Meet-Up with Bloggers and the Asus Eee Pc

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The great thing about blogger meet-ups is the fact that I am usually the oldest in the group.
Mingling with young bloggers means that I get to babble endlessly about techie topics which I can never really discuss with my husband or non-blogger friends. Oh I talk with my daughters but I seem to know more about computer gadgets and other tech topics than they do. Last night, Shai Coggins, co-founder of B5 Media took time off from her vacation to the Philippines for a meet and greet in Kape Isla at Serendra. Shai was one of the first bloggers that I often visited when I launched this blog. In fact, I lovingly stole her Tell Me About You idea which paved the way for me to explore other blog topics other than grief education. Meeting Shai and other blogger friends in the cozy cafe covered a lot of activities like ranting about Google’s Page Rank Penalty, the Trillanes Revolt , the curfew, Monetizing Blogs, raving over the B5 media Schwags, Shai’s personalized prints and Sasha’s fashion loot. But aside from the company of Shai Coggins and the bloggers, the other limelight of the party was this cute little thing…

called the Asus Eee Pc owned by one of the bloggers. I thought I could buy this cute gadget in Singapore but it wasn’t available then. Yesterday, we dabbled with the new affordable ultraportable notebook that’s on many consumers’ Christmas wish lists this year. Just weighing under 2 pounds, the Xandros Linux-powered “ultra-mobile PC” is almost half the size of my macbook. At a starting price of only 16,999 pesos or US $395.00, it cost so much less than those high-end mobile phones. Quite affordable, right? The Eee PC 701 4G in ASUS’ words is ““Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play” is really true. We had fun playing with the webcam as you can see below.

asus_eee_pc.jpgThe small seven-inch, 800 x 480-pixel display is quite pretty easy on the eyes and doesn’t seem too small. Well, despite the fact that the width is just as wide as our 100 peso bill, it showed a clear resolution. The guy bloggers though had large hands so it took getting used to the keyboard of this mini-laptop. Sometimes I regret buying the macbook because this nifty Asus Eee PC can fit snugly in my handbag. I bet this ultraportable laptop will appeal to a lot of grandparents and young kids or even those who could never afford to buy a laptop. Keep in mind that this is not a full-blown laptop. If you want an inexpensive, light-weight system that can handle all the home, work, and Internet basics, the Eee PC 4G may be all you need. (read more on Asus Eee Pc?)

I am digressing so much but that’s what most of us did last night aside from indulging in Chocolate Fondue, sipping coffee, binging on cocktails and chatting with Annalyn, Rico, Jayvee, Juned, Ely, Eugene, Sonny, Marc, Sharm, Jonas, Sasha, Toni, Azrael, Mike Abundo, Karla, Carlos Castellon and Renzie Baluyut.

I realized it was almost midnight before I called it a night. Good thing Butch didn’t SMS me to go home as he often does whenever I am out without him. He tolerated my late-ness since I cancelled a lot of my appointments the past night just so I could join this Blogger’s Meet-up. The meet-up served as an avenue to share ideas, insights, entertaining tidbits with my fellow bloggers, and finally meeting b5media’s Shai Coggins.

I look forward to more meet-ups this holiday season. Anyone?

View photos I took of …

  • Bloggers’ Meet-up in Manila
  • Playing with the Asus PC Eee
  • Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1386 Posts)

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    • i wish I was there. b5media people rocks 🙂

    • yes! more meet ups 🙂

    • nice seeing you again miss noemi 🙂

    • If I joined you pala eh di dalawa na tayong eldest in the group :))

    • I was so happy I met THE Noemi! 😉 Looking forward to more meet-ups. And I’ll stay longer next time!

    • @dexie- Shai is so nice and takes time to talk to each of us there.

      @Azrael- i like the video streaming idea. I should configure my mac to video stream too

      @karla- i love meeting up with you all!

      @maan- talaga? di masaya

      @Toni- my pleasure. yes stay longer. I stayed too long yata. Good thing my husband didn’t complain.

    • Nice seeing you again. It was an interesting nyt. Its always educational to talk with you guys. Cute pala si ms. Shai! LOL

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    • I wish I was there to join you all 🙂

    • I completely agree, Noemi- more meet-ups!

      Thanks for making a newbie blogger (like myself! :D) feel so welcome! Everyone at the Mix-up was great! This is me raving about the whole event: Rave, rave, rave!

      Hey, hope to hook up with you guys again soon!


    • Me – wanting that PC too! I seriously said the same thing about fitting that little beaut in my handbag. 😉

      Anyway, it was FABULOUS meeting you too, Noemi. I really enjoyed chatting with you, Ajay, and everyone else. I always learn something new. I’m glad you had fun too! Hope this won’t be the last. Do stay in touch!

    • My wife and I were taking dinner with friends at the restaurant next door to Kape Isla when I saw a guy enter and loudly ask for “Shai Coggins” and “b5 Media.”

      I hope he eventually found his way to your party.

    • @Jozzua- I enjoyed everyone’s company

      @liza- maybe next time

      @renzie- now you know how a blogger’s meet looks like. So be prepared with those cameras and laptop if ever

      @Shai- I enjoyed your company. You’re so humble and nice. Hopefully I can visit Australia one day

      @Paul- what a small world. I wonder who the guy was. I wished you dropped by. IT was an open invite to all bloggers

    • i’m so envious.

      (i have this thought if i miss any more meet-ups, i’ll send you a twit so we can have coffee and i can at least say that i went to a blogger meetup tee hee)

    • @the jester-in-exile- do twit me.I am often in UP because of my 2 girls.

    • Jozzua

      Ms. Noemi pahiram ng picture ng EEE PC ha..

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    • @jozzua- sure grab the photo.

    • I was passing by the desktop pc at home when I looked at the screen … it was tuned into your site! Kaya pala … my son was browsing the asus eee. Only last night he pointed it out to me when he fetched me at SM san lazaro (where I met up with high school friends). You think it would do for me, Noems? My needs are pretty modest. You know what I usualy do .. blog, write/edit using Word, gtalk a bit, and play scrabble. But what about the size of the characters/fonts…. wont they hurt my already erratic vision? Your recommendation please.

    • @annamanila- most of the bloggers have asus eee. It’s quite good for writing when you’re on the go. You can easily fit in the pocket. The thing is the battery life is so short. An hour lang. Not sure if you can play scrabble. There is a new asus eee that has 9 inches wide monitor now. Maybe that’s even better.