It’s once again, as Andy Williams would have put it, the most wonderful time of the year.
It’s been only a few months since I picked up cycling once again and in that time frame, I’ve used the Java Zelo and Crius Master D before deciding to build a frame from scratch, with an Fnhon Tornado used as a base. It’s a time consuming experience but well worth the effort.
A ‘normal’ seatpost designed for road and mountain bikes won’t work on most folding bikes because the length is simply too short for most people. Hence, you would need to find a seatpost that is at least 55cm to 60cm long.
Cycling has suddenly become everyone’s favourite pastime — not surprisingly given that people can’t travel anywhere and cycling seems to be one of the better ways to explore Singapore, while having fun and getting some exercise in at the same time.
I too, have been suckered into this phenomenon. My last bike was an Aleoca mountain bike bought from Carrefour in 2002 (when I was in Primary Five…) — which I disposed of in 2016 after years of storage because it was starting to fall apart. This time around, like many others, I opted for a folding bike for its convenience — you are no longer restricted to cycling within a limited radius from your house, since you can take the bus or the train with your bike. Rain or a flat tyre? No problem. Just hop on the next bus or call a Grab and you’re on your way home.
Taking a cruise has always been on my bucket list, albeit an item that is ranked pretty far down the list — maybe after I’ve conquered Europe, America and perhaps Africa.
The Nikon 1 J1 was my first ever mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. How I came about acquiring that camera was totally by chance. I was waiting for my friends at Star Vista when I decided to venture into Courts, which was having a closing down sale. Saw the Nikon 1 J1 selling for just $129 with a 10mm f/2.8 lens (albeit a display set) and thought it was a no brainer purchase. Later, I purchased the 10mm-30mm VR f/3.5-5.6 power zoom lens for some added flexibility.
And so, GE 2020 has concluded. Unsurprisingly (and thankfully), the PAP returned to power, though the “strong mandate” it was hoping for didn’t seem to materialise.
The ZenBook 14 UX425JA was launched quietly in April via a press release on Asus’s website, and reached Singapore’s shores about two weeks ago. Currently, it seems that only Singapore, Australia and China (known as the Lingyao 14) are fortunate enough to have ‘early access’ to this model. Based on its price positioning (at $1,398 for the i5/8GB/512GB and $1,698 for the i7/8GB/1TB version) and the lack of a 16GB option in Singapore, the UX425JA competes against the likes of other mid-range laptops, such as the HP Envy 13 and x360, Acer Swift 5 and the Dell Inspiron 7490.
With an actuation force of just 35g and Topre-like switches, the NiZ Plum is a whole new experience.
The Dell XPS 13 9300 is, on paper, one of the best thin-and-light laptops you can get today. Here are my thoughts after three months of use.