Monday, November 10, 2014

Lazada Online Shopping

It has been a long time since I blogged. But I want to share my experience to whoever is going to read this. I hope this serve as a precaution.

I am not into high end smart phones that's why I stick to "old fashioned" phones because I only need it to call and send SMS. I work here in Malaysia in an IT company. When our company changed location which is far from where I live. I have to take a cab to go to work. Sometimes, it is hard to go to work especially if there are a lot of us trying to get a taxi. So I was forced to buy a smartphone so that I can install a very useful app called "myteksi". This app will help me find a cab without waiting for almost an hour.

And so I ordered Samsung Galaxy Y Neo. The first order was cancelled because of unknown reason. I called customer service and they initiated a refund which until now I have not received.

Then I ordered again and paid almost the same amount. Almost, because they gave 20RM voucher as compensation. It's sad that I did not learn my lesson. I ordered the same product. Again, I paid using my card because cash on delivery is not an option. I should have taken the cancellation of the order as an omen. But I went through with the second order. It says in the website, it should include the phone, battery, headset, USB, adaptor and user manual.

But guess what I received. It has missing components i.e. the USB cable and headset. I called customer service again. They wanted me to return the whole item and I have to wait for several days before they can replace it.


Oh no, not again! I asked if they can simply send those missing items to my office. The support person named Zach said, I really have to return the whole package. I thought online shopping is for convenience. There is a reason why I addressed it to the office. I am very busy. I can't wait for someone all the time.

I guess I have to stop shopping from Lazada. This also happened in the I purchased a phone as a gift way back in April, 2014. I addressed it to my brother in law. I paid it using paypal. The delivery guy tried to get payment from my brother in law. My brother-in-law refused to pay and so the guy took back the phone with him. I called customer service several times. Take note, I spent more than the value of the phone just to keep calling Lazada customer service in the Philippines which finally after 3 months, they said somebody has accepted the phone and signed it. They showed me a screenshot of acceptance slip with signature which my brother said, it is not his signature. Finally, I gave up the fight anyway, it was just less than one grand. The phone call is costing me more.

I suggest for everyone who reads this to be very careful. If you can find time, shop physically. Do not rely on online shopping. And as for me. Stop wasting money!!! I should learn from this mistake. This should never happen again.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Smart Girl

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Something That Should Make Sense

Listen up, boys. And girls - repeat after me.
My beauty is not for your enjoyment. I did not get up in the morning and make myself pretty so you can ogle me and fit me into your sexual fantasies. My make-up is not there so you can view me like centerfolds whose pages are stuck together from the output of your adolescent frustration.
The way I fixed my hair or sculpted my brows is not so you can judge me according to your standards and put me on a scale of attractiveness or virtue. I have my own, and I hold my own value as a woman.
My body is not for you to touch without my consent, no matter how much of it you see. I am not wearing a short skirt to attract you, or a low neckline to tempt you. My fitted shirt is not an invitation for your hands that have no right to my body. I am my own person, and though some of you may capture my heart, you'll never own me. So please don't act like you do.
Don't act like I'm made up for you, like I seek your valuation or your judgment because of how I dressed today. Don't tell me I deserved that cat call or snide remark just because you can't compliment a woman politely. If you are rejected, or turned down, it doesn't mean I deserve to be called a slut. A woman never deserves to be raped because of how much skin you see.
Dear man, you are not an animal with a jackhammer penis who must drill into orifices or else you'll die. You are a thinking, feeling creature with human logic, empathy, and emotions. You'd never rape your sister or your mother no matter how much of their body you see, so is it too much to expect the same courtesy for me?
Be insulted when you hear that a girl deserved to be assaulted because she was drunk or dressed provocatively. Be enraged when you're told a rapist couldn't help himself because the woman "asked for it." You know the difference between seduction and violation. You know the difference between loving me and forcing yourself on me.
Agreeing that by their actions women want to be violated means that you believe men have no judgment and will rape everything they see. Your mother raised you better than that. If you have doubts, try treating her similarly. Chances are she'll remind you how to treat a woman properly.
Believe it or not, we want to look pretty for ourselves. We make ourselves presentable for own confidence and self-worth. We accentuate our faces and our bodies to feel good and because we feel beautiful. You do not hold the key to our beauty. We do not base our beauty on how many men are staring at us. We do not feel prettier if we hear more rude comments on the street.
We appreciate a kind compliment such as, "You look nice," but do not care for comments on our body parts, necklines, or hem lengths. Imagine how it would feel if a man commented on how much of your rear end or your chest he can see. It's creepy and violating, isn't it?

We resent being told that we must look better, get our hair fixed, or lose weight so we can attract boys. Because we were raised as girls who were told these things, we promise to stop the cycle with our daughters. Let's stop praising our daughters only for their looks, outfits and accessories. Instead, let's comment on their skills and intelligence and ask them what exciting projects they're working on in school.
Let's tell our sons and daughters that the women on EDSA's billboards are not real, that they're airbrushed, nipped and tucked, chemically treated, or surgically altered. Let's tell them that a real woman is like their mommy, auntie, or lola.
Real women have curves, and blemishes, and stretch marks, and body hair. Real women don't use skin whiteners. Real women are proud of what they see in the mirror in the morning. Real women want to be healthy, not skinny.
Most importantly - let's tell our children that real men love real women who aren't hopelessly chasing the unreachable goal of the thin, flawless, and ageless woman at whatever cost. Real women have wrinkles because they've lived. Real women aren't emaciated because they like to eat. And real men enjoy the company of real women, not that of mannequins who have invested so much in their looks that they've forgotten to think.
Maybe then we can raise a generation of men who value women as more than objects to present or reasons to gloat. Maybe men will choose women as partners for life, instead of just bearers of their children and keepers of their homes.
And maybe we can raise women to believe that they were born with beauty, and that it is a gift that does not decrease nor diminish depending on the number of people who agree. Maybe they'll feel pride in the first sight of their faces and bodies in the mirror instead of a desire to cover things up, to change their features, be thinner, lighter-skinned, brighter-eyed, and fuller-lipped.
How great would it be to look at our reflection and see everything that's right, instead of everything that's wrong?Maybe then our women will walk out into a world where they don't crave the approval of others, or have to judge their appearance against a fashion magazine. Maybe it could be a world where women will be able to say, "I am not pretty for your pleasure. I am beautiful for me, by me, and as me." -

Flexing woman, Billboard and Scared Man from shutterstock

Shakira Andrea Sison is a Palanca Award-winning essayist. She currently works in finance and spends her non-working hours contemplating maybes in subway trains. She is a veterinarian by education and was managing a retail corporation in Manila before relocating to New York in 2002. Her column appears on Thursdays. Follow her on Twitter: @shakirasison and on

Monday, January 6, 2014


Did you know..??
* VIRUS - Vital Information Resource UnderSeized. 
* 3G -3rd Generation. 
* GSM - Global System for Mobile Communication.
* CDMA - Code Divison Multiple Access.
* UMTS - Universal MobileTelecommunication System.
* SIM - Subscriber Identity Module . 
* AVI = Audio Video Interleave 
* RTS = Real Time Streaming
* SIS = Symbian OS Installer File
* AMR = Adaptive Multi-Rate Codec
* JAD = Java Application Descriptor
* JAR = Java Archive
* JAD = Java Application Descriptor
* 3GPP = 3rd Generation Partnership Project
* 3GP = 3rd Generation Project
* MP3 = MPEG player lll
* MP4 = MPEG-4 video file
*AAC = Advanced Audio Coding
* GIF= Graphic Interchangeable Format
* JPEG = Joint Photographic Expert Group
* BMP = Bitmap
* SWF = Shock Wave Flash
* WMV = Windows Media Video
* WMA = Windows Media Audio
* WAV = Waveform Audio
* PNG = Portable Network Graphics
* DOC = Document (MicrosoftCorporation)
* PDF = Portable Document Format
* M3G = Mobile 3D Graphics
* M4A = MPEG-4 Audio File
* NTH = Nokia Theme (series 40)
* THM = Themes (Sony Ericsson)
* MMF = Synthetic Music Mobile Application File
* NRT = Nokia Ringtone
* XMF = Extensible Music File
* WBMP = Wireless Bitmap Image
* DVX = DivX Video
* HTML = Hyper Text Markup Language
* WML = Wireless Markup Language
* CD -Compact Disk.
* DVD - Digital Versatile Disk.
*CRT - Cathode Ray Tube.
* DAT - Digital Audio Tape.
* DOS - Disk Operating System.
* GUI -Graphical User Interface.
* HTTP - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
* IP - Internet Protocol.
* ISP - Internet Service Provider.
* TCP - Transmission Control Protocol.
* UPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply.
* HSDPA - High Speed Downlink PacketAccess.
* EDGE - Enhanced Data Rate for GSM[GlobalSystem for Mobile Communication] Evolution.
* VHF - Very High Frequency.
* UHF - Ultra High Frequency.
* GPRS - General PacketRadio Service.
* WAP - Wireless ApplicationProtocol.
* TCP - Transmission ControlProtocol .
* ARPANET - Advanced ResearchProject Agency Network.
* IBM - International Business Machines.
* HP - Hewlett Packard.
*AM/FM - Amplitude/ Frequency Modulation.
* WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network