Saturday, February 13, 2016


With Valentine's Day fast approaching, Filipinos may still not be sure of what to get for or how to spend that red letter day with their loved ones. Luckily for them, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines, the digital innovations units of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), have the ultimate wingmen for them.

Shopping discovery platform Takatack and digital payments mobile app PayMaya can help Filipinos ace the two most challenging parts of this special day - gifts and dates.

Takatack has all the traditional gifts you may want to give your special someone, such as chocolates and sweets. And with over 400,000 products, the site should also be your go-to destination if you want to choose a more unique gift, such as a new camera for the budding photographer in your life or a baking set for your favorite chef.

Rebecca Ricalde, Assistant Vice President for Digital Commerce at Voyager Innovations, believes that the wide range of products at Takatack makes it the best place to choose your Valentine's Day gift.

"Let's face it: Gift-giving, especially on Valentine's Day, is not easy. You want to choose the right gift for your special someone, but its a tall task to run around a crowded mall, shuffling from store to store. With close to half a million products, Takatack makes the process easier by allowing you to find the perfect item, all just a click away, " said Ricalde.

Once you find the right gift, you can have it delivered directly to your special someone for a one-of-a-kind, doorstep surprise, which Ricalde feels is a nice touch for the occasion.

“Much of what makes Valentine’s Day exciting is anticipation. You look forward to February 14, knowing that you’ll be able to spend quality time with your special someone. Sending them a gift via Takatack communicates this excitement to them in a way that nothing else can. A gift says that you are thinking of them and are counting the hours until you can celebrate the holiday together,” she said.

Takatack also feels that romance doesn’t need to be expensive. Beginning February 1st and ending on the day of Valentine’s itself on February 14th, Takatack will offer a selection of special gifts from partner merchants that come with a discount. As these have all been curated by Takatack, customers will find it easier to choose a great gift for their special someone. The categories in this curated selection include: For Him, For Her, and Love Wins.

Takatack will also offer several other promos. From February 1 to 12, a coupon code will allow users to get 500 pesos off a minimum purchase of 2000 pesos, so long as the items are fulfilled by Takatack. From February 1 - 5 and again from February 8 to 14, a coupon code will be revealed at 2:14 each day and expire at 2:14 the next day that will give new users a one-time 15% off discount for items fulfilled by Takatack for a maximum discount of 2000 pesos.

Once you’ve ordered the perfect gifts from Takatack, you still need to actually celebrate Valentine’s day on Sunday, February 14. Unfortunately, many of the one-of-a-kind experiences you would want to share with your special someone on that day may require a credit card, and fewer than 5% of Filipinos own one. What, then, is the hopeful lover supposed to do?

For them, there is PayMaya. Launched late last year, PayMaya is a free digital payments mobile app that gives you a unique card number so that you can pay online without a credit card.  
Getting PayMaya is easy, fast, and FREE. To get your online payment details, all you need to do is download the PayMaya app, which is available on both the App Store and Google Store, and sign up with your mobile number. You are then issued a Visa card number, its expiration date, and a security code. PayMaya functions like a prepaid card - you can load it up at any 7-Eleven, SM Business Center or Robinson’s Business Center and then shop online or sign up to subscriptions wherever VISA is accepted.
In addition to serving as a free online payment app, PayMaya also offers a physical card that you can use to pay at brick-and-mortar stores wherever Visa is accepted. PayMaya is powered by VISA and is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to ensure all your transactions are secure.

You could, for example, take your Valentine’s Day date to watch a concert that you booked on TicketWorld, before ending the evening at your home, ordering delivery from foodpanda and watching a romantic comedy on recent Philippine arrival, Netflix.

Of course, you could splurge even further and choose to book seats on Philippine airlines and a stay at an exotic AirBNB in another city or country even, all courtesy of PayMaya. Now how’s that for a Valentine’s day to remember?

Fueled by Voyager Innovations, aggregates many trusted online stores, including some that are among the largest, like the Rocket Internet-backed Zalora, together with the thousands of merchants who established their own online shops through the TackThis! platform. also offers some of the top brands, including CLN-Celine, VMV Hypoallergenics, Zen Nutrients, ShopTV by the Home Shopping Network, Philips, Digits Trading, Hickok Leather Brand, Candy Corner, Happy Socks, Jaybird, Li-Ning, Marshall, and Sassa. The Takatack platform also offers emerging brands like Straightforward, Fledge Clothing, Ziya, and La Mer Collections.


PayMaya is a three-in-one financial technology product, including a free online payment app that consumers can use to shop online, a physical card that can be used to pay at any Visa-accepting brick-and-mortar establishment, and a BEEP card that commuters can use for their fare on the LRT / MRT lines.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I must admit that one of the reasons why I've found an interest in archery is the Hunger Games books. I wouldn't say that I'm crazy about the trilogy (and the movies as well) but there's something badass, albeit primitive, about being able to hunt and defend yourself with just a bow and an arrow. You know what else is badass? Being able to actually do it Legolas-style! Complete with orcs as targets, running for dear life while loading an arrow in the process, minus the tumbling and rolling of course. Add the pressure of a time limit and you'll get an exciting way to enjoy archery!

So if you're planning on a weekend beach trip up north, why not include the latest attraction of Sandbox in your itinerary?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


What do you get when you gather an interesting bunch of individuals and group them as a last-ditch effort to save the Earth?

An equally interesting superhero TV series! Believe me, it's not just another superhero TV show. It's legendary!

Here are the basics of DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Don't worry, there are no spoilers here.

Friday, January 15, 2016


The last local destination I went to for a trip last year was Boracay. I already lost count of the number of times I went there but just like Baguio, you don't say no to Boracay. You might think that the place is just a long stretch of white-sand beaches frequented by beautiful people but really, there's a lot to do there other than pretend swimming/ogling at local celebrities and partying.

There's always something new to do in Boracay and that's just what I did the last time I went there with my blogger friends for a sponsored group getaway. Though staying at Azalea Hotels & Residences was also a first, I managed to come up with a list of new things I did (or did not do).

Here they are:


Welcome to Azalea Boracay!

Now that you know how to get here, well Boracay in general (see previous entry), allow me to take you on a tour of Azalea Hotels & Residences where I and my blogger friends stayed at last December 13 - 16, 2015 for our #AzaleaGroupGetaway.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored feature.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


There are two entry points to Boracay if you're going there by plane. Caticlan and Kalibo. And for all the times I visited the island, majority of my plane rides had the latter as its entry point. Even though Caticlan is the fastest way to get to Boracay, I really don't mind landing at Kalibo every now and then especially if my flight is scheduled early in the morning. At least I get to catch up on my sleep for the two-hour ride from the airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port.

Believe me, you need all the rest you can get before arriving at the island. There's so much to do and it would be a waste if your body's not prepared for it. But aside from that, you also need to eat.

I usually grab a cup of Seattle's Best coffee at Terminal 4 (that's where the flights to Boracay depart) and save room for the rice meals offered at the plane.

Friday, January 8, 2016


These photos taken at Intramuros were inspired from the back-to-back smartphone photography workshop led by the country's in-demand photographers Jay Tablante and Roy Macam last November 21, 2015 during the ASUS Philippines' #OneDayofZen event (lifted from the the brand's 100 Days of Zen campaign).

Disclaimer: Even though the workshop focused mainly on capturing images using the impressive ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0's camera, the first seven lookbook photos in this entry were deliberately taken using a mirrorless camera for comparison's (and ootd!) sake. The rest were from the photo prowess of the Zenfone 2.