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✨ Farewell 2020, Hello 2021! ✨

We made it! To survive 2020, both physically and mentally, was not easy. Whether it’s economic, job, education, financial, and life uncertainty, it is even more important to appreciate and to take control of our lives, wellbeing, and future. We were thrown into a pandemic and told to learn to survive overnight. We have all been affected one way or another.

Thankfully, many have been available to advise, give direction, assurance, and help in navigating 2020. Whether you were grappling mentally, physically, or financially, there was something out there to lend a hand.

2020 was a tough year. It wasn’t perfect and the things that we planned didn’t always go to plan. Today, we will celebrate this holiday to remind us to keep fighting against this pandemic to celebrate the next.

Thank you to those who have been around and supportive. Rest in peace to those we have lost along the way. I send you strength and all the virtual hugs in the world. I wish you and your loved ones health and safety and love.

Let’s all hope for 2021 filled with you lovely people!

Happy New Year!

U R Not Alone

One of the most painful things about being an adult is that nobody has ever told you how lonely it is. It’s already December and I’m wondering how did I even get through this year?

I have struggled, and I have fought and I have cried more than I have ever cried in my entire life. I have fallen into the darkest pit and struggled to get out of it for so long.

But I believe everything is temporary. Whoever out there is struggling too, we got this.

Papa John’s App vs. Uber Eats

The next time you want to order a delicious pizza, you have several choices for which app to use. For example, if you are getting vegan pizza delivery from Papa John’s, you could use the brand’s first-party app or you could use Uber Eats. Both of these apps have some advantages and disadvantages. So, you may be wondering which is the right choice.

Why Use Uber Eats

Uber Eats was a relatively late entry into the delivery app game. When others such as DoorDash and GrubHub were well-established, Uber decided to expand its ride-sharing service to include food delivery. One of the main advantages of Uber Eats is the ability to order from a large variety of restaurants, even those that don’t have their own delivery services.

The service also has good tracking of drivers due to Uber’s existing mapping and GPS technology. Compared to some delivery apps, this is relatively clear and informative.

However, the Uber Eats app is also designed to work for a wide variety of restaurants. Therefore, the ordering process is not customized to pizza. Ordering through a first-party app may be a better choice.

Why Use Papa John’s App

Papa John’s app has some powerful features that make is better for ordering pizza and other items from its menu. First, the ordering process is streamlined and more carefully designed for pizzas. If you order pizza frequently, having a more pizza-centric ordering system can save a lot of time and frustration. This is especially true if you like making custom or complicated orders.

Another advantage is that the first-party app has the cheapest pizza specials available all the time. While there are some deals available on Uber Eats and other delivery apps, the best prices are always on the Papa John’s app.

The same applies to rewards. While Uber Eats may offer some of its own rewards, the benefits of earning Papa Rewards are better for pizza lovers. You can get free pizzas, sides, drinks and more just by ordering what you love to eat. The options for rewards are significantly better through the Papa John’s app.

People who have more restrictive diets will benefit from using the Papa John’s app. For example, if you want to get the best gluten-free pizza crust, you can order it through the brand’s app. The different crust options are also available on Uber Eats; however, customizing the pizza to be exactly what you want is much easier with the restaurant’s app.

Summary

If you are looking for a new restaurant to try or want to order from somewhere that doesn’t offer delivery, consider using Uber Eats. It is a good app for general food service.

However, if you want to get your favorite pizza, use the Papa John’s app. The experience is more focused on pizza and the benefits of using it are better. With the exception of the section of restaurants, there is nothing that Uber Eats offers that the first-party app can’t offer.

Give each option a try and see what you prefer. You may be impressed by the Papa John’s app.

Decorating Your Space to Your Advantage

After a day at work, school, or wherever you may have been – wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a welcoming space that will immediately lift your mood up?

I have always believed that a representation of how a person’s feeling – good, bad, apathetic, passionate, etc. is reflected in how their space looks like. Myself for example, if I have had a series of bad days, except that my room would be in such a mess. Meaning I wouldn’t actually care to even lift a finger to dust the shelves off. On the contrary, when I’m feeling hopeful, energetic, or full of passion, expect my space to be spot on! But as with the rest of how we deal with our lives, it will always be up to us with how things are going to turn out.

Selecting the Right Pieces

Whenever I need to clear my head, I always make an effort to first tidy up my space (usually followed by rearranging the furniture, bed), and select pieces (a trinket, a wall art, a clock even) that will instantly pop and change my view!

So as I start the year, I partnered with Photowall, a company in Sweden which aims to positively affect people’s feelings one wall (of a room) at a time. For this collaboration, I chose a piece to display in my space that will surely help with how I steer each day of this new year (and new decade) as I see it.

Photowall has a great array of products to achieve that vision through custom wallpapers, prints, and posters. Check out the variety of their products here.

Don’t forget to use my exclusive code
‘clintmamuri2021’ for 25% off sitewide at www.photowall.com.
Valid for one whole month. 🤩

Beauty of Silence

For this project, I selected a Canvas Print because I wanted to achieve a nice accent wall that will capture my attention each time I look at it. And the design I chose was Beauty of Silence– sounds peaceful? Just about right, we need some type of peace on any day!

This Canvas Print was shipped from Sweden to the Philippines, and it was rather fast! Roughly 5 days, if I’m not mistaken – so that was impressive. 

Upon shipment, I initially thought that the canvas print would be ready for hanging by the day it arrives. Only to find out, it’s a DIY assembly which for me was a project I’d love to finish!

6 Steps to Beauty

The package came in a bit heavy, but after opening it I found that it contained such high-quality materials: Canvas cloth, wooden frame sections, and metal plates, screws. Along with these come the Canvas Print Assembly Instructions which were listed in 6 achievable ways! They also have an Instruction Video link at the user’s disposal.

What I personally love about this whole DIY thing was the challenge it brought – in a good and exciting way. The guide provided visual references and easy to understand words that inexperienced individuals (in the field of craftsmanship) like myself can easily grasp and perform. The assembly also did not include any rigid tasks like sawing, punching a hole, or screwing things up (I mean by use of screwdrivers), etc. All were prepared and we’re just ready for assembly! How easy could this get!

The 6 Steps to Beauty (of Silence) was achieved in roughly 30 minutes. Not bad for a newbie, right?

Paradigm Shift

True to the company’s vision to positively affect people’s feelings – one wall (of a room) at a time, the Canvas Print I ordered and assembled did lift my spirits up in an entirely different way!

My initial thoughts and expectations of having a ready-made canvas print shipped was also a reflection of how I view things – wanting to get things instantly without putting in the work. Thus, it was a surprise and challenge when it also expected me to do the work to see the final product.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of assembling this piece, as it made me appreciate the output even more for the personal touch I gave it. Being able to start, process, and finish a project is truly rewarding and I’d like to thank Photowall Sweden for reteaching me the lesson that Beauty Takes Time and Hard Work. But it will be worth the sweat!

As the Beauty Of Silence hangs on my wall, I will always be reminded of this lesson that will surely help shift my view in life especially during trying seasons – that at the right time, a beautiful product will come out of it!

Check out more of Photowall Products here:
Wall Murals | Wallpaper | Canvas Prints | Posters
To know more about Photowall, check out their official website here.

Mixtape Vol. 2 📼

  • Ariana Grande ; ghostin
  • Lord Huron ; The Night We Met
  • Ed Sheeran ; Happier
  • Dermot Kennedy ; Outnumbered
  • James Bay ; Bad
  • Dominic Fike ; Açaí Bowl
  • Rihanna ; Close To You
  • Billie Eilish ; i love you
  • King Princess ; 1950
  • Isaac Dunbar ; woman on the hills
  • Sody ; The Bully
  • Maisie Peters ; Favourite Ex
  • Freya Ridings ; Lost Without You
  • Rhys Lewis ; No Right To Love You – Acoustic
  • Sasha Sloan ; Dancing With Your Ghost
  • Ali Gatie ; It’s You
  • iris ; giving in (acoustic)
  • BANKS ; Crowded Places
  • Jessie Reyez ; Figures
  • GRACEY ; If You Loved Me
  • Khalid ; Saturday Nights
  • Demi Lovato ; Sober
  • Hamzaa ; Stranded Love
  • Celeste ; Coco Blood
  • Evie Irie ; The Optimist
  • Joesef ; Loverboy
  • Mabes ; America
  • Joel Baker ; Bag Of Dreams
  • TRACES ; High and Dry
  • Sigrid ; I Don’t Want To Know
  • Lewis Capaldi ; Someone You Loved
  • L Devine ; Panic
  • Oh Wonder ; All We Do
  • Delacey ; The Subway Song
  • Julia Michaels ; Hurt Again
  • Alec Benjamin ; Must Have Been The Wind
  • Lewis Capaldi ; Bruises
  • Plested ; Worthy Of You

Photo Diary: Taiwan 2019

As we grow up, life continues to move faster and faster, and sometimes, we forget to take a moment to stop what we’re doing, slow down, and decompress. Learning to slow down is such an essential process of enjoying life because it allows us to take a step back, reflect, and appreciate all the little things.

I decided to reward myself by boarding on a solo trip to Taiwan (2nd time) to break away from my everyday life. Going on this trip was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Life’s too short not to do the things you want to do, and sometimes it’s okay to do things for yourself. So I did it *claps* – and honestly, I couldn’t have been happier to have gone.

You know, there will always be times in life where you want to wait for “the right moment,” but realistically, there will never be a perfect time. So if there’s something you want – go for it. Don’t wait for things to happen; MAKE them happen! ✨