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Finally Found Someone Movie Review

I’d be willing to say that I’m not really a fan of romantic comedies especially local ones but I do watch them. This Star Cinema and Viva Films offering however, is something different from the run of the mill material.

Finally Found Someone (FFS… hmmm nah we’ll stick to the full title XD) follows the story of Aprilyn (Sarah Geronimo) and Raffy (John Lloyd Cruz), two individuals that have an unhealthy obsession over love and truth for Aprilyn, and over his work and career for Raffy.

These constantly define the decisions that they make during the course of the film and made for some very interesting turns as the movie progressed.

The setting is completely modern with technology playing a vital role in both communication and the lives of both parties. Hats off to Oppo for this great partnership that they’ve established with the young actress. Modern day romance is definitely fast and this sense has been portrayed over into the silver screen with impeccable accuracy.

Beyond the formula and the script however, and what I feel most differentiated Finally Found Someone from its peers, are the actors and the direction for this particular film. Throughout the story, Sarah Geronimo is seen a little bit changed from most of her previous roles – no longer is she the awkward quirky girl… here she is presented to be beautiful on purpose. All throughout, her styling is towards that ideal and all the shots with her in it portray her to be so… even if she were crying – that much.

And its not only her, John Lloyd Cruz felt revitalized as well, both main characters were unnaturally a step up from their usual visage.

Something I believe that can be attributed as well to the direction of Mr Theodore Boborol – a resounding success for his third full length film.

There is not a line on the script that stuck to my head with a bit of permanence, but that doesn’t mean that its lacking any notable quotes. It even had signature dance moves, something that fans had come to expect from the pair.

The overall feel of realism is further defined by the directors choice to keep, what we believe to be, adlibs between Sarah and John Lloyd. The chemistry between these two is nothing short of contagious.

So much so that, even if we were seated right next to the most reactive fans of the #AshLloyd pairing – they’re easily elated with every anticipatory scene, they shriek and make commentary, the movie maintained itself to be enjoyable.

Finally Found Someone is a fresh take on the modern boy meets girl love story with various facets of harsh realities mixed in just the appropriate and balanced amount. Not only is it a must watch, it’s highly recommended for a second screening as well. A big thanks goes out to Oppo Philippines for their successful advance screening of this blockbuster hit that’s just waiting to happen. Gadgetshelf rating is excellent!


Limited Edition Oppo F3 SarahG Pack LIVE

From the 14th of July to the 24th, a limited edition of the acclaimed Oppo F3 Black has been made available to the public here.

Carrying the artist and endorser’s signature at the back, this version of the phone is a definite must-buy for fans of the multi-talented idol. It’s only available through Lazada and retails for Php 15,990. More information after the jump.

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Asus Zenfone AR Pre-Order Now LIVE

For 10 days starting from today – July 6, the highly anticipated Zenfone AR is already up for pre-order here.

In case you were wondering what the Zenfone AR is, it’s the crème de la crème of Asus Zenfone 3 generation. It sports the following boosted up specifications:

64-bit Qualcomm® Quad-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 821 @2.35GHz, optimized for Tango
Adreno™ 530
23MP Sony IMX318 27mm equiv. 6P OIS+EIS 4K f2.0 (rear) / 8MP OV8856 f2.0 (front)
256GB ROM / 8GB RAM configuration
WQHD 2560×1440 SuperAMOLED Gorilla Glass 4
Hybrid Dual SIM
3300mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C
Android 7.0 Nougat with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Price: Php44,995

It’s local launch was celebrated with Asus Philippines first ever 48hr Hackathon that awarded the best team with a Php 100,000 prize money as well as a 5 day immersion in Asus HQ in Taiwan, more on this after the jump.

So if you’re interested in the world’s forst Daydream and Tango enabled smartphone, here’s your chance to get it ahead of everyone else! You’d get plenty of free items along with it too: a ZenPower Ultra, an exclusive case, its very own tempered glass, and the VR cardboard ^^

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The Brown & Proud Movement

2017 June 21 – At the Green Sun in Pasong Tamo, a movement has started to break ground. The Brown & Proud (B&P) Movement is something that you probably have already seen in your social feeds this past few weeks.

Finally unveiled yesterday, the B&P movement is a device driven hybrid business model that is fully feature packed. Joining the movement is as easy as 1-2-3: (1) Register online, preferably with a referral. (2) Pay for the brown device. And (3) wait for the “tool” to be delivered right on your doorstep.

The initial offering is called the “brown 1” it comes with the following specifications:
4.7″ HD IPS Display, Dual SIM, Quad-Core Processor, 4G LTE, Android Nougat, 16GB/2GB, 13MP/8MP, expandable with microSD, fingerprint sensor, with OTG support and a thickness of only 5.8mm. Premium build quality for just a few pesos shy of Php 10,000.

Brown 2, a higher end model with a higher cost, is going to be made available in August as well as a tablet called the Brown Tab 1.

This tool comes pre-installed with “Agila Brown” which is a lockscreen app that displays curated content for the members of the B&P community. Inspirational content, relevant news stories, and practically everything you could call “brown and proud”.

The package the tool comes in comes with an EON card, which is the e-wallet where all B&P community transactions will go through. The user would register this card and that would be where the cash flow comes in.

Joining the B&P movement sets you up for a “Brown Tree” which means that you get a referral code and if you encourage another two persons to join in, you get rewarded for that. An additional pairing system comes in after the referral payout that supplements your initial reward. It has a multi-level marketing flow that is, unlike all others, limited. A single brown tree can gain only a little over Php 1,000,000.00. And this is only the beginning.

More than the reward system, the B&P Dream Portal is truly where it is at. With an projected user base of 10 Million at the end of next year, the B&P Dream Portal becomes a sort of crowdfunding resource. Once registered, you can elevate yourself into an “inspirer” and you can show to the community what you’re passionate about – and it could be anything!

You’d like to mount a concert? The community can help with that!
You have an idea that you want to build? Let’s get funded through the community!
Starting up your business? You can get invested upon by members of the community as well.

It’s very practical math… you request for say Php 1,000 to fund your revolutionary new invention – when this gets posted, the entire user base of 10 Million will get wind of what you’re trying to accomplish, and if even a thousand of the users find your idea intriguing, then you have Php 1 Million in funding already. This is the true aspect of the B&P Dream Portal.

Don’t say I didn’t let you in on it. I hope to see your ideas on the portal really soon ^^ I’m almost certain you’re someone who embodies brown and proud as well. As their slogan clearly puts it: Its not the color of your skin, it’s the color of your heart!

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Shadow Bahamut Trial Takedown 20170513

This esper-trial-raid boss is among the easier ones when you get the hang of it’s dynamic. I’ve wasted exactly 160NRG before kicking it to the curb. Didn’t get all achievements but this very easy method will get you the win… for now, if it indeed is a bug when Megaflare doesn’t fire.

Only the very first couple of turns are important here. Buff SPR over 40% with one character and defend with the rest. This character will go down because of the Megaflare while the rest would be hanging on by some measure.

Next turn would see your party being buffed with elemental resistance via Omni Veil or some other elemental buff coverage like it. Then just attack with skills or otherwise without breaking any stat (neither full or partial should be used) Revive, heal up, and just maintain SPR up + elemental resistance and you should have it down no problems.

Shadow Bahamut has one threshold attack in the form of Maelstrom which will hit for 99%of remaining HP. Heal from this and continue the pattern to defeat the Shadow Bahamut.

See you guys on the Farplane! 

The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Photo Powerhouse

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this phone packs all the great features that one can find on the third generation of Zenfones bar none… well except maybe for the Snapdragon 800 series but still, the Zenfone 3 Zoom has perfect synergy with its 5000mAh battery, energy efficient Snapdragon 625, and its bevy of three prime lenses providing a flexible range of shooting options for practically any application, all in a very thin but very powerful unibody frame.


When I got my hands on the unit for this review, I decided to use it purely for its intended purpose of photography already being well acquainted with the capability of the Snapdragon within it as it is of similar spec to my own Zenfone 3. This review was made on a Zenfone 3 Zoom unit that remained on the Marshmallow platform, thus your experience may differ should yours be already in Nougat, which truly is quite fast and responsive compared.

Alright, so whats the deal with the dual cameras of the Zenfone 3 Zoom? – To put it bluntly, it offers two different perspectives on a particular scene practically instantly – one 25mm wide angle equivalent and another 59mm portrait oriented 2.3x view compared to the standard. There is also a digital 12x zoom which can be useful in a number of scenarios.

Within the period with which I had the Zenfone 3 Zoom on me, I had been able to bring it to a concert, a resort, to a site for work, and even to a museum for ingress, apart from all the general metropolitan experience.

I had previously compared the first Zoom to an actual camera but this one I’m comparing to its non Zoom counterpart in the Zenfone 3 and based solely on its own merits as a camera system.

Real World Sampling

When I first encountered the Zenfone 3 Zoom, it was an engineering unit and the EXIF was not coming out properly. You’d be glad to know that this is not the case with the retail package.

The primary lens (on the left of image above), a 12MP 25mm equivalent Sony IMX 362 provides the best shooting experience among all of the available modes. Its snappy to fire up, and the optical image stabilization feels just right and responsive without any feeling of aggressiveness. I actually tried to find a way to disable the stabilization but there isnt any… and that’s fine especially when you suddenly shift to the zoom lens, itself being 12MP but with a 59mm equivalent focal length – a Samsung 3M3.

Closer inspection of images from the two lenses reveal a semblance of artifacting with the Samsung sensor as well as a bluish tone while the Sony remains neutral and crisp even in high contrast areas. This comparison made in an overcast environment (relatively low light).

100% crops

Hitting the zoom button cycles three zoom levels, none of which reach the 12x limit – from 1x, 2.3x, and then a middling 5x. Below is an example of all the pertinent zoom levels… this bird was roughly 10 meters away, I measured… twice.

With enough distance (a lot) natural bokeh can be achieved by both rear lenses, you can see it in action with the following shots. Note also that in very bright shooting scenarios, both sensors perform similarly and the user would get more detail up close when using the 2.3x zoom.

100% crops

Along with the convenience of being able to pull it out of one’s pocket for instantaneous imaging, there is that single tap zoom-in taking it a notch higher than what we’re generally used to. And while you might think that you won’t be using this feature that much, you’ll eventually find yourself hitting it just because it is there, ready and available.


The Zenfone 3 Zoom provides the user with a flexibility in shooting otherwise missed with a single lens setup. Coupled with the optical image stabilization it allows for viability when shooting in low light and it is effective whether the front or the rear camera is used especially when the image​ objective is primarily a social media share.

This does not mean that photos captured from the Zenfone 3 Zoom cannot be printed out, on the contrary, setting up a scene in manual mode would provide quality enough even for an A0 print straight out of the camera (proof).

With an incredible design, powerful battery, and a trio of prime cameras with a bevy of shooting modes and zoom states, this Php 23,995 smartphone package is almost impossible to match. Gadgetshelf rating is near excellent.


Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone Live Unveiled

An air of mystery had been hovering about the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom this past week as teaser photos kept cropping up of a brand new ambassadress for their camera-centric Zenfone 3 variant.

At the Penthouse 8747 a couple of days earlier, Yassi Pressman, popularized for her role as Alyanna in Probinsyano, had been revealed to be the new face of the Zenfone 3 Zoom during the smartphone’s launch alongside a completely new and very compelling offering in the Zenfone Live which is a budget friendly device that features the world’s first “live beautification mode”. Yassi expressed her delight on the excellent front facing camera, itself a prime lens in the 13-megapixel f2.0 Sony IMX214, as well as the longevity of the Zenfone 3 Zoom’s 5000mAh battery that is coupled with the very efficient and capable Snapdragon 625.

The event had also been graced by celebrated photographer-ambassadors Ricky Ladia and Jasper Tejano, both of whom are completely convinced of the power and the capabilities of the Zenfone 3 Zoom that can, according to Jasper, output exhibit worthy shots and is perfect for street photography which is his favorite genre. Ricky used the prime lenses on the Zenfone 3 Zoom for everything from landscape to food photography leveraging the strength of the 25mm (Superpixel Main Camera) and 59mm (Zoom Camera) equivalent focal lengths on the twin camera system.

Participants were ushered into an experience zone after the presentation had concluded where miniatures were waiting to be taken photos of, making certain of the use of the zoom feature to catch all the minuscule details on the models and flora.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL with a 4GB/64GB configuration retails for Php 23,995 and comes bundled with a JBL bluetooth speaker, a clear case, and a ZenEar.

The Zenfone Live, configured with a 5″ HD screen and 2GB/16GB memory comes in at a mind-blowing Php 6,995 touting the Zenfone 3 series design language and the latest in live streaming in the form of BeautyLive.

Two launches were done by Asus that day, at the same time and with different venues; it had been a definite challenge I’m certain but they pulled it off with nary a hitch. Kudos to the teams that made it possible from Asus and Stratworks.


Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Gilgamesh Takedown 20170315

At long last, at encounter number 8/9 (kept count because of the insane amount of NRG required to access the trial), I’ve finally beaten Greg (this is Gilgamesh’s alternative name)! And with just 5 units too! Did not get that Limit Break kill (10% Moogle) and the No Item (Bushido-Freedom Skill) requirement yet but I’ll be back for em most definitely.

If you have not read anything outside of this guide, here are key points to remember when doing this trial

  • Greg has 1,000,000 HP so expect a long fight
  • During the first turn Greg has a specific set of command to go thru so seals don’t need to be applied yet.
  • Greg has HP Thresholds: 80%, 50%, and 30% at which time he would (1) OHKO a unit (2) buff his DEF/SPR (3) damage your team, and dispel all your enhancements
  • ! This OHKO can be directed using provoke/draw attacks/fish
  • Greg has element based attacks which needs to be sealed which are:
  • Fire (Must Seal) MP Drain and ATK/DEF Break
  • Wind (Must Seal) Paralyze and Resistance Debuff
  • Water (Seal) MAG/SPR Break
  • Light (Must Seal) Confuse
  • Earth (Seal) ST -75% HP
  • And a global exclusive Lightning (Must Seal) Paralyze past the 50% Threshold
  • Sealing is done by hitting Greg with an attack that has the same attribute which can be from an elemental weapon, magic, or hybrid damage.
  • Equipping multiple elemental weapons with Dual Wield, allows for sealing of more than one element at a time.
  • Lightning can only be sealed by Magic or Hybrid Damage… weapons alone won’t work.
  • After Greg gets hit with the Water element the third time he will use Break which is a self buff that can easily be dispelled. You can time this so that it will coincide with passing a threshold and get a “free” turn without the need to seal. This will only happen once.
  • You also dont need to seal when passing a threshold as he will use his 3 stage attack on you.
  • Greg will attack between 6-8 times during each of his turns.

Here’s the team I had for when I completed this trial:

Noctis with DW and Ring of Lucii- Sealer 2 / Damage 2 (Light, Fire)

with DW – Sealer 1 (Water, Lightning, Wind)

with DC – Heal/Res

– Provoke Tank, Dispel

Friend – Damage 1, Support, and Sacrificial Lamb during thresholds

Things I did differently from my earlier 7/8 attempts:

  • Geared my Noctis for survivability rather than damage
  • Equipped Ramza with a lot of HP gear, had him up to around 7k
  • Used only 5 units! Yes this was the first time I attempted the trial with only 5 units and with close to no elemental overlap too!
  • Let go of Rain. Was originally using him to seal 4 elements at once using Lava Floor (Fire and Earth) with a Lightning and Wind weapon equipped.
  • Let go of Bartz. Was originally using Bartz as Sealer 2 (Gale Barrage, Water and Light Weapon) and Support with Entrust and possibly Life Giver. Will probably use him again for the No Items achievement lest I land a better MP battery unit.
  • Crafted a Water Blade which uses 3MP! This and the Stone Blade should be the sealing skills that you’re using! Forget Lava Floor!
  • With this attempt I intentionally want sealing the Earth element. It is risky, but luck was on my side this time.

Battle highlights:

During one turn, this was nearing or just over the 30% threshold, to my horror, Greg downed my Ramza with a couple of X-Slashes (curse you RNG). I had to bust out the Lightning Flask with my Noctis and left the unsealed elements to chance. Provoke was likely down at this time.

It was only past the final threshold that I had to pop an Elixir on Refia, otherwise Cecil would’ve gone down due to lack of healing and with that my chance at finally finishing Greg off.

Also used an elixir on Noctis friend to get my Warp Break chain up to finish the job.

In retrospect, I had a full LB bar on Ramza at the final turn, should’ve entrusted that to Noctis, activated Armiger, and got the Moogle >< I had forgotten all about the achievement because I was finally killing Greg LOL… or did I do that intentionally so that I’ll face him again? XDD

This trial is among the hardest in Global ATM however I do believe I spent even more NRG during the Maxwell one whilst trying to get her. How’s your experience getting your Genji Blade?

See you guys at the Farplane!

Arsenal VR One – Expanded Availability

Mallgoers eager to get their hands on their brand new mobile phone gets a treat come tomorrow (4 Mar 2017) as the primary offering from Arsenal Devices in the form of the VR One, hits MemoXpress branches nationwide.

Previously exclusively available through the online portal, this very slim, VR capable, octa-core touting, 5.2″ FHD, number makes its way into what is probably the largest chain of mobile stores in the country – MemoXpress, beginning the 4th of March of this year (2017)

Both its black and white variants should be present so don’t forget to ask for your color preference. The VR One retails for Php 11,990.

SALE! Asus Zenfone 3 Max Series

What could possibly be better than a phone that has a battery that lasts for days with excellent optics and superb build quality? One that’s on sale is what’s better!

With a thousand and five hundred of respective 5.5″ and 5.2″ units, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max has brought its price just under 10k! It’s a hard one to resist at this price point.

Kick start your summer with the phone that would tire you out before it needs to be recharged!

Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5″ now at Php 9,995 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.2″ now at Php 8,495