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Buy and Sell at Shopee.ph

I came across shopee.ph last year in my search of a cosmetic product. I downloaded the app via google play and created an account there.

About Shopee (excerpt from the website: shopee.ph):

Shopee is a fun, free and trusted way to buy and sell instantly online. We are a leading mobile-first marketplace platform in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) and Taiwan. Join millions of others on Shopee to list products and shop for deals online. Shopping online on Shopee is safe and we make sure of it. Get the item you ordered or get your money back with Shopee Guarantee. Create and browse listings for free, at no extra charge. Join our Shopee community and start shopping today!

Not only is it a platform to buy, but to sell as well. So I posted my first product during that time, and only after several months did I add other items.

Last week I received a notification that somebody purchased my item – the very first product that I posted. I was so happy and the transaction went so smooth by just working within the app. Right now the item is being delivered by the courier, which is the LBC Integrated.

What you will need:

  • A good internet connection.
  • A computer or mobile device (shopee.ph can be accessed via web or app)
  • A verified account
  • You will also need to provide the following for full functionality of the transactions
    • address (for pick up and/or delivery of items)
    • bank account (for crediting of the payments)

It’s important, and as indicated by shopee.ph, that you make all transactions (conversations, payment, shipping confirmations) through shopee.ph to avoid fraud and untoward experiences.

Pros of shopee.ph

I find this app a lot better than the other buy-and-sell platforms like olx because of the following:

  1. It’s very user-friendly. Whatever you do in relation to selling or buying something, the app has something for that. From defining your product up to delivery/courier options, they have it!
  2. Transaction can be completed within the app. You see you don’t need to text your customer (although this functionality is available) or make a deposit somewhere else or even go out of the house to send or claim your parcel. I was able to sell my first product by just using the app.

 

Because of this I’m inspired to maximize this app and sell more items online. Indeed it’s a great partner in making business at the tip of our fingers!

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Popo Army made of Play-Doh

When my son was in the hospital, it is important and very challenging to keep him in a steady position while awake when his two-year old self is naturally up and about.

My smartphone and data plan played a great role in giving him videos to watch on youtube. We were able to watch lots of Play-Doh videos, until he fell in love with the toy and can even pronounce it well! “Wow, Play-Doh!”

The moment we were back to normal routine we bought his first Play-Doh sets of four colors. One set costs Php100 at Toys R Us, SM Fairview, and that is on-sale when we bought. We bought two sets, so he has a total of 8 colors.

Several months back we had this Popo mold that came with a Jollibee Kiddie Meal. We then decided to keep it since the little boy can’t play with it yet. Now is its time to shine. (See left-most item, that’s the mold). We used it to make lots of Popos, as my son enjoyed watching us! Soon he will be the one doing this all by himself. Such happy and sweet memories to cherish with Play-Doh!

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PRC License Renewal

This is a late post. It was written in December 2016. 

At exactly 8:00 o’clock in this Friday December morning I was entering the premises of PRC Head Office. 
The area of Morayta brings back memories of being a fresh graduate reviewing for and applying for board exams, and then getting the license. 

Now almost 10 years later not much have changed especially withinthe PRC premises. It’s still dark upon entering, and the counters and offices are much like the same. 

I filled out the forms for renewal and change of name due to marriage. I needed 2×2 photos with white background and the notarized form- all that were accomplished in one of the stalls outside. 

I paid Php1065 for this and I will be getting the plastic card February 16, 2017 onwards. 

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Mercury Drug Suki Day Book 2017 – Orange

After several weeks, welcome myself back to blogging! With this comeback I am very happy and excited to announce that I already got my 2017 daybook from Mercury Drug! 

The Mercury Drug Suki Daybook 2017

I’ve been a fan of the drugstore company’s daybook since they started on it in 2013. All those years I’ve been choosing the red variety (except for 2013 which is white and no other option is available). It’s just this year that I’d try to choose a different color. Well there is red and green as well. 

For those of you who don’t know how to get this, it can be yours in exchange of 30 points from your Mercury Drug Suki Card, and Php200 worth of purchases at any Mercury Drug store will give you 1 suki point. 

I was just surprised that unlike the previous years, this doesn’t come with discount cards. I hardly ever use them anyway so it’s just for those who are expecting for those perks. 

Its pages are similar with the 2016 daybook, but it now features healthy food. 

A lot to unpack with this orange goodness. 

I’m now excited for 2017!  ☺

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LTO License Renewal Part 2

After my first attempt to renew my LTO Driver’s license and failed, today I pushed myself such that I am at the LTO office at East Avenue at 10:00AM. It’s a Monday and I’m glad that I saw no long lines upon entering the compound. 

I was directed by the guard to the renewal section, where a staff assisted me by giving me the form to complete, and instructing me to get my medical certificate at OCNT Clinic. He almost-whisperingly gave the directions towards the clinic, with a soft warning not to mind the people that are approaching by the sidewalk. 

Indeed there were lots of people who attempt to coach LTO clients on where to go next, but they do not look like LTO personnel. They’re in ordinary clothes and most of them wear slippers. My advice is to ignore them 100% and walk as though you know where you are going. 

I went on outside the compound, as instructed, then walked towards my left (that is, towards EDSA). There are lots of people along the sidewalk. Some were filling out the LTO form for the client, and some are offering their assistance saying, “medical po, dito po.”

Across the first crossing was the pink building, which the personnel instructed me not to go upstairs but go left towards OCNT. A man was so persistent saying that medical is upstairs, and no fee will be collected from his assistance. He was leading the way upstairs but I paused and stopped by in front of a shop at the ground floor of the building, where I bought Zesto juice to assess the situation. OCNT is not readily seen up to this point, and I had to ask the guard where is OCNT. It was on the next building, just adjacent to the pink one which is now really surrounded by “assisters” waiting for their next LTO client. I found out from the guard that in the pink building there are other clinics that administer the medical exam. 

I proceeded to OCNT, which appears to be a law firm or notary services center of some sort, and a table is occupied by two “medical”personnel. The guy tested my sight by making me read the chart, while the woman wrote on the receipt and medical certificate. I was done in less than 5 minutes. Oh I almost forgot, I paid Php200 for the piece of paper. 

I then walked towards the LTO compound, contemplating on what was going on? Medical certificates are to be issued by LTO-accredited physicians, and there must be a lot of them physicians, including those in the pink building because I saw LTO banners in front of their stalls. It could be that those guys trying to assist me gets something by referring people to one of those physicians, making me now think that the personnel who instructed me to OCNT gets something from OCNT for his referrals. 

Upon returning to LTO I filled out the form and indicated the changes that I wanted to do: my name, address, birthday, and status. When I returned the form to the personnel I attached the medical certificate and copy of my birth certificate (for correcting my birthday) and marriage certificate (for changing my surname). The personnel then told me that an Affidavit of Discrepancy is needed, which can be obtained from someone inside a room adjacent to his post. He went inside the room to call the woman, who immediately assisted me on a table outside. A notarized affidavit was ready, and she only needed to fill out the details that I want to be changed, and then I signed. She collected Php 100 for that. 

I attached the affidavit to my documents and had them reviewed by the personnel, who finally gave me my number after verifying my requirements. 

I was then directed to enter the renewal area, finally an air-conditioned room! This is at 10:58 AM, and the queuing system indicates that client 160 is being served. I’m 178, so it’s gonna be my turn soon having at least 3 windows accommodating clients for the first step. I’m pleased at how things are going, because I was expecting the worst from LTO. Having their ISO certification revoked, and the most common knowledge that it’s been ages since they last issued real license cards (because to date the official receipt serves as the temporary license), and that plate numbers will be available only by the 2nd quarter of 2017! 

When my number was called I submitted my documents at Window 3, where my records have been partially updated I think. And then after a while my picture and signature was taken at Window 4. The tellers each have their microphones so everyone’s properly guided behind the glass that separates them from us. I paid Php 517 something at Window 7, and finally had my Official Receipt a.k.a. temporary license from Window 8. I was told to follow up after 3 months to know if the card is ready by then. 

At 11:45am I was ready to leave LTO. The process was remarkably alright as I finished my renewal in less than 2 hours. I just have to wait for the actual license in card form. 

It is my wish that LTO will rise up from all its failures and bad reputation, and that they be truly that government agency that won’t be called crocodiles. 

Update: I was able to get the license (plastic card) on January 25, 2017. 

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Physical Money

I always strived to manage my finances at least when I was about to get married. Up to this point I’m able to pay the bills and replenish the refrigerator as needed,  but somehow there are times when my money gets a little messed up. 

How is this? 

I pay my bills and groceries using my credit card. There are also some transactions with my family members that we transfer money to each other. Sometimes my bank account serves as the transfer means. So I’m dealing with online money and physical money at the same time, in a cycle that’s not definite. 

For a change, I wanted to really keep track of where does my money go after receiving my salary through my payroll bank account. 

It’s an old school way but I think this is going to work for me. 

I assigned several envelops for each of my financial concerns. Each time I receive an income, I will put the physical money into the corresponding envelop. I will also physically transfer the money from an envelop to the other. For example, when a birthday gift is purchased through credit card, I’ll get the amount from the “special occassions” envelop into the “bills”.

I will also keep a log per envelop to facilitate tracking. I really hope that with this I can be a better steward of my income. 

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PS Bank Cars for Sale

We’re searching for our next car!


Although buying a brand new one is a great option as we can avail of the interest-free privilege in the office, we still consider the second-hand option to be debt-free sooner.

This is exciting and I’m going to share with you my own experience searching at PS Bank. Thanks to my husband for exploring it first, then I had my own trip to the warehouse!

It’s best to download or view the current list of cars for sale by visiting their website and clicking on the “Cars for Sale List”. You can also find other details in this website.

When I got the list, I highlighted all that passed my “filters” or criteria. Toyota and Mitsubishi, less than 20,000 kms, 2013 and up, automatic transmission. I came up with a list of about ten cars before going to the warehouse located at:

220 Mañalac Ave. Bagong Tanyag, East

Service Road, Taguig City

 

It was a fair Friday morning of travel from Quezon City and because of heavy traffic along the service road, I arrived at 11:00 AM.

 

Upon arrival the guard on duty made me log in. I was informed that I should get a number and while waiting I can look at the cars. So after getting my number I went to see the items in my list, and crossed-out some items as I went. Why did I cross them out? Because they did not seem acceptable. For me, replaced tires, scratches and dents, and unpleasant smell are some reasons that would make me not fall in love with that unit. Good thing that my list was trimmed down because I will only be given three keys to open and start up. Unfortunately, test-driving is not allowed.

 

When my number was called, my list was cut into around five cars, and was trimmed all the more when the agent informed me that some of those cars have troubles either in the documentation or in the vehicle itself.

 

I was captivated by one car but unfortunately it has already been sold out.

 

It was a frustrating ending because I haven’t chosen our next car, but anyway the experience is worth it.

 

I left the warehouse at around 2PM.

 

Hope to tell the story of how we got our next car once we get it!

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PS Bank Cars for Sale

We’re searching for our next car!


Although buying a brand new one is a great option as we can avail of the interest-free privilege in the office, we still consider the second-hand option to be debt-free sooner.

This is exciting and I’m going to share with you my own experience searching at PS Bank. Thanks to my husband for exploring it first, then I had my own trip to the warehouse!

It’s best to download or view the current list of cars for sale by visiting their website and clicking on the “Cars for Sale List”. You can also find other details in this website.

When I got the list, I highlighted all that passed my “filters” or criteria. Toyota and Mitsubishi, less than 20,000 kms, 2013 and up, automatic transmission. I came up with a list of about ten cars before going to the warehouse located at:

220 Mañalac Ave. Bagong Tanyag, East

Service Road, Taguig City

 

It was a fair Friday morning of travel from Quezon City and because of heavy traffic along the service road, I arrived at 11:00 AM.

 

Upon arrival the guard on duty made me log in. I was informed that I should get a number and while waiting I can look at the cars. So after getting my number I went to see the items in my list, and crossed-out some items as I went. Why did I cross them out? Because they did not seem acceptable. For me, replaced tires, scratches and dents, and unpleasant smell are some reasons that would make me not fall in love with that unit. Good thing that my list was trimmed down because I will only be given three keys to open and start up. Unfortunately, test-driving is not allowed.

 

When my number was called, my list was cut into around five cars, and was trimmed all the more when the agent informed me that some of those cars have troubles either in the documentation or in the vehicle itself.

 

I was captivated by one car but unfortunately it has already been sold out.

 

It was a frustrating ending because I haven’t chosen our next car, but anyway the experience is worth it.

 

I left the warehouse at around 2PM.

 

Hope to tell the story of how we got our next car once we get it!

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My First Driver’s License Renewal Part 1 (The Preliminary Waiting)

July 26, 2016, LTO Robinsons Place Novaliches

8:15 AM. Here I am sitting outside the mall after learning from the mall guard-on-duty that LTO opens at 10am. I read somewhere that this outlet opens at 9am so I came too early. But it’s okay as I come to think of writing a blog about my experience here as I wait. 

Like most of the almost hundred of people here waiting for the mall to open, I allotted this day and time to fulfil my obligation to renew my license which expired last July 3. Wait, my birthday is actually July 31 but there had been an error in the first issuance so I also have to rectify that, that’s why I brought with me my precious Birth Certificate. I also have been married three years ago and I already have my NSO Marriage Certificate with me. I’m going to change my maiden name such that my married name will appear on my new card! 

Since it’s around 1.5 hours before my transaction, I should find someplace to eat and somewhere safer to type using my smartphone. 

8:29 AM I’m still here seated outside the mall, contemplating if I can be at a better place or not. Since almost everyone around me is using their smartphone I might as well continue using mine. And besides, if I leave my spot and won’t find a new one I might be forced to endure the waiting time STANDING! 

8:58 AM I decided to walk towards the right side of the mall, and found Nova Stop. 

It’s a public transportation terminal with lots of food stalls, mostly serving carinderia- type meals for the bus drivers and crew.And to my delight, there are lots of dining space, too! 

There’s an ATM Center on one side. This place is so nice to have, I wish there’d be more places like these to cater passengers and people waiting for the mall to open. It’s not an air-conditioned area so I can feel the daylight heat right now as I just consumed two cheeseburgers that I bought from one of the stalls. This prompted me to buy a McDonalds Strawberry Sundae from another stall. 

9:23 AM It’s just a little over an hour before LTO opens! How time flies so fast that before I know it I am done renewing my license. Will post about it in Part two. Stay tuned… 

Update: I was able to reach the LTO kiosk inside the mall but the frontliner told me that since I have details to change (my birthday and surname),  I have to process my renewal at the main office at East Avenue. 

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Gardasil, 1st Dose

Last week I received the first dose of vaccine for sexually-transmitted and related diseases.

I had doubts on getting this or not, since I’m past the recommended age range of up to 26 years, but took the company’s offer for just a little over Php2,500 per dose. It is ideally received even before becoming sexually active, and it might be a little late now that I already have my son. Does anybody did the similar decision that they took it anyway?

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To tell you how was it: it was painful!  The vaccine is a pinching pain at the injection site, and is a heavy liquid flowing through the veins. I can still feel it up to ten minutes. The nurse advised me to apply warm compress should the injection site hardens, or take paracetamol should I have a fever. Luckily I did not experience any of the two anticipated said effects.

Will standby for the next two doses.