The Flag and The Parade


Misinformation, Social Media & Viralization:

The Flag and The Parade

Hey, did you hear about the Merdeka Day celebration incompetence?
Well my friend’s cousin’s uncle’s brother’s niece posted that the parade messed up and the flag was inverted?!
Say it ain’t so…
And I know it’s true because, aside all the people who shared that one post on Facebook, this other guy, who has like 10k followers on Twitter, also tweeted the same thing and like, errbody retweeted it.
I mean come on, it was Merdeka Day guys, couldn’t we have at least gotten this right?

Oh wait, hold on a sec:

“PETALING JAYA: Social media users learned something new Sunday about the Malaysian flag and the proper protocol required when displaying it during parades.

Pictures of the Malaysian flag being “inverted” during the National Day parade Monday surfaced on Facebook, drawing many ill-informed comments.
The picture was making its rounds on Facebook, with users mocking the patriotism of the parade.”

So yea.  That’s right. They did it correctly.

That’s how it’s been done for only the last 58 years

(I’m assuming that we’ve had 58 Merdeka day celebrations with a flag bearing parade, so don’t take my word for it).

So, yea, erm,
Kinda shows how many people have either never watched or never paid attention to some of the 58 Merdeka day celebrations we’ve had.

Or,

It shows how quick people share something that conforms with or confirms their bias irrespective of the source, leading to the viralness of misinformation.

I don’t know which is worse-

wait, no I do: both are bad, but the latter is worse.

So today’s segment is:

“Hey, I’m going share this because it confirms my viewpoint and to hell with verifying It cause other people are saying it and /or sharing it too, so it must be right.”

Today’s example is just one of the few in what I’ve come to expect from the beautiful mediums that are Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the social media pantheon. Whether it’s due to jumping on the bandwagon in order to not feel left out, or attention seeking tendency or wanting validation through likes, shares, etc, or simply for #AdRevenue.
Social Media is probably the quickest way to spread information (irrespective of how true, accurate or plausible) and as news media outlets have learnt:

The more sensational,

The better the engagement,

I mean, who cares about verification right?
And well, Sensationalism sells.

In this world of views, clicks, tweets, retweets, shares, hashtags, pins, posts & blogs fighting for short (and growing shorter apparently) attention span of people in all the (growing) business of life today, some to get some of that almighty #AdRevenue…

Whoaaa,

Wait,

I may have drifted off point for a bit there, I’ll talk about sensationalism another time, I’m sure you got the point in relevance to this topic.

So yea, back to #Misinformation.

Hey, maybe open a new tab and Google that thing you wanna share, retweet, paste on your car or whatever before you actually do. Just a little verification from all of us can go a long way to minimizing viralizing misinformation.

Now, this isn’t a bash on things going Viral or Viralism…

The ability to connect with more people is great and I love it,

I can’t count the number of times a viral video of post has cheered me up or given me a good laugh or taught me a thing or two but with a tool with the power for people to share information quicker and easier than ever before, it comes with great responsibility.

Yea, I paraphrased Uncle Ben.

Today’s featured photo was taken during one of my work sessions at #greyskymorning last week.

Ciao guys and remember,

#KeepMovingForward

Roshan ‘Arkay’ Kanesan

The Fight for Malaysia’s Soul, not for BN, Not for PR.


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Good Evening guys,

I know it’s not a Friday but this one isn’t a Note on Life, it’s something much much Closer to Home.

This is Roshan ‘Arkay’ Kanesan’s Thoughts on Change, Democracy & the 13th Malaysian General Elections.

Before I start, here’s a little intro into my political views.

Me

I do not define and limit my fight for this country to a political party.

I believe in 2 things very strongly:

* “Power Corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton

* “People should not be afraid of their Governments, Governments should be

afraid of their people?” – V

which is based upon:

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. ” – Thomas Jefferson

So right now my support is for Paktan Rakyat, but that doesn’t mean it will always be

like that and it sure doesn’t mean that I am going to be blinded to their faults. I will support PR for as long as their struggle and long-term goal aligns with my fight for Malaysia. I will not define myself as a BN supporter, nor a PR Supporter. I’m just a Malaysian.

Now,

The 13th Malaysian General Elections

On the 5th of May 2013 I was one of about 10 million Malaysians that went out to the polls to vote. My first time and i was part of the biggest turnout in Malaysian history and also one of the biggest turn outs in modern history… 80%.

Many people wanted change. The urbanites, the younger generation, the first time voters.

However Barisan Nasional (BN) won.

There’s been a lot of noise of foul play and following that it has been concluded

that 5/5 was the date that Democracy Died in Malaysia because apparently our votes didn’t count.

Foul Play

I don’t want to dwell too much into fraud here. Yes, it does indeed look like fraud

was a foot. I’m not condoning it, but I also ask you if fraud is exclusive to Malaysia?

They way some people are talking it sounds like electoral fraud doesn’t happen anywhere else but Malaysia.

I would like to ask this question. What happened in the U.S. Elections of 2000, Bush vs Al Gore? There was foul play there as well, wasn’t it?

So when Malaysians say that GE13 was the dirtiest election ever in the world and democracy died here, I beg that these people think for a moment, before making such statements. Fraud happens in many elections worldwide and so does gerrymandering, so just because BN won, it doesn’t mean that this was the dirtiest elections ever.

And even after all that, Pakatan Rakyat:
still made progress,
still made inroads,
strengthened their hold on Penang,
strengthened their hold on Selangor,
took a further 7 Parliamentary seats from BN.

And Barisan Nasional:
has become even more unpopular,
lost more parliamentary seats,
lost more State Seats (collectively)
and didn’t come close to getting back their beloved 2/3 majority.

What does that tell you?

To me it shows that fraud is not enough to stop the WILL of the People, it’s just that

we didn’t have enough strength this time around to counter the trump cards that BN had up their sleeve. Sabah. Sarawak. Johor.

The Rural Vote.

The major support for Change was mostly urban, that’s NOT ENOUGH.

It is the rural areas that have the most influence. KL, Selangor and Penang do not accurately represent the rest of the country.

Jointly Sarawak, Sabah and Johor have 82 Parliamentary seats and BN won 68 as opposed to the total of 46 seats for Penang, Selangor and KL, in which PR won 36.

BNs stronghold has almost twice the number of seats than PRs stronghold.

What does this tell you?

It tells me that over the next 5 years PR has serious work to do in the rural areas.

Those are the areas that will bring the real Tsunami. The urban votes alone won’t get PR into Putrajaya.

Change

For those who are saying that change didn’t happen? Are you defining change by a change in government? If you are, I’m so sorry but you’ve got the plot wrong.

Forget BN, Forget PR, Forget Najib, Forget Anwar.

We aren’t fighting for a political party; we’re fighting for Malaysia’s soul.

Malaysia’s soul is US.

Friends, Malaysians, Countrymen.

Change should not be defined by the changing of government but off the Change in the mindset of the People.

So don’t say Change hasn’t happened – it has.

It started in 2008 and has continued growing. Many of us are more actively involved in politics. More of us have become Political Citizens and the numbers will only continue growing.

And this leads me to:

Democracy

I’ve seen many posting on Facebook & Twitter that democracy has died,

and this annoys me,

extremely.

Democracy died a long time ago, it was dead before GE12, when most people didn’t care about elections, or voting or politics, and assumed that BN would just go on ruling Malaysia.

Then 2008 happened and for the first time in decades we saw BN lose their 2/3 majority. We saw PR take two juggernaut states away from BN. We saw that our votes could make a difference. We saw change that day. We saw the rebirth of Democracy in Malaysia. We saw the beginning of the Fight for Malaysia’s soul.

I respect every individual’s political stance and opinion but if you come and tell me that Democracy is dead now, then we have a problem.

It shows that you’re just following the trend of the hour, a mere follower.

Yes, on Sunday we saw democracy get hurt and abused but it’s still alive and ready to continue the fight through fighters like Karpal and Kit Siang.

Look at how long have they been fighting? How many loses have they suffered?

Have they given up? Did they sit around and feel sorry for themselves when a setback hit them? So why do I hear so many people whining?

I’ve learnt firsthand that feeling sorry for myself never got anything done.

So lets stop the noise, stop the complaining, stop the whining and go out and help out with the cause you believe in. Because Democracy can never die as long as there are people who still BELIEVE.

So to conclude,

PR Lost.

Get over it.

This isn’t a battle, this is a War for Malaysia’s Soul,

Not for BN. Not for PR.

What’s important is that we DON’T GIVE UP because one battle was lost,

What’s most important is that PR stay strong, united and grow.

What’s most important is that we, the People, Keep Moving Forward.

Democracy cannot die as long as there are people who believe in it.

As for me,

I will not be mourning.

I’m going to celebrate the progress and the inroads that PR has made,

And see how I can actively help,

I will not change my profile picture.

Well, because I like my current one,

I still believe in Democracy,

I still believe in Malaysia.

How about you?

Straight From The Heart

Roshan ‘Arkay’ Kanesan

Friends. Malaysians. Countrymen. – Tomorrow We Vote


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Friends. Malaysians. Countrymen. Tomorrow we vote..

Who you vote for or whether you vote or not is you choice, either action is your right. Just remember this. Whoever it is you vote for, make sure that you are true with your vote. If you vote for change remember that with change comes resistance and if you vote for stability, remember that absolute power corrupts absolutely and no improvement or greatness was ever achieved by colouring within the lines.

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Tomorrow is big day for Malaysians and Malaysia.
People in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s 60s 70s etc will be heading to the polls for their first time.

Tomorrow we are all equal.

Tomorrow we fight for what we think is right.

Whatever happens tomorrow, be vigilante, vote and be safe. If a storm comes we will brace it for every storm eventually comes to an end.

But whatever it is, don’t so anything stupid. Stay out of hot spots, don’t antagonise and keep calm.

I’m not a BN supporter. I’m not a PR Supporter.
I am Support the Rakyat. I am Pro-Rakyat.

Sidenote: don’t sit around and complain if you can vote and aren’t going to vote.

Straight From The Heart

Roshan ‘Arkay’ Kanesan

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RVP: From Gooner to Gunner to Devil


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>Good Afternoon guys,

it’s a nice evening in KL. The family and I decided to getaway for the weekend by running into the City 🙂 The Grand Hyatt has a great view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

I was just reminded by my LT that i was supposed to talk about why i hate RVP,

so here is

Arkay’s Gooner Life

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Van Persie,

of all the the players who have left us Gooners over the years, he is the one i despise the most.

Not because he said we had no ambition (we do, but the Clubs ambition is a long term ambition no RVP’s short term vision) or any other reason but for the fact that out of the 8 seasons with us he only had a good 1.5 seasons, Wenger stood by him for all his injured years but when the tables turned and Wenger needed him… he left.

Clichy, Fabregas, Henry, Nasri, Adebayor, Song and Co all left, but they also served the club to their best ability before they left.

Cesc played 8 solid years for us before going home.

Song did’t want to leave.

Nasri was only with us for 2/3 years, so can’t really ask for loyalty there, but he did serve us well.

Henry was looking for a change and a bigger challenge.

Helb & Flamini also left for money we could not give them, but again, they were relatively new and served us well.

Clichy spent 8 seasons with us and gave us his all.

But I expected more of RVP,

He was our Captain, our Hero, our Flying Dutchman
the person we looked to to save us when the chips were down
A Gooner grown that should’ve become a Gunner Legend
The player who kissed the badge and told us he would never leave us
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At Arsenal he only scored 96 goals for the club and 48 of them from the last 1.5 seasons, he’s average is a mere 12 goals a season.

8 years and only 96 goals.

96.

Let’s do a little math and extrapolate what could have (should have) been if he was fit.

A peak of about 30 goals last season. 18 goals from the half season of 2010-2011, so let’s give him 30 for that season as well, and for the seasons before an average of 18. that should have been about 168 goals in an Arsenal shirt.

But no, those goals were taken from Arsenal because of all his injuries and just when he gets properly fit he leaves. Now i know my calculations are all just speculative and hypothetical, but they are reasonable, no one can deny he has the quality.

Wenger, the Club & the Supporters stood by him for years, took care of him for years, protected him for years and he turned around and spat in their faces.

Well good for him, looks like he’s on to win the BPL with United and that’s all good and professional for him,

but i hate him because though it may be just Business for some football players,

it’s personal for the fans.

Straight From The Heart<

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I am a #Gooner @starbucksmy #arsenal


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Good Morning!

At Starbucks Monash today with my Mocha next to me and a bright day in front of me (currently). Sleep wasn’t very good, only got 5 hours, so hopefully i don’t crash too soon.

Today I’m going to kick off my Gooner4Life section, starting with a little introduction as a Gooner.

I’ve been an Arsenal fan since 2000 but turned supporter in 2006 (i’ll explain the difference between fan & supporter another time). Before 2006 i never really watched football, or knew much about the team, i was just a fan, i wasn’t really into football. My true life as a Gooner started after i watched the Champions League Final between Arsenal & Barca and felt the heartache after, we should have won that. I starting watching Arsenal more regularly and by 2008 there were not many games i missed. I never had the pleasure of watching the Invincibles go through the season unbeaten, or if i did i didn’t really understand or appreciate it, or appreciate Bergkamp for the magician that he was and all the other good things from before my Gooner Life.

But what i can say now, is that I am a Gooner now and forever, i’ve suffered the heartaches of losing vital games and players but also see some great things in the last 6 years. I’m a supporter going though the trophy drought. I am a supporter who has seen key players leave every season. I’ve seen us throw away a Cup at the end and witnessed the physical breaking of some Gunners.

But also,

I’ve watched my Gunners beat Barca, Milan & Bayern at home, I watched the chemistry of the Rosicky, Flamini, Fabregas & Hleb midfield, i watched our comebacks against Chelsea and Spurs and time after time i’ve seen the team do brilliant things even though we haven’t had a stable, fixed squad over the years since we moved over to the Emirates; which is what i believe to be our main problem, not the lack of quality in our players, but the inability to retain a stable core of team for more than a season, which affects team chemistry and communication. I’ll go into this further in a future post.

Through all that, my support is right behind the club, Wenger, Hill-Wood & the Board. In Wenger I trust. They initiated a plan to take us to the next level, a 10 year plan that started with the move to the Emirates and will be completed when we pay off the remaining stadium debt of £250m . It is all short-term displeasure and we will get through it. We were a winning squad before but a small club, now we are a growing club without trophies after 2017 we will be one of the biggest Clubs Globally, with a Winning Squad, great leader, revenues that will enable us to pay players the inflated market wage and that’s when things will truly be stable again. Again, I’ll go into more detail in my next Gooner4Life post.

So, in wrapping up, I’m a Gooner, In Wenger I Trust, I’m here for the long-term, I believe i what the club, board and Wenger are doing for the Club and I don’t want someone (Oil money, billionaire) to buy us out and make the Club his/her new toy.

Gooner4Life

Christmas Colonisation


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Hey Guys, hope everyone is having a good Sunday,

I’m having my Latte as I’m surrounded by movement, lots of movement. Around me sit others who are taking a break from the crowd in the mall, taking a break from the rush of movement. Today’s immense mess is probably due to the fact that it’s a long weekend and that school holidays have just started, and in line with Malaysian style, people have rushed to the malls. I’ve never been a big fan of malls, sure I like to spend a day there once in a while (monthly etc) but I can’t see myself making it a weekly occurrence, or maybe not weekly whole day affairs.

Anyway, looks like Christmas has colonized Diwali here in Malaysia. I’m having my latte at Starbucks and the Christmas theme is very much in my face. I am reminded of this FB post I read a day or two back; how Starbucks has set up for Christmas without even waiting for Diwali to end. The best part, it’s not just Starbucks, it’s CBTL as well and I’m sure a few more of these international coffee franchises. I understand the need to set up for christmas, it is the most profitable and commercial of all the festivals celebrated here, I think, but couldn’t you guys wait a little while longer before cashing in? Couldn’t Starbucks, more domestically than internationally, have just waited a little while longer? I’m not asking for a Diwali themed drink, just asking you guys, my favorite coffee franchise/place/spot to just respect Diwali enough to not completely ignore it’s existence and plaster christmas all over it. I expected better sense, didn’t think that they were this ignorant, especially with Starbucks pushing into India I would have expected them to be more aware of indian culture in general.I don’t need you to celebrate it with us, but I would like Diwali not to be cast aside like it doesn’t matter, this doesn’t happen with Ramadan or CNY. I know Christmas is an important commercial season, but I’m sure all of you guys based here, not just Starbucks, could have waited a little while longer before bringing out the candy canes and christmas trees.

I love Starbucks, but I’m now dissatisfied and disappointed. I don’t know whether this is a recurring thing because I only became a regular Starbucks customer this year, but I really hope you guys, and others, don’t repeat it. Don’t disregard our celebration by choosing to layer christmas over it, find away to make this a win-win, (maybe a hybrid Christmas-Diwali theme until Diwali is over?) because honestly, as a Malaysian of Indian ethnicity, I felt unwanted when I entered Starbucks today, didn’t feel at home like I used to before, didn’t feel as comfortable, and all that is a big part of why I come to Starbucks. I’m sure ill get over this sooner or later, and I’m sure others will too, but don’t take this dissatisfaction and disappointment lightly because one day it could bite you in the ass, not just Starbucks, but too all you others who have chosen to overlap Diwali with Christmas.

On another note, I wish everyone who celebrates this festival of lights a Happy Deepavali/Diwali!

Straight From the Heart

Ghost Protocol


 

Good Sunday everyone, hope you are all doing good. I’ll be working today. Surrounded by what I love… Apple products.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that I Love my gadgets, my iPhone, my iPad, my MacBook etc. they help me stay organised, help me stay productive and help me unwind. But that doesn’t mean that i should give them my undivided attention. I believe that we need to have gadget time outs, this is related to my thinking time post. Our gadgets are wonderful but they have tendency to interrupt social life and disrupt thinking and /or productive time. When having dinner or a conversation, put the phone away. Whoever is trying to contact you can wait until you’re done with dinner or until the conversation is over. don’t interrupt your Physical contact with another person because you’ve got an iMessage or a FB notification or a tweet.

As my dad always says: “time and place”.

This is especially important for my generation.

Now those who have to stay by their phones for work, set aside a Electronic time out to have some quality bonding with your family and give you your own time. Your family needs it and most important, you’ll need it; To get your best ideas, to think better, to be more productive, to remain sane.

I haven’t perfected this yet, but I am certainly making progress. I hope you will join me in setting aside at least an hour a day, gadget free, for family and then another hour for your own, undisturbed, thinking time…. A Room of One’s Own. A time to go dark, covert; go Ghost Protocol and Black Ops. Go all Ninja.

You own your gadgets, not vice versa.

What better day to start than today? A Sunday.

have a great day,

Straight From The Heart

Arkay 6

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BPL Round up


Good morning once again,

So yesterday was an incredibly dramatic end to the BPL season. I have never experienced an ending like that, it was so tense, so dramatic.

From the title race, to the race for the last automatic champion league qualifying spot (3rd place), to the battle at Merseyside and of course the battle for the great escape at the bottom of the pile.

First I’ll address the relegation battle, there was only one spot left and Bolton fell into. It’s a pity, I always liked Bolton, but after the battle QPR put up against City they deserve to stay up, though Joey Barton deserves to be banned from football. He has showed time and time again that he has problems, time to get rid of him.

“@SkySporIsNews: Its just been announced that Joey Barton is an unlockable character on Mortal Kombat.”

“@PremiershipUK: QPR’s Joey Barton assaults three Man City players – then claims ‘it was never a red’: Joey Barton coul… http://t.co/xcekDssr telegraph”

“@Football_Tweet_: Joey Barton is a plonker. Hit Carlos Tevez, kneed Sergio Aguero and threw a head at Vincent Kompany…”

Then to the battle to be the top at Merseyside, Everton beat the surging Newcastle to become the top dog at Merseyside, it didn’t help Liverpool that Swansea beat them. Liverpool has some great players, but things need to change, I personally feel that things started going sour when the lost Xabi Alonso, the man who had Gerard’s back and helped supply the terrorising Torres. After he left, there was a void that never really got filled.

Then on to the fight for 3rd, now this as especially dramatic for me as I’m a Gooner. The placing for 3rd, 4th and 5th could have all changed last night. Arsenal could have ended up in 5th if the lost. Arsenal took the lead at West Brom only to succumb to 2 goals and then making a come back to making it 3-2. It was nail biting. Spurs won and keep 4th, and Newcastle stay in 5th after their loss to Everton. Now my only wish is that Chelsea win the Champions League to knock out Spurs hopes of champions league football. I never was a Spurs hater until the last season, when certain Spurs started running their mouths after the went on top of Arsenal in the table. Mind the Gap.

“@omojuwa: Tottenham’s best season, Arsenal’s worst season. Same story, Tottenham’s best is worse than #Arsenal ‘s worst”

Van Persie secure his golden boot, not hopefully with 3rd place he’ll sign a new contract with us and stay.

“@piersmorgan: Don’t leave us, Skipper @Persie_Official – stay and become an all-time #Arsenal LEGEND like Dennis. #DutchMasters”

And on to the most intense part of the night, the 5 minutes of injury time at the Etihad. United thought they had won the title after City messed up and allowed QPR to take the lead by making it 2-1, but in what I must say is the most fantastic way to win the title by snatching the trophy away from your bitter rivals at the very last moment, to score 2 goals in injury time. I can only describe it as phenomenal. The feeling that Mancini and his men felt last night is something they probably will never feel again, no matter how many other trophies the win after this. Ending the 44 year drought, shoving it into the face of their bitter rivals in the most painful way. Amazing.

I continued on to watch the interviews and celebrations.
The interview with Vincent Kompany was great, so touching,I could see how much it meant to him. He definitely deserved it. Great Captain. So much pressure, never giving up. Joe Hart couldn’t really give an view, he was in such shock.

It was actually really nice watching the trophy ceremony. Showed me a different side of the City team. I’m happy for you guys, and the fans.

Congratulations.

In the end, I guess with was the 6-1 beating that City gave United at Old Trafford that won them the title, but in all fairness props to MU for being able to give City a fight till the end, though you guys did sort of throw the title away when you gave away an 8 point lead that you had about a month ago, but still, you guys didn’t make it easy for City. Good Job.

What a god damn season, what an ending to one of the most roller coaster seasons in the BPL.

“@premierleague: There were 32 goals in today’s #bpl matches, taking the season’s total to 1,066 – a record for a 38-match season, beating 2010/11 by three.”

Straight From The Heart

Arkay 6

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Russell’s Notorious Tour


 

Good morning everyone, my Cafe Mocha and I welcome you to this mornings post.

For those who weren’t not aware, Canadian comedian Russell Peters came down to Malaysia over the weekend and graced us with two shows, Friday night and Saturday night at Stadium Malawait Shah Alam. I went for the Friday night show, which was the second show he opened due to the record breaking sell out for Saturday nights show.

Let me start of by saying that Russell was brilliant. It was such a to to watch him live. He is such an intelligent comedian, using the audience as comedy material. He has the amazing ability of being able to go back to the root joke even after spending 10 minutes on spin off. His jokes bounded on racist but the reason no one minds is the he hits everyone, including himself. So I have absolute praise for him, and his opening act Joey Medina, who is also incredibly funny, and DJ Spinbad for spinning some awesome tunes before and after the show to entertain us. So as for the performance, I have to issues.

Now to Ticketpro.

I was in absolute shock when I saw where the usher was escorting us. RM438 (USD110) for these seats? I wasn’t the only one who was shocked at the placement of our seats, I watched as countless others fell victim to this blatant misrepresentation. Everybody escorted to my area was in disbelief, some got angry.

The venue was crap, and the seating was badly arranged. It looked to me like Ticketpro a trying to skimp on anything they could to make more money for themselves. Th signage for the entrances was also bad, and did I mention it was a crap venue? The only plus is that it was at least air conditioned.

Now why was I irritated at the seating, it may not have been misrepresentation but the seating plan implied that the stage was further back, I was sitting at the side, whilst others who paid the same amount were right in front of stage. I was very disappointed. If you want to do something like this, have a price difference, don’t make us pay the same price for front stage seats if you’re going to put us a the side. Yes the seating plan showed that there were seats there, but there shouldnt have been. Side (fringe) seats should not be the same price as the seats in front of stage, I felt cheated. The seats right behind the 438 centre seats had a better view than mine.

Secondly, Ticketpro.com was absolute crap, the queue system just didn’t work and when I did mange to get in it said that tickets I wanted were not available… Their servers could not handle the load, Ticketpro, please step up your game. It was because of this that i had to resort to going to Rock Corner and not being able to pick exactly where I wanted to sit. I was incredibly disappointed with the organisers.

For all we know, it’s this kind of shoddy work that make premier performers think twice before coming to Malaysia.

The second picture from the bottom should have been the view for the average RM438 ticket, not the the view as shown in the last picture.

To end on a more positive note, Russell was hilarious and I’m glad I went, just should have gone for the cheaper tickets, would have gotten a better view.

Straight From The Heart

Arkay 6

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Review: The iPad (3rd Gen)


Good evening ladies and gents, it is indeed a beautiful evening. I am currently chilling at the Golfer’s Terrace at KLGCC, sipping on some coconut water looking at a beautiful view of the golf course. How much KLGCC has changed in the past decade.

Anyway to the point,

I bought the White, 64GB, 4G iPad about 2 weeks ago, when it launched, and I’m ready to tell you what I think about it.

I love it.

More than my new toy this little tablet has been an incredible tool for me, increasing my productivity,reading and writing. I love reading magazines on this thing, and I type out all my blogs on it. I use it as my primary device, so much so that I can’t remember the last time I used my MacBook except to load music and videos onto my iPad. I don’t even need to sync my iOS devices with my MacBook cause I sync them with iCloud. I don’t even use my MacBook to surf, the iPad is especially useful with that. The Twitter and YouTube apps are amazing, (especially Twitter) and I basically only use the Facebook iOS app, not any browser.

I Love it. It’s so damn smooth, quick and easy to use. Simplicity at its best. Especially with iOS5, you don’t need a computer to set it up. The resolution is absolutely amazing, more pixels than my 63″ inch full HD tv. The battery life is equal to the iPad 2, but the thing is, the battery is almost twice as powerful. The new iPad has a 45 watt battery, the iPad 2 had a 25 watt battery. Why the same battery life? The Retina display, it takes a fair amount of energy to power the screen to its incredible full glory.

Aside from that it has quad core graphics but is still a dual core processor, A 5mp camera, dictation (no Siri) and personal hotspot capability not to mention 4G support, which isn’t that big a deal in Malaysia since we don’t really have proper LTE 4G.

The only issue I faced with the iPad was One day, while using the personal hotspot from my iPhone, the iPad got pretty hot. But it was one a tennis court and it was a hot day, that was the only time I expertise uncomfortable heat from the iPad. Oh, and the speakers aren’t all that.

I have absolutely no regrets buying this brilliant decide but if you have an iPad 2 I wouldn’t recommend upgrading, unless you can get a good price to sell your iPad 2. If you have an iPad 1, don’t think twice about it. I highly recommend it. If you already have an iPhone with personal hotspot and want to save some money, skip the 4G, that will cut RM400 from the price tag.

Hands down the best tablet in the market. Apps. Battery life. Magazines. Resolutionary. Smooth Performance. iCloud syncing everything together neatly.

Don’t believe me? By all means, please go ahead and do your own research then, no worries, I would do the same. 🙂

And about the name, I like it. Getting rid of the numbers was only natural. You don’t see an iMac 7 or a MacBook 8 or the iPod nano 4 do you?

Have a great week ahead!

Straight from the Heart,

Arkay 6

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