We Get What We Pay For

We get what we pay for.
The product or service with the cheapest price is not necessarily the best buy.
The most expensive one is not necessarily the best buy either.
Do not buy a product or service based on price alone.
Know the product that you’re buying. What it’s made of, where and how it was made, the company behind the brand and the company that manufactured the product.
Sometimes we’re too focused on just getting the cheapest price that we forget to ask why the product is cheap. Or maybe we just don’t care as long as we think we got the best bargain.
We won’t care until something terrible happens, like the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh where some western clothing brands are made.
No wonder those are cheap. Those companies subcontract manufacturing to third world countries where there’s no strict enforcement of safety regulations to protect their poor workers.
What about airline service? … Continue Reading →

last quarter dash

Last Quarter Dash

I wake up just as September ends. Jolted by reminders from everywhere that Christmas is less than a hundred days away, and another new year is just around the corner.
When I venture out of the house to do some errands, my ears are assaulted by Christmas songs blaring from sidewalk stalls selling cheap, disposable trinkets. I see groceries prominently displaying Christmas food gift baskets. Not a few shops have Christmas displays in their storefront.
It’s true what they say, that time flies faster as we advance in age. Another year nears its end.
Reality check is in order. As I finish this year’s last quarter dash, I ask myself: What have I done this year?  Has this year been a good one? What do I plan to do next year?
My mind attempts to answer the questions, but stops suddenly.
I shake off the reflective mood. I think it’s still early to pull out … Continue Reading →

Macy's Herald Square

My New York Christmas

I’m currently spending the Christmas holidays with my sister and her family in New York City.
It’s my first time to be abroad during the Christmas season, as well as on my birthday and New Year’s day. On my second day in New York, my sister treated me to the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular show featuring the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall. I was a bit bored with the show with its predictable story, but the place itself was awesome! Great architecture with its grand art deco style.
Christmas in New York is definitely very different from Christmas in the Philippines. For one thing, you’d only know it’s Christmas when you’re near the commercial centers having with blinding holiday lights, and Christmas songs blaring from loudspeakers. In the residential areas, only a few houses and buildings have Christmas displays.
In the Catholic church where we attended Christmas day mass, the … Continue Reading →