I enjoyed reading Rachel Alejandro's piece on the way she enjoys life.
I couldn't agree more with her when she shared the way she spends for the "good life." Like her, I don't invest my money on those so-called essentials for the future. I live in a rented shack and make-do with a five-year old average sedan. I can even skip the ride and settle for the dusty commute if necessary.
I don't have a collection of branded shoes or clothes. I buy stuff from Divisoria and from a Korean shop inside the CCP compound. I don't have an iPad or Kindle or those fancy cameras. I just have a Blackberry (issued by the company) and a point and shoot Lumix I traded for an iPad I won.
Yes, I am stingy. And I'm also not.
I spend my hard earned money more on life experiences than material things.
I love to travel and would not hesitate to spend big to see and experience a foreign land. I marvel at breathtaking wonders of nature, strange cities, mythical temples, historical landmarks and train rides. I love the Philippines, too and have gone to the ends of the earth, at least in this country.
Aside from travel, I am a spa addict and feel no regret spending money for my weekly spa visits. Massage is one of life's simple pleasures, my reward for working (usually) hard the whole week long.