12.28.2011

Getting into the game with GLUTAmax

Lately,  I have had a surprise participation in our youth's presentation during our church' Christmas party. I get to play Neneng B., in their Boy Pick-up skit. Funny, for they asked me the day itself when they saw me in a dress and in high heels. It was not our typical dress code but since it's Party time, I have tried reinventing my looks so i guess that made them WOW and asked me to be their Neneng B..

I enjoyed such skit... and I enjoyed asking "Baket?" hahahah!

Oh well! It's quite flattering when some people get to notice and appreciate your looks. It adds confidence and gives you more of the composure throughout the event. And yeah, as I was playing Neneng B., that boy on yellow shirt in front of me is my younger son. I've got a boy and a girl already. And so yeah, I'm already a MOM of TWO and I'm happy that I can still wear short and sleeveless dress with high heels confidently during parties.


I am a mommy who never really wanted to look like a MOM. I mean, yeah, the LOSYANG MOM!

Gone are the days when wives just got to stay home to take care of the kids. Modern moms ought to work outside, interact with people and show them real guts. As for me, I work, I blog, I attend grad school and I go on field work- that’s too much exposure to people that needs ultimate fairness that radiates all over. I’m glad I’ve experienced the power of GlutaMAX that alleviates my confidence to the highest level. With the glowing fairness and increased immunization brought about by the 575 mg reduced glutathione capsule, it’s like I’m hitting two pigs in a single angry bird throw! Haha!

On the frugal side, when I choose milk products, detergents, appliances, clothes brand or anything that needs ultimate decision making for my family’s needs, I make sure I do research and ample testing before putting my trust on that product. Same thing goes with my skin care needs. For skin whitening, GlutaMAX is tried and tested for me and I highly recommend that you try that too! Trust me I’m an Engineer, a blogger and a loving MOM too. LOL!

And oh! Feel free to join GlutaMAX' s  Community in Facebook to learn more about taking care of your skin and decide on your own healthy beauty regimen. Go! Like! Like! Like!(^_^)







And yes! I have posted a testimonial about this product at their GlutaMAX and Me tab. And if it won't be too much to ask. I hope you'd like my testimonial and vote for me through this link: https://apps.facebook.com/glutamax_and_me/gallery_detail.php?id=720


Thanks a lot! Stay healthy and beautiful everyone!(^_^)

12.27.2011

PLDT Telpad AD-1000A, How do I USE thee? Let me count the WAYS!


You must have lived under a rock with Patrick Starfish if you haven’t been to the World Wide Web ever since.

Just as we know how this ubiquitous technology swept mankind’s ways and means of survival, the internet has, more than ever, been so pervasive that even my four year old son asks me not of any physical present upon arriving from work; but guess what? He asks for a newly downloaded game or movie. And when I’m at my work desk at home, my five year old daughter would ask me if she can chat with Daddy through YM or browse through my Facebook Profile. My oh! My! My babies are getting so techie! When I was their age, I’ve been so busy playing with my clay pots and Barbie dolls and I can barely operate the remote control in our television. Moore’s Law must have under computed this technological trend leaving the computer literate and the computer stigmatized lagged drastically miles behind.

In terms of telecommunication, PLDT has once more made one big leap!

Gone are the days where telephones are just telephones, with the rusty old earpiece and the stubborn telephone turn-dial... now your telephone can give you more than just the talking. You can now surf the net, read some e-book, chat, watch movies, record videos, play online games and all other stuff with this PLDT Telpad.


Being a church worker, a masters student, a project research assistant, an engineer, a mom and a blogger all-at-one is EASY WITH a PLDT AD-1000A!

There are plethora of ways I can utilize the full potential of having this state-of-the-art tool! So my PLDT AD-1000A, How do I use thee? Let me COUNT THE WAYS...

1. For checking out my kids at home when we’re out for WORK!
Haay, busy days. I wish I could just be with them always. But our finances just won’t let us be. Me and my husband Perci just have to leave my kids with their grandma at home. We were worrisome and lonesome from time-to-time we miss them. The PLDT Custom dialer app, call history, speed dial, contact list synchronization, caller-ID and the like would surely be of great advantage to us and our little ones. With PLDT, my kids and husband are just a phone call away. I’m glad there’s a PLDT AD-1000A to save the day.

2. For reading my daily devotion through a FREE ANDROID APP from Youversion.
Our mobile phones run android and so we know how powerful this OS goes. We have been working around with this technology for almost two years now and we say that nothing really beats FREE and OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARES. I love that I can be spiritually on track with apps that are FREE and “VERY” useful bible reading app. So if I’m at home and I’d love to have some inspiration, I can turn into this PLDT AD-1000A, with it’s 7” TFT LCD screen that’s way bigger than my mobile phone. It’s such a luxury to have my bible reading and daily devotion on a bigger screen and larger font.

3. For my instant blogging-topic-idea-pop-out moment 
Since the Telpad runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, there’s a blogging platform that I can download so I can draft my post whenever I have this Eureka moment at home or just about anywhere. I love that this Telpad AD-1000A can run up to 4 hours of battery life (our primordial Android pad before runs Eclair and can only last for 2 hours... oh well!) so I can bring it with me whenever I run some errands on the mall during weekend or just about the perfect companion to blog with my husband on board and waiting for the queue along a traffic jam on our way to work. With the push-email now available for the Android platform, checking my mails while on board our car during the traffic jam would surely make me kill time while being productive. Or perhaps checking my mails while waiting for my food to cook at home? Great? Say GRAND!

4. For paying my bills online, buying gifts for our anniversary online or ordering for food delivery online via the Telpad Homescreen
I can do almost anything online. Being connected is simply the name of the game. If you're online, you're basically everywhere you want yourself to be. Talk about compression of time and space...that is! Being a mom of such busy tasks upon my shoulder, I love that I can simplify things by just a click away with my PLDT Telpad AD-1000A. The Customized PLDT Homescreeen would surely be of big help especially when I want my frequently used apps and links right at my homescreen. I must say I LOVE IT! Being a mom is easy with PLDT!


5. For viewing Angry Birds directly on the big screen of our TV via the HDMI port
Oh well! Kids do love Angry Birds... and Fruit Ninja... and Super Mario...and Minecraft and Pocket League Story... and everything else. It was such a luxury being able to play from the bigger tablet screen of a PLDT Telpad AD-1000A. But wait, it's even more tempting to mirror everything in the big screen of our LED TV. With the HDMI out feature of the AD-1000A, viewing every projectile of those Angry Birds with the cruel Pigs would surely call for HOORAY!

6. For chatting with my techie daughter Cassy via Skype, YM or Facebook
This is her addiction nowadays. She totally scraped the typing tutor software that we've installed in our PC a few months ago. My little daughter would just practice here typing prowess via chat with her daddy at work or with Lola Rich abroad. Thanks to the pre-loaded Telpad apps like Facebook, Twitter, Skype and many more. I love it when I get to hear her chat while typing. She's more of a seek-and-point chatter this time... but in due time, I know she'd be 60wpm or more! Thanks to the on-screen keyboard of the Telpad which is customized to make typing letters and number easier and more accurate. Kudos to PLDT!

7. For my little daughter’s sound tripping moods.
My little daughter just so love singing and listening to her fave music has been her ritual before going to sleep. She’s been wishing for an mp3 player this Christmas. I mean, yeah, my daughter would just love to browse through her online playlist and pre-saved lists with the Telpad AD-1000A before going to bed and her LSS (last song syndrome) would surely serenade us early morning thereafter. The 3.5mm port to plug her fave earphones along with the built-in speaker and microphones would surely be her BFF during her late night sound tripping sessions. I'd surely love the sound trips with my lovely daughter.



8. For camwhoring with my husband and kids 
And oh! This is one of our favourite past time. We love saving some snapshots when we’re together with our kids. Whether at the mall, or at the park, or at home doing nothing but pure bonding... we’d love to take pictures of ourselves together. And Oh! We love recording videos too! I love uploading these multimedia experiences on Facebook too! The memories of the snippets of our past such as these photos and videos comforts us every time we’re lonesome with our kids at work. Thanks for the 2-Mp front facing camera and the high definition video playback capabilities along with the 2GB onboard storage (expandable up to 32Gig ) of the PLDT Telpad AD-1000A, our nostalgic attacks are just a Facebook profile away.

9. For editing my presentations before having it reported for our research group meeting
I love that there are free office apps that I can download over the Android Market. From ebook reader to pdf readers to to-do lists to full-blown office /documents-to-go app that lets me edit my presentations and word documents on the fly. And since this AD-1000A goes online, I can save my files on the cloud via different servers such as Dropbox and Windows Live. So apart from my local drive space, I can further expand my extra bytes online via cloud storage. Spell COOL! That is!

10. For playing PINOY HENYO during a weekend get together. BOOM!
And yeah! Who doesn't know PINOY HENYO? I so love  it on parties or even during weekend family get together at our home. Recently, I discovered that it has an Android App already! Yay! We have just used it ion our Christmas party using a small screened Android phone. It would surely be much better viewed and enjoyed in a 7" AD-1000A Telpad! What do you think? Hmmm! Yes of course! These and more you can enjoy with your every Telpad unit!

11,12,13... And the list goes on... <Insert your own list here.>

I want you to add up to this! Listed above are my top 10 ways to make the most out of my Telpad AD-1000A. How about you? I'm sure you've got your own lists too. Since the PLDT Telpad runs Android... having countless apps available in the Android Market, plus the fact that Android is FREE AND OPEN SOURCE so you might just as well create your own app! See? POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS WITH YOUR AD-1000A.

The world's first with unlimited local calls, unlimited internet and exclusive PLDT services... Powered by Android!


Curious about the AD-1000A? Visit http://www.pldttelpad.com for more details.

Go! Grab yours now and be part of the growing community on Facebook. Like! Like! Like! (^_^)

12.19.2011

Soyami Soya Chips Trial Pack, now available in your leading Supermarkets nationwide!

Lo and behold, it's Christmas time once more. We've waited all year for this and yeah, it will come to pass in less than a week now. What's aweful is that after the Christmas Season, we're left with an empty pocket and an overweight body.. Huhu :(

It's the sad realization of having the need to attend two Christmas parties in one night, reunion here and there... and oh! Noche Buena and Media Noche are sinfully indulging.

My husband has just prepared himself. He downloaded an Android app called "Calorific" to track all his calorie intake as well as his deviations from the IDEAL diet that his age and weight could have. I highly recommend that app for the fitness buff out there.

The Calorific App tellls if you are eating a GREEN, YELLOW or RED meal. Green are of course the healthier ones while the Red is the sinfully tempting unhealthy foods. The yellow meals are the moderate ones.

One of the remarkable GREEN rated food is SOYA. Soya beans are very high in protein that's why it's a healthy alternative to your meat. I love soya and almost everything that has soya in it.

And because I'm looking for healthier options especially during this diet-weakening Christmas season I am trying a guiltless snacking with this AM Soyami Chips. It tastes good you'll simply ask for more. (^_^)



The start of a new year brings new possibilities and new beginnings. This is also the time of year when people are trying to commit to start a new fitness or health regime. Completely overhauling their lifestyle for the better or at least to shed some pounds or get back in shape. There are the resolutions made every year to exercise, eat right, and get personal finances in order.



That's why Soyami Soya Chips offers you the best deal for a healthy new year! Eating Soyami Soya Chips is like You will have no worries and no hesitations even if you have eaten that much. That is the reason why Soyami Soya Chips is tapping Fitness First for this great deal this new year because we want consumers to increase their health concerns. Customers who purchase Soyami Trial Pack will be given a three five-day gym trial pass. This is a great deal right!? Because Soyami Soya Chips is your healthy choice for healthy snacking!

Soyami Soya Chips is your healthier choice to snacking! It is made with Real Soya, No MSG, High in Protein and Calcium and O% transfat. Soyami Soya Chips, those healthy-goodness snacks that appear like nacho chips come in Original, White Cheddar and Pizza flavors, are now available in leading supermarkets and groceries and in convenience stores throughout Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Start the year right with proper diet and proper choosing of foods. Because there’s nothing like the gift of good health this New Year. For more information about Soyami, like http://www.facebook.com/healthysoyami on Facebook,  follow @healthysoyami on Twitter, or visit www.amsoyami.com

12.16.2011

Minsan may isang paru-paro

Minsan may isang paru-paro na dumapo sa palad ko.


Iba pala ang pakiramdam na nasa palad mo ang isang simbolo ng malaya, makulay at kahanga-hanggang nilalang. Mula sa pagiging uod na gumagapang sa lupa hanggang sa unti-unti nitong metamorposis sa isang kahali-halinang paru-paro- malaya at tinitingala sa kanyang paglipad. (Tama nga ba ang ispeling ko ng paru-paro?)

Maraming salamat sa PEBA. Sakto ang simbolong napili niyo. Kahanga-hanga ang paru-paro, ganun din kayo.(^_^) Saludo ako sa inyo at sa iba pang nagwagi sa patimpalak na ito.

At ang paru-parong dumapo sa palad ko, nagpakuha pa ng litrato kasama ang kapatid ko. Feel na feel niya no (ng kapatid ko...hahah!). Nanalo kasi ako. Akalain mo, may bago na naman akong telepono? Salamat PEBA at Nokia. 


Okey tama na. Nagdurugo na ang ilong ko, higit na mahirap pala ang pagsulat ng artikulo sa wikang Filipino. Kaya bilang unang subok ko ito sa pagsulat ng ganito... paraanin niyo na kung mali ang gramar ko. Bawal ang "Grammar Nazzi" sa artikulong ito. Maraming Salamat muli at Maligayang Pasko!

11.16.2011

I have transformed From a lioness to a cool mommmy with AM SOYAMI

I am no terror mom but when it comes to my family’s health, I am a LIONESS! You know a LIONESS trying to be fierce to protect her cubs from being harmed?  Who doesn’t want the best for their kids, anyway?

I am chips-aholic before; amidst the fact that I know it is a JUNK FOOD!

I know the health threats and all… but really it has some sort of potion that keeps me coming back for more. It must have been the MSG that makes me adamant to resist such a temptation. There must be a convincing driving force to stop my chips-aholic fever.

And truly, all those stubbornness and inhibitions changed when I became a MOM.

You know the thought of sacrificing anything just for the sake of your kids? I know I have to choose between my love for junk foods and my love for my kids. My love for my kids would still prevail.  I know the health risks of taking in junk foods… and I don’t want my kids to take that risk. And from then on…it’s a NO JUNKFOOD SINCE BIRTH-giving pact that I give myself.

I know I have to warn them, stop them, and be a LIONESS in implementing the NO JUNKFOOD POLICY at home. But then again, I know I have to be good example.

And so here I am, always making every effort to fill My Everyday Life with healthy hearty options that would satiate my taste buds while still making me GUILTLESS of my “No Junkfood Since Birth-giving” pact.

And one of my favorite, healthy, GUILTLESS ingredients is SOYA! I know it’s packed with nutrients and it’s a good substitute to meat. I love it for my Mongolian grill. And really, I know I can never outgrow my  love for taho!

My kids love that taho too! And the health benefits that transcends all age groups are just overwhelming...

But really, it’s so hard to implement a NO JUNKFOOD POLICY at home especially during weekend bonding or a holiday picnic or road trip. Weekends are kid’s spoiling time, it’s some sort of bribe for being busy for the entire week and making up to the time they miss us. And oftentimes than not, chips are the simplest bribes for them…

Kids do love chips and I know they feel bad when they are deprived of such indulgence. Sometimes, the LIONESS in me can be tamed by the sweet antics of my kiddos and I give in. So that’s when I feel the guilt…. 

If only there are chips that could take my guilt away…
If only there’s a panacea for our craving… If only that panacea could offer a balance between SATIATING MY KID’S APPETITE while SATISFYING THE HEALTHY GOODNESS for their meals… If only there’s a GUILTLESS SNACKING OPTION in a chip… and If only our favorite healthy soya will make it so yummy…

And really, my sigh may have reached the farthest end of the world and found my kids craving and loving this new indulgence…AM SOYAMI!

Packed with the goodness of soya and the terrific embodiment of chips.. my agony of depriving my kids of their utmost indulgence has suddenly disappeared. Goodbye to being a fierce mom  and say hello to being a cool mom!

Now my kids find the pleasure of digging into a fancy foil pack full of flavorful goodness of chips. It’s the smile in their face that makes me love SOYAMI more. I can even smile too. 


My kid’s would say, thank you mommy, this is so yummy! And I would say.. THANK YOU TOO SOYAMI!

But really, it's not just my kids who found the guiltless pleasure of grabbing a bite of SOYAMI..


and yeah...I have just had some guiltless(because it's oh!so healthy...) SOYAMI snack time...


 'Til our next guiltless Soyami snack time...
And the pleasures and fun of being a MOM is just like that... Thanks SOYAMI!


Now I don’t have to take the PRESSURE but only the PLEASURE of enjoying a guiltless snacking with SOYAMI! It is indeed a healthier choice to snacking! Made with Real Soya, No MSG (but still addictive, really!), High in Protein (the GROW food!), Calcium and 0% trans fat. You can have it in 3 flavors: Original, Pizza and White Cheddar.

Try out one for you and your kids too! You'll surely LOVE THE EXPERIENCE!

Get to know more about SOYAMI.
by following them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/healthysoyami
and liking them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthySoyami
Go hit the LIKE BUTTON now:)

11.11.2011

How to download Facebook and Youtube videos

My need for downloading videos over the internet arises every time I have a very important presentation to make and I have to incorporate some clips from Facebook or Youtube or anywhere else.

I have tried some softwares or even online solutions like Keepvid for youtube videos, however I foun it cumbersome to really go to an external site or window for downloading.

Good thing I have discovered this DOWNLOADHELPER, which is by far, THE BEST FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE or just about any flash video streaming in the web downloader.

Downloadhelper is an add-in in Firefox which makes my Firefox browser really indispensable.

Google downloadhelper and install it in Firefox and you'll love it for the rest of your browsing life..haha!

Here's my fare share of using Download Helper after installation in Firefox.


Have fun! Capture all you want... :)

11.10.2011

It calls one to be a ROCKSTAR! Join MUZIKADEMY and BE CALLED TO BE ONE!

When I was younger, I have the wildest dream of being a ROCKSTAR!

But really fate has gotten me somewhere out of that world and I am now a full-pledged Science Researcher/ Engineer.

I am glad my husband and kids are heading the direction that I once dreamt of traversing.



My husband plays with a Band before and is now our church’ music director.



My little Cassandra is already a part of the kid’s tambourine. She sings well too. My little David adores the drum set and a real head-banging ROCKSTAR –IN-THE-MAKING! I’d love to be their number one fan when they perform on stage.
I have always loved to see my husband mentoring my little Cassy late at night for their special song number.


While there are truly gifted inborn MUSICALLY INCLINED people, I still believe that MUSICIANS can be MADE! Through proper training, innate desire and willingness to learn mixed with an ample time for self-practice... the MUSIC POTENTIAL within every individual can be HARNESSED and UNLEASHED!

It’s a good thing that I have learned of MUZIKADEMY by Janice Hung Arts and Sports (JHAS) Foundation.

Spearheaded by a wushu champion, actress, model and acoustic singer- Ms. Janice Hung (visit her official website here), MUZIKADEMY is a gathering of innovative souls from the music industry with the prime objective of discovering future music magnets and ingenious composers.

Calling all OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH, HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE students WITH MUSICAL TALENTS! If you are an UNSIGNED Soloist, Duo, Trio or Band(max of 5 members) aged 15-28 years old, Filipino Citizen and resident of the Philippines... THIS IS YOUR BIG TIME TO SHINE!

Here are some of the wonderful opportunities that MUZIKADEMY can offer you:

(1) You can be scholars in a 2-day music camp that will build opportunities for you to learn and share your talents through artistic expression and personal growth.




(2) Apart from the artistry and musicality, it can also be your fare share in promoting the Original Pilipino Music (OPM)- which is getting a bit underrated these days. I mean nothing beats OPM when it comes to novelty! Two thumbs up for those who are exerting the effort to really promote songs that are “SARILING ATIN”!


(3) Opportunity for self discovery and learning through interaction and exchange of views with music educators, artists and fellow talented young participants.




(4) There will be a 2-day MUSIC CAMP (November 25-26, 2011) where you can participate in various activities that will enhance your musical abilities as well as packaging yourself to make you and your talents marketable here and abroad.

(5) A culminating activity for the workshop with a concert will be held at November 26, 2011 at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks, Concert Plaza where the SCHOLARS will be performing with our very own Mcoy Fundales, Tricia Garcia and Elaver featuring Chinoy Republic Band.



PLUS! PLUS! PLUS!

You can have the chance to win P100,000.00 worth of prizes and cash! ( Not bad! haha!)

Muzikademy is sponsored by DENTAL FIRST, ACCEL, LG JJ International, Solo, Freeway, Shimmian Manila, Living Thing Future Foundation, and SANJUN Music, Lights and Audio Center, F Salon.

So what are you waiting for?

You may send your entries at muzikademy@yahoo.com or visit our website www.janicehung.com or you may call 5853200/09178258099.

Like and be part of MUZIKADEMY community in Facebook for more promos and updates.

11.01.2011

How to add Facebook comment plugin in Blogger without App Developer ID

I have the preference of embedding the Facebook comments pluggin discretely in my posts.

I found quite a few resources that oftentimes didn't work. Most of them need an app developer id.

I have tried mine without having to do some tweaks.

My ultimate lesson is this, don't try to look anywhere else but on the Facebook Developer page itself.

Try visiting that. You'd find the gems in tweaking and most of the pluggins tutorials that are really easy to follow.

Here's my share of the embedding of Facebook Comments Box / Pluggin in Blogger.
The single most important step is to visit:  https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/comments/

(^_^)

10.31.2011

JOHNSON’s My Kid’s Growing Up so Fast contest Winner

Thanks for everyone who joined my mini-contest. :)

Got overwhelmed with your entries.

And the best caption goes to : JELLY CHU!


I found her caption really sweet and fit.

To the winner, please wait for my email regarding the claiming of your giftpack.

10.28.2011

I own a NOKIA and I own a DESTINY!

True to it's commitment of CONNECTING PEOPLE… my NOKIAs have established a legacy of linking people bounded by distance and space… because of this, I love NOKIA!

Here are bits and pieces of the story of my life and how NOKIA connected the links of my PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE... and weave my so-called HISTORY!


Me, My husband then Boyfriend’s 8210 and the Beginning of our LOVE STORY!

We knew each other since elementary, we were classmates, phone pals, best buddies ever since and the friendship bond is so good we never dared to rock the boat until our high school graduation day!

We thought the beautiful friendship would end shortly after our graduation, we were parting ways, going to different universities…no more reason to call at night for assignments, no more reason to see each other on weekends for class practice or project meeting, no more reason to meet again… but yeah, everything turned upside down when the TEXTING REVOLUTION came into its proper time and place. I’m glad, the era of mobile phones flourished during our times... And I am thankful for NOKIA being able to CONNECT PEOPLE like us!

Almost ten years back, texting was so expensive. While each text message costs P1.00 and every prepaid card costs P300.00 at minimum… I never thought my Dad would be so generous to have my phone reloaded twice a week. So right then on, I knew it’s not yet THE END for our story, but a brand new morning to start over again , stepping a level higher of being MORE THAN JUST FRIENDS! 

I’m glad he’s got my number before we part our ways on our graduation day. I’m glad I bothered replying to an anonymous number with such an odd feeling that this strange texter will occupy a significant portion in my life… I’m glad his mom abroad bought him a brand new Nokia 8210 as a graduation gift. I’m glad we dared to ROCK THE BOAT THIS TIME… and yes, TO BE ABLE TO WALK ON WATER, WE HAVE TO STEP OUT OF THE BOAT!

It was a stepping out of our boat of Friendship and sailing through the seas of LOVE and DEVOTION and COMMITMENT together that the CONNECTION between us grew STRONGER and DEEPER.  My then best buddy, turned boyfriend, turned husband has shared a love story that could’ve never been possible without this technology that is indeed true to its mantra of CONNECTING PEOPLE!  Indeed NOKIA is NOT JUST A TECHNOLOGY… IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MEDIUM THAT WEAVES MY HISTORY!



Me, My NOKIA 7110 and My College Life

My first ever Nokia phone is a 7110. It’s a gift from my mom. It’s more of functionality than the looks that I have loved my 7110 way back in college.  Aside from being a faithful call and text receiver, it’s the calendar, alarms, profiles and games that makes me sane during the most opportuned moments of my college life.
 
Way back then, memory cards are not yet in. The sole memory provider is the SIM card and the phone’s built in memory. I remember having to erase most of my important contacts and messages in my old phone when the MEMORY is FULL, but with my 7110 way back then, I ‘ve got some ample space to store my extra bytes.  It has a larger memory as compared with other phones of its time.

I also remember having the fun of lurking with its scroll button and sliding (dual-colored) cover.  It’s the state-of-the art during that time. I also had so much fun playing with a very large screen for my SNAKES! Haha! It’s my ultimate past time while waiting for my honey to arrive after class.

My mom, my dad, my classmates, my then boyfriend has reached me anytime; anywhere with my 7110.I also remember being an active youth leader in our church back then. People would just have to reach me via my faithful mobile phone and they’ve got my instant reply.

I could’ve lived under the rock without my 7110 in college. Thanks for my mom who dropped me some love and gave this wonderful phone to me.

Too bad, it would just have to be disposed of after losing its faithful antenna and losing its signal after hitting the floor.  The six faithful years of service is more than enough. My social life in college, my mom and dad’s emergency calls, my rendezvous with my then boyfriend couldn’t have been possible without it. Indeed NOKIA is NOT JUST A TECHNOLOGY… IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MEDIUM THAT WEAVES MY HISTORY!


Me, My Husband and the history of Nokias in his life

While I have treasured a few Nokias i.e. 7110, 1110 and 6700, my husband really outnumbered mine.


For being together for 10 years now, I have been a witness on how my husband remained faithful to this brand amidst it being constantly snatched and heldup.

His first ever phone is an 8210. A gift from his mom after graduation.  Got snatched, lost a phone.
A 3210, his mom arrived from abroad and he asked for a replacement phone. He got this. Got lost again.
He bought a basic call and text phone, 1100, we love its flash light every time we have to go home late at night. Unfortunately, it’s lost again.

His also got a 2630. Simple, sleek, slim, and sexy.  He gave it to my father after as his first ever camera phone. I can’t forget how Papa got addicted with camwhoring then. Haha!

Fortunately my husband’s mom got back home from Dubai and  got him again a brand new Nokia. He got the world’s first ever DUAL-CORE smartphone… the Nokia N82! Yeah indeed it’s already dual-core back then. So powerful, so great… only to be snatched on board his travel back home from work. The sound from the earphones suddenly stopped that’s the only time he realized the AWESOME phone was picked from his deep pocket.

Nokia for being so UNIVERSAL, functional and ERGONOMIC is really loved by its faithful patrons everywhere around the globe.  But really, it’s also the favorite brand by pick pockets and some bad guys around for the embedded AWESOMENESS and UNIVERSALITY packaged in a NOKIA phone.


My husband may have had some short time together with his Nokias but those short succulent moments succinctly served great life lessons and wonderful wanderings that built our love HISTORY!



Me, our KIDS and our Nokia 1110.
When I decided to go back to college after stopping for two years due to pregnancy, during the day, we left our kids with their grandmom and decided to leave them a mobile phone. That is so I can reach them anytime and every so often I miss them and might just want to check them out.

I remember crying while at transit for the first few days of leaving my kids for school. I’m so home sick I would just want to call them every minute.

The simplicity of this phone has just fulfilled its sole purpose of CONNECTING PEOPLE. But really without it, how can a lonesome mom talk to her kids and send them her sweet notes of tender loving care?

This technology, however simple or complicated has practically originated with the simple principle of igniting relationships, build bridges and break barriers of space and time. And for such and excellent fulfillment of such principle, I say JOB WELL DONE. Indeed NOKIA is NOT JUST A TECHNOLOGY… IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MEDIUM THAT WEAVES MY HISTORY!


Me, My married life, my career, my blogging, my spiritual life and my NOKIA 6700.
This is my current Nokia smartphone. Sleek and simple but very FUNCTIONAL!

If there’s one thing I love about Nokia phones is that it’s so LOVELY and FUNCTIONAL and STURDY that I’m never considering an upgrade until it’s obsolete or totally malfunctioning. I always have this sense of attachment with my gadgets that once I get to discover the gem of USEFULLNESS inside it, get contented and find no reason for getting a new one.

More than the correspondence, the functionality is also a major factor for me getting so used to my old smartphone.

I love that I can do a plethora of tasks with my rather basic 6700.

It has a GPS, where I can geotag my photos and afford some location-based services.

Its 5Mp camera is my faithful partner in crime. Me and my family being such camera-whores, we just can’t get enough of having my every bit of move and celebration captured in my Nokia 6700. The video is just as awesome.

My playlist and radio would pamper my ears over a lengthy travel or just about the right alternative to kill time aside from my typical e-book reading.

The calendar, organizer, notes, alarms and apps are just pretty AWESOME and USEFUL! The fancy feeling of having been reminded of our next anniversary and birthday right at my phone is a sure day saver.
My Bible inside my phone is more than enough. I can be updated with my daily devotion and I’m good to go. What best thing to start a day than to be inspired and be blessed.

I am a MOM. I make both ends meet. I am as FRUGAL as any mom can be. I always make it a point that our purchases are just worth the quality and service that we will get. And as for my 6700, it’s the wisest buy, after we decided for an upgrade some four years back.  Blame it to the quality products of Nokia, the owners just need so less of the option for upgrading . And If I’m upgrading soon, I’d choose another Nokia. Why not? I, my family and our history practically grew with it.

I am an ENGINEER now and I’m happy to break in the news with my Nokia 6700. There’s no other greater feeling than to receive some great news of PASSING THE BOARD EXAM plus being part of the TOPNOTCHERS as yet another text message. A hard work being repaid with such GREAT NEWS is just so overwhelming. After hearing such news, I immediately called my Dad and told him that yeah, I AM ALREADY AN ENGINEER and I’m part of the top 10. Then I burst into tears!

More important calls for my career have reached me through my ever faithful Nokia 6700. I got my call from a recruiter at Google using it. My first job notice was contained in a text message.  My blogging opportunities, my grad school and scholarship approval was sent through my 6700. Along with the flourishing of my career opportunities is the efficient service of my faithful phone…with that I am so PROUD OF!

Yesterday, today and for the longest time ever, my Nokias never really failed to give the impression that I am important. I am a significant individual that makes the interweb of connections complicated and yet being simplified by these technologies. Indeed NOKIA is NOT JUST A TECHNOLOGY… IT’S A SIGNIFICANT MEDIUM THAT WEAVES MY HISTORY!

I own a NOKIA and I own a DESTINY!



10.21.2011

ME and MY DIARY

There is no greater feeling than to look back at the days that has passed you by and realize that you have had one fulfilling and blessed life.

I have always been sentimental. I keep almost the smallest record of things that gives me some hints of defining a significant portion of my autobiography someday.

YES I AM KEEPING MY DIARIES ever since...


but it's not the typical, "Dear Diary", it's more of a long list of TO-DOs, something that would make me sane and keep me right on track after one busy day at work, at school, at home and even online. And today, I will spill some beans about it by way of answering some simple significant questions:

1. DESCRIBE YOUR DIARY PLANNER

My diary-planner is a treasure chest. It is a mixture of my every thoughts and expressions throughout the year. It’s the physically written version of my Facebook account. It contains some of my important dates- birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, meetings and every sort of celebration. My every “What’s in your mind?” appears in it. And mind you, the data track on my STATUS UPDATES in my planner is even more accurate than what appears in my Facebook profile. Heck, I should’ve even placed a password for it really. Oh well…

Almost 75% of my planner contains the to-do’s. Things to blog, things to do, things to buy… project deadlines, presentation outline,  monthly income and budget and savings, homeworks, books, references, telephone numbers and addresses, rants and raves, PASSWORDS! Everything! Wonder what happens to the othe 25%? … It’s for my most special ones ARTWORKS!



Yeah, my planner is not all mine. During break time, holidays or perhaps when I’m sleeping at night, the tiny creatures in our bed seems to wake up and fill my planner with this SURPRISE. And later the next day, when I come browsing by my things TO-DO, I am suddenly flabbergasted. My kids have just filled in the empty spaces in my diary.

On the retrospect, instead of getting angry, what I feel is some sort of joy! While five years back, I am just the one writing and filling in my journal, now I have some partners in crime. Now I’m no longer alone with my rants and raves… no longer along with my “What’s in your mind” status updates in my diary.. I have two more co-authors to fill in their own Status updates and raves and rants inside my own diary. With that I am happy…because I know I am more than blessed!

2. WHAT’s YOUR IDEAL DESIGN OF A PLANNER?
If I can have something like that of Avatar’s overlayed 3D layers in virtual reality then that would be great. Imagine I can just lay down my planner wherever I want to, do my jotting down virtually, swipe through the layered overlays and get a perfect view of my to-do’s  in 3D. Very nice!

But going back in reality, I guess augmented reality won’t really happen with my planner some five years from now. Besides nothing really beats old school pen and paper in jotting down notes, to-do’s, doodlings, mind maps and the usual rants and raves. Hard copy still works best!

So for my hard copy ideal planner, it would be best if it can be compartmented. I can divide a single spread into five divisions, each grid corresponding to my every persona. You see I have five personas- a mom and wife, a student, a blogger, a church worker and an engineer. If for every compartment of my planner I can elaborate on each task and overlay every layer of my persona for every single day that I will be tasked to perform it- that’s great! Imagine being able to plan, giving bath to the kids while doing my project presentation while blogging all at the same time. My deadlines in school oftentimes overlap with deadlines at work or even my special holidays at home. A portion where I could rank my priorities and summarize my busy day would be simply AWESOME! 

And for ranking my priorities- my family on top of the list is the DEFAULT(fixed!).


For my Diary cover, I want this collage of my scrapbook to wrap and unwrap the STATUS UPDATES of my hard-bound planner/Facebook/journal/autobiography/diary.


3. HOW DOES YOUR DIARY/PLANNER
HELP YOU?


I have a plethora of reasons for diary keeping. Here are five of the things that I know my diary/planner is of great help.

1. Record - This is the most given one. I just love that I can keep a record of almost everything. For some reasons of bookkeeping to a sentimental notion of reminiscing, it’s always is a pleasure that my journal keeps my every thoughts inside a single book. (Oops! My need for password arises just again!)

2. Re-organize - When my five personas sometimes or oftentimes turns out to be a mess. Having a planner by my side keeps me sane. It is good to have a place to reorganize the messy mind maps in my brain. Having one faithful planner to help me save some memory spaces in my brain is of sure GREAT HELP. Things are best remembered when written down- that’s my MANTRA ever since!

3. Reminisce - Who doesn’t want some sort of nostalgia? Actually, when I came writing down this article, taking some pictures of my old planners, I began looking back at the sweet old days. It is of utmost joy and fulfillness to find out how colorful and lovely and blessed are my years that have passed. To reminisce with my planners is just a habit I can’t  outgrow.

4. Reflect - I may have rants and raves. Turned out to be stubborn or maldita or pasaway at some points in my life but I surely have changed. (Naks!) It’s the good thing that I have my planner, I see my progress, I look for rooms for improvement, I reflect, then I grow!

5. Remember - I won’t forget. I never will. I will always keed my record, reorganization, reminiscing, reflections in my sweet old DIARY…for which I will forever be HAPPY (^_^)! 


10.18.2011

Got my Windows Phone Mango update this morning

My phone is now at version 7.10.7720.68 this morning. That's already the long bequeathed Mango which is pre-branded as version 7.5. Anyways it took me approximately 30 minutes for the update including the Zune software.

Here are the few and obvious improvements that I have noticed as compared to the previous version / build.

1. People hub
  - It can now be categorized into groups.  You can also create new groups into this tile.
  -  The search button is now more visible.
  - When you zoom in to a particular contact, the History tab shows your current correspondence.
  - At the ME CARD : there's this post a message, check in and set chat status in the immediate page

2. Emails
  - Emails are now arranged in threads.
  - There's also an option to link inboxes now.

3. Settings
  - There's a battery saver option now. It contains the remaining battery life and the estimated time remaining before power out.
  - At the Wi-fi settings, you can now specify a hidden connection in the advanced option! cool!
  - There are more options for wallpaper images at the lock+wallpaper menu.

4. Internet explorer
  - the URL box or search box is now located at the button.

5. Messaging
  - Facebook chat is now included in the messaging hub.
  - Online tab shows people who are online and also sets chat status.

6. Application menu
  - The application menu is now made more searcheable as it is indexed alphabetically. Search icon is now more visible.

7. Pictures
  - More options are available in the setting tab.
  - More categories are included e.g. camera roll, albums, date and people

8. Office app
  - more options for document creation. Templates are now available e.g. agenda, expenses, golf score card etc...
  - office 365, Phone, SkyDrive and SharePoint are now easily accessible in this Hub (love it :))
  - Notebooks can now be created and synced with OneNote

9. Calendar
  - more calendars are synced: birthday, facebook calendar, my calendar, google calendar

10. Bing Search
  - There's now a Vision icon which works like a QR scanner and Microsoft Tag scanner. (I hope this could work like Goggles soon :)). But atleast I have to uninstall my QR scanner app now! (^_^)

11. Zune
  - There's already this marketplace option in the list.
  - There's already this Play music icon which contains additional options such as Play smart djmix, share and save as playlist.

That's it for now. The multitasking feature I am still to test as any of my needs arise. For now, all I can say is that I am loving the upgrade feature offered at my HTC Mozart. As I am already planning to go for a new phone with a new OS i.e. Android (as I am always envied by my hubby's Optimus!:() I think I change my mind again and I have to stick to my Windows Phone for now. 

I must admit I am no power user so I love easy and handy upgrades for my phone just like this. I love plug-and-play you know. Don't really want to bother much with the tweaks or ROM edits or Flashing which might eventually BRICK my phone. Not into taking risks haha!

'Til next update. :) (hopefully (^_^))...

10.14.2011

Manila Hotel Fiesta Pavilion and the 7th ERDT Conference

The CONFERENCE


Last September 16, 2011 was the 7th ERDT Conference held at the Fiesta Pavilion at the Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

The ERDT or Engineering Research and Development for Technology is a consortium of eight member universities that offer master's and doctoral degrees in engineering courses. Through grants and scholarships, the ERDT was conceived to encourage more Filipino engineers to undertake research and studies which can improve technology and contribute to national development.

I am a proud UPD scholar then .(^_^)


This year's theme is "Sustainability through ERDT" Towards a Carbon-Neutral Economy". The researches presented revolved around the said theme from where new insights and interesting developments on the field of R&D have been discussed.


The ERDT has five research tracks (1) Energy (2) Environment & Infrastructure (3) ICT 
(4) Semiconductor & Electronics and (5) Agriculture. Parallel sessions were conducted for the five tracks but I decided to just stay on the ICT session for the entire afternoon.

The discussions are really engaging and it's also a good experience to be learning from the researches of our fellow scholars.



Apart from the usual parallel sessions, the unveiling of the first ever ERDT logo has concluded this special event. 

The HOTEL
 
The food from the hotel is pretty ordinary and didn't really satiate my taste buds that much. Oh well.. that's not suppose to make much of an issue though...LOL!


This Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel is quite old already. The ceiling and chandelier I think ought to have some major redesigning I guess. The facilities are quite a dismay considering that it's a five-star hotel. It seems that I love Sofitel more. :)


 It has been my second time to be at Manila Hotel and it was quite disappointing. The coffee is not so good too. What more? I think I just did so much talking.. bye for now. Au Revoir!