Music Mondays: What Do You Mean (Justin Bieber)

I’m always amazed by how music can be incorporated in so many things, and how it adds more color in life in anything that I do. Music inspires in many ways and it’s different to every person. So what I’d like to share for this week’s Music Mondays is a very unique way to incorporate Segway (or hover board for some) into dance. It’s a dance cover of What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber.

What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

A note on the song itself, I’ve been hearing it a lot lately on the radio and although it doesn’t have much impact on me, the fact that it’s one of the most requested songs here in the Philippines means that it’s very well received.

And now the fact that there is a very unique dance cover for it, one that has been circulating in social media, draws my attention to it. Most of you have probably seen this video but I never get tired of watching it. Kudos to David Moore for creating such a beautiful piece.

What inspires is beautiful.

Music Mondays: El Poeta (Chino and Nacho)

I thought I’d try something different and share a Spanish song this time. As I’ve mentioned before, the way I get attracted to a song begins with the melody, then the lyrics. Now I’m not fluent in Spanish but I’m able to understand a few of the words in the lyrics to let me know that El Poeta by Chino and Nacho is an upbeat romantic song.

El Poeta by Chino and Nacho

The song pretty much describes how we are when in love—we become poets and all our senses seem to take in everything through rose-colored glasses (or filters). We speak in metaphors and our words become flowery when describing our feelings for the one we love. If you watch the video, you’d also get a feel for the song. I just feel that the scene in the end is a little off compared to how I interpreted the song. If it’s different for you, let me know in the comments. 🙂

 

Fab Five Reasons Why It Pays To Be A ZAP Member

Will the promise of a cashback or the possibility of winning something encourage you to return again to that store? ZAP answers this with a resounding yes promising its prospective partner merchants that 25% of its customers will return in 30 days.

As a business owner, I’d be skeptical about this and would demand a report based on in depth study. As a customer and ZAP user, I’d advise the business owner to try it out because this is a reward system that is hard to pass up.

But if you’re not a business owner, would you join ZAP as a customer/member? I’d say you should. Because the reward system not only benefits the partner merchant but the ZAP member as well.


Fab Five Reasons why It Pays to Be A ZAP Member

  1. As a ZAP member, each time you buy from a ZAP logopartner establishment, you get a cashback rebate rate between 5% to 20% based on the total amount you spent at that establishment. These are called points.
  2. You can spend your points like cash. Each point you have earned is equivalent to Php1.00 (may vary per country), which you can use to pay for your purchases on partner merchants. It doesn’t matter where you earned your points, you can spend them all on one partner establishment if you want.
  3. You can win jackpots. These are monthly giveaways by partner establishments to their patrons. The giveaways are points and the amount varies depending on how many ZAP members bought from them at a given month.
  4. You already have free 30 points upon sign-up.
  5. You also get an additional 30 points when you refer ZAP to a friend and that friend signs-up.

How do you use ZAP?

  1. Sign up. When you sign up, you only need your e-mail and/or mobile phone number. You can edit your account later, including your pin number.
  2. Download the app. This will give you an updated list of ZAP’s partner merchants, including their location. You can filter/sort to ease your search. You can even find out which of these are near you.
  3. Redeem points. When you go to a partner establishment, tell them you’re a ZAP member upon payment. They will show you a tablet in which you will enter your mobile number. That will ensure that you will get credited for your purchase.
  4. Pay using your points. If you want to use your points for payment, just tell the partner establishment that you’ll do so. They will give you the same tablet but this time, you will enter your mobile number AND pin number.
  5. Refer a friend. Within the app you have a link you can tap to refer or invite a friend. You can invite your friend via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or you can copy the link to your code and share it some other way. Like this.

DOES IT WORK?

It does. I’ve been a member for almost a year now and I can guarantee all of the above. I got my 30 points waiting for me when I signed up. I referred a friend and we both got free 30 points—I got it for referring him, he got his for signing up.

I have received the rebates. It takes a day or 2 for the points to be credited to your account but you will see them under “pending” immediately so you know that it is being processed.

I have won a jackpot thanks to Mrs. Fields, one of ZAP’s partner merchants. And I have used the points I’ve earned and won on other ZAP establishments and on numerous occasions.


Is ZAP for you?

It depends. If you’re the type who loves winning without really doing anything, yes it is. If you love rebates and free points, ZAP will give you that. If you like being appreciated as a patron, you’d get that through ZAP’s cashback system.

Personally, I like all these things. Plus, I already go to most of ZAP’s establishments so ZAP just gives me additional perks. Who wouldn’t want that?

ZAP’s merchant base continually grows so you expect that sooner or later, your favorite store or restaurant will be part of it, too. But just know that the partnership deal between ZAP and each establishment is not permanent and does not apply for all branches so it’s not permanent.

NOTE: This post is NOT sponsored in any way. You may, however, see this as a testament to how I find being a ZAP member beneficial and you can sign-up via the link I gave above or by clicking the ZAP logo.

Music Mondays: Broken Ones (Jacquie Lee)

Hello everyone! It’s that day of the week again. This week’s Music Mondays is thanks to a plane ride home and to Spotify’s many playlists that can cater to whatever mood you’re in. It’s Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee, one of the runners up in The Voice, Season 5.

When I first saw the title, I had thought whether this is related to the song The Broken Ones but as it turns out, they are by different artists and released years apart. I had The Broken Ones in my list for Music Mondays but there must have been a reason why I skipped it.

Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee

What I love about this song? It pierces the heart like a swiftly thrown dagger sure of its target. You will find these in the lyrics: “We wear a smile to hide that we’ve been hurt before” and “We all know how it feels to be forgotten for a while”. And with such a strong and powerful voice carrying this message, who wouldn’t be drawn to and hit by it?

The catch is, it may seem negative and emotional but it’s more empowering than what it appears to be. If you didn’t get that from the song, you may get that from the video, which I love by the way—an expression of the self through art: dance, writing, painting, music.

Music Mondays: Man On A Wire (The Script)

Here’s one way to illustrate a phase in our lives: moving on.  And I didn’t think that The Script would take it literally in their official music video of Man On A Wire.

Man On A Wire by The Script

And yes, getting over someone does feel like walking on a tightrope. You do it alone and can’t rely on anybody else but yourself. There are no safety nets, no one to hold your hand, no one to guide you through it. If you stay where you are, you’re stuck and would probably be in a downward spiral, emotional roller coaster ride. At the end of the day, you’re the only one who can get yourself through it, no one else.

Taking that first step takes a lot of courage. It means you’ve decided to move forward, let go of the past, and face the future no matter how uncertain and knowing that your only anchor will no longer be there. Taking the next step takes commitment because then you have both your feet off the ground.  With it, you’re saying there’s no going back. And walking all the way takes determination and persevarance—to never look back or take a step back, no matter what happens, no matter how fragile your course is.

But what’s not mentioned is acceptance. When you accept things as they are, moving on becomes an inevitable journey, regardless of whether it feels like you’re walking on a tightrope or just letting the current carry you where you need to go. You’ll get there, eventually.

On Letting Go