Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Things to Look Forward to in Singapore this 2015

Many healthcare professionals go to Singapore to work, train or enjoy their vacation. It's amazing that Singapore never runs out of attractions. And you thought you have seen it all there. But Singapore is not just Night Safaris or Universal Studios. Here are some new spectacular adventures you can experience there:


  1. The Great Egg-Venture at Sentosa HarbourFront
    • This Easter, hunt for 100 giant eggs through the nooks and crannies of Sentosa HarbourFront to win egg-citing prizes.
  2. 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
    • Witness the world's only street night race in a backdrop of heritage sites, modern architecture and breathtaking skyline combining a nice mix of sounds, festivities and sights, Coming this September 18 to 20. For entertainment, how about a line-up of Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 at the Padang Stage; and Spandau Ballet at the Village Stage.
  3. TrickEye Museum
    • Be amazed at 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings which appear to pop out of the surface and come to life. Step inside the paintings and take pictures to post in Facebook and Instagram then witness the optical illusions do the trick.
  4. Madame Tussauds Singapore
    • Pose with your favorite celebrities "in the flesh". Well, not really in person but in a realistix wax version of themselves. Meet Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Bradd Pitt, Johnny Depp and most recently, the iconic Singapore Girl. Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at Imbish Lookout on Sentosa sitting alongside images of Singapore LIVE which introduces an entirely new element with live actors telling Singapore's history.
  5. Alive Museum
    • It is one of the new entertainment destinations suitable for all ages modernizing the concept of art into fun and entertainment. More than 80 artwork exhibits are brought alive with 3D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions and visitors will be able to be part of the masterpiece. At this museum, visitors may get up close and see interactive pieces on exhibit.
  6. Gardens by the Bay's Tulipmania
    • Tulipmania is a highly anticipated  display and it returns at the Gardens by the Bay from March 20 to May 10 - this time in the midst of a colorful setting of magical fairy tales, an even wider selection of tulips in a myriad of hues and forms. 
These are just some. New hotels, restaurants and many more attractions are sprouting in Singapore so those who have gone to Singapore last year can still come back to Singapore to try something new.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cebu City Marriott Hotel supports celebration of CBSi's 7th year

Happy #CBSi7 anniversary my beloved Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSi)!

The evening after the Day of Hearts, CBSi, (as the number 7 suggests) is lucky to have Cebu City Marriott Hotel as the venue for their 7th year celebration, a fitting venue for such an accomplishment. 7 years says a lot about CBSi, the original and premier blogging organization originating in Cebu with a current roster of bloggers who are among the most respected in social media and their respective blogging niches in the country from its humble beginnings within a Yahoo group. The longevity is a testament to CBSi's professionalism and good reputation which allows it and its members to be continually tapped by the community of food makers, tourism, businessmen and social advocates for its various campaigns and causes. For example, CBSi is among the first partners for the 1st Healthcare Social Media Summit in the Philippines.

CBSi remains committed to help especially in the promotion of Cebu to the world as well as other advocacies without expecting anything in return. And of course CBSi keeps the fire burning in blogging not for monetary gain but for genuinely sharing information that will benefit their respective readers during their next travel destination, next book, next food trip, etc.

Like the Marriott Hotel, it continues to stand tall as a symbol of Cebuano pride in this part of the globe.

Monday, July 7, 2014

10 Things to Love about the Smartphone LG G3 now available in Cebu

I was fortunate to see for myself the latest smartphone from LG, the LG G3 and I fell in love with it already. here are 10 reasons why.

  1. Very high quality display - With the stunning Quad HD supporting 538 ppi, the LG G3 delivers ultra sharp images in your phone. A good combination with the 5.5 inch screen it possesses.
  2. Laser Auto Focus - Never miss a moment with its quick focus adjustment. With the laser auto focus, blurring and shaking effects are reduced and the 13 MP pics really appear perfect.
  3. Touch and Shoot - Oftentimes, when you want to capture a moment in the smartphone camera, you want to touch the target area for a quick shot instead of the camera icon. This is possible with LG G3 as you simply get a focus and the shot with just one touch of the screen.
  4. Evolved Front camera - It only takes a simple hand gesture to signal the smartphone camera with the help of the image sensor to take a selfie image. Selfies made easy, cleaner and sharper!
  5. Smart Keyboard - Big hands? No problem. You can adjust the size of the keyboard to personalize your texting and typing experience. This plus word completion feature makes for reduced typing mistakes.
  6. Smart Notice - LG G3 makes call reminders for calls you missed or makes suggestions on apps to erase after a time of inactivity and many more.
  7. Wireless charging - How cool is that? LG G3 by the way has 3,000 mAh removable batteries. thus you can opt to have a spare battery on standby.
  8. Knock Code - One can create a pattern or combination to unlock or wake your phone adding to the level of security in a fun way.
  9. 1-Watt Speaker with Boost Amp - no need for additional speakers when playing music.
  10. Quick Circle - This Circle Window displays the 6 most often used apps by you making it easier to access them while your phone is protected by its own case.
Other specs:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 2g/3g?LTE (4G)
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, HDMI SlimPort, NFC, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Memory: 3 GB AM/32 GB Internal Memory or 2 GB RAM/16 GB Internal memory; External Micro SD up to 128 GB
  • Ultra HD video recording, 3840 x 2160
I was told the LG G3 is available already in Cebu cellphone stores especially those in SM. I think it costs around the 30,000 peso plus range.

For more info visit the LG G3 website and LG G3 Youtube channel.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge: Empowering the patient to manage their diabetes with the help of technology

Diabetes is no joke. It is said to be a growing health problem in the country and also a growing worldwide epidemic. As of 2011 DOH figures, it is the 8th leading cause of mortality in the Philippines. Along with high blood pressure, it is a leading cause of kidney failure and hemodialysis. (You wouldn't want to have kidney failure.) With diabetes, you may also have other complications like heart diseases, stroke, eye complications, nerve damage, skin complications, hypertension and even erectile dysfunction common among diabetic men. Preventive measures you have to do especially if you are obese and have a family history of diabetes include the following:

  • Take plenty of fiber from veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and whole grains.
  • Increased physical activity or exercise, watch your weight and lose extra pounds.
Now if you happen to have diabetes already, follow your doctor's advice, take your medications and do your end of the bargain especially regards with your lifestyle.

It is nice to know that with the help of technology, patients are now empowered to take control of the management of their diabetes. Such is the case with the Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge from Abbott.

The Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge is a 12-week program specifically made for diabetics to learn simple techniques to help them manage their diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. This is done with the help of a set of online tools found in the website http://www.glucerna123challenge,com.ph and the corresponding mobile app which is available for Iphone and Android smartphones. The online tools provide tracking tools to monitor blood sugar levels as well as progress reports, easy meal plans and recipes, daily exercise plans and step-by-step instructional videos and guidance as to how to incorporate Glucerna  into the healthy diet.

By the way, Glucerna is a specialized nutrition product for diabetes patients to slow their progression as well as prediabetics to help delay or prevent the onset of diabetes for use in conjunction with overall diabetes management plan. The latest formulation of Glucerna is the Triple Care Specialized Nutrition with benefits which coincides with the 1-2-3 challenge of:
  • managing blood sugar or glucose levels
  • support heart health
  • manage well your weight

Glucerna triple care
Glucerna chocolate flavor (The other is vanilla)

According to Abbott, Glucerna  provides

  • an advanced, slowly-digested, low glycemic index carbohydrate system to avoid sudden peaks of sugar levels and manage blood sugar response.
  • a unique heart-friendly lipid blend rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and omega-3 fatty acids to help support heart health
  • key ingredients to help reduce waistline as well as weight
  • 225 calories per serving
  • 32 vitamins and minerals
In other words, Glucerna's advantage is you know exactly what you are taking in, very vital for patients monitoring calories and blood sugar levels.


I say let us take advantage of this technology and take control of our health. So, you want to respond to the Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gionee Elife E7: A Smartphone that takes DSLR -Quality Photos

Let me introduce you to Gionee Elife E7. You might ask, what's Gionee? First time to hear of Gionee? Well, with the rise of this smartphone brand especially with the introduction of its flagship Elife E7 unit, I am sure you will get to hear of Gionee more.

Before I talk about Gionee Elife E7, let me show you two food pics and a selfie.


Notice the clarity of the pictures. Even if you zoom on them, you will still see the details.

Even with the front camera, this selfie photo is very clear
All of the 3 preceding pictures with DSLR quality were taken using the Gionee Elife E7 camera (including front camera). The Elife E7's camera is perfect for physicians who often have photography as a hobby. Doctors can also take clear pictures of powerpoint slides during conventions with its PPT memo mode feature in it's built-in Charmcam camera app. In the PPT Memo mode, the smartphone automatically cuts, adjusts angles, sharpen images and turn a series of photos of Powerpoint slides into one PDF file for easy viewing and sharing.

Auto Beauty and Makeup Effect
Bluetooth capability (orange-colored Elife E7)
Elife E7 plays very clear video with dts system.

The camera app itself has professional and normal digital camera features like Auto mode, Panorama mode, sports mode, HDR, self-timer among others, Perhaps, pictures of slides focused on a microscope will be clear using this phone making it a nice companion for medical students too. Of course, bloggers would love this smartphone unit especially food and travel bloggers.

So what makes the pictures high quality? The front camera is an 8.0MP F2.2 Aperture cam and the rear camera is 16.0MP F2.2 Aperture. With this smartphone, no need to bring bulky cameras. Truly #madeforshooting to #enjoylife .

Here are the Elife E7s other pertinent specifications:
  • Dimensions: 150.6mm X 75mm X 9.7mm
  • It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800  Quad Core processor clocking at up to 2.5 GHz with 2GB/3GB LPDDR3 memory.
  • The display is a durable scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5.5 inches Full HD LTPS screen with resolution up to 1920 x 1080 and viewing angle up to 178 degrees.
  • Type: Ultra-sensitive capacitive
  • Operating system is Android 4.2 with Amigo 2.0 interface
  • Memory is 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM
  • Battery is 2500 mAh
  • Data Service: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+ (and I'm not sure about the LTE)
  • With Wireless FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, 5G Wi-F
  • Ports: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Micro USB 2.0, support OTG
  • Comes with Charger, cable, protective case, protective film, 3 NFC tags, OTG Cable, earphones
  • Comes in 7 colors including yellow, green, orange, white and black (which I saw myself)
The price of the Elife E7 is around PHP 24,500. This unit will be available in Cebu smartphone stores.

Other line up of Gionee phones:

With these quality of phones, I am sure Gionee will become a major player in the local smartphone scene.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lenovo opens newest mobile exclusive store and launches Vibe X in Cebu


Lenovo is a brand you may have known because of their laptops/PCs. You may have used a Lenovo laptop or PC as a medical student or even as a doctor. But now Lenovo is also very much into the smartphone and tablets picture becoming one of the smartphone/tablets brands to watch.

According to Lenovo Philippines Country general Manager Michael Ngan, "Lenovo is proud that we have become the clear global leader in PCs. And even as we have strengthened our PC leadership position, we have also embraced a major shift in the marketplace. Lenovo is leading the way in the PC+ era. Not only are we number 1 in PCs, but now we are number 2 in the PC + tablet category and number 3 in Smart Connected Devices (PCs, tablets and smartphones) globally. We intend to build on our PC+ strategy and to sustain our growth momentum in the smart connected devices segment by strengthening our retail presence for mobile with the opening of more Lenovo Exclusive Mobile Stores across the archipelago."

And open a new Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store (LMES) they did, this time in Cebu at the Level 3 of the new wing of the Ayala Center in Cebu City. This latest LMES in Cebu is the second shop outside Manila and is owned/managed by Easyline Communication Trading Corp.

The Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store in Ayala Center Cebu offers smartphone products like the Lenovo A series, tablets (including the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and 10), accessories and the premium smartphone Lenovo Vibe X which they also launched in Cebu on the same occasion. When buying products on the new LMES in Ayala Center Cebu, avail of discounts given from January 15 to February 14.


The Lenovo Vibe X

Selfie using the Lenovo Vibe X (notice no crowding of photo subjects in teh selfie)

Lenovo Vibe X is ideal for selfies

Botice the thinness of the Vibe X

Speaking of the Vibe X, The Lenovo Vibe X (refer to photos above) is remarkably thin (6.9 mm frame) and very light. (0.26 lbs or 121 grams). It comes with a premium polycarboante white or silver body and a laser-engraved 3D tactile finish. It also has a five-inch 20/20 Vision display with  1920x1080 full HD resolution sitting under a scratch-resistant Coming Gorilla Glass 3 screen beveled at the edges. Then there's the IPS panel for wide-viewing angles and ultra-sharp 440 pixels per inch.

Vibe X is built with 2 advanced cameras -- the front camera with a resolution capacity of 5 megapixels and wide angle 84 degree lens; and the 13 MP auto-focus rear camera which comes with a LED flash and back-illuminated sensor for sharper image capture. Guess what? You don't ahve to look for a photo editor since Vibe X is already equipped with it.

Lenovo Vibe X is running with an Android 4.2 Jelly bean operating system on a Quad Core MTK 6589T 1.5GHz processor for optimum performance. Battery? Vibe X has a 2000 mAh Lithium polymer battery. Memory? It has 2GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of internal storage, plenty of room for apps, music tracks downloads and photos.

Vibe X comes preloaded with customized applications for sharing of videos, photos and documents, malicious software protection and data restoration. The Vibe X I saw had already an Anti-Theft feature with it.

The Lenovo Vibe X smartphone is available already in our country (Philippines) at Php 19,999.00. Please buy me one, OK?