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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Christmas Chronicles 2 will be available on Netflix starting November 25

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the most awaited Christmas movie will have its worldwide premiere on Netflix on November 25, 2020. 

Christmas Chronicles is a Netflix Original movie that is written and directed by Chris Columbus,  the man who is also behind the hit Christmas movies Home Alone and Home Alone 2 in the 90s. 

Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn stars the movie as Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

The sequel of the movie will feature Kate Pierce, now a cynical teen, who is unexpectedly united with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas... forever. 

Anyway, we are so excited and can't wait to watch it. For now, here's the teaser video. Enjoy! 

Advance Merry Christmas and thank you for dropping by! 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Mobile Apps that Every Bacolodnon Should Have this New Normal

The number of new positive cases the past few days is very alarming as we now have 3,940 positive cases as of September 29, 2020, where the majority of the recent ones are now tagged as local transmission. In this case, the call for people to strictly follow the health protocols such as wearing mask properly and to avoid unnecessary travel and going out is intensified.

We also believe that even the "essential" trips can be minimized or avoided if we go for alternative options and thus,  let me share with you the Mobile Applications That Every Bacolodnon Should Have this New Normal. 

1. GCASH - It is a mobile wallet application that you can use to instantly pay bills, send money, shop, and buy load. You can use this to pay for BACIWA, phone, and internet service providers, credit cards, insurance, etc. 

Through this app, it will save you the hassle to go to payment centers and simply take care of your bills with just a few clicks at home. 

You can also use this app for bank deposits which means that you can send money to your own or other people's bank account in real-time. Most major banks such as BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, Security Bank are available. You can read more about the Instapay to Bank feature here

If you still do not have the GCASH app, download it via this link to get Php 70 worth of freebies: 

2. CENECO -  Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. launched their mobile app a couple of months ago and it has helped me checked my monthly bills. It also provides notification for scheduled maintenance and power outages. 

Though the app cannot be used for payment, CENECO now accepts online payments through online bank transfers to the BDO, RCBC, and Eastwest Bank (which you can also use GCASH if you don't have an online account with these banks) You will find the app useful in checking if your payment has been posted. 

To download, just go to Google Play and search for CENECO. 
*Currently, this is only available for android devices

3.  Paymaya - It works very similar to GCASH as a mobile wallet application however what stands out with this app is that they currently have more promotions compared to GCASH. They have a cashback program where you can get as much as 100% cashback from your purchases from their partner merchants such as Nature's Spring who delivers our drinking water.  You can check their partner merchants, here

You can also use Paymaya for government transactions such as SSS, DFA, DTI, Pag-ibig, PRC, etc. 

Lastly, Paymaya comes with a virtual debit card that you can use for online transactions. Though GCASH also has one, Paymaya's virtual debit card seems to be accepted by more merchants. In our experience, Spotify, Blizzard Entertainment (World of WarCraft) and Go Daddy will accept Paymaya but not GCASH virtual cards. 

You can download Paymaya via this link and use this INVITE CODE: 1zxkj8a to get a Php 50 bonus after signing-up and upgrading your account.

4. Lopues San Sebastian - We have been relying on deliveries for all grocery needs ever since the quarantine period has started. Though calling or send messages via FB, gets the task done, it is still different if you can browse through the available products (similar to walking down the grocery aisle) to compare products and check options and prices. 

As a consumer, I find it easier to budget when I shop through the app since I get to see immediately the running total. It is also helpful that I can see the actual photos of the products as this decreases the possibility of errors compared to describing the products that you need over the phone.

You can read the full review of the app, here

To download, Search for "MY SUKI" through Google Play or App store and after downloading, open the app and add the name of the vendor "LOPUE"

5. Grab 

Though it has been a while that Grabcar has been suspended, the Grab app has been very useful to me and my family this quarantine period for 2 things. 

First, we can use it to order food. For me, this is the most efficient food delivery app since I can track real-time as well as communicate with the rider via their in-app call or chat feature. We get to make 100% cashless transactions through Grabpay (which I load/ cash-in via GCASH) which includes giving a tip to the rider. 

Second, they offer Grab Delivery Services at a reasonable price which means that if you need to pick-up or delivery something you can do so with just a few clicks. I find it way cheaper than paying for gas. It is not just for sellers or businesses but this service can be maximized for our own personal transactions and errands too.

The best part about this service is that the packages are insured up to 10K and are equipped with real-time tracking and proof of pick up and delivery. So, personally, I was able to use this for valuable items such as sending a laptop and cash equivalents. So far, I had no problems at all. Just make sure to declare it properly. 

So, if you still don't have the Grab app, you can download it here

TIP: Once you have the app, join the Madiskarteng Boss Club and get special perks and discounts that you can use for Grab Delivery. They have different promotions every month. For the month of September, they offered a 10% discount for all transactions. In August, they offered a Php 30 discount. Anyway, you can sign-up via this link:  

6. Foodpanda

Foodpanda is another food delivery app that you can consider. They usually offer free delivery and offer discount vouchers from time to time. It is home to many local, homegrown and small businesses. Thus, in cases that you cannot find your favorite cafe or restaurant in other food delivery apps then, there is a big chance that they're available in Foodpanda. Some of the restaurants worth checking are: 

  • The Purple Chef Home Bakery - They make really delicious Brazo de Mercedes, Ube Cheese Pandesal and the latest trend Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Buns
  • If you are based in Talisay City, you might want to check out Muncher's Cafe for your favorite snacks, drinks, and ice cream. 

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of Foodpanda is that the availability of restaurants will be based on your location/ seller's location. The restaurants are only available to customers within the 5km from the seller thus, you only get to see limited restaurants on the app. 

You may download the Foodpanda app via this link and instantly get P100 off your first order.

Do you have other recommended apps? Feel free to comment below. 

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Taiwan’s Introduces Innovative Devices and Assistive Technology for Seniors’ Health Care

Taiwan Excellence launched recently its Smart Medical Products that are focused on the aging society. 

Presented during the launch were four brands awarded for their innovative products. These are Gigantex's carbon fiber wheelchair, Merits’ foldable power wheelchair, iXensor’s point-of-care testing solution, and Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter. 

(From left) Steve Lee, General Manager, Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd.; 
Denny Liu, VP of Sales, iXensor Co., Ltd.; Donna Hsia, Sales manager, Leadtek Research Inc.; 
Efy Cheng, Sales Manager, Merits Health Products Co., Ltd..

As the quality of medical technology improved around the world, the average age of human beings is rising. According to a 2019 United Nations report on world population aging, there were more than 703 million people aged over 65. Over the next three decades, this is seen to double to more than 1.5 billion people in 2050. This trend has been noted in an increasing number of countries and efforts have been made in coming up with long-term care policies and facilities. Demand for elderly care products, such as assistive technologies and home care service, is also projected to skyrocket. 

Since 2014, Taiwan has ranked as the second-largest exporter of assistive devices, where the output value of assistive devices in Taiwan has reached $930 million. Of these, mobility assistance has the largest output value that reached $354 million, or 38 percent of the total in 2019. The four Taiwan Excellence Award brands mentioned – Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., iXensor Co., Ltd., and Leadtek Research Inc. – all demonstrated their excellence in the long-term care area with the launch of their trusted healthcare products. 

Taiwanese companies remain committed to designing new products with reduced product weight to create a more convenient wheelchair. Gigantex focused on carbon fiber and designed a one-piece and super-light wheelchair. Their carbon fiber wheelchair, MF012, is designed with an “H” shape that allows the user to fold it in seconds, and is considered as one of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the market. Merits' P113 YOYO foldable power wheelchair is for users who need to rely on power wheelchairs for indoor, home, and short trips. Not only is it lightweight and foldable, it's also equipped with a detachable battery box. These features allow users to carry a wheelchair on different kinds of transport vehicles. 

(From left) Steve Lee, General Manager, Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd. ; 
Denny Liu, VP of Sales, iXensor Co., Ltd.; Donna Hsia, Sales manager, Leadtek Research Inc. ; 
Efy Cheng, Sales Manager, Merits Health Products Co., Ltd..

Homecare service is also essential for seniors to understand and control body conditions. Some of these innovative devices are now even able to become useful tools for detecting COVID-19. iXensor’s portable and efficient device not only provides telehealth services, but also makes significant improvements in community care and rural health care. The PixoTest® POCT system shows results in only three minutes. Now, iXensor aims to aid in the early detection of the virus and is undergoing the necessary testing. Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter, on the other hand, is a very convenient all-in-one device that measures oxygen saturation and pulse rate. The device comes with a full-colored OLED display and its battery can last more than 18 hours. Low blood oxygen is said to be a possible factor in COVID-19 suspects, and the oximeter allows people to do a preliminary test at home. 

All of these innovative and reliable products provide better care for users and enable long-term care facilities to save time, costs and improve services. Taiwanese companies are also confident in providing the best possible care for global users as the older age group grows. 

More information about the presented products: 

For more details, contact: 

Director of Strategic Marketing Department 
Taiwan External Trade Department 
02-2725-5200 #1300 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

NOVUHAIR® Congratulates ADP Pharma

 ADP Pharma Corporation is celebrating its 10th year anniversary.

The company established its position in the pharma industry through successful endeavors in all aspects of operations. Its ambition to give Filipinos with the best helped ADP cap off each year with new product developments and partnerships.

ADP is a team of driven and passionate people, who keep themselves abreast of recent trends in the pharma industry, set with a major advantage in addressing current & future market needs in an era where value-creation for consumers is a must.

Leading up to where they are now -- Ambition, Drive, and Passion-- is what makes them and these are what gave them a decade of rewarding their team as they reward the Filipinos with a wealth of health. 

Click this link to read more.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Gift Ideas for Disney Fans (Php 300 and below)

It's 100 days before Christmas and we decided to start our Christmas shopping early. Since the pandemic won't be ending soon, it would be best to avoid the crowd and start buying for gifts for our loved ones as early as now. 

I also believe that shopping early allows us to stick with our budget since there are more sale events, promos, and discounts before December. Thus, we are happy to share with you some gift suggestions for Disney lovers who are young at heart.  

1. Disney Mickey Mouse Ear Muffs 

Product Features

  • Made of super-soft velboa fabric
  • Cute Mickey Mouse design
  • Measures 49cm. in diameter

2. Disney Mickey Mouse Belt Bag in Black

Product Features
  • Polyester material
  • Nylon lining
  • Silkscreen Mickey Mouse print
  • Zip closure
  • Adjustable strap with side-squeeze buckle closure
  • Measurements: L 25 x W 5 x H 18 cm
Check price in Lazada >

3. Disney Silicone Cake Pan 

Product Features

  • Disney Bakeware
  • Size: Large
Check price in Lazada >

4. Pop Keychain: Disney - Goofy

Product Features
  • Approximately 2 inches tall
  • Vinyl figurine

5. Book: Disney Princess - Tangled: Mother Knows Best (Paperback)

Product Description

A tale as long and twisted as the braided hair at the center of its legend. A girl with magical hair taken from her parents and confined to an isolated tower. Her captor, an old witch who acts as an overprotective mother who knows what's best. But what does Mother Gothel actually know? This account digs deep into the past to find out why she believes in her heart that mother truly knows best.

6. Disney Ariel Ruled Book Type Journal

Product Description

Take notes or jot down your thoughts on these Disney Princess fairy tale themed journals with lined pages.

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Order your Virginia Food Favorites directly from their Factory Outlets nationwide

    This is not a sponsored post. 

    The quarantine period has definitely taught us to be creative and resourceful in sourcing our basic needs. This also paved the way for businesses to go online and start offering delivery services. 

    Thus, we are happy to share you can now order your favorites from Virginia Food directly from their factory outlets nationwide. The best part? you can have it delivered straight to your homes. 

    Let me share with you the 4 things that we love about their delivery service. 

    1. Fast and Efficient -  We usually order via phone and we get our orders within 30-45 minutes. We are also immediately notified is something isn't in stock so we get to check other options immediately. 

    2. Low Delivery Fee - Virginia Food only charges Php 20 delivery fee within 5km from their factory outlets.  

    3. Cheaper Prices - They offer cheaper prices compared to leading groceries and supermarkets. 

    4. Cash on Delivery - Yes, no need to worry about online payments or credit cards since you can just pay them in cash. 

    Product Recommendations

    Not sure what to order? here are some of our favorites that you might want to try. :) 

    • New Yorker Hotdogs - If you are tired of the usual hotdogs, then this is a game-changer. My old motto was "Kids can tell" but after trying this, we said goodbye to it. :) 
    • Shrimp Cheese Ball - You will never look at your usual fish balls and squid balls the same way again. With Virginia's Shrimp Cheese balls, you can really taste the shrimps. It is just a bit pricey though for your usual Pinoy street food. 
    • Sweet Ham - Since there is a ban on pork products here in Bacolod due to ASF, we cannot order our favorite Chinese Ham from Davao thus, we find this as a great alternative. 
    • Longganisa de Cebu - This is delicious. PERIOD. :)
    You may check Virginia's full product list and pricing here

    Anyway, if you are interested, here is the partial list of contact numbers of their factory outlets in major cities nationwide

    0917-8726837/ 7046300

    0917-7125151/ 3216966

    0927-2072926/ 2241877

    General Santos
    0917-7102417/ 8772686

    0927-1301451/ 0920-8049862

    0917-8927696/ 0917- 6368182

    You may check the COMPLETE list of factory outlets and contact numbers via this link: 

    Friday, September 4, 2020

    Uniqlo Collaborates with French Model and Style Icon Ines De La Fressange

    A Homage to Feminine Freedom from the Epitome of French Chic

    UNIQLO has collaborated with global fashion icon Ines de la Fressange to create essential wear based on the LifeWear concept of simple, high-quality clothing that makes life better. With her belief in designing comfortable apparel that reveals women’s beauty, the latest collection is inspired by individuals who symbolized female freedom and independence in the 1970s. Jane Birkin, Ali MacGraw, and Diane Keaton became fashion-leaders and symbols of women’s liberation during that decade. The Fall/Winter 2020 collection salutes their enduring inspiration for women today.

    Newly Offering Elegant Silk Dresses and 3D Knits

    The range includes 100% silk blouses and wrap dresses as wardrobe essentials for sophisticated women. It also captures 1970s Bohemian culture through its twist pleated skirts and dresses in prints from paisley to polka dot patterns. As befitting the season, the collection also features a range of knitwear. For the first time, the collection includes items made with seamless 3D Knit technology that offer outstanding comfort and vivid patterns.