Category Archives: Tips and Savings

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.

Savings Using Household Vinegar

Most potent Vinegar
Most potent Vinegar

I found this video and since saving money and planet earth is close to our hearts, I want to share this video with you. We’ll be posting more videos like this so you know what kitchen items we can use to save money and does the same work that other costly chemical-based products are doing for us.

Except for the anti-freeze tip, which is irrelevant to our country’s current climate,  enjoy this 9 other uses of Vinegar and share it to your friends who are either pro-environment or pro-money-saving tips. Melissa Maker hosts this video. Enjoy!

So the next time you’re in the Supermarket, you can always be comforted to know that buying a lot of Vinegar is to your advantage because it’s widely used for so many things. We recommend Datu Puti White Vinegar for the purposes she demonstrated here.

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.



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.

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Epson Having Problems With Ink Supply?

Does any body here own an EPSON printer?

Do you own an EPSON TX110 printer model?

Did you know that with this EPSON 3-in-1 printer model you can use two types of printer inks for this printer model so it can help you with your budget?

FC Epson Ink Cartridges 91N CyanDid you know that EPSON discontinued selling 91N ink cartridges, the one that is more affordable?

Did you notice that after two years the EPSON ink cartridges you buy for so much seems to produce so little now than they used to, producing lesser outputs than they used to when they introduced it?

Did you know that the EPSON printer won’t work if one (out of four cartridges) cartridge is missing?

Did you know that the remaining ink cartridge model 73N Black Ink is not available in popular stores like Silicon Valley and other stores in Metro Manila malls for about two months now we’re told?

No black ink, no work done.
No black ink, no work done.

Did you know that the missing Black Ink will make my printer obsolete and even dry up the other ink cartridges left in the storage and therefore kill my investment in this printer they’re selling?

What’s up EPSON? Where’s my black ink?

You know what you built so how come you’re not selling black inks any more for TX110 Epson model?

Are you an EPSON user?

Do you have the same experience?

Post down below and share us your sentiments.

Two Opportunities Out of Cebu Pacific Air’s Crisis

Though I totally sympathize with Cebu Pacific and what happened to it over the controversy involving an ailing kid and his passport, I really felt bad for Mr. Mark Rotanel. I hope he still has a job.

Mr. Rotanel, Victim too?
Mr. Rotanel, Victim too?

Far from it, I’m not absolving him of his responsibilities but I hope the following will improve — not just the subject’s — customer service but how to best avoid crisis like this in the future. What happened to Cebu Pacific? Let’s analyze it.

Ailing kid, bad passport, life and death situation, pleading mom, and an employee that is just doing his job. What to do?

The idea that one is employed, holding a frontline-‘supervisor’ position for a company in the airport, and taking care of a customer service job is enough for me to inquire both sides of the aisle (no pun) and ask the employee and the airliner’s HR department these areas of their job: (a) Their training and (b) Their capabilities? So read my post in addressing the two sides of the aisle of the company and we’ll conclude after.

Their Training
If Mr. Rotanel is fully trained then he should be able to handle himself and understand what the issue is at hand. The passport is not to his liking and he has good reasons why he is rejecting the boy’s entry. Was he trained like any other airport personnel, able to handle strenuous situation like that? Was he trained to call his supervisor who can handle the situation better? Was his supervisor open enough to help his people handle crisis like this?

FC Starbucks logoStarbucks rarely advertises on newspapers and my former boss informed every staff he has the it was the retailer coffee beverage’s duty to understand, by heart, what it means to serve the customer. This message was turned into regular workshops, tests, and exams for its employees, making it cheaper for the company to handle operations and prevent losses through unhappy customers and more. With its regular appraisal events, it needs little budget to advertise because they know that when they handled customers well, it will create a buzz and therefore help the company more.

Their Capabilities.
Was he fully capable? Was Mr. Rotanel feeling well that time? I’m sure he was looking for the safety and security of the concerned passenger but was he prepared to handle that type of crisis situation? Why did he have a fit? How did he get that position at the counter in the manner he displayed that fateful evening? So many questions but I would surmise that I think he is fit for that duty and something else triggered in why he did what he did. Could he be in a crisis himself?

I’m no HR manager but what I do know is that people have their moods — customer or employee — and it is important for any company to make sure that their people are well, loved, and supported. I remember John Maxwell and he said in one of his seminars, “Hurting People Hurt People” and though he may not have used abusive words, the way he treated Cebu Pacific’s Customer is telling: they’re not people but numbers and digits and not people with feelings. Is Mr. Rotanel hurting? If he is then there should be a system that every employee should follow so that if crisis happens then they are physically, psychologically, emotionally, and perhaps, spiritually supported.

I have cited questions, suggestions, and probabilities as to why things like this happened and how CebuPacAir can improve their services and how the employee should be always fit to serve. I want to be wrong — I always say, however,  I always want to err on the right when it comes to taking care of customers. At the end of the day, you want the customers to talk about you and their relationship with you. In the age of Social Media, you always want people to talk good about you and you should make them talk not just because of how good your deal was but how you have a balance of good product and best customer service. In the end, businesses will earn best dividends and cash in a windfall of trust and repeat businesses.

I wish Cebu Pacific well and I hope that as they learned their lesson, other companies will follow suit in doing what Mr. Schultz (Starbucks CEO) led his company to do and look forward to a better service to every Filipino consumer. It’s a win-win situation.

As for the airlines, let’s not judge Cebu Pacific nor the employee. Whatever took place — for sure — no one wants. What we should do right now is to improve our way of thinking in caring not just for customers but for employees as well.

Cebu Pacific Air Recognition and Awards

Cebu Pacific Air Stories about the news

Post of Cebu Pacific Air

Last Cebu Pacific Incident
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Picture of Cebu Pacific – thank you!