Friday, May 15, 2015

Qatar Visa Requirements and Qatar Visa Stamping for Qatar Embassy Philippines

Want to get a Qatar visa but don't know the requirements? 

From June 15 to July 07, I will be going to Qatar. :) This is a wonderful opportunity for me to spend time with my lovely family, and also to conduct money management workshops to our kababayans abroad.

(Remember, though, as an OFW who wants to sign up for a life insurance policy, you can not sign the forms abroad. You have to be in the Philippines to get started! Why?)

This is the schedule of the Qatar embassy:

With that, my little brother LJ and I decided to venture to Qatar embassy to get our Qatar stamped. For everyone who's unfamiliar with the venue, Qatar embassy is now located at Magallanes, Makati City:

Monday, May 04, 2015

3 Things OFWs Should Ask Before Signing A Life Insurance Policy

Filipino OFWs contact me probably around seven times a day - every day.

Usually, their messages contain statements such as:

"Lianne, gusto ko sana magstart ngayon ng life insurance pero nasa abroad ako."

"Someone's recruiting me here abroad and he told me I can sign the policy here even if the company is based in the Philippines?" 

"Can you send to me the life insurance application, tapos sign ko dito, and then mail ko sayo?" 

So before you sign that life insurance application form, keep in mind these three important details: 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stay Focused on What Really Matters To YOU: Ask Yourself This

When everything and everyone seems to demand your attention and suck the energy out of you, it's hard to stay focused.

For the past few weeks, I couldn't sleep properly. 

I've tried drinking warm milk, turning off the lights, listening to relaxing music, meditating and even exercising a few hours before my bed time just so I could expect sleep to welcome me into her arms. 

But she never came whole-heartedly. I would sleep for an hour, wake up for three hours and then go back to sleep once again.

I think the main reason for this is because I have a lot of things on my plate right now - writing, speaking, listening, presenting, travelling, investing, email responding, re-branding and even enrolling.

I'd close my eyes and try, but then a blog post idea comes up! 

I'd force my eyes shut but then I'd mistakenly check my messages and reply.

I'd yawn but then I'd remember a concept I'd like to include in my next speaking engagement. 

It wasn't until we visited Heritage Park today that I felt my soul being cleansed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

8 Money Things 20-Somethings Should Do Once They Get Their First Pay Check

Just got your first job? Congratulations! 

As a 20-something who recently got your first job, are you also curious about what you should be doing with your very first pay ever?

I bet you are. I've received countless of emails from amazing Filipino professionals who just got the sweet taste of their first ever paycheck - but do not want to experience the bittersweet feeling of losing it all. 

What do you do when you've gotten your first salary but you have no idea what to do with it to make it more valuable in the long run? 

Here are 8 money tips you can start with: 

1. Compute your hourly rate.

Let's say you work 40 hours a week, 4 weeks a month. Your total working hours for the whole month is 160. 

And then you received a salary of P18,000 for the first month you've worked. 

Hourly rate = P18,000 divided by 160 hours
Hourly rate = P112.50 rate per hour 

That P800+ rate for a 3-hour Vikings buffet feast for yourself?

It costs around 7 working hours of your life. 

It makes you think twice about spending your money recklessly, don't you think so?