The Ca-Ca-Chuck Family Tradition

It should only be fitting to tell you more about my guys. I seriously love being a wife to Yuli and a mother to Neal Omer.  One big trait that we have as a family is our united desire in finding happiness through simple and frugal means.  I like to think that we’ll have lots of time with extravagance when we’re old and boring! Because of that, I directed myself to building small family traditions that will make us happy while avoiding emptying out our pockets.

Living frugally is a lifestyle that we continue to practice as a family.  For instance, we prefer home-cooked meals than eating out in fancy restaurants, watching downloaded movies than cinemas, and taking turns massaging each other’s feet than going to spas.  As lovers of music, we like putting up chairs outside our apartment and singing songs while I play the guitar.

Quoting Jack Johnson’s lyric, it really feels better when we’re together. (Boy I couldn’t be more mushy! 😣)

We also like to celebrate small successes in life by inventing our own family tradition.  We have just started rolling out our very own Ca-Ca-Chuck family tradition this year, but it sure succeeds in making us happy. 😁




The rules are simple: whenever a small success came, we buy ourselves our favorite comfort food, that is, Cali Pineapple Soda and a cheap Caramel Cake from a nearby bakery for Yuli and me, and a Chuckie Kid’s Chocolate Drink for Omer.  Hence, Ca-Ca-Chuck. We sit by the couch (TV and gadgets out of course) and talk about that success for a little while.

The below picture is our most recent celebration and I think it’s because Yuli survived his 2-week English Training at work. We spent around Php 150.00 ($3.00) for this celebration. What could be more awesome than a 150-peso-bit-of-happiness?! 🤘

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I am a product of small family traditions at home.  I was raised by parents who value gatherings to continue to nurture an open relationships among us, even now that most of us have families of our own.  Most of my life’s lessons and important pieces of advice are picked up from those informal family gatherings.  I believe that building meaningful family traditions are helpful in sustaining a happy and health family.

What kind of simple celebration and other family traditions do you have or want to have? Tell me about it!

‘Til the next family tradition,

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