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The Warriors are back once again in the NBA Finals for the 5th Straight Season

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NBA – Back to back NBA Champion the Golden State Warriors made a franchise history after defeating the Portland Trailblazer in a come from behind victory in Game 4, 119 – 117 to end the Western Conference Finals match and move on to the 2019 NBA Finals. The Warriors are now in their 5th straight NBA Finals appearance the most appearances in today’s league. 


The defending NBA Champion manages to pull up another comeback after falling behind by double digit in the early minutes of the 4th quarter. The home team Portland Trailblazer unable to hang on to their lead, but able to extend the game into overtime.

At the overtime Damian Lillard had his chance of winning the game but failed to connect a 3 point basket in the right side of the court that went to 119 – 117 win by the Warriors. Lillard finish the game with 28 points, 12 assists and 4 rebounds in what could be his best performance of the series in losing effort.

Meanwhile, 2 – time league MVP Stephen Curry, who was brilliant in the whole series finishing the game with triple double and a game high 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assist.

The Warriors only await the winner in the East between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. Bucks currently lead the series 2 – 1 while the Raptors are trying to tie the series at their home over the next game.

After 4 – straight NBA Finals appearance the Warriors are facing the East in the Finals with no LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors are 3 – 1 in the Finals since 2015 – 2018. The only loss by the Warriors is in 2016 after blowing a 3 – 1 lead in the Finals against the Cavs.

Now, the Warriors are still favored to win the title despite no Kevin Durant in the lineup due to injury. Will the Warriors be once again the NBA Champion? Let’s wait and see.

2019 SSS Contribution Table for Voluntary Members

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Philippines – The Social Security System or SSS has recently updated or increase their SSS Monthly Contribution that will cover all their SSS members, the changes have already taken effect last month April 2019 but the actual increase for me or maybe for most of us will begin this month of May 2019. 

April 2019 Updated SSS Contributions


According to the new and updated contribution table all members will increase their monthly contribution by 12% in pursuant of Republic Act No. 11199. The new SSS Contribution payments still cover employers (ER), employees (EE), self-employed, voluntary members, OFWs, kasambahay, and non-working spouse.

I’ve been paying my SSS Contribution quarterly as a voluntary member, my monthly contribution is amounting to PHP 550.00 only with a grand total of PHP 2,200.00 per quarterly payment, but upon checking my online SSS Account last April 2019 I noticed that my monthly contribution increases to PHP 600.00, a PHP 50.00 increase from my previous monthly contributions. For me, it’s not bad at all cause it's yours after all.

After that I generate and print my SSS Payment Reference Number amounting PHP 2,400.00 that will cover the month of May, June, July and August 2019 and I will pay it to the nearest SSS accredited payment center such as Western Union or Bayad Center.

It is also advisable that all SSS members must have or create an SSS Account Online to have an easy access on such online viewing of the SSS premium or monthly contribution, Employee Static Information (ESI), printing of PRN #, online scheduling, SSS Loan and others.

While, for other SSS members such employers, employee, OFWs, Kasambahay, you can check the SSS Website for the latest updates of their own SSS Contribution Table.

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are officially out of the 2019 NBA Playoffs

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NBA – In unexpected event the team that was supposed to reach the 2019 NBA Finals the Boston Celtics is now officially out of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. The Celtics loss to the East top seeded team Milwaukee Bucks 91 – 116 in Game 5 that lead to 1 – 4 series win favoring the Milwaukee Bucks in their own best of seven semi-final rounds at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 


The Celtics won Game 1 stunning the Bucks crowed that many basketball fans think it will be the Celtics to advance to the Conference Finals? It was supposed to happen after all LeBron James leaves the Eastern Conference after dominating the East for eight straight years of NBA Finals appearance.

But the expectation for Kyrie Irving and the Celtics went wrong after losing Game 2,3,4 and 5 and takes their early exit of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. It might also be the last time to see Kyrie Irving at Boston uniform? Irving will become a free agent in July but unless the Celtics management made an offer that Kyrie Irving could not refuse to leave Boston? Let’s just wait and see this coming free agency?

The Celtics are one of those 2 Teams that are expected to meet the NBA Finals the other one is the reigning back to back NBA Champion the Golden State Warriors.

Unlike the Celtics the Warriors are looking good of advancing the Western Conference Finals for the 5th straight Post Season after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 5 to lead their own semi-final series 3 – 2 putting the Warriors of one win of advancing the next round.

Meanwhile, the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks awaits the winner between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors are one game away of advancing to the next round to face the Bucks.

A beginners Guide on how to Open ATM Saving Account with Passbook at BDO

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Philippines – Here in our country opening a savings account at any Bank is a very good example of saving money for the near future or for any future purposes that will benefit the account holder or their families.


Saving money is an old but reliable habit of Filipino’s whenever an emergency comes in, there will be always a solution if you have money.

But how can we save money if we don’t have a savings account? Here is a simple and easy guide to open a savings account at BDO. Take note: this guide only applies at BDO which may be different from other Banks.

Quick Guide and Requirements on how to open an ATM Savings Account with Passbook at BDO.

For Employed or Factory Workers

1. Bring 2 Valid ID’s
2. Proof of Billing
3. 1x1 ID Picture
4. Minimum of 10,000 Pesos for deposit.
5. After that go to the nearest BDO Branch.
6. Ask for the guard that you are looking to open a savings account so he can assist you.
7. A customer representative will assist and guide you.
8. Just fill up all the form that the Customer representative will give you.
9. If all details are correct and successful you will have your Passbook at the end of the procedure.
10. ATM card will be given after 7 working days. So you will return for the ATM release.

For Self Employed

1. Bring 2 Valid ID’s
2. Proof of Billing
3. Proof of Income
4. 1 x 1 ID Picture
5. Minimum of 10,000 Pesos for deposit.
6. After that go to the nearest BDO Branch.
7. Ask for the guard that you are looking to open a savings account so he can assist you.
8. A customer representative will assist and guide you.
9. Just fill up all the form that the Customer representative will give you.
10. If all details are correct and successful you will have your Passbook at the end of the procedure.
11. ATM card will be given after 7 working days. So you will return for the ATM release.

This is my own experience at BDO Cabuyao, if one of my tips does not apply to you? You are welcome to contact me.