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The Year That Was 2013

Compared to the hectic outdoor activities in 2012, 2013 proved to be the most laid back in terms of travel. We only traveled outside the Metro only once (Palawan), other than that, we pretty much stayed at home. There were a lot of first as usual, but mostly, last year revolved so much around Geoff. In addition, I think the best description for that year is “GRATITUDE”. I am grateful for a lot of things, and I think photo blogging will better describe it.

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  • Geoff turned 1 and a catholic. We are so blessed and thankful to see so many friends and family members celebrating this milestone with us.

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  • Geoff had his first haircut. A bit traumatic for us, however, it did not stop the kiddo from having fun during his first visit to BGC.

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  • I won several contests from the blogs that I stalk. This includes the La Andi package from the Soshal Network, play and learn classes and GC from Bebengisms and One Dental Care, tickets to the Nido Discovery Center from AXA Philippines, and the best so far was the Palawan accomodation and tours by Akira and Everything Nice and 8 Dragon Tours. These blessings were overwhelming and until now, I am still grateful.
How my phone looks like - Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

How my phone looks like – Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

  • I finally had the courage to switch to a touch screen phone. I decided to stay with Sun Cellular since the service is okay and the price of the plans they offer is quite reasonable compared to others.

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  • Geoff attended a play and learn class for a brief period of time. It was such a shame that the commute proved to be harsh for both of us, but I am also glad that he was able to experience “a bit” of discipline and the concept of following rules.

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  • I finally got myself an oven and had my ups and downs in baking, until I finally triumphed. The purchase of this oven led to the creation of Nibbles. I was able to get back all the investment I made, plus a decent amount of savings as well. Through this, I also received a verbal commendation from a customer who said “ang sarap sarap kasi ng revel bars mo”. Such a heart warming gesture.

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  • I was able to bring Babe to the Underground River as our 2nd wedding anniversary getaway. It was quite funny since I booked our tickets as early as March. Come September, an emergency happened and we both thought it was best not to push through anymore, until I learned that I won free accommodation for 3D/2N and an Underground River tour for 2! We immediately rebooked the flight, this time through Air Asia Zest (they have reasonable prices and they were on time for both flights too!). My biggest thanks to Ms. Jenny and Sir Jeron of 8 Dragon Tours for the chance.
Flintstones, we're the Flintstones!

Flintstones, we’re the Flintstones!

  • I made my very first DIY costume for Geoff’s Trick of Treat. Well, Babe helped too. You see the strap, he stitched everything there. I did the skirt and patches, as well as the colors. It was a success, and we could tell that Geoff really enjoyed the event even if we were dead tired by the end of the day.

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  • It was also a year for friendship. Though we don’t see too much of each other nowadays, we are still as close as ever, especially now that our family is growing. Thank you Lord for these people, for without them, I would not be the person I am today.

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  • Babe and I only managed one climb this year. Muntik pa madisgrasya. I thank the Lord as well for guiding me through that ordeal. Indeed, never underestimate nature and everything in it.

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  • Last year also brought us closer to our families. Though not everything was as smooth sailing as we hoped, we were still able to overcome most of the challenges and accepted it as a means of making us and our bond stronger. I am thankful for them, for their continued support and love.

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  • We had several food trips, ranging from really budget to pricey type. I am thankful because food trips meant that we have money to spend, and that we are well enough to eat it. After all, food trips are expensive somehow.

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  • I am also thankful for this little boy (or baby!) as he continue to provide endless love and joy for Babe and I. We are thankful that he is healthy, sweet, and lovable. I also pray that he continue to be a voracious eater. I am hoping as well that this is the year that he starts talking.

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  • I am also thankful for my husband and my marriage. That even though it is not perfect, both of us are making the efforts to adjust and make it work. We were close friends for years, boyfriend/ girlfriend for months, and hopefully partners for a lifetime.

Here’s to a thankful look back at 2013, and a year full of hope for 2014. May you and your loved ones be blessed as well.

I Am The Owner of the Slimmest Phone

I have always been a loyal Sun cellular subscriber. The relationship started when I was able to buy a phone of my own. During that time, it seems to be the better choice because of the unlimited services offered, plus my family members and friends were Sun subscribers as well. I was still on prepaid then.

It was in 2009 when I decided to get a broadband package, and in 2011 a post paid phoneline. I liked the phone that was offered then, sadly, all good things came to an end, especially when technology is at a rapid pace of innovation. That and the fact that my baby boy loved throwing, munching, and stepping on my old phone.

I decided to go for an upgrade. Babe and I went to the Sun Shop in SM Taytay to inquire about my options in terms of getting a new phone. We browsed through our phone options and talked to a CS Representative that day. What I was looking for was simple. I want:

  • An Android phone, this being the “in” thing.
  • A phone capable of blogging and “socializing” through social media
  • Something that I can play games with (I was highly curious of Candy Crush and 4 PIcs 1 Word then)
  • A phone with an excellent camera resolution to better capture those “biglaan” moments
  • Wifi, Bluetooth, Music, and awesome phone capabilities.
  • The icons should not be too big that it crowds the screen (ok, this is just me)

Our questions were answered that day and we came back the next day with a decision to get the Alcatel Idol Ultra. Let me go over the easy part, which was the service or plan that I got. I got the Plan 999 bundle which includes unlimited mobile internet, unlimited texts (Sun to Sun), and 4 hours of Sun calls. This deal is acceptable for me since I cannot be without Internet access, I can still communicate with friends and families, plus, it was the same exact amount that I was paying for before with the broadband service. Now for the fun part.

The Alcatel Idol Ultra was tagged as the world’s slimmest phone, which was also featured in the Iron Man 3 movie. Of course this was not the selling point that got me to decide. Here goes:

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Front view: The size is 5.29 x 2.70 x 0.26 in and only weighs 115 grams.

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Slim indeed!

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The back part, notice the camera protruding. This may very well be because the actual body is slimmer than the part!

No doubt the phone is slim. There is a slot for a microsim and usb – for charging and for the earphones. Since the phone is too slim, it comes with an adapter/converter for you to use with the earphones. On the top left is the power button and on the left side is the volume control. Battery is built in and there is no option for expanded memory.

Though there is no slot for a memory card, the phone’s built in memory is 16GB. More than enough if you are not much in to music like me. Right now, I have about a dozen games, a few more installed applications, some ebooks and around 100 pictures in jpeg format and the free space is still more that 10GB! I am quite pleased, even though I am the type who is after “the more, the merrier” in terms of disk space.

The Idol Ultra also comes with a Super AMOLED screen (to deflect excess light during outdoor use), a Dragon Trail glass for protection, front and back camera (1.3MP and 8MP accordingly), and 4.65-inch display with HD resolution of 720×1280 pixels. More or less, the quality of watching HD movies (or an episode from a series) is quite enjoyable. One thing that I was able to compare though is that the colors are much warmer (is this the right term?) compared to that of a Sony Xperia Z:

Right: Idol Ultra, Left: Xperia Z

Right: Idol Ultra, Left: Xperia Z

How my phone looks like - Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

How my phone looks like – Cat themed wallpaper. Icons can be customized too!

Performance wise, the Idol Ultra comes with Jellybean 4.1.1, which allowed me to download the current applications that I have (not that I am saying that this is solely the main reason that allowed me to download it. Initially, the battery is not something to rave about. I have unlimited data connection, thus, I was almost always online (not to mention that I also use the tether feature so that Babe can connect), so I think that contributed to the reason for me to charge the phone on a daily basis. The tether function during the first week was kind of horrendous, but the performance eventually improved, so I am not sure if it is the service or the phone. Phone features such as call and text works as it should be, and I was able to sync my contacts through my google account.

To give a brief summary of what I liked and did not, here it is:

Pros:

  • That the phone is slim and very light
  • The screen is big enough for me to text easily (I sometimes have sticky fingers, and it’s very difficult for me to compose a text message)
  • Picture wise, the colors are ok even for indoor use.
  • I have the ability to customize the theme I want, and install something different whenever I wish.
  • The applications open with no lags nor delay.
  • The icons are simple and clean and does not look too crowded no matter how many applications you have.
  • The lock screen has shortcuts for call, messages, and camera.
  • The back portion has a rubbery texture, so no worries about scratches.
  • The phone comes with 2 screen protectors.
  • Themes and icons can be customized by downloading the Go Launcher or Nova Launcher applications. The default launcher of the Jellybean is pretty much standard.

Cons:

  • Front camera is of no difference compared to low end phones (this is because the resolution is just 1.3 MP)
  • Memory is not expandable
  • The Recent Apps button sometimes acts up, that you have to press it again for it to come up.
  • Battery drains fast, especially if you have data on at all times (Babe had to root the phone without my knowledge, and battery life is more acceptable)
  • We were able to find one store where you can get a silicone case. Options are limited in terms of those cute cases compared to other phones.
  • I noticed that even with the screen protector in place, my screen is very prone to smudges and dust compared to Babe’s Xperia (this is not a big deal, I just thought of mentioning)

Market value of the phone plays around Php 15,000 and is available on most telecoms stores. Visit their page, or go to the Sun Shop near you to inquire about the phone or application.

Alcatel website:

http://www.alcatelonetouchidolultra.com/

Sun Cellular:

http://www.suncellular.com.ph/

Alcatel Cases – Cyberlynx E Technologies (ground floor repair area, St. Francis Square)

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P.S. This is not a sponsored post

Sun Cellular, The Good Choice in Postpaid

I have been living on my own ever since I started working. Things are different now that I am married and with a kid of course. Though my status and priorities have changed, there is still one thing that did not. Believe it or not, that would be my Sun postpaid subscription.

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Loyal ba kamo? Even with my prepaid days, Sun pa din ako!

Being a loyal subscriber for almost 8 years, I can say that there are still some ups and downs to it. After all, not all services are perfect but I can say that I am still a satisfied customer. I am still enjoying the perks of the service for only P999 a month. This is quite a steal as it covers both my phone and data connection. I get to do unlimited browsing and downloads on a daily basis. We are not into computer games, thus, the speed itself (up to 2mbps) is just perfect for our everyday data consumption. I have never had any issues with the phone line itself, as I have unlimited call and texts to fellow sun subscribers. On top of that, I still have 250 texts for free to other networks. Sulit na sulit talaga.

Right now, there are a lot of new phone models in the market. It is just a matter of choosing the right plan to go with it. As such, Sun offers the slimmest phones for free if you avail of their plan 600 or 999. The Alcatel phones are such a steal! Babe got the Alcatel Idol for plan 600. It has unlimited call and texts, P250 consumable, and 350 texts to other networks. There is a lock in period, so it’s like paying for the phone on an installment basis, and the unlimited service at the same time. I can say, the price we pay is already worth the service.

BTW, for Sun plan 999, it includes unlimited mobile internet, 4 hours of Sun calls, and unlimited Sun texts. Good buy, right?

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Android is in! Get connected 24/7 with these babies

Honestly, I don’t see myself changing providers anytime. I am happy with the service, and the price I pay is very budget friendly.