My ZALORA Wishlist

Online shopping is here in the Philippines! I know. Online shopping has long been in the Philippines but I think this is the first website that sold thousands of items  in different brands.  I wanted to test its service so I ordered my first item. I found this cute top for only P136.50 and shipping is free! I like that I was able to use Paypal to pay for this item.

Actually, I was looking at a short-sleeved top but I think somebody beat me into ordering so I end up with a sleeveless top. I was worried that the top might not fit me because the model looked thin and there is only one size of this product.

This came in the mail this morning.

This is the top I ordered. Thank God it fits me!

My first online experience with Zalora was a success so I made a wishlist.

My wishlist consists of the following:

1. Athletic shoes. I walk the dog in morning and afternoon. That is my form of exercise. I want to up the ante by choosing a longer route and incorporate some running. Walking will be a lot of easier with good shoes. With our hyperactive dog, it is uncomfortable to run with flipflops.

2. Tote bag. I am partial to shoulder bags but I learned from traveling that I can only pack a few items in it. I need a bag that is roomy enough to carry the essentials and some shopping.

3. Tankini Top. I am quite conservative when it comes to swimwear.  My love for good food is reflected in my body size. (Ha!) Thus, it limits my choices. With summer almost over, we hit the waters recently and I found myself wearing a tight fit shirt for my swimwear. (Very lola! No offense meant to lolas) Suffice to say, I need a decent swimwear.

4. Board shorts. I need something to pair with the tankini. It does look like the tankini and board shorts do not match. I have no choice. Zalora’s items are selling fast! The board shorts I was spying on sold out.

5. Comfy flats. Whenever I travel, I wear slippers so it is easier to slip in and out during airport check-in. Slippers looked too casual, I must admit. I often say that no one deserves the horrible sight of my big toes so comfy flats are my solution to such an unpleasant sight. 😀

I also have another set of wishlist in terms of Zalora’s services.
1. I hope they expand. I hope they will have books, records and toys in the future.
2. I hope they will have a reseller program where entrepreneurs can sell their products through Zalora.
3. I hope there will be an affiliate marketing program for online marketers.

What is on your Zalora Wishlist?

 

http://www.ZALORA.com.ph/

Tragedy

I found this in one of my mother’s album. This was taken in 1967 during the inauguration of Crown theater. Why do we have this photo? My grandmother baked this cake.

My grandfather worked in the theater. He checked box office receipts to be submitted to international film studios.  I grew up in the 80’s and my grandfather had long retired from the “checker” job yet his previous job still allowed the family some perks- free movie privileges up to the last member of the family (including grandchildren). No passes needed for entry. Just our faces. We watched movies every week. It was a simple life.

The movie theaters we enjoy no longer looked like the one in that cake.  I scoured through my files and these are the movie theaters of my childhood: Crown and Empress.

In the past decade, the movie theaters no longer operate.  The building was converted into commercial spaces rented out to different businesses.

Yesterday, May 9, at around 3 AM, fire broke in the building. From my house, I can see smoke billowing from the building that was a fixture of my childhood.

This is the video of the fire from youtube user mrhimp.

There were 17 people who died in that fire.

My city mourns.

Flag is at half-mast.

How was your Feb 29?

February 29 comes only once every four years so early in the morning of that day,  I wondered if something special will happen later in the day.

Nothing happened in the morning. Then I remembered that the results of 2011 bar exams will be released at 2PM. I know a few people who took the bar exams. By 2PM, the supreme court website was difficult to access. After an hour or so, I was able to check the results.  One of  names I was looking for passed and the other one didn’t.

Who else passed? Christopher Lao! To those who cyber-bullied him, you’ve been informed. Hide now!

Screenshot from the supreme court website

ANC’s twitter account posted the photos of the top 10 bar examinees.

Screen capture taken from @ANCAlerts

I am amazed at the 10th placer, Rodolfo Aquino. My impression was that this person never gave up on his dream of becoming  a lawyer.  I was curious about the story behind the man. Apparently, I was not the only one who got curious about his story.  I found out that the guy has multiple graduate degrees. Read more here, here and here.

All the waiting for the bar exam results got me hungry.  I had a craving for pancake. My favorite recipe is by Alton Brown.  His recipe calls for creating a pancake mix that is good for 3 batches. I did not have enough flour to do that so I used Martha Stewart’s recipe.

While everyone else was celebrating the bar exam results, crying over it or watching Miriam go ballistic on national television, I was making pancakes. Feb 29 turned out to be pancake day for me.

my pancakes

Let me say…

Christmas is more meaningful when we share our blessings with others.

This may sound like a broken record on repeat but Cagayan de Oro and Iligan need our help. Lists of agencies, foundations and groups where you may send your donations are listed here: How to help victims of Tropical Storm Sendong

Thank you for your kindness. May God bless you a hundredfold.

 

Thankful

I think I made a reckless move when I traveled to Cagayan de Oro while Storm Signal No. 2 was up. Little did I know that while I was able to catch some sleep that night of heavy rains, hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands others lost their homes. I was unfamiliar with Cagayan de Oro streets and barangays. Little did I know that I was just a few blocks away from catastrophe.

As much as possible, I try to eliminate what-ifs from my thoughts but I can’t. I was lucky that I woke up at 5AM on December 17 dry and alive. For that, I am thankful.

I remember when Ondoy hit Manila in 2009; I was watching the news while taking care of my ailing father. Papa could still carry a conversation then. I was telling him about the tragedy that Ondoy brought to Manila. I cried and all I could do was hug my father because I could not imagine what I would do should such tragedy fall on us while my father was sick. Those months when my father was bedridden were trying times in my life but as I watched what happened during Ondoy, there were still a lot of people in situations worse that what we had that time.  There is so much to be thankful for.

I am nursing a cold so I went to buy medicine this afternoon. I was about to complain in my thoughts that medicine is an added expense. Then, Papa’s words came into my mind, “Do not worry about expenses. Be thankful you have money to buy and you can still buy something with your money”.   There is so much to be thankful for.

How to help

There are so many ways you can help. Even as little as Php 5.00 ($0.12) goes a long way if we band together. Here’s how you can help: Click here

 

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

This song keeps playing on my head today.

Thankful

Written by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager, performed by Josh GrobanSome days we forget
To look around us
Some days we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way too late to say
I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each other’s light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more

There’s so much to be thankful for

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