How to save on Globe roaming charges

For all things tech, especially related to Globe and BlackBerrys, I always take advice from the mother of techies, Pia Magalona.
Here’s a money-saving tip she gave me when I went to Hong Kong.
I have used this three times, and each time I had to ask her, “What’s that tip again?”
So finally I am posting it so next time I need the tip, all I have to do is Google “chuvaness pia magalona globe tip.”
With this I was able to keep my BlackBerry on at all times, use Twitter and BBM without fear of getting a heart attack-inducing six-figure phone bill.

Additional info from Pia:
1) This is only for data roaming; calls and sms/texts are still charged roaming rate. Please check with Globe before you leave.
2) Save your confirmation message after subscribing so you have proof because most of the time when your bill arrives, the data roaming charges MAY appear in there so it’s better to have the info still in your phone.
3) Overall, this saves one a whole lotta money when travelling abroad.
There’s also PowerRoam for countries such as the US and European nations, but that’s another story.

Pia Magalona

Globe Telecom’s Bridge DataRoam Unlimited is applicable to the following countries:
Hong Kong (CSL), Singapore (Singtel), Thailand (AIS), Malaysia (Maxis), Macau (CTM), Australia (Optus), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Indonesia (Telkomsel), India (Bharti Airtel), and South Korea (SK Telecom).
The cost is:
US$ 10 for 1 (one) day
US$ 27 for 3 (three) days
US$ 40 for 5 (five) days

All you have to do is text a message to 2884, depending on the country and service you want to avail.
For example, I did: BDU Hong Kong 40
I texted this on the day I left for Hong Kong, knowing I will be there for five days.
If you activate the unlimited data roaming service on the same day you signup, you don’t need to indicate the start date in the SMS format.

You can also text:
BDU[space]Country[space]Denomination[space]Start Date mm/dd/yy
For example, if you want to stay in Singapore from February 1-3, 2011 and want to avail Globe Telecom’s unlimited data roaming for 3 days – text
BDU Singapore 27 02/01/11 and send to 2884.

Note that if you sign up for the unlimited data roaming while in abroad, your account will be charged for the transaction using the current roaming rates. So it’s better to signup while you’re still here in the country to avoid additional charges.
Try it!!

100 years of Samsonite

Samsonite offers a remarkable way to celebrate its next 100 years with the Dublin promo.
From July 30 to Aug 30, 2011, you can grab a Dublin luggage at a very special price: the carryon size (in brown) for only Php 5,999, and the medium check-in size (in black) for only Php 6,999. Plus, get a free gift if you purchase a set.

Dublin Black Luggage

All Dublin luggage are available at Samsonite Podium, Greenbelt 5, Eastwood Mall, Mall of Asia, Marquee Mall, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Newport Resorts World, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Abreeza Davao, Robinson’s Galleria, Limketkai Center Cagayan De Oro, SM Southmall, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall, plus SM, Landmark, Robinson’s and other leading department stores.
Hurry, while stocks last!

Dublin Brown Luggage

To know more, click here.

How cute!!

I am a Canon user, but I’m open to new products especially if they’re colorful, cute and convenient.
This small Sony J Series Cybershot camera fits inside your purse, yet packs in 16.1 megapixels of image resolution.
What’s more, it comes built-in with a USB plug, so you don’t ever have to look for cords or memory card adapters to upload your photos into your computer.


It doesn’t hurt that it comes in all these gorgeous colors, versus the generic black cameras that are hard to find in the dark recesses of your handbag.


For the next few hours only, Groupon is offering a 25% discount on its SRP.
I’ve checked online. This model isn’t available on Amazon and the price is good considering Song Cybershot cameras of this kind cost more than US$300 online. Click here to buy:

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I wanted to make Jeroen happy, so I spent the night Googling where to get good steak in Hong Kong.
According to CNN, the place to go is Bistecca. I tried to reserve online, but no dice. They did suggest we go to their sister company Craftsteak instead.
We took a cab to Soho and got dropped off in the middle of somewhere, had to search for 29 Elgin Street on foot and found it in one of the uphill side streets.


I started off with this really nice oven-baked bread—Ana would LOVE this.
OMG heaven! Jeroen had to stop me from finishing it because we ordered a really big steak.


Jeroen had the grilled Caesar salad, which was a bit heavy. He loved the Canadian bacon pieces inside.


The whole point of this blog entry is the grilled bread crumb-crusted bone marrow served with bread and salad. It was so sinful. I really wished my dad were there. It’s really great with salt from the mill and a squeeze of lemon juice.
The top looks burnt due to the bread crumb crust


But inside, oh my God, these are what dreams are made of


The bones are big and deep. I finished one and wished I could share the second.
But I couldn’t leave it like that, so I finished it. I am now thinking of it. I wish I could go back again.


Then came our 35-oz. (almost a kilo!) Canadian bone-in ribeye served on a cast-iron tray with your choice of sauce (we chose peppercorn and herb butter). This was also sprinkled with bread crumbs, giving it a nice gritty texture.


OMG this is torture. As a Filipino, I really like to eat steak with rice, but this place doesn’t serve rice, so I couldn’t eat as much.
Our compliments to the chef who is a tourist attraction in his own. Para siyang reality show.


Craftsteak is at 29 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Tel: 2526-0999
Open daily for Lunch: 12 noon to 3 PM
Dinner: 6 to 11 PM

Jesse Eisenberg rocks the new Puma Faas 300

ROME, ITALY—Jesse Eisenberg (star of The Social Network) was seen taking time out from his latest film, Bop Decameron by director Woody Allen, which is currently shooting on location in Italy.
Jessie was wearing a brand new footwear style, Faas 300 by PUMA, while on set.



To view more colorways, click here.

AJ Dimarucot in Ayala DesignTalks

AJ Dimarucot, fiercely independent graphic artist behind Googoo & Gaga and Collision Theory, has always followed his instincts and his truth. From a rogue, satirical website to T-shirt designs for global brands, his brash, color-awash artworks have broken through to international recognition and commercial success.
With clients like Nike, Adidas, Zoo York and ESPN, AJ embodies the Filipino creative entrepreneur—global, independent, inspiring.

Nike Pacquiao tee

Zoo York

Adidas/Dwight Howard

2011 - ESPN Classic identity artwork "INDIVIDUALS"



On September 3, 2011, join in as AJ shares his creative journey, revealing how doing what you love gets the world to love you back.
Starts 3 PM at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati.
Tickets at Php 300 each or Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 local 35 or 24 or email

Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks is a lecture series that brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to the center stage. Find out more at

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