Category Archives: Tablet

Roaming Around MOA for the nth time plus shopping around Greenhills

So, for the nth time we visited MOA.



Awwwww cute dog! Well, still a cynophobe, though (huhuhu).

Oh well, so there are plenty of options when you’re in MOA.


Yes, there is our cosplay queen Alodia! Hooray for being nationwide popular! Haha!




So we ate at Teriyaki Boy and boy, we finished everything in no time! Haha!


So there’s the ferris wheel!



We soon went to Greenhills just to hunt for gadgets (gadget-hunting has always been my outdoor hobby ever since LMAO) and it seemed that it was more fun if we did not ran out much time from walking. At the highest floor of the shopping mall itself, well, that was was the haven for the cheapest gadgets in Metro Manila.

Most sellers there are Muslim people. Well, too bad I did not take a photo of the place although I’d like to do so. Most gadgets there are legit ones that are either brand new or second-hand. The place itself is more of a horror-themed gadget shop since there are many second-hand gadgets there that were stolen from their original owners. I could see that these salespeople have little knowledge in gadgets–in other words, it’s a jeje-mall (IMHO!). Well, hey! They still sell iPhone 3GS and 4 models (brand new or second-hand). It’s very weird since most of these gadgets are not China phones or shanzhai products, which makes it as a safe heaven for power users and anti-shanzhai people to lure the place itself. However, speaking of iPhone cases, they have the most beautiful and good-looking ones. Also, they’re much cheaper (whether it’s a gadget or a casing) compared to those sold at Apple Resellers and shops such as Infomax.

Here’s what I’ve got from GH:


See? They range from 250-300 Php which make them very affordable if your budget is in a maximum of 3,000 Php. I would recommed GH if you’re going to shop for cheap and affordable items such as casings and accessories, but for gadgets, stay vigilant.

The ambience resembles Quiapo’s Hidalgo and Beijing’s Wangfujing corner (looking in photos). However, if you visit the second to the highest floor, you’ll appreciate it there more if you could afford them.

Sadly I did not bring my digital SLR, but it’s alright. I’ll still consider this place when buying external flash guns. (:

I finally found these photos!

They sell iPads and err… counterfeit gadgets (I though SG is ueber-strict!?).

This was probably taken with a Sigma lens. Try to click on the photo to enlarge (and don’t forget to evaluate its quality!).

I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.

Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.

Revamped… Apple collection|The all-new iPad Mini. Some good and bad news to Apple fanatiques.

So first, we talk about the all-new iPad Mini. BAD NEWS is, you don’t get the Retina Display with this model, BOO! However, portability is a HURRAH! Not sure if I’ll choose this over the other iPad, but it’s OK. Anyways… the new iPad (3rd Gen) is already replaced by the…|This is the new iPad’s replacement, the iPad with Retina Display! Notice the reflection beside the HOME button.

I don’t think this is a good idea, but I think the “new iPad” had a makeover, discontinued and replaced by this thing… with Lighting err… outlet! This is the first and only iPad “classic” that is Lighting-ish.

COMPUTERS (:|The all-new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display!

So here’s what I was wishing for. However, I’m kind of disappointed is because of several factors: One is that, there’s NO optical drive! HAHAHA! Another thing is, its flash memory is max. of 256GB something… which can be configured. Also, it’s even much pricier than the typical 13″ MBP! NO WAY should I buy that! I’m like owning a thicker version of the errrrr… MacBook Air!|The all-new 1TB Mac mini.

Seriously, like… is this a gift from HEAAAAAAVEN!? I guess I should get this instead as a desktop CPU just in case I have my own office. (:|The new iMac! Slimmer than ever!

Nakiki-slim na rin ang iMac! Nyahahaha!

Well, it’s so shiny… but not interested. Sorry. But… for those who are part-time PRO photographers, I think this is for you!|The Thunderbolt Display! Yay, the display’s finally getting RETINA-ED!

HAHAHA, just in case I get a PS3, this is the display I’ll get. Soon, future! I’ll chase you! HAHAHA!

Shanzhai industry in China: A Closer Look

China is known for its mercantilist policy and for its errr… closed markets (well, not really “closed” because it opens its markets in a limited form) and of course, its reputation for counterfeiting genuine products.

Now let us take a closer look…

Part One of the Shanzhai Documentary

Part Two of Shanzhai Documentary

It should also be taken note that the Chinese society have a reputation for being profit-oriented. Okay, I’m not going to be negative this time, since most of the designs of genuine products actually originated from the fake ones. Think about pirated CDs coming first before the original ones.

So it’s no wonder that when you visit China for a shopping spree, there’s a very high chance that you’ll really get fooled by profit-oriented sellers. They would magnify the fake ones and comment that genuine products are “toys.”

Now what are the toys? China phones that have designs of Hello Kitty and a cigarette box. HA, even those with SpongeBob designs might be like from China.

Now what are the features of a China phone that you cannot even find in costly, genuine brands?

Dual SIM card slot feature – This is an original Chinese innovation. I’m not joking about this, most genuine brands relied on the “single SIM policy” since they focus more on quality and their target consumers would be normal users, not hardcore power users, geeks and errrrr… inventors. However, there are a few popular brands who eventually adopted the dual SIM feature — but most phones still stick on the single SIM thing.

TV – Television feature isn’t even present in most genuine brands. Most genuine brands won’t ever place “TV” on their products for no apparent reason. Maybe for them, it would turn out to be bulky, but it should not matter if they still want to develop their own products.

Cheaper price – Of course! What do you expect?

More colorful, creative designs – The reason why most genuine brands would design their products in a boring way is because they want it to look “more professional-like.” Now who wants to bring a phone that looks like a Pikachu in the corporate world?

Not only mobile phones — tablets as well

Tablets such as the iPad isn’t also spared in the Shanzhai industry. However, businessmen who runs a firm that produce these fake iPads/tablets claim that their technology came first before the iPad launch. Now there is more than one side of the story…

1.) Bill Gates introduced the tablet computer in around 2002 – Nobody did noticed it or praised it at first. Well, the tablet PC was introduced FIRST long before the iPad came. However, the tablet PC’s design was oh-so business-like and too geeky, unlike the iPad, which is sleek and stylish, and looks like an elitist, futuristic wonder.

2.) This dude who makes tablets claimed that his technologies came first before the iPad launch. He even had these products exhibited in Germany. Well, what do you expect, Western exploitation at its finest. I ain’t blaming Western brands exploiting Asian countries who offer a cheap cost of labor, but this is reality: Fakes come first before the genuine one, and I have no idea what that term/theory is… lol.

3.) After the iPad launch, several fake iPads (aka iPed/s) came into the market, running Android. Now I was wondering if Android was fake, but it was after all a Google mobile OS. So the Galaxy Tab adopted Android and the rest is all history. Now you know why Apple filed a case against Samsung — for its despair to dominate the market (now I am not pro-Apple or pro-Samsung, but what matters most is consumer preference).

Moral of the Story: Don’t simply be kiss-arse to these Ch*nks

Sorry for the term, but if you have MORE Chinese friends who are businessmen (not to generalize the Chinese diaspora) compared to friends of your own ethnicity, please make sure that you get your facts straight, because most of these people are actually profit-oriented. Dealing with them isn’t that hard, if you’re only wise and witty enough to think they’re wrong. LOL.

Now remember the dude who said that “the real iPad is a toy.” Now where did he get this “fact”? Alright, if I once said that Western firms usually claim their designs as original, in response to the original “fakes,” well, people would still choose the branded one. It’s a waste of money if you buy the fake one if you could actually afford the more genuine product. Also, to think that some of you are from the middle-class society, I think that you’re lucky because people like you (alongside with the elite class) have the opportunity to at least, follow copyright law. This isn’t implemented that much in the Philippines due to its status as a low middle income country, but just so you know, it’s more of an opportunity than of a right.

I’m not saying that you should NOT buy the fake ones. What I’m trying to say is that, customer care and warranty really matters when having these fakes fixed. Also, it should be taken note that the Chinese diaspora in the Philippines (or in other places in the world) won’t ever dare support fake products (most of the Chinese are in the middle- to high-income social status). To distinguish between profit-oriented business and quality-oriented business may or may not be difficult, but when you visit first-world countries with a VERY HIGH cost of living (in other words, an expensive country), fakes are often confiscated, such as fake bags in Japan, or maybe fashion police arresting people wearing fake brands. I highly doubt that Japan has fakes, despite the fact that it’s near China through its southern half (to name a few, Fukuoka, Okinawa). If this is true, I think it would be safe for consumers who follow copyright law to shop there.

Shopping for gadgets TIPS in the Philippines

Alright, it is really to love my own, but the Philippines is a very good place to shop. No joke about that, since you’ll really be welcomed by sellers who at least, respect your decisions and tell you the advantages and disadvantages rather than to show off their profit-oriented behavior through ranking which is “better.” Okay, I’m after all, a power user.

HAHA, I know this shouldn’t be in the blog post but I ain’t showing any form of superiority complex. This is a matter of honesty vs. delusioning, so I’m being honest right here.

1.) Always shop on places like malls – Okay, this is the most delicate thing. If you’re going to shop in malls, make sure that you’re entering high-class malls such as SM, Trinoma, Rockwell, Eastwood… 100% sure, you get the genuine ones.

2.) Do some research – A friend or two does not help if there’s no such thing as the Internet! Also, read gadget magazines such as “Gadgets Magazine” and err… hmmm… I dunno if T3 Mag is still alive but uhh… never mind.

3.) Always ask for advice from people who are power users, or who are interested in the field of gadget reviews. This is often the problem when meeting profit-oriented sellers (who are mostly self-centered HAHAHA!) — they would tell you that do not trust a friend, but in some cases, Filipino sellers won’t do that, alright.

4.) Of course, shopping is more fun in the Philippines – “Love your own” moment again. Of course, you’ll like it when you’re treated without any discrimination at all. After all, this is the Philippines!

5.) But please be careful as well… and take note that even sellers make mistakes too! Compare Filipino sellers to Chinese sellers, they treat gadgets with care compared to the latter, because in me personal experience (LOL, not again!), my camera was treated so badly, which is ugh. Form of rudeness.

So remember, always be careful in shopping!

Bagyong Gener thoughts and err… .avi-friendly tablet

Taken with Nelly. Of course, you might wanna see this somewhere… hehehe.

Raining cats and dogs… that’s what rain is all about.

Now why should everything FLOOD!? That’s because of the poor drainage system. Underpasses have been flooded as well, and imagine how to walk or swim in these disgusting floods.

Disgusting!? Well, yes, flood is really disgusting, but just take a look at the surroundings. Would you ever express yourself like that if you’re the ones throwing garbage OUTSIDE the bin?

I really feel bad for those who were the victims of the current calamity. It may be like Ondoy in terms of class suspension, but I hope it won’t be like the said storm again.

Hoping for .avi tablets

Now I really cannot decide between the Galaxy Note and the GT 7.7. I wanna watch movies without the need of a laptop. You see people, I have .mkv files, .avi files, but most movie files are in .avi format, which is annoying because NOT even Mac OS could do something to make it “fit in” the Mac world. Another thing, you need to convert everything to .mp4 so that it would work on the iOS.

Hmmm… which one’s the best for watching a lot of movies? Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, or iPad? Please, something that is compatible with BOTH .avi and .mkv format, please.

Another Geburtstag gift dilemma|Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (64GB please?)|The new iPad (White, even though it’s NOT 64GB it’s alright with me).

Which should I choose?

First of all, I always wanted to have my own tablet. But please DON’T ever get me started on the new iPad. Yes, it’s another option, but I do not want the Wifi + Cellular Data thing. Just the Wi-Fi one because I have my iPhone with me (it’s no doubt that the iPhone seemed more costly than this… iPad with Wi-Fi only).

I really don’t want to emphasize more, but which tablet should be better?

Now I’ll go with the GT 7.7. Ever since, I wanted to have me own Galaxy Tab. I really don’t know if I should opt for another 64GB, because you see, I’m really onto installing as many apps as I want. That’s it. If you’ll ask me, app lovers and people who are addicted to downloading things should opt for this… 64GB thing. BTW, anything below 128GB isn’t applicable to a laptop’s HDD anymore. If I opt to purchase a new err… portable HDD, I’d rather go for the 500GB SeaGate thing. Also, I’ll have the err upgrade cable replaced. HAHA.

Instagram and finally screenshots for the Galaxy Tab

Finally, I created an Instagram account for myself… however, I only installed it just because our portable Wifi worked for the Galaxy Tab… and oh BTW, I know how to take a screenshot using the Tab! (;

There’s the Instagram! YAY!

Here it is! Welcome to me Instagram lair! Bagay na bagay talaga ang mspdzhella! HAHAHA!

Lovely Instagram lair, Ms. Tricia! *drools*

Instagram: First Impressions

I. Simply. Dunno. How. To. Use. It… YET.

Alright, being guilty of not being able to use it properly, I must… err… explore more about it while the 4S is not yet here in da haus. I really feel like a loser whenever I have NO Instagram, but finally I’m no longer the loser. HAHAHA.

Galaxy Tab screenshot

If you have to press the MENU button and the lock/STBY switch in the iPhone/iTouch/iPad simultaneously/at the same time, in Galaxy Tab: Press and hold the backspace or lezzay, “return” button (the curved arrow turning backwards) and press and hold the power switch button until a notification of “screenshot saved to gallery” something notif. comes out. HAHAHA, iOS is NEVER alone. (;