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Christmas 2020: How we made it a little more special this year

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!  Time flies so fast! Without knowing it, Christmas Day has passed and the months of preparation and planning all paid off. If you have been following my blog, you would know how much I love Christmas and why it's my favorite time of my year (yes, I love Christmas more than my own birthday)  Anyway, with the pandemic and all, we are to celebrate this year a little different. Different does not really mean it's a bad thing or something negative.   To be honest, I found this year's celebration more meaningful and memorable, and here's how we did it. 1. Christmas Lighting Event -   The Christmas tree has been the centerpiece of the festive season as early as the 16th century where families brought trees into their homes and decorated them.  T his is something that I also look forward to as a kid and adult.  When the "BER-months" started this 2020. I read in one of the mommy groups that one member said she doesn't feel like putting u

Time to Gas Up! 50% off on Petron fuels tomorrow, December 22

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December 22 is a special day for Petron!  This holiday season starting December 14, Petron is treating their Petron Value Cardholders through the 1 2 Days of Merry promo where they have the chance to win a one-year supply of fuel, scooters, laptops, motorcycles, and other gadgets. Each day, a new promotion and prize/ reward is up for grabs.  However, Day 9 (December 22) is quite special since Petron President and CEO Ramon S. Ang is extending the special promo even to non-PVC cardholders. Customers can enjoy 50% off on all Petron fuels when they gas up on December 22, 2020, between 11AM to 1PM, at over 1,100 participating Petron stations nationwide! ** Please note that this does not apply to P.O., Bulk, or Fleet accounts.  What a perfect Christmas gift for all! So, be sure to gas up tomorrow as this may be the last fuel sale of the year.  Click here to view the full list of participating stations. Love promos like this? Connect with us on Facebook .   

Sun Life Concludes 125th Anniversary with an Online Christmas Concert

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Christmas this year may be different but the celebration continues because the true essence of the season is the birth of Jesus Christ. We celebrate it by honoring the people that we love and value. We celebrate it with utmost gratitude to God who is the giver of everything that we have. We also say thank you to everyone who loves and supports us.  No wonder Sun Life Philippines chose the theme, HIMIG NG PASASALAMAT as they concluded its 125th anniversary. They brought together two of the most talented musical groups in the country, Ben&Ben and The Company, in a virtual OPM Christmas concert especially for clients, advisors, and employees.  The event was held on December 18, 2020, at 8pm hosted by Sam Oh. Sun Life’s brand ambassadors Piolo Pascual, Matteo Guidicelli, Enchong Dee, Inigo Pascual, and Charo Santos-Concio also made an appearance.  The Mandaluyong Children’s Choir also performed a special number.  The event is exclusive for Sun Life clients who registered for the concer

Looking for a bank that fits the Japanese standards?

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When Japanese entrepreneur Mr. Hayato Yazaki came to the Philippines to set up his business, he looked for a bank that fits the Japanese standards for a good partner. Mr. Yazaki runs Izumi Global, an education company that provides after-school learning using the Nippon Math method for children ages 3-11 years old. It also provides licensing and has more than 10 branches.  Mr. Yazaki asked from among the Japanese community in Makati about the local banks, so he could choose one that fits his needs. After picking out one Philippine bank, he started his relationship with it by opening a personal bank account. This was so he could experience for himself whether or not the bank lives up to its reputation.  Trust and reliability, he said, are very important. These values are part of the Japanese mindset and are considered crucial when engaging in a long-term commitment. Mr. Yazaki, however, added he goes beyond these considerations, as he also looks into speed, overall performance, even

Crisis or not: Cash Management Services help business thrive during pandemic

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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) serve as the lifeblood of the economy. Thus, support for these enterprises is essential to keep the economy going. One of these businesses is that of Alex Ong, who operates Transorient Container Terminal Services (TCTS), a customs bonded warehouse, and trucking service. Essentially, TCTS acts as an extension of port storage services outside of the ports themselves. Mr. Alex Ong, who owns Transorient Container Terminal Services (TCTS), said BDO’s cash management services allowed his company to continue its operations despite quarantines.  Knowing how valuable it is to ensure smooth and speedy operations, Alex applied for BDO Unibank’s Cash Management Services’ (CMS) suite of offerings, including SME Business Online Banking.  This helped TCTS run smoothly and continue operations despite the disruptions caused by movement restrictions and social distancing regulations, resulting from the pandemic. Essential business partners Ong points out tha

FEATURED STORY: Pampanga's Best owner on how to balance life and work during these challenging times

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The new normal posed even more challenges to people we rely on: parents and bosses. Denise Alelis, third-generation owner of Pampanga’s Best can relate. Helping mommies balance life and work during challenging times Denise Alelis helps run a family business that’s a half-century old: Pampanga’s Best, arguably the most recognized brand when it comes to tocino (salty-sweet cured meat), a favorite Filipino dish. While running and sustaining a business has become quite difficult during the pandemic with all the community quarantines, times are especially challenging for mom-entrepreneurs like Denise. According to her, months of living in the so-called new normal have been stressful because of multiple challenges and concerns that she has to face daily. Her greatest challenge during the pandemic is the community quarantine. For 53 years, their business depended on transacting with various dealers in cities and provinces all over the Philippines and nearly all of these transactions we

Redeem a Noche Buena Gift Pack for only 50 Globe Rewards Points on December 11

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Do you have available Globe rewards points? If yes then you might want to check out this special deal that Globe Rewards is offering today, December 11.  For only 50 Rewards points, you can r edeem a Noche Buena gift box one for you and one to share. The other box  will be sent to a displaced family in Albay affected by the recent typhoon through the Ayala Foundation.  All you need to do is download the Globe Rewards App to redeem. Then, expect to receive a voucher that you can use to redeem your Christmas Gift Box within 3 days. According to the terms and conditions, it includes a free delivery voucher as well. Comment below if you were able to redeem one.  Love promos like this? Make sure to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mymetrolifestyle   for updates. 

We can now do bank transactions on a weekend as BDO Mall-based branches open on Saturdays

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Given that not all bank transactions can be done online, banking on weekends has been very important for us since this is the only time we can actually visit our branch.  This also a common predicament of those who have an 8-5 job Mondays to Fridays since most banks are all already closed by the time they get off from work.  I remember that there were some instances where I had to skip lunch just to go to my old bank.  Thus, we  are happy to share that the mall-based branches of BDO are now open on Saturdays.  This is in line with the bank's  move to open all  branches nationwide to aid in the gradual economic recovery. BDO Unibank Inc. has re-opened its  mall-based branches for Saturday banking until 4:00pm, since December 5.  In the photo is the BDO  branch inside SM Mall of Asia A.  About BDO Unibank, Inc . BDO is a full-service universal bank, which provides a wide range of corporate and retail banking services.  These services include traditional loan and deposit products, as

Gift Your Loved Ones this Holiday Season with UNIQLO’s 12.12 Special Offers

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Can't help but excited after learning that our favorite brand, UNIQLO is geared up to treat  shoppers with 12.12 special offers, providing a one-stop-shop for holiday gifts for the whole family. Shoppers can find the best present for themselves or for their loved ones  — LifeWear items, designed to fit anyone's everyday clothing needs. Shoppers can enjoy the following deals online or in all stores nationwide. So, if you are just like me who's still doesn't want to go out to shop, shopping online is your best option as it is very convenient and easy. We were able to order twice already and had no problems at all.  So, w ithout further ado, here are some special 12.12 deals you shouldn't miss:  Women’s Wireless Bra - The Women’s Wireless Bra lineup features a molding cup design that contours and fits any shape and size of a woman’s body comfortably. The padding provides support and lays flat to the body creating a beautiful bust line. It is also constructed seamlessl

Existing BPI Kaya Savings Account will be automatically converted to a Regular Savings Account

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Do you have a BPI savings account with no maintaining balance?  If yes, then more likely that's a Kaya Savings Account, and here's an important update for you.  Effective January 15, 2021,  all existing Kaya Savings Accounts will be converted to Regular Savings Accounts. This means that you now need to have a maintaining balance of Php 3,000 or else you get a Monthly Service Charge of Php 300 for Falling Below Required ADB. On the bright side, this means that your savings account is eligible to earn interest if you maintain an ADB of at least Php 5,000 plus, you won't be charged Php 5 per transaction anymore.  Please note that there will be no new card will be issued upon conversion. Your existing card remains valid and effective.  You may read the full details here:  https://www.bpi.com.ph/announcements/kaya-savings That's it for now! Feel free to share this post.  Let's connect on Facebook --> www.facebook.com/mymetrolifestyle

Starbucks Flagship Store is now available ONLINE.

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You can NOW order your favorite Starbucks merchandise and collectibles online!  If you have been following my IG account  ( instagram.com/mymetrolifestyle ), then you'll know that I have been collecting Starbucks ICON tumblers and YAH (You are Here) series mugs. I also enjoy collecting their Christmas ornaments which I plan to use in the future to make a Starbucks themed Christmas tree once I have enough decors. (This year, we're having a Disney-themed tree and will post about it soon) Anyway, Starbucks merchandise is one of the reasons why I get excited whenever I go to Starbucks because simply, we can never have enough tumblers and mugs. (LOL!) Thus, I am happy to share that Starbucks finally opened their official store in Lazada. This means that you can get all these exclusive collectibles and merchandise delivered straight to your doorstep. Not to mention they may great holiday gifts so yes to easy and more convenient Christmas shopping.  Here's the direct link to the S

No remittance fee for donations to typhoon victims via BDO Remit; BDO Foundation sends relief packs

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With the volcanic eruption in January, the pandemic that we are continuously battling, and the series of typhoons that hit the country a few weeks ago, 2020 is definitely not our favorite year.  However, despite these challenges, we still believe that this year is not 100% bad. If we see it through the lens of gratitude, these experiences provided an opportunity for us to step up and help one another. It gave us the opportunity to be a better person and to teach us to be more compassionate and to bring out the best in us as we learn to serve and be of service to our fellow men and woman.  This is not just about individuals or public servants. The private sector, businesses, and corporations have provided huge help in making sure we survive these challenges.  To help its fellow kababayans hit by typhoons "Quinta," "Rolly," and just recently "Ulysses," BDO Remit—the remittance service brand of BDO Unibank—has waived the remittance fee on donations from over

Be inspired with these stories of finding ways despite great uncertainty

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The pandemic might have slowed down many businesses in the country, but Maylin Remo Natan knew she had to keep going. She had clients to service, employees to pay, and her own earnings to consider. But because BDO branches remained operational, Maylin was able to fulfill her duties, making sure that for Trucklane Corporation’s partners, employees, and herself, life did not stop. According to Maylin's story, because BDO remained open despite the pandemic, she was still able to:  Complete her FOREX transaction Cheque encashment Get approval for her business loan which helped her continue with the business operations.  She is also thankful that her relationship manager advised her to set aside some money when business was doing good as she could have never seen the pandemic coming.  Do you have your own  "Finding Ways" Story? Share it here . 

Insider Tips on How You Can Make the Most Out of Your MIBF Experience

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Hello avid readers and book lovers! The Manila International Book Fair is definitely one of the most awaited events every year. I remember going crazy seeing all the books at the SMX Convention Center last year and the year before that since all the big book publishing and distributors are all in one place. Not to mention, most of the books are available at a discounted price. There were lots of irresistible deals and offers. It was also a wonderful experience to meet some of our favorite authors who graced the event and was available to sign our precious books.  However, this year is going to different. Due to the pandemic, it was impossible to have a live event. Thus, the organizers decided to have the first-ever Manila International ONLINE Book Fair. Since it's ONLINE, anyone can now join and buy their books as long as they have an internet connection. Yes, they can even cater to international orders.  Anyway, let me share 6 tips on how you can make the most out of your MIBF exp

BDO Unibank and Network Bank Branches are all open with longer banking hours

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It's almost 250 days since the quarantine period started in the Philippines and we can say that this pandemic has definitely changed the way we live. With almost everything shifting to online and digital transactions like e-commerce, webinars, virtual events, and online classes, there are still some things that we have to do offline. For us, these are bank transactions. Despite the availability of online banking, there are still instances that we need to go to the branch to transact and this is the reason why are happy to know that the b ranches of BDO Unibank, Inc. and BDO Network Bank are all open to serve more clients.  It is great that BDO is able to keep its products and services within reach amid the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) guidelines and keeping their promise to find ways for their clients. When ECQ was declared, BDO strived to keep as many of its branches open while observing health and safety measures. In Luzon, about 130

Taiwan’s medical power shines in SE Asia, helping Philippine patients regain new lives

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T he Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) organized recently the “Join hands with Taiwan to create a healthy and happy life” webinar, which was held at the Taipei International Convention Center. During the meeting, five physicians and experts shared the latest medical technology, treatment methods, and services with regard to bone marrow transplantation, reproductive medicine, depression, cerebrovascular disease, and telemedicine consultation with friends in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries to offer more treatment options for patients in need. The event attracted around  900 viewers who participated online and were able to see the live broadcast in real-time. (From Left) Mr. Onag, a patient from the Philippines, Dr. Chi-Cheng Li, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital,  Dr. Pin-Yao Lin, Lee Women’s Hospital, Ms. Elina H.L. Lee, Executive Vice President, TAITRA,  Mr. Chin-Tang Wang, President, Medicrowd Smarthealth C

Breakup Manual - Part One

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I had the chance to go through my old stuff last weekend as I was trying to declutter before the holidays. I was surprised to find my old "Breakup Manual" that I made around 20 years ago. It was actually a compilation of short stories, poems, and songs that helped me get through when my heart was aching.  I'm happy to share this with you.  Unfortunately, I have no information about the source or the names of the original author. In case you have information, kindly let us know so we can give proper attribution for this post.  If you are confused or frustrated with your current relationship because you feel your partner is not "romantic", please continue reading below.   This one is entitled TRUE LOVE.  My husband is an Engineer by profession, I love him for his steady nature, and I love the warm feeling when I lean against his broad shoulders. Three years of courtship and now, two years into marriage, I would have to admit, that I am getting tired of it. The re