Saturday, June 30, 2012

Trailers #2

Since I have pretty much caught up with this season's blockbusters, I am ready for some other upcoming movies. Here are the trailers of the films I am excited to watch, so much.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away


I bet it will look just B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L in theatres in 3D.

Looper


Wouldn't you agree with me that Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks far more dark in this trailer than he did in the first trailer of this film, making him hard be recognized?

Total Recall


I was just talking to a friend today that what happened to Colin Farrell and him being so silent recently. Boy, this one looks GREAT! With him, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel??? Isn't that hot?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Away We Happened

If you have been following WongFuProductions' work recently, you might be already familiar with Away We Happened.

If you haven't been following it, this is a web series that they were shooting were the plot of the next episode is chosen by the viewers. Not exactly the plot, just what will the next episode will be shown. Anyways, isn't that awesome?

They has just posted the series finale and I just had to share it with you. I hope you like it.

P.S. As far as I noticed, the series features ads for AT&T and HTC Sensation XE with Beats.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chrome for Android


Click on the picture for Play Store link.

Ever since I got a smartphone, I wished that I had my favourite browser on it, which is Google Chrome. I find it very fast, easy, minimal and just interactive. When I searched for it on the Android Market (it wasn't Play Store then, I guess) every once in a while hoping that Google made the app finally, the Chrome Beta came up. But it was only for those who has 4.0. Icecream Sandwich, which I didn't have. So I waited religiously for it to become available.

Couple of days ago, my phone updated to 4.0.3. and finally I get to try the app, even if it's still in Beta stage. And today (June 28th, 2012) I find out that the Chrome is finally and officially out with other Google apps updates on Android. I gotta say, I loooooove it! The signing in function is very useful to always be synced into the same browser on my laptop, at the office PC and my phone. The performance of the Android app is very good, matching the desktop version.

Totally recommended!!!

The Golden Lily


Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2

Goodread description:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, on of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. 
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she's been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California - tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and help up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. 
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi - the fiercest vampires, the ones who don't die. But it's her fear of being just that - special, magical, powerful - that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else - someone forbidden to her. 
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney's loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. 
Should she trust the Alchemists - or her heart?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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The photos I've uploaded to my Instagram today.

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The morning coffee - GONE!

Today was a nice day for running into Khulan and Tilo; and I had the pleasure to meet Michelle.

I know, it's like: there was no need to upload this footage Anu! But, how can I NOT, right?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

City of Lost Souls

Goodreads description:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger of Jace, Clary and Simon. 
Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? 
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. 
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

TED Android App



It has been a long time since I found another Android app that I really liked. But now, I am pretty positive about being in love with the TED App on Android after dipping my feet in it for a while.

With this app, you'll get a full access of all the TED talks and have it categorized.

  • You can watch the video talk online or you can download it to your device for later use in either high quality or low quality.
  • You can listen to the audio online or you can download it to your device for later use as well.
I guess I don't need to advertise the coolness of these talks, but I'd like to praise on how easily and quickly you can get them from your smart devices on the go. It is a must-have app. Definitely 5 stars out of 5.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Insurgent


Author: Veronica Roth
Title: Insurgent
Narrated by Emma Galvin
Published on May 1st, 2012

Goodreads description:

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in ties of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 
New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx - Nightcall

When I first watched Drive, I was mesmerized by this music in the beginning. But I completely forgot about searching the whole Drive soundtrack later on. But thanks to Amarixe's recent favourites video on her vlog channel, I remembered.

Play this track when you're alone, probably driving, and you'll totally feel really really coooool.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Divergent


Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Click on the
picture for its
Goodreads page
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (Book #1)
Narrated by Emma Galvin
Published on May 3rd, 2011 by Harper Audio

Goodreads Choice Award for Favourite Book of 2011 and Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011)

Goodreads description:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
 ©2011 Veronica Roth ©2011 Harper Collins Publishers
Narrated by: Emma Galvin

Monday, June 18, 2012

Just let it go iProduct and Android users

And here is a cute sleeping cat
thrown at your faces!
On my way home the other day I've been thinking that if people call those who use MacBooks laptops, iPhone smartphones, iPad tablets and possibly iPod music players Apple fanboys, I, who use Android smartphones, Chrome browser, Gmail account, Drive storage, Google contacts GTalk messenger and YouTube, would be a Google fangirl?

Well, probably not. I am not getting dedicated to Chromebook and getting excited over anything that Google is releasing.


Though one must think that what the hell is coming out of this useless argument over iProducts and Android products. It is not which is better or worse. It's about the users, their needs, their satisfaction, their financial ability and the necessity in their daily lives.

So those "hard-core" techies, Just let it goooo.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Economic models explained with cow

I think I saw Nomuna posting this on her Facebook wall and I copied it as a draft here. You might have already read it somewhere, but in case you don't, here it is. Have fun!
Socialism
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour. 
Communism
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk. 
Fascism
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk. 
Nazism
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you. 
Bureaucratism
You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away ... 
Traditional capitalism
You have 2 cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

20120613: Cafe 9

So the day after the launch was delightful as far as everything concerned. Everyone at the office was so relaxed and relieved that none of them showed up on time, which is totally deserved. And the person who is in the same room with me took a personal day off, which is even more deserved. I am just glad that we have gotten over this big and huge event.

Though it was pretty peaceful for me just by myself, the mail delivery job has risen up after lunch, but I am not going to complain. (I am waiting for the authority to sign the mail to get back from lunch and I'm off to 7 different ministries and agencies) It is good.

Anyway, I want to share this nice coffee shop, where I've just had lunch with Duinkher. It's called Cafe 9  (click on the name for a Foursquare map) and it's a Korean styled venue. Not the interior design, the coffee is more Korean Coffee Shop-y. It has a very fast Wi-Fi and a good selection of breweries to choose from.


At the moment, they are holding this "I Love Americano" event, in which you'll get a cup of free Americano with the specific drink you bought on the specific day of the week:
  • Monday: Sandwich + Americano (free)
  • Tuesday: Americano + Americano (free)
  • Wednesday: Cafe Latte + Americano (free)
  • Thursday: Cappuccino + Americano (free)
  • Friday: Vanilla Latte + Americano (free)
  • Saturday: Cafe mocha + Americano (free)
  • Sunday: Caramel macchiato + Americano (free)
So me being me, I gradually bought a Caffe latte for both my likeness towards it and the free Americano. The downside is they only have one type of sandwich and that's the only thing that can be passed as lunch. I loved the place though. Check it out if you want to.

Update: I forgot to mention that they give a coupon that with a 9 stamp of drinks you get either Americano, Cappuccino or Latte for free.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

20120612 Launch of MDGs Implementation: The 4th National Report


Today, the fourth biannual national report of Millennium Development Goals Implementation in Mongolia is being officially launched in the Nomin hall of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The report is done by the specialists of National Development and Innovation Committee with the help of PMMS, project of UNDP Mongolia.

As an intern at the UNDP Mongolia, specifically PMMS, I was slightly involved in how the event was planned and I worked at it (slightly).

Expand this post for a few photos (the very first ones that I uploaded to my Flickr for blogging use in a while).

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Nomin, Me, Bindi and Odko

Saturday (June 9th) I met with Bindi for the first time in person. Well, it felt like we know each other so well that it's trivial to talk about things like introducing ourselves to each other and so on. Oh, she's our beloved Nomin's sister, by the way.


We had a nice brunch at Michele's French Bakery and talked a lot, but exactly what escapes my mind. A morning with the E sisters was enjoyable. And let's just say it was an awesome morning spent. Looking forward to seeing her again when we get on the same continent again. Best of wish B! if you're reading it.

As a gift she brought me a book with a very very nice cover, which I loved instantly. (As she said it herself, she bought it just because of its cover and she knew that I'd kill for books). Also looking forward to reading it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I hit 50000 page views

linked from my Instagram
Okay, straight to the hottest news: (well, for me) this blog of mine hit 50000 page views today. Somehow, when I just opened my blog to check if there were any comments to be replied (the counter doesn't track my own views, by the way) and I see the counter hit half a hundred thousand.

Thank you for reading and coming back for my blog; if you're new, I hope you will do so too.
- A.H.

Monday, June 4, 2012

20120604: Coffee + Ice-Cream

It's just divine to have an ice-cream with a cup of coffee for lunch on a summery day. Try it! But I gotta warn you that it's gonna kill your teeth; don't do it quite so often.

Today, in reality, I had a Grande coffee from Nayra in a nice sturdy take-out cup for breakfast; remember the cup of Caffe Latte I bought from Wendy in Urgoo 2? I'd rather go the extra-mile and pay less for better tasting and better cupped brewed beverage. And for dinner, I am enjoying a 200ml/110g Inmarko; I gotta say, this one is good, big and cheap at the same time. Decent bargain.

P.S. The photos/links used in this post were taken from my Instagram.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mongolia Travel 2012: (#1) GW transit


May 26th to 27th I guided a group of 15 who are on a Trans-Siberian realway. They spent two days in Ulaanbaatar.

We picked them up from the Ulaanbaatar Train Station at the depot, went to Terelj NP (Terelj Lodge) for lunch, did some shopping, had dinner at Square Grill Pub, enjoyed a folklore concert by Kharkhorin band at the end of dinner and drove back to the train station to catch their train.

P.S. I used the images I've uploaded to my Instagram.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Formspring on Android


The social network dedicated to asking and answering questions - Formspring, has released its Android app very late, in my opinion. Well, for inquiring information I use its widget on my Contact Me page. When we're on the go, it's easier to use the mobile app with its push notifications, rather than checking the web access everyday. Very easy to use and good part is it's official. 5/5 points for the app.

Google Drive


Google has introduced its own file sharing application Google Drive recently and being a Google-fangirl (see what I did there?) as I am, I instantly installed it. This application has three main access:
  1. Google Drive Web Access - You can access your Drive on the web using any browser of your choice, but obviously Google Chrome is recommended.
  2. Google Drive for PC - By downloading installing it (link can be found on the home page of the web access), it creates a Google Drive folder on your computer, (in the user panel on C: by default) and any file you've copied into this folder is synced over your devices.
  3. Google Drive for Android - Drive application can be found on the Play Store for free, and it doesn't have any country limitation - like Blogspot app etc.
The initial, free storage is 5GB, topping its main competitors such as Dropbox or Box by far. Also, it provides file sharing with anyone who is using Google Drive with their Google account.

I myself use it on several different devices: my phone, my laptop and PC at the office. It gives you easy access to every file you're working on and the web-access allows you to modify the file using Google Doc. (Well, it is actually the replacement of Google Doc) The sharing preferences can be adjusted on each device.

So far, I love it. Recommended to those who are not Dropbox or Box hardcore users, (for whom, they might have bad words to say on) and looking for a private file sharing platform for the first time.

20120602

The very first day I went out in the month of June was to give a final exam on Mongolian Competitiveness on the International Market, of which I can't really give a lot of information on. Anyway, I passed it - didn't give much importance to this mediocre sounding lesson. But one should not discriminate lessons, I am just acting silly here. LOL.
  1. I went into Wendy Bakery in Urgoo 2 Cinema and bought a cup of Caffe Latte to go, whose paper cup was cute with the fancy drawings.
  2. But due to the loosely fitted top, I ended up spilling some on my scarf. (I smelled like coffee all day)
  3. I finally got to use the umbrella I've been carrying in my bag for over 2 months. This tile green, single umbrella came with my green bag, which you might have spotted on this blog during #photoadayApril challenge.
  4. By having been partially grown out of 'red-lips', I've been intending to gt hold on a nude lipstick that was for me. I found one today. This one is 06 Rose tendre from Bourjois's Sweet Kiss Naturel line. And plus the packaging is so cute.
Anyhow, by choosing not to go to A-Sound's Cover Night today, I am sitting on floor with my laptop on my lap (where it is supposed to be) and typing a little stories on the photos I uploaded to Instagram today.

Oh well, small and boring life of mine. I do hope your day is going very well.
- A.H.

Friday, June 1, 2012

the dictator

the dictator is about a journey that the dictator of wadiya makes to new york to address the united nation on the account of whether there will be a regime change or not. the made-up country of wadiya situates on the ground of current day somalia and ethiopia; expectedly it's rich with oil.

the colonel general aladeen was portrayed by sacha baron cohen, who is best known by his title role in borat: cultural learnings of america for make benefit glorious nation of kazakhstan. here i should say, no one would go to the dictator to enjoy a well made, oscar-deserving movie; it was a shitty movie indeed. but i gotta say, i enjoyed watching it with its soundtrack and vulgar language, even though they were quite offensive.

not really recommended to go and pay for the $5 to watch on the big screen in a theatre, you can rent it or pirate it to enjoy it later on. you won't miss anything.

- A.H.