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JBL Strengthens Audio Expertise with Enhanced Line of Headphones and Speakers

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" 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

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

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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 outsi

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

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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! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook. https://w

NOVUHAIR Petite Conversations with Cory Quirino

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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

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

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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 re

How to apply for a DOST Coursera Scholarship

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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, s ome 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 fam

Online Jobs that you can take using your Mobile Internet

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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 o

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

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Affiliate Marketing is one of the ways to earn online nowadays. If you are not familiar, it is the process o f 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 fol

NOVUHAIR & Master Hanz: Attuned with Nature’s Energy

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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. D

Zoom is now available on Upwork

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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

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

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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 . 

Book Feature: Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani

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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 underst

What you need to know about the Starbucks Mystery Bags

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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

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

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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:  1.  Gundam Figure-rise Mechanics Doraemon   Click here to order 2.  Tomica Takara Tomy-Star Cars SC-06 Kylo Ren Click here to order 3.  Metals Die Cast Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Click here to order 4.  Gundam Rx-78-2 Gundam SD Frame

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

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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, w e 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:  http://bactrac.bacolodcity.gov.ph www.bacolodcity.gov.ph 3. You can register as a family. No need to sign-up indi