Monthly Archives: January 2013

An Apple Everyday Keeps the Boredom Away


My husband and I have been a fan of the iphone for two years now.

I started with the iphone 3GS (8 gigabytes) in Y2010. I thought that 8 gigabytes will be more than enough. I was thinking that I’ll anyway just use it for sms, calls, taking pictures and a couple of games. The application available for iphone grew. I have found myself wishing that I should have chosen the highest capacity so I can download all the applications that I found useful and games that I found so entertaining.

I was so fond with my new iphone that I asked my family for a x carlink so I can play music from my iphone and as well serve as a car charger. My x carlink was very useful, I get to play music from my iphone and as well get to charge my iphone while on transit.

We usually love to do roadtrips. Google maps of the iphone is very useful. We have relied on it to reach our place of destination. If you’re not subscribed to unli data surf (I’m using this term since we’re both Globe network subacribers), we suggest that you download the Citimaps application of the iphone. You can download the map that covers your place of destination, phone signal is the only connection that you need to use this application, no need to connect to the internet.

Even in our travel abroad, we have relied on google maps and citimaps! However take caution using the GPS abroad, our phone bill was 4 times our usual monthly bill when we got home.

After a year, I shifted to an iphone 4. The iphone market grow fast that my iphone 3GS’s market value in one year’s time is just 1/4 of its acquisition price. Iphone 4s then was already in the market which have added to the decrease in market value of the iphone 3GS.

In less than 1 year after I bought my iphone 4, iphone 5 was introduced to the market. I was having second thoughts if I will again upgrade my iphone. I thought that well I probably should not.

The iphone 5 launch in the Philippines via the Globe network was last December 14, 2012. Two weeks before the launch, we were curious of the iphone 5. We checked out the network’s website and have found that iphone 5 reservations can be done through their website. We realized a good deal, we can get an iphone 5 by re-contracting our phone plans for another two years, have our phone plan upgraded to an unli data plan (limitless internet browsing) and a cashout of 1/4 the phone’s price. We were able to join the launch and have painstakingly and patiently waited in line for 10 hours. Mine was white while my husband chose black. We instantly bought phone casings. I got myself a Viva Madrid casing (colored yellow and blue) Its a very useful casing, it has a provision as phone stand and it has a front cover. You can use the phone stand for facetime while driving.

There was one dilemma when we shifted to iphone 5, the 30-pin port is now a lightning port. My x carlink and my husband’s JBL music player and docking station is now useless. We now need to buy an adaptor from 30-pin to lightning. The adaptor for docking stations sold like pancakes and it was difficult to look for one. I was fortunate to have the last stock in a store. When I saw it on display, I grabbed it. About 10 seconds later, a customer went in the store inquiring for the same product. I paid for it immediately to ensure that its mine 🙂

The adaptor worked perfectly. I was able to play music and have my phone charged at the same time.


My iphone do take my boredom away and as well have increased my productivity. I have everything in one device. I have my maps, calendar, books, email, games, bills and budget trackers, photos and a lot more! My communication with my husband who is periodically out of country is through imessage and facetime, a phone bill saver!

For iphone users, to enjoy applications that are not free, I suggest that you download the AppsGoneFree application. It will alert you of applications that will be free of charge when downloaded and the duration when its free.

I have recently downloaded Halftone. Its a paid application but was affered free for a limited time. The application is very entertaining, it actually will stimulate your creative side. Download it as well and enjoy the same as I do 🙂

If you also have a great iphone experience, would love to hear from you 🙂


A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

This was our first time to celebrate the New Year as husband and wife. We celebrated the New Year in my parents-in-law’s house together with my sister-in-law and her husband. We had a happy celebration.

To reserve our energy when celebrating the New Year, we planned to have all the food cooked outside and cook a little only. Seafood was the major course with a couple of other dishes such as pork, but not chicken. Not chicken, since there was a saying that chicken may bring a “One Kahig, Isang Tuka” luck to the family. All the seafood dishes were cooked from Dampa (in Paranaque), the chosen dishes were crabs in oyster sauce, shrimps in garlic sauce, kamaron (breaded shirmp) and calamares (breaded squid).


The dessert was a pan of leche flan, oozing with caramel on top.

The dishes were all placed in a chafing dish, and were warmed by a burner using fuel jelly. The smell of the seafood aroma made our stomachs crumble, but we saved our appetites after hearing mass.

We were early at church and have occupied one pew. It was my first time to hear mass in my husband’s village, they have a very nice church. They say that first timers can make three wishes. I only made one wish, hope it will come true 🙂

After hearing mass, we look forward to our New Year dishes, but before we change to comfortable clothes, we opted to have our Christmas/New Year pictures taken first.



My husband was then excited for fireworks. He suddenly changed to comfortable clothing and made his way to the pile of firecrackers. We started with the “kwitis” and Roman Candle. I was actually scared coming near firecrackers, but thought that taking firecracker photos will be a challenge.

Of course before lighting up firecrackers, my husband was geared up for safety. As TV advertisements would say “Safety First”!


The “kwitis” were lined up to an old corrugated sheet pointing upwards. I had fun catching the firecracker trail when it soars high up to the sky.


Excited for the boom boom boom!

Excited for the boom boom boom!

It was only 15 minutes to January 1, 2013, and we were all anticipating the colorful fireworks in the sky. Our cameras are ready and set to for our creative fireworks shot.

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

When our firecrackers were already consumed, we went inside the house to review our shots. However, our creativity mode is still active and we want to make more creative shots. My husband, together with my sister-in-law and his husband played with the camera.

Using Plumplum's musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Using Plumplum’s musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

We lastly tried to write names, using long exposure and we were successful on this. The camera settings of the pictures below is ISO 100 at an exposure of 20 seconds.




We were proud with the result of our creative shots that we weren’t able to keep track of time. We slept at about 4am in the morning. Though we’re still in the mood to post our shots in facebook, our eyes are already droopy. Its time to take a rest.

Welcome Y2013, we are excited with the things that are in store for us!

… I hope that the wish that I made in my first church visit will come true 🙂