We need 3D Touch capability in Downcast app too

Now that the Castro podcast app has gone free, I was able to take it for a spin, and I was impressed by its 3D Touch capability, so that you can instantaneously launch and play your favorite podcast channel (or playlist, perhaps?) straight from the home screen.

3D Touch for Castro podcast app in action

Thus, I’m contemplating of switching to this app instead of my go-to app for podcasts — Downcast. So, here’s a challenge to the developers of Downcast — update your app to integrate 3D Touch, and you can keep me as your loyal user/customer/endorser.

Unleash the beast within the iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s Plus standing proud while on display at iSwitch in Bonifacio High Street

Two years and my iPhone 5s still appeared to be on top of its game. Yet, it was time to upgrade — to catch up with the latest and greatest. I’m pretty sure there’s nowhere else to look but towards the direction of the iPhone 6s Plus.

One week with the iPhone 6s Plus and these are my first impressions, especially when compared to my old but tried and trusted iPhone 5s: Continue reading “Unleash the beast within the iPhone 6s Plus”

No thank you Microsoft for Office for iOS

Microsoft Office free on iOS
Microsoft Office free on iOS

I was trying out the MS Office apps (Excel, Word, and Powerpoint) on my brand new shiny iPhone 6s Plus today, and I found they’re nifty little applications that can surely help in some ‘office works’ while on the go. Continue reading “No thank you Microsoft for Office for iOS”

Where’s the 2-step verification in Facebook?


I was greeted by the above reminder when I opened Facebook today. Apparently, Facebook is concerned about our security. What with the reports of cases of user account hacking, some even compromise the personal reputation of the affected individuals. Continue reading “Where’s the 2-step verification in Facebook?”

Who’s up for a 1-Gbps Fiber internet connection?

Are you willing to spend P9,499.00 per month (~US$204.15) for a whopping 1Gbps fiber internet connection speed? That is — only if you’re located in Acropolis, Bel-Air Village, Forbes Park, Greenmeadows, Urdaneta Village, and White Plains areas.

Globe Plan 1Gbps for P9,499 per month
Globe Plan 1Gbps for P9,499 per month

Continue reading “Who’s up for a 1-Gbps Fiber internet connection?”

The pathetic state of our political party system

The Philippines’ political party system has gone haywire that it has become a norm for presidentiables to share some senatoriables in each of their senatorial line-ups.

At least 5 of the tandem’s [Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero] bets are shared candidates with the slates of administration and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

— Rappler, Who are on the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate?

Imagine this: a presidential candidate endorsing and campaigning for a senatorial candidate, yet the latter does not return the favor but campaigns and votes for another presidentiable instead.

Consider that irony and tell me how pathetic we are to have such a political party system?

Taking delight in my all-wheel drive

Top Gear Philippines (TGP), in its article ‘This is the reason you buy a go-anywhere AWD vehicle‘, writes:

Yes, crossovers are mostly used in and around the city. But in those rare moments when you just want to live life to the fullest and take the road less traveled, you’ll thank yourself you purchased a ride blessed with all-wheel drive.

Personally, I don’t go that much to such adventures. I may sound just trying to take delight in my decision that I got a Subaru XV, but the fact that my Liana (my Subaru XV) is proudly equipped with symmetrical all-wheel drive actually brings me peace of mind when my travels take me along some muddy roads and the like. Continue reading “Taking delight in my all-wheel drive”

Nickel Asia $NIKL reports higher volume but lower Peso revenue in 3Q-2015

Nickel Asia Corporation (PSE: NIKL, RIC: NIKL.PS, BBG: NIKL.PM) reports 12% increase in sales volume for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015 on a year-on-year basis, but that peso revenue slumped by as much as 40% for that same period YOY. We’ve seen soft metal prices, particularly LME Nickel price and nickel ore prices, in the last year or so, thus a huge drop in NIKL’s and similar mining companies’ revenue.

I’m attaching the press release in full below, but the main points can be summarized in the graphs that follow:

NIKL-Total Volume September YOY 2015 vs. 2014
NIKL-Total Volume September YOY 2015 vs. 2014

Check out more graphs and read the full press release »

A clear testament that Smart Bro Flexitime is a rip off

So I’ve been blogging about this and calling @SMARTCares‘ attention for the last two weeks or so:

Perhaps, to make up for their flawed service or a futile attempt to buy me and this blog off, they reversed P100 to my Smart Bro account;

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Indeed, I received that P100. But wait, there’s more »

A church visit to Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Lipa City, Batangas

The Facade of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Lipa, Batangas
The Facade of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Lipa, Batangas

The Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus is located in Brgy. Talisay, Lipa City, Batangas. It is adjacent to the property of Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. Out the open windows (and/or doors) of the church you can see the beautiful golf course.

The Alter of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Lipa, Batangas
The Alter of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Lipa, Batangas

Read the Historical Marker 2009 and check out the mass schedules »