Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’
After a month here in the United States, I can’t wait to go home and see my family. But my trip would not be complete without sending a Balikbayan Box or should I say boxes — this is where I stuff all the goods I have shopped and will be shipped home in a month’s time. I just love shopping here in the US. Great finds at cheap price! Plus I can buy things that are not sold in Manila.
As I write this post, I am done packing my first box. I am sealing the second box on the day that I will leave. It’s actually my 3rd box– the first one I sent during my first leg in San Francisco. Sorry! I can’t help it. I arrived two days before Black Friday and I panicked! LOL!
I just need to make sure all the things I bought are safely tucked in the box the “fragile items”. As for me, I also need to take care of myself in packing these items especially in handling the single edge razor blades.
Being a parent always has its challenges and rewards especially when you have a teenage girl. There are a lot of pressure from people around them coupled with their raging hormones and the struggle to find a place in society. That is why it is important for parents to always be there for our teenage kids.
Recently, I had a chance to bond and share my hip and trendy beauty regimen with my teenage daughter. She attended her first prom night last weekend. We all know that for any girl, attending a prom is a milestone in our lives.
The preparation started a month before by choosing her gown, the next week would be the shoes and then I had to have her accessory customized for her gown.
The days before were dedicated to beauty preparation such having her nails done, waxing, threading, etc. And of course, the day itself has to be for the hair and make up. Oh my! My husband could only sigh at the preparation for this event.
Well, it was worth it. My daughter enjoyed the night. I feel so good to be able to be with her during the momentous occasion in her life. I know that this will have a significant and lasting effect on her. Even the smallest things count when it comes to spending time with our children, such as being there during their performances, going with them to buy their kikay stuff such bags, shoes, and even lingerie. Just to hear to your child say “Thank you!” is the most rewarding experience of all. Nothing beats that!
“Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.” - Zig Ziglar
Yes, I have ventured into another business, the bazaar business! Together with my sis-in-law, we decided to take the risk knowing that everybody will be rushing to buy stuff for Christmas gift-giving. This is the business I was talking about in my other blog. I couldn’t hush up because of the excitement and finally we are operational. So far, so good! We are expecting sales to peak up some more come December.
As I observe the saleable items, I am amazed. I refuse to think that I am not a trendsetter, it’s just that I have my own fashion statement. But I guess as entrepreneurs, we need to adjust to what the market dictates and not be stubborn about what we thing will sell — that is the first lesson we have learned.
Going around, I am surprised to see items that sell like the trend now are “Angry Birds”, anything about it. I have also funny shirts that spoof brands, couple shirts, and of course, accessories. However, people who have been in the bazaar business tells me that come December, everything sells. Since people love to give during Christmas.
I am praying that this venture will prosper and that even if it’s not Christmas, we will still find the right location to sell our goods.
Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. How I wish I can be in the US at this time to take the opportunity to make my Christmas shopping early or better yet, I wish we can have a day like that here in the Philippines. Where all the prices are unbelievably marked down.
Honestly, after the Christmas season I tend to tone down my shopping spree despite all the “SALE” marked in the windows of the department store but now that I will once again travel, I need some winter clothes and I am looking for bargain finds. Of course, always being a smart shopper. Especially with all the prices going up nowadays, we need to be clever in what we spend on. Bargain prices without sacrificing the quality, right?
Yesterday, we got an invitation for my two children to participate in a Debutant’s ball. My son will be part of the 18 roses and my daughter will be one of the well wishers for the 18 candles. The party will be next month and yes, I am the one excited for my kids especially for my son, it’s his first formal party. (wink)
As early as now, I am window shopping for the right wardrobe. Going through the rack of gowns and mens ties. It motivates me to shop and create the perfect look for my kids. I guess that’s the “Fashionista” in me that’s working.
For my son, we will soon visit the tailor for his custom made pants and vest. As for my daughter, I have done my pre-shopping and we will soon hit the racks with her so she can choose her gown and of course, her shoes. The stage mom can’t wait, LOL!
Christmas shopping is always a good time to hunt for a good bargain. That is why I visit bazaars, not only can I find bargain deals but also unique gift ideas.
My husband considers me a shopaholic but I say, I am a smart shopper. As early as September, I have been hoarding “sale items” for our Christmas gifts. Even though I have to brave through the thick blanket of people, I would do that just to have the best value for my money.
I just wish we also have bargains like in the US such Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals. Thanksgiving is such a big deal for them and they celebrate it by giving shoppers Thanksgiving sale at the mall. Oooooh, I would probably go ga-ga over there. teeheheheeee.
I am almost half done with my Christmas list and I am having so much fun doing the shopping
For a control freak like me, having anxieties every now and then are very common. However, I have learned to master the art of controlling this emotion but then when some major events happen in my life and I cannot seem to have control of anything, I find it very difficult to handle anxiety.
Just yesterday, I have felt some of the major symptoms of anxiety and it scared the hell out of me. My heart was pounding, my body was sweating, excruciating headache and nausea. When I try to vomit, I felt as if my jaws are about to lock like my whole body was crumbling. It was then I realized that my body was talking to me and I had to succumb to it. I turned on the air conditioning unit, lied down on my bed and emptied myself out – tried not to think of anything.
Men, did it scare me! I am fine now but the feeling has left a scar. I promised myself I had to let go. Anxiety for me is more than just emotions, it is my body’s defense mechanism against stress.
I guess I have to learn more on controlling these emotions. Now, I understand why a person who goes through these attacks end up in depression. I have felt it and if you do not recognize the symptoms, the fear can be paralyzing which may turn into a serious medical condition or a mental disorder.
The following day, I heard mass and asked for guidance and of course, forgiveness. Forgiveness because I have failed once again to let go and let GOD. I am only human and I cannot control everything that comes my way and I admit that. Accepting your weaknesses may seem very hard but it’s the first step to realizing there is something wrong and find a way to fight and turn these weaknesses into a strength. This way you let it work for you and not against you
On the other hand, nothing can beat retail therapy to fight any amount of stress . I just can’t help but visit my favourite department store and check out the latest in their women’s apparel section.
No matter what I buy I always try to compare prices and have managed to avail of lower prices whenever I can. Petty as it may seem, disappointment sets in if I realized that I have been buying my stuff at a higher price while I can avail of a much discounted price.
Just this morning, I dropped by Robinson’s Pioneer to buy dog food and do some errands. I find the dog food at Handyman a lot cheaper than the ones sold in the regular supermarket. And since I’m already there, I decided to go to the supermarket and do some purchase.
During this time, I realized that the brand of imported coffee which I use for my brewed coffee is a lot cheaper than the one I purchase at the grocery which I go to. I immediately shared it with my daughter and told her that I feel deceived. “Hahahaha…”, my daughter started laughing. She told me I’m so babaw (shallow).
I actually laughed at myself for being the way I am. What can I do I am just a sucker for bargain?
I frequent three grocery stores and I know which items are cheaper than the other. Even the way I prepare my day, it’s carefully planned so I get fuel efficiency. Gasoline prices are so high nowadays and I feel the need to save whenever I can plus it’s also Earth friendly.
In buying big ticket items, I carefully canvass all the stores available so I can get the cheapest price available. Can you just imagine me looking for a discount auto insurance? Oh, yes! Even that, I just want to have the best value for my money.
Yesterday, I got a message from my little sister telling me that she wants to buy clothes. I can almost imagine the smile on her face when she wrote, “I want to buy ” with a link to an online shopping site. I know that my little sis is no longer a kid, she’s now in college but we, her siblings, still consider here our baby because of our age gap.
As the bunso (youngest sibling), she still enjoys the perks of soliciting shopping money from us, mostly from my brother and my other sis since she knows that she can’t ask so much from me because I already have kids. But I do give in once in awhile.
Unlike me, my sis is the type who can stay at home all day. Retail therapy for me is when I engage my senses in choosing my shoes, clothes or even household embellishment while she chooses to go online and search for online sites.
Although I have tried to shop online, the first attempts were exciting but the subsequent tries, brought in some unexpected disappointments like the color do not match the displayed item online. I did not bother returning but I just told myself that I would be careful the next time.
I admire my sister’s persistence in looking for fab finds online. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’ll even join online auction just to get the things she wants. She will probably have her own online shopping store soon.
Between my son and my daughter, mu daughter has always been the sporty type. Since I am not into sports, I guess she takes after her dad.
Even her wardrobe, you can see the sporty gears and not the “girlie” stuff. She just loves rubber shoes, she’s completely my exact opposite. I can with only a pair of rubber shoes or even none.
Now that she’s about to celebrate her birthday, one of her birthday wishes was to have her Nike training shoes. Fortunately there was a Nike and Adidas Clearance Sale and I bought a pair training shoes for her. It’s 50% off, isn’t it fab? She loved it so much.
As for me, I am glad to have scored a good bargain once again. Being a practical mom, I see to it that even if I give in to retail therapy, I am always a smart shopper.
Happy Birthday, my dear daughter!
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