10 Productive Things You Can Do Over Christmas Break

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After a year at work or a full semester at school, all you can think of over holiday break is to have that laid back siesta! But hey, don’t sleep on this fun season of the year. What’s a break if you don’t have fun with it? So make your Christmas break worth it with these productive things to do below: 1) Go Christmas Caroling. As it is the yuletide season, why not go out in the open to spread the holiday cheer and relive those old days caroling around your neighborhood. It’s a fun way to start your Christmas break. Image source 2) Volunteer This Season. It is the season of giving so why not live up to it. Be a Holiday Hero and give back before folding into a New Year. There are a number of volunteer organizations that needs a helping heart. Image source 3) Exercise. With celebrations filling up your schedule, expect yourself to fatten up. Instead of going to the buffet route, try balancing both food and fitness. You can take the chance to go on mountain climbing, bike … [Read more...]

Reality Vs Expectation: The Ugly Truth We Get During Holiday Reunions

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The holiday season highlights a time to get together! Invitations are coming in and reunions are planned over social media group chats or a formed committee over hang outs. With everything going on, you expect yourself to come 100 per cent prepared! After all, reunions are there to make or break an impression and leave a reputation. Call it the ugly truth, but you knew this is coming. Here are really common reality versus expectation cases we get to go through during the holiday reunions. At least, one way or another, you are never alone with this experience. Case number 1: On weight Expectation: "Ang sexy mo na." (Wow!You’re looking fit!) Reality: "Ang taba mo na grabe!" (You gained weight!) Image source After graduation most of us get focused on other priorities in life that we forget to sometimes focus on ourselves especially our weight. But really, would weight matter when you are goal-driven with your career growth? Altho, this could also be a wake up call to remind … [Read more...]

Here’s A Fun Twist To Common Christmas Party Games To Try

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Image sources: On Cloud 8, Life Daily This holiday season, we get to have tons of celebrations; there’s the corporate Christmas events, the school Christmas programs, the reunion celebrations with college buddies, high school barkadas and relatives, plus December birthday parties and many more. Of course, aside from the sumptuous feast, these parties also come with the ever popular parlor games, especially the ones we never get tired of playing! Even there are really other Christmas party games to try, most of us would  want to get away with the hassle of explaining unfamiliar parlor games to our guests, however exciting. Oftentimes, we end up playing with what everyone already knew. So, if you still plan on having the same classic Christmas games, here’s a little twist that you should try for a change below: 1) Charades Ah yes, the house has always been divided into two with the classic game of charades. Often the icebreaker game, this party guessing game lets the single … [Read more...]

Pawnina Tips: How To Win Against Online Shopping Scams This Holiday Sale Season

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Hey guys, Pawnina here! As we all know, shopping sale season starts at the remaining months of the year. Now, we’re down to the last month! Both online shops and shopping stores are at their full force with their best offers. Since December has one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year, we are more vulnerable to spend our holiday budget. Shopping stores are a safer haven to hunt deals, but shopping online does not guarantee the same safety and security you get from physical shops. Because we don’t want our 13th month pay, Christmas bonuses and hard-earned savings to go down the drain, here  are quick tips to avoid being an online shopping scam victim. So check the tips below win against those bad guys. 1) Read reviews of the online shop. The first thing you should do is to assure its reputation as an online shop. The more popular it is, the better. Otherwise, the less reviews, the fishier it gets. So, as it is online, you can check their social media accounts. It … [Read more...]

Crazy Fun Things To Get Your Mind Out Of The Holiday Traffic

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Lo and behold, this year’s holidays fall on a weekend! For students, this won’t be a problem as they have their Christmas break- lucky them! But for most employees, this year just did not agree on a long weekend for the holidays! Hence, not so good news at all for the majority of Metro-residing students on a break, because a holiday traffic will just be breaking that break! So, for all those unlucky enough to expect the impending holiday traffic, here are crazy and fun suggestions we believe you can do while stuck on holiday traffic. 1) Bring your pocket WiFi. Thank the brainchild for bringing up the idea of a pocket WiFi! It's so convenient! You can bring one, anytime, anywhere, just like PawnHero! Now, If you have it, by all means, bring it! Having your internet data won’t last the dreaded traffic, especially if the data eats up all your phone’s battery.Speaking of your battery, might as well bring those power banks too! They’ll come in handy. Image source 2) Listen to … [Read more...]

Ultimate Christmas Movie List for Your Every Mood

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Cold breeze, Christmas trees, dancing lights, shopping sprees, and countless Christmas parties waiting to happen—it’s definitely the season to be jolly! It’s also the best time to roll out those movies to hype the Christmas vibe. But, let’s not punish ourselves with the traditional ‘A Christmas Carol’ movie night with the family over and over again. To give the holidays a different flavor, PawnHero came up with a list of must-watch movies that aren’t as, well, boring as the typical Christmas movies we’ve already gotten tired of. Romance 1) Serendipity (2001) Source: Movieclips While shopping for gloves one Christmas night in New York, Sara met Jonathan. From then, they knew that what they had was something. They tested fate by splitting up to see if destiny could bring them back together. Many years later, both are engaged to be married after losing each other that same night. Will serendipity make its way to bring them back together in the end? 2) Love Actually … [Read more...]

8 Financial Lessons That You Can Learn From Favorite Christmas Movies

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Finally, it’s December first! We’re officially in the last month of the year! What else there is to do than make the best out of this holiday month! And marathoning those all-time favorite Christmas movies is one way to get all that hype running.   So, to help you get started, we list down favorite Christmas movies to get you cozy up on your jammies. These movies not only provide entertainment but also help you pick up financial life lessons that you can bring beyond the holidays. So, spare the spoiler alert, and check through the list and find out what these Christmas movies can offer. 1) Home Alone (1990)  Lesson: “Keep homes secure when you’re away for a holiday.” Generally funny, really heartwarming, and slightly sadistic, this 1990 American Christmas comedy film is now a real-good classic movie that has become a tradition to watch on our cable channels. The movie tells a story of the 8-year old boy, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who was left behind when his family … [Read more...]

Food Hunting: Cheap Eats Around the Metro For Your December Dates Under Php 500

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There’s nothing more like having to go around and eat your feelings with your dates. Gaining weight has always been an obvious sign of a healthy relationship. With December fast approaching, you are sure to get those extra days off at school or off at work and spend the time to hang out with whomever you’re planning to invite. Of course, it would be nice to dine around giant malls with their fine restaurants and their list of leisure activities that’s enough to grab your attention, but sometimes dating can turn out to be really costly. Who says relationships are cheap, right? Well, if you are after a back-to-basics approach in dating; deciding to just stroll, talk and go on a food trip instead, then we round up a list of hot food spots to get that student-rate food prices for your December dates below: The University Belt: España To Morayta To Mendiola The University belt is sprawling with budget-friendly cuisines that perfectly fits to the student life. From popular restaurant … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: Popular Christmas Beliefs That Mesmerize Our Holiday Spirits

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Hey there, Pawnina here. As we all know, Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday throughout the world! In the Philippines, this has been regarded as the longest celebrated season across seven continents! And that’s something we should be proud of! While we have adopted and developed Christmas traditions, there are certain beliefs that stir our imagination. These cheeky popular beliefs, both local or not, has mesmerized and tickled our holiday spirits. If you have been believing in such Christmas beliefs, don’t worry, that’s a very Pinoy thing to do. Below is the list of popular Christmas beliefs:    Underneath the Mistletoe KISS. We’ve heard about the mistletoe. We sing the word from a few parts of popular Christmas songs such as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” and Justin Beiber’s “Mistletoe” to name a few. Although we don’t actually have a mistletoe in our Christmas garden, this belief has become a pop culture seen on most romantic parts of movies, where the … [Read more...]

10 Budget Smartphones Starting at Php 6,000

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As technology pushes forward, so does the user-experience. Not having a smartphone feels like not getting in touch with innovation. The phones have gone a long way from its humble beginnings fifteen years ago. Today, these superior gadgets offer myriad of stuff such as online shopping (Hello Marketplace.ph), online pawning (Yes, we have PawnHero) and many more at our palms and the comfort of wherever. Generally, smartphones used to be uber expensive (Ah, yes remember Nokia), but with an ever-growing competitive landscape and the need for fast communication, people can now experience smartphone luxury with a price that’s right on their budget. So, if you’re itching to have a superb mobile device, we round up 10 budget smartphones you can get starting at Php 6,000, check them out below: 1) Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power (Price starts at Php 7,999.00) Sure an international-made smartphone is one thing, but a Philippine-made smartphone that can compete in the local market … [Read more...]