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Watching the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix on a budget

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009 in Events, Featured, Formula 1, Sports, Travel

Watching the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix on a budget

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Last year I have witnessed the first ever night race in the history of Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore and I went there to be a spectator on a really really tight budget. I was able to squeeze in a PHP 20,000 (around USD 444) for everything:

Airfare PHP 10,000 (USD 222) *estimated including terminal fee and tax
Lodging PHP 2,536.43 (USD 56.37) *actual
Singapore GP Sunday Ticket PHP 3,569.70 (USD 80) *actual
TOTAL PHP 16,100
*USD amounts may be overstated or understated but at that time, I could buy 1 USD at 45 PHP.

Anyway, the remaining money was spent on transportation and food XD.  Food is expensive btw.  So we brought with us some cup noodles for our breakfast :)

Airfare

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I booked a flight at Philippine Airlines on an online promo (booking online at a cheaper rate). The F1 Singapore Grand Prix was held on September but I booked my ticket as early as June! Regular tickets without the promo and if purchased near the event is around PHP 15,000 (USD 333) at that time. So then and there I had a savings of 5k just for the ticket!

Actual fare: USD 216 (this flight included meals yaye)
Plus terminal fee and taxes: 200 + 1,600 (not sure bout exact tax payment because I was so excited to even note this lol)

Lodging

I booked at a hostel and not a hotel! Hotels are really expensive and I think Singapore Law requires them to put up additional mark-up during Singapore GP season. I don’t know though if this extra mark-up goes to the hotel company or to the Singapore government. Anyway I booked online through hostels.com even in June most of the hostels with “en-suite” (private) rooms are booked already! @_@

I was aiming to book for a room for two so that at least I could have a peace of mind. I stayed at Gas 81 hostel. It was a nice experience here and I gave a decent review for it. It is really cheap around PHP 600 (USD 13) a night for a private room and since it is so cheap you should not expect much. I never did! But when I came there at least it had a clean room, although no windows but it is air-conditioned as well.

I had a TV on my room and they provided a universal plug so that I could charge my gears. The best part in the room is that they had unlimited wifi access! Which is a must for a blogger and an online-dependent person like me! In the morning you would spend your time roaming around Singapore. You wouldn’t want to waste your time sleeping even in the expensive comfy hotel room you booked, right? At the end of the day, you just need a comfy bed to sleep with. The bathroom in this hostel, although it’s not designed to please your eyes and it really had no interior design quality to it, is pretty much clean and NOT smelly! Which is good enough for me to just freshen up and take a bath.

Still don’t expect too much on this USD 13 room a night. But still it was good enough for me.

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The location of this hostel by the way is far from the heart of the city. I thought this would be a disadvantage but it gave me a nicer experience in Singapore.

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The hostel is located at the Residential Area of Singapore. I had the chance to walk around the neighborhood and noticed that it was indeed a pretty safe, peaceful, clean and pleasant place to live in! The houses were humble but nice, people would use bicycles to roam around the area. There’s even a bike shop near our place! I hope we could use bicycles as a normal mode of transportation here in the Philippines as well. It is very environment-friendly.

Along the hostel are a line of restaurants as well. There is also a 7/11 shop at its side.

Sweet n Sour n Spicy Pork

Another favorite of mine is the sweet and sour (and spicy) pork of this budget restaurant (karinderya) just a minute walk outside the hostel.

Transportation from here is not such a hard thing even if we were away from the center of the city! I had two options:

  • have a 10-minute walk to the nearest MRT station (Kembangan). I tried this when we initially tried to commute around and it should be fine walking but the heat was just a killer! It is so hot to walk around Singapore at that time! So, I suggest that you opt for this only if you would walk at night.
  • or, to ride a bus just a minute away from the hostel that would take you to the Kembangan station

Click here to know more about the MRT and Bus schedules and fares and more.

Singapore Grand Prix Ticket

The ID / ticket and handy map

I only purchased the Sunday walk-about tickets.  To me, I just needed the day pass to the race itself and that’s what I bought indeed.  The neck strap of the non-walk about tickets though were much nicer XD  The most expensive ticket though (the Pitstop Grandstand) costs around PHP 45,000 to PHP 50,000 (USD 1,100). XD and that does not include access to the Padock Club Area.

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Singapore Flyer

I was happy with the ticket I bought! I really got a nice glimpse of the Formula race as I was sitting at a corner along the Singapore Flyer Zone. The price of my ticket is the minimum price for the Sunday race itself yet I get to be at a very nice location! The ticket was all worth it! The Flyer zone also had many events and entertainment along as we wait for the final championship! There were dancing and music and lots of food everywhere!

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We also witnessed a car crash on the porsche competition which was a “side race” and it was just amazingly mad!

On this 2009 season though… I am not so happy about the new ticket sales. The walkabout area was wide and you could access up to the Singapore Flyer. I just received a mail yesterday about the new Singapore ticketing information and I was dissapointed because the walkabout tickets does not include the Flyer zone anymore… Boleh! >.<

I will post about it more on my next entry. I will also try (hope I have the time) to make a post about tips if you are planning to watch the Singapore Grand Prix on September 2009.

If you have been to the Singapore Grand Prix before and you think you can contribute by giving additional tips, kindly do so by commenting below.

Strategically Position yourselves.  Know where to sit or stay at the Formula1 Grand Prix.

USEFUL LINKS:

1.  Click here to go to the best F1 Fansite I ever know in the world!

2. My gallery of the 2008 Singapore Night Race! (Warning, pictures are copyrighted.  You may however ask permission if you would need to use the picture or just credit my site flaircandy.com)

3.  Buy Singapore GP Tickets! Tickets are available for purchase for the earlybirds at a discount on April 9, 2009.  However, randomly selected persons who are beta testers to the new Ticketing system may now purchase the tickets. NOW! as I type this lol

4.  List of Hostels in Singapore and the availability of rooms for the F1 Season on September 2009.  Hostels in Singapore are generaly decent and safe 😀

5. List of Hotels in Singapore. Click the link if you want to have an idea at how much the Hotels in Singapore cost. There are some cheap hotels as well and you still might want to consider booking in a hotel if hostels just don’t work for you.

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HOSTELS are the way to go

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009 in Travel

A hostel is like a dorm-type budget lodging where in you only pay for bed space and usually share common bathrooms with other boarders. IKR, sounds scary but through this online booking you could also get to see reactions and reviews from customers.

If you are not willing to spend a super comfy en-suite hotel room then you would consider booking in a hostel. The price is significantly lower when you just stay at a hostel!

But, if you still want a comfy en-suite (private room for 1 or 2 with bathroom and complete bedsheets) then you can still look for specific hostels that offer this. Most hostels though would share about 3-6 beds in a room and would just provide safety lockers for your valuables. The most beds in a room I have seen so far is a 12-bed room @_@ pretty messy you might think eh. But you can take a look and browse around to see actual pictures and you would see that it’s not that bad for it’s cheap price!

There are many online hostel bookings and you can look it up on google but I particularly have already booked twice using hostels.com. To me it’s a realible transaction. Some hostels accept paypal payments if you have an account. I really didn’t quite have much trouble booking here and it was a smooth transaction for me. Looking at their database, I can tell that many people are booking through this website as well.

*Information above is based on my personal experience only when I booked a hostel in Singapore. Facts may vary depending on the country or hostels involved.

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Button wins 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Events, Featured, Sports

Button wins 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichelo, Brawn, 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichelo, Brawn, 2009 Australian Grand Prix

*picture courtesy of f1fanatic.co.uk

There are just three drivers that I absolutely adore in Formula 1 right now:  Raikkonnen (my ultimate driver), Alonso (so young yet so good) and Button (for his good looks).  LOL IKR, you can’t blame me for being a fan because this F1 driver is pretty, I’m a girl after all!!! XP

Anyway, back to the sport itself.  Button got a lovely headstart as he won the Australian Grand Prix for 2009 woohoo!  I’d be happy if any of the 3 of my favorite drivers would win, but I’d be happiest when it’s Kimi Raikkonnen who won!  The Ferraries had trouble with their soft tires though.  Kimi placed 15th (sad sad) and Massa was out of the track when I turned on my TV.  Yes, I am not staying at  home for now and their TV does not have Star Sports >.<  Annoying much?  tell me about it!  But, not quite, because I had the excuse to go to my Rockstar’s house to watch it there myself.  Sadly though I only made it to the 4th lap wuwuwu…

Overall, the 1st race was adrenaline-driving not only to the drivers and their teams but to the audiences and fanatics as well like me XD.

Useful Links

1.  Click here to go to the best F1 Fansite I ever know in the world for an update of this event. 

2.  2009 Australian Grand Prix gallery

P.S.  I just want to mention that I am a not-so-fan of Hamilton.  XD teehee!  I just have to say that yaknowzz…

P.P.S.  I am going to Singapore again to watch the F1 race!  Buy your tickets now!  See you there!!!

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the DARK EDSA: when billboards turned of their lights for Earth Hour 2009

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Pilipinas

the DARK EDSA: when billboards turned of their lights for Earth Hour 2009



See this video now!!!

 

Do you know where this is?

Does the scenery look familiar?

Yes, you know where this is…

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Guadalupe Bridge without the bright lights

But you won’t believe your eyes because you think that this is not possible…

 

Well pinch yourself my friend because you are not dreaming! XD

 

This is reality!!!

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EDSA billboards voted for Earth

 

A very very good reality!

 

Billboard companies shut down their lights for Earth Hour!  … sacrificing one hour’s worth of revenue to vote for EARTH!  Touching isn’t it… I was at awe when I witnessed this as I drove along these once well-lighted streets.  Touched that many indeed care… It’s so awesome enough that it made me really really happy tonight!

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Earth Hour 2009 at Bonifacio High Street

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Pilipinas

Earth Hour 2009 at Bonifacio High Street


Lazy Saturday afternoon and I was undecided what to do for the day.  My default destination when I’m alone and bored at home but itching to go out to connect to the internet without company, is Krispy Kreme.  I orderded the Original Kreme Chiller with coffee, 2 honey glazed donuts and 1 chocolate glazed donut.  I am addicted to their Kreme Coffees.  It’s too sweet for some but it’s just fine for me to get me addicted.  It kind of tastes like the Toffee nut of Starbuck’s Christmas drinks specials.

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I hanged out by myself as always in the afternoon and since I saw that just about outside KK, there was a stage set up and some dance group practicing their dance steps.  What captured me is the huge 60 minutes Earth Hour logo on the backdrop of the stage then I decided to stay until the evening and spend Earth Hour at BHS.

Some pictures of the humble event.

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TGIF and Texas Roadhouse Grill dimmed their lights for an hour

 
 

And the video of the countdown to Earth Hour.

 

 

It was a humble experience seeing people and establishments sacrificing one hour to vote for Earth on these critical times for the environment.  We hold the future and it is in our hands to save our natural resources.  It doesn’t take a genius to understand what’s going on and what’s causing Global Warming.   Though it is indeed a democratic country and not turning your lights for an hour won’t bring you to jail or something, I still salute all those who participated and voted for Earth against global warming.

This even in Bonifacio High street alone saved up to 207 trees XD.  They also measured it in kilowatts saved and carbon dioxide emission volume but I didn’t catch that figure, just that tree-saved count XD

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People's signatures: a symbolism of their vote for Earth

 

One hour for 1 tiny location made such a huge difference.  Just do the math if you consider the savings worldwide.  The savings doesn’t end in that hour alone, we must make just a tiny little effort to put off unneeded light or electricity.  Do I sound too preachy now? XD  I know my dear friends and readers but this is serious stuff now.  I’m still young and I still want to travel and discover the world.  What’s there to explore when the earth is already destroyed? :(  Let’s actively do our part yah?  It doesn’t take much effort.  In fact, just by standing up to put off the light = EXERCISE! so of saving our natural resources = HEALTHY!  healthy both for us and for our home.

Many thanks for your support!

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Rihanna and Chris Brown’s sex tape

Posted by on Mar 28, 2009 in Entertainment and Lifestyle, Music



I am no longer surprised at these two.  I watched their concert in Manila last November because I adore both of them and I admire their relationship and I thought they were perfect for each other.  They might still be perfect for each other right now but they’ve been creating scandal after scandal.

I was so surprised at the truth about Chris Brown harassing Rihanna.  When the word came out, I initially never thought that it was true and ignored that hollywood rumor.  Sadly, it definitely is true.  The sadder fact is that days after, they were back together.

Is this a passionate love like the one in Vicky Cristina Barcelona?  I quote a line in Woody Allen’s works “Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.”

So now rumor is out that Rihanna and Chris Brown made a sex tape.  Believe it or not?  I don’t know about you but this couple is officially unpredictable XD  To me, I wouldn’t know for sure unless I can download Rihanna and Chris Brown’s sex tape scandal for sure.  But even if this tape is in Chris Brown’s hands, I bet that he wouldn’t let this tape out.  Well, other’s people’s lives are interesting isn’t it lol.

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Flair Candy votes for Earth

Posted by on Mar 27, 2009 in Announcements, Featured, Pilipinas

Flair Candy votes for Earth



Our only home is leaning towards global warming but it is up to us to make a choice!

For Global Warming? vs Earth!

I vote for earth!  What is your choice?


Most of you might not know that I am a green person.  XD

Green because I am an environmentalist.  Taking care of our world, our home and its resources is my advocacy.  So my dear friends, join me as I support Earth Hour!

Earth Hour started in Australia on 2007.

On 2008, Earth Hour went global and I am a participant (though I wasn’t blogging 1 year ago).

But today, knowing that I somehow share some cyberspace accessed by people all over the world, I want to share to my readers (and passer-bys) that my vote goes to Earth this 2009!

Kindly watch the video to know what I mean… This got me almost to tears…  Nothing could be as touching as people all over the world unite to make a cause!


If you are a blogger too, kindly go to Vote Earth 2009’s site and spread this news to make an even bigger and a more successful Earth Hour for 2009!
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Please Disturb Me

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009 in Featured, Music, Personal

Please Disturb Me

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Cut the crap Hannah and just post something random… I know you need it… (talking to myself again) Which is so not a good sign, coz this is a symptom of me being my half-autistic self again…
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Then my phone’s text message alert played…

Then it’s a good LSS I could carry with me throughout the day…

Apart from the sexy husky voice of the lead vocalist of stereophonics, the song has awesome lyrics that describes my mood today…

So maybe tomorrow, I’d find my way home… 

 

Maybe Tomorrow Lyrics
by Stereophonics

I’ve been down
And I’m wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
With me
With me

It wastes time
And I’d rather be high
Think I’ll walk me outside
And buy a rainbow smile
But be free
They’re all free

So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home

I look around at a beautiful life
Been the upperside of down
Been the inside of out
But we breathe
We breathe

I wanna breeze and an open mind
I wanna swim in the ocean
Wanna take my time for me
oh free

So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home

So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home

So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home

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Blog Clog

Posted by on Mar 25, 2009 in Personal, Uncategorized

Blog Clog

It’s a term I came up with to describe my current situation!

I don’t really know if this is already existing in dictionaries but this definitely is a flair word for something that the candy is experiencing right now.

I’m just saying, I have so much to blog about (my events and my travel and my surfing and my reef walking and my personal struggles and the my opinion on many things) see…

But I have so little time!!!

This weekend, I would have had a schedule for another out-of-town trip to subic! But I thought that I should cancel since: 1) I have no free income allotted for this; 2) Cisqo can’t make it on the weekend and I don’t want to go without him; 3) I need to organize my new room; and 4) I need to blog.

For the weekend, I am planning to rest. But I have pending pictures to filter and upload, bog posts to write and many household chores all piled up.

So, I’m not on a hiatus technically… or am I? I’m just too busy for a Candy for now.

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Flair Candy Surfing Video

Posted by on Mar 16, 2009 in Entertainment and Lifestyle, Featured, Pilipinas, Sports, Travel

Flair Candy Surfing Video

My very first surfing video on my 2nd surf experience ever! I want to make surfing in La Union a hobby already — meaning, going there once a month when the waves permit. Though surfing is a seasonal thing here in the Philippines (Nov – Feb), we might still be lucky in some months once a day at least to have a miracle wave coming on our way.

Although it has almost stripped me off my bikini because I didn’t wear any rash guard on the first day of surfing, waves are still a surfer’s friend XD. You should befriend it and be kind to it, and then it must get back at you with the most wonderful surfing experience you’ll ever have.

This is only my 2nd surfing trip and I’m still hiring a surfing instructor to guide me. On my first time of surfing I just wanted to feel the feeling of standing up that board. On this second time around, I have paddled and rode the board all to myself without the guide pushing my board \m/>.<\m/

Still, I don’t know which wave I should ride. The guide still dictates what wave I should ride because I don’t know if it’s safe for me or not. In my next trip, I’m decided to learn how to surf on my own XD… so I need to jog or swim everyday to work out these muscles of mine XD


Good thing Cisqo got this shot! Thank you so much my soulja boy XD This was the time I paddled on my own without the help of the guide and above is the video documenting my success :)

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Island Cove Detour – Blogventure race

Posted by on Mar 6, 2009 in Events, Featured, Pilipinas, Sports, Travel

Island Cove Detour – Blogventure race

Documenting here the amazing blogventure that rocked every bloggers’ soul! Reviving those unheated muscles for a competitive race that challenged the physical and mental capabilities of bloggers who were lucky to be invited by Yehey to explore the vast Island Cove at Cavite.

It is candy’s first time in this island resort and she ran, swam, biked, ate a very exotic pig’s brain, held a baby crocodile in her arms and wrapped a snake around her neck with a whole lot of much needed flair!

This is all for now. It is indeed a very challenging and tiring day, but all is worth when you are with your blogger friends, new acquaintances and the friendly crew of Island Cove and Team Yehey. Thank you and Congratulations to a very successful event!


*video credits to Azrael

Blogventure race gallery:


Feel free to grab the pictures on my flickr/multiply just don’t forget to credit flaircandy.com ^_^

Helpful Links:
1. Go to myFlickr Gallery if the gallery does not load.
2. Visit my multiply.
3. Island Cove website.
4. The blogventurers!

Come back for a flair virtual tour of the Island Cove soon! ^_^

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Red Box with TV5

Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 in Celebrities, Entertainment and Lifestyle, Events, Featured, Movies & TV

Red Box with TV5

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TV5 organized some get together with the bloggers and some celebrities last February 25, 2009. We got the chance to mingle with the cast of Midnight Dj, Flo and Lipgloss!

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The journey of uncontrollable suspense and horror continues in TV5’s Midnight DJ.

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TV5’s Lipgloss takes it to a hotter level with new cast members on its third season.

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Oh, and this one I have to enlarge ‘coz she’s an eye-candy in my flair pages XD.

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But wait!  There’s more! How ’bout this one:

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Nina Jose and Flair Candy (Crossover at Dusit Hotel)

Sorry, gotta mention that one XD

TV5’s hip teen magazine show FLOws on to second season.

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I didn’t have the chance to sing because I’m too shy to sing at that large crowd XD. I’d just melt like candy XD

More pictures from my gallery:

Afraid to miss out the shows?  Check out TV5’s TV show schedule online!

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Tweens Unite Against Boredom

Posted by on Mar 3, 2009 in Events, Music, Wall of the Weird

Tweens Unite Against Boredom

If you think TV, radio, Internet or even the latest gaming console will stop them from being bored, think again.

With the majority of the 12- to 24-year-olds saying they’re still bored even with the vast number of entertainment options available to them; the newest generation of tweens will stop at nothing to combat boredom.  True enough, studies show that the bored tweener is more likely to experiment with smoking, alcohol and drugs.  But with Teazperiments, the very first user-generated online youth show from TANG Fruit Teaz, Filipino tweens now have a better option of beating boredom with clean and fun experiments.

"Tweens naturally want to explore things around them, hoping to discover something fun and interesting that would cure their boredom,” says Cindy Abella, Brand Manager for Tang Fruit Teaz.  “Through Teazperiments, we thought this natural curiosity can be geared towards creative and exciting outputs.”

Truly one-of-its-kind here in the Philippines, Teazperiments unites tweens from different school organizations in the metro to combat boredom through the first user-generated online show geared towards the Filipino youth. Here, participating school organizations will be asked to come up with unique teazperiments that can in turn be accessed at www.teazperiments.com.

Hosted by celebriteens Ketchup Eusebio and Andi Manzano, This teazperiment localizes the internationally-growing flash mob fad where a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse – leaving the audience amazed by the performance.  Tweens can judge the most fun and creative teazperiment presentation by voting online.  

“Although some adults may find the new flash mob fad to be a little bold for their taste, tweens find the idea is fresh, upbeat and fun,” says Abella.  “We hope that through the teasperiments brought about by TANG Fruit Teaz, we can empower the Filipino youth to make everyday positively experimental, creative and unexpected,” asserts Abella.

So if Gen Xers are content with watching the latest TV series or surfing the Net, the youth of today takes their fun a bit further.  But be it Gen X or Gen Y, both would definitely agree that there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun—well, the good and clean kind, that is.

 

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Teazperiments, the very first user-generated online youth show from TANG Fruit Teaz gives the Filipino tweens a better option of beating boredom with clean and fun experiments (www.teazperiments.com)

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Top Young Celebs Andi Manzano and Ketchup Eusebio hosts Philippines’ First Ever User-Generated Youth Online Show – Tang Fruit Teaz’ Teazperiments.

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UP Theater Council

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Trinity University of Asia’s Student Council

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La Consolacion College Manila’s – Arte’.Comm

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PUP’s Cooperatives Student Council

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Dulaang Sibol and Tanghalang Ateneo from Ateneo De Manila University

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TANG Fruit Teaz is the catalyst that brings together the Filipino youth in becoming experimental, creative, and out-of-the ordinary

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How Does Your School Experiment with Creativity?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2009 in Entertainment and Lifestyle, Events, Wall of the Weird

Lab experiments are nice but can often confine you to a world of microscopes, Petri dishes and boring partners.  But what if as alternate experiments, you can test how people react when you suddenly quietly break dance inside the library or sleep, complete with pajamas and pillows, in the middle of a school cafeteria?

In the very first user-generated youth online show, Teazperiments brought to you by TANG Fruit Teaz, all of these have been made possible. An initiative to combat boredom among tweens, the TANG Teazperiments brought together participants from 7 school organizations and had them give their unique rendition of a flash mob. A rapidly growing international phenomenon, flash mob performers assemble in a public place, display a unique action – much like in the famed Grand Central freeze where 200 people suddenly froze in place for 5 minutes— and finally disperse. 

So how did Filipinos give a local twist to the flash mob? Here are the young participants who each experimented with their uniquely fun and creative antidotes for boredom

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“It was a test of creativity,” shares Patrick Valera when asked about their TANG Teazperiment. “Here, we had no lights, no production crew or special effects – the crowd’s reaction will only depend on us and how we perform.”

And as expected, the UP Theatre Council rose up to the challenge. The group staged a ‘Human Spelling’ routine in hallways of the UP Diliman’s high school (UP- IS) and performed a ‘harana’ number right on the steps of Palma Hall. He adds that through the TANG Teazperiments, their organization, which originally

aimed to produce high quality productions, mold new talents and improve the skills of its members, found a fun outlet to break out of the theater routine.  

Ateneo De Manila University’s Dulaang Sibol and Tanghalang Ateneo

From one theatre group to another, Ateneo’s Dulaang Sibol (Sibol) together with Tanghalang Ateneo (TA) also took on the TANG Teazsperiments challenge. Considered as one of the country’s leading school-based theatre companies, Sibol and TA has long been proving themselves unique and original in the field of arts.

“We don’t want to be known solely for producing excellent theater plays – we’re also a group that knows how to have fun,” quips BJ Crisostomo. And their teazperiments stunts, Fan Mob and Dance Like Nobody’s Watching, which the group performed along the high school walkway and inside the hallowed halls of the Ateneo Library, proved their claim.

San Sebastian Theater Arts Guild

Composed of only the most dynamic and artistic students of San Sebastian College, the Theater Arts Guild exists as a venue where individuals with theater inclinations can have the chance to educate and develop their talent to the fullest.  Their Teazperiments entries, Sleeping Beauty and Megaphone, showed just that.  “Our organization takes pride in creating top quality productions and stories that’s why we made it a point that our entries are no less than excellent,”says Jerico Mañalac.

 

FEU-FERN Theater Society

A budding theater group, the FEU-FERN Theatre Society was recently established in 2008 with the goal of forming a creative outlet for the students who are inclined in the performing arts.  That’s why when they heard of the Teazperiments project, the members as well as their advisers got excited.  “Even though we were not as experienced as the other groups, we were very proud of how our outputs turned out,” says Erryel Valmonte.  FEU-FERN Theater Society was able to produce fun and creative teazperiment stunts such as Kamot and Eating While Standing.

La Consolacion College Manila’s Arté.Comm

Now in their fourth year of productive existence, Arté.Comm is an organization in La Consolacion College Manila that is geared towards developing and enhancing the skills and creativity of the students.  Reflective of its tag line, “The Order of the Creative Minds”, Arte.Comm was able to produce two original teazperiment stunts, Zombie and Ballerina.  “The organization believes that education and experience are in sync in molding the members to be better professionals,” says Thereze-Lou Sison  “The Teazperiments are great opportunities for us to practice our creativity and talents.”

Defining Creative Moments

“Teens naturally want to explore things around them, hoping to discover something fun and interesting that would cure their boredom,” says Cindy Abella, Brand manager for Tang Fruit Teaz.  “Through Teazperiments, we thought this natural curiosity can be geared towards creative and exciting outputs.”

Abella further explains that the best part about this show is that the tweens themselves can judge who created the most fun and creative flash mob presentation.  They vote online by logging on to www.teazperiments.com.

So the equation for tween fun is really simple–combine school orgs, teazperiments and creativity, you get the best antidote for boredom.

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Polarizer Test Shots

Posted by on Mar 2, 2009 in Art & Photography

Polarizer Test Shots

D40 with Circular Polarizer

I don’t know why I’m just so obsessed with blue skies and “no-reflections” I just think I’d love to take pictures wihtout having to edit them because I just really don’t know how to do that. hehe

I was awed to know that Cisqo’s car’s wind shield has got a polarized magic tint and hehe… that’s why even without polarizer, the sky looks blue-er XD

And polarizer over polarizer just looks weird, take a look below 😀

I also have not tested the polarizer on shiny surfaces yet. I also want to test the effectivity of polarizer on the clarity of the water and what it should be used for XD

Thanks to Nan, and yoshzen and kaotep for giving me tips on my photography… I’m just learning from the pros ^_^

using circular polarizer (unedited)
Marbled sky

Testing the Polarizer
Shadowed

I know I didn’t quite have a proper framing for this shot, I was in a hurry and just trying to test the blue sky effect XD

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The Peninsula Manila

I think the CPW did fine, It’s my photo skills that are flop for now, as you can see the exposure thingy is not properly set as the Manila Pen building is under exposed XD

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Rainbow effect

This happens when you use a polarizer over another polarizer. I shot this with the CPW filter plus the car’s magic polarized tint, and got this effect – unedited.  Still, even with the rainbow effect, you could not see any reflections of my leg that the glass normally makes in taking these pictures like the shot I had below.

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This was taken without the Polarizer.  It still has the deep blue effect due to the polarized tint of the car, but it shows reflections as you can see my leg on the upper right ^_^This is because the tint polarizes the image outside but the reflection inside is just made by the glass.  I hope you get what I mean because I don’t know how to explain it >.<

 

That’s all for now… more shots to take…

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SMART wireless internet saved my day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Featured, Tech Chic

SMART wireless internet saved my day

 

It’s been a frustrating week without the internet ever since we moved houses from ___ to ___ (cannot disclose my location hehe).
 

and I found a way just to get rid of the frustration!

smart internet
 
Laptop used: Compaq Presario C733 (I think any laptop/desktop with basic features will do)
Phone:  Sony Ericsson W760i (this is the mobile unit I tested, it would probably work with other models or other mobile brand)
Wireless internet connection: Smart Communication’s wireless internet vs Globe Telecom’s wireless internet
Cost:
SMART: PHP 10 for 30 minutes
GLOBE: PHP 5 for 15 minutes

I used to wonder how to connect to my desktop/laptop internet using my phone’s internet connection. Well, I used to google in search for the answer but fail to do it all the time probably because of the following reasons:

– not using the right phone (phone got no features such as this)
– no USB cable (connecting to phone’s internet using bluetooth is possible but is often harder to configure)
– using the wrong network provider. Well, probably I just don’t know how to configure Globe’s mobile internet or maybe it’s because of the fact that based on my experience (note: only experience of mine i don’t know about others’ experience), Globe’s wireless internet is just plain slow. Here in my current location, comparing internet connection using Globe vs. Smart, i daresay Globe’s connection is a flop here in this area and Smart just exceeded my expectations because the connection is just faster than what I thought (how about faster than my PLDT dsl connection in my previous home in QC).

How I surfed internet through w760i’s smart internet connection using my laptop:

1. I had the PC suite installed.
2. connected the mobile to laptop using USB cable
3. manually set the phone’s (my w760i) USB configuration
settings > connectivity > USB
set USB network type to: via computer
set usb data accounts to: Smart Internet or Globe connect/internet
4. open the PC suite and click on the internet connection tab
5. hit Connect and… wait for it… wait for it… It’s gonna be LEGEN—DARY!!!

If you are using a different mobile phone, just try to tinker with both the phone’s settings and the PC suite’s configurations as well and you might be just lucky enough to do this. XD

With this, I can now actually surf the net wireless style less the headache!!!

Happy Browsing!

*note: comments are made based on my personal observations and mine alone, feel free to comment if you experience otherwise

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