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#WeMatched: Couples share their stories about finding love online

The world isn’t a hopeless place

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Love hits some people unexpectedly. However, for those who aren’t as lucky in finding a partner, there’s this need to work hard and put yourself out there.

Luckily, the advent of technology has made it possible to connect two lovers — wherever they are. Through dating apps and even social media, one can find love that blossoms.

In GadgetMatch, we help people find the right gadget that matches people’s lifestyle. Since the foundation of our mission is inspired by finding the right one, we’re excited to share stories from couples who found their match online. Truly, love finds its way!

Jean & Amiel

Third time’s a charm — that’s the gist of Jean and Amiel’s love story. They first matched on Tinder when Jean was devastated from her last relationship. She was looking for a rebound while healing — which made her delete her account and come back a year later to try her luck again in the online dating arena.

Jean and Amiel matched the second time around, had four exchanges, and eventually led to Jean ghosting. The couple reconnected on Tinder five months later, with Jean wondering why she never replied.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“So, after 5 months, I messaged him. And then we decided to go out on a date, which worked out fine. Then one thing led to another, and after 3 months of exclusively dating, we fell in love and became boyfriend and girlfriend.” — Jean, 25, PR

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Online dating isn’t for everyone. It takes guts, tons of courage, and self-love. If you’re not ready to put yourself out there, don’t. I would say it’s never too late to try, but if you’re not into it, then you’re not yet ready.”

Rowee & Krista

Rowee and Krista’s story is one for the books. The two matched on Bumble, a popular dating app, where Rowee accidentally swiped right, not knowing they already matched until Krista messaged her.

Being a newbie in online dating — Rowee asked Krista how to navigate the app so she can see who viewed her profile. The vanity!

How did you know she’s the one you should date?

“It was a surprise really since she’s not my type. But after a few small talks, I started to like her. Maybe, it is the conversation that binds people together. We clicked. Including our interests and principles in life.” — Rowee, 26, Marketing Consultant

“We are opposites in many ways, but I wanted to take that chance and see where it could go.” –Krista, 29, Writer

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Be brave enough to take a risk. You wouldn’t know something magical will happen unless you try.” — Rowee

“Love comes at the right time. I guess my advice for everyone would be to know and work on themselves first to prepare yourself for that opportune moment.” — Krista

Coleen & Bell

Coleen and Bell first talked over Omegle — when Coleen wanted to vent to a random stranger. After having a sensible conversation, the two exchanged numbers, then added each other on Facebook. After bonding with several hobbies and interests, they clicked and one thing led to another — they became boyfriend-girlfriend.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“He’s the only guy who accepted me, who embraced my plus-sized figure and accepted my sort-of-a spoiled brat attitude. I also felt his sincerity when we decided to meet for the first time. ” Coleen, 24, Audio Engineer

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Just don’t rush everything on finding your missing piece. Focus on your passion, learn to love and embrace yourself, and build your strong character. When the right person comes, you’ll be happy that you’re ready by the time he comes.”

Paula & Troy

Paula and Troy surely did find love in a not-so-hopeless place. Surprisingly, the couple met at an online game called Grand Fantasia. Paula was moving on at the time. She was playing to keep her mind from thinking about weeping even for a second. Troy, on the other hand, found Paula fascinating when the two had a conversation in-game.

Raiding dungeons, chatting for hours, the two felt a connection — even if they’re just inside a virtual world. To them, it was still real. The couple hit it off and got married a few years later.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“I met him at my worse, I was moving on from some other guy who broke my heart which made me hate every guy I meet from then on which didn’t stop him from pursuing me, he patiently waited and stayed with me the whole time till I was ready to say yes to dating him, and that kind of effort is aces in my book.” — Paula, 26, Copy Editor

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Skies may be grey right now but every cloud has a silver lining, you’re just being prepped for the right person for you, don’t lose hope and never give up cause somewhere in these billion full of people there’s someone out there who’s also not giving up to find you.”

Trisha & Dave

Trisha and Dave matched on Tinder, with Dave making the first move. Just like any Tinder conversation that’s getting serious, the two switched platforms and added each other on Facebook. After a continuous, wonderful conversation, the two hit it off and finally went on a date.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“While we’re on the getting to know each other stage, he already introduced me to his mother, aunt, siblings, and even his grandfather. I observed and felt how he values and respects his family, and for me, it’s important and a really big factor in choosing the guy I’ll date.” — Trisha, 25, Sales Associate

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“1 Corinthians 13:4-7”

Ben & Ja

Ben, a PWD leather craftsman donating his proceeds to the street dwellers, and Ja, a trading associate, first met on Tinder. The two swiped right, matched and started chatting about their common interests — road trip and photography.

The coupled chatted for about three months and met, believing it was indeed “love at first sight.”

How did you know she’s the one you should date?

“Because she was so understanding, mature, sweet, and a very good conversationalist — which I like most. Plus her eyes are so expressive whenever she talks.” — Ben, 42, Leather Craftsman

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Always believe in love. Someone, somewhere is meant for you.”

Have you found your match?

If you think you found your match online (whether through dating apps or even social media), you can share your story with us by uploading a photo of you and your partner on Instagram.

Make sure to tag us @hergadgetmatch and use the hashtag #WeMatched while indicating the phone you used to take selfies with your significant other.

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PayMaya offers up to 75% off discounts on Tinder subscriptions

Swipe more for less!

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Are you still trying to find “The One” online? You’re in luck! PayMaya partnered with Tinder to make it easier for you to find love.

Through PayMaya’s app, you can enjoy discounted Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold subscriptions. For Tinder Plus subscriptions, you can get 75 percent off from PhP 259 to PhP 65 for 1 month; 50 percent off from PhP 1,039 to PhP 519 for 6 months, and 50 percent off from PhP 1,559 to PhP 779 for 12 months.

For Tinder Gold subscriptions, all are discounted for 50 percent off. Get the subscription from PhP 415 to PhP 208 for 1 month, PhP 1,559 to PhP 780 for 6 months, and from PhP 2,339 to PhP 1,170 for 12 months.

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold

If you’re still new in this online dating thingy, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold make your online dating experience more fun and convenient.

Tinder Plus gives you unlimited likes, unlimited rewinds, five Super Likes to capture your interest’s attention, and a free Boost every month so more people can see you. Additionally, it helps you be shown to people you’ve liked, allows you to control your profile, and lets you swipe around the world wherever you are. Lastly, there are no ads!

Tinder Gold, on the other hand, gets the same perks as Tinder Plus. Except, you have the ability to swipe on every Top Picks — compared to only one swipe when you’re just using a regular account — and more importantly, see the people who likes you so you can match instantly.

How to purchase your subscription

First, open your PayMaya app. Then, choose Treats, find the Tinder subscription you want, and tap Buy. You can also have an option to gift it to your friends. Tap the share button, choose the channel and send the generated coupon. Promo will be available from February 1 to 29, 2020.

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How to make your crush view your Instagram Story

Three easy steps to get that validation

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Catching up with friends entails a discussion about your love life. Being single for a long time, a friend asked if I were dating someone new. I responded gleefully, “no, I’m not dating anyone but I have a new crush I met at an event.”

Giggly about my newfound love interest, my friend advised me how to tease my crush. However, it’ll only work if we’re following each other on Instagram. To see if my friend’s strategy works, we used our own accounts and to my surprise, we succeeded.

While it may yield different results, here are three easy steps you can do to make your crush view your Instagram story.

Step 1: Post a story you want your crush to see

Uploading a story feels like a small window to our lives. Make sure the photo you upload is something that you want your crush to see. It’s like making an impression, and you only have one shot if he/she ever sees your story. I posted my gym photos and pizza stories — something that both my crush and I enjoy.

Step 2: Edit your story settings

Here’s the not-so-tricky part! We’re calling it the hide-unhide strategy. When your story is uploaded, immediately adjust your story settings and hide your story from your crush. Save it, and then change the story settings again to unhide the story. This strategy beats Instagram’s algorithm and pushes your story to one of the first stories he/she can view.

Step 3: Enjoy the validation

As long as you and your crush follow each other on Instagram and regularly use the app, then it’s guaranteed that he/she will view your story. Enjoy the frickin’ validation. I’ve been doing it for almost a month now, and I always giggle whenever I see my crush’s name.

There are times that the strategy won’t push you to the first story he/she can view. For some reason, my friend tried hiding and unhiding her story to me, and she only ended up being second on the queue. Instagram still prioritizes the accounts you engage with the most through reacts and direct messages. However, being at the first five ensures you have a shot at making an impression that lasts.

Now, hurry and make your crush view your story. It won’t be long before Instagram’s algorithm changes again!

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3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

Tips on how to make the most out of your travels!

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There are plenty of travel apps nowadays to help you make the most out of your travels, but nothing comes close to the splendid experience I had using Tinder. Yes, you read that right. I used Tinder — a dating app — as a travel app.

There’s always a stigma surrounding Tinder. Whenever I mention I’m using the app, people frown. Tinder, to these people, is an app for hooking up or for those desperate to find love. Pity them for they don’t know that an app like this has a lot of uses, particularly during your travels.

Here are the reasons why it’s the best travel app, ever.

You can get the best recommendations from a local

No one knows a place better than a local. Want to know the coolest yet un-crowded cafe in the neighborhood? How about some speakeasy bar that only a few can go into? These locals know the spots where you can best enjoy the city so it’s best to ask them.

A while back, I was in Taipei for a business trip. Seeing how I have a spare day to go around, I asked a few matches in the area on where to go and what to do. A local suggested visiting chic cafes, art galleries, and other hiking destinations aside from the popular Elephant Mountain. A bar owner — whom I matched with — suggested visiting his bar in New Taipei City. However, it was too far and it would have taken so much time so I decided to pass.

These suggestions helped me plan my itinerary which would later allow me to take Instagrammable photos around the city, buy local beef jerky as a souvenir to my now ex-crush, and see more of what Taipei has to offer.

You can have a date, tour guide, and photographer in one

Some matches are eager to meet you in person. If you decide to meet these Tinderfellas and Tinderellas, they can easily become your tour guide and your photographer on your date.

A year ago, my flight was delayed for seven hours. Stuck at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, I decided to open Tinder and asked my matches the best places to visit around the area. I was keen on exploring nearby destinations since Cebu is known for its horrible traffic jams, and I didn’t want to miss my flight.

A match gave me tourist spots in Lapu-Lapu city (where the airport was located) and I explored for an hour. A few moments later, he asked if I wanted to meet up and I immediately said yes. I took a motorcycle ride to the capital and met him at SM Seaside City Cebu, the third-largest shopping mall in the Philippines.

Seeing how I had limited time to explore, my match took me to the best spots where we could eat and take lots of amazing photos, particularly at the mall’s rooftop where we both watched the sunset together.

You can make connections that last a lifetime

It’s marvelous to find people whom you can connect with on a different level, and it’s even more interesting if they came from different cultural backgrounds. These people are full of ideas and opinions that it’s hard not to be drawn and share your own thoughts. The conversation we have with these people can lead to a different kind of connection, something that we yearn in most of our relationships with other people.

However, not everything is about romance. Some connections are bound to stay as friendships. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances now that I initially met on Tinder, and I was able to forge harmonious (and professional) relationships with all of them. To date, I still grab meals with them and keep up with everything that’s happening in each other’s lives, especially when I’m around town.

Yes, Susan. You can build a wholesome and professional relationship with your Tinder matches. It’s not just for hook-ups, but if that’s your jam, then…

Bonus: Get free accommodations for a night!

If you’re down for a sexy time, Tinder can get you free accommodations, too! You can ask your date and stay at his/her place and voila, life hacked. Just be careful about who you sleep with, screen them properly, inform at least one of your friends, and don’t forget to use protection!


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