REVIEW: Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

There’s always been a debate on whether or not kids should be allowed to use gadgets. Some argue that it could stump their development, particularly in the physical and motor areas, but I’ve always believed in a healthy balance.

Given our situation these days where kids are restricted from going out and explore for their own protection, letting them play on gadgets could be a good alternative to keeping their minds busy. Just make sure that the content they are exposed to are educational and child-friendly.

This is where the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes in handy.

Designed with children’s education and development in mind, this 8-inch tablet is great for kids aged 3 to 8.

It comes in with an attractive Kids Case to protect the device from accidents, which are likely to happen as kids can be quite rowdy during playtime, and a handle that conveniently converts into a stand so the tablet can be positioned upright on a table.

There’s also an attached stylus pen, which we appreciate because both my kids love to draw. In a way, it not only helps them improve their sketching skills but their fine motor development as well.

For younger kids who still tend to bite on their toys or perhaps haven’t yet developed the habit of washing hands in between activities, especially from playing to eating, parents would appreciate that both the Kids Case and the stylus pen meet the European Toy Safety Standards and the RoHS (Roads of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations.

The built-in Kids Corner software has been pre-loaded with child-friendly games, apps, and other content.

In collaboration with BabyBus and Azoomee, two of the most well-known educational software developers for children, you get to enjoy some free content, including a three-month free Baby Panda World subscription and a free one-year membership with Azoomee.

If you’re not satisfied with the built-in apps, you can download more from the HUAWEI AppGallery.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition also has a built-in color adjustment module that automatically adjusts to the content that is displayed on the screen and an ambient light sensor so kids get some eye protection, too.

Huawei tablets also come with a built-in gravity sensor, which determines the position of the tablet and therefore assumes whether the user is sitting upright, lying down, or otherwise.

When it detects that the user–your child–is not in an optimal position to use the tablet, it prompts them to adjust their posture using the Posture Alerts function.

The Bumpy Road Alerts feature also detects movement like shaking from walking or if the tablet is being used while riding a vehicle, so the tablet sends notifications to keep the tables in a stable position so they don’t hurt themselves, especially their vision, in the process.

There is also an eBook mode, which adjusts the display’s contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale, and others to simulate reading a physical book.

All these functions can be toggled in Kids Corner.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition is also equipped with security features. As parents, we don’t need to worry much about our kids being exposed to inappropriate content and also make sure that the kids don’t get addicted to using the tablet by setting time restrictions when they can and can’t use the tablet.

Since my kids have school on weekdays, we only allow them to use it after they’ve completed all their tasks and homework. We’ve set around two hours before dinner time and another hour before going to bed.

The Kid’s Profile also allows parents to monitor kids’ activity on the tablet. Here, we can see what apps they’ve been using and how much time they have spent using those apps.

The HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition is now available for only Php8,999.

These TECNO Mobile phones are perfect for Online Learning

School is back for most kids and with the COVID-19 pandemic still persisting, the best way to continue their education is through online learning.

While it can be challenging for the most part, kids can easily adapt to their new virtual school setup with the help and support of us parents, as well as the right tools.

TECNO Mobile has some wonderful smartphones that are not only good for communication, productivity, photography, and gaming, but for Online Learning as well.

The best part about this, too, is that all of these mobile devices are super affordable and priced below Php 10,000 each!

Here are your choices:

Check out Spark 6 Go, packed with these awesome features that suit the needs of everyone:

  • A large 6.52” HD Resolution Screen that allows users to enjoy media content with ease
  • Built-in AI Dual Unlock Feature, capable of both face-unlock and fingerprint scanning 
  • Camera with AI Beauty Mode and 18 AI Scene Detection features for outstanding images every time
  • 5000 mAh battery that allows for up to 36 days of standby time, 24 hours of calling, 19 hours of web browsing, 25 hours of video playback, 125 hours of music, or 15 hours of gaming on a single charge
  • Audio Share that allows up to 3 Bluetooth speakers or 2 Bluetooth headphones to connect simultaneously
  • Aqua Blue, Ice Jadeite, Sky Black, and Mystery White colors

Spark 7 ignites inspiration through these key features:

  • A storage capacity of 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM for more space available for photos, music, videos, and files
  • HiOS 7.5 Operating System based on Android 11 with features that include WiFi Share, Phone Cloner and Smart Scanner
  • A 6000mAh battery for longer standby time, voice calling, web browsing, music and video playback, and even gaming.  
  • 6.52” FHD+ Dot-notch Display with 720×1600 HD+ resolution to enhance your viewing experience
  • 16MP AI Dual Rear Camera with quad flash and an 8MP Front Camera that lets you capture every wonderful moments and selfies with more details
  • Smile Shot, which detects your smile automatically to instantly take a photo
  • Ultrathin body with fin-shaped design for a superior hand feel
  • 3 eye-catching colors – Magnet Black, Morpheus Blue, and Spruce Green

Here are the features of Spark 7 Pro, the smartphone that’s big enough for your dreams:

  • A huge storage capacity of 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM 
  • Helio G80 – 2.0 GHz Octa Core Processor, capable of effortlessly running multiple apps at the same time
  • HiOS 7.5 Operating System based on Android 11 with features that include WiFi Share, Phone Cloner and Smart Scanner
  • 5000mAh battery that offers a standby time of up to 14 days, up to 18 hours of voice calling, 16 hours of web browsing, 22 hours of music playback when using earphones, 20 hours of video playback or 16 hours of offline gaming 
  • 6.6” HD+ Dot-in Screen with 720×1600 HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate
  • 48 MP AI Triple Rear Camera with Quad Flash – 48MP Main Camera, 2MP Bokeh Lens, and AI Cam – with Quad Rear Flash, plus an 8MP Front Camera with Dual Front Flash for the perfect selfie, even in low light
  • Smile Shot, which detects your smile automatically to instantly take a photo
  • Professional shooting modes for capturing every dream moment, including Super Night Shot, Timelapse, Video Bokeh, and 2K
  • Ultrathin body with fin-shaped design for a superior hand feel
  • 3 eye-catching colors – Magnet Black, Alps Blue, and Spruce Green

Work hard and play hard with the TECNO Mobile POVA 2, which has:

  • A Helio G85 Gaming Processor , which unlocks intelligent resource management that ensures sustained performance and longer gameplay with its 2GHz octa-core processor. Heavy games load faster, the performance is smoother, and power efficiency is maintained to ensure uninterrupted game play.
  • A powerful 7000mAh battery with 18W dual IC flash charger that ensures longer playing time on the go.
  • A 6.9” 1080P FHD+ screen with an extremely sharp display that vividly shows every amazing game detail.
  • A 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage and  ET Engine for lag-free gameplay, eliminating screen jittering, and allowing  fully immersive gaming experience. 
  • Game Space 2.0. Provides a unique user interface that enhances your gameplay by accelerating memory, network connectivity , CPU and GPU boost. 
  • A Game Voice Changer feature that transforms voices in various ways, for an even more fun and exciting gaming experience. 
  • Slim and modern design that is lightweight and easy to grip, perfect for hours of comfortable gameplay.
  • Enhanced artificial intelligence cameras for taking professional-quality photos, with a 48MP quad camera set up at the rear, and an 8-megapixel AI powered selfie camera.

C the best in you with the Camon 16 smartphone, equipped with:

  • A 48MP Ultra Quad Camera, with a four-camera lens combination for comprehensive smartphone photography – Bokeh Depth of Field Lens, AI Lens, Macro Lens, and 48MP Main Lens with a 79-degree wide-angle view
  • Ultra Night Lens with 1-second image processing that produces higher quality night images, aided by convenient anti-over exposure and AI portrait segment features
  • Huge RAM and ROM capacity of 128GB+6GB that enables users to enjoy entertainment on the go with thousands of saved songs and images, as well as HD movies and apps
  • 18W fast charging, with advanced protection technology that ensures automatic regulation of charging inputs, helping to prolong the hardware and software of the device.

Capture the beauty of everyday life with Camon 17P, which has these key features:

  • A 48MP AI Triple Camera & 16MP Selfie Camera
  • Powerful Helio G85 processor
  • 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • 6.8” FHD+ 1080P that provides sharper and clearer display with a high screen refresh rate of 90Hz
  • Three colors available – Magnet Black, Spruce Green and Frost Silver 
  • Priced at only P8,490

On September 30, Spark 6 Go and Spark 7 will become even more affordable, with the special Payday Offer at the TECNO Mobile Official Store in Shopee. Enjoy almost Php 800 off on Spark 6 Go, and get yours for only Php 4,699. Spark 7 will also go on sale for only Php 4,699 during the one day sale. 

To find out more about these fantastic smartphones from TECNO Mobile, check out the TECNO Mobile Flagship store in Lazada (https://bit.ly/TecnoLazada) and Shopee (https://bit.ly/TecnoShp). Also visit the TECNO Mobile Concept Store at SM North Edsa Annex, along with other partner retail stores (http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH) for exclusive offers and special discounts.

For all the latest updates, follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook (facebook.com/TECNOMobilePH).  

Learn best investment tips from GCash Money Talks

With the price of basic goods on the rise and job insecurity plaguing a lot of people especially the breadwinners in the family, investing on the things that matter most have become much more important especially amid a global pandemic.

To educate families on the fundamentals of investment, GCash, the country’s leading digital financial provider, is holding a free webinar that will touch on the best investments one can make for the family.

The fourth installment of GCash Money Talks, entitled “Pag-invest para sa pangarap ng pamilya, G pa rin!” will air on September 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM on GCash’s Facebook page. 

This webinar aims to educate customers, specifically families, on how to build a financially secure future for one’s family and reach one’s goals through the power of a strategic investment. It also hopes to equip people with good financial management skills and habits you can start today.

Hosted by radio DJ and host Jaz Reyes, the webinar will feature financial expert, best-selling author, and internationally known motivational speaker, Brother Bo Sanchez. He will discuss his thoughts on how to build a financially secure future for the family, as well as practical and tangible ways to take control of your money as parents.

He will be joined by the CEO of Brilliant Skin Essentials and mother to two boys, Glenda Victorio, and first-time dad and entrepreneur Juancho Trivinio. They will share their budgeting and financial management methods as parents as well. 

GInvest, the first-ever digital investment platform on GCash that allows Filipinos as young as 18 years old and with a valid ID, lets you explore easy ways on how to save for your passions and achieve your life goals by investing and conveniently growing your money through a tap on the app.

The fourth installment of GCash Money Talks is a testament to creating beautiful experiences for Filipinos to have choices, overcome challenges, and achieve their and their family’s dreams through investing. 

GCash and GInvest continue to help pave the way for Filipinos to get in the habit of saving and growing their money through investments easily,  efficiently, and conveniently. Pag-invest para sa pangarap ng pamilya, G pa rin!

To learn more about the GCash Money  Talks and more information about GInvest, you may visit GCash’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/. 

Got milk? Promil Gold Four is on sale on Shopee this 9.9

Breastfeeding is always best for babies up to two years old and above.

But if your child is carving for something more, you may want to complement your child’s nutrition with PROMIL GOLD FOUR Powdered Milk Drink.

Made for kids over 3 years old, this expertly formulated milk support a young child’s brain, immunity, and physical development.

It is the first and ONLY milk supplement from Wyeth Nutrition® enriched with a breakthrough, brain-boosting Alpha-Lipids) that contain Phospholipids, including Sphingomyelin, which is scientifically designed to help speed up brain connections up to 100x faster through myelination.

Promil Gold Four also contains other nutrients that the brain needs like Choline, which supports overall mental function; DHA3 to support the maintenance of normal brain function; and Lutein, which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision.

This advanced formulation now has HM-O (2’FL), which helps support immunity in four different ways as well as support brain development.

Promil Gold Four is also loaded with Vitamins A, E, and C, Zinc, and Selenium, which kids need to boost their immune system.

Along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, this powdered milk drink is great for children aged 3 and above.

Check out this 9.9 Super Shopping Day on Shopee and get a huge discount on a set of three or set of four boxes of 1.8 kg!

Visit the Promil and Promama Official Store on Shopee.

Get exclusive TECNO Mobile deals on Shopee Gadgetzone this September

Check out Shopee Gadgetzone on September 2, 2021, and enjoy exclusive deals when you purchase Spark 7, Spark 6 Go, and Camon 16 smartphones from the TECNO Mobile PH Official Store in Shopee Mall.

Ignite inspiration and creativity with TECNO Mobile’s Spark 7 smartphone, which you can get at the discounted price of P4,699 on September 2.

Spark 7 is packed with awesome features that are big enough for your dreams.

  • Storage capacity of 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM for more space available for photos, music, videos, and files
  • HiOS 7.5 Operating System based on Android 11 with features that include WiFi Share, Phone Cloner and Smart Scanner
  • A 6000mAh battery for longer standby time, voice calling, web browsing, music and video playback, and even gaming.  
  • 6.52” FHD+ Dot-notch Display with 720×1600 HD+ resolution to enhance your viewing experience
  • 16MP AI Dual Rear Camera with quad flash and an 8MP Front Camera that lets you capture every wonderful moments and selfies with more details
  • Smile Shot, which detects your smile automatically to instantly take a photo
  • Ultrathin body with fin-shaped design for a superior hand feel
  • 3 eye-catching colors – Magnet Black, Morpheus Blue, and Spruce Green

Meanwhile, you can get the Camon 16 at a special discounted price of only P6,699, P300 less than its original price.

TECNO Camon 16 offers amazing value for money, equipped with advanced features and functions that users can surely enjoy.

  • A 48MP Ultra Quad Camera, with a four-camera lens combination for comprehensive smartphone photography – Bokeh Depth of Field Lens, AI Lens, Macro Lens, and 48MP Main Lens with a 79-degree wide-angle view
  • Ultra Night Lens with 1-second image processing that produces higher quality night images, aided by convenient anti-over exposure and AI portrait segment features
  • Huge RAM and ROM capacity of 128GB+6GB that enables users to enjoy entertainment on the go with thousands of saved songs and images, as well as HD movies and apps
  • 18W fast charging, with advanced protection technology that ensures automatic regulation of charging inputs, helping to prolong the hardware and software of the device

You can also enjoy a 14% discount on Spark 6 Go, which will be available at the discounted price of P4,699, for one day only.     

TECNO Spark 6 Go offers a multitude of features to suit the needs of everyone. 

  • A large 6.52” HD Resolution Screen that allows users to enjoy media content with ease
  • Built-in AI Dual Unlock Feature, capable of both face-unlock and fingerprint scanning 
  • Camera with AI Beauty Mode and 18 AI Scene Detection features for outstanding images every time
  • 5000 mAh battery that allows for up to 36 days of standby time, 24 hours of calling, 19 hours of web browsing, 25 hours of video playback, 125 hours of music, or 15 hours of gaming on a single charge
  • Audio Share that allows up to 3 Bluetooth speakers or 2 Bluetooth headphones to connect simultaneously
  • Aqua Blue, Ice Jadeite, Sky Black, and Mystery White colors

Be sure to check out all these great Shopee Gadgetzone deals from TECNO Mobile on September 2! Stay updated on all the latest promos when you like and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook amd the TECNO Mobile PH Official Store in Shopee Mall. Visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph to learn more about your favorite TECNO Mobile smartphones and gadgets.

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceOn is now in PH

After the successful launch of the first Wearable Air Purifier, LG comes out with a slimmer and smarter version to its LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier.

The new re-engineered version gives the innovative, wearable device that the brand first launched last year a number of upgrades, such as enhanced all-around performance, a convenient voice amplification feature, and a more comfortable, lightweight design.

In a recent virtual event hosted by LG Brand Ambassador James Deakin, LG Philippines unveiled the new Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON™.

Dr. Ma. Adelina Sadili, a Consultant Pulmonologist at Makati Medical Center, led the talk on the importance of mask use and shared important pulmonary facts to take heed of during the pandemic.

One of her suggestions to strengthen and keep one’s lungs healthy is to improve air quality at home–something that LG has been working tirelessly on. To improve air quality on the go, that’s where the new and improved LG Wearable Air Purifier comes in. 

The upgraded LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON™ is equipped with a fully automatic fan airflow control system that increases breathing comfort.

It also incorporates two H13 HEPA filters, the same as those found in premium air purifiers for the home, to ensure the air the user breathes is as clean and healthy as possible.

Driven by an ultra-small and lightweight motor, the device’s DUAL fans combine with LG’s airflow control technology – which detects the user’s breathing pattern and adjusts airflow accordingly – to help the wearer breathe easier and more naturally.

This advanced system also prevents a common problem for those wearing glasses and mask at the same time, keeping their lenses from fogging up when exhaling.

Sporting a fresh, new design, the upgraded PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier provides a subtle yet stylish look and comes in two chic colors: Creamy White and Ocean Black.

Additionally, the device will be offered in medium and large sizes to guarantee a better fit for more consumers. Its seamless, ergonomic design minimizes air leakage around the nose and chin, sealing gently but firmly to the wearer’s face.

Weighing only 94 grams, the latest model is comfortable to wear for longer periods of time and is perfect for everyday use. 

Due to the muffled sounds of our voices, wearing a mask makes it hard for the other person to understand what we’re saying and vice versa.

So to make it easier to communicate with others while wearing the PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier, LG has introduced its VoiceON™ technology.

Employing a microphone and a speaker built into the device itself, VoiceON™ helps clearly project the user’s voice so they can be heard and understood without issue.

“LG has been hard at work in order to provide meaningful ways of improving the day to day of the new normal. The LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier has been the talk of the town for over a year now, and here we are for an even better version. I’m excited to introduce to everyone a new product that’s perfect for the new normal,” Sungjae Kim, LG PH’s Managing Director, said.

LG’s new Wearable Air Purifier is available in LG’s authorized retailers both in-store and online. Visit LG.com.ph for a complete list of our retail partners. You can also visit LG’s Official Flagship Stores:

Lazada: lazada.com.ph/shop/lg-official-store/ 

Shopee: shopee.ph/lgofficialstoreph

TECNO Spark 7 series now in PH

In celebration of its first anniversary, TECNO Mobile continues to inspire its young-at-heart global consumers to never stop pursuing excellence.

To mark this milestone event, the premium smartphone brand is adding yet another awesome device to its array of quality smartphones that are great to use for work, play, and online learning – the Spark 7 Series.

Here are the key specs and features of Spark 7 Pro:

  • Huge storage capacity of 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM 
  • Helio G80 – 2.0 GHz Octa Core Processor, capable of effortlessly running multiple apps at the same time
  • HiOS 7.5 Operating System based on Android 11 with features that include WiFi Share, Phone Cloner and Smart Scanner
  • 5000mAh battery that offers a standby time of up to 14 days, up to 18 hours of voice calling, 16 hours of web browsing, 22 hours of music playback when using earphones, 20 hours of video playback or 16 hours of offline gaming 
  • 6.6” HD+ Dot-in Screen with 720×1600 HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate
  • 48 MP AI Triple Rear Camera with Quad Flash – 48MP Main Camera, 2MP Bokeh Lens, and AI Cam – with Quad Rear Flash, plus an 8MP Front Camera with Dual Front Flash for the perfect selfie, even in low light
  • Smile Shot, which detects your smile automatically to instantly take a photo
  • Professional shooting modes for capturing every dream moment, including Super Night Shot, Timelapse, Video Bokeh, and 2K
  • Ultrathin body with fin-shaped design for a superior hand feel
  • 3 eye-catching colors – Magnet Black, Alps Blue, and Spruce Green

Get the extra spark of inspiration that you need to take that huge first step towards achieving your dreams. With its large storage capacity, Spark 7 helps you stay productive and also offers ample space to save important moments and memories that can motivate you to keep going. 

Spark 7 Pro is priced at Php 6,990 for 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM or Php 6,590 for 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM. Get this smartphone at the TECNO Mobile Concept Store in SM North EDSA, as well as other partner retail stores. 

You may also avail of the Spark 7 Variant with 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM for only Php 4,990 at TECNO Mobile’s online stores in Lazada and Shopee. 

To further spark inspiration and creativity, every purchase of any TECNO Spark 7 Series smartphone will include a special collectible postcard that features designs by pop designer, Soleil Ignacio, and anime artist, Melone Flavor.

Place these at your workstations or even your gaming areas to add a touch of art to your space, and help get your creative juices flowing. 

Stay updated on exclusive deals and promos when you like and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines. Visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph to learn more about your favorite smartphones and gadgets.

Win Up To P2.5M from Pru Life UK’s Pulse App

The rainy season is here again, which means we need to take extra care of our health to prevent ourselves from catching the seasonal flu.

With COVID-19 still looming as well, it’s even more important now to watch what we eat.

Fresh and nutritious food helps boost the immune system. Though sometimes challenging because of all the preparations needed to make a healthy homecooked meal, it can be made easier and gratifying with Pulse, the all-in-one AI-powered health and wellness app from leading life insurer Pru Life UK.

“With health being a top priority for all, Pru Life UK through the Pulse app, wants to be their customers’ partner in effectively monitoring their nutrition to help prevent any diseases especially this rainy season,” shares Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK SVP & Chief Customer Marketing Officer. “We at Pru Life UK want to help as many Filipinos as possible maintain optimal health, and instill this habit through our health management app.”

Some of Pulse’s features include Healthcheck, a comprehensive AI-driven health assessment tool that checks your medical and family history, lifestyle, nutrition, and mental health. It also has a Call-a-Dietician feature which offers unlimited chat access and a one-hour video call consultation with a licensed dietitian who can help address a user’s dietary concerns.

Through the Pulse Gold subscription, the app also has a Food Journal feature which allows users to upload a photo of their food and monitor their daily food intake to achieve a balanced diet. Some of the most nutritious fruits and vegetables that users upload as part of their meals are:

  1. Oranges

High levels of flavonoids and vitamin C are present in citrus fruits which include oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Vitamin C helps decrease inflammation, which is useful in fighting a fever. It’s better to enjoy these fruits raw since Vitamin C is heat sensitive and may be reduced when cooked. They also contain Quercetin, a specific flavonoid, which is helpful when treating rhinovirus infections that usually cause common colds. 

  1. Papaya

Aside from a substantial amount of Vitamin C, papaya contains papain, a digestive enzyme that has anti-inflammatory effects. This means that it is not only capable of protecting a body from viruses, but also of treating it. It also has fibers located by the bowels, allowing for better and more regular digestion. Lastly, papayas can be enjoyed raw, making them an easy treat.

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is an example of a cruciferous vegetable that is proven to boost immunity. It contains sulforaphane, which neutralizes toxins and in turn, prevents them from turning into viruses. These can be activated by consuming it raw or steaming it for one to three minutes below 140˚C.

  1. Spinach

Spinach contains Vitamin C and antioxidants like digestion-regulating fiber, which aid in the excretion of unwanted toxins in the body. Similar to broccoli, spinach can be best enjoyed with minimal to no cooking to ensure that its nutrients stay.

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system by widening blood vessels and preventing clot formation. Cooking it with a little olive oilincreases its effect since vitamin E is absorbed better if eaten with a little healthy fat.

  1. Red Bell Peppers

Vitamin C is three times as present in bell peppers as they are in citrus fruits. It is also rich in beta-carotene which can reduce inflammation and boost immune functions by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. It can be cooked and baked in multiple ways.

  1. Ginger

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties such as gingerol, which can help strengthen the immunity system. Not only does it help prevent flu-like illnesses, but it can also ease the feeling of flu and common colds for those who have them. Ginger can be incorporated into multiple meals and drinks,

such as Indian cuisine and tea.

Using the Pulse app by completing activities and challenges, such as uploading photos of one’s meal, will give users raffle entries for a  chance to win amazing prizes in Pru Life UK’s ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration. Participants can win gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos or iPhone 12 mini 64GB weekly. Meanwhile, one lucky winner will get the grand prize of 2.5 million pesos to be announced in the grand draw in September as Pru Life UK culminates their 25th year in the Philippines.

“Through our raffle celebration and the various offerings that users can access on Pulse app, we hope to contribute to the wellbeing of the Filipinos and encourage everyone to continue being mindful of their health,” adds Tumbaga. For more information about the raffle draw, visit Pru Life UK’s site

My four must-haves from the SM Malls Online App

Being a mom and working at home at the same time has both its pros and cons. Not having to spend hours dressing up and commuting to the office are just two of the many pros.

But on the other side of the coin, it has become harder for us to balance and set ample time for work, family, and self-care because everything that needs to be done in a day happens in the same place and that could lead to one jumbled up chaotic schedule.

When this happens, we need to be efficient, and efficiency means knowing when to use technology to make our work and life easier, more comfortable, and much more productive.

Thankfully, there are now a variety of gadgets we can use to help us become more efficient at work and at home.

Here are the Four things on my list of must-haves for a “work at home mom.”

1. Portable handheld vacuum cleaner

I must admit that one of the chores I dislike doing is dusting, mainly because it triggers my allergies.

Then again, it is something that I simply cannot go without doing because it not only affects how our home looks, it also affects my and my family’s health.

So to keep the house clean without triggering my dust allergies, I got myself this handy iConcepts Portable Vacuum Cleaner (Php799.00) from the SM Megamall Surplus shop to take care of daily dusting duties.

Sure, we have a much larger, heavy-duty vacuum cleaner at home, one with attachments for every type of surface you want to clean, but who wants to haul that out from the closet every day to do simple dusting work, right?

The portable handheld vacuum cleaner is good enough to go over tabletops, shelves, and counters for daily upkeep.

It’s also small enough to pass in between appliances, display items, or those tucked away corners that you won’t be able to reach with a larger vacuum cleaner.

Most importantly, it conveniently traps all the dust it collects so you don’t have to worry about tracking them back, which usually happens when you use a wipe cloth, or worse, inhaling all those dust particles as you move along.

2. Robot vacuum cleaner

Do I have an obsession with vacuum cleaners? Maybe I do.

But I just couldn’t help myself from getting this iConcept 5-in-1 Robot Vacuum Cleaners also from the Surplus Shop because of its multiple functions and its ultra-low sale price of only Php824.45 (down from its original price of Php1,499.00) during the 8.8 sale event.

I must say that the robot vacuum cleaner is now a must-have for homes, especially if you have no helper to take on the daily task of cleaning all around the house.

By having the 5-in-1 robot vacuum cleaner take on the task of sweeping and mopping the floor daily, you get to save some more time to either do other important tasks or take a much-needed rest.

It also comes with a UV disinfection lamp and humidifier to help rid your floors of harmful elements.

When fully charged, the robot vacuum cleaner can run for 1 hour without using the humidifier, or 30 to 45 minutes with the humidifier turned on.

I am quite the hands-on mom when it comes to cleaning our home, but with my workload also piling up, I just love having this robot vacuum cleaner around to help me tick off at least one task from my long list of to-do’s every day.

3. Wi-Fi repeater

Speaking of efficiency, since my work requires me to be connected to the internet all the time, I gotta have a good connection at home.

But did you know that even if you subscribe to the best network connection plan that offers the highest broadband speeds, you still won’t get to enjoy the best service if you don’t have a proper router setup?

That’s right. Next to the number of Mbps that you can get from your service provider, you also have to think about how you’re going to set up your router at home.

In case you didn’t know, Wi-Fi signals can be blocked by walls and even large furniture, causing you to experience lag when you are far away from the main router so it’s best to put it in the most optimal area of the house.

In our home, we have our router placed in the living room area where we’ve set up the kids’ computers for their online classes and where we all get together to watch TV at night and on weekends.

But because I prefer to have my own workspace in the bedroom so I can take Zoom calls and host the weekly livecast sessions of PEP.ph on the Calamansi App in a more quiet area of the house, it’s best to have a Wi-Fi repeater nearby.

What the Wi-Fi repeater does is basically extend the reach and coverage of your Wi-Fi connection. As I said, walls and big furniture can block signals inside your home despite having a high Mbps connection.

I got the Mi Wi-Fi Repeater Pro last year from SM Cyberzone and I must say I haven’t had any problems with a bad internet connection, except only when the weather is unpleasant or when our service provider is having issues from their end.

Since getting the Wi-Fi repeater, I have been able to work more efficiently and complete more tasks because my internet connection is just as fast as when I am working in the living room.

4. Desk fan with lamp

Finally, my fourth must-have is a desk fan, which I’m sure everyone already has at home.

While we have an aircon in our room and stand fans around the house as well, I still like to have my own portable desk fan with me.

Not only does it help me cool down and keep me comfortable on hot days, but it also helps me with my skincare because cold air is said to help tighten the pores and rejuvenate the skin.

It’s also good for the health as cool air promotes blood circulation in your body and reduces inflammation.

My Firefly 7-inch Rechargeable Table Fan with Night Light (only Php499.75) is very convenient to use as I can easily move it around to direct to my face when I’m doing my skincare routine or to my laptop when I feel like it’s heating up a bit due to long hours of use.

The fan speed has three variations so I can adjust it to suit my needs and the fan can also tilt up or down for better concentration.

I also love that it has a built-in night light that has two brightness settings so I can use it when I need to work late at night without disturbing the kids’ sleep.

Shop with the SM Malls Online App

So where can you get all these must-haves for yourself? The SM Malls Online App!

Yes, SM Malls now has their own online shopping platform where you can get the products you want and need from your favorite SM shops and brands.

On the SM Malls Online App, you’re guaranteed that the products you’ll be getting are all from trusted and legit brands–from home appliances to clothing, hardware, gadgets, school and office supplies, even food!

It’s just like you’re shopping from your nearby SM Mall branch, only you’re doing it from the comfort, convenience, and safety of your home.

Just choose which SM branch you’d like to shop from, checkout your products, and they’ll be delivered to your home the next day.

They have a 10-kilometer delivery range for non-perishable products (next-day delivery) and a 5-kilometer delivery range for food items from various restaurants (same-day delivery).

I got my vacuum cleaners and fan from the Surplus Shop, while the Wi-Fi repeater is something I bought physically from SM Cyberzone but it’s also available now on the SM Malls Online App.

Download the SM Malls Online App for free from Google Play Store or Apple App Store. To know more, visit www.smmallsonline.com.

Build a better future for your family with AIA Philam Life

If there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it would be the value of preparedness.

While there is never really a guaranteed way of avoiding untoward incidents from happening, it never hurts to be ready for anything, at least financially.

By saving a portion of our hard-earned money, we can at least rest easy knowing we can continue to enjoy life and fulfill our dreams no matter what. 

AIA Philam Life remains committed to helping Filipino families prepare for the future, through products that protect loved ones from sickness and death, and those that address their long-term savings needs through viable investments.

CEO Kelvin Ang and AIA Investment Management Head of Funds Shrikant Bhat recently share these five important tips from their personal experience as fathers in making sure the family’s finances are well managed and secure.

#1 Know your ‘why’

When setting a financial goal, one first and important aspect is to know the reason behind this goal as your source of inspiration and motivation. For parents, this is usually their children.

When they are tempted to deviate from their goal, they only need to remember that they are doing this to fund, for example, their child’s education. And that’s enough reason to strengthen their resolve to stick to their goal.

Kelvin shares with us an important lesson he learned when it comes to family financial planning.

“Building up your savings can be a big challenge especially while taking care of the family, so it’s important to establish your reason why. Your purpose for saving must be clear and emotional. Without a good reason why it will be hard to exert self-discipline and motivate yourself. Knowing your ‘why’ will help you be more focused on your goals and plans,” he says.

#2 Ask for help from the experts

Another important tip in making sure the family’s financial plan is set in place is seeking the help of professionals, and for this matter, financial advisors. Their experience will save you time by giving you the right information you need when it comes to managing your finances. 

Shrikant emphasizes the importance of consulting experts to help you prepare and eventually implement your investment and savings plan. “It is vital to understand one’s life stage, financial situations, goals, and investment horizon before setting foot to plan and invest.”

#3 The best time to start is now

Shrikant stresses the importance of getting started and being open to trial and error at the start. “It is normal if one is unable to fulfill or implement all your plans at one go.

What is more important is to get started and review one’s plans along the way. This is what we term as ‘Start Small, Start Now,” he shares. 

Financial planning takes time and the family’s situation may change or evolve, such as when the kids start growing and other needs have to be considered.

Shrikant adds how over this period of time, the family can put more resources into planning and revisiting the family’s plans.

#4 Always look at the long-term

When it comes to family finances, long-term planning plays a vital role. It may be a long shot and requires years of saving and hard work, but this is one way to ensure that you are actually achieving your goals for your family. Having a long-term plan also allows you to build your short-term plans.

“A common mistake many individuals commit while planning for their family is to focus on immediate goals such as your children’s education or buying a house and neglecting planning for the longer-term goals such as your own retirement,” Shrikant shares. He stresses that long-term planning helps us see our goals come to fruition. 

“The effect of compounding over time is our greatest ally to get us to where we want at the end of the day. This is why every family should apportion their financial resources and start planning to move closer towards the different goals they have set for the various stages in their life,” he adds.

For Kelvin, he highlights the importance of setting aside your savings for the long term and staying disciplined, which will be worth it in the end. “Choose a savings vehicle that will compel you to have ‘forced savings’, one that will discourage withdrawal until needed. Saving and investing in the long-term will minimize risk and maximize return.”

#5 Be prepared

Lastly, one important tip is to always be prepared by setting aside emergency funds for unforeseen events. The general rule of thumb in building a sound financial plan is to set aside between 3 to 6 months of your family’s monthly expenses. This way, the family’s cash flow is protected and secure even when the unimaginable happens.

A Secure Family Financial Plan with AIA Philam Life

Another tip in being prepared is to find the right tools and vehicles to keep the family’s finances safe and secure like AIA Future Builder, a new variable life insurance plan which helps parents protect their future, no matter what life brings. This plan secures and grows their hard-earned savings for the future while protecting them from risks. 

With AIA Future Builder, families can maximize their savings potential with the option to diversify their investments through either locally managed or globally exposed funds. The plan also comes with basic insurance protection for life, total & disability, and personal accidents as well as additional benefits through optional riders.

On the side, parents can also enjoy wellness benefits as AIA Future Builder is powered by AIA Philam Life’s science-backed wellness program, Philam Vitality. Through this program, parents who are able to sustain healthy habits are incentivized with additional cash benefits and other rewards. At the same time, the product is also easier on the family budget through its various payment terms, with 5, 10, or pay-to-age 65 variants.

With these simple tips in mind and a perfect partner in AIA Philam Life, families can enjoy Healthier, Longer, Better Lives through a sound financial plan with AIA Future Builder.

Click here to learn more information about AIA Future Builder or visit AIA Philam Life’s Facebook page, email philamlife@aia.com, or call (02) 8528-2000.