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If you’ve read my previous posts about Transitions Signature lens glasses, you’d already be quite familiar with the technology behind it. The lens that changes from clear to darker tint with the presence of UV light with the help of Chromea7 technology.

So, how am I using this in everyday life?

Transitions lenses clear up when going into tunnel
Transitions lenses clear up when going into tunnel

Lets start with driving.

I have a mild case of astigmatism so driving with a pair of prescription glasses is something I usually do. Since my car is not tinted at all, what I like about Transitions® Signature™ lenses here is that I can always just drive into the Smart Tunnel with just one pair of glasses. When I’m in the tunnel, the lenses are clear. When I’m out of the tunnel, my lenses are tinted. Simple as that. No more switching between a pair of regular sunglasses and clear glasses.

in hair saloon and alfresco dining

in hair salon and alfresco dining

The lenses also work very well both indoor and outdoor. Since it’s activated by UV light, the lenses are always very clear indoors. The above pictures illustrate the differences between me in a hair salon (with my hair dresser hiding behind) and having a glass of watermelon juice by the walkway after the haircut. The slight tint is due to the cloudy day with some UV presence. Yes, there’s UV light even on a cloudy day!

me with Chaly, the bike that's older than most of you!

me with Chaly, the bike that’s older than most of you!

Riding my old school Honda Chaly is another great application for the glasses. Regardless with the visor up or down (my visor is not tinted at all), the lenses work predictably in the way the tint changes. Again, when it’s bright in the day, the lenses become dark, and when you ride in the night, the lenses turn clear. You don’t have to use different glasses for day and night riding.

Transitions lenses work great for mountain biking as well
Transitions lenses work great for mountain biking as well

One of my many hobbies is mountain bike riding.

For those who ride, eye protection is also something very important (other than helmet, gloves, knee pads etc) as there are tree branches, debris, and other stuff that may get into your eyes in the trail. Transitions® Signature™ glasses work great in this situation not only as a form of protection, but also adapting to the various lighting conditions in mountain bike trails. Very often along a mountain bike trail, there are many twists and turns like a stretch of shaded path covered by with trees and open-air slopes that are exposed to the sun. So within a short 10 meter span, the lighting can change from bright to dark then bright again. My Transitions® Signature™ Lenses are smart enough to adapt quickly and automatically to the mid tint when I’m riding under the trees and change to a dark tint when I’m riding in the open.

Well, you could say that Transitions® lenses work great in pretty much everyday situations, now if there’s a swimming or diving goggle that has this technology..

For More Info – http://www.transitions.com/en-my/products/transitions-signature/

Where To Buy – transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/

What is the very first meal you ever cooked all by yourself?

For me, as I’m sure with many others, it will undoubtedly be Maggi instant noodle. Bring a bowl of water to boil, add Maggi, add the flavoring pastes, and maybe an egg for good measure, and two minutes later, viola! You have a meal.

In fact, my very first bowl of self-cooked Maggi was when I was still in primary school and probably 8-9 year old (without my mom’s knowledge, of course).

my university days in US
my university days in US

After high school and a couple years in college locally, I went off to continue my studies in the States.

My very first university was at Bemidji, this frigid winter wonderland that had temperature as low as -40 Celsius and was so far away from the city that Maggi became our number one product among Malaysians and many other Asians alike.

To get a box of Maggi, we had to drive about 7 hours to Minneapolis, oh it was so precious. If you want any favors from your classmates, perhaps to take a look at their assignment for “reference”, you cook a pack of Maggi for them. Good times!

my favorite dishes at mamak - Maggi goreng
my favorite dishes at mamak – Maggi goreng

After a few years in the States where I continued to have Maggi in my kitchen cupboard pretty much at all time, I came back to KL.

This was a time when the whole generation of new workforce and college kids found themselves renting rooms in Klang Valley without a proper kitchen. So how do you solve that Maggi cravings?

The local mamak restaurants picked that needs right up and we now have Maggi goreng, Maggi soup and the likes offered at those eateries. I believe Malaysia is probably the only country you find instant noodle being served in restaurants, we love it, and we’re proud of it.

Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry
Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry

Throughout the years, Maggi continue to refine their product and introduced to the market different varieties, flavors, and packaging (cup noodle for example), with the latest being Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry and Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef.

Maggi Royale is Maggi noodles premium range, made with higher quality ingredients and springy noodle made from real wheat.

spice things up with a small prawn :D
spice things up with a small prawn :D

I tried their Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry that comes with real toasted belacan and seafood broth made from fresh prawns (added my own prawn for good measure too). Cooking instruction is something that we don’t really need to explain, and I find that using correct amount of water is key to making the broth thick and flavorful.

here's my Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, with prawn!
here’s my Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, with prawn!

The end result is a bowl of noodle that isn’t foreign to my taste buds, but also one that is markedly superior. It was a good start of the day to have this as breakfast. I like the broth that seemed to have a bit more character compared to their single sachet instant noodle (this one comes with 3).

Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef flavor
Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef flavor

Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef is another product I have in my kitchen that I would be trying real soon. Made with thick, springy wheat noodle with meaty spicy broth and comes with real carrots, spring onions & chili garnish too. Soon!

For more information, check out Maggi Royale on the web.

Craving for Maggi (especially if you’re overseas!)? Well, tell us your story! What is your first memory with Maggi? Leave a comment below about your memory, and the 10 most interesting stories will win a Maggi Royale gift pack! Remember to leave your correct email address so that you could be contacted.

I remember when I was a little kid, credit cards or charge cards were such a foreign concept. We were wondering why would the bank actually give us a line of credit just to buy whatever we want, and how convenient that would be! There were also “older” people talking about how a man will be more eligible if he has a card.

Well, that was some 25 years ago. These days, most working adult carries a card for convenience. We use it to pump petrol (how else do you fill up a full tank?), pay bills, buy groceries, pay for movies, and more.

For those who has a Maybank Card and also those who are looking to apply a new card, I have some good news for you.

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From 12 September 2014 till 15 January 2015, signing up to a Maybank premium credit card and be entitled to win 25,000 bonus air miles for Enrich and KrisFlyer. The following cards are eligible:

  • Maybank World MasterCard
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Maybank Cards 25,000 bonus air miles for sign up

What can you do with 25,000 air miles? Well, I once redeemed my air miles and got myself a trip to Manila and volunteered for Operation Smiles.

You can also get a free return flights to Medan, Phuket, or Singapore and perhaps with the upgrade to Business Class as well for 25,000 Enrich miles.

Check for more details here.

cash back with Maybank cards

So what about for those who are already Cardmembers? If you have a Maybank MasterCard, Visa or American Express® Credit/ Charge Cards, Maybank is giving away more than RM3 millions.

From 1 October 2014 till 31 January 2015, spend with your Maybank Cards and get your spend on petrol, groceries, dining and everything else paid off.

100% cashback deal basically!

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To qualify for this, do the following:

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For more information, check here.

Volkswagen Polo sedan

No credit card promotion is complete without some interesting big ticket items. If you are into some excitements, you won’t be disappointed. A total of 5 Volkswagen Polo Sedan is being given away and qualifying for this is very simple –

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  • For newly approved Maybank Cards
  • For new Maybank Cardmembers
  • For newly approved Balance Transfer accounts
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5 Volkswagen Polo Sedan to be won

The good thing is, even if you do not end up winning the car, there are many complimentary gifts that you can get by qualifying for minimum spend:

  • 3,000X CBTL Contata Beverage Machine – Spend above RM10,000
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For more information, click here.

That CBTL Contata machine really does look very enticing. I probably need to buy quite a lot of furniture/electrical equipment soon so I should start planning for this. :D

Having had my new Transitions Signature lens glasses for a couple months now, I really began to appreciate the new technology more that went into these prescription glasses more and more, and I am happy that it works as well as they claimed to be. Considering that the previous version I used was already very good, the improvement is still very noticeable.

I want to take  you through the lenses and talk a little bit on how they work.

Transitions lens with great clarity indoor
Transitions lens with great clarity for working in front of computer

For those who aren’t familiar with Transitions, my previous article Smart Lenses Just got Smarter – Transition® Signature talked a little about how they work in a more general and some of the benefits brought by these glasses.

In this post, I want to dwell into them a little bit more with real life examples from my own.

Transitions with Chromea7 technology
Transitions with Chromea7 technology

The most important technology behind Transitions Signature lenses is Chromea7.

This is a patented formulation consisting unique dyes that are integrated to the surface of every Transitions Signature lens. The dyes are made up of trillions of molecules that smoothly re calibrate as the light condition changes. From dark to light and back at just the right tint so that the optimal amount of light reaches your eyes.

Yes, this is the twenty first century, we have stuff like these!

great clarity of the lenses indoor
great clarity of the lenses indoor

So, when you are indoor away from sunlight, such as the example above in KLCC Suria Mall, the glasses are completely clear and act like any non-tinted prescription glasses.

Conveniently, this also works when you’re in front of the computer even though technically there are lights shining at you, but because the activation of the tint is by UV lights, it does not get tinted when you’re working. This of course, applies only for working indoor.

more reactive to indirect light
more reactive to indirect light

Chromea7 technology was designed to be more reactive to indirect light. Which means that light that bounces off building, cars, and other surfaces is also sensed by the lenses and react accordingly.

This property is especially important if you find yourself in cityscape such as KL where you might not be in direct sunlight among the tall buildings, cars, buses and so forth, where reflections that results in indirect sunlight are prevalent.

indoor by the window with some indirect sunlight
indoor by the window with some indirect sunlight

In the example above by the window in a cloudy day, you can see that the lens has a slight tint. This is not very pronounced as some of the UV light is blocked off by the window, but at the same time it shows the re-activeness of Transitions lenses away from direct sunlight.

more responsive in hotter climate
more responsive in hotter climate

Photocrhomic lenses, as with most technology that relates to chemical or physical reactions, usually gets influenced by temperature.

While traditional photochromic lenses don’t get as dark in hotter climate because of the way heat interacts with the molecules, Chromea7 technology was formulated to be more independent of temperature and be able to get darker even in hotter climates.

the change of tint is almost instantaneous, outdoor at KLCC park
the change of tint is almost instantaneous, outdoor at KLCC park

This property bode very well with our Malaysian climate. As the example above shows. Being outdoor at KLCC park in a pretty warm late afternoon, the glasses changed almost instantaneously to a comfortable tint.

Looking up to this beautiful building doesn’t come with the associated squinting or having to cover part of your forehead with your palm as a makeshift “roof” anymore.

just the right shade, just the right color
just the right shade, just the right color

With the experience gathered by Transitions over the years, they were able to formulate the dye in such a way that the lens provide an even color at all levels of tint, giving the right shade and the right color every time.
under the shade, evening by the pond
under the shade, evening by the pond

This is a slightly harder property to show in pictures, but for the past couple months owning this pair of glasses. I must say that I’m very satisfied with the way it works. It gives great clarity and the tint, while not as dark as sunglasses, provides very sufficient protection against both direct and indirect sunlight and glare when I’m outdoor.

Moving the glasses to my little chef that’s by the same pond but at a brighter area, you can see that the colour of the lens switched to a slightly darker tint. This showcases the “right shade, right colour” property of the lens.

the different shades of my Transitions Signature glasses
the different shades of my Transitions Signature glasses – indoor in the office, indoor in mall,
by the windows in the building, and outdoor

Transitions Signature lens can be paired with a wide variety of frames, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.

Last year I was introduced to my first pair of prescription glasses with Transitions lenses, the adaptive lenses that can magically turn from clear to dark and back according to the lighting condition, more specifically, the presence of UV lights.

I really liked the lenses, it is really a pair of glasses you can take anywhere and it’ll just auto adjust to perfect tint outdoor and clarity indoor.

getting the frame for my Transition Signature lenses
getting the frame for my Transitions Signature lenses

Now Transitions has come up with an even better version of their already very successful lenses – the Transitions Signature Lenses.

The new lens comes with Chromea7 technology that promises a few key advantages over the previous version:

  • more reactive to indirect sunlight
  • more responsive in hotter climate
  • fade back to clear faster than previous generation
  • in  aesthetically pleasing colors

Transitions vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland
Transitions lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland, 2013

The photo above is of a previous generation Transitions lens glass that I was using last year, you can already see the difference of the tint compared with the normal lens my brother was wearing.

Transition Signature lenses outdoor test
Transition Signature lenses outdoor test

With the latest Transitions Signature lenses that is more reactive to indirect sunlight, the effect in changing tint happens very fast. Observe the above photo with my new pair of Transition lenses taken at about 5:30pm after a rainy afternoon. The glasses exhibit a partial tint that allows excellent visibility pretty much in an instant. The change is also very uniform.

360 degree virtual demo
360 degree virtual demo

If you’re not very familiar with Transitions lenses, hop over to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/virtual-viewer/ and check out the 360 degree virtual demo (works a little bit like Google Map Streetview).

Use your mouse to slide around and see a simulation on how the lens adapts to the changing lighting condition by changing from 0 to 100% tint, reducing glare when it is bright, while retaining clarity of clear glasses in darking areas.

quick demo with day/night slider
quick demo with day/night slider

Another quick demo at http://www.transitions.com/en-my/demo-modals/signature/ showcase the ability of the lens in a simpler way. Using the slider to change the scenary from day to night with a see-through-the-lens window in the center showcasing changing tint of Transitions lens.

With the new lens, Transitions also came up with the Life 360 methodology to measure the performance of their photochromic lens. The test involves over 200 real life conditions in 1000+ scenarios around the world with a more holistic approach, testing with real people in real scenarios to better reflect everyday conditions.

Some of the important findings are:

  • 86% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with their outdoor vision with Transitions Signature lenses.
  • 96% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with the indoor clarity of Transition Signature lenses.
  • 2:1 preference for Transition Signature lenses over the previous generation

Personally, I like the new Transition Signature because of the excellent clarity and the speed of change in the tint over previous generation. The improvement is surely noticeable.

indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai
indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai

Look at the above photo taken indoor through my prescribed Transitions Signature, there’s no UV at night with indoor lighting and thus the glasses act like any clear lens, allowing 100% clarity.

I’ll demonstrate how useful the glasses is in a cycling situation in the next blog post.

If you’re interested in Transitions lenses for your next pair of glasses, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.