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iTech Pen Stylus Review

21 Sep


Tasked to review this stylus, this question popped up.  While I am a graphic artist by profession, the stylus+iPad combo for me has always been some sort of grown-up-coloring-book therapy, a way to unwind. I am always on some self-imposed quest to find the perfect stylus (sort of like the Sword in the Stone?) You can imagine my excitement about this baby. So here goes nothing.


The iTech Pen Stylus comes in a sleek black box. The pen itself comes in a variety of colors and a transparent pen clip.


Mine’s a scandalous pink, haha. The first thing I noticed about this stylus was its weight. The stylus is really light and feels a little slimmer than the usual stylus. My dad bought one from an inflight magazine that cost more than thrice the price of this one, and I wasn’t impressed. The handling was poor — this, for me, is the biggest factor to consider when picking a stylus– how it feels in your grip.  Too heavy, too light, too fat or too narrow for your liking and   you might have a dud that you’ll only use a few times.

The iTech pen stylus feels like a regular pen. More or less the same weight and diameter — a plus for sure.  If it feels familiar, then you’ll like using it, and I really did.

The drag on my iPad screen was just right. Enough to give traction and not enough to cause delays in the strokes.

I use two apps most often on with the stylus– ArtRage and Paper53. Both worked so well with my new toy (graphic above and the one from the previous post both made with the stylus.)

It gives you a lot of bang for your buck, that’s for sure. At 699 a pop, it does cost a considerable amount of money, but it outperforms some of the more expensive styluses, brand names which I will not disclose here, though. Haha.

My numbers:

Value for money: Image

Handling and tracking:Image

Packaging and appearance: Image


37 Weeks, 3 Days.

30 Apr

Delinquent Blogger

Apparently what qualifies as good blog activity is one post a day. Har har. To say I am a delinquent blogger would be an understatement then.  My last post was to say I had a bun cooking in the oven. Today,  I have just bathed and fed a beautiful two-week old little girl.

She makes me want to write

She makes me want to write again. So I thought that the best way to kickstart this writing again would be to look back on the 37 weeks and 3 days of bun-baking.

Unfair pregnancy

I had what one might call an unfair pregnancy.  I had no morning (afternoon, evening) sickness at all. I didn’t retain water, didn’t get any stretch marks and gained only 15 pounds (thank you momma, for your genes.) Apparently, it has nothing to do with how well you behave, how healthy you eat and all that jazz. It all boils down to what your momma gave ya. 

I enjoyed my pregnancy, and managed to travel back to my second home, Indonesia.  Very quickly, I whipped out my unrusty  Bahasa (I love how language comes back when you go back to where you used it!) and enjoyed Jakarta, where I spent my formative years.  We also traveled to Yogyakarta, a quaint province of artisans and awesomeness. In my third trimester (28-29 weeks), I managed to climb up all the way to the peak of Borobudur with my favorite person in the world and great friends.


Here I was, TRXing to help make the labor come faster


And we were in the middle of moving houses in my 37th week! Here Zach catches me red handed with my toolbox, undoing some screws. Haha


And I’m glad I still managed to pull of a surprise party for my husband (his first ever!), having all his best man-friends at Army Navy for brunch.

Minus the 17-hour bit, it wasn’t all that bad.

So we were in the middle of moving houses when just like in the movies, I hollered “Zach! My water broke!”

And just like in the movies, we grabbed bags, startled friends (Rember and Conrad were at the house, both couldn’t believe it was actually happening).

After a harrowing traffic-jammed trip to the hospital, I checked into the delivery room a little after lunch on Friday the 13th.

17 hours later, at 4:47 in the morning, finally, Malaya SyCip was born. (Normal delivery! Thank you, Doc!– Margarita Agdamag is an awesome OB-GYNE!)

She is such a wonderfully un-fussy baby. I feel ridiculously lucky. We’re enjoying every minute of this awesome new phase.

I will definitely try to keep this ball rolling this time.

Post-Manicure Manicure Preservation Skills.

24 Jun

Today I got an expensive mani-pedi. And I have this thing for ruining my polish shortly after its done. So far though this is the most comparatively well-preserved manicure I’ve had by far.

Watched a girl open up her purse, get an envelope out, get something from inside it, show the girl next to her and put it all back into her purse,zip it up, all with her 1/2 inch wet nails unharmed.

I need to learn to do that.

You Learn New Things Everyday.

22 Jun


At a rehearsal dinner for Zach’s friend Hansel’s wedding. Zach just learned he has to be part of a dance number. They brought some wine out and these little liquor shots. Here is a German number.


We reckon any drink that starts with “Kill” cannot be kind.

You learn new things everyday. Today I learned that our token Japanese friend, Sakuma takes dancing seriously. Very. Seriously.


A Visit To Tito Quincy

18 Jun


We spent Saturday morning at my uncle’s, here he is posing with Zach. Hobo hair boys club.

Tito Quincy is an award-winning photographer and is the former president of The Camera Club of the Philippines. He is so great at what he does, he is a four-peat Master Photographer award winner– a superprestigious award that they don’t give annually but per merit.

Zach being a cinematographer (Director of Photoraphy is the alternate title), he wanted to touch base with him (the awesome lunch didn’t hurt) and learn from the Master.

We had tuna salpicao and he claims he taught his wife (stellar cook and Food magazine columnist Pia Castillo) the recipe, and that it was HIS brain child. Haha.

Nice photography jibber jabber, great food and Columbian Espresso + Prune cake= fantastic weekend kick off.

Love is in the details, Detail 0987

10 Apr

(In the elevator this morning, heading back up to our loft after going down to buy some bread and eggs for breakfast)

Z: Ang ganda ng bahay natin.
R: (Giddy homemaker)

I then go on and grind, brew and serve the happiest cups of coffee ever, while Zach makes the best soft-boiled eggs ever.

I love our life.


6 Apr

We went on a long overdue trip to Sagada, to celebrate our 2nd year anniversary. Miraculously, a week cleared up for us, and so up to the mountains we went.  Here are some of the shots Zach shot during the trip. More stuff soon!

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