Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: The Fifty-Three Pencil and More

I've been a huge fan of the Paper App by FiftyThree since a year ago (I think; can't really remember when I downloaded it in my tablet). It's an app similar to Adobe Draw and other drawing tools. I was instantly hooked with it but the problem is, I never had a stylus. Because I got tired drawing with my fingers, Paper became a dormant app in my tablet. When I first came here (Oz), I wanted to buy their Pencil stylus so bad but hesitated because YouTubers said it has a soft tip, which I didn't really find appealing. Last month though, I decided to buy one because I wanted to join the contest GoForTheGold by 53. It's basically asking Paper users to draw their drawing interpretation of the Rio Olympics. Ignoring the soft tip it has, I ordered immediately. The Pencil costs 70 something dollars. I thought, it's a cool deal! But I missed the whole USD label and I ended up paying for it at around 100 AUD.

My order (placed on July 29th) was supposed to arrive before the fourth week of August since FiftyThree promised in their website to have Pencil delivered in 4-10 days for regular orders. I was so excited that I bugged them the moment I realised it was one day late. I was thinking that I need to have the Pencil before the deadline of the contest but unfortunately, it didn't arrive. So I emailed them but they didn't respond promptly to me because of the huge time difference (them in EST me in AEDT). Then I decided to Tweet them. Why not? Today's support of companies are now in Twitter so I asked them about it and told them what the problem was. They immediately hooked me up with a replacement Pencil with a priority delivery. I was hesitant at first because I thought I might get someone in trouble. Good thing the person I tweeted  assured me that it's on the company, yadah yadah yadah. So I thought, great!

Now, when I checked my personal email weeks after (I was busy because of the assessments and our final examinations), I saw a mail from FiftyThree saying that I needed to wait just a little longer and maybe, on the 15th of August, my order will arrive. Then another email said that they already took care of the delay and I will be receiving all my items in double. Which is more awesome. The email stated that I will be receiving a gold Pencil as well. Ohh. Sounds pretty good. I just thought, cool, let's have it. I sent them an email back and thanked them for everything. Days after, I received my parcel on August 23. Bummer. That's the day of the announcement of the winners. I missed it!

After that, I used the Pencil for 3 straight days doodling stuff and I broke it. Well, just its tip (as shown below):

Then I asked FiftyThree again in their Twitter and they reminded me about the screen protector. Right. They told me that their Pencil don't really "like" screen protectors but they didn't said it will tear the tip. Haaaa. The one operating their Twitter said maybe getting a tempered glass protector will help. Two days after I bought my tablet and phone tempered glass screen protectors which cost at almost 70AUD. Ouch! I mean, I bought a 100 dollar stylus only to be ruined by a 14dollar screen protector so might as well spend that much, right? Yeah well, I dunno if the effectiveness of the stylus depends on the brand of the glass protector but mine isn't working as great. Sometimes when I try to zoom it, the screen won't budge or when I try to doodle, no "ink" can be seen. So if you are planning to buy a Pencil, as much as possible, get this protector:

Get it from and no, I'm not affiliated to this company.

This was the brand Twitter operator suggested me. I actually checked Zagg but they don't have it in JB-Hifi, Dicksmith, or Kogan and I'm not gonna order it again from the US. The site says they have a lifetime warranty which is the coolest part. I got my protector in Tech Centa and I'm not really liking it as much as I thought I would because it becomes oily when it gets in contact with your skin so ..I think that's the edge of Zagg. They claim that their protectors are oil-free. Please lemme know if you have it. I might order it when I go home next week.

For a regular order of one (1) Pencil, you'll get one tip of the Pencil and one tip of the eraser free. It is placed in a rectangular cardboard. I didn't know that one Pencil has 2 extra tips so I ordered 2 extra point tips and one eraser tip which would cost you around 7USD. Last week, I received the replacement Pencil including the gold one which was the bonus for the "inconvenience" the delivery has brought. Then today, I received my original order and now I got three Pencils. Don't know what to do with so much Pencils tbh but I think I'll be keeping them for now.

With the Pencil itself, I don't like how the eraser does not erase on the edges. I need to get to the middle part of the eraser for my doodle to be removed on the Paper pad. And I really hate the soft tip of the Pencil. BUT, they have an awesome customer support which I really like. Two thumbs up to that. The Pencil also has a nice grip/feel to your fingers which is what you want. You don't want your stylus to feel like stylus; you want your stylus to feel like a real Pen/Pencil. One thing I noticed is that the battery can withstand long hours of usage. I just charged it once since I got it and up to now, it still works.

So here's everything that was sent to me in the past weeks.

The front side of the Pencil with its packaging

The back side of the Pencil packaging, with the extra tips and the instruction notes

The Pencil after unboxing
The packaging of the tips

The inside look of the packaging which includes 2 point tips,
1 tip for the eraser, and the instruction manual on how to change the tips

All the products delivered to me. Thanks FiftyThree

I really hope though that FiftyThree will release a Pencil that has a hard tip. One can dream.

The image is really bad cause I shot this in my bed at night time.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

You Don't Say?

So I went to Nobby's Beach today for a walk and the sunset was spectacular. Then, this woman started talking to me about how she saw me from this place and how she thought I was mad at something (coz I'm always frowning that's why), how I walk like a sullen person, etc. So I said, "I just look and walk like that, but I was not mad or being sulky at all." But she won't believe me and started talking shit about me, of how I look and act contemptuous.She pointed some "evidences" which was subjective, really. Kind of frustrating and funny at the same time and at the end of it, all I could say was:


Well..I gave her this face at the end of her speech. She started to get confused when I stopped talking and she just left. It was so random and so funny. I could fart laughing after she was gone. Everything went fine after that and I was lucky I caught a Pikachu!

I found a comic of Nicolas Cage's face on 9gag and decided to draw it. Similar to the old tracing stuff you do when you were just a kid.

Monday, August 22, 2016

17 Days To Go

Today, I decided to trash all the unnecessary stuff that I have in my room. But then I spent almost 3 hours of rehearsing how I should fit all my clothes in two bags. Then a thought came up to me. Since they are trying to cut the costs of travel expenses, they will be booking us on a budget air company. And if that happens, our 30kg baggage allowance will now be reduced to 20 which is a total letdown because I was expecting to have a similar baggage allocation before. That was the reason why I did not fully send all my clothes in the balik bayan box last month. And now I am sooo stressed out because apart from the need to fit all my clothes in these two bags, now I have to think of adding a baggage allowance four hours prior to the scheduled flight (they don't allow over the counter payments). The money that I will be paying for the extra weight is not really the issue why I am so disappointed. It's the hassle, and the stress, and the thought of having to throw some of my clothes away. Possibly. I don't know.

So it's already 2 in the morning here and I have three full bags of trash. I was thinking of bringing home my notes, the magazines, and several items with sentimental memories on them but decided against it. Then I saw this:

My 14 months of stay here in Oz summed up in a single cork board. There's so much memories in that board and yes, it's messy, always has been, but that's my Australia life right there. It's amazing how a year has gone by - almost like an instant lightning. There were times that I'd be so sad of how difficult living and studying here and the next thing I knew, I'm almost done. Well, I only need to wait for my grades so yes, I'm really done. On that note, I only have seventeen days to go before going home. I cannot believe Im days away from that day! See you soon home!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Last Week of Class!

This week was our last week of classes for all three (3) courses and I had my picture taken (along with some of my classmates) with my favourite lecturer for this trimester Colin Lynch. I appreciate him a lot because even though we, as a class, don't give much input to the discussion, he's super patient and he sees the best in us. I've learned a lot about Employee Relations that I never thought I would in a span of 12 weeks and I'm very thankful because Colin was such a cool and dedicated lecturer. Gracias Colins!

Me, Elaine, Colins,and Sneehal

Monday, August 8, 2016

One Year Anniversary!

I became so lazy that I stopped writing. I'm actually disappointed with myself on that aspect because I promised that I will still write no matter how bad my grammar is or even if there's really no one who reads this. It's like having an outlet and I let myself down. :( For the past months though, Twitter has been my tool to express. It's easy that way and I think being away from home for a year could have been an opportunity for me to write stuff but I didn't which is a total letdown.

So much has happened for the past year and I am so happy that I survived a year here in Australia. I cried, I laugh, I broke relationships, restored them, and cried a lot more than I expected. Last July 27 was my anniversary here in Oz and I am proud to say I got through the grueling nights just to get the papers done, the exams I had to take, the theories I have to understand, the HR and ER concepts I learned, and basically just living life in another country. So here's a cake for me and for the rest of the 32 people who came all the way from the Philippines to study. :)

A Review: Romantic Bear Wow Long Lasting Lip Colour

It's been a while since I wrote something here but just wanted to tell you readers (if there is one) about this cool lipstick that I found a long time ago. I found this lippy through Facebook and thought that it's good to use especially if you are like me who looks like a zombie without a lipstick on. My lips are not even pinkish. They're just dead. I don't smoke but I have this horrible lips that would peel every so often. Currently, I use this lip and cheek stain from Ever Bilena and IT IS GLORIOUS.

You can use it as a blush on or like a normal lipstick. My problem with this one is that after 30 minutes or so, the colour starts fading. Well, it will start fading the moment you lick your lips so you have to be careful. The reason why I don't use the regular lipstick is the thought that I will have sticky lips. Hence, I need to find something new. So here I am ordering this Romantic Bear lippy from e-bay and today, I found it my mailbox. Yeey!

The seller that I order this from has six shades (Watermelon, Sexy Red, Rose Pink, Lovely Peach, Sweet Orange, and Cherry Red) but they labeled their products as 1-6 so there is no way of knowing what I will get. I got a Cherry Red as you can see in the picture above. On a side note: This is the second time I ordered because the first one didn't find it's way to my place so I had to re-order it. When I tried the product, it's a sticky cold gel-ish lippy with a consistency that is similar to honey. The Cherry Red smells like a berry, sort of a really really sweet candy.

So here it was. As you can see, I was able to smudge it and the line surrounding my lips wasn't neat as well so you have to work that out because it's a bit difficult to get a perfect line, I tell you. You don't have to apply it thickly as long as your lips are well covered. You'll just have to wait for around 4-6 minutes for the gel to dry and you can peel it off. It gets messy as I was peeling it off so I advice you not to try it for the first time if you have an important meeting afterwards. Once you get the hang of it, I think you'll be okay. I had to re-apply mine cause I was not able to perfectly outline it to my lips but it turned out okay I guess. Time for the big reveal:

I don't like it just because it's so red. I wouldn't recommend the Cherry Red for those who don't use vivid lipsticks because from my perspective, my lips are so plum it does not look natural as what my Ever Bilena would usually achieve. If I had the chance again, I would use the Watermelon shade. Also, I wouldn't recommend this for those who have chapped lips cause it will sure hurt as what happened to me. Use a lip balm before you sleep at night--this will help! And it wouldn't look good. Look at my lower lip, it's like I have this tiny blobs. When I was applying it, some of the product got inside my mouth and stained my teeth so I had to get rid of them. Surprisingly, I was able to remove it so it's a good sign. When I tried washing my lips with water, the colour of my lips remained the same so I think for sure, it will last for hours. Will let you know after this day end. :)

The colour seemed pretty solid but when I ate some beef for dinner, it slowly faded away starting from the inner lip. But overall, I'd give this an 8 out of 10.

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