What You Need To Know Before Purchasing Supplements on iHerb | A Review

Prior to hearing about iHerb, I only ever searched for Burdock Root capsules on Amazon. Back in the Philippines, I had purchased from Amazon before using My Shopping Box as a forwarding service. Since I am in Vietnam as of the moment, I thought I could also shop on Amazon using a forwarding service that would ship to Vietnam. It was easy searching for forwarding services that supports Amazon and that ships from the USA to Vietnam but I found myself signing up from one forwarding service to another until another became 3 or 4 futile signups. Why? Because the forwarding services charge membership fees unlike My Shopping Box. I finally found the solution by simply entering “Burdock root capsules” on Google search. An ad for Burdock root capsules on iHerb is at the top of the results which I clicked right through.

It was a breeze signing up and I even had a $0.70 discount. I placed an order for 2 bottles of Burdock Root capsules on the day I signed up, June 7th, and I got the notification that my order would arrive in my Hanoi address via DHL on June 10th.

On June 10th, I was contacted by DHL via email that my shipment has arrived but that they would need more information regarding the contents.

1 – Here is the information you would need to supply DHL for customs clearance:

•       Description of goods (clear and specific: model, brand name, part number)
•       Origin of goods: Erlanger, USA
•       Material (Made Of): Vegetarian capsules
•       Equipment/Machine part (if applicable):
•       Use (applicable for equipment, chemicals): Supplements
•       Harmonized System (HS) code: 121190
•       100% New or Secondhand: 100% new
•       Company name, full address and registered VAT number for receipts printing: (not applicable for me)
Whatever product you order on iHerb, you may look for the harmonized system here.
2 – After determining that the Burdock root capsules I ordered was categorised under Health and Beauty supplements, I was informed about this:

According to Decree No.15/ND-CP, your shipment need provide import license from Ministry of Health:

  • The following import cases shall be exempted from state inspection on food safety;
  • Foods in certain quantity passed through immigration for personal consumption within the limit of duty free paid;
  • Foods in diplomatic bags, consular bags;
  • Transited food and re-exported foods;
  • Foods kept in bonded warehouses;
  • Foods served as samples or for testing or research purposes;
  • Foods served as samples for displaying at fairs and exhibitions.

However, with small quantity, please send me the photo of your passport and brand name of each item, and do the letter as attached, so that we can help you to submit to customs and wait for their approval.

In case customs officers still ask to provide import license, we will keep you updated.

3 – This is the template of the letter required:

To whom it may concern:

I am (Name).

Passport Number: xxxxxxx

Address: xxxxxxxx

I have a shipment sent by DHL Express AWB xxxxxxxxxx  from iHerb US which contains:

  1. Nature’s Way Burdock Root Vegetarian Capsules (supplement) ; Nature’s Way, Burdock Root capsules, 2 plastic bottles, $13.38

They are totally for my personal use, not for sale.

I confirm that all above information is truly right and I commit to pay all taxes arising from this shipment.

I look forward to receiving your help to release my shipment soon.

Thanks.

(Name)

4 – I replied with a passport of my photo and that template letter and the next day, June 12th, my Burdock Root capsules were delivered without any additional charges.

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Using Markup From Camera Roll

After capturing a screenshot on an iPhone, there is immediately an option for you to write texts on it or add some markups on it before it goes to your Camera Roll. You would see a prompt to Save it to Photos or Delete Screenshot after editing it. In cases where you already made the screenshot but weren’t able to tap on Edit, you can still do so later by selecting the particular screenshot and tapping on Edit.

I didn’t know this simple tip before and just thought I would share it for others to save time in editing photos and screenshots. I used to retrieve my photo or screenshot to be edited via iCloud.com’s Camera Roll and open Paint on my Windows laptop to add markups on my photos or screenshots.

Here’s how:

Viewing Instagram Stories

Instagram already has new fonts available for Instagram stories but for now the update for this feature has not been rolled out yet for some locations. My friend in the Philippines has already started using the new fonts for Instagram stories and they look really awesome it makes me jealous for not having this update yet.

Some may not know this so I will mention it anyway. When viewing Instagram stories, you can go back to the previous story by tapping on the lower left part of the screen and forward to the next story by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. So if you want to fast forward a story (I do not know if this affects the viewing numbers), you can do so by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. Continually tapping on the upper left part of the screen would enable you to repeat a particular story from its very beginning – useful in case you didn’t catch the first part of the message of the story during the first viewing. If you want to pause to be able to read everything in the story, of course, you’ll simply hold tap on the screen and release if you’re ready to move on to the next story. These gestures, of course, work with past live stories – stories from users who recently went live which sometimes show up as a blinking play button for a while after the live session has ended.

When viewing Instagram stories, your name would be registered as a viewer on an IG public user’s story even if you do not follow each other. Even if you only had few comment exchanges in either one of your or his/her post, your name will still be registered as a viewer.

I sent a Feedback to Instagram regarding the story viewers feature and requested an option where a user can have the option to toggle between seeing all viewers’ thumbnail display pictures and simply numbers of viewers at the bottom of each story.

How To Cancel or Renew Office 365 Subscription on iPhone

iTunes had undergone many revisions and with each update comes the elimination of the familiar. In Google searches on how to cancel subscription or auto renewal in iTunes, I would still come across tutorials for old versions of iTunes on the top results where iTunes still had an option for Delete Subscription.

I had subscribed to Office 365 via iTunes for some time in the past and when the time came when I no longer needed to use it on my mobile because I bought a new laptop which came with a 1-year free subscription of Office 365 Personal, I found cancelling my subscription auto renewal to be a more stubborn idea than I had thought – stubborn in the sense that I did not want the Office 365 to appear under my iTunes subscription. I could not cancel it on my Office 365 dashboard because the subscription was done on iTunes.

To prevent my iTunes account from automatically charging my card for my Office 365 Home subscription, I went to the App Store on my iPhone and tapped on my Account name and email. I selected Country/Region.

In my case, I changed it to the US store and it solved the auto renewal charge problem for me. I did not change stores for a month. The advantage of changing stores is to get rid of the auto-renewal charge. If you let it auto-renew, you can still cancel but even cancelling the subscription will extend the period you are still subscribed to Office 365 Home via iTunes. Changing stores eliminates this problem as the Office 365 subscription will no longer appear under your Subscription list.

You have to make sure you have no other existing iTunes subscriptions other than your Office 365. There is no clear cut workaround about completely deleting the Office 365 subscription on your iTunes account and not see it listed there anymore.

If you decide to change your store back again (because some local apps are exclusively available for download only in your country), the Office 365 subscription will still appear but it will now be listed under Expired.

The Expired list does come in handy for when you change your mind and want to renew your Office 365 on your iPhone. Simply follow these steps:

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Another option would be to delete the e-mail account associated with the Office 365 subscription. Just make sure to back up any data in your OneDrive and/or Outlook e-mails.

How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.)  Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

 

 

 

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

 

 

 

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

 

 

 

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

 

 

 

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

 

 

 

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

 

 

 

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

 

Cooking Dash Sundae Fundae Tip

The episodes in Cooking Dash’s Sundae Fundae can be tedious to play especially when you have to serve two or multiple orders to a customer. The trick is not to pick up orders by individual item but to focus on each customer’s order(s) collectively. I experimented with picking up items individually versus picking them up and putting it on the counter simultaneously and the latter has proven to be more time-efficient. See the video comparison below:

 

 

However, I do notice the Auto Chef does get my order confused sometimes:

 

 

Do not prepare the orders in advance, unless you’ve played it too many times and you’re already familiar with the upcoming orders. Still, I find that doing it in that manner confuses Auto Chef and it gives you a different order needlessly.

Needless to say, this tip does apply to all Cooking Dash shows. Sundae Fundae is just one show I made an example of because I’ve had several glitches when it comes to orders involving bananas.

RCBC MyWallet to GCash Cash-in

Earlier today I got an alert on my iPhone to update my GCash mobile app and that the new update not only includes the RCBC-GCash and BPI-GCash cash-ins but also a list of their over-the-counter partners right within the GCash mobile app.

For a few months registering GCash within the RCBC Online Banking platform had been disabled. It’s a good thing they have brought the feature back. If you access your Globe sim menu and select GCash > Registration by dialing *119#, you will see the option to register your BPI and RCBC accounts. For a refresher, here’s the video for the registration for RCBC:

 

Update: June 11, 2018

Even though the RCBC to GCash option is available in the GCash mobile app, most of us encounter errors in attempting the feature. It probably works for RCBC accounts which are connected to a savings account but with the RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card (one can apply for this card at any RCBC branches without necessarily having a savings account at RCBC), it seems it’s been disabled again and it’s unclear when the RCBC to GCash cash-in service will resume. I would like to also emphasize that even though there is an option in the GCash mobile app to add your MasterCard or Visa Debit Card for cash-in, adding your RCBC MyWallet Visa Debit card is not allowed and you will only get a text notification that the attempt to add the card is unsuccessful.

There is an alternative, which I have tried for myself yesterday, but it would require you to have a Skrill account.

Requirements:

  • You must have a verified Skrill account.
  • Your GCash account must already be linked to your verified Skrill account. You can add your GCash mobile number under the Mobile Wallets tab.
  • Your RCBC MyWallet, which is a Visa debit card, must be also added to your Skrill account. You can do this by clicking on the tab Cards and Bank Accounts. Even if you do not verify this particular Visa debit card, you can still send money directly via Skrill but there would be a limit.
  • I would suggest you do the RCBC MyWallet to GCash cash-in on the web and not on the Skrill mobile app for the reason that “Philippines” does not appear on the drop down menu on the mobile app.  Skrill needs to update their mobile app for bugs.

Here are the steps to transfer or send your RCBC MyWallet funds to your GCash account:

1 – Under Account Overview and just right under Available balance, there are two buttons for Send Money. Click on Send Direct.

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2 – Since this pertains to RCBC MyWallet, select Credit/debit card.

select currency and payment method

3 – Select the RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card to be debited from.

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4 – Review the details.

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5 – Wait for the confirmation.

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