Holiday Shopping Ideas

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Hi There! Thanks Giving is almost here. If you are like me you are already thinking about holiday gift ideas and shopping. I love the magic of Christmas. Even in the midst of cold, this wonderful holiday this radiates warmth spirit towards everyone no matter what religious belief they may hold.  I love everything about the season, whether sipping on peppermint mocha at Starbucks, decorating my house with holiday lights, or just watching It’s a Wonderful Life, or binge watch the Home Alone Movie Series. I especially love the holidays because this is the one time when I can let my shopaholic self roam free and without my pocket feeling too bad.


Now you may ask me how I can do that. Well, today I will share with you one big way you can get paid while shopping almost at every stores you shop. I actually have gotten paid close to $800 just by shopping at my favorite store online. Yes, I got paid while I shopped. One such way site know as Ebates.  Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping. Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. Founded in 1998, Ebates Inc.’s websites have paid over $325 million in cash to its members. Hence, while you doing your holiday shopping online just click on the link provide, sign up and get cash back at over 2,000 stores. These stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way and Ebates shares the commission with you as Cash Back. Every quarter, Ebates will mail you a Big Fat Check or PayPal payment. Using Ebates is simple and, most importantly, free. Join Ebates today and get a special Welcome Bonus. You already shop. Get paid for it!


Another wonderful way to get paid is Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Earn points when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web, answer surveys and find great deals. Redeem points for gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon and Walmart or get cash back from Paypal. Swagbucks has already paid out over $120 million in cash and free gift cards.


My personally love Ebates, because I have been using them the longest. I am completely new to Swagbucks. Check back on this post for my update on what I think about Swagbucks. If you are new to online shopping or a pro, I bet you would love to save money and get paid in the process so check out the above sites and let me know if you like them. Hope your holiday shopping is as magical and joyous as the season itself. Please let me know if you know of any other shopping rewards or promotional sites.

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2016 Presidential Election

I don’t want to talk about politics in my blog, but I thought that it will not be right if I stay quiet after the end of the most divisive election of our lifetime. This election was one of the most divisive election we have ever seen. There have been a lot of policy differences, bigotry, hatred, and sexism but what I have also learned that there is a lot of love for this wonderful country of ours. After last Tuesday, I have been going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. At first, I could not believe that people of this wonderful nation of ours have just help put in the highest office in the land, a man who’s been endorsed by KKK, a man who has demonstrated every trait we were taught since childhood as bad – bigotry, name-calling, selfishness, cheating, a man who only cares about himself. He is someone who launched his political career by questioning the legitimacy of our first African American President. He is basically the opposition of someone we are taught a president should be.  This led to the next stage of grief, which is anger. I am angry that people voted for bigotry, when I know many who voted for him do not possess any of these traits. I asked myself, why then would someone vote for him, the answer is because they too only care about themselves: save some money on taxes, or healthcare. However, how can someone who uses charity money to pay for his own portrait care about those voters?


I somehow skipped the bargaining stage and went straight to the depression stage. I cried and cried for all the little girls out there, who looked up to this election. Then I saw Hillary’s concession speech again. I saw the people protesting in the streets of America. Even through the vast ray of gloominess, I found a gleam of hope. I want to thank Hillary Clinton for her dignity, perseverance, and her service. Defeat is not easy to accept gracefully. She is the epitome of strength and perseverance. When Bill Clinton’s comprehensive health insurance program failed in congress, she immediately started working on the Children’s Health Insurance program until passed. After she lost to then Sen. Barack Obama, she did not give up, but instead, campaigned hard for him to make sure that he becomes our president. Hillary, fought for LGBTQ right at world stage as our Secretary of Stage. I want to thank her for apologizing for occasions when she was wrong and not complaining when things did not go her way. She may not have shattered the highest glass ceiling but she paved the way for millions.


To Hillary Clinton, I may not have always agreed with you but you have truly lived up to your Methodist faith teaching of “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can”.  Thank you for inspiring so many little girls and young women to believe that they are deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve their own dreams.


As for the last stage of grief, I know it will take me a while to accept this sad reality of our election. Some will depend on what the new President do to unite the divided country. However, one thing gives me great hope. I like to believe that as long as there are wonderful leaders like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, even Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, or heroes like John McCain, or someone like Mitt Romney, we are going to be okay. More people voted for love and unity than hate and division. People are protesting because they are standing up against division. I even heard of people standing up against hatred in metro rides in Washington. As long as we have good people who stand up to bigotry and division, love will always trump hate in this great country of ours. Watching my fellow countrymen rising in solidarity for love, strength, and unity gives me great hope for our future.I will not never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. As my favorite poet said, “And miles to go before I sleep”. I hope with time, the wound in our hearts heals and we can move forward positively.

Even though this election was not kind to the first woman presidential nominee to a major party, but down-ballot some female candidates made history. Somali-American Ilhan Omar was elected to the Minnesota House, making history by becoming the first Somali-American legislator in the United States. Zena Stephens also made history by being the first African-American woman to be elected to the office of sheriff in Texas. The Democrat defeated Ray Beck in Jefferson County, Texas. Additionally, Senate will see the first female biracial senators, the first Latina senator and the first Thai-born senator. Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris becomes the state’s first senator of Indian descent — and the country’s first black female senator since 1999. Democrat and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto holds the distinction of being the first Latina to serve in the Senate. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois became the first Thai-born to be elected to US Senate.

To my readers, never stop fighting for your beliefs, and what you think is right. Never stay in the sideline. As long as you stay true to yourself, believe in love, and love what you do, you will prevail. I know we have more love than hate in this this beautiful country of ours. I’ve seen that growing up in our our nation’s capital,  living through the unity and and compassion sfter 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy. I see in my friend when she texts me and tells me she’s always there there for me. I see it in the soldier above who is is fighting for ever one of of our freedom, not not just some. It is is this love that make our our country so so great. May love always trump hate.

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