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Friday, February 14, 2014

My Memory Makers- Samsung NX1000 & HTC ONE S

Sometimes, I do have lucks in winning some GREAT prizes by participating online contests. However, apart from luck, I did put efforts in writing good slogan and comments to win them. There were few prizes that had spiced up my life especially the lovely memories makers which are Samsung NX1000 and HTC One S phone. The memories makers had been my loyal companions for traveling and moments-capturing.

Samsung Smart NX1000 is an interchangeable-lens camera which is available in black, white and pink colour. The contributor in memories making process had arrived my hugs in year 2012. Unpacking the box revealing my stylish white Samsung Smart NX1000 which comes along with :
♥ 20-50mm F/3.5-5.6 ED Lens (White)
♥ SEF-8A Hot Shoe Mount Flash Unit
♥ BP1030 Lithium-ion Battery
♥ BC1030 Battery Charger & AC Cable
♥ Body Cap
♥ Camera Strap
♥ Micro USB Cable

#1   Smart settings
I was very impressed with Samsung NX1000 which takes great shots whether in all-auto (SMART) or various less-auto/manual modes. Before owning this stylish baby, I wasn't confident in Samsung branded camera. The effective automatic controls and manual settings is suitable for me whom is not an expertise in photography.

One of the night scenery that I had captured using Samsung NX1000

# 2   20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
The 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor made Samsung Smart NX1000 becoming the great competitor for DSLR.The high-speed capture and fast auto-focus enable the precious moments been captured unmistakably.

# 3  Smart Filters
I had lots of fun with its Smart filters which encompassed of Miniature, Soft Focus, Old Film1, Old Film2,, Halftone Dots, Sketch, Fish-Eye, De-fog and etcetera. Filters are just like bonus add-on to NX1000 as it eased us who love to share photographs with Instagram-filter effects. Hmmm, I hadn't tried to capture human using these filters, perhaps I shall try in future.

# 4  i-Function
The i-Function allows activation of menu controls to select ISO,filters by rotating the ring easily instead of clicking buttons, creating seamless experience in shooting.

# 5  Mobile link and WiFi Mode
The built-in features of mobile link and Wifi Mode are definitely attracted me who like to connect to WiFi hot spot and upload photos to social media sites like Facebook, Youtube, blog, and Photobucket. The capabilities of linking photos to offsite storage websites like dropbox makes me feel more secured as the photos are backed up safely.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my stylish camera's features and the quality of photos it had helped me to capture. The drawback would be the white colour design which needs extra care as it gets dirty easily. I have the headache of having yellowish looked camera straps and it has to be washed often.


The loyal companion which had been together with me for almost 1 year and a half. HTC One S may not be as good as its rivals like Samsung Note, iPhone, but it is definitely one of the stunning smartphones which able to take vivid and nice photos. Most of the photos in the blog ranged from 2013 onward are mostly taken by HTC One S.

Source: http://www.htc.com/au/smartphones/htc-one-s/

HTC ONE S features :
3G, 4.3″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 8 MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth.

Moments. Memory

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shanghai and Sze Chuan Cuisines @ Esquire Kitchen 大人餐厅

Esquire Kitchen is one of most visited dining places during my childhood  Being part of a traditional family, my parents are preferring Esquire Kitchen for its Shanghai and Sze Chuan cuisines compared to the latest trends of Japanese/ Korea cuisines. This year, we had visited Sungei Wang Plaza and shopped for new clothes during Chinese New Year. Esquire Kitchen had been our choice of having dinner.

Sungei Wang Plaza Chinese New Year decoration

Crowded Esquire Kitchen

We ordered Prosperity New Year set (RM68++) which allowed us to choose 4 main dishes and dessert. We had ordered the well known cuisines such as Wo Tip and Xiao Long Bao.

Fried Shanghainese Dumplings with crispy skins wrapping the flavorful meat.
Pan fried Shanghainese Dumplings had one side crispy while the topside is left slightly chewy.

Fried Shanghainese Dumplings  (Shanghai Wo Tip) is one of the specialties of Esquire Kitchen.
It tastes best by eating with ginger slices.

Double Mushroom with Seasoned Beancurd skins 竹报平安
Braised beancurd skins with mushrooms is an usual dish we had at home, however Esquire Kitchen has cooked them with many types of vegetables  

Stir-fry lotus roots with chinese sausages 莲花玉女
Each bite of this dish is fulled of crunchiness. The dish is made of lotus roots, Chinese sausages and cashew nuts, carrot slices and green beans.

Braised pork ribs with chestnuts and shittake mushrooms 儿孙满堂
The soy-braised pork spare ribs are not an easy dish to be cooked according to my mom as it takes a long time for preparing the ingredients, ensuring the shittake mushroom are marinated well before cooking and lastly stewing the marinated pork ribs with low heat till the meats are tendered.
I liked this dish particularly because of chestnuts and shittake mushroom being my favorite food.

Deep Fried Garoupa with citrus juice 年年有余
It looked like Thailand style fish to us due to the slices of carrots and cucumbers on top of the garoupa. The sweetness and sourness were well-balanced along with the crunchy skin and flaky flesh of the fish.

The delicate & translucent-skinned Xiao Long Bao ( steamed dumplings) which were filled with minced meats (prawns and pork) and essential juices.
I hoped I could have another basket of xiao long bao to enliven my taste buds :)

Family dinner

Dessert rice balls in red beans paste 甜甜蜜蜜
As the name of the dessert, a bowl of glutinous rice balls in red bean paste had perfectly ended our scrumptious dinner.

Family dinner 

It's still one of the best dining places for family dinner. Good value for its authentic cuisines and the ambiance of restaurant is pleasant for family gathering.