Have you upgraded your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ to OS 2.0? You must be excited to get new apps! Aside from popular titles like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Plants vs Zombies, Ashpalt 6 Adrenaline HD and Modern Combat 2 Black Pegasus HD, you can also get apps developed by our kababayans!
Yes, Filipino developers are making their mark in BlackBerry® App World™ and have created the following apps with the Philippines in mind:
MMDA for BlackBerry
"Kamusta ang traffic sa tuwid na daan?"
Navigate your way through Metro Manila traffic with the MMDA for BlackBerry app. Plan your trip by checking the traffic situation in areas like EDSA, C5, SLEX, Roxas Blvd, Ortigas, Commonwealth, Marcos Highway, Katipunan, Espana, & Quezon Ave. MMDA FAQs and a Directory are also included for your guidance.
Planning a weekend get-away? Be ready for any weather and pack accordingly, with this app that shows updates on Philippine weather conditions, forecasts and news, gathered from the DOST-PAGASA and other media sources. The satellite images cover not just the Philippines, but also Taiwan and neighboring South East Asian countries. Images can be animated and supports panning, zooming and pinch-to-zoom.
Because Pinoys love a bargain, BlackBerry PlayBook users can now avail of the best offers and deals in town with Deal Detector!
With Deal Detector, you can see all the best deals in town, check how far away you are from them, get notified everytime a new deal is available, and browse through local deals even without internet connection.
A traditional game played by our ancestors is now brought to life on the BlackBerry PlayBook! The app showcases two popular forms of Filipino Dama – Dama and Perdigana, as well as the standard English Draughts, also known as Checkers. Dama features an 8×8 board that simulates an actual board game. Place it on a surface and feel like you’re playing on an actual board!
What’s more, these apps developed by our kababayans are free for download from App World.
For more suggestions on cool BlackBerry PlayBook apps, join www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH, follow @BlackBerryPH on Twitter, and visit ph.blackberry.com/appworld.
Heading off into an unknown or otherwise unfamiliar direction when traveling is part of what makes the experience both exciting and memorable. But don’t stray from the beaten path recklessly, especially if you’re in a particularly undeveloped country or region. Before you do, double check to make sure you have everything you need to ensure comfort, but above all survival.
photo credit: bettylynne
Need some ideas? Here are five right off the bat:
In the age of the smartphone, it’s easy to forget about simple survival tools such as a compass. But chances are you won’t be getting service in the depths of the Congo, so you’re going to need some back up. Never venture away from civilization without bringing a compass. It’s a classic component of exploration you cannot afford to be without.
Whether it’s a bracelet notifying others that you’re allergic to penicillin, or initial necklaces for family members to help make a positive identification in an emergency, it’s critical you take steps to ensure that there are ways for strangers to know the relevant facts about you in case of some sort of debilitating injury. This is especially important if you’re in a country where your own language is not popularly spoken.
Even in placid surroundings, a hike or a climb can be ruined pretty quickly by a surprise rain storm. Thus a cheap foldable poncho is a must-have for such journeys. In addition, such ponchos can act as water-collectors during storms, which can prove enormously useful if you’re lost for a significant period of time.
UV rays act as sterilizers when it comes to most surfaces and water. To help reduce the chances of catching a nasty stomach bug while abroad, especially when bottled water and sources of heat are not available, a keychain-mounted UV emitter can come in pretty handy. If you had any reservations about drinking water collected from a poncho, run some UV light over it to feel safe.
A satellite phone is going to run you around $1000 including the minutes, and as previously mentioned a smartphone is unlikely to function in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest. But you can ensure that you’ll always be findable by getting a battery-powered GPS tracking device, which can be as cheap as $100. It’s a little purchase that could potentially save your life.
Exploring the unknown is one of the greatest parts about life, particularly when traveling. But there’s no sense in going about it without taking the time to consider all possibilities and prepare yourself for the potentially bad ones. Before going off the beaten path, always make sure you’ve taken the appropriate steps to ensure that you’ll make it back safe and sound.
Summer is here! Time to be free and play under the sun don’t you think?
Dare to be FREE!
It’s about time to have fun under the sun! Don’t be afraid and DARE to be FUN!
SunPlay, the number one sunblock / sunscreen in Japan, is now in the Philippines!
SunPlay sunscreen / sunblock is the only sunblock that offers highest SPF of 130 and PA +++ available in the market today, giving maximum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It has a new revolutionary Watery Liquid Formulation which gives the users a non-greasy, non-sticky feel without leaving a white residue on your skin.
Pretty much, it’s got that very high sun protection (SPF) but it’s not thick and clumpy like the other brands.
Here’s your chance to get your summer supply of SunPlay goodies, just in time for the summer!
Play under the sun with different festivals in different places in the Philippines!
Cruise around the Philippines with a longboard while getting a sweet tan!
Dare 130x More with SunPlay Sunscreen!
What will it take for you to dare 130x more this summer? Take photos of your most daring activity under the sun, on the sand and in the sea; and win a summer supply of SUNPLAY, daring you to play under the sun with 130 SPH!
Surf the seas! The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelagos, also has one of the longest combined coastlines in the planet. The total length of the country’s coastlines is 36,289 kilometers or almost twice that of the United States!
Sail the seas!
or even WORK under the SUN!
Dare to Play with SUNPLAY! With 130 SPH, how daring can you be under the sun this summer? SUNPLAY launches its Dare to Play with SUNPLAY Photo Contest. Send up to three of your daring summer photos and get a chance to win a summer supply of SUNPLAY products.
How to Join the SunPlay Sunscreen “Dare to Play” contest:
Choose up to three photos of your daring activities under the sun!
Email them to [email protected] together with the following details: Name | Address | Telephone Number | Email
Subject line should be “Dare to Play with Sunplay Photo Contest”
Write your caption using the required format: (Activity + Place – I dared.)
E.g. Surfing at La Union – I dared!
Check out your entries the next day at www.facebook.com/sunplay130. Share and invite friends to LIKE your entries.
Most liked entry and the selected SUNPLAY’s Most Daring will each win a SUMMER SUPPLY* OF SUNPLAY PRODUCTS
*1 SUNPLAY Super Block SPF 130, 1 SUNPLAY Watery Cool SPF 65, 1 SUNPLAY Clear Water SPF 50, 1 SunPlay Powdery White SPF47
Promo period is from March 14 to April 25, 2012. Deadline of submission of entries is on April 20, 2012.
Winners will be announced on April 30, 2012.
Read a book while waiting for the sun to set.
Strike a pose under the sun! Natural light is the best when it comes to photography!
The Sunplay Sunscreen Difference
SUNPLAY gives you maximum protection and lets you have 130x more protection under the sun! It has a watery liquid formulation that’s non-greasy, non-sticky and feels as light as water. It absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave a heavy white residue. It’s hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores. Great for both face and body!
SunPlay Sunscreen / Sunblock Highest SPF 130
Swim in the crater of a volcano! This was me trekking my way up to Mt. Pinatubo
Jump shots with the Bangui Windmills!
traveling other countries
DIVE a cliff!
Soak under the sun and just have fun! WORRY FREE!
DARE to DIVE and indulge in the SUMMER FUN!
Jewelmer extends pearl education to everyone!
Know more about the pearls and how fabulous nature’s creations are.
I instantly fell in love when I heard about its story.
And now, I share it to you all
Our Philippine National Gem: The South Sea Pearl
As the latest endeavor to mark the Philippines as a major design destination in Asia, Manila FAME invites Jewelmer to participate in the major sourcing event for lifestyle products, furniture, gifts, and fashion. The exposition will be held from March 14 to March 17, 2012 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the SMX Convention center.
Jewelmer will give attendees an opportunity to purchase their lustrous golden gems set in fine jewellery. Collections such as Stella and Lautitia will be on display alongside the quintessential Jewelmer golden strands and some very special archive pieces.
The company is in a unique position for collaboration with Manila FAME 2012. In 1993, President Fidel V. Ramos declared the Philippine South Sea pearl as the country’s National Gem, which is the perfect complement to an event to showcase the best of the talent, quality, craftsmanship, and creativity that the Philippines has to offer.
Jewelmer’s representatives will be at Booth DX20, located on the ground floor of the SMX Convention center. Manila FAME 2012 will run between 9:00am to 6:00pm from March 14 to March 17, 2012.
For more information, please visit www.jewelmer.com.
Apart from this, Jewelmer now resumes exclusive Educational Pearl talks. I went to the island itself to discover how beautiful pearls are. Better than diamonds I say because the Pearl sprouts on a very nice and happy environment, unlike diamonds who needs to be in excessive pressure to be grown.
Jewelmer Resumes Exclusive Educational Pearl
Newly harvested golden pearls. Yes, I was there to witness this! *cries for joy*
Nature is beautiful
Have you ever wondered how to tell real pearls from plastic? What is the difference between freshwater and saltwater pearls? How can you assess the true value and quality of a pearl?
The country’s authority on pearls brings back The Exclusive Jewelmer Pearl Talk in three educational events, which will take place at three separate locations. The host venues in March include The Peninsula Manila hotel, Eastwood Mall and Resorts World.
Beyond the basic Pearl 101, an interesting mix of clients, media representatives, and friends attend the talks to reacquaint themselves with the straightforward facts of the complex nature of pearls. It is an interactive experience with the specialists at Jewelmer who are eager to share their knowledge about the most lustrous pearls in the world.
Jewelmer’s Exclusive Pearl Talk dates are as follows:
The Peninsula Manila Hotel
4:00 pm on March 13, 2012
4:00 pm on March 15, 2012
Resorts Worls, Newport Mall
4:00 pm on March 16, 2012
Limited slots are available. Interested parties are invited to inquire at any Jewelmer boutiques or contact Tess Catedral at 0917.327.1025. For more information on Jewelmer, please visit www.jewelmer.com.
They think about just anything!
Have you ever had your hands on a scented pair of headphones? Well, Juicy just has that! Juicy headphones collection is a brand new range of scented headphones from the relatively new Juicy electronics company. It’s new, fresh and inventive and these smelly earphones certainly tick all three boxes.
Juicy electronics is fairly a new brand that’s really coming into its own in the last couple of months our so. It is founded by budding entrepreneur Simon, they are a unique product and where else can you find fruity scented headphones?!!
I think this is the future, when new products would touch all our senses – this time the sense of smell for our gadgets!
There are initially six scents. I got my hands (or shall I say nose) on the Cherry scented one! At first I thought the box was joking. The packaging really looks like a box of juice. Then you smell it. When you close your eyes, you would think it’s a drink!
But that’s the thing, you have to use all of your senses. Open your eyes and you will see these cute colored earphones. And embrace your ears with the sound quality. It’s an eye-candy indeed, and one that touches our sniffing noses. As for sound quality, I say it provides a great bass line. Check out more specs on Juicy’s website.
Frequency response is at 22k Hz to ensure you can listen to your favorite beats in pure bliss. The whole 1.2m cable is scented as well. The earbuds are shaped in droplets to fit the snugly ear.
Juicy is available at
Beyond The Box
Hobbes And Landes
Gadgets In Style
Price ranges from P950 – P1200 depending on mic / remote inclusion.
It’s a cute and unique gift you can give to your friends and loved ones.
I’ve had wierd experiences with BB Creams. For some reason, they just don’t seem to blend well on my skin. I think that’s the thing with beauty products, it might work for different skins. I totally gave up on BB Creams because I think it really wasn’t for me, until I tried the Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream.
When I initially apply it, it looks super wierd becuase my face looks whiter than my normal hue. Since I was getting my gym clothes ready, I let the cream stay for a while. After a few minutes, my face looked really good. Lighter than my natural hue, but this time, it really blends well on my skin!
Instant Fairness! Note that i didn’t touch the left side part, but yes, it blends well on my skin once applied. Also, take note of the redness in my hand, it got concealed well by the cream. No wonder these Koreans, who made using BB Creams popular, look super flawless!
This day I was using Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream
I love the instant fairness, hiding my blemishes and that dewy glow!
Patience is a virtue, they say. And most whitening products will test that virtue by having you wait several months before you see your whitening product take effect. But sometimes, you need fairer skin RIGHT NOW and NEUTROGENA is giving you just that.
The new Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream UV provides instant fairness and blemish-free skin through special skintone-matching minerals. Because Neutrogena is a strong advocate of healthy beauty, this BB Cream also contains the science of Fine Fairness to work within your skin and provide continuous whitening from the inside out.
The Fine Fairness BB Cream UV is the final addition to the existing Fine Fairness line, which currently consists of a Cleanser, Toner, Lotion SPF30, Night Cream, UV Sunblock, Serum, and Whitening Mask.
About Fine Fairness
Skin pigmentation takes place on various levels of the skin – from melanin production (the substance responsible for skin color), to melanin transfer, and skin discoloration from UV rays. To effectively address skin pigmentation, it is crucial to tackle it through a multi-dimensional approach.
Stabilized Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that blocks free radicals and reduces Tyrosinase, an essential enzyme in melanin formation. This stable form of Vitamin C ensures a prolonged release for a long-lasting healthy glow.
Phyto-lily Extract helps inhibit melanin production to prevent skin pigmentation and skin dullness.
Vitamin B3 works from the inside-out to renew cells and inhibit melanin transfer to keratinocytes. This helps make skin appear youthfully radiant and translucent.
By taking the finest ingredients from the latest in skincare research, the Fine Fairness Healthywhite Complex helps to transform skin from the inside-out. This results in a beautiful, fair and even-toned complexion with a healthy, lasting glow.
About BB Cream
BB Cream, which stands for Blemish Balm, is one of the newest skincare phenomena to hit the market. BB Creams began in Germany as a concealer for post-surgery scars. When Korean actresses started to use BB Creams, a revolution in skincare was born. Known to provide excellent coverage that immediately hides blemishes, the BB Cream has become an essential item for instantly smooth and fair skin.
True to the brand’s commitment of providing women with healthy beauty, the FINE FAIRNESS® BB Cream UV contains naturally-occurring minerals, Mica and Titanium Dioxide. When applied to the skin, these minerals match with the skintone to deliver instant blemish coverage.
Fine Fairness BB Cream
Now, combine the immediate fairness of BB Cream and the in-depth whitening powers of FINE FAIRNESS®. The result? A moisturizer that instantly corrects blemishes and works from within to continuously whiten skin. At a special introductory rate of P575 (20% discount from P720) for the month of February, this latest product from Neutrogena is exclusively available at Watsons.
So ladies, those months of waiting for fairer skin are over. With the new Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream UV, you can get that instantly fairer complexion and healthier, continuously whiter skin.
WOOHOO!!! I cannot contain my excitement as I unbox my Pole. For a while I had to think of a name for my Pole. At first I thought of Van Gogh. To name it after a great artist with a taste of rough beauty and with personal issues himself. But nevertheless, a genius for his works. Pole opened my right side of the brain. My creativity. I think Van Gogh is a great name, but maybe not for a pole.
A pole name needs to be bad-ass and in my case, simple but rockin’ So I had to choose the Marvel supervillain LOKI (or that Norse god). The god of mischief. Arch-enemy of THOR. #geekmode
I tried to shape my body with my new pole to look like LOKI’s signature headpiece
I have been a fan of Loki’s character. Not his evil deeds, but his determination to do what he wants to be done. He’s a SUPER GENIUS! He is smart enough to always almost take down the Avengers! (Of course, in every story, good must win) Imperfect world. Even superheroes have the right to bleed and be imperfect. Even Superman almost destroyed the universe. All supervillains have also gone through some rough patch down their history. Or in mysterious ways for the Joker.. as no one really knows about his past.
Anyway, LOKI is bad-ass. He is not as popular of a villain as Lex Luthor but I’m glad you finally all met him in the movie Thor.
He’s quite handsome too… well, this is Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
unboxing my pole…
Chase is curious.
I ordered my pole from Polecats Manila
I just followed the video tutorial they have on X-Pole US.
As far as I know, X Poles are the safest (or one of the safest) poles you can use.
Can you believe I mounted Loki all by myself #proud
Now here are some test photos 😛
Did a few tricks to test it
Some elbow stand variation
I think this is called a scorpion.
Another elbow stand / head stand variation.
and of course… the Superman
The pole is new so it is a bit slippery @__@
anyway, Happy DANCE!!!
Check out my Pole Diary!
Bought this in Hong Kong a while back. Wore it yesterday to work. It’s so hot in the Philippines though so it’s a no-no if you’re walking around The Fort area.
I don’t know how some girls do it but yeah, more power to you ladies woohoo!
Apart from that, and on air conditioned office space, it’s super nice to use and it’s very comfortable
Price was at around Php 2,000 very good price for the quality of the shoes
It was my first time inside the Malacanang Palace
Thanks to our friends from Nat Geo, Agatep and the President of course for inviting us into the Palace!
photo by Erwin Nolido
Jeman, myself and Rod with Caster, the Food Taster.
photo by Erwin Nolido
Caster’s job is very interesting. He is trained here and abroad of different toxins and poisons that can be found on food. His weapon: the flashlight!
Know more about Caster and the different PSG persons highlighted on the documentary here.
The National Geographic special Inside Malacanang will be shown on Nat Geo on March 18, at 9pm.
My morning starts early at 5:45 am. I leave for Curves Gym at 6am. Curves opens at 7am so sometimes I park near our office and take a long walk to Serendra
Curves takes only 30mins of exercise in a circuit. Then I’m off to shower and I’m ready for work at 8:30.
This is the part where I get super hungry. I eat fruits and drink wheatgrass.
I go minimum of 3 times a week but the ideal is everyday except Sunday, coz they’re closed 😛
And this is me, refreshed after work-out and shower. You can choose to bring your own hair dryer. But I preder to just use the fan that they provide and dry my hair naturally.
What’s your morning routine like?
Wee!!! This is our new fun app you can use to Kitty-fy yourself! I love cats, meow!
Kitty-fy yourself here: http://tv5.com.ph/felina/felinavatar.php
This app is inspired by TV5’s new afternoon TV series, Felina. The story is quite catchy and I must say, Arci Muñoz is hot!
Image source: interaksyon.com
Beyond the Box, the newest and most innovative Apple Premium Reseller in the Philippines is introducing another milestone in the local retail community space by implementing extended shopping hours for their store in One Rockwell. During the whole summer season starting on March 2 of this year (2012). Beyond the Box at One Rockwell will be open for 24 hours during Friday and Saturday. For the rest of the week (Monday to Thursday), Beyond the Box at One Rockwell will be open from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight.
In conjunction with the 24 hours store operation every Friday and Saturday, Beyond the Box at One Rockwell will also be running promotional deals that will coincide with the 24 hours store operation which will allow customers to purchase goods at an extremely low price. Every week will see a different brand go on sale which will be available every Saturday and Sunday starting from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 in the morning. Beyond the Box believes in offering more options for the Filipino shopper and the extended operating hours this summer season is the first step in offering the local community a more flexible shopping atmosphere.
All promo and sale details will be posted on Beyond the Box’ FaceBook and Twitter account a day before the promo starts. Do follow us at the following url:
Aside from the extended store hours, Beyond the Box at One Rockwell also has its very own podcast studio which is currently the official venue for all of the podcasts produced by BattleAxe Network. Visitors are welcome to drop by the store to see video podcasts being recorded live. The Beyond the Box Podcast studio is also open to groups or individuals who aspires in creating their own Podcast recordings. Inquiries can be made via Beyond the Box’ Twitter and FaceBook page. Don’t be shy and join in on the fun!
One of the perks of being a blogger, is you get to have dinner (sort-of) with the President of the Philippines! Nat Geo and our friends from Agatep invited us over at the Malacanang Palace for the first screening of Inside Malacañang. It’s a National Geographic special that takes you to an exclusive guided tour inside the official residence of our country’s president.
The Malacañang Palace was open for the public in the time of Corazon Aquino, the country’s first lady President. Due to heavy security concerns, we can’t stroll along the compounds freely anymore but this documentary will take you inside the Palace. It’s very interesting because the public knows so little about what’s going on there.
This special won’t only be played on local Nat Geo, but it will air soon in Southeast Asia and the rest of the World. Congratulations to National Geographic Channel and Marnie Manicad productions for a successful documentary!
Here are a few pictures and snippets of what you are about to see on the documentary. These are only pictures, but the story behind is very interesting. Catch the documentary at Nat Geo on March 18, 9pm.
Inside the Malacanang Palace
The Presidential Helicopter
Independence Day at Quirino Grandstand
It was once dubbed as a “foremost home” by Spanish governor generals. The Americans made it a social hub for the country’s elite while the Japanese transformed it into a garrison.
Yet after all these changes, Malacañan Palace still stands proudly by the Pasig River today. One would wonder what is now inside the cordoned-off areas of the palace.
On March 18, at 9pm catch the premiere of the original documentary Inside Malacañang as National Geographic Channel (NGC) takes you to an exclusive guided tour inside the official residence of the country’s chief executive.
This exclusive feature, which took one and a half years to produce, delves into chambers of the palace that were previously off-limits to the media and the public.
Inside Malacañang also examines and breaks long-held myths and beliefs about the President’s entourage. Get to know the everyday routines of the Presidential Security
Group commander, the close-in security aide of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the presidential photographer, and even the presidential food tester.
“NGC has been aiming to feature more relevant programs to the Filipino audience. With Inside Malacañang we hope more Filipinos would appreciate the office of the President and the people who help run it everyday,” said Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels vice president and territory head for Philippines.
“Through this documentary that was proudly made by a Filipino production team, Marnie Manicad Productions International, in the hallmark standards of the NGC, we also wanted to show the world-class talent of Filipinos in producing long-form documentaries.”
The Inside Malacañang production team is composed of director, producer and head writer Marnie Manicad, writer Cris Lim and narrator Joonee Gamboa.
Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III, a friend and a fellow blogger
Lito Africano, the Personal Assistant
Jay Morales, the Photographer
Jaime Castro, the Food Taster
*we had a photo taken with him, I’d still have to wait for it to be posted
Colonel Ramon Dizon, PSG Chief
General Bodet Honrado
and of course,
President Noy Noy Aquino