Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My MetroDeal Experience

Group buying sites have mushroomed all over the internet in the last two years. The logic behind it is simple: Everything is cheaper by the BULK or WHOLESALE. This is not a new concept at all, especially to shopping-savvy people who frequent divisoria, baclaran or quiapo for those thrifty-finds. So today, what with the market continuing to be very tight and competitive, because people who labor for their keep find it hard to let go of their hard-earned moolah on something that they couldn't get the best price of. Thus, the group buying sites!

Today, I just made another purchase in one of the more famous and trusted group-buying site, MetroDeal.

 It was a very easy experience. 

Once I've selected the deal I want to purchase, which in this case is a 60-min full body massage plus a 30-min foot massage for only Php199. (Quite a steal, eh?) :D 

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Complicated!

Itago niyo na lamang ako sa pangalang Gossip Girl, hindi dahil kasing ganda ko si Blake Lively o si Blair Waldorf, kundi dahil siguradong itatatwa ako ng aking kaibigan sa pagkakanulo ko sa kanilang kwento alang-alang sa premyo.

Naisip ko din namang sariling kwento ko ang ilagay ko dahil hindi naman ako kapos sa ganitong klase din ng mga kwento bilang tao.

Pero sa tingin ko'y mas mag-eenjoy kayo dito.

Nagsimula ang lahat sa isang nilalanggam-sa-tamis na kasalan. 

Kung saan imbitado ang mga pamilya, ilang katrabaho at ang pinakamalalapit na kaibigan, kabilang Si Ginoong X.

Magkaututang-dila si Ginoong X at ang bride na tawagin  nating Mrs. Y. Matagal na rin silang hindi nagkikita kaya naman chika-to-the-max ang dalawa.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to Start an Online Business

Starting an online business is one of the best ways an entrepreneur can establish a business without shelling too much while building up his reputation at the same time. Many moms, seeking new ways to augment the family income, venture into online businesses as a second job.

With over 1 million Facebook users alone, the internet poses much opportunity for sellers. All you need is a computer and internet connection and you can run your dream business from the comfort of your own homes.

1.       Know your business

 As with any businesses, do your research and feasibility studies. But you can also start somewhere closer to home,  in your passion. What piques your interest? What do you love most? Venturing into a business that is related to one of your passions will have a higher rate of success than venturing into one you don’t love at all.  Find your niche.

2.       Put up an online store

There are a wide range of platforms that you can choose from. Most of them have established themselves already in the buy and sell business and are offering their basic services for free. 

Most shops have established themselves in popular social networking sites Multiply and Facebook. In both platforms, you can upload pictures of your wares and arrange them into albums. And since this is a social networking site, any new activity or updates in your page gets shown across your list of contacts or groups.


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Click Photo to Sign-up has a nice, although cluttered, site. You can post different items according to their categories but a buyer can always see all your items just by clicking a tab to go to your Sulit Store. It also has a feedback system which you can use to build your reputation as a seller (or buyer!). There is also a dedicated field so buyers can post negotiation messages. They can also opt to send you a Private Message if they’re the shy type. :D The downside is that unrelated items show up in your search because of the tags their sellers have attatched to them.

Ayosdito is a very minimalist buy and sell site. Unlike Sulit, all items, in their respective categories are listed in chronological order. This means that your ad can easily get buries under all the newly listed items. But of course buyers can always use the search button if they already have something specific in mind. 

Ebay on the other hand is more business-like. You post your items as in any other sites. But here, if you choose to declare your item as brand new, used, defective etc, these have a certain definition that buyers can refer to. It also uses Paypal so the payment is very safe, as long as you’re transacting with a legitimate seller
3.       Your Payment Options

As an online seller, you need to provide your buyers various options on how to pay for the items you're selling. Here are a few that you can use:

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

A Paypal payment is still considered as the safest way of sending money all over the world. you only need to sign-up. If you still haven't just click the banner, and it'll take to the registration page. To withdraw money, just add a bank account and have your card verified.


Another safe option is AlertPay, this is like Paypal too. Click the banner to sign-up.

For both Paypal and AlertPay, you can put their widget in the website and allow your buyers to order and pay for your items directly. 

If you are unfamiliar with Paypal and AlertPay and find linking your bank account cumbersome, you still have other options that are equally effective and safe. 

Both Globe and Smart offers their subscribers an option to use electronic money using the basic money transfer concept. Both utilize personal pins that users have to key-in before making a payment. 
4.       Your Delivery Options

There are a number of ways how you can deliver your item to your buyer.

a. Cash-on-Deliveries

For buyers who want to ensure that they get the item they're buying, this is the way to go. Of course it has its pros and cons that both parties have to consider.

Before,  this is strictly a meet-up between the buyer and seller. Today, 3rd party CODs are in the wings of some shipping companies, like Xend, if not fully operational like Gcash Click. 

b. Pick-ups

You can set a pick-up point, like your office or home. To protect your privacy, giveout your home address only to sure buyers. You can also utilize Google Maps in your website so your buyers can have an idea how to get to your location. 

c. Couriers

There are lots of shipping companies that offer very affordable rates. A good choice are the ones that offer a badge that you can incorporate in your website. As you use them for your deliveries, your credibility as a seller goes up since the number of your successful deliveries are reflected in your badge. 

Here's my badge from Xend. :) 

Here's my badge from Jam Global which I have yet to try! :)

Are you an online seller too? Please share your stories. :D

Monday, November 21, 2011

Win Global Art Free Lessons!


· Like Global Art Philippines’ Facebook Fan Page.

· Upload either a photo, an artwork, or a short write-up as your status on your FB wall pertaining to why you’d like your child to take classes at Global Art Philippines. If your child is already a student of Global Art, you can modify the theme to why you or your child love Global Art so much. Photo and artwork must have a caption stating your reason(s). Write-ups should be limited to 100 words or less. Please indicate the name and age of your child in the entry as well.

· Tag Global Art Philippines’ FB Page when you upload the entry to your FB wall. Alternatively, you can upload the entry on Global Art Philippines' wall.

· There will be five (5) winners of one term (three months) of Global Art Philippines classes and a prize hamper containing merchandise worth P2,400.

· Contest is open to all parents of children 4-16 years old who would like to enroll their kids in Global Art Philippines. Winning parents’ child must be able to attend classes at a Global Art Philippines branch of their choosing (i.e. Ortigas, Makati, Serendra, Del Monte, Katipunan, Alabang, Fun Ranch, and Davao).

· Contest period is from Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2011. Winners will be announced shortly after. Classes must be availed of from January to March 2012.

· Winners (both parents and child) should be willing to be interviewed and photographed for marketing collaterals to be used by Global Art Philippines for promotional / event purposes.

Winners will be determined by the following criteria:

· Three (3) winners based on judging for the best entries
· One (1) People’s Choice winner based on the number of likes
· One (1) winner via the blog Animetric’s World

There will also be ten (10) consolation prize winners who will get a free oil pastel set from Global Art Philippines. All prizes must be claimed at Global Art Philippines branches. All entries will be uploaded into an album at the Global Art Philippines FB page for voting in order to determine the People's Choice winner.

All the official entries can be viewed and voted upon at

Win a pair of Fancy Flats!

 Fancy Flats will be giving CIARA GLITTER OXFORDS to one lucky reader of She Is Dainty! Yes, you read that right. You have a chance to take home these lovely babies. To win, be sure to follow these steps:
  1. Must be a follower of She Is Dainty on Google Friend Connect. Please click “Join this site” on the Google Friend Connect at the right side, and follow directions.
  2. Like Fancy Flats and She is Dainty on Facebook.
  3. Post the answer to this question at Fancy Flats’ Facebook Wall: “What would make your holiday sparkle?” (HINT: The best answer might win.)
  4. Follow @erikadainty on twitter and tweet: “I would love to win a pair of shoes from FANCY FLATS at #SheIsDainty @erikadainty’s giveaway!”
  5. Fill up the form below.
  6. Lastly, comment below that you’re joining this giveaway.
For Additional Entries:
  • For Tumblr users, follow She is Dainty on Tumblr and Reblog this Post. (+2)
  • For non-Tumblr users, blog about this giveaway on your blog. (+2)
  • Post the giveaway button and copy the html here to your blog’s sidebar during the entire duration of the contest. (+3)
The winner will be chosen on December 5, 2011! Good luck!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Win a Samsung Champ from Noypistuff! Ends 11/30

I am dreaming of having a new phone. One that would replace my phone with a broken housing. 

The best of course would be to have a phone at virtually no cost. LOL. And that's the reason I am posting this in my blog. So attention everybody, lend me your ears:

Noypistuff will be celebrating his blog's first anniversary with a contest. Lucky winners will take home a brand new Samsung Champ and cellphone load. I say winners because there'll be six winners in all. One big winner of the Champ, and five winners of cellcards worth Php300 each. Winners will be determined through a raffle draw. To earn virtual tickets for this raffle, here's what you have to do:

To earn an entry to the raffle, simply "like" both the Noypistuff and Webhost-choice fan pages on  Facebook. Be sure to like both the pages to earn 1 entry.

You can also earn additional entries by doing the following (optional): 

1. Write about this giveaway on your blog. (+3 entries)
2. Follow Noypistuff on Twitter. (+1 entry)
3. Tweet the link of this post. (+1 entry) (Here's the link:
4. Like "Music in My Religion" on Facebook. (+1 entry)
5. Post the link to this post on your Facebook wall. (+1 entry) (Here's the link again:
6. Like Noypistuff's Google Plus One button at the right sidebar of this page (+1 entry) (Please go to the HOME PAGE  and click on the Google Plus One button at the right side bar just below the search box.)
7. Follow Noypistuff on Google Friend Connect (+1 entry)

and then Fill-up the form in the ORIGINAL POST

Contest is until November 30. Open to international participants with a Philippine address where the prize can be shipped or a local number for the cellphone load.

Win 5k cash or worth of Crocs/Levi's GCs! Ends 11/30


Get a chance to win 5,000 cash and 10,000 worth of GCs from Levis and Crocs!

Promo Mechanics
1. To join, log on to The Bloomfields FB click the LIKE button


3. Now think if you’ve ever had a complicated experience in your life.... It could be about an awkward situation you have encountered recently, or any funny anecdote that can be related to the theme. It’s your story (or the story that you are going to make) so it’s up to you!

4. Tell us about it! You can post a video clip, a photo, or a short story on the event/ contest page --- whatever best shares the experience.
***Please watch Dino's video for inspiration :)

5. To increase your chance of winning, you can create a tweet for your entry with the tag @bloomfieldsband #itscomplicated.
Example: @bloomfieldsband #itscomplicated when you are bursting to pee in the middle of a gig :)

6. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
• 20% Social Media Reach (Likes, Shares, Retweets, etc)
• 30% Creativity/ Originality
• 50% Awkwardness Impact / Humour

7. The best entry will be selected by The Bloomfields. The winner (1) will receive the following prizes:
• Php 5,000 worth of GCs from Levis Jeans
• Php 5,000 worth of GCs from Crocs
• Php 5,000 in cash
• The winning video/ photo/ story will also be featured in the Bloomfields Website for 1 month

8. WHAT’S YOUR COMPLICATED STORY WILL RUN from November 6 to November 30, 2011. Goodluck!

Win a pair of ANY Radii Shoes! Ends 11/18

Contest Period: October 24 to November 18, 2011
Submission of Entries Deadline: 11:59 PM of November 18
1 Pair of Any Radii Shoes

Win a Samsung Galaxy Y! Ends 11/19

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Digital Walker is sponsoring another contest. In celebration of the addition of the Samsung brand into Digital Walker’s product portfolio, they will be giving away one brand new, unlocked Samsung Galaxy Y to one lucky winner. Excited? Here’s how you can enter the contest.
Contest will run from November 4 until November 19 2011. The winner will be announced on November 21 on

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ang Aking Panata Photo Contest Ends 1/29/12


Contest Mechanics:

  • Contest coverage is nationwide.
  • Promo Period: October 28, 2011 to February 1, 2012.
  • Submission of Photos: October 28- November 29, 2011.
  • Open to the public (planholders and prospects).  PhilPlans employees are not allowed to join.
  • Online voting via likes will start on December 1, 2011 - January 29, 2012.
  • Notification of winners is on February 2, 2012.
  • Print-ad Announcement will be on the 3rd week of February 2012.

1.    To be able to join the PhilPlans- Ang Aking Panata Photo Contest, one must be a PhilPlans' Facebook fan.  He/she should like the PhilPlans fan page, so that he/she will automatically be a fan.

2.    The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years old and above with Philippine address. 

3.    Participants can use Digital Single Lens Reflects (DSLR), Digital Point and Shoot cameras, Phone cameras, Lomo Cameras and the like for as long as the photo entry can be submitted via email with minimum file size of 1MB and is in high resolution. 

4.    Participants can only submit one (1) photo as entry. 

5.    Photographs of the participants should be an interpretation of their answer to any of the following questions:
  • How would you describe the bond between friends, family and other people?
  • Why do you push forward with your goals?
  • How do you give your 100% to something or to someone?
  • How do you sacrifice yourself for others?
6.    All entries must be original - shot by no other than the photographer himself and have not been previously published or exhibited in any printed, online media, campaign or photo contest prior to this contest. 

7.    All photo entries must be in its simplest form, meaning no form of digital enhancement was made (e.g any manipulation through Photoshop, removal or addition of elements). Drastic alterations, watermarks, labels, borders, and the like are NOT ALLOWED. 

8.    Participants should email their entries to Acceptance of entries will begin on October 28, 2011 and will end on November 29, 2011

9.    When emailing, photo entry should be accompanied by the following details: Photo Title/Caption, 1-2 sentences interpretation or description, camera used, full name of photographer, home address, telephone number/mobile number.

10.    Each entry will be screened for any form of malicious content by PhilPlans representatives before it will be uploaded on the PhilPlans Facebook and website gallery.

11.    Voting through "likes" is exclusive to PhilPlans fans only, so the browser must like PhilPlans' fan page first to be able to vote. Participants may campaign their photo to anyone to generate likes during the entire promo.

12.    The voting period will start at 12:01 AM of December 1, 2011 and will end at 11:59 PM of January 29, 2011.  

13.    The top 10 number of likes will determine the winner. 

First Prize        32'  Sony LCD TV                         1st most number of likes                  one winner

2nd Prize         Nintendo Wii                                 2nd most number of likes                 one winner

3rd Prize          Canon A495                                 3rd most number of likes                   one winner

4th Prize          Rudy Project Exowind Shades 4th-5th most number of likes             two winners

5th Prize          Rudy Project Classic Watch      6th - 8th most number of likes           three winners

6th Prize          Rudy Project Caz Wallet             9th - 10th most number of likes         two winners