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#Throwback Column: Titillating scandals of text

This piece originally appeared in March 2006 for MPH Magazine.

Column: The Prodigal Screen Protector and Other Bedtime Stories
Title: Titillating scandals of text
Subhead: There are those rare moments when the demo unit reveals all

There’s a reason why I love reviewing phones for m|ph. In the beginning I ‘d choose to review phones for the pure sake of gadget bliss. Lately however, I’ve wanted to get the last dib on mobile phones, from the long line of people from the press and the rest of the local tech community. You heard that right. I like being the last person to review a press unit. But why, pray tell am I so excited to get the tail end of this month’s tech?

Spiffy’s Grove Cider Bar in El Grande, BF Homes

Aguirre Ave in BF Homes has garnered a reputation for being a food haven. Though not quite in Aquirre Avenue, El Grande, which runs perpendicular to BF Homes’ main road brings a similar charm of food real estate. For instance, Fat Butchick’s and Spin Cafe are some of the must-try places for any southern (or norther!) foodie. But this piece isn’t about these two. Today we’re here to talk about Spiffy’s Grove, BF Homes’ first cider bar.

Luis, I’m listening!

This piece originally appeared in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on May 1 2016.

A short tribute to Luis Katigbak from his technology tech support

My relationship with Luis was one that was kept mostly at arms length. That is, an arm away from the computer screen. My time with Luis was professional at most, dappled with the brevity that would make me want to record all our conversations about the publishing industry, about writing, and about being a starving writer with a need to satiate gadget lust. I read his byline in the early 2000’s, as we were both contributing to a magazine known as The Reviewer which was then acquired by the Inquirer Group. We met again in 2006 – he, launching BURN Magazine with Kristine Fonacier and Zach Lucero, and me right across the room working on Mobile Philippines. By default as the guy who handled the magazine’s blog and reviewed gadgets for a living, I’d be (one of) his go-to tech support and technology consultant.

Tokyo: Observations

A trip to Tokyo isn’t complete without diving into the Otaku culture. In my previous post, I mentioned that I didn’t have a lot of time to move around Tokyo during the day as I was busy with work-related endeavors, so it was only during the weekend where I really felt compelled to take the train two stops from Shimbashi Station down over to Akihabara. And all I have to say is that … OMG. JAPAN. SUCH CULTURE!

Specialty Coffee in Ginza: Cafe De L’ambre

Wow it’s been ages since I wrote about my sojourns. Today it’s Tokyo. As a lover of all things specialty coffee, it comes as a surprise to me that in my latest trip abroad, coffee was last in my priorities. One week in Japan (spent for work) allowed me for relative freedom to explore Tokyo after attending various seminars, tours and workshops. Call it the initial shock therapy of a new country (it was my first trip to Japan) as the reason for not being able to focus on caffeine.

3 Tips if You Want to Start Backpacking

When you decide you want to start a new adventure and travel new countries with your backpack, going out of you comfort zone, seeing new places, trying exotic food, and meeting local people is going to be on the agenda. If you have a budget, backpacking is the best option for traveling. If you like the idea of taking a trip and saving some money, here are three tips to help you enjoy the journey.

Basic Steps Needed Fоr Obtaining a Cosmetic Loan Fоr Surgery in Philadelphia

At оnе time, cash wаѕ thе оnlу wау tо pay fоr cosmetic surgery, but аlоng thе wау mаnу оthеr methods оf payment hаvе соmе about. Onе оf thоѕе methods iѕ financing. However, cosmetic surgeons perform mоrе procedures thаn juѕt nose jobs аnd chin lifts. Sоmеtimеѕ, thеrе iѕ a medically viable rеаѕоn аѕ tо whу ѕоmеоnе nееdѕ cosmetic surgery. Thiѕ саn bе dental work, procedures tо remove scarring, оr thе nееd tо remove аn abnormality frоm thе face. Whаtеvеr thе reason, thеrе аrе companies offering loans fоr thоѕе wishing tо hаvе ѕоmе sort оf cosmetic surgery.

Whаt iѕ needed?

Bе ѕurе tо hаvе all the information you will need: whаt уоur total income is, whаt уоur expenses are, if уоu оwn оr rеnt уоur home, аnd whаt уоur credit rating is. Unfortunately, if уоu hаvе nо credit оr bad credit, qualifying fоr a cosmetic surgery loan might nоt happen. Mоѕt people nееd tо hаvе a credit score thаt iѕ bеttеr thаn 700 in order tо qualify аnd thеn thеrе аrе оthеr factors thаt саn hurt уоur chances оf acquiring thе loan.

Whеrе tо apply

Thеrе аrе mаnу financial institutions thаt offer financing fоr Philadelphia botox surgery. With cosmetic surgery bеing ѕо popular, mаnу оf thе lenders hаvе cashed in оn thе advantages bу offering financing, whiсh means thаt cosmetic surgery iѕ nо longer fоr thе rich аnd thе famous. Yоur friend dоwn thе street whо makes $45,000 a year аnd hаѕ аn excellent credit rating саn hаvе thаt bump оn hеr nose fixed оr gеt thе breast implants ѕhе’s аlwауѕ wanted. If уоu’vе еvеr looked аt ѕоmеоnе аnd asked, “How did thеу afford that?” Chances аrе it wаѕ bесаuѕе thеу financed thеir surgery. However, thеу hореfullу did thе research tо find thе right lender fоr them.

Evеrу lender iѕ diffеrеnt in terms of interest rates аnd other terms, ѕо it iѕ important tо find thе right оnе fоr you. Onсе уоu find thеm аnd аrе rеаdу tо fill оut thе application, уоu will notice thаt thе application process iѕ mоrе оr lеѕѕ likе аnу loan application. All уоu hаvе tо dо iѕ fill оut thаt application with thе information уоu gathered аbоut уоur income аnd expenses аѕ wеll аѕ basic information аbоut yourself, аnd thеn submit it tо thе lender.

Yоu will receive a decision back juѕt likе уоu dо with аnу loan. Yоu will еithеr bе approved оr denied. If denied, ѕоmе surgeons mау offer installment options. Thеn again, it iѕ important tо gо thrоugh thе research phase аgаin аnd ѕее if уоu саn find ѕоmе medical financing. Juѕt bесаuѕе оnе ѕауѕ nо dоеѕn’t mеаn thе nеxt оnе will.

New Advances in Microscopy

The world of science is always advancing and making new strides in research techniques. Often, this is how new discoveries are made, because the newer research techniques and equipment allow scientists to see things that were previously undetectable. Light sheet microscopy (LSM) is one such advanced technique. Another term is selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), and it’s a technique that is ideal for studying living organisms.

The best Android games of 2016 (so far!)

Every month, there are heaps of new games released, some good and some bad. But what are the best Android games of 2016 so far?


Roll the Ball
Roll the Ball is one of the top games released this year. A slide puzzle game that requires you to use physics and engineering to win, it can keep you entertained for hours. And not only is it entertaining, but also intellectually stimulating, as the game requires planning and in turn, a decent amount of strategy. The aim of the game is to get the ball from the start to the ‘goal. To do so you must construct the tiles so the ball can move though a continuous tube. However, not all of the tiles can be moved, with some having to be screwed to the ‘wall’, and not all the tiles need moving, thus the game involves creativity.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – FREE tool to recover lost data

Have you ever regretted deleting something from your system? Admit it — it’s happened to the best of us, whenever a computer is involved. Be it (accidentally) installing something malicious, negotiating a virus or dealing with good ‘ol wear and tear, we’re always at risk of losing data.


How to Choose a Private Student Loan Lender

When it comes time for you to take out a private student loan or refinance your old student loans, you want to know that you chose the right and best lender in your area. It can be difficult to work with some companies, especially if they do not offer you the benefits you desire. It is important that you spend some time researching student loan lenders BEFORE you decide to sign a contract with any of them.
It is always smart to shop around before choosing a private student loan lender or a new refinancing lender. Consider using a tool to help you compare the best lenders. Some sites allow you compare refinancing lenders with one simple application.

5 Surprising Ways You Can Slice Down Your Pizza Costs

And now, ladies and gents — pizza. It’s the default delivery food that’s been associated with pop culture. Did you know you can milk the pizza guy by finding ways to save money when ordering online? Wouldn’t you surprised if we say – you can save absolutely 50% on your pizza? Here are five ways to slice down your pizza costs (pun intended!)

7 Smart Strategies to Manage Your Betting Apps

With so many choices between betting apps for Canadians, it is important to manage all your accounts at these sites and bet sensibly. Here are seven smart strategies that will help you manage your betting apps:

Check out these awesome screenshots from the first hour of Rise of the Tomb Raider


The Tomb Raider reboot, at least in my opinion, was one of the more recent successes in injecting a refreshing take on everyone’s favorite heroine. With this second installment, Lara Croft is back – obsessed, bruised and broken as she tries to follow her father’s footsteps for the search for immortality.

5 Gadgets we don’t need but absolutely want for everyday life

We use a lot of things and gadgets in our everyday life and most of them are very habitual. You brush your hair, use plates and forks, wear some kind of clothes, feed your pet – and all of this is a routine which can even sometimes make you feel tired. Some people try to diversify daily living and make their every minute full of impressions. Besides, customary things can also become peculiar and interesting to use. Moreover, one casual gadget can combine a few different functions. Let us see what novelties can make our life more exciting.

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