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Today’s Phones and Plans for Filipinos

Talk is Cheap and I mean that figuratively and literally.

Stay connected all-day  for just 5 pesos with Smart's Piso App
Stay connected all-day for just 5 pesos with Smart’s Piso App

Did you know you can surf the internet now for as low as 1 peso? That’s five hours of web surfing time that translates to PhP5.00 worth of online access per day! That’s what SMART Prepaid is offering and what about Globe Prepaid?  It too has its own special rate for its die-hard followers: PhP50 for one day unlimited internet surfing — even when you’re also on a Postpaid Plan! So why are you still talking on the phone when you can use Viber, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Line to do all the for free!

Here are fun things you can do on the web surfing in ‘casual mode’:
1. Check out friends’ status on Facebook
2. Find out the latest NBA or Showbiz news  on Twitter
3. Scan your email inbox for great offers
4. Watch the latest videos on Vimeo and YouTube
5. Take a selfie on your Instagram account

With unlimited access on the web, we haven’t mentioned that it’s a great tool to search for answers on assignments and homeworks you’re finishing while reading up on the latest news on Yahoo! and/or on

Quality Smartphones for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into
Quality Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (whatever that means!) for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into

Smartphones are more affordable than ever before. We have at least four small Android OS operated phone-players raking it big in the mobile scene with Cherry Mobile picking up huge swaths of the curious market and where Starmobile, O+, and myPhone are all but cashing in to the growing market yearning to be connected on the Internet.

Filipinos are more and more beginning to ask: Why stay offline and miss all the fun? Why pass up the latest buzz and trends on the Internet where people converge from different backgrounds; Where businesses continue to engage customers and build relationships with old and new followers like never before, and where news never gets old and gets re-tweeted, re-posted, and becomes insanely viral creating more memes and other graphic tales so to speak.

Toy Kingdom Branches

Enjoy Toy Kingdom and all the great toys they offer. Make sure though their nasty sales representatives won’t dampen your shopping experience.

Do your own research and shut them up with candid but in a kind manner regarding their treacherous words that can demean the value of your purchase inside this good store.

Toy Kingdom is also found in almost all SM Malls and SM Stores in The Philippines.

3rd Level SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway and C5 Road cor. 26th Ave. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00pm
Tel. # :  (02) 808-4129

Upper Ground Floor, SM City Fairview, Quirino Highway corner Regalado Avenue, Largo, Quezon City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(2) 935-0745

3rd Floor Reina Regente St. Corner Dela Reina St. Brgy. 293 Zone 28, Binondo, Manila
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

3rd Floor, SM Makati Annex Bldg., SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(2) 892-0843

2nd Floor Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Bay Blvd., Brgy. 076, Pasay City, Philippines
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. # : (02) 556-0433

Lower Ground Floor Bldg. A, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Phils. (in-front of SM Foodcourt)
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (02) 636-1822

3rd Floor The Block, SM City North Edsa, cor. North Avenue Bagong Pag-Asa, D-1 Quezon City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(2) 442-0097

3rd Floor The Podium, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Complex, Mandaluyong City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(2) 637-1880

2nd Level, West Wing, SM Southmall Bldg.,Real St., Almanza I, Las Pinas City (in front of SM Foodcourt)
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. #: (02) 806-6249

2nd Floor, V-Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila, Phils
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (02) 726-0103


UGF SM City Bacoor, Aguinaldo Highway, Habay 2, Bacoor, Cavite, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(046) 417-7028

2nd Floor SM City Baguio, Luneta Hill Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Benguet, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(74) 619-7701

GF SM Batangas, Pastor Village, Brgy. Pallocan, West, Batangas City, Batangas, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday:10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. #: (043) 724-8843

2nd Floor SM City Lucena, Dalahican Road corner Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City, Quezon, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(042) 710-4903

2nd Floor SM City Marilao, KM 21 Mc Arthur Highway, Brgy. Ibayo, Marilao, Bulacan, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday-Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00 pm
Tel. # : (63)(044) 933-0126

Ground Floor, SM City Pampanga Annex Bldg. 2,Brgy. San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(045) 961-2537


GF Bldg B North Wing, SM City Bacolod, Rizal St. Reclamation Area, Bacolod City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (034) 435-5752

3rd Floor, SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Cebu, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(032) 232-5732

Lower Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo, Benigno Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(033) 320-7725

2nd Floor SM City Cagayan de Oro, Masterson Avenue corner Gran Via St., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Cagayan de Oro, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(088) 859-1399

2nd Floor SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd. corner Tulip Drive, Ecoland Subdivision, Davao City, Davao, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(082) 299-1315

2nd Floor, San Miguel St., General Santos City, Philippines, General Santos City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

2nd Floor, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Brgy. Lanang, Davao City.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

For more reference, visit Toy Kingdom’s Store locator here.



Beautiful Toy Kingdom, Ugly Sales Tactics

Will do all they can to make a sale and they're making a 'killing'
Will do all they can to make a sale and they’re making a ‘killing’

This example is not like what I experienced because this video is not Toy Kingdom, however,  having seen this post on Facebook proves what sales representatives are doing nowadays to make that sale no matter what — even to the detriment of the customer — they will continue doing it and it should stop.

This is my story and it happened in Toy Kingdom.

It was Wednesday, 28th May when I ventured in SM Megamall’s Toy Kingdom in Building A or the one that is right across the Fastfood Area at the basement level.

Holding a PhP300 toy train for my eldest son, a salesman for a competing brand came up to me and blurted out, “Sir! Pangit yan.” referring to the toy I was holding. “Wala yan sir. Walang kuwenta yan.” (That toy has no value, sir. It doesn’t amount to any thing.)


The toy I’m holding has no value and the impression he gave me is that I don’t — in effect — value my son’s happiness because of a 300 peso toy train. What a father am I huh?

I obliged to see what wants to show me and showed this colorful toy train that is structured like a roller coaster. Nice indeed but it’s not within my budget but now how can I go back to the train I still want to give my son that he already labeled, “Walang kuwenta!” I’m almost embarrassed to move or to even pick up the box I want.

I ended up leaving the store without the toy for my kid.

Toy Kingdom Megamall is beautiful but the sales tactics of representatives who want to make a sale…boy, that’s UGLY! Change that please.

I don’t mean to single out Toy Kingdom because you can see from the video that this kind of up-selling strategy is demeaning and provocative that will not bring out the value of what they’re selling.

Credits for the photos:

Don’t be Late, More Points From Super 8!

FC Super 8 Rebate PointsPlanning your grocery shopping this week? Read this and think about what you will get back in return.

Super 8 has given loyal shoppers like me the best way to amass points from their Super 8 Rewards Card.  Like most rewards cards that offer point system based on every “X” amount of purchases, Super 8 has innovated a system that will just make me buy more items from their store.

Through cumulative purchases, a shopper can get as much as 30,000 points (1 point = PhP1.00) that can be used to shop in other stores. Other cumulative point systems isn’t as rewarding as their promo that has been running since April.

I run a convenience store and with frequent purchases I make, the rewards I get at the end of a month is equal to additional capital I need to make more item purchases that my loyal store customer needs.

I’m sharing this information because other stores will make you do other stuff like fill out a form or even redeem certificates that seem like they really do not want to give. Come check out Super 8 and tell them where you got your news because Filipino Consumers like you who read our blogs deserve more cost-saving measures like this.

Have fun shopping!

Looking for Super 8 stores in your neighborhood? Find them fast here!

BPI Brings Back Deposit Machines

Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)
Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)

BPI has been upgrading its services. I love their queuing machine that jots the account numbers and speeds up transactions of people making deposits and withdrawals. I also found out last night, while watching ANC on Cable, BPI is busy installing new machines its near 900 ATM locations where people can update their accounts with deposits. It’s called Express Deposit Machines or EDMs. Its clients can deposit their payments without the hassle of using envelopes to transact and credit their accounts with cash. The machine can handle up to 99 pieces of peso bills and it scans it with a technology that is at par with world’s standards.

Other banks are noisy with creating bigger hedges to project their stability and service image trying to attract more businesses but BPI is busy harboring technology and listening to customers on what their needs are and they are slowly improving each and every facet so customers would delight in banking and use this to attract more investors.

Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best
Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best

BPI says that they have installed over 450 EDMs concentrating their efforts in business hubs like Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. They will have more than 500 EDMs installed by the end of 2014 trying to complete their work perhaps in two years time. Locate your nearest EDMs here.

Downside: Customers who deposit bills that are vandalized: written on, ripped, or are too dilapidated will not be accepted and ‘spitted’ from the machine. This shows that we need to reject any bills that are taped on with ‘scotch tape’, stapled on, or drawn on with pens.

Photo Credits:

Fashion with Passion: DTI’s Indigenous Fair

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Sikat Pinoy National Fashion Fair in SM Megatrade Hall offered new treats I want to share. The exhibit promoted fashionable accessories, some garments, and the rest are indigenous food items from different parts of the Philippines. Taking up three halls of Megatrade, which is quite big, I managed to see all there is and we have few favorites.

Joy Gems

Handcrafted jewelry from Bicol. Their pieces are made of brass and stones that are all beautifully made with unique and limited designs. Peewee Benitez and his mom made the jewelry themselves. I can see the heart they put in each of the item they made. Such a talent.

The Lovehand Krafted Shop

I like how a simple ‘bayong’ turned into a cute and shabby chic look. Katherine hand painted them herself. She also does quilling out of buri in pretty bright colors.

Andrea’s Paper Beads

Beads made of glass, plastic, fabric, and pearls are surely nice when put together in a distinct design. But a bead made of paper to make a nice jewelry is just lovely and elegant.

Filipino Consumer


Do you remember those photo booths you see in parties like weddings, debuts, or corporate events? Now Philpost has done something like that, but better. For PhP250, you can have your personalized stamps with your picture on it. So when you send snail mail to family and friends abroad, they will see your personalized stamps. I like how the traditional mailing system comes up with a twist like this.

Filipino Consumer

DTI Representative from Baguio
DTI Representative from Baguio

If you want to see more of the Philippine products, go now to Megatrade and catch them today on their last day of exhibit.

Instagram Sneakers Coming Soon?

Instagram fans would love this new product. Adidas teased its worldwide fans with an Instagram post telling followers to watch out for its new product release. “ARE YOU READY?” asked the post, “Take the #zxflux to the next level with the ultra innovative photo print app from #miadidas. Print your favourite photos straight on to one of 2014’s hottest silhouettes and make a statement on your sneakers like never before. Rolling out on iPhone and Android from August 2014. The possibilities are limitless,”

So far no other details were reported but the ZX Flux is quite getting the buzz right now when Filipinos dominated the news early this year named as the ‘Selfie Capital of the World’.

Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers
Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers

Would you like to see you and your friends picture on a pair of sneakers? Now it is possible courtesy of miadidas (What is?). More news later but for sure this new feature will be released in United States and Europe where the sneaker company has the biggest following worldwide.