Thursday, August 11, 2016

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Sponsored Review

As a self-proclaimed runner at the age of 42, running doesn’t come as easy as 1-2-3. To help in the motivation factor to run, I realized that music plays a big part. I used to think that running with music is not something I would like. How can I hear the traffic? What if someone calls out to me? Can I hear??

In comes the BackBeat Fit wireless earphones.

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First thing first, why wireless? This is a no-brainer for me. I cannot imagine running with tangling wires all over the place. With wireless earphones, the problem is solved and running is more pleasant.

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Unpacking the earphones, and I have the red version. It comes in blue and neon green colors too.

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The earphones come in a sleek pouch that holds the charging cable.

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Turn the pouch inside-out and you get the double use as a reflective running armband.

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Battery life is 2.5 hours charge for 7 hours use. I realized for a 10km run, typically I can use the earphones for about 6 runs, pretty close to the estimated given battery life.

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Download the BackBeat Fit App and follow through the easy steps to register your earphones and even set up the link to find your earphones when you misplaced it.

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Putting on the earphones was simple and easy, no difficulty. Tried calling out to my wife with siri and the earphones worked perfectly. We can hear each other clearly and no disturbance. I’m a happy man if my wife can hear me.

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One of the best feature of the earphone and I have successfully recommended to at least 4 of my friends so far, is the contoured eartips which allows the wearer to hear your surroundings. This is extremely crucial for me as I prefers to run at night and with my old earphones, I usually cannot hear the surrounding traffic or even the bicycle just behind me. This usually resulted in me hooking on only one side of my previous earphones.

But with BackBeat Fit, the safety aspect is well taken care of.

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With at least 4-5 runs with the new earphones around my neighborhood, I took the earphones for a real test in the recent 10km race I have signed up for. This is the first time I am listening to music on a long run.

The earphones are nicely tugged in my ears and you can hardly see it from the front view. My before and after look with the earphones.

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Points noted:

#1 the earphones didn’t move much at all, I did not have to adjust or was afraid that it will fall out.

#2 as you can see after the run, I was sweating crazy but there was no issues with the sound quality.

#3 I was totally aware of my environment when running, I could hear the heavy steps of the runner that was about to overtake me, and allowed me to keep to my side and not bang into him.

#4 related to the point above, I was still able to enjoy my music without having to adjust the volume.

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Now, the earphones are the first thing I look out for in the morning when I leave the house for work or at night when I go for a run. Totally loving it!

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Last but not least, for all my readers, I have good news!

If you are interested to purchase the Plantronics BackBeat Fit wireless earphones, I am going to extend a 30% discount to you, courtesy of the people from Plantronics!

Just go to this website (https://epshub.com) to place you order, and when you checkout, key in this special discount code jdad3d.

This offer will only be valid till 8th Sep 2016.
The 30% discount is valid for ALL Plantronics products on the website.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

[Giveaway] The Three Little Pigs

Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company
proudly presents

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An endearing tale that will huff, puff and blow you away!

Coming around in a full circle, The Three Little Pigs was commissioned and had its world-premiere in Singapore in 2012.

The play has since been staged in numerous languages and countries, from Finland, to New York, Sydney and even various cities in China. Now the show is back home in Singapore where the journey first started.

With wickedly funny lyrics and catchy tunes, this musical will appeal to both adults and children.

Dates: From 4th Aug 2016
(Monday to Friday 10am; Saturdays 11am and 2pm)

Prices: From $25 excluding SISTIC fee (group discounts / family packages available)

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT

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GIVEAWAY!

I will be giving 1 Family Package tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) to 1 winner!
Follow the instructions below and stand a chance to watch the wonderful musical.
The Family Package giveaway show time will be on 13 Aug, Saturday, 2pm.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nickelodeon Slime Cup 2016

Media Invite

We have been invited for the Nickelodeon Slime Cup event for many years but every year the girls are not very keen to be “slimed”. But this year, Jayne did the Kuan Family proud and broke through for us!

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This girl is probably the bravest of us all, willing to always try the new things and not afraid to get dirty.

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To be slime, you will first be ushered to the “throne” seat, which is under the Leaky Lincoln.

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The initial slime is just an intro, with a bit on the head and body (as shown in the picture above). Then Jayne moved on to the Slime Bowling Alley.

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Of course ending in a pool of more slime!

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Thankfully, there is a hose-down station for parents to clean up their kids.

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Thanks to the well-thought tour by the Nickelodeon organizers, we were able to understand some of the other stations for all to play includes some cleaner activities.

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However, the main and real reason why the girls were so excited to attend this year’s Slime Cup event was to meet their TV personality stars from Make it Pop! Even the older new found fan got a photo-opportunity too!

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Not only the Make it Pop! stars, the kids went crazy to see the other Nickelodeon stars!

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Thank you Nickelodeon for fulfilling the girls’ dream! With their favorite Megan Lee!

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Kudos to Slime Cup!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Marine Cove Playground

One of the latest happening places in Singapore has to be Marine Cove. Since its opening about 3 weeks back, thousands of families have already been there, either to eat or for the playground or just to check out the place.

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We are the same. And the playground has indeed wow us.

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Just a note for all parents, some of the slides are made of metal, so it’s not advisable to bring your kids to play when the sun is very hot in the afternoon. And of course, bring lots of water!

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As you can see, there are some spots of shade for waiting parents or my personal suggestion is to just chill out at CoffeeBean or McDonald’s while the children play (if they are old enough to take care of themselves).

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This gentle slope with the molehill pattern is a playing place for younger kids who are learning to climb and to enhance their motor skills.

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Some of the usual stuff you will find in playgrounds.

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Spiderman ropes.

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Futuristic see-saw. You can adjust the black balls in the middle so that even an adult and a child can play with better balance.

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The favorite for Joey has always been the swing. There is even a chair-swing for the younger ones.

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Maze.

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For Jayne, her current favorite is the rock-climbing wall. Looks like I can plan a trip to the rock-climbing place at Kallang Wave Mall, maybe she can inspire me to overcome my fear-of-heights.

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One of the best part is the availability of the changing room and wash up restrooms just beside the playground.

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The playground will be crowded on the weekends for sure. So if you have the time, make a trip on the weekdays, that way the kids can enjoy more and you won’t be so stressed out too.

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