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Whizzing off in a Lambo!

Or maybe it’s more like pissing my pants off in a Lambo!

Friends who saw my Instagram / Facebook post would know that I drove a Lambo for the first time, and all the comments I’ve received were along the lines of, “dashboard too high; seat too low; you look like you’re not enjoying it; is it a toy? etc etc.” Thanks for the love guys. Honestly, I was truly scared la, ‘cos I haven’t driven a car close to four years! 😡

So back track to how and why. It was all thanks to Pezzo’s World Cup campaign supported by Dream Drive that I had a chance to get on a supercar either as a passenger or a driver.

Initially I chose being a passenger in the (four-seater) Maserati GranTurismo together with Loti and a mandatory instructor. BUT, after seeing the bright yellow open top Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder returning from a spin, Loti and I exchanged glances and I’m like, “I’m driving that shit. YOLO!” Seriously, what are the chances that I’ll ever get to sit in a Lambo, much less drive one? Unless I 钓到金龟 lor hahaha.

In I went, after keeping mum about my driving experience and signing the ‘crash and burn’ indemnity form.

So sexay.

And so this was the short clip in case you missed it.

People who are dying to get on one of these supercars can either pay for your dream drive, else try to win it by nomming three slices of Pezzo pizzas everyday from now (till 13 July 2014). Good luck! 😉

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Rocky Route

The reason why I haven’t posting much for the past month is because I’ve lost all my arm strength to Climbers Laboratary. *Looking for excuses.

It’s true. For a good few days after my virgin rock climb, my arms, or should I say entire upper body literally screamed in pain. But I’m not complaining ‘cos it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try.

Gearing up.

Game on!

First two walls were pretty chicken feat. The grooves are very kindly spaced for us beginners, so it was simply reaching and stepping and reaching. Everyone passed with flying colours.

Moving on to the third wall, it was challengingly manageable until the very last bit where the wall’s inclined – I mustered like 70% of my strength to grab on to the last groove.

Then, with weak shaky arms, I know I’m doomed for the fourth and last wall.

The route is called ‘See Cups’ and it’s graded 5C+.

The higher the number and alphabet, the harder it is. Climbers Lab offers difficulty levels ranging from 5A to 7A.

Every route is distinguished by colour and See Cups’ luminous yellow.

Fwah! 有风 lei~

ACT ONE LA.

Next moment FAIL already.

And that was when I started to get frustrated.

So I tried and tried and squirmed and jumped and pulled and used up every inch of muscle to merely grasp that damn cup I kept failing at for a split second.

Doesn’t help that I’ve got a short physique. It takes me more strength and effort to reach out for the same distance as compared to a taller person (with longer arms and legs).

Back to C cups, four of us girls took turns but none of us could conquer them (‘cos we all A cups LOL kidding). We “buey gam wan” so we made our instructor, Eugene, demonstrate once.

He climbed to the top within seconds like it was nothing :O

Rock climbing brings sports to another level. Aside from the physical aspects, I feel that there’s a lot on the mind as well – planning, determination, willpower, endurance. It is something worth exploring, and for starters, I think Climbers Lab provides a condusive indoor environment at a very reasonable rate. Walk-ins are from $13, all-year-round memberships from $42, and courses from $65. You can find out more on the rates and promotions here.

To add more dynamism, the routes are changed every quarter so climbers can keep coming back to outdo themselves. I think this purple route should be named “IMPOSSIBRUUUUUU!”

Thanks Eugene for having us once again, and kudos to Lynn for driving us all the way to Toh Guan and help snap many many photos.

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Casio Exilim ZR20: Test Shots

So, I’ve been holding the ZR20 for two weeks, and as promised in my first post, here are some shots that I’ve taken using her.

Macro

This is always the first thing that I test out on a new camera. I like looking at the focusing length, the details it captures, and the depth of field.

The ZR20 scored very well in macro mode.

It can go as near as 2cm to the subject.

HDR

A lot of people happily use the HDR mode without knowing what it means. Firstly, it stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is a imaging method used to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of a photo.

To put it very simply, a normal shot is taken at only one exposure level and this results in loss of detail. HDR solves the problem but traditional HDR is very tedious to do. You have to take multiple shots at different exposure levels (at least three) and then stitch them together manually using computer software to produce a photo that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

ZR20 automates the entire process with just a click.

Rollover the image to see the difference between a HDR shot and a normal shot.

HDR Art

For people (like me) who want their HDR photos dramatic, ZR20 offers the HDR Art mode.

Check out the amount of details it brings out.

Love the vibrancy!

You can even take a video in the HDR Art mode.

Multi SR Zoom

One of the most impressive features is the Multi Frame Super-Resolution Zoom. It is a kind of digital zoom that merges a burst of multiple images together to improve image resolution, unlike the normal digital zoom which simply stretches the pixels which deteriorates image quality.

The Multi SR Zoom for the ZR20 can go up to 16X.

Rollover image to see how far I was actually away from the very-fierce-cat-that-I-do-not-wish-to-go-near-to, or maybe you still don’t believe ‘cos I can always walk towards it.

Then how about this?

I can’t go up to the construction area right! (Same thing, rollover to see my actual distance before super zooming in.)

Slide Panorama

Just hold the camera upright, and as the name suggests, slide it across the scene while pressing the shutter button.

There you have, a panorama stitched automatically for you. No software required at all. (Click to enlarge.)

Art Shot

For the artsy fartsy and fun side of you. Here are three of the inbuilt effects available only on the ZR20.

Minature.

Toy Camera (literally).

Monochrome.

The rest of the effects includes Soft Focus, Sepia, Light Tone, and Pop.

Chio Bu Mode

Last but not least, the ZR20 will detect pretty babes and make them even prettier!

Don’t vomit, I’m kidding. But basically, there’s this make-up level you can select and the camera removes flaws and perfects complexions when capturing faces. I personally think that the ZR20 does this quite naturally because it only affects the face area and not blur the entire photo. Good for girls who want to cheat people’s feelings online HAHAHAH!

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Casio Exilim ZR20: First Touch

When I first laid my hands on the ZR20, I didn’t think much of her. After all, it looks like just another compact packed with super high (16) megapixels and a wide angle (25mm) 8x zoom lens. But as I got to know her better, I can’t help but to fall uncontrollably in love.

The ‘Premium Auto PRO’ function is highly intelligent and accurate. Point the ZR20 at anything and it analyses the shooting conditions instantly – faces, macro, backlight, lowlight, white balance, etc. The AF (Automatic Focus) is the most precise I’ve experienced among point-and-shoots. As shown in the photo above, the focus frames automatically align themselves to the right upon detection of the subject.

Then, other than the ‘Premium Auto’ and ‘Premium Auto PRO’ modes, comes the ‘Best Shot.’

Loaded with 41 ready selection to capture the moment with optimal settings, my personal favourites so far are HDR, HDR Art, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Slide Panorama, and Multi SR Zoom.

I’ve yet to fully explore all the functions, but during these few days of fiddling around with the ZR20, I’m really bought over by its high speed. Start-up is approximately a second and shooting interval is an impressive 0.27 second – achieved by having dual CPUs to record and process the images concurrently.

Think I’m showing off? Chill, it’s your turn now.

Show off your photography skills and stand a chance to strut home with the awesome Casio EX-ZR20! Contest runs from now till 20 May, so hurry!

P.S. Thanks omy and Casio for the ZR20. I’ll be taking my new toy out soon to let her bask in full glory. Stay tuned for the upcoming shots 😉

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Coffee Can Be Surprising!

Went for Dolce Gusto’s event two weeks ago and boy, was I really surprised. (Photo credit: Dolce Gusto)

After having had the luxury of testing a Nespresso Pixie for two weeks, I got spoiled with the ability to enjoy quality coffee anytime from the comfort of my own home.

Then, you ask – what’s the difference between Nespresso and Dolce Gusto? Both brands, though from the same company (Nescafé), targets at different groups I would say. Nespresso products are more for the lifestyle connoisseurs whom really know their coffee, while Dolce Gusto is more for the everyday consumers whom are looking for convenience, variety, hassle-free beverages. (Notice I said beverages, and not just coffee. You’ll see why.)

Specially created to suit the needs of Singaporeans, the new Dolce Gusto Genio posesses an ‘Automatic Flow Stop’ feature so to make preparation much easier. The first generation of Dolce Gusto uses a manual start and stop lever.

And talk about variety! Dolce Gusto really won me over with its many exciting flavours like Green Tea Latte (my favourite!), Vanilla / Caramel Latte Macchiato, Mocha, Chococino, and the list goes on. Their patented technology even allows the making of cold beverages like Cappuccino Ice and Peach Tea.

The catch to such variety lies in the capsules. Conventional coffee machines dispense only espresso (from beans / powder / capsules), and you have to add in frothed milk yourself. Dolce Gusto is capable of dispensing both coffee and milk from pre-packed capsules so there isn’t a need for a separate milk frother.

Love this pop art photo collage that Dolce Gusto gave us!

The Genio is retailing at $259, the Circolo $339, and a box of 16 beverage capsules costs $10.90 in selected supermarkets and stores island-wide. Grab a cuppa fun today!

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“Two Weeks of Sun, Sea, Sex, Sand, Booze, Sex, Minge, Fanny and Tits.”

Thanks to Golden Village and omy, I’ve gotten a pair of tickets to the British comedy, The Inbetweeners.

It’s all about a “lads’ holiday” among four socially inept teenage boys in Malia, Greece – when one of the them got ditched by his girlfriend. And we all know what kind of getaway four 18-year-olds could be lusting after, “Two weeks of sun, sea, sex, sand, booze, sex, minge, fanny and tits. And booze. And Sex.”

However, the reality wasn’t anything close to that. It was made up of tragedy, humiliation, doomed and drunken pursuits of the female gender, dodgy dance moves and a dilapidated dorm.

My favourite scene is when the lads strode into the airport in slow motion wearing the same T-shirts with rock music in the background (like a typical Hollywood scene) but then the music came crashing down when they were told that their flight had been delayed for seven hours, and to take off their shirts. LOL.

It was a love-hate relationship with these bunch of losers, as they send you cackling with their crude humour.

A lil’ research revealed that this movie was actually a continuation of The Inbetweeners TV series. Fret not if you hadn’t watch the series before, ‘cos I didn’t, and I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Catch the trailer here!

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Immortals.. Or Mortals?

Honestly, the movie was more mortal than immortal. And honestly, I don’t have a clue about Greek mythology.

I replied “yes” to the preview simply because boyfriend was into Greek gods and I was into visuals and muscles. As bimbotic as I sound, guess who I bump into at the screening?

Cousin Peimin! She was also there with her boyfriend with probably the same reason, so I presume I’m not alone! :\

Anyway, post-movie discussion led us to conclude that Immortals lack a good storyline but is drop dead gorgeous in visuals. A quick lookup on the Twelve Olympians also reveals the historical inaccuracy of the film, because they only showed us six. I have no problems with that though. Like I said, I was solely in for an action adventure ride and Immortals didn’t disappoint. Jam packed with daredevil stunts and state-of-the-art effects enhanced in 3D, there were more than enough justification for the ticket price.

As quoted from the producers of 300 and Immortals, “We’re not playing it safe. History is not safe. Mythology is not safe. And we’re really not interested in safe.”

Thanks to United International Pictures (UIP) and omy once again for the tickets! Check out Immortals’ official site now.

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I Has Many Kit Kats

Strawberry, sakura green tea, green tea, dark chocolate, and pumpkin cheesecake! 😀

Three are bought back from my Japan trip but the dark chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake ones are actually from Singapore! Yes, these Japanese flavours are retailing exclusively at NTUC FairPrice outlets only for the month of October or while stocks last. So you only have one more week left to grab them!

Anyway, we’ve come to the end of the Kit Kat®‘s Yer Big Break! Blog Challenge. Sheron, as expected, emerged as the big winner of a 4D3N trip to either Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Phuket! Congrats woman! It had been a ride. Cheers to the new made friends and Nestle team once again!

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Laugh at the Face of Danger

The face of poppycock; the face of beeeean; the face of Rowan Atkinson.

It’s Johnny English….. REBORN.

I grew up watching Mr. Bean’s shows, and I believe that a lot of you, like me, also got to know Rowan Atkinson through Mr. Bean. So naturally, I was instantly drawn to this show when I knew it was coming. Thanks to United International Pictures (UIP) and omy, I got a pair of tickets to the preview!

This time, Rowan Atkinson plays the role of a improbable secret agent who is obviously oblivious of fear or danger (read: stupid). Watch him as he goes on a mission to stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.

It is a comedy spy-thriller jam-packed with Rowan Atkinson’s classic humour, action, high technology, wee bit of romance, and more humour. This guy is just so capable of making you laugh even at the most tensed moments.

If you’re looking for something lighthearted this week, don’t miss Johnny English Reborn!

My Break, Yer Choice: Part 4

This is the fourth and FINAL part of ‘My Break, Yer Choice’ regarding the planning of my one-day break! I don’t want to repeat the story so you can refer to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

I need YER HELP in selecting an activity for me to do between 6pm – 9pm, or you can throw me better ideas if any!

You can drop me a comment / email me / PM me / say it in my face / whatever. One lucky reader will walk away with a $200 KIT KAT® KIT! Easy like A B C, ‘cos you just hafta choose A, B, or C!

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