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GrabCar Halloween Promo Code

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Only for today (I think) do we have a GrabCar promo code. Hey! It’s the day before Halloween. So, it is probably valid for today only because tomorrow is going to be chaos at the city cementeries until Sunday.

Happy Halloween!

Safe travels and God bless!

Source: My avid GrabCar friend, Joy Lara Croft!



The Great Vacation Escape to Discovery Hotels

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Isn’t there an long weekend coming up in November? Oh, wait! It’s APEC week. Yeah, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is in town. Not that it hasn’t been here since the start of the year but the APEC Philippine agenda has the ministerial meeing on November 16-17 but a whole lot of major meetings are happening the entire week starting on the 16th until the 20th. Given this upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – Economic Leaders’ (APEC) Meeting, which will be held entirely in Metro Manila, the Philippine government has suspended work and class in the National Capital Region.

Yay! No classes during the APEC week! No work during the APEC week! So, APEC week means vacation, yes? You know what that means.

Book yourself and your entire family (or BFFs) at any of the Discover Leisure resorts and hotels and get as much as half the price.

  • APEC staycation at Discovery Primea
    Enjoy 20% off all room categories
  • APEC staycation at Discovery Shores Boracay
    Enjoy a Junior Suite for half the price
  • APEC staycation at Discovery Club Paradise Palawan
    Stay in a Garden Suite for half the price
  • APEC staycation at Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay
    Get 20% off the Deluxe and Premier Suites
  • APEC staycation at Discovery Suites Ortigas
    Best Available Rate in a Junior Suite or a One Bedroom Suite

Booking period is until October 31, 2015 and the stay-in period is November 16 to 22, 2015.

Just go to the Discovery Leisure Company website and use the promo code APEC15.

Source: The Discovery Leisure Company (TDLC) press release.

Photos from TDLC.


Hong Kong Experience

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A young blogger with an awesome story about her Hong Kong trip. A must read!


Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 27, 2015 at 5:24 am

GrabCar Promo for Today

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Just a short post to let you know what the promo code is for today – October 23, 2015. I kept going back and forth some people who gave me confusing, non-existent or probably expired pomo codes for GrabCar. I am not sure if it will work repeatedly today or even after today. ‘Sup to you to try for yourself but definitely it works once.

GrabCar Promo for Today = FRIDAY = Less P50

The one that worked for some but not for all like myself was TRAFFIC, also less P50.



Anne Curtis Introduces Cherry Mobile LTE Smartphones

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Celebrity megastar Anne Curtis (Smith) today graced the launch of the new line of phones – the Cherry Mobile Flare smartphones, particularly the Cherry Mobile Flare 4, Cherry Mobile Flare S4 and Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus. Anne Curtis has been a partner of Cherry Mobile for some years now, a celebrity endorser that has seen the constant and growing changes in the line of Cherry Mobile smartphones.

The Cherry Mobile Flare 4 and Flare S4 both run on a 1.3 GHz octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM with its standard Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system. The Flare 4 has a battery specs of 2100 mAh while the Flare S4 comes with 2200 mAh, good enough for constant surfing and social networking in half-a-day’s capacity, or a full day if you’re not intensely on the net. I should know because I’ve used similar battery capacities with differentiating lifestyles.

Both have got 5-inch HD displays with 720×1280 HD resolution. Camera outputs are 13MP on the rear and 5MP in the front, both with proximity sensors and light. I think we’re coming into the age where smartphones with front camera lights are a must for today’s selfies. Standard 16GB storage can be upgraded to 32GB using a microSD card.

But the LTE data connectivity on both phones are what makes it different from other sub-10,000 Peso smartphones. Today’s 3G connectivity is not anymore sufficient with the vast amount of broadband requirements a lot of apps are asking for. These dual micro SIM card smartphones are, of course, packed with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities.

So, how much is the Cherry Mobile Flare 4 and Flare S4? Both are priced at P4,999. The former comes in pink, black, white and gold, while the latter is available in white gold, white silver, black silver, and black black (that double word!)

Now for the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus – same octa-core specs as its two counterparts but it comes with a higher 3GB of RAM, 2800 mAh battery, a 5.5-inch FHD display with 1080×1920 FHD resolution. It’s standard 16GB storage is upgradable to 64GB via a micro SD card, and the cameras are upgraded to 16MP for the rear and 8MP in the front. Priced at P7,999, the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 Plus comes in white, black, gold and gray colors.

These new Cherry Mobile Flare 4 series will be available at Cherry Mobile concept stores and kiosk nationwide, as well as leading online stores like Lazada, by the end of October this year.

Source: Cherry Mobile Press Release

Photos by @raffypekson


United States FDA Approves Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

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Everybody knows the Philippines is the best place to get your cholesterol up high in the skies, right? With lechon, adobo, crispy pata and bulalo in the same dinner table as the veggies and the carbs, can you really decline the insistent invitation of your hosts to eat lots of meat with lots of fat? Not a chance in life.

Too lazy to read? Click here for the audio version (podcast).

Well, here’s good news for the migrant Filipinos in the U.S. who just had his or her internal system bloated with good old fashioned Filipino cholesterol. According to CNN, “The injectable drug from Amgen is the second in a new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. It works by making the liver more efficient at getting rid of LDL, or bad cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood are linked to heart disease.”

The U.S. FDA came out with their own press release entitled, “FDA approves Repatha to treat certain patients with high cholesterol.” It reads,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Repatha (evolocumab) injection for some patients who are unable to get their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol under control with current treatment options.

Repatha, the second drug approved in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, is approved for use in addition to diet and maximally-tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol.

Familial hypercholesterolemia (encompassing both HeFH and HoFH) is an inherited condition that causes high levels of LDL cholesterol. A high level of LDL cholesterol in the blood is linked to cardiovascular or heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans, both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year– that equals one in every four deaths.

“Repatha provides another treatment option in this new class of drugs for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia or with known cardiovascular disease who have not been able to lower their LDL cholesterol enough with statins,” said John Jenkins, M.D., director of the Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Cardiovascular disease is a serious threat to the health of Americans, and the FDA is committed to facilitating the development and approval of effective and safe drugs to address this important public health problem.”

Repatha is an antibody that targets a specific protein, called PCSK9. PCSK9 reduces the number of receptors on the liver that remove LDL cholesterol from the blood. By blocking PCSK9’s ability to work, more receptors are available to get rid of LDL cholesterol from the blood and, as a result, lower LDL cholesterol levels.

The efficacy and safety of Repatha were evaluated in one 52-week placebo-controlled trial and eight 12-week placebo-controlled trials in participants with primary hyperlipidemia, including two that specifically enrolled participants with HeFH and one that enrolled participants with HoFH. In one of the 12-week studies, 329 participants with HeFH, who required additional lowering of LDL cholesterol despite statins with or without other lipid-lowering therapies, were randomized to receive Repatha or placebo for 12 weeks. Participants taking Repatha had an average reduction in LDL cholesterol of approximately 60 percent, compared to placebo.

The most common side effects of Repatha include nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, flu, back pain, and reactions such as redness, pain, or bruising where the injection is given. Allergic reactions, such as rash and hives, have been reported with the use of Repatha. Patients should stop using Repatha and get medical help if they experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.

Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated that statins lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. A trial evaluating the effect of adding Repatha to statins for reducing cardiovascular risk is ongoing.

Repatha is marketed by Amgen Inc., of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

For media inquiries, please contact Eric Pahon of the FDA, (240) 402-4177.

For consumer inquiries, please call toll free number 1-888-INFO-FDA.

Sources: CNN | FDA

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The GrabCar Promo Now Until August 31

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The first time I posted a blog about a GrabCar promo, I was surprised with the amount of Google searches people are doing just to find out what the heck the new promo is. Suffice it to say, I was exactly like that when I started using GrabTaxi last year.

“Pare, anong bagong promo ngayon?”

Google search, Twitter and Facebook – everybody’s social media best friend.

Anyway, the new promo code starting today until August 31, 2015 gives recognition to the more than 1,000 GrabCar operators that have received accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board or LTFRB.

The GrabCar promo code is SALUTE.


Source: GrabTaxi Philippines.

Image is a mishmash of a photo and the GrabCar logo.