OFW SHOPPING ADVICE: Why more and more Filipinos choose Metro Supermarket and Department Store

Parami nang parami ang Overseas Filipino Workers ngayon ang nagtatrabaho sa iba’t – ibang bansa. Taon ang sinasakripisyo nila para lang maibigay ang pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya. Kaya naman, siniguro ng BeamAndGo na mas mapapadali ang pagbibigay saya nila gamit lamang ang gift certificates from Metro Retail.

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Smart OFWs know how to #remitsmarter.  Metro Supermarkets and Department stores offer one of the most affordable household needs from groceries to kitchenware, and appliances.

For 25 years, Metro Retail is providing the best shopping experience for their customers. This shopping mall is very keen to offer inexpensive but perfect goodies that consumers can rely on. Sa ganda ng service ng Metro Gaisano, sulit ang shopping experience rito dahil bukod sa grocery products na mabibili; meron ding wide selection of clothes, shoes, basic items na swak sa bahay at pang-regalo sa pamilya mo!

Metro Supermarket!

Una sa lahat, hindi na mawawala sa tradisyon ng bawat pamilya ang paghahanda sa tuwing may mga okasyon, tulad na lamang ng summer outings o graduation

Walang pagod kung sa Metro Gaisano Supermarket ang punta niyo, bukod sa budget-

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Hindi kayo mawawalan ng healthy and affordable choices! Karamihan ay fresh from the farm ang mga fruits vegetables, and quality meats.

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a prices sigurado pa na bago at sariwang-sariwa ang mga items dito. Tips lang bago pumunta sa supermarket, siguraduhing naka-prepare na ang listahan ng bibilhin. Unahin ang mga goods na mas importante at sure na magagamit sa araw-araw.

Tandaan, ang kita niyo bilang OFW ay hindi dapat ginagastos kung saan saan lamang. It’s your responsibility to teach your children and family the importance of spending wisely.  One easy way is to ensure you provide them with a list of items they will be getting in the supermarket.

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Sanay tayo sa mga karne! Ngunit ang sikreto to live long is to have a balanced diet which includes fish because it is packed with omega 3

 

 

Metro Department Store

Punta naman tayo rito sa Metro Department Store kung ay hanap mo ay general merchandise o mga items na pang-regalo sa pamilya. Good choice ‘to kung hilig nila ang pag-sa-shopping ng mga dekalidad na gamit.

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Kumpleto diba? Lahat ng mga damit na kailangan ng mga kapatid, anak, or asawa, available na po sa Metro Department Store. Photo Credits to http://www.metroretail.com.ph

 

They offer a wide array of great quality items that can be used personally or at home. From home appliance, clothing for men, women and children, kitchenware, gadgets, and many more.

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Kaya tungo na po tayo sa Metro Department Store! Don’t forget to ask for their customer service for the best deals and promotions!

Redeem at the following METRO branches in Luzon and Visayas:

  • Metro Legazpi – Pacific Mall, Imperial Street, Bitano, Legazpi City
  • Metro Market! Market! – Mabini Street corner McKinley Parkway and C5 Road, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Metro Antipolo – 162 P. Oliveros and General Luna Street, Barangay Dela Paz, Antipolo City
  • Metro Mandaue – Pacific Mall, Ibabao Estancia Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Metro Naga – East Poblacion, Naga City, Cebu
  • Super Metro Bogo – Corner J. Lequin and N. Lepitin Streets, Barangay Gairan, Bogo City, Cebu
  • Metro Lucena – Pacific Mall, M.L. Tagarao Street, Barangay 3, Lucena City
  • Metro Alabang – Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • Metro Cavite – Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way corner Daang Hari Road, Anabu 2D, Imus City, Cavite
  • Metro Maasin – Espina Boulevard, Barangay Tagnipa, Maasin City, Southern Leyte
  • Super Metro Carcar – National Road Valladolid, Carcar City, Cebu

HOW TO AVAIL OF METRO GCs?

Madali lang ang pagsali sa BeamAndGo! First step is you need to register your personal account at www.beamandgo.com. Just key in your full name, location overseas, and your valid email address or mobile number. And take note, FREE lang maging miyembro ng BeamAndGo community.

Once you’re already done with the registration process, simply log in your account at piliin ang METRO Retail (Supermarket kung groceries ang ipapadala; at Department Store kung mga damit at household appliance naman).

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Just show the SMS with the serial number and confirmation code, provide a valid ID to the foreign exchange/credit department

It’s up to you kung ilang worth Php 500 GC/s ang iyong ipapadala at kailangan ng iyong pamilya. Mas marami, mas masaya! Make sure rin na tama ang full name at contact number ng iyong recipient hanggang sa mag-proceed na sa payment. Simple lang ito dahil pwedeng-pwede ka magbayad via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online transfer, thru our sales partners Pacific Ace and iRemit o sa kahit saang remittance centers that accepts BDO deposit.

Your recipient will receive transaction codes via SMS once your transaction has been processed. At kapag i-reredeem na nila ang gift certificate, pupunta lamang sila sa Credit/Foreign Exchange Department ng Metro Gaisano at ipapakita ang serial numbers at isang valid ID.

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It’s so simple, you will keep sending digital gift certificates in the Philippines every month!

Piece of cake, right? Kaya mag-sign up na sa www.beamandgo.com at bumili ng gift certificates for your family! For as low as Php 500, sure na sure na masaya ang salu-salo nila dito sa Pinas!

 

Pwede din niyong panuorin ang video na ito para maintindihan ng maigi ang benefits kapag kayo ay magpapadala ng gift certificates sa Philippines mula sa BeamAndGo!

 

 

Masubukan nga! OFWs buy their groceries in Pampanga!

Sa BeamAndGo, we make sure that our partner supermarkets provide a convenient and pleasurable experience for your loved ones wherever they are, here in the Philippines. Kaya naman binibisita namin ang mga supermarkets na ito, para ma-experience din ang grocery shopping ng iyong mga kapamilya dito.

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Kakadating palang. Nag selfie na agad si Albert sa BeamAndGo Jenra banner!

Before you can send Supermarket GCs to your loved ones, kailangan mo munang mag-register sa BeamAndGo! Libre lang ang pag-register para makapag-padala ka sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay sa Pilipinas kaya register na!.

Today, we will feature a supermarket in Dau, Mabalacat, ang Jumbo Jenra. Our SVP, Albert Christian Go, together with Aica, a BeamAndGo customer and volunteer, headed to Pampanga to check out what Jumbo Jenra has to offer! Tara, samahan kami sa pag-discover!

Albert was immediately greeted by our friends from Jumbo Jenra. Everyone in this store seems to be happy serving their customers kaya naman good vibes ang pamimili. Pag pasok palang, makikita na ito ay isang one-stop shop for everything you need!

Ang Pampanga ay tinaguriang “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” dahil sa dami ng masasarap magluto sa lugar na ito. Ilan lang sa mga sikat na Kapampangan dishes ay Tocino, Sisig, Halo-Halo at Pancit Palabok. Kaya naman pag naisipang lutuin ng inyong pamilya ang ilan sa mga sikat pagkaing Kapampangan, kailangan lamang nila gamitin ang kanilang BeamAndGo gift certificates upang bilhin ang mga ingredients sa Jumbo Jenra. Makasisigurado ka pang fresh at kumpleto ang mga tinda!

Gaya ng sabi namin sa aming OFW Shopping Advice, dapat unahin ang mga pangangailangan sa household. Albert and Aica roamed around the spacious aisles of Jumbo Jenra to shop for the necessities for their stay in Pampanga. Rice, water, snacks, fruits, and fresh meat — kumpleto sila! Siguradong hindi ka magugutom dito!

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Murang mura ang mga damit! Hindi kailangan ng branded at imported!

Sa Jumbo Jenra, pwede rin mag shopping ng mga damit. They make sure to stock up on variety kaya naman siguradong may makikita ang bawat miyembro ng iyong pamilya. Ang mga kapampangan rin ay kilala sa pagiging mahilig sa shopping. This is evident in the number of shopping malls and mall goers in the area. Pero hindi dapat mag alala dahil ang mga damit sa Jumbo Jenra ay siguradong swak pa rin sa budget niyo.  
Kung kailangan mo ng mga budgeting tips, click here.

Hindi natatapos sa necessities ang grocery shopping ni Albert at Aica. They also looked for different items your family may need. Kung kailangan nila ng brand-new appliances at iba pang mga kagamitan sa bahay, dito rin nila ito mahahanap. Hindi na mahihirapan ang inyong mga mahal sa buhay na maghanap ng kanilang mga pangangailangan. Madali na, enjoy pa! Nakapag-karaoke pa nga si Albert, while grocery shopping dito eh!

Nagtapos ang enjoyable shopping trip nila by using BeamAndGo’s supermarket GCs. It’s easy and hassle free! Tulad ng experience ni Albert at Aica, your family won’t have a difficult time grocery shopping in Jumbo Jenra. Para sa mga katanungan tungkol sa BeamAndGo digital gift certificates, you may contact us at customerservice@beamandgo.com.

Ano pang hinihintay mo? Tara na at mamili sa Jumbo Jenra! You can choose among the three branches in Pampanga: Dau, Angeles, and San Fernando (Sindalan.) Click here to see the full list of branches, their store hours, and full address. Kung walang Jumbo Jenra sa area niyo, ‘wag kang mag-alala! Sa BeamAndGo, we make sure that we cover all areas in the Philippines para sa inyong mga kapamilya. There are many supermarkets to choose from!

7 Tips when living as an OFW in Singapore

Isa ang Singapore sa mga paboritong out-of-the-country destinations of our fellow Filipinos. This may be a reason why a lot of our OFW kababayans choose to work here. For OFWs in Singapore and all over the world, we at BeamAndGo would like to help you take care of your families.

Send Supermarket GCs to your family in the Philippines!

Tanggalin mo na ito sa list ng inyong proproblemahin while you’re in Singapore! Now, it’s good to learn din about the culture in Singapore, para prepared ka!

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Old habits die hard,” sabi nga nila, especially when these habits are a part of our everyday lives. Maraming pagkakaiba ang Singapore from our motherland, the Philippines. It’s no simple to task to adapt to a completely new environment. Ilan sa mga major differences ng Pilipinas at Singapore ay ang religion, language at culture na nagiging evident sa maliliit na bagay gaya ng habits at interaction ng mga tao. We’ve listed 7 attitudes that you need to adapt to when traveling to Singapore:


1. Be ready to walk, walk, walk.

Sa Singapore,Be ready to walk masipag maglakad ang mga tao! Maaaring ito ay dahil sa kanilang low crime rates at maliis na lugar. Their sidewalks are full of people heading to the nearest MRT station, malls, or establishments. Kung ikukumpara, mas mahal ang pamasahe sa Singapore para makarating sa iba’t ibang lugar kesa sa pamasahe natin dito. Kaya naman ihanda ang sarili sa long and far walks, para na rin maka-exercise ka!

2. Follow the rules.

Follow the rulesThis might seem obvious, but sadly, hindi natin sinusunod ang mga simpleng batas when it’s inconvenient for us. Kaya nga sa Pilipinas, napapansin natin na people skip lines, cut each other off in traffic, or bribe certain government officials. But this is not the case in Singapore. May kasabihan silang, “Singapore is a very fine city,” emphasis on fine. Indeed, Singapore is very strict with its rules and regulations, and even one misstep or mistake can set you back a couple thousand SGD in the form of fines. Kaya naman, whether we are abroad or not, we should always follow the rules and keep our impulses in check.

3. Respect Your Surroundings.

Respect your surroundingsSingapore prides itself as being a very clean city. Whatever you do, don’t just throw or leave your trash wherever, because not only does this earn you a heavy fine, it will also offend the people around you and cause you to be the object of not one too many glares and whispers. Meron pa nga silang CCTV cameras sa ibang public restrooms to check if you flushed the toilet or not!

4. Observe proper etiquette in public places

Check your mannersTulad ng pagbibigay nila ng importance sa kanilang environment, the good people of Singapore are also particular with how they treat each other. Things like not hogging the sidewalk, not blocking the escalator by staying to the right side, letting train passengers alight before boarding, giving your seat away to the disabled, pregnant, and elderly are just a few of the basic manners na kailangang i-practice sa Singapore.

5. No Filipino Time

Being on timeNaku! Isa raw sa mga weakness natin ay ang pagkakaroon ng “Filipino Time”. Do yourself a favor and start timing yourself right, because time really is gold! Everything and everyone in Singapore moves like a precisely timed machine; nothing and nobody will wait for you if you are late! Being late will just damage your reputation, your character, and your mindset.

Para makatulong sa pag-manage ng inyong oras, BeamAndGo is here to help! Send your family supermarket GCs and other care packages with just a few clicks!

Nag-sign up ka na ba?

6. Change How You Communicate

No Filipino TimeTayong mga Pilipino ay kilala sa ating malumanay na pananalita o pagiging soft-spoken. Pero ibang ang kanilang kinasanayan sa Singapore. Of course, it’s important to be polite, but not to the point that you can be pushed around. Importante ang pagiging confident sa pananalita. Assert yourself and show that you’re someone to be respected.

7. Be Self-Sufficient

Be self-sufficientWhether you are an OFW working and living there o turista na namamasyal, importante ang pagiging independent. Ang paglinis, pagluto, paglaba at paghuhas ng pinggan ay ilan lamang sa mga chores na magagamit sa iyong stay abroad. May mga pagkakataon na malayo ka sa iyong pamilya kaya naman importante ang na marunong kang alagaan ang iyong sarili.

Para naman sa iyong pamilya sa Pilipinas, alagaan sila sa pamamagitan ng pag papadala ng BeamAndGo gift certificates na magagamit nila sa kanilang iba’t ibang pangangailangan!

See the list of our partner merchants here!

Culture, beliefs at way of life – hindi maikakaila na marami talagang tayong pinagkaiba hindi lamang sa Singapore ngunit pati narin sa ibang bansa. Pero ang mahalaga ay kaya natin mag adapt sa mga ito habang napapanatili ang Tatak Pilipino!

Kadto ta sa Iloilo Supermart! Bonding ideas para sa mga kapwa OFW

Marami rin ang lalaking OFW. Yun nga lang iba siyempre ang kadalasang trabaho nila. Sa maraming mga lalaking Ilonggo, isa na sa pinakamadalas na trabaho ang pagiging marino. Ibang klaseng pakikipagsapalaran sa malalayong lugar at wala kang ibang makita kundi barko ninyo at ang parang walang katapusang dagat. Tubig lang sa kaliwa, sa kanan, sa harapan, at sa likuran. Iyan ang buhay marino at sa araw-araw, alam mong miss na miss mo na ang asawa mo at ang mga anak mo.

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Kapag nakarating na sa Pilipinas uli, aba, gimik na! Shopping na! Ilabas na ang lahat ng frustration na hindi kasama ang pamilya.

Start Now: Provide for your family’s basic needs! Click here to choose from BeamAndGo’s wide range of supermarket partners.

Ganyan si Captain Dondi Acuesta. More than 29 years in service bilang isang marino na nagdadala ng tanker vessel sa iba’t-ibang lugar – Sweden, Germany, Norway, at sa iba pang lugar sa Europa. Galing no? Pero kung tatanungin ninyo siya, ano ang sasabihin niyang mas gusto niyang gawin?

Mas gugustuhin niyang pumunta ng Iloilo Supermart kasama ang asawang si Agnes na 26 years na in service sa government. Ngayon naman, siya ay isang School Registrar sa Iloilo State College of Fisheries.

Malalaki na ang mga anak nila. Si Tom ay isang Creative Professional sa BeamAndGo, si Pearl ay isang account manager ng isang fashion styling company, si Ereka ay nag-aaral ng Culinary Arts sa College of St. Benilde, at si Doneza, aba, first year proper na sa med school.

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Bili na! The family can’t wait!

Hindi biro ang makapagpalaki ng ganyan. Hindi rin biro ang buwan-buwan mo silang hindi kasama at hindi nakikitang lumaki. Kaya nga sobrang halaga ng mga bonding moment sa mga lugar na tulad ng Iloilo Supermart. Sa sandaling panahong iyon, bawing-bawi na ang mga panahon ng pangungulila.

Kuha na ng BeamAndGo GC para sa Iloilo Supermart!

Halimbawa, to celebrate, gawa na ng spaghetti! O kaya pangahasang gumawa ng La Paz batchoy sa bahay. At para maganda, kailangang bumili ng sariwang karne at iba pang mga sahog. Alam ninyo naman, kung hindi sariwa, iba ang lasa. Swerte lang at sigurado kang sariwa lahat sa Iloilo Supermart. Malapit na sa bahay, maaliwalas pa, masarap pa ang mga benta.

Gusto mo mas mag-manage ng iyong finances?

Tumingin lang dito.

Puro good time na lang ba?

Family bonding e pero paano ba maging good parent sa loob ng isang supermarket? Kasama sa mga pagsubok nina Dondi at Agnes ang maituro sa mga anak nila ang tamang paggamit ng pera. Sabi nga ng matatanda: Hindi iyan tumutubo sa puno.

Idea 1: Compare prices. With a place like Iloilo Supermart, you don’t just have one brand of spaghetti sauce. Look at all the varieties available. Tapos, isipin mo: Ako ba ay sobrang walang oras o tinatamad na hindi ko kayang maggisa at maghalo ng tomato sauce at giniling na karne at keso? Baka mas marami kang magawa at mapakain kung sa halip na ready-made ang bibilhin mo, ikaw mismo ang magluto.

Idea 2: Learn to window shop for future planning. Ano kamo? Walay ka pang kwarta kaya tingin lang muna. Tignan mo kung anu-ano kaya ang magandang ihanda. Halimbawa, para sa isang darating na birthday. Baka may gusto kang panregalo. May pera ka na ba? Baka kailangan mong mag-ipon. So, ipon muna! Ganyan din kasi ang turo nina Dondi at Agnes sa mga anak: Kung wala ka pang pera, wag manghingi. Pag-ipunan mo ang gusto mo. Kung birthday mo, puede ka sigurong manghingi pero kung hindi, sariling kayod, di ba, anak?

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Ito kaya? O ito? Ay magugustuhan nila ito!

Idea 3: Don’t give too much allowance. Kids, don’t ask for too much allowance. Yung tipong sakto lang. Ano ba ang kailangang pera sa school para makakain? Yun naman dapat ang allowance e. Kung may gusto ka, save 10% ng baon. So kung may PHP 1,000 per week, aba, dapat naman at least may matitirang PHP 100 sa dulo ng linggo. Isipin ninyo na lang, kung PHP 100 kada linggo, sa dulo ng isang taon, mayroong PHP 5,200 siguro ang isang bata. Hindi na biro iyon!

Idea 4: Andyan ang BeamAndGo. Gamit na ng mga digital gift certificate para siguradong mabantayan ang lahat ng gastos. Mas madaling mag-budget gamit ang mga GC ng BeamAndGo. Wala nang hassle, aalagaan ka pa nang todo sa Iloilo Supermart.

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Madaling mag-manage ng gastos basta gamit ang mga GC.

Ganyan dapat ang mga magulang: Kailangang magturo magtipid at pahalagahan ang pera pero, kapag puede naman din, salu-salo na. Habang wala pang bagong lakad si Daddy sa kanyang barko, game na game na. Kain na muna lahat!

Punta na sa BeamAndGo website at pumili na ng gusto mong GC!

Ang magaling na OFW, marunong mag-budget ng grocery!

Masarap magtrabaho sa abroad dahil mas marami ka nang pera. Mabibili mo na ang mga hindi mo noon mabili para sa sarili mo at para sa asawa mo at mga anak mo. Ngayon, makakabili ka na ng gamot ni Nanay at ni Tatay at hindi na nila kailangang magbawas ng dosage o kaya lumiban sa pag-inom nito. Maganda na ang buhay.

Dahil naman sa BeamAndGo, mas makasisiguro kang may mga grocery na puede nang puntahan ng mga mahal mo sa buhay.

Puede ka rin namang pumunta sa aming partner na I-Remit para masilip mo ang aming menu at ang aming grocery partners. Dahil sa I-Remit, puede kang magbayad ng diretso sa kanila at kami na ang bahalang magpadala ng BeamAndGo gift certificate sa pamilya mo.

Pero meron bang malapit na grocery partner ng BeamAndGo sa inyo? Eto sila:

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Branches: Gaisano Capital has more than 27 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here

Review: Sikat na sikat na supermarket chain in Central Visayas, particularly Cebu.  It has a wide selection of grocery items. Our secret is use it for department store purchases!

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GMALL (Gaisano Mall of Davao)

Branches: GMall has branches in Davao, Tagum, Toril, Gensan, at Digos. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Davao OFWs are one of the most resilient, honest, and respectful Filipinos. We asked our members in Davao which supermarket chain they prefer, and unanimously, they picked G Mall. There’s no need to wait because G Mall is now part of the Beamer family.

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Iloilo Supermart

Branches: Iloilo Supermart is a supermarket chain with 8 branches in Iloilo City. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Did you know that Iloilo is a world’s recruitment haven for seamen? More than 180,000 Ilonggos are now working overseas! If you are one of them, this is your chance to try Iloilo Supermart!

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LCC Supermarket 

Branches: There are LCC  branches in Daet, Iriga, Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, and Tabaco. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Ang mga taga Bicol, kilalang kilala sa kanilang masasarap na pagkain gaya ng pinangat at laing. All the known ingredients can be bought at LCC. Best of all, it’s affordable.

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Prince Retail

Branches: Prince Retail is a Hypermart which has branches in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Silay, Leyte, and Zamboanga. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: If you want to start your own Sari-sari store, look no further. Prince Warehouse is located even in the outskirts “sulok sulokan.”

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San Roque Supermarket

Branches: San Roque Supermarket has 10 branches in Luzon. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This Supermaket is BeamAndGo’s first merchant. We love it because OFWs get the best prices. No further explanation needed.

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Branches: Super 8 Supermarket has branches in Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Bulacan. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This place is “super!” The prices are affordable and what’s best is the variety of items. Everything you need in your household can be bought here.

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Branches: Johnson’s Supermart has 2 branches in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review:  Nothing can beat a neighborhood favorite and that is exactly what Johnson’s Supermart is. Trusted by most folks in Ilocos Norte, this place has gained both the popularity and hearts of many.

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Branches: Jenra Supermarket and Jumbo Jenra has branches in San Fernando (Sindalan), Dau, and Angeles . List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This is a no frills supermarket!  That makes it the most affordable in Pampanga. It’s so popular among sari-sari store owners, they even have a special lane!

Let’s make a plan!

Ngayong alam na natin kung sino nga ba ang mga partner ng BeamAndGo, budget muna! Hindi naman puedeng gastos nang gastos. Plan muna tayo.

Ano-ano ba ang mga pangangailangan ng bawat isang anak? Ng asawa? Ng magulang? Sino pa ba ang ibang tao sa bahay ninyo? May kailangan ba para sa kanila?

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Magkano nga ba talaga?

Ngayon, gawa tayo ng plano. Dapat ba ang shopping every week, every two weeks, o every month? Kung hindi naman malaki ang refrigerator o bahay ninyo, sa weekly shopping na lang tayo. Mahirap na ang daming binibili kasi nakatutuksong ubusin lang ang lahat. Baka manakawan ka pa. Better siguro, para sa marami sa atin, weekly budget na lang.

Tignan mo naman kung magkakano ang mga puede mong ipadalang amount gamit ang BeamAndGo.

Hangga’t maaari, kailangan mong ilista ang lahat ng pangangailangan nila tapos, sa maaabot ng makakaya mo, subukan mong tandaan kung magkano ang bawat isa. Sa gayon, mas matatantsya mo kung magkano nga ba ang dapat mong ipadala.

Take note ha: Wag maging hero. Hindi ka si Santa Claus. Kung ano lang ang kailangan. May panahon para sa party. Everyday needs lang muna. O may rough estimate ka na?

Ready na? Let’s go to BeamAndGo!

Kung gusto mo rin naman, punta na sa I-Remit branch na malapit sa iyo at tignan ang aming menu doon.

Kapag may karagdagang katanungan, we’ll be happy to attend to your needs. You may email us at support@beamandgo.com or call the numbers below:

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Opinion: The middle class OFWs and the cost of higher income

It was the year 2010.

Having been voted by more than 15 M Filipinos, President Noynoy Aquino delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). His electrifying speech against corruption and the culture of “Wang-wang” or special treatment to VIPs was a hit in local press and the business sector.

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A photo of President Noynoy Aquino. Credited for fixing the fiscal policy, reducing foreign debt, and tightening of spending. During his term, income taxes were unchanged. Good or bad for middle class?

Back then, I was working in one of the largest Universal Banks in the Philippines and was drawing a moderate salary but it was not enough for me to be financially free.

Related: Did you know that as OFWs, you can send remit smarter to your families’ household needs from groceries to medicine?  Register now for free and let BeamAndGo help support your family needs

Like many middle class college degree holder employees, my dream was to own my own house and be financially independent. I asked myself the question,” How long would it take for me to accomplish my noble aspirations? 20 years?”

So in January 2011, I finally boarded the cheapest flight to Singapore after months of deliberation with my family.

I armed myself with the very small stash of savings from the past 4.5 years. That’s it! #Bahalanasibatman ika nga but I was confident with my qualifications. So I bid goodbye to my parents, lola, and friends. It was painful, hard, and dramatic. A month after, I landed my first job to oversee the marketing and fundraising programs of a Singaporean NGO. I drew a salary more than 5 times my take home pay in the Philippines.

There were many things I learned while working overseas from cooking, washing of clothes, moving flats, and even dealing with abusive landlords (that’s a different story). But the most important is sending cash remittances back home and its enormous repercussions if not planned wisely. I could just imagine how much more I’d saved and invested if BeamAndGo was already available with its digital gift certificates on supermarkets, medicine, and other basic needs. If you don’t have an idea how it works, just watch this video below:

From my own personal experience and from the testimonies of dozens of OFWs whom I’ve personally met, many of us choose to work overseas because of better employment opportunities and lower taxes.

I will emphasize this because I want our next President to focus on the immediate welfare of middle class Filipinos. You can be assured, just like the millions of Filipinos who left their families, I will be watching your first State of the Nation Address! All of you promised to reduce taxes.  I will be taking down notes and I will hold you accountable. Tandaan niyo, sinabi ninyong lahat na babawasan niyo ang taxes. We are not endorsing any candidate but what we want is for the President to walk the talk, make the biggest sacrifices, and lead by example.  Don’t we all deserve this?

While OFW remittances has been widely acknowledged as the driver of the Philippine Economy (USD 29.7 Billion in 2015), the high costs of absentee parents, loneliness, and risks to life on both physical and mental are enormous. That subject cannot be brushed aside because their are serious concerns. Just read the story of a domestic helper who took her life a few days ago here.

We invite our fellow OFWs to become a member of the Beamer family. It’s a community for OFWs where we freely share stories and provide advice on a range of topics from saving, budgeting, and money allocation, to healthy nutrition.

Not long ago, my blood pressure went up to 160 / 100 in Singapore, when I gorged on chicken rice almost everyday. That was before I noticed that all of my Singaporean friends were eating vegetables and fish soup. Did you know that the mortality age in the  Philippines is 68.5 years as opposed to Singapore at 84.5 years? Stop the chicken rice,  friends!  If you want to learn practical tips on how to live longer, sign up at BeamAndGo now.

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I was in Laoag, Ilocos Norte last Saturday delivering a workshop with Vanessa Cartera, our director of sales, to retired OFWs on the keys to claiming victory in both health and finances. One of the highlights was the subject on 8 dimensions of Wellness. I will discuss more on our findings and also learnings from the participants in my next blog. We will give you tips from Dr. Raymond Escalona, a lifestyle nutrition specialist, on how you can reduce the risk of cancer and live a healthy lifestyle. We thank the Laoag City LGU and its Community Affairs Division for inviting their OFW associations to attend.

But right now, since we only have less than 30 days before we elect a new Chief Executive, let’s  watch the debates attentively and cast our vote according to our conscience, wisdom, and knowledge on what is best for our country. There are more issues from poverty alleviation, crime, drugs, women’s rights, contractualization, and K-12.

We have less than 30 days before we elect a new President. Let’s move away from personality politics and focus on knowing how our presidential candidates will solve our nation’s issues.

I believe it’s time to lower income taxes. There are 1.3 M of us OFWs that can cast a vote and make a difference. We will never forget all the days when we thought about quitting, when we reluctantly left our families, and when we almost lost hope in life. But we can always choose to change the game. We may find the ideal president who can walk the talk.

If you are an OFW and you like what you read, join the Beamer Support Community now. We’re now helping 80,000 Filipinos and you could easily be one of them. Together, let’s cast our votes and be heard by our government.

Beamer from Bicol? Para sa indo ini!

Mga kaibigang Bicolano! Saan ka man naroroon, mas sigurado at ligtas na ngayon ang pagpapadala ng tulong sa mga minamahal ninyo sa buhay! Members of BeamAndGo, ang ating mga magaganda at magigilas na mga Beamer, you can now send everyday needs and goodies to their family through our partnership with Liberty Commercial Center (LCC). Ang matagal na ninyong inaasahan at pinagkakatiwalaang LCC ay ang panibagong offer namin sa pagtulong sa inyong mga minamahal na nakatira sa Bicol.

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Hindi lang iyon. Dalawang uring BeamAndGo gift certificate and pwede ninyong bilhin para malinaw sa inyong pamilya kung sa LCC Department Store ba sila pupunta o sa LCC Supermarket. Malabo naman yatang may bitbit silang bayong kung bibili ng damit para sa graduation di ba?

Related: did you know that BeamAndGo has more to offer than just supermarkets? Click here to find out

At totoo namang ang ganda ng ating timing ano?

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LCC Branch in Daraga

Maulan nananman sa Pilipinas at for sure, may mga kakailanganin ang pamilya mo pang-handa. Wala kang dapat katakutan kung gusto mong pagpadala ng pagamahal sa mga mahal mo. Bili lang ng LCC gift certificate sa BeamAndGo at siguradong ligtas at sigurado ang kanilang magiging pagbili.

Related: Kung BeamAndGo member ka na, silip ka muna uli sa ating website para ma-review mo kung anu-ano nga ba ang mga pinadadala mo.

Pero sandali. Bakit nga ba dalawang uring GC ang pwede mong mabili para sa LCC? Dahil pinagsikapan ng LCC mula pa noon na makapaglingkod nang lubusan sa inyo, meron silang department store at supermarket. Kailangan ba ng gagamitin para sa salu-salo? Sa supermarket ka. Kung kailangan naman ng mga kagamitan at mga kapote o payong, sa department store meron niyan lahat!

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Hindi na bago sa buong Bicol ang LCC. Matagal na itong pinagkakatiwalaan at unang nagbukas ng kanyang mga pintuan noon pang 1945. Noon pa nito naipagmamalaki na kabisado nila ang pusong Bikolano sa kanilang paglilingkod, serbisyo, at sa katotohanang madali silang mapuntahan. Para sa kanila mahalaga ang buhay pang-araw-araw ninyo kaya pinagbubuti nila ang paglilingkod nila para espesyal ang inyong araw-araw. Di ba? Parang parati na lang piyesta.

Dahil dito, tunay na pinagkakatiwalaan sila sa buong Albay at sa kabuuan ng kabikulan!

Game! Paano ba ito gawin?

Sigurado kaming maraming gustong maging Beamer ngayon sa pagsama sa atin ng LCC. Kung hindi ka pa Beamer, o may kilala kang gustong maging Beamer at nais mo siyang tulungan, eto, pag-usapan naman natin kung paano nga ba magpadala sa Pilipinas.

Una, kailangan kang maging member ng BeamAndGo.

Mag-Sign Up sa aming website at sagutin ang mga tanong doon. Kailangan kumpleto ito.

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Halina at mag sign up na.

Pag member ka na, pwede ka nang bumili ng digital gift certificate. Piliin mo muna sa website ang Groceries (kapag LCC Supermarket ang nais ipadala) at Department Store (kapag LCC Department Store naman ang gusto nila). Click ka doon. Tapos, kailangan mong piliin sa susunod na screen kung saan mo planong magpadala ng gift certificate. Dahil Bicol ang pinag-uusapan natin, click mo ang Bicol Region. Makikita mo naman ang LCC sa mga puedeng mong piliin. Ngayon naman, isipin mo lang kung ilang Php 500 gift certificate ang ipapadala. Siyempre, hindi naman isa lang ang pwede mong bilhin. Puede ang isa, pero mas happy ang lahat kung mas marami! Kung lampas sa isa, pindotin mo ang Quantity para dumami. Tapos, pili ka ng padadalhan mong tao. Cell phone number niya ang kailangan mong ilagay. Kung nagawa mo na ito dati, nakalista na ang mga dati mong napadalhang cell number.

Kung tapos na iyon, bayad na. Maraming payment option na puedeng gamitin. Tandaan lang na may kaunting convenience charge ang BeamAndGo na USD 1.99. Pag nakapagbayad ka na, magpapadala kami ng SMS sa napili mong cell number na padadalhan. Para sigurado, mag-email ka o mag-text sa pinadalhan mo kung nakuha niya ang text message namin.

Once nakuha na niya ito, pwede na siyang pumunta sa LCC!

Ipakita lamang ang SMS sa mga sumusunod na LCC Redemption Centers:

LCC Legazpi- Peñaranda St,. Legazpi City

LCC Naga – Felix Plazo St., Naga City

LCC Tabaco- Ziga Avenue Tabaco City

LCC Sorsogon- Magsaysay St., Sorsogon City

LCC Masbate- Zurbito St., Brgy. Bapor, Port Area, Masbate City

LCC Market Plus Daet- Barangay 6 Market Site, J. Lukban St., Daet Camarines Norte

 

IMG_9678Pagkatapos ng confirmation sa tauhan nila, maari na mamili ang iyong kamag-anak sa kahit alin na LCC Supermarket (LCC Expressmart, Market Savers at Store Plus ay kasama rin) para magamit ang Supermarket GC at sa kahit alin na LCC Mall Department Store para sa Department Store GC.

Ang serbisyo na ito ay tiyak na mae-enjoy ng mga mahal mo sa LEGAZPI, TABACO, NAGA, PILI, LABO, DAET, GOA, IRIGA, NABUA, POLANGUI, LIGAO, GUINOBATAN, CAMALIG, BACACAY, TIWI, SORSOGON at MASBATE.

Okay na? Punta na sa BeamAndGo website at magpadara na kamo sa inda!

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Click here to send LCC SUPERMARKET GCs

Click here to send LCC DEPARTMENT STORE GCs

(For the complete list of LCC participating branches, visit their website!)