Monthly Archives: November 2013

I had mentioned in a previous blog dated Nov. 12,2012 about the start of Black Friday sales in Canada.

Well, Canadian Black Friday sales are still going on as of today due to the need for smart economics on the part of Canadian retailers to ensure  that they can lure as much Canucks as they can from going to the US to spend their dollars for Christmas shopping.

In addition, since last year,the US has  slowly started opening most of their stores right on their Thanksgiving Day for Christmas shopping. I call it the  US Thanksgiving Day Sales.

In spite of protests from many folks,whether shoppers or retail employees about the audacity of opening the stores on their Thanksgiving Day and stating that it deprives them of spending time with loved ones in the comforts of home, well, tell that to the retailers and bargain hunting shoppers involved in this new shopping era.

One silver lining I see here is for the consumer to burn out their calories after gorging on their Thanksgiving feast by going to the stores for some serious shopping. They’ll need that extra fuel to muscle through the crowds. Better than a sleep coma and packing on the pounds,in my opinion.

In both Canada and the USA, the need to attain retail profit so as to stay in business has already become a necessary evil and the new normal. The consumer on the other hand wants to get as much out of their money as they can in light of today’s inflation.

One isn’t forced to shop if they don’t want to and even if one gets a great bargain, I still believe that one needs to use his head so as not to get the spending out of control. One needs to know how much one can spend and not spend just for the sake of a sale.

The needs versus wants come into play here prior to any purchase. It’s good to buy something as a treat or reward but it should also be controlled. Same with buying necessities(ex. groceries,toiletries,etc). Some essentials have expiration dates,you know. No use hoarding them if they become stale,worn-out,etc.

Happy shopping anyways in this jovial and festive season but do so with both your mind and heart in check.


Ever since  November 8,2013, the Filipinos living in central Philippines known as the Visayas region, life has never been the same again. At that time, a supertyphoon for all ages(international code name:Haiyan; local name: Yolanda) had swarmed over them leaving a great path of destruction and loss of lives, the total count yet to be determined.

The typhoon victims suddenly got face to face with a real -life struggle to survive amidst apocalyptic proportions—a combination of Mother Nature’s severe aftermath and shoddy logistics care of their local and federal government in reference to providing much needed aid.

High risks of anarchy could evolve if their basic needs for food,water and shelter aren’t met in due time. In terms of the mental and emotional losses whether in themselves or surviving their relatives from the typhoon, these will have to be addressed as soon as possible.

It makes me appreciate what I have right now in terms of living here in Canada and receiving basic services for daily living. It keeps me pretty grounded as to what my priorities are in life.

The news in that part of the Philippines is still ongoing and hopefully,the situation will start to stabilize once the much international aid has already been distributed to those who really need it.

Filipinos are known to be religious by nature and resilient in adversity. They take their faith in God as their guide to get through because they strongly believe that as long as there’s life,there’s always hope.

My prayers are with them!