Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mysteryland 2012

We got complimentary tickets to this event and will officially be the first ever festival I attend. Top acts such as Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig and Avicii will be performing today. Despite the unfavorable weather, we brave it through to experience this event.

Upon arrival at Hoofddorp, there were bus transfer services to the venue, Haarlemmemeer. We arrived slightly later than the opening ceremony and was welcomed by the rain where we managed to seek shelter in the Big Top. As it is still considered early, there was a lot of room to roam around in the big tent.

The Big Top

The Big Top

Feeling hungry and thirsty, we bought 50 euros worth of tokens using the automated machines like below before exploring the wide range of food available around the stages.

Tokens

There are many stages in this event with different type of music and we were excited to explore them all. Here are pictures I took within the grounds. The first one is a view from the highest point of one of the sections.

View of Mysteryland

Star Club Stage

The Qult

The Q-Dance Stage

I love the randomness of the decorations all over the park.

A Bird



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There was Free Wifi throughout the event courtesy of Vodafone. I guess the satellites below are not for decoration purposes.

Free Wifi

As we could not tolerate the rain anymore, we left earlier than planned as it was becoming unbearable as the crowd keep pushing in to be in the shelter.

To compensate for that, I manage to find a cool video of the closing event at the Q-Dance stage as below which was the most elaborated stage I have ever seen.



Despite the bad weather, I did I enjoy myself at the beginning but left disappointed that I could see watch Calvin Harris performing but at least I saw Martin Solveig from a distance and dancing to his hit "Hello".

For further information, you can visit their official website.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Tools That I Use

Thought it would be a good idea to share with my loyal readers if there are any out there about the free tools available on the internet that I use. The question is why pay when you can get something equally as good for free! It has become a common practise for me to do a quick search on google to see what free options are available before I settle down to purchase an application.

Here are some of the top 3 popular applications that I use.

File Compression

7 zip

I started using 7-zip to compress my files that I host on my cloud server. This is of course to save space and it performs as well as WinZip or WinRar.

FTP Client

I have been using Filezilla for as long as I can remember when I started to get serious with online development. I can't exactly remember why I switch from WS FTP but it might be due to the nicer user interface. Just remember to download the client version if your intention is to upload files or pages to your web server.

E-Mail Client

Thunderbird

I use Thunderbird to read all my e-mails from most of my main websites. This tool is brought to you by the same good guys that created Firefox Internet browser. One selling point of thunderbird is the wide amount of free add ons available to extend its features. This is definately much better than Microsoft Outlook in my view.

There are endless amount of applications available online and I highly recommend you do your research to ensure you download from reputable sources to avoid spy or adwares.

Click here to visit a one of the better list of softwares and applications available.

Enjoy!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dappermarkt Amsterdam

Another weekend and I continue on my expedition of visiting the street markets of Amsterdam. According to my research, this is meant to be the cheapest market in terms of price. I guess it must be where the bargain hunters frequent and being a distance from the city center also places it out of reach for most.



Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the orange stripes hanged throughout the length of the market. It boasts a wider road (Apparently the place was designed for a market) and have a slightly larger selection of surrounding shops than Albert Cuyp but everything looks similar.

You can reach this market using tram number 3 at the stop Dapperstraat.

I did not spent as much time as I would have liked here as I was looking out more for flea markets.

This market is quite a distance from the city center so I would recommend you to visit Albert Cuyp Market instead which is much more central.

You can find out more details of this market at their official website. The markets is open daily except Sundays from 10:00 - 16:30.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Well done to the UK for hosting a successful Olympics. Despite me following closely the scandals, I was happy with the use of technology like Youtube to share the highlights of each sports.

Olympic Mascot

I am also celebrating the fact that Malaysia took two medals home with a hard a fought match in Badminton for a near first gold medal by Dato Lee Chong Wei. A big shout out to Pandeelela for breaking several national records for delivering the first women's and diving medal. She might be also the youngest Olympian to do that for the country.

The Dutch male gymnast, Epke Zonderland performance in the high bars also deserves a mention here. Search a youtube video for it.

Back to the closing ceremony, one of my highlight of the ceremony is of course the performance of Spice Girls. Yes, I admit it that I am a fan and especially Melanie C. See their performance here of a combination of Spice Up Your Life and Wannabe.



The closing ceremony was a medley of the best of the UK music from all generation including the legends. Yea, John Lennon and Freddie Mercury made an appearance thanks to the use of technology.

I did not stay up long enough to watch the fireworks but thanks to the footage on youtube like embedded below, I am able to stream the whole closing ceremony like I did with the opening.



That's all for now. See you all in Rio in 4 years time!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Surprise Birthday Gift For Song Yia

Thanks to technology, I was able to give Song Yia a surprise for her Birthday. I ordered her favourite flowers over the internet to be delivered in the morning and it worked! Here are the pictures.





Happy Birthday Song Yia!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

PSY - Gangnam Style

I discovered this video after surfing Youtube for the 100 music videos and it was in the top 5. Out of curiousity, I viewed the video and was entertained throughout.



I find it hilarious in the comments especially from the Koreans trying to explain to the ignorant ones that it is not Japanese. I can imagine the association that might get some pissed off.

I recognise the girl in the video as Hyuna, a member of Korean K-Pop group 4Minute. I know her from the super hot video clip below for the song Bubble Pop.



Besides this video going viral, K-Pop have certainly gone international with Wonder Girls, 2NE1, Bing Bang, Super Junior, Girls Generation among many others getting huge success internationally.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Kissaten @ IOI Boulevard

It has become almost of a routine every time I am back home to hangout with my friends. I have known most of them in high school mainly through scouting. Johnny Low on the other hand is someone that I have grewed up with since primary school and it will indeed be a sin if I don't catch up with him every chance I get.

He recommended this Japanese place for dinner this evening which is a convenient drive for me.

After struggling to locate the facebook page of this establishment to like for a free Ice Lemon Tea, I shared a main with Song Yia which as this fussion type Pizza.


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The semi finals of the Olympic badminton game was also shown on the big screen which made it a convenient topic to talk about. It ended with a high as Malaysia moves on to the finals.



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Thanks again to Jessie and Johnny Low for taking time from their busy schedule to catch up.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Thai Thai @ Sunway Pyramid

Sunway Pyramid is my usual hangout whenever I am back in Malaysia. I remember the younger days when we will make our annual trip to Johor from Penang for Chinese New Year and making a pit stop here.

Well, we decided to head here for dinner with my dearest Mum. We were looking for Thai food and ended up at Thai Thai. (I guess the founders couldn't think of a more obvious name). I never have too high of an expectation of restaurants in malls but this looked promising as there was quite a decent size crowd seated in there although it being quite late in the evening. It might be due to some breaking fast.

Here is a picture of the prawn Phad Thai I had. It does not do the dish justice but wanted to share my dining experience.



I am not a huge fan of spicy food but this catered to my taste buds.

Also worth noting, this is the first blog I am making using the apple app. I blogged using my blackberry previously when I was in Hungary. You can call me a late adopter of technology but somehow I have started to embrace it.

Till my next post, goodbye for now.