Planning Our First Overseas Family Trip: What Is Needed

This past few months, I’ve been busy organizing our family’s trip to Bohol. Our flight was one of those affected with the temporary closure of Boracay and we decided to spend our vacation there instead.

I’ve been searching for our accommodation and different activities we can do while in Bohol. I never knew it’s so stressful to plan! I have friends who are hardcore travelers — DIY style. I don’t know how they do it.

But I see this as practice for our next trip, our first overseas trip that is. We’ve been meaning to visit my sisters and their families in Japan and if all goes well, hopefully we can finally do so next year.

And being the typical planner-girl me, I’ve been preparing for that as early as now.

Here are the stuff that still needs to be ticked off my list:

  • Apply and renew our passports – This is what I’ve been most stressed about, given how crazy it is to secure an appointment. Good thing I still have 2 kids under the age of 7 so at least we’re still eligible for the courtesy lane.
  • Secure our Visas – Our relatives are the one inviting us so most of the papers needed would be coming from them but we still need to have our important documents on hand like my ITRs, COEs and bank records.
  • Our Itinerary – I imagine most of the activities we’ll do there would be planned by my sisters but I’d still need to list down the stuff the kids (ehem, and me) would be dying to do and try out.
  • Travel Insurance – There’s a myriad of unexpected things that can happen while we’re away and it’s always a comforting knowledge to know that we’ll have a reliable travel health insurance policy to keep us secure. One thing to not worry about, I must say.
  • Cash On Hand – Japan is an expensive country to travel and to be able to make the most of our trip there, we need to be able to save as much funds as we can.

There’s still a lot of thing that needs to be done before our trip. But the things on this list I think are our topmost priority.

I’m actually scheduling our passport appointment next week and been reading as much as I can on travel insurance. Better to be prepared than sorry on our first family trip abroad!

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Vivo X21’s Dual Rear Camera Is Fast Enough to Clearly Capture the Most Fleeting Moments

Two is better than one, they said. The same is also true for smartphone cameras. In the past years, dual rear cameras have been all the rage. But global smartphone brand Vivo has been pushing the technology further to enhance every user’s experience.

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The Vivo X21 has a 12-megapixel+5MP dual rear camera.

The dual rear camera of Vivo X21 is equipped with Dual Pixel Sensors that come with fast-focusing technology to rival the quality of professional cameras. To be specific, the dual rear camera renders a well-focused image in just 0.03 seconds.

This is achieved because each camera sensor pixel of the X21 is built with two independent photodiodes or light sensors. They capture two sets of image data when a photo is taken. The two sets of data captured by photodiodes from each pixel are matched to get the perfect focus. The result is a seamless experience to every Vivo X21 user who want to capture those fleeting moments in one quick snap. Because nothing can be more frustrating than taking photos of once-in-a-lifetime moments, only for them to come out blurred.

The Dual Pixel Sensors, meanwhile, enable the Vivo X21 to capture depth of field data in every pixel. With two photodiodes, each pixel received greater amount of light to create a better photo. Every shot using Vivo X21’s dual rear camera result high-resolution and clear photos for keeps.

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Perfection is an understatement when photos are taken using the Vivo X21.

On top of the Dual Pixel Sensors, the X21’s dual rear camera is also packed with AI technology. Its AI algorithm learns from a large database to detect different scenarios and adjust for the perfect shot.

In fact, the X21 can detect and identify 18 tags and 140 scenarios such as portraits, food and plants as it shoots, making it a good smartphone for those who take a lot of photos. It is activated by using Vivo’s AI algorithm based on a large database of almost one million photos. Through this database, the X21 can detect different scenarios and adjust settings such as saturation, sharpness, and brightness.

Its AI Scene Recognition can help them declutter their albums by identifying the classification of each photo. It even goes beyond the night, sports, vibration, or backlit scenarios.

The Vivo X21 also has an AI HDR feature that capture more frames of a wider dynamic range to brighten up dull photos taken in backlight situations. The AI knows how to accurately even out the light of a photo to ensure that the subject is the clearest and most vivid in the frame through its Photo Optimization Cube and P3 camera.

With just a single press of the shutter, for instance, Vivo X21’s AI HDR technology allows the cameras to capture more frames of a wider dynamic range. This provides more image options for merging to perfectly light all the parts of the eventual photo to render crisper results.

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No more dull photos with Vivo X21.

The Vivo X21 is available for only Php29,999. It is retailed at authorized shops nationwide. The list of participating stores can be found on this link: http://vivoglobal.ph/x21_stores/. #

About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Vivo unlocks the future with the launch of X21 in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has unlocked the future of mobile technology in the Philippines as it introduced a new flagship, the X21 with the pioneering In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, at its launch in Okada Manila on June 21.

The event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the picturesque oceanfront integrated resort, was well-attended by media partners and other guests despite the heavy rain.

 

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Vivo Philippines’ VP for Sales Ms. Hazel Bascon gave her welcome message during the Vivo X21 launch.

Vivo Philippines Vice President for Sales Ms. Hazel Bascon during her opening remarks highlighted the global smartphone brand’s dedication to innovation.

“What is about to unfold before you is the reveal of the world’s first smartphone to feature an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner housed in a beautifully-designed all-glass build, a smartphone that is truly exceptional in more ways than one,” she said.

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Media partners got the lowdown on the X21 straight from Vivo representatives.

Vivo Philippines representatives Mr. Patrick Villareal and Ms. Jomarie Morales then went up on stage to explain each of the specs of the Vivo X21. The pair discussed how the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology as well as the other features such as the AI Face Access, front and rear cameras with all-pixel dual-core sensor on the X21 work.

Sharing tech expertise

During the launch, Vivo also invited on stage some of the respected industry experts to discuss the X21. They are Mr. Louie Diangson of Yugatech, Mr. Daniel Moral of GadgetMatch, Mr. Mark Milan Macanas of TechPinas, Mr. Giancarlo Viterbo of GadgetPilipinas, Mr. Peter Jan Icogo of Gizguide, Mr. Jamie Inocian of Unbox, and Ms. Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu.

Mr. Diangson discussed the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology and the AI Face Access of X21. Mr. Morial then explained how efficient the X21’s AI photography.

On the other hand, Mr. Macanas talked about Vivo X21’s front camera, specifically its AI Face Beauty.

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Tech experts shared their thoughts on the Vivo X21.

Mr. Viterbo, moreover, shared how Vivo X21’s AI Game Mode keep interruptions at bay while playing PUBG Mobile and other games.

Vivo X21’s chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE, is the most powerful in the Philippines to date, Mr. Icogo confirmed. Meanwhile, Mr. Inocian focused on Vivo X21’s 6.28-inch + FullView™ Display.

Ms. Guerrero, finally, highlighted why Vivo X21 is one of the most advanced phones when it comes to audio playback.

Exciting partnerships

Vivo also announced its partnerships with Shopee Philippines and Akulaku. Ms. Bascon and Brand Director Ms. Annie Lim from Vivo Philippines exchanged tokens with the representatives from Shopee Philippines, Ms. Jane Lim, and from Akulaku, Mr. Sean Duxiang.

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Vivo Philippines newest partner is Shopee Philippines.

Shopee Philippines is an online shopping mall. Through the new partnership, Vivo has put up its official online store on Shopee Philippines.

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Vivo Philippines’ executives welcomed Akulaku as its newest online partner.

Akulaku, meanwhile, is an online installing shopping mall that also provides financial services in Southeast Asian countries. Vivo smartphones can now be bought online installment payment options on Akulaku.

Exhilarating FIFA fever

Vivo, as the Official Smartphone Sponsor, of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 brought the football fever to the launch of X21. To get a glimpse of all the excitement in Russia, Vivo displayed some FIFA merchandise at the lobby.

During the presentation of the X21, Vivo mascots also showed the crowd how to do the #PassTheSwag FIFA dance. Vivo Philippines endorsers Vern and Verniece Enciso, Chie Filomeno, Maris Racal, and TJ Monterde then strutted the new flagship with a Vivo FIFA ball on their other hand while they proudly sport their favorite FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 team jersey.

Vern was wearing the jersey of the FIFA World Cup 2014 champs Germany while her sister Verniece was clad in a jersey of Spain, the FIFA World Cup 2010 victors

Chienna and Maris, meanwhile, were proudly wearing the jersey of Brazil, the five-time FIFA World Cup title holders.

TJ, on the other hand, expressed his support for the national team of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal.

Moreover, the Vivo Philippines team including Ms. Bascon, Mr. Villareal, Ms. Morales, as well as Brand Director Ms. Annie Lim were also bitten by the FIFA fever in their football-inspired garb.

Exquisite #OOTDs

The Vivo Philippines endorsers also took cues from the new X21 for their second look for the night.

The Vivo X21 has ditched the metal body for a new 3D glass back cover. The design was inspired by Iceland’s Wake Black Beach, a rapidly cooling lava granule that is deep and dark yet free of impurities.

Vern and Verniece proved that they are young fashion icons in their Patty Ang creations.

Chienna and Maris, meanwhile, showed off that simplicity is the key to achieving elegance

Julie Anne San Jose who performed the closing number for the night looked like a total performer in her sparkly ensemble.

Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose looked every inch a star during the Vivo X21 launch. Meanwhile, the unstoppable Darren Espanto entertained the crowd with his energetic performance.

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Vivo endorsers and executives pose for photos at the launch of the pioneering X21.

Ms. Bascon also revealed the price of Vivo X21 towards the end of the program.

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Ms. Hazel Bascon announced that the Vivo X21 would be available at select stores starting June 22.

The Vivo X21 is retailed for Php29,999 in authorized shops nationwide. The list of participating stores can be found here: http://vivoglobal.ph/x21_stores/.

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About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines /), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Vivo continues to usher the industry to the future with its forward-looking tech

When young global smartphone brand Vivo entered the mobile industry, the market was dominated by two or three names. But in a matter of years, Vivo changed the game.

Vivo has been determined to break barriers and introduce technology that ushered the industry into the future. After all, it was Vivo that introduced a 20-megapixel dual front camera in V5 Plus and a 24MP front camera in V7, V7+, and V9.

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The V5 is the first smartphone with a 20MP camera.

 

The V5 was then followed by the release of the V5Plus (left) and V5s (right), both with 20MP selfie camera. The V5Plus, meanwhile, has a 20MP+8MP dual rear camera.

Aside from the selfie camera, Vivo also paid attention to the users’ need for a bigger screen. Earlier this year, Vivo released the ultimate iteration of a concept smartphone, the APEX™ FullView™, which nearly has a 100% screen-to-body display. The V9, Vivo’s newest flagship, is getting closer to goal with its 90% screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo is also the first to introduce the in-display fingerprint scanner that gives users another method to unlock their smartphones.

 

Vivo then introduced the first smartphones with 24MP front camera, the V7+ (left) and V7 (right).

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Vivo then released the upgrade to its cameras, the V9 with a 24MP AI Selfie Camera and 16MP+5MP dual rear camera.

It is still a wonder what Vivo will do next. For instance, it wowed the tech world with its bezel-less APEX concept smartphone because of its pop-up selfie camera to achieve the 100% screen-to-body ratio.

Helping the brand unlock the next best thing in the mobile industry are 2,200 dedicated research and development personnel in several R&D centers worldwide—in San Diego, United States and in China, specifically in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Beijing.

With all its development, it is no doubt that the young smartphone brand is already leading the pack to the future.

About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check them out on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter .

Vivo partners with Lloyd Cadena, other content creators in Manila for largest creator event

Young fans on May 11, 2018 flocked to the World Trade Center as early as 10 a.m. to catch their favorite creators hours ahead of a creator event held in Manila.

To entertain the crowd with their own brand of humor, young global smartphone brand Vivo tapped online video creators Rozel Basilio, Luigi Pacheco, Jomie Hospital, Arah Virtucio, and Lloyd Cadena during the pre-main show.

YouTube star Lloyd Cadena delighted fans with his humor and energy.

Vivo’s first segment was a live skit directed by Lloyd and starred by Rozel, Luigi, Jomie and Arah.

For the second Vivo segment, the creators shared their thoughts on the new Vivo V9 and its 24-megapixel AI selfie camera and its 16MP+5MP dual rear camera.

The last branded segment before the show featured the classic game Pinoy Henyo played by the content creators and the winners of the Vivo online contest. The creators then ended the segment with a seflie with the crowd using the Vivo V9.

One for the books! Top online video creators took a selfie using the Vivo V9 Velvet Red.

After his pre-main program segments, Lloyd dropped by the Vivo booth to meet his adoring fans. Other notable video content creators also visited the Vivo booth and tried each of its station.

The booth featured a Game Station, a Studio Recording Station, and an Open Mic Stage.

The Game Station was where the crowd can use the Vivo V9 as a console while taking a break from the festivities at the World Trade Center.

The Studio Recording Station, meanwhile, was an instant hit to music-loving Pinoys. It was an enclosed room that includes recording equipment. The recording was then published live on Vivo’s YouTube page.

Finally, the Open Mic Stage was a small stage in the middle of the booth where young performers can show off their talents. The stage included a microphone, a bass guitar, an acoustic guitar, a keyboard piano, and a beatbox.

With all these, the Vivo booth at the fanfest became an instant hit among young and up-and-coming online creators.

About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.