i started with no real expectations. well .. other than some action and nothing more. but you know what, its actually pretty good drama. some kickass action, and mostly drama. but i felt it was well balanced. and i was really able to emotionally connect well with all the main characters.
and in this video from about 2:48, Felicity .. i mean Elizabeth, was really badass.
been listening to all their albums when i somehow switched to Veruca Salt. not the best band in the world. but they were pretty awesome back in the day. this is Seether, from their American Thighs album.
when FB first ran timeline, i hated it. on the desktop, it was so difficult to focus on a post. but they did a smart thing and reverted back to a single column layout.
then G+ decided to (yet again) follow the shit trail and implement the same multi column timeline-esque layout. yes, you can actually switch to single column, but in single column, the width is too small - as though for mobile. poor form G+. poor implementation.
change is good, but not when it goes against my own principles of web interface (eye focus). but then again, maybe its just me. others seem to like this so far ...
".. they can't just cancel a show like Alphas. they have to help the viewers let go. Firefly did a movie to wrap things up. Buffy continued on as a comic book. Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season till we were grateful it ended .."
ps. i love Alphas too. and i too am disappointed it got cancelled without even having the chance to explain what happened.
as a little boy, i'm constantly asking silly questions. it must be annoying for you, cos its how i sometimes feel these days when you ask me questions like .. when am i getting married. but you've always answered me the best way you can, in such a caring motherly way.
you were not just other kids' teacher, but mine too. you've moulded me into the man i am today, and i am very, very, grateful.
being the eldest, i've been there with you looking after my brothers and most of my cousins, nephew and nieces. so i know what a tough job it is, yet you still do it till this very day with no complaints.
its apparently Mother's Day today, but i wouldn't know. cos every single day is Mother's Day for me. for you have 99 loves .. and i'm always still one of them.
Reshared text: sometime in February 1979 ..
Rizal, where's fish? fish sleep.
this. is a very famous phrase in my family, a simple exchange between my mama and myself.
being the first child of my parents' generation (both were the eldest too), i was very popular amongst my family, and hence, every single one of my aunts and uncles know this phrase, and still remembers it till this very day.
i (obviously) cannot remember it at all. but after [ http://goo.gl/WgFST ], i decided to go through some old family albums i have with me. and my oh my, imagine how excited i was when i came across the photo that captured this famous exchange.
no details are confirmed yet. but i really hope Luke will not be cast as Eric Draven. any of the other Crow(s), maybe i might not mind. but not Draven. because there has always been, and should always be, only one on-screen Eric Draven ..
it really makes no Sense at all that such a beautiful looking skin is absolute nonsense.
so. for the first time since my Xperia(s) and Nexus(es) days, i've gone with a third party launcher. i seriously do not like how stupid and unintuitive Sense 5 is. i mean, for all of the ugliness, lag, and bloat of Touchwiz UX, i honestly felt more comfortable with my stock S3.
in fact, i think i'm looking at breaking my almost one year drought of not running a custom rom (started since i got my S3) to run Trickdroid soon.
after yet another two weeks break, POI returns with an unassuming kick ass episode. its got it all - classic revenge storyline, moral delimmas, long overdue focus on one character, set up of what's coming ahead, and ..
Allison Scagliotti guest starring!
well. actually its more like an "extended cameo", but its good enough for me.
this is an extremely huge biggup to Sheba, who served me at the Vodafone store F204, 660 Hay Street Mall.
the first store i went to (which i won't name for now) was useless. the dude who served me looked like a geek who would know Android and understand me. but no. he did a half fuck test and said cos he can't verify the issue, he can only send back to HTC. and he was pretty adamant about it.
so i left and went to F204, where Sheba served me. what a huge difference. she took the time and patience to verify my issue, did some trouble shooting together, and then fought to make sure i got a replacement there and then.
so now i have a new working HTC One which actually makes calls. +Vodafone Australia , you are lucky to have an awesome staff in Sheba, because the first guy's attitude almost made me storm home to cancel my contract with you.
HTC One day 3, Anzac Day. and also my youngest brother's birthday.
and since i have 2 phones now, i figured i'd don my good eldest brother suit and told him i'll give him a phone as a birthday gift. so i talked up how awesome the H1 is. the beauty, the speed, the screen, the loudspeakers, etc. he sounded really impressed. but at the end of the conversation, he asked me ..
"so. i can have your S3 now" .......
ps. i'm still testing out various scenarios to write up about the HTC One's battery life (today is a music and video test). but seriously, i'm stumped at the conflicting results i've been getting the past few days
its now just over 24 hours since my HTC One [http://goo.gl/TclDy]. so its not going to be as full like my S3 [http://goo.gl/DHEbT], but here are just some quick first impressions at the end of Day 1.
it really is a nicely built phone. sexy even. but probably due to the way i hold my mobile phones, the H1 is not the most comfortable device to have in your palm for an extended period of time. the bottom edges kinda "cut" uncomfortably into the groove of my palm where i usually rest it, whereas with my S3, the curves really showed how well thought out it was designed, to be resting and not cut into your palm rest.
i get this feeling its actually a tall-not-wide phone. kinda like Manda's old Xperia Arc. and because of that, i have an issue with the power button being on top. the S3 had the volume and power buttons on its side, which really felt natural cos they were just so easy to access while holding the phone. but not the H1. it can be a struggle at times to power on/off quickly when you need it.
its blazing fast and super smooth though. menus and apps open and close butter. and so is the scrolling. and i have not had a single force close yet. but i find it strange how some apps that ran well on my S3, were deemed incompatible (from the Play Store) for my H1, even though both are on 4.1.2.
its blazing fast x2. the camera this time. OMFG it loads so quick i could only gape in awe. taking pictures had no hint of any kind of lag. and from the screen, the pictures really looked amazing. i've not played much with the camera yet, so i can't write much. but here's a test shot uploaded earlier [http://goo.gl/ennQY]
the screen really is amazing though. colours are strong. my wallpapers look awesome. and HD videos are just wow. in fact, i have to say, the screen is probably the best part of the H1. but i do seem to have issues with the back and home buttons. i find myself constantly having to press more than once to get it going.
speaking of video, i do miss how with my S3, you could rotate the video to landscape when you need to, even with auto-rotate disabled.
sound. oh my its loud. i guess its due to the speakers being in front. my ring volume is now only at the 2nd or 3rd level. but its really cool for when you're playing videos out loud.
i did plug in my headphones for music, but at the moment, i think i prefer my Wolfson powered S3 over the Beats H1.
blink feed? shrugs. to me its silly, unless they update it to pull in Google+.
battery seems reasonable after a full day. its now about 24% after 12.5 hours, but i can't tell how much screen time though, cos i'm still figuring out HTC's usage app.
most of my issues at the moment are with Sense. its definitely more beautiful looking, but TouchWiz (on the S3 and not prior versions) while looking ugly, feels more intuitive and has more functionalities like the in-built notification toggles.
i will write more when i get more comfortable with Sense.
its now the first morning in bed with my new darling, the beautiful HTC One [ http://goo.gl/TclDy ]. but why you no turn green (notification LED) when fully recharged.
and the alarm. OMFG it was SOOO loud! i had the ring volume turned down to about level 2 or 3 last night, because this phone really is loud. but i totally forgot about the alarm.
and after playing in bed the whole night with her, unlike my S3 where you can handle her any way you want in the hands and still feel comfortable, my new H1 needs to be handled in a certain way to be comfy.
anyway, busy day ahead. but definitely will find time to orientate myself with her.
while i agree with most reviews that its over priced, it really has that premium feel to it. its really small, but has the right weight to make it feel sturdy enough to be the the main keyboard on my desk.
the switching between bluetooth devices at the press of a button, comes as advertised - hassle free. and i don't know how or where the sensors are, but the auto backlight really works well. you can disable it too (to save battery) if you want.
the only thing that isn't what it said on the box, was the quiet keys. no, its not noisy loud. but its not whisper quiet either.
its only Day 0, and i'm already comfortable with it. definitely a step up from my previous portable - the Microsoft 6000. and while i do recommend this K810, it still is pretty expensive, even though i got it at a sale price.
based on this trailer, it sure looks to be a good season ahead. but its not only that. with the return of some of my other favourite series next week, my weekend couch time (aka break from work) looks awesome, with ..
Person of Interest, Elementary, Grimm, Orphan Black, Continuum, and Defiance. honestly, my TV slot has never looked so good. bring it on.
warning. the following #Continuum trailer may include spoilers.
being a huge fan of the animated series (but not the comics), i totally agree with the following article that there should be a Batman Beyond movie. i mean the cool things you could do with the movie is just limitless.
my nephew had his first Taekwondo lesson last night. he was excited, but nervous at the same time. my brothers said he looked so cute. me, i'm just glad he finally wanted, on his own accord, to participate.
he was never really into martial arts, or any "fighting" et al. maybe having two little sisters contributed to it. but ever since he saw his papa performed a traditional silat "dance" [ goo.gl/WMLac ] for my youngest brother's wedding, his interest skyrocketed. good for him, to maintain our family's "tradition" i suppose.
from the photos my brother just sent me, i think he's enjoying it a little too much. though at such a young age, i think us3 bros just want him to learn some discipline and experience some form of a regimental environment.
its a children's supernatural tv series, but man i'm really enjoying it. chanced upon it the other evening when i had nothing else to watch while channel surfing during my break. its a simple storyline and very obviously aimed for kids, but it surprisingly managed to hold my attention with decent story telling and believable characters.
if you're like me, whose got nothing to watch this weekend since Person of Interest, Elementary, Grimm and even Arrow are strangely on a break, you should check Wolfblood out. i'm pretty confident most of you would enjoy it.
the photo was meant to be darker but i missed a setting. but i actually like how it unexpectedly turned out. i think it looks pretty good (for me at least). i'm definitely getting the hang of quickly switching settings around on my J1. but more practice still needed to take "better" photos without thinking of what settings i need to change.
in the meantime, i'll continue hanging out at my uncle's backyard while humming Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft ..
where after only 2 episodes, the series has been elevated to be my favourite tv show. well, behind Person of Interest of course.
it kept the momentum up from episode 1 [ http://goo.gl/fGk4k ], and i was still gripping my seat at every turn of events. the writing is really solid, with the plot thickening at just the right pace. and the few humorous lines and scenes thrown around were well placed to balance the show (from being too dark).
while i agree The Following is a really good show, i somehow still am not able to make it one of my shit-i-cannot-wait-for-next-episode tv series. with many of my favourite cartoon series gone, POI on a break, and GOT still not making my cut, there seemed to be a void in my weekly must-watch-now tv series.
and along comes Orphan Black.
it has only been one single episode thus far. but oh my frack i am already so into it. i have never been this intrigued, and at the edge of my seat, for any pilot episode .. ever. this is a much watch. i really hope it stays true to form for the whole season.
now. i still love my S3, but whenever you have a chance for a new phone, you never push it away. hence i've been looking for a suitable backup phone that i could possibly give my mama.
i've always been a fan of the Xperia line. but since my tiny X8 way back, i've never owned another. so i looked into the new Xperia Z. really lovely phone with pretty decent specs. but i wasn't sure if my mama would like it.
until i found out its got an eyelet for a lanyard! with the S4 (and One) still without an S Hole [http://goo.gl/2LXUb], this Xperia Z is now a must have!
i never really was into photography (the taking photos bit). but when i bought the Sony F3 for my brother's wedding (as a gift and to snap the wedding) few months ago, i actually found myself more than happy to be snapping away.
after the wedding, i kept surfing for camera deals almost every single day. i don't know. i wasn't exactly yearning for a good camera. but i just felt i needed a decent one to go snap happy again.
and then a pretty good deal came along for Easter, and i went out and bought it. now. snap snap. what else can i snap ...
way back during my TP Grange Rd days, we used to have half day wednesdays. so me and my then GF spent those arvos at the cinema, every single week. many of the films we caught were crap, but once in awhile, a gem came along. and one of those was one of my all time favourite films ..
with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. nine years later, the sequel, Before Sunset was released, which i enjoyed too.
and this year, after another nine years .. the third installment is upon us. i'm really looking forward to it.
i've started to use my new profile pic on almost all my other social networks and apps that requires a profile photo. but there are some peeps who can't see, or don't believe, that its really me in the photo (in Spidey's reflection).
so here's a zoomed in, blown up view of my new profile pic. see me now?
apparently, Geneviève Bujold left after only shooting a few scenes, citing the expected workload and relevant interviews needed. and so they brought in Kate Mulgrew - who, i'm finding out now, is such a cool person in real life!
i am a huge fan of his artwork. he's done some of my favourite Spidey and Hulk art, and i do admire his work on Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers (even though i'm no fan of those series)
i fell in love with his art during the mid 90s with the Wonder Woman (vol2) series - when they first introduced Artemis. but since i haven't been reading much comics for a long time, i don't really know what he's been up to.
the Galaxy S4 event. so many S Functionalities. some cool. some meh. but very disappointed there's still no S Hole funtionality, where i can string my old Hello Kitty lanyard to the phone so i can hang the phone around my neck.
this is a quick snap using a mobile camera. its of my nephew and nieces, walking home, holding hands, after yet another long day in humid Singapore. a simple photo that won't be winning awards anytime soon, but it spoke a thousand words to me.
i love my nephew and nieces. and i miss them so much.
coding up an eDM for REIWA atm, i remember this true story ..
when the Convention Centre first opened, me and my ghetto Bentley peeps were bored and decided to attend. we came across a booth where the dude was like forcing us to enter a competition. my peeps were all excited but i couldn't give an eff. though i unwillingly entered in the end, thinking its no harm.
i forgot all about it, until one day my mobile rang to say i won. thinking it a scam, where they probably make you sign up for something before being able to collect the prize, i brushed it off.
but my housemate kept bugging me to collect, and so i did. and holy shit it was real! i was honestly shocked. too bad though, the prize was so so.
ps. oh check my hair out back then. and that goatee .. i miss you ..
sorting out the wedding photos some nights ago, i clicked on a bookmarked album with the picasaweb.google.com url. but to my disgust, it redirected to the g+album interface.
my main complain with the g+ interface is when organising an album with many photos. its a ridiculous chore trying to drag photos around. i found the picasaweb interface simpler since they go into a thumbnail size view, making it easier to drag and drop.
lucky for now, if you have bookmarks to picasaweb albums like me, you can add a ?noredirect=1 to the end of the url.
the NBA trade dealine is over. KG, and more importantly, The Truth, are still bleeding green [ http://goo.gl/IfT2t ]. but no Delonte West still - well it was highly unlikely to happen, but one can only hope, can't i ?
meanwhile. over in Miami ... please bring on the weekend.
i'm sure we all remember Sarah Churman, the 29 year old woman who could finally hear for the first time after an implant a few years back.
well here's another similar story i only just came across, only this time, its a little girl, which kinda resonates parallels with my Supergirl Princess' situation - whom i still hope won't have to go through such a need.
RESHARE: a conversation somehow came up at work today about the Forester being a "lesbian" car. lol. don't know how true that is, but i do love the older model Foresters. done up right, i think they're the most wicked thing on the road.
here's a video initially shared to a limited audience. love the Forester here.
Reshared text: my brother's wedding, back in 2005, at the bride's place.
our arrival at the bride's residence was a noisy affair. the beat of the kompangs, and the Subaru horn blasts. i pity those other residents. but yeah. its the way we roll ...
you might wanna cover your ears from the 34s mark
before anyone asks - we had the silat peeps cos me and my bros were gurus - the cultural group was a spin-off club - my brother worked for Subaru - we're uhm .. eccentric
ps. i'm not sure though, if we're gonna be making such an entrance again, for my youngest brother's wedding come February. we'll see ...
back in perth. it was a full plane. 5 different flights squeezed into one tiny Qantas plane. so i could not stretch my legs. but at least the girl sitting next to me was cool enough for a good decent chat.
i'm still feeling soo tired after 2 naps and a lunch meeting. and i got shitloads of work to do, with one major deadline tomorrow.
welcome back to perth, me. welcome back to reality. and don't ask me why i'm having this song on repeat at the moment ...
much more composed and relaxed, this video is my younger brother again, in a more fluid silat pengantin "snake style" performance. its a slight (shorter) variation from his earlier performance [ http://goo.gl/MIBrL ] since this time, he needs to also acknowledge the bride, and then lead them both to their "throne".
i'm back to Perth tonight, and figured i'd share this now since my youngest brother's wedding was the main reason for this trip. it was a busy 3 weeks for me, but it was all worth it.
to those new peeps i met on g+ this trip, hola back to ya and hope we can continue plussing when i'm back in Perth.
oh. and no, that phrase in the beginning is just some bullshit i thought of ..
i had to keep the kids entertained. so i can't think of anything else other than connect my HDD to the TV and put on some Hi-5. they were happy for awhile, and then their faces put on a puzzled look, and they asked ..
why do they look so different (rough translation from baby speak)
well my girls, if i have to sit through Hi-5 for an hour with you, it can only be the old Hi-5 team, with the one and only amazing
hosting a wedding reception from 11am to 8pm on a Saturday is no joke. my legs are still hurting, feet are sore, tummy still burning, and throat still dry.
i fell asleep at about 2am the previous night, but woke up at 5am yesterday morning to sort out more stuff. the whole morning was just rush here, rush there. and patching up last minute issues, left right center.
but it all turned out pretty well in the end. my brother looked happy. our relatives were all enjoying themselves. and more importantly, the guests sounded like they were very happy with the whole affair.
i've still not even looked through my own photos and videos yet. but here's one of us3bros snapped by my uncle.