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iPod Touch 2019… What was Apple thinking?

Apple announced a new iPod Touch last night (28 May 2019, Singapore)

May 29 – status is still “coming soon” – Apple Singapore store

Price:
32GB – S$ 299.00
128GB – S$469.00
256GB – $S639.00

So it’s almost S$ 200.00 cheaper the the “iPad”
S$ 430.00 cheaper that the cheapest iPhone right now (iPhone 7)

My question… Who is this thing for?

Apple only upgraded the processor to A10 (same processor used by the iPhone 7)

Main camera only records 1080 videos (front facing is even worse at 720)

So why am I complaining?

I am actually a guy who has been waiting and hoping for a new iPod Touch.

With the right specs, it would have been the perfect device for me.

I presently have 2 iOS devices, an iPhone 8 and an iPad mini 4.

iPad mini 4 – for my guitar’s iRig 2, It connects to the headphone jack

iPhone 8 – for my DJI Mobile, Mavic Air, MadV 360 and GoPro

So I can get rid of my iPad mini if the iPhone has a headphone jack!

I can’t use the new iPod Touch on my DJI mobile since I prefer to future proof my videos by capturing everything in 4K.

I need a device with GPS for my Mavic Air and MadV 360 (to Geotag photos)

So who is this thing for?

Gamers? – I bet they have an iPhone XS Max
Kids? – they’re either using a new iPhone or their parent’s old iPhone.
Audio guys? – there are better DAC players in the market
Netflix? – I bet you have an iPad

So there’s only one reason I can think of on why Apple still sells the iPod Touch… They  have a lot of 4 inch screen in their parts bin and they need to get rid of it!

Selleys Shoe Glue Review

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It seems that the old Rugby Contact Cement no longer works as it used to.

Yes in 2019, it’s only enough to have your shoe fixed for a day or two!

So while walking around the nearest mall, I saw Selleys Shoe Glue! A 15ml tube costs S$5.90

So for my first test… A cracked rubber sole.

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As you can see, I used a generous amount of glue on this one.

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Shoe was glued between the crack and excess glue can be seen oozing out of the sole.

Will leave it for 2 days to dry before starting to use the shoe again.

Second test… my wife’s Canvas Shoes (same issue with my Chucks)

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Since this one will affect the looks of the shoe, I have to be careful with the amount I’m using.

For my leather shoes (cracked sole), adhesive was applied around 1300H on a Friday and I started wearing the shoe Monday at 0900H. That’s more than 2 days for the adhesive to dry.

After a week use (I only use the shoe during office hours, I use Chuck Taylors 2 for my commute), so far so good.

Wife’s (white) shoe, more than a week to dry.

Chucks, more than 1 day.

Cracked sole – it lasted for a week. I’ll try to re-apply the adhesive again later and put a more generous amount.

Canvass shoe – this one is still ok, its not used everyday hence I’m happy that it’s holding up well.

ofo Bike Sharing…

They raised their prices. 50 cents to unlock a bike and another 50 cents for 15 minutes…

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Now it’s more expensive to take ofo than to just take a bus!

Swatch Singapore Service Centre

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Had my watch serviced.

I was surprised that service will cost S$240.00! Price will go up if they need to replace anything inside.

After a month, I received a notification that my watch is ready and that there will be no additional costs.

Swatch Singapore Service Centre

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After collection… I was informed that they will provide 2 years warranty after the service…

They will also give you a case, and the parts replaced from your watch.

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Things I learned during collection…

When adjusting the date, time should be 6:30!

Do not adjust the date from 8:00 to 2:00! Since it’s my first time to hear this, I did some research and learned that the mechanism to change the date will start building up at 8pm and fully release at 2am.

So safest time (regardless of brand) to change the date is 6:30.

You will need around 40 hours to fully wind-up the watch. Just wear it regularly (or if you have a winder, use it). Do not vigorously shake the watch as it will case uneven wear on the watch’s internals and it will result to uneven oiling.

I initially thought S$240 for having my watch serviced is too much. But after seeing the watch fixed and on my wrist again, it was definitely worth.

My watches have stories and memories behind them, it’s one of the reasons why I’m still not using a smart watch.

You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone: Uber

Uber Singapore (and Philippines) is gone.

I’ve once written how I felt cheated with their discount codes. But in reality, Uber is 80% of the time cheaper than Grab.

Uber officially left Manila yesterday, April 16, making Singapore it’s last South East Asian country (it was required to extend until May 07).

And even on the last remaining days of Uber Singapore, it’s still noticeably cheaper than Grab.

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My favorite part of Uber is that the driver doesn’t know where you’re going. They can’t choose passengers!

Unlike Grab which gives freedom to their drivers to choose passengers!

After May 07, it’s Grab vs Comfort… And we all know Comfort is even more expensive!

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So I guess that’s it… Goodbye Uber…

That Uber 50% Off Scam!

Before the weekend started, Uber sent me an email for 50% off on UberX/Pool rides for the weekend… (And Yes, I know that the discount is capped at S$5.00)

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To my surprise… Even with Uber’s 50% off, Grab was offering better fares.

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Received another “promo” for weekedays and I guess I will be thinking twice before booking Uber.

Uber Save Big

Star Wars Experience the Force (Orchard Rd)… Now that was disappointing…

Saw a Star Wars Experience the Force ad in Facebook and I knew I just had to go.

Sadly, after getting there, I’m not sure of my expectation was too high or the Millennium Falcon and ACT Walker on display was just really (really) bad.

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You don’t need to be close to see that they were both made from cardboard!

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The experience was so bad, it should be flagged as fake news 🙂

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