The Tropigoth (?)

I’ll admit, I have somewhat of a fascination with these strange “internet” subculture styles. Sea punk, health goth, tropigoth, and space grunge are all prime examples of these subcultures. They seem to primarily exist on Tumblr and Pinterest boards, with an occasional article about their existence appearing on some major news network, or a popular Hollywood celebrity incorporating the theme into a performance or music video. But surely there’s someone somewhere living a Sea Punk life day-to-day, right? No? Maybe?

Here’s the thing: I LOVE some of these ideas. The phrase “sea punk” excites me, though, I’m not a big fan of the execution. Also, I cannot believe there’s a Wiki for “aesthetics.” People have been labeling clothing styles for…well, a very long time. We don’t necessarily need labels for the way we dress, nor do we need to conform to any label. However, when you’re like me and you’re in love with concepts, these phrases become very exciting. They’re creative, and yes, maybe a bit silly at times. But I really love creating outfits as if they were a costume. In short, it’s fun to play dress up.

Therefore, enjoy my wanna-be #tropigoth outfit, and let’s play today’s game! (you should know I love doing OOTD’s with games). 

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Plane Ticket/ Bank Account Issues

Sunday, April 8th: The Panic & Frustration

I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that I want to gain more travel experience. Saturday (yesterday) I was given a huge dose of experience. My card was declined, not once, but twice. Then I couldn’t get into my online banking. I called the telephone teller and sure enough, my account is locked. Also, when I saw I called the teller, I mean that I entered my account number for the robot on the other end to tell me my account is locked. Thanks for nothing, by the way.

Anyway, my bank is closed on Sundays (of course), so I have to wait until Monday. That’s a whole day  – I know, so terrible first world problems – of me refusing to let myself panic, wondering if my bank account is compromised or something. I know that is was probably tripped by me buying my plane tickets and my AirBnB rooms. However, I am  terrified.

Monday, April 9th: The Resolution

They didn’t tell me why my account was frozen. However, they gave me a new card and gave me access to my online banking. Phew – nightmare over. I’m kind of glad I was issued a new card, because now I don’t have to worry about any previous attempted purchases going through.

The Lesson 

What has this taught me, you ask? First , I need a credit card. Using my bank card for everything could leave me without a means of purchase when I go on vacation. It’ll be nice to have a backup. I know that it’s important to call your company before you leave for a vacation so they don’t automatically freeze your card. However, that’s kind of difficult to do when you don’t have a credit card.

The problem with smaller banks is they don’t always have the infrastructure to help you. I couldn’t get in contact with a real person until i went into the bank. If I was in a different country, I’d have to wait for opening hours to call the branch and who knows if they’d be able to help me over the phone. Not to mention, what if I have an issue Satuday after they close and can’t do anything until Monday? That’s a long time to be cut off when you’re in another country. Pending these concerns, I’m going to have to contact my bank (ha!) and make sure that my trip to Costa Rica will not be a problem. ESPECIALLY because at my bank, they don’t unfreeze cards they only issue new ones. Can you imagine me being stuck in another country for two weeks, unable to access my bank account, having to rely on only a credit card? It’s a disaster waiting to happen.

If you have any tips or suggestions, please let me know! Have you ever been cut off from your money in a foreign country? How did you manage? 

-Knurly 

 

An adventure in stupidity – eBay Buying Guide #1 + Haul + Dumb Photos

First and foremost: THANK YOU to everyone that has followed my blog!

Mind-you: I didn’t intentionally buy shitty clothes from eBay for my blog. That would just be wasteful. And listen, I know that “buying cheap clothes from eBay” trend is dead but it’s not a phase for me! I actually sell on eBay, and I’ve been buying from eBay for years. One, I wanted to see if I could do any better, and two, I want to show all the generally safe and unsafe items to buy from eBay.

LESSON #1: FEEDBACK

It’s not a high standard to have 100% or 99.9% positive feedback. Anything below a 99.7% is usually a red flag. If it’s a smaller seller, there’s no reason they should have lots of negative feedback. If it’s a larger seller with negative feedback, chances are they may be selling poorly made items – or they are bad at shipping out their items. Stay away or brave dangerous the waters. 

LESSON #2: STOCK PICTURES LIE

It should go without saying, if the photos look like they’re from somewhere else – they probably are. If you see the same image reused in multiple listings from sellers in China – RUN. Anyway, shall with get on with my mistakes purchases?

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