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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.

One of the problems that plague this generation of working adults is the ability to own a home. Gone were the days when monthly payment for an apartment or landed properties within Klang Valley is the same or even lower than the average rental.

For some, this means accepting smaller units of condo/apartment, but luckily, there are now developments that are located within reasonable distance from KL which are affordable, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri in Rawang is one of such places.

So if you’re a young adult looking for your first home, continue reading. In this article, we will look at the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri.

location of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
location of Acacia Park and Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

Bandar Tasik Puteri is located in Rawang, about 40-50 kilometers away from KLCC depending on which route you take.

The traveling route and distance to Bandar Tasik Puteri is as follow:

  • from Jalan Duta toll via LATAR highway – 30 km
  • from Jalan Duta via Batu Arang – 44 km
  • from Templer Park – 26.7 km
  • from Ijok – 24.6 km
  • from MRT Sungai Buloh Station – 28 km
  • from Subang SkyPark – 37.5 km
  • from Guthrie highway via LATAR highway – 27 km
  • from Shah Alam via LATAR highway – 36 km

Acacia Park Rawang township model
Bandar Tasik Puteri township model

The good news is, the interchange of Bandar Tasik Puteri to LATAR highway is being constructed now and expected to be completed by 2016, making the journey to KL possible in 18 minutes.

While physical distance may seem a little far, traveling time is actually rather reasonable. Everyone has a friend who stays in Puchong that takes almost 2 hours to travel to KL, don’t we? So physical distance itself doesn’t always tell the whole story.

nearby attractions of Bandar Tasik Puteri
Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan, Batang Kali waterfall, FIRM

Perhaps another lesser looked into areas of the location is the proximity to a lot of eco-friendly attractions.

For example, a 35 km drive is all it takes to see the fire flies and enjoy the seafood at Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan is just another short drive away from there. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia too is some 30 odd km away without having to go through Klang Valley’s congestion areas, and then there are gems up north such as the waterfall at Batang Kali.

Well, if you are the shopping type, 1 Utama is only half an hour away as well. Either way, you’re covered.

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club Club House

Bandar Tasik Puteri spans some 2,670 acres and is surrounded by established neighbourhoods of Kuang, Kundang, Batu Arang and Rawang Town, collectively known as part of North Klang Valley.

On top of the nearby attractions, Bandar Tasik Puteri is also a well-equipped township with facilities and amenities that serves residents from different age group.

The township consists of these following facilities & amenities:

  • 2 primary schools
  • 1 secondary school
  • 1 Islamic school
  • 3 polyclinics including 2 specialists
  • 8 mini-marts
  • 1 mosque
  • A 27-hole golf course
  • daily night & wet markets
  • automobile service centres
  • restaurants/cafes/dobi/bakery
  • furniture retailers
  • central park
  • bank
  • petrol stations

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
The 27 hole Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club

It is a booming community with a population of about 60,000 strong (2013) and expected to grow to 100,000 in the near future.

Bandar Tasik Puteri is now basically a self sustaining township that covers your everyday needs, be it your children’s education, doing grocery, medical consultation, or even recreational needs, the township has them. I think it’s a rather vibrant city away from the hustle and bustle of KL without sacrificing the convenience.

Acacia Park brochure

The good news is, if you’re looking for a first home, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri is open for sale. Do check it out:

  • Date: 8th and 9th Nov 2014 (Sat & Sun)
  • Time: 11am to 7pm
  • Venue: Bandar Tasik Puteri Sales Gallery
  • GPS: 3.296563, 101.485187

For more information, head to bandartasikputeri.com.my

During the event, Ishmael Ho from Ho Chin Soon Research will be giving a property talk to the public on 8th November, 3pm. Be sure to catch it if you are interested in property. There will also be games and activities for kids and a free buffet for the public! So come join me at the event at this coming weekend!

First and foremost, here are the few key points you need to know about Harith Iskandar’s Laugh Malaysia:

  • 8:30 pm, 29th Oct 2014
  • Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil
  • Harith Iskandar, Jason Leong, Papa CJ
  • biggest stand-up comedy event in Malaysia
  • tickets at RM 258, RM 158, RM 118, RM 78, and RM 38
  • RedTix Hotline: 03-8775 4666 or www.AirAsiaRedTix.com

Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar
Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar

Truth be told, Malaysia as a nation has been going through quite a rough patch recently. The MH370 and MH17 tragedies, impending GST implementation, UPSR leaks, Klang Valley water disruptions, and even the weather hasn’t been giving us anything to cheer about.

So, as Harith said, the only thing to combat all these disparity and tragedy that has befallen the country, we need to bring the nation together to stand united and resilient, through the best way he knows – via true Malaysian-styled comedy and humor!

Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia
Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia

A number of us were lucky enough to be invited to the media day hosted by VersaComm Sdn Bhd, the official PR team of Laugh Malaysia, led by Mei Chieng held at Espressolab at Kota Damansara with Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong. We got to meet them personally and talk about a little the event, a little about themselves, and a lot about absolutely everything.

Harith mentioned how he abandoned his career in advertising after obtaining a degree in journalism to pursuit a career in comedy and somehow became known as the godfather of stand-up comedy in Malaysia, while Jason Leong, a certified doctor who works in a hospital is currently trying to do the same, having a passion in stand-up comedy over the more serious career in medicine.

Joining the duo would be an international act – special guest Papa CJ, one of India’s most influential comedians.

a joyous media event attended by bloggers
a joyous media event attended by bloggers

I took the opportunity to ask Harith on the theme of the show and how much of it will be new material vs some of his classic favorites. According to the man, it’ll be over 90% complete new with a bit of some classic “best of” plus interactive visuals and live music. The theme would be from a mixture of daily observations about what make Malaysia, well, truly Malaysia, a typical Harith Iskandar style that we’ve grown to love.

As for Jason Leong, I’ve actually attended one of his first performances a few years ago in Zouk’s comedy night, and to be frank, he wasn’t terribly good then and I thought he overused the fact that he’s a medical doctor. However, I saw him a few months ago again and boy did the good doctor improve! He’s now a legit and properly awesome stand-up comedian that I would pay to watch.

Papa CJ has toured 4 different continents and even worked with of Russel Peters in Amsterdam, we can certainly expect a great show from him.

the media event was hosted at Espressolab
the media event was hosted at Espressolab

The corporate supports for Laugh Malaysia include CelcomFirst, Sime Darby Foundation, Seremban 2, MTT Priority and Pemandu, a percentage of profits from ticket sales will also be channeled to OrphanCARE, a charitable NGO that strives to place abandoned children in homes with loving family. Harith and wife Dr. Jezamine are abassadors of OrphanCARE.

So mark your calendar down, this 29th Oct, 2014 we’ll have the largest stand up comedy show in the country and it’s gonna be glorious!

Remember a little while ago I wrote a little bit about Sharp air conditioning and highlighted their Plasmacluster Ion technology? Well, today we’re going to look at one of Sharp’s most popular and trusted products – their Air Purifier with the same Plasmacluster technology.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see how well the FP-E50E Air Purifier works in our environment.

Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster in the box
Haze at work, next to a Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster in the box

See, I have a somewhat allergy prone fiancee and three cats at home, throw in Malaysia’s less than ideal air quality during hazy season and the occasional chemical from Haze’s painting work (yes, her name is Haze, not a deliberate pun), and you have a recipe for a lot of sneezing and coughing in the work room.

HEPA filter and deodorizing filter
HEPA filter and deodorizing filter

This is where Sharp Air Purifier comes in handy.

The FP-E50E model comes with both a HEPA filter and a deodorizing filter. The HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air filter, is able to remove at least 99.97% of 0.3 µm particles, while the deodorizing filter works as the name suggests, removing unpleasant odors in the room the machine is operating in.

Then of course, there’s the all important Plasmacluster, which is Sharp’s disinfecting technology for suppressing the effects of airborne viruses, and breaking down and removing airborne mold. This technology is so good that you can find it in quite a variety of products these days, including cars, refrigerator, air conditioning, dryer, and more. In fact, there’s been over 50 million Plasmacluster unit sold to date.

These three technology works in unison to give you a much better air quality to live in.

Cendawan checking out the Sharp Air Purifier
Cendawan checking out the Sharp Air Purifier FP-E50E

One question that comes to mind for most people when purchasing an air purifier is the frequency in having to exchange the filters. According ot the user manual, the filters life is up to 5 years.

Whenever the filter indication sign turns orange (720 hours in medium fan speed), simply use a vacuum cleaner to gently clean the filter, and reset the indicator light, it is really rather low maintenance if you ask me.

Fan Speed, Haze Mode, Lock, Plasmacluster On/Off, Reset, Off Timer, and On/Off button
Fan Speed, Haze Mode, Lock, Plasmacluster On/Off, Reset, Off Timer, and On/Off button

One feature that I really like about this model is the Haze mode. Activating the button makes the machine release high-density Plasmacluster ions and discharges strong air flow for 60 minutes, then alternate between low and high level for 20 minutes each, removing the harmful effects of haze effectively.

I also find it quite useful when the artist at home does any sort of paint spraying job at home.

The Sharp FP-E50E Air Purifier with Plasmacluster looking good at our home office
The Sharp FP-E50E Air Purifier with Plasmacluster looking good at our home office

Other functions of the air purifier include an off timer, child lock, as well as a dust and odor indicator. I think maybe it’s about time to upgrade my smaller Sharp air purifier that I have in the room to something like this one.

For more information, do check out www.sharp.com.my, and to learn more about Sharp’s Plasmacluster technology, head to http://www.sharp-pci.com/en/technology/index.html

Additionally, there’s also a cuter website with Doraemon and all to learn about the product at http://sharplovelife.com/

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you are most likely someone who aren’t too different from myself – a person who loves his/her food, and if you happen to be someone who enjoys movies as well, then I have something that may fancy your attention – The Hundred-Foot Journey. Read through this article and I’ll also tell you how you can score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass as well. hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren First, the skinny – In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. And of course, watch the trailer: The movie will be released in Malaysia on August 28, 2014, and is actually one of my most anticipated movies this year. There are multiple reasons for this. First and foremost, it is a movie about food, the last food themed movie I can remember was Ratatouille, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then there’s Helen Mirren, a fantastic actor with an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards under her belt. Furthermore, from what I can gather from the trailer, the cinematography looks amazing, it will be a visual feast. Hundred Foot Journey The movie is actually based on the novel written by Richard C. Morais that was published in 2010. I find that the juxtaposition provided in the story is something that we often see in everyday life, including the old fashion establishments and newer, more edgy restaurants even within KL itself. For example, fusion food often gets a bad rep among food critics, but personally I think that without restaurateurs who aren’t afraid to experiment and trail blaze, food culture cannot progress. Kinda like when the character Hassan Kadam said about the dish in the trailer when Madame Mallory commented that the recipe has been around for 200 years – “perhaps 200 years is long enough“. hundred foot journey poster I think this movie shows a lot of promise and I will for sure head to the cinema to catch it. For more about the movie, check out http://100footjourneymovie.com/ and their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/100FootJourneyMovie If you want to score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass, leave a comment with valid email below and state “Why do you want to watch Hundred foot Journey”. See you in the cinema!