My Myo Unboxing!

I have been waiting for my Myo since a long while, how long you might ask? Well I blogged about waiting for it since May in 2013 so I guess that was a pretty long wait.

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In case if you are wondering what a Myo (pronounced ma-yo) is, the Myo is an Gesture Control Armband which I got totally sold by it after watching the video below.

It was a long time ago so I my memory is a little sketchy. I am trying to figure out if I started supporting it from it’s Kickstarter days or perhaps I just pre-ordered it. But still, I am pretty glad that it finally arrived after all this time.

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I got wind of it when a friend had it delivered to his office and when he posted about it on Facebook, it made me so excited that I went back to check if I did receive it. And lo and behold, it was delivered! This was on the 31st of December 2014. The very last day of 2014.

But due to unforeseen circumstances, I didn’t have the time to test it out over the past couple of days. Heck even as I type this I am just slowly installing the software on my PC to test it out. Again, this is an unboxing of the item so please be a little patient with me.

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The packaging is fairly straight forward, you get two parts in the box. The first part being the Myo armband itself and the second part are just the instruction card and other its and pieces.

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You also get a card to show you where to go because what it did lack in the box was an instruction guide.

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But then again I think this should be the way forward as instruction guides gets updated and instead of wasting paper reprinting them, publishing them online will enable their customers to get the latest version.

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In the box you will receive some black pieces which helps with the sizing of the armband (not everyone’s arms are the same, duh), a micro USB cable as well as a USB Bluetooth receiver.

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Yes, that is right. The Myo connects via Bluetooth via the receiver and it works on both Mac and PC, as well as Android and iOS. Everything is very simple with the product and it is fairly straight forward.

Once you go to their “Start’ homepage, they will prompt you to download the Myo Connect software. After launching the software, the installation process is straight forward but the instructions are built into the installation process so watch those through because it teaches you how to sync your Myo with your PC/Mac and then it will teach you on using the gestures.

I definitely can’t wait to try it out!

Review: Pulp Coffee @ Bangsar

The other day a bunch of us in the office were eating in Bangsar when one of our coffee connoisseur asked us to try out this place called Pulp which was located near the NSTP building. So our boss so graciously drove us there to check out what the fuss was about. When we arrived at the place (after zig-zagging around), we were definitely pleasantly surprised.

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Firstly the cafe was not housed at your usual shop lots but rather amidst the industrial lot of the old NSTP printing areas. Housed in an old section, Pulp was designed very elegantly, maintaining the outer look but sprucing it up with lots of wood elements, which I loved.

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On a Tuesday, it was packed. Almost all of the people there were either students or folks who worked around the area. It is still very close to the residential area but it is but a stone’s throw away from the central Bangsar commercial area.

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To try out the coffee, I ordered a cappuccino, as did my colleagues and we ordered a couple of cakes as well. Whilst waiting for the drinks to arrive, we took a quick tour around the place.

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Right near the entrance is an old printing press machine which was used to actually showcase the beans that Pulp roasts (roasting is done in Singapore whilst the beans are imported from around the world).

Once our coffee was served, I was just roaming about the place, enjoying the ambience and the heavy rain outside did make the hot coffee taste and feel a little more comforting.

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That was when I noticed a sign just above our table.

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It said, “Cupping Room” which a few of us tried to figure out what the heck it meant. One did say that you cupped the glass/cup of coffee with your hand to taste and smell the coffee. Of course a quick Google search and YouTube search did gave us an insight when Shane decided to give us a lay down of what a cupping session was.

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Essentially it is a process where the store actually tries out the beans that they import and they grade it. 80 marks means these are good and 90 and above means they are great. The process makes it fun because although the beans may come from the same source but different roast batches can have different results as well and they make sure that the consistency is the same before they actually serve it to their customers. You can even join them in their cupping sessions on Friday to experience it for yourself.

Try to think of this as wine tasting, but for coffee beans.

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In all, I liked the coffee there. One of the few places where I can drink my coffee without any sugar and still enjoy it thoroughly. If you are ever in that area and would like a nice cup of coffee, head over to Pulp.

Quick Review: Magnum Cafe Midvalley

The other day my colleagues and I decided to head over to Midvalley for lunch, firstly because my boss liked eating at the Magnum Cafe and secondly we could do a little bit of Christmas shopping for the department’s gift exchange. Luckily by the time we finished lunch and headed to the cafe, there wasn’t a queue at all.

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Since we were 2nd in line, we had the luxury of reviewing through the menu and then deciding on what to choose. I decided on the standard fare where you choose a type of Magnum and have 3 types of topping. All for the price of RM9.90.

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In truth, the hardest decision I had was to decide which 3 toppings to go with my Magnum. So I went with the chocolate magnum with chocolate coating.

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Interestingly there are also toppings which were more of the savoury persuasion such as sea salt! Anyway I was feeling a little bit of a sweet tooth at the time so I chose everything chocolate.

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And finally to top it all off, a drizzle of white chocolate. Frankly it was extremely satisfying and affordable. I rather have this than pay RM10 for a scoop of some ice cream.

If you have the chance, do try it out whenever you are in Midvalley or at IOI mall.