Let’s keep the good vibes rolling at #SocialMediaDay2015 #ChangePH

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IGersManila is one of the online communities collaborating for the biggest social media gathering and most sharable event of 2015–#SocialMediaDay2015, now on it’s fourth year–happening this Saturday 27-June-2015, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the Museo Pambata Open Grounds. Register to get your free tickets at bit.ly/ChangePH. Continue reading “Let’s keep the good vibes rolling at #SocialMediaDay2015 #ChangePH”

Instagram on the web gets clean and flat

This midweek, Instagram has updated the look and feel of Instagram on the web, both for desktop and mobile, redesigning its web profiles, feeds, and hashtag pages to tidy them up and for faster loading.

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Gone are the rotating images on top, now with a cleaner, flatter layout, and a grid of larger images in rows of three, reflecting the same neat look on the mobile version. Continue reading “Instagram on the web gets clean and flat”

Who’s the better Steve Jobs?

So this first trailer reveals Michael Fassbender taking up the role of Apple’s former CEO, with the tandem of Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adding a more serious twist to their recipe for this Steve Jobs biographical movie, tagging along Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels in the cast. Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal in Jobs was mostly criticized for being ho-hum, will this be any better? We’ll see on October 9.

Yes, that’s me on Banana Split!

Friends have been asking me if I were in the live audience of the recent shows of Banana Split: Extra Scoop. Was kidding them saying “better sell your antipara for a new pair” but then some screencaps started getting posted, so yes thanks to fellow IGersManila Philippines moderator @ipetim, for the very first time, along with our collaborators at IGersManila, I became part of a TV show taping. Continue reading “Yes, that’s me on Banana Split!”

4 years of Instagram’ing fun and counting

We celebrated the 4th year founding anniversary of IGersManila Philippines with an instameet (19th in the Philippines) at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the perfect venue for the various “Circles” of activities we did – some old and customary to IGersManila’s events (such as Circle of Energy and Porky Adobo) and a new one we introduced as “Circle of Interaction” which is like speed dating with a twist, that encourages participants (attendees are a mix of new and familiar faces) to get to know each other (and eventually become followers and likers) within 1 minute. Continue reading “4 years of Instagram’ing fun and counting”

Instagram’ing 102 at #WWIM11 #WWIM11PH

When Instagram announced the 11th Worldwide Instameet, instead of doing the usual meet-up activity, which we’ve been doing for the past 3 years now with IGersManila, this being our 18th already for Manila/Philippines, we thought why don’t we do a workshop-cum-instameet with two of our food phoneography artists @iana.peralta @iamkebok, who recently did the same via #LetsSpeakApp, though for a smaller audience. Perfect timing as SM North EDSA‘s been supporting our community as our venue partner, with Adobo Connection pitching in to sponsor the food, and so we presented Instagram’ing 102 last 21-March-2015 at the SM North EDSA Annex with Food Phoneography as our focus. Continue reading “Instagram’ing 102 at #WWIM11 #WWIM11PH”

Go go Power/Rangers!

If you haven’t seen it yet, a few days ago, a fan-made 14-minute video of the 90s’ “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” rebooted as a darker, more realistic and violent “Power/Rangers” directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Adi Shankar, was making the rounds in social media, catching everyone’s childhood fancy, targeting of course the 90s kids who are now adults, but getting the ire of Saban Brands as well, the company that owns the franchise, who asked the video to be pulled from Youtube and Vimeo, for copyright claims. But it’s been settled with the inclusion of a disclaimer in the short film, it being unofficial, “unauthorized and hardcore” in a bootleg universe, so enjoy and see your childhood destroyed, that is if you’re a Power Rangers fan. How I wish they can do the same for Thunder Cats.

It’s March Madness and I’m excited!

Kumusta? It’s been very busy for me for the first two months of 2015. I’m not complaining though, it’s just that sometimes the tricky balancing act between having to keep work equally productive and enjoyable without affecting or neglecting personal life or family, can get too overwhelming. And I guess I’m not the only one getting almost burned out–I’ve been asked several times how I manage to overcome the madness of the daily grind and stay positive amidst circumstances that seem to encourage negativity or simply push you to quit–that got me asking myself do I even have an answer? I have more questions actually. And I have no formula, except that I get excited how things will turn out positively, even if it doesn’t come out exactly that way all the time.

But I’m thankful that I’m surrounded with loved ones who inspire me to be at my best and support me even if I fail miserably, friends who shower my every day with good vibes, and lucky that I’m in the company of individuals who seem bullies at first impression but are actually just exuding with confidence, sometimes to a fault, but cheerfully jovial and reliably hardworking. There’s really no secret, just be in the circle of people who’ll help you keep at it, whatever you’re busy with.

So I won’t even bother worrying about the busier March, in fact, I’m excited about the prospects of the new month I’m calling it March Madness. I’ll be even busier but that’s fine, it’s not as if I didn’t sign up to this, I did and I’m going to work even harder this time. I’d count my blessings, and while we can never put a halt to worrisome problems, some of which will seem to finally bring us down, realize that you’re always blessed and that there’s always something to be thankful for, huge or small.