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Tuesday, November 20

Nokia 7 Plus: A Phone You Can Rely On

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of a smartphone? For me, it is functionality. The dictionary defines this word as "the quality of being suited to serve a purpose well; practical." As a busy person who makes an effort to juggle my law school life, work in a law firm and a passion for blogging, a highly-functional phone is a necessity. Yes, you read it right. I consider having a smartphone, not a mere want, but definitely a need. 

As such, it is no wonder why I instantly fell in love with the all-new Nokia 7 Plus. Nokia has a special place in my heart as my first ever phone was a 5110 and it was followed by a 3310. All the good memories from my childhood came rushing in when I received my very own Nokia 7 Plus. In this article, I am going to tell you the top reasons why I consider it as a phone and a friend I can rely on.


1. It allows me to take a bothie. One of the best features of this latest smartphone from Nokia is its Bothie technology. What it basically does is it allows users to simultaneously use the front and back cameras in taking one photo. It can be perfect for recording live videos on Facebook or Instagram. At the same time, it makes video calls more fun and interactive. I usually use the Bothie when taking group photos with my friends.

2. It enables me to capture random moments with the ones I love. The camera of this smartphone has Zeiss lenses. Therefore, I can take clear photos of all the best moments I share with the persons close to my heart. If you check the gallery of my Nokia 7 Plus, you can see that most of the photos taken were all about food. 


3. It easily notifies me for events and assignments. I have to admit that there are times when I forget about my meetings or appointments. Aside from this, I also tend to miss the deadlines for the tasks or assignments that I need to complete. However, everything changed the moment I started using Nokia 7 Plus. The notification center of this phone is so easy to use! Reminders and alarms can be set up in less than a minute. 

4. Its battery can last for long hours. The Nokia 7 Plus also comes with long battery life. I can use the phone for two straight days without the need for charging it. This is such a good thing for someone like me who is always on the go. The battery capacity is 3,800mAh and is capable of fast charging.
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Here are some of the top features that I really love about this phone:

  • > Screen, see more: Enjoy a bigger viewing experience on the 6” Full-HD+ display with an 18:9 ratio, or watch and chat at the same time by splitting the screen into two 1:1 windows.
  • > The camera, unleashed: Switch between aspect ratios and shooting functions, as well as adjust parameters within different camera modes, such as the intensity of effects like Bokeh and Beautify. And with Google Lens™ and Motion Photos seamlessly integrated into the camera app, its easier than ever to explore and capture the world around you in new, creative ways.
  • > Your photos like never before: The 12 MP and 13 MP sensors with ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom deliver vivid colors that bring your photos to life. On the other side, the 16MP front camera with ZEISS optics and great low-light performance takes stunning selfies, day or night.
  • DesignBeauty in strength: Machined from a solid block of aluminium, Nokia 7 Plus can take what life throws at you and look good while doing it. Its subtle curves and ceramic-feel coating bring the best of both worlds: a great grip and a clean look. (Source: https://www.nokia.com/)

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In conclusion, I have to say that the Nokia 7 Plus is a must-have! 

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Saturday, November 10

All About Giving: Shop Exclusive Unilever Deals at Shopee

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when it comes to online shopping? For me, it has always been “Shopee,” because this online marketplace has everything that I need. The best part of all is that I never had a bad experience since the day I start shopping at this site. I had several transactions with the various sellers and so far, everything went well. The items I received were all in excellent condition, and the shipping was fast. 

As such, I became excited when I found out that there is going to be an 11.11 CHRISTMAS SALE at Shopee! All participating brands, including Unilever, are going to offer some exclusive sales and discounts to all online shoppers. Most importantly, some of these items are available for FREE Shipping! That means you can get whatever you want at an affordable price, without the need to pay more for the shipping fee. 

Here is one of the deals that I find interesting:


We all know that the holiday season is all about giving. If you have no idea on what to get for some of your friends or family members this Christmas, then make sure to check the Unilever (All About Giving) page on Shopee. Kickstart the holidays by stocking some of your favorite products! Take note that some deals are exclusive at the said e-commerce website. 

Here are some of them: 
  • > Tresemme: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • > St. Ives: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • > Dove: UP TO 40% OFF 
  • > Unilever Homecare products: UP TO 30% OFF 
  • > Unilever Foods products: UP TO 40% OFF


Also, don’t miss the 11.11 FLASH SALES for more savings!

Mark your calendar! The sale will start at 11:00 AM on November 11, 2018.

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Use this code to get 20% off when you buy PHP 1,000 worth of Unilever items.






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Monday, November 5

Starbucks For A Year Promo: Be One of the Winners!

One of the country's leading coffee shops, Starbucks Philippines, is back again with its Free Coffee For A Year Promo. This promotion is available only for the holders of the all-new Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card included in the 2019 Starbucks Philippines Planner or Travel Organizer. 


When is the promo period?

From November 2, 2018 to January 7, 2019

How can one qualify for the promo?


Starbucks Philippines customers earn a raffle entry by:
  1. Activating the Starbucks Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card with at least ₱500 at any Starbucks store in the Philippines; and 
  2. Registering the activated Starbucks Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card to a new or existing My Starbucks Rewards® account within the promo period.

What are the prizes?

  • Starbucks for a Week – 84 Beverage Stars equivalent to 7 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons 
  • Starbucks for a Month – 360 Beverage Stars equivalent to 30 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons 
  • Starbucks for a Year – 4,380 Beverage Stars equivalent to 365 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons

When are the draw dates?


Yes, you read it right. There will be sixty-three winners for this latest promotion from Starbucks Philippines. Take note that a customer can win only once during a draw. Non-winning and winning raffle entries will automatically be included in the next draw. The winners will be notified through their registered e-mail address based on the customer’s contact details in Starbucks Philippines’ records.

How can the winner claim the prize?

For the prizes to be credited, the winner must send a copy of the front and back image of the Starbucks Card that matches the card information of the winning entry, and a valid I.D with picture by replying to the email notification.



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Thursday, November 1

#makeITsafePH: Online Shopping Addiction 101

Globe has a new campaign called #makeITsafePH that aims to spread awareness about the responsible use of digital technology. It focuses on cybersecurity and cyber-wellness to educate different consumers in the Philippines to inform them about the potential risks of using the platforms made available via the Internet. 

The goal of the campaign is to provide consumers with the right information necessary to protect themselves from the said risks. The campaign also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that would not become a source of such deplorable behavior. I am happy to be part of this campaign. 

Here is my take on this latest and amazing effort of Globe to #makeITsafePH:

In this modern age of technology, almost everything we want is already within our reach. All we have to do is use our smartphone or laptop to get what we want. If we are hungry, we can easily call up a restaurant and request for food delivery or visit its website to make an online order. If we want to shop but do not have the luxury of time to do it, we can conveniently go online and buy from our favorite e-commerce site. 

For these reasons, we can conclude that the advancements in the field of technology have absolutely made our life more comfortable than ever. As long as we have an Internet connection, everything is going to be okay. It may seem like we have a good life because of the availability of the Internet but let’s face it – it also has some disadvantages. One of which is an online shopping addiction. 

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of online stores available all over the world? A large number of these businesses can even cater to all existing customers and potential clients around the globe. With the increasing number of online stores created every single day, it is safe to assume that the competition has become tough for the industry players. Because of this, many online entrepreneurs offer big sales and amazing discounts or promotions to their target market. As a result, more people are encouraged to shop online. For some, it even leads to addiction.

What is an online shopping addiction?


Addiction is a negative term, which is usually associated with the words “craving,” “dependency” and “compulsion.” Some experts call it “pathological buying online” addiction. Allow me to quote a portion of the research completed by PLOS ONE entitled “Pathological Buying Online as a Specific Form of Internet Addiction: A Model-Based Experimental Investigation.”

Pathological buying (PB), compulsive buying, buying addiction, and oniomania are different terminologies describing the same phenomenon in which individuals are preoccupied with shopping, suffer from recurrent buying impulses or episodes, and lose control over their buying behavior.

What are the signs and symptoms?


The following characteristics indicate that someone is suffering from this online shopping addiction:
  • Choosing to shop online instead of fulfilling duties or obligations at work 
  • Having financial troubles or issues because of unpaid credit card bills arising from online shopping activities
  • Experiencing extreme sadness for failure to catch a limited time offer or sale
  • Having difficulty in sleeping at night
  • Feeling like one cannot stop himself from shopping online
  • Sacrificing relationships with family members, friends and even loved ones because of irresponsible online shopping activities
  • Spending less time doing more meaningful activities because of online shopping 
  • Thinking of online shopping endlessly


How can one get over from this addiction?


Fortunately, there are still ways on how one can overcome online shopping addiction. If you believe that you have a pathological buying online attitude, make sure to follow these courses of action:

1. Find your passion. Think of other things or activities that can keep you preoccupied so that you can stop thinking about buying some items online. Keep yourself busy by doing more of what you love and none of those that can only cause troubles in your life.

2. Talk to a friend. Try to open up about your problems regarding your shopping addiction. Take note that the more you keep it in yourself, the more difficult it would be to take it out of your system. Find someone whom you can be honest about. 

3. Think before hitting “buy now.” Take all the time you need in making an online purchase. As already mentioned above, online shopping is actually not a bad thing. It only becomes dangerous if you are already addicted to it. Do not rush in putting items on your online cart. Think twice before you make an order.

4. Know wants from needs. Keep in mind that just because an item is on sale does not mean that it is affordable. Be smart enough to know the significant distinctions among the things you need to have from those that you merely want. Of course, the former shall be a top priority while the latter can be foregone. 

5. Remember your financial status. Learn how to assess your financial status. Do you have enough savings in the bank? Can you afford to buy all the things you want online? If the answer is in the affirmative, then shop all you want as long as you can pay for it. On the other hand, if you are already on the brink of experiencing financial collapse, then maybe learn how to control your shopping urges.

6. Seek professional help. There are different forms of online shopping addiction. If what you have is a severe kind, the best thing to do is to seek professional help. Look for an expert who can help you in recovering from addiction.


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