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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bantayan Cebu Escapade

Imagine this. Fine, white sand. Crystal clear waters. Fresh seafoods. Affordable rooms. Accommodating people. 

Bantayan offers relaxation and adventure for those who are suffocating from city's stress. From simply swimming to snorkeling or just sitting by the shore and do selfies/groupies, this place exudes a sense of being one with nature. Couple, barkada, family or travelling alone, Bantayan is the ultimate summer destination! 

Located in the northern part of Cebu, Bantayan can be reached by van in just two to three hours depending on the traffic around Cebu and Mandaue City. We preferred renting a private van as there are fifteen of us. It's much cheaper and comfortable. You can also ride a bus going to Hagnaya Port, San Remigio via Cebu North Bus Terminal.

We got our P170-ticket to Sta Fe, Bantayan Island and travelled for another hour in a barge. Sta. Fe Terminal already gives you a glimpse of what the island can offer. 

We checked in at Budyong Beach Resort. This beach resort is a family budget resort, one of the many you can find in the island, but not less than breathtaking. The beach is just an arms' length! It's clean and peaceful. Shortly after we settled in, an enticing P100/person island hopping was offered. 

We spent our first day preparing the meals and taking pictures. It was later that day when we decided to go swimming to give ourselves enough rest. Nevertheless it was a good swim for everyone on our first day. 

Island hopping kicked in the next day. We visited two islands, the Virgin Island and Gilantagaan Island. Virgin Island has an entrance fee of P500 for the first two person, and P100/person for the rest of the group. We simply shrugged this island off. Gilantagaan Island is for snorkeling. 

After visiting Bantayan, I'm more convinced that Cebu is indeed a paradise. I can't wait for another trip to #Bantayan. Fiesta is coming and for sure, the island will be full of activities to entertain and destress their guests. 

Let's go. Let's visit Bantayan! #VisitPH2015

Friday, September 26, 2014

iPhone 6 Kimstore

Kimstore, Philippines #1 online gadget store is offering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As of September 25, 2014,

iPhone 6
16gb 38,900
64gb 46,900         
128gb 49,990

iPhone 6 Plus
16gb 49,900
64gb 58,900
128gb 66,900  

What do you think? 

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. 

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