Three Must-Visit Malls in BGC

Bonifacio Global City is the central business district of Taguig. Though some parts of it are still under construction, it became a popular urban destination for the young and vibrant population. The street art, business opportunities, and weekend revelry attract people from all walks of life.

Still, the one thing that draws people in a place is a shopping mall. BGC will not grow without one. Here are three malls in the district worth the drop by:

SM Aura

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SM Aura is home to cultural and social events because of Samsung Hall. Besides the numerous activities that fill social calendars, it is popular to diverse crowd due to its tasteful, contemporary stores.

The mall has Crate+Barrel, Gourdo’s and Kultura to fill your bare condo. It has a two-level Forever 21 and a branch of Bershka, Ever New, Stradivarius, and Zara to fill empty closets. It also has a Cyberzone on the top floor along with an avant-garde food court.

You can spot the contemporary setting of the food court from a mile away. It serves comfort food faves such as crepes, Frankie’s buffalo wings, beef pound burgers, and paella. There’s also Pepper Lunch, Sbarro and a stall that sells organic food. What sets the food court apart from other SM malls is its floor layout. The tables and chairs are enough to accommodate lunch groups from corporate offices in the block. The place is also kept fresh and clean by the housekeepers religiously walking in the hall.

Uptown Mall

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Uptown Mall is the latest addition to the upscale developments of Megaworld centered on lifestyle. You can find the multi-level retail and dining haven at the posh 9th Avenue.

The mall still has empty spaces since it is relatively new, but it has boutiques for fashion fanatics, travel, and sports enthusiast. Fast fashion stores like H&M and Uniqlo established their branches on the lower levels. You can also find Topshop, Topman, Nine West and Aldo. Moreover, you can spot items from Instagram shops on Mercer Street, a concept store on the second floor. Nike, Adidas, and other sports-related establishments are on the top levels.

There are bars, bistros, gastropubs and various dining options around the area. Homegrown restaurants such as Livestock, Hook, Sweet Ecstasy are worth visiting. You can enjoy Asian cuisines and Western breakfast menu al fresco on the mall’s veranda.

You can spot the organized and well-kept staff maintaining the pristine floors and comfort rooms.

Venice Grand Canal Mall

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The mall is a small rendition of the romantic city in Italy. The buildings in the area are pastel-themed, and architecture is patterned to European structures. The mall has an artificial lake where visitors can rent and ride the gondolas. You can also place love locks like those in Paris! The whole place is indeed a picture-perfect paradise.

Venice Grand Canal Mall is notable for the restaurants in and out the complex. The mall is lined with establishments that offer international street food and local gourmet palate. There are casual dining restaurants such as Mati’s Meat and Bread, Comfort Tuesdays, Rice & Dough which serves deep-fried favorites such as wings, potatoes, and pizzas. If you want to immerse to a different palate, you can head to Café del Mar, The Meatball Revolution, and Toni & Sergio.

The Grand Canal also has fine-dining spots. Ponte Rialto and Gran Caffe’ Lavena brings authentic Italian cuisine without consuming air miles. Last but not the least, you can have a feast of local flavors in Cuesina Garden Bistro and Alab by Chef Tatung.

The mall is spacious, luxurious and airy. It celebrates life and keeps the romance alive through the ambiance, amenities, and food.

Venice Grand Canal Mall, Uptown Mall, and SM Aura are the malls you must visit the next time you chance upon BGC. These malls are highly-recommended for a reason. They do not only offer brands of retails and dining, but they also make sure to provide an unforgettable shopping experience.

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Sustainability in Urban Design

It is not enough for a place to be habitable. It also needs to be sustainable.

Urban design is the process, design, and organization of public space, transportation systems, and open space. With half of the Earth’s population crowding in cities, urban design needs to take a hard look at its mechanisms. Each city must commit and choose sustainable development. Philippines, in terms of population and the economy, exponentially grows each year. But, the land areas of its cities remain the same. The same rings true in other cities across the globe. Three (almost four) billion people stay in these urban areas. Therefore, the role of urban design has a significant impact in today’s contemporary way of life.

According to a United Nations’ (UN) report, 60% of the Earth’s population will crowd cities by 2030. This is not good news for various reasons.

Millenials are slow to pick up the traces of needing change concerning their way of living. Thus, it is better for the current millennia to have the collective movement of individuals, industries, and countries to commit to change. The foundation of inhabitation – the Earth, is ruined and its cries are getting louder. The natural structure of planet is sacrificed to have the luxurious comfort of the modern life. The towering skyscrapers, concrete housing units, and asphalt plazas are chosen over the lush greeneries and the natural wonders of the world.

Urban Development

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Urban development is a perennial threat to nature. Fortunately, developers like Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), considers the site’s ecosystem in their planning and design. Bobby Dy coins the term “eco-efficient.” It is a simple yet effective word that summarizes the purpose of their city districts. Natural resources or the natural state of the land area should not be sacrificed because of urban design and development. ALI patterns their design to the area’s original state.

The best example of eco-efficiency is their dynamic suburb in the South, Nuvali. Nuvali has a long stretch of green grass park and open spaces. The structure mixes modern suburban living with green zones and forestry. It also encourages recreation and outdoor activities which are refreshing for the modern dwellers.

Organization and Open Spaces

Although aesthetic plays a major role in urban setting, it is important for a developer to consider general public interest and not be biased towards age and way of living. When the city or structure is open to everyone, the need to have access to additional public infrastructure is removed. The environment becomes inclusive and inclined to only one goal – providing for the years to come.

Ayala Land is best known for their wholesome urban design. The company follows its focus areas as a guide during planning – resilience, pedestrian and transit connectivity, eco-efficiency and local economic development.

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Their latest land developments incorporate wide spaces and parks. Having these spaces encourages time off the digital world and physical activity. It also lessens the dependence on vehicles as these places are conducive to walking. Most importantly, it discourages cul-de-sacs which can be rampant in urban areas. The design also creates low-carbon cities because they become walkable and mass transit-oriented. This is much more sustainable and healthier for the people. It also gives a high quality of life to residents.

Economic Vibrancy

A thing, structure or endeavor that is sustainable is said to solve today’s problems while also providing for the problems of the future. Generations to come should meet their own needs using these structures and environment-friendly solutions. Thus, it should be an enabling environment.

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Rapid urbanization puts pressure on resources. Densely-packed cities can lack sources of fresh water supply and strain the living environment and public health. During planning, local and small-scale businesses are heavily considered. The shops and stores should be strategically placed so they may contribute to poverty reduction. There should also be designated spaces for public utility and health services.

Cloverfield, an ALI development in the North, is an example of a well-planned community that employs living, retail, and health. The development has a residential tower, shopping mall, park and a hospital – all within walking distance.

Well-planned public spaces commune communities and people together. Physical and cultural activities, recreation and play, are also encouraged. The spaces restore a sense of place, identity, and pride in an area, and play a significant part in attracting businesses and jobs. Thus, poverty is reduced.

Technology has picked up speed on constructing mega cities, but it has not made low-carbon cities. Local and international urban development still have a long way to go. Choosing to be sustainable goes back to planning, where all the aspect of the building is considered. When the vision for the future is clear, urban design will manifest through eco-efficient development.

Where to Dine in UP Town Center

There are a number of Ayala Malls, but UP Town Center is something special. The idea is that for the students, workers, and residents around the area to have a place which would respond to their needs and wants. The 7.4 hectare UP Diliman East Campus property will be reconstructed to become a hub of opportunities and businesses. Aside from the stores and restaurants in this establishment, there are a lot of events and activities held in UP Town Center. UPTC, as fondly called by their visitors, is open every day, from 10 in the morning until 9 in the evening every Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 pm during Friday and Saturday. Some stores have their own schedule so check them out as well.

To give you a quick food trip in UP Town Center, here are the ten places where you could (and should) try dining in:

Silantro Fil-Mex

Silantro Fil-Mex, Silantro for short, is known for serving Mexican food infused with Filipino taste. You’d get delicious food and fine service with a good price. Since the place is superb, expect a lot of people dining so if possible, get a reservation before you visit.

What you should try: Beef nachos, Beef Quesadillas, Chicken wings, Seafood Paella (and you can order alcoholic beverages too!)

St. Marc Café

If you’re out for a quick snack and some refreshing drinks or desserts, St. Marc Café is your go-to. This specialty bakery and patisserie is a well-known place from Japan. They envision and work towards satisfying the needs of their customers, as well as making them “need” some more.

What you should try: Little Fuji, Kyoto Delight, Mango Fantasy, Nara, Matcha Latte, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Egg Salsa, Chococro, Salmon Cheese Potato, Carbonara

Cold Stone Creamery

Serving the finest, freshest ice creams, cakes, smoothies and shakes for 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery is really something. This international franchise from Arizona has a signature way of delivering ice creams as it’s created on a frozen granite stone.

What you should try: Berry Berry Berry Good, Birthday Cake Remix, OREO Overload, Midnight Delight (and you can also create your own mix)

Pepper Lunch

ペッパーランチ Peppaa-ranchi is a “fast steak” restaurant in Japan and was established in 1994. The customers can cook their food choice of beef, chicken, pork and salmon over an electromagnetic plate which is heated up to 260 degrees Celsius to make sure that your meat is perfectly cooked. You can also pick your seasoning and sauce – Amakuchi or the honey brown sauce, or Karakuchi or the garlic soy sauce.

What you should try: Beef pepper rice, Shimofuri pepper steak, Salmon pepper rice, Beef BBQ Yakiniku with egg

Rodic’s Diner

Since 1949, Rodic’s Diner serves nothing but the best beef tapa and garlic rice. They are known for being a budget-friendly restaurant for classic Filipino food.

What should you try: Tapsilog, Kare-kare, Sisig with egg and rice

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

As what the name suggests, Mama Lou’s offer yummy Italian cuisine along with a relaxing ambiance. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen started in 2010 and still delivering good food which they are known for.

What should you try: Spinach and goat cheese pizza, Italian sardine pasta, Gnocchi, Vesuvio, Take the Cannoli

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

If you are looking for a chill place to eat or grab some drinks alone or with friends, Backyard Kitchen + Brew offers good food, drinks, and company. It also has an artsy interior to add on its ambiance and comfort. The servings are enough for you to share, but you might want to eat it alone because the dishes they give are nothing less than perfect.

What should you try: Slow roasted pork and beef belly, Salted egg chicken skin, Buffalo wings, Tinapa and Quinoa Salad (and alcoholic drinks as well)

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Property Reservations 101

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You’ve been seeing this sophisticated and elegant townhouse Manila for sale. Given that it is near your workplace and your favorite Ayala Mall, you can’t help but purchase this property. What can you do? Reserve!

Reservation is your deposit when you rent a house, apartment, or condominium. You haven’t fully owned the property unless you have paid in full or partial, or depending on the terms agreed upon between you and the seller.

You can now have that condo by reserving it under your name. Property reservation is very easy as you only need the following:

  • seller or property specialist

  • Reservation Agreement Form, and

  • reservation fee

Through the seller or property specialist, you will be able to deliberate which property you should buy, depending on different factors and of course, its availability. After considering these details and confirming the property’s availability, you can continue with reserving it online. You may check the developer’s website and look for the “Reserve Now” or similar buttons to proceed. If necessary, you can also contact the developer for clarifications or reserve the property by visiting their office.

photo-1477577314779-8dd53d8e615f.jpgAnother important thing is your Reservation Agreement Form. Carefully fill out the form and check all the details and signatures before passing it. If the Reservation Agreement Form is not available online, the developer or seller will be handing it to you. You can simply mail or fax the form to the developer or seller’s office before you proceed with your reservation. If these options do not appeal to you, you can always visit their office and have this done.

Now you’re finished with choosing the property and submitting the Reservation Agreement Form, you are now to pay the required reservation fee. Reservation fee differs depending on the developer and the type of property you are interested with. It can go as low as ₱5,000 and as high as ₱100,000. Aside from cash payment, you can also pay the reservation fee through the following:

  • bank deposit

  • credit card

  • online bank transferable

  • remittance center

  • and other methods advised to you

You will be asked to send proof of payment so make sure to secure an official receipt. Some only give out acknowledgment receipt so better check with the bank or establishment that you have what you need. Afterward, the developer will confirm your payment by sending welcome letters.

Keep in mind that the validity of your reservation fee for new houses in the Philippines is 30 days. Within this period, you should be able to make a partial or full payment for your property. Better ask your developer with the different payment options that you have.

Lastly, here are some other things that you need to know about property reservations:

1. Is it deductible? Definitely! The reservation fee that you’ve made will be deducted from the total selling price. Others deduct the fee from the downpayment.

2. Is it refundable? Unfortunately, reservation fees are non-refundable. That is why you should be sure with your actions and decisions before you consider reserving a property.

3. Is it transferable? It depends on the policies of the developer or seller. Some won’t let you transfer the fees, and others will charge a transfer fee if it’s permitted.

Be reminded that not all properties in the Philippines require reservation fees so you are to confirm that with your developer or seller. Other developers immediately ask for a downpayment or initial payment. Nevertheless, in whatever reserving and purchasing you will be doing, be sure and secured. Make sure that you will be abiding by the policies you signed for so you can enjoy your property hassle-free!

5 Things you usually do in your Bed

Soft, comfy, and warm, that is the reasons why you want to stay in your bed, right?

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The good thing is that, there are already affordable yet comfortable beds available in malls in the Philippines. You can choose on to what kind of designs or styles of bed you want to have for as long as it is safe and comfortable, of course. And it will always be up to your liking.

Now, you have to erase your belief that the bed is only used for sleeping, taking some rest and or whatever that is in your mind, because aside from those things, there are actually a lot of other things you can do in your bed. Well, that, if you like doing these.

Breakfast in bed

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If a person is so sick and is having a hard time going to the kitchen for breakfast, usually, breakfast in bed is being served. There will always be a little table placed on the bed for the food. Or if you have a loving partner who is sweet enough to serve your breakfast in your bed.

Well, there is an advantage when you have your breakfast in your bed. First, of course, you don’t need to go to the kitchen and have your breakfast. Second is that, it is just so sweet knowing that someone who is caring enough serving you a breakfast in your bed. And lastly, if you’d agree, it is comfortable sitting in your bed while eating your breakfast.

Studying in bed

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Oh, this! I know students can surely relate to this. Most students, if not all would prefer studying in their bed. Perhaps it is because they find it relaxing and comfortable way of studying in bed. They can lie or whatever position they want to have while studying.

While other students would prefer studying in bed, others find it uncomfortable. They can’t concentrate or focus on the topics they are studying. It makes them feel sleepy when they study in bed. Maybe it is because of the comfort the bed has that makes them feel sleepy. Definitely both have their own reasons, whether studying in bed is advisable or not.

Playing games in bed

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Admit it! We all do love playing games in bed. It is quite enjoyable when we play in bed. Oh, and, by the way, there are actually a lot of indoor games that you can play. Board games, for example, you can definitely play it in your bed, or truth or dare, or even play games in your tab or smartphones.

Of course that, if you don’t want to go out just to play or even sweat. Playing games in bed is a convenient and a stress-free game you can have.

Chatting in bed

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We all do this! Who doesn’t? There is no better and comfortable way to chat than chatting in your bed. You can lie down or whatever positions that you want while chatting with your families and or with your friends. This is also one way to relax and unwind in your room.

With this kind of ambiance, surely you will have a good chat since you will be comfortable in the place. And while chatting with families or friends, you can also do some other things which you both can have fun doing it together.

Watching movies in bed

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Aside from watching movie in cinemas or in the living room, you can also watch movie in your bed. This is also one way to relax and have fun watching while you are in your bed. If you don’t have a television in your room, you can have a portable DVD or a laptop to watch a movie.

Of course, you can also have any position while watching. You can lie down, or sit, it will always depend on your liking.

There are actually thousands of things you can do in your bed. This list is just a portion of what people usually do when they are in their beds. What about you? What do you usually do when you are in your bed? Anything in mind?

5 Types of Personality of Commuters

There are thousands of people living in our community, and every day, we meet hundreds of people in our way; be it at work, school or in shopping malls in the Philippines. It is inevitable! Different people with different personalities, that’s what we encounter every day.

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If you are observant enough of the people around you, you can see how they behave. A little bit of an observation can give you an idea of what personality he or she has. Even just by riding a public vehicle, you can already see and observe people with their different personalities.

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Talkative Commuters

Talkative commuters tend to talk a lot. Sometimes, they can’t notice that their voices are already loud. Some of the passengers might have fun listening to your talks, but the other passengers might be annoyed.

There are really times that we can talk loudly since the topics are interesting or funny enough for you not to mind or notice the other passengers, and that makes us talk or laugh out loud. The most embarrassing part is when one passenger might get annoyed and reprimand you to talk moderately and be considerate of the others.

Sleepy Commuters

We can’t blame them for sleeping inside the jeepney or in the public vehicles. They might be tired of doing the things that need to be done for work or for school and that leads them to sleep late. We all know it is not easy to stay up late since it drains our energy the next day.

We can understand that, but the most annoying part is that, when they tend to sleep on your shoulders. Some of the people are hesitant enough to wake them up since they are sleeping soundly. Lucky enough if that sleepy commuter can notice that they are already sleeping on your shoulders.

Friendly Commuters

Unlike talkative commuters, these people tend to talk to you in a friendly way. You can say that they are kind since they talk to you even though you both don’t know each other. These people usually talk about what is happening in our community, or what caused the heavy traffic that leads the people to be late for their appointments, or even random questions like what school are you attending or what kind of profession are you working.

Some people that don’t want to talk might be annoyed by these people since they tend to ask random questions. Well, just don’t show it to them. They might be offended since they just want to talk and be friendly to you in good faith.

Commuters who always Complain

There are also commuters that are grumpy. They have a bad mood even though it still early in the morning. They tend to complain why the vehicle is so slow that he or she might be late at work or in school. They sometimes also complain why other passengers are a bother to them that leads them to be annoyed and irritated. Some of them will complain when other passengers ask them to lend their fare to the driver.

Sometimes, watching and observing these people can also affect our day. We also tend to be annoyed by his or her rudeness. Well, it is really up to us whether we let it affect our day.

Helpful and Considerate Commuters

These people are so rare nowadays. They help other commuters settle inside the jeepney or another public vehicle. They also help commuters who have difficulty in carrying their baggage. And whenever they see a senior citizen or a handy cap, these people will consider offering their seat and let them sit instead.

These kinds of people give us inspiration to also help others in times of difficulties even though they are strangers. “What goes around comes around.” Cliché as it may seem, but it is already proven.

3 ways to let your kids enjoy while inside the malls

Shopping! Yes! But with kids pestering you around, I bet if you will enjoy your shopping time. It is quite mean going to malls alone while your kids don’t have the chance to enjoy. With this concern, there are already malls in the Philippines that let your kids enjoy while you go on a shopping.

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For parents and guardians, it is more convenient when they allow their kids to enjoy in these centers while they are busy having their shopping or groceries. They don’t have to worry when they leave their kids in these centers because they will learn while they are having fun.

These centers in malls have their way to let your kids enjoy. They are much willing to teach your kids while meeting and playing with other new kids. It is also one of the benefits they can get while they are in these centers.

Play areas/group

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Play areas have a lot of toys for kids to enjoy. It is an area or room where kids got to enjoy fellow kids. They usually enjoy sharing toys or playing tag with other kids in the room. And they don’t just enjoy the toys they played but they also learn out of it. They learn the colors, the shapes, and the textures of the toys they are touching. Play areas also have swings, slides, monkey bars and trampoline for kids to play and enjoy more.

Fret not when you leave your kids behind in these areas. There are stuffs or personnel that will assist your kids while playing. They will keep an eye on your kids. They also have sets of rules and regulations within their vicinity to ensure safety while playing.

Rides

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Malls nowadays already have an area where kids got to ride mini bikes, mini horses, mini trains and other kinds of mini transportation. Kids have the chance to drive it in their own. With the assistance of the personnel assigned on the rides, they can learn how to maneuver the wheel, how to turn it left and right and how to stop it.

Big boys will definitely have fun in playing this mini transportation in malls, especially when they have the chance to play and drive it together with other kids. These mini transportations have four wheels, so you don’t have to worry about balancing. And when your kid is new to that kind of mini transportation, there are personnel that will assist your kid on how to drive and ride on it.

Painting areas

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There are malls, if not all, have painting areas for kids. These centers let the kids do artworks like; paintings, drawings or sketches on their own. There are personnel that will assist and teach your kids on how to paint. They also have ready made sculptures for the kids to paint it with their own choice of color. These painting centers are more concern on their creativity. They help cultivate and encourage your kids to exercise more on their imaginations to enhance their skills to produce beautiful art works.

There are also some of these centers cater workshops for kids. They accept enrollees to join in their activities. There they will teach your kids on the basics of painting, drawing and sketching. Your kids will learn more on their workshops while they will have fun in doing what they like together with other kids.

Now you don’t have to freak out leaving your kids behind while you go on a shopping. These centers will make sure that your kids will be safe while having their time playing and learning. One way or another, it helps your kids be exposed to the outside world and have fun and enjoy.

Top 5 most annoying acts when shopping

Shopping! Yes!

Everybody loves shopping. Who doesn’t?  Especially when shopping malls in the Philippines have thousands of things in store for you, you’ll definitely want to give in to those temptations. Well, giving into those things is not bad at all when you have the budget.

Shopping is fun when you have a companion. Sometimes, if not most of the times, companions can be useful when it comes to giving an opinion in choosing what’s in or not, what’s nice or not. But there are just times that you can’t avoid being annoyed with them. And I’m sure, you totally can relate to these annoying acts.

#5: Forgets that he/she have a companion

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When you enjoy choosing a thing to buy, you are so engross with it. Which one is nicer? What color will I choose? Is it really worth it? I like this one, but I like that one too. These questions preoccupy your mind forgetting you have someone besides you. And then when you decide to go to another stall or store, you immediately walk leaving your companion behind. And guess; your companion pitifully followed you and chasing you for in case you don’t mind having one.

Tip of advice: include him/her in your dilemmas, ask them. You don’t know, they might be the one who can answer your questions. Plus, you will never forget that you have a companion. It’s worth it.

#4: Constantly following you around (like a tail)

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Sometimes, it is awkward when someone is following you wherever you go. Especially when he/she is not quite helpful to you, being followed by them is quite nuisance. Of course, you would not say “you go wherever you want, just don’t follow me”, that’s totally rude. Well, you have to endure it until you go home.

Tip of advice: while he/she follows you around, try to start a conversation. Like what #5 does, ask them. They can be useful. Also, try to ask whether there is a place where they want to go, tell them it is fine and you’ll just meet in a certain place and time.

#3: Distant walking and prolonged standing time

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“Can we just stick to one store?” Well, think again when you want to ask this question, it is a no-no especially when you are with a girl. Girls would not be contented with only one store. They usually do store hoping to see if there is something better than the previous one. Most girls are meticulous in prices, designs and whatever they are looking for. When they don’t see the things that they are looking, expect to walk and walk from store to store. Enjoy!

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Long lines when paying for the bills or taking some order. Call it a patience test. Expect that to happen especially when you are buying when everybody does. Just don’t wear heals and you will be fine.

Tip of advice: patience is always a virtue. Just try to enjoy while you wait. It will be done eventually.

#2: Silence…

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Awkward, yes it is definitely awkward! Having a companion with little words can make the shopping day a boring day. It is not a total silence though, but the thought of having a companion that doesn’t talk a lot can make you feel bored. It is just the same when you shop alone. Why did you let him/her be your companion again?!

Tip of advice. When you encounter this situation, take the lead. Be the talker. Talk about what interests you both and stick to it. Sometimes, these people are shy. You just have to take a step for them to open up and start to talk.

Note: just don’t talk a lot; he/she might get annoyed with your noisy talks. Be moderate!

#1: SALE! NO BUDGET!!!

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Yes! Shout it out! You are not just annoyed, you are pissed! Ugh! Save it!

 

Shopping Tips: How To Be A Smart Shopper

No man could acquire money and not spend it to buy a thing or two. He would have to experience purchasing something at least once in his life. Whether it is food, clothing or shelter, the need to purchase is inevitable as these are necessities in life. The main argument then only lies between covering the basics or ending up with pieces that are not really as important but would make living easier.

smart shopperRegardless if you are scheduled to go to the groceries this weekend or have a Friday hangout with friends in one of the shopping malls in the Philippines, these tips would help you acquire the skills to shop smartly which later on could give you the balanced life you deserve.

  • You do not have the responsibility to buy all the time. You are the master of your own decisions so you always have a choice. To cite an example, it’s rainy days once again. Natural instinct would encourage us to have extra raincoats or umbrellas in hand. Hold on for a second. This is actually an opportunity for you to sit back and think things over. Is there a way that you could get this umbrella for free? Most stores offer them as an added bonus these days if you reach certain accumulated receipts from them. You do not really need it right away in the first place so the urgency is not there. Here’s another illustration. Say, you just bought a couple of new desktop computers. Although you have a wi-Fi system installed, the area where you’d situate both PCs are in two separate far away rooms. Hence, it is practical to setup a LAN connection instead. You would need a crimper for the Ethernet cables to connect them all together. Would you head over to an electronics store just to get that piece of tool which you’d probably use only once? Wouldn’t it be wise to ask a technician friend first before you make any rash decisions? Perhaps he can lend his to you.
  • Wait patiently for the right time and opportunity. It’s all about proper timing and not giving in to impulsive buying. All you need to do is plan ahead and you could quickly save big bucks. For instance, we are in a world of high technology nowadays. Everybody has the latest gadgets – smartphones, tablets, laptops. Suppose what you have is an old model. Would you give in to the latest craze and visit the nearest PH malls as soon as you get your paycheck? Have you ever considered that in two-three-months-time, a newer and better brand would be released with the same price that is up in the market now?
  • Learn the art of substitution. Sometimes, finding cheaper alternatives works best. Case in point, your brother is celebrating his birthday next week. You have quite a limited budget so you couldn’t afford to give him his much requested iPad gadget. However, he’s been wooing you for ages for your album CD signed by his favorite band. Pair that with a personalized T-shirt bearing the artists’ signatures and there’s your gift. Not only did it cost you less but you also made him extremely happy.