R.I.P. to my iPod :(

R.I.P. to my iPod video (30gb). Really sad now. I bought it last 2007 for Php 13,000 because I really love music and movies. I saved my money just to buy it and I was really happy the first time I hold it. I use it everyday especially during my travel. I enjoyed listening to music, watching movies and browsing my photos in my iPod. I was able to use it for 3 years and got problems with the hardware and earphone jock last 2010. I never used it for a year and decided to buy an iPod shuffle but unfortunately it was included in my bag when I was robbed. Last June 2011, since my boyfriend knew how important my iPod video to me so as a birthday gift, he brought it in a repair shop in Greenhills hoping to be fixed and luckily it was fixed. I was very happy and started using it again. Another incident happened with my iPod when my brother borrowed it. He rode a bump car and was not aware that my iPod was in the pocket of his shirt. As he was enjoying the ride, the iPod was magnetized in the railway and got damaged. Luckily, the iPod is still working eventhough the case was deformed. Last night, i checked my iPod and discovered that it was infected with a virus. I heard noises coming from my iPod as I was formatting it. As I connected it again, the sad broken face appear. My boyfriend tried to fix it by checking ways in the internet. I knew this time the problem is serious especially that it concerns with the hard disk. I know that it can still be fixed by putting a new hard disk but it will totally cost me more. So, it’s like buying a new one. Really sad about it. I’ll hope to have a new one soon. 😦

Dial *#06# and Get Your Phone’s IMEI!!!

Mobile phones are being used for communication worldwide. We use it in texting and calling anyone, taking pictures and videos, and web surfing. Are you familiar with IMEI? IMEI stands for International Mobile Equiptment Identity. If vehicles have plate numbers, people have IDs … mobile phones have this so called IMEI which can be found at the inside part of the battery.
When I first saw it, I thought it is just a series of meaningless numbers. For many of us, we are not aware what is IMEI for. Store resellers are very much familiar with IMEI. IMEI is very important for them because they can use as their basis in how much they will buy your 2nd hand mobile phone or if it’s still in good condition to be bought.

How do mobile phone resellers here in the Philippines use this IMEI information?

– Get your mobile phone.
– Dial #*06#, the IMEI or serial number will appear in the screen.
– Count the 7th and 8th digit of the IMEI of your mobile phone, start from the left.

This two digits are your clues on where your mobile phone is made of.

If your digits are:

00 – the phone was made from the original factory of the brand of your mobile phone and is considered as the best quality.

01 or 10 – the phone was made from Finland and is considered to have good quality.

08 or 80 – the phone was made from Germany and is considered to have fair quality.

02 or 20 – the phone was made from Emirates and is considered to have a bad quality.

13 or 31 or 03 or 30 – the phone is made from China and is considered to have the worst quality.

If you want to know the quality of your mobile phone, check it now!!!


2008 Travel Light Photo Exhibit and Workshop

WHEN: September 8-13, 2008

MASTERS WORKSHOPSept. 9, 2008 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
ANDY SAMANIEGO- Basic Photography Digital SLR >>> This workshop is designed for hobbyists, family photographers, and anyone who would like to learn the basics of digital photography. Topics include: background on photography; understanding how a compact or point-and-shoot camera works; how to use white balance and other features to maximize the camera; proper handling and storage of a camera; how to compose photographs for visual impact; knowing the different design elements; how to keep photographs for posterity sake.
Workshop will also include actual photo shoot and constructive photo evaluation.

Sept. 10, 2008 1 p.m. – 6p.m.
EDWIN TUYAY, CHITO VECINA & ERNIE SARMIENTO Digital Photojournalism: A real-world approach to visual storytelling with contemporary technology >>> The two-day digital photojournalism experience will require participants to immerse themselves in photo assignments, nurture their photographic instincts, and develop a digital work flow of shooting, editing and layout for the ultimate experience in visual storytelling. Plus invaluable tips on how to make it in the competitive world of magazine publication as a photographer.

A typical day at the workshop begins with participants surveying, studying and shooting photography assignments focusing on Metro Manila scenes and culture. Photographers then return to workshop headquarters to download images and participate in one-on-one edit and critique sessions with three professionally renowned photography instructors. Throughout the session students will have the experience of edit sessions with each instructors. Limited enrollment ensures each participant will have plenty of access to and personal instructions from the instructors.

On the final day, the camaraderie Travel Light is famous for kicks in when instructors host projection sessions and critiques highlighting the day’s work.

Sept. 11, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
ANDY SAMANIEGO and NELWIN UY Travel Photography >>> Travel workshop that focuses on digital photography of architecture and landscape; includes instruction in composition, lighting and photographic technique; lecture on shooting styles for prenup and wedding photography in travel destinations in the country and abroad.

Sept. 12, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
JUN AND ROBERT GARCIA Dynamic duo of Wedding Photography & MADGE LEJANO Importance of make-up artistry and styling to photography >>> Topics include: What makes a great wedding photographer; marketing to achieve results; how to conduct and complete a wedding photo shoot like a pro; how to organize and develop a strategy for preparing and shooting a wedding; creative control and perceptive vision; understanding the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage; how to use portable flash with ambient light. post production work: digital workflow including Photoshop techniques and how to create stunning magazine style wedding albums; plus a special topic on how to enhance photos through the magic of makeup artistry by makeup artist Madge Lejano.

Sept. 13, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Day 2 Digital Photojournalism

Workshop Fee is Php 1,500.00. Please contact: Mr. Andy Samaniego for reservations at +63917-8986781. inquiry@andysamaniego.com


Txt Quotes, Txt Jokes

I’m still not feeling well since last Monday. I didn’t have a fever either. Dehydrated? Influenza? I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. My office mate joked on me and said, “baka kinukulam ka…” Kulam pa! Possible! Hahaha!

I couldn’t live without my cell phone because it’s my way of communicating to others but I’m not really into texting. I’m more addicted with other things like blogs and websites that I’m always visiting everyday. I’m not like others who love passing quotes or jokes to all their phone contacts but I love receiving them. Since high school, I’ve been collecting quotes (especially love qoutes) and writing it in a small notebook. I’ve posted some of my favorite love quotes here and in my other blogs (read my Love Talks blog entry) also. I was amazed when one of the authors of the quote left a comment confirming that he wrote it:

“A friend’s love says: “If you ever need anything, I’ll be there.” True love says: “You’ll never need anything, I’ll be there.”Jimi Hollemans

I also received a text joke from an office mate the other night and I couldn’t stop laughing:


Outing ng isang barkada…

Girl1: (Pababa ng pool…)

Girl2: Hoy girl, sigurado ko lulutang ka!

Girl1: Bakit naman? Kasi mataba ako?

Girl2: Hinde…kasi PLASTIK ka!

Wahaha, away na ‘to!

I received another text quote from an office mate tonight. I really love it that I posted it in my Friendster shoutout! I would like to share it here:

“Not all people that’s good to you are true to you as well. So learn to weigh things, be vigilant enough to secure what’s yours. Provide boundary to your conversations. Youu’ll never know when a pretending good person turns into a deceitful asshole.”

Interesting quote right?

Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

I received this e-mail from a friend…

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

1. EMERGENCY – The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out!

2. Have you locked your keys in the car? Does you car have remote keys? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock, saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other “remote” for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!”

3. Hidden Battery Power – Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don’t have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370#, your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

4. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A, 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.