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Affordable Medical Care at UPMC

With the physical nature of my job and my sport, I’m always mindful of how far I can push before my body fails. I’m blessed that both my parents are doctors, so whenever I fall ill I get my diagnosis and prescription without having to leave home. I understand that I’m the exception, not the norm. Everyone else I know has to go to a hospital or a clinic, queue for a few hours to see their doctor, and then (depending on diagnosis) get outpatient care or get admitted. It’s a time-consuming process, especially if plenty of tests need to be done.

University Physicians Medical Center

The University Physicians Medical Center or UPMC is designed as a one-stop health facility. UPMC is a multi-specialty outpatient diagnostic and surgical center located at the University of the Philippines Manila-Philippine General Hospital Faculty Medical Arts Building at the PGH Compound on Taft Avenue, Manila. read more »

Finding My Way Home with the BlackBerry Z10

I got my BlackBerry Z10 in April, right around the time I started doing long rides in preparation for my triathlons. One of my long rides took me eastward to Rizal. I would pack up my bike and drive up Antipolo, past Teresa and park at DPWH Morong with a bunch of other cyclists. We’d log mileage through Jala-Jala or Bugarin, then drive back to Manila.

One time, the car I was convoying with took a different route back, and when I lost my companions at a turn, I found myself lost. I would have panicked, but realized I had the Maps app on my Z10. How hard could it be to find a way home?

I opened the Maps app, which used the Z10′s GPS to locate me. My Globe Powersurf 499 data connection allowed Maps to download the area’s road map so I could see where I was, which was somewhere in Angono, Rizal.

Could I possibly find my way from Angono to Pasig, where I live?

I keyed in my destination, the Eastbank Road that runs parallel to Pasig River, and Maps tracked a route from my current location to it. As I drove, Maps guided me with turn-by-turn navigation cues to let me know it was time to watch out for the turns.

The roads got narrower and more congested with tricycles, but I trusted that Maps wouldn’t lead me wrong. With a big sigh of relief, I finally got onto familiar roads and switched off Maps. I knew that the next time I needed to find my way home from a run or a ride, I could rely on my Z10, Maps, and Globe Powersurf 499, which gives me 1GB of data monthly — more than enough for all my traveling needs.

To register to PowerSurf 499, just text POWERSURF to 8888 or dial *143# for FREE.

Treating Myself and My Family with Globe Rewards

Being sick for the past week and a half gave me some time at home to take care of myself and also be with my family, who have been expressing how much they miss me because I’m out training whenever they hang out. So yesterday, I decided to take my mom and dad to see “Gravity” at the Ayala TriNoma cinemas.


Since I just registered for some big-name (and expensive!) races, I need to start penny-pinching. Good thing I have plenty of Globe Rewards points saved up. Prepaid subscribers earn points for every reload; postpaid subscribers (like myself) earn points based on their billed amount. One point is equivalent to one peso, so points are as good as cash at partner merchant stores like Ayala Cinemas.

I’ve also used Globe Rewards points to tank up at Petron before driving to my weekend long rides and runs. Globe Rewards points are also accepted at Figaro Coffee and Wendy’s, which is perfect for post-training refueling.

Using Globe Rewards

Enchanted Kingdom, Sunglass Hut, Rose Pharmacy, and Bench round out the list of Globe Rewards partner merchants.

I texted BAL to 4438 (the Globe Rewards number) to find out how many points I had. Afterwards, to pay for the tickets all I needed to do was text BUY *10-digit cellphone number of partner merchant* *amount* to 4438 and the tickets were mine!

We enjoyed the movie and it was a great way to spend my last day off before I resumed my regular schedule. As a long-time Globe subscriber, it really is more rewarding with Globe. I hope to earn more Globe Rewards points so I can take my family out to the movies again soon!

To learn more about Globe Rewards and how you can use it, here are some cute instructional videos starring Globe ambassador Bianca Gonzalez.

The New Globe Rewards

Redeeming Globe Rewards

Fitness Apps for My BlackBerry Z10

When I inadvertently reset my BlackBerry Z10 to factory settings, I lost most of the stuff on phone that wasn’t saved to the memory card. Thankfully, I could re-download my apps from BlackBerry World.

BlackBerry World on Z10

For BlackBerry users, the BlackBerry World is the central repository of apps and games for our devices. The My World section helps us keep track of the apps we’ve installed and music and videos we’ve downloaded.

Once I had gotten my apps back, I started exploring what other apps to download. BlackBerry World on the BlackBerry Z10 makes Search easy to access, and Categories are easy to browse (there’s a specific section for Health & Fitness!) read more »

SwitchEasy Smartphone Cases Promo (Last 7 Days!)

In all the rush I was in for Cebu, I almost forgot to blog about a great promo for the BlackBerry Z10! I’ve been using my Z10 without a protective shell case for a while now, which prompted one of the Malditas at the Berghaus fashion show to say, “Living dangerously, huh?”

Thing is I couldn’t find a nice case for it; all the others on the market I’d seen were quite bulky, or I couldn’t trust that they’d leave my phone undamaged in case I needed to remove the case to do a battery pull, hot swap the flash card, or switch SIMs.

Then I saw the SwitchEasy cases. Drool.

SwitchEasy cases for BlackBerry Z10
SwitchEasy BlackBerry Z10 cases

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My BlackBerry Z10, protected by the SwitchEasy on my travels

I chose the clear case to showcase my Z10′s white colorway. My Z10′s slim shape remains the same because the SwitchEasy case isn’t bulky. It snaps on and off securely but doesn’t leave any marks on the phone. It also protects my phone from shallow drops and bumps, and keeps the phone clean whenever I handle it with greasy or dusty hands. Because of the SwitchEasy case, on my trip to Cebu I didn’t have to worry about my Z10 so much!

The SwitchEasy cases are 50% off from July 19 to August 18. To avail the discount, you can:

  1. In Store Swap – trade-in an old case;
  2. Flyer – Use the flyer given at the stores as a discount voucher; or
  3. Online Voucher – Print an online voucher found below.

SwitchEasy discount voucher

It’s the last 7 days of this 50% off promo, so check out SwitchEasy cases at Abenson, Ambassador, Astrovision Glorietta, Automatic Center, Beyond the Box, CellShoppe, Complink, Digihub, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, E-Central, EDS, Electroworld, Games and Gadgets, Globotel, Graphic-All-In, GUI, iCenter, iCon, iGig, Islands and More, Landmark, Memo Express, Microstation, Mobile 1, Octagon, PC Market, Planet Gadget, Powerhub, Samsung Stores, Senco Link, Sidrah, Silicon Valley, Technoholics, Techsavvy, The A Shop, The Inbox Store, Vertex, and Virtual Station.

SwitchEasy covers for iPad Mini are also available.

SwitchEasy covers for iPad Mini

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