Performance VS Looks: Which One Do You Lean To?
Although traffic is perpetually heavy in Metro Manila, plenty of people still prefer to purchase a car in this country. After all, owning a car can come in handy during emergencies. When it comes to purchasing a car, different people consider various factors. More than checking the universal muffler or a gas mileage of a particular vehicle, most people check the performance and looks before buying a car. But which of the two do people really prefer?
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, the exterior design of a vehicle is one of reasons why an individual purchases a car. As a matter of fact, it ranked 3rd in the list of most cited reasons why people buy a certain vehicle. Meanwhile, vehicle performance is in the 7th place. The study showed that most people really put more importance on a vehicle’s appearance instead of performance. Truly, most people think that owning a car is cool and the more visually appealing their vehicles are, the more valuable they become. The trade-in value of a car can also be determined based on its appearance. If your car looks good, it may worth twice as much as a vehicle that is more mechanically sound but looks neglected.
Some people put more importance on their vehicles’ looks because they can always modify them to enhance their performance anyway. Car modification is a way of customizing a car by altering some of its parts in order to upgrade and enhance the vehicle’s performance. They can change the car’s shocks, springs, and chassis braces, add a larger capacity turbo, replace spark plugs, install sway bars, and more to improve the performance of their cars. There are so many ways of modifying a car but the thing is, one should think carefully before changing anything because it may put your car’s insurance at risk.
Go for the Performance
Try check various cars’ purchasing guides and you’ll see that a lot of them suggest that you ponder a specific vehicle’s performance, next to its quality, and the dealer instead of the looks. Performance often deals with speed as well as handling and owning a car with smooth handling is undoubtedly incomparable. Others will say that cars with better performance can be pricey but plenty of car enthusiasts would argue that high performance vehicles are worth the money. These cars are fun to drive and their designs reflects their functions. Although high-performance cars are likely to consume more fuel, the durability and the reliability that they offer can really save you a lot of money on repairs and upgrades. They also have more reasonable insurance cost. In addition, it is cheaper to work on a car’s exterior – like painting it, buying new windshield wipers, and such – than car modification. As prominent writer, Amanda Hocking once said, “being liked for the way you looked is worse than not being liked at all”. Obviously she’s not talking about cars, but still, it sends a message that looks is not everything. Working with a product is always joy vs. frustration and cars with good performance are more likely to make you happy instead of frustrated.
Most people think that a car’s physical appearance is more important than its performance. However, it is actually the other way around. In the end, you should choose a vehicle that can take you from point A to B as comfortably and easily as possible. Also, being a responsible driver is more vital than having an amazing car.
Lazada Chinese New Year Sale Items from February 13 – 16
Lazada.com.ph joins this year’s Chinese New Year festivities with a big sale happening from February 13 to 16, 2018, with discounts up to 85% off. Here are top deals to fetch this year of the earth dog:
Style in Full Bloom
New Year means new you! Now is the best time to buy your beauty and travel essentials online. Stay fresh and pretty by getting yourself a L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask for only Php 319.20 and a Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick on flash sale at Php 230. Plan your future travels in style by getting a Jansport backpack at Php 1,450 which comes in various designs such as white leopard, vintage vacation and sweet nectar.
Bountiful than Ever
Prepare for your Chinese New Year celebration at home. Enjoy listening to your new year playlist with the JBL Clip 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker at Php 2,199. Get yourself a Sony DSC-W800 Digital Camera at Php 3,999 to capture every moment of the celebration. Celebrations aren’t also complete without the feast. The Demotech Wide Electric Grill Tray at Php 899 is a must-buy for all your grilling needs.
Creating good feng shui is now easier! Shop for items you usually get from Chinatown like incense, lucky charms, feng shui lucky cat, golden wealth pot, red money tree and banguas, and have them delivered straight at your doorstep. Customers also enjoy free delivery for all Metro Manila orders.
This 2018, Lazada has also revamped both its website and mobile app to give customers a better shopping experience. So, what’s new? Customers now get to see products, brands, categories, and bundles personalized according to their preferences and shopping interests. The new shopping platform also provides an unlimited scrolling experience allowing customers to enjoy browsing Lazada’s top deals as if they were on social media.
Additional discounts are up for grabs thanks to RCBC and PayMaya. Customers who use their RCBC savings MyDebit Mastercard get a Php 200 discount during the Chinese New Year Sale for a minimum purchase of Php 1,500. PayMaya users get 15% off (maximum discount of Php 200) whenever they use the code PAYMAYAFEB for a minimum purchase of Php 1,000 until February 25.
It is just the start of a prosperous year with Lazada! More deals, brands and special offers are up for grabs this year of the dog. Visit www.lazada.com.ph or download the Lazada mobile app for free.
3 Easy Tips How to Maximize Your Internet Connection
Many people do not realize that it’s not enough to get a good broadband plan. Apart from having fast internet, you must also make sure your Wi-Fi router is strategically located to optimize your Wi-Fi coverage.
But where should you place the router to make the most out of your internet connection? Here are some useful tips from Globe at Home:
1. Keep your router away from obstruction
Did you know that concrete walls, mirrors, doors, and other large obstacles can weaken your Wi-Fi signal? So keep the path between your router and your device as obstruction-free as possible to maintain optimum connection.
Always place your router in a central location so the signal is evenly distributed. The farther your devices are from the router, the weaker your connection, so place your router in an open space, preferably on an elevated platform and away from bodies of water like an aquarium or water containers. You can also stay close to your router for a better browsing experience.
2. Connect only the devices you’re using
Too many devices connected to your Wi-Fi can slow down your internet speed as each device takes up a portion of your total bandwidth. Only connect devices that are being used to ensure a stable connection.
3. Wi-Fi extenders help improve your Wi-Fi signal coverage!
Your router can only cover so much ground, especially if you have a big home. To ensure your house is fully covered, Globe At Home’s special tech service team, the Globe Tech Squad, also offers Airties Wi-Fi Mesh, which extends Wi-Fi coverage to eliminate dead spots around the house and ensure full Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home.
Globe customers may avail of Airties Wi-Fi Mesh via two payment options: upfront payment of P3,600, or charged to bill at P150/month for 24 months added on to your Globe At Home plan.
Make the most out of your connection with Globe at Home’s Plan 1299 and up, which offers fast and reliable internet connection at speeds of up to 5Mbps and 300GB worth of data allocation per month, with free 100GB allocation for YouTube. Learn more about Globe at Home from www.globe.com.ph/broadban d.
Philippines Adapt Alipay Cashless Payment Model in China and Rest of Asia
A Filipino shopper uses the scan to pay feature of the GCash App at a store in one of the popular malls in the Philippines
GCash is adopting the cashless payments model of Alipay, China’s leading third-party mobile and online payments platform, which is enjoying unprecedented success in China, India and the rest of Asia to give people ease, convenience, and security when purchasing goods and services from lowly street vendors to high-end shops.
Alipay is operated by Ant Financial which has earlier entered into a joint venture with leading Philippine telecommunications provider Globe Telecom and the country’s oldest conglomerate Ayala Corporation to boost the operations of Mynt, parent company of GCash mobile wallet service.
“I believe e-payments have a tremendous amount of potential in the Philippines given the continuous growth of smartphone penetration and the number of unbanked Filipinos. Only a very select group of Filipinos have access to financial services so we want to provide that access to them. Part of financial services is cashless payments. It has taken off in other countries like China and India where the people have realized its value because of the convenience and security that it provides — merchants and buyers don’t have to prepare change, e-money cannot be easily stolen, payments can easily be tracked, among other things,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.
At present, 7 out of 10 Filipinos are unbanked while 9 out of 10 do not have access to formal credit. This situation has led to the popularity of cash payments in the country.
Eric Jing, Ant Financial Services Group CEO said: “Ant Financial is working closely with Mynt to bring digital financial inclusion to Filipinos. Imagine a day when you can just pick up your phone and pay using QR codes when you shop, buy tickets, buy food. We’re leveraging technology to provide that. We will use technology to make financial services more transparent and easier to access especially for those who are underserved or unserved. Digital payments with GCash is only the beginning of many new things. I am looking forward to GCash creating more benefits for the individuals and micro and small businesses in the Philippines and to provide financial inclusion for everyone.”
Aside from the scan to pay feature of the GCash App which was allows QR scanning to pay for goods and services, GCash customers can also use the app to cash in, top up their prepaid credit, borrow load, book movies, transfer money, and pay bills.
In China where Alipay started its operations, cash is becoming obsolete as people are doing away with paper money and coins to pay for about everything. Instead of cash, they use smartphones to scan QR codes – a type of barcode which includes the merchant’s information – and pay from their electronic wallet.
Electronic payment using QR codes has become a way of life in China that practically every business, big or small, even street performers are already part of the ecosystem. Right now, over half a billion Chinese are using Alipay’s e-payment system.
A similar trend is occurring in India with Paytm, India’s largest digital wallet where Ant Financial is also an investor. Paytm has already registered over 200 million customers for its digital wallet with a goal of reaching 500 million by 2020.
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