Cravings for Malaysian food

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Penang Assam Laksa

Penang Assam Laksa
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Fried Koay Teow

Fried Koay Teow
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Prawn Mee

Prawn Mee
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Lam Mee

Lam Mee
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Koay Teow Soup

Koay Teow Soup
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Yeah, I simply love noodles and yes, I am missing homeland food very much. I must really make a plan home and eat up to my heart’s content. Been updating with friends back home lately and it really reminds me of the good old times and all the good local food we have back home. Alright, what I can do now is just to be patient till I make my next trip home back and attack all the good hawker stalls. *hehe*

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Pico Projector Displays

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Unlock the Big Screen Experience from Small Devices

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Pico Projector Prototype “Show”
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Microvision is working with business partners to enable better viewing experiences for mobile device consumers. Sharing photos, watching movies, and giving presentations using the small screens of today’s devices limits our ability to imagine, entertain, and share.

PicoP is an ultra miniature projection module capable of producing full color, high-resolution images but small enough and low power enough to be embedded directly into an accessory pico projector that connects to mobile devices.

For manufacturers who wish to bring to market next generation accessory projectors that connect to mobile devices, Microvision provides a PicoP display engine to meet OEM requirements. PicoP display engines are engineered for OEMs and made available through our supply chain partners to meet high volume production needs.

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Pico Projector Application 1
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Extend your gameplay by adding a display anywhere projector.
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Pico Projector Application 2
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Extend mobile device functionality to include mobile presentations by adding a pocket size projector.
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Pico Projector Application 3
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Impromtu brain share with an always ready projector built into your laptop.
No need to carry or schedule a projector.
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Have an impromptu meeting without the need for a room or projector.
Extend wireless voice communications to include video conferencing and presentations.
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Impress your friends by throwing your stuff… your photos or your videos, in your space.
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The time has come for a total new function that will upgrade our cellphones to the next level. What would you do if you got yourself one ? Yes, fun it may seem to be but imagine the cons that comes along with this technology. Just read the following from IHT.

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Watching video almost anywhere you want

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Tired of hearing other people’s cellphone conversations? It may get worse. Soon you may have to watch their favorite television shows and YouTube videos, too, as they project them onto nearby walls or the seat-backs of commuter trains.

Small digital projectors are in the works. These devices, when plugged into cellphones and portable media players, will let consumers beam video content from their hand-held devices to the closest smooth surface – entertaining themselves, annoying their neighbors and possibly contributing to a new warning sign: “No Projectors in This Area.”

The microprojectors, still in prototype stages, use light-emitting diodes, lasers or a combination of the two to cast a display in darkened spaces of up to 50 or 60 inches wide, or 130 to 150 centimeters, and perhaps even wider, and of 7 to 20 inches wide when there is ambient light.

Digital projectors were once bulky. These new models are small enough to fit into the pocket of consumers who want a big-screen experience from a small-screen device. Some of the models are expected to be on the market by the end of this year, if not sooner.

Prices have yet to be announced. But Matthew Brennesholtz, an analyst at Insight Media, a marketing research firm in Norwalk, Connecticut, said he thought that the projectors would initially cost about $350, then drop quickly to less than $300.

The projectors may be particularly useful for business presentations: showing a product video to small groups, for example.

No pre-meeting coordination would be needed to arrange for a screen. Instead, a patch of wall in a cubicle or at a restaurant could serve for an impromptu presentation. In a pinch, a manila folder or even a napkin would work.

Carolina Milanesi, a research director in London for Gartner, the research firm, said she thought that the microprojectors were most likely to appeal to business travelers who, for example, could use them to beam PowerPoint shows from their smartphones.

But Milanesi is dubious about the likelihood of consumers’ using them in public, because they could so easily be read by others. “I hate it even when I am on the subway and the guy next to me is reading my paper,” she said.

The projectors will first appear as free-standing companion units to cellphones and other devices, Brennesholtz said, connected to them by standard cables. Later, the projector modules will be directly embedded in phones, as cameras are today. About 16 manufacturers are working on miniprojectors, he said.

Insight Media forecasts a substantial and fast-growing market for the technology. “We anticipate total sales of more than $2.5 billion by 2012 for the companion models,” Brennesholtz said, and $1 billion in revenue for projector modules that are integrated into cellphones and other devices.

Cellphone service providers have been a driving force behind miniprojector development, said Jinwoo Bae, business team leader for Iljin DSP, a South Korean company that is working on a prototype.

“Revenue growth from voice service is becoming saturated,” Bae said, “so telecom service providers are looking for new revenue from video content.”

Iljin DSP’s microprojector, which will be marketed and distributed by SK Telecom, a large wireless operator in South Korea, projects images that are 7 to 60 inches wide, depending on a room’s lighting; the device’s light source is a combination of lasers and LEDs. The lithium-ion battery lasts about two hours, Bae said.

The company is also building a projector engine to be incorporated in cellphones. “We need to reduce the power consumption” of the module, Bae said. “A stand-alone projector can have its own battery, but modules integrated into a mobile phone use the phone’s battery,” limiting the amount of power than can be drawn, he said.

A miniprojector engine is now being manufactured by 3M, the U.S. technology company. It will be sold within a stand-alone projector offered by Samsung this year, said Mike O’Keefe, marketing manager for 3M’s mobile projection technology. The projector, called the Samsung MBP-100, connects to devices like MP3 players that have video output capacity.

Brennesholtz, of Insight Media, was shown a model of the Iljin DSP projector at a restaurant in New York when he met with executives from the company. “I’m not sure what the other diners thought about seeing a Korean sitcom projected on the ceiling of the restaurant,” he said.

As it turned out, there was too much ambient light for the image to look good on the ceiling. “But on a napkin, or on the cover of a box,” Brennesholtz said, “it looked fine.”

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Malaysia To Bloggers: Forget The Past, Let’s Be Friends

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Malaysia To Bloggers: Forget The Past, Let’s Be Friends

From Blog Herald

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Malaysia, a country located in the South Sea of China has decided that opposing dissenting voices just may be bad for elections.

So instead of persecuting vocal bloggers, the government of Malaysia now wants to make peace with those who shout out against it from virtual microphones.

Dropping earlier threats of arrest, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition now says it wants to listen to dissenting voices.

The information minister, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, says he is keen to meet bloggers and build a bridge for a two-way dialogue between the government and people.

Last year, the Malaysian government had begun cracking down against bloggers in a vain attempt to keep them from embarrassing the current politicians (translation: providing opposing viewpoints).

But now that the previous government has lost a lot of its former strength, they now want to make amends with the bloggers they (at least before) held little regard for.

While the future has yet to be decided, the question remains: Should Malaysian bloggers cuddle up with their former foes, or should they look elsewhere? Hopefully history will record a wise decision regarding this government’s offer.

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I got to know about this news from my Dad from our long chat yesterday night and he’s been warning me not to post anything political on my blog for quite some time and I did not really get the picture but I finally got to know the reason to why he was worrying. What’s wrong with raising our voice freely about what we have in our thoughts on the internet ? For heaven’s sake, it is the modern age and we know clearly what we prefer. Pure black and white when it comes to these matters. You don’t have to come and shake my hands to win my vote (though I’ve not voted before yet). You don’t have to give me free campaign T-shirts or persuade me to go waving your party flag and hear you blab about things, pretending to be all happy just for you to win your golden seat in the parliament.

Just do what you need to do as a politician (both government and opposition parties) which is to make our country a better county. We, youngsters, are clear and vivid in our mind of what we want. So, the question is no matter which one of you are ruling, how prepared are you to prepare us the country we want to have ? Pay more attention on those topics rather than behaving like a baby trying to reason out on why you had lost big or cheering up and down that you’ve got 5 states in your hand from the past election. Mr. Government, the reasons for the big lost are clear and the country has voiced out. So, win your votes with your actions. You guys should know better than coming out with silly ideas, wasteful efforts trying to win the hearts of bloggers for your next step. I am pretty disappointed reading this piece of news. A shame to what I have pride in. So, revive what I hold pride in.

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Hafiz, my DJ friend

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Hafiz Hatim, a growing Malaysian icon

Hafiz Hatim 2

Always been a music lover since young. Even had his own band.

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Hafiz Hatim 2

His own personal posters. Not bad. *hehe*

A celebrity, that’s what he is now.

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Hafiz Hatim “Rush Hour”
Check it out. Weekdays 4 to 8 pm. “Rush Hour
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Another pleasant surprise headed my way when I got to know that my friend, Hafiz Hatim, better known as “Abe”, from secondary school as well, is currently a DJ at a rather raising popular Malaysian local radio station, namely Fly FM, (before this, introduced my talented friend, Li San, who drew fabulous sketches on guys that make her drool *hehe*). He has his own show called “Rush Hour” where he co-host with Shel, his partner. For fellow Malaysians reading this, be sure to check his show out which is on air every weekdays, 4 to 8 pm. Support him by listening in, people !

Here’s the frequency for your area and you can even listen to Fly FM online (Firefox & Internet Explorer). Abe, if you are reading this, yeah, you are featured on my blog today and yes, promoting your show as well. *hehe* My sister, who is in UM now, says that she enjoys Fly FM better than Hitz FM when I told her that you were hosting a show. Good job done, dude. Alright, I wonder which wonderful friend of mine will be featured here next ? Anyway, stay tuned.

P.S. Girls, according to my friend Li San, Hafiz is also one of CLEO’s 50 most eligible bachelors this year in the latest issue. So, vote for him okay ! Argh, he’s definitely becoming a celeb. Thumbs up, dude !

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Hafiz Hatim, Bachelor No. 32

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Unbelievable voices

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Marié Digby

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Okay, let me start off by noting down how I came to know this golden voice. Well, some of you maybe thinking, "Hey, you are slow, man !" but, hey, I'm glad that even though I did take some time to find her, finding out about her randomly as how I did was definitely better than not at all. Here goes. Well, it is nothing that outrageous, rather than that, it is pretty simple. A friend of mine at Facebook marked her as his one of his favorite singers and I, who happened not to know her at all, out of curiosity, looked through her profile on Facebook and listened to the famous fire starter cover she's done with "Rihanna - Umbrella" and the very next instant, my heart got melted and I craved to see more and indeed, she had much to offer at her personal YouTube channel. Check out the rest. I personally enjoyed the "Linkin Park - What I've done" cover, the "Britney Spears - Gimme More" cover and the "Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder" cover.

Fellow netizens, we've seen again on how the power of internet turned a nobody like Marié into a star loved by many. Spread out the word and let's support her by buying her album when it's out. Can't wait for it to arrive here in Japan. Anyway, she's the daughter of a Japanese mother and Irish-American father. She plays the piano since she was a toddler and the guitar as well, amazing talent. A multi-talented singer songwriter which is definitely going to make the splash with her debut album. Her grandparents are in Kumamoto and that's one common thing we have together. The video clip where she introduced Suizenji-koen was something unexpected but amazing to see how people are linked up somehow.

P.S. Marié, do come and make live concerts here in Japan. I bet many of us here will love you and yeah, please do consider writing up some Japanese songs because that would something awesome. Or even perhaps doing some cover songs of the popular songs here in Japan. I definitely would love to see you covering up Utada Hikaru and Sheena Ringo. They are my top two favorites. And, yeah, doing some tie-up with the current great singers would be fantastic and a cover album of all your favorite songs would another masterpiece I would cherish. Two thumbs up !

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David Archuleta

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Next, the voice that I have in line is one of the famous voices on American Idol Season 7. I am no fan of the American Idol show and never ever did actually saw the TV program before but when I heard David A's voice singing my all time favorite song "Imagine" by John Lennon, I thought, "Wow, never did think anyone can do it as well as John himself." I came to know about David Archuleta because I was checking out who David Cook was since Li San, another talented friend of mine, drew an amazing portrait of him. Check out the sketch in my past few previous posts. Li San, David Cook is also a good singer I must say but this young boy is definitely a true talent. It's fun to see who would win the race. For the rest of you, you should check out on how he sang "Falling" by Alicia Keys when he was just 11. Amazing voice box.

Since he's a mormon, now I see how he learned how to sing a song beautifully, with the soulful voice that he has. But, I am glad his parents allows him to perform on stage like that because many mormon families here in Japan do not allow their children to glow as how they should be according to my experiences with some of the Japanese mormon friends I have here. Hate when they come ringing the door bells and trying to lecture you about the Bible. It's not right to force others to believe in something like that. Instead of spreading it the right way, you are just making a bad image of yourself. Although I have faith in Christianity myself, I want to be liberal in my religious thoughts and I think I am going a bit off the track here right now, anyway, David Archuleta's voice is fabulous. Amazes me all the time each time I hear his singings on YouTube. Check him out and also the other unbelievable voices on American Idol as well. Got to know about Taylor Hicks and he was amazing too. The famous Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry, the alumni of this show who had proved themselves in the world of entertainment and thumbs up for their hard work !

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