Shop Toy Kingdom online and enjoy indoor summer fun

We may have all missed going outdoors this season because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the summer fun at home.

In fact, this makes it a perfect opportunity to take a break, rest and spend some quality time with the whole family.

Stay at home and let Toy Kingdom bring the fun into your doorstep with their wide variety of amazing toy finds now available for purchase at the Toy Kingdom Official Lazada Store.

Little chefs will love the Kid’s Dough Cooking Set, Ice Cream Set, and Motion Air Sand Deluxe Cookie Maker.

Ryan’s World Treasure Chest, on the other hand, will surely thrill the little pirates.

Keep your kids’ minds creative and inspired with games from Cogo in city and farm themes.

Board games like Uno, Monopoly, and Pictionary Air are great for family bonding and fun; while table games like Air Spring’s pinball shoot and air soccer will keep kids active and sporty.

By the way, Uno has a limited edition BTS version, too, which comes with a special rule. For K-pop fans out there, this one is definitely going to give you twice the fun!

Tech-savyy kids, on the other hand, can also enjoy an ultimate home entertainment experience with Toy Kingdom’s PS4 mega pack and various home video games.

Experience an enjoyable summer fun at home with these toys from Toy Kingdom. Check out these amazing finds and more available at https://www.lazada.com.ph/ and wait for your items to be delivered right into your doorsteps.

For more updates visit www.toykingdom.ph and follow ToyKingdomPH at Facebook and Instagram.

Filipino plant-based brand Sekaya launches products for better health

Nature provides everything that humans need in order to survive. But with a little help from science, natural food can become even more effective in keeping our bodies healthy.

Banking on science to optimize human health using Earth’s natural ingredients, Filipino plant-based brand Sekaya is “prescribing nature” by making the most out of tradition and science to produce safe, high-quality natural products.

Using botanicals to improve one’s health may be an age-old practice in many parts of the world, however, not all natural solutions in the market are backed by science. Many of these products are sub-standard products and ineffective, and may even be harmful to consumers.

Sekaya, produced by Unilab’s natural products company Synnovate Pharma Corporation, creates best-in-class natural products through the convergence of nature and science.

To help educate consumers and further explain the importance of science in creating high-quality natural solutions, the brand hosted the Sekaya Prescribing Nature Virtual Conference: Revealing the Science behind Nature in Promoting Overall Well-being, featuring two respected names in both the medical and wellness fields.

Rolando “Oyie” Balburias, M.D., FPCP, IFMCP, General Internal Medicine and IFM Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and one of the country’s pioneering doctors for functional medicine, conducted a talk on The Science of Natural Products discussing the importance of applying science in the development of natural health solutions. Dr. Balburias also touched on the indicators that make natural products effective and safe, and taught participants how to read and understand product labels and verify claims made by natural brands.

“When choosing natural products, people should look into the source of the ingredients and the processes they went through,” Dr. Balburias said.

“High-quality natural products that are effective consider the therapeutic benefits of the raw ingredients based on their science-backed capability to restore homeostasis and balance of the body systems. These products also go through a tedious process that considers the ingredients’ biochemical compatibility with our body’s physiologic and biologic systems design.”

Internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist Deanna Minich, PhD., FACN, CNS, IFMCP followed with a talk on why Healthy Food is Happy Food. Most people often associate happy food or comfort food with high caloric choices that are perceived to taste better and are more effective mood boosters.

Dr. Minich tapped into her over 20 years of experience as a nutrition educator and mind-body medicine health expert to share insights on how eating healthy positively impacts our mental and physical wellness, and have long-term benefits to our health.

“Stress can get in our way of eating healthy as increased cortisol and changes in hormones can alter our cravings. Most of the time, stress eating often leads to eating low-nutrient foods,” Dr. Minich said.

“We know this will only lead to unhealthy eating habits that will result in adverse effects on your body in the future but various studies have shown that healthier foods can actually affect our mood.”

The virtual conference underlined Sekaya’s Prescribing Nature advocacy that focuses on promoting the healing benefits of nature as validated by science. As an emerging player in the industry, Sekaya has been providing high-quality plant-based products that go through rigorous testing in pharma-grade facilities to ensure their efficacy, safety, and purity.

According to the Director and Business Unit Head of Synnovate, Abigail D. Nepomuceno, “Sekaya’s mission is to provide high-quality plant-based products that nourish the lives of our consumers, community and country. As such, our products use evidence-based ingredients that undergo several laboratory tests before they reach our consumers. We follow strict standards in every step of the process: from the sourcing of our ingredients up to the creation of the final product.”

The ingredients that Sekaya use are not only carefully sourced from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or European Union (EU)-certified and Quality Assurance International (QAI) certified organic farms all over the world, these are also tested against microbial contamination, pesticide residues, heavy metals, and molds.

Sekaya offers products that are scientifically studied and meticulously processed within pharmaceutical-grade facilities to ensure the safety and purity of each. Their products are tested against microbial contamination, pesticide residues, heavy metals, and molds.

Sekaya Botanic infusions are served in loose-leaf formats with botanical blends originating from different cultures around the world, the tradition of consuming these botanicals for healing benefits lives on, this time validated by scientific evidence.

As these organic ingredients get infused in water, all healthy plant nutrients are extracted which the body then easily absorbs when consumed.

Sekaya Raw Actives are powdered green superfoods, plant proteins, and energy optimizers aimed toward athletes and active individuals who want to up their game and improve their performance naturally.

Meanwhile, Sekaya Botanicare is a line of premium natural skin care products that is aimed to keep even the most sensitive skin healthy and smooth all over.

Aside from these three product lines, Sekaya will also be coming up with natural solutions that will highlight Philippine herbs. Staying true to its name as Sentro ng Katutubong Yaman, Sekaya’s mission is to put our local herbs and rich tradition on the spotlight, starting with Sekaya Food Supplements.

These are premium, pharma-grade supplements that are 100% sourced and manufactured in the Philippines, and provide concentrated nutrients from local herbs that are designed to address the needs of Filipinos. One of the products under this line is the Sekaya Organic Moringa, the only European Union (EU)-certified 100% organic 500mg capsule in the market.

With the influx of natural brands to address demand, and at times overwhelming, even contradictory information on these, Nepomuceno added, “Aside from products that offer functional wellness, Sekaya wants to help educate consumers to be more discerning and make well-informed decisions as these impact their health and wellbeing.”

The current times present a wake-up call and a strong reminder on the utmost importance of keeping our health in check, and nothing perhaps can be more reassuring than being able to turn to natural solutions that are not only tested by tradition but also proven by science.

Get more science-based health tips and information by following @SekayaPH on Facebook and Instagram. To know more about Sekaya, visit https://www.sekaya.com.ph/.

Experience Singapore’s top attractions for kids right from your home

Being forced to stay at home doesn’t mean we stop exploring the world. Thanks to technology, the internet, and the initiative of some organizations, we’ve been able to watch concerts, musicals, and other international events through platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and more. Museums and exhibits across the globe have also begun hosting virtual tours to make art and culture easily accessible to anyone.

Singapore, a country known for its child-friendly destinations, has made its gamut of attractions that inspire creativity and a sense of wonder among the little ones accessible for discovery and learning online.

For one, the Singapore Tourism Board has released a drawing tutorial of its iconic character, Merli, to help kids create and learn more about the country’s representative symbol, the Merlion. And this is just one of the many other online activities that Singapore has made available for the entire family to enjoy and take advantage of these days.

From museums to works of nature, and more—Singapore is opening its virtual doors for your family’s enjoyment.

Art, Science, and more!

Keep the momentum going after the Merli drawing tutorial. Expose the young minds to more hands-on arts and crafts, and a museum experience at the same time.

Help your child discover ways to experiment, play and create with every day, recyclable materials easily found at home such as cardboard toilet rolls, and rubber bands. Playeum, a center in Singapore that champions children through play, holds a live, guided craft session every week. This is an ideal choice for regular play dates for the little ones. One can also give the usual story time a boost and twist, with some puppet play at home with DIY instructions from the group C!puppets.

Get them to know more about the Indian heritage and culture of Singapore through online jigsaw puzzles and charades, even, provided by the Indian Heritage Center. Or let the kids marvel in the space where art meets science: ArtScience Museum currently has limited time online offerings—from virtual tours to workshops and performances.

Love video games? It may not necessarily be a bad thing. Learning also takes place when kids play, and Sentosa has taken the island adventure in the popular Nintendo Switch game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so kids can get a glimpse of the exciting experience possible there.

Get around Singapore

If the virtual island experience piques their interest, then let them further explore!

Singapore’s famed awe-inspiring green space in the heart of the city, Gardens by the Bay, has launched #StayHomeWithGB, to allow people to still learn about the art of horticulture, along with other edutainment content that are perfect for parents looking for new things to introduce to their kids.

Meanwhile, Google Street View has also made it possible to carry-on sightseeing in the Lion City through the virtual tours of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Mount Faber Park, and MacRitchie Reservoir.

All these fun activities that Singapore makes available online are but a reflection of the many attractions the island nation has to offer. And even while we are in quarantine, there are still opportunities for kids to pursue creative and imaginative activities. In fact, it might be the best opportunity and time to bond and share precious moments together.

Keep checking Visit Singapore PH on Facebook for more online activities to enjoy!

Honor launches new smart home and productivity devices

Chinese tech brand Honor has officially launched Honor Choice, a smart life ecosystem that includes a full range of best-in-class smart home, sports, entertainment, technology, and travel products.

Leveraging innovative technologies such as Huawei HiLink, Honor Choice enables a seamless smart connection to contribute to a fully-integrated experience, reflecting the brand’s chic and human-centric design philosophy.

Check out some of the products under the Honor Choice line:

Smart home devices

Smart vacuum

Keep your home spic and span with the Honor Choice Smart Vacuum cleaner powered by a 350W 100,000rpm motor. The Honor Smart Vacuum has powerful suction and mopping technology with up to 65mins battery life. It also features an ultraviolet-sterilization cleansing system to effectively eliminate bacteria on different surfaces.

In addition, this home cleaning device also doubles as a calorie counter and transfer the timely data to HUAWEI HiLink. Cool, right?

Air Multiplier

Keep your rooms cool any day of the year with the Air Multiplier that features bladeless turbocharging technology that gives enough air-current coverage no matter where you’re seated. Moreover, the air is designed to flow consistently keeping a room at your desired temperature.

Its slim silver chassis can fit into most rooms without obstructing the furniture or getting blocked itself, making it ideal for living rooms or even open-plan apartments.

Humidifier

Given our tropical climate and humid weather, it’s important to keep the air moist to avoid respiratory symptoms especially in the summer months. With a 3-liter tank and 400 ml/h humidity capacity, the Honor Choice Humidifier is perfect for bedrooms, offices, and medium-sized rooms.

The top-mounted clear tank shows its water levels, allowing users to keep track of the next refill time. It is also equipped with an anti-bacterial design to effectively reduce the growth of bacteria.

Smart Desk Lamp

Stay lit with the sleek and modernistic Smart Desk Lamp, which can produce soft light with three-dimension lighting technology to make sure every shade of light is even. It can cover up to 1.12m diameter area, which achieves a higher standard of China’s AA protection standard for the lamp.

With the TÜV Eye Comfort Certification, the Smart Desk Lamp can emit far less blue light to create a clam work environment where you can focus and be productive.

Smart Kettle

Powered by 1800W heat source, the Smart Kettle is quick to boil and you can set it boiling remotely regardless of where you are from your smartphone with HiLink. On top of that, you can enjoy smart temperature control and dechlorination to satisfy your daily water needs.

Smart Ultra-Sonic Toothbrush

The Smart Ultra-Sonic Toothbrush features a curved design that helps reduce the number of bacteria attached to the toothbrush. Its sonic technology provides deep clean experience and you can get familiar with this perfect tool with smart blushing guides provided by HiLink.

With the in-wall toothbrush charger, the Smart Ultra-Sonic Toothbrush can be easily installed to keep your bathroom tidy and provides a powerful cleaning experience for up to 30 days with a single charge.

Entertainment and lifestyle

TWS Earbuds X1

Featuring a dual-microphone, TWS Earbuds X1 delivers superb sound quality to effectively reduce environmental noise during calls or while listening to music. Powered by a new binaural synchronous transmission technology, TWS Earbuds X1 can transmit sound signals with extremely low latency to ensure a lag-free experience. 

With 24 hours of superior battery life, the earbuds can easily get you through all-day activities. HONOR TWS Earbuds X1 is a solid option with excellent value.

Vision X1 Series

Honor also introduced its latest smart screen, the Vision X1 Series, which features 8K decoding and display, Motion Estimate, Motion Compensation and a 4*10W speakers for output.

The Honor Vision X1 Series is a high-performing smart TV that provides stunning realism complemented by fantastic audio quality. To facilitate a seamless and connected lifestyle for its users, the Vision X1 Series is equipped with a smart assistant and can be controlled from other Honor devices.

Connectivity

Honor Router 3

Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of Wi-Fi technology and the Router 3 will be the first Honor router to adopt this latest Wi-Fi standard, which allows users to take advantage of faster speeds. Comprising a Wi-Fi 6+ chipset and a Gigahome Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, the HONOR Router 3 can achieve larger bandwidth, faster speeds and lower power consumption.

It promises speeds up to 3,000 Mbps throughput across one 2.4Ghz band and one 5Ghz band. Honor Router 3 also supports OFDMA multi-user technology for direct connections to a number of devices that will ensure greater stability and better data streaming with low latency.

Creativity and productivity

Honor ViewPad 6

The Honor ViewPad 6 boasts a Kirin 985 5G SoC and supporting Wi-Fi 6+ connectivity, which delivers lag-free performance for both work and play. Featuring a stunning 2K FullView Display, a smart split-screen option, and outstanding HD stereo quality, it is compatible with the Honor Magic-Pencil so users can easily express their creativity.

The All-New HONOR Magicbook Pro

The Honor MagicBook Series is designed for young professionals and students who seek superior features and functionality at an affordable price point, earning a five-star rating by Expert Reviews for being “the perfect PC for students.”

The all-new 16.1-inch HONOR MagicBook Pro comes with 4.9mm slim bezels to achieve a 90% screen-to-body ratio and bring an enhanced viewing experience to users.

Powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10510U processor and the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics card, it delivers a smooth and stable experience. Its upgraded multi-screen collaboration feature also allows users to maximize their productivity.

Honor Academy Program

Aside from the latest devices, Honor also announced today the Honor Academy Program. Made specifically for the overseas market, Honor will offer exclusively learning and development opportunities to help global youth educate themselves on their new PC and services by associating them with technology experts.

Honor Magicbook Series strives to help students and young adults master new skills, unleash creativity, get motivated for their everyday life with the help of a 1- year subscription of Microsoft 365 Personal, Microsoft’s new and improved subscription service.

George Zhao, President of Honor, said, “By leveraging our technology, HONOR is commited to bring a more advanced smart life experience to the global market and to help young people stay mental and physical health, while enabling efficient remote work and study during this tough period. As a very important part of our all-scenario smart life strategy, HIHONOR.com is aiming to build a one-stop shopping experience by offering a full range of HONOR all-scenario products with superior logistical support, after-sales services, and VIP exclusive benefits.”

As of today, Honor has launched 14 eCommerce platforms and acquired 1.54 million registered users.

For more information, please visit HONOR online at www.hihonor.com or follow @honorglobal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Manulife Philippines provides free insurance coverage for 25,000 delivery riders

As the community quarantine remains enforced in various parts of the country, Manulife Philippines has announced that it will extend its free insurance coverage* to 25,000 active two-wheel riders from foodpanda, Gogo Xpress, Shopee Xpress and Ninja Van worth P1.25 billion.

The free insurance coverage, which comes on the heels of Manulife providing P3 billion worth of free insurance coverage for Grab and Lalamove riders last month, will help protect the riders and their families, in the event of injury or death while on duty. 

Since the start of the enhanced community quarantine, app-based delivery riders have been among the many brave frontliners that carry on with their duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Manulife Philippines recognizes the importance of these delivery partners, who bring food and other necessities to Filipinos, keeping everyone safe at home and businesses moving. 

“It’s a privilege to be able to extend our free insurance coverage to even more delivery drivers, who help us remain safe at home while risking themselves,” said Richard Bates, President and CEO of Manulife Philippines. “By delivering essentials, they also help keep companies in business, and this insurance coverage is our way of recognizing our heroic frontliners and showing how we value the work they do.”

Foodpanda, Gogo Xpress, Shopee Xpress and Ninja Van commended their riders for their commitment to help in the movement of goods for both customers and businesses in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. 

“Our delivery riders alleviate the anxieties of both customers and SMEs by helping them reach each other in the most efficient and safest way possible. Manulife’s free insurance coverage for our riders rewards their sacrifices, and shows that their safety and protection are our priorities, too,” foodpanda, GoGo Xpress, Shopee Xpress and Ninja Van said in a joint statement. “It also affirms the kind of unity and support we can do for our community, so we can help protect each other when it matters the most,” they added.

To learn more about the policies of this free insurance coverage program, visit www.manulife.com.ph and following Manulife Philippines on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ManulifePH), Twitter (@ManulifePH), and Instagram (@manulifeph).

Mondelez Philippines and Robinsons Easymart build recycled play area

Before the Enhanced Community Quarantine was implemented, Balumbato Elementary School in Quezon City welcomed a new play area for its students. This is no ordinary play area, however, as its structure was made using recycled plastic. 

Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental issues of late and various organizations have been stepping up to somehow address the problem in their own ways. This recently constructed play area shows that when properly disposed and recycled, plastic waste has further purpose and can be given new life. 

What’s more, the play area was built in partnership with Robinsons Supermarket. In the latter part of 2019, Mondelez Philippines partnered with Robinsons Easymart for a social marketing campaign. For every purchase of selected Mondelez Philippines snack products, a portion went to the construction of the play area.

Says Robinsons Supermarket’s Daisy Lyn Go-Sy, Merchandising Director-Food 2 & 3, “Robinsons Supermarket is pleased to partner with Mondelez Philippines in reaching out to communities by way of this play area, which the children of Balumbato Elementary School can fully enjoy once they are able to go back to school. We hope that they will help create many beautiful moments of friendship, laughter and physical activity for them. This project is also in keeping with our partner’s mission to give joy through snack products and ours of health and wellness.” 

Mindful Snacking and Sustainable Snacking 

The Joy Schools is Mondelez Philippines’ flagship community program which started in 2011, focused on helping improve the nutrition of students through a 9-month feeding program. The program is one way Mondelez Philippines stays true to its purpose of empowering people to snack right, with the right snack, for the right moment, and made the right way.

For the past 9 years the Joy Schools program has been helping improve the nutrition of adopted students through a daily lunch feeding program. This, as Mondelez Philippines calls it, is their contribution to promoting Mindful Snacking–which translates to working with communities to promote nutrition education, access to fresh food and active play.

Their purpose of ‘snacking made right’ also includes encouraging Sustainable Snacking. “Sustainable Snacking for us means creating a future where people and planet thrive by creating resilient ingredient supply chains, reducing our environmental impact, and developing zero-net waste packaging,” shares Toff Rada, CGA Country Manager of Mondelez Philippines.

“With this dual purpose of Mindful and Sustainable Snacking, we decided to expand our Joy Schools program with the recycled play areas project. In this way we are able to contribute to students’ knowledge and practice on nutrition and encourage them to be part of protecting our environment.” 

4th Joy Schools Recycled Play Area 

Launched in August 2019, the Recycled Play Areas are slides, benches and sheds which have been built using ecobricks. These are plastic bottles stuffed full of used and shredded plastic bags or packaging. In the schools where they have been built, students have been encouraged to make their own ecobricks, and see their contributions serve a purpose with the recycled play areas.

Employees of Mondelez Philippines also contributed to the collection of ecobricks, with the four play areas able to recycle some 990 kilos of plastic. The three other schools are located in Paranaque City and another in Quezon City.

Moving forward, the Company aims to contribute more towards recycling plastic. At a time when most people stay at home, and conscious consumption is most prevalent, the idea of making ecobricks – or something new out of old materials – seems as fitting as ever.

While everyone’s at home, it’s also a great time to segregate waste so that recyclers will be able to utilize reusable packaging rather than having them end up in landfills.  Did you know that plastic that’s been contaminated with food and dirt cannot be recycled anymore? That’s why it’s important to segregate.  

“Reducing the environmental impact of our packaging and tackling plastic waste are urgent priorities for us,” adds Rada. “Globally we have committed to make all our packaging recyclable and provide recycling information for consumers by 2025. Locally we have also signed a pledge, aiming that by 2030 we will have achieved zero net waste as a community, where plastic does not end up in nature. But this is not something we can do alone. We would like to encourage everyone to take this time to recycle, repurpose and segregate their waste. We should all come together for this particular issue, which is also important for our world.” 

While the recycled plastic play area awaits the return of children, it stands as inspiration for the many wonderful things that can happen if groups work together to recycle and manage waste. 

Simple tips for staying healthy and immune anytime

As the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 persists, it is most important to always keep your family’s health in check. With our attention refocused toward making good health a new way of life, it’s comforting to know that Watsons is here to help every mom every step of the way.

Here are a few recommendations from Watsons on what we can do at home to help keep your immunity strong and your family healthy:

Be active 

Exercising has many known benefits such as helping us get fit, improving our mood and helping boost the health of our internal organs. But did you know that staying active also helps strengthen our immunity system?

Make time for exercise daily, even for at least 30 minutes to one hour. Go for exercises you can do with a group like dance or cardio workouts so you can involve the whole family. In our case, the workouts have to be kid-friendly. The exercises have to be fairly easy but still keep the kids entertained.

Here is one of the simple workout videos that I follow on Youtube:

Freestyle dancing to any song that you like also counts as a workout!

Eat right 

These days, buying food and cooking it require ingenuity. Still, there are plenty of immunity-boosting foods that you can incorporate easily into your daily recipes, from vegetables such as carrots and broccoli to aromatics like garlic and ginger. Additionally, you can also end your meals with a warm cup of comfort courtesy of Nutrabliss by Watsons Tea

Get quality sleep 

Did you know that getting enough sleep helps increase our defense against sickness? Now that we have more time on our hands, we can sometimes easily sacrifice rest for activities such as binge-watching or scrolling through our gadgets up to the wee hours of the morning.

To help avoid this, make sure to set a proper time for sleeping. Manage the household’s schedule and make room for most of your activities in the morning, so the family can sleep soundly at night.

Take vitamins regularly 

Some natural sources of vitamins may be hard to come by, considering how difficult it is to buy food. You can count on taking vitamins to strengthen your family’s immunity. We all know Vitamin C is critical for family members of all ages. Pro tip? Stock up on your supply with Watsons Generics Ascorbic Acid. 

But Vitamin C isn’t the only vitamin that can keep you healthy, Enervon Activ Soft Gel—rich in Zinc, Vit. A, C, and E—helps boost immunity and promote healthy hair and skin. Myra E 400IU, on the other hand, is also rich with Vitamin E to help fight cell damage.

For the kids, let’s help support their growth not just in height but in strength with Growee Syrup or Cherifer PGM with Zinc capsules. I make sure the whole family takes their vitamins in the morning during breakfast.

Top up with supplements 

Like vitamins, supplements are a great way to give your health an extra boost. You can easily rely on taking supplements to help provide the nutrients you need on top of maintaining a healthy diet. Given that going back outdoors could mean exposure to environmental factors that may cause damage to our skin and body, make sure you keep that healthy glow from within with supplements like MET Tathione, NU Essence Collagen, and Organique Acai Juice.

You can also keep your defenses up with supplements that harness the power of natural ingredients such as MX3 capsules and Watsons Generics Malunggay + Mangosteen

Preparedness is key to protection, so make sure you have your health essentials so you’re always ready. I always have Lola Remedios, Strepsils, and Prosource Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at home.

You can also order your essentials online at watsons.com.ph or call on select branches to have your orders delivered. For contact details of branches near you, you can check out THIS SITE.

When you shop, use your Watsons Card to earn points and get a chance to win a UV Care Deluxe Germ Terminator, Super Power UV Vacuum or Smart Robot UV Vacuum with a minimum purchase of Php500 on select health items. Promo runs until June 24, 2020. For more updates, you can also follow us on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram at @watsonsph.

Stay safe and healthy!

Globe’s VoLTE & VoWiFi for voice calls is now available

Globe is launching its Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) service along with Voice Over WiFi (VoWiFi) that aims to improve voice call experience for its customers. These services will initially be available in NCR and to selected customers on May 14, 2020.

With the VoLTE technology in place, Globe customers, instead of relying on the older 3G to handle their calls, can now enjoy the advantages of a 4G LTE network. Calls made over VoLTE are clearer because of a high-definition voice quality, especially if both parties are on VoLTE.

VoLTE also allows for faster time to connect compared to the usual calls via 2G and 3G. The time it takes to set up a call is faster by one to five seconds, which can be vital during emergency situations. Another benefit of VoLTE is the simultaneous use of voice and data. As both can now run on the LTE network, multi-tasking becomes a breeze and sharing information from the web or apps while on a call is now made possible.

VoWiFi or WiFi calling, on the other hand, extends network coverage in areas with poor signal quality allowing calls to be routed over Wi-Fi instead of a 2G/3G/LTE network, without the need for any app. Subscribers can use WiFi calling to make and receive important calls as long as they have good Wi-Fi connection.

Similarly, overall voice call experience is better with WiFi calling with customers also enjoying the benefits of high-definition quality calls and faster call connection time.

“The VoLTE service will allow us to maximize our LTE network resources providing our customers with seamless and better communication experience. We understand that the people’s need to be constantly connected have heightened, especially during this period of community quarantine and Globe is steadfast in its commitment to continuously improve our services,” Albert de Larrazabal, Globe Chief Commercial Officer said.

When making a VoLTE or a WiFi call, customers’ mobile data will not be consumed. A subscriber only needs an LTE signal to make a VoLTE call while WiFi calling only needs a WiFi network. More importantly, no additional charges will be made on top of regular voice call rates or subscriptions when using the VoLTE and WiFi calling.

VoLTE and WiFi calling will initially be available to selected Globe Postpaid customers including business customers, with supported devices from Samsung, Huawei and some Nokia models. VoWiFi, on the other hand, is available to Samsung mobile devices.

For more information about VoLTE and WiFi calling, please visit THIS SITE.

Living the new normal at home with LG

In just a few days, the ECQ will be shifting to GCQ in most parts of the country. During this time, we will be in some sort of middle ground between how we are living now during the quarantine and how we were in before this crisis happened.

Honestly, I personally think that we won’t be going back to the the old normal anytime soon. At least not until a vaccine is finally approved for mass use. We will all have to accept that we will all be living under a “new normal” scenario, where public gatherings and contact with people outside our homes would still be either prohibited or limited to a certain degree.

As the world braces itself for the inevitability of the new normal, adaptability and inter-connectivity become more important than ever. Work versatility and efficiency amidst the crisis is paramount. Working from home affords you a lot of freedom, but the responsibility of being productive falls solely on you and you alone.

One of the best things about being able to work from home is having the ability to multitask. Even if you’re juggling a dozen online meetings during the day, small windows of opportunity opens up periodically where you can squeeze in a chore or two.

With LG Electronics’ wide array of smart home appliances, multitasking comes easy. LG’s line of ThinQ Washing Machines, for example, give you the convenience of fuss-free loads with just
a push of a button.

Aside from its simplicity and ease of use, LG’s washing machines lets you combat allergens and germs with the power of TrueSteam™. The Allergy Care cycle uses water and heat to create a super-disinfecting steam that sanitizes clothing while still being gentle on it. This reduces 99.9% allergens, such as dust mites that can cause allergy or respiratory issues.

LG’s proprietary Advanced Inverter Technology with DUAL Inverter Heat Pump™ also provides you the flexibility of choosing between a higher level of energy efficiency or shorter time than ever, which is perfect if you just want to squeeze another load in between Zoom meetings.

LG’s ThinQ technology also allows you the freedom to balance daily tasks through the use of a simple smartphone app. Through LG’s SmartThinQ technology, you can even start that load while you’re in a meeting through the use of a smartphone. Not just that, you can check the remaining time, switch off the machine, and more through the convenience of one App. LG’s artificial intelligence also evolves with you.

The more you use your smart appliances, the smarter they get by remembering usage habits to better anticipate your needs.

As we slowly transition into the new normal, having home appliances that integrate seamlessly into one’s lifestyle is a godsend. LG Electronics, with all of their cutting-edge innovations, are able to tread the fine line between technology and convenience, giving consumers more flexibility in navigating their daily lives.

Stay healthy with fresh seasonal Australian Table Grapes

Naturally grown and ripened under the Australian sunshine with a sweet burst of flavour and juicy pulp, the new season of fresh Australian Table Grapes are now available for Filipinos to enjoy today.

Starting last April, the 2020 season varieties of Australian Table Grapes are now available at different stores and partners like Rustans Supermarket, Shopwise, Marketplace by Rustans, Robinsons Supermarket, S&R, SM, and even thru e-Commerce partners like Baytownsproduce, Crate2plate and Dizon Farms.

Among the varieties you can find in these shops are Tam’s Gold and Crimson Seedless as well as Sweet Sapphire (a long finger shaped black grape), Autumn Crisp (a very sweet and crispy grape) and Cotton Candy (a sweet, aromatic green grape). These varieties are known for their extra sweet taste making them a delicious snack the whole family can enjoy. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian Table Grape farmers and food safety inspectors reassured all fruit is grown using the highest food safety standards and most advanced growing techniques, ensuring all produce leaving the farm is of the highest quality and safe for consumption. 

Each variety of grape is extremely versatile in its taste – they can be deliciously enjoyed on their own and best enjoyed whole – as well as able to be added to a range of dishes. Considered nature’s candy, Australian Table Grapes are a versatile snack or sweet and crisp addition to any recipe, making them the ideal fresh fruit for all.

Furthermore, the nutritional value that Table Grapes hold make them fantastic for maintaining a healthy diet for people of all ages. 

Red Globe table grapes have a low Glycemic Index (GI) value and 5g of gut-healthy fibre in every serving. Meanwhile, the Thompson Seedless variety is packed with vitamin C which is perfect for giving your immune system a boost.

The horticulture industry in Australia prides itself on the idyllic growing conditions Australia is famous for – warm, dry summers, and deep, rich soils provide the perfect environment for Australian growers to produce world class table grapes.

Every grape grown by Australian Table Grape farmers is from an established second or third generation family-owned farm located in pristine rural Australia. The techniques, knowledge and passion for growing and carefully selecting the grapes has been perfected over many years and passed down through the generations of families. Using this expertise, these farmers are proud to work hard producing more than 240,000 tons of the best quality fruit from their farms and exporting 60% of their top quality produce around the world.

As Australia is the closest southern hemisphere supplier to the Philippines, Australian Table Grapes found in store are guaranteed to be the freshest in the market. The whitish bloom on the skin of each grape is another key indicator of freshness, proving they’re delivered directly from the farm to your table.