Samsung washing machines for the multi-tasking mom!

Choosing a good washing machine is, perhaps, the single best investment a mom can make for her family. Just imagine how it can cut a daunting chore in half or even our dependence on household staff. But it seems we commit some big mistakes when using our washing machines. Here are some of them:

1. Too much mechanical action can cause damage to delicate fabrics and clothes in general.

2. Putting excess detergent so clothes will be cleaner and smelling good leaves residue. This can, again, cause damage to fabrics, aside from being harmful to the environment.

3. Selecting a higher temperature wastes energy and will harm your clothes in the process.

4. Same with using the machine for a longer time to wash clothes. The longer the time, the more energy is wasted, and the higher your electric bill.

During a Samsung event recently, I was acquainted with how high tech and innovative their newest line of ‘smart’ washing machines are. For example,the digital inverter features are worth looking into. The initial cashout maybe higher for these types but one can save money, time and effort in the long term.

Samsung washing machine

Front load washers are generally deemed more efficient. Samsung ups the ante with its Fully Automatic Front Load Washer (model WW5000) that has EcoBubble Technology and a Stain Away Program. EcoBubble completely dissolves and distributes the detergent for easy rinsing, deep fabric penetration and greatly minimizes detergent residue.

Stain Away, on the other hand, is a pre-programmed cycle in the washer that helps remove common, stubborn stains. Blood, coffee, tea, wine, and make-up are just some of them. In the setting, there’s a special bubble soaking stage where frothy bubbles penetrate deep into the clothes’ fibers to loosen dirt and stains.

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Harman & JBL wireless speakers + headphones!

Having teenage kids, music players and other sound peripherals are definitely on my list of things to buy this Christmas.Of course, these days we can get super cheap stuff that’s Made in China from friendly mall stores like CD-R King but methinks one no-fail guideline when buying is to always go for quality. And most of the time, quality can only come from a solid, prestigious brand.

That’s why when the invite came from Harman International Industries Inc. to view their latest product lines, I didn’t hesitate further. They’re the company behind such premium labels as Infinity, AKG Acoustics, JBL, Mark Levinson Audio Systems and of course, Harman/Kardon.

An extensive lineup of the Harman product line is available at Abenson’s newly-opened sprawling store in Ascott Bonifacio Global City. I felt love at first sight with this Harman/Kardon Soho headphone. For starters, it looks so classy with its camel color…

Harman

Sound delivery was awesome, but this should be expected of a headset that costs more than P10,000. Definitely a choice for the music aficionado or sound connoisseur who wants to splurge this Xmas.

Me at Harman launch

The JBL line has more affordable pricing, like this Pebbles portable plug & play computer speakers at P2,599.

JBL Pebbles

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BlackBerry Passport lands in the Philippines!

Reporting & Coverage by Angelique Misa

While many have been wondering, especially the techies and avid BB users as to why they’ve been MIA for quite some time, I think it’s safe to say that the brilliant minds behind the brand were busy creating a new smartphone that will cater the needs of the techie consumers. Thus the birth of the new BlackBerry Passport!

Last November 25, 2014, Blackberry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, introduced the all-new BlackBerry® Passport in the Philippines. It features a large square 4.5” touch screen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. The fun part is that the device is actually the size of a Passport which explains the name.

BB Passport

During the event, the Philippines & Singapore Managing Director – Cameron Vernest said: “We are excited to mark a new milestone for BlackBerry here in the Philippines, with the introduction of the first square screen design and touch-enabled keyboard smartphone – the BlackBerry Passport. Aimed at mobile professionals and equipped with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS, this groundbreaking device will allow users to elevate their productivity and collaborate more effectively. The BlackBerry Passport will definitely be the talk of the town, breaking through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices.”

Aside from its latest OS platform – Blackberry 10.3, the device is pretty much loaded with enhanced application features that will sure amaze its potential clients. Blackberry Passport highlights Blackberry Blend, an application which allow users to manage the content of their Blackberry phone from different devices like computer and/or tablets. Blackberry Assistant which can be used with a voice or text command is also one of the highlight features of the Blackberry Passport. A Dual App Storefront – Blackberry World & Amazon Appstore are also preloaded in the new smartphone.

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7 things about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung’s best phone of the season landed in Manila yesterday…oh wait, it’s not just a phone but a phablet.There was a long line among consumers who wanted to get first dibs of the much-acclaimed Galaxy Note 4 at the Mall of Asia. They were either walk-ins or reserved online, and the first 4 to make the web reservation even got their device for free. We say yay! because Samsung Philippines announced the introductory price for the Note 4 is at a hefty P37,990, for those not availing of a telco plan.

Samsung MOA

Industry watchers expect the Galaxy Note 4 to compete head-to-head with the iPhone 6 Plus. There’s a loyal band of Samsung users, however, specifically those who have used the Note from the beginning. And they will surely put this gadget on their Xmas wishlist. Here’s our first look of the glistening beauty and the icons you can find on the homescreen –

Galaxy Note 4

Here are just 8 top features of the Galaxy Note 4 which you probably didn’t see in previous Note incarnations:

1. The 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display – this is specially recommended if you put a premium on web-browsing and e-booking. The ultra-high resolution of texts, images and videos make everything come alive!

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@lazadaPH Sept. 25 flash sale + Mi Power Bank giveaway!

The Philippines’ biggest online shopping mall, Lazada (@lazadaPH),has made a name for itself with its Flash Sales. It is an innovative way of selling that has clicked with the general population. In the words of Lazada PH CEO Inanc Balci, this is a unique strategy which is appealing to a growing segment of mobile- and net-enabled people who employ the ‘fastest finger frenzy’ when it comes to making their online shopping choices.

” Online shoppers who are able to proceed quickest to the check-out page enjoys the exhilarating success of having their exclusive purchases right at their doorstep,” Balci added.

Redmi Bundle

This coming September 25 at exactly 11am, Lazada will be having another flash sale of its bestselling stock, the Redmi 1S. What’s good about this is that for an extra amount of only PhP 10, you can bundle up your Redmi with such cool accessories as the Redmi Back Cover, the Redmi Soft Case, and the Redmi Screen protector. You can pick from any of the six bundles, depending on your likes, preferences and personality.

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Urbanears Plattan giveaway! #annalyn10years

After a resounding response to my Mi earphones giveaway last week courtesy of @lazadaPH (we have a winner here), another reader will be lucky to bring home these gorgeous Urbanears Plattan headphones courtesy of our friends from Digits Trading Philippines!

Urbanears Plattan

(note: item may not be the same color as the one shown in the photo, but retail price stated remains at P2,950).

Urbanears Plattan headphones are a delight if you want to enjoy your music in complete style and fashion. You wouldn’t be ashamed being seen in these – whether you’re in the coffeeshop, school, office or gym – because they’re eye candy. Most important of all, they deliver outstanding quality sound. Construction is solid, and it can be folded to the size of your hand for convenience and portability.

So what more are you waiting for , join this giveaway via Rafflecopter and complete the mechanics for winning:

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S Flash Sale @LazadaPH + giveaway!

Today I was a very happy bunny because I finally got my hands on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S personally delivered by no less than (ahem!) the young and dashing Inanc Balci, co-founder and CEO of LazadaPH.

with Lazada CEO Inanc

On the table: the Redmi 1S (in blue silicone case), Mi Power Bank and Mi earphones which we will ALL be giving away here on annalyn.net. How exciting!!!

But first the important announcement: the much in-demand Xiaomi phones are presently exclusively available only at Lazada Philippines..if you can find them in the gray market, they might be sold at higher prices.That is why, it is advisable to join Lazada Flash Sales when they happen. Fortunately, there’s one happening on September 12 where the Redmi 1S will be sold at a budget-friendly price of only P5,599!

redmi

First look at the Redmi 1S acclaimed by tech reviewers as presently the best budget smartphone in its class:

Redmi S

Mr. Balci revealed that the feedback to their flash sales has been crazy, to say the least. For those who want to get first dibs on the Redmi 1s, it is a MUST to register before midnight of September 11 (Thursday) to qualify for the Sept. 12 Flash Sale. As they say on the website, “registration does not guarantee the purchase of a Redmi 1S” but it does help to have the fastest fingers :)

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Tech Tuesday: selfie or groufie with Huawei Ascend P7 LTE

I travel light and you have to treat me to artisan coffee to convince me to lug around a DSLR or still camera other than the smartphone I already have for those mundane blog coverages. You see, I’d rather opt for my own comfort and convenience over the more excellent pictures that a bulky DSLR delivers (sorry, dear readers.)

But I have to admit that I had to take a second look when the full specifications of the Huawei Ascend P7 was given to me. Its dual cameras (13MP at the rear and 8MP for front-facing) are perfect for today’s wave of selfie and ‘groufie’ – crazy individuals.

Small lenses are usually the problem on camphones, but the 5P non-spherical lens on the 13MP camera of the P7 means you can take amazing panoramic shots when you’re in tourist attractions like this..

A beautiful backdrop

Double-clicking the down volume button once launches the camera in 1.2 seconds, even in a locked mode. This ensures that you don’t miss out on the action.

Double tap snapshot

(Official photos from Huawei)

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@samsungPH recipe challenge: win a Smart Oven + RT6000 ref!

Recipe challenge

We’ve partnered with our friends from Samsung Philippines to launch a recipe challenge which will give one reader of this blog a chance to win a Samsung Smart Oven worth at least P14,000. I’ve written about it in this post.

But there’s more. The winning recipe will be pitted with the recipes of two other participants in a cook-off end of July 2014 where a Samsung RT6000 digital inverter ref (worth at least P40,000) is at stake for the grand prize winner. The RT6000 ref is the perfect fit for the modern home maker because of its reliability, excellent cooling performance, efficiency, durability and excellent design. It’s an appliance you’d want to have in your kitchen!

Sounds easier than winning the lotto, right? All you have to do is submit your best, award-winning personal recipe to this page from July 15 to July 28, 2014.

The participating blogs for this contest are the following: annalyn.net, animetric.blogspot.com, kellymisa.com. Reader must submit only to one blog site to join.

Here’s the rest of the contest rules:

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Intelligence testing thru fingerprints by Encycligent

As a mom, it’s quite a daunting task to raise kids who differ from each other – not only in terms of interests – but also in their personalities and temperament. If they were all the same, what a perfect world this would be! Unfortunately, this is not what nature intended. People are different from each other, even if they’re related in blood or belong to the same direct family line. The challenge of parenthood, in my case, has always been to understand my children’s uniqueness and to deal with their differences.

People have a variety of approaches on coping with life, how they learn in the academe and in the so-called school of hard knocks. As a mom, I describe my parenting style as “cool,” to say the least. I put no pressure on my kids to top their classes in school (even though I was an honor student myself). As I’ve written before, it’s just important that they develop the discipline for learning, human relations & street smarts to cope with whatever life deals them later on.

But surely there’s a scientific basis for the diversity in human character and behavior? There are actually many schools of thought on this matter. Most recently, I was glad to be acquainted with dermatoglyphics or the science of fingerprints. Dr. Harold Cummins coined the term in 1926 from the Greek words derma (skin) and glyphe (carve). Because fingerprints are unique to each individual, they have been scientifically proven as a valid method for identifying people (like criminals) and can even detect genetic disorders in newborn babies.

From the study of fingerprints comes now their link in tapping the innate talents and intellectual capability of a person. Inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory on Multiple Intelligences and Professor Roger W. Sperry’s Nobel Prize-winning research on the left and right brain functions, Taiwanese Professor Lin came up with the Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test or DMIT.

16 Multiple

DMIT is a patented scientific system to determine an individual’s 16 Multiple Intelligences based on genetics, embryology, neuroscience, and dermatoglyphics. Dr. Lin stated that each of our 10 fingers coincide with our Multiple Intelligence and our inborn talents and skills. If the fingerprints of a person are captured accurately and analyzed correctly, each of the 10 inborn Multiple Intelligence can be unlocked and focused on for the betterment of the person.

I have to admit that my interest was piqued 100% when the whole concept was explained to me by Rosana Sy, president of Encycligent Inc., the company which has brought DMIT to the Philippines.

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