First experience with Xiaomi

As my daughter’s phone was stolen during the recent break-in, we need to find a replacement for her.

It was a no-brainer. Definitely Xiaomi. I went straight to Xiaomi’s Malaysia site.

Within five seconds, I have decided on : Redmi Note 4G

I mean, a 5.5″ display with IPS, 13MP rear camera, and a phone with 4G LTE, only selling at RM589, what else can you ask for?
Not something imaginable before the Xiaomi’s era.

The order was placed on 6 Feb 2015.

My only worry was it may not arrive in time for the Chinese New Year holiday, when my daughter definitely will need to use the phone frequently as we travel back to home town.

Lo and Behold. It arrives today on 13 Feb 2015. Fast!

xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

As I bought the screen protector together, the first thing that needed to be done is to attach the film.
Not something I like. It involves a lot of trepidations.
Finally it is done, and time to switch on the phone.

xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

I must say that it looks nice.
Due to its screen size, it is rather bulky to hold.
Though I am not sure how my daughter is gonna hold it, but knowing the current generation, they definitely have no problem handling any device thrown at them. ^_^
Lets hope she will like the Xiaomi’s experience.

Magnum Cafe, Midvalley Megamall

Since we are in Midvalley Megamall on 1st Jan 2015, what better place to visit than the newly opened Magnum Cafe?

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

We are lucky, as we arrive early at 11am. There isn’t much of a crowd, yet.
Normally, the waiting time is probably more than 30 minutes.

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

You have two options. Either choose the classic Magnum (they have already pre-mix the toppings), or you can mix and match your own toppings.
But since we are here for the novelty of it, obviously we should try to mix and match?

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

As in the Menu, we can choose up to three different toppings.
There are 18 different toppings on display.

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Some of the toppings are really … beyond our normal scope.
I mean, chilli flakes? Goji berries?
Ewww..

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

This handsome man has just finished shaking the toppings, and now adding those onto the ice cream.
We can choose between a brownie or a vanilla ice cream.

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Time for coating.
We can clearly see the choices for the coating here.

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Tata. The end product.

Magnum Cafe midvalley Kuala Lumpur KL

Is it nice?
I would say that it is quite different from those ‘ready mix’ that we purchase from normal outlets.
The toppings are not normally found.

Location:
3rd floor of Midvalley. Same floor as the exhibition hall

#Magnum cafe #KL #Midvalley

Slurp Cafe, 3 Two Square PJ

As we have never been to Slurp Cafe at 3 Two Square, grabbing one of its voucher on Groupon seemed to be a good idea.

The first thought when we enter:
Wow. Nice decorations.

These were two featured walls.

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

We gotten a table and start looking through the menu.

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

Then it struck us:
The food were really expensive.
I mean, even considering we have a Groupon voucher, we still felt the pinch.

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

How did people throng this place?
Never mind that. We settled on our food selection, and continue to look around.

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

Finally the food arrived.

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

slurp Cafe 3 Two Square

The food was average. Not bad, but nothing impressive.
Probably won’t come back for more.
Though the ambience was nice, the price would be the main obstacle.

Line Friends Pop-Up-Store, IOI City Mall

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Son had pasted a link onto my wife’s wall: Line Friends Pop-Up Store

His request was precise as usual : Want to go

Well, what to do? We just reply: Yes

Initially, we thought it was at IOI mall, in Puchong, which was pretty near. Only after some Google session, we realised it was in fact in Putrajaya. A new mall that had just been launched no more than 10 days ago!

Oh gawd, but we obviously could not un-promise him now. Just have to hope that the Garmin GPS and Waze would not bring us into some jungle.

Finally, we reached IOI City Mall uneventfully.

The first row of shops that greet us were eatery:

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

Centre Court, Lower Ground had been decorated nicely with Christmas Theme.

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

There was a ice cream stall, selling ‘Christmas decorated ice cream’ too!

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

Santa and friends were on stage for photo sessions.

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

A gigantic King Kong at one of the shop.

IOI city Mall

The interior of IOI City Mall.

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

Finally, reach our destination: Ground Floor, Centre Court. Line Friends.

IOI city Mall

So what’s on display?

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

Now, the following item qualifies for a special mention. This was from Swarovski! Yes. You heard right.
It cost a whooping Rm12,000.00

IOI city Mall

IOI city Mall

Of course, you shouldn’t miss the chance to snap a photo / selfie with a big statue outside.

IOI city Mall

There is a note of caution:
The telephone line and wireless line is still poor in IOI City Mall. Thus the credit card machine won’t work.
All purchase were only in Cash Term.

The pop up store will end by 2 Jan 2015.

#LINE Friends #IOI CITY Mall

Mess up

When I looked through my Affin Bank statement, I realised a discrepancy.

There was this item: Rm20, annual fee for Debit Card.

Affin Bank Debit Card

Weird. I did not own a debit card from any bank, let alone Affin Bank. Why was there such an entry?

I went to the bank to enquire about it.

The staff there too could not understand why there was such an entry. It was brought to a senior staff attention.

A phone call subsequently was placed to the Debit Card department, HQ.

The staff: You have a debit card with Affin Bank, since 2008

Me: Six years? I never have such a card

The staff: You have never use it. In fact, the card was never activated.

Me: You mean probably in all practical sense, I never did receive it.

The staff: That might be possible.

Me: If that was the situation, why I have not noticed it for the past 6 years?

The staff: The debit card had a ‘fee waiver’ for the first five years. Thus on the sixth year only, you will be billed.

Me: ……..

This must be a joke. A total mess up.

Sony Xperia Tablet : Repair and Updated

About 2 weeks ago, my kids told me: Dad, the Sony Xperia tablet is faulty. We can’t charge its battery.

I checked. Indeed. The indicator did not turn on after I plugged in the charger.

On further inspection, the USB port for charging seemed …. loose. It could not connect properly to the charging cable. After gingerly adjusting the cable, the tablet managed to be charged for a while before it stopped again.

We decided to bring the Xperia tablet to its service centre. At this point, I was happy that such incident happened ten months after I purchased the unit, which meant it was still under warranty! Phew.

The guy at the service counter concurred with my finding: The charging port did not seem to be working.

He wrote me a service order, and give me a tentative service period of 2 weeks.

Thus I was pleasantly surprise when I got a phone call telling me that the repair was done, on the 9th day. That was fast service.

When I collect the tablet, immediately I noticed the difference. The interface had been changed.

xperia tablet service and firmware update

It looked … new!

Reading through the service order, I saw that they changed the mainboard, and updated the firmware.

Change mainboard! Wow. Luckily it was not done at my expense. Would have cost me a bomb.

Anyway, I really like the new firmware. The most noticeable thing that is new:

xperia tablet service update firmware

Yes. Now it acquired the ability to ‘double-tap to wake up device’, which was obviously not found in its previous firmware. Very convenient indeed.

Now if you would excuse me, I need to go to download all the apps into the tablet ….

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

It is only through wife accidentally read someone’s blog that we realise there is such a museum.

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

This Museum is being setup by Fidani.
Apparently, this museum is open 365 days in a year. Yes. Even on Public Holidays. Entrance is totally free.
So what are you waiting for?

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

Upon entrance, you will see this as part of the decoration.

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

Being a museum, you can’t escape the row-upon-row of display board, detailing the history of human making and indulging in chocolates. A very interesting read.

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

Everyday at 12 noon and 3 pm, there will be a session demonstrating how chocolates are being hand-made.
A guy will be giving the talk while the other guy busy mixing and hammering around.

After the session, those chocolates are being distributed free to the audience.
Yes. You read me right.
It is a free demonstration with free chocolates!

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

Of course, they also have display a machine which is the ‘normal way’ for chocolates industry making chocolates.

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

After the demonstration, you are ‘urged’ to visit the SHOP beside the demonstration area.

Chocolate Museum Kota Damansara

There are more than 100 types of chocolates being displayed here. I am sure you will be able to find something you like

For those who are interested, the address:

No2, Jalan Teknologi 3/5, Selangor Science Park 1, Kota Damansara.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm

Tel: 03-74904260

Sharp LED TV LC60LE640X (part 2)

This is a continuation of my review on my new Sharp 60″ LED TV LC60LE640X.

4) Instead of my ‘conventional way’ of attaching a media box to the TV, with the new TV, I can just attach a harddisk directly to the USB port to view all the content.

For video files, a few formats are supported.

I presume .avi file will be supported without any problem.

.mp4 .mpg never seem to have problem.

Frankly, I have not tested any .mov

Now it comes to : .mkv

All the Mandarin / Cantonese / English / Korean / Japan movies and series in .mkv do not have problem. All play without any hitch on this TV. Amazing.
For whatever reason, anime seems to be a different kettle of fish.
Quite a few anime encoded in .mkv could not be played. Scratch head.
Do people encode anime differently?

Anyway, I am still pleasantly surprise by the ability of the TV to handle all those kinds of media, considering that my previous dedicated media player could handle less than half of those medias.

5) About Astro.
I guess I should write a few lines about Astro B.yond HD

Naturally, with my previous TV, I did not subscribe to the HD channel.
So what if I want to subscribe to it? How should I configure the box and TV?

Firstly, if you normally connect to the set-top-box using the normal Red, White and Yellow (Composite) cables, you need to switch off the set-top-box, plug in your HDMI cable to your box and your TV.

Now switch on your set-top-box and your TV.
When you switch to the appropriate HDMI channel, you should press “HOME” on your Astro Decoder Remote Controller.

If you can see the Astro Home Screen, you are already halfway to success.

Go to Settings: Installation Settings

It will ask you for Installation PIN. Don’t get worried. The PIN is : 0000

Go to TV Settings.

astro beyond HD configuration

For TV type, choose: High Definition
For TV aspect ratio, choose: 16:9

Done.

But what if, when you go to HDMI mode, there isn’t any image when you press HOME?

Be aware that to view Astro content through HDMI option, you NEED to subcribe to HD channel. Simply having an Astro B.yond box does not mean that you can use the HDMI option.
If you are indeed subscribe to HD channel, yet cannot view it on your HDMI channel, try this:
With your composite cables still connected, go to your ‘normal TV channel’ which you used to watch Astro content. Press HOME here.
Do all the setting in this mode. After you are done, now when you go back to your HDMI viewing mode, you should already be able to see the image.
Hopefully this help.