Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: Creative Metallix!

I have always been a huge fan of Creative products as they are of good quality and really affordable. Say for example my Creative Outlier Sports headphones. Ever since i got my first pair, i have never thought of getting any other brand or model because it's just so good in terms of sound quality and it fits my everyday use, be it for casual listening to music or when i hit the gym. I honestly swear by the product and managed to convince the people around me to try them! (They launched a lower end version - Creative Outlier One at $39! Super affordable for a good quality ear piece. Can consider if you always wanted a sports earpiece)

That aside, Creative recently sent me another of their bluetooth portable speaker to review (i'm already using their Roar and MuVo Mini, lol) The Creative Metallix. I secretly love that it's in totally black. 
The first thing will notice about the Creative Metallix would be the size. It's literally palm-sized and weigh just 205 grams, which deems it as ultra portable. I would say it makes a perfect speaker to bring on a travel, staycation or even out for a picnic. You will be shocked that it boost a remarkably long-lasting battery life of up to 24 hours! When i first read about it, i was like what? 24 hours??? That is something that i would not expect from a speaker of this size. I do know of speakers in the market that is at least twice the size of the Metallix but can only last for a much shorter duration.
Every time i do a "tech review" i have to do a disclaimer because i'm not a tech blogger and i won't go into the specifics of the speakers like what is stated on their website - "furnished with an in-house tuned full-range driver with a hidden passive radiator for impressive audio and enhanced bass." To me, what really matters is that the sound that comes out of the speaker must be crisp and clear, with a  good bass. I'm quite sure most people reading this blog will resonate with me because how many people actually knows what's a passive radiator and how it affects the sound???

An honest review from me, i would say the sound produced by the Creative Metallix is awesome, good enough for my standard. (Damn. Very soon no company would want me to review their gadget liao. HAHAHA) Oh ya! If you have 2 or more Creative Metallix (for whatever reason) you can actually pair them up for better and wider stereo sound experience!
The design of the speaker is very simple as shown in the image above. There are different modes which you can toggle between. Like FM Radio, which i feel is a long lost function which a lot of people would greatly appreciate, you can also play your own songs using the built in Music Player via Micro SD card, there is a standard 3.5mm AUX-in port for fuss-free wired connectivity and lastly, you can also use the speaker to activate Google Now or Siri to send a message or make a call (which you can use it as a speakerphone to take calls!) That's quite a lot of functions in a compact speaker isn't it?
Overall i'm really pleased at how this portable speaker pack such a punch and i'm in love with it's minimalistic black design. If you are wondering how much this Creative Metallix would cost, you will be surprised that it retails at just $59 on the Creative online store (https://sg.creative.com/p/speakers/creative-metallix) AND it's on a promotion at just $39! Honestly i feel that this would make a great "below-$50-budget" gift, maybe can buy and keep for Christmas gift exchange first because i also have no idea when the promotion is gonna end. LOL Alright, that's all i have to say about the Creative Metallix! :)

                   

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Weekend getaway to Kuala Lumpur!

A couple of weeks back , i went over to KL and i had the perfect excuse to make this impromptu weekend getaway - colleague’s baby 1st birthday celebration (the parents are Malaysians) The whole gang of us made our own transport arrangements and the fastest way to get to KL would definitely be via plane HOWEVER because a couple of us waited till the very last minute to book our flights, the rates were exorbitant (probably due to the Hari Raya public holiday) so we decided that we would take an overnight chartered car over on Friday night and take an evening flight back on Sunday - which gives us about 2 full days in KL!

The overnight car ride started at around 10pm and we eventually arrived in KL at about 3am. Checked into the hotel, immediately unpacked and went to sleep as we had to wake up early the next day. Not gonna mention which hotel as there is nothing much to rave about the place and it was not a very good hotel imo. Location wise, awesome (just a 5 mins walk to Pavilion) but the walls were thin and we could literally hear the music from the club downstairs through the thin walls. There were even drilling noise at 3am. Zzz Just in case you are wondering which hotel it is, here’s a little hint - "First camera themed boutique hotel in KL” 
 Sharing on 2 cafes which i visited during my short trip to KL! 
 Antipodean Cafe 
20, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, 
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

The last time I visited Antipodean Cafe was about 2 years ago and it had a lasting impression in my mind. What i really like about this cafe is that they serve great English food. The variety ranges from the typical breakfast set, pancakes, sandwiches for breakfast/ brunch to pastas and pizzas after 11am. There’s even cocktail and beer so basically you can visit the cafe at any time of the day. You don’t get a physical menu because the entire menu is written across the walls. The price is really affordable (especially after conversion and no GST!) 
Botanica + Co 
8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, 
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Before this trip, my friend from KL sent me photos of Botanica+ Co and i knew i had to visit this cafe/ restaurant no matter what. I’m a huge fan of places with natural lighting and Botanica + Co immediately made it to the top of my list of favourite cafes in KL because of the interior flora and fauna design and they also serve awesome food! The cafe is a little out of place so i would recommend you take a cab or Grab (in fact just Grab wherever you go in KL because it’s so cheap, lol) Despite being so full from our earlier brunch at Antipodean, we still ordered a Bo+Co fruit bowl and Chicken mashed potato bowl from their seasonal menu. 
On top of that, we decided to order a carafe of their signature Bo+Co cocktail which makes a great Sunday afternoon drink. The drink is so light and refreshing and it's infused with fresh mixed fruits. I would definitely return to Botanico + Co to try out their other food items and also visit their new outlet at Alila Bangsar! 

My return flight from KL to Singapore was booked via Traveloka. Long gone are the days where you have to open up tabs after tabs on your browser to compare fares and prices because of sites like Traveloka now readily help you to compare cheap flight tickets and hotels with the most intensive search results. Not only that, you get to enjoy great promotions every now and then which helps you to save money (which also meant more $$ to spend on your trip!) 

Booking with Traveloka means… 

 ⁃ Getting a honest price as all prices listed are inclusive of all taxes, surcharges or payment fee. No more getting last minute shock of an increased price at the checkout page! 

⁃ Unsure of which accommodation to get? With 2,000,000+ verified reviews from real hotel guests, it will definitely aid you in making the right decision. 

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⁃ With various payment option available, you can pay via Credit Card, Debit Card, Internet Banking or at 7-Eleven - with no transaction fee. 

If you are in my situation where you need a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, you can also source for Cheap Air Ticket via Traveloka! Above is a screenshot of return flights fare between KL and SIN for the month of August. The fares are really affordable and reasonable! :) 

With that said, for those thinking of a destination for a short weekend getaway, why not consider KL? Go for a shopping spree at the Pavilion, cafe hopping (there are plentyyy to choose from!) or why not spend a day at the nearby Sunway lagoon which i did for my previous trip 2 years ago! Did i mention that flight time from SIN to KL is only 50 mins compared to the 5 hours via road?

Signing off,