Thursday, October 29, 2020

JBL Strengthens Audio Expertise with Enhanced Line of Headphones and Speakers

"Turn up the volume. Close your eyes and let the music take over your soul." - Anonymous 


A name to recall when it comes to audio expertise, JBL, a brand under Harman, has brought in the Philippines the latest addition in its wide array of home audio and personal audio offerings. 

Val and I have been using JBL for over 10 years and can personally attest to its excellent performance and why it's worth every penny to invest in a good headphone or speaker. When you use the JBL brand, you'll see the difference as you enjoy music on a whole new level. As an online professional and freelancer, I also have a better audio experience whenever I am in a meeting and I don't really mind wearing it for a long time since it's really comfortable. 

Thus, we can't help but be excited when they launched their new offerings. 

JBL PartyBox On-the-Go: Take the party with you   

 


A year after JBL first introduced the JBL PartyBox 1000, a powerful, bass-heavy party speaker with easy plug-and-play guitar input plus an illuminated DJ launchpad with built-in sound effects comes the JBL PartyBox On-the-Go, a portable version with improved audio features.

The JBL PartyBox On-the-Go appeals to the karaoke-loving Filipinos as this portable party speaker come with two JBL wireless microphones with a 10-meter range good for sing-along sessions with family and friends. Similar to its siblings in the JBL PartyBox line, it delivers music with a powerful bass courtesy of JBL’s 100W Pro Signature Sound that’s complemented with a synchronized light show and carries the same plug-n-play mic and guitar inputs.

Since it’s designed for users to take the party anywhere they go, the JBL PartyBox On-the-Go has IPX4 splash-proof protection making it the ideal audio buddy for beach and poolside parties. What makes the JBL PartyBox On-the-Go even more interesting as a party speaker is its shoulder strap which has a bottle opener attached to it.

The JBL PartyBox On-the-Go also offers continuous and convenient music playback with its 6-hour battery life and Bluetooth and USB port music sources.

The JBL PartyBox On-the-Go retails for P20,999 and will be available by the end of 2020.


JBL PartyBox 310: Portable party machine

Another addition under JBL’s PartyBox line is the JBL PartyBox 310, a bigger variant of the JBL PartyBox On-the-Go. While the JBL PartyBox On-the-Go has a strap for easy portability, the JBL PartyBox 310 has wheels and a handle for smooth transport.

Leave it to the JBL PartyBox 310 to spice up any party with its 240 watts of JBL Pro Sound delivered through its two 2.5-inch tweeters and two 6.5-inch woofers. Its synchronized party lights have five modes that can be customized through the JBL Connect app, and its buttons are backlit to allow easy DJ control even in the dark.

The JBL PartyBox 310 also comes with dual-mic and guitar inputs, in addition to its Bluetooth and USB inputs. Users can also wirelessly connect two JBL PartyBox 310 for a combined sound through its True Wireless Stereo feature. For durability, JBL has equipped the PartyBox 310 with IPX4 splashproof protection.

The JBL PartyBox 310 is now available in the market at P28,999.

JBL Xtreme 3: Never run out of music

JBL has likewise launched in the Philippines the upgraded JBL Xtreme 3 which now has four improved drivers plus two JBL Bass Radiators, providing a powerful sound in a sleek form factor.

This speaker has a 15-hour battery life and comes with a built-in power bank which can simultaneously charge devices through its USB-C power input. Its Bluetooth v5.1 feature allows up to two devices to be connected to the JBL Xtreme 3 to take turns in playing their favorite tunes delivered with JBL Pro Sound.

The JBL Xtreme 3 can also be connected to speakers compatible with the JBL PartyBoost app for an amplified music experience. For rugged portability, the JBL Xtreme 3 comes with IP67 protection making it safe from dust and water splashes.

The JBL Xtreme 3 retails for P16,999 and will be available by the end of 2020.

 JBL Go 3: Small package, big sound


The well-loved JBL Go speaker also has a new version in the form of the JBL Go 3, a pocket-sized portable speaker that doesn’t compromise in audio performance. Veering away from the previous straightforward cube design of the JBL Go and the JBL Go 2 variants, the JBL Go 3 now has a rectangular form factor with rounded edges dressed in a mesh outer cover for added aesthetics and protection, on top of its IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating.

This petite yet powerful speaker can deliver non-stop music with punchy bass, clear mids, and outstanding highs for five hours straight through its Bluetooth v5.1 connection. Also an upgrade from the previous JBL Go speakers are the inclusion of a USB-C connection for faster and steadier charging.

 The JBL Go 3 retails for P2,399 and will be available by mid-November.

JBL BoomBox 2: A blast from the past

JBL’s own take on a symbol of music from the past, the JBL BoomBox 2 is designed reminiscent of cassette tape-bearing portable music players with a futuristic take not just on its outer look but also on its audio performance. The JBL BoomBox 2 is the loudest BoomBox JBL has made to date,  and this can be proven with its monstrous bass.

This speaker offers 24-hour music playback and allows users to charge their devices with its built-in power bank. Just like most JBL speakers, the JBL BoomBox 2 is compatible with the JBL PartyBoost mode which means users can connect more JBL speakers for an all-out music-filled party. Made for outdoor entertainment, the JBL BoomBox 2 is IPX7-rated, meaning it can survive being submerged in water up to three-feet deep.

The JBL Boombox 2 retails for P23,999 and will be available by the end of 2020.

JBL Club Series: Eye-catching music

Apart from the portable speakers, loyal JBL fans and customers in the Philippines can now also enjoy the much-awaited premium line of JBL headphones, the JBL CLUB Series comprised of the JBL CLUB ONE, JBL CLUB 950NC, and the JBL CLUB 700BT.

First announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the JBL CLUB series is the first line of JBL headphones inspired by touring musicians.

Among the JBL CLUB Series high-end features include its High Res certified graphene drives, True Adaptive Noise Cancellation (ANC), and SilentNow listening capabilities which makes the audio experience a hundred times better than normal over-ear and on-ear headphones.

On top of these, the JBL CLUB Series also has Google Assistant services and is the first line of headphones to carry Harman's Personi-Fi technology which allows users to customize and calibrate the headphones according to their preferences.

These Bluetooth headphones can also be used with their package-included 1.2m audio cable and microphone. For utmost ergonomics and premium-looking aesthetics, the JBL CLUB Series comes clad in sleek black leather.

The JBL CLUB Series is now available in the market at P19,599 for JBL CLUB One, P13,799 for JBL CLUB 950NC, and P8,599 for JBL CLUB 700BT.

JBL 115TWS, JBL Tune 125TWS, and JBL Tune 225TWS: Hassle-free listening experience


JBL Tune 125TWS

When true wireless earphones gained traction among audiophiles, one of the brands to embrace the demand for new products is JBL. The firm has come a long way to meet the preferences of TWS users and this is evident in their latest line of TWS devices which carry functions not just for a hassle-free listening experience but also with the signature JBL sound.

First on the list of the new true wireless earphones to be available in the local market is the JBL 115TWS. Carrying the JBL Pure Bass Sound, this pair of comfort-fit cable-free earphones boast a combined battery life of 21 hours -- 6 hours from the earbuds and 15 hours from the charging case. This also has the Dual Connect feature which allows users to utilize either earbud in stereo or mono mode. For ease of use, the JBL Tune 115TWS promotes hand-free calls and quick access to Voice Assistant.

The JBL Tune 115TWS will be available in PH by the end of 2020 for P4,699.

The JBL Tune 125TWS, on the other hand, is among JBL's first products to have the Fast Pair feature, which allows the earbuds to instantly connect to a music source right after they're taken out of the case. This pair also has the Dual Connect feature which gives users the freedom to listen with either of the earbuds. With this, users can save the battery life of the JBL Tune 125TWS to further prolong its 8-hour music playback capability. This is on top of the 24-hour battery life this device has stored in its charging case.

Apart from the signature JBL Pure Bass Sound, the JBL Tune 125TWS has a range of features for ease of use including hands-free calls, a built-in microphone, and accessible controls on both earbuds.

The JBL Tune 125TWS retails for P5,999 and will be available by the end of 2020

The JBL Tune 225TWS, on the other hand, carries the same features as the JBL 125TWS. While the JBL tune 125TWS is designed in a small circular physique, the JBL tune 225TWS comes with a stem wherein users can access audio controls like switching to the next or previous tracks, or increasing and decreasing volume. The JBL Tune 225TWS offers a combined battery life of 25 hours from the pair of earphones itself and its pocketable charging case.

The JBL Tune 225TWS retails for P7,199 and will be available by the end of 2020.

Now, here's the best part? You can get a free limited edition JBL Go 3 Squad speaker through the JBL #SquadGoals holiday promo

For every purchase of selected products under the JBL’s portable and radio speakers, headphones, and home entertainment offerings, customers are entitled to get a free limited edition JBL Go 3 Squad speaker. 

Qualified customers must register at www.harmanwarranty.com with their complete name, contact number, complete mailing address, email address, store/ branch where the item was purchased, product model and serial number, purchase date, and upload the official receipt. 

The promo will start from November 1 until December 31, 2020. So, you might want to wait a couple more days to purchase your new JBL speaker. 

Get to know more about JBL’s wide array of audio products through its official website: www.jbl.com.ph. For more details about pricing and availability, visit JBL Philippines on Facebook and @jblph on Instagram. 

Go Hotels special flash voucher sale happening from October 29 to November 1, 2020.

Here's a special treat from Go Hotels as they celebrate their 10th anniversary

If you have been following our blog, you'll know how much we love Go Hotels and how we look forward to all their promos

The good news is starting today (October 29) until November 1, 2020 Go Hotels will be having its SampWhoa promo, a special flash voucher sale where you can book a hotel stay for as low as ₱1,000 at select Go Hotels branches around the country.



We know that travel might be limited for now but this doesn't mean that we can't make travel plans early. These vouchers are valid from the date of purchase up to September 30, 2021. 

The SampWhoa promo is a great way for every Juan to satisfy their wanderlust after the long community quarantine period, as participating Go Hotels can be found in several key tourism destinations around the Philippines. These include Bacolod, Butuan, Dumaguete, Iligan, Iloilo, Lanang (Davao), Puerto Princesa, and Tacloban. For would-be travelers outside Metro Manila who wish to visit the nation’s capital, or maybe even Manila-based folk who desire a worry-free staycation in the city, the essential value hotel chain has outposts in Mandaluyong, Ortigas Center, Otis (Manila), Manila Airport Road (Pasay City), Ermita, North EDSA (Quezon City), and Timog(Quezon City).

Plan your well-deserved trips now and be a part of the local tourism industry’s rebirth. As our tourism destinations gradually reopen, every Juan can play an important part in the renaissance of Philippine tourism.

The best part is, when you stay at Go Hotels, you can trust that your health and safety are always a priority. All Go Hotels implement the “Circle of Clean”, an elevated standard of hygiene and cleanliness based on the new normal protocols recommended by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health. While the Circle of Clean helps ensure guests’ health, safety, and wellbeing, you must also do your part and be a safe and responsible traveler, by maintaining good hygienic habits (such as frequent hand washing), practicing physical distancing and the wearing of face masks. You may also check in advance the health and safety protocols of the destination you are visiting, as these may differ from what you are familiar with. 

When you’re ready to travel and use your Go Hotels Voucher, don’t forget to reserve the hotel room at least one week before your intended date of stay, as the use of the voucher is subject to room availability. Should the hotel be fully booked or not available on your chosen date, don’t worry, as you can enjoy unlimited rebooking at the same hotel, until September 30, 2021. 

Sounds good? It’s an offer that’s too good to miss!

For complete Terms & Conditions, visit http://bit.ly/GoHotelsSampwhoaFlashSale 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Christmas Chronicles 2 Official Trailer is Out (Watch it here!)

We have been counting the days since Netflix announced that Christmas Chronicles 2 will premiere worldwide on November 25. If you have seen the first movie, I am pretty sure you are just as excited as we are. 

And today, we are happy to share that Netflix has finally released the official trailer. So, here it is, and enjoy! :) 


Synopsis

It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell)


Advance Merry Christmas and thank you for dropping by!
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NOVUHAIR Petite Conversations with Cory Quirino

Love yourself just a little bit better. Be more aware. Be more diligent in choosing products that you will embrace as part of your health and beauty care. That’s the first step. But how? 

NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, partners with the country’s Health, Beauty & Wellness Icon Ms. Cory Quirino in spreading the brand’s advocacy campaign and reaching out to more Filipinos around the world in celebration of its 10th successful year in the market. 

Look good, feel good! 


“With little acts of loving kindness towards the self, you can achieve the perfect 10,” she emphasizes. “In order to look good, you have to feel good. And in order to feel good, you’ve got to look good. Start with self-love. Begin with self-care. Start with your hair.” 

“There are hair treatment products in the market today that claim to be effective but their ingredients could contain chemicals that may prove harmful with long-term use,” she enthuses. “Choose natural. You deserve more. Go for the PERFECT 10!” she emphasizes. 


Visit NOVUHAIR’s Facebook page @NovuhairOfficial and learn more practical ways on how to start loving yourself a little bit more - video episodes of Petite Conversations. 

You deserve more. Go for the PERFECT 10!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Have you seen the "Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat" campaign? Here's what it's all about...

Private Sector launches Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat campaign 
for consumer confidence and economic recovery


As the Philippines continues to battle the impact of COVID-19, brands and companies across various industries have banded together to help restart the economy while ensuring consumers’ health and safety

The group launches “Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat” campaign, which sends a message of resilience, hope and inspiration to boost businesses to continue to increase operations while ensuring strict safety standards and to encourage Filipinos to once again enjoy activities outside the confines of their homes. 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez praises this initiative and stresses the importance for businesses to unite in order to win back the confidence of consumers and get the economy back on its feet. 

“At this point in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, balancing health and the economy is our main priority. This is why we are pushing for the gradual and safe reopening of the economy. In line with the spirit of the campaign, we can only move forward by supporting and keeping one another safe while protecting lives and livelihoods,” Sec. Lopez said.

The trade chief also stressed the importance of strictly following minimum health protocols despite the eased restrictions in the “New Normal” to avoid transmission of the virus while restimulating demand and consumer spending.

The Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat campaign is part of the private sector’s support for Taskforce T3 (Test, Trace, Treat), the multi-sector initiative put together in April 2020 to work closely with the Department of Health (DOH), the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19, and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to manage the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. With the reopening of the economy, the group realized the importance of rebuilding consumer confidence with health and safety still a priority. 

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, a founding partner of TaskForce T3, underscored the importance of continued public-private sector cooperation. “The private sector has found a new front where we can be supportive of the fight against COVID, and that is in restoring the confidence of our citizens that we can all resume our lives and livelihoods, so long as we strictly follow the minimum health standards recommended by health experts.”

Margot Torres, Managing Director for McDonald’s Philippines and Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat communications advocacy co-lead, expressed her faith in the Filipinos’ resilience and optimism.

“Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat aims to transform the mindset of consumers. We are breaking through the helplessness many felt at the height of the pandemic and helping lead Filipinos to empowered vigilance and continued safety during this period,” Torres said. 

The campaign has already obtained the support of the biggest corporations and brands in the country, including Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Alliance Global Group (Megaworld, Resorts World, Emperador), Jollibee Foods Corporation, McDonald’s Philippines, Goldilocks, BDO, BPI, Metrobank, Paymaya, Alaska, Champion, Century Pacific Food Inc., Coca Cola Philippines, Oishi LIwayway Marketing Corp., PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble Philippines, RFM Corporation, Unilever, Petron/San Miguel Corporation, Shell, Ayala Malls, Filinvest Development Corporation, Robinsons Malls, SM Supermalls, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Angkas and Food Panda. 

The Ingat Angat media partners include CNN Philippines, GMA, Kapamilya Channel, KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas), Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Solar Entertainment Corporation, TV5, Tiger 22, Facebook, Lazada, Shopee, Viber , Phar Partnerships; and LED OOH and Transit Outdoor partners Activations Advertising Inc. (AAI), Dooh.ph, Globaltronics, Krazy Media Ads Solution, Luneta Advertising, Nyxsys Philippines, Out of Home Advertising Association of the Philippines (OHAAP), Steel Art, Summit Outdoor Media and United Neon (UN). 

Agency partners include Bookt, Cobena, EON, HIT Productions, Nuworks, Omnicom Media Group, Pabrika, PSRC, Slingshot, Synergy, TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno, and Viva Entertainment, Inc., while the press launch event partners include Savoy Hotel Manila and Mercato Centrale. 

Greater participation needed

Another lead proponent of Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat, Angkas’ Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca, calls on more companies, especially small and medium enterprises, to get on board with Ingat Angat. 

“This campaign is for all businesses – not only the big brands, but more so for small and medium enterprises. We invite all businesses from all over the country to participate and embrace this advocacy. Let us all help each other get back on our feet safely and surely,” Royeca says.

The creative idea behind the campaign and its memorable tagline of Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat were crafted by the geniuses of TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno’s Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer Melvin Mangada.

“The tagline and the supporting visual brands and materials, which can be adapted by any brand, help promote the message of Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat, creating a sense of solidarity with the whole business community and our consumers,” Mangada explains. These visual aids include branding guidelines, logos and templates that business groups can download and adapt to their operations. 

We can help the country get back on its feet by supporting and keeping one another safe.

Watch the video here: 


For more information, visit the Ingat Angat campaign website, www.ingat-angat.com, and join the Viber Community https://vb.me/IngatAngat, where you can download Ingat Angat stickers and get information on safety guidelines of your favorite establishments, COVID-19 updates, and articles from credible sources. Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat!

Friday, October 16, 2020

How to apply for a DOST Coursera Scholarship


UPDATE: 75,000 DOST & Coursera Grant licenses are fully filled-up!

After watching the video of Nas Daily a few days ago, I realized that we are in a serious situation because of the pandemic
. We have to be careful for the next couple of years in order to survive. The economic recession is just starting. More and more people are losing their jobs and businesses are continuously shutting down. In reality, some jobs are simply not coming back. 

Nas said that it is important that we must spend our free time on education.  Get a skill that can make money fast. Businesses will hire people with internet skills. People who know how to edit videos, people who know how to run Facebook ads, build websites or create a sales funnel.

Thus, I am happy to share that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-Caraga) is offering a DOST Coursera grant to all Filipinos nationwide. Yes, even if you are not from the Caraga region, you can still take advantage of this grant. 

If you are not familiar with Coursera, it is an online course provider founded in 2012 that features different courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.

Normally, these are paid courses but once you qualify for the DOST Coursera grant, you can take these courses absolutely FREE until December 31, 2020.

Some of the courses available are: 
  • Facebook Social Media Marketing
  • What is Data Science
  • Psychological First Aid
  • First Step Korean
  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management
  • Supply Chain Logistics
These are self-paced courses which means that you can take them during your free time. So even if you have an 8-5 job, you can still apply. This is also 100% online so you can join from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. 

If you are interested, you can apply here: http://bit.ly/ApplyDOSTCoursera 

Once again, you don't have to pay anything. The only thing we'd like to ask from you is to SHARE THIS POST so, that we can reach more Filipinos and help them acquire the necessary skills to adapt in these current times. The deadline for application is on October 31, 2020. After that, DOST won't be able to accept applicants anymore. 

I have been an online freelancer for more than 5 years and I just feel that my experience is not enough. This is the main reason why I availed of this scholarship grant. We should not stop learning and instead let us invest in ourselves as we continue to grow.

One more thing... Most courses come with a certificate so, this can also help you as if you are building your portfolio and credentials. 

Don't miss this opportunity! Just send your application via this link: http://bit.ly/ApplyDOSTCoursera today. Limited slots only.

Good luck and please comment below if you have sent your application! 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Online Jobs that you can take using your Mobile Internet

If you want to start your online freelancing career, one of the top requirements is having a stable internet. Ideally, you need to have a DSL or Fiber internet connection from a reliable service provider. 

Here in the Philippines, our major internet service providers are PLDT, Globe, Converge (available in some areas) and Skycable. DSL Plans start at Php 1,299 and is usually bundled with phone service. 



I had no problem with my internet service not until we moved to our new place. When I requested for our internet service to be moved to our new home last year, I was informed that the place was unserviceable. OMG! That is definitely a nightmare for an online worker like me. My biggest concern was "How can I work?" 

Moving to another house was not an option nor renting an office as it will defeat the purpose of me working from home. Our only option was to get mobile internet which I can use through a prepaid wifi modem or the tethering feature of my phone. 

We opted for a prepaid wifi modem however, this limited me with the type of online jobs and projects that I could take. With the unreliable connection, slow internet speed, and data cap, I had to say no to jobs that required me to take calls, make video chats or use a dedicated software or CRM.

On the bright side, I was able to discover a few more jobs and online gigs that's possible with mobile internet, and let me share them with you. 

1. Transcription - Whether it's legal, medical, or general transcription, one can take transcription projects.  Just download the audio file and you can now start working on it using a transcription software like Express Scribe. It does not need an internet connection to work. The only thing you need to do is upload your finished output upon completion. 

2. Blog Commenting/ Syndication Threads Support - If you are someone who's keen to become a Virtual Assistant for Bloggers, then providing syndication threads support is one of the services that you can offer. This usually involves activities such as blog shares, blog commenting, Facebook commenting, Facebook likes, Instagram follow for follows, and a lot more. Actually, you can also complete these tasks using your mobile phone. 

** By the way, if you are a blogger and would like to hire an assistant, I would be happy to help you. Just email me at clarice.mymetrolifestyle@gmail.com  

3. Content Writing - Aside from doing a little research, using the plagiarism checker and Grammarly, you do not really need a fast internet connection to finish a content writing job. Just make sure that you have a way to communicate with your client and submit your completed article. And you're all set. 



4. General Virtual Assistance - As a general VA, the list of tasks is so diverse as you can be assigned to handle the different facets of the business. Just like what I mentioned earlier, as long as you are not required to do calls, video chats and you are not required to upload a lot of files, then you still have a shot of being a VA with your mobile internet. 

Some of the VA tasks that you can handle are email support, scheduling, data entry, and simple research, bookkeeping (as long as you don't use the online version), graphic design,  social media management, etc. 


So, in case you don't have a DSL or Fiber internet connection yet at home, DO NOT LOSE HOPE. There are a lot of online job opportunities that you can consider. Just like Bruce Nauman said, If you really want to do it, You do it. There are no excuses.

P.S. You can make use of this type of internet service to work but once you have to opportunity to upgrade to DSL or Fiber, please do so because having a reliable internet will certainly help you improve your productivity as an online worker. 

I am also happy to share that this 2020 we already have DSL at home. 

How to Withdraw Your Involve Asia Earnings via Bank (Wire Transfer)

Affiliate Marketing is one of the ways to earn online nowadays. If you are not familiar, it is the process of earning a commission by promoting products and services to others and you earn for each sale that you make through your unique affiliate link. 

I have been into affiliate marketing for quite some time but only started with Involve Asia last February 2020. You can read how more about it, here.


I usually get my earnings through Paypal since I thought that the wire transfer option is only available to US and international accounts but luckily I was informed by another IA affiliate that it is actually possible for PH bank accounts too. So, I tried it last October 6 and it was credited last October 13 in my BPI account.  








So, yes! We don't have to wait to reach MYR 400 anymore to be able to withdraw our earnings. 

How can we set up our payment method? 

After logging into your Involve Asia account, go to Account Settings> Payment Settings and you will see this form. Just follow the instructions below. 


















For your SWIFT CODE, you may check with your bank or you can see this list
You will also be asked for a transfer reason, in my case, I placed "affiliate earnings" however feel free to put any reason that you deem fit. 

Will there be any other charges? How much did you get in peso? 

Yes, there will be other charges and deductions. Please note that since we are requesting the funds in USD, thus, this will be subject to the current exchange rate. Most banks also have inward remittance fees. 

For illustration purposes, I used BPI as the recipient bank but other banks are also allowed. You just have to check with them the applicable fees. 



Sample Computation 

Amount Withdrawn from Involve Asia: $74.12

Exchange Rate: ($1 = 48.25)

Converted Amount in PESO: 3,576.29

Less: BPI Service Fee:  150.00

          Documentary Stamps 10.80

Net Pay - 3,415.49

This is also the exact amount credited to my bank account. :) 



What payment method should you use? Paypal or Wire Transfer? 


There are two factors that will help you decide on what payment method to use. If you have reached the minimum payout of MYR 80 but below MYR 400, then you can readily use the wire transfer option. 

However, if you are able to reach the minimum amount for Paypal withdrawals which is MYR 400 then you can consider using Paypal since this will give you a higher payout when you do Involve Asia to Paypal, Paypal to GCASH then GCASH to Bank. 

We specifically mentioned that you use GCASH because you must keep in mind that withdrawing directly from Paypal to your Bank will also have additional charges. :) 

Anyway, that's it for now. We will post tips and ideas on how you can promote your affiliate links soon. Make sure to follow our FB page, www.facebook.com/mymetrolifestyle for updates. 

Do you also want to be an affiliate? You can sign-up here

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

NOVUHAIR & Master Hanz: Attuned with Nature’s Energy

Cliché as it may sound, life has to go on but be it not forgotten that we can’t continue ignoring our body’s natural rhythm. Our individual uniqueness has equipped us with varied energy set up. While others may need more sleep than normal, some are designed with more sensitivity to asymmetries in daily routine. Ignoring our bodily-sent warning signals to slow down may cause health problems later on.

Fortunately, the prowess of the universe works in different mysterious ways and more often than not, destiny is one of the words that the brain can essentially define. NOVUHAIR®, 2019 leading natural hair loss treatment (Euromonitor Passport Data October 2019), partnered with one of the country’s top Feng Shui Experts Master Hanz Cua.

Backed up by 15 years of practice, Master Hanz is the 9th expert to join the brand’s roster of VIP Coaches this year, working closely with the NOVUHAIR® Team in spreading the brand’s advocacy campaign in celebration of its 10th successful year in the market.




Dubbed as NOVUHAIR’s Feng Shui VIP Coach, Master Hanz supported the launch of its “10.10 NOVUHAIR® LUCKY DEALS” at Lazada which runs from October 10-18, 2020. Avail up to 20% discount on NOVUHAIR® products.

Check available deals here: https://invol.co/cl1gy6f

You may also read more about Novuhair and Master Hanz here: https://bit.ly/3diTZtw

Zoom is now available on Upwork

A couple of years ago, I remember I was so confused when a potential client invited me for an interview via Zoom. I was scared and hesitant because of Upwork's policy on Circumvention. 

According to Upwork’s User Agreement, clients and freelancers prohibited from circumventing Upwork during the first two years of their relationship. This means that when a client and freelancer meet on Upwork, they should not conduct their relationship outside of the platform. Any violation will lead to account suspension.

To be safe, freelancers are encouraged to complete all negotiations/ interview inside the platform. After all, Upwork has a messaging, voice, and video calling feature. 

Anyway, we are happy to share that Zoom meetings are now available at Upwork. This just made collaboration easier since a lot of clients really prefer Zoom. 

To use Zoom on Upwork, simply access your Upwork Messages and select "Zoom Meeting" from the call button and a meeting link will initiate in the Messages room. This is available for all Upwork customers and there is no need for your own Zoom account to use it.

You may read full details, here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

You can now apply for ISBN, ISSN and ISMN online (they're waiving the charges too!)

Are you an aspiring author? Do you need to apply for ISBN for your new book? Here's good news for you. 


In response to the pandemic, the National Library of the Philippines is now accepting online applications for ISBN, ISSN, and ISMN. 

All you need to do is send an email to isbn@nlp.gov.ph and issn@nlp.gov.ph. 

The requirements are still the same and you just have to send them in pdf format such as your DTI Certificate of Registration for Sole Proprietors or SEC Certificate for Corporations. 

The best part? They are also waiving the application fees. So, this will be FREE until further notice. 

The standard processing time is 2 days. Cutoff is 4PM. All applications accepted after the cutoff will be processed the next working day. 

Final copies of books, serials, and periodicals must be sent to the National Library of the Philippines via courier, after the issuance of the respective numbers. 

You may read more details, here

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Book Feature: DYING TO BE ME by Anita Moorjani

Have you read this book?



If you haven't, then I highly suggest that you do. It will allow you to see life from a different perspective. I have been trying to make this paradigm shift just a few weeks ago and I can feel the difference immediately. 

The book reminds us to take care of our well-being. To learn to appreciate life and being able to truly live. Every day, I try to teach myself to slow down and take time to appreciate my surroundings. Listening to the birds singing or stopping to smell the flowers may sound cliche but if you do, then you realize that you can actually find happiness there. 

It is about time that we stop being slaves of the material world. We are here to enjoy life itself. If you want to eat chocolate, go ahead. If you would like to sing, then do it. It is about we start to TRULY LIVE A

Just like Audrey Hepburn said, The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. 




P.S. The book will make you understand the REAL REASON why people get sick.

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More about the book

In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks—without a trace of cancer in her body! Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge. As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, Anita had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she was a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe that she’d never even imagined. In Dying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, "being love," and the true magnificence of each and every human being! This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . and that we are all One!

What you need to know about the Starbucks Mystery Bags

Starbucks Lucky Bag Promo has been creating a buzz online these past few days. After all who can resist getting ₱3,000+ worth of exclusive Starbucks merchandise for only ₱1,500.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/

As a Starbucks merch collector, I can't help be excited with these mystery bags. Aside from the excitement on what you can get, it is such a huge steal to get them at approximately 50% off. 

Anyway, here are some things that you need to know about this latest offering from Starbucks:
  • The mystery bags are available from October 5-31, 2020.
  • Each bag may contain 2, 3, or 4 merchandise items that are packed in random. Each bag has an approximate retail value of PHP 3,000.00
  • This is available nationwide in all Starbucks branches. 
  • Strictly no peeking! You also can't return or exchange the bag if you are not happy with the contents. 
  • You can use your SB card and still earns stars. 
That's about it! Let us know if you were able to grab one and share with us what you got. :) 

I also believe this is one gift you can buy for yourself this Christmas and still BE SURPRISED After all, you don't know what you're gonna get. 

You may visit Starbuck's website for more details. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Gundam, One Piece, Tomica is on SALE at 50-75% off at the Toytown Warehouse Sale

It's the time of the year when companies hold their warehouse sale. For someone who moved to the province, this is one of the things that I miss the most in Metro Manila. I can remember how excited I am to go shopping and buy the products that I usually find in the malls at 70-80% off. Val and I usually a lot one full day to shop to give us enough time to go through the piles and boxes of "warehouse" stuff.  



Anyway, I have good news for you. This year, due to the pandemic, companies instead opted to hold their warehouse sale ONLINE. This means that people from the province like me know has the opportunity to score these great deals. 

Let's start with Toytown's Warehouse Sale and here are some of the great deals* included: 


Saturday, October 3, 2020

10 Things We Know About the Bacolod Contract Tracing (BaCTrac)

You might be seeing a lot of posts online about the newly implemented Contract Tracing Program of Bacolod City. Unfortunately, some netizens have shared some confusion and difficulty in registering and getting their BaCTrac card. 


So, we would like to shed some light on this by sharing with you 10 Things We Know (so far) about the BaCTrac app: 

1. The app is developed by the Provincial Government of South Cotabato and we are grateful that they allowed us to use their system. Unfortunately, they won't be able to change some details thus, you will see "South Cotabato" in the website when signing up. Don't worry! That's okay and you can still continue with the registration. 

2. There are a lot of citizens trying to sign-up at the same time so you might encounter problems accessing the LGU website. Instead, you can try accessing it through these links: 


3. You can register as a family. No need to sign-up individually. All you need to do is indicate the head of the family then add your other family members.

4. They will only ask you information such as when registering: 
  • Full Name
  • Home Address
  • Email Address
  • Contact Number

5. You have to choose BACOLOD instead of Negros Occidental under the province field in order to proceed. 

6. After submission, it will automatically generate a printable ID with your, name, address, and QR code that you need to scan when visiting business establishments and government offices. 

7. Once you have your ID, it is important to attach a photo. This will help the authorities make sure that the one using the card is the owner. Those who are caught using another person's card will be fined.

8. Everyone is encouraged to register. Registration is open until October 11, 2020. If you did not register or do not have the card, you will instead be asked to manually write/ use the physical logbook. 

9. Business and government establishments are required to download the mobile app’s “CCTS Logger” on Google Store to be able to scan BaCTrac cards. The cards are used to sign in to a digital logbook, through scanning the QR code, upon entry into government premises or private establishments for the purpose of recording the date and time of visit.

10. Failure to register within the prescribed period will be penalized. Under the ordinance, penalties ranging from P1,000, P2,500, and P5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months for the first, second, and third and succeeding offenses, respectively, await private establishments and government offices that fail to comply.

For more details, you visit Bacolod PIO's FB page

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