It’s almost Christmas! The most awaited season of all-time in nearly every country. Here in the Philippines, with its advent, our streets are filled with the melancholic to frenzied children’s’ carols, the scent of the cool Christmas breeze that kisses your cheeks on a cold morning after the traditional Misa de Gallo. Friends and families are together piling up in street corners for their turn with the famous take home hot “bibingka” and “puto bumbong”. (I can almost taste that right now).
And of course, one which will always fill our childhood memories: the “aguinaldo” from our Ninongs and Ninangs, from our parents, titos and titas, friends, partners, loved ones, neighbors, and even strangers.
Our malls are decorated with a 4-letter word, so prevalent in these times, SALE. This is much awaited, bringing out our shopping instincts. With all these being said, we can say that we are a mobile people when our calendars turn to this month, and it is evidenced by the massive jam in busy streets and roads. I wonder, though, if that could still be the same this year.
Now that we are facing an entirely different situation than what we usually used to, there are many changes in our lives in the way we move.
One of them is going out to shop.
This is where the huge help from online shopping apps steps in. It is a big help now that we are trying to avoid going outside as much as possible.
Cashless, hassle-free shopping is a big hit. It will just take about an hour (well, usually that’s what you would spend to cover the distance from your house to the shopping malls on a Friday rush hour), with a decent internet connection, then voila!