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Alexei Villaraza (The Philippine Star) - April 26, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - As kids, we always have ambitions: things we hope to achieve when we grow up. My sister, Anna, wanted to follow in the footsteps of my paternal grandfather and uncle and become a lawyer. My brother, Andros, wished for a job that had anything to do with cars while I set my sights on becoming an interior designer. I recall spending hours drawing floor layouts from a book of American homes I saw in our den, customizing it based on my design preferences. I later decided to change my childhood career after I became irritated when the lines I drew, even using a ruler, didn’t appear straight.

I have since channeled all my interior design frustrations into The Sims 3, a casual life simulation video game that allows you to create an avatar called a Sim. You can build or buy a house for it, furnish it, have your Sims look for jobs and make them, well, live. But instead of actually playing the game, I spend more time creating a nice, comfortable abode for the avatars because the more well equipped and designed the house is, the happier your Sim becomes. This pretty much also translates to real life when you know that having the best things in a space where you will spend most of your days and nights creates a stress-free and comfortable environment.

Armed with state-of-the-art electronics and a passion for innovation, Samsung has taken on the higher pursuit of offering people a better lifestyle at home through their latest digital appliance lineup.

Cool Summer

In a country that is notorious for its sweltering summers, a proper air conditioner that can blow polar vortex-level air is mandatory. The difference between this new triangle-shaped Smart Air Conditioner and a conventional air conditioner is that it doesn’t just produce cool air; it’s more efficient and cost-effective too.

The carefully engineered triangle design, which allows for bigger fans within a more compact body, circulates cool air faster, farther, and wider while maintaining a sleek look. It is equipped with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology and can maintain the desired temperature without frequently shutting off and on. It helps users stay comfortably cool for longer periods of time while using the minimum amount of energy — up to 60 percent less electricity than conventional air conditioners.

It also has special features such as several Cool Modes to adjust room temperature, a Single User mode that allows the user to control how much energy is consumed, a Virus Doctor that boasts innovative air purifying technology, which neutralizes harmful contaminants in the air, a Smart Wi-Fi function that lets you control it via smartphone, a Smart installation diagnosis feature that ensures the air conditioner is installed perfectly by the A/C installer and a Smart Check automatic error-monitoring system that detects and diagnoses problems and provides easy troubleshooting solutions using a smartphone application.

Fridge Benefits

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and the refrigerator is key to keeping it running. No other kitchen appliance gets as much of a workout or is depended upon as much as the refrigerator. If the stove needs repair you can always pop a frozen meal in the microwave. The dishwasher is on the fritz? You roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet. But if the refrigerator stops working, it’s a serious kitchen crisis of Gordon Ramsey proportions. No milk, no cold water, no meat, no ice? No way.

Not only do refrigerators hold a vital place in the world of function, they are also an important element of style. After all, the refrigerator is the largest item in the kitchen, it’s important that it has to have more than ample storage space and great design, too.

The cool thing about the Samsung Food Showcase Refrigerator is that it has two layers of doors to display its contents, making it much easier to look at what you have inside. It has the outer compartments for your most frequently used products such as milk or juice and the inner compartments for ingredients that you might not use as often like a jar of pickles or a bottle of pitted olives. This refrigerator is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology, which allows it to adjust its temperature accordingly.

Clean to the Core

For some people, doing the laundry is an arduous and time-consuming task because there are many things to consider when it comes to washing clothes like how cold or warm the water should be or how much detergent to use.

Samsung’s newest Front Load Washing Machine makes use of Samsung’s own Eco Bubble Technology that allows powerful cleaning in cold water. Using warm water is an extra step when it comes to doing the laundry, and it can also be damaging to some fabrics. But the Eco Bubble allows for easy cleaning by completely dissolving detergent even with cold water, producing fine foam that easily penetrates the fabric, cutting the time, effort and energy needed in doing the laundry.

In addition to being extremely powerful with its high revolutions per minute (RPM) rate, it is also furnished with the Stain Away Program, a pre-programmed cycle designed to deal with the 12 most common types of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick and grass.

Smart Eating

Guilt-free French fries might be an oxymoron but you can enjoy just that and other deep-fried goodness without the gross amount of oil with the Samsung Smart Oven. This genius cooking creation comes with more settings in order to provide the best and healthiest dining experience possible.

It includes functions such as auto-cook for pre-programmed recipes like yogurt making, dough proofing, and a “Slim Fry” function, which lets you to enjoy fried food cooked to a crisp without the oil. Another clever feature the Smart Oven has is premium sensors that identify a food’s surface temperature. Whether it is frozen, chilled or fresh, it can adjust the heat so you do not have to worry about overcooking meat or having food so frozen that you can hear it sing Let It Go.

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For more information on Samsung’s new digital appliances, log on to www.samsung.com.ph.

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