Anna Update #1: My past months

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Hey guys! Oh boy it’s been a while since I last made a post in here. I promised myself to constantly write something in here but I just couldn’t make it because of my very tight schedule. I was checking emails earlier when I saw this email notification about some comments moderation for this blog and that’s when I remembered “Oh I still have a blog!” Hahahaha!

So…. I am making this post to write about 2 things: 1.) What I did these past few months and what happened in these past few months  and 2.) about the thing I was aching to tell but couldn’t on my first blog post in here. Yehey! Now I can finally tell you guys! :) But…. I am quite confused which one I should tell first. Hmmm… Oh! Maybe I should start with the thing I am itching to tell. Sooooo here it is……….. brace yourselves! lol

When I first made this blog and made my first post, that was the time when I was offered to work part-time for a company. I immediately accepted it because I have nothing else to do after my full-time job shift and I needed the extra money. So why not? I was so excited to work for my part time job because I feel like there’s more room for me to grow and to learn new things. By the way, I know for some people a Q.A./Software Tester is not really a big deal but it is for me. Being a Q.A./Software Tester is something I have not done before(in a really serious manner) and my employer said I’m gonna do some serious Q.A./Software Tester stuff since the product is a software called Japkin which has a big potential to have a big amount of users. I was challenged right away and I love challenges – another reason why I took the job!

But during the 1st week, I feel like quitting already because having two jobs was quite stressful. I worked 8 hours for my full-time job then after that atleast +4 or more(!!!) hours for my part-time job. My schedule was very tight that I couldn’t even have a decent sleep at night (or in my case, day). So after 1 month of having 2 jobs, luckily and because of my good performance, I was offered by my boss(part-time) a full-time position and a competent salary. At first, I hesitated because I’ve been working with Henrik(full-time) for over a year already and he taught me a lot of things and I feel like I cant just leave. But my boss(part-time) was very convincing so I finally gave in and accepted the offer. I was happy but sad at the same time. It was very hard for me to leave Henrik because he was such a good man. But, this is how the world works. People come, people go. And so are opportunities. You gotta grab it when you have the chance or else it will just slip away and you might never have that chance again. So I grabbed it and now I am happily working with my Japkin Team, which is by the way, the AWESOME-ST TEAM EVER. :)

So, the other thing I’m gonna tell you is about the things I made and the things that happened during the time I wasn’t posting anything here. Frankly, there wasn’t that much interesting thing that happened to me. But interesting or not, I still want to share it.

1. I have a new job at Japkin as a Q.A./Software Tester!!! And woaaahh after like a month, I was kind of promoted(unofficially) as the Lead Q.A./Software Tester. How freaking cool is that??!!!! Oh I love my job. :p

2. My best friends and I planned to do wake boarding sometime last September but it was cancelled many times. Oh no, they cancel every time we reschedule it. It was quite frustrating really when people, especially FRIENDS, cancel on you every time. It made me think “Am I a bad friend that they dont want to hang out with me?”. And there was a time I bought 6 plane tickets for them for our getaway trip. YES I F*CKING BOUGHT 6 PLANE TICKETS! I know it was a stupid move but everyone was before was like “Hey Anna, lets do another trip next year! Plan for our trip blah blah blah but make sure its next year because that’s when I am free blah blah blah”. So I freaking planned the trip and bought tickets. Then I told everyone about the trip then BAAAAAAMMMMM! Almost everyone cancelled because they have a freaking trip already scheduled next year!!!! (WHHAAAAATTTT???)  I just hate them. That was when I reached my boiling point and stopped talking to them and hang out with them. Freaking ungrateful and insensitive people. But it only lasted for a month I think then I started talking to them again but I felt there’s already a gap. Nowadays, I just hang out more with my 2 BFFs. They are my bestest friends since forever.

3. I didn’t celebrated my birthday this year. That’s because it fell on a friday and I have work. We’re quite busy and I just dont feel like inviting my friends over after what happened. But I had a pre-birthday celebration a week before when 2 of my best friends stayed at my house during the long weekend  + public holiday.

4. MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED!!! Aaaaaahhhhhh! I am so stoked for this wedding! By the way, the wedding’s gonna be on January 25th and I still dont know what to wear. HUHUHU #typicalgirlproblem

5. I treated my mom on her birthday at an Asian restaurant and oh boy I feel like a pig afterwards. Like really, I was so full that I could barely walk. HAHAHA! After having lunch since we were at the mall, I was planning to buy her an expensive handbag but she refused since she’s expecting a handbag from my Aunt in California. I dont know if this is a good or bad thing but I dont really like splurging a big amount of money for myself but when talking about gifts to people that I love, I dont really mind. Yeah I know, you should wish to be my relative right now. :p

Theme Customization: From Drab to Fab!

Looking for a girly and fabulous theme but can’t find any on the free ones? Dont want to spend money to buy theme for your blog? Have you been tweaking your theme for the nth time already but still not satisfied of the result? I know that frustrating feeling.

Most of us especially women, wan’t to have a fabulous and girly theme without the clutter and messy design. Personally, I dont like themes with messy designs and graphics. As much as possible, I want an elegant-looking, minimalist type of theme.

I was browsing through the free themes and I was kind of frustrated because there was none that I like. There was actually but its not a free one. Nope, I’m not gonna spend money for that.

Browse, browse, browse, click, nope, close, browse, browse, browse……

Then I saw the Sempress Theme. Its somehow closer to what I wanted and when I looked on the details, I found out its easy to play around the design. It took me about more or less an hour before I was satisfied with the result.

Sempress Theme Before

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Sempress Theme After

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So, what do you think? Please tell me what you think about my work. I would really appreciate it! Thanks! :)

Unboxing my first Glamourbox – BeautySOS Box

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Glamourbox is a curated box that contains beauty and cosmetics samples which is delivered to the customer’s home every month or depending on her/his subscription. The box can include cosmetics, skincare or bath and body products as well as non-cosmetics products such as gift cards, coupons, etc.

I already tried another beauty subscription box before which is the BDJBox. But I always wanted to try  Glamourbox because of the good reviews about it but every time I check their website, its always sold out. Until recently, I was checking on my emails and found Glamourbox’s email that their BeautySOS box is open for subscription. I hurriedly went to their site and bought 3 boxes for me, my mom and my sister. Yehey! Finally! :D

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Oh boy have you seen my smile with a grin when the delivery guy handed to me the 3 boxes. I was super stoked and excited for this box! I hurriedly opened one box and took a little peak on what’s inside. Just a peak since I was planning to open it with my mom.

When my mom arrived at home at around 6pm, I immediately gave her the box and opened it. My face brightened as these beauties revealed in front of my eyes! I super love all the contents of the box! Its all perfect for my need because I’m having pimple breakout recently. And I also love the packaging. Simple yet elegant. Though I am a bit wondering how they can afford to have this kind of packaging considering that the price of the subscription is only Php 595. And its totally worth the price!

Here are the contents of the box:

1. Rejuvelash Eyelas Growth Serum (in full size)Full Size: 5 mL

Full Size Price: Php 2,860

2. Kanebo Impress Advanced CT Essence (2 x 0.4 mL)

Full Size: 40 mL

Full Size Price: Php 12,000

3. Avon Genics Gen-Protect SPF15 Treatment (in full size)

Full Size: 30 mL

Full Size Price: Php 1,229

4. VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel (in full size)

Full Size: 120 mL

Full Size Price: Php 710

5. Ofra Lipstick Color #202 (in full size)

Full Size: 4 g

Full Size Price: Php 650

6. Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care (in full size)

Full Size: 100 mL

Full Size Price: Php 159.75

7. Mustella Stelatopia Emollient Cream (in full size)

Full Size: 200 mL

Full Size Price: Php 1,190

8. Glamourbox VMV Hypoallergenics Coupon Card 

9. Lay Bare Bikini Voucher 

10. Soleo Swimwear Voucher

11. Anma Lifestyle Voucher

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Part 2 of my Lazada nightmare!

This post is an update for this post.

So after all the waiting and all the inconvenience Lazada gave me, in the end, I wasn’t able to receive the items that I ordered.  Yes, after 30+ days of waiting! And you know what really frustrates me? They told me that my items were OUT OF STOCK. Yes, freaking OUT OF STOCK! What?? Are they f*cking kidding me?

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How can it be out of stock if they just told me in their previous messages that my items are in Davao City already?? So what the heck did they sent to Davao City if they were out of stock?  So they lied to me about the items? WTF!!! (sorry for the profane words, I am just so f*cking pissed off at them) The items were returned to their warehouse, so meaning THERE ARE STOCKS in there. Now they told me they were out of stock? It just won’t make any sense. AT.ALL.

So guys, don’t ever order anything from them if you don’t want to experience their bad customer service and tons of headaches! They are just pain in the ass! This is gonna be the first and the last time I will transact with them! Itaga nyo yan sa bato!

Simple Macaroni and Green Peas Pasta

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I was rummaging our grocery supplies cabinet earlier and I saw a bag of macaroni pasta. Then I remembered I bought it for the Mac and Cheese recipe that I saw online. But since its almost lunch time and I don’t have actually any idea on what to eat for lunch so I thought I would just experiment on this macaroni and just let the cooking goddess in me take over. lol

I have an initial recipe plan for this macaroni in my mind and luckily, all the things that I needed were available on our fridge. And to add challenge to this recipe, I was actually working while cooking this! Yeah, I am the multi-tasking queen for sure. :p

And tadaaaaa! Here’s the finished product! I was surprised it turned out tasty and delicious and without the burnt after-taste considering I burnt the onions and garlic while sautéing. I should be more careful next time. :p

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Anyway, here is the recipe for this.

200g                        Macaroni pasta
1/2 cup                   Beef, cut in thin slices
3 cloves                  Garlic, minced
1/4 cup                   Onions,minced
1 cup                       Water
3 tbsp                     Butter
1 cup                      Green Peas
pepper
salt
grated cheese
3 tbsp                     Cornstarch, diluted in 1/4 cup water

1. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. In a pan, melt the butter and saute the garlic and onion until golden brown.

3. Add the beef and cook until tender.

4. Pour in the water and add salt and pepper to taste.

5. When the water is boiling, add the dry peas and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Add the pasta and stir. Simmer in 2 minutes.

6. Add the cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce. Let it cook for another minute.

7. Put it in a bowl and add grated cheese on the top. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • You can replace the beef with mushrooms if you dont like to put meat on it.
  • You can use flour or cassava starch if you don’t have cornstarch.
  • You can add all purpose cream if you want a creamy and sweet sauce.

Lazada.com.ph – The epitome of slow delivery and bad customer service!

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Ever heard about Lazada.com.ph? Probably yes. You must have seen their ads anywhere on the web gazillion times already. They are quite popular here in the Philippines because of their good deals and BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE. And yes, I have experienced it first hand. Here it is:

August 20, 2013: I ordered beauty products worth Php 1,092. I dont want the hassle of sending documents to them for using credit cards so I opted for Paypal instead. It was a smooth transaction.
August 21, 2013:  I checked the status of my order in their website, and it says the items were processed and shipped via 2GO and gave me my 2GO tracking number. But when I checked the 2GO tracking number, its invalid.

August 23, 2013:  Got an email from Lazada saying:

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Yes, it took them 2 days before emailing and acknowledging they have received and processed my order. 2 DAYS!!

August 28, 2013: Expected date of delivery(2-3 days outside MM after shipped date) but still no items. I just waited still because they might have encountered some problems.

August 31, 2013: I am a bit alarmed because I still haven’t received my items but when I checked the status of the items on the 2GO website, it says that my items are now in Davao City and was put on hold. I am from a town 2 hours away from Davao City. I emailed Lazada’s CS and asked why my items are taking too long to deliver.

Sept. 1, 2013: They replied to my email from Aug. 31.

Regarding your inquiry on the status of your order XXXXXX, it has been shipped out from our warehouse and is now with our third party courier, 2GO. You can trace it with the tracking number XXXXXX through their website.

So I just waited because maybe any days my items will arrive at my house since it is already in Davao City.  I cant even leave the house because I have to be the one who should receive the items or else I have to make an authorization letter and such if I will let other people receive it for me. Such a hassle so no.

September 5, 2013: I just got a text from 2GO saying that I should pickup my items at their Davao City office on or before Sept. 7 and bring Php 1,092. Are you f*cking kidding me?!! I thought that their delivery is door-to-door! My hometown is not even in a remote place so why cant they deliver it right to my doorstep?! They should have put that clear on their website!  That’s when I thought “No way I’m gonna spend fare twice the shipping fee of the items to my house just to pick up the items! “. Yes, my fare from my house to Davao City and vice versa is twice the cost of the shipping fee of the items from their Davao City office to my house. No way I’m gonna spend that when they blatantly said FREE DELIVERY on their website.  I emailed LAZADA and 2GO right away that there’s no way I’m gonna pick up my items when they offered Free Delivery of my items.

September 6, 2013: They replied to my email from Sep. 5 saying:

Regarding your inquiry, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Rest assured that we will have this issue corrected with 2Go. Please allow us 24 to 48 hours to provide you an update.

September 9, 2013: Still no update so I decided to email them and told them if they cant deliver my items within this week, I will ask a full refund!

September 11, 2013: Finally they replied after 2 days!

Regarding your inquiry, we spoke with the courier and was advised that they will have a delivery in your area next week. We also advised 2Go to have your order be prioritized and contact you for the schedule of delivery. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you.

I do hope this will be the end of it. I dont know if I can still afford another week of delay after this one. I do hope so that won’t happen. I should have read reviews about Lazada first before buying from them. And I also thought I wont have any problems from them since they are sister company with Zalora which I have had a lot of transactions with in the past and never had a single problem and my items were delivered right to my doorstep.

Just a piece of advice, NEVER buy anything from Lazada if you are from the province or anywhere outside Metro Manila and if you are not patient. I swear, they will make your blood boil! But from what I have read online, even Metro Manila customers have had bad experiences with Lazada as well, so no one is really safe. Better not buy from them! Period.

Popping the (new blog) cherry!

My first blog post on this blog! This blog is a new one which I created few hours ago with 2 things in my mind: to rant about Lazada and to blog about something I am so much happy about that I want everyone to know but then I realized it would cost me a lot if I will mention it here.  So yep, I can skip that one and just think about something else to write.

Actually I have an old blog which I had since 2006/2007 I think. But it has a lame domain name and I want it to vanish forever from the internet world because its just plain…. tacky. Yeah when we are still a bit younger & naive, we just randomly pick the tackiest names for our blogs, email addresses and whatnot and regret it when we grow a bit older. So I deleted that one and saved myself from humiliation. I hope Google (cache) too would do that.

So… that’s all for now I think. My Lazada rant would be on the next post. Happy reading! :)