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Overseas Filipinos can now use PayMaya to pay government, utility bills back home

Overseas Filipinos can now use PayMaya to pay government, utility bills back home

America, Consumer, Corporate, Features, Freebies, Government, LifeStyle, News, Shopping, Society, Technology
Now this is something that's near and dear to my heart especially since I was an overseas Filipino worker myself. Sending money back home was one of my regular tasks and I've always wondered if there was an easy way for me to send money without the need for an international bank account or the need to pay steep rates. Wouldn't it be extra convenient if an OFW can use his or her phone and a local digital platform to send money? Now, it's easier for OFWs or Filipinos abroad to pay for government fees and for their family's utility bills back home with the help of PayMaya! PayMaya opened this service for Filipinos overseas so they can now use their Philippine mobile SIM on roaming to register for a PayMaya account, allowing them to perform transactions such as paying government dues or...
Beauty brand Orabella introduces Arabella del Rosario as new endorser

Beauty brand Orabella introduces Arabella del Rosario as new endorser

Beauty, Features, LifeStyle, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Style
Beauty brand Orabella Philippines recently welcomed teen actress Arabella del Rosario as its new brand ambassador. I joined a virtual press conference whereby the young actress (and reported girlfriend of Jimuel Pacquiao, son of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao) was introduced to fellow bloggers and members of the media. “As an up and coming brand, we wanted an endorser who is passionate and promising. We see that in Arabella, and we warmly welcome her into the Orabella family,’ said Anne Acuña, Marketing Manager of Orabella Direct Selling Inc. The young actress, who is also into singing and figure skating, is a member of Star Magic. Arabella has appeared in the ABS-CBN series, Wild Little Love.While she appeared in some commercials in the past, according to Del Rosario, this is the fi...
Tesalate Beach Towels – why you must own this best sand-free towel

Tesalate Beach Towels – why you must own this best sand-free towel

Beauty, Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Features, LifeStyle, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Shopping, Society, Travel
I love the water. I love the beach. One of my life goals is to someday live by the beach again (my family and I used to back in the day) and just enjoy life as it comes. But while I wait for that day to come, I try to be near the water as much as possible. Of course, one of our must-haves, when we hit the beach, is to bring a beach towel. Just recently, however, I discovered one of, if not, the best beach towels - Tesalate! I was able to give my Tesalate beach towel a spin (I have the Tesalate Bohemian XL) when my relatives and I had our balsa adventure (video way down below) and I must say, you MUST own one. Let me give you a rundown: Sand-free beach days Tesalate is known for its exclusive AbsorbLite™ fabric which means no sand can ever stay put on your towel. Sand-resi...
Tried and tested: How to save big on Amazon during Black Friday

Tried and tested: How to save big on Amazon during Black Friday

Internet, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Technology
I love shopping on Amazon. I can actually spend hours just scrolling and looking for great finds on there. Checking on sales on Amazon has become a habit and this habit will take double - no, triple - my time in the next few weeks as Black Friday is fast approaching! Of course, we all know what Black Friday means - a wealth of insane deals! What do you plan to splurge on? I remember my memorable finds on Amazon during Black Friday. I got sweet deals on essential oils, a diffuser (which lasted for years!) and a handy bluetooth keyboard that I use for either my mobile phone or iPad. The prices for those were a dream. I saved a whole lot!  Truth be told, I noticed that my shopping preferences on Amazon have actually evolved over the years. In the past, my favorite indulgences were...
Ayala Malls Centrio’s ‘ANA’ makes virtual shopping, pick up and delivery a breeze

Ayala Malls Centrio’s ‘ANA’ makes virtual shopping, pick up and delivery a breeze

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Style, Technology
Ayala Malls Centrio, Cagayan de Oro’s complete and favorite shopping, dining and entertainment destination, has launched an innovative solution that makes virtual purchasing from stores within the mall easy, convenient and truly hassle-free. With the Ayala Malls Neighborhood Assistant or “ANA,” anybody can shop from anywhere, during mall hours, with the help of well-trained personal shoppers and at a very minimal service fee. A testament to Ayala Malls Centrio’s commitment to come up with creative and efficient solutions in order to serve their valued customers, “ANA” can help customers buy everything they need at any Ayala Malls Centrio store they prefer. From groceries to school supplies to food and drinks to hardware supplies to clothes and shoes to skin care to medicines to t...
Bratpack to open in Robinsons Place Valencia

Bratpack to open in Robinsons Place Valencia

Announcements, Bukidnon, Business, Features, Shopping
One of my favorite travel and lifestyle stores is finally opening a branch in Bukidnon! Bratpack, a lifestyle store offering the widest range of international bag, footwear, and apparel brands, will open at the Ground Floor of Robinsons Place Valencia located at Hagkol, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Watch out for the soft opening on March 5, 2020! I hear that there will be cool discounts in-store plus awesome music and entertainment! I'll keep you all in the loop. Join me on Facebook for updates! The Bratpack store in Robinsons Place Valencia Bukidnon is near the main entrance (turn left). I can't wait for their first Bukidnon branch! It will most probably look just like their Centrio Mall branch: The Bratpack Bukidnon store will feature these brands: Jans...
LOOK: GINAMA pasalubong center in Cagayan de Oro

LOOK: GINAMA pasalubong center in Cagayan de Oro

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Shopping, Tourism
I am a big fan of supporting local products. I believe that when you buy from local small and medium enterprises, you don't just help create livelihood. You also help foster peace and development, a sense of responsibility and respect. You help build a community of hardworking citizens. In Cagayan de Oro, we now have the chance to support these local SMEs by visiting GINAMÂ (that's an A with caret at the last or an A-circumflex). Ginama means something made with great care and attention. This is also the name of the pasalubong center in CDO, which is the result of joint cooperation among the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Trade and Industry and CDO's local community of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs). Ginama is the stage that this group of tireless ...
Donate your luggage to first time OFWs and get your dream bags at up to 40% off!

Donate your luggage to first time OFWs and get your dream bags at up to 40% off!

Advocacy, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society
How's this for a great cause? In exchange of your old bags or luggage, you get to buy brand new ones at whopping discounts of as much as 40%. Not only that - you also actually help first-time Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) since your old travel items will be donated to them. No need for our new heroes to borrow money just to buy luggage! Get your dream luggage (think Delsey and World Traveller!) at the BEST prices AND help OFWs - sign me up! Let's support this! Head to Ayala Centrio Mall Activity Center from September 27 to 30, 2019, bring your old bags and luggage and head home with a happy heart (and wallet!). Remember --- ALL bags of ANY brand and in ANY condition are welcome! This is the perfect reason to do your Marie Kondo moves ;) * Thanks to Tom for taking this ph...
LOOK: Buy 1 Take 1 deals, 50% off and lots of amazing buys during the S&R Members Treat 2019! (Plus here’s an online GIVEAWAY!)

LOOK: Buy 1 Take 1 deals, 50% off and lots of amazing buys during the S&R Members Treat 2019! (Plus here’s an online GIVEAWAY!)

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping
Yes, it's that time of the year again, folks! If you love MAJOR discounts and value buys as much as I do, then you and I should be at S&R Membership Shopping during its most-awaited S&R Members Treat 2019! S&R Members Treat is our favorite membership shopping chain's way of thanking its loyal patrons by offering amazing discounts, sales and promos. How amazing, you might wonder? Think BUY 1 TAKE 1 promos, 50% discounts and loads of savings on bulk buys and global brands! The S&R Members' Treat this year will be on September 25 to 29, 2019. FIVE BIG DAYS OF BIG, BIG SAVINGS! Store hours will be different on those dates --- 8 AM to 10 PM and, yes, Virginia, ALL 17 branches of S&R will participate. Sign up if you're not yet a member of S&R. Renew membershi...
Hello Kitty fans will LOVE this new Herschel Supply collection — see why!

Hello Kitty fans will LOVE this new Herschel Supply collection — see why!

Consumer, Fashion, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Style
Can you believe it's been 45 years of friendship, kindness and KAWAII with Hello Kitty? Our favorite female Gijinka with her notable red bow is celebrating her 45th year of spreading kindness all over the world and to celebrate this, Herschel Supply has released a limited edition Hello Kitty collection! Trust me, the pieces included in this Herschel x Hello Kitty array are so cute! Get ready for eye candies galore: Choose from these designs: The Nova Mini, Nova Small, Nova Mid-Volume, Novel duffle, Cruz crossbody, and the Fifteen hip pack all dressed in smooth white flight satin fabric and feature an EXCLUSIVE tonal heat pressed Hello Kitty all-over print and an interior fabric liner with a magnified print of Hello Kitty. Now THAT will definitely make any Hello Kitty fan...
3 best reasons why you need to treat yourself with Native Shoes

3 best reasons why you need to treat yourself with Native Shoes

Consumer, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Style
I like recommending products that I personally buy and wear. One of the brands that I have grown to trust and love is Native Shoes. I have written about them first here and then here plus I post several photos of me wearing my Native Shoes just about anywhere. In fact, I wore them the first time I went to Taiwan then during my trips back to Malaysia and Singapore with the rest of my family. I also brought my favorite Native Shoes pair to New York! Just recently, I ordered two new pairs and I can't wait to receive them in the mail. Back in Cagayan de Oro, Native Shoes (located at the 2nd Floor of Centrio Mall) launched its newest collection a few days ago. And trust me --- you need to check it out! Here are 3 amazing reasons why you must treat yourself with a new pair (or two or three...
The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Technology
I haven't written about it yet (although if you do follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you'd have an idea) but, yes, I went home to the Philippines for about 3 weeks. It was a long-awaited, much-needed trip not only because I had to have my new US work visa stamped on my passport (let me know in the comments section if you want me to write about this, by the way!) but also because I have deeply missed my family, relatives, friends, clients (YASSS) and fellow bloggers! My trip was apparently very timely. Globe Telecom wanted to hold their media and bloggers appreciation party pretty early this year (they usually send out invitations either end of November or December) and the date fell on one of my "relax/chill" days. The theme of the party was "circus" and there was supposed to...
How I keep 90 cans of soda, beer (and wine bottles) deliciously COLD

How I keep 90 cans of soda, beer (and wine bottles) deliciously COLD

Freebies, Gifts, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Shopping
This is something I've been SUPER excited to share with all of you before my big mini vacation trip back to the Philippines. Alas, that trip kept me so busy that I knew I could only break the good news once I'm back in New York. Anyhoo...here it is: I finally have the sleek, black NewAir AB-850 beverage fridge! AAHHH!!! :D This means I can now keep up to 90 cans of my favorite sodas and beers as well as lots of water and wine bottles all deliciously cold, conveniently all at the same time inside a very compact cooler/refrigerator. The NewAir AB-850B Black 90-Can Beverage/Beer Fridge is so compact it can actually fit almost anywhere. At home, I keep mine, not at the kitchen, but actually at a place accessible from both the living room and the dining area. This way, there's no need...
The Big S&R Members’ Treat Is Here! September 26 to 30, 2018 (list of sale items here!)

The Big S&R Members’ Treat Is Here! September 26 to 30, 2018 (list of sale items here!)

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society
It's our favorite time of the year! The S&R Members' Treat is always the perfect time to hoard, look for gifts and even prepare for Christmas! The S&R Membership Shopping Members’ Treat means amazing buy 1, take 1 offers as well as up to 50 percent discounts. Lots of great deals guaranteed! ALL S&R branches nationwide will participate. That means that aside from S&R Cagayan de Oro, all these other branches will join the amazing S&R Members' Treat 2018: Alabang • Aseana • BGC • Commonwealth • Congressional • Parañaque • Shaw • Cabanatuan • Imus • Nuvali • Pampanga • Dau • Cebu • Iloilo • CDO • Davao This is truly the perfect time for you to stock up on all your favorite health and beauty products, imported snacks, imported grocery items, imported ice cream, froz...
Look at these handmade arm candies fit for lovers of the sea

Look at these handmade arm candies fit for lovers of the sea

Beauty, Fashion, Shopping, Style
I am a self-proclaimed beach baby. Everything that has anything to do with the sea, surf, sand, sun gets my attention. Truth be told, one of my goals in life is to own a nice, cozy beach house and live by the beach again. I say again because for several years, my family and I lived along the shore in Davao City. Those were simple but very happy years. So when these lovely handmade nautical bracelets were sent my way, I knew I found my new favorites! Not only are these Wind Passion handmade bracelets certified arm candies, they're also great reminders of the fondest of times in my life and in my family's life. Wind Passion nautical bracelets are handmade, definitely eye-catching, comes in many colors and designs and are made of top quality, durable cord and other marine materials ...
How to shop at S&R CDO without a membership card and get a FREE coupon

How to shop at S&R CDO without a membership card and get a FREE coupon

Announcements, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Corporate, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping
Not a member of S&R CDO yet? If you aren't an S&R Membership Shopping Cagayan de Oro club member yet, you now have the chance to shop to your heart's content for 3 amazing days PLUS get a FREE gift certificate, too! From July 12 to 15, 2018, S&R CDO will hold its most awaited Open House! This means that even non-members or non-cardholders can shop at S&R on those days from 8 AM to 10 PM. This is the perfect opportunity for you to check out what S&R has to offer and why everyone just loves to shop there. I should know...I frequent S&R to buy my favorite imported goods, small appliances, fresh meat (fast fact: did you know that their meat preparation area is refrigerated 40 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain rigid temperatures?) and even local products. The S...
OFFICIAL LIST: Sale, buy 1 take 1 items during S&R CDO Members Treat

OFFICIAL LIST: Sale, buy 1 take 1 items during S&R CDO Members Treat

Announcements, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Style
Let me cut to the chase - I'm very excited to let you all know that S&R CDO and all other S&R Membership Shopping branches nationwide will again offer its most awaited, super amazing S&R Members' Treat! From March 14 to 18, 2018, our favorite membership shopping warehouse will offer Buy 1, Take 1 offers as well as up to 50 percent discounts. That means big, big, BIG savings for all! Related: What to expect during the big S&R Members' Treat event 2016 (this post received 610 shares!) The S&R Members' Treat is the perfect time for you to stock up on all your favorite health and beauty products, imported snacks, imported grocery items, kids' toys, gadgets, beverages, liquor, small appliances, home furnishings, frozen and fresh produce, apparel, laundry products, hardwa...
Things you can save on when online shopping at ShopBack

Things you can save on when online shopping at ShopBack

Beauty, Consumer, Fashion, Gifts, Hotels, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Shopping, Style, Travel
While I still like shopping at brick and mortar stores, I have also developed a penchant for online shopping. Not only does it save time and energy, online shopping can also actually help save money. Now, there’s even more good news. Imagine this - the opportunity for you to actually be paid for shopping! Presenting ShopBack. ShopBack is a cashback site that pays you for shopping in more than 500 merchant stores. Cashback site literally means getting cash back - when you spend online through ShopBack, we get a portion of our very own purchase back. That means a lot of extra savings and extra money that we can use for more purchases. I have been a member of ShopBack for quite a while now and you know I only recommend sites that are legitimate and reliable. ShopBack is the top cashback...
Now it’s possible to shave without water – Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel

Now it’s possible to shave without water – Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel

Beauty, Reviews, Shopping, Style
Hey, busy beauties! We've all been there - we need to shave but we're ladies on the go, who like to travel frequently and who basically just need a showerless shave gel that would allow us to have a smooth surface that your razor easily glides over BUT minus the water. We've tried to dry-shave but it only leaves our skin either chapped or irritated. Worse, you may even get ingrown hairs and razor burn! Yikes! Fortunately, there's now a product that allows you to shave without the need for water and leaves your skin moisturized. Yep, it's now possible to shave without water! With Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel, you can just easily smooth the product all over the area that you want to shave and then shave like normal. NO WATER NEEDED! Hair will collect at the back of your razor fo...
Why the S&R Members Treat event is the BEST time to go Christmas shopping

Why the S&R Members Treat event is the BEST time to go Christmas shopping

Announcements, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping
If you love discounts, sales and promos over at S&R Membership Shopping as much as I do, then I have absolutely fab news! S&R CDO and all other S&R Membership Shopping branches in Davao, Cebu and other major areas in the Philippines, are again holding its much-awaited S&R Members' Treat! S&R Members' Treat is our favorite membership shopping chain's way of thanking its loyal, valued patrons by offering amazing discounts and promos. As much as 50% discounts on most products as well as the ultra exciting Buy 1 Take 1 promo. Check out some of the items that will be on sale: READ RELATED POST: Sneak peek inside S&R CDO READ RELATED POST: Helping launch S&R CDO  The SnR CDO Members Treat is definitely the best time to go Christmas shopping. Avo...
You need to stock up on these S&R Membership Shopping items

You need to stock up on these S&R Membership Shopping items

Cagayan de Oro City, Features, Food, Mindanao, Mindanaoan Update, Northern Mindanao, Shopping, Society
Do you do the groceries for your home? Picture this: you forgot that you have guests coming in for dinner and your fridge is practically empty or you want your children or husband to have delicious baon for school or office but you want to serve something else than just fried chicken or you want to stock up on perfectly marinated chicken cut-ups but you just don't have the time (or patience) to prepare! If you've ever found yourself in those situations, then I bring good news. S&R Membership Shopping now has ready to cook, marinated chicken cuts in various flavors! Come to think of it - these marinated chicken cuts are the best choice especially when you have special occasions like fiesta, birthday celebrations or just a simple barkada gathering. Remember - these are ready to coo...