Filipinos Impress at the 8th Asian Film Awards

Last week, a couple of Filipinos made an impression at the recently concluded Asian Film Awards held at the Dancing Water Theatre in Macau, China.

For starters, our very own Eugene Domingo stood alongside some of Asia’s cinematic superstars as she was one of the presenters during the event. And on top of that, she was also nominated for a best actress award for her role in Barber’s Tales. And although the award for best actress was snagged by Zhang Ziyi for the film The Grandmaster, Eugene Domingo joined the audience in congratulating Ziyi’s win.

The Filipino-related film Ilo Ilo’s Yeo Yann Yann also took the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the said film. The movie is based on the story of a Singaporean family’s relationship with a Filipina maid, played by Filipina actress Angeli Bayani.

The Complete Awards list are as follows:
  • Lifetime Achievement: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Best Film: The Grandmaster
  • Best Director: Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster
  • Best Actor: Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox
  • Best Actress: Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster
  • Best Newcomer: Jiang Shuying, So Young
  • Best Supporting Actor: Huang Bo, No Man’s Land
  • Best supporting actress: Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo
  • Best Screenwriter: Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox
  • Best Cinematographer: Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
  • Best Production Designer: William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster
  • Best Composer: Nathaniel Mechaly, Umebayashi Shigeru, The Grandmaster
  • Best Editor: Shin Min-kyung, Cold Eyes
  • Best Visual Effects: Jung Sung-jin, Mr Go
  • Best Costume designer: William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster

Travel Overview: Life in Barbados (Infographic)

Travellers who are looking for that authentic Caribbean experience should definitely consider going to the island state Barbados. The 432 square kilometre island country that sits a few kilometres off the Caribbean Sea is one of the most developed pieces of land in the area and is a popular tourist destination that has climate similar to the one we have in the Philippines, making it a bit closer to home than other tourist destinations we’ve talked about before.

Here’s an infographic showing the different things you can do while at Barbados. 

  Exceptional Barbados Infographic

RIDING TAXIS as a tourist: Now more fun and easy in the Philippines

Tourists are common targets of crimes and abuses. Especially when you’re in a rush or unfamiliar with commuting, you can be easily compelled to take taxi cabs that charge excessive rates. Good news: a new mobile application allows you to order a taxi fast and easy, while still following the regular taxi meter rate. 

What’s more, the taxi drivers are registered and trained for a more secure and hospitable riding experience.

Easy Taxi is a FREE downloadable application that delivers the nearest registered taxi anywhere in Manila, in just a few clicks of your Android phone, iPhone, Blackberry 10 phone, or Windows computer. In just three steps, you can have an exclusive taxi service without feeling robbed by excessive fees. 

First, download the application from You can also order a taxi on the same website without downloading the application. When the application is active it can automatically map your phone or computer’s address. 

Second, confirm your current location by typing your name, mobile number, and preferred pick up location. You can click “call taxi now” to place your order, or “add to favorite” to save the location for future transactions. 

Third, wait for the Easy Taxi message saying “your taxi is on the way” that includes the taxi driver’s details like full name, photo, car model, and plate number. Your taxi will arrive in a few minutes at your chosen pickup point. 

The Easy Taxi customer service will call a few times to update you about the driver’s location. Through the application, you can also save the taxi driver history, and track your taxi approaching in real time. For just 70PHP booking fee added on top of the regular taxi meter rate, you get a friendly, English-speaking, trustworthy driver armed with a GPS smart phone and a 24/7 customer support team to tour you around the city. 

Easy Taxi is the world’s largest taxi-hailing application, operating in 17 countries and over 50 cities worldwide. This means that you can use the same application in over 50 cities, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and more Southeast Asian cities in the future. Easy Taxi follows international business models but has a local advocacy of improving the image of the Philippine transportation industry as safe, modern, and efficient. 

Even the core values are very Filipino such as building positive driver-passenger and employer-employee relationships. Easy Taxi helps educate drivers on technology use, hospitality, and self-improvement. Just last week, Easy Taxi organized a basketball tournament for taxi drivers with professional players from the Philippine Basketball Association. 

Unlike in other countries where the booking fee is shouldered by drivers, booking fee in the Philippines is paid by passengers and taxi companies, another big help for drivers who usually just rent their cab units. Easy Taxi’s philosophy of “happy drivers equals happy customers” will surely make any city smile.

Easy Taxi is perfect for tourists in Manila and frequent travelers especially in Southeast Asia who want safe, fast, and easy, transportation, not to mention reliable taxi driver friends in Manila they can call anytime, anywhere. 

This article was contributed by Kerby Maca

Asus Announces New PadFone Smartphone

Asus today announced the mid-range smartphone that completes its PadFone range – the new Asus PadFone E.

The smartphone hybrid features a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip with a 1.4GHz Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP LED-enabled camera at the back and a 1820mAh battery.

The device will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and just like the PadFone Infinity and PadFone Mini will come with a dock that transforms the smartphone into a tablet. The PadFone E’s dock boasts a 10.1-inch 720p display, a 1MP front-facing camera and a 5000mAh battery.

The Asus PadFone E will come in either Black or Pearl White for $560 starting in Taiwan. 

Infographic: Why Smartwatches Will Time Out

So we've all seen how big names in the tech industry have tried to get a smartwatch or smart band lately. And even though  the technology is relatively new and not that practical at the moment, it looks like more companies are soon to follow this emerging trend. But is the hype about smartwatches actually worth something or will this gadget's time run out even before it hits the mass market? Here's an infographic by our friends from dpfoc and their take on smartwatches.


Amazing Foods to Energise You After a Workout

When you have a morning workout you need to provide your body with fuel. While exercising the body is robbed from its protein, carbohydrates and fluids.  The supplies of nutrients you have stored in your system will be depleted and if you don’t eat well after working out you will run out of energy and feel shattered for the rest of the day, defeating the point of exercise in the first place.

When to Eat
Eat some food within half an hour of finishing your exercise routine.  It’s a good idea to eat this soon as you will be able to absorb all the nutrients quickly and feel the benefits.  If you’ve been avoiding eating after your exercise in the morning and noticed that it leaves you lacking in strength and energy read on to learn about some excellent foods to add to your diet, all of which are perfect for consuming after working out hard in the gym or at home.

Avocado Goodness
Avocado is perfect as it has amazing nutrients you’re going to really appreciate. You will be feeding yourself a great source of:
  • Saturated fat
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic acid
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Potassium

The potassium is beneficial as it will work to regulate your blood pressure. Avocado is a great energy booster too, so you’ll feel ready to take on the rest of the day and even your second exercise routine in the evening.

Healthy Cereals
Cereals that are not loaded with sugars are ideal to eat as they help replenish your muscle energy stores. Cereals are full of carbohydrates and protein, both of which are useful as they help cellular energy metabolism.  As you eat cereal with milk you add an additional source of protein too, helping your muscles to repair and recover from the strenuous activity.

Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of life’s little superfoods.  When you eat sweet potatoes you’re feeding your body:
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Beta-carotene
  • Dietary fibre

The sweet potato will replace the glycogen levels in your body which drop after a workout, thanks to it being a complex carb.

Salmon for Energy
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and these are amazing at helping you to recover and feel energised, giving you the lift you need to continue your day with energy. In addition to the fatty acids you’ll also benefit from the:
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D

You’ll have an abundance of energy thanks to the great vitamins in the fish and you can also benefit from the properties in the salmon that help the body to regulate its insulin.

Omelette Power
Omelettes are an amazing post-workout food. Egg whites have an abundance of vitamins along with proteins and amino acids, perfect especially if you’re working on increasing your muscle mass. That’s why those focusing on building muscle always include egg whites into their diets. The amino acids in the egg are ideal as after an intense workout they will help to repair any damaged tissue. You can buy egg whites so there’s no need to eat the yolk, beneficial if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Linda's Kitchen: Turkey Potpie

After a few weeks in hiaitus, we're back again in Linda's kitchen to give you another mouth-watering recipe for you to enjoy especally this holiday season. Today we'll be bringing to you the last turkey recipe we have for this series - turkey potpie.

  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons for water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter

For the filling:
  • 1 cup peeled potates, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup onion
  • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 –  ½ cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all- purpose flour

  1. Mix flour and salt using a food processor. Let it pulse to blend. In the mixture, include cheese and pulse again to develop fine crumbs.
  2. Butter and shortening should be added to form coarse crumbs from the mixture.
  3. Pour water carefully into the mixture while processing. Keep the water coming until the dough can be formed into a ball.
  4. Make two balls with the dough, one larger than the other.  Use plastic wrap to cover the two dough balls. 30 minutes of refrigeration are required
  5. While waiting, prepare a saucepan and get started with the filling. 5 minutes are needed to saute the following in butter: celery, carrots, potatoes and onions. After this, include garlic in the mix and cook for another minute.
  6. Cook the vegetables into the broth for at least 10 minutes until the ingredients are tender.
  7. Mix flour and milk. Pour this into the vegetables in the saucepan. Boil and cook the mixture for 2 minutes, or wait for it to thicken.
  8. Stir the mixture and gradually add the remaining items in the filling ingredients. 5 minutes of simmering is needed.
  9. Retrieve the larger dough ball and knead it to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Trim the dough and pour the hot turkey mixture in the crust. Get the smaller ball and roll it on top of the mixture to cover the pie.
  10. Seal the edges. Flute if necessary.
  11. Make decorative cutouts if you have specialized cutters for pies.
  12. Put the pie plate in the oven and bake at 350 degreesCelsius. A total of 35 – 40 minutes is needed to get the right golden brown crusting.

About the Author
Linda Rosario is a blogger from “The Kitchen Every Chef Needs”. Linda loves painting and cooking. She also has a small pastry shop.

Timex: Hero of Timeless Watch Designs

Time pieces have always been an important piece of history and human culture. It not only tells us time, but more importantly, it also reminds us of what needs to be done in order to move forward. That’s why it’s important for everyone to have their own watch to help keep track time.

For most people, the watch they own is a representation of their personality, basically embodying the term “you are what you wear”. For me, I’d like to believe that I’m a person who pushes for innovation but still draws inspiration from the successes and experiences of past generations – like the kind of person that combines the ground-breaking and timeless designs. But so far in terms of time pieces, I don’t see many brands that follow the same perspective.

In the past century, the watch has gone through various makeovers and has incorporated various new technologies to become more than just an object that tells time. But it’s very seldom that you see a watch design that apart from being innovative retains the classic and timeless designs of the past. The ones that do have remained untouchable and remain exclusive to the ultra-rich.

Timex is one watch maker that has managed to create a product with innovative features with a timeless design and something that wouldn’t necessarily break your bank. Timex’s Adventure Series Linear Indicator Chronograph with Intelligent Quartz technology is one such example of the many pieces in the company’s line-up that possesses such qualities.

The watch delivers ingenious solutions to consumers with redesigned dials in neon colours, water resistance up to 100M as well as chronograph and calendar functionality and yet it exudes a classic style with a stainless steel case with black finish that features engraved numbers and labels.

And unlike those watches from Switzerland, the Timex Adventure Series Linear Indicator Chronograph doesn’t cost millions. It has a suggested retail price of Php13,790, which is actually an acceptable price for something that offers the best of both worlds in terms of design and functionality.

MSOS: Maybank Credit Card’s Secure Online Shopping Facility (Sponsored)

The internet has certainly changed the way people live their lives. Using the internet, people have now access to massive amounts of information that has allowed different industries to flourish at a rate never before seen in history. One such industry is the retail business sector thanks to the rise of online shopping. 

When stores started offering their products online, the internet has become a great place to find great deals on products and services that are often limited by time and quantity.

However, rampant incidences of identity theft and fraudulent online transactions have pushed consumers to be wary of doing business on the internet, especially those that require the use of credit cards or the submission of sensitive financial information.

Fortunately, one bank is aiming to overcome this vulnerability. With Maybank Secure Online Shopping (MSOS), Maybank card holders are encouraged not to miss out any opportunities of having adventures, creating memories or discovering new things by providing a safe and secure solution for shopping online.

Essentially, the system works relatively in the same way as the two-step verification system that is employed by a lot of companies nowadays. When a Maybank credit cardholder checks out after making a purchase online, the user will be asked to fill in some necessary details and be directed to an authentication page.

A One-Time password will be generated for the transaction and will be sent to the user’s registered mobile phone number within 30-45 seconds. The user can then use this password (one-time-password will only be valid for 5 minutes) to finalize the purchase.

The service is totally free and the Maybank credit cardholder just needs to be sure if his/her current mobile phone number is registered. In case consumers need to update their number for any particular reason or enrol their supplementary cardholders’ numbers, the user simply need to call the bank’s 24/7 customer service hotline at +63 2 588 3888 or PLDT Domestic Toll Free numbers at 1-800-10-588-3888.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GT: Gameplay to Reality

A very important factor in developing racing games specifically meant for high-performance gaming consoles is that its ability to imitate real-life objects such as the cars and racing track used in the game.

The Gran Turismo series of racing games specifically created for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation consoles have slowly but surely achieved this feat with impressive graphics that seemingly copy reality.

But what if the tides were suddenly turned and it’s now life imitating art? Well, believe it or not, designers from Mercedes-Benz just did that when they developed the visionary sports car – the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo based on the PS3 racing game Gran Turismo 6.

The car was made as a 1:1 scale model and was unveiled at the LA auto show and now resides at the company’s new Research and Development Centre in Sunnyvale, California. It features a flowing tear drop design, uses angled headlamps and sports a prominent grille lined with LEDs that can show different patterns.

Smartphones Sales And Statistics

Smartphones have slowly become an integral part of our lives. And as newer technologies and innovations continue to push prices of smartphones down, its usefulness and convenience cannot be understated. But how big exactly is the smartphone market? Here's a short overview of the smartphone industry courtesy of our friends from Coupon Audit.

Smartphones Sales And Statistics
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Linda's Kitchen: Grilled Turkey Tenderloins with Rosemary

Last time I showed you how to make a very simple dish from Turkey and a few pieces of vegetables. This time around, let's take things a notch higher with a slightly more difficult dish. Today, let's try to grill turkey and make some grilled turkey tenderloins with rosemary.

For this dish, you will need the following:
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 turkey tenderloins
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ juiced lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 2 tabslespoons balsamic vinegar
Additional materials: large plastic (resealable), grill, brush

  1. Prepare the plastic bag and add the following: green onions, orange juice, olive oil, chopped rosemary, balsamic vinegar, zested lemon, juiced lemon, honey and salt.
  2. Mix the ingredients well inside.  This will serve as the marinade for the turkey tenderloins.
  3. Put the tenderloins in the bag and seal it along with the marinade. Shake the contents well.
  4. After mixing, leave the turkey in the marinade bag for 1 hour at maximum.
  5. Prepare the grill and turn it on medium heat.
  6. Get the turkey inside the bag and place it on the heated grill.
  7. Grill the first side for at least 5 minutes, then reverse the tenderloins to grill the other side. It would take at least 3 – 5 minutes.
  8. Dip a brush made for sauces in the marinade and coat the turkey tenderloins evenly.
  9. This dish can be divided into 4 servings.

About the Author
Linda Rosario is a blogger from “The Kitchen Every Chef Needs”. Linda loves painting and cooking. She also has a small pastry shop.

How To Easily Utilize Chatwing Chat Software

Chatting with friends is a great idea to spend time online. But it’s quite a hassle if they’re not on the same social networking site. A great way to solve this problem is by inviting them into one chatroom. And if you’re having difficulty choosing one, then just make one yourself with Chatwing. Here’s a simple tutorial in how you can do just that.


Go to Chatwing’s homepage and open the registration form. You’ll only need a valid email and a password to complete this task so it’s very easy. Don’t forget to check the boxes below the form too, as it is also required.


Immediately after completing the registration form, you’ll be redirected to the dashboard page. This is where you can create a new chatbox that you will use later in chatting with your friends. If you have checked all the boxes on the registration form, then there should be one default chatbox already prepared for you to use. Choose that one and head to the Customization page by pressing the Customize button on the corresponding chatbox.


The customization panel is the place to go if you want to modify your chatbox. It’s separated into tabs and each one either modifies a specific part of it or activates a certain feature of Chatwing.

Note: If you have made changes on a certain tab, don’t forget to press the Save button found below it. This will implement the new settings you’ve made.

When you’re done customizing, press the Use button found on top of the Customization panel.


By now, you should be on the Embedding page. From here, you are to choose from the three options the best way of utilizing Chatwing for yourself. Since you’re only using it, there’s no need for the two other methods, Embedded Options and Popout Options. Go with Group Chat URL.

From there, you can see two URL’s – a long and a short one (Vanity URL). It’s preferred to use to shorter one as it’s easier to memorize, but you can use the other one too. The short URL can be changed according to your preferences in the customization page. Now copy the URL you’ve chosen and paste it into your browser and wait for the chatbox to show up. Now start inviting your friends over by giving them the link for your chatbox and start chatting in no time!

Chatwing is a great tool that can easily connect people via live chat. Not only that, it is efficient enough to be used as a supporting tool in a site and more. With its additional features, not only are conversations done fluidly, chatting inside it will be much more enjoyable. This chat software is also Android and iOS friendly so you can also utilize it in your mobile phone so long as you have internet connection. You can chat with your friends and families anytime and anywhere by getting this nifty gadget for free.

About the Author: Aaron Kong is an active web developer and technology enthusiast who believes in the power of open and free communication. An avid developer who enjoys playing with new gadgets and testing open source software. Find Chatwing online

Linda's Kitchen: Turkey Veggie Sandwich

Turkey is best known during Thanksgiving when it is endlessly served by most households in the United States. Its unique meaty flavor is a favorite complement for wines, which is why chefs find it fun yet challenging to concoct Turkey dishes for restaurants and hotels.

Most home cooks do not need to wait for Thanksgiving or visit the restaurants to get a taste of Turkey. Here is one turkey recipe that is perfect for home cooking.

  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup lite cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 4 small leaves Romaine Lettuce
  •  ½ pund sliced Butterball Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, sliced
  1. Prepare the slices of bread and spread at least 1 tablespoon of lite cream cheese evenly on them.
  2. Each bread should have the following layers: 4 cucumber slices, 6 radish slices and 2 tablespoons carrots. Put a small-sized leaf lettuce on top and at least 2 ounces of Buterball sliced turkey.
  3. Put another slice of bread on top.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut the sandwich into halves.

About the Author
Linda Rosario is a blogger from “The Kitchen Every Chef Needs”. Linda loves painting and cooking. She also has a small pastry shop.

The Best of Travel Tips

Travelling is one of the best things to do with your mind, body, money, and time. Nothing enriches you the way travel does. Breathing in the air of a new city, every day fills you with a different kind of ecstasy. The kind of wisdom that you can gain from travelling cannot be gained by reading all the scriptures of the world. 

However, travelling to different cultures can be difficult too. A number of unexpected things, cultural differences, and not being prepared for emergencies can put you in a fix while you are thousands of miles away from your country. Especially for the amateur travellers, there might be things that can intimidate you enough to give you up travelling for life. There are certain things that one can only learn from experience. 

Here are a few tips on travelling that can help you have a smooth journey, no matter where you are travelling-

Travel light- Yes you have the perfect bag to go with that dress, but it’s not worth it. Always travel light. Minimise the clothes you are carrying with you. For a week’s trip, a couple of denims and three t-shirts should do the trick.

Booking the air tickets- Book you air tickets well in advance. Whenever you look at the price, it’s the cheapest that it’s going to get. Always clear your cookies before browsing for prices. Airline websites show a higher fare if you’ve visited the site a few times.

Footwear- Many people don’t pay much attention to this, but you HAVE to have a comfortable, reliable pair of footwear with you at all times. The best way to really explore a city is on foot and you wouldn’t want to end up with blisters on your feet on the second day of your trip.

Mixing with the locals- Just clicking pictures and wandering in the streets of a new city is not travelling. You can get the pictures of every nook and corner of Earth on the internet. Travelling is only worth it if you mix with the locals of the place. Respect them for the diversity.

Carrying cash- Not all countries and cities would accept debit and credit cards for small payments. Make sure that you have sufficient amount of cash in your pockets at all times. Ask around for travel cards and cash cards before leaving your country.

Carrying medicines- Terms and conditions for OTC drugs are not the same for all countries. In addition, you might react to some salts in an unknown medication. Always carry the basic medicines- for cold, cough, fever, stomach infections, allergies, body ache, headache etc. It could be disastrous if you forget a medication that you are on.

Trying out foods- Never hesitate in trying out a new dish. You will always repent later. Even if you don’t like it, you can change the taste of your mouth in a few minutes, but the memory of tasting stuff would stay with you forever. However, be careful about the ingredients you are allergic to.

Take help from technology- The technology today has made it a lot easier to travel all across the globe. You can decide for the accommodation, mode of commuting in the city etc. before you even leave your home. There are smartphone applications that can help you organise your entire trip along with storing your tickets and details for bookings. You can use the internet to make easy things for you. For example, if you are travelling to Australia, you can go through the Australian business listing to search for the best possible hotels and chauffeur services.

About the Author
Ella Rich is a travel blogger and trip organizer by profession. She has great experience in indigenous tours in Perth and Western Australia. She advocated the importance of to give more exposure to travel business in Australia. Sharing her travel experience through blogging is her real hobby.


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