the sweet life in india

10/18/06 at 4:15 pm | Posted in CNET Asia,, Tech, Travel | 3 Comments

That’s me on the right having breakfast with Lawrence Casiraya (left) of ComputerWorld Philippines and Tham Yuen-C of The Straits Times’ Digital Life.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech column piece:

NEW DELHI, India — I’m writing this column piece while on a bus that’s nearing the end of an almost five-hour journey from Agra — where we toured the world-famous Taj Mahal — to the Indian capital of New Delhi. I’m using OfficeSuite’s word processing app on my Nokia N90.

It’s a cliche, but it’s moments when you don’t have access to your mobile phone that make you realize how much we’ve grown to depend on these devices. This point was driven home earlier today when we visited the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that Shah Jahan built in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The mobile phone is one of the electronic devices, apart from other items such as edibles and sharp objects that you can’t bring inside the Taj Mahal either for security reasons, since extremist groups have threatened to destroy the Taj Mahal and India’s other monuments and religious buildings, or environmental measures taken to preserve this centuries-old wonder that took 22 years to build.

Read the rest of my column piece.

That’s Bebi Reyes-Guzman, Small and Medium Business Segment head of the Personal Systems Group of HP Philippines, showing off the candy wrapper printed out using the HP Color LaserJet CM1015/CM1017 Multifunction Printer Series.

You could also check out my CNET Asia blog post on CNET Asia and my INQ7 Infotech article “HP unveils latest solutions tailored to SMB needs.”


singapore once more

08/11/06 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Gaming, Tech, Travel | 1 Comment

I’m here with Alex Villafania at our favorite cybercafe in Singapore, the one across Sim Lim Square.

We’re here for the World Cyber Games Asian Championship — I’m covering the event while Alex is the official Philippine representative for the Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 category.

Am just editing stuff for INQ7 while Alex is filing a story, and then we’re off to the Suntec Convention Center for the opening ceremony. The Asian Championship matches will kick off tomorrow morning.

Go Team Philippines!

itjournoasia forum 2006

07/20/06 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Gaming, Tech, Travel | 1 Comment

I’m now in Pulai Desaru Beach in Malaysia for ITJourno Asia Forum 2006 organized by MediaConnect Asia.

We arrived in Singapore last night and took the ferry this morning. Over 40 journalists from across the region are covering this event, which presents the latest trends and issues in technology.

I was also one of the speakers, kicking off the Enjoy segment of the forum this afternoon with a presentation on the gaming industry and the Asian Gaming Journalists Association. Right-click here to download a copy of my PowerPoint presentation (2.43MB).

I’m also one of the judges in the Best Gaming Journalist category of the first MediaConnect Asia Tech Journalist Awards, which is sponsored by Vignette.

We already submitted the scores. Good luck to all the finalists. I’m proud to say that all four finalists for Best Gaming Journalist are AGJA members: Leung Wai-Leng of Straits Times’ Digital Life (Singapore), Blake Hoo of GameAxis Malaysia, Jaczie Lo of GameAxis (Philippines), and Alex Villafania of (Philippines).

The winners will be announced tomorrow night.

yellow duckies

05/30/06 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Photos, Travel | 1 Comment


Check out the three cute rubber ducks that stood guard over the bathtub of my room at Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa in Bangkok.

They're really cute, huh? I wanted to buy the ducks for my daughter Sam, so I called up Housekeeping.

Me: Good morning. I just wanted to ask if the rubber ducks in the bathroom are for sale.

Housekeeping: I'm sorry, sir… the what?

Me: The rubber ducks.

Housekeeping: Oh, the yellow duckies!

Me: Yes, the, uh, yellow duckies.  

Housekeeping: Yes, they're for sale, sir. Fifty baht each.

Me: Fifty baht for one duck??!

Housekeeping: Yes, sir.

Me: Ah, OK. Thanks anyway. 

Ah well, I got to show this pic to Sam, hehe. They're cute, but I could buy them here for a lot less than 150 baht 🙂 Anyway, I bought Sam a Piglet stuffed toy to match the Tigger Ellen got her when she was in Bangkok a few months ago. 

Sigh, I miss those ducks, heh.

bye-bye bangkok

05/24/06 at 11:47 am | Posted in, Tech, Travel | Leave a comment

It's been an incredible experience staying here in Bangkok and covering the Juniper Networks event, but all good things must come to an end. Besides, I miss my wife Ellen and daughter Sam, sob.

I have a lot of stories to tell, some of which will come out in Infotech and RoadTrip.

We're flying back to the Philippines in a few hours. Incidentally, the dry run for the CNetAsia tech blogs has started, so you'll soon see my tech blog online. Lots of exciting stuff happening, heh.

Here's an excerpt from my story on carriers and managed services that came out in INQ7 Infotech today:

BANGKOK –As carriers seek to address the twin concerns of increasing profitability and reducing churn, managed services are seen to account for a bigger share of their revenue in the years to come.

"This will take them away from plumbing , the Net business of the 90s, if you will," James Wilson, director of the APAC Carrier Partner Group of Juniper Networks, said in a press briefing at the Juniper Networks APAC Carrier Partner Summit 2006.

Read the full story.

blogging from bangkok

05/22/06 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Travel | Leave a comment


I'm here at the Warp Internet cafe on the 7th floor of MBK mall in Bangkok, which boasts up to 8 Mbps high-speed access.

The minimum fee is 30 baht for 50 minutes — they give you coupons with a username and password. Not bad at all. Just finished editing stuff for INQ7, checking my e-mail, YMing and now updating this blog.

I'm in Bangkok with Lawrence Casiraya of Computerworld Philippines to cover a Juniper Networks regional conference which kicks off tomorrow. Lots of exciting stuff ahead regarding voice over IP, IP TV and other value-added services for enterprises and carriers.

Sure, convergence is an overused word, but now it's becoming a reality.

Bangkok is an amazing city. It's only my second time to be here, and the last time I was here was about 7 years ago, so lots of things have changed. We've been here since Saturday — we decided to fly ahead in order to have time to explore the city. Plus I'm also in charge of INQ7's RoadTrip travel and transportation site, so I'll also be writing stories about our adventures.     

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