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Mga sikat na Festivals in Davao: Adto ta Didto! Celebrations that make OFWs miss home!

Davao is home to a lot of our hard-working kababayans. Aside from being hard-working, kilala ang mga Davaoeño at Davaoeña sa pagiging malinis, disiplinado, masayahin, at festive. From family gatherings, such as birthdays and weddings, to community gatherings like fiestas, celebrations in Davao are definitely something to look forward to. Kaya nga hindi natin masisisi ang ating mga kababayang OFW for missing their hometown while abroad. Sino ba ang hindi makaka-miss sa masarap na pagkain sa handaan, sa sayawan at kasiyahan, at syempre, ang pagiging malapit sa mga kapamilya at kaibigan?

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

Kung kailangang mamili para sa mga handaan sa Davao, GMall ang dapat puntahan!

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Send GMall Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo!

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Uuwi ka man sa Davao bilang balikbayan o bibisita bilang turista, heto ang mga celebration na hindi mo dapat palampasin:

Araw ng Dabaw

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Kung uuwi ka ngayong summer, isakto mo na sa week-long celebration ng Araw ng Dabaw! Sa linggong ito, the people of Davao celebrate their foundation as a city. From March 10 to 16, kaliwa’t kanan ang kantahan, sayawan, cultural performances at competitions. Magsusulputan ang mga vendor ng local food and delicacies na siguradong nakakatakam. Hindi mawawala dito ang paborito nating Durian at iba-ibang pagkaing gawa dito.

Sa huling araw, may masaya at makulay na paradang magiikot sa Davao City. Ito ang pinakamasaya at nakaka-enganyong bahagi ng celebration na ito.

Kadayawan Festival

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Sino pa ba sa atin ang hindi pa nakakarinig sa Kadayawan Festival? It’s one of the most popular festivals in the region and in the Philippines. Nagdadagsaan ang mga turista sa Davao para makisama sa kasiyahang ito!

Every third week of August, Davao celebrates its abundance of culture, harvest, life, and oneness of the people. Nakakatuwang masilayan ang mga tradisyon ng mga lumad, mga tribong muslim na binibigyan ng pagkakataong ipamahagi ang kanilang kultura sa Kadayawan. Makikita ang mga ito sa Tribuhaning Pasundayag Cultural Show at Tribuhanong Dula games. Sikat din ang sayawan sa street dance parade o Indak-indak sa Kadalanan. Dancer groups from all over Mindanao come to showcase their culture through music and dance. Another highlight of the festival is the pageant, Hiyas ng Kadayawan. This is where the smart and beautiful young women of Davao compete to become the representative of Davao’s colorful culture and tradition.

Like Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan also ends with a parade. Pamulak Kadayawan is a parade of flowers and fruits by communities, organizations, and businesses. The flowers and fruits symbolizes the abundance of bounty in Davao.

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The parties and festivities don’t just stay on the streets. Different establishments, like GMall, participate during these festivals by having sales and bazaars. Mas marami kang mabibili, kahit may budget ka, kapag may piyesta!

‘Wag mong kalimutang magpadala ng BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs para makapaghanda ang iyong pamilya ng inyong mga paborito!

Related: Balik-Pilipinas 2: Kain Tayo Dito!

Aside from these festivals, the different communities in Davao and its neighboring provinces celebrate their heritage during different fiestas. Pagpapakita ito ng pasasalamat para sa mga biyaya. This is why a lot of festivals celebrate bounty and agriculture: Palay Festival, Banana Festival, Durian Festival, etc. Marami din ang fiesta para sa mga santo at santa, o mga sinaunang diyos ng mga ninuno sa Davao. But one thing Davaoeños and Filipinos are most thankful for is being with loved ones to celebrate life. Wala talagang tatalo sa piyestang Pinoy dahil nandito ang lahat ng makakapagpasaya sa atin.

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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:

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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. 

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Balik-Pilipinas: What Makes You Miss Home?

Missing home is a feeling we often experience, especially as an OFW living far away. Home is where the heart is, ‘ika nga nila. At para maiparamdam na mahal mo ang pamilya mo sa iyong hometown, subukan mong magpadala gamit ang BeamAndGo.

To learn more about BeamAndGo and our services, click here.

Tinanong namin ang ilan sa mga Beamers what it’s like to live in each of their hometowns — from their simple experiences to the memories they cherish the most. Ito ang kwento ni Raizza, Tom, Angela, at Shelly.

Raizza, Bicol

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Raizza is from Albay, Bicol, home of the infamous Mayon Volcano. The last time she’s been there was a year ago, October 2016. Swerte raw kapag nakikita mo ang Mayon ng buo. Kadalasan kasi, natatakpan ito ng mga ulap. Fortunately, Raizza always gets to see Mayon’s true beauty every time she visits.

For someone who spends so much time in the city, Raizza enjoys the slow pace in Bicol — yung feeling na hindi nagmamadali o minamadali. She says it makes one appreciate the little things that go by your day even more. Here’s how she describes coming back to her hometown of Albay:

“As cliché as it sounds, maririnig mo sa umaga ang mga tumitilaok na manok. I’d still be half

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Raizza’s favorite: tablea chocolate & binugtong

asleep by then, but I’ll always remember that my provincial home would be alive and bustling as early as 4:30 am. Maghahanda si Lolo at Lola para sa 5 AM mass at para mamalengke. ‘Pag 7 AM na, halos lahat ng nasa bahay ay gising na upang magsalu-salo. Siguradong nakahanda ang paborito kong tablea tsokolate at binugtong, a Bicolano delicacy made of glutinous rice with coconut cream wrapped in a banana leaf. Very similar to suman, only creamier.

After breakfast, I’d usually have somewhere to be in the city. Either bibisita ako ng mga friends ko from childhood or iikot lang ako para magliwaliw. Ang masaya diyan is there’s barely any traffic. I prefer going around the area via tricycle or jeep.

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Raizza’s family at Biggs

‘Pag in the mood si Lolo at Lola, lalabas rin sila kasama ang rest of the family. Usually, in the afternoon mamamasyal kami sa LCC Mall in Legazpi. Sasamahan ko ang Mommy ko at Lola ko na mamili sa department store. Kapag dinner, walang tatalo sa iconic Biggs food chain. Meron nito sa LCC Mall kaya it’s good narin na nandun kami. Biggs is a famous diner (and the biggest fast food chain in Bicol) that serves western food with a Bicolano twist.

 

Maaga natatapos ang araw kapag nasa probinsiya. By 7 or 8 pm, handa na ang lahat na matulog at mapahinga para sa susunod na araw.  No pressure at all thoughout the day, kaya you always feel so relaxed.”

We also asked her what she misses the most. Sabi niya, it’s being around with her grandparents. Besides the satisfaction of having her favorite people around, the calmness and serenity of the environment. Fresh na fresh and hangin at hindi masyadong mainit dahil sagana ang mga pananim at puno sa paligid, as she would say.

Tom, Iloilo

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Tom is from Jaro, Iloilo City. Ang huli niyang punta doon ay noong May 2016. Iloilo is known for it’s virgin beaches, batchoy,  heritage sites, and modern jeepneys that roam around the city. Coming back to his hometown always excites him. And whenever he does, he makes sure to spend a lot of time with his family and friends.

“Every time I visit Iloilo, I always make sure that I’m doing something each day. In the morning, Its either I try new restaurants, maybe visit the beaches or maybe just chill outside my home and enjoy the fresh air. At night, we go out and drink because the night life scene in Iloilo’s crazy.”

Tom remembers how delicious the food is in his hometown, especially the seafood. He even says, “you can never go wrong with the seafood in Iloilo. They’re huge and you can get them for a very cheap price.”

Angela, Negros Occidental

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Angela was born in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. The last time she visited was three years ago before she entered college. The province of Negros is quite known for their festivals: Pintaflores at San Carlos City, Panaad and Masskara at Bacolod, Manlambus Festival sa Escalante City, and a lot more.

Angela shares with us her favorite memories in Negros:

“I feel happy whenever I’m on a vacation in my hometown because I get to see my family and friends. Nakakapag-bonding kami. Catch up catch up, ganon. Andun ‘yung nostalgic feeling everytime uuwi ako. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam.

Simple lang ang buhay sa probinsya. Doon, kapag may vegetable garden ka, mabubuhay ka na! Ang hanapbuhay ng mga tao ay simple lang din, kumakasya lang ang kinikita nila sa pang araw-araw na pangangailangan. Laging kumakayod, bawal magpahinga. ‘Yung iba, umalis na papuntang ibang bansa para magtrabaho, tinitiis nilang malayo  sa kanilang pamilya para lang mabigyan sila ng magandang buhay. Kaya saludo ako sa mga mahal nating OFWs na kinkaya lahat matustusan lang ang pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!

Para makatulong sa mga OFWs with families in Western Visayas, may partner merchants ang BeamAndGo sa regions na ito. Kasama na dito ang Gaisano Capital, Iloilo Supermart, at Prince Retail.

Marami ka pang ibang puwedeng pagpipilian dito!

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Ang pagpapadala mo ng BeamAndGo Supermarket GC ay isa sa paraan ng pagpapakita ng pagmamahal sa pamilya mong, miss na miss mo na. Here’s what Angela misses most about her hometown:

“The spirit of Bayanihan. Sa probinsiya, madaling lapitan ang mga tao, lalo na sa panahon ng pangangailangan. Namimiss ko na din ang fiestas doon. May sayawan kasi doon sa ilalim ng buwan at mga niyog kapag fiesta, dito wala kasi di naman uso ang maingay na fiesta, at wala namang puno ng niyog dito sa Maynila, haha! One of the memories I cherish is nung nagpunta ako ng Panaad Festival sa Bacolod City, kasama ang kaibigan at pinsan ko. Pakiramdam ko halos nalibot ko na ang buong Negros Occidental!

Siguro kung may namimiss man ako ng sobra sa probinsya ay ang pamilya ko. Naalala ko, bago matulog ay ang pagdadasal namin ng sabay-sabay. Pag-gising naman sa umaga ang routine namin ng mama at mga kapatid ko is magwalis sa bakuran. Iba kasi talaga kapag kapiling ang pamilya, lahat gumagaan.”

Shelly, Davao

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Shelly at GMall, Davao City

Shelly is a proud Davaoeña. Her hometown is in Davao City, a coastal commercial center near Mt. Apo, the Philippine’s highest peak. It is also notably famous for Philippine Eagle and a place where you can get a lot of fruits and crops. Shelly tells us that aside from the numerous beaches and resorts, maraming mall sa Davao: Abreeza Ayala, SM, NCCC and the famous GMall. We also asked Shelly how it’s like in living in her hometown. Ito ang sinabi niya:

“Waking up in the Land of Promise is a great feeling. You are truly home safe with the people you spend everyday with. You can just go around and plan what you need to do for the day without worrying too much because the city has friendly beautiful men and women who love peace.

A typical day for me would be waking up with my coffee, doing routines at home, going to the mall. I actually like going to GMall, the place has variety of items from their supermarkets, food chains, to department stores. It’s a one-stop shop. And this mall really has a lot of affordable things to offer. Jeepneys pass by the mall making it convenient for commuters and shoppers. Taxis are everywhere too. It’s amazing to be here and every place is definitely accessible in the city.

Sleeping at night is one of my favorite things. Karaoke is limited to 10 PM so you can sleep soundly, hearing the chirping birds and animal friends in the background. And yes, I am living in an urban city but I can still feel like I’m in the countryside too. That is what most of us desire, I guess.”

Shelly misses the peaceful environment in Davao the most — how people treat you kindly, how they follow rules, and the lovely weather to match.

Ito ang mga namimiss nila sa mga lugar na kanilang kinalakihan. It’s such a good feeling to look back on those moments and places that have significant places in our hearts. And just because we don’t come back regularly, doesn’t mean we can’t show the people we miss how much we care for them. Sending Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo is one of the ways to do so. Kahit saan pa man ang hometown mo, siguradong may option ka dito!

Send Supermarket GCs now!

 

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Filipina in Japan gives her thumbs up: “BeamAndGo is here to help your families.”

No matter how modern and fast-paced our lifestyles may have become, ‘di mawawala sa ating mga Pilipino ang pagiging matulungin. Bayanihan is one of the most admirable attributes of Filipino culture. Galing ang salitang bayanihan sa bayan — meaning nation, municipality, and community. Kaya naman, we are always willing to lend a helping hand to the whole BeamAndGo community.

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A lovely family picture of Gina and her children

By sending Supermarket GCs to your family in the Philippines, mas madadalian ang pamilya mo sa pag-budget ng mga gastusin. Tulad ng pagpapadala,  isa sa mga bihasa sa pagpapadala ng Supermarket GC ay si Gina–isang loyal Beamer from Japan. Sanay na siya sa pagpapadala ng GMall Supermarket GCs sa kanyang pamilya. 

Sa BeamAndGo, we have a 24-hour promise: your family will receive the gift certificates in 24 hours or less. Sign up na para makapagpadala ka na!

In a change of events, Gina sent Supermarket GCs for Super 8 instead of GMall to her daughter, Arisa. Sinubukan nila ito dahil bumisita ang kanyang anak sa Manila. To make sure na makakarating sa kanyang anak ang kanyang ipinadala, Gina contacted Angela, our customer service representative. Nang malaman niyang nandito si Arisa, sinamahan niya ito at ang kanyang mga kaibigan sa kanyang pamimili sa Super 8 Libertad

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Arisa’s friends and our extra smiling Customer Service representative, Angela

Dito sa BeamAndGo, gusto naming convenient at smooth ang experience ng bawat Beamer. Kaya naman Angela is more than happy to help Arisa in her grocery shopping sa Super 8.

Isa ang Super 8 Grocery Warehouse sa mga supermarkets na pwede mong pagpilian! Super 8 branches are located in Metro Manila, Cavite, Antipolo and Northern Luzon. For the full list of branches, click here.

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Habang namimili si Arisa, kasama ang kanyang mga kaibigan, ibinahagi niya kay Angela ang kwento ng buhay nila. More than 30 years na pala ang kanyang ina abroad. She has been working more than 2 jobs, para masuportahan niya ang kanyang pamilya dito. Si Gina lang rin ang nagpapaaral sa kanyang anak and Arisa has always been thankful.

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Arisa, her brother and her tita – regular recipients of Gina’s gift certificates

Hindi man daw vocal si Arisa pagsabing mahal niya ang kanyang mama, she always makes sure she shows this in all other ways. She does this by being studious as a Tourism Major at Holy Angel University, Angeles, Pampanga. Pangarap niyang makapagtapos, makakuha ng magandang trabaho, at makapag-ipon ng malaki. She wants to be successful para makatulong sa kanyang mama at magkasama na sila.

Masaya kaming maging bahagi ng kwento ni Gina at Arisa. More than making it easier for Gina and Arisa to budget and to save on remittance costs, gusto naming mapanatiling close ang bawat pamilya ng ating mga kababayang OFW. Masaya din kaming makatulong sa bawat Beamer, kahit saan man pa kayo sa mundo!

We’re always ready to help you in any way we can! Just send us an email at customerservice@beamandgo.com, our customer service representatives here will gladly assist you. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Kassy, a Speech Communication graduate from UP Diliman, with her Mommy Ailen during her University Graduation last June 26, 2016.

From Dubai with Love: OFW Moms deserve only the best!

We all know it’s difficult growing up far from our parents, especially our mom. Our moms are one of the most influential and important people in our lives. Whenever we need someone to give us advice, someone to understand our shortcomings, someone to support our undertakings, or just someone to be with when life gets a little rough, it’s our moms we go to.

We spoke with Kassy, a recent graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, who majored in BA Speech Communication. She grew up away from her mom since she was 13 years old. She admits it was difficult having a long-distance relationship with Mommy Ailen, but it was never a hindrance for them to constantly stay in touch. Even if mommy is away, she never forgets even the little things, like the basic needs of her family. Just like any other parent, Mommy Ailen makes sure that her family has their basic needs. To make this part of parenthood a lot easier and better, BeamAndGo is here to help!

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Kassy tells us that just like most OFWs, her mom decided to work abroad to improve their family’s financial stability. From being a housewife, her mom flew to Dubai, not knowing what job she would get into. She just took her shot. After just 5 days, her mom found a job as a secretary. After a year, she found her current job as an HR employee. She has been happily working for the same company after 10 years. Kassy says her mom is career-oriented. This motivates her to become successful in her future career too as a Speech Communication graduate.

Communication is Key!

Kassy considers herself very close to her mom. Early on, they have always been regularly speaking — talking about the little things, like how their days go, to major life decisions. Thanks to Facebook, they can now talk to each other everyday! Kassy’s mom has been very hands-on in taking part in her life. She makes sure that she’s always here for special occasions and major celebrations. Whenever she’s in the Philippines, they make the most out of their bonding time as a family.

13874954_10207989155501104_103121876_nKassy has three other siblings. Kat, 27, who works as a ground crew, Kyle, 26, a customer service agent and Kris, 18, who is still in school. All four siblings look out for each out other especially when their mom is not here. They’ve learned to count on each other and have formed a solid support group. Whenever Mommy Ailen goes home to Manila, they all go out together. On most days, they communicate through their Facebook chat group.

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Like other children with OFW parents, Kassy imagines what it would be like if her mom just stays for good. Of course, she prefers to be with her mom more often. And although it’s difficult, she understands that the decision for her mom to work abroad is the more practical option.

To our OFW parents: You deserve only the best!

Bittersweet — this is how Kassy would describe how it is growing up with an OFW mom. Mommy Ailen’s sacrifice to not be with Kassy as she grows up is no joke. Open communication and understanding really is key to staying close with your family, whether together or away from each other.

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