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Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Member of the Family

Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Member of the Family | BayanMall

As Christmas approaches, we rush to finish our holiday shopping in busy & jam-packed malls and bazaars to buy gifts for our loved ones. We waste so much time getting stuck in traffic, searching for the best deals, wrapping gifts and delivering them one by one.

But why go through all those inconveniences when you can bring the shopping mall right in your very own home? Shop for your loved ones and have it delivered right at their doorstep! Yes, you heard that right! Here at Bayanmall, you can shop for gifts for your loved ones in your home, even when you’re just wearing your pajamas! Just go to our website www.bayanmall.com, create an account, start shopping, and we will take care of sending your gifts to family and friends anywhere in the Philippines just in time for Christmas eve!

To make your life, even easier, we have prepared a budget-friendly Christmas packages to suit the taste of every member of your family.

For the Whole Family

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Send these Christmas packages to your family and friends just in time for Noche Buena for as low as 738 pesos. You can make your presence felt as they gather around the table and eat their Christmas feast!  The packages include food that we Pinoys love to prepare during special occasions.

For the Men & Women



The men and women in your life also need some tender loving care! Send them the Men/Women’s Toiletry Set package which contains items that can pamper men and women of any age from head to toe!

For the Kids


Children are the ones who get the most presents during the holiday season. Surprise them with these toy packages suited for boys and girls 10 years old and below. They would surely love to receive not just 1, 2, or 3 gifts but a whole bundle of enjoyable and educational gifts that they can also share with their siblings and friends!

For the Figure Conscious / Health Buff


The Healthy Selections Package features healthy food and snacks that the health buff or figure conscious member in your family will surely enjoy. And take our word for it, we’re pretty sure the whole family would also appreciate these delicious, guilt-free goodies!

For the Potato Couch / Movie Fanatic


The Movie Munchies Package is the perfect gift for family members who love watching TV series’ and movies. This package features snacks that are easy to share and a movie that will surely entertain the whole family.

For the Sweet Tooth


There’s always someone in the family who cannot live without chocolates! Give them a sweetness overlaid with the Must Love Chocolates Christmas package. It contains different kinds and sizes of chocolates that will definitely satisfy their taste buds!

These are just some of the Christmas packages that Bayanmall.com has prepared for your family. View all our Christmas packages at our website (https://www.bayanmall.com/Christmas-Gifts) and finish your Christmas shopping the hassle-free way! Make your presence felt this Christmas season – Malayo ka man, kapiling pa rin!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Member of the Family | BayanMall

Laglag Bala Scheme and Precautions

Laglag Bala Scheme and Precautions | BayanMall

laglag bala scheme

As the issue of “laglag bala” (dropping of bullets in luggage) arise, many travelers began to be scared, especially the OFW. Others, offer help to those who will become victims of this evil tactic. While, known individuals make a threat to those responsible of this action. Honestly, I am glad to hear their voice so that this scheme will be prevented. I remember what Elie Wiesel declares. He expressed that: “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented”.

whistleblower laglag bala

We should make this known to the whole world. I am proud of the whistleblower for having the courage to expose this incorrect way to gain money. Obviously, this is not good because it involves dishonesty. It only destroys the image of our country. I sympathize for the foreigners and our fellow innocent “kababayan” who suffered in this scam. Their honor and dignity has been harmed and could not be returned. What makes me sad is that this modus operandi had been done a long time ago and still not been given a solution.

plastic wrap luggage laglag bala

The “laglag bala” trick is also known as “tanim bala” (planting of bullets in luggage). If you are trapped in this scheme, here are the things you should do. Take the advice of Plazo to choose a hard-case luggage sealed with heavy-duty padlocks and use luggage without external pockets. In this way. You can know if your luggage have been altered. Dave de Castro announced that a new service to wrap travelers’ bags is now available at the airport terminals. So, avail with this product and don’t hesitate to add it to your luggage.

remain silent

The most important of all is take your time, even if there’s a claim that a bullet has been found in your bag. Remember what Plazo said, “you have the right to delay the opening of your bag until your lawyer, the airport official’s supervisor, or third-party witnesses arrive.” After that, let the airport official do the searching and opening of your bag. If they found something, then just remain silent. Don’t admit anything. Let us pray that this “laglag Bala” or “tanim Bala” will be over soon and people behind this will be caught.

Laglag Bala Scheme and Precautions | BayanMall

Halloween Celebration And It’s History

Halloween Celebration And It’s History | BayanMall


Halloween had just been celebrated by millions of people in different countries. I’m sure kids enjoy doing trick-or-treat activity. Somehow, it’s a good feeling to taste the juiciness or the sweetness of candies. It feels like being a kid again. For adults, they are busy dressing up costumes to be able to attend Halloween parties. If you are a parent, you are totally responsible in decorating and making a jack-o’-lanterns to make your house look creepy. If you consider yourself as a mischievous person, then it’s your day to make pranks and scared everyone. But don’t do it as much, you don’t want to kill a person through a heart attack. While others, observe this occasion by simply telling frightening stories and watching horror films.

celtic tribe

In spite of these activities, have you ask yourself what is Halloween? Where it came from? Most of all, why celebrate it? We all know that Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31st. Before, it was known as All Hallows’ Eve, Allhalloween, or All Saints’ Eve. When November 1 comes, all Christians honors all saints and martyrs. This started on Celtic tribe which Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe came from. The Celtic tribe commemorates the feast of Samhain, the lord of death. It is believed that Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living. To pacify the evil spirits, the living  offers food, nuts, or any treats so that they will not be tricked.

halloween costumes

We celebrate Halloween because it is fun to do so, especially for kids. Sometimes, it is good to dress up like monsters, zombies, vampires, witches, ghosts and creepy costume you imagined. It is also a good time to mingle with other people. Plus, it is a good way to show your generosity in giving treats. If you miss celebrating Halloween this year, then be prepared next time.

Halloween Celebration And It’s History | BayanMall

What People Say About Smart Surfmax

What People Say About Smart Surfmax | BayanMall

Stephen Hawking said that “we are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” I guess, he is totally right. Nowadays, people can’t live without internet connection. They loved to update their status on their social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They also want to constantly chat with their special someone. If not chat, they read and send email. Above all, they do an endless web search to look for more information, especially if they have researched, project, and assignments. To cater this need, many telecommunication networks offer promos to access unlimited internet surfing.

Smart Surfmax

The SMART Communication Company is one of the leading wireless network providers in the Philippines. On October 31, 2015, it is official that the SMART company announced to end their Smart Unlisurf Promo. They replaced it with their new promo which is called SurfMax. SurfMax is only available in the Philippines. The promo is until April 30, 2016. SurfMax costs 50 pesos up to 995 pesos that last for 1 day to 30 days, respectively. To use this promo, all you have to do is type the corresponding code and send to 9999.Here are the codes: SURFMAX50, SURFMAX85, SURFMAX100, SURFMAX200, SURFMAX250, SURFMAX500, and SURFMAX995. These product codes are good for: 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 15 days, and 30 days, respectively.

Smart Surfmax

Notwithstanding to its offer of all day unlimited enjoyment of internet connection, it is revealed that it has a limit of 800MB per day. According to SMART, this is to prevent the congestion in its network and after it is consumed, all day surfing services will still be active but connection quality may vary until 12 midnight. To this outcome, many users put a negative feedbacks to smart surfmax promo.

Smart Surfmax complaint

From Unknown, he said “This Sucks.. 800mb per day.. Can’t do any Live Streaming or Big Downloads.. Please remove the cap.. We want the old promos with no limit.. This was the difference between smart and globe anyway.. Why take it away?” Jason Alve also commented, “This Sucks.. Hindi na ako maka live stream o maka download ng malaking files.. Ito ang big difference nang smart at globe ehhh.. Ibalik ang old promos na walang capping..” (“This Sucks.. I can’t live stream or download huge files.. This is the big difference with smart and globe eh.. Restore the old promos without capping..”)

Smart Surfmax unfair

Lastly, from Anonymous, he said, “I tried Surfmax promo, but I cannot browse to Google and other Google services also is not working properly. Other sites aside from Google are working fine. I can’t even switch on my Clash Of Clans account using this Surfmax!” Hopefully, the SMART network can solve this complaint or better yet have a good offer next year.

What People Say About Smart Surfmax | BayanMall

Haze: It’s Cause And Why Tackle

Haze: It’s Cause And Why Tackle | BayanMall


Have you ever wondered why there is such a mist that last for how many days? It is because of the haze problem around the Southeast Asian countries. In the Philippines, it has been vividly seen on October 3, 17, & 23 in Cebu, Mindanao, and Metro Manila, respectively. Do not worry much because our neighboring countries suffer a lot with this haze crisis. Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, reportedly close their school and cancelled some flights and events. While others left their city and worst, the number of having respiratory issue has arisen.

haze indonesia

What causes this haze calamity? It has started in Indonesia since the month of June and continued several months. It has been revealed that forest fire was the reason. It has been said that a corporation and some farmer used the slash-and-burn practice to clear vegetation. This is to give way for palm oil, pulp, and paper plantations. Actually, it is an annual problem in Indonesia, especially in Sumatra and Kalimantan area.


Why does haze matter much to be discussed? It is because it is dangerous to our health. A Pollutants Standards Index (PSI) and Air Pollutants Index (API) was used to measure air quality. A reading that is above 100 is classified as unhealthy and anything above 300 is hazardous. Isn’t sound alarming? Haze can damage your lungs and create respiratory sickness. It can also irritate your eyes.

haze mask

What are we going to do if haze occurs? Simply, Close your windows and doors. If there is a leak, put some clothes or newspapers. Don’t hesitate to wear a surgical mask. Covering your nose is just not enough. Drink lots of water and spray water on your face. Why? Because haze cause dry weather. If possible, just stay indoors and enjoy your life by watching your favorite TV show or movies. To make it more fun, order food and let it be delivered.

Haze: It’s Cause And Why Tackle | BayanMall