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Did You Know You Are Losing Four Days Every Month, Here’s Why

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Filipino motorists, apparently, spend over a thousand minutes each week on making decisions alone. At least that’s what a recent study reveals. 

We might not notice it but if we look at the bigger picture, we dedicate a large part of our lives unknowingly just to scratch our head stressing over life’s small unnecessary details.

A nationwide study by Shell publicized that Filipinos make over 30 conscious decisions each day that could have been dedicated to more important things like spending time with family, reaching organizational goals in your career, finding ways to expand your business, and laughing out loud with friends. As a firm that aims to make their customers’ lives easier, they are currently looking into ways in providing more value through introducing products that we can rely on.



With a lot of pressures about modern city living, our evolving needs have been the top priority of today’s top service and product providers.


We should be conscious even in our small actions from n…

How Real Hero Dogs Make Pinoy Brand Successful By Tugging Hearts #AwesomeBrand

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I was blessed to have grown up in a home where pets would run wild and free. Dogs could be very helpful in making childhood better and it surely did a lot of awesomeness for me. They are indeed very loyal and we should be thanking God for being blessed with such creatures whose sole purpose in life was serve and love us.

Here is a great ad created by Campaigns and Grey Makati honoring what could be one of the most underrated films of all time starring Richard Gere and was, on interesting note, based by a true story in Japan, Hachiko. I could remember watching this with my family one silent night and you could just laugh out loud how we would hide our tears from time to time, and by the end of it all, our eyes were so sore it would seem we just survived a street riot that ended with painful teargas explosions.

I could still remember how our Golden Retreiver-ish dog Cyber used to sit beside me in our front porch after a long school day and then his happiness would rub off on me. Man, I …

Thoughts from a Mega Banker: Financial Skills For Fellow 20-ish Pinoy Yuppies

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I may have financial successes and failures at different points in my life but if there is anything I am proud of, it is that I have stuck with my plans even through privations.

I am living frugally now because I have a lot of responsibilities to pay. I’m currently paying off equities for a pre-sold home (at age 23!), mobile data plan, premiums for a life insurance, premiums for a funeral plan (I know right?), saving for future plans (which I am not able to do yet) like finishing my postgraduate studies or travelling and investments like funding my stocks and mutual funds through Citiseconline and FAMI Equity accounts respectively.

I didn't need to wait until I reach the pinnacle of my career years to educate myself towards financial independence. I take it upon myself to learn about personal finance as early as I can even if I am still a rank-and-file employee. Ignorance is the biggest cost we pay, so we have the responsibility to continually educate ourselves in order to prosper…

Finance Tips for Young Filipinos from a Young Mega Banker

I currently work for North America’s largest mega bank and there is so much we can learn about finance from our developed counterparts. Fear is another concern among us Filipinos young and old alike. But if there is something we have proven the world, it is that we rise significantly from almost anything.

It has been a generally accepted fact the Filipinos loath risk, meaning we tend to dodge risks especially in investing and how we view entrepreneurship. One evidence of which is our huge money in Savings accounts. 

“BSP numbers pegs bank accounts (Savings, Checking & Time Deposits) at about P5 trillion while Special Deposit Accounts (SDA) at approximately P1.5 trillion.”  - MoneySense Philippines - A big lump of the money of the Pinoys is not actually being put in investment vehicles and is not reaching their full potential. While bank accounts are really safe, their earnings are waaaaay below price increases rates on commodities (inflation) which means for every year we keep money…

Squisito Dining Experience at an Italian Kitchen in Nuvali

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I was glad to have spent my weekend last week at a great new township in Laguna, just a few hours drive from home in Taguig City via the picturesque South Luzon Expressway; and with it comes our usual gastronomic pampering from the week that was.

Kuya Jokit and Ate Thesz brought the whole family over Nuvali Sta. Rosa to eat and attend the Holy Mass. We stumbled across this great homely pizza place who boasts of their Italian cuisine. The ambiance and scent of the place really transports you to a whole new level of 'prelibato' dining that is family-friendly and customer-centric service. Crunchy 'squisito' crust pizzas, Cheesy mac and cheese are to die for. Check out these snaps and hope you could invite us over for an afternoon so we can breathe Italy once more while staying just right here in Manila.





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Selfies at Awesome Overlooked BGC Art Masterpieces

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Taguig is nothing like what you see in indie films, documentaries and news reports you see on TV featuring Metro Manila. It brandishes the best places to live, work and play in the country today. 

Living costs are worth it since you really can’t put a price on security, convenience and artful stylish living that can make use of your creative frugal skills. In fact, business districts here are comparable to Venice and New York. Worth moving out into, I must say. Like any beautiful places, it is dotted with great art installations that sadly doesn't get the attention they deserve.

"Kasaysayan Bawat Oras Art Piece." There are beautiful art installations from where I work, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). It is made of reinforced brass sheet and cement and after searching online found out that it is actually a "sundial-slash-educational playground." This sundial, which is actually a functional time guide, serves as a "metaphor for Philippine history" and th…

Road to Finals: Elite runners win 38th National @MiloPH Marathon

Elite runners Rene Herrera and Lany Cardona set a swift pace for the 21-K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Dagupan City. Each received a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 7 for their respective victories.

Out of more than 10,000 runners, 48 qualified for the National Finals in this leg. As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country’s premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the Tokyo Marathon in 2015.

35-year-old Herrera led the pack, clocking in a time of 01:12:36. Robino Javier followed close behind, finishing at 01:15:59, and Ronnie Rosete placed third 01:19:37. Herrera, who hails from Guimaras, is a member of the Philippine Navy and a five time SEA Games gold medalist. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

“I have joined the MILO marathon since 1995, and this year, the race is part of my traini…

Marvelous Movenpick Fantastic Friends #summer

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When in Cebu and is still trying to scour through last minute summer escapades with family or friends, then you may want to check out one of the cutest hotel around. Modern chic furniture against bright inviting color schemes makes Movenpick Hotel Mactan one of the best vacation spots complete with a beautiful small beachline, well-kept green open spaces and pools to die for. Almost quite literally.

Did I mention that they glow at night giving you that out-of-this-world experience as we did when we watched the Avatar 3D? They have a little waterfall that leads to the beach too. The rooms where spacious and sterile enough to accommodate all our mischief. The beds, ah, make you sleep to coma.

We thank the Movenpick Hotel Mactan staff for responding into every request we had and to lovable Melcah who all brought us there.

Enough chit chat, indulge in some snaps.

Thanks to my baby bro Kevin and Lloydie for the photo shoot!















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Moving To A Greater City

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The short trip here in Manila with my siblings a few weeks ago was the precursor to the series of events that followed and the dreams that formed. I never said goodbye to anyone. Well, except for my family and my lola. There is something about goodbyes that just isn't me. I'm more of a 'see you soon' type of person. Maybe it is my defense mechanism as I've lost a lot of people in the past, but still, I just don't do well with emotions.



After being scheduled for a work interview, I just thought of packing my bags immediately and contacted my cousins if I could live with them. I could never be more thankful to God for blessing me a wonderful family here. For the first time in my life, I am in a place where love and respect is just overflowing.



I have prepared my whole life for the hardships of living here and I'm the one who actually goes out to make it happen when I decide to do something. People were shocked. Even I was shocked. But then there is nothing mo…

That Eye-Candy Wonderland Waterpark

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We had the luxury of celebrating Miggy's birthday at one of the most critically-acclaimed resorts in Mactan, Cebu, thanks to my sister. Formerly known as Imperial Palace, JPark boasts of world-class resort facilities, the best of Filipino hospitality and service that after a great weekend, I would rate our family's experience close to excellent! We were treated like royals as the brand promises that I'd dare say that they should give their people a raise.

JPark's location is extremely accessible from the airport and is situated by the beach for open sea lovers but family-friendly enough as they boast of a vast waterpark estate with six eye-candy wonderland pools designed to make fun a loving priority all in different themes each. From the wide range of amazing well-kept pools, you can lounge in your floaters by the lazy river, sip a chilled drink at the submerged pool bar, scream your way down the long winding tubes of their awesome death-defying towers of waterslides …