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reviewed IPad mini. November 04, 2012
IPad mini
This time with the iPad Mini.      Yes, indeed :-)      Steve Jobs will turn in his grave ;-)   A screen size of 7.9", a mere 0.9" more than …
reviewed Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7"). May 28, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7
This is probably the only phone/tablet I bought on its first day of sale in the market. It is definitely not my first phone or tablet for that matter. Let's not start on that, I've countless of …
reviewed Oanda.com. May 10, 2011
Oanda.com
Oanda.com is a currency trading site whereby one can get a reasonably good indication of forex market and currency conversion for free. I've used this site for the longest period of time as a guide …
reviewed Forbidden City. April 30, 2011
posted in Go China
Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power in China for more than 5 centuries. It was where the Emperors ruled and where every Chinese would want to pay pilgrimage to at least once in …
IMAX Coral Reef Adventure (Blu-ray)
      To see another world beyond ours, one needs some form of transportation and skill. I believe I need to take up snorkeling and diving immediately! Despite that I’ve had …
reviewed Jetstar Airways. April 06, 2011
posted in UP UP & Away!
Jetstar Airways
In Asia, there are 3 major budget airlines operating in its international sky, namely (in alphabetical order):      Air Asia Jetstar Airways Tiger Airways    I've …
reviewed Scenic National Parks (The Best of th.... April 05, 2011
Scenic National Parks (The Best of the National Parks Combo Pack [Blu-ray] (2009)
Why do people go to national parks?      Rock climbing, mountain hiking, spelunking, challenging oneself & overcoming obstacles, wild life viewing are but some of the activities …
IMAX - Antarctica: An Adventure Of A Different
This is the very IMAX film (shot in 1991 & screened at the IMAX theater when I first saw it; I just watched it again on the Blu-ray disc) that captured my heart and enticed me to take the trip to …
reviewed Journey into Amazing Caves. March 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Journey into Amazing Caves
The film follows two cavers (ladies, might I add) who went around caving in Southwest and then Greenland into the ice-caves, some 500 ft below. Lead by a French specialist (Luke), the trio descended into …
reviewed All Seasons Bangkok Victory Monument. March 11, 2011
posted in A | Club
All Seasons Bangkok Victory Monument
This is the first All Seasons by Accor hotels that I'm staying in and reviewing. I must say it has surpassed any expectation I've of it! Coming out of Westin Sukhumvit (a 5* hotel, you know, it's …
reviewed Xianggelila (香格里拉), China. January 26, 2011
posted in Go China
Xianggelila (香格里拉), China
Without the sun, everything becomes a haze. It’s like one’s consciousness, when the light shines everything becomes clear. Shangri-la is thought to be a mystic place, perhaps one that doesn’t …
reviewed Chinese (race). January 21, 2011
posted in Go China
Chinese (race)
I’m NOT a typical Chinese. I’ve had American friends who claimed that I’m more American than Americans. So, having said that, I think I’m still in a good position to write about …
reviewed Time Out Hong Kong. January 19, 2011
posted in Go Hong Kong
Time Out Hong Kong
Time Out is a great publication originally from the UK. It has since published a fortnightly magazine in some 40 cities or so. In the U.S., namely San Francisco, L.A., Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Boston …
reviewed Samsung Galaxy Tab. January 16, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab
I had just been delivered the Samsung Galaxy Tab by PCCW (the former Hong Kong Telecoms) early in the week as a free bonus for my subscription of a 2-year contract of Netvigator Everywhere (which essentially …
reviewed Sony DSC-T99. January 07, 2011
Sony DSC-T99
Ok, I'm a gadget freak and I admit it. When it comes to electronic gadgets, I go gaga over them, especially when it comes to cameras and phones. No, I'm not crazy enough to go and queue in the …
reviewed Japanese. December 20, 2010
posted in Go Japan
Japanese
Before I began writing on this topic, I had momentary hesitation about writing it under the topic history or Japanese. History is not my forte so the decision was made pretty soon. Then I thought about …
reviewed Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukh.... December 18, 2010
posted in Starwood Guests
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
Since this is the first Four Points by Sheraton that I'm reviewing, I thought I'd give it a background check before I do so. It is not the first Four Points I've stayed nor is it the first …
reviewed Burj Khalifa. December 12, 2010
posted in Icons
Burj Khalifa
Sometimes as one watches human aspirations as high as this, it can be truly breathtaking. Other times, it is literally breathtaking to stand on top of the building at that height as well as the consequences …
reviewed Burj Al Arab. December 12, 2010
Burj Al Arab
While it is true that some of the best things in life are free, often we have to pay a great deal to enjoy other things. It is then prudent to ask what we are actually paying for. In the past, we pay …
Journey into Amazing Caves
When it comes to caves, I've an amazing appetite for it, just like my passion for Volcanoes and Glaciers. It is that part of the world where I'd hardly venture to, especially the ones featured …
Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe (Madagascar)
I've always been traveling around the world with a thought (or a theme, you might call it) in mind. Look out for things one'd never find in another country. It is the unique factor that make a …
reviewed Earth from Above. December 06, 2010
Earth from Above
This is one of the major advantages of living in a country like China. I got this set of DVDs (4 DVDs and 1 CD) for a mere RMB 61 (equivalent to US$9) and delivered right to my door by DangDang.com, the …
reviewed What Every American Should Know About.... November 22, 2010
What Every American Should Know About The Middle East
I've enjoyed Melissa Rossi's series of "What Every American Should Know About XXX" over the years. Every single book of hers is an eye opener and unlike the newspapers or magazines, …
reviewed Airport Security Body Scanners. November 22, 2010
posted in UP UP & Away!
TSA Body Scanners
I believe I went through one of these the last time I left the U.S.. Damn, my sexy figure is now on file?! Yuck!!!            So, other than being treated like …
reviewed Renminbi, RMB (CNY). November 17, 2010
Renminbi, RMB (CNY)
The RMB is China's official currency. RMB stands for Renminbi (人民币) aka people's currency. Yuan is the unit (not $) and is denominated as ¥ somewhat similar to the Japanese yen. Yet, …
reviewed Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). November 17, 2010
Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Hong Kong was a special entity for a 100 year. Until July 1, 1997, it was leased to the British. The Chinese lost it during the Opium Wars. If we were to discuss that, it'd be a very long review. …
reviewed Australian Dollar (AUD). November 12, 2010
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Is Australia Asian or Western? Good question, isn't it? Ahem, I've no idea either. But, Australia begins to prosper when it proclaims some years back as being in the Asia part of the continent. …
reviewed Japanese Yen (JPY). November 11, 2010
Japanese Yen (JPY)
+4 is probably the highest ranking I'm going to give to any foreign currencies. Japanese Yen (JPY) is at the forefront of these ratings. It is not because I made a lot of money from investing or speculating …
reviewed U.S. Dollar (USD). November 09, 2010
U.S. Dollar (USD)
The sight is ugly. It has been dropping and dropping slowly over the years and speeding up the last few months while Gold has been doing the reverse. This is not an expert opinion since I'm not working …
reviewed Danxiashan Geopark. November 03, 2010
posted in Go China
Danxiashan Geopark
I didn't enjoy this geopark as much as I had the others which I visited in China. It took me about 45 mins by bullet train from Guangzhou to Shaoguan, another 1 hour by taxi from Shaoguan to Danxiashan. …
reviewed 2010 Hijack of a Hong Kong Tourist Bu.... August 23, 2010
posted in People Power
2010 Hijack of a Hong Kong Tourist Bus in Manila
Aug. 23, 2010       Around 10 am, a bus load of 25 people (22 foreigners from Hong Kong on their last day of a 4-day tour) was hijacked by a former policeman who demanded to have …
reviewed Nahm. August 15, 2010
posted in Go Hong Kong
Nahm
It was my 2nd visit to the Elements in Kowloon and my 1st lunch visit. I walked around trying to find a noodle house since I was alone and wasn't really that hungry to have a full meal. I do love …
reviewed Aurora Borealis. August 06, 2010
posted in Earth Watch
Aurora Borealis
Commonly known as Northern Lights, it's one of the natural wonders of the world. For some lucky few, especially those who are currently residing in Scandinavia, Canada and Northern U.S.A., Aug. 4, …
reviewed Solar Impulse. July 19, 2010
posted in UP UP & Away!
Solar Impulse
There are times in life when one is presented a most universal opportunity to make an impact on history. Those times don't come often & at times economically impossible. Strangely enough, unless …
reviewed Airbus A380. July 18, 2010
posted in UP UP & Away!
Airbus A380
The first delivery of the A380 was in October 2007, to Singapore Airlines. For the past few years, Singapore Airlines (SIA or SQ) has been the airline to take the lead in securing the 1st order of new …
reviewed Canon Powershot SX210IS. June 12, 2010
Canon Powershot SX210IS
I'm a fan of Sony products but not so much Canon's. It's been more than a decade since my last Canon SLR camera. Well, I basically stopped having a hand in SLRs since cameras went digital. …
reviewed Japan Pavilion (Expo 2010). June 08, 2010
Japan Pavilion (Expo 2010)
Japan Pavilion is my most favorite pavilion. Before I arrived at the Expo, this is one pavilion I must see, regardless of the time I’ve to queue for it. I Love Japan! And having been to the country …
reviewed Expo 2010. May 22, 2010
Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China
While the rest of the world is sleeping, the World Expo in Shanghai has been going on full throttle. It officially opened its door on the 3-day long weekend Chinese public holiday, beginning on Labor …
reviewed 2010 Thai Political Protests. May 22, 2010
posted in Go Thailand
2010 Thai Political Protests
It wasn't too long ago that Thailand has been an Asian paradise. People was friendly and despite having its fair share of problems, it's a tourist destination for many. In fact, @jrjohnson had …
reviewed Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). May 10, 2010
posted in Starwood Guests
SPG
SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) as the name implies, is Starwood hotels’ loyalty program. The stable of hotels encompasses of (in terms of exclusivity; in descending order) are: Luxury Collection, …
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