My Experience: Paymaya

*DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. All that is written here are based on my experience and opinions on how I view and have used Paymaya and their services. I will provide links for the Paymaya website for more details*

I told you, I would prepare another blog post for you. Though it isn’t about the USA trip. Just giving you a break on that series, I wanted to share my Paymaya experience. First of, what is Paymaya exactly? Paymaya is basically your virtual credit card or online credit card. It is perfect for those who don’t want a full time commitment with a bank-issued credit card, the membership fees that they entail and not to mention the whopping interests rates when you miss a payment. Paymaya is like a debit card that can be used as a credit card.

Second, how does it work? You must register first on the app that they have on either IOS or the Android play store. Your personal phone number will act as your account number similar to a bank account number. They will send a text message for the confirmation of your account. You must deposit first before you can be able to use the online card. It is important that you do not share the details of your card.




Third, how can you deposit money to use the card? I first used Paymaya to purchase an app at the Apple Store. As seen above, I deposited 100php via 7-Eleven to activate the card and start my purchase. The other ways or establishments to deposit for Paymaya are:

I personally have only tried and tested 7-Eleven as they are open for 24 hours and easier to access. You may use their Cliqq Kiosks or the app itself in paying for Paymaya. I tried the BDO but sadly they are no longer linked to Paymaya. You may try the other options if you plan to do so. They do give detailed instructions how to do so.

For the 7-Eleven payments, simply tap Add Money then 7-Eleven Create a Barcode. Enter the amount you wish to pay. It should be 100php and above then head to the nearest 7-Eleven store to pay. Wait for the text confirmation by Paymaya and refresh the app to see the deposited amount added.

Fourth, is it safe to use Paymaya? Yes, from my experience, they are. Paymaya is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. You may deposit cash with them up to 50,000php. They do offer a physical card on which you need to upgrade for FREE. But you will need to provide valid IDs and wait for the confirmation of your upgrade. When you have the physical card, you may use it like any debit/credit EMV card that you have. You may also withdraw from any Bancnet ATM machines. I haven’t tried that yet since I am contented in using Paymaya for my online purchases alone.



So far, I have only used Paymaya for my Spotify Premium (I transferred from Globe payment to Paymaya, you may check that out too) and Netflix subscriptions. But you can certainly use it for online shopping stores that accept a Visa credit card. Paymaya will always alert you for the payments made and you can monitor it as well on the app. There are a lot more to discover with Paymaya, but so far I am enjoying what I have for now and there are no complaints. I hope this experience helps you out!

Paymaya FAQ’s

Merci beaucoup et à bientôt!


Spotify Premium via Globe Load

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All that is written here are based on my experience and opinions on the matter.*

Ola! I’ll be taking a break for a while in the USA series of #LesVoyagesdeNica by sharing my experience in subscribing with Spotify Premium using my prepaid Globe load. I am really glad that Spotify gave us this option of using your mobile load as a means for payment. I am quite hesitant at first because they first offered the premium service using credit card. I don’t own a credit card, but I do own a debit card. So, seeing this offer that they have which is accessible for most Filipinos is really a convenient choice.

When I first tried this, I didn’t get the process of the subscription. I loaded my prepaid sim around 130php during my first try. However, my Spotify account kept saying that I have insufficient funds. It was totally frustrating. Thankfully, after seeing Spotify Cares post, and messaging them directly via Messenger, they gave me the steps on how to subscribe via Globe. It turned out that I needed 144.48php due to the 12% VAT added to the 129php.

Current promo that will end for this week! Grab it now!

The steps were for (Globe users):

  1. Log in to your Spotify account on the web.
  2. Click the Get Premium option
  3. Choose your mode of payment: Credit Card, Globe/Smart, Online Banking
  4. If you chose Globe. Be sure that you have at least 150php prepaid load. Enter your mobile number.
  5. Wait for 2770 to send the PIN. Enter the PIN.
  6. Wait for the Confirmation message either on SMS, email or the web.
  7. Enjoy your Spotify Premium!



There you have it! I do hope my experience will help you on your journey to musical happiness. Haha!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

Arrowland by Gandiva

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! This activity was done before December 2016 ended but I will just be blogging and blabbering about it right now. So, before we embarked on a family vacay to Aurora, my brother, boyfriend and I went to an archery range opened just November of 2016 at SM Megamall. My boyfriend who is a big fan of Legolas just as I am found out about this and told me to invite my brother and his gf for a double date. However, his gf wasn’t able to come so he went third wheeling with us. Haha.

Before I start sharing of my first archery experience, let me give you a background of Arrowland and the company who started it. Gandiva is one of the pioneer archery brands in the Philippines. They started in the year 2007 with the goal of promoting archery as a sport. Their mission is let every Filipino have the first-hand experience of archery and to make it accessible to the masses. They started their first branch at the SM Mall of Asia in the year 2009, and now they opened Arrowland to even make archery something fun and enjoyable to the family as they provide the bows to use, which makes it truly accessible. The company’s name derives from the magical bow of a prince named Arjuna from the stories in Mahabharata.  (Source:

So here begins my first archery adventure…

Quite a crowd!


We took the 75 package for three persons.


We picked the Original target.

It was jam-packed and they weren’t accepting any at first for the first three hours as there was a long line of waiting archers like me. Haha. But, we really wanted to try so we roamed around first and had lunch then headed back to book and wait again. Good thing, they asked for our number and will text us once we are up next. We also filled up an indemnity form, which is a promise to pay for the cost of possible injury, because bow and arrows could be deadly.


Be sure to keep your receipt as you will need to present it.

My parents came over and we walked again waiting for the text and it was good timing as we were done with whatever we needed to buy, when we learned that we were up next.

This is it!
Armband to protect your arm, of course! Haha

Prior to entering they would put armbands on us and would ask if what your dominant hand is.

That’s quite heavy.



75 ÷ 3 = 25. First round was 15 arrows, the second set was 10, the kind lady gave us extra two arrows each for our last round.

Of course, a picture before the fiasco.


They also provide basic instruction on how to mount your arrow on the bow, your stance, when to release. Fret not, as they will be with you all throughout your session.

Yup, here I go.


The High Elves of Lothlorien or Hunger Games?? Chos!





Yep, we weren’t Legolas or Katniss-worthy but it was a good start. Haha. Excuses! But we really had fun and I would like to try again. Perhaps, if we availed the 300 arrows, by the 299th I’d be able to hit the target while the walls of Arrowland is filled with my other arrows. Hehe. The boys were quite kind to say if the target were a real person, they wouldn’t be able to walk. Aww, sweet boys! >_< I highly suggest and recommend that you try Arrowland with your family of teens or barkada, to experience one of the classic sports called archery.

For more details here are their contact numbers:

Gandiva Ortigas: (02) 638 8771
Arrowland Megamall: ‎(02) 577 0956 | 0917 8772425
Gandiva Davao: (082) 296 7011

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

30 Day Trial: Iflix (Free)

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by any brand or company mentioned here. All that are written are 100% based on my experience within the free period offered.*

Screenshot_2016-01-15-23-10-18Don’t you just love movies? Well, I certainly do. 😍I do like to watch a good movie, an interesting documentary or binge-watch the latest TV series. It’s at times, my own way of relaxing.

But oftentimes, CDs or DVDs are a bit out of the budget. While cinemas only offer to show them for a season, then gone. Others then would resort to piracy, which is definitely illegal. 😵😵😵

Then, with technology’s coming of age comes the online subscription for your movie-loving self. However, some offer it on steep prices or at times are not locally available. Thankfully, there are 3 companies who provide Hollywood films, but only 2 covers a wide range of Asian films as well.

Among the 3 companies, I decided to go test the free trial with the cheapest, which is Iflix. 😊Screenshot_2016-01-15-22-44-54

Price: 129php/month or pay pre- or post-paid via SMART Telecommunications

Free Trial period: 30 days. “No hassle” “no strings attached” sign-up. They send emails to remind you as well. 😁

Movies/TV series: Hollywood films, TV series, ABC TV shows, Japanese Animes, Asian telenovelas and movies. Though shows are selected, mostly old films.

Design: Black and red. Clean design.

Movie Downloads: Selected movies can be watched offline. A maximum of 10 shows, for a period of 7 days. Though I encountered a problem on the movie 27 Dresses, where the movie stops after the intro.

Connected Devices & Streaming: Maximum of 5 devices could be used with one account. But only 2 could be used for simultaneous streaming.

Other concerns: So far the only problem I encountered was some bits of lagging and technical difficulties. But overall, I could give Iflix a 3 out 5 for a job well done. Screenshot_2016-01-18-20-05-18

So in case you are itching to watch a rewind of the movie or the latest TV series, go and check out Iflix’s free trial and see if it suits your taste! 😊😊😊

For more inquires:

Iflix’s FAQ page

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!