SATC Tour in NY

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The last time I was in New York (which is like 7 years ago), I wanted to join one of the TV Show tour of my favorite TV Series Sex and the City. But I did not know that tickets to this tour ran out fast so it was all sold out when I was already trying to buy tickets.

So what my husband did to make me happy was he bought me the Sex and The City book and we tried to locate some of the famous spots in New York that was used in the show. Of course, since we are not familiar with New York and it is one big city, we were only successfully able to locate two spots – the one in Central Park where Aidan and Carrie had a moment when Aidan figured out that Carrie is not ready to marry him and the street where Aidan proposed.

And since we are coming back to the Big Apple, I wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to join the Sex and the City Tour. I checked the website of and this are the tour highlights of the Sex and the City Tour:

• Stop at “Scout,” the bar owned by Aidan
• Enjoy cupcakes like Carrie and Miranda
• Sightsee the trendy Meatpacking District where Samantha settled
• See the art gallery in SoHo where Charlotte worked
• Shop at the hottest boutiques & stores in Greenwich Village
• Visit Buddakan, site of Carrie and Big’s wedding rehearsal dinner
• Reminisce on the 80's flashback scene from Sex and the City 2

The tour is will take around 3.5 hours and costs $42 per person. I spoke with my friend who will be in New York too and we agreed to join the tour on May 19. Excited much!!

Tips when Shopping Online and Use of Coupon Code

Online shopping is on the rise today. This is not surprising since buying online is more practical than shopping with your own hands. It is irrefutable that you could find books or clothes online which you could not find in a local bookstore or a clothing boutique. It gets rid of the hassle of going outside just for the purpose of buying. Shopping online is perfect for those who have hectic schedules, and those who do not have plenty of time in their hands. Plus, there is a wide variety of online stores which you could buy from. With just a few clicks, you could buy anything you want—be it chic clothing, used books or even appliances. Online shopping undoubtedly makes shopping easier and more convenient.

Here are a few tips to make your shopping experience better and safer. Try consulting them before doing a few clicks on shopping websites online.

Be secure. The preferred method of payment online is plastic. Take in mind that your credit card number doesn’t change, and once your credit card information can be compromised once it falls in the wrong hands. Follow some safety measures and check if the website is secure or not (Rule of thumb: secure sites begin with https:// and have a tiny padlock icon in the address bar)

Read the thin print. Even though it might seem tedious to read the privacy policies, it would definitely make shopping safer. Check what information the seller would be gathering and how it would be used. Also, check out return, refund, and shipping and handling policies to make .

Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable in buying a certain item online, or if you feel pressured placing orders right away, maybe you should opt not to.

Use coupon codes. Before clicking the ‘add to cart’ button, you should consider looking for coupon codes so you could avail special discounts in what you’re buying. There is a great deal of coupon codes and discounts in thousands of online stores—from clothing stores like Gap and Old Navy to shoes to diet programs like Diet to Go and Bistro MD and even sporting goods. There are savings promo code for every store you could imagine.

Double check. Be a smart shopper; don’t forget to double check the prices. Sometimes there are other websites that are offering lower prices for that item, for the same condition. However, be suspicious of items that have prices that are way too low and may look too good to be true. You might be paying extra fees, so keep an eye on those.

Plan ahead. The only disadvantage of online shopping is waiting for your order to be shipped. The earlier you purchase, there is a better chance it will arrive on time. To cut down on shipping fees, consider ordering many items from a single retailer. This way, you will just be charged with one shipping fee.

Inspect the items. Once you’ve received them, check if they have any defects. Contact the seller as soon as possible, and ask for a repair or refund. You should not be expected to pay any return fee.

Keeping in mind these simple tips that are easy to do, you could save a lot and could make online shopping safer for you.

AbieL is the author of this article and she works as a content writer for WeightLossTriumph. WeightLossTriumph is a diet blog which discuss topics on weight loss programs, meal delivery, discounts and coupons for Diet to Go and Bistro MD and many more. Check out WeightLossTriumph to get diet to go promo codes and Bistro md specials.

Outlet Shopping

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One of the things that I am so excited about this US trip is our planned visit to outlet stores in Los Angeles and New York. I have been viewing the videos from the site of Premium Outlet store using VLC Media player and I got really excited as they have a lot of great brands (I just wish though that I have more shopping money. LOL).

Actually I am planning to buy stuff that I can sell here in Manila. It is actually the idea of my friend and so I told her that I will take lots of pictures of the items that I will see in the Outlet store, zip it using 7Zip so I can share it through XChat IRC so my friend can help me decide on the items that I will be buying for our small business.

My friend just watched the videos using Xvid Player from the Premium Outlet store website and she agreed that there are a lot of potential stores where we can shop.

So I told her to always keep her Fire Fox browser open so she can watch out for my online messages as I do my shopping for our small racket.

Shopping for Jacket

Monday, April 25, 2011

I checked the weather in New York for this week and I was surprised when I found out that it is still 7 degrees Celsius there. This temperature is so cold already for somebody who came from a tropical country. LOL.

So I panicked since I don’t have any nice jacket that I can bring for the trip. My one and only jacket is a white hoodie that I bought several years ago and I don’t think it will be that thick enough to protect me from the cold weather in New York and Toronto.

So hubby and I went to Surplus Shop in SM San Lazaro and I was so lucky as I was able to snag some good buys like this:

This is not the actual Zara Trench Coat that I bought as mine went straight to the laundry. I bought at a fraction of a price if I will buy it in stores. I also was able to buy knitted A&F jackets and another trench coat (forgot the brand) for my mom.

Picture snagged from iOffer website.

Could Have Been their 1st

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Howell and Bela signed up for the marathon organized by DZMM held last month. They are so ready for the event already: they have the uniforms which were given to them when they signed up, I even bought Howell an aircast a60 ankle support and a new rubber shoes.

Unfortunately, they were not able to join as Cobi was sick that time. It would have been nice if Bela was able to experience joining a marathon even if for sure, she will not be able to finish it. Bela was actually excited about it when Howell was telling her what will happen during the event.

But for sure there will be more marathons that she and her dad can join. They can just practice for the mean time so they will be in tip-top shape, next time they will join a marathon together.

Be Careful when Taking Topamax, Actos, Etc

Friday, April 22, 2011

When I have a headache, it is just so terrible that a simple paracetamol like Biogesic will no longer work for me. I think this is not just ordinary headache and it could be migraine. But I know I shouldn’t self-prescribe and I have to consult a doctor first before taking any medicine to be safe.

I was just checking some things in the Internet and my attention got caught when I read about a medicine to cure migraine, which they say can be dangerous to pregnant women as it can cause problems to the child like the cleft lip condition.

As I did further reading, I learned that there are other drugs too that can cause side effects like increasing the risk of bladder cancer, which is caused by Actos, a drug use to treat Type II diabetes.

There are some who had experience these problems and they filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer with the help of actos cancer attorneys of Watts Guerra Craft LLP who are experts when it comes to pharmaceutical cases like this.

These types of cases involve complex proceedings so it is important that victims consult lawyers like Watts Guerra Craft LLP who has the knowledge and expertise to win the lawsuit.

Friday is Shopping Day

I get off from work early every Friday (one of the perks that I enjoy from my current company where I work with). So after office, I went straight to where else, 168 and Tutuban, my shopping haven.

I need to buy new blouses that I can wear for our upcoming vacation as all my shirts and blouses no longer fits me anymore. I first went to 168 as I saw a store when we last went there that sells cute pants and tees. I only check out 3 stores in 168 and I end up just buying two blouses from there and then I went to Tutuban after.

This is where I usually shop so I am quite familiar with the stores here so I was able to shop more comfortably here without the fear of getting lost. LOL. I went inside one store where I ended up buying more than 7 blouses from them.

I made a list and my wardrobe is almost complete. So this coming Friday, it will be my mom’s turn to shop for her clothes.


I am so happy because my sideline is starting to pick up again. I am so busy though this long weekend because I have tons of work to finish but I am just so grateful, because more work for me means that I have a bigger chance to meet my monthly quota.

It has been a slow month since January that I always did not meet the monthly quota that I need to pay for our household expenses. But looks like business is starting to pick up again starting this month.

I hope it will continue be like this as I really need the extra money so we can buy stuff for the new house. We will be moving in by June and I really wanted to get a new sala set and sferra sheets. We can just use our old appliances such as the TV, refrigerator, aircon, stove, etc and when we have extra money in the future then that is the only time we will replace it.

Another great blessing and I am really thankful.

Crestor Victims

Have you heard of the medicine called Crestor? This medicine is used to treat high cholestrerol but be careful when taking this medicine as it has been proven to increse the risk of heart attacks and heart failures.

Just watch this video about Crestor lawsuit in You Tube and you will be alarmed of the side effects of this medicine. FDA has even ordered to pull this medicine from the market as it is not safe for use. I have been doing some research and there are victims of this medicine that filed Crestor lawsuit already as they believe that they can make the makers of Crestor pay for the personal injury that this medicine has caused them.

Thankfully, for the victims, they can rely on the services of O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath to help them with their personal injury case.

A personal injury case is a very complex process that is why it is very important to have a good lawyer with experience and expertise in personal injury to help them win the case.

Posh Pocket Shoes

Last Saturday after Bela and Cobi’s swimming class, I was able to convince my husband to take us to Rockwell so we can catch the on-going bazaar there that weekend. My actual target store in that bazaar was Posh Pocket Shoes.

Ever since I saw their cute shoes in their Facebook page, I never stopped visiting their page regularly to take a glimpse of their collections. And since I will really need comfy shoes for our upcoming vacation, I decided to place my order with them by filling up their order form. After a week, I did not hear anything from them even after I texted the owner so I decided to just visit them during the bazaar as I can’t wait any longer to own my first pair of Posh Shoes.

I am glad that we went to the bazaar because at least I was able to try the shoes on for accurate size measurement. From their site, I am only a size 6 based on the length of my shoes in cm but the size that fits me comfortably is size 7.5.

I bought the Cali Slip on Leather in Brown and the Caddy flats in red.

My Posh Pocket Shoes

I can’t wait to break in my new Posh Pocket shoes.And by the way, thanks to my sponsor (dear husband) for buying me these cute shoes.

Five Powerful Tips in Losing Weight

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Did you know that 97.1 million American adults are overweight? This means that approximately 1 in every 3 people needs to watch out for their diet.

Concerns on being overweight are not just about beauty and aesthetics as being obese and overweight pose some health risks too. Among these includes:

Heart disease and high blood pressure. One of the leading causes of death in the United States is heart disease brought about by being overweight.
Diabetes. Next to heart disease, diabetes is another common disease caused by being overweight and diabetes can bring a lot of other complications like stroke, early blindness, and kidney disease, among others.
Cancer. Some of us may not know about it, but being overweight can also lead to cancer. Common cancers caused by being overweight include cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, cervix, ovary, breast, and colon, rectum, and prostate cancer.

Losing weight can’t be done overnight and there is really no easy way to lose those excess pounds. But it has to start with a change in lifestyle and good eating habits. So here are a few suggestions on how one can start losing weight and start living a healthy life:

1. Avoid eating junk food. Junk foods are one of those pleasure foods that are so hard to resist. Imagine: burgers, pizza, chips, sodas, French fries. But you have to know how unhealthy these foods are and how much calories it contains. Avoiding junk foods is already one big step in losing weight.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. Water is good for the body as it help flush toxins and fat, thus promoting weight loss.
3. Exercise. 15 to 30 minutes of cardio work out or just brisk walking everyday is a big help in losing those excess fats and burning those calories.
4. Take small frequent meals. Some will try to starve themselves but will end up gaining more pounds in the long run after they rebounded and go back to their old eating pattern.

That is why it is suggested that when on a diet, try to take small, frequent meals as this will help you maintain a balanced calorie intake enough to last you throughout the day. By having a balanced food intake, it will be less likely that you will over eat when you feel hungry.

5. Doctors also suggest trying out diet meal programs like Medifast and Nutrisystem. What makes this diet program different from other weight loss program out in the market is that it is highly recommended by doctors. There are no pills to take, or exercise routine to accomplish. This diet program, which you can avail by using coupon codes, delivers door to door well proportioned meals that are high in fiber and low in fat so it is very easy to maintain and follow. They are even more affordable than eating out especially if you use coupon discount to avail this program. With savings promo code, you only have to pay $11 for 4 meals of effective diet program per day.

Losing weight is not just about feeling sexy and beautiful. It is also a sign that you love your self as you would want to watch for your health. By following some of these tips, you are already one step closer in achieving you goal of living a healthy life.

Abie is a professional blogger and she writes about different topics including articles about weight loss program. Her current project is content writing for a diet blog which offers coupons and discounts for Medifast diet and Nutrisystem, two meal replacement programs. Check out the diet blog, Weight Loss Triumph, if you wish to find discount offers or coupons for Nutrisystem and April coupon code for Medifast.

Live Writer–My New Blogging Tool

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I need to work on the article that I need to finish today which is about maritime injury but before I start with my research, I just want to rave here first about my new discovery which can be a big help for my blogging, Windows Live Writer.
I heard about it from my online friends before but I thought it is for Word Press blogs only. Good thing somebody shared her experience with Live Writer for her Blogger hosted blogs and so I decided to download and try it on yesterday.
Why didn’t I discover this cool piece of software before? It is like working in a MS Word document. I can add as many blogs as I like even from different platforms and different accounts. I just have to toggle between blogs and the theme and format of blog reflects on the blank page where I can directly write my posts. Uploading pictures and videos is also a breeze as there is a wizard that I can use to easily upload multimedia files. Even editing the pictures like resizing it, putting borders and even watermark is very easy too as there is a tool available in Live Writer to do those.
Now it will be easier for me to update my multiple blogs.

TOMS: One for One

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I donated to charity today. That is because I ordered three pairs of shoes from Toms. I got one for Cobi, one for Bela and one for me which is what we will use for our upcoming vacation.

They say that Toms are really comfy and perfect for walking which is what we will be doing during our vacation so we need a nice shoe that will relax our feet (at least it can help).

I was supposed to order the Pink Sparkles for Bela but they ran out of stocks already and they will not be reproducing that color so I end up buying the Silver Sparkles for her. At least the color is neutral so it won’t be difficult to pair it, with the clothes that I will bring for Bela for this trip.

For Cobi, I got the Navy Tiny Toms.

And I got the Black Stoned Wash for moi.

With every shoe I purchase, Toms will donate a pair of shoes for a child in need. So aside from getting a nice pair of comfy shoes for us, we were able to do some charitable works too with a purchase of Toms Shoes.

Clothing4all: The Best Clothes It All Store

Because of the economic recession, things have been though on my friend’s restaurant business. She has to do all means to economize so they can keep up and save the restaurant despite the bad economy.

One of the things that she thinks will help in saving money for her business is cutting down her overhead cost and she can do this by looking for an affordable store that sells womens chef coats so she can save on the uniform costs for her staff.

And she is just so grateful in finding the site of Clothing4all. Clothing4all is a clothes it all online store as they sell all kinds of clothes and apparel at very affordable price. They have jeans, blouses, jackets, ties, blazers, bags, totes and even housekeeping dresses and chef coats.

Aside from being clothes it all store, they offer great benefits to their customers as they have rewards point system where customers can earn 100 points for every $1 of product purchased.

My friend is really thankful that there are online stores like Clothing4all that sells not just affordable but fashionable and high quality products. Now my friend never have to worry about the uniform for her staff which is one thing that can help in saving her restaurant in today’s trying economy.

On Her Special Day

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yay, it is mom’s birthday on the 6th and my bad, because I haven’t bought anything as our gift for her special day.

I am actually low on funds now as we only have a month left before our US trip so I have been shopping for the things that we need to bring for our vacation so my credit card is always max out. But since my mom is coming with us for our vacation and I know that this is a dream come true for her (I know she never imagined that one day, she can set foot in Canada and USA), I am thinking to just print the tickets for the plane, bus and tour packages that I booked and this can be our present for my mom. LOL.

I know this will be a post birthday present as our vacation is still a month from now so I am thinking to at least get her a little something on her special day and I am thinking to order cheap flowers online. My mom loves flowers so I am sure this will never fail to put a smile on my mom’s face.