Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Flappy Bird Review

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Yes, I know this game app is taken off from Google Play store. But I managed to download it onto my phone before it was gone...HOORAY! It's that delicious feeling when you have something nobody else could have it anymore because it's gone for good. A few of my friends who loved everything that has to do with "birds" asked me about the game and I told them it's no more available. I secretly enjoyed seeing their sad, disappointed and sometimes envious faces with their mouth portruding like a sad puppy when I told them that. I actually came to know about this game from a news portal, and quickly searched and downloaded it just in time before that dumb creator decided to take it off after getting like US50k monthly from advertisers. How silly isn't he? And to think that he could have invented such a good game? He's probably a billionaire already and could give me a million dollars since I'm writing a very good review on his game app.

In the same vein as the Angry Birds series, this game is extremely simple to play. That is also why it's so good. No muss, no fuss. Unlike Angry Birds which is more grand in its game structure design and detailed with so many different levels and themes, Flappy Bird only requires you to tap on the phone screen to direct the bird character across horizontally through your phone screen with pipe after pipe of obstacle. That's it! Even your grandmother can play this game. The first time I played this game, I was impressed at how intuitive my touch responds to the way the bird icon actually flaps on the screen.

Light Gamers Only
So far, I only managed to get to level 55. Everytime you hit the pipe, you start all over again at the beginning! There's NO PAUSE button when you're in the middle of the game, which means this bird have to flap continuously non-stop until the end. You must not take this game too seriously, if you're an avid gamer. You have to just enjoy it without feeling too competitive because the starting over from the beginning ratio is extremely high. I love the tactile sound that comes from the bird flapping its wings. Each time you manage to flap through a pipe level, you hear a resounding ring - that sound truly keeps me motivated and focused. It's really simple and easy to play, but only if you pay attention. You actually have to estimate how hard or soft you're going to tap onto your screen to estimate the height distance the bird will flap through the size of the pipe opening - which to me feels neither too narrow or wide. It's a soft-thinking game that needs to work on your motor skills as well. The pipe opening size is carefully measured to ensure the bird could flap through it, but with the dangerous possibility that if you tap too soft or hard - you might miss the mark and let your bird hit on the pipe head-on. If you tap your screen too hard, the bird will flap too high and missed the pipe opening too. Your touch is extremely responsive to how high or low the bird is going to flap through the pipe. First time players will notice the touch pressure on your screen is EVERYTHING in determining the height of the bird flapping through.


Playable on Smartphones Only
I've downloaded this game app on my 10-inch tablet, and it simply wouldn't play! For those wanting the same game app to play on your big screen tablet, you could try another alternative "Clumsy Bird" - which works just the same as Flappy Bird. Through this game, now I know my Samsung Tab 7.7 is actually a phone! It's not a tablet per se, since this game only works on smartphones. I already suspect this already when I first purchased this "tablet" from Samsung, but having Flappy Bird that works on it only confirms that my tab is actually a phone. Geez, a phone disguised as a tablet, come on Samsung! I suspect the reason this game app only works on smartphones is because of the screen size (only in portrait mode). Smaller screen sizes actually is the best space for simple games, and Flappy Bird is one of those simple games that is so addictive because it is so simple, yet quite complex underneath.

Once you mastered your touch pressure exertion onto your smartphone screen in relation to the bird's estimated flapping height, you can flap through any pipe openings -  doesn't matter how high or low. You have to prepare that a high opening can suddenly push you to flap higher, only on the next log opening that could be lower than expected. During that time, you would need to withold your tap and wait for just the right moment to tap again so the bird would flap right through it precisely. When you don't tap, the bird will dive down towards the ground. It's almost like flying in the air, except you don't actually have wings - only your finger.

R.I.P - May you flap away to the highest heavens (just don't hit on any pipe)
This is the perfect game to keep you awake when you're commuting early in the morning or waiting for a friend. BUT....you will get bored easily of it really fast due to its extreme straightforward simplicity. Thanks to the colour of the background which is blue and green, you won't feel too "invaded" by any complexity but actually calms your mind a little when you're stressed out or bored to death - so it's another great reason to go back to the game and play it again and again. It's like a children's game that requires an adult finger's touch dexterity. Sadly, this game app is gone for good. Like they say "you only appreciate something more when it's gone".


For GAME apps and FILM review:
* Tank Hero
Temple Run vs Subway Surfers vs Minion Rush
Angry Birds Space (close to 10,000 hits)
Angry Birds: Red's Mighty Feathers
Survivor Reality Show
Skyfall movie review
Pacific Rim and Lone Ranger
In the Mood for Love vs Belle Du Jour

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A City Guide's Comparison for Tourists : 10 reasons you'll feel safer and more comfortable swimming at Chin Woo pool area.




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This is Visit Malaysia Year, and tourists all around the world will be visiting Malaysia. For those coming to Kuala Lumpur, you might want to find a good place to just suntan and hang by the pool area. Unfortunately, KL is not by the sea. For those able to afford to stay in 5-star hotels, pools are provided. For those budget travellers, say backpackers, most would stay at hostels around Chinatown. Good news for you guys, because just nearby is the Chin Woo Chinese Association with a swimming pool. This pool would be ideal for foreign travellers on a budget, looking for a nice poolside place to relax. Here's why:

1) Located right in the city
To get there, foreign travellers just need to walk up a small hill beside a Presbyterian Church. The walk up is a good exercise. Depending where you come from, most buses from other towns would stop at Kotaraya with a huge UTC signboard you can see.  From there, just walk until you a reach a junction with the Guardian store in front. Then turn left, and walk all the way up until you reach another junction. (you will pass the famous Petaling Street would be on your right) From that junction, turn left again until you pass the Presbyterian Church, where you'll see a road going up on a hill on your right. It's really simple to get there, just ask anyone you might came across. Or hire a trustworthy Guide like myself when you are visiting the city. I can rent you a room nearby the city, show you all the good places to eat cheaply (or expensively, whichever your taste), help you communicate in BM or act as translator, be your point person for all info about the city and be a confidential companion. Just email me: krislawfanclub@gmail.com

2) Affordable Entry
If you go in on weekedays, the price for a ticket is RM4. On weekends, it is RM5. If you compare to other pools like the MPPJ Kelana Jaya, it is cheaper for like RM1. But calculate the extra cost of actually getting there, you'll be better off to just settle for Chin Woo. Besides, you need to get another bus to just go to Kelana Jaya. The extra money you pay for the bus get there is simply not worth the trouble.


3) The Broken Clock Tower
You'll notice a tall clock tower that stays "dead" at 2.25. It has this classic look of architecture from the 60s, with the interface being Roman numerical. I wonder why they haven't fix the clock tower after so long. But I suspect they might not have the funds for it. I suggest they fix it, because a lot of times, swimmers need some time reference when they're in the heat of their exercise. I don't have any water-resistant watch and relies heavily on the clock displayed in the pool area to tell time. But it's an interesting form of landmark that makes Chin Woo stands out in time. It has a rich history within this area, and many would wonder what caused the clock to stop...


4) Relaxed Swimming Attire
I was harrassed, accused and shouted at rudely by the lifeguard from MPPJ Kelana Jaya for wearing a "skimpy" swim wear. No such thing will ever happen at Chin Woo. I can see girls wearing bikinis swimming around, and a few older men wearing colorful trunks at Chin Woo. So it was a pleasant relief that the lifeguard at Chin Woo understands the swimmers need to feel free there, and not talk at them rudely like some guilty convict. Of course no beach shorts allowed in the pool.

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5) Feel free to Suntan
There's an area for swimmers to put their mats on for suntan-ning. So long as your private parts are covered, it is fine to do some sun worshipping. The sun there is actually very strong in the afternoons since the pool is located on top of the little hill - so take advantage of it. If I'm there with you as your City Guide, I can put the lotion on your body and keep an eye for your stuff, or cover you with sarung when you want to change in the open. I promise not to peek at your naughty parts. Scout's honor. Your privates are safe with me.


6) Mid-size Pool
For serious swim enthusiats, the pool size might not live up to their expectations. But to me, it's more about the time you spent swimming versus the distance of the pool. The shorter lane actually makes me swim faster and pushing up my endurance confidence because I feel achievement everytime I completed a lap, as compared to the bigger Olympic-size pool at MPPJ actually makes me tired faster and causing me to stop at each lap to catch my breathe. The depth level in MPPJ Kelana Jaya is not as deep as in Chin Woo. I prefer a bottomless like pool where I can swim with the feeling of "floating in the air" like at Chin Woo as compared to the pool floor that I can see while swimming like at MPPJ Kelana Jaya. The ground that I see while swimming actually makes me out of breath faster. Besides, the pool in Chin Woo looks cleaner.


7) Lesser crime reported
In Chin Woo, you can either leave your bag at the bench or pay a locker. Either way, it is safe. If you leave it on the bench, be sure you can see your bag from a swimming distance, which is not far anyway. I had my wallet and swimming gear stolen before at MPPJ Kelana Jaya and right outside at the entrance there were cases of snatch thefts by thieves on motorbikes racing by. The lifeguards and attendants at MPPJ Kelana Jaya can do nothing once your stuff is stolen, so why take the risk and go there? Chin Woo is safer because the place is not big, so you can look-out for your stuff at any distance. It's also very near to the main Police Headquarters.

8) More diverse community
In Chin Woo, you get some international tourists mixed with high-school students with their families along. It's a more diverse crowd of people than say at MPPJ Kelana Jaya, where you get very specific type of old men at certain hours because they get to enter for free. At Chin Woo, you are free to mingle and talk with other swimmers of any age, as young as me or as old as this uncle with a pot belly.

9) You can take pictures
In Chin Woo, you can snap pictures of yourself and your friends enjoying by the pool. There are even some Bollywood production companies and advertising commercials that came and filmed some scenes at Chin Woo. But at MPPJ Kelana Jaya, you are not allowed to film, take pictures, wear "skimpy" swimwear, even the not skimpy ones are also condemned and labelled unsuitable. So be careful how you walk and hang around at that pool for the lifeguards there like to accuse you of committing some scandal. You cannot take pictures at MPPJ Kelana Jaya and all sorts of ridiculous rules like no teaching your friend how to swim in the pool. All these don'ts actually kills the fun, innocent swimming experience. But at Chin Woo, taking pictures is allowed so it has a more liberal environment there. There's also a pretty garden around the pool area that is beautifully kept. Perfect setting to record your memories. Or even get spotted by an international photographer if you're a model, like I have.

10) It's an Association
Being an association, Chin Woo does not receive any steady funding from the government like MPPJ Kelana Jaya. In fact, Chin Woo has to pay the government for the land leasing or threatened being excavated. So Chin Woo actually have a tougher time operating their pool. The money you spent swimming there actually helps keeping the operations running smoothly.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Samsung M3 External Hard Drive Review


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I am not very good at picking externa hard drive. It's all very new to me, but I have to learn because my storage space in both my devices are running out. One of the reason I picked this brand is because it's really competitively priced. At only RM219, I think this is the second cheapest external hard drive available in the market now. I've checked everywhere, and to be honest, I am totally clueless when it comes to hard drives. I read somewhere that the speed of transfer is one of the criteria to select a good external hard drive.


The Samsung and Seagate brand name is something to factor in as well. As compared to Western Digital, I don't really know much about that brand except I know they have a factory in Penang, where one of my ex-classmate worked there as a factory worker. So the brand association with Western Digital has some local distaste to it, but their products are definitely more colorful than Samsung. Now, immediately after purchase, I tried to transfer files from my Galaxy Tab 7.7, and it doesn't work. No, please consumers out there, if you think by buying a Samsung external hard drive, it would sync with your current Samsung tablets, it can't.

The packaging of the Samsung M3 is actually slightly bigger than WD, so I get the feeling of more for less. To open the packaging, the smart way is to tear open the bottom of the box, and pull out the product. Don't try and open the top where the hook is, it's very, very hard to open. The bottom part is easier, for you can pull out the plastic tray that's protecting the external hard drive.

I was very afraid when I purchase external hard drives for fear that it might not work or something went wrong. Fortunately, it works well with my Asus Transformer Pad too. The best news of all is the pictures I have can now be viewed on my TV - plugged into with the M3 hard drive. So this external hard drives acts like a converter of sorts for the files from my Transformer, enabling it to be viewed on TV. Hooray!! Maybe other external hard drive works this way too, I don't know because this is my first one.

The look and feel of the M3 is basically hard plastic - only black color available. But I have no problem with that because I really want it to look inconspicuous as possible, since my champagne gold Asus Transformer shines so brightly in public places. Let my Asus shine and my little external hard drive stay quiet and under the radar. The size of this external rd drive fits nicely in my palm, small enough to put in a pocket. The hard cover looks very durable, almost like a tortoise shell. When it is plugged in, a small dot of blue light can be seen, signalling that it is working. Other good points about this product is it comes 3-year warranty and USB3.0.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Non-tech Expert Shopping for Portable Hard Drive Review

You guys know if I can help it, I try not to buy any piece of new technology. I think technology companies are evil and out in this world to steal our privacy, sell our information and then enslaves us. Having used my Asus Transformer Prime for nearly a month already, my storage space have already reached its limit! I knew this day would come, since all my past films that I've acted in I download into it. The funny thing about this Asus Transformer Prime is, certain apps won't function or webpages won't load if storage space have reached its limit. So I have to force myself to buy an external hard disk.

I went to Sri Computers shop at level 2, Low Yat Plaza to see-see what kind of external hard drives available there. The security there is tight and the sales people there are even tighter. It's very hard to find a friendly sales person there, unless you are planning to buy something in their section. I went to the external hard drives section, and notice Imation on sale for RM209. I try not to buy anything on sale, for sometimes it backfires. The salesperson that time warned me about Imation and how unstabil it can be, and recommended I try the Western Digital Passport Ultra hard drive.

The Western Digital brand it seems like the one brand these salespeople are pushing hard to sell. I remembered once, they come with a free gift - a set of cheap earphones. The second time around, they came up with a Lucky Draw. Seriously, their effort really shows. I have nothing against the product, in fact they look very colorful! Inside the packagaing, there's a free casing. The thing about me is - I hate popular brands. Especially popular brand that is heavily pushed by sales people that looked suspiciously demotivated, at least to me. So I have to shrugged him off, so I can look at the other brands around.

I notice one salesperson with a cocky look was observing me from afar. I think I know why, because there are cases when people comes in to shoplift. These shoplifters when they went through the gate, sets off the alarm ringing. I witnessed one, this man being apprehended and shouted at by this mob of salesperson. It was an awful shopping experience to me - these sales person being so hard on these shoplifters. Why can't they just catch him and put him in a room quietly, rather than shouting like a barking dog? Gives me a headache....

From that experience, my trust level to salespeople has dropped significantly. Suddenly, I become the target of their suspicion, since I like to look at the products, feel it and then ask questions. There's a Toshiba brand, which I noticed at the last PC Fair the price was only slightly cheaper than the retail price. My new canvass bag is next to me, and it was not zip up, so probably they might think I would pick something and drop it in my bag. Come on, will I be that stupid with all the security cameras around and the alarm entrance?

Then suddenly, I saw the Samsung M3 external hard drive. I never knew Samsung produces hard drives, but I did some research and found out that Samsung bought a division at Seagate, so now together they're producing one. I also read reviews for WD Ultra Passport as well, and a lot of people favours that brand. But the price cannot challenge Samsung's for it is cheaper like RM20. When I came back that day to really buy, the free earphones promotion is gone and replaced by the Lucky Draw gimmick.

I know in my heart, I have to get an external hard disk by today because the storage for both of my devices are FULL! I cannot let it malfunction. I have to transfer my files somewhere. I don't want to buy pendrives anymore, because I already have 4. I just want to get one where I can stuff everything in. In the end, I chose Samsung M3 externa hard drive.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shopping for the Ultimate Messenger Bag for Men



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After purchasing a super high-end device like the Asus Transformer Prime, I need an equally impressive bag to carry it with. My older red bag in which I got from the Berlin Film Festival two years ago is still with me, but has become somewhat faded from extreme usage. That bag was my first messenger bag type I carried, and I got really easy using this sort of bag - with a sling and rectangular body type. The pouch area is torn and now have a huge opening below, so I must be careful not to put anything into the pouch. I'm surprised it's so easily torn, perhaps due to that area is where I usually place my house keys into with so many sharp edges of the keys jangling inside.

The best time to buy new bags I believe is towards the end of the year. That time is when the big sales are everywhere in KL. One especially that caught my eye was when I saw this bag being carried around by another guy, and was impressed at how "big" it looks, which would be ideal for me to stuff in all my belongings. I managed to caught a glimpse of the the brand name: "Sub Zero", but not the other "Sub" brand that is well-known. This is the other messenger bag, with PLENTY of pockets to put in. I love it for I could then separate my stuff into little, little categories. Ahem, for example, condoms, keys etc....That love at first sight frantically set me into motion for the search for that exact type of bag, no matter what.


Messenger or Back Pack
It's as if by fate that during my search I came across the exact same brand name at Berjaya Times Square. The bag carries the same brand name, but not exactly alike the one I first saw and fell in love with. I didn't buy it right away, for I wanted to search some more. I was really lucky to find the brand name I first spotted and "fall in love" with that ignites the beginning of my search. The price was very cheap too, costs like RM70.  I love the way this messenger bag can be folded inside out and turned into a backpack. But this would come at the expense of the space for the shoulder straps, meaning I could not put in as much stuff as I wanted to accomodate the straps. Also I have a funny suspicion that this bag won't last long. But when I came back in January to look for this bag, the retailer has already moved!

The Need to Simplify
Another reason I need a new bag is because I need to start categorizing all my knicks knacks. It happened once when I was searching for my wallet in my bag and I accidentally pulled out a strip of condoms! The waitress at the stall looked at me surprised, bug-eyed and cheekily sending out the message like I'm trying something on her. I just smiled and continue searching for my wallet, still buried deep inside the pile of stuff I always take with me. I'm not ashamed of it per se, but it can be quite troublesome searching for my wallet. Like my Berlin Film Festival messenger bag, I could no longer use the pouch because of the "hole" underneath which needs stitching. Since the new year was coming, and I was planning to get the Asus Transformer Prime, why not search for the ULTIMATE messenger bag that fulfills ALL my needs? I have faith as high as Everest that I will find it!

The search has been a fulfilling one. I managed to scoured all shops in Bukit Bintang, and some in PJ, but somehow I still go back to Bukit Bintang area for the bag. I did tried Sogo, but don't believe when people said the bags there are good and cheap. It's actually VERY expensive, even after discounts. Especially for the men's bag, the prices there range from RM500 to over RM2000! And the sizes of the bags there are all 9-inches and below. I did went to Paradigm Mall, but the bags there are either too small or just not functionable for my extreme usage. I didn't actually set a budget for the bag, for I want quality bags and cheap is not always good. I also went online to look for bags, but I simply cannot put my credit card numbers there for purchase. Firstly, I cannot feel the bag. Secondly, I hate my bag being shoved into a package and delivered to my door. My mailbox has a very, very narrow hole!


Try Me!
Somehow to get the bag you want, you need to be there in person at the shop and feel the bag on. You need to carry it with you, walk around a few steps, then stop at the mirror and see if the bag is you. I've tried on one at the Everlast shop, and simply fall in love with the brand name which is stitched in quite prominently at the top pocket. It has all the pockets (and some pockets I don't know what to use for). The overall look is very impressive, except for the shoulder sling that is stitched directly onto the bag. I'm kind of worried that it might snap off since the load I will carry is going to be very, very heavy. And the price of course, is quite heavy too. I could get a discount if I purchase another product of the same value. Better give it a miss.


Clothy Cheap!
The next shop I visited is very quiet with few customers. From now on, I begin to learn to feel the fabric of the bag. This one has hard-cloth fabric which reminded me of one bag I bought somewhere that my aunty could have used and passed it onto me. Cloth-like bags to me are easily stained and it would put me on a maddenng trip to clean it with bleach and what not! But it was so cheap, almost RM70. I love the big size, meaning I could fit in my Asus Transformer. But the cloth-like fabric just left me with second thoughts.








Colorful!
The loud splash of colours on this messenger bag is enough to shout how trendy I am. But do I want that? I'm a man of business, serious business, and this one seems like I'm just out from college. But I do like the durability of the fabric, as compared to the previous one. The cloth fabric is much thicker. It can withstand all the stains and water it might have to endure. The price also makes it quite attractive, but it's just "shouting too much" for me.




Sheep-ish Expensive
So I've decided I had enough of looking at "cheap" bags and should turn my attention to the more exclusive kind. The one you're looking at has sheep-wool linings at the top of the bag opening. The metal hooks connect the shoulder sling to the bag securely, and did I tell you it's made from leather? Wow, the feel is so good. But there is a minor point. It's devoid of any functional pockets for me to put my stuff into categories. When I open the bag, it's just this one giant black hole I could sink my head into. The shop only carries ONE of this bag, meaning if I decide to buy, I have to contend with the display one. The salesperson also informed me that it comes from China, mimicking the latest trend from Paris and it's only one of its kind so I don't have to worry if I carry this bag around and shamelessly bump into some else with the same bag. Yeah, right.


Baggy Vertigo
Leather seems like a nice feel for me, or at least faux-leather, since pure leather costs a bomb. So I went to Berjaya Times Square and came across this little shop. In essence, the messenger bag I wanted looked almost the same across all the shops there! Suddenly my eyes is repeating the same look over again and again and again. What's happening? Have I seen too many bags already that is beginning to cause some kind of visual pattern or blindness that all bags are the same? It's always black, or leather, or with plenty of pockets with a shoulder sling that's strong and secure. Is there nothing else?

The One
Finally, I decided to change my location to change my view. I'm already at my wits' end, and am becoming more knowledgeable of which bag suits me more. My mind has been thinking of my own rough usage when handling my bag in the past, like the Berlin Film Festival one, and trying to change my behavior towards my usage. Must not be so harsh and in a hurry all the time. Must be patient to open gently the zipper. In the middle of all thee mumbo-jumbo thoughts, I stumbled on Camel Active store at Pavillion. It's like everything that happens in the past had finally led me to this perfect moment where I would finally meet my ideal bag. And indeed it is an ideal bag! It's made from strong canvas with an exterior that feels like leather. That means it's water resistant. It has 3 main compartments outside with metal zippers. Inside the bag, it has another 3 mini compartments for me to easily categorise all my stuff. The most glorious news I receive from the salesperson is it is 50% off and the LAST one left on the stand. Sold!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Violent Nature of Malaysian Society and how a non-Muslim artiste survives it: Abandonment, Abuse and Exploitation. You blame the government for being undemocratic. But are you?

Being a non-muslim artiste in Malaysia
is the toughest job in the world.
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Why Violence Exists?
Let this year be a year of awakening for all of us from slumber. Rest assured, when one is awakened, one can finally enjoy and accept life at its best. But to be awakened, one needs to go through the hardship of examining the painful realities - a lot of Malaysians walk around everyday like they have lost their freedom.
1) Freedom of expression
2) Freedom to integrate with other races
3) Freedom to be as successful as we want in career of choice.

This is because we know on the subconscious level, that the 3 democratic freedom listed above have been taken away from us. People acts out with that knowledge, mostly through violence. Violence is very prevalent in a multi-racial society like Malaysia. Violence exists because the outdated system of our country itself cohesively promotes and celebrates violence. Violence is the absence of real democracy. Violence involves racial segregation, verbal and physical abuse, abandonment and exploitation. Violence happens when true democracy practices are not taught to our children in school, hence most grew up to be blindsided. In the economic side, notice how much of everything's price has increased recently, especially the notice on property tax, utilities and petrol? A lot predicts 2014 to be the year of rising living cost. Violence happens because of the little people is being bullied by the big people, or by anyone who thinks they're "bigger". Or personally for me, how my father was taken away from me when I was 3 by a car accident.

The increase in living cost has a great impact to my day-today little single man's life for I am receiving NO income or salary from the local entertainment industry. How am I going to survive? Already I am being violently abandoned by the local film industry and not hired for any work consistently even enough to support my day-to-day living expenses even though my credentials are impressive:
* BMW Film Awards Best Actor
* Jury Duty
Worldwide Photo Exhibit
Endorsement Value
World Cup KFC commercial
Controversial but Most-Watched Episode
The Golden Shorts Fame

On a personal level, I refused to let myself contribute to a violent industry after becoming the receiving end of violence  - exploitation on the height of Malaysian Idol fame, verbal abuse with racist sentiments by talentless film crew and now abandonment after enough use of my fame expires. On societal day-to-day level, you have violent men and women. Violence here connotes the abusive and harmful way human beings do to each other in the heat of their own emotional state perpetuated by the primitive system that instills the survival instinct rather than the thriving spirit. In the absence of democracy, religion and race take centre stage. The survival hardship happens at the work place, family circles and anywhere where humans come together. Evidence that violence exists are:

1) Talents with the right credentials cannot thrive in the industry of choice
2) We willingly accept and tolerate abuses from an outdated racial system unthinkingly.
3) Physical gains become the objective at the expense of common sense and decency.
4) Violence is used as a diversion tactic to make you and I offended in order to keep the real bread and butter issues covered.

The best way to experience violent behavior exploding in your face personally is at crowded areas like fairs, mall, award shows, public sports area and the men's locker room. Men and women engenders violent behavior just the same, but the expression in slightly different way. For women, they are more literal and good with words, therefore they speak more to incite hurt or take things for their advantage. For men, they are more adept at physical strength, therefore they expressed violence through abusive actions that causes pain or momentary and lasting irritation like fighting.

Violence are usually more prevalent when women matures older? An example can be taken at the PC fair recently, when this older woman who was walking right in front of me was swinging her bag left and right on purpose just to not let people crowd near her, and walked at her own pace which resulted the crowd behind her began throttling up into a bottleneck. She missed her bag swinging at my way, which I let her off to be at the front, then I grazed on her heel with my shoe. She began uttering abusive Cantonese, which by then I quickly turned to look at her, and she quickly looked away. Cantonese-speaking Chinese women are the most violent sort because of watching too much Hong Kong based serials?

For a man, violence is more physical in nature due to the fact that of the male hormone testoterone which requires release in a form of physical. One example is when I was drinking at Old Town Basic cafe at Avenue K, and the store manager was knocked down onto the ground by his angry staff. The Myanmar foreign store manager, through my own interaction with him, have no hospitality courtesy whatsoever towards the customer at the counter and often exudes his bossy, know-all attitude. This is also another form of violence that many Asians,  in particular gives in to, arrogance and the master to slave dynamics. It's no wonder that eventually one of his staff would punched him down to the ground, in which I salute him for his defiance whom his superior rightfully deserves for how he behaves in front of customers and staff. The thud I felt underneath the ground where I sat in the cafe gives me a pleasant satisfaction (better than sex).

Another violent behavior was when my neighbor came charging towards me with crazy shouts when I approached them to advise about restraining their grand child from vandalising my apartment wall. The grandfather suddenly came barging out and shouting madly at me like a barking dog with rabies out to kill without giving me a chance to even talk and daring me to go report to the police.  His violent behavior alarmed the whole neighborhood out from their homes to see what happen. He was wearing a skullcap to connote his religious superiority? Why is there a loss of common courtesy in our society nowadays when even a soft word to stir a polite conversation can incite an outburst of wanting for a fight? My ex-housemate Riza funnily asked me before which road is safe from barking dogs wandering around the neighborhood for he is afraid of them. I told him in a violent society like Malaysia, dog don't kill man. Man kills man. 


Violent Labelling
Why do such casual violence prevails in a multi-racial society like Malaysia? For one, it is the closed mindedness of us as Asians in general. The system that you and I are born into immediately divides us into our various labels like race, religion and sex upon birth. This division causes us to stay enclosed within our own mentality enclave, for fear of offending the other side. Many could not handle this division of lines, hence an act of violence is necessary to purge through the other side either through unwarranted accusation, hate propaganda and belittlement of others to uplift their own communal superiority or the other extreme: victimhood. Many thought they are fighting for their rights for religion and race, but in actual fact is the demise of democracy in which they seek to fill in the void, mistakenly thinking that religion and race is democracy.

For many Malaysian Chinese, they often feel they are uncared for and sidelined by the dominant Malay-controlled government and media system. The term "Malaysian Chinese", to me, is such an ancient outdated term, for generations of Malaysians like myself cannot even read or speak proper Mandarin, let alone even born in China, but are so ingrained in the Malaysian way, we should all be called simply as the new generation of democratic Malaysians - no Chinese, Indian, Malay or Chindian label whatsoever. But for a majority of our leaders in power (like the skullcap-wearing ancient grandfather), they feel its their rights to lord over the country by sidelining other Malaysians through race - or better still, downgrade them to a certain stereotype of character. All these time, not knowing that all of us are brought up and planted within our subconscious mind the seeds of violence by an equally violent education, religious and political system. Blame it on the system? No where can you witness such violent action being manifested at its glorified zenith in a big way as when you attended a local awards show like I did quite accidentally recently. The Shout Awards is organised by 8TV, which is supposedly a Malaysian Chinese-oriented TV station.


Celebrating Violence
In true democracy I believe it is politically incorrect to post a room for rent stating race preference. My ex-housemate Riza was thankful for having such an understanding housemate like me and even invited me to attend the Shout Awards as a gesture of friendship since he got 2 VIP tickets. My Malay friends loved me, no race issues whatsoever. Like when Riza first moved in, I prepared a praying mat for him and told him the direction he should pray (I know the Q word) so he will be comfortable with the stay. Personally, I enjoy being with all my Malay friends for they respect me and I respect them too for most are good-naturedly and kind, especially those not obssessed with their own self-proclaimed superiority and authority. Thankfully all of them are NOT from the media industry.

My adorable friend Riza who invited me to that show is sort of an innocent dreamer, for he loved watching local celebrities and dreaming about them. At the time, I did not reveal to him that I acted in films and TV before, (but when he found out later, he kept poking my status as an artiste) so it was good for me to observe how a non-artiste being influenced in such event before the knowledge. Psychologically as a person, he suffers a mild insecurity about his body image for he is tall and rotund. In fact, I would vouch all people who attended such glitzy awards event suffers some form of insecurity, and dreaming one day they could be on that stage to receive an award. Most of them are struggling young people who aspires to be "rich and popular" like these so-called artistes. Most are blinded by the glamour and grand pyrotechnics but failed to see violence at work. 

It's how this awards show systematically manipulates and exploits these young people's psychology on the floor who shouted and cheered whenever some local celebrity enters, if you can even call a TV host and radio DJ a celebrity is beyond me. I wore my Barisan Nasional cap that night to cover my face from being recognised by anyone. Most of the audience consisted of unthinking teenagers and young adults, and a majority of them dressed even better than the nominees themselves, which make me suspect they were there to advance their own ambition in becoming a TV host or actor by nearing themselves to such show. They are not real fans per se, more like a sponsored guest to rub the egos of the nominees that night through an act of semi-violence: shouting.

I cannot help but notice the vast race disparity for this is my first time attending this award event. Personally, I do not like to label any person's race, but it's so obvious in a public event like this. It becomes even more apparent to me the violent streak in such an award event which sidelines its own local English-speaking Chinese talent, by strategically hiring only one Chinese comedian talent (ex-Malaysian who migrated to Australia) in a sea of Malay-only artistes, to perform on the stage! The first joke this comedian took on  stage was how fast the Chinese men cums and fall short on the size department of their uncircumsized privates compares to a Malay (why the racial and sex comparison?) which to my shock and absolute horror upon watching him, is an absolute sexual degradation and shaming of all Chinese men in Malaysia! It's this form of casual violence made laughable and being allowed to air nationally on this TV station that contributes to the cycle of violence in our society today. Who puts them there in their positions, to allow such flagrant acts of violence by making Malaysian Chinese men ashamed of their sex and being made a joke? I used to be great fan of 8TV channel, but after that performance at the awards show am swearing off not to support the channel for good.

Violent Mass Brain-Washing
The language used in that awards show is English, and in itself becomes laughable in fact to hear how badly the English language uttered by some of the so-called winners upon accepting their awards which comprised mostly the TV station's own stable of "star" employees. It's self-glorification because they gave awards to their own productions and staff. Exploitation is a form of violence. Especially TV stations who branded itself to be Malaysian Chinese-oriented, but really only wants advertisers' money to get the attention of the sidelined Chinese viewers while channelling the money to support its own artistes, which not surprisingly consisted a majority of Malay artistes in that awards ceremony - putting them in the forefront in the form of award shows such as this? I don't mean to put a race labels on artistes, but the awards show itself openly shows the racial disparity, so what can I say except the truth?

Violence is heartbreaking and painful to anyone with the right mind towards democracy and equal human rights. I watched Malay movies too, and one nominated (and won) at that show especially "Kil". In my opinion, I don't recommend the movie because of how shallow it deals with such a deep subject as suicide that doesn't give me the feeling of a complete and fulfilling ending. How do you expect locals, which includes Chinese Malaysians like myself to support Malay movies, when in an awards show they daringly brought in an emigrated Australian Chinese comedian to ridicule directly at local Chinese Malaysian men whom blindly supports the TV station? If the situation were to reverse and a Malay joker is made to joke about their own shortcomings in a Chinese-only artistes awards show, you would feel the same way as I do.

Because of the mass popularity of my Malaysian Idol performance was so impactful and memorable, I was invited by the CEO of that TV station to re-enact my famous Malaysian Idol dance once more for their first ever advertisers event back in 2005, with specifics that I must wear my Golden Shorts on the show. I hesitated because something feels wrong here without any written contract or concrete payment but it got immediately cancelled by the CEO because of my hesitance, which I am glad that he did so. I knew way in the beginning that I was going to be exploited, humiliated and chose not to. I remembered clearly a character named Gary, which is this geeky, short and mousey timid Chinese guy who becomes the face of the TV station when it first launched. Is that the way the TV station views its own Chinese male viewers through Gary? Shocking because it is degrading.

No one in their right minds could allow such awards shows being aired or even let themselves be humiliated and emasculated based on race, for it angers many who are intelligent enough to see through such exploitation  - local Malay artistes speaking English when accepting their awards, with hopes that it might reach an international audience? Since the majority is so much based on just one race which was obvious in all the nominees of the award categories, I would like to ask - where are the English-speaking Chinese talents? Why aren't any one of them there to give their winning speeches? Like my wise old uncle used to tell me, "It's becoming a more race-based racket used to steal the Chinese people's money". As for me being a more democratic person and not as dramatic as my uncle, it is "Forgive the sinner, avoid the sin".                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Most Malaysian Chinese for the sake of appearing "peaceful" and "law-abiding" are silenced in their own state of victimhood due to their own lack of education and compund that with the enforcement of the law that forbids freedom of expression, resulting with a few actually bursting out in anger at public places due to the absence of communication avenue - another cycle of violence perpetuated by the obscene self-glorification shown in the media to offend others based on race that garners no real respect and credibility anymore. Seriously, shout for nothing this awards show. Except it succeeds in "shout"-ing it's a mono-race Malaysians society, not multi-racial one? Or shouting how great Malay artistes are over Chinese artiste? It is racial, narrow and shallowly undemocratic. Please stop and be aware of the effect you are affecting your audience because you are the media and don't have the liberty at poking race-based misandristic jokes (specifically Chinese men).

Most young people in their teens and 20s are not yet aware how violence is taking place in the media to steal away their rights to just be. To be whoever they want without the confines of race, sexuality and religion. Being in your 20s is an experimental period and you make inncent "mistakes" like I did in Malaysian Idol. But I enjoyed it for it was real fun to see the shocked faces of the judges. That freedom if not practiced, may already be taken away from you and gone for real. The worst is that you don't  even know about it, keeping on with your la-la carefree way, until when you hit a certain age, then you feel it's too late. Being a free democratic person hinges not on your education level or how much you earns or who you know. It hinges on your determination and will to change for the better so everyone is portrayed in a fair, balanced and non-stereotype manner.

Violence you don't have to do  - Abandonment
Abandonment is another form of violence too many people don't know about. Most just think explicit words and physical abuse as violence. Abandonment means the focus on one group of artistes based on their race by the governing entertainment body of comittee at the expense of abandoning the other racial group of artistes. It's the same as a parent abandoning a child and a spouse abandoning the other. Not doing anything or letting that person alone when he or she is self-destructing is another way to describe abandonment. What happen to these abandoned people? Violence. It's unavoidable, it's a cycle. But truly smart abandoned people would use their head - common sense. Common sense would dictate if a person does not support me, why should I support that person? Here's where violence is so pure in its nature, it's potent when backfires. And why so many of us gravitates towards the act, because it is the only fair way it seems. So many abandoned artistes like myself only know too well this form of violence and how it works.

Nobody is innocent from violence. And we must stop this. If not, then that person suffers and make others suffer too, which leads to a more macro effect - the whole country and industry suffers, which is already happening. Stupidity is glorified when violence is not stopped. Remember how the comedian is let loose (or perhaps coerced into lowering himself by the show producers to conjure the disillusionment that we're all one big happy family laughing while making you the butt of the joke) to perform at the awards show? And how many local movies produced that sits on just plain stupidity and same-old storylines written by lazy scriptwriters who refuses to think beyond their own small world except to rub the egos of their boss or own self-glorified superiority and disillusionment? Imagine how do Malaysians endure such casual violence everyday - stupidity and disillusionment. It's no wonder some cynics say one generation is dumber than the next.

Most endured through praying or submitting themselves to religious rites. But the reality stands that even religious persons themselves, man and woman, still commits acts of casual violence. Religion is no cure for violence because it can be used to permit that person on a conscious level to commit even more of these acts, thinking that it will be forgiven when religious rites are practised after their acts of violence. Some choose to escape the realities of our violent society through work or family or some form of drugs. The bigger crooks would immerse their ideology of defending their race and culture. Choosing to endure violence does not make you a saint or any better than the next person. You can judge others for acting the way they do like condemning my Malaysian Idol performance, but that doesn't make you any better than me.

Violence is the absence of Democracy, replaced with Religion and Race
What's missing here in this cycle of violence? The absence of democracy. How do Malaysians fail in that is because most are not brought up to question, appreciate creativity and read all types of literature, philosophy (read Sartre's existentialism) and finally the guts to take action. Most willingly just allow themselves to be pushed and shoved into believing a set of man-made beliefs heavily tainted by hate politics, economics and history which was actually re-written by violent men and women. The enforcement of an already set of belief system coupled with an institutionalised religious system slowly ignites the embers of future violence, that through the years exploded into embitterment which resulted in the example of the mature Chinese woman spewing Cantonese profanities at innocent people, when clearly no one has any intention of crowding her at the fair. It just is, thus she becomes the source of her own bitterness in the small-minded world of only her and hers alone.

Violence disguised as Conservatism
This small-mindedness is actually very much encouraged and tidily slapped on the label everybody feels comfortable putting on called conservatism. In my experience, conservative Asians are the most violent men and women. The discouragement of this generation from thinking and questioning to wearing sexy and skimpy clothing is forced upon the youths of today in the name of being conservative. This form of conservatism deemed the inability of youths today to think and articulate critically with each other of different backgrounds and culture, but inside they are burning with youthful passions. Violence soon become an outlet for them and older people too when they came to the realisation that they too had been duped by acts of violence they don't even know about is already taking place. People who are most conservative have the most lethargic reaction to change and inability to accept differences from others. And many Malaysians pretend to be conservative, but in actual fact are scared shitless to live fully as a democratic citizen, thus continuing their acts of casual violence against each other.

Through an actor's lense, violence is actually a form of dramatics to capture immediate attention on the aggressor. When such violence happens in real life, the best remedy is not to pay any attention to the aggressor and use common sense. Most people live for the drama because of the absence of knowledge in true democracy. Religion and race becomes the driving theme, trumping down democracy. Common sense dictates how you think rationally, not emotionally in a fair and humane context. Finding ways to save money and being frugal is NOT common sense. Many Malaysians failed to use common sense because of the way they are brought up through an education system that enforces the violence of just taking in man-made facts after facts, from school to tuition classes and then more tuition classes, never stop to question its validity.

When they're in the job market, many are encouraged to just take, take, take, go after money, study until MBA so can get highest paid jobs, etc while not realising that money is the root of all violence. Common sense dictates that anyone regardless of their physical appearance and limitations but with the right credentials should be given the first priority, no matter what their racial, political and religious affiliations. Instead, violence is practiced by the people in power by selecting someone based only on superficial affiliations mentioned, resulting in high-calibre talents like myself to flee from a violent industry.

Why Violence is NOT the solution:
1) It creates more problems.
2) Industries are run by survivor-mentality, not the thriving-mentality.
3) Talented people refuse to contribute (because the industry perpetuates violence).
4) Offers only temporary relieve, but long term is devastating. And the effects are being felt right now in our society today.
5) Malaysia becomes an unattractive market for global investors.

PHYSICAL PRIDE + MISINFORMATION (BRAIN-WASHING DISILLUSIONMENT) + STUPIDITY = VIOLENCE

So how can you and I stop this violence? To make it simple for everyone I've listed 9 simple steps that anyone, regardless of who you are or how low your education may be can do right now:
1) Acknowledge that violence exists because of the money culture disguised in the forms of religion, culture, family, tradition and all things deemed "sacred". False pride makes us think we are developing towards first-world country, but we need to be more humble than that because we don't even understand the true meaning of democracy yet. Don't run if you cannot even walk right.
2) Reject all media that shows only 1 race of people in 1 show. I don't watch local Chinese AND Malay TV serials myself. Until these silly TV stations are able to put a more balanced picture of a multi-racial Malaysians, forget it! I am now deciding NOT to even watch local Malay movies too. We have not achieve true democracy yet, and already we're getting ahead of ourselves by chasing fantasies and dreams of grandeur.
3) Treat everyone equally. If they intentionally thrash your manhood or belittle yoĆ¹ based on your race and religion through a joker in a very public forum like awards show, reject them. Choose to be equal to everyone, not through belittlement and shaming.
4) Explore a world beyond your own. Only people who stays in their own little world tends to be more narrow-minded and ultimately violent in nature.
5) Have a common sense. Without it, you will lose all common decency and ends up being stupid. Why should I support or be involved in the film industry that comes from a violent race of people who doesn't even appreciate who I am? Common sense also involves the ability to allow others to make mistakes and not judge.
6) Have more confidence in yourself. Only people with low self esteem would support such awards show that belittles and looks down on other people based on the physical false pride (like money, race, height, type of dick). Instead of idolising them, why not build up your own identity capitals like I did? You can do it even when the industry discriminates or abandons you.
7) Deny all support to violence in all its forms. Don't go work-out in places that restricts you in so many ways. Don't watch TV channels that secretly belittles you and race-oriented. Remember these are all distractions to the real truth about you. Read more to discover yourself. Thrive, not survive.
8) Practise democratic freedom in its entirety, not taking in only the small parts and bits that suit you. Or relearn again what democracy truly means so you'll be liberated. Violence happens when people enforce their own brand of "democratic freedom" at the expense of limiting other people's rights to be. Peaceful demonstrations on the street to express your disagreement is your right, and thrives in real democracy. Violence happens as a result of people misinterpreting real democracy through other layers of belief, especially in Malaysia like religion and race that takes precedence over true democracy. I have the rights to express  my opinions and thoughts. If you don't like what you read, it's your rights too. You can choose to read other blogs besides mine. And I have the rights to do the same to you too.
9) Don't blame anyone, start with yourself first. Don't blame the government. Don't blame the PM. Don't even blame your parents. Blaming makes you stuck in the past. People blames because either they refuse to help or fail to ask for help. Start by examining your own democracy meter, and you'll be shocked by how undemocratic a person you actually are. We all are.

Final example
People lacking the full grasp of democracy can be found everywhere in Malaysia. Even at a men's changing room. All men in the room are wrapped in their towels except this tall and muscular alpha male, showering openly stark naked with his huge cock hanging out! In a democratic society, if you dares to show off your thing in public, people have the right to see. But this demented piece of meat splashed water at anyone who caught a glimpse of his large endowment like a scared little bitch so as to avoid stares. Come on, use common sense - this is a men's room, you forgot? If I were in a western country, it's no big deal that people stares, we're all men here - you have a cock, I have a bigger one. The big question is, why don't you simply just cover and shower with the door shut? You want to show off but am offended when people stare and then show an arrogant face. Later, he walked out still stark naked to put on his clothes, but nobody cares about his muscular body show-off anymore due to his bitchy behavior. Possibly gay, with his own self-loathing attitude that discriminates others just like him because thinking he's far, far more superior than everyone else.

Come to think of it, a lot of our politicians and leaders are behaving like that too? A lot of shouting and dramatics, but devoid of understanding in true democracy when you interview them.

You think my world famous Yellow Shorts
twerking
is just this? It's about democratic freedom.
Only True Democracy Wins
You'll be surprised that a lot of Malaysians are not educated in what democratic freedom means to them as an individual. I've talked to a lot of people, and most are just clueless when I asked them about what democracy means to them. Personally for me, democracy means all man-made institutions, corporations, religious bodies, systems and laws are up for evaluation, change and criticism. We create these stuff, and we are not under it. Like my favourite hip-hop rapper used to say "Make the money, don't let the money make you".

Democracy has nothing to do with your religion, or culture, or your family, or your mother. There's no such thing as sacred to anything that is made and created by men, because they're all selfish to begin with. Below are 3 principles I've personally abide to me in my daily life, which is also a new set of resolutions for 2014:
1) We, the people run the government, not the government running the people. Truly democratic people encourages feedback, open conversations and criticism. They never kiss anyone's ass. I make the money, the money don't make me.
2) Democracy means we're all equal. Nobody should be looked down upon or being placed above over others. I have all the right credentials and track record as an artiste, therefore I should be given work without begging, cheating and changing who I am!
3) In democracy, I'm born a complete and free human being. You don't need anything else to define who you are. Democracy is not your religion, your race or your culture - it can never be mixed. True democracy is free from the influence of all that. Democracy demands you live your life to the fullest as a free human being. Democracy does not enforce through fear. Democracy demands accountability. Democracy is a way of life - how you think, how you deal with people, how you work, love, live and when the time comes when you die - it's the democratic legacy you leave behind. Democracy is right NOW, not the past or future. So ask what you can do now. Please spread this word around before we degrade even further into this cycle of violence. Only people with no grasp or understanding whatsoever of true democratic freedom would condemn my yellow shorts twerking in Malaysian Idol (and I will continue to twerk until democracy is realised in each one of us) When all violence comes to a meaningless end, only practicing the democratic principles in your daily life would truly awakens you and I towards true freedom. And deep inside, you know you want that too.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Asus Transformer Pad TF700 review


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So now I have the Asus Transformer Pad, do I throw away my Samsung Tab 7.7? Thank goodness I didn't! For one, the Transformer Pad does not enable me to make or receive phone calls. Mainly, I love the Asus Transformer Pad for it's ultrabook feel to the whole package. It's very nice to tote around this Transformer Pad, because the make of the keyboard and tablet has a premium feel to it.

The premium metallic back feel
Large, Full HD Screen
The larger screen is a whole new experience for me. I am used to my Tab 7.7 screen, and now having a larger screen actually feels different for the better. For one, a larger screen is better when I am updating my blog and writing articles. I wrote on my 7.7 Tab before, and it can be done. But having a larger screen and a keyboard makes it feel more natural. I can really take my time to type and think, in a larger screen format.


The Asus Tranformer Pad boasts a full HD display. This is great for watching movies or reading. Honestly, not as great as Samsung Tab 7.7 Super AMOLed screen, but will make do with the full HD. Samsung has yet to produce a larger screen for AMOLed yet, so the Asus Transformer will have to make do. The screen has an IPS mode or you can turn on the auto brightness which adjusts the screen brightness according to the surrounding light. It's actually very accurate and useful to turn it on, whenever in the evenings or in some enclosed areas. Rarely I used it outdoors, but I'm sure it can adjusts to the brightness accordingly too.


The USB port connector
Keyboard with Great Functions
The most fabulous part of the keyboard is it has a USB port and SD card reader that enables to connect to my pendrives for transfering files. Unlike the Samsung tab, I don't need to buy an extra adaptor charger to connect to it. I can simply just plug in my pendrive and the screen would be able to read it. There's one tricky problem with the keyboard and screen: you need to ensure the tablet is fully plugged into the dock for the detection of the USB pendrive which would appear on the bottom left corner of the screen. Basically the 3 great functions of the keyboard are:
1) Provide extra power
2) USB and SD card reader
3) Easy typing experience


Be sure the tablet is secured correctly into
keyboard dock here
Tips for Setbacks
You need to make sure your tablet is pushed in snugly into the keyboard dock so your tablet would then be able to detect the external pendrive. That means you need to push the tablet down harder into the dock, until you hear a click. I try to transfer files like my pictures from the Asus Transformer Pad to be displayed on my TV, but my TV just couldn't read the files. I have to content viewing my pictures on the screen instead. It's different from my Galaxy Tab 7.7, which I'm able to transfer my files onto the flat screen TV for viewing. The SD card reader port enables me to transfer pictures taken from my camera into the computer immediately.



Audio jack connection placement
There are certain apps that won't play on the Asus Transformer Pad like WhatsApp and a new game FlapBird. The back of the tablet, at times, do heat up quite a bit at the back when doing intensive apps. Some people may also find the keyboard cumbersome, for to me, it is important as power back-up, if I were to use it for long periods of time outside the office and home. And it do lasts quite long. But you need to carry the keyboard out with you. The last funny thing I experienced using the tablet is where the audio jack connection is placed at the tablet, which is at the bottom left corner of the tablet in landscape mode. When I use the tablet (without the keyboard attached), almost certainly I would hit on the wire or find the audio jack a hindrance for my hands movement when playing a game. Small irratation, but needs addressing.

The good
Full HD screen display
Premium feel
Ports for SD card and USB
Long battery life with keyboard

The bad
Does not play certain apps
Cannot transfer files to TV
Heats up at the back
Awkward audio jack placement

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