XiaoMi 3 WDCMA is in Singapore

XiaoMi 3 WDCMA 16GB

XiaoMi 3 WDCMA 16GB

Manage to get hold of my XiaoMi 3 (WDCMA version) last week with the help of my colleague who went to China and purchase this directly for me. This is the first batch of WDCMA version that was released in China last week. Quite a number of friends have asked me what’s going on with this phone? After testing it for 1 week, i am writing this post to showcase some of the wonders of this phone. Its going to be one of the game changing phone if its going to be released on a global basis.

Let’s take a look at its hardware aspect first (i’m not a professional photographer so pardon me for these poorly taken photos)

5" LG Screen with 441PPI, Quad Core 1.8Ghz CPU and 2GB Ram

5″ LG Screen with 441PPI, Quad Core 1.8Ghz CPU and 2GB Ram

Hardware that are packed into this phone is really shiok! NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.8Ghz Quad-Core, 2GB Ram. The screen is 5″ which is equivalent to Samsung S4. Screen is from LG, camera from Sony, exterior of case looks like a Nokia, CPU is using nVidia, Apple square shape usb connector port (but works with all existing mirco-usb connectors). Who else can make such a fully integrated phone without fearing of being sue by Apple or Samsung? Haha. For more detail specs of the hardware do visit their official website.

Bottom Square USB with clean speaker on the bottom. Looks like a Nokia Lumia Design

Bottom Square USB with clean speaker on the bottom. Looks like a Nokia Lumia Design

The casing for the phone is so thin that you don't even realise there is a casing on it

The casing for the phone is so thin that you don’t even realise there is a casing on it

Beside the hardware and design aspect of this phone what really amaze me will be its MiUI = Mi User Interface. This MiUI running on Android but XiaoMi have managed to change this to something that really integrate lots of small functions that makes everything much user friendly. These small little functions might be appearing on some other brands of phone and some might not but they integrated the best out of the world into this UI and hardware. Some 10 keys functions from this MiUI that amaze me:

  1. Guest Mode – Allow you to turn it on instantly which allows you to pass your phone to your friend with all messaging and gallery contents disabled.
  2. Lock Screen Torch Light – On your lock screen simply hold on the Home button and your camera LED will turn on. Fast and quick shortcut function.
  3. Integrated Content for all Ringtones, Music, Theme, Clocks and Wallpaper. All via XiaoMi Store
  4. Glove Mode – A function that you can turn on when you are in cold countries when you are wearing gloves.
  5. Ability to control every single apps (including default XiaoMi App) which you can uninstall it if you don’t need it.
  6. Graphic Interface and Launcher. This is default in your phone and allows you to customize the whole phone base on your own preferences.
  7. Country Integration – It integrates to your own country upon setup. Your calendar will be automatically loaded with Singapore Holidays for this instance.
  8. Fraud Calls check – If an unknown number calls you, the phone will tally with its online database and if its known for fraud cases for this particular number it will alert you.
  9. Hide Gallery Album – Simply hold on the album and press Hide Album, it will be hidden.
  10. Music and Video – The music and video player will detect your listening preference and hint you with music that you might be interested and suggest it to you. And of course its a China phone, pirated music and videos are all available freely on its app.

Base on the news, XiaoMi will be reaching our shores by this year 2014. So let’s stay tune for it!

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Malacca Food Trip

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Had a short weekend trip over to Malacca last weekend with my family. Main purpose of the trip is for the foods over in Malacca! Going to have a short write up on some of the nice foods we had over there!

Jonker 88 (大寶小食) 88, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), 75200 Melaka, Melaka

Jonker 88 (大寶小食)
88, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), 75200 Melaka, Melaka

This is a MUST GO place over in Malacca! Its over in Jonker street where they are famous for their Asam Laksa, Nyonya Laksa and Chendol! When we arrive around 1pm on Sat afternoon there is already a long queue formed outside the shop.

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Lots of ingredient in their chendol!

Look at their thick gula melaka!

Look at their thick gula melaka!

Yummy Chendol with its great Gula Melaka!

Yummy Chendol with its great Gula Melaka!

Nyonya Laksa

Nyonya Laksa

Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa

My favourite food in Malacca is their Asam Laksa and Chendol from this shop! Do try it out when you are in Malacca. Another nice food to try out in Malacca will be their durian puff. Try it eating it out in just 1 mouth and feel the durian filling splash out in your mouth.

Taste Better - Durian Puffs

Taste Better – Durian Puffs

Yummy Durian Puffs

Yummy Durian Puffs

Another food that we tried out will be the famous Satay Celup. Sate Celup or Satay Celup (Steamboat Satay) is a dish where an assortment of raw and semi-cooked seafood, meat (including raw meat) and vegetables on skewers are dunked into a hot boiling pot of satay gravy.

Ban Lee Siang Sate Celup (万里香沙爹朱津) 45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Melaka, Melaka

Ban Lee Siang Sate Celup (万里香沙爹朱津)
45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Melaka, Melaka

Look at the variety of satay sticks food they have and the thick yummy satay gravy!

Look at the variety of satay sticks food they have and the thick yummy satay gravy!

Last but not least, a lost scene in Singapore and many parts of Malaysia. Eating small dishes like cockles, cuttlefish kang kong and clams at the back alley on low-stools. This place is frequent by locals in Malacca where not many tourist will pop by this place. Do check this place out as well!

Capital Delicious Seafood 佳必多 Back Alley near Mdm King’s, Jalan Bunga Raya, Malacca.

Capital Delicious Seafood 佳必多
Back Alley near Mdm King’s,
Jalan Bunga Raya,
Malacca.

Low stool back alley seafood

Low stool back alley seafood

Cuttlefish Kang Kong

Cuttlefish Kang Kong

Cockles and Clams

Cockles and Clams

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HP Slate 7 Extreme in Singapore!

HP Slate 7 Extreme

HP Slate 7 Extreme

Finally manage to get my hands on the HP Slate 7 Extreme which is one of HP latest tablet. This small piece of tablet comes at S$299 retail price which of course you can get it on Amazon for only USD199.99. A small little tablet that indeed powerful and pack with lots of great components. I would say this is very much comparable to other smaller tablets out in the market.

Tried search for some accessories for the tablet (as usual – the guys are always into toys!). Tried searching it on TaoBao but i guess its too new which i couldn’t find any. So i went to Amazon for the alternate solution! Wanted to get a good screen protector and probably even a body protector for this new toy. Compared with quite a few different brands and came to conclusion to: Skinomi.

Skinomi® TechSkin goes beyond traditional screen protectors, skins, covers, and cases. This protector is made from clear thermoplastic urethane film – the same film used to protect military aircrafts and NASA space shuttles. It has the ability to resist high levels of abrasion, making it the ultimate protector for gadgets and devices. The film “scratch-proofs” your device without adding bulk like traditional cases. Skinomi® TechSkin is designed to provide lifetime protection for your device. If the film ever wears or scratches, Skinomi® will replace it under the Lifetime Replacements Program, for as long as you need it for your device. If you ever need to remove the TechSkin, it peels off easily leaving no residues unlike other screen protectors or skins.

Here are some nice body protectors that you can check out:

And of course, another of my new toy: XiaoMi 3 WDCMA version! Will be updating this soon once i complete my 1 week trial test with it haha.

HP Slate 7 Extreme & XiaoMi 3!

HP Slate 7 Extreme & XiaoMi 3!

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My first Meerschaum Pipe!

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Meerschaum (i/ˈmɪərʃɔːm/ meer-shawm or /ˈmɪərʃəm/ meer-shəm, German for foam of the sea), also known as sepiolite, is a soft white mineral, often used to make smoking pipes. It is sometimes found floating on the Black Sea and rather suggestive of sea-foam, hence the German origin of the name as well as the French name for the same substance, écume de mer. (Source: Wikipedia)

A colleague of mine went to Turkey for tour and I got her to get me a Meerschaum pipe over in Turkey. Always fascinated with this sea-foam pipe during our pipe group gathering especially those that has changed color gradually. Will start this next pipe next soon!

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2013 Blogging Annual Report

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 53 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 195 posts.

The busiest day of the year was April 22nd with 131views. The most popular post that day was SkyPeak @ Bukit Batok.

Read More @ http://jetpack.me/annual-report/6505357/2013/

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2013 Year End Family Trip to Kukup!

Bus full of family & friends playing Bingo!

Bus full of family & friends playing Bingo!

Short trip of 2D1N to Kukup last weekend with family and friends. Total a bus with 39 of us in total. It has been almost 10 over years since i last visited Kukup for its Chalet. Noting much to scream about for this place except for its place to relax, gaming, chill and playing of fireworks which is ban in Singapore! This cost only S$75/pax which includes all meals, accommodation and 2 way transport!

Difference between today and 10 over years ago will be the style of the chalet that we stayed. In the past the Chalet is more of those old wooden house where we walk around on the planks and BBQ at the back of the house. Modernization have made these places different where they have a kitchen and dining area within the house for you and the whole house is built up using concrete and cement above the mangrove. Those were the days.

Anyway here’s some pictures of the trip. Enjoy!

Mum trying to act cute!

Mum trying to act cute!

Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories

Nephew's favorite activity of all time

Nephew’s favorite activity of all time

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

放天灯了!

放天灯了!

Shooting fireworks!

Shooting fireworks!

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TaoBao Shopping Spree

IMG_20131204_194208Before the year end i made quite a fair bit of shopping spree on TaoBao. 2 shipments has been made for the last 2 months of 2013! Haha. Anyway manage to grab some great deals that I would like to share around with friends who are interested.

Recently got my MacBook Air and i went on a spree for its accessories. Went around Apple shops in Singapore and realize the pricing are pretty steep for its accessories so i turn towards TaoBao for similar items. Received these items and i was amaze with its quality and the packaging that came along looks exactly same from the retail shop. Not too sure if you call this “original”. Anyway here’s the comparison between retail and TaoBao (including shipment):

Apple DisplayPort VGA Adapter – Retail: S$38, TaoBao: S$10
Apple DisplayPort HDMI Adapter – Retail: S$38, TaoBao: S$5
Apple USB to Ethernet Adapter – Retail: S$38, TaoBao: S$7
Moshi 13″ Protector Sleeve – Retail: S$60, TaoBao: S$20
Keyboard Protector – Retail: S$20, TaoBao: S$3
Privacy Screen Protector: Retail: S$90, TaoBao: S$20

Cuff Links Purchase on Tao Bao

Cuff Links Purchase on Tao Bao

Another item that i highly recommend will be the cuff links. I bought quite a few of these cuff links and upon arrival i went to compare it with cuff links that Tangs and Takashimaya is selling. The quality of the items are exactly the same and the only difference will be the packaging that comes along with it. Departmental stores are selling it around $60 to $90/pair and i purchase mine for average $4 inclusive of shipment. High margin difference man!

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Last item that i’m going to recommend. This small carbon monoxide detector! My parents are getting a little forgetful recently and there are a couple of times they forgotten to turn of the gas stove! Bought this from taobao as well for $15 which i was quite skeptical of the quality in the first place. But after placing it for 3 days my mum manage to sound it off 2 times due to her charcoal burning in the kitchen -_-”. I have to relocate the detector to another side of the kitchen wall to make sure her charcoal boiled soup doesn’t sound the alarm else there goes my soup!

Want some website for shopping online for great deals? Check my previous post here.

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