A Pepsi collectible for generations

IMG_20181214_171952.jpgI’m not one for collecting canned drinks because the cans can corrode and leak over time. But, a routine supermarket run to Giant yielded a box of Pepsi can drinks that I simply cannot resist.

The box shouted “Limited Edition Retro Cans” and “Celebrating Every Generation”. Inside were four cans of Pepsi from across generations — 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s. I don’t know why there’s no 1970s but the four cans were attractive enough.

I have loved Pepsi since young and enjoy it best after a workout — playing volleyball, soccer or running. Add a dash of salt and the soft drink is simply a great thirst reliever.

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The cans remain unopened — for now — so I don’t know if each contains the recipe for the generation, or it’s just cosmetics on the outside.

The collection is so adorable that even a Coke fanatic remarked that it looked nice enough for her to consider buying. That speaks volumes!

A final note on the deal clincher — the entire pack cost just S$2.80 (about US$2). Such a small price for a treasure trove of memories.

MBT GT 18: Great for flat-footers

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The GT 18 (left) is a worthy successor to the GT 17.
One of the pains of having flat feet is feeling strain on the joints after walking. As a life-long sufferer, I have to put up with the pain after exercising and while travelling, making walking somewhat of a chore.

That was until I was introduced to rockers by a friend. My love affair with the boat-shaped sole shoes began with Skechers and has since evolved to my first pair of MBT shoes last year.

It’s the first pair of shoes that got me walking and walking — and loving the experience! This speaks volumes for a flat-footer where walking is a constant pain.

The MBT 17 is so comfortable and well padded that I do not feel the strain even after hours of walking. Its tri-density rocker sole is amazing, relieving any pressure from hitting the ground.

After a year of use, my trusty MBT has worn out. The heel portion is coming apart from constant use, including travelling to four continents with me.

And it’s been a very long time — since my teenage years — that I’ve worn out a pair of shoes. In recent past, I changed shoes because of age not over use.

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Needless to say, the choice for a replacement was obvious. I went for its successor, the MBT GT !8. My daughters bought it as an early birthday present for me.

From the first feel of walking in it this month, it’s a worthy successor.

What I like about the MBT GT 18:

  1. The colour — While the MBT GT 17 was good, it’s shades of blue makes it hard to pair with certain outfits. I loved the black model of the latest incarnation. With its white and grey sole, it’s a match for most of my everyday wear.
  2. The fit — I really like the way it wraps my feet snugly without being overly tight. Plus, I can slip it on and off without unlacing!MBT GT18 bottom.JPG
  3. The sole — It’s the main difference between this and other shoes. Though the Skechers Shape-ups were good, they tend to have a softer sole so you can still feel the ground when walking. On the other hand, the MBT GT 18 has a firm tri-density rocker sole, giving a more confident feel when hitting the ground.
  4. The cushioning — The MBT GT 18 provides great cushioning, protecting the sole from hard ground.
  5. The price –– At S$199, it’s cheaper than most other branded shoes and for me, definitely better value.

As you can tell, I’m totally sold on MBT shoes, especially for walking and running. I have a few pairs for formal and casual wear. The feel for those is different because the rocker is more pronounced and may take a little getting used to.

If you’re keen on getting the shoes in Singapore, check out MBT outlets at Paragon, #04-12 and Suntec City, North Wing, #01-471. The staff’s really good too — they are customer-oriented and know their stuff.

 

Year end shopping: Online or in-store?

Present.jpgA Facebook commissioned study revealed that 45 percent of Hong Kong consumers shopped in-store last Christmas. Surprisingly, only 36 percent shopped online.

In terms of spending, mobile-first consumers planned to spend HK$7,176 compared to planned spending of HK$5,437 for the average shopper during that period.

To avoid long wait times and crowds in-store, half of the mobile-first consumers said they were very interested in buying online, then pick-up in store.

Though it’s a survey on Hong Kong, the trend can apply to many urban places around the world.

So, which is better — shopping online or in-store?

Well, I guess it depends on what we’re buying.

Online is definitely more convenient as you can shop from wherever you are using the smartphone or a notebook/PC.

You also have access to practically any product from anywhere in the world. The transaction is immediate though delivery time is another matter. I had to order months in advance for fruit cakes from the US in order to get them by Christmas.

Another online advantage is the ability to read reviews and compare prices across sites so that you can get the best deals. Discounts and coupons abound for those who know where to find them.

While online shopping has its perks, brick-and-mortar stores still have their place.

Most of us would have heard of horror stories on online purchases. I have had my fair share with shirts that don’t fit — even though I spent time studying the size chart of the store — as well as a Kickstarter purchase.

Here’s where physical stores can make a massive difference. For clothing, you can see, feel and try them on so that you get the right fit and right colours (sometimes the colours look different online).

For food, it’s also good to be able to try them before buying. I mean, which online seller will tell you that theirs is not nice? It’s like asking a fruit seller if an orange is sweet — the answer, nearly always anyway, is a resounding “Yes”.

When buying big ticket items such as furniture and electronic products, it’s best to view them physically first before buying. There’s a high price to pay for any mismatch of expectation.

A hybrid approach may be the best way to do Christmas shopping. Do you research online, then go to physical stores to check out the product. The final decision on which platform to purchase from depends on who offers the best deal.

Happy shopping!