Friday, November 16, 2018

Skipping Lines, Paying Bills, Getting Cashback and More

Part of adulting is paying bills and paying them on or before their due date. Electricity. Cable. Water. Credit Card. Mobile Phone Plans. Internet. As I racked up years working, I also racked up bills to pay and every payday, I would find myself in line at the SM Centers so I could pay those bills on time. It's what I disliked the most about paying bills - the long lines I had to endure because I'm really not the most patient person.

That part of my life's in the past though after embracing the power of technology and going digital. I started with enrolling in online banking after my cousin talked me into it. Just input a few details with the amount and voila! Bill paid! Amazing! Ever since then, that's how I paid for my bills. No more lines.

Recently though, I've discovered another digitally cool way to pay those bills without having the need to fall in line for so long. The secret lies with Coins.ph!





What is Coins.ph

It's a digital wallet that you can use to pay for stuff like bills or load and buy digital currency such as Bitcoins. I've never tried to use it for the latter but it is already an amazing app that has helped me a lot!

What I use it for

Bill payments

Coins.ph will help you pay over 80+ different types of bills. Personally, I use it to pay for cable, Internet + landline, my mobile plans, electricity and water all just by logging in on the app through my smartphone!



Buy prepaid load

I've long said goodbye to the prepaid life but I discovered there were still a number of people in our neighborhood, including my mom, who still needs load. With Coins.ph, I now have a way to supply them with load when they need it.

Check balance and buy Beep card load

There was a time when I was a frequent user of Beep card because I took the MRT to work and then the bus to McKinley which both required the use of Beep card. While I no longer have the need to use Beep as often, I still find myself from time to time using it like the time I had to go to a friend's house in Mandaluyong. Despite the long lines and the crowd, MRT was still my best bet in getting to her place the faster way compared to EDSA traffic.

Because it had been awhile since I last used Beep, I wasn't sure how much balance I had in it and if I needed to buy load for me to be able to use it. With Coins.ph, I was able to do both! I simply had to open my NFC, tap my Beep card at the back of my phone and I was able to see my balance. Turned out, I needed to load it up so I could use it so I selected load card, bought Php50 worth of load and I was ready to ride the MRT! Again, skipped the long lines!


What I love about it

There are three things I love about using Coins.ph.

1. So convenient to use

No more long lines. Check! Access it anytime, anywhere (you just need a strong Internet connection). Check! Even cashing in is so easy to do because there are plenty of ways you can do so like Touchpay, 7-11 and GCash are just some of them. Some of them have convenience fees though. If you're cashing in a high amount like Php1000 and above and want to avoid add on fees, cash in at Unionbank or UnionBank Online Banking as they offer 100% fee rebate. Luckily, there's a branch near our office.

2. So many uses

I love that there are a lot of things I can do with Coins.ph such as pay bills, load beep card and buy load. You can even pay Traveloka and Philippine Airlines through the app. For the gamers, you can also buy game credits through it like Steam Wallet, Garena Shells and Level Up!

3. Cashbacks

This is the number one reason I love using Coins.ph. I get cashbacks for my transactions. For every bill I successfully pay, I get Php5.00 back and if I pay 4 unique (meaning I've not paid for it yet for that month) bills in a week, I get Php100 rebate. I also get Php10% back whenever I buy load - be it Smart or Globe. It's not a promo by the way! It's all year long that you can get these cash backs from Coins.ph.

It's seriously an awesome mobile app and I'm glad I discovered it. Want to try it out for yourself? Download Coins.ph through Google Play Store or Apple Play Store. Use my referral code: if2vrm so you and I can both get Php50 after you complete your account verification.

If you want to know more about it, you can visit their website.



Photo courtesy of Nicole Muriel 









Thursday, November 15, 2018

Netflix Must Watch: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Two years ago, it was announced that my favorite Archie Comics was going to be turned into a series. While it wasn't the first ever attempt to turn it into a series or a movie, it was the first time to turn the funny comics into something a bit edgier, serious and well, dark and it was to be called Riverdale, named after the town where Archie and the gang are from. I was surprised and appalled at first because I grew up loving the amusing comic story lines. I watched it anyway and ended up liking Riverdale (the first season at least! Now I have mixed feelings about the show). Anyway, with Riverdale being a hit, it didn't come as a surprise that Netflix would want to follow that up by creating another show, now based on Sabrina, the teenage witch character that's also from Archie Comics.

It's also not the first time Sabrina had been adapted on screen. If you grew up in the 90s, then you know that there was a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show starring Melissa Joan Hart. It was in fact a hit show that it made her even more of a household name after her successful stint in Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It all. I also remember reading some of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch book series with her on the cover at our school library. Sabrina the Teenage Witch of the 90s was cute, silly and funny.

This time around, Netflix's newest original series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina took a different approach by going down the dark side. I went to watch it of course to see if it would be good. And you know what? It didn't disappoint me at all!



Just like Riverdale, the characters and the dark take on Sabrina is based from the Archie Comic book of the same title. After a serious weekend of binge watching, I personally think this is gonna be better than Riverdale. Let me tell you what I liked about the show:


Sabrina 

I love Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. She's got that look to her - innocent but can be a bad girl too. Watch the subtle change of Sabrina's looks from Episode 1 to Episode 10. Kiernan's best known for her role as Sally Draper from Mad Men.


Harvey

Oh Harvey aka Ross Lynch in real life. He's such an ideal boyfriend - kind and so loving and not afraid to tell Sabrina how he feels. He's also very supportive and cute to boot! Even after finding out her secret, he still loves her. *heart melts*

Cousin Ambrose

In the comics, at least the funny Archie comics (not the The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina graphic novel), Cousin Ambrose is portrayed as a fat older guy who lives with Sabrina and her aunts. He's not given much role in the comics but in this new series, Ambrose is the warlock cousin who's very supportive of Sabrina. He's not only given a whole lot of on screen time, he's also really easy on the eyes. I went and Googled him of course and found out that he's a new actor, Chance Perdomo.

Cousin Ambrose from the Archie Comics
Cousin Ambrose from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

Nick Scratch

If Harvey is the ultimate good guy, Nick is the exact opposite. He's a warlock who studies at the academy and he's very passionate about magic. He is portrayed by Gavin Leatherwood, another cutie to look out for.



I Smell A Love Triangle

I have a strong suspicion Nick Scratch's got feelings for Sabrina Spellman! And you know what? Even though I adore Harvey and think that he's the best boyfriend in the world, I still would like to see Sabrina getting together with Nick! Perhaps it might happen in Season 2? The second season's already underway! *freaks out*

I read that Sabrina's life's taking a very different turn in Season 2. I would not be surprised if she did get together with Nick then! Just how they left it at Season 1 gives me that hope that they just might! Who's team would you be on? Team Harvey or Team Nick?

Sabrina's Christmas Special Episode

I can't wait for the new season to air! But while there's no announcement yet from Netflix as to when, the good news for fans like me is that there's going to be a special episode called A Midwinter's Tale that will be available by December 14. Definitely going to watch that.

If you haven't seen Chilling Adventures of Sabrina yet, then I urge that you do! It's really good!