Saturday, February 28, 2015

House of Cards returns with its Season 3



In House of Cards Season 3, the scheming Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns and finds out that holding power isn’t as exciting taking it. The all-powerful change agent that we have come to know is now a frustrated president.




Six months into his administration, President Underwood realizes that governing is really difficult. The Stephen Colbert Show interview was hilarious.  Various factors contributing to Underwood’s low approval were thrown at him---increasing trade deficit with China and increasing unemployment. Frank Underwood's approval ratings are lower than the former President Garrett Walker at the time of latter's resignation.

With the three blows to the head with a rock that he received in the finale, Douglas Stamper (Michael Kelly) lives and wakes up from a coma when the episode opens. Season 2 concluded when Rachel (Rachel Brosnahan) bashed him and drove off in his car thinking that he is about to kill her. Season 3 brings his alcoholic Chief of Staff character back from the near dead. He goes through physical therapy, slips in the shower, and condescended by the man he's devoted his life to since his services are no longer desired.

Claire (Robin Wright) drops Frank a hint in a line from episode one of the new season, "I'm almost 50 years old". Claire speaks about being in the passenger seat for too long and admits to her ambition to run for public office.

The opening hour gives a survey of potential threats to the president. While Claire was the one least expected, she can potentially be the most lethal.

House of Cards is a show built on political misdirection and unexpected twists and turns. Now that they have the ultimate seats in politics, Frank and Claire won’t go down without destroying everything they swing at. There is no telling where season 3 will take the Underwoods in its final episodes.

Developed and produced by Beau Willimon, House of Cards was honored as one of the American Film Institute’s TV Programs of the Year for 2013. It won Robin Wright’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, Kevin Spacey’s most recent Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Drama plus Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

Catch this RTL-CBS Entertainment on Cablelink Ch 37, Destiny Cable Ch 53, Dream Ch 17, SKYcable Ch 53(SD) & Ch196(HD)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dyson introduces its quietest Ball™ vacuum cleaner DC48 and DC62



British technology company behind the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer and the Dyson Air Multiplier™ is back with another pipeline technology. After the bladeless fan and bagless vacuum cleaner, Dyson launches its quietest Ball™ vacuum cleaner DC48. Priced at 45,000 pesos, DC48 is also Dyson’s smallest vacuum cleaner as it fits on an A4-size paper. Its ultra lightweight–weighing body is 2.7kg with the turbine head, 2.8kg with the motorised floor tool.

Ball™ technology

The machine is light to pull, can pivot on the spot, and follows obediently without snagging on corners. It has a low center of gravity for negotiating tight turns and getting around furniture. There are over 100 components arranged in the ball including the motor, ducting and 5 metres of cable.

Improved floor tools


Tools have been re-engineered to improve pick-up and sound quality, and reduce weight. Simplified airways decrease noise levels and a self-tightening mechanism keeps the brush bar stable. A dust capture channel prevents dirt from escaping back to the floor, increasing pick-up. The new configuration of carbon fiber filaments and nylon brushes removes fine dust from hard floors and ground-in dirt from carpets.

On the other hand, Dyson Digital Slim™DC62 vacuum is lightweight, cordless, and packs the same power as a mains vacuum cleaner thanks to its V6 Dyson digital motor. Dyson’s DC62 cordless vacuum packs the same punch as a full size vacuum. It uses the bagless vacuum technology, another first in innovation.


See how their bladeless fan works:

Half the size of conventional motors, DC48's Dyson digital motor draws more power from the battery source. Nothing wasted by this powered machine.





Check out these items at Rustan’s Makati, Century City Mall, Makati, Robinsons Appliance, Robinsons Magnolia, Abenson Alabang and Rustan’s Shangri-La.

Dyson machines is exclusively distributed by Whiteplanet Inc in the Philippines. For further information, contact them at 09172711543 / 7274092 or drop a line at dysonservice@whiteplanetinc.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PLDT Cyberya Blogger Challenge FIASCO

Last January 23, I sought the help of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with regards to UNFAIR practice, and misleading facebook campaign of PLDT Kaasenso on the PLDT Cyberya Blogger Challenge which concluded in December 2013.


I called DTI Hotline (02) 7513330 to seek help on putting an end to the collection calls, collection SMS, on top of the PLDT demand letters and demand letters from PLDT's 3rd party collector being sent to my residence.

DTI initially told me that PLDT cases are under the jurisdiction of NTC.  I had to explain again that I am not complaining about a PLDT service but on PLDT's deceiving facebook campaign that resulted to collection harassment running for more than one year!

I have exhausted all channels (SMS, facebook notifications, on top of emails to DigitalFCB and PLDT employees involved in the facebook blogging campaign to no avail! Worse, PLDT had engaged the services of a 3rd party to collect, much to my dismay!

This problem resulted from the PLDT DSL line that PLDT San Pedro activated in January 2014 intended for the Cyberya unit that was delivered to my home in March 2014.

As one of three finalist of blogging contest that I joined, I get to enjoy a FREE 2-month experience running a PLDT Cyberya negosyo. The business concept is similar to "piso-net" that allows a customer to use internet for 4 minutes for only one peso cost.



I have raised my concerns as early as FEBRUARY 9, 2014 as to why I am being asked to pay when blogger-winners were supposed to get the unit free for 60 days as stipulated in PLDT contest mechanics. I need internet connection to enjoy the prize I won.

I never went to any PLDT office to file an application for internet connection!  Why would I pay for DSL when it is supposed to come free with the 2-month cyberya experience?



EARLY WARNING SIGNS

Had PLDT DECEPTIVELY forced me into a PLDT DSL subscription by using a MISLEADING Facebook Promotion? Problems start coming in even before the PLDT Cyberya UNIT was delivered to my home.
After successfully contacting PLDT and relaying my problem on the progressive billings, PLDT and DigitalFCB (their PR Agency) invited the 3 of us to meet up with them at their Makati Avenue Office on April 10, 2014.


I was glad thinking that I will soon be enjoying my FREE 60-day use of Cyberya and finally one step away from winning my own coupled with FREE one full year DSL. I was also looking forward to being freed of accountability related to DSL plan 1300 (DATA) ESS18-02201-4-2-5982 problem.


I was wrong!

PLDT revised its contest mechanics to include an 8-week writing challenge!  Instead of one unit review that would serve as our final entry to winning the Grand Prize, we were now being asked to compete in an 8-week writing challenge.  The come on was that there were weekly prizes to be  won by bloggers in addition to taking home the unit plus our blog readers get a chance to win another Cyberya unit at the end of 2 months.

While appalled at this new twist in the mechanics, we all went with the idea. We were told to entice readers to engage and posts comments in our own respective blogs, More comments would mean more chances to win.

We were asked to procure a business permit as a pre-requisite to the delivery of the PLDT minigosyo unit. And just when I had my entry for first week uploaded on April 21, 2014 (and still no stable internet connection), Norman Padilla of DigitalFCB informs me via SMS that the Cyberya unit for blog readers had been scrapped out of the mechanics!

In addition, thc blog comments they initially required now shifted to commenting on PLDT Kaasenyo Facebook fanpage updates!
These nerve-wrecking changes plus substandard DSL connection made me decide to drop out of the weekly challenges.

Gelmie of PC Express requires that I pay 500 pesos for technical support per visit! When my request for technical assistance remain unheeded, how can I share a good minigosyo experience using Cyberya unit?

 Why would I concoct lies and promote something which I find anemic in performance?

PLDT PULLS OUT UNIT

Dhona Apacible and a certain Marlon kept calling on July 10 to advise me of impending pullout schedule.  The PLDT cyberya unit assigned to me was eventually pulled out last JULY 11, 2014 BY RAMIL B. PARAGAS OF PROMO EDGE CORP. (PLDT SPECIAL EVENTS ID NO 4982).

Sadly, the collection letters, myDSL Plan 1300 collection calls kept on pestering me and my home! This problem has been causing me great stress and had resulted to family disagreements.

On january 23, 2015, I received a DEMAND LETTER FROM E.B.TAROBAL asking me to settle 24,288.67 in TEN DAYS.
Fed up with the PLDT's INDIFFERENCE AND INACTION, I sent a text blast to all concerned PLDT employees, DigitalFCB staff to take action once and for all. Still, no answer.

DTI MEDIATION OFFICE STEPS IN

I sent a complaint to fteb_mediationdiv@dti.gov.ph regarding my circumstances. I received a notice of hearing slated for January 28, 2015 which was ignored still by PLDT!

I took a leave of absence from work to attend the 8AM hearing at DTI Buendia Office (a stone's throw away from PLDT Makati Avenue Office) to no use!

I told the mediation office that I will not pay for a service I didn't sign up for. I demanded that PLDT should relieve me of accountability related to the blogging engagement problems they themselves created. I asked for a tangible document that resolves this matter and clears me from any accountability on top of the formal apology.



I was told by Ms. Roque that another hearing date (February 2, 2015) will be set and that I need not attend it since she finds my claims to be valid.

While a certain Atty. Lopez represented PLDT on the second mediation schedule, another person by the name of Franz Nadela contacted me through cellphone. I made my demands clear during our conversation but he sent out an email that I find too arrogant in tone. To me, it was merely an acknowledgement that PLDT had found my complaints to be valid, not really a case closure.



Saying that it took PLDT a TAD BIT LONGER than its usual resolution time WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! PLDT deliberately IGNORED all my complaints prior to this DTI mediation.

DTI sent the letter of apology dated February 11, 2015 and signed by PLDT VP, Patrick Teng. While still waiting for the original to be sent to my home, I got another call from Franz Nadela confirming my receipt of the docs via email this February 24th.

What puzzles me now is that he asked if I submitted a NEW PLDT DSL APPLICATION FORM?!

Why is there another person filing DSL application on my behalf? Why didn't PLDT asked for proper identification?  I NEVER APPLIED FOR ONE IN MY ENTIRE LIFETIME!

With this fiasco, I will not even think of getting a PLDT DSL subscription in the next 20 years!

Is this case closed? I don't think so.

SHAME ON YOU, PLDT!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lancris Residences is your Safe Haven in the South of Manila

While many people start off in Makati because of conveniences, an increasing number of individuals are moving out to other suburban areas especially around Sucat and Paranaque, where owning a condo is much less compared to those in the Makati area.

The benefits of a good location is sometimes too exciting that people overlook drawbacks. A convenient location is often wiped out by a cost too steep that disrupts one's entire budget spectrum.

Lancris Residences is your smart choice for a well-connected life. It brings urban community-living with modern facilities to families. It has everything that a big city offers. It makes great, affordable first homes for newly-weds.


The first of the four residential towers, Diamond Tower, is now Ready for Occupancy. Each Lancris residential unit has special vinyl planks for the living, dining, bedrooms, and kitchen floors. It has elegant ceramic tiles for the toilets. All other basics are provided, including the granite kitchen counter top with modular kitchen cabinets plus other kitchen and bathroom fittings making the units ready for move-in.




Get to chose from Studio Unit (20.55 sqm), Two-Bedroom Unit (41.79 sqm), or a Special Three-Bedroom Unit (69.65 sqm).


The walls come in premium 3-coat paint finish. All residential condo units are fully furnish with various amenities like high-speed fiber optic internet, 24-hour security and access to workout Gyms, Basketball and Badminton Courts, Table Tennis and Billiard Tables.




Aside from the strategic elevation, Lancris Residences has a sufficient and well-maintained drainage system that makes the property flood-free.

WI-FI System ready for common areas 


Two Elevators per building are allotted

Fire Sprinkler System and Fire Alarm System are in place.  The Hallways and Main stairways have special vinyl floorings. 


Other Features:
Wide Concrete and Tree-lined Roads
Centralized Water Supply from Water Cistern and Overhead Tanks
Underground Drainage System
Material Recovery Area
Drying cages located at the Roof Deck
Sewage Treatment Plant
CCTV Security System
WI-FI System ready for common area
Standby Generators
Landscaped Open Spaces
Swimming Pool
Clubhouse
Playground
Ample Parking at 1:3 ratio which can be purchased separately

Visit Lancris Residences any day to see and appreciate the actual condo units. Come at different times to see how safe the area is. Lancris Residences not only offers a great location to go home everyday, it is also a safe haven with a community that you can call your own.

Check out the ongoing February Purchase Promo here.


Lancris Residences
Japan Street corner Dominic Savio
Don Bosco, Paranaque City
Phone (02) 804-2306

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Daniel Padilla graces Lily's Peanut Butter Fun Day Sunday Event



Lily's Peanut Butter has been a staple food in most Filipino households. After 60 years of being a byword in the industry that has become synonymous with taste and quality and made with all-natural ingredients, Lily's Peanut Butter goes even further with its all-new campaign this 2015.

Fun Day Sunday is all about the bond that people share whenever they experience "love na walang katulad",---love that will make you say, “Ikaw lang talaga."



Last Sunday was made exciting with Lily's interactive booths and fun-filled activities. Five universities showcased their culinary creations in a cook-off showdown. Chefs Boy Logro and Victor Neri, got everyone excited as would-be chefs battled came up with original savoury and sweet dishes using Lily's products in two rounds of cooking.

Lily's Fun Day Sunday's highlight was the "meet and greet" segment with none other than teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla.







Find out more on Lily's Peanut Butter via their website www.mylilys.com

Follow them on Instagram using the hashtag #cookingwithlilys.


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