Kanuhura, Maldives

I had once visited the Maldives in my youth, before the tsunami, and before I had found the courage to go snorkelling, to truly appreciate the waters, and the activities and the maturity to really appreciate the luxury. So this trip, I did my absolute best to pick a good resort with just the right amount of luxe, and the right amount of rustic charm. I think Michelle and I have found it.

Kanuhura is a resort on the island of the same name in the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. It’s about 40 minutes by seaplane from the capital of Malé, (pronounced Mah-leh).

The island experience begins on Malé itself, where you will be whisked from your plane or your hotel to a lounge at the seaplane airport on Hulhumalé, the artificial island the airport and seaplane facility is nestled on. There you’ll enjoy a beautiful lounge meant only for Kanuhura’s guests, and soon will be taken to your seaplane which takes you to Kanuhura itself.


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Gravity – Review

The standout movie of this season has GOT to be Gravity, and my eagle eyes scored me an early screening *for Singapore* at GV Vivocity.

HOLY. SH*T. This is a good movie. The trailer says it all really, and there are many twists and turns that keep you constantly on the edge of your seat. Whilst it is doubtful that actual space travel entails… whatever this movie entails, the movie takes the movie going experience and just smashes it into a whole other level.

3D had its coming out party with Avatar, but this movie, is 3D’s graduation. Everything about it is beautiful, there is genuinely not one moment where you would go. HA that’s CGI, or HA that’s greenscreen. Everything in this movie looks stunningly perfect. From the stunning vistas, to the deep dark emptiness of night, this movie HAS to be seen in 3D. It’s never overplayed, but serves to immerse you fully in its majesty and beauty.

The acting on this film is stellar. With a startlingly spartan cast of 3, Sandra Bullock spends most of this movie alone, cocooned in her spacesuit. She does however, bring it. The dark intensity of a lost soul. the fear and terror of losing everything in space. The desperate scramble to survive when it seems like everything is conspiring to kill you. Every moment of this movie is focused solely on Sandra Bullock’s character and she delivers every shot with perfect clarity and often painstakingly transparent vulnerability. George Clooney also brings a good performance, though he is basically playing the same guy from every movie he’s been in since… whenever. A character who I love. But is starting to get a little repetitive.

Almost every review of this movie has been glowing and mine will be the same. Alfonso Cuaron has destroyed every other space movie ever made with his gentle and stunningly compelling piece, to which I say, Bravo.

6/5 Stars. I cannot recommend this movie enough.

 

Big Phone Week

It has been a big week for phones.

iPhone

The iPhone 5c and 5s have been launched and as usual the craze over those phones have overwhelmed most people. However, it is also worth noting that this year’s iPhone launches have attracted a much more muted response compared to previous years, with focus being placed mostly on the new iOS 7 operating system as well as the emergence of new colours for both the iPhone 5s and 5c. Whilst I was unable to attend Singtel’s launch day festivities as I usually did for the past couple of years, there was no less of a brouhaha this year over the iPhone product launch.

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(Image Courtesy of Singtel)

Note 3

Samsung’s latest competitor in the smartphone space has also emerged, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launching coming to Singapore soon. Singtel has announced their pricing for a two year contract and they are as follows. It is expected that their Starhub and M1 competitors to provide similar price points for their mobile phone price plans.

Plan Lite Value Plus Premium
Monthly Subscription $39.90 $59.90 $99.90 $239.90
Local Calls (minutes) 100 200 500 Unlimited
Local SMS 800 900 1,000 Unlimited
Local Data 2GB 3GB 4GB 12GB
Samsung GALAXY Note 3 32GB $618 $348 $98 $0

(Price Plans Courtesy of Singtel)

Finally: BlackBerry

BB has announced the coming of BBM or BlackBerry Messenger to the iPhone and Android. In a growing sign that things are not all that great down in the BB camp, BlackBerry has finally opened up their crown jewel BBM client for use by their former mortal enemies of Android and iPhone. The BBM Client comes to Android 21st September and iOS 22nd September. At the same time however, it is also worth noting that BlackBerry has launched the Z30, an update to the Z10. With a bigger battery and bigger screen, it presents a rather run of the mill effort, that would struggle even against second and third tier Android manufacturers. This does go to show how far this former market leader has fallen in the smartphone races.

A New Way to Sell your Phone

So it looks like Singapore has its very own new online mobile phone selling platform. The company called Bounce Mobile purports to add a price match component, quick transfers of funds as well as a courier pick up of the phone you intend on selling.

Based on a quick look at the website, the iPhone 5 32 gig is being bought at S$525 on Bounce Mobile, and as a matter of comparison, the price you can get on Mobilesquare is S$550. Whilst the Samsung Galaxy S3 is going at S$268 on Bounce, it is being bought at S$260 on Mobilesquare. All this really means is that this website brings an extra element of competition to the mobile phone selling and purchasing space, and it is still advisable to do your shopping around in order to know what is best for you and whether the convenience of receiving a direct transfer to your bank account as well as a courier service, is a benefit you find valuable to you.

iPhone 5s & 5c

This morning, Apple announced their newest iPhones and whilst this product has been leaked to the high heavens with almost every prediction being spot on.

The 5c is basically a cheap slightly improved version of the current iPhone 5 which is now discontinued.

The 5s comes with a new processor chip, supposedly better battery life and a much improved camera. Other new features include a thumbprint scanner for better security and a special processor that measures the movements of the phone, and other such data. Also significant is the transition to 64bit, which promises to make things even faster. All these announcements were anticipated and were pretty much predictable even without the massive leaks.

If you are a Singtel customer who wishes to renew his contract and get a new iPhone, the registration of interest page may be found http://www.singtel.com/iphoneroi

Gravity

This trailer of a new movie based on the premise of being lost in space is terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Sandra Bullock in a departure for her is playing the main protagonist, and the story is of basically all things going wrong with the mission and being all alone out in space, with nothing and no one to save her. Whilst the reassuring voice of George Clooney is heard over the intercom, it becomes quite apparent that she really is all alone. I’m really looking forward to this film, and from you can check out the trailer *in 2K resolution no less* below. Continue reading

Yahoo’s New Logo

Yahoo under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer has been taking chances, making changes and generally acting all, well, un-Yahoo-y. The latest evidence of which you can find in Yahoo’s launch of their new logo, the launch video can be found here. 

Very cool, sleek and minimalist. A logo for the moment I think. Kudos indeed!