Friday, December 19, 2014

Judgement Day: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Finally.. The last of the trilogy and this third installment of The Hobbit which continued from The Desolation of Smaug. It also somehow sets the start to The Fellowship of the Ring. (Yes this is already a spoiler and where the movies is different from the books). Thanks to TGV, I watched the trilogy marathon of The Hobbit on the evening 17th December till after midnight in IMAX 3D. If only they could do all 6 movies at one go on a weekend, it would be marvelous.

Would I suggest this movie to my readers? Definitely a yes even for non JRR Tolkien fans. Hint: bring tissue if you are on the emotional side. Also since this movie is in IMAX, I would highly recommend the IMAX experience.. Why? Let me show you why..

This is roughly what you will see on a normal cinema without the IMAX experience.. Trimmed and projected on the curtains.

This would be the full widescreen experience. See what you would be missing? (Yes I watched this on a normal screen on my second round and it's disappointing..)

I also spot the difference in 3D and non 3D.. In the journey and the mountain views.. It's as though I am there itself in the mountains or the halls of Erebor (Dwarves stronghold in the mountains) and most importantly the battle of the 5 armies.. The battle was long and enjoyable in 3D.

Being a fan, I would rate this movie 5/5!!! Go watch it yourself seriously. I will not be the movie spoiler..

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guinness Amplify Penang

A series of live band performance have been going around in Malaysia brought to you by Guinness in the run up to their finale in KL on the 18th. Want to know how to get free tickets for the finale(which is by invitation/tickets only)? Read on to find out more. I was invited to their Penang League of Live Performances.

It was held in SOHO Gastro Pub in Precinct 10

The whole place was in a nice atmosphere ranging from the lightings and the billboards

The best part is that they are having their buy 2 free 1 promotion and a bottle/glass goes for only RM10

My bottles which was finished towards the end of the night

The Endleaves live

Then we have Froya

And lastly Kyoto Protocol

Thanks to Guinness for the invitation. And as promised. The way to get your free passes to the finale is by visiting and follow the instructions there. Good Luck.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Chinese Lunar 9th Month 9 Emperor Gods/九皇爺 Festival in Penang

Heard of the legend that says it would rain for the first 9 days of the Chinese Lunar 9th Month?
Yup. It's because legend has it that it's during this period that the 9 Emperor Gods would come and together with it brings rain.

The 9 Emperor Gods temple in Burma road directly facing Madras Lane in Penang.

It is said one has to be a pure vegetarian for the 9 days to cleanse oneself enough to send off the gods at the end of the 9 days. During this period, no animal products(milk, meat, eggs), garlic or onion. Even the plates, pots and utensils have to be new or untouched(clean from cooking any meat)

Took this with my phone. Yes. It's nice with all the lighting during the night.

Another bokeh picture using manual focus

Small effigies for prayers.

Coil joss sticks

The best part? The food of course

I feel you could never get as many varieties elsewhere compared to this place

The mixed rice dishes. I was eating there for the past 5 days because they have different dishes everyday

Coconut tarts is one of a kind

The small desserts with fillings inside them

Believe it of not? This is actually vegetarian. Yes, non cheese but it does taste exactly like the real thing.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Xiaomi Mi3 3 months down the road. Still the killer?

So it has been a 3 months journey now after getting my Mi3 from the first batch flash sale in Malaysia. How did the phone flare in comparison to my old HTC Sensation XE, Ninetology Z1 and other phones? Did it give me much headaches? Note that this is not a boring specs post but more of a user experience post. If you want specs, go find uncle Google =)

Simplified minimalist packaging. Phone in box, Manuals and the Sim tray pin right under the phone(see the flap just below the phone), cable hidden in the side of the box. If till now you still fail to find it, go do a lion king shaking the box till kingdom come and follow the source or the noise. First batch comes with extra sim trays to cater for different sizes and also the charger. I ordered mine with casing and screen protector.

Fits perfectly on one hand. Not too big, not too small. Just nice. How did I end up with this phone? My old Sensation XE is dying and is lagging despite the flashing and stuff. I am tight on budget and Mi3 just launched below 1k in Malaysia. Proven track record in Singapore(well known for kicking brands who did not do well)

Silver back finish for the elegant look.

So how did it do compared to other phones in the market? The Antutu X benchmark here says it all.. It has been the fastest phone in the world for quite some time. Some would shove the score right into your face(yes, there are certain "local/ASEAN" phone companies with around 20k benchmark doing just that and around the same price too) but for me it's just a number despite whatever others say. As long as my phone could perform without any hangs and lags, I am a happy man.

The first attraction is the phone comes with an online theme store fully customizing how you want your phone to look like down from icons, lock styles to backgrounds and even transitions etc. Did I mention free transformers, ironman and batman themes?

Custom widgets with high user experience.

I feel more Chinese now despite not being able to write much with the Chinese ink theme.

Some minimalist themes available for those who prefers simple and easy.

Customizable easy toggles in MIUI 5

Sound quality from the music player was superb with Dirac

13 Megapixel camera for the shot you don't want to miss with build in editor. It's like a mini photoshop in your hands.

Front cam auto gender and age detection. Trust me when I say this thing is real good. My friend with long hair still shows as male. Age also very "accurate" till it shows me as 24 *grins

HD video watching experience on the go. Helps as I am always traveling and on the go.

Easy to get casings with stands. Actually I bought this second casing cos I loved the color. The original flip case comes with the stand feature too.

My first update experience? From V13 to V14 OTA(over the air) update. It was updated without a glitch. Smooth transition there.

Then there's the MIUI 6 release. This phone is fully flashable (changing android versions and UI). Was selected as part of the Beta Tester team for MIUI and never looked back. The experience the new MIUI 6 brought was too good. Kit Kat ready for Android L, stand up compass(usually you have to lie flat on the table)

Good user experience in terms of functionality with improved RAM usage.

Did I mention online music? Life gets better with every update.

Anyway the only headache is that mine comes with only 16GB memory and near half goes to programs and OS or that was what I was thinking when I got this phone. At least till I discover I also get the cloud account. Easily I could move my files now without a worry. Oh and about LTE? The guys in Malaysia couldn't even get 3G rolled out right. Need I say more? I think by the time LTE is a good thing, I would be already getting my next Xiaomi phone.
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