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Forget The Tablet, Think iPad

I know, right? iPod, iPad? It’s really mind boggling (do people still say this.. Mind boggling?) these innovative gurus, especially the High Guru Steve Jobs, couldn’t, for the future of Apple in the mouth, come out with something less.. like a woman’s product?

Okay, before I get smacked by a woman for discriminating against their wonder product, Apple’s new UltraThin iPad is the NEW wonder gadget due this April. And believe me, it will make the hardest critics drool in anticipation to play this new baby!

Forget the tablets, looks like Apple is set to turn the tables against PC makers by making the tablet a myth, and the iPad, corny as it sounds, the new lingo for cool mobile computers!

Check out Mashable’s Review on iPad.

Is this like cool or what!

SD

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Making The Best Pizza By Listening To Harshest Critics

Most companies, especially those in the F&B industry, would hardly ever place themselves in front of a firing squad. So as to speak.

Domino's Pizza got tired of the complains about their pizzas and decided to hear it for themselves. The focus group wasn't shy about their opinion of the pizzas. While it was hard to hear it out (especially when you're head chef and you have to listen), they listened and return back to the drawing.. kitchen table.

Check out the Pizza Turnaround videos.

Read about it in BNET's interview with Domino's Chief Marketing Officer, Russell J. Weiner.

Have a blast!
SD







Beginner Drum Lesson #2: Grip Technique + Rebound Strokes

I found this video on Vic Firth Educational Series an A+! This is, by far, the best instructional video on grips & rebound strokes. In fact, it had helped me improve my own drumming!

This video is by Mark Wessel and although the series is mainly for the snare drum percussionists (drumline), it is a technique for all drummers. If you get this wrong, then you only would have to suffer.

A lot of beginner drummers out there are learning very weird grips that are not even within the scope of drum stick grips! Plus many drummers are still using a whole lot of wrist power than fingers to employ the rebound stroke. Lots of difference!

I’ve found that learning it right the first time saves time and builds strength & muscle memory.

2.1 Practice Suggestions & Concepts

2.2 Correct Grip Techniques

2.3 The Rebound Strokes

Have a blast!

SD

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Dream of Playing Mike Portnoy's Purple Monster?

 

Now you can! Albeit, a virtual one. Still, this gets you close to the real thing and you get to see the complete view of MP's kit!

Play it here!

Have a blast!
SD




19 Weight Loss Secrets From All Over The World

If you were resolving to lose weight this year, fear not! Here're 19 Weight Loss Secrets that has been compiled very nicely by Reader's Digest from 18 countries!

Have a blast!
SD








Beginner Drum Lesson #1: Drumstick Tips - Finding Your Tool

I have always been amused at how beginner drummers tend to just buy sticks off the shelf without knowing if it's right for them or not. And funnily, lots of time the drum teachers don't help explain either.

Here's a video that helps explain how to find your right sticks before you start learning drums!



Visit http://www.freedrumlessons.com for more Drum Lessons!

Have a blast!
SD




Moritz Mueller's Drum Solo at AMPA Switzerland 2008

Amazing drum solo pieces by Moritz Mueller at the Appearance Musick Producktiv Aarau (AMPA) in Switzerland 2008. Be inspired & enjoy!




Have a blast!
SD




Malaysian Entrepreneurs: Getting Funding For Your Startup!

Cradle Fund is organising a talk where entrepreneurs can meet the people who run the show at Cradle.

So, if you are looking to fund your idea or product in IT, Biotech, Manufacturing or Retail  then make yourself available for this event!

Date: 19th Jan, 2010
Venue: Management Institute of Malaysia (MIM), No. 227, Jln Ampang
Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm.

This event will help you understand the whole application process where you are able to obtain RM150,000 to jumpstart your idea or RM500,000 to push your business.

Email raja.adrena@cradle.com.my to confirm your attendance before 5.00pm, January 8th. Pls note that seats are rather limited and it's by first come first serve basis.

Have a blast!
SD





A Day in Phnom Penh City

Slickdrum’s notes:

My last entry for the Cambodia trip. Before anyone asks, “Is it REALLY ending?”, it’s has ended. Been pretty busy with my web project and the Christmas event in church that I didn’t have time to complete this last bit.

So, here it is!

The next day (if you missed out the previous post, check it here), after having breakfast with Irene & her colleague (excellent Bircher Muesli btw at the Inter-Continental Hotel), I planned my trip with the head concierge, Muth Makata, who gave fantastic advice and helped me arrange the itinerary with the tuk-tuk driver.

So, off we went to our first destination, Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market). My first ride ever in a Tuk-Tuk! It is pretty amazing!  I must say that they ride rather safely and it’s pretty cozy. The only downside it’s rather dusty out in the open.

Inside a Tuk-Tuk! View from inside the Tuk-Tuk

On the road Traffic at Phnom Penh roads.. don’t be fooled by this pic!

Phsar Toul Tom Poung is rather large, more like a large square, with lots of shops around and in it. Just like the market in Siem Reap, they sell a variety of things, mainly for tourists. Inside, you will see the wet market & food stalls (which I don’t recommend for tourists!).

Inside Phsar Toul Tom Poung Shops inside Phsar Toul Tom Poung

Phsar Toul Tom Poung Shops lined up all around the Phsar

I just only breezed through the market just to experience the culture. After Phsar Toul Tom Poung, we went to Phsar Thmey (Central Market), the more visited and famous market in Phnom Penh.

At Phsar Thmey Phsar Thmey.. the old building under renovation works

The large central building, however, seemed closed and all the shops are in the area surrounding it. It’s nicely built with concrete structure to house the shops.

Shops at Phsar Thmey Nicer looking shop lots at Phsar Thmey

Inside, it’s much cooler than that of Phsar Toul Tom Poung & Phsar Chas in Siem Reap. Again, the shops here seem to cater towards tourists. You will also see Tuk-Tuk drivers at the entrance vying for your service as they see you leave the place.

After a nice walk around, I decided to move on to the next destination: Street 240. I had thought that there would be shops promoting arts & craft here (read it in the map), but it wasn’t as I expected. So, we had to scrap that plan and go to Riverfront or Sisowath Quay.

Wat like structure at Riverfront Not sure Wat's this.. heh

Along Riverfront The river

The Riverfront area is a very famous tourist spot. Here, lined along the river, you will find many eateries and pubs.

So after being dropped off, I was eager to check it out. I walked along Sisowath Quay, amazed at all the shops lined up and the number of tourist at this place. As a tourist, you will be at ease here!

I was also looking for a wifi spot where I can drink a nice hot mocha and surf as well. After a nice walk all along the Quay and reaching near the end, I backtracked and found a place to get a nice hot drink. It’s quaint little restaurant called El Mundo which had free wifi.

at El Mundo Cafe Good place to cool your feet down

However, I discovered that I forgot to bring my multi-adapter as my power cable couldn’t fit the power outlet. Resigned to a nice mocha and some garlic bread, I decided to check out the Foreign Correspondent Club (FCC) for lunch later.

Again, all along the shops, you will MANY Tuk-Tuk drivers and motorcycle taxis seeking your dollars. Politely smiling & declining them, I made my way to FCC.

Here, I had a triple decker chicken sandwich with fries. And quite fortunately, my power cable could fit to their outlet! So, it was lunch and surfing. Since I had to planned to meet with the Tuk-Tuk driver who drove (or rode?) me all morning around 1pm, I had only so much time to surf. I doggy bagged the untouched half of the sandwich and fries (I don’t eat them much), I made my way back to the meeting point.

Royal Palace 

On the way in the Tuk-Tuk, we passed the Independence Monument that’s in the middle of a roundabout.

Independence MonumentUp close.. The Independence Monument

When we arrived at the hotel, I gave the sandwich & fries to the Tuk-Tuk driver. Am sure he needed it more than I did.

That evening we took the Tuk-Tuk to try out the Frizz Restaurant, one I came across from my research online, in Street 240 (I saw it when I was there earlier).

City at Sunset A Sunset view of the City!

Frizz RestaurantInside FrizzThe place you must try.. Frizz Restaurant!

We tried their Fish Amok, which was superbly incredible, and the Saik Moan Char Trob (Chicken & Eggplant), which was also equally heavenly! For dessert, we had the Apple pie & ice cream! A Home Run!

Apart from Khmer food, Frizz serves international food as well!

Fish Amok Frizz Signature Dish, The Fish Amok!

Chicken & Eggplant Another tongue-talizing dish, Saik Moan Char Trob!

Apparently Tuk-Tuk drivers have this arrangement with tourists. They offer their services to fetch you back so: 1) you don’t have to worry about going back (not that you would have any problems here but think about the convenience),  2) they are guaranteed pay day! As long as I wasn’t being cheated, I thought the arrangement was good for us.

Public Bank in Cambodia! Can you believe it? Public Bank!

Good Bye Cambodia!

The next day was time for us to leave beautiful Cambodia.  We had made arrangements for a driver (the same one that took Irene & her colleague the day before for their appointments) to take us to the airport.

DSCF0211 The Motorcycle Horde!

As always, Phnom Penh traffic is bustling about. You get to see lots of motorcycles, cars and carts.

Traditional carts Man powered carts

The Phnom Penh International Airport is much better than the domestic, of course. And as we made on our way through the customs, we saw a cute & friendly litte thing, a cocker spaniel, that was a drug dog!

Phnom Penh International Airport Phnom Penh International Airport

Just coz I'm cute don't mean I soft! Appearances can be deceiving.. This little cutey is a police dog!

The waiting area had some shops & a restaurant. So we plopped our bags at a table & shared a nice big cuppa and went to do some souvenir shopping.

And as we boarded the Malaysia Airlines plane, we ended an awesome, AWESOME adventure in this beautiful land!

See you soon, Cambodia! 

Thanks Cambodia!