In the household of Chito Miranda and Neri Naig, they maintain a monthly household budget of Php20,000.
“Lahat na iyon (That's everything),” Neri Naig-Miranda said at the Globe myBusiness x PEP.ph Star Bazaar last August 17, at the Megamall Event Center.
“Every month iyon, pero siyempre, iba yung sahod ng mga staff namin, parang ganon (That's every month, including the salary of some of our staff).”
The wais misis of Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda is aware that to live more comfortably in the country, the monthly household budget of Php20,000 does not seem enough.
But Neri said that's all her family needs to maintain a modest life in Alfonso, Cavite.
She continued, “Kasi namamalengke ako, e, magkano lang naman ang gulay sa probinsya? (I go to the market, how much are vegetables in the province?)
“Parang naba-budget ko siya kasi Php3,000 saganang-sagana ka na in a week. Sobra na iyon, di ba? (Php3,000 is more than enough for a week)”
Every month, Chito would give her money.
But if Neri wants to buy something for herself, she said, “…ako na bibili. Nahihiya akong maghingi sa kanya, e (I'll buy it myself. I'm embarrassed to ask from him).”
As a businesswoman, Neri simply followed her intuition when she was building up her mini-lifestyle enterprise.
The celebrity mom of one said, “Ako lang talaga siya. Wala akong iniisip na, ‘Ito yata magugustuhan ng mga tao…(It's just me. I don't really think about whether other people would like it)'
“Nagugulat na lang ako na nagugustuhan nila [ang mga business ko]. Nakakatuwa. (I'm surprised that people patronize my businesses. It's heartening).”
Neri has an ukay-ukay (second hand clothing shop), a bakeshop and also sells gourmet tuyo, fashion jewelry, sleepwear and bed linen.
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Neri has a “pangarap (dream) journal” to keep track of that.
She said, “Meron akong pangarap journal, e. Doon ako nagsusulat ng lahat ng ideas. Since bata ako, ginagawa ko yun. (I have a dream journal where I write down all of my ideas. I've been doing it it since I was a kid).
“Kahit nasa sasakyan lang ako, nag-uusap lang kami ng asawa ko, biglang ‘Ay, magandang business iyan, ah!’ (Even when I'm in the car, my husband and I would be talking, I'd say, "Oh, that would be a good business!)
“[Sasabihin ni Chito] ‘Business na naman! (Chito would say, 'Business again!)’
"Tapos isusulat ko (Then I'll write it down). You’ll never know.
“At least kung hindi man sa akin, malay mo sa anak ko, puwede niya gawin iyon kapag nabasa niya! (Even if it's not for me. Maybe my son would be ineterested in it when he reads it)."
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Entrepreneur.com.ph editors.