Shop Globally with Uskoop

Uskoop: a Whole New Shopping Experience

When I was a kid, the word “Shopping” meant traveling 4 cities to reach the nearest shopping mall. It was exciting of course! There were new shoes, toys and other stuff, but the commute time was just killing me. Today, the internet made shopping more convenient. With just a few clicks, you can purchase items coming from the other side of the world. The sky is the limit! Any item (if not everything) is now available online.

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Uskoop Logo

Uskoop opened a lot of online-shopping opportunities here in the Philippines as well as other Asian nations. It is now possible for Filipinos like me to shop in so many US-based e-commerce sites like Amazon and Walmart through the help of Uskoop.

Why Use Uskoop PH?

  • One-stop shopping-and-shipping service on one site
  • Prices are all-inclusive and Uskoop PH will take care of shipping, customs & taxes with insurance
  • Delivers to your doorstep anywhere in the PH via air 10-15 business days
  • No need to worry about credit card acceptance outside your home country
  • No need to pay US Sales Tax
  • No need to use a US shipping Address
  • Single checkout from different US online stores
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Uskoop PH takes care of everything. You only have to tell what you want to buy and Uskoop PH will take care of everything from buying to shipping to your address to customer service and post-sale support

Uskoop Mobile App

Did you know that Uskoop has its own mobile application? If you want to shop the-easy-way, then download the app and follow these steps:

Step 1: Choose your favorite merchant and look for the item that you want.

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Screen Captured from Uskoop PH Mobile App

Step 2: Tap the U icon and get the price in the currency of the country that you live in.

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Screen Captured from Uskoop PH Mobile App

Step 3: Tap the “Buy for Me” button and… Ta-da! All you need is to do is wait for the package 🙂 .

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Screen Captured from Uskoop PH Mobile App
Ugh! So many merchants and brands to choose! XD
Ugh! So many merchants and brands to choose! XD

 

Ziano’s Top 5 Uskoop Items

Wondering about the stuff I want to buy through Uskoop PH? Say no more, here’s my top 5 items I wish to buy through Uskoop:

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Item: Pine Green Cotton V-Neck Sweater

Merchant: Gap.Com

Price on Gap.Com: 4,546.00 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

Price on Uskoop.Com.Ph: 3,571.76 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

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*Picture A (Above): Gap.Com
Picture B (Below): Uskoop PH

 

Notice that the Uskoop PH price is 974.24 PhP lower the the original price.

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Item: Tommy Hilfiger Lyons 2

Merchant: 6PM

Price on Uskoop.Ph: 5,350.88 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

3.

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Item: Sirius Black’s Wand

Merchant: Amazon

Price on Uskoop.Ph: 4,122.10 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

2.

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Item: Koda Select

Merchant: Sanuk

Price on Uskoop.Ph: 5,899.23 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

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Item: Fujifil XT10

Merchant: Walmart

Price on Uskoop.Ph: 50,768.07 PhP (includes item price, shipping, taxes and other fees).

 

 

Want a discount?

Of course you want! Who doesn’t want one? Because Uskoop PH loves us, they are going to give us a 1o% discount on shipping and handling if you’ll use the promo code: USKOOPTEN% .

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For more updates regarding promos, news, and other stuff; like Uskoop PH on Facebook at facebook.com/USkoopPhilippines. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram at instagram.com/uskoopph.

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Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café – Tagaytay City

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Last Saturday (April 16, 2016), the day when I temporarily closed my blog, was a frustrating day. The process of transferring from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org was new to me and it took me like forever to accomplish it. Dealing with the interface of my hosting provider was also a headache. Installing and customizing my premium theme is another struggle I faced that day. Everything was new to me; and I have to learn everything in a rush. At the end of the day, I was forced to close my blog, www.iamziano.com, for an entire week to study and deal with everything.

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Fortunately, my aunt asked me to go with her to Tagaytay. I decided to go because I really need a break that time. I, together with some of my relatives went to Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café. It was really an interesting place because there’s a lot of fascinating stuff to see. I remember myself turning my head from left to right to everywhere because there’s so many fixtures to look at. This café is over decorated in a positive manner. It didn’t look trashy despite of the place being overly decorated.

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When we arrived, the first thing I did was to take pictures (of course) for me to show you the place. After taking some photos, we began ordering our desired food; but, we encountered a huge problem. Almost everything on the menu was not available. We were aware that we arrived at that place just before midnight; but if the café operates 24/7, then they should have prepared for it considering that it was a weekend. The owner must have predicted that a lot of people visit Tagaytay during weekends.

 

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The only available food when we ordered was some burgers served with potato chips. It took us like nearly an hour before we had our meal. It was so long, but I personally didn’t notice it for I was so busy taking pictures, reading stuff on the walls, roaming around the place, and taking more pictures. The food was decent. It was not disappointing nor was it something that will make you come back again. I am not going to deal with their foodstuff in this blog post because almost everything on the menu was not available. The food that we ate were not on our top picks. I just don’t know if the food that were not available would have a better taste than the one we ordered (out of no choice).

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source: Indie Green Culture’s FB Page https://www.facebook.com/indiegreen.culture

The Verdict

So, the scores were made; here’s the result of my “Zian-o-meter” for Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café – Tagaytay City:

 

Ambience: 10 out of 10

Food: 7 out of 10

Service: 3 out of 10 (they nearly had no food to serve)

Price: 8 out of 10

Accessibility: 9 out of 10

Total: 7.4 out of 10

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Dream Land Arts and Crafts Café is indeed a must-visit place in Tagaytay City. It is a kind of Café that you won’t see every day. If you’re looking for something new, or you love dream catchers; then, this is a perfect place for you! 😉

What are your thoughts about this post? Have you been to this place? Do you have any questions regarding the topic? I wanna know them! Hit the comment box below.

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Note: Some of the pictures on this blog post are not mine. I was not able to get good photos because it was kind of dark in the place and I also have a pretty crappy camphone. I was permitted by the admin of www.instagram.com/indiegreenculture to get photos from Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café’s official Facebook and Instagram page. All borrowed photos are properly linked as seen on their “caption” boxes.

 

 

Top 5 Blogsites I Frequently Visit

Reading anything online has been my hobby since perhaps the fall of Friendster era. If you don’t know what Friendster means, let’s just say that the Friendster era happened right after the Ice Age ;). My taste for blog topics changes as time goes by; but, here’s my current top 5 blogsites I frequently visit.

5.) DGMANILA

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http://www.dgmanila.com

I actually don’t need to explain this to my fellow Filipino blog readers. When someone says Men’s Fashion Blog here in the Philippines, only one site will pop up in our heads—DG MANILA! As far as I know, it is the only successful blogsite inside the “Philippine Men’s Fashion Radar.” I don’t classify myself as a fashionista, but I like reading DG’s blogposts because of his relaxed writing voice. His Travel posts are great too. When I read blogposts, I always opt articles that will never make me feel like I’m studying. His writing voice is so casual. You might encounter unfamiliar fashion terms here and there, but it’s just minimal.

4.) CARISSA JOY GARCIA

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http://www.carissajoygarcia.wordpress.com

I know the author personally. We were schoolmates since 5th grade (maybe) up until we graduated in high school. Reading her posts makes me feel nostalgic. It makes me think about life in a deeper perspective. It’s amazing to see how a person changed (in a positive way) in just a few years. I never imagined that this fashionista girl from my childhood years who couldn’t live without her Kikay kit in her bag; and the one who had this huge collection of skinny jeans from navy blue to hot pink would be a strong and equipped woman who can face the challenges of mountain climbing. I never thought of her being a weak woman, but I never expected that she’s going to try such activities like mountain climbing. And based on her blog posts, I am having an inference that she’s really enjoying it.

I was not aware of this blogsite until the time I checked her Instagram account when it popped up on my notification window. I actually don’t know if she’s going to like this post about her and her site, but I hope she’s going to be cool with it.  🙂

3.) NOMADIC MATT

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This site is also a top blogsite. If someone is planning to visit a particular country or city, there’s a big chance that this person will be visiting this site. Matthew, the author of the blogsite, is known to be a traveler on a budget. It’s kind of obvious actually; once you visit his page, a huge tagline will show up: “ Travel Better. Cheaper. Longer”

Aside from the blog page, this site also offers the forum page wherein you can communicate with other travelers around the world. If you want to meet a fellow backpacker in a certain destination, just hit the forum page and with some luck, you might be able to find one :).

2.) PINOYA DVENTURISTA

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Pinoy AdvernTurista is another “top site” on my list. This site, like nomadicmatt.com, is a travel blog. The only difference is that pinoyadventurista.com is more focused in the Philippines. This blog is somewhat close to my heart because I also want to visit all the provinces here in the Philippines. The Philippines might not have the best and the most modern cities, but this country has the best beaches and other breath-taking natural sceneries in the world.

The author of the blog, Mervs, completed his goal (which is to set foot on all the provinces in the Philippines). Aside from his destination blogposts, his site also features some tips and guides about travel. Blogposts about some places outside the Philippines are also present here.

1.) RECUERDOS DE SILANG

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http://www.facebook.com/Recuerdos-de-Silang-128999640776304/

Okay, before you raise an eyebrow, I sometimes consider Facebook pages in the “blog category” rather than the “social networking page” category. For me, as long as:

  • You post some contents
  • Your posts are shown in a chronological order (just like the idea of “Facebook Timeline”)
  • The platform has “Share” and “Like” buttons
  • The Platform has a “Comment Section” then, it is a blog. 🙂

Recuerdos de Silang is in my number 1 spot because it generally talks about my hometown. I like it when the author posts old pictures of SIlang. Every day, I learn new facts or trivia about this town. Who doesn’t want to learn something about his/her hometown’s history? If there are dedicated history books, it’s kind of limited; that’s why having this kind of page is good for us who wants to learn something about Silang’s history.

I don’t know the person who maintains the page, but this person is really doing a wonderful job!

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http://www.iamziano.com April 19,2016

My list ends here. What are your thoughts about my list? Do you have your own list too? I want to know it! Please hit the comment’s section below.

Do you want your BLOG to be featured on my top 5 list next month (May 2016)? Comment your blog URL so I could check it out! 🙂

Go Organic at Ilog Maria

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm or simply “Ilog Maria” is situated along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite. It is known for its honey (of course) and other organic products.  I went there with my aunt to buy a citronella spray for mosquitoes; and also for me to feature something here. Hahaha!

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Whenever I go there, I just visit the shop to buy something that interests me and I’m done. But I decided to be a tourist (in my own home town) to know what can this farm offer us aside from their shop.

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Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm Shop

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The shop is okay. You’ll see a lot of products from different kinds of soaps to candles made from beeswax. If you are looking for a product that is organic, handmade, and has honey in it, there’s a big chance that you’ll see it there.

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Lavender Soap

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Beeswax Candles
Some of the products you’ll see in Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm are soaps, honey cider, beeswax, extra virgin honey, bee propolis, bee pollen, mosquito repellent, beeswax candle, and a lot more.

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At the back of the shop, you’ll be able to see the mini factory where they make some of their products like the soap. The place was so open that you can see and observe how they make their products. Visitors aren’t allowed inside though.

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I think this is their mini factory. There’s no sign saying that it’s the factory but I saw some people making stuff there so I assume that it’s their factory. haha! 🙂
I walked further down and I saw these fantastic “stingless” bees. Who knew that stingless bees exist in this world?!? I had a chance to observe them closely. They looked like black ants with wings.

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They also have a museum-like area in this farm. In this place, you’ll be able to observe bees in their respective beehives. Some facts about the Farm and the bees are also present here.

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Ilog Maria has a wonderful history. Check out Ilog Maria’s about page to know its history.

Have you visited this place before? How was your experience? Are you interested to visit Ilog Maria and you want to know more? Don’t be shy to hit the comment box!

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Blogging Goal no. 123: Upgrade to “.Com”

Today, the 13th of March, 2016 (Just a few moments ago), I finally have a “.com” site. It’s been a dream of mine to purchase http://www.iamziano.com. I didn’t even have a blog back then, but it was clear to me that I liked to have one.

I was planning to have a travel blog, though it’s kinda impossible for me to achieve that now because my schedule is nailed to work. I hope that this move will ignite everything it needs to ignite for me to set some time just for travel and blogging. 😉

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This is indeed a happy night. Good night folks! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day/night (well, whichever applies to your time zone). XD

Blogging Goal no. 123: Upgrade to ".Com"

Today, the 13th of March, 2016 (Just a few moments ago), I finally have a “.com” site. It’s been a dream of mine to purchase http://www.iamziano.com. I didn’t even have a blog back then, but it was clear to me that I liked to have one.

I was planning to have a travel blog, though it’s kinda impossible for me to achieve that now because my schedule is nailed to work. I hope that this move will ignite everything it needs to ignite for me to set some time just for travel and blogging. 😉

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This is indeed a happy night. Good night folks! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day/night (well, whichever applies to your time zone). XD

Notebook: Re imagined

I was checking out my news feed on Facebook when I suddenly stumbled upon an interesting video about a notebook. It looks like a promotional vid for a product, but I had my hesitations for it was just too cool!

It’s so cool (well, it’s just my opinion). It may be just a notebook for ordinary folks, but for me, it’s like an iPhone 6S’ 3D touch or LG V10’s camera! It brings the notebook to a whole new level.

Well, here’s the link of the video for you to judge if it’s cool or not. I’m sure that bookworms, aspiring novelists, diary keepers, or simply those people who love writing will definitely like this video about the REKONECT MAGNETIC NOTEBOOK.