Feb 18, 2015

Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran Execution Must Stay

It's all over the news. Some are against it and some are for it. The Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are next in line to be executed by firing squad for their role as ring leaders of a heroin smuggling group.

While I feel for the families of both these men, I feel more for the families that have been destroyed by drugs. Yes drug addicts are to be blamed. But the morons that smuggle drugs into countries on behalf of drug kingpins? Drug smugglers are scumbags out for quick money. People filled with greed that have no empathy for the lives they are destroying.

I'm very sure Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran knew of the consequences before they made their faithful trip to Bali. They were well aware of Indonesia's strict  drug laws and the death penalty. But yet, they went ahead with their plans.

If you do the crime, you pay the time. Unfortunately it's a crime they would have to pay with their lives. May this be a lesson for everyone. Even here in Singapore, we have strict drug laws which carry the death penalty. The death penalty is there for a reason and I hope it stays. 

Yes we all make mistakes in our life. You would agree that there are consequences. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are now facing theirs. It's as simple as that.
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Feb 1, 2015

Red Bull RB11 F1 Car

I'm loving the new Red Bull F1 car. The tattoo like design is by Adrian Newey. Can't wait to see the RB11 on the track!

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Dec 5, 2014

My Dolby Atmos Experience

Last week I made my way to Jem to catch the movie teenagers are going gaga about. Yup Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now, Jem is located at Jurong Gateway and I stay at Upper Thomson Road. It took me almost an hour and a half to get to Jem! Best of it all, I watched Hunger Games alone.

Yes I'm crazy but I'm not that mad. While I like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, I'm not madly in love with them. My main purpose was to watch a much talked about movie with the all new cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology. If you have not already heard, the Dolby Atmos is the much talked about audio experience you must experience to believe. I have a background in the audio industry so my ears are pretty much programmed to filter out bad audio.

The Dolby Atmos technology gives you at 360 degrees audio experience that transports you to a new dimension. It's like you are in the movie! How's that for an explanation? It's a weird feel when you are sitting in a cinema and both your ears are listening to something that's almost a real world scenario. Don't get me wrong. It's a weird feel in a very good way. I would say this is the way to watch a good movie and it's the only way I'll watch movies from now on.

There is a scene in the movie where soldiers are walking down a street and firing their weapons. It sounded so damn real! Explosions startled me and whenever Jennifer Lawrence's character shot her arrow, it made me want to be Robin Hood all over again. Yeah that was one of my childhood fantasies. Another example would be a scene in District 8 where planes fly overhead. In that split second, I actually thought there were real planes flying overhead because the sound effects were out-of-this-world. Scratch that. The sound effects were phenomenal thanks to Dolby Atmos!

I cannot wait to watch the upcoming Jurassic World with Dolby Atmos. Just thinking of T. Rex roaring gives me goosebumps! With all the action in Furious 7, this would be another good movie to watch. I'll throw The Avengers: Age of Ultron in too. As long as there are action scenes, the audio experience will be astounding!

If you are a home movie buff, I have great news for you. This audio experience can be accomplished in your home! I found out from the Dolby Facebook page that there is a Dolby Atmos home theater system and headphones too! Both products allows you to experience what I experienced at Jem. Uh huh!

Well if you love watching movies at the cinema, you'll totally dig watching a movie with the Dolby Atmos. I reckon the more action the better! Like I mentioned earlier, this is the only way I'll watch movies from now on. When I experience the best, it's tough for me to settle for second best. Visit Dolby Asia's Facebook page to find out more about this mind blowing experience!
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Nov 25, 2014

Bloated iPhone 5 Battery (Bulging Screen)

Three days ago I realized that the corner part of my iPhone 5 had popped up. It wasn't drastic but it did affect the 'home' button. Well I figured that it was wear and tear and didn't think much about it...

This is how my phone looked when I woke up this morning!

I did a search online and all the articles pointed to a bloated battery!

If my phone can look like this in a span of three days, I ain't gonna wait any longer. I can imagine the phone exploding or catching fire when I'm having a conversation. From what I read, this damage will be covered by Apple's special warranty. *am crossing my fingers*

Shall drag my flu infected body out of bed and head to the service centre at Wheelock Place. Will update later!

update: I reached the Apple authorized service centre (QCDtech) at 1.45pm. After close to two hours of waiting, my queue number finally flashed on the screen. I was told that the technicians will check my phone and to return in 45 minutes. Upon returning I received a new queue number and waited for an hour and a half. It was worth the wait! The battery problem comes under a special warranty that does not have an expiry date. They replaced my phone with a refurbished set! Thankfully I backed up my device so I didn't lose anything!
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Nov 13, 2014

My Experience with Wavefront-guided Lasik

I suffered from myopia ever since I was in secondary school. Being the vain pot that I was then, I am still vain by the way, I avoided wearing spectacles as much as I could. This carried on well into my twenties. Needless to say, my eyesight became worse over the years. It wasn't so much an issue being short-sighted, but having bad astigmatism. My eyesight used to be horrible at night! I recall an incident last year where I was on stage and I couldn't see the audience because I left my contact lenses at home. That was truly a horrible experience but thankfully I performed well and nobody knew I could not see.

It was this incident that made me consider Lasik. After months of deliberation, I headed to Paragon Medical Centre @ Paragon. I don't know why but I was extremely nervous as I entered the clinic. I guess the thought of something altering my eyes was unnerving. But that feeling soon went away after I met their awesome staff. They were so polite and they answered all my questions.

Next, I found myself doing a bunch of eye tests. Being a bit of geek at heart, I found all their equipment cool!

The first of a few eye tests I had to do...

This machine is so cool!!

Meet Ginette! She did my eye tests.

Once the tests were done, I met my doctor and he was super nice too. It's one thing to pretend to be nice but these people were genuinely nice. That's awesome right? But as much as I wanted to have the surgery immediately, there was an issue with my eyes. There was too much pressure and the word 'glaucoma' was mentioned. I was bummed out but not for long. I was back at the clinic two weeks later and I redid two tests. I saw the kind doctor again and received outstanding news. I could do my surgery and it could be done on that day itself! Wooot!

While I couldn't get ReLEx Smile, a new bladeless, flapless, and micro incision refractive eye procedure that corrects visual problems including short-sightedness & astigmatism, because of my degree level, I was given the option of Wavefront-guided Lasik. Rather than applying a simple correction of only long/short-sightedness and astigmatism, the ophthalmologist applies a spatially varying correction, guiding the computer-controlled excimer laser with measurements from a wavefront sensor.

No more glasses!

I recall heading to the exit of Paragon for a smoke. I felt anxious! While I knew what to expect, I was still in a state of panic! How will I react when I see something approaching my eye? Will I go through pain after my surgery? How bad will the pain be? So many questions was running through my mind!

Snapped this photo minutes before my eye surgery...
Well I was worried for nothing! The surgery was painless and it was done within minutes. I still can't get over how simple it was. And no, I didn't see anything approach my eye. All I could see was a bright light.

I am thankful I had Lasik done. My eyes are almost healed and I can see perfectly. In a weird way it feels like I've been reborn. The healing process was nothing like I imagined it to be. It was painless! If you are considering getting Lasik, I hope this post helps to make up your mind. Experience freedom with Lasik! PM me if you want to find out more!
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