Friday, April 29, 2011

HTC Incredible S Workshop

Playing catching up on my blog. Tonnes of stuff I wanted to share or write about, but work has been insanely busy lately, and so is life :) So let me try my best to fill this blog up as much as possible!

Attended the UOB-HTC Incredible S workshop at Vivo GV Gold Class on 16-April-2011. How would I miss a free event invite of my favourite phone and credit card? They were giving us a 1 hour interactive workshop and a free movie!

Needless to say, it was the highlight of my week then. I was at GV by 9:30am to collect my tickets. But I guess I was expecting too much. The only thing that really wow-ed me was actually the Gold Class Cinema. Everything else could have been better. Still, I enjoyed it. Here are some highlights:
  • While waiting at the lounge, peanut and drinks were served! And we got to play with the Incredible S which was extremely thin! Love it! But a bit ex, and my phone is only 1 year old, so I guess this will just have to wait
  • GV Gold Class was awesome! See pix on right side. Smarties! And we got to order more drinks, popcorn and a snack (I picked nachos) and a server serving us through out the movie.
  • Goodies bag were given out after the movie, and I love the HTC phone holder. (sorry no photo. I'll upload if I can later on)
  • Got to know some of the features of HTC Sense in the new Incredible S running on Gingerbread.
And now, the could improve section:
  • Although we were told to go 30 mins earlier to collect our tickets, the organizer was obviously not ready for us at 930am. We had to wait around 10-15 mins before the doors were open. Also, no clear sign to welcome us and tell us where to go, we were pretty lost.
  • Some weird moments: Attending a HTC event, but before the movie start, an iPhone 4 advertisement was shown....Almost immediately the motto that "HTC took care of all the details...." kinda went out the window. As this was also a UOB joint event, we also saw a CitiBank advertisement before the movie .....hahaha, it was almost funny. You're paying your customer to watch your competitor's advertisement! Hello!
  • At the end of the movie, most of us remain at our seat as we though the organizer would say a few words. After more uncomfortable silence, we got up and walk out of the cinema.The HTC staff were waiting for us and handed us our goodies bag..... And that was it.....
I can't help feeling a bit lost through out the whole session. The only moment that actually benefit me and my husband was when we went to talk to the speakers. Strangely, we were the only two person who did that. No one else seems to be interested in the product at all. And at the way the whole event was organized, I kinda wonder what were the objectives of the organizers???

Still, thanks for the experience of playing with the new phone, for keeping us well fed, and the great experience of watching a movie at GV Gold Class! I'm still supporting HTC, and Android :)  But it's so uncool that the HTC Sense map download is only available on the new phone. Why not make it upgradeable for the older phones as well???? Please please please?

HTC Incredible S
GV Gold Class

Monday, April 11, 2011

KTM Train Station

 The iconic KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) Railway Station in Singapore would be relocated from Tanjong Pagar to Woodland by July 2011. A few of my colleagues decided to journey there last Saturday 09-Apr-2011 to take some memorial shot before the station stops operating. Here are some results of my photo outing with them. Can't say I'm too happy with the result as the mood for photo taking was just not there for me as I had to rush back to work after that :(   Still, it was fun!
We arrived before 9am, and got the chance to actually walked all the way out to the trains before the guards started to get suspicious of us and told us that we were not allowed inside :P

Some shots of the station it self...

This is my fave shot of the day. Don't ask why, I don't know. I just like the color blue I guess :)
Lastly, a Spot the Singapura sign photo! Been uploading a lot of dumb photo collection lately eh? hee hee

KTM Website
The Green Corridor Singapore
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Linkin Park!

Been listening to this song on repeat for almost the whole day at work! It's totally awesome! Welcome back Linkin Park! One of my fave bands! Initially after hearing the album Minutes to Midnight, I thought Linkin Park was through. But after hearing the album A Thousand Sun, Linkin Park is back!!!! Woohooo! This is one of those band which I have all their albums! And even soundtracks! I think their song mix is just so futuristic and unique!

This one is an old time fave, just to share....

And another fave from the matrix soundtrack (I think)

This one has no relation to Linkin Park, but it's from the matrix soundtrack and also one of my favorite :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lust For Life

I don't often recommend books on my blog, and this would be only the 2nd time I'm doing it. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm recommending "Lust For Life" by Irving Stone, a fictional autobiography of  Vincent Van Gogh. If you're a fan of Van Gogh, you should read this book! I won't say it's an awesome book, but it's definitely strangely haunting and a weirdly beautiful story :)
Some quotes I love from the books to share:

" To act well in this world, one must die within oneself.Man is not on this earth only to be happy, he is not there to be simply honest, he is there to realize great things for humanity,to attain nobility and to surpass the vulgarity in which the existence of almost all individuals drags on."-Renan

"Rembrandt only liked to paint ugly old women, didn't he?"
"No" replied Vincent."He painted beautiful old women, women who were poor or in some way unhappy, but who through sorrow has gained a soul."

"Whether he painted well or badly didn't matter; painting was the stuff that held him together as a man. The chief value of art, Vincent, lies in the expression it gives to the artist. Rembrandt fulfilled what he knew was to be his life purpose; that justified him. Even if his work had been worthless, he would have been a thousand times more successful than if he had put down his desire and become the richest merchant in Amsterdam"

"You can never be sure about anything for all time, Vincent. You can only have the courage and strength to do what you think is right. It may turn out to be wrong, but you will at least have done it, and that is the important thing. "

"I never wanted a big church and preach polished sermons. I belong with the humble and suffering..."

"If I don't study, if I don't go on seeking any longer, then I am lost" 

" only anxiety is, how can I be of use in the world? Cannot I serve some purpose and be of some good?"

"Our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul andno one comes to warm himself by it..."

"But what if he has a happy life turning out bad art? What then?

"...The women at a tea party have no character...they've all had such easy lives that they haven't anything interesting carved into their faces..."

"I'll take my life of reality and hardship. That is not the road on which one perishes."

"Do you call yourself an artist? How absurd. You never sold a picture in your life" 
"Is that what being an artist means--selling? I thought it meant one who was always seeking without absolutely finding. I thought it means the contrary from 'I know it, I have found it' When I say I am an artist, I only mean 'I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.'"

"Vincent was always in the state of becoming, never in the state of having arrived"

 "But it's easy to's only being loved in return that is difficult."

"The ordinary human brain thinks in terms of duality; light and shade, sweet and sour, good and evil. That duality does not exist in nature. There is neither good nor evil in the world, but only being and doing. When we describe an action, we describe life; when we call that action names--life depravity or obscenity--we go into the realm of subjective prejudice"

"Morality is like religion, a soporific to close people's eyes to the tawdriness of their life"

"We think all truth is beautiful, no matter how hideous its face  may seem.We accept all of nature, without any repudiation.We believe there is more beauty in a harsh truth than in a pretty lie, more poetry in earthiness than in all the salons of Paris.We think pain good, because it is the most profound of all human feelings. We think sex beautiful, even when portrayed by a harlot and a pimp. We accept life in its entirety, without making judgments. We  think the prostitute as good as the countess, the concierge as good as the general, the peasant as good as the cabinet minister,for they all fit into the pattern of nature, and are woven into the design of life"

"When you begin to feel the universal rhythm in which everything on earth moves, you begin to understand life. That alone is God."

Vincent's last word "La tristesse durera toujours" (the sadness will last forever)

Dammit, looks like I have to go out and buy the book now! This one is a keeper!

Vincent Van Gogh
Lust For Life
Ernest Renan