Sep 18

This is to remember that I have been using my iPhone for over a year now. I remember I was on a business trip to Prague on the 13th of September 2007, and on the way I stopped in Bratislava to check something. I went and fetched my emails, and from an RSS feed I read that someone wrote a console command that “could” potentially unlock the device. Since I had the iPhone for 2 weeks already, I carried it with me everywhere to unlock it as soon as I find a solution. I needed nothing more, I plugged in the iPhone to my laptop and started hacking it. In a matter of an hour, I had it unlocked, and for the very first time, it started operating on Orange SK (Slovakia) network. Ever since, I never put it down, it came with me everywhere I went, and it has never let me down once.

My iPhone was roaming in the following countries already:

Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, England, Russia, United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong and the list is still growing. I also took it to Japan, but there was no GSM to support international roaming, so I only used WiFi there.

I plan on keeping it for as long as it falls apart, and to tell you the truth, its still witout a single scratch. I protected it well in a sock-like sleeve and it has kept it like new.

I know this post might be boring for most people, but from time to time I need to get the geekyness out of my system :)

Sep 15

Japanese beer “Sapporo” in Dubai

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Since the time we left Japan in 2005, I always missed Japanese beers. We used to go out a lot and not once did I miss to have a nice and cold “Asahi Super-dry” or “Kirin Ichiban” or “Sapporo” to go with the food. In Hungary I was able to find Asahi at some major stores like Kaiser’s and Auchan, but in Dubai so far I failed to locate any Japanese brands.

I went to most leagal and illeagal shops here already, and last week I finally found a store selling “Sapporo” beers. Its in Dubai Marina, on the Marina walk, called African and Eastern. You need to have a Dubai alcohol license to purchase. I got a case of 24 bottles, it set me back nicely 264 Dirhams with TAX, which is about $80 USD, more than twice the price of Heineken, Stella or other brands. However, as I missed it so much, I didn’t care for the price and got it.

Since then, every night I open a bottle and enjoy it on our balcony. What a treat………

Sep 01

View from the top of Burj Dubai – the 800 meter tower

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Hi

I am sure mostly all of you have heard about the “ridiculous” tall tower, the Burj Dubai that is being built near Downtown Dubai. The tower has already reached its height and its being finished up these days. I recently got a photo that shows the views from the top of the Tower, I can already imagine the prices of the Top restaurants that will offer this view. Here is a peak shot for you, enjoy.

Cheers

P.S.: Those tiny towers you see at the foot of the Burj are “just” around 50 stories high, about twice the size of the largest building in Downtown Budapest. This gives you a sense of just how tall the Burj really is….

Sep 01

Found a good Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese food at JBR

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Yuka and I are both big fans of Chinese cuisine, and we have finally found a decent restaurant serving Cantonese food very close to our place. Most good restaurants are located in the Downtown area close to Bur Dubai, Karama and Deira, but this one is really near, located at Jumeriah Beach Residence, which is about 10 minutes drive from us, and 2 minutes from my office.

For weekdays they are serving an all you can eat Lunch with an “a la carte” system, which means you still have to order from the waiter/ress but it you pay the flat fee. It costs 65 Dirhams, which is about 18USD, and the quality of the food is just superb.

The restaurant is called Da Shi Dai, and it seems they don’t currently have website. Anyways, have a look at the picutres below, and if interested, you will find the restaurant by driving from Media City towards JBR, and you stay on the street thats behind the buildings, where the parking places are. Its right next to The Noodle House. Enjoy

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Sep 01

Since in Dubai, we found our home at The Greens, a community named after its surroundings. The Greens is supposed to be a very green, and nature friendly community, and for the most part it really is. Lots of people here have little kids and dogs, as the environment is very friendly towards them. We have been around Dubai mostly everywhere, and yet still not found a place compareable to The Greens. From a foreign country, it might look like “just an ordinary complex”, but in Dubai, it is a uniquely green area.

Last weekend while walking Momo, I was shocked to see that the gardeners started to chop the Tree-tops rather agressively, without taking the well-being of the trees into account. My dad has graduated from an Agricultural university in Hungary majoring in Gardening (that is gardening on a higher level), and growing up with him I learned plenty about how to cut branches off, etc. Even to the untrained eye, what happened in the Greens last weekend must seem very strange and wrong. I heard about a lady (German) who was even shouting at the gardener to immediately stop this butchering, but of course he has no intentions on stopping, as he would put his job at risk.

We also have to take the fact into account that the guys chopping the trees are the same ones painting the walls, and washing the cars around the lots. The sense of professionalism is missing by large, and I don’t see a chance to this changing in the future at all. The most important thing is cheap labour and keeping the community as neat as possible. Sure, these trees will look neat in a few months to come provided the excellent weather we have here, but still, it does not justify the agression towards them. Have a look at the pictures.

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Sep 01

Hi,

We took a weekend drive to Ras Al Khaimah, another Emirate in the UAE. To get there, we had to cross through Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. It sounds like a long distance, but it was only about 120-150km from our place. We went with Momo, our dog, and because of this, we didnt manage to spend much time out of the car, as she would get overheated very soon on the burning sun. We went down to the Beach to let her run a little, drove along some little roads between sand dunes, and of course went to buy Alcohol in Umm Al Quwain since we were nearby.

Here are a few pictures of the tip, enjoy.

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