Thursday, September 27, 2012

Getting my hands dirty with P1 MiFi

As you may have known, I've been with P1 for about 18 months. It is a bittersweet relationship, although mostly sweet experiences. I mean no one’s perfect, right?

Nonetheless, I cherish this relationship because P1 brings the world to me and connects me with my family and friends who are scattered all over the world. Almost instantly.

So when P1 launched their new ToGo™ plans which feature the latest P1 Personal 4G WiFi MF230 modem and the High Performance Personal 4G WiFi MX230, the seduction was too much to disregard. I want that sexy little thing!

Thankfully, before plunging into the unknown of the new, I managed to get my hands on the P1 MiFi (MF230 modem) for review. I even dressed up just to collect the modem! That’s how eager I was to get my hands dirty with it.

I really did hope I made a good impression, but the mighty little one wasn’t impressed at all. It ignored me for the next 24 hours no matter how much love I gave it and how I pretended to be the statue of liberty, shoving it to the air hoping to catch some signal. I later found out that it needed 24 hours to be activated, how embarrassing!

Like my existing P1 modem, the P1 MiFi gives me a red and orange flickering to signal limited or no connectivity inside the house. But enter the laundry area, it got wide awake with its booster green signal all day and all night long.

Mind you, even with orange signal (medium connectivity), I could still surf the Internet without much lagging. Reading online newspapers was fine, loading YouTube was relatively smooth, blogging still worked well and as a matter of fact, this is the inaugural post using the P1 MiFi.

So ladies and gentlemen, can we give P1 MiFi a round of applause? *clap* Thank you.

Now don’t be fooled by its size. It may be petite but its power and functionality are unmatched. P1 MiFi supports multiple devices on the go, at any one time. It is able to connect 5 WiFi devices and 1 more via USB port.

The battery is supposed to last up to 4 hours while in active use. I have not tested its full capacity as I’m not always on the Internet. I’m a hit and run kind of Internet user.

At the maximum, I have 4 WiFi devices connected to P1 MiFi at once – 2 laptops, 1 iPhone4 and 1 iPad2. The speed is good, and I wish I don't have to say this, but P1 MiFi surpasses my existing P1 modem (sometimes).

If you haven’t guessed it, yes I love the P1 MiFi. You know how people like to ask what’s the must-have in your handbag every day? My most recent, hottest must-have is MiFi!

What about you – what’s the must-have in your bag daily?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Appetite for life

We can all relate to food (especially for Malaysians), and looking for food when we travel. Hence the saying, we live to eat. As we draw near to the Moon Cake Festival, our desire for the traditional delicacies reminds me of simplicity.

While we often have more ambitious and (occasionally) unrealistic appetites in life, sometimes it’s the little things that give us hope and inspiration in that moment. 

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Simple Life earns my praise and tears

The film is inspired by a true story of the producer, Roger Lee, and his servant. The plot tells of a heart-warming relationship between a young master of a well-to-do family and the servant of the family who raised him, Ah Tao (桃姐).

In the beginning of the film, viewers are brought into the rhythms of shared routine and intimacy that bind the lead characters. Ah Tao (Deannie Ip) prepared Roger (Andy Lau) an elaborate meal that seems to be the usual affair. Tou will notice Roger's distracted concentration and care-less behaviour towards Ah Tao.

Just as their relationship is established, Ah Tao suffered a stroke. Being a stubborn and selfless person, Ah Tao announced her retirement and her wish to live in an old people’s home. In the following scenes, we learn about the growth of the nursing home industry in Hong Kong and about the discriminated value of South Asian immigrants working as escorts outside the home.

Upon moving into home, Ah Tao slowly backed down from her obstinacy and self-reliance, learning to accept kindness and support from others.

I’m glad the director did not sentimentalise the social life in the home. As real as it could be, the loneliness and distance among people was heightened. Roger was also often shot alone in his apartment or in an empty airport. Like Ah Tao, although Roger ran into acquaintances everywhere, he was essentially self-contained. They both kept their guards up but they were not completely shut.

The movie retains a pick-me-up everyday humour and lifestyle we can relate to. It unfolds simply although predictably, it is overflowing with emotions. These notions, I believe, keep this fairly lengthy 118-minute film lively.

A must watch to expose young children today to relationships with the elderly and one another, family values, humanity, gratitude and compassion.

If you have watched the movie, share with us your thoughts!

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