June 12, 2015
Painting is one of my strongest DIY skills though I still have problems when choosing the right paint for the right surface. I tend to choose water-based paints because they are more environmental friendly and easier to wash. However, I bought some wood paints from IKEA and even though the instructions are to wash the brushes in water, the paints don’t come off easily from the brush. The primer and varnish came off quite easily but not the IKEA paints.
Anyway, I completed painting my dining table and chairs with a different color each; yellow, orange, red, grey and blue. They were then topped with layers of varnish just to toughen them up. At first, I was a bit worry as to how the paint will cope because the dining area are probably the most used place in the house. Mee thought about buying a piece of glass to put on top of the dining table but we thought that it would have to be custom made to size and it’s probably going to be quite expensive to order one. We then thought about getting a table cloth but that would mean covering the newly painted table. We might as well not paint it in the first place. I then browsed on the internet and saw a wholesale linens from premiertablelinens.com website. If I hadn’t painted the table, I would probably order table linen from them. They look great and they would have been easier to maintain buy just buying a few sets and wash them when they get dirty instead of having to waste hours of painting.
Anyway, I have done the painting and we now decided not to cover the dining table with anything except placemats. So far, the paint holds and it’s not as fragile as I thought it would be.
I used to download songs quite a lot but nowadays, I just turn to Spotify. There are many different online music streaming services available but I am just used to how Spotify works. I still haven’t quite figured out iPhone’s Spotify but eventually, I will. I tried Rdio but the interface wasn’t as straightforward as I would like it to be. In Spotify, I just search a song and add it to my playlist. On Rdio, I failed on the first hurdle, which was searching for a song. It just doesn’t give me a usable search results. It’s pretty much like when you are using Google Search or Bing. Bing doesn’t give you the results that you can find in Google. The problem is, Google’s results are always most relevant to the search term.
I would want to try Apple Music provided it offers free account with the option to upgrade to a premium account like Spotify. Until such time, Spotify works best for me. I have also signed up for free two months premium trial account. It works similar to the free account except that I have the ability to download songs and listen without the need for internet connection. Best of all, free of ads. As good as it sounds, I will probably revert back to free account after two months. I can’t justify the need to fork out £9.99 every month for an online music streaming account.
June 11, 2015
I am now seriously considering getting myself a set of headphone. I love watching movies and most of the time, I watched them in the middle of the night. As it’s in the middle of the night, I don’t have much choice but to turn the volume down a lot. I also have the tendency of falling asleep half way through a movie. I believe the sleepiness is caused by several factors; it’s the normal sleep time for a normal person, the volume is so low that I am using more energy to try to listen to it rather than keeping myself awake or the movie is just pure boring.
Hence, the solution might to get a headphone. That way, I can just crank up the volume without having to disturb anyone in the house or neighbour. It’s easy when you think about it but wait till you go online and search for headphone. There are thousands of them to choose from and the prices vary. I could set myself a budget but a few searches later, I will probably go out of my budget range. Wireless headphones cost more but it would make my life easier. I saw a hdj 2000 which looked great in terms of the specifications but no so great on the price. Unfortunately, it’s a wired headphone and the wireless one with the same specifications would probably cost a lot more than I am willing to pay.
I actually have been talking about buying a headphone ever since we moved into our new house and I still haven’t managed to make up my mind. Well, the search continues…
April 7, 2015
I have been using my Playstation 3 for over a year now. Considering that my version of Playstation 3, which is the super slim model, is about 2 years in the market when I bought it, one would have thought the software and hardware have improved over the years. Mind you that the first Playstation 3 was announce about 9 years ago. Sadly, apart from being smaller, lighter and more options on the storage size of things, everything else stays the same. I wasn’t very annoyed since it’s a gaming console and I suppose it will play every games labelled with PS3 compatible.
On one sales event, I bought a few bundled games which came with a lot of downloadable contents (DLC). Most DLCs are quite small in size and it should take matter of 10-20 seconds to complete download and install. However, after installing a few DLCs, I thought I might as well get on with playing the game and download the DLCs later. That’s what I did and when I went back to the download list again, the interface only showed me the list of games and DLCs which I have bought. It didn’t state which items have been downloaded and installed. Imagine having tons of games and DLCs, how would I know which ones I haven’t downloaded yet?
I turned to Google for solution. It doesn’t seem like a lot of people are talking about it. Do they not care or downloading games aren’t popular yet? For me, it’s a flaw in the system. It’s easy to identify if I had downloaded the game because I can just look at my game list. I wouldn’t want to re-download all the DLCs again just to be sure that I have actually installed all the DLCs. Seeing that Playstation 4 is already here, I doubt there will be any more improvements on Playstation 3 XMB interface.
March 10, 2015
Mee and I have been living in the current house for more than a year now. It’s still far away from how I would like it to be. Moving from a rented room to a two bedroom house should be quite easy in terms of the things that we have. However, it’s unimaginable that stuff we had when we were in our rented room could almost fill up the house. Recently, I bought some loft panels and tidied up the loft. It now has a lot more spaces and I have put a lot of stuffs in the loft, still, it doesn’t seem to create more spaces for us. Maybe we need to seek for some expert advice in terms of interior design.
The piano keyboard that we have is now stuffed away in one of the cupboards. I don’t suppose we have the time to play it anyway. I am thinking of putting it up in the loft. Some of my friends told me to sell it on or see MF for some ideas. Well, I better ask Mee first before I do anything with it. After all, she was also behind the idea of getting the keyboard in the first place.
February 6, 2015
Yes, I am still using my good old iPhone 5. I first bought it in 12th December 2012 and I have been using it since. In fact, iPhone 5 is the only mobile phone which I have owned and used the longest. Most of my mobile phones only last a year. Even the HTC Desire which was bought from new, lasted a year before I switch to iPhone 5. Even when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was announced, I wasn’t left wanting. Partly because I didn’t like iPhone 6 design at all. I might consider iPhone 7 when it arrives just because I like the number 7. But according to Apple’s trend, it might be iPhone 6S next rather than iPhone 7.
Anyway, I still like my iPhone 5. The case I had was a bit old and faded. It’s white and blue and the white is not that white anymore. Hence, I decided to look for a good case since I am not getting a new mobile phone and the prices for iPhone 5 cases should drop. I browsed and found Rock Royce iPhone 5 case. By the looks of the pictures, it looks really great. There are many youtube videos about it but they are for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, I did manage to find one eventually. Looking at ebay, the prices vary from a couple of pounds to 10 pounds. Most of the cheaper priced ones are from Hong Kong sellers and local sellers usually sell from five pounds onward. In the end, I bought one at six pounds.
The iPhone 5 case arrived a couple of days later. The packaging makes it looks like a premium product, not like some transparent plastic packaging with adhesive accompanied by low quality screen protector. The case itself fits nicely on my iPhone 5. It’s much slimmer than my previous case and it fits better and nicer on my hand. The picture attached is for iPhone 6 and it’s almost impossible to find one for iPhone 5. Well, the design is the same anyway apart from the volume and power buttons. The most noticeable different between this case and other lower value cases is the buttons. When using my previous case, it’s really difficult to press on the power and volume buttons. More often than not, I had to use my finger nail and pushed it hard. This new Rock Royce case makes it effortless. It feels like the buttons are part of iPhone 5.
Having said all that, the colored rim lacks a bit of quality especially the curved area. I do hope it lasts because it’s one of the best cases I had. However, only time will tell.