15% Off from Your Zalora Purchase

Most people who know me also know how much I love shopping – online and offline. Recently, perhaps because of my still recovering back and leg, I have taken to online shopping more. No need to walk so much and no waiting in lines. Sometimes I worry I’ll get off balance while trying on the clothes I wish there were always tubular handles I can hang on to everywhere. In June, I got this small box of happiness from my favorite local online shopping destination, ZaloraPH:

Zalora box

No, it wasn’t a surprise box, I ordered it after all. Alfred paid the delivery guy directly, we didn’t have to use a credit card nor rush to a bank or to 7/11 to make the purchase. I paid cash on delivery. So convenient!

What’s in the box? Happiness in the form of earrings!

Zalora earrings

These pieces are bound to stay in my jewelry box for awhile, to be taken out and worn over and over again. They add a nice boost of color to my outfits, and puts a smile on everyone who notices them. Lakas maka-sosyal kasi. 🙂

Since my first Zalora loot last year,  all I have are positive experiences from this online retail store. Delivery only takes 2-3 days, and they make sure to contact you via SMS or thru a phone call for updates. Truly feels like there’s still a personal touch to the service.

If you have yet to sign up at, let me give you a good reason too. Sign up now and enter your order. Use this coupon code to take 15% off your first purchase: ZBAPMzr. Easy peasy. Share the code with your family and friends too. 🙂

Piso Fare!

We are booked for a trip to Cagayan De Oro (and Camiguin!) in February next year. Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare promotion, everyJuan can fly! 🙂

CebPac promotional banner from

CebPac promotional banner from

The seat sale is still on going. Heard about it at work yesterday morning and I kept getting kicked out, server errors are common when so many people try to get cheap flights. I don’t always luck out with these things so I figured I’d try when everyone else had the pickings. 1AM apparently is a good time, and since flight dates are January to June 2014, there’s still plenty of available flights.

Where would you like to fly to?


Alunsina Handbound Books

The first time I held an Alunsina Handbound book in my hand was at the 10A Alabama Arts and Craft Fair before Christmas 2011. I liked it, but skipped buying. I wanted to get one only if I were sure to use it.

This month, I held my own handmade book.

Verabear's Alunsina Journal

I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it. It came packaged in brown paper, tied up with string. The leather is so soft and didn’t make the book heavy at all. The paper is so soft and smooth and felt like it was really really meant for writing. All I can think of to describe the paper was buttery soft. 🙂

As if being handmade wasn’t personal enough, I love that the artisans who made my book attached a hand written note to the package. It truly felt like it was a gift, rather than a purchase. And in some way, I do consider it a gift.

Alunsina Handbound Books

I’ve written my first page. My handwriting, sadly, didn’t magically become better looking. Haha. But I wrote my intention of making this book a chronicle of my life in my 31 years. I will be turning 32 next month and before I do, I’d love to fill this book with photos of what made my 31st year an awesome one. Hideous as it may look, I will snap a photo of my stitches and add them in. It’s a huge part of why I want this book made right now. I’ve never been good at keeping up with memory keeping projects, so wish me luck on this one 🙂

Check them out on Facebook if you want your own Alunsina Handbound Book. If you’re the type who uses Moleskin notebooks, consider this a better alternative. It’s beautiful, local and handmade.

Wear it Your Way with Wacoal

I have a confession to make – I did some online shopping via last week. It was just so hard to resist the marked down prices AND the ADDITIONAL 20% off coupon from Alfred’s boss. They have a large plus size collection that just got me drooling. In fact, there were more tops and dresses that I really wanted but I didn’t have the confidence nor the lingerie to pair them with. Hehe.

Now, if I actually owned this wonderfully versatile Wacoal undergarment,

wear it your way bra blue

I may have gone ahead and picked out these three additional outfits:

This Anne Klein Plus Size Fitted Sheath Dress would need a strapless undergarment so there’d be no straps peeking through that wide slit across the front. I could definitely wear this to work and the bright pink would be the pop of color I need to last me through the day.

Anne Klein Plus Plus Size Fitted Sheath Dress

Linked to source

Next up would be this Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Imara Dress. I love the color – bordeaux! I would need just one-strap to pull off this dress though.

Linked to Source

Linked to Source

And finally, my loot will be rounded off with this Kenneth Cole New York Plus Size Ocean Mist Halter top:

Link to Source

Link to Source

Don’t these three outfits just look super? It may be a little difficult imagining me in them, but I think I’d look amazing. haha. I’ll probably throw a cardigan over all three, but I’d still wear them, ha! And with the right undergarment support from Wacoal, who wouldn’t? 🙂

Nokia Lumia 920

I love my iOS devices. I suffer from serious Mac-envy. But I am definitely a Windows person. Perhaps I developed a loyalty to the brand due to working for them for over five years, but maybe it’s also because it’s just that easy to use and it’s available. I love Windows 7, and am interested in trying out Windows 8. (Oh, and did I mention that I blog with Windows Live Writer on my PC?)

As for mobile devices, I can no longer imagine a life before Smart phones. Can you? Yet in the early years of the mobile invasion, we were all content with the green screens and brick phones. My first few phones were all Nokias. The sturdiest phone I ever owned was the first one I ever got – the Nokia 3210. I remember dropping that phone on the bleachers outside the UP Gym and the resulting scratch was barely noticeable. My last Nokia was from the 82 series, not sure if it was an 8210 or an 8250. I bought it second hand, and with a camera attachment.

nokia 8210

(image source)

But I’ve since moved on from Nokia. Moved on, and never looked back.

The Lumia line, boasting its PureView camera technology, is something worth checking out.

Nokia-Abenson 01

A smart phone with a great camera, Windows 8, and full version of Microsoft Office? This really sounds good. Send me a red one will you?

Read up on its features on the Lumia 920 product page. I got the iPhone initially because of it’s camera, and Instagram. Had I learned of PureView before falling into the iOS trap, I really probably would have considered getting a Lumia.

If you like what you’re reading so far, you can also head out to an Abenson store near you, and experience the Nokia Lumia 920 for yourself. I hear the Trinoma branch (so does Shangri-la Plaza and The New Glorietta) let’s you test the phone, so I might swing by one of these days and check it out. Shopping for this and other gadgets at Abenson comes with perks too – the store frequently has promotions that give freebies for your purchase, plus all major credit cards have 0% interest installment deals!

Nokia-Abenson 02

So there you have it. If you’re in the market for a new phone, don’t leave Nokia out of the running. The Lumia 920 might just be the phone for you. Smile

%d bloggers like this: