I have been an avid PacSafe user ever since 2008. I have gone through a number of PacSafe products from the CarrySafe pouch, two generations of PacSafe Wallets (up to the RFID versions), Camera bags like the CamSafe Venture V12 Sling Bag and V16 Sling Pack and the handy CarrySafe 100 camera strap. It’s amazing to see how their Anti-Theft products has evolved in terms of functionality and design. Now I’m glad they are expanding and is more accessible by finally having their own flagship store at the ground floor of Glorietta 5 in Makati. A first also on the global scale for the brand.
If you like shooting landscapes, night skies or even architecture, a tripod is an essential tool for these kind of photography. For beginners in photography, I always stress how important good quality tripods when buying one. Think about it, you have a really costly camera on top of it, would you risk your thousands-of-pesos investment on a flimsy tripod? There are already several trusted brands already and one of them is Manfrotto. For the past few months I have been using the Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Photo Kit. It’s a model that’s been out for quite a while and is leaned as a good starter tripod but still sturdy enough for rugged use.
Let’s admit it. Apple makes great products from Macbooks to iPhones and iPads but they suck at making cables for device connectivity and charging. Ask any user and they’ll sing the same tune – their cables doesn’t last that long. That’s why numerous option from third-party manufacturers seek to address this concern. Fuse Chicken is one of them with their Titan line of nearly indestructible cables. I had the pleasure of trying the Titan Loop, a 9-inch long cable that can be looped as a keychain.
“There is enough mountain to climb every weekend of the year and you wouldn’t be able to finish them all!” says Gideon Lasco during his much awaited launch of his first book, “Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila”. Gideon, a physician and medical anthropologist by profession, started climbing mountains since he was 8 years old. To date, he has climbed over 150 mountains in the Philippines, hiked in 20 countries spanning 6 continents, and scaled 3 of the 7 summits of the world. He was one of the pioneers of the website www.pinoymountaineer.com.
Filipino mobile brand Starmobile is pushing the boundaries of their mobile imaging with their flagship Starmobile Knight Spectra. It’s a 13MP + 2MP rear Dual-camera phone designed to entice photography enthusiast. I recently had the chance to do a field test of the Starmobile Knight Spectra in my recent travels to see how this flagship spec 5.5” screen dual-camera smartphone performs in the real world. In this review, my focus is on the phone’s imaging capabilities as well as sampling out-of-the-camera images.
Never underestimate the distance. That’s one of the few lessons I learned running the 11k trail run at the recently held The North Face 100 PH in Benguet. After running the 12k trail at the Salomon Xtrail in Subic a couple of weeks before, I thought it would be easier for me to get a better time here. My goal for this 11k run was to finish strong, at least on the upper half on the overall ranking. I never thought that this shorter would challenge me that much though.
Recently I was saddened to read the news that more than half of the Great Barrier Reef are at high risk of dying off because of severe bleaching. And what’s disheartening is, it is 175 times likelier triggered by human-caused climate change. If we’re not careful much of our reefs in our country could suffer the same fate. That is why Human Nature, a local manufacturer of natural personal care products, initiated the first Save Our Seas Coastival dubbed #SOSCoastival in San Juan, La Union. It’s a day of gathering like minded individuals with the passion for caring for our environment and spreading awareness on how we can practically contribute on preserving environment by choosing eco-friendly products in our daily lives.