Category Archives: Travel

Documentary: Dive into “fire from hell”

Ever since the last attempt in Centralia, Pennsylvania, George Kourounis, together with his fellow explorer – Sam Cossman, made another venture to hell of fire. This time, they step foot into Marum Crater, the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible volcano.

Cited from the Huffington post, George recounts,

“Getting to [Marum] was kind of like a reverse climbing of Everest. The volcano fought back at us, and we had to deal with terrible weather, tremendous heat from the lava, descending and ascending 400 meters of near vertical, loose rock face, acid rain so strong that it could have come from a car battery, and a variety of other craziness.”

During the interview with Huffington Post, he explained why he is doing so. He wants to travel around the world documenting world’s most extreme and inaccessible places. More importantly, he wants to share what he see to the rest of the world.  A true adventure indeed.

YouTube video uploaded by Sam Cossman

Previous attempt in Centralia, Pennsylvania

Logitech Unveils First Keyboard Designed For Your Computer, Smartphone and Tablet

SINGAPORE — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the Logitech® Bluetooth® Multi-Device Keyboard K480, the first desk keyboard designed for use with up to three devices, regardless of computing platform. Now you can type a report on your computer and, with the flick of the Easy-Switch™ dial, respond to a message on your smartphone and type a tweet on your tablet. The universal keyboard can connect to three different Bluetooth wireless devices at once, whether you are using a Windows®, Mac® or Chrome OS™ computer, or an Android™ or iOS tablet or smartphone.

You can type in comfort on a full-size desk keyboard with a familiar layout and all the shortcut keys you use the most. The durable, integrated stand firmly holds your phone or tablet at just the right angle for you to read while you type. With a choice of two color schemes, the keyboard is designed to blend into your home decor without sacrificing style.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is expected to be available in Singapore from mid-September 2014, for a suggested retail price of SGD$59. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com/news/K480 or our blog.

Extreme Adventure on the Edge with Bryan Smith

Biography of Bryan Smith

Join Bryan Smith, an award winning filmmaker,  adventurer, and conservationist for the National Geographic Channel, as he shares gripping moments from his assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure in the world’s most challenging environments.

 

An experienced kayaker who paddled steep rivers in India, Peru, and Russia, Smith was inspired to take up video photography while protesting a hydroelectric dam project that threatened British Columbian rivers. He quickly developed a knack for creating innovative technical solutions to capture dazzling images – inevitably putting himself and his team at risk to get the shot.

 

Braving raging white-water in British Columbian rivers; sharing too little space with grizzlies in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula (where legions of mosquitoes are the other voracious predators to fear); and fulfilling the eternal dream of human flight are all situations and subjects that have absorbed Bryan Smith over the past ten years.

 

As opposed to being a thrill-seeker, Bryan Smith is a deeply creative, conservation-minded, and extraordinarily passionate storyteller who very consciously uses his filmmaking craft to elevate important stories that will invigorate and inspire us to probe our limitations and entertain us in new ways.

 

Date:9 October 2014, Thursday (One-night only show)

Start Time of first show (or opening time of venue): 7.30pm

End Time of last show (or closing time of venue): 8.40pm (show lasts about 1hr 10mins)

Event Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall

Ticketing Website: http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/edge1014 

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/NatGeoLivePacific 

 

Have a quick glimpse of this chap in this Promotion Video Clip (New Zealand Version)

Pioneer launches CD receivers that deliver greater performance and connectivity for drivers

Pioneer Electronics, a leader in aftermarket car electronics, released two new digital media and nine CD receiver models.It includes significant enhancements in connectivity and display, while providing fuss-free control functions for greater efficiency and a safer drive. Drivers can now navigate the settings directly from their steering wheel and adjust illumination across a broader range of settings to their preference when driving during day and night. The key features of the new receivers also include Bluetooth®1 wireless connectivity for dual phone connection, improved speech clarity and smoother browsing experiences via both iOS and Android devices.

 

INTELLIGENT SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY

Pioneer’s new CD receivers with built-in Bluetooth wireless capability1 such as DEH-X6750BT supports:

* Full Time Connection for Two Phones – For the first time, Pioneer features Full Time Connection for two smartphones. The phones’ settings are remembered by the receiver and are automatically connected once detected in the car. For example, drivers can connect and access their personal and business phones simultaneously through the receiver without the hassle of switching between phones.

* Wide Band Speech – With Bluetooth upgrade to HFP version 1.6, drivers experience greater speech clarity and enjoy natural conversations and better speech recognition with Hands Free Calling. The new CD receivers come with twice the bandwidth frequency compared to previous models.

* Wireless Audio Browsing – Once connected to Bluetooth, drivers can search their music library on the head unit display without a single touch on their smartphones, allowing for a safer drive. The new AVRCP 1.5 version allows drivers to browse music files on both iOS and Android devices.

Price of the respective models are as follow:

Model Price
DEH-X7750UI  SRP $369
DEH-X6750BT  SRP $319
DEH-X3750UI  SRP $249
DEH-X2750UI  SRP $219
DEH-X1750UB  SRP $199
FH-X775BT  SRP $429
FH-X575UI  SRP $299

 

 

5 Most “Alien like” places on Earth

Surfing around on the internet for interesting places that we should go in our lifetime. Obviously, traveling to outer space has always been the number 1 itinerary in my travel plan. However, I believe it will still take a while for space traveling to be possible (to be more exact, affordable) for commoners like me.

How about visiting places that does not seem to belong to Earth?

I have “hand-picked” some places that could be interesting for travellers.

1. Cave of Crystals, Mexico

Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals (gypsum, CaSO4·2 H2O), some of the largest natural crystals ever found. (Source: Wikipedia)

Source: morebelow.com – – Does it remind you of Superman?

 

2. Socotra, Yemen 

Socotra is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea.[24] In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna. They counted nearly 700 endemic species, found nowhere else on earth; only Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galapagos Islands have more impressive numbers. (Source: Wikipedia)

Source: www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com – Dragon Blood Tree that can only be found in Socotra Island, Yemen, an umbrella-shape tree covers with red sap.

 

3. Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan 

Yeliu (Chinese: 野柳; pinyin: Yěliǔ) is a cape in the town of Wanli, New Taipei, Taiwan.

The cape, known by geologists as the Yeliu Promontory, forms part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 metres into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain (大屯山) out of the sea. (source: Wikipedia)

Source: accesschinatravel.com – Unique sedimentary rock formations such as the 4000-year-old “Queen’s head” mushroom rock. Can you spot where the “head” is in this photo?

 

4. Zhangjiajie Forest Park, China

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Chinese: 湖南张家界国家森林公园; pinyin: Húnán Zhāngjiājiè Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán; literally: “Hunan Zhangjiajie National Forest Park”) is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. (Source: Wikipedia)

Source: intactnature.com – A “hanging” cliff. Does it make you feel like “Avatar”?

 

5. Jervis Bay, Australia 

The Jervis Bay is an 102-square-kilometre (39 sq mi) oceanic embayment located on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.

A 70 square kilometre area of land around the southern headland of the bay is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia known as the Jervis Bay Territory. The Australian Navy base, HMAS Creswell, is located in the Jervis Bay Territory between Jervis Bay Village and Greenpatch Point. (Source: Wikipedia)

Source: secondglobe.com – Bioluminescent plankton wash up on a beach in Jervis Bay