Thank you to everyone who came! I’ve basically condensed the formalities over here if you want to know more about what we do – especially concerning our Blog Donor VIP card. Huge congratulations to Anton, Kiven and Jehz for being our pioneer top earners for the first month! Many thanks to Paolo and Red Box for the venue and to our pioneer sponsors – eLBC, Delifrance, and Nokia Philippines.
Last but not the least, huge thanks to Toblerone PH for giving away almost half a kilo of chocolates to everyone. OMG sugarsugarsugarrushhh. I’m still figuring out what to do with mine – maybe melt it and turn it into fondue. Or just eat it straight out. With cookies. While watching Family Guy.
Malu Fernandez, the writer who has spurred the wrath of the OFW blogosphere has written an article on blogging. I wrote my fairly fair coverage of that event and now I’m going to ride on the search engine stream of sharing her last name with my own thoughts on her article:
How small the world is. Mia, one of my friends from college sent me a link to MicroMinds by Jaycie and Honey. If you’re at a loss for a gift to give your geeky friend, then look no more.
These miniatures merge the very best between geekiness and fashion accessories. The necklaces are around P550.00 each (1 inch) and the keepsakes are about P1,200.00 each (1.5 to 2 inches in size) with an acrylic case. It would be best to PM them for updated pricing because they can customize orders for you.
Has anyone in the Wii community in the Philippines seen copies of this anywhere around the metro? Although it was only just recently launched I’m hoping to find a copy soon at DataBlitz as they get pretty updated with games releases anyway. In any case, add me up when you do find a copy and LETS BRAWL ONLINE!
Jayvee’s Wii Friend Code 1647 7187 1691 1181
I tried to make it a habit to post my monthly audiobook download. So far I’ve recommended three titles (Stephen Colbert’s I Am America and So Can You, Bob Newhart’s I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This, and the dramatization of Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls) in this blog and I by far have accumulated two more credits in the last two months, including this March.
The problem dear reader is that I’ve come to realize that there are some books that are well represented in audio whilst other should be read under the leisure of coffee and a rocking chair (or something that simulates the sensory experience of the latter endeavor). I have not mustered the guts to download, say, the audio version of Shadowdivers as it spans more than ten hours worth of audio and I’ll probably be burnt out long before my iPod battery runs out. But then again I could be wrong.
Barfly on the bar; MacBook Air right below.
Thanks to Noemi and Butch, we were able to grab hold of Palanca award winner Butch Dalisay for an afternoon of coffee and expostulations on creative writing. Talks like these usually have an open ended flow for words and ideas thus by the end of the session we were all having photo opportunities not just with the writer, but with his tablet – the new ultra light MacBook Air.
A short 3 minute video I created on how to make use of Mail to resize huge photos. This isn’t really a trick – a lot of Apple Mail users know about the resize option but don’t necessarily use it for resizing photos back to the desktop.
I’m talking tomorrow at the AIM together with Andrian Lee on the subject of corporate blogging. With my boil spots on the verge of healing (I acquired a severe boil in my last Ho Chi Minh – Siam Reap trip), I need a motivator to help alleviate the pain on my side and I guess writing this will help me procure my thoughts on the matter.
I realized that the blogosphere is no longer in a state that’s “trying hard” to be accepted by corporations as legit avenues for marketing and opinion. In fact, its the big ones that are now pushing new media as supplements and drivers of PR campaigns. One such achievement which I would like to share would be the Toblerone Thank You Day campaign which not only won an Anvil Award, but also bagged the Global 2007 IMC Award for Kraft. This information is being shared to bloggers who played part in the campaign in the next few days. Parcels of the email follows:
In this I assume that you dear reader are in like with a food blogger. More likely to be female than male, food bloggers are one of the more passionate niche writers whose taste for words are just as delicious as their taste for food.
Dating a food blogger can be a rewarding experience, not just because she can open up an appetizing palette of degustations to your oh so fast food world, but you will be blessed with some of the best conversations ever about life and living it. Some of the most engaging conversations I’ve had were with food bloggers – food is the doorway to all things enjoyable, but only bordering on sinful.
There is a preconceived notion that food bloggers, like beauty or fashion bloggers are a bit on the smug side. This is not true. There is also a preconceived notion that food bloggers will only hazard to the most expensive restaurants in the Metro and away. Also not true. Food bloggers appreciate the best as well as the simplest meals. The common denominator is that they are more sensitive to tastes in context and can compare the best of fast foods to the worsts of fine dining.
EDIT: Finally done with the server move. I’m currently using one of my favorite Chris Pearson themes called Copyblogger, albeit on a temporary timeframe. Gail and Marc, the previous designers of A Bugged Life are currently doing some relocations as well (GRATZ!) so in the meantime, this theme will more than compensate. It was the basis for the original design of Brian Clark’s Copyblogger theme design. It’s a very good template and it’s something I’d recommend to everyone who wants something text-centric and clean.
It’s back to business
Back home and ready to blog. But first I’m going to be moving servers to ease the tech load off my current host. So if, in the next several hours the site gets rather wonky, I apologize. This is just a friendly note that I’m working on getting the blog moved and running again.
Props to Lee, tech team ninja of b5media for helping me out.
So we’re flying home in a few hours from the beautiful city of Ho Chi Minh. The vacation was great. Angkor Wat was fabulous as well. I learned a good deal about Cambodia and how, although it is a tourist destination, still doesn’t feel like a tourist trap. All in all, this was a vacation long overdue and I’d recommend the Ho Chi Minh – Siam Reap destination to anyone who wants to explore another nook of Asia.
More photos and experiences, alongside a lens review coming up in the next few days. Oh by the way, if any of you are up for it, ROCKEOKE NIGHT is happening at 10:00 PM. Fresh from our trip, we’ll be dropping by mag:net Serendra at around ten tonight for another chance at 5 minutes of YouTube fame.
Let’s Join Us!
Photo credit from Phoebe Ann.