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Just a couple weeks ago it was the launch of Blackberry Bold 9900 here in Malaysia, and now Celcom brings in the Blackberry Torch 9860. For the fans of Blackberry who loves full touch screen, this is the phone to grab, and Celcom does have some really good deals.

Blackberry Torch 9860

First, lets look at the specification of this latest installment of Blackberry. While it is branded under Torch, do not be confused, the
Blackberry Torch 9860 comes with full touch screen and does not have a slide out QWERTY keyboard (that sometimes can be cumbersome to use). There are 4 physical buttons and a touch pad for quick navigation, but everything else is on the touch screen.

  • 1.2 Ghz processor
  • 3.7″ high resolution 800×480 WVGA pixel color display
  • Transmissive TFT LCD
  • 768 MB RAM memory
  • 4 GB eMMC expandable to 32 GB with MicroSD card
  • talk time up to 6 hours, standby time up to 11.8 days
  • Wifi, GPS
  • accelerometer, digital compass
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording (continuous auto focus)
  • zero shutter lag

Check full specs here

Blackberry Torch 9860 from Celcom

Very impressive specifications in all. Blackberry has been criticized for not having low processing power, low memory/storage, and small/low resolution screen size. It seems like the Torch 9860 has finally put all these to rest, this model is right up there with all the other smart phones in terms of raw power.

Then there’s the new Blackberry 7 OS that has a much improved browser that supports HTML 5 video with seamless scrolling and zooming. Of course, the stronghold of BB – Blackberry Messaging, and the superior email integration are all there too.

Celcom postpaid plans
Celcom Exec plans for Torch 9860

Celcom has come up with some very attractive packages for the Torch 9860. With Celcom Exec, you can get the device at as low as RM 1088.

And for those with Celcom Biz, check out the table below. Package 188 with 24 month contract lets you get the Torch 9860 for only RM 588. Now that’s a proper bundle.

Celcom postpaid plans 2

As if these days are not already good, if you attend the launch event, there are even better deals you can grab:

  • 1st 200 customers can purchase it at only RM688 (RRP: RM1,588) when they subscribe for any CE50/P48 voice + BlackBerry® plan with 12 months contract from RM88 a month
  • 20 of these lucky customers will be selected to get the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone for only RM88!
  • BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 + BlackBerry® PlayBook at only RM2,188! Limited to 1st 100 customers and valid with new 12-month subscription to CE50 + Blackberry® Pro (5GB) plan with a monthly commitment of RM168/month or P148 & BIS plan with monthly commitment of RM188/month
The event is on 15th Sept 2011 from 10 am onwards at Red Carpet, The Strands, Kota Damansara. Don’t miss it!

For the hardcore Blackberry fans out there, this is definitely a great news. The Blackberry 9900 is finally here, and this is a model that signifies Blackberry’s commitment in the battle of smart phones.

The 9900 is a beautiful device, and most of all, the hardware is now up to date with the best out there, while the previous models have sometimes been criticized as a little dated, there is no such problem at all with the 9900.

Here’s the short specification for this new BB:

  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • 768 MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC
  • up to 32 GB uSD memory card
  • 640 x 480 2.8″ high res display
  • 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video capture
  • Tranmissive TFT LCD (touch screen)
  • QWERTY keyboard (35 keys)
  • 6.3 hours talk time, or 12.8 days standby
  • Blackberry 7 OS

Of course, within every Blackberry is that unbeatable email system and BBM, not to mention a host of other applications you can now get via their app store. I have experience using other platforms but frankly speaking, Blackberry still does email better than anything else, it is fast, simple, and very very efficient.

BBM too is still the best chat client there is, very stingy in data usage, and seemingly never ever had downtimes. It is as reliable as you can get (even better than SMS I think).

The 9900 is now in Malaysia and you can get it with the widest network coverage in the country under Celcom – for as low as RM 1,288.

With Celcom Exec

With Celcom Biz

I used to have the Blackberry 9700 and always thought that it’d be a perfect phone if only the processor was a bit faster, has a better camera, and if it comes with a touch screen. The 9900 seems to answer that call and then some.

Check out for more information.

For those of you who are Torch fan, Celcom is also bringing in the Torch 9860 pretty soon. To get the inside scoop, check out

In today’s world of computing, devices are definitely embracing better and better mobility. A decade ago laptop was your best portable gadget, a few years ago it was netbook, but now, it is definitely the era of tablets.

Unlike pure content consumption with a limited screen space a smart phone provides, and the still limited portability a netbook offers, tablet strikes a very good middle ground that gives us the best of both worlds, and the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a perfect specimen of this evolution.

here's the white & black samsung galaxy tab 10.1
here’s the white & black samsung galaxy tab 10.1

I was invited to a blogger’s only preview of the device that was organized with Celcom and Samsung a couple weeks before the launch, and the good people from Samsung even let us get a hold of the tab for a few days to play with it (check out the short video here).

The tab comes in either white or black (photo above has Cheesie holding the white, and myself holding the black tab… but you can’t tell can you?) colored black plate, for the benefit of the geeks, lets look at the specifications first, shall we?

specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The graphic above illustrates the dimension of this beautiful gadget. There’s an On/Off button, a set of volume up/down buttons, front (2MP) & back cameras (3MP), a standard 3.5mm jack for headsets, and a SIM card slot. The whole thing is only 8.5mm thick, making the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the thinnest tablet yet, and at 565 grams, one of the lightest too.

The screen is also the brightest I’ve seen, with a 16:10 aspect ration (1280 x 800 pixels) spread across the 10.1″ LCD real estate when measured diagonally, yes, this is where the name comes from too. The screen is simply stunning, you gotta see it for yourself.

look at how thin this tablet is, only 8.6 mm
look at how thin this tablet is, only 8.6 mm

Under the hood there’s the 1 GHz dual-core NvidiaTegra 2 processor with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM.

Of course, for a tablet, connectivity is very important:

  • HSPA +21 850/900/1900/2100
  • EDGE/GPRS850/900/1800/1900
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band support (2.4, 5Ghz)
  • Bluetooh 3.0
  • Wifi-direct

Which basically means, almost every single wireless data technology except for the old infrared that you grandfather might still be using.

Samsung put in a 7000 mAh battery in the tab, and this is good for some 9 hours of movies or up to 72 hours of music. When I was reviewing it, 3-4 hours of playing and online activities uses close to half the juice, so the claim should be pretty accurate.

note: full specs here.

stunning youtube application, 3D google map, and ... this blog :D
stunning youtube application, 3D google map, and … this blog on Galaxy Tab 10.1

This gadget of course, runs the latest Android honeycomb that is built specifically for tablets. This comes with, for example, the latest Google Map application that has 3D maps for certain locations (and hopefully Malaysia soon), Picasa web album synchronizations, and an updated YouTube application too.

The Picasa web album is pretty neat, after signing in with my Google account, the photos I took with my Android phone magically appears on the tab too. This would be very handy especially for blogging & digital manipulation on the tab before sharing to the public. I love this feature.

There are also now a host of new HD applications built specifically for Android Honeycomb too, and just like the phones, you can sign into Android Market place on PC or tab itself, click download on the chosen apps, and they will be downloaded to the tab wirelessly. I think I wasted over 10 hours on a HD tower defense game….

Then there’s the accessories. There are at least two types of keyboards for the tab (look at the photo above), the docked version make it act like a netbook, good for content creation, and there is also a bluetooth version that comes with a casing to hold the tab too.

Celcom broadband plan with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Celcom broadband plan with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

However, to me, the best accessories has got to be the SD & USB card adapters. With these you can copy photos from your camera’s SD card directly onto the tablet, by passing any computer usage altogether, and the USB adapter means that you can back up files, play movies, and basically extend the storage of the tab without limit.

Everyone has been asking for USB connectivity, and finally we have a device that can do exactly that.

Next question is fo course, how much does this cost?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3G + wifi & 16 GB) is currently only available via Celcom broadband, RRP at RM 1,899, but with a Celcom broadband contract, you can have it as low as RM 1,468. Check out Celcom Samsung Galaxy Tab page here.

and Lainey won a Galaxy Tab at the launching event for media, grr
and Lainey won a Galaxy Tab at the launching event for media, grr

I went for the media launching event last Friday too, and guess what? Lainey was one of the 2 lucky winners to walk away with a Galaxy Tab 10.1. You can see I wasn’t so thrilled on the photo above, I want one too!

Now let me budget budget abit. 😀

A couple Fridays ago my colleague Angel called me up and asked if I wanted to join them for curry fish head. Now for those who aren’t familiar with Malaysian culture, here are a couple of tips:

  • Friday lunches last for 2 hours
  • we don’t need to be in fear factor competition to eat something like fish head

Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak
Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak

Angel is a Sarawakian and a true blue Malaysian who knows her way around good foods, so when she ajak, I never say no. Plus, on that day I get to act like a pimp and dine with 5 ladies as a bonus. heehee

Anyway, our destination of the day was Peter Curry Fish Head, a smallish restaurant/kopitiam/taichau place that has a pretty limited menu and plenty of customers. But luckily, Angel already called and made a reservation for us.

curry fish head with everything, namyu chicken wings
curry fish head with everything, namyu chicken wings

The curry fish head comes in various sizes and additions, they are:

  • S – 18, 28, 31
  • M – 25, 40, 45
  • L – 32, 47, 54
  • XL  – 40, 58, 65

For the six of us, we ordered a large portion of curry fish head +prawns + squid (RM 54), namyu chicken wings, vegetable, and seafood tofu. We had rice to go with them, of course.

vegetable and seafood tofu
vegetable and seafood tofu

There isn’t actually many other dishes to order even if you wanted, but they are good and they do have all the bases covered.

The fish head was awesome! It was huge and stuffed with plenty of fish head (red snapper I think), squid and prawns. There are also tofu pok, mints, eggplant, long beans, and okra too. It is pretty much a complete meal by itself with a very tasty curry base that actually wasn’t even really that spicy, tho I am sure you can ask for more kick if that’s what you want.

KY, Angel, Debren, Yin Foong, Sarah, Michelle
KY, Angel, Debren, Yin Foong, Sarah, Michelle

The other dishes were pretty good too. The namyu chicken wings were delicious (I made the same thing before, recipe here), and the very plain looking seafood tofu was superb too.

Then there’s the vegetable, which tasted like vegetable (vitamin C quota.. ).

Overall it was a very good meal that might be a little too much for normal days, but for a Friday, bring it on! For the 6 of us, if I remember correctly, the bill came to be around RM 17 or so per person. Not very cheap, but it was a lot of seafood and a good portion of meat. I will be heading there again for sure.

map to Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak

Peter Curry Fish Head
12 Jalan Angsana
Taman P Ramlee,
Setapak 53000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.19243, 101.70823
Tel: 03-4021 5809

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Celcom

In another news, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (my hands on review video) is launching to public this Saturday (20th August, 2011 from 10am), and check out these fine deals for early birds:

At Piazza, e@curve, Mutiara Damansara KL:

  • 1st 300 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*
  • 20 lucky customers will be able to get it @ an even more fantastic offer price of RM99!*

At Queensbay Mall, Penang:

  • 1st 50 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*

At Celcom Branch, Jalan Kempas, JB:

  • 1st 50 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*

*Subject to 24-months contract on Celcom Broadband Basic or Advance. Terms and conditions.

For more information, check out

I’m not really a super huge football fan, but I do follow the Premier League and play futsal every week. For most people around here, MU is their team, and for the rest of us who does not harbor a super liking to MU, we often support a competitor, and in my case, it is Chelsea!

Chelsea Tour Malaysia 2011

Yes, Chelsea supporters are often seen as bandwagon jumpers during Mourino days when they won a couple championships, but I’ve been a closet fan since the days of Zola when I first heard the song “chelsea chelsea!”, so sue me.

I’m sure there are many who loves Chelsea and manage to looked over their supposedly superior bank account (that title goes to Manchester City anyway), and their brand of football that is not often the most fluid, they play to win and usually don’t get much help from officials (unlike.. MU of course) 😀

Malaysian Team 2011

There is however, another football team that I support above all teams in the world, and that is our Yellow and Black team Tiger! The Malaysian team of course! The team that managed to win the Tiger Cup just very recently (how appropriate!).

This coming July 21st 2011 our boys will go against Chelsea at National Stadium Bukit Jalil (I went to their 2008 tour and it was awesome), and you too can be at this match by joining Celcom’s Channel X WHO WILL WIN Challenge. You stand a chance to win Autographed jersey and FREE tickets to the match, and here are the different ways to win:

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