Thursday, December 1, 2016

When Your Home WiFi Fails

[Review]

I am sure at some point in time, we would have expected blazing speed when we upgraded over from dial-up to cable broadband, and finally to fiber optics these days. But despite all the advertisement of the upload and download speeds, you will find some disclaimers somewhere that actual performance depends on the site of origin as well as your own equipment perhaps?

I don't have much entertainment, except for taking care of the kiddos, surfing the web on my mobile and playing some online games when I am back home. So does my wife, who loves catching up on her Korean drama after work. And we all know how important it is, for us to do all that on home WiFi instead of relying on our mobile plans because that would burn out the month's quota in no time!

For the unsuspecting people who come over our place, we may seem like parents relishing the moment when the kiddos play around in the living room, while keeping an eye on them, with the occasional checking of our phones perhaps. But the truth is we were all stuck in the living room because our freaking home WiFi range doesn't extend to our air-conditioned master bedroom!

We had tried leaving the room door ajar and shifting our positions within the room to catch the best signals but often with very little success. So much so that sometimes due to my laziness, I even had to resort to switching to my mobile data plan so that I don't run the risk of getting disconnected half-way through my online game battle! That was until we were presented with AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender by D-Link!


The first thing I looked for was the instruction menu, which I couldn't find (Edit: found the instruction menu and warranty card at the bottom of the box). But that was no biggie because there were only a few simple steps to set it up and it was all printed on the exterior of the box itself.

All you need to do is to -
  • Plug the Wi-Fi into a power socket between your router and where you needed boosting. Choose a midpoint for best results.
  • Press the WPS button on your route once. I couldn't find mine and had to google though.
    Pardon the dust on my WiFi Router! But you can see the WPS button at the back right?
  • Press the WPS button on the Wi-Fi Extender and just wait for it to get connected!
  • Connect the Wi-Fi Extender using the SAME password as your WiFi router. (Note: I fumbled and stupidly tried to connect with the password shown on the extender itself!)

You will be able to detect the extender from your devices. It will have the same name as your device followed with the "EXT" behind.
I cannot believe that the constant nagging of my wife on the bad connectivity when watching her Korean dramas is THAT easily resolved with just this little box. I can even play my games while multitasking in my master bedroom toilet now. I should've gotten this much earlier! And if you are suffering from the same problems as I did earlier, don't hesitate to try out this nifty little thing!

Now that my connectivity issue is solved, I couldn't be bothered with how unsightly my extension cord looked!
Thank you so much for the review set DLink Singapore, it was sure a life-saver (both ingame and real life)!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Have a Merry LEGO Christmas!

[Event Listing]

Limited Edition Singapore-Exclusive LEGO Christmas Mini-Build Sets

The kiddos received a box of surprise from the great peeps at LEGO Singapore and lo and behold! It's a set of Singapore-exclusive LEGO Christmas mini-build sets that is designed by one of our very own LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo! And what makes the set so special, is because it actually comes with RARE-coloured bricks that is found nowhere else in the world! How cool is that?


Get one of these four sets with any purchase over $120 in a single receipt at any of our local LEGO Certified Store (LCS)!

Availability : 11 - 20 Nov 2016
Availability : 21 - 30 Nov 2016
Availability : 01 - 19 Dec 2016
Availability : 11- 20 Dec 2016
Free LEGO Building Toy Set 


Robinsons Raffles City, Level 3 Atrium (18 Nov - 27 Dec 2016)
Bricks World Harbourfront Centre, Level 1 Atrium (01 - 27 Dec 2016)
Robinsons The Heeren Glass HOuse (05 - 31 Dec 2016)

This is the event at Robinsons Raffles City
There will be 3 LEGO pop-up events happening from now till the end of December where one can find great deals on LEGO toys and most importantly, an unique LEGO Elf Photo Standee at each location for your little ones to take photo with.

This was the only "elf" standee I managed to find, I asked the staff and they said this is it! 
Like LEGO Singapore's Facebook page, upload your photo of your kiddo's photo with the LEGO Elf Standee at all the 3 locations with the hashtag #BuildYouLEGOChristmas. Complete these steps for your kiddo to redeem a free LEGO Building Toy set at Robinsons Raffles City, Level 3 Atrium by showing the posts to the friendly staff!

Limited to the first 500 kiddos only, so be sure to do so on the 05 Dec, which will be the earliest possible date for redemption. 

Sleigh Building Contest

Santa needs your help to save Christmas and challenges you to build your own LEGO sleigh, and show off your creativity! Check out lego.com/xmas to submit your idea online between 01 Nov - 04 Dec 2016, or you can also do so at the pop-up event at Raffles City Shopping Centre directly between 18 Nov - 27 Dec!

Free Minifigures

So LEGO Singapore is also collaborating with some online media on giving away of free mystery LEGO minifigures to anyone who flashes special code on the webpages to the staff. No purchase is required!

We got some from Series 15, but I suspected it could be anything depending on availability! 
It is whilst stocks last but please take note that you need to produce show your original or soft copy of your IC / Birth Certificate for every redemption. This is to curb abuse. So for your convenience, here are the 3 websites I know of -

Friday, November 18, 2016

Safari Zoo Run 2017

[Event Listing and Giveaway]

Whoa! Can’t believe that Safari Zoo Run will already be in its third year come Feb 2017! I still remember joining the inaugural run back in 2015 with the 3 older kids and will be trying to bring all 4 along for the run next year!
 
 
The theme for Safari Zoo Run 2017 is “Run For Wildlife” and features 4 animal icons; Ah Meng the Orangutan, Chawang the Asian Elephant, Canola the Manatee and Sunny the Hornbill (who also happens to be the newly appointed park animal icon for Jurong Bird Park).
 
 
The family knows how fun it is like to take part in the Zoo Run, especially in the non-competitive categories where we would stop by the many animal exhibits and take countless photos. And the little ones were also encouraged with the presentation of a beautiful medal at the end of their run, and it is something that they will be looking forward to as they make their way to the finishing line in the upcoming “race”.
 
 
We are pleased to share with you a special code for registration of the run next year. You can start booking your slots at http://www.safarizoo.run/ with the code: SZR2017BGPWPFATHERS10 for 10% off the listed rates! Some of the popular slots get sold out really fast and the code will only be valid till 15 Jan 2017.

Giveaway Instructions

Meanwhile we are super excited to be giving away a pair of race slots to 1 lucky reader who completes the following steps before 2359hrs on 30 Nov 2016!
  1. Like and Follow The “Perfect” Father Facebook page;
  2. Like Safari Zoo Run Facebook page;
  3. Like and Share this Facebook post publicly (as many times as you want, but once a day only. Each share = 1 chance).
Terms and Condition
  1. To be eligible for the giveaway, all the steps must be followed.
  2. Organizer reserves the right in the choice of winners for the tickets.
  3. Follow our page so that you will KNOW if you have won in our winner announcement.
  4. Prizes won are not exchangeable.
See you at the run next year!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I am not Madame Bovary《我不是潘金莲》Review

[Movie Invite]

When the name Fan Bing Bing pops up, the image of a Chinese supermodel strutting down the red carpets comes to mind. But in the movie “I am not Madame Bovary”, this beautiful award-winning actress takes on the role of an uneducated peasant Li Xuelian, seeking redress from various government officials for what she claimed as a sham divorce from her husband, Qin Yuhe. Indignant, she had wanted the courts to pronounce the divorce as void, so that she can get a real divorce with her ex-husband! 


The movie was presented as a comedy in the trailers, and while it did draw lots of laughter throughout the show, I also felt sad and sympathized with the lead character who was being deceived by, ridiculed in public and likened to be promiscuous Madame Bovary by her husband. I think any lesser-willed lady may have sought relief in the form of suicide, given what she had to endure.


However, being the strong-willed and hard-headed lady she is, she was worse than any parasites, to any unfortunate official who had to deal with her. Although it was clearly a domestic affair that no official can resolve using laws, but the lady would not take no for an answer. Her chance, or rather, calculated encounter with a higher ranking official, cost many officials down the bureaucracy who had previously failed her, to lose their jobs. It was funny but it did made me relate to our own political situation, and how our MPs should be serving the constituents.


Li Xuelian is really the epitome for the saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, having spent a good decade of her life trying to take her husband to courts and suing anyone who comes in her way from seeking her “justice”. In the end, it did make me ponder if she was just simply being vindictive? My wife found it to be a little boring towards the end and felt that the jokes were already over used and she didn't really like the way the film was presented in a round frame (much like watching the scene through a telescope). I thought it was a terrible waste of screen area. I did enjoy it more than my missus and also felt it was decent enough to warrant a weekday ticket price.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SG-JP Music Mix 2016

[Giveaway]

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50) and even though the year may be coming to an end soon, the activities celebration this golden jubilee is still on going!
We had attended the SJ50 Matsuri and Friendship Parade last month, but there's still Singapore - Japan (SG - JP) Music Mix 2016 (formerly known as Singapore Meets Japan Music Project). It is a one-night only performance on 30 November 20 16 at the Victoria Concert Hall, featuring the creative music mixes from five top artistes from Singapore and Japan.

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The performing artistes include the legendary Hideki Togi, popular pop singer, composer, songwriter, and playwrighter Dick Lee, the talented Tokyo-born, Singapore-raised Sachiyo and Singaporean artistes Shabir and Olivia Ong.


Ticket Giveaway

We have a pair of tickets worth $116 for giveaway and winner will be selected randomly from amongst those who complete the following steps by 2359hrs on Friday, 25 Nov 2016 -

1) Follow The "Perfect" Father by liking the Facebook page;
2) "Like" and "Share" this Facebook post publicly; and
3) "Comment" under the same post once you have done the steps!

Useful Information

Date: 30 November 2016
Time: 7:30pm on Wednesday
Location: Victoria Concert Hall
Tickets: Priced at $38, $58 and $78 and available at all Sistic outlets or through www.sistic.com.sg or tel: +65 6348 5555.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Christmas Made Perfect at Frasers Centrepoint Malls

[Media Invite]

I was super busy the whole of last week that I totally forgotten about the invite to catch Alice In Wonderland at The Centrepoint last Friday. And I am so glad I managed to bring the three older kiddos down in the end. I usually have little expectations for mall shows because they are after all, short skits with mascots dancing or teasers for the full but ticketed productions.

Got to know a little more about Alice before she started performing for everyone.
I had to give my two thumbs up to this fantastic show put up by The Centrepoint. It kept the kiddos entertained and they were so engrossed with the performances from the start till the end! It was truly a broadway-styled rendition of the popular story of Alice In Wonderland, with performers in exquisite costumes and they were all singing live!

The Queen has got to be one of the most animated characters! Damn funny!
But that's not all, there were even magic and circus arts built into the story. Comedic magic lead to much laughters while the gravity-defying balancing kept everyone at the edge of our seats! Despite the relatively small stage, the show still managed to keep everyone from kiddos to even adults like myself and the rest of the parents entertained! A show not to be missed if you are around Orchard!

Juggling acts!
Confetti shower!
Amazing acrobatic feats!
And of course, a nice group photo with all the casts at the Meet-And-Greet!
Meanwhile, The Centrepoint is also in the running for the Orchard Road’s Annual Best Dressed Building Competition and you will be able to find lots of giant Gingerbread Man at the front of the building for lots of photo opportunities, with fake snow added at certain timings too!


Useful Information

Venue: The Centrepoint, Level 1 Atrium
Date: From 11 - 20 November
Showtimes: 1.30pm and 6,30pm daily 
(with costume parade 30mins before show and 30mins Meet-and-Greet after)

These are only at The Centrepoint, so do note that there will also be Hi-5 Show, Chatterbox Show and various Christmas Funfairs / activities throughout the other malls such as Causeway Point, Changi City Point, Eastpoint, Northpoint, Waterway Point and YewTee Point. Check out Fraser Centrepoint Malls for more information!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Toys"R"Us Vivocity Flagship Store Revamp!

[Media Invite]

Toy"R"Us had always been a place I could stay in for hours at a time since young. I had always been fascinated by the many different "toys" I was able to find there, especially the "Sea Monkeys" sets and other educational sets like the working telescopes and microscopes!





Was invited over to their huge flagship store at Vivocity after their revamp recently and I am positively certain that any toy-loving kid (or adult alike) will find it really hard to leave the 30,000sq ft store! The entire store looks so much bigger and brighter, the aisles felt wider too and the toys selection was simply overwhelming.



















The LEGO section alone took up a fairly big space (not that I am complaining) and in conjunction with the re-opening of the Vivocity store, Toys“R”Us has launched, for the first time in Singapore, the LEGO Star Card which offers exclusive gifts and benefits! Brick lovers rejoice for the selection of LEGO sets here is comparable, and even more comprehensive than some of the LEGO specialty stores!



















Besides being able to try out the many toys first before purchasing, there are also lots of photo opportunities for everyone in the store. Two life-sized Stormtrooper are located near the entrance while the 4 huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are housed near the other end! And there are numerous other play area or pop-up display throughout!






Go check out the store if you are near the vicinity, it's definitely worth a visit if you need to get some toys for whatever reasons. Otherwise, you can also catch Pokemon while you are there!