Local Online Shopping: When Buying Local is Cheaper

Local Online Shopping: When Buying Local is Cheaper

I’ve often recommended to people that before they purchase any gadget or electronics from local stores they should check out Amazon.com or Ebay.ph. Lately, I’ve been doing a bigger part of my online shopping from the local online shopping site Lazada.com.ph. This time around, buying local was much cheaper and faster and generally better than buying abroad.

When I needed to replace my 2 year old Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens, I decided to check Lazada.com.ph for possible replacements. I saw one made by Zoggs, the Zoggs Phantom Tinted Soft Seal Clear Black Goggles that sold for Php 532.00. I know Zoggs was a good enough brand after reading several reviews of their products.

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I went to Amazon.com (where I bought my Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens) to compare the price and found that they were selling the same model I found in Lazada.com.ph at a much more expensive price of USD 29.40 or roughly Php 1,274.00. I was a bit surprised because my previous goggles were cheaper in Amazon than those sold in retail stores locally.

zoggs-amazon

So I ordered the Zoggs along with a digital weighing scale (for my fitness challenge) from Lazada Online Shopping Mall and had them paid on delivery (or COD). The items arrived the next day, similar to my last purchase from Lazada.com.ph.

So far, the Zoggs goggles are working great, and I’ve logged more than 20 kilometers of swimming with them.

zoggs-pool

I’ll do a formal review of the goggles on my other blog, Life.Change.Challenge. But for now, to compare it with my¬†Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens‘, the fit and comfort of the Zoggs Phantom is not at far with the Aqua Sphere Kayenne. But it terms of lens clarity, the Zoggs is clearly the winner. ūüôā

Cash On Delivery with Lazada Online Shopping Mall

Cash On Delivery with Lazada Online Shopping Mall

When I needed to replace the mirror in our bathroom and also our coffee maker, I was hesitant to go out and buy from the malls. I knew it would be scorching hot outside and the malls would be jam-packed. I decided to just shop online and have it delivered to my doorstep.

As most people know, I’m a creature of comfort, so I decided to just order it from Lazada Online Shopping Mall since I already had some experience with them. (more…)

My First Experience With Lazada.com.ph

My First Experience With Lazada.com.ph

Note: This review is a retelling of my personal experience with Lazada.com.ph or Lazada Online Shopping Mall. This is not a paid review and does not reflect the sentiments of any of my associates or my employees and businesses. All opinions stated in the following paragraphs are all mine.

I’ve been curious about the Lazada Online Shopping Mall¬†for a while now, especially after seeing their TV commercials and Facebook Ads. So to satiate my curiousity, I ordered a small product from their online store.
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Chicken Rice and the Singapore Food Festival in Orchard Road (Mega Mall)

Chicken Rice and the Singapore Food Festival in Orchard Road (Mega Mall)

Note: Much of what I’ll be doing in this post is share some trivia on Singapore¬†food and culture. Why do I do know all these information? Well, I spent almost three (3) years there as a foreign worker. That experience has given me enough¬†credibility on the subject, especially on the food. ¬†Read on…¬†

Ok, the title may be confusing, but read on: There’s a Singapore Food Festival in Orchard Road, SM Mega Mall.

To remove some of the confusion, the original Orchard Road is in Singapore. The Road is a kilometer strip of shopping malls and is filled with shoppers, both foreign and locals. The Orchard Road I’m writing about is a restaurant on the second floor of SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The owners of that restaurant built it to serve hawker-centre-type food. Again, for those that don’t know what a hawker center is, a hawker center is, wait… I’ll just list the three most common food places in Singapore so you understand better:

  • Hawker Centre – an organized area of stalls selling all types of local and western food. It is usually near a market, and is a covered structure that has no air-conditioning.
  • Coffee Shop – an area usually under an HDB block (the government built housing building similar to the BLISS projects here in the Philippines but definitely better and more expensive) that offers the same food in hawker centers. It’s composed of several stalls that, again, sell local and western food.
  • Food Court – an area for dining in malls, or commercial or business buildings that is usually air-conditioned. The food served here is almost the same as in the hawker centers but pricier. (more…)