SHAR­ING THE Joy of Christ­mas

Preview (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

I was born on the 23rd of De­cem­ber and even though, as a kid, I had con­sis­tently re­ceived just one gift from my god­par­ents ev­ery year - good for both my birth­day and Christ­mas, it had never doused my ex­cite­ment for the Yule­tide Sea­son. And now, as a god­par­ent in my early 30’s, I deem the hol­i­days even more spe­cial. With all of my cute ‘in­aanaks’ vis­it­ing our home ev­ery Christ­mas, hug­ging me, and flash­ing huge smiles on their faces as they rum­mage through my gifts un­der the tree, what’s there not to love about the sea­son? Well, I know what you’re think­ing: Be­ing stuck on the road for hours be­cause of heavy De­cem­ber traf­fic and hav­ing to fall in line at the mall af­ter a whole day of shop­ping. Those can be very stress­ful and phys­i­cally drain­ing, al­right. But what if I tell you that you don’t have to go through all that just to make sure that you’ll have Christ­mas gifts for all your loved ones? Thanks to tech­nol­ogy and the in­ter­net, all you need to do is to open ap­pli­ca­tions on your smart­phone where you can con­ve­niently pur­chase Yule­tide presents in your check­list and just wait for the boxes to ar­rive at your doorstep! Yes, you can now do your Christ­mas shop­ping right from the com­fort of your own home – and that’s ex­actly what I did this year. In this is­sue of Smart Move, we’ll share valu­able in­for­ma­tion on the coolest and most trusted on­line shop­ping sites in the coun­try, namely, Lazada, ZALORA, and Takat­ack. Cre­ated to pro­vide con­sumers with ef­fort­less dig­i­tal shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, all of th­ese web­sites as well as their mo­bile app ver­sions can be ac­cessed when you sub­scribe to Smart Big Bytes 299. As a Smart Post­paid sub­scriber, you can even enjoy big dis­counts when you pur­chase items at th­ese sites, making your Christ­mas on­line shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence a whole lot mer­rier! So in­stead of wast­ing time phys­i­cally queu­ing at the cashier or cir­cling the en­tire city to avoid traf­fic, you could be spend­ing more time with the peo­ple you love and shar­ing mean­ing­ful mo­ments with them in this sea­son of giv­ing. Plan your next trav­els and shop­ping sprees around the world as a ‘barkada’ (p.6), play Dis­ney mo­bile games with your ‘in­aanaks’, or sim­ply watch Yule­tide flicks with the en­tire fam­ily on iflix. Share the gift of time and to­geth­er­ness with the peo­ple who mat­ter to you. Af­ter all, more than the ma­te­rial presents, that’s what Christ­mas is truly all about. Happy Hol­i­days!

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