Trying out Hyperlapse from Instagram

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app is currently iOS only, download it here. I have to agree that this time lapse video app is for the rest of us shaky snapshooters, it did stabilize what would normally require a tripod setup or steady hand. Video of EDSA/Guadalupe snapped while in my car’s passenger seat, edited with PicPlayPost to add Swedish House Mafia’s In My Mind (Axwell Mix) intro, applied with Instagram’s Moon filter.

Marital status of the confused

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Like most interviewers’ routine, every time I get to talk to aspiring agents for our telesales and special projects campaigns, I’d ask straightforward questions that are meant to bring out the honest details that are sometimes missing, or excluded (intentionally or otherwise) in the submitted resume or filled-up application form.

But recently, of all the applicant details I’d focus on, it’s the civil status that I’d ask more about, that’s because most applicants won’t reveal their marital status unless you ask. Strange that this is not unique to female applicants, yet “single” seems to be the common response among applicants with live-in partners, even those already with kids.

Curious, I’d ask why and applicants will be quick to explain that there’s really no space or option for “with live-in partner” in our application form. And some would reason out that it’s easy to get passed the initial screening when you’re single, and a few said there’s an added pressure when having to explain their complicated relationships during job interviews. The rest just say as long as they haven’t signed a marriage contract or had a church wedding, their best bet is the single status. Continue reading

IGersManila x Certified Calm

Last Saturday 02-August-2014, IGersManila, along with select Instagram’ers, was invited to a mini-photoshoot by Certified Calm, a yoga-centric store at Two Parkade, BGC, where you’ll find premium fitness gear from trusted brands such as Manduka, Lorna Jane, ToeSox, Easyoga, Onzie, Yogitoes, including Klean Kanteen–the original stainless steel BPA-free water bottles–our main subjects for the day’s event.

Thanks to fellow Instagram’er @kenncolubio for introducing us to Yovi Valenzuela, Brand Marketing Manager for Certified Calm, who took charge of welcoming our community to the store and orient us about its products perfect for those with active lifestyle.

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Located at the seemingly quiet corner of 30th and 7th streets in Bonifacio Global City, Certified Calm is a hub for yogis and yoginis not only for its popular brands on offer, what with half the store area easily converted to a yoga studio when the wheeled stalls are rolled away and display shelves are covered with mirror dividers, but also for its wide range of fitness products under one roof, from mats and towels to active clothing and footwear, as well as workout essentials such as bags and drinking bottles. Continue reading

The OS X Yosemite public beta 1 is now available for download

That is, if you’re one of the first one million users who signed up to the OS X Beta Program, as Apple’s been sending out notification via email this morning.

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When Apple announced OS X Yosemite–the new version of its operating system that powers every Mac–slated to succeed OS X Mavericks this coming October, the OS X Beta Program was also introduced, giving customers early access to Yosemite to try out the release and contribute to its development by submitting feedback. So as soon as the preview registration was open last June, I signed up. Continue reading

Game of Thrones S1-4 recap in 3 minutes

I haven’t even finished reading the first book and I only got the chance to watch the TV adaptation over the weekend (up to the last episode of Season 2), but as if I’m not already hooked, I found this fan-made video recap of Game of Thrones, that mishmashes the highlights of the series in about three minutes, mixed perfectly to Lorde’s rendition of a TFF classic – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – now I’m excited and is looking forward to another sleepless marathon this coming weekend.

Gadget-shopping for good vibes

On the lookout for premium powerbanks, protective cases, stylish bags, and gadget-whatnots? Fulfill your gadget lust and wake up to good vibes.

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If you’re itching to go gadget-shopping, then head on over to a Digital Walker nearest you (my favorite store for the latest mobile devices and accessories) and spend at least PHP 5,000.00 (or you can accumulate your receipts until August 15) to get this cute, yellow-bright, limited edition Digital Walker Espresso speaker.

Now that’s the perfect accessory for your easy morning serenades while on a coffee or tea brewing session.

Just say “Blessing!”

I’ve been working late at the office for a couple of weeks now in my attempt to cover three shifts. Since we transferred from our Parañaque headquarters to our own building in Makati about six years ago, my agents, especially those assigned in the mid- and graveyard shifts, have been sharing stories of scary chair movements, doors shutting, weird noises, uneasy feeling and nightmares when napping in our lounge, sightings that went from negligible to somewhat significant that such paranormal activities have somehow affected our operations, at least for the agents who claim to have experienced the horrific instances. That’s why it’s been our practice, tradition actually, to have our office blessed at least once a year. And so in my many late nights at the office, I was actually also hoping, waiting to experience the same. While I would get this eery feeling every time, no, the office was just that–workspace–plain and simple. But there’s no ignoring the fact that my agents are beginning to get scared, again. And we learned that we’ve been too busy last year we forgot to do the customary blessing.

So I asked my secretary to immediately look for a priest and schedule a mass and blessing. We used to just ask a priest from any parish, but my secretary was told this time that we’ll need to get in touch with the nearest parish, and thank goodness she was able to make arrangements easily. She was asked for what occasion it’s for, she said there was none, that we want to start the workweek blessed with a holy mass.

And so Monday came, everyone at the office was all prepped up. As soon as the priest arrived and got ready, he started the mass, with a question though.

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Sell me this pen, with questions

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I’m soon celebrating 14 years in the industry of business process outsourcing, working mostly in contact centers. The thing is, I didn’t exactly start out as a call center agent, but it’s as if my teaching, business development, and operations management experience set the path for me to make a career out of “calling.” While I would usually kickstart a telemarketing campaign but work in the background later managing its after-sales operations, I’d immerse myself in sales that I’d barge agent calls like a hawk and work on spiels calibration as if it’s my quota, inculcating the idea that in order for each call interaction to be productive, the agent receiving or making the call must be in control. But how do you actually take control of a call? Continue reading

Spontaneity at the Social Media Day 2014

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If you were at the Social Media Day 2014 celebration last Saturday 28-June-2014, organized by TweetUpMNL and aptly hash-tagged #SMDay #BoomPH (short for best of online media in the Philippines) held at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier, you must have seen me talk on stage about Instagram and the IGersManila community. Too bad, my presentation didn’t play (my batch of co-speakers’ as well) but it’s all good, as I think the audience appreciated the spontaneity (and our IGM-Selfie-Frame snapshot) even more. If you missed the event, here’s my presentation, and the video that partially played, collated and created by fellow IGersManila moderator Ed Calaycay. Photo above courtesy of @darthmao.

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