Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The 3G K618i

I've got a new phone and its the K618i. The primary reasons why I bought the phone are as follows (ordered from Highest priority to lowest where 1 is the highest priority):

1.) Its 3G
2.) Its a relatively cheaper 3G phone
3.) Its design looks like the Sony Ericson Walkman Phone
4.) It can play mp3/AAC/AAC+
5.) It has a 2MP camera (There are other phones with better camera, but its the least of my priority)

Top at my list is its 3G capability. The reason being, as a techy traveller, I like to bring my laptop a lot of times so that I can program and surf anywhere I choose may it be at the beach or at any coffee shop or restaurant. The phone can be used as a modem to my laptop so that I can surf the internet anywhere at 384KBPS with an internet cafe rate of just 10pesos/30mins. And this really works well for me.

Its also relatively cheaper with other 3G phones that caused 15K plus at malls. Well, I was able to buy a brand new cheaper k618i with 256MB M2 memory at e-bay for only 9,400pesos. Don't buy at malls, since k618i there has a rocketing price of 12500pesos. Of course, make sure that seller in ebay has tons of positive feedback, and zero negative feedback.

I also like the design cause it looks like a sleak Sony Ericson Walkman Phone. I bought the white one, and it really looks great. It looks better than other new released Sony Ericson handsets.

It can also play Music, and the sound quality is quite good.

Last but not the least, is it has a 2MP camera. It works fine with me taking pictures of my current activities. Its an average phone camera. Its not as good as the K800i, but its the least of my priority. I only need to take pictures for blogging, and I don't need dazzling photos for exibit.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Easy Walk to Become Fit

You've all heard of these new exercise inventions shown in TV shopping. And they all have the same marketing slogan: That you don't have to work hard to stay fit. I don't believe in any of their products. Besides, my mom had bought plenty of their products, and they all ended up at our garage.

But I do know of one form of exercise that is in my opinion easy, and effective. A couple of years ago, I had plenty of time for exercise. That's because I used to teach in college, and I practically own my time. But ever since I moved to a software developing company, my time to have my weekly exercise routine became slim. And this was the start of me gaining more weight than ever.

I knew I needed to do something about it. And this is the easiest and effective exercise I'm doing until today, and I lost so many pounds. The amazing exercise is walking.

Yes, that's right, it just walking. You can convert time spent in bed to time spent in walking and enjoying your surroundings.

I started by walking to work, back home, and walking at the mall. If you tend to spend more time watching TV, then just limit it and go ahead and stroll along the neighborhood. A friend of mine once asked, how am I able to walk the whole 6KM going home from work. I simply said, its just an hour and a half walk. Your practically doing it twice during weekends when you go to the mall. If you spend 4 hours window shopping, imagine how many kilometer you have walked. I also suggest, to get a backpack, stuffed some things you might need like water and an extra shirt. Additional weight will add up to the calories burned.

To give a more concrete benefit of walking. Say if you are just 150lbs walking at the mall for 2 hours and you are just strolling with a speed of 2.5mph, then you would have already spent 516 calories. If your weight is higher than 150lbs then you would have spent more than 516 calories. But of course, you don't normally just spend 2 hours walking in malls, most of the time you spend around 4 hours, or even the whole day strolling around.