Safe driving tips

According to the Singapore Traffic Police, the road safety situation in Singapore has seen an improvement in the first six months of 2015. While traffic fatalities dropped by 12.4%, there was an increase of 5.8% in motorcyclist injuries and a 4.9% increase in injuries to elderly pedestrians.

This shows that there is still a lot that we can do to improve road safety. Here are some safe driving tips that I observe while driving. Feel free to add yours in the comment section.

Don’t be distracted.
Concentrate on the road conditions. All your texting and social media updates can wait. If you must, ask the passenger to help you read and reply to text. Or use a voice command app. But seriously, just wait till you reached your destination.

Don’t speed.
Observe the speed limit of the road. Drive at a speed that is suitable for the road condition and your comfort level. Don’t speed. The amount of time you save is not worth the danger you put yourself in.

Don’t tailgate.
I know Singapore very small. But there is enough room on the road. Keep a safety distance from the car in front of you. Don’t tailgate. You never know when the car in front might need to E-brake.

Plan your journey in advance..
Nowadays there’s no reason for you to not plan your journey in advance. If you are not familiar with the road, use those turn by turn navigation app on your smartphone to guide you. And if you still miss an exit, don’t worry. The next exit is just a bit further down the road.

Practice defensive driving.
This is the most important part of safety driving. Always be on a lookout for dangers on the road. Be prepared to take evasive action to avoid accident. Learn to lookout for dangerous drivers. I always try to keep a distance from drivers who don’t maintain a proper lane discipline and those aggressive drivers.

To encourage good road safety behaviour, the Traffic Police is partnering with Singapore Road Safety Council and Shell Singapore to award all license holders who have maintained a demerit-free status over the last five years with a Demerit Free Driver car decal. If you haven’t collected your decal, go get it at your nearest Shell petrol station. You might win a goodie bag worth $80 or 3D2N stay at The Fullerton Hotel. What are you waiting for?

Starbucks Singapore Skyline Tumbler

Here’s a beautiful tumbler of the Singapore Skyline by Starbucks.

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The tumbler captures the modern Singapore skyline, from shophouse to skyscraper. A perfect memento to remember Singapore’s Golden Jubilee for years to come. Available at S$25.90 while stock last.

LEGO Ideas WALL-E (21303)

LEGO just unveiled the official images and pricing for the highly anticipated LEGO Ideas set, WALL-E.

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Designed by Disney Pixar animator, Angus MacLane, the 677 piece WALL-E set was confirmed in February. The set incorporates many authentic WALL-E characteristics, including a posable neck, adjustable head, arms that move up and down and side to side, plus gripping hands and rolling tracks. It even has a trunk that opens and closes.

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The LEGO Ideas WALL-E (21303) will be available in Singapore from September 2015 at LEGO Certified Stores. Retails at S$99.90.

Twitter removes 140 character limit on Direct Messages

Twitter is famous for its 140 character limit. It is this limit that makes users keep their Tweets short and simple. That’s the beauty of Twitter.

While 140 char limit is great for Tweets, it is too short for Direct Messages. And perhaps that’s the reason why not many people use the DM feature of Twitter. That’s why I’m glad that Twitter is now removing the 140 characters limit on Direct Messages.

You can now send DM up to 10,000 characters. Hopefully with this new limit and the addition of Group DM recently will increase the number of people using the DM feature.

Twitter has began rolling out the changes to Direct Messages across both Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, and will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming weeks. So don’t panic if you still can’t send DM more than 140 char. They are coming soon.

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

As expected, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ last night at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. I’ll talk more about the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ later. I’ll talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 first since it is launching this Saturday in Singapore.

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The Galaxy Note 5 is the latest in Samsung’s successful Galaxy Note line. Or we like to call it the phablet line. And although it is a phablet, I don’t really feel that its too big when holding it. The thinness and curve at the back makes the Galaxy Note 5 feels good in the hand. For a moment I forgot that I’m actually holding a 5.7 inch phablet. But Samsung sacrifice the removable battery in order to achieve this. Personally, I think it is a good move. It’s difficult for Samsung to continue to make thin phablet with a removable battery. But fans of removable battery will have 1 less option now.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Powered by 14nm processsor with 64bit platform and 4GB RAM. The Note 5 feature Samsung’s fast wired and wireless charging technology with long lasting battery life and embedded wireless charging technology compatible with most Wireless Charging Pads available in the market. Through wired Ultra Fast Charging, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is able to charge fully in approximately 90 minutes.

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The S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 is now enhanced to offer improved writing capabilities and detection for faster, more intuitive access to its features. The S Pen is great for doodling or writing a personalised message. One of my favourite feature is the Screen Off Memo that launches immediately upon the removal of the S Pen so that user can quickly jot down quick memo without turning on the screen.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be available in Singapore from 15 August 2015 in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum colour. Retail at S$1088 and S$1188 for 32GB and 64GB respectively without contract.