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Spotify’s Only You gives us a reason to showcase our weird listening activities

And here’s how you can find it

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Spotify’s year-ender Wrapped has just got a mid-year version called Only You.

It’s a global campaign that gives people a reason to share their weird listening activities and show off their bizarre personalities through social media.

By now, you might be seeing your friends sharing their personalized experiences through their social media accounts.

So how do we access the feature? (In case you have FOMO.)

First, you can go to Spotify.com/OnlyYou to enjoy a Wrapped-like experience that you can share with your friends. That, or you can visit your Spotify app on iOS or Android. For first-time viewers, you can see the Only You tab automatically on the homepage.

If you want to revisit it again, just search Only You on the search tab and it will appear as a genre meant only for you.

But what’s the content?

Assuming you know how to preview your Only You feature, it’s time to get ready for several pages that will show you what kind of listener you are.

Your unique artist pairs

This page highlights the unique pairings you’ve listened to, demonstrating your range of listening interests. In my case, I listened to Rihanna particularly “S&M” and “What’s My Name?” after playing American alternative rock band The Score’s top hits.

Your Song Year

If time travel via music is real, then this is a glimpse of how your music interests will transport you through time. This page shows the different time periods you listened to, based on your favorite songs’ debut.

And yes, I’m obsessed with Taylor Swift’s reputation album, particularly “Dress”, “Call It What You Want”, and “New Year’s Day”. Also, Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” has been on my repeat every month.

Olivia Rodrigo has been my 2021 music travel, just because my dear friend Martynne suggested listening to her so I can cry my heart out.

Your Genres/Topics

The weirdest of the bunch — this page combines the music and podcast genres you’ve listened to. Don’t ask why I listen to Business podcasts and Otacore (also known as Otaku Core). I’m a complex human being.

Your Time Of Day

Oh for heaven’s sake, I can’t believe Spotify is reminding me how I wheeze-cried myself to sleep listening to “The Days We Loved” by Baek Ji Young, which was featured on the K-drama The World of the Married. I can’t help but remember the days I was with my ex-lover and Spotify is a witness to that!

Your Dinner Party

Okay, Spotify lets you plan your dream dinner party by letting you cheese three artists you’d love to invite.

For my first guest, I chose Taylor Swift — three-time Album of the Year Grammy award winner.

My second guest is Yuki Hayashi — Japanese composer and arranger behind the heavenly official soundtracks from Haikyū!!

My last guest is Dua Lipa — the embodiment of strength and independence.

Of course, I would want LANY as well but Dua Lipa has more songs that I enjoy singing in the shower, so she gets that spot.

Once you select your dream dinner party guests, Spotify will create an option for you to personalize Spotify Mix for each artist.

Your Audio Birth Chart

For some reason, Spotify Philippines didn’t have an Audio Birth Chart on the Only You feature. It would have been fantastic for avid fans of astrology (and an astrologer like me).

But in case you want to know, the Sun Sign picks the artist you kept listening to for the last six months. Your Moon sign will showcase an artist you listen to that best shows your emotional side.

Meanwhile, your Rising sign puts the spotlight on an artist you’ve recently connected with. It’s like the stars aligned based on your music tastes!

Blend

Aside from the Only You feature, Spotify rolls out a new personalized feature called Blend. While it’s still in beta, Blend lets you and a friend merge your musical tastes into one curated playlist. What a fun way to connect and share music they love, right? After all, music brings people together and Spotify came up with a better way to appreciate that.

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Shopee kicks-off 10.10 Brand Festival

Kim Chiu takes centerstage

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Are your carts ready? Shopee has just kicked off its 10.10 brand festival!

Until October 10, you can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, big brand giveaways, and up to PhP 1,000 off brand vouchers at the upcoming brand fest.

If you’re lucky, you can also win PhP 430,000 worth of prizes: Vouchers, bundles, newly launched items, and even a lifetime supply of various products from over 30 participating brands.

Leading the event are popular brands such as Nestle, Deerma, GoMO!, Lactum, Colgate-Palmolive, Shigetsu, P&G Beauty, Garnier, and Belo — which will host Brand Days on Shopee Mall offering discounts up to 80% off, branded items as low as PhP 179, and a free gift with every purchase.

Moreover, different themed sales await on Shopee starting October 1:

  • Groceries Fair (October 1)
  • Fashion Fair (October 2-3)
  • Mom & Baby Fair (October 4)
  • Work From Home Fair (October 5)
  • Gadgets and Gizmo Fair (October 6-7)
  • Beauty and Wellness Fair (October 8-9)

ShopeePay to the rescue

Of course, you can still use ShopeePay to buy load, pay bills, and scan-to-pay. ShopeePay Wallet can be topped up through online banking, debit card, and over-the-counter partners.

Doing so can get you up the ff:

  • 50% discount on load from Globe, Smart, Sun, and TNT
  • 50% cashback from Maynilad, PLDT, and various partner billers
  • PhP 1 deals from Puregold, Ultramega Supermarket, Potato Corner, and other partner merchants

The Chinita Princess debuts

The biggest brands sale of the year launched and debuted Kim Chiu, Shopee’s newest brand ambassador. The popular actress will be featured in Shopee’s new TV commercial and numerous in-app activities.

“Shopee Philippines is happy to welcome one of the country’s top entertainers into the Shopee family, Kim Chiu. Kim’s bubbly, charming personality and love for online shopping both resonate with millions of Filipinos who find joy and excitement in Shopee. This 10.10 Brands Festival, we hope to bring the best brand deals and so much more with our valued and trusted brand partners,” said Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines.

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Now Playing: HBO Go Edition

Quick to-watch list you can check out

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HBO Go is an often overlooked streaming app. However, there’s more than a handful of gems here that are worthy of being included in your to watch list. Here are my personal recommendations.

Godzilla vs Kong 

The pandemic hasn’t been kind to the cinema-going crowd in the Philippines. Movie theaters remain closed thanks largely to the government’s lackluster pandemic response. But that’s a topic for another day. Due to this, we’ve missed going to the movies and seeing blockbusters like Godzilla vs Kong. Thankfully, HBO Go is here to the rescue.

This kaiju showdown is one of many huge films we missed seeing in cinemas. But now, it’s available on HBO Go along with other movies released in 2021 like Space Jam: A New Legacy.

On The Job: The Missing 8 

Speaking of the atrocities that go on behind the scenes of the politics in the Philippines, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s On The Job will also stream on HBO Go. The movie will stream as a six-episode series on HBO Go. The first three episodes will show the events of the 2013 film and the last three episodes will follow the events of The Missing 8.

The story is set in a Philippines that’s leading up to a presidential election. It’s a timely watch for Filipinos that can hopefully be eye-opening for registered voters.

The Newsroom 

This 2012 series depicts a fictional, dramatized version of a broadcast team. It follows an ensemble of cast members featuring everyone from the newscaster to other newsroom staffers.

While it is indeed, dramatized, it’s still a pretty good look at what a sector of “the media” goes through. It’s a recommended watch for people who wish to be a little demystified about media work. It shows some of the unglamorous side of news, the battle with executives for views/clicks, and the consequences of bungling a major news story.

For people like myself who have previous experience of working in different types of newsrooms, be ready to get war flashbacks if you decide to binge-watch this series.

Superman and Lois

Superman and Lois is likely the best live action adaptation we’ve had of the Big Blue Boy Scout. Instead of a brooding god-like figure trying to figure out how to coexist with humanity, the Superman in this series is more akin to his comic origin — an earnest, clumsy farm boy who uses his abilities to save people.

To ground Supes a little bit, the story features Clark balancing his duties as Superman and as a husband and father. The married couple dynamic between Lois and Clark is refreshing. Just as refreshing is the brotherly chemistry between their twins Jon and Jordan Kent. It’s a thoughtful take on Superman and one that everyone should see.

Teen Titans 

Yes, the cool-looking one. Unceremoniously replaced by Teen Titans: Go (which is also available on HBO Go), this early 2000s series is a show I used to watch religiously as a… much younger person. It’s the first animated series in the 2000s to heavily feature sidekicks and tells various stories of friendship and teamwork.

While we’re at it, the HBO Go app is a treasure trove of DC animated series and movies. Classics like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Flashpoint Paradox, and many more are available to wash-off the aftertaste of the DCEU.

Emmy Nominated 

For some really quality shows, available on HBO Go are all of the Emmy Nominated shows. These include Lovecraft Country, Mare of Easttown, and The Flight Attendant, and more.

Watch on a big screen

These are all best experienced on a bigger screen. However, not just any big screen will do. It has to be the Samsung Neo QLED. We have an entire feature detailing why it’s an awesome TV. But that’s not all. If you purchase any participating Samsung TV product, you also get six (6) months worth of subscription to HBO Go.

You’ll have no shortage of fantastic shows and movies to watch with this HBO Go and Samsung TV combo. This offer is available until November 31, 2021.

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Globe’s new GlobeOne app is home to many rewards

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Globe recently celebrated National G Day or 917 day. To streamline things for its 85-million strong userbase, the company released the new GlobeOne app — a one stop shop for everything you need with Globe.

From the new GlobeOne app, you can subscribe to various Go+ Promos, buy load, borrow data, and apply for subscription to various apps like Spotify, Viu, and iQiyi.

Also making a return is the previously announced and momentarily suspended feature of converting excess data into rewards points. For example, if you subscribed to Go50 which gives you 5GB for three (3) days but still have 3GB left right before it expires, you can convert that 3GB to three (3) Rewards points.

On the app, you’ll also get notices on Globe’s various ongoing promos.

Other G-Day events

Globe also recently held a G Music Fest featuring Honne plus other local artists. They also had a G Super Sale back in September 15-19. It’s a partnership with Lazada whose proceeds went to community-uplifting beneficiaries.

Among them are Ayala Foundation, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Hero Foundation, he Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), PGH Medical Foundation, Inc (PGH MFI), and many others.

The donation doesn’t stop there. Instead of converting to points, you may also convert excess data into donations for the aforementioned beneficiaries.

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