Here’s a Public Service Announcement for all CitiBank Singapore Credit Card holders. CitiBank Singapore is terminating the Citi Rebates scheme.

With effect from 25 April 2019, transactions at participating Citi Rebate merchants will no longer be awarded Citi Rebates. You can continue to utilize your Citi Rebates at participating merchants until
2 May 2019. Any Citi Rebate not redeemed by 3 May 2019 will be forfeited (except for Citi M1 Rebate).

So if you are a CitiBank Credit Card holder, do redeem your Citi Rebates before 2 May 2019. List of all the participating merchants can be found here. To find out how much Citi Rebate you have, simply SMS “CRBTBAL <SPACE><last 4 digits of your card>” to 72484 (Example: CRBTBAL 0123).

Thanks Lester Chan for the heads up!

Sony just released a new Bluetooth Wireless Remote Commander for its camera. The RMT-P1BT wireless remote commander provides a reliable, responsive solution for those who want to control their camera without physically touching it. Great for landscape shooting, astrophotography, fireworks or simply a group photo.

The wireless remote commander features focus buttons for manual focus control and a custom button that can be adjusted based on user preference. It also includes Start/Stop movie recording and control over power-zoom or digital-zoom functionality.

For photographers that prefer to shoot on ‘Bulb’ exposure mode, the remote commander can be set to open and close the shutter with respective clicks of the main button, eliminating the need to press and hold the button throughout exposure time.

The RMT-P1BT is compatible with the Sony a6400, a7 III, a7R III and a9 camera and will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and Sony authorised dealers from April 2019.

Starbucks will be opening its Singapore flagship store, the largest in Singapore to date at the iconic Jewel Changi Airport. The store is officially due to open on 17 April 2019 but visitors to the Jewel Preview can have a sneak peek first.

Besides the exclusive local menu at the flagship store, the theme of craftsmanship runs strongly throughout the space along with the brand’s tribute to the coffee journey as seen from the duplex’s lush indoor landscaping, polished interiors and artisanal woodwork. The flagship store presents a third-wave of coffee offering familiar to Starbucks Reserve patrons, with a keen focus on quality artisanal coffee and the best of the brand’s Singapore repertoire. Inviting deeper coffee exploration and discovery at the Reserve Experience Bar, the store offers coffee made through manual brewing methods: Chemex, Pour Over, Siphon Brew and Coffee Press, which are all found at the Reserve Experience Bar, helmed by Starbucks coffee masters.

The bar also features the VA388 Black Eagle Espresso Machine, a familiar sight at the World Barista Championships. This allows the barista full control over the consistency and precision in every aspect of a coffee – from bean ratio to brewing time and water temperature – directly impacting the customer connection with each personalized cup.

As a final homage to Starbucks’ commitment to coffee education, the art room on the second level will also be used to host coffee seminars and other coffee related events for customers.

So do check out the new Starbuck Flagship store if you are visiting the new Jewel Changi Airport.

My Dyson Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner stop working recently. There was a blinking red light when I pull the trigger. The same blinking red light also appeared when charging.

So I called the Dyson customer service hotline and they told me that the battery is faulty. That’s a surprise because my V10 is less than 6 months old. Luckily there’s a 2 years warranty.

Personally, I’m quite impressed with the aftercare service by Dyson. They gave me 2 options. Either they send a technician to my house to replace the battery for me or they courier a replacement battery for me to change it myself. (Note: I’m residing in Singapore. Not sure if this is the same arrangement for other countries)

Since the person said that it’s very easy to replace the battery myself, I opt for them to courier the replacement battery.

Although the Dyson V10 doesn’t have a removable battery, replacing the battery is pretty simple. All you need to do is to unscrew 3 screws, replace the battery and screw the 3 screws back. The entire process took me less than 10 minutes. (Inclusive of searching for a suitable screwdriver and taking photos for this blog)

I always find it strange that Dyson didn’t put a removable battery on their V10. But I’m glad that they make replacing the battery so easy. Currently, I don’t see Dyson selling the replacement battery on their website. However, I’m sure they will start selling it in the future when the V10 warranty expires.

Oh, and in case you are interested, the battery part number is 969352-02.

Here’s something to keep your computer desk tidy and free up some space. The Samsung Space Monitor, a minimalist design monitor that let you reclaim your work space.

In a side-by-side comparison on a 47.2 inch x 19.7 inch (120cm x 50cm) desk, the Samsung Space Monitor provides up to 40 percent more usable surface area than a conventional monitor of equivalent size – and makes it that much easier to maintain a clean desk.

When not in use, the monitor could be pushed back to sit flat against a back wall and leave your entire work surface clear. When it’s time for use, the unique arm stand allows the monitor to be easily tilted or extended from the wall.

The Samsung Space Monitor will become available from 25 March 2019. Pre-order is now on. The 27 inch and 32 inch model will retail at S$728 and S$898 respectively.