Werkstatt-Ø1: Moogfest 2014 Kit

April 3, 2015 – 12:11 pm

My cousin brother, who is manager of a audio and visual shop in the capital city, told me that business has dropped drastically. Generally, the market for everything has slowed down because of the new Goods and Service Tax, you see.

But for audio and visual products, they have always been considered as luxury, hence, one of the first industries to get hit when consumers tighten their belts.

However, according to him, thankfully, people are still looking for analog synthesizers, and the new Moog Werkstatt 01 has been extremely well-received.

And most of those looking for the synthesizer are young electronic musicians.



Hoo-Haa Over 6% GST

April 3, 2015 – 10:47 am

The 6% Goods and Service Tax in Malaysia is finally implemented beginning April 1, 2015. It came after a long warning.

Well, I’m not sure if it’s fair to tax us at 6% and not at a lower rate for a start, or even if it should be implemented at all.

Coincidentally, I received a phone call from Telekom Malaysia a few days ago, and I asked the caller how my UniFi bill is calculated with the GST.

He told me that before GST, I had to pay RM149 + whatever access I used for that month and that tax was only charged on the excess.

With GST, I would have to pay the 6% tax on the entire bill, which means that I would have to pay about RM9 extra every month, without using additional services.

And we have been told that things would not get pricier? How f@rked up is that?



Christmas Party Invitation

December 7, 2014 – 9:19 am

My friend asked me what are my plans for Christmas and New Year. I said I don’t have any yet, but I’ll be around in my hometown. I guess I have too much to do to think about enjoying.

But then she said that I could join her family in the celebration, which I am not even sure if I have the time or mood to do so yet.

She said that her husband, which I also know, has got himself a new guitar, a 2014 les paul traditional, which he is going to perform at the party!

That is going to be interesting and I think I HAVE to make time to attend it, even if I have a thousand and one things to take care of at work!!



It’s Time For Holiday Shopping Again

November 8, 2014 – 10:38 am

It’s that time of the year again…. Thanksgiving and Christmas! Yes, I know these are still a long while to go but I am someone who tries to get things done as soon as possible.

And so, I am already searching the internet for gifts. I don’t really like to shop in real stores. I do like window shopping, though. Strange, eh?

I have been scourging many different websites already, but still haven’t found anything suitable yet. Obviously, the gifts have to fit my budget, otherwise, a couple of people have to go without gifts. LOL



Need New Earphones

October 15, 2014 – 3:21 pm

I am in need of a new pair of ear-phones. The one that I have suddenly broke off during my recent travel. There are always casualties when I go on trips and this time, it’s my pair of earphones.

Anyway, I am looking for an upgrade, a sound isolating one. I already have a pair of generic one that came with my Motorola phone, and recently bought two pairs of XiaoMi piston earphones but they are not up to scratch.

A friend recommended Shure SE315 for greater sound, because of its sound isolating technology. I checked out this link for further information and am seriously tempted to buy.

But the thing is, I am very particular about ear buds that fit my ears. I don’t it when it hurts and I can’t listen to music for long. What do you think?



Loom Band Dress Auction

October 15, 2014 – 11:06 am

A size 4 loom band dress was put up for auction on eBay UK, and the winning bid of £170,000 was made by a buyer in Sydney, Australia.

In the end, the winner failed to pay for the item and the dress was donated to a charity, which in the end, managed to sell it for £220.

To me, loom band fashion is just a fad, but I wonder why in this day and time, buyers on eBay are still able to get away with backing out of purchases without being penalised.

This is obviously not new but how come after all these years, it is still happening and accepted?

Isn’t there a mechanism to stop people from playing around the genuine auctions of sellers?



Home Studio

October 15, 2014 – 9:40 am

I just returned from visiting my friend’s new home, which he spent a lot of time, money and energy designing, building, and finally, accessorizing.

His home is a little special compared to those of other friends. This one has a home studio as he is a music man, so I wasn’t really surprised.

What I did notice, though, is that his home studio would be a lot more complete if he has installed the motu 8pre. I tell you, it is so compact and convenient, this all-in-one optical converter, USB 2.0 interface and preamp bank.

I’ve made my suggestion but it’s really up to him if he wants to take up on it.