OFW SHOPPING ADVICE: Bakit paboritong pamilihan ang Supermarket na ito? Alamin!

Taun-taon ay padagdag ng padagdag ang bilang ng mga Pilipino na nagsasakripisyo at nakikipagsapalaran para mahanap ang magandang kapalaran sa ibang bansa. Ang isa sa mga pinakarason – ay para sa maayos na kinabukasan ng kanilang pamilya sa Pilipinas.

“Mahirap at malungkot dito sa ibang bansa, pero para sa kanila, magtitiis ako…” isa lang ito sa kwento ng isang Overseas Filipino Worker na nakilala at nakausap namin. At dahil isa sa misyon ng BeamAndGo na makatulong sa budgeting ng pamilya, masaya kami na i-welcome ang bago naming partner na Gaisano City.

By using BeamAndGo Digital Gift Certificates, mas ma-iinspire ka sa pagpapadala ng weekly or monthly budget sa ‘yong loved ones. Dahil dito, you can take control of your remittance.

Anu-ano ang makikita sa Gaisano City? 

Kilala ang Gaisano City pagdating sa best quality mga produkto sa Visayas and Mindanao. Sa lawak ng mall na ito, talaga namang maraming pagpipilian na susulit para sa grocery budget ng ‘yong pamilya.

Pagdating sa budgeting, hindi lang dapat presyo ang basehan. Dapat ay healthy, fresh at siguradong maganda ang quality ng mga pagkain na pipiliin mo. Hindi mawawala d’yan ang mga gulay, prutas, wet goods, gatas, baon packs at iba pa na sulit ihanda sa hapag-kainan nila.

beamandgo_department store clothes2Kung ang hanap niyo naman ay mga kagamitan na worth it para sa inyong bahay, Gaisano City’s Department Store is perfect for your family. Mapa-appliances, school needs, damit o mga pang-regalo ay available rin. Dahil sa affordable prices nila, talaga namang jampacked ang mga customers everyday!

Here’s the branch list for your families:

  • CM Recto Ave., Cor. Corrales St., Cagayan de Oro City
  • Puerto Highway, Cagayan de Oro City
  • Fortich Street, Malaybalay City
  • Mabini Cor. Magsaysay St., Valencia City
  • Roxas Avenue, Villaverde St., Iligan City
  • Zone 6, Bulua Highway, Cagayan de Oro City
  • JC Aquino Ave. cor. Capital Ave. Imadejas, Butuan City

How to avail of gift certificates from Gaisano City?

beamAndGo_shopping review_websiteWalang kahirap-hirap ang pagsali sa BeamAndGo Community! In 2 to 5 minutes, libre ka nang makakapag-sign up sa amin. First thing to do is, visit www.BeamAndGo.com and look for the button “SIGN UP FOR FREE”. Kailangan mo lang makumpleto ang details mo (full name, location overseas, valid mobile number and/or email address, occupation) para ma-fulfill ang registration process.

After signing up, you can now login your account and take the next step which is the merchant selection process. Ito na ‘yung start ng pagbabago para sa budgeting mo! Choose GAISANO CITY (specific branch) as your selected product and it’s up to you kung ilang worth PHP500 GC/s ang gusto mong ipadala sa iyong pamilya. Mas marami, mas masaya ‘di ba?

The last step is your payment. You can pay via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online bank transfer, at any remittance centers that accept BDO deposit and through our partners, Pacific Ace, iRemit, PNB, CanPayBills, and PayRemit (tie-up branches in Singapore, UAE, Saudi and Taiwan, Malta).

When everything is done and processed, your recipient will receive the CODES from BeamAndGo. Do not worry, our Customer Service will call him/her to confirm if the codes were received. Pupunta lang sila sa pinakamalapit na branch sa lugar nila at ipapakita ang CODES at isang VALID ID sa CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT. And finally, maaari na silang mag-shopping nang mga goods and items na kailangan nila.

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Easy, diba? So what are you waiting for? Visit our website now, and start sending for your loved ones here in the Philippines. We are always here to build a better future for you! And if you’re not in any of those locations, don’t worry because we are available nationwide! Here are the rest of our partners.

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The New New Look, Part 2

In The New New Look, Part 1, I described the changes we made to the BeamAndGo products page in order for our users to get all the product information at a glance. In Part 2, I will show you guys what happens after a user clicks on the Buy button.

We worked hard to streamline our screens so that a user only needs to enter the minimum amount of information necessary to complete a transaction. As users of BeamAndGo ourselves, we wanted less pages and less fields. And as a result, this is what we came up with …

It's all in the details

First, we created a section that displays all the item details related to the order.

It's all in the details

Then, we made it easier for the user to select a recipient for the order.

Recipient

And lastly, we provided an estimate on when the recipient will receive the SMS with the digital gift certificate information.

Delivery estimate

The SMS will contain the following information: the sender’s name (you!), the value of the gift certificate, the gift certificate code, the merchant and the locations where the gift certificate can be redeemed.

In many instances, the SMS will be sent instantaneously and the recipient can redeem the digital gift certificate immediately.

In The New New Look, Part 3, I will explain the different payment options we have added to BeamAndGo to make it easier and more economical for our users to provide for their families.

To see the new changes at BeamAndGo, visit us at http://www.beamandgo.com/store. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me directly at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com.

If you haven’t heard, the Pope was in town.

Late last week, I was working in Manila, which coincided with the Pope’s visit. Now, I have been in cities when dignitaries visited: Nelson Mandela’s first UN visit in 1994; George Bush’s post 9/11 World Trade Center site visit; and Bill Clinton’s visit to Singapore in 2005. But I have never seen anything resembling what I saw when the Pope visited Manila.

En route

Millions of Filipinos lined the streets to see the Pope as he moved between appearances at Malacañang Palace, Mall of Asia, Manila Cathedral and Rizal Park. Major roads were shut down. Flights cancelled. Airport terminals were closed. Commemorative t-shirts, handbags, beer mugs and adult diapers were made and hawked. And for the length of his visit, the government declared a public holiday in Manila.

It was an enormous spectacle of biblical proportions.

But through all the hoopla and pageantry, the Pope kept it real and dispensed with insightful advice and outlined his view on what ails people in the Philippines and all over the world. To list everything he said would be too long for this blog entry. In my opinion, these are the top 3:

The Pope greets the people“Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal … In this way people are thrown aside as if they were trash.”

I am guilty of this.

We live in a world of “stuff” and the attainment of that “stuff” consumes our lives. As a result we lose track of humanity, our family, and our friends. And not only are we fostering a “culture of waste” but also a “disposable society“.

Keep things in perspective and caring for others should be the top priority.

Smiling Pope“The perfect family doesn’t exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let’s not talk about the perfect mother-in-law! It’s just us sinners. A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: ‘May I? Thank you, and I’m sorry’ and never, never, never end the day without making peace.”

Not much else needs to be said about this.

Making a family strong and sustainable takes hard work, commitment and suppression of ego. Like most things: what you get out of your family is in proportion to what you put in.

Can't we all get along“Modern society should be respectful of authentic human values, protective of our God-given dignity and rights.”

Basically, this is a plea for all of us to get along.

People are hurting other people for no apparent reason other then the differences in skin color, religion, sexual orientation, etc. We are all human beings; respect that; and we will be able to create better communities and better societies.


The Pope’s messages and insights need to be repeated and repeated often. And it doesn’t matter if you are red, yellow, white, black or brown: these messages are universal.

For some, the Pope’s Manila visit was an inconvenience and distraction but I think the positives far outweighed the negatives. It is priceless when a world leader inspires all of us to be better people; to be better fathers, mothers, sons and daughters; and to create a better world.

If you like this article, please share it with your loved ones and friends. Also, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com.