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Canon S100 Sample Video

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Tech Chic

Canon S100 Sample Video

So I just bought a new camera for myself.  I decided to buy Point-and-shoot first before investing again in a better and upgraded SLR.

And my choice – the new Canon S100 camera!  The predecessor of S90 and S95!

One of the latest features is the Full HD recording at 1080/24p :)

So let’s see.. so far I am so satisfied with the performance… I will try to upload more reviews about photo in the coming days.  

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The Holiday Connection Promo: Smartphone + Bluetooth Headset

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Promos, Tech Chic

The Holiday Connection Promo: Smartphone + Bluetooth Headset
‘Tis the season to connect with your loved ones – no excuses!
Let them know you care, call them… or buy them a smartphone that comes with a Bluetooth Headset for free if you buy from Digital Walker branches at Trinoma, Eastwood, SM MOA and Virra Mall.
Talking to your loved ones made easier by the Bluetooth Headset… talk for hours without the neck or hand straind from holding your phone, talk to them despite the horrible Christmas traffic – and the bluetooth headset is for free! Yaye!
You will get this a HiSense HB200M (similar mine) or HB200S with every purchase of a smartphone on the list:
  • Samsung Galaxy SII
  • Samsung Galaxy W
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace
  • Blackberry 9360
  • Blackberry 9900
  • Blackberry 9300
  • Blackberry 9780
  • Blackberry 9800
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Chacha
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Explorer
Promo duration: December 16, 2011 to January 15, 2012
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Digital Shopping Promo: Sony and Crumpler

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Promos, Tech Chic

Digital Shopping Promo: Sony and Crumpler

Haven’t shopped for Christmas yet?  Well it’s about time you shop now!  For one, less lines because the Christmas shopping rush is over!

But don’t worry, there are awesome promos you get and here’s one if you want to buy a new Sony gadget!

For every Sony Vaio laptop you purchase, you get P2000 worth of GC from Crumpler!

Promo duration: December 23, 2011 to January 15, 2012

Participating branches: Digital Walker Trinoma, Eastwood, Virra Mall

More details at Digital Walker’s Official Facebook page

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Dressing Up as Christina Aguilera

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Advocacy, Fashion, Featured, Style Flair, Wardrobe

Dressing Up as Christina Aguilera

I love dressing up!  I bought a lot of wigs in Hong Kong and I never got to use them…

here’s me as Christina Aguilera.. it’s an impromptu look…

christina aguilera dress up hannah villasis

top: F21

leopard print pants – from Sungei Wang, Bukit Bintang Malaysia

wig – from Hong Kong

bracelets – assorted and combined

shoes: Dumond

and my nails “did” by Nailaholics 

dumond shoes flaircandy hannah villasis

I didn’t have any makeup available but I only had powder, iNuovi red lipstick and eye liner we bought from 7/11

I had to improvise and just used eye liner for my eyes.  My red lipstick from iNuovi should do the trick as Christina loves red!

I love to dress up, but I also love to give love this Christmas. I donated a few of my clothes to Sendong victims. Also, I donated a part of my first salary via Buyanihan.

I hope you too can spread the love :) For a minimum of P50 (half a cup of coffee), you can already help ^_^

Start sharing here.

Give up half a cup of coffee for Sendong victims <3

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Office Flair: Country Girl

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Fashion, Featured, Wardrobe

Office Flair: Country Girl

I haven’t been really “Dressing Up” when I was freelancing because I stayed home and worked at home all the time.  The only time I dress up is when I have a meeting or when I go to events.

And since I have a rockin new job that I love – everyday, I am forced to dress up pretty nice 😛

I haven’t been documenting my outfits since my first day here, but just today – I decided to do so.  I am now a certified “Office Lady” again as my friends from Malaysia would put it.  

 

For today, I got lazy to think of what to wear at all… It’s Friday, 2 days before Christmas and I just want to get this day over with!

First thing I saw was jeans.  I barely wear jeans! Except when I wear Levi’s coz it’s one of the brands that I have a perfect fit.

 

hannah villasis office flair

Top: from a Korean Shop in Sungei Wang, Bukit Bintang Malaysia

Jeans: Levi’s Curve ID

Shoes: H&M

Fluffy wrist band / pony tail from SM Accessories

Office Flair Flair Candy Hannah Villasis

Hopefuly I won’t get lazy doing this for a while

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Let it Snow!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Let it Snow!

Happy Holidays people!!! I love that my blog is freezing – in a good way!  It’s snowing!!!

There are more people having fun this Christmas!

Google is putting FUN in different holidays!

I am such a kid!!! I’m so excited with the little gifts I receive everyday! And just this morning, I discovered that when I type “Let it Snow” on Google, something cool appears!

Try it now!

There’s more actually:

Type the following and find out what you will see:

Christmas
Hannukah
do a barrel roll” – during Easter
askew
gay” “lesbian” “LGBT” – in June in celebration of Pride month

The effect doesn’t work on older browsers — such as Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8, as well as previous versions of Firefox and Safari — because it uses HTML 5.

Google had earlier said that these “tricks” are purely for entertainment purposes, but that they aim to highlight the capability of latest HTML5-capable browsers, such as its very own Google Chrome.

 

My MacBook FOGS!

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My Body’s Like Whoah!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Advocacy, Beauty, Featured, Health

My Body’s Like Whoah!

Seeing this video made me think of my answer to the question “What do you love about your body?”

Why is it so hard?

 

If you asked me this question a year ago, I would have burst into tears. My self esteem was so low at that point that I saw no meaning in life. It was so hard to think of something good to say about my body when all I could think of is criticizing my own body flaws – how I hated my flabs, my oily skin and my not-so-generous height.

 

I surprised myself a year after when I found myself in a paradigm shift.

I wasn’t exactly sure what happened but one morning, I just felt good about myself.  I guess, I started to let go of any worries.

hannah villasis

I was dancing again and my teachers at Pole Class were teaching me more than just pole tricks.

hannah villasis pole

They may not be aware of this but they taught me how to love my body as it is. It’s not in their curriculum, but every time I ask my friends to try pole, they always end up being happy.

I for one, realized that no one is really perfect.

That by forcing myself to go on a diet just to get perfectly thin makes me feel depressed. That the more I stop myself from eating, the more I crave for it and finally indulge in food binging habits.

Right now, I just keep everything in moderation. I still see those imperfect flabs when I look in the mirror, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. I would like to share this anecdote from my creative writing teacher wo is also a relationship coach:

 

 

Many people will quickly say that they love their bodies & feel comfortable with the way they look… 

But why do many of them *look* like they really… don’t? 

The thing is, it’s not about being a certain size, or being a specific shape, or wearing certain clothes, or doing a special diet or exercise. 

The fact is, if your body *truly knows* it’s LOVED & APPRECIATED by you, 

Then it’s gonna show, and people will naturally know. 

:-)

Love your body — it’s the only one you’ve got. 

Aileen Santos

 

 

 

So… If you ask me NOW what I love about my body, here’s the answer:

I love my eyes. It is the window to my soul. It shows my real emotions.

hannah villasis eyes

I love my height which is 1 inch short of 5 feet (do the math). I love that I don’t bump those low ledges.

I love my oily skin. Though it really makes me look shiny, at least it makes me look like a budding lady in her teenage years. I’d rather have that than wrinkles. (for now)

I love my little flabs. That way I have an excuse to always go to pole class so that I can get rid of it!

Now enough of me coz I always feel shy and awkward talking things I like about myself *blush*   

 

Let me feature a friend and I will tell you what I like about her just like they did in the video. She doesn’t know I’m going to blog about her so it’s going to be surprise! ;P

Meet my friend Micaela Rodriguez

First of all, her name is meant to be famous!  

She has the most amazing legs – very long, slender and sexy.

She has the friendliest smile.

Notice her charming dimples :)

She has a very slender figure and she would look good on almost any wardrobe.

and she’s tall… she could be a model!

I’ve been telling her to go to London and start her modelling career :)

What say you Mica? GO FOR IT!!!

 

Just like the message of the video:

If we can see beauty in others, shouldn’t we be able to see it in ourselves?

It’s a great message :)

It’s about time :)

 

Some little activity for you guys, share in the comment section below at least 1 thing you like about yourself :)  

I would appreciate your responses! :)

 

*This post is sponsored by Dove.

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Sneak Peek: Asia Pacific Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in blogging, Featured, Malaysia, Travel

Sneak Peek: Asia Pacific Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011

Sneak peek and a few photos of the night that happened!

I always love going to Malaysia and this time we stayed at the Marriott Putrajaya hotel = <3

It’s a bit far away from the City Central but we got really good rooms and great accommodations!

Jane is my roomie!

The Grand Ballroom that night was packed by bloggers in the Asia Pacific region and us from the Philippines are here to reprhuuzent!!!

Hannah Villasis FlairCandy Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011

Will post more photos later… but I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos this year :( I know not having my SLR is not an excuse but I just got tired from the 12-hour trip we had @__@

I got re-energized for the after party at Zouk! It was so much fun…

for now…

Check out the list of winners for the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011! I hope I listed everything correctly, just let me know if there are any corrections :)

Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011 list of winners

Region’s Best Blog – Wendy

Most Influential Blog – Wendy

Best Micro Blog – Kennyy Sia

Best Entertainment Blog – Beautiful Nara

Best Food Blog – Lady Iron Chef

Best Travel Blog – Just Wandering by Nina Fuentes

Best Fashion Blog – Cheeserland by Ringo Tan

Best Photoblog – Photoblog.hk

Best Geek Blog – Geek Out by Bim Barbieto

Best Parenting Blog – Childhood 101

Best Lifestyle Blog – Jenni Epperson

Best Original Blog Design – Eat Show and Tell

Hidden Gem – Googley Gooeys

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The Limpet, The Carrot and The Noose: Crumpler Travel Accessories

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Tech Chic, Travel

The Limpet, The Carrot and The Noose: Crumpler Travel Accessories

My blog has been transformed into a travel blog lately coz that’s what I’ve been doing recently.  I can’t complain, I love the Gypsy kind of life 😛  This week, I’m off to flee for Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards!

More travel accessories I bring up my sleeve:

 

The Limpet

I used to travel without identifiable name tags and it confuses the monkey out of me!  The purpose of the limpet is to put a fashionable and in-your-face-this-is-not-your-bag-it’s-mine notice to whoever would potentially grab your bag by accident.

Price: P750

The Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel AccessoriesThe Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel Accessories

The Limpet is stylish and looks like an added design or accessory to your travel bag.

It does not expose at once your identity because your details are covered.

If you’re looking out for your bag to appear in that luggage conveyer belt – it should be easy to spot with your stylish  Limpet!

The Carrot

The carrot serves as a lot of things.  Mainly, it looks like a very stylish pencil case but you can also put a lot of other things inside.

For me, I am using this to put some of my make-up brushes for travel.  Also, I could think of putting my gadget wires in here.  For artists, pencils, portable brushes and inks.

The Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel Accessories

The Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel Accessories

What’s nice is that the fabric they use are pretty solid.  In that case, I don’t have to worry about my make-up leaking or anything like that.

The Noose

The Noose is perfect for clumtards like me!  I actually broke my beloved Nikon D40 SLR before.  And having this with me again should avoid any future damage do my gadgets.

Price: P850

The Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel AccessoriesThe Carrot, The Limpet, The News Crumpler Travel Accessories 

It is only available at “Crumpler Bonifacio Highstreet, Crumpler SM Megamall & Crumpler Trinoma”

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Philippine Holidays 2012 – Plan Your Vacation Ahead

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Announcements, Featured, Philippines, Pilipinas, Travel

Philippine Holidays 2012 – Plan Your Vacation Ahead

Hello travel-hungry folks!  Work is work, but when there are holidays, it’s time to travel!  Plan your leaves and vacations early and base it on the Philippine Holidays 2012 Calendar below :

Check out my friends and partner’s holiday deals from time to time:

AirPhil Express promo seat sale 2012
Also thanking FlairCandy.com partners and sponsors for a great 2011.  New Year 2012, bring it on!

Philippine Holidays 2012 Calendar

Philippine Holiday Calendar 2012
Philippine Holidays 2012 Calendar

*calendar courtesy of portalseven.com

The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2012 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)
Holy Week 2012
Maundy Thursday – April 5
Good Friday – April 6
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday)
Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day – August 27 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday)
Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year – January 23 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Tuesday)
All Saints Day – November 1 (Thursday)
Additional special (non-working) day – November 2 (Friday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Monday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)

Notes :

WHEREAS, on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest

WHEREAS, Friday, 2 November 2012, falling between Thursday, 1 November 2012 (All Saints Day) and Saturday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country

WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Friday, 2 November 2012, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest

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Travel Accessories and Organized Traveling

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Featured, Travel

Travel Accessories and Organized Traveling

Check out these new travel accessories from Go Travel and Travelon!

More details here at WIM (yes I also contribute articles for WIM):

http://www.wheninmanila.com/travel-accessories-travelon-and-go-travel/

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

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Open the Box Promo at Beyond The Box One Rockwell

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Announcements, Promos, Tech Chic

Open the Box Promo at Beyond The Box One Rockwell

Crack open the box and get more than what you pay for at Beyond The Box One Rockwell, the newest Apple Premium Reseller in town as they launch their flagship store! For every minimum purchase of P1,000 of any item each customer will get a loot box containing instant giveaways and the thrill is in the mystery of what you’ll get. The boxes might include a variety of items such as headphones, cases, chargers, or even an iPod! The promo is only going to run for two days, December 10 and 11, so hurry on down to the store because it’s only limited to a total of 100 boxes!

More at www.facebook.com/beyondthebox.ph

*Promo Disclaimer*

“This Promo is not applicable in conjunction to any other discount or promo offers.”

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Life Lessons: A Flair for Financial Freedom

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Business & Finance, Career, Featured, Life, Personal

Life Lessons: A Flair for Financial Freedom

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

I have always been a believer of being prepared when it comes to school, work, my daily activities, my own health and even with relationships.  I have prepared my mind to stay in a very conservative state of mind.  I believe that I don’t have the power to control events, other people’s actions and reactions and the opportunities or chances that come and go my way.   But one thing is for sure – I am capable of controlling my own self.

The only constant thing in life is Change.

I can only plan ahead, and I like to plan for the worst to happen.  I can only be flexible and adjust to the changes that happen in my life.  I believe that preparing for change (which always happens) is the best thing anyone could and should do.  I got this after reading “Who Moved My Cheese.”

who moved my cheese

I highly recommend everyone to read this – students, office people, moms, dads, everyone!

 

My first career as some of you might already know is Accountancy.  We studied the art of balancing for years!  Am I good at it?

yeah, you can say that I’m good at balancing 😛

On a serious note though, life needs a balance of everything.  You need to spend time for a little bit of work (for some, maybe a lot 😛 ), for your hobbies, for your loved ones, and for yourself.  You also need to balance your money. Simply put, you need to know how to balance what you’re earning and what you’re spending and of course, what you’re saving. And I know that’s not a simple task.

I think the biggest challenge anyone of my age has to face nowadays is the transition from being Daddy or Mommy’s little girl (or boy) to an independent woman (or man) and totally learning to live by your own means.  By the time we hit our 20s, it is imperative for us to learn the ropes on how to survive and manage our lives not just emotionally, mentally or psychologically but all the more, financially.

Case in point: myself. Talk about thinking where I’ll get the money to pay for my monthly bills! – lots of bills!  And on top of that, I have tons of expensive hobbies that will definitely exhaust my wallet if I don’t manage my expenses well.  I also happen to own a car (a gift from my mom) and I am grateful for such a luxurious gift – but I also have to pay for maintenance and everything else.   Most of you ask me – “How do you do it Hannah?”

All the credits go to my mom.

My mom is pretty :) but sorry guys she is already taken!

I studied college without any worries because my mom got me an educational plan when I was born.  I have been freelancing for two years now but she keeps on reminding me to pay for my SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig to make sure I have some source of fund in case of the unexpected.  She also opened a bank account so that I can put aside a part of my allowance for my needs.

I learned to prepare for the future from my mom. She taught me the value of saving up for my needs at an early age – whether it be in a bank account, an educational plan, an investment account or an insurance plan. I know most people shy away from the word “insurance” right at the minute they hear it but I believe that insurance is a necessary expense.  Life insurance, in particular, secures your loved ones future in case something bad happens to you. Imagine, if you were the breadwinner of your family and an unexpected event happens. That will not only take a toll on the bereaved’s emotional and psychological health. It will definitely take a toll on their finances as well. A lot of families have to lower their standards of living just so they can make the ends meet.

But don’t think that insurance is only about death. In fact, there are a number of insurance plans you can purchase as a savings or an investment plan which can give you cash benefits while you’re still living. In fact, there is even a potential to gain higher returns with these than your typical bank savings account.

You can read more about the Three Most Often Ignored Necessary Expenses at my friend Fitz’s blog (i.e. Emergency Fund, Insurance, Retirement Plan).

 

I learned all about these from my mom, but my mom learned the hard way.  When I was 2 years old, tragedy struck – my dad was diagnosed with cancer and needless to say, we weren’t expecting it. Nor did we prepare for it. We were able to financially support the treatments and medications he needed then but it would have definitely helped if we had other liquid sources of funds that time.

Today, there are health and critical illness plans offered by insurance companies that cover for hospitalization expenses and pays out a lump sum upon diagnosis of a critical illness, such as cancer, heart disease and many others.

Take Connie Dizon, for example, a cancer survivor and a Philam Life policyholder.  She had everything going her way – she ran a successful business; she takes care of her mother; she was generally happy with her life – until the day she found she had Breast Cancer.

Buti na lang, she bought a plan from Philam Life that helped her with her hospitalization expenses. Today, she is in remission and is back to running their family business.

Like Connie, you can easily prepare and save up for these unexpected events with the right advice and the right plan from the right company. The cheapest health plan you can actually get is Philam Life’s Cancer Life Shield. This plan pays out a lump sum amount, say P1M, upon diagnosis of the illness. This money can definitely help you be on your road to immediate recovery.

Connie is just one of the many fortunate people who benefited from planning ahead.  Real people with real plans – stories of those who had the foresight to plan ahead for their and their family’s future. You can read more about them in the links below.

*click image to enlarge and read

I hope you are all enlightened in someway on the value of planning ahead and would soon start your journey towards Financial Freedom. You can take small steps at a time but once you get the hang of it, you can venture to get more out of your money! Remember, you can make your money work for you instead of you working for your money.

So here are a few guidelines on how to start planning for your future.  Most are based on my experience, but don’t forget to share your own tips on the comments below!

Be a Financial Flair

1. Be curious, Be aware, Know

This is your life and your future we are talking about.  Be curious.  Why are other people successful in managing their money?  What is their secret?

Be aware that you too can learn how to manage your finances and make your money grow.

Know.  Know how to do this, read about financial literacy and learn about money.

Suggested reads:

  • Fitz Villafuerte’s Blog “Ready to be Rich” – a good friend of mine to whom I often ask for financial and career advice.
  • Ano ang plano mo?  (What’s your plan?) – Philam Life’s Microwebsite about financial planning.  Read testimonials of plan-holders who benefited from their Philam Life Plans
  • BabyPips – Kindergarten approach on learning all about Forex, if you’re interested.  I know most online entrepreneurs are affected of forex so in case you need to understand more, it’s the website to read.

 

2. Make your pet pig fat!

In other words – SAVE!  This is the very important part of all – the first step to your financial freedom.  Supposedly, it’s just simple to do – but the temptation to spend is a challenge.  I cannot stress enough the importance of saving.  Think about this (based on my own experience):

  • If you lose your job, how long will you live with the money you saved?
  • If I get sick, how will I pay for my hospital bills?  Do I have a health card? If not, is my money enough?
  • If something breaks in my house, do I have money for repair?
  • If my car bugs down, is my money enough for repair?  It is very important that my car is safe for driving so having my car in great shape is very important – else I can die!

These are scary scenarios but they all happened to me at my young age.  Start early – if you are a student now, start saving even just one peso a day!  and never touch it – ever. Forget about that money you saved.  Budget your money and bring enough money you intend to spend for the day.

 

3.  The Need to Want Less

This is related to saving.  Separate wants and needs.  The more you focus on only the things you need, the more you can save.

When you cannot distinguish between wants versus needs, or if you can’t identify a want as a want, you set yourself up to live in a constant state of craving and disappointment – and you keep on wanting more!

  • live within your means
  • live the lifestyle you can afford, else you will be caught in a debt trap
  • simplify your life

 

4.  Make more baby money!

I took up a lot of investment courses, stock trading and many other financial instruments training all in the hopes of making my money grow.  Don’t we all want our money to make baby monies?

I figured with the many things I do, I better let the experts manage my portfolio.  If I trade myself, it will be a gamble – because I don’t know how to really do it.  I can learn how to, but I have other priorities as of the moment.  I know the basics though so I am aware how my money should be working even if I let a fund manager or an agency to handle it. That’s exactly where insurance companies or other asset management companies can come in. Scout for some and look at which ones have established background and a proven track record that you can trust with your hard-earned money.  :)

I gave up on time deposit and the interest I get from savings account.  Yes, it’s a temporary place to keep my money, but again (back to my point on #1) knowledge and awareness is key – that there are better places to put your money too.

Don’t underestimate the power of compounding interest!

How about you guys?  Anong plano mo? May plano ka na ba?

your move :)

*This post is sponsored by Philam Life.

Know more about financial planning on their official website http://www.philamlife.com

You can also visit www.anongplanomo.com.ph to share your “Sanas” (plans in life) or your “Buti na lang” stories (for Philam Life policyholders and beneficiaries) for a chance to win an iPad 2 and more!

 

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