I previously covered season 1 of the National Steps Challenge (NSC) as part of my review of the supplied Actxa Stride tracker. I ended up with a $5 FairPrice voucher and $10 CapitaLand mall voucher, both of which I have yet to use, but unfortunately the Stride tracker got loose one day and dropped out of my wrists unknowingly, leaving me with a band and no tracker.
A few weeks ago, someone wrote in to the Straits Times Forum, urging Singapore (or rather, the authorities?) to think twice before giving Pokemon Go the go-ahead. While she has a point–I’ve seen people standing beside dustbins looking silly just because it was a Pokestop (apparently dustbins with graffiti artwork on it qualify)–she has neglected the main reason why Pokemon GO will probably be given the go-ahead anyway.
Update 10/10/16: Season 2 of the National Steps Challenge is now here! I’ve done a write-up about it here.
Update 17/4/16: I’ve been using the Actxa tracker for three months now and have experienced a few syncing hiccups along the way. Scroll down or click here to find out how I resolved them.
In November last year, the Health Promotion Board launched the inaugural National Steps Challenge. As part of the challenge, early birds would receive a complimentary Actxa Stride step tracker (pictured above), whereas those who missed the early bird deal will pay only a nominal fee of $5 (or $20 for foreigners). Of course, this isn’t relevant any longer since registration is now closed. However, I only managed to receive my step tracker in late January, after missing my earlier appointment in mid December 2015.