Monday, December 31, 2012

At the beginning: the Tale of Your First Zit

At the beginning, you had glowing clear skin. That may last until your thirteenth birthday when to your utter dismay a pimple may have grown. 

Acne can be rid of with different skin care products available in the market. Ideally, acne should be treated by normalizing the skin renewal process or exfoliation; killing the p. acnes bacteria; reducing the inflammation; and regulating oil production. 

Different ingredients are involved in the treatment of acne. Not all products will cater to that need.  Many explore the possibilities of different products but not all results are satisfactory. Occasionally, our experiments with different products will be cringe-worthy at the beginning of the zit outbreak.

Many products promises clear healthy skin but not all hold true to their promises. Sometimes the products we choose are not compatible with our skin types, which may react negatively to products introduced to the skin. Many try different products at the same time, juggling one product’s effects with another’s bad side-effects. The results are almost always depressing.

Getting pimples no matter how horrible the first time around is an experience everyone goes through at one time or another, and once you get past it you’ll be laughing with your friends about what you did, what you said, and how you cried, the first time you got that acne.  Many have the marks to tell the world that they once chose a product that they regret to have ever used. Luckily, we still live to tell the tale of our first zit. 

Now it’s your turn to spread the word on this new-found truth. Be a Truth Seeker. Discover the story of your zit and tell everyone about it. 

Tell the story of your zit and what product you used to remedy it. Conduct interviews as well with you closest friends or family and survey them on what they did during their first encounter with acne. One requirement is that you must absolutely interview a dermatologist who could tell you the truth about acne and how to care for it. The dermatologist may even explain to you what you did wrong when acne came the first time around.

Our first brush with acne may have left us unwanted scars on our faces but it is the mark that we face acne bravely and that we challenged it by boldly using skin care products that may have not worked. Thank goodness that we not only live to tell the tale, but we learned to become more discerning of the truth behind the products we use on our faces.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best-in-class: Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Ascend G600

Last December 16, HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider unveiled the Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL (its flagship quad-core Android 4.0 ICS smartphone), and the Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone (dual-core Android 4.0 ICS succesor of the popular Huawei Honor.

The Ascend D1 quad XL is a combination of both good looks and performance. It is a turbo-charged all-rounder with an exceptional audio visual experience. It is also very impressive because it delivers 15 hours pof talk time and 500 hours of standby time with its ultra-powerful 2600mAh battery. Great for keeping us all on the go! :)

It also offers a mobiel cinematic experience with its high definition

4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 Toshiba screen providing crystal clear images even under direct sunlight. For a superb audio experience, Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL has a Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus sound enhancement and Audience earSmart voice processor.

Its 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel from-facing camera, and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities enable you to record your special moments in clearer, richer detail. Measuring just 64.9mm wide, 11.5mm slim and weighing approximately 145g, it fits your hand like a glove. It also features  an 8GB ROM, which can be easily increased up to 32GB with microSD. It will be available in carbon black.

Running on Google's sweet Android Ice Creama Sandwich 4.0 OS with an 8-megapixel BSI auto focus (AF) rear-facing camera, and double speakers with DTS surround sound, the HUAWEI Ascend G600 is at the forefront of innovation placing great technology within reach for more people around the world.

It provides more of the features that improve people's mobile phone experiences everyday. The mega 4.5-inch IPS HD LCD screen with 960 x 540 pixel resolution brings unsurpassed visual clarity.It can be fully charged in four hours, powered on five seconds, and with Huawei's power saving technology, provides more than 15 days of standby time.

The HUAWEI Ascend G600 offers more connectivity and file sharing with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA. It can also be supplemented with MicroUSB 2.0 and Micro-SD up to 32GB. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It will be available in black.

About Huawei Device
Huawei Device believes that everyone can be the center of information and that the world would be a better place if access and information barriers were knocked down. Its strong suites of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home devices testimony to Huawei Device's focus on customers and its commitment to providing user-friendly mobile internet experiences through ongoing innovation. Based on more than two decades of success in the information and communications industry, and with our own channel expertise, operational capabilities and global partner resources, Huawei Device is transforming from a company that sells millions of devices in single transactions to large businesses, to a 'Business-to-People" (B2P) brand that also sells individual devices directly to millions of people. As at the end of 2011, Huawei Device serves more than 500 operators all over the world. 
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Friday, December 28, 2012

NetSuite Makes Dreams Come True

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Leading cloud ERP software company, NetSuite and members of SuiteImpact team – the company’s employee-volunteer group, held its 5th annual Adopt-a-Child giving program with non-profit partner Philippine Christian Foundation (PCF). Employees generously provided gifts for 120 children, which included one of the popular gifts - a bicycle! Dozens of employees were present to share the special moment with the young owners of new bikes and other Christmas presents. Gracing the event were NetSuite senior executives (standing, last row) James Dantow, General Manager & VP Worldwide Customer Support and David Geilhufe, Program Director.
Kamlesh Rajyaguru, who represented NetSuite’s London office, was all smiles with his adopted Kid for the day.

Other executives present were NetSuite Social Committee headed by Jheng Ponciano, Vice Pineda, Mitch Lucentales & Bernie Cadaing, NetSuite SuiteImpact Team Ambassador headed by Louie Baltazar and Team members Mariel Bertumen and Rhoda Navarro. is the corporate citizenship arm of NetSuite, leveraging the company’s assets to create social impact for charities and social enterprises around the world. Through our unique initiatives, including product donations, pro bono service grants and social solutions we are supporting organizations worldwide better achieve their missions.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hassle-free and money-saving shopping ideas from

This season of giving, enjoy a hassle-free online shopping experience at Everyone, especially the last-minute shoppers can safely shop in their own time while avoiding the holiday rush, the crazy traffic and long lines at the malls.
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Shoppers can find everything in this one-stop shopping haven, from one-of-a-kind items not found in stores, to the hottest gadgets in the market. With a wide selection of steals and deals in Multiply, you’re sure to find something to make your loved ones feel like you truly went out of your way to find them the perfect present.  Not only that, Multiply also offers huge savings on the latest gadgets in the market today! 

To make one's Holiday online shopping experience even easier, Multiply has provided a list of their best gift ideas for everyone- from one’s parents, friends, and even to one’s special someone.  Shop to your heart’s content and avail of P100 off on shipping for purchases P400 and up.

To view their list of awesome gift ideas, visit


About is the biggest e-commerce site in Southeast Asia, carrying items from 16 product categories. Multiply launched its Philippine operations in August 2011, and today, it has 5.5 million users and 130,000 merchants in the country. In response to the overwhelming growth of the local community of shoppers and sellers, Multiply.Com has completed the transitioned into a pure e-Commerce platform as of December 1, 2012.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 18, 2012 – 2013 will see HBO Asia unleash one of the most anticipated line ups ever for the new year on HBO and CINEMAX. New series include BOSS (starring Kelsey Grammer), BANSHEE (Executive Produced by TRUE BLOOD’s Alan Ball), HBO Latin American series, PRÓFUGOS, and HBO Asia’s very first series co-production, SERANGOON ROAD (starring Joan Chen).

Other new HBO Original programs to look out for in 2013 include BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), MARY & MARTHA (starring Hilary Swank), PHIL SPECTOR (starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren) and HBO Asia’s first film co-production, DEAD MINE. Also look out for HBO Original documentaries THE WITNESS and ONE NATION UNDER DOG.

2013 will also see new seasons of returning award-winning series such as BOARDWALK EMPIRE, GAME OF THRONES, GIRLS, TRUE BLOOD and VEEP, as well as popular series like LIFE’S TOO SHORT, SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, and THE NEWSROOM.

Starring five-time Emmy Award® winner and three-time Golden Globe® winner Kelsey Grammer as Kane, with two-time Academy Award® nominee Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting) directing its premiere episode, BOSS tells the story of one powerful Mayor Tom Kane who holds sway over just about everything in Chicago — except his own life. Set in a fictional Chicago mayor’s office, this brand new eight-episode drama series premieres in Asia on Monday, January 14 at 10pm on HBO / 9pm on HBO HD, with subsequent episodes airing at the same time weekly.

An HBO Latin America original production, PRÓFUGOS — also known by its English title, THE FUGITIVES — presents the story of a failed drug trafficking operation that started on the border between Bolivia and Chile, the four men who met to carry it out, and the real players behind the business.

A complex web of ambitions, agendas and corruption spins the yarn of PRÓFUGOS, where no one is who they appear to be, everyone has a secret past, and there is an imperative need to flee, without knowing who or what they are escaping, unites them and their illicit behaviour. With two back-to-back episodes every Friday, catch this 13-episode original series when it premieres in English on Friday, January 4 at 10pm on Cinemax.

DEAD MINE (HBO Asia Original Movie)
A rich amateur treasure hunter assembles an expert group to investigate a possible location for the legendary Yamashita’s Gold — lost treasure looted from across Asia by Japanese forces during World War 2. Venturing deep into the jungles of a remote Indonesian island, the group finds itself under attack and forced into an apparently abandoned mine, only to become trapped underground in a Japanese Imperial Army bunker. The team soon realizes that they are not alone, and are forced to decide between escaping and fighting to their death.

Featuring an international cast including Japanese actress and model, Miki Mizuno, English actor, Sam Hazeldine, and Indonesian hunk, Ario Bayu, be sure to tune in to the premiere of this very first collaboration between HBO Asia and Infinite Studios, DEAD MINE, on Saturday, February 23 at 10.30pm on HBO / 9.30pm on HBO HD.

GIRLS Season 2
This highly-anticipated Emmy®-winning HBO original series is back for its sophomore season, and once again follows the urban adventures of four young girls who try to make sense of life with all that is hurled at them. Clinching the Emmy® for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, the hilarious second season of GIRLS starring Lena Dunham premieres on Monday, February 11 at 11pm on HBO / 10pm on HBO HD.

Winning the 2012 Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for her role, Laura Dern stars as a well-intentioned employee, Amy Jellicoe, who once attended anger-management rehabilitation in this HBO original comedy series. The plot thickens in this second season as Amy romantically yearns for the journalist whom she enlists for help. An earnest and engaging comedy series, catch the premiere of ENLIGHTENED, following GIRLS, on Monday, February 11 at 11.30pm on HBO, and in high-definition an hour earlier on HBO HD.

BANSHEE (Cinemax Original Series)
Some fifteen years ago, a man got incarcerated in order to save a lady during a jewel heist. After serving his time in prison, he comes back to the rural Amish town, Banshee, PA, under the guise of a sheriff named Lucas Hood to search for the lady, who is also living under an assumed name. When the two meet, old passions are rekindled and their lives get convoluted. In addition, they realise that Banshee is a town pervaded by corruption under the rule of a fierce overlord, and our couple inadvertently gets implicated into duplicity.

Created by Emmy® and Oscar®-winner and TRUE BLOOD creator, Alan Ball, as well as David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper, BANSHEE stars Anthony Starr and Ivana Milicevic, and premieres on Friday, February 15 at 10pm on Cinemax.

Based on the best selling book series by George R.R. Martin comes this epic drama where five kings continue to vie for a single, all-powerful throne. Witness more duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph in this third season. Featuring an ensemble cast of Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, be sure to tune in to the new season premiere of GAME OF THRONES coming to our shores in April on HBO / HBO HD.

PHIL SPECTOR (HBO Original Movie)
Al Pacino stars as Phil Spector, and Helen Mirren as his attorney in this biopic that centres on the relationship between the music business legend and his attorney while he was on trial for murder. Catch the HBO Original movie in March 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

VEEP Season 2
Winning an Emmy® for her role in VEEP, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays former senator Selina Meyer, who became Vice President of the United States and realised that the job was nothing like she expected. Guaranteed entertainment, be sure to tune in to the sophomore season of this HBO Original comedy series when it premieres in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

The exciting life as a cable-news anchor continues in this second season of THE NEWSROOM. Written and produced by Oscar® and Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, watch how the newsroom straddles between being a good TV news show and a popular one at that in this season premiere in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

TRUE BLOOD is going to be wildly entertaining as we pick up from where we left off. In the final episode of Season 5, the True Blood factories were deliberately bombed by the vampire authority and Bill was resurrected after exploding into a pool of blood. In the exciting new season, what will become of Bill? How will the vampires survive without the synthetic blood? Will Sookie finally find out who killed her parents? And what will become of Alcide and his pack of wolves? Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård, catch the season premiere of TRUE BLOOD Season Six in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

See Academy-Award® winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon don ‘70s fashion in the premiere of this HBO Original movie, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, that looks at the tempestuous relationship between legendary pianist and vocalist Liberace and Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

MARY & MARTHA (HBO Original Movie)
An epic journey of two mothers, an American and an Englishwoman, who lost their sons to malaria. Mary took her young son, George, to Africa where he subsequently contracted the disease, while Martha’s son, Ben, died while working as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mozambique. When the two immensely different women meet in Africa, they bond over their mutual loss. Forging a deep friendship, they vow to dedicate themselves to the cause of malaria prevention, realizing that, as mothers, they have a responsibility to all the world’s children. A truly moving HBO Original movie starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn, be sure to tune in to the premiere of MARY & MARTHA in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

SERANGOON ROAD is a ten episode hour-long fast-paced detective drama series set in vibrant and tumultuous 1960s Singapore, bringing to life the dangerous underbelly of secret societies, the opulent world of European and international expatriates, and the colourful street life of Bugis Street, Chinatown and Serangoon Road.

The series takes its name from Serangoon Road, which was one of the earliest roads built in Singapore and was then known as "the road leading across the island". Serangoon Road was the key thoroughfare that spanned the length of the island when it was built, making it a unique crossing point for all walks of life, and it is symbolic of the series as an important main road that traditionally linked the various communities in Singapore.

Starring Hollywood’s Joan Chen and Australian actor Don Hany, this is HBO Asia and ABC TV’s first drama co-production. Be sure to catch the premiere of SERANGOON ROAD when it hits our screens in 2013 on HBO.
Boardwalk Empire. Photo courtesy of HBO Asia

The bootlegging business never ends as Nucky Thompson and his party of friends return for this fourth installment of BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Find out whether Nucky’s whisky-peddling reign will ever come to a close in Atlantic City. Catch the Emmy®-winning drama series BOARDWALK EMPIRE by Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, starring Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi, when its new season premieres in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

TREME Season 4
As New Orleans tries to rebuild itself after their 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster, greater emphasis is placed on trying to rid itself of the rampant crime and corruption, whilst retaining the deep cultural roots that New Orleans stands for. Observe what true resilience is as individuals pick themselves up and preserve the individuality of their city. Tune in to the premiere of a new season of TREME in 2013 on HBO Signature.

Everyone’s favorite little person, Warwick Davis, is back a second time round as he continues to run his talent agency in Britain and strive for greater publicity for himself. It is all about the laughs in the premiere of this second season of LIFE’S TOO SHORT, starring funny-man and Emmy®-winner Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, in 2013 on HBO / HBO HD.

All the high-octane action returns to our screens when we once again follow the lives of the unusual pair, Stonebridge, a British Special Forces agent, and Scott, a U.S. Delta Force veteran, as they continue working with secret British Secret Intelligence unit Section 20. Returning for its third season and starring hunky men Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, catch the premiere of this CINEMAX Original series in 2013 on Cinemax.

The gladiators are back again in this third and final season of the series. SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED stars Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett, and will premiere in 2013 on Cinemax.

XIII Season 2
Known only by the Roman numeral he was assigned, XIII is a skilled and lethal secret agent recruited to a secret organization. With a surgically altered face and an identity handed to him by a mysterious stranger, he is asked to uncover dangerous and complex missions. Starring Stuart Townsend, tune in to the action in this second season of XIII in 2013 on Cinemax.

THE WITNESS (HBO Original Documentary)
A four-part documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Michael Mann follows a new generation of young war photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil. Premieres in 2013 on HBO SIGNATURE.

ONE NATION UNDER DOG (HBO Original Documentary)
Americans have always had a love affair with canines, but lost amidst the pampering are unpleasant truths about dog ownership, care and commerce. ONE NATION UNDER DOG: STORIES OF FEAR, LOSS & BETRAYAL offers an eye-opening, three-part portrait of America’s complex relationship with dogs. This HBO Original Documentary premieres in 2013 on HBO SIGNATURE.

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