Archive | July, 2011

Random Post #17 – Beer, Bangkok & Beautiful Tyres

Well it’s been a while again! As usual..and it’s been quite a ride. I blogged about my rims in the last random post: Random Post #16 — Wordconf, Webcamp, Wheels & WTF? – since then I got the rims back fully repaired and painted and headed down to Jooi Seng in Klang to grab my tyres.

Federal 595 RS-R

Beautiful Federal 595 RS-R! When it’s hot and dry it feels like I’m stuck to the road (slightly lower profile helps too – less sidewall flexing). The last time I chose tyres I wrote about it here:

Project Airtrek — Choose Tyres For Your Car — Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo

I’ll probably do something similar as to why I chose these rims & tyres. Anyway, being in Klang I called up my homeboy z35s and asked where to eat, he suggested porridge? I was like whaddup bro, send me somewhere good. He was all like…no man this porridge is fucking righteous – so I was all like…ok bro I’ll give it a try.

It turned out to be the famous bubur goreng in Taman Berkeley and it was SUPERB, along with the steamed flower grab (fa hai) – which was orgasmic.

Bubur Goreng Steamed Flower Crab

I also went to Webcamp again (of course) which was excellent, it was in the new co-working space in Kelana Jaya called Fluentspace – so if you’re looking for office space but you’re a freelancer (predominantly in the design/web space) do check them out here – Fluentspace on Facebook or @fluentspace on Twitter.

Fluentspace - Co-working in Malaysia

It was also the anniversary for bakita – which was great! Plus I got acquainted with a new beer in town called Schneider Weisse, which is really good – especially the Tap2 Kristall.

Schneider Weisse

Bar wise TDH also opened a new branch in Old Klang Road, you can read Kim’s post about it here: TDH now in Old Klang Road

Single Malt Whisky wise – it was the 10th anniversary of Single & Available in Plaza Damas. Got to know the boss and superbly knowledge Whisky connoisseur Shareen Yaw and got to sample some great drams which I shall write about in the future.

Single & Available Anniversary

There was also one early morning even where we got to stuff our faces with delicious, high quality Godiva chocolate at Pavillion. Thanks to Winnie for that 😀

Godiva - Chocolate Story

More on that from Kim & KY here:

The Chocolate Story by Godiva
Godiva – The chocolate story

Someone bought me a present – woohoo!

Coach Bag

We also FINALLY got around to eating at Las Vacas – it’s been a long time coming and I can dutifully report back – it is not over-hyped and they do serve SUPERB steaks.

Las Vacas Tenderloin

More on the web, Facebook or Twitter.

I also took Kim on a surprise birthday trip to Bangkok where we went mad shopping, eating and having massages every day. It’s genuinely one of the best holidays ever, this is some of my shopping stash:

Shopping in Bangkok

I have a LOT LOT more…and Kim…has well enough to fill a small warehouse. Chatuchak was everything it’s been hyped up to be, it really is 8000 stalls of madness covering everything you could possibly imagine. Just covering the clothes/shoes/bags etc would take a few days, if you see anything…just grab it, cos you probably won’t ever see that stall again haha.

I grabbed a beer after a long day shopping Chatuchak, I grabbed a beer pretty much with every meal because it’s so cheap there. A BIG bottle is about THB480 – around RM5.

Singha Beer

That’s all for now, more soon 😀

On this day (or near enough) in…:

2010 – LG Cookie Monster Party By Nuffang At Neutral Club — KL
2009 – Twitter Advertising — The Next Big Thing?
2008 – This weekend….
2007 – Movie Review — The Simpsons Movie — SPIDERPIG!
2006 – Places to Eat in Mon’t Kiara — Maredo’s Argentinian Steakhouse
2005 – Happy Birthday Mom!- Cider and Cheese..

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Alcohol-Consumer-Rights Group Malaysia (Alcon) – The Offical Launch!

Alcohol-Consumer-Rights Group Malaysia (Alcon)

You know I love Alcohol – I also DO NOT love the ‘sin tax’ levied on booze by the government, it makes foreign beers/single malt whisky and other spirits really expensive here.

Alcon is basically a consumer rights group for alcohol consumers in Malaysia to reduce the high tax, the petition is here:

Reduce the HIGH TAX on alcohol in Malaysia

We the undersigned ask that the government reduce the unusually high duties and taxes levied on alcohol in Malaysia, as compared with the rest of the developing and developed world.

We strongly feel that responsible Malaysians have been subjected to EXTREMELY EXCESSIVE duties and taxes for alcohol. Malaysians are still low-income earners, but the prices we pay for alcohol are quite ridiculous.

In terms of income vs price, Malaysians probably pay the highest for alcohol in the WORLD. This is a very distressing and unsustainable situation.

The huge majority of drinkers do so as a form of recreation and a social activity. There are not alcoholics, and are responsible citizens. Many are professionals, businessmen and artists.

However, the cost of moderate drinking can cost up to 25% of a person’s monthly salary. In most countries, for the same volume of drinks, it would only be 5-10% of the monthly salary.

Alcohol consumers already contribute close to 10 billion ringgit (5.6 billion spent on beer alone in 2009), but our views as stakeholders have never been taken into consideration by the government. In addition, the government’s revenue from alcohol taxation are already in the billions each year.

It’s time that the government shows some concern about this situation.

Please do not look to us an easy source of government funds anymore.

Join the Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/myalcon

Once you’ve joined the group, if you want to attend the launch the event page is here:

The official launch of Alcon

This event is only for Alcon members. Please click Attending ONLY IF YOU ARE 100% SURE you are attending, rain or shine, coz we have to cap it at abt 250 attendees max. Otherwise, you might not show up, and you’ll deny other members the chance to attend.

Please register if you are sure you can attend, the head-count is essential and it’s not an open door event.

In other related news, it’s also KL Cocktail Week! Check out the event here (includes details, itinerary etc):

KL COCKTAIL WEEK 2011

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ABSOLUT AKADEMI In KL, Malaysia With Matt Pomeroy

So a while back I was invited for a very interesting Alcohol related event by my homeboy Eric Lim, it was something to do with education – which is good because I have to admit I know very little about vodka and in this case it was an invite to ABSOLUT AKADEMI. The blurb was like this:

For one special evening only, the world-renowned ABSOLUT AKADEMI returns to KL for a comparative vodka tasting and appreciation session following its debut here nearly a year ago. To share the definitive ABSOLUT experience with you is mixing maestro Matthew Pomeroy, Brand Ambassador from The ABSOLUT Company in Sweden.

Of course I know about the brand ABSOLUT and I know a bit about it (it’s from Sweden, it has a bunch of flavours, their ads always look the same etc).

ABSOLUT Vodka

They had Matt Pomeroy over in KL, who is basically the global brand ambassador for Absolut (from what I understood). The second important point to note is that ALL the attractive blonde girls in Sweden belong to him – just so we are clear on that.

Here’s his official bio:

Matt has worked in the hospitality industry for 16 years. During this time Matt has opened and managed some of London’s most established bar and restaurant venues such as Le Pont De La Tour, Chez Kristof, Northbank, and the UK’s most important and iconic vodka bar, Baltic.

Matt has also been successful in various national and international cocktail competitions and he was a part of the UK ‘Class’ bar team of the year. He also opened the Time Out UK magazine’s best new restaurant of the year and has written articles on cocktails and spirits for iconic men’s magazines such as Esquire and GQ.

In 2008 Matt moved to Poland as Global Brand Ambassador for Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Siwucha. During this two year period Matt traveled the globe conducting educational sessions, vodka master-class seminars, and cocktail demonstrations while he continued to excel, develop and champion these iconic brands and the vodka category as a whole. New challenges beckoned in September 2010 and Matt moved to Sweden to start his new role as Global Brand Ambassador for ABSOLUT VODKA.

Matt Pomeroy

He’s an amusing chap – one nugget that he shared with us, is that when a bar-tender is shaking a cocktail shaker – their expression would be similar to their orgasm face…how true that is? Honestly I’m not really willing to find out.

Anyway, more about the class – I actually learn a lot about tasting Vodka and the intricacies – which I discovered was fairly similar to that of single malt whisky (nose, mouth-feel, after-taste and so on).

We were given 2 rows of glasses, one row was flavoured vodkas (all from ABSOLUT) and the other were plain vodkas from all different brands (SKYY, Russian Standard, Smirnoff etc)

Vodka Tasting

I also learn about the two schools of vodka, new school and old school. The new school of vodka generally comes from US/Canada and Western Europe with the old school vodka coming from Eastern Europe/Russia.

Then we got more into the tasting, tasting/appreciation for vodka must be done with neat vodka at room temperature (don’t smoke before hand). Some of the flavours or ‘tastes’ that can be used to describe vodka are as follows:

  • Neutral (predominant in the USA vodkas like SKYY, Grey Goose etc)
  • Grainy
  • Bready
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruity
  • Buttery
  • Solvent (predominant in nasty vodkas like Smirnoff Red)
  • Rubber/Diesel

We also learnt about tasting with a nose peg on and how much difference smell makes (yes this is why we were in The Star looking like idiots).

Vodka Tasting

They made us eat an unknown substance whilst wearing the nose-pegs, which we all thought was brown sugar (mostly due to the texture) but actually it was cinnamon and this was super clear when we took the nose-pegs off.

There are other long lists of characteristics too for taste/mouthfeel (spicy, nutty, fruity, thin, dry, sweet etc) and finish (short, long, peppery, burn, silky, dry, bitter etc). The finish is basically the taste left in your mouth after you swallow, the neutral or modern vodkas tend to have a very short finish and the old world vodka (Stolichnaya/Russian Imperial etc) tend to have a longer finish.

It’s interesting how much vodka can vary, especially when everyone has the preconception that vodka is odourless and tasteless.

Anyway that was the part I was most interested in, we also learn more about ABSOLUT, Sweden, the marketing, the branding and so on.

The ABSOLUT Family

The first ABSOLUT (as we know it, in the current bottle) was launched in 1979 (a year after I was born) and their first flavour came out in 1986 and was ABSOLUT PEPPAR – great for making bloody mary’s.

After that was all over Matt showed us some cocktails that can be made with ABSOLUT, I have to say I really enjoyed the ABSOLUT Espresso Martini:

ABSOLUT Espresso Martini

Here’s the recipe:

  • 40ml of ABSOLUT VANILIA
  • 10ml Kahlua
  • 10ml Sugar syrup
  • 1 Espresso shot
  • Shake well & strain!

You can grab the full list of ABSOLUT Cocktails we were given here [PDF].

One thing I really respect about ABSOLUT is the whole process they have created and how strict they are compared to other brands (like Smirnoff for example). This means ABSOLUT is really consistent all over the World as every bottle is made in the same plant, with the same water and the same grains. Smirnoff makes their vodka all over the World, so if you buy bottles in a few different countries they will all taste different as they are made with different grains and different water in different environments.

And well that’s the end of that, I learned a lot and I was actually so impressed by how ABSOLUT control their distilling process that I went out a few days later and bought a bottle of original ABSOLUT from Tesco!

My only complaint would be that they should have fed us, then we could have drank MUCH MORE ABSOLUT! Other than that it was great.

More on ABSOLUT here:

Website: https://www.absolut.com/my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/absolut.my
Twitter: @AbsolutAkademi

And some posts from others who were there:

And from the previous year:

Absolut Fun

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You Are What You Tweet – Get Your Own Twitter Infographic From Visual.ly

Infographics are one of the super hipster in things in 2011, everyone is busting out mad infographics about everything. Today I found a cool tool which can generate a personalized/customized infographic based on your Twitter usage habits.

I have written about about Twitter a few times before (like How To Secure Yourself Online – Twitter, Facebook, Google (Gmail) & WordPress, Twitter Advertising – The Next Big Thing? & Why Twitter is SO Popular), and I’m a massive Twitter whore – so I thought I’d share my infographic here as I found it pretty interesting. On top of that Visual.ly is actually also a pretty neat start-up – and I like cool, good looking stuff like this and Turntable.fm.

Visual.ly helps you create beautiful visualizations in minutes and instantly apply the graphics genius of the world’s top information designers to your designs. Plug and play, then grab and go with our push-button approach to visualization creation.

And here’s my infographic, apparently I’m a foodie into music (which is pretty accurate actually).

@ShaolinTiger Twitter Infographic

If you want to generate your own you can do so here:

https://visual.ly/twitter

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Damn HDD Failure Sucks – Dell SOS PhotoStory Contest

I’m not sure how long you’ve all been reading my blog, but if you’ve been reading it for 6 years there’s a slight chance you may remember this post:

No I WONT fix your #%$!#@ PC! & Some FREE tips

If you didn’t read it, or well even if you did – go read it (again). I’ve had plenty of computer related disasters, including smoke coming out out of my PC…power supply failures (PSU), motherboard fried by lightning, network card died, graphics card died, corrupted RAM – you name it I’ve had it, troubleshot it and repaired it.

PC

What really annoys me is when you buy something from a supplier or vendor that has TERRIBLE after sale service, especially if they refuse to honour the warranty or just delay the process. I’ve experienced numerous occasions where the warranty process was so long I had to buy a new item to use in the interim – not good!

I built my first iteration PC back in 2005 in Malaysia, the second major update came in 2007 – which has lasted until now.

It’s getting woefully slow right now tho (Hi Dell! Please give me an awesome new desktop with two of those lovely 27″ monitors you have!)..Anyway so far the worst of the worst failures you can have IMHO is as per this post title – HDD failure..the old IBM click of death as we call it in the industry.

I’m super paranoid about this since a major loss, so I have mega backups using stuff like the 2TB WD MyBook Mirror Edition and more recently I added a network attached storage for backups – the D-Link DNS-323.

D-Link DNS-323

Anyway – if your PC or laptop is getting old (like mine is!) – Dell is currently running the Dell SOS PhotoStory Contest that lets you submit creative pictures with captions on how you feel when your PC fails you.

Dell is one company that works hard to help consumers and the folks that purchase Dell products, I’ve used numerous Dell products and have never had a problem with warranty claims, with extended coverage they will even come to your home/office and fix your problems within a few hours.

They also have numerous resources on the Dell Malaysia support site such as:

  1. Top Solutions – Provide common problems/issues and solutions which users can use troubleshoot and fix their computers.
  2. Drivers, BIOS and other system updates are also available.
  3. Customers can track their order and delivery status online.
  4. They can also get support on hot topics such as Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, security, networking etc.

As for the contest, two of the top three voted entries will be chosen to win the new XPS 15z and have their system inspected by Dr Dell.

Dell XPS 15z

Contest Details

  1. Contest period is between 27 June and 15 July inclusive of both dates.
  2. Prize winner will be selected based on the entry describing their PC down time via photo and text in the most creative way. 2 winners will be selected.
  3. Prizes consist of (a) 1 Dell XPS 15z worth RM3,799 and (b) Dell appointed technicians will set up onsite the winner’s system which includes data transfer, LAN setup, etc.

The first winner has actually already been selected, so there’s only 1 more XPS 15z to win for the contest, the winner will be selected on 14 July.

Full Terms & Conditions for the contest are available here.

The prize is great and it’s over pretty soon, so don’t wait – join the contest now!

Dell SOS PhotoStory Contest

Also check out the Dell Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/DellMalaysia

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Finally A New Design For The Motor Trader Website! motortrader.com.my

As you should know by now, I’m a lover of Motorsports and Cars – and even when I’m not looking to buy a car I browse through the classifieds and check out the car prices or look at online sites like Motor Trader.

I was glad to see the Motor Trader magazine when I came over here from the UK with it’s familiar format like the UK Auto Trader.

Sadly however, I wasn’t greeted with such a good website as they have in UK – the Malaysia Motor Trader site left a lot to be desired. Especially the front page and navigation of the site, it was rather hard to use, hard to search and basically unattractive. They have improved the usability a few times in recent years but the front page will still stuck in 1998 – as you can see here:

Motor Trader Malaysia

Thankfully they’ve finally done a revamp on the site with a completely new front page – which is really quite attractive. It’s not so swamped with adverts, it’s much easier to navigate and has links to the Motor Trader social media resources like Facebook and so on.

Motor Trader Malaysia

The backend hasn’t altered though and most of the rest of the layout seems the same, just the colours have changed like on the search results page:

The old layout:

Motor Trader Malaysia

The new layout:

Motor Trader Malaysia

The colour changes do improve the UI/UX and make it easier to read without so much eye-strain.

The site also has much better visual elements now to aid with navigation and usability:

Motor Trader Malaysia

Things still to improve:

  • A more advanced search feature (search on age/price limits/colour/location/trim level/body type/transmission/engine cc etc.)
  • Maintain aspect ratio from the original uploaded picture for thumbnails
  • Don’t use pop-ups (enough info is shown on the search results page – use a lightbox gallery)
  • Don’t use such long URLs – convert to clean URLS/permalinks

Anyway, do check out the new site – it’s worth a look:

Motor Trader.

They are also running the Liverpool Football Club Asia Tour 2011 Contest to see Liverpool FC play in Malaysia on 16th July 2011 – Training will be on 14th July 2011 and every ticket comes with a training pass too.

All you need to do is:

  • Like their Facebook Page
  • Answer three simple questions
  • Fill out your details

That’s it! They will call you if you’ve won. More details here – Win Tickets to Watch Liverpool FC

The contest ENDS on 10th July 2011 (Sunday) – so you better be fast!

Check out the Motor Trader Facebook page here as they’ve got lots of news, etc:

MotorTraderMY on Facebook

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Movie Review – Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon – BOOMTASTIC

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)

When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

It’s been a while since the first Transformers movie, way back in 2007 it made quite a splash. It was pretty much movie of the year, then came Transformers 2 – which was so bad…I didn’t even blog about it in my expansive Movies category – because it depressed me.

When the rumours started about Transformers 3 coming soon – I honestly wasn’t very excited, especially after Iron Man 2 last year – which was weak.

Anyway the next franchise reboot I’m looking forward to is Spiderman – it’s been a long time coming and I’m excited now after X-men: First Class was SO good.

Well back to the movie in question – Transformers 3, is it as good as the first one? No, not really. Is it better than the second one – yes infinitely so. Is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley hot? Goddamn right she is.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Oh yah and I love the SLS too 😛

Was Shia LaBeouf annoying – yah mostly. Oh and for the ladies, McDreamy is in there playing a douchebag too (Patrick Dempsey). Was the action absolutely spectacular? YES IT WAS! You could actually see them fighting this time – they pulled the camera out and made it a little less frenetic.

The pacing was incredible though, altogether a very gripping film. Well filmed, well scored and the focus was on the robots – there was some good storyline development, character development and for once the plot followed the comic book.

The action tho…wow! Once it got going, it was really intense. Soundwave/Driller was EPICBALLS.

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but the ending was HORRIFIC, really seriously? What was with the “Don’t let go” – is it Titanic all over again? That was cheesin’ man – really cheesin’ max.

They should have ended with Optimus Prime standing on the bridge with one arm like a total bad mofo having just slain Sentinel Prime and Megatron. It’s not doing too bad on IMDB right now with 6.9, I think it might push into 7.x territory at some point.

It’s also thankfully absent from the pee/poop jokes that littered the second movie.

For me, even with the ending, I still really enjoyed the movie and I give it a solid TRANSFORMING 8/10.

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