Crossing lines

I can vividly remember certain points in the past where a palpable change happened and I knew I crossed a point of no return… yesterday was one of those days. Some events are inevitable despite our efforts to delay them; In my experience, the best way to handle them is head on. I understand that change is a constant, and I have learned to make the best of what I have while I have it. I wish I had more time, but I am thankful for what I got. I feel sad that a chapter of my life closed but excited at the same time, starting a new journey. I just can’t get used to this feeling of subtle shifts in relationships that drastically alter the course of your life and the people around you.

If I were being honest with myself, I’d say I was happy with the status quo and kind of gotten complaisant, but hind-sight is always 20-20 I guess. I have little to no control over the people and situations around me; All I have control over are my actions and how I chose to proceed from here. It is with a heavy heart that I look fondly back into the past and optimistically look towards the future.

To new, adventures!

Lazada return process and experience

TLDR: Lazada doesn’t really handle returns/refunds, it is up to  you and the seller to reach an agreement on where or not you get a refund or replacement.

My first return / refund experience was smooth, I mailed back the item, got the funds in my wallet then withdrew them via LBC remittance. The entire process took 5 days from processing the refund to withdrawing the funds, which was a pleasant experience considering that it was from a seller from China (I had my doubts). I wasn’t lucky the second time around; which is kind of ironic being it was from a local seller, less than an hour’s drive from my location.

I purchased an item from a local seller from Taguig on July 1st, and got the item on the 3rd. The item was faulty and I immediately requested a return from Lazada on the same day. At this stage, the seller has 5 days to reply/respond to your return, if not lazada will automatically process the return for shipping. I shipped the item back on the 8th, since the seller wasn’t responsive. But the item failed to reach the seller since LBC was unable to deliver to to the seller’s listed address on Lazada; so So 4 days later, on the 12th, the item was sent overto the Lazada warehouse.

After numerous follow ups to Lazada via their customer care phone line (02)795-8900 and email support at CSPH@care.lazada.com, I was informed via their phone support that Lazada has a 20 day period for shipping and sorting from the date of shipment, but cannot guarantee what will happen once that time has elapsed. All they can say is that they will “escalate” the issue to the appropriate team; then reiterate that I get in touch with the seller.

Now I am left to wait for the seller to receive the item and whether or not they will actually refund my money. Note that a refund isn’t guaranteed even though the seller receives the shipment, it is still under their digression whether or not they will refund you or send you a replacement. Lazada can will only escalate the request to a dispute if you don’t get a refund or replacement… which basically amounts to nothing. Don’t expect any buyer protection from them.

Even though Lazada states that it is “Fulfilled by Lazada” it is still up to you to get in touch with the seller for after-sales support. They only act as a middle-man advertising platform. Do no expect them to give any credible after-sales support on behalf of their sellers. Thankfully, this isn’t a big issue in my experience as the item I bought was relatively inexpensive; though I must admit that I wouldn’t be keen on patronizing their services in the future after this experience. I would rather buy directly from the seller and cut the middle-man all together.

Remembering the strong

The strength embodied by the truly strong transcends their life and is passed on to the people who allowed themselves to be swept by their example. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be guided by such a person through huge boulders and hard places; Perhaps more than I will every realize until it is my time to pay it forward.

Enough time has passed mourning your passing, and it’s time to stop fucking around with half measures.I’ll admit I was scared, I still am, but you didn’t raise a coward.. you were anything but.

You will never be forgotten in my house which you help me build. I will let my actions show my appreciation for your love, just like how you showed me, I love you.

Head up, chin down, and soldier on.

 

Workstation upgrade

My daughter ask for a GPU to run her Minecraft game with the new texture packs, hey Ryzen 2400G IGP can’t run it smoothly anymore even if I crank up the frame vuffer to 2gb. So, being the doting father that i am, i gave her my GTX 1070.

I was originally looking to get her a used RX580 8gb at arounf 9,000PHP or 160USD. But I couldn’t find a descent one to get until I came across a newly refurbished Zotac 1080ti Amp edition for 24,000PHP or 460USD complete with receipts and paperwork for extended warranty. It was like getting a physically new card. I couldn’t resist, especially how the new RTX cards are priced.

So I got me a new GPU that fits like a glove in my Dan A4.

I had to remove my H60 AIO to make room for the 1080ti. It’s all good since the L9i can cool the 9900k even at load.

S2W Payments plugin for WordPress

After developing on WordPress, I decided to contribute back to the community by creating a free plugin for WooCommerce and Square users. You can download the plug on WordPress.org or fork the source on Github. It’s basically allows you to filter fulfilled payments made to your Square account within WordPress and import them into WooCommerce as orders. This is usefull if you want to sync your sales on Square made via their Point of Sales App (POS) and your online store on WooCommerce. The only caveat  is that the SKU’s on both your WooCommerce and Square products must match so we can get the price. I didn’t bother with a create product feature since there’s a product sync feature already in the Square payment gateway plugin for WooCommerce already.

I hope to make more plugins in the future if any good and worth while ideas come to mind. In the mean time, I do hope this plugin helps a few small business owners out there.

HorribleSubs batch downloads

HorribleSubs took down their batch torrent section after their site update last year. Which made it cumbersome to manually download each and every magnet link for the shows I want to get. Thankfully, there’s this Chorme extensions: HorribleSubs Downloader which lets you copy all the magnet links to your clipboard for a particular resurrection e.g. 1080p, 720p, or 480p on each series page. After that, it’s just a matter of adding the magnet links to your torrent client, qBitorrent in my case.

Now, it’s time to catch up on my Anime shows 🙂