February 5, 2016

Uni Pin Ball Point Fine Line Pen

But, it's not mine. And, I still do love pens!

Uni Pin Ball Point Fine Line pens are water and fade proof, pigment ink pens. My sister said the ink won't bleed even if the paper is wet. I think homework and the rain together will not be a problem with this pen. Make sure to recap the pens after use so the ink won't dry out fast.

Uni Pin Ball Point Fine Line pens are available in all National Book Store for Php65.50 only. Made in Vietnam! ;-)

February 2, 2016

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

A take on the Jane Austen classic "Pride And Prejudice" with a twist. Who says Zombies in the screen is no longer trendy?

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England.

Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice.

As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

I love seeing Lily James morph from Cinderella to zombie fighting heroine! The movie is set to hit theaters on February 5th. Its just a few more days to go Austen fans!

January 29, 2016

PhilHealth 2016 Contribution for Self-employed, Individually Paying and OFW

One of the many things freelancers and work at home individuals think about is continuing to pay their health coverage without the help of their employers. Continuing payments for these medicals benefits is definitely a must and is considered a smart move as health insurance and medical expenses can be very costly.

Here’s the latest PhilHealth 2016 Contribution for Self-employed and Individually paying members.

If you are self-employed and individually paying members, with P25,000 and below monthly income, you can pay annual premium of P2,400 while for those who are earning more than P25,000 monthly they can pay P3,600 per year.

PhilHealth 2016 Contribution
Self-Employed & Individually Paying
Income Payment
25,000 & below 2,400
25,000 & above 3,600

If you fall in this category, you can pay premium quarterly, semi-annually or annually depending on what is convenient for your budget.

For those Filipino’s who are working overseas, here’s the latest PhilHealth 2016 Contribution for you.

For Overseas Filipino workers, you have the option to pay your premium: annually for P2,400 or P1,200 Semi-annually. 

January 28, 2016

SSS 2016 For Self-employed, Voluntary and OFW Members

Living the freelancer, work at home or location independent lifestyle and still keep up with investments and retirement plans? Here's an update for you.

The new SSS Contribution table for 2016 has been released for employers, employee, self-employed, voluntary members and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

This table is for Self-employed, Voluntary and OFW members only.

For Self-Employed, Voluntary Members, OFW
Range of Compensation Monthly Salary Credit Total Contribution
1,000 - 1,249.99 1,000 110
1,250 - 1,749.99 1,500 165
1,750 - 2,249.99 2,000 220
2,250 - 2,749.99 2,500 275
2,750 - 3,249.99 3,000 330
3,250 - 3,749.99 3,500 385
3,750 - 4,249.99 4,000 440
4,250 - 4,749.99 4,500 495
4,750 - 5,249.99 5,000 550
5,250 - 5,749.99 5,500 605
5,750 -6,249.99 6,000 660
6,250 - 6,749.99 6,500 715
6,750 - 7,249.99 7,000 770
7,250 - 7,749.99 7,500 825
7,750 - 8,249.99 8,000 880
8,250 - 8,749.99 8,500 935
8,750 - 9,249.99 9,000 990
9,250 - 9,749.99 9,500 1,045
9,750 - 10,249.99 10,000 1,100
10,250 - 10,749.99 10,500 1,155
10,750 - 11,249.99 11,000 1,210
11,250 - 11,749.99 11,500 1,265
11,750 - 12,249.99 12,000 1,320
12,250 - 12,749.99 12,500 1,375
12,750 - 13,249.99 13,000 1,430
13,250 - 13,749.99 13,500 1,485
13,750 - 14,249.99 14,000 1,540
14,250 - 14,749.99 14,500 1,595
14,750 - 15,249.99 15,000 1,650
15,250 - 15,749.99 15,500 1,705
15,750 - Over 16,000 1,760

For OFW members, the minimum salary credit is 5,000 pesos, thus, highlighted in blue. You can choose to pay from P550 to P1,760 monthly contribution and to pay it annually.

January 25, 2016

Green cleaning and organizing tips

Below are a few tips to spruce up your apartment for the new year. 

1) Love paper and keeping documents? Go through your filing cabinets and office desks to find recyclable and unneeded papers.

2) Got too many clothes? Donate unused clothing to charity or pass them on to someone you know who might need it.

3) Techie girl? You see those unused chargers and/or old gadgets? You can actually recycle them. Find out what your area offers in regards to these electronics.

4) Using eco friendly cleaning products should make you feel good about yourself. Make a habit of supporting products that are good for the environment. Or, make your own natural cleaning supplies! Vinegar and baking soda are your DIY cleaning best friends.

5) Ready to move on from the rainy or winter season? Freshen up the air with lemons or simply open your window and let the sunshine in.

What's your go to green cleaning tips? Would love to hear about it in the comments section. Thank you.

January 20, 2016

2016 Design Your Life Planner

Before the end of the year 2015, I was researching for new planners that I might be interested in using. I found the Design Your Life planner with the blue, back to basic design. But this year, I decided not to use the planner and went with a simple pocket planner and gave the planner as a gift.

Here's how the planner looks like:

  • The quality of the paper is okay. I don't think paper will bleed ink on the next page. 
  • I love the reminder to drink water feature that allows you to tick off the number of glass of water you drank.
  • Free stickers!
  • A two page Expense Tracker for every month
  • A few pages of Travel Planner
  • Cash Flow Tracker template for the finance savy 2016
What's your choice of planner this year? Leave me the link to an Instagram photo, if you have any. Thank you!

January 13, 2016

How to Create an Entryway

There's nothing like being greeted by a cute, well thought out entryway as soon as you enter your home. An entryway is a hall that is located at the entrance of a house. 

But many houses and apartment, probably rented, directly opens into the living room. Without a formal entrance, your home might lack that defined space to land. For my Mama, it's straight to a chair to dump all her stuff.

Here’s a list of clever ideas to create the feeling of an entryway even when there isn’t one.

  • Define a space with a colorful or patterned rug. The softness on your feet says home sweet home.
  • Engage visitors by displaying wall art next to your front door. Great conversation starters.
  • Add a small bench or table as a catch all. Relieves shoulder stress for the travel weary.
  • Make sure the entryway is well lit. Add interest by using a table lamp or pendant lighting.
  • Remove the big items that block the doorway. Makes it easy for people to enter, of course.
What's your home entryway or foyer staple? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you!

January 10, 2016

Netflix is now in the Philippines

Does Netflix work in the Philippines? Yes.

For those of you who don’t know, Netflix is a US provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, a subscription-based film and television program rental service that offers media to subscribers via Internet streaming.

Globe Broadband is offering Netflix to subscribers with its home broadband plans. Customers on a Globe Home Broadband Plan 1299 and up can access Netflix. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen without commercials or commitments. Netflix is available for Android- and iOS-powered mobile devices using mobile data or Wi-Fi connection.

No credit card? No problem. Sign up with GCash Mastercard. Click here to find out how.

While PLDT HOME Fibr, DSL, Ultera, and Smart Communications Inc. subscribers can access Netflix,  it is best experienced with the powerful connection of PLDT HOME Fibr which now delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps and with plans of P1,899 per month, including free TVolution sticks.

With Netflix, Philippines can now watch TV shows & movies anytime, anywhere. Subscription plans start from PHP370 a month. There is a free month trial.

Smart Bro Plan 799 subscribers can connect their free 4G pocket wifi to up to ten devices with 4.5 Gb monthly data allocation while prepaid kits are available for P1, 495 which comes with 350 mb data allocation for per month for three months. 

Customers can choose from three Netflix plans starting at P370 per month for the Basic Plan. Users automatically get one free month after sign-up. Subscribers of Standard (P460/month) and Premium (P550/month) Plans get additional viewing screens and HD and Ultra HD viewing options.

Smart postpaid customers can also subscribe to Netflix on their iOS devices with their Pay-with-Mobile service without having to use a credit card.

Finder.com released a list of Netflix US titles available on Netflix Philippines. This allows prospective Philippine Netflix users to gauge the value of signing up for Netflix in the country. Rappler reports that 93% of US titles are not yet available on Netflix Philippines. Check out the List of Movies available on Netflix in Phillippines and List of TV Shows available on Netflix in Philippines to give you a better idea.

Are you signing up right away? Or do you wait for better movie and TV listings? Will the poor internet connection be a problem in viewing the paid programs? How do you compare Netflix Philippines with HOOQ service? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you!