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Saturday, October 01, 2005

lady in red



Sam showing off her red dress. Posted by Picasa

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cutie sammy



Isn't Sam so cute in this pic? Posted by Picasa

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promoting responsible gaming



Here I am (right) with fellow Asian Gaming Journalists Association members Ed Geronia (left) and Erwin Oliva a few minutes before our "Breakfast" interview on Studio 23. We talked about gaming journalism, AGJA and the need to practice responsible gaming. "Breakfast" hosts Patty Laurel and Atom Araullo did the interview. It was a pretty fun experience, and we will have more news to share about AGJA in the coming weeks as we formalize our partnerships with members of the gaming community. Posted by Picasa

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ROSE among the thorns



Here's a pic I took at Studio 8 in the ABS-CBN right before our segment in Studio 23's "Breakfast" show.

Shown in pic are two of my fellow Asian Gaming Journalists Association members (l-r) Ed Geronia, editor in chief of GamesMaster Philippines, and Erwin Oliva, hackenslash and INQ7 Infotech reporter. With them is Sheila Paul, business unit manager of online game publisher Level Up!, who talked about ROSE Online after our AGJA segment. Posted by Picasa

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sam's playground



Of course, Sam also checked out the Island Cove playground. Posted by Picasa

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cozy room



Sam liked the hotel room.
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hobbes, is that you?



Two of the Bengal tigers at the Island Cove zoo.
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thank you for the music



The musicians will play songs for you while you eat at the Island Cove hotel's coffee shop.
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croc attack



Stuffed croc at the entrance to the crocodile farm at the Island Cove resort in Cavite. Posted by Picasa

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growing up



Where's the baby gone? Sam's such a big girl now. Posted by Picasa

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another sepia pic



Sam strikes another pose in sepia. Posted by Picasa

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sepia sam



The sepia effect in the K700i is pretty cool. Posted by Picasa

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sam heart mommy



The two loves of my life. Posted by Picasa

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i want to break free



Sam loves this pic of her behind bars. Posted by Picasa

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sam bunny



I've been using the different fun frames available for the pics I take with my Sony Ericsson K700i. Here's one of Sam in a bunny suit, hehe. Posted by Picasa

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

agja breakfast

I've been invited to guest tomorrow on Studio 23's "Breakfast" show to talk about the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and the need to promote responsible gaming among the youth.

I'll be there with fellow AGJA members Erwin Oliva, who's also from hackenslash/INQ7.net, and Ed Geronia of GamesMaster Philippines.

The show starts at 6: 30 a.m. but I'm not sure what time our segment will be. Anyway, if you're awake, maybe you can catch us there.

I just hope I'm awake, hehe.

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the new msn

I was in Singapore on Sept. 27 to cover the media briefing held at The Regent Singapore that unveiled the new MSN homepage and strategy.

Here's an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech article:

WITH last week’s announcement of the restructuring of Microsoft Corp. into three divisions, the MSN portal has gained greater visibility as the Redmond, WA-based giant pledges to further embrace the Internet and deliver on the promise of software-as-services.

"First, clearly there are areas today where it would be better for customers to have better integration between MSN and Windows. The second thing is that the rest of the company really wants to get the benefit of the knowledge that has accrued to MSN in the last years, such as a greater understanding of the advertising-centered business model," Michael Rawding, corporate vice president of MSN Global Sales and Marketing of Microsoft Corp., told INQ7.net in a one-on-one interview after the media briefing on the new MSN homepage and services held in Singapore on Sept. 27.

Rawding was responding to the impact of the Microsoft reorganization on the role that MSN will play in the company’s strategy. On Sept. 20, Microsoft announced that it would restructure the company into three divisions, each headed by its own president, who will directly report to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. The software giant also announced that longtime Windows architect Jim Allchin, who as a member of the Senior Leadership Team is responsible for setting the direction for Microsoft with Ballmer and chief software architect Bill Gates, will retire after the scheduled launch of Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Longhorn), the successor to the Windows XP operating system, toward the end of next year.

Read my INQ7 Infotech article.

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fighting spam

I'm only allowing registered Blogger users to comment, and now I've also activated the word verification option.

I apologize for the inconvenience but the comment spam is getting out of hand.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

food, glorious food



Here's a close-up of Sam's play food set. Looks yummy, huh, hehe. Posted by Picasa

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a-camping we will go



Sam with her Care Bear Alisha pretending that they're camping.

That's the Ariel pop-up beach tent I got for her from the Toys "R" Us branch at Forum The Shopping Mall in Singapore. I also got her that play food set as my pasalubong from Singapore. Posted by Picasa

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chess, mate?



Me and Sam among the chess pieces on the giant outdoor chessboard. The funny thing is that the Island Cove site describes them as "almost life-sized chess pieces," in which case they should be as small as the ones in regular chessboards, hehe.

Of course, what they mean is that they're almost as big as real people. Still, they're beautifully carved pieces from Paete, Laguna, which is a source of pride for Filipinos for the craftsmanship of its wood sculptors. Posted by Picasa

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island cove



Ellen, Sam and I spent the weekend at Island Cove in Cavite. We had fun even though it was raining Saturday afternoon. We were still able to check out the butterfly farm, aviary, zoo, crocodile farm and other attractions at the resort.

Thankfully, it was sunny Sunday morning. Here are Ellen and Sam at the hotel courtyard fountain. Posted by Picasa

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back from sing

Just got back from Singapore last night, after attending the launch of the new MSN. Will write an INQ7 Infotech article about it, which will include some interesting comments on the Microsoft reorg and Google.

Had a great time in Singapore, thanks in no small part to the always charming Priscilla Tan of Octagon, the PR firm of MSN in Singapore. Also met Octagon VP for Singapore Amanda Osborne, and it was great to see Adrian Lee again. He's the lead for MSN Southeast Asia’s Information Services, and I met him and Priscilla last May during the ITJourno Asia Forum held in Bintan Island, Indonesia by MediaConnect Asia.

Had a really enjoyable conversation with Priscilla Monday night over drinks -- she's also a book lover and you can read about some of the stuff we talked about in her blog entry.

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andie's playground



Say hi to Andie, our YOU Blog Addict of the Week.
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