Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas 2021

Saturday, December 25th, 2021

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed X’mas!

This watercolour painting of a X’mas Kitty was painted by my wife. Check out her other paintings on Instagram at @kkmakesandbakes.

This watercolour painting of a X’mas Kitty was painted by my wife. Check out her other paintings on Instagram at @kkmakesandbakes.

May peace and love be with you always!

tech4xmas Gift Idea: FLO Diffuser Home Christmas Bundle

Sunday, December 19th, 2021

tech4xmas: Beautifully crafted aromatherapy diffusers for the home, with a wide selection of relaxing and fragrant essential oils for Christmas. S$218 with free delivery.

FLO Diffuser Home Christmas Bundle (S$218 with free delivery)

FLO Diffuser Home Christmas Bundle (S$218 with free delivery)

The essential oil nebulising diffuser is waterless and heatless, works silently, powerful enough to spread the scent up to 800 sqft within the first two minutes.

My own diffuser at home.

My own diffuser at home.

It is suitable for medium-sized areas such as the living room and bedroom.

There is an LED light with changing colours to serve as mood lighting.

I like how the knob allows me to control how strong a nebulising effect.

This is a fantastic Christmas for the home.

The FLO e-shop offers a wide selection of oils and nebulisers with some in the form of Christmas trees and angels.

tech4xmas Gift Idea: Watercolour Design Accessories

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Looking for some beautiful accessories (phone cases, mouse pads etc) with watercolour paintings on them? Check out Erinsgarden – an e-shop on Redbubble selling print-on-demand stuff based on the watercolour paintings of @kkmakesandbakes.

* Full disclosure: @kkmakesandbakes is my wife.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Fancy an iPad Case and Skin with a watercolour Christmas Puppy on it?

Or a X’mas Kitty Cat gracing your laptop skin?

Or a Vacation Kitty art mug to keep up inspired since most of us aren’t likely to travel this Christmas.

@kkmakesandbakes loves watercolour painting.

She paints as a hobby and friends suggested that she put some of these on Redbubble so people can buy stuff printed with her watercolour paintings on them.

So if you’re looking for a nice accessory as a X’mas gift for a colleague or a loved one, check out her designs!

tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2021

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for X’mas 2021. I’ll be adding to this list over the next few weeks, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas. Start by shopping (on Redbubble) for accessories (phone cases, mouse pads, T-shirts, mugs etc) based on this lovely watercolour painting painted by my wife.

It’s now time to shop for presents for Christmas 2021, and bring some cheer to two years living under the shadow of COVID-19.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think are some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas 2021 Gift Guide below.

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Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael's Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

Merry Christmas from the Blue Drawing Rooms in St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (in the 18th Century) as well as Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh in 2013 were in this room when they visited.

May peace and love be with you always!

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Holiday Greetings: Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Blessed Christmas!

 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This photo was taken with Google Pixel 3 XL mobile phone at the Harry Potter exhibition at Changi Airport in Singapore.

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tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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Christmas shopping guide: Logitech gadgets & accessories

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

If you’re looking for a useful and chic gadget for a friend this Christmas, check out Logitec’s range of keyboards, mouse, headsets and accessories.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

I’m using a number of Logitech’s products because they perform well and are reliable, and they look rather chic as well.

Also they are reasonably priced and affordable, and offer good value for money.

So if you’re looking for that tech gadget for a friend this Christmas, check them out!

Below are some of their more interesting gift ideas.

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Christmas shopping guide: Seagate storage solutions

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

For those looking for a pragmatic X’mas gift for the geek in your better half, check out some of these Seagate storage products.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Whether you want to show your holiday photos at a family dinner, cuddle up to your favorite Christmas movies, or have an Xbox session with friends, Seagate has you covered.

I’ve used a number of Seagate desktop hard disk drives over the years and they have served me well.

With the rapidly expanding storage demands that the average consumer faces, a storage device usually provides much needed reprieve for many facing a storage crunch for their photos, music and video collection.

Below are some of the more interesting gift ideas.

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Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This photo was taken with a Sony α7 II full-frame ILCE camera, and FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens (SEL70200G).