Western Digital introduces the new WD TV Mini Media Player

Western Digital today introduced a new version of its popular WD TV™ media player. The new WD TV™ Mini Media Player now enables playback of RealVideo™ content and provides a more affordable way for consumers to play their stored digital content on their televisions.

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The WD TV™ Mini Media Player connects to a user’s TV or home theatre and plays digital movies, music and photos stored on storage devices USB mass storage devices. The new compact design is small and portable enough for users to easily take with them when they travel.

Key features:

  • Broad format support including Real Media
  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Upscale to 1080i resolution (480 decode)
  • Thumbnail and video preview support
  • Built-in file management allows user to copy or delete files
  • Built-in Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) – Play/copy pictures and videos directly from a digital camera/camrecorder
  • Built-in search function

The WD TV™ Mini Media Player is now available at selected retailers and is distributed by AMC Pacific Pte Ltd in Singapore. The recommended retail price is S$129 and the device comes with 1-year limited warranty.

P.S. I would like to thank Tricia and Stephanie from The Right Spin for inviting me to the media launch.

Why Not You Tell Me Your Views on Android?

A couple of weeks ago, I received the very first Andriod Phone in the world – HTC Dream from Gina, The Right Spin Communication. I guess you guys have heard too much about this phone; its features and of course its prototype look. I shall not talk too much about how good (or bad) this phone is. Rather, I would like to share and also, to get you guys regardless you are developer or normal users to be involved in the discussion.

I have set up a short survey and perhaps you can help me to understand Android users better. It shouldn’t take up a lot of your time.

By the way, HTC Hero is coming to Singapore on the 4 Sep 2009. If you want to have a glimpse of the phone, you may wish to drop them a mail at htc_events@htc.com

LET’S WALK ON TOP OF THE TREEs

 

Guys, it is about time to leave your laptop at home and move your buck out of your comfortable armchair! Let’s spare a moment to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature ecosystem. But, You guys must be wondering where to find such place in the highly-urbanised Singapore.

 

TreeTop Walk 010Last Sunday, my girlfriend brought me for a trip down to HSBC TreeTop Walk, the first of its kind in Singapore that offers a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.

 

I have resisted myself for bringing any gadgets to this place but I just couldn’t bear to keep my HTC phone at home. GPS and Google map are actually helpful in terms of getting us to Venus Drive’s car park (though most of the time, the phones are actually not much use except for adding loads during the trail) Morale of the story, if you have 2 phones like I do, just bring one for the trip.   

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The Free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and the total length The total length of the walkway is about 250m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25m.

 

I didn’t expect to see such a beautiful scenery in our forest.  I guess the location of the bridge has been carefully selected so as to see different segments of the tropical forest. I can imagine how magnificent the area  will be during sunrise or sunset. But you won’t get the chance to see it as the bridge will only be opened between timings 9am – 5pm (Tue-Fri)  and 8.30am – 5pm (weekends and public holidays). Monday will be closed. So disappointing!!

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This is my first trip to the TreeTop Walk so I didn’t know that dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve. I don’t exactly know the rationale of such rule  set by National Park but apparently, the monkeys got pretty agitated when they saw my dog which was why I hand-carried my dog almost throughout the trip.(Man, don’t think that carrying a small dog is easy! it can be a tiring task!!) I am not going to bring my dog again if I happen to come for a second visit.

 

PLease be mentally prepared before you go. The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (it is about 1.5 – 2 hour of walking) from the MacRitchie Reservoir Park and 2.5 km (45 mins – 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. A round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace)

 

Note: Getting to Venus Drive By Bus: Take bus nos. 132, 163, 165, 166, 167, 640, 855 or 980

 

For more information, you may wish to visit National Park website

 

p.s. I have uploaded some more photos. You may wish to view it in my facebook here.

 

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STILL GUESSING THE BRAND OF "GUESSWHATCAR.SG"? LET ME TELL YOU THE ANS!

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Photo taken outside of Heeren

 

I am sure everybody wants to win a pair of tickets to Europe but first of all, you must know the brand of the car! I have various ways to get you to the answer but before I go into the details, I strongly encourages all of you to finish reading the whole blog post (if you don’t want to waste time banging at the wrong door).   

 

The most direct way is to go to the side of the car showroom. You should be able to see the functions and the features of the car. This is tedious but a correct approach because all car makers will have different positioning in the market. From there, you would roughly know the targeted market segment of the car company and this helps you to better filter off those companies that are not in the segment. Don’t worry! I don’t expect you guys to go down to Heeren to copy all the features. I have prepared the list for you guys. All you have to do is to copy and search on Google

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Powerful 1.6L engine(124ps)

Auto light control

Integrated Headlamp-Cum-Front Grille Design

Sporty 17-Ince Alloy Rims

Top-of-the- Class Cabin Space

Driver-Centric Dashboard with Centre Fascia

Motor-Driven Power Steering(MDPS)

Steering Wheel Audio Remote Control

Keyless Entry System

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Dual Front Airbags

Electronic-Chromic Mirror

Perfect NHTSA and IIHS Safety Rating

Ipod-/USB-Compatible Audio Console

Automatic Temperature Control

Supervision Cluster with Rear Parking Assist System and Trip Computer

 

Wait a minute! I guess you guys will prefer watching video to reading text. Watch this video! You will get the answer straight away!

 

Guys, come on! Guess the brand of this myster 1.6L Car and stand to win a trip for two to exciting Europe!

Simply SMS GUESS<space> Car Brand <space> Your Name <space> Your NRIC  to 77877 or log on to guesswhatcar.sg to enter!

Contest ends 19 Feb 2009.

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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It is a dog life! from Neodimension on Comiqs

 

 

 


It’s a Dog Life! from Neodimension on Comiqs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/