Archive for April 2013

Changing WordPress theme

The worst thing that can happen to a blogger is to receive an email from your webhost at 3am in the morning informing you that your site has been disabled due to high server load.

Well, it got to be a mistake. I don’t get a lot of traffic in the middle of the night since most of my blog visitors are from Singapore. And I didn’t write anything controversial lately. The only thing that might cause a spike is the photos of Race Queens and AKB48. But I doubt they will cause high server load in the middle of the night.

Something must be wrong.

So after checking with my webhost, it turns out that my WordPress theme is causing the issue. But I’ve been using the theme for the past 1 1/2 years without issue. It is weird that the issue just suddenly appear. But I’m too lazy to argue with my webhost. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to change my WordPress theme for the longest time. This is actually a good excuse to force the procrastinator in me to do something.

It is never easy choosing a new WordPress theme, at least for me. After searching high and low, I finally found a nice looking theme call Tweaker4 by Arnold Goodway. Spend a few hours customising some of the stuff and there you have it.

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It is a very simple theme with a header picture at the top. Kinda like the old theme that I had 1 1/2 years ago. This is just a temporary header picture until I find a nicer one. I love the fact that I can easily change the header picture.

OK, I’ll be tweaking the theme further over the next few weeks. But this will be the general look and feel of my blog for some time. Let me know if you like/dislike it. Now back to blogging…..

Origin Mystery Deal: Battlefield 3 for $5

Electronic Arts (EA) Origin Store is having a Mystery Deal today (19 April) from 12 noon to 11:59pm Singapore time. Get Battlefield 3 for $5. Valid for all new PC Digital download purchases at Origin Store.

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If you don’t have Battlefield 3, this is a great opportunity for you to get it.

On a side note: WAH CIAO! I bought SimCity last month and redeem Battlefield 3 as the free game. Few weeks later, EA announced Battlefield 4 then now they offering Battlefield 3 for $5. If I knew this earlier, I would have redeemed another game. &%$*#@

Samsung GALAXY S4 available in Singapore from 27 April at S$998

The highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available in Singapore from 27 April 2013 at S$998 without contract. Consumers can now register their interest with the 3 local telcos or pre-order at Samsung Experience Store.

The Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available in Black Mist and White Frost. Also available at the launch is the S-View Cover ($98 in black and white) and Flip Cover ($68 in black and white).

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From 27 April 2013 to 12 May 2013, consumers can also look forward to an interactive guided hands-on experience with the GALAXY S4 With LTE at three major roadshows at Plaza Singapura, Takashimaya and Wisma Atria. Samsung brand ambassadors will be present to share more about the features and consumers can stand to win exclusive premiums by participating in a series of on-site activities.

Consumers who place a pre-order or registered interest with the mobile operators can collect their devices on 27 April 2013 at these roadshows or from their respective mobile operators. Customers will receive a GALAXY S 4 With LTE Limited Edition Accessory Pack (worth $160) consisting of a car charger, desktop dock and HDTV adapter, while stocks last, when they collect their Samsung GALAXY S4.

AKB48 showcase at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013

AKB48 had a showcase on day 2 of the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013. The girls performed their popular hits like Heavy Rotation, Aitakatta and Everyday Katyusha during the 1 hour showcase.

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EOS Young Photographer Awards 2013

Award-winning National Geographic photographer, Joe Riis, was in town recently to promote the EOS Young Photographer Awards 2013. Jointly organised by National Geographic Channel and Canon, the contest calls all aspiring young shutterbugs between the ages of 13 and 25 in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia to submit their best photographs under the theme of “A Celebration of Colour.”

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The coveted award will be presented to the photographer with the best photograph submitted to the region-wide contest, along with a grand prize that include a Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a National Geographic Photography Expedition where the winner will travel together with a National Geographic Photographer as an active participant on the trail, with countless opportunities to be surrounded by natural, cultural and social wonders which can be captured in photographs. The winner of the top three prizes will be determined by a panel of experts from both Canon and the National Geographic Channel.

The heart of this inaugural region-wide EOS Young Photographer Awards initiative between Canon and the National Geographic Channel is to inspire youths across Asia to take an active interest in the creative arts and know more about the science of photography. Through this contest, both organizations hope to encourage the young generation to discover and pursue their passion in photography.

In addition to the main contest, there will also be an award based on peer-judging. From 9 April 2013 to 3 June 2013, there will be a special colour theme posted on the EOS Young Photographer Awards website every two weeks. Contestants who submit a creative photograph based on that colour will be eligible to win a prize which will be determined by the number of ‘likes’ the photographer garnered. At the close of the contest, the entry with the most ‘likes’ overall, regardless of colour, will win the Voter’s Choice Award.

The Canon EOS Young Photographer Awards is open from 28 March to 3 June 2013. For more information, visit the EOS Young Photographer Awards website.

Oh well, I’m too old for this. Haha.