In case you missed it last week, Miyagi and I are engaged in a bit of a Healthy Rivalry.
Healthy Rivalry lets you see how your health compares to your friends (your "rivals"), via the Healthy Lifestyle Index (HLI). The higher your score, the healthier your lifestyle! This is where Miyagi and I stand at the moment:
Even though I am on vacation in Bali, I have been making sure I get my veggies and fruits, for instance. This was my breakfast this morning:
This little rivalry is really helping me make conscious choices about my food. Here are some of my other meals in Bali so far:
Sure we sometimes have cheat days (that bacon around my asparagus was probably not a good idea), but we can make a choice to eat healthy every day. Start by doing simple things like having less oily stuff, less, or for me, no sugar in our drinks, and less salt.
This morning, when @Miyagi and I, @mrbrown, tweeted the hashtag #IfYouHappyAndYouKnowIt (yes I know it isn't grammatical but we happy what), I thought it would be a good idea to take some of the tweets we liked and make them into a song, on a whim.
This video was done after a few silly hours at the studio, completely unplanned. I have never written, recorded and filmed a song this fast before. I am tired, but happy.
Shoutouts of thanks to @ShunfuMart, @miyagi, @acupofgie, @PINKMOUSSECAKES, @ImranJohri, @zsdt1905, and @ChoCoLOve_Nic for their tweets!
Miyagi and I recently took our Healthy Lifestyle Index (HLI) and look at my score! SEVEN leh!
Miyagi is only a 6! This made Miyagi buay song so he started a #healthyrivalry with me to see if we can beat each other's HLI score. Follow us on our blogs (mrbrown.com vs miyagi.sg) and twitter accounts (@mrbrown vs @miyagi) to see who wins!
The Healthy Lifestyle Index is a health monitoring tool to help you determine where you stand in terms of your key health behaviours and habits. You are scored from zero to 10 after you do the ten quick and easy questions. Very easy to do one!
When I was a child, we couldn't afford many toys. My mother told me to suck it up and play with whatever toys she could get me from her friends. Not only did we have hand-me-down clothes, we also had hand-me-down toys.
We didn't really mind, my two younger brothers and I. But we did sometimes wish we could have a Six Million Dollar Man action figure with Bionic Eye and Working Bionic Grip (or even his balding boss, Oscar Goldman) or a few more Star Wars figures (I had about five). (cont'd)
After reading it, I decided that it was full of mistakes and Ivy Ong-Wood articulated it best:
"This is such a badly researched article. I expected more of the BBC, especially given that you have a base in Singapore and the "correspondent" claims to have been brought up here.
1) "Restaurants serving Singapore's fusion cuisine called Peranakan used to be hard to find." No, such restaurants have been around for as long as Peranakans have been around in S'pore.
2) Lapis is layer, not ladder. I don't know where she got her ladder analogy from.
3) "They were not allowed to bring women with them..." Not allowed? Voyage was expensive so only the breadwinners came, there was no question of permission.
4) "…this marriage of cultures has been called Peranakan, which means descendant" Peranakan means native-born, from the Malay root word "anak", not descendent.
5) "Peranakan culture, which used to be considered a disadvantaged background, was now chic." No, the Peranakans were considered the elites. Their children went to schools in England and they were closely allied to the British so they were local managers and big businessmen.
Please do your research properly. These are very basic facts. Your "correspondent" should at least have asked round the Singapore office. They could have put her right before such an embarrassing article came out."
Pro tip: Do NOT piss off a Peranakan about our culture, history and food.
I've had a Dell XPS 12 to play with for some time now. Let me share my thoughts on this hybrid Ultrabook.
As a user of a Macbook Air 13-inch, I am intimately familiar with the Ultrabook form factor, since most PC manufacturers realized there was a market for these beasts when the Air sold like crazy.
The Dell XPS 12 running Windows 8 is not exactly the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook out there (it is 1.54kg to the MBA's 1.35kg) but it does include a flippable touchscreen that makes it into a tablet. In real world terms, an XPS 12 is lighter if you carry a MacBook Air and an iPad together.
Here are the specs of my stock model, priced at S$1,899
Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz, TPM)
OS: Windows 8 Pro, English (64bit)
Display: 12.5 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with True Life and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
Memory: 4GB Dual-channel DDR3 (soldered on-board)
Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive
Graphics Card: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
The screen is where the Dell XPS 12 shines. Even though it is slightly smaller at 12.5 inches to the MBA's 13.3-inch screen, it is full HD at 1920 x 1080 compared to the 1440 x 900 on the MBA. That's quite a lot more pixels. And it is Gorilla glass.
At first glance, the frame of the XPS 12 and it's flippin' screen (sounds so wrong) looks flimsy but after using it a bit, the construction feels robust.
I spend a lot of time with input devices, writing and editing, and the keyboard feel is nice but I wasn't fond of the trackpad. The touchscreen felt responsive though, which is great if you are a heavy tablet-form-factor user, not so great if you are a laptop-form-factor user.
I enjoyed using it in the tablet format. But sometimes the Windows 8 OS throws me off. At 12.5 inches, the screen is great for watching movies in full glorious HD and surfing but again, recently I've started migrating from my full-sized 10-inch iPad to my iPad mini more. So it depends on how you use tablets, really. At this size and weight, the XPS 12 is not a tablet you can hold with one hand in the MRT train. But it is cool to watch movies off it on a plane.
Performance and battery life is about what you'd expect out of an Ultrabook/Macbook with these specs. As a tablet, it blows the ATOM and ARM-based tablets out of the water since it is running a 3rd-gen Intel i5 processor inside.
The XPS 12 does not have a Ethernet port but you can add one via USB if you wish. The wifi is Dual-band 2x2 which is serviceable, though I wish it were the faster 3x3 kind as we need more and more bandwidth. I'd buy a USB Ethernet adapter for those days when you are able to use a wired network connection.
I'd say the XPS 12 is a good buy if you are looking for a single replacement for your laptop and tablet needs. It isn't the thinnest, lightest and fastest ultra-thin laptop or tablet out there, but as a hybrid, it does pretty well. For what Microsoft is asking for a Surface Pro and keyboard (sold separately), you may be better served by the XPS 12, especially if you don't need the Surface's strength with pen-based input.
Go ahead, take the Dell XPS 12 out for a spin, or more accurately, for a flip.