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Owndays Snap Review

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My eyes aren’t that bad. But vision with spectacles are way better (and comfortable) than without.

Then there’s the size of my head, nose and cheeks which make finding and buying a good pair of spectacles and sunglasses a pain.

Easy solution… Contact lenses + sunglasses during my holidays.
Spectacles for work.

So here’s where Owndays Snap comes in handy…

You have your spectacles that can function as sunglasses… in a Snap!

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So after finding the frame that suits my face, I bought one (it will always come with a free “snap sunglasses.”

After a month use…

Using the spectacles with the snap-sunglasses are heavy… The snap was an additional 8 grams and the additional frame is in front which can feel a bit unbalanced.

The sunglasses also give off this weird rainbow effect which can be seen when I look at my phone and the front LCD panel of my GoPro. It was so strong, I initially thought I broke the LCD of my camera!

Lastly, it would have been nice if Owndays’ case had a special pocket for the “snap,” not a big deal but it would be nice to have.

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Owndays’ Snap is perfect for roaming around the city and driving (you have to test that rainbow effect first). Tried it on the beach and it was really bad.

If you find a style that suits you, I cannot imagine buying another non-Snap spectacle from Owndays at there’s almost no difference in price.

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.

Bulova 96A120 BVA Series Dual Aperture Dial Watch

Bulova 96A120 BVA Series Dual Aperture Dial Watch

Bought this watch while I was on-board the Mariner of the Seas.

It came in black with a silver strap and brown with a leather strap…

Honestly, I didn’t even notice the black model. The seller just showed it to me as an alternate option.

For me, the brown model stood out, and comparing it to the Stührling (automatic) watches which were also on sale… Bulova looked stunning…

Honestly, the purchase wasn’t easy…

I finally decided to buy it on my 4th day on-board…

 

Bulova 96A120

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Watch is 42mm in diameter and around 13mm thick.
Automatic with 21 Jewels…

From the front, you’ll notice that “4” is written as “IIII” instead of the “IV”…

Left dial shows hours in 24hr format, while the right dial shows the seconds.

Date would have been nice, but I’m not complaining.

Behind it is a sticker that says “Japan Movement Hong Kong Brand”

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Japan Movement makes sense since Bulova is owned by Citizen…

Hong Kong brand? According to Amazon, this watch was initially released in 2011… Either there’s a part of Bulova history that’s not in Wikipedia, or someone pasted the wrong sticker.

Back of the watch is open…

Japan Movement + the Bulova tuning fork symbol can be seen inside.

One of my favorite features of this watch is that the leather strap comes with a Deployment Buckle!

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Bulova leather strap with Deployment Buckle

Bulova tuning fork

You’ll need to get used to wearing it… It feels strange at first, but it’s like having the best of both worlds!

I’m really glad I bought this watch!

I can’t believe it took me 4 days before pulling the trigger…

Orient Watch Review (FDB05001W)

This post will just show how much I know little about watches!

Orient Automatic Mens Semi Skeleton Watch FDB05001W

Orient Watch FDB05001W

 

Orient Automatic Mens Semi Skeleton Watch FDB05001W

Been using this watch for almost a year and here’s a short review.

Orient’s FDB05001W is a dress type, water resistant (50m / 5bar) automatic watch with sapphire crystal and 21 jewels.

I haven’t tried bringing it under water, but I can say that it was able to withstand daily splashes.

Used daily, I love that the watch feels solid.

Accidental hits (so far) did not leave a dent. (And I’m hoping it stays that way)

The bracelet feels comfortable and it doesn’t have a clanking sound.

The watch stops if not used for (around) 48 hours…

Qoo10 (formerly GMARKET) finds!

Here’s a couple of stuff that I have recently purchased from Qoo10 (formerly GMARKET).

Laptop (Numeric Kaypad) Number Pad (SGD 5.99, free shipping) http://list.qoo10.com.sg/gmkt.inc/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=404470326

It honestly feels cheap and light…

But it does the job well!

For its price, the only alternative I found were those made of silicon which I find almost impossible to use.

I chose “free unregistered shipping” and the package took 12 days (inclusive of weekends) to reach me.

Smart Cover for iPad (SGD 11.99, free shipping)

http://list.qoo10.com.sg/gmkt.inc/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=405658430

All I can say is that it fits and works well!

Also chose “free unregistered shipping” and it also took 12 days (inclusive of weekends) to reach me.

iPad 2 Clear Crystal Snap-on Hard Back Case (SGD 8.80, free shipping) http://list.qoo10.com.sg/gmkt.inc/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=405650605

Was honestly not expecting much… but I was really surprised with the quality of this Back Case…

Fits my iPad 2 perfectly.

Item needed 8 days (inclusive of weekends) to reach me using “free unregistered shipping”

Please note that I am not connected with qoo10, I just wanted to share what I thought was a good deal from their site.

http://www.qoo10.com.sg/

*I have included links of the product’s page. However, I’m not sure how long will the link and the product remain available*

Heineken Beer Can Speaker

Just got myself a Speaker from Heineken!

Actually I was buying beer from our local shop when I noticed a pack of 9 box which includes another can which was actually a portable speaker.

This speaker can connect to your device through USB or a 3.5mm jack.

Sadly, Heineken did not give any instructions about this speaker so everything I’m sharing here is actually based on experience.

The speaker looks great, it actually feels like a normal beer can. I heard/read that its actually made of aluminum so be careful not to drop this as it will surely have dents.

Cable can be found underneath the speaker, DO NOT TWIST the bottom cover as you’ll break it. You can open the bottom cover by just pulling it off (its a bit difficult at first but you’ll get used to it.)

The speaker also requires 2 AA Batteries, the battery slot is a bit tight and I was not able to use my regular rechargeable batteries.

It also does not have an on/off switch dont forget to take out the batteries after use as it will surely get drained.

Tried the sound quality on my iPhone while inside a reasonably sized room and the sound was ok. I would suggest that you do not expect too much from this speaker since its almost free.

Its fun to own and maybe it will start a funny conversation someday… Of all the promotional stuffs I have seen/received, this is definitely better than a beer mug/glass and cooler 🙂

iOS 4.3 Upgrade

Finally, iOS 4.3 now has a personal hotspot feature.

No need to jailbreak just to have this feature!

Now, I can easily share my iPhone’s internet with all my wifi enabled devices!

Goodbye to my Nikon AF-S 55-200 f4-5.6 VR

This lens is the second least used lens in my gear.
Having sold my Nikon 28-80 the longest lens I have right now is 50mm.
Photography is my hobby and among my lenses, the 55-200 was only used during my weekend shoots.
I used to use my Tamron 17-50 and Nikon 28-80 for vacations, my Sigma 10-20 for landscape and 50mm for portraits.
The 55-200 was just used for wildlife (zoo) and portraits where my 50mm did a better job.
Although I plan of having a 80-200 f2.8 someday it all starts with letting go of some pieces I have now to have enough space for movement in the future.
Here are some photos taken using my Nikon AF-S 55-200 f4-5.6 VR.

Micro SIM Card Cutter

My latest “gadget” for 2011…

A Micro SIM Card Cutter!!!
I am not a guy who is new to cutting SIM Cards, I have cut a couple of SIM cards a couple of years back when I was using a special adapter to make a regular phone work with 2 SIM cards.
I’m talking about these type of adapters which changes your network every time you turn your phone on and off.
When I bought an iPhone 4, my carrier was asking me to pay extra SGD 20.00 for a new micro SIM card because as all of us know, the iPhone and iPad uses a Micro SIM Card, I immediately said no to the customer service guy and told him that I’ll just take the risk of cutting my SIM card.
When I got home, I made the necessary measurements and after grabbing the best pair of scissors we have at home, I cut my SIM and it worked perfectly.
Using a cut SIM card on the iPhone 4 is ok, but since the SIM card also has a dedicated holder/tray; it’s a bit risky if you cut your SIM too much.
Therefore, after some research, I decided to get a Micro SIM Card Cutter.
Seeing and using it is very simple, it’s just like a regular puncher.
Its design and finish will definitely not win any awards and it really feels like you should keep it away from water and moisture to avoid rust.
I have already used it to cut a colleague’s SIM card and I’m planning to tag it along on my next vacation because I haven’t seen a pre-paid Micro SIM Card…
Just a tip for those who also plan to get one of these cutters, after cutting the SIM card, use a sand paper to clean up the newly cut SIM, this will make your SIM fit smoother when you insert it on your phone’s SIM tray.

I got myself an iPhone!

I have been a Windows Mobile user for a very long time…
My first Windows Mobile Phone was the Smart Amazing Phone (also known as the HTC Tanager), then I bought an I-Mate Jam (also known as the HTC Magician), then I used a Dopod 838 (also known as the HTC Wizard) and lastly the Asus P525.
I used a Nokia E63 for more than a year after the Asus P525 as I was still undecided on which phone to get next.
I wanted to wait for a new WebOS device from HP but the waiting seemed to take forever.
RIM’s Blackberry is really not for me, Windows Mobile 7 just didn’t have the apps and features I need now and I find Android too risky for me.
Let me explain on what I mean about Android’s risks.
You see, I love upgrades… My Smart Amazing Phone ran on Imate’s ROM (instead of the original ROM from Smart). I was happy with the Imate Jam’s ROM so I just changed my wife’s O2 XDA mini’s ROM to run Imate too. And my Dopod 838 also ran an Imate ROM.
Although these ROMs were not official, they were available with the risk of only voiding your warranty.
For Android, un-official upgrades are also available, this would be my choice of Mobile OS 5 years ago but since I am now very busy with work and other family stuff, I can no longer research and gamble on installing a new Mobile OS.
Not all Android phones are guaranteed to have an official update to the latest Android version, just look at Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini, they presently run on Éclair (2.1) even if Froyo (2.2) has been available for a while and Gingerbread (2.3) is officially released.
If you use Android devices, you’ll know that performance from Éclair to Froyo is a big upgrade and next year, Android will have Honeycomb.
This is just a very big issue for me for Android devices as I will not be happy getting stuck at Éclair knowing that Froyo and above is much better.
For Apple devices, (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) an update is almost assured for at least the next 4 years (updates for the original iPhone and iPod Touch are no longer available).
Updates are easy to install since you only need to sync your device to iTunes and we all know that there’s almost an app for everything…
All my favorite apps and games are available on the iPhone and Android but the iPhone version just works better.
I can list a lot of reasons why I decided to get an iPhone but basically the biggest factor is that WebOS is just taking too long to release a new phone, Android upgrades are not guaranteed and Windows Mobile 7 does not have the complete features I need.
Hopefully, other manufacturers come up with better tablets before I decide to get an iPad next year…

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