Field Test | Runtastic GPS Watch and Heart Rate Monitor

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Runners these days have it easy. With a multitude of wearables lately, gone are the two-fingers-on-wrist pulse count for the heart rate method as these new wearables can instantly show information such as heart rate, distance, elevation, pace and calories burned at ease. Runtastic GPS Watch and Heart Rate Monitor is the offering from the famed Runtastic Apps brand. I reviewed their other wearable Runtastic Orbit which is a cheaper fitness tracker. The Runtastic GPS Watch has more features for people seriously starting or are already into running.

The Search for the first AirAsia Travel Photographer is on!

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AirAsia Philippines and ThinkDharma Inc, the official Nikon Digital Camera distributor in the Philippines collaborate for the first AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 contest. Starting today, 21st of July, 2015, four pre-selected contenders of different career backgrounds with little to no knowledge of photography will fly to four different AirAsia international destinations each and will be coached by four Nikon Pros. The objective is to compile a photo set of images under categories of portrait, food, landscape, architecture and a 9-photo collage story. Each contender’s photo set will be up at www.airasiatravelphotographer.com for public voting starting August 20, 2015. Winners will be announced September, 11, 2015.

Field Test | Manfrotto Off Road Tripod Review

Manfrotto Off Road Tripod Red

Many Travel Photographers are in a quandary whether to take a tripod or not for a trip. Well if I’m doing landscapes, night photography and architecture a tripod is a must-bring. It’s a challenging item to bring as it can be bulky and heavy. Manfrotto introduced their Off Road series to address the needs of travel photographers for a tough, but light travel photography gear ideal for backpacking or hiking. Recently I had the chance to use the Manfrotto Off Road Tripod. The one I tested is the red one and there’s a blue and green option as well. After using it in my recent travel in Palawan from El Nido, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa here’s my impression of Manfrotto’s new tripod.

Travel News | Singapore Airline’s SilverKris Lounge now Open at NAIA Terminal 3

Silverkris Lounge with batik patterns on this glass wall

Singapore Airline passengers on the Suites, First Class, Business Class and Club Members flying from NAIA Terminal 3 now has something to look forward to. The SilverKris Lounge is now open. A 450sqm well-defined space with a total of 117 comfortable seats spread out smartly to a living room, gallery and dining spaces. The interior is classy, well-lit and designed to give everyone their own personal space. A touch of creative vibe by chosen modern art from several Filipino artist, gives a nice accent to the walls. True to their aim of a “Home away from home”

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.