Gifts Your Children Secretly Want This Christmas

Sa papalapit na Pasko, hindi natin makakalimutan magbigay ng regalo sa ating mga mahal sa buhay. Sometimes, it’s most difficult to think for gift ideas for your children. You provide them their needs all year round and Christmas is just the time to spoil them a bit. Bilang magulang, syempre ang gusto mo lang naman ay ang mapasaya sila. Dahil diyan, ikaw ang itinuturing na Santa Claus ng mga anak mo.

Choosing a gift for your kids might seem like a hard task, which is why we, at BeamAndGo, are here to help.

Click here for BeamAndGo’s Christmas Offers!

Related: Christmas Gift Ideas: Naka-tipid ka na, napasaya mo pa sila!

Una sa lahat, remember that your children love you no matter what and that gifts are just their to remind them of your unconditional love para sa kanila. Kaya dapat, ang mga regalong ibibigay natin ay ang magkakasya lang sa ating budget. Pangalawa, it’s better to gift practical gifts — ‘yung magagamit nila talaga. Kaya isipin mo muna ang mga hilig nila, bago ka mimili. Pangatlo, alam naming marami kang pwedeng pagpilian, kaya hindi mo maiiwasang malito. Heto ang ilan sa mga gift ideas para kay bunso, kay ate, at kay kuya:

Para kay Bunso

Mga laruan na siguro ang bukambibig ni bunso tuwing Pasko. Siguradong magagalak sila kapag natanggap nila ito. Maraming educational toys we can choose from for our kids from toddlers to pre-teens.

Another practical gift idea would be books and fun school supplies. A short trip to the bookstore nearest you will do the trick! Piliin mo ang librong kinahihiligan na niya or something related to it, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Kung mahilig naman siya sa art, pwedeng coloring book ang ibigay mo. Magdagdag ka na rin ng fun supplies, like notebooks, pencils, and pens, with pictures ng favorite characters ni bunso!

BeamAndGo also offers Department Store gift certificates para pwede makapamili ng mga supplies, educational toys at iba pa

Para naman maka-download si bunso ng educational games and apps, get him or her a new Kata T mini 3. At dahil maraming features ang tablet na ito, perfect siya hindi lang para kay bunso, para din sa buong pamilya!

Related: Mag-Noche Buena kasama ang pamilya even while you’re abroad

Get a Kata T mini 3 through BeamAndGo and get a 5% discount valid until December 5, 2016. 

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Para kay Ate

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Magandang iregalo kay ate ang isang diary o planner. Here she can write her notes, reminders, and schedule para sa kanyang mga klase o para sa trabaho. You can find these sa bookstores or even get planners for free sa promotions ng iba’t ibang restaurants o coffee shops.

Pwede mo rin bigyan ng bag si ate, where she can place her valuables and her kikay kit. Choose something in her favorite color! Kung meron na siyang paboritong bag, damit na lang o accessories ang ibigay mo sa kanya, something that fits her style.

BeamAndGo Department Store gift certificates are readily available for Ate’s shopping spree!

Para sa mas praktikal na regalong siguradong magagamit ni ate, you can get her our Special Christmas packages at BeamAndGo from Unilab. May 15% discount ka pa, when you purchase now up to December 5, 2016.

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Click here for more BeamAndGo Christmas Packages.

Para kay Kuya

Kung active ang lifestyle ni kuya, magandang regaluhan siya ng bagong shoes or sneakers. You can buy kuya new shoes for running, football, or basketball — ano man ang hilig niya. Of course, pwede mo rin siya bilhan ng casual sneakers for malling and going out with his friends.

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Isang magandang gift idea ang bagong wallet to replace kuya’s old one. Isa ito sa mga bagay na nakakalimutan nating palitan, kapag masyado nang naluma.

Shopping options at department stores, also possible using BeamAndGo Department Store gift certificates!

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You can give kuya his favorite gadgets and accessories. Kung mahilig maglaro si kuya ng computer games, you can even get him a new keyboard, mouse, and headphones. Kasama na rin dito ang Cherry Mobile Pyxis S1 Powerbank para hindi na maubusan si kuya ng battery when he’s out.

May 20% discount ka, if you purchase a Pyxis S1 Powerbank now until December 5, 2016.

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Kadalasan, bagong cellphone ang hinihingi ng ating mga anak tuwing Pasko. Paano kung sabihin namin sayo na ngayong taong, mas affordable na at mas madaling magregalo nito?

Get a new Kata i3L delivered straight to your doorstep, with a 5% discount valid until December 5, 2016! Para kay kuya, kay ate, o kay bunso.

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Tandaan na mas mabuting mamili ng mga regalo habang maaga. This will give you more time to choose the perfect present for each of your loved ones. Habang papalapit nang papalapit ang Pasko, dadami pa ang mamimili sa malls at shopping centers. Kung ayaw mong ma-traffic at makigulo, subukan mong mamili at bumili ng mga regalo online. There are different online shops for your gift needs. Pero bakit ka pa lalayo kung makikita mo naman ito dito sa BeamAndGo, diba?

Fulfill your children’s Christmas wishlists starting today! More gift ideas here. Happy holidays! 

Christmas Gift Ideas: Naka-tipid ka na, napasaya mo pa sila!

December na! Panahon na para kumpletuhin ang mga Christmas shopping dahil 12 days nalang bago ang Pasko! Tandaan, marami-raming kailangan bigyan ng regalo this Christmas!

We heard you and we listened! Ito na ang mga regalong pinakahihintay ng iyong loved ones dito sa Pilipinas. Pwede mo silang sorpresahin sa paraang hindi mabigat sa bulsa!

Ito ang ilan sa mga tipid pero useful (at thoughtful!) na gift ideas na maaari mong bilhin sa BeamAndGo at ipadala sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay dito sa Pilipinas:

PYXIS Powerbank

Putol na naman ba ang pag-uusap niyo ni Mahal dahil low battery na agad siya? Ito na ang perfect gift for Mahal! Hit na hit ito ngayon sa BeamAndGo at sigurado na lagi niya nang masasagot ang tawag mo nang hindi paputol-putol!

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Click here to buy a Pyxis Powerbank today!

KATA Touchscreen Phones: T mini 3 and i3L

 Hirap ka na bang mag-video call with the love of your life? Gusto na bang mag-let go ni Ate sa kanyang handy analog phone? Miss mo na rin bang makita ang selfie ni Bunso? Updated ka pa rin ba sa love life ni Kuya? Nakapag-catch up ka na ba sa latest trips o activities ng iyong pamilya at mga amigo/amiga?

Eto ang perfect gift for your family back home! Kata Touchscreen Phones are efficient and functional smartphones that you can give to them. Its sleek designs will surely make your loved ones happy.

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Click here to buy a Kata T mini 3 or a Kata i3L today!

Giga Naturally Organic Products

 Stressed na ba si Nanay dahil miss na miss niyo na ang isa’t isa?  Simula pagkabata, si Nanay (o si Tatay) na ang nagsisigurado na malinis at mabango ang ating mga bahay. Stay at home man o pagkatapos ng trabaho, sinisigurado nilang kumportable ang iyong buhay kasama sila.

Ngayon naming may kakayahan ka nang makabawi sa kanila, with our “The Best Mom Package”, for sure matutulungan mo si Mommy, Nanay, o si Mama na ma-relax kahit mula sa inyong bahay! Giga products use only the best organic ingredients to make sure that your favorite woman is always beautiful and happy!

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Click here to buy The Best Mom Package for the best mom ever!

Giga Naturally Organic Soap Pack

 Isang regalo ba para sa buong pamilya ang hanap mo? Make sure that your family stays calm and fresh. Nakapag-relax na sila, naka-tipid ka pa!

Sure na magiging masaya ang bath time ng buong pamilya with these organic soaps from Giga Naturally.

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Click here to buy an Aromatherapy Bath Package today!

Health and Beauty Packs from Unilab

Hindi na kailangan magpunta sa spa para ma-experience ang spa treatment! With our Health and Beauty Packs from Unilab, siguradong relax na relax ang mga papadalhan mo back home!

We have 4 different packs to suit your budget. We have Myra-E and Asian Secrets para sa healthy skin, Celeteque and pH Care for a fresh and clean feeling, at Swish mouthwash para fresh na fresh din ang breath palagi. Pwede mo na rin ipang-regalo kay amiga!

Click here to buy a Health and Beauty Pack today!

O, ‘di ba? Hindi kailangan gumastos nang malaki para sorpresahin ang iyong mga mahal sa buhay. Malay mo, may matira pang budget para makauwi this Christmas! Through BeamAndGo, maipaparamdam mo ang love this Christmas (and any other day) even while you’re away.  Anong pang hinihantay mo?  Shop na!

Buy the Christmas gifts your family will love at BeamAndGo today!

All items can be purchased using all major credit/debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Network, UnionPay & JCB cards) and via Paypal. You may also opt to pay via any remittance center near you that accepts remittances to BeamAndGo’s BDO account. Para sa mga karagdagang tanong tungkol sa iba’t-ibang offers ng BeamAndGo, email niyo lang kami sa customerservice@beamandgo.com and we’d be happy to assist you.

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If you’d like to see our other Christmas offers, we also have christmas grocery packages ready to be delivered to your family’s doorsteps. Check it out here!

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Mag-Noche Buena kasama ang pamilya even while you’re abroad

When you live far away from your loved ones, any form of communication is vital. Bilang mga OFW, we consider technology as our best friend. Ito kasi ang gamit natin to keep in touch with our loved ones sa ‘Pinas! Gamit na gamit natin ito, especially during the moments we can’t make it back home. Kaya para sa ating mga kababayang OFW na hindi makakauwi sa papalapit na Pasko, don’t worry! Heto ang mga paraan para maka-bonding ang ating mga mahal sa buhay, even when we are miles away:

Mag-chat

If there is no need to make a call, sending a text or chat is the most convenient way to relay your message to your friends and family. Hindi mo din kailangan gumastos ng malaki para mag-text sa mga kaibigan at kapamilya mo! Basta may wifi or data connection ka, makakausap mo sila. Okay ito, especially kung iba ang time-zone ng kausap mo. Kung tulog man siya, siguradong mababasa niya ang message mo pagbukas niya ng kanyang cellphone.

Isang paraan para maging updated sa buhay ng mga kapamilya mo ay ang paggamit ng social media. Kapag friends kayo sa Facebook, Twitter, at Instagram, makikita mo ang mga updates sa buhay nila. Pwede mo pang gamitin ito para maka-chat sila, tulad ni Kassy at ng kanyang mommy. They use social media to keep in touch and maintain constant communication. Kaya nga close pa rin sila, kahit nasa Dubai si mommy at siya ay nasa Pilipinas.

wechat-phoneAside from social media, there are a ton of messaging apps you can choose from. Ilan sa mga ito ay Viber, Line, WeChat, at WhatsApp. Iba-iba sila ng special features pero lahat ng ito ay pwede mong gamitin to chat with your friends and family.

Pero teka muna, may gagamitin na ba ang mga mahal mo sa buhay para maka-chat mo sila? Kung wala pa, you can send a Kata i3L using BeamAndGo as a gift to your loved one this Christmas! Perfect ito to for chatting and mobile browsing. With a 16 GB Storage + 1 GB RAM, you can download your favorite social media and chat apps and see them on the 5-inch IPS super HD display. It has an 8 megapixel front camera and 13 megapixel back camera para makapagsend ka ng pictures sa mga mahal mo sa buhay!

 

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Send a Kata i3L to your loved one today!

Tumawag

Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 7.47.28 PM.pngPara sa mahaba-habang kwentuhan, itawag mo na lang yan! You can even subscribe to your network’s most affordable IDD promos to call your friends and family. Pero mas madali nang tumawag, basta may internet ka. Most messaging apps already have a voice call feature. Kahit nasaan ka man sa mundo, pwede kang tumawag. Convenient diba?

Syempre, dapat may load ang mga kapamilya mo, para maka-subscribe sila sa iba’t ibang promos ng kanilang networks. Just visit your network’s website or call their hotline to inquire about their different promos. Ang iba pa nga ay may free Facebook at Viber!

Send eLoad using BeamAndGo!

Mag-Video Call

Ang pag-video call na marahil ang pinaka-magandang paraan to keep in touch. 10 years ago, naririnig lang natin ang mga kausap natin using our phones. Ngayon, pwede na rin natin silang makita sa screens gamit ang ating computer, phone, o tablet.

Ngayong Pasko, send a Kata T mini 3 to your family! Sino man sa inyong bahay ay maaaring gumamit nito para makatawag sa iyo:

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Choose between the RAM 1GB + ROM 8GB version or RAM 2GB + ROM 16GB version, kung kailangan niyo ng mas malaking memory. May 3000 mAh battery ito na tatagal kung gagamitin niyo itong pang-video call. Kitang-kita niyo pa ang inyong kausap sa 6.95″ HD display nito at kitang-kita ka din nila dahil may 5 megapixel front camera ito at 8 megapixel back camera.

For other Christmas gift ideas for your parents, click here.

desktop_mainv2Ilan sa mga paboritong video calling apps ay ang Skype, Google Hangouts at Facebook. Kung computer o laptop ang gamit mo, you just have to open the website of your chosen video calling app using your browser, register, and make the call! Ang dali lang! Skype and Google Hangouts are known for their reliability. Facebook, on the other hand, is an all around platform. Besides being a social media platform, magagamit mo ito sa pag-chat at pagtawag. With just a few clicks, makikita mo na ang ngiti ng iyong pamilya habang sinasabi nila na miss ka na nila.

Ano man ang gamitin mo to stay connected with your loved ones, ang importante ay nadadalian kayo sa paggamit nito.  Hindi mo man nakakasama ang inyong pamilya, nakikita at nakaka usap niyo naman sila. These advancements in technology make it easier and cheaper keep in touch.

Now, it’s even easier and cheaper to send love to your family using BeamAndGo! Click here to know more. 

6 Gift Ideas for Mom & Dad: Mga Santa Claus ng Buhay Natin

Lumalamig na ang simoy ng hangin dito sa Pinas. This means Christmas is just around the corner! Dadayo na ang mga carolers, mga inaanak, at mga kaibigan at kapamilya natin para makisama sa kasiyahan ngayong Pasko. Dahil malaking bahagi ang bigayan ng regalo sa panahong ito, we should spend time and thought on what to give our loved ones. By giving practical and affordable gifts, we can show them how special the are nang hindi nabubutas ang ating mga bulsa.

In our previous blog post, we’ve also shared holiday saving tips for you and your family.

Unahin na natin ang dalawa sa pinakamahalagang tao sa ating mga buhay: ang ating mga magulang, ang mga Santa Claus ng buhay natin. ‘Di na natin mabibilang kung ilan at anu-ano ang mga naibigay sa atin ni mommy at daddy. At kahit wala silang hinihinging kapalit sa pagpapalaki at pag-alaga nila sa atin, this Christmas is the perfect time to give back! Here are 6 practical and affordable gift ideas for mom and dad:

1. Christmas Cards

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Christmas is a great opportunity to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us — ‘wag nating palampasin ang pagkakataong ito! Buy a Christmas card from the nearest bookstore or make your own! Ang mahalaga naman ay masabi mo ang gusto mong sabihin. Hindi kailangang mamahalin ang iyong regalo. It’s the perfect time to thank our parents for all they have done for us. Siguradong marami na ang kanilang naisakripisyo para sa atin. No material gift can replace a simple “thank you” and “I love you” written on a card they can keep forever.

This might be the cheapest yet most meaningful gift you can give your parents. Uso na ngayon ang e-mail, texts, at Facebook wall posts, but nothing can compare to an old-fashioned handwritten letter.

2. Bagong Damit

As you grew up, your parents bought you countless clothes. Ngayong Pasko, bumawi naman tayo!

Maong jeans, belt, at shoes, ang ilan sa mga praktikal na regalo para kay daddy. Lagi niyang magagamit ang mga bagay na ito at pwedeng ulit-ulitin. Make sure to choose something with good quality pero affordable pa rin!

Para naman kay mommy, a classic blouse or dress, bag, at sandals. Syempre dapat favorite color niya ang piliin mo!

Instant trip to the department store na yan if you send them BeamAndGo Department Store GCs. Click here.

3. Care Packages

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Minsan nakakalimutan ng ating magulang na alagaan ang sarili nila. They have always been putting us first. Giving them a care package containing different health and wellness products would remind them na hindi nila dapat kalimutan ang sarili nila. We want them to be happy and healthy, ‘di ba?

Some care products you can consider to include are bath essentials, vitamins and health supplements. Pwede kang mamili ng mga paborito nilang ginagamit sa katawan o kung ano sa tingin mo ang magugustuhan nila. There are ready-made packages you can find sa mall. Para mas mapadali ang pagpapadala sa iyo, meron din tayo niyan sa BeamAndGo!

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For more BeamAndGo Special Packages, click here.

4. Pang-exercise

Enough exercise is essential to stay healthy as we grow older. Kaya naman, magandang idea ang bigyan ang ating mga magulang ng regalong makakatulong sa kanilang pag-exercise.

Kay papa, bagong bola ng basketball o jersey. Ok ‘to para yayain niya ulit ang kanyang mga kaibigan para mag-basketball, just like the good old days! Matibay na running shoes o badminton racket naman for mama. Giving your parents these items will give them more reason to exercise and become healthier. Isama mo rin silang magjogging tuwing umaga ngayong Pasko! Presko naman ang hangin kaya maganda itong bonding experience para sa buong family this season.

5. BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs

Syempre hindi natin makakalimutan ang BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs! It’s a practical gift, not just for parents but for anyone. Sila na ang pipili ng kung ano man ang kakailanganin nila, not just for their household. Our BeamAndGo partner merchants have a wide variety of offerings, which range from household items, to food, clothing, at marami pang iba! Ang maganda pa dito, pwede mo siyang ipadala kahit nasaan ka man. Kaya kung hindi ka makakauwi ngayong Pasko, isa ito sa mga maaari mong ibigay sa iyong magulang na madali lang ipadala.

It takes less than 3 minutes to sign up!

Giving BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs is not just a personal gift, but a gift for the whole family. Marami kang pwedeng pagpilian sa ating merchant partners:

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6. Gadgets

Hindi kailangang magpapahuli ang ating mga magulang sa mga uso, kahit sa mga gadgets! Maraming practical and affordable gadgets ang pwede mong ibigay kay mama at papa, tulad ng earphones, powerbanks, gadget cases, tablets and phones. Kailangan nila ito, para mas madali ang pagtawag at pagtext sa kanila.  Your loved ones should always be just a call or text away, especially para sa mga kababayan nating OFW.

Using BeamAndGo, you can send your loved ones affordable gadgets in a few clicks! Pwedeng pagpilian ang Pyxis S1 Powerbank , Kata i3L Smartphone at Kata T Mini 3 Tablet.  Both these gadgets are inclusive of shipping fee at kami na ang bahala mag-deliver sa bahay ng iyong mga magulang.

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This Christmas, show your parents you love them in every way you can!

For more BeamAndGo Christmas Offers, click here.

 

Christmas Tipid Tips!

Papalapit na ang Pasko, Beamer! For most of us, mapapadalas ang pagkikita natin with our friends, relatives, and family. Mas madalas ang tawagan, kwentuhan, at kainan! Pati ba gastusin madadagdagan? Para hindi naman maubos ang 13th month pay at Christmas bonus mo, here are some money saving tips for you and your family this coming holiday season:

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Spending more time with our families at home shouldn’t mean our expenses have to go up! Maraming paraan para makatipid para makatipid sa mga gastusing-bahay. Ang pinaka-importante, mag-set ng budget at sundin ito!

Sa susunod mong pamimili, magpadala ng Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo!

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Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapipilitan kang mag-stick sa iyong budget. Find a supermarket near you! We’re working on adding more supermarkets to make BeamAndGo more convenient for you.

Related: OFW Shopping Advice: ‘Wag mong bilhin ‘yan! 

  • Magsama-sama sa isang kwarto. Christmas is all about spending quality time with your loved ones. Spend more time together in the same room to catch up and bond! Make sure that all lights, electronics and appliances in other rooms are turned off and unplugged kung hindi niyo naman ginagamit. Makakapag-bonding na kayo, makakatipid pa!
  • Hindi mo kailangan ng bagong damit. Mapapadalas ang mga gatherings ngayong holidays. Syempre kailangang maganda at presentable ang suot natin! ‘Di naman kailangang bago, basta malinis at mabango. Kung bibili ka man, buy one or two new items — hindi kailangang bago ang buong outfit! Dahil medyo malakas ang konsumo ng paglaba at pag-plantsa, make sure to wash and iron clothes in big batches. Maiging gumamit ng fabric conditioner, para mapadali ang pagplantsa at mabango ang inyong mga damit.
  • Mix your dishwashing liquid with water. Sakto lang ang gamitin mong dishwashing liquid para sa mga hugasin at laundry detergent para sa mga labada. You won’t need too much of these! Para mas makatipid, pwede mo pang ipang-dilig ang tubig na nagamit mo na.
  • Hinay-hinay lang sa Christmas lights. Syempre, gusto nating masaya ang mood tuwing Pasko. Pero hindi lahat, nadadaan sa Christmas lights. Decorate your home with simple and affordable ornaments that don’t need electricity. Kung may Christmas lights at mga parol ka, turn these off late at night to save electricity.

Handaan Tips

Paborito nating mga Pinoy ang kainan! If you’re going back to your hometown this Christmas, siguradong excited ka nang matikman ang mga paborito mo. Click here to find out some of our Beamers’ favorite dishes and delicacies from their hometowns.

  • Plan dishes and potluck with your relatives. Pag-usapan niyo ng mga kapamilya mo ang inyong mga gustong kainin ‘pag may reunion. Hati-hati kayo sa paghanda ng iba’t ibang ulam. Makakatipid na kayo sa pambili, makakatipid pa kayo sa oras sa paghahanda.
  • Make your own meals. Sa Noche Buena, Media Noche, at mga simpleng kainan, cook your own dishes. Ito ang panahon para matikmang muli ang mga favorite family recipes natin! There’s nothing like sharing a home-cooked meal with the people you love the most.
  • Isahan ang pagluto ng kanin. Naku, kulang ang handa kung walang kanin! Minsan, ito pa nga ang nakakalimutan natin. Most of our favorite Pinoy dishes are best served with warm rice. To save time and electricity, cook rice to the brim. Sa dami ng bisita at kainang sa panahong ito, hindi masasayang ang kanin mo. Before meals, reheat your rice for a short while using your electric cooker. Kapag sa tingin mo namang malapit na itong mapanis, cook it as fried rice para tumagal pa ang lifespan nito.
  • Make a grocery list. Sa pagbili ng mga kailangan mong ingredients sa handaan, gumawa ka ng listahan para wala kang makalimutan. This will also help you stick to your budget, especially if you’re using BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs.

Gift-giving Tips

  • Make a list. It’s also good to list down the people you’d like to give gifts to. Per person, mag-set ka din ng budget mo. Think about each person and kung ano ang mga bagay na gugustohin niyang matanggap this Christmas. Kung higit sa isang tao sa isang pamilya ang bibigyan mo, why not just give a gift for their whole family? Mas marami ka pang napasaya!
  • Look for items on sale. Hindi kailangang mamahalin ang ibibigay mong regalo. It’s the thought that counts naman! And cheap doesn’t mean low quality. Ngayong Pasko, maglalabasan ang mga sale at promo sa mall — look for these items and stick to your budget. Baka gusto mo rin subukang gumawa ng regalo from scratch! Pwede kang gumawa ng dessert, tulad ng leche flan, cheesecake, kakanin, at iba pa. Samahan mo na rin ito ng Christmas card with a heartfelt message!
  • Recycle gift wrappers. ‘Wag ka nang gumastos pa sa gift-wrapping. Sisirain din naman ‘yun, diba? Use old newspapers, magazine pages, or even manila paper to wrap your presents. To add extra flare, you can paint over your present or add a stylish ribbon.

Choosing a gift for your loved one can become a challenge. Abangan mo sa mga susunod na linggo ang mga tips namin to find the perfect gifts for your family members and friends!

Before we forget, may isa pa pala kaming extra holiday tip para sa’yo: subscribe to your mobile network’s unlimited promos. Siguradong marami kang tatawagan at itetext in the next weeks. Dahil marami kang babatiin ng “Merry Christmas!” at “Happy New Year!”, mag-unli ka na!

Still in the lookout for great Christmas gifts to send back home? All these available at BeamAndGo. Bili na! 

 

 

Balik-Pilipinas 2: Kain Tayo Dito!

Tunay ngang malaking bahagi ang pagkain sa ating culture dito sa Pilipinas. A lot of our kababayans abroad, or even Filipinos simply away from their hometowns miss the food and the memories that come with it. Food is one of the things that brings us together. Dahil dito, tinanong namin kay Malou, Joelyn, Monica at Francis kung ano ang mga namimiss nilang mga ulam at delicacy sa kani-kanilang mga hometown.

Para sa mga ingredients ng mga paborito mong ulam (at iba pa), nandito ang ating mga partner supermarkets, Beamer!

Magpadala na sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay ng mga Supermarket GCs:

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Malou, Ilocos Sur

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 6.53.31 PM.png“Ang puso ko ay nasa Ilocos talaga kasi nandoon ang mga mahal ko sa buhay,” Malou tells us. Her mom is from Davao, where she spent 3 years to study. Lagi siyang nasa Manila, but her heart is in Vigan, where her papa is from. Kaya as soon as she had a chance, she bought a small property in Ilocos Sur. Sabi niya, isa sa mga paborito niyang memory ay ang pagluto ng kanyang papa para sa kanilang pamilya:

“Namimiss ko talaga yung sariling recipe ng father ko, ginisang tahong. Pwedeng ma-preserve ito, kaso matrabaho ang pagluluto. After he passed away, ‘yung brother-in-law ko na ang laging nagluluto. As in sobrang sarap niya magluto! Specialty niya ang sinigang na bagnet at lomo-lomo (soup made with pork and other internal organs). ‘Pag nauwi ako sa Vigan, gusto kong matikman agad yung Vigan longganisa. Halos araw-araw kong almusal yun!”

Aside from these, madami pang food and delicacies ang mahahanap mo sa Ilocos. Malou also loves to eat what they call jumping salad, fresh live shrimp with tomatoes and salt. “Bubuksan mo nang maigi, tapos kakainin mo ng buhay pa!” Naliligo pa nga sila Malou sa Carayan river, where you can catch the shrimp. Their other delicacies include sinigang na bagnet, puki-puki, and the famous Vigan empanada. You can find delicacies in public markets, roadside stores, and even supermarkets in Ilocos, like Johnson’s Supermart

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Since Malou lives alone in Manila, what she misses the most is her family. “Mas masaya ang kainan, ‘pag kasama ko ang pamilya ko.” Whenever she misses Vigan, she can always cook Vigan longganisa to remind her of her hometown.

Related: Balik-Pilipinas: What Makes You Miss Home?

Joelyn, Pampanga

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Joelyn at Sandbox, Porac, Pampanga

Si Joelyn naman, taga-San Fernando, Pampanga. Tumira din ang kaniyang pamilya sa Middle East dahil doon nagtrabaho ang kanilang ama. Pero hindi nila matiis at bumalik din sila, lalong-lalo na when they remember her mother’s cooking. Joelyn’s mom usually cooks adobo or sinigang. “Sa amin, we add gabi (taro) and  tamarind seeds as part of the ingredients. The soup is more gooey and it tastes better. My mom is a Bisaya so she doesn’t really cook Kapampangan food that much. My dad is the real Kapampangan rockstar.” We asked Joelyn how it’s like to live in the culinary capital of the Philippines. Hinding-hindi ka raw magugutom doon! Madaming restaurants, turista ka man o local. Kahit nga sa kapit-bahay ka lang pumunta, siguradong masarap ang nakahain!

“Nothing beats the original sisig of Pampanga! This recipe is made from pig ears, cheeks, snout, and liver. Whenever we have guests to tour around, we bring them at Aling Lucing located in Angeles City. You can taste the best ever tasting sisig served in a sizzling plate. This delicious dish which was traced as early as 1732.

You can also try eating frogs here! It’s called Batute Tugak, and it tastes just like fried chicken. Another exotic dish, Camaru or cricket is also a must try! It’s a crunchy delicacy like chicharon. And who wouldn’t miss the chance to eat bringhe—a savory rice dish comparable to paella. Pampanga is also widely known for having the best tocino because of Pampanga’s best.”

Joelyn’s family loves to eat. Lagi itong kasama sa kanilang bonding experience. They visit restaurants that offer familiar dishes, like Susie’s palabok and kakanin. She tells us that most of her favorites are just simple, but it reminds them of a lot of memories they have together. The moments with family are what matters — whether at home, at a restaurant, or shopping for ingredients at Jumbo Jenra. Sabi pa nga niya, “what will always make me miss home is the peace of mind I get when I’m with my family in a place that binds us together. The delicious food is just a bonus.”

Monica, Metro Manila

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Monica having dinner with her family

Growing up in the capital of the Philippines gave Monica a chance to try out different food. Since Metro Manila is the hub of the country, lahat ata ng ulam at pagkain mahahanap mo dito! Pero syempre, wala talagang tatalo sa masarap na home-cooked meal. Her family’s specialty is a dish cooked with red beans and pork or beef. We asked if there’s a secret ingredient and she laughingly said, “yes, but that’s a secret!”

Ingredients for Filipino dishes are easy to find! Wherever you go, may wet market o bilihan ng mga ito. Kung gusto mo ng isahang bilihan, dumiretso ka na sa Super 8. All branches offer a wide variety of offerings, from household items, to clothing, and groceries. Pero bago ka mamili ng groceries, basahin mo muna ang aming tips para siguradong kasya ang budget mo. 

Manila offers a wide variety of delicacies, which are specialties of some provinces but can be widely found around the metro. Some of Malou’s favorites are suman, sapin-sapin, banana chips, and pancit malabon. Whenever she has relatives or friends who visit Manila, sinasamahan pa niya ang mga ito para bumili ng pasalubong.

Francis, Davao

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Sikat ang Durian na galing sa Davao. Isa ito sa mga hinahanap-hanap na prutas ng mga turistang bumibisita. Francis shares with us how easy it is to find it in Davao, especially during Durian season.

“If its durian season, you don’t need to make an effort to find Durian. To be precise, you can smell it everywhere in Davao which actually what durian is famous for, aside from its heavenly taste. And even if it’s not Durian sason, you can still find a few at Magsaysay Park, one of the places in the city where it is always available.”

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Durian, a must-try in Davao

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Francis’ dad usually cooks for their family. Ang paborito niyang ulam ay ang kinapasayan (whole chicken soup). Para siyang tinola, but with a twist — the secret ingredient: slices of bananas! “It adds a little sweet taste to the usual tinola. It completely changes the general taste of the dish.” Another tip from Francis, when cooking kinapasayan, you should use organic chicken.

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Kinapasayan

“This is the core of the dish. If it’s not then, it will not taste as good as the organic chicken. I’m not sure if others will like it too, but what I’m sure of is that it’s worth trying!

I remember when I was young, my father and I went out of town just to get the organic chicken. By the time we got home, we prepared everything we needed for the dish. He asked me to slice the chicken’s neck but I said “I don’t want to do it because I pity the chicken” My father then said, “Son, this is the chicken’s purpose, to be eaten by mankind. If we eat it, it will achieve its purpose. Then the chicken will be happy, so I did it. As we ate our dinner, I surely knew that I liked the chicken alive but I realized I liked it even better on my plate.”

The food we have been accustomed to is a very significant part of our lives as Filipinos. Pero kung titignan mo, mahalaga ang pagkain natin because it brings us together. We love eating with the people close to our hearts. Kaya sa susunod mong kagat ng paborito mong ulam, remember the fond memories you have eating it with your loved ones. And remember how BeamAndGo is one of the ways you can show them how much you love them.

Hanggang sa uulitin, Beamers!

7 Tips When Living as an OFW in Japan

When asked, “Kung mag-a-abroad ka, saan ang dream destination mo?” a lot of our answers would probably be Japan. It’s one of the countries where a unique harmony between tradition and modernity take place. The Japanese are also known for developing technology that would make our lives easier, similar to how BeamAndGo wants to make the lives of OFWs easier.

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Para mapadali ang stay mo sa Japan, we’ll help you prepare by sharing some tips. Get ready to equip yourself with the basic do’s and don’ts when going to or living in Japan.

1. Follow the rules.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 4.30.02 PM.pngLike we said in one of our previous blog posts, 7 Tips when living as an OFW in Singapore, it’s important to follow the rules. Minsan kasi, hindi natin sinusunod ang mga simpleng batas when it’s inconvenient for us. Sa Japan, mahahalata mong organized ang pamumuhay: from the different shops, to the busy streets, to the train stations. Mahalagang sumunod sa mga rules and regulations, whether or not we are in other countries or our very own.

2. Be Respectful.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 4.43.45 PM.pngMalaking bagay ang pagiging respectful sa mga Japanese. The best way to show respect is being polite to everyone. Maraming simple ways to show this. When meeting or saying goodbye to other people, bow politely. When addressing people, add –san after their names. When showing gratitude, offer simple tokens of appreciation. When giving something, offer it with two hands.

Hindi lang sa tao ipinapakita ang respeto sa Japan. Ang dalawang major religion sa bansa ay Shintoism at Buddhism, at pareho silang nagpapahalaga sa environment, kaya dapat natin respetuhin ito by not harming natural resources in any way possible.

3. Get ready for the cold.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 4.29.43 PMIsa sa big difference between the Philippines and Japan is the weather. Kung ikukumpara sa Pilipinas, napakalamig sa Japan, kaya kailangan mong mag-stock up ng mga damit na panglamig. Marami namang choices sa pag-shopping sa Japan, but things can be relatively expensive, so spend wisely!

4. Enjoy the food.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 4.33.30 PM.png“I-ta-da-ki-masu!” ito ang sinasabi bago kumain at “go-chi-so-sa-ma de-shi-ta!” naman pagkatapos kumain. Food is a big part of Japanese culture and the reason is obvious: masarap kasi! Healthy at tasty ang Japanese food, at marami ka pang options tulad ng sushi, ramen, okonomiyaki, fugu, at madami pang iba.

5. Learn the language.

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There is a growing number of Japanese trying to speak better English, but it will be easier for you if you learn simple Japanese terms at least. Maraming establishment sa Japan ay may signs na nakasulat lang sa Japanese, pero don’t worry – kung may smartphone ka naman, pwede mong i-research kung ano ang translations nito.

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6. Keep it simple.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 4.40.35 PM.pngSimplicity and minimalism are some of the attributes of Japanese culture. Usually, maliit kasi ang living spaces sa Japan, kaya ang mga necessity lang ang karaniwang gamit dito. “Less is more,” ika nga. You can have more space and more time, if you own less material things, na hindi mo naman talaga kailangan – makakatipid ka pa, diba?

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7. But don’t be afraid to try something new!

Japan is a wonderful country and it’s culture has so much to offer! Kaya siguradong mag-eenjoy ka sa pagsubok ng mga bagong bagay dito, whether it’s eating new food, visiting new places, or meeting new people. Malay mo, makahanap ka pa ng bagong paborito – gaya ng BeamAndGo na paborito ng mga Beamers in Japan. With BeamAndGo, mas madadalian kang pagpadala sa pamilya mo sa Pilipinas.

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