Apple MacBook, a birthday gift to myself

Edit (November 27, 2007)- I bought a new Apple MacBook – black (Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard). View latest Macbook and their prices

apple macbookgloriettaWhenever I buy something expensive, I feel guilty . Never mind if I validate it by saying that it is an early birthday gift or a fixed cost for my online business. Excuses , excuses! I strolled Glorietta Mall this afternoon just to check out the BPI Express Credit Card Madness which runs from June 7 to 18. Note, I had no intention of buying anything today. *sigh* At the Power Mac Apple Center, I caught myself staring at the 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white Apple MacBook. The svelte 1.08 inches thin Macbook with the 13 inch widescreen and pretty icons caught my attention. Not to mention my face…haha..Clickety!

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Even Time Magazine selected Apple’s MacBook as its “Gadget of the Week.”

The MacBook is a powerful and affordable option, especially for people who are uncertain about their Windows future. The next version, Vista, might be a success, but with a MacBook you can hedge your bet. You get a computer that runs both Mac OS X and Windows XP today, and even appears to meet the minimum requirements for Vista once it gets here. Dell and HP should be very worried indeed.

I read out the specs for the 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white [tag]Apple MacBook[/tag]:

The specs include a

* 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
* 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
* 667 MHz front-side bus;
* 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
* 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
* Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
* built-in iSight video camera;
* Gigabit Ethernet port;
* built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
* two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire® 400 port;
* one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
* Scrolling TrackPad;
* the infrared Apple Remote; and
* 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Nice. Can I afford it? I will let my business pay for it, I consoled myself. I started bargaining. The assistant branch manager showed me the list price of 74,988.00 pesos (or $1,414) and that it came with a free iPod shuffle. I didn’t want the shuffle so I bargained for other freebies. A licensed Microsoft for Mac can be substituted for the iPod shuffle. I was sold. Price differences in the Macbook models offer very slight variations in CPU, optical drive, and hard disk space. Although I got the lower-priced, entry level Macbook, I know it is remarkably powerful system.

While waiting for my daughter at Bo’s Cafe, I got online using Globequest. My dear husband was online in Google Talk. He knew I had plans to buy a laptop but not this soon. I said “it’s my birthday in 5 days and besides my business will pay for it.“. What can he say?

I like the [tag]Macbook[/tag]. It’s so pretty. Aside from the color and design , cool features, such as the wide 13.3-inch screen boasts a glossy surface, which livens up photos and movies. The MacBook contains many of the same features you would find in a MacBook Pro, including a built-in iSight camera and an Apple Remote with built-in Front Row software. Last but not least, the MacBook bundles the latest version of the iLife software, allowing creation of web pages, blogs and podcasts. Though I haven’t really played with it yet, I know I will enjoy working more than ever.

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PS. The suggest retail prices of the Apple Macbook in the Philippines can be found here

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • http://randompinoy.wordpress.com mike

    That’s a loaded laptop you got. I was contemplating on buying a mac two years ago but I just settled for a dell laptop. I wasn’t comfortable with mac, I am more of a windows guy 🙂 Oh yeah, advance happy b-day to you. I’m also thinking what to get for my b-day, which is two weeks from now. I ask my mom to get the family a Sony big screen tv but she refused to answer me. hehehe… Any suggestions??

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Mike: I’ve always wanted to own a Macbook so it was about time. Thanks for the greeting. Maybe she will buy the big screen. A NO answer means not totally No. She could be considering it. Good luck.

  • Kleenexlambot

    Wow thought t’was a good buy! Congratulations.

    13 is too small for me but i guess thats an ideal size if youre into wifi work-anywhere stuff.

    Happy birthday!

  • http://bettytlopez.i.ph bettytlopez.i.ph

    Hi Noemi, I have included you in my links and wrote a short article abt u on June 10. View it at http://bettytlopez.i.ph

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Betty: thanks for the great write up. My sister in law is moving to Singapore as an expat so hopefully we can meet some time in the near future.

    Kleenexlambot: yes just right for the wi-fi as I rely on my desktop to do major work.

  • http://crayolaskies.org cris

    oooh nice gift to yourself 🙂 mac is great — i made the switch a couple of years back and i’ve never wanted to go back to the windows platform. enjoy your new ‘book 😉

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Cris: I love it. Thanks 🙂

  • http://www.about-ruth.com ruth

    uy, cute! and white… hm.

    what’s the online biz, if i may ask? curious lang po.

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Ruth: “GLOBAL E-COMMERCE & ONLINE SOLUTIONS” and one of our services is webhosting. pinayexpat.net and you are one of our valued clients. 🙂

  • http://rom.feria.name/blog rom

    Congratulations and happy birthday! 🙂

    Check out PinoyMac as well.

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  • Dr Kmaran Ch

    nice to see comments bout my lovely mac book.
    one of my friend offer me to buy it while i was looking for a new laptop.In pakistan people know very little about mac book.so it was a difficult decision ,the friend was working in the apple,s sales,so he made a hand some discount & I became the owener of a nice laptop,
    it is not less than a new girl friend.
    I want to add that i am using my nokia E 61 for internet via blue tooth,which is a great experience……………
    take care
    Dr kamran
    plastic surgeon.
    Lahore.Pakistan

  • Rhoel ladera

    i have an apple macbook & i want to know if i can install a coreldraw program in it. i heard from someone that its not compatible, i dont want to try coz im afraid. hehe

  • wafflepie

    Nice grab! I’m kind of confused though as to which model you got, was it the 1.83GHz one or the 2.2?