Friday, July 28, 2017

Our Search for the Perfect "Budget" Ukulele

I don't know when my 2-year old son, Gavin, started his interest in guitars; everytime we're in the mall and pass by a music store, he would like to stop and check out the different guitars on display. As much as I don't want to show him my guitar at home (my wife was afraid that he'll always bug her to get it), it came to a point that I had to. :P I allowed him to hold it and strum the strings just to satisfy his curiosity. But because my classic guitar is still too big for him, I just told him that I'll buy him a smaller one next time. Since a ukulele seems to be the perfect size for him and I also want to learn how to play it, I told him that I'll just buy a ukulele. :P

Premiere Ukulele for Kids

Just like what I mentioned in a previous post, whenever I buy a musical instrument for my son, as much as possible, I want it to be the real instrument instead of a toy equivalent. And so for this ukulele, the challenge was to find a decent unit at an affordable price.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Service Review: Shipping Cart's Improved Air Shipping Service

I haven't used the Shipping Cart service since March 2017 primarily due to their increased shipping rates, which took effect last March 1, 2017. But to be fair to them, I haven't used other freight forwarding services either. Interestingly, the $1.00 and $1.87 per pound increase in air and sea shipping fee, respectively, was enough to keep me out of Amazon for the next few months. :P

Amazon Prime Day was enough reason, though, to order from Amazon US again and try Shipping Cart's advertised improved service. Just in case you're not aware, Shipping Cart's air shipping service is now sending parcels from the US daily. This means you can now receive your parcel faster, in 5-10 days after shipping it out instead of the previous 10-15 days waiting period.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 Mid-Year Review: Goals, Achievements and Pending Plans

The first half of 2017 is already in the history books and it's a good time to review the goals and targets that I listed for this year. It's been a good year so far; I may have been busier and had lesser sleep, but it's ok since most of the plans are progressing well.

Without further ado, I would like to share my goals and targets for the year 2017.

1. Launch Play and Learn Manila

We initially conceptualized Play and Learn Manila in the last quarter of 2016 as an online store selling educational toys and brand new children's books, but it's only on January 9, 2017 that we finally launched it on Facebook and Instagram as an online bookstore carrying brand new and preloved children's books.

While the store was able to sell a couple of books every month, we honestly felt that it's not enough for the effort that we're putting into it. We tried to improve the way we sell books but it hardly mattered. Around May, my wife already asked me if we will still pursue this project since it seems to be going nowhere, but I said let's give it a month or two before we re-assess again. Good thing that in June, after doing a couple more tweaks, sales started to pick-up (which even exceeded our expectations), and we're now more motivated than ever to continue the project.