How Lazada Sellers Cheat On Their Customers

I am Lazada's frequent and satisfied customer and I have never been dismayed until now. I am not saying that this is entirely Lazada's fault. And I am well-aware that no online seller is perfect and your transactions don't always go as hassle-free and convenient as they should. But Lazada is still partly to be blamed here because they are responsible for thoroughly screening their sellers first.

Like I said, I've had a lot of transactions in Lazada. So it's easy for me to trust and buy the products that are advertised with confidence even if some are fulfilled by third-party sellers.

Since summer is fast approaching and we already have our beach plans laid, I decided to buy two of this item for Php 650 each. But much to my dismay, I got this:




Honestly, I do not really care about the brand as long as I get what I (literally) paid for. And I paid for the one that was being advertised in the picture. Apparently, they sent me a totally different product. You see, while Lazada is a legit business, not all sellers, however, practice the principles and ethics in selling. And I'm sure this is just one of the many Lazada sellers who try to rip us off in the most subtle way.

To My Favorite Human

"It's not always easy 
and sometimes life can be deceiving.
I'll tell you one thing:
It's always better when we're together"

I would definitely say everything is a hundred times better when we are together. Back then, all I thought is that every relationship entails a lot of work. But with you by my side? It's amazing how things can become light and breezy.

Today is your birthday. And I know you aren't really hyped about birthdays. But I just want the world to know that I am thankful for this day because your existence made a huge difference in my life. I am genuinely happy and contented in more ways than I could imagine.

There are so many things I wish I could remember to thank you for. But let me start with this: THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. Thank you for giving me the kind of love that only few people are lucky enough to have. You may not be the sweetest man I have ever met but you are definitely the most sincere.

Thank you for extending your love to the people I love, to my friends, my family, and especially to Rhett. I guess, I have take back what I said. Yes, you are not the creative-romantic type and all, but this is really sweet.

Thank you for always taking good care of me, for listening and sitting through my rants, for always being there for me, and for being my number one (perhaps my only) fan.

The things you do for me, and the love, support, and inspiration you shower me propel me past my fears, dramas, and insecurities. I wouldn't be where I am right now if not for you. Keep being the wonderful and kind-hearted man that you are and I will keep growing as the woman you have helped me become - better, stronger, and more beautiful than ever.

You are not perfect. But I love you and your flaws without doubt and without restrictions. And I couldn't be more thankful that you are doing the same. You are, and will always be, the love of my life. I know I don't say this often, but whenever I say I love you, I mean it. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, JAN! And even if you think that I have already loved you with every part of my being and with all that I can, there is still, and there will always be, a room to love you a little bit more.


Happy birthday, my love!

I wish you happiness, success, good health, and a lifetime full of adventures with me. Stay awesome, handsome!



The Sunday Currently Vol. 7

No one's really interested about what I do on Sundays. But I'll write about them anyway.


CURRENTLY...  

Reading 
travel blogs about the places that I want to visit. Actually, I don't have solid travel plans. But I know something exciting is going to happen. The question about when and where still remains. But one thing is for sure, and I will quote my old friend Bilbo Baggins on this, I'm going on an adventure!

Writing
The Sunday Currently. I was supposed to write my a detailed itinerary from our Singapore trip but then I realized that I don't have a lot of photos to show. What happened to the promise of becoming a better blogger? I think I got too preoccupied with vlogging that I was not able to take photos at the same time. Either that, or I was just living the moment.

Listening
to 90s boyband hits. Backstreet Boys, The Moffats, Westlife, 98 Degrees, Boyzone, N'Sync anyone?

Watching
my first real vlog one week after I first launched it. Aaaand I just realized how shy I was. And it's something that my friends have noticed too. But I have an excuse: THAT WAS MY FIRST VLOG. And yes, it's really awkward when people stare at you. I hope I start not giving a shit about it soon because I can't wait to see my natural self in my upcoming vlogs. I promise to do better next time.

Thinking
about this one quote that caught my attention today: "You don't realize how poorly you've been treated in the past until someone comes along and treats you the way you should be treated." Damn. I still couldn't be thankful enough for having Jan in my life. :)

Hoping
for a positive and less stressful week.

Loving
this.

I did not spill that on purpose. And I'm going to eat that anyway.

Wanting
a drone. Is that too much too ask? Haha.

Needing
a much needed rest and sleep. My unexpected and unwanted guest is home. And he's been with me for almost a month now. Stop being too clingy, Insomnia. Just leave me alone already.

Feeling
Hungry. I'll be raiding the fridge after this.

Wishing
Jan a fruitful year ahead. Yes, his birthday is coming in a few days and I wish him good health, happiness, the good things in life, and more exciting adventures (that includes a lifetime with me. haha)

Clicking
why is this question even here?


I wish everyone a great week ahead! :)


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Singapore: My First World Refuge

As an Asian living in a third-world country, Singapore is definitely my first-world refuge. Here, you can experience fast and reliable internet connection, efficient transport system, clean streets, fresher air, and lower crime rates. Mind you, I was able to walk for more than an hour ALONE in the streets of Singapore at 3am just because I couldn't sleep. I decided to walk from our hotel to Mustafa Center just to pass time and tire myself. I came back still with complete limbs and 5 packs of chocolates. Yes, it is that safe. Although I would say I can do the same in Davao, the only difference is, Singapore is a hundred times more progressive.

Yes, life is definitely in Singapore. But it comes literally with a price. Singapore isn't cheap. It lives up to its reputation being a FINE CITY.  Fine law-abiding citizens, fine food, fine transpo, fine malls, fine streets, and yes, hefty fines. So if you think you can get away with a petty crime (even as light as jaywalking) just because you do not see a law enforcer around, think again.

I am glad Jan and I were able to discover and experience the fine things Singapore has to offer. Our goal is to travel more often and see the world and I'm glad we started off at Singapore.

Please stay tuned for our detailed itinerary in the incoming posts. For now, you just might want to watch my vlog. And if you like this video and want to see more of our travels, please subscribe to my channel. :)


Blue Cheese and a Week of Hell

Last Monday was the first time I ever had a blue cheese and I almost gagged. In front of scholars, businessmen, and the Australian ambassador to the Philippines. But since everything else on my plate was utterly delicious, I was able to compose myself, swallowed the cheese whole and immediately stuffed my mouth with the best Australian pie I ever had before disaster could ever happen - afraid that I may never be invited to such event again and be remembered as the girl who caused ruckus just because she cannot eat cheese (as if the overwhelming judgement I face regularly as someone who doesn't love cheese is not enough).
I cannot fathom how people could eat a mouthful of blue cheese as if it was just a chocolate or something. Cheeses cries! What's wrong with you people? And why do scientists have to conduct a study about why some people hate cheese like it's some rare and mysterious disease? How is it unnatural to naturally dislike cheese? Telling people you don't like cheese is like telling a devotee you don't believe in their god and they will spend all day persuading you to see the light.

Taking My Travel Adventures to the Next Level

2017 looks promising to me.

I am putting my travels to a whole new different level. And since I am not built to be a solo traveler, of course, Jan has to tag along with me too. Haha.

That would also mean, he has to cooperate and grow a layer of callus or two on his face (mas makapal, the better) because he will also be included in my vlogs. Yes, you read that right. I will be vlogging my misadventures from now on. If there's one thing that I regret about our travels, that would be not having the patience and diligence to document all my adventures through videos.

I still haven't mustered the confidence to go around the city talking to the camera on my hand though. I really don't think I will ever make it as a travel vlogger. However, I will be doing this to practice for my ultimate dream. And if you're curious what that dream would be, you'll know it when I get there. And no, hindi ito pagaartista. Haha. You'll also hear me speak English most of the time. You could get annoyed with it or I may sound too "trying-hard" for you, but I will make no apologies for that. Because yes, I really am trying hard. That dream requires a lot of speaking and most probably in English and with an audience too. So yeah, go figure! Whatever naysayers say, I'll just do my own thing here. Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate. I'm going places and that's all that matters.

I'll be filming my first real vlog on my next adventure with Jan. I'm really excited about it because we will be having our passports stamped so soon. And what's interesting about this is that it's going to be our first international trip together! And it even gets better because if the stars align and all goes well, we might have two international trips this year. Aaaargh! This is the setback when you have your plans laid. The waiting game kills. The days go by so painfully slow when you look forward to something, don't they? I seriously need to be preoccupied. Perhaps I could use the time to learn how to speak cat.

Anyway, we really do not have solid travel plans. But we've already booked a few domestic flights this year. We'll be heading north. And no, it's not going to be in Batanes because that would be our honeymoon destination (Jan didn't know about this until today. Haha). But norte is going to be as awesome as well.

We will also have small travels in between. Most probably around Mindanao. If my knee allows, I'm thinking of Mt. Lumot in Gingoog. If not, Asik-asik falls, Siargao, or Awao Falls will be just as great. Or if we're lucky to avail CebuPac's piso fare, we might find ourselves back in Iloilo and visit the beautiful Isla de Gigantes. Or perhaps, since AirAsia just opened a new route from Davao (DVO) to Puerto Princesa (PPS), we just might find ourselves basking under the Palawan sun. There are too many places to explore. Too many views to see. Who knows where our feet will take us next? Definitely somewhere amazing. :)

We want to conquer all 81 provinces in the Philippines and here are the places where we've been to so far:
J&S Project81

How about you? What are your travel plans and goals this year?


A Guilty Pleasure

I don't remember the last time I binge-watched over a tv series because I have never really watched anything since Burn Notice ended.

Call me a loser. I've never seen The Walking Dead, I couldn't even get past episode 1 of the Game of Thrones, I don't know what's strange about Stranger Things, and not even a single thought of jumping into the Korean drama bandwagon crossed my mind - which is probably a good thing.

But I ended up giving Riverdale a try. Seriously? I probably deserve a good punch in the face for missing on the good shows and giving this a second look, not to mention, time to blog about this. I'm not even into highschool-centric dramas (Mean Girls is an exception). But since I was a big Archie comics fan back then, I decided to watch the pilot episode after the teasers gave me a hunch that they got the characters wrong. And I was right.

I think I got emotionally traumatized for it did not stay faithful to the comics. Turned obviously straight characters into gays and lesbians (I'm not against LGBT). And filled what's supposed to be fun and innocent with sexuality and murder. So in the event that they turn Jughead into a vegan, then I'm done.

Honestly, I don't really like it. Teen soap and awfully cliched? I've seen likes of this before and it didn't go very well, at least for me. But I don't know how Riverdale seems to be so inviting I will be lying if I say I am not hooked. Perhaps because it's dark and edgy, and because somebody ended up dead that I would love to see where the show goes.

Well, I could just pretend it has nothing to do with the comic books that I devoured as a kid and just watch it as just another mystery tv series not because I have nothing better to do but because it's actually pretty good. And oh, some of the characters are hot af. That's good enough for me. ;)
Lazy sundays be like



Rabies Shots and a Jaywalking Ticket

I think my cat, Appa, thinks I am super adorable that he decided to bite me. Well, if I had it my way, that's how I would show my fondness to Jan too. Except, there will be no bleeding.

Appa is actually sweet and affectionate. He follows me wherever I am. He sits on my lap whenever I work. Snuggles beside me when I'm on my bed. And right now, alcsfnhacflhan ;j;dh;jhb[dtu[ he's helping me write this post. Awww... thank you so much, buddy! His sweetness makes me forget that cats are naturally shady characters. Perhaps, he was actually trying to murder me because his breakfast was not served on time. I did not see him the whole day, so I can only assume he's plotting his next move after a failed murder attempt.

But if my cat did not kill me, the rabies shots will. Google simply told me that one vial costs more than a thousand pesos and I need at least 3 shots for it. 4 if he's proven rabid (which I think he's not. I believe he's just a murderous, raving lunatic). The cost did give me a heart attack but not close to killing me though. Try harder, Appa.

Anyway, I rushed to the Animal Bite Center and had some tetanus and rabies shots. And surprisingly, I did not have to pay for the shots. Yaaaas! I just have to shell out Php 82.50 for the injection fee for all sessions. Then I went off my merry way knowing I just got off the hook from dying a horrific death.

Afterwards, I decided to have a burger for breakfast and walked mindlessly towards Jollibee when a CTTM Officer called my attention. And the next thing I know, I am scheduled to attend a mandatory pedestrian orientation for violating the city's Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance. I think I could've died of embarrassment while being apprehended in public. But I was just laughing inside my head asking what the fudge have I gotten myself into this time.

Well, shit happens. And it's a fact in life that we can never get away from. But it's not permanent. So that's okay. My mornings usually follow the same boring routine. A bite from a suspected murderous cat and a jaywalking ticket just added a little flavor to it. But I will certainly not have any of that ever again because it doesn't taste good. But hey, I had Jollibee's Chiken Joy for lunch with Jan at home... so it's not a bad day after all. :)



SarWrites' First Blog Giveaway

It's February. Love is in the air! And since I love you guys and 2017 has already blessed me so much as early as February, I'm going to share my blessings with you!

I'll be giving away some really awesome stuff. So watch the video if you want to see what you can get if you join and win this giveaway:

This giveaway is free. You don't have to pay any fee or no purchase is necessary. But you need to complete three simple tasks to join:

1. Like SarWrites Facebook page.
2. Like and Share this photo. Remember to set your post to public.
3. Not required but highly appreciated to subscribe to my Youtube channel here. I know my channel is pathetic, but I'll be vlogging all my travels from now on. So yeah, magkakalaman din yan. ;)

Terms and conditions:
1. This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or any social media network.
2. This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. I will shoulder the shipping cost as long as it is covered by JRS Express or LBC.
3. I have the right to invalidate any entry that did not follow the mechanics.
4. The prizes are not convertible to cash.
5. The prizes are transferable (in case you want me to send these as gifts to someone).
6. The contest will end on March 9, 2017.
7. The winner will be raffled via RandomPicker. I will collate and base entries from those who liked and shared the photo. So make sure you set your post to public.
8. The winner will be announced here on my blog and on Facebook.
9. The winner will be contacted via Facebook. And in the event that the winner will not be able to respond immediately within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited and I will be choosing a new winner via RandomPicker.

Good luck everyone!



Feb-ibig All Year Round

I spent two days racking my brains out trying to fix a bug that I have coded. I already gave up on it, I wasn't willing to pull an all-nighter, and I was so ready to deliver a half-assed job.

Then Jan came to the rescue and it only took him less than an hour to fix the issue. While I was so amazed at his awesomeness, honestly, I felt so bobo at that time. Haha. Pucha bai, dalawang araw kong hinahanapan ng solution yun. Sa kanya, wala pang isang oras na solve nya na. Okay, for the record, I graduated with a degree in Nursing and was not schooled to develop websites. So I'll make that an excuse for that moment of kabobohan. Haha.  

But then, It can't be denied that he's really smart (intelligence is really sexy and it pays to have a smart boyfriend). But more than feeling so noob for not being able to fix a VERY SIMPLE bug, I felt so loved. He stayed up late at night with me even though it was already past his sleep time and mind you, he still has to work the next day. Well, it's not the first time he has gone the extra mile for me. It's not the first time he has done so much for me. It's not the first time he has pulled me right up whenever I start giving up. And I can't be thankful enough for having him in my life.

So now I am thinking... since his birthday is coming next month, I might as well buy this guy a helmet. Baka mauntog pa ulo nito at matauhan sa pagkahumaling nya sa akin. Haha.
Yes, a recycled image. Haha
Ang ganda ng pasok ng February ko. Feb-ibig is really in the air. But then, with him around? Feb-ibig goes all year round. :)

I wish everyone a month year full of love!



My First Vlog Ever

I finally mustered the "confidence" to do a vlog.

It really isn't as hard as I imagined it to be. But perhaps, I got through it too easily that I think it sucks. Really.

No matter, I had so much fun doing this. I don't remember the last time I laughed for no reason at all and it took quite a few takes before I could get it done properly.

Please don't hesitate to tell me how much it sucks because that will really help me a lot. :)

And oh, please don't forget to subscribe.


Crabtastic and Crabsolutely Delicious Crabs in Town

I pity those people with seafood allergies. They are missing a lot. Actually, I am allergic to crabs. But unlike others, I can still eat a bucketful without throwing up or blowing up like a balloon. I would just have a few really really itchy red spots all over my limbs that's just easy deal with. It won't send my lungs to an overdrive or worse, kill me. And that's a pretty good thing knowing my absolute love for crabs is non-negotiable.

A week ago, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps invited me and a few blogger friends to their private launching of their third branch here in Davao City. Of course, I would rather kill myself if I have to say No to it. Kidding! But it would really be a bummer if I missed it. This is Blue Posts we're talking about. I've heard great stories about this. It's something I definitely don't want to miss.

And the stories were right.

The food was so good, it's no surprise that I ate a lot.
Photo by Ria of diyosalife.com

DIY Pen Holder 2

Everybody knows that I am into arts and crafts. I can DIY whatever the hell I want. It's just that... I am lazy. And I don't have a lot of patience for it.

Today, I installed a new cork board and a whiteboard for my workstation - which is pretty boring. And even though I am lazy as can be, I can't have it that way. So to add a little pizzazz to it, I created a pen holder that will hold my whiteboard markers so that I don't have to reach far if I want to write something on it. I saw this somewhere on Pinterest and decided to make one myself.

And bam! My cute DIY pen holder:

DIY Pen holder

Materials you need:
- Cutter
- Scissors
- Empty shampoo bottle
- Art paper
- Glue
- Double-sided foam/mounting tape

I really don't have to make a detailed instruction on how to do it because the crafting part is pretty straightforward and I will leave the creatives up to you. But if you're feeling crafty and looking for something to recycle, I hope this post helped. :)

P.S.
You might also want to check the other pen holder I created last year: DIY Pen Holder



Mt. Capistrano Dayhike

Hanggang saan aabot ang bente pesos mo?

Sa Mt. Capistrano po.

Standing just around 600+ mASL, Mt. Capistrano has become a favorite hiking destination for newbies and seasoned hikers alike.

The unique rock formations at the summit urged me to climb this mountain even though I was advised not to do any hikes until my knee is fully healed. But then, you're talking to Sarah. When has Sarah ever listened? #WagGayahin

We originally planned to hike at 6AM. But since we wanted to catch the sunrise and be able to go to other places in Bukidnon, we decided to start trekking at 4AM (even without headlamps). Thankfully, our phones can also function as flashlights - which we were actually very reluctant to use just so we can still have enough battery to take photos with it when we reach the summit. Haha. Again #WagGayahin.

I am not lucky but...

While some people are exceptionally lucky to always win raffle draws, I am perpetually the opposite. Perhaps I'd be struck by a lightning a hundred times before I even get a chance to win a scratch off lottery game.

But then again, I am still lucky. Just in a different way.

Several days ago, I won a nationwide Blog Writing Contest from AirAsia Philippines. And this isn't the first time I've won a contest. I've won several quiz bees, Math challenges (I detest Math, though), extemporaneous speeches, sports (MVP and Best Goalkeeper), and poster-making contests during my prime childhood and teenage years. I've won quite a few international logo and web design contests, too. And in the recent years, I've bagged some nationwide and local blog awards.

Yes, it does sound like I am blowing my own horn here because I am indeed blowing my own horn. And I am not ashamed to admit that. But what I'm only trying to say is, I've never won a contest I didn't work hard for.

And this is how my luck comes in.

My luck came in the moment I won genetic lottery. But more than that, I was lucky to be born to two hard-working parents who gave their best to send me to a good school. And since I had better education than most kids, I see how that made a perfect sense how well my talents and skills were honed.

I believe I am smart, talented, and skillful. But it doesn't stop at that. The hard thing about the kind of luck I have is that I have to orchestrate my own success. I cannot just rely my fate on the stars or lucky charms or mathematical patterns. I have to be the captain of my ship and do things not half-assed. So I hope you won't take it badly when people put their faces upfront to brag about their own successes and achievements (like what I am doing now). Because our achievements, no matter how big or small they are, are reminders that we are continuously improving. We worked hard for it, we tell the world about it. I think we all deserve that shining moment.

Even though I do not have the same luck as those people who won the lottery twice in a row, I would say I am blessed. I am blessed to have people in my life who inspire me and push me to become better. I am blessed to know that I am being valued. And that is enough to make me always look at life positively. I am blessed beyond compare and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Make your life your best masterpiece.



Laswitan Lagoon

I am beginning to think this blog is turning into a travel blog. Or a pseudo one for that matter. I haven't been writing a lot of my crazy thoughts lately and a handful of getaways are in store just this first quarter of the year. So yeah, go figure.

Anyway, to start the year right, Jan and I decided to go all the way to Cortes, Surigao del Sur to witness and experience something amazing and spectacular.

The stunning and jaw-dropping Laswitan Lagoon.
Laswitan Lagoon, Cortes, Surigao del Sur
Photo taken by my mom on a different date.