• yahyel, Tokyo

    Retna and I were in Tokyo in November for alt-J. yahyel did the opening act.  Honestly, we have no idea about the band, first time hearing their performance.  More so, no idea on the music genre, art approaches, neither the style. I have no idea the songs they played, but the next day I had the Spotify (which I no longer use) on to listen their albums, I could sort of remember what tracks they played during the opening act. Kill Me Once Joseph The Flare Rude Iron Probably need yahyel team to confirm whether I got the above right. Yahyel, an Indie pop band from Tokyo, established since 2015.…

  • What we do when we are having meals with kids

    Recently I observed (not that I did not in the past), often when family is having a meal together, no one is on the table with each other, but on the phones, without someone, something else. Few months back we went to an Italian restaurant for dinner, the place was fully booked.  So can expect over capacity.  When we were there, I noticed most families and couples were not talking to each other, but spending time on the phones.  I could spy, Instagram, WeChat, WhatsApp etc. Since that time, our twins did not have a phone (yes, we recently added the phones into their lives), so they were busy talking…

  • Seeing The Unseen

    Retna and I (probably the Tan-Vijayans too) love to join a local tour, wherever we are.  It is a good way to get to know the cities or the places we are at. Actually the first ever walking tour we joined for our own traveling – Sydney, a free walking tour, which at the end of the tour (after 3 hours), the tour guide will ask for a tip, which we happily gave.  Then when we moved to Melbourne, we did the same too, this time, about 3.5 hours.  We got to know so much about Melbourne and it was really worth to pay (tip) the guide.  It was also…

  • Night, Puchong

    After dinner, while waiting for Inez from her ballet class, I walked about, with my Leica.  Just to put what I have learn from sifus such as Mathias Heng, Fulvio Bugani and Izwan Ismail into practice. I have taken pictures of the same place before, but that time I was experimenting the Leica. This time, I came with some ideas of what I wanted to capture.  Love the results. I edited the pictures a bit using the Lightroom on my iPad Pro. I think it is great to view Puchong at night, from different perspective. When it comes to Puchong, often many would think of it as messy, jam, food…

  • When you shop online, beware of these things

    I was buying an outdoor water filter. I looked around physically and online, shortlisted to Coway Bamboo and 3M AP902. While I like 3M products (disclaimer, not all of them), as I have 3M Crystalline tint for our beloved Peugeot (I find it not as great, in fact I dislike it compares what we got on our DS5, which is also another American brand, no free advertisement, as we paid in full for that), scotch tape (always on my desk, I do not use any other brand), sticky note (again, always on my desk), scotch brite (yep, handy in the kitchen) as well as Scotch hangers (I used it to…

  • Pray for Prey

    Coming from a parent. I love our kids, although some time I am tempted to put them up for adoption. I seldom allow our kids to go to the public toilet alone.  Even for our twins sons.  I don’t. I noticed elderly love to touch our twins, I especially pay attention when it is the male elderly.  They love to touch them and groped their bodies.  I generally will stop the elderly from going on politely, by pulling our twins back.  Later we will talk to the twins about possible sexual harassment which they may had encountered. As parents, we need to be honest and transparent about everything, including the…

  • 🖕🏻Spotify

    🖕🏻@Spotify @SpotifyCares #spotifypremium #spotifyfamilypremium — Samuel Tan 陳思量 (@hisamueltan) February 9, 2018 Got annoying emails from Spotify to my dear wife as well as the twins, asking them to rectify their addresses. I mean, for such suspicious email, you think anyone going to click it? So upon discussion, we decided not to reply to such email, neither we are going to click it. Guess what, Spotify removed the twins and my dear wife from the Spotify Premium for Family, because they did not response. I mean WTF Spotify. Spotify was (notice ‘was’ here) collecting money from me every month, without fail (auto debit), and instead of asking me (which I…

  • Seemless Experiences

    I agree that there is no way we could replace human touch. There is way how we could screw the human being, by being human being. When I asked the chatbot on Facebook, Airmail for troubleshooting, I always get replies.  In fact the machine learning already kind of advance (ok this is not new), that the questions I asked, the chatbot could already find the closest responses to assist.  May not be the most accurate, but there are some helps. I ordered a Grab today, for me to head to the NAZA Euro service centre to collect the beloved DS5 (routine service).  Got the driver (yay), then he cancelled the…