Internal Sunset of the Restless Mind

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Online Shopping Tips

I am very fond of online shopping. In fact, in retrospect, eight out of my last ten clothing purchases were bought online – two trousers, four button-downs, one leather jacket and a pair of boat shoes. Online shopping makes going to the nearest mall or visiting my favourite retail shop (that’s just about a ten-minute drive away) seems like it is too much of a task. Why would I bother stepping out of the comfort of my own apartment and take a little bit of time to travel just to be able to shop when businessmen and marketers have already made it possible to do it at home, right?

While I think malls and shops will always be there, online shopping is still a welcome innovation just as everything and anything that makes our lives easier, and our day-to-day activities more convenient and enjoyable.

Allow me to share with you some the personal guidelines I keep in mind whenever I shop online. 

1.    Always have a list of what you need to buy.

Just like when you’re shopping for grocery at a local supermarket, you also need to have a list for when you’re shopping online. List down everything that you need to buy (on a piece of paper, on your phone’s memo, or anywhere convenient for you). This will help you veer away from all the products that you will see on the web that may be interesting and compelling to buy but aren’t really necessary. Remember that everything that you need (and probably also everything that you DO NOT need) is on the cyber space. It’s inevitable that you encounter interesting products that you don’t really need. Keeping a list while you shop online can help you save precious bucks. Of course, you also have to be your own strict shopping police.

2.    Always have an idea of the original retails prices of the items you’re planning to buy.

This will help every online shopper to decide if buying the product at the price given by the website is a good decision. Some websites sell products at a higher price. While you may consider it as the convenience fee, some prices can be unreasonable. So, having an idea of how a certain product originally costs can be really helpful.

3.    Look for price markdown sales or discount coupons

Discount coupons can help you make a good deal to be even better. Let’s look at sears coupons for example. 

Sears discount coupons can offer free shipping, discount on appliance purchases, kids clothing and accessories, fitness and sports essentials, a discount on fancy jewelries, and many other good deals. 

4.    Be a careful online shopper and only buy from your trusted websites

It’s actually just commonsense that every online shopper should only shop at websites that they trust or have proven good track records for the sole reason that once you’ve been duped, it’s definitely impossible to get your money back.

If you have a hunch that the site may not be safe, you’re probably right. Small details such as wrong spellings and requests for excessive personal details can be considered warning signs.

 5.      Always use sites that have good return and refund policies.

Some online purchases may turn out to be a little bit different in real life than on the web. A shirt that doesn’t fit. A trouser that’s missing a button. A pair of shoes one size too big for you. These things happen, therefore, efficient return/refund policies should be a major consideration when shopping online. Think about it as your second chance at getting things right.

These are some of my personal guidelines. Feel free to holler if there’s any online shopping tips that you would like to share. :)

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Look Good For Less

I’m a public relations practitioner. In this industry, it’s inevitable to meet different kinds of people in varied circumstances on a day-to-day basis. Today, I could be going to the hippest, newest and coolest bars in town with other twenty-somethings to grab a couple of drinks. Tomorrow, I could be presenting a PR plan to managers, VPs and CEOs of multinational companies, and I could also be sitting next to a reporter, editor or another top blogger for dinner at a Japanese restaurant.

If there’s one conscious effort I make before I step out of my apartment to go to work, it is all about making sure that I look presentable by wearing clothes, shoes and accessories appropriate for the day’s business. While dressing up is understandably mandatory, a 24-year-old young professional who’s just relatively starting in the world of the grownups, most of the time, finds it hard to keep up with this corporate must mainly because of two reasons –money and time.

Surely, my bank account doesn’t have endless possibilities. My time for leisurely activities is also just as limited, if there’s luckily any extra time at all. With my not so cooperative resources, I definitely could use all the help that I could get when it comes to updating my wardrobe.

Luckily, I’ve been recently made aware of the Nordstrom coupons.  

I have always been on the lookout for more convenient and cheaper ways to shop. Whenever I hear about a price markdown sale at a nearby mall or on my favourite shopping website, I almost always instantaneously gravitate towards it. I personally think that discount coupons that I can use while I shop comfortably sitting on my couch or lying on my bed are heaven-sent!

The Nordstrom coupons are unlike any other discount coupons. It makes top brands such as Birkenstock, Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and many other top fashion brands more affordable, therefore, attainable by a young professional with a limited and tight budget like me. Allow me to lift a one-liner from the Nordstrom website that I think describes me and my shopping needs a little bit perfectly: “Shopping at Nordstrom, one can find everything they need to dress a man for literally any occasion - whether it’s a business meeting, a vacation, an important presentation and everything else one can imagine.”

The Nordstrom coupons, which can be accessed from here (http://www.photius.com/nordstrom-promo-code/), allow Nordstrom online shoppers to save a lot of money on their purchases at the site. These codes can offer up to 50% off on Burberry, about 60% off on Tory Burch,  55% off on Nike, and many more good deals with other brands. They can also be used to get free shipping, other special offers, freebies and more exciting stuff.

Whenever I shop, I look for the best deals without compromising the quality of my purchase. I’m all for savings and everything else that makes shopping more affordable and attainable to me. When it comes to shopping, I’m also all for convenience and everything else that makes it easier and enjoyable. As much as possible, I would like to be a practical shopper, and the Nordstrom coupons allow me to be just that. 

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2012

2012 is probably the most challenging year for me to date looking at how, as a twenty-something, I’ve managed to grow up, learn, and discover valuable things on my own. How I thought I have discovered myself, but lost it again along the way. How I consumed alcohol a little too much to compensate for the time and energy I thought I was wasting in growing up so fast. 

Nonetheless, 2012 made me proud of myself looking at how I’ve been challenged by ugly people, ugly circumstances, and unlikely demons, and how I survived them. 

Was it all worth it? Definitely. 

Here’s to a new and better year! Let’s all welcome 2013 with a bang, and leave all the 2012 fuckery behind.

Happy new year!

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Noche Buena, (literally “Good Night”), is a Spanish word referring to the night of Christmas eve. In Spain, Cuba, Latin America, and the Philippines, the evening consists of a traditional dinner with family.
In the Philippines, this usually comes at midnight after the family has attended the late evening Christmas Eve Mass or Misa de Gallo. Some of the more conventional dishes served for the main course are any of the following: lechon, pansit, spaghetti, fruit salad, fried chicken, ham, queso de bola, arroz caldo, lumpia, rice, and adobo. Desserts include ube halaya, bibingka, leche flan, bibingka, different rice and flour-based cakes, ice cream, pastries and fruits, while drinks include tsokolate, coffee, soda, wine, beer, and different kinds of fruit juices.
Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

Noche Buena, (literally “Good Night”), is a Spanish word referring to the night of Christmas eve. In Spain, Cuba, Latin America, and the Philippines, the evening consists of a traditional dinner with family.

In the Philippines, this usually comes at midnight after the family has attended the late evening Christmas Eve Mass or Misa de Gallo. Some of the more conventional dishes served for the main course are any of the following: lechon, pansit, spaghetti, fruit salad, fried chicken, ham, queso de bola, arroz caldo, lumpia, rice, and adobo. Desserts include ube halaya, bibingka, leche flan, bibingka, different rice and flour-based cakes, ice cream, pastries and fruits, while drinks include tsokolate, coffee, soda, wine, beer, and different kinds of fruit juices.

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

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MRT Tales

For almost two weeks now, I’ve been regularly riding the MRT to go to work. While I recognize the fact that it’s not really the most comfortable, especially during rush hour, I take it because it’s still the fastest and most practical option. Yes, queuing for MRT tickets could take a little time but I deem that’s nothing compared to the hours spent in EDSA traffic when riding any city bus. At any given day, I’d rather get to work on time than sit on an overcrowded, air-conditioned bus for hours or spend at least 350 pesos on cab fare.

But please, don’t get me wrong. If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy my own car so I wouldn’t have to take public transport anymore. Public transportation is always such a pain in the ass. But, sometimes, like in any other aspect of life, we just have to set a different outlook, and shut out all the negatives to see all the amusing, the funny, and the entertaining stuff. Yes, riding the MRT, believe it or not, could be entertaining, and it’s definitely funny and amusing at the same time.

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Here’s five of the most memorable experiences I’ve encountered in the MRT.

1. That boner of a corporate dude pressed against my right hip.

Morning rush hours could mean a lot of inappropriate grinding, body slams, and man hugs. (You just have to choose the right people you’d stand next to for you to enjoy it.)

There’s this one time when I rode the MRT from Cubao. I happen to have chosen to stand beside a corporate dude clad in long-sleeved polo and slacks. His torso was pressed against my right arm. His crotch against my right hip. His face, well, he was practically a few inches away from kissing my right cheek.

To lessen the awkwardness, I tried shifting a little to my left but his body was still pressed against mine. At some point, I felt something strange touching my hip. That dude must have been really so fertile that morning that shortly after the train left Cubao, he got hard. His hard member was not just hitting my right hip; it was pressed against me for quite some time. It’s the kind of hard that could be pleasing if it happened at the right place and at the right time, if you know what I mean. I tried changing my position to avoid his dick, (believe me, I really tried) but since the MRT was too crowded, it was almost impossible to move. We stayed in that position until several people got off (pun intended) at the Shaw Boulevard station.

(Please know that it wasn’t my fault that he got hard. Or maybe it was.)

2. Two guys flirting (and touching each other) in front of me.

Well, not literally in front of me but I could totally see them. And hear them. They were just two total strangers who happened to be standing so close next to each other. They liked each other. Until, discreetly, they were feeling (as in really feeling) each other.

I heard one of them ask the other at one point, “Saan ka bababa? Dun na lang tayo sa Shaw. (Where are you getting off? Let’s just alight in Shaw.)”

So there, they got off together at the Shaw Blvd. station. Whatever happened next I wouldn’t exactly know but a good guess would be they had a happy ending.

3. That guy who lost a shoe.

This one is really unfortunate and funny. A guy emerged from a bunch of people who were pushing, elbowing, and man-handling each other - some to get in, others to get out of the train. His left feet had a black Vans slip-on (I remember), his right foot only had a white sock. 

He helplessly and desperately searched for the other shoe among the feet of other passengers, by the tracks, on the platform, and everywhere, but to no avail.

He eventually ended up doing a Mentos or a Jose Rizal. He decided to just also leave the other pair in the station. And just like that, he shrugged the whole thing off and walked away… without shoes.

4. That girl who’s too sexy for MRT.

A girl in blue jeans and basic white top was talking to her friends. She was constantly ranting about how she hates riding the MRT. At one point, she said (maybe in jest, maybe not) in a fake American accent, “You know, I’m too sexy for this.” It would be important to note that her looks weren’t really impressive. She’s just an average girl, at best.

She could be amusing. She could be annoying. But there was something that day that made me decide she’s a little entertaining. Hooray for self-confidence, yes?

5. That overly protective husband who went ballistic and blocked off everybody else to let her wife get in first.

Talk about love, passion, and dedication at the wrong place and time. It was about 6:00 PM at the Magallanes station. That man must have gotten a little too overwhelmed and threatened by the crowd waiting to ride the train.

When the train arrived, he started elbowing other people and shouted, “Oh yung asawa ko muna, papasukin nyo asawa ko. Ano ba! Sabi nang papasukin nyo muna asawa ko! (Let my wife get in first! My wife first!)”

Terrified and shocked, fellow commuters did exactly what the husband said. They cleared the entrance to let the wife hop on the train first, but the inappropriate and offensive actions of the husband had the other commuters taunting him. They were telling him off and saying, "Akala mo sa’yo ‘tong MRT (You think you own the MRT!) and "Bumili ka ng sasakyan mo, dun mo pasakayin ‘yang Misis mo! (Buy a car for your wife!)

Whether or not it was because the wife was pregnant, no one would know. One thing I knew for sure is that the husband definitely needed an idiot’s guide to properly expressing your love to your partner.

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