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Manila Bulletin Advocacy in Occidental Mindoro: Watts of Love Partnership

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From the Manila Bulletin video channel:

Years without electricity have practically made residents of Ilin Island in Occidental Mindoro a recluse. But light came at the end of the tunnel and the world was never as bright as it was before the eyes that finally see light. Meet Nancy Economou of Watts of Love, the moving force behind Ilin Island’s enlightening moment

The Dorkside: 3 Lifehacks I Learned as a Gamer and a New Parent

This is an excerpt of a piece I wrote for a new site I contribute to called The Dorkside with fellow dorks Jessica Mendoza, Gino Quillamor and Chico Garcia.

Now that my son is 2, I look back to the first few days when he was a newborn and how he completely changed my life as a gamer. You’ve probably heard the chides that being a dad with a newborn gives you a future Player 2. That may be true – but that future is far, far ahead. I am by no means a casual gamer — video games were my security blanket, my virtual therapist and the one constant hobby that has never changed, even now at 34. But parenting. Ah, there’s the rub. Here’s how my hobby changed.

I make sure there’s a pause button

If the game I’m playing is heavy on story and cut scenes (Telltale’s The Walking Dead or The Last of Us come to mind) I avoid playing these sorts even when my son is taking a nap. Imagine him waking up crying, looking for milk and an important plot piece was being revealed in a 10 minute cut scene that I can’t skip. There you go. When I was in the vicinity of my newborn son, I could only play games that could be paused at any time (the PS Vita comes to mind because the main system button can pause any game at any time) or games that didn’t need me to be fully engaged: turn based strategy games like XCom: Enemy Within, Endless Legend and Civilization V do come to mind as staples. So yeah – new dads. Being a parent doesn’t mean you should give up your hobbies. Your hobbies may just take other forms. Cradling my son to sleep on my shoulder still allowed me room to play Warhammer Quest on the iPhone with my other hand. It’s a skill. You’ll get there.

For the full article, click here.

Choosing the Right Tools to Take Care of Business

Small businesses are on the rise, both in and out of the home. These days, it seems like everyone has a great idea for a startup, and with the global economy not just stabilizing but recovering, there’s usually plenty of help out there to make those ideas reality. According to Entrepreneur.com, starting a small or home based business is possible for anyone as long as they’re willing to take some risks and put in some serious work—but while many aspiring sole proprietors know what they want to do and are ready to do the work to get there, finding the tools to get them there is another story entirely.
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3 Travel Life Hacks to Make Your Next Holiday a Breeze

Heading off on holiday should be a pleasure rather than a pain. When you’ve worked your fingers to the bone for scant reward and your tyrannical boss has made your life a misery, jetting off to sunnier climes is your way of reclaiming what’s left of your sanity.

Rather than worrying about what’s happening in the office, your only concern is where the next cocktail is coming from and what factor of sun cream to use on your Vitamin D starved frame. In between digging out your passport and packing your suitcase, however, a jaunt abroad regularly means a Boeing 737 sized panic attack in case you overlook an important travel document.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With our three handy life hacks, make your next holiday a breeze and ensure you come back with your batteries charged and ready to face whatever life throws at you.
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3 Ingenious Gadgets EVERY Budding Spy Must Have

If you’ve ever watched James Bond, you’ll know that he’d be nothing without his trusty gadgets. Take away his revolving licence plates, underwater jet packs and digital binoculars, and 007 is just another bumbling Englishman with a penchant for expensive suits and shaken Martinis. Yep, by now Bond would have been dispatched by an evil tyrant’s obedient henchman, with some cackling despot ready to take over the world quicker than you can say tomorrow never dies.
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Considerations When Looking at Video Conferencing Services

Video conferencing offers so much, you would be remiss if you didn’t look into one of the service options. Inc reports that video conferencing offers benefits for both the emotional and psychological fulfillment of employees as well as the time and money spent by the business. However, there are numerous programs out there from the ubiquitous Skype to the quality video conferencing platform by Blue Jeans. Trying to find the right one for you depends on your particular needs. Here are some considerations you will need to bear in mind.
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A Brief History Behind 4K (and what lies beyond)

Ever since it was first witnessed in the Dalsa Origin, released in the year 2003 as the first commercial camera to be launched with 4k capabilities; the technology has been fancied by many. However, the high cost of ownership back then meant that the technology remained commercially non-viable for many professionals as well as aspiring photographers.
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Motorized Blinds: geeking out your home

When motorized blinds first donned the market, it would be fair to say that there were several raised eyebrows. Not because of the idea – this was something that was always going to hit the shelves eventually – but because of the target audience. Most people thought that they were just targeted towards the “elite” group of homeowners – those that had pots of money to install these extravagant devices.
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Introducing Beats Studio 2.0

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Is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell more of the same?

I thoroughly enjoyed Saints Row IV. It was, in sum, a well-written commentary of the current state of video games and pop culture. It wasn’t just the slapstick humor, the puns and rim shot jokes that made this game interesting — it also had several highlights especially in the loyalty side quests that the President had to go through (case in point Matt’s side quest on comic book characters).
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#BeFullyInformed by Manila Bulletin

I’d like to share with you the latest commercial of Manila Bulletin’s #BeFullyInformed campaign for 2015. The timely ad brings to light the strange brew of knee-jerk reactions, armchair activism and netizen ire in the age of social media. To quote Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”

Full ad after the jump. If you want the YouTube version, check out #BeFullyInformed on YouTube.
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Manila Bulletin Video Team: Who is Pope Francis?

AWW YIZZZ! I’m super proud of our new video team. This is a short feature that have many individuals answering the question, ‘Who is Pope Francis?’

Click on the link below to see the full feature.

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I’m on Tiny Letter.

Friends recently asked me to subscribe to their Tiny Letter emailers. I realized I had an account from long ago but never took to really making it work. It has like, zero subscribers. PLEASE HELP ME CHANGE THAT!
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Quick Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Huzzah! My first venture into the Metal Gear franchise. I bought this back in the holiday Steam sale because of its “enclosed sandbox” gameplay. You can literally speed run this game in less than 30 minutes but come back for more missions inside the concentration-camp like setting.
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The gaming world comes up with new games every month, and at times it is not wrong to call that the market is almost raining with gaming apps. In fact, the users of the Android, iPhone or other Apple devices sometimes get confused with what their choice should be. When it comes to slot games, the users would like to try as many slot games as possible until they feel contented after playing the best slot game ‘Slotomania’. Slotomania is a free video game app, which can be downloaded without any hassle. Additionally the Facebook users too can make use of the app for playing the game with their friends and extending their friends list by inviting new friends.
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