Tech World

The thing with online shopping is that some establishments have scheduled delivery times, with some having a waiting period of 2-3 weeks (sometimes a month) before they deliver your order to you.  I have no problems with that as long as the duration of the waiting period is always stated in the website.

Last night, while watching a Korean drama, I suddenly jolted and said, “Our binoculars hasn’t been delivered yet!  I forgot all about it.”

So there, most of the time, I forget about what I bought online especially when it has been weeks since I’ve bought it.

Just when I remembered last night, one of my packages arrived today (I’m still waiting for two more packages)!  The binocular we bought a few weeks back got delivered at my office this afternoon. 

Our Binocular Arrived Today
Our Binocular Arrived Today
Our Binocular Arrived Today


I don’t know anything about binoculars.  I tried learning about the different specifications online and crossed my fingers that I bought the right one for what we need.  I chose one that’s light and handy too.  I tried it out when I came home and I’m relieved that I made a good choice.  Even the Husband approved.  It can magnify up to 288ft and I’m happy that it came with a case.

Our Binocular Arrived Today



All photos edited using the Snapseed app.



We bought a binocular specially for this

KPOP Music Fest in Sydney!


We received advise from the concert organizers that cameras/videocameras are not allowed during the concert (WHY????) plus, we intentionally picked a seat a bit far away from the stage, so I took the liberty of buying ourselves a binocular to help in seeing the performers on stage.


Now I really can’t to see the concert.


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The minute I learned that tablets are coming its way to consumers, I knew that life will never be the same again.  While others may see that tablets are a fad, I see it as a lifestyle changer–literally something that will change our lives.

It has changed my life in lots of ways even if I don’t even bring it with me wherever I go.  Even if I own one, I mainly use my tablet at home and rarely bring it with me to work.

There are so many tablets to choose from nowadays and it’s a matter of matching your needs to the kind of tablet that’s right for you.

the tablet lifestyle

So how did it changed my life?

Travel Buddy.  We usually turn to the Husband’s smartphone for help when it comes to google maps when we travel but with the tablet having a bigger screen, it was so much easier to look at maps and find our way.

the tablet lifestyle

Connectivity.  Once connected to 3G or WIFI, the tablet has been very useful in being connected to loved ones wherever I am.  At home, I don’t need to open my computer to tweet, email or reply to a message in facebook.  No more logging on or off.  A touch of a button or a tap on the screen of my tablet and I’m online.

the tablet lifestyle

My Library.  It’s been awhile since I’ve bought a real book or a magazine.  I love that I get to save storage space in the home now that I have a digital storage for my books, magazines and even Archie comics (yes, I still read Archie comics until now!).

Kitchen Reference.  A few have asked me, “Do you memorize the recipes you share on your blog?”.  And the answer is, “No.”  Even if I write my own recipes, I can’t remember them all especially if I don’t cook them all the time.  Again, no need to open a computer, all I have to do is use my tablet and voila, the recipe I need appears right there and then.  Very convenient too for searching for recipes online. 
the tablet lifestyle


My EntertainmentWhile I’m cooking, I switch to youtube and there’s instant entertainment for me.  No need to open the TV.  Having a few minutes of “me” time in the afternoon while I sip a cuppa?  I switch to music and listen to my favourite songs. 
the tablet lifestyle


Health Partner.  The Husband installed some Yoga and exercise apps and it was very useful.  No need to play videos on TV or play Wii Fit on days when I’m busy.  I tap on the Yoga apps and you’ll find me doing some Yoga positions and exercise repetitions in the lounge room.  The apps I use: All-in-One YOGA HD, Yoga for iPad and PoWorkout Trim & Tone.


the tablet lifestyle

A few has asked me if it’s worth getting a tablet.  I believe the reason why people ask that question is because they see this gadget as a fad and not as something that will be part of their lifestyle.  I believe that it is up to the consumer to make any gadget worth their money.  It’s up to the consumer how they will maximize the use of any gadget they buy. 
 

As for me, I thought hard on why I needed such an item and made sure that it is not just a want but also a need.  Now that I own one, I’m making the most of the tablet I bought and use it for making my life better and productive.

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This entry has been sitting on my drafts section for 700 years–kidding.  Seriously, I’ve started writing this entry in March but haven’t had the discipline to complete and publish.  I felt that there are so many iPad Apps that are good and I wanted to compile it all.  I realized I can’t do that.  I can’t write about all the iPad Apps I love in one go so I’ll just blog about them as they come.  I’ve initially shared some iPhone Apps for Photography Enthusiasts before, below are some Apps I enjoy using my iPad 2.

Photo Booth.  Since the iPad 2 has its own dual camera, I’m enjoying taking photos with this app.  Although the iPad 2’s camera is not high-res, this is still a fun app because it has 9 different settings you can choose from: Normal, X-ray, Light Tunnel, Stretch, Mirror, Twirl, Thermal Camera, Kaleidoscope and Squeeze.

iPad Apps I Love


Marble Mixer.  This is a game application that you can play by yourself or play with three other people.  There are three games you can choose from when you play this app.  I enjoy playing this app with family and friends.
iPad Apps I Love

Plants vs. Zombies.  I’m addicted to this game since I learned how to play it during the last weeks of our Manila vacation (I know I’m a late bloomer).  I enjoy playing this on the tablet because who wouldn’t like playing this game on a bigger scale, right?  I play a game or two of Plants vs. Zombies every night before I read my book of the moment, one of my ways to relax at the end of a busy day.

iPad Apps I Love

Angry Birds.  Again, another game application which got me addicted to before.  I used to play this game via my iPod touch and I swear, during the time I was addicted to this game, I stay up till about two in the morning.  When I got my iPad 2, my love for Angry Birds was rekindled because again, it was in a bigger scale. 

iPad Apps I Love

Flipboard.  I like using this app for reading blogs because when using this app it seems as if I’m just reading a magazine.

iPad Apps I Love

iPad Apps I Love

Pulse. I use this application for reading news from all over the world.

iPad Apps I Love

iPad Apps I Love

Epicurious.  There are so many food/recipe apps and this is one of those I find very user-friendly when it comes to viewing recipes.  This app has a lot of recipes to choose from and it’s presented in an organized way that’s why it’s so easy to use this app.

iPad Apps I Love

It has a search engine and shopping list feature.
iPad Apps I Love

And look!  It has Adobo recipes!

iPad Apps I Love

iPad Apps I Love

iPad Apps I Love

FaceTime.  This application has proven very useful to connect to people we love.  Since the iPad 2 has a two-way camera, we can talk to our loved ones face-to-face, provided that they have a FaceTime-enabled device.  All you need is a Wi-Fi connection in order to connect to people.  This is me talking to my friend and godson on a Saturday morning.

iPad Apps I Love

This is my Husband and our godson playing Peekaboo via FaceTime.
iPad Apps I Love


These are just some of the applications I frequently use.  There are lots more I like using and I will share them with you next time.

What are your favourite iPad applications?  Care to share?

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After work on Friday, the Husband and I had our usual coffee date and for once, he was early.  He was there already and a package on the table was waiting for me.  It was my belated birthday gift!

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Meet my new baby….the Panasonic Lumix GF1!

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I’ve been very vocal for a long time now that I hope my next camera would be a downgrade from a DSLR.  For almost more than a year I’ve been wanting a camera that is more handy than an SLR but possible to interchange lenses.  Also, I want a camera that can produce sharp images, food, macro and night shots decently.  I want to give my DSLRs a rest from shooting too; only to be used for covering events and not for everyday use.  As for the interchangeable lenses, we want a camera that can accommodate our Canon lenses when attached via a converter.

With my said requirements, the Husband and I studied the specs and features of a few Micro Four Thirds Cameras.  Our top three options were: (1) Panasonic Lumix GF1; (2) Sony NEX 3 or 5 and (3) Olympus Pen E-P1.

It took us awhile to finally decide on the one we thought was best for us.  While I believe that Olympus cameras are good, the Olympus Pen did not impressed me as I thought the colour quality it produced were bland so that was out.  As for the Sony NEX, it took me some time to really figure out if it’s a wise choice.  I used to be a Sony girl.  I’ve used Sony digicams since 2003 and noticed that their cameras produced good quality photos for the first two years and then slowly goes downhill from then.  Even their camera’s flash quality deteriorates after two years.  It took me three digicams from Sony to figure that out.  So I told myself, it’s time to try something new. 

Then I finally decided, “Yes, the Lumix GF1 it is!”  What convinced me to choose this one was the lens.  The same manufacturer of Leica DG lens also makes the Lumix G lenses which is the lens used for the Lumix GF1.  I also based my decision on the shots taken by this camera and it was so good, I was blown away. 

Panasonic Lumix GF1


We decided all of this last year but we waited for the price to drop.  We knew that early this year, the Lumix GF2 will come out and possibly the GF1 price will be cheaper.  September last year, our “suking” camera store tried to sell the GF1 to us at AUD$920.00 but I declined.  It was a good deal then being that the original price was around AUD$1,100.00-1,200.00.  Husband planned to give this to me as a Christmas and birthday gift but I told him, it would be wise to wait it out.  True enough, the GF2 came out and the GF1 price dropped down.

Why didn’t we buy the Lumix GF2 instead ?  Because we didn’t like its features.  And we don’t buy a camera just because it is the latest model.  We choose cameras based on our needs and what it can deliver.

The Husband initially ordered online but it was taking too long to be delivered so he canceled and went to our suking camera store instead.  Asked the manager there if they can find the Lumix GF1 for him (it is bound to ran out as they are not ordering it anymore).  The manager rang up other branches of their store and found one in Bondi.  The Husband asked it to be delivered to the Sydney branch ASAP and voila, Friday afternoon he picked them up and surprised me at Starbucks with my belated birthday gift!

I’m very very very (can’t say enough, aye?) happy with my new camera.  I’m still learning how to use it but so far, I brought it yesterday at a baby shower event and used it along with my Canon DSLR and I’m very satisfied with it.  I’ve been gushing about it since Friday night and I’m going to say it again here, “This is one of my best camera/photography/blogging” decisions ever.”  

Here are a few shots by the Lumix GF1:

It creates great bokeh.  Lens used was the Lumix G 20mm, f1.7

Lumix GF1 shots



Monochrome shot.

Lumix GF1 shots



Macro shot.

Lumix GF1 shots



Very sharp capture.

Lumix GF1 shots



Perfect for portrait shots!  This one’s my favourite.  Plus, the dog is uber cute.

Lumix GF1 shots



I can’t wait to use it for travel, food blogging, night shots and even during coverage of events.  My dream of owning a more handy camera finally came true!


The Husband not so long ago upgraded to a new phone.  After three years of waiting for the iPhone 4, he finally acquired the phone he wanted.  I know that sounded quite weird–waiting for an iPhone 4 for three years when it only came out this year.  My Husband is a patient man.  When the iPhone came out a few years back, he said he wanted that kind of phone and more.  He knew that in the long run Apple would come out with an iPhone that would cater to all his needs.  And it did.  Patience is indeed a virtue.

Now that he has one, we are now experiencing and enjoying the world of applications and the ones we enjoy most are the apps for photo enthusiasts.

Here are a few of the Apps we like:

Hipstamatic iPhone App gives you the look and feel of lomo-like images.  If you are a Lomography enthusiast, you will love this as much I do.  You can choose your film, lens and and flash, just like you’re using a lomography camera.

Here are some samples of the photos we’ve took:

using Hipstamatic app

using Hipstamatic app

using Hipstamatic app

Diptic iPhone App lets you quickly and easily combine two or three of your photos to create a new image. The resulting photograph is called a diptych (if it is made up of two images) or a triptych (if it is made up of three images). Diptychs and triptychs have been used for many years in art photography. With this app, anyone can quickly and easily create diptychs and triptychs.  Buy this app here and you can make creative collages.

Some sample of the collages we made….

using Diptic app

using Diptic app

using Diptic app

 

Instagram app is an easy way to share your photos online.  Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. You can buy this app here.

Here’s a photo we took of a train station in Sydney.  We took this one while we were waiting for the train.  We used a filter to make it look like a lomo photograph.

using Instagram app

 

Incredibooth app is your instant photobooth!  Create photo strips wherever you.  A fun app you can enjoy with family and friends.  Buy this app here and start clicking!

Here’s a photo strip that my cousin and I took last Saturday.

using Incredibooth app

What about you?  Do you have any favorite photo applications?