Thursday, January 16, 2014

Char Koey Teow @ Tanjung Bungah

One of my favourites place for char koey teow,  have improved form  a humble push cart,  to their own coffee shop.  Located at Hillside Tg Bungah,  (Jalan Sungai Kelian)  Along the road with the Petron Station,  this char koey teow seller have been selling char koey teow for the past 20 plus years at this location. 
Open from Lunch time till evening (sold out),  Perfect for those staying in Tg Bungah, Batu Ferringi Hotels who do not want to get into George Town for a snack.  (Non Halal) 

those lucky people that stay in hillside, tg bungah know this stall very well,  they even do delivery service!  Normal Portion  RM3.50,  With Egg RM4,  Big RM6.50 with extra prawns as well.   

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Low Carb Diet

I am now officially going on a low carb diet,  This will limit the choices for eating out. However once a while some indulgence is permitted.   
Poh Piah / Spring Roll Penang Style 
Fried Bean Curd
Well  that for dinner for tonight  :-(   @ lye lye food court,  Terengganu Road, 

Michelin Energy XM2, First impression.

Michelin Energy XM2 first impression. 

Just change my 3 years old Perodua Alza tyres,  which have now 50000KM on the clock,  The old tyre worn out indicators is now flush with the surface of my tyres, and when driving in the heavy rain last month there were a few moments where I feel the tyres are not gripping, so its best to change for safety.   
the OEM tyres,  ware indicators are even,  time to change,  see all the little stones stuck. 

After a round of research on the net, I finalise on the Michelin Energy XM2,  hopefully I can get some fuel savings,  I upgraded slightly from the original 155/55/R15 to 155/60/R15 as there were no more stock of the original size tyres.
The New Tyres

The 4 donuts,  (soorrrrry  could not resist) cost me a total of RM1K including installation, balancing and alignment,  together with 2 very useful “free” gifts.  A foldable / stand able cooler bag (18 can) that can double up as a stool, an multifunction Life Saver Gadget,  that is a Hand crank Flash Light / Hand Phone charger  /  Flashing Beacon with a magnetic base / Emergency Glass Hammer / Safety Belt Cutter all in one. 

Handy Little Gifts,  look like Michelin really took some effort,  the cooler bag will be useful on shopping days, to store the frozen items,  the hand crank flash light,  will ensure that in emergency situation you will not need to look for batteries. 

This Hand crank flash light, look like a phaser from the star trek series.   

Anyway, my first impression, is that the ride is more comfortable, less rolling resistance, and less noisy then my worn out oem tyres.   I feel that it will not pick up little stones between the treads.  As for Fuel Economy,  less see after a few full tanks,  in theory,  one size up, less rolling resistance should translate to better economy, especially long distance highway driving.     



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H (Part 7) Apps Part 1

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H  (Part 7) Apps Part 1


I have started filling up the tablet with some apps in form of Utility, Tools, and Fun   


Day 1 installation


Clock Tile - An Useful little app that display the Time on Metro Start Screen 


Live Currency Converter – Automatically converts currency for you with information from 150 countries, with a disclaimer on the accuracy of the Exchange Rate.   


Google Keep Metro – My notes from my Android Device is now available in the Tablet,  It has other functions as well,  Google Drive is here as well.  This is good so I do not have to change my note taking apps on my Phone.    


Day 2 installation


CC Cleaner from Piriform – This is download direct from Website,  Its not available on Win Store,  A Useful app that I have been using it on other pc’s which basically clean up temporary & extra files that clutter up the PC memory thus affecting performance.    


Defragger from Piriform - This is download direct from Website,  Its not available on Win Store,  A Useful app that I have been using it on other pc’s which help to rearrange files for non slid state devices.    


U torrent - Download direct from Website,  Have been using it on other pc’s, Later while exploring Win Store Tool I found it here as well. 


7 Zip – a essential tool,  I Download direct from Website,  Have been using it on other pc’s.  Found it later in Win Store. 


Every Day Food – this is from webstore, came recommended by some of the website I read on apps for win 8, It promise “Right recipe for any meal and occasion@, Nice presentation, extensive recipe listings. 


Network Speed Test – To check on the speed of my internet service


Some Games


Red Alert – My old favorite from 15 + years ago, Not found in Win Store.  via Tom Guide  


Royal Revolt – Recommended by Google Alert for Free Win 8 games,  downloaded from win Store (took a bit of time), It’s a Reverse Tower Defense Game  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Chinese New Year 2014 (Horse)

One of the things My Family does every New Year, 
is to Purchase Dried Liver Sausages for one special shop in George Town,  Rope Walk that import
this delicacy from china.  It's not available any other time.
Normally this duty is perform by my late father, A few years back,  he have requested me
to drive him down to buy this.  Now this duty has to be perform by me. 

Cost  RM78 per Kg this year from this shop, (the other end of rope walk near the police station,  cannot find them any where else.  The Photo of the sausage is for slightly less then a Kg. 

We will usually have this steam,  occasionally grilled / pan fried.  It will bring back memories of my late father when we have this. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H (Part 6) First Impression of Tablet and Windows 8.1

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H  (Part 6) First Impression of Tablet and Windows 8.1


Overall I am more than happy with this “toy”, especially with Bundle legal software, MS Office, Whatever its short comings are, its minor and I can live with it,  especially for a person migrating from a 10in Netbook running win 7 starter. 


First Impression  

Keyboard dock, read many review that complain about keyboard, about the small touch pad, its flimsy, its small, its cramp, the touch pad feel and so on.  For me I have no complaints in this department.  Have to make some adjustment though, due to key layout is slightly different.  The feel and the touch even with a keyboard cover is good.  I can type with speed (touch type), typo come when the key board key are different from the norm.    


Have to get use to Win 8.1 touch interface and Metro, the gestures etc need to be operate, need to experiment and some explanation, but once I get the hang of it, the feel is similar with Android.  Desktop is as familiar as Win 7 Starter. 


The Windows Store have some apps,  but not as extensive if compared with the other os,  I tried to look for an Apps to display the % of the Battery remaining, in Metro but could not find any,  but manage to find a Apps to display the time (Clock Tile).  I imagine it will be a matter of time pun intended till there will be an app for everything        


Battery Life:  supposed to last for hours,  11 hours as per ASUS,  it’s still too early to say


Porting Over:  No problems here, manage to transfer over my files without any problems,  have no problems operating IE11(think I will use this as the browser, but may download firefox as back up), and the MS Office programs. 


What I believe can be improved. 

The back of the Tablet / Cover of the net book is a Finger Print Magnet, its smooth glossy cover back will get smug in no time, similar with the screen (the screen protector I purchase helps), however the key board surface is ok. 


There is an E Manual pin to the Desktop task bar, but not at the Metro start, its somewhere in the Apps. I stumble across it by chance.    The E Manual explanation could be better, there are certain places where I was confuse.   


I connected an usb hub to the 3.0 usb at the dock, unfortunately I could only operate one item at a time, either a mouse, or a thumb drive, or a hdd (the hdd “hang” initially but work ok later on),    I prefer to transfer file by using a mouse. 


At the computer shop, the owner and I tried to connect an OTG cable, to the mini usb on the Tablet, however could not get any connection with the thumb drive attach.  Will try one more time.  Android is one up in this area.  So we have to dock the table to transfer files from HDD or Thumb Drive.  Or transfer it to a Micro SD Card or over the net. 


The Mini USB & Mini HDMI port look similar,  confuse,  and which side of the cable is up?? 


Switching on the Tablet is a bit of a trial and error,  there were a few time where I have to press a few times,  Does it cost that much to have some LED lights,  to indicate the Tablet is on?, Bluetooth is on?, Wifi is on etc? 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H (Part 5) Welcome

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – DK005H  (Part 5) Welcome Home



Well, after a long wait the Tablet/Net book has finally arrived (being ship in), It’s has been un packed, registered (with asus & Microsoft account), and being “optimized” for use, It has a few quirks, which I will be blog on the next post,  My First Impression. 


As Free Gifts together with the Tablet, I receive a Key Board Protector, a Tablet Sleeve, a cordless Mouse,  All this for RM1399,  In addition to that Other Purchases include a Canvas Messenger Bag via for RM74, a Screen Protector for RM25, a Power Bank (suppose to be 15000mah)for RM90 from a Camera shop at Tg Pinang Tesco)  all totaling to RM1588 investment. 


This does not include all the usb hub, cables, that is required, etc that I recycled from previous purchases. 


It took around a 1 hour lesson, to get the “Hang” of the basic Win8.1 touch interface,  like how to go to metro, desktop, before I was confident enough to go home with the table.  


An amusing side story is the reaction of the staffs at the Accessories Shop,  when I “broke” the laptop  To say they were shock is an understatement.