The Growth of Foodpanda in Malaysia: Facts!

A lot of apps and websites these days offer food delivery service or a food delivery marketplace, but do you know which one among them is the best? In Malaysia, the most successful and popular food delivery service is provided by Foodpanda, a German company that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide. Foodpanda has a very active presence in six major cities in Malaysia. The company quickly sensed that the demand for food delivery will increase due to changing socio-economic conditions. To address this need, Foodpanda started an aggressive expansion policy and extended their operations to Malacca, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Ipoh, Miri, and Seremban.

Sayantan Das, the Managing Director of Foodpanda Malaysia, said in an interview that this expansion was the need of the hour. Today, more and more Malaysians are demanding high-quality food at their workplaces and their homes. They have become more conscious of what they eat and the nutrition they get from the food they are consuming. This awareness has led them to make informed choices about their favorite restaurants and the food they want to order. It is true that many good restaurants serve healthy food, but most of them lack a delivery infrastructure. Foodpanda is here to bridge that gap between the customer and the restaurant. With Foodpanda, you don’t have to worry about getting food from a restaurant that’s on the other side of town. Foodpanda will take care of the food delivery while you focus on other important things. Foodpanda’s vision is simple and clear, to bring premium quality and nutritious food to Malaysian people at affordable prices and to tap the food delivery Malaysia market.

The success of Foodpanda is also evident in the balance sheet of Delivery Hero. For those not in the know, Foodpanda was acquired by Delivery Hero in 2016, although the company is still headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Delivery Hero made sure that the Malaysian business of Foodpanda is given free rein to its investments. They also expanded the leadership in Foodpanda to accommodate more creative individuals that can take the company to a higher level. You will be surprised to know that the revenue generated by Foodpanda this year is more than 93 percent of the revenue generated last year. Such success is rarely enjoyed by a company, but Foodpanda has achieved that. Today, Foodpanda has delivery to more than 125 countries around the world.

Another reason for the success of Foodpanda is their tie-ups with restaurants, big or small alike. Before foodpanda entered the picture, the business was mostly fragmented. Most of the people preferred to eat somewhere near their homes. It was even worse for those who worked in offices; they did not have any choice. But everything has completely changed. Today, you can order from almost any restaurants in your city. Foodpanda has also helped these restaurants grow their businessess by enabling them to reach a larger customer base. Most of these restaurants have reported a growth of over 200% with Foodpanda.

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas at The Luxe Series by BPI

Still undecided on what gifts to give your family and friends this Christmas? You might want to check out the upcoming The Luxe Series by BPI, which will be held on select weekends starting October 11 until November 24 at The Preferred Center, BPI Shangri-La Shaw branch, Level 1 Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza. Level up your Christmas shopping and score some luxurious iconic brands for your squad and loved ones at one of the biggest Christmas sales ever.

Organized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), exclusive access will be given to BPI Preferred Cardholders on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and for all BPI Cardholders from Saturdays to Sundays from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Enjoy as much as 50% off and Real 0% installment up to 24 months on premium brands of watches, jewelry, fashion items, and gadgets as well as travel deals. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, generous, or just being a plain practical gift-giver this Christmas, BPI and its partner merchants got you covered.

Here’s what awaits BPI cardholders during the exclusive weekend events:

1. Watches – Indulge yourself or your loved ones with luxury watches this Christmas season. From October 11 to 14, BPI cardholders get special discounts and Real 0% installment up to 24 months on Breitling, Longines, Pandora and more.

2. Jewelry – Pamper your loved ones with classic pieces from Jewelmer and Sunjewel. All unique and exquisite selections will be showcased from October 25 to 27.

3. Fashion – Whether you’re gifting someone who’s a trendy, preppy, classy, or chic fashionista, take your loved one’s ensemble to a whole new level with one-of-a-kind fashion finds from top luxury brands when you shop from November 15 to 17.d

4. Travel – We all have that one friend or family member who can’t resist going out of town or country every now and then. Surprise him or her with the gift of luxury stays and travel essentials made more affordable only from November 22 to 24 with BPI cards.

BPI Sales and Service Channels Division Head for Northern Metro Manila Jose Raul Jereza said the bank’s goal is to provide clients better access to relevant financial solutions and make an impact via the best deals for some of the most luxurious iconic brands, made more affordable to cardholders this holiday season.

“We continue to organize activities and programs that aim to optimize our clients’ buying capacity and responsibly improve their lives. The Luxe Series by BPI is an excellent opportunity for early Christmas shopping, which is the smart thing to do to avoid the Christmas rush. We have entered into partnerships with select merchants and negotiated on behalf of our clients to get the best deals,” Jereza explained.

He added non-cardholders may also join by applying for a BPI or BPI Family Savings credit card during the event.

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Support & Save a Life, Love Heals Fundraising Campaign

Mommy Ging Pardito-Ibo of 8-Jasmin is a good friend of mine. Our sons became friends in Grade 7. Emerald babies we call them. Before school started last August, Ging was diagnosed to have breast cancer and was advised to undergo four cycles of chemotherapy before and after surgery. The purpose of chemotherapy before surgery is to reduce the size of the mass in her left breast to minimize the scar from her operation scheduled this December.

Mommy Ging with Daddy Jay

We, Ging’s friends from Emerald, are helping her raise funds for her breast cancer treatment. Support & Save a Life, Love Heals was officially launched last October 4.

We are selling T-shirts and mugs bearing the design of Ging’s artist son Gian. Through this campaign, we hope to help Ging raise money for her operation.

You can also help us save a life by purchasing the items we sell. If you want to help, please leave a comment on this blog post or leave me a message in Messenger; my Messenger handle is Maria Teresa Gregorio-Figuerres). You can also order through this FB link. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts!

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Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2019 Is Happening on October 17!

Nailaholics, the country’s leader in bringing specialized nail salons and spa outlets, is holding its annual National Pampering Day very soon! Now on its 4th year, Nailaholics National Pampering Day has turned into an ecologically saving act tied with self-care.

With only a Php50 donation to its cause, you can avail of a FREE manicure, foot spa, or foot massage in all Nailaholics branches nationwide on October 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to Nailaholics’ partner beneficiary, Save Philippine Seas Organization.

A special raffle likewise awaits the participants of National Pampering Day 2019. One lucky donor will win an all-expense paid trip to Siargao. Siargao Island practices respectable eco-tourism and is named the best island in the world.

The lucky winner and a companion will not only witness the beauty of marine life and our Philippine seas, but they will also be able to join a beach clean-up program spearheaded by S.E.A. Movement and volunteer at the Siargao Art Recycling Studio. These immersion activities will deepen their environmental experience and awareness.

According to Ms. Abby Borja, Head of Marketing of R2 Group of Exclusive Brands, Inc., “This year we want to go beyond the usual discounted promotions we give to our clients. This year is all about encouraging our new and loyal customers alike to engage in this more meaningful act of self-care – self-care that saves.”

She added, “Contrary to the common perception, caring for oneself is not a selfish act. And we want our customers to feel that while they take care of their own bodies and prioritize their well-being, they can also simultaneously value our environment and summon changes in our lifestyle to protect the planet.”

So mark your calendars for Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2019. Let us all make time for self-care, self-care that is not selfish but self-care that saves.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

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Grade 7 Achievements and Learnings

The memory of my son weeping about his transfer to a new school is still clear to me. He said he would miss his classmates and friends from his old school, and I kept assuring him he would gain more friends in Pisay. It took a lot of convincing and coaxing to make him finally agree to this arrangement, but he easily warmed up to his new classmates in Grade 7-Emerald during orientation and was excitedly looking forward to their first day in school. He just started Grade 8 recently, and before school gets hectic again, I just want to remind my son of how he survived Grade 7, what he accomplished last school year, and how he can do better in Grade 8.

Justin got a bit of a culture shock in Math during Grade 7. Math used to be his strong point in grade school, so it became quite frustrating for him to realize that he was not fast enough to finish some of his Math quizzes/tests and not prepared enough for some of the quiz/test questions that he was not expecting to come out. At one point last year, he even mentioned he regretted not having MTG (Mathematics Trainers’ Guild) training. This he said could have prepared him better for Pisay Math. While this minor setback dampened his spirits, he continued to persevere and worked even harder to rise to the challenge, and he outdid himself in the last two quarters of Grade 7.

We got his report card showing a GWA (general weighted average) of 1.372 and two certificates of merit for being in the Director’s List for the last two quarters of SY 2018-2019. Achievement unlocked! I was the happiest mom not much for the recognition (I was happy for that, too!) but more so for the perseverance, hard work, and determination he showed during the second half of Grade 7. “Never giving up when the going gets tough” helped him recover and regain his self-confidence. That was his motto way back in grade school and up to now. And while he experienced toxic schedules in Grade 7, he also realized that procrastination and cramming won’t get him anywhere. I hope he makes use of this learning experience in Grade 8.

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