Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus

Krusell
In case you are not familiar with the brand Krusell, Krusell is a manufacturer of smartphone and tablet accessories. They are a Swedish company and have been around since 1991. I remember seeing Krusell cases being sold at Singtel shops when my Dad got his first mobile phone back in the 90s.

When the smartphone era came, I didn’t see much of Krusell cases around. But I guess now they are back.

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus
The Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus will be available in Singapore next month and it will be retailing for S$45.

Krusell will also be making the Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for Samsung Galaxy S6 and it will be available sometime next month as well.

I chose the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 for iPhone 6 Plus to feature because there are not many 2-in-1 cases in the market. I like 2-in-1 cases because it allows me the flexibility of choosing whether I want to use the wallet or cover as my mobile phone case depending on how I commute.

I normally put my EZ-Link card and one credit card into a separate card holder on weekdays because I commute using public transport to work and hence the “wallet mode” of the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover works for me.

But when it comes to weekends, I normally drive, so I do not need my EZ-Link card and hence the “case mode” of the Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover works for me.

When I travel overseas, I like to minimize the number of items that I bring out or have in my pockets. That is the reason why I like the “wallet mode” because I have one less thing to worry about (wallet and mobile phone vs just mobile phone).

The Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover uses strong magnets to secure the removable magnetic case. When I say the magnet is strong, it is really strong.

The wallet itself allows for three cards and on the front of the wallet there is a cutout on the receiver so that you can talk on your phone when the lid is close.

Despite retailing for S$45 (which is a pretty good price for cases), the feel and materials used for the Malmö Wallet+Cover felt really premium and well-made (workmanship is good). Easily on-par or even better than cases that costs twice as much.

Features

  • 2in1 wallet case with a removable magnetic cover
  • The cover is securely attached with strong magnets
  • Multiple credit card slots
  • Stand function
  • Extra strong magnetic closure
  • Cut-outs for all functions, doesn’t spill over the screen area
  • Talk with lid closed
  • Easy to mount and remove
  • Superior fitting

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box Front
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box Front

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box Back
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box Back

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Box
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Box

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Front
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Front

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Back
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Back

Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover - Open
Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover – Open

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Happy 31st Birthday To Me

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Yesterday was my first birthday after 30 years old and that makes me 31 years old!

Last year, Li Xiang and I went to Sydney, Australia to celebrate my birthday. This year we stayed in Singapore to save some money as we are going travelling later on in June.

Birthday Dinner
Many of you might not know but my brother’s birthday is 4 days after mine which falls on 28th March and we normally celebrate it together. Because last year my brother was on study exchange in the UK, we didn’t celebrate it with him.

This year, we had our birthday dinner at Pince and Pints which is located at 32-33 Duxton Road Singapore 089496.

Thanks to our parents for the birthday dinner treat!

Pince & Pints - Lobster Roll
Pince & Pints – Lobster Roll

For my actual day dinner, I spent it with Li Xiang and we have a casual dinner at Mignon’s Steak & Grill which is located at the food area opposite Cold Storage at Takashimaya. Been to Mignon’s Steak & Grill many times because the prices are reasonable and the food is pretty good. I ordered the Fillet Mignon Medium and it cost S$26.90 nett.

Mignon's Steak & Grill - Fillet Mignon
Mignon’s Steak & Grill – Fillet Mignon

Presents

Thanks to Li Xiang for the LEGO Hello Hulk Buster Smash present!

Thanks to my brother, Leroy, and Hui Min for two pairs of GV Gold Class movie tickets!

Thank You
And a big thank you to all of you for the birthday greetings on my Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Whatsapp, Line, Facebook Messenger and SMS! THANK YOU!

Facebook Birthday Greetings
Facebook Birthday Greetings

RIP Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew is regarded as Singapore’s founding father and unfortunately, he passed away a day before my birthday, on the 23rd March 2015 at 3:18am. He was 91 years old.

I will always remember this phrase from him: “I did what I thought was right, given the circumstances, given my knowledge at the time, given the pressures on me at the time. That’s finished, done. I move forward. You keep on harking back, it’s just wasting time.”

Lee Kuan Yew (Image Credit: Zimu Zhao)
Lee Kuan Yew (Image Credit: Zimu Zhao)

Rest in peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew and thank you for bringing Singapore to where it is today.

Looking Back

Chromecast Now Officially Available in Singapore

After it was launched nearly two years ago, Chromecast is now officially available in Singapore (since 19th March 2015).

What is Chromecast you may ask? Well, Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite entertainment and apps right to your television.

In Singapore, Chromecast is brought in by Singtel and only available in Singtel retail shops. The recommended retail price of Chromecast in Singapore is S$65.

I think the price is pretty reasonable especially with the stronger US$ these days. On Amazon, Chromecast is selling for ~US$33 (S$46) but it doesn’t ship to Singapore directly. Hence you need to ship it through a freight forwarder like HopShopGo and it will cost you an additional about US$20 (S$28).

Li Xiang and I love our Chromecast. We are using it everyday, either to cast Plex shows, Netflix shows or YouTube videos.

Source: Google Singapore’s Google+ Post

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast

lesterchan.net on nginx/php-fpm & MariaDB

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Previously, lesterchan.net averages about 1,900ms in response time according to Pingdom Public Status Page. When I switched over to HTTPS, the response time increased to 2,600ms. I was still on Apache 2.4.7 running PHP 5.5.9 via mod_php.

When I made the switch to nginx 1.6.2 running PHP 5.5.22 via php-fpm, the response time decreases back to 1,900ms.

lesterchan.net Response Times
lesterchan.net Response Times

As you can see Apache/mod_php with HTTP performs roughly the same with nginx/php-fpm with HTTPS.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet Now Available in Singapore

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I am very impressed with the built of the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet. It is the most well-built Android tablet that I came across so far.

The body of the Dell Venue 8 is made up of machined aluminium to give it a premium design and it is only 6mm thin and weighing only 305g.

It has a 8.4″ 2560×1600 OLED screen with infinity bezel edge-to-edge display.

The Dell Venue 8 powered by Intel Atom Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Processor (Z3580) with Intel HD Graphics (Imagination PowerVR G6430) and comes with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

For storage, it comes with 16GB EMMC hard drive and it is expandable via MicroSD card and it supports up to 512GB MicroSD card.

It comes with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) out of the box and it is upgradable to Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop).

The Dell Venue 8 is currently retailing for S$659 with the Dell Venue Folio or S$699 with the Dell Venue Keyboard Folio.

Note that the Dell Venue 8 is available in wi-fi model only. No plans yet on whether the LTE model will be brought to Singapore.

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet
Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet

Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Atom processor Z3580 (up to 2.3GHz Quad Core)
  • Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4 Wifi
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3
  • Video Card: HD Graphics (Imagination PowerVR G6430)
  • Display: 8.4 inch OLED WQXGA touch with Infinity bezel edge-to-edge display
  • Audio and Speakers: Front firing stereo speakers with MaxxAudio Waves tuning
  • Hard Drive: 16GB eMMC, MicroSD card slot supporting up to 512GB
  • Battery: 5,900mAh (21WHr)
  • Battery Life: Up to 9.8 hours continuous and active web browsing over Wi-Fi
  • A/C Adapter: 10 Watt AC Adapter
  • Camera: 2MP Front Camera, 8MP Depth Rear Camera
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 1x1WIFI, Intel XMM 7260 LTE modem
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: 1x Micro-B USB 2.0 and 1x Headphone and microphone combo jack
  • Dimensions: 6mm x 124.4mm x 215.8mm
  • Weight: 305g

If I am not that particular about stock OS for Android tablets, this will probably be the Android tablet that I am going to get because I love the built of it. But for now, I still like the Nexus tablets because of the stock Android OS.