Posted by: hyacinthus | December 11, 2011

Lunar Eclipse on 10 Dec 2011

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Took this last night 🙂

You can see larger versions at

Posted by: hyacinthus | October 23, 2011



This snake scared the hell out of me! I was walking down a flight of steps at Labrador park when I saw it in my path! Strangely, it doesn’t move. Is it dead?

Posted by: hyacinthus | October 15, 2011

Pretty Cover for Ceramic White Samsung Galaxy S II

Someone commented recently that I was still holding to the Samsung Galaxy S I.

After a week travelling in Taipei, I decided to buy a ceramic white Samsung Galaxy S II. White because my brother is using a black version. Didn’t want any chance of a mix-up.

Unlike the black version, the white version has a glossy back cover which is prone to scratches.

As a result, I went searching for a cover. This Cath Kidston phone cover was most lovely among other choices available. So, I got it for S$28.90 from NEX a few days ago. Love it for the non-slip material and prints. Goes well with my white phone, isn’t it?

Feelings, unlike phones, are hard to let go and trade in for the better. 


Posted by: hyacinthus | September 25, 2011

Sony USB Portable Power Supply CP-A2L

Just went to Sim Lim to search for a portable power supply unit that can charge my Samsung Galaxy I on the go. Found this Sony USB portable power supply (lithium) unit which I think is reasonably priced given the ones I’ve seen at Sim Lim. This made in China 4000mAh Sony unit costs S$40 after asking for a discount. The store is at a corner near Fuwell on the 4th floor. I’ve also seen one 1800mAh unit no-brand-and-made-in-China which costs S$18 at a shop on the 6th floor, just where the lift opens. However, I decided the Sony unit might be better given that the price / mAh is the same but Sony is reputable and its unit has a larger power capacity. Just note that it’s good for 500 charges according to Sony’s instructions.

I think the Sony USB portable power supply unit comes charged already. I could use it to charge my handphone when I got home.

Sony USB Portable Power Supply

Sony USB Portable Power Supply

After 1 hour of charging, it’s 64% charged (up from 16%).

Sony USB Portable Power Supply

Sony USB Portable Power Supply

Before the phone is fully charged, the power supply is fully drained. Hehehe… at least it gave the handphone 94% battery life (in 2 hour 15min using they Sony unit out of the box without charging first) before it’s fully discharged.

Now, I’m charging the Sony unit for the first time 🙂

This is where I bought it. I’m not sure if they will give the same discount though.

Posted by: hyacinthus | September 19, 2011

VPOST Service Lapse

I’m terribly disappointed with VPost’s service.

Here’s my story.

My parcel was processed at their USA address. That means VPostUSA has received the parcel from Kitchenaid.

Then, I received another email on 13 August 2011 that my parcel has reached Singapore and I SHOULD receive my parcel within 3 working days. However, nothing was delivered even as of now as I type out this post!

I sent 2 feedback to VPOST and all I got was standard replies. I gave them 2 weeks and they still cannot locate my parcel????

Do you think I should send this to ST Online?

Update on 22 Sep 2011: They did not send me any status update of the parcel as I update this post 😦

Update on 25 Sep 2011: Sigh… 😦


Update on 28 Sep 2011: I’ve just ask for a status update. I wonder who really is following up on my case? Every time, I see a different person replying to me.

Side Note:

I can’t use my kitchenaid ice-cream maker (bought from Amazon) made for US market because of a safety ring that comes with the Kitchenaid mixer bought in Singapore. Why don’t I buy the ice-cream attachment from Mayer? The Singapore distributor does not stock the ice-cream maker for months already and they do not sell the adapter for use with this localized model.

After sending a feedback to Kitchenaid via Facebook, they offered to send me a free adapter to use with my standing mixer. But, a US address is required. So, I use VPOSTUSA’s. VPOST system was dumb enough. They required an amount. I told them it’s FOC and they replied that their system cannot process without a figure. Exasperatedly I told them it’s FOC, type “1” if your system cannot accept any amount <= “0”.

Sigh… after all that trouble and wait, I’m still waiting for it to be found and delivered… 😦

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