Taobao product recommendation – Silicone tongs

Not much to say on this one, except, well, it works. Don’t expect a very refined product for 13.6 Yuan (S$2.7 plus shipping), but no complaints for this price. If you did a search on Taobao (硅胶食品夹子), you’ll realize that more than half the sellers are selling the very same product.

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Taobao product recommendation – KZ ZSR earphones

I bought these earphones primarily for use with an IEM (In-Ear Monitor) system (on-stage musical jamming). They would work very well when doing sports or during commute or just casual listening. I came across these while looking through earphones sold on Amazon, and there are just so many of them (90% Chinese products)! These ones caught my attention, because one reviewer mentioned he used it for IEM. As usual, you save a bundle when buying from Taobao instead of Amazon. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – KZ ZSR earphones

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Taobao product recommendation – Bluetooth transmitter and receiver

When you use a projector, you invariably encounter one problem – the projector has to be placed far away from your sound system (unless you got the now still very-costly short throw projector which may come bundled with the sound system even).

Two ways to solve the problem – either you run a long HDMI/audio cable between the projector and the sound system, or, you transmit the audio signal wirelessly. These days, it is actually quite cheap to do the latter, by using Bluetooth wireless transmission. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Bluetooth transmitter and receiver

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Review of EAMart and Fairprice On

After the success story of Redmart, new contenders are cropping up every now and then. The new kid on the block is EAMart. Bet you haven’t heard of them. Well, i took notice only because they were the only online grocery store that stocked an item i happen to be Googling about.

So, what is the differentiation they offer? No minimum purchase to get free delivery. But seriously, i wonder how they stop someone from getting free delivery for an order of, say, just S$1. Anyway, I can imagine that, for a significant group of people, especially those who are too busy or simply hate to go to a supermarket, the free delivery is a big deal. It’s not for me, but just for fun, i made a purchase on EAMart 🙂 Here’s my take on EAMart: Continue reading Review of EAMart and Fairprice On

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Amazon product recommendation – Philips Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean

I’ve been using the Sonicare Series 3 for a year and a half. Well, i thought i could save money by sharing a single handle between my better half and myself, by swapping the brush head each time we use it respectively. Looks like that was a bad idea – it accelerated the wear and tear. Had to shop for new sonic toothbrushes. This time i went for the cheapest one that does 31000 vibrations per second, two of them this time, and it is the Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean. Continue reading Amazon product recommendation – Philips Sonicare 4100 ProtectiveClean

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Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

There’s no way you can cut vegetable into strips quickly and evenly with a knife. If you searched on Taobao, you will find quite a few variations of tools to help you do that. They don’t look convincing. In the end i settled on the tried and true method – the Japanese method. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

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Parcel forwarding from the US – vPost vs ezbuy

So, i just shipped two Amazon parcels from the US, using vPost and ezbuy respectively. I’ve been shipping parcels from the US using ezbuy exclusively for years, but was forced to look for an alternative recently.

You might be wondering, why would i need to ship Amazon parcels through a third party forwarder if there is Amazon Prime in Singapore that offers free shipping. The reason is, prices found on Amazon Prime are much higher than that on the Amazon US website. Either that, or the product is not available. There are categories of goods that you will not find on Amazon Prime, such as Coffee Beans and other imported food. Continue reading Parcel forwarding from the US – vPost vs ezbuy

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Taobao product recommendation – Wireless Microphone

Wireless Microphones used to cost a bomb. Thanks to advancement in technology, all things wireless cost a fraction of what they used to. I got hold of a Wireless Mic for just 89 Yuan (S$18), and it’s the set with a mini stand. It worked right out of the box. Two pieces of AA batteries as well as a 1/4″ to 3.5mm stereo plug adapter are included. No audible noise. Happy.

If your old folks are the Karaoke loving type, this would make a nice (and cheap but not cheap looking) gift. The lowest end one (the one i got) uses slightly cheap feeling plastic, but you can choose the higher end metallic one for just a bit more.

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Medan 5 days itinerary

Medan is a bustling city, being the third largest in Indonesia. Prices are cheaper here than in Jakarta and Surabaya, so if you want a cheap getaway, Medan fits the bill.

Here is an important travel tip for Medan – use Grab for cheap and efficient transport around Medan (should apply to all Indonesian cities as well). For a six-seater car, it cost only 15 to 20k (S$1.50 to S$2) for travel within Medan city, which is quite affordable. For a normal sedan, it is even cheaper.

Grab is the no brainer choice to arrange for your airport transfer, costing less than 150k (S$15) for a six-seater, plus 15k for toll. The journey takes almost an hour. Here’s how you can use Grab upon your arrival – when you exit the airport terminal, go to the parking area A (Parkir A) on the right. The Grab cars are all just waiting there. Book a car and proceed to look for the car when the driver confirms the booking. Continue reading Medan 5 days itinerary

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Ezbuy hits another wall

Apparently, Ezbuy is now blocked from forwarding Amazon purchases (for selected items). I turn to vPost for now, but i hope Ezbuy will be back in action (Update: i shipped another Amazon order to ezbuy warehouse and it worked). I believe they’re still the cheapest around.

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