Archive for July, 2013

WIND CHIMES IN A BAKERY

When I first watch the opening scene of “Wind Chimes In A Bakery”, I told myself this is really some serious cinematography going on here. The way the flour was being sprinkled, how the egg landed among that mountain of flour and the dough is being rolled.  I actually thought that this shouldn’t be a local production. Apparently it is! Wind Chimes in a Bakery is an eight-episode web series brought to you by Samsung Galaxy S4, revolving around the phone and a bakery and being played by two main characters Adam (Ahmad Nabil) and Sue (Koe Yeet). I was so impressed by the quality of the video from it’s first 5 seconds  introduction.

After watching the first episode, I was hooked to this webseries. I wanted to know more about the story. What happened to Sue? Did she die in the hospital? What will happen to Adam’s dream of opening a bakery? Then I followed on, with it’s incredible quality of editing and cinematography that has been placed to produce this webseries, I’m pretty sure everyone was captivated by it!

I love how the story progresses. In every love story, there’s always someone who is from a rich family background and she meets a guy who has to work extra hard to earn a living. The relationship is genuine love. However, there are always obstacles stopping them from getting together. By that, there will be antagonists in the story. Such as Sue’s dad, he would do anything just to stop Adam from dating his daughter. Of course this would spark viewers to want to cheer on for Adam and the story gets more interesting from there on.

All the location setting were so well thought of. It fit so well to the story and the props complimented the settings. I would love my study desk to be like the one in the webseries. Clean, tidy and mess-free. The bakery setting is pretty nice as well, kudos to the production designer!

Nonetheless, I love how they use the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be a part of their memories in their relationship. Like how Sue would record things down and you get to see her face (the front camera) and Adam’s face (the back camera) using the dual camera function and their reactions as they communicate with each other.  You don’t need an expensive DSLR or compact camera to capture these kinds of moment anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S4 definitely made it so clear that it’s a versatile phone. Maybe this could even replace writing a diary and photo albums for couples in the near future.

As for now, I am looking forward to see how the story would continue unfold till the final episode : )

HONDA CIVIC BLOGGER DRIVE

Few weeks ago, I was invited by Honda Malaysia for the Honda Civic Blogger Drive and I brought Ming Yue along with me for the event.

The meeting point for the event was in Publika and everyone was pretty stoked about what’s gonna come up next. Some were already tweeting and posting photos of the events & the awsm Honda Civic already.

So it was light lunch, briefing and a group photo before we took off for our Honda Civic drive on the road.

This is us checking out the 9th Generation of the Honda Civic before we took off.

Did you know that the Honda Civic is the first petrol engine vehicle that comes with ECO Assist function? If you don’t know what’s ECO Assist, it’s a guide that helps you achieve best fuel-economy in the long run through your driving style (the way we step the accelerator and the brake pedal).

We went through normal roads, bumpy roads, jungle roads, small one-way roads, highway sprint just to test the performance of the Honda Civic. The i-VTEC SOHC powertrain is capable of unleashing up to 155PS worth of raw revving power. Although it’s powerful, it doesn’t mean that its fuel consumption is high thanks to the ECO Assist function.

There is also the Hybrid version of the Honda Civic which is the pioneer of hybrid vehicles in Malaysia. Many people were concerned about the maintenance of a hybrid vehicle before buying them, however fret not. As far as after-sales is concerned, you service and maintain a hybrid vehicle the same as you would for a conventional vehicle. That’s not it, Honda Malaysia even extended its warranty on the IMA battery to 8 years in order for you to have a complete peace of mind getting a hybrid vehicle like the Honda Civic Hybrid.

We had pitstops in between before reaching our destination (Desa Park City) to switch drivers. I had Ming Yue on my team as well as two other bloggers.

So we finally reached Desa Park City for our driving exercise that Honda Malaysia have prepared for us. We went through some proper safety briefing then moved on with 3 different exercises to highlight 3 different functions in the Honda Civic.

The Honda Civic is best in class in its Advance safety systems that include Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and a long list of standard safety equipment.

Amongst the safety features are the VSA and the ABS. VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) is a form of an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which ensures full stability of the vehicle. When the vehicle is going into instability, EPS will also carry out mild corrective assist in the form of counter steer during oversteer. During understeer, it prevents the steering wheel from over-cutting (reducing the turn).

Apart from that, there is the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) which I’m sure many of you had heard of it before. It helps the vehicle to steer away from an obstacle even while carrying out full braking. On the other hand, a vehicle without ABS will understeer (or continue moving straight ahead) while the driver carries out full braking as the brakes are completely locked. With ABS, braking is done intermittently to enable steering of the vehicle, away from the obstacle.

So after all the car exercises, it was getting late and we headed back to Publika.

It was time for dinner and all the teams were supposed to gather up the video footages shot during the day and compile it into a video during that time. It’s like all the Same-Day-Edit videos during weddings, if you get what I mean?

We had a screening of all the videos that night and prizes were also given out to all the winners during the car exercise in Desa Park City. The night ended with many happy faces walking home happily.

Do check out the video below that me and Ming Yue compiled for the event. It’s a vlog kinda video so hope you enjoyed the craziness? :p

Till next time, cheers!

HOW TO GAIN WEIGHT?

A lot of people who are skinny wish they could gain weight and a muscular physique, but don’t know where to start. And going to the gym can be intimidating when you’re a beginner. The myth is that skinny guys like me always say they can eat anything they want without gaining weight because they’re blessed with high metabolism. The truth is that skinny guys like me aren’t eating enough calories, our ‘eat anything and everything we want’ amount of food is not enough for our weight gain. Even if you have a fast metabolism, you’ll need to eat more to gain weight. Couple that with strength training and you’ll go from skinny to muscular.

1. Track Calories:

Skinny guys (like me ._.) often overestimate what they eat. You need at least your body weight in lbs x 20kcal daily to gain weight. Read the labels to check on the food calories and track your daily intake. I personally use the S Health app on my Samsung Galaxy S4 to track my daily food calories intake.

The S Health app allows you to even take a photo of your food, search for your food category in the existing database with estimated calories included (or you could always add a new type of food) and it amounts it to a total number of calories daily.

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2. Eat Every 3 Hours

Skinny people need at least your body weight in lbs x 20kcal to gain weight. That’s 2,600 kcal/day if my weight is 130lbs (60kg). If you’re an active person (like me) who plays sports, have a physical job or moves around alot, you’ll need even more calories by adding on the ideal kcal/day intake. The effective way to do that is to eat every 3 hours daily.

Try not to skip breakfast as it gives you the kickstart of the day and is considered the most important meal of the day. Get the calories from the first hour during breakfast. Then you can opt to prepare double portions while making breakfast; 1 portion for work/school, 1 portion when you get back. Or if you often eat out, then you’ll have to discipline yourself to set the timing and get more food when the time comes. Snacks such as mixed nuts, fruits, yogurt, eggs, sandwiches, milk and protein shakes will do you well for your weight gain as well. Don’t forget your post-workout meal too as physical activities burn calories. Eat more to get back the energy.

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3. Eat Calories Dense Food

These days I always opt for only certain food with dense calories (trying not to stay so skinny anymore lol). Imagine 100g of rice is about 380kcal and 100g of spinach is about 25kcal. Of course it would make sense that a skinny person needs to eat more rice (because it’s high in calories) in order to get his daily calories intake higher. Here are some good options of food with high calories:

Pasta – 100g of pasta is about 380kcal and easier to ingest than rice.

Whole Milk – Drink a gallon of whole milk per day on top of your current food intake. Protein shake works better but if not, milk works fine too.

Nuts – Mixed nuts and natural peanut butter have +500kcal/100g, about 50% healthy fats and 25% protein. Use mixed nuts as snacks during breaks and peanut butter in sandwiches whenever you’re a little hungry.

Steak & Potatoes – Another option of high calorie foods for skinny guys like me can include the traditional steak and baked potato meal. People became big and strong eating this traditional meal for centuries before the invention of protein shakes.

Fish - Most fish is a great source of high quality protein and delivers over 20 grams per 6 ounce on average. Not to mention, they are typically packed with supercharged omega-3 fats.

and many more…

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4. Get Stronger

You want to go from skinny to muscular, not from skinny to chubby. Do some strength training exercises. More strength means more muscle.

Free Weights – Force you to stabilize the weight and allow for natural motions. Start light, focus on technique and add weight progressively.

Compound Exercises – Do exercises that work your whole body from top to bottom. Squats, Deadlifts, Overhead Press, Bench Press, Planks, Pull Ups, Dips, etc..

Squats – Leg exercises stresses your whole body. When you can squat 1.5x your body weight for 1 rep, you’ll no longer be skinny. Squat often and you’ll see results.

Rest – Very important! Muscle grow when you rest, not when you workout. Don’t overwork your body by training daily because it still needs rest too. Sleep well, drink 1 gallon of water daily and eat fruits/vegetables.

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5. Track Progress

Lastly, remember to track all your progress – from workout, to calories burned, calories intake, etc.. Success breeds success. Knowing that you’re losing your skinny look will keep you motivated. As I mentioned in the first point earlier, I personally use my smartphone to track my progress as it’s much more convenient than having another device to carry around for tracking. S Health by Samsung offers few good tracking features and I think it’s sufficient for people who want to gain weight like me and it’s also better for people who want to lose weight because you could track your calories burned using Walking Mate & Exercise Mate.

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Hopefully these tips will help all the skinny guys out there. I recently just trying this out myself too, so it might take months to see the real result. Oh don’t forget, don’t expect to see immediate result and don’t give up too fast. Consistency and determination is key :)


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