now seldom to go to church nor prays our novena together. The usual exchange story before bed is now gone. Today, before we go to bed, we prepare the ingredients of the dish to be cooked for tomorrow morning. No matter how long or short our sleep is, we need to be up at 4am to prepare all the orders. Sometimes I felt so tired. When calculating our income from this business and thinking that we are tired every waking day, we wanted to stop it. But hey! What the heck of being tired… we are just starting, right?

Maybe these are things that we can’t do or things we sometimes ignored because of our business. I hope that we could learn to work it out before it’s too late.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lasema Spa.. A Different Way of Relaxation

In the past few days, UDD staffs were so busy preparing for the report of Makati BEST component which will be presented to the Mayor, Vice-Mayor and consultants. Last Monday night, the verdict on our works was given. All presentations didn’t pass the expectations of our higher officials. Maybe due to nervous or lack of thorough study on the proposed programs/projects, the presentation was cut and decided to revise or improve the work. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 o’clock in the evening and we are so tired. Though dismayed on the output of the presentation, Ma’am Merl said that we should let ourselves be stressed on what had happened. So without any plan, she invited us to join her in Lasema Plaza for a spa. Together with Sir Xen, Ms. Lisa and Che, we were pampered with different experience of relaxation. We availed their Swiss Massage and famous Jjim Jil Bang with dry saunas of Oak and Clay, Dome Clay Salt and Charcoal.
The Oak & Clay Sauna has loess or “yellow earth from pure natural sedimentary stone” that has been proven to intensify the body’s natural curing process.
The salt & charcoal sauna contains carbon and minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. It induces relaxation, assists the body’s detoxification process, and speeds up the body’s metabolism.

The Dome Clay Sauna contains Chungito which is the main material used for the interior. Chungito is a porous mud, which quickly dissipates heat, and its high-alkali content is believed to release energy in the form of negative ions.

Che and I decided to go back on Lasema. We will just wait for Jo so our whole barkada could experience it also.