Tech Kids

THIS PHOTO was taken approximately one year ago, some time in December 2011.

Back then, our kids, Marielle (8 at the time) and Johan (6 at the time) would still borrow their mom’s and dad’s iPads or laptops whenever they wanted to play or look up something in Google or You Tube. Now we practically have to borrow our iPads from them. They have also grown so comfortable and proficient with computers that they automatically just google stuff that interests them. Read more

Infatuated with the iPad Mini; Drooling over the iPhone 5.

I GOT to touch and hold both the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 earlier this week, courtesy of my boss, Ed Delgado, who just bought his new “toys” in Singapore over the weekend.

The iPad Mini is so much lighter than expected. I knew all along it will be a lot lighter than the previous iPads (I have both the original iPad and the second generation iPad 2) but I didn’t expect it to be extremely light! Gee, it’s almost as light as my first-gen iPhone!

While in Singapore on November 8 Ed texted me to say that he just bought his new 16GB iPad Mini (WiFi) for just US375 and offered to buy one for me if I was interested. Read more

My favorite e-book reader

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I love reading my e-books on my iPad because to me it offers the best of many worlds insofar as reading books are concerned.

First, it feels a lot like reading a real book. Often I would even forget that I am reading on my iPad, so much so that I would try to grab the lower right corner to flip a page.

Second, it allows me access to any of my e-books on a whim.

Third it offers a lot of the sophisticated features: highlighting, bookmarking, built-in dictionary, font-size adjustment, etc.

And third, it is not just an e-book reader. It is also a browser, a gaming console, calculator, photo album, image editor, calendar, notes, and so on an so forth.

But the iPad is not my favorite e-book reader. Read more

Destinations to add to my Bucket List

My BUCKET LIST is getting longer and longer! Soon it is no longer appropriate to call it a “bucket List.” How does a “Bath Tub List” sound? Or even a “Swimming Pool List”?

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Thanks to the Internet, Facebook, and the iPad I’m discovering great must-visit places that I’ve not even heard before. The only problem is that I’m discovering too many of them too soon! Read more

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

RIP, Steve.


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This craze called Oktoberfest and my theory about the fuzzy relationship of beer and cleavage

I DIDN’T really understand all the excitement about Oktoberfest until I saw these photos from an article on The Telegraph (via FlipBoard on the iPad) announcing the opening of Oktoberfest 2011 in Munich, Germany.

Now I at least have a little appreciation of why men from all over the world are drooling to experience it.

As for the ladies… well, I guess they love the idea of drooling men. After all, beer possesses this wonderful effect of making all women look uniformly gorgeous. That’s not to say that the ladies going to Oktoberfest are not gorgeous, however. Judging from these photos lots of them are, in fact, blissfully gorgeous.

What is still fuzzy to me, however, is the significance or connection of cleavage to beer during Oktoberfest. Surely, for something that’s been going on for ages there must be a scientific explanation to it.

After downing a few bottle of beers I guess I’m ready to give it a try (postulating a theory, that is). Read more

Finally found – and read – Raise The Titanic!

I HAD BEEN searching for this Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt classic for the past ten years without success.

I visited almost all Book Sale and other “used book” outlets in Metro Manila and other cities looking for this book.  When travelling I would often check out book shops in airports and even hotels.  But, like the Titanic, it seems that all printed copies of the book have disappeared forever.

I did find a paperback copy of the book eventually.  In  And it costs $9.99.  But I’ve long since stopped buying books from Amazon because of the shipping charges.  It simply doesn’t make economic sense.

And then the iPad came. Read more

Here comes Google’s E-Books Store

eBooks get another major boost with the opening of Google’s eBooks Store.  Bookworms all over the world are surely delighted.

I for one is very excited about this.  I love iBook on my iPad/iPhone but I welcome this new development.  As they say, the more the merrier.  It is the customers that ultimately win when there are more choices. Read more

Prof. Sunil Choopra’s reflections on Technology, Supply Chains, and Income Distribution

Prof. Sunil ChoopraHere’s a very insightful analysis of current business trends by noted professor and author, Sunil Choopra.

Reflections on Technology, Supply Chains and Income Distribution | CIO – Blogs and Discussion. Read more

Mobile Me!

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I am loving the freedom that mobility is allowing me.

Ever since we moved our offices from South Harbor in port area Manila to PASCOR Drive near NAIA in Paranaque, I have refused every attempt by our management to assign me a permanent office.  I am very much entitled to one, but I have deliberately opted out.

Without an office of my own I work practically anywhere.  Most of the time I would take our conference room for my own.  Or I would take an absent colleague’s desk.  A lot of time I work outside — in coffee shops, food courts… even inside my car while parked. Read more