June 30, 2012

[Games] Bejeweled Blitz

If you are always on the go and in between you have about few minutes of break, there is a game that you might play in between the break. The game is short, addictive and you can even challenge your friends for high score over the Facebook account.



The game is Bejeweled Blitz by PopCap. In this game, you have 60 seconds to strategize, match and detonate as many gems as you can - just like the normal Bejeweled games, but only this time you have up to 60 seconds to play, which is good especially when you are playing it on a very short break.

Page to see where you rank among your friends in Facebook playing the game


There are options to play either offline aka challenging the imaginary challengers by the game itself (with the latest update), or you can login to your Facebook and compete with Facebook friends to see who get the highest score and the high score is not there forever, the competition will restart every week. Give the game a try and you will see how addictive it is.
Checking personal statistic of the game


Positive Habit 2: Identify and Eliminate what drains you

This is probably one of the most difficult part as something that drains you might be just as important to you. 


And yet, if you want to live a positive and effective life, you must do just that. If people or things bug you and led you to a negative path, it is time to learn to say "NO" to either them or things.


What drains you could be the little things as well as the big things. It could be your poor relationship, or driving in the rush hour traffic, a messy car or house, a crazy and dishonest boss or even simply that you dislike your job. These sort of things need to be avoided and eliminated if possible, because these are a huge drain on your energy's level.


When you do that, you will be amazed at how much lighter you will feel and the ability to create space for something new and effective.


How do you identify and eliminate all these? 


Start by making a list of 5 things that are draining you from these 3 areas:



  • Work
  • Home
  • Relationships
Be specific about what is it you are putting up with, what and who's bugging you as well as what you're neglecting and putting off. Then ask that simple question:

Are you willing to put an end to all these distractions...if your answer is yes, then start by eliminating them, one by one. It will be a huge and overwhelming task initially, but overtime, you will find that this is what you need to do to enjoy the lighter load....

June 28, 2012

Dinner in Q Bistro

Well, I am not really the type who would look for nice food. As long as it is fulfilling, it is good enough for me. I am also basically the fast food generation as well as the mamak frequent visitors (partly due to the football fixtures). 


Anyway today I went for dinner in Q Bistro in Bandar Seri Permaisuri...thanks to the company of Tom, I don't have eat dinner on my own.


Anyway, this is what I ordered: Nasi Q-Bistro...


The chicken is quite amazing with the sauce....and I must said that the egg is nice!!


A big thumbs up to Mamak food here...





This is the reason why I believe even though there is no TV in Q Bistro, there are a lot of people who go there for mamak session....

Imagine a mamak without football attraction that still managed to have good business...

Truly satisfied with my decision and will now rest while await for Italy game against Germany...bring on the Germans....the Azzurri fear no one!!


June 27, 2012

City Harvest Church founder, 4 others charged

Well, what do Christians said when the court rule them right? 


God is my Vindicator....and when the result goes the other way round? 


This is a test of our faith...


Well, if you happen to be a City Harvest Church fans, you will find it annoying to read news regarding the fraud charges against founder, Kong Hee.


In no way am I trying to be sarcastic but if you've read news on how the supporters of Kong Hee trying to protect and shield the pastor from the media, it was pathetic....none of them tried to shield Kong Hee when he was up on the stage like a superstar...this raises that question: you are only willing to be seen as someone great and not as someone charged with fraud cases....


Make no mistakes....Kong Hee is not at fault at the moment...it is still an ongoing investigation with the court yet to make the final decision...we must always remember: innocent until proven guilty.


But I seriously hope that people will stopped defending all the questioning....and tried to argued outside the court...that simply shows something is seriously wrong with the fruits of the tree....a statement I saw on twitter...let's not be naive...we are not talking about thousands but millions....if it is a crime, then one must look into it.


So what are the charges against Kong Hee and four other church leaders??


Criminal breach of trust and falsifying accounts....


Please take note: it is only charges...they are still as innocent as we are so long as the court case is ongoing. 



According to the Straits Times (ST), prosecutors believe that a total of $24 million was invested in alleged sham transactions to fund the pop music career of Kong's wife, Sun Ho.
The funds were said to have been put into a $13 million bond investment with Xtron Productions, while $11 million was allegedly put into another company called PT The First National Glassware.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Christopher Ong and Grace Goh told the court that some of the accused were also believed to have conspired to misappropriate another $26.6 million of church funds so that it would seem like the alleged sham bond investments were redeemed. This is called 'round-tripping'.
"It is the Prosecution's case that these further monies were circulated... to create the false appearance that the purported sham bond investments had been redeemed, when in fact the 'redemption' had been financed using these further monies misappropriated from church funds," they said.
Well, my prayer is that the truth will be revealed: should Kong Hee be innocent, may the truth be reveal and set him free...but should he be guilty, may he received all the punishment that one truly deserve for fraud....

June 25, 2012

Chillis hangout: Celebration for Tom

Well, we all know when we are moving into a new path, something unknown, it is always filled with excitement and uncertainty at the same time....but with great friends to celebrate together, everything will become as smooth and as amazing as it is challenging.


We were out to celebrate for Tom...his new job, a new working environment and a new paycheck!! How's that for celebrating? Well, we made it look like he has to pay for the meal...totalling of RM220++....haha!! He paid using his credit card like a boss but let's say we are not such cruel friends...we shared the meal...it was simply a celebration of his new career.





Here's a group photo!! All smiles...with the juniors ready to embark on their own path as well after graduation...double celebration?




I am not so sure the best way to describe it but life is short...yet meaningful...let's learn to take things slow...embrace the people around you and the work that one is doing...that's something maybe all of us are still learning and will continue to learn.



Yummy!! Food!!


For those of you who know, I've never been a big fan of food, but I really do enjoy Chillis' food...so here's a hint for those of you who are thinking of treating me for a meal...


We ordered about 4 dishes to share...








Gosh!! By posting it already make me felt like going for another round of Chillis....With the amazing companion of my friends and the food, we definitely enjoyed ourselves to the max...

Here's a brief introduction to the folks who were there:


The star of the night, Tom Tom...


This was used to be the girl who drove Vios in UM....now she's part of our circle of friends...May Kee aka Mickey..


Lee Soon Aik, the Liverfool fan...


The S&T turn Stats student...the idiot who chose Maths over pretty girls...


our emotional junior, Lee Siow Wei...also the genius of his batch of students...






June 23, 2012

Positive Habit 1: From the Inside Out

The other day I was reading this book on the positive habits that one should develop over a year.

There are 52 positive habits....one habit to learn every week for a year.

Most people look at things this way:

Having + Doing + Being = Success

but what it should really be is this:

Being + Doing + Having = Success

This is how it should be according to sequence....that instead of owning and having something, one should start with being....

Simple sum it:

1) BE
Be yourself, be who you really are....know who you really are...know what's most important to you...know what makes you unique...know what you do best...this introspection and clarity will help you to make it into the second stage...

2) DO.
Do the things that you know best...use your gifts and talents in a way that help others...touch people in meaningful ways....leave a lasting legacy....and this will take one into the third stage...

3) HAVE.
Have a life...not a lifestyle...a life oriented with what matters most...a life spent with those matter most to us....a financial rewards for doing what one love...


Redesigning one's life from the INSIDE OUT...getting to know oneself first...is the first step into developing a positive habits...

trying to study...

I was alone this weekend in KL so I have more time for myself...in a way, I'm glad to have this time alone...haha!! Get to do things on my own....study...


so this is my attempt to study...





Get into the nerd mode...

calculator - check!
pencil and papers - check!
coffee - check!
notes - check!




It wasn't too long that I realized I was starting to look at my iPhone...










Deciding to be more firm, I put my iPhone aside...but before long, this happens:







Another half an hour passed and I'm on the other BOOK instead...


Just as the image below, 




It also happen to me...





And then, suddenly it was EURO 2012 again...



Goal!! Germany won!!

I tried my best to get into the studying mode on a Saturday morning as well...it worked well until I decided to listen to some music...


End up browsing web and listening to hitz.fm...

Well, it was not all that bad...I still finished one chapter...haha!!




June 20, 2012

SEGA games on iPhone



Well, it's been a while since I played game such as Sonic, and I happened to find it on the Apple store today. The Sonic Episode 1 was borrowed heavily from the original Sonic and likewise, Episode 2 is borrowed from the second Sonic, reintroducing Miles “Tails” Prower as an AI controlled partner. 






The first game was pretty sluggish and was not up to standard...it's a shame for the Sonic fans as the reintroduction on the iPhone has not lived up to the standard expected. While the second game is no longer lacking in speed, there are sudden stops at times that doesn't seem to be normal. It would be fine if the physics were really fixed, but from a stopped position, Sonic still takes too long to get up to speed.

Anyway back to the game....at the press of a button, Miles help you fly, swim, and even do an awesome combined spin-dash attack which is near unstoppable.




Basically, the control was pretty straightforward but without much tweaking and customization, it felt kinda awkward. It worked well but not much excitement in playing. But then again, for those of you who miss Sonic, this one is for you...you may download the free trial or buy the full version...at this point, it costs only $4.99. There are quite a lot of old school elementary coming back....will be looking forward for more... 




EURO 2012

So, EURO 2012 has already been ongoing, with the group stages coming to an end....Germany, Portugal both make it for the Group of Death....Czech Republic and Greece both emerged as qualifier for Group A, where the co-host, Poland is out. Meanwhile, my favourite team, Italy managed to get into the quarter final with two draws against Spain and Croatia before winning on their final game against Republic of Ireland. 
As I blog this, it is the second half of the final game of the England's group....scoreline remain at 0-0 for England vs Ukraine as well as France vs Sweden. 






Anyway, football competition has always been able to keep us awake during our school days and now, it is doing to us again even as I head into the working world. My housemate, Soon Aik would sleep at night and wake up for the game during the midnight....amazingly, he had been following almost all the games...I will only watch games like Italy, England and Portugal...


I am also following the games using the EURO 2012 app on the iPhone. It's free and it really feed me with the news for my favourite team, Italy. The notifications and alerts help to update me on the games...


EURO 2012 app

If you feel that you are not able to stay awake for the games, get yourself that app and at least be updated of the news as you awake....as for me, I'm going to enjoy the game....in a way, I hope Ukraine win but somehow, I hope Young and Rooney could perform (United players)....anyway, let's say I'm neutral for this game...may the best team win!!

May the best team win!

June 19, 2012

Why Microsoft's 'Surface' Is A Big Strategy Shift

An interesting article that I come across in Yahoo! finance regarding the tablet by Microsoft called 'Surface' - Why Microsoft 'Surface' is A Big Strategy Shift. Finally, with the tablet from Microsoft, we will now have more tablets option to choose from rather than just iPad and Android tablets.

The new tablet in town, Surface



Microsoft's launch of its first-ever computer, in the form of a tablet called 'Surface', marks a major shift by the tech giant into the hardware space, as it seeks to replicate the success enjoyed by rival Apple, technology analysts tell CNBC.
"Microsoft's Surface is a premium class of device, which has integrated software, hardware and services," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group told CNBC on Tuesday. "It is positioned directly against Apple. This is Microsoft trying to do a better job than Apple at all three."
Unlike Apple, the software giant has relied in the past three decades on computer manufacturers to produce and market machines running its Windows franchise, which it's been struggling to re-invent. Apple, on the other hand, has adopted an integrated hardware-and-software approach, using its own operating system to power devices like the iPad and iPhone - a strategy that's proven to be a big success.
Enderle says the specifications of the new tablet - particularly the optical display - indicate that Microsoft is now ramping up its focus on hardware. "The Surface's optical display is the first to come into the market. You can play games on the device that you can't on the iPad," he said.
Some other features of the tablet include a 10.6 inch screen, a built-in stand, keyboard, plus front and rear cameras.
But according to Andrew Milroy, Vice President, ICT Research, Asia-Pacific at Frost & Sullivan, Microsoft may be a "little late" in the game. Windows has a negligble presence in the tablet operating system space, compared to Apple's iOS and Google's Android, which have 63 and 35 percent market share respectively.
He also raised concerns about the Surface potentially straining Microsoft's relations with companies like Dell, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard which are reportedly developing their own tablets which will run on Windows 8.
While Enderle believes the Surface shows potential, the success of the product will ultimately depend on how much money Microsoft is willing to dedicate to the marketing and distribution of the product.
"On paper (the Surface) is a strong offering. If Microsoft spends whatever it takes to market and seed the product, it will be a success," he said.
"It's a huge marketing effort. A lot of the weight is going to be on the convincing consumers that Microsoft's product is better. This is potential for it to be a lot better than the iPad, but if they (Microsoft) can't explain it to the public, then they lose," he added.

June 14, 2012

When everything is temporary... [Part 2]

My previous post was on some of the very important people in my life...

I was looking through some of the old photos....I don't have the soft copy of some of these photos and so I decided to take them using the camera and post it here as memories...

oops...the good old days...and I've already been so arrogant back then...

I still remember my Form 1-3 friends...some of them are really cool peeps...

my first Youth Camp....


F4 and F5 gang!

Crazy joker that never fail to impress me...


And how can I forget getting close with strangers in just 3 days through a seminar...


Shorties on my left and right...

When I looked at these photos, I wonder where is the place for these moments in my today's life...but I can not dwell on the past...it's about cherishing those moments and making sense of today....

It is still a good laugh to look back and realize that we were really young back then without actually realizing it...


June 11, 2012

When everything is temporary...[Part 1]

Do you remember your best friend when you first entered school? Is there still any connection between you and your "first love" or maybe your "first crush"

What about when you grow older? Are you still hanging out with the same group when you did 3 years back? What about the good old buddies that you spent most of the time with, be it on the phone or when you are seeing one another?

Well, I have a very interesting youth because of this group of people...





The guy on the most left on both the photos, the guy with spectacles...that guy is Jian Yao...he's the guy that brought me to church and I am thankful to God for him, for the rest of my life...because it was there that I met the other people in the photo. He was also the guy that has been a good friend to me...

Addie on the right, the one behind me....the man that I spent most of my time with...studies, church service...we are both good in it...we are not the best but we still did it in a rather amazing way...doing what is deemed right back then. 

You probably noticed Samuel Choo, the guy sitting next to YenLeng...while I have to admit I hate his "tak apa" attitude but he's probably one of the coolest friend I ever had...and he cares, even though he don't say it. 

Alicia Yap...how can I forget...the girl that made guys fall on their knees...one with an amazing heart...while I wouldn't say she made much effort to be a good friend to me, having her as part of my youth is such joy that it is beyond words...
And honestly, I just wished there were times when we just go back to our youth, talking about life as though we know it all too well (but the fact that we know shit) in a coffee shop.

Then, you probably notice another guy, Liang Hin...the man whom I owed so much...teaching me what is right and also helping me in my darkest hour....no one could replaced his place in my life and I dared say this...I'll never find a better friend, because he was really more than just a friend...he was a brother and is still one....one that I look up to regardless of the opinion of others...regardless of how far we might drift apart, because his presence helps me through my darkest phase...and I thank God everyday for him. 

While I really hope that all of those beautiful memories will remain, I knew all too well that we have all grown up....we are no longer the same people we used to be. We no longer hang around in church....we don't talk about studying anymore...and we don't talk about relationship problems anymore (we all know too well how the game works). 

When everything is temporary, including the closest people in your life, somehow, you just hope that you can get hold of that moment, freeze it and remember it for the rest of your life...but even then, memories will eventually fail...but to this small group of people, I love you more than words can describe...you might find that I no longer find you...it's not that because I didn't want to find you...it's just that I no longer know how to connect like I used to. If there is one way that I could say how meaningful you guys are to me, it is through this....

because even when time fails me, I know that I have poured it out, in ways that I know best...I may not have been the best friend but I hope you know I have tried...

June 03, 2012

Should you wait to buy smartphone?




If you are one of those who are always into the latest gadget, buying a new smartphone will be almost a yearly event....even for people who did not buy a new one yearly, they will be looking for the new and latest addition to the smartphone family...


Overcrowded smartphones

For those who are Apple fanboy, it is common to wait and see if the new iPhone has any better features than the previous one...if you are one of those who follow the rumours of the iPhone 5 even though the release of 4S has just been made a few weeks ago, you are likely to be one of those strong Apple fans...not to be mean on the usage of fans but Steve Jobs has somehow managed to turn Apple into a "cool" brand. I have to admit that I was like that a few months ago...

But then imagine, you have the new iPhone 4S release, then not too long ago, the new Ipad, and then you heard it from the competitor as well, the Galaxy S3....let's not forget that S2 was not too long in the market...while the Galaxy family has been pretty impressive among the Droids armies, it is pretty pricey to be buying a new smartphone just for the additional hardware feature that apparently improve the speed into an extreme manner. (I doubt so...) We can't ignore Sony which is coming out better than before...and what about HTC? After a year of rather ineffectiveness, it is coming back good again...

What about Windows Phone? It is pretty good to be honest to have something different on the market...but let's be honest...Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 were among the popular ones for the Microsoft new mobile OS...they were pretty good but not good enough and so Nokia come out with Lumia 900 and 610...both have also been receiving a lot of good reviews but what are the difference between Nokia Lumia 900 and Nokia Lumia 800...and what about 710 and 610? The price is the difference for one and then we have some changes on the design...the overall feel and usage would hardly be affected...

And have we forgot about Blackberry? The RIM is struggling madly and yet we are seeing the new addition into the market...

We have the Apple iOS, Google Android, RIM Blackberry and Microsoft's new Windows Phone...which one will be the best? Should I wait for the latest OS 
on the market???

Should I wait or should I buy now?

Well, there are many people who are always waiting to buy a new smartphone...they are just uncertain if this will be the best buy...but here's a piece of advice: it is not about buying the best smartphone but buying one that you are comfortable using and helping you getting things done...it might not be the fastest but let's not be naive...there will always be a faster one coming out in the market...


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