By accident, I wound up at Wondermilk Uptown this evening. As traffic flowed outside, I chilled on my own with some super beef and fries and a cup of cold caramel...
Thursday, September 29, 2011
So, OK. I'm really the type who's easily contented and practical. Contrary to popular belief, since I DO work in new media, I DO NOT own a kajillion gadgets and more. I DO have the following: Blackberry, HP lap top, iPad 1, iPhone and an iPod (although yeah, I have owned like four different iPods of different versions before).
See, that's hardly a kajillion gadgets. But I HAVE been tempted to splurge before on various other (android) tablets and phones. Do I really need them? Not quite. I mean, how much more time can you spend on these things? I tweet, listen to music, watch some videos, read some articles and play Need For Speed and FIFA. Cukuplah tu. Plus, all the other stuff I thought of buying have had bad reviews/comments attached to them; e.g.: Blackberry Playbook ("takde apps"), Samsung Galaxy Tab ("get something else")...
But I am convinced that the time has come for me to toy around with another tablet; the Kindle Fire.
Sure, it's wi-fi only and is smaller than the iPad in size and memory, and probably it won't be the MAIN gadget for social networking, but it's the direct connection to Amazon that has had my tongue wagging (and the price!). You know lah, in Malaysia we can't download most stuff from iTunes without the hassle of faking a US address or getting the giftcards, so I'm hoping the Kindle Fire will be sans all that and more.
I know, I know; it's the same case with the original Kindle and our geographical location, but I do have a plan. Since I'll be going to the UK in December, gonna purchase the hardware there and set up the account as well. Score! (pls don't spoil the party by saying I still need a UK credit card etc, will figure it out lah)
Of course what I'll be looking forward to most is the massive library of movies and TV series. The Prime Instant Videos will indeed my new best friend : )
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Yup, I did it! My first competitive 10km run (10.3km on my runkeeper app) happened yesterday and although it was a tad harder than expected, I'm more than happy that I did it only some six months after I first started running on a regular basis.
Sure, my limbs are rather aching now, but to use a well-worn cliche, no pain no gain maa...
As usual, woke up very early in the morning to psyche myself up and consume some carbs.
Got to Dataran Merdeka at around 6.20am and the place was already buzzing with some 5,000 other runners.
The weather was really good for a run, although it was quite hazy later on in the morning.
Did my warm-up and it was time to rock and roll at 7.30am sharp!
Started from the back as usual, but OK lah, I knew the pacing for the 10km was gonna be slightly slower and different.
Also had a running partner in tuansenangbesar, so we sort of paced each other.
It was an interesting route that took us past Lake Gardens and up the flyover at Hilton KL, then down to Brickfields.
The first drinking station came around the 3km mark and this is a big complaint I have against the organiser. I.e.: there was basically NO water for most of us at the 2nd and 3rd drinking stations!
Come on lah, surely you can estimate the amount of water needed for 5,000 people?! As a result, we had to go through the next 7km without a single drop of water. Boo!
That somewhat affected our pacing (haha, alasan). But OK lah, we really took our time, especially since we had to stop a couple of times to let traffic pass.
The last couple of kms were rather alright as we were also spurred on by cheerleaders, drummers and Bhangra musicians. Really!
We crossed the finish line at 1hr 31mins, and although I just missed out on my target of 90mins, it was cool to finish it at the very least. Puas hati!
Special thanks to tuansenangbesar who was running with an injured shoulder, but most important of all, we had fun (yes, including the dying of thirst bit). Onwards to the next run now!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
So, as I writing this, it's less than 24 hours away from the Siemens 10km Run. I must say that I'm pretty excited. Can't wait to see how things go tomorrow.
But before that, went to Wisma OCM in KL yesterday to pick up the race kit.
Was told it was rather crowded and slow in the morning, but by the time I got there in the afternoon, it wasn't so bad at all.
And here's my race kit!
Oh yeah, I'm ready!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Just watched the video yesterday and it really put a smile on my face. Finally, a cool way of promoting a very important responsibility. Yes, it IS a RESPONSIBILITY that we, as the citizens of Malaysia should take seriously.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that there are some really cool people in the video as well (I won't bother mentioning those I can't stand though, haha), so my kudos goes to everyone involved.
Produced by Pete Teo, I see that both the BM and English versions have managed to rake in a respectable number of views on youtube. A good sign, really.
But the real question now is, have YOU registered to vote? The next general elections is just around the corner, and it would be a big waste if you were to miss the proverbial boat. Come on, people! It's so easy to register, and believe me, come election day, when you actually put that X in a box, the feeling will be one of great satisfaction.
What about ME, you ask? Well, I've voted more times than I can remember. Maybe four or five times, if you insist to know (yes I'm old, diamlah). Ever since I became eligible, I've never shirked my responsibility as a citizen of Malaysia. I remember even going back to JB from KL a couple of times just to vote (without being sponsored by any political party).
Which leads me to my next point. It is an unfortunate truth that there are those out there with a 1001 things to say about everything under the sun, but have yet to even register. I remember one admission by this popular (old) Sopo blogger with millions of hits that the last elections was actually his first. LO to the SER!
The malays say, "cakap je berdegar-degar, tapi habuk pun tarak". So be cool and not a fool, UNDILAH! Cos really, if you pass on the chance, you should just shut up if Malaysia doesn't go your way. Capish?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
We met up at around 6.30am, at Bukit Aman, and was told we'd be doing 6-7km at the very least. I've also heard how the route is kinda hilly and challenging, but I was definitely up for it.
Went back to my pace after that and I must say it was a pretty enjoyable and scenic run.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
For one, they chose a theme never before done: "1001 Raya", which basically meant an Arabian Raya. So you can already imagine the costumes, decor and food that were gonna make the day.
Primeworks Studios were pumped up right from the start and we were determined to win, at the very least, the Best Booth prize. And so the team drew up an elaborate plan to wow the socks off the judges and the rest of Media Prima. And how they delivered!
Yours truly was given the task of being the Maharaja and this was how I looked...
Ada gaya Pak Arab tak? Haha.
I sat on the throne and was fed grapes and had dayangs fanning me...
But that wasn't all. We had dancers performing, khadams and also a couple of gracious hosts...
It was apparent from the beginning that we were the favourites to win it all. Haha.
And of course, we served some really delicious nasi mendi as well!
And I wanna say thanks to all the bosses and colleagues who dropped by! Even THAT guy in plain office wear...
Elsewhere, the festivities were in full force and there were performances by all the different departments as well as guests artistes that included Dato' Siti Nurhaliza.
The lucky draw was a big, um, draw as well, as the organisers gave out some fantastic prizes like iPad 2s, Blackberrys, refrigerators (for real!) and flight tickets to Bandung, Jakarta and Istanbul!
Overall, another successful and meriah Raya Open House that wasn't at all dampened by the heavy rain that poured halfway through the event!
Now, if only I can find my dayangs. Can't feed grapes to myself now, can I?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
And all the things I liked were still there when I stayed at what is now called Thistle Port Dickson this past weekend. Of course it looks spiffier now and overall, I didn't have much to complain about. A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing experience, it was.
So, check out some of the pics I managed to snap...