[Midweek Challenge] 90’s Bitches

It’s the midweek and god knows it’s TGIAF: Thank God It’s Almost Friday!

You can’t quite go out drinking/partying/dancing in the moonlight/whatever it is that you do but you’re in need of a good something. So hey, I went to my favorite music streaming service (hey y’all Spotify) and made a midweek playlist! I called it The Bitches just because. These power bitch tunes are my fuel at work when I need to shut everything off and focus. Mama knows she needs to grind and (t)werq ’cause she werqs hard for the money! I mean, I know it supposed to be relaxing and soothing and whatnot but my brain is aching for some 90’s girl power meets millenial bitches that matter.

Plus I need to imbibe that bitchiness because boys come in the weekends. H E L L O O O O O O !

So if some of the office peeps ’round are reading – yeah me gyrating on my desk is real.

And for good measure, let’s throw in Troye Sivan’s TRXYE (oh god my midweek is sounding so trippy good thanks to this bb)

JUST. BECAUSE. OKAY.

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Grab a Taxi and enjoy the Holiday Rush!

UPDATE: Their zero booking fee for Globe subscribers is extended until January 1, 2014! Fuuuun!

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I have been ranting on Twitter that aside from the ever present Manila traffic we have, exacerbated by the massive and ubiquitous Christmas overreaction, is that finding a decent cab can be a hassle… most of the time.

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So when Grab Taxi arrived in the Philippines, I was really skeptical at first. Like, really. Who can temper the horrible cab situation in this country? And why this remains unsolved is beyond me, but Grab Taxi performs well apparently. I tried it first when I was en route to the airport during the rush hour. It was a horror waiting in queue for a cab, much worse I was competing against time as my boarding time arrived by the minute.

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And Grab Taxi was just to my rescue. It gives a bunch of information that would help your worries, and your loved ones’. Integrated with a share function, you can easily share via SMS, Twitter, and Facebook your route, driver’s name, and cab plate number.

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It also computes your estimated wallet damage, and time when your driver will arrive (though honestly, they have to improve on computing time, considering Manila traffic.)

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So basically, this is how it works — you pinpoint your location (powered by Foursquare) and your destination. After which, the app scans the area for nearby drivers. Drivers bid, you smoke a cig or two, and your driver arrives. They’re easy to locate, just look for the Grab Taxi sticky and the phone near the dash.

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A driver with a bad attitude is the least of your concern as you have the option to give a feedback about your ride. And so far, using this for the couple of weeks, I have never met nicer drivers than Grab Taxi drivers. If you’re a Globe subscriber, you enjoy perks such as a booking fee discount of PhP 20 (from PhP70)!

You may be taking the cab everyday, and find it a hassle even as compared to taking the train. So let Grab Taxi help you.

Grab Taxi
iOS | Android
Facebook | Twitter
www.grabtaxi.com

What’s the dumbest way to die?

I cannot commend Melbourne Metro more than enough for such a beautifully and effectively designed campaign that started out with a video (watch above.) I like the use of cute characters, the irresistible laugh, and the overall idea behind the project. Seriously, our local train company should follow suit. Who dies out of train accidents anyway? It’s a cutesy way of addressing of an often neglected possibility but equally important matter.

Then there’s the cute app that makes you so task in a gradually increasing difficulty. I can say no more about this campaign, and indeed one can see from here that ideas can be translated into creative way while effectively communicating a message. I didn’t major in a creative bachelors but I really appreciate these kind of campaigns. I wish the Philippines will tap into creatives too to make these kind of campaigns in the government.

Dumb Ways to Die
iOS | (Hope it comes to Android, too!)

[email protected] Finals

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Technology has enabled us to help in as little ways possible. And little ways give way to a much bigger impact to the society. The idea is that we start with something. Looking at the finalists for the first ever [email protected] competition, I cannot be amazed at how simple their ideas are – but ultimately useful and often neglected. And kudos to the finalists and may the best startup win!

I can only hope that one day I’d be more sensitive of my surroundings and that I can actually think of something like what they have thought of. I believe that it needed not to be complex, but always with heart. Read more

Bababababa-nana. Potatoooooooo~

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In anticipation of the much-awaited Despicable Me sequel, Gameloft released a game in the Subway Surfers fashion. The game revolves around the cutesy Minions which are pitted against each other for the title Minion of the Year.

You play as a Minion, collecting bananas (hehehe oh the pun in this game) and trying to reach the farthest distance you can. Also you get to compete against your Facebook friends!

What I exceptionally love about this game is that it’s not your usual endless running game. You get to compete with villains like Vector and Meena.

I’d like to post more about this but let me enjoy running at Gru’s lab… and I leave you with the Minion song (hihi sooooo cute!!!!)

Minion Rush
iOS | Android

AR Realness: Print is not dead

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Did you ever have the feeling that the newspaper is boring? Yeah it can be, especially if all you ever have to see is negativity and shit. But paired with technology, maybe you’d consider going back to print. After all, print will never die.

Introducing the Philstar App featuring their augmented reality (AR) feature: Live It! Take your daily morning news reading habit to a whole new level with your mobile phone – just download the app and use the Live It feature to see additional content.

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Just find this icon on the photos –

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– and see content streamed live to your mobile phone! The trigger is the photo, so make sure that you fit the frame to it. Ensure that you also have internet to use the AR feature of the app.

Here are some snapshots when I tried using the app for the first time –

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The possibilities are endless with AR! Can’t wait to see this adapted by different print companies. Kudos to Philstar for the initiative to do it first!

The Philippine Star
www.digitaledition.philstar.com
Facebook | Twitter | App

Thief-proof your laptop

Or, yeah that title is misleading, I acknowledge haha! Watch this video I found in a Mashable article.

Whether you’re commuting or driving your own car, we always have risks of losing our laptop. And these days, our computer is our life. It runs our work, hobbies, personal life, and many others that if we lose it, we lose our minds as well. Dropbox figured a way to help people who will go bonkers if they lose the one thing running their lives right now. And it works for smartphones and tablets as well!

Unless, you find it a sign to get a new one, this will come in handy.

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