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The new Apple phones are now available in Australia. Diehard Apple fans camped out overnight to get an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. There was a very long line formed outside the Apple Store when it opened at 8am today (I saw a photo from an IGmate and reports on TV). 

It so happened that the Husband and I had a scheduled day-off today to properly celebrate his birthday (which happened on Tuesday, 17th September) so we took time out to check out the new Apple phones as we were curious to see how they look with their new colours. 

Before I move on to sharing my first impressions on the new Apple phones, let me just say that the iPhone 5S are not available in all telco shops and some Apple stores. According to a telco staff we talked to, the iPhone 5S, especially the gold one, have very limited supply at the moment. If you are keen to get an iPhone 5S, you can ask your preferred telco to put you on waitlist, reserve online or place a call to an Apple Store so they can give you updates on availability.

When we arrived at the Apple Store around 3pm today, there was still a queue outside but it’s not as long as the one in the morning. From the looks of it, the wait to get a phone would be from 30-45 minutes.
Now in Australia: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

We learned the new phones’ features via its launch and reading information online a week ago, If you want to have a read thru of its features, check it out via Apple’s website here. In terms of features, we like the 5S. 

We were most curious of how the Gold iPhone 5S looks. When I saw photos of it online, it looked attractive with its muted, discreet “goldness”. I actually liked what I saw online. However, when I saw it in person, I find the “goldness” kind of dull. I was hoping I’d say, “Wow!” but no. I’m not sure if it was because of the lighting at the Apple Store or what. 
On the other hand, the Silver and Space Gray iPhone 5S looked classy to me. I’m actually more drawn to the Silver iPhone 5S.
Now in Australia: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
The colourful iPhone 5Cs has received warm reception in Sydney. From what the telco staff in our suburb told us before 10am today, they were a bit surprised that a couple of people have already purchased iPhone 5Cs. 

I like the iPhone 5Cs aesthetics. It is made of plastic but it doesn’t look plastic and cheap. The smooth finish can passed as classy even. The colours I like best are Yellow and Blue.
The Pink looks horrible (sorry, Apple) but the White looks good.

The Green is a cross between bright green and neon green. It’s very vibrant. It looks alright to me. The green-ness is something that can grow into you.

Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, my tip is to see the phones yourself and not rely on what you see online. 
Now in Australia: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
iPhone costs in Australia can be found on the Apple website. iPhone 5S starts from AUD$869.00 while iPhone 5Cs starts from $739.00
Instagram profiles can now be seen on the web! Your family and friends can now easily access to your instagram photos online. 

Two years after it arrived on the iPhone, Instagram launched a web companion for users of its photo-sharing and filtering app Monday.

The most striking thing about the new web profiles, which are being gradually rolled out to users, is its resemblance to Facebook Timeline. An animated, rotating mosaic of Instagram photos occupies about the same amount of space as Facebook Timeline’s Cover photo; a small profile image, short bio and follower stats are situated just beneath. Photo thumbnails are organized in reverse-chronological order further down the page; click on one, and it’ll appear at full size alongside likes and comments. 

source: Mashable.com 


And here’s mine: instagram.com/ibyang

I’m glad with this development because it will benefit my parents who doesn’t have an instagram account as it’s not all the time that I share my instagram photo in my FB page. 

A little trivia: I’ve been asked if what I was holding in my IG profile pic was wine and the answer is I’m holding a syphoned coffee in a wine glass. 

Instagram is such a big part of my life in social media. When the Husband and I started our Instagram accounts in 2010, we used it as an outlet of our love for photography. But as time goes by, Instagram became more of an extension of my social media life. I now use Instagram to share what goes on in my day, moments that make me happy, foodie adventures and shopping finds. I use it as a way to reach out and send out information to social media friends too. 

I currently have tons of photos now in Instagram and have mentioned to the Husband that I hope to find a way to compile it and make an album out of it.  The Husband made a few searches online and found out about Printstagram, a company that prints Instragram photos and turn it into different cute products such as mini books, stickers, memory box, calendar and posters. 

Getting your instagram photos printed is so easy. Just go to their website http://printstagr.am/ and just choose a product that you’d like to avail and click “more info”. It will then lead you to the details of your chosen product. Click “buy now” and it will ask you to log in your Instragram details. Once logged on, you will need to choose your chosen product again and your Instagram photos will show up. Then you can choose the photos you’d like printed. Once finished, check-out and pay via credit card. They deliver worldwide via UPS and DHL. For more information, click here.

We ordered our first minibook last Tuesday night (16 October) and we received the package today (22 October). Less than a week!  I chose the minibook because I like the binding. An order of the minibook product comes with two minibooks containing 50 photos for only US$12.00.
Mini Book by Printstagram
The Husband and I are so happy to receive it. Our first Instagram mini book has a theme. We chose photos that showcases what we love about our life here in Sydney. 
Mini Book by Printstagram
What liked about the minibook most was its vivid printing, good quality paper and glossy-photo finish. 
Mini Book by Printstagram
It’s sooooo cute too! It’s only this small….
Mini Book by Printstagram
I can’t wait to get our Instragram photos printed again and try their other products.

Got instagram? Check out my photos via @ibyang. See you there!
Last year, the Husband surprised with an iPhone 4s. Last Friday, he surprised me with a MacBook Air!

It was just a matter of time until I get a new laptop, I just didn’t know when. I’ve always been a Windows user and have been happy being one. I’m just a simple girl really when it comes to computers. There’s a non-techie part of me that will always be terrified at learning new technology. The Husband has been encouraging me to switch to an Apple laptop but I’ve always hesitated. 

This year, I gave my netbook to my dad so for the past few months, I’ve been writing and doing photography tasks using a desktop computer and an iPad. However, this year, it’s been quite a challenge doing tasks via our desktop because we’ve been using it to watch TFC Online (we’ve subscribed so we can watch Filipino shows and news). So I had to think about getting a new laptop again so I can catch up on my blogging and other digital projects I’ve been conceptualising for the past months. Along with the thinking, I’ve been saving up money in case I do decide to buy one. Lately, the road seemed to have led me to buy a MacBook Air as it answers to a lot of my needs.

Last Friday, we head down to the city and went to the Apple Store. I’ve decided to get the MacBook Air (MBA) but I was also ready to walk out the Apple Store empty-handed in case my gut feel tells me otherwise. I didn’t know the Husband was brewing something in his mind while I fiddled with the MBA. His instagram below said it all…

So we talked to one of the Apple genuises about purchasing an MBA and willingly accommodated us. He told us that if we decide to buy, we can just go to the counter and they’ll get our purchase ready for check-out. We went to the 2nd level of the store and had a look at accessories and when we’re ready to go, we stopped by the counter and that’s when the Husband started talking to the staff. 

He was getting a MacBook Air!!!  And then he told me, “This is your Christmas gift!” I was shocked, surprised, overwhelmed and elated when I heard what he said.  Oh wow!!!!  πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Like a kid, giddy and giggly when I got my MacBook Air. 
September Surprise: A Very Early Christmas Pressie
September Surprise: A Very Early Christmas PressieSeptember Surprise: A Very Early Christmas Pressie

That evening at home, the Husband gave me a crash course on how to navigate the MBA. Oh ha? Si Husband, benefactor na, trainer pa! LOL. 

Right now, I’m still in awe of the Husband’s surprise and in happy disbelief that I’m writing this post using my new writing partner, the MacBook Air

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In less than two months, my iPad 2 will turn a year old and honestly, the only protection it’s ever had are the plastic screen protection, clear case (for the back), smart cover and an oversized laptop sleeve which is originally for my netbook.

For the longest time, I’d stare at iPad cases in every gadget store, hoping to find the perfect case for me.  And everytime I’d choose one, I’d bring it back to the shelves after a few minutes, unsure and hesitant.  Sometimes, I’d lust over iPad cases from Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs but again, I can’t find enough logic in me to buy them.  While I understand that they’re designer cases and pretty, I cannot succumb to shelling out money only for aesthetic reasons.

And then there’s the keyboard.  Anyone who blogs or writes would find it easier if their tablet has a real keyboard.  The Husband had suggested buying me an Apple keyboard before we went to Seoul last year but I shunned the idea because I didn’t want an additional gadget to think of when I travel.  I’ve read a story about a blogger who owns an iPad and a separate keyboard which resulted to the blogger forgetting the keyboard at her hotel.  I wouldn’t want that hassle on me.  

Late last year, I thought I found the perfect iPad case for me which is an iPad case and keyboard in one.  I didn’t buy it because I thought it wasn’t urgent anyway.  I recommended the iPad Keyboard Case to one of my workmates because he said he wanted to use his iPad while attending classes in university.  He bought one and found it really useful.  Instead of writing down notes, he types his notes during classes on his iPad.

With plans of being more active in writing this year, I’ve decided to buy the iPad Keyboard Case soon. It didn’t occur to me that the Husband had the same idea.  Yesterday, he once again made a gesture of thoughtfulness and generosity as he handed a post-birthday present.   

Ipad Keyboard Case


If it were me, I’d probably grab any keyboard case I could find but the Husband did a bit of research and tested the ones available in store.  He ended up choosing the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Removable Keyboard because of its:
  • Tactile keyboard with high-performance keys optimized for touch typist (He didn’t like the quality of rubberized keyboards, he knew I wanted something that feels like a computer keyboard)
Ipad Keyboard Case
  • Removable Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation (If I know that a keyboard isn’t critical to using it while I’m out, I can leave the keyboard at home)
Keyboard Case For My Tablet
  • Secured Velcro fastener ensures tablet vertical stability
  • View angle range from 70 to 20 degrees
Keyboard Case For My Tablet
  • Compact and functional 3-in-1 design
  • Folds flat and secures with elastic band for in case use
  • Easy port access to all iPad 2 controls and 30-pin connector
  • Cut outs for I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras
Also, it’s much cheaper than other known brands in the market.  Just a tip, make sure that the tablet case you will buy is the right one for your tablet model.  In my case, the Husband had to double check whether he was buying a case for an iPad 2 because it had specified cut outs for the front and back cameras.

I’m now happily typing away when I use my tablet for blogging and writing articles.

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