A Holiday Guide to Planning Your Year-End Vacation

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Before closing the curtain on 2017 and getting back to the daily grind for another 365 days, a refreshing holiday get-away should be in order, don’t you think?   Although there are still three months before the New Year, you'd be wise to start planning now before every room in every hotel or resort get booked for the upcoming holidays. To help you make sure that your holiday plans don’t remain as plans, here’s a step-by-step guide in planning your year-end vacation.   Set Your Destination   While this is the first and most crucial step, it may also be the most difficult task for various reasons such as having an extensive list of places you're eager to check off your bucket list and you can't decide which one to choose, or you absolutely have no idea where you want to go.   So, where do you want to go? To answer this general question and narrow down your destination options, it might help to ask these specific questions … [Read more...]

Reunion Party Games To Get Everyone In The “Barkada” To Participate

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The location, the music, the food, the stories and of course the good stash of  drinks make up a good party! But to make all barkada reunion celebrations a blast, there should also be games to hype things up! To help you get started with the party planning, here is a suggested list of games that guarantees to get everyone in the circle to participate! Don’t worry, these games are just the icing on the cupcake because they bring out a galore of confessions, teamwork, laughter, and dares! All you need is a drink and that game face on! Image source 1) Be a team sport playing the “Beer Pong” One of the fun and popular drinking games is the beer pong! The game is a barkada game as it requires two players; the players could either be a pair or a group. The game requires a table. At both ends of the table, a pyramid formation of half-filled cups of beer are arranged. The game begins with the first team attempting to shoot ping pong balls into the opponent’s cups from across the … [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...]

Crazy Fun Things To Get Your Mind Out Of The Holiday Traffic

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Lo and behold, this year’s holidays fall on a weekend! For students, this won’t be a problem as they have their Christmas break- lucky them! But for most employees, this year just did not agree on a long weekend for the holidays! Hence, not so good news at all for the majority of Metro-residing students on a break, because a holiday traffic will just be breaking that break! So, for all those unlucky enough to expect the impending holiday traffic, here are crazy and fun suggestions we believe you can do while stuck on holiday traffic. 1) Bring your pocket WiFi. Thank the brainchild for bringing up the idea of a pocket WiFi! It's so convenient! You can bring one, anytime, anywhere, just like PawnHero! Now, If you have it, by all means, bring it! Having your internet data won’t last the dreaded traffic, especially if the data eats up all your phone’s battery.Speaking of your battery, might as well bring those power banks too! They’ll come in handy. Image source 2) Listen to … [Read more...]

PawnHero MarketPlace: Discounted Brand-Name Items for Shoppers on the Go

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If you have ever taken one look at your old, trusty handbag and told yourself, “This old thing has to go,” visit the PawnHero MarketPlace. The MarketPlace is a favorite haunt for shoppers on the go that are looking for name-brand items at comparably lower prices. Plenty of Choices The MarketPlace carries fashion items like handbags, jewelry and diamonds, watches, sunglasses, and shoes. You can also find an extensive selection of gadgets plus myriad other items including musical instruments, home appliances, sports equipment, and art pieces.  All these name-brand items are sold for up to 80% off their original market value. The MarketPlace also boasts of some unique items such as antique daggers, a magnetometer, vintage cuff links, old dollar coins, a Japanese harp, and even a limited edition Sarimanok sculpture by National Artist Abdulmari Asia Ima. If you are a collector, an art enthusiast, or a person with a curious mind, you are bound to find something that will pique your … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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...]

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...]

15 Tips to Save Money This Holiday

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  Christmas is just around the corner, and we all know how it is! With Michael Jackson’s classic holiday hit “Give Love on Christmas Day” playing in just about every store, we all can get a little overeager and exhilarated about giving gifts and throwing lavish parties for our loved ones—only to be surprised by the time January rolls in and we’ve spent all that bonus. Generosity is perfectly fine, but one doesn’t have to overspend to have the best Christmas ever. Avoid overspending and that imminent holiday debt with these Christmas budget-buster tips this holiday: 1. Plan it. Before diving into your Christmas shopping, set a budget and a gift list a couple of weeks before December. Create a spending plan that lists who you need to buy gifts for and how much you’ll be spending. You should have an idea of how much you’re about to spend since your holiday budget is likely to be similar to the money you spent last year. It’s important to plan early because it … [Read more...]