Friday, April 14, 2017

Pro-Choice

It's 1am on a Thursday and since I don't work early tomorrow, I wanted to respond to this video from my FB newsfeed. https://www.facebook.com/203805062990264/videos/1352253278145431/

In short, Ben Shapiro expressed his stand on abortion and he is pro-life. What is pro-life? "All Lives Matter," meaning that as long as there's a baby, they must have the right to life.
When I was young, I didn't really understand all this stuff. I actually didn't care nor take a stand. Now that I"m older and understand the world and 'life' more, I have formed a view.

I just find it extremely annoying when it's a male perspective saying they are pro-life. Are you taking care of the children that don't have parents who are responsible? Wait, that's not your issue because your view and job were to make sure those children got a life and your part is done.

Even if this view comes from a female's point of view, I'd still stand on the opposite end. How can someone be pro-life when the person carrying the baby is the one that ends up with it. If she's lucky (lucky? smh), her partner will help her raise the child/ren. With or without a partner, there are other factors and elements to raise a child. You can't say the life should live when you are not going to take care of it. You are not paying the childcare. You are not the one that has to work to bring food to the child. You are not going to be a part of the child's life, why are you making decisions for someone that is?

Pro-lifers are for life, but what about homelessness, adoption, not wanting their taxes to go to welfare, what about those lives? Because people are adults (that's supposed to have their life together, like a job), pro-life is no longer an issue? How can someone be pro-life when there are millions of orphans out there who are waiting for someone to give them a 'life'?

Regardless of the situation of how a baby happened, by accident or choice, it is the person who is having the baby that's stuck with it. But when that person files for child support, the world looks down on him/her. If s/he doesn't raise the child to society's standards, they're a bad mom/dad.

In this video, Ben constantly said he will financially contribute to these unfortunate individuals to make up for the financial factor. But it's not just money that's needed to raise a child. It's taking them to school or childcare, will the parent have transportation for that? No one is handed a car and I don't even want to go into an argument about the financial support for public schools. It's making sure the child has a school lunch, are you paying for it? The Trump team is cutting down school lunch support. On top of all this, it's making sure they have a good job and maintain it too.

I'm not saying that it's right for people to throw away a life because they're lazy and don't want to work at it. But these people are clearly not capable of loving, caring, and raising another life. People standing up for pro-life is like me telling them what they can and can't eat; the car they should drive; the degrees they should go for; they shouldn't smoke drugs. You can't tell me what I can't do to my body and then allow people to drugs.

If you are pro-life, you better be picking up kids, paying for their school lunches, and getting their athletic gear.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How I scored a $10 meal for $1 - Starbucks Banana & Panera Bread Dinner Roll Trick


Hi Guys,

It's been a long time since I posted anything relevant. Today's post is dedicated to how to pay minimal toward a maxi-meal-deal.

Starbucks has always had deals or challenges like visit 3 times, get XX points. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to order in separate transactions. In this case, bananas is the cheapest for $1; hence the name 'banana trick.' I've done this to all my challenges and that's how I'm able to reach stars to earn a Gold level status. For example, if your challenge is to have 2 transactions, order 1 banana in 2 separate transactions.

To maximize your savings at Starbucks, the ones located inside Target often has a Cartwheel deal. Usually, it's 25% off a frappe or 25% off Starbucks sandwich.
Recently, I got a similar email from Panera Bread and decided to test it out. I found the cheapest item, dinner roll (.75); hence 'dinner roll' trick name. My challenge was: visit 2 times and earn a free you pick 2. I loove their chipotle chicken avocado panini and those are $6+ for half a sandwich. Unlike Starbucks, I think you have to go separate days to count as your visit. I tested this out by buying 3 dinner rolls in one day, but it was probably only considered 1. Then the next day, I placed another single order and my reward kicked it. I was also able to order or use my reward right away too, so it was 1 trip, a total of 2 trips. I didn't have to make a 3rd trip to redeem my reward, get it?

Breakdown in short: Order cheapest item in separate transactions or days to qualify for the reward that can be redeem

PS: You can do the DOT trick to earn more rewards. In addition to the discounts, ALL NEW ACCOUNTS/members get a free dessert item

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

It’s an internship + Nightcrawler Review

Are you graduating soon and need a job? Usually, at the last semester of your final year, you’re recommended to get an internship. Sometimes these are paid and not-paid.

Fortunately for me, I had a flexible ‘internship’ where I worked counted as my intern. But for some people, it’s not. I just feel like the word internship is just a disguise for ‘do work for free’ than learning the trade/skill. But again, it depends on where it is that you’re interning. For ex, maybe an internship at the White House is cool because it’s such a rare opportunity, you get to network and stuff … but then, why work for free if you are good at what you do? And all you want is to get paid for it.

There are pros to doing free internships too. There’s no commitment and maybe more flexibility. Maybe you get to work with the person on top instead of an actual job where you start from the ground.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I am a refugee.


I am a refugee. I have only lived in the US for 24 years. Growing up, I never felt like different; I never felt like a 'refugee' or an outsider. That was because of the way I was treated by my lighter skin neighbors during my early years in the US. The way they treated my family with kindness made me think everyone was kind and I still think the same. Then my family moved to a different part of town and we had the nastiest and racist neighbors. I was too young to understand they hated and cursed at us. When we played ball games and if the ball rolled to their yard, the old lady said some really mean stuff. I was so confused why she was so mean and angry, but because my first neighbors were so nice, I shrugged it off.

You can't change people through policies like building walls and banning them. You have to get to know them. And because of my neighbors, I've always seen the good in people and it never crossed my mind to bomb anyone. I went to school and was pretty much brainwashed that Americans were the good guys during the Vietnam War. Um...not completely true. WHO TF bombs a country that has families sharing 1 chicken leg? I'm not even exaggerating. WHO TF bombs a country with people who doesn't even have a basement to run for cover and safety. They don't even have clean water. Their life is so hard already. We're after the wrong people. It is such a false statement to ban people coming from the middle east for protection.

My mom literally swam the Mekong River for her life. Look at me, living in America with swimming classes, and I don't even know how to swim. Refugees are not the bad people here. They are coming from a place that none of us can't even live for a day or a couple hours. There are still Hmong people in the jungles of Laos to this very day, hiding from communists because they sided with the US during the Vietnam War. But I won't use this time to take away the spotlight of the Syrian refugees

Imagined if this happened when Einstein was still alive. The Nazis seized power in Germany on January 30, 1933. Just three months later, March, he quit his job, and by October, he came to the US. Then helped develop the atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Because America let him in, this unfortunate achievement was claimed by America, "Our guy was the brain behind it! Yea, we're awesome. We're smarter than you."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

6 Easy Ways to Earn Money - How I made over $2,000+


Hello world! I just realized that I made over $2000 last year from what I already do. $2k sounds like a small number, but when you actually look at it, it's a pretty big number.

Alright, lets get to business. I have 6 easy ways to earn money and I'll share them from easiest to most complicated.

1. This new one: Milesup app
-get points for driving.
-I already made $25

2. Use Ebates
-Shop online through the ebates link.
-You can shop in your cart
-But I always like to do a final click
-There are some stores that offer in store cashback too

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What if Couponers are Anonymous?


It is so crazy how alike couponers are to Anonymous. Who is Anonymous? "Anonymous is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an Internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives" (wikipedia).

Instead of hacking the internet, we shop the crap out of it! We don't mean to shut down any governments, but we've been shutting down some websites/stores all due to extreme couponing. Here are some examples:

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." - Albert Einstein

Call it God, call it Allah, call it Jesus. This quote is so true, so that means I am an Einsteiner. I truly believe there's a higher power out there. I do believe in science ... and supernatural at the same time, even though it's complete opposites. Today, I'm going to share my experiences of "seeing (is believing)" this. I'm not a Christian, but I'll still make some references from there; at the end of the day, it's just words ... that the Christians were given credit/reference to.

1. Today, 1/13/17, I've been so stressed out about new duties at work; accounting! I don't have any background in it at all. Well, I was a bank teller, but that's just basic cashier duties - at the bank. I was so stressed out to the point that I wanted to quit because I was doing (and will be held accountable for) something I didn't know. (It's fricken accounting! Even real accountants have issues with accounting, that means I am at level -1 million). Anyway, I had to gather some reports for the training. I messed up on saving the files, and in accounting, shit needs to match up, especially numbers. Anyway, I was just like, "#### IT! This is what I've got to give them." So on 'training day' (LOL! - starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke), we opened these files. I had lost hope and felt like a POS when the first 2 files' names didn't match. This meant I had to look at all the files again and rename them, so it can be matched nicely. Then the following files, it magically worked out. For example, CHECK FILE - 12 and LIABILITY - 2 went together.

Scientifically, I happened to mistakenly name some files. But it was just too much of a coicidence. I had been stressed out about this, and the Almighty showed me that it will help me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two Lessons from my Dad

My last post was about my mom, so I think it's only fair that I also bring in my dad too. Thank you for reading.

1. Savings is a big deal

I was 23 when I got my first car. I had saved up maybe $3k by then. I was so excited to basically give the whole $3k for my down payment because I read that it's better to pay more toward that or as much as you can so you'll pay it off sooner. However, my dad said that I didn't need to and it didn't make much difference. If anything, it was a loss. My dad told me that it is so hard to save or to get the ball rolling and when you are on it, keep what you have.