Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pimp my Galaxy Tab 7.7: USB Drive on Android Tablet

You want PORTABILITY!
You want PRODUCTIVITY!
You want VERSATILITY!
But not on the PC?
 Yes you can with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7!
In fact, this works on all of Samsung's Galaxy Tab series.
 USB Host for USB Thumbdrive/Flashdrives
You can now access your files any place, any where, any time!
Edit them, attach them, send them!

Camera Connection
For serious photographers who like to preview, edit and upload their photos on-the-go,
Samsung Galaxy Tab serves as a USB host for direct connections to your cameras.

I forked out S$38 for a rather useless iPad Camera Connection Kit!
I am not going to fork out more for another one,
so I reckon a 3rd-party one might work, and it did!
That cost me only S$7.90!
Not to mention that it was quite well made!
It supports USB devices and memory cards.


Now, isn't this what you really wanted?
iPad users, including myself, "Can you handle this?"

If you like to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, read my review first.
Click on image below:


Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Little Spanish Place

My Little Spanish Place
619 Bukit Timah Road S(269720)

If you have never been to Spain and want have a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine, you have to visit My Little Spanish Place along Bukit Timah Road. This restaurant is conveniently located beside Coronation Plaza and can be easily accessed by driving and public transport.
Thanks to Spanish chef Maria, we get to relive the gastronomy experience during our trip to Spain!
 

Churros
 The restaurant serves churros as desserts, while the Spaniards have them for breakfast.
I thought I should start mine as starters.
These crispy and tasty doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar are good itself or dunked into hot chocolate.
I love those that I had for breakfast in Madrid.

Sangria
The national beverage of Spain is a must-have with any Spanish food.

Tapas
Tortilla de Patata con Alioli
Potato Omelette with Alioli
A savoury pie of egg omelette, potatoes and onion.
Boquerones y Pan con Tomate
White Anchovies on Bread with Tomato
A brilliant blend of savoury marinated anchovies and sweet tomatoes on a crispy bread.
Champiñones
Mushrooms
Tasty sauteed mushrooms topped with cheese.
Pinchos Morunos
Pork Skewers
A char-grilled skewer of marinated pork fillet and bell peppers.

Paella de Marisco
Seafood Paella
The most favourite paella in Spain has to be Paella de Marisco.
No langoustines here, but prawns, mussels, squid, fish served with moist and soft baked saffron rice.
 
 

Dessert
Ice cream and meringue
 Maple-flavoured ice cream served with a chunk of meringue.

Verdict
It is not easy to find authentic Spanish food in Singapore and My Little Spanish Place has done an excellent job doing so. Arriving in the restaurant, I almost had a feeling that I was back in Spain! The food has been faithfully kept to its original style and flavor. For those who still naively thinks that Paella is like briyani, time for you to try it out! For first-timers, go easy on ordering of tapas as they tend to be quite filling and salty, and make sure you order a Paella. I would personally go for Fideua, it is basically a Paella which is cooked with short noodles instead of rice. Fideua is a Catalan dish and not easy to find in Madrid or Sevilla.
My Little Spanish Place gets two thumbs up from me!

Thanks to wife who booked this restaurant though restaurant week.

1FOTO: Demolition Squad

No demolition allowed using the "ball-and-chain" and dynamite,
so the developer had to pain-stakingly take down the building in bits and pieces.
How did they manage to haul the two machines up onto the building?

Shot on Nikon D200 with Nikkor AF 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Matrix-metering, 200mm, F/2.8, 1/6000, ISO400

Size Does Matters! Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs iPad

this is a hands-on experience on the ergonomics of handling both the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and iPad.
If you are deciding to buy the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or iPad, and one consideration is size and weight?
Read on.


In the Palm
Palm used to be the "godfather" of PDA that fits neatly in the palms, but these have now evolved to our current smartphones.
Tablets are never meant to be palm-held devices, but Galaxy Tab 7.7 still fits in a man's palm while the iPad is never meant to.

Single-Handed Operation
Tablets are not meant to be operated single-handed like smartphones.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a rather decent size and weight for single-handed operation. You can get away with 70% of the task single-handed. However, thumbs can never cover the while keypad during input.
The iPad is a joke to be handled single-handed, and risky due to its weight.

Two-Hands Operation
Galaxy Tab 7.7 is comfortable for two-hands operation in portrait mode and never felt to cramped.
iPad is a tad to wide for small hands, however, you can always switch to "Split" keypad.
In Landscape mode.

Size does Matters
What is the best size for a tablet?
Should you want a bigger screen for more viewing space?
Do you want a smaller package to be handled with comfort and easily?
My vote has to go for iPad for a more comfortable viewing.
However, I am very satisfied with viewing comfortably on the Galaxy Tab 7.7. I do not have to zoom in to properly read an A4 pdf file. The lightweight and size allow me to carry it single-handed for long durations, while my free-hand can still scribble with a pen. I can never do that with an iPad.
On a side note, running a 20MB pdf file had always been laggy on my HTC Desire HD, but overall the speed on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is as smooth as on iPad iBooks app.
This is really subjective. It all depends on personal preference. For now, the Tab 7.7 gets my overall thumbs up!

What is your pick?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

AsiaRooms.com Special Event

If you didn't know AsiaRooms.com has been providing great discounts for your accomodations at popular destinations. AsiaRooms.com has now not only revamped their website as well as the logo (do you remember the cartoon man with a Vietnamese straw hat?). AsiaRooms.com has expanded their portfolio of accomodations beyond Asia to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East! AsiaRooms.com goes beyond the 1st-tier cities in these countries and into 2nd-tier states as well, to make sure that you get taken care of, wherever you go! Say good-bye to bed-bugs ridden pensions that were heavily reviewed by Phantom reviewers. The genuine reviewers programme by AsiaRooms.com ensures that you get the good, the bad, the ugly. The mobile application on your smartphone allows you to track your bookings wherever you are. Make sure you check-in to AsiaRooms.com for frequent fire sales!


Do you want to win trips to the region and review 12 hotels for free?
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Simply complete a 3-min video anywhere and tell them why you deserve to be the next Social Travel Star!

Thanks to the good people at AsiaRooms.com for the special invite to a night of pampering and fun at Klapsons Hotel, Singapore.

A limousine ride was arranged to pick us up at the heart of Raffles Place.
Getting into the limo wasn't exactly comfortable, but its fun getting the star treatment!
Champagne? anyone? meow!
The organizers had us pampered in a mobile spa.
I got my manicure and shocking pink colored!
Caricatures painting for everyone!
Massage was the best!
 
 

Get ready your camcorders and start filming!
Be the next Social Travel Star!
Remember to pop by AsiaRooms.com for your next travel or Staycation booking!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

L'Arc~en~Ciel - 20th L'Anniversary LIVE Limited Edition

L'Arc~en~Ciel
20th L'Anniversary LIVE
Limited Edition DVD
2011.12.28
Y19,800
c/w stickers with emblems of all tours

Complete Box: 4x DVDs
Bonus Box: Postcards and 20th L'Anniversary LIVE Photo Book

The Limited Edition Box Set is a must-have for any diehard fan!
I am glad I did not settle for any other versions but this!
Next month will be their first-ever Singapore leg of Asia tour!
I should prepare myself for what to expect before I attend the concert here in Singapore!
There is not better way to hold the preview in the heart of my living room!
Supported them since they started, never got a chance to attend the concert, now it is time!
20 years was sure a long wait, but good things are worth waiting!

Thanks to Edna for helping me score this direct from Japan!