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Starbucks heard me.

I am a coffee addict; I take around 3 to 5 servings/cups everyday. Anything more than that might not be very wise and could mean a sleepless night. I was always wondering what could be a better substitute of coffee if I am already at the threshold of my personal daily allowance for coffee.

Some few months ago, when I already had 4 to 5 cups of coffee for the day, I had tried experimenting with my orders in Starbucks. Not coffee but same fun and experience, it got to be a tea. The standout is what I personally called as Sunset. Iced China Green Tips Tea + 1 pump of Strawberry Sauce = P125.00 (If I wish to be more playful I usually add a pump of mint.) This has been my go-to drink at Starbucks for weeks when I heard the news about the new Starbucks product.

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Starbucks heard me. They are amping their tea game.

Starbucks is launching Starbucks® Teavana™ for the first time in the Philippines, as well as to other markets in Asia. Starbucks is introducing innovative Starbucks® Teavana™ handcrafted beverages — shaken iced teas, unique layered beverages and combinations of tea and espresso.

This is a modern take by Starbucks on the tea experience for people looking for new and different tastes and experiences. It will give customers the opportunity to enjoy a range of unique iced and hot tea beverages with bold taste and layered flavors, handcrafted the way only Starbucks can. It’s Tea Reimagined.

“The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ brings an entirely new tea occasion specifically developed for our customers in Asia, who increasingly want new and different tastes and experiences,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Global Retail. ”With Starbucks® Teavana™, we see a tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise in creating best-in-class retail experiences, handcrafting customized beverages, and sourcing the finest ingredients, to create a new, premium tea experience. Just as we’ve done for coffee, this is tea reimagined at Starbucks.”

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The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ is the first time Starbucks has launched a brand on this scale since 2008 with the launch of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, and represents an important growth opportunity for the business.

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iPhone Battery Replacement in Cebu (while you wait)

Oh, just in case you will need it.

My iPhone battery dies fast. A single post at snapchat for example will drain the battery. This has been troubling me for weeks. I called the apple service centers and was quoted 4,000 to 6,000 pesos for replacement and worse, they said I have to leave my phone at their store for at least 2 weeks. How can one live with that? 
Guess what, this problem was solved in just 10 minutes! A short trip to the 2nd floor of JY square led me to Jaetech Trading. They will actually replace the defective battery with an original battery while you wait for only 2,500. Amazing, right? 
So, I asked if they have batteries for older models, of course with the quality of their service, you know the answer, yes! Finally, you can put that old iPhone to good use again. 
Contact Details:

Jaetech Trading

2/F JY Discovery Mall

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How should morality be measured as a basis of your vote? 

How to evaluate a person’s moral character? Should it be made as basis for your vote?
It is crucial and important to consider morality as a key characteristic of a President or any office holder. Many would frequently forward a litmus test of a single issue like death penalty or gay marriage or even tact innpublic speaking. (Corruption, however, should be examined in its legal sense. Our laws already defines it and provides for its penalty.) The truth is, a single issue cannot possibly be a good measure of morality. Simple single issue litmus test is a poor measure because we all have failings. A person could be very moral and very good in so many ways, and yet has a failing on a single issue.
Martin Luther King, for example, is very much committed to non-violence in the pursuit of social justice, he remains to this day an outstanding model of man of virtues. His commitment to God and Jesus was unassailable. However, it is also a fact that he carried on multiple affairs. This is a serious moral failing. Any person who betrays the marriage commitment is a sad disappointment of the institution of marriage. Yet, Dr. King is an example of a man with good moral character. 

When you evaluate any candidate don’t expect him/her to be perfect but expect them to try, to deliver only the best for the constituents. You may also forget about the values and morals to which of their respective party adheres. In the Philippines, the party system is not really working. 

Look at the candidate’s expertise and dedication, their lifestyle and compassion, and their integrity and credibility as a person and as a leader. 

Please post as comment who will you vote for this 2016. 

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Top 5 Free Apps That Should Be In Your Phone Right Now

Your phone is more useful than just merely for Facebook and games. It is a gateway to a lot of information, which, if processed intelligently can give you a smarter life. Here are some of my life-saving, traffic-beating, and game-changing apps in my iOS phone. 

1. Waze

  
We all know maps and real time GPS tracker and navigation, right? But what if we will add one more component to it? What if we will include the data from other road explorers and users? 

The result is a real-time traffic data that may be used to compute the smartest route to take saving time and gas. The app has proven to be useful especially during peak hours. 

2. SoundHound

  
Have you ever been in a bar or a restaurant and hear a really good song? You wanted to know the title so that you can add it on your Spotify playlist but when you asked the waiters they gave you a cold “I don’t know.” You wanted to sing along but how can you search for its lyrics if you don’t know the title.  

Soundhound can sniff the song and give you it’s title in less than a minute. It will also look up the lyrics for you and even suggests more songs for you to try. Yes, it is better than the waiters or even the DJ. 

3. ClearScanner

  
An important document in hardcopy that you need to send via email but no scanner is available? I know you’ll try taking a photo of the document but the photo would simply be dark, grainy and unreadable. You end-up wasting your time. 

Why not make your phone into a scanner. ClearScanner will scan your documents clean, clear and crisp. You can even package the pages in one pdf file. You will thank me for this! 

4. Snapseed  

Of the plethora of image editing those available for your phone, Snapseed is exactly what you need. Two of my favorite features in Snapseed that is not found in other image editing tools are Selective and Lens Blur.

Selective lets you edit a portion of your image without touching the other parts. This is extremely useful when you want yo highlight a part of your image or to lighten up your face and skin for some

glow and emphasis. Lens Blur on the other hand allows you to have that bokeh efect by providing options for blur strength and blur area adjustments. Your instagram and FB photos will not be the same again. You’ll gather more likes and admirers.  

5. BPI

  
Sending money online from your bank to another account in the same bank? Most online bank facilities allow this but an extra process is required — the other account must be enrolled. This is tedious especially if the transfer in only one time.
BPI is the only bank that allows fund transfer online to other accounts within BPI via the BPI app. However, this feature is not available on their website. This is only available on the app. No need to enroll. Send the money to other account by just providing the account number of the receiver. 

Fast and easy! 

Download these apps and thank me later. These are all proven and tested; all rated #NindotKaayo.  I’ve been using them for years already. Sorry, that it is only now that I find the need to let you know. I thought it might also be helpful to you.

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A #SmartLife

I live for the day when our most valuable possessions—our homes, our vehicles and even our own bodies will be linked together, when products will come with a new wave of “smart” applications designed to study our habits and get to know us better than ourselves; each will helpI live for the day when our most valuable possessions—our homes, our vehicles and even our own bodies will be linked together, when products will come with a new wave of “smart” applications designed to study our habits and get to know us better than ourselves; each will help us offload the complications of daily life, and when I don’t have to turn off the AC in the middle of a deep sleep because it is raining and it is cold. Samok, di ba? An AC that is sensitive to real-time weather, that is #SmartLife.

  
In line with convenience and “smart” applications, may I recommend iFlix app. It has a huge collection of TV shows and movies that you can watch whenever, wherever. Try the 15 day trial, bid goodbye to hazy movies and say hello to HD quality movie on your phones. 

You may check www.iflix.com or watch the ad at http//smart.com.ph/smartlife.

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Vispop 3.0 Songs

Since its conception, we all love Vispop. Now on its 3rd volume, Vispop releases the lyric videos of the 6 finalists. We arranged it from what we think is best to good. 

1. PANGANDOY

Written by John Stephen Cadelina and Irving Ladanan Guazon
Performed by Daryl Leong
Back-up vocals performed by Daryl Leong and Irving Guazon
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Pads Animation

 

2. BOK LOVE

Written by Felipe Anjelo Calinawan and Therese Marie Villarante
Performed by Therese Marie Villarante and Kurt Fick
Back-up vocals performed by Daryl Leong
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Felipe Anjelo Calinawan at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Pads Animation

3. BRGY. BLUES

Written by Andy Calope
Performed by Earl Andrei Ornopia
Back-up vocals performed by Earl Andrei Ornopia and Kenneth Corvera
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Draft Creative Group

4. BUWAG BALIK

Written by Lourdes May Maglinte
Performed by Lourdes May Maglinte
Back-up vocals performed by Daryl Leong and Lourdes May Maglinte
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Draft Creative Group

5. LQ

Written by Adam Niel Corvera
Performed by Eugene Corpin of Aggressive Audio and Julyann Uy
Back-up vocals performed by Eugene Corpin, Julyann Uy and Adam Corvera
All instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Felipe Anjelo Calinawan at 1032 Recording Studios
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Jude Gitamondoc
Lyric video produced by Draft Creative Group

6. TUG TA TUG

Written by Earnest Hope Tinambacan and Jerry Angelo Catarata
Performed by Earnest Hope Tinambacan
Instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Jerry Angelo Catarata
Additional instruments arranged, performed and recorded by Kerryl Demeterio at Backyard Project Studio
All tracks mixed by Jad Bantug at 1032 Recording Studios
Produced by Earnest Hope Tinambacan, Jerry Angelo Catarata and Jad Bantug
Lyric video produced by Draft Creative Group

 

Vote for your favorite VISPOP 3.0 song. 

  1. Like Vispop Page (Failure to like the page, disqualifies the vote.)
  2. A like on your favorite song = 1 vote
  3. A share of your favorie song = 2 votes. Use the following hashtags ‪#‎bisayaauy‬ ‪#‎vispop‬ ‪#‎TeamPangandoy‬ ‪#‎TeamLQ‬ ‪#‎TeamTugTaTug‬‪#‎TeamBokLove‬ ‪#‎TeamBrgyBlues‬ ‪#‎TeamBuwagBalik‬

 

Vispop 3.0 Finals Night will be on June 26, 2015 7:00PM at SM Cinema One. Tickets are sold at P200.00 and P150.00. You may send a private message to the Vispop Facebook page for reservations.

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Three-Day Bohol Tour (Anda & Panglao)

This is a “semi-spontaneous” long weekend trip to Anda and Panglao in Bohol in celebration the Philippines’ Independence Day. Our plan was just to have fun and our itinery is basically just “come-what-may”.

From Cebu we took off at Pier 1 via Supercat/2Go. Very conspicous was how Pier 1 has improved alot since it has been renovated. It’s probably one of the best in the country today, it is even better than some country’s small airports.


After an almost 2-hour ride on board the Supercat we reached Tagbilaran City. The construction of their new port is still on-going as their old port was destroyed by the October 2013 earthquake that rocked the whole island. We docked at the makeshift port and proceeded to hail a tricycle that will take us to Dao Terminal where we can ride a bus going to Anda. However, while we were haggling for the fare we saw a good number of taxi cab queing and we thought of hiring one instead to take us to the terminal to avoid the oppresive sun. Since there are 3 of us, the fare is relatively the same. Again, because this is a come-what-may travel, we accepted to the offer of the taxi cab driver to take is directly to La Petra Resort in Anda for P2,000.00  instead of just in Dao Terminal. The driver also kindly suggested that we take a stop over to one of the places frequented by tourists and he will just wait for us. That was pretty good offer, of course we took it.


We were not really hungry when we arrived at Loay River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant but still we availed of their lunch buffet. There were si many costumers, were glad we somehow came ahead of them. We got the regular buffet for P399.00.


The menu includes:  In the salad bar, Manga with Bagoong (Green Mango w/ Shrimp Paste) Atsal/Puso salad (Banana Bud Salad) Guso salad ( Seaweed Salad). Main courses were Buttered Chicken, Pork Barbeque, Pancit Special, Fish fillet in sweet and sour sauce, adobong buko-buko (a cetain kind of squid) Adobong Kangkong (Water Spinach Cooked Adobo Style) Ginataang Langka (Jackfruit in Coconut Milk) and Shrimps. Desserts are some of filipino favorites like puto cheese and puto kutchina together with some tropical fruits. It was ordinary but really good tasting.


Loay River cruise is a 45 minute tour in the beautul river with ine stop over at the Tribe Ali. Compared to the more popular Loboc River, Loay is cleaner and more untouched.

Anda is 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Loay. When we arrived at the hotel, we were served with welcome drinks and assigned to a native hut with an ocean view. After a short nap in our room we asked to be transferred because the AC seems not working. We were given a bigger room near the pool. It was better!



     

Anda is still untouched, maybe because it is secluded. Anda has a long stretch of white sand beach. It would have been perfect if only the beach floor directly fronting our hotel is not “muddy”. The beach at Poblacion, Anda were better.  We enjoyed the beach alot since it just us, we have the sea all for ouselves. Here are some of our beach photos.


  
At night…

Dinner was happiness. I didn’t realize happiness could be that cheap too, a seafood platter of crabs, shrimps, clams and fish for only P400.00. La Petra food is really good and their serving is generous.  We almost couldn’t finish it.

 

Day 2

Complimemtary breakfast which comes along with our accommodation was served at the restaurant of La Petra. iur hearty breakfast meal imcludes bacon, egg, sandwich, salad, ampalaya with rice, juice, coffee and milo. We felt the effort the staff had put in the give us a pleasant stay in their hotel. We really appreciate it, and even more when they offered us to  drive us to Guindulman where we can hire a bus to Tagbilaran City on the wat to Panglao.


The bus ride was comfortable except for the bumpy parts if the road in Tagbilaran. The 105 peso fare was worth it, it was a long 2 hour ride.

We got ourseleves a month minibus to Panglao. We were booked at Cherry’s Home Too since it was the cheapest with a high rating of 7.7 in Panglao. After we were settled in our room, we rested from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and proceeded to our late snacks at Tarsier Botanika.


A free shuttle at the Tarsier Botanika in Alona Beach will take you the main branch, around 2 kilometers from where we stayed.


Tarsier Botanika has been operating for almost two years already but it was only now, after they renovated, when people discovered its charm. Unfortunately, only its restaurant is open, their park and villas are still under construction.

This is a welcome addition to Bohol’s attraction. It’s awesomeness can only be described in photos.


        
We were so full when we went back to the hotel. We decided to take our time and rest before we shall check out Panglao’s night party scene.

A walk in the beach leads me to a massage area where massuers will massage their clients by the beach. Of course, I have to avail it. Massage is one pleasure I couldn’t resist.


We partied at the by the beach chill out area of Bugsy’s. I got so tipsy that recovery food is imperative. We look for a Bulalo place and found, Abotanan. They served barbecue, bulalo and batchoy. Food was okay, at least they are open 24 hours.


 We wrapped up Day 2 at 12:00 midnight as we need to park early for our 5:30 AM call time the next day.

Day 3

Upon our arrival on Day 2 at Cherry’s Home Too, we saw an ad about an island hopping tour for 1,500.00. We inquired further details about the tour and booked ourselves the next day (Day 3)


The call time is quite early at 5:30 in the morning in order to catch the playful dolphins of Panglao. We went down from our room at exactly 5:30 AM. We are greeted by our boatman who guide us to the boat at the shore of Alona Beach.

There will be three stopovers: Dolphin Watching, Balincasag Island, and Virgin Island a.k.a. Isole de Francesco.

20 minutes from where we took off, we were already playing hide and seek with the dolphins. The boatman must be quick should possess some good intuition based on the patterns of  the dolphins. We saw around 30 dolphins.

Balincasag Island is a marine sanctuary, we paid P150 per person upon entry. We alighted from our banca and was transfered to a smaller paddle boat. A guide will be assigned to you for P150.00. We snorkled and surveyed the fishes and corals around 10 meters from the beach. There were big and small fishes but the corals are not as colorful as I expected, althought, they are still alive.


    
After an hour of snorkeling we went to the beach in front of Balincasag Island Dive Resort, the water on that area is very clear and tempting. You can’t say no.

  
We asked the local abour our next stop, the Virgin Island. They adviced that we should go there at low tide so that we can see the whole white sand bar while it is not submerged. They said low tide will be around noon, probably 1PM. Unfortunately, we were running out of time we booked ourselves to Henann Resort’s Buffet for lunch. We decided to leave Balincasag for the Virgin Island around 10AM.


  
We left from the island at around 11 AM, so ready for the lunch buffet and if we still have time for some foot massage before we shall leave Panglao at 3:30PM to catch our fastcraft leaving Bohol at 5:25PM.


  

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Cheryl’s Birthday Solution

Netizens were puzzled and mortified when they can’t seem to answer a math problem for a fifth grader in Singapore as posted by Kenneth Kong on his Facebook account.

The problem:

Image coutesy Kenneth Kong / Facebook

Here is my solution with an explation  in its simplest form and in the most unabridged way. 

Albert is given the months, therefore it could be either May, June, July or August.

Bernard is given the day so it is either 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19.

Dissection of premisses (statements) and their logical inferences:

Albert:

“I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is..”
-Albert don’t know the birthday. Of course, because all months has either two or more possible days. He could not be certain on the day of the month.

“… but I know that Bernard does not know too.”
-For Albert to certainly know that Bernard does not know the birthday, he should have observed that the month that was given to him has a list of possible dates with days that are not unique, like 14, 15, 16 and 17. If it is unique, Bernard would know since there will be no other date with that day. Note that 14, 15, 16 and 17 appeared twice on the list of dates while 18 and 19 only once. Therefore, Albert is given a month that is either July or August as these are the only months with no unique day while Bernard is for sure not given a day that is unique, 18 or 19, it could be 14, 15, 16 or 17.

Bernard:

“At first I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is…”
-Of course Bernard would not immediately know as the day is not unique, there are two possible dates for every possible day that he was given.

“but I know now.”
-By deduction like we did earlier, Bernard would be able to conclude that Albert is given July or August. By this conclusion plus his information of the day (it was given to him), he would already know the birthday. It means that the day is something not common between July and August, it is for sure not 14, else Bernard could not be sure of the date.

Albert:

“Then I also know when Cheryl’s birthday is.”

-Again, by deducing from the statement of Bernard, Albert would already know that there are only 3 possible dates left as of the moment, July 16, August 15 and August 17. Since, Albert, the one given the month, already knows, that means it should not be the dates with a common month, else he could not be certain about it. Hence, it is not August, else it will invalidate Albert’s statement that he knows. Eliminating all dates with August month, we are left with July 16.

Therefore, Cheryl’s birthday is July 16.

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Suggested Movies as of February 2015

In a span of two months I have collected the best movies I watched which unfortunately (most) have not seen the light of day in Philippine theaters. I am definitely sure they are way better than most of the Metro Manila Film Festival entries; they all display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity. The following are the 7+ raters of #EthysMovieReview and #NindotKaayo.

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1. Whiplash: A jazzy musical score, a drummer, and an intense acting; 9/10.

2. Philomena: Brave, funny, and powerful true story of a mother searching for her son with a surprise beautiful ending. 8.5/10.

3. Citizen Four : A glimpse of the life of Edward Snowden and his impact on modern civil liberties; 8.5/10.

4. Selma : Humanizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; 8/10.

5. Pride: Pride as in gay pride. It is not about what you are but it is about what you do with your privileges and gifts that make people respect you. A very inspiring true story; 8/10.

6. Boyhood: Another Richard Linklater’s breakthrough that is 12 years in the making of the time lapsed life of a boy who was brilliantly acted by Ellar Coltrane; 8/10.

7. The Hundred Foot Journey: Unrealistic but the passion and tension is very real. The food are very too, as pretty as France; 7.5/10.

8. The Theory of Everything: The story of the heart of the world’s greatest mind, Stephen Hawking; 7/10.

9. Million Dollar Arm: Tour India in search for the best pitch. A feel good true story of baseball’s best players. Predictable but keeps you entertained; 7:10.

10. Lilting: Quite and sometimes hilarious due to cultural differences. Language barrier is not an impediment to understanding the people around you. Love and acceptance are best served when they are not in words; 7/10.

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Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines

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In the early days the quest for good food and spices has been the primary motivation to explore the world. Had it been not for the promise of good spices, the Philippines would had not been what it is right now.

If food is your motivation to travel, this book shall be your bible with Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc as your eager Filipino food missionaries. They’ll not only take you to the most common traditional dishes of Manila, Cebu and Pampanga but also in off the beaten track like Marinduque.

This best selling book is now on its second edition and is set to conquer Cebuano foodies. Second edition copies are now available in National Bookstore for only 395 pesos.

This is a must read for travelers who are keen on a more immersive experience with the locals through their dishes. Get to know their abundant and unique local produce as well as their distinctive and remarkable preparation that would trace back to their culture and history.

Got my copy signed by the authors themselves.

The book is perfect as gift for your traveller friend too.

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