What happens in a money-less economy?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Welcome to another Discover Tuesdays topic where I will answer one common question and hopefully we can both learn something from it.

Just a disclaimer before we begin, the questions here are mostly about consumer behavior or anything related to Economics. I find these topics interesting but if you want to suggest something else, I am all ears!

In response to my previous topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?", conversely I ask, "What happens in a money-less economy?"

Quick mental exercise: think about what would happen if money is deemed invaluable. Imagine migrating in a country where there is no currency/money?  You go to a marketplace and suddenly all your cash is worthless. How will you survive? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! 



The short answer is: The Invisible Hand

The long answer is:


In 1942, a young economist named R.A Radford, who enlisted in the British army for WWII, was captured and became a prisoner of war in Libya. While in prison, he observed the behaviour of his fellow inmates and compared it to that of social institutions in the outside world.  Prisoners are considered to be rational individuals responsible for their own well-being. (read on The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp by R.A. Radford)


In the camp, prisoners were each given a basket of basic goods, including cigarettes. Barter  has been the system of exchange like that of a mainstream economy. The preferences of prisoners are always for the improvement of their comfort. Non-smokers would trade their cigarettes for a food ration, so on and so forth. The volume of trades became higher by the day and most of it were for cigarettes vs. food. Cigarette was so commonly traded that it turned out to be a staple in every barter and became more of a "currency" than a normal commodity (double coincidence of wants as discussed on the previous topic).


When the war stabilized, the camp authority opened a shop. Prisoners who were temporarily out of cigarettes could borrow from the shop. The concept of credit arose, again similar to that of a currency.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise a while ago? The prison camp was like a live experiment to our question, what happens in a money-less economy?


People will find a way to rebuild their former economic environment to improve their lives. 

In Radford's observation, in the absence of money, people created their own - which is cigarette.


As in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, in its simplest analogy to the above, there will always be an invisible force that will automatically regulate a free market to reach demand-supply equilibrium. 


It is called The Invisible Hand because it is like one, controlling a marionette.




And that's it for this Tuesday's topic! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know your thoughts or any suggestions for next week's topic. πŸ˜Š



PS. Special thanks to Anita for the cover photo!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.

Welcome to another Discover Tuesdays topic where I will answer one common question and hopefully we can both learn something from it.

Just a disclaimer before we begin, the questions here are mostly about consumer behavior or anything related to Economics. I find these topics interesting but if you want to suggest something else, I am all ears!

In response to my previous topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?", conversely I ask, "What happens in a money-less economy?"

Quick mental exercise: think about what would happen if money is deemed invaluable. Imagine migrating in a country where there is no currency/money?  You go to a marketplace and suddenly all your cash is worthless. How will you survive? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! 



The short answer is: The Invisible Hand

The long answer is:


In 1942, a young economist named R.A Radford, who enlisted in the British army for WWII, was captured and became a prisoner of war in Libya. While in prison, he observed the behaviour of his fellow inmates and compared it to that of social institutions in the outside world.  Prisoners are considered to be rational individuals responsible for their own well-being. (read on The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp by R.A. Radford)


In the camp, prisoners were each given a basket of basic goods, including cigarettes. Barter  has been the system of exchange like that of a mainstream economy. The preferences of prisoners are always for the improvement of their comfort. Non-smokers would trade their cigarettes for a food ration, so on and so forth. The volume of trades became higher by the day and most of it were for cigarettes vs. food. Cigarette was so commonly traded that it turned out to be a staple in every barter and became more of a "currency" than a normal commodity (double coincidence of wants as discussed on the previous topic).


When the war stabilized, the camp authority opened a shop. Prisoners who were temporarily out of cigarettes could borrow from the shop. The concept of credit arose, again similar to that of a currency.


Have you thought about our quick mental exercise a while ago? The prison camp was like a live experiment to our question, what happens in a money-less economy?


People will find a way to rebuild their former economic environment to improve their lives. 

In Radford's observation, in the absence of money, people created their own - which is cigarette.


As in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, in its simplest analogy to the above, there will always be an invisible force that will automatically regulate a free market to reach demand-supply equilibrium. 


It is called The Invisible Hand because it is like one, controlling a marionette.




And that's it for this Tuesday's topic! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know your thoughts or any suggestions for next week's topic. πŸ˜Š



PS. Special thanks to Anita for the cover photo!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.

Coffee & Connect: Week 1

Sunday, April 26, 2020

It's Sunday. We made it through the week! So let me ask you something, how have you been? Well in my case, it's a pretty normal week but a little more productive than the last one. Let me share my activities with you in bullets.




Monday

  • Went to work, nothing new except a ton of paperwork. Our business has been classified as "essential" so I spent some time to work in the office.
  • Went home pretty early and played Mobile Legends with my friends.
  • Watched Community on Netflix (already watched this when I was in college but it's such a great sitcom I don't mind rewatching it over and over again!)
  • Started reading The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Thanks for the recommendation Anika!


Tuesday
  • Impulsively cut my hair to shoulder length
  • Published my DiscoverTuesdays topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?"
  • Stayed at home and did some house chores due to the curfew restrictions of COVID-19 (people with last names ending in A-K are only allowed to do errands every MWF, the rest are TTTHS, and Sunday is a 24-hour lockdown)
  • Watched the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix
  • Read some blogs on my blogroll. I love love love reading blogs because it somehow makes me have some sort of connection with other people (even tho they don't notice it hehe). Being the introvert that I am, this recharges me. If you have a blog and want to link up, just leave a comment either here or in my directory. Let me know. I am all about discovering new blogs and making friends 😊

Wednesday

  • Went to work. Surprisingly a lot of customers called. I mostly did dispatching and sales. Haven't done much payroll and invoicing today, so will need to catch up on a pile of paperwork before pay day. Daily deposits are also surprisingly stagnant -- not much of a difference since the quarantine began.
  • Made a list of topics to cover for my series and my goals and aspirations for my blog this year (might sound cliche but writing it down is very effective!). Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!
  • Started reading What if it's us?  by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli





Thursday
  • I had to ask someone to deliver my passport to the consul because it is expiring, and since I cannot go out of the house due to the curfew restrictions
  • Started the draft and photo selection for my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Stayed at home and played Mobile Legends with my friends (I'm now a Grandmaster II!)
  • Started watching The Bodyguard on Netflix -- I will make a review of the shows I'm watching soon^^



Friday
  • Went to work but wasn't able to do much especially payroll because A. LOT. OF. CUSTOMERS. ARE. CALLING.
But I'm always happy assisting customers. Mr. Charly, my regular, came by and bought his usual order -- a suspension rod. My co-worker doesn't like people coming in and out of the office (paranoia caused by the pandemic). He felt discriminated so I explained the situation and asked for his understanding. We had a quick chat and he asked me how I'm holding up when suddenly he gave me a... +drumroll please...+  generous tip! Thank you Mr. Charly! Will never forget! πŸ’•
  • Published my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Watched Love, Wedding, Repeat on Netflix. Can I just say Olivia Munn's acting has improved a lot since The Newsroom? I love her!
  • Played Mobile Legends with friends but since they are ranking up to Epic level and they don't want the banning and stuff, we created smurf accounts so we can all still enjoy playing in lower ranks lol





Saturday
  • Which is today -- drafting my ConnectSundays week summary entitled "Coffee & Connect: Week 1"
  • Looking for a blogging forum where I can learn some tips from the pros. I came across The Grow and Glow Community but it doesn't have a free trial so I'm still wondering how it is like. Do you think I should take my chances and subscribe for a monthly fee of £15? Let me know and share some of your blog communities!πŸ‘πŸ»
  • Will now play my Mobile Legends smurf account with friends.
  • Will just stay at home for the rest of the day and will be active here and on twitter.

And that's it! How was your week? I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Til next time^^


PS. Special thanks to Diane for the cover photo!




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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.
It's Sunday. We made it through the week! So let me ask you something, how have you been? Well in my case, it's a pretty normal week but a little more productive than the last one. Let me share my activities with you in bullets.




Monday

  • Went to work, nothing new except a ton of paperwork. Our business has been classified as "essential" so I spent some time to work in the office.
  • Went home pretty early and played Mobile Legends with my friends.
  • Watched Community on Netflix (already watched this when I was in college but it's such a great sitcom I don't mind rewatching it over and over again!)
  • Started reading The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Thanks for the recommendation Anika!


Tuesday
  • Impulsively cut my hair to shoulder length
  • Published my DiscoverTuesdays topic entitled "Why can't we just print money?"
  • Stayed at home and did some house chores due to the curfew restrictions of COVID-19 (people with last names ending in A-K are only allowed to do errands every MWF, the rest are TTTHS, and Sunday is a 24-hour lockdown)
  • Watched the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix
  • Read some blogs on my blogroll. I love love love reading blogs because it somehow makes me have some sort of connection with other people (even tho they don't notice it hehe). Being the introvert that I am, this recharges me. If you have a blog and want to link up, just leave a comment either here or in my directory. Let me know. I am all about discovering new blogs and making friends 😊

Wednesday

  • Went to work. Surprisingly a lot of customers called. I mostly did dispatching and sales. Haven't done much payroll and invoicing today, so will need to catch up on a pile of paperwork before pay day. Daily deposits are also surprisingly stagnant -- not much of a difference since the quarantine began.
  • Made a list of topics to cover for my series and my goals and aspirations for my blog this year (might sound cliche but writing it down is very effective!). Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!
  • Started reading What if it's us?  by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli





Thursday
  • I had to ask someone to deliver my passport to the consul because it is expiring, and since I cannot go out of the house due to the curfew restrictions
  • Started the draft and photo selection for my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Stayed at home and played Mobile Legends with my friends (I'm now a Grandmaster II!)
  • Started watching The Bodyguard on Netflix -- I will make a review of the shows I'm watching soon^^



Friday
  • Went to work but wasn't able to do much especially payroll because A. LOT. OF. CUSTOMERS. ARE. CALLING.
But I'm always happy assisting customers. Mr. Charly, my regular, came by and bought his usual order -- a suspension rod. My co-worker doesn't like people coming in and out of the office (paranoia caused by the pandemic). He felt discriminated so I explained the situation and asked for his understanding. We had a quick chat and he asked me how I'm holding up when suddenly he gave me a... +drumroll please...+  generous tip! Thank you Mr. Charly! Will never forget! πŸ’•
  • Published my ExploreFridays topic entitled "Walt Disney World"
  • Watched Love, Wedding, Repeat on Netflix. Can I just say Olivia Munn's acting has improved a lot since The Newsroom? I love her!
  • Played Mobile Legends with friends but since they are ranking up to Epic level and they don't want the banning and stuff, we created smurf accounts so we can all still enjoy playing in lower ranks lol





Saturday
  • Which is today -- drafting my ConnectSundays week summary entitled "Coffee & Connect: Week 1"
  • Looking for a blogging forum where I can learn some tips from the pros. I came across The Grow and Glow Community but it doesn't have a free trial so I'm still wondering how it is like. Do you think I should take my chances and subscribe for a monthly fee of £15? Let me know and share some of your blog communities!πŸ‘πŸ»
  • Will now play my Mobile Legends smurf account with friends.
  • Will just stay at home for the rest of the day and will be active here and on twitter.

And that's it! How was your week? I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Til next time^^


PS. Special thanks to Diane for the cover photo!




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Coffee and Connect is a blog series were we can catch up over a cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends.

Walt Disney World

Friday, April 24, 2020 Orlando, FL, USA

I went to Orlando Christmas last last year to do some shopping and went to Disney World while I'm there. My trip was only for three days and there was nothing much to do in such a short span of time. My goal really was just to spend some time away from the island and buy reasonably priced clothing among other things. I remember arriving on the 23rd of December and leaving on the 26th.



I have come to realize that shopping in the USA at this time of the year, apart from Black Friday, is not a good idea -- mainly because everywhere is packed with people and almost all stores are already empty! So in the end, I had barely bought anything lol I just roamed around the park and enjoyed the rides.




If you are planning to visit too, all I can advise is book the partner hotel of Disney, Holiday Inn Resort - Orlando. I believe it's cheaper if you buy it together with the airline and the Disneyland Park tickets, like some sort of a package deal with free shuttle service. Well it's easy to find such deals, just visit their official website. I just bought everything online.




I would say Disney World will bring out the kid inside you. Remember those classic films we used to watch in the 90's like The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, etc? Well you will relive all those memories and rekindle the joy of your childhood in this magical place. They have musicals, dance numbers, and flash mobs every now and then, here and there.



I wish I can write my itinerary in full detail but sorry to say that I didn't really have any. I just went with the flow and well I guess unplanned trips also turn out to be fun? Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and I hope my photos did some justice^^




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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.


I went to Orlando Christmas last last year to do some shopping and went to Disney World while I'm there. My trip was only for three days and there was nothing much to do in such a short span of time. My goal really was just to spend some time away from the island and buy reasonably priced clothing among other things. I remember arriving on the 23rd of December and leaving on the 26th.



I have come to realize that shopping in the USA at this time of the year, apart from Black Friday, is not a good idea -- mainly because everywhere is packed with people and almost all stores are already empty! So in the end, I had barely bought anything lol I just roamed around the park and enjoyed the rides.




If you are planning to visit too, all I can advise is book the partner hotel of Disney, Holiday Inn Resort - Orlando. I believe it's cheaper if you buy it together with the airline and the Disneyland Park tickets, like some sort of a package deal with free shuttle service. Well it's easy to find such deals, just visit their official website. I just bought everything online.




I would say Disney World will bring out the kid inside you. Remember those classic films we used to watch in the 90's like The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, etc? Well you will relive all those memories and rekindle the joy of your childhood in this magical place. They have musicals, dance numbers, and flash mobs every now and then, here and there.



I wish I can write my itinerary in full detail but sorry to say that I didn't really have any. I just went with the flow and well I guess unplanned trips also turn out to be fun? Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and I hope my photos did some justice^^




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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.


Why can't we just print money?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Hey everyone, welcome to Discover Tuesdays (a new blog series I launched last week) where I answer one common question and hopefully we both learn something from it.

This week's topic is a bit relevant to our current situation and one of the most famous questions asked at your basic Economics class:


Why can't the government just print more money to solve national issues such as poverty?

The short answer is: Inflation.

The long answer is:

Let's first start on why money was invented in the first place. Before fiat money (paper money which technically has no instrinsic value) was invented, our ancestors use the barter system. It is a system where goods and services are exchanged between entities. However, one of the major problems with this is that: before you can buy goods, you first have to find someone that does not only sell the product that you want, but also want the product that you sell. This is what we call the double coincidence of wants. (I vividly remember this from Dr. Sauler's Macroeconomics class!)


To solve this problem, the government came up with a legal tender such as fiat money. People don't want a piece of paper, they want what you can exchange it for! Fiat money derives its value from underlying goods and services. Next time you go to a market, remember that the money you are holding is literally just piece of paper with purchasing powers.


Now back to the question, so why can't the government just print more of that, distribute it to the poor, and eradicate poverty completely?

Before we answer, just a quick mental exercise: if you think poverty can be eliminated by printing money, or by any other means, why hasn't any country done it yet? All countries (correct me if I'm wrong but I doubt it) in the world has a marginalized sector, the only difference is how much inequality there is between the poor and the non-poor. Now think about this and let me know your opinion!

Printing fiat money and injecting it to the economy is just similar to adding paper into circulation without its value being matched by any goods or services. It does not equate to increase in productivity. It just spreads its value to the existing economic output.


Imagine this: If the poor has suddenly been given a lot of money, they can now purchase more goods. They will buy the things they couldn't afford before.


However, the number of products being sold by the businesses remain the same. The only difference this time is that they have more customers who want and can afford what they sell.


If you are the business owner, what will your next action be? Your supply is limited. Will you not change the price knowing that people are willing to pay more to get your product?


If you want your supply to catch up on the increase in your demand, you would have to increase your production. And guess what? It's not free!

Again, knowing all these, will you not change your prices?


If you are a rational business owner, you would raise your selling price.


Always remember that excessive demand in comparison to supply pushes the general price level up.


Ofcourse this example does not consider a lot of things that might affect a decision maker, such as market competition, rationality, income, employment, policies in place, etc. (Ceteris Paribus!)  It's just a rough example but you get what I mean right? lol. We can talk about these topics in next week's Discover Tuesdays if you want. Let me know!


If people have twice as much money, but the cost of goods is also twice as much, nobody is better off. Printing money will not solve your problem, it will just cause the prices to go up, and your money to lose its value.


Read on the case of Zimbabwe. Their economy was hit by hyperinflation in 2008 for the same reason.


And that's it-- I hope you learned something today. I enjoyed writing this one. Let me know your thoughts! Til next time~



PS. I dedicate this post to Dr. Deborah Sy and Dr. Jesson Pagaduan, who are both my good friends in college! I was thinking of you two while writing this!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.



Hey everyone, welcome to Discover Tuesdays (a new blog series I launched last week) where I answer one common question and hopefully we both learn something from it.

This week's topic is a bit relevant to our current situation and one of the most famous questions asked at your basic Economics class:


Why can't the government just print more money to solve national issues such as poverty?

The short answer is: Inflation.

The long answer is:

Let's first start on why money was invented in the first place. Before fiat money (paper money which technically has no instrinsic value) was invented, our ancestors use the barter system. It is a system where goods and services are exchanged between entities. However, one of the major problems with this is that: before you can buy goods, you first have to find someone that does not only sell the product that you want, but also want the product that you sell. This is what we call the double coincidence of wants. (I vividly remember this from Dr. Sauler's Macroeconomics class!)


To solve this problem, the government came up with a legal tender such as fiat money. People don't want a piece of paper, they want what you can exchange it for! Fiat money derives its value from underlying goods and services. Next time you go to a market, remember that the money you are holding is literally just piece of paper with purchasing powers.


Now back to the question, so why can't the government just print more of that, distribute it to the poor, and eradicate poverty completely?

Before we answer, just a quick mental exercise: if you think poverty can be eliminated by printing money, or by any other means, why hasn't any country done it yet? All countries (correct me if I'm wrong but I doubt it) in the world has a marginalized sector, the only difference is how much inequality there is between the poor and the non-poor. Now think about this and let me know your opinion!

Printing fiat money and injecting it to the economy is just similar to adding paper into circulation without its value being matched by any goods or services. It does not equate to increase in productivity. It just spreads its value to the existing economic output.


Imagine this: If the poor has suddenly been given a lot of money, they can now purchase more goods. They will buy the things they couldn't afford before.


However, the number of products being sold by the businesses remain the same. The only difference this time is that they have more customers who want and can afford what they sell.


If you are the business owner, what will your next action be? Your supply is limited. Will you not change the price knowing that people are willing to pay more to get your product?


If you want your supply to catch up on the increase in your demand, you would have to increase your production. And guess what? It's not free!

Again, knowing all these, will you not change your prices?


If you are a rational business owner, you would raise your selling price.


Always remember that excessive demand in comparison to supply pushes the general price level up.


Ofcourse this example does not consider a lot of things that might affect a decision maker, such as market competition, rationality, income, employment, policies in place, etc. (Ceteris Paribus!)  It's just a rough example but you get what I mean right? lol. We can talk about these topics in next week's Discover Tuesdays if you want. Let me know!


If people have twice as much money, but the cost of goods is also twice as much, nobody is better off. Printing money will not solve your problem, it will just cause the prices to go up, and your money to lose its value.


Read on the case of Zimbabwe. Their economy was hit by hyperinflation in 2008 for the same reason.


And that's it-- I hope you learned something today. I enjoyed writing this one. Let me know your thoughts! Til next time~



PS. I dedicate this post to Dr. Deborah Sy and Dr. Jesson Pagaduan, who are both my good friends in college! I was thinking of you two while writing this!




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DiscoverTuesdays is a blog series where we talk about any worldly topic or common existential question. Everyone is welcome to join the symposium and express their own thoughts.



International Blogger Friends

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Introducing: The International Blogger Friends Directory! The goal is to have at least one blogger friend in each country around the world. Let's collaborate, explore various cultures, expand our network, and gain new friends.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

As suggested, we could do any of the following:
  • Follow each other on Blogspot and/or Bloglovin
  • Exchange blog links
  • Do a blog collaboration
    • TV series or movie review → recommend a show and we'll both write about it
    • Be my guest blogger for any chosen topic
  • Send each other letters or postcards
  • Meet up and bond over coffee or movies if by any chance I'm visiting your country or vice versa
  • Anything we could come up with!

If this sounds exciting for you, just leave a comment and let's get started!

Feel free to incorporate the same concept to your blog πŸ’•


***All credits & thanks to Gurezu. The entire idea is hers. ♡

The Directory

China

Philippines

United Kingdom

USA

Introducing: The International Blogger Friends Directory! The goal is to have at least one blogger friend in each country around the world. Let's collaborate, explore various cultures, expand our network, and gain new friends.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

As suggested, we could do any of the following:
  • Follow each other on Blogspot and/or Bloglovin
  • Exchange blog links
  • Do a blog collaboration
    • TV series or movie review → recommend a show and we'll both write about it
    • Be my guest blogger for any chosen topic
  • Send each other letters or postcards
  • Meet up and bond over coffee or movies if by any chance I'm visiting your country or vice versa
  • Anything we could come up with!

If this sounds exciting for you, just leave a comment and let's get started!

Feel free to incorporate the same concept to your blog πŸ’•


***All credits & thanks to Gurezu. The entire idea is hers. ♡

The Directory

China

Philippines

United Kingdom

USA

Explore Batabano Festival

Friday, April 17, 2020 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Since it's almost carnival season (but has been postponed until further notice), I will take you to trip down memory lane with me in last years celebration!

Batabano Carnival  is an annual festival held in the Cayman Islands every month of May. The island is home to more than a hundred nationalities, most (if not all) of which participate in light of community spirit. It is a cultural celebration filled with music, dance, food, costumes, heritage and culture, and ofcourse booze! lol. It is a pretty young carnival that has only been going on for 30 years (thanks to Rotary Club!)



The highlight of the festival is the street parade composed of masquerade bands and *drumroll please.....* exotic costumes! Last years parade started from the Seven Mile Public Beach all the way to George Town Central (approx. 7 miles of walking, dancing, and drinking). The judges are scattered in different locations and each time a band passes the judge's area, the participants dance and whine to the best of their ability for a chance to win prizes!




The music per se is mostly Soca music (Calypso music originated from Trinidad and Tobago). Costumes and makeup are extravagant, tribal, and very aesthetic. If you are a tourist, this is definitely one of the main reasons to watch the parade. As a float comes, they also give a way free booze to everyone.



If you want to join, all you have to do is visit the official website and sign up on one of the bands / costume providers and they will give you the full set including your parade position (either front line, mid line, or back line). Price ranges from $200 to $600!




There are also food parties and bazaars you can hangout in after the parade. Parade participants drink while they walk so by the time they reach George Town Central, everybody is already drunk! (Hopefully everybody is drinking responsibly lol)



One thing about the Caribbean culture that got me awkward at first is the casual twerking and whining. I grew up in a conservative household so it is kinda new to me. Women are unapologetically twerking to any man that comes behind them and it's all for fun! No malice at all! Once the music starts playing, everybody be dancing. Women are proud to show their curvy bodies.




And that's it! I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour to my Batabano 2019 experience. Til next carnival!

All photos are mine~♡





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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.

Since it's almost carnival season (but has been postponed until further notice), I will take you to trip down memory lane with me in last years celebration!

Batabano Carnival  is an annual festival held in the Cayman Islands every month of May. The island is home to more than a hundred nationalities, most (if not all) of which participate in light of community spirit. It is a cultural celebration filled with music, dance, food, costumes, heritage and culture, and ofcourse booze! lol. It is a pretty young carnival that has only been going on for 30 years (thanks to Rotary Club!)



The highlight of the festival is the street parade composed of masquerade bands and *drumroll please.....* exotic costumes! Last years parade started from the Seven Mile Public Beach all the way to George Town Central (approx. 7 miles of walking, dancing, and drinking). The judges are scattered in different locations and each time a band passes the judge's area, the participants dance and whine to the best of their ability for a chance to win prizes!




The music per se is mostly Soca music (Calypso music originated from Trinidad and Tobago). Costumes and makeup are extravagant, tribal, and very aesthetic. If you are a tourist, this is definitely one of the main reasons to watch the parade. As a float comes, they also give a way free booze to everyone.



If you want to join, all you have to do is visit the official website and sign up on one of the bands / costume providers and they will give you the full set including your parade position (either front line, mid line, or back line). Price ranges from $200 to $600!




There are also food parties and bazaars you can hangout in after the parade. Parade participants drink while they walk so by the time they reach George Town Central, everybody is already drunk! (Hopefully everybody is drinking responsibly lol)



One thing about the Caribbean culture that got me awkward at first is the casual twerking and whining. I grew up in a conservative household so it is kinda new to me. Women are unapologetically twerking to any man that comes behind them and it's all for fun! No malice at all! Once the music starts playing, everybody be dancing. Women are proud to show their curvy bodies.




And that's it! I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour to my Batabano 2019 experience. Til next carnival!

All photos are mine~♡





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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.

Blog Series: Discover, Explore, Connect

Monday, April 13, 2020

Ok so since I started writing again after a long hiatus, on and off posts, and dozen blog name changes, I decided to stick to a schedule and take blogging a little bit more seriously. I realized that everytime I try to quit, I just find myself back to square one making a blog post about my experiences or thoughts. So I guess this might be a hobby and stress reliever for me? You know like a guilty pleasure you always come running back to lol. Anyway, since this blog is all about discovering myself and finding meaning into life, I will literally divide Anywhere with Choi into three most common topics I write about. (My new domain name is www.annchoi.me but the concept and title remain the same!)



ANY - Any worldly questions I ask myself but can't seem to pin point the exact answer. I will delve into one question every Tuesday and let's both discover more about that certain topic. #DiscoverTuesdays


WHERE - Come with me and let's explore a place, event, occasion, or new stuff that is interesting enough for everyone to see. This may be somewhere I have been to before, where I want to go next, or any event I want to participate in or be a part of in the future. This can also be about new trends that I want to share with all of you. #ExploreFridays


WITH CHOI - Catch up with me every Sunday with a warm cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. How have I been, how have you been, or how was the week? Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends. #CoffeeAndConnect



And ofcourse random thoughts and what-not will be published all throughout the week should there be anything under the sun I want to share. It all starts next week so stay tuned!


I am so excited for this and I hope you are too for me. Yay! I hope I can stick to this. See you around~♡
Ok so since I started writing again after a long hiatus, on and off posts, and dozen blog name changes, I decided to stick to a schedule and take blogging a little bit more seriously. I realized that everytime I try to quit, I just find myself back to square one making a blog post about my experiences or thoughts. So I guess this might be a hobby and stress reliever for me? You know like a guilty pleasure you always come running back to lol. Anyway, since this blog is all about discovering myself and finding meaning into life, I will literally divide Anywhere with Choi into three most common topics I write about. (My new domain name is www.annchoi.me but the concept and title remain the same!)



ANY - Any worldly questions I ask myself but can't seem to pin point the exact answer. I will delve into one question every Tuesday and let's both discover more about that certain topic. #DiscoverTuesdays


WHERE - Come with me and let's explore a place, event, occasion, or new stuff that is interesting enough for everyone to see. This may be somewhere I have been to before, where I want to go next, or any event I want to participate in or be a part of in the future. This can also be about new trends that I want to share with all of you. #ExploreFridays


WITH CHOI - Catch up with me every Sunday with a warm cup of coffee for a quick recall of the week. How have I been, how have you been, or how was the week? Let's take it slow and connect with each other as the week ends. #CoffeeAndConnect



And ofcourse random thoughts and what-not will be published all throughout the week should there be anything under the sun I want to share. It all starts next week so stay tuned!


I am so excited for this and I hope you are too for me. Yay! I hope I can stick to this. See you around~♡

My 10-step skincare routine

Saturday, April 11, 2020 West Bay, Cayman Islands

Now is the best time to catch up with skin care. Staying at home during quarantine gives us the opportunity to do some tasks we can't seem to find time to do during a regular day. The same tasks that we always set aside in exchange of more rest time or household chores. To be honest, I haven't been following my skincare routine religiously, but nowadays I do because what else is there to do? I want to share with you how I do my skin care and let me know how you do yours too! I have read numerous articles online on how Koreans take care of their skin and this is highly based on those ones! Hopefully you'll let an idea of some products that personally work for me, and also feel free to suggest some products you use!





1. Make up remover
Beauty Formulas Micellar Cleansing Water
- Remove all impurities using a make up remover.



2. Facial wash or scrub
Cetaphil Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
- Remove the excess makeup or other impurities such as accumulated oil in your pores using a facial wash or scrub



3. Cleansing toner
Loreal Hydrafresh Toner
- Remove any other remaining seated dirt (we want to make sure our face is squeaky clean before we proceed!) using a cleansing toner.



4. PH Balancing toner
Etude House Soon Jung pH 5.5 Relief Toner
- Use a balancing toner to prep the face for the next steps. This is to balance the pH level so the succeeding products will be fully absorbed by the skin and will work its full effect. Unlike the makeup remover and cleansing toner, I put the PH balancing toner on my palm, rub it a little bit for some warmth and them apply it to my face in a patting motion.



5. Actives
Maxipeel Zero Micro Exfoliating Fluid
- I only use this whenever my hormonal acne comes out or if I'm having breakouts and my skin feels like it needs some peeling. This product has active ingredients that will make my skin shed and regenerate. I use this at most once a week, but if I don't see the necessity to use it, I skip this step.



6. Ampoule or Serum
It's Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector with Vitamin C Derivatives
- This is a concentrated formula containing active ingredients to boost up the regeneration of my skin especially if when I'm having a bad skin crisis. There are different types of ampoule or serum but for me I use the vitamin C from It's Skin.



7. Essence or Emulsion
Centellian 24+ Madeca Derma Cream
- This is less concentrated than an ampoule and have a lightweight consistency. I use this to add another level of hydration to my skin and also as a treatment and preventive measure for acne. I have read so many good reviews about Madeca Derma especially around last year when Filipino youtubers are raving about it. So far I haven't seen any drastic changes but I guess it does help in preventing acne.



8. Eye cream
Celeteque DermoScience+ Brightening Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener
- Spending the entire day working and facing the computer or mobile phone can get your eyes puffy and add those dark circles. I am not an exception to this! I have *very* dark circles and I use this to at least put some light in there!



9. Sheet masks
Various // Etude House Skin Firming Collagen
- Now to seal everything off, I use a refrigerated sheet mask. It gives a more relaxing feeling when it's cold, straight out from the fridge. The main purpose of this is to nourish the skin and to seal off everything I've applied. I wait for it to dry completely after 20-30mins.



10. Sleeping pack
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
- Sometimes I skip this but this is an overnight leave-on treatment. It provides elasticity and acts as a protective barrier on the skin. I specifically love the scent of this one. It also acts as an aroma therapy when you go to bed.





And that's it! Now that I have a lot of free time, I make sure to do my skin care religiously. That's a lot better than waiting for these products to expire right? lol. Share some of your skin care tips and tricks below, happy to hear yours!


All photos are mine^^
Now is the best time to catch up with skin care. Staying at home during quarantine gives us the opportunity to do some tasks we can't seem to find time to do during a regular day. The same tasks that we always set aside in exchange of more rest time or household chores. To be honest, I haven't been following my skincare routine religiously, but nowadays I do because what else is there to do? I want to share with you how I do my skin care and let me know how you do yours too! I have read numerous articles online on how Koreans take care of their skin and this is highly based on those ones! Hopefully you'll let an idea of some products that personally work for me, and also feel free to suggest some products you use!





1. Make up remover
Beauty Formulas Micellar Cleansing Water
- Remove all impurities using a make up remover.



2. Facial wash or scrub
Cetaphil Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
- Remove the excess makeup or other impurities such as accumulated oil in your pores using a facial wash or scrub



3. Cleansing toner
Loreal Hydrafresh Toner
- Remove any other remaining seated dirt (we want to make sure our face is squeaky clean before we proceed!) using a cleansing toner.



4. PH Balancing toner
Etude House Soon Jung pH 5.5 Relief Toner
- Use a balancing toner to prep the face for the next steps. This is to balance the pH level so the succeeding products will be fully absorbed by the skin and will work its full effect. Unlike the makeup remover and cleansing toner, I put the PH balancing toner on my palm, rub it a little bit for some warmth and them apply it to my face in a patting motion.



5. Actives
Maxipeel Zero Micro Exfoliating Fluid
- I only use this whenever my hormonal acne comes out or if I'm having breakouts and my skin feels like it needs some peeling. This product has active ingredients that will make my skin shed and regenerate. I use this at most once a week, but if I don't see the necessity to use it, I skip this step.



6. Ampoule or Serum
It's Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector with Vitamin C Derivatives
- This is a concentrated formula containing active ingredients to boost up the regeneration of my skin especially if when I'm having a bad skin crisis. There are different types of ampoule or serum but for me I use the vitamin C from It's Skin.



7. Essence or Emulsion
Centellian 24+ Madeca Derma Cream
- This is less concentrated than an ampoule and have a lightweight consistency. I use this to add another level of hydration to my skin and also as a treatment and preventive measure for acne. I have read so many good reviews about Madeca Derma especially around last year when Filipino youtubers are raving about it. So far I haven't seen any drastic changes but I guess it does help in preventing acne.



8. Eye cream
Celeteque DermoScience+ Brightening Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener
- Spending the entire day working and facing the computer or mobile phone can get your eyes puffy and add those dark circles. I am not an exception to this! I have *very* dark circles and I use this to at least put some light in there!



9. Sheet masks
Various // Etude House Skin Firming Collagen
- Now to seal everything off, I use a refrigerated sheet mask. It gives a more relaxing feeling when it's cold, straight out from the fridge. The main purpose of this is to nourish the skin and to seal off everything I've applied. I wait for it to dry completely after 20-30mins.



10. Sleeping pack
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
- Sometimes I skip this but this is an overnight leave-on treatment. It provides elasticity and acts as a protective barrier on the skin. I specifically love the scent of this one. It also acts as an aroma therapy when you go to bed.





And that's it! Now that I have a lot of free time, I make sure to do my skin care religiously. That's a lot better than waiting for these products to expire right? lol. Share some of your skin care tips and tricks below, happy to hear yours!


All photos are mine^^

The Crystal Caves

Friday, April 10, 2020 North Side, Cayman Islands

The Crystal Caves are one of Cayman's natural tourist  attractions located in a lush tropical forest. Amongst the forest and caves are captivating tropical plant and animal life. Millions of years ago, the caves were all underwater. As time passed, sea levels began to lower and land became visible. The caves were formed due to water erosion. These were used as hideouts or hurricane shelters by the pirates hundreds of years ago (yes, pirates of the Caribbean were actually a real thing!), and according to legends some of their treasures were hidden here!

I went to see the site like around a month or two ago before the pandemic went crazy and I was with two other cruise tourists.



Our jolly tour guide would every now and then remind us not to touch the tip of the cones because it is sensitive and can be easily destroyed. 





There were three major caves that we can safely enter (there's more but they are still under development). The biggest one is my favorite. There were friendly bats but deeper inside there is a stunning underground lake! 




Did you know that ironwood is one of the heaviest high density woods in the world?




Bonus: say hello to this cute little lizard that decided to do a cameo in the middle of the tour!




If you happen to be in the Cayman Islands and want to visit, see below information:
πŸ“69 Northside Road, Old Man Bay, Northside, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
☎️ +1 345.949-CAVE(2283)
πŸ“§ info@caymancrystalcaves.com
🌍 https://www.caymancrystalcaves.com


Have you been to a cave or forest before? Share some of your experiences in the comment section below!^^






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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.



The Crystal Caves are one of Cayman's natural tourist  attractions located in a lush tropical forest. Amongst the forest and caves are captivating tropical plant and animal life. Millions of years ago, the caves were all underwater. As time passed, sea levels began to lower and land became visible. The caves were formed due to water erosion. These were used as hideouts or hurricane shelters by the pirates hundreds of years ago (yes, pirates of the Caribbean were actually a real thing!), and according to legends some of their treasures were hidden here!

I went to see the site like around a month or two ago before the pandemic went crazy and I was with two other cruise tourists.



Our jolly tour guide would every now and then remind us not to touch the tip of the cones because it is sensitive and can be easily destroyed. 





There were three major caves that we can safely enter (there's more but they are still under development). The biggest one is my favorite. There were friendly bats but deeper inside there is a stunning underground lake! 




Did you know that ironwood is one of the heaviest high density woods in the world?




Bonus: say hello to this cute little lizard that decided to do a cameo in the middle of the tour!




If you happen to be in the Cayman Islands and want to visit, see below information:
πŸ“69 Northside Road, Old Man Bay, Northside, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
☎️ +1 345.949-CAVE(2283)
πŸ“§ info@caymancrystalcaves.com
🌍 https://www.caymancrystalcaves.com


Have you been to a cave or forest before? Share some of your experiences in the comment section below!^^






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Explore Fridays is a blog series where I take you to a virtual tour of any event, place, occasion, or new interesting stuff to see. Everyone is invited to share their own experiences and form a discussion.