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Online Shopping 101: How Do You Buy from a Lazada Link?

Okay, a couple of days ago we talked of simple facts about online shopping and how does one go about it. Today, we would be delving into ‘how to’ buy from a link you see floating on your screen — like Lazada, a renown online ‘shopping mall’. So, stay with me.

Let’s say while you were updating your social media accounts you noticed an interesting item sold at Lazada, well, don’t hesitate..

CLICK THIS IMAGE to shop and take note of the delivery options to the right
After filling out the delivery options, check out its changes and follow the process below

JUST CLICK THE LINK

Because of the brief outline accompanying the link, you already have an idea of what the product is all about. But just an ‘idea’ is different from a full description, so just click the link and find out more about the product. Worry not, this stage is still free of charge!

But before we continue, let’s use a different item instead.

Say, the above is the item that appeared after clicking the link. It’s in fact similar to our first photo, I mean the structure. Except that here, the buyer didn’t immediately fill out the delivery options to the right.

Instead, after checking out the product info and its availability, the buyer then clicked ADD TO CART. And the screen below appeared.

CONFIRM SHOPPING CART

Now check the cart details. Click on how many of it do you want — or the quantity, that is. If you still want to buy other products then click ‘continue shopping’ (which is to the left); otherwise, if you are done shopping then click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.

This is the screen that would appear after ‘proceed to checkout’ is clicked

KEY-IN YOUR EMAIL

An entity would not know how to get in touch with you if you don’t leave any contact details, right? So, keying in your email address on that blank bar would open up your end for notifications.

Still here, you got 2 options: (1) ‘continue without password’ and just sign in with your social media account, or (2) click ‘I already have an account’, choosing on this would require you to log in by entering your password which is actually much better if you plan to go online shopping not just once but every now and then — as Lazada would then use your ‘stored’ delivery info to speed up the process.

Provide shipping information to the left

PROVIDE DELIVERY INFO

Upon continuing, here’s when you provide info such as your shipping address and phone number, after all, how could they send it to you without a ‘drop-off’ information? Or how could they notify you if there’s no phone number? Yep, and especially useful for issues.

Just make sure you check out the ‘shipping fee’ because there could be some if you ordered ‘bulky’ items. Otherwise, ‘standard’ delivery is FREE. Now, if you’re done then click CONTINUE.

Choose your payment then review your order and delivery info at the right side

CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT

An array of payment options would then appear on your screen after clicking ‘continue’. So, just click on which one you would prefer.

Now this is optional: If you have a ‘voucher’, you could then enter its ‘code’ and click ‘apply here’. Yes, it’s for discounts. If successful, the price would then be adjusted accordingly. But before proceeding, review your ‘order summary’ and ‘delivery information’. Correct? Then click on PLACE YOUR ORDER to finalize your purchase.

 

ORDER CONFIRMATION RECEIPT

After finalizing your purchase with ‘place your order’, you would then receive an order confirmation. By the way, take note of your ‘order number’ for future order tracking. This confirmation would also be sent to you via email and SMS. So, make sure you filled out your correct details. Read. Read. Read.

Ready? Shop Now!

9 Common Summer Diseases and Precautions

It’s juuust about summer, yep, even if it rains once in a while — it’s still hot, ohh, hotter! Anyway, while many are excited about vacationing and spending their days under the sun, be careful. It’s better to know your body’s limits and take some precautions.

Here now are the most common summer diseases in the Philippines.

SORE EYES 

Sore eyes (Photo: firmoo)

Although this ‘reddening of the eyes’ also infects adults, this is especially common in children mainly because of the less than hygienic nature of kids mixed with the warmer than usual temperature and an abode that is more frequented not only by people but dust and dirt.

Oh by the way, did you know that if ‘sore eyes’ are mistreated that it could lead to blindness? Seriously. Thus, this summer make sure you wash your hands more often to lessen the risk of infection.

SUNBURN 

Sunburn (Photo: mommyish)

Obviously with our excitement to go swimming and cool off our buuurning bodies, we tend to overdo it. Result. More than just a red skin but a sunburn. Mind you, know what exposure to UV rays bring to our health? Skin cancer. So, it’d be good to start putting sunscreen 30 minutes before going under the sun.

HEAT STROKE 

Heat Stroke (Photo: First Aid for Free)

Now speaking of ‘going under the sun’, remember, the hottest time of the day is between 10AM to 2PM. Therefore, try to stay in shades or cooler places during this time. Hydrate yourself by drinking more than just 8 glasses of water the whole day. Hey, 8 glasses is just a year-round average — which should naturally be increased during summer!

Also, try to always use umbrellas or hats whenever you go out. That would help against dehydration and heat stroke.

COUGH AND COLDS 

Cough and colds (Photo: World News)

Because of the changing weather (which at times rain despite summer), we are more prone to cough and colds; and so, it would be good if we could have more fruits and veggies in our diet to strengthen our immune system. Yup, not just water.

Otherwise, don’t miss out on your vitamin C and D supplements.

FLU 

Flu (Photo: 91healthcap)

Worse case scenario, you could get bedridden with a flu should you take your cough and colds for granted — and thus miss out on some bonding moments with family and friends. Hmm…

So. Drink. Drink. Drink. Water. More water. To up your immunity to the next level. And don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth whenever you cough or sneeze. Hey, can’t just bring another summer-excited soul to sick bay with you!

SKIN DISEASE 

Prickly heat (Photo: herbal care product)

Prickly heat. Rashes. Boils. Actually, these are the result of not just a hot weather but of improper hygiene. Try to regularly bathe everyday. Wear clean and dry clothes. And when you go swimming, make sure that you take a shower before and after dipping in the pool — especially if you’re not sure of the pool’s maintenance.

And of course, don’t add to its dirt by peeing in it. Okay? There are bathers who may have a weaker immune system, you know.

DIARRHEA 

Diarrhea (Photo: skymet weather)

While we may enjoy eating street food, summer is the time to be especially careful on this indulgence. The weather is hot, and at times, unusually hot thus food could spoil faster than usual — particularly those ‘already cooked’ food that we buy, or that even we ourselves have prepared for our summer escapades. See? Even if we made them ourselves!

Worse, some may even be contaminated for whatever reason. So, if not careful, you’d spend more time on the ‘bowl’ than at the beach.

Food poisoning (Photo: News Flash)

FOOD POISONING

Okay, the ‘bowl’ may be a much better place than the hospital which could be due to a summer breakdown like food poisoning. So careful.

RABIES 

Rabies (Photo: vital animal)

Especially for non-native English speakers, have you ever wondered what ‘dog days’ mean? Hottest time of the year. Summer. And this term is referred to because dogs usually breathe harder with their tongues out during hot days — that’s why it’s called ‘dog days’!

And during ‘dog days’, these creatures are particularly ‘hot-headed’. Yeah, meaning irritable since it’s hot. Thus, be sure to always give them water and bathe them regularly. Rabies can be fatal. So for assurance, have ’em vaccinated as well. Give ’em all the care they deserve. They too want to feel comfortable, and us, safe.

In the end, what’s the use of summer if we can’t all have fun?!

Simple Facts about Online Shopping

So, online shopping has become more and more popular around the world, eh — what with internet access to most everyone in the planet??! Still, many are either scared or overwhelmed by it; well, let’s then get a quick diagnosis on why such a feeling.

SCARY?

There’s actually a basis for this thought, I mean, being scared and stuff. For one, you’d be kinda paying online (unless they offer C.O.D. or cash on delivery) — like giving your credit card or account details! So it’s understandable. Then again, your peace of mind could come from ‘whom’ you are actually buying from.

And track record has something to do with this idea which especially includes ‘consumer experience’. Like, if the seller has an ‘inexcusable’ record of not being able to deliver on what they have promised then that’s a warning sign. See, legitimacy is more than just having ’em business papers — it’s first and foremost about the ‘experience’.

Anyhow, other revealing signs would also include the size of the company, otherwise, its years of existence. This would tell us if they are just a ‘fly-by-night’ establishment, or a company that would not run away with your money. Such companies have online security protection and you would just have to follow their procedures.

OVERWHELMING?

Now, speaking of ‘procedures’. One who is past the ‘scared’ stage might be in the ‘overwhelmed’ stage, you know. Like, since he is already aware of the seller’s legitimacy, he must then be eager to already purchase. Right?

Problem is.. Money. Ow, that’s a big one. Can’t be overwhelmed without money but depressed. Hehe.

Kidding aside, if money is not an issue then it must be technology. Perhaps the buyer has not tried ‘online shopping’ yet, and so, he’s overwhelmed on what to do — on how to do it without probably getting embarrassed, or making a mistake.

If that’s the case, here are his options: (1) Call or send a message to the seller for guidance. (2) If he wants independent action then do a search on the sellers’ online process. (3) Otherwise, carefully read what’s on the screen and especially take note of the delivery and payment procedures — if it suits him then he should follow ’em.

READY TO BUY?!

Once you are past the ‘overwhelmed stage’ — that only means, you already got an idea on how to shop online. Yes? Wow, this could be addictive. Hey, can you imagine the number of products available?? Thousands! And good quality at that! Besides, not only is online shopping convenient that you don’t need to leave your house, it’s also delivered at your doorstep!

Isn’t that cool?!! SHOP NOW!

Consumer Info: The Confirmed Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

From honey to lemon to green tea to baking soda.. Another one of ’em vital health drinks is the Apple Cider Vinegar.

Of course, even apple by-products are healthy; so, then let’s check out ACV’s proven facts..

Skin. Digestion. Nutrient absorption. Well, even without science, you’d already have an idea about ’em. Like since it’s made of apple, a lovelier skin would be a given in its consumption. And with its sourness, better digestion and nutrient absorption would be like common sense.

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Not all ACV's are the same. Choose organic.

As for weight loss, personally, I never really felt that ‘fullness’. Fact is, I became ‘hungrier’, after all, it did aid my digestion. Right? But ‘clean energy’, hmm, probably. Not sure if it’s really Apple Cider Vinegar or regular exercise that made me tire out even longer. Perhaps both.

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The supposed benefits and uses of ACV

Finally, like what the video rather the research revealed, ACV can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Hey, that’s like a ‘wow’! Seriously? If so then that’s an extra line of defense for us..

Just don’t abuse your body!

Consumer Info: The Health Benefits of Drinking Baking Soda

Many would have thought that ‘baking soda’ is just for, well, cooking; altho some may have heard of its cleaning properties. Then again, did you know that it could actually be drunk plain with water? And for health benefits that is.

Yes, you heard us right. Baking soda is another ‘miracle’ drink that you can count on.

Hmm… It’s important to take note, however, that while baking soda could restore our kidneys’ functions while normalizing blood pH levels among others — baking soda is not really good for those with high blood pressure since it’s got an ample amount of sodium.

So, don’t just take in something just because you heard ‘health benefits’. Check it out.. And Follow Us too.

Hey, t’is actually good news! I mean, the water! It’s not hot water as in coffee or tea, so there’s no need to boil water just to drink baking soda! Lesser hassle, right?!

NOTABLE AND RELATED FACTS ON BAKING SODA

One. With its cleaning properties, baking soda is a good ‘substitute’ and an ’emergency’ option when you run out of toothpaste.

Two. One reason for ‘arthritis’ is the kidneys’ failure to manufacture sodium bicarbonate — this happens when you eat fatty foods.

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Preventing cramps and fatigue? Not only bananas but baking soda

Three. Note that the lactic acid released during physical activity results in stiffness and fatigue — and that the consumption of baking soda can be used to increase and maintain physical performance.

In all, key here is self-discipline towards a healthy lifestyle; yet when the worst just gets crossed, remember the dosage to your ‘baking soda therapy’.

Superstitions. Disobedience. And Effort.

In this time and age, many would understandably question superstitious beliefs especially in the Western world where the principal idea is that “man is the master of his fate.”

Well, to each his own.

But, really? Man is the ‘master of his fate’? Then how do you explain some circumstances and events?? Just an accident? Incidental? Or when it’s to our favor, it means ‘we did it’? And when it’s not, t’was just ‘bad luck’?

See. We cannot say ‘God is the source of everything’ then believe only in what we want to believe. If God is good then the ‘not so good’ that happens in our lives is His punishment for disobedience. It’s like Karma. Thus, if there are angels then there must be ‘bad spirits’ that God allowed to roam the face of the earth to test us and our faith.

In superstitious beliefs, spirits are somehow also given power by man to direct thoughts. Yet after examining carefully, many of ’em actually makes sense. Seriously.

Still, though there’s really nothing wrong — as they say — in following superstitions; we cannot totally rely on ’em, or on ‘charms and amulets’ to help our lives — but God, our continuous efforts on earth..

And how we blend with our environment.

Consumer Info: How to Completely Remove BedBugs (Surot)

You must have heard of the line “don’t let the bedbugs bite”, maybe even a hundred times; but unless you have really experienced being pestered, you might not even know how they look like..

Yeah, the ‘bedbugs’ or surot.
‘Cause for one, you wouldn’t even care of such nuisance. Then again, it’s better to know and be prepared; yup, just in case..

Hmm… So, that’s how they look like. And in human ‘sweat’ is where they thrive.

Anyway without researching, if you once thought that they’re like bees hovering from bed to bed, you’re not alone. Of course, underneath ’em beds and luggages.

But hey, they’re actually not just residing under our beds but in our pillows, clothing, fabrics and even in cracks of wood. Wow!

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We did hear from elders though that these bugs could be eliminated by wiping ‘floor wax’ on our beds (excluding the mattress, of course) and spraying insect repellents all over..

So, aside from washing our sheets regularly, cleaning our place and obviously exposing our beddings and all to sunlight for hours — it’s good to know of the usefulness of Isopropyl Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil in battling these ‘blood suckers’, so to speak.

Don’t let ’em deny ya’ a good night’s rest. Till then.. Ciao!