Shopping at Zalora

Intimate friends know I don’t really enjoy some retail therapy. I did that a few times, and I always ended up with a broken heart and an almost-empty bank account.

Lately, however, I find myself gawking at the hundreds of items found at Zalora, and within the last two weeks, I already bought four!

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Perhaps the biggest motivation is the fact that it offers both convenience and shopping speed. Besides, they do have great pieces that even my meticulous mother loved so many of them.

Zalora offers plenty of payment options. So far, I had used a debit card and my PayPal to zero glitch. The company also offers cash on delivery (COD), though my address isn’t covered.

They seem to have a wide lead time–it’s around 5 to 7 days for provincial deliveries–but for the first two transactions, I received the items between 3 and 4 days.

Again, I don’t shop often, much less online, so I don’t really know how shopping websites do it. But Zalora asked me to send a photocopy of the card I used as well as that of a government-issued ID, perhaps to verify that it was indeed me who had gone on a short shopping spree. And they’re actually dead serious in protecting me, because the bank called me up to verify the transaction as well. I presume Zalora forwarded the details to them.

They were also prompt in sending the tracking numbers. The last one I think they’d forgotten about it since I couldn’t find any related e-mail. So I called their attention through mail, and they responded within 24 hours. I think it’s good customer service.

They do have free shipping, but you have to spend 2,500 pesos before you can take advantage of that. Now, that’s a huge amount of money and not very easy to achieve. Perhaps I’ll do so during the holidays?

Oh, they do send coupons along the way, which is nice.

Overall, I enjoy using Zalora. I still don’t have the heart to become a full-fledged shopaholic–and I don’t think I’ll ever be–but at least I’m glad that I have this good shopping website to trust.

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Create Change: Be a Social Media Influencer

The Social Media Influencers Summit will be held on March 16, 2013, at J Centre Convention Center.

The Social Media Influencers Summit will be held on March 16, 2013, at J Centre Convention Center.

A few years ago, I cringed at the term “influential” or “inspirational.” I always thought calling oneself as such was too self-serving.

But influence, when done right, can do a lot of things, especially for the community. It allows you to empower others to become movers and
shakers, it builds hope, and it pushes you to do more so you can affect more people.

I’ve seen how influence drives Janette Toral to promote better e-commerce in the country, Hannah Amora to bring more attention and support to
a serious heart condition affecting children, and different blogging societies all over the country to the current needs and plight of our fellow
Filipinos.

It’s our influence to one another that keeps us dreaming, planning, and doing. With the strong use of social media, we’re able to amplify such
positive power to multifold, scattering it to different corners of the world.

But like any other value, it needs to be cultivated, enhanced, and used more effectively. Thus, iNewMedia Online Network, Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu Blog Camp, Ilo-Ilo Bloggers Society, and Google Business Group have organized the country’s first-ever Social Media Influencers Summit. Experts such as Maria
A. Ressa, Maryjane Cabrera, Hannah Almira Amora, Attorney Ethelbert Ouano, Janette Toral, Fitz Gerald Villafuerte, and Lisa Marie Mirasol
will provide the participants with the most essential points to harness the various social media tools for overall betterment of the community.

The summit is scheduled on March 16, 2013, at J Centre Convention . Join us and learn how to spread the good via social media.

Thank you to our co-presentors J Centre Convention Hall, J Centre Mall, and Smart Communications. We’d also like to thank our Platinum Sponsor Bluewater Resorts, Bronze Sponsor Click Photo Club, and patrons Bluewater Sumilon, Bluewater Panglao, and Bluewater Maribago.

Proceeds of the event will be help Dr. Narciso Tapia Kidney Transplant Fund, World Vision, and Cebu Bloggers Society.

For more information, please visit http://summit.socialmedia.org.ph/2013/.

 

 

Ready for Christmas?

When it comes to preparations, we’re a tad late than around 70 percent of the Philippine population, but, you know, it’s okay. The past few days weren’t really nice for me, and I wasn’t sure if there’s a good Christmas to look forward to.

Poor me, I underestimated the meaning of the season. It’s supposed to stand for jubilation, celebration, thanksgiving, and, most of all, hope. So yesterday I decided to cheer myself up a bit in our tiny household and decorate!

Check out what the husband and I had done. We didn’t spend much for the pieces. In fact, we’ve been using most of them for the past 3-plus years, including the Christmas lights. All in all, I shelled out less than 500 pesos; and I already bought a glue gun, some new Christmas balls and lights, glitters, and double-sided tapes (which have never been cheap to begin with):

I planned not to put up a tree since I don't have enough space to store it. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using  Christmas balls.

I planned not to put up a tree since I don’t have enough space to store it after. But I think Christmas will never be complete without one, so I made it using Christmas balls. That’s our handy living room lamp, which we bought for less than a thousand last year, and my ex-water bottle–the husband’s idea. 

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn't have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

I wanted to make DIY wreath but didn’t have the time. Anyway, three large balls used to hang at the back. I removed them to give this a more streamlined look.

The poinsettias that never die. I "stole" the jar from my mom's kitchen.

The poinsettias that never die. I “stole” the jar from my mom’s kitchen.

 

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

Good thing I kept some of these bowls. They added more color to our living room.

I’m not yet 100 percent done, but I’m happy the way everything is turning out. As a  bonus, I hung out with the family today.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. I wish it's December 8 so my brother's here.

From the left: me, my mom, sister, dad. December 8, please be here faster so we can be with our brother again.

Don't ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

Don’t ask me why he prefers not to smile in photos.

How about you? How are you doing with your Christmas prep?

 

Great Finds: Awesome Dedon Products

For those who have sent their encouragement and support, thank you. For those who are asking, I’m doing better the past few days–and I’ll continue to do so.

In the meantime, let me talk a little about Dedon, one of the leaders in outdoor furniture design. It’s such a huge global brand it has tapped the creativity, ingenuity, and style of Philippe Starck, Lorenza Bozzoli, Richard Frinier, and Daniel Pouzet.

But what makes it even more remarkable is the fact the furniture pieces are actually produced right here in the Philippines! Yup, in the bustling, beautiful island of Cebu. To quote its official website, “Our Philippine team was responsible for creating the most beautifully hand-crafted outdoor furniture in the world. It was critical that their new factory be a model for the country and the world.”

Reality check, I cannot afford any of these pieces, yet dreams are free. So let me drool over these while pretending I’m on a beautiful country home somewhere in Europe:

Dedon Green

Dedon Summer Cloud

Dedon babylon planters

nestrest

dedon orbit

dedon swing rest

 

Design Inspiration: Manila Sole

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Sometimes I call myself an old soul. There’s something lovely about things are 10, 20, or even 50 years old. So when I saw Manila Sole’s catalog, I instantly fell in love with it–so much that I can’t get it off my mind for days now.

But there’s something even more special about their shoes. They’re not only elegant and old school looking, but they’re eco-friendly as well. Look at the soles; they’re made of recycled rubber, sourced out right here in the country. You can never ever doubt the durability of these shoes.

image from manila sole

This proudly made Filipino product (and brand) is worth a purchase–and it’s a great steal. Where else can you find  too-good-looking shoes for less than a thousand? Manila Sole has two of those.

I honestly can’t wait to own a pair.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

For the Love of Reading

Do you love to read? I do. However, my work and other interests for the past few months are preventing me from completing a book in a jiffy (but I did finish one, though). I attempted to read the much-talked-about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I found the first few chapters of the first installment a bit drab, so I quit it. (And my sister didn’t love it either).

But it seems like I’m being motivated to read more! A friend of mine, Nancy, owns Simple Clockwork. Now the blog name may not say anything about books, but she has well-written, on-point reviews on authors and/or their work. Plus she opted to continue the Short Stories on Wednesdays initiated by Risa, which now evolved into the Short Story Initiative. I’m excited join because I haven’t read a lot of short stories lately, and I’m itching to write one myself.

Nancy, along with Geezelle, is also starting Cebu Book Club. Right now it’s by invitation since it’s still in infancy stage, but once all the details are ironed out, it will be open to anyone who loves to read and share his or her reviews, as well as open to meaningful discussions.

Then there’s Basadours, a Cebu organization composed of volunteers or ambassadors of literacy education. In just a short time, they already accomplished a lot!

If you are not keen on any genre but love them all, you can join The Random Renegade Readers, and if you want to read and craft your own stories, there’s Story Writers Cebu.

With books, it’s one special love affair, but of course you won’t get me until you start turning the pages.

 

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