Sunday, March 30, 2014

I just love Instagram. And how I got a new iPod as an advanced Christmas gift.

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So last week, in Manila living a Travelife, someone gave me the new 5th generation iPod as a belated Christmas present.

Yes, I know it's almost April, but some of my friends seem to think Christmas was last week.


Mr friend Mr. Jaded, for instance, just gave me a pair of great Bose noise-cancelling ear phones as a Christmas present just a few weeks ago.

I love these earphones, by the way, but I think he gave this to me in the middle February when he returned from a long trip to the other side of the world.

I use these ear phones practically every day.

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HAPPINESS IN A BOX

As for this iPod, it actually came giftwrapped in red and green just a few days ago, much to my great surprise and, so far, never-ending delight.

I'd long been wanting a new iPod for my music, you see.

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However, I'd been putting off buying a new iPod as I already have an old iPod, and two perfectly good and relatively new MP3 players which I use for swimming and walking around abroad.

I also have a mini iPad which I bought at El Corte Ingles in Madrid just a few months ago, when I accidentally spilled tea on my laptop and it died on me.

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This mini iPad can function as a music player and a camera in a pinch.

So it seemed foolish and wasteful to go and buy myself a new iPod, with all these gadgets lying around, waiting to be taken on a Travelife.

THIS MADE MY DAY



So you can just imagine how happy I was when this gift arrived from a pretty thoughtful friend.

We'd been somewhere exotic together, you see; and, after observing me a lot while we were traveling, he'd said to me: "You know, you should get an iPhone or an iPod to instantly upload photos to Instagram while walking around listening to music -- at the rate you take photos."

I have a camera and my mini iPad, but of course both are different.

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I'M NOW INSTAGRAM-READY

My camera isn't one of these new tech ones that can instantly upload to Instagram. And I even lost the flash while on safari at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa.

But I love it.

If I lost this camera, I would go out and buy exactly the same one, but in a newer model. I heard the newest model is really cool, but this is another purchase I've been putting off simply because the model I have still works pretty well.

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As for my iPad, of course it can connect to Instagram.

But it's slightly cumbersome to be carrying this along with everything else I have to carry on a trip.

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We talked no more about my need for an iPod or an iPhone after that.

But he definitely thought I needed something useful for Instagram and Pinterest -- something I could carry around my wrist when traveling.

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And he knows I'm stuck on Blackberry for some inexplicable reason, so a new iPhone isn't the answer. 

I can't deal with two phones when I already have three laptops and a host of other gadgets to use or worry about -- so the new iPhone would probably remain in its box.

So last week, out of the blue, he sent me a new iPod with a sweet card saying: "Consider this a belated Christmas gift. Or an advanced one."

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AN ADVANCED CHRISTMAS GIFT

He'd actually already given me a very nice Christmas gift last year, so yes, I guess I should consider this an advanced Christmas gift instead.

And the whole of this weekend, I've been happily experimenting with photos and Instagram.

I love how Instagram lets you use filters to tweak the photos, the colors and styles, and give these a more creative bent.

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In fact, wow, I love everything about it.

I'm so addicted to Instagram now that it's the last thing I do before going to sleep.

That is, when I do get some sleep in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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