Monday, August 25, 2014

EXORA DVD PLAYER - PLAYING MOVIES WITH COMPATIBLE FORMATS



Proton Exora DVD Player will have no issue in playing the DVD disc – Original or contraband, yes, proton got that covered for you.

(And yes, for RM80k plus of MPV, the radio don’t even have a USB port for playing music...boring)

However, in this millennium where disc is considered a space clutter, having a digital movie is a must for a city dweller (especially miserable guy like me).

And to add the joy, most of your day will be spent traveling to work, school, kindergarten (and repeat,.. say....for the rest of your life..)

Having a family with 4 children can give you happiness or high blood pressure and keeping them accompany is essential during traveling.

Back to the DVD player, the invention to divert your child’s intention to a small screen above would be the best choice – luring with entertainment.

Hooray..!! the DVD player is equipped with USB port – meaning to say that I can play movie through via portable data storage.

The DVD player only plays with compatible file format i.e avi (with codex xvid), movie clip, rmvb and few other unknown files.

It can’t play the most common files downloaded from the internet via Piratebay or torrent i.e mp4 and mkv. I have hundreds of files at these type of format which can’t be played.

The only way to play this type of file (MP4 and MKV) is to convert it first using your PC. 

Just to make it simple : the objective here is to convert your favorite movie to Mpeg1

Here it goes :

Step 1 : Download a MP4 to Mpeg converter
Most of full version converter will need to be purchased, but you can download it free from Pirate Bay.
I use WIN X HD Converter Deluxe. Once downloaded, install it and apply the registration code (come together in the txt file – cut and paste in the registration column) – and you’re done.


Step 2 : Open the WIN X HD Converter Deluxe
 







  

Step 3 : Choose your Movie File – You can select multiple files and convert at the same time



 
Step 4 : Choose the output format : please choose Mpeg1 – its the safest, easy to use and guaranteed can be played at your Exora DVD.

  
Step 5 : Choose your output destination : just put desktop – easy to spot


Step 6 : Click ‘RUN’ , the blue button at your bottom right and wait for the conversion to take effect. Normally for 1 hour 30 minutes movie, it will take about 30 minutes or so to finish.

 conversion in progress - the conversion duration is shown here

 
Step 7 : copy the file that you just converted to your external data storage (USB memory) and plug it at your exora DVD player.


Step 8 : enjoy!!! 
My  nightmare had come to an end.....

any feedback please post at the comment section.

Thank you



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Circumcision by Laser – Situation Critical!




In conjunction with school holiday which started on 16 November 2013, I decided to send my 10 year old son for his ‘manhood’ transformation by performing a circumcision.

 Keep Calm

 In my early entry here which my 1st son (Idlan) had been circumcised at Klinik Shahril in December  2010 and due to the rapid recuperating experience, it would strongly justify to repeat the same process at the same clinic. 

However, Klinik Shahril has its own popularity now despite the cost fee had been escalated to RM150-00 (RM100-00 then), it seems the booking period is taking far too long. I called the clinic on 21st November to fix an appointment which I would prefer to do it on the following Saturday, however, the only available slot was on 12 December 2013 – 22 days later.

Unwelcomed by the long waiting day, instead of agreeing on the new available date, I had chosen another option that is finding another clinic within the vicinity (Taman Impian Ehsan, Balakong, Selangor).

The ‘newly appointed’ clinic is Klinik Famili located much more nearer to my house (less than 1km). There was no hassle for booking an appointment whereby they have ample slots. I booked on 29th November (Friday) at 4pm.

 Tel : 0389626815

My son (Izz) had been preparing this and has his own jitters for the upcoming predicament. His brother had been telling bad stories. Me, as a parent would cajole Izz few days earlier leading to the D-day. The best advice is telling him not to cry and try to hold on to the pain as long as he can – the way to beat his own brother who took it like a girl previously.





On that Friday evening, the moment of truth, Izz lying on the clinic’s bed wearing his ‘kain pelekat’, Tshirt and a slipper. The doctor asked him to be patient as he will prick him with few anaesthetic injections.

The injections were on the outer layer of the penis’ skin to enable it to be cut without hurting the patient. The process of removing the excessive skin by laser and revealing the inner part of the penis took about 20 – 30 minutes, including the stitching process – around 5 stitches in a circle.





After all the necessary medical procedure had been completed, the doctor instructed to remain on the seat and wait for about 10 minutes. This is for the purpose in case of any bleeding from the cut. Unfortunately, Izz had suffered from this, and he was bleeding profusely and I had to bring him back on the surgery bed. 

The doctor then wrapped the newly cut skin with a bandage and apply a gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. About 10 minutes, the bleeding seems to have stopped and Izz has the permission to go home. The doctor advised to return back to the clinic 2 days later to open the bandage.


 The device - it is attached to the electrical power source

After taking the medication, Izz fell asleep. He woke up few hours later at 6.30pm, half naked and said to me that he doesn’t suffer any pain following the worn out anaesthetic. He doesn’t even cry. One tough dude!. Mc Donalds for dinner for the whole family as promised dedicated to the new ‘man’ in the house.



On the second day, when I checked the wound, the white bandage had been hardened by the dried blood while the blood flow from the wound had stopped. I noticed that some sort of puss – yellowish residue mix with blood had covered the upper bandage and attached to the skin like glue. It was a dead skin as advised by the doctor earlier. 

I decided to slowly peel the bandage on my own to assess the situation either to bring him to clinic and endure the highest level of excruciating pain by my poor child or continue with the peeling. I could not watch my son’s sad and teary face if the unmerciful doctor do it in front of my eyes. I just can’t!.
Even the slightest movement of the peeling process, Izz screamed in pain!. I decided not to bring him to the clinic.

I will de-attach the bandage all by myself with gentle care. As days passed by, I spent time daily to cut the bandage piece by piece to reduce the thickness, layer by layer. At the same time, I asked Izz to soften the bandage with water as to make it easier for the cutting process. There were times Izz screamed in a controlled manner. Izz also show some effort in cutting the certain part of the bandage during his free time.
Finally, on the 12th day, the bandage came out by itself!! After all the hard work, wear and tear, wet and dry – Izz won! He said that it was easy to peel off the bandage during one of his shower sessions. The stitches also wear off at the same time.

My advice to all parents out there, don’t be scared if similar situation occurred to your son. The above experience is how you handle it if you don’t want your son to suffer. 

Oh yes, one more thing, a friend did asked me why I don’t perform the circumcision during the infant stage, it is hassle free as the baby skin is still soft and few other win factors. I said though I endured a slight downside experience of the circumcision, I actually wanted all my sons to experience it on their own. With these experiences, they will share with friends and even some day with kids of their own – as they said “experience is the best teacher”.

P/s : The above experience is for sharing purpose and not be used as an ultimate solution. You may seek professional assistance if necessary.

Monday, November 25, 2013

(Prawn Mee) Mee Udang Aur Gading, Sungai Dua, Butterworth, Penang






1st time being here with few recommendations from a conventional wisdom : ‘if it tastes good, tell it to 3 – 6 people”. Here we are at Aur Gading Mee udang on one fine Monday late afternoon. The outlet consider popular as most of the GPS has this location under “Places of Interest – Food category”.
There was no patron at that time in view it was a working day.

We ordered 2 bowls of prawn mee which they served in 1 big bowl.  There were 6 big prawns on top of the serving. I was surprised with the prawn quantity. The taste? I will give 1 out of 5. The curry gravy had more water than the curry itself.

The setback of this outlet is when it comes to the bill time. To our dismay the cost of the food that we ate (2 servings of prawn mee) cost us a walloping RM36-00!! The 2 mee are RM6-00 but the prawns alone cost RM30-00!!

The cashier said that the giant prawn was based on weight meaning that 1 piece of prawn cost RM5-00!!
The dine-in concept at Mee Udang Aur Gading is wrong, they should inform the customer that the prawn will be based on weight then the customer has the option to choose either to have it or not, or determine the prawn quantity to be served. 

In fact, we don’t really know how many is the standard quantity of prawn for each bowl per serving (I assume 3 pieces). But then, the outlet can easily manipulate the system, they able to put how many prawn they feel convenient to them especially if you come in large group. That’s what I call cheating customer. I am pretty sure they make a fortune out of this one.

The normal seafood dine-in concept will let you choose your marine life, weight it, let you know the price, you still can adjust accordingly to your budget at this point, the final process is to select your serving style. It is a fair negotiation.

On the other hand, the cost for one bowl of Mee Udang Ramli located in Kuala Selangor (my entry here), also very famous only cost us RM6-00 (with 3 pieces of small but sufficient prawn on top). They have fix price on the menu and to me, it was a sincere business.

For those who wish to have Mee Udang Aur Gading should think twice. Back to the Conventional wisdom: “if you had a bad experience, tell it to 12 – 20 people”.

Roti Canai Jalan Transfer, Penang





Roti Canai Jalan Transfer located in Penang also known as Roti Canai Tepi Longkang. So much hype of this small food outlet as it become famous in google and various blog entries.

 

I wanted to experience the taste myself so I went on the journey from my hotel located 13 km away.

First when I reached here at 9.00am, the outlet was so busy with activities. It almost full house with the seats (left and right) were seems fully occupied.  If you come alone, you will have a better chance to find a vacant slot but it may be hard for those come in group.

Full House

 the opposite site

There were two separate sections – the food station and the drink station which is few metres far apart. With a chair (with no back rest) I sat down and be served by the mamak. I ordered normal roti canai with curry chicken (I mean literally with the chicken drumstick).

The taste? I give 1 out of 10. The dhal curry with a lot of spicy chilly tasted ...well...acceptable but I certainly had better taste elsewhere. 

The roti canai ? 1 out of 10. The texture is hard, I had difficult time tearing it into small pieces with the spoon and fork. They should provide a knife instead (and a hammer perhaps). I feel like I’m chewing a bubble gum but without taste.
 the 'extra brown' roti canai with curry chicken

The setback of this roti canai is the food preparation : It’s not hygiene. The mamak will just pick up the roti canai with their bare hand and put it on the plate to be served. Even worst the process of tearing the roti canai into small pieces also using both hands. We don’t really know where the hand had been into (we don’t want to know actually).
 can you see it? The hand?

They also pick up the chicken and toss it into the curry with their bare hand! And then touching other things with the same hand without cleaning it first. They are doing it openly without guilty feeling and I guess they are proud of doing it.
 Yup...bare hand was used..

I’ve been charged RM7.20 for the roti canai with chicken curry (excluding the drink), I’s expensive and I don’t have the appetite to finish the chicken. But I did finish my ‘plywood’ roti canai.

For those who had a high level of hygiene, this eating place is not for you. It also not suitable for texture freak for soft roti canai either. The patrons are oblivious of the unpleasant things going on. 

The outlet may need a lot of improvement to stay competitive as there are too many roti canai outlets along the way. However, due to its popularity with an additional of long establishment, the business is thriving. They may have their regular customer based on demographic and culture especially among the locals, however, for customer from out of penang, they are not impressing us much.