Monday, November 29, 2010

Bambu Estate in Davao City: Affordable Home Yet Elegant

“Why rent an apartment or a house if you could own an affordable home with superior quality?” Those were the words I heard coming from the mouth of Bambu Estate’s sales force. Every mall here in DC has an exhibit of Kisan Lu’s Bambu Estate subdivision.

“Ma’am, we can accompany you for a free site tripping anytime,” one real estate agent said. So when I had the time, I signed up for a site tripping to see the place.

Bambu Estate subdivision, a garden-themed promoting green architecture, is located in Mintal, Davao City. It is approximately 30 minutes away from downtown, i.e. when the traffic is mild and you are riding in a private transportation or a cab. But if you are travelling in a public transportation, say a PUJ, it is another story.

Anyway, yes the travel time was too long but it was worth my time. I saw their house models. Both Hana and Yumi are Japanese-inspired house units.

Please play the video provided below to have a glimpse of Bambu Estate:

Hana is cheaper than Yumi. But it is only built with 2 bedrooms and 1 toilet and bath. If you choose Standard Hana (PHP 1.4M approximately $32,000), the interior of the house doesn't have floor tiles installed and closets in the 2 bedrooms. Deluxe Hana (PHP 1.5M or $34,000), on the other hand, is equipped with floor tiles and cabinets, plus it’s carport is finished with plain cement.

Yumi Standard (PHP1.7M or $38,636) has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, but no floor tiles and closets. While Yumi DeLuxe (PHP 1.9M or $43,181) has the same rooms as Yumi Standard has to offer. The only difference is that there are no floor tiles (plain cement finishing only) and closets (for the bedrooms).

The model houses of Bambu Estate are really appealing. But it is wrong for those agents to say that “everything that you see in there is included in the package, except for the appliances, beds, sofa, and dining set.” It is a lie. The model houses were just fully enhanced. They have fixtures, lights and mirrors installed in every corner of the house to make the small floor area (42 sq.m for Hana and 52 sq.m for Yumi) look bigger. The enhancements are, of course, excluded in the package.  

What really caught my eyes are the colors of the tiles plastered to the walls and floor of the bathroom. The contrasting colors are just a cozy sight.

However, I could not understand why Kisan Lu Lands Inc. (KLLI) keeps on advertising Bambu Estate as affordable when in fact the lowest price they offer reaches more than a million pesos. Then again, KLLI is known in DC as the best developer in terms of building high quality homes.

By the way, zen-themed Bambu Estate has the following facilities:

Swimming pool (which I love)
Basketball court (I don’t need this)
Guardhouse with security guards on duty

Sadly, it does not have a tennis court. :(

Anyway, I went home wondering where would I get PHP 1.4M. My only chance to own one Bambu Estate house and lot package is to win the super lotto jackpot prize of PHP 600M+ (approx $1.4M). Oh, how I wish I could be the next millionaire. But first, I need to buy a ticket for the super lotto.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

LG Optimus 7: The Optimum Phone Option

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG. All opinions are 100% mine.

I own a Nokia smartphone but I am planning to switch to LG Optimus 7. Why? Here are the reasons:

Recently, LG has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a smartphone which is powered by Windows 7. With this partnership, users can delight in the cool applications provided by the new smartphone-- LG Optimus 7.

One of the key features of LG Optimus 7 is its ability to share, directly, multimedia files, such as pictures, video and music without accessing other menus.

Another great benefit of owning LG Optimus 7 is the phone’s ability to connect to a speaker without using any wires. That means, users can display videos and photos stored in this phone directly to any speakers.

The ScanSearch of LG Optimus 7 is also useful when one needs to retrieve real-time information about the weather condition, banking, dining, as well as the entertainment scene-- “How did Prince William propose to Kate Middleton?”

I also like the phone’s Voice-to-Text communication feature. With this feature, I do not have to type in “I am hungry” to update my Facebook status, for instance. My voice will be automatically converted to text. Is it not fantastic?

Its 720p HD video resolution is also astounding. It allows users to record and playback videos in stunning visual quality.

And that is not all. LG Optimus 7 is equipped with 5MP camera and built with technological enhancements allowing users to capture a photo without the need to adjust the settings of the camera. Plus, its Panoramic Mode enables users to stitch together a 360-degree landscape scene.

Then, its 1500mAh removable battery can withstand hours of Internet browsing, talking on the phone, e-book reading, or even game playing.

With these capabilities, I can say that LG Optimus 7 is the real smartphone.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Golf Skirts

The other day, my friend invited me to play golf with him at Rancho Palos Verdes Golf Course in Mandug. Since I was busy, I declined the offer.

In as much as I wanted to make this sport as a hobby, the equipment (clubs) is too expensive for my wallet. What I can only afford (now) is the golf skirt.

Although the rules of golf did not mention anything about golf skirts as a required outfit for women golfers, I like to wear cool golf skirts while playing the game. They would not transform me into a professional golfer but at least they would help me look like Beatriz Recari.

Since I am not playing golf anytime soon, I do not have to rush into purchasing golf skirts and other pieces of equipment needed for this game. But if I were to purchase golf skirts now, I would like to own this simple golf outfit:

A turquoise polo and a white pleated golf skirt by Golftni... I can also wear this pair while playing tennis.

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LG Optimus One: Another Reason to Switch

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG. All opinions are 100% mine.

Powered by Android 2.2, LG Optimus One is another smartphone from LG’s Optimus series. This phone was developed and built to take full advantage of Google Mobile Services.

After knowing the features of LG Optimus One, I am planning to seize one for my mother. Here are some of the attractive features that I think my mom would be excited of:

LG Optimus One has a user-friendly interface. This is perfect for non-technical users. Through this, they do not need the assistance of a technically skilled person to abet them in using such phone.

The phone’s faster and smoother Internet browsing capability allows busy users to access the Internet without any delay. Plus, it enables users to do multi-tasking like they are working on their laptops.

Another appealing feature of LG Optimus One is the user’s ability to synchronize phone with Outlook Calendar. With its portable Wi-Fi connection, user can easily share a single 3G connection.

As mentioned earlier, this phone is built to maximize the use of Google Mobile Services, such as Google Voice Search ™, Google Goggles ™, Google Shopper ™, Google Voice Actions ™ and Google Maps ™ with Navigation.

To receive updates about quality applications, users can utilize the exclusive LG App Advisor that recommends 10 highly rated applications every two weeks.

What is more? LG Optimus One has a camera equipped with a face tracking and smile shot. It is also built in a 3.2” wide HVGA screen. Plus, it comes with a long-lasting 1500mAh battery.

Since LG Optimus One will be available only in more than 90 countries, I am hoping this phone will be released soon in my country.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Watchpad Livestream of Pacquiao-Margarito Fight

It was a 6/10 for PLDT’s Watchpad livestreaming of Pacquiao-Margarito fight yesterday.

I stopped all of my downloads and gave way to the livestreaming as suggested by Watchpad Team. The streaming was almost an A-Okay performance, if the sound was audible and the video was bearable.

As it turned out, we could barely hear what the commentators were saying while the fight was ongoing. Although the video was fuzzy, we could still see the grotesque face of Margarito starting on the 8th round (or was it 9th?).

Nonetheless, the free livestreaming gave us the chance to watch the fight (without the annoying ads) before it was aired on TV. But still, I lost the bet. Phew!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yoga Pants for Yoga Sessions

I am planning to join in one of the Yoga “houses”in DC. That’s why I am in the market for Yoga pants.

Obviously, yoga pants are designed to be worn during a yoga session. What is good thing about this pair of pants is its versatility.  It can be used while performing other forms of exercise, like dance, aerobics and the like.

Another best feature of yoga pants is its being flexible. I need its flexibility so I can easily move in and perform the different yoga positions.

... and I have my eyes for this Yoga Classic Pant of Victoria’s Secret. It is made of spandex for added durability. But the price-- $29.50-- is not so attractive. I guess I just have to stick to my old leggings, huh!

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Monday, November 08, 2010

PLDT Watchpad: Free Livestreaming of Pacquiao-Margarito Fight

PLDT Watchpad: Pacquiao-Margarito fight
Even though I have read many negative comments about PLDT’s Watchpad service, I still made a reservation to the service’s livestreaming of Pacquiao-Margarito fight on November 14, 2010.

I am not a big fan of boxing (or Pacman for that matter). But I still took the opportunity to watch via livestream the said fight, after all, it is for free.

PLDT Watchpad allows PLDT subscribers to enjoy watching 20 TV channels, such as CNN, CNBC, and National Geographic while browsing the Internet.

...he might lose this fight because his mom, Aling Dionisia, will be watching him live in Texas.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Chocolate Marjolaine of Red Ribbon

Composed of layers of meringue wafers, praline cream, rich chocolate, and roasted cashew nuts...

Red Ribbon’s Chocolate Marjolaine is not that sweet it will cloy your appetite.

That’s why I picked it as my birthday cake. Yummy!

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Magnificent Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol

Mayon Volcano erupts
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In the past 400 years, Mount Mayon has erupted for 49 times. As a result, it is dubbed as the most active volcano in the Philippines. 
Mayon Volcano
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Even though it earned such reputation, it is one of the most magnificent volcanoes in the world. With its almost symmetrically conical shape, Mount Mayon is known for its “perfect cone.”

Location: Albay, Philippines
Type: Stratovolcano (tall, conical volcano)

For decades, Mayon Volcano has not been used by serious climbers. For that reason, the mountain is filled with forest trees, varied vegetation and has been a home to different unique species.

... Soon I will be able to witness such captivating scenery.

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