2020: Series of Unfortunate Events

I wake up everyday, locked in my condo wishing that our normal lives would return and thankful for another life. The Covid-19 virus would be the most unforgettable pandemic hence it has affected everyone’s health and livelihood. A plot from a movie coming to life.

Philippines, 40+ days in  and currently 10 000+ cases positive of covid- 19, everything seems so silent. Usually Manila is the epicenter of the hustle and bustle of streets that leads to forever traffic. Since the lockdown which was March 16, it was like in a movie scene. At first there was a curfew  for a few days (morning to 8PM), then completely shutting down of public places and prohibition of public transportation. People would rush to groceries to hoard goods. It came to the point you can’t buy any medical face masks, alcohol and disinfectant sprays. Everyone was in full panic mode. You can’t leave your home without wearing a face mask and an issued quarantine pass that would be approved by the Barangay. Per family, only one designated person will be allowed to go out.

As a former medical frontliner, it breaks my heart that a lot of medical institutions lack PPE and that mostly hospitals now would be a possible channel to contract the virus and most frontliners tested positive. It’s Nurses’ week, honestly I may feel a little left out not being on the front lines for missing the action but I know I am safe at home, maybe God has his purpose. To all fronliners, it is such a noble cause to the professions and I salute you. For those staying at home, you can help with the available resources you have (like donating online) and even though you may not be a frontliner just do your part as an abiding citizen and follow social distancing guidelined and just try to SURVIVE.

January, when the virus started to take over China, and where was I that time? I just came back from a 1 month vacation at Oman. Leaving Oman was heartbreaking since the passing of our beloved Sultan Qaboos. His passing was officially announced on the day of my flight, JANUARY 12, 2020. Waking up early that morning was really sad. Even a part of me wanted to cancel my flight and to stay to mourn with everyone. My friends Mark and Lea slept over and knew how my vibe was going on that time. Main roads heading to the airport was closed and me personally wishing that some kind of miracle would prevent me and my sister to leave and miss our early flight to Manila. As we arrived at the airport, I tried to fight the tears and probably I didn’t know that time would be the last time to bid farewell to the country that I grew up and loved. Honestly, I wasn’t mentally ready that time but I know that my Dad planned to retire soon before he hits 60 years old (maximum age for expats to work). The pandemic has graciously affected the economy, resulted a lot of expats losing their jobs. My dad was on his 15th year and he was terminated from his job on March 2020. What would happen to more jobs and to the economy if this pandemic continues?

Coming back not knowing was the eruption of a the Taal Volcano that has hit my ancestral home situated at Batangas. Far from metro manila but it seems dust particles has reached the capital.  I remembered seeing my car covered with it. Not a few days/ weeks in also the horrendous forest fire in Australia happened.

A fews days later, I joined my friends on a trip that would be one for the books. Our 5 day trip to Hong Kong and Macau. I remembered making an itinerary for Lea, Franz and I. This was our first trip traveling out of the country. I have visited Hong Kong already that’s why I voluntarily decided to make our itinerary. I’ve included places that I failed to visit before like Ocean Park, Madam Tussaud and more.  It was actually a risk traveling to Hong Kong that time too because of the the number of protest happening (Chinese government to rule over Hong Kong) but as we know Hong Kong was in control of it, we were a bit at ease. That was also the time the Pandemic at Wuhan, China started, I decided to buy medical mask, vitamins, anti bacterial soaps, sanitizers and alcohol for our trip.

January 25, 2020 was Chinese New Year and we celebrated at Hong Kong Disneyland.  As we enter some attractions there were no lines at all. Being at the happiest place on our first day lead to our most frustrated days because China decided to impose a total lockdown on travel and the closure of Hong Kong’s theme parks. As everyone back home keeps on posting on social media and checking in on us that also lead to more frustration that we decided to cut our Macau trip and rebooked our return date much earlier. As we would look back, my friends and I would just laugh at it because if we didn’t let our frustration get us at first, we would have enjoyed more since the whole world would be affected and HK was in control. As of today HK had a few number of deaths, they sanitize the MTR every 2 hours and good health system so they were able to contain the virus. But on the bright side we left Hong Kong earlier  before the entire colony of China decides to go on total lockdown and to ban international travel.

Honestly those feelings at the start of January were a roller coaster of emotions. I remembered commuting to HK international airport from Tsim Tsam Tsui at 5 ish AM and waiting for the trains to operate at 6AM, sadly also hearing the tragedy and passing of NBA’s Kobe Bryant with his daughter and others on board his helicopter (January 27, 2020).

Looking at these series of unfortunate events, referencing to the fiction. It hit me that sometimes that when things fall apart it makes you whole again. I’ve had my personal ups and downs but that did not make me stop living and I think talking about it eases the moving on process. Like my Mom said, “LABAN LANG.  Another looking at the bright side thinking, Earth is starting to heal like clear skies and oceans. Remember as much as the world fails you, never regret having a good heart <3

Looking forward when the lift ECQ/GCQ would be lifted, who knows when? The whole world is affected and each country going through their own worries. As days get better, recoveries are greater in number compared to deaths. Introducing what we know now as the new normal and slowly restoring before everything happened. Can’t wait to travel and see the world again. As cliche as it sounds, there will always be a silver lining at the end (Hello Catriona!). I know it’s hard to have a positive mindset during this kind of crisis and as a circulating meme goes around that it’s not a good place now to be surrounded by positive people (haha). I opted to look at the bright side of things, sometimes and shed some light on my blog to inspire. While my memory is still fresh, I decided to write on my blog and maybe one day my future kids/grandkids would find this blogpost scattered in the blogosphere and knew how I went through that time as a testament.

Keep safe and stay healthy <3

What was my new normal during quarantine? How to love yourself in a middle of a crisis? http://www.krishgeek.com/love-yourself-and-live-a-healthy-lifestyle/

Love Yourself and Live a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s been over 40+ days since the start of ECQ, then slowly introducing what we can the “new normal”. Who knows what will happen in the coming days.

My routine has definitely change since ECQ. Usually I would get up in the morning, drive to the gym then the rest is work and acads ,when I don’t have my masterals also the occasional blogger events that I attend.Now it’s whole day just at home, I realized that I am too much of an extrovert and missing my normal routine badly.

Since the gyms are close, I have to keep up with my active lifestyle and diet. I created a routine, schedule and checklist to keep me sane during ECQ. To be completely honest, there are times I get off the grid and then eventually get back to it. My routine now would be like this:

[To my future kids, this is how Mom survived the Pandemic]

  • Wash my face in the morning, gargle and skincare ( especially moisturizer and sunscreen- important anti aging regimen duo)
  • Quick 5- 15 minutes fasted cardio workouts before breakfast (I try )
  • Take my vitamins and supplements
  • Work/acads/blog
  • Do anything I feel (binge watch Netflix, skincare, cook/bake, clean, video call fam & friends etc..)
  • Squeeze a 45-minute(s) workout (I try my best, this is suggested by my trainer to do everyday- FYI,  I do have rest days too)
  • Shower and other basic hygienic routine – wash hands always!
  • My  diet –  keeping it all balanced and healthy. I would count my calories and servings using an app (I recommend an app called Lose It!) or write it down on my journal. Like I said I try to be healthy but sometimes I indulge- so many food temptations!!!! One minute looking over what to eat in the pantry or what recipe I got from the internet that I can make using ingredients available. Plus as ECQ slowly evolves to GCQ, food deliveries are available. I usually have a diet delivery service who preps my meals and delivers it to my home but at the moment they are not operating so I have to make meals on my own huhu 🙁 Don’t forget DRINK LOTS OF WATER, keep yourself HYDRATED!!!
  • Since I am the designated person in the family, I would go out sometimes to drive to the nearby grocery and pharmacy.

How to love yourself in the middle of a pandemic?

It’s hard to stay positive during this time because you see all over social media/news related to the pandemic. It did really hit everyone. For me, like I always say  and as cliche as it sounds, “Start from within yourself then everything follows”.  Like eating clean , exercise, get enough sleep,  meditate, pray and talk to someone about your feelings – don’t be afraid to ask for help. Keep yourself busy – do what makes you happy, do things that you haven’t done before (example, learn a language),  how can you improve and reflect. We have all the means online and what you have at home. If you have the resources to help, go for it. All we can do now for 2020 is to SURVIVE 🙂

I am glad that I have the Huawei GT2e to help me keep up with my now called, ECQ lifestyle. I have the chance to workout with it for almost a few weeks now, It definitely lives up to the 2 WEEK BATTERY LIFE as emphasized by Huawei during the launch- legit tried and tested by me but I think it will also depend on how much you maximize or use the watch. Charging of the watch is unique, it has a Charging port with magnetic contacts.

Working out with the GT2e was fun. I was worried at first especially doing floor exercises because the screen looks fancy but so far no scratches. Whenever I break a sweat it is comfortable to wear, you don’t feel that icky/sticky feeling since it’s material is made perfect for working out.

I got to manage not only my workouts/fitness but also my overall health as a “smart sports coach” such as:

  • Sleep – you wear the watch  as you sleep, it monitors your hours and you can set a target – more details found at the health app. You need to download the Huawei health app first, connect the phone and the smart watch then set it up using the app.
  • Monitoring spO2, this is monitoring the oxygen level in the blood. At first I did not have this programmed in my watch. You have to update the Huawei heath app on your phone. (What I learned in nursing school during my time, starting 90% is the normal range, normal values may vary according to institution). Especially now covid-19 is in the picture, this could also be helpful. In the medical field we use a pulse oximeter which collects vital signs data which also includes spO2.
  • Stress management- stress levels are monitored  &  the watch keeps a record. You have to enable the automatic stress test in Huawei Health app.

Note: As the Huawei health app keeps on being mentioned, I have another blogpost on how to use the app. http://www.krishgeek.com/quarantine-diaries-keeping-up-with-my-workout-using-the-huawei-gt2e/

The Huawei GT2e is a functional smart watch that you’ll love to wear while working out or just to track your productivity especially now during this pandemic. We need some source of motivation and guide because we need to be healthy.

The Huawei GT2e is available to shop at Lazada and Shoppee for PHP 6990. It comes in graphite black, lava red, mint green and icy white colors. It is advisable that we do online shopping for now and I would definitely recommend this product  🙂

For more you can read my blogpost (link below) which includes: what makes the GT2e different, Unboxing impressions/ specs, How to use the Huawei health app (You’ll need to download this app to use the watch) , more workout experience and simple guide to use the watch 🙂

http://www.krishgeek.com/quarantine-diaries-keeping-up-with-my-workout-using-the-huawei-gt2e/

Keep safe and stay healthy – love yourself! <3

 

 

 

 

Quarantine Diaries: Keeping up with my Workout using the Huawei Watch GT2e

Being only at home during the enhanced community quarantine, you find ways t0 be productive and for me one of the things I try so hard to be consistent is keeping up with my workouts. That’s why the Huawei smart watch GT 2e could help track my progress especially this time where all the gyms are closed.

In this blog let me give you a review  how I used it, specs, what workout features are available and also the importance of the Huawei health application.

I haven’t personally tried other smart watches but I have used a lot of fitness watches/bands. Well the Huawei GT 2e is beyond functional than an ordinary fitness watch. The price point is affordable compared to bigger brands who offer the same features. For PHP 6990, a sport enthusiast or health conscious  millennial can afford it. The Huawei GT 2e is available at Shoppee and Lazada. The smart watch comes in 4 colors: graphite black, lava red, mint green and icy white. 

What makes the it different?

  • It has different workout modes. During the launch of the GT2e  would have 100 workout modes. (read,  “MY WORKOUT EXPERIENCE” below)
  • It tracks your overall health (covers the basics like heart rate, calories burned etc. ) like any other fitness watch but the GT2e includes monitoring your sleep, stress and spO2 level. In layman’s term spO2, is the amount of oxygen in your blood (like a pulse oximeter).
  • You can connect the Huawei GT 2e to your smart phone (any brand of phone with a system requirement: Android 4.4 or later/ iOS 9.0 or later)
    and you have to download the HUAWEI HEALTH APP                                         (read, ” HOW TO USE THE HUAWEI HEALTH APP” below.)
  • You can change the theme/ “WATCH FACE” on the watch’s settings and download more designs in the Huawei Health app. (read “HOW TO USE HUAWEI HEALTH APP”)
  • Huawei is proud that this runs on a 2 week battery life. (Battery 455 mAh)
  • 5O M water resistant, you can use for swimming  (shallow water activities) only but not for scuba diving.
  • You can connect  your wireless earphones/ Freebuds (Huawei) to the smart watch and listen to music. Go to the watch’s SETTINGS > then connect
  • It has a flashlight (the screen turn white), alarm, weather update, barometer and compass features

UNBOXING IMPRESSIONS:

The Huawei GT2e comes in a black sleek box. The first thing you see as you open is the Huawei GT 2e smart watch. In the compartment area you have the quick start guide and charger.

The charging unit (Charging port with magnetic contacts), simply connect the cord to the magnetic charging base (the circle). To charge the smart watch, connect the magnetic base (2 gold dots on the circle) at the bottom side of the smart watch to charge.

 

Check out my unboxing in my Instagram page then check highlights  (Instagram: @krishcatapang) https://www.instagram.com/krishcatapang/

 

 

 

HOW TO USE THE HUAWEI HEALTH APP: 

You have to download the app so you can use the Huawei GT 2e to the fullest.

ON THE PHONE:

  • Download the HUAWEI HEALTH APP (available in IOS and android).
  • On your phone’s settings connect via BLUETOOTH and pair it with the smart watch (turn the smart watch, so you can see your device name > pair with phone ).
  • Once both are connected, after completing the app requirements like registering your Huawei ID
  • Open the app, HEALTH PAGE > CLICK UPPER RIGHT TO SCAN OR ADD DEVICES > then CONNECT.
  • DEVICES page, click your device so you can customize, get your workout info and settings.

MY WORKOUT EXPERIENCE:

Been using the Huawei GT2e for a few days, I haven’t reached the 2 week battery drain yet but so far it’s been living to the Huawei’s long 2- week battery life reputation. It has been fun working out and tracking my progress. I am just a little bit worried when I do floor exercises, scared I might hit it or get a scratch. So far so good no scratch at the moment.

The design of the watch for me is something I would really wear at the gym, workout at home or a doing a sport activity/event. It can be used for an everyday look but not athleisure – it depends on each persons style. The strap is made of fluoroelastomer, while working out it was comfortable to wear while sweating. That’s the important thing when you workout.

Let me give you a simple guide and what workout features are available on the smart watch. Especially for those who love to workout who would want to know  what this smart watch can offer. The buttons may seem confusing at first but you’ll get the hang of it and how user friendly it is.

Instructions/ guide: 

LONG PRESS OF THE UPPER BUTTON, on and off option.

The main display shows the TIME and DATE. You can change the theme/WATCH FACE  by  TOUCHING THE MAIN SCREEN WITH LONG PRESS. You can download more designs using the HUAWEI HEALTH APP. When the smart watch is connected to the phone, CLICK the HUAWEI HEALTH APP > Go to devices > click WATCH DEVICES > Download design.

On the main display, SWIPING LEFT OR RIGHT  – you have you can track your heart rate, stress, weather update, music and pedometer. SWIPING DOWN, shows the Do not disturb mode, show time mode, find phone, alarm and settings. SWIPING UP, you get messages/notifications from the app (you have to enable it at the Huawei health app)

SINGLE CLICK OF THE UPPER BUTTON, contains the following: workout, records, workout status, heart rate, activities, activity records, sleep, stress, breathing exercises, barometer, compass, notifications, weather, stopwatch, timer, alarm, flashlight , Find my phone and settings.

SINGLE CLICK OF THE LOWER BUTTON,  are the workout modes: indoor and outdoor walking, indoor and outdoor running, indoor and outdoor cycling, pool swimming, open water, climb, hike, trail run, triathlon, elliptical, power and others.

NOTE: When you choose your workout mode, the watch will give instructions on how to use. Try swiping up and down for more workout progress tracks. Exit by clicking the upper button and click the stop or pause botton.

More SPECS:

  • Dimension:53 x 46.8 x 10.8 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 43.5 g (without the strap)
  • Watch body: metal and plastic; Strap: made of Fluoroelastomer Strap
  • Screen: 1.39 inch AMOLED 454 x 454 HD ; The AMOLED touchscreen supports slide and touch gestures
  • CPU: HUAWEI Kirin A1
  • Memory: 4 GB ROM, 16MB RAM
  • GPS Supported, GLONASS
  • Sensors: (Capacitive sensor, Accelerometer sensor, Gyroscope sensor Geomagnetic sensor,Optical heart rate sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer sensor)
  • Supported microphone, speaker and motor

 

Avon Supermarket at Victoria de Manila

From the catalogues to an actual super market, Avon has made a name by not just by their well known products but also give credit to your friendly neighborhood Avon consultants who visits home to home. I personally didn’t grow up with  Avon but I’ve heard how it has became part of a consumer culture here in the Philippines. While growing up abroad I’ve heard about it. I’ve encountered this is like a side hustle to some OFWs in Oman.

I got to visit their branch at Victoria de Manila at Taft which is an actual Avon supermarket. Don’t be too surprise it may seem like an AVON HQ but ofcourse you’ll never miss seeing your friendly Avon consultants as well. As I entered the HQ, it’s like a grocery store they have their own area where you can leave you bags so you can enjoy shopping.

Getting to the shopping part, ofcourse you can’t miss the intimate apparel section which is iconic for Avon. Next the Beauty section, it’s such a wide range from makeup to skincare. You can’t miss Avon’s MARK beauty line that I’ve heard and seen all over social media. The skincare section has a lot of products that are up for grabs.  Avon has created like not so usual skincare innovation that you don’t see much in the local market like black head(s) peel strips which I look forward to use on my self care days.

The Home section was my personal fave, I bet you didn’t know that Avon now makes HOME products now. I’ve reached to that Tita of Manila vibe and like to fill my home with really helpful and functional items.  Besides that they also have a jewelry section and the price range is affordable, of good good quality to your liking. You guys should check it out and Avon will be expanding this supermarket concept  to other locations in the near future 🙂

Lifestyle Blogger Review on the Huawei MediaPad T3

It’s 2020 and I’m  all about that hassle free lifestyle – comfort, accessibility and a lot travel size goodies (small stuff). As you guys know I’m always on the go and I like carrying a lot of stuff. Why? just to be prepared incase.

The only time I like carrying my laptop is when I attend my masters but when it’s a regular day or I’m going around the metro and I have to do work, the Huawei mediapad T3 is very handy in terms of size (I can just pop it in my bag or put it in a medium size pouch) and how multi functional it is, suited for everyone. For the Huawei mediapad T3, you can also insert a sim card  to text, make & take calls and get LTE, if you are not connected to the wi-fi. I am personally not comfortable using a pad to take calls but good thing this one is mini so it’s not that awkward.

SPECS

-Aluminum alloy body and stylish design                                                                    –Slim-light form for excellent portability                                                                         – 8-inch crystal clear IPS HD Display with healthy eye-comfort mode              -4800 mAH long lasting

UNBOXING IMPRESSIONS

If you have seen my Instagram stories, the package did not come in the usual Huawei white box but it came in a teal box (very cute!) and you can open it easily from the side.

The mediapad itself is easy to hold (Depth 7. 95 mm) and like i said, it is travel size – width (124. 65 mm) and height (211.07 mm). It is sleek but it only comes in one color which is SPACE GRAY.

The compartment contains:  complete charger set (cord and adapter), Huawei warranty card, start guide and an eject pin. If there is an eject pin means there is a sim card and memory card compartment (ONLY NANO AND MICRO SD SIM). For the Huawie Mediapad T3 doesn’t come with free earphones.

DISPLAY

Size: 8.0 inches
Type: IPS display
Resolution: 1280 x 800 (HD)
Contrast: 800:1

In terms of screen display, it is glossy and right amount of brightness.  The swiping function is smooth and so far I haven’t experience any lag(s) while using it for a few weeks.

When typing, the keypads are slim, compressed and tiny for someone like me who has big and long fingers. It is more of preference but I am able to type well fairly.

CAMERA

Rear camera: 5 MP and auto focus
Front camera: 2 MP and fixed focus

Front camera (natural light)
Front  camera (indoor)
Rear camera (outdoor)
Rear camera (indoor)

The front camera, is still best under natural light. Indoor photos looks a bit dark but here is a tip, use beauty mode (top left of the screen) and swipe left for the setting and choose a higher ISO. The more brighter the photo looks.

Same as well as the rear cam, the resolution for indoor photos is not as sharp and bright compared to outdoor photos. Like I said, photos are best taken under natural light – for good android quality photos.  It’s not insta worthy but it is good enough for picturing documentation and writings like on the board.

VIDEO

Video quality is sharper compared to the camera and the sound/ recording is good for a mini pad.

SOUND

Sound quality is fairly good. On my personal experience being alone in a quiet room watching online livestream, loudness is just alright. The speakers can be found on the top screen. There is a earphone jack located at the upper right of the mediapad. (No earphones are included in the package)

BATTERY

Is a major thumbs up for me, I actually left the pad and did not charge it for a few days, I came from an almost a week trip and it’s still has battery life but it was already low bat. With online livestream, battery life is really good. I am very impressed personally with Huawei’s battery life.

MEMORY

ROM: 16 GB
RAM: 2 GB

SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS

I would have some issues when I install a new app, it exits but when I come back to the app, it doesn’t happen. I think this is a normal thing for Android. It runs on an EMUI 5.1 (Based on Android 7.0). There are tendencies for it to lag for a short time but comes back running back to normal.

You still have your PLAYSTORE and all google applications in one folder (like Youtube, gmail, google drive, google maps etc…). For those asking, YES you can still download Facebook with this unit – the ban has been lifted 🙂

You have your basic apps and my favorite the note app of Huawei where you can directly insert your photos, same as other high end phone brands who have that feature.

Overall it is a fairly good quality tablet, for just PHP 6, 490. 00 SRP!!

 

 

Going Wireless: Huawei Freebuds 3

I’ve decided to go wireless because it’s more convenient to workout with. I got the chance to use the Huawei freebuds 3 for awhile I like how snatched or snugged fit it is when place in my  ear.  Huawei calls it their open fit design, it is stable wearing while delivering focused sound deeply  in your ears. I agree it is and also comfortable to wear!

I like using the Freebuds 3  when I am just strolling around while listening to music. The audio is smooth and clear. When it comes to the maximum volume, it is controlled -just right.

When it comes to working out,  my experiences were like while running fast – It tends to fall.  Obviously doing strenuous isn’t advisable. You can workout with it but on a stable state like cycling, standing  and simple workouts that’s not fast phasing or requiring to shake your head much.

What makes it different? 

Active noise cancelling and Bone sensor

The Huawei freebuds 3 is the “new intelligent sound” because of it’s Active Noise Cancelation feature. You get to enjoy listening to it despite how rowdy or noisy the environment  is because of  it’s high quality audio processor. Huawei claims, “the ANC can eliminate the background noise during calls and enhance your voice simultaneously”.

As suggested by Huawei, “To personalize the ANC effect according to your ear canal and wearing habit, Huawei recommends  to download the AI Life App to adjust its ANC levels.”

TAP, next…

First hand experience, it is sensitive when you tap it accidentally. But this has something more – Tapping the Freebuds 3  is the way for you to shuffle (click next) to the next music. According to Huawei, “Double tap the right to play / switch music, or the left to turn on / off ANC function. Playback pauses when taken off, and resumes once put back in.”. 

Hello, is it clear? 

When making calls, expect on Huawei Freebuds 3 end to deliver clear audio with it’s 14.2 mm dynamic driver.  Another thing, because of it’s Aerodynamic mic duct design it can suppress wind noise when you make calls even while in motion.

One of my issues before, when I watch “some” videos where people talk it’s not in sync with the audio but the audio is clear (This is when I used a non Huawei phone). Hope that description makes sense? But most of the time it’s in sync as time goes by. This happened if I haven’t used the freebuds 3 after a long time or first time using it – adjustment stage. After that things go smoothly.

I was trying to pair it with a Huawei phone to see if the problem with the syncing  is the same but it can’t be detected even though I’ve clicked “forget this device” from my main phone which is a non Huawei brand. I don’t know if my current Huawei phone supports or is not compatible with my freebuds 3 but it meets the EMUI 10 requirements of freebuds 3. I’ve tried another non Huawei phone (3rd phone), it can’t seem to detect the device via bluetooth. My personal experience, it seems loyal to the first phone that you connected with first. (Maybe it’s a personal defect on my freebuds 3, if you have a different experience or it connects smoothly to any phone,  kindly comment below, thanks!)

That’s my personal experiences, for me  for as long I get clear audio that’s good enough for me especially listening  to music when I workout or chill. When I tried connecting it to Spotify it was adjusting at first but then it connects smoothly afterwards and the audio is good.

So Connected

Pairing the freebuds is via bluetooth (Phone’s settings). It’s easy to pair but I’ve noticed it takes a longer time for it to connect or to be detected when you tend to switch phones. If you have a main phone, it connects quick and smoothly. The Freebuds 3’s Bluetooth is the Huawei Kirin a1.  It can connect also to non Huawei phones but for those than run on EMUI, there is a requirement of EMUI 10 Above

Unboxing impressions

It comes is a white sleek box and when you open it you’ll see the Frebuds 3 unique round casing. The advantage of the casing compared to other brands, it’s not that bulky and it’s thinner which makes it more classy. When you remove the casing from the box, there is a flap that could lift the case.

Inside the case, you can find your 2 cute freebuds/earbuds. Compared to other wireless earphones it’s has a longer stem but it still looks sleek and slim.

In the compartment area, it only has one the charging cord. I got mine with no adapter included.

At the back there is another compartment which includes QR CODE for the Huawei Ai Life app, safety information, Quick start guide and warranty card

MORE SPECS:

  • Comes in 3 colors: carbon black, ceramic white and red
  • Weight: 4.5 g (per earbud) and with casing 4.8 g
  • Battery: 30 mAh (min.) (per earbud)
    410 mAh (min.) (charging case)
  • Bluetooth range: Huawei Kirin A1 / bluetooth compatibility 5.1
  • Wired: USB Type-C (5V1.2A 6W)
    Wireless: Qi standard (2 W)
  • 4 hr. playback on 1 charge
    20 hr. playback with charging case*
  • Charging time: About 1 hour for the charging case (wired)*
    About 1 hour for the earbuds (in the charging case)*

Huawei freebuds 3 would cost PHP 8990 here in the Philippine. Available at Lazada and Shopee 🙂

On Label: Brother’s P-Touch Cube Review

Hey guys! Let me share with you an interesting product that would definitely satisfy your inner OC. I’m not really that OC but whenever I label and make checklist(s), I feel my life is kinda put together in a way or is it just me? Haha. 2020 is coming and I feel I should be reorganizing everything in our condo. This is also a nice gift for anyone special in your life who is kinda into these things. 

The Brother’s P-CUBE (and P-CUBE PLUS, premium variant) is not your ordinary label maker but a ‘smartphone dedicated label maker”. If you like to MARIE KONDO everything in your household this is perfect and if you love to do journaling as well. Since it’s Christmas season, you can get fabric tapes and customize your ribbons, perfect for gift giving! 

WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?

Compared to an ordinary label maker, this one is definitely beyond the usual. First, it’s digital, obvi. Common label makers usually have a classic font or template but this one you can play and be creative with from the colors and lots of fonts to choose from. 

It’s easy and hassle free, just download the “P&T-DESIGN&PRINT” app (Available in iOS and android), pair it with your P-CUBE, edit on the app and print. Common labels, you pull off the paper part at the end or edge, this one there is a cut in the middle and it’s more easy to remove. 

Earlier I mentioned, beside labels you can also print ribbons – perfect for gift giving especially this season! The labels are unique that you can choose from a lot of design and colors. Not your basic standard label tape, there are also the basic laminated tape for that minimalist look, matte silver tape for something a little more stylish, and special tapes that are also available on request. You just pop the tape inside the P-cube. It says, Brother’s tapes are avaialble in a lot of variety. Laminated tapes are abrasion, temperature, sun, water and chemical resistant. Fabric tapes on the other hand are hardweraring to withstand the outdoors and regular washes. 

You can charge the P-CUBE it or it can function with a cable (that is bought separately).  You can use 6 tripple A batteries to keep it going (TIP: please purchase heavy duty batteries). 

HOW TO USE IT? 

P-CUBE

  1. Set up your P-CUBE: battery and tape (Lift both sides)
  2. Turn on the P-CUBE
  3. Pair it with your phone, connect it via BLUETOOTH. At the side of your P-CUBE, you’ll see a QR code and you’ll spot under the name of your P-CUBE device.                                                                                         
  4. ONCE CONNECTED, you can start using the app:
  5.  Open the app (P&T-DESIGN&PRINT)
  • You can choose what category 
  • OR start with the basic, Click “CREATE YOUR OWN LABEL” 
  • Choose from, “TEXT, SYMBOL AND IMAGE”                                  
  • That’s when you EDIT on your preference
  • Once you are done with the basics, make sure your TAPE matches with the TAPE COLOUR  AND LENGTH. You can customize with FRAME, WIDTH and DIRECTION.
  • Press PRINT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

6.  Once printed, there is a built in cutter. Just simply press the button on top.                                                                                                       

7. Remove the paper part by the middle

8. Enjoy sticking your labels

See how easy it is!

HOW MUCH?

 For the P-CUBE  PHP 3950 and P-TOUCH CUBE PHP 7950. Available in selected power Mac centers and also the tapes (sold individually) comes in a variety of colours

WHAT COMES WITH THE P-TOUCH CUBE?

When you purchase,  the box contains the p-cube itself, 1 free tape (tzE 4M Laminated tape black on white) and user’s guide. 

Lifestyle Blogger uses the Huawei Media T5

Another gadget review this year! This time it’s a tablet – The Huawei Media T5.

As a lifestyle blogger and as I get older it’s all about convenience when it comes to everything even gadgets. The Huawei media t5 is for everybody not only for content creators like me.

It’s very light and I can just pop it in my bag especially if if I’m not in the mood to bring my laptop. The screen size (10.1 inches)  is just right to binge watch Netflix and YouTube with good resolution and sound. The features in the Huawei media t5 is your go to lifestyle tablet for everybody.

So what makes it different from all the tablets in the market? It’s that you can put a sim card. If you’re not connected to a wifi, you coud you use LTE/ 3G to go online, book a grab, book a hotel (booking.com) and play games.

SPECS:

Huawei Media T5 comes in 3 colors: black, champagne gold and mist blue.       Display: 1,1920 x 1, 200 pixels                                                                                    Memory:
2 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM                                                                                                             3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM*
Camera:                                                                                                                                       Rear camera: 5 MP, F2.4, Auto Focus
Front camera: 2 MP, F2.4, Fixed focus
* 5100 mAh large battery.
* Dual stereo speakers/ Huawei Histen sound effect
* Octa core
* EMUI 8.0

UNBOXING IMPRESSIONS

The Huawei media t5 comes in a classic Huawei white box. Basic specs are written at the back of the box. As you open, the first thing you see is obvi, the tablet. In one compartment, comes with a standard charger and in another compartment, a box which contains the eject pin (outside of the box) and inside, the micro usb charging cable, quick start guide that comes in 8 languages and the warranty. Sadly, it doesn’t come with earphones like a phone, you have to buy on your own.

DISPLAY

At first I thought the screen was matte but it wasn’t, It just had that vibe. The screen is not too bright. You get to enjoy watching videos in high definition. Smooth functioning and user friendly. Kids will be able to manage.

In typing, the keypad compared to other brands it’s smaller but it’s the right size for typing and wider. I did not have a hard time typing.

CAMERA

The camera, has your standard front and back cam. The specs, Rear camera: 5 MP, F2.4, Auto Focus and Front camera: 2 MP, F2.4, Fixed focus.

When taking a photo, it’s “okay”  for adroid quality, you have to tap to focus and you’ll appreciate it more when you view the photo through gallery. You’ll be surprise of how the sharp quality is . The camera is not built for insta worthy shots but it’s more of taking selfies, simple moments, flatlays can do especially since it’s wide and  taking photos for notes/ documents. Still best to take photos with good lighting with that you’ll get a good quality photo. It has a built in photo editor or you can use camera 360.

SELFIE
REAR CAM
Flatlay

VIDEO

Same as the camera, fair android quality but good sound since it has double speakers. File format: *.mp4, *.3gp

BATTERY

Charging is fast and I did not experience any lagging when I was watching videos and playing games. It doesn’t heat up easily. The battery is long lasting too.

SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS

Based on my previous review on another Huwei product, the main concern if it has facebook. Don’t worry it has and the ban has been lifted.

Huawei as we know is powered by android, you have your PLAYSTORE, PLAY MOVIES, PLAY MUSIC and GOOGLE APPS (gmail,maps, youtube, gdrive and duo).

The TARGET app is useful when you want a one stop app to check everything – cleanup, mobile dat, blocked, battery, dropzone and virus scan.

Since you can use a sim card, you can CALL AND TEXT too. I just discovered this lately after I shot my vlog because the app is not in the main page. You have to check the tools folder along with the other basic apps. Tip, you can drag it out and put in the main page, if you like. No built in games, so you have to download.

The notes app, you can directly put the photo directly on your notes especially if you are OC and you want to feel organize. For me yes, since I am taking my masters, I like to take down notes and take a photo on the board or power point slide. I don’t have to go back to the gallery and check.

Overall, its a good quality tablet at an affordable price of PHP 9990 SRP!

LG Celebrates History with Tomorrow’s AI Technology

LGEPH, in partnership with Intramuros Administration, showcases history in an entirely different perspective in the newly opened Museo de Intramuros

July 22, Intramuros, Manila – History was made yet again as the Intramuros Administration (IA), the government agency tasked for the orderly restoration, management, development, and promotion of Intramuros as a national heritage, celebrated its 40th Anniversary in the recently opened Museo de Intramuros.

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo discussing the importance of the Philippines’ and South Korea’s rich cultural heritage.

To celebrate the momentous occasion together with IA, LG Philippines made their presence felt as they simultaneously unveiled their newest line of state of the art OLED TVs, putting side by side our rich and colorful history together with tomorrow’s technology. LG PH Managing Director Inkwun Heo led the festivities as he formally handed over six (6) units of the LG TVs to the museum. Mr. Heo went on to say “This 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea. Throughout the seven (7) decades of friendship between the 2 nations, we’ve been championing the importance of culture. We at LG Philippines remain committed in doing our part to preserve and showcase Philippine history. We hope that through the integration of our industry leading OLED TV technology with riveting historically significant content, we are able to communicate to audiences, both old and new, the importance of Intramuros and Philippine history as a whole”.

IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido giving his acceptance speech for the new LG TVs Museo de Intramuros received.

Present during the event was Atty. Guiller Asido, Administrator of the Intramuros Administration, who was ecstatic about the educational possibilities of the TV donations. Referring to the event’s official hashtag #TheTVThatUnderstandsYou, he quips “I would like to rephrase our hashtag, this is not just the TV that understands you — it is the TV that understands the history and culture of the Filipino people.”

Also unveiled during the program was another gift of LG to IA: a special AVP made by TBA Studios, the creative geniuses behind local hit movies Heneral Luna and GOYO. The video which featured Museo De Intramuros was directed by JP Habac with cinematography by Pong Ignacio. Habac and Ignacio were awe-struck with how vivid the color rendition of the LG OLED TVs was. “Every bit of detail is seen the way it’s supposed to be seen. The dynamic range is really something to behold”, says Habac. LG commissioned the video featuring the Department of Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and museum curator Dino Santos to showcase the enchanting beauty of Intramuros through its crystal-clear OLED displays. You can watch TBA Studios’ masterful take on the Walled City here:

LG Philippines x Museo De Intramuros Video

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=888361054866187

LG’s newest line of TVs is powered by never before seen cutting-edge technology. With Deep Learning technology now embedded in their new α9 Gen2 & α7 Gen2 processors) – the TV, through intuitive recognition, can understand how to optimize and enhance the picture and sound for any content. The AI feeds on data and adapts accordingly, giving you the most optimal viewing experience possible. With the Deep Learning technology, the LG TV can understand how to display best picture quality from any source and resolution.

IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido and LG Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo formalize the partnership in the newly opened Museo de Intramuros

LG’s AI doesn’t just stop at picture quality. You can also talk to your TV. When you press the microphone button on your remote, LG’s ThinQ AI listens to your commands and executes them, even those based on an earlier “conversation”. From simple TV controls, weather questions, or you can create follow-up questions based on your initial command and the ThinQ AI will still carry-on the conversation. James Deakin, LG’s Brand Ambassador, gamely demonstrated the AI capabilities of the TV onstage, as he issued commands and questions one after the other. “This is as smart as smart TVs can get. LG is ahead of the game in pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology”.

If that wasn’t enough, LG’s flagship OLED TVs also have LG’s award-winning OLED Panel Technology that works seamlessly with Deep Learning Technology. Sound quality is boosted by an intelligent algorithm that can up-mix two-channel audio to deliver convincing virtual 5.1 surround sound. Deep learning significantly improves output by analyzing source content to produce enhanced sound effects in movies, deeper bass in music and clearer voices in sporting events. Users can adjust the sound to suit viewing conditions or let the TV set the best sound levels based on the environment.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is made possible with the help of Dolby Atmos for incredibly realistic sound as the TV intelligently fine-tunes content compatible with Dolby Vision. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy 4K content at a blazing fast 60 frames per second. The TV also supports automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).

(L-R) Cinematographer Pong Ignacio and Director JP Habac of TBA Studios, IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido, LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo, LG Brand Ambassador Mr. James Deakin, and LGEPH Vice-President for Home Electronics Mr. Tony An

With the release of their flagship OLED TV, LG takes another step ahead in their vision of a truly interconnected smart home. As the Internet of Things grow day by day, LG has answered the call to provide personalized, proactive, efficient, and easy solutions, while seamlessly incorporating integrated multifunctional technology into your life. Powered by the ThinQ Artificial Intelligence technology, these innovations work together in sync and in perfect harmony, adapting to your needs every step of the way.

Who are Chloe, Dianne, and Axel and Why Have They Taken Over Your Favorite Brands’ Accounts?

It’s the latest development that has taken the online world by storm. Overnight, your favorite brands’ logos and names were replaced with hand-drawn art and children’s names. From Closeup to Chloe, Dove to Dianne and Axe to Axel, the country’s most loved brands just had a complete make-over online for a good cause. 

With over 2.8 million Filipino children currently out-of-school translating to over 2.8 million dreams on hold, Unilever Philippines and Lazada have come together to support UNICEF and the Department of Education by creating Shop2Give Year 2, #AddDreamstoCart. This collaborative effort elevates the online shopping experience by giving shoppers the chance to help send out-of-school children in the Philippines back to school.

As you shop for your favorite Unilever products on Lazada, proceeds from the sale will be donated to Unicef. And although the online shopping event will be held on August 20th with an accompanying Facebook Live event, you can begin filling your cart with your Unilever staples as early as August 17th. 

For 24 whole hours, Unilever will also give Lazada a fun and adorable makeover, transforming the interface of this online shopping giant into what looks like a kids’ art gallery. All participating Unilever product photos will be replaced by hand-drawn renditions of the product while product names will be changed to children’s names.