• 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…

  • 🖕🏻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…

  • Ministry of Wine

    www.ministryofwine.com.my is believed to be among the largest wine e-commerce platforms in Malaysia aiming to list more than 5,000 labels of wine in the coming months. Selections will include both Old and New World wines unmatched by any physical wine retailer locally and is expected to be a growth driver for the Group who sees this as the ideal gateway in kick-starting their venture into F&B technology leveraging on the likes of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Digital Payments and Blockchain technology to name a few. According to Executive Director, Benson Tay, the Group which has established its foothold in the food & beverage, entertainment and lifestyle…

  • Shop Online Securely (SOS) this Lunar New Year

    Every festive season turns into a shopping frenzy, and the action has moved increasingly online. With the convenience of online payment and in-app purchases, with delivery to your door, comes the very real risk of cybercrime, with you as the target. Everyone loves a great deal during the Lunar New Year, and throughout the year. For cyber criminals, your frenzied shopping to get all the items you need delivered before the festivities begin is a prime opportunity. This is because in the euphoria and adrenaline rush of shopping, you will be more likely to make basic mistakes that can expose your personal data. General Manager for Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia,…