Goodbye Lullaby

What a surprise avril bring up on this new album. This is an album that bring us closer to avril, one that represents her music and life.

“Smile”, “What the hell” and “Bad Reputation” continues attitude from previous albums, then the rest of album tracks shows a different side that we din’t know, a soft, girlish, emotional and romance with love.

“Wish you were here”, “Push”, “Goodbye”, “Remember When”, “Not Enough”, “Stop Standing There”. These tracks are like confessions and conversations between a couple.

There are two amazing acoustic live that avril performed on, Walmart Soundcheck and 4play.

i) Walmart Soundcheck

ii) 4play

IMHO, “Push” in 4play is a bit better than album version. Live version creates more warm and emo; down tuned allow her voice sounds stays on sweet spot on verse, shine in chorus with wider range of dynamics.

The arrangement in 4play is more friendly than album version. Which is more acoustic pop and piano playing through the chorus done a great job.

More avril videos:

Avril’s angry no more

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Finally, “new beetle” is going to replace with “2012 Volkswagen beetle”  after 10 years. The redesign looks impressive, mixture of sporty, classy and classic. From side of view, it looks like a baby porsche and more beetle(insect) alike now.

Seems like VW trying to attract more male driver with this sportier design. Based on demographics of previous gen owner, 55% of them are female. From my perspective, previous gen cute fat round design language truly make it like a girl’s car.

From these pictures, the new one comes with:
  – audi like LED on front headlight
  – golf gti alike front air intake grill
  – steeper windshield
  – flat roof line
  – silver footstep? at the bottom of door
  – spoiler
  – redesign tail lights
  – dual exhaust
  – new rim design
  – “3 inches wider than its predecessor, it sits a half inch lower and is 6 inches longer”
    ( Jeffrey N. Ross, 2011)

Interesting Black beetle Commercial

2011 NYIAS Debut: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Shows Next Generation of Retro
2012 VW Beetle: Marketing Says It’s Not a Chick Car
Coming to America: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is all-new without the pretense

Call + Data Plan

I have gone through dilemma on which telco call + data plan to sign on. Majority of existing plan on market are suitable for heavy and moderate phone caller. For a person with heavy data use, less than 10 phone calls made for a month, those plan just doesn’t fit me.

Some normal plan user told me they got bill shocked because of data charges, since digi and maxis both charge RM0.10/KB after exceeded quota. They advised to install data traffic counter app to monitor, refresh every month for accurate info to avoid bill shock.

Data traffic counter apps for android:
a) Stats Free
b) 3G Watchdog Pro

For unlimited data usage, Digi offer two plans:

i) DG Smartplan Lite
  – RM 33, auto billing rm 28 300MB quota/month
  – After exceed usage, it will throttle down to 8-10kbps!?
    according to :
    300Mb quota exceeded

    DiGi’s What Berry are you? New Blackberry plans were also revealed

ii) DG Smart Plan
  – RM 68, auto billing rm 65
  – 3GB quota/ month
  – After exceed usage, throttle down to 128kbps.

* auto billing – pay by credit card automatically for every month

After all, i choose Digi because it is not fun at all to use internet with the care of exceeding data. Since smart plan lite quota is too low, i take rm 68 smart plan instead.