Sam usually works from the Philippines for four to six months a year though working from there has some challenges like working at night instead of the usual 8-5 schedule he has to work at not usually 6 PM-4 AM Philippines Standard Time. 

But the pros outweigh the cons, one great advantage is being able to spend time with his parents, brothers, relatives, girlfriend, and family which is a huge plus :) On top of that how about the dollar savings he gets when he plans to work from the Philippines accordingly. 

Here' Sams YouTube video about the comparison and expenses comparison on living in a shoebox in Detroit, MI compared to a tiny house in the Philippines. 

We buy things we dont need

with money we dont have

to impress people we dont like.

A quick tour of Sam's efficiency shoebox in downtown Detroit, MI. 


“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” -Will Rogers, 1879.

Hello Friends!

One thing I miss a lot about being back home in the Philippines is food and not having to prepare my meals for sustenance. 

Here I am now back in Detroit and having to cook or prepare my own meal, or I can always do take out or do fast food which will have to negative effect break the bank and having to eat unhealthy food most of the time than I would want. Or maybe pizza and to go Thai food is not bad at all right?

That could go against you in a couple of ways first it makes your belly fatter and your wallet thinner, I would think you want the inverse of that.

One strategy I'm using on the shoebox is preparing meals that I consume for my sustenance for a couple of weeks. Which usually consist of protein meals with a side of carbs either rice or quinoa which are pretty much my staple. 

Here are some pictures of some meals I prepared using Insta Pot. 

Baked Salmon with Quinoa 


Just Salmon


Just Filipino Beef Mechado (Beef Stew)


Filipino Beef Mechado with White Rice


Filipino Chicken Adobo with White Rice


When preparing these meals I used an Instant Pot to speed up the process and since inside my shoebox, I only have a tiny two burner electric stovetop. There is a version of the InstantPot that comes with the Air Fryer Lid and the default pressure cooker. Or if you already have the 

It usually takes me about 4-5 hours every two weeks working on preparing meals, this might seems a lot of time to prepare meals. But on the positive side, this frees up my time for the next couple of days not having to worry about what to have for lunch. I say lunch since I only eat one full meal a day and usually have salad greens, bagel, or a protein shake at night. 

This strategy has been working out well for me. How about for you what is your meal preparation strategy? 


“By Failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin.