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LG celebrates 30 years and a Netflix partnership with B8 OLED TV

The B8 OLED TV is a Netflix-recommended TV

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This interesting afternoon, I was transported to several Netflix universes care of LG. From Hawkins to Montenaro, we were treated to famous scenes from equally famous Netflix releases.

It was all part of LG’s 30th anniversary celebration and a way of announcing the B8 OLED TV, a Netflix-approved device. And what exactly does that mean? Just that this 55-inch beaut is part of an annual list that Netflix itself puts out to identify the best viewing platforms for their content. Yearly, TVs are picked out based on a number of criterion and only the ones that pass the rigid guidelines are recommended.


Of course, the recommendation comes as no surprise. The B8 is as smart as TVs come: It’s an AI TV with an A7 processor, equipped with Dolby Atmos and 4K HDR. To top that all off, you get a free sic-month Netflix subscription should you decide to take this baby home.

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Mujjo Leather Wallet Case: Learning the art of letting go

Say goodbye to bulky pockets

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For years, I’ve been an over-packer. I bring a lot of things I don’t need even during the most simple occasions. Whenever I go to the bank, have a lunch date, meet someone at a cafe, or enjoy a simple night-out with my friends, I always have the urge to bring non-essential essentials and stuff them into a man purse or a small bag.

My issues with over packing stems from my anxiety. What if I drain my battery and can’t book a cab later? Do I need to bring my 20000mAh power bank today? It’s difficult to calm the F train down when my anxiety is caused by my fear of inconvenience.


In reality, I don’t actually need my accessories to accompany me on my errands. What I need is just my smartphone and cards. To train myself from bringing fewer things, I started looking for a leather wallet phone case to carry only my musts.

The phone case that I’ve been looking for

I chanced upon Mujjo’s leather wallet case a few months back, and as a leather lover, I instantly fell in love with it. At that moment, it felt like a godsend to all my worries.

Mujjo’s leather wallet case exudes a classy, premium vibe. Made with authentic leather, it’s guaranteed to age beautifully as part of your life. The case is sleek and doesn’t scream attention — more reason why this accessory was love at first sight for me.

I don’t require a case that attracts more attention than needed. After all, it’s an accessory; it needs to subtly accentuate how stunning I am. Just look at how it matches my leather jacket.

The case fits perfectly on a phone, and its button padding is highly responsive. With its Japanese suede lining on the back, I must say that it’s beautifully crafted.

This case also features a stitched leather pocket on the back that can carry two to three cards. Yes, it can fit your credit card, commuter card, and even an ID (but definitely not your baggage).

Learning the art of letting go

Mujjo’s leather wallet case gives a different kind of pleasure. Its smell oozes with class and style, and there’s a natural high when your fingertips linger on the surface of a vegetable-tanned leather.

More importantly, it’s easy to grip, and it doesn’t slip out from my hands, but you learn to let go of items that you don’t need when you go out. I stopped bringing my bulky, leather wallet and opted for a cashless lifestyle. I didn’t bother bringing a man purse or a small bag to stuff my accessories like my 20000mAh power bank.

To date, the case has helped me believe that less is more. The fear of inconvenience subsides because at the end of the day, I’m an adult capable of making adjustments. If I encounter a problem and only have my smartphone and cards, I’m pretty sure I can always find a way.

Does this case match your lifestyle?

For people who are already living a minimalist lifestyle, Mujjo’s leather wallet case is a suitable accessory. For those who are trying to break the cycle of being an over-packer and learning the art of letting go, a leather wallet case is a good start. This particular case is for the iPhone XR and it comes in Tan, Olive, Black, and Blue for EUR 41.

Mujjo crafts premium leather wallet cases in different colors for other iPhones and the Galaxy S series, as well. They ship worldwide with free shipping for orders above EUR 60. Check their portfolio of cases here.

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The new Boracay through the cameras of the Vivo V15 Pro

We took the phone out in the sun

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Summer is here and it’s time to go to the beach. The heat in the city is just too much to bear, but getting sunkissed at open seas or by the beach is different.

Among the popular summer destinations in the Philippines, Boracay always sits on top of the list. Vivo invited us to go on a quick vacation to showcase the newly released Vivo V15 Pro. Our main focus here will be the phone’s cameras.


The Vivo V15 Pro is equipped with three rear cameras: a main 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the phone has an elevating 32-megapixel camera.

Without further ado, I’ll share my Boracay trip through the lenses of the Vivo V15 Pro.

The Stay

There are a lot of known hotels on the island of Boracay and most of them have close proximity to the beach. During our trip, we were checked in at Henann Regency Resort and Spa which some of you might know as the former Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa.

The place is just along the beachfront in the area of Station 2, making it truly accessible to popular points in Boracay. I only had to walk once along the main highway, because I make it a point to stroll along the beach if I have to go from one place to another.

Aside from having direct access to the beach, the resort also features its own outdoor pools. There are times that you just want a quick dip for when there are too many people on the beach. As you can see in the photo above, there’s a McDonald’s within the vicinity. It’s actually a NXTGEN store similar to the one available in McKinley West, Taguig.

The pool is ideal when you want a nice night swim since you can’t do it at the beach at night. If you’re like me, you can also just rest under the umbrellas and enjoy a fruit shake.

The Beach

The main reason you’d want to go to Boracay is to gander at its beautiful beach and crystal-clear waters. This ain’t just your ordinary beach, of course; the fine white sand is the pride of Boracay. 🏖

Here’s a closer look at the perfectly clean and white sands of Boracay. You can tell that a lot of tourists and locals have walked this area with all those footprints.

I’m not a beach person (please don’t judge), but I do love to bathe under the sun. With tall palm trees lined up along the coast, it’s nice to simply lay out a towel and lie down under the shade. 🌴

When the sun starts to set, be sure to have a great vantage point. The silhouette of the boats and people walking, swimming, and having fun is relaxing.

At night, the waters rest but not the people. The colorful lights from the restaurants and stores along the beach illuminate the scene.

Here’s a quick sample using Vivo V15 Pro’s night mode. You can clearly tell that beachgoers are not just here to swim; they also want to enjoy the Boracay nightlife.

The Experience

Apart from enjoying the beach, there are other activities to do while in Boracay. Island hopping is a must, so that’s what we did.

The boats await in this makeshift port, keeping them away from the swimming area.

While shooting some stills, the waves started to become strong which gave me this money shot below. It looks like it was taken from an action camera, right? Keep in mind that the Vivo V15 Pro is not water-resistant; a waterproof pouch is pretty popular in the area, you can easily get one if you want.

One of our destinations is the Puka Shell Beach, a less-crowded beach north of the island. What makes Puka unique is its white sand is mixed with tiny shells. If you want a more solemn beach in Boracay, visit Puka.

There are no big establishments in the area of Puka, but local vendors do sell fruit shakes, light snacks, and souvenir items.

A sunset cruise is also a great boat activity. The view from the beach is already charming, but sailing through the waters of Boracay during sunset is much nicer. A lot of boats that you can meet and socialize with go out in the open during sundown. 🌅

While waiting for the sunset, you can swim and do some water activities. But when the sun is already setting, it’s best to stay on the roof of your boat for a clear view.

Back on the island, the bars and pubs start opening their doors at night. Compared to before, the nightlife on the island has been tamed, but it doesn’t mean it got boring. 🙅‍♂️

If you’re hypersocial, you can join the pub crawl along with other tourists. The group is mostly composed of foreign nationals; great for those who want to make new connections.

A chill evening is also possible. Beachfront restaurants are open to welcome guests craving some good food and wine.

You can also sit by the pool which is what I did. My sunburn is already getting obvious here. 🤭

With that, I’ll end with this photo I took during the sunset cruise.

Everyone was taking sunset photos when I saw a Korean trying to hold the sun on her palm. I tried to pick out the sun instead. 😁

SEE ALSO: Vivo V15 Pro hands-on: A mini NEX?


Full disclosure: Vivo invited GadgetMatch and the rest of the media for an all-expense three-day trip to Boracay. During the trip, I mainly used the Vivo V15 Pro as my daily driver. All of the photos here were taken by me using the V15 Pro.

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Skyroam Solis: The jet-setting girl’s best friend

Make the world your office

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I’m writing this at the Hamad International Airport in Doha. Work and life circumstances brought me here for a quick layover. And although this particular airport has great internet connectivity, I can’t say the same for, well, everywhere else in the world I travel to.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where global unfettered and unrestricted internet exists so instead, I resort to bringing around this tiny thing.


This is the Skyroam Solis and for those of you who move around a whole lot, this thing will be your best friend. This nifty little device is a hotspot that works in 130-plus countries (which is a lot). I’ve used it in the US, Japan, and the Philippines with no hitch.

It’s also mindblowingly simple: Turn it on, connect to its Wi-Fi and you’re all set. You can subscribe to different data plans, Wi-Fi cards, or day passes depending on your use. To monitor usage, you just log on to the Skyroam app, easy peasy.

Basically, it’s reliable LTE internet anywhere I go. This means I don’t ever need to hunt for hotspots and I have the flexibility to work anywhere I go. I’ve typed away and filed stories and articles from a beach and let me tell you, there’s no going back to a desk for me. Actually, there’s no going back to a desk for me and four more people because the Solis can handle up to five connected devices so you can share the internet love.

Of course, there are still some areas where the Solis had spotty signal. But, that was when I was on a teeny boat in the middle of the ocean, hopping from remote island to the next so I’m pretty sure any device would have a problem, seeing as I didn’t even have service from a local provider.

An added bonus: The Skyroam Solis doubles as a power bank with 6000mAh or close to two smartphone charge cycles. Obviously, this also means that it will take a while of nonstop use for this thing to die. The Skyroam website says 16-plus hours of non-stop Wi-Fi battery life and although I’m always online, I’ve never really needed to be online continuously for that long.

If you’re ready to make the world your office, you can buy the Skyroam Solis for US$ 150 and add on an internet plan of your choice. If you’re not sure about committing to the Solis just yet, or for those who don’t travel as much, Skyroam also rents out the device at a more affordable cost. 🌎✈️

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