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Nokia DiscOVIries: The Final Contest

It’s been a great run dear readers. As I end the Nokia DiscOVIries promotion with this week’s contest I’d like to thank everyone for biding the time to sign up for your OVI accounts. The winner of the previous contest will be announced very soon, as I made a special request from a friend to act as the guest judge. πŸ™‚ Stay tuned!

As with all promos, I know that not everyone will be diligently using OVI in their day to day lives — but if you do, then that’s great. A tip: I especially find the service for videos useful if you want a sure-fire way to keep your background music inside your home made videos. YouTube and Facebook have been clamping down on copyrighted music lately, and thus far OVI seems to be more friendly with this.

Also, if you own a S60 based phone (all Nokia phones and some LG and Samsung units) you should definitely try syncing your address book online with the OVI contact list tool (click on the Address Book icon on the nav bar) so that if you misplace your phone, your contacts can easily be rebuilt by a simple sync.

On to the contest. We’re playing for a PHP 2,000.00 Ayala eGift Certificate and a chance to win a Nokia phone.

When I started tech blogging, I covered mostly “technology that you could bring with you” because of a conditioning with a magazine I wrote for back in the day. There’s a sample cover below. Since then, portable technology has been my first love as we would cover more than just the gadgets, but the lifestyle behind portability. So we also did restaurant reviews — especially those with WiFi hotspots, which in 2005 was still quite rare.

On the cover were the two Coca Cola girls who garnered instant fame because of their TV ad.


For this week’s contest, I’d like you to upload a photo(s) of the restaurants, bars and other hang out places you frequent when you need to work. It can be idle time in your favorite coffee shop while surfing the web, or a quick plugin to the Internet to email that one important document. It matters not really. I just want to know where my readers hang out. Remember to include a short description of the place(s) you frequent, why you enjoy hanging out there, and also please do not forget to include your OVI email.


Again, I’m going to have a special guest judge for this contest, and you can submit entries till 11:59PM of November 22, 2009. The mechanics for the DiscOVIries promotion can be read here.

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Nokia DiscOVIries Week VII: Cheesy / Romantic SMS Messages

Ad each row with EACH OTHER,what ever the TOTAL comes,
That much HOW I NEED U,I THINK “BOUT U, n I LOVE U…!!!



Bring on the cheese, dear friends. Week 7 (timely too as this is the week of the Windows 7 launch!) of the Nokia DiscOVIries contest is upon us and the theme from now till 11:59 PM of Sunday is all about CHEESE! This is not to be confused with Lori’s previous theme. This time we’re looking at cheesy or romantic SMS messages that you’ve saved on your phone. If you don’t have the message, write it down somewhere and take a photo for uploading or type it in your text editor and paste the screen shot.

I will be bringing in a special judge(s) for this contest so please, bring in the raclette and fondue and let’s make some cheese! Remember, the cheesier, the better! You can enter as many entries as you want but make sure each entry has your OVI email address and a short description of your entry.


For more details, please proceed here. The prize for this week is once again, a highly coveted P2,000 eGC from Ayala Malls and a chance to win a Nokia phone in the finals.

I’ll be announcing the winner of last week’s contest in a few hours!

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Nokia DiscOVIries Week VI: Mobile Phone

Before anything else, I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the past several weeks. Something to note — in terms of criteria for judging entries, unless I say the actual criteria (i.e. “random winner”) the winners are really graded on a bell curve, which means that I compare the winner’s entries with the other submissions. Also, please follow instructions. I had to eliminate several entries to my previous contest for film shots because the top 5 photos I chose didn’t include an OVI email or was submitted after the cut off time. The full mechanics can be found here.

Here is the winner of last week’s film competition. The winner for the playlist competition is Arbet, mostly because of the creative combination of his J Pop collection with old school WinAmp! Thank you for submitting complete details! πŸ™‚



For this week, let’s go back to basics. All I’m looking for is a photo of your mobile phone. Upload the photo and indicate the phone model and how long you’ve had it and please don’t forget to put your name and OVI email. The winner will be drawn randomly, so the more photos you put, the better! It doesn’t matter if your phone isn’t a Nokia πŸ™‚

This contest will end 11:59 PM of Sunday night GMT +8.

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Nokia DiscOVIries Week 4: FILM

EDIT: I was half-hearted for the winner of this week’s contest because there were so many great entries like this and several others — my top 5 choices were really amazing shots, but they didn’t qualify because they missed out entering their OVI email address or they posted photos after the cut off time. πŸ™



Many months ago, dad showed me something he inherited from the war days. This is a circa 1940 Ciro-Flex TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) that still works. Honestly, I haven’t used it much, as the comforts of digital photography outweigh the relative impediment of buying and developing film. But no one can deny that shooting in film has its charm — especially today with the craze of 35mm film and lomography coming back.

Hondo on Holga

So this week’s theme focuses on a niche — film photography. If you shoot on film, all you need to do is upload your shots to the folder below. Also, please include the camera model, film and if possible, settings when you upload your shots. Don’t forget the description! The winner will be determined by a secret panel of guest judges, so the more you upload, the better chances there are of winning.

Double Exposure


Above are some of the current entries for this week’s contest.

This contest will start today, October 19, 2009 and will end before midnight on Sunday, October 24 ’09. The rules can be found here. The prize this week is still a P2,000.00 eGC from Ayala which is really just as good as cash!

Sign up now for an Ovi account and make sure you include your OVI email address in the photo description.

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DiscOVIries Week 3 Contest: Display Your Gadgets


The photo above illustrates 75% of all the gadgets under my custody. I own 50% of that. Inside the boxes and crates are more gadgets, chargers, cables, and over 10 lenses for my SLR. Not seen in the photo are my podcasting equipment (mic, desktop and boom stands), 2 portable drives, ACER desktop, two MacBooks, all in one printer, Quad Core rig, my dive gear, my Randall amplifier, and extra LCD monitor.

I run a tech blog with a pinch of travel and food here and there. Before blogging, I was a tech journalist and have, in sum, reviewed hundreds of gadgets. Several dozens of reviews and 7 years later I’m still doing what I love to do. I’ve written 60 issues worth of tech-related articles and overflowed the rest into 2,500 blog posts across various sites.

I salute the more established tech journalists who have done so much more! πŸ™‚

THEME: Display Your Gadgets

Show me yours and I’ll show you mine! The photo above is an example. Take a shot of all your gadgets and tell me your story. For such an impersonal piece of amalgamated plastic and aluminum, there is always a good human interest story somewhere there. That’s what I want you to narrate.

P.S. You know, the term “gadgets” isn’t limited to tech. If you’re a beauty blogger, show us your loot! If you’re a travel blogger, show us your gear. Show off your passion!


My favorite gadget thus far was a freebie from a press conference. It’s what I use to communicate with Art Samaniego. Clue: it’s not the mic.


The contest rules can be found here. This will run from today till Sunday 11:59 PM.

Have fun!



I’d like to announce the winner of my contest for the second week. The winner is Hannah Villasis of She wins a P2,000.00 GC from Ayala Malls and a chance to win a Nokia phone at the end of the contest period! πŸ™‚

Sorry Carl I know you uploaded a ton of photos during the latter part of the week, but oh well. Better luck next time! πŸ˜‰