Around Pilipinas has migrated to www.aroundpilipinas.com

Hi Guys!

Finally, I’m able to use my domain www.aroundpilipinas.com.  This is my last post here on this site. Thanks to Michael of Coffeemags who facilitated the migration for me with excellent customer service.

It was from fellow blogger Mark Villar of Yolomoments that I first heard about Coffeemags. I took the liberty to google the company and I was glad to find out that it’s a Filipino hosting company based in Cebu. I sent them a message of inquiry and I got an immediate response.

It was their affordable rate of $1 a month that initially drew me to them but when I engaged their services, I found their customer service so admirable and rewarding.   Unlike other big hosting companies, you get personalized customer service at Coffeemags.

Being non-technical, I had little to no knowledge in terms of migration and hosting. I only know how to customize and update my site — install themes, widgets, plugins, the works. But the tedious  jobs involving hosting and migration, nah! Michael educated me on some technical aspects, which was awesome.

No, I don’t get anything from talking about Coffeemags but I feel that other bloggers like me deserve to know better options when it comes to hosting their blogs and websites. Again, please know that I won’t be updating this blog anymore.

My next posts can be found at www.aroundpilipinas.com and I would really appreciate it if you could visit me there at my new home. Too bad I can’t migrate my current followers due to technical restrictions but I hope you’d still follow me on my new address.

See ya’ll!

Around Pilipinas to have its own domain

I just bought the domain aroundpilipinas.com to finally give this wordpress blog a sense of ownership.

Three months after I jump-started this blog as a diversion from work and everything else, I decided to keep it and give it a name without WordPress as its last name.

I’ll be using the domain soon so I thought I might as well give you a heads-up.

This is actually my 4th since I started blogging in 2009 but I’ve killed the other two a few years ago. Time and again, I miss writing. I guess some old habits really die hard.

Adding your BPI Express Teller account to your PayPal

I initially thought that only Unionbank and BDO could be linked to PayPal. I was wrong.

I set up my PayPal account back in 2009 and had it verified by opening an EON account at Unionbank (took me several business days to complete all that). I’ve always used EON to withdraw funds from my PayPal. When I stopped blogging due to busy schedules, I also closed my EON account but it remained tied up to my PayPal account.

Lately I started working online again and since my EON card is not active anymore, I had to update my bank information on PayPal by adding an active bank account. Though PayPal is a user-friendly platform, I had doubts if my BPI Express Teller account would actually work with PayPal.

Turns out, BPI Express Teller indeed works well with PayPal!

For the benefit of those who are yet to go on the same route, here’s your guide in adding your BPI Express Teller account to your PayPal.

1. Log in to your PayPal account.

2. Go to “Profile” and from the dropdown menu, select “Add/Edit Bank Account.”

3. Click “Add” and fill in all the fields carefully. (Important: The name on your bank account must match the name on your PayPal account. Otherwise, it might be rejected and there would be a return fee of P250.)

  • Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • Bank Code (9 digits): 010040018
  • Account Number: (Found at the back of your BPI Express Teller card)
  • Re-enter Account Number:

4. Click Continue and you’re done!

If you have a dormant account linked to your PayPal, you better delete it before you mistakenly transfer money there instead of your active bank account. It happened to me when I carelessly transferred $400 to my dormant EON account instead of my active BPI account. Fortunately, the money bounced back to my PayPal after more than week. P250 was charged for the bounced transaction but it was way better than losing $400.

I hope this helps. Happy blogging and earning online!

Back from a self-imposed hiatus

Ok, this blog has taken the backseat for a quite a while. My work schedule has been crazy, but finally I’ve found a bit of a break this week.

In my next posts, I will blog about using PayPal which a lot of Filipino bloggers and independent virtual assistants are using as a payment channel. From personal experience, I had to scour the Internet for help about PayPal when I had to change my bank details and transfer money to my new bank account. It wasn’t complicated but I had to double-check if I was doing the right thing in order to make sure that my hard-earned money wouldn’t float out there in the void. In the first place I’ve always used my EON card since 2009 but now I had to try if my BPI Express Card would be a good replacement for EON. First time could spell discomfort and sleepless nights until you actually see the money transferred to your bank from PayPal.

Hence, I see the need for aspiring virtual workers to get a step-by-step guide from fellow online workers if only to ease their discomfort in using PayPal.

Until then, have a great weekend!

Rediscovering my country Philippines, one blog post at a time

The Philippines is rich, if you ask me. Our riches lie in our natural resources, our people, our culture. Cliche, but you’ve heard for sure that not all that glitters is gold.

There’s a treasure trove of wonders in this archipelago of  7,107 islands (number varies during high tide season) —from beautiful places to visit around the country, interesting eats, cultural heritage, to inspiring stories of ordinary Pinoys and Pinays — and I will share them with you, one blog post at a time.

Tayo nang maglakbay! (Let’s take a trip!)

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