Fruit Secrets

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Fruits, goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fibre are ideal to consume at least 4-5 servings in a day. Since they are in the natural form, account for largest part of water and 100% bad cholesterol free, it’s much easier for the body to process and absorb the vitamins and minerals from the fresh fruit.

Apple – Round fruit with lots of fibre, vitamins A, C, E and folate. Available in green, red or yellow skin when ripe. Apples reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. They also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol.

Bananas – Long thick skinned fruit yellow in colour when ripe. Good source of fibre, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E & folate. Unripe or green bananas are used in cooking.

Cherries – small round fruit with a seed, red or black in colour when ripened. Cherries always have to be ripe to eat. Cherries contain anthocyanins that reduce pain & inflammation.

Figs – Eaten either dried or fresh, figs contain vitamin A, C, folate and niacin. A small sweet fruit full of small seeds.

Kiwi – A rich source of vitamins A, C, E, B – complex, calcium, iron and folic acid, kiwi is a small oval fruit with thin brown skin, soft green flesh and black seeds. The skin is a good source of flavonoid antioxidants.

Lime – Lime or lemon is the most cultivated citrus fruit with green to yellow colour loaded with vitamins A, C and folate. Juice of lime is good for detoxification and has antioxidant properties.

Peach – Round juicy fruit with a yellowish red skin & flesh having a taste of acidic tang and sweetness contains a rough stone. Always to be picked and eaten ripe.

Orange – A round thick-skinned juicy edible fruit that is a reddish-yellow colour when ripe with sweet to sour flavour. Peeled and eaten fresh or squeezed to make juice. Contain vitamin C, flavanoids, provides pectin and rich in sodium when ripened in sunshine.

Plum – soft round smooth-skinned fruit with sweet flesh and a flattish pointed stone. It is high in carbohydrates, low in fat and calories. An excellent source of vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fibre and free of sodium and cholesterol.

Papaya – A melon like fruit with yellow- orange flesh with dozens of small black seeds enclosed in skin that ranges in colour from green to orange. Either round, pear-shaped, or long like a banana. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D; calcium, phosphorous and iron. It is high in digestive properties and has a direct tonic effect on the stomach.

Pear – A sweet juicy yellow or green fruit with a rounded shape narrow towards the stalk. Best eaten at room temperature, pear contains kalium and riboflavine. It is good for skin and contains plenty of fibres.

Strawberry – A triangular shaped red colour fruit. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and fibre. It has high content of sodium and iron. It helps in whitening of the teeth. Used to relieve rheumatism.

Watermelon – a type of melon with smooth exterior rind and juicy sweet red interior flesh. Extraordinarily refreshing to drink as juice or eaten when ripe and fresh. Valuable for minerals, vitamins and sugar with useful amount of fibre and iron.

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TIPS in Starting your Ukay-ukay (Thrift Shop) Business

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All throughout my life, it never occurred to me to shop my clothing items on a 2nd hand stores, not until I got hooked up in reading fashion blogs that features unique, cheap but quality hauls from various thrift shop.

In addition to this, I have seen plenty of online businesses that transforms their ukay-ukay hauls into a profitable and fashionable business. Being an entrepreneur and fashionista at heart, my idea to start the same venture also strucks my innocent mind.

I met a new found friend, namely Paula, from a bazaar group which I intend to join. Having literally no actual experience with how flea markets work, I am always inclined to ask questions and seek the experiences of other bazaaristas who already earned a significant moments and learnings from joining in this type of business events.

So there, I met Paula, who is into ukay-ukay business for five (5) years already. She taught me everything she knows about this type of business so I am very happy to share it too.

  • First, if you want to start a thrift shop business for a 20 square meters area or size of your store, then you must have a capital of at least P40,000.00 for goods only.  Approximately P8,000.00 for hangers, hanger racks, chairs, orbit fan and etc., and P20,000 for at least two (2) months deposit of your chosen commercial space, assuming that your rent is P10,000 monthly.
  • Second, bear in mind that the most saleable ukay items are those that came from United States (US), Canada, Europe and Japan.
  • Third, choose at least six (6) items among the following items below, at least of 45 kgs. in total:

Ladies T-Shirts #1 (approx. 360 – 400pcs per bale)
Children’s Shirts #1 (approx. 420 – 480pcs)
Original Shorts #1 (approx. 190 – 230pcs)
Bags #1 (approx. 100 – 140pcs)
Children Rummage #1 (approx. 380 – 450pcs)
Men’s T Shirts #1 (approx. 190 – 230pcs)
Baby Rummage #1 (approx. 500 – 650pcs)
Bedsheets #1 (95 – 120pcs)
Shoes #1 (120 – 150 pairs)
Capri #1 (170 – 190 pcs)
Capri Shorts #1 (180 – 200pcs)
Dresses #1 ( 200 – 250pcs)
Winbreaker Jackets #1 (120 – 130pcs)

#1 or no. 1 (number 1) means Class A. Class A does not mean that the items are either fakes or imitations. This is the highest grade when it comes to classifying an ukay items, it means these are slightly used, IMPORTED AND ORIGINAL which is a surplus clothing.

#2 or number 2 means that the items are class B, these are the VERY USED items.

  • Fourth, find a supplier who is willing to teach you some techniques in selling ukay items since most of them started as a retailer. It is always nice to have a mentor whom you could directly seek for advices and tips, especially when it comes to worst. Find suppliers of US, Canada, Europe and Japan items only. These items are the most sellable items in the Philippines. Why? Because brands from these countries are well-known, and ukay patronizers love these brands too! (I knew it coming from an Ukay shopper myself *wink)
  • Fifth, you should set your target gross sales daily. For example, you are able to sell an average of P3,000 per day, how much then will be your net profit? Minimum of P1,500 per day. Why? Refer to the list of items above. Price per table times quantity per table. That will be your capital for each item.
  • Sixth, make a list of contact numbers of your customers. Every time that someone buys from your store, get their mobile numbers or emails so that you could inform them every time you have items for new arrival. This engages you to promote a good customer relationship with your clients because they will be happy to know that you inform them immediately or you prioritize them for your new ukay items.
  • Seventh, once you open your store, do not display or release all your items all in one time. Divide it into three parts which you slowly release as NEW ARRIVAL once a week.

You should BE CONSISTENT. Once you announced that you will have New Arrival every Wednesday and Saturday, then you must indeed release new items on those particular days every week.

  • Lastly, these brands of ukays are what she usually get: Premium, Supremo, Friends, Samiyatex, Delmar, American Mill, ABS, Atlantic, CanAm, Bell, AFC, etc.

There are still a wide variety of brands to choose from. Just make sure to import your items only from US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

It is indeed true that many already succeeded in doing the ukay-ukay business. But bear in mind that this type of business has a very stiff competition now. Of course, you also need to invest heaps of your patience and perseverance in bring your business into a success. 

Good luck!

Xoxo,

Sheila 🙂

Cheap Online Stores in the Philippines

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Sharing this useful list to shop online in the Philippines (Best store guide):
1.Computer and laptop
– PC hub (http://www.pchub.com/)
– Dynaquest PC (http://dynaquestpc.com/)

2. Cellphones and other Gadgets
– DB Gadget Hub (http://dbgadgets.net/)
– HotGadget
– CMK Cellphones (http://www.cmkcellphones.com/)
– Goods.ph (https://www.goods.ph/)

3. Store with Delivery to Philippines
– Shopinas.com (Shopinas.com)
– Lazada (www.lazada.com.ph/)
– Goods.ph again haha (https://www.goods.ph/)

4. Camera
– DP Online Store (www.dponline.com.ph/)
– Filters Exchange (filtersexchange.net/)

5. Florist and Flowers
– Island Rose (www.islandrose.net)
– Flowers Express (flowersexpress.com.ph/)

6. Clothing
– Chicify.com (Chicify.com)
AVA.ph
– Zalora (www.zalora.com.ph)

7. Appliances and Electronics
– Remal Sale www.remalsales.com/
– Goods.ph (https://www.goods.ph/)

8. Group Buying Websites
– Beeconomic www.beeconomic.com.ph
– Dealgrocer https://dealgrocer.com/
– Cash Cash Pinoy www.cashcashpinoy.com
– Ensogo www.ensogo.com.ph/
– Metrodeal www.metrodeal.com/

9. Online Baby Store 
– Bumblebee & Company www.bumblebee.ph/
– Indigo Baby store www.indigobabyshop.com/
– Richwell www.richprime.net

10. Online Pet Shop
– Doggies Choice https://www.facebook.com/doggieschoice
– Pets shop

11. Gift to Philippines
– Goods.ph (https://www.goods.ph/)

12. Grocery, Furniture, and Hardware
– Philgrocer www.philgrocer.com/
Hardwarephilippines.com
– Goods.ph (https://www.goods.ph/)

Planning for the Greatness of 2015 with Belle de Jour Power Planner

I CHOOSE TO SHINE

24 more days to go before the new year starts! Now, I am busy reflecting on the moments that happened to my life for this 2014 and I am also pretty busy visualizing the possible events that I may encounter this coming 2015.. (drama..drama..haha)

Well.. Thanks to my 2014 Belle de Jour Power Planner as it made my reminiscing moment much easier as all I have to do is browse on everything I have written there. Haha!

So, here comes the most exciting part – planning for 2015! 🙂

For the second time around, Belle de Jour Power Planner gained my loyalty. I have bought their planner, in gray leather, to guide my whole year of 2015. I’m really excited to start writing all my visions for the next year. It always reminds me how to live life to the fullest.

Here are the sneak peek of my 2015 BDJ Power Planner:

Package from Viviamo, Inc. shipped via Xend Package from Viviamo, Inc. shipped via Xend

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