Archive for 2011 年 06 月

HTC Sensation launch

This was the third handset launch that I have been to. The first one was for HTC Hero, which I was holding for nearly two years. The second was HTC Desire, which my gf bought and is still currently using. HTC seems to be the only one in the local scene to hold such events and I was gladly signing up to see them introduce what I had been planning to get.

Once I got into the venue, which was at 801 Margaret Drive, I had the feeling that this one was going to be different from the previous events. Its not just about the phone and its technical specifications anymore. One don’t see the event place crowded by geeks. It was more lifestyle orientated, more party kinda event. There was free beer, the crowd consisted of models, socialites, party-goers, celebrities and I felt so out of place with a camera in one hand and my aging Hero in another.

If the entrance looked like one into a club, it really was.

I was early, the event hall (converted from an old school hall) was still pretty empty. The night was still young…

The drinks counter.

The crowd started coming in.

How could I resist not having one of this?

By around 10plus, the mood was there and everyone was partying away. I guess I am the only one who was kinda bored since there was no introduction on the phone at all. I did get my hands on a demo set but there was so much I could so with at least 6 pairs of eyes trying to stare me off.

The five appointed ambassadors for HTC Sensation. Can’t remember who they are.

Against the Desire, the Sensation is longer and wider. Check out the curved glass edges.

HTC Hero (29/08/2009 – 10/06/2011)


2010 Taiwan – Day 10 (烏來)

December is really not the time to come Kenting, we realised. The weather was too cold to do anything, we even need to wear jackets inside the room. The main town of Kenting was also much quieter than it should have been, so it was really kinda pity.
We had arranged for a driver to bring us back to 高雄 station, and along the way, we were entertained by some old old variety program when 張飛 was much younger and 大小S were just coming onto the entertainment scene as singers. Super nostalgic.
We picked up our deposited luggage at 高雄 station and bought lunch boxes so that we can eat during the train ride.

We reached back to Taipei station and as planned, we deposited the main bulk of the luggage at the station and made our way to 新店站.

The business hours for the luggage deposit center.

The sign board outside 新店站 where we were to take the bus 1601 up to 烏來.

The bus was crowded, filled with locals who stayed up there at 烏來. We had to stand for most part of the ride.

After like an hour of ride, we arrived at 烏來. The hot spring hotel we booked was the 明月溫泉.

The sky was already dark by then, we had spent most of the day traveling.

In this hotel, the hot spring water source is controlled by the staff. Whenever we feel like taking a dip, we have to call the lady at the reception and the hot spring water will start flowing into the tub in our room and cut off at a pre-determined timing.

The tub was much bigger than the one we had before. Two of us could easily sit side by side and with room to spare. As usual, my gf who has a higher tolerance for hot water could enter before I can bear.

The hot spring water is odorless, colorless. Although I didn’t try to taste it, I knew it was some real spring water the longer I was dipped in it, I just had to see my unwrinkled fingers to know.

Dinner was provided by the hotel, it was really nice so that we don’t have to go out in the cold and look for dinner.

My grilled fish set.

My gf’s claypot chicken set.

After dinner, we decided to take a walk around this small town.

The street is like 九份, just a little wider, and with shops along both sides selling local delicacies and some eateries and restaurants here and there. Since we already had dinner, we just strolled around, took some photos and back to more hot spring.

Cute meow

2010 Taiwan – Day 9 (墾丁)

It was extremely cold in the morning. The wind from the sea was a little wet, further freezing us.

Breakfast was something simple, just toast bread and coffee/tea.

Now that its all bright (but not sunny), we can finally have a good look at the hotel.

Very Greece-like in their deco theme.

View from the balcony.

I couldn’t take more shots from the balcony because it was unbearably cold up there.

This is the hotel we stayed. We stayed at the uppermost floor.

View from the hotel entrance, the street that separates the hotel from the beach.

This is the 船帆石, don’t know why its famous.

With such strong freezing wind blowing, we really couldn’t go anywhere. Plus it was drizzling a little, so we spent most of the day lazing around in the room watching telly.

Lunch was grabbing some foodstuffs from the 7/11 beside the hotel.

Lunch boxes. Despite the way they looked, they were surprisingly tasty.

關東煮. I have been eating this everytime I been to Taiwan, and only this time I found out that they taste much better with the sauces provided. Haha. Dumb Me.

After lunch, the rain had stopped. Before we return the rented scooter, we made a short trip to the nearby lighthouse.

Need to buy entrance tickets to the park, where the lighthouse is.

We took a walk down to the coast…

then back up again…

We spent like an hour or so here. It was nice and relaxing to be strolling around, observing the people here, the locals doing their activities and tourists posing for photos.

When we got back to the hotel, we returned the bike and rested for a while before walking to the main town of Kenting for dinner.

Although there was bus service, the frequency was like once every 45 minutes. No cab comes to the area where our hotel was. I didn’t want to rent the scooter again. So we had to walk. Along the roads where certain stretch was without streetlights. Against the cold wet wind. For an hour. It felt like road march.

The streets of main town Kenting, as seen here, were actually considered quiet and empty. It is a much more busier sight on the evenings of Friday and Saturday or during holidays, especially during the summer season when its the best time to visit Kenting.

Place for dinner.

These looked exactly like the Tonkichi I had back home.

Well, thats because its really is Tonkichi restaurant. And I was quite sad when the price I paid for a meal back in Singapore at Tonkichi, can easily pay for three in Taiwan. I am not eating Tonkichi again when I go back.