May 9, 2013 by ajay
So you’ve heard the news: the Samsung Galaxy S4 has landed and is now being offered in the postpaid plans of the leading telcos, Globe & Smart. It makes me wonder whether an S5 or S6 is in the works. And for those like me who wonder about the difference between the S4 and the S3, read more towards the end of this post.
Anyhow, here’s a photo collage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launched we attended in Bonifacio Global City a couple of weeks ago. The S4 is an eye candy and the must-have smartphone of the summer season so naturally, Manila’s beautiful people were there during the event.
Here’s the phone’s close-up.It comes in the two basic colors now: Black Mist & White Frost. But there should be additional color options during the latter part of the year.
What’s easily noticed is the larger screen size which makes texts and images really come to life on the Full HD Super AMOLED display. In fact, some people are now saying that with the 5-inch screen size of the S4 (just a tad smaller than the Galaxy Note 2 at 5.5″), the S4 can be very well called a phablet (phone + tablet), thereby making it a real multi-tasking device for people who lead busy lifestyles.
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May 9, 2013 by ajay
Toshiba is one of the oldest, if not the oldest TV brand we know.That is why I was glad to be apprised by them of the latest in TV technology in a launch recently. As a Pinoy, am one with the rest in believing that the bigger the screen and the brighter the picture, it’s okay already. The experts would advise buyers to be more concerned with the nitty gritty. They actually think the picture quality of the TV is a better gauge than the brightness component.
“Televisions are being made to create a wow feeling, the bigger the screen, the more excitement,” said Yuuji Motomura, brand manager for Toshiba Japan’s TV Division. “The problem though is that with bigger screens, even images shot in full HD can look pixelized. It is not enough that the TV screen is big – it also has to be equipped with the technology that maintains the high picture quality to enhance the viewing experience.”
For its new generation of TVs, Toshiba has launched Cevo 4K, its core technology for television which upgrades TV image quality, restores precision, and enables superior picture for contents like Blu-ray, HD TV and 4K video. It is an enhancement of the 4K video format first introduced by Toshiba in 2011. The big deal about 4K is its resolution that’s four times the pixels of full HD. To the regular viewer, this means onscreen images appear closest to the way they look in real life!
No less than noted commercial director Paul Soriano and top tech blogger Abe “Yuga” Olandres are saying positive words about Toshiba’s latest innovation.
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May 7, 2013 by ajay
Over the weekend, the family had a wonderful staycation at F1 Hotel Manila, otherwise known as the first topnotch hotel to rise in Bonifacio Global City. Their location is simply superb since it’s just walking distance to Bonifacio High Street, St. Luke’s Medical Center and other happening areas in the bustling Fort strip.
F1 is part-hotel, part-residential. It is also 100% Filipino owned so it was quite impressive stepping into their modern lobby on the fifth floor. You’d think it was part of an international chain.
We checked in their Fort Suite, a one-bedroom apartment with an approximate size of 45 square meters (rate: P8,820 per night). Highlight was the huge queen bed which surprisingly fit me and my three little girls. I really loved the working table (not shown in photo) with flat TV on the wall and a ready cable for connecting your computer to the web. Big points to this hotel for fast and free, not paid, broadband internet.There’s also a spacious closet and the bathroom had a shower (wish it was a tub!)
The living room had a sofa, another flat TV, dining table, mini bar, closet and coffee-making equipment. But my favorite was the full-length mirror with native accent, a must if you’re obsessed with “selfie’s” like everyone else. Haha.
As a mom, I had a great bonding time with my kids during this short stay. Aside from escaping Manila’s intense summer heat in the comfort of our airconditioned room, we also enjoyed the food at their all-day restaurant and frolicking in a choice of any of the hotel’s three swimming pools!
This coming Mother’s Day on May 12, F1 Hotel Manila is going out of its way to treat all moms out there and make them feel special. Find out more about their offerings
after the jump.
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May 6, 2013 by ajay
(In photo: JV Ejercito on the campaign trail with son Julio)
JV Estrada is the only senatorial candidate we have touched based with so far, in the run up to next week’s national elections. In keeping with his commitment to be a true-blue netizen, his social media team has been active in making sure that his message is put across.
We don’t think it works against JV that he’s an Estrada by blood and by name. He says it is more important that his track record as former San Juan City mayor and legislator speak for itself.
On being mayor: “We were able to raise our income from P300 million annually when I started as a leader of the city and this rose to P1.1 billion during my last day in office. In effect, our income quadrupled, even if I was in the opposition,” JV said.
“Because of good fiscal management we were able to implement all our dream projects. We had a new City Hall, we were able to establish a state university which is funded by the local government. But for me, the biggest accomplishment is being able to uplift the living conditions of our people. San Juan has the lowest poverty incidence among the LGUs all over the country. Because of our vibrant economy, we were able to give jobs and opportunities to a lot of citizens,” he added.
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May 6, 2013 by ajay
More and more visitors from around the world are flocking to Al Hamra, a picturesque coastal town located in thriving Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), one of seven sheikdoms of the United Arab Emirates.
Under the strategic leadership of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the town of Al Hamra has been transformed into a world-renowned tourist destination featuring an abundance of leisure and recreational activities. Among these attractions, Al Hamra Golf Club is one of the most prestigious.
A Hidden Oasis
Tucked along the waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Al Hamra Golf Club is a place where expert golfers and budding novices can exist in harmony while enjoying tee time on a one-of-a-kind eighteen-hole golf course. The course features four open interconnected water lagoons for a breathtaking view as golfers make their way around the course.
This popular golfing attraction was designed by Peter Harradine, the senior architect of his family business “Harradine Golf.” Considered an icon in the golfing industry, Harradine has designed more than 160 state-of-the-art golf courses around the world.
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May 5, 2013 by ajay
As food bloggers, our routine when visiting an establishment together is to shoot (take photos), eat, savor, chat, shoot again … sometimes not necessarily in that order. That’s why when the columnist and chef-patron Stephanie Zubiri of Makati’s Atelier 317 asked this question,”what will make you go back to a restaurant?,” it seriously got me into thinking.
I could easily answer “if it’s as cheap as Jollibee!” but considering the competition among non-fastfood restaurants these days and the variety of cuisines they offer, it’s a very valid, thought-provoking question: what will make you really go back?
Good thing Atelier 317 charms you at first sight. It looked like fine dining without being intimidating. Just the perfect spot to bring your friends, family, date. It helps that the location is not in the mall but almost beside it (walking distance to Rockwell Power Plant.) Our host is proud of the fact that the street location remains one of those places in Makati which has maintained its character, with taho and dirty ice cream vendors still roaming around.
So aside from the ambiance of a place, what would make me really go back is the food. Preferably a distinct specialty which I can’t find somewhere else. In the case of Atelier 317, it’s the certain luxuriousness of their comfort food which lingers and entices. Everything probably takes inspiration from Stephanie’s image as a gourmand since she devised the menu herself.
The beef balsamic adobo (P650 for a solo order) was a standout. Tasting the chunks of meat, I could detect the perfect melding of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce & olive oil in this adobo and who knows what other talisman they put in here to make it such a delight. The fine Angus beef was so meltingly tender that it could only have been slow-cooked for hours … using the pressure-cooker is a no-no, as the owner tells her chefs.
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May 2, 2013 by ajay
It was end of last year when I acquired the 2013 Toyota Vios and I never regretted it. Toyota is a brand known for its reliability and I love that the Vios is very fuel efficient too. I can drive around town all day and never think about wasting my money on gas because its fuel consumption is at an impressive 23 km/liter!
No matter which Toyota model you own, you need to do regular maintenance in order to keep your warranty in effect. In addition, you will get the most mileage when you take care of the vehicle.
Your owner’s manual will have a maintenance schedule that is both required and recommended by the factory. The easiest thing to do in order to extend the life of your car is to keep your oil and filter changed. If you change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months, you will get a lot of life out of your vehicle. The maintenance schedule may recommend changing the oil at 3,000 or 5,000 miles. It will depend upon what type of oil you use.
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May 1, 2013 by ajay
My youngest daughter Lucia is a suki (patron) of SM Kids’ Fashion… she wears this label’s clothes all the time! As a mom, my fear is for her to have the scourge of the bunso and it starts with the letter H: hand-me-down’s! Thankfully, this is not possible because SM Kids’ fashion ensembles are not only trendy & fashionable, they’re also very affordable. Just look at these clothes, none of them is above P500.
From the Summer 2013 collection: owl t-shirt, P199.75, folding jeans, P499.75.
SM Kids’ collection for this hot season is all about eyecatching neon shades. From lemon yellow to deep fuchsia and beyond, these pieces add a fun twist to the current color blocking trends of the runway. Plain leggings also get an upgrade with florals, tropical palms, and other unique motifs. And for collectible novelty items that never run out of style, there’s always Coors merchandise at WearYourBeer.com
SM Kids’ Fashion is clearly the choice of the practical parent. Why spend on expensive designer labels when it will be outgrown by your kid in a year’s time?
And now for an element of fun, we’re giving one cute child the chance to shop away with P1500 worth of GCs from SM Kids.As the poster says, just send us a pic answering the question: “What would you wear to a summer party?” The brightest, most fantabulous photo presentation wins. Complete mechanics after the jump.
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May 1, 2013 by ajay
In the ideal world, wouldn’t it be nice if the people we elect into public office responded to our Facebook rants, added us on LinkedIn or tweeted using our @username. At least it would give some semblance that he/she is in touch with the real world where everyone is net-connected.
Of the senatorial candidates at present, JV Ejercito Estrada is proud to be a true-blue netizen. He’s positive about building up a legacy of active online engagement with 102,480 followers on his Facebook account and 20,837 on Twitter. His father, Erap Estrada, has a Klout score of 83 but JV isn’t far behind with a score of 74.
In photo: JV (left) with Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay and fellow UNA senatorial candidate Migs Zubiri
JV can often be found tweeting his reply when asked about the issues of the day. Of the recent survey results showing him to be on the top 5 or top 7 of leading senatoriables, he had this to say on his Twitter: “I am still thankful that I am in the winning circle in the latest SWS-BW survey. This survey period was when my political ads went off the air because of financial reasons. Still lucky to be in the magic 12 in spite of the problems we in the opposition encounter.”
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April 30, 2013 by ajay
The best floor scales are made to withstand a heavy load, but they also fit perfectly in the warehouse, offer stability and continue to work for many years.
FloorScalesDirect.com provides platform scales that meet the demands for warehouse shipping and receiving, as well as a variety of other applications. This company has been in business for years. You can tell that they understand the nature of shipments and freight because they have a wide selection and have affordable prices for all of their products.
With super fast shipping, they get these scales delivered even by next day. That’s insane service for a floor scale company. FloorScalesDirect.com sells every kind of scale from square deck floor scales, rectangular deck floor scales and livestock weighing systems to pallet jack and forklift scales. You can also find a variety of specialty weight scales and platinum scales.
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