Field Test | Huawei Honor 6: Honorable yet Affordable

Huawei Honor 6

It’s been more than a month since my unboxing of the Huawei Honor 6 smartphone. Since then, a lot has happened from the company. They have recently announced its bigger brother Honor 6+ and its little brother Honor 4C. Even if Honor 6 came out in the Philippines late last year, it is still one of the compelling offers on the mid-priced sub–15,000 smartphone. In Lazada, it has also slashed some price since the release of their new smartphones to be more competitive. I’ve had the phone for more than three months now and I could say I have full tested the phone during my travels in Palawan, Cebu, Negros and Masbate. Here’s my take on the Honor 6 smartphone.

Oceana Philippines World Oceans Day Exhibit on Tañon Strait

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“Where is Tañon Strait?” I asked a friend when he told me about the project. I’m sure I share the same sentiments with other Filipinos who have no common knowledge of Tañon Strait which happens to be the largest marine protected area in the Philippines bounded by two islands Negros and Cebu. I was invited to be one of the photographers for the Oceana Photo Safari on Tañon Strait together with underwater photographers Gutsy Tuason and Danny Ocampo, travel photographer Oggie Ramos, chief news photographer of Cebu News Daily Tonee Despojo and chief photographer of the Freeman, Ferdinand Edralin. For six straight days the group captured the beauty and bounty of Tañon Strait above and underwater. And this recent World Oceans Day, June 8, 2015, Oceana Philippines hosted a photographic exhibit showcasing images captured during the photo safari.

Audio | Marshall Major Pitch Black Review

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I normally don’t go with on-ear headphones when I travel since they tend to be huge and a space hog. But since I got an Urbanears Tanto before (which was already discontinued), I didn’t mind since it was light yet has really distinguishable sound quality. Unfortunately, that one got lost in one of my trips. Then a Marshall Major FX landed on my hands as a christmas gift. Who am I to refuse such a good looking headphones? I still have my portable earphones with me but I managed to use this on my travels as well. Marshall already has the latest Major II model out but the classic Major, considered as the original is still widely available.

Field Test | The Millerton Aquaventure Dry Bag Review

Using the Millerton Aquaventure at Virgin Island Bantayan

The Philippines is blessed with 7,107 islands and exploring any of them entails crossing seas or dealing with erratic tropical weather of sudden squalls, may it be land or sea. So traveling with a dry bag is essential in the country to protect one’s precious gadgets or belongings. There are plenty of dry bags available and here’s one other option available from the popular online gadget shop, Kimstore. Let’s look at the Millerton Aquaventure Dry Bag. A large 20L dry bag with attachable shoulder strap for only P999. I brought the bag along for a week-long expedition at Tañon Strait and a 4-day exploration of San Pascual in Masbate to test how tough this bag is at the outdoors.

Field Test | Runtastic Orbit: Activity and Sleep Tracker

Runtastic Orbit synced to a smartphone

At first look, the Runtastic Orbit may sound like a glorified pedometer. Yes it does tracks steps, distance covered but it also displays time, tracks sleep, calories burned and syncs with Runtastic Apps to convert data into easily readable graphs. It’s an interesting wearable device for fitness enthusiast. I tried the Runtastic Orbit for at least a month to see if it does help me be more aware of my fitness goals and daily activity.

Trail Run | Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015: The 12k Road to Trail

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On its 5th year, Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015, gathered as nearly 1,500 runners last April 25, 2015 as one of the most anticipated running events of the year, held in Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan. Keeping its tradition and reputation as having not only the most scenic trails in the past five years, they are also known as having technical trails that would challenge trail runners from beginners dipping their foot on the trails (the 6km and 12km Road to Trail) and to avid trail runners looking to test their skills and endurance (24km and 32km Mountain Trail). Like last year’s Xtrail in Hamilo Coast, I was able to join this year’s trail run as well, upping my ante a little on the 12km Road to Trail Category. And here I share my experience and photos from this run.

Unboxed | Huawei Honor 6 and Initial Impressions

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I’ve been long familiar with Huawei devices for quite a while now but more in line with their connectivity devices like pocket wifi, routers and usb dongles/wingles. It’s just so timely my old phone drowned and I was offered to review one of Huawei’s recent releases, the Honor 6. The Huawei Honor 6 is pretty interesting offering. At first look, people may be quick to judge that it’s a Chinese iPhone-copycat but it’s a highly capable smartphone with pretty impressive hardware in an affordable package. Let’s take a close look at the key features.