Targus Mobile ViP Backpack makes travelling a breeze

Targus frontVendors often give out so-called premium at press events, conferences and exhibition. While receiving them is a thrill, many of these premiums or tchoichkes end up in the bin, given to someone else or hidden in a stash somewhere.

While at Computex this week, I received a gift from a vendor that will definitely be used. Why? Because it is practical and very useful especially for travelling.

The gift is a Targus Mobile ViP Backpack with the ARM logo.

Upon first look, it looks big but that’s because it has several compartments and can house up to a 16-inch notebook. Surprisingly, it’s light and the construction is such that it doesn’t feel heavy even when filled.

What makes this backpack fantastic for travelling is it’s patented design where it can be unzipped and placed at the airport scanner without needing to remove the notebook. That’s a boon for frequent travellers as one of the biggest pain of clearing security is having to remove the notebook and other electronic devices, among other things.

Why I like the Targus Mobile ViP Backpack:

  1. Targus sideBig and spacious: There are enough pockets for lots of stuff — a notebook pocket, an adjustable main pocket, three front pockets, and two side pockets.
  2. Practical and great for travelling: There’s no need to remove the notebook to clear TSA check plus loads of room for other stuff.
  3. Protects the notebook: A feature called the SafePort Sling keeps the notebook secure so that it doesn’t hit the floor when the bag’s placed down. The backpack also stands sturdily so there’s no need to try to balance it between the legs or rest it against a chair or wall.
  4. Attaches to rolling luggage: Simply slip the strap on the handle of the rolling luggage for easier movement.
  5. Fits up to 16-inch notebooks: This is a great plus because many bags cannot fit notebooks larger than 14 inches without looking bulged. What’s more, there another pocket for a 12-inch tablet. Enough said.

For frequent travellers or even professionals who have to bring their notebooks around, the Targus Mobile ViP Backpack is a great option. Thanks, ARM, for the wonderful gift!

You may order the backpack from Targus at US$89.99.

Shop, shop, shop in Malaysia till September

Care to buy an apartment such as one in M Vertica Cheras?
Care to buy an apartment such as one in M Vertica Cheras?

Malaysia’s goods and services tax (GST) will be abolished from tomorrow (June 1). This translates to a six-percent savings — a substantial amount especially for big ticket items such as property, cars, jewelry, and high-end gadgets.

It’s a tax-free window that will last till September when the government plans to implement a sales and services tax (SST).

If people open their purses, it’s going to be at least 90 days of boom town for businesses in Malaysia.

GDPR comes into effect

GPDRI’ve had more email than usual this week. Adding to my regular email, which includes loads of spam, are messages concerning GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation.

If you’re wondering what GDPR is and why you’re receiving so many email about it this week, it is a regulation in European Union *EU) law that kicks in today (May 25).

This law is on data protection and privacy for individuals within the EU and applies to all doing business from or with EU and the European Economic Asia (EEA). Essentially, it applies to nearly, if not all multinational companies.

GDPR aims to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

This protection extends to us residing outside the EU as well because many of the entities we deal with, the online shops we buy from, do business with the EU.

Simply put, the law allows sites that capture our personal data to only use it for the specific purpose of that particular transaction and nothing more.

Hopefully, this will prevent a repeat of the Facebook debacle with Cambridge Analytica.

Malaysia to axe GST on June 1

Proton PerdanaMaking good of its election pledge, the new Malaysia government is abolishing the goods and services tax (GST) effective June 1. In its place will be a sales and services tax (SST) to be implemented at another date.

To consumers in Malaysia, this works out to be a six-percent savings on purchases. Between now and June 1, it would be wise to put off purchase of luxury and big ticket items such as cars and property as the savings can be substantial.

Take for instance, the Proton Perdana 2.4 AT (above) which has a nett selling price of RM133,733.56. The savings is around RM7,569.82.

Even buys such as smartphones and computers can result in savings that can be used to purchase accessories such as power banks and headsets.

It’s time to get ready for some big time shopping come June 1.

Enjoy the savings until the SST, which is expected to be lower than six-percent, comes on board.

Bak kwa to die for

Lim Chee Guan.jpgBak kwa or pork jerky is a must-have this time of the year. With Chinese New Year coming up this week, some people take leave just to queue for their favourite bak kwa. And the queue can take hours at Lim Chee Guan, one of the more famous brands.

I used to be one of those who would crave for Lim Chee Guan bak kwa during Chinese New Year.

The barbecued meat is sweet, saltish and succulent and oozes  goodness with each bite.

Thankfully, I did not have to queue for my fix this year. A friend just gave me a pack of these to-die-for goodies.

Anyway, I have learnt my lesson and decided that I can enjoy the bak kwa at other times of the year when it is less pricey.

But, if you must, do go early before the queue builds up and prices start soaring. The outlets are at 203 New Bridge Road, People’s Park Complex and Ion Orchard in Singapore.





You win some, you lose some

Amazon Prime logoAmazon Prime was launched in Singapore to mixed response. While the local service was long awaited, the cost was the removal of free shipping for non-members from the US site.

Shoppers in Singapore used to enjoy free international shipping with a minimum order of US$125 under the Free AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping option.

To enjoy free shipping, they now have to pay a monthly of S$8.99. If you’re keen, there’s now a special promotional rate of S$2.99 per month.

Prime members will be eligible for free international shipping on orders above S$60 of more than five million items from Amazon’s US store, which will be made available on the Prime Now mobile app. They will also get unlimited streaming of Amazon Prime originals and free gaming services such as Twitch Prime

Nice touch, Cotton On

Cotton On.jpgThe order took a week to arrive — a little too long and a test of patience considering that this was a local order made on November 11 (Singles Day Sale).

However, when it did, the packaging managed to temper the disappointment a little. “Someone’s got good taste” sits really well with me, and I’m sure, with many others too.

Cotton On Drake JoggersInside were three pairs of Customised Drake Joggers, the most comfortable pants that I’ve worn in a long time.

I bought them in three colours — street grey, brushed copper and washed dusty (faded blue) — to complement the few pairs that I already own.

My first encounter with this jogger pants was during a trip to Melbourne earlier this year. I wanted a comfortable pair of pants to wear on board the flight back.

After checking out various options, the joggers felt really cool and relaxed without looking too sloppy. It made the nearly eight-hour trip such a breeze. With its subtle drop crotch and elastic ankle cuffs, sitting and even moving around the plane was such a pleasure.

I’ve since worn it for many different occasions and it’s become my go-to pants whenever a pair of berms or shorts is not deemed suitable.

Why I like it:

  1. Drop crotch cut: :Lots of space for movement.
  2. Slim leg fit: Makes me look slimmer (definite plus).
  3. Elastic angle cuffs: A sense of snugness without feeling too tightly bound.
  4. Versatile usage: Can use for many ocassions
  5. Elastic waist band: Room for growth (hopefully not needed but good to have the option).

If you’re keen, you may get it from Cotton On online or pop in to one of their many shops to try a pair on.


Amazon faces backlash for jacking up fees

Amazon PrimeDon’t know if it’s happening in our part of the world yet but Amazon has introduced a £3.99 surcharge in the United Kingdom for its same day delivery service.

This has got customers all riled up with The Daily Mail reporting that under the new arrangement, customers are expected to pay £3.99 plus a £2 tip for the driver on orders under £40.

This is on top of the annual fee paid for Amazon Prime, which covers free delivery of unlimited purchases through the year.

Get ready for November 11

TaobaoNovember and December are probably the most exciting times of the year for shoppers around the world.

In Asia, November 11 is Singles Day and more importantly, the day where China sites such as Taobao dish out bargains galore. With a little patience and budget, there are tons of deals to consider and snatch. From past experience, many of these deals even come with free shipping.

Next up are Black Friday on November 24 and Cyber Monday on November 27. More options are available on these days as many online stores worldwide are also tapping in to these occasions.

Of course, December is the true shopping month — an entire month dedicated to or rewarding by buying stuff for self and loved ones as the year winds down.

Before you hit the sites, do note these tips:

  1. Know what you want or risk spending time browsing aimlessly.
  2. Know which sites to visit. Prepare a list if prioritise if you have many.
  3. Know your credit card deals. Many credit card companies are offering cashback or other incentives for using their cards. It’s time to grab some of these while shopping.
  4. Know the delivery options. This is especially important if you’re planning to buy them as Christmas gifts. You don’t want to go for free shipping only to have the product arriving after Christmas or worst yet, in the next year.

Happy shopping!