Sunday, December 12, 2010

HK Part 1

After the quick and efficient airport transfer, stuck in the jam for a while and finally we arrived at our hotel...


Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hotel at Tsim Sha Shui. And within 10 minutes, we get into our room...




I thought the room would be just a pigeon hole like Japan hotel but it's quite a spacious one. Unfortunately the view...


Not a good one :") Anyway, I don't think we would be sitting in the room for coffee chat to enjoy the view.

Guess this is the last good post for my HK story. I did not take good photos after I walked out from the hotel room. Getting too excited. Anyway let me see what else I have in the SD card.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Digital Lifestyle Expo DLE 2010

For local geeks, this could be the last gadget expo for 2010, the Digital Lifestyle Expo or DLE 2010 by PIKOM.


This is the first DLE in Malaysia. After talking to few exhibitors, this expo seems to be a rebranded PIKOM PC Fair to carry different concepts. Visit to PIKOM site confirms what the exhibitors told me. The expo is smaller scale than PC Fair, exhibiting more finished products and no DIY stuff i.e. bare hard disks, RAMs etc. If this is the trend then may be we could expect less PC Fairs next year to make way for DLE.

So with the new concept, what's happening in DLE?

To me, no difference from PC Fair (except layout change and smaller scale) and nothing much out from this expo (could be due to virgin expo and I've been to IT fairs in neighbor country). Perhaps the only take away for me is this gadget...


The Toshiba Android Table, AS100.

The spec and price...



A few minutes experience on this device - it lags like hell and not impressive at all. You would not have interest on it at all after you experience Galaxy Tab and iPad.

Nevertheless, I do grab something from this expo...


HWM magazine subscription. A one year subscription of RM144 (or higher depending on the postage method) comes with free Acer P110 320GB 2.5" portable harddisk...



I believe HWM always gives away some freebies during PC Fair but this is the first time with free portable harddisk. Since I am looking for a 500GB portable harddisk (I am fine with 320GB) and price for a 320GB platter is about RM150 in Low Yat, so this should be a good deal for my need. Since I hardly read physical books and the only book/magazine I read is internet, the magazine is just a plus as I can get tax rebate for it (and my peer tipped me I can sell to second hand bookstore for little cash in later!).

Be fast to reach the expo and the booth...


Only 62 units per day up for grab. So reach there by 10:30am tomorrow to be the first in queue! Last day man!

Beside the portable HDD, I got my bro a big HDD...



A 2TB WD Essential USB2 and 3 HDD. It's the same price RM399 as Low Yat, but I got no surcharge on credit card at DLE and a free gift for purchase more than RM300 in single receipt...


An USB charger. Looks interesting, let me figure out how to use it.

Here's the price list for WD platters...


You can compare with few LY retails like ViewNet and C-Zone, seems like you can grab some good deals from DLE :)

That's my trip experience to the first DLE. There may be some other good deals that might not catch my interest, so head out there to hunt yourself. You've just got your bonus right? :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

HK Here I Come!


Queue up! Check In!

Board the plane...




Tada! From KLIA to HKIA in 6 hours time!!


** DROOL **


许留山! 你休想逃出我的五脏庙!!

Opps! Getting too excited! I am supposed to check in the airport transfer service before anything else...


Stick this identifier on...


And now hunt for the flag...


C'mmon uncle, show me your vigor!! :P

Indeed, uncle really shows his vigor and damn energetic. We were chasing him and I was left far behind (uncle, sorry lah! My fault lah!)...


And in just a couple of minutes for sorting hotel destinations with different groups of us, I am already on the bus heading to my hotel via Tsing Ma Bridge (actually I do not know exactly if that's 青马大桥)...


The first ever impression I have on Hong Kong: time is money, fast and efficient. No talk cock, no waiting and no time wasting like Malaysian.

Moto & Apple

I missed out iPhone 4 from previous post so I asked Apple to send me one...


And here are some size comparison shots...





Both XT720 and iPhone 4 are pretty close in dimensions, but I certainly believe iPhone wins hands down on the operating system and contents. Motorola, do you hear it? Please update XT720 to at least Froyo immediately!

So have I crossed over? Not yet, but who knows? :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Yeeha! Ninja Joe


You may wonder why the banner tone sounds so unbelievable (yes, really!). That's indeed a true reaction of many when saw the banner, especially pork lover like me. Over here there wasn't a single fast food restaurant that served pork burgers, until this Ninja Joe...


Oh, that uncle wasn't the Ninja Joe nor the mascot of the restaurant, he's been standing there with that posture for more than 5 minutes (duh!). Do you have to think so long to ear a pork burger?!

Moved in to order my burgers...


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Total of 6 flavors: original, teriyaki, black pepper, oriental, sweet and sour and spicy. Got myself a pair, the original and teriyaki. I've been told before that the burger is much smaller than McD's and it's about the size of White Castle's. Oh yeah, if you're local here, do you still remember this fast food restaurant? It was here when I was kid and unfortunately closed down in just a short period of time.


The first photo is the original and second is the teriyaki. It's the same burger but the latter is nourished with teriyaki source. Inside the burger...


Simple ingredients, tomato, vege, the pork and mayonnaise.

The burgers taste good but I reckon the pork can be bettered with more spices, perhaps it's just starting and will improve over time. Nevertheless, I will certainly return to try the other 4 flavors.

This burger shop is located in TCM Tropicana City Mall. Good news to pork lovers, it's just expanded its first branch in Sunway Pyramid.

Tony Roma's, when are you serving my favorite baby back in this BullehLand?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

English S.O.S

English is the international language, no doubt about it.

I am Chinese-ed and I love my mother tongue very much. But I have to learn and polish my English skill to survive in this globalization era. Especially working in an MNC that I have to communicate in English verbally and in written like email. I do spend time to review and revise my emails before I send them out making sure I maintain my "English quality" (grammar and spelling) and "professionalism" (no personal emotion etc) as the recipients at the other end of the globe (whom I've never met face to face) would judge me based on the email.

Like our ex-PM said, "world class infrastructure, third class maintenance". Sometimes Malaysians tend to have "tidak apa" (never mind) attitude. As long as the job gets done, who cares? This is why you can see slip outs around your surrounding quite often, like what I posted on "MalEnglish" 2 years ago. Probably the person in charge was "tidak apa" as long as the notice was out in time.

Because of that post, I was rewarded by British Council...


It's a reward from a campaign called English S.O.S initiated by English Rescue Team ERT in British Council. If your entry is selected like mine, you will be rewarded a RM50 MPH gift voucher...



And if you're luckier, there's more to grab...


So start sending your entries to English S.O.S website. You just have to be a little observant to spot such "MalEnglish". Like I said, it's not that difficult since we have third class mentality here, you can easily spot such even in high class places and tourist attractions like I did in Pavilion KL.

Let's make our society to speak not only good Bahasa Malaysia and mother tongue, but also better English. Let's show to the world we're the cultured and educated nation.

By the way, do click on this link to support me :) Likewise, post your link and I will support yours. I don't know if the iPod has been given out as the campaign is not a transparent but closed contest where no announcement is made for the winners.

UPS

UPS, not the well know global logistics company but uninterruptible power supply. It's the most neglected gadget by many since you don't really see it everyday (if you keep it under the table), you don't play with it everyday like your phone and PS3, you don't even realize its existence if there's no power incident. Therefore many people do not invest in it.

I have been using one since 7-8 years ago...


An APC Smart-UPS 1000VA UPS. The PC shop owner even laughed at me when I told him "I have an APC UPS at home". Ya, at that time I could buy another decent PC with its price. It's not only because of the reserved power but also other insurance I get out of it, check out the wiki to learn about the common power problems, a good UPS will protect your gadgets from all these power problems. I am pretty confident that you would raise both of your hands and legs to agree with me on the "power quality" delivered to our house by the national sole electricity provider TNB.

Recently, this long serving gadget has finally alarmed me that the batteries need to be replaced. I went out survey on the price and found out the APC genuine battery replacement pack cost me RM500+, I decided to give a pass and looked for alternative...


The UPS needs 2 packs of this battery. Similar specification (12V 12AH) to the original but cost me only around RM130.

Open up the battery compartment...



Slot in the batteries and make sure the batteries are connected with right polarity. Power it up to verify...


Good to go. Note down the date of replacement before seal up the compartment...



Ya. This post was dated 9 months ago :P

Look at this...


The amber LED indicates input power is higher than the rated voltage and the UPS is doing its job as AVR (automatic voltage regulator) to regulate the source down to the specification i.e. 220V. This is not an occasional surge or spike but it happens all the time!! Imagine yourself on an electrical chair, your gadgets are suffering the same without UPS! The is what I meant the "quality" of TNB's service.

Get yourself one, the price for entry level UPS is now much more affordable than a decade ago.