SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell

· · · Hardware

My current doorbell at home has lasted me for 28 years (since 1985) and hence I got a new SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell from Funan’s Challenger for SGD$28.60 (member’s price: SGD$25.74).

28 years later, it seems technology also changes doorbell. There are so many types right now: wireless, wired, AC powered, battery powered, mp3 (using SD card) and 20 built-in tones.

I chose the wireless 3xAA battery powered doordell that comes with 20 built-in tones.

I love the portability of the wireless battery powered because you can place the receiver anywhere in the house as compared to the AC wireless powered one which depends on an electrical outlet.

I recommend placing the receiver in the middle of your house so that the sound can be heard somewhat evenly from all corners in your house. Since the receiver is small, you do not need to mount it on a wall, you can just place it on a table or behind some isolated corners that you will never notice.

The sound is loud at maximum level so I have to adjust it one level lower so that it is not deafening to the ears!

SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell - Packaging Front
SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell – Packaging Front

SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell - Packaging Back
SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell – Packaging Back

SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell - Packaging Contents
SoundTech No. 77 Wireless Doorbell – Packaging Contents

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Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium)

Bought the Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) from Funan’s Challenger for SGD$39 (member’s price: SGD$35.10). I already own a Bluelounge Milo (Original) which I bought almost 2 years back.

Even though the aluminium is SGD$20 more expensive, I love every aspect of it. The build is solid and weighs slightly heavier than the original (40g vs 12g). Because of this, when the Milo is placed on the table, it more stable when supporting a slightly heavier mobile device.

It is also available in two colours, black and white. However for the aluminium, only the plastic portion is coloured and the stand itself is in aluminium. I wish the black comes with black anodised aluminium and that will look awesome.

Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) - Box Front
Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) – Box Front

Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) - Box Back
Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) – Box Back

Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) - Box Open
Bluelounge Milo (Aluminium) – Box Open

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Powerocks Stone 3 (7800mAh Dual USB Power Bank)

Got the Powerocks Stone 3 which is a 7800mAh Dual USB Power Bank from my cousin in Hong Kong. I am not too sure of the local retail price, but on Amazon, it is retailing for USD$48.50 (SGD$62.50).

As the name “stone” implies, this power bank is pretty heavy (like a stone) due to the 7800mAh battery and it weighs 500g.

The build is also solid (like a stone), there are practically no openings. It felt like a solid block of plastic. It measures 7.5cm x 7.5cm x 2.7cm.

There are two input ports for charging this power bank, Micro USB Port and Mini USB Port. The charging time varies: more than 8 hours (computer USB port = 500mA), about 7 hours (USB charger = 1A), about 5 hours (quick USB charger = 2A).

There are two output ports as well, and each of this port can output a maximum of 2.1A, which is enough to charge an iPad.

The light on the individual alphabet on the logo “P-O-W-E-R-O-C-K-S” determine how much power is left in the power bank. I think the indicator is pretty nicely put, though I have to figure this out from the user manual.

  • P = 11% – 22%
  • PO = 23% – 33%
  • POW = 34% – 44%
  • POWE = 45% – 55%
  • POWER = 56% – 66%
  • POWERO = 67% – 77%
  • POWEROC = 78% – 88%
  • POWEROCK = 89% – 99%
  • POWEROCKS = 100%

Powerocks Stone 3 - Box Front
Powerocks Stone 3 – Box Front

Powerocks Stone 3 - Box Back
Powerocks Stone 3 – Box Back

Powerocks Stone 3 - Box Contents
Powerocks Stone 3 – Box Contents

Powerocks Stone 3 - Front View
Powerocks Stone 3 – Front View

Powerocks Stone 3 - Back View
Powerocks Stone 3 – Back View

Powerocks Stone 3 - Side View
Powerocks Stone 3 – Side View

Powerocks Stone 3 - Ports
Powerocks Stone 3 – Ports

Powerocks Stone 3 - Glowing Logo
Powerocks Stone 3 – Glowing Logo

Service In Singapore: Acceptable, But Nothing More

· · · Blog

Personally, I find the service level in Singapore acceptable. I think the service level in retail shops are generally better than those in F&B. If I have to name one F&B in Singapore that has the worst service, it got to be Crystal Jade Kitchen.

Having been to the US (but not yet Japan), the service level in US is awesome for both for retail and F&B.

A survey was carried out by market research group Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) to get a better insight on the service debate in Singapore. With a representative sample size of over 460 participants, the survey was conducted earlier this year over a period of one month. The survey is supported by the Go the Extra Mile for Service (GEMS) Up project, a joint movement involving SPRING Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, the Institute of Service Excellence at the Singapore Management University, and the National Trades Union Congress.

 

  • About 60% or more of local customers, service staff and managers surveyed considered service in Singapore to be just acceptable.
  • A more positive picture was painted by tourists visiting the Lion City; some 74% of the tourists interviewed acknowledged that service in Singapore was ‘above average’, with almost half – 49% – going as far as saying the service in Singapore was better than in their home country.
  • 73% of managers & 64% of service staff said increasingly demanding clientele was the main barrier to delivering good service.
  • 87% of managers & 91% of the service staff agreed that the government can help drive service quality by promoting service-sector businesses as an employer of choice, attracting more talent into the industry.
  • 53% of managers said finding the right staff was the main obstacle in providing quality service.

A local videoblogger, Sam Driscoll, has chosen to highlight his experiences with customer service.

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m)

· · · Apple, Cable

My family got me the Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) from Apple Store at IFC, Hong Kong when they are there for a holiday. It is retailing for HKD$288 in Hong Kong and SGD$48 in Singapore. Due to the weakening Singapore Dollar against the Hong Kong Dollar, it is about the same price after currency conversion. It used to be slightly cheaper.

You can connect your MacBook Air to your iMac using this cable and this will turn your iMac into a secondary monitor.

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Box Front
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Box Front

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Box Back
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Box Back

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Box  Contents
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Box Contents

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Thunderbolt Head
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Thunderbolt Head

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Thunderbolt Head
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Thunderbolt Head

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Plugged To iMac
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Plugged To iMac

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