PLDT Home Fam Cam & Smart Watch for a parent’s peace of mind

I admire working moms because it takes a lot of energy to manage to balance family life and oneself. I never had to leave my children at home since I chose to be a homemaker. Balancing multiple responsibilities is a challenge for all moms . Achieving peace of mind especially when moms have to be away from the young ones is priority. I love how   technology, smart gadgets and high-speed internet empower moms to be in control of the family’s safety and security.


Asia’s Songbird and PLDT HOME ambassador Regine Velasquez with son Nate Alcasid who is also now the new ambassador for the Smart Watch.

Take the case of Regine Velasquez, mom to four-year-old Nathaniel James, more fondly known as Nate, she learned to strike the balance between her hectic work schedule and her role as a family woman.  Regine reveals that “technology helps me become a better mom”. She gets a lot of help from PLDT HOME because they have a suite of products and services that are designed to give moms like her, the peace of mind through the power of technology.



Nate Alcasid sporting the Smart Watch from PLDT HOME

Two products which promote peace of mind among working moms are the Fam Cam and Smart Watch.


The Fam Cam is a home monitoring system which allows parents to check on their children remotely, and even communicate with them. The Smart Watch,  is a multi-functional gadget which kids can use to take photos, play music, and even record voice messages.


According to Regine, they use the Smart Watch to easily talk to Nate because he can directly answer calls using his watch when it is connected to their Telpad or a smart phone. The Alcasids also use it as a WiFi remote for the Telpad or smart phone cameras so it’s easier to take selfies or groufies wherever they are.

I tried it out myself. I like that  my phone is discreetly hidden when text messages and other notifications arrive. The anti lost feature is also useful since the watch vibrates once paired device is 10 meters away from the watch.

Regine shared how the watch helps teach Nate to become more responsible and aware of his surroundings. Nate’s Smart Watch can come to the rescue using the anti-lost feature. He simply has to click on a button and the connected device will make a sound so it can be located. The Smart Watch will also vibrate if Nate goes more than 10 meters away from the paired device so if the Telpad or smart phone is with Mommy Regine or Daddy Ogie, it will remind him to go back to them.


Now that is peace of mind for parents. Check out the fam cam specifications. There is  basic fam cam and an advanced fam cam available for HOME DSL Plan 1299 and up


The new Smart Watch is available for just P199/month. This is bundled with Telpad Plans 1699 and up with a lock-in period of 36 months.

PLDT HOME subscribers who upgrade to a Telpad plan automatically get a free 1Mbps HOME DSL speed boost, and for only an additional P199 per month, they can already top up with a Smart Watch. The watch is also available to existing Telpad subscribers. Simply order online and it will be delivered for free. For more information, visit

The Midea iADD Washing Machine : worry-free washing

The washing machine I grew up with in the early seventies was a single tub that washes the clothes with a manual roller that squeezes out all the water.  Then in the mid-eighties and as a young mother , I bought  a Panasonic washing machine with two tubs, one for washing and the other for spin drying. It is served my needs of spin drying the diapers and clothes of my family.  It eased the workload of our laundry woman.  It is the year 2016 and over 30 years later. My washing machine is still the same technology as in the eighties:  two tubs with a spin dryer.  I seem to be stuck in time.  I got introduced to the latest washing machine technology and I am amazed it is so convenient to use yet provide affordable savings per load.

midea washing machine

The iAdd Washing Machine revolutionizes the laundry workload by making it super easy and worry-free. The iAdd Auto-Dosing Technology, the first and one of its kind here in the country, ensures up to 44% savings on detergent and fabric softener.

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This technology has an intelligent weighing system, with a precision rate of +/- 300g. It weighs the laundry and based on this, releases the right amount of detergent and fabric softener.

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Aside from the savings, consumers don’t have to worry about putting too much or too little detergent and fabric softener.

midea iadd washing machine

The iAdd washing machine also has a Cleanliness Meter that detects dirt and soap for a better wash. The machine will automatically set an additional rinse cycle if there is still soap residue in the water. This feature also ensures that your clothes won’t have that funky smell from soap residue stuck in your clothes.

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In terms of noise, the iAdd washing machines ensure that you enjoy peace and quiet with its silent and efficient inverter motor. It’s so quiet, you don’t even notice that it’s running.

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Lastly, the iAdd front load has an Auto Dryer Sensor that runs the ideal drying setting for your clothes so you save on time, electricity plus you save your clothes from over drying and shrinking.  The iADD friendly settings allow even the husband or kids to easily run it.  Midea claims that it will cost between 13.56  per 8 kg load to wasih in the front load combo and  53 pesos to dry 8 kg of clothes.  For the top load model, washing will cost 22.14 pesos per 10.5 kg load.


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Add to that the sleek, modern, and durable design it comes in, I might need to switch to this iADD washing machine as it is everything I will need when I  am on my own without  a laundry woman .

midea iadd washing machines at abenson

Midea has other consumer appliances at Abensons’ Fort branch at Ascott Hotel. I got to see their launch two years ago and now I can see, how they  have grown. Midea is definitely set to make home living as convenient and comfortable as ever.

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Transforming your home lighting with Orbik LED light bulbs

orbik LED


The lights in my home are slowly being converted to LED bulbs.  Lighting doesn’t have to be dull.  Each room in my home requires a different type of light depending depending on its use.  At a recent launch, Orbik explained the various ways to make lighting work for any room.

orbik LED lights

It’s a good thing my home has a well designed lighting system. Sometimes the design phase of the lighting are not considered because  bulbs are often hidden from view, thus proving the adage “out of sight, out of mind.” Let me share how you can make your home lighting system system with the  right tone and brightness .

LED Bulbs

Orbik shared their  full range of LED bulbs and other lights that assure energy efficiency and they focus on what kind of light functions should be needed. It is one reason that Orbik considers themselves  as light experts because they want to educate consumers about LED light bulb use.

Smart LED Bulbs

Architect Conrad Onglao, says that ighting serves different purposes: accent lighting to highlight artwork, indirect lighting to create mood, or task lighting on desks or above kitchen counters where clear light is necessary.

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There are many ways Onglao applies lighting so that function and design complement one another. “A bedroom should have soft and warm lighting while an office space has bright white lighting to keep one alert.

orbik launchThere is no blanket lighting solution for all spaces. Most Orbik bulbs have both warm white (yellowish feature) and daylight (crisp white color) options. They even have this amazing vintage LED Bulbs which are decorative.

Vintage LED

The power of lighting in one’s home plays a crucial part in making a home warm and cozy or even functional. Traditional lighting dictates a central light fixture in the room to illuminate everything but for a more sophisticated look, you could also play around with positioning lamps in certain areas to highlight key focal points such as a bookshelf or an accent piece of furniture.

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When selecting a bulb for your home or light fixture, it’s always important to take into consideration how big and the function of the space, this is to ensure that you buy a bulb that has a wattage fit to its function. To get the right amount of illumination/light specific for its function, we must look at the lumens, not the wattage.

Orbik LED bulb

Your room can be transformed in the switch of a single light bulb. But with low quality bulbs, you’ll find yourself more hassled than benefited with the transformation if you have to keep changing it! This is where LED makes a difference. Here are a few examples.

This 3.5 watts daylight 6000k is great for small spaces, like small apartments, bedrooms and storage rooms.

daylight LED

Show off these amber bulbs for decorative lighting.

amber decorative bulb ORBIK

This 3.5 watts daylight 6000 k is also great for for small spaces like small apartments, bedrooms and storage areas.

orbik daylight bulb

6 watts Warm white provides warm lighting , best for bedrooms and for ambient lighting.

warm white ORBIK 6 watts

MR 16 Warm white 3000o (5 watts) is great to highlight paintings, photographs, and focus areas on this.

warm white orbik bulb

Take a look at this Bluetooth Speaker LED Dimmable (7 watts). I think this is really useful for a working space.

orbik bluetooth speaker

The SRP of this bluetooth speaker LED  is 2,000 pesos.

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There is nothing like having energy-efficient bulbs at home. We all know LED is known  for its low environmental impact and cost-effectiveness as its outdated predecessor for lasting over 3 times longer.

Going LED is the way. It means saving money, effort, and the environment .

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Snowsound acoustic panel: Acoustic comfort

A few days ago, I attended a short lecture in a restaurant but I was so distracted by the noise from the other side of the room. The customers’ chatter was even louder than the amplified sound of the speaker. We know that sound is formed by waves , reflected from solid surfaces having limited absorption capacity. In rooms made with concrete, marble or glass, these types of materials create annoying echoes making it difficult to listen and converse in comfort. Sound then becomes noise and is affecting not only the offices environ but also schools, healthcare facilities, government buildings and indoor public areas like libraries, concert halls and museums.

How to resolve these sound issues? Working in a noise-polluted environment is stressful and reduces productivity and enjoyment. That is how I felt when I was listening to the lecture on mindful healthy eating. Noise stress!

Family room in new construction home with outside view

The solution is installing acoustic panels like SNOWSOUND acoustic panels by Caimi Brevetti and now distributed by Ergo Home.  The SNOWSOUND acoustic panels are an exclusive patented sound-absorbing technology, designed to selectively absorb noise of any room at various frequencies. creating a more relaxing, enjoyable and convenient environment. 

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Each density allows absorbing the sound in a different and balanced way, thus increasing its definition.

snowsound acoustic panel


At the media launch on Wednesday, there was a room to test the effectiveness of the acoustic panels. Inside a 10 square meter room, our voices sounded so irritating like we were inside a tin can. Then three panels were added, and our voices sounded more soothing. The surface of the SNOWSOUND acoustic panels are covered with fire retardant polyester bonded to the inner wadding, forming a single body without breaks. These panels are 1.4 inches thin, less than 6 pounds in weight, fire-tested practical, easy to clean and inexpensive.

acoustic panels from snowsound

What I love about the SNOWSOUND acoustic panels is its aesthetic appeal. They are like pieces of art , in unconventional shapes and color, signed by well-know designers: Mitseco by Michele De Lucchi, Corista by Lorenzo Palmeri and Flap by Alberto and Francesco Meda. CORISTA panels (62 inches x 17 inches) are free standing, with an optional base: MITESCO panels (62 inches x 17 inches) are free standing, hanging or wall mounted: FLAP panels (23 inches x 19 inches) are smaller or ceiling mounted, an tilt and rotate 360 degrees.


Ergo Home Design Lab

For the demo of these acoustic panels,  visit ErgoHom, Level 3 SM Aura Premier. Check out their facebook at and 

New EXCELLIUM Diesel Formula from Total Philippines, our best ally on the road

Summer season means a road trip for my husband and myself and the most affordable way is to drive a diesel-powered automobile. It was a pleasant surprise to know that our neighborhood Total gas station recently introduced the EXCELLIUM diesel. This is a new product offering that delivers maximum engine protection in a single patented formula.

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When my husband first got our diesel-powered SUV a few weeks ago, I immediately thought of smoke emitting fumes similar to the jeepneys. Well , he explained that diesel-powered SUVs are more efficient these days. It is also comforting to know that the new EXCELLIUM Diesel Formula contains special detergent molecules and friction-reducing ingredients that promotes fuel economy, significantly reduces carbon emissions and even protects our vehicle engine.

my husband my driver

Total representatives said that “with every drop of EXCELLIUM Diesel, the patented formula works to protect metal components in the engine, ensuring that every movement is smoother than ever. With less friction between metal components, one can be assured that the engine will last longer and perform at optimum levels”

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It is reassuring to know that Total EXCELLIUM Diesel has the added advantage of cleaning the engine and eliminating deposits that hinder better engine performance. It also contains combustion improving ingredients that reduce harmful emissions.

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On our way to our country home in the South, my husband dropped by the Total gas station in the West Service road to gas up on Excellium Diesel. It’s wonderful to know that Total Excellium will be our best ally on the road as we travel great distance during our road trips.

excellium diesel

If you don’t own a diesel-powered vehicle, Total Excellium is also available as a 95+ RON premium gasoline fuel in selected Total service stations. (we parked her by mistake thinking this was the Excellium diesel pump)

total excellium 95

Total EXCELLIUM Diesel is now available in the following stations:

Shaw Boulevard
West Service Road
Las Piñas
Zabarte, Quezon City
Sucat 2

You can also visit Total stations in Northern Luzon (San Fernando, Tarlac, Tuguegarao, Solana in Cagayan, Clark in Pampanga, Camp 7 in Baguio City) and Visayas (Plaridel in Cebu).