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Old Man Walks from Pasay to Makati Every Day, Receives Free Bike from Shop

An old man walks from Pasay to Makati every day to sell candies for a living – and recently received a free bike from a shop! But the story behind that gift touched so many people’s hearts…

Persistence Pays Off

Since May 15, an 87-year-old man named Carlo Samonte would stop by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts to ask whether they had a bike that he can buy. But with the high demand of bikes today due to the community quarantine protocols, the bike shop didn’t have any.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

For many days, Tatay Carlo would pass by the shop twice a day, asking the same question.

About a week later, the bike shop finally had some stocks again. Tatay Carlo had his eye on a mini MTB but it was priced at Php4,800. He only had Php2,000 in savings. So, his question changed from whether the shop had a bike for sale to whether he could buy the bike for Php2,000.

But the shop assistants can’t give him the bike for that price.

Everyday, early in the morning and around 11 p.m. in the evening before he goes home to Villamor, he would pass by our store,” explained Fe Carandang, one of the owners of Carbs motorcycle, a bike and accessories shop on Andrews Avenue in Pasay City.

Last Tuesday, Tatay Carlo went to the shop like he always does. This time it was the owner who was at the front. Again, he asked the same question. Fe did not accept the lowball offer.

When the old man was gone, she was surprised to learn that he had been persistently asking the same question from the bike shop staff for over a week. She also felt sad after learning that the old man has been walking from Pasay to Makati everyday to sell candies.

Fe, a widow, decided along with her children that they would give the old man the bike for free.

Photo credit: CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts – Facebook

The following day, Tatay Carlo was back again with the same question. Fe accepted his Php2,000, but later handed it back to him. The only payment they were asking is a smile! How sweet.

As Tatay Carlo happily cycled off, a staff chased after him to give him a bike lock to ensure his bike is safe. Also, the shop gave him a free helmet! His persistence paid off. He was only asking to get the bike for Php2,000 but actually got it for free.

Netizens have also extended help to this old man, with some people sending groceries and other goods to the shop.

CARBS

Paying it ForwardEto po si Tatay araw araw po sya dumadaan sa shop para magtanong kung meron ba bike na available mula pa May 15 hangang kahapon, 2 beses isang araw, isa sa umaga bago umalis at dadaan ulit sa hapon bago umuwi.Last week po naging available ang mini MTB sa shop at araw araw nya din po tinatanong kung pwede po ba nya bilhin ung bike sa halagang 2,000, kahapon ako po mismo ang napagtanungan nya. tinanong nya ako kung pwede nya bilhin ng 2,000 ung bike at ang sabi ko po ay hindi po kaya, nalaman ko po na araw araw po ayun ang tinatanong nya sa aming staff.ngayon umaga dumaan ulit sya para tanungin kung pwede po nya bilhin ung bike ng 2.000, ngayong araw na ito ndi po sya nabigo. nakuha nya po ung bike na gusto nya sa KAPALIT isang NGITI po lamang.Si Tatay daw po ay araw araw naglalakad papuntang Makati galing Nichols para magbenta ng kendi.Tatay. Ride Safe po…

Posted by CARBS Motor/Bicycle Parts on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Biking Amid Community Quarantine

The various community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas in the Philippines led to a spike in the sale of bikes. Several areas have already created dedicated bike lanes to ensure the safety of these cyclists as they ride their bikes to work or go about with their daily activities.

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Online Seller Saves Php30k Profit in 2 Months, Grows Capital to Php70k

There are actually many ways to earn money, if you just know where to look. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Just like this online seller who managed to earn a profit of Php30k in just 2 months and also grew the capital from Php50k to Php70k. Wow.

Online Seller Shares Inspiring Savings Story

An online seller who used to just randomly spend the money earned from buying and selling cellphones finally decided to keep the capital and actually watch it grow. The seller was surprised to discover that their online shop could sell as many as 60 cellphones in 2 months.

By tracking their earnings and deciding to keep the capital intact, the online seller was able to grow the capital while also keeping a separate savings that’s now at Php30k in just 2 months. Instead of just spending the money on random stuff, the seller is now happily saving part of the earnings and watching it grow.

Photo credit: CFO PESO SENSE / Facebook

In a post shared on Facebook financial literacy group CFO PESO SENSE, the online seller who did not identify himself/herself shared that they had been buying and selling cellphones for 4 years, even before the pandemic started.

The seller only earns Php10,000 from a regular job. This money is used for the seller’s family and is used partly as capital for the buy and sell business. But because the seller did not keep track of the earnings and simply spent the earnings, including the capital, the business did not really grow a lot and the seller was not able to save any money.

It was only in January 2021 that the seller realized this kind of attitude should stop.

To make the story short, January 2021 nagdecide ako na magkakaroon lang ako ng fix na puhunan which is 50k at oobserbahan ko kung lalago ba ito. Naisip ko ang ganitong sitwayson kada may mabebenta kong cellphone magtatago ako ng isang 500 na partial lamang sa tubo dahil madalas nasa 2k ang tubo sa kada cellphone,” this online seller shared.

Ngayon ay nakaipon nako ng 60pcs na 500 meaning umabot na ng 30k ang tubo ko sa loob ng dalawang buwan. (take note hindi po buong tubo ang sinesave ko.) At hindi po nagagalaw si puhunan, ang 50k na puhunan na nilabas ay umabot na ngayon sa 70k.

Impressive, huh?

How to Be an Online Seller Philippines?

There are different ways to be an online seller in the Philippines:

  • Sell on Facebook Marketplace
  • Sell on Facebook groups
  • Post on your own social media accounts
  • Open your own online store
  • Sell on online commercial platforms like Shopee and Lazada
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Famous Celebrities with Rags-to-Riches Stories

They now belong to the roster of the world’s super rich people but there are many famous celebrities and personalities who once were so poor that they could barely afford to buy food to fill their hungry stomachs!

Steve Jobs

Before he became a millionaire at age 23, the youngest at the time to make it to Forbes’ list of the country’s richest people, Steve Jobs was poor. The child of two immigrant students who struggled to make ends meet, he was put up for adoption.

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The adoption itself was probably a blessing to Jobs whose adoptive father supported his love for electronics. This was how he eventually made a fortune.

Ralph Lauren

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The name ‘Ralph Lauren’ is so famous in the fashion industry that it is surprising to learn Lauren had been a poor immigrant who had only dreamed of becoming rich someday. He reportedly wrote “millionaire” as his future goal on his high school year book – and he managed to do that after building his own company from scratch.

Oprah Winfrey

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Born into a poor Mississippi family in 1954, Oprah Winfrey ran away from home at age 13 following a difficult childhood under the hands of family members and a family friend. She went on to become first African-American TV correspondent in the state of Tennessee at 19 and an acclaimed TV host who would later own her TV network.

She is officially recognized as the first female black billionaire with a net worth of around $2.6 billion.

J.K. Rowling

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Before she made a fortune that’s estimated to be at least $60 million with the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mom who could barely pay their rent. She battled depression before becoming one of the world’s most famous writers.

Celine Dion

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Growing up in a family with 14 children, Celine Dion experienced hardships and didn’t even have a room of her own. She slept on a little ramp that led to her siblings’ shared bedrooms. She rose to fame as one of the world’s most powerful singers and is now worth at least $455 million.

Dolly Parton

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Born to a tobacco farmer and construction worker who didn’t even know how to read or write, Dolly Parton shared the struggles of her family as the fourth of 12 children. But the young girl soon became a world-famous singer who would later win nine Grammy awards and is now worth more than $37 million.

Halle Berry

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Hally Berry slept in homeless shelters and struggled to make ends meet before becoming a famous actress with a net worth of around $80 million.

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Online Seller Shows What Really Happens Behind the Scenes of Beautiful Product Photos

These days, you will find a lot of great products being sold online – and many have such beautiful photos that truly make you want to buy the item. But did you know that behind the scenes, there might be a seller struggling to take the photos?

Online Seller Shares BTS of Item Pictorial

When selling something, especially online where your prospective buyers can’t actually peruse the item well, it is important to make sure that your photos look presentable. The better the pictures, the bigger chance that the prospective customer will buy the item.

Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook

That’s why a lot of sellers take time in taking pictures, making sure that they take the best ones that put their products in the best light.

Donna Donna is an online seller who owns D&D Collection PH, an online ukay ukaw shop based in Sasmuan, Pampanga. She’s been selling since 2016 and has learned the art of taking the best photos from the best angles with the best props to best sell her products.

Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook

The photos are creative and very ‘sosyal’, but Donna recently shared what actually happens behind the scenes. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Buhay Online Seller 😍,” she posted on her Facebook account.

Init ka lang online seller ako 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Behind the scene. Every collection ganito ang set up ko. Pictorial time 2-4pm dahil yun lang ang time ko since Tulog si baby. maiinit OO pero okay lang makakuha lang ng magandang picture ng mga damit. Kapag mahal mo talaga ginagawa mo mag eenjoy kana lang. wala ng arte arte sa panahon ngayon. Diskarte is the key 🔑.

Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook

Netizens were impressed at the final picture she was able to produce from that photoshoot. Despite the challenges, she was able to achieve nice pictures that would certainly attract more customers to buy from her shop.

Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook
Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook
Photo credit: Donna Donna / Facebook

What is BTS?

BTS (not the Korean band BTS) is a popular term these days. Though it is not a formal definition that you can find in the dictionary, BTS simply means “behind the scenes”. This is a term that many celebrities use to share their backstage photos and other snapshots or videos about what happens, well, behind the scenes of their show or movie.

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