Nov 12 2010

Always on the go with an iPhone

The iPhone is perhaps the most popular revolutionary mobile device now. It allows wireless net connectivity and FaceTime video calling. It also has a 5 megapixel camera, GPS mapping, a wide touch control screen, an HD video recording feature and more – and if you want to make the most of this great device, you ought to get some Iphone accessories. Some of the hippest gadgets that you can use to keep you always on the go with your iPhone are the following…

Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger

This neat charger for iPhones and the iPod Touch has a built-in dock connector to charge your device. It also has a flip-out USB tip that you can connect to your mac or pc so you can readily recharge. Aside from being cable free, this convenient device also has an LED battery gauge.

Audio Unlimited Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker

Use this portable speaker anywhere and everywhere. Place this lightweight device with NXT flat panel speaker technology on your desktop or in your car and answer and make calls conveniently. It also activates automatically when you play your music on your phone and it also has a built-in 3.5 input jack which makes the device compatible with external MP3 Players and more.

Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth Headset

This bluetooth headset makes use of three layers of WindSmart technology plus dual-mic AudioIQ technology. This means that you will always be able to make quality calls as it cancels background noise and retains the natural and clear sound of your voice.

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Nov 12 2010

Why buy ukay-ukay?

A decade ago, most people may be ashamed of buying preloved clothes, but now, shopping ukay-ukay clothing is simply a more practical and economical means to get fashionable clothes at affordable prices.

I myself am fond of going to ukay-ukay shops. Why? because it is a practical choice, especially for a mom who works hard to earn. When you buy from ukay ukay shops, you get to pay half if not a quarter of the original price of the item. You can find shirts and blouses within the Php 50.00 – Php150.00 range and a dress or a pair of fancy pants will only cost you anywhere between Php 100 to Php 300.00.

Some people may think of ukay ukay clothes as junk clothing but there are also some people who see ukay ukay shops as treasure coves. When you go to an ukay-ukay shop, you will definitely find items that require sewing, there are those that have stains, and there are those which no one would probably want to wear if given an alternative. But – if you are patient and vigilant, you will definitely find fab pieces that are worth way beyond the amount that you will pay for.

Every ukay item has a different story. Some got there because the owner bought the wrong size and she never had the chance to wear it. Others have been used only for a few times but sudden weight gain or weight loss prevented them from using those clothes again. A few were given up by their owners because they just got tired of wearing them. And – there are even more stories to tell. That is why there are many ukay clothes which look as good as new.

The secret in finding a good ukay ukay piece is to be very patient. Be patient as you “skim and scan” the hanged clothes in “sardined” style. Be patient when you check an item to look for signs of wear and tear. Be patient when you examine the sizes and colors – and even the buttons, bands, and hems. If you have that kind of patience, then you can definitely hoard plenty of stylish clothes in cheap prices.

Another option would be to check out online shops that sell ukay-ukay clothing. Shopping preloved clothes online doesn’t entail a great deal of patience but it still gives you the chance to get affordable fab items.

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Nov 10 2010

Vacations and Accommodations

Published by Ellen Joy Castel under How To

wedding venues in vegas When you plan to go on a vacation, one of the most important things that you must do is to choose a nice place to stay in. For example, if you’re planning to go on a vacation along the beaches of North Carolina then you should check out the beach house rentals outer banks or the hotels in the area. You can do this online or you can first ask some of your friends who have already visited the place.


Get feedbacks and referrals from friends and relatives. If they can’t give you any then research online for reviews. When picking a place to stay in, consider your budget first and foremost. If the prices are not revealed on the websites, do not hesitate to call. You should also make sure that the place is near the spots that you would want to go to while you are on vacation. Some accommodation packages include chauffeur services so be keen in looking for extra privileges like this. The amenities available in the place is also important.

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Nov 10 2010

Steps to Street Safety (SSS Advantage for Commuters)

Published by Ellen Joy Castel under How To, Women Issues

Commuters take plenty of risks when they ride a jeep, a bus, the MRT, or even a cab because thieves, snatchers, ‘holdapers’, and crime syndicate groups abound the streets of the metro – especially now that Christmas is less than two months away. One can never be truly safe but fortunately, we can reduce the risks of becoming the target of those who refuse to earn in a noble way.

NEVER EVER SLEEP
This is the golden rule of commuting. Sleeping commuters are the easiest targets. When you’re asleep, someone can easily pull your wallet from your pocket or slit your bag and get your mobile phone or something. I’ve even read that there are even some syndicated groups that inject drugs to sleepy people so they would get drowsier and they can then take advantage of them after.

NEVER SHOW OFF
Okay, so you have a camera, or an iPod, or better yet – the bigger iPad. If you want to keep those, then do keep them in your bag when you are commuting. Heck, keep your mobile phones in your bag too. I learned this the hard way. Back in my student days in UP Dil, I used to go home late and I always chose to ride a jeepney to Novaliches because it was faster and cheaper.

What happened was that I did try to keep my phone in the bag but my mom kept calling because it was already late. And so, I did try to answer the phone and I was prepared for the ‘parental sermon’ but I wasn’t prepared for what actually happened. When I lifted the phone, someone from behind me (outside the jeepney which stopped for passengers) grabbed the phone quickly. I was trying to hold on to it and so he hurled his hand at me. Only then did I realize that he had a thorny bracelet and that cut my lip. When I turned and tried to look for the culprit, I wasn’t able to identify him because alas, there were plenty of people around – Divisoria style.

Anyway, let’s go back to the tip. Do not show off what you have. And, when you keep your valuable in your bag, pretend that they are not there. Do not text from inside your bag because that defeats the very purpose of keeping it there. Thieves are smart these days. If they know that you have the latest iPod touch in your bag then they will try to take the whole of your bag.

DO KEEP YOUR MONEY IN SEPARATE POCKETS, POUCHES, ETC.
Keep a third of your money in your pocket, a third in your bag, and a third in your other pocket (or even in your shoes). This way, you can be sure that if something bad happens, you will not be left with absolutely nothing.

ALWAYS BE VIGILANT
Do not be complacent. You have to stay aware, alert, and vigilant. Hold your bags tightly all the time and make sure that the zip or flap closures are securely facing you. There is no “safe” seat in a bus or a jeepney. You can get robbed even if you sit at the back (prone to snatchers) or even beside the driver (The ones who are seated near the driver always gets threatened with a gun or a knife by ‘holdapers’).

Let me tell you another story. I was riding a jeepney and I was seated somewhere in the middle. Somewhere along Gotesco Commonwealth, a huge lady who dressed like a man boarded the jeep and she didn’t sit, she just stayed at the back (’sabit’). A few seconds after, she shouted “PARA!”. I assumed that she might have forgotten something so she had to go back. To my surprise, she suddenly tried to grab and pull my bag. BUT, she failed and so she decided to just grab the gold necklace of the other girl that I was facing. Everything happened so fast. She got out of the jeepney, crossed the street- she almost got hit by the bus- and before she can reach the other end, she boarded another jeep.

And oh, buses – even the aircon buses are not that safe because more sophisticated robbers who have guns board them. The LRT and MRT are perhaps the safest but be wary still of pickpockets and those who take/switch bags in the comfort rooms.

WALK FAST, WALK WITH GROUPS, WALK IN THE LIGHT
If you walk fast, thieves will think twice before they decide to make you their target. Also, make it a point to always walk with friends. There is power in numbers and that can thwart away a thief or two. Also, ghosts and monsters don’t lurk in the dark, robbers, ‘holdapers’, and rapists do so stay in well lighted streets. If there is no other way to your house but a dark alley, always bring a flash light – a huge one.

BRING SOMETHING WHICH CAN HELP YOU DEFEND YOURSELF
Bring pepper spray (available in Ace Hardware before, I don’t know now), a stun gun, or tear gas in a bottle. If you think you can and you have the guts to street fight with street monsters then bring a butterfly knife (Balisong) or an arnis stick. If you know you can’t or you just want to stay safe, bring a whistle instead.

MAKE IT A HABIT TO LIST
When you ride a cab, make sure you text its Plate Number to your mom, dad or your boyfriend. When you ride a tricycle, take note of their TODA no. too. If you are as paranoid as I am, list down the card numbers and account numbers of your ATMs and Credit Cards in your diary. Keep a list of your SSS, TIN, or Student No. too. This list will be very useful to you if ever you lost the cards.

INVEST IN BAGS WITH ANTI THEFT FEATURES
This is actually what I am trying to do. I want to have the Pacsafe CommutaSafe 100 and so I’m joining Out of Town Blog’s contest. The Pacsafe CommutaSafe has “eXomesh® Slashguard” and a “Slashproof adjustable shoulder strap” so you won’t have to worry about getting your bag slit. And, since it has a snatchproof shoulder strap, lockable zippers, and combination locks, commuting becomes more convenient and safer for you.

I think that with a Pacsafe CommutaSafe Bag, one can sleep and not worry about their bags and laptops being snatched away from them. You can even leave your bag and lock it to a chair when you have to order food at the counter of a fastfood or a resto – or take a short trip to the comfort room – or go outside the room to get a better phone signal reception when someone’s calling you.

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Nov 09 2010

Choosing Gifts for Kids this Christmas

Published by Ellen Joy Castel under How To


If you have plenty of kids, younger brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, or godchildren, then perhaps you are already well preparing yourself for your annual ultimate expense this holiday season. You may want to give your children grand wooden swing sets, a cute vinyl playhouse, a pedal car, or a doll house for Christmas. For sure, these grand gifts would delight any regular kid. However, if you are tight on a budget and you still have no idea as to what kind of gifts you should buy, then you should start researching online or take a trip to a nearby department store or toy store.

When choosing gifts for kids this Christmas, you need to consider two important factors. First is their age. Make sure that you read the age recommendations information on every toy that you want to buy so you can be sure that it will be safe for the recipient. Keep in mind that there are toys which are strictly not for kids three years of age and below.

Gender is the second factor. Of course, girls (most girls) love dolls and boys (most boys) like robots and toy cars. This will not only guide you as to what kind of toy should you buy. Knowing the gender of your toy recipient will also help you pick the right color and design if you plan to buy neutral toys. To be safe, you can just opt for educational toys or activity houses, techie toys, play pens, and the likes.

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