The Kapuso Comedy Festival: Paolo Contis, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Charise Solomon, Kevin Santos, Mosang and Boobay

Monday, November 30, 2015

It was a super fun night to be with the brightest comedy stars of GMA a few days ago in what was dubbed as the Kapuso Comedy Festival. We got the chance to experience playing small games with Bubble Gang's Paolo Contis, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Charise Solomon, Ismol Family's Kevin Santos, Pepito Manaloto's Mosang during the blogcon at TGI Friday's in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Hosting the small gathering was super funny Boobay who's also a part of Celebrity Bluff. It was a blast to meet new people and very talented ones at that. During the event, we first talked to the people from Bubble Gang who's actually celebrating their 20th year in the show. They planned a big event last November 27 and sure enough, there were tons of stars who went back on the show. This includes those who have also gone and sought refuge in other networks. They were all dolled up and gorgeous, I saw it on TV.

Here are some excerpts during the Kapuso Comedy Festival Blogcon:

Bubble Gang's 20th Anniversary by kumagcow

Kapuso Comedy Festival by kumagcow

It's such a good thing to see that GMA is still making efforts to make shows that are apt for the general Filipino audience. We still smile a midst the countless problems we have in our daily lives. Comedy is hard to do, they all agreed to that. In fact some of them do find it quite difficult to crack a joke than cry in a scene. The personalities, as varied as they might seem like on screen have one thing in particular in mind when they entertain people... they think about YOU, the viewing public and how you could spend a couple minutes of your time in front of the TV and forget the day's problems. No matter how small you think that is, it means countless  hours of work and brainstorming for most of these comedians. They even promise to do more in the future especially Bubble Gang who already informed us of new characters and new gimmicks in the next episodes. Are you excited as I am? :)

Thank you to GMA Social Media, Paolo Contis, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Charise Solomon, Kevin Santos, Pepito Manaloto, Mosang and Boobay for spending time with us. It's such a nice thing to get to know and talk to you personally. Again, thank you!

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Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It was a great day to start a journey to the south, particularly in the Mall of Asia area where thousands of people flock for the mall, the entertainment, the conferences and just about anything under the sun. We stayed at the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. For those who don't know, they're the same people who put up Golden Phoenix in Boracay (the one in the Station 3 market) which I think I've stayed in a couple of years ago. They wanted to establish a base in Manila and this was the right venue. It's right in front of SM SEA Residences and a couple minutes walk to SM Mall of Asia. If you're having an event in SMX Convention Center or watching a concert in MOA Arena, this is the closest hotel you can get and it's really new. Not much know about it but as of this reading they've been 80-90% occupied which says a lot about this hotel. It's really nice and if I could tell you one thing to note about their rooms is that, it's really huge. So in a nutshell, it's location, the ambiance, the rooms is its selling point. They've got pretty decent food and really good service even if they're just starting. I bet this would be packed on holidays and when huge conferences happen. Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila is still finishing some of their restaurants, pool and other floors but from what I've seen so far, it is very promising.

Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila by kumagcow

The journey there was easy, although only a few people know the place they've got tons of establishments around them to actually be busy with. It's proximity to these places, plus some entertainment hubs like City of Dreams, Solaire and Mall of Asia make it a worthwhile place to be in. It's not noisy, you can see that everything's new and you get a pretty good room rate if you actually book early. 

I had fun inside my room and had filling breakfast buffet in the morning. You should definitely book a room in Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila real soon!


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Ken Xin Da Releases Affordable, Shock, Weather and Water Proof Phones in the Philippines

I must admit, I didn't know the brand Ken Xin Da before this event. They just actually launched a few days ago at posh Sofitel Manila and did it in a grand way. The stage was set and arranged to mimic Olympia, complete with Greek gods and goddesses holding what seems to be new mobile phones that I personally haven't seen before. They're set to conquer the Philippine market with an unbelievably low priced phones that are perfect for those who find function, fun and protection from the elements. What do I mean? Let's just say the literally put one of their phones underwater!

Here's what happened during the show!

Ken Xin Da Mobile Phone Launch
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Aside from that, they've also got some small fancy phones that looks like cars. There's also one designed specifically for women, it's a flip phone that turns into a car too. I've seen some of the handsets only cost from a few hundred bucks, to just a little over 3 thousands pesos. Now imagine if this actually lands on stores. That only means there's no reason anymore to NOT actually own a smartphone. Best of all, they offer something really different at these price points and I'm very impressed about the Ken Xin Da.

This is the KENXINDA Flattop W3. It's a very cheap mobile phone which is part of their line called Proofings W3. It's dual sim, a little chunky, but it's still considered a small mini sized cell phone in this part of the world. It's a Waterproof Mobile Phone which means it can stand the elements. It's designed to withstand accidental falls, temperatures and even to the point of getting it submerged. Now imagine taking this to your mountain travels where it could experience bumps, coldness and moisture in the outdoors. It'll still survive that because as you can see on the photos above, they already put this phone on water and it still displays, it still works.

I tried it out for size and took out the content of the box. My first problem was just how to make this work. There should be a place to put in the simcard but I was thinking of a way to open it on the back by flipping things, but none of them seem to budge on the edges. I didn't read the manual because I thought it was easy, then I found this lot. It's got 1800 mAh for batteries so you can stay here if you need to.

See that thing in the middle? It's a small screw driver that fits perfectly on the slots on the back of the phone. Apparently the phone is sealed shut so the only way you can whisk the back away from the phone is to unscrew it first. It's convenient though after that because it's double sim. It runs on Android even when it felt like Java when I operated it the first time. This is a 2G phone so you only get the practical parts of the smartphone. It doesn't have wifi so you might want to consider that in your purchase. The back camera is 3 Megapixels, it also autofocuses, has Bluetooth connection, a built in flash, Dual Sim ports, ability to Email, has an FM Radio and GPS. It also has a loudspeaker which you can use when you need to talk. It also comes with a charger and earplugs.

Screw it back in and you're good to go. Now remember, you only got a 176 x 220 screen but it's basically enough to see on mobile handsets. However, like the other Ken Xin Da handsets, it does the job. There's also a couple more things on the phone which I still find basic, a thing that non smartphone users would appreciate if they are using this as an "entry level phone" of some sort and take it to mountaineering trips or just plain sports events that require a tough phone that can withstand drops, bumps, and still work. Or maybe they would be fine having  powerbanks too when the need arise.

Speaking of which, they've got the Ken Xin Da Power Bank. Just like the phone above, this one has got the same waterproof concept implemented. Imagine when it rains, when you need to walk to the sea or just plain jumping into the pool. I remember a friend who pushed me into a pool once, he didn't only get my phone wet, he also kinda almost had me worried. I don't know how to swim LOL! So if this one is a good option for the powerbanks that are still in the market, this one's totally different since it's got that ability.

Congratulations to this new player in the market. You will definitely shake the mobile phone market with your low price points and specs. I even think I saw a 300 peso phone somewhere during the launch, but you would have to see it yourself by sending inquiries on the channels below. Congratulations Ken Xin Da!


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