Sunday, March 22, 2015

Never plug USB the wrong way again!

Who doesn't use USB? Thumb drive, external hard drives, keyboards, mouse and even charging your iPhone and Androids everything uses USB! Getting your college assignment on paper must use USB. Printing stuff at work also USB. No USB, no life! Right or not?


Everyone's pretty excited about the signature blue USB 3.0 ports and plugs right? USB 3.0 can transfer data at faster speed than before. It really saves me time when I need large files on the go.

Now look closely at the USB 3.0 plug above. It's a well made plug, I know lah. But there's still one flaw with its design.

Notice the blue part that fills half of the space inside the metal housing? The blue part is what I don't like about USB since it existed. There's only one way to insert the plug correctly into the port. If you have turned the plug upside down, it's the wrong way.

How much time do I waste to plug USB the right way? As it turns out,



Especially when I need access to the back of my desktop and I can't move my chasis. This time I'd pull out a mirror and play the dentist's trick.

I don't mind about spending more time to plug my USB right. The real pain of plugging my device the wrong way is getting my stuff damaged and having a bad heartache afterward. When I'm unlucky, there goes my good USB cable or worse, my irreplaceable data in my USB flash drive.

How do you make sure USB plugs are inserted the right way? There are two choices
  1. Keep an eye for the right way.
  2. You won't plug USB the wrong way anymore! Because both ways are right. The incorrect way simply doesn't exist.

I prefer choosing the second option. It saves me much time and concerns.


What do I need to plug my USB correctly, both ways? An adapter. You're a genius in guessing it!

The good news is, Julian Chow and Kevin Lieber are working on this adapter I'm dreaming about. It's called Ryo Adapter (link).

With this magic adapter, both ways are made right to be plugged. The wrong way be damned.



Most importantly, the Ryo Adapter is a compact and lightweight device to be added on. No point for me to make an adapter the size of a golf ball right?

How to use the Ryo Adapter? First you plug your end of USB cable, like this


Then plug to your port


The Ryo Adapter stays securely attached to your plug. No worries about leaving one behind in public places!



That's it! An adapter with a minimal footprint that lets you plug your USB the right way, everytime!

At the time of writing, this project has raised $33478 at Kickstarter, far exceeding their target of $15000. I'm looking forward to it! 

How to order one? Back the project in Kickstarter. By September 2015, you'll receive your adapter ahead of everyone else!

That's all you need to know =)

For more info, visit:

Website: http://www.ryoadapter.com/
Kickstarter page: Link




Bonus:



Good to know that they've filed a patent for Ryo Adapter!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, A Pink's Park Chorong #Listen2ChorongWi5hes



I'm here to wish my beloved kid leader of A Pink 에이핑크 a happy belated birthday! Her name is Park Cho Rong (Korean:박초롱, Chinese: 朴初珑), better known as Chorong.



She turns 24 in the year 2015 (25 in Korean age). As the eldest member of A Pink, she is put in charge of the group as the leader. I consider her a motherly figure of the group, always taking care of the members and fans. We affectionately call her Rong Mama (literally, Mother Rong) for being a mother of Pandas.



She's 24 now, but I like that she's kinda never grows up. That's why I call her a kid leader besides Girls' Generation's Kim Tae Yeon. Her leadership style? She leads by nagging. Will she turn into a nagging mom? Hahaha.



There are six members in A Pink, and telling one member's voice apart is a challenge for the uninitiated. Chorong's voice is easily recognized with her trademark babyish voice. She doesn't get a lot of lines in songs, but when she sings you'll immediately know it's her.



She has a heart for fans like me. Read how Chorong teared up at a fan signing event.



This is a pre-debut photo of our kid leader. Cute as always! I'm glad to have you as my idol.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Biorefresher: All about Mr. Chu!



If you have not listened to Mr. Chu it's best to read this before you proceed!

Biorefresher 1: A Pink releases Japanese version of Mr. Chu

Back in January 2015, my favourite South Korean girl group A Pink released Japanese rendition of hit song Mr Chu. You can hear them singing kuchibiro chu. Now what does that mean? The only hint I'm giving you is: the meaning is the same in the Korean version, at the corresponding part!



Biorefresher 2: Got7 covers A Pink's Mr. Chu

Discovered this video of JYP Entertainment boy band Got7 doing a special stage of Mr. Chu! Plus they look cute performing that song.



Since I can't embed the original video, you can view it here: http://youtu.be/1hgcT89OMtE

Biorefresher 3: St.319 dance cover of Mr. Chu

These girls are pro, see for yourself! A Pink better or St.319 better?



Bonus: A Pink's Mr. Chu on SBS Dream Concert

What do you notice about the background music used for this performance?



Bonus: Mr. Chu (remix)



Bonus: Acoustic Mr. Chu

Listen to the girl's voice.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How EXID's "Up & Down" shoots up in the chart


The other day, I came across a news article of EXID's Hani asking a fancammer out for a meal. That's a news for a fan like me! What an honour wasn't it? However, the fan has declined the invitation. I'm so touched by Hani's kind heart. Hani was quoted as saying, "I'm currently thinking about how I should thank you, and I hope you take care of me in the future as well."

I came to know EXID through their music video Every Night. Although I could see glimmers of talent among members of the group, it didn't catch my interest. And then I found out their sudden rise in popularity, so I'm all wondering how did that come about!

Many would say, EXID become famous because of a fancam by Pharkil went viral and made their song "Up & Down" regained popularity. This is as good as a short answer but not the full answer to the question.

I am going to write you the full answer to the question. Ready? Go!



The original music video of "Up & Down" was released on 26 August 2014. The song didn't gain much popularity among K-pop fans. After the stipulated one month promotional period, EXID wound up activities across South Korean music shows.



In this undated video, South Korean race queen and model Ryu Ji Hye 류지혜 danced to EXID's "Up & Down", scantily dressed on her own live DJ show (similar to MFace). The video footage was uploaded by a viewer. Netizens discovered Ji Hye's dancing from a fashion blog site, and almost all male readers viewed the video.

At the end of Ji Hye's dance cover, viewers were suggested Pharkil's fancam of Hani.



Now this is where miracle happened! This fancam, uploaded on 9 October 2014 was discovered from Ji Hye's sexy video. And guess what? Viewers were treated to Hani's 하니 sexy move in tight stage outfits! The song was catchy, and viewers were like why I haven't heard of this before! The fancam went viral and pushed EXID's "Up & Down" up the music charts months after release. This phenomenon is known as reverse driving, by the way.

Seeing the shoot up in popularity, the agency asked EXID to promote Up & Down once again on music shows. Idol groups normally don't get second chance like this, but they were in for real treats thsi time. On the second round, their song was rated HOT stage. EXID even won some shows, a feat they have never dared imagine before.

EXID was in really in luck! Who knew a sexy fancam attracted the interest of many and saved the group.



Watch EXID's reaction to their first music show win to know what I mean!

Hani is eternally grateful for this miracle. It was by random chance they became successful, and it turned out so well for them. EXID rose to fame from the effort of a fan is big news, but Girls' Generation/2NE1/A Pink winning music shows thanks to their large fanbase is no big news. At the end of the day, without fans, there will be no celebrities.

Some have claimed that it was because Pharkil's fancam that EXID became successful, others argued that EXID made themselves successful. Guess what? Now we're presented with a familiar problem. I call this a chicken or egg problem.

Which came first, chicken or egg? The actual answer is: both must come first. EXID worked hard and not gave up in the entertainment industry. Pharkil didn't shoot his viral fancam by chance but he has perfected his shooting over long periods of star spotting. At the right timing, both came together and created a miraculous phenomenon.

So, the moral of the story is, continue doing what you love and reward will find you one day :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

RED People's 红人 RED RED Year 红红年 showcase

I have known RED People as a teen idol group by Namewee 黄明志 since debut. An opportunity came to meet them in person so I drove to SS2 Mall in Petaling Jaya. It was two days before the event the members posted on Instagram about it lolz.

When I arrived I saw no sign of preparation so I thought to myself, did I come to the wrong place? If I did, then paiseh lor. I made my way to Hometown Coffee to take a break, and there I bumped into Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang.

When staff members came to set up the stage, I didn't think twice about buying their set of album, T-shirt and calendar because getting them signed is worth it!


RED People finally appeared on stage. Yay moment!

As part of the showcase/fan meet they played interactive games with fans. I entered the first game and got partnered with Charles Tee @ Dato Sai.



The first game was getting blindfolded and feeding the celebrity Mandarin oranges. At first I was reluctant to do the dirty job of feeding Dato Sai hahahaha! I should be fed instead.

Dato Sai assured me he is an easy guy to work with so I just did as instructed. When the time started I just opened the oranges like crazy! I didn't care about the mess I was about the create.

MC Crystal announced that I won the game! I went up stage to have an opportunity of interacting with my stars and never thought about winning. That was a big bonus because I came! Totally didn't regret playing the game.

My area was filled with orange juice after I finished



Big thanks to my partner Charles Tee who helped me won the game.


The privilege of the first winner was posing with all RED People on stage!

RED People had more games with fans and performances of tracks from their RED RED Year 红红年 album. And yeah, the video for the tracks has yet to be released on Youtube so we were among the first to heard of their title track "七洞强”.

The time has come for fan sign!! I got two of my posters (one bought, one won) signed by the members and of course, must take picture lah!


This is Charles Tee @ Dato Sai!


Hello Joyce Chu 四葉草 @thecloverjoys ! She's so beautiful and popular. She's the tallest member of the group standing at 168 cm
this is how tall A Pink's Son Na Eun/Oh Ha Young is


Hello Stella Chen stellavella, every guys' goddess :)

Yours truly has an attention for detail so I checked the number of signatures obtained. I realised two of the members weren't at the event!

I never thought I'd be so lucky that day but my fun didn't end there because the next day is my test drive with Jane Chuck.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Biorefresher: Jinnyboy meet & greet + Random road trip + RED People showcase



I've not been updating my blog with Biorefresher posts so long already! The header image above was lost in my Photobucket and only found recently in Facebook (Phew!)

During the last week of year 2014, I took a break from work although it was not official. I still go to campus but it was like a ghost town! So, I decided to go for some adventures. First up is

Jinnyboy and Reuben Kang's meet and greet





On 28th of December 2014, Youtuber Jinnyboy and Reuben Kang had a fan meet at myBurgerLab Sunway. Admission was free! Fans had a chance to talk to Jinnyboy, Reuben and Alan Lok and pose with them for photos.

I look forward to new videos from Jinnyboy! Keep up the good work dude.

My little expedition

University of Nottingham was like a ghost town at the end of the year. I was quite bored, so I decided to do some little exploration around town.



My university is served by B34 Jalan Broga that leads to Broga in Negeri Sembilan. Sometimes I go for lunch with coursemates in Broga and we never go beyond that. Since I had free time, I decided to go further down the road. After crossing the border, B34 changes to N34.

I stopped by Lenggeng to have my lunch. Driving further down N34, I reached Federal Route 1 at Mantin. Then, I took Kajang-Seremban Expressway to return to campus.

I have also explored the road to Bangi while on my way home.



I know of Ara Damansara from bloggers but didn't know where exactly it is. Turned out it's accessed from the road leading to Subang Airport. Heck, Damansara is an overused buzzword for development already.

RED People fan meet



Members of RED People had their showcase at SS2 Mall in Petaling Jaya to promote their upcoming Chinese New Year album. There, I met the social media manager of Zun Zen and my facebook friend, beatboxer Peter Ooi.

I played a game and viola, I won the game!!! So I had the privilege to pose with members of RED People on stage. Wooohooo!

Their new CNY track "七洞强" is out on Youtube now, so go and check it out!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My test drive of Ford Fiesta 1.0 L EcoBoost

I started my new year with a bang! On 4 January 2015, I became one of the lucky ones to test drive a Ford thanks to Jane "Chuckei" Lau and Nuffnang Malaysia. The test drive took place at Ford showroom at Section 51 of Petaling Jaya.



I actually brought my new A Pink Pink LUV album to see if I could play a CD in the car. As you'd expect with a car from Ford, it actually has a CD player.



This was the car I test drove, the Ford Fiesta 1.0 L with EcoBoost. It has an engine of 1000 cc. I thought, maybe I should not expect much from such a car. Turned out this wasn't the case.



My turn came. I hopped into the driver's seat; Jane on the front passenger seat & her blog manager on the back seat. After adjusting my seat, I was ready to go.

How to start the car? First step on the brake pedal, then press the power button.

The switch for signal light is on the left and wiper on the right. Guess how many times I accidently turned on the wiper when I meant to signal!!! LOLz.

I inserted my A Pink CD to play music. Sound quality was normal at best. If you're a car audio enthusiast, I believe you can mod it.

The Fiesta 1.0 L EcoBoost has 6 speed automatic gear. Below the D gear is an S gear. No one knew what S gear does - and that's the best part about the car. So I changed to S gear, this activates the Sports Mode and gave extra torque when accelerating. The S mode is going to shine when driving on interstate expressways at speeds over 100 km/h.

** the 6 speed gear translates into fuel savings if you frequently drive on expressways. Cars with lower number of gears consumes more fuel at faster speed due to higher engine rpm

It was a big eye opener indeed that a three cylinder 1.0 L engine is capable of delivering the performance on par with a 1.6 L engine. For this the Fiesta 1.0 L EcoBoost is called a compact sports car. It has the performance of a sports car in a compact form factor.



Thanks Jane for inviting me and the rest of her readers to this test drive. This is the second time I took part in Jane's event. The last time was at Lacoste, Bangsar Village 2.



Said hello to Janice Yeap!



I saw Daphne Charice Tan for the first time. Hello!

That was my experience, so you wanna know more about the Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost?



What are the features of Ford Fiesta 1.0L?

From the product page, The feature highlights are:
  • 1.0L GTDI, EcoBoost® 3-cylinder
  • Powershift® 6-speed Dual Clutch Automatic
  • Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
  • 16” Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Twin Chamber Halogen Reflector Headlamps with Home Safe Lighting
  • Power Adjustable Wing Mirror with Indicator and Puddle Lamp
  • MP3, CD InDash with 6 Speakers with Aux Port,Bluetooth® & Voice Command
  • Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) / Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • ABS with EBD
  • Passive Anti Theft System (PATS)
  • 7 Airbags
  • Day-Time Running Lights (DTRL)
  • Stylish All-Round Skirting

How much is the price of Ford Fiesta 1.0 L EcoBoost?

That will depend on your area in Malaysia. At the time of writing, the Fiesta 1.0 L EcoBoost sells at
  • Peninsular Malaysia: RM 96,551.65
  • Sabah & Sarawak: RM 101,737.00
  • Langkawi (duty free): RM 73,479.65
  • Labuan (duty free): RM 74,529.65