9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget


Cupid, the ancient Roman God of love in all its forms, is at it again –  piercing through your fragile heart with his quiver of arrows, and lo and behold, your heart is oozing with love now. In honor of this love, we clue you in on how you could celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun and budget-friendly way. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, taken, a third wheel, married, wishing for a second chance with your TOTGA, or just a plain ambassador of love and goodwill to people around you. Cook away at home via GIPHY Around this time, restaurants are brimming with guests for the most of the day, and chances are, you would wait for hours just to be seated.   Instead, whip up a homemade meal from scratch at home. No matter how simple it is, the apple of your eye will never mind that you couldn’t make any dinner reservation early on.   The mood is in the details via GIPHY It doesn’t really matter where you’re spending Valentine’s as long as you … [Read more...]

9 Budget Restaurants in Manila for Every Type of Foodie


Filipinos are certified food junkies. They love eating out at their favorite joint and discovering new places to hang out with family and friends. But unlike before when dining out was really pricey, these days, you could treat yourself or the whole gang to a gastronomical feast anytime, anywhere. In fact, you could easily find at least one hole-in-the-wall within any local neighborhood in Manila—thanks to the emergence of food parks and Instagram-worthy places that will satisfy the food lover in you without costing you a fortune. We scouted around for budget restaurants in the metro and here’s who made it to our top 9: Korean Buffet Restaurant (Source) HwaRoRo This Korean barbecue joint has got you covered if you want to load up on meat even in unholy hours. Specifically, you could head on to HwaRoRo’s Kalayaan Avenue branch in Quezon City and still catch it open until 4 a.m., ready to grill all the meat you want for just … [Read more...]

How To Make Cash Out of Selling Sweets, Cakes and Candies


"Let them eat cake." -Marie Antoinette Drumming your fingers thinking of what may be profitable on the side? You don't have to go far, sometimes you can just  add a little sweetness into your life by making out cash from selling sweets, cakes and candies! Yes! You can make money out of them! Plus, this is a super low-cost business that's not really hard to pull off! The only ingredients you need to make this a worthwhile sideline is the passion, determination and perseverance of a budding entrepreneur. And if you are so keen to be everyone's sweet tooth fairy, here's how you can start making cash out of selling the very reason of our childhood cavities! 1) Get a taste of feedback about your sweets, cakes and candies first. Ask your friends, colleagues, and peers how they find your recipe! They are the closest subjects to know what your future customers like. Gather as much sweet information and comments as you can. From there, you can use their comments, requests and feedback as … [Read more...]

10 Must Try Chinese Restaurants In Metro Manila


With the Chinese New Year ringing in, what’s not to talk about our favorite go-to Chinese restaurants! From authentic Chinese dumplings on casual dining to street style dim sum treats, Metro Manila is a hunting ground for all those Chinese food cravings. To be your lucky guide, here are just ten must try Chinese Restaurants around the Metro. 1) China Blue by Jereme Leung If you are into that smart casual dining experience, why China Blue by celebrity master chef Jereme Leung is the place! Located at the Mall of Asia complex, China Blue by Jereme Leung is the newest and probably one of the most expensive Chinese restaurant in the country, also considered one of the premiere fine Chinese dining there is today! You’ll get a floor-to-ceiling glass window views of the Manila Bay in the horizon! While service is top-notch, plating is fantastic, ambiance sounds perfect, and the food is expensive but it’s worth the price! Their modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine are … [Read more...]

Pawnina Tips: Here’s What You Can Do With Noche Buena Leftovers


Hey guys! Finally, Christmas has passed! Now, we’re only  a few days away until we bid adieu to the old year and feast to celebrate the new year! Speaking of feast, the post-celebration left us with leftovers that we need to manage. Now, it’s a no-no to just throw away what’s left or to let time do the spoilage for you! To avoid such leftover disaster, here’s how you can maximize food fun with all your sumptuous Noche Buena leftovers!   1) Extend gatherings. You can still continue to host a potluck reunion! This way makes it a lot more practical! You don’t have to spend new ingredients to make another dish but instead maximize what’s left of your Noche Buena! Admit it or not this can be a tradition, a post-holiday gathering!  But be sure the leftovers are still as presentable. You don’t want to look like you’re offering what your family can’t finish off. 2) Make everyday like your Sunday family dinner. Every night is like a family dinner on a Sunday thanks to our Noche Buena … [Read more...]

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


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...]

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


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...]

Kuripot and Proud: Budgeting Tips from Self-Confessed Frugal People


No one likes a kuripot person. They never seem to want to spend on anything. They always go for what is cheaper and more affordable. Getting kuripot people to say yes to a get-together takes monumental effort. They’re never ones to spring for a treat either. One thing that they, in fact, are is very good at saving money. In fact, they’re the ones who are NEVER worried when pay comes out—because they have enough set aside. If you, on the other hand, are constantly desperately in need of cash, you might learn a thing or two from the kuripots in your crew. We have one or two of those here at PawnHero and we asked them for the budgeting tips that will help you save more. “You’re not THAT hungry.” Admit it. Lunch is often not enough for you. In between, there’s probably a snack or two thrown in with maybe one more when you best friend invites you to the downstairs convenience store. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with a snack here and there. Unless, of course, you want to save … [Read more...]

Meet Pawnina – Your New BFF


  Hi, everyone, Pawnina Bayani here. I’m a 25-year old tech support agent. Just like you, I love to shop, dine, travel, and spend time with the people I love the most. I live independently in a cozy apartment that I’m renting out. I pay my own bills and I send money to my parents in the province. I may not have the most luxurious lifestyle, but I am able to save a few bills every paycheck. My goal is to live life to the fullest, but of course, while still catering to my needs and responsibilities. Not an easy feat, huh? I know many of you out there have the same plight as me—utility bills, rent, money, food, transpo allowance. I know everything can get a bit difficult to shoulder sometimes. And that’s why I’m here. I bring tips and tricks on budgeting and saving—basically how to better handle your finances. You can turn to me for practical advice on life, finances, anything at all! I've been there, and I want to share my experiences with all of you, to help you win … [Read more...]

4 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


For a holiday centered on love, it sure can pile much of stress on couples across the country. Much of that has to do with the inflated prices on flowers, the crowding in every good restaurant in the metro, and the traffic along all the major thoroughfares. PawnHero, the first online pawnshop in the Philippines, looks at four alternative ideas to the standard wine and dine, chocolates and teddy bears. 1. Netflix & Chill For all the bad representation this term gets, it’s actually a pretty solid idea. Think about it, if you’re the type of couple that enjoys following popular serials like Daredevil or Arrow, why not make a night of it snuggled together with your favorite snacks? With Netflix finally in the Philippines, and at affordable rates too, this is actually a very economically viable way to spend this holiday. You also get to do it in as comfortable a pair of get-ups as you both can rustle up. This is perfect for couples that are already comfortable with each other and … [Read more...]