How To Keep New Year Resolutions From Becoming Broken Promises


Research shows that only 8% of people successfully achieve their New Year’s resolution! Well, great for them! While a big part of the population never successfully fulfilled their resolutions, it doesn’t mean that the percentage should demotivate you from getting yourself to fulfill yours. Now to keep your New Year's resolutions from becoming broken promises, here are effective ways to assure you would not throw your list in the bin again. 1) Make a list of SMART goals! Your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.  For instance, instead of writing down a general and vague promise like say “lose weight,” be more specific! Rather put down drop 15 pounds by enrolling yourself in a gym for six months or by joining at least 2 running marathons a month. When your goals are clearer, it will be easier to accomplish them! Image source 2)  Start small, don’t slack. The first time, you let excitement write down your New Year’s resolution list. You … [Read more...]

Pawnina Shares: Popular Christmas Beliefs That Mesmerize Our Holiday Spirits


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...]

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...]

Stunning Santacruzan Gowns by World-Famous Pinoy Fashion Designers


In the Philippines, May is known to be the most colorful time of the year. It is the month of fiestas, signaling merry-making that lasts for several weeks on end. It is the month when rains begin to pour, relieving long dry spells, and allowing an abundance in harvest and flora. As a predominantly Catholic country, Filipinos show their gratitude for the beneficial rains by giving praises to the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary is venerated through a string of festivities commonly referred to as the Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). During this time, church aisles and altars are decked by an array of beautiful, fragrant flowers. Townspeople, in their Sunday bests, gather in the afternoons to pray the rosary, and to share homemade snacks afterwards. During the Flores de Mayo, select maidens from every town participate in a week-long pageant called the Santacruzan.  The belles were chosen not for their looks alone, but for the way they embody the qualities of the quintessential … [Read more...]

5 Times Vanessa Hudgens Gave Us Coachella Goals


It’s Coachella season again! Okay, while not all of us are fortunate enough to be jetting to the Coachella Valley to attend the music festival, that’s no reason to be blue. There are music festivals left and right here in the Philippines, and though it doesn't involve dancing in the middle of a faraway desert, you are bound to have just as much fun. If you’re looking for the latest fashion trends in Festival-land, there’s no better person to consult than the Festival Queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens! Here are five times V gave us Coachella goals: 2011 V Hudge looks super cute in a cropped crochet halter top and denim shorts. She completes her look with feather hair accessories, armbands, layered necklaces, and a leg chain. Here, she looks ultra-hip in a crochet maxi skirt, and a flowy chiffon top. 2012 Look how charming V looks in a black and white flowy spaghetti-strap number and sheer stockings. Donning a flowy, floral bandeau, denim shorts, a sheer crochet … [Read more...]

Food You Can Eat When You’re Fasting (Without Compromising Your Craving)

For the faithful, Good Friday is a day of mourning and penance, as it marks the death of Jesus on the cross. Many venerate the day by attending church services and by fasting. Fasting is the act of getting by with less. Those who are fasting are encouraged to eat just a single full meal and two smaller meals--enough to gain enough energy for the day. The smaller meals, however, should not equal a full meal when combined. Those who are fasting are also discouraged from consuming meat. However, there are many dishes you can still eat even when you’re fasting. PawnHero lists a few: Sarsyadong Tilapya – Fried tilapia sauteed in garlic and onions, served with a sauce made with fresh tomatoes and eggs Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid) – Stuff the squid with a combination of onion and tomatoes with some salt and pepper. Grill the squid for 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve with spiced vinegar dip. Munggo – Sautee boiled mung beans in garlic and onions. Instead of adding pork, add … [Read more...]

#TeamBahay: Family-Friendly Activities That Can Enrich the Soul


Lent is seen by many as a perfect opportunity to assess our spiritual health. During this season, we remember the immense love of Christ by contemplating his sacrifice. While Lent is a time to check our spiritual fitness as individuals, it is also the perfect time to check how we are doing spiritually as a family. Have we been letting Christ into our household? Have we been allowing him to work into our home and our lives? What have we been doing to pull our family members closer to Christ? Today’s families are faced with many challenges. This is why there is no better time than now and no better place than home to experience Lent. After all, home is where we rush after a long day. It is where we weave dreams, it is a safe place for us to unload our burdens and face our woes, and it is, ultimately, where we love and forgive. It is in our home that we most often experience salvation. In this post, PawnHero lists some activities that you can do at home, to help enrich the soul and … [Read more...]

Budget- Friendly Vacation Spots in the Philippines


It’s almost the long weekend! Have you planned your getaway yet? If your answer is no, there’s no better time to start but now. Fortunately for you, the Philippines is full of hidden gems where you can de-stress and forget about the struggles of adult life for a bit. The even better news is, there are places can visit without draining your bank account. PawnHero lists some of the top places to visit this long weekend if you are a bakasyonista on a budget. Cagbalete Island Cagbalete Island boasts of creamy white sand and clear waters. It's easy to assume that Cagbalete is just like any other beach, but what sets it apart is the raw, picturesque surroundings. Unlike other commercialized beaches, the island's ecosystem remains diverse and its marine life, rich. Be mesmerized by the beautiful corals and schools of fish that abound its waters. Visit the island when it’s low tide, and prepare for your breath to be taken away by the majestic shoreline, as the sun's rays hit the sand. … [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...]

2 Great Things About the K-12 Program and The Challenges They Face

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Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, we saw an overhaul in the education system of the Philippines. We went from the long-standing ten-year program to the 12-year K-12 program. Many people naturally reacted to this change with a range of emotions from acceptance to shock. That latter mostly comes from the fact that extra years means extra spending. Even in cases where the public school system shouldered the brunt of the expenses, there are still books, uniforms, and allowances to save up for. PawnHero looks at two reasons why the implementation of the system is an overall advantage for the country, the challenges that come with it,  and how you can mitigate expenses. 1. A competitive edge To say that Filipinos are competitive is an understatement. Just last year, a 15-year old student won a bronze medal at the 2015 International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project Olympiad for his innovative biodegradable plastic bag. That’s frankly a boon for … [Read more...]