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5 social media resolutions and why you should probably do them too

It’s that time of year

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This year, I decided to make changes. After a fun-filled tech year where I learned so much about myself and my phone habits, I felt like it was time to move things around. As each day went by with my face glued to my phone screen, I thought to myself: I might as well make my social media experience a better one.

Here are a few things I’ve resolved to do this year — maybe consider them, too?


Stop using social media as a buffer for life

We walk around our daily lives with phones stuck to our faces. Coffee shop, bookstore, grocery — we’re always tapping on our phones. This has to change.

I resolve to be more present in whatever I’m doing. Real life is the countless small interactions that happen every day; we fail to catch these moments when we’re too busy scrolling through our feeds.

Pay actual attention to what you see online

This one can be tricky because you and I both know that there is a lot of useless crap online. The first step that needs be done to achieve this resolution is a social media clean up. Make sure that the accounts you follow are of people you honestly care about or those that inspire positivity in your life.

Now that that’s done, resolve to stop the mindless scrolling. Actually pay attention to what you read instead of zipping past posts and not really reading whatever is there. Because you’ve previously decided to stop using your phone everywhere, make sure that when you do get on your device, each social media session is more meaningful.

Tell my truths

The reason I got on the internet and social media was because I wanted to tell stories. These days, it’s so easy to get distracted and it becomes so hard to hear anyone’s story because we can so easily be lost in the sea of social media voices. Despite this, know that social media is still a great tool to get heard, it just takes a lot of patience to keep screaming the same things at what is seemingly a void. I promise you, though, that there are people paying attention and so long as one person has read your truth, it’s enough.

Be more genuine

At a time when everyone is looking so flashy and glam on social media, it needs reminding that not everyone is on fleek all the time, no matter how their IG makes it seem to be the case. It’s easy to frame your life into something it isn’t on social media. But guess what? It’s okay to post an imperfect photo or a selfie without a beauty filter! Remember, “genuine” trumps “beautiful but fake.”

Always remember to be kind

When you’re online, it’s easy to forget that these profiles are actual people with real feelings. People are so quick to hurl hurtful words and comments at everyone without so much of a second thought. It’s time to change that.

I know, I know. It will take a lot of patience and willpower but as Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The world would be a lovelier place with one less angry troll online.

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Sound on with Mikme: An easy way to record good audio

Even better if you’re on an iPhone

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I’ve always been a writer and my journey into content creation has been a curious one. These days, I’ve ventured into creating video — a new exacting but fun medium. One thing I’ve learned though: You may think you’re mostly dealing with visuals, but sound quality adds a whole lot to each video.

That being said, and me being the furthest from being an audiophile, I set out to find the easiest and simplest way I could record great audio without all the wires and gadgets and gizmos that I’ve seen other people work with.


Enter this godsend mic in a box which fits the palm of my hands and solves all my audio woes: The Mikme.

It’s simple enough to use, press the leftmost button that serves as a power button…

L-R: Power button, Bluetooth pairing button, Micro-USB port, audio port, volume buttons

… and hit record which is that big button up top. Literally, nothing could be easier.

And despite it being pretty straightforward, there are a lot of other things it can do, too. Tapping the record button twice in a row will play your last recording and pressing and holding will allow you to soundcheck — provided you plug in some earphones. Each Mikme has storage built in and you can choose between 16GB, 8GB, or 4GB options. All that means is you need not worry about SD cards or micro-SD cards ever again.

It’s not just the ease of use, though. The sound quality on this thing is very good, as it should be. Inside that black case, the Mikme is basically a condenser mic — the type usually used in studios for hardcore recordings (my way of saying it’s one serious mic). Even with my untrained ears, I hear the difference, especially because I don’t record in sound-proof rooms most of the time.

Honestly, I now use this tiny thing to record all my voice-overs. I’m not even going to attempt to explain or describe it, you just have to hear it yourself. You can do that by listening to the voice-overs here and here.

I have all good things to say about this tiny device and in so many ways, I consider it my audio lifesaver. But, there’s one caveat.

This mic also has Bluetooth capabilities which is a great thing in itself. It literally connects to a Mikme app that will allow you to shoot video with your phone with audio from the Mikme. Mindblowing stuff, really, except it only works for iPhones. 😢

As we hear the collective, agonized screams of Android users the world over with the collective sighs of what great sounding videos could be shot with a Mikme-iPhone partnership, I take it as a testament of how good this mic is. Even without the Bluetooth connectivity feature and despite sticking with my Android for now and the foreseeable future, I’ll probably still be rocking the Mikme. That says a lot.

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The Vivo x Benefit Cosmetics blossom pink V15 box set is here and I want it

Making blooming selfies possible

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Vivo has just announced a partnership that I am so here for and the resulting phone is oh so pretty!

 

The smartphone company unveiled a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics, a makeup brand we all know and love, to release a phone/makeup box set that will definitely excite the ladies.


The highlight of the kit: Vivo’s blossom pink V15 — the phone color I’ve always wanted but rarely got!

Yes girls, this special kit does not only have this beautifully colored handset, it also includes Benefit box o’ powders in two shades: Dandelion Twinkle and the Gold Rush.

I am all for this partnership and the blooming selfies I will most definitely be able to shoot with this.

The Vivo x Benefit Kit will retail for PhP 17,999 starting May 25.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I love how extra it is.

The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”


There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration; not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion-tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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