Which is Which: A quick Guide on how to Choose your Domestic Appliances

I’ve been in Electronics industry which focuses on Domestic Appliances, for more than two years. What I really love on what I do is the knowledge I get everytime I open up an appliance to study it physically outside and how inside’s electric circuitry works. I check the product’s quality and compare it with the local standards. Once the product is Up for production, I must make sure that the particular appliance can enter the Philippine market complying the mandated standards.

What this post will be about is not so much the technicalities of the appliance (which is my job) but more on the End User’s POV. So, before buying your appliance/s, you must check the following:

  • First is the Quality. See and touch the appliance physically even if “Effortless Shopping” is in boom right now.
  •  Second, you must consider the attachment / accessories that comes with it. In talking about ANY appliances, the accessories define itself among its competitors especially the stand-alone models. Though, the more accessories you have doesn’t mean it’s the most fantastic among the rest.
  • Third, is the Power Wattage, you might wanna look on the appliance’s rating label alongside with its accessories. Let’s say a stand-alone 1.5L capacity blender with a rating of 500Watts and a Food Processor with 500Watts rating having also a 1.5L Blender attachment. Based from the given, both the units have a 500Watts rating but the other one is a Food Processor with Blender attachment compared to the plain old stand-alone Blender.
  • Fourth is the “Made in_____” Appliances having a tag of “Made in China” does not mean it’s cheap in quality. Almost everything now is made / assembled in China. Get on with it! If it passed your taste in Quality, it must be good and sufficient for your usage.
  • Fifth is the Box designs. Many of you might ask “Why? What’s with the box?” There are a lot of similar products already exists in the Market. Maybe that box is the tie breaker of all! For example, the box might have a built-in handle compared to others. You will be now thinking to choose the appliance with built-in handle for ease of carrying it. In addition, all the features of the products are already printed on the box.
  • So, what if the appliances are displayed without their box? That’s where a P.O.P. will get you. Sixth is, Look for POP’s. POP means “Point of Purchase” These are the things that you see on a series of displays that speaks the main feature of the unit itself. No more Promodiser’s lenghty explanation needed, POP’s are direct to the appliance’s selling point.
  • Seventh, look for the compactness and cuteness of the whole unit. Cos everyone likes it cute!




“If you must delicately choose the specs of your phone, so does your appliances. ” -Rosnof

MOVIE: Dr. Strange

Before I proceed, just a little Disclaimer: I’ve been watching movies for almost like I could remember back on my elementary days (2000) but I did’t pay any attention on all about it just before we really need to Produce a movie as a requirement on one of our Courses in college (2012). After that, a whole lot more things just opened up my eyes on movies. First things are: Title, The main Plot, the Characters, Cinematography, effects, the catch, etcetera etcetera. But what always caught my attention are the Cuts on each scene, the effectiveness of the Villain and the Lesson learned on it or the message on what that Story aims to relay or to imply (if its an open ended type).

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(FUN OR FLOP) RUN: Nike Women’s Half Marathon Manila 2016

 

Event Host Details
May 15,2016  P2700/pair 21km.Starting Line at Blue Bay Mall of Asia and Finish Line at Island Cove in Kawit Cavite via Cavitex.

 

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Half-Marathon (Yay!)
PR – TBA

 

Training/Preparations
Morning Runs for 30minutes ~ 3x a week.
Carb loading 1 week before the event
Body conditioning mainly Cardio workouts

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The MSC: Marikina Sports Center Reviews

Lot of my blog posts here were (and going to be) the Marikina Sport Center’s Schedule of Activities. Why? It’s a public service, just deal with it! Just kidding, I just do it to avoid bumming the inner “active” side of me (Hahah).

  • Around the last bit of December 2015, I went to Marikina Sports Center to satisfy my itchy feet to run (Hahah) and guess what? It’s closed! Not the closed-gate kind but they have another activity on going at the oval so that lead me going home with a crying heart. Sadnu?

So to avoid “again” that heartbroken feeling, I just decided to take note of their Schedules. It helped me a lot specially having these impulsive running feet (Hahah) which leads to posting the MSC’s Schedule in this blog. I really don’t know if some of my friends (if there are any) are benefiting from this, but I am! Hope this would help them too! Again, this is a Public Service, just get on with it.

Another reason is, I just love the Marikina Sports Center. Yes! First the oval, second the gym, their lockers, the staff and many more! Luckily, MSC is just a 2km-ish away from where I work and I live 4km-ish away from my work so doing the math just give me 6km-ish, let’s say 7km away from home. If I run back and forth, a sweet and quick 14km to log on my strava! But I won’t do that. I won’t run going there just to run (again) for my training. Hahah!

MSC OVAL
Aside to MSC’s well-lit oval track, it’s also rubber cushioned! Yes, you’ll love running to it especially if you are a beginner (just like me!). Upon spending some practice runs on this rubberized track, it helped me realize what to look for in running shoes and what kind of foot strike I’m using. Foot Analysis

  • I first ran using my world balance “generic” shoes and luckily it served me just fine. The rubberized oval lessen the damage my knees gonna experience compared running to a pavement / road / the asphalt, etc. Running on a rubberized track has been my “make or break” decision about running. Running on a rubberized track feels good but the real deal is running on the roads! Especially on fun run(s), it composed of different hardness of pavement (depende sa budget nung Gobyerno daw!) but you will not encounter any rubberized segment to any fun runs. Pramis!

 

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MSC BUILDING

THE MSC SPORTS BUILDING
This building is where the fun starts. Technically, before you can run on track, you will need to pay an entrance fee of P10 (yes ten petot lang, Takbo all you can na!) on this building’s first floor. Comfort rooms, locker rooms, information area, payment, reservations, etc are here too!

What I personally like on this building is their reception area. Set of chairs and a television –the right combination to take a rest especially if you’re waiting for your friends to arrive or just getting ready. I can spend two hours just sitting there if I’m on a lazy ass. They’re on local channel so you can watch your favorite teleserye before/after you sweat. Its Free!

 

The 2nd floor is the Pool area. I’m not the swimmer type so the time(s) I’m here is just to check out my tri-athlete friend Faye. She posted her feels about the pool here, just check it out!
Just skip the pool during their cleaning day – Monday it is! They also have separate shower and locker for swimmers and that is included in the P50 swimming fee. Their AM operating hours from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30 for PM sessions. They’re also offering Summer Night Swimming, 6:00pm to 9:30pm until May 2016 for P60.

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Olympic Size Pool of MSC

What’s in the 3rd floor? I don’t know. It’s just an open floor ideally for Sumba classes or Taekwondo trainings. I occasionally hear zumba “songs” from there when I’m on the first floor but I’ve never seen anyone using that floor whenever I passed on the 3rd floor. Just a plain lights-off room with open windows. Kind of scary, actually.

 

PhotoGrid_1459095334492On the 4th floor is the Gym! Yay! I just have my first Monthly here since the last week of March, as of now, I think its great! The MSC gym is more spacious and well lit than my previous gym but their plates and bar are limited. They only have 3 bars, and their plates are just right for the bars. I always arrive there after rushing from work at around 7pm but that’s also the same timeline of my other “workoutmates” so I don’t have a choice but to wait for them to finish their program or to go at the oval first and run a distance. Yes, that’s the best part of being in a sports Center, you have nothing to worry about what to do, just do everything!

  • Additional P10 for water all you can – another thing I miss from my previous gym. I have to bring 1Liter of water simply because I don’t want to pay P10 everyday thus a total of P200/month. Gah!
  • The changing area for your clothes is at the first floor and you have to pay P2 for it.
  • During the peak hours, the MSC gym is not capable of catering more than 15-20pax, since a lot of people are just waiting for one another to finish their program. It will surely lead you resting more than you’re supposed to thus making your program less effective. See also my gym buddy’s post here.
  • In using the treadmill, you have to pay P10/30 minutes Or just go down at the Oval and run for free! Just don’t forget to get your MSC stamp from the guard.I don’t usually interact with ladies at the gym especially if they’re the type of posing ka-bebehan at the side. I like those who can grab a dumbbells and do some lifts. I once witnessed this girl who lifts there one Wednesday night (my Wednesday is Running Day) so it’s my first time seeing her there. I was amazed! Probably I’ll have someone to talk to during the workout. I’ll approach her the next time we have a quick encounter. 🙂

Aside working out at night after work, there are also times I do my lifts during a day. The first Tuesday of the month and a rest day Sunday, I visit there at around 3pm and that’s an ideal time for me to fully enjoy the gym in supersets! Yay!

 

So basically, that’s it. It’s the simple things that can make me Happy!
If you’re a #KidsOfMarikina too, See you there! If not (like me) , you can just visit anytime of the day!

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NOTE:

  • MSC updates their Activity(ies) Board weekly.
  • Their oval is roughly 400m – measured from my Strava
  • Just search and/or follow these hashtags:
    #KidsofMarikina #GirlsWhoTakbo #BoysWhoTakbo #GirlsWhoBuhat #BoysWhoBuhat
  • Bring your own padlock, the MSC has a lot of lockers, you are never gonna run out of it! If you don’t have one, Just pay P20 rental fee for it.
  • You can run at the Oval anytime, its open 24 hours. I personally like running at aroung 8-10pm, its past the rush hour of other runners.
  • Having the MSC near the City Hall, a Hospital, I will say that this is a safe city. Not to mention their bike and pedestrian friendly posts!
  • I’m not on a foodie mode right after my workout but there’s a lot of decent Food chains around the MSC, I recommend the nearest one, Rodick’s! It’s just across the entrence, about 100-150m . Pares are also around there too, tusok tusok, etcetera. Taho vendors are present outside the gate.
  • Bike parking are also available inside their premises, just leave your ID in exchange for a number of the parking space. It’s Free!

 

PICTURES:

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Digital Clock

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Bike Parking

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Hike for a Cause Organizers: Mt.Batulao April 9 ,2016

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Triathlete Friend – Faye

 

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Jairus enjoying his Deadlifts

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DGA Department

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wut!

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Rosnof on the Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you won’t have a choice but to #ExceedYourself – Rosnof

 

Event Host Details
Run United 1 – Run Rio Trilogy. March 13,2016 (Sunday) at Mall of Asia Grounds

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Runner’s Records
Distance: 21km
PR – Time: 2:40  based from activehealth

Route Read
The route started from a turn at Diokno covering “probably” (since I am not familiar with the place) 500-800m from the starting line. Runners then proceed to Macapagal then passing by CCP Complex and continued to Km 0 – Luneta(covered 8kms). After a turn at Km 0, a long and tiring straight lane up to City of Dreams after passing the first bridge along Roxas Blvd and the second bridge at the Heritage Hotel. The race continued at Baclaran and the same (two) bridges were crossed after a turning point at City of Dreams (11kms). On our way back to the starting line, the bridge at Roxas Blvd already covering a 17km mark. Last 4kms started from CCP Complex on way to the Finish line.

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FUN RUN: RUN UNITED 1 – MOA Grounds

Shout Out: 7 Eleven

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Just a shout out post for 7 Eleven. They have become my run-to store especially during long rides or a training run around the metro. There are 7 Eleven stores almost every corner of the streets that provides every customer’s needs.

During training runs and long rides, an ice-cold water is truly the most satisfying gift! It quenches the thirst and helps to regain strength.

Whenever I enter a 7 Eleven store from a run or ride, I will just politely ask the cashier if ever I can have ice for my water (raise my squeeze bottle) and they will just “Nod” or say “Go ahead” or just “Okay”

I purposely buy other items to show some loyalty. 👍

PS:
Nice for them to have these bike racks 🚲

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Attended: IECEP 65TH AGM 2015

Seminar Attended

IECEP 65th Annual General Membership Meeting, December 8,9&10, 2015 at SMX – Mall of Asia.

 

Registration Process

IECEP Secretariat updates its facebook account about the seminar/s to be held and the step by step process of the registration.

 

How much the IECEP seminar/s will cost me

It depend on the seminar you will attend, as for this post, Annual General Membership Meeting, just prepare to spend approximately P4000.00

I registered ‘early bird‘ (almost 4mos. Before the event) and luckily IECEP Secretariat was offering discounted price to those eager participants like me thus cut my budget down to P3600. My company shouldered the Registration Fee – made my throat cleared and the seminar FREE! 🐣

During the 3-day Seminar

DAY1

On the first day, delegates first must identified themselves whether they were UNCONFIRMED(registered but not yet paid) or CONFIRMED(registered&paid) before proceeding in Kit Claiming area. The Kit consists of: delegate’s ID,2016 Journal, sling Bag, ballpen – all with IECEP logo.
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Its first day summarizes in welcoming, invocation, introduction, opening remarks of IECEP and PRC Board of ECE executives.

 

DAY2

Second day of the seminar was the most interesting part for me. Functions were divided into smaller rooms, from 50 up to 150pax rooms capacity (depending on the topic) Delegates have to choose on what topics they want to participate and learn more from.

I personally attend to those topics that will help me on my career on electronics industry, mainly appliances.

Wide selection of Electronics engineering topics, applications, examples, personal experiences, opportunities, etc which vary from Television, Broadcasting, electronics, biomedical and many more!image

 

Seminars (per room) were simultaneously on going thus you might have to choose wisely on where you really want to attend. PRIORITIES.

 

 

DAY3

Only one function was used (same set up as Day1), only a single flow of topics planned for that day so Delegates do not need to choose where to attend. Lastly, releasing of certs! We just piled up at the releasing booth for about 30minutes since the event was not officially done yet. But after the closing remarks, 5minutes of queuing and I got my hands on my certificate. 20points! 25 left to go. 😂

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Writer’s Note:

They rented 1 function at SMX for their Exhibitor’s List – Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors and Exhibitors.

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There are other IECEP seminars only around P2000 but you will only get ~5CPD points while attending this 3-day AGM will earn you a solid 20CPD points for only P4000 – upon attending. So, attending this AGM paid off every cents!

 

IECEP students assisted / attended all of the Delegates concerns during the seminar. Kudos! 📝

 

No free food/lunch. Just take a break at 12nn and be back by 1:00pm, or earlier. 🍖

 

Overflowing Coffee and water at the back were worth queuing for. 🍵

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Delegates’ ID have barcodes on it that must be scanned every after the topic/speaker changed.

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Attendance sheets and rating sheets were dissiminated (by IECEP Students) during each seminar. 📝

 

I was out of SMX by 5pm (do not want to get stuck at the famous Edsa Traffic jam) so on my First and Second day, I purposely did not finished the event until the end. I think they finished it at around 9:00pm (based on their program). 🚗🚕🚙🚃

On Day 3, the closing remarks were given at around 3:30pm thus queueing ahead for the certificate got me home earlier than the first two days. At around 4:10pm, I am walking my way out of SM Mall oc Asia.

 

IECEP journal was given to those who arrived early. Not based on whether you are/are not ab early bird thus an unconfirmed delegate might get a journal (if he’s early) than those confirmed delegate who arrived late.

 

8:00 am was the typical start of the seminar/s so, being hateful being late, I’d keep myself at SMX at around 7:30am – straight for 3 consecutive days of the Seminar/AGM.

Issue of attending AGM just for CPD collection was discussed on the very first day of the seminar.

 

 

Watched: 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

After spending 2 days of movie marathon at cinemas watching mmff entries, here’s my personal findings:

RomCom (Typical MMFF):
1.All you need is PAG-IBIG 👍👍👍👍
        -Star studded
2. Beauty and the Bestie 👍👍👍
        -nag twerk si Coco Martin
        -Jadine for support roles
3. My Bebe Love 👍👍
        – Typical Vic Sotto comedy
        -AlDub for support roles
4. #WalangForever 👍👍👍👍👍
        – Light Comedy
        – “Mahal kita Mia pero hindi ako TANGA!“
        -Unexpected Plot Twist
        – SPOILER ALERT: Nicholas Spark’s type of ending.
        – Only MMFF entry na naiyak ako! 😦 #SuperHeavyDrama

Non Mainstream:
5. Honor Thy Father 👍👍👍👍👍
         -Cinematography!
         -John Lloyd’s superb acting
         -Pang Cinemalaya ang taas ng level

THRILL/HORROR/SUSPENSE (Typical MMFF):
6. Nilalang 👍👍
         -Japanese back story
         -Too much action.
         -R16. Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial.
         -Expected next scenes
         -Only MMFF entry na nakatulugan ko!
7. Haunted Mansion 👍👍👍
        -Slightly brutal
        -hair rattling – Effective sound frequency
        -Wait for the twist and ending
        -2 notch scarier than Shake,Rattle and Roll.
8. Buy Now, Die Later 👍

Note: 👍`s were based on my personal preference of the movie – Cinematography, depth of the story, sound effects and other effects, etc.

If they’ll be ranked (for me) based on being “mmff entries” or the story being “Pampa-milya” or “pang-bata” or just a light themed movie, here’s my Top 3 entries worth to watch (first) :

ALL YOU NEED IS PAG-IBIG
BEAUTY AND THE BESTIE
HAUNTED MANSION

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Typical mmff entries were Romance-Comedies or Suspense-Comedies or Comedy Comedies, comedies are just in Filipino’s blood! Bringing a Non mainstream into this yearly film festival is trully a gamble but Honor Thy Father really stands out (for me).
John Lloyd successfully justified his character (lagi naman e). Just like recently sa movies nyang, A Second Chance. Ramdam ko – galit rin ako kapag galit sya sa movies, naiiyak ako kapag naiiyak rin sya sa movies, napapamura ako kapag nagmumura rin sya, nagagalit ako kapag mali yung point ng character nya and many more.
And where can you find a John Lloyd na pumapasok sa imburnal/sewers??? As in! Sa cinemalaya kalang makakakita ng ganun, why? Because entries in Cinemalaya are just Malaya! (free themed). And typical in Cinemalaya yung mga celebrities na pasikat palang, yung willing gawin anything para maka pasok sa showbiz or just wanted to try different path on acting. Don’t get me wrong on “willing gawin anything” , what I mean is willing pumasok sa imburnal? Sa Pozo Negro? Basta anything na out of the comfort zone ng mga artista. Pero JL? Need nya paba may i-prove sa acting nya? yet ginawa nyang bigatin ang Honor Thy Father. Story is also deep – church issues, faith, poverty, scam, family. Directed by Erik Matti.

#WalangForever stands out also for me. The comedy is not “pilit” and their “hugot lines” ay hindi gaanong karamihan, manunuood ka ng hindi lang mata at tenga kundi gamit rin ang feelings mo. Jericho and Jennylyn justified their roles. Heavy drama!

 

Hope to see the future MMFF’s to be correlated with each other, para mainspired ang mga Pinoy panuorin lahat 😀

 

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Note:
All entries were watched at Robinson’s (Galleria) Cinemas which uses Dolby Surround 7.1

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