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If you’re ever in Singapore and need flowers whose beauty speak more than your words ever will, then you should turn to those who know how to tell the best tales – A Better Florist.
In the sea of florists that give the same promises and guarantees, with undeniably beautiful yet conventional bouquets, this online florist in Singapore stands out with their Instagram-worthy blooms.

Let’s start off with the pure obvious; the overall stunning appearance. These blooms aren’t what you’ll normally see at a florist, which is quite the refreshing change. These beautifully handcrafted bundles of joy are a very distinct combination of flowers and colours that will catch your eye and you can’t stop staring from the very first glance. Apart from their beauty, they are also as fresh as they can be.

Take one glance at this bouquet, and tell us you’re not in love (be honest).

A Better Florist makes sure that the blooms are in their freshest and most beautiful state; otherwise, they won’t be used in bouquets. There’s honestly nothing worse than looking forward to your bouquet and then realising that the petals are half way withered. These guys grow their flowers on a farm in Cameron Highlands where they grow until they are just right to be picked up by the talented A Better Florist Team.

As for the price point, they are quite affordable and that’s not just our subjective opinion. Their prices for bouquets, arrangements and bundles are very decent, and they do represent the quality that you’re getting. But, that’s not all, there’s a special offer for all newbies at A Better Florist. If you’re ordering for the first time from this happy bloomcrew, you get to take advantage of a very special offer! And who can say no to a special price?

Another reason why we love this florist isn’t just the freshness, beauty and price, but also their delivery. It’s absolutely amazing how a florist that has a fairly small team is able to handle all the tasks and yet is able to deliver nationwide, basically everywhere in Singapore! They also have a guarantee that you’ll get your flowers within 90 minutes and so far, we haven’t seen any complaints or negative reviews! Kudos to A Better Florist for being one of the most efficient florists we’ve ever encountered.

We’d like to thank A Better Florist, for enabling us to have our very own piece of beauty in just a few easy clicks.

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Psst… we have a secret to share with you and if you’re reading this blog post at this hour; you’re in luck!
Audio House, one of Singapore’s largest home-grown retail electronics store, has just launched their first ever online store along with their membership programme and you can check it out at Audiohouse.com.sg.

Now, anyone can sign up as an Audio House Member and get SGD$60 free credits instantly and these credits can be used to offset SGD$20 with every SGD$100 spent. But if you sign up exactly on 25 May 2017 between 0000 to 2359 hours; you get an additional SGD$40 credits, which makes it SGD$100 free credits that you can instantly use upon immediate signup.

Here are 3 reasons why you should sign up!

1. If you are a first-time homeowner and you have just completed your house renovation, this is the best opportunity for you to purchase your home and kitchen appliances. From washing machine to television and even the refrigerator, there’s definitely something that you can get for your new home at Audio House. What’s more, you get 20% off your purchase!

2. Membership is free and it is valid for a lifetime! Since you get SGD$100 free credits which you can use immediately, why not seize this opportunity to also replace the old household appliances that you have always wanted to replace?

3. Since Fathers’ Day is just round the corner and if you’re having some difficulty trying to think of what you can get for your techie dad, you should check out Audio House Online Store! Whether it’s a home entertainment system or a wine cooler, I’m pretty sure you can find something for your dad here.

Well, don’t wait any longer! This promotion is only valid for sign-ups on 25 May 2017 between 0000 to 2359 hours so hurry and sign up now!

Hello, everyone!

We have an exciting piece of news to announce and yes we are indeed conducting yet another blog giveaway and this time round, we will be giving away a set of Sudio Wireless Vasa Blå Rose Gold White Earphones worth $165, courtesy of Sudio!

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When we first received an email from the team at Sudio (yes, all the way from Sweden), we were honestly humbled because it means so much to us that our blog has a global outreach and audience.

Therefore, we really want to extend a big word of THANKS to the awesome folks at Sudio for making this blog post and blog giveaway possible!

First Impression of the Wireless Vasa Blå earphones

Sudio Earphones, a mix between elegant and preppy, caters to the fashion industry lead by companies such as Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Gant. The golden details, genuine leather carrying pouch and choice of materials have been carefully chosen to complement a wardrobe of elegant and preppy belts, watches and alike.

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What left the most impression on me about the wireless Vasa Blå earphones was its distinct style and outstanding design that will appeal greatly to most, if not all fashionistas. If you’re all dressed up for a ballroom event or corporate function, the wireless Vasa Blå earphones will definitely complement and match your outfit pretty well as opposed to an earphone that’s specifically meant for sports.

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Functionality

With an incredible 8-Hour Battery Life, 10-minutes Quick Charging Function & Ultra-lightweight Swedish Design weighing only 14 grams, the wireless Vasa Blå earphones is definitely a worthy contender to most wireless earphones that are currently available in the market. With its studio quality sound, it is the perfect companion for your iPhone or Android device.

Personally, I enjoy the crisp and high-quality sound that the wireless Vasa Blå earphones offer and it cancels out a lot of outside noise which makes it a perfect companion for a long road trip or a long haul flight. When I compared it alongside with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 wireless earphones that I previously have gotten back in 2013 (4 years ago); I noticed a stark difference in terms of the sound quality and this proves that technology advances way faster than we can ever imagine.

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The wireless Vasa Blå earphones’ sound signature is delivered by a carefully tuned driver and amplifier; and the combination of driver and amplifier is able to separate the sound of every instrument in every song, thereby giving the listener a true studio experience.

What is truly amazing about Sudio’s earphones is that they are handcrafted in small batches and each wireless Vasa Blå earphones comes with a matching leather case and 4 different-sized earbuds to ensure the perfect fit for you. In case you’re wondering, the wireless Vasa Blå earphones is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, including the new Samsung Galaxy S8.

What’s Inside The Package

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  • Vasa Blå earphones with 4 pairs of extra sleeves
  • Owner’s Manual & Quality Assurance Card
  • Genuine Leather Carrying Case
  • Metal Clip
  • Charging Cable
  • Battery

Now, I know you can’t wait to find out how you can stand a chance to win a set of Sudio wireless Vasa Blå earphones but I will like to let everyone know that at A Winsome Life, we believe that everyone’s a winner and in a rare collaborative opportunity with Sudio, we are very privileged to have the folks at Sudio offer a 15% discount for all our readers who decide to make any Sudio Earphones purchase. On top of that, you will also get an additional 20% instant tax rebate which means you get 35% discount off the retail price!

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Oh, and not forgetting the fact that your purchase comes with free express shipping to Singapore (it takes about 3-5 days for your purchase to arrive) and also a free limited edition white marble phone case!

Now, how awesome is that right?!

All you need to do to get the discount is just key in the discount code, “awinsomelife” prior to checking out your shopping cart!

Ok, so if you’re keen to also participate in the blog giveaway, all you have to do is simply sign up in the form as follows!

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3. Blog Giveaway Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on 26 April 2017, 2330 hours, GMT +8:00 and ending 25 May 2017, 2330 hours, GMT +8:00. All online entries must be received by 25 May 2017, 2330 hours, GMT +8:00.

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What’s the best way to discover a new country?
Or, better yet, what’s the best way of experiencing a new part of a city that you thought you already knew?

Well, if you want high class service and unforgettable and unique experiences, lifestyle management services are for you.

Fancy having a putting lesson with Tiger Woods? Or how about getting onboard a submarine to explore ancient shipwrecks and coral reefs in Western Australia?

We at A Winsome Life are pleased and excited to announce the launch of our new luxury concierge services!

What’s The Excitement All About?

With immediate effect, we will be offering our valuable clients a multitude of luxurious and exclusive VIP lifestyle management and travel services.

What Sort of VIP Lifestyle Management and Travel Services?

The possibilities are endless. Some of the luxurious and exclusive VIP travel experiences can include the following:

Spend the day at the Rolex headquarters and Meet the CEO

Pioneer of the wristwatch since 1905, Rolex is at the origin of landmark innovations in watchmaking, including the first waterproof wristwatch- the Oyster. Visit the Rolex headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to learn about the company’s brand, design and manufacture. Then, spend a few hours with the CEO, Mr Jean Frederic Dufour.

Price: P.O.A

Private Video Message from Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano is one of the biggest names in professional soccer, and one of the biggest sports stars in the world. He is the most expensive soccer player in history thanks to his huge, record-setting 80-million EUD transfer contract. Get the chance to have a customised private video message from the global soccer star and Portuguese international player.

Price: P.O.A

Paris VIP Travel Experience

  • Welcome reception at Chanel high-end Jewelry store on Place Vendome and personalised shopping experience.
  • Private visit of the Coco Chanel apartment at the Ritz Paris (subject to availability).
  • Exclusive private tour of the Coco Chanel private apartment on top of the Chanel boutique Rue Cambon.
  • New Michelin-star dining experience.
  • VIP tickets to the Opera Garnier and behind-the-scene tour.
  • One-of-a-kind after hour visit of the renowned Chateau de Versailles.
  • Luxury private transfer to/from hotel.

Price: From 16,500 EUD per person

*Accommodation is not included in this package.

Hong Kong VIP Travel Experience (New Year Eve Special)

  • Private guided walking tour of Hong Kong landmarks to learn about its history.
  • Roundtrip helicopter transfer to Macau and full day private guided tour of the old Portuguese colony with local expert (lunch incl).
  • New Year Eve Michelin-star dining experience.
  • Private shopping session with a personal shopper to discover Hong Kong’s fashion.
  • Private Tai Chi session with a Grandmaster.
  • Full day private yacht charter to discover islands around Hong Kong.
  • Private harbour cruise against the backdrop of the spectacular Hong Kong Symphony of Lights show.
  • Luxury private transfer to/from hotel.

Price: From 9515 USD Per Person

*Accommodation is not included in this package.

London VIP Travel Experience

  • VIP tickets to a London Opera or Theatre with pre-show dining and after show behind-the-scene tour.
  • Exclusive private after-hours tour of the National Gallery followed by cocktails and canapes in the private Trafalgar Room.
  • Private shopping session with a personal shopper in a luxury Bentley.
  • Michelin-star dining experience with private tour of the kitchen and meet and greet with the chef.
  • New Year Eve Michelin-star dining experience.
  • 2-hour private consultation at Floris London to create own fragrance.
  • Private tour of the Windsor Castle with expert guide (transfer inclusive).
  • Private 30 minutes helicopter tour of London (at night or during the stay).
  • Luxury private transfer to/from hotel.

Price: From 8745 GBP per person.

*Accommodation is not included in this package.

These are just some of the endless possibilities that we will be able to offer to our clients and we are confident that demands for such exclusive travel experiences will increase over time in Singapore.

Why settle for less when you can experience world class lifestyle concierge that includes everything from shopping, restaurant arrangements to transportation (yes, we can even charter a private jet for you)?

As a busy professional, you understand the need to be efficient and effective with your time. After all, it’s probably what got you where you are already. With lifestyle concierge, you don’t have to worry about tedious tasks or time consuming waits. You have a professional – someone committed to you – that you can trust and rely on. Lifestyles management is exactly that; someone to manage and book things while you concentrate on maintaining your status and lifestyle. Think of it as a personal team who is dedicated to your exact needs.

Best of all, you can use lifestyle management services for so many aspects of your life. It’s not limited to solely business or travel, but an overarching service that you can always fall back on. That means while you’re out there taking care of business or having fun, your team is behind the scenes working around the clock to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

When it comes to finding the great things in life, Singapore lifestyle influencers like us are the way to go as well. We’re talking about real people, ones that understand your needs and ones that you can relate to, with a little bit of flair thrown in. So if there’s something that you need or if you need to be inspired, look to us for the right influence.

Who knows, pretty soon you may be the one influencing the life of others!

When we first shifted to our new home last December, we really wanted to get a smart digital home lock because we had a pleasant first-hand user experience during our stay in Taiwan many years ago and we found it pretty convenient and hassle free.
However, because our renovation costs were too pricey and popular digital home lock brands like Yale and Samsung were somewhat expensive; we had to give up the idea and relied on manual home locks (which honestly isn’t that bad either).

Fast forward 10 months later, we have just installed our very own smart digital home lock by igloohome and it now makes thing so much more convenient for us!

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The best part?

The price is super affordable at SGD$288 (current promotion) and it comes with free installation!

What makes the smart digital home lock by igloohome different from other brands is the fact that we could use our mobile phones to gain access via bluetooth and it is unlike some other smart digital home locks which requires the use of a hub that is connected to the home wifi network. There’s also no need for RFID cards or tokens and what this means is that the smart digital home lock by igloohome can work offline on its own.

One of the most useful feature of igloohome’s smart digital home lock is the fact that we could assign a one-time password (OTP) for couriers, part-time maids, and other service providers to gain access to our home without having to be physically present; and this OTP works pretty much the same way like the iBanking tokens people used to perform online transactions.

As errands-runners / personal concierge service-providers ourselves, we find that such a smart digital home lock is especially helpful and useful for homeowners because they can issue a password with a set duration for us to access their homes to perform simple errands like stocking up on their groceries, pet-sitting, delivery and cleaning services. The passwords that are issued can also be set to ‘one time usage only’. This is an advantage because there is no need to duplicate any spare keys and homeowners do not have to worry about service providers losing the keys or tokens (RFID Cards).

If you still feel somewhat insecure about letting people into your home without being physically around, we would personally recommend that you also install a home security camera system to monitor any movement at home. This might just give you a peace of mind and it adds an additional layer of security.

Can the smart digital home lock fail to provide homeowners the security they need?

It may be possible but the chances of it happening is slim because there are security measures in place to prevent brute-force hacking (there’s also a decoy pin feature that allows you to key in some fake numbers followed by your real password). If you lose your phone, the administrator over at igloohome can deactivate your igloohome account and delete it so that people will not be able to use it.

Planning to get the smart digital home lock by igloohome?

You can do so via this link.

As mentioned, the usual retail price for the lock is SGD$399 (without installation) but from now till 30 November 2016, you can get the smart digital home lock for just SGDS$288 and it comes with free installation.

Have you heard of Gobdigoun, a Korean skincare brand?
Well, I haven’t heard of Gobdigoun until Jacqueline was sharing with me about it and I’m always amazed at how she is always updated with the latest trends in the world of beauty and skincare; which is apparently not my forte (I’m a guy, duh!).

When Jacqueline shared with me about Gobdigoun, she had so many good things to say about the brand and what really caught my attention were the skincare products that they have to offer.

Gobdigoun’s bestselling products are the 24K Golden Cream Placenta Power, Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask and Placenta Power Aging Corrector Eye Cream; and apparently, they are very popular in China, Taiwan, and Japan.

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I honestly had no idea what Placenta is and so I did a Google Search and found out that the placenta is an organ that connects the developing foetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, provide thermo-regulation to the foetus, waste elimination, gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy.

In short, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to growing babies and removes waste products from the baby’s blood. So… after finding out what a placenta is; you can probably figure what went through my mind at that point of time. I really can’t imagine applying a Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face!

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The placenta from Gobdigoun’s facial and skincare products comes from the sheep and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria and Madonna swear by their sheep placenta facials. Although placenta has been a pretty big trend, there’s been little analysis on the scientific side of things; so it’s impossible to say that placenta is a skincare miracle.

My experience of applying a Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face?

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When Jacqueline applied the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face, I must admit that although I cringed slightly at first, it really wasn’t that bad. I was expecting the facial mask to smell weird but to my surprise, it was pleasantly scented. The sensation was cooling on my face and after what seems like 30 minutes, my face was soft to the touch and it had that bouncy effect. Overall, the experience was very refreshing and my face appeared much radiant.

Cost?

For the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask, it cost 120,000 South Korean Won (about SGD$150) for a box of 10 facial masks and this price does not include the cost of shipping.

Apart from the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask, Gobdigoun has many other skincare products available so do check out their Official Website for the entire range!

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Keen to give Gobdigoun’s products a try?

Gobdigoun started business in Korea since 2010 and they don’t have any physical shop in Singapore. If you would like to place an order for their products; you can contact them via their Official Facebook Page and they will have your order shipped from Korea to Singapore.

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Do also like Gobdigoun’s Facebook Page so that you can tune in to their exclusive promotions!

Last week, Jacqueline and I were invited by the kind folks from The French Cellar for a wine tasting session at Vanilla Bar and Cafe and we had an awesome time pairing Thai food with French wine.
For me personally, it was also a good refresher because ever since I earned my Bordeaux Level 1 Wine Certificate from L’Ecole du vin; I have not touched my wine knowledge somewhat and Lucas, (a French Sommelier from The French Cellar) covered a great deal of information about French wine that kept me engaged throughout the session.

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Fun Fact #1

France produces 6 billion bottles of wine every year!


We tasted 1 sparkling, 1 white, 1 rose, and 2 reds; all of which were refreshingly good. I especially enjoyed the reds and they paired really well with spicy food.

Fun Fact #2

French wines are usually not sweet as no sugar is added; unlike some other wines where sugar is added after the fermentation process.


After the wine tasting session, Lucas shared with us more about what his company, The French Cellar, does and we were extremely intrigued by the wine subscription service that his company offers (yes, we signed up for the wine subscription service because Jacqueline and I are wine-lovers).

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The French Cellar imports French wines directly from vineyards and they are carefully selected by their sommelier, Mr. Nicolas Rebut, who was the former Chef Sommelier of 3-star Michelin restaurants, Louis XV (Monaco) and Le Meurice (Paris). Based in France, Nicolas explores vineyards and forges privileged relationships with estates and winemakers in search of exclusive wines at the best value. Tasting thousands of wine samples each year, Nicolas selects only the best wines from renowned estates and undiscovered appellations.

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Fun Fact #3

The northern half of France produces more white wine while the southern half of France produces more red wine.


With The French Cellar’s wine subscription service, wine enthusiasts can discover two beautiful tasting wines every month, exclusively through their platform, thanks to a special and personal relationship they have between Nicholas and winemakers in France.

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If you are new to wine and have absolutely zero knowledge about wine-making, fret not because the wine comes with complementary tasting notes, written by Richard, so that you can enjoy an epicurean wine journey and learn more about the wines, winemakers and vineyards.

For more information about The French Cellar, do check out their official website and if you are intrigued by their wine subscription service just like us, do attend their complimentary wine tasting workshop to understand more.

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us as we will help to direct your queries to The French Cellar.

5 years ago, we attended the Singapore Toy, Game, and Comic Convention 2011 (STGCC 2011) at Suntec City Convention Centre and fast forward to today, we have just came back from attending the recent Singapore, Toy, Game, and Comic Convention 2016 (STGCC 2016) that will be here in Singapore till 11 September 2016 (yes today is the last day).

I must say, the STGCC has grown over the last 5 years and we now see more Cosplayers, more hot toys, more budding artists, and definitely more visitors than it was 5 years ago.

There were many cool finds and definitely lots of things to look forward to.

If you are planning to make a trip down to STGCC 2016, here’s how you can make your one-day SGD$19 admission ticket worth:

1. Learn to Assemble and Paint A Toy Model When You Visit Games Workshop- Warhammer Booth

This is a must-do for all visitors and I have to say this; the folks at Games Workshop- Warhammer Booth are very generous and super friendly because they give visitors a free model to practise assembling and painting. Do be patient though; there will be many other visitors who would want to do the same too. If waiting is not your forte, just pick up their promotional flyer, bring it down to the first Warhammer store in Singapore at East Coast Road, and you will be able to enjoy the same perks too.

Honestly, what really intrigued me were the Warhammer table-top games that were on offer and no, table-top games are not passé (in my opinion). If you are ready for a new hobby and have some spare cash, do check out what Games Workshop- Warhammer Booth has to offer.

2. Take Lots of Pictures with Cosplayers

Visiting STGCC 2016 without taking a picture with a Cosplayer is like taking a poop at the toilet without bringing the toilet paper. If you’re new to this whole Cosplay thing, just know that Cosplay is a performance art in which participants called Cosplayers, wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

Cosplay has no age limit and it can be pretty fun. From Wonder Woman to characters from Suicide Squad, there were many interesting characters that we saw and not forgetting the troopers from 501st Legion; they’ve been around for the longest time and we simply admire the good that they are doing for the KKH Health Endowment Fund. Do pop by for a visit at the 501st Legion booth, take a photo, and donate to charity for a worthy cause.

Most Cosplayers really go all out to portray their favourite character and they even look into the intricate details of their costumes to make sure it stands out from the rest. Maybe for next year’s STGCC, I might consider becoming Batman.

3. Buy some Memorabilia and Toys to Keep

If you are the sort who enjoys keeping toys and comics; be prepared mentally and emotionally. I found it really hard to keep my wallet in the pocket as I was tempted to buy quite a number of interesting stuffs. From Tamagotchi and Digimon Devices to Marvel Superheroes figurines and artworks by the various artists; I was super tempted to open my wallet and dig deep. I am surprised to learn that the Digimon device I played with since young now cost SGD$80 (seems that toys do appreciate in value after all)!


Fortunately, I had a budget controller by my side who would reprimand me whenever I take out my wallet; but if affordability is a concern for you, I would suggest that you set yourself a budget (could be even less than $10), comb through the entire STGCC, pick an item that is within your budget and if that item really catches your eye, make that purchase!

This pretty much sums up our day at the STGCC 2016! We definitely can’t wait for STGCC 2017 to arrive so that I can go Cosplay as Batman. 🙂

It’s been two weeks since our last update and there just isn’t enough time to do everything that is written on my to-do list. Nevertheless, I guess it is about time for a blog update and in this post, I will be sharing about the ASUS ZenWatch 2 that I recently had the opportunity to review.
The ASUS ZenWatch 2 Charging Via A USB Cable.

Design

In terms of design, it looks pretty sophisticated and although I have to admit that I don’t quite fancy square watches, the ZenWatch 2 is an exception. Paired with an elegant strap, the ZenWatch 2 can definitely be a good-looking watch for just about any occasions; formal or informal. Available in 2 different sizes, 1.63″ for the gentlemen and 1.45″ for the ladies, the ZenWatch 2 fits perfectly on the wrist. (Pardon my hairy hands)

Specifications

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also has a 6-axis gyrometer and accelerometer and is powered with a 400mAh battery. Weighing just 60g, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is lightweight and isn’t too bulky to carry around. The ASUS ZenWatch 2 also has a built in microphone, Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi capabilities. With an IP67 rating, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is not to be used when in the showers or when going for a swim.

Functionality

Although the ASUS ZenWatch 2 works well with Android smartphones, it is compatible with the Apple iPhone too. Functioning like how most smart wearables should, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is a great personal assistant that can help with reminders, navigation, and even translation. However, as with almost all smart wearables (with the exception of the Pebble Smartwatch); the battery life of the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is not long-lasting and dies out by the 2nd day of usage. If you are a fitness buff and you are looking for a wearable that can keep track of your activities and monitor your heart rate, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is definitely not the smartwatch for you. You will be better off getting a fitness band instead.

Back View of the ASUS ZenWatch 2

Price

Retailing for SGD$229, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is one of the most affordable smartwatches that are available on the market. Although it may lack a couple of features that are available on the more premium range of smartwatches, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is still quite a worthy buy.

As for me, I probably would not consider buying the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (not that it is not good) but rather, I would personally prefer a round watch that is durable and long-lasting. Being the kind of careless and rough guy that I am, Casio’s G-Shock Mudmaster would be pretty suitable for me since it is the epitome of durability and strength.

Do you know of any other outdoorsy watch that is durable but yet trendy? If you have any suggestions for outdoor watches, do feel free to comment below.

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!