Thursday, July 6, 2017

Amazon purchase: 2017 subsequent packages


Amazon has one of the largest selection of goods. With choices from around the world, you can get almost anything. Though some may take longer than others to arrive, but its all worth it in the end.

On my second round of purchases, I ordered the following:

- Hello Kitty Keyboard Cover: This is useful when you use the keyboard a lot and wants to keep dust/snack bites away from the bottom of the keyboard

-Microfiber, Fast drying Travel Sports Towel: I found out about this through my Yoga trials a while back. It beats the thick towels in occupying less space and dries fast. Especially during hot yoga sessions when the sweat is dripping to the mat, this comes in handy to prevent slipping!

- Sony Xperia X Performance Flip Case: Usually the ideal case would protect the back, while a screen protector will be best for the front. In this case, the phone was purchased overseas. So finding accessories is a challenge. To kill two birds with one stone, I chose the flip case (without the card pockets of course!). Let's see how this will turn out.

The second package I've ordered separately because the seller advised to be eligible for shipping, it has to be under $30 and 1KG. So I ordered with the new rule:

- Bella 8800 Flowy Racerback Tank: The first time I purchased this was at BCSPCA. They had a wide selection of pets with meaningful quotes that promotes awareness. However, my sizes (Small) are all sold out. So I found it on amazon & decide to get another one- just in time for summer! The fabric is soft and flowy, making it easy to move around without ripping the seams. In addition, its thin material that allows for breathing. (Since most women tank tops are tight fitting. They may not be best for sports which involves big, sudden movements).

- Men's Half Mesh Trucker Cap: I have a larger than normal female sized head, thus this may work out well. A majority of reviews are positive & the hat comes with adjustable snap tab at the back. Allowing the one size to fit most heads. I've lost a number of hats on the beach and this is probably my third purchase in the last two years. If I lose it, not a big loss. I am excited to try this out for sure!

What do you hope to receive the most in the mail??

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Amazon purchase: 2017 First Package (Part 2)

The shipments come from different vendors which lengthens the time to receive it. Thus I've broken into two separate posts. Let's continue :)

4. Workout cover up shirt

I absolutely adore the "no cleavage front with a cut-open back" top. After finding something similar, I decided to order and try it out. This was awful. The description of the product says "cotton blend". Its not even remotely close to cotton! Its silky materials you see on Indian clothes. I was looking for cotton (not the "breathable" material that this clearly is). I feel like I am wearing a curtain, the quality looks and feels cheap. Its dirty on the inside of the shirt. Disgusting.

I ordered a large because its shipped from HK, their sizing tends to be one to two sizes smaller than North American size. When I tried it on, it looked huge!


 
I wouldn't use it more than a mop cloth.


I was very happy with my last Under Armour racerback which had a flowy design near the bottom half. Thus I wanted to get something similar, except in 100% cotton. Little did I know that this is very tight fitting, and the material isn't as "soft" as I had imagined. After ordering the same size, it was hugging my whole upper body. Playing beach volleyball, the last thing I want is a top that is so tight I can feel the sand rubbing against my skin after a dig. 

Not recommended. 


I asked my cousin to purchase a Xperia phone from overseas as there's very limited selection in North America, especially in BC. Most phones are black, which makes it hard to retrieve inside purses. Thus my request to purchase a white phone turned into a silver phone. I bought this case to solve the problem. This is a flip case (but not pockets, prevents the cards from scratching the screen). The glossy, shimmery was hard to adjust to on the first day (as I always go for matte finish). After a few days, the finish isn't as "annoying" to me anymore. The benefit of having the flip case is it also protects the screen from the oily face. 

Pretty happy with this one. 

7. Macbook Keyboard Cover




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Amazon purchase: 2017 First Package

My most recent Amazon purchase! It's been a while since I've shopped online. There are amazing deals, no doubt. But its also hit and miss because most purchases are based on reviews. With different purchase preferences, it may not be the best way to depend your purchase decisions on.

This time, I decided solely on consumer's reviews. Here's my purchases:


Prepping for the summer, I decided to get a summer dress just before the peak season hits. Usually there's a few good deals as companies are clearing out their last season's stock. I found this dress to be quite nice (It was $17 then, and price has dropped since). Overall reviews were positive. As soon as it arrived, I tried it on. The quality was poor, it probably couldn't survive more than 15 washes. The materials were not comfortable and the back straps looks cheap. The inner linings for the lower part was extremely short, and the top linings were silk. So its see through. 

Its not worth the price its for. 




 









2. Backpack

I wanted to get a backpack for day trips/hikes/camping. The decent backpacks are roughly $80+. So I decided to take a shot on Amazon for one. There were a lot of different backpacks online. The variation of colors, shapes, and sizes makes it hard to decide on one. I wanted a bigger version than my 20L in case there is a need to pack food supplies. This one came in disappointment. The seams, materials was poor quality. It was too big for someone my size and I am not confident that the straps won't break as soon as it gets a little bit more heavier.

For $36, I'd recommend spending a little more on something more worthwhile.

3. Bikini Cover Up

While I was on my vacation to Cancun last year (week of Christmas), one of the ladies I've met had a stunning bikini lace cover up. It was gorgeous. A few weeks ago, I found the same thing on Amazon so I decided to get one. Once it arrived, my heart shattered. The sleeves were only to the elbows. The dangling pieces were glued on, it make the whole cover up look like a disaster. After trying it on, it made me look at least 30 years older. Definitely not recommended.

Totalling at around $12, I would probably give it to my mom....

What are some things that you wish you hadn't bought online?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

So many thoughts.

Lately I have been thinking about so many things. Most revolve around... what if.

What if I did this? What if I took a stride in that?

Its one of those times when you start evaluating the life of your own and hoping to change in direction from the regular, mundane routine. There's a few who have helped along the way, lent a helping hand through the rough patches. Subconsciously we've been taught something, a new way of thinking. Perhaps a new way of reshaping the journey to something different. Shortly along the way, another important person comes along and injects a hint of unique thought. An idea that rethinks the current status quo.

Life is a beautiful thing. No matter how many times you fall, there's a way to lift you back up. So many possibilities lead to infinite opportunities.

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I've recently read an article about someone working in a controversial profession. Its one that's frowned upon but generates substantial cash that one could only dream of.

The salary looks something like this:
around $500 per hour, $1100 for 2 hours.... $300 for each additional hour.

If you have the guts and willing to take the risk, its up for grabs. Money that many people (highly praised professionals) would be spending countless hours at the office and would not earn close to this profession's annual income.



What is something you wished you could be doing, if you were brave enough?

Friday, March 3, 2017

New Years Resolution: January Edition

I am those who don't make new years resolutions because rarely do they get checked off. For me, if it doesn't get finished... might as well not start. JUST KIDDING!

Rather than making specific resolution goals, I've decided to take a more ambiguous approach. Making it vague allows room to make it happen without too many limitations. 

Here's my list: 

✓Get better in volleyball
- Learn something new
- Read more
✓ Volunteer more
- Explore BC more
- Spend less
- Stay healthy
- Learn a new language
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Bake more
- Stay positive
- Never give up

This year, I have started on targeting a few things. One of which includes improving my beach volleyball skills! Over the last 6 years, I have learned to play the sport through different players I've played with and against. As the years go by, I've slowly come to see my friend's tremendous improvements through learning from clinics. This year, I've signed up for an intermediate co-ed 2s clinic. In just 5 weeks of training, I've improved tremendously. Along the way, un-learning a number of techniques and improper approaches was challenging. One thing's for sure, more injuries will have occurred from the incorrect techniques.

My clinic is expected to end mid-April. Strangely enough, I look forward to learning something new each Sunday.

Volunteer is one of the things I have slowly shy away from since high school graduation. Here and there I would help out in organizing one-off events. This year, my goal is to be able to volunteer at different non-profit organizations and help out as much as possible. In January, I booked my first appointment with Canadian Red Cross for blood donation. They have migrated to the electronic system since last summer. The electronic system is more efficient in keeping track of your donation times and provide interesting news to keep the donors posted. The Oak street clinic has changed quite a bit since my last visit. They have improved the platelet section. Offering more entertainment options for those spending more time at the clinic. Its nice to see changes being made.

Have you looked into what New Year's resolution you'll be tackling this month?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February: Zen. Volleyball. Catching up.

Once again, I drown myself in beach volleyball. With leagues 2-3 times a week, my weeknights are occupied with fun teamwork and good social life. I sub regularly on Tuesdays, share a Queen's spot on Wednesdays, and play in a co-ed 2s league on Thursdays.

Although I don't play every Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday is the day of the week where I rush to the facility. As work ends at 4:30PM, I rush for the 5PM start. Its a bit of a hassle but all worth it.

When I had my fractured rib (hairline), I forced myself to sit out until Sunday's clinic. It felt like the longest week I've had this winter. All the energy build up got me really short-tempered and losing patience in everything. Ended up playing on Saturday and felt my temper has improved tremendously. Starting the last week of February, I keep reminding myself to wait, be patient. It has helped my games in waiting for the right time to make the hit, pass, or set.



This month I've also tried out a few new things.

One of which is reconnecting with a volleyball friend of mine over dine-out. She had booked Seasons in the Park as soon as reservations started with her husband. Unfortunately he couldn't make it so she asked to see who would be available. So I jumped the gun and volunteered myself. As with most of my beach volleyball friends, we get together 4-5 times a week in the spring/summer time each year. During the fall/winter days, we tend to do our own thing. Thus I thought it would be nice to re-connect over dinner. We ended up chatting for 3 hours! There was so much catching up to do. She was telling me about her courses and work. Which motivated me to sign up for a few pre-requisites for a Paralegal Diploma program that I've always wanted to do. The most rewarding part of catching up is learning new things from other person's experiences.


What's one memorably thing you've learned from talking with others?

Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 Year-End Trip: Cancun

2016 has been a year filled with many amazing memories and spectacular experiences. It was time to end on a high note.

Mid-December, my girlfriend and I sat at a coffee shop in Vancouver. We looked and looked for over 2 hours. We searched up different vacation companies for an inclusive vacation. My heart was in Cuba. But the pricing just wasn't feasible so we opted for Cancun, Mexico. The trip was reasonable considering the time when we booked it. Works out to about $2500 CAD which includes Flight and Accommodation. We're leaving in 2 weeks after booking, never have I gotten more spontaneous than that!

Cancun was amazing. It surpassed my last trip to Puerto Vallarta (which I wasn't of legal drinking age at the time). A whole week with activities throughout the day put on by the resort. The place is clean and tidy. Staff were very engaging and humble, spectacular quality service.

Best of all, they don't provide quality service to get good tips. Their goal is to make all customers happy and have a good time. 

A number of cuisines to choose from, all you can eat during the day and night if you wish. There was Chinese, American, Japanese, Mexican, and in general all you can eat. There were many activities throughout the week: Water Volleyball, Bingo, Water Polo, Volleyball, Zumba, Water Aerobics, Salsa dancing. Lots to keep you entertained and on your feet.

While we were there, we joined an excursion tour on the Catamarang. Open bar to Isla Mujeres. There we had an all you can eat lunch and we tried the "Mexican Style" parachuting and snorkeling. My advice is.... do those excursion separately. Its usually NOT what it sounds like if its too good to be true.

We went during the right time as Vancouver was experiencing a downpour of snow over the last few weeks. First we've seen in years. It was an amazing experience to be able to wear bikini and walk around on the sandy, white beaches. Lounging & overlooking a crystal clear water paradise. Of course, with a Pina Colata in hand.

When we first got there, Americans outweigh Canadian tourists. Later it changed. Next time, I will strive to wear a red/white swimwear. ;)