My Aliexpress Experience – Shipment to Philippines

First, let me share with you my shipping FAQs when ordering abroad.

Below are the answers for Aliexpress.

Will my item arrive and in good condition?
Yes!

Will I pay for custom fees?
Possible. It will depend on the cost of your purchased item.

Will it be door to door delivery?
If you chose the free shipping (China registered air mail), no! You will have to claim it in your municipality post office. And pay an additional 112php (as of Dec 2015)!!!

Ok, enough of my tiny FAQs hehehe!

When you order from Aliexpress, you have an option for “FREE SHIPPING”, usually via China Registered Airmail. If you chose this, your item will be delivered to your municipality post office (not door to door)! Well in my case.

For my item, I got the claim letter from the post office 20 days after Aliexpress confirmed my payment.
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Then on the same day, I claimed my item.
They only asked me for my ID. Then asked me to log on their log book!

I paid 112 pesos for the post office fee!!!! Arghhhhh… before it was just 50 pesos… then became 100… then 112 because they added VAT😐

Below are my ordered items! Alive and kicking! LOL
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Spectra 3 Breast Pump Review (After 1 Year of Use)

This is a review on Spectra 3 Breast Pump.

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I’ve been using Spectra 3 Breast Pump for quite some time now, and I’m very HAPPY with it!

On my first baby:
1 1/2 years, thrice a day, for 15 minutes

On my second baby (current):
2 months, once a day, for 15 minutes

Annnddddd it is still working properly! Whew! I plan to still use this when I go back to work!

I bought it from Babymama for 4,900 pesos only!

Below are my Pros and Cons.

Pros
– Easy to setup
– Easy to clean
– The machine is heavy so it will not trip easily
– it does its job, compared to my avent single electric pump, I can get more milk with Spectra 3 in much lesser time
– affordable! At 4,900 pesos, you can have double electric breast pump!
– adjustable suction

Cons
– heavy (you cannot bring it with you when your on the go, unless you want to tone your arms LOL)
– at some point, some milk are stuck in the short tubing (the tube near the breastkit), I’m not sure why😦
– dirt  accumulates in the surface of the tubes, maybe because of it’s velvety texture?

Recommendation:
This is good for moms who will soon be “pumping moms” (hahahaahha!) and want to save since it affordable, and it does its job!

October 2015 Events for Mommies and Expecting Moms!

Hello mommies! I summarized various October 2015 events for your convenience! Enjoy!

Calendar

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October 13, 2015

Kwentong Kababaihan: Pagbubuntis, Panganganak at Pagpapasuso
Trinoma Family Lounge
5:30 – 8:00 PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: 150 per mom (Register here)

Details here

October 17, 2015

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World
Samsung Hall SMX Aura/ SMX Convention Center
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: 1,200 per person

Details here

October 17-18, 2015

Momzilla
Rockwell Tent
11:00AM – 9:00PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: Free

Details here

 

October 24, 2015

The Circus comes to Shang (The Shang Halloween Party 2015)
Edsa Shangri-la Mall
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: 550 per child

Details here

100% Wholemom Workshop
BGC/Makati
1:00 – 4:00PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: 1,500

Details here

Pregnant Pause
F1 Hotel Manila
1:00 – 4:00PM
Entrance/Registration Fee: Free (but pre-registration is a must)

Details here

How to Register to Sun Life Online System (Philippines)

This post shows you how to register to Sun Life Online System, the SunLink Online.

Before you can view your investments from Sun Life, you need to register first to SunLink online. Below are the steps.

Step 1: Go to http://www.sunlife.com.ph

Step 2: From the “Quick Links:” (right portion of the web page), click “SunLink Online” from the drop down box and click “Go” button.
Sun Life Home Page
* You will be redirected to the SunLink Online login page.

Step 3: In the Login page, click “here” link from “Don’t have SunLink account? Click here to register”
SunLink Online Login Page
* You will be redirected to the “Terms and Conditions” page.

Step 4: Read the “Terms and Conditions” page, and click “I Agree” button at the bottom part of the page.
Terms and Conditions
* You will be redirected to “My Personal Page”

Step 5: Fill-up the form accordingly
My Personal Page
Notes:

    Check the “Policy Records” checkbox
    For VUL, input your policy number and birth place in the “Life Policy Information” section (ignore “Pre Need Information” and “Mutual Fund Information”).

VUL Information
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Step 6. Click “Submit” button.

 

After the registration, you will receive an e-mail from Sun Life.

Then you can now access your Sun Link Online using your registered username and password🙂

 

4 Paraan para maiwasan ang magnanakaw na tawagain natin sa pangalang “Silent Thief”

Kilala niyo ba si “Silent Thief”? Nabalitaan niyo na ba siya sa TV Patrol? Sa CNN kaya? E sa Bloomberg? E sa kapitbahay niyo na alam ang lahat?

Kung hindi niyo pa sa nababalitaan si “Silent Thief”. Baka mas makilala niyo siya sa pangalang “Inflation”.
Ano nga ba ang inflation? Eto ba yung kapag tina-try mo i-inflate ang isang lobo, ang tawag sa ginagawa mo ay “inflation”? Tama, pero hindi yan ang tinutukoy ko na “Silent Thief”!

Ang aking tinutukoy ay yung “Inflation” sa economics. Eto ay yung pag taas ng presyo at pag bagsak ng value ng pera natin.
Ang Inflation rate natin ay sabihin na nating 4% per year*1. So kung meron kang 100,000 pesos sa banko last year, this year bumaba na yan ng 4%! Physically 100,000 pesos pa din yan kahit bilagin mo pa, pero yung value ay naging 96,000 pesos nalang! Nasaan na napunta ang 4,000 pesos mo? Ayun! Kinuha na ni “Silent Thief”!

Si

E magbigay nga sa pulubi ayaw mo. Ni piso nga lang na kulang ng officemate mo sa iyo e nanggagalaiti ka na. Pero si “Silent Thief” hinahayaan mong kuhanan ka ng 4,000 pesos! E nakakain ka na sana sa Vikings araw-araw for one week!

Bakit mo hinahayaan manakawan ni “Silent Thief”?

Hindi na mawawala si “Silent Thief”, nandiyan na yan. Pero pwede natin siyang labanan.

Eto ang mga paraan:

4 na paraan
1) Babaan ang Life Style kada Taon
Kung Venti na StarBucks Dark Mocha Frapuccino ang inoorder mo, gawin mo nalang yang Tall. Or mag hot beverage ka , para may mas maliit, yung short ang orderin mo.
Kung kumakain ka ng 2cups of rice kada meal, gawin mo nalang 1/2 cup of rice (Actually pwede mo gawing diet plan ang inflation :p). So, dadating din ang araw na hindi ka na kakain ng kanin dahil sobrang mahal na nito :p

2) Galingan sa Trabaho para ma-promote!
Kung Junior Software Engineer ka ngayon, dapat next year Senior Software Engineer ka na! Kailangan mo mag OT ng mag OT ng mag OT. Alisin mo ang social life mo! Wag ka kumain ng tama (Sorry na carried ayaw, wala po akong pinag huhugutan, nakwento lang po saakin yan).
Kapag tumaas ang posisyon mo, tiyak, tataas din ang sweldo mo!

3) Time Deposit
Kapag nag time deposit ka, pwede kang makakuha ng hanggang 2% na pag taas sa pera na nilaan mo. So kung may 100,000 pesos ko, madadagdagan ka ng 2,000 pesos. Not bad! 2,000 nalang ang ninakaw ni “Silent Thief” sa iyo! Hindi mo na masiyadong kailangan babaan ang life style mo o kaya magpagod sa trabaho.

4) Investments
Minsan kapag nakakarinig tayo ng investment, iniisip natin malaking pera kaagad ang ilalabas natin. Minsan naman, iba ang trato natin sa Investment. Katulad ng iPhone. Minsan may excuse tayo na, “Ay kailangan ko na mag upgrade ng iPhone, investment din ito, mas mabilis na ang bagong iPhone, mas magiging efficient ako”, kung saan ka man magiging efficient e hindi ko na alam.
Ang Investment o Investing ay isang paraan para lumago ang ating pera, magka-profit kung baga. Hindi natin palagi kailangang mag labas ng malaking halaga para makapag-invest tayo.
Sa investment, pwedeng lumago ang ating pera at malabanan si “Silent Thief”. Paano?
Maraming paraan para makapag invest.
Pwede ka mag-invest sa business.
Pwede ka din mag lagay sa bonds or stocks**. Hindi man ito guaranteed, pero malaking malaki ang potential** na tumaas ang pera na nilaan mo dito.
Maraming kumpanya ang nag-ooffer nito.

Kung gusto mo pa malaman ang ibang impormasyon. Fill-upan lang ang form na nasa baba.
Kapit kamay tayong labanan si “Silent Thief”. Yahoo!!!


*1 http://www.bsp.gov.ph/downloads/Publications/2014/IR3qtr_2014.pdf

Planner 2015: Hindi pa Huli ang Lahat

February 2015 na, wala ka pa ding planner?! O eto , check mo. Ewan ko nalang kung hindi ka pa makapili!!!! Rawr!

1. Startbucks 2015 planner

Starbucks 2015 Planner

Ref: From Starbucks Philippines Website.

Price:

Since tapos na ang pag collect ng stickers sa starbucks, wala ka ng chance na makuha ito ng libre. Pwera nalang kung may mabait ka na kaibigan na magbibigay sa iyo nito. Kung wala ka namang mabait na kabaibigan na magbibigay sa iyo ng planner, bili ka nalang sa olx.com.ph sa halagang 2,500 pesos!

2. Moleskine 2015 Planner

Moleskine 2015 Planner

REf: From Moleskine Website

Price:

19.95 USD or 885.13Php kung ang exchange rate ay 44.37 (napansin mo ba na bumaba ang dollars? OO! tama ang napansin mo kasi sabi sa news lumakas daw ang peso hehehehe).

Meron din pala nito sa National Bookstore😛

3. Hobonchi 2015 Planner

Hobonichi Planner 2015

Ref: From Hobonichi Japan Website

Price:

3,780jpy or 1418.66php kung ang exchange rate ay 0.38😐 (ang baba ng yen😦 ) hahaha !

4. Filoflax 2015 Planner

Filofax 2015 PLanner

Ref: Filofax Website

Price:

52usd or 2305.94php kung ang exchange rate ay 44.34 (tama magkaiba ang exchange rate ko compared sa Moleskine, kasi magkaibang araw ko ito sinulat🙂 )

[SOLVED!] Service Unavailable HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

ISSUE: 

Service Unavailable HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

CAUSE: 

I changed the password of my PC and the Identity of one of my Application Pool is set my PC account.

HOW TO SOLVE:

Enter again the correct password to the Application Pool’s Identity.

 

Service Unavailable HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

 

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MY STORY:

My seatmate told me that I need to deploy some web app to my local IIS for. Little that I know of, my IIS is not working!!! These are the items that I checked to solve this issue.

  • Check if IIS services is started (Open IIS, check in Action Pane if Restart is enabled) – OK
  • Check if Web sites is started (Open IIS, check in Connections Pane, Sites -> Default Web Site is started) – OK
  • Check if Application Pools is started ———- AHA!

Soooooo….. My Application Pool is not started. So I started it.

But still , error occurs. And I checked again the Application Pool if it is started, but it was automatically stops😦

Then I remembered that the Identity for that Application Pool is set to a specific PC user and I changed the password of that user.

Soooooo… I just updated the password, then walah ! It now works!! HAHAHAH ! bow.