Tuesday, August 24, 2021

What to Know About MSP Security Tips for Improving Workplace

Every small and medium-sized enterprise, government agency, and even non-profit organization needs MSPs. Since the pandemic struck, most businesses have been forced to learn new approaches and management practices to help them protect their businesses and keep delivering services to their customers.

The enforced lockdown affected businesses negatively, highlighting the importance of improving overall efficiency and optimizing workflow in times of crisis. This is even more important for firms under managed services providers, which may likely manage various customers' systems and assets. 

If a managed service provider fails to protect their efficiency and productivity to customers, especially during times of crisis, there may be disastrous consequences. Customers should feel secure and safe in the knowledge that their service providers are capable of managing crises. This page has suggestions for retaining customers. 

The Concept of Managed Service Provision

A managed service provider, also called MSP, is a company (mostly third-party) that manages the end-user and information and data technology infrastructure systems of clients remotely. MSPs handle management services daily so that client organizations can turn their attention toward improving the services they provide without the worry or fear of service interruptions and frequent system downtimes.

While some of these MSPs specialize in defined segments of IT, such as storage of data, others are more focused on defined vertical markets, which may include financial, healthcare, legal, or manufacturing services. The great thing is most of these tasks can be done remotely.

The evolution of MSPs started in the early 90s when application service providers surfaced, offering a higher level of service for the hosting of remote applications. These providers helped create a path for cloud computing and other organizations that provide remote support for clients who need support with IT infrastructure. 

MSPs focused on remote management and monitoring of networks and servers in the beginning. However, over time, it has expanded to differ from the services other providers give. Nowadays, the terms managed service providers and cloud service providers are used interchangeably as long as the services are delivered remotely and are supported by service level agreements (SLA).

What are the Uses of MSPs?

One thing is sure; MSPs can help smoothen the operations of any organization. Many smaller organizations have restricted IT capabilities, so they can always see MSPs as a way to get expert support. Larger organizations can also work with them. MSPs can handle complex, repetitive, and consuming work in managing end-user systems and IT infrastructure. MSPs typically carry out the following;
  • Offer staff technical support.
  • Handle IT infrastructure management.
  • Integrate cybersecurity to IT software.
  • Handle management of contracts.
  • Provide services in payroll.
  • Offer risk and compliance management.
  • Access the account of user access.
How does MSP Function?

When managed service providers are requested to satisfy the aim of businesses or organizations, they are expected to fill in the role of IT staff or systems. This would mean that communication between the organization and MSP begins with an assessment to determine the organization's current environment. 

This assessment may pinpoint room for improvement and how to support the goals of the business properly. This link has suggestions for improving business operations. 

What are Those Things One Should Consider when Selecting an MSP?

There are a lot of these providers in the world today, and providers differ from others. Some adhere to different practices and standards, giving rise to varying levels of attention and quality. Others seek only to solve IT-related issues as they see fit. 

Others even go as far as suggesting recommendations for positive changes. Here are some of the tips one should consider when choosing the right managed service providers;

Do They Go Beyond Fixing the Problem? 

Issues are bound to occur, and this is why businesses should choose a provider to help out. However, most of them focus solely on resolving technical problems, neglecting anything other than that. It should not be so.

Do They Tackle Problems as They Arise and Practice the Right Standards?

Given what is happening in the world today, we can agree that IT infrastructures are exposed to many risks. Are these providers able to tackle these problems as they come, or do they have the ability to identify and tackle these problems? 

They need to have cybersecurity expertise and standards to suit the needs of the clients. When they do have these, client confidence is being boosted.

Do They Have an Innovation Team or Customer Success?

Every MSP blog with quality information can teach you all the tricks to deliver quality services to customers. However, the quality of services differs among these providers. Some providers will want to understand and work towards the goals and needs of clients, and that is what you need. They also need to be well-equipped to work confidently and solve technical issues.

Take Away

The best MSP practices may include prioritizing time management, centralization, and consolidation of MSP management tools, allocation of resources to support different requests, preparation for a shift towards remote environments, and an increase in email security. 

Armed with the knowledge of all these, we believe that you will do better when handling anything about managed service providers.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Review of Dessert Bowls From Nine Fresh

There's always room for dessert. This is something that I would often hear and something that I wholeheartedly agree with. After all, dessert is the best way to end a wonderful meal or the best way to make up for a disastrous one. 

You just can't go wrong with desserts and when you have something like Nine Fresh, you really can't possibly go wrong no matter which way you look at things. 

My first encounter with Nine Fresh was when I was in Singapore and I loved them. They were different and they were definitely something worth trying. 

Nine Fresh is a popular Singapore dessert chain that offers Jiufen-inspired dessert bowls that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will also leave you fresh and full!  Nine Fresh came to the Philippines in February of last year (2020) and is currently operating in 5 locations (SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM San Lazaro, and SM North). 

Nine Fresh is famous for its signature bases — bean curd made from freshly-grounded 
soya bean is almost similar to our version of taho, grass jelly, a different rendition to the familiar local gulaman, and refreshing ai-yu jelly made from the seeds of fig fruits that are lightly sweetened with black sugar-laden. Aside from that, Nine Fresh is also known for its colorful and tasty taro balls that come in four flavors — sweet potato, purple yam, matcha, and ube. These taro balls are produced daily to make sure that they’re always fresh and savory. 

The best part is that there are a variety of toppings that can add taste and color to any of your dessert bowls. Choices include black pearls, soft or roasted peanuts, lotus nuts, barley, red beans, green beans, pinto beans, eight treasure beans, sweet potatoes, yams, konjac jellies, black sugar jellies, aloe very pearl jellies, mango pearl jellies, lychee pearl jellies, passionfruit pearly jellies, grape pearly jellies and many more. 

Nine Fresh also has something for adventurous dessert lovers! If you want to create your own unique combination of flavors and textures, then the Create-Your-Own option is best for you! Just choose a dessert base then top it off with your choice of toppings. 

On top of all the dessert options, Nine Fresh also has fruit teas and milk teas on their menu and everything is pretty much less than a hundred! I have to say that the Earl Grey Milk Tea is a welcome change from all the wintermelon milk tea we've had in the past. 

Overall, I love that Nine Fresh PH is almost the same as the one in Singapore. I love that it offers new alternatives to the common dessert that Filipinos know and love. I love that you can make your own dessert bowl and that you can personalize it and have it catered to what you really want in a dessert bowl. 

This is definitely something that I would recommend that Filipinos should try because it's refreshing, different, and something that's good for the tummy, heart, and soul. 

Check out their website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for news and ongoing promos.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Afternoon Delight at Home with Mary Grace

If you're like me, the one thing that you miss most is being able to have your favorite coffee fix outside the house. There's just something different when you go to a cafe, sit down at one of their tables, and order a cup of coffee with your favorite cheese rolls. It feels decadent, like you're indulging yourself especially if you are a Mom like me and need the occasional me time to maintain some sanity. 

Well, fret no more because Mary Grace can now deliver straight to your home. I just recently found out about this and being the true blue Tita that I am, I had some pastries delivered to my home because this Tita needs to survive Monday Madness. 

I had the Chocolate Cake, brownie bars, and some mamon for my baby. For me, this is the perfect merienda for us to enjoy. 

My son and husband love the Chocolate Cake and they would always request this whenever we go to Mary Grace. Today, I surprised my son with a slice of the cake and some fresh milk for his merienda. His smile was all the thanks that I needed. 

My baby on the other hand could eat at least 2 of this mamon. This is not an exaggeration. He really loves the mamon and could finish 2 in one sitting. 

I prefer it with coffee. There's just something about the fluffiness of the mamon that's perfect when paired with a cup of coffee. 

As for the brownie bar, we are reserving them for after dinner. We're that family that needs something sweet after a hearty meal and the brownie bars will be perfect for that. My husband will surely have a couple with a cup of coffee as well. 

I'm really happy that we can now have Mary Grace delivered to our doorsteps. Since we can't go out for the meantime, we'll just have to bring Mary Grace to our home. Thankfully, we have a coffee corner that will give me that feeling of being inside a Mary Grace Cafe. 

Next on my list to order would be their ensaymada, cheese rolls, and sansrival. I can't wait! 

The Tita in me is blissfully happy. 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Review of Chicken Deli in NOMO

Before the 3rd ECQ happened, we were able to visit NOMO located here in Cavite. We had to buy a few things for our new place and as always, we ended up eating outside. This time, I chanced upon Chicken Deli and since we haven't tried this place, I wanted to give it a go. 

I loved the feel of the place. It reminded me of how fast foods are in Malaysia. Spacious, lively, and just have this overall good vibes. 

They had an online menu and you can just order what you want from there. I loved it. Contactless and safe! 

This also saves a lot of time because you just need to go to the cashier to pay after this. It would have been nice if we could have paid via Gcash or anything contactless but maybe, in the future, this could be incorporated as well.

The food looked appetizing and quite instagrammable but that's where it ends. It was okay but it was definitely not worth the money I paid for. Mang Inasal could definitely kick this chicken out any time of any day. 

I'm sorry but this is the way more expensive version of Mang Inasal and I felt duper. The only awesome thing about this was the atsara. It was sad. 

The halo halo was just so-so as well. There was nothing outstanding about it.

The sisig on the other hand was pretty good but if your restaurant's name is Chicken Deli, I think that it should be the chicken that's the star, not the pork. Am I right? 

Here we are. We still finished the food because we didn't want to waste it but I don't think any of us will be coming back to this place again anytime soon. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

5 Ways You can Take Control Your Finances

In the past,  I would always feel like money just passed by and that it appeared when needed. I’m sure you know this feeling. You work hard, you earn money, but a few days before your next payday, you seem to be stretching your budget for dear life just to make ends meet. 

I needed something more stable. Something better. This is how I learned to do some research and how I found 5 ways you can take control of your finances without trying too hard. 

Monitor all spending.

Last year, I started monitoring all of my spendings. I would list down in a notebook all of the things I spent my money on. It did not matter if it was just five cents. It went on my list.

At the end of the month, I would list down everything in an excel file and then calculate how much I spent. End of the year, I was shocked to see that I have spent so much on miscellaneous things, things that I don't even remember anymore. 

This definitely helped me to be more mindful of the small and miscellaneous things that I would buy.  This also helped me in saving money.

Implement a no-buy year.  

This means that I will only buy what is essential especially when it comes to skincare and makeup which I already had tons of. When you do a no-buy year, you set rules and boundaries that you need to follow. Shopping your stash is also a must!

The Twenty Challenge. 

Every time I receive a twenty bill, it goes straight to Miss Piggy, the coin bank. At the end of the year, I take out everything and put it in the bank. Instant savings. 

This is easier on people because, for some, a twenty is easier to let go of than a fifty or a hundred. Now, you can be flexible and make it a dollar, five, or ten. Choose one and stick to it. At the end of the year, you'd be shocked at how much you've put aside. 

Always balance your checkbook. 

This is crucial because a balanced checkbook is a testament to being able to handle and track your finances. This is also one of the best ways to avoid finance charges for overdrafts that can cause a lot and can damage your credit score. 

I make sure that I write every check that I issue and then I double-check to make sure that there’s enough to cover that check when it goes through. 

Debt consolidation. 

If you are like me and you find yourself in multiple debts, the fastest way to be able to take control of your finances is via debt consolidation. It’s the easiest to handle and it can really help you cut down and make payments in a manner that would suit you. You can learn more about it so that you can figure out what would be best for your situation.

It took me years to finally have a grasp on how to take control of my finances but I am glad that I finally did. I think this is one of those cases where it's better late than never and where once you’ve started doing it and seeing the fruits of your efforts, you’ll never want to go back to the time when you had no control over your finances. 

It is liberating and empowering being able to function without worry about money and that’s something that every person should have. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Catch exciting deals from Pond's this 8.8 Mega Flash Sale on Shopee!

Now that I am turning 41, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to slow down skin aging. Mind you, I don't mind getting old, I mind looking a little older than I normally do. I never thought that I would be the type but apparently, seeing your skin sag a bit or have wrinkles can be bothersome. 

One of the suggestions that I received was to try out Pond's Age Miracle anti-aging night cream

Skin aging is an ongoing process that occurs naturally. Everyday factors such as UV, pollution, and stress can speed up the skin’s natural aging process, resulting in a greater than normal loss of collagen and elastin fibers. Pond’s Age Miracle Youthful Glow Night Cream is an anti-aging cream here to help protect your skin against premature signs of aging and keep you looking and feeling your best.

It contains the highest concentration of Pond's most advanced technology, the Retinol-C Complex. It releases powerful anti-aging retinol actives into the skin, working 24hr non-stop to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines from the inside. This night cream leaves you with skin that feels youthfully radiant inside and out.

This is best paired with the POND'S Age Miracle Anti Aging Day Cream SPF 18 with Retinol C and Niacinamide for Skin Renewal.

Day in and day out, external influences like UV, pollution, and stress can speed up the skin’s natural aging process, resulting in a greater than normal loss of collagen and elastin fibers. Pond’s Age Miracle Youthful Glow Day Cream SPF 18 PA++ is an anti-wrinkle day cream made with Pond's most advanced technology - Retinol-C Complex, that penetrates the skin continuously to release powerful anti-aging retinoid actives for 24hr non-stop. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet from the inside, leaving skin that feels softer, more moisturized, and youthfully radiant on the outside.

With UVA/UVB sunscreens, this moisturizer with SPF and PA also provides protection against UV rays. With added Niacinamide Complex, it also helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and keep your skin looking fair and radiant. In addition, it also contains 4D Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Ceramides, and Prebiotics to moisturize, plump, and replenish your skin.

These two, when used in tandem, can provide youthful skin with a glow that anyone in their 40s would love to have. Thankfully, it's easy to purchase because they have an official store on Shopee and they're part of the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale on Shopee

Decorations for my New Home

We recently moved to a new place and as with any change, there's room for new things because we let go of old ones. I gave away things that no longer served a purpose and things that I should have let go of a long time ago. 

However, this is not always the case and sometimes, we just need to adjust and make do with what we have. This is the case with the sofa that I inherited from my Mom. It's big, it's old, and it's a little bit on the worn side. 

Since I can't really afford to buy a new sofa, I'm thankful that sofa covers are now available. 

The walls where we moved are also on the plain side and it would be so nice to liven up the place by adding some self-adhesive wallpapers like the one below. 

Another one that's on my list to prettify my home is to get a new blanket for our bed. This double layer smooth as milk blanket throw plush makes for a warm gingham blanket which is perfect for someone like me who easily gets cold. 

All of these are available on Shopee so make sure you take advantage of the upcoming 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Uni-Care goes up to 50% off at Shopee's 8.8 Mega Flash Sale!

Uni-Care is an up-and-coming brand that I recently discovered when it comes to baby wipes and diapers.  It's a good thing that they will be part of the Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale and they're giving up to 50%. For Moms, any new way to save money is definitely welcome. 

UniLove Unscented Baby Wipes 100's Pack of 6

Uni-Love Baby Wipes contains the natural properties of aloe vera, lanolin, and Vitamin E. It is natural, mild, and effective cleansing for your baby's delicate skin and prevents rashes. It is also proved to have thicker and softer fabric than any ordinary wipes. It is suitable for hands, face, and body and for happy areas.

UniLove Airpro Baby Diaper 30's (Large) Pack of 2

Uni-Love Airpro Baby Diaper has a super absorbent core, keeping your babies' skin comfortable and dry. Its ultrasoft top sheet will surely reduce skin friction and nappy rash. It also has a stretchable waistband to keep the diaper fit on your baby and to help them move freely.

UniLove Slim Fit Baby Pants 30's (Medium) Pack of 2

Uni-Love Slim Fit Baby Pants is newly-improved smart pants made with a special breathable back sheet to keep your baby more comfortable. Its stretchable waistband will surely keep the diaper fit on your baby, letting them move freely without unnecessary leakages. 

UniLove Vegan Baby Dusting Powder 120g Pack of 1

Uni-Love Vegan Baby Dusting Powder with Portulaca soothes and pampers sensitive skin with its plant-based ingredients. It has no paraben, phthalates, petrolatum, and SLS keeping your baby's sensitive skin safe, soft, and comfortable.

Let me know if you've been able to score these deals during the Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale! 

Protection Begins At Home - Catch SC Johnson at the Shopee 8.8 Flash Sale!

Staying home does not mean that there are no risks anymore. Even if we are just home, we need to stay vigilant and protect ourselves from viruses, mosquitoes, and bacterias. Here's a list to help you out on what you can use to keep you and your family protected. 

No need to worry, all of it are available on Shopee so you don't need to go out to keep your family protected. 

FamilyGuard Disinfectant and Multi-Surface Cleaner Fragrance Free 280ml

Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria

Kills the virus that can cause covid19, preventing the risk of Covid 19

Disinfects and deodorize air AND surfaces: parcels, tables, baby highchair, cabinets, shoe rack, comforters, teddy bear, pillows, garbage cans, toilet seats

Safe to use around pets and children

Available in three variants: fragrance free, mountain air, and fresh floral                                                   

OFF! Repellent Lotion Overtime 100ml

Even though COVID is going on, we must be aware of other virus borne diseases like Dengue

There are Dengue cases in Philippines and it is important to protect the whole family, the kids from mosquito borne viruses in order enjoy quality family time together

(A family moment must be picked and narrated to highlight importance for OFF! lotions – for example Spending time with kids before bedtime is my favorite past time after full day of work, Playing with kids, with their LEGO toys OR reading bedtime story feels very fulfilling)

Before we begin though – I like to apply OFF! to my kids/family since I do not want him exposed to mosquitoes

OFF! is vital to protect every family moment   

Baygon Liquid Mosquito Repeller Starter

Aside from protecting our skin from mosquitoes with OFF, we can double up the protection in our home with Baygon.

Turn on Baygon Electric and it acts instantly, and continuously for up to 8 hours protection against mosquitoes

Unique vaporizing system ensures same level of protection from the moment you turn it on until it is turned off 

One refill gives you up to 30 nights of continuous protection

Consumes only 5 watts of electricity - same wattage as what you use for common cellphone

Mr. Muscle All Purpose Cleaner 3.7L Lavender

Your well-loved multi-purpose cleaner now comes in 3.7L or Gallon size. Save as much as 36% vs buying by the liter. Buy big, save big!

Kills 99.9% of germs! Ideal for daily and deep cleaning because we know for a fact that it's critical to keep our environment clean to keep our loved ones safe and healthy.

With pleasant and enjoyable fragrance great for cleaning tiles, floors, kitchen and other surfaces of the house

Very effective so you have more time for other activities with your family. ""Clean Less, Live More""! 

MamyPoko Membership Program

MamyPoko supports a mother's deep affection for her children as they grow. With its high quality and advanced features, MamyPoko supports parents by reducing the burden of child-rearing tasks and enhancing the joy of child-raising. 

One of the biggest burdens on parents is the cost of diapers which is why it's always a great thing when there are ways to cut down the cost. 

Join the MamyPoko Membership Program for exclusive perks with every purchase on MamyPoko's official store on Shopee! I tried out this diaper and there were no rashes. It's also super absorbent and can last for at least 6 hours with my son which is an achievement because diapers normally last him for only 4 hours. 

Sign-up now and get a bonus of 100 points and Baby Wipes Fragrance-Free (80 Pulls) as a Welcome gift! You can also earn 1 point for every Php1 spent every time you buy Mamypoko Diapers on the Shopee App.  

One of the most important things that Moms need to remember is that overnight pants are very important to ensure that baby sleeps through the night. The more changes you make, the more chances that you will wake the baby up which means that you won't be able to sleep too. 

Make sure that you catch these Mamypoko Extra Dry Pants during Shopee's 8.8 Mega Flash Sale.

3 Reasons Why the New Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is your Kid's Best Friend

It's school time once again and for most parents, a laptop can be quite heavy on the budget. Thankfully, there are so many resources nowadays and tools that can replace a laptop but one has to be wise in making the decision on which gadget to buy. 

As a parent myself,  I need to be wise in spending my money on gadgets especially if it's something that my son will be using for school. This is why I love the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. It's efficient, flexible, and affordable. 

1. A multi-productivity tablet for school-life balance

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite offers a premium multimedia experience. With the 8.7" WXGA+ TFT display, it’s now more immersive to scroll through presentations, reports, and even attend online classes. The tablet sports powerful Dual Speakers with Dolby Atmos to deliver rich, studio-quality sound, so discussions are always crystal-clear.

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite offers a handy and compact design, making it great for playing games and watching TV shows during downtime. With its slim bezels, the tablet is light enough to be held without the arms going numb. 

2. Powered by a long-lasting 5,100mAh battery

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is powered by a long-lasting 5,100mAh battery, offering enough power to last students from the first class in the morning to the final episode of the latest TV series on Netflix at night. The best part is that it supports 15W adaptive fast charging so users can get back to learning, gaming, or streaming shows faster. With a massive 32GB internal storage that is expandable up to 1TB, students do not need to worry about storing huge online school files like modules, notes, educational videos, and even games during playtime.

3. 0% interest for up to 12 months

Customers can enjoy flexible payment terms with 0% interest for up to 12 months when they purchase the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite using their credit card from any local bank. Additionally, they can score 0% interest for up to 18 months when purchasing the tablet through Home Credit.

As a Mom, I need to find gadgets that are flexible. I need it to work for school but I also need it to be a source of entertainment and play for my son. I need something that is affordable but at the same time durable especially since it's a teenager that will be handling the gadget most of the time. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 fits all these and more which is why I highly recommend this to Moms who have children who will be having online classes. 

Be fully immersed in learning or playtime with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. This new tablet retails for PHP 9,490 SRP nationwide and comes in sleek Gray and Silver. 

For more information about the tablet, visit samsung.com/ph.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

When You've Fallen Out of Love

Knowing that you've fallen in love 

That's easy

Your stomach flutters 

You can't stop thinking of him

You smile like a fool

You have stars in your eyes

But how do you know 

when you've fallen out of love 

That your story

was not a love story

but just a story of love 

That forever 

did not apply to you

but only to the memories you created

that the person 

who meant the world to you

is now just a stranger

That he was just a chapter 

in your book

But not the whole story 

That perhaps you were meant to be

Just not meant to last 

That now, walking away is easier

Staying away seems better 

than walking towards him 

That the future is no longer visible

When you look into their eyes

And that all this time

You were in love with an idea 

A thought, a notion, a memory

But no longer in love 

with the reality. 

- Kathy Balmores 

August 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021

PH’s first mega digital Mall Go Shopping Philippines Launched

Philippines’ first mega digital mall, Go Shopping Philippines (GSP), has partnered with MetroDeal and  Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) as part of the deal to mutually boost great offerings and achieve GSP’s goal to be the “go-to” for its virtual mall operation.     

Aside from the partnership with PHILTOA GSP also entered into a partnership with Turismo Ph in order to comprehensively offer customers travel packages.

These partnerships ensure the smooth integration of each of the partners’ sites to the Go Shopping e-commerce ecosystem.  “ Our partnerships with other e-commerce operators, will bring to greater heights the digital shopping experiences of consumers in terms of functionalities and features of the GSP Mal,” said Neil Garcia La-as,  GSP’s CEO and Founder.  “With our offerings of products and services of nearly everything that you need within this year until the early part of 2022, we expect to raise traffic and strengthen the quality and number of potential visitors and shoppers to GSP Mall”, says Mr. La-as.

Launched last July 31, Go Shopping Philippines envisions to be not just an online seller, but a huge virtual environment providing retail, services, and other facilities and features that make digital malling a new experience and even a new lifestyle.    “While GSP just ‘birthed the baby’ during its soft launch, it will nurture and grow the GSP Mall into a mature entity with all its existing features such as the GFlix, Cineplex, Go Live, and Go TV.” GFlix offers on-demand movies -- both local and international films -- now possible for viewing via one’s mobile phone. GO LIVE is a livestreaming platform for conferences, trade exhibitions, and events. 

GO CINEPLEX is a 3D virtual cinema that has multiple halls, a secured online ticketing system, and high-quality audio and video setup. It is enabling feelings of warmth among people commonly watching theatre shows and live presentations, virtual nevertheless.  Fashion shows and sports activities can now all be viewed at the flick of a finger.

The first mega digital mall in the Philippines will be its own GoTV. It will be airing 24/7 once the programming takes its form soon to entertain users any hour of the day, or night.  It will air select television programs accessible anywhere through one’s own mobile phone. GSP Mall will be a big virtual mall where practically all one needs—whether from the city or from the provinces or later, from other countries can be delivered by the GSP Merchants and partners via the Smart Logistics, another feature of the GSP ecosystem. Smart logistics is the convergence of all the logistics companies and courier services that has partnered with GSP to serve its growing community of merchants and shoppers.

Neil G. La-as believes online transactions do not need to be disappointing as many consumers experience today.  They expect value for their money despite doing the orders before actually seeing them.  Knowing such frustrating experiences from online purchases as he himself experienced it, La-as said GSP ensures its merchants are committed to providing authentic products only – no imitations, and global standard of services. GSP’s E-commerce site requires merchants to provide certifications on the authenticity of the products to be sold in the GSP Mall. 

Technology will be a tool through which anyone is protected, assuring anyone that his well-earned money is well-returned with the added perks.   It should create full satisfaction from the digital lifestyle.  

Artificial Intelligence is also one facet of technology advancements that Go Shopping Philippines is utilizing.  GSP Mall’s Analytics enables GSP and its merchants to systematically grow their market size based on data, statistics, and market demographics. Also, a fraud detection system, on top of firewalls, secures GSP Mall’s transactions. Cybersecurity measures are one of the “top of the mind” considerations of the company so that even in the far fetched scenario when one facet of the entire operation is breached, the rest of the multiple servers will shut down automatically keeping them free from the threat, with the multiple protection security systems installed. There is that self-locking capability of the digital mall systems’ various components in times of potential breach of one facet.

Specialty professional services-- diagnostic clinics, gallery and museum services, tailoring services, legal and other consultancy services are traditionally found in brick and mortar stores.  But soon, access to these small enterprises will be a lot easier and more dependable within the GSP mall facility. Medical, dental, and veterinary services, architectural and interior design, carpentry, and upholstery services, sewing, and embroidery can all be easily arranged from the mobile phone.   In due time, even government services can be availed of through one’s cellphones, with the partnerships GSP has entered into with government and other entities. 

For the payment system, GSP Mall has partnered with payment centers, banks, and fintech (financial technology firms (GCash, Paymaya, etc) for the ultimate convenience of paying online.  

Smart Hallyu Hangouts brings Filipino fans closer to Hyun Bin

“I think touring the Philippines would be a great experience,” said Korean megastar Hyun Bin as he mused about the opportunity to travel once again, especially to visit his Filipino fans, in the second leg of the Smart Hallyu Hangouts.

Presented by leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc., Hyun Bin graced the second episode of the Smart Hallyu Hangouts, a series of online shows where subscribers can watch their Korean idols through a live feed from wherever they are in the world. This episode follows the premiere of the series, which featured Hyun Bin’s Crash Landing On You leading lady Son Ye Jin.

Like the first episode, Hyun Bin was joined by Philippines-based host Sam Oh, Korea-based co-host Park Kyung-lim, and select lucky fans who participated in the event via online call.

Hyun Bin recounted many stories and details during the interview, especially of his interesting and memorable experience shooting his iconic commercial for Smart.

“The Smart commercial was full of visual effects. Everything that surrounded me was computer graphics, so I had to act in an empty space,” Hyun Bin said about the ad, which he said he liked. “It was exciting to imagine what the result would be like, but at the same time, not knowing if I’m doing all right or even what I was doing made me feel a little awkward. But it was exciting as well.

The actor also gave fans a closer look at his life and personality, regaling everyone with interesting bits of trivia. These include wanting to be a detective when he was young, considering a possible career as a golfer or even a businessman now, whether he searches his name on the internet, what he feels about himself, his real-life piano-playing skills, his previous dramas and movies, and a lot more.

Hyun Bin also thanked his Filipino fans for their unwavering support, and vowed to visit them as soon as he can after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“I’m always grateful to my fans,” he said. “All I can do for them to repay their love is to continue acting, hoping it would make their life a little better. Although it was for a short time, I got to talk with my fans and talk about my works for a short while. It was nice to communicate with my fans, even though I could only see them through a screen.”

The event had more surprises in store for Smart subscribers, as two lucky fans were able to hop on a quick video call with Hyun Bin himself on the set, while others got to win special prizes from Smart. The event wrapped up with a digital photo op session with all the attendees.

Smart Hallyu Hangouts is one of the brand’s ways of bringing amazing experiences to its valued subscribers. Despite the physical limitations brought about by the pandemic, Smart champions its dedication and cutting-edge technology to bring its Korean endorsers closer to their Filipino fans.

For more updates on the #SmartHallyuHangouts, follow Smart on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Catch Huggies at Shopee's 8.8 Mid-Year Flash Sale!

Huggies is going to be part of Shopee's 8.8 Mid-Year flash sale! For Moms who use Huggies for their babies, this is the best time to hoard Huggies diapers. 

Huggies Dry Newborn has a Poo Absorb Liner that reduces wetness and prevents skin irritation by pulling runny poo away from your newborn’s delicate skin. It also has a 100% breathable outer cover that allows for better airflow, helping keep the baby’s skin dry and healthy.

Introducing the NEW and IMPROVED Huggies Dry Pants with a 4-way design for complete baby comfort!

> Dry X-pert Channel Technology
> Comfortable Movement
> Helps Prevent Diaper Rash
> 100% Breathable Cover

Huggies Gentle Care Baby Wipes are thick, soft, and absorbent- designed to clean your baby in just one or two wipes. It is made from natural fibers and has been clinically tested to be safe for a baby’s delicate skin, providing a safe but effective clean.

The UPGRADED Huggies® Ultra! Huggies® Natural Soft Diapers keeps baby dry and comfy by pulling wetness away for up to 12 hours and providing premium comfort with 100% Imported Natural Cotton. 

With so many options, there's definitely something for every Mom and baby out there. I know that I'm definitely going to give the Ultra Huggies Natural Soft Diapers a try.