Summer is here! I would LOVE to be at the beach right this very moment because the heat in the city is just intolerable. Is it the pollution? The corruption? But really, I would point fingers at Holy Week. Can’t be just a coincidence that the weather temperature suddenly becomes twice as hot and humid when this holiday is near. Pre-hell-like suffering, anyone? 😂
Somehow the heat becomes tolerable whenever I am faraway from the city, and go to the laid-back provinces in the Philippines. Probably because at the back of my mind, the sea or a body of water where you’re welcome to swim and soak yourself in is just nearby where we can easily cool off from the intense heat of Mr. Sun.
Sadly, I do not have the privilege of going near the sea and bodies of water or basking myself in it this time around. This summer, I am housebound because of my condition. Boohoo. I wish I could spend hours outside enjoying the intense heat (I actually prefer hot season rather than rainy/wet season) but because of my body’s low immune system I cannot endure it as I used to. I quickly feel sickish and ill a few hours after being outside a hot, hot day.
I’m forced to spend my summer in my room doing mundane activities. It’s not entirely bad because at least there’s AC? 😀 So, my bright idea to keep myself happy, I am resorting to retail therapy. Read: IMPULSIVE SHOPPING. Fueled more by the convenience of ONLINE SHOPPING. Hahahaha!
ETA as of August 2017: This post is not accurate anymore since Unionbank changed the way their online banking works. The system works differently from how I see it in this post, especially the password part in logging in.
As frequent online shoppers, sooner or later you’ll have to look into getting your own credit card for hassle-free payments. I personally like the option of paying cash on delivery when it’s available. Still, it cannot be helped that there are majority of online shops out there that prefer they take your payment as soon as you check out your shopping cart’s items.
In this post, I am not going to introduce you into getting your own credit card. Nothing against it, but I would rather have a debit card that automatically deducts the amount of your purchase upon secure checkout than doing the whole “buy now, pay later” process which just leaves me paranoid and inconvenienced because then I have to think.. where the heck do I get the monies to pay for my impulse purchase?!
I am currently participating in a book exchange hosted by bookbed, a book blogging community I follow.
Here’s a little background about them: The blog is run by a group of dedicated bookworms and book bloggers from the Philippines. Some of their members are also good friends I met through tumblr. With that said, I originally heard about them on tumblr a few years ago, where they started.
When I found them, it was during that time I was a quite the book hoarder. Turns out that they had a lot of books that I wanted up for sale (perfect!). Their prices are competitive and the books are mostly in good condition. Best believe I went shopping when I saw their wide range of book choices up for ‘bedding’ (their term for selling, I guess?).
I have a happy bookshelf because of them! Thanks to you, bookbed! 😀
Edit: As of September 17, most of us in the exchange group have received our books, yay! Read my progress so far by clicking the page links below, after the cut.