BeamAndGo Part 2 : Product Review

As a follow up on my previous post, which provided a snapshot of OFW-centered start-up, BeamAndGo, a more in-depth review of its platform is in order. Recall that BeamAndGo focuses on cashless remittance. Through collaboration with local stores and service providers, OFW’s are given another option to support their loved ones at home.

Instead of the traditional pera padala, BeamAndGo utilizes digital gift certificates which enable the recipient to directly acquire the targeted goods/services without the hassle of visiting a remittance center. Aside from being a faster and easier mode of transaction for both sender and recipient, this method also eliminates the prospect of financial mismanagement, which has been a constant issue concerning households and families.

Now, let’s delve into the specifics.

BeamAndGo offers a neat and straightforward user-interface for its website and corresponding mobile app. The current balance is instantly viewable from the homepage, together with the hamburger menu which acts as a portal to all possible transactions as well as the customization of user settings. The list of available products is likewise readily accessible, thus, enabling quicker purchases. Surprisingly, the sign-up process takes only seconds to complete given the option to simply hook up your existing Facebook account.

“Topping-up” your balance is relatively easy, with the LoadAndGo prepaid card. I once again appreciated, the simplicity and ease in which I was able to top-up P1000 worth of credit by merely scratching the silver film and inputting the revealed 12-character PIN into the LoadAndGo section of the site. With my balance now “topped-up”, I proceeded with my first transaction.

Heading on to the list of available purchases, my first impulse was to buy either Globe or Smart e-load. Unfortunately, they were not yet available at the time, together with Meralco, PLDT, SSS and PhilHealth. I decided to be of help to my household and availed myself of a SUPER 8 digital gift certificate, worth P1000. The checkout process can be compared to that of Lazada’s and Amazon’s: plain, quick, and enjoyable. All I had to do now, was wait for the SMS confirmation, which would also serve as the digital gift certificate itself.

As with its top-up load and checkout process, the SMS didn’t disappoint. I received a message on my phone a few minutes later, informing me that I can now use my digital GC at any of SUPER 8’s branches. (Take note that a valid I.D is required for the digital GC to be accommodated. In my case, a school I.D. did the trick.)

SUPER 8 readily acknowledged the digital GC, which absolutely stunned me. Compared to previous experiences, stores participating in partnerships were less than accommodating when it came to the customer presenting anything other than cash or credit card. I could only assume that BeamAndGo maintains an exceptional relationship with its partners. The only setback however was the lack of pre-printed slips necessary to complete the use of the digital GC. This made the pay-out process considerably slower, without which, would have been a near-perfect experience.

Once again, it is the vision and the mission of this company that pushes it forward, and with it, our beloved OFW’s. There is nothing nobler than genuinely trying to help our fellow men, whether it be through something as simple as a pat on the back, or through the unbelievable heights that technology could attain just to bridge the miles that keep families apart.  BeamAndGo is just another part of that bridge.




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Ever had that feeling what you know is useless and trivial? Well, nowadays, the market for answers is open, because of BitforTip, a Bitcoin-based answers site is now online wherein you can either ask a paid question, or answer and earn!

To use BitforTip to ask questions, one must first fund their account with Bitcoins. Once your account is funded, you can now set a reward for your question, and the Bitcoins used to fund it are now held in the BitforTip escrow — to be paid after you deem the answer correct and accurate. You can ask just about anything, from who was the artist of whichever song, to where you can get items for a cheaper the cheapest price!

Speaking of places where you can get items for a cheaper price, a member Zeus asked where he could get a Samsung Galaxy S6 with 32 GB memory  for less than AUD 750, and through BitforTip, got it AUD 112 cheaper. In Philippine Pesos that’s around PhP 3745.80.

As for earning, you can also start answering the questions posted on the site and getting Bitcoins from your the simple, complex or clever things you know. As mentioned above, the member who answered Zeus’ question about getting a brand new phone for a cheaper price, got around 0.004 Bitcoins. There are many more questions out there, where you can answer for coins. It’s definitely an easy way to get some bits from putting your wisdom and knowledge to good use.

The site is rather new, but the design is simple and minimalistic, and so far there haven’t been that much bugs in their system. You can either sign up using your Facebook account, or make a new one in their site itself.

They’re holding a giveaway for the first 60 members within their site:
Check it out and get some free bits to try out their site!

Whether you want to ask and get a guaranteed answer, help out some people with your knowledge or earn a few bits for less than 5 minutes of work, BitforTip is the right place for you.

Some people think a digital currency would usually mean something like gold pieces from a video game or credit for online shopping, and while that would be true, the same just can’t be said for Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has grown so much since its birth in 2009, and before its peak back when $25 worth of pizza were bought with 10,000 BTC. Sure, the exchange rate is just a meager fourth of what it was back then in 2012, and whether or not we see Bitcoin restored back to its so called “glory days” with soaring conversion rates, but it’s undeniable that this digital currency has been, is and will continue to be a big deal. Here in the Philippines, Bitcoin is still growing, but we’re getting there, nonetheless, as paying your bills has become easier with bitcoin.

That’s right. No more going to the local Bayad Center or your nearby Meralco branch just to pay your electric bill. allows you to get that over with real quick.

And not just that. Need to pay the Maynilad water bill? Credit card expenses due? Cignal needs a boost? Out of load? Need to pay your tuition for this semester?

Just by going to, go to Bill Payments, fill in your credentials and hit pay bill. Do note however, its better to pay way before the deadline. Just like that and you won’t have to whine about having to walk out when its that time of the month and the deadline’s up.

When you’re asked to go to the mall to pay your bills or make a roundtrip across the entire city to pay for electricity, water and school, why not just boot up your laptop and pay from there? So make sure to check out next time that happens.

Summer is long over, but do you really have to wait until the next holiday to book a flight or a reservation? The best resorts and hotels open slots ahead of time, and they’d be overloaded with callers and clients by the time December or summer arrives once more, just to be disappointed that they were all taken. Here’s a guide to prevent that from happening to you, and with bitcoin right by your side, you’ll be able to do it even faster and safer.


If you’re looking for simplicity, look no further than BTCTrip. Whether you’re from Manila or Cebu, it’s as simple as placing in your departure airport, your destination, leave date and return date. Then you can just tap ‘Search’ and it will grab you a list of flights that you can jump into and all the details you’ll need to know. So what’s the kicker? Well, you can buy a ticket to that flight with bitcoin, and just as simple as that, you’re all signed up and ready to fly!

Headed for Batanes? Book a flight to Basco! Bohol? Boracay? Or perhaps you’re going for an international flight? Headed for Tokyo or New York? Paris or London? BTCTrip makes the search easier, and paying fees with bitcoin minimizes transaction fees and additional costs your local flight agency or your airline might want to grab from you.


CashCashPinoy and MetroDeal are deal and discount sites, but it can be a lifesaver if you’re looking for a cheap steal. With stays at hotels or resorts, some including flight fees going as much as 25 and occasionally the lucky 95% off, it definitely is a site you should pay attention to. Maybe the flight you just booked was 50% off at CashCashPinoy, and it doesn’t hurt to check.

You could snag a trip to Cebu for half a grand, or a flight included deal to Boracay for two thousand from time to time, and once again, you can pay with bitcoin. These deals usually run a week, so you wouldn’t want to miss out.

So if you find yourself bored out of your mind during a holiday, now you can just grab your digital wallet and get anywhere with it, quite literally. So where have you decided to go this year?

If you’ve read the first part of this episodic informative article series, then you should be introduced to bitcoin already. You should already have a bitcoin wallet, know your bitcoin address and you should have an active presence in the community. So you’ve gotten yourself some bitcoin, now what are you going to do with it? You’re not exactly going to twiddle your thumbs again until something happens right? Just think of it, your first purchase. What could it be? That nice handbag or that new video game you’ve been saving up for all year? Isn’t it exciting? Well, what if you could pay for it – with bitcoin?


So you already got yourself money by being on your computer all day long? Well, why not make it even more 21st century by spending that money being on your computer all day long? There are already many Philippine services you can spend your money on, from CashCashPinoy and MetroDeal we’ve already mentioned so many times and through going to the local community groups to see if you can come to a deal. Certain merchants accept bitcoin on OLX and other peer-to-peer merchant sites, so why not?

Bitcoin transfers are quicker and more secure, but they can be fraudulent, so before buying anything, ensure that the merchant you’re buying from has a good reputation and has good and positive feedback from previous customers. If the item you want can be found online and are purchasable with bitcoin as a payment method, you’re in luck.


If you ever had the misfortune of having to deal with a site that has what you want but doesn’t accept bitcoin as a payment method, it may be a bit tricky. If you want something on Amazon or eBay, a gift card might do the trick. The best place to get gift cards are on Gyft, which is for US users only, so you may want to chat up a friend or a community member who can get that for you, try other sites.

PayPal can be a handy, as PayPal isn’t exactly confident and comfortable with bitcoin around the place, and they’re pretty open about it. If you really positively have to use PayPal, you can try having it traded through a merchant or follow the next part of the guide.


For those of you whose fathers, mothers and relatives are Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs, you may already be familiar with remittances. This is money sent by a worker abroad to his or her family, and while you’re not exactly the target audience, it’s still pretty great and reliable. and allow you to send bitcoin and pick it up at their HQ for free or at your local LBC, Cebuana Lhuillier and so on for a little fee. You can even have it sent to your savings account.

Through this, you can get your money as Philippine Peso and even send it to a loved one if you need to. Just like that, and you can spend your “bitcoins” just like regular money now.

Sure, we may not have fancy bitcoin ATMs all around the place (though if you live in the Makati area you may be in luck) or currency exchanges just next door, but we’re getting there. I hope that this guide has helped you in your future endeavors with bitcoin. It’s a tough world out there. And that’s it, The Filipino Kickstarter for Using Bitcoin. We’ve covered how to get started and what to do once you’re all set, and now it’s your turn. How will you kick your career further to the goal?