Saturday, November 22, 2014

3 Biggest Parental Fears

I hate to admit it. I am constantly in fear that something bad can happen to my children when I'm not looking. It is not because I do not trust them but the fear of what the bad elements of society can do to them can be so real at times especially when I hear the stories of grieving parents who had to face the ordeal of losing a child. Today, I had to endure three long hours of such fear and it literally felt like dying. It was a parent's worst nightmare. The remotest possibility that I could lose my child gripped my heart with stone cold intensity.

































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This very recent experience brought me to a realization about parental fear. In my book, these are the 3 biggest parental fears that lurk in every parent's heart:

Fear for Our Children's Future

Most parents have a tendency to be afraid of not being able to provide for their children's future. The future is something so uncontrollable that it is impossible to fully ensure its outcome. The important thing here is to work on minimizing negative probabilities by investing in their education, both for academic and practical learning. While not all of us parents will be able to leave behind substantial material inheritance, making sure that our children are equipped to handle adult life and responsibilities well is the priority.

Fear of Failing Our Children

Children tend to put parents in a pedestal. Parents of course would not like to disappoint their children thus the great effort to hide character flaws, vices, and failure. We would not like to be the cause of our children's lowering of standards. Reality tells us though that hidden things come out one way or the other. This fear can serve as a motivation for us parents to do better as we guide our children in dealing with their own challenges and failures as well.

Fear for Our Children's Safety and Well-Being

Are parents of today becoming too paranoid when it come to children's safety and well-being? Can they be blamed for having such intense feelings of fear for their children's sake? Probably not, but this paranoia should not be the cause of unreasonably limiting our children's potentials. We can only do so much in protecting our own children and it will be impossible to be with them at all times. The best bet therefore is to train them in taking care of themselves.

My Story

Earlier today, we were unable to find our teenage son in the place where we agreed to meet after he went out with his friends. The agreement was my husband would fetch him once he's ready. We were surprised however to receive a text message from him to that effect, apparently more than one hour delayed. That started one of the most dreadful 3 hours of my life.

My husband quickly went to the appointed place after receiving the text and went back home after 2 hours without my son. It should be noted that the place is merely 5 minutes away from our home by car. My husband was already calling out my son's name even before he stopped the car in front of our house. He was hoping that our son  just came home by himself as he was nowhere to be seen in the agreed place. Upon confirming that he wasn't, I saw my own fear reflected on my husband's face.

Even before my husband came back, I had already called up one of my son's friend and confirmed that their group went their separate ways more than 2 hours earlier. All my son had to do was cross the street from their point of separation and he will reach our supposed meeting place. Clearly, the possibility of him just being late is definitely out of the question.

So what's the problem here?

This is our 14 year-old son who rarely go out without us. This is a boy who has not been exposed much to the reality that there are indeed bad people existing as we would proactively shelter him from the risk of encountering them. We were just starting to loosen our hold as we knew it's about time. It's about time to let him go step by step so he can discover the world, hopefully without getting hurt. And now this?

I was dressed up with the first clothes I can get my hands on even before my husband finished voicing his plea to me for help to find our son. The situation has become triple stressful since my husband has a heart condition and my youngest child has been reduced to tears already by then. I had to request our neighbor to just look out for my son in case he comes home and tell him not to go anywhere else before we all left to find him.

All sorts of dreadful scenarios were playing out in my mind. I was interchangeably praying silently and saying loudly for my son just to come home. I just wanted the feeling of dread to go away very quickly. I felt suffocated.

I knew that my husband already asked the guards in the establishment if they noticed our son but I simply had to ask again and both answered in the negative again. I was just about to request for CCTV access from the management when I saw the most welcome sight. It was my son entering the front door.

He was asking me what took us so long. He explained he just ate in a nearby store after waiting for almost 2 hours. That took some time as well because there were many customers in the food store as it was a weekend. All I managed was a hug and a few words of "Let's go home" while one of the guards confirmed that he actually saw my son earlier. I dare not say anything else as I was sure I was about to burst into tears, both from the stress and the feeling of relief.

My Say

Looking back, we could have easily prevented this stressful experience if my son had a mobile phone with him. My son is actually not fond of bringing one with him and will only do so when necessary. We all did not think much about the need since it was supposed to be the usual bring-and-fetch chore of parents. My son assured us that he can easily send us a message for any change of plans through any of his friends' phone. Besides, they were just in a mall 5 minutes away from our place so what can possibly go wrong? Apparently many.

We failed to consider other variables like the possibility of having delayed text messages. When my son's message from his friend's phone reached us more than an hour after, we were effectively very late then in fetching him. By the time my husband arrived at the meeting place, my son was probably in line buying his food nearby and everything else followed the domino effect.

It would have been very easy to contact him if he had a phone with him and we will not be forced to rely on asking his friends who last saw him more than 2 hours earlier.  

That said, now I know that we should not take anything for granted. Things happen so we should always prepare sensibly just like making sure that my children bring a phone with them especially when they're not with us. It also  makes sense to have a definite agreement about waiting to be fetched, which our family has.

This more or less covers matters like not going with strangers even when they say the instructions to fetch them came from us as well as informing us of any change of plans by whatever means possible. We try to make this kind of agreement for every possible situation like natural calamities and some other unexpected events. The main idea of these agreements is to find each other whatever happens.

For most parents, that 3-hour confusion and feeling of great dread is easy to identify with. For those who are unable to fully understand, try having your own child disappear from your sight without any explanation for mere seconds, then get back to me. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

When a Clean Toilet Becomes a Reason to Celebrate

Most of us take having a clean toilet for granted, much more so just having a toilet for ready use. In many areas of the Philippines however, many less privileged communities do not have access to a single clean toilet facility. It is because of this sad truth that people affected by this lack sees the construction of a new toilet facility or even the repair of a dilapidated one as a reason to celebrate.















The Fiesta Star

In a typical fiesta scene, people will be rushing to the streets as they are drawn to the sound of a marching band. They expect to see the star of the celebration who could be a movie celebrity, a beauty queen, or a politician. Unilever Philippines through Domex, in its efforts to contribute to the One Million Clean Toilets Movement, created a video featuring a most unlikely star of a fiesta celebration - a new, clean toilet facility.

Domex Brand Manager Dennis Chua explains the reason for creating the "Fiesta" Domex video. He said that it is intended for people to realize the value of a toilet which most of us take for granted. Unilever Foods and Home Care President Benjie Yap adds that the company hopes that the video will raise awareness for toilet appreciation and sanitation. This is while helping less privileged communities gain access to clean toilet facilities.

Clean Toilets Towards Germ-Free Communities

People all over the country are becoming more and more aware of of the role of clean toilets in disease prevention especially among children. The Department of Health estimates that there are about 3,420 diarrhea-related deaths among children under 5 every year. These deaths are quite regretful especially with data showing that about 2,000 of these cases could have been prevented by having access to safe water, improved toilet sanitation, and personal hygiene.

My Say

I echo what Dennis Chua said that this video should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. The little things we take for granted like having a clean toilet are actually remote realities for many. We should be considering ourselves fortunate if we do have access to one.

That said, having a clean toilet can save millions of lives and we can do our part by simply watching the "Fiesta" video and asking our friends to watch it as well. Each unique view translates into a pledge for the advocacy campaign which collects pledges from households to conscientiously maintain their own hygienic bathrooms. For every pledge received, Domex will donate P5 to UNICEF’s sanitation program, towards improving access to basic sanitation in deprived areas around the world, including the Philippines.

Watch it now!



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lazada Launches Online Revolution 2014

Lazada launches the Online Revolution on 11 November 2014. This is touted as the biggest sale of the year in Southeast Asia. Those who are familiar and excited about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Singles Day could easily appreciate this, especially since the Lazada Online Revolution 2014 promises to be bigger than these three. For one month up to 12 December 2014, shoppers can take advantage of sales, promotions, and discounts courtesy of the region's leading online retailer - Lazada.















What Does Lazada Offer?

Lazada offers a wide range of products including mobiles, tablets and consumer electronics, fashion items, household goods, toys, and sports equipment. It likewise offers effortless shopping through its fast, intuitive, and secure online shopping platform. Convenience and peace of mind in paying for purchases are also offered via payment methods that include cash on delivery.

Online Revolution 2014

The Lazada Online Revolution 2014 promises to start with a bang on 11 November as a day of mega sales. Every hour from 11 am to 11 pm, there will be a flash sale with up to 250 deals across each category.

Lazada's Daily Offers:

MasterCard Monday – enjoy 10% off when you pay with a MasterCard

Trendy Tuesday – find great bargains on the hottest items in Fashion, Home & Living and Watches

WOW Wednesday - go crazy with up to 70% off on products across all categories. This offer is exclusive to Lazada App users. Download Lazada App (Android & iOS) to have the chance to participate to this WoW (Win on Wednesday)

Tech Thursday - get tech-savvy with this steal on our latest technology gadgets and innovations

Flashsale Friday - it’s fastest fingers first every Friday for timed deals and steals. Ready, get set, click!

Wireless Weekends – save money on-the-go with our mobile exclusive sales
For more updates and details on the upcoming Online Revolution Month, please subscribe to our channels via Facebook (www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines), LINE (@LazadaPH) and WeChat (@Lazada_PH).

Bargain hunters can also visit Lamido, Lazada Group’s online marketplace, for other revolutionary deals.  Lamido is a C-to-C buy and sell platform, empowering merchants and consumers an easy way to conduct safe transactions. 

Lamido's Daily Offers: 

Phone Raffle on Facebook – stand a chance to enjoy the best phone deals from 1 – 10 November for Facebook fans who tag 11 of their friends and share Lamido’s post

Power Bank Raffle on Twitter – find bargains on power banks from 1 – 10 November on Twitter 

WeChat Flash Sales – get special discounts off 11 items in flash sales from 10am – 11pm 


Shipping Deals – enjoy 20% to 80% off shipping for the top 20 products across 11 categories

My Say

I'm sure Asian shoppers would be happy to know that we finally have a Southeast Asian version of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are both much awaited shopping events in other parts of the world. The Online Revolution sale event includes companies and shopping websites in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. From hereon, Online Revolution will be an annual event.

That said, who can say no to great shopping deals especially if one has plans of buying such items anyway? With the coming holidays, everyone is on the lookout for the best buys whether for personal use or to be given as gifts. What I particularly like about online shopping is the lack of pressure to buy. I buy when I need it or want to. To get them in the lowest price possible is a bonus. The Online Revolution just gave me one more reason to be ready for wise buys during this time of the year. 

Happy shopping everyone!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Family Beyond Blood Relations

Family is generally defined as  a group composed of parents and children living together in one household. When we speak of family therefore, we almost always refer to blood relations or those who are biologically connected to us. Is it possible therefore to have a family beyond blood relations? In my opinion, it is.

 What Makes a Family?

Families are supposed to be characterized by harmony, acceptance, respect, and love, in spite of differences. While these are always desired attributes of family, not all biological families will have them. There is a popular adage that blood is thicker than water, simply meaning that we can rely more on our blood relatives for support than our friends. But aren't we better off if we have both since there are times and situations where only our friends can come to our rescue even if our blood relations are willing to help?

Work-Based Family

For most people who are working, it is almost impossible not to be part of a particular group. Most of the times, it would be department-based. Some would form their own family of friends based on common interests. Not all work-based groups will become a family. A person who finds a genuine family at work is more able to cope with challenges knowing that support is constant even when career competition exists.




Community-Based Family

The community in which a person lives in provides another source of family that is not blood related. A group of people driven by the same goal of making life better will most probably become a family through time. This is especially so when the group goes through trials and comes out still together.

My Say

I am blessed to have two other families other than my biological family. I have been with my BEC family in our village for more than two years and with my Wave 37 family at work for less than two months only. My time with these two groups have proven that the length of time together is not necessarily the most important component of forming real families. It is more about the genuine care for each other that develops.

That said, I thank these people who have become part of my life and are continually helping me take care of my biological family even more. I count myself fortunate for having them in my life.

Image credit for BEC family picture: Eric Egualada


Friday, October 17, 2014

Henkel Innovation Challenge 8 : Create.Learn.Grow.

For seven consecutive years since year 2007, Henkel, makers of globally known products including Persil, Schwarzkopf, and Loctite has been sponsoring the Henkel Innovation Challenge. Henkel is organized into three globally operating business units namely Laundry and Home Care, Beauty Care, and Adhesive Technologies. The Henkel Innovation Challenge is focused on innovation specifically in these areas. Now on its 8th year, this student competition continues to drive home the point that innovation is the key to success.








































Henkel Innovation Challenge 8: Create.Learn.Grow.

Once again, the Henkel Innovation Challenge motivates students to create an innovative concept while having the chance to be coached by Henkel managers, to compete with students around the world, learn about sustainability, and to bring their creative and management skills to the next level. This year's theme is Create.Learn.Grow.





How to Participate




Register online as a team of 2 students and submit an idea for an innovative and sustainable product or technology for a Henkel brand in 2050. Successful registration will provide access to an e-learning platform with helpful material, hints, and tips. Submission is completed by stating motivation to participate and providing CV information.


Expected Benefits

















Joining the Henkel Innovation Challenge offers extraordinary opportunities for mentorship as Henkel top managers take on the task of developing participants' projects while training their skills. Being an international competition, joining provides opportunities to meet like-minded people. This is not merely competition as participants are expected to have fun networking with their peers from different cultures. Also, it is a chance to have a real business experience with one of the world's leading companies at that.

Prizes






















Of course, there are the fabulous prizes to provide added motivation to compete. The first winning team stands to win a ticket around the world and 10,000 . The second and third winning teams will be awarded travel vouchers worth 4000   and 2000 , respectively. The three winning teams will also be invited to the Henkel Headquarters in Dusseldorf to meet CEO Kasper Rorsted. 

Career Opportunities




The many success stories as told by many participants to the previous challenges highlight the point that the journey does not end when the competition does. This has been proven by those who went on to build their respective careers with Henkel. Some saw the competition as the perfect way to introduce themselves to the company, an opportunity that is not usually available.

















My Say

Behind every product or innovation is an individual or group of individuals who dared to dream of the possibilities and acted on it. Excellent products are never an accident. They are the results of meticulously working on ideas until they actually benefit their intended users. 

That said, the very reason why competitions like the Henkel Innovation Challenge are relevant is the fact that there will never be more than enough of good products. As human needs evolve, so should the products that cater to these needs change. We learn and grow as we create.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko Marks its 20th year

It started with a simple dream to make children happy by giving toys at least once a year. That dreamer was Aga Muhlach who just happened to be starting what would be his long-time collaboration with Jollibee Foods Corporation. Thus, 20 years ago, Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko was born.



Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko is a toy and book donation campaign. During the first year, Aga decided to celebrate his birthday via a live show of his sitcom wherein toys will be accepted as entrance tickets. The purpose was to get toy donations which will be brought to an orphanage and the rest as they say is history as Aga and Jollibee partnered and worked together to make this yearly event something to look forward to.

Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko - Beyond the Christmas Season

Although Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko will always be associated with the Christmas season, Aga points out that it is not time or season-limited at all. Maaga ang Pasko is often interpreted in the local parlance as good fortune that came early. This project operates the same way thus the presence of Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko in efforts to give joy  to those affected by natural calamities for example.

What to Expect for the 20th Year of Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko

Mr. Harvey Ong, Vice President for Marketing Marketing at Jollibee Foods Corporation shared that the public should expect more from this yearly event as Jollibee continues to make its presence felt in other countries. He also shared that other companies are expected to join and collaborate in this event, taking it to an entirely new level of coverage and reach. This simply means more opportunities to make children happy with the gift of love through toys and books.

Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko Launch in South Luzon

Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko was launched in South Luzon today at Jollibee Canlubang. The people were serenaded by the Lumen Anima Chorale with Pinoy Christmas Carols. One of the highlights of the event of course was the special guest appearance of the original Jolly Toy Scout, Aga Muhlach.


Principle Behind the Campaign

The main reason for this campaign however is not to be forgotten. Aga did the honors of putting in the first donated toys and books in the designated box. He was followed by the Jolly Toy Scouts. After which, the Jolly Toy Scouts went around to collect the donation of the others in the event.

The Invitation

Jollibee will be holding 20 caravans across the country this December wherein they will be distributing toys and books collected from customers and JFC employees to select beneficiaries. Everyone can make this Christmas season the jolliest ever for children by donating new or pre-loved toys and books to Maaga ang Pasko boxes located in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

To make an online donation, visit www,jollibee.com.ph and click on the Maaga ang Pasko microsite.

My Say

It has been said that one proof of a program's effectiveness is the length of time it has existed. With the launching of Jollibee MaAga ang Pasko's 20th year, there is no doubt that this campaign sparked by a sincere desire to give happiness to children will be with us for many, many more years. 

That said, we look forward to being part of this campaign year after year after year...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Truths and Myths About Winter Driving: Michelin Road Usage Lab Primer for Busy Mums

A lot of myths surround winter driving. For us to be able to take the necessary precautions during extreme weather conditions such as winter, we need to know the truth behind all these myths. Mothers have to face winter conditions with their children at the back seat of the car as they go about bringing them to school, shopping, and commuting to work and that is an unavoidable part of life.

It is a good thing that Michelin Road Usage Lab has come out with timely tips based on extensive research to explode and debunk some long-existing myths.





























Myth #1 

Snow is the biggest driving menace.

Truth: During the winter season, 95% of road accidents do not happen on snowy roads. One study from VUFO reveals that 57% of accidents happened when the road wasn't even wet.

What does matter is the temperature. Rubber hardens and reduces its grip when exposed to cold weather. Cold-weather tyres are specifically designed to reduce the impact of hardening, enabling them to maintain their good road grip. It is important therefore to ensure that the right rubber is used, whatever the weather forecast is.



Myth # 2

The city is safer than than the country.

Truth: Those twisty and turny tracks in rural areas are not exactly very appealing to driving mums because of the common impression that accidents are more likely to happen while negotiating these roads. The fact is, fewer accidents happen in the countryside as over 2/3 or 68% of reportable incidents in winter happened in the city.

Well-lit and well-salted urban streets can actually be riskier than mountain tracks. This is because frequent stop-start driving increases the chances of skids and shunts. It just makes perfect sense that more braking and more cornering equate to more opportunities for something to happen. Preparing your car for winter makes the difference. Switching to winter tyres will keep your family safe.





























Myth # 3

Winter tyres mean snow tyres.

Truth: Many drivers think that winter tyres only work on snow-covered roads. Winter conditions go beyond those white stuff but also include cold weather freezing fog, heavy rain, and black ice, among a long list of possibilities. 

The ability to be able to stop when needed is very critical in winter and cold weather conditions. Winter-grade tyres perform much better under braking in all cold conditions. A properly equipped car will take 4 meters less distance to stop from 49 mph at under 6 degrees centigrade. That's a whole car's length distance!





























Myth # 4

It's not worth changing tyres for a short ski trip.

Truth: While this may not be applicable to driving to holiday ski homes that are just a few miles away like most people have in UK, it is always worth changing to winter tyres for that couple of hours drive to your holiday home. 

Ski slopes are just that - slopey, and having proper winter tyres increases traction on hills in cold condition by a staggering percent. The right tyres will get you up a 13% gradient and will keep you safe going down.




Myth # 5

Winter tyres slow you down.

Truth: Some people complain that winter tyres feel heavy and sluggish. Driving on snow and ice can certainly feel that way. The important thing to remember is that cold-weather tyres perform more efficiently than summer tyres on such condition. 

Acceleration is one area of concern here. It makes perfect sense to be careful about your speed in winter. Winter tyres can get you moving three times faster than summer tyres on snow because of the better grip and low-temperature performance.

My Say

Mums can never be too careful when it comes to their families. Why risk accidents that can be avoided with the use the proper product and common sense?

Michelin, the company from Clermont Ferrand has been continuously studying how people drive for more than 125 years and does not intend to stop. By watching thousands of drivers each year in hundreds of varied driving conditions all over Europe, it continues to uncover fresh insights how people really use their cars today. It does so with one purpose which is to provide the safest driving experience possible.

That said, now I can say that I have gained very helpful tips, if and when I do get the chance to drive on such weather conditions. 

For more information, visit: www.michelin.co.uk/michelin total performance

Friday, October 3, 2014

Survival Tips for Working Moms

Having a career does not exempt mothers from housework, child care, and other domestic concerns. Most working moms juggle career and mom duties but end up sacrificing personal well-being in the process. How can this be prevented?



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1. Time Management

Everyone only has 24 hours within which to be able to work, rest, and do preferred leisure activities. Since no one gets more time than anyone else, time management holds the key to maximizing productivity in a day. Setting priorities is an essential component of successful time management.

Working moms are better off managing their time to do necessary tasks based on their priorities. To include those that are not important will only needlessly clutter what is already a hectic schedule to begin with. Making lists of things to do the day or week before saves a lot of time while minimizing stress caused by forgotten tasks.

2. Get Help

One common option for getting help especially here in the Philippines is hiring household helps. Getting a household help is not actually the only option. Working moms can ask for the help of their spouses, able-bodied children, and friends.

An arrangement can be arrived at to delegate some household work to the spouse. Children can also do their share by doing very simple tasks. Loyal friends can also extend their support like running errands which they will likewise do any way.


3. Accept Unchangeable Realities

Lastly, remember that not even super-moms will be able to do everything. There are bound to be unfinished tasks. Continuously subjecting minds and bodies to stress will eventually takes its toll on mental and physical health .

Getting sick just makes it more difficult , if not impossible, to do what needs to be done. It would be best to focus on priorities and provide time for others as schedule permits. The key is to do all tasks well to avoid wastage of time in redoing or repeating them. 

My Say

With my recent return to the workforce, I am faced with many challenges in relation to time management and physical endurance. The demands of work as an employee in today's employment scenario are such that keen competitiveness and technical ability are primary requirements. 

That said, I hope not only to survive but prevail over the challenges faced by working moms like me. With my family solidly behind me, I believe I'm halfway there.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The IKEA Time Travel Experiment No. 2

At best, people look into the idea of time travel with much skepticism and disbelief. This is not very difficult to understand considering that it has not been known to have been successfully carried out physically. But how about time travel through the mind? IKEA takes us to this possibility one more time through its Time Travel Experiment No. 2, this time with couple Jeff and Beth.























Imagining Possibilities 

Most people would indulge into thinking about their future but it is not always easy to do so in a realistic manner. How do we create a situation that can possibly approximate our future? IKEA helps its customers imagine possibilities right in its own bedrooms and bathrooms. Through the help of world-renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz, Jeff and Beth do not only get to imagine their future but experience it as well like it was happening now.























Experiencing Possibilities

For couples like Jeff and Beth, taking their relationship to the next level is the nearest possibility. How would Jeff pop the question? How would Beth react?




After marriage comes kids. How they would fare as spouses and parents will always be special points of interest for them. How would they fare with a five year-old son or a fifteen year-old son for that matter?























How will Jeff as a father answer his five year-old son's awkward question of "Where do babies come from?" Will he be able to provide an acceptable answer or will he just skirt the issue like most parents are wont to do?























How will the couple fare with a fifteen year-old son who considers what most people would call noise as music? Will seeing a glimpse of that future prepare them more?























Jeff and Beth got to experience all of these moments with the assistance of Justin. They were allowed to go through different future periods of time while in a deep state of hypnotism. While the power of suggestibility was very much expected to work with Beth who was open to this kind of ideas, skeptic Jeff still proved highly-suggestible enough to go through the motions while believing that everything presented to them was real.























It was very interesting to hear Jeff say that he will be a good dad. Beth was hinting on changing a few things. Experiencing the future probably has a way of making what we really want a lot clearer.

To complete our story, here is the full video of Jeff and Beth's time travel through hypnotism.




My Say

I have always wondered what I would do if were to know what will happen in my future. Sometimes I feel like knowing but then again sometimes I'd rather not know. Families make more memories at home than in any other place. Every room tells its story. Find your future bedrooms and bathrooms in IKEA as you and your family make memories together.

Remember that while we cannot totally control our future, we can always manage it a little more with wise decisions at the present time.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yearly Search for Christmas Tokens

It has been our yearly practice to give our children's classmates small tokens every Christmas. Most of their classmates (or their classmates' parents) are very generous in giving them gifts. We figured it was just right, though not necessary, to give something back no matter how small, thus our yearly search for Christmas tokens. 





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For the past years, we have been giving items like pencils, button pins, key-holders, mini picture frames, small toys, and just about anything we think will make young children happy. There were also a couple of years that my children gave their classmates handmade book markers and Christmas trinkets. This year, we found what we were looking for very early and it came on the very first day of the "ber" months of 2014.

Less Complications

Early this year we have decided to make our lives a little less complicated by doing the things we needed to do anyway as early as possible. The plan was to do necessary tasks if and when opportunities  present themselves. Though buying the yearly Christmas tokens was not yet on the priority list, we chanced upon Ai Online Shop during one of our usual web searches looking for another product. My young daughter saw one product that she thinks will be suitable to give to her classmates this Christmas. Since the cost was not that much anyway and we will end up crossing out one item in our to-do list for the year, we acceded to her suggestion and the items were delivered 3 days from the date of our order.






























Early Buy

These are the magic crayons ordered by my daughter for P 22 each. There were actually a lot of choices but she has set her heart on this item. Ai Online Shop offers a wide range of products including clothes, accessories, bag and wallets, beauty and wellness products, mobile accessories, school and office supplies, toys, as well as home and living products. This early buy represents one less task to think about especially during the often chaotic Christmas shopping rush.


 
Plus Two for Herself

The total cost of the magic crayons she ordered left her with some money to spare. She asked us if she could use the remaining money to buy something for herself. She chose the 12 color loom band maker kit and the loom board. I didn't have the heart to say no as she has been asking to have them since the loom band craze exploded. I realized that has been quite awhile already. As we rarely find the time to go out and shop for things anyway and to reward her for her patience, we allowed her to make the additional order. These comprise what has been delivered to her yesterday.








My Say

For someone who has been a wary online shopper, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. My previous experiences including this one have been thankfully quite convenient and pleasant. What I especially like about online shopping is that I have the time to think over and over before I make any purchase. There is absolutely no pressure in having someone wait for me to make a purchase or not.

That said, I am now finally willing to admit that online shopping is a very good option for shoppers who don't have time to go to stores. Of course, there will always be a need to visit physical stores for some of our purchases. For those purchases however wherein such effort can be dispensed with, online stores serve their purpose quite well. 
 

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