Thursday, May 31, 2012

External Battery for My IPhone 4

I don't remember since when I started to owned apple products, probably back in 2005, jeez, almost 10 years it is. My Iphone 4 has been around for almost 2 years and mainly I use my iPhone more for photography, web surfing than for talking, but I'm always running out of battery, especially when I head out for the day, my battery will drain like drinking water. I usually have to start shutting things down (wifi, internet, screen brightness, etc.) halfway through the day to maintain any battery.

I started looking for some sort of external battery for my phone, but couldn't really find anything. My friend owned an external battery charger case for iPhone, but I don't like the bulkiness. And then the Power Bank 5000 mAh charger came along and it's awesome. Portable Power bank not only will charge my iPhone, it can charge my iPad and my Bluetooth headset. Another good thing about it is, cables are included, I don't even have to get my own, amazing it is?

When I bought it from batterhead, the USB Power Bank charger original kit includes the light-weight battery pack, USB to micro input charging cable and retractable output power cable. I'm glad I bought it, it helps my iPhone battery keep rolling till the end of the day.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DDB Spring Market Blogger Lounge

Spring Market from Decoration & Design building are finally here! I'm so excited to meet all the notable wonderful bloggers from the design field! I will cover some of the insider news once I got the chance to sit down and blog. Peace!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chinese Sweet Rice Dumpling (湯圓Tang Yuan)

Tang yuan is a traditional Chinese dessert which is well loved by all generations. They’re basically glutinous rice balls (either filled or unfilled) that are served in a sweet broth. They’re most popular during the winter solstice (Dongzhi festival) – usually celebrated in December (it was on the 22nd last year), and symbolizes the day in the year where the day is the shortest. Below is the unfiled version of the classic sweet rice dumpling called Tang Yuan (湯圓)

For the dumplings:

■ 2 cups glutinous rice flour

■ 1 tbsp caster sugar

■ 200ml water

■ Food coloring (optional)

1. Mix glutinous rice flour with sugar in a large bowl.

2. Add the water, and slowly knead until it forms a soft paste that does not stick to your hands. (The mixture is very gloopy and sticky at first, but the more you knead it, the less sticky it gets)

3. If you wish to have colourful tang yuans, divide the dough into portions, and add a few drops of food colouring to each portion. Knead the dough until the food colouring is evenly distributed throughout the dough.

4. Shape the dough into 1-2cm balls.

5. Drop the balls into a pot of boiling water. The tang yuan will float to the surface of the water once they are cooked. Once this happens, transfer the tang yuan to the sugar broth.

 For the sweet broth:

■ 4-5 cups water (how much water you use depends on how much broth you want)

■ 2 screwpine (pandan) leaves (tie them into a knot, optional)
■ 1/2 cup rock sugar/brown sugar
■ 4 oz. old ginger (skin peeled and then lightly pounded with the flat side of a cleaver)

1. Boil the water in a pot until it starts to bubble.

2. Add the screwpine leaves and ginger, and boil for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, turn the heat down, and simmer for 15-20minutes.

Hope you enjoy it!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Decoration & Design Building Spring Market Event 5/16

It’s that time of year again, when the fantastic showrooms in the Decoration & Design Building open up their doors to show off the latest and greatest in the design world. This month May 16, the building will host hundreds of guests (designers, media, industry professionals) in their day-long event with lots of newly interior design info.

Here are some of the highlights:

9:30-10:30AM, WSJ magazine Editor-in-Chief Deborah Needleman will deliver the keynote address to kick off the day's events, Astra 14th floor.

11:00-11:45AM, Lorin Marsh, Suite 720, Bedmaking Event. STE. 720; Agostino, Marrying Business with the Art of Design with Charles Pavarini III. STE. 1502; Lutron, "Hiding Technology” CEU. STE. 138.

12:00-12:45PM, Baroncelli, Lighting Design for Commercial Spaces with Hilli Wuerz of Rockwell Group. STE. 1507; Fortuny, DESIGN LOVES ART TALK: Murray Moss and Susan de Menil. STE. 1632.

12:00-12:45PM, Pierre Frey, Visit Pierre Frey for the official reception to celebrate the collaborative launch of Hutton Home. STE. 1611; Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Trends in Outdoor Living with New York Cottages & Gardens Editor-in-Chief Kendell Cronstrom and Editorial Director DJ Carey. Light fare and refreshments served. STE. 301

1:30 to 3:00PM, Schumacher, Designing for a Sophisticated Child. Join designer Lulu DK and Susan North, Schumacher’s Senior Vice President of Design & Creative Director, for a panel discussion. STE. 832.

2:00-2:45PM, Walters Wicker, Social Media Marketing Made Simple. STE. 538; Leron, Pillow Talk with Scandia Down, light refreshments served. STE. 1521.

2:30-3:15PM, Stark Wallcoverings, Design: Concept to Execution with Wallcoverings. Artist Anya Larkin. STE. 1002.

3:00-3:45PM, Baroncelli, Lighting Design for Residential Spaces. STE. 1507; Maya Romanoff, "Dialog with Designers". Meet NEW YORK SPACES Editor in Chief Jason Kontos. STE. 922.

3:30-5:00PM, Crestron, How to Incorporate Technology into Your Design. Cocktail reception and drawing for a FREE tabletop docking station for iPad to follow the presentation. STE. 407.

4:00-6:00PM, Lewis Mittman, Uptown/Downtown: A Toast to Beekman Place by Skip Rumley with INTERIORS Magazine. STE. 903

5:00-7:00PM, Lorin Marsh, David Scott's Outside the Box new release booksigning and cocktail reception. STE. 720.

17th Floor Block Party (All guest received a chance to win a new IPAD 3), and open house event will host throughout the building. (Check the DDB Spring Market Newsletter for more info).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Photo Shot

This is just a whiny complaint thread.

My allergies are killing me. We got a few weeks of nice weather up here in the northeast, and the tree pollen is now out of control. My eyes/nose/throat are all feeling it.

Blah, stupid allergies. Here's some photo I took during my visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden with Clow Angel. Let's take a look, shall we?