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Bye Bye Bad Photos! No More Failed Shots with Samsung 2 View!

As I mentioned in my past posts, one of my favorite features in Sammy (my dual LCD Samsung camera) is the fact that I can take great selfies because of the front LCD feature the camera has. This dual screen, coupled with the Beauty Shot setting of the Samsung 2View Cameras, makes for the best self-portraits because you can actually see what you’re capturing, rather than the usual “let’s see if we all fit in the frame while I hold this camera in front of us” style others have to settle for with single LCD cameras.


Samsung 2View Cameras

Just recently, Samsung gave two lucky Facebook fans a Samsung 2View Camera each. Sadly I was not one of them, haha. In any case, they have a great new promo now highlighting their goal to say goodbye to bad shots forever! By simply joining their Bye Bye Bad Photo contest, you can have the chance to win one of three Samsung ST700 cameras. The mechanics are simple:

With a Samsung 2View camera, you can definitely say bye bye to bad photos like my contest entry:

Davao Jump Shot Fail!!!

We all know how hard it is to get a good jump shot, right? Especially when it’s a group jump shot! This is a classic example of that difficulty—if you agree with me do vote for my entry haha! Anyway, my friends and I were in Davao a couple of years ago and we tried our best (I should say bestest haha) but to our dismay, we could not get a decent jump shot. With the Jump shot feature of the Samsung 2View, everyone can jump at the right time because it has a visual count down on the front LCD so everyone can anticipate the exact moment to jump. It also takes three shots in quick succession to capture that exact moment.

Besides eliminating failed jump shots, the Samsung 2View camera also features a Child mode which captures kids (especially babies!) attentions so they look straight at the camera rather than all over the place.

SO….do you want your own Samsung 2View? Dig up Wrong Angle, Jump Shot Fail and Baby Gets Bored shots and log on to their Facebook page and join now 🙂 Good luck!!!


click and join now!

If you won one of these cameras, how would you make the most of this unique 2view feature??? 🙂 Do share your ideas by leaving me a comment!

Twice the Fun, Twice the Memories with Samsung2View Cameras


Samsung 2View Cameras

One of my most impulsive purchases (well, next to the iPad I should say haha) was Sammy, my Samsung dual LCD camera. I was just out in Eastwood to meet up with a friend when I strolled into the Samsung store and fell in love with the unit. Without really contemplating the decision much, I whipped out my credit card and became Sammy’s proud new owner. While I may have some regrets about the way I casually spent a huge chunk of my savings, I have truly enjoyed all the fun memories the 2View camera has helped me capture, especially since I love doing selfies with my dog, Bubba 🙂

The front LCD that these cameras feature allows  anyone to take not just great self/couples portraits, but it also has a child mode feature that makes taking pictures of kids (which was very helpful in my former preschool teaching job!) and even my pets so much easier. When set on child mode, a cartoon video appears on the screen which the child can watch so you can capture them looking directly at the lens. Anyone who’s tried to shoot a baby will attest to how difficult it is! The Samsung2View camera, lessens this difficulty.

Another great feature in the various Samsung 2View camera models, specifically the ST700, PL170, PL120, is what is called the Jump Shot mode.

Samsung 2View Cameras with Jump Shot feature

When set on this, one can see through the front LCD when exactly to time their jump shots so as to capture the moment at it’s finest. After all, jump shots are soooo hard to capture, right?

I’ve written several posts in the past about why I love this camera so much so I guess I can say that despite it having been an impulsive buy on my part, it was well worth the investment.  🙂

Recently, however, I came across this Facebook contest where two of these Samsung 2View cameras are at stake!

Oooh….I would love to upgrade to one of these newer models!!!  The mechanics are quite simple, all you need to do are the following:

1. Like and Share the Samsung Camera fan page to your friends.

click the like button to join!!!

2. Update your status by posting the following message:  “Win Samsung 2View Cameras by liking and sharing @Samsung Cameras PH” in your status message box.  Be sure to note though if the Samsung Camera fan page is tagged correctly.

3. Promo is from May 15, 2011 to May 30, 2011 only, so tag away now!!!

That’s it! All tagged entries will qualify for the raffle where two winners will get a chance to win a Samsung 2View Camera.

Good luck to us all!!! 🙂 Promise, these cameras are so much fun…and yes, the dual LCD makes it twice the fun as it captures not just precious memories, you definitely will have that extra moment of fun WHILE capturing the photo through the 2View screens!!!

Do check out this video to learn more about these awesome cameras


What is sexy?

What is sexy?

A friend of mine recently told me that when he saw my profile picture on Facebook, it was such a far cry from the Ria he used to know.  He went on to say that he remembered how whenever we’d go around on trips and he’d try to shoot me, it was very difficult because I’d always get self-conscious. At that time, there was no way on earth you’d make me do a jump shot or something like this!

You see, much as many do not believe it, I am such a shy and insecure individual, someone who never was comfortable in her own skin and never trusted in her own abilities. For the longest time, I was content being in the background, hiding behind the shadows of what was familiar. Earlier this year, however, I discovered the practice of yoga and it has changed my life immensely, not just on the physical aspect.

This picture for me captures what sexy is…

Being sexy goes beyond the exterior…it’s being able to find that bit of confidence in you that allows you to let go of fear and to believe in yourself, to trust in your own abilities and potentials, and to know that you have the power in you to be the best you possible. It goes beyond fitting into a size 0-2 but comes with being able to love yourself inside and out, no matter what size, shape or condition you may be in.

Okay, you might wonder where this post is coming from..teehee. Let me back track a bit. A few weeks ago I wrote about the Samsung Notebook Series 9, which is touted as the sexiest netbook in the market nowadays. With a sleek and sexy design and specs that is sure to wow you, it is definitely one drool-worthy gadget.


Samsung Netbook Series 9

Samsung Netbook Series 9

What makes this such a great netbook is that it definitely  makes PC sexy as this small yet powerful gadget boasts of PC worthy specs. Just look:

  • Ultra Slim Profile at 0.64”
  • Lightweight Body at 2.86lbs.
  • Stunning display at 400NIT
  • Intel Core i5-2537M Processor
  • (1.40GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 3MB cache memory)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • 13.3-inch LED Hi-Definition (400NIT, Non-Gloss) Screen with SuperBrightPlus Technology
  • Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Hi-Definition Webcam
  • Built-in Bluetooth Version 3.0 Hi-Speed
  • Chargeable 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, MicroSD Card Slot
  • Surround Sound 3D Sound Effect
  • Arch Flow Design, Black Chassis, Made from Duralumin (2x Stronger than Aluminum)
  • 3 Years Warranty (1 Year International, 2 Years Local)

During it’s April 28 launch, guests were asked to  define sexy. Check out this video and see what they had to say:

The Samsung Notebook Series 9 is said to retail for about Php 79,000 (wowza!) but if you’d like to take a chance and try to win one for yourself, simply click on the app and  register on Samsung Notebook Series 9: Sexy Street Style Facebook fanpage and follow these easy-peasy steps:

  • Upload a stylish photo in of yourself that defines what sexy for you is.
  • Write about your personal definition of sexy.
  • Ask your friends to vote for your sexy photo entry.
  • Make it your profile picture in Facebook

Sexiest photos get a chance to win either a Samsung Notebook Series 9 or a Rajo Laurel, Rhette Eala, or Randy Ortiz designer wear. Check out my entry in their gallery…I hope you can support me by liking it!!! I so would love to win that super sexy lappy!!!

Bitten by the Bieber Fever

Okay…call me a late bloomer and all but um…there’s a song I can’t get out of my head. It goes: baby, baby, baby, ooooh! gaaaaawd! Yes, I have Bieber brain.  For our school’s moving up day, the teachers and the kids decided they wanted to play Bieber songs for the program and since then, I can’t get it out of my head. Couple this with the upcoming Bieber movie and um, there’s no escping the Bieber fever, right??? Haaay! Hehe 🙂 Gaaah…everyday of Baby Baby and Never Say Never (um…I think those are the titles haha).

Seriously though, I realized the whole fascination of the young ones for Justin Bieber must be very much like my fascination for NKOTB back in the day, right? I guess as much as there are lots of criticisms about him, he still is a pretty good role model for the tweens out there. This makes him an excellent spokesperson for certain issues and products, such as the Proactiv solution he endorses. In a way, having someone of his stature endorse this can allow tweens to feel more positive about their own self-image by letting them know that even people like Justin Bieber use things like the Proactiv acne and pimple fighting skin care solution to look the way he does and it’s not all there by some sheer miracle.

If I’m not mistaken, his movie comes out sometime end of March. Bieber fans can get a chance to see his movie for free! Proactiv is having a promo wherein the first 30 buyers can win tickets to the Justin Bieber movie. Follow Proactiv Solution Philippines on Facebook for more details and updates on other promos and freebies.

A Love Affair to Remember

Nicky and I have had an on-again-off-again relationship for the past year….medyo nagkatampuhan kasi kami when Sammy came along…

It’s not naman na pinagpalit ko siya kay Sammy, after all, there sure is room in my life for both of them, right? It’s not naman like I was cheating on him with the other, and that even if I had made a new friend he was still greatly loved, but no…when Sammy came along, Nicky prolly started feeling a little left out…a little selos, and yes, super duper nagtampo siya. For some reason, out of the blue, he stopped clicking for me. Yes, no matter how much I tried to adjust, zoomed in and out, when I’d push his buttons, no clicking. After some cooling off and letting things be, I realized we just needed to reset things and although there was a Sammy in the picture, iba pa rin ang relationship namin. Yes, true love ika nga. I may not invest extra in him, but what matters is going back to the basics…kaya hanggang ngayon, basic kit lens pa rin gamit ko.

Mwihihi 😉 Kala niyo tunay na love story no??? Meet Nicky and Sammy.

Seriously though, I was glad to stumble upon a PixelPro-Online.com contest at Vince Golangco’s site (Vince is also known for his other site, WhenInManila.com where he writes with one of the blogosphere’s pretty faces, Hannah of FlairCandy.com as well as the DJ of the G-Spot) where two anti-theft camera bags are up for grabs and I thought what better way to spend the rest of Chirstmas day than coming up with my official entry, right, esepcially after last nights whole gratitude post 🙂

Anyway, I got Nicky (aka a Nikon D-40) not too long ago and it has actually made me realize a lot of things (okay, I’m going a wee bit philosophical here, but go with me, okay? ;-)) It actually dawned on me that having Nicky has allowed me to see, pardon the pun, the bigger picture. And while Nicky may not be a real man, he sure has seen me through a lot and we’ve gone many places together 🙂

One of the greatest things about Nicky is that he always flatters me. Not that he doesn’t see my bad side also, but he always manages to brign out the best in me, both as a newbie photographer and a subject for photography as well. This is one of my favorite shots ever taken by Nicky.

Obviously I wasn’t the photographer, but during a quick trip to the beach with a dear, dear friend of mine and while there, she took a whole bunch of pictures of me that seem to has captured more than what I was feeling in the moment, but when I look at those photos, it speaks volumes of where I am in my life journey. I’m not very good at having my picture taken, actually, because I tend to get way too self-conscious when I look into a camera and only a handful of people (errr…less than a handful to be precise…) can actually capture a great, natural and real snapshot of me. Sure I can pose well (yesss…let’s get to the self-affirmation part please mwahahaha!) and I am able to project for a camera and look good doing it (errr…sige na, pagbigyan, photogenic daw!), but to actually pose and be comfortable, its kinda….hard.

But with Nicky around, I get to take lots of great shots, and get a lot of great shots taken of me. I know it isn’t only the camera that does it, but it sure makes it easier. What I like about these shots is that I get to appreciate so much more than just what I see in front of me because for some reason, often times when I shoot, the finished product has something extra that I didn’t necessarily see ahead of time. For example, when I took this photo during the same trip I was talking about earlier, I was only focusing on the boat, but not the sky, the ripples of the water etcetera.

In the same way, however, I have my fair share of bad shots from Nicky…those that look good upon viewing but when I upload to my PC, errr…something isn’t right. At the end of the day, however, whether we have a good day or not, what I love about being with Nicky is that I really get to appreciate so much more of people, things and situations around me than meets the eye.

So there…that is our little love story 🙂

WhenInManila.com and Pixel Pro camera stores are giving away CamSafe Anti-Theft bags and over P130,000.00 of other cash and prizes with their Picture Perfect Christmas contest! Find out how you can win here – http://bit.ly/iikRIe

Sneak Peek at Eat Pray Love

Yup, here’s another update on the movie that I’ve been waiting for for sooooo long, Eat Pray Love!!!

For those who are unfamiliar with the story, it is the real life account of Liz Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) and her quest to find herself and happiness after a bitter divorce and at the face of a dark night of the soul. I loved how she says: “I want to marvel at something”. And marvel she did…in her year of “I”,  she experiences the simple pleasure of eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali.

Eat Pray Love is produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and stars Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup, and Javier Bardem. Eat Pray Love is set to open soon (October 6 according to the Facebook page! Weee!) across the Philippines and is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Visit www.sonypictures.com.ph to get the latest movie news, video clips, games and free downloads. Check out Columbia Pictures on Facebook and join their fan contests. I wish they have EPL contests soon…and more so…I hope I win!!!!

Gadgets And Tech’s 1st Annual Phone Raffle Contest

I’m not really one who gets picked at raffles, but I want to believe that Gadgets and Tech’s contest will be one of those few times I actually win in a raffle!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay?

They are giving away a Samsung mobile phone and a Php 2000 GC to PowerMac, which I desperately need 🙂

I know this is a last minute to entry to Gadgets And Tech’s 1st Annual Phone Raffle Contest but who knows 🙂

There are only 3 easy steps to join the contest. You have till 11:59 tomorrow night, July 31, to be included in the raffle. Head on over to Gadgets and Tech‘s site to join…NOW NA!

Congratulations to my Blog Anniversary Contest Winners!!!

First of all, thank you so much to all the patience you guys have extended with regards to the delay of this announcement. I didn’t realize that the end of my contest coincided with the first day of classes in DLSU and given that I am teaching three new subjects this term, I was simply overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do.

Anyway, with no further ado, let me congratulate all the winners of my contest: Read the rest of this entry »