Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+, Idol Alpha Arrive in Malaysia

I was pleasantly surprised that I was invited to the media launch for the Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+ and Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha that was held last Friday. The press conference was held at Federal Hotel before we proceed to the launching ceremony at Low Yat Plaza Concourse area.

Some insights from the press conference: 
- the 32GB version for Idol X+ is possibly coming in the next quarter
- Alcatel is working on LTE products, however no timeline given
- Alcatel has partnered with JBL to tweak the equaliser so that the JBL headset that is bundled with Idol X+ will work perfectly together
- Alcatel aims to sell 50,000 units for both Idol X+ and Idol Alpha

Alcatel brand ambassadors with the representatives of Ten Ten Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and TCT Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd at the launching ceremony

The specs for Idol X+ is pretty impressive. A dual-SIM Android smartphone with Octa Core 2 GHz processor with 2GB RAM is pretty good considering that people labels the Idol X+ as a "midrange smartphone". Like a lot of midrange smartphone in the market now, the Idol X+ also features a 5-inch full HD IPS display. A little disappointing that there's no expandable storage and if you were to get the Idol X+ now, you can only get the 16GB version as the 32GB version is not available yet. 

For a limited time, Idol X+ is bundled with a JBL earphones and a wristband fitness tracker called BOOMBand. BOOMBand uses an LED system to pass on notifications to Idol X+ via a companion app. The tracker monitors movement and sleep, plus it will warn user if it loses contact with the phone.

Had the opportunity to have a hands-on session at the concourse area as Alcatel Onetouch was also having a roadshow. A little disappointed as many of the display units for Idol X+ and Idol Alpha were running out of battery so didn't have the chance to really play around with it. My first impression was that the Idol X+ was really light! Good size in my hands and great display. No apparent lag and was buttery smooth.

Speakers were located at the bottom. I think it's place correctly especially for viewing movies, when you place your phone horizontally.

Sadly, I did not get to test the 13.1 megapixels rear camera. :<

Let's move on to the Idol Alpha.

Specs for the Idol Alpha is not too bad either. Single-SIM Android smartphone equipped with quad core 1.2Ghz processor. Other main features include: 13.1 megapixel main camera, 7.5mm slim design with metal frame, revolutionary translucent structure with lighting, HD edge-to-edge display with floating lens.

Transparent top and bottom design for Idol Alpha. The Idol Alpha also feels super light. Again, didn't manage to test out many stuff as I would like but I was toggling around and there was no apparent lag on the Idol Alpha. I personally prefer the design for Idol X+ over the Idol Alpha. 

Idol X+ retails at RM1299 and the first 3000 customers can get a free BOOMband, JBL earphones, flip cober and screen protector.  On the other hand, Idol Alpha retails at RM1099 with a free screen protector.

Overall, I think it's a good move from Alcatel to bundle JBL earphones and a BOOMBand with the Idol X+. Considering that there is a huge trend that is moving towards tech wearables, it was a smart choice to come up with a BOOMBand (beautifully designed too). I also notice there is a trend towards healthy living so such accessories is very timely. 


Big Breakfast at Feeka.

:( Disappointing for me. It was oily, took super long to come (it was crowded and there were under staff) and overpriced for the quality.


It's the peak of the semester as usual. With assignments all piling up, it's hard to find time to do the things I love. Anyhow, the last one month has been rather exciting. Although this year has been rather boring competition wise. Never won anything but of course I've joined less too.. oh well. I guess this is the life cycle of contest.

Anyway, I hope I will be back soon in the next month! Finals is coming in exactly one month and I'll have a short break after that. Hope I'll be product then. Also, you can expect a post about Alcatel's newly launched phone in this blog in the next week or so. 

Till then!

Food: Shunka Japanese & Fusion Food, Publika, Solaris Dutamas (non-halal)

A few days ago, I was invited to Shunka Japanese & Fusion Food at Publika, Solaris Dutamas to try some of their food. So I went together with my sister and here's a review of some of the things I tried that day. But before I jump to the review, here are some things that I noticed about the restaurant:

Besides the conventional seating (tables and chairs), there's also a few tables for you to get in the Japanese feel with this kind of seating. Cushions are provided for your comfort. Pretty clean. 

Press for service, I like. (Y)

Quite a good selection of Sake.

This really caught my attention. RM15.90 set lunch is really a steal for a place like Publika. All set is served with green tea and two sides. Pretty good value for a whole meal.

Kimchi - RM4.90

This kimchi was tasty. It's not very spicy for a kimchi and it's not on the sour end either. I have friends who like kimchi but dislike it when it's sour so I think they will prefer this.

Garikku Cyahan (Garlic Fried Rice) - RM8.90

This was quite ordinary. The garlic fried rice was not too oily (I really can't stand fried rice that are super oily) but I wish there was more garlic to the fried rice. Portion not too bad for its price. 

Tontoro Shioyaki (Grilled Pork Belly) - RM6.90

This was my sister's favourite and mine too. The pork was marinated well and it was delicious to eat it just like that even without any sauce. That's just how tasty it was. It was also very crispy. Definitely a good snack to have a Shunka. 

Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Cheese Omelet) - RM 9.90. 

This is Shunka's pride as it is the best-selling dish here. A favourite snack for many but I figured it's best to share it with your family or friends when you are here. The tamagoyaki is rich with cheese (tastes like Cheesedale cheese) at the bottom and topped with mayo. At my first bite, I really like it but I struggled to finish it. Because of the cheese, I got jelak by the time I got to the third piece. So dear friend, remember to share :D

Ika Bata Yaki (Squid Butter Grilled) - RM22.90

I love squids and this does not disappoint. The squid was well-marinated and grilled to perfection. It's rather addictive really, and you could taste its buttery goodness bite after bite. I preferred to eat it without dipping the mayo sauce. This is definitely one of my favourites from Shunka. 

Tonkutsu Shoyu Ramen - RM22.00 

This is not the best ramen I ever had but not too bad. I find it too salty for my own taste but I enjoyed the slices of pork. Also, although the soup is salty, you could actually taste the evident fragrance from the pork broth. Shunka also has Tonkutsu Ramen (that's without Shoyu aka soy sauce) which I suspect will be much less salty than the Tonkutsu Shoyu Ramen..and it's also cheaper - RM18.90.

Omuyaki Soba (Japanese Omelet Noodle) - RM14.90

This is my least favourite dish. Not because it sucks but it's because the taste doesn't gel with mine, so it's just my own preference. The soba tasted sweet and I didn't really like it. However, I find the price really good especially for its portion. Give it a try, maybe you'll like it? :)

Buta Kimuchi Set (Pork Kimchi Set) - RM18.90

Buta Kimuchi comes with rice and various side dishes (not in picture). This dish reminds me of teppanyaki. Again, it's not too spicy and the beansprout taste was really strong that I find that it kind of overpowered the taste of the kimchi. However, I was really happy with the generous amount of pork that was included in this dish. Thumbs up for that. 

Kimchi Nabe (Mini Kimchi Steamboat) - RM15.90

This is the winner for me. The soup is deliciously sweet with because there's plenty of veggies in the soup. The Kimchi soup is not too strong as well and it's not spicy. There's also some mushrooms and seafood like prawns and squids inside. For RM15.90, it's worth it for a good meal. We were told that many people who ordered this often asked for refills, so you know how good this was. :D

Shunka Matcha - RM8.50

This is also Shunka's best-selling item. You can choose either to have it hot or cold. The matcha is prepared with fine powder green tea with fresh milk. The matcha I had was thick in flavour and the texture was pretty smooth, not powdery. I'd really would like to get a cold one the next time I visit.

Overall, it was a good experience eating here. The people serving were attentive and I enjoyed their hospitality. As you can see, I tried a few dishes with Kimchi - that's fusion for you, Japanese and Korean fusion.

If you're looking for a place to eat sushi, this not the place for it because the sushi selections are very limited. I highly recommend Shunka if you:
1. are looking to try some really good matcha drink
2. are seeking for a new place to have some Japanese cuisine
3. are thinking to have a meal with pork
4. love tamagoyaki
5. want to have a good deal for lunch
6. love fusion cuisine

Operating hours: 11.30 am - 1130 pm
Shunka Japanese & Fusion Food Facebook (link)

*Shunka currently have outlets in Penang, Perak and Kedah with more coming soon. 

Review: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles

What's so great about this curry noodles you may ask? #legend. There was a lot of hype surrounding this new instant noodle. We have people searching for it high and low.. And each time someone found this champion, be sure to see a post on Insta/FB/Twitter about it. Of course, that someone includes myself :P

No, the prawns did not come with the noodles. My mum told me to add some prawns to it. Yum. LOL.

The sup/curry is super 'kao'. Red hot colour but honestly I don't find it as spicy compared to others. (Disclaimer: I'm not even really a spicy eater - cause I'd choose ketchup over chilli - so you get what I mean :P). I also find the mee to be "thicker" (thus chewier and nicer) than most instant noodles nowadays but of course nothing beats ramyeon. I like it, it's different. But I also have friends say they prefer the legendary Maggi instant noodles.

Also, MyKuali Penang is not cheap. 1 bag with 4 packs was sold at RM6.90 in Muar. I've seen elsewhere selling as high as RM8 - RM10. I suspect the price is jacked up by retailers. Suddenly this instant noodle is becoming a premium!

Where can you get the "limited stock" of MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles, you ask? I believe you can get it from most major supermarkets/hypermarkets such as Giant, Tesco and even Cold Storage. I've also seen people saying that they've seen mini marts selling it. So.. go get one and try if you haven't already. :)