What it Means to be a Millennial in a Developing Country

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You’re 24 and leaving work. It doesn’t make you happy, you tell your parents and friends. You feel like it’s not your niche, not your special spot in the marketplace. Your family shrugs it off as indecisiveness, but your bosses shake their head at you, tells you you’re a typical millennial. A typical millennial. Millennial. The word is being thrown around so carelessly, but what exactly does it mean? What does it mean to be a millennial? According to Time, you are a millennial if you are born anytime between 1980 to 2000. This means that this group is mostly comprised of teens and twentysomethings. Okay, so why then, are millennials being looked down upon? We are simply talking about an age group here, right? Wrong. Apparently, we are talking about a group of relatively younger individuals whose habits are said to have been made somehow similar by factors including globalization, social media, the adoption of Western culture, and fast-paced change. This is a group that is … [Read more...]

Top 10 Laptops for the Upcoming School Year

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Laptops and computers are such an essential part of daily life that it's become often much more difficult to manage without them. For students on a budget, however, they represent a considerable enough investment of money. PawnHero takes a look at the most affordable laptops that you can get on even a minimal budget that can get the job done for you this upcoming school year. These machines won't bowl you over with high-end specs, nor can you count on them for heavy duty work, but if you just need something to type up the next report or do a little bit of research, they're perfect. After all, beggars can't be choosers! 1. Asus Chromebook Flip The Chromebook is a great platform for those on the tightest of budgets because its lack of a physical storage drive lowers the costs considerably. Wholly online, these laptops are functional to the highest degree and revolve strongly around Google's excellent cloud-based services. Word processing is handled via Google Docs, browsing and … [Read more...]

Keep, Store, or Sell? A Savvy Fashionista’s Guide to Updating Her Wardrobe

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For a fashion girl, there is probably nothing more fun than updating her wardrobe. But elating as every unbridled shopping spree is, it may come with a few setbacks. One is the challenge of fitting your new loot into your wardrobe. Admit it. Some of the items in your closet are there only for sentimental reasons. Never mind if the pair of exaggeratedly flared pants you pleaded your Mom for 10 Christmases ago just sat in your closet collecting dust. Why, simply looking at it brings proud tears to your eyes, as you are reminded of how far your fashionista self has gone. Plus, it makes your closet look fuller, so why not? But getting rid of items that you don’t use anymore can signal the beginning of a more organized lifestyle. Letting some of your closet clutter go can actually help you save time, space, and even your sanity. Start organizing your wardrobe and your life by taking this short quiz: Now that you’ve sifted through your closet and freed some valuable space, next … [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...]

Hottest Swimsuit Styles for Summer 2016

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  Going away on a tropical holiday is never complete without a good OOTD. It’s about time you throw away that teenybopper, cherry-printed, ruffled tankini, as 2016 is the year for bolder, sexier pieces! PawnHero compiles this year’s hottest swimsuit styles that will warrant you several double-takes on the beach: Racerfront Bikini We’re sure you’ve all heard of the racerback back in the early 2000s. That fashion trend is back, only, it now takes a different form. Folks, meet the racerfront bikini. Especially designed to flatter your toned built, this bikini looks perf with your favorite G Shock. Halter Bikini The halter bikini is one perfect way to show off your to-die-for shoulders.  It accentuates perfectly-toned arms, and flatters almost any body type. Chambray Bikini   The only chambray/ denim piece you can wear to the beach is a pair of shorts, right? Wrong. You can totally rock a denim or chambray bikini on the beach! Basic Bikini The … [Read more...]

A Girl’s Guide to Beating a Tamad Day

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If this were a parallel universe, we’d be on the beach every day, basking under the glorious sun, listening to the calming sound of crashing waves. But in a universe such as the one we live in, not every day is a rainbow day and every now and then, we’ll find ourselves waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Much as we’d like to stay under the covers or escape to a faraway land on days like these, there are times when life won’t take no for an answer. On days like these, we are left with no choice but to get up, one tamad foot at a time. Here are five ways you can wing it ‘til you make your way through a bad day: 1. Listen to Feel-Good Music Playing an upbeat tune can actually make you feel a bit more positive. According to the Journal of Positive Psychology, listening to upbeat music with the goal of becoming happier can indeed help you feel more cheerful. Also, choose songs that can change your mood enough to actually make you dance. Dancing, or any form of physical activity for … [Read more...]

4 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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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...]

The 7 Ultimate Christmas Cheat-Spending Hacks

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Whether you’re a student looking for a gift for your block’s Kris Kringle or the new aunt worrying what to buy for her nephews and nieces, Christmas shopping is a conundrum we face every holiday season. Saving time, effort, and money is an ideal that’s rarely executed. Here are some hacks to ease your way through the holiday gift madness – have the checklist ready. … [Read more...]