December 30, 2010

#Maxis 10 Thankyou Note - HTC Desire Z

As many of you know, I was given the opportunity by Maxis 10 and HTC to review the HTC Desire Z. I was lucky and blessed enough to be given a chance like this and I have enjoyed participating in this review. Not only have I been given the opportunity to try out something that is new in the market but I have also been given the chance to experience something new altogether.

It has been an absolute delight to learn more about this phone and after using it for this period of time, I find that I really do enjoy using this phone a lot more compared to others. Compare to the one im using right now, Blackberry Curve 3G. As some of you knew that I've totally gave up my Curve and switch to the HTC Desire Z, it has so many features which makes life so much easier for me and I have become attached to it. Seriously.

Therefore, I would really like to express my thanks and gratitude to #Maxis10 for giving me this opportunity. Thanks a lot! Chances like this do not come by often and I am grateful for having been one of the chosen few to review the HTC Desire Z.


This ends my review for #Maxis 10 Reviewers Programme - HTC Desire Z


#Maxis 10 - HTC SENSE On The HTC Desire Z

HTC SENSE is an entirely unique experience and its design revolves around many little ideas to bring you an experience that you will never forget. What makes it so unique is the simplicity of it all. It makes you wonder why nobody else has taught of it before. With HTC SENSE, everything makes sense. It's a phone experience that you will never forget for it continues to surprise you and guarantees to delight you every single time.

These are just a few of my favourite things about HTC SENSE.

*when it rings..

- No More Awkward Moments
Many of us are faced quite often with that awkward moment when your phone starts to ring during a movie or a meeting. For me, this happens fairly often and I haven't kicked the habit of forgetting to silence it when there is a need to. But with the HTC SENSE, you can avoid embarrassing yourself because the moment you pick up the phone to see who is calling, the ringing volume will decrease instantly. If you want to silence it, just flip it over and it will silence immediately thus saving you from an awkward moment.

- No More Missed Calls
Another problem that I face on a daily basis is not hearing my phone whenever it rings if it is kept somewhere in my bag or if I am in a noisy area. But this problem is solved now with HTC SENSE as the phone knows when it is tucked away and will ring loud enough for you to hear and capture your attention. So now I can avoid missing any important calls just because I am too deaf to hear my phone ringing.

- An Icebreaker For Your Calls
Sometimes, we get a call from a certain person but we just do not have much to say to them be it because we haven't seen them in ages or your mind is just blank at the moment. But now, HTC SENSE allows you to see the caller's latest social updates so you will the have so much to say even before the conversation starts. Personally, I really like this feature as it helps to keep me updated with my friends life as well.

*keeping in touch with friends..

- No More Jumping Between Apps To Keep Up With Friends
I dislike having to constantly switch between applications to check out a certain update from someone. It is especially annoying when that person has Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare.. just about every social application there is. But HTC SENSE makes it all less annoying now because they have a feature where you just tap on a friend's name and all their details will appear together. So, now I can check out my friend's Facebook updates, Twitter updates, contact details etc all in one go. It makes life so much easier.

- Say It Once Post It Everywhere
As a blogger, I constantly have to update almost every social platform that I have individually whenever I have something to announce. It is quite annoying and sometimes I forget if I have already updated that particular application or platform. HTC SENSE once again makes it easier by updating ALL my applications and social platforms in one go for me.

*the Internet..

- It's A Perfect Fit
The problem I always have with zooming in or out of a screen is that the text doesn't always fit on my screen. I will then have to scroll left and right continuously to read something. HTC SENSE has solved this problem for me as it makes the text all fit perfectly regardless of how much I zoom in or out of the screen.

*when you're on the road..

-Use Maps That Never Keep You Waiting
One thing about using maps on the phone is that they take time to load. Having to constantly see little grey areas can sometimes be quite infuriating especially when I am in a rush. HTC SENSE does not make you wait though. There is zero waiting time as the maps are already loaded right on your phone. This cuts down my waiting time and makes everything so much faster.

- Never Miss A Turn Because Of A Call
Usually while using maps on phones, the map will vanish whenever a call comes in. This obviously makes things much harder for me when I'm driving. There are times when I need the map and I need to use the phone at the same time to talk to someone. And HTC SENSE allows me to do just that. It allows me to still use my map though I am on the phone. This way, I never ever miss a single turning just because the map on my screen vanished.

These are just a few of the many things that HTC SENSE can do for you. As you can see, it does make life a lot easier in the simplest of ways. It kind of makes you wonder why it took so long for anyone to come up with this. But now that HTC SENSE is available, I'm loving all the little things it does for me and it definitely is one of the many perks of using the HTC Desire Z. It has so many uses and I guarantee that it will make everything so much more fun and easy for all of you and not just me ;)

That's all for now. To be continued. This is #Maxis 10 Reviewers Programme - HTC Desire Z


December 29, 2010

#Maxis 10 - HTC Desire Z Camera & Video Function for Japanese Restaurant Nagomi Food Review

Last week, got an invitation to a Food Review @ a Japanese Restaurant called Nagomi. Located at Jaya33, Petaling Jaya. Anyway, this would be a combination post of Nagomi Food Review + #Maxis 10 - HTC Desire Z :) Something new, this is because I wanted to test the camera function of the HTC Desire Z. So throughout the whole night, I totally used my Desire Z to take pictures of closeups foods shots!

For the Camera part for the HTC Desire Z.

The exiting part for me is the camera/video function on the HTC Desire Z. All of you know that Imma photographer who uses Nikon D300s. So I'm quite fussy about cameras which does not perform the standard as it suppose to be. Let's have a quick look on HTC Desire Z camera function.

The HTC has a decent 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash which despite having less pixels than the Desire HD’s 8-megapixels. The results are quite good especially under good lighting conditions YES but more often, it’s prone to blurring even with steady hands when taking the shot. Like seriously. Focusing is not lightning quick and I would recommend using the on-screen shutter button instead of the dedicated camera button to reduce shake.

Photo enthusiasts will appreciate a solid shutter, alongside a virtual one. Autofocus is quick (and you can tap to focus) but there’s slight lag between depressing the shutter and the photo being taken, it’s not terrible by any means, but certainly not fantastic for fast-moving action.

Photos are fine, without being fantastic. Colors are bright, detail is sharp, especially close-ups, you can make tweaks to the sharpness, contrast, exposure and saturation. Like the Desire HD we found Auto white balance produces the most accurate results, Daylight looks unnatural. Be careful using the ISO settings, noise is really visible around ISO 400 and ISO 800 is practically unusable. The single - instead of dual - flash is surprisingly powerful, so the Desire Z will easily illuminate a small room.

What I like about its camera is the different effects you can choose prior to taking a shot and also the post-processing effects. You can take a shot with live effects such as depth of field, vignette, distortion, vintage, etc.

Here's the end product. Some photos below are taken using the Desire Z. With flash and without flash.

(Above) Not bad for a point and shoot camera. At least it's better than my Blackberry Curve 3G.

(Below) Close up macro shots I took from a food review at Nagomi Japanese Restaurant. Below photos are expended to the height of 720P. Motive is to see the true quality of the camera function.

Nagomi Food Review.

Foie Gras Caviar Delicately Presented Goose Liver Served with Crispy French Baguette

Salmon Carpaccio Thinly Slice Salmon Sashimi Marinates in Delicious Balsamico Sauce

SHELLY BEACH. Fine Red Wine Year 2007.

Asari Potato Kurimu Shiru Mouth-watering Soup of Fresh Sea Clams, Asparagus & Potato.

Tori No Karashi Yaki Scrumptiously Chicken Drum Stick Grilled to Perfection with Flattering Mustard Cream

Sushi Cake Chef Special Concoction of Maguro, Scallop, Fruits, Vegetables & Sushi Rice

An Epitome of Dessert. A Delightful Dessert of Mixed Fruit Jelly with Japanese Almond Tofu

This is Mochi.

Food Reviews partners. Xiang, Esther, Ah Bok and Feeq.

Group shot turned out not really nice likewise as the FOOD! I rate a fair 6/10. Not much a review yet but will soon do a proper one as this is for my - #Maxis 10 - HTC Desire Z Camera & Video Function for Nagomi Food Review Post.

As you can see (Above) it's quite blur. This was taken without flash. Instead all the photos are taken without flash and a lil editing. :)

Available outlets for Nagomi Japanese Restaurants:

Kin Shui Tei Japanese Fine Dining@Tropicana Golf & Country Resort
03-7804 2079/ 03-7804 8888 ext 315

Nagomi Japanese Restaurant @ Jaya33
03-7956 2330

Nagomi Japanese Restaurant @ Menara Hap Seng
03-2141 6332

Close up objects shots with a perfect amount of light, the pictures would turned out very nice. But, all the shots are not advisable to take with flash as I don't really believe in direct flash. Only uses it when I'm desperate for light. Eg. in CLUBS and super dark places.

This was taken using Vintage mode! December birthday babes Vivian and Samantha. Instant iPhone4 Instagram lol. Damn nice right?

For the video part for the HTC Desire Z.
720p footage isn’t fantastic. Although it’s smooth and bright, detail seems soft and lacking definition, for example in one test shot leaves on a tree appear so soft they tend to blur into each other and in another you can’t see the fine detail on brickwall on a house. So if 720p video is your choice, we’d suggest the iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S instead :)

I will show you some video on my NEXT POST!

That's all for now. To be continued. This is #Maxis 10 Reviewers Programme - HTC Desire Z


December 28, 2010

7ASTE New York @ Hex & Mayfair (PART2)

This is a continuation from my 1st post of 7ASTE New York @ Hex & Mayfair (PART1).

7aste New York
Innovate, travel, premium, inspiration, genuineness, sophistication, optimistic, harmonious, contemporary. Ultimately the brand essence is smoothness – that inspires.

Here's (Part2) Photos with no captions from that night! using Nikon D300s. Enjoys.










#10 EPIC!









7aste successfully organized another great party to end the year of 2010. Will be wait for the next 7aste event to come in the year 2011 :)

This is the end of 7ASTE New York @ Hex & Mayfair


7ASTE New York @ Hex & Mayfair

Finally, I have some spare time to update 7ASTE event which happened last week or two at PJ Trade Centre, Hex & Mayfair. The theme for this year - NEW YORK! Which reminds me of Empire State of Mind by JayZ and Alicia Keys.

I gonna be honest, this was the BEST 7ASTE event so far since the first one. It was a BLAST! The drinks was good! The crowd, the music, performance and what's a party without you're friends to party along with you. Thanks for the great event, 7ASTE. Was a great honor to be one of your VIP guest list. Will be supporting 7ASTE all the way. Cheers!

Photos are vital in such events, so lets make it a photo album for this blog post shall we?

Thought that Darling Esther Ng was the best dressed to my eyes on that night! Figured that she would be the first picture for this post. Itz YOURESTY.COM

There is no place in the world that can compare!

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. New York City, the home of the New York Yankees, Yellow Taxicab Co., Tifanny & Co. and NYSE – the world’s largest stock exchange on Wall Street. It has one of the world’s most famous skylines and over 800 languages are spoken – no wonder it is considered the CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

Fabulous Night Life after dark is where New York City shines the most! The city that never sleeps. Get into an empire state of mind inspired by the city where dreams are made of. From Manhattan to Brooklyn – smooth lounge to sleek street settings – expect an eclectic mix of entertainment and inspiring experiences that are bound to be elating.

Let's checkkit out the pictures taken that night! Below are all the happening social media friends of mine. They're awesome!

#1 Registration Counter and girls in blue uniform. Air stewardess?
#2 With 7ASTE Backdrop.

#3 Bloggers + Models.

#4 DonDon & JunJun and the Gang.

#5 Amazing things happen when you say YES!

#6 Young future potential bloggers in action! Okay Jeremy's not.

#7 My Sexy Joanne Kay

#8 Shawn Lee, Beat Boxer.


#10 Dancers crew! Great performance.

#11 Thanks for the MUSIC!

#12 Stripping time! Woops?

#13 Party MODE ON!

#14 Thanks Bro for organizing such wonderful event.

#15 Oh wow, the Advertlets Bloggers!

YES indeed, 7aste successfully organized another great party to end the year of 2010. Will be wait for the next 7aste event to come in the year 2011 :)

This is 7ASTE New York @ Hex & Mayfair (PART1) - NEXT post will be (PART2)