Kim Huat looks for a hot CNY date, Part 2. How did Kim Huat's date go? Did Premium Ah Lian come to see him? Watch the video to find out! And Kim Huat has a special promo for you to celebrate CNY. Click http://bit.ly/2nUO8C2 to find out more. Don't say bojio!
For those of you who have been asking me, "When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah? When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah? When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah?", you can stop bugging me now.
Here it is: The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with the new Explorer watch face. This watch face is only available on the Cellular series and yes, it’s finally here in Singapore.
The only catch? You can only currently get it with a NumberShare plan with SingTel. Oi, the other telcos, why you no support Apple Watch eSIM? I’m looking at you, M1. The reason it is not available with the other telcos is entirely in the hands of the telcos. So please go bug your telco if it hasn't rolled out Apple eSIM plans yet.
The Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) allows you to operate it without your iPhone on you. The number is the same as your phone’s. You can take calls and messages on it (the non-cellular models can too, but require the iPhone to be nearby) and here’s my favorite part: you can stream ALL your Apple Music on the Apple Watch without your iPhone. Your entire music library, and the rest of the world’s, inside your Watch. Amazing.
If you have not tried using the Apple Watch to make calls, you are missing out on the most scifi thing to do. I feel like I am living in a Dick Tracy world. The mic on the Apple Watch is able to send my voice clearly to the other party, despite the ambient noise. I used to be skeptical but I take my calls on my Apple Watch a lot more now. It just works.
Battery life is similar to the non-cellular Series 3, assuming about four hours of LTE use. When the Watch is near your iPhone, it will use your iPhone to connect, and only when it doesn’t detect your iPhone or a familiar Wifi spot, will it switch to its own LTE connection. This saves battery life. You’ll see four green dots on the Watch to indicate that it’s using its own cellular connection.
Now I can go swimming with my Apple Watch Series 3 LTE and not worry if I will miss any calls or messages while my iPhone is in the locker.
On the 7th of July, 2017, about six months ago, I quietly rebooted the mrbrown show on the Anchor podcast service. On the same month, my youngest daughter, Joy, made me this mrbrown show keychain for my birthday. Which I thought was serendipitous.
It was small little project, something I restarted because I missed the days of doing audio podcasts. So I just did it without fanfare.
I was not sure if I was going to keep doing it, so I didn't make a big announcement about it on my blog. I figured, if I could not sustain it, then I would just let it go.
But here we are. 100 episodes in.
There is actually more content on the, er, new mrbrown show besides "Kim Huat reads the news", like sketches, interviews and talk cock sessions with Marc Nair, my family, and Mr Miyagi. But "Kim Huat reads the news" remains the anchor of the new mrbrown show. Oh look, a pun.
I did the show daily at first, seven days a week, but eventually realized I needed to do other things with my life too, like see my children and sleep. It is currently a show that happens a few times a week. I suppose you can call it the (Almost Daily) mrbrown show.
I was so serious about doing this show as frequently as I could, that I brought a mini recording studio with me.
Below you see what I used on a trip to Japan in July 2017, a kit created around the Shure MOTIV™ MV5 microphone, that looks like a little golf ball.
Below is a photo of my gear on a trip to San Francisco in September of 2017. I used a Shure MOTIV™ MVi interface with an ElectroVoice dynamic mic.
At home, I created a small recording space, complete with mic and all, in case I wanted to record something for the show, and was not free to go to the office studio.
I know, it is a little obsessive. But I love making the show and I love serving the fans who listened in loyally.
If you want to join the merry band of listeners who tune in every time I post a show, you can do so in a few ways:
1. Download the Anchor app, and follow my station: mrbrown. If you have the app, you can tune in and listen to current shows and older episodes this way.
2. Subscribe to the podcast. The show is also available on iTunes and Google Play as a podcast. All the shows are there, because Anchor helps me to put it in the podcast library:
Kim Huat shares the common CNY customs on how to make your money grow, including a new pro tip. Earn up to 1% P.A. on your money in a UOB Stash Account, which is more than most savings accounts out there."
It is Chinese New Year again, and mrbrown needs to do his spring cleaning. This time he has a new weapon to combat the dust bunnies: The Tefal Air Force™ 360. Watch what happens when mrbrown is volunteered by his mother to do his spring cleaning duties. Tefal's latest Tefal Air Force™ 360 vacuum cleaner is powerful enough to suck up an apple (the fruit, not the computer), versatile enough to cover all surfaces with one head, and has performance features like an always-on one-click button, quick charge, and 12 minutes of use in BOOST mode and 20 minutes of use in normal mode.
Faith was walking around the house on the heels of her feet for part of the day, before we realized she found our marble floor too cold.
So Auntie Marian gave her a pair of socks to wear. She walked happily after that.
Even teenagers with autism can feel the cold of this rare 21°C Singapore winter. Faith even pointed at the hairdryer, asking for her wet hair to be blown dry after her morning shower. She never does that. It is usually something we do for her without her asking. We were very amused.
I just returned from Japan where it is snowing, and when I got off the plane in Singapore, I did not need to take off my jacket. For a moment, I thought I had entered a Mirror Universe. What happened to my Singapore? Where was the sticky heat and humidity? Where was the smell of sweat on the trains?
Here are ten signs that we are having a Singapore Winter:
1. This is your OOTD 👆 (For the curious, that is an Icebreaker Legion 3Q Trench Coat, a windproof, water-resistant soft shell with odor-resistant merino wool lining inside.)
2. 23°C at noon.
3. Aircon in bus is warmer than the air outside.
4. Everyone is dressed in Uniqlo.
5. Your son borrowed one of your cardigans.
6. You drink Teh C Kosong instead of Teh C Kosong Peng.
7. You are using heat packs in your pants.
8. Your table has a miniature heater.
9. You are wearing a wool beanie and no one laughs at you or calls you a Douchebag.
10. Kim Huat is not sleeveless.
11. You showered at your wife's water heater setting.
With just four days to the end of the year, Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel made it as my WORST movie of 2017.
It was cheesy, hokey, and tried to copy (badly) every sci-fi movie out there. You could see they were lifting from Star Wars, Star Trek, GI Joe, Hellraiser, Underworld, Transformers, Terminator, Power Rangers, and the Matrix in this rojak.
This review will contain spoilers because it doesn’t matter if you know what happens.
The first warning that this was going to be bad was the sheer number of production companies involved. I counted more than ten in the intro. It felt like half of the Chinese movie industry was involved in it.
Then came a list of Executive Producers and Producers. You could make ten more movies with the army of producers listed in the opening credits.
Bleeding Steel couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. It started out serious. Then it became a an unfunny slapstick comedy. Then it became a tragic melodrama (“Papa! Papa!”). Then it became serious again. It was like five different genres rolled into one.
It was unintentionally funny too. I laughed out loud when Jackie Chan’s (spoiler alert) arm grew back in the end.
You can tell the Sydney tourism board was involved because you see the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in many scenes, in the day, in the night, in a panning shot, in a drone shot… they got their money’s worth.
Audi was a major sponsor, I think. In one major chase scene, the bad guys drove Audi and Jackie Chan also drove an Audi. It was like everyone drove Audi in Sydney. But the bad guys drove black Audi cars.
Show Lo, who was the “comedic” sidekick in the movie, was easily the most annoying character in the movie and the most unfunny one too.
The random angmoh villain woman’s acting was sooooo bad. Did anyone in the public notice her silly outfit with the cape and her black motorcycle helmet soldiers walking around the streets of Sydney? Why didn’t anyone call the police?
In fact, why does every angmoh in this movie act so badly? Did they run out of budget to hire credible westerners to act in it?
My friend who fell asleep through bits of the movie asked me , “Did I miss anything? Where did the bad guy get his space ship?”
”No, you missed nothing. That space ship came out of nowhere. They never explain how the bad guy could afford, or have the tech, to build one,” I replied.
There was also a totally unnecessary scene involving some hooligans bullying the teenage protagonist, filled with racist stereotypes: black dude and his buddies wants to molest and/or rape her, gets kicked in the balls. Twice. Look at the black pervert guy holding his balls in pain, the movie seems to be saying.
Also disturbing was the unnecessary scene where some “witch” pulls apart the teen heroine’s shirt to expose her bra and chest, to administer an emergency injection. What the.
Jackie Chan looks old enough to be the father of the lady cop sidekick, and old enough to be the grandfather of the teen who plays his daughter.
Other moments of stupidity: When Jackie Chan fell out of the villain’s space ship (which developed a malfunction for no reason whatsoever and exploded), he was falling without a parachute, He somehow managed to catch up with his daughter and the lady cop sharing a parachute, and they talked in midair.
Good thing I only paid nine ringgit (three Singapore dollars) to watch it in a Kuching cinema.
There is NO way this movie deserves a 6.8/10 score on IMDB. I call shenanigans.
It was kind of sad that Jackie Chan actually made this movie, tarnishing his movie career legacy. That movie poster of him falling from the sky is symbolic of his credibility going down the tubes after this stinker.
When I saw Jackie Chan getting beaten up by the villain, I was actually hoping the villain would win.
Bleeding Steel was just bleeding lousy. No amount of Chinese money spent on the action scenes and (poor) CG can save it.
Save your money and wait for the movie to show up on some pirated movie streaming site. And don’t watch it even then.
Today, many parents went to register their children for Secondary School. Yesterday, the results were sent out, and the fate of our children’s placement arrived in the form of an SMS.
For some parents and children, there will be joy, as they get into school of their choice.
For others, it may be an SMS of sadness, because the school assigned is not what was aimed for or expected.
Isn’t it strange how powerful an automated SMS can be?
For some, there will be tears of disappointment, especially if the parents and the child expected to stay within the school they spent six years of primary school in. The sense of loyalty, school spirit, friendships made, all seemingly lost in a flash. All because of the way the chips fell. All because of exam results. All because of one exam point or eleven.
They call it a Cut-Off Point. For some of us, that can literally be the case. It can feel like “cannot make it”, or “did not make the grade”, or “cut off from your friends and school”.
Cut. Off. Point.
But as we accompany our kids to their schools today, we parents must be strong and positive.
In private, we may be lamenting the loss and dwelling on the disappointment. Mothers, in particular, feel this most keenly, I think.
In front our kids though, we must be pillars, cheerful pillars, even, for our children’s sakes.
Whatever our own fears and hangups, what the child should see must be our love and support. Especially for those of us whose kids may have ended up in a school that was not a first choice. Do not let them feel like they have been rejected by their old school or feel like they are being tossed into a “bad” school.
Do not let them feel ashamed of who they are or where they are going.
See the good in every school.
See the good in the principals and the teachers who are going to spend the next four to five years molding and teaching our children.
See the good in our own children, that they can achieve, no matter what society may define as “success”.
Hold our children close. Keep their self-esteem intact. Shield them from the politics of policy, and the slings and arrows of an imperfect system. And make them feel confident and able to overcome and to excel. Our strength and optimism is THEIR strength and optimism.
And as we fork out our hard-earned money for what feels like an endless chain of expenses, for new uniforms, new books, new levels of allowance, let us remind ourselves that the most important thing is that the child is happy in the new school environment. A happy child will thrive. A sad child will constantly second-guess himself or herself.
Then after the school registration process today is over, start worrying about more important things, like whether your kid taking bus-train-LRT is better, or bus-bus is better. Personally, I prefer the bus-train-LRT route. More predictable (unless you are on the NS and EW line), and less likely to be affected by morning traffic jams.
It is a new beginning for our children. With new friends to make, new mountains to conquer, and new bus routes to figure out. May our journey ahead be a fruitful and blessed one.
Seems like a thing to do a #bestnine. So this is my Best Nine for 2017. Lots of travel for me this year and the feed reflects it. Thanks for all the love on Instagram this year! Follow me on Instagram: @mbr_brown, if you haven't yet.
This is the story of my family trying BlueSG, Singapore's first large-scale electric vehicle car-sharing programme, as told by my youngest.
The service will start with 80 Bluecars and 32 BlueSG charging stations, and by the end of 2017, the aim is for 110 Bluecars and 42 BlueSG stations with 165 charging points, islandwide.
By 2020, the aim is for 1,000 Bluecars and 2,000 charging points. That is a LOT of Bluecars and charging points, which is something to look forward to, as the more of the cars are available, the more accessible it will be for users.
Singapore will be the second largest deployment of Bluecars and charging stations — the largest being Paris — where the system began. And we are the first in Asia to have the service. For more details, and to sign up for membership, head on down to www.bluesg.com.sg
My family had a lot of fun filming our experience with the Bluecar. Mom, Isaac and Joy were my sporting participants in this adventure.
I think this will add to the choices available for public transport, and that is always welcome. The fees range from 50 cents per minute for regular membership, to as low as 33 cents per minute for Premium members (subject to a minimum rental of 15 minutes at $5).
One of the major attractions for me is the flat standard rate 24/7 with no peak surcharge. So this means your rental fee is the same throughout the day, even during peak hour. No surge pricing!
Star Wars fans, I know you have waited for this. Is this The Empire Strikes Back level good? Or is this The Phantom Menace bad?
I watched this last night, 12th December 2017, and I am glad to report that it was EPIC. Not just good, not just so-so, not just fan service (The Force Awakens, I am looking at you), but a true and legit chapter in the world of Star Wars.
There is no way for me to write this without spoiling the movie. So let me just say, Pew pew pew! Noooooooo! Yesssssss! Pew pew pew! Ooooooh. Porgs! Light saber battle! Waaaaaaaat??? More light saber battle! Wait what??? Pew pew pew!
You will be pleased to know that my prediction that Jabba the Hutt was Rey's father, did not come true.
*Mild Mild Spoiler Alert Ahead*
Some bits were a little OTT. Superhuman even. You will understand what I mean when you see it. I also found the casino side plot a little distracting.
Some of you may be disappointed that your questions from The Force Awakens will not be answered or may be answered only partially. I say, suck it up. More will probably be revealed in the next chapter.
Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran, was an awesome new character. She is an engineer who shows how even characters in the background can play a major part in an epic rebellion. I thought her role grounded the movie. I had the pleasure of meeting her when she visited the Apple Orchard Store. Kelly is lovely in person too.
Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo was another standout. I was not sure if I was going to like her at first ("What was up with the quirky outfits and coloured hair?" asks the reviewer with the blue hair) but she grew on me. She made me feel angry at Poe Dameron amd won me over with her charm and sense of duty.
There were nice little moments in the movie when it alluded to scenes from Empire. Yet the fan service did not distract or take over the movie, and the story stands on its own.
There were also poignant moments in the scenes between Luke and Leia. Luke, oh, Luke Skywalker is the best version of himself in this movie. I liked him here more than I ever did in 4, 5 and 6.
Kylo Ren is still a whiny little boy but is more fleshed out this time. Fleshed out (recalls a scene, chortles to self).
Rey, she is very charismatic, even in long closeups. More Rey please. I even watched Murder on the Orient Express because of Daisy Ridley (that movie was beautifully shot, Hercule Poirot was brilliantly acted by Kenneth Branagh's moustache, but the story was a bit slow and weak. End mini-review.)
As usual, what will the Resistance do without the droids? BB-8 is a true hero, like R2 before him.
*Mild Mild Spoiler Alert Ends*
My wife, who is not as huge a Star Wars fan as I am, enjoyed it too. And she said it didn't feel like two and a half hours long, which means they got the pacing right.
I am going to catch it again soon, this time with my kids. I am raising my own generation of Star Wars children. I was a kid when I watched the first Star Wars, and to be able to continue watching the saga unfold with my own kids is awesome.