Power Overwhelming | Promate 240

The Promate 240 was launched recently by Powertech Asia Pacific Incorporated, it’s an indoor generator but it looks rugged enough to bring around with you so it’s not limited to being a homebody. Naturally, the adventurer in me wanted to test it out on the field! So brought the capable little generator that could to Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

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9 hours?! This usually intimidates the nomophobes in all of us, but luckily even with heavy usage the presence of a big, giant powerbank which can also run a PS4 complete with a monitor is very comforting.

*cue Knight Rider theme*

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Awoke near the Sand Dunes. Checked everywhere, no outlets in sight.

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Luckily, coming prepared is on the agenda. The Promate 240 has a 24,000mAh sealed lead acid battery that can jumpstart a car, power three USB ports and two 400-watt 220V outlets. Charge it (through a wall socket, your 12V car outlet, or even its built-in solar charging port) and you’re good to go! Power overwhelming!

 

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Information is everything, the indoor power station has a built-in LED digital display which shows you if you need to charge or keep on chugging on.

The Promate 240 Indoor Power Station, is priced to sell at Php9,999. You get a standard 1-year warranty as well.

Never run out of juice! The Promate 240 is now available in all leading hardware stores nationwide.

https://www.facebook.com/PromatePH/

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Why I Switched To Samsung | Ultimate Test Drive

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December is upon us again! Can you believe it? I could have sworn that just a second ago it was summer! I can actually still shake off some sand from my boatshoes. Time really does fly doesn’t it? Especially techie-nally speaking. So, numerous new promos and ads for smartphones! Sure, your phone works fine, camera’s ok to a certain extent. But deep down you know it’s time to upgrade! Speed is what attracted me to Samsung, and inevitably caused me to switch. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB of RAM. The numbers mean that multi-application switching is seamless and quick.

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“The best camera is the one with you” – Chase Jarvis

The Samsung Galaxy Edge + has a 16MP Rear Camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 1.9 Aperture lens that outshines the competition in terms of clarity, sharpness and low light performance. It is also wide, so less risk of being run over in the street when trying to fit the Eiffel tower into your frame. I travel and I’m on the go most of the time, I need a camera that is responsive and up to the task. Want fast? Double tap the home button and the camera launches in less than seconds flat. One other thing, it can also shoot 4K video.

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The screen is a thing of beauty. Sounds funny especially when talking about a phone, but it really is. The Samsung Galaxy Edge+  screen really is immersive especially with the curved super AMOLED display. I can honestly say that the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ has the best display I’ve seen on a phone barnone. How many times have you gotten an “oh wow” when showing photos or videos on your handset? The Galaxy Edge+ has gotten more compliments than a baby dressed as Santa on Christmas!

Be a voice, not an echo. Be Unique. We all now how customisable Android can be, and how straight up in can be with organizing folders photos and videos. Download something? It goes straight into the download folder, neatly and organised. Changing themes, is also possible, to truly make your phone your own.

Aside from the and features, it’s also nice knowing that when you whip out your phone from your back pocket it’ll stand out. It’s that immeasurable appeal of style, what the french like to term as je ne sais quoi, or maybe even what the italians like to call sprezzatura. There’s just something about it.

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“May power bank ka?” must be the most repeated question this year, that and “may charger ka” Two lines that strike fear in us, the ever growing epidemic of nomophobia (fear of being without your phone) 3000mah battery laughs at such queries. Did I mention that charging from fully drained battery takes only 90 minutes. Yes.

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 A sleek design, impeccable craftsmanship and a gorgeous screen that won’t die on you. What more can you ask for?

Convinced or otherwise? What if I told you that you could test drive either one of Samsung’s flagship smartphones for a whole month. Yes, it means exactly what it sounds like. For a whole month you can put either the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ through its paces to decide if Samsung really is the ultimate choice. I know it is for me!

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Register at http://www.samsung.com/ph/ultimatetestdrive/ from November 6 – December 15, 2015 to secure a Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 unit. Then you can pick up your device at participating Samsung Experience Stores. Aside from the opportunity to enjoy the world’s most beautiful and feature-packed smartphone, those who eventually opt to keep their Samsung smartphone after the test drive will get additional free items such as free 1 year insurance coverage from Malayan Insurance and a 32 GB Sandisk Dual USB drive. If you’re thinking of making the decision that will change your life, the Ultimate Test Drive will help you make the best choice.

International Speed | Guam Ko’Ko’ Road Race

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I’ve been joining races and runs for some time now, starting from the Star Magic Run in the then-new Mckinley hill, then the first Century Tuna Run in BGC, then the numerous Condura Skyway Marathon(s) which eventually piqued my interest towards triathlon and you could say the rest is history. I’ve always been a believer in health, fitness and sport (cue Pain and Gain soundtrack) but I never thought I’d be this excited to join a half-marathon out of the country. Guam Ko’Ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay has been happening for ten years now, to bring awareness to the plight of Guam’s territorial bird the Rail or Ko’Ko which was brought to near extinction by brown tree snakes, pesticides and other introduced detractors. The community involvement and ongoing public efforts has helped the cause tremendously .

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At first I was ready to treat the Guam Ko’Ko road race just like any other, but then it dawned on me that Chuckie Dreyfus, Jeff Lo and I were to be the very, very unofficial Philippine representative runners, with that realization I knew that I had to push that fateful Sunday on Guam. Equals carb loading, very responsible carb breakfast loading at Denny’s!

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Followed by a very respectably carb packed lunch!

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The night before. I always do this whether my race is triathlon or a run, so less psychological traffic in the morning. Also, flat lay means business. I’m sure if someone from the cleaning staff of Hilton Guam Resort and Spa they’d think the person staying in the room was downright obsessed! No matter. I readied my Ford Forza Gear, 2xU visor, Rudy Project shades and Shotz energy gels.

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Here I am with Chuckie and Jeff. As you can see I am still trying to shake off the morning sleepiness. I am excited in this photo I promise. This could also be my sleepy gameface.

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Ready to go with Gatorade to sip before the race!

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Course maps can tend to look like hieroglyphics the morning of the race, so I suggest you study them a few days prior to figure out how far hydration stations are, which part you should push, recover and flat out. Knowing is half the battle!

course-map-2015-20151103Right before the 10k turnaround point, Carmel our “official” race photographer took this! haha!

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Too fast for the camera! Haha! Pulled up my shirt because I think I started out too hot!

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The volunteers assisting the race were very cheery and helpful. Which improves the vibe of the whole race. Which I believe helped my performance that day.

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After a seemingly flat hilly race, the cold air, seeing the difference running styles, pacing with a number of faster than me people, and drafting behind others, I made a sprint to the finish! This was my first half marathon outside of my triathlon 70.3 races, so I am pretty happy with my results! My results are on the right by the way (how I wish it was the 1:05:15 but that would be insane)

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The Boys Guam Out conquer the Ko’Ko’ road race!

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Myself with 2015 Miss World Guam. My arm is like that because I was drenched after really pushing it out on the race!

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Our 21K finisher smiles!

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The international half marathoners!

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With the Guam running crew! Spotted a lot sporting Jeff Lo’s hard to miss Pinoy Fitness running shirts.

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Of course a run isn’t complete without a groupfie!

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All in all, the Guam Ko’Ko Road Race and Ekiden Relay 2015 proved to be a real treat. The weather was perfect, the course well plotted out, the organisation top notch and the support that the city really gives to the runners is a great example of how races should be organised. Thank you to the Guam Visitors Bureau for letting me race in such a beautiful setting and showing me around the breathtaking sights around the island. Hope to be back again next year to better my new personal best!

 

 

#WANDERBUFF: Let’s Go For A Spin | Spin Hostel

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My first impression when it comes to the word hostel, isn’t too good especially after seeing a few hollywood movies centered around said the said theme. Imagine my surprise when I saw how well designed and laid out Spin Hostel was! Alright. It’s not exactly a hostel, the word I was hearing being thrown around was “designer” hostel. So that explains why it’s like a hostel on steroids, every nook and cranny is super instagrammable.

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This is from their site, and believe me it looks exactly how it does in the photo. It has a very scandinavian on an island sort of vibe. More clever and convenient ideas exercised rather than having blatantly expensive materials and finish. Aircon was also incredibly cold, I had to set the thermostat to the middle else I’d turn into a popsicle. The design of the place also allows for free flowing air, so I cracked open the windows a number of times also.

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The sun wasn’t all that great but that didn’t stop us from having a great time! The waters of El Nido really are something else, the only time I’ve seen such turquoise coloured water was when I was Santorini, Greece. A little further than a stone’s throw. Luckily, Palawan is only an hour or so away.

I love their Nest area, which is the common area which is the most happening area of the property where one can see various nationalities conversing, playing Uno, internetting [sic], reading a book or just lounging around. SPIN also has sharing rooms which bring the wallet footprint down a couple of notches without sacrificing quality of stay. The unisex bathroom for the sharing rooms is actually airconditioned!

The folks had left once I started playing guitar, I wonder why?!

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After a restful sleep (no worries of roosters crowing!) we were off to explore jagged limestone cliffs, secret caves and such.

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Standard kayak shoot in an extraordinary lagoon setting. I literally could not sit still in this place. When you get the chance to do the boat tour, make sure Small Lagoon is in your itinerary. You’ll know you’re there when you have to squeeze your way in through big limestone rocks either by kayak, paddleboard or sariling sikap ie: swimming.

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Swapped out the kayak for a paddleboard a number of times. Great exercise and core work. The water is also a little cooler here, so it’s nice to take a dip and cool off. I always bring my swim goggles so I did a few laps as my defacto triathlon training for the day (yes, I am obsessed)

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On the kayak again.

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Waiting for the sun. Photo ops everywhere.

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Standard issue equipment for snorkelling and exploring the islands’ rich marine life and underwater flora.

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I literally caved in to the beauty of El Nido.

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When in El Nido, be sure to try out staying in SPIN. I am sure the 75 bed designer hostel will both inspire and impress you with it’s own brand of hospitality and design atmosphere.

Spin Hostel Contact:
Mobile: 09175667746

http://www.facebook.com/spinhostel

 

Making History | Road To ULTRA Philippines

Road to Ultra Philippines @ Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Manila

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The last stop of the immense ULTRA Asia circuit in 2015 will be in The Philippines. Taking place at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on September 26, Road To ULTRA Philippines will be closing out the mind-blowing tour with a bang, bringing Skrillex, Fedde Le Grand, A-Trak, Mija, Vicetone, W&W and Zeds Dead to rock Manila until the early hours. For tickets and further information, visit roadtoultra.com/Philippines.

As it builds upon its immense reputation as the world’s most international festival brand, these upcoming events are set to firmly cement the ULTRA name in the hearts and minds of electronic music fans throughout Asia this September. For further information on all ULTRA Worldwide events, head to umfworldwide.com

ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ is the global edition of the World’s Premier Electronic Music event, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL.

The ULTRA brand was founded in 1997 by Executive Producer, President & CEO Russell Faibisch, and began producing electronic music events in South Florida, which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.

The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its seventeenth anniversary from March 27-29, 2015 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival returns to Bayfront Park for its eighteenth annual edition, 18-20 March 2016.

Choosing to follow a unique, creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused around a true love for music, artists, and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, they are now the most international of any festival brand in the world by far. The event organizers continue to transport the unrivalled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and fans all over the globe.

Over the past seventeen years, literally thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA events in CHILE, COLOMBIA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, SEOUL, TAIWAN, THAILAND, TOKYO, USA, and now forthcoming events in BOLIVIA, PERU, PUERTO RICO, THE PHILIPPINES and SINGAPORE as well as ULTRA BEACH – BALI. Each and every new global edition is founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over seventeen years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.

Stay Gold | Colgate® 360° Gold Charcoal Toothbrush

I arrived at home the other day to be greeted by a big black box with gold lettering. I wasn’t expecting a package so this obviously piqued my curiosity.

I open it up and it’s a bunch of gold toothbrushes with charcoal-infused bristles. Snazzy packaging if I should say so myself.

We’ve all heard about the advantages of charcoal in our toothpaste (micro cleaning charcoal particles help clean in between teeth and then some) but what’s so special about having it in toothbrushes and the addition of gold? Just as precious metals – elegant gold and sleek charcoal black – make things look so cool, what if this brush somehow magically inhibit bacteria growth too?

Believe it! It actually does! The gold colored bristles inhibit bacteria growth on the brush itself so you know you’re starting off your brushing experience clean.

The spiral-shaped charcoal-infused bristles are great for surface stain removal. In addition, the brush is also aided by dentist-like polishing cups to help remove plaque and surface stains.

The tapered tip bristles of the Colgate® 360° Gold Charcoal Toothbrush are also 17x slimmer than regular brushes to give a deeper but gentler clean not just on the surfaces, but also between teeth and along the gum line.

The cheek and tongue cleaner (a must have!) at the back of the toothbrush head has a raised texture, which helps eliminate residue on the cheek and tongue for a superior whole mouth clean.

Stylish, and packed with so many features. Other toothbrushes better step it up!

Colgate® 360° Gold Charcoal Toothbrush combines a stylishly elegant gold design and power-packed features for an unparalleled whole mouth clean experience. #Colgate360GoldClass

Size and price:

Single (Soft) at ₱199

Twin (Soft) at ₱298 (Buy 1 get 2nd at 50% off)

Available at Leading supermarkets, drugstores, and department stores nationwide

Swim Deep | Current Sound

Having a lousy day doesn’t last that long when armed with the right music library. Take “The Sea” for example, a three chord gem of a song which can liven up a doldrum day. Swim Deep’s album “Where The Heaven Are We” is obviously inspired by the 90s bands that changed the sound from keyboards and synths back to guitars and drums. Notable songs are King City, Soul Trippin, and Francisco.