Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Review: LG Inverter Front Load Washing Machine (Philippines)

Doing the laundry is one of the most painful house chores. I usually spend 3 hours or more washing our dirty clothes even with the use of a regular washing machine. It is tiring and a waste of time for me and my wife. There were times that we couldn't do the laundry because we are taking care of two kids and one baby.

We can no longer take the pain of doing the laundry so we decided to buy an automatic front load washing machine to ease our burdens.

We checked out many brands of washing machines like TCL and Samsung (too expensive!) - until we finally settled with LG.

The washing machine that we bought is the LG automatic front load washing machine (model no. FC1206N4W).

LG automatic front load washing machine (model no. FC1206N4W)
(Source: LG)

Here are the reasons why we chose LG automatic front load washing machine over other brands:

1. Reasonable Price

This is the main reason why we chose LG. We felt that what we spent was reasonable for the technical specs that LG offers. Also, we purchased this washing during the 7.7 Sale of Shopee so we got a very good discount for it.

2. Stylish Design

My Beloved Wife also decided to purchase LG because it looks good. Although she prefers a washing machine in black bit we had to settle with white since this is what's available from the seller.

3. Inverter Technology

This is the reason why I  chose LG for our washing machine. Using the inverter technology means less parts used in the machine, which means that there are less chances for wear and tear. This means that our washing machine will last longer than a non-inverter washing machine.

What we liked about our LG washing machine:

1. Quick and easy laundry 

Our LG automatic front load washing machine truly freed us from the burden of laundry. We finished washing loads and loads of dirty clothes by just pushing buttons. Our LG washing machine already has a spin dryer so we'll just hang the clothes to dry them fully.

2. Drainage tube can be hanged

There are washing machines that need its drainage tube to be placed on the floor and just let gravity do its work. Our LG automatic washing machine is different. We can raise its drainage tube at a height of less than 1 meter. This allowed us to place our washing machine inside the house and just put out the end of the drainage tube out of the window.

3. Allows us to add more clothes

Our LG automatic washing machine allows us to add some clothes even if we started the wash. This means that there will be no dirty clothes "left behind".

4. It is easy to set up

Buyers of this washing machine have the option to call LG service center to set-up their washing machine. It will take days though. So we just set up the washing machine ourselves. The manual, which came with the washing machine, is pretty handy and guided me well in setting up.

5. Our LG automatic washing machine is not noisy

The common complaints with washing machine is the noise. I read about one brand that sounds like a noisy airplane engine. Our LG automatic washing machine is not like that. It sounded with a little "hmmmm" that gets a little louder when it is already rinsing and spin drying the clothes.

What we don't like with our LG automatic washing machine:

1. The Manual is Useless

The handy manual is useless when it comes to operating the LG washing machine. It has no step-by-step guide in starting up the washing machine. We took a long time guessing. Even LG's official Youtube videos are not helpful. Good thing that we found a Youtube video that helped us in operating our LG automatic washing machine for the first time.

2. LG ThinQ App is not working

LG has an app called ThinQ that can monitor the status of our automatic washing machine. I installed it on my phone but it's not working. Well, it is not important since I can run the washing machine without. It would be cool, however, if the app actually works.

The Verdict

All in all, we are satisfied with our LG washing machine. It truly eased our burden. The time that we spent for laundry in the past was now spent for other house chores and taking care of the kids.

I am glad that we purchased an LG automatic front load washing machine.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

How to Apply for the Philippine National ID Online (Step 1 Registration)

One of my usual problems when doing some transactions is the lack of a valid ID. Currently, I have an expired PRC ID and a police clearance ID, which I cannot use in some transactions. The only valid ID left is the old Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card (which is sometimes not accepted) and the Philippine passport (which I always leave at home).

That's why I was glad when I saw a National ID registration in the SM mall in our place. Finally, I will have another valid government ID. However, my joy was cut short when the clerk manning the registration booth said that I cannot go to the Step 2 registration booth in SM without applying for a National ID online.

With that, I applied for Philippine national ID online. Here are the steps that I took to apply for National ID online:

Step 1: Go to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website and click the "Proceed" button

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 2: Enter your mobile phone number or email address and proceed with the application by clicking the "I am not a robot" box and "Send OTP" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Make sure that the mobile phone number or e-mail address that you will use is active since this is where PhilSys will send the One-Time Password of your National ID online application.

Step 3: Check your phone or e-mail for the OTP. Input it in the PhilSys website and then click the "Verify" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

The OTP is only valid for 5 minutes so you should input it immediately.

Step 4: Click "OK" to the Privacy Notice.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 5: Fill up the required information like name, birthday, address etc. and click the "Next" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Make sure that you placed the correct spelling of your name and other info. Note that giving false info in the National ID online application is punishable with imprisonment and fine.

Step 6: Review all the information that provided and then click the "Continue" button if everything is correct. Click the "Back" button if you need to correct some information.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 7: Click the "Next" button in the reminders regarding minors applying for National ID online.

Philippine National ID Application Online

And that's finished. A new page will appear that shows your schedule and place for the Step 2 of the National ID application.

Unfortunately for me, PhilSys said that there is no National ID registration center in our place even though there is a registration center in the SM near our home.

Philippine National ID Application Online

I have no choice but to save my application and wait when PhilSys schedule the Step 2 for my National ID application.

NOTE: I read a Facebook post that banks and other institutions do not accept the National ID because it does not bear the signature of the ID holder. Well this is a bummer if true. What’s the point of having a National ID if it cannot be used for transactions with banks and other places. My application for a National ID is a waste of time then?


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mcdonalds Party at Home (2021 Party Packages)

Growing up during the time of the pandemic must be sad for our little kids. The travel restrictions prevent them from going to various places. The fear of being infected by the virus kept them at home and even prevented them from enjoying their birthdays with loved ones and friends.

In fact, because of the pandemic, my children did not experience having any Jollibee or McDo party. All of their birthday parties are held at our home with family only.

Good thing that Mcdo is keeping the fun at Filipino kids’ parties by offering the McDo Party Box.

Mcdonalds Party at Home 2021

Mcdo Party Box consists of your favorite Mcdo yummies and party items that can be brought to your home.

Here are the Mcdonalds Party at Home Food Packages:

1. Mcdo Party Box A

  1. 5 pieces Original Chicken McDo
  2. 20 pieces Chicken McNuggets
  3. 2 BFF Fries
  4. 5 Regular Coke
  5. 5 Rice

This is good for 5 persons and is priced at 1,699 Pesos.

2. Mcdo Party Box B

  1. 10 pieces Original Chicken McDo
  2. 40 pieces Chicken McNuggets
  3. 4 BFF Fries
  4. 10 Regular Coke
  5. 10 Rice

This is good for 10 persons and is priced at 2,999 Pesos.

3. Mcdo Party Box C

  1. 5 pieces Original Chicken McDo
  2. 5 McSpaghetti
  3. 5 Burger McDo
  4. 2 BFF Fries
  5. 5 Regular Coke

This is good for 5 persons and is priced at 1,699 Pesos.

4. Mcdo Party Box D

  1. 10 pieces Original Chicken McDo
  2. 10 McSpaghetti
  3. 10 Burger McDo
  4. 4 BFF Fries
  5. 10 Regular Coke

This is is good for 10 persons and is priced at 2,999 Pesos

Each Mcdo Party food package has one Party Box with the following party items inside:

  1. Party hats
  2. Activity tray mats
  3. Party balloons
  4. One gift for the birthday celebrant

The Mcdo Party Box is available in dine-in, take-out, delivery, order via food delivery app, and pick-up.

Take note that not all Mcdonald Branches offer dine-in due to restrictions of some cities or municipalities due the pandemic.

So if your little ones will be having a birthday party and are craving for Mcdo, then having a Mcdo Party at home is the best option.

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Looking for other party options?

Please check out my blog posts about Jollibee party:

1. Jollibee Party Package for 2021: Jollibee Virtual Party

2. Jollibee Party Package Price for 2020: Joy at Home Party Bundle