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How to avoid long lines at BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands)?

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Banks had been helping us in many ways. Aside from securing our hard earned cash, it has also provided personal and business loans, credit allowances, remittance and a lot more banking products and services.  However, whether we admit it or not, going to the bank is such a hassle. With limited banking hours, it would really take much of our time to get our transactions completed. They have offer online banking and automated teller machines however, it has its own disadvantages and issues such as security breaches and ATM skimming. So, for people like me, I still prefer the old practice of using a passbook and transacting with a bank teller.  Good thing that my bank which is the Bank of the Philippine Islands is now offering EXPRESS ASSIST which made me say goodbye to long lines inside the bank. It is where you can set an appointment before you actually go to the bank. Just log in to your BPI online account.  Source: www.bpiexpressonline.com Go to Other Services and sel

Chopstop: A Feel Good Place To Eat

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Whenever loneliness strikes, some people have these unique cravings to ease the feeling.  Some may resort to music and retail therapy while others opt to divulge their sadness in eating. This coping mechanism gave birth to such things called "comfort food." These are food that makes us feel good and happy. It may be as simple as your favorite hotdog, chocolate or ice cream. Personally, my "comfort food" is anything fried. (I know it's sinful.) Fried chicken and pork chops are on top of my list. So, I was so happy to discover Chopstop in Fairview Terraces because they serve delicious and affordable fried chicken and pork chops.  Aside from value meals, they also have a group meal good for 4 persons. Source: https://www.facebook.com/chopstopco The Chops Blowout includes:   4 servings of chops 4 side dishes 1 buffalo wings platter 4 plain rice 4 drinks You can either choose pork or chicken chops and since, it was only me and Va

Free Gifts and Giveaways for New or Expectant Mommies

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Did you just give birth?  Are you expecting and have a few weeks to go?  If yes, then let me share to you a list of online promotions currently available - just for you.  1. OBI Baby Get a chance to win tie  tie-side and pajama sets by simply registering to OBI's Mommy Club.  You may register via this link .  Source: https://www.facebook.com/ObiBabies 2.  Huggies PH  Get a free sampler pack from Huggies. It includes 4 pcs of Huggies Dry Pants and all you have to do is to register here https://www.facebook.com/huggiesph  3. EQ Diapers   They offer a pregnancy sampler kit just for expectant moms in their EQ Expecting Promo. All you need to do is register and submit the right documents such as your OB Gyne's details.You may register by visiting their  website . Source: https://www.facebook.com/EQDiapers 4.  The Asian Parent .com The Asian Parent.com features a product review and raffle promo for Baby World.  Ten (10)   

Food You Need To Try Before You Reach 60

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There are different recipes and types of food all over the world. Let me share to you a few that stood out. This is a list of the food available in the Philippines that you need to try before you reach 60.  1. Zubuchon (Lechon)    This is the best lechon in Cebu. Whole Roasted Pig with Crispy Skin and Soft Meat.  For more details about their branches, you may visit their facebook page . 2. Baked Scallops from Gerry's Grill.   This is subject to availability and price starts at Php 265.00 For more details, please visit their website . 3. Mabet's Ham.   This is a homemade chinese ham from Davao City. A perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness served with an extra special sauce. They ship nationwide. For orders, you may visit their facebook page for more details. 4. Buttered Chicken from Wong Sau Restaurant . This is the best buttered chicken I have ever tasted. They are located at Evangelista, Makati. 5. TGIF'

Eat like a Viking at HALF THE PRICE!

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Vikings, the  largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines is offering their loyal customers a chance to dine at half the price. This special promotion is available during the opening of their newest branch at SM BF Homes.  Source: https://www.facebook.com/vikingssmbf  Excited? Here are the terms and conditions:  Source: https://www.facebook.com/vikingssmbf So, what are you waiting for? See you on the opening day.  For more details, you may also visit their website . 

Getting Married in the Philippines: Legal Documents

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If you are planning to get married soon, here is a quick reference about the legal documents that you would need to prepare to get started.  http://pixabay.com 1. Secure a copy of your birth certificates (NSO authenticated) . Normally, its Php140/copy but sometimes there local taxes around Php 30-50 that needs to be paid (e.g. if you get at the NSO Makati Field Office). You can get this on the same day. Just don't forget to bring a copy of a valid ID. If a representative is requesting a copy for you, an authorization letter together with your ID is needed to claim your birth certificate.  2. Secure a copy of CENOMAR - Certificate of No Marriage from NSO. It is at Php 195/copy. Normally, it is not released on the same day of request so you need to allot enough time for this. It may take 3-4 days for the release of your CENOMAR. 3. Check with your Local Civil Registrar other requirements for application of Marriage License. You can opt to process the marriage from your l

What else can you order in J.CO aside from Donuts?

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Whenever we hear J.CO, the first thing that comes into our minds is a donut. There is nothing wrong with that because J.CO is one of fastest growing doughnut companies in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.  However, did you know that aside from soft and premium donuts, they also offer a wide variety of coffee? They offer hot or iced espresso, latte, americano and machiatto. Their best seller and Val's favorite is the Hot JCOccino.  The prices of their drinks are very affordable compared to the other coffee shops in the market. The JCOccino in Uno size is at  Php 115 and it already comes with a free glazzy.  Glazzy is your original honey and sugar donut that is so soft that it that melts in your mouth. It is a bit sweet and it is a perfect pair to your JCoccino.  Another thing to love about JCO is their J.Club Series. They have two variants namely:  Cheesy Rich and Salami which is really delightful. These treats are not rea

10 Things To Do and Places to Visit While in Cebu - Part Two

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4. Edge Coaster, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, Fuente Osmena Blvd., Cebu Are you looking for an adventure you'll never forget?  If yes, then you should not miss the Edge Coaster Experience. The Edge Coaster  is taking your adventure to the extreme by going around the edge of the tower on the 38th floor while being locked into a rail seat. The crazy thing about it is that you have the option to tilt it to 55 degrees and face the streets 130.84 meters above the ground.  Was it scary? YES Was it worth it? Ofcourse! I was shouting the whole time but it was fun. Though, this is not recommended for the faint-hearted.  As a reward, you also get to have a certificate that you survived the adventure. Isn't that cool?  5. Kartzone, F. Cabahug St., Cebu Want to drive without traffic and no speed limits? Take time to experience Go-Karting in Cebu. It is safe since they conduct driver's orientation to make sure that everyone is aware a

View Park Hotel : Quick Escape from the Metro

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I was one lucky reader of  When in Manila  and  Wonder Woman Rises  when I won an  Overnight Stay in a Premier Room with complimentary breakfast for two (2) persons   at the View Park Hotel Tagaytay. Amazing right?!  We were too excited that Val and I decided to book it immediately after coming home from our Cebu vacation. We decided to make a reservation on a Sunday so that there would be less traffic travelling to Tagaytay. We decided to commute going there.  The travel was approximately 3 hours from SM Fairview, Quezon City.  We took the San Agustin bus line from their Cubao terminal.  Fare is Php 104.00/person from Cubao terminal to Olivares terminal. Then from Olivares terminal, you have the option to take a tricycle at Php 60.00/ trip (good for 2) or just take the jeepney going to People's Park/ Picnic Grove at Php 11.00/person. By the way, you don't have to worry about getting lost because View Park Hotel is literally just across Picnic Grove so definitely,

10 Things To Do and Places to Visit While in Cebu - Part One

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Cebu known as the "The Queen City of the South" has a balance of both urban thrills and nature. Every year, my family and I visit and all I can say is that this city has never failed to give us a memorable experience. Let me share to you the top ten things to do or places to visit when you are in Cebu.  1. Sto. Nino Church,  OsmeƱa Boulevard, Cebu City I grew up with the belief that whenever we visit a new place, we must make sure to visit the Church first and pay respect. The Sto. Nino Church also known as  Minor Basilica of the Holy Child was founded in 1565. Visitors and devotees line up to see the   image of Sto. Nino which is the oldest religious relic in the Philippines.  The Basilica also celebrates mass and it would be great if you schedule your visit during that time.  2.  Magellan's Cross,  Plaza Sugbo, Cebu City The Magellan's Cross is just a few steps away from the Sto. Nino Church. It houses a replica of the C

Justice for Tyler, The Dog

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For all pet-parents, it is a big nightmare to lose our babies. Much more if such loss is caused by the negligence of others.  One furbaby named Tyler was brought by her mom to a spa in BF Homes, Paranaque for his weekly haircut and grooming. Little did they know that it would be his last one.  Karen Balce posted the story in facebook last January 9, 2015. Source: Facebook/ Karen Balce This is such a heartbreaking story and no amount of condolences and sympathy can be made to ease the pain of losing one's pet. Everyone should realize that our pets are family to most of us and such "accident" is unacceptable.  Let this sad incident be a warning to all us since I also leave Crumpy at the spa. If time permits, maybe we can just watch them while being groomed. No amount of time is wasted to ensure their safety.  For Tyler and his family, we are all praying for you and we support you in seeking justice.  You may read the original post, here . 

Celadon: Contemporary Thai Cuisine

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Val and I had fell in love with Thai cuisine even though I am not a fan of spicy dishes. We spent the last few weeks of 2014 searching for the best Thai restaurant in the Metro.  It was actually Val's birthday when we booked a reservation at Celedon, Powerplant Mall in Rockwell and we had late lunch with my mom and godmother. The place was not crowded but there are several tables occupied.  We ordered Pad-Thai. It described as "Thai style fried flat noodles with tofu, pork and beansprouts wrapped in eggnet." Our waiter has kind enough to mix it for us. Personally, I find it as a combination of two of my favorite food from Dencia's Restaurant in Davao. It is like chinese fresh lumpia and tokwa't baboy in one.  We also had Thai Fresh Rolls. I also love how they present the food - complete with dips and flowers.   Their prawn cakes known as Tod Man Kung were delightful.  It was indeed a seafood escapade for us. We al

How to Dispose your Used LBC Pouches or Packaging?

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I have been receiving packages shipped via different couriers such as LBC, Xend and Fastrack in the past few months.  These are packages coming from my family, friends, PR companies and my online orders.  It is such a joy to receive packages however, if many, you might be already concerned about what to do with all the plastic. I understand that we should recycle but I am unable to maximize these since they do not have handles.  Good thing, it was brought to my attention that we can send this packaging/ pouches back to LBC.  If you are a keen reader of fine prints, there is a not-so-fine print on packaging that says:  " For every 5,000 used pouches returned to LBC, we will donate 500 trash bins for public use."  And that is what we call Corporate Social Responsibility. So, now I am encouraging all of you to return your used pouches to any LBC outlet and let us all help in waste management.