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Monday, September 12, 2016

NVIDIA and partners unveiled GTX 1000 series notebooks in Singapore


On September 7, 2016, NVIDIA announced NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs for notebooks, now available in SEA region, providing gamers with a quantum leap forward in performance and power efficiency on the world’s fastest-growing gaming platform. Based on the NVIDIA Pascal™ GPU architecture, GTX-10 Series GPUs are manufactured on the leading-edge FinFET 16nm process, and have been crafted for performance and optimized for performance per watt. The award-winning Pascal architecture makes GTX 10-Series GPUs the ideal foundation for building notebook platforms that enable virtual reality to be experienced on the go.

Notebook manufacturers are using the GPUs inside potent portable gaming devices as thin as 18mm, as light as four pounds and equipped with cutting-edge technologies to deliver astounding performance at 120Hz and 4K gaming.

NVIDIA Pascal-based GPUs represent the single largest generational performance jump in the history of gaming notebooks. Designs range from thin and light to desktop replacements. Performance for VR and PC gaming reaches levels never seen before in a mobile platform. Compared with prior-generation Maxwell architecture-based GPUs, the new GTX 10-Series GPUs for notebooks deliver up to 75 percent more performance right out of the box. And with the Dual-FET power supply and multi-phased power controllers, they offer more than 3x the overclocking potential, for even faster performance.

The GTX 10-Series GPUs for notebooks also include support for the latest NVIDIA BATTERY BOOST™ technology, delivering up to 2x more battery life while gaming and ensuring significantly smoother gameplay when unplugged from the wall. And with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology, the best gaming displays are getting even better, marking the first time that 2500×1400 resolution and 120Hz displays are available in a notebook.


Like all Pascal-based GPUs, the new GTX 10-Series GPUs for notebooks also support NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies. This includes NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which can yield up to a 3x VR graphics performance improvement over previous-generation GPUs. This advancement allows notebook gamers to play VR games with higher levels of detail for a more realistic, immersive experience.

Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology is also being integrated into the world’s biggest game engines, Unreal Engine and Unity. More than 30 games are already in development, including Unreal Tournament, Pool nation VR, Everest VR, Obduction, Adr1ft and Raw Data.

Also supported is NVIDIA Ansel technology, a powerful game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore, capture and share the artistry of gaming in ways never before possible. With Ansel, users can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction, from any vantage point within a gaming world. They can then capture 360° stereo photo spheres for viewing with a VR headset or Google Cardboard. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witness are the first games to ship with Ansel support, with more on the way soon.


Gaming notebooks equipped with the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 are now available from the world’s leading notebook OEMs and system builders, including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, EVGA, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Origin, Razer, Sager and XMG. Features, pricing and availability will vary.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Taiwan Trip - Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar

Located a one corner of the street in Gaoxiong, Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar opted for a vintage concept for its interior. Another photoshoot place for those who likes to take vintage looking photos. Walking into the bar,  I felt that I was transported to another timeline, probably the 50s and I was mesmerized by this.
Some kind of old radio I guess. 
This radio was placed like it was meant to be there. I'm guessing its a radio, kinda forgot to ask. *haha* The place is warm and welcoming, just like a cafe, where I would love to chill and read a book to spend my afternoon or hang out with my friends. Instead of a cafe, this place serves tea, hot brewed and cold brewed tea. Cold brewed tea? Not literally hot tea with ice but prepared with 5 degrees water and placed in the fridge for 8-24 hours, depending on which kind of tea.
6 cold tea selections, available for take away too! 
Something different from what I usually drink in Singapore, I don't remember we have such cold brew tea, apart from getting my cold tea fix of Oolong from MUJI *haha*. 
Preparation counter, look at those tins of tea leaves.
Since cold brew tea is something different, I got a chance to try out their cold brew tea, served in wine glasses. As mentioned by the boss, to serve in wine glass is to bring out the taste of the tea, the fragrance and the colour.
The only decent photo I have with the tea wine glass. 
Had a chance to taste a few different teas and I think the one I like the most, and by far most, favorite of most ladies (according to the 店长) is the Hualian Honey Aroma Black Tea (花莲蜜香红茶). It has the light flowery smell yet not too strong on the taste.
Up close of the 6 Cold Brewed Tea that they have in store. 
Besides just tea and cakes and pineapple tarts, they also serve main courses! Their food isn't really westernised but retaining a little Taiwanese style and steering a little towards Japanese in taste and style. You can have a cold brewed tea first before meal and order hot brewed tea after meal, as suggested by the boss. Worth the try to spend a few hours there drinking and having meals, while catching up with life.

I even ate Rice Noodle Soup with Squid Taiwanese Style (小卷米粉汤), the taste of the soup overpowers the fact that I hate Rice Noodles. [Ok, besides the soup that was really nice, but because the boss was just standing there, it wasn't nice to say no to others who had already prepared a small bowl for me]
Rice Noodle Soup with Squid Taiwanese Style (小卷米粉汤)
Handmade Dumplings with Sesame Dressing
Pan Fried Sea Bass Filet with Rice. Credits:周杰克.
These were some of the dishes we had that day. I think my favorite of all the dishes I had there was the Stewed Pork Ball in Brown Sauce (I kinda forgot to take photos before I ate them) and the Onsen egg that appeared in nearly every dish (haha, who can resist eggs?!). 

Their bottles for takeaway cold brewed teas are pretty too~~~ And if you are planning to be there for a short stay, bringing the bottles back to them you are entitled to 10TWD off your next purchase.
Look how pretty the label is. I know, I know, I'm a sucker for such stuff. 
More photos to spam on the vintage place. 
One cozy corner to take photos. I think at least 5 people took their photos in that position. 
The busy staffs behind the counter. 
Some of the little souvenirs you can get. 
Before I end this post, after all the lovely little vintage details, tea and food......
Notice the word TEA in the middle?
I didn't notice the word TEA in the middle of the Chinese word 鳳 until the store manager pointed it out. What a clever design, combining the 鳳茶 in one word.

Address of 永心鳳茶 Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar:
No. 404, Jhong Shan 2nd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung City 802, Taiwan
苓雅區中山二路404號, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 802

Tel: +886 7 536 2718
Official facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yonshintea/

Taiwan Trip - CHATEAU de CHINE, Muslim-Friendly.

Continuing from my last post Taiwan Trip - Smokey Joe's Apartment Hotel (冒煙的喬_就是公寓旅店), I had a chance to visit CHATEAU de CHINE Hotel, not to stay there, but to try out their muslim-friendly meal. In a Chinese populated country, it is hard to find muslim-friendly restaurant or eatery. Perhaps there are more in Taipei, but it is definitely harder to find in Gaoxiong. At CHATEAU de CHINE Hotel, they are certified as Muslim-Friendly restaurant.
Cert is shown in the private dining room itself. 
However, advanced reservation is required with a min. booking for 8 pax as they will only get the ingredients after they get a reservation to get the freshest halal ingredients for their customers. 

Two of their private dining rooms are available for booking for halal meals and they have a separate kitchen just to prepare muslim meals. When the kitchen is not in used for halal meals, they will only use it to prepare fruits. Their cutlery used for muslim-friendly meals are properly cleansed. I had the chance to try their 7 course meal, which was booked in advanced, as I traveled with a tour, thanks to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce.

Seasonal Vegetable with Red and Green Peppers in Mustard Sauce. Credits: 周杰克
A rather unique combination of vegetables, which I don't think I've ever ate it locally. Because of the light mustard sauce, the dish tasted a little sour-ish. I like the crunchy lotus slices and qq mushrooms. 
Pan Fried Sea Bass Filet. Credits: 周杰克
Roasted Vegetable Rice with Broth. Credits: 周杰克
At first I thought it was gonna taste like fried rice, the vegetarian version. But it didn't, this rice tasted a out of expectation. It had a little salty light taste, well blended with the vegetables. A good dish to have after so much meat.
Sautéed fresh prawns with mayonnaise & fruit. Credits: 周杰克
My favorite dish for the meal. The prawns are fresh and the mayonnaise did not over power the freshness of the prawns. The taste was well-balanced and it was so nice that I ate someone else's prawns while they were not looking. (Okay, I was kidding, they offered me)
Stir Fried Dice Beef with Sliced Garlic. Credits: 周杰克
Can't take beef, however, their beef are purchased from New Zealand. Verdict from the rest, well-cooked and tender.
Sweet Taro and Saga Soup. Credits: 周杰克
The soup is something different from what I usually have, this is rather thin in texture, quite refreshing as a ending dessert, before fruits were served. Not much of the Taro was tasted, probably because the saga is sweeter.

Overall the meal was fulfilling and full of surprise for me. Even though it was a halal meal, the presentation and taste overall was still Chinese in style :). Something worth the shot to try if you are in Gaoxiong.

Address of CHATEAU de CHINE:
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City 80341, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
80341高雄市鹽埕區大仁路43號

Tel: +886-7-521-7388
Fax: +886-7-521-7068
Call to make a reservation: (07)521-3899
Official website: http://kaohsiung.chateaudechine.com/