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Review: Gel Manicure and Pedicure at Casamia

It has been almost a year since I last went for manicure and pedicure services as they tend to not last beyond 2 weeks (yes,even for gel manicure).

And given the market price of classic gel mani/pedi, it makes it harder for me to spend over $100 bucks for gel mani and pedi that can only last for 2 weeks. Hence, I checked out groupon deals on mani/pedi services since they offer great deals with great customer service from time to time. I have to agree that purchasing mani/pedi deals off these deal websites are all about luck. I have had great experiences as well as mediocre experiences with manicurists who just wants to get it over and done with with the customers who purchased the groupon deals.

Casamia is one that I feel that regular walk-in customers do not differ from customers who were on groupon deals. Conveniently located at bugis cube (just across Bugis Junction), it has a nice and classy ambience which makes one feel relaxed throughout the session. Most importantly, I was amazed with the nail art templates that were displayed in the shop. Not only was the display of a wide variety, the designs were impressive as you can see the passion and skills of the manicurist.


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Review: QNAP TS-453 Pro (TurboNAS) – First Time Setup

I have been wanting to upgrade my existing 2 x D-Link Network Attached Storage (NAS), DNS-320 & DNS-323, into a 4-Bay NAS for quite some time. This would allow me to move from RAID1 into RAID5 for better data protection assurance and performance. I did some market research and shortlisted 2 models, 1) QNAP TS-453 Pro and 2) Synology DS415+. Both NAS have been released for quite a while and are the popular models for home office usage. It was pretty hard for me to decide which to go for either. QNAP concentrates more on hardware performances while Synology provides better software user-friendliness.

QNAS TS-453 Pro     Synology DS415+

In the end, I decided hardware over software in hope that QNAP would invest more effort to improve its software delivery. Who knows I may switch to Synology in future?

But for now, I will concentrate my review on the QNAP TS-453 Pro. The NAS is available in 2 configurations for the memory, 2GB and 8GB, with the rest of the hardware specifications remaining the same. I chose the former as I would be upgrading the memory on my own to 16GB instead. I would be equipping it with 4 x 4TB Seagate NAS HDD (ST4000VN000) and 2 x 8GB Crucial DDR3L-1600 SODIMM Memory.

The Complete Package

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Review: Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

A kitchen set is a must-have for all children regardless of age and gender. We started noticing Ashley’s interest in cooking toys when she was attending Saturday lessons at Leap Schoolhouse prior to attending full day preschool. The Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen is not the first set of cooking play we have gotten for the little one. As with most parents, it is hard to make impulse buys of Step 2 Kitchen given the price tag in Singapore.

Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

Hence, we started off with simple kitchen and supermarket toy sets sold at Baby Fairs and Kiddy Palace which cost us a quarter or less of a Step 2 Kitchen. However, quality does comes with a price as we soon see with the earlier toy sets we bought for Ashley. As opposed to the pictures of the toys shown on the packaging which appear sturdy and rather decent, it came as a dismay to us when one of the fridge door was made of flimsy plastic combined with what seemingly looked like a transparency slide in the middle and dysfunctional knobs for the cooking hob which had to be turned at a specific angle to work.

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Review: Magformers 62 Piece Set

Colin and I first came across Magformers when we visited a friend’s house a year back. Less than a few months, we succumbed to the temptation and purchased the Magformers Designer Set as opposed to getting the conventional Mega Bloks building blocks although the recommended age for Magformers was 6+.

In the initial months, we were basically the ones building different structures with the magnetic pieces and teaching Ashley what they were. Slowly, Ashley would just tell us what she wants and we will build for her. A few months back after she turned 26 months, she started hands-on with the magnetic pieces and could build simple structures such as wheels and railway tracks independently. Since then, this has become a routine and a compulsory before bedtime activity.

Ashley In Action

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Review: Mountek nGroove Snap+ (CD Slot Car Mount)

Before I purchase the Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, I always wonder how many people really make use of the CD player in the car nowadays. There are many different shapes and sizes of car mounts that I have used previously but none is to my liking. Those that are mounted to the windscreen or dashboards would leave permanent markings after prolong usage, and those that are mounted at the air-con vent would block the cool air reaching me. This is going to be a simple and straightforward review as there is no technical specification involved. Either you like it or you don’t.

The Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, as its name says so, is one that is attached onto the car CD player slot. You can then tighten it accordingly using the screw attached. It leaves no residue behind even after a long period of usage, especially if you were to park your car under the hot sun frequently. Placing and removing your devices from the Mountek Snap+ Mount is easy and quick as it makes use of magnets to hold your device to the mount. No additional effort is required!

In Action

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