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I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note a mere two days before giving birth to little Peanut. While most women clean up their homes and do crafty stuff as part of the so-called ‘nesting’ instinct, I drove myself (with my mum in tow) to Low Yat Plaza to buy my long overdue upgrade from my old HTC Desire. I’m a gadget freak, I am, I am! 😉

One of the things I love about the Samsung Galaxy Note is its camera. Just take a look at this shot I took of the Petronas Twin Towers at dusk…from a moving car. The shot is as my Samsung Galaxy Note took it — I merely cropped and re-sized it (and added my usual watermark).

When taken from a still position, the details are crisper, the colours more amazing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note’s camera also makes the most mundane of objects — like this old carpet — look far more interesting, automatically adjusting brightness, saturation and most everything else. (I assure you my old faded carpet looks nowhere near as nice as it does here!)

Best of all, the Samsung Galaxy Note gives you some control over depth of field and which item in the viewfinder to focus on…

…the house in the rear…or the house in front. (Click for a bigger image to see the difference.)

Those are KLM Blue Delft miniature houses, by the way. You get one free every time you fly World Business Class on KLM. My husband and I were lucky enough to have been upgraded to KLM’s World Business Class five times — once for me, four times for him — hence, we have five of these babies.

As photographer Chase Jarvis always says, the best camera is the one with you. And the Samsung Galaxy Note’s camera is a mighty fine camera for a mobile phone. It’s nowhere near a DSLR but its pics are more than just decent.

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The Petronas Twin Towers in the background. Trees in the middle of the city. A ‘Daulat Tuanku’ banner (loosely translated to ‘Long Live The King’) affixed to the building beneath the sky bridge. A Malaysian motorcyclist with jacket worn backwards.  You can’t possibly get any more Malaysian than that! (The only thing missing in this picture is the food!)

Photo taken at the corner of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng with my Samsung Galaxy Tab. Post composed and uploaded using WordPress for Android.

It’s been a very hectic month so far. The workload in the office is unbelievable. I’m drowning in a pile of paperwork. My dreams are filled with Excel spreadsheets. I’ve been travelling so often that my trusty Samsonite bag remains in its half-packed state all the time. I’ve had very little time to write a proper blog post and by proper, I mean a lengthy one, complete with pics.

So for now, I leave you with my deepest apologies for the long silence… and with this short filler of a snapshot of the view from the 41st floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. (Click on the thumbnail below to see the full-sized image.)

On the left hand side, near the carpark, the dome that you see is that of As-Syarikin mosque.

Now move your eyes slowly to the right. Can you see the children’s playground amidst the greenery? It’s huge, well-maintained and free.

Now move your eyes a bit more to the right. The blue water feature near the playground is a huge wading pool for children. Also free of charge.

The building to the right of the pool, the one with the tent-like roof, is the KL Convention Centre, where the pricey AquaRia is located.

I snapped this photo this afternoon with the PanoMan application that came preloaded with my Nokia N82, while waiting for a meeting to start.

Hope your Monday’s not as toxic like mine…