Denon AVR 1400H

After mine previous AMP retired last week. I managed to find a replacement Denon. Only then i am aware that today AV receiver is far more powerful compare to those years ago.

Supporting Wifi for streaming of radio and other media. It can also allow Apple Airplay with just a few steps. With Bluetooth enable that will allow any players with the same connection.

A whooping of 6 HDMI to 1 output. Digital input and also Digital Dolby with neutral X up to 7 channels. I just have to say technology is running wild these days.

Footie at The Bund and Albert Park

For a very long time have not been updating footie movement. A month ago footie reached shanghai and running across The Bund.

A month later, footie reached Albert Park Melbourne.

Both with strong differentiation where The Bund is historical with a lot of people. On the other hand, Albert Park is less people and quiet. A strong contrast between the two.

MSI – new experience about true performance machines

After using laptop or notebook whatever you like to call it for the last 20 years. From business to personal use or sometimes casual gaming. It is a real stunner for me when i first experience MSI Gaming machine.

As a goal for my son for years for him to workout in term of reward and saving money for his own very first MSI. An Apache Pro which is the mid lower range of MSI range. As an IT professional, i can just comment that it has beautifully designed and built.

I have never encountered such a performance machine with boot speed in seconds even with ton of services to be loaded. High performance graphic. Very detailed designed until with utility software that allow you to tune the performance as to your need. Even the fan speed!

I particular like the keyboard wave led coloured design. Especially when during a tune down lightning atmosphere. 17″ but built with aluminum and able to be in 2 kg plus is just amazing.

I so like it until i get myself another machine but can only justify for my kind in term of ROI for lower end leopard. It has almost everything from Apache but without Dyno Audio and one step lowered graphic card. But it is already a high performance series and i believe the same specification cannot be obtained from a business machine with the same price.

I have gone through all ranges of MSI and i am convinced that if you need a performance machine no matter for gaming, design or business. MSI machines did offer value and performance concurrently.

At once i have lost my confidence on microsoft based powered machines. I am in position that Apple is the answer for the future. However, when windows 10 running on MSI. I have to reconsider my perspective again.

Aftershokz headphone and Garmin Vivoactive HR

Upgrading tempo on cycling and swimming.  Vivoactive HR extend its capability to record cycling event to Garmin connect. There after synchronize to Strava.  It has a Cadense sensor connection capability.  Most important allow stroke count in a lap pool.  Not as stylish as S3 but have a different added functionalities as a multisport watch.  

On the other hand, music is especially important for me to increase my tempo while during endurance events.  Previous headset all drain off batteries in an hour.  New after shokz headset is well positioned to extend to endurance play to 3 hours.  But the most outstanding function is the music quality with your open ear to sensitively beware of other vehicles around while you are cycling or running.

A beautiful companion and I consider valued excellent investment for health.

1st Road Bike experience – Giant TCR Advance 2

After years of riding foldies. A great chance that my new colleage is encouraging me to go for road bikes. Well 1st thing in my mind is after years of inflation. The bike should be around RM 500 to 1000. But then I only can confirm CPI forever won’t work. An entrance road bike that with Carbon frame starts 5 to 6K.  I guess I should invest in more bikes company’s shares back then. I should be shaking my legs to life in Hawaii! 

1st time riding Giant TCR Advance 2.  Full Carbon frame but I believe not the best grade with Shimano 105 chipset. Did I said it wrongly “Chipset” what’s up. I am a IT PRO anywhere so I use our own jargon.  Blue coloured and around 8.3kg after added in pedals and etc.

The speed is faster where I can ride 20KM in an hour compare to folding bike for just 10KM around an hour. (Please don’t complaint my speed!! As I am just intend to be fit!)  It is harder to ride I guess the wheel much bigger than folding bike.  

The riding position also not as easy as it is not upright but I believe a few more rounds may be helpful for me to adapt to the riding behaviour.  Learning lots from YouTube and kind of understand there are a lot of theories within. Ok….  no I can ride, swim and run.  That’s I suppose side style that I like most as I am a pretty outdoor person.

In summary, riding a road bike isn’t like last time when I rode to Uni campus during my studies in UK. Though weather is different as winter there can really frozen you. But the bike that I have during 1992. Also a road bike that only costed me 20 pounds. But I got no regret to invest into any machine for outdoor exercise as I believe it is always the best that bring me closer back to nature. Most important, keeping fit to walk more miles in my life!!

Lenova Yoga iBook 

The major challenge that I have is when I working with a notebook.  The viewing angle is always a challenge especially it is hard to find a consistent table that can be adjustable for comfortable view angle.

Finally, I found this iBook which is has a brilliant design called Yoga for this issue.  Turning the viewing angle close to 360°.  Just love it so much solving my biggest problem with also long sighted issue.

But that’s not the end. Haptic keyboard that can provide a typing experience though not accurate as the traditional keyboard.  With immediate switch to pen writing on screen for ideas. Same functionality like Samsung note but writing on pdf will require a small purchase from Microsoft store.  

Performance is just nice for a commercial executive and perhaps more than required. However, battery power is superb and can be all day long without worry.

Windows 10 version come without LTE vice versa it’s Android version did come with this option with no extra cost. 

Conclusion, highly recommended for those with my same challenges.

Samsung S3 finally hit the hot button

In the past week most of the major flagship stores of Samsung fully sold out. Even it’s accessories also being cleared in some shops.  Personally I need to try the 5th Samsung store only able to get a classic. Lucky it is the one that I would like to get for this round.

Taken a lot of my thoughts before deciding to upgrade from S2 to S3. The 1st major difference will be it’s dial. A massive 46mm that I personally preferred as more masculine.  However, S2 remained favourite if really into running as it is lighter and slimmer than S3.

S3 however now built in GPS on board where you may can workout without carrying the phone.  Picking up a call while I am holdings packets of grocery back from weekly shopping.  

IP68 with military grade protection suit my training from under the water to running, cycling and possibly rare extreme sports.  

Both Classic and rugged dial are now come with standard 22mm customizable strap. I like it very much as you can easily change the strap without using any tools at all.  Especially now it is possible to customize to a classic from sport for business meeting.

Longer battery life indeed I am a little in doubt as I tried barely 2 days with normal use. This is equivalent to the S2 and may be just 10 to 20% more for the S3.

If for those into Hiking, Barometer and altimeter are included in S3.  I am trying to discard 3rd party applications. But features that bundled together with the watch out of the box.

Switching between S2 and S3 is also a brilliant feature previously not available from Gear S to Gear S2.  Now whenever either is pair with the phone. So health will automatically switch to the right model.

Finally, voice recognition to create a reminder is very useful to me. Idea sometimes can be just a moment and gone from your mind.  If you can record down your idea or next tasks. It is a booming productivity practise. 

Bali – a place where people make a difference

It is my 1st time to Bali after years of friends recommendations.  Our first impression of the island is Mount Agung. Later we only told it is one of the active Volcano on th3 island.

We visited not in the best month as everyday is raining in the afternoon.  Our local tour guide suggested the best time will be in September.  Our planned date to visit Mount Batur hit with heavy rain and foggy.  Even we were so close yet visibly we cannot see anything at all from the view point.

On our way back we managed to visit a Luwak Coffee plantation. While rain was drizzling and with a cup of Luwak Coffee made up the day.

The local chili source are my favourite. I cannot stop having this as my companion in every of my dining during my stay.

As usual, I also tried a local Beer called Bintang.  Kind of surprise that the beer is a Hugh standard blonde.  Crispy, balance hoppy taste and aromatic after taste.  Not a best of the best but good enough as an easy to reach commercial Beer. 

After all, the best moment will be with my Twins, eldest son and wife at the beach. Yeah, it was our first time with the babies and eventually all got sun burn!  The 1 year old Twins are really enjoying nature.

The best experience of the whole visit came from the local people. They are always smiling, always welcome tourist to visit. Passionate and helpful.  I think so far one of the best place I believe I will resist again not because of the island. But it is the local people who make a big difference.