Free VAT Campaign of

Yes to more discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of!

Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.

While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.

With that,, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

Just this July, launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.

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Make Gift Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!

I am the type of person who love celebrations, parties and gift-giving, who doesn’t? And I think it’s in our nature as Filipinos to be so generous, thoughtful and self-less. We don’t just give gifts on birthdays and on Christmas Day but we see to it to give gifts in every special occasion.

It doesn’t really matter how much or how fancy the gift is, “It’s the thought that counts”, right? Here are my fool-proof gift ideas for any occasions.

DIY / Customized gifts – I love crafts and making personalized gifts for special occasions like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. It brings me so much joy when I know they appreciate the effort and creativity I put into each gift. And sometimes you just really can’t find that perfect gift, for that perfect occasion, for the perfect people. The last personalized gift I’ve created was a money holder for my cousin’s wedding.

Plain Tees / Statement Shirts – Safest gift to give is a plain white or black tee because it matches with anything! And if the one you’re giving the gift to loves sense of humor, a shirt from Linya-Linya would be the perfect gift.

Image © LinyaLinya

Starbucks Card – uso naman these days yung “Tara, Kape Tayo!”. My friends would definitely love to receive this since we usually go out and drink coffee to catch up, or right after being so intoxicated after a night out. 😀

Gift Certificate – At the company I work at, employees are given Employee Incentives and Rewards. A few years back, I was able to convert some of my employee points/credits to 3,000 worth of Sodexo Premium Pass/Sodexo Gift Check/Sodexo Gift Certificate. It is one of the common go-to gift, because believe me, you can never go wrong with giving GCs as a gift.  It is so convenient and hassle-free. No more worrying if you’ll be giving them the perfect gift, because more than that, you’ll be giving them the freedom to choose what they like and how they can enjoy your gift. 😉

And now that Christmas is just few months away, are there any fool-proof gift ideas you can share?

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Magsimulang muli

Natakot ako noon mag-simula muli,
iniisip ko kung kaya ko pa bang ngumiti.
Baka ganun talaga kapag sobrang nasaktan ka
Parang gumuho lahat tapos naiwan kang mag-isa.

Yung pakiramdam na siya yung umalis pero ikaw yung nawala.
Yung pag-gising mo bawat umaga lagi ka lang tulala.
Yung mag-hapon kang nakakulong sa kwarto’t nakahiga.
Yung mababalot ng lungkot yung buo mong pagka-tao at maiiyak na lang bigla.

Pero nakakapagod din pala na puro lungkot na lang yung nadadama
Kaya isang araw sabi ko, “teka parang hindi na ito tama”
Ilang buwan yung sinayang ko at napunta lang sa wala.
Sasayangin ko na naman ba?

Unti-unti akong bumangon at pinulot isa-isa
bawat piraso ng puso kong iniwan niya nalang basta
Hindi naman mahalaga kung gaano katagal inabot
ang mahalaga alam kong itong puso ko ganoon pa din kalambot

Kaya naman muli kong binuksan ang aking puso,
alam kong dadating yung panahong mag-mamahal ulit ito.
Ang tanging ipinagdadasal ko,
sana doon na sa tamang tao.

Sa bawat pag-lipas ng mga oras at sandali
Doon ko naisip, wala naman palang mawawala kung magsisimula muli
Totoo na tuloy ang pag-ikot ng mundo
at hindi ito hihinto dahil lang sa iisang tao.

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