Retro

Been listening to a lot of Retro musics lately. Don’t know why.

When you have an intern in office, chatting with them makes you feels really old. Comparing their school days experience with your school days experience makes you realise that you are era apart. That it was almost 2 decades ago when you first started drinking and went clubbing.

I still remember being 20 and unable to enter a club that have minimum age requirements of 23. I remember swearing that I will go to that club when I’m 23. And when I reach 23, the club had already closed down. Lol.

A lot of these memories seems like it just happened a few years ago. Then suddenly I realised that these memories were actually more than 10 years already. Time really flies when you are not paying attention.

Was browsing YouTube when I stumble upon a video teaching people how to do the Mambo handsign dance move. The video brought back lots of memories. Memories of the days before entering National Service when I hang out at Venom with a group of friends on Thursday night. It was Retro Night and yes, I used to remember how to do those handsign for popular retro songs. Those were the days.

And I remember going to a rather empty pub with a few friends during my poly days. There was another group of customers in their 40s and 50s. I remember that night because they keep asking the DJ to play Forever Young by Alphaville. I can’t remember exactly how many times that song was played. But I guess at least 4 or 5 times that night. And they hit the dance floor and dance like we youngsters. Back then, we find it funny and amusing. Looking back, maybe that was their anthem. A song that they can really relate to.

And now, when I’m about to turn 35, I guess I can really relate to that song too.

So many adventures couldn’t happen today,
So many songs we forgot to play,
So many dreams swinging out of the blue,
We’ll let them come true.

Singapore Power ‘Gift of Power’ mobile device charging stations

As a gift to the nation for SG50, Singapore Power is setting up an island wide network of charging stations for Singaporeans to charge their mobile devices at no cost.

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The 200 charging stations will be rolled out progressively in high-traffic locations across the island. Singapore Power is working with partners such as SingHealth’s group of public healthcare institutions, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, tertiary institutions such as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Singapore Polytechnic; National Library Board and NTUC FairPrice supermarkets.

All the charging stations are expected to be in place by December 2015.

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To charge your device, simply scan the barcode of your personal identification card and create a unique 4 digit personal identification number (PIN) before plugging your device. To retrieve your device, just repeat the two-step authentication process.

Each charging station is equipped with 10 individual slots, which can each fit a mobile phone or tablet device. Each charging slot has multiple charging tips which will fit most mobile phones and tablets on the market, as well as a USB port to cater to other devices.

Guinness Travel Mahjong Set

Guinness is giving you more reason to come together and celebrate the month of August with an exclusive, limited edition Guinness Travel Mahjong set worth S$88.

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The sleek black & gold mahjong tiles come encased within an ornate Chinese treasure chest and is easily portable. Great for gathering among family and friends.

All you need to do is to purchase four sets of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 10-can pack (S$32.50 per pack) to redeem the travel mahjong set. The Guinness Mahjong set can be redeemed at 18 Cross Street, China Square Central #B1-07. While stocks last.

Google+ profile no longer needed for YouTube and other Google products

Google is finally splitting Google+ and YouTube and other Google products. Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products. This change will be push out in the coming months and YouTube will be the first to get the change.

This is great news since the Google+ integration with YouTube got the most negativity. Someone even wrote a song for Google.

For those who created a Google+ profile for other Google products but don’t plan to use Google+, the company says it will offer better options for managing and removing your public profile.

This is great news for many people. I hate to say this but Google+ is really in a big mess. Hopefully with this change, Google can concentrate on people who truly wants to use Google+ and not those who are forced to create a Google+ account for the sake of using other Google products.

Xiaomi Mi Note (64 GB) now available in Singapore

Xiaomi is bringing its flagship device, the Mi Note (64GB) to Singapore.

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The 5.7 inch Mi Note runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM. Despite its ultra-thin 6.95mm frame, Mi Note has been fitted with a 3000mAh Sony/LG 4.4V high density Li-ion battery.

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The Mi Note is equipped with a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera that comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The 4MP front camera on Mi Note with 2-micron large pixels is great for selfie. The build in Beautify mode is able to intelligently guess a person’s age and gender in order to apply 36 smart filters. And I must say that the Beautify mode is able to guess my age pretty well.

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The Mi Note can manage calls and messages on two separate SIM cards with 4G dual SIM, dual standby. You can tailor your preferred network and data settings for each card with the intelligent dual SIM features. Mi Note can also automatically selects which SIM to use when you call or text someone based on history.

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The Mi Note (64GB) will be available in Singapore from 28 July 2015, 12pm at S$569 without contract.

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