Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Planning Your NYC Vacation

New York City is one of the world’s top tourist locations for a reason. While it may the city that never sleeps, there are so many things to do that there still isn’t enough hours in the day for all of them. It’s hard to pick and choose, but these activities are absolute must-dos.

See a Broadway Show

One of the best things about the bright light city is the entertainment. Read NYC theater reviews to pick the best show for your family. It has the world’s best talent and showstopping stage effects. There are always new, amazing shows on Broadway such as “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen”. If you’re bringing your family, there are Disney classics such as “Lion King” and “Frozen”. If you’re a fan of old-school musicals, there are revivals of some of the classics such as “The Music Man” and “My Fair Lady.”

Visit NYC's Signature Spots

There is plenty of sightseeing to do in Manhattan. Sight-seeing tour buses can take up time that you can’t afford to lose. Instead download a subway app and hit the most important locations on your own. Take a stroll through Central Park if the weather allows and visit the zoo while you’re at it. Climb up the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Take the ferry to Ellis Island.

Experience the Art Scene

New York City can be as educational as it is entertaining. There are plenty of museums to that cater to the interests of all demographics. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History to learn about history of all over the world. The Museum of Modern Art has artwork from all of today’s most significant artists. The Guggenheim is a great place to observe abstract art.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed in a city as exciting as the Big Apple. If you plan ahead and make time for these attractions, your New York City trip will be worthwhile.

I Left My Heart In Iloilo

I never thought that I would fall in love to this place I never even planned on visiting. It was last year (2018) when we (bloggers) were invited by AirAsia to ride in their maiden flight from CDO to Iloilo (RT). I never thought of joining them. I wasn't interested coz of some reasons (excuses, actually). But my sister in law forced me to join coz this would be fun and for me to have, well, some "ME" time. I'm a full-time mom and never had a break and that was an opportunity for me to have a break for awhile. Besides, (my sis went on) it was my kids' Semestral break so I need not worry coz they don't classes for a week. And so, off I went ✈. Surprise, Surprise! I didn't realize how wide their road was. Traffic was not even bad. And the people I met were somehow respectful. And there were so many places to see. Wow! Where have I been?! And how I love the serenity of their river, they even have a boardwalk for people to stroll, or maybe exercise, and benches to sit. My sis and I savored the moment. We visited many tourist spots which was fun, we also went to their museum. 
Sharing to you below a pic that I have at their River Esplanade. It was so calm in here, perfect to unwind and do some self-introspection.

However, our time there was limited and we only toured the main city. But of course we never forgot to visit their beautiful mall - Festive walk. I've realized then how much I love the place. I promised that I shall return -- and that I did a year later. Summer of 2019, my family and I, together with my brother-in-law's family, went to Iloilo and I was very glad to be their tour guide. I'll post about it next time (although I did post once here but only my pic appeared😁). 
Thank you Iloilo. Your place is so beautiful. No wonder a lot of people fell in love with your city - me included ;-)

3 Ways To Save Money on Your Move

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time, however, the actual process of moving your stuff can be frustrating and expensive. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money on your moving expenses.

Purchase Used Packing Supplies

Purchasing new packing boxes and supplies can be very convenient, but one way you can reduce your packing costs is to utilize used packing supplies. If you have a friend who has moved recently, you might want to ask them if they have any extra boxes you can use. You may also be able to purchase used boxes from a used moving boxes st louis retailer. If you plan, you can begin saving the shipping boxes you get from your online purchases. Hang on to the packing materials as well. You may be able to use them to protect your fragile items. You can also check with local businesses to see if they have any boxes they will let you have.

Get Rid of Stuff You Don't Need

Getting rid of belongings you don't need can save you time and money when moving and also help prevent you from cluttering up your new space. You can help finance your move by selling items on craigslist, eBay or at a garage sale. You may also be able to donate some items to local charities or thrift stores. Throw out or recycle anything you don't need that doesn't have any value to anyone else either.

Move During the Off-Season

You can't always choose when you get to move, but if you can, you can save some money by moving between October and April. Because fewer people choose to move during those months, the prices charged by movers tend to be lower.
Moving is a process that many people dread. A little planning ahead can save you some money and make the process less painful.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Daughter's First Communion

Hello to my Cookie's Corner followers (if I have any, lol). So, after changing the new look on my blog, I've been busy....or trying to get busy. I tried changing the header of my blog but decided to change it maybe after new year 🤔

I was about to write something personal but it all ended up in my mind only. Then I've realized it's already December!! Where did the time go? I  haven't even watched Frozen2 yet and maybe I might missed watching Jumanji 3 if I kept myself too preoccupied. I guess I really deserved a break!!

Anyways, I'll just share with you a wonderful milestone my youngest daughter achieved last  November. She had  her First Holy Communion and I couldn't be more happy and proud of her.
And I'm happy she was able to wear her  older sister's dress and veil 😀

Sharing our family picture with and hope you all have a blessed day.  Gotta go now coz I need to prepare lunch...

Monday, December 9, 2019

Ways to Thank Clients

When you’d like to show your appreciation for regular customers who purchase goods or services from your company, it may be difficult to find a gesture that’s professional and not overly personal. Strike the right balance with tokens that express your thankfulness to maintain your stellar working relationship and inspire loyalty for years to come.

Give Gifts

If you have customers that visit your shop on a regular basis, thank them with a treat when they walk through the door. A t-shirt, individually-wrapped corporate cookies Atlanta, a reusable water bottle or a lightweight cotton tote featuring your company logo would all be welcomed by clients. As a bonus, the giveaways will also serve as advertisements for your business as people use them in public.

Offer Perks

Give your clients benefits that will not only show your appreciation but also boost your business. Create a customer loyalty program such as a punch card system that offers a free item or discount after someone purchases a certain number of items or dollars’ worth of merchandise. You can also offer a structure that enables people to earn points for purchases and redeem them for sample-sized products, company swag or full-sized items and deep discounts as they reach higher tiers.

Reward Followers

Companies hoping to build more of a presence on social media can offer customer appreciation gifts for those who follow them on Twitter or Instagram, for example. Post a raffle offering entry for posting a comment or tagging a friend and choose a winner at random. You can also offer a hidden code in a photo that clients can find or a phrase that they can utter in person at the store to receive a discount.
Thanking your customers for their loyalty is an important way to improve communication and encourage their continued business. The effort you put into a sincere gesture can pay off with an even more successful relationship in the future.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Foodpanda Launches Delivery Service in CDO Starting November 2019!

Food panda, the biggest online food ordering and delivery service, has finally in  Cagayan de Oro City starting November 2019. I had the opportunity to attend their Grand launching last November 26, 2019 held at Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant at Ayala Centrio Mall.

Foodpanda was founded in May 2012 in Berlin, Germany and operating in more than 40 countries with 45,000 restaurant partners globally.The delivery service is currently active in more than 500 cities, and the last addition to their growing list this 2019 in Mindanao is the City of Golden Friendship - Cagayan de Oro City.

Kagay-anons do not need to memorize delivery numbers for restaurants anymore -- as foodpanda has over 100+ restaurants in the city to choose from the app. With the wide array of cafes and restaurants, people in CDO can now  enjoy a hint of international cuisines from American, Chinese and Japanese to the well-loved local food of Cagayan de Oro right on their doorstep. Whatever it is you're craving, foodpanda has it.

"We are very happy to add Cagayan de Oro to our list of cities that we provide delivery for. The team believes that the city is an undeserved market with lots of potential for food delivery. And as always, we intend to bring the best experience in food delivery to consumers - we are exited to see very eager and encouraging feedback from partner restaurant and customers", says Ryven Barrio, foodpanda's Cluster Head for Mindanao.

Using the foodpanda app is hassle-free - just log on to the foodpanda website or download the app (available in the AppStore and Google Play Store) and follow these simple steps to enjoy fast and dependable service.

1. Create an account or login using your Facebook account.
2. Select your current location, then choose your preferred restaurants.
3. Simply select the ffod you want to order and add them to your basket.
4. Review your order in the basket then click on proceed to check out.
5. On the checkout page, you can enter a discount voucher code if you have one. Payment options include Cash on Delivery, Online Payment (Credit Card) or Paypal.
6. After placing your order, a confirmation message will be sent to your mobile number.
7. After your order has been confirmed, all you have to do is wait for the foodpanda rider to deliver your food and enjoy.

foodpanda's delivery service is available in Cagayan de Oro starting November 2019! From then, Kagay-anons do not need to stress out looking for parking or walking in the scorching heat on a sunny day or in rainy weather as foodpanda will bring what you are craving for -- fresh as good as dining-in -- in the comfort of your home!

Me, donning their foodpanda attire complete with their motorbike 😛😜

Monday, November 25, 2019

Keeping My Blog's New Lewk

Hello Monday!

It's quite surprising on my part to write another blogpost today. Usually, it would take me a month or months to do it, hehe. Guess I'm just overwhelmed with my new theme which I decided to keep. And hooray to myself for (finally!) being able to customized my own header. It's a big step for me coz I don't know how to do it. My old theme was customized by a blogger friend and my other blogs' headers were customized by my sister-in-law. Now that I'm learning, I'm thinking of changing again my header. I'm actually currently working on it. Was hoping to add some tulip flowers on my new header but  took me a lot of time editing it. I must utilize my time coz I need to prepare some worksheets for my child to practice for her upcoming English test tomorrow.

In case you're wondering why I chose the theme with books, it's because I love reading books but it's been about 2-3 years that I forced myself to stop buying at bookstore or downloading books online when I started developing vertigo. Sad, huh? But health first...

Anyhoo, how's your Monday? Mine's no different and you might be bored if I start to enumerate it. But I hope yours is great!! Gotta leave you some flowers and wishing you a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

My Blog's New Look

After thinking it over and over again, after how many years, I've finally decided to change the layout of my blog. I love my old layout but I guess now's the time for change. I still kept my badge though.

I'm not sure  if my new theme clicked my personality, or if it will attract new (and old) readers :-). I just need change...and for me to rediscover myself again (really?).

I made this blog years ago as my personal diary. Later, I welcomed adverts and will  still welcomed them if they will ask... But later, I found my blog so boring to read, with no updates and nothing interesting to share. I know I often promised to say something that I need to tell but didn't. So many things held me back. I felt that if I share too much my soul would be bared. I felt that if I  share some personal things about my struggles, about my family, about my life, at the back of my mind, I'm scared if I would be judged. I don't even want my post to be controversial, heck, I don't even wish that it would become viral (as if it would)...but yeah, these are some of my concerns.

I have a lot to share actually but just quite scared that the people I'm protecting will be subject to scrutiny, that they might be judged. Oh well, here goes my being super secretive again. Just hoping that on my next post, I'll be brave enough to share and hope to inspire others.

Anyways, going back to my blog's new look, I'm not even sure if this is final. I'm still considering the other simple  theme that Blogger had it customized. I love that color red-themed though coz it's also my favorite color. Lemme just sleep this new layout for a night and see what I plan to do tomorrow.

** And oh, by the way, in case you're one of the followers of my other blogs, I gave them up already as I cannot keep  track of them. It's hard to update if you have plenty of  blogs to concern about, especially if you're paying for the domain and not anymore  earning from it. Well, that's the truth. Except for Cookie's Corner, I will retain this as I've grown some personal attachment to it. Here are some of my blogs that don't exist anymore: (In My Mind) (My Fashion Café) (Live, Love, Blog)