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We all love gadgets, but they can be outrageously expensive. Yahoo! News’ Becky Worley shows off some surprisingly useful tech gear for under $25, approximately Php 1000+ only!

Bottle Cap Tripod $9.75

Don’t you just hate when your shaking hand makes your photos turn out all fuzzy? Or that the photographer never gets to be in the pictures? The Bottle Cap Tripod is the perfect fix. It’s a rubber cap that you screw into the tripod mount built into almost all cameras, then you push it onto the top of a full half-liter water bottle, and you’ve got a portable platform for picture-taking! It’s also tiny and easy to throw into a small camera bag.

iWatchz Q Collection Wrist Strap for iPod Nano $24.95

Ever wanted to wear your 6th-generation (square) iPod Nano as a wristwatch? Just slide it onto the iWatchz Wrist Strap, and it snaps into place using the iPod’s own clip. The iWatchz’ flexible silicone wristband comes in eight different colors, to match the iPod Nano’s shades. And it lets you get to your iPod’s control buttons, earphone jack and charging connector even while it’s plugged in. Can you say Dick Tracy watch? This is a great gift for any gadget-hound who already has a Nano.

Aerobie Aero Press $21.72

The Aero Press makes great espresso-strength coffee in under a minute! Just pour in hot water and coffee grounds, mix, then press it all through the filter you can vary the strength of your coffee by mixing or pressing it longer. It creates a vacuum seal to really pressure the water through the coffee, so it’s a much stronger taste than the traditional French press coffee. Cleanup is also really easy, since the grounds and the filter are compacted into a cookie-like wad, and the Press’ parts are all made of dishwasher-safe plastic. A pack of 350 replacement filters sells for just $5.

Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener $17

Opening a wine bottle is hard work, but the Oster electric wine opener makes it dead simple no twisting required. Place it onto the top of the wine bottle, press a button, and in 10 seconds the cork is extracted; absolutely no human effort required. The Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener can open 30 bottles on a single charge, and it has a rechargeable battery.

Car Power Inverter $19.99

This simple, plug-in adapter is one of the cheapest ways to turn your car’s cigarette lighter into an AC outlet, the same as you’d find in your house. And for a few dollars more you can get .

The PowerCup $26.91

It’s a little over $25, but the PowerCup Mobile Inverter has two AC outlets, plus a USB port for recharging gadgets that you’d normally plug into your computer. So you can charge your laptop, your phone, and your Bluetooth headset … all from your car’s cigarette lighter, using the same plugs you use in the wall outlets in your house. Plus, the PowerCup’s quirky design (it looks just like a white coffee cup) fits in a generously-sized cupholder. Just don’t accidentally try to take a sip from it.

WAGAN Tech Easy Quick Jumper $19.99

Staying with the car’s cigarette lighter, remember when jumping your car’s battery meant popping the hood and attaching those cables to it? With the Easy Quick Jumper, you don’t need to open the hood; you don’t even need to know what your car’s battery looks like. Just plug each end into the cigarette lighters in the car with the dead battery and the car belonging to the person who’s helping out, and wait 5 to 10 minutes. It’s especially handy for newer cars, that don’t have accessible battery connections.

Grill Daddy BBQ Brush Cleaner $14.98

As Seen On TV! It may be an infomercial product, but it does what it says on the label. Just heat your barbecue grill up and add water to the Grill Daddy, and it steam-cleans your grill with two sets of stainless steel bristles; a row of smaller, narrower bristles on top help the Grill Daddy reach hard-to-clean areas. You can even clean your grill before cooking on it, to get rid of black char marks on food.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Tote Bag

I’m looking for the perfect tote bag to carry around this summer, a bag that will allow me to put my 1 purse of make up, accessories, toiletries, documents and my Nikon D3100. Haha!

My choices are

1. Marks and Spencer Organic Cotton Twiggy Eco-Shopper

2.  Forever 21 Secret pocket tote bag

3. Marc Jacobs’

4. National geographic’s sturdy tote bag

5. Audrey Hepburn bag

I love them all. I want them all. Help!

Belle De Jour

When we visit La Salle last February for a seminar, one of JPMAP’s partner  is Belle De Jour, which is famous for their Pink Planners. Hehe. The gave away planners for extra bibbo students that will ask questions. Nobody is participating, my friends started their kalokohan and ask questions. When the planner was given, everybody was like, “Wow, ang ganda oh. Tanong din tayo.” Kids will always be kids.

Their mission is to craft tools that will help people live out their ultimate life. With Belle de Jour Power Planners, they envision products that empower Filipinos to try, to dare, to experience, to achieve, and to live. This has expanded to creating customized paper and planner products that influence the lifestyle of Filipinos.

Belle de Jour Power Planner is especially made for the Pinay fashionista achievers. The name Belle de Jour meaning “IT Girl” in French lingo, was coined by Darlyn Ty and her friend, Trisha Andres. This has been expanded to define “the modern-day renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, while doing everything in great style”.

I got one because my friends insist me to ask a question so we can all have the same planner. The planner was cute though but I prefer my Velvet Starbucks planner. :) I scanned the whole planner and men it is good! It’s just too pink and kikay for me. The articles, tips, and other stuff made it even better.

You can easily label your to-do-list in a day. And each week you will see inspiring quotations or sayings. Look at the upper right corner of the picture below.

A page of Project Planner is also provided.

Cash flow tracker to help you spend your cash wisely! :)

They also provide pages for you to write your own goals for the year 2011.

For me the best thing with this planner are the articles, tips/advises. I enjoyed reading them in just one seating and forgot that they should be good for one year. Haha

Health Checklist, I badly need this page.

Menstrual tracker is one of the best thing inside! Because I’m too lazy to mark my phone calendar and sometimes I forgot to prepare if i will have my monthly visit. Ugh

When April hits, summer it is! Oh I just love vacation :) And having Vacation planner is a good way to start it off.

Habit tracker?  Haha

Love quotes, inspirational quotes are all over the planner!

And for people who just love discounts and sale like me. The coupon page is just for us!

I love the Ace water Spa coupons! I think I used up all the CoffeeBean coupon. Hehe

The coupons are from store that I know you would love too! They also have coupon for about 6 famous online stores. Which i will be using sooner or later. :)

Photo credits to Flaircandy.com because my planner has already notes all over it because it’s my official planner and I don’t want to put it here. I’m too shy. Hehe. The planner will cost you around Php 500++. I’m not really sure because it was a reward! I wanted to have one next year but I lost the page where my pin is located so I can activate my membership, too bad. :(

You can check National Book Store and other Bookstores if you wanted to do a post planner. It’s still April, you still have 8 months to fill it up with good thoughts, plans, and experiences! For those people who are too lazy to go to a store, check their website Belle De Jour to order online, it’s free delivery by the way.

New!

I just got my new accessories from Anagon, and i so adore them! :)

Brown retro glasses

Black retro glasses

Here’s who and how to wear them

Lady Gaga

Round sunglasses are become a fashion things now. Still some people called those glasses as Tea-Shade or John Lennon sunglasses. This kind of sunglasses are originated formed with two circular lenses in a wire frames. But now, they can be made in plastic frames with colors. And some of those round sunglasses today are no longer pretend to standard round shape as it in the past. They have changed slightly.

Round frame glasses were first known as “Teashades”. The first time those sunglasses popular can be date back to 1960s. They were be used by many of rockers in that era. But now, lot of prominent members and celebrities like to wear it. For example, you can see the “Gossip Girl” Taylor Momsen frequently wearing classic style round sunglasses.

Combined with some modern elements, round sunglasses today can be varied in different styles and colors. And more lenses types are used to make it such as polarized lenses. This offers more choices for us customers.However, there are lot of stores carry round sunglasses, but they are usually at high price in local store. So many people turn eyes on online stores. We can not deny that online round sunglasses are cheaper than it in local stores. That’s why so many people are into online shopping.

Now that there is a growing fascination with the retro looks and feel, it is common that this new style will seep into the designs of prescription glasses as well. The Retro style has become a fashion statement in recent times, and various graphic arts, movie styles and music are now influenced by the retro aesthetic. The manufacturers of regular prescription glasses, as well the designer brands have now launched their collection of prescription glasses reflecting a distinct retro effect.
Generally, retro glasses have certain shapes and designs which are more favoured to a square, rectangular, heart or diamond shaped face. The round frames have a known effect of making the strict angle of a face appearing much softer. The sharper chin, which is present in the diamond or heart shape faces, is made inconspicuous by the round shaped frames.
Most vintage eyeglass has a round, oval or cat eye shape. This is exactly why you should have a clear understanding of your face type. The six different face structures round, oval, oblong, diamond, square and rectangle have their own sets of attributes and drawbacks. There are different styles of prescription glasses which increase the best features and you should accordingly select the pair of glasses.
A round face can still enjoy the retro look, but with certain changes made to your hair style. The bang style have a reputation of giving an angular edge to your full round face. If you have a short hair, covering half or full of your forehead and do a messy style on your hair will look great with retro glasses. Ladies can apply make-up to enhance the cheekbone as well.
After you have settled on the frame style which you think is appropriate for you, you can check the online stores with their collection of cheap glasses. These online stores have a huge catalogue of prescription glasses with retro styles, and they exhibit a wide range of colour options as well. All you have to do is to select the frame and submit your prescription and the retro pair of cheap glasses can be all yours. If you are looking for option in the vintage sunglasses then Ray ban is undoubtedly the one to go for with their hugely popular aviator series. Irrespective of the style you like, you will find a pair of cheap glasses with a retro style that will add a stylish fashion edge to your looks.

Now go check Anagon and get the cheapest Retro glasses!

Btw, I also bought a wooden cross ring

Aren’t they so cute?! Hmm, i’m a sucker of anything cute.

Ana also gave me this letter ‘J’ keyboard ring as a freebie.

Thank you Anagon :) Till next time!

Nikon D3100

Saturday, my papa woke up me around 11 am, said we’ll go to Hidalgo. I was shock, because it only means one thing. He will finally buy me a cam in replacement of my Olympus cam. It’s so confusing on which camera to buy, Nikon or Canon.

Of course, I jump all over the stores to canvass. My papa just sat on a Canon reseller store. Such lazy! First stop is Henry’s, they offer the newest offering of Canon which just came out last week, Canon 1100D, 12MP with HD Recording.

If my memory serves me right it’s about P 28, 000. But i opted to ask other models, 550D, 500D and 1000D because it’s also on the budget. :) Then i got into Watson Photography, they offer Nikon D3100 for about P 27, 500 with 4G SD card. I think that is reasonable. they offer Canon 1100D for 28, 000.

I skipped from store to store, I forgot the names. The only store that offers the cheapest Canon 1100d for 26,000 is on the right side if you came from SM Manila, it has 3 year Canon warranty and 4G SD card. Almost on the end of the street, the stores there offer lomo cameras and 2nd hand Dslr’s. I even caught a guy selling his Nikon D5000 for 17, 000! What a steal! I just did not find time to ask the reason for selling.

After almost an hour of deliberating with my thoughts, i decided to go back to Henry’s. Men, they were crowded! I can’t tell how many, but the store is not that big enough, good thing I’m a little girl that fits everywhere. Haha

Oh at first I want to go back at avenue but then decided to go back! Haha. Finally made up my mind and wanted to get the Nikon D3100. I bought the kit, then decided to get lens soon.

14MP and it has HD recording too. And it took quality photos! It’s not like the price-y DSLRs, but it’s better for me :) I bought it for P 27, 000 with 8G SD card and a bag! :) The other freebie option was a tripod. But i thought I don’t need it for now.

The prices I posted here was  the price last April, 2, 2011. At Henry’s they change price whenever the supplier called in. The minute I bought mine, the owner shouted the Nikon D3100 is now up for 27, 500 that quick! Now i’ll be posting some of my quirky photos at tumblr! :) Because here in WP, it’s a personal blog and I don’t want to turn this in some kind of a photodump. So please follow me, click here!

Now, i’m thinking what lenses to buy.

First option is AF-Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D

 

It is among Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever, and it took images with a highly blurred background. Ideal for scenery or full-length portraits. But I don’t know the price yet.

2nd option is getting a AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G

Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity. I need Madam Auring to choose one! Haha

Sunday.

I am so stressed this Sunday because I just came from a boring Saturday shift at work. I slept about 10:00 am and woke up around 3:00 pm. Then I decided to go to Market, Market! I bought some accessories and shorts. That’s it.

I dropped by at Muji, Bonifacio High Street to check some items, random items that I might wanna buy.

Yung pababa na lng ako ang pinost ko para maiba naman.

These cute colorful things caught my attention. I don’t know what are these and didn’t bother to check what is it. So I think they are not that much cute. Gulo

I was supposed to capture the chair to show it to my mom, then it got blurred. Haha

Some skin care that I’m not interested with. Haha

I want to buy these for my mom but I’ll show it to her first. Arte kasi! She really loves kitchenware :)

Then suddenly I saw these storages which remind me of something.

I remember that my drawer at home needs a general cleaning, because the things inside the drawer is a total mess. That leads me to another entry!

Camcorders

Not long time ago, bulky camcorders we’re a flick on market. These are very huge and cannot just simply put into your purse just like what we did with digital cameras now. But still lot of people enjoyed having them, especially if you’re really a video person, if that’s what you call it. My papa gave me years ago a Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder as a gift,

Digital Zoom – 990.0 x
Digital Video – Format MPEG EX
Max Shutter Speed – 0.00025 sec
Type – Zoom lens – 2.5 mm – 50.0 mm – F/1.6-2.4
Focal Length – 2.5 mm – 50.0
Lens Aperture – F/1.6-2.4
Optical Zoom – 20.0 x
Viewfinder Resolution – 90000.0 pixels
Display Format – 123000.0 pixels
Weight – 1.8 lbs
Source: CNET.com

Here are some of the random specs i got from the cnet.com, i don’t know if that would help! Haha

I admit it’s huge for a girl like me but i love how it record videos plus the fact that I have an option whether to use a digital8 tape or a memory stick.

I think it’s great. Because if i just wanted to record a full event i could use up the whole digital8 tape, and if I wanted to record just random things in my life i would use the memory stick. It really depends on you!

But due to typhoon Ondoy last 2009, my first camcorder swam into flood. I cried because of that! I can’t get it to Sony Service Center because it’s out of warranty and it would probably cost me a lot than buying a new one! It took me a long time to move on.

Months after, my papa gave me my first digital camera naman. Yey!

Which I really love because of the lovely photos it captures and medium quality videos. Plus the other specifications of it

Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.5” CCD (1.0cm)
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 6.2 – 31mm (37 – 185mm equivalent in 35mm photography, 9 Lenses in 7 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 20x)
Maximum Aperture F3.2 – F4.8
Display 2.5” (6.4cm) LCD, approx. 154,000 dots 2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: Wide: 15.8″ – infinity (0.4m – infinity) Tele: 27.6″ – infinity (0.7m – infinity) Macro mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity) Super Macro mode: 2.0″ – infinity (5cm – infinity)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Face Detection AF
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 640 (equivalent)
Shooting Modes 17 Shooting Modes; Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Preset (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 4. SPORT, 5. INDOOR, 6. CANDLE, 7. SELF-PORTRAIT, 8. SUNSET, 9. FIREWORKS, 10. BEHIND GLASS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. AUCTION), Movie
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™

Source: Olympus America

After a year now I think it finally gave up on me because of over usage. Haha. Slow focus, battery life not enough, & sometimes blurred.

So now I’m thinking to acquire a camcorder again! :) And I know there’s a lot, after the bulky camcorder there’s the left and right release of smaller versions of camcorder to make your life easier.

Of course the ever famous, Flip Mino Hd.

They just don’t catch my attention though. I’m fiddling with Kodak Zi6 / Zi8 which I know for a fact they are old models. But I found them suited with my likes!

Click here for their specs Kodak

I also like HP’s camcorder V5020u

Click here.

Somebody, help me decide please :D They are all stylish and the specs, for me, is awesome too. I’m so tired to read reviews because I know for a fact that they are 99% all lies, joke! Haha. They are a bit help if you wanted to seek advice on buying things, I’m just bored reading them. Anyway, in time i’ll blog what will I buy! :D