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A Hunt for the Rhinopias

Over the weekend I took part in an event loosely coined as the ‘Hunt for the Rhinopias.’ As a diver and a photographer, it’s the latter that urges me on to keep diving because of the sheer challenge of underwater photography as a hobby. Before taking photos underwater, I’d scoot through a dive site in 45 minutes. When I started photography, our dives turned to a slow crawl as we explored every square inch of the reef to find shrimps, crabs, slugs and other critters.


Our gear on display for the Rhinopias photo hunt.

There was word circulating among the divers that a yellow Rhinopias frondosa, more commonly known as the Weedy Scorpionfish or the Popeye Scorpion has been spotted in a dive site called Red Rocks in Anilao, Batangas. The Rhinopias is extremely rare and there happened to be one in Anilao sitting on the reef at 30 ft deep. At that depth, we spent two dives of 80 minutes each, taking turns to photograph this rare scorpionfish that is camouflaged to look like a yellow patch of sea kelp.
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LG Optimus Black at PHP 19,990.00

LG has been in the habit of churning out decent Android devices the past couple of months. The new Optimus Black P970 is no exception. Running on Android OS 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3) the Optimus Black can be defined as a decent looking smartphone that gets the job done. It’s main selling point is the NOVA display technology making this smartphone shine the brightest while saving power. LG claims that this NOVA tech is more efficient than AMOLED / LED screens which is an obvious stab at Samsung’s Galaxy line.

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Contest: Guess the Price of the Samsung Galaxy S II!

Last week I asked you to guess brand and model of our mystery phone. Well, it was unanimous — everyone seemed to get it right! The photo shown was the back part of the Samsung Galaxy S II. I’ve been playing with it for a couple of weeks now and the good news is that Samsung Philippines is making this phone available very soon!


This is the Samsung Galaxy S II running on Launcher Pro with a custom icon pack download.

We decided to tweak the contest a bit to make it more exciting. Since we all know the phone, now we have to guess .. THE LOCAL SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE! You can search for clues all over the Internet — the USD price and if you owned the previous Samsung Galaxy S, you might have some idea of how they will be pricing this next model.

The 3 winners will get a special gift pack from Samsung. Secret =)

Contest Rules:

1. Leave a comment to enter the raffle. The comment should be your estimate for the Suggested Retail Price.
2. You can leave as many comments as you like.
2. Please leave a valid email address so that I can get back to you if you win.
3. This contest is open till Monday, June 13 11:59 PM.
4. This contest is open to Metro Manila residents only as the winners will need to pick up the prize personally.
5. I will be choosing 3 winners at random using a web randomizer. Yes it’s at random. Not SRP accuracy.
7. If for some reason there are contentions / issues with the contest, I reserve the right to take appropriate actions. All decisions are final.

Through the Underwater Lens: My Macro Photography Gallery

One of the reasons that keeps me underwater is the thrill of finding new critters to photograph. This is a partial gallery of my favorite shots using a 60mm macro lens and one strobe. I am blessed to be a Filipino living in the richest oceans of the world. The truth is, we have to see it to believe it: I hope these photos can inspire you to learn more about our beautiful country. It’s already beautiful topside, but the real beauty is what lies beneath the surface.

This is my official entry to Blog Action Day 2011.

A highly territorial tomato clownfish (named after its deep red color) defends its anemone home from almost anything that swims by.

Click for the full gallery.
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Week 1 Winners!

Hello all,

I’d like to announce the first batch winners of my little contest. Random lot draw picked the following winners:

1. Christopher Ceniza
2. Lia Espina Lopez
3. Eros Bast

You’ll receive an email soon from < >.

It seems that almost everyone had the same guess! But that doesn’t mean I’m going to confirm it. At least not yet. =) In any case, I’ve been playing with this phone for quite some time. In fact, I had its previous version and doing a bit of comparison, there are a few aesthetic improvements. One of the most noticeable is, well the 8MP camera which I already showed you previously. What I didn’t show you yet was the 2MP camera up front which was iffy on its ancestor — not all units had them. Nonetheless, the megapixel bump doesn’t make sense unless you increase the memory, which is 2x over with this model. From 512MB internal RAM to a complete 1GB on this second iteration.

We’ll be showing off more features this week! More guessing (LOL) and more prizes!

Manny Pacquiao “pecks a punch” for HP Veer Commercial

The news is true: Manny Pacquiao is HP’s newest endorser. It seems that he’s representing their entire product line, starting with the HP Veer. I actually got to play with the Veer before and I must say it’s going to sell like hotcakes –it’s really small! This is my photo of the Veer side by side the Palm Pre 3.

HP Veer

Effing Brilliant! Nestle delivers Ice Cream to your home via Facebook

There’s a not-so-secret Facebook group where most, if not all the PH-based digital suppliers hang out. It was here that Ricky Baizas showed us Nestle’s Ice Cream Party delivery service. I definitely KNOW that if your brand uses social media to generate sales then you’re doing the right thing.

https://www.facebook.com/nestleicecreamparty

The only catch is that you have to place an order worth at least PHP 1500.00 if you wish to customize what you get in the ice box. Otherwise you can order for as low as PHP 950.00 Quite understandable. This is why Nestle has positioned this service as an ice cream party package. After you add them up on Facebook, you’re redirected to the order form where you can input the quantity and pay via COD. Orders must be booked 3 days prior for residents of Manila.

As an added bonus, you can even customize your order so that it comes with the ice cream bike + manong!

Contest: Guess this phone! (Clue # 1 | Week 1)

— CONTEST ALERT!!! —

OK it’s time for a simple contest. For the next 3 weeks I’ll be giving away a secret bag of IT goodies from a donor. It’s so secret, even I don’t know what it is (of course I won’t mention the brand — that would spoil the fun!). But that’s fine — the contest is really easy. I just need you to guess what this phone is.

Here’s the first clue: As you can see from the close up, it has a 8MP camera. As an added bonus, notice the rugged back plate.

Contest Rules:

1. Leave a comment to enter the raffle. The comment should be your guess for the name of this phone (brand and model).
2. You can leave as many comments as you like.
2. Please leave a valid email address so that I can get back to you if you win.
3. This contest is open till Sunday, June 5 11:59 PM.
4. This contest is open to Metro Manila residents only as the winners will need to pick up the prize personally.
5. I will be choosing 3 winners per week at random using a web randomizer. I will be giving out more clues as the week progresses and each clue (each post) will have one winner each. So yes, a total of 3 winners per week. I will choose 3 winners from the every “clue post” per week. This makes it easier to win because that’s less effort on your part.
6. BONUS: On the final week I will be raffling off a phone. I will pick from those that guess the correct model / brand.
7. If for some reason there are contentions / issues with the contest, I reserve the right to take appropriate actions. All decisions are final.

Good luck and have fun =)

Facebook bans ‘Like’ campaigns

For those unaware, Facebook updated their Promotional Guidelines early this month. Here it is.

“You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant.”

What this means is that you cannot use features such as Likes, checking in using FB Places, and tagging a photo as part of contest mechanics. Furthermore, contests should be run using an App. Check out Woobox or Wildfire for your promo needs. On a more interesting note, I’ve heard that the DTI is actually enforcing this.

Can I just say .. THANK YOU LORD! These Like campaigns are really annoying.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Philippines!

Samsung’s much awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 is in the Philippines. Behind closed doors that is. And this is their prototype, not ready for commercial release.

Let’s take a look!
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The Geeks: We review the ASUS eee Transformer (And Chrina surprises me because we actually had one in the studio!)

Chrina surprises Jayvee with a new ASUS eee Transformer tablet.

Catch The Geeks every Wednesdays, 2PM to 4PM online at http://www.flippish.com/vjlive

The ASUS eee Transformer tablet is making waves as a fantastic laptop replacement because it comes with a keyboard. During my weekly online show, Chrina and Chris actually had a tablet with them (Chris got it in Hong Kong for UD $500). Here’s a 30 minute hands on if you have time. We really cover everything!

The ASUS eee Transformer pricing:

ASUS Transformer w/o Keyboard Dock PHP 22,995
ASUS Transfomer w/ Keyboard Dock PHP 29,995.00

Catch us every Wednesday from 2PM to 4PM at flippish.com/vjlive.

A Bugged Life: Journey Through the Years

Hello. My name is Jayvee Fernandez and I’ve been the sole proprietor of A Bugged Life for more than 5 years. Back then, the site was hosted on a free platform with this URL 20six.co.uk/abuggedlife. This post, thanks to the way back machine, is a look into all the past templates of my personal blog.

Click on the images for bigger versions.

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I know no one cares, but I watched Kenny Loggins Live in Manila tonight.


My blurry video of Kenny Loggins performing House at Pooh corner (Live in Manila | May 22, 2011)

Just came back from the Kenny Loggins Live in Manila concert. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan. I think I’m the only one in my circle of friends who was excited to find out he was coming to Manila, almost a year in advance. So when Maan scored me tickets, I was more than happy (I would have bought my own of course, but super thanks to my boss at UNO since according to her words — I don’t know anyone else who would want to watch Kenny Loggins!).

I practically grew up listening to his music but the turning point of “casual listener” to “BIG FAN” came when Adel Gabot introduced me to his Outside: From the Redwoods Album and I was completely floored with his rapport and talent on stage. He’s an outstanding musician. Hands down one of the best musicians who can arrange something — and then rearrange it in a fashion where he .. well it’s like keeping it in 4/4 then stumping you for a bit then he goes back to the original meter. Many artists do that today, but he has a way of doing it that’s just uniquely him. And more than 20 years later, he still has it.

Oh and I used to write fan mail. He’d reply.


Kenny Loggins performs ‘What a Fool Believes’ with Michael McDonald from their Redwoods Concert. The venue of this concert was epic: the constructed a stage in the middle of the Redwood Forest.

It was a bit sad though that the bouncers who were hired by the production team drowned the spirits of a lot of the middle aged men and women who came. When Kenny started playing Footloose, a good number of the audience stood up and started dancing. The bouncers immediately got to work and told them to sit down. I mean, WTF — it’s a concert. Kenny Loggins took note of this and said “Hey if you want to dance on your seats that’s fine!” And so this time even more people started dancing. But the bouncers were at it again. What are you afraid of? That the lolos and lolas will start crowd surfing and a moshpit? Oh c’mon.

Department of Tourism budgets PHP 20,000,000 for Tourism Website

Invitation to Bid DOT

[Clearer PDF here]

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released an invitation to bid for a PHP 20,000,000.00 contract for website to be used for promoting tourism in the Philippines.

Name of Project: Development, Maintenance, Online Marketing and Promotions of the Philippine Department of Tourism Website

Brief Description: To establish an interactive website designed to promote the Philippines as a prime destination that offers world-class tourist facilities and products.

I highly doubt the PHP 20,000,000 will go to the site alone as many of my peers have come up with amazing project proposals for much less. I think it includes the site promotion efforts as well. In any case, I hope the DOT will on board a lean and forward thinking group to do this. Sana wag din silang gumamit ng flash. Wow.

Here’s a tip for a component: A crowd-sourced SCUBA portal for the Philippines. Crowdsourcing guys. That’s the key to this!

I’m excited to see the shortlist!

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc

Yes it may be made out of cheap plastic but that doesn’t mean this phone isn’t a looker. The XPERIA Arc from Sony Ericsson is one of the rare Android 2.3 Gingerbread-ready phones in the local market today (the other one being the HTC Desire S). This is an “Acceptance Unit” which simply means that it is, like us, waiting for someone to accept us for who we really are.

OK seriously, more photos after the jump.
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