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Expert Tips for Packing and Shipping Holiday Gifts

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are preparing to find the perfect gift for our friends and family. To ensure your carefully selected present reaches its destination in one piece, it’s important to... The post Expert Tips for Packing and Shipping Holiday Gifts appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuDec 20th, 2017

4 simple tips on how to avoid burnout this holiday season

While the holidays can be full of festive fun, it can also be a time of stress for many of us who feel pressure to make Christmas Day a success. Add to this too much food, too much alcohol, and too much time with family members, and December can lead to some feeling burnt out. Here we round up some expert tips on how to reduce stress and maintain healthy habits throughout the festive season so you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest. Plan ahead Thinking how you would like the holidays to be and what kinds of activities are best done in smaller or larger groups can help you plan a more stress-free Christmas says Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Karen Lawson. If there are d...Keep on reading: 4 simple tips on how to avoid burnout this holiday season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Protect Yourself from Online Shopping Scams

The holiday season is prime time for fraudsters, so it’s important to be vigilant when hunting down deals and searching for the best gifts online. Here are some tips to keep your personal and credit... The post Protect Yourself from Online Shopping Scams appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

5 travel mistakes to avoid

There's a certain kind of joy in planning activities before your actual travel. Whether you're browsing online, reading books, or taking note of tips from other travel buddies, it is always smart to be ahead of the many possible things that can take place during a trip.   Here are five ways you can avoid making mistakes while traveling:   Packing too much We get too excited about our trips that we end up bringing a lot of things, some we don't really get to use at all. Packing light enables you to move around easily, if not freely, lessens your expense on check-in baggage and spares you from worrying about checking in your stuff at hotels and airports. Lastly...Keep on reading: 5 travel mistakes to avoid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

US family seeks justice in kin’s ‘suspicious’ death in PH

  Instead of recollecting wonderful memories from Christmases pasts, exchanging gifts and preparing for holiday dinners with relatives and friends, the Phinney family in Boston, Massachusetts, were comforting each other telling and stories about the life well lived by Jesse Phinney, which ended tragically in Cebu City on December 5 last year.   Phinney died while in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), suspected of human trafficking and child abuse under Republic Act 7610.   Who was Jesse Phinney? Why was he in Cebu City? Why does his death raise more questions than answers?   Documentary filmmaker   Jesse Phin...Keep on reading: US family seeks justice in kin’s ‘suspicious’ death in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Holiday rush can lead to road crashes – expert

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, an expert is reminding everyone that there is a higher chance of road mishaps due to the high volume of vehicular traffic. According to University of the Philippines professor Jose Regin Regidor, the likelihood of road crash incidents is higher ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Grab Launches Peer-to-Peer Fund Transfer in GrabPay Mobile Wallet in the Philippines

Grab, the leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, today launched its new peer-to-peer (P2P) fund transfer feature. No need for something shiny, slimy and other strange Kris Kringle gifts. This holiday... The post Grab Launches Peer-to-Peer Fund Transfer in GrabPay Mobile Wallet in the Philippines appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

5 questions ahead of the NBA s 2017 Christmas Day games

It's already December 25 in the Philippines, but that's still a few hours away in the United States, meaning we have to wait before holiday's best tradition will take place: the NBA's annual slate of Christmas Day games. This year's batch of games sees the 76ers head to MSG to play the Knicks, the Cavaliers go to the Bay to face the Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch, the Wizards tackle the Celtics in an Eastern Conference semis redux, the Rockets battle the Thunder, also a 2017 postseason rematch, and the Timberwolves face off versus the Lakers. While you're unwrapping gifts and munching on Noche Buena leftovers, here are five questions to ponder: 1. Will the injury bug play Grinch to this set of holiday games? The Golden State Warriors officially ruled out Stephen Curry from playing. The LA Lakers just announced that Lonzo Ball is sidelined. Chris Paul is a question mark, while fingers are crossed that Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis will be able to go long when they face off. Injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Cleveland: Shaun Livingston (sore right knee), Kevon Looney (gluteal strain) & Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) are probable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out. — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 25, 2017 Hurt superstars are definitely the coal in an NBA fan's stocking, but let's hope that despite the absence of some of the bigger names, the games will still be able to provide plenty of entertainment. Bonus question: We may not get Curry vs. LeBron this Christmas, but how great of a consolation gift is Durant vs. LeBron? 2. Who will be the Christmas unicorn? Kristaps Porzingis is of course, the OG unicorn, having the tag bestowed upon him by Kevin Durant. The nickname refers to the mythical convergence of height, ball-handling, skill, and three-point shooting, all of which, Porzingis possesses. He's not alone though, as the 76ers' Joel Embiid has all of that in spades too, it's just that, seeing him on court has been more rare, due to an assortment of injuries that have held him back. Imagine, I suppose, if My Little Ponies could draw DNPs. When Porzingis' Knicks and and Embiid's 76ers collide, all eyes will be on the two, as they will inevitably go head-to-head against each other. As of writing, the Knicks are in the eighth seed in the East, while a 1-9 stretch in their last 10 games has the 76ers on the outside looking in at 10th place, three back of the Knicks. Therefore, it's not just pride at stake here; the East is wide open and every game will matter, as both squads harbor postseason dreams. Bonus question: Will 76ers rookie point guard Ben Simmons wind up stealing the show? 3. Who will triumph in the Wall vs. Irving point guard duel? After some strong starts to the season, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, the two squads most picked to be potential spoilers to the Cleveland Cavaliers' march to yet another Finals, are going through some rough patches. The Celtics of course, lost Gordon Hayward and started 0-2, but eventually righted the ship through tough defense, only to finish just 5-5 in their latest stretch (though they're still #1 in the conference). Meanwhile, injuries to John Wall and some of their role players have really prevented the Wizards from taking off. They're 18-15, and occupy the seventh spot in the East right now. If someone's going to take charge for either side in this Christmas duel, it'll be each side's respective point guards. Kyrie Irving has embraced being the man for the green and white, while John Wall is an established superstar in the Chocolate City. A Christmas day win for either team could be the foundation for a lengthy run of wins if they can maintain momentum. Bonus question: Who will be the better Morris twin - Boston's Marcus or Washington's Markieff? 4. Which nu-super team will do the most damage, the Rockets or the Thunder? The two most aggressive teams this offseason in revamping their roster to take on the defending champs were without a doubt, the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. H-Town added Chris Paul and a bevy of long-limbed, rangy defenders who can nail open three's, while OKC formed their version of a big three by trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The early returns have looked better for the Rox than the Thunder. Even with Paul sidelined, the team was able to shoot to the top of the West standings, and looked even better when CP3 was healthy alongside the Beard, James Harden. On the other hand, it's been an on-going adjustment for reigning MVP Russell Westbrook to integrate the two other established stars. Their defense has been on-point, but their offense is prone to long, fatal droughts. Chris Paul has been listed as doubtful for this one (among several other Houston players), so we may not get the full experience, but this Western Conference Playoffs rematch from last season should still be interesting, even if it's just in an offense versus defense kind of way. Bonus question: Better odds of happening in this game, Harden scores 50+ for a third straight game or Westbrook adds another triple-double to his season tally? 5. Can Kyle Kuzma carry the Lakers? One can make a pretty convincing argument that Kyle Kuzma should be the Rookie of the Year. Despite not being a lottery pick, Kuz has had a major impact on the court, his scoring prowess adding quite the punch to a Lakers team that needs some (okay, a lot). Originally, this question was going to involve Lonzo Ball too, but with the Lakers announcing that his shoulder will keep him out of this game and the rest of the week, this could be a rare opportunity for Kuzma to steal the LA spotlight. Doubly so if Brandon Ingram remains sidelined too. Sure, he'll likely need to contend with the Timberwolves placing super-stopper Jimmy Butler on him, but wouldn't that be a fun duel to watch? Bonus question: How bummed are you that we won't be having LaVar Ball Christmas shenanigans with Lonzo out? The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

Preen Gift Guide: Get Sentimental with Presents Inspired by Movies

Having trouble with your gift list for the holidays? Ourweekly gift guide serieswill help you figure out what you can get your loved ones this coming season. From food to fashion and beauty, we'll be covering all possible areas to make sure you have the best options to choose from. We will be posting gift guides every week till Christmas comes around so keep checking back for more! Every holiday season, we want to give gifts that has some sentimental value, especially for those who matter to us the most. This Christmas, we are all pretty much excused to be extra cheesy, so why not go for the home run and get your friends and family gifts that will remind them of a movie they reall...Keep on reading: Preen Gift Guide: Get Sentimental with Presents Inspired by Movies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Christmas Gifting Hacks For Last-Minute Shoppers

It's just three days till Christmas and some of us still aren't done shopping for gifts. With the stress of having to finish everything on time, we thought we'd list some tips for all the last-minute shoppers out there. Check out the pointers below and get shopping. Check the Preen Gift Guide Series If you're not sure what to get the people left on your Christmas list, check our gift guide series. We have curated lists for different categories. You can pick from gifts for kids and even shop from different local brands. Shop online If you don't have to make your way to the mall or don't have the patience to wait in traffic, try shopping online. Whether you're looking for ...Keep on reading: Christmas Gifting Hacks For Last-Minute Shoppers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

INFOGRAPHIC: Signature Filipino Christmas dishes

MANILA, Philippines – 13th month pay, parties, raffles, giveaways, gifts, holiday break, and lots of food – there are so many things we look forward to every Christmas. But no matter how many parties we attend and how much food we eat from restaurants and caterings, the dishes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Lara’s golden holiday memories

What would you give your loved ones this holiday season? What's your wish for the coming year? What's your most memorable Christmas? For singer Lara Maigue, the holiday season is always a magical time. "My most cherished holiday memory would be Christmas mornings when we were kids," she recalled. "The New Minstrels Christmas album playing in the background and opening the gifts Santa Claus had left under the tree with my family were golden memories to me." It's a heartfelt tradition observed every year. "We pray as a family before the clock strikes 12 on both Christmas and New Year's Eve. We exchange gifts with our relatives on Christmas Day and enjoy a sumptuous lunch and dinn...Keep on reading: Lara’s golden holiday memories.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Homes We Love: Totally Adorable, Celeb-Approved Gifts And Decor To Inspire You In Your Shopping!

Homemakers in the limelight share eye-catching holiday treats!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Your Selfie Expert Christmas Gift Guide

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, we are sure you’re definitely making your way through the holiday rush. And while everyone’s squeezing in as many gatherings and Christmas shopping as possible, Selfie Expert OPPO has... The post Your Selfie Expert Christmas Gift Guide appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Getting some while giving back

  With little over a week left before Christmas Day, the holiday rush is on. Gifts & Graces at LRI Design Plaza in Makati has a selection of handcrafted bags, accessories and homeware made in small batches by underserved communities. Stocking stuffers bound to garner smiles include eyewear cases (P350) with drawings of Maria Clara rocking a pair of cat's eye shades or General Luna in tinted aviators. The cases, with plush linings made of repurposed fabric and backings cut from t'nalak fabric from South Cotabato, were stitched together by a sewing group in Mandaluyong. Gadget organizers are a necessity but often look so utilitarian. The ones at Gifts & Graces ...Keep on reading: Getting some while giving back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Preen Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Rushed At All

Having trouble with your gift list for the holidays? Ourweekly gift guide serieswill help you figure out what you can get your loved ones this coming season. From food to fashion and beauty, we'll be covering all possible areas to make sure you have the best options to choose from. We will be posting gift guides every week till Christmas comes around so keep checking back for more! It's crunch time for the last-minute Christmas shoppers out there. You only have two weeks to figure out what to get your loved ones. But the challenge here isn't just braving the holiday mall rush, you also have to make sure that you exerted effort in your gifts. Of course, the thought is what count...Keep on reading: Preen Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Rushed At All.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Tips to Help You Find the Right Device This Holiday Season

Choice is abundant, especially when it comes to technology. Topping many holiday wish lists this year are tablets, computers and 2 in 1 devices. While there are options for everyone, the number of choices often... The post Tips to Help You Find the Right Device This Holiday Season appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Practical gift from Tippy

What would you give your loved ones this holiday season? What would you like to receive this year? What's your most memorable Christmas? Tippy Dos Santos told the Inquirer: "Ate Flor has been with our family for about 10 years now. We always give her gifts, but I want to give her something special this year. I've never known anyone as trustworthy as she is. She looks after us. It's our turn to look out for her. "She has always refused to get her own social security insurance. She would always say she'd rather give the money to her family. This year, I want to be the one to personally get her an SSS (Social Security System) ID."---MARINEL R. CRUZ...Keep on reading: Practical gift from Tippy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

The Six Fix: Christmas Gift Ideas For Beauty Junkies That Will Work Even On New Year s!

Makeup and skincare-related holiday picks gifts on point!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Israel Embassy bring holiday cheers to students

The Embassy of Israel, in partnership with the Shalom Club–Nueva Ecija brought early holiday cheers to more than 150 children from San Antonio Weste Elementary School in Lupao, Nueva Ecija. In a Christmas outreach project on December 5, the school children received gifts and meals from the Embassy of Israel represented by Deputy Chief of [...] The post Israel Embassy bring holiday cheers to students appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

The wrinkle in Okada has been ironed out

Your mantra for the week: "Positive thoughts attract to me only the best in life." The holiday season has become so commercialized that its essence, which is to share love, is lost amid the shopping for gifts, decorating and lighting up the house, cooking holiday treats and other things that define the "Christmas rush." But Christmas is good for business and the economy improves tremendously, which is a good thing. If every month were Christmas in the Philippines, our gross domestic product would rise to a high of 12. And yet Christmas is really for children. Here are some answers they give when asked for the meaning of this season of love. It truly brings Christmas to my heart....Keep on reading: The wrinkle in Okada has been ironed out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017