Get your groceries from SM markets within an hour via GrabMart

During pre-pandemic times, my go-to for groceries was, of course, SM Markets. Aside from having a store just a stone’s throw away from my house, SM Markets also houses a wide range of grocery products: from fresh and frozen food, snack items, canned goods, personal hygiene and sanitary products, as well as cleaning and houseware goods.

However, the restrictions on mall entry, shortened mall hours and the need to maintain physical distancing resulted into longer lines and longer waiting lines at my local SM Market.

Well, that’s no longer a problem with GrabMart’s partnership with SM Markets which enables users of the Grab app to place orders from selected SM markets via the app- including SM Supermarket, Hypermarket, and Savemore- and receive their orders at home in just an hour.

For a mom like me who manages a full household but has many demands on her time, the combination of SM Markets’ wide variety of products and Grab’s fast delivery times is a great time saver and takes the worrying over how to acquire my family’s grocery needs off my plate.

And here’s another reason to shop at SM Markets via GrabMart: With a minimum order of just Php1200 from any SM Markets branch on GrabMart, groceries delivery is FREE with code SMFREEDEL! Shoppers can save even more  by getting Php300 off with a minimum order of Php2500 with the code SM300! 

Now, mommies can rest easy knowing that their grocery requirements are readily accessible just by opening the Grab app.

Aside from this new amazing partnership, SM and Grab also joined hands to promote safe shopping inside SM Malls. This include allowing users of Grab’s in-app wallet GrabPay to top up their accounts at SM Supermalls. 

For more details on how Grab facilitates life in our New Normal, visit Grab on Facebook.

Grab is the leading super app platform in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 214 million mobile devices, giving users access to millions of drivers, merchants, and agents. Grab offers a wide range of on-demand services in the region, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services across 397 cities in eight countries.

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

Even before the pandemic hit the Philippines, credit card fraud has been rampant in the country. Just last year, there was a recorded increase in fraud cases of almost 30 percent. With the rise of online transactions, fraudsters have found it easy to trick many cardholders into sharing their personal information and using it to steal money through unauthorized transactions.

Due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic, the e-commerce industry has grown immensely. From food and groceries to furniture and appliances, almost everything can now be bought online. With just a few taps, purchases can be made without leaving the house. It may be convenient, but these kinds of transactions pose potential risks. One wrong click can cause the leak of sensitive information without the customer knowing it.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are different types of credit card fraud that you should watch out for and how you can avoid them:

Phishing & Vishing

Phishing and Vishing are some of the most common types of credit card fraud in the country. Phishing comes in the form of emails, fake job search sites, banner ads, fake browser toolbars, text messages, and chat room messages. Vishing, which is another type of Phishing, happens in the form of phone calls from scammers pretending to be bank representatives. With Phishing and Vishing, scammers lure their victims into giving their sensitive data by offering fake and too-good-to-be-true promotions or even by claiming that the account has been compromised and will be blocked.

What you can do: Carefully examine the emails and text messages that you receive and do not click on the links right away. For suspicious emails or text messages, contact your bank immediately to verify if the message you received is valid. At the same time, listen carefully to the phone calls you get as scammers can also claim to be bank representatives. When in doubt, it’s better to ignore and not entertain them. Never give your sensitive information to anyone, especially when visiting unverified websites.

Lost or Stolen Cards

You are on your way home when you realize that your wallet is missing and it could have been stolen or it could have fallen somewhere. What’s worse is it contains your debit cards, credit cards, IDs, and cash! Whoever gets it will have access to your credit cards and can use them to make unauthorized transactions under your name. You can only hope that someone with a good heart finds it and returns it to you, but that may not always be the case.

What you can do: If this happens to you, contact your bank right away and report your lost or stolen cards so the bank can block your accounts immediately. Moreover, cardholders should treat their cards like cash. Don’t place your wallet in areas where it can be easily seen and stolen. It is also helpful to have a different pouch for cards and cash so that you do not lose everything if anything happens to your wallet.

Card Replacement Scam

It’s just another normal day when you suddenly receive a call or message asking you to surrender your credit card because it is due for a replacement and an upgrade. You’re probably wondering why. The last time you checked your credit card was working fine. Since it sounds enticing that you’re getting an upgrade, you willingly submit and give up your card. But lo and behold, it’s a scam. Now you don’t have your card and the bill is stacking up because a scammer is using it to make expensive purchases.

What you can do: Always be careful with calls or messages you receive concerning your credit card or bank account. Remember, banks will never ask you to surrender your card even if it is up for replacement. Instead, they will ask you to destroy it or to go to their branch to give you the replacement card.

Skimming

You are out of cash and you need to go to an automated teller machine (ATM). You find the nearest one, insert your card, and withdraw cash. Little did you know, the machine was rigged. Fraudsters installed a device on the machine to skim your card’s magnetic stripe which contains all your sensitive information. Or maybe, you are shopping for a nice bag at the mall and you use your credit card to pay for it. However, the cashier’s credit card terminal has already been tampered, giving fraudsters access to your account.

What you can do: Thankfully, banks have upgraded their credit cards’ microchips and switched to EMV technology, making it harder for skimming devices to collect information from your card. However, cardholders should remain vigilant. Always make sure that all of your credit card transactions happen in your presence. Keep on checking ATMs for skimming devices by shaking the card scanners before inserting your card.

Other ways you can protect yourself from fraudsters and scammers:

One way is to avoid using public WIFI when conducting credit card transactions. It’s difficult to determine if these free WIFI connections have been hacked by fraudsters who are waiting for people to expose their sensitive information.

Another is to ensure that your issuer has your updated contact information so they can reach you for any suspicious and unusual account activities. Remember that issuers will call you to verify transactions, but will not ask for your sensitive information.

When you encounter suspicious activities or unexpected declined transactions, immediately call your bank to check and advise them. You can also use your bank’s mobile app to track your activities. If it has the lock/unlock feature, choose to lock the card when not in use for increased safety. Always be on the lookout as well for notifications from your issuers.

Overall, the very key to avoiding scams is to make sure that your account details are always secured and inaccessible to the public. Never share your personal and sensitive information, like your CVV or one-time-pin (OTP), with anyone! Fraudsters will never be able to take over your account if they do not have these important information.

Today, it is so easy to ‘add to cart’ and ‘check out’, thinking na-budol na naman ako for giving into the temptations of online shopping. But the real and more dangerous budol are the credit card fraudsters who are taking advantage of the online space to trick you into giving away your hard-earned money.

As cardholders, you should take control of your credit card transactions and be extra vigilant before engaging in any online transaction as it is one of the prevalent ways that fraudsters can gain access to your sensitive information. Join the Credit Card Association of the Philippines’ (CCAP) #FightBudolMovement and protect your sensitive information, ward off fraudsters and take charge of your finances!

Follow CCAP on their Facebook page to learn more about CCAP’s campaign.

Header image created by lifeforstock – www.freepik.com

Lumina Homes Offers Biggest Home Reservation Discount in Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival

Kabarangay, are you looking for a convenient way to avail of your Lumina home? Here’s how you can reserve your dream home through Shopee!

Proceed to Lumina’s official store in Shopee Mall and “add to cart” your preferred Lumina home e-voucher that you can avail of from April 24 to May 5, 2021, with a 55% discount!

Vista Land’s ever-innovative affordable housing arm joined Shopee in May 2020—the platform’s first real estate partner brand—and has never been more active in participating in the platform’s monthly and seasonal promotions.

Lumina Homes has partnered with Shopee on numerous occasions to offer home reservation discounts, including a house-and-lot prize during Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

So, to celebrate Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival, home-seekers can avail themselves of Lumina Homes e-vouchers at 55% off from April 24 to May 5.*

Prices of e-vouchers are already discounted, such that the 55% OFF will automatically be applied upon check out. The e-voucher that corresponds to a specific Lumina home model will be used to reserve the home model located in the Lumina Homes project of your choice.

For instance, if you purchase a P2,250* Angelique Duplex e-voucher, you may only use it to reserve one Angelique Duplex in any Lumina Homes project nationwide that features the home model.

Buying an affordable house and lot in Lumina Homes through Shopee is as easy as adding-to-cart your favorite teaching materials and daily home needs!

Follow “Lumina Homes” Official Store in ShopeeMall: www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial and check out house and lot models with the biggest discount, P2,250* (discounted rate), or the top-selling homes you can purchase for as low as possible P4,500* (discounted rate).

Click the “Chat Seller” button for more information about the offered e-vouchers. A Lumina Homes Representative is always on standby to attend to inquiries so you can expect an immediate response. 

Like any other items that are available in Shopee, you can pay through credit cards or digital wallets like Shopee Pay and GCash.

Follow this process for your Lumina home reservation now:

1) Go to Lumina Homes Shopee Mall store at http://www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial;

2) Browse featured home reservation e-vouchers;

3) Read the description and chat with the seller to inquire about Lumina Homes projects and locations where you can use the e-voucher;

4) Select your preferred e-voucher and click “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” and pay for the e-voucher through Shopee Pay, GCash, or credit card.

5) The Lumina Homes Representative will be notified of the sale, then will contact you to schedule an online appointment for a marketing briefing.

You may choose among the 50 developments of Lumina Homes in key locations across the country: Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, CamarinesNorte, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, MisamisOccidental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato.

Lumina Homes offers reliable housing financing options like bank home loan and Pag-IBIG housing loan.

So what are you waiting for? Open your Shopee app today and click Lumina’s special promo banners to avail discounted home reservation e-vouchers!

Summer at home? Grab makes it rewarding with Summer Steals: Bahaycation

Summer greetings from Grab!

Everybody looks forward to the summer season every year for all the fun memories and activities associated with it, be it for the refreshing beverages, the relaxing vacations, or lively beach trips. But while we have to stay in the safety of our homes for the meantime, Grab, Southeast Asia’s everyday superapp, gives us a chance to make this summer one to remember by bringing your summer vacation right to your doorstep with Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Until May 2, 2021, grab a bite of that exciting slice of summer with the chance to win BIG prizes through the Bahaycation Deals Wheel and sulit week-long deals and daily flash sales across Grab’s different services!

Amp up your summer and create unforgettable experiences with your loved ones with exciting prizes up for grabs just from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel! Who knows, you might just be one of the lucky winners to take home a Dyson Airwrap, KitchenAid Mixer, Philips Air Fryer, Samsung Air Conditioner, Nespresso Lattissima machine, iPad Pro, or even a 50″ Samsung TV, perfect for enhancing your summer at home!

While you’re getting some exciting prizes from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel, get your game face on for Grab’s Bahaycation Challenge just from making some purchases on GrabMart, and stand the chance to win a P120 off voucher for GrabMart’s Mega Sale from April 29 to May 4!

Last but not least, continue treating yourself to a fun and memorable summer that you deserve through thousands of deals from GrabFood, GrabMart, and GrabPay for the best summer-at-home experience yet! Beat the heat and have your summer staples delivered from your favorite restaurants like Yellow Cab, Taco Bell, Botejyu, and Coco with UNLI FREE DELIVERY today! To top this off, select merchants are offering you 50% OFF when you order from GrabMart stores like Assi Fresh Plaza, Zagana, Lawson, and Candy Corner. And be sure to complete that summer bahaycation OOTD and earn over P1,000 in cashback when you shop at Zalora, Shein, BeautyMNL, ShopSM, and more using GrabPay!

Get a slice of that summer experience— even from home— through the Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation and make sure not to miss out on the week-long deals and exciting prizes available on the Grab app from April 26 to May 2, 2021!

For more details, check out the Grab app or visit the Grab website to learn more about Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Promo details provided in a recent press release

Smart Shopping Tips for Shopee’s 4.15 Pay Day Sale

Stocking up on essentials you will need while on MECQ? The good news is that you don’t have to leave the safety of home nor burn a hole through your pockets to get the items you need.

Replenishing your supply of groceries, hygiene products, or personal care items is a breeze with online shopping. Aside from the convenience and safety of getting all your purchases delivered to your home, you can enjoy huge savings through perks such as free shipping, cashback, and more when you purchase on Shopee.

Here are some ways you can stretch each peso and maximize your sweldo at Shopee’s Payday Sale today.

Always check if free shipping is available

Ditch the additional fees and enjoy more savings by using free shipping vouchers. This April 15, you can claim free shipping vouchers sitewide, available with no minimum spend, from 12:00 to 2:00 AM. You can also enjoy all-day free shipping from participating shops.

Make the most of coin cashback deals

Did you know that you can get coin cashback deals when you shop on Shopee? You can redeem coins for discounts on your subsequent purchases. Get 20% cashback on all your purchases from 12:00 to 2:00 AM, then enjoy 15% cashback for the rest of the day.

Pro tip: to earn even more coins, click the Daily Check-In Button on the Coins Rewards section, play Shopee Prizes, view Shopee Live streams, and review your purchases.

Keep an eye out for ₱15 flash deals

You can get products priced as high as ₱3,999 for only ₱15. Keep checking Shopee throughout the day to score these Fila Women’s Shoes, Unilove Baby Package, Zeus x Fujisan Desk Speakers, and more for only ₱15. 

Use ShopeePay to enjoy more rewards

Shop, buy load and pay bills with ShopeePay to earn additional perks. Check out with ShopeePay to get free shipping vouchers and an extra 15% cashback with no minimum spend. You can also enjoy ₱1 deals from your favorite fast-food brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Bonchon, Big Guys, and Red Ribbon. From 12:00 to 2:00 AM, buy ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1 and enjoy free access to Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, and more. Finally, get up to 25% cashback when you pay your electricity, water, and internet bills with ShopeePay!

Use these tips and tricks to make the most out of your hard-earned money when you shop for essentials at Shopee’s 4.15 Payday Sale! For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/payday-sale

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Want to win a Home Appliance and Gadgets bundle from Shopee?

One lucky Pinoy’s dream will come true as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, along with its newest brand ambassador, Willie Revillame, bring the newest exciting online contest, #MyShopeeWish.

Shopee users can submit video entries – the more heartfelt, the better – for a chance to win a Mega Package from Shopee and Willie Revillame. The Mega Package includes an exciting selection of gadgets and home appliances from top brands such as a La Germania Gas Stove, LG Refrigerator, Sharp Washing Machine, Union Electric Fan, Ballarini Frying Pan, Samsung Galaxy A12, and Sharp 32-Inch Television.  

#MyShopeeWish is just one of the many activities shoppers can look forward to at the 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale. This is part of Shopee’s efforts to make online shopping more entertaining and rewarding for Filipinos. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to join #MyShopeeWish: 

  1. Create a 30-60 second video explaining why you deserve to win the Mega Package. The video should have a maximum size of 50 MB. 
  2. From March 18 to April 4, upload your video entry to http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish. Provide personal information such as your full name, mobile phone number, home address, email address, and Shopee username as well.
  1. You can only upload one official entry. However, you can also post your video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or TikTok accounts with the hashtags #MyShopeeWish #MEGAnonSaShopee.
  2. Shopee’s social media team will screen each entry based on the following criteria: authenticity, 10%; adherence to the mechanics, 20%; Shopee branding, 15%; memorability, 35%; and video presentation, 20%. 
  3. Shopee will select 20 finalists during the preliminary judging on April 7. Shortlisted finalists will make it to the final judging on April 8. Look out for the winner announcement on April 11 via Shopee’s official Facebook page.
  4. Shopee will also notify the winner through their registered mobile number, email address, and mailing address.

Submit your #MyShopeeWish entries now and let Shopee know why you deserve to have your wish granted! 

For more information on how to join #MyShopeeWish, visit http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB – 115769 series of 2021

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Shopping hacks you can use for Shopee’s 3.15 Payday Sale

Payday is always among the most awaited days of the month. It may sometimes seem as if payday just passed by and then you’re once again counting the days until the next one.

If you’re planning a Shopee shopping spree in time for its Payday Sale this March 15, do keep this tips in mind:

Always check for free shipping

Who doesn’t love free shipping? Before checking out, double-check if free shipping vouchers are available. Your favorite shops also often offer free shipping vouchers on select items. This Payday Sale, get your carts ready—you can enjoy all-day free shipping with no minimum spend from thousands of participating shops.

Avail of cashback rewards

Shopee coins are cashback rewards you can use to get discounts on your next purchases. Every peso counts, so try to earn as many coins as you can while shopping. To earn more, click on the “Daily Check-In” button on the Coins Rewards page, rate and review your purchases, play Shopee Games, and watch live streams. Want more coins? Shop during the Payday Sale to enjoy all-day 15% cashback, capped at 200 coins, with no minimum spend!

Go cashless with ShopeePay for more perks

Shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay, Shopee’s built-in mobile wallet, to enjoy safe transactions and rewards. Use ShopeePay during the Payday Sale to enjoy all-day sitewide free shipping and 15% coins cashback. You can also enjoy ₱1 deals from Jollibee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald’s with ShopeePay. Buy ₱10 mobile load for only ₱6 all day, and enjoy bigger discounts at 12 AM-1 AM, 12 NN-1 PM, and 5 PM-6 PM. You also get 20% cashback when you pay your bills using ShopeePay for the first time.

Get exclusive discounts on Shopee Mall

Check out the Payday Sale to enjoy up to 90% off on top Shopee Mall brands such as Penshoppe, L’Oréal Paris, Logitech, Unilever Homecare, Unilever Foods, Omega Houseware, Xtreme Appliances, and Huggies. Use the code MALLPAYDAY15 on all Shopee Mall items to enjoy 15% cashback, capped at 200 coins, for ₱500 minimum spend. For more discounts, you can also apply multiple shop vouchers per order.

Bonus: join Shopee Prizes to win exciting rewards

Get a chance to score big prizes by playing fun Shopee Prizes! Play Shopee Hourly Prizes to win a gadgets bundle worth ₱15,000, Shopee Farm for a Nintendo Switch, Shopee Candy for a pair of Galaxy Buds, and Shopee Bubble for a Huawei Matebook Bundle.

With these tips, you can go on a crazy shopping spree and still keep quite a bit of your sweldo to tide you over until the next payday. Click here for more information on the Shopee 3.15 Payday Sale.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Header photo created by freepik – www.freepik.com

Celebrate the women in your life with these Shopee finds!

Every kind of woman is worth celebrating no matter what they choose to do in life. Whether she’s a boss babe or a wonder mom, each one is special and can be a wonderful inspiration for little girls out there. They all represent different facets of womanhood and chase after equally important dreams.

 This International Women’s Day, show your appreciation for all the strong, independent ladies in your life. Shower these women with sweet, thoughtful products tailored to their interests. Shopee’s International Women’s Day Fair features the perfect presents up to 90% off. What better way to honor the different kinds of women you love than with the wonderful gifts below?

Everything a girl boss needs to stay on top

Shopee Women’s Day

The high-flying career woman is a go-getter who knows what she wants to achieve in life. Dressed in her absolute best, she grabs the attention of the room and knows how to take charge. She needs fool-proof beauty products to help her look put-together during stressful, meeting-filled days at work. L’Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion Parisian Cool Ash Hair Color will give her tresses rich, vibrant color minus the damage, thanks to its protective serum and conditioning balm. For bold, well-groomed eyebrows, Teviant Eyebrow Duo in Highness provides a smooth, highly pigmented formula that’ll keep each hair in place.

Baby essentials to keep the super mom flying high

Shopee Women’s Day

Supermoms can do everything. From juggling their career to taking care of their newborn baby, we don’t know how they manage to do it all. That’s said, it’s not without its challenges—such as bottle feeding! Help out your mommy friends with functional baby-feeding gifts. For instance, they can easily disinfect two baby bottles at once with the 59S UV Sterilizing Mommy Bag. Through UVC LED Disinfection technology, the product eliminates 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria. For moms on the go, Philips Avent Bottle Warmer conveniently heats up milk in less than three minutes. This thermos can keep its contents hot for up to six hours.

Workout-ready gear for the fitness enthusiast

https://flic.kr/p/2kJ2n6e

The fitness buff is into cycling, yoga, pilates—you name it. They’re your go-to buddy for all workout-related activities because their energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Get them geared up for your next Zoom workout together. Moving Peach Fitness Long Sleeve Sportswear’s quick-dry, spandex fabric is perfect for both yoga and high-intensity exercises. Keep them feeling cool and fresh throughout each workout with Lactacyd Feminine Wash All Day Care, which is formulated with natural milk extracts.

Essentials to protect female frontliners

Shopee Women’s Day

Filipina frontliners are today’s modern heroines. They sacrifice their health and risk their own lives to take care of the country. While they’re out there fighting a health crisis, equip them with the necessary battle gear. The Ilwoul Nano Fiber Mask provides respiratory protection with 4 layered filters. Each light, breathable mask is washable up to 20 times. You can also help keep their hands virus-free with Nippon White Ginger Hand Wash. Its non-drying formula keeps hands squeaky clean and lightly scented with white ginger.

Makeup haul to keep the beauty junkie on fleek

Shopee Women’s Day

The beauty junkie comes to your rescue during beauty emergencies, such as sudden breakouts or broken nails. More than that, she is an artistic soul who simply wants to create beauty. So what do you get someone who already has everything in her makeup stash? Keep her stocked up on basics such as highlighting powder and mascara! Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder is infused with ultra-reflective pearl pigments to give her skin a glowing finish. Meanwhile, Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara promises clump- and flake-free length and volume with its double-curved lifting brush and fiber-infused formula.

Shop for all these products and more at Shopee’s International Women’s Day Fair and enjoy discounts of up to 90% off. For more information, click here.

Don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay! Make your shopping experience more convenient and rewarding when you shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

New on Shopee LIVE: Co-streaming Feature!

If you’ve been watching your favorite influencers on their Shopee Livestream, you might have noticed something new lately: co-streaming!

This feature allows Shopee Livestream hosts to co-stream with one of their viewers for a more interactive experience.

This new feature is one of the exciting innovations that Shopee introduced to make online shopping more fun and engaging.

Here are what some of Shopee’s livestreamers have to say about this feature:

For Miccolo Solis, Shopee seller and influencer, the poll feature is what he uses the most. “It helps me engage with viewers. I can check their opinion on certain topics, especially about the products,” said Solis. Polls also allow him to inquire about his customers’ specific requests, budget range, and preferred styles. In addition, Solis also hosts games on Shopee Live to keep his viewers interested.

For fellow influencer Quinito Villarosa, it’s the latest ‘Mine’ feature that gives him feedback on what content customers want to see next, or what items they want to see featured or reviewed. To maintain a strong relationship with viewers, Villarosa connects with them even after the live stream ends. “I do a lot of ‘OffLive’ engagement. I still interact with them after the live streams, usually inside the many group chats we have on Facebook Messenger and even Instagram,” said Villarosa.

Solis is excited to utilize the new Shopee Live Co-streaming feature as it gives him the opportunity to interact directly with viewers, making the live stream session more fun, enjoyable, and engaging. Villarosa, on the other hand, is already prepping for his next live stream. “I’m already asking my viewers what they want to see during my live stream so I can order it ahead of time. Being able to hold the items personally makes for a more interactive live stream experience,” he said.

For Apol Juanillo, also an influencer and Shopee livestreamer, the live interaction with her audience makes the experience extra special. “I don’t feel so alone. Sometimes, as a streamer, you feel it’s all you, aaliwin mo din sarili mo. At least this way, you can see other real people.”

With in-app features like Shopee Live, Shopee continues to improve the platform to make e-commerce more accessible and engaging for everyone.

Shopee 3.3 – 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale

The Shopee 3.3 – 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale, which runs until April 4, 2021, will feature up to 70% off on authentic brands such as Havaianas Philippines, Huggies Philippines, Realme, P&G Beauty, Pampers, Nestlé, Garnier, Enfagrow, Unilever Beauty, Vivo, and Xiaomi, on Shopee Mall.

For more information on the best deals during the 3.3 – 4.4 Mega Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/3-3.

Don’t forget to shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay to enjoy discounts and rewards. Top up at least ₱300 on March 2 for a chance to win ₱20,000! Check out https://shopee.ph/m/shopeepay-3-3-top-up-promo for more details.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Credit: Livestream screenshot from Apol Juanillo.

Ten Shopee Valentine’s Day Sale gift ideas you need to add-to-cart now!

Surprise your loved ones with gifts from Shopee’s Valentine’s Day Sale

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. It’s also a time to recognize other equally important relationships—those we share with our family and friends.

Whether you’re celebrating the occasion with a significant other or not, remember to show your appreciation to other loved ones as well. Let them know that they’re on your mind this special day. The world could always do with a little more love to go around!

On February 14, surprise them with the thoughtful gifts below. You can get up to 90% off on these gifts and more at Shopee’s Valentine’s Day Sale.

Cowin Wireless Sweatproof Earphones

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Has your brother ruined several earphones while working out? Get him the Cowin Wireless Sweatproof Earphones. It touts water-resistant earbuds, superior sound quality, and up to six hours of playtime.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Encourage your dad to get started on his fitness journey with the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. This smartwatch tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. It also monitors the heart rate and sleep cycle. The battery can last up to 20 days on standby.

Pineng Powerbank

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Is your sibling’s phone constantly running out of juice? Get them the Pineng Powerbank, which has built-in battery protection to prevent overcharging and short-circuiting. It runs on a capacity of 3.7V/20 000mAh 74Wh and can charge two devices at a time.

Sesame Street Sleepwear

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Treat your pamangkin to cute new jammies. Each pajama set is made of cotton spandex, so it’s breathable and comfortable to wear. This also comes in adult sizes perfect for kids at heart.

Bling Light 3D Night Light

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Know someone who’s obsessed with all things hallyu? Buy her this adorable finger heart-shaped Bling Light 3D Night Light! This compact lamp comes with three light color options: yellow, white, and warm white.

Vice Cosmetics Kavouge Everyday Palette

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

For your makeup junkie pal, the Vice Cosmetics Kavogue Everyday Palette features 12 multi-purpose powders for filling in the brows, adding color to the cheeks, and creating flawless eye looks. This product also comes with a handy makeup mirror.

CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

If you’re tired of your sister constantly rummaging through your skincare stash, it’s time to help her build her own regimen. CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser is non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and fragrance-free. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup while retaining moisture.

Eco Natural Bamboo Toothbrush

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Help a friend through their sustainability journey with gifts that won’t end up in landfills. The Eco Natural Bamboo Toothbrush is made of a durable bamboo handle and petroleum-based plastic bristles that will biodegrade within months.

Gun Massager

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Your super mom works hard to take care of the whole family, so treat her to a well-deserved massage. This Gun Massager alleviates muscle stiffness and enhances blood circulation. It also features four massage heads and six variable speeds.

Anti-Aging Eye Patches

Shopee Valentine's Day Sale

Everyone has that one busy tita. She’ll love using these Anti-Aging Eye Patches during her downtime. These soothing, moisturizing collagen patches are great at reducing puffy eyebags and dark circles.

Don’t miss out on the chance to score big discounts on these gifts and more at the Shopee Valentine’s Day Sale. Enjoy up to 90% off until February 14.

For more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay! Until February 28, enjoy 10% cashback on all cashback shops when you use ShopeePay.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Images and details provided in a recent press release.

The Jelly List: Thoughtful Gifts for Valentine’s Day

The day of hearts is fast approaching. Despite the pandemic, Valentine’s Day remains one of the most anticipated holidays of the year.

The question is: how can sweethearts in the metro celebrate the day of romance if they can’t go out to wine and dine?

Through thoughtful gift-giving, of course!

Nothing says “I love you” like a well-considered present, one that gave thought to one’s sweetheart’s interests and passions.

Check out this list and let me know which suggestion suits your beloved best:

For the hopeless romantic: Preserved Flower Arrangement from Stories & Blossoms

Flowers are almost synonymous with Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of fresh-cut blooms would set a romantic heart racing, but nowadays, preserved flowers may be the way to go. They last longer than fresh flowers and are pretty low maintenance. (Somewhat like the ideal partner, eh?)

Tell your love story with a tasteful preserved flower arrangement from Stories & Blossoms. Through the creative combinations of colors, shapes and textures of various preserved blooms, you can express quite a lot to your loved one and evoke romantic memories. You can even have a unique arrangement inspired by your loved one favorite book, movie or TV series, just like the store’s Sex & the City Collection.

Stories & Blossoms’ SATC Collection

Stories & Blossoms’ SATC Collection

Stories & Blossoms’ SATC Collection

Stories & Blossoms’ SATC Collection

Stories & Blossoms’ preserved flower arrangements start at Php299 with more ornate signature creations starting at Php2,500. You can also have an arrangement custom-made according to your preferred colors and flowers as well as your budget. Shop online at Stories & Blossoms’ website or call +63 967 5099050.

Read more on Stories & Blossoms here.

Photo credit: Stories & Blossoms

For the health-conscious: Superfood Box Set from Goodness MNL

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the value of our health. Central to any attempt at a healthy lifestyle is, of course, food.

If you want to start on a journey towards healthy living, incorporating superfood into your diet would be a good start. These nutrient-rich ingredients help in promoting health and warding off diseases.

Get a Goodness MNL box set to enjoy a sampling of five different types of superfood. Choose five from the nine superfood types available – organic chia seeds, organic golden flax seeds, organic sweet basil seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Himalayan fine salt, Himalayan rock salt, organic cocosugar, organic adlai grits and cocosugar cacao nibs – and have them delivered to you in a beautifully curated box.

Goodness MNL

Goodness MNL

Goodness MNL’s box set is available for Php330 (with 30ml test tube bottles) and Php400 (with 40ml test tube bottles). Order your box via Facebook or Instagram.

Read more about Goodness MNL here.

For the stressed: Coloring Books from Shopping on the Side

Engaging in a creative activity such as coloring books can help calm a busy mind, facilitate a more restful slumber and can even unleash one’s creativity in other pursuits.

If you think your special someone can benefit from these, then gift them with imported adult coloring books that will soothe the mind while getting those creative juices flowing.

Coloring Books - Shopping on the Side (https://shopee.ph/shoppingontheside?v=5ef&smtt=0.0.5)

Coloring Books - Shopping on the Side (https://shopee.ph/shoppingontheside?smtt=0.0.9)

Fortunately, getting those coloring books won’t require such a huge effort. Simply order from Shopping on the Side’s store on Shopee and take your pick from its wide variety of books from meditative mandala patterns, whimsical drawings of fairies, intricate illustrations of travel destinations to humorous comic strips.

Read more about Shopping on the Side here.

For the eco warrior: Bamboo Mug and Tumbler from The Bamboo Company

If protecting the environment is one of your SO’s priorities, you would want to support this advocacy through gifts that promote zero-waste, sustainability or the elimination of single use plastics.

Reusable implements for drinking or eating to-go food would go a long way towards keeping the environment safe for future generations.

The Bamboo Company

The Bamboo Company

You can purchase this Breakfast Buddy (Mug and Coffee Tumbler Set) from The Bamboo Company’s online store (now on sale for Php1,699 from Php2,040). It’s perfect for that leisurely morning coffee that you two can share on a chilly Valentine’s Day morning.

For the homebound imbiber: Cocktails-to-Go from After Hours Bar

If your special someone misses the experience of going out to a bar for a drink, then bring the bar home!

While the pandemic has had a huge impact on the restaurant and hospitality industry, bars were hit the hardest. Fortunately, some have pivoted their business to include ready-made cocktails available for delivery, such as After Hours Bar.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours Bar Bottled Cocktails

You can get 500 ml bottles of After Hours’ signature cocktails such as Sangria Spritzer (Php825), Punch Drunk Love (Php975), Gin Basil Smash (Php975), Muscovado Old Fashioned (Php1,300) and Negroni (Php1,500) delivered to your home just by ordering through its online store.

Read more about After Hours Bar here.

For the sweet tooth: Strawberry Shortcake from Inang Charing

If your beloved adores desserts and sweets, then express your love with a delectable Strawberry Shortcake!

A gorgeous confection made with delicate vanilla cake, layered with thick and fluffy whipped cream and topped with slices of fresh and succulent strawberries, this will surely excite the senses!

Inang Charing Strawberry Shortcake

Inang Charing Strawberry Shortcake

You can get this delightful creation from Inang Charing Cakes and Pastries, a Pasig-based online baker. An eight-inch round cake is available for Php1,135 (for pickup only due to the delicateness of the cake) but an 8-in x 8-in square pan is also available for Php835 (more suitable for delivery services).

Place your orders via Inang Charing’s Facebook and Instagram pages with a two-day lead time.

Read more about Inang Charing Cakes and Pastries here and here.

So there you have it: my list for thoughtful gift ideas for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Which one do you think suits your beloved the most?

Check out my other adventures compiled into Jelly Lists: