What can you do with 100 pesos?
A hundred pesos seems like a really small amount but if put to good use, it can double, triple and even multiply to a hundredfold its worth. The question “What can you do with 100 pesos?” popped out of nowhere when I recalled this saying posted on the wall of my old bedroom back at home that says, “The greatest acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” Indeed, spending an extra hundred bucks is not that hard to do when you do it for a worthwhile cause like making someone else (even someone you don’t know) smile and be happy.
Therefore, I challenge you, my dear reader, to put aside a hundred pesos from your next pay day or allowance and do one of these Eight Random Acts of Kindness:
1. Share some Chow!
It’s definitely inconvenient to eat on the go but when you’re commuting your way to work and don’t have time for breakfast, eating while in the cab is your only option. However, it can be awkward to be the only one eating while Manong driver is stuck with imagining the taste of the heaven-sent food you’re devouring. That is why, a random act of kindness is to share the divine goodness of your nutriment. Buy snacks for two at 7 eleven before riding the cab and share the food with Manong driver when you start munching your goodies.
An ideal breakfast on the go: a small cup of 7 eleven Peppermint Mocha paired with donuts of your choice. This super yummy drink is only 25 pesos. Since you are buying for two, you have enough cash to spare for two delicious donuts that go perfectly with this hot drink.
2. Share the Buy 1 Take 1 Madness!
Buy a minute burger buy 1 take one bacon cheese burger and share one to the cab driver on your way home. If you start your day with kindness, it is also fitting to end it with kindness. You can give the burger to anyone else really. You can give it to your colleague at work who goes the same route home, or the child begging for alms, or the tricycle driver who has a GY (graveyard) shift too. Anyone is eligible to share a buy 1 take 1 with.
The burger is also only 55 pesos, which means you have change to buy drinks for two.
3. Give some sweet treats!
You can pick an ordinary day and make it extraordinary by giving away sweet treats to your friends and even enemies in the office or at school. If you’re not in the mood for getting quizzical looks from people who know you, then give these treats to random strangers instead. They can be anyone who pass you by, the kuya who sells taho, the manong who sells candies, the traffic enforcer, the late-for-work employee, or the high school student who crosses the street.
Goldilocks’ Choco Rhumble has a really nice packaging that makes it a ready-to-give-away gift. You can even use post its, and write something encouraging for the person you’ll be giving it to. It is only 19 pesos and with your 100 pesos, you can choose 5 people to give this sumptuous treat.
4. Paburger Naman Dyan!
This was actually the catch phrase used by Mcdonalds in one of its TV ads a few years ago. The phrase which in English would literally translate to ‘Treat some burgers!” is a colloquial way of pressuring someone to treat his/her friends to some Mcdonalds burger and this later evolved to treating your friends out in general. A Burger Macdo is 25 pesos so you can give away 4 burgers to your friends. You can maybe even use the good old paburger naman dyan phrase before you give it to them.
On a similar note, there was this one time, I heard someone in the radio teasing another DJ to treat their friends because it’s his birthday and the announcer said that he’ll be giving out Angel’s burger. That gave a good laugh, but when I actually tried this burger, it tasted decent. For only 23 pesos you’ll get two burgers already. Talk about quantity! You can give away eight burgers to people you know.
5. Offer it to your Church or local community.
This may be imperative to some or a wild concept for others. Nonetheless, whatever community you believe in, supporting them with whatever meager means you can is always accepted with welcoming arms.
6. Remember the ones who have gone before us.
Being kind is not limited to the living. The next time you visit the cemetery, bring extra candles (worth a hundred bucks) and light them for other tombs too, especially for the ones who silently cry for some visitors. While you’re at it, say a little prayer.
7. Celebrate the Occasion!
There are 12 months in a year, and every month has more than one special occasion. Pick one and celebrate it in your own simple way. You can give snippets of celebratory tokens to commemorate the occasion. This month, for example, you can spread the love on St. Valentine’s Day by giving rose-shaped candies with heart-shaped notes about the glory of love ( just like what I did).
You can also pick other non-formal occasions like National Sisters Day, or even unheard of occasions like You’re So Beautiful Day… (make it up if you will)!
8. Be Santa for a day!
There are really kawaii (cute) school supplies like notebooks, pens, erasers that cost just 10 pesos a piece. Buy 10 things of your choice and place some cheerful notes on them. Give these away to everyone you meet on your way to school or work in classic Santa Clause style. Do not forget the “Ho Ho Ho!”
Think of it this way, the more good that you give, the more good you will receive. If you have heard of the law of attraction, then it simply means that you attract the things that you put out to the universe. Why not be a good energy in this vast space?
At the very least, you allow a little ray of sunshine to brighten someone else’s day. Even a simple yet sincere good morning goes a long way. In these small acts, you are restoring people’s faith in humanity, including yours.
What other small acts of kindness have you done? Let me know!
Posted on February 21, 2014, in por el amor de comida, por le amor de la vida, Uncategorized and tagged 100, 7 eleven, burger, candy, church, food, hope, kindness, love, mcdo, random act of kindness, sweet treats, valentine's. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.