Tech-Tuesday: The BATBAND

OMG OMG OMG.

Okay, so I've waited a long while to write a post about this, but now that there's only 3 months left of waiting (based on its expected date of arrival), I can't resist. I need to talk about the Batband and get everyone on board.

The BATBAND was a project on Kickstarter and was funded in full within just five (5) days (talk about amazing). While I don't remember the exact date I backed the project, I took a screenshot of it as inspiration and source of excitement until I got it.


On Kickstarter, the basic package was priced at $140, including shipping. However, it didn't ship to the Philippines, so I instead wrote down my cousin's address living in London so that when she came here for vacation, she could bring it in, tax-free. For a "music device", this is quite on the pricey side, right? So what does it have that makes it, well, special?

Here's a short video to get you better acquainted.


Admittedly, I had doubts as to whether the price would be worth the wait and the product's quality, but considering this would be an incredible feat if they pulled it off, I was kind of sold. Besides, funding this would make me one of the few people in the country to own something revolutionary (granting other Pinoys have pledged as well). 

Beyond the issue of pride however lies the fact that this device would solve (and create good) problems. One problem would be its attraction to snatchers. This literally just wraps around your head without a string or chord to put it in place. A workmate suggested I create a custom chord for it so it can rest on my neck and stay there. No biggie. 

Fortunately, it solves more problems (ie. makes life more tolerable) than it creates. For one thing, I could get rid of the chords, the audio jack, the 'you don't hear anything when you have your headphones on says mom' issue, and it lets you answer your calls hands-free. Sure, sure, there are devices that do almost all of the same things, but the BATBAND does not rest on your ear. Less ear infections and hearing problems if you ask me. 

The Kickstarter already ended months ago, but pre-order is still ongoing at their site. It costs much more though ($199 excluding the shipping), but the upside is that it ships to the Philippines. 

So I ordered another one. This time, it cost me between $230 to $248 USD with the shipping. At least it ships directly to the Philippines, so that's a plus.

As soon as I get the product and conduct 'extensive' testing, I'll write a post about the experience. Hopefully, I get it before July (the supposed ETA). Super excited!

Pre-order the Batband and let's experience this device together! 

Turning Two decades plus four

The big two-four. I'm almost at a quarter (supposedly) of my life, and where am I? Lost? Happy? Happily lost? Twenty-four. Two decades and four years old.

My family is being added to with every year, and it makes me so happy to have encountered everyone for the past 24 years. The people who've shown their appreciation, who've talked behind my back, who've become my genuine friend, who've pretended to be friends because of material things I often give them... I still thank you. I wouldn't be who I am today if not for you - strong, independent, and wary of giving away my trust to just anybody.

But hey, those people are just 10% out of the 100% of unicorns who have stood by my side all the way.

To the people at NUECA, the company who gave me, a newbie in the adult/corporate world, a chance to prove myself and my co-workers who make me happy to go to work everyday, thank you for making me feel welcome. Thank you for understanding I don't easily feel comfortable around people and for being patient with me. I would not have thought of a better company to spend my first year outside college.



After a little less than a year, I'm finally opening up. I hope you guys don't get shocked with the filth under my angelic exterior (hahahahaa, kidding). 

Of course, though it should be obvious, I want to thank my blood family. Thank you for putting up with my drama (haha, they're used to it), my sudden bursts into song, my weird fascination with horror and gore, and many more disturbing if not fine qualities. 




Thank you, friends, for being true and calling me out on my bullsh*t when necessary. Thank you very much for living through the drama, my narcism, my ego that is still learning to step aside in certain situations, and giving me space when I need it. I often have trouble expressing how I feel and even saying a simple "I love you" back whenever I'm told. Thank you sooo much. I don't think I've ever had a best friend because we always move to different places, but there are two people who are close enough.

The transition from the two-three to the two-four felt like nothing. I don't feel any older, and I'm fine with that. I still have a fear about growing old and not giving my family what I know they deserve, but I'm working on it. 

Thank you! Until the big two-five, let's keep making great memories. Until the next 6th of April, let's stay connected and happy. I love you!

April

There are two sides to every beginning: hope, and fear.

It's a rare occurrence for me to experience the latter, and I must say, I have never been so scared in my life. Not, it's nothing serious as getting murdered (literally) or dying due to an unknown sickness. This is a matter of the heart. But the heart may ultimately kill me, slowly, but without a doubt.

Mercilessly.

Who knew I'd be in this situation right now? Who knew that when it started three weeks ago, I'd find myself yearning to regret that spark. Oh dear god. That spark. That brief moment when our eyes lingered across each others', and that faintest fire in his eyes that is now a bonfire of reds, oranges, and a tinge of purple. So endearing. So enticing. So human.

When was I caught off-guard?

When?!

The universe is surely playing a prank on me, right? I've long guarded my heart from cute smiles, deep eyes that seem to read my soul, people with direct lines to my funny bone - but what is this mess I'm in right now? What mess am I right now? Pardon the language, but fuck.

There's no way April is going to be this flighty. Hopefully.

It's like being caught in the middle of a storm. Pretty cliché, wouldn't you think? But that is exactly how it feels to be struck suddenly in the most vulnerable areas of yourself. It's chaos. Wind, water, sand, paper, gravel, dirt, tears... it's all in there. Well, maybe not the "tears" part... yet.

Good Lord.

How can one brain process so many emotions? Should emotions go through a process, even?

I don't even know anymore.

If I'm sure about one thing, it's that this is incredibly WRONG. Too wrong that it kind of relieves me. Kind of. He's sparked so many emotions in me during the past 3 weeks that I have not been able to internalize just yet. There we are again with the spark. Damn.

I feel like punching a wall (of flowers and glitter). I'm an old dog that way. How do you get rid of this... this... infatuation? Is it, really?

Ladies and Gents, you are witnessing the scrambled thoughts of an Aries woman, and it's NOT pretty.

What to do? What to do?

Every time he sits near me, I freeze, my heartbeat epileptic. He absent-mindedly touches my hair and I swallow. What is wrong with me? We talk, everything career-related. Then, just when I'm about to relax, he touches my shoulder. This gesture sends me into another black hole. A black hole of regret at ever being responsive to his slightest touch.

I already have a man, goddammit.

I want to tell him to back off, to let me be, to leave me with my thoughts that are already in a blur in my head. I look up at him, and I see his eyes. They're laughing. At me? With me? Does he notice? What do I do?

What do I do?