3 Ways to Mess Up this Long Weekend

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After the early hustle and bustle of the first part of the year, our first long weekend is upon us—and admit it, you’ve been waiting for it. You have the Chinese New Year 2016 to thank for that, and don’t deny that you’d happily tell everyone how you’re half-Chinese if your boss didn’t let you take the Monday off. Most people like to look over the different things you can do to make the most out of this. We at PawnHero prefer to be cautious—we handle many a personal loan, after all. So we look at three ways you can mess up the long weekend and how you avoid them. 1. Bringing work home Someone once said that it’s better to work smart than to work hard. Part of that mindset includes using your downtime for, well, downtime. Bringing home your work, especially on the long weekend just essentially extends your workweek and cuts into crucial recovery time for your body. It becomes only even slightly worth the effort if you’re being paid for what you’re doing. If you really are in need of … [Read more...]

10 Best-Tasting Halo-Halo in the Philippines

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A popular Filipino dessert, halo-halo (literally means “mixed together”), is a surefire hit during these hot days of summer. With its mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk and a concoction of everything you can actually think of – boiled sweet beans, bananas, jello, sweet preserves and other fruits – it’s a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Anthony Bourdain even described it as “oddly beautiful”, having tasted one during a visit to the famous Filipino fastfood Jollibee branch in Los Angeles, USA. … [Read more...]

11 Most Famous Ulam Pinoys Love To Eat

11 Most Famous Ulam Pinoys Love To Eat

Pinoys are natural foodies. With festivities spread throughout the year and a celebration ready for every occasion, we have a wealth of recipes we have gathered from the centuries of exploration on cooking dishes and from the countries we have shared our history of delicacies with. Be it American, Indian, Spanish, Chinese cuisine, we have put our own touch of Filipino taste which never fail to satisfy our cravings for cooked meals in our own homes and local restaurants. … [Read more...]

Inspired by Pope Francis: 7 Powerful Resolutions Worth Keeping This 2015

7 Powerful Resolutions Worth Keeping This 2015

  We’ve just said goodbye to 2014. As we march forward with the new year, we are greeted with pieces of advice from all places on how we could make our lives better. There are zodiac signs, feng shui, and even numerology to fill our wishes to see what the future may hold for us. Such insights to the future are nice to look out to but we are obliged to face the needs of the present and take control of it. To have a new year’s resolution is a great way of taking charge of the present while also being prepared for what’s ahead. A resolution for a successful routine is key to setting habits that could change one’s behaviour effectively. Setting a cue, routine, and reward is essential on forming a habit, whether it’d be eating, spending or just for the sake of reforming one’s way of thinking. The Pope is a prominent figure even among younger generations for his ability to break through social customs and ward off any intimidation for his authority. He had the genuine touch … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide (Part 3)

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide

Cheat-eating has been commonplace ever since diets have been trending. By taking cheat-eating into something more simple; something that could let you enjoy the holidays in a healthier way, we have explored some ways on how to develop a habit and how to tame one’s appetite when temptations are nearly irresistible. As a complement, there are also cheat-spending habits for the holidays when the line between reasonable offers and hyped-ones is in a blur. By following through one’s habits, rewards are a great way of reinforcing one’s desired changes in behaviour especially if it’s for one’s health or finances. Here are some ways you could reward yourself for successfully cheat-eating or cheat-spending the holiday season (and perhaps get that New Year’s Resolution rolling). … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide (Part 2)

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide

During the holidays, being caught up in the annual hype of losing one’s eating restrictions is a common guilty pleasure. In The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide (Part 1), we have learned that over 50% of one’s annual weight gain is built up during the 6-week holiday season according to the Human Nutrition Research Centre in the US. However balancing your raw appetite and self-control might seem impossible, a compromise could still be achieved. Prevention of getting over 50% of that added annual weight would always be easier than working your way to lose it in the following months. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide (Part 1)

The Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Eater’s Healthy Survival Guide

  The holidays are in. Here you are, ready to welcome the festivities with open arms while partially clouded by the nightmare of gaining weight. It’s a looming war between your discipline and appetite. The barrage of invitations from friends, family, and colleagues are simply hard to combat. The ability to produce self-guilt is low and the arrays of food servings are stacked high on your plate. This is not an unusual story of fighting for your health and surrendering to the immense amount of great food in the end. In fact, more than 50% of annual weight gain is said to be acquired during the 6-week holiday season according to the Human Nutrition Research Centre in the US. … [Read more...]