The Story of Pwede Padala

What is Pwede Padala?

I am shy since I was young. It’s hard for me to ask a favour.

But now that I’m an OFW in Canada, I try to ask favor . . . in a nice way. “Pwede padala ng vitamins para sa aking pamilya at kay bantay na rin.”

Salamat!

It’s always a joy to send your love back home with things you work hard for and with the help of friends, family, and kababayan.

Pwede Padala is not only your guide about every thing that can fit inside a “balikbayan box.” (Take note, it is NOT a courier company.)

Because as an OFW, we can do more.

We can give more. Save more. Be the best person we can become in Canada.

Hold on a second.

Pwede Padala is not made to turn you into a “kuripot.” For clarity, here are the goals of the blog:

  • to appreciate the value of what we have (and see the real worth)
  • to find joy in giving and saving
  • to remember and receive what we used to enjoy in the Philippines (daing nasaan ka na)
  • to invest in yourself (in every aspect of personal growth)
  • to prepare for the future in Canada and the Philippines
  • to help Filipinos back home see the financial struggles of OFW (especially in boxing day)
  • to update this list as often as possible

So how do you like the goals so far? It’s going to be fun.

Pwede Padala

It’s all about financial literacy in its simplest form.

(I’m not a fan of hard-to-remember terms, I’ll leave that to Investopedia instead.)

It’s a journey for all OFW in Canada. And Pwede Padala is where we can share our story (mostly about finance and misadventure of missing the best deal).

Who Even Bother to Make this Blog Anyway?

That would be me. Your Pwede Padala Gal.

Again, I’m not in the business of sending your balikbayan boxes in the Philippines.

Instead, I’m a Filipino blogger, writing tips on how to fill that box yet save more. (It’s like haggling in Divisoria.)

Filipinos are teaching me a lot of lessons in life whether online or in the bus, so I decided to share and blog anonymously, although this is the fifth website I made since I came in Canada. (Mind you, I do have a job.)

Why not reveal my name?

So I can write anything I want and not be sued.

Just kidding. (Biro lang kabayan.)

I intend to write in details (with numerical figures) and not to worry of giving the wrong signal to anyone who knows me that I’m shovelling Canadian dollars like a snow.

(Seriously!)

I left most of my second-hand possession in the Philippines but not the habit of saving. Most of the time, I share personal finance tips to friends and family.

Sometimes they listen (or pretend to). Why STOP then!

So the shy girl decided to talk . . . louder on the Internet.

Aside in stubbornness, I have other odd qualities/habits I let out from my baggages which I brought all the way from the Philippines.

Read on if you are curious; otherwise why not read the latest posts of Pwede Padala.

12 Facts about Pwede Padala Gal:

  1. I am a daughter of a frugal mom and much frugal dad. I used to buy things with the participation and contribution of my siblings (hating kapatid).
  2. My first alkansya (piggy bank) is a plastic container with coins from my father’s winnings of Tongits.
  3. I used to wear hand-me-down shirts of my brother. (I looked like clothes hanger in Penshoppe ukay-ukay).
  4. As I grow up my sister fortunately catch up; my favorite T-shirts are from her closet. (Her fashion sense has met my standard. She’s lucky.)
  5. My mom and I have the same size of feet. And I know her style that I even brought along a tape measure in Divisoria to buy her pants with discount (tawad). I am a personal shopper that can haggle for gifts but not on the things I want to buy.
  6. As a college student, I used to walk fast when passing by a turo turo stand in Tutuban. I saved a lot to buy bags and shoes with the help of my fast, robust legs.
  7. I like branded clothing. But I don’t like to shop if clothes are not on sale . . . at least 75% off or 50% maybe.
  8. I became a vegetarian and tea aficionado in Canada.
  9. The first finance books that I’ve read are Lazy Investor by Derek Foster (Canadian) and My Maid Invests in the Stock Market . . . and Why You Should, Too! by Bo Sanchez (Filipino).
  10. My dad wears reading glasses so I used to wait for the ticker symbol of his blue-chip stock on TV. On Sunday, I looked for the closing price in the newspaper with fine print. I don’t even know (nor care) what those numbers meant. Now I do.
  11. I had my first cellphone (not smart phone) after college. My mom insisted that I should have my own cellphone. (It ended up in my drawer most of the time. It should have been a laptop instead.)
  12. My motto: numbers are just numbers; as long as things look new without defect. It will perfectly make do. If not refer to no. 7.

I guess those embarrassing trivia about myself is enough.

Although the blog is about giving and saving tips, I’ll randomly share some less personal post. (Mind you, it’s not glamorous. Adventurous maybe.)

Now it’s time to explore the possibilities.

In Pwede Padala, you can share your stories to OFWs in Canada or other countries. We can learn from each other wherever we are.

As your Pwede Padala Gal, you can also ask me a question or suggest a topic.

It’s all going to happen here. HERE!

Let’s start unboxing the priceless stories filled with cold ambiance and warmth love. (Amoy parcel box na ba?)