Baseus 20W USB-C PD Charger

Besides the Ugreen 20W USB-C PD Charger and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter, another 20W charger you can consider is the Baseus 20W USB-C PD Charger.

It is the cheapest of them all, retailing at S$10.99 on Lazada with free shipping to Singapore.

Baseus 20W USB-C PD Charger - Box Front
Baseus 20W USB-C PD Charger – Box Front

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OEM Portable Laptop Stand

Bought this OEM Portable Laptop Stand from Lazada for S$14.50 during their 4/4 sales day. The usual price is S$15.90. Shipping within Singapore is an additional S$1.49, but I have a free shipping coupon from Lazada.

There are two variants for this portable laptop stand, aluminum, and plastic. The plastic model is P1 Pro and comes in three colors, Black, Pink, and White. The plastic is cheaper, retailing at S$10.90.

OEM Portable Laptop Stand - Box Contents
OEM Portable Laptop Stand – Box Contents

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Installing Ubuntu Server On Synology NAS

Before we start the installation of Ubuntu Server to Synology NAS, you will need to download the Ubuntu Server ISO image from As of the time of writing, the version of Ubuntu Server stands at 20.10, and the file size is almost 1GB.

Once the download started, you can log in to your Synology NAS’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) to install the Virtual Machine Manager from Package Center.

Ubuntu Server 20.10
Ubuntu Server 20.10

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Apple HomePod Mini

After getting my bonus, I went ahead and bought the Apple HomePod Mini from Shopee.

As HomePod Mini is not officially released in Singapore, you will not be able to get it directly from Apple. Hence, I bought from a shop called monmartechnology on Shopee.

Apple's Service and Support Coverage
Apple’s Service and Support Coverage

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Synology SNV3000 Series NVMe M.2 SSD

Synology started out having its own brand of RAM for as long as I can remember. I covered them back in 2017. After that they went on to have its own brand of M.2 NVMe SSD (SNV3000), SATA SSD (SAT5200), and SATA HDD (HAT5300).

One of the reasons Synology introduces their own lineup of SSD and HDD is for compatibility. The SSD and HDD are optimized for use with their own Synology NAS with customized firmware. Also, when things go wrong, the users don’t need to contact different vendors. They can bring it all back to Synology.

Synology SNV3400-400G - Box Front
Synology SNV3400-400G – Box Front

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Happy 37th Birthday To Me

JAAN by Kirk Westaway
Since my brother’s birthday is only four days after mine, we usually celebrate our birthday together. This year, we celebrated our birthday dinner together with our family at JAAN by Kirk Westaway. JAAN by Kirk Westaway is a 1 Michelin Star restaurant since 2016.

JAAN by Kirk Westaway is an internationally celebrated restaurant on the highest floor of the iconic Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore. Helmed by Executive Chef Kirk Westaway, the establishment is committed to putting a definitive mark on modern British cuisine – promising an elevated reinterpretation of British gastronomy through a modern and innovative culinary lens.

JAAN by Kirk Westaway - Menu
JAAN by Kirk Westaway – Menu

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Synology DDR4 RAM (ECC)

I posted about Synology DDR4 RAM last June, and at that time, there were only five types of Synology DDR4 RAM available, out of which only there is only one ECC SO-DIMM which is the D4ECSO-2666-16G.

With the launch of the Synology 21 series, Synology added two more ECC SO-DIMM to their range of Synology DDR4 RAM. There are the D4ES01-4G and D4ES01-8G.

Synology D4ECSO-2666-16G - Box Front
Synology D4ECSO-2666-16G – Box Front

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Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Hard Storage Case

Recently, I have dismantled my Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB and Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB to remove the hard drives inside as USB2.0 is way too slow for file transfer.

Once I have the internal hard drives, I can use them with my Vantec NexStar SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter to get better transfer speeds.

HDD Hard Storage Case - Packaging
HDD Hard Storage Case – Packaging

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Synology DiskStation DS1621+ Review

I decided to upgrade my slightly more than three years old 4-bay Synology DiskStation DS918+ to the 6-bay Synology DiskStation DS1621+.

Back in 2017, DS918+ was the flagship Synology 4-bay NAS and that was replaced with DS920+ in 2020. Also in 2020, the 5-bay DS1520+ got updated.

Synology DiskStation Plus Series
Synology DiskStation Plus Series

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OEM Apple AirPods Max Case

I was looking for a carrying case for my AirPods Max because the Smart Case that comes with it offers close to no protection on the headphones.

I went with the most ratings and cheapest OEM Apple AirPods Max Case that I can find on Shopee and found this: [SHIWAKI1] Protective Hard Shell EVA Grey Storage Travel Case Bag Cover for AirPods Max.

OEM Apple AirPods Max Case - Front
OEM Apple AirPods Max Case – Front

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