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Spot your plants: Green Hub and Urban Gardening/Farming Fair at SM City San Mateo and SM Center Angono

 The fascination for plants definitely boomed and bloomed in this pandemic. All of a sudden, almost everyone’s plant collection has grown exponentially. Even scientific names of each plant are now colloquial terms to plant moms and dads. Most plant enthusiasts now are wary about the right combination of soil, light, watering for particular plants that they have. SM Supermalls got plantitas and plantitos covered by bringing a hassle-free plant shopping at the malls with Green Hub and Urban Gardening Farming Fair at SM City San Mateo and SM Center Angono


Lush greens whelm the Green Hub of SM City San Mateo located at the mall’s 2nd level. Plants of different varieties are available to complete every plantita or plantito’s collection. Crafty Seeds brings succulents, palms, lucky bamboos, succulents, vines, flowering plants even herbs. 

Rizal Cactus and Succulents fills SM Center Angono’s Urban Gardening/Farming Exhibit with beautiful and stable cacti succulents, rubber trees, even Hoyas. They also conduct free lectures on how to graft cacti, propagation and proper care of house plants. SM tenants like Ace Hardware and Japan Home Center also offer their gardening materials for a complete plant shopping experience.

Stay connected with the latest updates of your favorite shops through official social media accounts of your nearest SM Supermall.

GOING BIKE-FRIENDLY AT THE SM MALLS

 Long known for its health and environmental benefits, biking has since emerged as a choice way to commute during the recent pandemic. 

With bicycles becoming more widely used, SM Supermalls through SM Cares is creating bike-friendly infrastructures and facilities to give the growing number of bike commuters and enthusiasts a safe, convenient, and enjoyable experience.



The Bike-Friendly SM initiative will roll out at the SM Mall of Asia this September, and across all SM malls nationwide in the coming months.

“By transforming our malls into bike-friendly establishments, we hope to support inclusive and safe mobility, and promote a culture of cycling, “says SM Engineering, Design, and Development President Hans Sy Jr. who conceptualized and spearheads the project. “It is part of a comprehensive plan to make communities where SM malls are located, more inclusive, livable, and sustainable.”

The SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is leading the way with bicycle lanes in the MOA Complex complete with bike-centric street signs. In addition, SM will enhance its bike parking capacity, install repair stations, a helmet depository, and bike supply and refreshment stations.

“We have designed our bike facilities to be enjoyed by all members of the community across all ages and biking abilities, whether it be for utilitarian or recreational purposes”. Sy added, “SM hopes that this will encourage more people to take up biking as a healthy and environment-friendly mode of transportation”.



Through this initiative, SM will build a connected network of bike lanes on all roads in the MOA Complex stretching up to 18 kilometers, including a dedicated bike lane along J.W Diokno Boulevard. Future plans consist of connecting SM’s network of bicycle lanes to major roads in the metro.

Likewise, clearly visible bike-centric road signs will also be installed to provide riders and motorists with easy and orderly routing within the Complex. SM’s road signage is based on NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) US Standards implemented by member cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.

Here’s what cycling enthusiasts can look forward to as SM goes bike-friendly:

  • Convenient, safe, and accessible bicycle parking. SM will ramp up its bike parking capacity in MOA by fifty percent, with additional bike racks and new street-level bike parking zones steps away from mall and shop entrances.
  • Bike Repair Stations will be placed in strategic locations to assist the pedaling public for their emergencies and maintenance. Each Repair Station is equipped with a bike stand, floor pump, and essential tools that customers can also use for free.
  • A Helmet Depository for a worry-free, end-of-ride experience. Bikers can simply leave their helmets at no cost at the Helmet Depository located at Ocean Drive for their trips to the mall.
  • · Bike Vendo Machines carrying ride essentials such as bike tubes, lights/blinkers, bike locks, repair kits, tire patch kits, hand wipes, ponchos, gloves, and multitools. A separate vending machine for hydration and energy snacks will also be available. A Seaside Bike Kiosk offering a wider range of accessories and gear will be available for sale.

In addition to bike infrastructure, SM will spearhead information sessions on road safety, first aid, basic bike repair, and biker and motorist etiquette in partnership with biking communities.

With the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, customers can now look forward to a safe, convenient, and enjoyable riding experience. The project is also one of the highlights of SM’s Green Movement campaign promoting environment-friendly initiatives for sustainable communities.

Issuance of Marriage License in Antipolo

Part of the wedding preparation is to ready your Marriage License. It took me several days to check out the requirements for Church Wedding but of course, prior to that, you have to get your license first from the local civil registrar. Most vlogs and blogs I've searched mentioned a disclaimer that processing, requirements, costs may vary depending on your municipality, and fees may change over time.  - if you're looking for requirements of license herein Antipolo, you're on the right page.


Our wedding is scheduled for December 2020 and 3 months before December we'll start to get our requirements. Pandemic was a challenge for those who are getting married by the year 2020 (hopefully easier for 2021 weddings). Since I can't travel to the local civil registrar in Antipolo, I asked the latest requirements on their Facebook page. 


Antipolo Local Civil Registrar Location: 2nd Floor, GAD Building - (malapit po sa Sumulong Park at City Hall).

Contact Details: 8689-4562

Requirements:

Where a marriage license is required, each of the contracting parties shall file a separate sworn application for such license with the proper local civil registrar of the place where either or both of the contracting parties reside. The local civil registrar concerned enters all applications for a marriage license in registry books files strictly in the order of receipt. When the license is issued, the same shall b valid in any part of the Philippines for a period of 120 days from the date of issuance, and shall be deemed automatically canceled after the expiration date even if the contracting parties have not made use of the license

  • Individuals with the legal capacity to marry (Single, widow/widower, annulled)
  • Duly accomplished application for Marriage License
  • Birth and Baptismal Certificates of Contracting Parties
  • ID Picture (1x1 or 2x2 inches)
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage
  • For 18-24 years old, Pre-Marriage Counselling Certificate
  • For 18-20 years old - consent and appearance of both father and mother / surviving parent/guardian in the order mentioned
  • For 21-24 years old - advice and appearance of father/mother or guardian
  • Decree of Annulment. if annulled
  • Certificate of Finality, if annulled
  • Annotated Certificate of Marriage, if annulled
  • Decree of Divorce, if applicable
  • Death Certificate of Spouse, if widow/widower
  • Foreigner - Legal Capacity to Marry from the country of citizenship
  • Photocopy of Passport for Foreigner

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm; No Noon Break

Processing of application 20 minutes

Posting Period 10 days

Fees: Php 390


Our experience in processing these requirements will be shared soon.



ACE Hardware celebrates New frontline heroes with a Special Sale

ACE Hardware celebrates today’s new frontline heroes with a special sale now ongoing until September 30. This will give shoppers spending more time at home a chance to clean, organize, and redecorate their surroundings, as well as grow their urban gardens.

What’s in-store and on-line? Up to 50% off savings and an extra 10% off discount on all items (except chemicals and batteries) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2000. You can avail double points on all ACE branded items using Ace Rewards Card when shop.

Surviving Quarantine Life with Farming and Backyard Gardening

 Two SM Foundation Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program graduates in Antipolo City tell their stories

Edgar Moreno works on his pechay farm in Boso-Boso prior community quarantine implementation

Boso-Boso is an outskirt of the City of Antipolo in Rizal. It is a growing rural community with farm lands at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Residents in the community were beneficiaries of the SM Foundation Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan program in February to May of 2016.

One of the beneficiaries is Edgar Moreno, a resident of Boso-Boso and owns a vegetable farm within the community. Prior to his KSK training, he always had challenges in keeping his crops and produce healthy. After three months of weekly trainings, Edgar effectively applied his learning on his own farm. He has then grown his produce to several hundreds of kilos even a ton of vegetables. For the past four years, he has been supplying fresh vegetables to several markets in Marikina, Pateros and Pasig.

ALEX GONZAGA IS LOVING THE SM STORE’S CALL TO DELIVER #143SM

 The SM Store’s Call to Deliver service has a new face, and a new easy to remember hotline number. With that, its new ambassador, television host, actress, and singer Alex Gonzaga highlight Call to Deliver’s hotline number #143SM (#14376).

The SM Store launches its new ambassador for its Call to Deliver service Alex Gonzaga and its new hotline number #143SM (#14376).

Bridging the convenience of on-line shopping and premium in-store customer assistance, Call to Deliver started out with a few stores in the Vismin area on April 13, 2020 to be able to assist locked-down customers who would be needing essential items from the store.

Since then, it has become available at all SM Stores nationwide. And it’s easy to see why shoppers love SM’s Call to Deliver service. It makes everyone a little bit special by bringing a new, complete and happy shopping experience to customers by providing you with your own personal shopper thru Viber ordering/video call ordering/virtual shopping and offering multiple payment options that include Cash on Delivery, Credit/Debit Card, Contactless Payment Options like GrabPay and Gcash, online payment and even bank transfers. It also accepts SM Gift Cards and SM Sodexo Gift Passes.

Enjoy your items in front of your door as SM Call to Deliver delivers nationwide. Sixty-four (64) branches of The SM Store are ready to deliver your items the next day after completing your transaction. Or you may opt to pick-up items at your own convenience thru the allotted curbside pick-up point.

Alex, who says she and her family have been SM customers for many years, recalls trips to Megamall and North EDSA from their home in Taytay, excursions she considers very much like “a trip to Baguio.” She remembers her Mom bowling at SM North EDSA, and being proud when she received her Prestige Card.

With that, as brand ambassador, she is “happy to be part of this family, this brand, this product that Filipinos have trusted for years. It’s really an honor and privilege to be part of SM’s new service.”

And she’s loving this new way to shop as with a personal shopper, “it’s nice to be able to talk to someone for orders. It feels good if someone can answer your questions and make some recommendations when you want to buy something.”

Alex calls #143SM for her everyday essentials, her gadget’s accessories as well as items for the home.

“It’s like you’re bringing SM Store inside your home,” she says. “That’s how convenient it is.Likewise, “knowing that there’s an existing physical store, gives me confidence that I’m making a legit transaction.” She’s also delighted that Call to Deliver has multiple payment options, is available at all SM Stores nationwide and offer delivery and pick-up options.

As someone who considers shopping retail therapy, Alex’s picks include “everyday essentials like toiletries and face masks, things for the home especially kitchen accessories, gadgets, as well as clothes from the SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.”

What’s on Alex’s CTD list for her loved ones? A comb for fiancĂ© Mikee, an air purifier with humidifier and electric fan for Mommy Pinty, water spray for plants for Daddy Bonoy, and candle for sister Toni, and trains or cars for nephew Seve.

“It’s like you’re bringing The SM Store inside your home,” says Alex about The SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.

The SM Store Call to Deliver now made even easier! Just call #143SM (#14376), place your order with the personal shopper that will be assigned to you and follow payment instructions, and have your items delivered or arrange store pick up.

The SM Store Call to Deliver service is part of the SM Store's continuous commitment to serve the ever-changing needs of its customers.

Fun Social Distancing Guides at SM Supermalls

 While quarantine statuses ease periodically, social distancing must still be strictly observed when we visit public places like malls to do our essentials. SM Supermalls helps ease our anxiety while reminding us to observe health measures when we visit our favorite mall with fun and informative guides.




SM City Masinag, SM City San Mateo and SM Cherry Antipolo have Plant Safety Patrol. Caricatures of plants in pots remind shoppers to take 2 steps apart in escalators, keep right at hallways, wear your face masks and where to stand when queueing. SM Center Angono, on the other hand, has Zoocial Distancing Team with adorable animal characters that also guide shoppers to maintain safe distance, wash hands before and after using the toilet. They likewise keep company dine-in customers at food tenants to maintain physical distancing.

Stay connected with the latest updates of your favorite shops through official social media accounts of your nearest SM Supermall.

My Shopping Box - US to PH Courier Service Review

My Shopping Box Tracking

You may able to find another forwarder from the US to PH here on my blog and this time, I'll be trying out My Shopping Box (MSB). MSB is a forwarder that provides an EU / US address, wherein you can use that address to shop to different sites such as Amazon and Sephora, have it shipped to your designated address, and forward it to your PH address. 

If you're a new user and looking for a referral code, feel free to use My Shopping Box referral code: CANGKWVE

MSB AIR: I have tried their AIR service last July 2020. Paid July 27 and arrived on August 7 = it took 10 business days to be delivered to my PH address.

MSB SEA: Instead of AIR service which costs twice - 47.92 USD, let me try their SEA service which only cost me 23.92 USD which already paid today August 24, 2020. 

Payments: MSB accepts most major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. I used Mastercard for this transaction

Let me show you what's inside my incoming package as displayed on the MSB site - 2 boxes from Sephora full of goodies @.@






As of writing, My Shopping Box confirmed that they do not consolidate boxes, so there's 2 spacious boxes with small items inside, the courier will get the weight of the box either volumetric or chargeable weight.

PROS:
  • Fast notification on-site/email for a received parcel. On Sephora Site, it was delivered August 17, it was uploaded on the MSB website on August 20 (3 days).
CONS:
  • Consolidation. Sound expensive for several incoming packages. 
  • Pricing per box measurement not per item. small item vs huge box? 

ONGOING POST. Hope to get my box soon and update more details here! If you have questions, let me know :)

Face shields and face masks available at SM

 As we tread into uncertainties whenever we go out of our houses, we should always arm ourselves with personal protective gears like face shields and face masks. Shops in SM Supermalls in San Mateo, Masinag, Cherry Antipolo and Angono got you covered with arrays of face shields and facemasks according to your preference.

Disposable surgical masks packed in 10s and 50s are available in The SM Store, Miniso and Surplus. Apparel tenants are as well offering cloth masks, which can be mixed and matched to your outfit and are washable after a day’s use. KN95 masks are also available in The SM Store and Surplus.

Face shields are also prescribed to be effective as an additional protection from viruses and other harmful elements. Wearing full face shields are now made mandatory by the national government in public transportation. Varied face shields are available in ACE Hardware, Surplus and The SM Store – helmet types with sturdy acrylics, bucket hats, acetate with frames or garters.

Stay connected with the latest updates of your favorite shops through official social media accounts of your nearest SM Supermall.











SM Distributes Kalinga Packs to Displaced Drivers in Rizal, Marikina and Pasig

The public transport sector is one of the hardest hit by the economic crisis due to the pandemic. This sector’s operations have been put into a halt for several months since March 2020. As the government eased restrictions gradually even for public transport, some are still left behind.  
SM Foundation, Inc. with SM Supermalls and SM Markets team up to extend assistance thru Kalinga Packs to displaced drivers in the country. These Kalinga Packs include 5 kilos of rice and groceries to aid the daily needs of drivers and their family. SM Supermalls in Rizal, Marikina and Pasig reach out to selected local public transport associations servicing the communities surrounding each mall through the Operation Tulong Express. 

SHOP AND PLAY AS TOY KINGDOM GOES ONLINE



Kids and kids at heart can now enjoy an amazing shopping experience with Toy Kingdom’s recent launching of its very own shopping website- www. toykingdom.com.ph.

As one of the leading toy stores in the Philippines and the largest toy store chain in the Asia- Pacific region, Toy Kingdom continues to deliver its mission of providing amazing childhood for kids and creating lasting memories for families even during these trying times.

          Through their official e-commerce website, Toy Kingdom customers can now conveniently shop online and choose from a wide variety of toy assortment for babies, kids, tweens and big kids at heart. There are creative play sets, cuddly plush toys, dolls, action figures, innovative arts and crafts sets; as well as  indoor and outdoor toys from various brands.

         


 Toy Kingdom offers various payment options such as credit/debit card, over-the-counter payments, online bills payment, BPI Online, UBP Online, GCash and Grabpay. Toy Kingdom also has guaranteed delivery services and 15 days return for online purchases.  They also have various in store and online promos available. For more details you can now check out and shop your toy essentials at www. Toykingdom.com.ph. You can also like @toykingdomPH at Facebook and follow @ToykingomPH at Instagram for amazing toy updates. 





 

SHOP FOR YOUR KIDS AND BABIES WITH SM’S CALL-TO-DELIVER

 The little ones grow up so fast, and as they outgrow clothes as they stay home, Moms can relax as you can now have these delivered to your home with the SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.

With this, you can shop for essential wear from SM Kids and SM Babies through your mobile and a personal shopper is happy to assist you.

There are everyday tees with cute graphic prints from SM Kids for playtime and online socialization while greeting grandma and grandpa. Our comfy pajamas are so adorable you will love to wear it all-day-long.   












From SM Babies there are delightful onesies, froguits, and bodysuits with unicorn, lion, and dog prints that are so cute and comfortable so playtime will be fun time.

How to Order?

  1. Call #143SM (#14376)
  2. Send in your contact details and orders to our branch representative
  3. Wait for order confirmation, payment, and delivery details from a branch representative
  4. Learn more from bit.ly/143SM

Shop for your SM Kids & SM Babies essentials by visiting The SM Store or availing of its Call to Deliver Service.