Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bersih 3.0

WOW. Just WOW.

bersih 3.0
Yes, it's photoshopped. I get it. Still... it's pretty close. :p

On wiki.

Live on The Star

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My #ToshibaUltrabook wakes up faster than…

Very funny you guys.

On days that I actually blog, you don’t even bother to lift your dainty fingers and leave a comment, or even half a comment.

bracelets with

One Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook giveaway contest and then I get 30 comments within 5 days.

Somehow this paragraph gave me Déjà vu, I’ve written about this a long time ago before.

Then again, it is a pretty neat giveaway. We all know how expensive a good pair of in-ear earphones can be.

Here are some of the creative answers I’ve received over the past week that I thought’s worth sharing here.

My #toshibaultrabook wakes up faster than when i wakes up from a scary nightmare. 

My #toshibaultrabook wakes up faster than an object accelerating from 0-100km/h in free fall (2.83 seconds). It is also faster than Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari and Porsches' acceleration times from 0-100km/h. Talk about speed! =D

I LOL-ed at this one. Simply because it’s so GEEKY!

My #toshibaultrabook wakes up faster than Garfield when he smells lasagna. :D

I disagree, I think Garfield wakes up faster, lol.
But then it’s a fiction character we’re talking about here.

Surprisingly most of the answers are ‘wakes up faster than…” instead of “lighter than…”.
There are also answers that were seriously too ridiculous, in a funny way.

Here’s one.

My #toshibaultrabook is lighter than my eyelash extensions. :p

It’s either your eyelash extensions weighs 600grams on each eye, or we’re not talking about a laptop here. Lol
Good try.

In the meantime, I would like to highlight an answer that speaks volume of truth.

My #toshibaultrabook wakes up faster than Nicole Tan
LOLOL. This cannot be truer.

No wait, that’s not fair. Even my pencil wakes up faster than me.
Pencil is an inanimate object, you say? Exactly.

Since I can only announce ONE winner, and there are so many creative answers I’ve received…

Don’t hit me if you didn’t win, okay?

toshiba in
I shield myself with my Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook.
Very sturdy one, excuse me? Made from Magnesium alloy with a honeycomb rib structure.
*nice plug* #selfabsorbed

And the WINNER is….

You know, as in the one with the geeky free fall comment.
Sorry I don’t know your name, so I guess I have to call you…

Before I end the stories of my great adventure with the #toshibaultrabook in this blog, it’s been a month I’ve been using this, I emphasize, AMAZING laptop which I’ve come to adore and love;
you know that’s a big deal because I already have a desktop at home which I use whenever I’m AT home, and to get me to really like using a laptop says a lot.

I find it such a pleasure to just snatch it up and bring it for a weekend getaway,

Girls trip, will blog about this soon. ;)

to Langkawi, to Melaka, to a week-long holiday in Philippines or a three weeks journey in India because it’s so light (1.12kg) it’s not a hassle at all.  And it’s always convenient to have a computer around, be it for a quick internet access or uploading photos from cameras into it.

It’s thin (15.9mm), sturdy enough to withstand my rough-handling during my journey
(trust me, I broke a laptop once because I was lugging it around a little too much too often all over the world)


and extremely light, it’s just like bringing an extra book in my backpack to read, minus the thickness. Not to mention a hardcore battery life (7 hours).

Perfect concoction for a travel laptop.

I definitely will be having more adventures with my Ultrabook, which will occasionally, or not, by accident, appear on the many travel photos to come. Lucky laptop.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of my favourite past time with my Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook at home.

sleeping with


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Happiness is...


when you walk into Blackball right before they close
and get more Taroballs than you can finish at RM1.50.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sandwich Art

no11 (888)3x8x24
Acrylic on Canvas
3x 8"x24"

What do you think?
Yes this artist is still alive and kicking and active. In case you haven't been seeing any new paintings appearing on my blog lately, doesn't mean I haven't been painting.

I was commissioned this piece over the CNY and had just delivered the painting to the buyer last week, or was it two weeks ago?

I had the permission to publish this so I did.

I was going to name it "Sandwich" but then I thought a more generic name would seem fit since the buyer was buying it for a new home. Good for him.

So I decided to call it "888" and may the new home bring him more prosperity and luck, and money. :)

If you're interested to commission a piece with me. Please send an enquiry to for a quotation.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Before After Filter & Bon Ton

As the random as the title sounds, yes, this is the post that consists of my past instragram photos.

Apparently it's becoming popular these days because bloggers are getting lazier and lazier to blog, uprise the use of camera phones. Yay~

A car from Bon Ton restaurant in Langkawi

Since this photo has been taken, I have dined at Bon Ton a couple more times and loved every single visit. The 200 over cats all over the resort and restaurants, the wonderful steak, and the serene kampung style ambience.


It has almost become a must-visit every time I make a trip to Langkawi. 'Almost', because I didn't want to ruin it so I decided to skip going there on my last visit last month with my girls.

Sunset view.

lip-biting look.

I spotted my first love (that first bottle of wine) in a duty free shop in Langkawi. First loveS...

All four of them.

Saw this painting in the Galeria, still talking about Langkawi, and totally fell in love with it.

RM10,000 worth.

If I could, I would. It would look so nice in my bedroom. Le sigh~

Trying to capture the real color of flash-side-snapping with my phone.

Lastly, the customary camwhore photos on the bed.


Sometimes I love the effect of a filter so much I get torned between choosing a non filter photo and one with filter. Damn instagram for making life difficult. SO MANY FILTERS!

This is without any filter.

This is with filter.

What do you prefer in your own photos? Filter, or no?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Best Laptop to Travel With

Note: There’s a giveaway at the end of the post. It’s a very cool gift and very easy to win. All you need to do is comment. Considering I don’t normally receive comments, you’ll probably stand a good chance. Haha.

I’m not the typical traveller where I leave all my gadgetry back home when I leave for another country, I thrive on my phone and iPod and laptop.

Yes, I bring my laptop everywhere I go, despite having to carry a heavy backpack around; which, frankly, could be a pain most of the times.

Don’t judge, you have your peeving quirks; I have mine. And I can’t live without my trusty notebook whenever I’m away from home; mainly because I dislike typing on anything else other than one.

toshiba ultrabook in innova india
Typing away in our rented Innova while our driver drove on

This trip to India, I brought my new Ultrabook with me – the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook; which is only 1.12kg light! It’s so insanely light even my novel is heavier than my laptop. I love it to the max.

I love the keyboards, love the fact it’s fast, love that it starts up fast (2 seconds from sleep) and has a really sustaining battery life (I left it on sleeping mode for seven days while on the road in India only to realize I forgot to switch it off, when I flipped open the lid, the laptop has still 6% of battery left! Amazing!); and I’m not just saying this because it’s a sponsorship; the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook is definitely, by far, the best laptop I’ve ever owned.

toshiba ultrabook in india

I know, that’s a really big claim to have, but it’s true. Priced at RM4700++, you get a lean mean machine; I thought it’s definitely a JOY to have, given the fact that I’m still very much a Windows fan.

camel riding in india

What’s your favourite laptop to travel with?
Will you ever consider the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook?


A Giveaway on Nicolekiss!

That’s right, this week I have a neat giveaway from Toshiba.

First let’s look at this week’s challenge video.

Please watch the video, I looked the best in this video. LOL

In this challenge we have the Q&A Challenge where we have to guess which of the two items (a random object and the Toshiba Ultrabook) is heavier.

The super kiasu me at the guessing game.

The game was more difficult than I thought, so many things that were surprisingly heavier than the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook which was 1.12kg, whenever I doubted myself I just guessed the Ultrabook being lighter, lol #cheatmax

Before game – serious face

Same answer, who’s faster?!

Different answer, hah. I win!

Mind over matters, baby.

LOOKIE MY NAME! Got a crown drawn on it somemore!

As for the giveaway, only for this week, I am giving away a pair of Toshiba Compact In-Ear Earphones EM1 on

toshiba in ear earphones

And it’s very easy to join. Just write in the comments section below:

My #toshibaultrabook is lighter than__________. OR
My #toshibaultrabook wakes up faster than ______.

Don’t forget to also write your email address alongside your answer.
The most creative or unexpected answer (that I read) will get it. IT’S THAT EASY!

*Only open to Malaysians. Ends 26th April.

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Centre Parting & Chanel Earrings

I can't sleep. So decided to post some photos I just downloaded from my phone.
Most of which already posted on Instagram 'nicootan'.

Some pics of me in my favourite Chanel earrings. Also I was trying out a more refreshing way to apply make-up. Not my usual colors but it turned out well.




The day I decided to go centre-parting. Yes, still on-going hairstyle for me.
I tend to stick to one hair style for a very long time, partly lazy partly terrified of change, especially when it comes to hair.







The results turned out better than I expected so I stuck with it.

What do you think? Centre parting is good, no?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lyon Christmas Night Market

Got back from a weekend of fun and sun with the girls in Langkawi.

Sunset yacht sailing with lots of bikinis shots, good food, lots of booze and great fun out at sea.
I went for my second jet skiing in Langkawi on this trip, went faster than the previous time because had a lighter passenger with me. :p

Here's some photos of Lyon and Lyon's night market right before Christmas.

lyon city

lyon cathedral

seafood lyon
Foie Gras and lobster

pastry in lyon
French pastries never fails to impress me

lyon ferris wheel
Lyon's famous ferries wheel

lyon night market
Christmas Night Market

pottery shop night market lyon

Christmas pottery!

foie gras pate
these will burn a little hole in your wallet

meat and jamon in night market lyon
red cured/dried meat galore

variety of mulled wines
I loved these. Mulled wines, basically heated wines to be drank on cold winter days. It's fabulous!

mulled wine
It warms your body almost instantly, and works better than hot cocoa or coffee by a mile's run.

wee pin and her mulled wine
my host, wee pin, and her mulled wine

nicolekiss and santa
sharing mine with santa

christmas tree lyon
seemingly dodgy Christmas tree in a dodgy town (I said 'seemingly', Lyonis don't get offended)

lyon christmas night market

Woke up the next day to this view outside the room.

morning snow

SNOW!! Abundance of them!
It was gonna be a white Christmas!