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Family Mart Snack Run with the Beep™ Card

If there’s one thing I really dislike handling in public, it’s money; be it when I’m commuting, running errands or just popping by a convenience store to grab some midnight snacks. It’s a little bit of a hassle to have to bring out my wallet, and sometimes it takes up more time than I want it to.

Recently the beep™ card, launched in 2015 as a unified tap & go card for the three main railways (LRT & MRT) in Metro Manila, has been made available to be reloaded and used to purchase goods in 80 FamilyMart branches. Just when I thought the beep™ card as a unified payment system for our railways and other public transport was enough, they make it even tons more convenient for us to reload and use it in our everyday lives.

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The other night I got a little craving for some junk food, I dragged Gab along with me and he document our late night snack run. I grabbed my usual favorites: chips, some snapple, nerds, and the one thing I always visit FamilyMart for: Sushi. I also grabbed a magazine for Gab just because he was nice enough to drive me to the nearest FamilyMart.

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We spent a good 40 minutes in FamilyMart, mostly it was me going around trying to decide what I really wanted and then deciding to just eat it there. Haha. When it came to paying for my food, all I had to do was bring it up to the cashier, they rung up the items and then I simply tapped my beep™ card to pay. It literally took seconds, as opposed to when I have to use cash. There’s no more need to grab my wallet, count cash or even wait for change.

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I can just imagine college kids and young professionals (which is you guys, my lovely readers) taking advantage of the beep™ card because it really is such a great convenience in terms of time saved and public safety. Imagine having no need to line up to buy train tickets anymore, or grabbing a quick coffee at FamilyMart before class or work and just tapping to pay. It’s also a great way to budget your weekly/monthly expenses where you can set aside a budget for commutes and keep track of how much you’re spending on traveling. I’m so happy that we’re slowly advancing in terms of contactless payment solutions in the Philippines. :-)

beep™ cards can be purchased in any of the LRT and MRT stations and reloadable up to Php 10,000, and is valid for 4 years. Aside from FamilyMart branches, you can use beep™ cards in all three elevated railyways (LRT 1, LRT 2 and MRT 3), as well as select point-to-point bus lines (something I’m excited to try out as well!) and CAVITEX.

For more information on beep™ cards:

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Pia 3 February 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Was super happy when they announced this! When i first visited HK sobrang nainggit ako sa Octopus card nila because i can use it to pay for my stuff and bus rides din, and i kept wishing we could have something like it here. Finally! ❤️ Also, was it Gab who took your pictures? They look great! I’ve always wanted to have pictures inside supermarket/convenience stores pero nahihiya ako (and also baka hindi allowed) Great content, as always!

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  • Reply Jamie Catt 3 February 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Love the edit Camie! Reminds me of a vintage comic book <3

  • Reply Nathalie 3 February 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Brb purchasing beep™ cards. haha. Thank you for the informative post! And also beautiful photos, I looove the edit!

  • Reply Abby 3 February 2017 at 8:20 pm

    This is awesome. I have always wanted a unified form of payment. Super love that they did it for P2P and CAVITEX (though I rarely pass there), NOW THIS.

  • Reply Alissa 3 February 2017 at 9:21 pm

    We don’t have Family Mart here but this is so convenient. I hope 7/11 has one.

  • Reply Corinth Suarez 4 February 2017 at 5:51 am

    This is so convenient! And you are so cute! :) Love the photos

  • Reply Louise Ramos 4 February 2017 at 11:10 am

    Finally!! I’ve been waiting for the beep card to be like multipurpose cards in other countries, and this is one step closer to getting there. Plus, you and your photos are so cute Camie! :)

    xx, Lou | Caffeine Rush

  • Reply JJ 4 February 2017 at 11:44 am

    Wait mo lang. Magkakaroon din ng ganyang style at post si Keste. JESKELERD!!

  • Reply Trina 4 February 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Love the photos! Even if it’s a sponsored post, the photos are so you and I actually wanna try that Beep card if I didn’t know about it. Not sure if people will be able to read my comment but GET THE PAYMAYA BEEP INSTEAD! I hate using Prepaid cards because what happens with the money left in it if you’re not in the position to spend it, not gonna ride the LRT and/or planning to buy stuff. You also always end up having some “butal” in it.

    The Paymaya with Beep is much better because it’s (1) it can pay for your MRT/LRT rides, (2) it’s a virtual credit card you can use for local and international transactions that accept VISA, (3) you can send money to people through the app, and best of all (4) you can withdraw the left amount in it in case you decide not to use the money – there’s a P15 fee but at least you have an option to withdraw money in case you need the cash.

    I do not work for Paymaya but I just personally believe it’s the better option if you’re an avid MRT/LRT commuter.
    Link to their site: https://paymaya.com/beep/

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 4 February 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Love this blogpost, it’s so creative <3

  • Reply Benj Montgomery 8 February 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Camie, you are so adorable!

  • Reply Jeff Loves To Travel! 8 February 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Loved the theme to your blog and how you have edited.. We won’t “judge” you about the soda! lol. That was great. I rode the MRT in metro manila. That was an experience for me! Was a little scared at first, only because I haven’t did it before and Manila can be intimidating but loved the experience. Love the “Wild Spirit”! Happy travels. Your blog is great!

  • Reply Daniela Soriano 9 February 2017 at 12:46 am

    I loved these pictures!! <3

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  • Reply Yan 15 February 2017 at 1:27 am

    Wow at the photos you take at a CONVENIENCE STORE haha I’ll never have the guts to pose there :)) Beep has been very useful for me esp when riding the MRT and BGC buses! It lags a bit sa bus but I’m hoping it’ll get better over time. XD

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