More than a carabiner

IMG_20190523_112832.jpgHaving grown up on spy novels and adventure books, I’ve been a sucker for gadgets of all kinds. One of these is the ubiquitous carabiner, which can be used for a multitude of purposes — hanging stuff onto back packs, hooking things onto poles and lots more.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Heroclip while searching for a gift for an event. First crowdfunded on Indiegogo two years ago, it’s a clip that comes with a 360-swivel and hook with a rubber tip.

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Courtesy of https://myheroclip.com/

At first glance, it doesn’t look extraordinary but upon reading further and watching the demo videos, I was hooked and ordered two online (see top).

I decided to test them out during my trip to Sydney. Usually, I put my sling bag under the seat in front of me — all my important stuff and snacks are in there so I prefer to keep the bag close to me.

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During the flight, I used the Heroclip to hook my sling bag onto the back pocket of the seat it front of me. It kept my bag from touching the floor and more within reach. I don’t need to bend to pick my bag from the floor.

The next use was the clincher. While most toilets in Sydney have hooks behind the cubicle door for hanging stuff, I went to one that did not have one and there was nowhere else to put my bag and jacket except on the floor.

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Tada…enter the Heroclip! I whipped it out, hooked if over the toilet door and hung my bag and jacket on it. Don’t know if you’ll feel the same way but not having to put my bag and jacket on the floor  matters lots!

Back in Singapore, I always found it a challenge bringing groceries home while cycling. The Heroclip came to good use again as I hooked it on my handlebar and attached my grocery bag on it.

Five things I really like about the Heroclip:

  1. Design — The inventor has put much thought into coming up with something that is practical, easy to use and nice to look at.
  2. Versatility — It can be used for many purposes. Just be imaginative.
  3. Sturdiness — Made of aluminum, it’s lightweight but feels solid and strong. The Medium-sized clip can hold up to 27kg.
  4. Compact — It’s easy to bring around.
  5. Variety of sizes — I bought two sizes  (medium and small) and there’s a third, mini.
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Courtesy of https://myheroclip.com/

If there’s one thing to improve on, it’s the price. With a price tag from S$21.40 for the mini version to S$26.30 for the small version, it can feel a little pricey. Surprisingly, the medium Heroclip, which is the biggest available, is priced lower than the small model at S$24.90.

These prices from Qoo10.sg are better than many others online and come with free shipping for orders above S$40.

Overall, I highly recommend the Heroclip, which is more than a carabiner and has become another of my travelling companion.

Credit card payment makes Sydney commuting so easy

IMG_20190516_131505.jpgOne of the the biggest joy of my trip to Sydney was the discovery that I could use the credit card to pay for public transportation.

There’s no need to buy and top up an Opal card. The contactless credit card works perfectly.

Why didn’t they think of this earlier? OK, kudos to Sydney but why not in all major cities in the world? This makes taking public transportation so much easier, especially for travellers.

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I only got to know of this payment method when I wanted to take a ferry to Darling Harbour last week. My Sydney friend said that I could just tap my credit card.

It seems like this feature was introduced last November and is available for all public transportation — light rail, train and ferry. This will be expanded to buses this year.

Having enjoyed the convenience, I’m so glad that Singapore will be implementing contactless card payment using Visa card for train and bus fares from June 6. Mastercard payments have been available since April.