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Food Friends Web

Go walk walk eat eat with Kyife

Popped over to kyife’s blog and he was raving about Mystyle. According to what he wrote its some voucher redemption thingy. He went to Ryu Men Tei and had loads to eat with pictures to brag about too. Those enticing graphic images no doubt managed to arouse my desire to feast shamelessly at 50%. Haha… So yes, curiosity got the better of me and I clicked to check it out. Well the site is not that fancy but that’s not my main concern. I want my food. Clicked all around and saw some merchants that interest me. KIV a few.

Since my gf happen to be loitering around KLCC on a Friday evening, I figured why don’t we go have some Nandos for dinner followed by New Zealand Natural for dessert. Stuff my face with food as its the weekend. I had the choice of a FREE One 1/4 chicken with rice at Nandos or FREE bottomless soft drink with any chicken meal order. No prize for guessing what I wanted. Wait a minute… since there are both of us, my gf will order another 1/4 chicken so could she redeem a FREE bottomless soft drink too? That would make 1 whole meal for FREE. Will try this out. (Bummer, checked out their Consumer FAQ and I am not allowed to do so. Guessed they figured me out.)
As for dessert, its a Buy 1 Free 1 thing. After reading the FAQ, I am having second thoughts… of whether to have an  ice cream. Mmm…

For your info, the MY111 code is to be used ONCE a year and it costs RM3.50, while the MY365 code could be used all year round with a charge of RM1.50.

Although the FAQ dampen my evil schemes but it still would be a great try. Will update soon.

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Entertainment Media Music Web

Do you dig Marié Digby?

Well, she was the YouTube phenomenon. Until recently it was revealed that she was actually a signed artist with Hollywood Records. Marié Digby was brought on to the label in year 2005, 18 months before she started making waves in YouTube and eventually the world. It was actually a well executed strategy by the people at the record company. They consulted her what song to cover and even distributed studio quality recording to iTunes and radio stations.
The media giants are already evolving and taking the internet seriously as the younger generation are responding more to YouTube and MySpace compared to radios. I think this could be because it seems that we are connecting directly to the artists rather than going through some already dolled up fully packaged recording artiste. And stumbling upon your own new rising star is so much more exciting than having to read it off some printed materials.
Take a listen to Marié. Go to YouTube for more of her songs.
To me, she is good and talented. Will see how she fares with her own album.

We had our own Karen Kong promoting herself too on Friendster some time back.

And in case you don’t know, Italian Maestro, Pavarotti just passed away. Read it on Yahoo! News.

See : YouTube phenom has a big secret

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Technology Web

Need another free email account?

Wait a minute. This is not your run-of-the-mill email service. Think Mission Impossible. Whenever Ethan Hunt got his message it will self destruct in 5 seconds. This is what Big String does.

Quote :
“BigString allows a user to easily send, recall, erase, self-destruct and modify an email after it has been sent.”

How cool is that. It’s like being “buruk siku” with your emails. With this you can always take your words back literally. Or erase them permanently. Kaboom…
Besides that, they even have video email features. This I have never tried.

Oh and they are having a section for users to win USD$100 by spilling beans on their own embarrassing emails. Topics to choose range from Break up emails to Gossip Emails that ended up in the wrong hands. Any takers?

See : Big String – No More Sender Regret

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Design Media Photo Technology Web

Time for Picnik

No no no. It’s not the time for going outdoors and having sandwiches and finger foods with family and friends. Although one can see floating kites, picking blackberries, buttering sandwiches, stealing picnic baskets, fluffing clouds while waiting for Picnik to load.Those of you who blogs in the office without a photo editing software will definitely need to bookmark this. Seriously. Because Picnik will save you a lot of hassles and headache. And you could do it anywhere… it’s an online photo editor.

Quote from their site:
“With Picnik you can quickly edit all your online photos from one place. It’s the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos.”

I have tried their online demo and it works great. Upload your photo and tweak all you want. Choose from a horde of effects. And they are still in Beta Version. So expect loads to come. They could perhaps add a text button too.

See : Picnik – edit photos the easy way, online in your browser

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Art Design Entertainment Web

When you care enough to hit send

I was never a big fan of ecards. Most looked boring and quite pointless to me. Seem to me they all are shouting look at me, click me to go to my site or something. Bah… such insincerity huh. And the text are lame. Or not lame enough.

Alas, I stumbled upon an pure ecard site called someecards. The card designs are illustrated with victorian figures, japanese, english bla bla bla plastered witty taglines. Smart, funny, provoking with hints of sarcasm too. The have a whole list of categories for you to choose from too, from apology to flirting to wedding and sympathy. Go and have some fun…

Oh and Happy 50th Birthday Malaysia! Would have send you an ecard if I knew where to address it to.

See : Someecards – when you care enough to hit send

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Design Entertainment Media Technology Web

AniBOOM

Found this after reading a write up by Paul R. La Monica (editor of CNNMoney.com) in his article titled “Searching for the next South Park.”

Went over to their site, aniBOOM.com. Their tagline was The Home of Animation. No prize for guessing what’s in store. At aniBoom you could use their free online softwares to create your own animation shorts with either shapeshifter – uses basic geometric shapes to draw or micro-smotion – uses the webcam to animate. Apart from that you could watch loads of animation uploaded by public. They have their own in-house animated series and other cool sections too.

In aniBoom’s FAQ section about themselves :

aniBOOM.com is designed to be the world’s leading animation portal. Interactive and user generated – the ultimate site for animation based Internet entertainment. Geared for everyone in the animation industry. From top professionals to semi-professionals, amateur animators and of course all animation fans everywhere – for where would we be without an adoring audience?

aniBOOM.com will be the community site for the entire animation society, enabling instant online connection with one another. The major functions of the portal include providing a gigantic SHOWCASE for animation talents, supplying ONLINE creative animation tools, and tracking your statistics.

aniBOOM.com will keep you updated on all animation related Media events. And last but absolutely not least… aniBOOM.com will be jam-packed with exciting competitions offering generous PRIZES. As soon as one finishes, the next one will begin.
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Sounds interesting? I might have a go at the shapeshifter thing when I am free simply because I don’t own a webcam. Boohoo…

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Media Web

Higher Class – Flashy Test Tutors Gain Icon Status in Hong Kong

Well, that’s the title that had my attention when I picked up a copy of Wall Street Journal last week. I wondered what was so phenomenal that garnered this amount of attention. I took some paragraph directly from Jonathan Cheng’s article in the Dispatch. And so it began…

When Richard Eng isn’t teaching English grammar to high school students, he might be cruising around Hong Kong in his Lamborghini Murciélago. Or in Paris, on one of his seasonal shopping sprees. Or relaxing in his private, custom installed karaoke room festooned with giant Louis Vuitton logos.

Mr. Eng, 43 years old, is one of Hong Kong’s best-known celebrity “tutor gods.”

Hong Kong parents are often desperate to help their children succeed in this city’s pressure cooker public examination system, which determines student’s college worthiness. That explains why many are willing to pay handsomely for extra curicullar help. They use flashy, aggresive market tactics that have transformed them into scholastic pop stars, or tutor gods, as they are known in Cantonese.

Private tutoring is big business around the world. Programs that help people prepare for standard tests have become a multibillion dollar industry. Tutoring agencies are also booming in places like mainland China and Japan. Several years ago, Hong Kong’s government estimated that the city’s family spent nearly half a billion U.S. dollars a year on tutoring.

Hong Kong stands out though, for instructors who boldly tout their success rate – and their own images. They pay to have their faces plastered throughout city on 12-meter-high billboards and the sides of double decker buses. They are also known for buying ads that take up the entire front page of newspapers – space more commonly filled by banks and property developers. One local television station is even preparing to launch a fictional drama series based on the lives of the tutor gods.

The tutors won’t say exactly how much they make. But typically, a popular tutor might teach 100 students in a single lesson, each paying as much as US$12.50 to be there. So a tutor working 40 hours could gross US$50,000 in a week. “It’s big business,” says Ken Ng, a well-known tutor god. “That’s why I’m driving my second Ferrari.”

Years ago, Mr. Eng remembers, tutors were looked down in Hong Kong as second-rate teachers. Now, he adds, people ask for his help and “they say, ‘I want to be a tutor god.’ ”

* There are parents who do not approve of the way things work but …

Rosa Wong, 46, says she is put off by the “deification” of the tutors. “In my heart, I don’t agree with the preactises,” she says. But that didn’t stop her from enrolling her 16 year-old daughter Sarah in classes with four different tutor gods. She decided on the best ones after watching sample lesson videos on YouTube.

“When everyone elses takes their classes, and your children don’t,” says Ms. Wong, “you’re afraid they won’t be as competitive.’ Besides she says, these teachers are great at “tipping” or predicting questions – an important edgethat could determine her daughter’s future.

Sometimes, the tipping seems to be a little too accurate. A few tutors have been known to guess questions that appeared in nearly identical form on the actual tests. This spring, a legislator here called for a formal investigation into any possible ties between tutors and testing officials.

For full article, click here : The Wall Street Journal Online

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