19 8 / 2014

Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

Captured in the 41-megapixel camera full-resolution and RAW format

Click through each one to see a description.

I’ll post a full review soon.

14 8 / 2014

You may have noticed that posts on my Tumblr have been getting sparse as of late and I am ashamed to admit that this video is to blame. As a birthday gift to myself, I got a Wii U! And I’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 non-stop to the detriment of my other activities :( Oh well, I’ve been having a blast! One of my favorite features is the built-in video sharing. If you did well in a race and you’d like to capture highlights and save them, you can edit and post them to YouTube in-game! That’s how I was able to post the video above on my channel. This is a video with clips of me winning my first cup in the game.

#LuigiKart8

12 8 / 2014

What is EMC?

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The EMC Corporation (stylized as  EMC²) is one of the major technology companies in the world. In fact, they placed at #128 in the 2014 edition of the Fortune 500, sandwiched between well-known companies such as Qualcomm and Time Warner, Inc. EMC is traditionally considered as the world’s largest provider of data storage systems, competing against companies such as NetApp, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Hitachi Data Systems. Having said that, you may be wondering why you haven’t heard of this company before. As with my previous company, Teradata, it is because EMC deals mostly with enterprise customers. So when I say data storage systems, I mean those that are of enterprise caliber – petabytes (1015bytes) or even sometimes exabytes (1018bytes) in size. To put that in perspective, a petabyte is equivalent to 1000 terabytes and an exabyte is equivalent to 1000 petabytes. This isn’t a tech company whose products feature in websites like Engadget very often.

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05 8 / 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (Spoiler Free) Movie Review

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As the first Marvel movie that featured obscure characters, especially when compared to the mega popular Avengers characters, there was a lot riding on the Guardians of the Galaxy's (acronym GotG) shoulders. Marvel and Disney were out to prove that the Marvel brand name is enough to pull in audiences and can stand on its own without relying on established characters. I was first exposed to the Guardians through their 2008 comic, so I was already familiar with these characters beforehand. I can only imagine how hard it would be for casual fans to accept such absurd characters in a mainstream Marvel movie. Either way, I’m so glad that the producers took such a huge risk as this is exactly the shot in the arm that the MCU needed to keep from producing movies that are so similar. It’s the most original Marvel movie yet.

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01 8 / 2014

What to Wear to Your Job Interview

Job interviews are some of the most nerve-wracking experiences everyone goes through. Every aspect of your being — from your knowledge and experience, to your personality, the way you carry yourself, even your appearance — is going to be judged and this experience makes even the most confident of people anxious. This is why I’m of the opinion that you really do have to prepare for your job interviews and cover all bases. Of course, the main things to really focus on are the content of your interview, but I think the other details matter as well, especially your appearance. Searching “what to wear to job interviews” on Google give this top result:

Even if you would or could wear jeans on the job, or the work environment is outdoors and a very non-suit environment, wearing a suit to the interview shows you take the interview seriously as a professional meeting. Dressing well is a compliment to the person(s) with whom you meet.

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30 7 / 2014

ASUS VX239H Monitor Review

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I was in the market for a small HDTV for console gaming but eventually settled for an HD IPS monitor instead. They were a little bit cheaper and performed just as well as HDTVs. After all, they do only have a single purpose, which is displaying visuals, so they should do that well, right? Just my luck, I saw this 23-inch ASUS monitor on sale and after researching it online, I decided to get it. Here is my review of the Asus VX239H as a gaming monitor.

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24 7 / 2014

Nike Flyknit One

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I wrote about some bargain sneaker finds in the past, but I just recently scored one of the biggest deals recently. The Nike Flyknit has been one of the most innovative designs in athletic footwear and since sportswear has been a big trend in menswear in the past few months, Nike Flyknit sneakers have also scored high in the fashion world. Flyknits are actually composed of yarns and fabric variations that are precisely engineered for a feather-weight, form-fitting and virtually seamless upper. This translates to an extremely comfortable and breathable running shoe that feels really nice to wear. Here’s a closeup of the individual knits.

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22 7 / 2014

Unboxing Nokia Lumia 1020

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Some of you may remember that I shared this status update in my Facebook a few days ago. I mentioned that Electroworld/Abenson Philippines is holding a major sale of their Nokia Lumia phones. I actually believe they were holding a fire sale as they really seemed like they were clearing inventory. The Nokias may have been huge flops after all. In any case, this was a great opportunity to try out the undisputed best camera smartphone. Electroworld was selling it for the really low price of Php 11000, down from the original SRP of Php 24990 — this is a huge discount, and a deal that I couldn’t really pass up. I’ll post a review soon, but for now, here is the unboxing.

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18 7 / 2014

Leaving Teradata

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It seems like it was just a while ago that I wrote one of these posts… Anyway, after today, July 18, 2014, I will no longer be an employee of the Teradata Corporation. I’ve learned many things and fulfilled a multitude of responsibilities during my stay, but the best experiences I had were with the people in this organization, and this is what I will really miss. Nice and helpful colleagues that are also very professional — these are the kinds of coworkers that make you look forward to going to work everyday. Goodbyes are sad, but I’ll always look back fondly on my time here.

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14 7 / 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Spoiler Free) Movie Review

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (acronym: DotPotA) is the second movie in the rebooted movie series about human civilization being wiped out and replaced by hyper intelligent apes. The first movie,  2011’s similarly lengthy titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes was actually a surprise hit, both critically and commercially. Planet of the Apes as a franchise doesn’t really seem to have much fans, so the only thing it depends on to succeed is if the actual movies are high quality. I’m glad to report that the second one exceeds the first one by a mile. Long story short: it’s the most exquisitely crafted high budget summer blockbuster this year so far, and I say this without hesitation. Read on to find out why I think it is a praiseworthy movie.

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10 7 / 2014

Red Light by f(x)

Even by kpop standards, girl group f(x) has always been releasing singles that are pretty off-kilter. Their new one, titled Red Light is no exception. In my opinion, this is their strongest single yet. Amidst heavy bass, strong synths and multiple tempo changes, the girls deliver confident lyrics about slowing down in a rapidly developing relationship. I’d describe the production style as controlled chaos. Borrowing elements from EDM, trap music and hiphop, this mishmash of genres totally work and their sweet voices serve as a nice contrast to the intentionally messy production.

As nice as the song is, the music video is even better — it’s one of the most stylish ones I’ve seen so far this year. Shots of sharp looking choreography on a distressed background with matching costuming interspersed with glamorous shots is a standard in pop music today, but there’s something really polished about the execution here. The direction and production values of this music video certainly rivals those in the international music scene whose budgets probably run deeper.

Red Light firmly establishes f(x) as Kpop’s top hipster queens.

08 7 / 2014

The Coolest Trends from the Men’s S/S 2015 Collections

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A couple of Fashion Weeks wrapped up in London, Milan and Paris recently and multiple big-name designers showcased their collections of what they hope to be popular items for next year’s Spring/Summer season. Here are some of my favorite trends from this year’s selections.

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03 7 / 2014

Super Smash Bros comes out this year for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and so I’ll be posting a series of posts for characters I wish would be included in the series!

Nintendo already revealed that the roster would be having some characters with alternate skins, such as the Animal Crossing Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer both having male and female forms. I thought this idea could extend to accomodate the most popular 3DS RPG from 2013, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Robin is the player avatar who is fully customizable from the gender, to the name, to the appearance, and character skills. I think having a customizable Robin would be really cool, and it would also improve the roster’s unbalanced gender ratio.

Super Smash Bros comes out this year for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and so I’ll be posting a series of posts for characters I wish would be included in the series!



Nintendo already revealed that the roster would be having some characters with alternate skins, such as the Animal Crossing Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer both having male and female forms. I thought this idea could extend to accomodate the most popular 3DS RPG from 2013, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Robin is the player avatar who is fully customizable from the gender, to the name, to the appearance, and character skills. I think having a customizable Robin would be really cool, and it would also improve the roster’s unbalanced gender ratio.

01 7 / 2014

Ace Attorney Investigations 2 for the Nintendo DS (Fan Translation)

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One of my most favorite video game series of all time is the Ace Attorney series. I first played these games on my Nintendo DS back in 2008 and I’ve fallen in love with it ever since. As one of the DS’s quirkiest titles, you guide Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney, through numerous cases and uncover the truth in heinous crimes using your investigative skills and logic. You get to investigate crime scenes for clues, talk to witnesses and more to get to the bottom of the crime. The ultimate goal is to ensure your client (the defendant) gets a Not Guilty verdict in court.

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27 6 / 2014

Club Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Promo

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If you have yet to get a Nintendo Wii U and are a big fan of Mario Kart (who isn’t?!) and other Nintendo games such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, now is the perfect time to consider getting Mario Kart 8. Club Nintendo is running a really awesome promo to get one of four free games for the Nintendo Wii U. Basically, all you need is to purchase and register Mario Kart 8 to Club Nintendo and then you’ll be given a free game of your choice from these four great picks:

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