Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Google Flights arrives in the Philippines – finally!


Google Flights is officially launching today in the country. I’ve been using the service for a few years now to scout different rates. Somehow it was able to aggregate data on local airlines even though it says it doesn’t support the Philippines back then.

You can use Google Flights on your desktop browser of mobile browser of choice. Just enter your destination and browse the different rates from different airlines complete with stops and price ranges. Really useful stuff.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

IKEA Philippines to open in 2020. Biggest in the World


IKEA is officially coming to the Philippines and will be open come 2020.

It will be built in the SM Mall of Asia Complex right smack in the middle of the SMX building and the former ice skating tent. The building is said to be the biggest IKEA store in the world at around 65,000 square meters.

There will be around 9,000 catalogued products available for sale and also don’t forget about those swedish meatballs.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Shopee’s Gadget Zone Lowest Price Guarantee

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I have been shopping online on Lazada for a few years now and honestly, I have seen myself buying from Shopee quite recently.

I have had no issues on both platform, specially with Lazada’s easy return process; though when it comes to site usability I seem to prefer Shopee’s way – but it seems Lazada is taking note and it has now replicated some of Shopee’s features like In-cart payment selection, Shopee Mall (Laz Mall), chat feature, separate shipping pricing, etc..

Shopee is recently touting it ‘Lowest Price Guarantee’ on its Gadget Zone so let’s try to check some items on that page and compare it between these two giant ecommerce platforms.

Vivo – LazMall

Take for example this listing of the Vivo V9 on Lazada. This was taken on the official Vivo LazMall page. The Vivo V9 is priced at 14,999 Philippine Peso.


Vivo - Shopee Mall

Now we check the same official Vivo Shopee Mall page.


In case you can’t see the price, it’s also the same 14,999 Philippine Pesos. Wait? I thought Shopee would have the lowest price?

If you check their Gadget Zone page and apply the code GADGETZONE10, you’ll get the adjusted price of only 13,499 for the same phone. That is less 1,500 pesos or 10% off that could go to buying your phone case or other accessories. But remember to checkout using their Shopee App on Android and iOS – or the code won’t work at all. On top of that, you’ll also be eligible for free shipping.

So it seems that Shopee’s lowest price guarantee on their GadgetZone deal page is really true. If you check official sales price from official sales store fronts of top brand you’ll definitely get more bang on your buck on Shopee with their 10% off code.

Still I would advise checking out prices from 3rd party sellers/merchants just to be sure you’re getting a good deal and best price all around.

I just wish that these ecommerce platforms don’t always have exclusive in-app codes that only work on their specific apps excluding desktop users. I buy stuff using my desktop browser most of the time and don’t want to switch between devices just to apply a code. I know you want to target mobile users, but a sale is a sale regardless right? Maybe have desktop-exclusive codes too :)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Top 5 Tech Picks from Shopee’s Gadget Zone


If you’re a techie who always wants to have the latest electronics and gadgets but does not want to spend too much, Shopee may probably be your best online shopping destination.

Why you ask? Well Shopee just introduced the Shopee Gadget Zone – a dedicated portal for all-tech products with the lowest price - they guarantee it too! So you get to search for the coolest tech at the comfort of your own home, while getting the best price ever, even cheaper than the mall!

You can get an extra 10% off by using the code: GADGETZONE10. Just to note that this works on in-app purchases only. Check it out here:


Here’s the rundown of some cool tech items I found. Some products listed are heavily discounted while others are just plain quirky.


BAVIN Brick Game Case for iPhone 6/7/8/X

If you’re a fan of old-school gaming, then this retro game-boy lookalike is for you – that is if you also own and iPhone too. Sorry Android users!

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Google Chromecast 2

If you like watching Netflix or YouTube on your large screen TV, then better get this. You won’t regret it. Just be sure your internet can handle streaming media because you’ll be watching for hours on this (4k can bogged down your bandwidth)

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Honor 9 Lite

At just around 8,000 pesos, the Honor 9 Lite falls into mid-range category of smartphones, but the specs is not that bad at all. The design is premium-looking and the addition of dual camera’s make this a good deal at that price range.

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Pictar Mark II - Model BS032

The Pictar Mark II allows you to use your smartphone like a point & shoot camera. The app-enabled customizable buttons, two-step focus shoot trigger and even just the added grip can help take your phone photography to the next level. Be sure to check phone compatibility beforehand (iPhone and Android)

Product Link


Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Speaker Basic 2

Xiaomi basically is like Apple but without the Apple Tax. They produce high quality, good looking electronics, appliances, and more… at rock bottom prices. I personally have lots of Xiaomi products just because they’re so affordable that I don’t think twice before purchasing them.

Product Link

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 9: Pre-order and pricing in the Philippines


Samsung just unpacked their new Galaxy Note 9 in New York an few moments ago. While this is an incremental update from last year’s Note 8, it still packs a few improvements and worthwhile features for the mobile power user.


Notable Feature Specs

  • Display: 6.4” Super AMOLED Quad HD+  2960x1440 516ppi
  • Camera: 8MP AF Sensor (front) 12MP rear AF sensor
    Well basically same as the S9 but with software improvements
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Storage 128gb / 512gb. Still expandable via microSD card
  • All new SPen – Now has LE Bluetooth so you can use it as remote shutter etc..
  • RAM: 6gb / 8gb
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Other: Stereo speakers, IP68 water resistant, loads of biometric authentication, fast charging on wired/wireless.

View complete specs here:


    One thing to note from the boxed shot is that it might include a basic case already, something that Samsung hasn’t done in their Galaxy line ever.


    Colors are: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple


    Prices are expected to be 55,990 Pesos for the 128gb and 75,990 for the 512gb model. Pre-order in the Philippines starts tomorrow (August 11).


    Preorder bundles are quite good this year. You can choose either a Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Icon X or a Galaxy Tab A when you opt for the 128gb. If you go for the pre-order exclusive 512gb version, you’ll get a free 32” Samsung Smart TV. Nice.

    More information on Samsung’s website:

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Update your Xiaomi Walkie Talkie to English Language Version

    I have quite a number of Xiaomi devices from their Mijia 360 CCTV camera, Wireless repeater to their selfie sticks – but one problem of Xiaomi is that most of their devices are geared to Mainland China users and only comes in Chinese language.

    I got this Xiaomi Mijia Walkie Talkie recently and even though it’s in Chinese, the device is just solid as all Xiaomi-made products and performs really well. Good thing there’s a workaround to install and English firmware on this device. Just follow this step-by-step below:

    How to update your Xiaomi Mijia Wakie Talkie to English language


    1. Install My PTT app

    For Android: You will need to download the My PTT app from the Mi App Store: and install the apk file to your phone. (Set your Android phone to allow installation from 3rd party sources)

    For iOS users: Download the My PTT app on iTunes:

    2. Pair your Walkie Talkie and My PTT app

    Once installed, turn on your walkie talkie and then start the app. The app should discover your device and then ask you to create a Mi account – create one if you don’t have one yet. (If your phone in on a different language, temporarily switch it to English – because the app will follow the language of the OS – You can switch it back to your language after.)


    3. Check and Update Firmware

    Go to the SETTINGS icon and select FIRMWARE UPDATE. From there the app will check online and update your device via Bluetooth connection.


    4. That’s it!

    The device will restart and show an English version from now on. You can now also delete the My PTT app if you want to.


    Comment if these steps does work for you. Goodluck!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Systems Integration Expo Sets the Stage for High-tech Innovations


    The 12th largest population in the world, and also arguably one of the most tech-savvy around, the Philippines offers a multitude of opportunities for tech companies and investors. For the past decade or so, many of them have been participating at the country’s longest-running trade show for business technologies – Systems Integration Philippines. The show is back for its latest edition set to be held on August 16 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. Those interested to visit may register online for a free 1-day pass:


    Experience 360-degree projection mapping and more high tech event and entertainment solutions for your brand!

    “The Philippines is slowly but surely catching up with the rest of Asia when it comes to attracting tech brands and investors,” remarked Patrick Tan, CEO of Global-Link MP Events International. “We have seen this at Systems Integration Philippines over the past couple of years where we had increasing participation from foreign brands. This year, we are even adding a pavilion for Singapore companies alone. It’s a very exciting opportunity for Philippine-based companies who want to see what’s available out there in the market and how these tech can possibly help them do business better.”


    Make sure you don’t miss out world-class technologies as the tech-savvy experts from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Singapore, and China showcase different pavilions packed with their best product offerings.

    This year’s Systems Integration Philippines will showcase products from countries like China, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, USA, UK, and Germany. “We made sure everyone will be highlighted from events, film and entertainment technology; consumer electronics and gadgets; advertising and media tech; IT and telecoms; as well as the educational and training technology,” added Tan.

    Expect to witness the most advanced equipment and innovative solutions as world renowned tech savvy experts from Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Singapore and China showcase different pavilions packed with their best product offerings.


    Participate with exciting activities showcased by the leading tech suppliers from around the globe.

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