Saturday, August 30, 2014

Restoran Kauboi, Kuah, Langkawi

Trust me to never go to Langkawi during the Raya weekend. It was close to a disaster because most of the places were closed, seeing that Langkawi is a Malay-populated area. It was extremely difficult to find a place to eat at Kuah town, less of a problem at Cenang I guess. 

There's a street at Kuah where there's a lot of seafood or thai food restaurants and all were fully occupied during dinner time. My friends and I found ourselves at Restoran Kauboi after its neighbour, the highly rated Wonderland, was closed for Raya holidays. 

We were seated around 6.15pm or so and the place was slowly getting packed with humans everywhere. Placed our order and started waiting..after waiting for an hour, we don't see any other tables being served and we were getting hungry. So we asked one uncle working there where was our food and how long do we have to wait. 

Here comes the plot twist: The uncle said that eating at restaurant is different and if we cannot wait he asked us to eat at mamak instead. We just simply replied (with ultimate sarcasm) that oh, sure we wished to eat at mamak too but we can't find any that was open. Now, before you start attacking us using that we have the gen-y-cannot-wait syndrome, let me tell you that there were about 5-8 other tables who were also getting impatient and they weren't that happy either. We politely asked the uncle how long do we have to wait because it would set our expectations seeing that we have already waited for an hour but his reply was utterly rude and uncalled for. What is the mentality behind this behavior? This is the exact same mentality as those who call others pendatang and ask people to leave the country if they are unhappy with status quo. Maybe you think I've gone too far by drawing this comparison but think about it.

Anyway, we were really irritated after that reply from the uncle but we stayed on and we vowed to leave at 8pm if the food is still not here yet. But of course, the food came at about 7.55pm. Of course.












The food was at best average but I found that food in KL is better than Kuah town or it's simply because I didn't get to try the best food in Kuah maybe? No, the food review wasn't affected by the service in case you are wondering. The food here at Restoran Kauboi was better than the previous restaurant we went the night before in the sense that it had less MSG and less oily.

Seriously, eating at Langkawi is not cheap - the price of food is very similar to KL - and how ironic it is because I thought that since Langkawi's beers and chocolates are so cheap the food should be too, especially since it's a duty-free island. Funny I only realised this after I went to Langkawi and paid my own bills. The last time I went to Langkawi, I went with my family and mum paid all the bills. I guess I was a little ignorant.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Motorola Moto G Phone Case, Cover Review

Well, I've been using Motorola's Moto G for almost 6 months now and it's been good to me so far, no problems whatsoever. My only disappointment with the Moto G is the quality of the camera (5mp, can't do much you see) but anyway, that can't be helped la since the specs is low in the first place. 

Over the last 6 months, my hands were really itching since Xiaomi came to Malaysia. The price I paid for this Moto G with a little extra would have allowed me to get a Mi 3 phone instead - a phone with much better specs and all. But I guess it's not just the phone but also user experience. So far I'm really loving the almost-vanilla experience. So... go Moto *no, I'm not trying to console myself). Nevermind the fact that Moto G is not a mainstream phone and till today I still get questions like "Huh? Motorola is still alive?!" whenever people ask me what phone am I using and I tell them it's a Motorola. Uh oh.

The most annoying part yet is the fact that it's difficult to find any other accessories for the phone since it's not a mainstream phone. Like the basic screen protector and case.. I have to order all these online at a higher price :( Heck, Xiaomi's accessories are all over the place now, it's so unfair.. I guess it's becoming a mainstream brand like Samsung and Apple.

Okay, enough of my grandmother story. So here's a few cases that I've gotten for my Moto G:



Front view; From left: Spigen Slim Armor (1:1 copy) case, generic TPU case, Fosmon Hybo Snap Case look-a-like, Motorola shell, Moto G phone




Back view; From left: Spigen Slim Armor (1:1 copy) case, generic TPU case, Fosmon Hybo Snap Case look-a-like, Motorola shell, Moto G phone





Okie so you could see the thickness of each case from the picture above. Obviously if I just used the phone with the Motorola shell only it's super thin and light but I have to face a high risk of getting my phone all dented, scratched and even broken if I dropped it. Ain't nobody gonna take that risk. 


Spigen Slim Armor (1:1 copy)
- 2-in-1 design: Outer removable plastic hard case, inner TPU case
- Very solid
- Quite easy to put the phone in, very difficult to pull out as the phone's shell will definitely get stuck in the case
- Thick and may be bulky
- Fits accurately, nicely, tightly
- Not bendable unless plastic hard case is separated from TPU case
- Difficult to press the physical buttons (power, volume up and down)


Generic TPU case
- Easy to put the phone it, moderate difficulty in pulling out the phone's shell. Occasionally, the phone's shell will get stuck in the case
- Fits tightly
- Causes bubbles on screen protector due to the pressures at the side (I changed my screen protector and one hour later there's bubbles already after I put on the case :<)
- Bendable
- Buttons relatively easy to press


Fosmon Hybo Snap Case look-a-like/Hybrid Armor Shockproof Case
- Effortless to put the phone in and out because it is a two-part case
- Covers the whole phone, front and back
- When you put the phone on the back case, it looks like it's very loose but after you put the front case over it, the case fits perfectly 
- Built-in screen protector on the front 
- Decreased sensitivity due to the built-in screen protector 
- Buttons can be pressed very comfortably 
- All ports are covered 


So, guess which case am I using now? :P



Saturday, August 23, 2014

UMobile Buah Tangan Hari Raya Campaign 2014

Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."


UMobile had this campaign where anyone, regardless if they are UMobile users or not, can send a "buah tangan" to their family members or friends. "Buah tangan" is a Malay proverb which strongly represent the Malaysian culture, where people usually bring a gift (buah tangan) when paying a visit to someone. 

So last weekend, I received a buah tangan from Franco courtesy of UMobile. The mobile is actually done via the Facebook App, where Franco sent me a request and all I had to do was to fill up some basic information and UMobile will send a buah tangan to me. Well, I didn't know what to expect from the buah tangan but it turns out to be really good.



I was really impressed! The UMobile team took the time to package it really nicely and even printed those cards to personalize the gift.




The box of goodness. Well, everything in the box is edible (except the voucher of course, but it's a Chatime voucher for you to buy a drink, duh). And all the contents were good stuffs - Chatime, Snickers, Lipton, Tropicana Twiter and Quacker Oat - all of the brands that we know.




Overall, I'm really happy that this wasn't a gimmick or anything (as in some company would send some expired stuff or things we couldn't use and things like that) and I also managed to sent a few buah tangan to my friends courtesy of UMobile. Most of them received the parcel yesterday, pretty efficient. I would think it's very smart of UMobile to run this campaign, something different and it definitely evoked good feelings.

More campaigns like this please :P

Friday, August 22, 2014

National Mourning Day



Today, my beloved nation, Malaysia mourns for the lost of lives, loves and dreams on #MH17. 

May all those who are affected find peace and comfort. 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bits and Pieces from Langkawi

One week before I flew to Langkawi, MH17 happened. My friends and I were bound to fly with MAS. I didn't have any anxiety honestly, somehow I had the peace in my heart.


 shortie.

As we board the MAS plane, the first thing I noticed was - YAY - I could catch a movie on the plane. And then there was this USB port. Everyone who had a USB cable quickly took it out and started to charge our respective phones. My USB cable looks pathetic, I know but it's the USB cable that comes with Mi Powerbank :P Sadly, the charging speed was soooo slow.. Anyhow, I was really impressed. We only flew for about 45 minutes including take off and landing. It was the same when we flew back to KL. I don't remember the flight time being so short (in comparison to) the last time I flew to Langkawi. 






I've been to Langkawi twice before this trip but it was my first time at Laman Padi. There weren't anyone else besides us.. practically the field was empty. It was crazy to see such a scene because we were surrounded by green... everywhere! I was also very impressed on how clean the paddy field was.





daogei look.





Meanwhile, I was expecting a crowd at Dataran Lang but it was just occupied by a few groups only. We stayed long enough and the place was empty. I find this quite sad, after all isn't this a tourist hot spot.. so where are all the people? I'm not sure is it us or if everyone got the memo not to visit Langkawi during Raya. There wasn't much shade and I got a lot darker here standing under the Sun. Sigh.





#paparazzi

Before I went to Langkawi, I got myself a new lens - a far superior zoom (40-150mm) for my Olympus camera. It was proven to be very useful during the trip cause I got into my paparazzi mode and got some decent shots.





magnificent



if you zoom in enough, you'd find out it's Silk Air




Island hopping was cool and all. Really love the boat ride. But I really hate visiting Tasik Dayang Bunting mostly because of the aggressive and (I assume) drunk monkeys. Not forgetting the very depressing toilets which we had to pay to use. Pulau Beras Basah was also surrounded by monkeys but not as bad as Tasik Dayang Bunting. I've witnessed some monkeys in the island taking some left-over beer bottles and drinking them (!!!!!)



We paid a visit to Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) too. The road up was really steep for walking, I suggest taking the staircase. We didn't climb all the way up and took the first turning left where everyone else in front of us were walking to, so we just followed. It was kinda late (we arrived about 6pm or so) and we didn't want to risk going back down when it's dark. Unfortunately, I think it's the dry season so this part of the waterfall was really pathetic as seen in the picture above. My friends were prepared to have some splashing fun but in the end we just dipped our feet in the water. A few other people came and left after seeing the sad state of the waterfall.





kayu.

Drove our way to a private property at Tanjung Rhu. We had to sign an agreement first before we could enter this "private land". The beach was clean, needless to say. Gorgeous view too. There were also very few people here, it's almost deserted. A few cars came in after us but they almost immediately left as soon as they arrived. 



ah, the famous selfie stick (it's not really a monopod..)









quiet cenang.





coca-cola advertisements are common along the cenang beach area.

I think my favourite place would be Pantai Cenang. Monkey-free and close to eateries. Also love the fact that if you stay in Cenang, it's super convenient to get to the beach anytime you want. The only thing lacking is the duty free shops - it's much lesser as compared to Kuah town. I'll talk about food in Kuah town in a separate post.

This trip was rather out of the ordinary. We rented a car and the tyres were punctured - and the tyres flatten twice! We went to the Langkawi International Airport at 3.45am (flight was at 6am) only to find that the airport was closed. We waited till 4.15am when a guard finally appeared and opened the doors.. and waited until 4.25am before we could finally check in.



This was our second trip together and Bel joined us this time :) Times like these are difficult to find. Even though I thought the whole trip wasn't sailing as smoothly as I wanted, I enjoyed the company and I guess that is all that matters.