Lactose Shield

Many people do not know that I am lactose-intolerant (different from a dairy allergy). I never thought it was relevant to mention that to family and friends for the longest time because I felt that my dietary restriction was an inconvenience.

Unfortunately for me, I suffer from a rare side effect, nausea. It is not easy to avoid products since many have milk ingredients in them. I actively avoid products to reduce my symptoms.

Luckily, my search on Amazon lead me to this supplement. My lactose-intolerance is not severe so I usually take 1 pill a day. I bring some with me when I go out in case I need more. If I eat and I feel the oncoming symptoms, taking another pill usually works for me.

First World Problems

It has been about a year since I have moved to another country. I left behind family, friends, and most of my possessions. Moving is definitely expensive and I am still paying the price for it. The list is not in any order of preference, by the way.

There are luxuries that I miss having:

1) Kitchen
That is the major reason as to why I haven’t been updating my kitchen blog lately. My new best friend is the microwave. Cheers to minimalist cooking!

2) Access to a personal vehicle
Whether it is snowing, raining, humid, or hot, I walk everywhere. On grocery days, I take a taxi back. I have been “yelled” at a few times for not informing the driver beforehand, that I am paying by Visa credit card.

3) Cash
One of the reasons that I get yelled at by cabbies. Change is a somewhat harder to come by for laundry.

4) Personal laundry machine and dryer
I know that I do not look “disabled” but my wrist injury makes it a tad difficult to transport my clothes to a facility.

5) Access to high-end mall
I get most of my makeup, skincare, and clothes from my favourite mall. The nearest Sephora is 2 hours away, but they don’t sell my brand on skincare items online and in store. Clothes are easier to change while makeup and skincare is not very agreeable with my sensitive skin.

6) Working from home
I miss making money from an online business. Also, I have considered an at-home baking business for items such as cake pops, chocolate-dipped fruits, and/or cookies. However, where I am currently living, the regulations are different and I don’t have a kitchen.

7)Amazon.com
I miss the huge selection and deals from the site. It is not the same where I am currently living.

8) Inexpensive shipping rates
I have considered moving my online business with me but the rates are just too much. Nobody wants to pay $4 for an item plus $10 for standard shipping. In order to comply with eBay’s policy, I have to have tracked shipping in order to receive certain benefits. Hence, my online business is not viable at where I am currently living.

9) Desk and chair
No worries, I have a bed tray that doubles as my laptop tray!

10) Gaming desktop computer
I like a having an efficiently running computer. At least I can still play Hearthstone on my laptop, tablet, and cell phone.

Looking at the list, I miss having a fully equipped kitchen the most. In case anyone is wondering, yes I do miss my family and friends but that’s a list for another day.

Rant: People Trying to Convert Me

All I ask is that you have an open mind. I am not arguing or trying to convert anyone. If you would please hear me out:

After attempts of people trying to convert me to a religion without asking about my beliefs, it is correct to say that I am not “religious” but I do have an ideology. Not to mention I am an atheist. I have not been called a heathen yet though people can call me whatever they want!

I agree with the philosophy of Buddhism. It is not technically a religion because Buddha is not worshipped as a god but instead, he is greatly respected as a teacher.

I am NOT imposing my beliefs on anyone. In fact, I have studied/learned about different religions and ideologies during my years of formal education. Below is an article that gives the gist of Buddhism. Again, I am NOT converting but educating:

Basic Buddhism Guide

Graze Subscription Box Review

So it seems that subscription boxes are common and there are many different sorts when I searched on Google. I noticed that I seldom buy snacks anymore. I get bored easily as well and I certainly love the variety that Graze has.

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All gone…

I was going to show the snacks I received but my family ate them after delivery. I need to get some snacks in bulk.

The site is user friendly and customizable to individual needs. I got those 4 snacks (above). Prior to shipment, I can rate the snacks I’d like. 3 of the snacks were ones I either liked or loved. The banana caramel dippers is the snack that I clicked as “try.” Needless to say, it’s easy to trash it so that I never get sent the item again after I tried it.
Graze

If there are any dietary restrictions or allergies, it’s simple to indicate.
Restrictions

The box is $6.99 a month and you can choose how often you want it delivered. The default option is every 2 weeks but you can adjust it however you want.

As much as I love cooking and baking, I do not have the time to make snacks! If you would like to try a free box, click on the following link: https://www.graze.com/us/p/5TTX3D3VU

Ranting of an eBay Seller: Shipping & Handling

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Click above to visit my eBay!

There is a difference between “shipping” and “delivering.” The process of the shipping is explained below. However, the delivering part is done by another company (i.e. USPS, FedEx, UPS) because I cannot afford drones to drop off your parcels yet.

When it comes to S&H, I take 1 business day. By business day, I mean Monday through Friday excluding holidays. I’m not sure if some of you have noticed but I typically end my auctions on Friday or Saturday night. Even if I receive payment the second the auction ends, I cannot ship it. In case some of you don’t know, here are the USPS postal holidays:
postal holidays

Most people opt for the free shipping with the carrier USPS. Who is going to pay for UPS or FedEx? Those are the additional options but eBay buyers tend to go for the cheapest route. All of my listings offer free standard shipping:
Free S&H
The perks is that I get an automatic 5 Stars in the shipping category 🙂

You are probably wondering, “When are orders shipped?” The following business day, which would be Monday. My local post office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Not to mention it is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

To summarize, no I do not have a life because I work on eBay during the weekend. Sunday nights and sometimes Monday, I pack the items by myself. I’m such a great 1-person team!
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Ranting of an eBay Seller: Feedback Rating

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Click above to visit my eBay!

Due to new eBay rating rules, negative AND neutral feedback counts against me. This is known as a defect rate. If it exceeds a certain threshold (in one or several feedback categories), I could lose my “top-rated” seller status.

If there is any issue, I would like to resolve it. However, buyers cannot threaten me with negative/neutral feedback to gain benefits from me. By the way, that is known as feedback extortion and it’s against eBay rules 🙂

The buyer isn’t allowed to threaten to use Feedback or detailed seller ratings in an attempt to force a seller into providing:

  • Goods or services that weren’t included in the original item’s description or purchase price.

  • A return, refund, or replacement item.

Of course there are those who do not contact me at all and leave a negative feedback. I contact the buyer and very likely the buyer doesn’t even respond. Most of the time, I am fortunate that she/he agrees to revise the feedback.

I had a buyer revise her negative feedback, and gave me a neutral feedback. My rating is back up to 100% which looks great. However, there is still the issue of the defect rating in the categories below.

Actually there are several more categories that count against me as the seller but that’s a little more complicated.

Being a 1-person team isn’t easy so I do appreciate all the positive feedback received.

*I only requite feedback after the buyers leave me a positive rating.