Pawnina Shares: Chinese Charms To Attract Financial Luck This Year Of The Rooster

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! For non-Chinese, we must admit that sometimes we can’t help joining in to celebrate the Chinese New Year. And what makes the Chinese New Year really different is their centuries old traditions and beliefs. A favorite belief is their lucky charms, especially those that attract wealth and luck. Now, if you really need all the luck in the world to make 2017 a really prosperous year, why not take it from our fellow Chinese, they know luck better than anyone else. Rooted with an understanding that’s as old as their dynasties, we round up 8 (to mark the symbol of infinity and luck) of the Chinese charms that might just bring the financial luck you need this year of the rooster. Check them out below: 1) Chinese red envelopes or Angpao These Chinese red envelopes, often presented at social and family gatherings as weddings, baptisms, are also very popular during the Lunar New Year. Red has always been a symbol of good luck and is believed to ward off bad spirits. Here … [Read more...]

Pawnina Tips: How To Start The “New Year, New Me” Right

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The old year may be both good and bad for some, but like everyone else, the new year is an opportunity. It is full of possibilities and challenges that should be exciting. And whatever you amassed last year, it’s time to look back, get rid of the old and focus on the “New Year, New Me” mantra. With a clean slate, and a full year ahead of you, here’s how you can start making everything right: 1) Declutter Your Home. It starts with  you. And what’s a better place to begin cleansing your spirit than your homes.Your home is your space. It reflects your personality, your life and yourself. If it is a mess, full of unnecessary things that you’ve hoarded from the old year, then it is time to declutter them. Get rid of the negativity, segregate the non-bio from the biodegradable trash, donate old clothes and old books and recycle what you can use. It really feels good to live and breathe in a clean space. Image source 2) Let Go Of Bitter Memories. There are two ways you can to do … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: New Year Celebrations From Around The World To Amaze Your 2017

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Happy 2017 everyone! Pawnina here and back to spread good vibes and financial wisdom through lifestyle, travel, tips, food and whatnot! To start the year fresh, it is best to wake up early, have a hearty meal, keep an optimistic mind and look forward to smile at the after holiday load, both at work and at school. However, with the celebration hangover present,you might want to get a head start with what went down in other places during the New Year countdown. This may be enough to spark your goals for the year ahead. 1) SYDNEY, Australia From the land down under, Sydney! Video source: Love Kids 2) London When Big Ben strikes twelve, London’s eye saw the Brits watching a spectacular display! Video source: BBC 3) Dubai  The tallest structure in the world and one of the richest oil kingdom there is, Dubai know how to greet a New Year! Video source: The Telegraph 4) Hong Kong Hong Kong’s waterfront illuminates with a dazzling firework display! The Victoria … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: 10 Common Gifts From Our Secret Santa That Kinda Surprise Us

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Hey guys! Pawnina here! Christmas is just a few days away and the gift-giving is at its peak! Now, if you can just count the gifts you received year after year from school to the corporate world, imagine the mugs, handkerchiefs, wallets and other cliche’ stuff we get from our Secret Santa. To say the least, there’s still some thought put into it. If you are in a last-minute rush to give your “Monito or Monita” the surprise gifts, try not to consider these last-resort presents, but if all else fails, then go for these Secret Santa gift ideas. 1) Coffee Mugs The top on this list are the coffee mugs. How many mugs have you received all through out? You should have probably kept a shelf and collect the mugs you got for a present. You might be surprise you’ll eventually fill up the shelf with boring, cute, artsy, and everyday mugs!  Still, different mugs are collectively instagrammable on the side. These mugs are easy to find during Christmas considering they’re budget-friendly … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: All-time Favorite Simbang Gabi Treats And Where To Find Them

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Hey guys, Pawnina here! We’re just a few days away until the eve of Christmas. So, the holiday tradition for many begins with the early dawn mass or Misa de Gallo on 16th of December! What’s to look forward after the Rooster mass are all-time favorite Simbang Gabi treats! These native delicacies  are a staple outside cathedrals and are just perfect to keep our tummies warm before dawn breaks. Now, if you want to have a taste of Christmas from these proudly made pinoy traditional delicacies, then we list down a few places where to find them around the Metro. 1) Puto bumbong One of the most popular Misa de Gallo eats is the purple colored glutinous rice oozing with gooey sweetness from the perfect coat of melted butter/margarine, muscovado sugar and grated fresh coconut. This steamed rice cake in a small bamboo tube is warmly served and is burp-worthy on your bellies! Image source Here are a few spots to find these Puto Bumbong even after Christmas: Cafe Via Mare’s … [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...]

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...]

Pawnina Shares: Secret Hacks To Book Star Rated Hotels On A Budget

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Hey guys, Pawnina here. Oh, doesn’t it feel great to have book yourself a week-long stay on one of the best hotels on your travel destination especially if you were able to get an amazing deal out of it? Well, you don’t have to wish to be a seasoned traveler to know the secret hacks to book star rated hotels on a budget. As a matter of fact, there are tons of open secret hacks to do so. If you are planning for a holiday getaway or are still planning to have that well-deserved break and you have not booked any hotel yet, why not try these hacks below for a change? You’ll never know until you try.    Hack # 1: Be your own booking agent. Travel agents booking your hotels have a higher price to sell than you booking it yourself. True enough, getting a travel agent to do it for you is convenient on your part, but if you are on a budget, it doesn’t help cut the cost. How this works?  Hotels and travel agents have a deal. The hotels give a number of rooms depending on their internal … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: How The Upcoming Holiday Rush Can Teach You Some Successful Traits In Life

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Hey guys, Pawnina here! People often see the ugly side of the holiday rush, but if they just look past the obvious, then one can notice there are traits that can be earned from experiencing such. The holiday rush is always a big deal, but the real deal is surviving it! Keep in mind that getting through such an ordeal breeds a warrior of character. So, the next time you get stuck this coming Christmas rush, say, “I am a warrior, I will survive.” Here’s how the upcoming holiday rush can teach some successful traits for the new year ahead: 1) The Holiday traffic and the long lines teach PATIENCE. “Patience is virtue.” The EDSA traffic is not new in the Filipino vocabulary; we learn to accept it and we learn to live it. But with the holidays rushing in, the traffic and the long lines to get home is just enough to ruin tempers. But on the bright side, a key trait that one can learn from such is being patient. Waiting can be dreading we all know that, but it is at these kinds of … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: Calling it Quits With Your Business Partner (The Right Way)

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Hi guys, Pawnina here. Well, breaking up is not at all beautiful, we all know that. While some relationships endure a lifetime, other relationships will flounder just like business partner relationships. It will be obvious. You will feel it when everything is not working out anymore. So instead of creating a grudge that will run deep where it eventually fall into a lifelong feud, take the right steps to break up with your business partner. If it’s time to call quits with your partner, here’s how you should do it because it’s better to break up gently than ugly.  1) Communicate a lot and with honesty. “It’s not you, it’s not me, but it’s us.” Honesty is the best policy. You both should be transparent with all the plans and communication is everything! Much like a divorce in marriage, this is a step by step process. Nothing will be as easy as one, two and three, plus separating in a business relationship can be costly. A sweet reminder: Always keep a good tone, be … [Read more...]