lycklig Alla hjärtans dag, Hyvää ystävänpäivää, Alles Gute zum Valentins Tag, Valentines dydd yn hapus, Kekasih hari gembira, Joyeux Saint-Valentin, Masayang Araw ng mga Puso or Feliz Dia De San Valentin. These are words with the same meaning, but spoken in different languages — Happy Valentine’s Day!
A tradition that is mostly celebrated every 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is as special as an anniversary for married couples or in a relationship. Lovers tend to be aggressive and overly romantic during this day. It’s likely that you would bump into many couples along your way and if you are single, you’ll be dying in envy. For many, this is the only day where they can explicitly express their love to their crush or partner. In some countries, you won’t be surprised if hotels and restaurants are fully booked. That is, you know what comes next after the date, right? However, there are also couples who aren’t as enthusiastic and aggressive. There are anti-social couples out there who don’t bombard their newsfeed with their romantic getaways and cheesy Valentine ideas.
Japan has one of the most peculiar Valentine celebrations. It may be known to some, but in case you haven’t known, every Valentine’s Day, it’s the woman that gives chocolates or sweets to the guy. Sounds interesting? Well, while most of the countries’ traditions portrayed men as the shining armor, the gentlemen and romantic that give gifts to women, Japan, however, gave chances to women to show their creativity and artistry in chocolate making and wrapping by showing their affection to their guy crush, guys they admired or boyfriends (Honmei-choco). However, if you are the type of Japanese woman who doesn’t know how to bake, the only thing you can do is buy ready-made chocolates at the candy shops which you can give to your male office mates or guy friends (Giri-choco).
While most Filipinos tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day similar to Americans — with all the flowers, chocolates, eating at the restaurants, and booking for hotel suites, one thing that stands out in Philippine Valentine tradition is the Valentine event of the year. It may be a party like the sponsored event Loovapalooza, where couples kiss their partners simultaneously, or a government-sponsored event such as the grand mass wedding, where hundreds or thousands of couples come together for matrimony.
While most of us are celebrating Valentine’s Day specifically only during February 14th, This passionate nation managed to add a bit of spice to their tradition. Other than the one-day Valentine celebration, they have this whole week which they called the “Sweetness Week” sometime in July where kisses are exchanged for some sweet treats. Isn’t that sweeter?
South Africa followed the history of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia, where it was celebrated as an ominous ritual for many centuries happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Thus, this ominous ritual consists of “sacrifice or act of sacrifice” became part of Valentine’s Day. While it’s still debatable and unclear for historians whether it has something to do with Valentine’s Day or if there is a relationship between the two, the Lupercalia festival is known as its earliest festival ancestor. The early festival was intended to enable fertility and is also associated with the matchmaking lottery, thus, why the correlation hypothetically existed.
Valentine’s Day was widely associated with St. Valentine, a Roman saint in the third century that was commemorated on February 14. He is the patron saint of epilepsy and his Saint’s day was traditionally associated with courtly love. Thus, where the celebration name originated. Today, we are celebrating this romantic occasion all over the world. What’s the best way to celebrate it is to give presents like chocolates and flowers to your loved ones.
However, as there were spikes of creativity among different individuals, there are other extraordinary gifts you can give to your partner or spouse without following the norm. These alternatives can add additional affection, or sweetness factors to the relationship.
Most women like to have their own scent. The scent that will be remembered by their partner or separate them from the other girls. With variants similar to the sweet smell of chocolate, velvety vanilla, or as fragrant as the flowers, it will surely attract leaving a lasting impression.
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Every women’s dream and men’s nightmare (pun intended). Shopping has been correlated to women and men shouldn’t dare to contradict. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a trendy dress, branded shoes, and bags, you name it. It’s every women’s must-haves. Give your girlfriends or wives a lot of lovin’ by giving them your credit card or some cash and you already survived the Valentine’s Day horror.
BOOK OR JOURNAL
Books are great presents especially when the recipient loves to read. These are turn-ons for your bookworm partners whether your partner is into business books or fictional characters. Women tend to use journals than men, they are more organized when it comes to schedules and timely tasks than men.
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No more dinner dates at the restaurants or one night in hotels. Traveling together is beneficial for both of you. Will it be better to relax and escape the busy city life with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a local or flights international, being together while traveling will strengthen the relationship.
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Health is the most underrated concern of most couples. It’s always best to look your best and be at your best state. That way, both of you will become more confident with each other and live longer without being stressed out because of your relationship. Why not give your partner a new fitness machine, a supplement, a massage or enroll together for a new diet plan?
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Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to look grand and spend a lot of money. Your love isn’t defined by how much money you spent or how much is the present worth. Sometimes, couples don’t always need material things. And these non-materials things are priceless.
What did you give your partner this Valentine’s Day? Share us in the comments below.
I am still in awe remembering the much anticipated 2nd Gawad Parangal sa Mundo ng Literatura (GPML) Awards night held at The Village Patio in Brgy Maginhawa, Quezon City last Saturday, February 8, 2020. It was the day where aspiring writers, editors, illustrators, veteran indie authors, and well-acclaimed writers in the writing industry face off to fight for prestigious writing titles in numerous categories. In addition, it was also the day to celebrate the 3rd Penmasters League Book Fair which also happened to be the co-organizer of the event.
Joining them were some of the established publishing companies like Precious Hearts Romances (PHR), Talking Pages, Lathala Press, Lampara Books, Paperkat Books, Booklat, and other indie publishers, together with other active online writing organizations. Fan meet-ups and book signing were also included in the event to make it more memorable and enjoyable for both authors and their fans.
It was another milestone for Miss Emerald Blake, the founder and president of Penmasters Administration which is the co-organizer of the gala event. After all the hurdles of the first GPML awards, it didn’t stop her from pursuing yet another year of this awarding ceremony. After all the hesitations, setbacks, and criticisms from detractors, she remained grounded and optimistic about her vision. Thus, the success of the recently concluded event.
Much has been said, but the highlight of the event is the presentation of the awards to various winning authors. With eleven incredible, and high caliber judges, not to mention their outstanding credentials both in education and the writing profession under their belt, it was a do-or-die collision of the best of the best authors in this generation. The writing aces of both mainstream and indie writing industries compete for the coveted titles.
Here are the winning awardees for the following categories:
I. GPML BEST POET CATEGORY
GPML BEST POET OF THE YEAR- Neil Mar Sales 2nd Best Poet- Rachel Macadangdang Labasan 3rd Best Poet- Mike James Palay
GPML MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR- JAEistyping 2nd Most Promising Writer- Neil Mar Sales 3rd Most Promising Writer- Mar Mojica
III. GPML UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY
UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR- Rosie Lopez Santiago (BasiliaSeleva) 2nd Undiscovered Gem- Margie Evangelista 3rd Undiscovered Gem- Glaiza AntonioGPML
IV. GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY
GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR- Regina Dionella 2nd Best Illustrator- Rosie Lopez Santiago 3rd Best Illustrator- Jaoius Elmigron
V. GPML BEST EDITOR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)
GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)- Melai Quilla Marinas 2nd Best Editor- Elena Buncaras 3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost
VI. GPML BEST EDITOR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)
GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)- Elena Buncaras 2nd Best Editor- Melai Quilla Marinas 3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost
VII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Jaret Co and John Michael Jalaron (Deborah Lovelace) 2nd Best Published Author- Krishmar Llorin 3rd Best Published Author- Chesz Dylan
VIII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Her Eleventh Blind Date by Phoebe Esquivel 2nd Best Published Story- Silang mga Winasak ng Mekanismo ng Pag-ibig by Jaret Co 3rd Best Published Story- Befall by Eiramana325
IX. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Margie Evangelista 2nd Best Published Author- E.M. Priel 3rd Best Published Author- Mayumi Cruz
X. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Chroma Hearts by Mayumi Cruz 2nd Best Published Story- Philippines Year: 2300 by E.M. Priel 3rd Best Published Story- Rosa Magica by Margie Evangelista
XI. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Jernalie Dumapay (Sofia) 2nd Best Published Author: Maricar Dizon 3rd Best Published Author: Heart Yngrid
XII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)
GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Golden Heart by Maricar Dizon 2nd Best Published Story: Marrying My Bestfriend by Aira Ledesma 3rd Best Published Story: My One and Only You by Jasmine Esperanza
The organizers also aim to recognize some of the notable mainstream publishers and indie publishing houses that keep the Philippine literature alive.
XIII. GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE
GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE OF THE YEAR: KPNY Self-Publishing and Printing 2nd Best Printing Service: Glyz Printing Services and Trading 3rd Best Printing Service: Immac Printing Service
XIV. GPML BEST PUBLISHER
GPML BEST PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Anvil Publishing 2nd Best Publisher: VIVA Books 3rd Best Publisher: OMF Literature
Special awards are also given to the following established veteran authors who weren’t just professionals in the field, but they left a mark in the Philippine writing history.
The organizers also recognized active writing organizations where new breed of indie writers and now seasoned authors started their writing journeys.
GPML MOST ACTIVE ONLINE WRITING ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2019
Writers to Watch Out (WWO)
Akademyang Pampanitikan (AKAP)
Inspiring Team of Writers (ITW)
Spoken Word Poetry University (SWPU)
Fall in Arts Community
Horror and Trell Stories
Furthermore, Miss Emerald Blake made it known the achievements of her mentees in her workshops. These mentees are handpicked with regards to their excellence and growth in her writing workshops.
2ND PENMASTERS LEAGUE AWARDS (for Miss Emerald Blake’s PL Online Mentoring Class)
I. PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR CATEGORY
PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR: Darl Bollon/Darla Tverdohleb 2nd Best Published Author: LC Brasil 3rd Best Published Author: Xakni Allym
II. PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY CATEGORY
PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR: The Gray Area by LC Brasil 2nd Best Published Story: Old Towns, Old Flames by Darl Bollon 3rd Best Published Story: Morgan Series 1: The Philanderer by Rashiyella Raya
III. PL UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY
PL UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR: Anj Jimenez 2nd Undiscovered Gem: Jin Yoo Han 3rd Undiscovered Gem: Jang Magbanua
IV. PL MOST PROMISING WRITER CATEGORY
PL MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR: Mican Buna 2nd Most Promising Writer: Author Meera 3rd Most Promising Writer: XiAn Dee
V. PL BEST POET CATEGORY
PL BEST POET OF THE YEAR: Jin Yoo Han 2nd Best Poet: Rosemarie Plaza Tahumon 3rd Best Poet: Chili Pepper
VI. PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY
PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR: Ten Grams 2nd Best Illustrator: Kristina Tomodachi
Despite the rain that happened that day, it didn’t stop the awardees to come to their OOTDs. The night ended with newfound friends and collaborations among the authors and publishers present in the event. These awards motivated aspirants to excel more and aim to become the best in their writing craft. Thus, I bet next year will become more bloody and competitive. Kudos to the organizers, and congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
These places are perfect alternatives for that boring and usual Yuletide celebration at home every year.
Christmas is in the air, and many people are traveling to their provinces to spend the Christmas celebration with their families. In the Philippines, you know it’s Christmas once the BER months entered. Why? Because it’s the moment where you will hear LSS Christmas songs (Good luck with that!). It has become partly a tradition that Christmas songs are played by the local radio stations and on-air. Even in the rural areas, you will hear Christmas songs played in most establishments and stalls. That’s why the Philippines has been known even by some foreigners and long-time tourists that the Philippines is celebrating a long Christmas festivity starting from early September to the celebration of the Three Kings in the first week of January.
There are also some tourists who prefer spending the holidays here in the Philippines. There is always a heart-warming feeling on how Filipinos tend to celebrate this joyous occasion once every year. Immigrants and those who have Filipino spouses will attest to it. With many places to offer, the Philippines is among the busiest countries with a lot of tourists and immigrants during December. However, it also comes with a disadvantage as tickets are ridiculously expensive in the whole month of December. So, if you are planning to spend the holiday here, better to book ahead of time or check your local travel agencies for flight deals and promotions.
Known to many, Christmas is also a day to travel and spend the vacation in other countries. Some wealthy Filipinos and frequent travelers are taking this opportunity to travel to their favorite destinations and spend the holiday there. This is in a way their meditative routine to detoxify from the whole year’s workload.
For the average Filipinos, their home is simply the only place they will spend Christmas Eve. With their relatives returning home from the city, it became a reunion and a get-together from distant relatives and long-time friends who haven’t seen each other for a while. Family ties among Filipinos are tight, thus, it’s a culture that makes the Filipino tradition unique and that you wouldn’t find in other nations.
There are actually many places in the Philippines that could be an alternative to the usual Christmas home celebration. Some of the places might not be new to you. But for those who don’t, we round up some places that might be an alternative and will eventually break your usual holiday celebration.
Boracay has been known both as a local and international tourist destination spot. It has been included in the world’s best travel destination numerous times even landed in the top spot according to a famous travel magazine. Famous destination of local celebrities not only during Yuletide season but also in national holidays like Holy Week and summer breaks. Who wouldn’t try a Christmas Eve under the stars, sands, and open seas?
Rizal National Park
If you are a city dweller, chances are you have spent your Christmas Eve in this park at least once in your life. Famous for other heritage sites, Rizal Park or Luneta Park always have that “family get-together vibe” outside your homes. Manileños will just bring with them their packed holiday meals, picnic baskets and assemble them in the area as they watch fireworks prepared by the local government on the eve of Christmas day. However, be ready to face a crowd of families that will also spend Christmas with you. With that being said, thousands of locals from far-flung provinces dreamt ongoing in this famous park in Manila. And would it be nice if that lifelong dream can achieve this holiday season?
One of the most well-loved famous destination spots in the north, Baguio City. The famous city of pines should be on your bucket list. For international tourists, the weather in Baguio City reaches 16°c dropping to a 10°c record from this December until March next year. Burnham Park, similar to Rizal Park in Manila is a famous park in Baguio City and a great alternative to the city’s humid atmosphere. There is always something on a cold Christmas day. It gives that holiday chill effect of the winter like the other countries but not as freezing since there is no snow. Great when you are with your partners, spouses, and first Christmas together for newlyweds.
Mall Of Asia
Dubbed as one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, it’s likely that city dwellers might see this as a perfect alternative from Rizal Park. With a lot of events within the stretch of Mall of Asia on the eve of Christmas, plus the view of an open sea along the seaside area, the smell of the sea almost seems perfect to start the midnight of December 25th or end the Christmas evening.
This is probably the most adventurous Christmas you will ever have this year. Wait! This doesn’t mean you have to spend Christmas on top of Mt Apo. A match made for those who are thrill seekers who love adventures and outdoor fun. Why not rent a cabin near the site? Enjoy the chill of the pre-Christmas celebration in the mountainous region of Davao and start the whole day holiday celebration hiking with your friends greeting the sunrise of the morning of the 25th.
Another of the famous international beaches in the Philippines next to Boracay and home to the UNESCO heritage site as one of the seven new wonders of nature, the Palawan Underground River. Similar to Boracay, Palawan has a lot to offer for both local and international travelers in events such as Christmas. If you find Boracay as a crowded spot, why not book your holiday in Palawan instead?
One of the treasures of Mindanao and dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Currently among one of the top 20 Best Destinations in 2019 according to Conde Nast. For sea lovers who love the waves and the growling of the open sea. Spend the Christmas evening with a wine-drinking under the moon with your significant others.
The Philippines is known as one of the countries with a lot of Catholic devotees, different denominations, and religious beliefs. Pilgrims have the option to bathe in the presence of God contemplating and thanking God for the blessings that happened for the entire year. Catholic devotees could spend the Yuletide season in historical churches in the Philippines, the pilgrimage of Christ the Savior in Hundred Island National Park in Alaminos, the St Vincent Ferrer Statue in Bayambang, Regina Rica in Rizal, Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Quezon, Monasterio de Tarlac in Tarlac, the pilgrimage in GarinFarm Resort in Iloilo. And there are also prayers mountains like Mary Ridge Retreat House in Tagaytay, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain in Antipolo Rizal, Tamayong Prayer Mountain in Davao, and TAYAK HILL in Laguna. It always refreshing to spend Christmas and end the year in a religious manner.
Wishing you all a blessed Yuletide season and a hopeful year ahead! God bless you!
What other places have you been that are not included in the list and would like to share with your fellow readers? Comment in the section below so people will include it in their Christmas must-haves.
Wishing everyone a peaceful Thanksgiving celebration!
Celebrated every fourth of November in the United States while it’s the second Monday of October in Canada, this is a festive national holiday celebrated with different turkey entrees, desserts, and wines. However, most people are looking forward to the day next to it, which is tomorrow, Black Friday, famous for its Black Friday Sale event where thousands gather in Target, Walmart, and other stores for the grand promotional items.
Thanksgiving represents the blessing of the harvest. Similar to Christmas in other countries, this is the opportunity for many Americans to meditate and look back to all the blessings that happened the entire year while looking optimistic about the next year ahead.
Turkey Of This National Holiday
There are many stories on why turkey had been the favorite roasted meat on Thanksgiving Day. Some said that it was because of Alexander Hamilton, while others believed that the turkey is large so it could feed many people. Regardless of its rich history and tradition, be thankful for all the blessings the entire year and appreciate all the people who have helped you endure the entire year.
For that, I want to get this opportunity to thanked you guys, my dear readers for all the support and continued love. My sincerest thanks from the bottom of my heart. Please support me in my future endeavors. Enjoy the holiday. God bless you all!
Italy is one of the most iconic and romantic spots in the world. Venice, a city that captivated the world with its rich watery beauty, canals, and Venetian Gothic architecture. It’s when art meets the water world clashing together into a beautiful, live, panoramic canvas. Dubbed as the “Floating City”, it has a lot of canals and bridges built under wooden platforms enabling it to stay afloat, thus, the name.
Those canals that made Venice an eye-catching, romantic getaway of lovers and adventure seekers created its little home at the heart of Taguig, in the Philippines. Venice Piazza is the living replica of Venice, it’s a feast of a Venetian Gothic style and Architecture. It’s so stunning that you would honestly think that you have been transported to Italy yourself, or it could have been the other way around?
Going to Venice Piazza is not as complicated as it may seem. If you came from Pasig City, you could ride in jeepneys. Tell the driver to drop you at Signal or Signal Village. From there, you ride in a red color-coded tricycle terminal with signage going to C5 Waterfront. Once you reach the destination, the last vehicle you will ride is another jeepney going to McKinley.
There is also a route if you are coming from Guadalupe, Makati City. This is much easier than coming from Pasig City. At Guadalupe, you only need to ride a jeepney going to Housing McKinley traveling in Bayani Road. Tell the driver to drop you off at McKinley.
The place has its way of making you want to explore all its nook and cranny. Who would have thought such inspiration of a city would have its little abode in a bustling and busy strip in the metro? Who would have thought that such romantic escapade is possible in a tropical country of sun and monsoons? Not to mention a food haven in every corner you look.
Haven Of Food And Wall Artistry
The corridors and pavements are embellished with a lot of Gothic inspiration. The walls were designed to corroborate the view of real Venice in Italy. Situated within large buildings, it’s synchrony of both food and art that doesn’t just feed your appetite with the restaurants and bars on the side but lets you feast your eyes on the elaborate and meticulous placement of each crafted wall murals and design of the entire building and its surroundings. It caters to different taste buds and is a perfect hangout to unwind and fall in love with the arts.
Adding to the festive decorations were the colorful Christmas decors, the giant Christmas tree situated at the middle of the lagoon, and assorted flowers such as poinsettias were placed all over to feel the warmth of this coming Yuletide season.
I missed the days when I was courting you The days when I felt like time is so limited Where all I can think of was you, and — we are so inlove, like tentacles wrapped up together.
I missed the day when we became lovers The days we spent alone eating, watching, laying on the floor rolling over Where we were contented with each other’s company and — we just don’t care how time passed by.
I missed the days whenever I go home seeing you in the kitchen, The day when you have that baby bump and cooking, wearing cute mittens Where we will eat together, talking what happened to our days and — we had long conversations while watching television.
I missed the day when the baby was excited to go out The day when I told that angel to wait for me but she didn’t listen. Where she just came out with nothing at all and — we had a rough day because I was only on my way home…
I missed the days when our angel is growing up The days when I had to check her out while playing because we were at the 2nd floor Where she was pushed by a girl her age, I got mad and — we didn’t allow her to play with that little girl again.
I missed the day and regretted that day I had to leave you both for work The day when local job cannot provide our needs. Where I have to leave you with a broken heart and — we have to communicate through calls and text messages.
I missed the day and regretted that day I left The day when our relationship started to fall and there were a lot of temptations Where emotionally I was cold and physically it was freezing in winter and — we had to make it work.
I missed the day and regretted that day that we always had a fight on the phone The days when I have to bring my mobile to work and patch things up Where I have to argue with you because of our lack of communication and — we repeated the cycle over and over.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I went home with nothing The day, a painful day that I wasn’t prepared to leave the foreign land Where I trusted my superior for false hopes and nothing and — we rekindled again at home but the situation was dire for both of us.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I have to leave you again The day when I and our angel became aloof to one another Where no matter what I try, it doesn’t make any sense and — we have to pay the price of me working abroad.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I let you leave for our future The day where I thought we made the right decision because it was our goal Where it created a wall to our relationship, little by little and — we are falling apart making a fool out of each other
I missed the day and forgot the day when I started to question myself The day when I am questioning many things about us that I shouldn’t Where the trust was nowhere to find and — we, or should it be you denying and hiding some things from me
I missed the day and forgot the day when we first created our future The day when your family matters more than our relationship Where both of us, no longer knew each other and — we keep on fighting until I requested it quits.
I missed the day, I no longer know if that day will come again The day when I wanted to do something just to see you Where you keep on making alibis not for me to come and — we or it was just me returned home because of our goals, but I was alone
I don’t miss that day, we became civil to each other and we no longer have a future The day when we were both cold and I don’t know you anymore Where we fought the battle but white flags are waving at both of us and — we never imagined how did it become like this.
I missed …. my old self I missed…. the old you I missed…. us! I missed…. our once happy family. But… I can no longer remember that time. I can no longer remember when, what, how and I forgot myself along the process.
And now.. I don’t know what the future holds for us. I no longer knew you You no longer know me I missed…I don’t know what I miss anymore.
I was actually thinking of making this comparison back then but I often have forgotten. And I feel like, it’s not the right time yet. Fast forward, now that I think about it, I came to the conclusion that this has to be the right time. Not because I have an issue with Shopee as of this writing. Curious? I will tell you about my experience. But for now, this post needs to be done. (Haha).
In some countries particularly the United States, online shopping has been implemented and it actually worked quite well. With such big names like Amazon of US and Alibaba of China, these are legit testimonies of how a one-man force became the world’s richest billionaire in the persona of Jeff Bezos of Amazon. But of course, there will be online shopping horror stories and failures. I believed it’s actually happening but just a few isolated cases. Regardless of whether you are in the first world or third world countries, these incidents are evident.
Through social media alone, one can easily post his sentiment against a normal person, a celebrity, or a corporation. It might a hassle for the opposing end but on a regular basis, it helps a lot so people can be easily informed of any anomalies and fraudulent acts.
Okay, I know for a fact that there are advantages and disadvantages to the use of social media. But this article intends to give light about the posts, and reviews of this online shopping fiasco. Those are legit, guys. It’s not meant to degrade or tarnish anyone’s reputation. Online shopping fails are failures. Period. They’re not hoaxed. It’s not made up stories unless either of the party has had pending criminal records or convicted with a related crime.
Legit Online Shopping Failures
I tried to search a hashtag in Instagram #onlineshoppingfail and yep, the telltales of unhappy, dissatisfied, and morbid online shoppers. Their excitement that turned into a disaster. It’s actually happening and as a consumer, this is an issue we need to addressed and stopped. Exposing scammers, fake items, failed delivery and failed products are important. Yea, I get it! You got the money, so what? This is for ordinary people who worked their ass off just to save that amount. Just as the world has had their fair share of online shopping horrors, the Philippines is no exemption.
The rise of online shopping in the Philippines flourished in recent years. Two of the giant online shopping companies in the Philippines are battling it out for the online shopping supremacy. To start off, Lazada is one of the actual pioneers of the online shopping industry. Thanks to this company, the online shopping industry had shown potential and Filipinos are just as busy and hardworking as our international neighbors. Reigned for 3 years until the existence of Shopee came head to head against Lazada. For your information, both Lazada and Shopee are primarily a Singapore-based e-commerce platform.
Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada has 155,000 sellers and 3,000 brands serving 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data and service solutions. With 300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment, and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care, and hassle-free returns through its own first and last-mile delivery arm supported by approximately 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority-owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA). HERE
Type of business
27 March 2012; 7 years ago
Alexander Samwer, Marc Samwer, Oliver Samwer
Peng Lei (Executive Chairwoman) Pierre Poignant (CEO)
36,775 (September 2018)
Shopee is a Singaporean e-commerce platform headquartered under the Sea Group (previously known as Garena), which was founded in 2009 by Forrest Li. Shopee first launched in Singapore in 2015, and since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It serves users in Southeast Asia and Taiwan to buy and sell products online. Due to the mobile and social element built within the concept, Shopee was described as one of the “5 disruptive e-commerce startups we saw in 2015” by Tech In Asia. HERE
Type of site
English Indonesian Japanese Korean Thai Chinese Vietnamese Tagalog
2015; 4 years ago
5 Science Park Drive, Shopee Building, Singapore 118265
Lazada has its own share of product lines. Being ahead of the online shopping industry in the Philippines compared to Shopee, they have a robust selection of both generic and branded items through LazMall or Lazada Mall. These branded items are also offering discounts where some are Lazada’s exclusive deals.
That being said, having some of the branded names in the industry is a one-point feat against its competitor. However, not everyone came to these online shops to look for branded names. Despite that those are legit brands, it also reflects the prices of their items. Believe it or not, most of the shoppers aren’t even interested in these branded items.
Some are sellers that venture into online business. These sellers bring their products under Lazada or Shopee. So technically, these two companies are just mediums benefitting from these sellers’ products. Now, what’s the edge of Shopee against Lazada? Despite that Lazada came out first and they have branded items under their belt, Shopee has managed to exceed the number of products that Lazada is selling. That was their greatest feat considering that they are younger than Lazada.
They don’t have specific categories for branded items but Shopee has legit sellers that also offer branded items. It just so happened that the categories of Shopee are more generic, unorganized and they don’t have dedicated stores for branded items, unlike Lazada. They have Celebrity Club, but I wouldn’t consider it as brands but it’s more of a celebrity endorsing or celebrity own product selling. It may be also because Shopee might have a loose business system and they just accept any sellers.
Unlike Lazada who probably has stricter guidelines limiting the same products. And just as I previously mentioned, the online shopper’s generally don’t care about the brand as long as they liked it and the product isn’t so bad.
Price: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is probably the major determining factor for some. But honestly, the prices of both Lazada and Shopee are almost the same or the marginal difference is too small to notice the difference. Unless if it’s a branded item. And the real reason is, it’s upon the sellers’ discretion of the amount they will incur. Lazada and Shopee don’t care about how these sellers are making their price list. However, there is a major factor why despite their prices are the same, yet, in terms of overall pricing one company doesn’t make the cut.
Winner: Both Overall Pricing Winner: Lazada
Shipping and Delivery: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is the major factor why Lazada stood out as the overall pricing winner. Why? Because of the delivery charge. These two don’t offer the same delivery charge. It’s worth noting that the base price of the products of these two are almost the same, and it’s solely dependent on the seller’s pricing. However, Shopee charges more than Lazada. The minimum delivery charge of Lazada is 50php compared to Shopee’s 100php minimum. So, despite that, the base product prices are the same, as a consumer which will you prefer? Of course, I would choose the low delivery charge any time of the day.
The delivery schedule is almost the same. But somehow, Lazada could make it by 2 days depending on the product you ordered. I’m saying this out of the experience.
Edited: It has been a year since I wrote this article and there has been a great change when it comes to the shipping fees. Lazada removed their based-line shipping fee of P50. It will now depend on the weight of the product the same as what Shopee does.
Quality: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is something sort of a case to case basis if there are irregularities. Since most of their generic products are made from China, so you wouldn’t expect more or more disappointment. I am not against China products btw, as I do have products that I am using that are shipped from China. Just a clarification. There are incidents that even in countries like the United States and China have failed in the product quality of their items.
Service: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is now about the part I mentioned earlier. I experienced bad service thrice in Shopee that I never experienced in Lazada. It’s about missing items. I can definitely justify this based on my personal experiences that sellers in Shopee are twice as bad as in Lazada. And they suck in service as much as the sellers in Lazada. As of this writing, I have an on-going dispute case against one of Shopee’s seller in China. The bad part is, I am their regular customer. The Shopee is handling it professionally but still, bad service is a bad service. I don’t tolerate bad service.
I added something that I just encountered recently with Lazada when I opened an online store. This is not about the product but more of its service feature. This is only meh so don’t take this against Lazada. I’m not the type of getting calls randomly just to promote their seller hub. So, I hate it when Lazada will call me numerous times to announce something new or if they have promotions ahead of time. That is good for some seller, but I don’t personally like it. It’s just similar to going to a mall and this sales clerk keeps on bugging me. I will approach them if I need something.
If you are waiting for an important call, say job interviews, business-related calls ore meetings, you wouldn’t want a random number popping up in your screen and realizing it’s just the Lazada customer service. On the business side, that is marketing. but like I said for me it isn’t. Maybe Lazada should push for email marketing campaigns which they do while Shopee RARELY to never do, instead of calling the person. Or they should ask ahead of time if it’s okay to call for updates so the person should save the number.
Vouchers And Promotions: Lazada Vs Shopee
When it comes to promotion, the good about these two is that both of them are like actively interacting with one another. Both are implementing the same promotional stints whether it’s a 10/10, Christmas sale, New Year’s sale, end of the month sale, end of the year sale, Halloween Sale, Flash sales, and other sales you can think of. They are also offering Free Shipping for all the products worth 500php (this has changed) up ordered in the same seller and not generally as separate purchases from different sellers. They also have vouchers and discounts. But, again, what makes Lazada stand out is, it has promos and discounts in its branded items.
Live Selling: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is not a surprise as both platforms have their own way of engaging customers by allowing the sellers to sell via live streaming included inside the platform. They have their own ways of using this live selling feature to tease the customers who are often into online selling. With all the pandemics going on, these have been the avenues of some entrepreneurs that are affected by the pandemic.
Seller Hub: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is an addition as I just recently venture into online business. Creating an online shop in these platforms become common nowadays. With the pandemic that made everyone lose their jobs, WFH (Work from Home) or venture into online business. It’s inevitable that you wouldn’t encounter this in the Philippines. There are of course other platforms that you can use. There are Facebook Marketplace, Shopify, Etsy or even setting up an online store in your website (if you have one).
When it comes to setting an online store, there are two differiating factors between the two. Lazada created their stand-alone app dedicated for the Lazada Seller Hub, while Shopee’s Seller Hub is inside the Shopee app. If I want something simple an my smartphone isn’t cut with a high internal storage, Shopee has the advantage. The Lazada Seller app is battery and memory space consuming. When it comes to setting the app, Lazada requires your real DTI certificate and Business information whereas, you can easily set-up an online shop in Shopee.
For credibility’s sake, that is a good feature from Lazada. It allows legit sellers with the intent to sell and not some kind of a bogus seller or scam. This issue is rather a case to case basis, so it will not necessarily reflect the integrity of the shops. However, if you are to create your virtual shop now, you can’t with Lazada. You need your business to be registered with the DTI’s business number. That’s the advantage of Shopee; it will allow you to create your shop with ease. The downside is, you wouldn’t know whether the shops inside Shopee are legit.
Lazada: ⭐⭐⭐ Shopee: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I don’t discourage you to use Lazada or Shopee. At the end of the day, it’s up to you whose service you are satisfied with, whose products cater to your preference, whose delivery is you comfortable and the list goes on. I for one, use these two online shopping companies. I go for Lazada for the same product I am using. And I also order in Shopee for the products I am using that aren’t found in Lazada. I use both of their seller platforms but I mostly update my shop in Shopee.
* 1 – 5 stars – 5 as the highest and 1 as the lowest
What are your online shopping horror stories? Let’s talk it out in the comment section.
Disclaimer: Neither Lazada nor Shopee paid me for doing this review.
It’s a dark theme with vampires, ghosts, Annabelle, Freddie, Sadako, and other bloody costumes inspired by famous horror movies. And everyone is prepping up for their make-ups and other horror effects for the coming Halloween. Thinking of attending such an event? Why not try out these Halloween costumes exclusive at Amazon to stand out in the crowd? Thinking of what creative ideas you will decorate for your house this Halloween? Well, we got you covered. However, be aware that these aren’t the Halloween costumes you would likely see every Halloween. Amazon Prime has recently released its Trending Halloween Bestsellers of 2019, so be sure to check out your Amazon Store.
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Maybe Halloween is not for everyone. That’s how I see it.
It’s October again, but I can’t feel any excitement about the Halloween event. Well, we don’t have that tradition of trick or treating or the event itself. Somehow some of my readers could relate to this. I was born with a religious upbringing so that being said, I never had my fair share of ghost encounters or any paranormal events. However, despite the strong religious background even in my immediate family members and other relatives, some of them did have an encounter with these dead spirits. Unfortunately for me, well, Nah. I only had recollections of trying to mimic the spirit of the glass, improvised ouija board made out of paper, the spirit of the coin, ghost stories, and imitating other herbal doctors’ practices of calling spirit in a ritual.
Spirit Of The Glass, Coins And Ouija Boards
One of the typical ghost hunting adventures during Halloween season or during ghost-related conversations. My cousins and I tried this ghost-encountering activity just like how we watched it from Hollywood movies. Of course, we were young, we were imaginative and full of curiosity back then. Since we can’t provide ourselves with the board or plywood for that matter, we would improvise. I forgot who raised the use of paper so we go along with it. I don’t know the trick of how the glass is moving back then. My cousin who initiated to do some kind of copying the calling of the dead told us to lightly put our index finger on the edge of the glass and as we proceed to the passage the glass was actually moving. It’s a weird combination of fear, and the thrill of doing it despite that almost all of us don’t believe in such things.
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Reminiscing your childhood is fun especially if you lived in the suburbs, had funny experiences, and had done weird stuff even silly things. Even until today, whenever we had a get-together gathering of my cousins and close relatives, we tend to bring up these silly topics. Back in the day, we always watch television and movies, and since many films were shown were mostly action, drama, cartoons, and horror, so you will end up watching it all. It’s funny how some of us had a habit of watching horror movies and then afterward, someone will be pranked or someone is afraid even going down the kitchen and toilet. On typical ghost story conversations, one of my cousins will tell that she/he saw a ghost, or he/she felt like someone moved past him/her, his/her spirit encounter and then all of us would have this goosebump feeling.
Imitating Herbalist Calling Rituals To Call The Dead
Remember the movies like Casper, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, and The Blair Witch Project that started the “paranormal” trend? Those were the thing in the 90s. And every Halloween, expect to watch a movie marathon of either of these movies. Until Japanese-inspired horror movies came out and the likes of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings became a yearly movie release.
Watching these movies, you will adopt some of its witches or spell-binding practices so you will definitely do it during playtime with your young homies. Unless you never had that “adventurous kid” in you during your youth. We will also imitate some herbal doctor practices which are, by the way, famous practices in suburbs and countrysides. Although it’s a pagan practice and has no medical support, many devotees and followers will get help from them before going to the hospital. They believed that a spell was cast on them, mysticism or some sort of pricking voodoo doll and stuff. I watched how it was done when I went there a few times. I was a sickly lad during my youth so my grandma used to bring me to a herbal doctor or at the hospital. Would you believe that my nickname was even changed because the herbal doctor said that it is wrong in my nickname and some sort of negative vibes in it that is making me sickly? Well, later when my nickname was changed and sold for one piece of coin, there wasn’t any change and I was still the sickly old me. That was a pagan belief whatsoever.
Probably, the best-known herbal doctor practice in remote areas is the divination ritual, where after some sort of prayer and spirit casting, the herbalist will drop some melted candle waxes on the water, believed to have formed a shape. Afterward, the herbal doctor will diagnose his patient through the outcome of the melted wax, that a certain individual or an evil spirit has inflicted the patient with something. Creepy ei?
Halloween Is Not My Cup Of Tea
Just because I never had some ghost encounters or some evil spirit manifestations from supernatural entities doesn’t justify my belief that there is no such thing as this ghost existence and alike. I grew up knowing the Christian doctrines and the Bible, so I can definitely say that my faith and belief in God might have something to do with. Although I know for a fact that there are Christians that do encounter ghosts from an early age up until now. So, Halloween is not one of the seasons that I looked forward to. But I appreciate those little kids wearing Halloween costumes and trick or treating and even those costume parties during Halloween where people get to wear anyone they want to imitate, sort of similar to cosplaying.
How do you feel now that Halloween is weeks from now? Do you have your ghost encounters and other childhood Halloween beliefs? Tell us in the comment.
With much anticipation before the recently concluded Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2019, I had a great time when I went there last September 12, 2019. It actually ran from September 11 to 15, 2019. Every year, it is celebrated as a 5-day event. It’s a gathering of big and small-time publishers, big and amateur writers, published authors, and traditional and indie publications. And of course, the hoarding of the books of both local and international acclaimed authors by bookworms.
What’s so special about the recent MIBF 2019? Well, unfortunately, there is nothing new to the book fair based on previous articles and videos about it. The book sale, the publishers, the events such as book signings of various local authors, programs, and the same activities held every year are the same as last year, except that there are changes in exhibitors. And of course, it is my first time attending such an event.
If you are a student, you will definitely benefit from the various textbooks on sale. I have seen a few exhibitors who are selling school textbooks and college references. There are also other exhibitors who just don’t sell Science and Technology books, robotics, and Encyclopedias, but there are actual crafts and simple robots that were displayed to add an additional mood in the air. If you are into these kinds of things, you will appreciate those stalls and learn something from them.
Most of the books on sale are faith-based books. The likes of Philippine Christian Book Store (PCBS), CSM Publishing, OMF Bookshop, Philippine Bible Society (PBS), and other new Christian book stores that I am not familiar with. The presence of big names such as National Bookstore, Anvil Publishing, REX Bookstore, ABS-CBN Publishing, Fully Booked, Psicom, Our Daily Bread, and other familiar names in the industry.
As an indie author, I saw indie and small publishing houses like Booklat, Bookware, Lampara, 8Letters, Phoenix Publishing, and a lot more. There are also author booths that conducted book signing events such as the one I came across (it’s a separate article). However, I didn’t expect the presence of university publications like UP, UST, and FEU publication. The organizers also held programs with famous book personalities and media icons present and conducted a little workshop for writer aspirants. The schedule was posted on the wall so you will know what day are they coming. Unfortunately, I haven’t encountered any famous personality nor author that day. So sorry for me. 😅 If you are hungry, you don’t need to go out of the premises as there are food stalls on either corner and a roving food girl carries a trolley with local goodies, snacks, and beverages.
MY PERSONAL MIBF EXPERIENCE
It was dark and cloudy when I arrived. The rain is expected to fall at that time but luckily, it didn’t until I entered the SMX Convention. Although there are free entrance pass tickets available on the internet (you have to print them and show them at the entrance), I didn’t have time to do so. I just bought one at the actual event. It cost me 35 PHP, for the adult entrance while there is a variant of 20 PHP for the children.
You will be definitely fascinated by the plethora of books in front of you. The two floors of the SMX Convention were dedicated to the said event. There are children’s books for your kiddos and a few BTS merchandise for K-Pop fans present at the book fair. However, that fascination dwindled as I was disappointed with the outcome of the book fair. Since it was my first time, I was expecting that the household author books (I am mostly referring to self-help, business, and financial freedom book authors aside from fictional authors) will be on sale at a discounted or reasonable prices but to my dismay, it didn’t. That was my sole purpose on why I came there in the first place. Most of them are selling at regular prices or 20% discounts.
But to give light to this failed expectation, there are textbooks that can be bought at 10 PHP – 50 PHP depending on the textbook. Psicom books are also available from 69 PHP to 99 PHP and most of the faith-based books are sold at 100 PHP of 1 regular book of any topic or two small size books like devotionals. And ABS-CBN publications and other indie pubs are selling their books around the price of 150ish.
In general, it was a successful event despite that I only bought a few pieces. Not all of the books I intended to buy were there. It only means that despite that it is indeed a big book fair, you shouldn’t expect it to be grander and complete. Some people I knew in the industry met at the said event, aside from the fact that they met their favorite local authors. I will see if I will be as enthusiastic to attend next year’s MIBF as I was this year.
What are your thoughts about the recent event? Share us in the comments below.