Review: Western Digital Blue 1TB Solid-State Drive (SSD)

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Western Digital (WD) has been successful in the storage industry for many years and is also one of the few manufacturers left. Some of the well-known HDD that WD has produced over the years are the Black series for performance, Blue series for mainstream PC, Red series for NAS and etc. Late last year, they had also ventured into the solid-state drive segment. There was not much publicity done, at least not one that I have seen so far.

On 1 Nov 16, WD introduced both the WD Blue and WD Green SSD,  offering consumers with more options. SSD is slowly replacing HDD as it now cost less than S$0.60/GB compared to a few years ago. Many people are now adopting SSD simply because of the speed it offers as well as the less space it requires. You can easily stack 8 SSD into a mATX PC versus to 4 HDD. 

The WD Blue SSD is available in both 2.5″ SATA (7mm)  and M.2 2280 (NVMe) form factor, and capable of up to 400 Terabytes Written (TBW). It offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s of sequential read and write speeds, in different capacities – 250GB (S$139), 500GB (S$259) and 1TB (S$499). Locally, it comes with 3-year limited warranty.

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WD Blue SSD is built using the 2nd generation TLC flash node, and features SLC cache technology.

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SIC: Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway – Closed

I will be giving away 2 sets of Caltex petrol vouchers worth S$24 each. The vouchers are complimentary from HSBC. Hence, you must make the payment using a valid HSBC credit cards. You may be saving up to 28.1% on your petrol purchase.

In each set of the vouchers, there will be 4 x $6 discount with a minimum gross petrol spend of S$60 on top of the 14%/16% instant petrol discount that you will enjoy. In addition, you can enjoy up to 5% additional rebate on selected HSBC credit cards if you meet the minimum spending requirements. The vouchers are valid from 15 January to 28 February 2017.

HSBC Credit Card Previleges (Gross Spending of S$60) Savings
S$6 off Caltex petrol voucher S$6
16% instant petrol on Platinum 98 with Techron® petrol (14% for Regular 92 with Techron® and Premium 95 with Techron®) S$8.64
5% HSBC quaterly cash reabte S$2.27
Total Savings S$16.91 (28.1%)

Caltex Vouchers

Interested parties, kindly drop me an email (colin@cozylittlehaven.net) with the subject header “[SIC] Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway”. Winners will be notified by email.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

Update on 21-Jan-17 1020hr: 2 winners have been picked and notified. Thank you everyone for your participation.

Toddler Friendly Road Trip Around Sydney

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Planning for a road trip with a toddler is never easy and requires many thoughts and considerations. This year, we planned yet another 2 weeks long road trip around Sydney to escape the 365-day long summer in Singapore.

Upon arriving in Sydney Airport on the first day, we drove on to our first pit stop of the trip, Martys at Little Beach located at Nelson Bay which took around 2 hours 45 minutes. This was not a very wise choice as we realized that (1) there is nothing much at Nelson Bay for a toddler to do and (2) accommodations around Port Stephens and Newcastle have strict regulations that children between 2-12 of age are required to have a bed of their own (most other hotels/motels typically allow children of the same age to stay for free if they are sharing the existing bedding). Fortunately, we only had to spend one night before we proceed on to Port Macquarie the next morning.

Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to visit for families with young children with its local attractions such as Koala Hospital and Roto House. There is a big grass area around Roto House that the little one can run around freely. Another place in Port Macquarie that shouldn’t be missed by young children is the Pancake Place. There is a nice corner set up for children with stuffed toys and story books during their time there.

Fun time at Roto House

Kids Corner at Pancake Place

Pancakes with ice cream at Pancake Place

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Review: The Ballet and Music Company (Eastpoint)

We first noticed Ashley’s love for music and dance when she attended weekend classes at LeapSchoolHouse. Not a big advocate of stressing the little one with education at a young age, we enrolled her for weekend classes with LeapSchoolHouse which conducts one hour class comprising of gym, story telling, singing and dancing when she turned 1 year.

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Seeing her sing and dance every time the music starts playing is nothing but pure enjoyment (I guess all parents are alike when they see their little ones enjoy what they do). Hence, we wasted no time in enrollig her with The Ballet and Music Company once she turned 2 and a half years old (Note: different schools have different age restrictions with some starting at 2.5 years old and some at 3 years of age).

Some points for consideration prior to enrolling your little one for weekend classes:

1. Time of class (Ashley attended the trial class at the Tampines One outlet which starts at 9am which was way too early for her and not surprisingly, she was clingy during the trial class).

2. Location of the school (Plan ahead as if this is her school for years to come. If the school is too far, parents and kid will have to spend more time traveling than the actual class itself).

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Review: Comprehensive Exterior & Interior Detailing by EA Detailer

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I have been driving my K3 for slightly past 1.5 years and felt that it was time for a good IMG_7942clean-up. Surfing through Facebook, I came across EA Detailer and started reading the reviews by their customers. After procrastinating for a few weeks, I finally decided to contact them to arrange for an appointment. They were really responsive, and responded to my queries promptly even at wee hours like 11+ PM. Out of so many detailing providers out there, the main reason why I have chosen EA Detailer is due to their 3-Stage Interior Sanitisation with Anti-Pest Treatment. It is important to keep the car clean especially when you have a little kid. While you may try as much to minimise your little one from eating in the car, I will say it is impossible to prevent. Hence, it is inevitable that the car will have little bites and crumbs, and even regular vacuum will not be able to remove them fully. And the outcome is.. ? Little roaches will start to run across in the car!

I had a good impression when I arrived at the workshop. There was a parking lot assigned to me. While this may not be a big deal, it is through the small details and actions that they bother to take care of which will set out the differences. I was greeted warmly by Victor, and he proceeded to explain with patience on the processes that my car would be undergoing for the day. i.e: 3-Stage Exterior Glow and 3-Stage Interior Sanitisation with Anti-Pest Treatment. Then he proceeded to inspect the car conditions for existing damages and scratches (if any), and provided a report. Then together with Jackson, the Bay Manager, they checked on the existing gloss and lacquer thickness of the car paint. Personally, I felt this was good and could prevent any disputes in the event if there were any accidents subsequently.

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