something to keep you busy!

Before I comment about the watch…

Here’s a history of the brand… From their website


CB History 1

1536 – The Claude Bernard Story

In the mid-16th century, the 27-year-old Frenchman John Calvin broke with the Roman Catholic Church and fled to Geneva, Switzerland. Numerous French Huguenots followed him. As a result of religious policies Calvin banned all jewellery, such as beads, bracelets, gold and gemstones, because they had no place in the worship of God. Consequently, goldsmiths and jewellers were forced to turn to a new craft – watchmaking. It was the perfect thing to do for these highly skilled fabricators.

CB History 2

1540 – Les Genevez, the place where everything started

Many of these highly skilled mecaniciens moved north and master mechanic Claude Bernard was one of them. He discovered the gorgeous, almost divine, high-plateau in the midst of the Jura headlands, a secluded mountain-range along the French border. As a tribute to his hometown Geneva (French Genève) he called this charming hideout “Les Genevez”.

If you want to see the entire write-up, you have to visit their website

I did a Wikipedia search…

Yes, there’s a John Calvin but he fled to Basel…

Although according to Google Maps… It should only be around half a day walk

Wikipedia also mentions that by June 1536, Mr. Calvin was already in Paris!

Although their website mentions that it was a guy named Claude Bernard from Les Genevez who was a “master mechanic” I cannot find any information about him online.

Another FYI… Les Genevez’s Wikipedia page does not mention anything about “watch making”… Compared to Biel/Bienne which mentioned their watch industry

Here’s a more realistic(???) history about the brand from A Blog to Watch

Before we begin discussing the watch itself in more detail, let’s take a brief moment to acquaint ourselves with the brand itself. Claude Bernard was a Swiss watchmaker who established his company in 1973, in a small town along the Swiss Jura mountains. Today, the brand belongs to Victor Strambini, who also owns Edox Swiss Watches, meaning that Claude Bernard is more or less a sister company of Edox. In essence, with Claude Bernard, we are not looking at a brand that boasts extensive history – but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The concept behind the brand is a rather contemporary one, as it aims to offer Swiss-made quartz and mechanical watches in the highly competitive 150 to 800 dollar price segment.

Enough about the brand…

Here’s a little background on why I purchased a Claude Bernard Watch…

I was hoping to find an inexpensive watch from The Swatch Group’s mid-range brands… But I cannot find a ladies watch (something below 36mm) with a date.

The watch will be a gift for daily use and the recipient prefers one with a date.

Also had no luck with Aigner… And fashion brands…

OK, some fashion brands did have a date window, but it also came with crystals…

I really hate those cheap crystals in watches… They loose their shine and tend to look cheap a couple of years later…

Why Claude Bernard?

It’s Swiss Made, which means at least 60% of it is made it Switzerland!

Claude Bernard Swiss Made

Again, according the this website, this (70149 3 BB) particular model has a ETA F06.111 movement.

The Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB…

Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB

Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB back

The “70149 3 BB” (yes, that’s the model name) looks like a love child of a Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic and Daniel Wellington’s St. Mawes



The strap and the watch’s feel also reminds me of the St. Mawes

Would be nice if the strap used a deployment buckle, although it may add to the watch’s price…

For the 70149 3 BB’s price, it can be a good option as a gift… Or for those who prefer simple and light watches.

It looks like something from Daniel Wellington, yes its that simple!… But personally, having the date window is a big plus.

Being quartz, I cannot recommend it to everyone… But if you need something that tells time and date… You should consider Claude Bernard‘s watches.

P.S. If you check Claude Bernard’s website, the 70149 3 BB should be under their Sophisticated Classics line… It looks very similar to the 54005 3 AIN which uses a Ronda 585 movement.

Pokemon Go!


So before I start writing about a game that I have never played… (as of writing, its not yet available in Asia)

My sister grew up as the biggest Pokemon fan…

For 2 straight years, all she wanted was a PokeDex…

(credits to the site owner)

Yes, we bought her 2… They didn’t last very long… And it was very much useless!

While chatting with her… I told her that a Pokemon game would be awesome if you can get your own Pokemon… Train it… Then run to your neighborhood arcade to battle with other Pokemon trainers… Street Fighter style…

Of course my sister who was then very young gave me a very strange stare…

Fast forward to 2016…

Nintendo gives us Pokemon Go!

As I said, since its not yet available in Asia…

All I know about it is what I’ve read and what I’ve seen in YouTube…

You get your Pokemons in a virtual world… Train it… Then you can go battle… Wow!!!

How I wish the game would evolve into something where you can play it… Street Fighter style (with other trainers) and RPG style (when you’re alone)…

Maybe it can also have the “finish him” move (like Mortal Kombat) so that the loosing trainer will have to find another Pokeon to train after loosing a battle.

Would be nice how Nintendo can make all this work with the help of a new console…

Pokemon Go from iTunes US

Stayed at Red Planet Hotel (Quezon City) for 2 nights during my Manila visit. (click here for Google’s Street View)

Located along Timog (near GMA 7) its a couple of minutes walk from GMA Kamuning MRT station. Taxi is always available and you can also take a tricycle (for nearby destinations), they’re parked in front of Caltex.

There’s a 7-Eleven at the hotel lobby. There’s also a nearby Starbucks coffee.

Free parking is available, however it gets full!

They will recommend you to park you car at Caltex (across the street). Parking will cost PhP 50.00 for the first 5 hours and PhP 5.00 for succeeding hours.

Now for the room…

Space is enough, but don’t expect too much.

Red Planet Hotel Bed

No closets, but you get a place to hang your clothes.

Red Planet Hotel Clothes Rack

You get a safe, small table (work station), hair dryer and a TV (32 inch)…

Red Planet Hotel Safe

Red Planet Hotel TV

Red Planet Hotel Hair Dryer

I love the size of their shower room, toilet comes with a bidet.

They will only provide a liquid soap, be sure to bring your toiletries!

Red Planet Hotel Toiletries

Red Planet Hotel Soap

What the hotel doesn’t have… Gym, restaurant (so no breakfast provided) and pool.
What the room doesn’t have… Fridge, kettle (for coffee and tea), telephone and dresser.

Free room WiFi is provided. Tested the speed using the Speedtest App on my S6 Edge.

Red Planet Hotel WiFi Speed

Again for the hotel’s price, the internet was OK for usual Instant Messengers and booking a ride (either with Grab and Uber)

Personally, my only main issues against this hotel is (1) limited parking and (2) the lack of an electric kettle (for coffee).

I highly recommend this hotel!!!

Location is convenient.

Staff are friendly.

And the rooms are clean!

I am starting this new category at ice15(toys) where I will sign-up for free WiFi and test how fast they are!

Tests will be made using the App

Some of my posts might get old… so please don’t forget to re-check the date before going to the comments section…

This is my first Lazada Singapore purchase.

Classic St Mawes watch from Daniel Wellington.

Below are the watches’ specs from Daniel Wellington’s website.

Size: 36mm
Case thickness: 6mm
Case color: Rose gold (or silver)
Dial color: Eggshell White
Movement: Japanese Quartz Movement
Strap width: 18mm
Strap: Leather Strap
Strap color: Brown
Interchangeable straps: Yes
Water resistant: Up to 3 ATM (Rain resistant)

First, why Lazada?

Well, it’s convenient! Plus it’s priced well (almost similar to Amazon) and (as per Lazada support) the item is 100% authentic!

And wow, delivery was fast!

Ordered on a Sunday and received the item last Tuesday.

Packaged with a box and Styrofoam.

Lazada shipping.jpg

Lazada Package

Daniel Wellington Watch review

Daniel Wellington Classic St Mawes 36mm Box

Daniel Wellington Classic St Mawes 36mm

I visited City Chain and they told me that with Daniel Wellington… They have classified 36mm and below for ladies and 38mm and above for men…

So since this watch is for my daughter, I purchased the 36mm…

My daughter prefers Gold over Silver (which explains the color). And leather over Nato (straps).

Honestly, I find the watch simple and good looking… But I honestly won’t pay too much for it… Hence the Lazada purchase.

Lazada Seller (VoguePlay) has confirmed that since the watch is a parallel import, NorBreeze (Daniel Wellington’s local distributor) will not accept their receipt for warranty.

Although since the watch is powered by a Quartz Japanese Movement… I’m sure that the watch will only require battery replacement in the future.

I’m honestly very happy with the purchase (price+fast delivery) and I’m already thinking of future purchases with Lazada…

At less than S$150.00, Daniel Wellington’s St Mawes collection is a really good looking watch.

Highly recommended… Although I would suggest that you replace the tang buckle with a deployment clasp!

Definitely a late post but again, better late than never…

We spent 3 days (2 nights) at KSL Residences at Johor Bahru.

We regularly stay at KSL hotel but this is our first time to stay at KSL Residences

First thing you have to know is that it has a separate lobby from the hotel.

If you took the bus from JB Sentral, I suggest that you look for a hotel staff and ask for their assistance.

The room will NOT get serviced everyday! You will have to fix your own bed and clear your own rubbish.

KSL Residences To Know 2

Second, rooms doesn’t have WiFi, it’s only available at the lobby.

KSL Residences To Know P

Positives, compared to the hotel, you get amenities to cook, a regular sized fridge and a living room.

KSL Residences Kitchen

KSL Residences Room

KSL Residences TV


Sponge to clean your dishes is not provided.
Since service is not available, you will need to look for a room cleaner to have your towels changed.
Room isn’t carpeted.
Room doesn’t have a phone, you’ll need to use your mobile phone to contact the front desk.

KSL Residences has its own pool, gym and sauna.

The pool is awesome, you’ll definitely love it for your laps! But they do not provide pool towels.

KSL Residences Pool Area

KSL Residences Swimming Pool

KSL Residences Lap Pool

KSL Residences Lap Pool 2

KSL Residences Eternity Pool

Upon check-in, they will provide a “towel card” which you’ll use to get 2 towels from the hotel side. You’ll need to return the towel before check-out to get your card back.

Gym has less facilities compared to the hotel… BUT you can access the hotel’s gym if needed…

KSL Residences Gym

KSL Residences Pool Area Washroom P

If you’re staying as a family (or with friends), KSL Residences makes so much sense.

The rooms are bigger, facilities to cook, and you get amenities of the “residences” (awesome pool) and the “hotel” (awesome gym + dino park).

But if you’re 3 (or less) and have no plans to cook. KSL Hotel is more than enough.

KSL Residences Room 2

KSL Residences Bath Tub P

KSL Residences Bathroom Sink

KSL Residences Toilet

KSL Residences Lawn

KSL Residences Kids Lawn

Samsung/LG Selfie Stick?

MWC 2016 is finished, LG and Samsung has announced new phones (G5 and S7/Edge), new cameras and accessories…

Now for my biggest question…

Where’s the Selfie Stick?

We ALL own one… And (later) we all bought a remote for our phone’s shutter!

Selfie Stick


CDR King BT Remote

I personally own a generic stick with a BT remote from CDR King!

It would have been awesome if Samsung and LG released official Selfie Sticks for their devices…

OEM’s (and even Apple) has done a lot of upgrades to a phone’s front facing cameras for Selfies… Do they expect us to keep using our stretched arm to take photos?

GoPro has an official “Monopod” for their cameras and Xiaomi has a Selfie Stick available from their website!

Wouldn’t it be nice if Samsung/LG can start looking at designing (and maybe selling) selfie sticks for their phones?

It will be a good start and maybe later they can release an official car/bike mount…

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