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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Manners

According to Reuters.com, they are saying that in general Britons' manners are getting worse.

"Britons are ruder than they were a decade ago." - LONDON (Reuters)

For a person who has only been living in London for a year this says it all.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Another one of those highly addictive games...

I won't say much but yes it's another one of those games that just consumes time. Click on the link below to check it out.

Aim of the game is to get the block into a hole on the other side of the track. Sounds simple? Try your luck.

Game: Bloxorz @ AddictingGames.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

One of the best Vietnamese restaurants

Huy Hoang is the name of the Vietnamese restaurant in Fulham that I go to for lunch on most weeks. There are quite a few other restaurants located in Fulham ranging from gourmet burgers, pizzas, yo sushi, thai etc. I have to say that on most Fridays of the week my colleagues and I would order from the Vietnamese restaurant.

I’ve tried most of the restaurants in Fulham. The Thai restaurant was expensive and not authentic at all. The gourmet burgers GBK are very nice. Nice big portions for your order. Guarantee to make you fall asleep after your meal. Pizza Express is alright. Their large pizzas are abit small and cold when you get in hand. Yo Sushi is not even comparable to a proper Japanese restaurant. Food is below average because most of their dishes are served from freezer packs shipped from who knows.

But Huy Hoang stands out. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in London that I’ve been to. For its location, value for money eatery it is simply superb. Also very delicious too I might add. Goes to show that you don’t need to go to an expensive place to enjoy a decent meal.

Zuma zoom zoom

My wife and I are Japanese food fanatics! We just love Japanese foods and we've been to quite a few Japanese restaurants in the past. Well I have had a special occasion coming up and I wanted to take my wife to a really nice Japanese restaurant to celebrate.

I’ve spent about a week or so reading up where I could about various Japanese restaurants in London. Price wasn’t a factor here. Not saying that I want to her to the most expensive or the cheapest but I wanted to take her to a place where it has just the right balance where they have atmosphere, ambiance, nice food and good service. Not a big request I don’t think.

At the end I decided to take my wife to Zuma restaurant which is located a few streets away about 5 minutes walk from Harrods in Knightsbridge. Zuma is supposed to be a “posh” Japanese restaurant.

You’re greeted by several bouncers when you get to the entrance of the restaurant. As you walk in you can immediately tell yep this is a posh restaurant. The décor, swanky wood, granite and stone interior layout, the lighting was just astonishing. It really seems like this is the place if you want to get noticed or where the rich and famous come and eat, drink.

We sat down at our table and we both just sat there just loving the atmosphere. It was so lively. The spacing between tables was a little tight so packed in it was awkward to walk around. Anyway we looked through the menu and these were the items we ordered:

- fresh tofu
- seaweed salad
- fried softshell crab with wasabi mayonnaise
- gyu no Tataki (seared beef with soy, lime, chilli and ginger dressing)
- california maki (fresh crab, avocado sushi)
- wagyu gunkan (wagyu beef sushi)
- ebi no sumibiyaki yuzu-koshou fuumi (jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper)
- salmon teriyaki

We were going to order the lobster sashimi but they didn’t have any lobster left. Oh well... The dishes started rolling out within 20 minutes of ordering which was brilliant.

Some of the dishes we ordered were delicious such as the wagyu gunkan, the jumbo tiger prawn, seared beef and california maki. The rest of the dishes they could do better actually. The food was well presented and the size of the dishes was acceptable.

The fresh tofu was weird. Silky like texture but tasteless unless you add in the condiments that comes with it. It texture was definitely not like any other regular tofu I’ve ever had.

Seaweed salad was disappointing. I mean the title itself says Seaweed Salad but there was hardly any on the dish itself. A little dressing could have helped the flavour as well.

The salmon teriyaki though was cook perfectly, it also lacked flavour.

On overall the food was nice but only on an ok level. Slightly below average I would say for the price you pay. Definitely not the best or decent Japanese restaurant we’ve ever been to in the past.

Everything was right only to be let down by the food.

PS: The chefs at Zuma shouldn’t worry too much about intellect copyright. It’s simply absurd! They should worry about preparing a decent dish and keeping your customers happy before all else. If you don’t serve good or delicious food the customers won’t come back.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Adobe Media Player

There seems to be a surge of media players offering free streaming tv over the web these days. There has been quite a few over the last few years but most recently BBC has released iPlayer offering their selected local UK tv over the web. It has been just a big hit over here in the UK that most of the major ISPs (Internet Service Provider) here are trying to get BBC to fund an upgrade to the broadband infrastructure here due to the increase demand/popularity of the iPlayer.

Now Adobe has also joined in the club by releasing their own media player suprisingly called Adobe Media Player. It is built using their AIR™/Flash runtime. Seems to be the most popular method of creating rich internet applications these days. Anyway good about Adobe Media Player is that it is free, does not have any restrictions with regards to zoning.

Most of the other video streamers out there have an annoying feature where they block you from viewing the video depending on where you are trying to view the video from by checking your IP (Internet Protocol) address against the country it belongs to. They do this mainly because of copyrights etc but hey...

Anyway back to Adobe Media Player... I was suprised to see some of favourite shows on it like CSI Miami and all that with no zoning restrictions at all. Brilliant!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Renewing my Canon

I've been using digital compact cameras now for a few years now. The first was the Sony CyberShot DSC-P10 and that was a great little camera and for the last year I've been using the Canon Ixus 850IS aka SD800.

Compact cameras are great. They are small enough for you to take them along your travels or keep them in your pocket for just whenever you need to take quick snaps. The images are usually saved in your memory card as JPEGs. JPEGs are great. They are the widely used image format currently.

One thing I wished at times was that I had the ability to save the images captured in RAW format. What is RAW you ask? A RAW image is like digital negatives. The image has not been processed so the end result you get a file that you can tinker to your heart's content. For the lazy people JPEGs are fine.

Anyway there seems to be a hack here that you can install onto the 850IS to get the ability to capture and store the image in RAW format. I have to say that I've tried it and well even though it's not as good as my Nikon D300 but it still isn’t bad comparing a mini sensor of the compact to a DSLR.

The hack itself has alot more features such as live histogram, highlighting etc. All the extras that you would expect to get from a semi-pro and above cameras and not a compact. It even lets you run custom BASIC scripts and play games via your camera. The game part is lame but the list of features that it provides the 850IS is awesome.

The hack is only supported on various Canon cameras. To find out if your camera is supported you can via this link. Anyway it's worth checking out.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Snow!?! in Spring?!?

In London and in April?! Are you kidding? Winter this year was pretty dissappointing. There has been numerous reports by BBC that said it would snow in London. Maybe if you're further up north then yeah you would get snow but it didnt happen at all.

Winter came and went. Now it is spring. The weather seems to be getting warmer and finally you could open up the windows to get the gentle breeze in. This morning I woke up to (yep you've guessed it) snow!

Opened up the curtains to let the light in to the room this morning and Suprise!!! Snow! Woot woot. Finally! Snow in London. In the wrong season but hey it is still awesome.

Needless to say I took loads of photos. Im processing them at the moment so hopefully be up soon on Picasa.

Edit: Pictures are up now. Click on the "Snow in London in Spring" in the Snapshots links.