Karaoke Republic in Timog Ave. Quezon City


| Posted in , , , | Posted on 10/29/2011 01:39:00 PM

Location: 35 Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Business Hours: Mon - Sun 3:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For packages and other info click here.

Iris for Android, an Alternative for Siri


| Posted in , , , , , , | Posted on 10/22/2011 05:59:00 AM

So you own an Android phone and you’re jealous of iPhone 4S owners having Siri as their personal assistant. Luckily, the awesome people of Dexetra created an application for Android (in just 8 hours!) called Iris (spell backward and you know what it is), you can now experience Siri like application for your Android.

Iris is not as good and functional as Siri, but I had fun playing with it. It let me compose a message by talking to it and send it to the person on my phonebook. It also let me call a person on my contact list. I did encounter some problems with some names not properly identified like the name “Jomar” who Iris understood as John Mayer. Iris is also good with having conversation on general information and when it doesn’t understand you, it’ll give you some random funny answer or question. 

Iris is still in Alpha version and can be downloaded for free on the Android Market. If you want other personal assistant application, you can try other alternative like Vlingo which is more accurate and functional but not half as fun. 

XBox Live Gold Support Philippines


| Posted in , , , , , , , | Posted on 10/19/2011 12:21:00 PM

Maybe the only time a Filipino will experience his XBox Live Gold account is when the person first registered to XBox Live. A month free of XBox Live Gold is given to every user who registers. But after that one month period, that person will be blocked every time he wants to purchase something from the XBox 360 Dashboard, from Micosoft points, XBox Live Gold membership up to downloading of Add Ons and games. Yes, the XBox Live Silver is forever free, but it’s only good for updates and free demos and you can't enjoy playing online without the Gold account.

The problem lies in the lack of regional support to some places. You’ll encounter this problem when you are required to fill out the billing form when you’re about to purchase something in XBox Live. So, how do people from unsupported regions go around this problem? Simple, just put the required info and when asked for the State and Zip Code, write recognized State and Zip Code on that region. In my case, my default region is United States (I don’t bother to change it to Singapore or any place), so I chose California on the drop down menu as my State, wrote Beverly Hills as my City and “90210” as my Zip Code. Did it work? It sure did. I tried upgrading my XBox Live to Gold account (the $2 promo for a couple of months) by linking my PayPal account. Yes, PayPal is now accepted as a form of payment in XBox Live. It’s easier to edit your billing info by going online using your PC than your XBox 360’Dashboard. My account was automatically upgraded and decided to purchase some Microsoft Points which I used for Downloading new songs for Dance Central for Kinect.

I suggest the same method for those guys who want to purchase something from XBox Live. The other method of payment is through credit card which you can also add as your payment option via their website. You can also purchase Microsoft point cards on some XBox 360 console/game sellers around Philippines.

Motorola Droid RAZR


| Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 10/18/2011 08:13:00 PM

I don’t like the old Motorola RAZR. Never in my mind did I dream to buy any mobile phone from Motorola until today. The new Motorola Droid RAZR suddenly rises to the top of the Android smart phones. From hardware to software, I’m sure many will be impressed by this device. 

The new RAZR is impossibly thin with a stainless steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology Splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside. The 7.1mm thick mobile device is the world’s slimmest phone.  It features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, covered with Gorilla Glass on a very slim and lightweight Kevlar-infused body. It has 2 cameras, with a 8MP snapper for the main camera. It's powered by an OMAP 4430 chipset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 1GB of RAM. Onboard storage is 16GB, but if you need more it's expandable via a microSD card.

The new Motorola RAZR is expected to be available worldwide on November. Do you think it will be a worthy iPhone 4 competitor?

Philippine Fashion Week October 2011 Schedules


| Posted in , , | Posted on 10/17/2011 04:23:00 PM

This is the official schedule of the 2011 Philippine Fashion Week this October at SMX Convention Center & SM Mall of Asia. 

October 23, 2011 (Sunday)

6:30 PM - Human, Kashieca and Bench

October 24, 2011 (Monday)

7:30 PM - L’Oreal Paris presents Michael Cinco
8:30 PM - Guess

October 25, 2011 (Tuesday)

7:30 PM - SM Ladies’s Fashion (SM Department Store)
9:30 PM - Premiere Collection (Derick Hibaler, Melchor Guinto, Russell Villafuerte, Ulysses King and Veejay Floresca)

October 26, 2011 (Wednesday)

5:30 PM - Design Fushion (Bo Parcon, Dax Bayani, Dimple Lim, Jaki Penalosa, Jot Losa, and Xernan Ortocio) and Visions & Trends (Enrico Carado, Joshua Guibone, Kenneth Chuan, Regine Dulay and Roland Alzate)
7:30 PM - SM Men’s Fashion (SM Department Store)
9:30 PM - Arnold Galang, Gerry Katigbak and Jun Jun Cambe

October 27, 2011 (Thursday)

5:30 PM - Triumph
6:30 PM - Freego
7:30 PM - SMDC presents Chris Diaz, Eric delos Santos and Lizanne Cua

October 28, 2011 (Friday)

5:30 PM - Cybershot presents Luxewear Collection (Anthony Ramirez, Aztec Barba, Delby BRagais, Julius Tarog, Melvin lachica, Nolie Vineza, Pablo Cabahug, Popoy Barba, Roel Rosal, Roland Lirio, Ronaldo Arnaldo, santi Obcena, Tina DAniac and Yvonne Quisumbing
6:30 PM - Lee
7:30 PM - Oxygen

October 29, 2011 (Saturday)

2:30 PM - SM Kid’s Fashion
4:00 PM - Crossings
5:30 PM - Ipanema presents Anthony Nocom, Catherine Cavilte, DAve Ocampo, Lyle Ibanez and RAoul Ramirez
6:30 PM - Vans
7:30 PM - Penshoppe
9:30 PM - Slim’s at 50 (Cesar GAupo, Chito Vijandre, Erika Adona, Ezra Santos, James Reyes, Joe Salazar, Joey Samson, Martin Bautista, Michael Cinco and Riza Bulawan)

October 30, 2011 (Sunday)

2:30 PM - Ready to Wear Collection (Emi Alexander Englis, Harley Ruedas, Jian Lasala, John Guarnes, Joyce Pilarsky, Louis Claparols, Mike Lavarez, Nixon Marquez, Reian Mata, Ricky Abad, Simon Ariel Vasquez, and Ziggy Savella noypistuff)
4:00 PM - Grand Allure Collection (Albert Andrada, Alma Rae Roa, Frederick Policarpio, Gerswin Cua, Gil Macaibay, June Pugat, Luis delos Santos, Marc Rancy. Norman Noriega, Philipp Tampus, Popo Go and Richie Bondoc)
5:30 PM - Jerome Salaya Ang, Noel Crisostomo, Sassa Jimenez and EzAc (by Raoul Ramirez, Lyle Ibanez and AudieE)
7:30 PM - L’Oreal Paris presents Menswear Collection (Aries Lagat, Chris Jasler, Dodjie Batu, Drei Soriano, Edgar Buyan, Jesson Capuchino, Jinggo Inoncillo, Odelon Simpao, Ronan Opina and Shanon Pamaong)

Gamepad for NBA 2k12 for PC


| Posted in , , , | Posted on 10/12/2011 10:36:00 AM

Looking for a gamepad for NBA 2k12 for PC? Try CDR King’s generic gamepads. I tried using their USB Dual Shock Gamepad for PhP 180 last year for NBA 2k11 and so far it’s still working until today.

My year old gamepad. Will work on 2k12 too.

You can choose for a USB gamepad resembling a Playstation controller or an XBox gamepad. You just have to configure the buttons to work on your NBA 2k12.

Check out CDR King’s list of gamepads.

Check out my post on using the generic gamepad on NBA 2k11.

NBA 2k12 Cheat Engine for My Player Mode


| Posted in , , , , | Posted on 10/08/2011 06:08:00 AM

I don’t have a copy yet of NBA 2K12 for PC because I’m playing it on XBox 360. But if you want to use cheat engine on My Player mode of NBA 2K12, I’m sure my old post about doing it on 2K11 will give you an idea how to do it since the set up is basically the same. 

Also, you guys might want to check out my post on using a generic gamepad for NBA 2K series. If anyone of you guys tried the PC version of NBA 2k12 with cheat engine, please leave a comment below.

KaLui Restaurant Puerto Princesa, Gastronomic and Visual Feast


| Posted in , , , | Posted on 10/05/2011 11:25:00 AM

If you’ll ask the locals of Puerto Princesa “What is the best place to eat”, most likely you’ll be given 2 options, Badjao Seafront Restaurant and KaLui. We tried both places and they are both superb. But if you’ll ask me to choose only one between the two, I’ll say go to KaLui.

KaLui is more accessible between the two, located at Rizal Avenue, especially if you don’t have a car with you. From The Legendary Hotel, it took us only around 15 minutes ride and an 8 PhP via a tricycle. By the way, you need to phone in for a reservation because the place is usually full of tourists and locals (we asked the hotel to make a reservation for us).

Kalu -where?!

We got a reservation for 9:00PM and got there 10 minutes early but we were allowed to get in because there are vacant tables that time. Nothing special about the outside look of the place, no parking area and you’ll just see a sign bearing the name of the place made of wood and a “bahay kubo” behind it. But wait till you get inside, the bahay kubo transforms into a very different place. You’ll see paintings, art installations with cool lights and a very nice ambience (the comfort room is uber neat too!). You’ll be asked enter the place barefoot, you have to leave your footwear on baskets at the entrance. 

Barefoot for that "parang nasa bahay lang" feeling.

Those fruits are real.

Resto or art exhibit?
Japanese style.

Most on the menu are seafood and prices are not too expensive. The presentation of the food is great and you don’t have to wait too long for it to arrive. We ordered KaLui Special of the Day Set, composed of Fish Steak, Prawns, Veggies of the Day, Steamed Fish with Black Beans Sauce, Rice and Starters. I also asked for the Kilawin and a bottle of my favourite beer. 

I love menus with uncomplicated choices.:)
Thank God for antihistamines!

Mixed fruits for dessert.

Mango with bagoong and seaweeds.

You'll never guess what this is. It's an eggplant...
I’ll definitely suggest KaLui to my friends. If you're in Puerto Princesa, just ask the tricycle drivers to take you to KaLui. Trike drivers there are friendly and serves as tourist guide too. KaLui is a great place to feast both for your stomach and your eyes.

NBA 2K12 Release Philippines


| Posted in , , , , | Posted on 10/04/2011 08:33:00 PM

Somewhere else in the globe some lucky guys got a hold of their NBA 2K12, people here in the Philippines have to wait for the October 7th release date. I can’t wait to try it on my XBox 360 and 40” Sony Bravia. It’ll the first NBA game I’ll be using on my XBox 360, I played the NBA 2K11 on my PC. I guess there’ll be no cheat engine for me this time...

Below is a review of NBA 2K12 for XBox 360.

You can grab one at Datablitz stores for around PhP 2600. NBA 2K12 is available for PC, XBox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP and Wii.

Update: Bought my NBA 2K12 at Datablitz Trinoma last October 7th for PhP 1,895. It's awesome!

Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa


| Posted in , , | Posted on 10/03/2011 12:16:00 AM

Do you know that the former biggest Crocodile was caught in Palawan? “Rio”, named after the place where she was caught is a 12 foot croc caught by Ernesto “Lolong” Coñate and his team. He was later tasked to catch the present biggest crocodile “Lolong”, but unfortunately he died because of hypertension last August 28th. Lolong the croc was named after Ernesto the croc hunter.

If you want to see how huge Rio is, visit Irawan Crocodile Farm in Palawan. For an entrance fee of 40 PhP, you can see crocs and other indigenous animals. 

Rio, the crocodile
More crocs!
Crocodile Meat, tasty tasty!
The Bear Cat

You can also try holding the bear cat and a photograph for free and a little croc for 30 PhP.
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