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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pictures of Wonie, My Unexpected Pet

I have long requested permission to adopt a stray cat but each time I get the same answer from my parents - NO. It's too much responsibility, they say. Your brother's allergic to animal hair, they added. There were many other reasons, all simply saying NO.

Then one morning you were there, lying beside the cage of our dove who has been with us for almost 17 years. Maybe that was what made you readily acceptable to our household. Maybe that was what made you unique. Normally, our dove would fret endlessly in his cage when approached by any cat or dog. He is quiet with you beside him, not seeing you as a threat. 

I named you Wonie from one of the members of a Korean singing group I follow. Stay safe, stay playful, my unexpected pet. 

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Monday, September 6, 2021

vivo Breaks New Ground with Self-Designed Imaging Chip V1

 vivo unveiled its new self-designed Imaging Chip V1 during a recent press event held in Shenzhen, China. Throughout the event, vivo introduced the Imaging Chip V1 and expanded on its four long-term strategic tracks.

              Hu Baishan, Executive Vice President & COO at vivo, speaking at the press event

“V1 is a fully-customized integrated circuit chip dedicated for imaging and video applications with leading edge visual quality, marking a key milestone as vivo’s inaugural breakthrough in independent R&D and chip design. In line with vivo’s imaging system design, the Imaging Chip V1 can better serve user needs by optimizing smartphone application scenarios such as viewfinder look and video recording,” said Hu Baishan, Executive Vice President & COO at vivo.


The Imaging Chip V1 has been under development for 24 months by over 300 R&D personnel and imaging lab experts at vivo. Moving forward, vivo’s approach towards spearheading innovative image processing (IP) technology at the chip level will mainly revolve around four strategic tracks: image system, operating system, industrial design and performance. In Hu’s view, vivo will only consider developing chips with partners when there is a lack of supplied capability on the market that are suitable for vivo’s product and technical needs, along with substantial demand for fully-customized chips to support these long-term strategic tracks. vivo will strategically focus its resources on simulating the known needs of consumers through IP Design and developing key innovative image processing algorithms, without undertaking chip manufacturing.


“Aside from enhancing the visual aesthetics and imaging effects of vivo products, the Imaging Chip V1 also aims to bring unparalleled experiences to users by channeling emotional resonance through visual expression. vivo is staunchly committed to long-term investment in the four strategic tracks to create industry-leading technology and innovation, which will undoubtedly satisfy even the most demanding high-end smartphone users,” he added.


As early as 2019, vivo began linking design-driven and user-oriented innovation with the evolving demands of users, culminating in the four long-term strategic tracks. Since then, vivo has been recruiting talents from all around the world to implement a vigorous development strategy.


Image system is a part of the core long-term strategic tracks of vivo. To this day, vivo has invested heavily in this field for over five years, achieving many industry-leading breakthroughs such as Gimbal Stabilization technology and Selfie Spotlight along the way. In December 2020, vivo and ZEISS announced a long-term strategic partnership in mobile imaging innovation. Both partners share the ambition to anticipate and meet most demanding consumer requirements, as well as the will to challenge the limits of mobile imaging through joint research and development at the vivo ZEISS Imaging Lab.


The vivo and ZEISS partnership has two dimensions of collaboration, the first of which is the product R&D line. The results of joint R&D and combination of ZEISS technologies for mobile imaging with vivo’s leading smartphone technology, algorithms and manufacturing capabilities – such as Biotar Portrait Style – can be experienced first in vivo’s X60 series. The second dimension is the mutual exploration of shaping the future through mobile imaging, spearheading the advancement of next-level professional photography and videography technologies.


Based on consumer insights, vivo will implement a three-pronged strategy – focusing on product planning, technical planning and technical pre-research – to strike a balance between products and technology. The vivo Central Research Institute will be responsible for planning up-and-coming technologies, which will be closely aligned with consumer demands, industry trends and user scenarios.


vivo’s goal over the next 10 to 20 years is to create great products based on a design-driven value, building a bridge between humans and the digital world by providing users with an increasingly convenient mobile and digital experience. vivo will continue to implement vigorous development strategies with the vision of becoming a healthier, longer-lasting world-class corporation.

For more information and new product updates visit, and vivo’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Get first dibs on the newest vivo devices on its Lazada and Shopee official stores and its physical stores and kiosks nationwide.

About vivo

vivo is a technology company that creates great products based on a design-driven value, with smart devices and intelligent services as its core. The company aims to build a bridge between humans and the digital world. Through unique creativity, vivo provides users with an increasingly convenient mobile and digital life. Following the company’s core values, which include Benfen*, design-driven and user orientation, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy, with the vision of becoming a healthier, longer-lasting world-class corporation.

While recruiting and developing the best local talents, vivo is supported by a network of 10 R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, Taipei, Tokyo and San Diego, focusing on the development of state-of-the-art consumer technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, industrial design, photography and other up-and-coming technologies. vivo has also set-up five production hubs (including brand authorized manufacturing center), across China, South- and Southeast Asia, with an annual production capacity of nearly 200 million smartphones. As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 50 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

*“Benfen” is a term describing the attitude on doing the right things and doing things right – which is the ideal description of vivo’s mission to build technology for good.

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Why Hold On to Fashion Heirloom Pieces

An heirloom is an object given so much value that it is passed on from generation to generation with much care. The care given to it is almost akin to reverence. Probably because, heirloom pieces tend to get fragile in time.

Personally, I had the privilege of using one such fashion heirloom piece when I became the Reyna Elena in a Santacruzan held in our village. Before that, I have been joining this yearly May festival as different "supporting" characters. You see, the Reyna Elena is considered the main human character in this parade.

During that parade, I was able to wear my dream ball gown and accessorized it with a very precious family heirloom - a beautiful long veil which I used as a cape. I felt so regal and beautiful. 

It felt good knowing I was wearing something worn by an ancestor and lovingly passed on to my generation. There are still a couple of heirloom pieces I'm looking forward to wearing. I know the proper time will come. 

I'm hoping that I will have the opportunity to pass them on to the next generation. We hold on to heirloom pieces because it is one way of connecting the past to the present.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Seeing Art in Face Masks

One of the best things that happened with the extended use of face masks is the opportunity it provided for artistry to shine through. With the acceptance of the reality that wearing face masks will be with us at least for a while, people are getting creative with its design. We are definitely seeing art in face masks.

Photo by Yaroslav Danylchenko from Pexels

Art is not limited to traditional forms like paintings, sculptures, or theater. It can also be presented in things used in everyday life. These are some of the face mask artful designs I found online.

Sequins Galore

The small, shiny and colorful disks sewn on the face mask truly transforms it into a sophisticated piece of accessory. This piece is just perfect for formal activities whether in limited numbers physically or online.

Canvas to Cloth

A piece of art painted on canvas come to life when painted on face masks. Aside from protecting the wearer, it promotes appreciation of the arts.


Beaded Artwork

The mere act of stringing beads together to form a design is an art in itself. This is usually done by following outline markings made on the cloth but some bead artists can create freehand designs. 

Own Face Mask

This is literally art borrowed from the face of the wearer. This artist actually designed a face mask that looks like you're not wearing one. It can literally make you smile even when you don't feel like it.


Crochet Art

Crochet enthusiasts swear that the activity in itself is like painting with yarn. The designs are limitless as the imagination.  


The only reason why wearing face masks have become more bearable is because of the freedom to wear it in fitting with our personality. Many have opted to DIY, allowing them to express themselves. This is in essence is art. 

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Fashion-Pandemic Style

The pandemic definitely changed the way people look at fashion. Having to deal with restrictions in movements due to health protocols that need to be observed, dressing up can feel tedious. Comfort therefore has become of primary importance. 

Photo by kira schwarz from Pexels

This does not mean becoming less fashionable though. Let's see how people's fashion sense are coping with the stress of Covid-19.  

Beautiful Face Masks

Who says we need to stick to plain medical-like face masks? We can be as imaginative as we can. Safety is still the main concern so make sure that your beautiful face masks gives you just that.

Photo by Michelle Leman from Pexels

Perfect Quarantine Shoes

How the Crocs became to go-to quarantine shoes is not very clear. Maybe because it's easy to wear. Even those who initially thought these shoes are ugly found themselves drawn to it. If you're feeling inspired to go high fashion, then you can consider the 10-inch Balenciaga version of this shoe design.


Comfortable Loungewear/Sleepwear

If you were told that you would be going to work in your sleepwear two years ago, you would have found that incredulous. Just one look at the zoom meetings happening now would show that it is actually happening. Some prefer to still go official by wearing corporate tops over a pair of shorts or pajamas. After all, what is usually seen are just the shirts and blouses worn.

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Fashionable PPE

This PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)was probably designed by famous designer Michael Cinco to uplift the spirits and morale of medical frontliners. Facing pain and death on a daily basis can really be hard. With such hardships, it is very easy to lose sight of the beauty in life. 

Protective Face Shield

Designed to provide more protection without hiding the face, this face shield has a futuristic style to it. It makes us wonder if we will all be wearing this in the near future. 

So there you go, five items that we can reinvent ourselves so as not to totally sacrifice fashion during these difficult times. 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

#STAYSAFE: Why digital protection for your eyes is a must during home quarantine

With the enhanced community quarantine currently in full effect and the COVID-19 pandemic continually posing a threat to lives not only here in the Philippines but all over the world, many find themselves holed up at home trying to make the most of the current situation. Regardless of whether you find yourself falling into the virtual black holes that are Netflix and Tiktok or continue to do work within the confines of your home, if you’re privileged enough to even have the option to stay home, then there’s one other health issue you might want to pay attention to while you’re at it. With all the time you’re spending in front of your mobile phone, computer, or TV screen, it’s highly likely your eyes are not getting the care they need. 

Even with the common knowledge that digital devices can impair vision, most people tend to ignore this fact and continue to overexpose their eyes to the harmful blue light that these devices emit. The health issues this can bring about include headaches, blurred vision, neck and shoulder pain, sleep disorders, dry eyes, and of course, the inevitable eye strain. And while there are quick fixes such as the 20-20-20 rule (that is, looking at something about 20 feet away from you for about 20 seconds for every 20 minutes of screen time) or adjusting your devices’ display settings, actual protection is still better than attempts at prevention. Because while our eyes have lutein, a naturally-occurring antioxidant that protects the eyes from harmful blue light, it depletes as we age and, just like any other body part, requires proper care for it to be able to keep serving its purpose. 
This is where eyewear comes in. With our day-to-day activities becoming more and more contingent on technology and devices, and our eyes, therefore, becoming more and more susceptible to damage, it’s important to invest in lenses that work extra hard to protect them. Think long term and opt for lenses that both filter out blue light and protect the lutein in your eyes. This way, you not only prevent eye strain, body pain, or headaches, but you also get to safeguard your eyes from more permanent damage such as cataract, mascular degeneration (i.e. the leading cause of severe, permanent loss of vision), or blindness. And while all of this may seem alarming, the good news is that this particular eye care solution is available exclusively at Vision Express, the country’s premier optical store. 
As we all unite to fight the pandemic, take care of who and what matters most— yourself included. And once you get the chance, get yourself blue light-filtering, lutein- protecting lenses that will help you do exactly that. For now, remember to stay vigilant, stay home, and above all, stay safe. 
For more details and eye care tips, check out and follow @VisionExpressPH on Facebook and Instagram

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Form & Function - Get Practical with Two Pairs of Sunglasses

Let's admit something that nobody talks about out in the open: getting the right kind of eyeglasses can be a pain in the a**, and quite appropriately, a pain in your eyes. It’s never as simple as just going to a store and buying a pair that you see on the rack or on the display window. You have to have an eye checkup, find the right frame, the right lenses, and have a fitting session.

And we’re just talking about reading glasses at this point.

Eye health experts are now recommending a simple solution to your eyewear woes. Now, more than ever, it’s actually more practical to have multiple pairs of eyeglasses.

Here’s a guide to some of the basic and essential kinds of eyewear and why you need them:

Sunglasses are your first line of defense against harsh rays from the sun. Some people use sunglasses with side shields to prevent the wind from harming their eyes. These are for activities like cycling or driving with your windows down.

Reading glasses are generally for people approaching old age. But if you’re having difficulty reading at a normal distance even at a young age, you should have your eyes checked immediately.

Computer glasses provide protection against “digital eye strain.” If the nature of your work requires you to be in front of a computer screen for 8-10 hours a day, or if you are used to playing long hours of online games, you need lenses that filter out high-energy blue light that can be harmful to your eyes.

Sports glasses include safety glasses and goggles designed for ultimate impact, resistance, and durability. If you are into into extreme sports or action-packed adventures, sports glasses are considered essential.

Fashion eyewear is a statement and personal branding in one. If you are the type of person who loves to impress, you have to have edgy frames that tell people who’s coming from a mile away. Nowadays, fashion eyewear can also serve as your signature look. But of course, you can mix it up according to your taste and fancy.

When it comes to pairs that cater to your every eye need, you don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount. We recommend owning two eyeglasses with either the same function (to prevent overuse), or two pairs with different functions.

Instead of looking at it as a luxury, consider it a form of practicality. Vision Express’ Buy One, Get One deal allows you to take home 2 pairs of eyewear for the price of one. Vision Express also provides the most advanced and the most comprehensive 7-Step Eye Exam administered by our in-store eye experts. This is to ensure that you’re getting the right eyewear custom-built according to your needs. You may choose from a list of international brands for both prescription eyewear and sunglasses.

Next time you need a pair of glasses, be practical by adding another pair and go to Vision Express for all your optical needs. For more details, check out, and follow @VisionExpressPH on Facebook and Instagram.

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