Archive for March, 2011

Magical Sheep in the Pond

Posted by: Ms Ayain Ms Aya's Papers
29
Mar

Mood: Mischevious

Yo~oh~

Do you see sheep? (Laughs) <—ω—> ↓

Imagine if there is a magical sheep in a pond somewhere — a sheep that can grant wishes~!

Well of course you must give a token to this mysterious sheep in exchange for a blessing. <—ω—>/

Just so you know — sheep isn’t keen on food as a gift. Er…. Japanese food is fine but no other because this sheep is on a weight watch! <TAT> (Laughs nervously)

So…

Please give sheep money, meaningful gifts or something antique~! (Laughs) 

In return…I shall…. 

I shall…. 

Well IF you ever find this secret pond and magical sheep, only then we’ll discuss your wishes! 

Alrighty, dumb jokes aside.

You’re seeing the new home for the kura-kuras (tortoise).

My brother loves his pet tortoise very much and because we have quite a lot of them, tanks can no longer accommodate the growing green creatures!

↑ Brother carries over Sir Frantic Kura to survey its new home (in its preliminary state).

My mum said since we’re building a pond with a small water fountain, we should also include a grotto for Mother Mary to dwell in. <^-^>

So yea, a new addition to the house. <^∀^>

By the way, this month is our 1st anniversary in this house. Y~ay!

Some of you have been following my blog since a long time now and has seen this house when it was empty and grassless, remember?

Well that said, thank you for being my companion for this long! 

Thank you darlings~

PS: Do you know of any fishes that can co-exist peacefully with tortoise? Mum wants to rear fishes but we aren’t sure what kind can get along fine with tortoises.. Suggestions, anyone? Thank you~

PPS: Out of curiosity… If sheep could grant you wishes, what would you give to me..and what would you ask from me? <.__.>

Mood: I wonder

Heylo~♪

A little something for you Blackberry folks~☆!

For the first time, I purchased a theme and I gotta say — I’m loving it very much~!

It’s a cute theme by BerryGoodthemes~☆! ↓

BGT - Bearable 6.0

Bearable
Supports software 6.0
(Click here for more details)

I tried some of the free themes available on Blackberry app world however, they didn’t appear properly and were not very friendly to the eyes.

Then on browsing further I came across this theme (Bearable) which prices at US$0.99 (RM3.15), instantly liked the colors — and purchased it.

It’s quite a neat theme. The highlights are pink in color and comes with a set of new icons~☆. ↓

Ideal for pink lovers AND those who are tired of the standard looking icons.

But I must tell you, not every part is highlighted in pink.↑

When the media card is concerned, it remains default blue. <=__=>lll

Apart from this, the theme is pretty simple, chic and refreshing. The plus side is — there is no error in viewing and it runs smoothly.

That said, if you come across this theme and wondered if it’s worth your dollars, I’m telling you this is what you’ll get. <^-^>/

Oh yes! It goes well with cute and girlish wallpapers too~! ↓

You decide. <^-^>/

Suppose you have any questions, you may fire away in the comments section provided below. <^ω^>/

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Mood: High in spirits!

Today, mum and I went to town for dinner.

At the entrance of the shopping plaza, there was a huge man — just standing in the middle of the path looking rather lost and dumbfounded. That figure was awfully familiar to me as I felt I’ve seen him somewhere, some place.

Just as we passed by this man, he saw me — eye-to-eye — in a very disturbing manner.

Mum and I then took the escalator to the second floor, went in to a restaurant, sat ourselves down and browsed through the menu. To my surprise, I saw this man again — now staring awkwardly across the window!

“Did he come all the way up here?” I pondered. “What for?”

He kept looking at me and even tried to enter the restaurant but he was prevented by the waiters. This man then hung around outside the restaurant until he was later shooed by other shop keepers.

I asked mum if she noticed this man when we first entered the plaza and indeed she has. Mum said it was hard to miss because he was big in size and something about him didn’t seem right. She also noticed that he was fixated on us awhile back.

It was then I decided to tell her that I saw this man before and he stalked me once.

It was in year 2008, I was hanging out in a shopping complex. As I was walking around, I saw a huge man walking aimlessly and each time he was about to approach somebody, I noticed they pulled away from him and staffs at the shops were trying to keep him out.

From what I could tell, this man was trying to ask something from people but no one heeded him.

Observing the way he moved and the looks on his face, he seemed deranged and — just not right. Sorry to say but he kind of look like Debilitas from the game Haunting Ground. 

I kept my distance and continued my walk however, he begun to call after me and followed me around. I shook my head and sped up my pace because I really didn’t want to get involved with whatever this man was up to. First of all from what I could make out, he speaks Chinese; a language which I’m a stranger to. Secondly and most important of all — He behaved mentally unstable!

In that day alone, I made so many detours and when he somehow found me, he came after me. There were so many people in the complex but he kept coming after me! 

Even the last minute I hopped into the car, he was there — watching me leave! 

I didn’t tell anybody about this incident because I felt there was nothing to be alarmed. And ever since then, I didn’t encounter this man… Well…Until today. <x__x>

This isn’t the first time I’ve been stalked by a stranger on foot. There were a couple more incidents. One of them was my neighbor. Also in year 2008, this old man moved next door to my house. He doesn’t have a very pleasant face and I’d say, girls will be afraid of him because he has that I-am-a-cheeky-old-man written all over his face.

Despite his unpleasant exterior, he appeared to be getting along well with the neighbors. He also talked to me but I kept our conversation at minimal simply because I didn’t find chatting with him interesting nor benefiting.

Then it came to a point when each time I take Auwlithe out for his walk, this old man would also come out at the same time and wait for me at the feet of our neighborhood stretch.

You see, when I’m about to go home, I have to go pass him and he always stopped me for a pointless conversation. In addition when he couldn’t get me on the spot, he resorted to calling my house phone (which I never once entertained upon seeing his number).

As time went by, I noticed he doesn’t wait at the feet of the neighborhood anymore but further from it. So far that our neighbors would not be able to see us chatting. Suspecting this man was up to something, I then took another route back home — a route which he won’t be able to see me and my dog at all.

I got home and told mum to hide Auwlithe inside the house while I peeped outside. Minutes later, I saw the old man checking in my house compound every now and then. It was very suspicious of him to do that!

I told mum what I suspected and she felt the same. She then told me to wait inside while she go out and pretend to talk to this man casually.

When she got out and greeted him, he just shrugged and walked elsewhere.

Let’s say — This neighbor of mine was concerned about my safety. He would have told my mother that he did not see me returning home with my dog (Auwlithe and I hid in the house until late at night). Shouldn’t he said something about our whereabouts? Instead, he avoided my mother.

Anyway the next morning, my mother informed the other neighbors about this man’s suspicious behavior and whenever I went out for a walk, they faithfully came outside and monitored me. They noticed that ever since they came out during the time I go for walks, the man would just stay at home.

This went on for a couple of weeks and we soon realized he was nowhere to be seen. One of my neighbors asked the household members where he has gone to and what do you know?

— He was sent to prison. 

As well as his son. 

Their crime remains a mystery.

When we all found out about this, we were glad they were taken away.

I mean — Who likes living next to a criminal, right? 

Oh well… This is sheep’s encounter with stalkers. Not sure if I can call them stalkers because they weren’t so obsessed to the point of hanging outside my house 24 hours. But I can say they are creeps! 

I don’t know what I did to have become a creep magnet but — as mum has put it, all this is because I always go out alone hence an easy and vulnerable target for stalkers. 

Mmm…. 

Sheep…

…Always…

…..Alone…

[ . . . ]

(Laughs)

Alright! Enough about sheep’s stories~☆! \<^∀^>/

What about you? <^ω^>

Have you been stalked by a creep before?

Offline? Online?

What were your feelings and how did you overcome it?

What do you think were their intentions?

<^-^>

\<^ε^> Baa-bai~ *Muacks*

 

PixTrix and Photo Editor

Posted by: Ms Ayain BlackBerry Papers
24
Mar

Mood: Smiley

Greetings!

Since I’m using a BlackBerry phone (9780 to be exact), I thought I should make it a habit to blog short reviews regarding the phone. You see, a smartphone such as a BlackBerry is an ever evolving phone because of it’s ability to add and update software and applications.

As you know, some apps need to be purchased and others are trial versions which will expire in its given time. The reviews written by other BB users via app world are not too convincing in my opinion therefore, I shall give my honest and unbiased review as well as do my best to provide samples on the apps I use.

That’s it for the introduction.

So…

In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to 2 photo editor applications for your BlackBerry: a FREE app and a PAID app.

PIX TRIX

We’ll begin with the free app, PIX TRIX by Inline Marmalade ltd. ↓

Image in its raw state

PixTrix is a simple app that enables you to apply photographic filters on your photos as well as adjusting the Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast. The app is very user-friendly and takes up as little as 507KB of your memory space.

There are as many as 12 filters to enhance your photos, most of which are yellowish and vintage-like. There is no Black and White effect however half-sepia is available.

You can save the edited photos in 4 sizes:

  1. Original size of the photo
  2. 1000 x 750 pixels
  3. 720 x 540 pixels
  4. 479 x 360 pixels

In addition, you can connect your PixTrix to your Facebook and you will be able to upload your edited photos to your Facebook right away.

Afterimage: Rose Tint effect

PHOTO EDITOR

PhotoEditor by Pepper.pk has a Free Trial version and a Paid Version. You can test drive the Free Trial version by downloading from here. But if you are wondering whether the full version is worth your *US$1.99 (RM3.15), then please allow me to give you an insight on this paid app.

The free trial version (on version 1.0.1, 1410KB) is rather simple and has very basic functions; Crop, Add Brightness/Contrast, Resize and Rotate. These functions may be sufficient to some users.

However, the Paid Version (file size of 853KB) offers much more.

Image in its raw state

You have the standard Editing tools here; Rotate, Resize, Crop and Brightness/Contrast.

The Resize image resolutions (in pixels) available are:

  1. Large → 1024 x 768
  2. Medium → 818 x 614
  3. Small → 614 x 460
  4. Tiny → 408 x 306

Photo Editor 2.0.0 allows you to customize your photos much more than 1.0.1 does.

You have 3 different filters as shown above. ↑

Pop filter

Plus, you get to adjust the RGB of your photos in any shades you like.

There’s a Paint mode whereby you can fill in certain parts with a paint color, add shapes and draw lines.

↑ Available shapes. (Why no heart shape!?)

↑ Available colors on your Palette.

You can also add Frames to your photos. On the top right indicates the color that you have chosen in your Palette for your brush, pen and text mode.

Brush and Pen mode is a bit difficult to use for Bold users. I think those are more appropriate for Torch users as they have touch screen features which makes doodling easier for them.

Then there is the Text mode.

The size and font is according to your phone setting. If you’re using size 6 BBJapanese, then your text will be that.

Afterimage

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All in all, I’d say these 2 photo editing apps are my favorite. I have not tried other photo apps simply because — I don’t need to. These 2 are good enough for me.

When I first got PhotoEditor version 1.0.1, I had to purchase it at US$1.99. And on updating to version 2, I read that I have to pay another fee of US$1.99 for the application. I took the chance and luckily, it is worth while. I’m given more features and capabilities over my photos.

So that said, do expect a price tag each time PhotoEditor prompts you for an update. You however, DO NOT have to oblige to update your app version if you are satisfied with the way it is.

PixTrix on the other hand, is cool to have especially if you are a fan of vintage and dreamy image feeling.

Both apps run quite smoothly. The speed is rather average and it takes less than half a minute to load and process, depending on the resolution of the image. The smaller the resolution, the faster it processes.

At the moment, this is my report on PixTrix and PhotoEditor!

Thank you for taking your time to read this!

I hope this helps you decide on choosing which photo app to go for~!

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* Currently, there’s a 70% discount on PhotoEditor. Not sure how long this promotion will last and how much is the full price in time to come.