Monday, November 29, 2010

Gold as gifts

My Dad used to buy gold coins for us for our birthdays when we outgrew toys.  I think he got it right.  It was so much more practical than some useless novelty gift. 

If and when my kids become old enough to appreciate their value, I'd probably do the same thing.  Gold never gets out of value.  It's easier to carry around.  It's easier to pass around (you can just give it to somebody else as a gift or an informal inheritance with hopefully less of the inheritance tax issues).  It's not difficult to convert to cash, unlike real estate.

And, unlike before when my Dad had to go to Hong Kong to buy the gold coins from the banks that carry them in order to ensure that those were legit coins, it's now much easier to purchase such coins. Now there are online merchants.  Of course, you still have to practice due diligence in researching for the best and most reliable merchant around, but with the easy accessibility of the net, it's not as difficult in doing research.  (Look up the US Gold Bureau, it looks legit.  Tell me what you think.)

While I also believe somehow in cash gifts, cash does have a tendency to immediately get spent.  I would like my kids to somehow "pass the marshmallow test".  After all, gold tends to increase in value over time, so keeping them around is a good idea for some future time that you need money, you'll get more than what you paid for it right now. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Foodie deals!

With great food deals like these, you'd definitely have to consider taking weight loss pills after the Christmas season!

Both from Cash Cash Pinoy (click here to join-- for FREE),  get either of the two fine dining deals:
  1. P455 for P1000 Worth of Food and Drinks at La Maison Café, The Home of the Best Ribs! This is a discount of 55%!
  2. P999 for Four-Course Foie Gras Menu Degustation and Two Glasses of Wine from Restaurant Cicou.  A whopping 71% discount!
Do remember that these deals have a time limit.  If you don't avail of these coupons now, you might not get them anymore when the time is up!  (Although there are always new deals coming along all the
Looks like this would be a Merry Foodie Christmas!  I do wish, though, that they would have more deals for the Ortigas Area.  Most of the deals I've seen are in the Makati area.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Great skin (and body) for less!

My skin has never been great especially when I hit my twenties. I had some derma visits before but it was pretty expensive twenty years ago (ugh, showing my age here)and I couldn't maintain the visits, not just because I didn't have the budget but also because it was not easy to find time to go to the derma (ask any med student how his typical day is like and you'll get why).

That's why the offer from ensogo for 80% off a beauty package at Vigen Beauty Care is very enticing to me. While I'm already at the age when acne is less of a problem (hence I didn't really look into md clear reviews anymore for myself but for the teenagers of my family and acquaintance, I'm starting to show fine lines and look much older.  I need some face pampering and I believe some of you may be interested in this too!  Click here to register at Ensogo and get this deal and many other great deals besides!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Study your investment options

We've always been told that it's always prudent to diversify our investments. There are some suggestions nowadays about it being best to buy gold bullion instead of the usual stocks since the latter is very volatile right now. After all, gold does not really change its value over time and is highly regarded in almost all culture.

However, like any other investment, we don't want to plunge into anything without being sure that the investment is at least safe -- meaning that the broker or seller is reputable and is not someone out to scam you. Of course, with any investment, there is always a risk of losing the money you put in, but risk is acceptable only as part of the market volatility and not because of some extraneous people factor. That's why you should look into the seller's background to ensure that this is a legitimate business and not an organization set up to siphon money from investors.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have a Christmas business

People always associate December (and the weeks leading up to it) as the buy season. That's because Christmas season is here and people buy a lot for Christmas gifts.

Because this is a month where people actually buy more, it makes good sense to do business during this time. Almost anything that could be given as gifts make good business. Be it clothes, jewelry, toiletries, perfumes, beddings, towels, computer accessories, tech stuff, decors, maybe even rifle scopes for gun enthusiasts :). As long as there are people who want to give this holiday season, there are a lot of business opportunities to be had.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I've been posting mostly about sales here in the Philippines. But since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, there are actually Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals in most stores in the United States!

So try to look for those deals. If you have relatives or friends abroad who are coming home for Christmas, this may be a good time for you to buy the gadgets that you have been wanting for the longest time. I know some cosmetic stores and department stores may also have these deals, but it's the appliances and electronics which are said to offer the most slash in prices!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

40% off a corner suite at Boulevard Mansion -- until today only!

While surfing the net for acne scar removal creams that work, I came across this deal. But hurry! I'm a bit late in posting this, and this deal ends in about 15 hours. :o

You also have to join Cashcashpinoy to avail of this offer. (JOIN BY CLICKING HERE)

Here's the deal:
P1685 for One Overnight Stay and Breakfast at a Corner Suite at Boulevard Mansion (Original price: P2808)

Yes, you can book on holidays and weekends! I'm thinking this would be a good place to bond with the family on New Year's Eve, especially if you want to avoid the fireworks and smokey atmostphere.

More details:

Ever had one of those urges to just lock yourself up from the cares of the world without going too far off the comforts of the city? CashCashPinoy is giving you the power to do so with today's exciting deal: 40% off a stay at a Corner Suite Boulevard Mansion! That's a huge chunk off the regular rate of P2808 giving you a classy Corner Suite for only P1685.

That's an incredible value considering all that Boulevard Mansion has to offer! First, you get a fully furnished and air-conditioned apartment suite complete with the following amenities, facilities and services:

  • A private kitchenette
  • 24 Hour standby generators
  • Cable Television
  • Business Services:
  • 24-Hour IDD/NDD telephone capabilities
  • Facsimile services
  • Free use of safety deposit box
  • Daily Housekeeping Services
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Hot & Cold shower
  • Round the clock security
  • Parking space
  • Coffeeshop
  • Laundry Services

All of this plus a great view of the Manila Bay!

Now if you're not really the type to take some time off for yourself, consider Boulevard Mansion as a great opportunity to conduct a bit of business instead. After all, the place is still business-oriented and is located at the heart of Manila's Ermita section. It is conveniently located near important places like the US Embassay, Luneta Park and even Robinson's Place Ermita.

Whether for pleasure or for business, today's CashCashPinoy offer is really a great deal. So schedule your check in right now!

50% off at Henry's Place!

If you haven't done so, JOIN ENSOGO (click here) to get up to 5 vouchers worth Php400 each for only Php200 for Henry's place! That's 50% off!

You can combine vouchers for group use! (You'll definitely need the best fat burners after this -- bondat alert!)

Hurry! Only 15 hours left to purchase vouchers (as of this writing).

In Detail:

• Voucher is valid from November 20, 2010 to May 20, 2011
• Purchase limited to 5 vouchers per person
• May give vouchers as gifts
• May use 1 voucher per person per visit
• Vouchers may be combined for group use
• Valid for food and beverage (excludes alcohol)
• Valid for dine-in (no take-out or delivery)
• Price is inclusive of VAT and service charge
• No cash back or credit for any unused amount
• Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any discount card or promotion
• For more convenience of dining, please call one day ahead to reserve; +(632) 403 2203 / +(632) 359-8277

• Unique family and friendly ambiance
• Wide array of classic Chinese dishes from seafood to meat, salads and vegetarian dishes.
• Fantastic choice of food to satisfy your friends and family cravings.
• Open Monday - Sunday from 11am-3pm and 6pm-11pm

Unit Es Burgos Circle, Forbestown Center Rizal Drive Corner West Crescent Park Bonifacio Global City Taguig

For reservations, please contact
Tel Nos. +632 403 2203 /
+632 359 8277
Fax No. +632 403 2203

Map to Henry's Place: (Click to enlarge)

FREE Entrance to EXPO MOM Bazaar

JOIN ENSOGO to get a FREE entrance tickets to Expo Mom!

Click here for more details on Expo Mom.

Click here to join Ensogo and to claim your vouchers.

In Detail:

• Limit of 3 vouchers per person
• 1 day shopping Event at Expo Mom Bazaar on November 20, 2010, Saturday at 10am - 8pm
• Voucher is transferable and may give as gift


• SHOP TILL YOU DROP MOMMIES! This is our last Expo for the year! Get your favorite mommy merchandise, baby bundles, and gifts items for all ages at Expo Mom Bazaar
• Features 50+ of your favorite mom and baby vendors showcasing their best products and gift ideas
• Cash and credit cards are accepted at Expo Mom Bazaar.
• Moms love Mother Earth! Please bring your reusable shopping bags so we can minimize the use of plastic bags
• Support our Mom Share! Toy and book drive, please bring your pre-loved toys and books and fill up our Xmas chest at the entrance!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I.T. products warehouse sale

I got this from one of my mailing lists --

Last IT products warehouse sale for this year:

When: November 17 to 19, 2010
9 am to 7 pm
Where: Tektite, Auditorium
G/F, Phil. Stock Exchange Bldg,
Exchange Road, Ortigas, Pasig City

Cash/ credit cards are accepted.

According to my source, sure brands to be showcased are Apple, HP, Dell, Lenovo, MSI, Acer, Samsung/MAG (for LCD tv/monitors), Apacer, Kingston, Cisco, etc.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Naturalizer, Florsheim, Bossini Sale!

Got this from one of my mailing lists:

Brands: Naturalizer, Florsheim, Bossini -- up to 70% off
Date: Nov. 17-20, 2010
Time: 9am to 5pm

Address: RSI Warehouse 2295 Jannov Bldg., Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati
City (if you're coming from the EDSA/Alphaland, Jannov Bldg. is on the
left side of the road, before Unionbank and 7-11, almost across Saachi

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Kidz Craze

Got this from one of my mailing lists while trying to look for cheap auto insurance quotes :

The much awaited
Richwell Trading Warehouse Annual Christmas Sale is here!

Up to 80% off on branded toys, apparel and shoes!

Dates: November 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 19 to 22
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays
1:00 pm to 6:00pm Weekdays & Fridays

Creative Trade Center No.6 Industria St., Bagumbayan, Quezon City (for the map, click on the thumbnail.)

Participating brands:
Barbie, Polly Pocket, Dora, Arts & Crafts, Beados, RoseArt, Fruit
Factory, HotWheels, Matchbox, Bakugan, TechDeck, Battle Strikers, Spongebob,
McFarlane,Vtech, Megabloks, Shelcore, Leapfrog, Baby Einstein, Kids
II, K’s Kids, Noddy, Disney, Step2, Pigeon, Safety1st, Chicco, Babisil, Webkinz, Russ, First Act Music, Games, StarKidz, Bikes
Shoes: Barbie, Chicco, HotWheels, Pokemon, Elle & OshKosh

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gingersnaps Warehouse Sale!

So many sales events this time of the year! Here's another one! Got this from one of my mailing lists (Thanks, Jacque!).

Click on the thumbnail below to see the details better:

From their facebook page:

It's that time of the year again! The much awaited Gingersnaps and Just G warehouse sale is on again at Warehouse 19 Armal Compound 2, M. Eusebio Ave., Pasig City. Mondays-Saturdays, except Holidays, Sundays and Extreme Weather Conditions, 8:00am to 4:00pm. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 29, 2010. Lots of great value for your money! Cash basis only. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 5637/5639 series of 2010.
Here's the map: (click to enlarge)

Big and Small Company Warehouse Sale

Got this from one of my mailing lists:

Big and Small Company Warehouse Sale
(including Orange Juice, Spin and Havin a Baby)
Up to 70% off

November 16-20
9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Nutrition Center, 2332 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

Credit cards are also accepted during the Warehouse Sale.

Call 889-6956 for more information.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Air Asia Seat Sale!

If you want to go to Malaysia and do not mind going through the Clark airport instead of the Manila airport, there's an ongoing seat sale ongoing at Air Asia. You might want to check it out!

Click here to book.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

P1,100 for Pacquaio-Margarito Match Viewing Party + a Hearty Filipino Breakfast Buffet at Luxurious Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Next Sunday, November 14, 2010, is the day. The people's champ Manny Pacquiao will be facing Mexican Antonio Margarito for the WBC junior middleweight title. This promises to be another exciting bout, much anticipated by the whole Philippine nation.

Of course, most of us won't be able to see the fight in the Dallas arena itself. Airline flights and hotel stays are not cheap, not to mention tickets to the event itself. Cold temperatures requiring the use of electric blankets and heavy coats is not exactly welcome thought for most Pinoys too.

But what if you could watch the fight in real time and at a real amazing huge screen, at a fraction of the cost and without having to fly halfway round the globe?

For only Php1100, get the chance to watch this fight while enjoying a Hearty Filipino Breakfast Buffet at no less than the Luxurious Sofitel Philippine Plaza!!

Get this special deal (and many other special, limited time offer deals) when you join Cash Cash Pinoy!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Credit card perks

I don't know how it is in other parts of the world, but for now, at least here in the Philippines, using your credit card now seems to be a better option than using your cash. Not only do you collect reward points which you can use to collect items, you get a lot of freebies and rebates when you spend a certain amount of money!

HSBC used to offer the very successful free Starbucks for every Php2000 spend. Now that promo is over but there is a new one in place -- get free GCs for spends of at least Php2000 or if you pay via installment (which is also another perk as you can now get big ticket items with long installment terms and with zero interest). They also have 5% rebates when you gas up at Caltex!

BPI has free Goldilocks products for spends of at least Php1500. Eastwestbank on the other hand, offers Red Ribbon products for a minimum Php1000 spend. Metrobank offers free McDonald's food for at least Php2000 spend.

Citibank offers 3 free movie theater tickets for a minimum Php3000 spend at SM and a free Crocs Jelly camera for a minimum Php2000 spend.

Standard Chartered offers Gloria Jean's coffee and cookies for a minimun Php1500 spend.

I'm not sure if BDO still offers pizza from California Pizza Kitchen, but I know they still have some sort of perk too!

I think most cards come with these perks nowadays. We just have to read the fine print AND make sure that we do not spend more than we should and spend more than we can afford to pay off just to be able to avail of the freebies.

These perks come at a great time too! It's that time of the year when people start stocking up on Christmas presents and giveaways.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fastone Image Viewer

Bloggers and website owners often have some trouble trying to keep people from stealing their work -- both the contents of their website and the pictures seem to be fair game when it's posted online. The artwork prints that you painstakingly took pictures of and edited so that it would look better suddenly appears on some other site without your prior knowledge.

A strategy that most bloggers use nowadays for their pictures is putting a watermark on their picture. Most photo editing software would be able to do this. But for people who do not have a lot of time on their hands, a batch editing software is a great tool to use.

I personally prefer fastone. It's not as sophisticated as adobe photoshop, but it does the basic photo editing jobs quickly. I usually resize pictures and put a watermark so that I can put it on my blog. This does the job well, and fast -- as editing can be done in batches.

I also like that it has a portable version. The portable version is the one I'm currently using, since I use other computers too. I appreciate the fact that I can put it in my USB flash drive and work on pictures even if I'm using somebody else's computer, without needing to download it.

More details on Fastone here.

Oh, and the cost? It's FREE!

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