Monday, March 9, 2020

Durians Can Help Charge Your Iphone's Faster

Looks like Durian is getting more useful these days... ! Researchers from the University of Sydney have developed a method that uses durian and jackfruit waste to create gels that can rapidly charge electronics.

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering academic Associate Professor Vincent Gomes explained how he and the research team managed to turn the tropical fruits into super-capacitors.

 How does it work?

By green engineering methods that used heating in water and freeze drying of the fruit’s biomass, the durian and jackfruit were transformed into stable carbon aerogels — an extremely light and porous synthetic material to make into super-capacitors.

Super-capacitors are like energy reservoirs that dole out energy smoothly. They can quickly store large amounts of energy within a small battery-sized device and then supply energy to charge electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, within a few seconds.

The durian and jack-fruit super-capacitors perform much better than the materials currently in use and are comparable, if not better, than the expensive and exotic graphene-based materials.

For more information you can read the serious technical mambo jumbo here.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

American Vintage Spring Summer 2020

Its time  to warm up and dress down with American Vintage Spring/Summer 2020. Draped in nonchalance with over-sized shapes and 90s sportswear take their inspirations from the past with a mismatch of styles that will surely rock this season

There are no more rules. It’s a state of mind. Omnipresent, cotton enwraps bodies and enhances
movements. Denim, gabardine, poplin. Striding forward in canvas sneakers on the pavement or in the sand.

Cuts inspired by the casual wardrobe and a subtle color palette are the hallmarks of the brand’s
recognizable style. Now hears the fun part its actually a french brand and you can hop on to their store at Marina Bay Sands. For more on styles visit @Americanvintage.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Le French Festival 2020

Le French Festival (LFF)  is back again the annual event returns with its 19th edition from 19 March – 26 April.  LFF is set to bring Malaysians on a journey of delight in all things French including French cinema screenings, art exhibitions, music and theater performances, gastronomy and more.

This edition will be proudly presented by Martell and Golden Screen Cinemas pulling together a festival for everyone from all walks of life including families and children, French enthusiasts, movie buffs, and foodies among others.

Not only will there be a variety of programmes and activities to be enjoyed by all in regards to the French life, but organisers Alliance Française (AF) together with the Embassy of France in Malaysia invited an internationally-acclaimed rockstar, Manu Chao. He will perform in an acoustic formation from his album Sibérie m’était contée, a family-friendly show in French and Spanish, as part of his South East Asian tour.

Mr. Jacques Bounin, Director of Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur shared: “In this edition of Le French Festival, we are thrilled to bring everyone on a remarkable voyage like no other into the truest form of French arts - exploring music and time in a way that surpasses ones’ realm of imagination.

“Along with our collaborators, we are determined to bring the appreciation of all that the French culture has to offer to greater heights here in Malaysia through this festival. It will make you travel through its selection of 17 recent movies showing the diversity of French creation in all genres: from Norway to Kirghizstan, with stops along the way in Venice, Tunis and, of course, France.”

Some other exciting highlights to look forward are:

• “The Malaysian Premiere of ‘Solstice Lunaire’” – Highly admired and classically trained French harpist Maia Darmé together with Malaysia’s acclaimed string ensemble Kamerata KL are to bring Malaysians on a harp discovery tour. The concert will include a piece made especially for the show: harp concerto ‘Solstice Lunaire’, who will be directed by Columbian composer Carlos Mejia who wrote it and dedicated it to Ms Darmé.

• “Gasp by Companie Circoncentrique” – A beautiful new circus show with international success which will promise a funny, witty and spectacular performance for the entire family!

• “Roger Kasparian – The Eyes of the Sixties” – A world premiere exhibition which will show for the first time the pictures of Roger Kasparian, a famous photographer of the sixties, in his presence. Everyone you know is there: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg.

• Artisan bread workshops – Learn to make French breads first-hand from the Master Bakers of PAUL, the Ambassador of the French art de vivre.

Festival enthusiasts can look forward to Le French Festival 2020 in Kuala Lumpur 19 March – 5 April • Penang 9 April – 19 April • Johor Bahru 16 April – 19 April • Kota Kinabalu : 23 April – 26 April

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Is This The End Of Classic Coke ? Do Something Before Its To Late..!

If you're a fan of the original Coke Classic/Klasik with its lovely taste of sugar and caffeine. Bad news Coca-Cola Malaysia seems to be slowly phasing it out and replacing it with the new main stream "Original Taste" Coke.

Checks at the local grocers show that Coke Klasik is only available in 320ml cans. All the rest 500ml and 1.5 liter versions only come in the ”Original Taste" formula. And almost all restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that we have been to, only serve "Original Taste" Coke in cans.

Now this may not be a big deal as most people may not even notice the difference in taste. But for those who actually enjoy Coke will realize that their favorite fizzy soda has a very weird and almost bad after taste that just wont work..!

So I decided to reach out to Coca-Cola and ask them whats going on, and here's what they had to say via their Malaysian Facebook page.

"The Coca-Cola drinks that you have tasted is a new option for Coca-Cola drinkers. This new drink is called “Coca-Cola Original Taste – Fewer Calories" However, we do still offer Coca-Cola Classic. Coca-Cola Classic is still available in 320ml cans, 330ml bottles and 500ml bottles. We’re introducing the new option, Coca-Cola Original Taste – Fewer Calories” because people around the world are telling us they want more drinks that taste great but that have less sugar and fewer calories. We also support the Malaysian government and health authorities’ agenda of a healthier nation. Thank you''

I really do support the idea of less sugar, less calories, better health and blah.. blah ..blah.. blah. But here's my problem,

Firstly, aren't there already less everything options out there for those who favour less calories and less sugar such as Coke Zero, Coke Light, Coke Life the one with Stevia I think... So is it necessary to change the formula of Classic Coke?

Secondly, if you are to change the Classic Coke formula, why change to something that’s not nice at all?

Thirdly, as per Coca-Cola’s reply “people around the world are telling us they want more drinks that taste great but that have less sugar and fewer calories”, YES, we want something that taste great but not this odd disappointing flavor that makes me think Pepsi isn't so bad after all.

So if you’re like me and love the Classic Coke the way it is. Please send them some feedback to Coca- Cola Malaysia Facebook page right HERE and tell them how you feel before it’s too late.

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Friday, February 21, 2020


 ASICS is bringing back one of their boldest early millennial sneakers - the GEL-1090 with Korean co-ed pop group KARD as their new ambassadors. With its classic 2000s look the kicks surely excite fans.

Returning in its original silver with iconic red-to-yellow fading ASICS stripes, the GEL-1090 will see three new colourways releasing this February, with three more in March in Malaysia.

ASICS SPORTSTYLE will also run a hide-and-seek social media game (on Instagram handle @find_kard) until 28 February. Titled #FINDKARD, this interactive game encourages
fans to participate by solving puzzles and mini-games to locate where KARD is. The grand prize winner will stand to win a pair of tickets to Manila, Philippines to see KARD at the GEL-
1090™ launch party. Other prizes up for grabs include ASICS shopping vouchers and more.

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