Facebook Starts Beta Testing the New Facebook.com 2020


Facebook recently started their waitlist for the beta testing of the New Facebook.com that will be rolling out later this year to everyone. As of the moment, the Beta testing waitlist is by invite online and chosen users should see a notification on the top of their home screen with a link to facebook.com/new where they would need to click the 'Join the waitlist' button.


The home page features a new sleek look similar to Facebook's mobile app look but with 3 column format. The tabs for videos, marketplace, groups, and games can be found on the upper part of the home page while settings, events, and more are found on the left side of the screen. Notifications is still on the upper right of the screen but is now integrated in the screen instead of pop-up.


Profile page gets a makeover as well on the New Facebook.com with the profile photo now centered, giving a more clean look to the profile page similar to its mobile app counterpart. The search bar and notification buttons are now hovering on top instead of a solid bar like what it currently look like.


The much requested and awaited feature Dark Mode is finally coming to the New Facebook.com. The new dramatic look of the New Facebook.com's Dark Mode is great on the eyes and as Facebook said, gives your eyes a break from screen glare.


Lastly, the New Facebook.com will be giving desktop users an option not only to view and react to Facebook Stories but to also post stories via desktop, which is great not only for personal users but also for business pages who want to push out stories on Facebook.


As mentioned in the beginning of this article, the New Facebook.com 2020 Beta Testing is still by invitation via Facebook notification. If you still don't have the notification, you may check Facebook.com/new from time to time to see if you are eligible to test the new look.




Jollibee and Hetty Two Pack Funko Pop coming this November!


Funko, an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines and bobble heads and Jollibee, Philippines' world-renowned homegrown fast food joint recently announced a new additional to the ever-growing Jollibee Funko Pop line with their first 2-pack, featuring Jollibee with a bucket of Chickenjoy and Hetty Spaghetti!

Funko Pop Jollibee and Hetty Spaghetti 2-Pack Release Date

The new 2-pack Funko Pop will be the latest addition to the growing Jollibee POP! Ad Icons line. The Jollibee in Barong (Regular), Jollibee in Barong Glow-in-the-Dark (Hobbiestock Exclusive) and Flocked Jollibee (Funko Funatic Philippines Exclusive) variant were released earlier this year and the 2-pack with Hetty will be the fourth release for the year.

The 2-pack will feature a 'First to Market Exclusive' sticker which means it will be available to wider audience in the near future as a regular 2-pack without the sticker.

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The Funko Pop Jollibee and Hetty 2-pack will be available on November 8, 2019 in selected Jollibee stores for 1,100 with a purchase of any value meal.

For participating 24 hour stores, you may avail the 2-pack starting 12:01am of November 8, 2019 while those with normal operating hours will start selling from their opening time. Click HERE to know the participating branches. Promo period is from November 8 to January 15, 2020 or until supplies last.

Which Jollibee and friends mascot do want to be turned into a Funko Pop! next?

Jollibee and Funko Announces Flocked Jollibee Funko Pop!


The Jollibee Funko Pop! fever is still on after almost a year when they announced the first variant of this cute Philippine fast food icon. This year, they are releasing a limited edition and we've got the latest scoop on where you can get it!

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In case you missed it, Jollibee - Philippines' world-renowned homegrown fast food joint and Funko - an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines and bobbleheads, announced their partnership last year and released the first common variant of the Jollibee Funko Pop!.

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This was then followed by the Metallic Variant with a limited edition count of 4000 that was released through partner toy retailer Big Boys Toy Store. I was lucky enough to snag an opportunity to buy one for retail price through a promo done by Big Boys Toy Store's social media.

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This year, they are releasing the third variant of the iconic fast food mascot. In a recent announcement by Jollibee through their social media channels, they officially announced the Limited Edition Flocked Jollibee Funko Pop!.

In case you're not familiar with what 'Flocked' is, this figure will have a velvet-like texture - think of Jollibee mascot's felt cloth material. So soft and felt-y!


Funko later announced the same Pop! figure on their official website and revealed that the Funko Pop! figure will be a Funko Funatic Philippines Exclusive and will only be available during the upcoming Toy Con Philippines 2019 happening on June 28-30 at the SMX Convention Center.

This is only the second Funko Funatic Philippines Exclusive Funko item, the Golden Huckleberry Hound Pop Pez figure being the first and was only released to attendees of the 2018 Funko Funatic Christmas Party with a limited edition count of 600 pieces.

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Details on how to buy this limited edition Funko Pop Figure is still not announced but we'll definitely update this post once details are released in the near future. For now, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be updated!

How to Apply for a Philippine Senior Citizen ID


As we grow older, our parents also do and when you're like me who's nearing the big 3-0 then your parents might be nearing their senior citizen age. If that's the case then read after the jump to find out how you can help them obtain this super useful identification card.

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First off, how do you determine if your parents or relative is now eligible for a Senior Citizen  ID? It's actually super easy, just check the the requirements below.

- Must be a Filipino Citizen
- Must be 60 years old and above
- Must be a resident of the city you are applying for at least 6 months

Now, if your parents or relative fits the requirements above then that means it's time for them to get their Senior Citizen ID. As I mentioned, this is a super useful identification card as they can use this to avail certain benefits such as discounts on food, services, groceries, and even free movie entry every week!

Requirements and Documents Needed


Since we're residents of Quezon City, the steps and requirements indicated below are for Quezon City. it doesn't differ that much per city but it's best to check with your local Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) to see if they have additional requirements or steps in applying.

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First thing you'll need to do is help your parents or relatives in gathering the requirements. They are fairly easy, but if they lack ID's, it's best to process those first.

(1) Accomplished application form. For Quezon City, you may download it HERE.
(2) Recent 1" x 1" ID photo, bring 4 or more.
(3) Photocopy of any of the valid ID's below, any combination is good as long as it bears the applicant's name, date of birth & present address. If they have more than 2 ID's, add it so that application process is faster.

Voter's ID (Comelec)
Driver's License
NBI Clearance
Police Clearance
Old Residence Certificate
Postal ID (New PVC type)
Valid Passport

Remember to have multiple CLEAR photocopies in case they need more copies and also bring the originals in case they need to validate some of the identification documents presented. For the application form, it's best to help them by adding the details needed on your computer instead of writing manually, it'll lessen the processing time once you're there in the OSCA office.

Submitting and Getting the ID


Once you've completed the requirements, it's time to go to your local Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs to submit. Remember that the applicant must be present during the application as they need to sign a few documents. 

In Quezon City, contrary to the address you can find online and when you book a ride on Grab, the OSCA is located now in a different location near the Quezon City Hall of Justice building. Here's a quick map of where the office is now located. They said it's  temporary one, so it's best to double check somewhere else before heading there.

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Once you arrived at the OSCA, just tell the staff that your companion is applying for a senior citizen ID. You'll be assisted to the designated table for your Barangay's district, waiting time may depend on how many are in queue in your specific district. Remember that there's no payment needed, so be wary if they ask for payment - only replacement ID requests needs to be paid.

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Once they are up, the person in charge will just get all the requirements, check them and start processing their Senior Citizen ID. They will stick the 1 x 1 ID Photos to the senior citizen booklet, their data book, and on the senior citizen ID. After this, they will give you the booklets for discounts and explain how to use them.

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And you're done. All you have to do now is add the signature and thumb print to the ID and have it laminated. Remember that the issued Senior Citizen ID is permanent and doesn't need to be renewed over a certain period of years.

Again, this guide is just a basic guide and might differ from city to city so it's best to double check with your city's respective Office of the Senior Citizens Affair to clarifications on the requirements and process. Also a quick disclaimer that the process presented here are accurate during the time this article is published and is subject to be changed without notice.

Sumo Niku at The SM North Towers, is it worth it?


In search of everything delicious in the metro, we stumbled upon a new unlimited yakiniku place in the newly opened wing of SM City North EDSA called the North Towers in Quezon City. We gave it a try, so read on and see if it's worth it.

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Located in the second level of the two-level SM North Towers Mall, Sumo Niku offers Unlimited Yakiniku with different options and rates depending on the time of the day. They are under the same company of Yakimix and Buffet101. We visited it on a Sunday night and the wait time is pretty bearable.

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They have a list system for seat reservations, the lady manning the reservations was a little unorganized with her list which needs improvement. We are 18th on the list so we told her we're just going around since there are no seats for those waiting but upon returning at 5-10 minutes, we were told our names had already been called and we had to get listed again. Later on we found out she just calls the name two times with a few seconds interval and if you're not there then tough luck. 

After being seated, we settled down to our table and given the option on what Unlimited option we're going to enjoy. Sumo Niku offers two options, Pork + Chicken and Pork + Beef + Chicken, we opted for the 3 meat choices option which comes with unlimited side dishes and iced tea.  Here's their rates in case you can't see the photo below properly.
Sumo Niku - SM North Towers Mall Rates


Pork + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
399php Lunch
449php Dinner

Pork + Beef + Chicken with unlimited side dishes and iced tea
449php Lunch
499php Dinner

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When we visited, their chicken meats are not available (but they are still charging the same for the 3-meat options), as for the side dishes only kimchi, okra, seaweeds, and cucumber are available which sucks a little since half of the side dishes menu are not available.

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We started ordering and saw that we only have a maximum of 2 kinds of meat per order and we need to finish those before we can request for the next set of meats. Service is pretty okay at first, they served the drinks, rice, and side dishes right away. The side dishes taste great, especially the seaweeds and the miso soup.

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When the first order of meats arrived, we were a little disappointed on the serving size. Given that it's unlimited, I think they need to increase the serving size if they are limiting it to two kinds of meat per serving. We ordered the US Premium Beef and the Wagyu Beef, the US Premium beef has around 6 thin beef slices while the wagyu has around 7 small cubes of meat, that's already for the two of us in our table.

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Their grills are equipped with those industrial style smoke catchers attached from the ceiling, so the smoke is bearable and you won't go out smelling like you actually got grilled. We started cooking and the first set of meats we ordered tastes great, especially wagyu cubes that literally as soft as clouds in your mouth.


After finishing our first set of meat, we started ordering the second set and this is where it went a little downhill in terms of service. We're not sure if they are understaffed or this is part of their technique to turn over tables faster but it took a solid 10-15 minutes for the second set of meat to arrive. 

As the dinner rolls on, the wait time became longer and longer even for side dishes and drinks that we sometimes have to reorder again through another staff. Our table's grill keeps turning off too without us knowing why, we'll just notice our meats aren't cooking so we'll call on one of their staff to turn it on again - this kept happening until we finished our dinner.

Sumo Niku is pretty new but I do hope they improve their service fast as the first few months are crucial to newly opened businesses and negative experiences on first-time customers can make a huge impact on their restaurant's longevity. I'll give them a try again in a few months or so to see if they already improved service-wise.

2/F The North Towers Mall - SM City North EDSA Complex
North Avenue, Quezon City
Store Hours: During mall hours
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