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...]

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...]

Pinoy Holiday Traditions To Look Forward This December

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December is coming into our hearts boys and girls, and what more can you look forward to this coming month than celebrating the holidays! The last month of the year features festive of activities and long-time traditions to look forward to. And as exciting as it may sound, we can’t wait to just seclude ourselves with the joy of the yuletide season. So, get the holiday break you deserve and mark the calendars with these traditions below: The early dawn mass tradition: Simbang Gabi Image source Beginning at the 16th of December all the way to the 24th, this mass tradition has dated back from our country’s colonial times. The nine-day mass, by tradition, usually begins at 4 in the morning, just right before the crack of dawn. Why such an early tradition? Well, to say the least, this tradition traces back to Pope Sixtus V who ordered that the mass be heard before sunrise since farmers need to be in fields right after as it’s the harvest season. And of course, it won’t be complete … [Read more...]

10 Creative Christmas Tree Making Hacks That You Can Do At Home

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Creativity matched with resourcefulness is a good life hack and Filipinos have a knack for both! They can make something out of old magazines, recycled bottles, old boxes and drifted woods. As the 25th of December draws closer and so is the spirit of a Filipino Christmas grows merrier! And a favorite symbol of the much-celebrated season is the Christmas Tree. While there are Christmas Trees available in the market to buy, there are also home made ones that do not require much of a budget.With these Christmas Tree inspiration below, you can create one of your own using available materials at home where you almost don't have to spend anything! So check them out below, as you get more creative with your home made Christmas Tree, even the Christmas Grinch will want to steal it. 1) Driftwood Christmas Tree Woods washed on shore or bodies of water can be an ornamental art during the holidays. You just have to take a stroll by the beach (especially in provinces) and you’ll find washed … [Read more...]

How To Keep Your Dead Investments Alive? (Earning With Cash)

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Invest on a house they say, invest on a car they say and invest on a good old watch they say. Often, we were told to invest on material things, and we thought investing on these items are all worth it. People often tend to equate investment with an expensive purchase. But these items, these material things are liabilities and not assets. So, liabilities are dead investments once they get off the market. They don’t earn money for you, they don’t fatten up your wallets and add zeroes to your bank accounts. But, there are smart ways to keep these dead investments alive and earning with cash. Check them out below: House: A lot is an investment whose value allocates over time, but sometimes a house just doesn’t do that. It is a golden rule for investors to keep that the physical structure or the content of the land depreciates over time while the lot or land underneath the structure appreciates over time. The value of a real estate always depends on "location, location, … [Read more...]

Not Home For The Holidays? Turning The Holiday Homesickness Frown Upside Down

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“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.” ― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch Supposed to be home for the holidays? But unexpectedly, you just can’t go home. Well, the sacrifice to be away from home is not at all easy and we salute that noble pursuit. While homesickness embraces you like the cold December air and not a fire by the hearth can warm the heavy heart, we can still turn that holiday frown upside down. You’re not the only one after all, everyone, one way or another, felt homesickness on the holidays. Here’s how you can cope up with your feelings: Let it all out. It’s okay to cry! At this time, there’s no guilt in crying. You are not weak. You have been amazingly tough. It’s best to release all that sadness because you need to free up the space of your feelings and fill them with joy, optimism and glee. Just let it all out, you need a good cry. Those tears measure how much you long for the company … [Read more...]

A Hero Reminder: Your Safety Plan To Get Prepared For Every Storm

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Safety is the utmost priority at any given calamity, so never take warnings, news, announcements and weather forecasts for granted. From the many calamities that struck, not one is bound to leave the same impact. We never know what the storm may bring us but what we can do is to be highly-prepared for what’s to come. As a hero reminder, here is your safety plan to brace yourself for the impending rainy typhoon season ahead. 1) Check your must-have emergency kit items. Always have an emergency kit stored at your homes. Note that establishments are preparing for the storm and are looking to close early, so check if you have all the must-have basic NEEDS in your emergency kit: Bottled water, food, first aid kit, warm clothes, flashlight and batteries, umbrella/raincoats, whistle and toiletries. 2) Secure your homes. Damage, debris and death, the ugly D triplets that the mother of all storms bring! We don’t want to meet them, so as much as possible keep your homes secure and … [Read more...]

10 Everyday Items That Could Earn You P30,000 or More

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Did you know that some everyday items you barely notice at home can help you earn much? That’s right. If you’re having troubles keeping up with your finances, you need not look far for extra cash. Know that you have plenty of solutions such as pawning, and most of the best items you can use as collateral are in the four corners of your home. Here’s a list of the everyday items pawned at PawnHero, giving the owner P30,000.00 and more. Canon Camera EOS 550D + Lenses + Flash Appraised Price: P30,000.00 If you’re not using your DSLR anymore, why not pawn it? Since the Canon EOS 550D boasts a lot of features (18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO 100-6400, H:12800, a quick control screen), you’re likely to earn P30,000 for this, or even higher if it comes with a flash and other lenses.   Image Source Lenovo CPU 4004 H1U Appraised Price: P30,000.00 With features such as an Intel CoreTM i3-3220T Dual Core Processor (3M Cache, 2.80 GHz) 35W, Windows 7 Professional Preloaded … [Read more...]

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

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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...]