Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Random Thoughts about staying AHEAD in Life: Schools and the Future

I am here at Bacolod - Silay International Airport waiting for my flight. If you are wondering where I am going, I am flying back to Cebu again to spend more time with my family.This is actually my 3rd trip to the Queen of the South within a month and I am very thankful that my current job allows me to travel anytime I want. 

For the past few weeks, Val and I are working on one of our passion projects. Since we have been very blessed, it's about time that we pay it forward. We want to help graduating students find their dream jobs. As we were discussing on how to address the gap that hinders them from having gainful employment, we found out that there are actually several factors affecting their success. 


Based on a study conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), graduates of the top 3 educational institutions in the Philippines are hired faster and paid more by employers.

Most corporate recruiters and HR professionals will deny this but this is actually the hard truth. According to one of my favorite bloggers, Tina Perez of www.mrswise.tk, "We are living in a third-world country. And whether we like it or not, where our children graduated from matters a lot." (You can read more about her blog post, here.)

Luckily, I studied at Ateneo from kindergarten to college. So, based on my personal experience, finding a job was quite easy. I got invited to more interviews and got hired faster. Though HR professionals or recruiters won't really say it, I believe that my school has something to do with it and it was one of my advantages. I remember too when I applied to one of the biggest consumer brands here in the country, we were filling out an online application form and there was a dropdown of the list of schools. If you can't find your school on the list, you have no way to proceed with your application. We believed that was their discreet way of shortlisting applicants.When I was working as an online recruiter, I have clients who preferred and prioritized the graduates of the "big" schools for an interview. 

I realized that education is a huge investment but worth it. It is the best gift of a parent to his or her children. (So, Papa and Mama - if you are reading this, THANK YOU!) 




However, have you thought about what happens if one fails their college entrance exam? How will it affect a person's life? I had a friend who had the money but unfortunately, did not pass the exam in Ateneo. Thus, he was forced to enroll in another school. This detour has definitely changed the next 4 years or more of his life. 


Not getting in the "big" school does not necessarily mean doomsday. However, this means that at this crucial point of their lives, right before college, we should readily support our child's future by ensuring that they get accepted in a reputable school. Why take the risk when we can give them more? Enrolling them in a review center is one of the things that we can do for them.

Based on my research, one of the leading and most awarded tutorial and review center in the country is AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW. They are the first to offer Test-Based Reviews for the country’s most competitive admission exams, namely the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET), and the De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). They have been in the business since 1995 and have several branches in Metro Manila as well as in Baguio and Tuguegarao. 

AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW take pride in their learning programs where students not only prepare for academic excellence, they have also come to embrace their role as future leaders of the global community.

Their services include the following: 
  • Review Programs - These are designed to help students get into the university of their dreams. Their programs help students focus on their lessons, guide them towards topics to be studied, provide them with the right reference materials, and motivate them to study harder.
  • Tutorial Programs - These are one-on-one and small-group tutorial programs where students get undivided attention and care. Students are assigned tutors who match their personality and requirements. With the right support, children become all that they can possibly be.  
  • Online Programs - AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center has developed an online learning platform designed to help learners work through their everyday academic concerns. Through AHEAD Online, students can review for their exams, finish their homework, and study their lessons in advance in the comfort of their own home. Students will have one-on-one reviews with expert tutors through video-conferencing platforms in a clear and seamless manner. This is actually my favorite among their offerings. 
What I like about this center is that they have very good feedback from their students plus, their online programs is one of a kind. Making you maximize the sessions without being affected by external factors like traffic which will either get you so tired or lazy.

Anyway, I will be boarding the plane in a bit. Just share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you have more questions, you may email AHEAD directly at info@ahead.edu.ph or call them at (02) 426-0034 to 36 or 0917-89 (AHEAD) 24323. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top 3 Online Resources for Financial Education

According to a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Ratings Services, only 25% of Filipino adults are financially literate. This is actually considered very low and alarming. The good news is there are a lot of efforts in the country to promote financial literacy and thus, we no longer have any excuse not to improve our skills in personal finance and financial management. 


Aside from seminars, books and workshops, online resources have been launched and made available especially for Filipinos. Here are the top online resources to start-off your financial education. 
1. Brighter Life Institute - Open for enrollment since 2014, the award-winning Brighter Life Institute or BLI is an organized learning program inspired by MOOCs (massive online open courses). For this year, BLI rolls out the Moving Up module – a set of lessons which aim to teach families basic financial planning practices and the value of honest conversations about money, even to one’s children.
The Moving Up module takes its cue from Sun Life’s ‘Money For Life’ philosophy, which shows a holistic journey through four different life stages. With lessons spanning from creating a household budget to preparing for future milestones such as a college education, BLI’s latest offering can now be accessed via http://brighterlife.com.ph/bli-moving-up/.
2. My Future Fund Calculator - For a glimpse of how an insurance-with-savings product can help in reaching one’s dreams on time, the My Future Fund Calculator is available via bit.ly/myfuturecalculator. Just set a target date, choose a My Future Fund nearest the target date, and pair it with a suitable Sun Life variable life insurance product.
My Future Fund is perfect for families who are preparing for a specific purpose, like a college education or owning their own home.
What’s more, users of the My Future Calculator can get a chance to win P25,000 cash when they share it on Facebook and subscribe to Brighter Life Institute through the Plan 4 Your Fam, Win a Future Fund promo. Full mechanics here.
3. Websites or Blogs
Now on its fourth year, #SINAG invites Filipino bloggers and online journalists to be part of Sun Life’s financial literacy advocacy by sharing and posting about their insights and experiences on money management.
From securing their future to learning about financial instruments, #SINAG is a valuable compilation of life stories and advice from writers who also believe in the benefit of being financially prepared.
Interested writers can send a link of their entry to editor@brighterlife.com.ph. Full contest mechanics can be found here
Now, we can say goodbye to financial illiteracy and start having a #BrighterLife.

For updates on Brighter Life Institute, My Future Fund Calculator, and #SINAG, follow us on social media via @sunlifeph.

Friday, August 17, 2018

[NATIONWIDE] Where can you donate your old clothes?

Did you know that you can donate your old clothes to H&M?




H&M Philippines encourages customers to bring and donate their old clothes (whether in good or bad condition) in exchange for store discount vouchers. This is their way of helping lessen the garbage brought about by the fashion industry. After all, fashion is too precious to end up in the landfills.  




How to donate?

There is no minimum number of pieces. You just have to fill a paper bag with old clothing (no matter what brand or condition) and bring to any H&M store nationwide. 

However, please take note that there is a limit of only 2 vouchers per customer per day regardless of how much clothes you are donating. (Approximately one bag full of clothes is equal to one 15% discount voucher) 




If you are curious what does H&M does with these donated clothes, these old garments are collected by their partner, I:Collect. These are then sorted into three categories: 

  • Rewear – old clothes that are still in good condition and can be resold.
  • Reuse – old clothes and textiles that can be reused and turned into other materials like cleaning cloths.
  • Recycle – everything else is turned into textile fibers, and used for things like insulation.
The proceeds are donated to H&M Foundation and split between social projects and recycling projects. Also, for every kilogram of garment collected, I:Collect donates 0.02 euros UNICEF Philippines. You can read more about it here

So, what are you waiting for? It's about time we all get stylish yet responsible Filipino citizens. Whether you are from Manila, Cebu, Davao or Bacolod, you can now donate your old clothes to any H&M branch in the Philippines. 

UPDATE: I just donated another bag last August 17, 2018. So, for those who are asking -- yes, this is still ongoing. Also, here's the voucher that they are giving away. 





Sunday, June 10, 2018

Top 5 Things To Do During Rainy Days



Val and I love the rain. It actually means more time to spend together. If it is really not that important, we actually cancel our plans of going out and simply just stay at home. Personally, I consider the rain as a blessing from God especially after I saw how much it meant to the farmers during El NiƱo. 

Thus, we came up with a list of top 5 things to do at home when it's raining. 

1. Movie Marathon or Binge Watching - This may be the most popular thing to do when it's raining. Whether you decide to watch a movie or catch up with your missed TV series, just make sure to have popcorn ready. 

2. Get More Sleep - Don't miss the chance to get your much deserved rest. This bed weather is a perfect timing for you get more sleep. Make sure to have at least 8 hours. :) 



3. Give Yourself a DIY Pampering Session - Whether it's hot oil, deep conditioning, own mani-pedicure session, or simply cutting your nails, take this opportunity to take care of yourself. A DIY pampering session is the one of the greatest ways to express self-love. 

4. Hobby Time - With our fast-paced lifestyle, we may often forget our little passions such as writing, drawing, crafting or singing. Do what you love most, find the time to pursue your passion. 

5. Keep Yourself Warm - It may be raining outside but it's not enough reason to get cold. Make sure to keep yourself warm by enjoying MAS Soup Sarap



It's so easy to prepare. You just have to add hot water and you'll be able to enjoy a creamy and delicious soup in less than one minute. It is available in 3 flavors: Chicken and Corn, Seafood and Mushroom. MAS Soup Sarap is available in all leading supermarkets and 7/11 stores nationwide. 



How about you? Do you have other ideas on what to do during a rainy day? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 

My wife was rushed to the hospital... because of her brassiere

I know that it is unusual for a guy to blog about brassieres but this experience is very important and worth sharing in order to help women avoid the same health concern that my wife had a few months ago.  

It was in early February when Clarice started complaining about chest pain. This would last for 2-3 days then the pain would disappear. After a few weeks, she would experience again the pain in her chest and on her shoulders and there are also instances where she has difficulty breathing.  



Fearing that it is something serious and a possibility of a heart attack, we rushed her to the hospital where she underwent an electrocardiogram (ECG) and some other laboratory tests to find out if her heart is working normally. However, her cardiologist said that all tests are normal. 


Then, her doctor noticed some red marks under her bust line. Her doctor suspected that the chest pains were due to an ill-fitting bra. Then, my wife remembered that, yes it is possible that her brassiere was the culprit of her health concern. The chest pains started about the same time she got the new set of brassieres. She was then asked to stop using these bras and observe if the condition persists.

So, guess what --- no more chest pains! 

We realized that it is very important for women to wear a comfortable bra. Other health effects and risks of wearing the wrong brassiere are: 


1. Skin Problems - these can cause scarring or blisters underneath or along the bust line. 

2. Bad Body Posture - this may consequently lead to back, shoulder and neck pain.

3. Lymph Node Problems - too much pressure from tight-fitting bras can close lymph valves and vessels. 

4. Sagging Breasts - the lack of support spoils the size and shape of the breasts making them heavier that can lead to sagging. 

So, where can you get a comfortable bra but with adequate support?

According to my wife, wireless bras are needed for those who have bigger cup sizes since it requires more support. In her case, she needed to avoid using wired bras thus, she was in a dilemma on where to get some comfortable ones but with adequate support. 

Finally, she found one or let's say I found one for her! 


Last February 15, I got an email from Sample Room PH* and they are introducing Uniqlo Wireless Beauty Bra. Its description in the email got my attention "Beauty Soft Wireless Bra stands out as it has no clips, hooks, wires or stress while retaining its sufficient support." Since it has limited samples available, I immediately grabbed a sample for her.




Uniqlo Wireless Bras are true to its promise. Here's a message from Clarice after trying the Uniqlo Beauty Soft Wireless Bra. 




Choosing the right bra is not all about looking for fancy ones. Lace, net, and underwires are very tempting but women and men who are getting their ladies some lingerie must keep in mind that it is far more important to choose comfortable ones because women deserve to feel limitless. 




If you have more questions about the bra, feel free to message Clarice and not me for obvious reasons (haha!) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mymetrolifestyle

* About Sample Room PH

Sample Room is Philippine's first and only beauty, health, and lifestyle digital sampling and review website that combines the service of sampling and digital marketing campaigns. 

7 Secrets and Tips You Should Know When Visiting Hongkong Disneyland

We just got home from Hong Kong and spent 2 days in Disneyland to celebrate my mom's birthday. There is no doubt that it is the happiest place on earth. I was crying while watching Mickey and the Wondrous Book show (tears of joy!) However, visiting Hongkong Disneyland is also one of the most tiring experiences I had in my whole life. Seriously, my feet are so tired but I could barely walk once we're back at the hotel. 

Anyway, for those who are planning to visit, let me share some tips on how you can make the most out of your Disneyland experience. 

1. Visit the City Hall

Don't forget to drop by the City Hall. It is located in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., close to the Main Entrance to the park. They handle customer service concerns as well as provide assistance in dining reservations, currency exchange, and park information. There is also an ATM in case you need one. 


For first time visitors, you can ask them for a First Time Visitor Badge. If it's your birthday, you can also get a special Birthday Badge from Disneyland. 

2. Fastpass Service

Fastpass Service is a ticketing system that virtually “saves” your place in the queue for some of your favorite attractions. This allows you to enjoy the park and then come back to the attraction during the return time printed on your FASTPASS Ticket. This is absolutely free though not all attractions have it. 

Currently, it is available for Hyperspace Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Iron Man Experience. 



3. Use Coupons for Discounted Meals

Don't forget to get a free copy of the Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Coupon Booklet to enjoy deals around the city.  This is available at the Hong Kong International Airport Visitor Centre and in selected hotels and inns in the city. Use the Disneyland coupon and get 20% off from meals. These are accepted in all dining outlets at the park. 



4. Prepare Your Rain Gear

It was raining during our 2-day visit but that did not stop us from enjoying the park. Though there are rain ponchos for sale (approximately HK$ 55), it would be cheaper and more practical to bring your own rain poncho which is cheaper if bought outside. 

5. Shop at Professor Porter's Trading Posts

Most shops sell identical items but one should not miss the chance to shop at Professor Porter's where you can score great deals and sale items. Can you imagine getting discounts from 50-70% off when you buy 2 or 4 item? 


I was able to get Mickey Mouse shoes for only HK$50 (regular price of HK$ 298) and shirts at 70% off. I got a couple of Star Wars shirts for Val at HK$60 each instead of the regular price of HK$ 198.

6. Skip the line at the Disneyland Railroad

One should not miss taking the Disneyland Railroad to get a complete tour around the park. This is the first attraction you will see when entering the park making it really crowded in the morning. Thus, it is suggested that you take the ride in the afternoon or instead, board from the Fantasyland station rather at the Main St. 




7.  Purchase Discounted Disneyland Tickets

Get your Disneyland tickets at discounted rate from Klook. One day pass is available for only HK$ 540 (Original Price is HK$ 589) Plus, Klook coupons also allow you to proceed directly to the entrance and skip the long queue.

How about you? Do you have something to share about your Hongkong Disneyland experience? Feel free to comment below. 




Friday, June 1, 2018

App Review: PERA SWIPE

It has been a week since I have downloaded the latest popular app, Pera Swipe. If you have no idea what I am talking about. Pera Swipe is an efficient all-in-one lock screen platform for Filipino smartphone users where they reward users with points that can be redeemed for mobile load and other prizes. You can read more about it here.



Some may say that Pera Swipe seems too good to be true but it is actually a win-win solution for both users and advertisers. A definite innovation in digital marketing that is easy, rewarding and actually helpful.

Like last Monday, we were thinking what to buy for dinner and was having a hard time deciding. Thanks to Pera Swipe, I saw their post and we got ourselves lechon manok from Andoks. Pera Swipe shows its users relevant and useful ads. 


However the ads are not the best thing about it. Instead, the points that can be redeemed for rewards is the main reason why you should download the app. 

And there are several ways to earn points aside from swiping. Based on my experience, I was able to earn 1,200+ points in 3-days enough to get me a Php 10 prepaid load. Thus, I can say that getting rewards is very attainable. Just remember to always check the EVENTS Tab in order to participate in different promotions to earn additional points. 

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Here are some questions raised by other readers about Pera Swipe. 

1. How do they earn from it? 

This is not confirmed but I believe Pera Swipe earns through product advertisements shown through the app. 

2. Does it load up your phone with unnecessary stuff? 

The good news is it doesn't load your phone with unnecessary stuff. I did not notice any changes to the performance of my device. 

3. How long has the app been around? 


The app’s grand opening was last June 1, 2017 but it has been around a couple of months before. It is now on its version 2.0

4. Can I still use this app even if I am a postpaid user? 

Yes, definitely. Aside from prepaid load, you can also redeem Sodexo Mobile Passes that you can use for shopping and dining. 

5. How was the redemption process? 

The redemption process is easy but is on a limited schedule. Prepaid load can only be redeemed from 9AM-9PM.

Sodexo Mobile Pass are redeemed manually. You just have to fill out a google form. Redemption cut-off is every Tuesday (11:59PM) and codes will be sent by Friday. These are delivered to the mobile number and email address provided during the redemption process. 


Also, here are my other observations about Pera Swipe. 

  • You need internet connection to use it. 
  • It does not work on rooted devices. 
So, what are you waiting for? Download now at https://goo.gl/KnFjgL and sign-up using this referral code: mymetrolifestyle and get 500 points instantly!  

Update: You can now get 555 bonus points if you use the code: mymetrolifestyle

Do you have any questions, feel free to comment below. 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where to buy discounted Hongkong Disneyland Tickets?

It's been a few months since we went to Hongkong Disneyland and despite our research before the trip, there are still a lot of things that we discovered once we got there thus, making us excited to go back soon. 



This includes the best place where we can get discounted Hongkong Disneyland tickets. If you remember, we got our 2-Day Hongkong Disneyland Tickets from Klook which I mentioned from my previous post

As of March 2018, Klook's offer for the 2-Day Hongkong Disneyland is still one of the best deals you can ever find. You can purchase the 2-day pass for only HKD 676 under the Traveler Shop and Play Package (this includes $30 shopping voucher) at Klook. Then, you can purchase using this link or use the code: B6K8X to instantly get HKD 25 off. Bringing the ticket rate down to HKD 651 

Let me share this to give you a better picture of the price comparison. This is now updated as of March 2018. 


TWO-DAY HONGKONG DISNEYLAND PASS

Park Regular Rate -  HKD 799
Park and Shop Offer -  HKD 689 ( with free HK$30 merchandise discount voucher.)
Airport Ticket Rate - HKD 720
Klook Regular Ticket Rate with Discount Code - HKD 721 - 25 = HKD 699

ONE-DAY HONGKONG DISNEYLAND PASS

Park Regular Rate - HKD 619
Park Play and Shop Offer - HKD 619 (with free HK$50 merchandise voucher or free waffle)
Airport Ticket Rate - HKD 540

As you can see you have different options on where to get discounted tickets to Hongkong Disneyland. then it would be cheapest through Klook. Just make sure to make use of the available promotional codes. If you need more Klook coupon codes, feel free to email me at clarice.mymetrolifestyle@gmail.com.  


Friday, March 16, 2018

Experiment and Create Majestic Landscaping Designs with Silk Trees

Creating good landscaping designs at the offices or commercial establishments require a lot of creativity and application of modern techniques to ensure that it suits the requirements while keeping it economical and within the budget. One needs to do some experimenting with the landscaping items to find out which are the best ones to use in designing for one's space. A great landscaping design is very important since it creates goodwill which will eventually attract a lot of clients or customers which good for the business. On the other hand, a not-so-good landscaping design will reflect the same in its business clients.


Essentials for creating a majestic landscape at the office

A majestic landscaping design requires excellent ideas and creative experimentation with the modern landscaping techniques. The use of ornamental trees like the Capensia can be a great idea however, there are some limitations for using such plants and trees.Thus, most of the time the use of large artificial trees in landscaping is the best alternative.  


Drawbacks of natural plants and trees in landscaping

Some of the common problems with the use of natural plants and trees in landscaping at the offices and public buildings are the following: 

  • High Maintenance - natural plants and trees like the capensia tree requires high maintenance including regular watering and pruning. It also involves the application of fertilizers and insecticides whenever required. 
  • Optimum conditions- the natural plants and trees will not grow everywhere and will need the outdoor conditions to survive (e.g. adequate sunlight and air) Thus, it would be difficult for these plants to thrive inside the office. 
  • Regular cleaning- one will have to clean the place of the dried leaves and litters from the tree which is one of the major considerations in the office landscaping. Many plants and trees will attract flies and insects which is also a major concern in the offices.
  • Limilifespanspan- the plants and trees have a limited lifespan which means it needs to be replaced after certain time. On the other hand, the artificial greenery  will last for a lifetime once they are placed.
  • Can’t be moved - after you created a landscape design, it would be difficult to move the plants or trees and recreate the design. This is something not possible with the natural plants and trees thus, the use of artificial foliage is getting popular. 
Talking about the natural Capensia tree, the drawbacks will be more as they are ornamental trees and its natural habitat is in the South African forests. So, they won’t survive in all climatic conditions. The artificial Capensia tree is a great alternative with a lot of advantages.

Reasons for choosing the artificial Capensia tree for a majestic landscape in your office:

The artificial Capensia is a great choice for a majestic landscape at your office. Here are some of the advantages:

  • The artificial Capensia tree has a green color on one side of the leaves and a marvelous maroon color on the other which is a rarity among the ornamental plants. It will be a great sight at your office.
  • The item is best suited for indoor as well as outdoor landscaping. The polyester leaves and the natural wood stem of the tree are durable to harsh weather conditions. You need not worry about the color fading away due to exposure to outdoor conditions.
  • Talking about the artificial greenery, most silk pants have one uniform color throughout. The mixture of green and maroon will be a great treat for the eyes, and the viewers will be attracted to its beauty.
  • You can use the silk Capensia tree according to occasions. You can use it indoors during the indoor office parties to treat your guests and shift them outdoors otherwise for a great outdoor landscape.
  • The silk Capensia tree is available in sizes ranging from 5’ to 8’ which lets you choose the ideal size for the location in your office.
Picking the ideal place for the artificial Capensia tree outdoors

The Capensia tree will look more natural outdoors like any other natural tree. You can pick up any spot and experiment it with the landscaping item. The majestic view of the Capensia tree will be a treat to the eyes as the viewers cherish its charm.

You can experiment with some locations like the lawn outside the office or near the entrance area where it will get the maximum views. You can place the outdoor artificial tree in a separate garden or just place it on a stand near the gate; it is sure to turn some heads and get a lot of appreciation. One thing you should keep in mind while experimenting with the position of the artificial greenery is that you must place it at such a location where it will get the focus of the people and placing some lights near it at night will give a heavenly look.

Picking the ideal place for the artificial Capensia tree indoors

The artificial Capensia tree will look magical indoors as large natural trees don’t usually grow indoors. You can place the artificial greenery and decorative wall panels at any location ranging from the reception, the meeting room where it may bring a refreshing mood during busy business meetings, the refreshment areas for the employees where it will uplift the mood of the employees, etc. You can put your creativity to use and experiment with a lot of new places in your office and find out the best results.

ThermaLeaf technology

With the help of ThermaLeaf manufacturing process, the polyester leaves are made fire retardant to increase the safety of your office as there are a lot of recent cases of fire breakouts in offices due to the use of cheap landscaping products. It will ensure safety as well as spread the charm in a majestic landscape in your office.

Summary

The silk Capensia tree is made after an ornamental plant growing in South African forests with green and maroon leaves. It has a majestic view along with ThermaLeaf technology which will be great for indoor as well as outdoor landscaping in your office.
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