How-To

Power Bank Guide

8/24/2015 05:24:00 AM

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The demand for Power Banks increased since the dawn of smart gadgets. Almost everyone who owns a smart phone, a phablet, or a tablet, would not leave home without a power bank. Have you been looking for one but do not know what to get? Don't make your decision based on color or design! Here's a list of things you should know:

Capacity
First thing to do is finding your smart gadget's battery capacity. It's usually written on the battery itself. If not, look for the info on the manual. This information will help you identify how many times it can be fully charged by a power bankThe lowest capacity on a power bank is 2600mAh, and may double as it increases (depending on the brand). My BlackBerry Q10 has a 2100mAh battery capacity, therefor a 2600mAh power bank may fully charge it once.

Efficiency
Power banks have about 70% to 80% efficiency and the rest of the energy is lost to heat. This means that a 2600mAh may not fully charge my BlackBerry Q10, the same way a 3600mAh may not completely fill your S4's 3600mAh battery. Factor in the running apps in the background (especially those that use internet) and this will further decrease the possibility of a full charge.

Juicing it up
Charging time of a 2600mAh power bank is roughly the same as a 2100mAh smartphone battery, if not a few minutes more. That means the higher power bank capacity, the longer it takes to fully charge.

Sizing it up
Commonly rectangular, these thingamajigs may be cylindrical, sometimes even oddly shaped. And although not true for some, but the higher a power bank's capacity, the bigger it may get. The bigger it is, the heavier it will be. Do consider how you'd be carrying it around.

Assess the need
Do you drain your battery more than 3 times a day? If yes, pick up a a high capacity power bank. Always on the go but have access to an electrical socket? You may not need a high-powered one after all.

TLC
Avoid overcharging. Keep in room temperature. Do not submerge in water. Do not puncture. Do not subject to extreme force or weight. So on and so forth. You get the point.

Maximize your power
Remember that this piece of equipment is like a portable battery. It is not a power outlet. So to get the most out of your charging time, consider turning off your data service, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and close all running apps/games. Maybe even move to a cooler room.

Call Center Bloopers

Call Center Comedy Batch 6

8/19/2015 12:11:00 PM

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As I was going through my blog schedule I realized that it's been a while since the last topic of this series was posted. I know a lot of people enjoy reading bloopers so here's one for you today! Instead of the usual "conversation type" boo boos, this post is dedicated to one-liner questions or statements that did not make any sense to me, to the customer, or to my agents themselves.

These are not edited. It is as raw as it gets. Straight from the agents' mouth. If you haven’t read my previous entries on this topic, check them out here:

Part 1 click HERE
Part 2 click HERE
Part 3 click HERE
Part 4 click HERE
Part 5 click HERE

P.S. I understand that nobody is perfect, and I am not mocking people for their mistakes as I too have my own. This is purely intended FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY. If you want to have a good laugh, scroll down and read through.



When asking for a callback number becomes complicated
  • "Can I have a callback number... In case we need to call back you?"
  • "Do you have a call number? Uhm... A back number? I meant a call number."
When the difference between a callback number and an email address becomes unknown
  • "Do you have any working email number?"
  • "Can I send you an email as a recap of this call, to this email number?"
When probing becomes a problem
  • "Is the modem connected directly to the PC without the cables?"
  • "How is the modem connected to the jack... Would you mind sir?"
  • "So sir... When you open the modem... What do you have there? Is it Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7?"
  • "Ok... So if I understand you correctly... All your four computers are now computer?"
When you don't know what you're asking for
  • "What do you call this one out?"
  • "Is there any equipment regarding with that modem?"
  • "So right now... What can you see on the screen right now?"
When all you can think of is food
  • "Can you lick into the modem... sir?"
When QA is listening
  • "May I properly put you on hold?"


Part 7 soon!

If you have similar funny stories, feel free to email them to jectofer.ramirez@gmail.com – your contributions will be acknowledged.

Fashion

Product Review: Bearcat Foldable Rain Boots

8/09/2015 11:14:00 PM

Image courtesy of Cash Cash Pinoy

Now that summer is over and the rainy season is upon us, it could be quite a hassle travelling especially for commuters. I often find myself putting shoes in a bag, folding my pants up, and wearing flip-flops during pouring days. Don't you find it aggravating having to do this during weekdays when wearing business clothing? I most certainly do.

I saw this product while I was hunting online for a transparent umbrella. It didn't take me long to realize that I need to get one for myself. On the website, CCP wrote the ff about this item:
  • Have a stylish “umbrella” for your shoes with the Bearcat Foldable Boots
  • Completely waterproof, has durable non-slip soles
  • Comes with carry pouch
  • Has expandable PVC material that stretches so you can wear them over your shoes
  • Lightweight and foldable, tote them with you wherever you go


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Priced at Php599 (excluding shipping), you get to choose from three available sizes: S (23 cm), M (25 cm), and L (27cm). And it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, pink, and blue.



It came in a white box, which I thought was quite small for rain boots. The contents of the package are pictured above.


The drying towel is well made. The material seems absorbent enough and looked like it can hold a decent amount of water from wiping the rain boots after use. Think about the cloth that comes with prescription eyeglasses with the properties of a shammy.


The draw-string carry pouch is made from a translucent rubber material that is slightly stretchable. It's too small, and getting both rain boots to fit inside is impossible. I wasn't really good in packing to begin with.

Image courtesy of Cash Cash Pinoy

It's definitely not the same as the one pictured above. That's the carry pouch displayed CCP's website. I was expecting to get something similar.


The small footprints that matches the sole of the boots looked cute though.


There is a noticeable difference on how the actual product looks like, compared to how it is pictured on the website, specifically the soles. Could this be another case of CCP selling knock-offs?

Pros
  • Not lightweight as described but not too heavy
  • Does keeps pants and shoes dry
  • PVC Material stretches to fit any kind of footwear (given that the product fits) and looks durable
Cons
  • Feet may feel uncomfortable and warm after wearing the product for a while
  • Size options are too generic
  • Soles are not thick enough and may not last as long as the body
  • Priced a few tens of pesos higher than other local coupon/deal websites

Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Though I may have a mediocre rating, I actually think that this item is worth buying. I believe that I got my money's worth for what it's meant to do - it did protect my footwear from getting wet. Definitely better than it's nylon competitors. If you plan on getting one, purchase a bigger size that what you'd normally wear, and check out other coupon/deals websites that sell this item aside from CCP.

While some people like playing it up with rain boots, others prefer the old fashioned way - rubber shoes. I would do the same, only that it would look quite odd wearing one with business trousers don't you think? 

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With that said, I found out Zalora Philippines is carrying an amazing line of New Balance shoes you might want to look at. Check out New Balance footwear here. While you're at it, why not browse the whole store? Something might tickle your shopping fancy. Here's a special treat: I'm throwing in a 15% discount code! Click here to see details. Enjoy!

How-To

Learning the Starbucks Way: Espresso

8/03/2015 07:25:00 AM


Now that you've learned the basic Starbucks terminologies from my first blog entry, it's time for me to help you find your favorite. Click here to read part 1 of this series. 

There are  a lot of choices at Starbucks. Some prefer decaffeinated, lighter in calories, or made with organic products when available. There are four main ways to customize an order: Espresso, Syrup, Milk, and other options. We will start at the heart of Starbuck's coffee drinks - the Espresso inside. Today is all about Espresso choices.


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Regular: This is the standard shot served in every espresso drink at Starbucks. It has a sweet and intense taste with a hint of caramel.
Decaf: Want the flavor but not the full-on effect of an espresso? This will be it.
Extra shots: Adding a shot or two increases coffee flavor. A drink with two shots is called a double, three shots a triple, so on and so forth.
Half-caf: Espresso with half the amount of caffeine.
Ristretto: A shot that is a short pull of espresso capturing only the sweetest part.

Click HERE for part 3 (Syrup and Milk options)
Click HERE for part 4 (Other choices)
Click HERE for part 5 (Ready To Order)

Source: "Find Your Favorite - A guide to Starbucks® drinks" booklet 2005
Note: List may be different per country.

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