Archive for August 2012

Review: Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector

OK, before I start, let me just say that I’ve never reviewed a projector before. And I said yes without thinking much when Epson asked me if I want to review their Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. Then it occurred to me. I can’t test a projector in Starbucks where I usually do my product reviews. And I don’t have much space at home to test it. You see, I don’t really have a piece of wall in my room to project the image.

So ya, this is the best I can do. Please excuse the 2 lines from the cupboard doors.

Anyway, back to the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. On first look, the Megaplex MG-850HD looks like any ordinary projector. It is capable of producing HD 720p resolution in 2800 lumens. That’s pretty bright. But what makes it different from most of the projectors out there is the built in Apple dock connector for your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD is great for watching movies Just plug your iPad on the Apple dock connector and play your favorite movie or stream videos from YouTube. It has 2 built in 10 watt speakers for better sound quality. Oh, and it charges your iOS devices at the same time.

The Megaplex MG-850HD does not do mirroring of your iOS devices. Instead, there is a menu for you to access your videos, musics, photos and some apps when you plug in your iOS devices. Navigation through the menu is easy and straight forward. There is a remote for those who wants to sit back and relax. I tried playing some YouTube videos and going through my photo album. The image quality is great.

Do note that not all apps are supported by the MG-850HD dock. Only apps like YouTube, Keynote and Photo Library that supports video out can be used on the dock connector. That basically covers most of the things you need. But if you need to project other apps that does not support video out, just get a HDMI adaptor and do mirroring. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD has HDMI, component, and composite video inputs for other devices. You could even plug in your USB Thumbdrive for a PC less slideshow.

As a whole, the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is a great projector for iPad and iPhone owners. Great for a movie nights. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is now retailing at S$1299

Shell LEGO Ferrari collectibles

Starting from today, Shell, in collaboration with Ferrari and LEGO, will be launching a brand new series of collectibles. This exciting collection brings together three of the most notable global brands in the world and celebrates over 60 years of a shared passion for performance between Shell and Ferrari.

Singapore is one of the first few countries in the world where these limited edition Ferrari models made of LEGO bricks will be available.

From left to right: Ferrari 150° Italia, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, Ferrari 458 Italia, Scuderia Ferrari Truck, Ferrari F40 and Ferrari FXX.

The six collectibles are based on the most iconic vehicles in Ferrari’s motoring history. The collection features a revolutionary pull-back motor, the smallest ever produced by the LEGO Group to date, and the first time in the Danish toy company’s history that any vehicle of this size will have powered wheels.

Starting from today, customers will be able to purchase one of the six LEGO models at S$5.95 with a minimum fill-up of S$50 of Shell fuels. A new model will be released every fortnight over the next 3 months. Hurry, while stocks last.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta: Available from 27 August 2012
Ferrari 150° Italia: Available from 10 September 2012
Scuderia Ferrari Truck: Available from 24 September 2012
Ferrari F40: Available from 8 October 2012
Ferrari 458 Italia: Available from 22 October 2012
Ferrari FXX: Available from 5 November 2012

For more info, visit Shell website.

Bad Singaporean behaviour don’t goes uncriticised

Just finish listening to this year’s National Day Rally by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Not a fan of the new format but overall it is a good speech. But one thing I have to disagree. PM Lee said that bad behaviour from foreigners provoke an overwhelming response while bad Singaporean behaviour goes uncriticised.

I disagree. I think bad behavior from anyone in Singapore (locals or foreigners) will provoke overwhelming response and criticism. Take for example, few weeks ago, someone posted a video of a student from SIM making racist joke. The kid is a Singaporean and most netizen still criticise him.

Then the famous “Ah lian vs Aunty” video. A lot of people also criticise the aunty for bad behaviour. And we also criticise the guy who pushes a elderly woman off bus.

There are a lot of examples where Singaporeans criticise bad behavior from fellow Singaporeans. It doesn’t matter if you are local or foreigner. The online community is unforgiving towards people with bad behaviour.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 now available in Pure White

I’m not a fan of white colour BlackBerry phones. I strongly believe that BlackBerry phones should be black as the name suggest. But I think I’m the minority here and there is a market for non black colour BlackBerry phone.

So for those who like non black colour BlackBerry phone, you’ll be glad to know that the Bols 9790 is now available in white.

Well, the specs is the same as the black colour BlackBerry Bold 9790. Still running the BlackBerry 7.1 OS with 8GB of onboard memory, WIFI, Bluetooth, NFC and a 5 megapixel camera. 110 x 60 x 11.4 mm and weighs 107 grams.

The white BlackBerry Bold 9790 will retail at S$608 without contract.

Local food not high quality enough for Diner en Blanc

I first heard about Diner en Blanc while reading some blogs. It sound like a fun event and I wanted to join. But after reading the strict rules and regulations, I have second thoughts. It’s just not my type of event. However I still find it interesting and even plan on heading down to the venue to take some photos so that I can share with everyone how the first Asia Diner en Blanc looks like.

But the events that happen today leaves a bad taste in my mouth. You can read the full story on Daniel’s Food Diary and Moonberry Blog. In summary, the organisers felt that local food like Tua Huay, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Xiao Long Bao are not high quality enough for Diner en Blanc and they decided to uninvite all the bloggers because a blogger suggest bringing local food.

Firstly, I find it insulting when someone say that our local food is of low quality. This is our culture. Our local dish. What gives you the rights to say that our food not as high quality as your food. This is no different from putting up a sign that says dog and local not allowed. This is pure discrimination. I don’t know how things works in France, but we have no place for discrimination in Singapore.

If the organisers say attendees need to bring high quality local food, then I’m fine with that. Banning local food outright is ridiculous. Some of these food like the Hainanese Chicken Rice are served in high class hotels. Did they ban Spanish food at Diner en Blanc Barcelona?

And to add to the insult, the organisers decide to uninvite all the invited bloggers. According to Moonberry, the Diner en Blanc organizers feel that there is little value in inviting bloggers because they do not regard social media influencers to be that influential anyway. Well, just go and ask your attendees and see how many of them heard about the event through social media influencers. 过河拆桥.

If they are not influential, then why did you engage them to begin with? Now that they help you publicise your event, you decide to remove them from the invite list cause they are “not that influential”. Balls to you.

And what gives you the rights to ask a blogger to remove his post?

You can have your elite picnic in Singapore but you have no rights to insult our food and culture. And if you diss social media influencers that have helped you one way or another, they will fight back.

Who gives a shit about your Diner en Blanc? We will have our Diner en Noir where local food are not discriminated by a bunch of atas snob.

Update: After publishing my blog entry, I notice that the organisers of Diner en Blanc posted a message on their Facebook page.

‎*** Announcement ***

With regards to the local food statement, we would like to clarify that Diner en Blanc worldwide welcomes local food as can be seen in many international events both passed and upcoming. Menus in Barcelona, Mexico, Kigali for instance, all include local food.

We apologize if there has been any misunderstanding at all in this matter.

To the contrary, Diner en Blanc is a celebration of food culture whereby local food should be included; what is not encouraged is “fast food” which goes against the multiple course meal concept of the event. The 3 hour duration of the event allows for guests to invest their time into preparing a 3 course meal.

As guests devote time and energy preparing for the various aspects of the event, we ask that they also devote time and energy preparing their meal as well. The statement was in no way meant to discourage participants from bringing local food. Apologies for the misunderstanding.

Hold on a minute. If local food is ok, then what is this?

I quote: “We do not encourage local food as the rules and the event concept are one in the same.”

And the organisers go on to say that bloggers are uninvited due to space limitation and time constrain.

With regards to cancelling bloggers and other media, Our need to cancel bloggers is indeed regrettable and because of a new space limitation that has just imposed itself, as well as a limited timetable for the hosts to perform interviews at the media lounge. We are deeply sorry for this and will make every effort to correct this oversight next year. Bloggers wishing to get the scoop on the event are invited to do so by requesting photos and sending in their interview questions by email. We’re doing our best to make room for Bloggers and other media whom we could not accommodate onsite. To critics, bear in mind that we are comprised of many volunteers and are working hard to bring this event to Singapore.

As far as I understand, all bloggers were uninvited except Moonberry. She was only uninvited after she blog negatively about the event. How many bloggers did they invite? Really no space for a few more tables? And no time for interview? Then just decline all interview lah. Why is there a need to uninvite all the bloggers? Especially after they have helped you publicised your event.

Not only did the organisers insult our food and bloggers, they are also insulting our intelligence now.

Update 2: Diner en Blanc Singapore organisers have accepted responsibility for PR fiasco.

It’s clear that the guidelines were misconstrued and mistakes were made in the way they were communicated. The Singapore organisers have accepted responsibility for this. The most serious error involved a comment – posted on Facebook – that said local food wasn’t welcome. This was wrong and was withdrawn, corrected and apologies tendered; however, the damage lingers.