Dec 30, 2019

[FIXED] Xiaomi Pocophone F1 incompatible with GCASH & NETFLIX

My December holiday nights are all Netflix nights. I'm currently watching Crash Landing on You, Chocolate and Broken. Then the latest episode was available every Saturday around 9PM PHT of the 1st series I'm watching, surprisingly, there's an update needed before I can open the app - checking Playstore - there's no UPDATE button but note that "Your device isn't compatible with this version"
I'm shocked and don't know what to do as I find this message familiar. I experienced it with my GCASH app, I wasn't able to use my GCASH app for almost 2 months already because of compatibility issues. I need this app for bank transfers and bills payment, good thing I have a backup phone but still, hassle to check up another phone for transactions.

Just to share some deets about my phone. I'm using Xiaomi Pocophone F1 with MIUI 10 Global Beta - As of the moment, there's a release for MIUI 11 for other phones but no existing update for my phone available.
If you're here because of the same issue with your phone, I recommend starting making back up of your stuff - as it will take a while. 

I'll share what we did, however, do it at your own risk. My partner helped me and a good thing there's a thread on how to do it and all the download links.
  1. You need a laptop/desktop & USB connector to work on
  2. Back up your file & fully charge the phone. Remember your Mi Account login
  3. Used the FASTBOOT METHOD UPDATE: Detailed Guide to Unlock Bootloader and Flash MIUI Stable/Beta ROM!
It worked for my Poco. Sure thing restoring the apps could take time and remembering all the log in details might require that 'forget password' - but I'm happy we fixed it. I'm close to buying a new device because of this compatibility issue on Xiaomi Pocophone F1. 

Now that it's fixed. Gonna watch Crash Landing on You E07! :D

Nov 29, 2019

A New Player in the Market: Leflair is Now in the Philippines

Leflair Philippines, an e-commerce website for premium lifestyle brands at amazing value, officially opened its doors last September 24, 2019. Originally founded in Vietnam, Leflair offers up to 80% off and nationwide shipping on both local and international brands. Filipino online shoppers will now enjoy similar perks.

Leflair Philippines launches time-limited sales every morning, which include selections from coveted high-tier labels like Chanel, Dior, Celine, and Tom Ford to well-known lifestyle brands like Vans, Skechers, TOMS, Lock & Lock, SK-II, and many more.

Leflair turns 4 years old this month and by celebrating is with shoppers, Leflair shares a discount code 'BDAY400' and enjoy P400 OFF when you purchase at Leflair with a total amount of Php 4,000.00 and above. That’s P400 OFF on top of the bold discounts!

Terms & Conditions:
  1. New and existing customers of Leflair Philippines can avail of the voucher.
  2. Minimum spend of Php 4,000.00.
  3. It can only be used four (4) times per user during the entire promo period.
  4. Promo period will be from 12:00 midnight of December 9 to 11:50 pm of December 13, 2019
  5. The promotion is not transferable and may not be converted to cash, kind or similar financial instruments. It is also not valid in conjunction with other ongoing promotions of Leflair Philippines.
Terms and conditions may apply. DTI Fair Trade Permit no. FTEB-23303
Nov 15, 2019

SHARE A TOY AT THE SM STORE

Just pure smiles and happy thoughts as these little girls show off their colorful butterfly plush toys
The SM Store’s Share Movement recently brought the magic of Christmas to the children of the Looc Elementary School as it launched this year’s Share a Toy project.

Away from the bustling city lights, Looc Elementary School lies in the heart of Nasugbu Batangas where it is the second home to hundreds of little children. Every day, these kids go to school and attend their basic education classes. On break times, they spend their time running around the vast school grounds while overlooking the unobstructed scenic view of the nearby mountains. Some also play hide and seek while others happily take turns and play around their little school slide; nothing fancy, it’s a life anchored in genuine simplicity.
Employee volunteers played Santa and distributed colorful plush toys to the little children of Looc Elementary School.
But on this special day, there was more fun, laughter and excitement as employee volunteers from The SM Store Lipa and The SM Store Batangas played Santa and transformed the school grounds into a big function- just like a real children’s party. They distributed adorable and cuddly plush toys, clothes and grocery items to the little children of this humble community.

Aside from the toys that the children received, they also experienced the magical and festive spirit of Christmas as they were treated to a day of fun activities such as: face painting, interactive games, magic and puppet shows as well as bubble shows. On the sidelines, there were also hotdog stands and ice cream booths were children enjoyed some delightful treats.

Mikko, one of the grade school students of Looc Elementary School, shared how much he enjoyed the activities and his new stuffed toy. According to him, such treat happens rarely in their school community.
These little children happily raised their new plush toys from The SM Store’s Share A Toy campaign

“Masaya po ako sa natanggap ko na regalo. Masaya at maganda din ang program kanina, nagpa face paint pa nga po ako. Minsan lang po kasi may ganito dito sa amin.” Mikko said.

Meanwhile, Luciana Tulagan, Principal of Looc Elementary, also expressed her joy and gratitude for the fun filled day and the value of sharing and gift giving that The SM Store was able to embody through this activity.

“Malaki pong kaligayahan ang naibigay ng SM dito sa mga mag-aaral ng Looc Elementary School. Dahil sa Share A Toy ng The SM Store, maimumulat namin sa mga bata na dapat hindi lang tuwing Pasko ang pagbibigayan, kundi lagi. “ Tulagan said

Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year with all the bright and sparkly city lights and high ceiling Christmas trees enveloped with enchanting decors. It’s also the best time of the year to spread the joy through gift giving and sharing

Here at The SM Store, celebrate this joyous season with a generous heart by donating new or pre-loved toys at the Share A Toy booth located in all The SM Store branches nationwide starting on November 15, 2019 to December 31, 2019. For every donation made, shoppers will get a Php 50 discount coupon. Toys collected will be donated to selected SM Foundation beneficiaries.

Share A Toy under the SM Share Movement campaign is one of the ways that The SM Store creates a culture of sharing and purposeful giving together with its customers. Early this year, The SM Store also conducted its Share Shoes and Donate A Book campaigns which gained overwhelming support from its shoppers.

For more updates about the SM Share Movement and ways on how you could donate, visit www.thesmstore.com and follow its social media pages @thesmstore on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Nov 6, 2019

Get ready to Wishtrend Black Friday Promotion 2019

Hi guys! I'm excited to share about promotions on Wishtrend's Black Friday 2019. For the past few years, Wishtrend's BF Promotions are the best and always comes in a great sample kit for some minimum purchase.

glendawtbf5 - additional 5% off for my readers!

Correcting Post Acne Pigmentation Clearing Kit (product link)

This year's early bird sale will start by November 11 - 24th CST.
Get a chance to grab packages and gift sets

On Blackfriday period:  November 25th to December 1st
Set brands is up to 40% off!
Aside from the sale products, expect more benefits like:
  • Buy 1 take 1 (limited stocks - so make sure to add to cart and check out early!)
  • Discounted shipping fee
  • Promotion Code
  • Free Samples!
If you missed the Wisthred Black Friday promotion, don't worry! You can also check out for the Cyber Monday promotion~

But wait, there's more! There will be 2  NEW PRODUCTS that will be launched soon! so don't forget to stay tuned at Wishtrend.com


Aug 20, 2019

Taiwan Travel: Taichung and North Coast

Taiwan was my first wishlist Asian country of my must-visit. Lucky to score flight deals in December 2018.

Time of visit: August 2019
Visa-Free: YES as of the current date


At the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport:
  1. There are places to sleep and wait - you may go to the cafeteria/food court area to wait and rest as well. The food court is not 24/7 operating - we ordered our breakfast at around 6am.
  2. Withdraw NT$ on ATMs - recommended to withdraw small bills as well, say get NT$5900. You need NT$ to spent to travel tickets, food, shopping and whole stay in Taiwan. Cash is preferred.
  3. Portable Wi-Fi and MRT Ticket - We claimed ours inside the airport. 
    • Portable Wi-Fi at KKday -  Our portable wi-fi battery life was great - we can use it for the whole day. - Php 410 for 5 days
    • MRT Ticket via Klook  - Php 167 - no-load yet - needed to be top up before using.
For Klook discount, sign up with my link to claim your 150 OFF: 

We arrived in Taiwan around 2am. Our booked Airbnb stay the earliest check-in was 10am. We stayed in the airport until 6AM and wait for the MRT Purple Line to open so we can have the fastest trip to the Ximending. The airport has its own MRT station but it operates from 6:00 AM until 11:00 PM.
When we arrived at Ximen Area, I'm really sleepy and my eyelids are dropping already. 7-11 is not the best place to wait, we decided to go for Starbucks as they have a couch, charging ports and restroom while enjoying a cup of coffee. Our flight time was really inconvenient - it's a lesson for me - should have booked a better time next time.

As soon as we're able to drop off our bags, off we went to Guang Hua Digital Plaza - it was my bf's wishlist to visit here in Taiwan to buy an upgrade for PC parts. Then Ikea - my bucket list is next!
and had lunch at the mall's food court. The serving was huge and I'm not able to finish this plate and soup. Set meals are cheaper unless you do not wish to get the drinks and soup of course.

our couple pic at Ximending
Let's go to our availed tours in Taiwan. I am honestly not capable of doing DIY by myself in a different country. I'm challenged with the language as people here in Taiwan often find it difficult to convey in English. So we decided to join a tour operated by a Filipina Ma'am Mel Hsieh and Sir Eric - her Taiwanese Husband. If you wish to book or schedule - feel free to contact them: https://www.facebook.com/imelda.hsieh - all charges may change without prior notice so kindly connect with them first. 

We got booked for 2 packages during our stay in Taiwan. This was the most convenient schedule for us as most tours are scheduled during weekends or require a minimum number to be accommodated.

Taichung Tour

875 NT$ per pax + 370 NT$ Entrance Fees (Lunch Included)
Our meeting area was in Ximen Station 4 at 8am call time.

Houli Flower Farm

The farm had a light rain when we arrived. People mentioned there was heavy rain from the previous days. It was challenging to go around the flower farm and we only have an hour to take photos. This was edited already - the raw photos look dull and dark because of the weather that day. If planning to visit Houli Flower Farm forget your white shoes and sandals unless you're sure with the weather check.


Rainbow Village

Probably the next thing to visit after Houli farm is the rainbow village. Huang Yong-fu, or the “Rainbow Grandpa” own this colorful village and started painting the walls after the government attempt to knock it down and build something new. Then local universities discovered the artwork and campaigned to save the village. 
When boredom strikes = Rainbow Village was born.

I find the drawings special and cute especially the kids and animals!


Summit Resort


Ate Mel preparing our lunch and cake for the birthday celebrants- She served all Pinoy Food!

Taichung Tour Joiners

Gaomei Wetlands




North Coast Tour

750NT$ per pax + 80 NT$ Entrance Fees (Lunch Included)

Shifen Waterfalls

Jiufen Old Street

Yehlui Geopark

Shifen Sky lantern

Golden Waterfalls

Yingyang Sea


Aug 10, 2019

Taiwan EasyCard Public Transport - Get it from Klook!


Traveling to Taiwan is made easier with EasyCard. It can be used on the train, metro, and bus.
  • Taxi: Can be used with Taxi that accepts EasyCard
  • Trains: MRT, Available for all metro lines except for Kaohsiung Light Rail, Taiwan Railways - Available for all lines except Puyuma Express, Taroko Express, cruiser-style trains, group trains, and other specified trains.
  • Bus: Available in Taipei City and New Taipei, Keelung, Yilan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Lienchiang, and Kinmen
  • Bike: YouBike/T Bike/C Bike - Available in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Tainan, and Kaohsiung
  • Attractions and Shops: Available for 7-11, Family Mart, OK Mart, Starbucks, Cosmed, Watsons, Eslite, Taipei Zoo, Fisherman's Wharf, Tamsui Old Street, Balizuo'an Park, and Maokong Gondola
  • For Maokong Gondola: Enjoy a discount of TWD20 when you visit on weekdays
We got mine at Klook for only US$ 6.39/Php332. EASYCARD TPE Airport Pickup Klook

Claiming of the EasyCard is fast and easy! It can be claimed on the same day of the purchase - Just select the date of pick up and where you wish to get your card. The claiming area is open 24hrs at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and you can select between Terminal 1 Arrival Hall: Unite Traveler service counter (counter No. 1) or Terminal 2 Arrival Hall: Unite Traveler service counter (counter No. 1). So make sure to check your terminal 

For Klook discount, sign up with my link to claim your 150 OFF:
Aug 2, 2019

Singapore Changi Airport Departure Tax

I'm writing this post because I have seen some posts over facebook that there's a tax for people departing from Singapore Changi Airport of around S$47+

Just to confirm that we did not pay for anything when we depart from Changi Airport going back to Philippines.

BPI credit card for international purchase

I haven't seen a feedback about this topic before. It was 2 weeks prior to our Singapore trip and I still haven't got a chance to call to BPI to activate my credit card due to problems in our internet connection.

When we arrived at the airport, I tried purchasing a meal using my BPI Cards. I have USD and SGD Bills that day but its limited so I refer to my card instead. I purchased a meal worth S$ 10.
My BPI Debit card doesnt work, but good thing credit card transaction was a success. That day the conversion as per google was SGD 1 = P37.33. I was charged P379.61 which reflected on my credit card statement after 3 days. That was around +P6 difference only! It was best option for me here in Singapore for my purchases as long as the cashier accepts mastercard.

If you wish to convert cash to bank, better do it 2 weeks before your flight at least. Banks always have stocks for USD - have to convert PHP-USD-SGD and I find it low if I do it that way.


J&T Express Luzon Rates

These rates are updated as of August 2, 2019

J&T Express is one of my trusted couriers for online transactions. They offer cheaper shipping rates if you are coming from provincial and offers fast delivery as well. Sharing the rates from their office as of posting date.

If you need updated rates, please contact J&T directly. All may change without prior notice

Below are the rates for Cargo - incase you have bulk orders and doesnt fit the pouch:



Jul 29, 2019

Secret Nature Creamy Lipstick

Let me introduce my new moisturizing lipsticks from the a newly discovered brand Secret Nature

It comes in 5 vivid shades:
01 Juicy Grapefruit
02 Pomegranate
03 Pink Muhly
04 Peachy Peach
05 Autumn Leaves
It's a 5.5g lipstick with a creamy melting texture plus it gives that full lip look! if you're looking for a lipstick that can cover your lip lines, I recommend these Secret Nature Creamy Lipsticks.


From top to bottom:01 Juicy Grapefruit
; 02 Pomegranate; 
03 Pink Muhly; 
04 Peachy Peach; 
05 Autumn Leaves
Most ingredients comes from nature and to mentioned that it also contains Jeju Herb Complex which helps in moisturizing the lips.


Where to buy: hicharis.net/glendabelleshop/g5K

#secretnature #secretnaturecreamylipsticks @hicharis_official @charis_celeb

Jun 9, 2019

The SM STORE #SHAREMOVEMENT presents: DONATE-A-BOOK

Share the joy and value of reading to thousands of children nationwide through The SM Store‘s #ShareMovement Donate-A-Book project.
Books help shape a child’s imagination and creative mind. Books are also powerful tools to fight poverty and inspire young minds to dream big and become young achievers. This is because books are like manuals of life- they lead us to a future filled with confidence and fortitude.
Through The SM Store’s #ShareMovement- the official umbrella campaign of The SM Store Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) chain- Donate-a-Book project, shoppers and customers can now have the chance to donate new books, pre-loved books and brand new school supplies from May 20- July 7, 2019.
In this joint project of The SM Store and SM Stationery, booths have been set up in all The SM Store branches nationwide where customers can drop their donations and share the gift of reading to the less fortunate.
Each donation entitles a customer with a Php 50 discount coupon which can be redeemed for every minimum Php 500 single-receipt purchase on regular-priced items from the SM Stationery section at
The SM Store. Coupons are valid from May 20, 2019- July 8, 2020.
Drop by the nearest Donate-a-Book booth now located in all The SM Store branches nationwide and share your love for books to those who need them most.
Donate-A-Book is one of the ways The SM Store and its customers work together to do their share for the less fortunate. Other upcoming #ShareMovement projects include: Share Your Extras, Gamot Para Sa Kapwa and Share-A-Toy.
May 31, 2019

Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream

Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream
Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream
Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream is formulated to help sensitive skin. Product claims that it can help in skin Clarifying, Lifting, Relaxing, Moisturizing

MADECASSOSIDE is an active ingredient that has an anti-redness & anti-scaling effect. It gives a smooth feeling to the skin. It also reduces the itching sensation to the skin. It does repair skin damage and dehydration from aggressive external conditions
Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream
 Madecassoside is a component of Centella extract, known for its soothing and repairing properties. Even sensitive skin types can use it without concerns, absolutely chemical free and this Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream contains 58% Tiger Leaf Extract - Centella extract. The cream can also be used for eyes, neck and for areas that need moisture.
Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream
 Available in 2 sizes: 30ml and 50ml ♡Works in improving dry and dull skin - instant moisture and brightening
Charis Madecassoside Cica Cream
 ♡Anti Wrinkle
♡Prevents breakout as it kicks out my pimples fast
♡Best to partner when I use a stripping cleanser or after exfoliating
♡It does take a bit longer to absorb but very moisturizing

Get yours here:
♡ hicharis.net/glendabelleshop/ecP

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