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Grocery List Essentials to Help You Shop During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Filipinos do grocery shopping. What used to be an activity that could be done in one hour now usually takes three to four hours. Some shoppers hoard stuff; others make do with what little is left. This is why it’s important to have a grocery list on hand before heading to the supermarket. A complete and organized list of groceries to buy makes shopping a lot more efficient and less stressful. You won’t be frantically calling up your mom or wife about what else you should put into your cart. With a grocery list, you’re also limiting your trips to the supermarket and exposure to the Coronavirus. Just as important are the items you decide to buy. When making your grocery list, keep these goals in mind: eating nutritious foods, minimizing food waste, saving money, and being considerate of other shoppers. Know if you are at risk for COVID-19 with our Coronavirus Self Assessment tool. Click here. Table of ContentsGrocery List Essentials: What to Buy During the COVID-19 Pandemic1. Canned Goods2. Grains3. Dried Foods4. Long-Lasting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables5. Frozen Foods6. Cooking Essentials7. Snacks and Breakfast Items8. Comfort Foods9. Baby Foods and Baby Care Products10. Pet Foods11. Beverages12. Toiletries13. Home Cleaning Products14. Medicines and Medical Supplies6 Tips for Creating Your Grocery List1. Take Stock of What You Have and Don’t2. Create a Two-Week Meal Plan3. Buy Only What You Need4. Choose Non-Perishable and Shelf-Stable Foods5. Prioritize Nutrition6. Arrange the Items According to AisleFinal Thoughts Grocery List Essentials: What to Buy During the COVID-19…

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9 Online Drugstores in the Philippines for Medicine Delivery and Pickup

Need your medicines badly but can’t buy them because you’re sick or stuck at home during the enhanced community quarantine? Or maybe there’s no drugstore near your place? In such times, an online drugstore can be literally your lifesaver. It saves you a trip to the pharmacy and possibly, a Coronavirus infection. All you have to do is place your order on the pharmacy’s website and wait for medicines to be delivered to you. Thanks to the internet, the medicines you need are just a few clicks away. Here are the online drugstores you should check out for your healthcare needs. Know if you are at risk for COVID-19 with our Coronavirus Self Assessment tool. Click here. Table of Contents9 Online Drugstores in the Philippines1. AideApp2. Dima3. MedExpress Drugstore4. MedGrocer5. Mercury Drug Gamot Padala6. Muramed.com7. Rose Pharmacy Online8. Southstar Drug Delivery9. Watsons Online PharmacyFinal Thoughts 9 Online Drugstores in the Philippines Drugstore Delivery Area Delivery Fee Aide App Metro Manila PHP 49 Dima Nationwide Metro Manila – PHP 75 Luzon – PHP 95 Visayas – PHP 120 Mindanao – PHP 130 MedExpress Drugstore Nationwide Free for orders PHP 1,000 and above PHP 50 for orders below PHP 1,000 MedGrocer Nationwide PHP 100 to PHP 200 (Metro Manila) PHP 300 (Provincial) Mercury Drug Gamot Padala Any Mercury Drug branch nationwide Pickup on any branches only. Muramed.com Nationwide Metro Manila – PHP 50 Luzon – PHP 100 Visayas and Mindanao – PHP 150 Rose Pharmacy Online Nationwide Metro Cebu and Davao – Free for orders of PHP 1,000 and above | PHP…

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7 Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Working From Home

Working from home sounds like the perfect work setup. Imagine getting the job done without leaving the comforts of your house. No need to deal with traffic jams, loud office chatter and other inconveniences of the daily grind. If theres one thing the enhanced quarantine brought to most working professionals, it’s the freedom of working in your pajamas. But believe it or not, working from home has its financial pitfalls, too. You won’t see them until they are pointed out to you, so let this list be your wake-up call. Your perfect work setup may not be that perfect after all, unless you avoid these financial mistakes. Table of ContentsSplurging on Snacks and DrinksNot Stocking Up on EssentialsSpending Too Much on DeliveriesNot Following Your Usual BudgetForgetting to Deposit on SavingsOverflowing Your WorkloadBeing Too Comfortable and UnorganizedFinal Thoughts Splurging on Snacks and Drinks Working from home means you’re also within the vicinity of your refrigerator, the ultimate source of snacks and after-work beverages. Since the lockdown won’t end anytime soon[1], it’s best if you ration all your food items, including those international treats your officemate gave you a month ago. Save all those treats for when the lockdown is over and everyone’s doing okay. Read more: 8 Financial Mistakes Single People Make Not Stocking Up on Essentials Doing your grocery shopping has also become more difficult than ever. The best you can do is to stock up on essentials like canned goods, frozen goods, fresh produce and sanitary items. Adjust your budget accordingly to accommodate all your quarantine preparations. Forget about your…

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Lockdown Boredom Busters: How to Have a Good Quaran-Time

It’s been weeks since the enhanced lockdown was announced and you’re probably bored of watching or listening to the same old stuff you love. Since this whole COVID-19 business isn’t going to end anytime soon, it’s best to try and explore other pieces of media to keep you occupied and sane. Here is a list of what to watch or listen to while stuck at home as recommended by the Moneymax team. Table of ContentsWhat to Watch: TV SeriesBrooklyn Nine NineThe Good PlaceBarryWestworldExplainedWhat to Watch: MoviesUncut GemsOnce Upon a Time in HollywoodKiki’s Delivery PlaceThe Pursuit of HappynessThe Grand Budapest HotelWhat to Listen to: ArtistsTennisRaveenaThe Arctic MonkeysHamilton the MusicalWhat to Listen to: PodcastsConan O’Brien Needs a FriendVoxTalksGetting Curious with Jonathan Van NessThe Halo Halo ShowFinal ThoughtsRead more COVID-19 Tips What to Watch: TV Series Brooklyn Nine Nine Genre: Comedy Starring: Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews Where to Watch: Netflix Follow a group of quirky detectives as they try and solve New York’s biggest and wackiest crimes. If you’re looking for a comedy that is both hilarious and touching, add Brooklyn Nine Nine to your list of what to watch for the next couple of weeks. The Good Place Genre: Comedy Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil Where to Watch: Netflix Hilarity and philosophy collide in this heartwarming comedy about what happens after we die. The Good Place will make you giggle and cry in all the right places. If you’re looking to laugh and learn a bit about morals and ethics, then this show is perfect for you. Barry…

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9 House Cleaning Services You Can Book in Metro Manila

Everyone knows the importance of keeping one’s home clean. The problem, however, is not everyone has time for house cleaning, especially working professionals who live alone in the metro. Even if you or anyone in your household can take on the task of keeping your home clean, there are certain jobs like deep cleaning and disinfection that are best left to professionals. This is where house cleaning services come into play. You book one for a schedule, and the cleaning staff comes to your home complete with tools and equipment to turn your home into a cleaner and healthier living space. If you’re renting out your space on a home-sharing platform, hiring professional home cleaning services after your guests check out is a must. Looking for house cleaning companies? Here are some providers, mostly in Metro Manila, that you can book. Table of ContentsBusy Bee Cleaning Co.Clean Zone PhCleaning LadyCMDA Cleaning ServicesDelmont Cleaning ServicesGawin.phHappy HelpersRainbow CleanersSweep InspirationsFinal Thoughts Busy Bee Cleaning Co. Specializing in deep dry cleaning methods, Busy Bee Cleaning Co.[1] offers the following home cleaning services: Deep house cleaning (for standalone houses, condos, apartments, and commercial spaces) – Includes floor vacuuming and sweeping, bathroom sanitation, mattress and sheet vacuuming, and air purification and aromatizing Post-construction intensive cleaning – Includes dusting, scrubbing, aromatizing, and air purification for newly constructed homes Deep dry cleaning – Removal of dirt, residue, and mites on linen/leather sofa and mattress through dry vacuuming Deep shampooing – Removal of spills, stains, and obvious marks on sofas and mattresses through the application of shampoo and cleaning solution…

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Shopping in the Time of COVID-19: 25 Online Grocery Stores with Delivery Services

How do you keep your pantry stocked without leaving home? Use an online grocery delivery service. They may not be as well-known as the brick-and-mortar supermarket giants, but online grocery stores have been around for a while. Suddenly, Filipinos have realized their value now that the entire Luzon and several provinces and cities in the country are under enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So that you don’t risk spreading or getting infected with the coronavirus, just stay at home and order your needed food and supplies from online grocery shops with delivery service. Dont worry—grocery and food deliveries are safe during a coronavirus outbreak, according to health experts[1]. Here’s a list of online stores that sell groceries, meat and seafood products, and fresh fruits and vegetables during—and despite—the lockdown. Know if you are at risk for COVID-19 with our COVID-19 Self Assessment tool. Click here. Table of ContentsOnline Grocery Stores with Delivery ServicesBayan MallKarton.phLandersLazmartMetroMartPhilgrocerS&R Official Online Store in LazMallThe Green GrocerWalterMart DeliveryMeat, Poultry, and Seafood Stores with Online GroceryMister DeliciousPacific BayRare Food ShopWild Caught PHFruit and Vegetable Stores with Online GroceryAlways Fresh PHBukidFreshFresh Produce PHHomegrown OrganicsMaharlikartReal FoodSession GroceriesTeraoka Family FarmThe Murang Gulay ShopZaganaCoffee and Other DrinksEveryday Coffee RoastersBoozy.phFinal Thoughts Online Grocery Stores with Delivery Services Bayan Mall Bayan Mall is an online grocery shopping site created for OFWs who buy food and other essential items for their families in the Philippines. If you’re worried about your family stuck at home without an internet connection, you can have groceries delivered to them even while you’re abroad. Your loved ones will…

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Financial Lessons the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Teaching Us

It’s been a rough couple of weeks here in Metro Manila. It’s one thing to deal with the COVID-19 virus lurking around, it’s another to deal with a Luzon-wide community quarantine[1]. These latest developments will certainly change the way we live our lives for the next few weeks. Uncertainty and unrest still loom above us and the future seems bleaker now more than ever. But that doesn’t mean we all can’t learn anything from it. Even a worldwide health crisis can be a learning opportunity, so here are some financial lessons that you can reflect on while you’re stuck at home. Table of ContentsHealth is Also WealthThe Potential of TelecommutingPanicking Will Never Help AnyoneMoney Can’t Buy ClassFinal Thoughts Health is Also Wealth If there’s anything the COVID-19 virus made us realize, it’s that we take our health for granted. Since most of the COVID-19 symptoms[2] are the same with the common flu, people tend to take the worldwide pandemic lightly. Most people refuse to wash their hands frequently or at the very least, wear a face mask. We only take action when the symptoms start to escalate. More than anything else, value your health. The community quarantine gives you an opportunity to focus on your physical and mental health by reducing your stress and possibly your workload. Take that opportunity to reflect on what you can do better to maintain or improve your way of living. What good is your wealth if you don’t have a strong and able body to enjoy it? Read more: Car Sanitation Tips to Help…

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Staying at Home? 6 Cheap Yet Indulging Activities to Do

“Treat yo’ self!” says the popular expression. Indeed, it is important to treat yourselves to something after a long day of work. But at the same time, you don’t want to splurge to the point where you deplete your funds the next day. You have to find the right balance of treating yourself and making sure you still have enough for another grueling work day. But believe it or not, there are effective ways to have your cake and eat it too, provided you’re willing to make some compromises. After all, not having the financial capacity to have it all is one of the main reasons why you’re on a budget. So here are some guilt-free ways to indulge while still following a strict budget. Don’t worry, you’ll probably find these useful. Table of ContentsBrew your own coffeeTake up freezer bakingTake advantage of promosStart listening to podcastsCatch up on your readingTake time to sleep or napFinal Thoughts Brew your own coffee Forget about expensive cafes for a while. Why not brew your own coffee? You can always go with coffee powder mixes for a quick caffeine fix. Or if you’re feeling fancy, you can invest in a coffee grinder and brew the coffee yourself. It probably won’t be as good compared to how baristas do it, but at least you were able to save money while still satisfying your cravings. Take up freezer baking You can actually have a literal cake and eat it too, even without an expensive oven. It’s safe to assume that you have a refrigerator, right?…

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9 Fun and Exciting Valentine’s Day Activities for Singles

Dreading Valentine’s Day this year? Don’t let the sight of happy couples make you green with envy or break down in tears. The occasion isn’t exclusive to romantic couples, you know. Valentine’s Day should be a celebration of love in general, including love for your family, friends, and especially yourself. So it doesn’t matter if you’re single on Valentine’s Day. There are still plenty of ways you can enjoy yourself, and trust us—these activities and events will make Valentine’s Day for singles fun and exciting. So have at it, enjoy the love month! Table of ContentsHow to Make Valentine’s Day for Singles FunEnjoy an Outdoor Movie ScreeningScore a Free Trip as a Third WheelVibe at a Week-Long Music FestivalBuy All the Books at an Annual Book SaleWitness the Best Multi-Arts PerformancesWatch an Exciting Wrestling ShowBinge on Great Movies on NetflixCheck Out the Latest BlockbustersTreat Yourself to New Sporting GearFinal Thoughts How to Make Valentine’s Day for Singles Fun Enjoy an Outdoor Movie Screening Who says outdoor cinema are for couples only? The 10 Days of Art will kick off Art Fair Philippines 2020 with an outdoor screening[1] of One More Chance on February 14 and 15 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati. But instead of using a normal screen, the movie will be projected on the ceiling of Ayala Tower One’s fountain area. Pretty neat, huh? Carpets and pillows will be provided for the screening. Just bring your own headphones. Score a Free Trip as a Third Wheel Being a third wheel to a couple doesn’t sound so bad now, does…

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Chinese New Year 2020: 8 Exciting Deals to Welcome the Year of the Metal Rat

The rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. This zodiac sign in Chinese astrology signifies vitality. And because Chinese New Year 2020 starts the Year of the Metal Rat, it’s considered a year of new beginnings. With the Year of the Rat officially starting on January 25, the city will be once more draped with reds and golds, as well as motifs of dragons, tigers, and rats. It’s also the season to stuff our tummies with tikoy, noodles, dim sum, round fruits, and other food that brings good luck all year round. The number 8, which sounds like “wealth” or “prosperity” in Chinese, is regarded as the lucky number in the Chinese culture. And so, we’ve rounded up eight promos to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020. Table of Contents1. Chinese New Year 2020 Buffet for P599 at RED Hotel2. Free KFC Treat for Citibank Cardholders3. Klook Chinese New Year Sale4. 2020 BDO UnionPay Chinese New Year Rebate5. Ramen for Only P1506. Dim sum All You Can for P598 at Lugang Cafe7. Serenitea Lucky 88 Drinks8. J.CO Donuts and Sandwiches for Only P398Final Thoughts 1. Chinese New Year 2020 Buffet for P599 at RED Hotel Promo period: January 25, 2020, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Looking for an affordable place to celebrate Chinese New Year with your family? For only PHP 599 per head, you and your loved ones can enjoy a bountiful feast of authentic Chinese cuisine, from appetizers to desserts. Just visit the LA MUSE restaurant on the 5th floor of RED Hotel along EDSA Cubao, Quezon…

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10 Compelling Reasons Why Filipinos Trust Moneymax

“Helping Filipinos lead healthier financial lives.” For five years and counting, Moneymax stayed true to their slogan by expanding their services and advocating for financial literacy. And in return, they have earned the trust of over a million Filipinos by being more than just an online comparison platform. Why do Filipinos trust Moneymax? Explore the reasons below. Table of Contents1. Market Leader in Financial ProductsWe started our operations in 2013. Five years later, we have now provided financial products to over a million Filipinos.Moneymax forged partnerships with the top car insurance companies and financial institutions.In 2019, we helped over 11,000 Filipino car owners get their vehicles insured. We were also able to set a 99% approval rate for car insurance claims.In 2019, we helped over 1,000 Filipinos get their credit card and personal loan applications approved.2. Top-Rated FinTech StartupWe are rated the top startup company among other online platforms in the Philippines from the latest StartupRanking[1] list.We have been recognized as one of the rising stars of the FinTech sector[2] in the country back in 2016.Moneymax has been prominently featured in Bloomberg[3] as one of the top financial startups in the country.3. Part of Asia’s Leading Financial MarketplaceWe are part of CompareAsiaGroup (CAG)[4], Asia’s leading financial management platform, that operates in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.CAG has over 70 renowned partners in the finance industry and provides over 1,000 financial products to more than 60 million customers in Asia.4. Partner Testimonials“Moneymax leverages technology to increase pricing transparency for financial products and improve financial literacy. Our support for innovative…

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New Year’s Eve Countdown Events 2020 for Families and Friends

The 2010s is almost over—how time flies! What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Just a few days left before 2019 draws to a close, but that won’t stop us from celebrating the start of the new decade. If you spent Christmas on a family trip or in the comfort of your home, you may want to enjoy the company of your friends this New Year’s Eve. If so, here are some events in the metro to welcome the new year with enthusiasm and cheer. Table of ContentsEastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2020GMA 7 New Year Countdown to 20202020 Rising: The ABS-CBN New Year CountdownToast to 2020 New Year Countdown PartyNew Year’s Eve 2020 Celebration at Manila Ocean ParkNew Year 2020 Countdown at The Garage20|20: Vu Sky Bar New Year’s Eve Countdown PartyFoam and Glow New Year CountdownThe Royal Affair at SolaireThe Grand Countdown to 202024-Karat NYE Countdown at Okada ManilaFinal Thoughts Eastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2020 Where: Eastwood Mall Open Park, Eastwood City, Quezon City When: December 31, 2019, 6 p.m. Spend the last few hours of 2019 enjoying music by today’s most popular artists, including Rico Blanco, Ebe Dancel, Ben&Ben, and James Reid’s Careless. At exactly 12 midnight, witness the Dazzling Star Drop, a grand fireworks display inspired by New York’s New Year’s Eve ball drop. Bringing your car to Eastwood for your New Year’s Eve celebration? You can avail of a PHP 50 flat-rate parking fee until 2 a.m. GMA 7 New Year Countdown to 2020 Where: Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of…

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Vacation or Staycation: 11 Cool Airbnb Rooms in the Philippines

In every vacation brainstorming session, there are questions that need to be answered. Picking which city to go to is the easiest one, but the deeper the questioning goes, the harder the decisions will be. One question is constant: “Where are we going to stay?” And while hotels are a viable option, they also tend to charge more for less features. So why not try booking Airbnb rooms? Looking for places to book has never been this easy, thanks to millions of Airbnb hosts opening the doors to their lovely homes and properties nationwide for travelers and guests. Rest assured, there’s an Airbnb listing for every type of family size, budget, and desired experience. So if you’re currently stuck in this question, we suggest checking out the following Airbnb listings. Table of Contents11 Must-Book Airbnb RoomsChilluxe in The MetroVissers ClubAlto RetroDream Executive Vintage SuiteAmerican Heritage Baguio HomeCasa AngelinaCozy Studio in the TropicsYour Own Island in LakeDomescape – GlampingBarton Jungle CottagesMindoro Beach HouseFinal Thoughts 11 Must-Book Airbnb Rooms Chilluxe in The Metro Where to Book: Quezon City Price: PHP 1,550 per night Can a luxurious and affordable place in Metro Manila ever exist? When you book this Airbnb listing, it definitely can. Chilluxe in the Metro (1) will give you a glimpse of the lush lifestyle in the middle of the concrete jungle for less than PHP 2,000. And if you have an extra budget to spare, pay to gain access to the swimming pool and the gym for you health buffs out there. Vissers Club Where to Book: Parañaque City Price:…

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Hungry? Try These Convenient Food Delivery Apps Today!

Filipinos love food, that’s for sure. However, due to the soul-crushing traffic we encounter everyday, we are often hesitant to go out and try new dining experiences. We can’t even decide where to eat the moment we go out for lunch or dinner. Then food delivery apps came and changed everyone’s lives. Food delivery apps in the Philippines will deliver meals and even grocery items right to your doorsteps. These apps are out to make our lives easier, our wallets happier, and our stomachs bigger. Save money on food by downloading the following food apps. Table of ContentsFood Delivery Apps to Check OutGrabFoodFoodPandaLalafoodBookyZomatoMangan.PHFinal Thoughts Food Delivery Apps to Check Out GrabFood After dominating the ride-hailing market, Grab[1] is looking to conquer another essential of city life—food delivery. The good thing about GrabFood is that you don’t need to download an additional app. If you have the Grab app, just update it to the latest version and you can order food right from your couch. It’s as easy as booking a Grab ride, probably a lot easier. Just like the Grab app, GrabFood operates 24/7 in all serviceable areas (except for Laguna and Cavite). So rest assured, there’s always a solution for your late night cravings. Choose from over 7,000 restaurants and food places, ranging from fast food chains to fancy restaurants and cafes. Name a particular dish and you can probably order it from GrabFood. Read more: Grab Insurance Guide for TNVS Operators in the Philippines FoodPanda If you ever see a motorcycle carrying a pink box with a panda’s…

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Ultimate Guide to Mall Hours December 2019

Quick links to Holiday Mall Hours in Metro Manila:  December 2019 Mall Hours in Quezon City December 2019 Mall Hours in Mandaluyong December 2019 Mall Hours in Pasig December 2019 Mall Hours in San Juan December 2019 Mall Hours in Manila December 2019 Mall Hours in BGC and Taguig December 2019 Mall Hours in Makati December 2019 Mall Hours in Pasay December 2019 Mall Hours in Muntinlupa December 2019 Mall Hours in Las Piñas December 2019 Mall Hours in Parañaque December 2019 Mall Hours in Marikina December 2019 Mall Hours in Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela The traffic situation in Metro Manila is already bad on a normal day. Now that the holiday season has begun, it will only get worse, what with the throng of mallgoers. In recent years, mall hours start at 11 a.m. (instead of the usual 10 a.m. opening time) on weekdays during the Christmas season to support the MMDA’s efforts to ease traffic congestion (1). Supermarkets open earlier than the usual mall hours, though. The new holiday schedule is implemented from November 11, 2019 to January 10, 2020. Most shopping malls extend their operating hours (especially on Fridays and weekends leading to Christmas and New Year) to accommodate last-minute shoppers who need to buy holiday gifts and Noche Buena items. If you want to minimize the stress that comes with holiday shopping, one of the most important things to do before you head to the malls is to plan your schedule ahead. For planning your holiday shopping and celebration schedules, you can refer to this list…

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Halloween 2019: Affordable Activities to Enjoy With Family and Friends

There’s something about Halloween activities that gets everyone excited. Perhaps, it’s the joy of seeing kids in cute costumes collecting loads of sweets from a Trick or Treat. Or the once-in-a-year chance to wear your scary and fabulous #ootd in Halloween events. However, parting away with your money is the most horrific thing about Halloween. The problem for anyone with tight budgets is that many Halloween events, especially for kids, are expensive. Joining a one-day event in a hotel or high-end mall costs around PHP 2,000+, which can be a family’s budget for several days. Good thing, you can still enjoy Halloween activities with your kids or barkada without busting your budget. We’ve listed down some affordable Halloween 2019 events for children and adults. Table of ContentsKid-Friendly Halloween 2019 ActivitiesDress Up Kids in Creepy Yet Cute Costumes for Free Museum TicketsEnjoy Fun-Filled Halloween 2019 Activities for Kids and PetsExperience a Superhero vs. Villain-Themed AdventureJoin a Spooktacular Costume ContestHave Fun Wearing Matchy Halloween Outfits with Your KidsHalloween 2019 Activities for AdultsScream Your Heart Out at Haunted Manila FestivalTry an Immersive Horror House ExperienceHave a Hair-Raising Halloween Movie MarathonParty in Your Best Halloween CostumeFinal Thoughts Kid-Friendly Halloween 2019 Activities Dress Up Kids in Creepy Yet Cute Costumes for Free Museum Tickets Halloween event: Happy Halloween Costume Party Venue: Art In Island Museum, 175 15th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City Date: October 26 to 31, 2019 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Free admission for kids and students in full costumes + PHP 500 entrance fee per adult companion Activities: Costume contest, pumpkin painting contest, games, and candy…

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Top Holiday Destinations to Visit This Ber Month Season

This article was originally published on September 7, 2018 and was updated on October 2, 2019. The ber months have finally arrived! That means malls will start playing Jose Mari Chan’s greatest hits, employees will start receiving their 13th month pay, and newscasts will start their holiday countdowns. Yes, the holiday cheers aren’t hard to miss. But along with the season comes a lot of stress, especially if you’re choosing among the top holiday destinations. Baguio is on top of every Filipino’s list of holiday destinations. But in the past few years, the City of Pines has become too overcrowded—not to mention the worsening traffic situation—with the tourist season peaking from October to December. So where should you go? Whether it’s for a family reunion, bonding with friends, or just a solo trip, here are the top local and international travel destinations to consider for your next holiday vacation. Table of ContentsDomestic Holiday DestinationsSagadaCebuCagayan de OroSiargaoBalerInternational Holiday DestinationsThailandTaiwanSouth KoreaFinal Thoughts Domestic Holiday Destinations Sagada Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Baguio but still want to enjoy a chilly weather? Head over to its laid-back yet equally charming neighbor: Sagada. Sagada is the perfect holiday destination for the soul-searching solo traveler. It offers plenty of activities for anyone who wants to be one with nature. Explore the caves, rivers, and waterfalls. See the iconic hanging coffins. For thrill-seekers, go hiking in lush mountains and try rock climbing. And for coffee lovers, take a sip of Sagada’s homegrown organic coffee[1]. Of course, your Sagada trip won’t be complete without reveling in…

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Hungry? Take Note of These Buffet Promos in Metro Manila

Planning to celebrate your birthday with a feast? Or maybe you’re just hungry and craving for an eat all you can treat? You’re in luck because there are tons of buffet restaurants in Metro Manila to choose from. Whether you’re craving Korean, Italian, or Japanese cuisine, you’re sure to get your appetite satisfied with the multiple buffet choices near you. And what’s better than dining in a buffet? Paying for it at a lower price. We rounded up the top buffet restaurants in Metro Manila and the buffet promos they offer. Check them out below. Read More: Payday Promos: Early Holiday Deals for September 2019 Table of ContentsBuffet Promos in Metro Manila 2019Buffet 101Sambo KojinVikingsFinal Thoughts Buffet Promos in Metro Manila 2019 Buffet 101 Buffet 101 Buffet Bday Promo Eat for free on your birthday when you dine at any Buffet 101 branch with three (3) full paying adults. You can also avail of this promo any day of your birth month. Don’t forget to bring a government-issued ID to qualify. Buffet 101 Senior Citizen Promo Senior citizens aged 75 years old and above get to eat for free at Buffet 101. To enjoy this promo, the senior citizen must be accompanied by at least three (3) full paying adults. Promo mechanics: The senior citizen must present his/her Senior Citizen ID to avail the promo. In case that the senior citizen doesn’t have one, he/she may bring his/her birth certificate, Voter’s ID, Barangay Clearance, Police Clearance, Driver’s License, or Passport. Promo may not be used in conjunction with other in-house promotions…

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A Commuter’s Guide to LRT-1 Stations

The Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (LRT-1) is one of the major public transportation systems in the Philippines. Launched in December 1984, the line consists of 20 stations, linking the cities of Pasay, Manila, Caloocan, and Quezon City. Serving more than 800,000 passengers each day, the government is planning to extend the rail line and buy more train wagons to keep up with the growing number of commuters in Metro Manila. Discover and be familiar with LRT-1 stations to help you with your daily commute. Table of ContentsList of LRT-1 StationsBaclaranEDSALibertadGil PuyatVito CruzQuirinoPedro GilUnited Nations Central TerminalCarriedoDoroteo JoseBambangTayumanBlumentrittAbad Santos R. Papa5th AvenueMonumentoBalintawakRoosevelt Final Thoughts List of LRT-1 Stations Baclaran Baclaran is the first station of the LRT-1. Located in Pasay, the terminal sits at the center of Baclaran Market, making it one of the busiest LRT-1 stations in the metro. It is also a transportation hub serving buses from Las Pinas, Paranaque, and Muntinlupa. Nearby landmarks: Baclaran Flea Market Baclaran Redemptorist Church Coastal Mall Blue Bay Walk City of Dreams Solaire Resort and Casino EDSA Named after historian Epifanio de los Santos, EDSA is a known transfer point for commuters taking the MRT line. It is close to many provincial bus terminals such as Victory Liner and Philtranco, heading to Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon respectively. Nearby landmarks: Metropoint Mall Saver’s Square SM Mall of Asia Heritage Hotel San Juan de Dios Hospital Manila Tytana College  Read more: Are You a Commuter? Here’s Your Guide to Every MRT Station Being a Commuter or Moving Close to Work—Which One…

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8 Financial Mistakes Single People Make

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 financial mistakes along the way. 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 ContentsFinancial Mistakes by Single PeopleMistake #1: Ordering Meals EverydayMistake #2: Having Night-Outs with FriendsMistake #3: Saving Your Card Details OnlineMistake #4: Shopping on a PaydayMistake #5: Keeping Everything to YourselfMistake #6: Having a YOLO Outlook in LifeMistake #7: Doing It For the MoneyMistake #8: Believing that Love Will Fix it AllFinal Thoughts Financial Mistakes by Single People Mistake #1: Ordering Meals Everyday Takeouts 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 100 per meal from restaurants and convenience stores and you eat at least twice a day, you’ll end up spending PHP 6,000 a month. That’s a lot of dough. Imagine turning that dough into a cookie by learning how to cook meals for yourself. It’s not rocket science anyway, all you need is a little practice and a good eye for grocery shopping. You’ll end up…

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