March 01, 2015

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Review for Telus (Chinese Version)

Xiaomi has recently become the world's largest smartphone third largest smartphone maker, behind only Samsung and Apple (with Lenovo and LG rounding out the top five). It's not a well known name in Canada (or anywhere in North America) yet, even if it is the largest smartphone vendor in China.

Along with their MIUI operating system for smartphones (based on Android), Xiaomi has expanded into a wider range of consumer electronics, such as TVs, set top box and external batteries among other things. This review is for their Redmi Note 4G smartphone, a phone that has helped boost Xiaomi's overall popularity with a combination of solid specs, decent looks and a great value (not sold in North America, as far as I know).

Unboxing Redmi Note 4G Photos

Now we move on to the unboxing photos where we can see that the phablet is quite large, dwarfing the power adapter that comes with it...My main phone is the iPhone 5S and the difference is pretty noticeable.

Redmi Note 4G box waiting to be opened

December 31, 2014

Montreal: Kinka Izakaya Review

So another new Japanese Izakaya restaurant called Kinka Izakaya has opened up in Montreal, this time from the same people who brought us Guu Izakaya in Toronto which I've been to just over a year ago. I made reservations for six people and made sure to be on time, as it was sure to be a busy night (which it was).

December 27, 2014

Haier 40D3505 40-inch 1080p LED HDTV Review

Not many Canadian reviews out there for this budget Haier 40D3505 LED HDTV, so I decided to take a chance on this after seeing it at Costco a little while ago. The price is clearly a big selling point, and it had the basics that I needed in a secondary TV which were the following: 1920 x 1080 (1080p resolution), LED, 3 HDMI Ports and Costco's 2 year warranty. Not asking or expecting much, just a basic and inexpensive HDTV.

November 10, 2014

Montreal: Kiko Mufflers Review (Car Muffler Repair Garage)

My muffler broke off while driving so I pulled into my regular garage at DT Auto. The guys there were good enough to actually refer me to a different garage called Kiko Mufflers, who it turns out specializes in repairing and installing car mufflers. So I gave them a call, and I was told that no appointment was needed, just drive in and cross your fingers that there isn't a huge lineup of people waiting.

My Broken Car Muffler

I decided to drive across town to get there and hoped for the best. I was hoping the place would be easy to find, and it was...Hard to miss that sign outside and flags mounted on it.

Large Kiko Mufflers sign

November 02, 2014

Montreal: Le Cristal Chinois Dim Sum Review (2014 Update)

It's been two years since I've been here last time, and the dim sum is still good. Although the food is more expensive than other places in Chinatown, it's arguably the best dim sum around. The pork dumplings (Shui Mai) actually have a bit of caviar on them like they used to, years ago in Montreal restaurants until they decided to cut it out for some reason (they still use caviar in Toronto restaurants). In any case, on to the food pictures!

Le Cristal Chinois Dim Sum Food Photos

Chicken Dumplings