Product Review- The Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack

I’m a pretty adventurous tech geek and as much as possible, I try to lug my electronics wherever I go. Yes, I need to work even when I travel and staying connected to the World Wide Web is so essential for me. However, more often than not, I get my electronics scratched or even damaged when I bring them out for my frequent hikes and climbs.

Not wanting to leave things to chance, I have all my electronics i.e. mobile phone, camera, laptop, and tablet suited up with bulky protection casings but they are extremely cumbersome to bring around.

Recently, I received the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack and it is the best gift ever!

Designed to resist harsh environments, battling city crowds, busy commute, and the erratic weather, the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack offers the ultimate protection against shocks, abrasion, vibration, moisture, and dust.

If you are imagining a cumbersome and heavy hard-casing backpack right now, you’re definitely wrong. The Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack is no way near that though you will be surprised to learn that it has passed the US Military Grade drop test specifications, protecting devices even at drops of up to 4 feet.

With a reinforced rugged base and corner that boost durability and reliability, the straps and back panel of the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack are also designed with added breathable vents for maximum comfort.

Personally, what the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack really impresses me the most is the Safeport 3D Protection System which is built with memory foam. The suspended protection vault provides my laptop with 360 degrees protection against impact. Combined with the water and wear-resistant bottom along with an integrated protective tablet sleeve, the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack helps keep my valuable electronic devices intact.

For a typical hike/trek, I will usually bring my ASUS UX303 laptop, my Samsung Note 4 phone, an Olympus EPL-6 camera, a standard first-aid kit, some work documents, biscuits, and bottled drinks, and I am really delighted that I could have all the items packed into my Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack without much hassle.

Sturdy but very comfortable to carry around, I appreciate the ergonomic adjustable shoulder straps along with a built-in lumbar support beam that the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack has to offer. Every hike/trek is ultra-comfortable even when I have to carry heavy-duty items in the large compartments.

Not entirely convinced? Well, you should check out this video!

If you are keen to buy the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack, you can find it at Harvey Norman Millenia Walk, Digital Style @ Suntec City, Challenger @ Funan DigitaLife Mall, or Micro Interface @ Funan DigitaLife Mall. The retail price for it is SGD$229.90

Psst… Lazada Singapore is retailing the Targus Grid Advanced 32L Backpack for only SGD$159!

For more information about the other ranges of Targus Backpacks, do check out Targus Official Website!

What I Really Love About The Pebble Time Smartwatch

I am a sucker for smartwatches. I own the Samsung Galaxy Gear and LG G Watch R smartwatches and I even tried a couple of other smartwatches from different brands but still, none of them could match up to my expectations in terms of battery life and user-interface until I recently got my hands on the Pebble Time smartwatch.

Unlike the smartwatches I owned, the Pebble Time Smartwatch is truly a winner in terms of its battery life. On a single charge which takes about 20 minutes to half an hour to get fully charged, the Pebble Time smartwatch could last me for 4 to 5 days of heavy usage. Even when the battery is at zero percent, I like the fact that I could still read the time as the Pebble Time smartwatch would not turn off by itself or black out immediately.

The design of the Pebble Time smartwatch is rather simple and it may not be aesthetically impressive. With a squarish display, a polycarbonate shell, and a wide silicone band; I honest feel out of place when I wear the Pebble Time smartwatch to a formal business meeting but seriously, I don’t really care because it is sporty and comfortable to wear. On second thought, I really do think the Pebble Time Round Smartwatch (another smartwatch model from Pebble) is a worthy companion for formal events!

Checking the time and reading the notifications on the Pebble Time smartwatch is also a breeze for me. With its always-on reflective colour display, I like how I can activate the built-in backlighting with a simple flick of my wrist. Coupled with the new timeline interface, the Pebble Time smartwatch is really nifty and handy.

However, I would not entirely say that the Pebble Time smartwatch is a perfect smartwatch for everyone. If you want a smartwatch that is sexy, well-designed and packed with many rich features, the Pebble Time smartwatch is not something that I will recommend to you. In fact, the Pebble Time smartwatch is meant for the minimalist individual who doesn’t mind spending $149.99 USD on a timepiece that offers the basic functionalities of a smartwatch.

If you make a comparison between the Pebble Time smartwatch and its competitors which are in the same price range, the Pebble Time smartwatch is definitely bound to lose because its competitors would offer features such as a touchscreen display, GPS, NFC support, and a heart rate monitor while the Pebble Time smartwatch does not. But what is really amazing is that despite the minus points, it has not stopped the Pebble Time smartwatch from becoming the best well-funded project in the whole of Kickstarter’s history.

Seriously, if there is one thing that I wish the Pebble Time smartwatch will have; it would be a sapphire glass display because being a rugged and adventurous guy who is always on the move, the probability of me scratching my watch display is very high and a hardy display that can weather the impact of hairline scratches is deeply appreciated. If water sports is your thing, you might want to know that the Pebble Time smartwatch has a water resistance of up to 30m and that makes it super weatherproof.

Looking for a Christmas gift to give to a geeky man? The minimalist smartwatch that is waterproof and functional might just be it.

3 Tips To Start Your Very Own First Wet-Shaving Adventure

I wasn’t taught how to use a razor blade properly and when I first started using the razor blade, I had my fair share of cuts and nicks. After a few more bloody attempts, I totally gave up on using the razor blade to shave and I made the switch to an electric shaver.

Image Credits to Badger and Blade

So… a long time ago, I bought my first expensive electric shaver, the Braun 760 CC and it cost me quite a bomb. At first, I really enjoyed using the electric shaver and because the purchase came with the Braun Clean and Renew System, I could get my electric shaver automatically cleaned, charged, lubricated, and dried; all at the push of a button. However, what irks me over time is the fact that I could still feel my facial hair with my bare hands even after shaving. It also doesn’t help when I tend to wake my wife up every morning when I shave due to the loud noise that is generated by the electric shaver.

Image Credits to Braun

Recently, I was re-introduced to wet shaving; and this time, thanks to Christian Mueller who is one of the third generation owners of MÜHLE, I grabbed some quick wet-shaving tips from him and I now enjoy wet-shaving using the R 89 Twist Safety Razor from MÜHLE.

If you are clueless and new to wet-shaving, here are some tips that I have gotten from Christian Mueller to help get you started!

1. Get everything you need to have a complete wet-shaving experience.

You will need a shaving bowl, shaving cream, shaving balm, double edge safety razor, shaving towel, and shaving brush. To get everything you need, the price can range from a few hundreds to a few thousands and because you have decided to invest heavily to achieve an entirely clean baby-face shave, make sure you get products that are dependable and are of high quality.

Image Credits to MÜHLE

If you have sensitive skin like I do, using a single flat blade razor would be better than a 3-blade razor (e.g. Gillette Mach 3) or 5-blade razor (e.g. Gillette Fusion) because a single flat blade razor will create lesser stress on the skin. Also, avoid using mass-produced shaving skincare products (for e.g. those shaving creams and shaving balms that you can find off-the-shelves at the local supermarket) because more often than not, they contain low-quality ingredients and chemicals that can be harmful and cause irritation to the skin.

2. Prepare your skin for the shave.

To get a smooth and painless wet-shaving experience, it is extremely important to thoroughly prepare the skin before shaving.

Use a towel which is soaked with comfortably hot water and tap it on your face to open the pores and soften the facial hair for about 1 to 2 minutes. Then, lather some shaving cream onto your face with a shaving brush.

The shaving brush combined with the shaving cream helps to prepare the skin and the facial hair for the shave. The lathering of cream on the face with the brush massages all the goodness of the cream into the skin and it makes the skin and facial hair softer. The brush also brings the facial hair in the right positon and lets it stand up. A standing facial hair which is softened up is much easier to be cut by a sharp blade than a hair which is hard and still “hugging” the skin.

Image Credits to MÜHLE

If the preparation is not done properly, it will be a rough and unclean shave, as hair is pulled out rather than gently cut.

Shaving right after a shower can also be ideal for some people as the skin and facial hair is already softened. Some people do use the shaving soap to lather up but if using a shaving soap causes your skin to be too dry, use a shaving cream instead.

3. Finally, getting down to the actual wet-shaving.

Carry out the first shave by shaving along the grain (i.e. hair-growing direction) of the facial hair. If there are still some facial hairs left after the first shave, consider lathering up a second time and perform a second shave. For the second shave, shave across or against the grain of the facial hair so that you get an ultra-close shave.

Image Credits to MÜHLE

After you are done shaving, rinse your face with cold water, the colder the better as this will help your skin pores to close up. Lastly, dry your face gently with a towel and apply an aftershave.

Planning to get a suitable gift for a man?

Well, a complete shaving kit may just be it! To check out some of MÜHLE products that are available in Singapore, do head down to the Men’s Section of Takashimaya.

And if the above shaving tips seems too wordy, check out this very informative and helpful MÜHLE video tutorial by The Nomad Barber.

Are you ready to begin your first wet-shaving adventure?

[Pre-Orders Now Available]- Good Chen Hello Kitty & Doraemon Mooncakes 2015

Update [15 September]:

The cut-off date for the last order will be 17 September 2015. We will not be taking in anymore orders thereafter. Thank you so much for your kind support and understanding.

The mid-autumn festival will be coming soon and we have many fans who have dropped us an email to enquire if we will be bringing in the Hello Kitty and Doraemon Mooncakes by Good Chen and we are happy to announce that we will be bringing them in to Singapore.

Here are the assorted Hello Kitty Mooncakes that Good Chen has to offer this year! For the Doraemon Mooncakes by Good Chen, more information will be released in due time.

All images used in this post are courtesy of Good Chen Malaysia.

Hello Kitty Mooncakes Set

Set A
Price For 4 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Hello Kitty ‘Tartan Check’Metal Tin Lunch Box

Set B
Price For 4 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Hello Kitty Fancy Revolution Metal Tin Lunch Box

Set C
Price For 6 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Hello Kitty Red Berry Insulated Cooler Tote Bag [Limited Edition]

Set D
Price For 6 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Hello Kitty Berry Insulated Cooler Tote Bag [Limited Edition]

Set E
Price For 6 Hello Kitty Mooncakes + Hello Kitty Fancy Deluxe Leather Tote Bag [Limited Edition]

Hello Kitty Traditional Mooncakes Flavour

Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes Flavour

Doraemon Mooncakes Collection

Doraemon Collection 1 & 2 [Any 4 Mooncakes]- SGD$41.90
Doraemon Collection 3 [Any 2 Mooncakes]- SGD$21.90

Doraemon Snowskin Mooncakes Flavour

Doraemon Traditional Mooncakes Flavour

If you’re interested in placing an order, kindly copy and paste the following template, fill in the required information, and drop an email to

Sales Template

Name: __________
Contact Number: __________
Email Address: ____________________

Mooncake Theme: Hello Kitty | Doraemon
Set: A/B/C/D/E | 1/2/3

Choice of Mooncake Flavours:

1._______________ 2._______________

3._______________ 4._______________

5._______________ [reserve]

Terms & Conditions:

1. All prices as indicated [less the ones on the brochures] are in Singapore Dollars and they are final & non-negotiable.

2. You can choose and mix any assorted snowskin and traditional mooncakes in the set.

2. Once you have place an order with us via email, we will send you a confirmation email and upon receipt of the confirmation email, payment has to be made immediately. An electronic receipt to confirm that your payment has been received will be sent to you.

3. In the event that your choice of mooncake flavours are unavailable for whatsoever reason, we reserve the right to help you change the mooncake to your next preferred flavour as indicated in the Sales Template. Should your next preferred flavour is not available or is out-of-stock, we reserve the right to make a decision for you, based on what is available at that point in time.

4. The mooncakes as illustrated in the brochures are for reference. Actual appearances may differ slightly.

5. Complimentary self-collection points for the mooncakes will be at Kovan MRT and Punggol MRT. For self-collection, the hours are from 1830 hours on weekdays only. For all other timings, kindly drop us an email at If you prefer us to deliver the mooncakes to your preferred location, a service delivery fee of SGD$12 will be imposed.

The Legendary Indian Scout Roars To Singapore

“The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine – a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.” – Antoine Predock

Mr Antoine may have made it sound really surreal, but that’s exactly how each ride feels like the moment you strap on your gear and simply head out for a cruise along the highways. Say what you want about the local riding scene, you can’t deny that the roads are stellar at the crack of dawn when the entire network is yours to conquer.

Anyway, quote dropping aside, the name’s Vanga G and it’s an honour to be part of this journey where I introduce the love for riding to fellow riders out there. Be it seasoned or newly qualified riders, I will be introducing various aspects of riding that though may seem fundamental, but will keep you alive for years to come.

So I have been riding for 5 years now; 2 years spent on a beautiful DT200WR and a few months transitioning to a XR400 before I finally settled for my amazing 1998 BMW R1100GS which is a behemoth all by itself. Do wave if you ever spot me on the roads!

Credits to Lionel Chee for the amazing shot years back. This was the highly reliable DT200WR that was really built like a tank.

My XR400 right next to my DT200WR. Fantastic experience and my first foray into understanding how a 4 stroke engine works.

My XR400 beside the majestic R1100GS.

Anyway all formalities aside, feel free to forward me any queries you may have pertaining to riding or technical questions to and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

Enough of the self-introduction for now and so, on a fantastic Friday evening, I had the privilege of being invited by Mah Motors to cover the launch of the 2015 Indian Scout at the Zervex Building which was a fitting place to represent the heart of the Republic’s automotive industry that’s right smack in the middle of Ubi. In the presence of VIPs and industry leaders, the 2015 Indian Scout was launched to much appreciation from the exquisite crowd.

First impression wise, the Indian Scout is absolutely gorgeous and a sight to behold. A definite head turner with striking angles and stellar finishing that screams perfection, the bike glowers under the showroom lighting and rises to the occasion outside where the test ride was held to interested parties.

Encouraged by the friendly staff from Indian, participants at the test ride were told to stretch the full potential of the liquid cool, 69 cubic inch, 100HP screaming V Twin engine. One glance and it could be noticed that even the least experienced cruiser rider felt right at home with the distinctive ergonomics that the Indian Scout offered. With a low seat height of 23.5 inches that can be further customised, vertically challenged riders were not left out on the fun.

True fans of the Indian heritage will need no introduction, but for those of you who are new to this brand, all you need to know is that the Indian Scout played a vital role in World War 2 for the allied forces and that there are several accolades under their brand name.

The new Indian Scout was designed from the ground up for superb balance of comfort and control, delivering a superior riding performance for both newer and experienced riders. Paying homage to the rich heritage, the Indian Scout consist of a classic ‘rigid triangle’ design that is synonymous with the original Scouts. Coupled with a set of premium coil over monotube shocks, these designs deliver exceptional handling and comfort for riders from various riding background.

Ultimately, the Indian Scout is not just a bike that is entirely machine but it possesses a distinctive personality due in large to the history that the bike is developed around. For those who are able to appreciate the rich heritage and the experience that has gone into making the bike what it is today, this ride is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. What’s more, wide range of premium accessories are available for you to truly customise your very own Indian Motorcycle!

If you are keen to check out the Indian Scout or find out the range of motorcycles that Mah Motors has to offer, do like Mah Motors Facebook Page!