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OPPO F3 review and selfie comparisons

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OPPO has yet another self-proclaimed selfie expert, and we’re going to review it!

The newest OPPO release, the OPPO F3, is a capable selfie machine, and it comes at a size that’s a fraction of the earlier released OPPO F3 Plus which features a 6-inch display.


This is great news for people with small hands like me as selfie taking was quite cumbersome with the OPPO F3 Plus’ size — that humongous phone dwarfed my hand and, well, you can’t really selfie if you can’t hold the phone (with one hand). The 5.5-inch F3 is still bigger than the smartphones I’d buy or I’m used to, but the fact that I can grasp it with one hand is improvement enough.

Think of this as the OPPO F3 Plus’ smaller counterpart — all the amazing functions in a smaller package.

And since we’re talking about selfies, I decided to take some with the OPPO that I can finally, sort of, hold.

Still selfie-ing with two hands

Of course, in true OPPO fashion, the smartphone has a built-in Beauty Mode (that’s quite useful, to be honest; I may have used it one too many times).

The best function of this phone is the wide-angle mode. Perfect for showing off scenery or for group selfies!

It seems you could do no wrong with this phone designed precisely for optimum self portraits. Even in extreme lighting conditions, the photo still results in a good selfie. (This was taken against the light!)

That is until you try out the phone’s Bokeh Mode. Most dual-camera phones use their cameras to achieve the bokeh effect; OPPO does it via software (the dual-front cameras for the normal and wide-angle mode) and this results in a harsh unnatural look. One too many times, the Bokeh Mode blurred out details that shouldn’t be blurred out (like my hair, and at some point, my face).

Since I’m not particularly a fan of the Bokeh Mode, it seems like a fair trade off as I would much rather have the wide-angle camera option. Until software improves or OPPO decides to slap on another front-facing camera on their phones, we’ll have to make do with uneven background blur.

You can actually see where the bokeh starts happening

The rear camera is pretty decent; basic at 13 megapixels.

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Having reviewed the OPPO F3 Plus, I fell in love with the wide-angle photo feature but wished that the phone came in a smaller size — this was the phone I was waiting for. If you’re a selfie taker like me, I’d highly recommend this phone (just keep the Bokeh Mode off).

Big things come in big packages? Not quite true, as the OPPO F3 has proved. And lest we forget, it’s cheaper than its Plus equivalent: PhP 16,990 in the Philippines (now discounted to PhP 15,990) and INR 19,990 in India.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

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Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

Small but packed with features

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Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.

Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:


1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way

The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.

It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.

2. Definitely a travel companion

This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).

In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.

3. For the times when you want to express yourself

If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.

Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.

4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go

Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.

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Xiaomi makes your dream home more attainable with new appliances

Beautiful and affordable

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As a struggling, single twentysomething, imagining what life would be like after 30 can be difficult. On rare occasions when my bank account looks more promising than usual, I fancy my future self as someone who can afford a living space that I designed myself — from picking wall colors, to getting minimal Scandinavian furniture, to hanging my own art, to breathing more life into it with plants.

Even if I’m surrounded by new technology all the time, the thing I find hardest to imagine is filling up that space with home tech — mostly because it’s hard to find well-designed appliances that don’t cost a fortune. While we put so much thought in getting furniture and accents that go well together, it rarely ever matters that we have a combination of a green stove, a white washing machine, a silver refrigerator, and a maroon fan — all in one household. But it does matter, and Xiaomi, once again, saves the day (or in this case, my future) with four new smart products for the dream home we all deserve.


Mi Smart Door Lock

Your dream home should only be unlocked with a mechanical key during emergency situations. The Mi Smart Door Lock offers up to six different unlocking methods, including fingerprint scanning and NFC. This means the new Mi Smart Band 4 or any phone with NFC can be used to unlock the door. This also means saving extra space in your purse for more important things like your lip balm.

The Mi Smart Door Lock retails for CNY 1,699 (US$ 245).

Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro (10kg)

Let’s face it, none of us like doing the laundry but it shouldn’t be a chore. The Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro supports voice control to activate or stop a washing cycle. It also sends a notification to your phone when your laundry is ready, so while waiting you can do a home workout or make yourself a hearty meal instead.

Washing machines should also not be an eyesore, and this one from Xiaomi sports a minimalist design and a singular OLED smart button. Oh, and it’ll be able to receive over-the-air updates in the future, too. The Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro starts at CNY 2,999 (US$ 433).

Mi Smart Kitchen Exhaust Hood and Stove Set

Any grownup kitchen should be a smart one so you can braise beef without forgetting about it and potentially burning your dream homes down. The Mi Smart Kitchen Exhaust Hood and Stove Set supports remote and voice controls, so you can monitor and adjust temperatures even from the toilet. The set is available at CNY 2,298 (US$ 333).

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