About Me

I have a hard time introducing myself. I don’t know why words and phrases won’t fall out of my head and onto my screen. Maybe because I am afraid to admit that I am nobody or shy that I might discover something about myself. I know I am sometimes shy and timid. That’s how I often describe myself.

I stalked “About me” pages of bloggers I know. And began thinking on what to write in mine. After several revisions, I have come up with the typical, Hey there.

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Hey there! I am Nikka Shem. I am an Electronics and Communications Engineering graduate from Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, currently employed as a System and Application Engineer. Work kept me busy nowadays, but I see to it that I spend a lot more time traveling and staying in touch with my friends and my family. I am a Monday hater but a week-end and holiday lover.

About My Blog

I started blogging in 2003. Unfortunately, I stopped when I moved in the city. I cannot find time for my blogging. But writing my daily activity is my passion. It has gone through many incarnations, and remained throughout time.

NikkaShem.com is a room of my thoughts, my opinions, my experiences, my travels and my life.

This blog is my outlet – a distraction from the real world. I hope I can contribute information through my experiences, thoughts, misadventures and adventures, wanderings and stories.

My 2020 Goals

Every single year, I always have the same goal.. To make this year better than the last. Year after year, I start to think of the changes, start to look back and see how far I’ve come.

Here’s my goal for the new year..

Take control of money

You know me when it comes to money. Despite of my best efforts to pay off debts, I have accumulated more. I am slowly taking one step at a time, tracking and planning for everything to get in order again. Getting debt under control is stressful but it will be worth it in the end.

Get fit and be healthier

Loosing weight is never an easy task. I once made it to almost 55kg but it bounced back few years after. Being healthy is good enough for this year than loosing weight.

Tackle time management

I can’t deny the fact that I am always late on my deadlines. It is my worst trait. I wanted to improve my performance at work, get all work done ahead of schedule without overwhelming myself.

Write more

My blog has taken a bit of a backseat. I have no more excuses since I got myself a laptop. It is just having the time to sit down and put my thoughts into words.

Work on becoming a morning person

I am not a morning person. I hate waking up on the alarm. My goal here is to wake up early enough to get into workouts before work.

Do things that we enjoy most

We can’t always do things that we enjoy. I love traveling and shopping. As much as I want, engaging on these activities make me spend what I don’t have. Instead engage in activities that seem to fuel minds.

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There are many things I wanted to do in the past years that I didn’t do. This year I am going to make time and get over one by one.

Adding on my list..

Cut out soda

I am planning to cut it out completely for 2020. This may be simple, but I drink a lot.

Life is an amazing journey, celebrate small victories and when you stumble, get back on track.

{Adulting} How to Not Waste Your 13th Month Pay

When Christmas season kicks off, nothing excites me better than my 13th month pay. In all those time, 13th month pay was something I looked forward to. I recently received my 13th month pay. In the past years, I plan ahead on the things I wanted to buy. I spend lavishly my pay treating myself new gadgets and buying gifts for family, godchildren and friends. I know I am not supposed to spend all of it, but that is the only time I can take advantage without sacrificing other obligations. I can’t help but reminisce those years – nine to be exact.

Am I using my pay wisely? The wisest are those who take their 13th month pay as an opportunity. I haven’t thought of that until recently that I struggle financially. My savings were not enough to save me. I am a generous giver but this time I need to help my self first. The best gift I can give myself is a peace of mind knowing that I plan to secure my future.

It is very tempting to spend especially during this holiday season. But it doesn’t have to be that way this year. Why waste my 13th month pay when I can spend it on more important things.

Before fully spending,

  1. Plan on how to use it. Set a specific percentage which will go to savings, debt payments and investments among others. Allocate at least 20% on savings and 50% on debts. It is also important to also have a portion spent on enjoying life. I worked extremely hard for a year round.
  2. Pay off debts. Remember that interest rates are sky rocketing- 3.5% a month for credit cards. Debt is one of major roadblocks toward financial freedom. It is now the best time to settle all dues. Although it is not enough to clear all the debts, but it will possibly reduce the interest.
  3. Save for now if you are still undecided. Putting up a savings account is the smart way to handle money.
  4. Spend according to priority. It should be a personal decision, a well though decision. You decide which ones are so important and should become top priority.

Put your money where you feel it would serve you best. Think carefully and decide on what to do with it. Make sure not to splurge. What you do with your money defines you in the future. Remember to always save and invest for the future.

NikkaShem.com Version 2.0

The day I decided to get back to blogging… I wanted to go back to why I started blogging in the first place.

I cannot remember the last time I blogged. You know how much I miss my other self. I was supposed to leave this site and won’t renew anymore. Renewals are way too pricey. But then I decided to give it another try. Maybe, just maybe I will be as persistent and diligent before. I transferred to Hostinger today. I saw a great deal for 4 years. Isn’t that amazing? 4 more years of having me here. I just couldn’t leave and tear apart the memories I have for the past years. This is my home. And this is where I will be for the succeeding years.

Welcome to NikkaShem.com Version 2.0!

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It’s like starting a blog for the first time, amazing yet intimidating. I waited way too long to blog again and I am sorry for that.

Here are the reasons why I am going back to blogging:

  1. Work is really exhausting nowadays. Sorry to say that Boss. (Excessive) Stress at work has a great impact on our health. I find blogging as the best stress-reducer. I gave up all other activities, blogging has become my release. Blogging for me is fun. It is like a playground where I play with words and ideas. In almost too many ways to count, it has changed the way I look at stress.
  2. I feel inspired again. One of the reasons I did not get back sooner is that I feel uninspired. I have let go of what really made me love blogging. I can’t seem to find a topic that I am passionate about and enjoy writing. Coming with interesting ideas would force me to keep learning and growing.
  3. I want to get better at writing. The more I write, the better I become at it, right? Blogging allows me to compose my thoughts in English. It is such an excellent method of practice. I learn new vocabulary words and grammar rules every time I write. You will definitely see more of my own personal content.
  4. I want to improve my time management skills. Aside from having my planners, blogging helps me cultivate that discipline. I know, I have to meet deadlines. Though I can’t promise to put out daily posts but I will somehow feed you posts from time to time. I will try to set aside a time every day. I love the sense of accomplishment once I am done writing a day’s worth of thoughts.

That’s it! I am finally back after years of having an on and off love affair. See you around!