Monday, April 4, 2022

Thai Vietjet, a Leading Thai Low-cost Airline, Offers New Flight Routes from SG to Bangkok and Phuket’

To further enhance Thai Vietjet’s regional connectivity, Thai Vietjet, a leading Thai low-cost airline based in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, is pleased to announce the launch of new international direct services from Singapore to Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, from 28 April 2022, and from Singapore and Phuket from 2 June 2022.
“We are thrilled to connect Thailand and Singapore through direct flights that will provide more leisure and business accessibility and opportunities for the citizens of both countries. After a long period of disruption due to the pandemic, the services connecting Thailand and Singapore will play a critical role in assisting the two nations’ economic recovery while also serving the growing travel demand of individuals in the region,” says Mr Woranate Laprabang, Chief Executive Officer of Thai Vietjet.
 
For a start, the new international service from Singapore to Bangkok (Suvranabhumi) will operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and direct flights from Singapore to Phuket will run every Thursday and Sunday. Flight schedules are given in Appendix A.
Recently, Thai Vietjet successfully initiated its maiden flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh and resumed its international flight service between Bangkok and Da Nang. It has also maintained a steady service and increased its flight frequency between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.
 
These recent developments come just in time as travel restrictions for international travellers to Thailand are lifted. From 1 April 2022, negative RT-PCR results before departure and RT-PCR tests on day 5 in Thailand will no longer be required. Instead, travellers entering Thailand will only be required to purchase COVID-19 insurance with a coverage of USD 20,000 (previously USD 50,000).
 
Along with its flight network expansion, the airline is introducing its official loyalty programme, SkyFUN, with a virtual “FUN Coin”, which aims to enhance passengers’ experience in three different member tiers: Silver, Gold and Platinum. This new loyalty programme will offer a whole new experience to the passengers with added benefits from the airline and its travel partners throughout the region. Members will enjoy different privileges according to their membership tiers.
 
Thai Vietjet has a total of 16 aircraft in its fleet, including 10 Airbus A320-200s and 6 Airbus A321-200s and plans to add more by the end of the year. The airline began operations with only 3 aircraft in 2016. With the 433% increase in fleet size just 6 years, Thai Vietjet was awarded “The Fastest-Growing Low-Cost Carrier of the Year” award by the Global Business Outlook in 2020.
 
With an average age of 5 years. Thai Vietjet’s fleet has the world’s youngest and most modern commercial fleet, with an On-Time Performance Rate (OTP) of 97.29%, technical reliability of 99.73%. The airline has served 11 million total accumulated passengers to date.
 
Thai Vietjet is continuously expanding its flight network, both domestic and international, while increasing its young and modern fleet. The airline has also recently been awarded the “Most Passenger-Friendly Cabin Crew” in 2021 by the International Finance Magazine, emphasising its position as the “airline of hospitality”, and reinforcing its core value, “Friendly and Fun” together with “Safety”, “Punctuality” and “Affordable Price”.

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Duchess in the Caribbean

I will post something different today - fashion... I love to talk about fashion to my friends but rarely talk about it here on my blog :-) Just recently, I have been following the Royal tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Caribbean. Been a Royal watcher for awhile now and these pair fascinates me not only with their good looks but their genuine approach to other people. Anyways, I saw the dresses worn by Duchess Catherine and how they looked good on her. Kudos to her stylist and the one who fixed her perfect crowning glory coz it seems she never experienced a bad hair day - ever.

In this picture, my favorite dress was the green gown (center) by Jenny Packham. This flowing tulle gown was soft to look at and beautifully worn by the duchess at a dinner reception in Jamaica. Coming close to a second was the tortoise-colored dress on the left. The satin evening gown was made by London designer Phillipa Lepley, worn at a formal reception in The Bahamas. I think we could all agree that she was giving us the Cinderella-vibes in this dress. The bright pink gown on the right was worn when she attended an evening reception in Belize. The Vampire's Wife from London was the one who created this dress. The duchess worn other dresses but I will just post these three formal ones. What about you, which one is your favorite?

picture: ctto

Friday, March 25, 2022

Hate Fees? Shopee’s Mobile Wallet Allows You to Send Money for Free, Buy Cheap Loads and More at this 4.4 ShopeePay Sale!

With ShopeePay, send money for free, buy the cheapest load up to 5GB for ₱10 only and grab Free Shipping from March 27 to April 6

As early as March 27, check out the best deals and promos as Shopee opens the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale. Shopee’s mobile wallet grants you access to numerous perks such as sending money for free, buying the cheapest load up to 5GB data for ₱10, and claiming Free Shipping vouchers on your purchases.

Send money for free, buy cheapest load, and avail exclusive rewards with ShopeePay

On top of all the shopping perks, there are useful features that you should try to maximize the benefits from your mobile wallet. Send money from your ShopeePay wallet to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user for free. As an additional treat, you can get free ₱100 when you send money for the first time via ShopeePay from March 27 to April 4. Your first transfer also qualifies you for the “Send, Scratch & Win” raffle promo. Get a chance to win coins and vouchers, and earn an entry for the raffle draw of ₱100,000 weekly. For more info, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopeepay-send-money-for-free.

Stay connected when you’re on vacation when you buy prepaid load and data promos from major telcos. Avail of ShopeePay’s cheapest load offer to get up to 5GB for only ₱10—perfect for when you want to post your travel memories on social media anytime, anywhere.

Before planning your summer trip, settle your monthly bills and get up to 100% cashback on participating billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, Globe, Smart, PLDT, Cignal, RCBC, and Metrobank starting March 27.

With your summer trips fast approaching, pay with ShopeePay and get 30% cashback on all your hotel bookings, including EstacioUno Boracay, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Quest Hotel Tagaytay, Solea Palm Resort Mactan, Mithi Resort and Spa Bohol, and White Breeze Palawan. You can also get big savings when you visit “ShopeePay Near Me” on the Shopee app and purchase ₱1 Deals. Redeem your discounts by paying with ShopeePay in-store at partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Papa John’s, Gong Cha, Puregold, National Bookstore, The Generics Pharmacy, Metro Oil, and more.

Start your 4.4 shopping early and make the most of the opening sale

On March 27, shoppers can enjoy the hourly flash deals that offer various items at irresistible prices for as low as ₱1. Set your alarms and get amazing deals during the rush hours sale starting at 12 AM. The 4.4 Opening Sale on March 27 also features lots of all-day deals that are too good to miss out on. Trying to find the best deal for you? Here’s a list that you can check:

With more people out and about, one closet staple to consider is the Crocs Stucco. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and very versatile to wear on beach trips, out-of-town travels, or casual visits to the mall. For those looking to stand out and look glammed up for any occasion, check out the Beauty Glazed Eye Palette that comes in a bunch of shades such as yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, green, red, and black. Capture moments spent with loved ones using the realme Narzo 50A Prime and its 50 megapixel AI triple camera that takes quality photos you’ll be excited to share and post online. Parents are beginning to plan fun and safe summer activities and they need a trusted brand to keep their babies feeling fresh and clean. They can’t go wrong with the Johnson’s Active Kids Shampoo, available in a more affordable twin pack.

Watch out for the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale TV commercial that will leave you humming to the jingle for days. Visit Shopee’s official YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/shopeephilippines on March 26 to catch this.

Mark your calendars for themed days and win free cash via ShopeePay

Leading up to April 4, look forward to themed days that will keep you hooked such as Summer Electronics Fair on March 27, Global Deals Fair on March 28, Fashion Fair on March 29, Payday Sale on March 30, Summer Beauty Fair on March 31, Kid’s Wear & Toys Fair on April 1, Pet Care Fair on April 2, and Sports & Motors Fair on April 3.

While you're waiting for the best deals, you can also join the Pera 4 All: P5,000 Roleta Giveaway – daily livestreams from March 28 to April 2, 12PM, where you can claim instant cash via ShopeePay with Lucky Roleta and stand a chance to win as much as P5,000.

For more information on the 4.4 ShopeePay Sale, visit: https://shopee.ph/m/4-4-opening-sale Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Praying for Peace on Earth

I have been monitoring the war in Ukraine since day 1. I was hoping that it would only last for a few days or at least a week and then there would be peace between two nations. But almost a month later, the war has gotten worst. I could only watch in horror and wept silently at home while reading/watching the news online. I could not understand why this could still happen in the 21st century. Sure, war still exists in other parts of the world but other 'warring' countries made sure that humanitarian aid is still accessible and people still have roofs above their heads. 

But with the Russian-Ukraine war, civilians are targeted... Children, women, hospitals, schools, residential buildings are bombed by the Russian soldiers. Those who are trapped in their own country are deprived of food, water, medications/treatment. Worst, Russians do not take accountability on these but turned the table on the Ukrainians. I could not believe that one man could do such damage to the second largest country in Europe. I do not know when this war would stop but I pray it would end soon. I pray for protection for the people of Ukraine, especially those who are seeking protection at the bomb shelter. I pray for the soldiers that their lives may be spared. I also pray for the the Russian soldiers (who just followed orders), that they will have a change of heart and realized that saving lives are the most honorable thing to do than killing others. I pray for peace in these countries...I'm even praying for divine intervention or for a miracle to happen. There is nothing I could do but offer prayers.

I found this beautiful prayer online from a Methodist website. I am a Catholic but I would like to share this prayer and together let us recite and offer this to the people affected in this war. May peace reign on earth especially to our displaced brethren in Ukraine. 🙏

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Shopee Wraps Up a Successful First 3.15 Consumer Day, with 5 times More Items Bought in First 2 hours of March 15

Shopee users found more ways to celebrate and reward themselves, with 36 million vouchers claimed at Shopee’s first mega sale of the year 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, concluded a successful 3.15 Consumer Day, its first mega sale of the year. More people were able to shop and reward themselves with Shopee, with 5 times more items bought in the first 2 hours of 15 March compared to an average day. 36 million Shopee vouchers were claimed on 15 March, as users saved more on everything they needed.

With more users celebrating at 3.15, brands and sellers were able to easily connect with and engage them. Orders on Shopee Mall increased 5 times compared to an average day, as brands saw a surge in traffic to Official Stores. Local businesses also saw a boost in sales, powered by strong support from shoppers. In the Philippines, Rhian -- a women’s apparel shop, WJF shops (grocerysale.no1 and no1.go) and albee_298 -- all three offering home essentials and face masks, emerged as the top local sellers this 3.15.

Shoppers also celebrated 3.15 Consumer Day with Shopee all over social media, with over 2.6 million engagements recorded on Shopee Philippines social media channels during the campaign. Loyal Shopee users also won huge prizes with the #ShopeeCelebratesYou initiative on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, with loyal users surprised with cash prizes, latest gadgets, and K-Pop merchandise in the Philippines.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines said, “We are happy to see more people find time to celebrate and reward themselves at our first 3.15 Consumer Day. Our users will always form the core of everything we do, and we are proud to pioneer another special day for them and the millions of businesses we serve. The year has only just begun, and users can look forward to even more exciting activities to enjoy in the months ahead. We look forward to creating more value and joy for all of our users in the rest of 2022.”

3.15 Consumer Day in the Philippines

In the Philippines, more shoppers were able to discover the joy of online shopping with Shopee. In particular, 3.15 Consumer Day gave users the chance to show themselves and others around them some appreciation.

Joanna Villanueva, 27, Fashion Designer, said, “This 3.15, I bought some necessities--contact lenses, socks, and an iPhone cable. I usually buy these things from Shopee because there are promos and discounts within the app so my savings are significant.

When the pandemic hit, I had a hard time going out and the shops I usually bought supplies from for my work closed down temporarily, but through Shopee, I was able to buy sewing materials. When I was moving into an unfurnished condo during lockdown, I bought most of my furniture and appliances from Shopee too! Electronics, accessories, skincare products, pet supplies, clothes—you name it, I’ve bought it from Shopee.”

Maricris Lorenzo, 35, Entrepreneur, said, “During 3.15, I bought home and self-care items -- indoor pots, plant labels, shampoo, make-up brush set and load. For all these and pretty much anything I need, Shopee is my go to app since I can easily find items and order conveniently. I always wait for the sales to enjoy discounts, vouchers, and coins cashback that make my shopping spree wallet-friendly.

As a business woman and a hands-on mother, I am really happy to be able to do so much on Shopee. Paying our bills, buying business and home essentials, relaxing with the occasional retail therapy, and exploring the countless features of the app have brought me such joy and relief especially in the last two years.”

Other 3.15 highlights in Philippines include: 

Giving Filipinos time to unwind by shopping for what they need and want 

○ More users were able to enjoy the value and variety offered by Shopee, with Quezon City, Caloocan City, and Davao City seeing the highest numbers for first-time shoppers 

○ Shoppers were getting ready to go out as restrictions ease, with the top most searched words were women’s sandals, dresses and face masks

○ Users took the chance to reward themselves and others around them on 15 March. Home & Living, Health & Personal Care, and Women’s Apparel were the most popular categories, while mobile gadgets and accessories, skin care items, and home improvement supplies were most in demand 

○ Body lotions were also one of the most ordered items by Filipinos as they prioritize self-care this 3.15 Consumer Day 

Providing businesses a welcome boost in the first mega sale of the year 

○ 3.15 Consumer Day was the biggest shopping day in the first half of the year for many businesses: 

■ Local sellers saw a lift in traffic and transactions, with an electronics store clocking over ₱30 million in GMV on 15 March alone. A women’s apparel shop also sold over 267,000 units of items in 1 day. 

■ Users discovered and purchased more self-care and grooming essentials from brands on Shopee Mall, with Uni-Care, Tiny Buds, and FOCALLURE being crowd favourites. 

Creating more valuable and rewarding shopping experiences with ShopeePay 

○ More people continued to enjoy the ease and convenience of digital payments through ShopeePay. On 15 March, the number of new ShopeePay users surged almost 1.5 times

Delighting consumers across the country with more fun and entertainment 

Almost 65 million views were recorded on Shopee Live, as users connected with sellers, brands and local celebrities. 

Over 27 million plays were clocked on Shopee Prizes, as Filipinos continued to play and earn more Shopee coins and prizes. 

○ Filipinos were able to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment during the 3.15 TV Special that showcased local celebrities such as Brand Ambassadors Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes and ₱8 Million worth of prizes. 

Download Shopee for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Happy International Women's Day!

 Wishing all the women in the world, a Happy International Women's Day!

 

Remember, you are unique. You are the epitome of courage and strength. Let us celebrate YOU (or us 😊). C H E E R S!

graphics: ctto

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Shopee Introduces 3.15 Consumer Day, the First Mega Sale of the Year, with New Brand Ambassador Marian Rivera

This 3.15 Consumer Day, shoppers have more reasons to celebrate with new brand ambassador and Shopee Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, Free Shipping with ₱0 min. spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily.
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces 3.15 Consumer Day, the first mega sale of the year. 3.15 Consumer Day will bring the excitement of Shopee’s year-end festivals to all users, giving them more reasons to celebrate and reward themselves as they gear up for the year ahead.

Shopee is pioneering 3.15 Consumer Day to bring more value and joy to all shoppers, who are now using e-commerce to fulfill their needs all year round. Everyone can be a part of 3.15 Consumer Day which features the widest variety of products, made better with Free Shipping with ₱0 min. spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily starting March 3, kicking off the celebration with the 3.3 Consumer Day. Shopee will also launch its #ShopeeCelebratesYou campaign to bring more cheer to users across the 3.15 period. Throughout the campaign, Shopee will surprise and delight its biggest fans on social media, while users stand a chance to win big prizes by taking part in various activities and contests across Shopee’s official platforms.

Adding to the 3.15 celebrations, Shopee welcomes Filipino superstar and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as its newest brand ambassador. Marian will star in a brand new Shopee commercial for 3.15 Consumer Day which you can watch here. She will also appear in the 3.15 TV Special happening at 5pm on Tuesday, March 15.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines said, “At Shopee, our users are at the heart of all that we do. This drives us to keep innovating, so that we can create new features, services, and campaigns that bring joy to their lives. As more people shop online and enjoy our year-end festivals, we are introducing 3.15 Consumer Day to bring the same excitement and fun to the first half of the year. We are thrilled for our first 3.15 Consumer Day and we hope to deliver even more joy to everyone.”

1. Celebrate You with bigger prizes, better deals

3.15 Consumer Day gives every shopper a reason to celebrate. Users can find everything they need with amazing deals on the Shopee app, and unlock bigger surprises on social media.

In the Philippines, users can win big at the new #ShopeeCelebratesYou campaign across Shopee’s official platforms. Shopee users stand a chance to check out their items for free when they share their shopping carts on social media, while Shopee will also surprise its biggest fans on social media. Stay tuned to Shopee’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for more information and activities.

Till March 15, users can find and save more on all they need on Shopee. Highlights include:

Special treats for Filipino shoppers: 3.15 Consumer Day will bring a smile to every user, with Free Shipping vouchers with ₱0 min. spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily till March 15. New users can enjoy a 100% off discount voucher with ₱90 min. spend at ₱90 max. discount, Free Shipping voucher with ₱0 min. spend, exclusive ₱1 Deals, or free welcome gifts from Shopee and brand partners, so they can smile even more with their first purchases on Shopee. 

Exciting deals with ShopeePay: This March, users can enjoy 20% cashback when they scan to pay at ShopeePay’s partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Puregold, National Bookstore, The Generics Pharmacy, and more. Users can also checkout ShopeePay ₱1 Deals and redeem discounts in stores. On 3.15 Consumer Day, users can take advantage of 50% off on load across all networks and up to 100% cashback on bills payment. Users can get a chance to win ₱100,000 when they send money to any bank or to any Shopee user. With ShopeePay’s free transfers feature, users won't have to worry about any additional fees.

More entertaining experience with new in-app game, Shopee Pets: Starting March 3, users can play the life simulation game where they can care for and raise their pets through daily activities for a chance to win Shopee Coins, ShopeePay Credits, and more!

2. Discover new brands for You on Shopee Mall

3.15 Consumer Day is the perfect time for users to discover new brands and indulge their wishlist without having to wait till the end of the year. With thousands of brands offering exclusive deals, there will be something for everyone at Shopee’s Mega Brands Sale from March 3 to 15.

Midnight Brand Parade and Hourly Branded Price Drops: During the first two hours of March 15, shoppers can look forward to storewide discounts from their favorite brands like Pampers, realme, OPPO, Adidas, Unilever Beauty, and Deerma. Users should also regularly check the Shopee app for Shopee Mall’s hourly price drops, where top brands will offer limited-time flash deals on their best-selling products.

New Shopee Mall Sampling Counter: Starting March 15, Shopee is giving consumers greater convenience and value for money to discover new brands through the new Shopee Mall Sampling Counter. Users can try sample-size products from best-selling brands like Johnson & Johnson, Uni-care, COSRX, Trizie, and AHC Philippines, and get a free voucher if they decide to purchase the regular-sized product.

Exclusive discount brand vouchers for new buyers: Shopee also gives brand explorers more incentive to discover the wide assortment of brands under its platform. Curious consumers can look forward to welcome vouchers on their first purchase from their favorite brands on Shopee Mall.

Brand Membership: Brand loyalists get to enjoy a more rewarding shopping experience when they sign up for the Brand Membership Program of their choice. Over 80 brands under the program will offer its members double the rewards points for purchases made on March 15. 

3. Discover a new You

Beyond the amazing deals, 3.15 Consumer Day is also time for users to discover new interests, and support what matters to them. From today till March 15, users can find new ways to do their part for local businesses, and discover hidden gems on Shopee.

Satisfy all your interests at 3.15: Users can shop for a wide variety of products catered to their interests with themed days across 3.15 Consumer Day. This includes 3.3 Consumer Day (March 3), Fashion Day (March 4), Home Appliance Day (March 5), Home & Living Day (March 6), Digital Deals Day (March 7), Beauty Day (March 9), Mobiles & Gadgets Day (March 10), Kids & Babies' Day (March 11), Sports & Motors Day (March 12), Shopee Prizes Day (March 13) and Vouchers Day (March 14).

Support and empower female sellers on International Women’s Day: After unwavering support for local sellers across its year-end festivals, Shopee will continue to connect users to more local businesses, including those of strong, inspirational Filipinas. On March 8, Shopee will hold a special 3.15 Women’s Sale to celebrate women in the Philippines and spotlight inspiring stories of female sellers on its platform.

Explore ways to improve your shopping: Shopee Cares PH is an online community that offers the best customer support for all your concerns and questions. Just follow @ShopeeCaresPH on Twitter and Facebook so you can shop and worry-free. For Shopee Fam with Gold and Platinum Shopee Loyalty Tier memberships, get ready to claim unlimited Free Shipping vouchers every month. Claim those hard-earned vouchers accessible via the Shopee Loyalty Page or the Homesquare Page so you can make the most out of your shopping this 3.15 Consumer Day.

For more information about Shopee 3.15 Consumer Day, visit https://shopee.ph/m/consumer-day

Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Praying For Peace

Praying for the innocent people in Ukraine. May they be protected and guided as they seek shelter and safety in other neighboring countries. Praying also for peace between Ukraine and Russia. May goodness prevail and put an end to this senseless war which could claim lives not just the soldiers but their own citizens as well. Hear our prayers, Almighty Father. Amen 🙏

Friday, February 18, 2022

Make Watering Easier

Over the past two years, many people found a new hobby in gardening. This was due to pandemic where most people stayed at home to avoid contracting the virus. However, staying or quarantining at home for quite a period of time often affects one's mental health, and what better way to break the monotony and be stressed-free than to make a new hobby or perhaps, for those with the green-thumbs, beautify their garden more?

I was one of those who found gardening quite relaxing, and I used my spare time to turn our small and somewhat neglected backyard into a miniature garden. After I cleaned the area and removed the weeds, I used a trowel to dig the soil and started to plant. Since we kept potted plants in our front yard, the backyard was of utmost priority. Gardening was actually a good therapy session on my part, aiding me in diverting my thoughts from the ails of the real world, and I had a little exercise walking to and fro or bending while tending to my plants.

However, my problem was whenever I need to use the hose to water the plants at the backyard seeing as it requires going to the front yard to retrieve and carry it all the way back, which can be quite time-consuming. My husband thought it would improve our lifestyle if I purchased water hose reels for easy access should I use it for gardening or for other home essentials. With that in mind, I browsed online and found Eley Hose Reels and its treasure trove of options depending on my needs. Their product has also proven itself to be of high quality, and with its versatility, the only thing barring me from purchasing this product is its availability in our area.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Valentine's Day 2022

May you have a happy heart's day today. Valentine's day is celebrated not only for couples. It is for everyone... and for us to be reminded that we must instill love. Ironic I say this, knowing how much I have endured for the past couple of years. It's time to let go but now, I chose me, myself and I and my family especially my kids coz they are my treasure. People who love me unconditionally, never judge me and who stood by me thru thick and thin are the ones that matters now. I celebrate them on this day. And most of all, thank You, Lord, for helping me get back on my feet and picking me up every time I fall.

Hey, this is just a Valentine greeting but it seems I got carried away, lol. May you all have a nice Valentine celebration. Even watching shows on Netflix or local channel, that is already a way of celebrating this day, hehe. Have a blast!💓