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:
migsmobile.net
mybpimag.com
halohalo22o.blogspot.com

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

 Philpost

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.

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.

12 Notable Facts: EU, USFAA’s Actions to PH

Yes, The Philippines Can! Headlining in my head knowing the sheer benefits my constituents will reap out of these upgrades our aviation industry agency and airlines  received over the week — and just before the Holy Week.

To know what these upgrade means, we scoured the web and found eight noteworthy facts that will paint a picture of our aviation industry and what it means for our tourism and our economy as a whole.

FC US-EU picture
Hardwork, shining through. We just need consistency.
  1. Higher and much competitive salaries for immensely technical staff of PAL and CebuPac
  2. Philippines, as a country, is still partially black-listed in EU since we still have ZestAir and SEAir as air carriers in the country
  3. Cebu Pacific was taken out of the ban along with Air Astana, Swaziland’s national air carrier
  4. There are twenty countries banned in EU, fourteen from Africa and six in Asia – Philippines and Swaziland still included because we still have registered air carriers that were not cleared by EU
  5. To lift the whole nation from the ban, the European Commission will also begin the process of assessing Philippine aviation including internal aviation later this year with the prospect of lifting the ban on Philippine aviation as a whole.
  6. Cebu Pacific acquired Tiger Airways Philippines in February 2014 and is just awaiting Congress’ and SEC’s approval of the said deal — Cebu Pacific currently operates over 2,200 flights per week with 49 aircraft to 24 international and 33 Philippine cities; Tigerair Philippines will add 118 flights per week. Its fleet consists of five aircrafts that goes to 11 domestic and international routes coming from either Manila and Clark airports.
  7. The USFAA upgrade of CAAP to Category one means the country’s airlines in addition to flag carrier Philippine Airlines can now fly to the US, which includes CebuPacific, ZestAir, and SEAir.
  8. Cebu Pacific intends to fly to Hawaii and Guam first after the USFAA announcement
  9. PAL will intuitively return flights to Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and all the way to New York — its prime destinations back in 2008 before the US agency took it away from our flag carrier
  10. DOTC and CAAP is reaping the accolades out of its hard work in keeping airliners accountable and at par with global standards
  11. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was the lead American agency that evaluated CAAP over a course of five years and assess its standards of operations
  12. The EU Air Safety Committee is US’ (ICAO) counterpart that approved Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to fly to the 28-member bloc of the European Union.

This is one painful lesson we all need to learn that if we want to be recognized as a nation of first class, we should change our ways of thinking and our actions that meet the standards — not of the world but — of honor and respect. It’s like keeping your house clean because you have guests coming over and have different and varying needs that should be met.

I could only hope other PH agencies will follow suit.

Congratulations Mr. Hotchkiss of CAAP and for Sec. Abaya for accomplishing this feat. Two thumbs up.
Notable Quote:
“When countries do what it takes to ensure the safety of their aviation industry, it is important that the EU recognises these efforts,” said the European Commission’s vice president for mobility & transport, Siim Kallas.

links
http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/30408-european-union-lifts-ban-on-cebu-pacific
http://www.traveldailymedia.com/206163/eu-boost-for-cebu-pacific-air-astana/
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/04/10/14/eu-lifts-ban-cebu-pacific-flights
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/21/14/cab-approves-cebu-pacific-tigerair-deal
http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/171-aviation-tourism/55190-cebu-pacific-europe-us-aviation-upgrade-eu-ban

USFAA: PH, Time to ‘Go West’

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) or the regulating body of the US Government, which provides training, licensing, providing research and data, and even certifying foreign carriers that commercially flies inside the United States, just gave Philippine carriers the green signal to fly travelers within the United States or to code share with American air carriers in the country. It would be remembered that the US agency stripped the country of its status in 2008 because of the need to modernize and update regulations and directives of our concerned counterpart agency in The Philippines in light of global terrorism threats.

The news is really something to smile about
The news is really something to smile about

America projected that there will be more than 7 million Asian tourists going to the US in 2011. The Philippines would at least contribute 250,000 Filipino-travelers to this region knowing there are a lot of affinity between families and culture that these two nations share. Filipinos are known to travel the US  during our summer months and Christmas seasons. Economically, this will give American and Filipino businessmen ease of access into each others’ territories making it more comfortable to do trade and benefit from each others eager tourists.

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific will scramble their operations and marketing teams to get more flights into the United States as fast as possible while Summer season is here. A permit that will be lucrative both for Filipinos who have ties to the 3.5 Million Filipinos living in the US and vice versa. Operationally, this will mean less hassles for travelers who have a hard time connecting flights within the fifty US states and less charges from travel agencies who charge extra for finding connecting flights for passengers traveling further from the West Coast.

 

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