Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Mobile App to Solve All Your Parking Worries is Here!

KLites can finally breathe a sigh of relief because there's now a mobile application that is here to solve all our parking worries. Hate long queues at the autopay machines? Worry about losing your ticket? Have problems finding parking? You'll love this app. Keep reading.

I had the opportunity to attend ParkAide's grand launch today at Intercontinental Hotel. It feels good to be able to witness history in the making.

ParkAide Mobile (M) Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with Secure Parking Corporation Sdn Bhd introduced the first-of-its-kind initiative for the parking industry in Malaysia: the ParkAide mobile app, a ticketless parking solution. 

Will Quah presenting the product demonstration. 

Launching ParkAide together are (from left): Chief Technology Officer Jason Soong, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Secure Parking Corporation Sdn Bhd Managing Director Edward Poh and Secure Parking Chairman Dato' Seri Talaat Hussain

ParkAide boom gate at the launch. 

How it works:
1. Enter the car park as usual with your smartphone
2. Use the ParkAide app and scan the QR code that is displayed on the ParkAide machine.
3. The boom gate will be raised.
4. Repeat the same step upon exit.

So, basically everything is done with your smartphone. No more worrying about losing tickets or having horrible experiences with autopay machines. 

ParkAide ambassadors speaking to guests and members of media on how to use the ParkAide app. 

There are also other great features on ParkAide:

1. Book A Bay: Pre-booking a bay in advanced
2. Find A Spot: Find the perfect parking spot for your destination
3. SOS: A safety feature that sends out emergency alerts
4. Find My Vehicle: Locate your vehicle in the parking lot

.. and many more.

There are also perks for using ParkAide app as users can get promotions and discounts from merchants and parking operators.

Users will have to purchase tokens on the app to use the services. 1 cent is equivalent to 1 token; therefore RM50 = 5000 tokens. However, keep in mind there is a surcharge of 10 percent imposed on each top up, so it means users will pay RM55 to purchase 5000 tokens.

Currently, ParkAide can be used in 20 Secure Parking car parks around Klang Valley but both ParkAide and Secure Parking are committed to extend the services to 100 car parks nationwide by mid-2015. 

ParkAide is now available for download on Google Playstore and Apple App Store. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Food: Don Kaiten Japanese Restaurant, Klang Parade

Had the opportunity to go to Don Kaiten to try out the Japanese food. The restaurant is most famous for their sushi. Went there with HF and Shanon.

It was my first time at Klang Parade. There weren't many people hanging around the mall but even so, Don Kaiten managed to attract quite a number of customers during lunch hour.

Current promotion - sea eel!

At Don Kaiten, you will be given a sachet of green tea if you ordered hot green tea.

There is no need to keep calling the waiter to refill the green tea for you because you can actually refill the hot water yourself at the table you are seated at.


HF's donburi anago set. Quite generous amount of sea eel given here.

Very fresh salmon and tuna. 

Egg crepe maki

Egg crepe handroll

This was one of our favourites that day. Don Kaiten boasts of making their own egg crepes. The combination of the ingredients in the egg crepe maki and egg crepe handroll went well with each other. I also liked the fact that I could use my hands to eat the egg crepe handroll and I don't have to wipe my hand afterwards unlike the usual handroll that is wrapped with seaweed. Why? Cause unlike seaweeds, the egg crepe was not oily so there wasn't any oil stains on my hand.

Hands down my favourites for the day!

Half shell oyster grilled with cheese with vegetable tempura.

Inari ebiko - very generous amount of ebiko given. Handroll anago (sea eel) and Kuro Kosho salmon (half cooked black pepper salmon) were good too.

Salmon with fruit sauce.

It was unfortunate that the restaurant ran out of mentai that day as anything with mentai was our favourite. (I checked with the restauraunt, it was just a one-time thing. They didn't always run out of mentai). We wanted to order and try out a few other sushi with mentai but since they ran out of mentai we had to order something else.

Overall, I was really pleased with the food. Very, very wide selection with very fresh ingredients. They have salad, tofu, sushi, temaki, party sets, sashimi, beef, tempura, rice meal sets, teppanyaki, japanese pasta, ramen, soba.. and the list goes on! Seriously. But anyhow, as you can see, I didn't even manage to try 10 percent of the menu. But whatever, I tried the egg crepe maki and handroll, which were excellent! And enough to get me craving for it.

Look out for the upcoming Christmas and New Year Promotion, and new kids menu!

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 6.5/10
Atmosphere: 5.5/10

Facebook: Don Kaiten Japanese Restaurant (link)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alcatel OneTouch Launches RM699 Selfie Phone, the Flash

I was at The Roof yesterday for the Alcatel OneTouch Flash launch. Great atmosphere.

KL Kong, Country Manager from TCT Mobile Malaysia (ALCATEL ONETOUCH) giving his speech

Alcatel OneTouch has launched OneTouch Flash yesterday, a smartphone equipped with 5 Mp HD (front camera) and 13 Mp Full HD (rear camera) for selfie lovers. These selfie lovers will also find the Smart Beauty Enhancement feature very useful as they will not need to install any extra photo editing apps, as the photos taken are already enhanced for the users.

The Flash has Hotknot pre-installed, a technology that allows rapid transfer of all multimedia information. It works like NFC. So, users can transfer their favourite photos or videos by just one touch.

Other key features include: 
• 5.5” HD IPS display
• True Octacore 1.4 GHz CPU
• 8 GB ROM/ 1GB RAM 
• 8.1mm thin
• 150g
• 3200 mAh battery

OneTouch Flash retails at RM699 bundled with flip cover and value added Screen Warranty Care + (SWC+) which covered the device with a free one-time screen replacement within the first 12 months of ownership. The first 1,000 set of OneTouch Flash is also bundled with free selfie sticks.

Jason Khor, Business Development Manager from TCT Mobile Malaysia mentioned that smartphone users may sometimes damage their phone because they dropped it so this is where the SWC+ has so much more value for consumers.

OneTouch Flash with the Hydraskin uplift on the left.

In conjunction with the launch, Alcatel OneTouch has also partnered with Hydraskins.com to provide an exclusive 50% off skins exclusively for Alcatel OneTouch users by simply entering the redemption code “BEaFlasher”. The promotion period is valid till 31st March 2015.

The Flash is available in two colours: Crystal White and Gun Grey.

OneTouch Flash will be up for sale from December 12, 2014 in West Malaysia. Those in East Malaysia, however, will have to wait until December 15, 2014.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Food: Nong & Jimmy Thai Seafood BBQ Restaurant, Ampang

This post is long overdue but anyway just sharing. :) Usually the place my family will go to Awet Thai for Thai food but we went to Nong & Jimmy Thai Seafood BBQ for a change.

As usual, we want to beat the crowd so we went there rather early. Popular place indeed, the place were already half-occupied when we arrived at about 5.45pm or so.

Boss took our order it the food took some time to come.

This is the famous fried "yao za guai" served with kaya. It's like almost every other table ordered this for appetizers.

This sauce was pretty good. The fragrant from the peanuts went well with the sauce.

The cockles aka "si ham" was good. Clean - no mud or sand.

Thai fried rice. Coz this post was so long overdue, I forgot if this portion was for 2 pax or 3 pax but it was definitely too much for my family. We're not really fans of rice.

Seafood tom yam. Obviously a must-order when you are at the Thai restaurant, right? Pretty good stuff with rather generous amount of seafood inside. Tasty.

Your typical "kai-lan" also known as Chinese broccoli (ya, I googled that :P)


Grilled squid.

BBQ stingray. 

Like I mentioned, come to this place to beat the crowd otherwise you would have to wait to others to finish to get a table. It's also a little hot here although the restaurant did put effort to install many huge fans around the restaurant. Expect stray cats to be around where you eat. Seafood was fresh and the price for dishes is reasonable.

Food: 6.5/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Unboxing: Beyerdynamic DTX 501 p On-Ear Headphones

I recently got myself a new pair of headphones because the Sennheiser PX100-II died on me (again!) just when the warranty finished. The first time was back in 2013 you can read about it (here). No audio coming out from the right can this time. Very, very sad as usual because I really like it a lot and I use it everyday. Oh well. 

Coincidentally, Jaben Malaysia was having a warehouse sale that time and I decided to go to have a look with HF. Most of the items were out of my budget la but it was really cheap than the original price. I was really tempted to get a pair of Grado headphones. But then finally I settled for something within my budget and was what I was looking for.

First, I'd prefer on-ear headphones. Secondly, it has to be portable. Wireless will be great but one-sided cable is cool too. So Beyerdynamic's DTX 501 p definitely fulfilled the criteria that I was looking for. Here's it straight out of the box:

Comes with a great hard case too. Not bad at all.

I use headphones with my phone most of the time. 

Quick verdict after using for about 2-3 weeks. DTX 501 p is very comfortable and the headband looks really sturdy. It's not as portable as the PX100-II but not too bad until it occupies a lot of space. The case that comes with it is awesome - hardcase yo. For the sound quality, I'd still prefer the PX100-II but then the PX100-II still inferior to my first ever headphones - the Jays v-Jays. Everything just sounds nicer on v-Jays. 

One thing I'm a little concerned. The paint job on the cans seems really poor. The "beyerdynamic" paint is coming off on both the cans. Sad. Oh well, I hope it doesn't come off anymore. And I hope this pair of headphones for last for a long while! :1