Hotels: stop being too pushy about TripAdvisor!
There’s one thing I noticed about my last two European trips: hotels are trying to be “persuasive” to have its customers write something positive about them. (yea, I mean what the f*ck).
I love it when hotels provide you with exemplary services. It shows dedication, professionalism and care. But all of this were destroyed once they mentioned “Oh don’t forget to write what you think about us on TripAdvisor”.
Some even have the guts to ask for a 5-star with this not-so-appropriate humor “we just love to have 5 full circles for once”.
Maybe you’re okay with this. But to me this destroys everything about the service provided prior to the grand reveal (of TripAdvisor). It reminds me too much about how much of a capitalist world we live in.
Am I too paranoid about this? This post is probably what is expected as I’m a strong advocate against the tipping culture. This is almost no different. And from now on I’m going to chop chop 1-star off a hotel that attempted to ask me to write a review on TripAdvisor.

Hotels: stop being too pushy about TripAdvisor!

There’s one thing I noticed about my last two European trips: hotels are trying to be “persuasive” to have its customers write something positive about them. (yea, I mean what the f*ck).

I love it when hotels provide you with exemplary services. It shows dedication, professionalism and care. But all of this were destroyed once they mentioned “Oh don’t forget to write what you think about us on TripAdvisor”.

Some even have the guts to ask for a 5-star with this not-so-appropriate humor “we just love to have 5 full circles for once”.

Maybe you’re okay with this. But to me this destroys everything about the service provided prior to the grand reveal (of TripAdvisor). It reminds me too much about how much of a capitalist world we live in.

Am I too paranoid about this? This post is probably what is expected as I’m a strong advocate against the tipping culture. This is almost no different. And from now on I’m going to chop chop 1-star off a hotel that attempted to ask me to write a review on TripAdvisor.

#FF done right
I still see people aren’t doing the Twitter Follow Friday correctly (this is an ongoing rant since the conception of Twitter).
Basically you shouldn’t just crap all Twitter usernames into a tweet. All you need to do, is give a sentence or two a reason why your follower should follow these people.
For example:

#FF @yourgreybrain for being a radical liberal dickhead which happens to have a very high taste in his selection of movies.

The Oatmeal also has a very long comic on how to do it right.

#FF done right

I still see people aren’t doing the Twitter Follow Friday correctly (this is an ongoing rant since the conception of Twitter).

Basically you shouldn’t just crap all Twitter usernames into a tweet. All you need to do, is give a sentence or two a reason why your follower should follow these people.

For example:

#FF @yourgreybrain for being a radical liberal dickhead which happens to have a very high taste in his selection of movies.

The Oatmeal also has a very long comic on how to do it right.

Ambilight - the only desirable feature of Philips TVs.
When you think of television, Philips is probably not the first name that pops up in your mind. Well, my apartment is about to finish and I’m looking for a TV that could stand as a master piece of furniture in the living room. I’ve managed to narrow down my choices to two: the 2014 models of either Sony or Samsung.
But then this thing was brought to my attention: the Ambilight. This three rails of color LED bulbs that project whatever is also shown on screen to the rear of the set. And like what’s advertised by Philips, it does make you feel like the picture is extended beyond the screen’s size.
The problem is Philips is just so costly whilst not being so experimental with their smart TV functionalities and the specs of the screen itself. The set isn’t as slim as what’s being offered on top of the line of its rivals.
If only someone could create an aftermarket solution for other television sets; selling these LED strips as accessories to other TV brands. Definitely a market opportunity. And I don’t think that Philips’ patent would cover the application as long as it’s not being sold in the US.

Ambilight - the only desirable feature of Philips TVs.

When you think of television, Philips is probably not the first name that pops up in your mind. Well, my apartment is about to finish and I’m looking for a TV that could stand as a master piece of furniture in the living room. I’ve managed to narrow down my choices to two: the 2014 models of either Sony or Samsung.

But then this thing was brought to my attention: the Ambilight. This three rails of color LED bulbs that project whatever is also shown on screen to the rear of the set. And like what’s advertised by Philips, it does make you feel like the picture is extended beyond the screen’s size.

The problem is Philips is just so costly whilst not being so experimental with their smart TV functionalities and the specs of the screen itself. The set isn’t as slim as what’s being offered on top of the line of its rivals.

If only someone could create an aftermarket solution for other television sets; selling these LED strips as accessories to other TV brands. Definitely a market opportunity. And I don’t think that Philips’ patent would cover the application as long as it’s not being sold in the US.

Thailand isn’t just about sun, sand and sea. 
Come and discover what the Northern Thailand has to offer: mountains, rain forests, and extreme sports.
(Up-selling my city isn’t easy)
lexinthecitychiangmai:

Sunset in Chiang mai…
Who couldn’t love this place??
I love Chiang Mai. 

Thailand isn’t just about sun, sand and sea. 

Come and discover what the Northern Thailand has to offer: mountains, rain forests, and extreme sports.

(Up-selling my city isn’t easy)

lexinthecitychiangmai:

Sunset in Chiang mai…

Who couldn’t love this place??

I love Chiang Mai. 

Artists … YouTube Artists?

What I find great about these acoustic videos from A-list musicians and artists is that it reminds you so much of how they don’t sound so different from typical YouTube sensations.

And it’s not just that. These videos make you realise how good the artists actually sound without all those techy post-production stuff like auto-tuning so commonly used these days especially in those crappy Asian pop. Songs are nice. But for a purer version, there’s definitely a market for that.

Moov is cool. But I’ve learnt my lessons.

Moov is really cool and I really want it. But I’ve learnt a thing or two about crowd-funding and preorders. 

Why?

  1. They will delay shipments and there’s nothing you can do about it.
  2. First few batches are always plagued with issues.
  3. They might not even get your shipping address correct.
  4. Chances are you’ll end up getting your product just a few weeks or months before a full commercial launch.

Unless you really want it bad and cheap, try avoiding crowd-funding projects especially when they are complicated products.

Crowd-funded products that arrived on time for me: a slim wallet, an iPhone case, and Mio Alpha. And the ones that didn’t quite make it as promised: VLC for Windows 8 UI, NiftyDrive, and Lumio.