Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sparklegaze Summer beauty Treat! promo!

They'll be giving away 12 pieces make up brushset for free!!!!! Yay to that! This is one sparkling gift for moms!

These are the 3 easy steps to join the contest:

1.first you need to be a "fan" or "like" Sparklegaze in Facebook. (click the LIKE button)

2. You need to fill out the form below and give all the information also need this to repost/share or link to any of your account s(Fb, tweeter,blogspot,friendster etc.) and copy paste the link where you posted it and enter it also in the form.

3. comment on the wall post saying "ENTER ME",

promo end on MAY 15, 2010, the winner of the contest will be notify via, email.

click HERE for more info!

Anyhoo, Happy Mother's Day to all the fab, hardworking, loving and beautiful mothers out there! You are a hero in your own ways. ♥ This world wouldn't have been the same without you♥


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HTC HD Mini: First Impressions

Hi! I'm Michelle and I'm a certified HTC HD Miniholic. I'm a SAHM to a 2-year-old baby girl with an adrenaline addiction, a freelance photographer & videographer of Shutter Count, loves blogging, blueberry cheesecake, froyo and is currently fueling my gadget addiction. Aside from being a self-proclaimed social media addict, I use the internet and latest tech everyday as a consultant, and as a mom, I'm a mobile warrior in my own home. I can't live without my laptop, cellphones, dslr, etc.. They have provided me a comfort zone in which I don’t have to change who I am. I’m painfully shy in public, however, through the internet and with the help of my geeky gadgets and terrific tech toys, I can express myself and blog about my personal experiences and varied topics I am passionate about. Sometimes I can get very passionate about a topic so consider yourself warned.
A s for my first impressions... they say you never get a second chance at a first impression. However, I think my first impression is the most important impression only until I make my second impression, which is the most important until I make my third. I guess it’s the first and last impression that matters most.

Right off the bat, my first impression was that the phone felt so smooth and very lightweight. When I first saw it online, I thought it was too small for my taste but I was wrong. I love the pocket-friendly size cause I just don’t want to walk around with a biggie phone or iPad-like phone which does not even fit comfortably in my shirt pocket or even my pants pocket. I also do not wish to hold up a big pad like device to my ear while making a call. lmao I think the HTC HD mini is just the perfect size for me. It fits comfortably in my small hand and it amazes me because it does so much in such a small package with smashing specs to boot. Holding this baby feels just great but opening it for the first time was scary as it was just a trial unit, I also had to be extra careful with prying open the phone so I had to beg and ask someone to do it. :D
It is beautiful and oozing with cuteness inside and out. I also love the back of the phone, it's a shock of yellow pleasure (I'm not sure why it's yellow, but it sure looks good). The curves and round edges instead of cornered edges look sexy. The black rubber matte finish at the back helps the phone away from being scratched and the bolts slash industrial-looking screws make it look bold, elegant and classic. Not just a mere decoration though because that's what actually holds the phone together, and once you take its clothes off (no pun intended), you can take a peek of its bright yellow inside which is an unexpected but pleasant surprise for me, which I like, in a major way. It was actually my first time to see a phone with a flashy color inside. :D I just hope the rubber backing won't peel off and won't become loose like what usually happens with other phones which start showing signs of wear and tear or loosen up after a dozen or two removals.
Considering that the unit came without a manual, I had to find the slots and I liked it even more when I saw that the SIM and microSD memory card slots are accessible and not hidden under the handset’s battery. Yay to that!

The camera is good enough for taking shots and the cam interface is easy to use. Sadly, it's missing the flash so low light shot is a no-no and shots appear grainy at night. But I guess that's not the end of the world.. there could be an apps for that somewhere. I also did sneak a peek at some pics that were already on the phone and I think they're pretty good.
Also, listening to music on the HD mini is quite enjoyable. I just hope the video quality will be a step up from any other video phone. I could be very happy with that.

What I love is the preloaded apps like integrated Facebook and Youtube and it works a treat because I love using wifi at home. However, there was still the occasional lag, though minimal, during web browsing.

The HTC sense is also a beauty but the qwerty keyboard is clearly smaller than I expected but it's still manageable. I had a hard time using it the first time but I know I can get the hang of it. I could be wrong though but I can always buy a stylus. :) It also has a vibration feedback to let the user know a key has been pressed which is relatively new to me.

Another nifty feature is the uber intuitive weather apps on the HTC HD mini which is something I've never seen before. When viewing the calendar from the tab it will display today's appointments as well as the current weather conditions/ forecast in a lifelike animated wallpaper. I can also add many locations and I get to choose how frequently the weather updates.Tweaking the settings and home tab on the HTC HD mini is pretty simple. I can drag and arrange the icons to wherever I like. It's a good thing because I just hate phones that are super complicated to use.

I really like the stylish chrome accent at the top which hosts the 3.5 mm headphone jack/earpiece out and the power/screen lock key. Though there are times that there would be some kind of distorted quality of the sound coming out of the loud speaker near the camera. The metallic surrounding it or in which the speaker is located could prolly be the cause. On the left, the volume rocker is solid to press while on the right, it's bare and just plain black. Not like the usual phones I've had before wherein there's a shortcut for taking shots or camera key which I think is quite handy.

Even the charger looks bold and futuristic, I love its UFO-like design. Now I'm ready for some alien invasion! Now if you're looking for a place to find a not-so-big-but-incredibly-cute alien like this charger, try the Google Map! It's awesome!

Overall, I really like this baby, from its sleek curves and cute size to its extremely responsive touch interface. Given that Microsoft’s soon-to-be-defunct OS was revealed and that there’s no chance of an WP7 upgrade for the HD mini due to hardware requirements, I still feel that HTC’s Sense UI makes up for that and does make WinMo a more comfortable place to be in. Needless to say, I also believe that good things really come in small packages.

So that would be my first impression and I still have a lot of chance to put my grubby paws all over this baby so let's have fun exploring. I've got to try the Bluetooth... later. :)

Monday, April 26, 2010



I am PINAY and I'm proud and happy to be one.
Ask me why. Oh well, It's simply because..

Magaling ang Pinoy. Proud of Pacman, Charisse, Arnel Pineda and many more. It makes me happy just because they give pride to their country. And there's no traffic and zero crime rate whenever it's Pacman's fight and I'm a BIG fan. :) @!&6! and that's me sayin', I friggin hate u Gayweather! :D

A smile amidst the trials whenever I see fellow Filipinos .. Invincible Happiness, despite the hardships we've all been through, we're still one of the world's happiest people.

Halo-halo, sorbetes, sago & gulaman, ice candy, and malamig na malamig at nagyeyelong coke sakto.. my favorite refreshing drink amidst the unbearable summer heat. *wink*

A breath-taking view of truly one of the richest in natural wealth...unique and uncomparable to any place in the world... and knowing how beautiful my country is makes me :)

Putting a sand castle or just going to the beautiful beach of Boracay with the whole family.

P lanting trees after surviving 25 rapids in Davao and 5 hours of paddling/whitewater rafting under the scorching heat of the sun.

Y ummy balut, sinigang na baboy, kare-kare, cripy pata, and lots of Filipino foods that are delish and mouth-watering. Read: Fiesta.

& my favorite merienda... turon, ginataan, kalamay and a lot more.... ~drools~ just imagine me eating a special turon right now. Sooo good...

Pinakamagandang race sa Asia... and that's a FACT. Seeing a lot of gwapa ug gwapo Pinoys makes me happy... ahem! see my pic na lang po. :D just keeeeding! :D

Rich in love and faith in God...Filipinos may not have the money and wealth the other countries have, but I’m sure we have the wealth of heart and mind that can make us also a happy bunch of peeps.

Obviously, we are fighters! we never say die.. we never quit... we always say Try and Try until you.. die... it's a joke, of course. But like what a national hero would say, Filipinos are worth dying for.

Uber close family ties.. simply knowing I'll never be alone even my hair goes all gray, messy and unrebonded, I know for sure I still have my family to love and support me.

Dyip/ jeepney, padyak/ pedicab, trike and all that undeniably unique Pinoy transpo makes me happy especially when I'm broke and I have no cash for cabs/taxis... and hey, you can only see them here ..may sabit pa sa likod ng jeep, sa gilid and even on top of it... onli in da pilipins.

2nay na resouceful, kahit text shinoshort-cut... yung iba naman pinapahaba read: jejemons ..we never get tired of texting, hence, we are considered the texting capital of the world. It makes me happy especially when it's my birthday and I got lots of text messages. I just hope it's gifts>txt msgs. :D

Bonding and partey with friends.. there's no better gimik place than right here.. in the heart of Makati or in Manila or Eastwood.... b'cause we def know how to party hard.

Ethnic and cultural diversity.. iba pa din ang kulturang Pinoy! Itanong mo pa sa lola ng lolo na lola ng impo mo.

Pero, subalit, ngunit, datapwat madami pa ding kapintasan ang mga Pinoy...

Inaapi, minamaliit at kinukutya, niyuyurakan ang pagkatao... (opo! speaking malalim at di maarok na Tagalog makes me happy too. Eh ano naman? Pinoy ako eh a ayoko mag-nosebleed!)

Nananatili akong fan ng commercial ni Enrile, kasi gusto ko happy ka din! not that I'll actually vote for him. I just think it's funny and who doesn't want to be happy?! hehe

And if you'll ask me again if I am still happy being a Filipino, I'll say...

Y es! I'd still say for myself, I'm happy and proud to be Pinoy that I wouldn't trade my Philippine citizenship for anything.... even for a green card. :)

So now, if i ask you, "WHAT MAKES YOU, AS A FILIPINO, HAPPY?", what would you say?

Will it make you happy if you'd win a month’s supply pack of Coca-Cola products and a chance to take a friend to meet the Expedition 206 Happiness Ambassadors on Saturday May 1, 2010 just by answering that simple question?

If your answer is YES, click here.

If your answer is NO, click here.

Pinay Mommy Online' s Summer Swimsuit Giveaway

Hello there summer!

Here comes this season's sexiest print, the Zebra Swimsuit from the Summer's Supreme collection of the uber chic swimsuit online store in the Philippines, HAMEGAME. Another Summer Swimsuit Giveaway” from Pinay Mommy Online... and I want one. :) What better way to stand out from the crowd than in a zebra print right?

If you want one, just visit the Hamegame online store and visit Pinay Mommy Online's blog if you are drooling to have a swimsuit that is bound to turn heads! Their swimsuits evoke a sultry, slightly wild image with their daring stripes and exotic color combinations and apparently, the twisted bandeau was my fave.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

HTC Android Workshop

Whoa! Is it already my birthday or I just got lucky? :) I am so looking forward to take part and participate in this workshop. I am sooo excited to try and experience the mobility and explore the amazing world of wonders with an HTC HD mini. I'm curious about its features and specs which are much better EXPERIENCED than explained. :D I think this baby's got a special kind of cuteness inside and out and I'm going to find it out real soon.

I'm gonna witness the launch of HTC's three new smartphones at the second HTC Android Workshop on April 29, 7ish at Ayala Museum, Museum Lobby.

One of these 3 new smartphones is my favorite. :) hint hint *wink*

Saturday, April 24, 2010

RocKstaRmOmma's Blog Birthday Giveaway

May is kind of special to me because it is my birthday month and in just a few days, I will be celebrating my 2_th birthday., however I am not a huge birthday person because I don't like celebrating getting older. I just feel like I am so old (eek!:D) but truly BLESSED. It's not even my birthday but I already got lots of gifts and of course, I've got the greatest gift of baby girl Maia...and that is priceless. Dare I say that no matter how bratty and majorly spoiled she may be, she's made my life more kawaii. :)

So instead of being so selfish and think of me and only me on that day I plan to give back this time and I'm turning the tables. And in grateful recognition of no one mentioning my real age (yet), I’m going to give away a few goodies. :D For every guess-whats, there's a prize at stake. Don't cha worry because I'm giving blues clues or even the answer itself on my upcoming blogs, or in my facebook and twitter posts. oh wait, I think they're already here in this blog so read between the lines. *wink*

It's so easy peasy to win these kick a$s goodies (will post pics soon) but only ONE winner for each guess-whats will be selected! All you have to do is show me some love beybeh! Remember the more you love me, (the more points u gain) the more you're going to win! And take note, if you didn't win on the first guess-what, you can still stand a chance on the other guess-whats if you're able to answer them right. BUT you can only win once. So if you already win on the first, quota na teh! haha let's give chance to others ayt? ;D

Now. Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we!?

Try answering the guess-whats and win these amazing giveaways..

Guess-what # 1: Guess what is currently my favorite phone model.
Prize: HBC Hair Strengthening Iron

Guess-what # 2:
Guess what is the month and day of my birthday. :D
Prize: Starbucks tumbler

Guess-what # 3: Guess what is my favorite movie this year.
Prize: Starbucks GC worth PhP500

Guess what # 4: Guess what is my favorite country for summer vacay. :)
Prize: Beach Hut Frisbee

Guess what # 5:
Guess what is my real age. :D
Prize: 2 authentic MAC brushes

How to Win?

1) Leave your entry as a comment with the following details:
(Just click the Links to the Post just below my name/sig :)

- e-mail address
- contact number
- birthday wish: (example: Happy Birthday! May u forever be Sexy & Lose More Weight! Isn't it ironic dont cha think? ) :P
- your answer/s to the guess-whats
- please include whether you blogged it, subscibed, RT'd or reposted it including the links,google username and twitter id

2) Bonus 1 entry, blog about this Giveaway & lemme know by leaving your blog link as a comment.

3) Bonus 1 more entry, follow my twitter & re-tweet the following:

RT @chelle26 RocKstArmOmma's Birthday Giveaway! Enter to win goodies! Visit

Note: Make sure that your Tweet must reference "@chelle26" so I am notified of your tweet.

4) Bonus 1 more entry, repost or link this blog contest in FB.

- gimme the link please

5) Bonus 1 more entry by being a follower of my blog through Google Friend connect (that "follow button on the left side of our blogs), through twitter, feed subscriber by reader or by email, etc.. anything works as long as I know that you read my blog!

6) Bonus 1 more entry by adding my RoCkstArmOmma blog in your blogroll :)

Terms & Conditions:
1. Contest starts April 25th and ends May 11th :) at midnight.
2. Only followers of ROcKstArmOmma can enter!
3. Incomplete entry will not be entertained.
4. Only 1 winner for each guess-whats to be announced in the following days. I reserve the right to be hung over for far longer than that, though. It is, after all, my birthday.
5. Giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. I wish I could add Singapore but I simply couldn't.. sorry!
6. Winners will be randomly selected. The more entries the more chances of winning.
7. Winners must respond within 72 hours of notification.
8. If you don't win here aka losers, don't fret, there's still a gazillion and one contests to join. Like what Mr. G2 would say, Bawal ang Bitter Ocampo. :D

That’s all, lovelies! Good luck and thanks again for 2ne9 wonderful years! Thank you to everyone in advance for getting the word out about the giveaway!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yoshinoya beef Gyudon Eating Contest

and because i love beef gyudon @Yoshinoya and i heart boykuripot..... here's a treat!

calling all bloggers!

Yoshinoya is holding a Beef Gyudon Eating Contest happening this May 5 at Yoshinoya Megamall branch exclusively for you. Send over you blog URL and be one of 15 lucky bloggers who will instantly get a P500 GC and a chance to compete. The blogger who finishes the most Gyudon Beef bowl within 2 minutes will take home P3,000 Yoshinoya GC

For more info, click here!