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Archive for October, 2008

Mobile Internet… SingTel vs Starhub vs M1

When going to another country for work. You will need some basic things before you can say that you are settled down. We all need shelter, a mobile phone and a good internet connection. Since it will be quite a hassle if we use a fixed telephone and internet we will have to use the best and most reasonable mobile phone and mobile internet plans.

 

For Singapore, you can choose between SingTel, Starhub and M1. I have been an M1 user for almost a year and I gave up on them yesterday (Oct 28, 2008). Their service is ok if you use it for less than 1 hour, after that the service gets cut because their modem (Huawei E220) hangs you will need to restart your PC (in my case, my Mac).

 

Since yesterday, I was already using the Mobile Internet of Starhub which costs me around SGD 27.00 per month, it has a speed of 2MPBS (1.5MBPS for download and .5MBPS for upload). It was definitely twice faster than the M1 BUT the Starhub has a contract of two (2) years compared to M1’s six (6) months.

 

At first, I wanted to use SingTel’s Mobile Internet, price was the same with M1 (around SGD 22.00/month with two years contract) and twice the speed of Starhub (SingTel is 4MBPS) but SingTel is the only provider that does not offer an unlimited plan, you need to pay after 50gigs.

 

It will be too early to conclude that Starhub’s service is better than M1 but using it for a day, I was very happy with the performance.

 

I just have a couple of things to share that I have learned while roaming around the three carriers outlets yesterday.

 

  1. M1’s Huawei E220 modem comes with three (3) USB cables. M1 will charge you SGD 20.00 for every missing cable. A driver for a Mac is included in the package.
  2. Starhub gave me a MF628 modem which is NOT plug and play with a Mac. You will need to download drivers from their website. Under their customer care, download the Mac driver for Huawei E270.
  3. SingTel needs a day or two before your Sim card gets activated, M1 and Starhub activates immediately.

Panasonic Themed Bus

It was just an ordinary day riding the bus as usual going to my colleague’s house.

When I rode the #16 bus, I noticed something different when the passengers alighted.

The Panasonic Ad outside the bus extends up to the bus’ interior, all seats and poles where themed.

Here are pictures of the seats.

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2008 Singapore Motor Show

There’s something about motor shows, it’s like a place where you can see different cars, go inside and feel their interior, get great deals on car accessories and repair and even see models trying to get your attention off the cars.

I was excited to go to the Singapore Motor Show as it will be my first time to attend one outside the Philippines. As I paid for the entrance fee of SGD 8.00 I was expecting a good show as I was expecting a wide range of cars on display.

As I got to the third floor of Suntec City, I was honestly disappointed with the cars on display. First of all, it was more of like a big showroom with various cars on display. Subaru, Honda, Nissan and Isuzu had the biggest spaces. No concept cars and no high end cars.

There were stunt drivers from Subaru but having seen it in Manila did not excite me anymore.

Here are some of the cars you would have seen after spending SGD 8.00

From Subaru, the impreza:

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

I was actually surprised to see a 1.5 liter version here and a version with a trunk!

Subaru

Subaru R1

Subaru R2

Subaru R2

They also had their small cars on display, the R1 and R2 (I honestly cannot see the difference except for some minor face lift)

From Nissan, they launched the GT-R and a face lifted Murano (I’m not sure if it’s a new model but it really just looks like a face  lift).

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Here’s the new Murano

Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

And some other cars from Nissan

Nissan

Nissan Teana

Here’s a car from RinSpeed which is a car that can run under water. I honestly think that it would be a lot cooler if it was just an amphibious vehicle that can run on road and ABOVE water.

rinspeed

rinspeed

rinspeed

rinspeed

Honda launched the new City and had a couple of cars on display as well.

Honda City

Honda City

Honda City

Honda City

Fresh from the F1 fever, they had a dummy F1 car on display and right behind in, on a very sad corner was The S2000.

Honda

Honda

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Isuzu required a big space since they displayed trucks and a bus, this bus runs on CNG.

Isuzu

Isuzu

There were the usual car sound system, wheels and other car services.


They were also bicycles (Shimano) and motorcycles from Yamaha and Honda

Comparing this one with the car shows in Manila, there will be a wider range of cars on display and test drives available. The only positive part I can see and feel in this car show is that it’s not as crowded.

Boys will be boys and cars will always have models, here in Singapore, the model smiles at the guy with the bigger lens! Must get a 70-200mm f2.8 lens before the next car show.

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

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