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Get the most out of your twenties by investing in a mesh router

Home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically

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So many things in our twenties depend on being connected; whether that’s getting work done, catching up with friends and family, planning our next trip, or even me time.

Imagine being able to do everything you want to do wherever you are in your apartment — from the bedroom, to the toilet, to your couch without worrying about losing connectivity. A mesh Wi-Fi router like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus allows you to do that and more. Here are some reasons why it’s the best gift you can give yourself during this pivotal decade in your life:

Maximize what you’re paying for

Getting the most out of every spending is almost always the only justification we have for buying something new. Can I wear this beautiful pair of heels without dying in pain after 20 minutes? Will it work with half of my wardrobe or is it practically disposable?

The same decision-making process applies to a Wi-Fi subscription or getting a router. More often than not, it doesn’t feel worth it because you don’t get the advertised speeds when you’re minding your own business from the toilet seat, or when you just want to binge-watch your favorite YouTubers without getting out of bed.

A mesh Wi-Fi router like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is an easy solution for those dead spots in the apartment. It comes with up to three Deco units, so they can be placed in key locations to get the best coverage. In rooms where you’re originally only getting zero to 58Mbps, it’ll dramatically improve to the speed you’re actually paying monthly for.

Setup doesn’t require the use of your last two braincells

Us twentysomethings are smarter than most people think — we can tinker with practically anything and learn things on the fly. But it doesn’t hurt to have a new piece of technology to work just as it should: to make our busy lives easier and more efficient.

Setting up the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus doesn’t require much. Just plug the Deco units, download the app, and link them with a few taps. Next thing you know you’re wondering why you didn’t buy it sooner.

Netflix and actually chill

Whether you’re planning on binge watching the latest season of Black Mirror on your smart TV or downloading a movie or two on your phone to watch when you’re on the plane, you’ll no longer need to wait to do so.

We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of the most nerve-wracking or heart-warming scene and the TV suddenly freezes. With the right mesh router, buffering will be a thing of the past.

It’s future-proof

If you haven’t noticed by now, life doesn’t get easier. Cliché as it may sound, we only get stronger and more patient but more importantly, we also (have to) get smarter about our choices.

We may feel broke 90 percent of the time, but investing in smart appliances and devices is going to be inevitable. Imagine not having to google whether you can put your expensive dress into the dryer or turn off the lights when you’re already half asleep and can’t be bothered?

The Deco M9 Plus is one of the few mesh routers that offer smart home support. It can serve as a hub for smart appliances and devices you’ll eventually get for yourself and/or your future not-yet-existing family.

If dead spots are your only problem now, the band-aid cheaper solution is to get Wi-Fi extenders; but changes will happen, and we’ll all level up in life. We hopefully won’t live in the same tiny apartment our twentysomething jobs can afford.

When we do move to a better, more spacious home someday, making this purchase today will still make sense ten years down the line. Like deciding between faux leather and genuine leather, it’s not the cheapest option, but you’ll get more out of it in the long run than the more affordable options right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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