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Searching for “Ibiza” on Google image and the photo below pops up as the first result. What a fantastic looking place isn’t it? Now imagine if you get to be there to watch the UEFA Champions League Final..

Let that sink in a little bit.

Located some 80 km off Valencia in Spain, Ibiza is the party capital of the world. It’s got awesome nightlife, fantastic electronic music, awesome beach, and on the 25th of May 2013, a private party none other than “IBIZA FINAL” hosted by Heineken, the official sponsor for UEFA Champions League seventh year running.

The good news is, you (or me!) have a chance to be there, and I do mean REALLY have a chance, cos I was once a winner, but more about that at the end of this post.

Participation of this contest is pretty simple and straight forward.

First and foremost, go to Heineken’s Kick Off to Ibiza Facebook App. You will need to like the page before you can access the app. (You have to be of legal drinking age and non-Muslim to join)

The location of the hidden Ibiza Final tickets needs to be unveiled. After figuring that out, clues will be sent out in an exclusive invitation. Those with the invitation can then proceed to the on-ground final and challenge for the all-inclusive VIP experience at Ibiza Final!

In simple English, you will be flown to Ibiza, Spain!

The first step to win then is simply by tweeting or checking in to Ibiza on the facebook application.

From now until the 20th of April, the more check-ins and tweets from the application you create, the sooner the location of the hidden tickets be revealed. So you know what to do!

By the way, remember to update your profile at the application as well to ensure that the invitation will be sent to you and only you.

In 2009 Suan, Horng, and I actually participated in the on-ground challenge (then at TTDI) and came up as the winners to the Exotic Island Tickets! We had our all inclusive invitation to Krabi and watched the EUFA Champions League final there, a match between Manchester United and Chelsea, where MU prevailed. You can read about our experience at Heieneken Star Final 2009 here & here.

I can only imagine that the party at Ibiza will be even more awesome. *keeping fingers crossed*

I remember the first time I set foot at my car mechanic’s workshop, plastered on the entrance of their office was the following line:

“Life is full of choices, take off your shoes before entering, or mop the floor”

That was a lighthearted instruction/joke, but if you think about it, life is indeed full of choices that we must make every single day. Many of them are small, but some are big and can have huge impacts or long term consequences.

Celine & Kimberly holding the Life-O-Meter signs
Celine & Kimberly holding the Life-O-Meter signs

Joyce, Kim, yours truly, a few other bloggers, and a whole group of attendees were invited to the launch of Great Eastern’s Life-O-Meter Facebook application at Paradox Art Cafe on the 10th this month.

More on Life-O-Meter in just a bit.

Dato Koh Yaw Hui launched the Life-O-Meter application
Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and CEO (right) and Nicholas Kua, Chief Marketing Officer
officially launched the Life-O-Meter application

The emcee of the night was Hanson, who kicked started the night by calling An Honest Mistake, a popular local band to rock the house. This was followed by the launch of Life-O-Meter application by Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and CEO (right) and Nicholas Kua, Chief Marketing Officer.

An Honest Mistake rocked the house, and we had dinner too
An Honest Mistake rocked the house, and we had dinner too

Dato Koh then explained the aim of Life-O-Meter as a platform to inspire and help people to live healthier and better by encouraging the sharing of preference and opinions through the use of Social Media.

Dinner was served right after that, and I must say that the buffet dishes at Paradox Art Cafe was actually pretty decent. Joyce had second servings too, if I remember correctly 😀

Joyce, myself, and Kimberly had a short Q&A on the stage
Joyce, myself, and Kimberly had a short Q&A on the stage

Joyce, Kimberly, and I then shared the stage with Hanson in a Q&A session that exemplifies the theme – choices. I remember all three of us picked “Live To Eat” instead of “Eat To Live” when asked about our choice under “food” theme. It was a pretty short session and we had fun.

Home and How To page of the application
Home and How To page of the application

Now, what is Life-O-Meter?

It is very simple, really. Life-O-Meter is an application that calls for action “Like, Post, Share”, or LPS. Go to the LoM application on Facebook, check out the current week’s question and like one of the two choices by clicking on either the blue or red thumbs up.

Once you do that, share your reason of picking that choice to your Facebook friends. There will be a different question each week, and the Life-O-Meter will swing to the answer picked by most users (either blue or red)

Weekly Meter and Winners List pages
Weekly Meter and Winners List pages

To make it more exciting, there’re prizes to be won as well. Weekly cash prize of RM 100 will be determined by Great Eastern’s panel of judges (no need for trying to get votes), and for the month of December, there is also a grand prize of either

  • 4D/3N Bali trip
  • 4D/3N Kota Kinabalu Park and Island Snorkeling Trip

I’ve never seen a grand prize that the winner actually gets to choose, but again, this is what Life-O-Meter is about, choices!

Head to lifeometer.com.my and LPS today!

ALEmentary, My Dear!

November 30, 2012 10 Comments

Kilkenny is a popular Irish cream ale, and with a heritage dated since the 1710 century,it is now easily found in most pubs and bars around the country. Rich, creamy, and with its aroma and flavor of toasted malt, it is also easily one of my favorite.

Now what are the secrets in brewing up a good barrel of Kilkenny? It’s all in the ALEmentary Knowledge. Which incidentally, is also the name of the Facebook application that teaches and challenges you to a test of brewing quality Kilkenny Ale.

And as with any challenge worth its salt, there are prizes to be won, so let’s look at them:

  • Grand Prize – Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • First Prize – Google Nexus 7
  • 5x Weekly Prizes – Exclusive Kilkenny T-Shirt
I don’t know about you, but I think the Galaxy Note 2 is a pretty sweet phone/tablet, and I certainly wouldn’t mind having it in my pocket (albeit it’s gonna be a bit snug, but I digress..)

In this post, I’m going to give you a short tutorial on how to play the ALEmentary brewing game, as well as some tips to become better at it and hopefully, you will at least beat the score Haze and I managed to end up with – 7790.

The game is a simple ‘complete tasks in one stage, move task to another within time limit’ genre similar to other business/time management games. There are a total of 5 stages to clear, and if you are raring to win this.. you’ve got to nail all 5.

Every stage is important, but some are more important than others.

The stages are:

  • Stage 1: Making Wort
  • Stage 2: Adding Hops
  • Stage 3: Fermentation
  • Stage 4: Packing
  • Stage 5: Pouring
There’s an in-game tutorial that teaches you how to complete each stage, go through that and you’ll be set to go. Now here are some methods we used to improve our scores.

First, don’t bother filling all 9 in one go when you start the game in Stage 1. That would means you put in the mashed barley in all 9 pots, add in the roasted barley and the water. This technique will only get you to about 50 pints before the time runs out.

Instead, focus on getting as many pots brewing as fast as possible, put in all 3 ingredients in one pot before moving to the next. Once the timer gets to red, proceed to the next stage and repeat this process. The idea is to have pots brewing as early as possible once the game starts.

Pro Tip: when you have less than 35 seconds left, don’t bother making any more worts, it won’t get through all the stages.

 

Another dangerous setback is right before you get to stage 3. You may have collected about 4-6 pots ready for stage 3, before you move any pots to stage 3, take a look at the temperature slider and make sure it is still in the green area. If it isn’t, press the burn button until it is green before you move the pots here. A wrong temperature will burn your current pots, rendering all your previous efforts useless.

Pro Tip: Don’t bother throwing away any burnt wort or hops if they aren’t interfering, but you shouldn’t have any burnt wort or hops anyway.

The 4th step would be to move the barrel into the truck. Beware of the slider again, if it passes green the barrel will overflow and will reflect in a lower point score.

Pro Tip: once it hits green, slide it to the truck as soon as possible, this ensures you to have more barrels instead of wasting extra precious ale (and time)

The last step is the most crucial. I always slide it all the way to the right till it hits the Kilkenny logo, then use the slow pour method (slide to left) to fill it up, you have to be careful not to let it overflow. This stage requires some practice, but it is crucial, since it is a multiplier that you use with the score you get from previous 4 stages. I managed a near perfect 99.975/100.

After quite a number of hours trying to beat this game Haze and I managed a total score of 7790. She’s better at making barrels, while I generally do better with Stage 5 pouring multiplier.

To be honest, most Facebook contest games aren’t terribly exciting, but we can’t stop ourselves from playing with this one. It has the element of frustration and excitement all roll into one, we still want to end up in top 10! Just need to be just a bit faster, gahhhh. Excuse me while I continue playing this.

The contest runs from 22nd November to 27th November, 2012, play it here – ALEmentary Knowledge.

Good luck!

By the way, another useless tip – having smaller screen might help since you reduce mouse movement.. hehe.