Nicole Aguinaldo | 23 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines.

Monday, May 23, 2016

#SeeThePhilippinesUpClose: Shooting at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar with the ASUS Zenfone Zoom

You may recall that last January, I first put the ASUS Zenfone Zoom to the test by attending the Sinulog 2016 festival in Cebu. Since then, the Zenfone Zoom has been an important tool for me in taking photos anytime, anywhere no matter what the circumstance. You can check out my full review of the Zenfone Zoom from my Sinulog trip HERE.

Here's a quick run down of the Zenfone Zoom's features:

The Zenfone Zoom (PHP26,995.00) is built with 13MP PixelMaster camera that automatically enhances your photos with its DSLR-like optical image stabilization (OIS)! The smartphone also boasts of being the world’s thinnest smartphone that allows 3X optical-zoom by 28-84mm focal length with an innovative 10-element HOYA lens for crisp and clear details!

The ASUS Zenfone Zoom is also built with the following features:
·         The Zenfone Zoom’s camera channels a classic form of a traditional professional camera housed by an ultra-thin 5mm metallic body
·         Built with the Sonic Master 2.0 which allows for incredible sound making it the smartphone with the clearest and loudest sound
·         Supreme speed of Category 4+ LTE that allows you to share your awesome photos on-the-go wherever you go
·         Powered with a 3000mAh battery and ASUS BoostMaster’s super-fast, 3.6x accelerated charging for less waiting time and more shooting with 3x optical-zoom
·         Level-up your Zenfone Zoom with the wide range of accessories created for the phone like the LolliFlash and the ZenCase

So, what happens when you put a groundbreaking smartphone in the hands of an ace photographer? You get incredible, life-like photos with amazing clarity and rich distinctive details.

That's exactly what happened last weekend when ASUS Philippines introduced the brand ambassador of the new ASUS Zenfone Zoom in the person of renowned professional photographer and visual artist extraordinaire, Shaira Luna, with the end in mind of taking the mobile photography experience up several notches.

I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers invited to the exclusive media event held at the picturesque Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar in Bagac, Bataan, where Shaira was officially welcomed by the attendees and introduced as the Brand Ambassador of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, and after which, fired away on what she proudly proclaims to what has been a “mind-blowing and incredible smartphone photography experience with the ZenFone Zoom”.

Shaira Luna (2nd from the left) with ASUS marketing & PR heads

Upon arriving at the this picturesque location:

Shortly after giving personal tips on how to maximize the ZenFone Zoom’s various features and technical modes, Luna then challenged the media in attendance to put their newfound knowledge and skills to the test in a photography challenge with the architecture, texture and natural landscapes of Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar as the subject and backdrop of their photos.

Here below are the photos I took with my ASUS Zenfone Zoom!

Photos using the HDR mode: 

Shots highlighting the Optical Zoom:
Far shot
Optical zoom ( still clear, crisp, and vibrant)
Far shot
Optical zoom (photo is clear and crisp despite the distance)

Taken with Macro feature of the Zenfone Zoom:

Photos highlighting the low-light setting/feature of the Zenfone Zoom (photos taken at sunset):

Everything from the foreground to the background is still so clear!
Panoramic shot of the resort under low-light settings

Morning shots (clear, vibrant, and bright under broad daylight):
Moving shot of the resort's shuttle (the phone was able to capture the moving shuttle very clearly)

It was definitely the perfect way to continue the #SeeThePhilippinesUpClose campaign of ASUS! Just look at these stunning photos! No need for any bulky DSLR's or Mirror-less Cameras when you travel, all you need is the Zenfone Zoom and you're good to go in taking lovely photos wherever you go and no matter what the circumstance! Overall, it's easy to get used to, manipulate to match the environment you're in, and there are tons of pre-sets available to you!
I can't wait to travel a lot more and "See the Philippine Up Close" with my ASUS Zenfone Zoom!

Try the ASUS Zenfone Zoom for yourself for PHP26,995.00!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bringing Out Your Inner Confidence With Kojie San

I love dressing up for summer. But rocking those skin-baring dresses, short shorts and tank tops, and of course, my favorite bikinis at the beach takes a lot of work.
It's not enough to just workout and have the perfect summer body- you also need to have flawless, radiant skin! 

How did I achieve mine in time for this summer? My secret is out! The KOJIE SAN Skin Lightening line of products, top-billed by the country's no. 1 Kojic Acid soap, delivered on its promises to brighten, lighten, whiten, and rejuvenate the skin! Aside from the Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap, completing the line are the Cleanser + Toner, Face Lightening Cream, and Body Lightening Lotion.
(Detailed description on my previous post: HERE)

The main ingredient found in all these products is Kojie San's own all natural,  high-grade Kojic Acid, hailed the world over for helping fulfill the skin goals of its multitude of loyal users.
But what I love best about the Kojie San line is their soothing effect on my skin - no stings, no dryness, just stunning, radiant skin! You'll surely have the confidence to don your best summer outfit with a face so fair, a back worth baring, and legs so alluring to show off this summer! Just like I did with a big help from Kojie San! 

Kojie San Lightening Soap 135g: PhP 68
Kojie San Cleanser + Toner 100ml: PhP 75
Kojie San Lightening Face Cream 30g: PhP 120
Kojie San Lightening Body Lotion 200ml: PhP262

Available at leading supermarkets, drug stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide.

With a total of just over P500 for all four products in the Kojie San Lightening range, you can bring your skin to light for a face so fair, a back worth baring, and legs so alluring,  

Check out these products at leading supermarkets, drug stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide!

For more info, like and follow KOJIE SAN on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Giving You The Cold Shoulder

Who's happy to give you the cold shoulder?
Me, of course! It's my favorite fashion trend this season and with the looks of it, those shoulder baring tops and dresses will continue to be the toast here, there, and everywhere, well beyond spring and even through summer and into the fall! At least that's what I hope.

I so love it! You know I've always had a thing for off-the-shoulder pieces, and this updated version has certainly made me a hoarder of sorts. From tops to dresses to gowns, I want them all! They're sexy in a subtle kind of way plus there are many, many ways to rock the look - from casual to dressy ensembles, you're sure to look your chic-est.

This cocktail number certainly took my breath away. The style, the fit, the material, and the workmanship are topnotch. I love the way it hugs the body yet it maintains that classy and elegant vibe to which I've always been drawn. 
A most happy find, for sure!

Outfit details:

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