Finance, Listicles, Travel

[PH Credit Cards] Which World MasterCard is the best?

The Philippines has eight World MasterCards, each with their own range of benefits and features. Here, I discuss them one-by-one.

Blog, Finance

RCBC Bankard’s World MasterCard opens up a whole new World – but still has new horizons to pursue

I've been very blessed and privileged to be a cardholder of RCBC Bankard's World MasterCard for a few months now, and after having used it, and reading up on its benefits, vis-à-vis RCBC's other offerings old and new, I have some thoughts about this top-of-the-line card to share.

Blog, Finance, Listicles, Travel

[UPDATED FOR 2019] The best travel credit cards in the Philippines + ranking (Part 2 of 2 – Non-airline-specific cards and verdicts)

Part two of this article on the best travel credit cards of 2019 in the Philippines covers the non-airline-branded cards, as well as my verdict and a summary.

Blog, Finance, Listicles, Travel

[UPDATED FOR 2019] The best travel credit cards in the Philippines + ranking (Part 1 of 2 – Airline-specific/co-branded cards)

What are the best travel credit cards in the Philippines for 2019?
Part one of this article covers airline-branded cards.

Blog, Games

Innovation vs. tradition: With Zelda Breath of the Wild’s sequel announced, I reflect on one aspect of an otherwise perfect game that disappoints me terribly

A direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has now been announced. While I haven't even perfected the game yet, there is one glaring flaw that completely ruins the otherwise epic experience.

Blog, Listicles, Relationships, Self, Stuff, Wellness

6 reasons for my morning routine

I'm not always a morning person, but I have a routine I stick to - because I want to use my abilities to make life good for myself, for others, and even my things.

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Dragonair?

Yesterday, Cathay Pacific announced that it would be rebranding its sister airline and subsidiary, Dragonair, as Cathay Dragon, in what is apparently a unit-wide rebranding campaign (Cathay itself also simplified and posh-ed up its logo and livery). This is good news for our fantasy friend named Dragonair, the Dragon-type Pokémon that evolves from Dratini and into… Continue reading Dragonair?

Blog, The Daily You, Wellness

Dry throat when you wake up?

Key Takeaway: Is a dry throat keeping you grumpy when you wake up? The air around you might be dry, and placing a glass of water by your bedside the night before could provide comfort. And of course, drink it when you get up!   Have you woken up in the morning only to feel nauseous or… Continue reading Dry throat when you wake up?

Weekly Grace Archives

[The Who Goat] How does love equal mercy?

Mercy is the very essence of love. Though we as human beings have the power to harm others, we also have the power and the choice to be compassionate towards them - simply by not ignoring them and hearing them out. That is mercy, and by opening yourself up truly, you love.

Blog, Books, Stuff

[Books] How is the KonMari method related to purposeful living?

Kondo Marie, creator of the KonMari method of decluttering and organizing, has created not a cleaning method but a philosophy to live out. Her revolutionary discard-then-sort system is infused with the values of mindfulness, optimism, and simplicity, which then naturally overflow into one's everyday living.

Blog, Environment, Stuff, The Daily You

How is hoarding un-purposeful?

Hoarding can come in many different forms - physical, digital, emotional and financial. And they're all against the tenets of awareness, even if said hoards are supposedly tidy. True organization is simple and purposeful, and to truly deal with hoarding is to deal with the personal mindset and standards on things, vis-à-vis purposeful living.

Blog, Books

[Books] Spirituality for all

Fr. James J. Martin, S.J.'s book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, is a great read for anyone across all walks of life - not just Roman Catholics or Christians - wishing to explore spirituality more deeply. The truths taught by the Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, are universal, timeless, practical, and flexible: a recipe for reaching out to the entire world.

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#APEC2015: Potential misjudged

Notable issues aside, APEC is not, and should not, simply be hated or written off. It was established more than twenty years ago to do its part in the goal that we are commonly striving for, and there is progress being made. Let's give it a chance, and let's give ourselves as budding entrepreneurs a change as well.

Blog, Relationships, The Daily You

Higher purpose: Love beyond passing

True purpose isn't called "higher purpose" for no reason: it is greater than us and is beyond us, and will keep on going even long after we have gone - whether it's dying or simply leaving. It is most evident in how we remember someone, and what we do with that remembrance as we live our daily lives. It is, in a nutshell, love beyond passing.

Blog, Listicles, The Daily You, Wellness

[To Self] 4 ways to make hand-washing a habit more effectively

Global Handwashing Day, celebrated last Thursday, is meant to raise awareness on the importance of washing hands regularly and properly as a habit - mainly to prevent diseases. But it also reflects awareness for yourself and others. Here are four tips on how to make handwashing a habit more effectively.

Blog, Environment, Stuff, The Daily You

Going Christmas shopping? Buy local or sustainable

Even the things you consume can reflect your state of awareness! Especially this Christmas season, why not be more mindful of the things you buy - where they come from and how they are made - for gifts to your loved ones? Not only would you make your loved one happy, you'd also make a small-time business and their stakeholders happy: the best Christmas gift you can give them.

Blog, Society, The Daily You

The value of inter-faith dialogue and cooperation in higher purpose

I firmly believe that all religions are simply different cultures' ways to commune with the One God. But more importantly, I also believe that these different systems should not serve as barriers, but rather as opportunities for dialogue, mutual support, cooperation, and moving forward together in the name of higher purpose.

Blog, Education, Environment, Society, The Daily You

Coming home yet journeying again: Personal CSR at its finest

The 5th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR held last 28 September 2015 was the culmination of a five-part program by the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation that formally launched the concept of CSR 3.0, or Personal Social Responsibility. In practicing CSR 3.0, we are called to undergo personal transformation and always do more than expected, down to and especially the smallest actions.

Blog, The Daily You, Wellness

[Self] Rest after eating meat for digestion purposes

In another simple way to help contribute to good health, consider reworking your schedule so that you don't do intensive work (or at all!) after eating a heavy meal, especially one with meat. The energy used to digest the meat - which may take longer than for other foods - would conflict with powering you for work, thereby taking longer to digest your food.

Blog, Environment, Stuff, The Daily You

Away with disposables… plastic and paper, that is

Get out and good riddance, traditional disposables. These environmental hazards are now so ubiquitous establishments the world over are raising awareness one way or another. The popular solution nowadays is to provide incentives for using reusable things - but what if they themselves are environmental hazards? No fretting - there's sustainable disposables!

Blog, Games

The Zygarde question: Is Pokémon Z now likely?

Ever since Pokémon X and Y hit the shelves almost exactly two years ago - and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire after that - people have been wondering about the next installment in the former's line-up - whether there'll be a third, enhanced game called Pokémon Z, or perhaps an X2 and Y2. Some months back, I wrote an… Continue reading The Zygarde question: Is Pokémon Z now likely?

Blog, Relationships

Two-way individuality

Individuality isn't confined just to how responsibility should start on the personal level. Growing or developing others is also on an individual basis - precisely because we are individuals. Social change should take this very seriously, as not doing so would cause more harm than good.

Blog, Self

Reflection: Much needed, yet undervalued

Reflection is crucial for the purposeful liver - or for anyone, for that matter. It allows us to think deeply, to truly think beneath the surface and beyond ourselves, and to keep ourselves in check vis-à-vis our purposes - an extremely important thing to do especially in today’s hyper-paced world. And for Christians, it allows us to talk and commune with our God.

Blog, Environment, Finance, Stuff, Travel

Care for money bills

Did you know that it also constitutes social responsibility to take physical care of your money’s bill denominations? Even a mild defacing of them will render them invalid, and thus needed to be destroyed, and thus needed to be reproduced, thereby ultimately adding financial and environmental costs to society just to keep the fiscal system running smoothly.

Weekly Word Archives

[Weekly Word] Doing it well

| ɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt | I am not an efficient worker, I will admit it. That alone takes away half - or even more - of my productivity, and it's frustrating: Effectivity alone is not the key. It has to be tempered with and strengthened by efficiency. I first learned this concept in my first management class, and ever… Continue reading [Weekly Word] Doing it well

Blog, Society

A visionary’s flaw, or the relationship between principles and kindness

Living a conscious life of purpose involves high principles or standards, and adhering to them. However, we run the risk of alienating others - and even ourselves! - by too strict an adherence or enforcement of said standards. We have to remember to be kind and understanding in accommodating others - and even towards ourselves!

Blog, The Daily Aloy

[Site Announcement] Slowdown of Posts

Hello, TDA readers! You may notice that the site may have been experiencing some slow "news days" this week. This is due to terribly slow Internet connections in our area lately (of which the recent inclement weather is to blame) - and the fact that Bittersweet Faith (taken from the song of the same name by… Continue reading [Site Announcement] Slowdown of Posts

Blog, Self

Never forget: Contingency!

A key part of responsible planning - for anything from business to travel - involves contingency planning, or anticipating possible problems or deviations and formulating solutions addressing them. Since we are never fully in control of things - only God being so - it is reasonable and responsible to assume that things can and will not proceed according to plan - and that thus we as responsible persons must be prepared for that.

Weekly Word Archives

[Weekly Word] The niceties of social niceties

This week, we cover a concept that is both ubiquitous and very deep-reaching, especially in Chinese society, where it began. Without at least gaining a proper understanding of what it's about, it will be difficult and awkward if not impossible to navigate through East Asian society. This week's Word is "face", translated into classical Chinese as 面 (miàn).

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West Valley Fault Preparations Part 3: Kits and Plans

This third of three posts about preparing for the predicted Valley Fault earthquake that will devastate the Greater Metro Manila area discusses in more detail having your own emergency supply kit and detailed disaster plans for the family and workplace/school. I recommend assembling your own supply kit instead of a pre-made one that may lack some essentials or contain unimportant things relative to your own circumstances. Disaster plans must be mastered and practiced by all members.

Blog, Society

Gratuitous wits, or the futility of letter debate

What is the use of arguing over something like sola fides when so many people out there need the help of humble and loving Christians who have the capabilities to grant said help whichever way they can? None. There is no point in debating about the letter of the law when the spirit of the law is clearly being taken for granted.

Blog, Society

West Valley Fault Preparations Part 1: Maps and Home Safety Check

This first of three posts about preparing for the predicted Valley Fault earthquake that will devastate the Greater Metro Manila area discusses the fault system atlas launched by government agencies in May 2015 as well as affected settlements, and a 12-point checklist evaluating your home's integrity and safety launched in February 2014. If you live in Metro Manila, I recommend you download these documents and study them.

Blog, Books, Self

What Christians can learn from The Secret

The Secret is actually very Christian - and the author and her collaborators even say so themselves. Positive thinking and the attitude of gratitude are actually traits we are called to embody as true Christians, through living a life of love and service to God and to others as our way of expressing thanks for all God has done for us. We indeed have the freedom to think our ideal lives into existence - but also the duty to keep it rooted in God and His purposes.

Blog, Relationships, Stuff

Parking outside? Check for stuff… and children

Parking outside, even in relative coolness, can turn your car into a furnace with the sun shining on it. The risk of heatstroke greatly increases, so always be mindful if you have children and pets traveling with you in the car. Also be mindful of your things that can perish in extreme heat, such as foodstuffs. Especially this summer, be conscious of this!