Archive for the ‘Impressions’ Category

The Hell Has Frozen: I Got An Xbox360

If you ever told me that I’m going to buy an Xbox360 a year ago, I’d have laughed at you while bitch slapping you silly, and even deleted you from my gaming circa for not realizing my tastes in videogames. Now calm down, I’m not saying the Xbox360 is a bad console, not at all. Arguably, it’s probably the best console for this generation. However, the reason that made me avoid it all these years, it’s because it’s a very “American-heavy” console; that is, it is catering to the typical American gamer mentality. I’m more like a Japanese gamer; I favor RPGs, Adventure, and 2D-fighting games over Shooters, Action, and 3d-fighting games. I also enjoy the narrative, collective aspect of a story than being the central subject of the game.

But things started to change. The Xbox360 is getting some nice exclusive RPG games as a pointed out in one of my previous posts, and I cannot sit idle while witnessing those games being released one after the other. Not until last week that I made up my mind and decided to go ahead and snag me one and so far it has been a great ride.

Tales of Vesperia is just plain awesome and tons of fun and I cannot stop from enjoying every aspect of it. The Orange Box is really great, and Portal is simply a work of genius. There are so many great games I’ve missed and I cannot wait to play them. Don’t worry, I’ll be buying some Shooter games as well (i.e. BioShock), which should add a little bit of versatility to my reviews. In the mean time, here’s my Gamertag. Feel free to add me if you want.



P.S. Excuse me for begin a total typical Kuwaiti gamer by adding the “Q8” at the end of my Gamertag. I tried my birthday and stuff but they were all taken, so I had to settle down with this one.

My Top 10 Free iPod Touch/iPhone Applications (So Far)

Are you a cheap bastard? Of course you are. I mean my God look at you: the clothes that you got from Ross two years ago are practically worn out and dire from the constant washing with cheap laundry detergent, your hair is god-damn awful from that hair gel you got from a Canadian store (no offense), and that fragrance you are wearing is so stale that it smells like cat pee merged with rotten milk. But with all that, you are still a happy person, because above that half-broken table you got from Craigslist is a sparkly iPod Touch that is USB-attached to an ever-glossy white MacBook. But now, you want to use that iPod that probably cost you a fortune, and desperately in need to add some neat applications to brag to your other cheap bastards friends.

Fear not then, in this post I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite and most-used iPod Applications that might strike your fancy in case you haven’t downloaded or heard about them yet. So go ahead, read, search, and download, and don’t even bother commenting that you are not a cheap bastard, because deep inside (maybe very deep deep) you are. In no particular order, I present thee:

Aurora Feint: The Beginning

  • Category: Game
  • Size: 24.1 MB

Hands down my favorite game ever graced on my iPod Touch. It’s a crossover between an RPG and a puzzle game. It’s intuitive, polished, and has a great musical score considered for a free App. If you like puzzle games, than this is the game you should get.

Now Playing

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.5 MB

This nifty application not only displays updated showtimes, local theaters, and distance from where you live, but also shows you the ratings and reviews from Rotten tomatoes and Metacritic so you can know if that movie sucks ass or not. Which means, even if you don’t live in the States, this handy application can be turned into a mini review guide for movies. You can also check out trailers and book tickets, making it more convenient than ever. Get it!

Twitterrific

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 1.0 MB

Now you can twitte anytime anywhere and constantly bother your followers with this App. It’s user friendly with a nice interface and completely does what is supposed to do. It’s Twitterific!

Shakespeare

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 2.8 MB

Don’t tell me you hate Shakespeare! Or maybe you hate him because you have never read his plays before. Well, now it is a good time to do that. This awesome application lets you view and read all Shakespeare plays and sonnets with a push of a button. Now, I can enjoy Othello (my favorite play) as many times as I want and wherever I go. Extremely handy for those who are taking Shakespeare classes this upcoming semester.

“For I am nothing, if not critical”.

IGN Game Reviews

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.1 MB

Hate them or love them, but now you can read your IGN reviews at the palm of your hands anytime and anywhere you go. This is extremely handy if you want to read about a game that you are slightly hesitant to invest both your money and time with. You can even watch reviews which is more practical for those who don’t want to read big walls of text. For gamers only.

Tris

  • Category: Games
  • Size: 0.4 MB

It’s a freaking Tetris game (sorta). You know gotta have it. You can even keep track of your scores and submit them to the global scoreboard to compete with your pals. Very handy when you are on a bus or waiting for one. Get it!

Restaurant Nutrition

  • Category: Healthcare and Fitness
  • Size: 0.8

On a diet? Want to know how many calories that Chocolate Chip Paradise contains (it’s 1600 fucking calories)? Then you gotta add this application to your iPod. It neatly allows you to view and track calories, carbs, proteins, and fats in every menu in the most popular restaurant chains across North America. It has a modest list for now but they promised to add more restaurants via upcoming updates. Which reminds me, we need someone to franchise Chick-Fil-A in Kuwait. I really love that place.

Units

  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 0.2 MB

I suck so bad in unit conversions. Hell, they might be the reason that I didn’t do well in Physics, but then again, who does? It has a very simple interface to input numbers and units. And for a bonus, this application comes with a built-in-ruler for doing small, quick measurements, and I’m not taking about the male penis. Very dexterous for those who work in chemistry and physics labs.

WordPress

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 0.3MB

For the blogger on the go, this application is a must. You can publish, edit, and preview your posts in a very robust but simple interface where everything can be managed with a touch of a finger. Those who equipped themselves with an iPhone can upload their camera pics more easily, but for those of us who have an iPod Touch need to settle with their modest library photos. Still, this is a great applications and I recommend it to anyone who owns a WordPress blog and an iPhone/iPod Touch.

BookSearch

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 0.1MB

This is a great application for those who want to find and buy books online without spending too much time in google or in bookstores. It will even display the price of your book of interest and the version (i.e. mass market, hardcover) within a single page. It’s a must for university students and great for book lovers. Download it now.

Also consider

  • Balance
  • CheckWord
  • Diggerific
  • Flashlight
  • NY times
  • Sudoku (Free)
  • Facebook

Preview: Tales of Vesperia

  • Platform: Xbox360
  • Genre: JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game)
  • Release Date: 8/26/2008 (USA)

This post marks my first real preview ever, and this is probably due to the fact that I’m afraid that Tales of Vesperia won’t meet great expectations in the sales department, and that would be unfortunate because Tales games are exceptionally great JRPGs.  The biggest surprise is that the game is heading to Xbox360 exclusively, a home console that is famous for catering to the hardcore, all-American crowd that usually favors shooters and action games over RPG games (just take a look on its 10 Top games and you’ll get my point). Although this is not a mockery but it’s more like a solid observation based on sales, however; things might change in the future especially since Xbox360 is getting some nice exclusive JRPG games such as Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean: The Last Hope. In the mean time, enjoy the write-up and the complied information for this promising game. It is also worth mentioning that the Demo Version is already available on Xbox Live, so go ahead and give it a try.

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Story
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The people of Terca Lumireis rely on Blastia, technology created from Core with a wide array of properties, to carry out their daily lives in peace. Most importantly, Blastia is used to create barriers. Because monsters overindulge in Aer and become powerful and dangerous, as a result, barriers are needed to hold them back from entering the cities. However, because Blastia protects and shelters people from the dangers of the world, it has prevented most citizens from exploring what lies beyond city walls.

Yuri Lowell, who he lives under the protection of barriers, longs to journey the outside world like his childhood friend Flynn Scifo. Flynn is a knight working for the capital, and thus is allowed to leave the city to protect citizens from harm. Yuri was once a knight with those same ideals, but because he hated the way the government enforced things, he retired and instead started up his own guild, Brave Vesperia, to serve the poor using his own sense of justice. When a Blastia regulating the water supply is stolen from the lower quarters of the capital, Yuri takes matters into his own hands, only to be landed in jail. There, he encounters the sheltered Estelle, who decides to help him capture the Blastia thief so that she can leave the castle that has confined her for many years and explore the world herself.

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Characters
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  • Yuri Lowell

The main protagonist of the game that wields a sword in battle. An empathetic young man, who doesn’t give a second thought about helping those in need, but he knows his limits. He is quite sarcastic and cynical but a nice man at heart. He was once a knight, which gave him the freedom of taking brief journeys outside his hometown, but now works as a bodyguard. Envious of Flynn, he decides to leave his city and see the world himself. He hates the nobility and the government. He also yearns for his older brother. He meets Estelle when events lead him to be imprisoned.

  • Estelle

The heroine of the game that wields swords and staves. Her real name is Estellise, but she is also called Estelle. She uses healing magic and has pink hair. In the castle, Estelle encounters Yuri. She separates herself from her sad world, and begins to speak out and take action. She was kept in her castle for a long time, where she took up training with the sword. The many things she encounters in the outside world also surprise her. She enjoys reading books and takes the knowledge or other info she gains from them very seriously.

  • Flynn Scifo

A knight that wields a sword and shield. Flynn shared his childhood with Yuri, though they contrast from one another. He has similar ideals of helping others, but chooses to work them out via politics instead. After Yuri retired from the knights, he began to gain many achievements and was promoted. He neglects those of the nobility, but is friendlier to the common people of the empire. He travels regularly to fend off monsters, a fact that makes Yuri envious.

  • Repede

Yuri’s loyal dog, who accompanies Yuri to places and fights with him using a dagger. He holds a pipe in his mouth, which is a memento of his previous owner. He is very close and friendly with those he accepts, but hates it when those he doesn’t know try to touch him. He appears to be the calmest of the group.

  • Rita Mordio

A brunette-haired girl who wears goggles. She is a researcher that studies Blastia, and hates to be interrupted during her research. She is eccentric and has a poor social disposition. In battle she wields a book and is capable of using various magical attacks.

  • Karol Capel

A little boy who wields a giant hammer and various other large weapons. He says that he is from the Hunting Blades guild. Due to certain circumstances he accompanies Yuri on his journey

  • Judith

A beautiful woman that wields a spear. She is a member of the Kuritea tribe, a minority race. She encountered Yuri while wandering the world with two companions. She is sensible and speaks of going ahead without taking measures. She appears gentle, but she decides without hesitation and pushes onward. She speaks strongly without delay, which makes it difficult to socialize with her. When she goes into battle, she becomes violent, which creates a feeling of mystery about her.

  • Raven

A frivolous and shady-looking man that wears long clothes, and uses a bow and a dagger. He appears before Yuri while he is traveling, and annoys Yuri and his friends through his persiflage. To step back from troublesome things his voice becomes high-pitched immediately, and he becomes defiant to answer with his worried personality. As might be expected of someone his age, he strangely implies of past hardships, but the actual truth no one knows.

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Basic Features
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  • A classic series returns: The newest installment of the Tales RPG series keeping the established gameplay formula that fans love
  • Next Gen sights and sounds: First Tales RPG game with high-definition graphics, broadcast quality animation, and Dolby surround sound
  • Evolved real-time battle system: New refinements and additions to the trademark Tales real-time battle engine making for dynamic, action-packed RPG fighting
  • Fan favorite character designs: Characters designed by famous manga artist, Kosuke Fujishima, responsible for popular series’ Ah! My Goddess, Sakura Taisen and You’re Under Arrest
  • Immersive look and feel: Detailed environments, animation and an artistic style so good, it’s like playing a cartoon
  • Dramatic story: Gripping tale of a young hero on a quest for justice, trust and friendship filled with unexpected twists and turns at every step
  • A decade of Tales: The first game celebrating the Tales 10 year anniversary

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Exclusive Features
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  • Titles are obtained through main story, sub-events, & mini-games.
  • Attachments are accessories you can equip and they change the appearance as we already know. They are obtained through synthesis, depending on the materials you have. Each character has different attachment and some characters even have ten of them. Keep in mind that attachments don’t have stat boosts or anything like that.
  • You can mix titles and accessories together, but some combination cannot be done.
  • Some titles and attachments can be downloaded via Xbox Live but they are definitely in the game as well.
  • The Xbox Live list is international, ranking from fastest clear time, highest combo, highest damage, highest mini-game points, arena, etc.
  • All kinds of transportation: boat, airship, flying creature, etc. It seems the boat will be used for a large portion of the game.
  • The world map is made of six continents.
  • Time and weather change: day, night, dusk, twilight, sunny, raining, etc. There are materials and monsters that would only show up at specific times and weather, in addition, different NPC at towns and dialogue at different times and weather. This also affects story events: one could get this scene during a sunny day, but someone else could get the same scene during a rainy night, etc.
  • Making the same recipe over and over again can produce out a new recipe.
  • There are three difficulties known so far. You will not succeed in secret missions if you beat the boss on Easy.
  • The gameplay time is around 50 to 60 hours (longest main scenario in the series supposedly).
  • After beating the game, you can unlock about half of the achievements. Then the “real” challenge begins.
  • Rare weapons, mostly made from synthesis, have the Special skill (5 SP), which is for Mystic Artes. Usually, you need Over Limit Lv3 to do so.
  • Over Limit Lv4 requires key items, made from synthesis. Many key items are made through synthesis. Sorcerer’s Ring, this time around, has levels. Lower levels allow to get rid off small items like trees and wood, but for stuff like the Gigant Monsters, the path will be blocked till you have a higher-level Sorcerer’s Ring. Otherwise, you’ll run into Game Over before you notice it.

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In The Mean Time…
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Go and pick up Tales of The Abyss for the Playstation 2. It’s one of the best JRPGs released in the last console generation. You will absolutely love the compelling characters, the diverse side-quests and mini-games, and mind-blowing gameplay. As a matter of fact, Jade Curtiss alone justifies purchasing this game; he’s one of my favorite videogame characters of all time, really. Read my review HERE.

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Post-Mortem: Dubai Trip

It’s been almost a week since I got back from Dubai, but the lazy bum that I am, I had to wait for like six days to talk about it. Every time, I tell myself that this would be the last time I abandon my blog for more than a week, I find myself abandoning it for too long, to the fact I started to lose readership (an unfortunate loss for a long time blogger).  So, I’ve asked myself: how would I repay the debit for all of that? Well, by writing a semi-comprehensive post that’s how. Allow me to share my insights regarding my trip to Dubai with my aunt and her “delightful” daughters.

Things I Loved In Dubai

  • Aside from the elevated, breathtaking skyscrapers that seem to stand high among the sky, it was the amount of construction that is going on that left a big impression. I’ve no idea when the constructions in Dubai will ever come to an end. It’s like a continuous cycle of death and rebirth; for every old constriction that goes down, a new one emerges out of nowhere in its place.
  • The diversity of people there never seizes to amaze me. I think Dubai is becoming the new London in terms of being a multi-cultural city. I found it very refreshing.
  • Another thing that I loved is that everyone seems to mind his/her own business. That is, you won’t find people starting at people, or horny men harassing/staking girls in malls. There is an apparent amount of respect among the residents and visitors of the city in spite how different they look or the choice of clothes they wear. Very distinctive indeed of what we have here in Kuwait.
  • The quantity of tourism and activities. If you think that Dubai is just a place where you just go and shop, then you are terribly wrong my friend. Unfortunately, you have to be loaded with dough to enjoy everything Dubai has to offer.
  • Mall of The Emirates! That place is like a shopping heaven. You are bound to find every single item in your shopping list there. Prepare to spend a whole day (or a two) there to enjoy every nook and cranny of this humongous mall.

Things I Hated In Dubai

  • The traffic, especially between 5PM to 9PM. No day goes by that I don’t get nuisance from the constant braking in the midst of the traffic. Having a full bottle of Perrier at the end of the day has totally become a daily ritual.
  • The taxi drivers! Half of them have developed quite an attitude, and some of them tend to develop a terrible body odor during rush hours. Keep a vomit bag handy whenever you ride a cab.
  • There are many conmen and people who wish to embezzle you, and cash in from your naïve knowledge. Make sure you equip yourself with basic familiarities regarding the cost of items and such. And be extra careful on whoever tries to befriend you out of nowhere. Even though I hate to endorse a stereotype, but some of the people living in Dubai has no humane conscious at all.
  • The customer service in some stores is really terrible, and yes, Zara is still one of them. Some of them really look down at you as if you are asking for their charity. My advice: become a total bitch whenever they act in a derogatory manner toward you. Show them who’s the boss.

Gallery

The Chinese ship in Ibn Battuta Mall is glaring at the visitors.

The Chinese ship in Ibn Battuta Mall is glaring at the visitors.

Is that the flight info screen? No, wait! That's the movie schedule screen. Enjoy almost censorship-free movies in any of Dubai’s big cinemas.

Is that the flight info screen? No, wait! That's the movie schedule screen. Enjoy almost censorship-free movies in any of Dubai’s big cinemas.

A Meydon project in BurJuman shopping center.

A Meydon future project in BurJuman shopping center.

Behold! Mall of the Emirates...and Modhish!

Behold! Mall of the Emirates...and Modhish!

On the road, heading back home after a full day of shopping.

On the road, heading back home after a full day of shopping.

What’s For Dinner?

Just a bowl of lightly roasted Special K cornflakes breakfast dinner cereal with big chunks of dried strawberries, along with a small cup of skimmed cold milk. What? Were you expecting one of Marzouq‘s mouth-watering, delicious-looking, and oh sweet Lord, seducing chicken breasts that almost invite to have a sex orgy with just your mouth and fingers?

Okay, actually, I was just testing my Sony’s Cyber-shot® W120 Digital Camera. Not too bad for my very first digital camera! Shocking!! Though, I still need to handle one and exploit the features properly to take much nicer shots. Time to practice all around the house and disturb the privacy of the family by taking their pictures.

A Dreadful E3 2008

How to sum up the most awaited gaming convention that almost every gamer in the world was waiting for since July of last year?

It. Sucked. Major. Ass

  • Microsoft’s conference was flashy and hip just like last year, but it didn’t have as many surprises and announced titles as initially anticipated. The new Avatar system was a nice addition even though it was a clear rip-off from Wii’s Mii functionality. Gears of Wars 2 and Fallout 3 weren’t big surprised since it was announced weeks before E3. But, I guess the confirmation of Final Fantasy XIII coming to Xbox360 was definitely an unexpected turn of event. I always thought Metal Gear Solid 4 would squeeze its way to Microsoft’s cherished home console, but Final Fantasy XIII, not in a million years. I think I’m more surprised how Sony let this game slipped from their hands than anything else. And finally, Banjo-Kazooie remake announcement has definitely made my day and made me more eager to snag an Xbox360.

  • Sony’s conference was a snooze fest as always. The video renting service didn’t do a thing for me at all, and the announcement of God of World III was expected, unfortunately, the trailer that was shown wasn’t direct gameplay footage, but I don’t think the game would change significantly from its predecessors. The price cut however was nice; despite the fact it served the same function as the 40GB model (i.e. no backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games).

And that’s all she wrote folks. Click HERE to sink your teeth for more E3 news as it comes. Who knows, we might get a surprised announcement from some publisher since E3 still hasn’t closed its doors for its attendants.

P.S. Please, take off your fanboysim shoes at the discussion door before you chip in your 2 cents. It won’t be tolerated here.

How Sweet It Is: iPod Touch Applications

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Since I downloaded the latest iTunes version (7.7) yesterday morning and purchased the newest firmware (2.0) for my iPod Touch, I’ve been quite a frequent visitor to the iTunes Store, searching for neat and new applications to add to my iPod Touch. Thankfully, I have a US-based Apple account, so I was able to net some nifty applications that aren’t normally available in the “Kuwaiti branch” of the iTunes store. I was tempted to download much more than the ones that are shown above, but I decided not to rush things out and cram my iPod with useless applications.

So far, I think I’m in love, and quite impressed by the intuitive interface. Although, I’ve to say that Apple should keep an eye out on some stupid worthless Apps that are just a waste of space and human intelligence (I mean, have you checked out the “Hold On!” application?) *Barf*

P.S. All the applications I downloaded so far are free. Yup, it turned out I am a cheap person after all…Wait! What?

Observations In Mishref Walkway

In keeping up with mom’s sudden régime in maintaining my weight (and losing more), she has also compiled a daily schedule for me to walk in Mishref Walkway, which is something I genuinely and highly approve of. It isn’t my first time in this particular walkway but it sure has been a long time since I’ve ever stridden there. However, the social psychologist in me couldn’t help but to monitor the crowd that uses the walkway, and thus, I brought together some general observations that I summed up below:

  • Time doesn’t remain a major obstacle to the visitors, as the walkway is generously crowded on each different time of the day. There are a surprising number of people in the morning, which is something I didn’t expect. However, I couldn’t help but to notice that is commonly packed out on weekends. I predict as the weather gets hotter over time, more people will become nocturnal and walk in the evening.
  • The “social gene” that Kuwaitis possess is still robust and active among the inhabitants of the walkway. It is quite uncommon to find to two people walking together but not talking or socializing. The intensity of the exercise is irrelevant; I have found several joggers and runners exchanging small words while committing on their activity.
  • Women clad in abayas and burqas is a common sightseeing as well, and they even remain in increasing numbers than those who do not wear them. However, further investigation regarding the manner revealed that those women aren’t necessarily veiled, and they only cover themselves when walking. The reason behind such behavior is that some of them wished to be anonymous from people who might know them because some women tend to gossip on who is trying to lose weight, and these kind of talks lean to be unfavorable to the woman who is trying to lose weight.
  • Unlike the women, the men using the walkway are generally fit, and their true intention is to sustain their fitness instead of losing weight. However, those who walk in purpose of losing weight are usually accompanied by their friends, and those who walk or run alone are usually fitted. Behavioral Psychology might explain this behavior in that overweight men become less intimated when they are accompanied by friends and family and shelter them from unnecessary attention from others.
  • The walkway is mostly used by the citizens; although, few South Asian expats are found there in the purpose of striking a conversation with the maids who accompany the children in the playground. Westerns expats generally use the walkway from early morning to late afternoon. Further investigation revealed that the expats usually prefer walking in the outside walkway of The Palms and the Scientific Center in Salmiya.
  • Other forms of walking aren’t commonly observed but exist; the females usually perform power walking while the males favor jogging and running instead.
  • Very few people remain hydrated while active but there are several large water fountains that are suitable for drinking along the walkway.
  • The walkway is 5 kilometers long (which is 10 kilometers upon walking back and forth once). However, most people usually walk between 6 or 7 kilometers. That is, walking for 3 or 3.5 kilometers once and repeats it while heading back.
  • Surprisingly, flirting (or harassing) among the walkers is either rare or nonexistent. There is a general amount of respect among the walkers.

And that concludes my observations. I might update the post upon further observations as I continue visiting the walkway. I’m also interesting in visiting other walkways in the country and conduct my observations and investigate the consistencies.

Sony Ericsson K810i

Remember the depressing birthday post that I published a month ago? Well, it seems my parents saved me a little gift for me when I come home. The gift was none other than a cell phone, and it was Sony Ericsson K810i. I have no idea if it became outdated already but I can definitely assert that it is indeed a reliable phone. It’s so much better than my old Nokia, which was laggy as hell. It’s very sleek, and its size is comfortably small enough. However, I personally think that its camera is among the best I had, in terms of phone cameras that is. The resolution is standard for high-end phones at 320 x 240 pixels and it has an excellent display. Unfortunately, I suck at reviewing gadgets and cellphones, so I’m just going to summarize its features for you:

  • 3G video calling
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, xenon flash, and 16x digital zoom
  • Video recorder (164 x 144 pixels, 30 frames per second)
  • Second camera for video calling
  • Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Music player (MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMA formats)
  • FM radio
  • MP3 & AAC ringtones (72-voice polyphonic)
  • MusicDJ (polyphonic ringtones composer)
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
  • Speakerphone
  • Sound recorder
  • 3D Java games
  • Web browser with RSS feeds & picture blogging
  • Flight mode
  • Personal organizer, File Manager, Phonebook
  • Memory: 64 Mbytes plus Memory Stick MicroTM (M2TM) support
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, Fastport, Infrared
  • GPRS, 3G data transfer (up to 384 kbps download)
  • Vibration alert
  • Triband plus 3G
  • Size: 106 x 48 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 104g
  • Talktime: 2.5 hours (3G) – 7.5 hours (2G)
  • Battery standby: 350 hours
  • The phone comes in three colors: blue, red, and ivory.

Restaurant Impression: Ruby’s Diner

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Reading Mark‘s “The Best Burger In Kuwait Challenge” made me craving burgers for the past few days like crazy. I plead my friend to take me to Johnny Rockets, but unfortunately the nearest one is like more than 1.30hours of car drive. However, he revitalized me with the news that a new burger place has just been opened in our area and he was kinda hoping of checking it out today. Without any hesitation I approved on his plan and drove our way to Ruby’s Diner, which is quite different from the famous Ruby Tuesday. Now bear in mind this is not a review but more like an impression. Personally, I don’t believe in reviewing a whole restaurant solely from eating one meal; I think you need to taste several dishes and entrées before you make the final judgment, which is what food critics usually do. Now, enough with the technicality and let me serve you what I ordered.

Starters – Chicken Fingers

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Nothing fancy here although I thought the presentation was kinda cute. The chicken fingers were crispy and hot and the three dipping sauces (BBQ, Ranch and Honey Mustard) added the nice kick to the taste that made them quite delectable.

Entrée – The American Kobe Burger (w/ Chili Cheese Fries)

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Now this is what I am talking about. I never tasted a good burger such as this one for a long time now. Unfortunately, I cannot tell if it’s better than Johnny Rockets because it’s been a long time since I dined in there. Nevertheless, the patty was super-juicy and super-premium, and the Tuscan Bun was lightly grilled and added a nice flavor to the whole sandwich. The burger was so tasty that I didn’t even notice that there wasn’t any Ketchup in the bun; it’s that good. And may I add how appetizing the chili cheese fires was.

Dessert – Fresh Baked Apple Pie

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I developed a habit that whenever I dine in an American diner, I order a side of apple pie for dessert, you know, just to get the whole casual American dining experience. The pie was just warm and nicely baked. It was sprinkled with lots of cinnamon and drizzled with caramel sauce all over. The creamy ice cream that came with that was just great but it tasted just like a regular vanilla so there’s nothing special there. Regardless, I thought it was one of the tastiest apple pies I ever had and provides a worthy competitor with Rockets’ apple pie.

~Overall Impression~

  • Level of Recommendation: 4/5
  • Price Fairness: 5/5
  • Probability of Another Visit: High