Timbuk2 Singapore Store

Timbuk2 opens its first in-store customisation outside of the United States right here in Singapore. The Timbuk2 Singapore store officially opens yesterday, 31st October 2013 and is located at #03-26A Bugis Junction (200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021). The opening hours are from 10.30am to 10pm daily.

The Singapore retail store measures 280 sq ft and will showcase 75% of its product line of more than 100 styles of bags and accessories from the United States. There is an interactive custom station where you can design your custom bags or accessories made to order in the Timbuk2 San Francisco factory. It takes about 2 weeks from the moment you order till you get your bag.

Primer-Uniglobe Singapore, the guys behind the Timbuk2 Store in Cineleisure and Bratpack are also the guys behind this.

If you order from Timbuk2.com itself, they charge a base of USD$30 shipping for UPS International Expedited and USD$50 for UPS International Express. For every additional bag, they charge an additional of USD$5 for shipping.

It is more worth it to get from Timbuk2.com if you are ordering a few bags or sharing the shipping with your friends as it will be cheaper. But if you are getting only one item, you might be better off getting it from the Timbuk2 Singapore Store as the prices are only about 10% more expensive after factoring in credit card exchange rate from the bank and shipping from Timbuk2.com.

Based on the table below, it is not worth getting the Custom Eula Messenger Bag, Custom Tartine Tote Bag, Custom Maya Shoulder Bag and Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve from Timbuk2.com because they are more expensive than the Timbuk2 Singapore Store.

Below is a table of the starting prices for the customised bags of Timbuk2.com and Timbuk2 Singapore Store.

1 Prices from Timbuk2.com with USD$30 shipping added and total amount converted to SGD$ based on USD$1 = SGD$1.26.

Item Timbuk2.com Timbuk2 Singapore Timbuk2.com 1
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (XS) USD$109 SGD$185 SGD$175.14
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (S) USD$119 SGD$199 SGD$187.74
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (M) USD$129 SGD$219 SGD$200.34
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (L) USD$139 SGD$235 SGD$212.94
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (S) USD$149 SGD$249 SGD$225.54
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (M) USD$159 SGD$269 SGD$238.14
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (L) USD$169 SGD$285 SGD$250.74
Custom Commute Laptop Messenger Bag (M) USD$149 SGD$249 SGD$225.54
Custom Eula Messenger Bag (XS) USD$49 SGD$85 SGD$99.54
Custom Knockout Laptop Backpack USD$99 SGD$219 SGD$162.54
Custom Swig Laptop Backpack USD$119 SGD$199 SGD$187.74
Custom Tartine Tote Bag (M) USD$79 SGD$135 SGD$137.34
Custom Tartine Tote Bag (L) USD$89 SGD$149 SGD$149.94
Custom Maya Shoulder Bag (M) USD$79 SGD$135 SGD$137.34
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (XS) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (S) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (M) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94

Protip: Once in a while, Timbuk2.com will have a sale that gives you 20% Off Custom Bags which makes it even cheaper to get it from Timbuk2.com, so wait for it if you are not in a hurry!

Timbuk2 Singapore Store - Before Opening
Timbuk2 Singapore Store – Before Opening

Timbuk2 Singapore Store - Before Opening
Timbuk2 Singapore Store – Before Opening

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Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable

· · · Cable

Got the Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable from Challenger for SGD$39 (SGD$31.20 after a 20% member’s discount) for use in the car. I always have the thought that coiled cables are meant to be used in cars, am I the only one who thinks like this?

When it is coiled, it is 13″ (~33cm) (measured by me) and when it is fully stretched, it is about 4ft (120cm) (according to the specification printed on the box).

I am surprised it is almost the same price as what it is listed on Griffin’s Store after a currency conversion. Sometimes electronics in Singapore will be more expensive due to the markup by the official agent/distributor.

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable - Box Front
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable – Box Front

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable - Box Back
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable – Box Back

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable

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Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5c/5s

· · · Mobile Phone

Bought the Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5c/5s from MobyShop for SGD$52, including free application of the glass screen protector.

Do not get mixed up with a similar glass screen protector called Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5c/5s (note the R, GLAS.t vs GLAS.tR). The R stands for rounded because the GLAS.tR glass screen protector have rounded edges for a more precise fit and hence it is slightly more expensive.

This is the first time I tried a glass screen protector and I must say, I love it. Despite it being expensive and costing more than 2-3x the price of a normal screen protector, I don’t think I will go back to those normal plastic screen protectors again!

The feeling of swiping on a glass screen protector is almost the same as that of your phone’s naked screen. Then what is the point of pasting a screen protector you might ask? Well, if you dropped your phone *touches wood*, would you rather your glass screen protector takes the damage or your phone’s screen?

Generally, the glass screen protector will be slightly thicker than the normal plastic screen protector. You will only feel the difference around the home button area. There is some depth to it but it will not affect the Touch ID fingerprint’s detection.

One disadvantage of using a glass screen protector is that it is not recommended to be re-applied because it may loose the adhesive properties and the glass screen protector will not stick to your phone’s screen.

Box Contents

  • 1x GLAS.tR NANO SLIM Premium Tempered Glass
  • 1x Back Screen Cover Protector
  • 1x Squeegee
  • 1x Alcohol Swab
  • 1x Microfiber Cloth

Features

  • Surface hardness : 8~9H : Three times stronger than regular PET film. Even sharp objects such as knives and keys will not scratch the GLAS.tR SLIM.
  • Oleophobic Coating : The GLAS.tR NANO SLIM has an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and other contaminants and makes the film easy to clean.
  • Anti-Shatter Film : If broken, the GLAS.tR NANO SLIM cracks into small pieces that are held within the film. They are not sharp, making it safer than other glass products.

Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector - Box Front
Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector – Box Front

Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector - Box Back
Spigen SGP GLAS.tR Nano Slim Screen Protector – Box Back

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Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s

This is my first time using the Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s. I got it when I was in Thailand from Siam Paragon for 990 Thai Baht (SGD$40). It is selling for SGD$59.90 in Singapore, and in case you are wondering, the one I got in Thailand is definitely original.

Despite this being a set which comes with one Power Support anti-glare screen film and one crystal film, I am not using it on my phone. Instead I am using the Spigen Screen Protector GLAS.t NANO SLIM for iPhone 5/5c/5s (next blog post).

I love the build, quality and precision of this clear case, it feels solid and better quality than my previous SwitchEasy Nude for iPhone 5/5s.

If you are using an iPhone 5s, you might want to remove the black Flash Guard ring located at the back of the case where the camera cutout hole is.

One problem I encountered with this case is that the power button is a little difficult to press if you have big fingers.

Priced at SGD$60, I think it is not worth to get it in Singapore. I say, go for a holiday in Bangkok and go to Siam Paragon and get it!

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box Front
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box Front

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box Back
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box Back

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box

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Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s

Bought the Case-Mate Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5 for Li Xiang from Amazon for USD$15 + USD$7 (shipping) = USD$22 (SGD$28). It is the same case I bought for her when she had an iPhone 4S.

After 2 years, her iPhone 4S started to hang and crash frequently and she bought a iPhone 5s 32GB (gold) and I think it would be good to get back the same case for her if Case-Mate produce the same case for iPhone 5/5s which they did!

The case is meant to be cute, so don’t except too much quality to go into it.

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Box Front
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Box Front

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Box Back
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Box Back

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Back View
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Back View

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