I’ve been having serious problems with my Smart WiMax connection recently. Imagine having to deal with a modem that takes more than an hour to connect and, when it does, delivers an insanely
slow crawling speed of 0.05-0.3kbps (using speedtest.net and the Smart server).
My mobile phone’s connection (even on EDGE) is pathetically faster than my current 2Mbps WiMax subscription.
3 weeks of seeking customer care’s assistance seemed to fall on deaf ears. You’d think someone on the other end of their “@SmartCares” twitter account would actually be monitoring customers’ rants and inquiries. I was sorely mistaken.
I was there to witness what Globe claims to be the “fastest ever” broadband stick with download speeds of up to 10Mbps. I came to the event not knowing how impressive this device would be or if it would, in any way, fall short of all the hype (more about that later).
Notable personalities from traditional and social media were there to grace the occasion as well as press people and lifestyle celebrities.
The presentation was a spectacle of sights and sounds… a constant glow of “Globe blue” enveloped the entire Ballroom A of the Heritage Hotel. The explosive sound of the Lamborghini’s exhaust could be heard over the sound system as it was looped throughout the evening. A huge video wall was installed on one side encompassing the entire area so no matter where you were, you’d be sure to have a decent view of what’s happening on-stage.
After a few minutes of mingling around and exchanging hellos, the program formally began… Enter sound effects… adrenaline-pumping music up… and cue dramatic lighting.
I’ve recently been invited to attend a major launch for a product of a major telco.
Let’s just say they claim this to be the “fastest ever…”. That’s pretty much a giveaway already right there!
I haven’t much to say about it yet since the event is still this Friday… but I expect to be blown away by the product’s speed and performance.
This is good news for those whose “need for speed” cannot be quenched. (Like me!)
More details and an in-depth review in a few days. Be sure to check back every now and then.
Ok… So I haven’t blogged in a while.
Those who have followed my blog would have probably noticed. Much has to do with work (my day job, that is… but we’ll get to that later)… and also thanks to Twitter!
Twitter has pretty much preoccupied the little gaps and openings in-between the usual humdrums of my life. Can you blame me? As the lot of you, I myself was consumed by the ever-addicting, all-engrossing activity that is – TWITTER.
But, I have put my foot down and decided to return to blogging.
I have finally quit my day job. I have decided to return to my first love… acting! Considering how much of my childhood and teenage years were spent in the entertainment industry, I guess it’s just but fitting that I return to it after a good 15 years (Boy, has it been THAT long?!).
So, let’s see… what changes have happened since my last blog post? A whole lot.
I’ve quit my day job (as earlier mentioned), I’ve lost an astonishing 40 pounds and 6” inches from my waistline in 3 months (I’m down to 145 lbs. / 30” waistline) through weight training and a strict diet, and I’ve plotted out concrete steps towards a serious showbiz comeback. I also currently co-host a wonderful radio program called, “Hashtag”, which delves on everything about the internet, social media and technology in the Philippines.
Exciting days ahead, indeed.
I’d like to believe that I’m friendly… Haha! I guess I am… :) I try to respond to each and every tweet I receive. I genuinely enjoy engaging in all sorts of conversations and good banter. So throw me a line, will ya! I don’t bite… (unless you want me too!) LOL! :P
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He commented on my blog entry: “SentiSabado encourages people (especially kids) to go and make new memories, today!”
Make new memories…
That phrase stuck in my mind… Why do kids nowadays have to be encouraged to go and make new memories today?
It is in pondering this that I ultimately realized the reason why we, the so called “Gen X/Y” babies, have so much memories and nostalgia compared to those who were born in the 90s. We actually had more interaction with the world… the people around us… the things we did… the places we’ve been to… the experiences we’ve gone through…
Not because we are (obviously) older than them. No.
Kids nowadays are holed up in their own imaginary world playing PSPs, iPhones, Farmville, and all those other time-consuming-and-attention-grabbing devices.
Heck! I see a good number of kids and teens playing with PSPs at the mall even while walking!
Whatever happened to engaging conversations or laughing at simple jokes… or the friendly banter every now and then… or even simply looking at your surroundings while walking? Does it ever exist anymore… with the younger ones for that matter?
Back then, our idea of recreation and fun was climbing a tree, hanging out in the park with friends, playing “tumbang preso” till it became too dark to play outside. Even our toys back in the day would encourage us to interact with others (Can you imagine playing tex by yourself? Or play “touchball” without a friend”?). Going to the mall was an exciting experience for us every single time… just to walk around and see the new places… we’d take everything in and love every minute of it.
What will these new generation of kids look back at when they grow older? What kind of memories will they have? If they had their own form of #SentiSabado, what sort of nostalgia will they reminisce on?
Moments such as “hanging out from dusk till dawn playing counterstrike in the internet cafe”, maybe? Or “how Farmville changed Facebook gaming”? Or perhaps, “watching all sorts of trailers on YouTube” and “reaching the high score of “Need for Speed” on the PSP while ascending the escalator”…?
But anything in excess is unhealthy.
So, going back to my first question… “Encouragement?”
Of course. No doubt!
If for no other reason, let #SentiSabado be the means to help encourage kids… to limit video games… to lessen cable TV watching… to set restrictions on certain activities…
…to get out more… to interact physically… to engage… to feel the breeze, smell the air… to live… love… laugh… to make mistakes… and learn from them…
…to make memories.
Lots of them.