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What’s on my Nokia Start Screen?

When it comes to personalizing my phone, I spend a huge amount of time arranging the apps in a way that they keep me productive. A smartphone is capable of much more than just phone calls, it is a powerful tool for socializing and capturing moments. I am dazzled by the beautiful yellow Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel camera.

Nokia 1020_front

I’ve been using the Lumia 1020 for a while now and I got quite a dozens of essential apps installed on my phone. On a day-to-day basis, I use my phone mainly for social networking, browsing the web, taking pictures and listening to music, not so much of making phone calls these days. I thought I’d share some of my favourite apps with you.

Nokia 1020

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My Germany Home and Away Jersey

When die Mannschaft fire up their game on the road to winning their World Cup title, I told myself I am definitely getting the away jersey. The red-black away jersey completes the white home jersey I already owned. My very first jersey is the orange colour tiger-inspired Team Malaysia’s jersey, which I put on every time there’s a national match be it football, squash or all-time favourite badminton tournament.

The home jersey features a ribbed V-neck with striking red shades of graphic in front and the Deutscher Fussball-Bund badge woven on the left chest. I love the embroidered details, as well as “Die Nationalmannschaft” on the collar. I am 5’7″ and weigh 158 pounds. The medium size which I bought is slightly longer and is loose fit, especially useful when I need to conceal my manly tummy.

Then came the 4 stars jersey which is released in honor of Germany’s 4th World Cup title. This time I ordered a small size for a tighter fit and I really love the vintage design. A fitting jersey which is just great for anytime use. Somehow I feel the away jersey is a tad lighter despite both made from Climacool (polyester) material. If one notices close enough, Adidas has put in some texture on the away jersey too!

Mataking Island day trip

Azure sky, sapphire and crystal water are the adjectives one can describe the Mataking Island, an island paradise off the shore of Semporna, the mainland town on the east coast of Sabah. Sprawling with the other islands of Bohaydulong, Pandanan and Kalapuan at the Celebes Sea, it is less than 45 minutes boat ride from Semporna jetty.

This was a short vacation for me after attending my sister’s wedding in Tawau. A day trip to the island for a non-diver like me is always fun, though it was such a waste because the island is a well-known diving haven.



Marine police were seen patrolling the coast, it seems security has been beefed up since the recent intrusion and kidnapping cases. It is hollow thinking to say that Sabah is not safe just because of the recent events.


The boat ride to Mataking was nothing but scenic and the water ripple reminds me of what I get to see only on wallpapers. So does the rest of the photos I took at the island with my Nokia Lumia 1020.

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First 5,000 KM with Toyota Vios

Cars are tricky beasts because, the decision to own one is often not one of economics as public transportation is limited, in Kuala Lumpur at least. Earlier this year I got myself an upgrade from my 10-year old Kelisa to the new Vios. The compact car was a gift from my parents for me to maneuver my way through university days, which I then continue using in my working life.

So what do the fuel consumption of the new Vios look like? While I’ve tried searching for the fuel economy for the model, the effort has led to much disappointment. Okay, except for this guy who blog about his car services cost.

My 4-month old car has just passed the 5,000 km mark!


The main reasons I opted for the Vios are its reliability, maintenance and resale value. Few of my friends who own a Toyota tell me that I can never go wrong with a Toyota.

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An evening stroll at KLCC Park

I work in the city but live in the suburb, mainly because I prefer the greener pasture to the urban jungle. Though I love the convenience of the city but the sky soaring property prices is a set back. The city where I work lacks public parks, there are only a few parks within the city centre, namely – KLCC park (20 hectare), Bukit Nanas forest reserve (10.5 hectare), Perdana Botanical Garden (91.6 hectare), and Titiwangsa park (46 hectare). For comparison, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens has an area of 30 hectare while New York’s Central Park has an area of 341 hectare and sits smack in the middle of Manhattan!

Few days ago I had to send my newly bought jacket to Ruth’s Alteration in Suria KLCC. Most of the alteration shops I went to did not want to accept my request to shorten the jacket from the shoulder. Damn working buttons preventing alteration to be done on the sleeves. I am giving Ruth’s a try, hopefully the alteration at the shoulder will be perfect.

Then I took a walk at the park.


The Petronas Twin Towers with its sheer amount of steel and glass facade gives it a masculinity look while the its surrounding KLCC park with lush tropical greenery is more feminine. The design complements one another.

Took this shot with my phone. The water reflection of the twin towers on the lake. It’s an illusion.


The surrounding buildings and the sunset reflected on the lake.


Taking an evening stroll, alone, is a great way for me to release stressful thoughts plagued over the course of the day. When I’m done strolling I just sit on a park bench watching the day goes by.


And that’s an evening well spent.

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