How to Connect LG Smart TV to WiFi?

In this post, I will share how to connect an LG Smart TV to a WiFi connection.

When you set up your LG Smart TV for the first time, it will ask you how you want to connect to the internet (wired or wireless). If you set up wired connection, you can switch it to a wireless connection. How? Follow these steps:

Note that you can do these steps as well to switch to another wireless connection.

How to connect LG Smart TV to WiFi

Time needed: 5 minutes.

It does not matter which screen you’re at the moment as long as the TV is on.

  1. Using the magic remote control, press the settings button. It is the button with the gear icon.

    For AKB75675304, it is on the row below the red power button.

  2. A list of icons will appear on-screen. Locate the Network option using the arrow down or up button on the remote, then press the OK button.

    1. How to connect LG Smart TV to WiFi - Settings options

  3. Now, use the left and right arrow buttons to select “Wi-Fi Connection” under Connection. See screenshot for your reference.

    2. Wi-Fi connection

  4. Choose the WiFi connection in the list using the arrow keys, then the OK button for selecting.

    3. Select the WiFi connection

  5. Enter the WiFi password if required using the arrow keys and the OK button for selecting a character on the on-screen keyboard.

    4. Enter the password if required

  6. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Connect button, then press the OK button on the remote.

    5. How to connect LG Smart TV to WiFi - Select the Connect option

That’s it! The TV will connect to the WiFi as long as the password is correct. For capital letters, select the shift key on the on-screen keyboard first.

P.S. This guide has been tested on LG 32LM630BPTB with magic remote AKB75675304.

If you have any questions, feel free to post it below in the comment section.


Clearance Event: What does this tracking status mean? [DHL]

This is the last of my series of posts about a few DHL tracking statuses. In this blog post, I am going to share some information regarding “Clearance Event”.

If you are waiting for a package from DHL and you get the same tracking status online, read on.

What is Clearance Event?

Clearance Event - DHL

For most shipments, it means that the customs of the destination country put them on hold for clearance. It can be that they need:

  • to double check the contents
  • further assess them for tax purposes
  • check if documents are needed for clearance
  • etc.

As for the clearance “time frame”, it depends on customs.

It would be nice if they just need a few hours to clear your package(s). Some take a couple of days depending on various situations. For example, they may require you to get a clearance, a document, first from another government agency that regulates the imported goods. Another example is, they may require you to submit documents to prove the value of the item(s), etc.

Similar Tracking Statuses

When you check the status of your DHL package online and see “Processed for clearance…”, “Shipment on hold”, or “Customs status updated” after its arrival in the destination country, you may allow a few hours until DHL updates it to “Clearance processing complete”. If no progress, say it has been 24 hours, you may call customer service to check if there is something you must do.

Just to share, DHL may notify a consignee through email if there’s a tax that needs to be paid, if they need documents, etc. Therefore, if you encounter any tracking status related to customs activities, you may check your email for updates.

Note that DHL tags a package as abandoned if not cleared within a given time frame. For example, within a month after the package’s arrival in the destination country.

Hope this information helps. If you have any questions, post it in the comment section below.

P.S. Customs has the rights to open a package to check its contents. If they opened your package, DHL may reseal it with a tape labeled with “Opened and resealed for customs purposes” (something like that).


Shipment held – Available upon receipt of payment: What does it mean?

Previously, I published a post regarding the DHL tracking status, “Forwarded for delivery“. And today, I’m going to tackle another status which is “Shipment held – Available upon receipt of payment“. Read on if you have a package with the same status!

A month ago, I placed an order on an online shopping website in South Korea. The box weighed around 25 kilograms and the total order value amounted to almost $1,000. As usual, I chose to have it shipped via DHL.

I knew for sure that customs will put the package on hold and that they will tax it.

The clearance was not smooth though because most of the items I purchased are regulated by a particular government agency. As a matter of fact, I had to get an import permit or clearance before they let go of the package. As a result, it took almost a month to deliver it.

I sent to DHL the permit as soon as I received it, then they immediately processed the release of my package.

On the day that I expected to receive it, it was when the tracking status updated to Shipment held – available upon receipt of payment.

shipment held - available upon receipt of payment

I thought I just need to wait for their courier to arrive and to receive my payment. One of their representatives told me via email. But nope! my anxiety led me to calling them. I had to clarify what will happen next.

What is Shipment Held – Available upon Receipt of Payment?

They confirmed that there’s a tax that I need to pay (around 10% of the total order value) and that I will receive an instruction through email which no one told me about. They clarified though that I can either pay online or with cash on delivery.

I chose the latter. However, since I called during lunchtime, they said that they may not be able to schedule the delivery within the day. So, they rescheduled it the following day.

Their courier did arrive that day and collected the tax payment in cash. They then gave me receipts as proof of payment. Digitally signed on their app to confirm receipt of the package, and that’s it!

So, if you have a package with the same tracking status, you may get in touch with them to confirm whether you will pay tax, or simply ask them of the next process.

Note that the tracking status may have different interpretation depending on the country you are in. So, your best bet is to get in touch with them and confirm.

If you need to pay tax, they can provide you the information you need such as the total amount, etc.

Hope this helps. If you have any questions, feel free to post it on the comment section below.


Forwarded for Delivery: What does it mean? [DHL]

In this post, I will share information regarding the DHL shipment status mentioned on the title, “Forwarded for delivery”.

As much as possible, I choose DHL when purchasing stuff online. Normally, I’ll see the shipment status, “With delivery courier” after customs cleared my package or after DHL moved it from their main warehouse to their delivery hub.

Two of my recent packages did not reflect such status though. Instead, DHL updated the tracking information with “Forwarded for delivery”.

forwarded for delivery DHL

To know what will happen next, I called them up. They then confirmed that the update literally means that they forwarded my package for delivery. The catch was their in-house courier will not deliver it to me. Instead, they tasked a third-party shipping company.

They assured me that the delivery is within the day. Note that they updated the status of the two packages at noon. Therefore, the third-party courier has a few hours left to complete the delivery.

They failed to deliver one box. Instead, they delivered it on the following day, though the tracking information said that they delivered it on the promised date.

I found out that the third-party company that they tasked to deliver my packages is Ninjavan. They did not provide a separate tracking number for checking the status of the delivery. So, all I had to do was to wait for the courier to arrive. So far, no missing boxes!

Per my experience, they only forwarded most of my packages that are zero-tax. They then delivered the rest that were taxed by customs and needed to be paid in cash.

As per them, there is no guarantee that their in-house couriers will deliver my packages moving forward. They said that it depends on the people working on their delivery hub whether to forward my boxes to a third-party again.

“Forwarded for delivery” just started showing up on my package’s shipment history last month, November.

That’s it! If you have a package with the same tracking status, DHL may have forwarded it to another courier for delivery. To confirm, you may contact them directly.

Questions? Let me know in the comment section below.

How-To Guides

Getting an OMB Certification, Permit, or Clearance

It’s been a while since my last blog. In this post, I will share my not-so-pleasant experience of getting an OMB certification or permit for the CDs I’ve purchased from South Korea.


So, it was last month, October, when I bought various CD albums from an online store in Korea. Prior to that, I did my research and found out about the OMB policy on importation of storage devices including CDs and DVDs.

According to the blog and Facebook posts I’ve read, I may need to get an OMB clearance or import permit prior to the release of my package. That is if customs will require it. (fingers crossed)

I ordered 40 albums. Per the OMB website, the consignee of a shipment or package containing 6 or more of CDs and DVDs needs to get a permit or license whichever is applicable.

1. Getting an OMB certification - Policy

The CDs are for personal use, so I applied for a one-time permit instead of a license which is good for regular importation.

The online store I bought the CDs from separated my order into two boxes and shipped them via DHL. I wouldn’t have known if I did not contact them. There’s no additional shipping fee, so it’s OK.

They shipped my order in the last week of October (the 28th), and it arrived here in the Philippines after two days.

2. The package arrived in Manila after two days

After its arrival, it was immediately processed for clearance. Guess what? Both boxes were put on hold. :D

I did not ignore the possibility of getting a permit. That is why on the same day that the store shipped the boxes, I’ve emailed OMB at I got that information from their official Facebook page.

Getting an OMB Certification, Permit, or Clearance [Day 1]

I’ve sent them a letter of intent in PDF format. I addressed it to their new chairman or CEO.

On the following day, October 29, 2020 at 3:12pm, I’ve received a response.

They sent me a sample copy of the letter of intent (assuming they rejected my drafted letter) and an affidavit of undertaking. The latter is new to me because no blog nor a Facebook post mentioned it. I thought I just need to submit a letter.

3. OMB sent me the instructions

In their response, they told me to send a copy of the waybill and my identification card. So, I had to submit four: letter of intent, scanned copy of my ID, an affidavit of undertaking, and a copy of the waybill.

I have never accomplished an affidavit of undertaking. Just to share, it is like a form that needs to be filled out and notarized. It is like an attestation that the package or shipment you have declared on it or say the items in your box are for personal use only. Not for commercial or distribution purposes.

Mine has been notarized a couple of kilometers away from home. I spent more than 700 pesos I think for that document alone. haha! Still, I’m thankful that the experience taught me how to have a document notarized.

Day 3

I want to get my permit as soon as possible. So, I readied and submitted the requirements to them on the following day (October 30, 2020 at 4:17pm). However, I only received a response after the long holiday.

They responded to me on November 3, 2020 at 4:30pm. Unfortunately, I’ve submitted a wrong document. Instead of a copy of the DHL waybill, I’ve sent my order invoice from PayPal.

4. I have sent the wrong document

I do not know what they need exactly, but I remember DHL sent me an email with a scanned copy of the waybill and the commercial invoice.

I haven’t mentioned it earlier. However, while communicating with OMB via email, DHL also sent me an email on November 2, 2020. They informed me that in order to release my box, I need to get an OMB clearance. Take note, they used the term “clearance”.

5. DHL also sent me an email regarding the hold

Also, in the email, they informed me that if my box is not cleared in 30 days from its arrival, they will tag it as abandoned.

To clarify, customs put just one box on hold. They released the other box the following day from the arrival.

Going back to OMB, I immediately forwarded to them the PDF file that DHL sent me.

Before I proceed, let me just share that some blogs or online posts I’ve read mentioned that we can apply for a clearance in advance as long as you have a copy of the tracking number. Per my experience, this is possible if you have a copy of the waybill also. If I knew it is a requirement, I should have informed the store to send me a copy.

Day 12

I dunno what happened to OMB, but I only received a response on November 9, 2020 at 4:47pm. One thing I noticed is that they usually reply in the afternoon and that they are slow in responding.

In the email, the representative I’m exchanging emails with just acknowledged receipt of the document and that’s it. No setting expectation or whatever. lol I don’t know when will I get my permit, how do I pay for it, whatever.

6. They just acknowledged receipt of the document

Days passed by including Typhoon Ulysses without getting any emails from them. I followed up to no avail.

I’m near the deadline and already frustrated for getting no feedback. So, I tried to approach CCB or Call Center ng Bayan for assistance. They are quite fast in replying and they endorsed my issue to OMB heads. Sadly, nothing happened. It’s funny that they endorsed my complaint to the previous chairman. haha!

Again, the deadline is near.

To my surprise, someone from their office with a different email address got back to me regarding the payment. It was on November 17, 2020 at 8:18am.

7. They finally sent me the payment instruction

OK! So, they told me to pay 150 pesos via Landbank. In the email, there’s an instruction in a PDF file and an assessment slip that shows the breakdown of fees.

It was an easy pie. Good thing I can pay with my UnionBank account. There are many options on the website, but the major banks are missing.

Again, I don’t want to waste time. I immediately made a payment, and sent them back the assessment slip and a screenshot of my 150 peso payment plus the transaction fee. Yap! I did not pay just 150. I think 170 or 180.

8. Payment sent

So, now the question is, what happened after I made a payment? Did I get my clearance or permit right away?

Day 23

Of course not! haha. I only received it on November 20, 2020 at 12:23pm. They did not reply back to my last email. However, they sent me a separate email with my certification attached to it. It’s a PDF file. I thought they will require me to pick it up, but thankfully, they sent it to me through email.

The document is not labeled as a permit nor a clearance. It’s a certification which says that the recipient can have his/her shipment released and that OMB do not object to it. lol

I immediately forwarded the file to DHL who then responded to me quickly. They told me that they will process the release of the shipment which they did. The sad news is they only told me that time that I have to pay customs fees of P4,221.00. :(

Getting an OMB certification - 9. DHL informed me of the total tax

But they did not deliver my package immediately! It took them two days. Also, I paid the tax in cash.

Lesson Learned from Getting an OMB Certification, Permit, or Clearance

Will I put myself on the same situation again? Nope! I’ll better buy CDs or DVDs and keep it at six pieces or below per box only.

If you are reading this and you are importing KPOP albums as a group manager, if customs will require you to get a certification, you need to get a copy of the identification card of each of your customers. :| I just read it on the previous email that OMB sent to me. If not and if you are a minor who purchased some items, your parents need to execute the affidavit on your behalf.

Of course, the list of requirements gets updated from time to time. It is best to contact them first to confirm.

As per OMB’s latest posts on Facebook, getting an OMB clearance, permit or license will take 5 business days. But were not sure about that! haha

Note that getting an OMB clearance, permit, license, or certification is not just for CDs and DVDs. Other storage devices such as SSD, HDD, SD card, etc. are also regulated by them. If you will import, export, distribute, sell, or whatever the said items, they or any other government agency like customs may require you to get a clearance, permit, license, or certification from them first.


Txn after cut off BPI

What is Txn after cut off in BPI Online or mobile app?

Same with posting of credit card transactions, any transaction using a BPI account, say a Savings account, will have a pending or “Txn after cut off” status first. BPI then posts the transaction details after one business day or longer depending if the transaction was made over the weekend, a holiday, or whatever.

Based on my experience, the details of transactions made on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday are posted every Tuesday, but that may not be the case all the time. Factors like system issues, upgrades, holidays, etc. might cause a delay.

Here’s an example:

I made the 10 peso transaction on Saturday and the 3,999 payment on Monday:

txn after cut off bpi

It just shows the same status: “Txn after cut-off”

Now, the system posted the transaction details for both on Tuesday:

transaction details posted

I usually ignore the dates when checking transactions. However, in this case, I noticed that BPI did not post the exact transaction date for the 10 peso amount. I made it last Saturday (August 1). But then, the app shows August 3 same with the card payment. 🤔


If you noticed an unrecognized transaction with “Txn After Cut Off” status, it’s best to contact BPI right away. They can check what the transaction is for; same with pending credit card transactions.


GrabPay account number: what to use?

This is me guessing what a GrabPay account number is.

So, lately I placed my usual monthly grocery order through GrabMart. What I usually do is pay with my credit card through GrabPay.

I only add the exact amount for every purchase including any discount.

For “this” particular order, everything went well until the store, Robinsons supermarket, texted me and said that one item off my grocery list is out of stock. So, they asked permission to removed it which I immediately approved.

It was too late to request for a replacement. So, the app notified me of the removal and price update.

The system removed the discount for missing the target amount after the update, and so I have to pay an additional 10 pesos. Meaning, I have to top up again or else my account will remain restricted (unable to use GrabPay but Cash).

The order went through though and the rider delivered the groceries to me within an hour.

The system did not send me the receipt as usual, but sent me a payment failure notification instead.

I don’t want my account with a restriction nor a balance, so I transferred the amount from my BPI account for free.

Transferring money to GrabPay is the same with other bank. I just had to enter the amount, account number, whatever.

It was my first time, so I have no idea what my account number is.

I then remember using my phone number to add funds to my PayMaya account. So, I thought it would be the same for GrabPay since customer service usually ask for my registered phone number whenever I contact them.

So, I tried and it worked!

GrabPay account number

Much to my surprise, the Grab app sent me a notification as soon as I tap on the Submit button on the BPI app.

So, what is GrabPay account number?

Lesson learned, GrabPay account number for transferring funds from BPI is my registered phone number! ❤️

How-To Guides

Enroll Citibank Credit Card to BPI

I had to enroll Citibank credit card to BPI recently. That would help me pay my bills online which is convenient than taking a trip to a bank, department store, whatever.

So, here’s what I did to register the card.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

I already have an existing BPI Online account, so all I have to do is to enroll the Citibank card.

  1. Signed in to my BPI Online account. Note that card enrollment via app is currently not possible.

    1 Sign in to BPI Online - Enroll Citibank Credit Card to BPI

  2. I went to the Main Menu > Other Services > Manage Recipients

    2 Go to Manage Recipients under Other Services

  3. Tapped on Add New Recipient

    3 Tap Add New Recipient

  4. I chose “Biller” > “Citibank”, then typed in my 16-digit card number in the reference box

    4 Choose Billers then Citibank Credit Card

  5. Reviewed and confirmed biller details

  6. Requested for an authentication code

    5 Request for an authentication code

  7. Entered and submitted the code sent to my registered mobile number

    6 Enter the code sent by BPI

  8. Enrollment is successful!

    7 Enroll Citibank Credit Card to BPI successful

That’s it! That’s how you enroll Citibank credit card to BPI.

I can pay immediately, but I pay on the bill’s due date. :)

How-To Guides

Google Sheets: How to move cell data with comment to another cell?

I’m not good in Google Sheets, however, I use its basic functions for organizing work-related information.

Recently, I had to polish an old spreadsheet so it would be easier for me to find the information I’ll need. To do so, I had to move cells from point A to B with everything intact such as comments, cell format, data, etc.

It was a challenge to me because I don’t have an idea how to move a comment in a cell to another one. Copy-paste won’t work!

So here’s what I did to accomplish the task:

Time needed: 1 minute.

In Google Sheets:

  1. Cut “the cell with a comment, etc.” that I want to move to another cell.

    Google Sheets - Cut a cell to move data with comment, notes, etc. to another cell

  2. Jump to the cell where I want to move the data

  3. Then, paste.

    Google Sheets - Pasting data to a cell

Now, I know! 😆 


ERC email address | Lodging a complaint

What is ERC email address?

Filing a complaint against an electric power distribution company like MERALCO? You can shoot ERC an email at

Their contact number is (02) 8689-5389.

ERC email address