Archive for June, 2012
One of the things I love about co working is attending events hosted by the space especially the ones that are totally different from my job as a software developer because they are a good opportunity to try out something new. As someone who loves food and cooks every Sunday, I am always on the lookout for recipes I can try out myself and so last Thursday, I attended the Jamaican Jerk cooking class here at Citizen Space.
What is Jamaican Jerk? From Wikipedia:
Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken.
It was my first cooking class and so I was very excited. I got to sit down next to Chef O’Brian Matterson during dinner where I got to learn a little more about him. Chef O’Brian learned to cook from his uncle and I learned that he serves the cafeterias of Foursquare, Yelp and Apple.
For the most part Chef O’Brien demonstrated the rudiments of creating Jamaican Jerk Chicken from preparing the ingredients, to marinading up to grilling. Now this may not be different from watching a youtube video but then I liked the fact that you were able to ask him questions like the proportions of the ingredients, to substitute ingredients or tips on grilling. Most of all, however, the smell of the chicken as it was being grilled was very tempting and it made us all hungry. Towards the end, we all got to try Jamaican Jerk chicken which was served with rice cooked in a broth of bean and coconut milk. Really delicious!
As a Filipino tourist, one of the things that I always keep an eye out is for cheaper electronics. Back in Manila, higher taxes make the price of gadgets more expensive. For example the New Ipad costs only $499 here in the the U.S.A but back in Manila it is $567. Fact: $70 is a lot of money back home. Fact: Filipino shoppers can’t live without a bargain.
Now that I am leaving next week, I was all set to make the trip to the Apple Store to buy an IPad.
But all that has changed today when Google unveiled the Nexus 7. It’s always nice to have the latest and greatest especially since I am pretty sure that it will take some time for the Nexus 7 to get to Manila. It’s a good thing Toby here at Citizen Space attended Google I/O and took back with him a Nexus 7. So when I saw him unboxing it, I jumped at the opportunity to borrow it and compare it with the new Ipad which a friend of mine owns. As a first time tablet buyer, there are some features that I am particularly keen on.
Here are just some of my first impressions for both tablets:
- Screen. Not very crucial if you ask me but definitely something I look at as I have enjoyed a vibrant screen with my Samsung Galaxy Lite. I set both tablet screens to the their max brightness and I have to say that Nexus 7 pales just a little bit in comparison to the Ipad 3 and even my two year old Galaxy Lite
- Sound. Without a question the Ipad trumps the Nexus. The latter isn’t bad though, it’s just not as crisp sounding as the Ipad.
- CameraThis is interesting as though the Nexus had a front facing camera, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to turn it on. There was no camera icon whatsoever and I tried to grope as much as I can for a camera button but I couldn’t find it but maybe I am just a noob.
- Zoom Even more interesting because as I expected the Ipad to easily ace this one, I actually had a hard time zooming in with the Ipad while reading Wired Magazine no thanks to the tap to zoom button. On the contrary I think anyone will love the zooming in the Nexus. It’s fast. Really fast.
- Maps I enjoyed the Maps on the Nexus more as you have so many layers. I even got to see a 3D view for the first time. The Ipad has just the basic functionality.
- Other deal breakers. For starters, the price of the Nexus is one thing. At $199, it definitely makes you look the other way. There’s also the thing about storage and how light it felt as compared to the Kindle Fire.
So what’s my take? All in all, setting aside my inability to figure out the camera of the Nexus, I feel like it would be the practical choice for me not to mention the cool factor it gives me for a while as I will be one of the few ones to have one when I get back.