something to keep you busy!

Android is getting forked, left right center.

You can see various versions of Android for entry level phones.

This is why I believe Android One was a good move by Google.

Entry level phones running the latest Android version for developing countries.

When Android One was announced, I initially thought it’s a phone for my mom… She still uses basic Nokia phones as she needs battery life and the number pad.

Then I realized, my mom will not like an Android One device because she will need to charge it daily and she will need to (again) learn to use a mobile phone…

She doesn’t need a qwerty keyboard to reply “ok”.

Google (and its Android team) needs is to create a simple/lean version of Android to replace Series 40.

Just think of the Nokia 1 or 2 series, what if it had Wi-Fi, and every time you reach home you can send/receive messages/calls using Hangouts. You also get Chrome and Google Search.

It will be perfect for older folks who do not want to re-learn on how to use a phone.

As I posted earlier…

I just bought a Samsung NX300.

Awesome camera with a lot of freebies.

Upon opening the box, I found 2 CDs inside.

The FREE Adobe Lightroom and the user manual!

I basically know how to operate a camera… but the user manual is handy to see what other features are available and how to access them.

While I was opening the DVD (using my iMac), I noticed that the User Manual was just in PDF!

Why is there a need to save a PDF file on a DVD?

What if was using a newer Apple device or a Netbook without a DVD drive?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if user manuals were available as a free ebook download from iBooks and the Play Store?

So upon extracting the PDF file I needed, I renamed the file and uploaded it to my Play Books… Obviously, its not perfect… but it works!

Olympus E-M10 Manual

Here’s another manual…

Samsung NX300 Manual

We spent the last day of 2014 at Siloso Beach Resort.

It’s basically our second time in this resort and after more than two years… The resort looks OLDER!

Click here for my earlier post.

Why did we return? All other hotels in Sentosa had “minimum number of nights” requirement due to the year end holidays.

Since I had to be in the office on December 31 and January 02, it did not make any sense to book for 2 nights (or more).

We again stayed on the 5th floor (same level as the pool and gym), compared to our first room, the floor is no longer carpeted. (We had friends who stayed at the 3rd floor and their room had carpet). Since our floor had a wooden finish, it was prone to scratches, here’s how it looked like under our table and TV.

Siloso Beach Resort 1

TV also looks dated… (Our friends on the 3rd floor even had a smaller TV).

Siloso Beach Resort TV

Our aircon vent needs cleaning!!!

Siloso Beach Resort Aircon Vent

Washroom was ok, but they changed the shower gel without filling the holes left by the old one.

Siloso Beach Resort Shower

New soap dispenser was awesome and I honestly love the lemon scent of their new shower gel :)

Towel’s still screamed “please replace me”.

Pole by the bathtub looks strange… But it’s clean!

Siloso Beach Resort Shower Bar

Pool is still great, by I can’t understand why they had ongoing contruction on New Year’s Eve… Yes you see the people working if you’re in the pool.

Gym is now airconditioned and the old gym was replaced by a wormery… (maybe useful if your kids want to see worms?)

Strangely, my carrier (M1) did not have a signal in our room, we had no issues with Singtel. The hotel also did not have Wi-Fi!

During the Siloso Beach Party, hotel guests will not be allowed go in and out of the front entrance (one facing the Siloso Beach).

They’ll ask you to walk at Imbiah Walk and take the bus (Bus 1 is the fastest way to RWS) in front of Underwater World.

From RWS, Bus 2 is the fastest way back.

The hotel allows its guests to use their rooftop to watch the New Year fireworks.

I suggest that you buy your “drinks” from the nearest 7-11 as the restaurant is closed.

Hotel has a notice to its guests regarding the noise of the Siloso Beach Party, but it wasn’t that bad.

In my opinion, Siloso Beach Resort is great for a night or two.

It’s better than Costa Sands, and cheaper than the other hotels in the area…

If you plan to stay longer, I suggest that you look at other hotels in the area.

2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

2014 was a very busy year for me, I actually wrote a lot of posts but they’re all in my drafts waiting for me to hit that “publish” button.

As usual, hoping 2015 will be a better year!

Sydney (2013)

This is a late post, but it’s always better late than never.

Was in Sydney for winter 2013 (down there, this means around June)! Weather was great for people like me who live in a tropical country.

Welcome to Sydney

Scoot!

Flew there using Scoot!

Compared to other budget airlines from Singapore, Scoot offered a direct flight to Sydney.

Our plane was a Boeing 777, compared to other budget airlines Airbus’ A330 (to Manila/Hongkong), the 777 has better leg room and more toilets.

We also opted to “fly with food”. Our meal came with a can of Pringles and drink.

Scoot Meals 4

Scoot Meals 1

Scoot Meals 2

Scoot Meals 3

Some things I’ve learned form our Scoot (budget air) experience to Sydney.

1. Some passengers, even those who travel with children will not purchase any food to eat! This was weird for me since the flight is more than 8 hours long.
2. Airline staff will ask you NOT to consume food NOT bought from the airline, but I never saw them stop a passenger from eating their own sandwich.
3. Bring an EMPTY water bottle. You can fill it up with drinking water once you are at the boarding gates or even while you’re inside the plane. There are water faucets near the lavatory.

Snowy Mountain

So why does a family from a tropical country visit Sydney during winter? Well we wanted to see real snow.

Quick tips:

1. Renting pants is expensive, even if I was there during off-peak season! If you can bring extra jeans, then you can save around AUD 20.00+
2. Renting shoes is easy and reasonable, no need to buy snow shoes. There are a lot of tourists using regular shoes on the snow, but always consider that the snow is wet and the water can easily enter your shoes.

Sadly we came too early and the mountain only had artificial snow! But, it was more than enough to have fun.

Snowy Mountain 1

Snowy Mountain 2

Snowy Mountain

We rented a full house which allowed us to cook our own food!

Snowy Mountain House

Here’s a view from the back.

Snowy Mountain House View

Canberra

Since we were already at Snowy Mountain, we decided to make a quick stop at Canberra (capital of Australia).

We stopped at this park which provided a free BBQ pit! And we also visited the Parliament House.

Canberra 3

Canberra 1

Canberra 2

Sydney

We stayed in the west side of Sydney; we needed to take the train for around an hour to reach the city.

Compared to Singapore’s MRT, Sydney needs to upgrade their ticketing system! During our short stay there, we had our own share of card failure stories.

Here are some photos I’ve taken…

Sydney

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Inside QVB

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And I guess a trip around Sydney won’t be complete without Harry’s Meat Pie!

Harrys

Harry's Meat Pie

Hop on Hop off bus

To maximize our stay, we rode Sydney’s Hop on Hop off bus!

Bondi Beach

No trip to Sydney will be complete without a visit to Bondi Beach!

Again, for people like us from a tropical country… how many times do you get to walk in the beach at noon with denim pants and not sweat?

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach 1

While we were there, we also decided to have lunch at a nearby fast food which sells fried sea food.

Bondi Beach meal 1

Bondi Beach meal

Bondi Beach meal 2

Fish Market

If you love seafood, then a visit to the Fish Market is a must!

Birkenhead Point

Also spent a day at Birkenhead Point for Outlet shopping!

Birkenhead Point 3

Birkenhead Point 1

Birkenhead Point 2

Mandarin Picking

Timing of our arrival allowed us to visit a farm.

We heard that Mandarin picking is a seasonal attraction and we were lucky enough to experience it.

Mandarin Picking 1

You can also pick mushrooms!

Mandarin Picking 2

Blue Mountains

Friends told us that a visit to Blue Mountains is a must since it’s not that far from the city…We didn’t ride the attractions available, but the view was great!

Blue Mountain again

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains 1

Kangaroo

Also had a chance to see Kangaroos!

Blue Mountains 3

Kangaroo

Tax Refund

Australia has a tax refund system for tourists. Make sure you keep your receipts when you go shopping. Would be better if you can hand carry your purchased items as the officer who attended us had this requirement.

Our Australia was great!

Would love to see more places but I guess those places we missed out will be for our next visit.

Which part of Sydney do I want to return to… definitely the Fish Market!

2014

2014

Welcome 2014…

March 15, 2008… I wrote my first ever blog post.

2 years later (2010) I decided to put a watermark on all my photos…

I’ll still stick with a modified version of my 2010 logo for my blogs (world of ice, gadgets and food).

old logo

But photos uploaded on my Flickr and Slickpic will see a new logo…

Sign

Found the schedule here…

Theme: CLOSING THE YEAR OF FAITH

Dec 15, Sunday, 8pm – GOD THE CREATOR

CHURCH OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
25 Woodlands Avenue 1
Contact Persons: Francis CEPE (94761255) / Tony ODIADA (91391180)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS
450 Clementi Avenue 1
Contact Persons: Lalang CASTRO (91769340) / Bong NUNGAY (90401529)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT STEPHEN
30 Sallim Road
Contact Persons: Manulet BULAONG (91258086) / Rey DE LUNA (97453947)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT IGNATIUS
120 King’s Road
Contact Persons: Rilyn BINAS (97918677) / Melinda DUMALOGDOG (83327821)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Manoling V FRANCISCO, SJ

Dec 16, Monday, 8pm – JESUS CHRIST

SAINT JOSEPH’s CHURCH
143 Victoria Street
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT MARY OF THE ANGELS
5 Bukit Batok East Avenue 2
Contact Persons: Mark PERICO (96488038) / JOANNE MARQUINA (82003496)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA
10 Yishun Street 22
Contact Persons: Gerard ARCEO (94880407) / Butch SARMIENTO (91349109)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 17, Tuesday, 8pm – MARY

CHURCH OF THE RISEN CHRIST
91 Toa Payoh Central
Contact Persons: Tosing KEW (96246061) / Veronica ORESTE (97467143)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 18, Wednesday, 8pm – THE HOLY SPIRIT

SAINT ANNE’s CHURCH
66 Sengkang East Way
Contact Person: Geraldine QUIAMBAO (92359267)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
200 Boon Lay Avenue
Contact Persons: Agnes PACULDAR (81235158) / Daisy DUCUSIN (93636408)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
50 Ophir Road
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Augustine JOSEPH

CHURCH OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Contact Persons: Third GUTLAY (96340743) / Luz GUTLAY (91376938)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Michael SITARAM

Dec 19, Thursday, 8pm – THE BODY OF CHRIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING
2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Contact Persons: Betty CERVANTES (96582456) / Robert MENDOZA (90408946)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
50 Ophir Road
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Augustine JOSEPH

Dec 20, Friday, 8pm – EVANGELIZATION

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
248 Upper Thomson Road
Contact Persons: Maleen NGAN (97867143) / Violet LIEW (91542797)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
1259 Upper Serangoon Road
Contact Persons: Nes SANIO (93669584) / Malou TAY (97669971)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

Dec 21, Saturday, 8pm – FAITH AND CHARITY

CHURCH OF SAINT TERESA
510 Kampung Bahru Road
Contact Persons: Eric ARROYO (85719814) / Gilbert NAGUIT (92474555)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

Dec 22, Sunday, 8pm – CATECHESIS

CHURCH OF SAINT MICHAEL
17 Saint Michael’s Road
Contact Person: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM (63920592)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
24 Highland Road
Contact Person: Ma Victoria BALAN (82474582)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINT BERNADETTE
12 Zion Road
Contact Persons: Edilberto ENDENO (96583526) / Dodeth VERGARA (84440213)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Romeo YU-CHANG , CICM

Dec 23, Monday, 8pm – ONE CHURCH

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
1 Commonwealth Drive
Contact Persons: Armand LASPONA (92272160) / Chris PACIA (82648159)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

Dec 24, Tuesday, 6pm – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

CHURCH OF SAINT ALPHONSUS (NOVENA)
300 Thomson Road
Contact Persons: Rey TATOY (90122243) / Nanette ONG (91456058)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Angel C LUCIANO, CICM

CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
225A Queen Street
Contact Person: Jenny ARANCON (93425839)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Kamelus KAMUS, CICM

Daily Masses to be held in the following Parishes:

CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY
19 Pasir Ris Street 72
Contact Person: Rizaldy SAPIERA (84848065)
Officiating Priest: Rev Fr Hans MAGDURULANG

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
1 Commonwealth Drive
Contact Persons: Armand LASPONA (92272160) / Chris PACIA (82648159)

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
31 Siglap Hill
Contact Persons: Christian BLAS (98529873) / Christina MALIJAN (91517925)
Officiating Priests: Rev Fr Gregoire VAN GIANG, MEP and Rev Fr Charlie OASAN, CICM

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