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Where is your next vacation destination?


Talking about a vacation is one of life’s great pleasures. The planning, the anticipation, the expectations, the excitement, that’s all so much fun it should probably be included as part of the trip.

If nothing else, taking time off and enjoying a vacation experience is a great opportunity to sharpen up your picture-taking skills. But of course, there’s so much more to a vacation, starting with figuring out where to go.

So Xoom, a global leader in the business of money transfer, conducted a recent survey of its Fil-Am customers and asked this question: Where is your next vacation destination?

Visiting family and friends was the choice of 30 percent of the respondents in the survey. Hitting the beach, that was the answer from 14 percent of those who took part in the survey. And nine percent wanted to get away, choosing a vacation in a foreign city such as Paris or Rome.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, five percent answered that they preferred a ‘staycation’ as their next vacation. The roller coasters and raging waters at an amusement park were chosen as their next vacation by two percent in the survey.  And a full 29 percent were undecided. Maybe too many choices.


Which is your favorite Filipino dish?


Just talking about food is usually enough to make everyone hungry. Sometimes you can envision a great dish on a plate and if you close your eyes, you can just about smell the aroma.

Most everyone has a Filipino dish that they like the best, their go-to favorite whenever they prepare it themselves or see it on the menu at a restaurant. Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked ‘What is your favorite Filipino dish?’

As you might expect there were many answers and a lot of favorite dishes.

The survey found that 13 percent said the staple Adobo marinade was their favorite Filipino dish. Nine percent of the respondents said the stew Kare-Kare rated tops with them. Pancit, noodles that are also popular on birthdays, was the favorite of eight percent of those who answered the survey.

Lechon, the roast pork dish, attracted seven percent of the votes in the survey and Lumpia, the Philippines’ take on egg rolls, was chosen by five percent of the voters.

But the Filipino dish that was favored by the majority of the voters in the survey?  Everything, said 51 percent. Just one more question. When’s dinner?


How much do you spend per week commuting?


Too many people spend too much time not doing too much when they’re commuting to work. Certainly, traveling to and from work is not the most pleasant part of most workers’ days. Some commuters may have an easier trip than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s free.

Commuting to work costs money, sometimes plenty of it, which is part of the reason that commuting is not generally regarded as such a great experience.

The cost factor cuts across all lines of commuting and simply can’t be ignored.

So how much do you spend every week traveling to and from work? Global money transfer company heavyweight Xoom wanted to find out, so it conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and broke down the issue into something we all understand: Money.

Up to $25 every week was the answer for 53 percent of the respondents and 27 percent said their commuting costs were from $26-$50 a week.

As it turns out, those costs were on the low end. A full 11 percent who answered the survey said they paid between $51-$100 a week to commute to work. And four percent said they paid between $100-150 or more than $150 a week.


Have you ever shopped online?


Remember when the only way to purchase a washing machine or a book or a record or clothes or light bulbs or a sofa was to go to a store? Of course you do. Buying goods from the person standing in front of you was the way you did it, because there wasn’t really any other dominant choice.

So very long ago, right? The Internet changed everything as far as shopping and commerce go, just as it’s impacted a great deal of how we live our lives, enjoy entertainment, connect with friends and find out the answers to our questions.

Shopping at stores is still an option, but the availability and quantity of online shopping opportunities seems to be gaining in popularity almost daily.

Xoom, one of the world’s leaders in the business of digital money transfer, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked this question: “Have you ever shopped online?”

The results were, of course, overwhelming. A resounding 89 percent of the respondents in the survey said yes. Only 11 percent said they had not shopped online.

Isn’t that just about the answer that you would have expected? What would your answer be?


Plan on Sending Money for those going back to school?


That time of year is rolling around again, possibly quicker than some kids want and yet they’re probably still really excited about it even if they won’t admit it. Yes, it’s three very big words:  Back-to-School. It’s coming right up and no child can return to school unprepared, so back-to-school shopping is in full force.

Of course, the expenses can pile up, which makes it a very good time to help out.

Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked its clients if they planned to send money to someone in the Philippines for Back-to-School expenses.

Nearly half of the respondents in the survey, 49 percent, said they intend to send money back home to lend a hand in Back-to-School expenses. Meanwhile, 27 percent answered that they were not planning to send money, and 24 percent in the survey said they were not yet sure.

Schoolchildren probably think more about seeing their schoolmates again instead of how they’re getting a fresh start for a brand new year of learning in the classroom. But their parents also keep an eye on the bottom line, and Xoom is there to make it easy for friends and family to help out their loved ones.


What’s most important when choosing a smartphone or tablet?


If you’re in the market for electronic devices – and if you aren’t now, you surely will be – there are so many choices that might make you feel overwhelmed.  But just as surely as there are many ways to go, there are also many options out there that are important and will help you make the decision that’s best for you.

So what’s most important when choosing a smartphone or a tablet? Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, recently conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers to find out.

The kind of operating system the device uses was the most important reason to 26 percent who answered the survey.  App capabilities and brand were the most important reason chosen by 18 percent in the survey, while 15 percent said it was the price of the smartphone or tablet.

The life of the battery was the most important reason for 10 percent of the respondents and five percent said the size of the screen was the deciding issue.

What’s most important to you?  Maybe it’s best to take into account all of the reasons that make selecting a smartphone or tablet important.  You’re the one that’s going to be using it, after all.


Which gift will you give Mom for Mother’s Day?


It’s always the same date every year and it’s also something you will always remember for a very basic reason. Because Mother’s Day is simply unforgettable. The second Sunday every May is the one single day on the calendar and in your heart when we recognize our mothers and give them the respect they deserve every day of the year.

But what do you do for your mothers on her special day? Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted an exclusive study of its FilAm customers to find out.

Flowers for Mother’s Day, sure, you may have guessed that flowers are the most popular gift for moms, as 31 percent of those asked in the survey responded. Some 20 percent who answered the survey said a gift card was their idea how to best show respect for their mothers on Mother’s Day.

And 15 percent of the respondents said a special Mother’s Day card was their choice of honoring mom, nine percent answered a day at the spa or salon, six percent said perfume or makeup and five percent said their choice of gift for their mother would be chocolates.

Whatever your mother gets, she’ll be happy, as long as it’s wrapped in love.


Which devices do you use at home to access the internet?


Staying connected isn’t just about maintaining a relationship because there clearly is a practical side to it as well. The truth is that if you’re not connected, you’re out of touch, literally, at least in one particular instance that probably you and everyone around you understands easily.

Consider the question Xoom recently asked its Fil-Am customers in an exclusive survey conducted by the money transfer leader. Xoom asked ‘What devices do you use at home to access the internet?’

Perhaps not surprisingly, there was an overwhelming choice – laptop or desktop was the answer from 96 percent of the respondents in the survey. Some 34 percent said they used their smart phone to access the internet at home and 16 percent answered that they used their tablet while 12 percent who took the survey said something else.

It seems possible that smart phones are most often used when you’re on the go, and that it’s more convenient to log on using your laptop or desktop when you’re at home. But whatever device to access the internet works best for you, it seems clear that staying connected is becoming an even greater part of our lives. And it probably isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.