Monthly Archives: September 2016

New Social in Town !

In a city where every cafe that opens offers more or less the same thing, the concept of the differently themed Social’s was a fresh breather.

The newest social in town just opened up in Cyber Hub, and is themed like a Mumbai chawl. It feels a little quirky and shady, but that just adds to the experience. One plus point is that if you are a big group, you can get one of the chawl themes rooms to yourself.

There is a dining area as well facing the bar, which is good if you are looking to grab a bite to eat. Be warned though, that finding a table on weekends is close to impossible.

All in all, a great place to chill with friends over some drinks and lively music!

Fun Facts About Munich’s Oktoberfest

What started as a grand town wedding, back in 1810, the first- ever fest was held to celebrate the 12th wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon princess – Hildburghausen Therese.

Here are some interesting facts that you probably did not know –

  1. Munich beer only – it is a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich.
  2. Locals call it “Wiesn”
  3. No one raises their mug until the Mayor says so.
  4. Visitors drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer in 2011.
  5. Strong beer is specially brewed for the fest having at least 6% alcohol.
  6. ‘Beer corpses’ or ‘Bierleichen’ is what they call people who’ve had too much and pass out.
  7. There is a Red Cross tent on-site.
  8. Losing your kids(temporarily) at the fest is quite normal.
  9. There are 14 beer hall tents – the most famous being Schottenhamel, it’s where the first keg is tapped and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
  10. Over 140 food stands and restaurants serve dishes like Roast chicken (Hendl), Grilled ham hock (Schweinshaxe) to Sausages (Bratwürst) along with Brezen (Pretzel).
  11. Albert Einstein, once worked as an electrician and helped to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.
  12. The fest has its own Pop-Up Post Office.
  13. In 2010, 1,30,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to their tent owners.
  14. Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest – She went to the event dressed in a golden and shiny Bavarian Drindl to promote a brand of canned wine. Locals got the organisers to ban her because they were offended by how she was dressed.

All you need to know about Creatine

If you are into fitness, one supplement name that you will constantly keep hearing is Creatine. There are still, however, a lot of doubts surrounding this supplement, and people have a lot of questions regarding its safety, dosage, benefits, types to buy and so on. This post should shed some light for a layman looking to supplement with creatine.

Benefits of supplementing with creatine:

– Increases muscle strength and size
– Enhances recovery
– Improves anaerobic performance
– Enhances brain function

Creatine is a supplement, and is completely safe for long term use. The only thing one should watch out for is to make sure they have atleast 4litres of water daily for optimal kidney function as well as to maximise the benefits of creatine.

Creatine enhances the body’s capacity to perform high intensity work. In simple terms, under strenuous activity, creatine will help increase energy production that will translate into a few additional reps, which in turn will benefit muscle growth.

Creatine supplementation reduces muscle cell damage and inflammation following exhaustive exercises, as well as helps with overall recovery.

Studies have shown that supplementing with creatine significantly improves muscle volume and anerobic performance in power athletes.

Another important benefit for bodybuilders and strength athletes is creatines muscle volumizing effect. Creatine has a property that causes muscle cells to inflate, which produces a more heavily muscled appearance, and, more importantly, serves as a stimulus for protein synthesis.

Studies have also shown people who supplement with creatine to exhibit better short-term memory, and better ability to solve problems under time constraints.

With so many different types of creatine being available in the market, it can be confusing to decide which one to buy. However, studies have shown little to no benefits of these newer variants of creatine, that combined with their more expensive costs does not make them a worthwhile choice. So, when it comes to creatine, it is still best to use a micronized form of creatine monohydrate.

As for dosage, one can start with a ‘loading’ phase of about 20gms of creatine for a week, followed by 5gms everyday thereafter. Or, one can even take a steady dose of 5gms everyday, it would just take a little longer for the benefits to manifest. Under both cases, however, one needs to supplement for atleast 5-6 months to really see results, along with a high protein diet and good workout regime.

Johnnie Walker Black – An essential in your bar collection.

Johnnie Walker Black could arguably be the most recognisable scotch whiskey in the world. A 12 year old blended scotch whiskey, it has a unique mild flavour that is great for an occasion or just some laid-back drinking.

Slick and sublime, it is a perfect addition to a night out with friends or just some quiet alone time. At 40% alcohol content, it is certainly not the strongest stuff out there, so you can expect to get through 6-8 glasses on a night of binge drinking, if you are really looking for that high. All in all, one of the safest options should you ever find yourself in a dilemma about which scotch whiskey to order, or get for your home bar.

FIFA17 Demo

Launched on September 13, 2016 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC via Origin, the demo gives players the chance to sample the all-new “Journey” mode, playing as Alex Hunter of Manchester United. In the standard “Kickoff” mode, you can play with the following teams –

 

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Chelsea
  • Real Madrid
  • Juventus
  • Inter
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Bayern München
  • Tigres U.A.N.L. (MX)
  • Gamba Osaka

Some of the stadiums that you can select  are Stamford Bridge, CenturyLink and the Suita Football Stadium, home to Gamba Osaka.

The demo gives us a glimpse at the new gameplay engine, Frostbite. This is what makes  FIFA17 revolutionary with authentic and advanced graphics. However, you should know that some of its features are only available on new generation consoles and PC.

About the game itself…while tackling is largely the same, the dead ball system has been changed, now a little more complicated than before. In-depth information like shots taken and touches of key players will be displayed in each game.  Also, another feature included in this demo are commentary lines analyzing league table and cup standings, making the experience more realistic.

The game, as always, looks good and does not disappoint. The full version will be launched on September 27, 2016.

38 Barracks – An offbeat place if you’re looking to change things up this weekend

If you are looking for a place with good food and kind of a vintage homely ambiance, this is it.

The place will remind you of an army officers residence, with guns adorning the walls and medals and trophies everywhere. There is an outdoor balconey area on the first floor which is great to chill when the weather is right, and live music playing in the corner.

The menu boasts of variety and a lot of vegetarian options, which is an added bonus.

The place gets really crowded, like all others in CP during weekends, so table reservations are highly recommended.

Overall a very offbeat and different theme, definitely worth a visit if you’re tired of the same old club themes and and looking for a change.

Gaming – Now and Then

Gaming has always been a common form of recreation and engagement. While the semblance and guise have changed drastically, the fabric still remains unchanged, the need to engage players in to a space that surpasses reality.

I remember the change where we went from playing board games like Snakes and Ladders to a “Little Master” video game where you’d plug-in a 64in1 cassette and play Contra, video game parlors buzzing with youngsters playing Street Fighter. Then came the PC which had people playing single player games like Pinball, Solitaire and to the little more advanced Cricket 97, Road Rash, etc. But today, gaming is something very different. With its advanced graphics and HD resolution, consoles and gaming PC’s have changed the face of gaming. Mobile phones are also a perfectly viable gaming platform now. We can practically carry the games we love thanks to our smartphones and laptops. With the easy availability of smartphones, with computing power in the hands of the people, the gaming industry is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Furthermore, users do not mind paying for a game on the app stores for an uninterrupted experience. Courtesy of the internet, gaming is not geographically bound anymore. One can play with or against another person sitting at the other end of the world.

A recent KPMG-FICCI study forecasts the Indian gaming market to reach Rs 4200 crores by 2017. I believe that this number will only increase with time, as our lifestyle changes and technology advances. Now, as then, gamers are ever-present, just that the platforms have evolved.

source: techone3