Talon AD7200, The World’s Fastest Router By TP-LINK

I’m pretty sure TP-LINK is a very familiar and common name when we talk about routers and what is pretty interesting to note is that the company has recently unveiled and launched their most competitive product yet; the Talon AD7200 (also known as the world’s fastest router for now).

When I was at the opening of TP-LINK’s showroom and service centre in Aperia Mall at Kallang Avenue, I was very lucky to receive the Talon AD7200 and when I got home, I just couldn’t wait to get it all set up.

Setting up the “Stonehenge” was a breeze and I give the router such a name/title because of the unique way its 7 antennas are being arranged. As the world’s first 802.11 ad router, the Talon AD7200 router adds another band of spectrum in the 57–66GHz range to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands that AC routers currently use.

What this essentially means is that the Talon AD7200 is able to offer data speeds that are 10 times faster than an 802.11ac router. For example, users will be able to download 1000 photos in less than 10 seconds and a HD movie in less than 14 seconds. Gamers will experience less game lag and avid Netflix watchers like us will no longer have to wait for shows to load.

What’s more, the router is able to support simultaneous connections by the whole family without interference. Whether you’re gaming on your computer, streaming multimedia content on your Smart TV, or browsing the Internet on your mobile phone or tablet all at the same time; the Talon AD7200 is able to support all these simultaneous tasks at one go without affecting your connection to the Internet.

One thing I really like about the Talon AD7200 router is the fact that it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and what this means for me is that I can attach a USB hard-drive or thumb-drive and upload or download files no matter where I may be. Hence, when I am travelling overseas and have limited storage on my mobile devices, I can upload the files over the Internet and have them saved onto my hard-drive at home.

If you would like to get the Talon AD7200, it is available at all major retail outlets like Challenger and Courts for the price of SGD$499 and if you like, you can also see and touch the Talon AD7200 or any other TP-LINK’s products at TP-LINK’s showroom and service centre!

For more information about the Talon AD7200, you can check out TP-LINK’s website here!

[Automobile Review]- The new Volkswagen Sportsvan

The new Volkswagen Sportsvan was launched in October last year and recently, we had the privilege to test-drive the Highline-variant of the Sportsvan for 3 days.

At the first impression, the exterior of the Sportsvan seemed quite ordinary and there was really nothing much to rave about. I had expected the Sportsvan to be more sporty and stylish but sadly, that wasn’t quite the case because the Volkswagen design DNA (which I don’t quite fancy) features prominently in all of their vehicles; including the Sportsvan.

Having said that, I believe the Sportsvan is more targeted towards young families who are just starting out (since the car is marketed as a compact 5-seater MPV) and I will be upfront here to say that the Sportsvan will definitely not appeal to me based on its exterior but there is a common saying that looks can be very deceiving.

Will the Sportsvan offer a sporty driving experience? I was eager to find that out.

I opened the driver’s door and sat in the driver’s seat; and I must say, the style and interior of the Sportsvan is remarkably different from what its exterior has to offer. High-end and stylistically sophisticated would be the terms I will use to describe the Sportsvan’s interior.

The centre console between the seats ascends forwards near the gear knob just as in a high-class sports car, and this creates an ergonomic environment that makes the driver and front passenger forget that they are sitting in a compact MPV.

The Sportsvan is a car which focuses on maximum on-board comfort. The vehicle is already very comfortable to enter, thanks to the wide-opening doors and the elevated seats. There is also very generous space for rear seat passengers and even people measuring 1.90 metres can sit comfortably, one in front of the other.

Storage pockets and folding tables integrated in the backs of the front seats give practicality a further boost, and there are also three additional cupholders (two for standard size cups and one for narrower cups) in the rear centre armrest that folds up.

Cargo capacity is a very generous 500 litres with the rear bench seat in its standard position. When the two separately adjustable sections of the rear bench seat are moved to their front-most positions, up to 590 litres of cargo fit into the luggage compartment of the Sportsvan. With the rear folded down, a maximum storage capacity of 1,520 litres is available.

So, what do I really like most about the Sportsvan?

Well, that has got to be the driving experience.

The Sportsvan is fitted with a stop-start system as standard and its new 1.4-litre TSI engine with 125 PS produces an impressive 200 Nm of torque from only 1,400 rpm. It enables a top speed of 200 km/h and a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.9 seconds.

The driving experience was a sheer pleasure and the gear transition was really smooth. The speed pick-up of the Sportsvan was fast; even in the Normal driving mode and when in the Sport mode, I could feel the responsive feedback on the steering wheel when cornering. In the Eco mode, I noticed that the gears are shifted up rather promptly to reduce engine drag. As I was quite heavy footed throughout, overtaking and lane changing were a breeze and my overall fuel consumption was about 11.2 km/litre.

Overall thoughts?

The Sportsvan is definitely a car that offers power, speed, space, and comfort. I personally fancy the fun and sporty driving experience that the Sportsvan has to offer but I am still not entirely enticed because of its not so sporty exterior appearance.

If you value the practicality of a car more than its exterior appearance, you might want to consider the Sportsvan. The Volkswagen Sportsvan is currently selling at SGD$136,800 for the Highline-variant and if you would like to see the Sportsvan for yourself and have a go at it, head down to the Volkswagen Car Showroom at Alexandra Road.

For more information about the Volkswagen Sportsvan, visit Volkswagen Singapore Website.

Celebrating Our Wedding Anniversary with SOOKEE

Time flies and guess what; Jacqueline and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary!

To celebrate this special occasion, I intended to get something really special for Jacqueline and to my delight, I was able to find the perfect gift when I was browsing through Soo Kee Jewellery’s online retail store.

Why shop online and not offline in a brick and mortar store?

Well, for one, I like the fact that I don’t have to go all the way down to the store to make a purchase and since all purchases done online usually comes with free shipping right to the doorstep, it makes things downright convenient and hassle-free! This is why e-store always appeal to me (yes, I’m bias towards e-stores).

Secondly, Soo Kee is Singapore’s leading public listed jeweller and it gives me the added assurance and confidence that my purchase is guaranteed. To top it all off, all local orders are fully insured by Soo Kee.

And last but not the least, I wouldn’t have to face any sort of pressure to make a purchase especially when it can be quite a daunting experience to get an expensive gift at the jewellery store. It certainly doesn’t help when a salesperson tries to force you into buying a jewellery that may not even be the ideal gift.

So what have I got for Jacqueline from Soo Kee?

I got her a pair of Lustria Butterfly Earrings in 18K white gold and rose gold with 4 diamonds that’s approximately 0.07 carat. Since Jacqueline don’t really fancy wearing a necklace or bracelet, a pair of earrings would make the most sense and she really love it when she received the surprise gift from one of Soo Kee’s staff (it even came with a 12-stalk bouquet of champagne roses).

If you are planning a proposal or if you are probably thinking about getting an anniversary gift, you might want to consider checking out Soo Kee online store and see if there’s anything suitable that you can get. After all, there’s not that many reputable online local jewellery shops around where you can honestly shop with confidence.

What I really like about Soo Kee’s e-store is that it has a wide array of certified diamonds and range of gifts. If you are looking for a unique proposal ring, you can even customise and personalise your very own proposal ring (yes, you can choose the size of the diamond, the kind of ring setting, and even get the ring engraved).

So what will you get for an anniversary gift or perhaps even a birthday gift for your loved ones?

For more information about Soo Kee online store, you can visit their website here and also like their Facebook Page!

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Latest Singapore Movies for Summer 2016

The Latest Upcoming Movie Blockbusters for The School Holidays

The school holidays are finally here and what that means is that your children will have lots and lots of free time.  Now, what can you do with them? Well, why not take your children to watch some of the best movies Singapore has ever seen?

The list of films coming out right on time for the school holidays is never ending but here, you can check out the ones your children will definitely be most excited about.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Movie in Singapore Teenage Mutant Ninja

One of the movies Singapore is anticipating the most is ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows‘ which will finally be released on the 2nd of June; much to the absolute delight of all the children (and many parents). In this sequel, the powerful turtles will have to fight against their biggest enemy and some other previously unknown ones to make sure everyone on planet Earth is safe.Expect lots of action and as well as laughter throughout the almost 2-hour film; thanks to an incredible cast which includes Megan Fox and Stephen Amell.

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How to Clean Out an Apartment Before Moving Out

Moving out of an apartment can be a difficult experience. Make sure that you are sufficiently prepared for your move-out inspection by properly cleaning out your apartment before moving out. You would not want to lose out on your security deposit or accrue any additional damage fees. Also, if you are looking to move into another apartment, consider beginning your search with sites like PropertyGuru .

Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning out your apartment before moving out:

Contact Your Utility Companies

It is best to start the cleaning process by contacting your utility companies and ensuring that you have a date set to turn off your utilities like water, gas, and electricity. If possible, you should try to transfer these utilities to your new house or apartment to avoid any introductory or set-up fees.

Clean and Fix Up The Walls

Clean those walls! This means removing any and all staples and nails you have in the walls, ceilings, and doors of the apartment. You should also wash the walls with a magic sponge (you can get them at Daiso). Remove any scuff-marks on the walls, doors and floors. Make sure to test your magic sponge first, as it can clean some paints off the wall. If necessary, paint over the scuff-marks with a fresh coat of paint. However, you might want to check with your landlord to make sure that this is allowed in your contract. Many landlords don’t allow you to paint the walls. If you are allowed to paint the walls, make sure that it is a neutral colour the landlord approves of. Colours like white, tan or beige are suitable.

Clean Up Your Kitchen

Start the kitchen cleaning process by filling a sink with warm water and adding plenty of dish detergent to the water. Then you can begin cleaning various parts of the kitchen:

  • Refrigerator: You should remove all of the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and freezer before beginning the cleaning process, according to Apartment Therapy. At this point, you should have removed any leftover food from the fridge, since you are nearing the end of your lease anyway. Place these shelves and drawers in the dishwasher or simply wash them by hand. Then dip a sponge into the dishwasher and wipe down the interior of the fridge to remove any nasty food buildup. Make sure you clean the tiny compartments in the fridge where you keep your butter, eggs and condiments. Wipe down and dry the shelves, then place them back in your fridge.
  • Oven: You can use one to two cans of oven cleaner to clean the oven. Make sure that you read the safety directions carefully, since some cleaners require gloves or goggles. Protect your floor from dripping cleaner by placing newspaper or something in front of the oven to protect it. Coat the oven with cleaner and let sit for 24 hours. Make sure you do not turn on the oven during this time period. Use a sponge and paper towels to wipe down all surfaces and rinse with clean water. Then make sure that the vent above the stove is clean and the light bulbs in the overhead hood are functioning.
  • Cabinets: Use a multi-purpose cleaner on your cabinets, making sure to clean both the interior and exterior.
  • Light Fixtures: Make sure that the light fixtures are clean and do not have any dead insects in them. Give your glass fixture covers a wipe down as well.
  • Surfaces: Make sure that you thoroughly wipe down the front of the fridge, the stove range and all counter tops as well as the exterior and interior of all your appliances.
  • Sink: Drain the water from the sink and wipe down both the sink and faucet. You can use a powdered cleanser and old toothbrush or small brush to scrub around edges of fixtures.
  • Floor: Sweep and thoroughly mop the floor. You will need to move the stove and refrigerator to really clean the floor well.

Clean Your Bathrooms

Clean the sink, tub, toilet and shower and make sure to remove any buildup and wipe down all fixtures. You should also clean the mirrors and medicine cabinet and don’t forget the light fixtures! Then sweep and mop the bathroom floor, making sure to get any residue built up around the toilet.

Clean Your Bedrooms

Wipe down your closet shelves and clean any mirrors. Treat any carpet spots and vacuum the carpet. On wooden floors, use oil soap and mop the floors thoroughly. Make sure to also clean any windows and windowsills.

Fix Up Your Living Room and Dining Room

Clean the windows and wash the blinds in your living room, den and dining room. Measure and replace any broken blinds if needed. Make sure to clean the blades of the ceiling fan, if you have one, and as always, don’t forget those light fixtures! If necessary, replace burnt out light bulbs and make sure to upgrade to brighter bulbs. Vacuum or mop the floors and treat the carpet spots if needed.

Sweep The Exterior

If you have a rental house, make sure to clean the exterior such as the balcony, patio and doors. Also, make sure to remove any garbage bags from the apartment and place the garbage cans at the curb if necessary before your inspection. If needed, make sure that outside lights are working as well.

Photograph The Apartment

Once your house is ready for inspection, make sure that you take plenty of pictures of your apartment to keep for your records in case you are ever wrongly blamed by the landlord for damaging your apartment. You can send these photos and a written description to your landlord or property manager and ask them to sign off on it. Mail the photographs to yourself as well, so that you have a postmark on the envelope to help prove the date that you cleaned the apartment before leaving.