Saturday, December 17, 2011

Take a Peak at Vista Land's Lakefront

There is a place where kites still paint the skies with vibrant colors; where friendly dogs can run to their hearts content; where children from five to 95 can see castles in the clouds, dance in the rain and sing with the stars. Take a walk on the wild side of Laguna de Bay at Vista Land’s Lakefront and experience living at a pace that celebrates life every step of the way.

Inspired by the bohemian lifestyle of the artful City of San Francisco, Lakefront is a 60-hectare master planned development where the Manila south gathers to play. This lakeside community has been hosting a number of family-friendly fun – providing a secure environment for physical activities while injecting a sense of whimsy especially after a week of hard work.

The skies of Lakefront were flooded with colorful kites when it recently played host to Fly For Rare with the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc. The kite-flying and kite-making event that benefited children with rare disorders saw kids and professional kite-flyers alike sending their vividly-adorned creations to the air.

While kites have taken flight in the skies, Lakefront has welcomed four-legged friends on the ground. It’s A Dog’s Life: A Presidio Dog Marathon saw a myriad of breeds of dogs racing for the finish line. Chic pups also battled for supremacy in the Dog Fashionista tilt. And proud owners enjoyed a flea market on the event grounds.

“At Vista Land, we have always envisioned our developments as more than just homes. We build cities where life is celebrated in every aspect – from the architecture to the master plan and the activity spaces. The kite show and the dog marathon are but a taste of greater things to come. Weekend markets, bazaars, concerts and performances can be accommodated within the grounds and are expected to add more color to this already vibrant community,” said Eda D. Tambologan division head for the mid rise projects in Quezon City and Lakefront Sucat

“Apart from these special events, however, Lakefront also offers a perfect venue for day-to-day physical activities that our residents indulge in. A daily exercise work-out becomes an event to look forward to when one is biking, running or hiking in the picturesque trails and paths within Lakefront,” she added.

When completed, Lakefront will count 14 mixed-use enclaves within its development. Today, six have already been built and occupied – The Marfori Tower, Presidio, La Posada, Marina Heights, Victorianne and The Wharf.

Victorian-inspired condominium developments, Presidio and The Marfori, offer a resort lifestyle to complement the sensibilities of Manila’s urban dwellers. Set in the midst of Lakefront where space is a birthright rather than a luxury, residents enjoy living and leisure facilities that provide modern conveniences in a green, lushly landscaped environment.

The Marfori offers studio, 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom, and loft units with a 180-degree panoramic view of the Laguna de Bay. Within it are specialty boutiques, fine dining, and themed restaurants, entertainment outlets, personal care shops, and convenience stores to service its residents.

Presidio is a cluster of mid-rise condominium structures comprised of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units. Seven towers, aptly named after the great masters of art, have already risen and are ready for occupancy. But Renoir, Monet, Michelangelo, Picasso, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Bellini are only the first of 16 structures.  This haven with a commanding view of the Laguna de Bay will soon welcome the addition of Boticelli, Van Gogh, El Greco, Pissaro, Raphael, and Cezanne towers.

For an added convenience, Presidio will also have its own commercial area with specialty shops and choice fine-dining restaurants. Its homeowners, however, will continue to enjoy a high level of security and privacy at this fenced enclave which restricts access through an entry that is exclusive to its residents.

Also counted among its upscale amenities are a free-form swimming pool, lobby lounge, social halls and function rooms, fitness center, game room, meandering jog paths, barbecue pit, and private courtyards.
“Lakefront is truly an appreciation of a free-spirited way of living,” affirmed Tambologan. “From its architecture to the choice amenities and even the neighborhood events and activities it offers, every detail speaks of a celebration of life where luxury is a standard and the everyday reveals something joyfully unexpected.”

Vista Residences, the condominium development arm of Vista Land & Lifescapes, the country’s largest homebuilder, entered the market in 2006 to offer Filipinos the easy convenience of condominium living. Combining the space-planning savvy of the country’s top architects, an innate knack for selecting accessible and attractive locations to fit a wide range of needs, budgets and lifestyles, Vista Residences has set new standards for affordable mid-to-high-rise living.

Crosswinds Tagaytay's The Christmas Village: Celebrating Christmas Year Round

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year especially for the kids, and guys, would it be more happier if we celebrate Christmas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days in a year?  Well, yeah, you read it right!

At Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort in Tagaytay, the magical feeling of Christmas is celebrated whole year round.

Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort Tagaytay offers series of activities for its visitors this Christmas like bazaars, food tasting, lighting of the big, big green Christmas tree, and magical feeling in the air is not complete without Christmas carols and cheers.

November 12 - A Carol Julefest at Crosswinds - De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Elizabeth Seton School and two other schools serenade the families visiting Crosswinds Tagaytay that day.  The high school and college members of each chorale showcased not just voice power but also their dancing skills which made the visitors and staff of Crosswinds smile.

But before the Carol Julefest, we roam around The Christmas Village first.  I can't help myself from taking pictures of the said village and the royal Swiss-inspired homes.

What I love most is the Delemont Downhill custom home.  I imagine it as my parents retiree home. (",)

So, if you would like to try and experience Crosswinds lifestyle, it is located along Brgy. Iruhin Central, Calamba Road in Tagaytay City. It is anhour away from Manila and a five-minute drive from the popular Picnic Grove. Make yourway to this leisure community through the South Luzon Expressway via Sta. Rosa, Batangasor Alabang through the Daang-Hari road.

Crosswinds Tagaytay is developed by Brittany Corporation.  It is the only pine estate south of Metro Manila with ver 20,000 pine trees cared for and grown inside the property, it is situated in a prime location, and has a distinctive theme, concept, and architectural design, reminiscent of the Swiss chalets.

Crosswinds is a premier Swiss luxury resort – the ideal place to spend time with your family during the weekends, or this Christmas season.

Monday, December 5, 2011

WOW World Of Wellness: SPArty Anniversary!!!


World of Wellness (WOW) Direct Sales will celebrate its first year anniversary with a bang on December 17, 2011 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at One Esplanade, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City!

For only P250 as your entrance fee, you will get FREE Facial and Derma ConsultingBack and Foot MassageNutritional Consulting and Medical Advice.

First 10 early birds will receive surprises too!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Samsung MultiView MV800 Camera: Shoot, Record and View From All Angles

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO), a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, unveiled the Samsung MultiView MV800 with a 3.0” Wide Flip-out Display. With this product, the company is pioneering a new and unique MultiView category to enable today’s increasingly ambitious camera user to frame the perfect shot or portrait, from any angle.

The Samsung MV800 builds on the success of Samsung 2View technology. This is also the first premium compact model to feature a 3.0” Wide Flip-out MultiView Touch Display. Samsung has designed the device from the user-upwards in response to evolving consumer demands in the segment for maximum flexibility, enjoyment and creativity.

The 3.0” Wide Flip-out Display opens up a world of artistic possibilities. Whether it is capturing the perfect self portrait to polish your online profile or extreme low and high angled shots, the Samsung MV800 can help demonstrate your photographic prowess. The unique screen tilts up and down so you can frame every shot and easily view back your images from any perspective.

For style-conscious consumers on the look-out for a sophisticated and minimalist feel, the device’s ultra-slender design and contemporary metallic finish promises to make a visual impact.

The ultra slim and stylish device boasts enhanced picture quality and a touch screen technology. It has many innovative and user-friendly features to ensure that all users can relax and enjoy their shooting experience, confident of capturing even the most challenging images.

The Samsung MV800 camera offers an impressive 16.1 MP for premium picture quality, along with a 5x optical zoom lens to capture every detail in close-up and a 26mm wide-angle lens to capture larger gatherings in high definition. By packing this technology into a sleek and slim device, the Samsung MV800 is the ideal camera for premium-quality image capture on the move.

Its innovative Live Panorama function enables the easy photography of large groups by simply holding down the shutter button, then previewing the whole scene that’s been captured via the LCD. Moreover, by simply connecting the Samsung MV800 to a 3D HDTV, images and panoramic shots can be viewed instantly in outstanding 3D in-depth quality.

While the Flip-out MultiView Display allows you to take shots from all angles with ease and comfort, a unique Smart Touch 3.0 feature ensures a highly intuitive operation to save your fingers the effort! It enables you to drag and scroll through menu options to launch the required feature with a single touch. Smart Touch 3.0 also keeps it fun by letting users customize their background image or wallpaper.

Mr. Ariel T. Arias, Audio-Visual Business Unit Head, commented: “Our aim is to continually be at the forefront of digital compact camera innovation and the breakthrough MultiView proposition offered by the Samsung MultiView MV800 is the embodiment of that goal. The Samsung camera’s unique ability to capture images from any angle, with its stylish and ultra-slim design, demonstrates unparalleled Samsung innovation which we believe will appeal to every photographer and establish a new benchmark for the industry.”

Get Creative with Magic Frame and Picture-in-Picture Shot
The Samsung MV800 has been designed as more than just a camera - it is a creative tool for users to extract maximum enjoyment from all photographic opportunities. The Magic Frame feature includes 12 fun background templates, as well as the ability for users to customize their own. Meanwhile, the camera’s Picture-in-Picture function lets you insert one image with another. You can even use the Flip-out display to snap a self-portrait and put yourself in the picture!

Maximize enjoyment with Smart Filter and Funny Face Features
Smart Filter allows users to express their own creativity through a menu of 14 artistic effects. It includes the newly added Water Paint for a stylish watercolour finish and the Cartoon capability - transforming any photo into a fun animated film format. The fun doesn’t stop there. Funny Face allows you to bend, stretch and manipulate portraits of loved ones by tapping and dragging to radically distort facial characteristics - ready to share and enjoy.

Create your own Story
The Samsung MV800 essentially allows you to become the creative director of your life with an innovative Storyboard Maker. Users can prepare a storyboard from the images they have shot by simply selecting the layout, and then placing the photos in order. Whether you are creating a movie of a night out with friends or capturing a fantastic family holiday, see it laid out on the display as clearly as you do in your head.

HD Movie Capability at the Palm of your Hands
The Samsung MV800 also boasts HD recording capabilities within a compact body that will fit at the palm of your hand. Enjoy a consistently clear and crisp video technology and capture special memories with a recording time of up to twice as long as the standard MPEG4. The innovative zoom noise reduction technology ensures that the only sound recorded will be the laughter and conversation of loved ones, not the whirring of the zoom.

The Samsung MV800s combination of industry-leading innovation, sophisticated design and user-friendly features, provides total mobility, premium picture quality and maximum enjoyment. The Samsung MV800 is the perfect tool not only to capture an image but also to tell a fun and creative story on the move.

For more information on the Samsung MultiView MV800, please visit:

The Samsung MV800 is available for P14,990 at all leading camera shops nationwide.

Samsung MultiView
Image sensor
Effective Pixel
Approx. 16.2 megapixels
Total Pixel
Approx. 16.4 megapixels
Optical Zoom ratio
Optical 5x
Digital Zoom ratio
5x (total : 25x)
Focal Length (f)
4.7 -23.5mm
Focal Length - 35mm Conversion
26 - 130 mm
Maximum Aperture
F3.3(W) - F5.9(T)
Image Stabilization
Dual IS (OIS + DIS)
* OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
Device Type
3.0"W (7.62cm)
Bright Adjust
Touch panel
TTL auto focus
Normal : 80cm - Infinity(Wide), 150cm - Infinity(Tele)
Macro : 5cm - 80cm (Wide), 100cm - 150cm (Tele)
Auto Macro : 5cm - Infinity (Wide), 100cm - Infinity (Tele)
Multi AF
Center AF
Face Detection AF
Object Tracking AF
Smart Face Recognition AF
One Touch Shooting AF
Shutter Speed
Program : 1 - 1/2,000 sec.
Night : 8 - 1/2,000 sec (AEB, continuous : 1/4 - 1/2,000 sec.),
Smart Auto: 1/8 - 1/2000 sec
Program AE
Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection AE
±2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
Wide: 0.2 m - 3.2 m(Auto ISO)
Recharging Time
Approx. 4 sec.

Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Smart Auto, Program, Movie, 3D (3D Still), Live Panorama (2D, 3D), Scene,  Smart Movie, Self Shot, Picture in Picture
Magic Frame, Beauty-Shot, Object Highlight, Night, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Beach&Snow, Pose guide, Funny face, Intelligent portrait
* Drive : Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
16M : 4608x3456          14M P : 4680×3040
10M : 3648x2736          12M W : 4608×2592
5M : 2592x1944            3M : 1984x1488
2MW : 1920×1080        1M : 1024x768
File format
DCF, EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Smart Auto
Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, NaturalGreen, BlueSky, Sunset, Macro, Macro Text(Smart Grid), Macro Color, Tripod
Action, Fireworks
Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
Self Timer
Off, 2 sec., 10 sec., Double
Smart Filter (Capture)
Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old film 1, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro, Oil-paint, Water-paint, Cartoon, Cross-filter, Zooming Shot
Image Adjust (Capture)
Sharpness. Contrast, Saturation (5 steps)
Image Play
Single image
, Thumbnails
, Advanced Slide show, Movie Clip
, Smart Album
1.0X-12.5X (depends on image size)
Slide show
Slide show with Effect & Music
Smart Filter (Play back)
Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old film , Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic
Retro, Oil-paint, Water-paint, Cartoon, Cross-filter, Zooming Shot
Image Adjust (Play back)
Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Eye Fix, Add Noise
Image Edit
Resize, Rotate, Trimming, Photo Editor 2.0 - Rotate, Trimming, Effect, Storyboard Maker
Smart Album category
Type, Date, Week, Face
Date Imprinting
Off, Date, Date & Time
Movie Clip
* 5X Optical Zoom enable (Max Recording time : 20min)
* Due to the noise while optical zooming, user can select to record sound or not.
(Voice recording selectable : Sound Alive On/ Sound Alive Off/ Mute)
File format
MP4(Video: MPEG-4/H.264, Audio:AAC)
Smart Movie
Landscape, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Sunset
1280x720 (30fps, 15fps), 640x480 (30fps, 15fps), 320x240 (30fps, 15fps)
Smart Filter
Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4, Miniature, Vignetting,
Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro
Pause during Recording and Playing, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Approximately 10MB
* Internal memory capacity may not match these specifications.
Micro SD Card(up to 2GB), Micro SDHC (up to 32GB)
Digital Output Connector
USB 2.0
Microphone : Mono
Internal Speaker : Mono
Video output
AV : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
HDMI 1.3 : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC power input
Power Supply
Power Source
Rechargeable battery : BP70 (Typ. 740mAh/ Min. 700mAh)
Charger : SAC-48(AC Adapter)
Connector Type : Micro USB (5Pin)
* Included items may vary depending on sales region.
Dimensions (W×H×D)
92 x 56.2 x 18.3 mm
121 g (without battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature
0-40 °C
Operating Humidity
Camera Driver
Intelli-studio (Built-in)
Special Features
26mm 5X Zoom
3.0” Wide Touch Flip-out LCD (WQVGA)
HD movie with ZNR
720@ 30fps Movie recording / H.264 Format + HDMI (D Type)
Dual IS
Live panorama (2D, 3D), 3D Photo
Funny Face
Storyboard Maker
Magic Frame
Intelligent Portrait
Smart Filter 3.0
Photo Editor
Self Pose Shot
Intelli-Studio Built-in