Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here

Hungry Go Where Big Eat Out! II

 

It is another hot Saturday afternoon! However, the hot weather didn’t stop us from eating all the good foods during this HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out!  Thanks to BLOG2u for inviting me to this event!

 


  Mark Lee’s visit to Po Piah Stall. Hmm…Yummy!!  


Wow! A lot of people!!! Indeed, Singaporean love to eat!! 


Picture of the Old Chang Kee truck

 


It is powered by Biofuel!

Well this event is not only about Food! All the foods you have purchased during this event will be donated to Andrew and Grace Home. You are doing your part for our society!

 

Besides good foods, the highlight is the heritage tour of the Peranakan Museum. Well, the tour is guided by Mark Lee (so you can expect a lot of jokes and laughter) I feel that the tour is pretty educational and Mark Lee has done a terrific job in introducing the custom and practices of Peranakan. (Who say Mark Lee can’t speak good mandarin??)

 


 

 


 

 


Mark Lee’s Tour (Mandarin)

 

Picture with the other 2 bloggers – daintyflair  (left) and Ms Tam Chiak (right) 

 

 

HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out! is one of the exciting events from Explore Singapore! It is held in conjunction with National Heritage Board. For more information, please visit the official site at http://www.exploresingapore.com.sg/event-details.php?event_id=1

 

This is the sponsored review by BLOG2u (website: http://blog2u.sg)

HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out!

Are you a food gourmet? Wondering where to find good hawker food? Look no further for the HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out! this Saturday(22 Nov 2008) at Peranakan Museum.

 

Besides indulging in the most happening Heritage Hawker foods from around Singapore, you may get to meet Mark Lee, Singapore’s most famous comedian and Dr Leslie Tay, Singapore’s top food blogger!  Early birds could even get a special tour of the museum guided by Mark Lee!

 

 

HungryGoWhere Big Eat Out! is one of the exciting events from Explore Singapore! It is held in conjunction with National Heritage Board. For more information, please visit the official site at http://www.exploresingapore.com.sg/event-details.php?event_id=1

 

BLOG2u (website: http://blog2u.sg) is the social media agency for Explore Singapore!

 

 

Date: 22 Nov, Sat

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Venue: The Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street

Fees: Discounted Museum Admission – $2 per person (Usual: Adult – $6, Concession – $3)

 

p.s. I am going down for the Mark Lee’s tour. If any of you guys are interested to go with me, please drop me a note.

 

Don’t know how to go to Peranakan Museum? click 39 Armenian Street for directions.  

Giant Dog Spotted in Singapore

I can’t believe in my eyes! I haven’t seen such a big dog in my life. I was recommended by my sister to go shopping at U Petgamart, a warehouse-concept pet store.  When i walked into the store, this dalmatian look-alike was lying on the floor. When it stood up, its head is about my chest level! (guys, I am about 1.78m tall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shot is not well-taken!


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There are a lot of pet stuff over at U Petmamart. It is located at Pasir Ris Farmway 1. 

The Only Goat Farm in Singapore

 

The whole world knows the success of Singapore but little do they know that we have farms in such a small Lion City.

 

As part of my weekend activities, I spent one of my Sunday morning at Hay Dairies, the only goat farm in Singapore. It is located at very ulu place (a Malay word that used to describe remote place). It was not a very easy place to find if you intend to drive (for convenience, you can consider an express bus service from Kranji MRT station). Although it took us some time to drive to the place (we needed a map to navigate!), I take this opportunity to enjoy the nature scenery. It was enjoyment to look at the beautiful tropical trees and plantations.    

 

We reached there slightly later but still managed to see the milking in time. 

 


 

What a pity?! It would be great to see the uncle use his hands to do the milking.

 

Then the milk is channeled to this machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed feeding the goats.

 

 

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 It didn’t have a strong taste like lamb perhaps it’s because I am not that particular. For those who think they can’t stand the smell, chocolate flavour might be a better choice for you. If you want to compare the nutrient level between goat milk and cow milk, you can visit this site. By the way, you can’t buy goat milk over the shelves. You have to buy directly from Hay Dairies.   

 

For more information of the goat farm tour, the contact details are as followed:

 No.3 Lim Chu Kang Agrotech Park Lane 4

Singapore 718859

Tel: (65) 6792 0931

Fax: (65) 6794 1580

 

Office Hours: 9am to 4pm (everyday)

Website: http://www.haydairies.com.sg/

Entrepreneurship in Meltdown

 

A follow-up of Ridzuan’s email – “Keep it going. Don’t lose heart!” It is pretty clear that the market is filled with pessimism especially of the poor performance in the US retail sector. The retail sales in US declined to 1.2% in the month of September. (Read article here). It is pretty obvious that export-driven Asia economies will be badly affected as the demand of US falls.

 

In Ridzuan’s email, I understand the anxiety faced by many startups in Singapore as funding activities will be greatly reduced due to the US subprime crisis. The market sentiment has been worsened when Singapore government has announced that Singapore has entered into a technical recession. A technical recession refers to 2 consecutive quarters of contraction. (Read article here)

 

For those who are involved in a high burn-rate technology early-stage startup, it is going to possess a really big problem in your venture as many PE/VC are reducing their positions instead of investing more on new ventures. In fact, big MNCs are taking the opportunities to look for “bargain” in the market. M&A will still remain strong despite the global meltdown but that only benefits private companies which have reached a certain scale (Read article here). For those startups that are still in the infant stage, better know how to control your spending. Only the Fittest Survive! If the company can pull through the bad weather, the market will definitely value it differently.  

 

This blog post is not meant to discourage passionate people who are starting up. In fact, I admired people like Ridzuan and Kelvin for taking the path of an entrepreneur. Bad time doesn’t always mean problems. It possesses opportunities too. As mentioned by Ridzuan and Bernard, it is the best time to hire talented people since the big players have already reduced or froze hiring. 

 

If you haven’t read Ridzuan’s email, you can access from here.  

The very first TAWA Networking Forum

Guys, Finally, I am starting up a new organisation. My first event is on this coming Saturday. Please see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be in tune with the latest hype in the wireless scene? Then join us @ TAWA Networking Forum

Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA) was set up in 2008 with the main objective of promoting the wireless sector in Singapore. TAWA aims to provide companies, academia, aspiring entrepreneurs and prospective investors focusing on the wireless technologies a common exchange platform through a series of industrial sharing sessions and social networking activities.

TAWA Networking Forum is a series of high-tea style networking event whereby young professionals and students passionate about wireless technology will come together to share their knowledge and opinions on trends and issues in the wireless sector. The main objective of the TAWA Networking Forum is to foster stronger ties between education institutions and the private sector.

Details of the event:

Date:    27th September 2008

Time:    2.00 pm

Venue:  NTU@one-north

Theme: Wireless Security in Singapore

Invited speakers:  Mr Ken Chua, CEO of iCell Network

                             Mr Paddy Tan, CEO of BAK2u

Be ready to meet up with other enthusiastic, technology-savvy people and have a fun, fruitful networking session! See you there!

This is the opportunity that cannot be missed! Sign up for our first TAWA Networking forum here!

Click here for more details

Dental Visit

I intend to write an article on dentistry in Singapore and Blog2U has referred me to this dental clinic – TOOFDOCTOR. It is located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, pretty near to Tanjong Pagar Station.

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Unlike those boring clinic you see in the HDB, TOOFDOCTOR has done a terrific window dressing with vibrant colourful design in the clinic. Personally, I like this LEGO figures displayed in the glass cupboard.

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After a short waiting, I entered Dr Diong’s room. It is another feeling. There is no fanciful design but the dental unit integrated with the Mac computer has been very prominent under the contrast of the simple and plain-designed room. Overall, his room gives a very pleasant, comfortable and professional ambience. I feel at ease lying on his integrated dental unit. Well, this is Dr Diong’s room. I got to know that there are different design themes for other rooms. You can view them at the TOOFDOCTOR website: http://www.toofdoctor.com.sg/Where_we_work.html.

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Dr Diong has done a very detailed examination. Without any use of jargons, he explained the problems of your tooth with the help of diagrams and presentation slides. (Well, the slides presentation looks cool on a Mac computer!).

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The diagram illustrated the problem of a sensitive tooth. (Yes!! That’s the problem I am currently facing) Dr Diong filled up the exposed area and I would need to use a desensitizing toothpaste to brush my teeth.

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Overall, the dental experience with TOOFDOCTOR was good. The clinic used various forms of equipment to ensure that it delivers comprehensive treatment to the patient.

Price:
– A one-time consultation fee of $20/- for new patient.
– If you are going for half-yearly maintenance, the price of scaling and cleaning will range from $60 to $100.

Contact details:
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-106 Singapore 081007
Tel: 6221 1121 Fax: 6222 4681
Email: toofdoctor@mac.com
Website: http://www.toofdoctor.com.sg