Monday, December 26, 2011
Posted by brandon at 3:01 am
Friday, December 09, 2011
I realise this post might be a bit sensitive in nature, but please bear with me
I went for dinner one evening with my brother and housemate to PJ State. We wanted some good ol' Hokkien Mee from a shop we went to a few months ago. But after we reached the shop, I realised something was amiss. The tau keh nio was wearing a cloth on her head. A family that would typically not go to a Chinese stall was sitting nearby. There was a picture frame with some calligraphy in it.
It then dawned upon me ..
Pok is getting scarce in KL. I can't expect to get it at our 5 star hotels, and only certain outlets in shopping malls serve it (eg. the 'hawker center' in the basement of Lot 10, and its friggin' expensive).
I wonder in the future ...
Frankly speaking, it seems that the future of pok in Malaysia is bleak despite our PM desperately preaching 1 Malaysia to the Rakyat. I hope I can still have my favorite bowl of kolo mee (along with the rest of my favorite Chinese dishes) in the near future in peace... with pok.
Posted by brandon at 2:42 am
Over the last few weeks, my boss assigned me to shoot for Lincoln college. They're on a massive (aka. pricey) advertising campaign which is similar to other Malaysian colleges.
These images are meant to be placed on massive billboards that you see along the highway. There were supposed to be 30 of these, so these designs are still in the preliminary stages.
Why have I decided to highlight these? Well, I guess this is the first time that my images will be publicly viewable, although I guess not many folks will know that I shot these images.
I have also faced a lot of challenges during the shooting process. For example:
1. You've got to make do with what you've got. The 'models' consist of current Lincoln College students, so if they aren't that photogenic, you've still got to make the shot happen.
2. What you shoot may not be what the customer wants, so be prepared for repeat shoots.
Some other stuff is not appropriate for me to disclose them here, but suffice to say, I learnt a lot from it.
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Posted by brandon at 1:38 am
Friday, November 11, 2011
A few months ago, my trusty Sony handphone was in need of a replacement. Being the 'traditional' person I was, I thought that a cheap Nokia phone would suffice. However I was recommended to get a Samsung Galaxy Mini with the limited budget I had. So off to the shops I went.
note: Be wary of traders (in pasar seni / petaling street area for example) who try to sell you fake china made android phones. I have a colleague who also has a galaxy mini, but the screen looks worse and its wifi performance is terrible. And he got it at a more expensive price! :s
Below the touch screen are three dinky, plastic buttons - menu, home, and back. I guess you get what you pay for :s
If you do purchase this phone, I would heartily recommend that you get these few essential accessories :
- decent screen protector,
- silicon phone case
- 8gb sandisk Micro SD card. I found out that the supplied 2gb SD card didn't have enough space to install my apps, songs, pictures so I purchased the 8gb for RM 50. Try not to remove the SD card from the phone as this will desensitize the contacts and make the card less responsive.
For those who are still new to the concept of rooting your phone, I can assure that it can be a fun process if you're into these kind of geeky activities (even though it voids your warranty). It gives you many advantages, such as the option of overclocking your processor to 800 MHz instead of 600 Mhz for better performance.
There are many alternative OS out there if I so decide to flash the Android OS, such as Cyanogen Mod. A friend told me that Cyanogen is only 'slightly' faster than Gingerbread, so I'm holding off this update for a while until I'm sure it can bring some noticeable improvements.
Best of all, this app is free even though they have a paid, pro version.
Another app which is similar to ROM toolbox is Titanium Back up. Unfortunately, all their tweaks which are available in the free version of ROM toolbox is only reserved for their paid version. It also requires that you have a rooted phone.
Another free app which I've just downloaded is System Tuner. However it doesn't look as user-friendly as titanium and rom toolbox.
Another app you can consider is Advanced Task Killer to deactivate apps that hog your memory and cpu. It is an extremely light app (just 97.44 kb to download), and you can set it to autokill instead of manually having to kill the apps.
Some users debate the usefulness of task killers as the android OS automatically manages the RAM when the app becomes too heavy. I however try one to halve the amount of RAM each app uses in ROM toolbox. If you'd like to try this, go to Performance / build.prop tweaks/ and halve VM heap from 64 m to 32 m. This halves the maximum amount of RAM each app uses. I cannot be sure about this, but I 'feel' this tweak speeds up my phone a little.
OK, hands up for those who don't like free games? ;)
The camera is very basic. It doesn't have autofocus and flash. It holds a sufficient amount of detail in good light with decent, natural colours.
There are third party camera apps available on the market. My favourite is the vignette app. The retro effects are pretty darn cool ! Mind you, they look heaps more original than the art filters found in today's mirrorless cameras.
Posted by brandon at 9:44 am
Monday, September 12, 2011
Posted by brandon at 3:58 am