Monday, February 24, 2014

Having a blast with my new speakers!

As you can read from the title above, it's quite obvious what this post is gonna be all about but still,
What's the difference between the 2 photos below?
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Well, it's quite obvious that it's my new speakers - the Sound Blaster Axx AXX200 from Creative!
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The kind folks from Creative recently sent me their latest yet-to-be-launch in Singapore speakers (i'm not sure if it's already available in the SG market at this point of time because i took quite awhile to come up with this blog post, Opps.) After reading up on its whole wide range of built in features online, i was really excited to receive the product! There are already so many wireless speakers out there in the market but how does one really stand out from the others?

Before i go on with this post, i just wanna say that i'm not a professional tech blogger and probably won't be because i know nuts about all those processor, audio card blah blah blah but as a lifestyle blogger, what i really look for would be how a product can do what it's supposed to do but also enhance and bring accessibility into my life! So if you are looking for the technical specs of this speaker, i suggest you head to the official link and read up on it, LOL! Instead i will be sharing some of the cool features that i really like in this Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX200 in this blog post! :D
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Other than the fact that the Sound BlasterAxx AXX200 is a wireless speaker which you can connect your devices via bluetooth and play your audio wireless-ly, what i really like is that other than the "on" button, everything else can be controlled from your iOS/ android device! There are 3 apps which you can download for easy remote control.
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The "SB Remote" app duplicates the physical touch screen buttons on the speaker right into your phone which allows you to control the main functions of speaker directly through the app! The SBX technology delivers outstanding audio play back for your music, movies and games! The "central" app (as the name suggests) allows you to have an overview and total control of speakers including the indication of battery life, SBX profile, in built music player and even an alarm clock! There is also this "Night mode" which minimizes abrupt volume changes and this speaker automatically adjust and equalize the volume of different audio tracks. Sounds pretty cool being able to remotely control everything har? :D
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I love how i can just lie on my bed and look through my playlist then playing it through the speakers (:
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If you do not wish to connect your photo to the speakers (for whatever reasons) you can play audio directly from a MicroSD card! If you use the one touch recording feature (Yes, you can record audio using this speaker too!) all the recordings such as audio calls, voice music will also be saved directly into the MicroSD card. Super convenient!
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The last thing i would expect a speaker to do would be to be able to double up as a powerbank. It's capacity of 5200 mAh battery is able to provide up to 15 hours of playback time, can also allow you to charge your devices via usb!
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The most fun part about this speaker would be the Megaphone function! Firstly, it can literally work as a megaphone (aka loudspeaker) or a microphone so you can have instant karaoke session anytime (and recording it at the same time!) and you get to change your voice instantly just by speaking through the microphone! There's a whole list of voice to change to such as Ore, Robot, Male to female, alien(?!) etc. Really super funny and amazed by how it works!!!
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On top of the speaker, Creative also sent me a separate docking base that comes with a supplied universal power adaptor so that i don't have to plug in and out the cable whenever i need to charge the speaker! So thankful! :D

I'm pretty sure i covered the features which i really love about this Sound Blaster Axx AXX200 speaker. I liked the fact that it's so portable yet powerful, i'm so gonna bring it to my next staycation with my friends (and make weird voices with the VoiceFX function! HAHAHAHA) Just in case you are wondering on the price, according to the website, the price of the speaker is $375 and the docking base is $75. BUT i think there is a launch special - Both at $229! Consider maybe?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brunch & Cafe hopping in Singapore!

Brunch and all day breakfast has been rather popular in Singapore recently and more and more cafes are jumping onto the bandwagon and started offering brunch since cafe hopping is a new trend now. For lazy people like me who wakes up only in the noon during weekends, but still wants to have breakfast-like meals, brunch is like the perfect answer. Every now and then i would look for cafes to visit, not only for their food but also for the ambiance and interior decor. Unknowingly i have visited close to 30 cafes in Singapore already! I was thinking, since i always instagram photos of my food/ cafes i visit, why not do a compilation of all these cafe photos into a blog post and share with everyone! :D photo cafemap.jpg
Took an MRT map and divided it into 4 parts as shown above and labeled them accordingly. (Yes, South is missing but whatever, lol) So based on where the cafe is located and the nearest MRT station to it, i categorized it accordingly. Perhaps if you are a "cafe-hopper" like me or is looking for a nice cafe to chill with your friends, you might want to consider one of the cafes listed below. There are a few cafes which i did blogged about them so do click on the link below their address to read my review! I will also be updating this post regularly every time i visit a new cafe (:

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Eggs & Berries
5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #01-37/38 Changi City Point

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Chock full of beans
#01-2090, 4 Changi Village Road

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Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508529  photo Tablemanners.jpg
Table Manners
#01-69/69, The Oasis, Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1

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Tiramisu Hero
121 Tyrwhitt Road, Jalan Besar
Click here to read about my visit!

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Strictly Pancakes
81 Upper East Coast Road Singapore 455220

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Nine Thirty by Awfully Chocolate
131 East Coast Road, Katong
Click here to read about my visit!

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Loysel's Toy
66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01 Sam Tat Building, Singapore 338987
Click here to read about my visit!

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30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
Click here to read about my visit!

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Chye Seng Huat
150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
Click here to read about my visit!

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NOM Bistro & Bakery
Macpherson Community Club Level 1 – 400  Paya Lebar Way, Singapore 379131
Click here to read about my visit!

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Coffee Bean
All day breakfast available island wide

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66 Serangoon Garden Way, 555962
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Little Pancakes
#01-04, Thomson Imperial Court, 200 Upper Thomson Road
Click here to read about my visit!

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Wimbly Lu
15-2, Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
Click here to read about my visit!

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Lola's Cafe
5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Click here to read about my visit!

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28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781 
Click here to read about my visit!

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Pique Nique
#B1-01/02, Ngee Ann City, 391A Orchard Road

The House of Robert Timms
#01-02/03, 321 Orchard Road

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Tiong Bahru Bakery
#B1-11/12, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road
Click here to read about my visit!

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I am Cafe
674 North Bridge Road #01-01, Haji Lane, Singapore 188804

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Jones the Grocer
Mandarin Gallery, 333a Orchard Road , Level 4 #21-23

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Dean & Deluca
#04-23/24, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
Click here to read about my visit!

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#01-02 The Quayside 60 Robertson Quay

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The Fabulous Baker Boy
70 River Valley Rd, 179037

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Five & Dime
297 River Valley Rd, Singapore 238338

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Everything With Fries
#01-24/25, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road

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Charlie Brown Cafe
Somerset, Orchard Rd, Singapore 239518

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La Marelle
25A Baghdad Street, Singapore, Singapore 199664
 Click here to read about my visit!

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49 Seats
49 Kreta Ayer Road Singapore 089007

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d' Good Cafe
273 Holland Ave, 278992
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Strangers' Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru Rd, 169356

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267 Holland Avenue  Singapore 278989
Click here to read about my visit!

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21 Lorong Kilat, 598123
Click here to read about my visit!

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