Make Gift Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!


I don't know about other people, but I experience more kilig in giving gifts rather than receiving gifts. Now, I'm not trying to sound too cheesy here, but I feel like I'm the one who's been given the better gift when I see the radiant smiles and genuine happiness of those who have received a gift from me. 

To make sure that each gift-giving moment is a pleasurable experience for both the giver and the receiver, I take each opportunity to buy gifts seriously. In choosing gifts, I always keep in mind these three essentials: know the person, know the budget, and know the occasion. Read on to find out more about my fool-proof gift-giving ideas!
It's hard to think of the best gift ideas when you (literally and figuratively) don't know the person you're giving the gift to. You may want to talk to that person and casually ask about his/her hobbies, interests, and go-to options when he/she is feeling bored (what makes them entertained?) and when he/she is feeling galante (where do they usually spend their money?). You can also check their social media accounts and find out about their latest favorites on food, books, gadgets, and other accessories. Or, you could also talk to someone who knows them well. Interview them about the person's likes... and dislikes, just so you're on the safe side that you won't be that person who gave them the worst gift they could ever receive. 
If you're too shy to talk to that person or to someone who knows them well, or if the person is not the type who's active on social media, well, fret not because you still have one fool-proof (and probably the best) gift idea -- by giving them Sodexo Premium Pass
SODEXO Premium Pass
You can't go wrong with the Sodexo Premium Pass -- whether you know the person you're giving it to or not. With it, the receiver can use it for just about anything that suits his/her personality and current needs and wants. They can use the Sodexo Premium Pass for shopping, dining, relaxing, and traveling in more than 9,000 merchant stores nationwide. Here are the many participating outlets where they can enjoy using their Sodexo Premium Pass:
When choosing gifts, one shouldn't be ashamed in being on a budget -- as long as you always opt for the frugal choice and not the cheap choice. Being frugal means you're conscious about your budget, and so, you make sure that you get the most out of your money without sacrificing quality. So, with this in mind, how do you choose the best gift ideas with the budget that you have?

It pays to know first how much money you are willing to shell out for buying gifts. Then, you can assign a budget for each person -- yes, it's definitely okay to have different budget allocations for different people, because well, who doesn't have someone in their life who they're willing to spend more for?  H-U-G-O-T! 😀

If you argue that you don't have that someone in your life (just yet), or if you say that all your loved ones are of equal importance to you (meaning, you'll give them the same budget allocations), then I think one of the best options that you have is to decide on just one thoughtful gift that you'll give to everyone. It could be personalized merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, pens, and pillows or other practical gifts that can be bought in bulk orders like homemade cookies, drawstring bags, and coin purses.

Now, if you're caught between choosing whether to give a gift of different or similar prices, you could always turn to the dependable "Gift Certificate ng Bayan" -- the GC Regalo SM Gift Pass (operated by Sodexo). With the SM Gift Pass, you have the option of having them in Php 500 denominations (for that extra special someone, perhaps? 😉) or you may also have them in Php 100 denominations (Yay! Everybody gets a gift dahil may pa-GC si mayora! Bigyan ng GC 'yan!).


Your recipients can use and enjoy their SM Gift Pass in hundreds of participating merchants ranging from fashion, furniture, food, and leisure options as shown in the photo below:

Gift-giving knows no occasion. It doesn't have to be Christmas or someone's birthday to buy a gift. Even so, it's still a good thing to know why you're giving a gift in the first place. Knowing the occasion or the reason why you want to give a gift will help you in the decision-making process of choosing the appropriate gift for that person.

Do you want to give a gift to someone who's celebrating a birthday? Then, choose a gift that will appeal to that person's taste and interests like their favorite book. Know someone who just graduated? Give them gifts that will help them easily adjust once they enter that place called the "real world" like planners and designer pens. Have a friend that you terribly miss and just want them to know that you're thinking of them? You may want to buy gifts that you can add a personal touch to like scrapbooks. Know someone who badly needs a gift in the form a much-deserved rest? Sponsor their trip to a salon!

Now, if you're out of ideas and feel like you just can't seem to think of the best gift that is fitting for the occasion -- well, don't worry fam because GC Regalo got your back! 

With products such as Sodexo Gift Check and SM Gift Check, you'll have your loved ones thanking you (and probably even asking you about) your wonderful gift! No matter what the occasion may be, or whoever the person may be, the GC Regalo is the perfect gift idea because not only are you gifting them with something in material form, but you're also gifting them with something as abstract as the freedom to technically choose their own gift! Now, that's one unique gift!
Just how awesome are these gift certificates, you might ask? Well, some two years ago, I was lucky enough to have received two (2) Sodexo Premium Passes worth Php 500 each. It was given to me by my previous workplace during its anniversary celebration. That was the first time I encountered the said gift certificates. I actually didn't know how to use it so I searched for it on the internet and found out that I could use it in SM Department Stores. When I used it as extra funds for buying a pair of rubber shoes I've been saving for, I was actually a bit wary if the cashier will accept my GC's. I had extra cash prepared just in case. Imagine my big sigh of relief when the cashier accepted my Sodexo Premium Pass! That's Php 1,000 pesos off the amount of cash I paid for those rubber shoes! Bongga 'di ba? So, for everyone who will give and/or receive a Sodexo Premium Pass or SM Gift Pass, here's my tip for you: keep calm and let GC Regalo do its magic!


GC Regalo is an online gift certificate store made possible by SM, the largest retailer in the Philippines and Sodexo, one of the largest gift voucher companies worldwide and the biggest issuer of gift certificates in the Philippines. GC Regalo offers the best and hassle-free solution in sending gifts to families, loved ones, and business partners in the Philippines through its gift certificates accepted in more than 9,000 establishments nationwide.

Have your own GC Regalo products as gift for yourself or for your loved ones by ordering via their website here. You may also know more about their latest promos and products by visiting their social media accounts. And while you're at it, gift them with a like! 👍



#FreeTheJoy with Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Flavors

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Your loved ones will surely be caught singing to the tunes of "Joy To The World" once you #FreeTheJoy and let them taste Cadbury Dairy Milk's three limited edition flavors: Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest, Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse

Each Cadbury Dairy Milk's limited edition chocolate variant has its own taste profile that will surely match your loved one's unique personality. Know which Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate variant best suits your loved one's unique personality by reading this short description of each Cadbury Dairy Milk limited edition chocolate variants:
Just like my sister, if your loved one is also into textured sweets, then Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest is the chocolate variant that best suits their taste profile. It still has the Cadbury Dairy Milk’s smooth sensation but it comes with real chocolate cookies and red jellies. It’s definitely crunchy and chewy – perfect to keep you company during the holiday traffic madness! 

I would definitely give this chocolate to my sister because although she is relatively your keep-calm-and-let-me-handle-this type of gal, she's still my go-to person for quick and no-plans-involved adventures! Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest's smooth sensation with crunchy and chewy chocolate cookies and red jellies definitely matches my sister's personality. 

If your loved one like surprises (very much like my special someone), then Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla is their perfect pair this Christmas. As you bite into this exquisite flavor, you plunge into the smooth, soft, silky center filled with light and delectable French vanilla cream. This sophisticated flavor is definitely a revelation this season. My special someone will absolutely love the surprise I have in store for him when I give him three gigantic bars (because I Love You come in big sizes and in three's, right?) of Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla!


Looking for a richer chocolatey taste this Christmas? Elevate your taste buds with the delicate decadence of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse. With its light and airy chocolate-flavored cream enveloped in classic milk chocolate shell, you will definitely be begging your secret Santa for more. Your hip and cool loved one will definitely feel more laid-back with this Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate variant! I'll surely be giving this to my cool and easy-going best friend, whom I can always count on when my stress levels are on its highest level.


Just imagine how happy I am that these Cadbury Dairy Milk limited edition chocolate variants are back! Looking for a Christmas treat for my loved ones has never been this easier and sweeter! Hurry and grab your own Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates!


Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest, Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse are available in 180g packs for a suggested retail price of P180.00. Hurry and get all flavors – available until supplies last! #FreeTheJoy this Christmas with Cadbury Dairy Milk!

Change The Way You See Happiness


happiness 
noun hap·pi·ness \ˈha-pē-nəs\ 

the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one's life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile (Lyubomirsky, 2007)

Survey 10 people about their definition of what happiness is and you'd get at least 20 different answers. Ask someone what makes them happy and you'd be surprised by the spectrum of answers that you'll get from just one person. Have someone answer "What makes you happy?" and s/he may give you an entirely different answer years, months or even days from the moment you asked him/her first. These instances alone make me happy - to know that despite the many horrible and sad realities that are happening, we still, and always will, find something to be happy about.

Some years ago, if someone has asked me the same question, s/he would know that my happiness was entirely dependent on another human being. I was happy because somebody else was happy being with me. I was happy because somebody else was happy for me. I was happy because I get to spend happy, blissful moments with somebody else. You get the pattern. So much was my (unhealthy) dependence on them, that when they left me, they took with them my happiness. They took with them the usual happiness I feel when visiting a certain place. They took with them the usual joy I feel when eating a certain food. They took with them the usual delight of checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, or even the usual excitement in checking for notifications in my cellphone. To make things short (and brunt), I practically gave them every chance for me to be happy that when they left, they also took away every chance for me to be happy again. Fortunately, after months of mustering enough strength and will to change for the better, this has now become a distant memory of how I used to define happiness.

Books have helped me change the way I see happiness :)
Ironically but truthfully, to change the way I see happiness, I had to experience sadness and loneliness. It was during these moments of solitude that I experienced the absence of happiness. And from the absence of happiness (or rather, from the absence of what I perceived to be my only sources of happiness), I was able to value what happiness is and to discover new sources of happiness. While I still enjoy and yearn for some company to experience happiness, I can also still feel genuine happiness even in the comforts of complete solitariness. Reading good books under the shade of a tree lets me experience contentment and joy. So much so was my happiness with books that I don't mind, and even look forward to having blind dates with books! ♥

In the same way that this photo (and the story behind this photo) has helped me to change the way I see happiness, Huawei P9 has also helped me change the way I see mobile photography. Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica*. It has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others. *Leica is a German company primarily known for its high-quality, lightweight rangefinder cameras, which have gained renown from their use as the camera of choice for several famous street photographers. (Source)
The Huawei P9 captures brilliant colour, striking black and white and the emotional appeal of Leica images. Capture more light with two sensors, one RGB and one monochrome. Get incredible shots with the Huawei P9’s merging algorithm, which intelligently combines the colours taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor. Shoot better in low light with the 1.25µm pixel size of the dual 12-megapixel cameras, and bring a professional quality to your photos in all conditions with the Huawei P9’s IMAGEsmart 5.0 technology. Achieve professional camera like photo quality with the Leica co-engineered Picture Quality Algorithm, even in low light. (Source)

Know more about the Huawei P9 by visiting their website here. You may also like and follow them on their social media accounts for more details and promos: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#HuaweiP9 #OO #ChangeTheWayYouSeeHappiness

WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016 Registration Starts July 18th


For the fifth consecutive year, WebGeek will host its annual hackathon, DevCup, on August 20-21, 2016 at the Meralco Multi-purpose Hall in Ortigas.

DevCup aims to bring together amazing developers, designers, and technology professionals to create innovative apps and showcase the Philippine developer talent. Participants are provided with a theme in which they must develop their app and they are given two days to complete their app to be presented to the judges.

Last 2015, 70 teams battled it out for the DevCup championship title. Out of the 70 registered teams, 60 apps were presented at the end of the event for the judges to select. The winning team of Jose Marco Padillo, Giovanni Angelo Balaguer and Micah Andrew Bule of Cynder, presented their app First Response which provides crowdsourced notifications for information dissemination during a disaster or calamity . On second place are Jezer Crespo, Marc Levinson B. Suarez, Reynaldo Del Rosario Jr of Xudoer with Xonar and CodeBuddy was third place with Connectify, with members Patrick Ofilada and Rommel David.

Early bird registration opens on July 18 until the 20. You can sign up as an individual, or up to a maximum of three as a team. Last year, tickets were sold out in just 2 days. Better to register early, as the event only have limited slots. 





This year’s DevCup is expected to be as exciting as the previous years’ hackathons with the participation and support of Philippine developers as well as its esteemed sponsors. With your support we can make it a collaborative and fun experience for everyone.

 For those who are interested to sponsor, shoot them an email at events@webgeek.ph. For registration details and updates, you may follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and visit http://devcup.net.


GQWEST IMPLEMENTS RESOURCE CONSERVATION MEASURES


GQWEST Inc the country's premiere water franchising company has taken another step towards greening its operations by installing resource conservation methods in its Superstore. 

As part of its Green Mindset Program the company installed solar panels and a system of underground and overhead cisterns to reduce its resource consumption. The company's Superstore located in Lincoln street Quezon City is its industrial grade water station that caters to its institutional clients like SM malls and Globe Telecom. 

The solar panels installed will allow the company to reduce its electrical consumption. At the same time, the cisterns installed will store rainwater and help reduce water consumption and eliminate wastage. The company expects to benefit from these twin measures as it seeks to pair environmental sustainability and greater operational efficiency. 

Since it began operations, the company has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint through its Green Mindset Program. Apart from its latest initiatives the company has also been a longtime supporter of environmental NGO's like Haribon having regularly participated with the group's tree planting program.

Ilocos is captured in drone and it's breathtaking!


A Philippine region that fuses the beauty of nature and our history together, Ilocos is given a fresh and exciting perspective by awesome videographer Christer Isulat. With his drone and hand-held camera, he went to shoot the key destinations in Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud.


The preserved architecture of Calle Crisologo, Bantay Tower, Quirino Bridge, and the dancing lights fountain are some of the spectacles documented for Vigan. The sand dunes in Laoag lets you have an exciting time aboard a monster 4x4 and unlimited sandboarding time. Laoag is also the home of Malacanang of the North as well as Paoay Church. Pagudpud is famous for its windmills, Patapat Viaduct, Dos Hermanos Islands, Saud Beach, Blue Lagoon, Burgos Lighthouse, and Bantay Abot Cave. These destinations are an easy visit with the three main provinces easily accessible from one another.

This video was in collaboration with Biyaheroes and Partas Transport Company with hopes of encouraging tourists to visit these commute-friendly destinations and to take public transport when visiting. Instead of a very long drive, Biyaheroes lets commuters book and even choose their bus seats online, saving everyone from the hassle and the stress of planning their trips. They are in partnership with Partas that offers direct and roundtrip Manila to Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud buses with terminals in Pasay, Sampaloc, and Cubao. With the blazing heat of the sun and the longing to see provinces that offer everything from history, adventure, and food trips, why not escape and book your Ilocos bus tickets now?

Laoag na magdalawang isip pa! :)

Live With The King

In a September 2015 article written by J. Callaham of AndroidCentral, multinational technology company Google has announced that there are now currently 1.4 billion active Android devices worldwide. Likewise, in a similar article from CNET, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker has released a report saying that Android has now hit more than 80% of the market share for smartphone shipments worldwide. In simpler terms, one can derive from these statistical reports that Android phones can now be considered as "kings" in the long-fought battle for the best smartphone. This is certainly good news for old Android phone users but what about smartphone users who wish to switch to Android or users who wish to buy another Android phone? With several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices, looking for the "King of Android" among the kings of smartphones could be a very challenging task. 

Fret not though because I am exactly the person you need if coming face to face with a King is among those listed on your bucket list! Dear reader, I present to you, the King of Android: Huawei Nexus 6P! Living with the king definitely has its many perks and advantages but since I know that meeting with a King can be a very intimidating and lost-for-words-type-of-awestruck experience, I have conveniently listed down the top five perks of what it is like to live with the king! 

P.S. If you'd like to spread the word about how it is to live with the king, just remember these five letters: N E X U S!
                         N  for a  Nightlife-loving camera
                         E  for an Exquisite design
                         X  for an Xtra long battery life
                         U  for a  Unique Google experience
                         S   for a  Simplified security
The intense, scorching and sweltering summer heat that we Filipinos are currently experiencing has turned most of us into creatures of the night --- coming out only for the night's promise of protection from the sun's blistering heat. While this strategy has helped us in avoiding (or rather, lessening) our exposure to the inevitable summer's heat, this strategy has also made it hard for us to clearly capture moments of our summer adventures. But since you're living with the King of Android, this won't be a problem at all! The Huawei Nexus 6P camera lets you capture vibrant images even in conditions with less than ideal lighting. It also boasts of its 1.55μm pixels which allows the Nexus 6P to collect more light photons which then helps improve the image quality. It also has pre-installed apps like the Google Camera™ and Google Photos™ to make sure that you'll never miss any moment of your adventures (whether summer or all-year round) and to make your memories easy to find.

Here are sample photos and videos using the Huawei Nexus 6P taken by R. Holly of AndroidCentral:
Shot taken in full auto (Google camera chooses where to focus and no settings are changed)
Sunrise shot showing Nexus 6P's superior HDR capabilities
The Huawei Nexus 6P wouldn't be called the King of Android for no justifiable reason. One look at this phone and you'll instantly hear yourself say "no wonder this is called as such". Diamond chamfers (yes, diamond lang naman, maliit na bagay for a King) encircle the Nexus 6P's iconic hardware design which is sculpted to accent its low-light-loving, powerful camera. You know how a king must always have an entourage of trained and skilled security personnel? Well the King of Android is definitely not an exception to this. The Nexus 6P has a curved metal shell that is crafted from aeronautical-grade anodized aluminum. The underlined part simply means that the metal shell has undergone the process of anodizing which accounts for its increased resistance to corrosion and wear and a better adhesion for color primers than bare metal (this means that your Nexus 6P's color won't fade away that easily). I sounded so techy back there, huh? Definitely loving the perks of living with the King (like making you look more sophisticated and more knowledgeable)!
The Huawei Nexus 6P's screen is also protected by a panel of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, an environment-friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass designed specifically to function as a protective cover glass, making your phone's screen resistant to cracks and scratches. The King of Android smartphone is also available in regal-sounding colors: aluminum, graphite, frost, and gold (available only in Japan, US and India).
"With great power comes great responsibility", so says the late uncle of one of my most loved Marvel superheroes. The same adage holds true not only for fictional superheroes but for real heroes as well, including our very own King of Android. With its many "responsibilities" as the title holder of "King of Android", including its promised features and responsibilities to its constituents (its users), it is only expected of the Nexus 6P to be able to have great battery power to be able to perform its functions well.
With reference to GSMArena's Battery Test for the Huawei Nexus 6P, one can say that this phone is really built on a solid and reliable foundation of power. Thanks to its pure and smart Android 6.0 Marshmallow's new Doze feature, it allows the Nexus 6P to use data from the device's motion chip to detect when the phone has been lying on a table for a while without being used. In such cases, the Android's Doze feature will automatically reduce e-mail polling and social media notifications, which are two potential battery hogs.

Even with its sharp 5.7" WQHD AMOLED display which gives a stunning clarity with 518 pixels per inch, and a superior front-facing speaker that offers crisp sound, you would still be assured that you will be able to do more with this phone. Nexus 6P's hardware also comes with the latest version of the octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 processor, making the performance of Nexus 6P faster than ever. And have I told you about its long-lasting 3450mAh battery? It definitely lets you go the distance with added support from a reversible USB Type-C™ for fast charging. 
Thanks to Nexus 6P's fast-charging USB Type-C™ adapter, the King of Android can get a full charge from under 15 to 100 in a little over an hour. Also, the battery saver feature built into this Android phone can definitely help squeeze every last bit of juice. If you're asking what's so special about its reversible USB Type-C™ adapter, well for one, it is reversible. With this type of adapter, you would now say goodbye to your worries and frustrations whenever you try to connect your charger to your phone (the struggles of which are brilliantly shown in the 9gag memes I've compiled below).
Image Sources: http://9gag.com/gag/aQqBOyr/how-to-insert-a-usb-cable
http://9gag.com/gag/amLAZRd/when-i-put-the-usb-in-correctly-the-first-time
"The best of Google, in the palm of your hand." You know how a King's mere words means exactly the same thing as its corresponding action? He doesn't even have to go by the very widely-spoken "action speaks louder than words" because a King's simple utterance of words is as good as any action. With the King of Android, you will feel just like a King, because you simply have to utter the magic words, "Ok Google", to get things done! From searching anything under (or beyond) the sun, to getting directions and creating reminders, you bet that with only your voice, Google will be up and about running to do your commands!
Aside from this feature, Nexus 6P lets you enjoy the best of Google with its pre-installed apps, including Google Maps™, Chrome™, Google Play™, Youtube™, Photos, GMail™ and more. Nexus 6P also has a wifi combo antenna that offers a fast and strong connection, letting you work and play with no interruptions.
The King of Android is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated measure of security that is truly fit for a King. It has the Nexus Imprint: with a single touch, you are ensured with high-end security details minus the complexities. Your Nexus 6P is quicker and more secure with its one-touch fingerprint sensor. Placed on the back of your device to complement the way you naturally hold it, Nexus Imprint will turn on your screen with just a single touch, unlocking your apps quickly and easily, and letting you breeze through checkout lines with Android Pay. And, by incorporating measurements each time you use it, Nexus Imprint gets smarter with every touch! 
Nexus Imprint is Google's own fingerprint authentication feature, and the Nexus 6P is among the two smartphones where this security feature is first made available. Using your fingerprint, Nexus Imprint allows you to authenticate on your device to unlock it, use Android Pay, and even make Google Play purchases. Fingerprints are recognized in less than 600 milliseconds. Also, the hardware used for Nexus Imprint stays separated from the rest of the device, keeping it more secure and better protected from any threats of hacks or malware. The sensor can also be used as verification for third-party banking and commerce apps as they add support. 

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To learn more about Huawei Nexus 6P, the King of Android, check out its full specifications below and watch why the people from AndroidCentral are such big fans of the phone that they even labeled it as 2015's best phone! Also, don't forget to watch the Nexus 6P's video launch by Google to showcase its Android 6.0 flagship phone. 



Buy your Huawei Nexus 6P and start living with the king! Search for the nearest authorized Huawei retail store near you by visiting Huawei Philippines' Consumer Support website here. You may also check out this list of Huawei stores and authorized retailers prepared by TechPinas.com:

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http://www.gethuawei.com/nexus6p
http://www.google.com.ph/nexus/6p/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla_Glass
http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Products/Nexus-6P
http://www.droid-life.com/2015/09/27/nexus-6p-specs/
http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-6p-camera-samples 
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