Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Live with the King

As far as I could remember, the most expensive gadget I have ever purchased from my personal pocket, was my first and only Android phone. I could never forget that time when I had eagerly saved up just to purchase it, back when Gingerbread was still hot on the oven. With the continuous advancement of Android OS and apps, my phone just can't catch up. Although it's still in a good shape, with my work and busy schedule, I now need a new phone that would just meet up to my needs. For months now, I have been doing research here and there, and really contemplating on which phone to buy. With the very competitive market today, truly I have become hesitant and would just like to stick to my good ol' smartphone.

I have used my phone for a lot of things already: call, text, organize, hotspot, you name it. And with sentimental value to add, I thought I could just wait until it breaks (that way I'd be forced to let it go and buy a new one). Indeed for a phone of four years, that is really hard to let go.

So how would a person like me be interested, more like be captivated, to invest again in a smartphone? What it takes is just 5 important things - camera, graphics/display, memory, processor and design/hardware. As an IT graduate and a very OC person, picking the best gadget must be chosen wisely. So far, Huawei's Nexus 6P has caught my eye and full attention. Here's why:

Powerful Camera. Nexus 6P has 12.3MP rear camera (1.55µm) plus 8MP front camera (1.4µm), which is even better than the Apple 6s 12MP with (1.22µm). The higher the microns the more light each pixel can collect. Which means not only will it capture great photos with well-lighted environment but performs also a lot better in lesser light. It’s simply because the pixels are larger and can capture more light.

Stunning Screen Clarity. 5.7 inches WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi with 16:9 aspect ratio. As the name Wide Quad HD, it has four times as many pixels as your regular HD. That's simply better movies and videos.

Faster-than-ever Performance. Multi-tasking? No problem. Truly you can do more with 3GB memory. Because the more RAM you have, the more Apps you can run simultaneously. But of course this must be paired with a powerful processor for that ultimate performance.

Next-level user experience. With the latest version of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1, Nexus has the ultimate in performance and power efficiency. The 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit and Adreno 430 GPU makes it faster for your phone to work like you’re asking it to do. Multiple cores just simply means fast and snappy experience. Apps load quickly, photos and videos capture at high-quality, and then browse through your gallery smoothly. Thus, the more cores the better the performance!

Iconic hardware design. Last but not the least, an exquisite frame for an exquisite king. Nexus 6P has a full metal unibody with curved metal shell crafted from aeronautical-grade anodized aluminium. What's more dramatic? Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 protects your device, the toughest cover glass yet – reducing that sick feeling when you accidentally drop your phone.

So, there goes my critic. If you still want more of its awesome features just go and visit  their website here. The King of Android makes it possible. Elegantly designed with the best of Google in the palm of your hand! Love it? Well, goodbye ol' phone, I'm definitely investing on this one! ;-)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chicken Cajun with Lemon and Pepper

Growing up, I wasn’t one to be in the kitchen preparing food but one who’s always first in the dining table. Cooking was just not my thing. Eating on the other hand surely was and still is. There was no room for trying to learn how to cook because we were all relying on dad, the master cook in the house. But then again, there’s always the start of everything. One way to push me to do something dramatic is when I find myself inspired and challenged at the same time. I remember when mom and I went out to eat, she took me out on a date to this new restaurant. We ordered this dish and it was so sumptuous and flavorful. The mix of everything was just perfect! I guess you could say it was the 'dramatic' moment. (haha!) I never even thought I'd actually give cooking a try and also love mustard at the same time... until then. So because of this one dish, I had to learn how to cook! And there goes the start of me in the kitchen and to the rest of the many cooking experiments.

Of course it wasn’t all that perfect at first. But a few ingredients here and there and with a little help from my family as taste testers, et viola! Perfection has come! Now I can cook it for everyone, especially my mom, my number one customer and my favorite food critic. And I am as well pleased and excited to share this recipe to you.


1 Magnolia Fresh Whole Chicken

1 tbsp lemon and pepper powder
1 tbsp cajun powder
1 clove minced garlic
1 stalk onion leeks
1 egg
200g breading mix
200g bread crumbs

Let's get cookin'!


Tadaah! Don’t forget to drop your comments and suggestions and let me know how your own home cooked Chicken Cajun with Lemon and Pepper went. Don't forget to buy only Magnolia Fresh Chicken (because that’s the only chicken I know and have ever used. Like ever!) because of it's premium and fresh quality and as it is one of the main brands of San Miguel Pure Foods Inc., the country’s leading producer and marketer of branded poultry products. And what I love most of all is that you get the same quality of fresh chicken over and over. So how cool is that? Truly true to the name Fresh Chicken. It’s masarap, masustansya at kayang-kaya!

I hope you were also inspired to experiment and cook more dishes at your own home. Not only is home cooking a healthier choice and help you save your budget but most importantly, you get to spend good quality time with your family also.

Happy cooking everyone! ;-)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Investing for the Future

As I have previously been writing and telling people, my perspective in life has changed a great deal and my priorities have shifted the moment I got blessed with my little girl.  The things that mattered before turned out to be mediocre in my current state of mind, and hence placed at the bottom of my list (e.g. clothes and shoes).  There are also some things which were previously not on the list but turned out to be very important, and so they end up on top (e.g. investment).

 As our little K is is growing up, Jheck and I realized that we need to already look ahead and start investing for K's (and our other future children's) future.  And so a few months ago, I bumped into this blog that talks about stock market investing and was able to get my hands on a copy of Bo Sanchez's book entitled "My Maid Invests in the Stock Market and Why You Should, too."  That book was a total eye opener.  I'm now on the thesis stage of my MBA but I realized that I have zero knowledge about how the stock market works. The topic was not even mentioned in even a single one of my management classes in college.  Such a shame, I know.  I remember one of my classmates asking the same question during one of my MBA classes, but it was clear our prof was struggling to give us a decent answer, and so we just let the issue die down after one follow-up question so as to spare him from further humiliation.  So anyway, back to the book.  I got so inspired with how Bro. Bo's househelps (who do no even hold degrees) are investing in the stock market and how they are earning from it.  I then started researching on the topic, and reading blogs and ebooks until Jheck and I finally decided to give it a try.

I never looked back ever since.  We started with only a little amount and keep adding a fixed amount every month.  We are in for the long term and so when the stocks went down last month, we held on to the reassurances of Bro. Bo and the financial advisers of the Truly Rich Club.  This month I have seen the stocks soar and my portfolio going green and I could not be any happier.  Starting to invest this early is a good thing, we were told, that is why I try to influence other people my age to start looking at money differently and spend and save their hard-earned money smartly.  Of course, it's no surprise that a lot of people do not see things the way I see it.  It's not for everyone after all; but I hope one day these people finally get their Aha! moment. Before it's too late for them, that is.

I decided to start advocating about stock market investing and personal finance management and writing about it along with the my other interests on this blog.  However, at the moment I am concentrating on finishing my thesis, so this will probably have to wait for a while.  Moreover, I am also still struggling to fight off my old unhealthy spending habits.  I have sod off the regular unnecessary shopping, thankfully; but my unnecessary eating out I seem to be having problems.  My hormones and regular cravings are to blame. I am fighting. Really. Hard.  More updates on this real soon. Meanwhile, please wish me luck on this fight as well as on the successful completion of my thesis.


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