Online businesses have been increasing in recent years. More and more people are selling their goods or services online because of the pandemic and work-from-home setup.  

Money makes the world go round. We use the money for so many reasons. And a lot of these reasons can lead us to overspend. From online shopping, eating out or splurging on expensive coffee – whatever the reason is, you need to be mindful of your spending habit.


Looking for a place to rent when you're coming from a different city thousand miles away can be difficult. Moreover, when you are in a global pandemic, finding the best apartment is downright impossible.

Aside from the fact that you cannot check out the properties physically, you're generally left speculating what neighborhood would be ideal for you and what is the prevailing and reasonable rental rates in the area.

Depending on where you want to start a new life and how much you can afford to shell out for the rent, you can get many options from the internet. All it takes is knowing what to research and how to reach out to. You should have no problem finding that perfect getaway to call home in the new city.




Filipino families love to hoard! It’s not even speculation but a fact. Your nanay, tatay, or both surely hoard some stack of things that they don’t use anymore. 

And the worst part is, they don’t throw these things, thinking that they will use them in the future. This makes it very difficult to live a minimalist lifestyle in a typical Filipino home.

It’s difficult to declutter, but it’s not impossible. Here are simple tips on how to live a minimalist lifestyle in the Philippines.



Are you planning to file for a SSS Benefit? Or you want to avail of the SSS Salary or Calamity loan?

You must enroll your bank account or e-wallet to My.SSS portal correctly so that the proceeds of your benefits or loans will be credited to your registered account without any problems or delays.

If you are a UMID-ATM cardholder, there is no need for online enrollment. SSS will automatically deposit the funds from your benefits or loan into your UMID-ATM card.


Modern technology has made our life so much easier. We are now in an era where routines are fast, safe, and convenient.

Through a device and an internet connection, we can shop, pay our bills, and order food online, in the comfort of our homes.

Amidst the health crisis, when our movements are restricted, we turn to the internet for our financial transactions and other tasks.




The pandemic changes how we do our financial transactions. Online banking and mobile wallets are essentials more than ever, in this time when we need to stay at home to avoid face-to-face interaction.

Because of the online trend, mobile wallets like the Gcash app experience a surge in usage and transactions. 

With the increase in Gcash users, over-the-counter cash-in transactions in the kiosk and other cash-in channels have increased in the same magnitude.



Avoiding charges for Gcash transaction in 7 Eleven Store


Southeast Asia and Taiwan’s leading e-commerce platform, Shopee, will treat its loyal customers to amazing deals, prizes, and a show at the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special, Shopee’s biggest TV Show to date.

With a fiesta-themed celebration, Filipinos can watch the TV special live from Araneta Coliseum, by tuning in to GMA-7 and Shopee Live on June 6, 2:00-3:30 PM.


We should appreciate the benefits of the cashless payment system now more than ever. It allows us to pay for our purchases by directly debiting our bank accounts or mobile wallets. This new payment scheme is safer and efficient, considering the health risks we are facing now because of the pandemic.


Your body deals with daily doses of toxins from the foods and drinks you ingest, the air you breathe in, the surfaces you touch and more. Most of these toxins can be filtered out through the body's natural systems, such as the kidneys and liver.



If you want to get a complete detox cleanse and clear out the rest of your body's impurities, you may need some help with special cleansing products Mega Clean and Ready Clean. These cleanses give your body a big boost in clearing out the impurities and toxins you are exposed to from pollution, germs and bacteria.




We are celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow. Time to greet our wife or our mother for their inherent strength and love. Being supermoms, they can juggle career, family, and household responsibilities like a pro.

When most of us stay home right now, our wife strives to live well, run the house smoothly and make sure the whole family is happy. They give their time and even sacrifice their well-being and happiness to make sure our kids are healthy and safe.

It is more important than ever, during these uncertain times, to show your esteem for your loved ones. So, go out and pamper the queen of the house this Mother's Day – she deserves to do it!


We have to live amidst the pandemic. We need to buy our food, go to the groceries and do all sorts of errands. But we have to observe safety precautions to avoid getting the deadly disease.

In today's fast-paced environment, there is no room for slowpokes. We maintain a hectic schedule for the week. These include attending our small café shop where we serve some meals and snacks, six days a week.



And during Sundays, we do the groceries for the next week, eat a decent meal for lunch, and take out for dinner.

So, you may think, we are not health-conscious because we can't even squeeze everything we should accomplish given the limited time. Think again.

 


When I was in the corporate world many years ago, dressing up is a must. I would spend hours on a meeting with my boss or the whole afternoon with colleagues discussing a future project. I cannot afford to look bad in front of them.

They say that how you project your professional business look reflects how much you care for your career. That is very true. Your clothes show how your colleagues and subordinates would respect you.


How you keep your car says a lot about you. Therefore, regular car cleaning is essential.

For someone who is always on the go, I reserve my Sundays to clean my car personally. I also allot one Sunday every month to visit my favorite car wash station for the car’s regular detailing session.

Do you want to know my secrets in keeping a spic and span family car?


The pandemic causes significant changes in consumer shopping behavior. Brands increase their marketing efforts to expand their e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, South-East Asia's leading e-commerce platform, and Taiwan. 



With the spread of digital transformation among online shoppers, three brands share how they remain a top-of-the-art player in the digital space by supporting Shopee's ecosystem.


The passage of RA No. 11534, or the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act, was a welcome news to small business owners and freelancers struggling to survive in the worst global economic disaster. 

The new law changed the Percentage Tax rate from 3% to 1% on gross sales of goods or services for non-VAT registered businesses.


One of the challenges of parenthood is letting your children go and find their places under the sun. Most parents would agree that it is not easy to allow our children to go abroad, work for a company and live alone in a foreign land, thousands of miles away.

 

However, our children will not be with us forever. Soon, they will be on their own. They will have their own families, raise children, and experience what life truly is.

 

And so, we left with no choice but to let them live their lives away from our prying eyes.



 

Of course, we will not entirely be out of the picture. Our children need our love, guidance in their plans and projects, and encouragement and support in their achievements.

 

Recently, one of my daughters called to confide in her plan of buying a house and lot as an investment. She is still very much single, but I admire her entrepreneurial character.

 

She told us that she wants her savings to go to something that could double up in the next three to five years.

 

I told her, why not invest in real estate? Your hard-earned money will surely earn double in just a few years. And with the dismal state of our economy now due to the current situation, prices of real properties and construction materials are going low.

 

And so, I looked around for affordable housing projects. One of those I found was Lumina Homes.



Do you need to go out to buy house essentials regularly? For small business owners like us, regular grocery visit is required to replenish our inventory and supplies. Otherwise, we would end up getting a lot of dissatisfied customers due to unserved orders.

We buy our groceries and supplies in Bacolod shopping malls. Visitors entering a mall are required to scan the QR code of their Bac Trac ID with that of the mall’s Covid Contact Tracing System (CCTS) Logger.

The Bac Trac ID works like a digital logbook, which records the date and time of your visit to public places such as the mall or restaurants. This high-tech monitoring system makes it easy for the local government to locate people suspected of having contact with someone who is COVID 19 positive.






Use ShopeePay from March 22 to 25 to discover all the perks of going cashless



ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, invites Filipinos to go cashless at the 4.4 ShopeePay Cashless Festival. This is the second iteration of Shopee’s Cashless Festival, which had its successful inaugural launch last February. From March 22 to 25, users who shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay get to enjoy exclusive rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, and cashback.

Until March 25, ShopeePay users can enjoy the following perks:

This Fire Prevention Month, learn how to prepare your family and keep them safe to avoid disaster from striking.


Did you know that an average of 42 fire incidents occurs in the Philippines daily? This amounts to around ₱4.65 billion worth of damage every year. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection, the top causes of fire outbreaks in the Philippines are faulty electrical connections, lighted cigarette butts, and open flames.



Since most of us are staying home with our families during this time, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our haven and sanctuary remains free from such health hazards. This Fire Prevention Month, educate yourself and your family on fire safety measures. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Payday is right around the corner, and you know what that means—time to finally treat yourself. After hustling every day and carrying through the long daily grind, an occasional splurge is surely justifiable. You’ve worked hard and you should reap the benefits. 


                                       Ready for something A-wesome?

SAMSUNG to unveil the new Galaxy A-series during the Awesome Unpacked
event on March 17


Through the years, SAMSUNG continues to introduce new innovations for every consumer.

For the passionate youth, the Galaxy A-series offers a wide array of features to support their wants and needs.
The new stay-at-home lifestyle has encouraged many to explore their passion and their creativity. Some turned to content creation, while others enjoyed watching more movies and TV shows. Smartphones became the tool for self-expression on top of their role to aid with work and personal connections.

Samsung is making this lifestyle more epic with the Galaxy S21 Series 5G. The new line of smartphones is filled with new and improved features perfect for creating ordinary moments and unforgettable experiences.



Make everyday more epic with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series 5G. Here are seven reasons why it should be everyone’s next smartphone:

As more Filipinos turn to online platforms for their daily needs, the e-commerce industry continues to take on a greater significance in people’s lives. With the rapid growth of the business sector, there is also an increasing demand for tech talents in the country and globally.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine internet economy will be worth 28 Billion US dollars by 2025, highlighting the need for the right talent to push this growth forward.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, nurtures and prepares students and professionals for e-commerce through its various tech training and e-commerce apprenticeship programs, such as the Shopee Global Leaders Program (GLP).

The Shopee Global Leaders Program, launched in 2018, is a 2-year graduate program consisting of four 6-month local and overseas rotations designed for highly enthusiastic and ambitious young Filipino talents.

GOMO changes the game in connectivity.  Brings no-expiry and unlimited data deals for an awesome connectivity experience 

Staying connected has been pretty high on our list of priorities nowadays. Most of us have shifted a lot of our work and play online. We now pay our bills, do shopping, and work from home, among many other activities.

Given our current situation, we saw the power of connectivity to navigate the next normal. And we continuously see the growing dependence of Filipinos on this. This is what GOMO, the latest fully digital brand in the country, is all about.


All of us are adapting to the new normal. The extended lockdown in the country allowed private and public businesses to innovate to serve their customers continuously.

Recently, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) launched its online TIN verification channel.

The pandemic has made us health-conscious. Keeping healthy is not only about social distancing and frequent handwashing. But it is also about keeping the household clean, especially the ones we stay longer when we are at home.

 

Don’t you know that we spend an average of six hours of sleep, and that means spending the same hours lying on our bed? While dreaming the birds and the bees or merely lounging, dust, dead skin, sweat, and other debris may cling on the bed mattress, which could cause allergies and skin problems. 



 Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, is set to open its first store in Butuan City on March 26, 2021. Situated at the ground floor of SM City Butuan, along JC Aquino Avenue.


The opening of the store marks the brand’s commitment to provide affordable, stylish, and functional essentials to more locals, in helping them with their everyday clothing lifestyle needs.

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, launches the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival this February 22-25.

Users who shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay can enjoy exclusive perks and rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, load discounts, cashback, and more.



UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces the launch of the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of LifeWear magazine in March 2021. 

First published in August 2019, LifeWear magazine is a free magazine that conveys the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of making the everyday lives of people richer and more comfortable. 

The theme of Issue 04 is “Find Your Healthy” and reflects the belief that leading a healthy life is the first step to creating a brighter future. With that thought in mind, this latest issue is filled with hints for living your best life in the new season.


The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the Provincial Government of Bohol's efforts in setting up this year's annual Ubi Festival under the new normal.

Running until February 24, the festival, which has been celebrated since year 2000, is proof of the Boholanos’ love for Ubi or purple yam. The root crop was revered as a “savior crop” as its discovery led to the alleviation of hunger in the province during pre-Hispanic times. Now, it has become a staple food for Boholanos because of its taste, long shelf-life, and the many food varieties that can be made from it.

The trade fair, which runs this February 19-21, is part of Shopee and DTI’s joint efforts to promote and support local businesses

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches #TatakPinoy, a virtual trade fair geared towards supporting homegrown Filipino brands and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).


Grab, the Philippines’ leading super app is excited to announce that it will be working with one of the Philippines’ most popular and influential celebrities, Sarah Geronimo - as its brand ambassador. 



Known for her strong sense of practicality, Sarah and Grab Philippines will work on a series of campaigns and initiatives to delight and bring everyday value to Filipinos nationwide.



Users can experience a new level of value and engagement via Shopee Loyalty, with rewards including vouchers and exclusive deals to be unlocked every month.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is officially launching Shopee Loyalty, a brand new in-app program that delivers a more rewarding shopping experience for users. 


Looking for new love or need love advice? Let the Queen of all Media and Shopee brand ambassador Kris Aquino help you!

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites all Filipinos to join its in-app Valentine’s Day festivities starting today until February 14.



Many things have changed during the new normal but what stayed the same is the desire to connect and share online.

People spend more time on social media - from enticing cooking videos to short and hilarious skits. Samsung can help more Filipinos become content creators with the newly-launched Galaxy S21 and S21+ 5G, which help turn everyday moments more epic.



The COVID-19 pandemic did not prove to be a barrier to excellence in this year’s submissions to the Asia Young Designer Awards 2020 (AYDA2020) competition

If anything, it may have even helped the students in coming up with innovative and empathic designs.


Skip the long lines and throw those tax forms when filing and paying your taxes. 

The Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) new electronic payment system accepts tax returns' online filing and payment.



 

You can pay your tax due through any of the Authorized Agent Banks' (AABs) internet banking system and other payment centers authorized by BIR to receive tax payment.



 

So, check out which among the following electronic payment options are available to you and enjoy the convenience of complying with your tax requirements using one of the online platforms.




The Philippines experiences one of the strongest monsoon seasons all over the world. When worse comes to worst, strong rains and super typhoons hit the country and cause damage to our livelihood.

This setting is no news for Filipinos. As this happens annually, you should know the best maintenance for your home. If you’re a first-time homeowner, here are home maintenance you should do before the rainy day hits.






 

Single? Pamper yourself this Valentine's Day with these self-care products

Practice self-love by indulging in a little retail therapy with Shopee’s Valentine’s Day Sale!



Who says you need a significant other to enjoy Valentine’s Day? What used to be an occasion meant only for couples is now a celebration for all kinds of love—including self-love. After all, self-love might just be the most important kind of love to find.

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone this year, embrace your independence. There’s nothing more empowering than loving and finding joy in your own company. Take it easy, treat yourself, and enjoy up to 90% off on these self-care products during Shopee's Valentine's Day sale!


With more time spent inside the home nowadays, maintaining clean and orderly home spaces have become important. Most everyday activities are now done indoors, such as exercising and working. Having piles of dirty clothes or a cluttered kitchen while on work or play can be distracting.

Additionally, hectic work-from-home schedules usually take time away from doing chores. By upgrading to more useful and trusted home appliances, however, maintaining cleanliness can be done efficiently. 

Achieve a house in perfect order with a few changes featuring some innovative appliances from Samsung Digital Appliances.


Income earners in the Philippines, whether individual or corporation, are required to pay income taxes to the government. Taxes provide funds for the government to be able to finance its projects and programs.

There are different types of taxes that you need to file and pay, depending on the nature of your income. Of course, some income earners are exempt from filing and paying their income taxes.

The preparation of the income tax form is confusing, especially for first-time filers. You need to be familiar with some technical terms for you to fill-up the form correctly.

Processing your taxes can be dreadful and inconvenient, more so if you are doing it manually. Plus, because of the risk of COVID 19 infection, it is risky now going to your assigned Revenue District Office (RDO) or the Authorized Agent-Bank (AAB) to facilitate your tax transaction.

Thankfully, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is one of the government agencies that is continuously improving its services by going paperless thru digital technology.

Tax compliance is now a breeze. Instead of enduring the long queue in the RDO or the bank, you can stay within the comfort of your homes and pay your taxes using your bank cards or mobile wallet.

What are the online channels available for taxpayers?


Cleanway Environmental Management Solutions, Inc. (CEMSI) North Plant has been awarded ISO 45001:2018 certification in recognition of its occupational health and safety management.


UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces that its UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) brand will launch a collaboration collection with Musée du Louvre on February 8th. 

This commemorative first series is part of a partnership between UNIQLO and the Louvre that will begin from 2021. This collection, which expresses historical masterpieces such as Mona Lisa through the unique interpretations of UT, is refined LifeWear based on the shared desire of UNIQLO and the Louvre to color life through art.


Tune in to GMA’s Tutok to Win this February 2 to win plenty of cash giveaways, score flash deals, and catch your favorite celebs!

Future LifeWear essentials, designed with the highest precision and in pursuit of a simplified, modern wardrobe. 



Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his team in Paris reimagine everyday clothing using innovative materials and contemporary silhouettes. 

The Spring/Summer 2021 collection is the 10th collaboration between Christophe and UNIQLO, representing an evolution by pairing subtlety and comfort with the Uniqlo U signature neutral tones and classic looks. 


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