Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Memory of Scent
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Chuwi Vi8 Unboxing Video and Review
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This is a tablet that can morph from Windows OS to Android! It can fit in my purse and can act as my second work station. Something I can bring with my anytime, anywhere, just in case I have important work, or I am inspired to write a blog! Fascinating!
1. It can from Windows 8 to Android Kit Kat and vice versa.
2. Windows 8 is upgradeable to Windows 10. Although I don't recommend this because I did try to update but it did not work smoothly. The touch screen was not responsive when I updated and I had to use a mouse to maneuver the tablet to restore it to factory settings.
3. Light and compact, with the tablet weighing only 310 grams or 0.68 lbs. With packaging, it weighs 1.097 kb.
4. It's only about 8" x 4" and can fit in my usual bags. It's like an iPad mini but way lighter.
5. Expandable memory (via TF/micro SD card) of up to 64 GB, but I tried my 128 GB, and it seems to be working.
6. Decent battery time time.
Here are some things the Chuwi Vi8 can improve on.
1. Bigger internal memory (ROM) for more fun apps to install. It has a big potential to do so many things because it is Windows, it is just limited by the internal memory. I am able to survive with what I have by uninstalling apps I don't need and use just chrome browser for most things. With Chrome browser, you can use Google docs.
2. Better camera. I was not expecting the best, but the camera was something I would not bother using.
3. New version with Windows 10!
Other specs you should know about Chuwi Vi8.
- RAM: 2GB
- ROM: 32GB
- Gravity Sensing System/WiFi/Bluetooth Supported
- OS: Windows 8.1, Android 4.4
- CPU Brand: Intel
- CPU: Z3735F
- GPU: Intel HD Graphic(Gen7)
- Core: 1.8GHz, Quad Core
- External memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)
- Has WiFi and Bluetooth
- Screen type: Capacitive
- Screen size: 8 inch
- IPS: Yes
- Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
- Camera type: Dual cameras (one front at 0.3 MP and one back at 2.0MP)
- Back camera: 2.0MP
- Ports: Micro USB and Mirco HDMI
- Audio: 3.5mm Headphone Jack and speaker capability, has Mic
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- Battery / Run Time (up to): 5 hours video playing time
- G-sensor: Supported, Gravity Sensing System
- Product size: 20.7 x 12.2 x 0.8 cm / 8.14 x 4.79 x 0.31 inches
- Package size: 24 x 15 x 4 cm / 9.43 x 5.90 x 1.57 inches
- Package weight: 1.097 kg
- Included in the box: OTG Cable, Charger, USB Cable
It is highly suggested to not tinker on the app software, or hack it. Download apps via Google Play and Market. This is designed only to work with the current Android and Windows OS. Upgrades might make the tablet unstable.
The stated ROM amount shows the maximum available ROM with nothing installed. However, the Android/Windows OS and pre-installed software from the manufacturer will occupy some of this ROM. The available ROM on the device will therefore be slightly less than the ROM listed.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Fitbit Flex Unboxing Video and Review
Hannah V3:12 PM
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I was deeply involved in a conversation with friends when I realized that I am lucky I was able to live the prime years of my life in this century. This is the time when technology and creativity meet to fit my wants and needs in my lifestyle. I am a licensed CPA and I do obsess with numbers and analytics. I am also a Pole Fitness instructor and just a general health and fitness buff. Science and numbers fascinate me, and a few years back I struggled to measure my progress and my goals because I did not have the means to do so. All I could do before is count my steps manually (as in, in my head) because when I was younger I did not have even a pedometer with me.
It's such a great time because now, there are lots of gadgets that I could use to track, analyze and be better to achieve my personal goals.
I have received a Fitbit Flex for me to review and here are the things logged down after using it for 1 week!
What's in the box?
If you have seen my unboxing video, you will notice that I struggled a little in opening the box. At least you know that when you buy it, it should be sealed tightly as so. Here are the things you can find inside the Fitbit Flex box
- Removable Fitbit Flex™ tracker
- 2 wristbands (small and large) - I use the small wristband
- Charging cable
- Wireless sync dongle
What is the Fitbit Flex wristband made of?
I am quite sensitive to a lot of things, metal, dirt, dust, and so many other things that wearing a watch is kind of tricky for me. I was worried that when I start to sweat with the Flex wristband, that I would start to itch, but I didn't! I wear it with me all the time when I take a stroll in the mall, when I go to the gym and when I warm-up my pole class.
The Flex wristband is made of flexible, durable elastomer material. Most sports watches usually use this material. It has a surgical-grade stainless steel clasp to secure the band to your wrist.
I'm glad that the designers thought about this so I can wear it for longer periods of time. Sometimes I forget that it's there and I can sleep through without it bugging me.
Functions and specs
- 3-axis accelerometer to monitor daily activity
- Vibration motor to monitor sleep
- Discreet LED display with 4 white indicator lights
- Tap twice to see progress against the goal you set in your dashboard
- Tap rapidly for 1 to 2 seconds to start or stop sleep tracking. I don't even do this but it still tracks my sleeping activity.
- Water resistance. Fitbit Flex has been tested up to 1 ATM. This means it is sweat, rain and splash proof. This device is however not meant to be taken with to the shower or for a dive or swim.
- Radio transceiver is a Bluetooth 4.0
- Operating temperature is 4° to 113°F
- Maximum operating altitude is 30,000 feet
- Flex tracks data for 7 days of detailed motion data, minute by minute
- Tracks daily totals for the past 30 days.
- During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.
- At night, it tracks sleep quantity and you can set it to wake you up silently in the morning. It works when you sleep with another person and you don't want to use the sound alarm to disturb them.
- You can encode your personal stats and set goals, and the app will do all the tracking work for you.
- Set goals, log food, see progress, analyze trends and earn achievement badges through your mobile and online dashboard.
- Share and compete with friends and family on the leaderboard and in NEW Fitbit challenges.
- Syncing range: 20 feet
- Syncing to computers requires Internet connection and USB port
- Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection
- Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen and later, and leading Android and Windows devices
Caring for Fitbit Band and Helpful Tips
- Keep the band dry and clean.
- If the band gets weat, remove completely and dry before putting it back on. Moisture breeds bacteria and germs.
- Clean the wrist band with a mild soap-free solution like Cetaphil or Aquanil, rinse throughly and again, let dry
- Rest your wrist by taking off the band once in a while.
- Charge accordingly. Unlike other wearable watches, the Fitbit Flex can be used for 5 days on full charge. That's what was said on their official website, but I was able to use it for 7 days, because I forgot the charging wire and I was out of town.
Packaging is good and well-sealed. However, it was little bit hard to open. On the good side, you will know that the band is really secure and you should not worry about it slipping off your wrist and lose it. As for the wrist band, it was hard for me to snap the wristband to my wrist upon initial use. I guess the rubber needs to be warmed up. Suggestion, warm up the wrist lock by locking and unlocking it a few times before using it.
What I love about Fitbit Flex is that it is stylish enough to be worn with my other accessories. Unlike the other fit bands that I use, the design is sleek, simple and not as attention-grabbing as its other sibling models that have a huge screen or watch.
It fits perfectly and I love wearing it!
Where to Buy Fitbit Flex in the Philippines?
Fitbit Flex is now available at Beyond the Box and Digital Walker.
Beyond the Box
List of Beyond the Box branches:
Ayala Fairview Terraces | Century City Mall | Eton Centris Walk | Forbes Town | Lucky Chinatown | Market! Market! | Resorts World Manila | One Rockwell | Robinsons Galleria | Robinsons Place Manila | Veranza Mall | VMall | Vista Place (Formerly Wil Tower)
List of Digital Walker branches:
Glorietta 2 | Eastwood | Robinsons Magnolia | SM Aura | Alabang Town Center | Harbour Point Subic | Vmall Greenhills | Trinoma | Robinsons Place Manila | Shangri-La | Rockwell | Greenbelt 5 | SM MoA | Robinson Place Pioneer | SM City Cebu | Ayala Center Cebu | UP Town Center | Abreeza Mall | Centrio Mall I Century City Mall I
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Block Party Wanderlust at Makiling Park
Hannah V11:33 AM
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I love bazaars and food events! This for me is also one way of going out on a date. We promised to explore and try new things from time to time, so here's one of the things that you can do too!
This coming March 19 and 20, head on to Block Party: Wanderlust at Alabang Village's Makiling Park and expect lots of food, travel-worthy and crafty finds, and lots of activities! They are also giving away Mabuhay Miles worth to claim for domestic and international round trips! There will be more prizes from their partners Zomato and Y101FM.
It's a great way to kick off the start of summer!
Here are the things you can expect for the event:
Friday, November 27, 2015
Top 10 Black Friday Amazon Gadgets by FlairCandy
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Here are the Forward Shipping companies I recommend.
1. POBox.ph - cheapest and can consolidate your items, except it takes a while to ship to you (a month or 2)
2. Johnny Air - The fastest among all! It took 14 days from order to delivery when I ordered but I heard it could be done in 1 week, do this when you're in a hurry to get something.
3. My-Shoppingbox.com - partnered with GCash and is also very convenient and their system works great, except they don't ship anything with lithium ion.
4. LBC Shipping Cart - I have not tried this service yet.
Here's my list of top 10 Black Friday Gadgets in Amazon.
1. ASUS X551MA 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4 GB, 500GB HDD, Black) - Free Upgrade to Windows 10
2. Canon PowerShot N 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
3. Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Pentium, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD)
4. One Alienware FHD 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop Bundle with a Dell Venue 10 Pro 5055 10.1'' Tablet (32GB)
5. Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 1TB HDD, Black)
6. Lenovo Z70 17.3-Inch Laptop (Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB + 8 GB HDD, Windows 10) 80FG00DCUS
7. ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch Full-HD Laptop (Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) with Windows 10
8. Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
10. Fire, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers, Black
Monday, November 9, 2015
Random Brain Farts
Hannah Villasis2:45 AM
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Hello online blog! :)
It's 2:32 am and I can't sleep. Insomnia. Hyperactive brain. Social media distractions. Back in May 2008 (when I first started my blog), I would write and talk about what happened during my day - just like a diary. The difference is, there's no secret lock or secret text codes (I do have a secret language only I can understand lol), the world can see my thoughts and my brain farts, like this one you are reading.
What is so interesting about my life? Pretty much the same as you. I believe that each one of us has our own story unique to our own. Mine is mostly all about my curiosity, dreams and passion. To some, it could be all about just daily struggles or the lack of it. Whatever it is, I'm 100% sure you have a story to tell. Something just unique to you. Write it down on a blog like me and find people who are attracted to your uniqueness and follow you. Who knows? Or not. Maybe you're secretive or you just don't care.
Just do one thing that scares you, or something that's outside of your comfort zone. You will be surprised how your story could evolve.
Two words that gave birth to my blog. I'm on my 7th year of blogging now. I've been on a hiatus a few times. The one thing I like about my blogging is that there really is no pressure at all. I share what I can and I hope to inspire people to become their best selves.
If you are reading this, please say "hi" on the comment section below :) It will take just a minute. :)
Until the next brain fart.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
New faces of the Ultera Barkada Family
Hannah Villasis10:49 AM
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PLDT HOME Ultera is known for Ultra-fast LTE and what more to celebrate this fun feature by having talented and fun-loving volleyball players Alyssa Valdez, Jaja and Dindin Santiago, Rachel Daquis, Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, John Vic De Guzman and Peter Torres. Each of these young athlete-celebrities has been making waves in their field, with a fan base that multiplies by the day.
“I am so excited to officially represent PLDT HOME Ultera,” Valdez said. “I’m the type of person who goes all out in everything I do not just in court, but also at home with family and friends. I value moments where I can stay home and have fun with my three brothers and PLDT HOME Ultera lets us siblings go all out with movie marathons and video game play-offs.”
Multi-award-winning athlete Valdez is one of the country’s top volleybelles, the UAAP Season 77 MVP and the Shakey’s V-League 2015 Conference MVP. Joining her in the PLDT HOME Ultera family are “Twin Towers” Dindin and Jaja Santiago, who have each garnered impressive titles to their names from Shakey’s V-League 2015. They are close friends on top of sisters and even now that Dindin is married, they are still able to keep in touch and maximize their bonding moments with the help of PLDT HOME Ultera.
Among the skilled bunch is Philippine Super Liga 2015 Finals MVP Rachel Daquis, who comes from a close-knit family of seven people and is dedicated to being an ideal role model for her two younger siblings, niece and nephew. UAAP Season 75 MVP Ara Galang makes the most of her free time through movie nights with her parents and gaming with older brother. UAAP standout Mika Reyes spends time at home taking care of her younger siblings and catching up with relatives through social media.
Completing the Ultera Barkada family are top male volleyball icons Peter Torres, who is constantly protective of his four younger siblings, and John Vic De Guzman, who cherishes karaoke nights at home with his mom and siblings. Not only do these ambassadors excel in their sport and at home, but they are all friends off the court, making them the perfect Ultera “barkada family” who epitomize all out fun through their bonding moments.
There is no doubt that PLDT HOME Ultera will continue to bring in fun in our household as in line with their advocacy for sports excellence among the country's youth. I, for one, am very happy that companies like PLDT recognize the benefits of sports and encourage it in our country's youth. It is thus more than fitting to strengthen the association of the country’s prominent volleyball players to the brand.
“This power roster represents what PLDT HOME Ultera is all about,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Head Gary Dujali said. “Each of them has gone all out in volleyball, rising to excellence through hard work and dedication. Now we’re showing a side of them that goes all out at home with family and friends. The Ultera lifestyle is about going all out in anything you do and we apply that mantra to our home-based Internet connection. When it comes to the Internet, some think that WiFi hotspots and Internet cafes are as good as it gets. But PLDT HOME Ultera offers ultra-fast LTE connection and affordable broadband to enable all-out fun at home so you don’t settle for anything less. Our Ultera barkada family embodies this message perfectly.”
PLDT HOME Ultera delivers Ultra-Fast LTE for a Happy Family with Internet speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Plans start at P999 a month. Log on to pldthome.com for more ultra-fun offers.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Most Affordable Lollipop Phone Cherry Mobile Touch HD
Hannah Villasis7:36 PM
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How low can you go?
It only costs P2,999. So if you need to buy your children, or give someone a gift that won't bring a big hole to your wallet, then this smartphone is for you.
What I love about the Cherry Mobile Touch HD
- Affordable price of Php 2,999
- Weighs only 132 grams
- Quad-core processor (1.2 GHz)
- Internal Memory of 8GB
- Expandable memory of up to 32 GB
- battery has standby time of 300 hours
- Comes with a 2,000 mAh removable Li-ion battery (replaceable when battery goes bad)
- 5" HD Display
- 1 GB RAM (for multitasking)
- 8 MP back camera
- 2 MP front camera
Friday, August 14, 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus or Samsung Galaxy Note 5?
Hannah Villasis12:38 PM
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 Plus
Friday, June 26, 2015
MySlim Capsules and MySlim Yerba Mate - Flair Review
Hannah Villasis1:28 PM
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I have always been looking for a lifestyle program (not diet program) that will totally give me a healthy and fit physique, but also sustainable. Sustainable in a sense that it does not make me depressed or cause a certain imbalance in other aspects of my being.
Ever since February, I stopped eating meat (beef, pork chicken) and decided to have a pescatarian diet (veggies, seafood and eggs). This is because for some reason, my nosebleed is triggered by eating meat.
I thought I would lose weight, because after all, I gave up meat as a part of my diet. I only lost around 2-3 lbs in 3 months. Not much progress.
Then, I discovered this new program from a friend who taught me the ways. I realized, the most effective way to lose weight is to target your metabolic rate. No matter how calories you take, it won't matter if your metabolism is slow. In fact, starving yourself or restricting your calories could make your metabolism slower.
Carb Cycling and Good Bye Sugar (except on cheat days)
This is just a disclaimer to tell you what kind of lifestyle program I am in before I tell you about my MySlim review. I just started doing this early May 2015 and I lost 10 pounds in one month. All I had to do is give up sugar, starch and bad carbs. A lot of people, though wanting to lose weight, are not willing to give up on these. It actually takes will power and commitment to do this and to achieve great results.
Carb Cycling is alternating low-carb and high carb days in a week, plus one cheat day (mine is Sunday). High carb day would only allow good carbs (slow-burning, low GI carbs - so yeah, still no rice). I combine this with at least 3x of gym time a week.
This is where MySlim Capsules and MySlim Yerba mate comes to a good cause, it complements my lifestyle program and when I learned about this product I got excited because of the many features it has all in one capsule and all in one drink.
This is the book that you can read if you want to know more about Carb Cycling. It worked for me and I highly recommend it.
MySlim CapsulesThese capsules came in handy. I said I gave up on sugar, starch and carbs but sometimes, you can't help but eat them especially when you are really starving and you don't have any food choices, you are traveling and it's hard to prepare food according to your diet, or you're out on a date or dinner with friends and family.
You can't kill the moment and just say, "no I can't eat that!" So in those times, I always have MySlim Capsules with me so that I can block the carbs from being processed.
Key ingredients of MySlim Dietary Supplement
1. Yerba Mate (Finomate)
- Boosts metabolism
- Increases caloric burn rate
- Suppresses appetite
- Stimulates mental focus and clarity
- Increases energy
2. Garcinia Cambogia (GarCitrin)
- Reduces appetite
- Blocks an enzyme in your body, preventing carbohydrates to be stored as fat
- Burns Fat rapidly
3. L-Carnitine (Carnipure)
- Converts fats into energy
- Promotes fat burning
- Reduces the sensation of hunger and facilitates a reduction in food intake
4. Green Tea Extract (EGCG)
- Increase Fat burning
- Fat loss
- Improve brain function
- Improve physical performance
I am actually aware that these 4 ingredients help boost metabolism and burn fat individually. I was so pleased and excited to hear that these are all in one product!
It is recommended to take one capsule, two times a day after meals. It is not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating women. Please consult your with your doctor before using this if you are taking prescription drugs.
Yerba Mate DrinkYerba Mate drink gives you twice the fat burning power with Yerba Mate (Finomate) and hi-grade L-Carnitine (Carnipure) in a sugar-free drink with Palatinose. It claims to burn fat the whole day while balancing sugar levels and bringing up your energy.
This bottle is very helpful if I drink it during my cheat day! I drink it at night after I ate already so many things. The next thing I wake up, I have the urge to go to the toilet, I weighed in again and I only gained about 0.5 - 1 lbs after binging out. When I say binge out I mean really eat till the food is up to my throat kind of binging!
Yeah I ate all that 😅😱🙊😵🍴😈 i really did. It's a must for this metabolic program 🔥 @sofitelmanila #cheatday #photogrid @photogridorgA photo posted by Hannah Villasis (@flaircandy) on
Weight ProgressI have been taking them since I arrived from Korea and on my first cheat day back (May 31). Here is a photo collection of my weighing scale as I track my progress. Again, I am doing Carb Cycling program plus, MySlim capsules and Yerba Mate.
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