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PhilMUG 2008 Christmas Party Photo Overload!

In the tradition of PhilMUG Christmas parties, there are always more prizes to be raffled than guests! Everyone went home with something – alongside TuneCard gifts, iCreate magazines and Crumpler mini matches and Loo Rolls! I raffled off five Defactory pouches (made to fit an iPod) and a BodyGuardz iPod touch protector.

A huge thanks to Charlie Paw who also just opened Digital Walker Zoom in Greenbelt 5. The current best seller is the Panasonic Lumix LX3 which retails for about P25,000.00 with accessories!

Here’s a chronological timeline of the photos from preparation to party, after the break! Click to enlarge!


Early Christmas Shopping at the TriNoMa Sale Month

What if BLUE and GREEN met?

Wow, so many sales at the TriNoMa. I’m listing two of them here. If you’re not like me (I cram all the shopping come November / December at the Cuenca Bazaar in Alabang), you might want to check out the freebies, promos and discounts that TriNoMa is offering. Think of it as an early Christmas shopping spreeeee!

Blue Green Sale from September 6 to October 6 2008

If you are from Ateneo or La Salle, all you need to do is (1) present your school ID or alumni ID or (2) simply print this coupon and bring it to the mall. The sale will be at the cinema lobby. Simply right click + save the image and print it out.

There are tons of promos and discounts across the entire mall. Here is a partial listing (about 25%) of the total sale coverage. Want the full listing? Proceed here. The discounts for SLRs and Crumpler bags are cool, but the best discount listed here is the 20% off on Bleach Catastrophe!!! They have the best and most affordable shirts and jackets. Here’s a photo of my Bleach Catastrophe jacket I bought while browsing with a few friends a couple of months ago.

Alterations Plus- 10% off on services
Bleach Catastrophe – 20% off on purchases
Brookstone – 10% off on purchases
Canon D Zone – 10% off on cash purchases and 5% off on card purchases. Offer valid only for digital cameras, SLRs, digital video cameras, and non-Canon products and accessories
Crumpler – 10% off on accessories and bags
Firma – 5% off on card purchases and 10% off on regular items
Mango – Get free Mango candles.
Olympic World – Get a free tote bag or sling bag.
Schu – 20% off on purchases
Tough Jeansmith – 10% of on all regular items
S.E.E. Optics – 10% to 30% off on selected items
TRU – 5% off on purchases

TriNoMa Store Specialists Sale September 11-14 2008

This one is for BPI card holders. Darn, no Zara! But that’s OK. Here are the brands that will be on sale from the 11th to the 14th:

Anne Klein
Anne Klein Watches
Beauty Bar
Calvin Klein Jeans
Calvin Klein Underwear
Citre Shine
Designer Fragrances
DKNY Jeans
Fruits and Passion
Hawaiian Tropic
Jack Nicklaus
Kenneth Cole
Liz Claiborne
Marks & Spencer
Max Factor
Nine West
Oka B
Polo Ralph Lauren
Zero Frizz

I hear there’s a third sale coming up. Will post more details about it later. I love the shopping holiday bliss!

More details on the SSI sale here.

My 2007 in Photos (Part 1)

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark Pampanga

PhilMUG only had one agenda, and it was a kick ass Christmas raffle!

San San interviews Elbert Cuenca about PhilMUG

There were over 60+ prizes up for grabs and there were only about 30 of us who braved not going to the Microwarehouse sale the holiday traffic. Do the math and everyone goes home with two prizes each. Some even three!

Four Tips to Buying a Gadget Bag


As a general rule, buy a bag that’s 10% the cost of what’s inside
Have you ever wondered how much a bag should cost? Well, take the total cost of the gear you plan to put inside and get 10% of that. The formula works for most (read: not all!) cases: my Crumpler Whickey and Cox costs close to P10,000.00 and holds about P100,000 worth of gadgets including my MacBook and camera. A hefty bag price should only mean that your gear fits comfortably inside, likewise both your hands are still free.


In the case of laptop sleeves, a good sleeve should not cost you more than P2,000.00 or $40.00. In fact, one of the best laptop sleeves ever invented retails for only P1,500.00: this is the Zero Shock Laptop Sleeve. You can literally drop a bowling ball on top of the memory foam and your notebook will still function afterwards. *

Timbuk2 Blogger Bag Isn’t Just for Bloggers


I had come from a small blogger event for the launch of the “Blogger,” a bag model that belongs to the Timbuk2 line of bags. Timbuk2’s “core competence” has to do with making very durable messenger bags as the company was built and grown by people who were into the “delivery by bike” (a.k.a. “messengers”) business. There are several reviews of the Timbuk2 Blogger in these popular gadget websites:


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