Offline is the new Luxury

Offline is the new Luxury

Sometimes I look back at my life and see all the computer gadgets that I used since 15.. from 386, 486, pentium 1, 2 etc etc

I realized, the cost for buying all the stuff is equal to a round the world trip ticket already.

I’m not complaining that technology is fast evolving, but sometimes, I just wish I was a doctor or a lawyer instead.. coz doctors and lawyers don’t have to deal so much on versioning.. the human body and laws don’t change too fast.

I do ride the waves of technology and still grateful for the opportunities it has given to me. And someday, it will afford me to earn online while i’m offline too… yep, my ultimate goal of an alternative lifestyle.. a different way of life alright.

But for now, sadly, I live by this quote:

I’m in the transition and to be honest, I can afford to be not in the computer for the whole day.

I just wish that when I travel again, I’ll be able to stay in self sustainable communities, away from racism and people that drains my positive energy.. and then I’ll be able to leave a trail for other adventurous souls to follow.

Many people in poorer countries love to travel.

They just are not privilege enough to do so.. hopefully we can help each other out.

As for the privileged people, I do hope they know the value of being offline.. living in the present moment.. and just enjoying the surroundings. I will feature sustainable communities as I travel along.

Meanwhile, you might want to see this interesting documentary:

Freebies and Discounts Gift For You

Freebies and Discounts Gift For You

It’s almost my birthday and I’ll be turning a year older again, time fries. So I’m giving gifts for you in my own special way.

The year was just… normal I would say.

At this age, I’m 70% financially free, some online work, a few investments, a house in the beachside waiting to be cleaned.. and a few more projects in the pipeline.

Work has consumed me. Brain work.

House and farm work on the other hand, remains to be a challenge… I’m getting better at cooking though..

But I’m not here to talk about me, I’m here to give you stuff.. so you can pass the good stuff forward and make others happy. How about that? ^_^

For discounts on accommodation, signup at airbnb and get 21USD discount on your first stay:

Fancy a hotel or hostel instead? Here’s a 15USD discount credit:

Want to try another alternative?
Here’s 100 accommodation points using Trampolinn:

Want to get some tour discounts? Here’s a 5% discount for you if you use tourradar:

Do you want to use other currencies? Try bitcoins by signing up at and receive 50php.

Useful Links for freebies:

I do hope this site can give more, so let’s see what the future holds.
Don’t worry about not giving me back at this time, I’m getting commission fees for every sign up too so it’s a win/win..

Hope this brighten your day.

How to travel alone – a guide for solo female travelers

How to travel alone – a guide for solo female travelers

My earliest solo travel memories was traveling from Laguna to Manila every school day at 11 years old. I woke up at 4am, then walk (yes, walk) 2 kilometers to the bus station, and hope to not be late for the flag ceremony at 6:30am.

Eventually, the bus conductor knew me already as a regular passenger, then he gave me ticket passes so I don’t have to pay the bus fare. He also told me to scold my mom. I’m sure my mom wants what is best for me coz I still did piano and ballet lessons during weekends. My mom taught me how to mingle with different kinds of caste err I mean classes of society in this country early.

So my early years mould me to be independent while on the road. It paved way to me traveling solo to almost all countries I’ve been. And you know what? It was real adventure.

For those who wants to travel alone for various reasons, you may want to start with traveling to nearby places. If you live in a city, try to travel to nearby provinces, eat local delicacies, go to local tourists spots. Embrace solitude like a new found freedom.


Then start venturing further, go to places with different dialects, different cultures and tradition. You shouldn’t be paranoid if you can’t speak the local language, usually local people are kind and adjust to you if you are kind enough to them too. But to be honest, sometimes local people can intimidate too. Example, if you speak tagalog in Cebu, locals usually will talk back in English. If you get intimidated, speak to another person instead.

If you’re from the province and want to explore the city, it may take a while to get used to traveling in the busy places.. I suggest go there with a companion first, then try to return on your own. With lots of activities that can get you busy in the city, I’m sure you won’t really mind being alone.

Once you’re at ease, then traveling out of the country will be a breeze already.

My first international solo travel was in Singapore where I left my friends in the hotel to travel and visit an organization, then I traveled around the lion city afterwards. Then I went to solo traveling in most countries that I lived or visited.

Traveling solo has its perks alright. You don’t have to wait for someone if you want to go somewhere else. You don’t have to share decisions. You can go to any tourist spot without asking for someone to go with you. You can go on a shopping spree all day and no one will be impatiently waiting at the hotel’s lobby. You can do food trips without having to share your food.

eggs benedict

As long as you have the budget, you can do what you want. That alone makes me highly recommend traveling solo to anyone.

For most culture, a single asian female traveling deviates from the tradition. Since I understand a bit of Thai language and since Laos language is similar to Passa Thai, I often hear this – Khun Diaw.
This means – only you or you’re alone.

bombs display in the coffee shop

It helps that you have a support system online. Someone you can go to just in case you are in trouble. When I was traveling solo, I make sure my family know where I am.

Also, it helps if you travel light and simple so you don’t attract unnecessary negativities. It’s great that I haven’t experienced being kidnapped, or having my wallet stolen while on the road. Maybe because scammers never thought of me as a potential victim… Dear (legal and illegal) scammers in all forms, i have nothing to declare.

But just in case this happens to you, please make sure you know self defense or carry a self defense tool like a pepper spray.

I was not a victim to such scams but our house back home got robbed while I was traveling though, so that’s the reason I’m careful when posting online. It’s better to be humble than to motivate someone to do bad things to you.

Aside from being a potential victim to scammers since you’re traveling alone, there’s also a possibility that you get sick while traveling, and you’re alone. Make sure the food you eat is clean, go to restaurants where there are lots of locals coz usually travelers get sick of diarrhea. And just in case you still get sick, make sure you have an insurance.

I’d still highly recommend solo travel. You will never experience another level of freedom unless you go trek this lifestyle path.

Where to travel solo? That’s another story.

What to do when you don’t want to work

I have allowed myself to be MIA (missing in action) from this blog for the past few weeks.. it feels liberating to be able to not do things because I don’t feel like doing anything.. Yeah these are my lazy moments.. I said it, I said coz I can… yeah you can sing to the tune of the lazy song by Bruno Mars..


Thank you to my current sponsor, mom’s sari sari store, for supplying endless hopia, biscuits and yoghurt drink.

Actually, when tracing the root cause of my zombie mode nowadays, it was because of a nationwide audit project for an expensive high end phone and a passion project.. the pressure was at a tsunami level and at the end of the paid project, I felt like a harassed zombie.

The quality of work was 5 stars according to myself, because I’m the country coordinator, so I should tap myself at the back. Oh yeah, client also gave me a virtual kudos.. Dear client, I’ll be asking for a talent fee raise on the next virtual kudos ha? :D

After the short term project, my brain is squeezed like an orange err dalandan and no matter what motivation I do, I just drift out to dreamland and snooze… for 20 hours. You wake up to motivate yourself but brain doesn’t budge.

Don’t tell me you don’t go thru a phase of your life like this. Oh, you can’t because even if you want to, you can’t afford to loose your job or you’ll die.. Sorry.

So I’ll try to help you when you’re stuck and in a similar situation. Here’s what you can do even if you don’t have the time or money yet to be a lazy fairy.


1. If you have a regular job – what are leaves for? Use it! Going to work on zombie mode does not add up to your productivity level, and it makes you easily irritated and eventually creates a ripple effect of distress to other workmates. So isolate yourself early, and rest and do things you enjoy. Trust me, when you go back to work, you’ll be more energized.

2. Do a thing that you love. I travel. It reenergizes me and regenerates my right brain cells. My projects involved travelling but it’s different when you travel to a place just for a break. So far, I’ve traveled to different provinces this year for work and holidays.. now I need to find a way to humbly brag about it and not motivate thieves to steal in our house instead.

No money to travel yet? Temporarily suppress travel needs but make sure you make yourself happy by doing stuff that makes you happy. If I don’t travel, here’s what I do that you can do too:

3. I sleep. Hopefully I can generate money from this hobby.. :D

4. Watch social media mindlessly.. I know it’s like watching tv but this time I control what I wanted to see. It’s very addicting though, so I advice you to have an accountability buddy who will spank the hell out of you if u fall to the trap of being a social media addict.

5. Snuggle with a loved one. If it’s a human, then good. Apparently, I can only snuggle with pets at the moment but Im not complaining :P

6. Catch up with friends. I’m not the most sociable person so you are lucky if we get to be friends. Kidding :D.. Having a group or a community makes you feel alive and welcome. It will also make you feel that you’re not the only weirdo around here, you have a squad to do weird things together.

7. Write. Or keep a blog. This is a hobby that let’s me generate some decent income.. and I get paid to do what I want to do. So thank you so much to those who never failed to read my crazy mind, I do appreciate you. Thank you more to my sponsors, I love you for paying me to do what I want or not want to do..

8. Do cooking experiments. I’m proud to say all my human testers are still alive :D



9. Read a book or if you don’t like reading, watch a movie.

10. Listen to some soothing music. There was a time when my anxiety level is at maximum, so I do meditation, and listen to music that I like.

Rest is important to humans in order to be healthy. I remembered when I had a full time job, I used to take vitamins as energy boosters, but it fakes the feeling of energy and it may cause more serious sickness later on. I’m not a doctor but I do my research on healthy living. You can take a look at my Guide to Self Sustainability group to get more tips.

Creating passive income streams are also important if you want to take a break for a very long time. My passive income streams are decent so I can afford the luxury to not do anything for a certain time. It’s never too late to invest in one.


Not many people are granted to do the work that they want to do. So this also adds to the stress of daily living. Oh yeah, and that horrible traffic and that horrible boss.

So let’s be frank, if you feel lazy, please listen to your body. Rest well, and hopefully, you’ll regain the strength to be a productive person again.

Living the local life – a personal insight

Living the local life – a personal insight

Because it has been a long time since I traveled out of my country, local living has become my daily routine. I still travel around the country and have experienced the lifestyle of different classes of society.
Somehow I do see the benefits of each side of the story. If you’re gonna ask me which lifestyle suits me best, I’d say it depends on the situation.

When you’re traveling as an elitist, or part of the upper class, you will be served with comfort and class. However, people will look at you with $$ in your eyes and expect money in every move you make. I was traveling in style when a cousin from London and a Chinese friend came over last month. And you have no idea how worried I am about being kidnapped… not because I’m rich, but because kidnappers might notice my companions are rich.. so dear elite friends, please dress down when you are with me.. I had enough mishaps in my life already, thank you. Sorry posh pictures are private property unless I’m given permission to boast about them :P

Here’s one of our tour spots, Waterfalls of Tibiao, Antique:

water falls in Tibiao Antique

And even if I travel solo, I just don’t blend. One time while eating breakfast solo in a hotel, a police woman went in the hotel to observe me.. Does this thin looking frail lady look harmful? Maybe the owner think I look like I will eat all the food in the buffet. :D

On the other hand, when traveling on a budget, you’ll get glares from the elitists who will look at you from head to toe. I do notice that when I was in Tagaytay in a gathering. Amongst families with cars, I was one of the people who arrived in a tricycle. Well at least I will not be taken advantage of.. wait, the tricycle driver overcharged me I think. Great.

This scenario makes me not want to travel around the country.

Not traveling has its advantage actually.. you’re safe eating home made fresh foods in a house that you call home. You can be your true self and no matter what you wear, your pet dog will adore you.


In my case, not traveling makes my friends from afar visit instead.. So far, friends from Vietnam, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Taiwan, China, US and UK has visited my hidden paradise.. My aunt who hasn’t traveled out of the Philippines yet felt like she has traveled already thru the stories of my friends..

But not traveling will also make a person not see the beauty of the world.. I hope people continue to travel despite what harshness media is telling them.. or despite harshness I have personally experienced :)).. coz yours might be a different story who knows..

Travel peels off all your labels and brings out the best in you.. Authentic travel brings out true friends too.. It is thru understanding cultures and learning their way of life that true peace is achieved. Isn’t it great that you be friends with everyone in any part of the world?

I do look forward to the time where I can become myself with no labels. I can stay in whatever posh hotels or serviced apartments.. or sleep on bus stops or hitchhike in Europe.. and no one will measure my ability just by looking at me from head to toe.

I look forward to the day I can travel freely, where I can encounter no hatred, only welcoming people wanting me to stay in their warm homes.. But for now, I can just dream.. until I set foot on that long journey again.


beautiful life


10 Life and Travel Quotes part 3

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 3

And so here I go again where I contemplate on words of wisdom I saw around the net. For those who wants to reflect on their lives, feel free to browse around. The quotes may not only give meaning to me but it may struck a chord on you too. If you want to see my previous quote compilations, check out my Miss Quote section.

Quote 1. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama The previous year I just spent traveling the same route with my mom and relatives. This year should be a year of discovery..

travel to a place youve never been

Quote 2. working hard for something we don’t care is stress, working hard for something we love is called passion – Simon Sinek
There are times I hardly slept just to deal with projects and there are times I put myself at risk when traveling (never gonna do that again don’t worry) but for the love of my projects which include traveling, I never felt that it was work.. even if I’m earning money from these projects.. guess I found my passion.

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Quote 3. hard times will always reveal true friends. I’ve been under the wheel of life and underwent the test of time.. there I met real friends who stick with me thru good and bad.. and indeed, they were jewels of my life.

3 hard times

Quote 4. We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. – Fight club

Guess that’s why I became antisocial.. because there are lots of people who treat you according to the level of your money.. it has become a material world so i try to be real, even if i don’t impress.

buy things we dont need

Quote 5. If life gives you lots of lemons, makes lots of lemonaide, lemon jam, lemon cake, and sell them. I just modified the quote a bit because really, at one point of my life, I think I was given lots of lemons ^_^.. so that’s why I accumulated different income streams :D.. Lemons pa more!

if life gives you lemons

Quote 6. If you fall, I’ll be there – floor. Just a silly quote.. although sometimes this is true.. embrace being alone though, it’s a baptism of fire that makes you stronger

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Quote 7. a flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it, it just blooms

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Quote 8. Love in such a way that the person you love feels free. – Thich Nhat Hanh

love in such a way

Quote 9. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is – Jim Carrey

the effect you have on others

Quote 10. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.

promote what you love

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 2

10 Life and Travel Quotes part 2

There are times where I just sit back and reminisce, look back so I can move forward. I guess I can call it checkpoint phases in my life.

And these reflections always involved quotes.. I used to do poetries but my attention span has become shorter so quotes will do at the moment.

I already had a first batch of these quote collections, feel free to check it out. If you find yourselves in the crossroads and might need some words of wisdom, hope you find it in the short but powerful quotes that I’ve gathered around the internet.

Quote 1. I am in competition with no one, I hope we all make it.

quote about competition

Quote 2. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

2. the world is a book travel quote

Quote 3. if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet

travel quote

Quote 4. The world is my village and my religion is to do good

travel quote

Quote 5. birds of the same feather are the same birds

5. birds of the same feather life quote

Now the quotes below are bits of wisdom about money and how to handle them or how to look at alternative richness aside from money. I can attest to these quotes and if you have financial challenges at the moment, hope you can reflect on them too.

Quote 6. Humans are the only species that pays to live on this planet

6. money quote

Quote 7. The grass is not greener on the other side, it is greener where you water it

money quote

Quote 8. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things that you have that money cannot buy

money quote

Quote 9. Some people are so poor all they have is money

money quote

Quote 10. Your network is your net worth

money quote


Reasons for you to NOT travel

Out of curiosity, and also out of wanting to create another passive income stream, I asked around on what topic should I have for an ebook..

(Yeah, despite my grammers, I still dream to create an ebook.. humans can dream right?)

And one of the topics were how to discourage people from traveling… like after all my adventures and breath taking pictures, I will then tell my readers to NOT TRAVEL?


beautiful Thailand

Don’t get me wrong.. I love traveling.. and after I get another large buck, you won’t be seeing me sitting around in my computer.. but after much thought.. I realized, travel indeed is not for everyone.

And believe me, there are phases in my life where I also don’t want to go out of the house and just want to sleep in my bed forever.. till I realize I have an online job.. boo.

So maybe.. just maybe.. travel may not be for everybody.. Some people will thank me for this because at least they will feel that they are a normal person not bound by the new norm that a person is required to travel.


So, for those who would like to be discouraged to travel, this is for you:

Travel may not be for you if.. if you can’t part ways with your bed, your dogs, your cats, your garden, your house, etc.. like you go out to the mall for a few hours, then you wanted to come home immediately. Sorry dear, you’re bound to love your roots forever. Do you realize once you go travel far and wide, you cannot come home immediately? You’ll be homesick and won’t be able to enjoy your trip.. do yourself a favor, start getting unattached to people, animals and things or don’t travel.


Travel may not be for you if you’re picky about food.. if you can’t take spicy food, then don’t travel around Asia.. if you can’t eat without rice, then bring rice in your travels and cook in the places where you’ll be visiting.. but if you can’t cook… oh dear.. make your life simple.. you already know what I mean.



Travel may not be for you if you’re antisocial.. wait, scratch that. I’m antisocial yet I still travel. I do have set of friends, and I make friends sometimes.. sometimes :D.. I’m working  on it!


Travel may not be for you at the moment if you don’t have the funds to travel.. OUCH. Although really I tried many times to travel like a vagabond and I survived, thank you angels.. Looking back, I also cannot understand how I was able to do that.. but dear, please don’t be so adventurous.. I may just be lucky so if luck is not on your side, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.



Travel may not be for you if your brother sister mother father grannies aunts neighbors and neighbors cousins (which is your cousin too) is dependent on you… I salute you dear bread winner who works 2 jobs in the West to support a Village where some members survive by gossiping the whole day! I do not approve of creating a family dependency on you.. what if you get to be on the other side of getting sick and do not have the means to work? Travel may not be for you at the moment, but I do hope you allot the happy fund for yourself because you deserve it.


grasya in bagan

Moving on, travel may not be for you if you’re a hard headed person and breaks the rules of the country you are in.. Example, there’s a rule in Thailand where you’re not allowed to say anything negative about the king or you’ll be jailed.. you may agree that it is weird but once you break this law, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.


Also, travel may not be for you if you complain about everything.. You complain about the weather, food, no mcdonalds in Bagan, no jollibee in the Himalayas… You complain about travel time that is too long, sand is not white enough, sea water not blue.. Don’t get me wrong, I do complain too thank goodness my country has freedom of speech.. but sometimes there are people who complains a whole lot.. Dears, do yourself and your travel companions a favor, stay home where mcdonalds and jollibee is within reach.. and learn photoshop skills to make the white sand truly white.

Travel may not be for you if you can’t handle racism.. Reality check, not all that glitters are great places.. Example, I love Hong Kong, the last time I was there I had great time with friends.. but the first time was indeed a culture shock.. even the boat dispatcher shouts at you! In my mind, I was like.. “Ate, I may just look like your typical maid but I have a higher education than you”.. but well, she doesn’t care xD


So if you think you can’t bear all these.. I think I’m giving a good advice for you to just not travel..  you won’t experience racism, you won’t get homesick, you will always have your favourite food, you’ll be happier that way believe me.

There’s an alternative way to not experience all these misfortunes.. book a tour so you’ll be in a tour group, in a happy bubble, not noticing the real culture experience.. but at least you’re surrounded by staff smiling because you paid them to be patient with your complaining ;D.. oh by the way, this is not applicable in some parts of Vietnam where certain tour guides will shout at you for being a complainer… sorry reality hurts sometimes.

But despite that, you can still try to travel and see the world as it is.. and if you realize I was right in the first place, you’re welcome. And if you overcome the challenges and still see that despite all that, the world is still beautiful, then well done, you have made the step to become a global citizen.. an addition to the tribe of explorers indeed, now your new challenge is how to get rid of the travel bug.


**if you want me to gift this to your beloved as a way of disrupting his/her plans to travel, let me know and I’ll create an ebook just for you :D

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How do you know True Freedom?

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day.

That’s because today, June 12, is National Independence day in the Philippines. I’m grateful that our national heroes did everything they can to set our country free…. fast forward to today… think about it.. Are we truly free?

1. Do we have freedom of speech? Are journalists and the rest of the people free to say what they want to say without being threatened (or cyber bullied) ? Can honesty be spoken in such a way to not hurt people?

2. Are we free to do things we want to do? Do we do things because we feel we are born to do them? Do we like to work because we want to work? Do we like to write because we want to write? Do we like to cook because we want to cook? Are we doing our passions or purpose in life? Not binded or blinded by the money?

3. Speaking of money, do we feel rich? Not necessarily monetary but richness in other aspects in life. Are we rich in health and spirituality? Rich in the unconditional love that our family and friends are giving us? Do we not always think of money and base our decisions on this all the time?

4. Do we have abundant food? Do we not have problems about where and what to eat because Mother Nature is giving us land to plant and grow food?

5. Are we self sustainable yet interdependent? Do we know the value of each other? That jeepney driver is important otherwise who will give you cheap fare to ride everyday? That market vendor is needed.. That farmer or fisherman needs to upgrade his social status otherwise they might not farm or fish then might go abroad to search for good living conditions leaving you hungry or eat canned and junk foods thus get cancer.

In all fairness, life in the country is improving. Many people can now afford to travel.. facebook is now open to everyone, even our Balot vendor has a facebook account. And despite “regular” catastrophies of Mother Nature, we “regularly” get back on our feet as if nothing happened.

But we’re still a long way to go. I see young people that are very nationalistic and that’s a good sign… I guess. Hope it’s not only a facebook status.

10 ways to be happy and FREE tickets to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Talk on April 8, 2015

10 ways to be happy and FREE tickets to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Talk on April 8, 2015

A few weeks ago, I have seen this video.. I paused and reflect.. one chapter of my life was like this:



Well, unfortunately, I can relate to the guy working hard in the video.. Perhaps in the future chapters, I will be able to relate to the woman but we will see :P

That is why there is a need to pause. To reflect. To simply be happy… and if at times, I feel the blues, I do stuff below. You can do the same too:

1. I practice gratefulness. I pray the rosary, meditate, be grateful that despite surviving “Jai Ho” living in India, despite that freaking bus in Laos, that horrifying small boat from El Nido to Coron, getting bites by mongrels and fearing for rabies, etc etc… I’m still alive (?).. And I should be grateful that my mom, despite being sooo annoying at times, is still alive and healthy.. she still cooks for me and treats me like an overgrown baby, and then delivers extemporaneous speech called sermon regularly. Despite that, I’m grateful.

2. I travel, see new sights, eat new food, meet new people.. These experiences awakens all my senses.. and then I forget that I’m sad. ^_^… that’s cow dung in India.. I blurt a silly laugh when I browse pictures of my travels sometimes ^_^

cow dung in India

3. I get myself busy by doing my favorite hobbies like reading books, or writing stories in my blog.. it will be great if your hobby earns you money but as a first step, you should do it as a passion first.. at least it should make you happy.

job quote

4. I do small things with love.. and hope it creates ripple effects after.

5. I meet friends.. I’m not really a people person.. I have very few close friends. But just spending time with people you like gives a great feeling after.

6. Gardening makes me happy… and then eating the harvested veggies afterwards is bliss

7. I play with pets.

8. I watch funny videos.

9. I take care of myself. If I feel burnt out, I just stop. Sometimes there is a need for sacrifice but I tell myself this too shall pass.. and sooner I will have the break.

10. And then I sleep… Let the fears/trials/tribulations take care of its own. Tommorow  is a new day. :P

Your might have a different approach on how to deal with sadness. But hope these suggestions can help to lighten up your days. And here’s another reason to be happy. Courtesy of Art of Living and I meditate PH, and in partnership with Copylandia, Jockey and Shangrila, I’m giving away free tickets to this 1 day event – Secrets of Inner Strength and Happiness by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 8, 2015.

sri sri ravi shankar
Comment in why you wanted to attend the event and I will give you 2 tickets. There are 10 tickets and my readers are just small so I hope to give tickets to everyone interested.. Otherwise, I’ll just have to choose via

Let’s hope to get more freebies for you in the future. ^_^ For now, let us aim to be happy.