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Monday, September 22, 2014

iPhone 6 Philippines where to buy

The new iPhones- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now up for pre-order and will be available in Apple Stores September 19. Yes, but this does not hold true for Philippines. 

Trying to get these phones earlier than anyone here in PH? 
1. Singapore/Hongkong Apple Stores
In Asia, we have two neighbors that follows the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (unlocked) availability with US. 

Apple Singapore Online Store

At around P35,000, you can get the iPhone 6 16GB and P41,000 for the iPhone 6 Plus 16GB. If you have friends who are there or will go there for some days, then they are your angels. Prices above obviously doesn't include the freight. 

For hongkong, price is still around that number but a bit higher than SG's. 

Any thoughts about SG/HK blackmarkets? You may share it. 

2. Blackmarkets 
In Cebu, you can find it in SM Cyberzone and Ayala's Maze. As per observation, they are mostly available a month after the launch and carries a much higher price tag. 

Kimstore is also one of the trusted online sites that sells iPhones before its official launching here in PH. 

3. Globe and Smart 
Last year, iPhone 5s became available November 15, 2013, that's 2 months after the Sept 2013 launch. For as low as Plan 999 with cashout of P28,000, I got the 32GB version of gold iPhone 5s. 

4. Apple Retail Stores, iStores, iCenter
They will offer new iPhones normally when the phone is officially launched in the country so probably same timing with telcos. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

iPhone 6 Philippines

iPhone 6 is now available around the world, but not for the Philippines and other "unfortunate" countries. By the way, who sets the iPhone launching in each country? Is it just Tim Cook and the rest of Apple gang or the country's government and telcos have to do with the date? 

Whoever sets the date, Philippines usually gets the iPhone two months after the unveiling. Last year, i got the iPhone 5s on November 15, 2013 thru Globe. I contacted Globe for any news and reply was decent: text iphone to 26825. 

This year, and the yesteryears, we hope it to be earlier. I guess it will be launched by PH telcos by November 2014. 

And oh, online stores, both trusted or not are selling iPhones like second hand low-end cars, laptops or something really expensive. Your judgement call.

Kimstore (

Lazada (
Widget City (

Our neighbors Singapore, Hongkong and Australia are now selling the new iPhones and prices are "good". From around P35,000 and P42,000 you can buy the 16GB versions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. For 64GB and 128GB, you can have them just under P50,000. These prices doesn't include the balikbayan boxes though, or tip for a friend to bring it hand-carry for you.

I recommend to patiently wait for November 2014 and just update your iPhones, if you have, to iOS 8 and discover not-so-threatening bugs yourself. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

iPhone 6, iOS 8 and iWatch hopes

With the metallic body, 5" screen, 128GB expandable storage and fancy photo depth of HTC One M8 officially announced today, I'm beginning to wonder what will be Apple's rumored iPhone 6 will lay to the table. Though the latter have the time-saving Touch ID, plus all other iOS7 features that are about to be optimized, iWatch is still in question to reach my imaginations using the Android wear once available. 

Indeed, being an Apple fanboy these times, three more months before rumored iOS 8 revelation, is the worst WAITING TIME of my life. 

My wishes and best hopes that Apple will continue to innovate and thus feed the loyalty in me to bitten apple fruit. 

4.7" or 5.5" screen is already a very big deal for me once made into reality, though really a more big deal to those who started having the 3.5"

I wish iOS 8 will bring killer features and that iPhone 6 will be a jaw-dropping item come September 2014.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

iOS 7.0.2 [Photo]

Just got the iOS 7? Its latest update is ready for download. 

iPhone 5s Philippines

iPhone 5s, like its twin-launched iPhone 5c is now in the Philippines. Starting at P37,900, P43,500 and P53,800 for the 16GB space gray, silver and gold respectively, Kimstore does have the cheapest iPhone 5s around. The latter two prices may sound like high but taking into consideration the demand for these colors, savers might consider picking it up from either Globe or Smart during the rumored December launching.

If you know of any store that sells iPhone 5s with starting prices lower than that of Kimstore, please comment below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

International Coastal Clean-Up Day

It’s been a while since my last community activity. Growing up in college, I always get to involve myself on those types of activities two to thrice a month. Now in the Accenture world, I’m happy because groups like BP2B or Best Place to Be gave me the opportunity to be with the community again to do something productive.

Sept 21 marked the 28th International Coastal Clean-Up Day in Mactan Shrine. With the support of the local government of Lapu-lapu City, private and public organizations, I can say the event was truly a success.

With the monitoring tool provided by the organizers, I can truly assume that they are serious with the activity. Common things our group has come across are the following: plastics, may it be junkfood or candy wrappers, diapers, napkins, liquor bottles and debris of fishing equipment. Unusual founds like shoes, slippers, tshirts and shorts were also spotted – leading us to fool ourselves that there might be someone who was killed.

Kidding aside, the activity was truly satisfying. After 2 hours of cleaning up the by the coast and mangrove area, I ended up having a half-filled black garbage bag. Notably, a full of wastes found by my teammate along the mangrove areas was maybe a debris of last year’s coastal clean-up, giving us the reminder that we have to go back, bring with us our collected wastes and surrender it to the organizers.

After the activity, we ate our lunch by the Portofino beach.

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