September 29, 2012

Family come over to KL

Today, my family came to KL to visit. The main reason was because my grandma was admitted to Institut Jantung Negara (IJN). 
Anyway, as my grandma was okay already and could be discharged, we were all in jolly mood. 




Took photos with my baby in IJN

Say cheese!!

Honestly, the IJN interior is pretty awesome...looks more like hotel than places for the sick. No wonder people like Dr. Mahathir also came here for treatment...

Here are some of the photos that I took...




As we were waiting for our grandma to be discharged, we decided to go for some makan session...my sister wanted to drink a coffee....and we stopped by at the Gloria Jeans' Coffee....

I took the photo of the prices for those who are interested...






Well, we had our mornings spent in IJN waiting...

saying hi next to a signboard directing to the IJN Auditorium...
After our mornings there, we went to KLCC...

Had our lunch in Ben's...

To eat is to Love? I couldn't really agree with this but it's pretty creative in design..



Hello!! Say hi to the sweetest couple!!
 
Checking out the menu outside before deciding to go in...

After that, we went for a quick shopping in KLCC before heading to my aunty's place for dinner with my grandma, uncles, aunties and cousins...

We ordered Domino's Pizza while my grandma had her favourite chicken drumstick with rice...

It was pretty good to catch up with some of them...we also managed to finish watching the movie: Friday the 13th....couldn't believe that I have yet to watch the movie until today. (super outdated)






Well, it was pretty much a good Saturday....enjoyed the family time!! 


September 23, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 better than iPhone 5

We all know it is the same old story with iPhone 5, breaking records in sales again...topping two million pre-orders in the first 24 hours.
However, there is a growing belief that the Nokia Lumia 920, which runs the Windows Phone 8 is a much better smartphone.




Here are some of the features that the Nokia Lumia 920 wins in comparison to the iPhone 5.


1) Screen 




The screen size of the Nokia Lumia 920 is bigger and sharper than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136x640-pixels while the Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch Huge PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD, ClearBlack display. It also has a resolution of 1280x768 pixels, which is higher than the iPhone 5.


2) Camera


The Nokia Lumia sports an 8.7 megapixel rear PureView camera with optical image stabilisation and Carl Zeiss optics. It is better than iPhone 5's 8-megapixel camera...which is one of Apple's strong point.





However, there is no mention of noise reduction, low-light performance and fast photo taking in the Nokia Lumia 920 like the Apple's iPhone 5. Also, the 920's front-facing camera offers 1.2 megapixel front camera compared with the iPhone 5's 720 pixels.


3) Map


Even though Apple introduce their own Apple Inc's home grown Maps feature, it was not as good as the Nokia Map. With Nokia City Lens Augment reality, users can discover all the city has to offer by looking at the camera's viewfinder. It lets you find local businesses simply by pointing your phone in the right direction, a feature not available on the new iPhone.




Apple Inc's home-grown Maps feature is already facing criticism from users globally for a number of geographical errors, missing information and because it lacks features that made Google Maps so popular, including public transit directions, comprehensive traffic data or street view pictures. The new program has no public transit directions, limited traffic information, and flat-out mistakes, such as putting one city in the middle of the ocean.


4) Design





Let's put it this way...we are bored of the iPhone 5...even though Apple might emphasize on the elegance of the design of the Apple's baby, it is still the same iPhone...it could be thinner with a smaller port but the design is nothing in comparison to the beautiful Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 920 offers unique Live Tiles customisation, unlike the iPhone 5 on which icons are displayed in a single way, which can not be changed according to personal interests. Besides that, the Lumia 920 comes in the black, white, grey, red and yellow colours. On the other hand, the iPhone comes in white and silver, and black and slate colours.


5) User Interface, UI


We all know that the Apple's touchscreen has always been very sensitive but apparently, the Lumia 920's super sensitive touchscreen can be used not only with your fingertips, but also with finger nails, gloves and even any kind of pens.


Well, apparently, there are still more things that Nokia is better than the iPhone 5....


The charging of the Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the amazing breakthrough in comparison to the iPhone 5. With built-in wireless charging, it can be charged without being plugged in...the users just place it on a wireless charging pod, while Apple's iPhone 5 features ordinary charging. 

Tonight big game: Liverpool vs Manchester United

If you are one of the Red Devils' fans, tonight game will be one of those big games that cannot be missed. It's like the World Cup final or the European Champions League final kind of game...because for those of you who know the history of these two biggest English clubs, you'll know the significance of the game.

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool might be at the bottom half of the table, but this is the club with a history that you cannot ignore. While United have Giggs and Scholes as their veteran, Liverpool have their own Steven Gerrard. 

Steven Gerrard, the captain for Liverpool
The revelations set out in the Hillsborough Independent Panel's Report two weeks ago sent shockwaves that resonated far beyond the footballing world, and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and his United counterpart, Nemanja Vidic, will release 96 balloons into the air to commemorate those who lost their lives on April 15 1989.

The prematch handshake will be of intense moment as well, given the controversial issue surrounding Evra and Suarez, who was charged with racially abusing the Frenchman following the corresponding fixture last season.

The striker then snubbed Evra in the pre-match pleasantries at Old Trafford later in the season, but has a chance to put things right on Sunday.

It is definitely one of the big games not to be missed...

Just how many more goals will Van Persie score this season for United...
If you happen to be following United games, there seem to be a missed penalty kick on every game...will there be another spot kick for the Red Devils tonight and can any of them deliver?

Elsewhere, we have Manchester City and Arsenal against one another...this will probably be one of the best test to Arsene Wenger's boys this year around. Roberto Mancini's players will be keen to win this game to erase the painful last minute lost against Real Madrid.

Well, get ready the snacks and prepare for the big game!!

Some things that you don't know about your brain




100 billion nerve cells and yet we could forget our friend's birthday? 

Well, before one start pointing finger at our brain engine that runs all day long so long as one is alive, maybe it is time to understand some of the things that we don't realize.




1) Google is making the brain weaker...
A colleague of mine, Alicia mentioned that smartphone is actually causing productivity to drop even though it should improve it. Main reasons of course is the whatsapp, Google search, Facebook etc while we should really be working...but then, there is a fact in that statement...in fact, the internet is the cause of the weakening of our brain. The more one rely on the internet, the more one ignore the functionality of their brains. Study author Betsy Sparrow, PhD suggests we should focus on "greater understanding of ideas and ways of thinking," and less on memorization. 




2) Some of us crave for junk food, some don't...
During one of those study, subjects were shown with the name of foods and the parts of the brain that got excited was the same as the ones activated in drug addicts. Dopamine, the hormone linked to motivation and pleasure could be the source...people with fewer dopamine may need more food to energize the brain...




3) Music, nostalgia and Brain?
It is probably not difficult to connect these three...meaningful songs from childhood days could easily trigger the fond memories...

4) Ability to predict what is to happen...
The front-most region, the frontopolar cortex of the brain, helps predict future events from past experiences. Sounds like some psychic-superpowers? Well, it's not exactly psychic-superpowers, but the brain has the ability to make short-term predictions and think strategically about the future by drawing conclusions from recent patterns. 
For instance, the study's participants could anticipate slot machine payoffs based on previous trends in the games. 





5) Distracted easily while shopping
I never believe this before since I'm a guy but after reading this, I sensed some truth in it. 
When one is cloudy from stress, lack of sleep or low awareness, it is easy to be persuaded to buy something if out in the shopping mall. The brain will also subconsciously push one to buy for expensive products or branded goods if there are attractive, potential mates nearby, so as to impress them.

6) Trust your gut feeling
Even the brain might not be able to make the right decision when it comes to big and complex matters. When the unconscious state of the brain takes charge, most people end up having less remorse. A good example is taking on a new job...(salary, long-term potential, location, et cetera) could be the factors but instead of getting stuck in it, it might be better to sleep on it at times.




7) Forget about brain games...focus on music instead?
If you think that brain games are going to help you in developing your memory skill or boost the learning abilities, you can forget about it. The recent studies show that it does not really work...if you really want to improve your brain power, focus on music...Stanford University researchers found that it helps the brain to better organize chaos, pay attention, make predictions, and update memory.

8) It is not difficult to stimulate the brain...but it might not be what you are thinking...
Instead of trying to charm a beautiful lady or being more popular on Facebook, you can actually find healthy ways to stimulate the brain...
Exercise, spending time with friends, treating yourself to a day of relaxation.

9) The brain peaks in the 20s...
If you are after about 27, then the brain cells are already starting to lose although the brain functionality normally starts deteriorating after the age of 45. If you want to beat the odds, eat your way with healthy fruits like blueberries...help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, maintain your memory, and boost my acetylcholine levels (which helps improve memory function).


Sleeping is not lazy...it's a need...

10) The need to sleep...
While the brain never really sleep, it is important that you get a goodnight rest....Sleep helps stabilizes memories. It also may help the brain to process them, by encoding the emotional bits and ditching the unnecessary details to remember the order of events. 

11) The brain can be reprogrammed to be happier...
A new colleague of mine teach me about hypnotizing oneself to be happier...and I always find it difficult to agree...but like it or not, the brain could actually be reprogrammed to be happier. 
To rewire the brain to become more optimistic, take positive actions! Recent research shows that genes play only a 30 to 40% role in your life outlook, and you can shift from being a pessimist to an optimist over time. So, start taking positive actions today!! Now!





12) The brain becomes better with exercise...
You might not want to believe this but exercise helps more than just keeping your bones strong and heart pumping. Art Kramer, from the University of Illinois, found that memory—one component of the brain many functions that declines with age—can improve with treadmill usage just three days a week, working up to an hour a day. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which delivers vital oxygen and glucose. MRIs revealed that areas pivotal for decision-making, planning, and multitasking also improved in those who went on the treadmill.


This type of comedy might just be what you need...

13) Laughter is the best medicine even for the brain
The amygdala and hippocampus (two parts linked to depression) light up when one hear laughter, as does the nucleus accumbens, which is a key player in pleasurable feelings. Chuckling reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure too, decreasing your chance of heart attack and stroke. In one 2012 study, researchers found an increase in oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”, which enhances the brain's reward centers), when subjects listened to infant laughter. This may just explain the YouTube popularity of laughing baby videos. Maybe it is time for me to start watching at funny videos again...


September 19, 2012

Believe is the key

There are times that things don't work as well as planned. There are times that people don't understand you...but if you persevere, you will come out stronger...

I learn this when I watch Rocky Balboa...


Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all 
sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean, and nasty place an' no matter how 
tough you think you are, it'll always beat you if you let it. It ain't about 
how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, 
how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! If 
you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you 
gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointin' fingers saying you ain’t 
where you wanna be because of him, her, or anybody! Cowards do that, and that 
ain’t you! You’re better than that!




Sometimes you might find it difficult to get up when you get knocked down...and this is something that I learn while working...believing is the key. Working in an insurance company expose me to a lot of the successful insurance agents and none of them succeed because they are special...they succeed because they believe and persevere.



[News] The latest x86 Smartphone Revealed - Motor RAZR-i

It's been quite some time since Intel wanting to venture into the world of smartphone where billions of dollars are said to be make every year. The latest push to the smartphone space continue with the alliance with Motorola, after Motorola Xolo X900 and Lenovo K800, both which launched outside of the US. So, here is the latest news on the x86 smartphone party - news from Forbes.

Intel‘s push into the smartphone and mobile space continued – and Motorola’s commitment to make fewer, better phones was given a live-fire exercise – with the launch of the Motorola RAZR i in London Tuesday.

The expectation has been for some time that Moto would be producing an Intel-powered smartphone, of course, and there was considerable expectation, supported by the preponderance of the word “edge” in Motorola communications, that this would also feature a new “edge-to-edge”, bezel-less display technology. Essentially, an Intel-driven take on the RAZR m.




Introduced by Andrew Morley, General Manager of Motorola UK and Ireland, the i was talked through by Jim Wicks, SVP of Mobile Experience Design, of Motorola and Eric Reid, GM of Mobile Platforms at Intel – a serious line-up. I sat down with Reed and Hicks after the launch and asked a few questions relating to the new device. More details to come, but the key points are:

  • The phone, described as the first 2GHz Intel smartphone, is running the next iteration of the Atom “Medfield” Z2460 processor we have seen clocked at 1.6 GHz in the first Intel-driven smartphones and should have the same impressive power-saving and battery management features. These are single-core processors, but have Intel’s patent Hyperthreading technology, to manage multiple tasks on one core. The graphics chip is, unsurprisingly, based on Imagination’s PowerVR architecture.
  • “Security” was mentioned but not developed on toa significant degree – but this suggests that Intel’s known-quantity status in the enterprise is seen as an expansion opportunity. Everyone likes security, of course, but enterprise loves it. This feels like a messaging “nub” at present, to be expanded upon.
  • The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is squeezed into a form factor about the size of the iPhone 5, the screen of which, famously, has a 4-inch diagonal. This was done by “exposing the engine” – there are visible tension screws on the side of the phone to hold the LCD in place. The frame is very thin, and supplemented by Motorola’s familiar kevlar, with Corning Gorilla Glass on the screen and “aircraft-grade” aluminium (for which read light, thin and strong).
The phone will be available in October, with the first launches in early October, in Latin America and Europe. Both declined to comment on plans for an Intel-driven device launch in the US.
  • It will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but will be getting a “competitively-scheduled” update to Jelly Bean (since Jelly Bean is already available on phones – and indeed the HP TouchPad, after a fashion – competitive should at least mean “sharpish”.
  • This should be easier, of course, because Motorola has walked back from its proprietary MOTOBLUR user interface, and was doing so even before its acqusition by Google. Android’s UI will be supplemented by some nice-looking “circles” on the home page, intended to make single-pane operation convenient for those who do not want a series of pages: the phone will have a single screen out of the box, with a swipe to a settings page.
  • Much was made of the 8MP camera, and its ability to take ten photos in less than a second. The point here is a good one – that much of what we think of as mechanical in photography is about processor speed and software optimization.
  • The device is envisaged as a “mid to high tier” offering – again, my question on suggested retail prices was made with little expectation of a straight answer, but a reasonable surmise might be that it will be priced somewhere beneath the iPhone 5, and target the persuadable higher-end customer.

Motorola and Intel both have points to make here – Intel with its first launch putting its chips into a higher-end handset by a higher-end western brand (no offense to Lava, ZTE or Lenovo, but they do not have the brand weight in the west of Motorola in the smartphone space). Motorola is not generally front-of-mind in markets outside the US, and after some low-key launches of solid phones is perhaps aiming to rectify that. Post-acquisition, and after contributing $1.25 billion to Google’s Q2 revenues, many both inside and outside Motorola are eager to show or be shown that the company is more than the sum of its patents.

September 16, 2012

Manchester United 4-0 Wigan

One word to sum up the Red Devils' performance against Wigan....brilliant!!

4 goals...and clean sheet...

2 players scoring on their debut game...that is the sort of performance that deserve credit.

It was a beautiful tale...with Scholes stars in United romp...



Here, the veteran midfielder did not just open it - he sent it crashing off its hinges.

Mixing a typically astute performance with some of those thunderous challengers for which he is noted, Scholes also broke the deadlock with his 155th United goal.

Few could have been converted in such ease as he tapped home after Ali Al Habsi had pushed Nani's low cross straight into his path.

Then, it was Hernandez who redeemed himself by scoring the second goal for United...after all, it was he who missed the first penalty kick. He bagged a second when he turned home Alexander Buttner's misdirected shot.

The Dutchman capped a fine debut by driving home the hosts' third, putting more pressure on an underperforming Patrice Evra, who watched from the stand. Robin van Persie was introduced 19 minutes from time but it was his fellow substitute Nick Powell who wrapped up the win on his debut, blasting in from 20 yards.

The veteran players have shown the example...the new players are showing potential...this is definitely good news...a brilliant 4-0 win over Wigan!


September 15, 2012

Manchester United vs Wigan



Well, if you are not excited about this game, then you are definitely not a United fan. This will be the game where Manchester United hand a debut to Alexander Buttner, while Robin Van Persie, Antonio Valencia, and Shinji Kagawa are all on the bench.

It will be interesting to see how United will perform with Chicharito and Welbeck start in front. I still believe Chicharito should start but I don't see why Ferguson would want to test the pairing with Welbeck....probably Van Persie's injury...

Anyway, it's about time to kick off soon...am already excited about the game!!


Forget about work...it's weekend!!

It's time to forget about work...it's weekend!!



I just done some revision in the afternoon...



But I guess it's enough for the day...it's gonna be some time to hang out...gonna be going for running with Wen Shiuan and maybe Tom as well in University Malaya.

Time for my running shoe to show off...



It will be an amazing night....football night....Manchester United, Liverpool game on...and maybe Real Madrid as well....Soon Aik will be back to the house from Klang for this...

Tomorrow morning will be Broga Hill!!



September 13, 2012

iPhone 5

The announcement of the Apple's iPhone 5 has come as expected...

For those of you who have yet to follow the news, here are some of the features of the iPhone 5:

Taller, thinner and metal black





The new iPhone is 18 percent thinner (0.30 inch vs. 0.37 inch thick) than the iPhone 4S. Apple says it's the thinnest handset around, but that's a race that changes often. That means it's also 20 percent lighter for a total of 3.95 ounces. 

The Retina Display expands from 3.5 inches (its size since the original iPhone) to 4 inches. The total resolution remains the same, though, at 326 pixels per inch. The total pixel count is 1,136x640, and we now have a 16:9 aspect ratio.


For those of you who have always wanted to have more row of icons in the home screen, you just got your wishes come true, without having to jailbreak...a fifth row of icons on the home screen. That's pretty nice since it will let you cut down on the number of home screens. You'll also get a full five-day week view in the calendar, the calendar will show more events, and all iWork apps will take advantage of the bigger display. Third-party apps that haven't been updated will continue to work, but you'll see black borders on each side (so they won't be stretched or scaled). Apple also promises that wide-screen movies will look better, with 44 percent more color saturation than on the iPhone 4S.

iSight Camera



The camera stays at 8 megapixels (with the best resolution being 3,264x2,448 pixels) with a feature list that includes backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and a f2.4 aperture. 
A dynamic light mode is new, and you should be able to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster. Another addition is an image signal processor in the A6 chip. That will bring spatial noise reduction and a "smart filter" that produces better low-light performance and captures photos faster. 



Finally, there's a built-in panorama mode that stitches shots together for one large 28-megapixel photo.

The secondary front camera now can shoot 720p HD video and it gets a backside illuminated sensor. FaceTime can also be done via cellular network...no more waiting for wifi to have video call with your loved ones...

Smaller dock connector, smaller sim card

On the bottom of the iPhone 5, there's that new and long-anticipated smaller dock connector. Called "Lightning," it has an all-digital, eight-signal design and an "adaptive interface" (we're not quite sure what that means yet). It's 80 percent smaller, and since it's reversible, both ends will be the same (that's kind of nice). In a way, it is bad news for those with a lot of accessories that have the old bigger dock connector.
The new connector cable will mainly be used for syncing and charging by most people who own an Apple TV or Bluetooth/AirPlay accessories.

iOS 6

Inside, the iPhone 5 will debut with iOS 6 already onboard. Highlights include the new Apple Maps app, Passbook, shared photo streams, Siri updates, and the aforementioned FaceTime over 3G. Siri could be used to make bookings in restaurants as well in the iPhone 5...something more useful and practical.




September 11, 2012

Staying active

I was feeling rather tired after the morning exercise...a short one though but I felt I need to get myself fit again.

One thing exercise helps is that it keeps me focus...on the things that I have to do and get done.

I wanna maintain this active lifestyle but rest is still very much needed...really need to maintain this in a healthy way.

Well, I need to get going...


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September 09, 2012

[News] Thor: Son of Asgard Is Now Free



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Steamboat sessions with university kakis....

It has been some time since we had any steamboat. I remembered the last time my juniors had steamboat sessions, I was not invited...unbelievable. Haha!!

Anyway, this time around, we are having it in my place....2 of my juniors are with us, Siow Wei and May Kee...then we have Aaron back in our place as well....not forgetting the invited Lai Wei Hoong.

I was back pretty early that day since they told me bout the steamboat session. And I was stunt when I see the amount of food they bought for this small group.



Well, it was definitely a good time to spend together...to see these people together...the best part about steamboat is the people that spent those moment with you.



Food food food!!








Feeling hungry even as I write this post...



Lai Wei Hoong, the MIA man is back...emoness is his nickname!

Chow May kee, the girl who is leaving for UK!!




I couldn't think of a better way to capture this moment...I know that probably 5 years down the road, I probably hardly will talk to any of them but I'm happy that we have gone through all these moments together...


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