Koprol (kopup) Meetup in Singapore

Since I am in Singapore I figured it was time to respond to the Koprol community and facilitate a meetup (kopup).

I talked to Meng Wong over at hackerspaceSG and they were happy to let us use the space.

You can see the details on upcoming.org.

This is non-structured and just a chance to put faces to names (koprol IDs).

Feel free to bring some snacks or drinks to share – nothing too serious.

cya there!

iPad frenzy!

This post will have very little to do with the iPad. I can’t get one in Sing yet and I will be waiting till I can. If you want to read more about the iPad check out this article from GigaOM. I think it is a good take on how the iPad will change computing – simple as that.

Was hanging with some friends last night chilling, talking and socializing – something people just don’t do enough of these days. Hardly any of us was checking our phones, blackberries or devices of taste. We are all in tech but I think we choose to turn it off when it makes sense so. Usually that is never enough but such is life in this fast paced world.

Lawrence_of_Arabia_Brough_Superior_gifI am always interested in vintage stuff and offline experiences. Motorcycles are a good example of that for me – I gear up, go on a long ride and just unhook from the wired world. I was strolling through my FT Weekend yesterday and came across this article about a guy reviving the Brough Superior motorcycle. For those who may not know what this bike is – might try watching Lawrence of Arabia – this is the bike the real T.E. Lawrence rode.

Well it seems a team of folks are recreating Brough Superior bikes to their original look and feel but with new technology. They are touring with some show bikes and these things look amazing. I could imagine that the coolest adventure in the world would be to buy one and go around the world. Heaven on earth for me.

Instead I will go back to tech product design, daydreaming about my BMW in Bangkok and be happy to be alive.


The Elbow Room : Good Eats : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Traveling as much as I do I consider myself somewhat of a foodie and try to get out of the hotels as much as I can to get something to eat. I am always looking for breakfast joints because I love to take the paper/book and sit down to a nice breakfast while chilling out. Finding cool breakfast chill places in Southeast Asia is not easy. You can find a lot of coffee shops or pseudo breakfast places but nothing like the diner or cafes I am used to.

In Vietnam there are tons of coffee shops and many of them have wifi but they tend to have lame food. The notion of Vietnamese breakfast is like bread an egg and lettuce with a tomato slice. Or the bakery type places have lots of croissants and such but I want a real breakfast.

So I had read in the Jetstar magazine about a place called The Elbow Room in HCMC – don’t bothering googling for it since you hardly find anything. The URL to the place is here : www.elbowroom.com.vn but there is no site. Email though : elbowroom52@yahoo.com.

The address is 52 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phone is 848 3821 4327

Map – not perfect but I think close.

On to the place. It is a cool little bistro type place. Feels like it should be in NY or San Francisco. The decor is brick, wood and some paintings. Music is cool and chill. Service is great and the staff are attentive without getting in your face and speak good english.

Place is not cheap, cheap but not over the top either. Portions are decent and the quality it good. I had the lumberjack breakfast which is eggs, bacon, ham, toast, home fried potatoes and 2 pancaked. Also had iced coffee and some fresh orange juice. About 240k vnd all in. They could use a better bacon and in my opinion drop the ham. Pancakes and bread were good but nice if it came with some jam. Coffee was great and the OJ okay but not amazing. All in all though it was tasty and a nice place to chill for a bit while reading the paper.

I may hit it for dinner sometime but right now it could just stay my breakfast joint for HCMC until I find something better.

Any suggestions?