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6 Helpful Tips to Save on Monthly Subscription Apps

Do you remember the days when apps didn’t cost that much money? Smartphone and desktop apps used to be free back then. But when the subscription model was introduced to the tech world, almost every company jumped on the bandwagon. Now, almost every app we use offers different subscription tiers to fully use them. Thus, monthly subscription apps were born.  It’s useless to say you should just delete your apps because they have already become essential to our everyday lives. From the way we work to the way we play, monthly subscription apps are now completely unavoidable. But that doesn’t mean you should go break the bank to keep using your apps. Here are some tips to save a buck or two on your subscriptions. Table of ContentsHow Much are Monthly Subscription Apps Costing Me?Helpful Tips to Save on Monthly Subscription AppsChoose Your Prioritized Vice CarefullyLook for Free AlternativesLook for Subscription DiscountsFind Other People to Share the PaymentsAlways Compare Your OptionsSupport Your Fave Personalities from AfarDecide to Cut It Out CompletelyFinal Thoughts How Much are Monthly Subscription Apps Costing Me? But before we save money, let’s find out how much your monthly subscriptions apps are really costing you. In a country where the average person spends at least 10 hours a day online[1], it’s no surprise that most people are not conscious about how much money they spend using their smartphones. Here’s a sample computation based on average app subscription prices: Music streaming apps: ~PHP 150 Movie streaming apps: ~PHP 500 Video streaming subscriptions: ~PHP 200 Gaming subscriptions: ~PHP 300…

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24 Courier Services in the Philippines You Can Rely On

The number of consumers shopping online is consistently increasing, according to top market research specialist Ipsos.[1] This leads to an increased demand for companies providing door-to-door deliveries for budding online businesses. Aside from the convenience of having your goods picked up at your location, courier services also offer various logistics solutions like warehousing, automated booking systems, and cash on delivery. Keep on reading to know 24 of the best courier services in the Philippines you can rely on. Table of ContentsCourier Services in the Philippines for Your Next Delivery1. 2GO2. ABest Express3. Airspeed4. AP Cargo5. Black Arrow Express6. Borzo (formerly Mr. Speedy)7. Delivery Parcel Express8. Derider Courier9. DHL Express10. Entrego11. Fastrack12. Gogo Xpress13. Grab Express14. Gryffon Courier Services15. JRS Express16. J&T Express17. Lalamove18. LBC Express19. Ninja Van20. Sonic Express21. Transportify22. Toktok23. XDE Logistics (formerly Zoom Courier) 24. UPSFinal Thoughts Courier Services in the Philippines for Your Next Delivery 1. 2GO 2GO offers door-to-door delivery nationwide, with rates starting at PHP 60. To ship an item, you have to visit one of their branches or book a pickup via its Customer Interaction Center. Delivery typically takes one to five working days. Areas covered: Nationwide Delivery rates: PHP 60 – PHP 220 Delivery time: 1 to 5 working days Payment methods: Cash upon pick up Other features: Remittance, cargo shipping, international shipping, Click and Collect, 2Go Dropship Read more: Cheap International Shipping Companies for Pinoy Online Shoppers 2. ABest Express ABest Express offers door-to-door shipping starting at PHP 60. You can book for a pickup through their website. This courier service also offers international…

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Auring, Jolina, Maymay: How PAGASA Comes Up with Typhoon Names in the Philippines

Every typhoon season, Filipinos will glue themselves in front of their TV sets and scour all social media for updates on suspension of classes. Concerned about safety, you also monitor the news for weather and flooding updates in your area when a storm batters the country. But have you ever been curious about how typhoons in the Philippines are named? How does the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) come up with typhoon names in the Philippines like Bruno, Jolina, and Queenie? Naming storms may sound trivial, but there’s more to typhoon names than meets the eye. Table of ContentsHow Assigning Typhoon Names BeganPAGASA’s System for Naming Typhoons in the PhilippinesWhat are the Typhoon Names for 2021?Recycling Philippine Typhoon NamesRetired Typhoon Names in the PhilippinesWhy PAGASA Uses Local Typhoon NamesFinal Thoughts How Assigning Typhoon Names Began PAGASA has been giving local names to storms that enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) since 1963. But it wasn’t until 1998 when the public was involved in naming typhoons in the Philippines. That year, PAGASA held a “Name a Bagyo” contest that had Filipinos sending their proposed local names for typhoons. From the nominations, a committee chose 140 Philippine typhoon names. PAGASA’s System for Naming Typhoons in the Philippines Some of the handpicked 140 names now make up PAGASA’s list of names for tropical cyclones.[1] The list was divided into four sets of 25 typhoon names (each starting with A to Z) with additional 10 auxiliary names (each starting with A to J). PAGASA’s list is a mix of male and…

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Distance Learning in the Philippines: Is It the Best Method for Your Child?

Together with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Venezuela, the Philippines is one of the five countries in the world that haven’t resumed in-person classes due to the pandemic.[1] This is why UNICEF is advocating for the reopening of schools for the sake of the 27 million Filipino students affected by classroom closures. The demand for a more flexible learning opportunity has increased, and distance learning in the Philippines has been the top option for the country’s education system to continue. Schools have shifted to a remote learning method where students don’t need to attend lectures and can study at their own pace.  Learn more about distance learning in the Philippines, its pros and cons, and the available resources so that your child can maximize its benefits. Table of ContentsWhat is Distance Learning?Distance Learning vs Online Learning vs HomeschoolingMain Differences of Distance Learning, Online Learning, and Homeschooling1. Location2. Interaction3. IntentionWhich Learning Method is the Best for My Child? Distance Learning Programs in the PhilippinesAdvantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning in the PhilippinesDistance Learning Tools and ResourcesDepEd Commons and Distance Learning in the New NormalTips to Help Children Succeed in Distance Learning1. Provide a Dedicated Space for Learning2. Stay in Touch with Their Teachers3. Be Mindful of Your Child’s Stress Levels4. Monitor the Time Your Children Spend Online5. Establish a Routine6. Be Part of the Learning ProcessFinal Thoughts What is Distance Learning? Distance learning is a learning method where the teacher and student are separated geographically.[2] There’s no interaction between students and little face-to-face interaction between students and their teachers. In a distance…

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How to Make Extra Money with Your Car: Success Stories of Pinoy Car Owners

Curious to know how to make extra money with your car? There are many ways to earn income using your car, but a lot of Pinoys may be thinking it’s easier said than done.  Well, not for these car owners who managed to successfully earn a living with the help of their cars. Get to know their stories, know the pros and cons, and learn from their helpful tips to succeed in this endeavor, just like they did.  Table of Contents4 Car Owners Share Tips on How to Make Extra Money with Your CarRichard and Gemma Rejuso, Kape Kalye OwnersCarlo Neil Mamaril, Grab and Lalamove Partner Roy Sy, Grainsmart Franchise Owner Jade Trixia Repotente, Online Seller and Car OwnerFinal Thoughts 4 Car Owners Share Tips on How to Make Extra Money with Your Car Richard and Gemma Rejuso, Kape Kalye Owners Two years ago, Richard Rejuso and his wife Gemma bought their Toyota Wigo so that they’ll have a more convenient way to travel to work.  Back then, Richard was working as a barista in a small local coffee shop in Quezon City. But this barista stint didn’t last long because the coffee shop soon folded up. Richard had to look for another job, eventually landing one at a lending company.  And then the pandemic hit. He realized that their income was no longer sufficient, even with his wife’s full-time income as a supervisor in a hardware company. So he took inspiration from some people he saw on the street operating a mobile coffee shop using just their mountain bikes.  “Naisip ko…

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New Normal Travel: Your Guide to Using GrabCar Philippines

With the new variant of coronavirus plaguing the country, the national government has once again put Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in August 2021. Some towns and cities outside Manila have done the same. This means that only essential establishments and industries, such as hospitals, groceries, and courier services are fully operational. [1]  Likewise, manufacturing and business process outsourcing firms continue to operate as usual. On the other hand, banks, telecommunication companies, certain legal firms, and some medical clinics operate with a skeletal workforce.  The most painful part of the lockdown, however, is the fact that public transportation has been limited. Moving around the metro is still challenging. There’s an alternative, though, and it comes in the form of GrabCar Philippines. But you need to remember that riding the GrabCar is not the same as before. There have been a lot of changes, knowing that the ride-hailing company needs to adapt to the times to keep both drivers and passengers safe. Refer to this comprehensive primer for using GrabCar Philippines during the ECQ or other forms of community quarantines. Read more: How to be a TNVS Driver or Operator in the Philippines Table of ContentsWhat is GrabCar Philippines?How to Book GrabCarWhat are GrabCar Philippines’ Operating Hours During the Lockdown?GrabCar Guidelines for Drivers and PassengersGrabCar Philippines FAQs1. Can my driver refuse my booking?2. Can I cancel my booking if the driver isn’t wearing a mask?3. What is the GrabCar Strike System?4. What are the GrabCar payment options?5. Can my pet ride with me?6. What is GrabCar Bayanihan?Final Thoughts…

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Ghost Month Dos and Don’ts: How to Avoid Making Financial Mistakes

It’s that time of the year again. No, it’s not the lockdown, it’s Ghost Month! From August 8 to September 6, the Chinese will celebrate the Chinese Ghost Festival to commemorate their dearly departed[1]. Just like the usual superstitions we have during November 1, they also have a set of Ghost Month dos and don’ts, especially when it comes to finances. Whether you subscribe to feng shui and other Chinese ideologies or not, there’s no harm in adapting a tradition or two. After all, beliefs are sometimes rooted to logic and practicality. So take down some notes and find out what you can do to protect your finances during Ghost Month. Table of ContentsGhost Month Dos and Don’ts on FinancesDo: Invest in StocksDon’t: Start a New BusinessDo: Assess Your Current VentureDon’t: Make Big PurchasesDo: Donate or Help OthersDon’t: Move In to a New PlaceFinal Thoughts Ghost Month Dos and Don’ts on Finances Do: Invest in Stocks It’s not all bad during Ghost Month. Big investors and businessmen tend to avoid August because most of them believe it will affect their finances in the long run. This means the stock market is usually down for Ghost Month. Take this opportunity to buy stocks for cheap so you can either sell them for a bigger profit once the next month rolls over. Don’t have an active investment yet? Then now would be a good time to get started on stocks. Don’t: Start a New Business On top of the usual Ghost Month dos and don’ts list out there is this one advice:…

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What Time Does the Mall Open? Check These ECQ Mall Hours and Guidelines

More than a year into this pandemic and Metro Manila is once again under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). With the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, malls in NCR, as well as in Laguna, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro, are implementing safety protocols, such as shortened mall hours and physical distancing measures. To prevent overcrowding in malls, only non-leisure stores and essential establishments are allowed to operate under the ECQ. These include the following: Supermarkets Restaurants (take-out and delivery only) Banks Drugstores Hardware stores Clothing and accessories stores Bookstores Pet food and supplies stores Gadget stores Mall-based government frontline services Leisure establishments like cinemas and play areas remain closed throughout the quarantine period. Here’s a list of open malls in ECQ areas, including their mall schedule and safety guidelines (Note: Mall operating hours may change depending on whether the government lifts the ECQ). Table of ContentsSM SupermallsSM ECQ Mall HoursSM Mall Guidelines Under ECQAyala MallsAyala ECQ Mall HoursAyala Mall Guidelines Under ECQRobinsons MallsRobinsons ECQ Mall HoursRobinsons Mall Guidelines Under ECQMegaworld Lifestyle MallsMegaworld ECQ Mall Hours Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Guidelines Under ECQAraneta City MallsAraneta MECQ Mall HoursAraneta City Mall Guidelines Under ECQOrtigas MallsOrtigas ECQ Mall HoursOrtigas Mall Guidelines Under ECQRockwell MallsRockwell ECQ Mall HoursRockwell Mall Guidelines Under ECQStarmallsStarmall ECQ ScheduleStarmall Guidelines Under ECQVista MallsVista Mall ECQ ScheduleVista Mall Guidelines Under ECQShangri-La PlazaShangri-La ECQ Mall HoursShangri-La Mall Guidelines Under ECQFestival MallFestival Mall Guidelines Under ECQFisher Mall Quezon AvenueFisher Mall ECQ Schedule Fisher Mall Guidelines Under ECQEver Gotesco CommonwealthEver Gotesco ECQ Mall Hours Ever Gotesco Mall Guidelines Under ECQFinal Thoughts SM…

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Want to Study Abroad? Try These Study Abroad Programs Online

With the pandemic shutting down schools came the interest of people on study abroad programs, including Filipinos who wish to access education from foreign institutions. Although you’re not one of the 65 Pinoy scholars that the European Union is sending to Europe this August,[1] you can still realize your dream of getting a certificate from schools abroad if you search for learning opportunities online.  Whether for free or with a fee, online degree programs for working adults, and even for new graduates, can be accessed from the comforts of your home. Keep reading and check which of these opportunities can help you level up your education.  Read more: Improve Your Skills With These TESDA Free Online Courses Table of ContentsWhy Look for Study Abroad Programs? 1. Accessibility2. Cost-Effective3. Flexibility4. Opportunity to Stay on Track with Your Goals5. Unique ExperienceWhere to Avail the Best Study Abroad Programs1. Harvard University2. Georgia Institute of Technology3. Michigan State University4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology5. University College of London6. Ecole PolytechniqueWhat are the Requirements to Study Abroad?How to Prepare for Study Abroad Programs OnlineChoose the Right Course or ProgramChoose the Right SchoolFinal Thoughts  Why Look for Study Abroad Programs?  It’s normal to feel scared or intimidated when we talk about international education. However, study abroad programs online can let you experience international education without traveling or leaving your loved ones behind. It can also be an avenue for you to showcase your skills and discover your potential.  1. Accessibility Access to online programs is as easy as logging in to your Netflix account….

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9 Empowered Pinays Who Prove That Success Knows No Gender

The modern Filipina takes charge of her own success and well-being. Her main priorities are being financially independent and starting a business, found the latest study by Wunderman Thompson Philippines in 2021.[1] That’s what makes the Filipino woman of today truly empowered. She knows what she wants, and she works hard to achieve her goals. Indeed, many of those who excel in business, finance, public service, sports, science, arts, and other traditionally male-dominated fields in the Philippines are females. Be inspired by empowered women in the Philippines who are making a difference as leaders, mentors, role models, and game-changers in their respective fields. Table of Contents9 Empowered Women in the PhilippinesHidilyn DiazLea SalongaSocorro RamosLeni RobredoJosie NatoriMarife ZamoraCatriona GrayWhang-Od OggayAlex EduqueFinal Thoughts 9 Empowered Women in the Philippines Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz has proven that no amount of weight can weigh a woman down. Case in point: her historic gold medal finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.[2] Becoming the country’s first Olympic gold medalist has earned Diaz her much-deserved public admiration as one of the empowered women in the Philippines. But more than that, the 30-year-old from Zamboanga City had to endure and overcome financial challenges on the journey to her Olympic win. All her sacrifices were worth it. Aside from the honor of bringing glory to the Philippines (after a 97-year Olympic gold medal drought), Diaz would receive cash worth more than PHP 40 million and in-kind prizes (including unlimited flights, a condominium unit, a house and lot, and a 13-seater van). On top of that, Diaz…

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11 Must-Have Phones and Gadgets for Your Wish List

The tech world in 2021 is buzzing as always, thanks to the constant innovation of phone and gadget makers worldwide. There’s no shortage of innovations when it comes to consumer tech, and 2021 is no different. It’s time to update your tech wish list because you don’t want to miss any of these. Here are the latest gadgets in 2021 worth checking out. Table of ContentsLatest Phones to Check Out in 2021Samsung Galaxy S21Xiaomi Mi 11Motorola RAZR 5GRealme GT 5GCool Gadgets to Check Out in 2021Nintendo Switch OLEDApple Airpods ProRealme Buds Air 2Apple Watch Series 6Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6Apple MacBook Pro 16-inchASUS VivoBook S15Final Thoughts Latest Phones to Check Out in 2021 Samsung Galaxy S21 Price: Starts at PHP 47,990 Available at: Samsung stores and accredited shops Beauty and power are the two best words that describe Samsung’s Galaxy line. And the South Korean tech juggernaut made sure that their latest unit embodies the mantra. The S21 features the chipset 5nm processor, which Samsung claims to be their fastest. This means that you’ll have no performance problems, and everything you do on your phone will be lag-free. Being a lifestyle phone, the S21 is packed with high-end and incredible camera features for photography and videography. The camera can shoot in 64-megapixel resolution, making sure that every picture is ultra-detailed and crystal-clear. The Selfie mode is enhanced by AI to bring out the subject’s true-to-life color. If you’re filming a video, expect to be wowed by S21’s cinematic 8K resolution.[1] And the cherry on top? Each S21 is a thing…

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Typhoon in the Philippines: Tips and Reminders to Keep Your Family Safe During the Pandemic

Filipinos are known for being resilient in the face of a storm, literally and figuratively. When you live in a country where natural disasters happen quite frequently, you just have to be tough and remain faithful.  Although Filipino resilience is legendary and admirable, typhoon preparedness is what can minimize its impact on lives and properties. Knowing what to do before, during, and after a typhoon will protect you, your family, and your home. Aside from minding the four Ps of disaster management (predict, plan, prepare, and practice), here are other ways you can keep your family safe from typhoons during this COVID-19 pandemic. Table of ContentsWhat to Do Before a Typhoon in the PhilippinesWhat to Do During a TyphoonWhat to Do After a TyphoonHow to Survive a Typhoon During the Pandemic1. Stay Healthy2. Stock Up on Essential and Emergency Supplies 3. Devise a Survival Plan4. Get an Insurance Plan5. Cut Unnecessary Spending6. Expand Your Social Network7. Get Vaccinated8. Learn Emergency and Survival SkillsWhat’s Inside a Typhoon and COVID-19 Emergency Kit?MedicinesSkin Creams Face Masks and AlcoholFlashlights, Batteries, and Power BanksPersonal Documents Final Thoughts What to Do Before a Typhoon in the Philippines Here’s a checklist of the things you need to do when there’s an upcoming typhoon in the Philippines. Monitor weather reports and don’t ignore rainfall warning alerts you receive through text. Make your own lifeline kit[1] consisting of essential items like food, money, documents, and toiletries that should last for two to three days. Ensure you have enough food and water supply. Keep the following items handy in case of a power…

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Quarantine Spending Habits You Should Keep After COVID-19

Do you even remember how you used to buy things outside before the pandemic? I thought so. Just ask the recent Digital Statshot report of We Social and Hootsuite that revealed 23% of internet users in the Philippines spent more time shopping online in the last few months[1]. Realize it or not, you have cultivated your own quarantine spending habits that work for you. But the thing is, the pandemic will end soon and everything will go back to normal. So have you decided which spending habits you will keep? Because if there’s a positive about the whole quarantine situation, it’s that we were all forced to find new ways to manage our finances. Here are just some of the habits I’m inclined to keep for years to come.  Table of ContentsQuarantine Spending Habits You Should KeepComparing Prices and Alternatives OnlineSaving Money by Doing It YourselfPracticing Delayed GratificationSupporting Local Businesses NearbyFinal Thoughts Quarantine Spending Habits You Should Keep Comparing Prices and Alternatives Online Good thing everything’s online now because financial services just got a lot easier, and that includes comparing prices and alternatives. For example, if you needed to have something delivered in the pre-pandemic, you only had at least two courier services to choose from. But now, you can compare prices from Grab, Lalamove, Mr. Speedy, and a bunch of others.  Whether it’s food delivery or online shopping, can you remember the last time you ordered something immediately without checking the prices from other platforms? The nifty thing is that you can also compare prices for other financial products…

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8 Pinoy Movie Sites to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Entertained

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyone into homebodies. This only means that people have a lot of time in their hands. And what better way to use this extra time than by combing through your streaming account and bingeing on your favorite movies and series? We’re pretty sure that you’ve binged on lots and lots of Western movies and K-dramas. But if you’re looking for much more relatable material, you can always go for Pinoy movies! The fun never stops even if you can’t go to the movie theaters with your friends because you can enjoy Filipino films through various Pinoy movie sites. That’s right! You don’t have to leave home to enjoy a movie or two with your loved ones. From the latest Pinoy blockbusters to classic films, you can always find the titles you’re looking for, assuming you know where to look. Here’s a quick guide to get you started. Table of ContentsWhere to Watch Filipino Movies Online1. Netflix2. Apple TV+3. WeTV iflix4. iWantTFC5. Cignal Play6. YouTube7. Vivamax8. UpstreamFinal Thoughts Where to Watch Filipino Movies Online 1. Netflix Prices: Mobile: PHP 149 per month Basic: PHP 369 per month Standard: PHP 459 per month Premium: PHP 549 per month As one of the biggest streaming services in the world, you can’t go wrong with Netflix. Their local library boasts a variety of Pinoy movies online, from popular rom-coms to critically-acclaimed films. Recently, Netflix started hosting local TV titles as well, most prominently the ever-famous “Ang Probinsyano” series. Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on Netflix “Saving Sally” –…

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The Richest K-Pop Stars: How Wealthy are They?

K-pop stars are not born―they are made. They start as trainees who will have to work hard every single day until their debut comes.[1] An idol is considered lucky if they’re given such a precious opportunity, so this may mean fighting tooth and nail to get that chance to debut.  The debut is a critical period in an idol’s life as it will set the tone for the rest of their career. If their debut is successful, the following years will definitely see a lot of albums, endorsements, concerts, and guestings coming in. And of course, all these will translate to―drum roll, please―money. Years of hard work have turned K-pop stars not only into global icons but also into multi-millionaires. Curious to know how wealthy your bias is? Check out this list of the richest K-pop stars and find out if your idol is here! Table of Contents15 Richest K-Pop Stars and Their Net Worth1. Park Jin-young2. BTS3. Kim Jae-joong4. PSY5. G-Dragon6. Rain7. Blackpink8. Choi Siwon9. IU10. Lee Hyo-ri11. Taeyang12. T.O.P 13. Sandara Park14. Jessica Jung15. BoAFinal Thoughts 15 Richest K-Pop Stars and Their Net Worth If you’re a fan of these K-pop stars, then you probably have an idea how much they’re earning. Still, it’s quite shocking to know just how much money they make. 1. Park Jin-young Notable association: JYP Entertainment Net worth (in USD): 200 million Park Jin-young may not be actively performing under the spotlight these days, but he’s the richest K-pop star on this list. And his knack for discovering the next big thing in the…

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5 Money Mistakes Single People in Their 20s Should Avoid

Contrary to popular belief, marriage isn’t the be-all and end-all in life. Being single rocks! If you haven’t found “the one” just yet, don’t sweat it and just enjoy your freedom. Don’t enjoy it too much though, or you’ll end up making terrible financial decisions. If only there was a list of money mistakes to avoid in your 20s that you can reference anytime.  And yet here it is! If you’ve been single for a long time, you’re probably guilty of these mistakes. Being single doesn’t equate to being irresponsible when it comes to money. In fact, you should take this opportunity to improve the way you handle your finances. Start by recognizing your financial mistakes from the list below. Table of ContentsMoney Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s, Especially If You’re SingleLiving on Takeouts and Food DeliveriesSaving Your Credit Card Details to Your DeviceKeeping Your Spending Habits to YourselfHaving a “Do It For the Money” MentalityBelieving that Love Will Fix All Your ProblemsFinal Thoughts Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s, Especially If You’re Single Living on Takeouts and Food Deliveries Food delivery apps may have been the best invention since sliced bread, but did it occur to you that you’re bleeding money because of it? Think about it: if you spend at least PHP 200 per meal from restaurants and you eat at least twice a day, you’ll end up spending PHP 12,000 a month. That’s a lot of dough. Good luck scoring a date when you’re broke af.  Imagine turning that dough into a cookie by learning…

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Detailed Guide to Choosing an Internet Provider in the Philippines

Times have changed. COVID-19 has transformed even the online landscape. Now, there are over 24 million learners[1] using the internet during the pandemic, and about 49% of Filipinos[2] preferring working from home. With this digital shift, Filipinos are constantly trying to find internet services that will provide uninterrupted access online. The good news is that internet providers in the Philippines have responded to the challenge. Internet speed in the country is no longer as slow as we know it. It has improved by 523%[3] in 2021, making the country 80th among 176 countries in broadband speed and 84th in mobile internet speed among 134 countries. What does this mean to all Pinoys eager to get that speedy connection? Well, this is the time to leverage the improvement and explore opportunities that the internet can offer. As the market progresses, more broadband providers will join, offering different broadband plans and prices. This can be confusing, and we might end up paying too much for something we do not want and need. This guide to choosing an internet provider will help you understand what your broadband plan should give you. It should also help find offers that best fit your needs at the right price. Table of ContentsWhat is Mbps and Why is it Important?Knowing Your Data AllocationTypes of Broadband Plans in the PhilippinesHow to Choose Between Mobile Data and Home BroadbandHow to Choose an Internet Provider: 5 Questions to Ask1. What is the Internet Connection for?2. How Many People Will Use the Internet?3. What Types of Activities Will Be Done Online?4….

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How These Filipino Entrepreneurs Turned Pandemic Challenges Into Success Stories

Running your own business is hard enough as it is. What more if you’re running a business in the middle of a pandemic? These successful entrepreneurs in the Philippines have experienced firsthand how to operate a business in a limited capacity and with community quarantine guidelines that keep on changing. And they became stronger and better entrepreneurs because of it.  Table of ContentsSuccessful Entrepreneurs in the Philippines Who Rose to the ChallengeLuilyn Abapo, Owner of Lulu Blue CakesLeslie Rabinovich, Owner of Esencia Day SpaMariel Bitanga, Founder of Simply FinanceKarren Seña, Kihyan Chua Yap, and Koleen Chua Yap, Co-Owners of Aegyo CakesFinal Thoughts  Successful Entrepreneurs in the Philippines Who Rose to the Challenge Dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur in the Philippines? Anyone can do it with plenty of hard work, and maybe even a little bit of luck—just like these inspiring and successful Filipino entrepreneurs. Luilyn Abapo, Owner of Lulu Blue Cakes From Passion Project to Thriving Business Baking has always been a passion for Luilyn Abapo, the woman behind Lulu Blue Cakes.[1] She loves her job as an HR practitioner. But she started her small business as a passion project and a therapeutic activity of sorts on weekends with her kitchen as her refuge.  “With the opportunity to work from home during the pandemic, my sisters urged me to make it an official business and offer our goodies to the general public. Baking on weekends became our bonding,” Luilyn shared.  With families who enjoy sweet treats for sharing and entertaining as her target customers, Luilyn began with the Blueberry Cheesecake…

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8 Budget Smartphones for All Types of Gamers

In the last few years or so, smartphones have gotten various upgrades that made them more intelligent. As a result, their functions have gone beyond communication and web surfing. With modern smartphones’ high-definition screens, massive amount of power, and extremely intuitive navigation, these devices have almost entirely replaced handheld gaming consoles. Whether you’re a pro gamer or a casual hobbyist who always wants to stay online, you know that having the right gaming phone will augment your performance and amplify the leisure and excitement. However, smartphones that are designed for gaming can be utterly expensive. The likes of ASUS ROG Phone and Xiaomi Black Shark Pro will surely bore a hole in your pocket. Typically, the prices of phones of their caliber start from PHP 30,000 to PHP 50,000. But who says that all gaming smartphones should be expensive? We’ve found eight budget gaming phones with sleek designs and powerful features. And they’re all worth checking out! Table of ContentsWhat are the Best Budget Gaming Phones in the Philippines?Features to Look For in an Affordable Gaming PhoneBest Budget Gaming Phones Under 10K in 2021Best Budget Gaming Phones Under 20K in 2021Final Thoughts What are the Best Budget Gaming Phones in the Philippines? This will be quite hard to answer, as everything will depend on the type of the game you’re playing and how the device will mesh with the other aspects of your life (i.e. communications, online shopping, etc.). Features to Look For in an Affordable Gaming Phone When you’re looking for a gaming smartphone, always consider these following factors:…

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Internet in the Philippines: Why is It Slow and Expensive?

One of the painful realities that every Filipino must face is the slow internet connection in the country. Even if you have the most expensive data plan, chances are you’ll still be frustrated by the sluggishness and unreliability of your connection. Yes, one can argue that the country’s internet connection is not as bad or as slow as the dial-up internet back in the early 2000s. But still, the standards have changed, and our country has to keep up. After all, the internet has already become an important aspect of our lives. Its significance has been underscored during the pandemic when most professionals are working from home, and students are taking their classes online. The internet connection in the Philippines has always been the subject of many discussions in different contexts, ranging from politics to comedy. But have you ever wondered what has led us to this telecommunications problem? In this article, you’ll find out the possible reasons behind the status of the country’s internet. You’ll also get a picture of how the Philippines’ connectivity fares on a global scale. Table of ContentsHow Fast (or Slow) is the Internet in the Philippines?Internet Speeds of the Philippines vs. Other CountriesAverage Cost of Monthly Internet Services in the PhilippinesSo Why is the Internet in the Philippines Slow and Expensive?1. The Philippines is an Archipelago2. Building Cell Towers is Expensive3. There are Not Many Players in the IndustryWhat is NTC’s Role in Internet Quality and Speed?List of Internet Providers in the Philippines1. PLDT 2. Globe 3. Converge ICT4. SKY5. DITO TelecommunityFinal Thoughts How Fast (or Slow) is…

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