Love in the time of corona — Whether you’re into numerology, or believe in the symbolisms and superstitions, 2020 was the year everyone expected for greatness and new beginnings. This was also the year that my then-fiancée, now wife, decided to finally tie the knot after a grueling and lengthy courtship process. We had never traveled outside the country on our own before, and road trips always required a chaperone of some sort. So when we tied the knot last January, we were quite enraptured by the idea of 2020 being our year of adventure. The culmination of an arduous and prolonged battle to be together was finally here.


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nate punzalan


But life seemed to have its own trajectory, and a plotline emerged which had repercussions in many worlds besides our own. Our little “2020 adventure” bubble had popped as we found ourselves stuck at home. We were “chained by a monster we couldn’t see”, if you want to be dramatic about it. But that’s how it felt. And although it is for good reason we stayed home, we could not help but feel that the dreams of adventuring hand in hand through different worlds had diminished to bi-weekly trips to the grocery.


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After feeling our way through the quarantine, we decided that our adventure could start here and now. We can start by building a new thing together! What better way to commemorate newness? On the future trips we’ll take, we’ll probably take a few magnets or pressed flowers as means of remembrance of our time there. But in the meantime, our kitchen has become the monument of the beginning of our adventure of working hand in hand (quite literally).


room makeover


Pauline and I are so grateful that in the midst of the pandemic and all the online shopping, ShopBack has always been there to help us get the best cashback deals. Whether shopping for furniture from stores like Etsy, housewares from websites like LightInTheBox, tools from Kohl’s or Walmart, or even food and groceries to keep us energized for all the remodeling, we have trusted the ShopBack to help us earn cashback on pretty much everything. 


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The best experience for me has been with the Shopback Chrome Extension—two clicks, and the button is installed on your browser. It shows me a pop-up to activate my cashback whenever I’m online shopping. Saving money when online shopping has never been easier! 


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It’s also super cool that the ShopBack Button now automatically finds, tests, and applies the best promo codes for you, so you will always be getting the best deals. You can sign up for free here and get a signup bonus of P50 in your account!


Why use Shopback?

  • It lets you earn Cashback with your online purchase!
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  • No need to search for promo codes as it automatically finds the best discounts for you


How to sign up for a ShopBack account:




ShopBack is a Cashback reward platform that allows savvy shoppers to earn a portion of their online spendings as Cashback. You get all the best deals and discounts from your favorite online stores and earn Cashback that you can easily payout to your bank account. Join ShopBack now to make the best experience out of your online shopping.