Vespa and Drone Morning Ride


Suddenly this morning I had the urge to ride my vespa, and looking for wide place to practice my drone flying skills. Then I remember Richard, my friend, who just repainted his Vespa, and I believe he was falling in love again with his scooter.

So I texted him to see if he thought if it was a good idea. 

Well, great minds think alike, within minutes Richard already arrived at my house. Unfortunately, my Vespa’s battery was dead, so I couldn’t start it on (jarang dipake siih). But it’s ok, at least we took pictures together with our scooters:

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Our First Flight

It’s us down below!
Under heavy tutelage from my brother, Oyi, I and Rafif was finally able to fly our drone for the very first time. Feeling cagey and awkward on the controller, and felt bit of scared for crashing our drone at the first flight, Alhamdulillah it was a non-eventful flight. 

Taking off from our complex’s swimming pool area, we managed to make ‘Pelican’ (that’s the call sign of our Mavic anyway, taking name from Halo’s famous drop ship) hover, and fly around the complex. Here are the first pictures and videos from Pelican… and hopefully ones from many to come!

Pilot Rafif and Pelican. He is better in controlling this drone than me
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New Toy! A Drone!

After sometime curb my desire to own a drone, finally my gadget geek beat my (financial) sanity. I bought myself a drone, the brilliant DJI Mavic which I considered for quite sometime. Especially after saw it in person,  when my brother Oyi, who has established himself as professional drone photographer, showed me his very own Mavic (racuuuun!) 😅😅

So I’ll charge the remote and batteries, and see what I can do with this thing, especially for our upcoming family holiday. Yeay!

You’ll be forgiven if you mistakenly think this product is not from China. The packaging is neat, the build quality is superb.

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iPad Pro Companion

My iPad pro finally got its companion! Just bought the companion keyboard plus case from Apple. I found it very neat and good quality. May write review about it soon. Happy!

Strokes Gained-New Found Feature on GameGolf

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Strokes Gain Stats vs 5 Handicap

I’ve been using GameGolf for more than a year now. As a golf stats freak like me, I find it as great device. It tracks my scores, how far I hit my clubs, and enable me to relive my glorious moment of winning a hole by a great birdie, or a heart-breaking debacle on last hole.

Now I find another feature from GameGolf which helps to spot my weakness on my game. Although it’s hardly surprising, from GameGolf stats, I found that putting is still the area I need to improve relatively to others – Off the Tee, Approach or my Short Game. As shown in the picture above, compared to a 5-Handicap golfers who also recorded their golf round in GameGolf, I lost stroke in all aspects, but mostly in Putting, where I lost 3 strokes compared to them.

How they calculate this Strokes Gained stats?

From GameGolf website, here is the explanation:

The Strokes Gained Overview shows a breakdown of where you are losing (or gaining) strokes in the four major categories (Off the Tee, Approach, Short Game, Putting) compared to a baseline of group of golfers (can be a Tour Pro, Scratch golfers, or any Handicap golfers)

Definition of Categories:
Off the Tee: First shot on all Par 4 and Par 5 holes.
Approach: All shots over 100 yards/meters away from the hole that aren’t par 4 or 5 tee shots. This will include the first shot on par 3 holes.
Short Game: All shots within 100 yards/meters of the hole that aren’t on the green.
Putting: All shots on the green.

How we calculate strokes gained:
Strokes gained calculates how many strokes you gain (or lose) on each shot compared to how a baseline group (scratch golfers, PGA Tour Pros, etc.) performs from an identical position. The factors that determine your position are the distance away from the hole and the lie type (tee, fairway, rough, bunker, green) of the ball.

For example, let’s say you are comparing yourself to a PGA Tour Pro for an 8-foot putt. The PGA Tour Pros average 1.5 strokes to hole out from 8 feet (approximately 50% 1-putt, 50% 2-putt, and virtually 0% 3-putt). Therefore, if you hole out the 8-foot putt, you GAIN 0.5 strokes compared to the Tour Pro. However, if you 2-putt the 8-foot putt, then you LOSE 0.5 strokes compared to the Tour Pro.

The same methodology can be applied to any combination of distance away from the hole and lie type.

Using our extensive database, we are able to create the scratch golfer baseline for every position on the golf course, which is used for calculating your strokes gained. Finally, after categorizing your shots we take your average strokes gained or lost and normalized it to represent an 18-hole round.

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Travel Lite Companion

My travel light companion: Fuji XE2 with 27mm/f2.8 pancake lens. Easy to carry, come out discreetly, while still carry a lot of DSLR-like punches when you need to.

On the other note, matur suksma Bali. See you again. Gak ada matinye! – at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

Apple Music Featuring Slank

Back in 1990, Indonesia rock scene was anticipating for the debut album of Grass Rock, a popular rock band from Surabaya, which had been known for their excellent musicianship, featuring the likea of Eddie Kemput on guitar and Rere on drums.

While their debut album with “Peterson” was relatively successful, it was the other band from Jakarta, Slank, who spoilt Grass Rock’s party. With their badly-named debut album “Suit Suit He He” which surprised everybody with their fresh take of rock ‘n roll music combined with honest, straight-forward, no “nonsense” lyrics. Their debut album sold in gold, their songs “Maafkan”, “Memang” and “Ladies Night in Ebony” became hits, and their free-spirit attitude resonate with million of young crowd who eagerly came to their concerts. The rest is history.

Thanks to Apple Music to feature this Indonesian legendary rock band with their remastered albums in the digital collection. Rock!

Slank, back in 1990
The young and free-spirited Slank back in 1990

Best Round of The Year – As Informed by Game Golf

 

Game Golf Web Dashboard tells me when I broke my own records
 
What I love about golf is that, after all, I’m competing with myself. Beating my own records. Even though today was not the best round of my life, but it was certainly my best round this year, especially after coming back from lengthy absence due to my ilness.

And thanks to my ‘Game Golf’ device, which really cater a golf-stats freak like me. It tracks every stats of my game, and through my web dashboard, it tells me when I broke my own records. Keep me coming back for more. ✊☺️

*review of this Game Golf device will be posted soon 😉*

No Gadgets Please!

We agreed to pool our gadgets and not use them during our lunch today, so we could have quality time talking to each others, instead of busy with our gadgets ☺️

It worked! Much more laughters on our table than usual. Albeit we saw some faces longing for their gadgets at the start 😄😄😄