Gadget shopping for the new year

To welcome the new year, we got a few upgrades to our current gadgets! It was really about time too! Since we usually skip one update, we make full use of the gadgets that we buy before we replace them. So this year, we retired our old iPhone 4s for a 5s and the older iPad 3 Retina for an iPad Air.

This is pretty much the happiest that a gadget junkie can get… until maybe when it’s time to replace my Macbook Pro but that would probably take a few more years.

GCASH and IT Corea, Inc. forge partnership to offer innovative services to Koreans in the PH

A partnership between GCASH, the flagship mobile commerce service operated by G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom and Philippine-based Korean information technology firm IT Corea, Inc. was signed on November 5, 2013. The move aims to expand the GCASH userbase by tapping the Korean community in the Philippines and providing them access to mobile money services.

Black Friday Sale Shopping and shipping discounts with GCASH AMEX

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Something pretty awesome is in store for people that love to shop this November as the holiday shopping season officially kicks-off on Black Friday. What this means is being able to get HUGE DISCOUNTS on practically any item from stores in the US.

What makes this really exciting for us Pinoys is that we get to avail of some of the best shopping deals without going through the hassle of being in those long lines just to get what we want! We don’t even need to travel abroad! All we need is to know where to look online. If you don’t have a credit card to use, don’t fret because you can always get a GCASH American Express® Virtual Pay account.

Starbucks whips up Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

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Muggles rejoice! We may yet be able to have a taste of the famous Butterbeer of Hogsmeade. This concoction comes as a frappuccino and not offically licenced to the Harry Potter franchise but I guess this will do until we are able to cross-over to the wizarding world.

While it isn’t advertised nationally, it is said that Starbucks is allowing customers to order the famous Harry Potter Butterbeer — so long as you provide them this recipe.

Review: The Bluebird of Happiness

 

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Manila, Philippines, October 4, 2013. A long-delayed follow-up to 2009’s N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat), Trumpets’ new production “The Bluebird of Happiness,” a musical adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, featuring music by Rony Fortich and book and lyrics by Jaime del Mundo, tells a story set on Christmas Eve, at the height of the frustration of siblings Mytyl and Tyltyl over not having the material things they think would make their lives better. It is a scene that is familiar not only among children but even adults. Mytyl and Tyltyl’s frustration is a reminder of lives that are driven by making ends meet or by achieving material wants that makes us lose sight of the very things that should have made us happy in the first place.

In the season of giving, it is ironic that this is also the time when people’s discontent and despair seem to manifest the most. And as these kids go on a quest to find true happiness through past and future, through greed and luxury, and through darkness and light, we go along with them realizing our own penchant for always wanting more than what we have. Through wondrous music and a spectacular production, “The Bluebird of Happiness” reconnects us with simple joys that provide more meaning in our lives than any material possession can offer.