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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Contest Alert: VIP tickets to lucky PLDT Home Fibr subscribers


Mariah Carey is is bringing her “THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE SHOW”  to the Philippines and having her concert at SM Mall of Asia Arena! Happening on October 28, 2014, tickets are priced as follows:
S-VIP - P25,850
VIP - P15,840
Patron A - P15,840
Patron B - P12,680
Lower A - P10,560
Lower B - P  8,450
Upper Box - P  4,230
Gen Ad - P1,960

Here's good news to PLDT HOME Fibr new and existing subscribers. Everyone get's a chance to win VIP tickets to this much anticipated concert! Anyone who avails any PLDT HOME Fibr plans from October 8 to 23, 2014 AND existing subscribers get a chance to be one of 10 lucky winners of 2 VIP tickets each!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Smart Now Offering LG G3! [Tweet & Win Contest at the end of the Post]

I'm still waiting for my review unit to arrive but I am already excited about LG's newest flagship. This device is highly rated by fellow tech bloggers and has won multiple awards like "Best of the Best" award by Red Dot Design, "European Advanced Smartphone" by European Imaging and Sound Association among others. It is also recognized as the best android phone of the year and the perfect smartphone as Forbes and Bloomberg named it. The Red Dot Design award itself got the LG G3 a total of nine awards in the Communication Design category. Yes, it really is award winning.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

9 Mistakes that Pre-owned Car Buyers Make


Walking in a car lot or showroom could be a battle and the result is either walking away with your dream car or getting ripped off by the car dealer. Its best be prepared and know some of the mistakes that car buyers often commit that car dealers are also eyeing for. Below are the nine common errors most car buyers fail to realize when buying a used or brand new car.

Not researching about important specs
Some car buyers simply trust the words of their car dealer or the information given by the car manufacturer regarding some of the important data such as gas mileage, crash rating and horsepower. Check at least two credible sources confirming these data before buying a specific car model. Car forums also serve as a good research center, especially that previously owned a similar unit.

Window sticker is the “final price”
The window sticker in front of a brand new car is what you call the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Dealer discounts and manufacturer’s rebates can be slashed from these MSRPs and should not be the negotiating price of the unit. Check beforehand if the brand of the car has promos, to ensure you don’t get ripped off.

Getting caught on the “buy today” bait
You often hear it: promo, discount or rebate ends today. Don’t get sucked in simply because you want to get that price off, if you buy today syndrome. You came to the dealer lot or showroom to purchase a competitive car that can accommodate your needs. Fact is, only one out of five customers return to a showroom after they left, and this is all just to increase their conversions.
Other types of this bait are the “freebies” from an umbrella to oil changes, you name it. There is also a good chance that discount may increase tomorrow, especially if they simply are forced to grab more sales.

Getting emotionally attached to a car
You walked in a used car lot to check out, say, fully researched Toyota Vios you personally researched and you have your budget set. But when you saw the stylish Mazda 3- you get so emotionally attached and bought the latter only to find out you spend more. The lesson, you buy a car because of its function and how it fits into your life, before form (unless of course you have wads to show).
Not getting a mechanic check the car
Some car owners feel that owning their first car have made them a car guru; and thus, neglecting to bring a professional or at least a knowledgeable friend to have a second opinion. Bringing a mechanic in the shop of a used car dealer could make him vulnerable and a little bit honest. Plus, your mechanic friend may spot problems that the naked eye may find difficulty finding, which is worth his service, especially when you are buying a high-end car.

Paying on a monthly basis (and looking the part)
If there is any customer that car dealers prey into, it’s the guy who wants to pay via a financing option (especially loans). Whether you are buying brand new or used cars, dealers would always first approach you with “easy payment terms.” If you could buy it for a whole price, then go. If not, the worst you could do is look the part for someone willing to pay monthly and not having the opportunity to haggle (in case of buying a used car).

Bowing to the “finance man”
There are three types of dealers in a car lot or showroom. The dealer (sells you a car), the delivery coordinator (adds dealer options) and the highest paid, most skillful of them all- the finance manager. Just be wary of this guy and scrutinize every word he says.
Also, read the fine print of every document he hands to you. Often, these guys rip you off by offering things like extended warranties, theft protection, etc. in the promise that you will get a “better rate.”

Buying all the dealer options
Tire covers, mags, dual climate air conditioning, leather upholsteries, headrests DVD player, and more are just some of the equipments your dealers (a.k.a. Delivery Coordinator) would try to get you hooked. There is nothing wrong in getting some of these nifty add-ons, you must be warned that this would also cost you a few ten thousand of pesos or more. Choose only what you really need, not because the dealer said your car is incomplete without any of these.

Not performing a test drive
Either the car buyer was so enticed by the chit-chat with the dealer or he has completely forgotten to do so. Often, a car buyer would simply assume that he has driven this type of car (say a sedan) and knows how they perform on the streets. A test drive gives you a chance to fully assess the car’s handling and how it performs on curves. This is the last phase of your review before signing those papers and should never be skipped.

About Carmudi Philippines
Carmudi Philippines is a comprehensive online car portal that displays the listings of brand new and used cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles from trusted vehicle dealers across the country. The website also has a journal page, which contains useful tips and resources covering the automotive industry.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

San Marino Tuna Flakes Launched: What's New What's Next Event

Last week, we were invited to attend an event that is far from the usual. It involved a lot of fun activities and some were even daring. I believe that the event showcased on the benefits of having protein in your meal.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

LG Announced New Budget Friendly Smartphones: L Fino and L60 [Also: LG Christmas Promo]

LG announced last October 7, 2014 2 new budget-friendly models to add to their line-up of smartphones -- The LG L Fino and the LG L60.


Key Specifications of L Fino (SRP Php7,990)*
Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480 / 207ppi)
Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB   eMMC ROM / MicroSD slot (up to 32 GB)
Camera: Rear 8MP / Front VGA
Battery: 1,900mAh
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 127.5 x 67.9 x 11.9mm
Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
Other: Knock Code™ / QuickCircle™ Case









Key Specifications of L 60 (SRP Php5,990)*
Display: 4.3-inch WVGA (480X800)
Memory: 512 MB RAM / 4GB eMMC ROM / MicroSD slot (up to 32 GB)
Camera: Rear 5MP FF / Front VGA
Battery: 1,540 mAh Li-ion
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 124.1 x 66.3 x 12.0mm
Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G) 
Other Features: Knock Code™ / Guest mode ™, Panorama shot







LG has successfully made a huge impact on the battle for smartphone share with their flagship device which started from the LG G2. LG has also announced their flagship LG G3 earlier this year. This new L Fino and L60 is an additional choice to budget conscious individuals but still gets the high quality standards of LG.

LG Early Christmas Promo
LG also announced that they are slashing as much as P5,000 off on earlier released L-series smartphones. Here's a pricelist of the discounted LG phones:
LG L80 - P9,990
LG L70 - P7,490
LG L40 - P4,490
LG G Pro 2 - P27,990
LG G2 (32GB) - P25,990
LG G2 (16GB) - P21,990
LG G2 Mini - P12,490
LG G Pro - P11,990

[Promo good until October 31, 2014 only]

For more information about the new L series models, visit www.lg.com/ph, www.lgblog.com.ph

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