Saturday, April 21, 2012

I got a new gadget! :D

It was a long, ok, not that long but it was a long journey lah.. I waited for the bus for about an hour to get to KL Sentral in another hour. I got up the monorail to Low Yat, being the digital mall, I was hoping that they sold the Zoom H1.


I went to every camera shop and they only sold RODE mics. I use a Canon 500D so it does not have a microphone input unlike the 550D A salesman downstairs did offer the H1 to me for RM380, but he wasn't there in the end, and his colleague said they dont sell it. It got me to my nerves, especially when I was wet from the rain and had blisters on my leg.

Since I had a complimentary drink from Starbucks because of doing a survey for them, I decided to kick back at the nearest Starbucks and have a chicken pie to fill my stomach. I also called Christopher and Stanley to help me check where can I find that device. Chris found a shop along Jalan Imbi called CK Music
selling the device. So I quickly got their number and asked if they had the stock.

A man named Haris picked up the phone. It was the last set and he reserved it for me. As soon as I got there, he was already expecting me. He brought out its package and I tested it. I was so impressed with its performance. Fast start up and it focuses precisely on the object you want to record. The surrounding noise is as minimal as possible so that the object recorded is emphasized. I plugged in my Philips headphones and the sound was great!


Zoom H1 also has an accessory set which can be bought separately, and I do suggest that if you get a Zoom H1, get its accessory pack too.. Its wind screen is so useful. It cuts of wind from being recorded, i tested it under a fan, very impressive. The accessory pack also comes with a power input for the mic, handheld microphone adapter, mini tripod, a protective case and a USB cable.





All in all, im quite happy with the product that I bought. Its been a day old so I've yet to test it more in different conditions, but other forums give good reviews too.. :)

Zoom H1 is RM335
Zoom H1 Accessory Pack is RM55

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Penang Day 2

We woke up to a wet thursday morning. It was raining and the more we just felt like sleeping. But we still got up at around 9am to freshen up and headed straight to town for a good breakfast. The hotel food was crappy, they say.

We took the bus to Komtar and walked a block to Jalan Penang, where good fried koay teow and cendol can be found; Joo Hooi Cafe



The best Char Koay Teow 


Cendol 


Nasi Lemak

After the good meal, we walked through the old streets of Penang. we were heading to the jetty to meet up with another member of the party and to take a bus to Penang Hill. We hopped on bus 204 from he jetty terminal which took us straight to Penang Hill, a.k.a. Bukit Bendera. 




It was a really hot day.. 


Check out http://www.penanghill.gov.my for more info.

It was a quick ride to the top especially with their new trains. From the top, you could see the whole of Georgetown and the Penang Bridge. You can also chill at a cafe up there. 






*Photography tip. If you want to take a photo of a very bright background and dark foreground, set your camera aperture to f/8 or a higher value and use flash. The bigger aperture will decrease the amount of light from the background and the flash highlights your object, for example, me in the photo above. If set on auto, your photo most likely will come out like below.. 


We didnt stay up on the hill for long because a storm was brewing and some of us were quite desperate for the famous asam laksa in Air Itam.. On the way to Penang Hill, bus 204 does pass by the famous Asam Laksa Store. It is not walking distance from Penang Hill, so you have to take a bus to Kek Lok Si Temple, which is a landmark for that shop. 












The Laksa here was great, The Sugar Cane drink here was great, the Fried Bread (Mua Chi and Ham Jim Peng) was also great! All in one, this is a place you must visit. 






After filling our stomachs, we walked to the Kek Lok Si Temple. It seems that theyre building a very big Buddha there. 


If im not mistaken, Kek Lok Si Temple is also known as the Turtle Palace. If you walk up the steps to the temple, you will arrive at its sanctuary. 





The temple was so big that you need to take a cable car up.. Sadly, the cable car was already closed when we reached there because getting there was far and quite long. This is what we saw on the way up. 










Since the temple was closing, we headed back to the city to have dinner at New Lane, which was said to be good. Anyhow, I didnt really have a good meal here.. 



Loh Bak, this was quite nice.. 


Curry Mee, also not bad.. 


Otak-otak, a disappointment, it was cold and mushy.. perhaps not cooked enough.. 


Chee Cheong Fun, this was good.. 


This is Char Koay Kak, it was said to be good..


Some dumpling soup.. not bad, though personally I like this dish fried.. 


Wan Tan Mee, a disappointment, soggy noodles, abit mushy wanton.. 


Grilled fish, I actually couldnt taste anything from this.. Viva Food Heaven has better grilled fish..


Poh Piah, not that nice. the one back in KL is much better..

After a non satisfying meal, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and get ready for our 2nd dinner across our hotel again. We were eager to try something new, so we tried the Horse Shoe Crab, which I did mention that it was another disappointment. Anyway, for info about Viva Food Heaven, click here

Well thats about it for the 2nd day. I fell sick at this time so I went to bed soon.. Stay tuned to day 3.. :)

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