I’ve got another long, dizzy day ahead of me, so this is going to be a pictorial.
Yet another blogger party! Hosted by HP last night, we were given a sneak preview of the latest HP TouchSmart PC.
It’s a full touch screen PC. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Design and interface very sleek, reminiscent of the iPhone. Very fun to use. Will impress the chicks if you’re the sort who likes to bring ‘em home.
This restaurant has the weirdest service ever. It’s not strictly bad. The waitresses and boss are actually quite friendly and easy-going. There was no rudeness or anything.
They just gave us the impression that they’re all clueless and not really present.
Strange, because this restaurant is supposed to be quite popular and has been around for decades.
Sorry I had to use stock photos for this post. I didn’t feel like taking photos that night because of the weird service, plus the food is average only, so I don’t really want to advertise for the restaurant. Hah.
Don’t go there. There are better places to eat seafood.
I was at Watson’s the other day buying a whole heap of stuff.
As the cashier was scanning my purchases, she noticed a small tin of grape pastilles among them.
She held it up and said, “This one is $4.95, okay?”
I stared at her quizzically before saying, “Yes, I know.”
Then she continued scanning.
I was puzzled. Why did she have to say that? The price was listed on the shelf.
I said, “Why? Have people complained about the price before?”
She replied, “Ya, got customers buy this sweet and complain it’s too expensive. Then they reject it.”
WTF lah, people. It’s only five freaking bucks. Sure, it’s kind of expensive for a small tin of sweets but you don’t open your eyes and look at price tags, then you make a joke of yourself by announcing to the whole world that you can’t afford five bucks for some sweets.
I’ll bet this person doesn’t blink when shelling out $2,000 for an LV bag.
Maybe if the sweets came in an LV tin, he or she will pay $200 for it. Haha.
I had to hastily buy a dress and a handbag just to attend it.
I swear, it’s ridiculous how they expect us to fit anything in those tiny handbags.
People who know me know that I go around with a sports or duffel bag all the time.
Party clutch bags are absurb.
Honestly! After putting my camera and handphone in, I have no space left for anything else!!
What about my wallet? What about my house keys? What about makeup for touching up? Tissue paper? Blotter? Filofax? Camcorder? DS Lite? MP3 player? Drumsticks??? (Yes, I now carry my drumsticks around so I can practise on the go.)
I suppose you might argue that I don’t need to bring all these things to a party. You might be right, but I’d still say …*cue sinister music*… you never know.
I could invest in one of those all-in-one gadgets to combine phone, camera, video, gaming, music and organiser functions in one tiny sleek package that will fit nicely in my clutch and still leave room for my drumsticks… not.
But I still haven’t found a gadget that does everything adequately. For instance, what phone-camera-PDA-mp3-player can give me DS-standard games?
It was futuristic and funky at the same time. Appealed to the party girl in me! Although I’m not much a party girl since I hate wearing party dresses and carrying party handbags.
This photo was taken at the start of the party when it wasn’t so crowded yet.
For comparison, this is about half an hour later:
Back to the start of the party, after I snapped a few photos, a lady come up and said, “Excuse me, but you’re not allowed to take photos because this is a private event.”
You invite a blogger to your party and you don’t allow her to take photos! Siao lah!
Well, okay, the situation was that all photos and info of the phones were embargoed until the party officially started at 8 pm.
But there were no phones to take photos of because all the phones were covered up in large white sheets of cloth!!
So that’s why I don’t have any photos of all the wonderful food and all the wonderful drinks and alcohol. By the time the party started and I was allowed to take photos, I was kept busy partying and taking photos of the models!
Okay, brace yourself for tons and tons and tons of model photos (human and phone models, lol)!
The best (or worst?) part is that this isn’t even all of them. They were literally all over the place and, after a while, I couldn’t remember who I had photographed and who I hadn’t!
I love how they all wore different costumes to match the phones that they were modelling.
The official highlights of the night were the Nokia E66 and Nokia E71.
I had the chance to use the E66 because they were running a photography competition that night. We were supposed to use the new phone to take specific photos of the exhibits, and then, also using the phone, upload the photos to Share on Ovi, which is sort of like Nokia’s answer to Flickr.
The phones have inbuilt functions to upload directly to Ovi so it’s very convenient for camwhores.
This is what the Nokia E66 looks like:
It comes in silver, too, but I prefer the black. It’s cute!
This is the Nokia E71:
Also comes in black and silver.
Looks more businessy, not really my style.
At the event, they gave us a press kit comprising press releases and a thumbdrive containing hi-res images of the phones and accessories.
It’s a 2GB thumb! I have another to add to my collection now, yay!
It’s designed in the Nokia Connection 2008 theme but I think it looks like a lighter. Haha.
A little blue light comes on when you plug it in. Sweet!
Matches my CPU casing!
We also got matching shot glasses as a door gift.
No, we didn’t get any phones.
At least, I didn’t.
Oh, I should also remark that the makeshift outdoor restrooms were done up very nicely!
There was a very nice auntie there to hand us towels, but she was very camera shy and kept running off to hide when I whipped out my camera.
I got quite tipsy that night because the martinis were so deceptively tasty. They had apple, lychee and chocolate martinis! You just taste sweet, you don’t taste the alcohol!
Well, what can I say? Nokia hosts one heck of a party!
Gamer Girl Friday is slightly late today because I only started working on it this morning, can you believe? I don’t know how my week just gets packed without warning, week after week. It’s getting ridiculous, if you ask me.
But, busy or not, I need my weekly gaming fix so GGF will go up weekly no matter what!
We’re also seeing more and more gaming-related events happening in Singapore, which is great!
You guys know what to do! Support these events. Take part in them. It will pay back in the long run because it will help the gaming industry grow. It can only benefit us in return.
So don’t be a couch potato gamer. Get out there and party!
Sheylara was increasingly amazed at the divine help she’d been getting since being tossed into this violent new world.
First, she mysteriously acquired this weirdass power to throw white dazzling light at people to fry them.
Then, she got arrow thingies pointing the way to important places to pick up important objects (such as meat cleavers) to give to important people wanting them.
Smooth, thought Sheylara.
Gathering a meat cleaver and rolling pin and roll of leather in this way, Sheylara ran back to the old man to whom the items belonged.
“Oh, I say,” said the old man. “Awfully kind of you, my dear.”
He gave Sheylara a rusty piece of tin for her trouble.
“Here, that ought to buy you a lick of ale at the inn.”
“Yeeeeeeeeees!” Sheylara rejoiced and danced. “I have a tin! I have a tin!!”
The jubilant barbarian girl consulted her little arrow friend and found the inn in no time.
Then she tried to find someone who could help her get settled in properly.
“Excuse me…,” started Sheylara.
“Oh, alright!” complained the warrior-looking woman grudgingly. “You can have a quest.”
“Go talk to the old woman up on a hill.”
“That’s all you’re going to get from me!” screeched the woman. “All you soft newbies always want clues! Hints! Walkthroughs! Power levelling! You are a useless bunch of nincompoops! Now stop bothering me and go talk to the old woman up on a hill!”
Refusing to be defeated, Sheylara tried another.
“Um…,” she said.
“Yes, I need an errand run. Go find a city guard and pass him this message for me.”
“Be off with ya, then.”
Almost in tears, Sheylara retreated to a corner of the inn to try and make sense of things. She didn’t quite understand why everyone just wanted her to do stuff for them.
Sheylara was suddenly jolted out of her thoughts.
“Psst! Little lady!”
Turning around, she saw a vision.
“You musn’t be discouraged, young one,” said a beautiful woman all dressed in white. “It is only through hardship and trials that we discover our destiny.”
“But I just want a cream soda. And a place to sleep for the night,” said Sheylara miserably.
“Come now, my dear. Sleep is for the weak. Why, there are some adventurers like yourself who do this continuously for 48 hours or more, stopping only for toilet breaks and to call the pizza delivery service.”
“Really?” said Sheylara doubtfully.
“Don’t fret, my dear. You will learn our ways and you will find your destiny. Here, this will help you.”
The woman in white handed Sheylara a hugeass hammer.
“I can tell that your destiny is to fry enemies with the light of Mithra from afar. But sometimes, those brainless mobs will get too close and that is when you’ll need to clobber them with this hammer.”
“But this is—”
“Seek an island south of the city. There, you will find further instruction.”
With that, the woman shimmered away into a mist of nothingness.
“Holy crikey,” breathed Sheylara.
Trying on the hammer for size, Sheylara the barbarian looked up into the night sky and marvelled at the strength and courage she suddenly felt infusing her.
As you all know, a handful of readers got to attend the Cathay/Sony digital movie system launch event with me last week. (I hope you guys had fun!)
We played Tekken 5 Online in the cinema auditoriam itself. That was super, super cool.
Anyway, that’s the beauty of the new digital movie system. Now, we can watch or play anything in the movie theatre (only at The Cathay) without being limited to traditional 35mm film reels!
I want to play Rock Band in there!! Can you imagine what it would be like?
Me and Timothy took a picture in front of the big screen while people were playing the game.
It was supposed to be a tournament, but I think the organisers decided last minute that it wasn’t very fair because there was limited time and not everyone would get to compete, so they decided to lucky draw the prize of a PS3.
Some stranger got it, bummer.
We watched Don’t Mess with the Zohan after that. Well, this is technically a gaming column so I shouldn’t be talking about movies, but it’s a damn good show. I never knew Adam Sandler could be that sexy. He literally oozes charisma and sex appeal throughout the show.
Okay, I’m seriously waiting for someone to organise a Rock Band party or tournament in the movie theatre. It will rock serious ass.
Ask me any gaming-related questions! Post them in the comments or e-mail me, I don’t really care. I will try to answer all questions (unless I get like 500 questions a day).
Dexter Tiah asks an Xbox 360 question:
I encountered some problems when trying to connect to Xbox Live. How do you connect? Wired or wireless? Do u need some special hardware like Microsoft wireless adapter to play? And what if my IP is wrong or MTU has exceeded?
You can connect to Xbox Live either wired or wirelessly. Yes, you need to buy a wireless device if you want to go wireless. As for your IP and MTU, well, you’ll have to understand that it’s a bit hard to troubleshoot such problems remotely.
I can direct you to a fantastic guide on xbox.com, though.
I’ve read somewhere that the Goonfather ranks the PS3 above the Xbox360. Why is that? What are PS3’s greatest points? Thinking of perhaps getting one in the near future. Thanks in advance…
The Goonfather ranks the PS3 above everything else because he’s a Sony fanboi. Haha. Well, the good things about the PS3 are the Blu-Ray player and the slightly better graphics, although I think the Xbox 360 Elite gives the PS3 a run for its money (haha the Goonfather hates this phrase).
But he’s getting very irritated with Sony now because the Asian market is largely neglected and there is virtually no support. For example, the latest download from the PS3 Asia network is some game trailer from last year.
I’d still stick with the Xbox 360 for its superior games library and unsurpassed Xbox Live experience and wonderful local support, all of which I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about. ;)
Best, though, is to buy both! We do use both of them quite equally!
ryo hazuki asks a gender question:
Do you think more girls in Singapore would pick up gaming if it was advertised more? Or are there not enough games that are appealing to girls right now?
The number of girl gamers is already increasingly at a respectable rate, I feel. Game developers are already doing their best to produce games that appeal to girls, so I think that area is covered. Maybe advertising is the key.
I think what we need is a girl gamer movement, some organisation that brings girl gamers together and organises activities that will appeal to girls. Make it something very exclusive and hip and happening, you know? Kinda like the women credit card campaign — the men don’t get it kinda thing.
Also, what we really need is for guys to buy games and gadgets for their girlfriends and pay for all their gaming subscriptions! =P
Why can I never get a straight answer from a man? We’re planning a trip to Guernsey (an island) dead early tomorrow morning, so I need to know what time we have to leave so I can set my alarm.
Me: What time do we have to leave home?
Piers: No earlier than an hour before the time we have to be there – which is an hour before we sail (6 am).
Took me 11 minutes of questioning, during which time I got more riddles, before I received the answer: 4 am.
Piers “invented” a really delicious Asian snack combo: Prawn crackers with hoisin sauce! So proud of him!
I also found this awesome lemongrass-flavoured prawn crackers at Tesco. From Netherlands, but makers were Indoneisan settlers. Tastes so great when you dip into hoisin sauce (sparingly)!
Yeah I know my photos are missing from my blog header. Looks very funny, doesn’t it?
Nanny Wen (aka Buggy Wen aka Davienne) says it reminds her of Harry Potter’s moving picture people.
Guess my photos are taking a break. They’ve gone into hiding because it’s been raining a lot in England and the weather forecast says it’s going to hail tomorrow.
IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER!
Crazy or not.
I thought I’d be in discomfort for a year because I was finding it impossible to get used to Invisalign in my mouth. But just 11 days into it, I hardly feel it anymore.
Was playing on my iPad before bed last night when I suddenly couldn’t feel plastic in my mouth and for one horrifying moment, thought that I had forgotten to put my aligners back on after dinner, which was ages ago.
Turned out it’s just my mouth has started to adapt.
Quote of the day
Me: I want a pet duckling!
Piers: LOL why!!!
Me: Cos they’re so cute.
Piers: All baby things are cute! Except babies.
A transport provider in the UK just sent me an e-mail asking me to take part in an online survey to help improve services.
So I go there and answer two questions (age and last time I used the service) and they say:
“Thank you for your time. Unfortunately, you do not qualify for the survey as this time around we are looking to survey our more senior customers (over 60) only.”
Was googling the difference between biscuits and cookies and got linked to a Yahoo! Answers page. This guy’s answer made me LOL.
“The difference between the biscuit and the cookie is the Atlantic.
Plus, American biscuit more like a savory scone
Plus English biscuit is an American cookie.
Plus English or American cookie is in your computer to do stuff that no one really understands.”
Being too ambitious (or greedy). Two heaped bowls of ricotta and spinach tortelloni in bolognese sauce, with six sausages and three baby zucchinis thrown into the mix. A roll of garlic bread and a bottle of wine. Delicious!
Yay I got white tulips! My favouritest flowers. :)
England has the most beautiful flowers. Tulips and roses in white with pale pink. Gerberas in strawberry milk pink. Makes me happy!
Just read in detail about foot binding in ancient China. I always thought they just wrapped up the feet during infancy to stop them from growing.
But, no! They wait till the girl is 4-7 years old, then break her toes and arch bones so that the toes can curl under the sole. Without anaesthesia.
After wrapping the monstrous creation tightly, the girl is then forced to walk on her broken feet so her weight can help crush them into shape. The feet are crushed and rebound daily for like two years! WTF is wrong with people?!