Replace Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) Battery (EB-BT705FBE)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) has been one of my favorite gadget for the past year. If you are interested on its specifications, you may refer to my previous write-up. Lately, its battery charge became irregular and sometimes a full charge could only last me 1-2 hours instead of the usual 6-7 hours (subject to my personal usage).

As this tablet’s specifications is still quite decent compared to the current market offerings, I decided to proceed with operation “Tab S 8.4 Battery Replacement“. Do note that the warranty for my tablet is already over.

I headed over to eBay to grab a replacement battery (Model: EB-BT705FBE rated at 4900 mAh) which claimed to be authentic. The battery was shipped from Sweden and cost me approximately USD$16 with free shipping inclusive. The kit came with both the battery and the tools required to open the tablet’s housing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Battery Kit

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Celebrating SG50 At Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

It was a last minute decision to visit the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station with Ashley and Colin this national day. In conjunction with SG50, the iconic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was opened to the public from 9am to 9pm on this very day, 9 August. I must say that the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) had done a great job in organising this amazing “retrolicious” carnival packed with old school activities. There was a sizable crowd visiting the former railway station with many people having fun with the activities including Ashley!

     Happy SG50

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How to get your Windows 10 copy immediately!

Windows 10 was unveiled officially by Microsoft on 29 July 15. This is by far the first and only FREE upgrade version if you are an existing owner of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. With more than 190 countries of users expected to receive the Windows 10 upgrade, it would bound to take some time before it can reach you even if you have signed up for a copy earlier.

You would likely be seeing the screen below and wondering when your Windows 10 copy will come even though your computer is certified to be “good-to-go”! The minimum requirement is quite low, so most computers should be able to quality.

Validating PC     PC Ready

There are actually 2 ways to go about getting your Windows 10 copy immediately. Let me guide you through the step-by-step process and wait no further:

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Toddler Friendly Road Trip from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls

It has been slightly past two months since we came back from our 3-week vacation in the U.S.A. I finally found time to write this post and share on our experience for this road trip with our little princess, Ashley, who is now 2 and a half years old. Although this was not the first road trip that we have had with Ashley, this was by far the longest road trip as we made a round trip from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls in just one week. Many considerations were put in place when we planned this road trip  such as deciding the stop-overs for Ashley’s meal and leg stretches wherein she would be able to run free and not be stuck in the car for 3 to 4 long hours continuously.

Our road trip started with the arrival at Philadelphia International Airport in the morning at approximately 9 a.m. Some may ask, “Why not JFK or NEW airport if you are going to the Niagara Falls?”. Well, my answer is simple. “Sesame Place” is in Philadelphia and since the distance from the New York airports to Niagara Falls does not differ much from Philadelphia, it seems like the most logical choice for us especially given the thought that Ashley would be ecstatic to see Elmo and friends.

For the first stop-over of the 1 week road trip, we stopped by Lehigh Valley Mall in Allentown for lunch and quick shopping as we were stumped by the cold temperatures in Philadelphia as opposed to the sunny Orlando which we were at earlier. Next, we drove on to the town of Corning, sadly to coincide with the closing time of Corning Museum as we had stayed longer in Lehigh than originally planned. We settled for a quick dinner at a Chinese restaurant before heading to our first pit stop of the trip, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bath. It is a pleasant and simple inn for an overnight stay (generally clean room except for the mouldy showerhead in the toilet) with nearby eateries around such as Dunkin Donuts, Burger King and Pizza Hut. There is also a Walgreens within walking distance should you need to do some simple grocery shopping. Furthermore, Microtel Inn provides complimentary breakfast of coffee, tea, cereals and bread rolls that you can enjoy before you hit the roads.

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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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