Financial Goals for 2013

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I know that almost 2 months have passed and it is rather quite late to be jotting down more New Year goals at this time, but I reckon I can always set personal goals anytime I want to, right? So here I am making a mental note {and a written one, to accompany it!}  to aim to continue building up on my savings for this year. I might not end up as a millionaire with a hefty amount on my bank account at the end of the year, but if I can add a few more thousands of pesos to my little man’s savings account, then I will be such a happy camper!

I am not really well adept with numbers and talks about investment and mutual funds can really give me such a terrible headache, so I’d rather steer clear of them for now. It will be quite scary to jump into something which I have limited knowledge of. If only those types of investments will come with something like MyLife Refund option, then I’d say it will be safe to put my hard-earned money on them, but if not, I would really have second, third and more thoughts before jumping in.

But a handicap with numbers shouldn’t set me back from my goals to improve my financial situation this year, won’t you agree? I have a rather simple solution, see.  Monitoring and noting my earnings and expenses is one good way to be financially in control. By keeping track of all my financial moves, I can very well determine my earning and spending pattern and create a perfect way on how I can effectively save. And, to save up, all I really have to do is to put a full stop on my online shopping habit and what do you know, the money I save from that will automatically go to my son’s bank account! Easy-peasy, right?

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World’s Best Shopping Outlets For Big Brands

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If shopping is your favorite past-time, you should try a shopping trip around the world. You can travel to the fashion capitals of the world and get incredible discounts for as much as 65 percent or more. Many people who hate to shop can spend hours in these outlets and save an incredible amount of money. Here are some of the world’s best shopping outlets for big brands.

1. FoxTown Outlets in Mendriso, Switzerland

Women flock to this outlet store because of the Prada and other big brands at half off. There is nothing more rewarding than going to shopping outlets after Milan Fashion Week. Even stylists shop these outlets for A-list celebrities. Women are constantly shopping these outlets to find bargains on Gucci, Pucci, and Dolce &Gabbana.

2. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Near New York City

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are located 90 minutes north of New York City. The best part about this outlet mall is that there are numerous big name brands, such as Burberry, Armani, and Coach, to select. Shoppers enjoy discounts of as much as 65 percent off the retail prices. This outlet mall is shaped like flower and each petal has stores. Experts recommend starting at the middle and circling each petal.

3. Marni Outlet Shopping Near Milan, Italy

Marni Outlet offers some of the best discounts on big brands. Shoppers indulge on clothes that are discounted as much as 50 percent. Gucci is among the big brands that shoppers can expect from shopping at Milan, Italy.

4. Joyce Warehouse at Horizon Plaza in Hong Kong

If you want high-end shopping in Hong Kong, look no further than Joyce Warehouse. This outlet shopping mall includes Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, and Ann Demeulemeester.

5. Gotemba Premium Outlets in Japan

In this outlet, Gotemba Premium Outlet offers big brands such as Bvlgari, Coach, and Maison Martin Margiela. The outlets are located near Tokyo and receive thousands of visitors daily.

6. Yeoju Premium Outlets in Yeoju, Korea

Yeoju’s outlet has 120 stores for fashion or accessories. Issey Miyake, Escada, and Coach are some of the most popular stores that offer premium merchandise. Discounts for MAC, Clinique, and Estee Lauder are not uncommon in the Yeoju Premium Outlets. Even home goods, such as Le Creuset and Royal Copenhagen, can be purchased from Yeoju Premium Outlets.

7. Arabia Factory Outlet in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki’s Arabia Factory Outlet features stores like Finnish Kitchen and Bathroom Outfitters, Hacksman, and Iittala. The merchandise was up to 70 percent off the original price. There is an export service to ship your purchases by Teema and Aalto.

Shop at the World’s Best

If you are looking for a reason to travel the world, there is no better reason than shopping and savings. You will have to ship clothes back to your home because there won’t be enough luggage spaces to accommodate all of these fabulous finds. If you can’t wait till our next trip, check out the latest Lasoo shopping catalogue online for shopping at the comfort of your own home.

Written by Kay Anderson

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Supreme Court’s Flip-Flopping: An Attempt to Hoodwink the Public?

Don’t you find it rather baffling that the Supreme Court has to pull yet another flip-flopping on a previously-made decision? I guess, this might just be running in the minds of a lot of people when, for no apparent reason, they had to reverse their decision regarding the live broadcast of the highly-publicized Ampatuan Massacre Trial. Originally the Supreme Court agreed to a camera broadcast of the trial proceedings on 14 June 2011,  with uninterrupted broadcast, no replays of any part of the trial and no voice-overs or annotations of the trial proper,  but reversed it later on in favor of the accused, Andal Ampatuan, Jr., who petitioned that such coverage will deprive him of his rights to due process.

I do not see how a public telecast can affect the case in anyway, apart from allowing the people to see how it goes and giving us a perspective of the progress of the case. And, although, we may not play a significant role on how this case will be decided on, I believe the people has the right to see the proceedings, however limited and restricted may that be. We may not be related to the victims of this crime, but we are all hoping that justice will be given where they are due and that punishments will be dealt out to those who are guilty.

What do you think has prompted them to reverse their first decision? Is this a subtle attempt to hoodwink the public of the goings-on about the case proceedings? Is someone with power trying to pull strings here? I do not think the Supreme Court can stop the public from formulating one ugly opinion after another about its action. This is, after all, a high-profile case and everyone is simply raring to see how it all ends.

I am not sure whether this flip-flopping of decisions happens to every high-profile case there is, but I do hope this will not, in any way, affect the outcome of the cases. Reversing of decisions can very well spell trouble somewhere and I do hope this is not the case here. What’s your take?

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