It’s that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with family and friends and celebrate how grateful we are this year. Blessings received, relationships strengthened, opportunities grabbed, promotions accepted, and items bought are among those things we are thankful for. Even though there were times that made us feel down and hopeless, we still see the positive things 2013 has brought to us. Hence, the Thanksgiving Day.
In Philippines, we do not follow the American Thanksgiving Day celebration. We don’t even have it on the same day. Instead, I think my country concentrates on Christmas Day, which is most of the time celebrated with family as a way of thanks. Filipinos go to church and pray for all the blessings that they received for the entire year. Later, they will show how grateful they are by sharing their blessings in different ways e.g., foster care, volunteering, benefit concert, free service, and of course, gift giving.
It is very natural to see Filipinos giving gifts to one another in this season. Size and amount do not matter as long as the presents are given with thought and love. These days, there are a lot of gift ideas for those who are to picky for their gifts. Of course, who wouldn’t want to give a unique and special gift to show their appreciation?
Nowadays, I observe a lot of people, me included, use the web to browse for items on sale. Then, either they will buy these things online or note the price for offline shopping later. I think this is a good strategy especially for those who do not want to walk around an entire mall looking for something to buy. In addition, some sites even offer gift suggestions for various types of people – bookworm, fashionista, sporty, etc. I even saw a lot of trendy topics as well!
While browsing, I came upon Ezra Blog, a site under one of the leading online shops in the Philippines, Zalora. I was looking for some clothing ideas to give to my not-so-fashionable friend and I stumbled upon Ezra blog’s Wardrobe Essentials. What a help it has been! I happily surfed through its site and learn more about their Top 10 as well.
Speaking of Zalora, I found out that there is an ongoing Online Revolution happening as well. Online Revolution Month is a special one-month promotion which runs from November 11 through December 12. During this time, e-commerce heavyweights such as ZALORA, LAZADA and A-DEALS Powered by Ayala Malls come together to bring the Philippines its very own month long version of ‘CyberMonday’ by providing shoppers with special deals and discounts. Yay!
After having some styles on my mind, it is time to do some shopping. Readers of my site know that I love online shopping and you will be glad to know that I will feature here another online store that I stumbled upon. Like my previous store finds, this shop offers high-quality and affordable clothing and accessories with free international shipping!
Aupie is an international high-street fashion store inspired by runway designs all over the globe. The shop believes that fashion lovers should have extraordinary wardrobe by updating Aupie with at least 100 of the latest and best styles every day. Take a look at some of their items below!
Clothes and other fashion essentials are good gift ideas for everyone. However, there are a lot of other things to be given and shared at this season. How about a party in an orphanage or an adopt-a-child-for-a-day activity? Or better, a donation and volunteer participation in the Haiyan victims here in my country?
In my previous post, I shared how super typhoon Yolanda, with international name Haiyan, wreaked havoc in some of the provinces in my country. Thousands of people died, others missing, and many left homeless. My mother’s hometown, for example, braved five long days without food and clean water before relief operations from government, NGOs, and foreign agencies arrived. Their situation is very much heart-wrenching, but the time for mourning can be done later. My fellow Filipinos need help and it is time to act and contribute to the benefit of the typhoon victims and survivors.
This Thanksgiving Day, I am calling everyone, Filipino or not, to help my country in any way that you can. Prayers save lives. Donations feed and clothe people. Volunteer actions speed up relief operations. I am always teary-eyed after reading sweet and thoughtful actions by my fellowmen and others of different nationalities who reach out and try to help. No amount of aid is small.
Let me end this post by saying that on behalf of the Philippines and Filipino people, I am eternally grateful to those countries and their citizens who keep on supporting my country by donating and giving aids, sending C130s for evacuation and medical ships for treatment of the sick, deploying military personnel and relief operations expert to guide the government in a speedy and effective distribution of help. For all of these and more, I thank you.
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