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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Raya!

I know this post might come a little bit way too late, but, to all my beloved muslim readers, followers in Twitter & Instagram, I wish you all Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf Zahir & Batin if I have unintentionally offended you guys with my words. Pardon me for the lack of updates. I've been too caught up with my shoots and all other commitments that I barely even managed to touch on my laptop.

This year raya seems to be a little different compared to my previous years. Firstly, I'm getting older. Which means, I don't get green packets anymore. Secondly, due to Hari Raya falls on Monday and most of us are back to school/work the very next day, I didn't get to meet most of my cousins. Thirdly, for the first time my family didn't do our yearly routine of visiting Geylang Bazaar on the eve of Hari Raya. That's because we're so caught up with our family business that we barely even had time to make any preparations for our home. Yeah, none of us actually bought our baju kurungs this year. Well, personally for me too, I felt that I don't really need to buy a new one. Afterall, Hari Raya isn't just about splurging so much, you see.

Back to my younger days, I used to not take the forgiving seriously. Me and my siblings would giggle and tease each other whenever we had to seek forgiveness from our parents. But I guess as we grow older, we're able to understand better the significance of seeking forgiveness, understanding and appreciating what our parents has done for us. 


So, here's an entry full of Hari Raya pictures! 
















Not much photos taken as I didn't get to do much visitings this year. Back to my younger days, we're always excited to jalan raya with our friends, classmates, school friends. Now, everyone's all grown up and busy with own commitments, we hardly have time for a proper meet-up. Sadly :( Nevertheless, I managed to wrap up my Hari Raya with my Inglourious family last Sunday!





Look at how my boyfriend stand! Lol! 





Till we meet again at the next post! 


Xoxo,
Lydia Izzati

Friday, August 22, 2014

AD- Let's be more appreciative of Universal Design.

Now, let’s all be honest and ask ourselves. Who actually spares a thought for the physically handicapped? In fact, not many of us do. Most of us are blinded by the mobility we enjoy and accessibility isn’t something we fully appreciate. But, to the physically handicapped, the aged and many others, accessibility is something really important. Seemingly minor design features such as railings, ramps and even accessible toilets can make a difference in their lives.

I’d like to share a personal story of my own. Recently, my elder brother got into an accident and he was on crutches for two months. It wasn’t easy for him to move around at the start as his movements were restricted. He had to depend on lifts to move between floors, and sometimes in worst case scenarios where he had to take the stairs, he’d have to depend on the railings to support himself.

Honestly, it was only after having seen someone so close and dear to me experience such difficulty in moving around did I realize that there really was a need for more Universal Design. My brother’s accident was somehow an eye-opener for me to be more appreciative of Universal Design.

In case you guys are wondering what Universal Design is, take a look at the pictures below! Some of the Universal Design features can already be found in our daily life!




In short, Universal Design (UD) is design for everyone. It is important to educate ourselves and also to learn more about how we're able to improve the lives of others through incorporating UD in our lives and raising awareness for it.

Now, there’s an opportunity for us to do this and start doing our part to contribute to society!

The Building and Construction Authority would like to drive home the importance of Universal Design and has come up with a short film competition to drive awareness for UD. If you are between 16 and 25 years old and are studying in an educational institution in Singapore, join this competition and do your part in spreading awareness!

All you have to do is to create a short film about Universal Design, and you stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to $5,000!

You can visit http://ahomeforeveryone.sg/ for more information. Submission of contest entries has already started and will continue through till 30 September 2014, so put on your thinking cap and start scripting now!

Show support for the cause by liking them on Facebook!

And if you're interested to learn more about Universal Design, you can also check out BCA's Friendly Portal!


Now, good luck and spread the word! :)

Xoxo,
Lydia Izzati



Friday, August 1, 2014

Meet my new toy, LG G3!

It’s been about a month now since I had the LG G3 phone. I waited this long because I wanted to live with the G3 to decide if its many features that live up to the hype.

When the launch of LG G3 was announced in the news, to be honest, I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I’ve been a loyal Apple iPhone user all this while and I always find it weird to be using an Android phone because I never really like using Android. I think it might all boils down to the resistance to step out from my comfort zone, I was rather skeptical about making the switch.



But after a month with the G3 I have to admit that I was wrong ..  The LG G3 phone is really addictive. 




One thing that got me awhile of getting used to was that the phone size is so much bigger compared to my previous phone! Especially to my fellow iPhone users .. do you all feel the same way when you make the switch to an android? Think I’m way too used to having the iPhone on my palm every single time such that the LG G3 really feels so much bigger as compared.

As much as the phone looks like it’s made of metal, it is actually made of plastic, but finishing it off with a metallic design.  Having it made out of plastic it’s not that bad after all because it’s super light!! The G3 is really thin ad slick and there wasn’t any button at the front or alongside of the phone except for the one at the back to adjust the volume and to screenshot which was really simple after a while.



So you might be thinking other that it being super lightweight what other features does the G3 offer?
Here’s a summary of why I love my LG G3!

I fell in love with the screen display. How can I not!? It’s Quad HD! That’s 2560 x 1400 if you prefer in pixels. Watching videos through YouTube is so much clearer and sharper now. For a moment I felt like I was watching on a mini HD TV.

I gotta be honest that the 13 megapixel camera really takes pretty good photos.  They also have a built-in beauty mode function for the front camera so that now your selfie photos are much nicer and more “flawless”. Oh wait, they don’t call it front camera. They called it the “Selfie Shot” camera which is technically what everybody uses nowadays!


Comes with a few cool settings! There’s a voice shutter option, which automatically take pictures when you say, “Cheese, Smile,  LG, Kimchi, Whiskey”. How cute! This feature works for both front and back camera. Not only that, there’s also a hand gesture feature. Whereby you have to make a fist and the camera counts down from three before taking a snap. Just like that!

Have you ever accidentally deleted a photo and wished you could restore it? LG G3 simply does that! Awesome!

There’s other few cool features which I find it rather amusing.
The Knock Code!

Getting bored of the same method of locking your phone? LG G3 has come out with various methods to lock your phone. And this new method would be the .. Knock Code- where you can customize your own knocking pattern with 3-8 taps which I thought it was really creative and convenient. And with this you no longer have to worry about people having your phone password!


Remote Control!!


Have you ever sat comfortably on your sofa only to realize that your SingTel MIO TV remote is far away from you and you wish that the remote can just fly to you? Fret not, you can now use your G3 as a remote itself. Cool shit!!! When I first figured out this, I was soooo amazed with how a phone can do so many things. And yeap, that’s my boyfriend’s who’s as excited as I am trying out this application while watching his soccer match haha. It really amazed me with how much technology can do these days, and it’s no wonder people this generation is getting so attached to their mobile/electronic devices because it really makes life so much easier and fuss-free.



Dual Window!

Whoever invented this, you’re definitely genius. Basically the dual window function is something like multi-tasking, doing two things at one go. For example, here’s me watching a YouTube videos while texting my boyfriend at the same time. It’s super convenient and you no longer have to switch in between apps anymore!



With that being said, I can foresee LG G3 being the next in thing, especially for android users. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by not considering LG G3.

And if you’re thinking of getting one for yourself too, you can probably consider signing up together with the SingTel’s Youth Plan like I mentioned in the earlier post.

Whether you’re from SingTel, Starhub or M1, you can still sign up if you’re planning to re-contract!

Simply click to http://singtelshop.com/lydiaizzati and start signing up! 

Allow me to remind you the perks of singing up via my link, hehe.




When you sign up for the latest Lite and Value Youth Plans via my link, on top of the 10% off subscription plan and the additional 1GB SingTel is offering, you are entitled to get…

$50 off all handsets
Free additional 2GB data

Save your hassle of going down to their shop to get your phone! Everything is much easier and all you have to do is just wait patiently for your phone to be sent to your doorstep within 2-4 days!

In the event if you do not want to purchase online but still want the good deals from me, all you need to do is to email contest@gushcloud.com with your Name, Contact Number and mention that you are a reader of mine, the vouchers will be mailed to you! (:
Spread the good news and share it with your friends this awesome deal!


Xoxo,
Lydia Izzati