Lucky End of 2011

Year 2011 ended great!

Lucky star was shining upon me at the very last minute! I got the present from the MD, and it’s an iPad2!!! :D Although I have one, who wouldn’t be happy to win another one? :) I was so happy! When the MD called my name, I thought he was joking! LOL!

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Un-boxing my new iPad2 :D From the MD. Now, Andrew is using my 16GB whilst the 32GB new iPad2 is mine. Wuahahahahaha…… :P

My boss was telling me not to stop dreaming yet. Just before I managed to ask him what he meant, he handed me a L’Occitane paper bag with a gift box inside. “Here, for you.” I was so surprised! This is the first time he bought me a Christmas gift! Double happiness! :D Andrew was saying it’s an appreciation gift as well. Hahahaha……

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It’s a Peony Set! :D Aww… Smell lovely!

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On the contrary, I feel a teeny bit of uneasy. Yes, he appreciates what I have contributed thus far, that is also sort of reminding me to continue doing the best. Do you see that invisible “pressure” haloing over my head? -_- Ohmmmm…………..

Will the good luck at the end of year 2011 follow me to the year of 2012????? I hope so! Ah…… Everything is so full of hope now.

I am so full of hope even with the house issue I have with Kubiq.

2012, end of the world or not, let’s live like there’s no tomorrow. :) Cheers!

The Smurfs!

Nope, I’m not a big fan of Smurfs. Used to watch the cartoon Smurfs when I was a child, but I barely remember their names. I only remember the song! Hahahaha. Few months ago when the movie was on, I started humming the tune of the song whenever it came to my mind. Sometimes in the car, out of sudden, until Andrew said, “again?!” LOL. Sometimes in the office… in the shower……

Guess what, there’s this Smurfs’ Village game on the iPad! And, Andrew downloaded it on his Android phone and he too is now so into it!!! I can’t believe that he is “farming”!

Finally, get to watch The Smurfs on DVD. Didn’t go to the cinema as it really didn’t appeal much to me. DVD would do just fine.

Aww…… The Smurfs look so cute in the real world! Ah…… Thanks to the advancement of technology, Smurfs are no longer 2D. :D Love, love, love Smurfette! Okay, seriously, I fell in love with those blue people. :)

Guess everyone now knows about those little blue people living in their own blue community. I do not like the way they run their community though, it’s too monotonous and boring. :P

Oopsie… Time to harvest my crops in the village! Hahahahaha……

Laptop Vs. iPad2

What does it imply when I hardly use my lappie? Adoih…… I haven’t been using my lappie for few weeks and I am not missing it at all! Mak oiiiii…… I am now on it just to back-up my iPad! -__-

My laptop has been serving me well, but it starts to give signs of “ageing” recently. Starts slow, the date always stops (CMOS battery is dying), been telling me errors every now and then, respond is damn slow, shutting down also slow, open an application also takes ages…… Sigh. Please, you have been serving me well, don’t die on me just yet! No! At least stay with me for another year. I’ve been taking great care of you, you can’t die, okay?

Speaking of the iPad, I bring it to work occasionally. It’s my best companion when I’m stuck in the traffic jam. I do not need to on my lappie (taking out the cable, mouse, on the switch and put it back into the bag… is troublesome) at night, iPad has the best games that could keep me occupied. I can basically do everything on the iPad, except playing Facebook games, which I don’t play at night.

Now you see, the power of iPad. Again, you wouldn’t understand what I am feeling or going through if you do not have one.

I still love my lappie, but iPad is more convenient now.

I couldn’t thank Steve Jobs enough, for making iPad a reality.

Apple Will Never Be The Same

The world lost another great inventor and visionary, Steven Paul Jobs.

I am sure there is a lot of blog posts about the passing of Steve Jobs. I am not going to blog about his life as you can easily read it up in Wikipedia. Here, it is only how I feel about him and his Apple’s products that I owned or own or will own.

I have always felt amazed with Apple’s products. 12 years ago, when I saw an iMac, I thought the design was amazing and pretty, a breakthrough from all the common computers. However, I also thought that it was a luxury item to have, seeing that it cost so much more than a desktop of other brands. To own an iMac, has become my dream. Over the years, the iMac evolved, the desire of wanting it got stronger and stronger. I know I just gotta have it, someday, later. It is no longer a luxury item that I desire, it has become a need for better quality.

When I saw an iPod 10 years ago, I thought that was cool! The smallest MP3 player I’ve ever seen back then! Again, it was something that I could not afford. Even when I could at the later days, I no longer needed an MP3 Player. But it must have felt nice to have one.

There came the MacBook. OMG! A white laptop! WHITE! I was gasping when I saw the white MacBook. Again, the price was a big hinder and I stopped fantasizing of owning one. Then the MacBook Air!!! I started to salute Steve Jobs for his never-ending creativity and ideas.

The iPhone! It is pure God’s gift to human. A touch screen handphone, from Steve Jobs. When I touched it, I knew I was doomed. I knew I was going to have one or I’d never change my handphone. I was a proud and happy owner of an iPhone 3G, for 1 and a half years, until my carelessness do us part. The pain of losing it, still hit me every now and then, and I still miss it. I have a great Android phone now, but I still miss my iPhone. It’s weird, that when you have something greater and nicer but you still miss the old one.

If it isn’t because of the weight of the iPhone 4, I would have owned one too today. iPhone 4 is just too heavy to me and I do not feel the comfortability that I used to feel with iPhone 3G when I held it in my hand. I was no longer an iDevice user, for 6 months.

I was so tempted to get an iPad but I waited. When iPad 2 launched, on its very first day I went all the way to Klang to queue. With the iPad 2 in my hand, I felt a sense of relieve and ecstatic. Relieved as I am once again owning an iDevice, ecstatic because I was thrilled with the white iPad. Yes, call me silly, that’s how I felt to have an Apple.

Am I an Apple fan? Yes, I definitely am. Am I a Steve Jobs fan? Yes, no question about it. However, now that Steve Jobs is gone, I am not so sure if I would still be fascinated and excited with Apple’s new products. I stand firm on getting an iMac when I am able to in the future, but any new products from now on without Steve Jobs in the picture, I am not so sure. I believe the engineers and Tim Cook will do their best to continue Jobs’ legacy, but it is just NOT him anymore. Apple without Steve Jobs (although he stepped down from CEO quite some time ago, now he is gone forever), is different.

Steve Jobs is gone, and he took a part of the passion I have for Apple with him.

Farewell, Steve Jobs. May you rest in peace. We love(d) you, and thanks for all the wonderful things you’ve created. You will never be forgotten.

Photo courtesy of Apple

iPad Apps Review. Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret.

Bought this app during Mother’s Day special price, at US$0.99 (approximately RM3). What a steal! :D I am not sure of how much it is now, perhaps US$4.99.

Big Fish is really good at developing hidden object or mystery games, ain’t it? You just gotta salute their creativity and imaginations and having such great brains to come up with such great stories.

Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret, took me 3 nights to finish it. Pretty short I must say, but worth to play. Those brain teasers and puzzles, some of them are really tough and required you to go back and forth searching for objects and clues, which is pretty annoying at times. At one point, I had to go all the way back to the starting point, then returned to where I left off to finish the task. The hint works very well though! Clear cut hints were given whenever you need it.

The interactive part, of course, not as much fun as Drawn: The Painted Tower, but it is good enough. The same goes with the graphic, nothing can really beat Drawn. Story wise, the same old, same old princess/empress woke up from some sleep with no memories of what happened in the past. If it wasn’t because of the puzzles that fascinated me (trial version), and also it was on sale, I wouldn’t have bought it.

A good game if it was on $0.99. $4.99???? Forget about it. Wait till it’s on sale again.

iPad Apps Review. Infinity Blade.

A lot of people on the iPad Malaysia Labs recommended Infinity Blade, by ChAIR. Claiming that it has the best graphic and it is fun.

A little bit history of my gaming self. I was into RPG games, a lot, when I was in secondary school and college. I’ve played Final Fantasy VII, VIII, X and a few other RPG which I can’t recall. I was so good at them. However, I stopped playing when I stepped into college. Tried picking it up few years back when I gotten my PS2, but I realised that RPG bores me now. The repetitive fighting scenes, walking, looking for something constantly, are just not my thing anymore. My repertoire is now on finding hidden objects and solving puzzles. Hahaha.

So, I wasn’t so keen on this Infinity Blade. However, people were all talking about how great the graphic is and how interesting and exciting it is, that psycho-ed me into purchasing it! Luckily, it was on sale, $2.99 (Appx RM9). This is by far the most expensive app I’ve ever purchased from iTunes! -__- It now is $5.99.

The 3D graphic, no doubt, very fine and high quality! The whooping of sword looks just so cool! Sound effect is good too. Hell lots of weapons and armors and it is fun to slash away at those monsters and enemies. Two nights after I purchased it, I managed to kill the so-called God King (Level 50). That’s where I got confused. After defeating the God King, the game started all over again from the beginning of castle as a new bloodline. WHAT?! When I reached the God King again, it is the same God King but at a higher level of 100! DUH! Don’t tell me the game is just about killing monsters in the same castle over and over again???!!!

SHOOT! Damn! I felt cheated! Argh! Who to blame? No one except myself, for listening to others easily.

It is fun to play but repeating the whole thing again and again is just, too boring for me. Those who have played Infinity Blade told me I have to keep defeating the God King, earn more money to buy more shining weapons and armors and then unlock the dungeon in the castle to defeat yet another 3 KINGS at level 50, 100 and 150 respectively! Then, there’s another one at level 200 and right after you defeat him, there’s another knight! But the knight is easy.

Been playing it for the past 3 weeks, and I got frustrated and bored killing the God King. The endless fingers-swiping on the screen and slashing the same old enemies all the time…… Bummer. :( I stopped playing since last week. LOL!

Updated 18/06/2011: I, finally managed to defeat all of them last night. Wuahahaha. That is the end of the game, you get to choose to start another new bloodline, or to start the game all over again. I was conned by the explanation that “start new game and you’ll be able to keep your level now and excel even further”. I started a new game, but damn! All the weapons and armors I bought were gone! All back to zero except the level! TT__TT If you do not want that to happen, you might just want to start a new bloodline and buy new weapons to level up.

iPad Apps Review. Awakening: The Dreamless Castle

Awakening: The Dreamless Castle, is another hidden object and puzzle-solving game from Big Fish Games.

I bought this during Mother’s Day too, at US$0.99. What a steal, now it is again on special discount, at $4.99. I wouldn’t buy it, $4.99 is overpriced.

The Dreamless Castle is a beautiful game as well. Although the graphic is not as detailed and vibrant as Drawn: The Painted Tower, it still has beautiful graphics. At some point, the puzzles are a little too tough to solve or sometimes the items are difficult to find. Took me quite a while to accomplish certain tasks and I even got a tad frustrated with the unclear clue or hint. A lot of times when I clicked the Faerie for a hint, she would just go to sleep and I had to wait again and she did not provide any hint. That’s the frustrating part. Also, some of the mini games are of same nature but different scenes, so they sometimes get pretty boring too. Some puzzles are really great and interesting though.

I love the Goblinjong a lot. After you complete the game, you unlock the Goblinjong in the Main Menu that you get to play for unlimited times. :)

The story, is a bit too old-fashioned I’d say. Princess woke up from her 100 years of sleep, on a journey to find her parents and other human, with the help of fairies and all that……

I’ve played Drawn: The Painted Tower, I must say Drawn still has the best graphics and interactive puzzles. The puzzles in Drawn are never repeated. My $0.99 on Drawn is definitely well worth it.

As for Awakening, it is a good game if it is still at $0.99 or maybe $1.99. With $4.99, you could get some other better game than this. Now, you get my hint. :)

Silicone Back Case for iPad 2

We went to the new section in KLCC where all the electronic stores are, and I spotted this iPad2 silicone back case! It is only RM39.90! Of course I grabbed it without any further thoughts. Hahaha. It comes with a few colors, and I chose the most striking of all, orange. :D

Was still worrying if the case would be too small to fit as it looks pretty slim and small. Luckily, it fits nicely and firmly onto the iPad 2.

Love the back case as the front still looks pretty much bare but the back is fully protected. Actually I did not intend to get any protection case for my iPad, just leave it bare as it is. Since this is cheap, why not then. Happy! :)

Don’t ask me what brand it is. No brand. LOL. There is this new electronic store in KLCC, level 3, next to Sony Wing, it’s called Challenger. I only saw it on the way out of the store. Hahaha.

 

The front. Pretty much bare with only the orange frame visible.

iPad Apps Review. Drawn: The Painted Tower

iPad 2 isn’t the first iDevice that I own or owned, had an iPhone 3G that was lost last year and briefly owned the iPad 1 for a month before I gave it to my nephew. I could have started writing the App reviews when I had an iPhone, but I did not. With the iPhone, gaming wasn’t my main purpose but more of texting, surfing the internet and sharing & obtaining information.

Now with the iPad 2, I do a lot of gaming. I am not a person who fancies listening to music or watching movies on a small device like this. When it comes to music and movie, I prefer the conventional means. :)

Since the Jailbreak for iPad 2 has yet to be released, all we can do is download the FREE apps or BUY. Most of them are at an affordable price, which is US$0.99. Whenever there’s some special holiday or occasion in the US, there will be some special price slash off the regular price. That is the best time to quickly grab the app that you like.

I am into hidden object or mystery games. I am not sure why. Guess I prefer games with a story to tell rather than blindly playing it just to get to the finish line.

Long story short, here’s the first app that I’m going to review, Drawn: The Painted Tower, by Big Fish Games Inc. For the full description of the game, click the link above. Am not going to repeat here in my blog about what you can find there.

I’ve been a fan of Big Fish Games since Yahoo! Games. They developed one of the best graphic games other than EA Games. Most of Big Fish Games on Yahoo! are a hit.

I, as expected, was frantically looking for Big Fish Games when I got my iPad. Hahahaha. Download the trial version of Drawn: The Painted Tower, and I fell in love with it. The regular price for a full game was $6.99!!! That is like RM21. Ridiculous. I wasn’t going to buy it. I remember it was $6.99, but now it is $9.99!!! That is even worse!

Mother’s Day came, Big Fish was having a huge discount for all the games! WEEEEEE!!! The Painted Tower became $0.99! Delighted and within seconds, I was downloading the full app. :D

The graphic of The Painted Tower is simply awesome. The interactive part is so interesting. Every scene and location is so strategically intertwined together. The story is amazing too! The puzzles tease your brain so much that it only makes you want more. Some puzzles are tougher but definitely you will be able to solve them. Some of the puzzles even make me giggled for a while. Haha.

The hiccups (of course there’s some hiccups in every app), after playing it for a long time, it takes a bit longer to load the scenes. My solution to this, when I’m done for the day, I’d off the iPad and on it again. It sorts of like let your iPad rests for a while and everything will be running smoothly again. I do this not just when I’m on this game, I do this now and then when I feel the iPad is in need of a reboot. I’ve seen people complaining about the game crashes very frequent, that doesn’t happen to me though, not a single time. *Touch wood* Other than this, nothing much to complain about. :)

Best graphics top with a well-written storyline, definitely an app that you must not miss, if you are a puzzle lover. :) Also, provided that you are willing to pay $9.99 for it. :P

The Culprit

Sorry for the lack of updates here. Life’s been busy, been travelling between 3 states for the past 2 weeks. Tired.

As you may now know, I have a new toy, my iPad2. Now, you can blame all you want on my iPad2. Hahahaha. The only thing that occupies most of my time now. I hardly on my laptop when I’m at home (poor lappie).

Some people wonder, what is so good with iPad that everyone (almost everyone) wants to have one. Trust me, you will never know its magic until you personally touch one! Play around with it for 5 minutes, and you will know what I mean.

One could live without iPad if one has not experienced it, but one could never live without it when one has it. Go ask any iDevices users, they will tell you the same thing. I’ve heard people being so skeptical about iDevices, yet they couldn’t resist the temptation of the “i” and ended up owner of an iDevice too. :)

Yes, yes, I could blog from my iPad too, but I was just not in the mood for blogging. :p Perhaps my life is getting boring with the iPad now back in my life? Hahahahaha. Perhaps, just perhaps.

iPad is just like a little library on the go, you can store so much of information inside and easily access to it wherever you go. Speaking of gaming, nothing beats the App Store. The gaming experience on iPad is so overwhelming. There is still so much more that you can do with the iPad.

Other than that, recently I’ve been keeping my eyes on this Facebook page and blog, iPad Malaysia Labs. They are providing information on the iPad which is pretty accurate and reliable. No nonsense and untrue rumors. They are so helpful in answering any dummy questions about the iPad. There are some fun activities to keep the readers/fans entertained too. :)

I usually bring my iPad everywhere I go, except if I know it’s gonna be a day out with no time to sit and relax. I even bring it to work everyday, not that I can use it when I’m at work, but the feeling of it is there when I need it somehow makes me feel comfortable. :) Yeah, I’ve come to a point that I can’t live without my iPad. My best companion of all time.

The main culprit that takes up most of my time –> my lovely sweet iPad2. :) I shall officially name it Sooshi. :D

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Sooshi with my favorite Bleach wallpaper :D