Winning and Losing

Friday, May 11, 2018

A few years ago, my Panget bought board games for us to play with the kids.  Kailee and Connor were so excited even if they didn't know how to play these games.  My Panget got Chutes and Ladders (kids version of snakes and ladders), Monopoly, Jenga, Connect and Trouble.

We started with the simplest one, Chutes and Ladders.  We of course, explain to them the rules on how to go forward in the game and how it is also possible to go back a few or multiple steps back when a corresponding piece lands on a chute.  It was quite easy, right?  So we played.  The kids were really excited.  They went back and forth on the board and when finally, Kailee won - she screamed so excitedly of joy and happiness.  Meanwhile, Connor was screaming a very loud *NOooooooo!* and cried, as in seriously crying.  We all stopped and wondered why he was crying.  When had calmed a bit, we asked him why he cried and screamed - apparently, it was because he lost.  We had to explain to him that in games, there are winners and losers, that not all games can be won by everyone.  But he vowed never to play Chutes and Ladders *ever* again because he lost.

Next up was Jenga.  Well, as you might guess - Connor lost again because the pieces fell as he was trying to ease one out.  It came as a shock to him that the pieces fell and so he cried again.  I think he was getting disheartened with the board games because he wasn't winning.  That night, he declared that he doesn't want to play board gaim *ever* again because he always loses.

Now - how do you properly teach your kids the notion of winning and losing.  I know we all want to win, but games are a game of chance (and skill) and skills develop as you grow and learn.  I honestly have no idea on how to teach him that losing is sometimes okay.  Kailee has been a very good sport, is it because she's a girl and is not as competitive as her brother?  I am not sure really, but she took losing the game really well.  She just told me that it's okay for her to lose.

We have been explaining to Connor the concept of winning and losing in games - but I think, maybe he's too young?  I am not sure - or maybe he's not really wanting to understand the situation.


Pantene Micellar Shampoo

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I'm a sucker for shampoos.  Yes.  I loooove buying new shampoos.  Hahaha!  So when I saw this Pantene Micellar Shampoo from my friend - M's sister's feed - I knew I wanted one.  And it was by luck that my friend M was going to Bangkok, so I asked her to buy for me.

First off - it's in Thai, so I couldn't understand the directions.  I tried to Google Translate, but it couldn't.  So I just used it like a normal shampoo.  It was so fragrant and after, I noticed that I felt my head was lighter.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  My hair felt softer too.

When I was smaller, elders used to tell me to wash my hair every other day.  I think I followed their advice until one day that I felt my hair was too oily already.  It wasn't fun being paranoid that my hair was oily and flat.  So I decided to wash my hair everyday.  It was only recently that the thought entered my mind again because of falling hair and having my dreaded *white* hairs.  I honestly can't believe how conscious I have gotten since seeing so many white hairs on my head.  I know I'm aging, but it's one thing that I am so very conscious of - simply because they're baby white hair sticking OUT from my head!  Hahaha.

So I tried the do not wash your hair everyday on a whim.

Can you guess how long I lasted?  Hahaha..

I lasted for three days.  THREE DAYS!  I think I could have gone more than 3 days, but I was too conscious already.  My hair was still soft and not oily on the 3rd day of not washing.  My scalp did not feel itchy at all and my hair and head still felt light.  It was AMAZING really.  I finally found a shampoo that can my scalp and hair *rest* for a few days.

I just used one pump for my medium length hair and followed with a Pantene conditioner as well.  I don't know where it's available elsewhere but for sure in Bangkok there is.  So, if you know of a family member going to Bangkok, ask to buy this for you - price is about PHP350.00 converted.

Globe Bayantel STUPIDITY...

Monday, May 07, 2018

My goodness.  I really dislike it when I need to call the hotline to dispute charges on my bill.  For our Bayantel landline - well, it's now absorbed by Globe - we were charged for a reconnection fee.  And that is for a LANDLINE!  Where the hell did that come from?  I mean, I can understand if it's a reconnection of a Globe handyphone because, well it's part of their so called *service*.  But a landline?  I mean, reconnection fee?  ARE THEY EVEN ALLOWED TO CHARGE THAT??

Okay, so I call the hotline to ask and verify if I really did request for a reconnection.  To be honest, I can't remember - but then since they *record* all of their conversations, might as well ask for the recording right?  If I hear myself asking for a reconnection, I will pay it.  But if I don't hear myself asking for a reconnection, then - they'll need to waive the fee.  So I requested this last April 23, 2018.  I was told that after 48 hours, I would receive feedback.  Note, I will RECEIVE feedback, I asked if I needed to call again and was told that I didn't.

Fast forward to today.  I suddenly remembered it, so I called the hotline and gave the reference number.  This agent I was speaking to was helpful, he said that he saw my complaint but was confused because there was a notation that said the *reconnection fee* was waived, this was made last February.  He wondered why I was even given a reference number about my complaint last April 23, 2018 - when in fact, it should have been resolved right there and then.

STUPIDITY.  My answer to him was simply that.  The agent I spoke to last April 23 was losing some screws that day.  He then makes the effort and tells me that he will make the *necessary adjustment*, but before he can go any further, he needed to verify the account.  He asked me the following questions:

1)  What is my account number?
To which I responded, I don't have it memorized.  I mean in all seriousness who memorizes their account number?!  Strike 1

2)  What is my current plan?
I have been subscribed with Bayantel for years and for a fact, I know there is NO other plan but a residential landline for a residential landline!  I mean, it's not as if it's a mobile phone with different tiered plans!  Strike 2

3)  What is my COMPLETE installation address?
Of course, this I can answer with pride, so I gave it.  But you know what, there was a follow up question.

4)  What is the STREET of the installation address?
Did I hear that question correctly?  I told the person I was speaking to - DIBA KABIBIGAY KO LANG SAYO NG COMPLETE ADDRESS?  Don't tell me hindi mo narinig?  Apparently, he did hear the address - what he meant was WHAT IS THE BARANGAY!  Goodness, pati ba naman iyon nagkamali pa sila ng tanong?

5)  When is the cut off of your bill?
Who remembers this?  I don't - especially for a LANDLINE!  I know by heart my mobile number's cut off - because that meant my free minutes and text messages would be refreshed!  Hahaha.  Strike 3!

6)  When is the activation month and year of the landline?
What kind of a question is this?  It's really really very STUPID.  Would you have an exact recolletion of when your landline service was activated?  Strike 4!

I was so frustrated with the line of questioning, I mean seriously - they're not basic, you need to have all the information on hand with you!  Even if you have the bill, you still won't be able to answer some of the questions?!

Why do these companies make it so hard for us to request for something that they did erroneously??!!

I'm sure the agent is at a loss for an explanation - he was just following the spiel.  His name is Jomark, by the way.  He then tells me that he has already made the adjustment.  BUT I need to wait for two (2) billing cycles before the waived fee will be reflected.


Why the hell do I need to wait for two billing cycles for a refund of a charge that they erroneously put on my account?!  I told him, if that's the case, then I might be disconnected again and again because I failed to pay for the *overdue* that is reflected on my account!?  He fell silent, he said that he can't do anything about it.  So I asked to speak to a supervisor.

And this supervisor tell me the same thing.  BUT with this line *Kung ayaw niyo bayaran....*  I refuse to pay for it?  HELL YEAH I REFUSE TO PAY FOR IT!  Why do I need to pay for a charge that was a mistake to begin with??  I told her to be careful with her words and not to just say them for the sake of saying something.  I hate it when I hear words just being thrown out without even thinking what it means.

So after 1 hour of back and forth, it was resolved.  The solution - my account will have a HOLD for disconnection until the refund is reflected.

Grabe.  1 hour talaga.

Starbucks Grande Wednesday!

Friday, April 27, 2018

ALL Wednesdays of May from 3pm to 6pm, INDULGE yourselves with these grande Starbucks Frapuccino for P100!

Yes, you read that right - P100.00 only!

  BEAT THAT SUMMER HEAT with #StarbucksGrandeWednesday!

On May 2 - Have this delicious Matcha:

On May 9 - have this Almond Frapp

On May 16 - a Strawberry Cupcake!

On May 23 - Butterbeer!!

Last but not the least - May 30, the Candymint!

Enjoy the summer with these Grande Wednesday!

Cleaning my White Ultraboost X

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rubber shoes never appealed to me for the only reason that it looks really - bulky.  I remember being forced to wear one when I travelled as a kid, but as I grew up - I chose different styled shoes.  I settled with sneakers - it's the most comfortable for me at that time.  I wore it on occasion, it was never the first option of footwear for me.  In HS well, since there was PE - I was forced to own sneakers, but then they were just for PE, nothing more and nothing less.

Then, I finally found a footwear that I can walk in all day - Fitflops, but there was a catch, it was a glorified flipflop.  When I travelled to tropical countries, I never had a problem with it.  Then a few years ago, during a trip to London - well, it was rainy and very cold - I felt that my Fitflops were not enough to get me through the trip.  Luckily that time, there was a closed shoe version of the Fitflop.  I thought, it was really meant to be - because it was a loafer type, one that is not bulky.

Fast forward to a few years, this Fitflop loafer needed to be replaced.  I couldn't find the same one in the country, and settled for another style of loafer, and it was in white.  I honestly wasn't very happy - but then when I saw a picture of myself in those white loafers - I realized that it looked really good. It was there and then that I fell in love with the white against my jeans and my outfit and most anything.  It was only in 2015 that I realized what my mom and twin brother have been telling me on white shoes - it's really nice and goes with most anything.

Since then I tried looking for another pair of white shoes.  Any type of shoe to be honest, as long as it's comfortable for walking.  But I couldn't find any that I liked.  I remember my SIL Liza telling me that Adidas Ultraboosts were the most comfortable thing ever.  Well, you know me and rubber shoes, I won't pick nor even give it the time of day EVER.  My Panget has been telling me to get New Balance, but as I said - all rubber shoes for me looked really bulky.  

There was one shoe though, that I saw last 2016 - I saw a co-mom wear it and asked where she got that white pair - it was the Adidas Superstar Slip-Ons.  It was a quest of having to get one.  I thought to myself, now this is the ONLY pair I would buy and wear.  True enough, I bought it and wore it like a uniform.  I have in white, black, coral and grey.  These superstar slip ons have been my staple footwear during all my travels.

But last year, I noticed that I would get tired easily from walking and that I lower back would feel sore.  I assumed maybe it was because the rubber soles getting worn out from all the usage.  I vowed that if I saw a new pair, I would get a new one as back up.  I saw a few pairs, but it didn't appeal to me as much.  So I just put if off.

During my recent trip, I felt really tired after walking for a few hours.  Maybe because of my current condition, but I felt that my Superstar Slip Ons were failing me.  I knew I had to change it or else I wouldn't survive the trip.  My Panget really loves rubber shoes, so every trip would entail having to go inside Adidas and New Balance stores.  On this particular trip - we entered an Adidas store.  I went on the Adidas Originals to look for a replacement superstart slip ons.  But the colors available didn't appeal to me as much.  Since I was so very desperate, I tried on the new rubber shoes called Deerupt - but I felt the sole was too stiff.  I felt so sad honestly and went to the kids.  It was there that I saw the Ultraboost X in white, beige and black.  I was desperate so I asked to try on the white.  I asked for my size and the sales staff was nice enough to bring three (3) pairs of different sizes.  Maybe she thought it would save her the trouble of going back and forth to get the right size - good thinking diba?

So I tried it on and started walking in the store.  OH MY GOD.  It was the most comfortable thing EVER.  I was so amazed that my lower back pain was gone - INSTANTLY.  I think my body felt such a relief that I forgot how tired I was from all the walking I did that day.  Then I tried on the other pair - and my goodness, I was impressed - beyond impressed.  I was SOLD, Ultraboosts are really the most comfortable thing EVER.  Now I had to determine the right size.  I am really choosy on the size, I make sure that the shoe can fit an additional insole just to make it softer, but with the ultraboosts, I didn't need another layer of insole - it was perfect!  I then got half a size bigger - my Panget would always tell me to wiggle my toes first and they did.  You know what - I didn't want to take them off anymore.  I wanted to wear them right there and then.  But the sales staff did not allow, we had to pay for it first and then wear it - so we did.  I swear, it was like all the aches and pains in my lower back and legs were gone in a snap.  It was so wonderful walking in ultraboost.  I am now a believer.

After the trip, this is what my Ultraboost X looked like:

It has become very dirty and stained.  Don't ask me how, but you know how white shoes are - plus I have my kids stepping on my shoes every so often.  My friend Selene would always comment how kawawa my white shoes looked - but that's how it is really with white shoes, right?  So when I got home - I thought, what should I do to clean it?  There was the throw it in the washer method, or the send it to a professional for cleaning, or bring it to my mom's trusty reliable labandera or the clean it myself with my Panget's cleaning arsenal.

I was really tempted to just give it to the labandera.  I spoke to a few friends and they suggested to have it professionally cleaned.  But I was too stubborn to listen.  So what I decided on was to clean it myself - and then if it's really still not clean enough, to send it to a professional.

Since we have the Reshoeven8r and the Jason Markk, I thought - why not the hell try it myself.  I watched Youtube videos on how to use these two products and had it on repeat for a half day.  I made sure I knew what I was doing.  And so I did.  The right shoe, I used Reshoevn8r while the left, I used the Jason Markk.  I brushed and brushed like there was no tomorrow.  But at the end, I felt that the shoes weren't still clean enough.  I still saw some dark stains.  

Then it dawned on me - why not use Grandma's Secret Spot Remover on it?!?! So, I tried and brushed away.  Putting very little product on the dark spots and brushing away.  I was very happy that the dark stains were clearing up.  After brushing and brushing and finally feeling satisfied - I showered the shoe in water.  I did not soak it, I used the telephone shower and showered the shoe.  Then I just placed it on the floor diagonally that night in the shower.  The next morning, it was still wet, I then decided to put it under the sun to dry for a few hours.

And you know what happened?  THIS happened:


It was like new!  I swear, it was so white that I was amazed that I was able to clean it up properly.  If you notice, it's not 100% back to normal white, but it's good enough.  I mean for all of my efforts in brushing and applying product on it - this was the end result.  I was ecstatic!  I didn't need to bring it to a professional - I can now clean it by myself, in my own home!  Yahoooo!!

So what are the products that I used?  Well, it's a cocktail of products really.  And here they are:

I have to say though - my favorite still has to be Grandma's Secret Spot Remover.  I feel that it was that product that helped clean the shoe even more.  The spot remover is concentrate and very little product is needed to make it sudsy.  The brush though, has to be the star of the show - it was able to successfully take out the stains and dirt easily.

So there.  I was so happy I was able to clean it through that I joked that I can now open a shoe cleaning shop.  Well, the only product that I will take on are white rubber shoes.  Hahaha!!