Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Mi Redmi 2 Enhanced 2GB RAM 16GB Malaysia (First Impressions)

Me being me, clumsy as ever, I managed to spoil my Motorola Moto G after about 1.5 years of usage. Actually, it's working perfectly except for the cracked screen. The thing is, it will cost me about RM250 to fix the LCD and I was contemplating if it was worth it because seriously, ask everyone around me - I love my Moto G. I also went to test market and see if anyone would still want a broken phone and lo and behold - I received several offers ranging from RM80-RM100. Not bad for a broken phone LOL.

Anyhows, I decided to surf the market a bit and find something within my budget. I don't believe in spending money to buy any flagships because I am not in need of one. And finally, I settled for the Redmi 2 Enhanced. The Redmi 2 Enhanced came on time as it was just launched about less than 2 weeks ago.



I got the Redmi 2 Enhanced directly from Mi Malaysia store at RM459, which is rather a good price and about how much I wanted to spend on a phone, or less. I also top up RM39 to get a 10400 mAh powerbank for my aunt.



Basically, the "Enhanced" version has an upgrade in RAM and internal storage than the Redmi 2 (older version). Specs wise, I have an upgrade from my Moto G in terms of RAM and camera, and oh a different processor.


First look! It's a phone at a size I like - at 4.7" HP IPS Display.







Basically in the box it's the common stuff you get. The phone itself, the battery, a USB cable and a charger. Nope, no documentation. I'm yet again disappointed with the charger that Mi provides. 1A only? Please. I just kept the USB cable and charger inside the box since I've resorted to continue using my OEM 2A charger to charge the Redmi 2 Enhanced now.










I don't really like the positioning of the sim card slots and the microsd card as I have to remove the battery pack first in order to remove the sim card(s). Since the battery in Moto G is not removable, the location of the sim cards were at a different sides and it indirectly made it more convenient for the user to remove or insert sim cards.


Out of the box, the Redmi 2 Enhanced has the latest MIUI software. And after I finish loading the whole phone I was prompted to get the latest update to 6.6.6.0. Not bad.



Size comparison with the Moto G, it's a little longer but I still like the feel of it in my hands. The Moto G is a little beefier and nicer to hold but Redmi 2 Enhanced is not bad either but I have to be more careful since I'm a clumsy person. Heh.

First impressions:
1. I was a little skeptical about MIUI 6 but it's not bad. On my Moto G with the Lollipop update, I cannot silent my phone and have vibrate so I love it that I have it here on the Redmi 2 Enhanced. Also, when I silent my phone on the Moto G, the alarm won't sound but it will work on the Redmi.

2. I love the camera.

3. I've been playing Injustice: Gods Among Us and it's without any apparent lag. No crashes so far (unlike on my Moto G). Phone gets hot real quick, but at bearable heat.

4. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the Redmi from 15% using the OEM charger (output 1V/2A)


Looking forward to using this phone and praying really hard that I stop being so clumsy. Haha.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Drinking Water and Asking Permissions

One of the news today is about a couple who is urging the MOE to ban this particular teacher from teaching because he punished (by caning, which left bruises by the way) the couple's daughter for drinking water without asking for permission. I always read comments to see what people are talking about and how do they feel about the issue.

It irks me to read that there are still quite a number of people that felt that the teacher was right because children needs to be "disciplined" and "learn manners". I would have to disagree on this point. While I do not disagree that children should be taught manners and asking permissions before doing something is an ideal and good practice but to go as far as punishing children for not asking permission to drink water is simply absurd. Heck, even if that child drinks water without asking for permission from the teacher, it's questionable whether he or she even deserved to be rebuked.

Caning as punishment is a sensitive issue because there are divided views on how people approach the issue of disciplining children, so I do not wish to delve further into the issue whether or not the teacher should have caned the student as a punishment. We shouldn't even be discussing about what is the appropriate punishment for this case because you know what, the student did not do anything that deserved to receive any form of punishment. I know some people have commented that if students can just drink without asking for permission, next they will eat or vape in class. Really? The case here is that it is not against the school rules to drink in class. Whichever school that established a rule to ban students from drinking in class needs to be reviewed and a police report must be made because it's simply inhumane! For someone to draw a conclusion that students will eat or vape in class in the future because they did not as for permission to drink water is just...appalling and a slippery slope.

Again, this ask-for-permission-to-drink-water rule is nothing new because I have heard of it even during my schooling days. It just angers me further that some netizens lacked sensitivity towards these children. Some even suggested that students should only drink water during the 15-minutes recess time! I can't believe what I have read. I just cannot bear what will become of our public schools and the next generation of students who have to face all these draconian rules everyday. I may or may not have exaggerated to call rules like these as draconian but that's up to you to judge. As a Malaysian who underwent the public school system for 11 years, to me these rules seem to be created to establish order and teach manners but really, underneath this disguise all of them are there to create fear.

I have mentioned many times here on my blog, there are way too many rules in schools that do not make sense today, and slowly but surely, trust me - the rules will be too much and an issue will explode. Case in point: the baju kurung issue that happened earlier this year.

Seriously, parents need to spend more time with their children to know what is happening, and to get these rules off the books. These students need a voice and it seems like only parents and the media could provide this. Lengthen the recess time. Let students go to toilet if they request to (ya, there's a rule that don't allow students to go to the toilet because it's not the "right time"). There's a lot more. Will these ridiculous rules go away one day? Will we change our mentality to be more compassionate and approach things differently? Will we choose to empower rather than create fear?



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hey June.

The last 1 month has been ... quite interesting. 

It was my first time watching a football match together with a bunch of other Arsenal fans and admittedly, many of whom I have not met in person before. Most of us got acquainted through this group called "I'm an Arsenal fan but sometimes they make me go AARRRGGGG!!!!!" Lol, frustrated Gooners please. But hey, thanks to social media the outing happened and we even got our faces on The Star Online.  




I don't always stay up to watch football la. But this was an exception and I stayed up to watch Arsenal win the FA Cup for two consecutive years. Pretty awesome stuff.




I mentioned in my quick update for May that I finished my papers for my degree program, and that I was waiting for my results. The outcome? The results were delayed for 4 days and I was really anxious but in the end all was good - much better than I've expected in fact! So all glory to God for the great results. Fingers crossed everything else will be smooth as I've just submitted my request for completion last week.

This month I've also started work. While everyone else have their own qualms about where they are working now, I am super happy with where I am working. So I am really grateful for all the opportunities given to me thus far, the office vibe is great and everyone is really nice.

So yeah, I don't really have anything else to say here for now. But.. I'll update when I can :)



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top 5 Travel Essentials to get this Summer (All Under RM100!)

Summer is here! What? Don't come telling me there's no summer in Malaysia. Who am I joking? It's panas dan lembap sepanjang tahun in Malaysia, so practically we have summer all year round... thus, this post is actually relevant whenever you read it!

Anyway, recently I have a lot of friends who have been travelling. Some told me about their plans to travel in the coming weeks and one of them actually asked me to suggest on what to bring along for their trip. The first thing that came to my mind was - a camera of course! Then, I also reminded her to bring along her powerbank, which to my horror she told me she doesn't have! Gosh, how does one live without a powerbank nowadays? So, anyway I thought about the list of things I want to bring as well because I'm going for a short getaway myself. And here are the top 5 things I will want to get to make the travelling experience even better!



Clockwise from top:
1. Pineng 10000mAh Powerbank (link)
2. Checkered Pim Sole Loafers (link)
3. Corey Bamboo Wayfarer Leopard Frame with UV400 Brown Lens (link)
4. Golla iPad Mini Envelope (link)
5. Red British Envelope Retro Backpack (link




1. Pineng 10000mAh Powerbank (RM49.98)
Well, I currently already have a powerbank of my own but then my siblings don't have one themselves. I figure when travelling, we won't really have time to charge our phones and stuff so gettng another powerbank would be really handy! 10000mAh will be sufficient for at least 3-4 charges so that could last my phone at least 1-2 days, which is really really important being a social media freak. I have to constantly check on my FB and Insta, y'know?




2. Checkered Pim Sole Loafers (RM89.00)
When travelling, the most important aspect is about the walking. Most likely I won't be sitting around to play with my phone right? So I really think that it's really important to get a pair of comfortable shoes that I can walk for hours and not feel any kind of pain or discomfort. I bet the Checkered Pim Sole Loafers will be such a good pair of shoes that I will wear almost everyday just because it's so comfortable!




3. Corey Bamboo Wayfarer Leopard Frame with UV400 Brown Lens (RM50.00)
Another essential when travelling is of course to get a pair of good sunglasses! The Corey Bamboo Wayfarer Leopard Frame with UV400 Brown Lens is not only stylish and comfortable (being so light-weighted) but it also provides UV protection. That's super awesome. Now I can look good in shades, take awesome selfies and not worry about getting harmed by UV rays. Cool.


4. Golla iPad Mini Envelope (RM99.00)
It's time to get a nice and brand new little clothing for the iPad Mini at home so that I can bring it out when travelling, and finally I don't have to be ashamed of the current clothing that it's in now (a rather sad state actually). I really like the sleek design and even though it's just synthetic leather, I think it's good enough to last a long time. If I wanna travel in style, I gotta pamper my little gadget too, right?




5. Red British Envelope Retro Backpack (RM89.00)
I have been searching high and low for a new backpack for the last few months but couldn't let myself to buy a new one for myself because I didn't have any real reasons to buy another bag. But then! If I want to go travel, I'm pretty sure this backpack will serve me well being lightweight and plus it looks so good! It can even fit a laptop but of course I'm not gonna bring any when I'm going to travel but that means I have ample space to stuffs like water bottle and others.

So there you have it. My top 5 travel essentials to get this summer and it's all under RM100! What do you bring when you travel or what do you want to get to enhance your travelling experiences? Share with me!

***

All of the items listed in this post are available from Rakuten Malaysia. You can check out the products at Rakuten Malaysia 

Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the ShopCoupons X Rakuten Blogger contest. Being hosted by ShopCoupons. Rakuten Voucher sponsored by Rakuten Malaysia.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Pasarbella @ The Grandstand, Singapore: The Food Paradise!


One of the highlights in my recent trip to Singapore is definitely going to Pasarbella, a premium grocery shopping destination that hosts more than 30 stores.



Getting to Pasarbella quickly puts me into tourist mode and go snapping around. The place is gorgeous with its rustic interiors and plenty of yellow lighting. It's really pretty and you can imagine the ambiance here, but the lighting puts my camera to test, and I was without my flash. 











Most of the traders here have their own unique selling points - from fresh seafood to pies to American steaks and more. It's such a nice place to be in, reminds me of Marche Restaurants (and Malaysia's only outlet recently closed down, so sad).







The place was quite empty at first and there are plenty of tables and chairs around. Unsurprisingly, Pasarbella got really crowded approaching the peak hour (lunch time) but from my observation there's enough space for everyone to get seated. 















Perhaps one of the most popular trader at Pasarbella is Le Patio as it constantly becomes the center of attraction with its attention-grabbing paella.








Yaroa from Sea Salt Caribbean Deli


A plate of Yaroa and 2 boxes of paella for the 5 of us. 

Yaroa, a three-meat platter consisting of pulled pork, beef and roasted chicken. The beef was excellent! It's like eating sashimi that's made of beef. Everything from the paella box just tastes wonderful. I can just eat the rice all day long.



Naomi (chocolate cake with rum) from Laman's Delight



Chocolate was sweet and the rum in the cake was just right, not too overwhelming with alcohol and complements well with the chocolate. 



As mentioned earlier, Pasarbella is a premium destination so things are priced on the upper side here. So, you can imagine how quick my money depleted because I'm a fellow Malaysian who found myself at Singapore. However, just ignoring my kiamsiap self and refuse to convert how much i spent, dollar-to-dollar wise I still find the price to be rather reasonable. Spent 13SGD for a hearty and satisfying meal, not bad what?

One thing though, I came out of Pasarbella smelling like food. Hah, it's one of my pet peeves so I just wished the ventilation was better. But overall, I like this place!