Monday, October 29, 2012

New Toy: Samsung Galaxy S3

For the longest time, I have been a Globe user and for more than two years, I have been using a postpaid line under Globe.

When I got my plan, I only availed of the sim. The beauty of it was that I was not locked-in and I had the option to terminate my plan or upgrade it anytime I wanted.

I have had my issues with Globe. From bad reception to poor customer service. But 99% of the people I know are Globe users so I have to stick with it so as not to rack up a huge phone bill.

Aside from being a Globe user, I have also been an iPhone user since 2010 but when the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out, it's features caught my attention.

Globe offers the Samsung Galaxy S3 at their 1799 postpaid plan with a cash out amount of 4800 and since I have no plans of switching to a different network, I decided to upgrade my plan and avail of the phone. It wasn't as simple as going to Globe and getting the phone, mind you.

EVERY Globe store within the Greater Manila Area had no stock of the phone so I was put on a waiting list. I had my mom process the application and everything since my plan is under her name. It took me a month but eventually I got the phone.

When I opened the box and held the phone for the first time, I instantly thought "This is a big-ass phone". But I knew that this phone was right for me.

It comes with the bare necessities: earphones, extra ear plugs, standard micro-USB cable and a wall adapter.

It comes with papers I never bothered reading.

I wasn't really worried about switching from IOS to Android because I have a 7inch Galaxy Tab which runs on Android.

I love how big the screen is. It makes texting, emailing, even 9gagging easier. My only complain about Android is that I wish the Play Store had more apps.

I love this phone. I've always been contented with the iPhone but that all changed when I got the Samsung Galaxy S3. 

Now, the iPhone looks so small to me. I'm a gadget-snob aren't I?

But all good things come with a price. Now, I'm locked-in to Globe for the next 2 years. But at least after two years, if I have the plan renewed, I get a brand new phone.

Oh well, c'est la vie :)

The Effects of Change

When I started with the company back in 2010, our office was in Makati. It was a bitch going to work at first because of the unbelievable traffic but eventually I got the hang of it.

Two months later, we moved to the QC office. It was heaven for me because it's only 2 jeepney rides away from my house.

Fast forward to 2012.

A month ago, our team had this big meeting. We had no idea why.

Our bosses broke the news to us, our department will be moving to a different office.

To Makati. To a new building. A better building. A beautiful office.

It was a bomb they dropped on us. At first, most of us were reluctant about the idea. It's the typical human mindset about 'change'.

The days passed by, slowly we started to embrace the idea of moving to a different office. Of course we had our issues with it such as Makati is too far because majority of us are from QC. Will we get paid extra? Do we get any form of compensation? Do we have to transfer our contracts? And so much more.

But as time passed, everything just died down. We were counting the days till our move.

Although I personally, was torn.

As most of you guys know, I started with the call center until I moved to our Media Team which in itself is a different company but still under the same corporate umbrella. With that being said, I knew a lot of people in the call center. Most of them are actually my friends.

Compared to my companions, I have an attachment to the people from the call center. But I knew that it was something I had to deal with. Moving, that is.

So as happy as I was about the move, a part of me was sad because I would miss the people I see everyday.

October 25 was our last day in the QC office.

Some people said they will miss me. Some were sad that I was moving.

I was touched by this.

We were given a month to process everything and prepare for the move. I used that month well.

Not everyone is open to change, that's just how the human mind works.

But I try to look at the brighter side of things. For one, I'd be able to work in peace.

I can complain all I want. I can bitch about it. But at the end of the day my job puts food on my table. My job pays for my ridiculous bills.

At the end of the day, I am happy with my job. When I signed my contract, I made a commitment to do my job to the best of my abilities and that's why I've lasted this long.

I always believe that things happen for a reason.

There's a reason for all of this and when the time is right, I will figure out what it is.

Change is good.

Change helps us grow and become better at what we do.

Can I get an amen? :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Razer Electra Headphones

Part of my daily routine on my way to work is to listen to music. I still use my iPod Classic since it has enough memory for all my songs plus it double's as an external drive.

For the longest time, I've been using my Samsung Galaxy Tabs' headset because it works on my iPod and on  both my phones. I don't wanna carry a separate headset for each so the Samsung headset is really useful.

But lately, I think I've overused them already because the sound quality has changed so I searched the internet for good headsets than are compatible with cellphones. The brands I came across are really expensive and waaaaay out of my budget. Beats for example cost around 12k.

I am not spending 12k on a headset.

But one day, I was on 9gag when I saw a post about Beats vs. a brand named Razer. Could you imagine? Of all places, 9gag would have the answer to my headset woes.

So I did my research and read about the Razer brand plus I looked up reviews.

One day, I was at SM North Edsa when I passed by several shops selling the headphones I wanted, the Razer Electra.

Eventually, I settled for Data Blitz because it's a more reputable store.

It came in a big box that showed half of the headphone.

There's this welcome message when you open the box.

A few knick-knacks.

One thing I love about the Razer Electra is that it comes with two cables. One for music and one that has a microphone that's compatible with my S3 and Blackberry. YEY :D

I must say, build quality is great and it fits snugly in my head.

The ear cups are really soft and cushion-y. I use these at the office and they stay on for about 5-6 hours a day and my ears don't hurt AT ALL.

This is, by default, a gaming headset so it's build is really good. It's meant to withstand heavy usage.

The cable locks on to the headphones so that you don't accidentally yank them out or something.

Sound quality is amazing. Bass is good and strong.

I'm not that good reviewing headphones seeing as how I am not really an audiophile but I know it sounds good. It's better than any other headset I've ever had.

The Razer Electra set me back 2,950php and it was well worth it. :D