May 15, 2018

Bali, Indonesia


12 (Sat) - 15 (Tue) May 2018

Lodging: Jas Green Villas



Yingjun and I wanted to plan a short holiday trip to somewhere with beaches so that we can perhaps do some leisure dives. Our initial plan was to visit Boracay on May 11, and we've even bought the flight ticket from Scoot and reserved for accommodation from Agoda until one day on April 4 the Philippine government announced the closure of Boracay for 6 months starting April 26. THIS IS ULTIMATE UNLUCKINESS!

But thankfully our flight and accommodation expenditure got refunded, although the time spent planning all these can't be refunded. Oh well, we then got to plan for another destination, in which we chose Bali. Yingjun has been to Bali but I haven't.


Bali
Our flight details
12 May 2018 (Sat)
Changi Airport Terminal 1 - Ngurah Rai International Airport
Flight No: JQ 117
5:00AM - 7:40AM

15 May 2018 (Tue)
Ngurah Rai International Airport - Changi Airport Terminal 1
Flight No: 3K 246
7:20PM - 10:05PM

Average return fare per person: $116


Day 1
12 May 2018 (Sat)

It started off with a red-eye flight at 5am in the morning. So we reached Bali, and then the villa pretty early, earlier than the time we may check in. So we had breakfast there (we had to pay for it as breakfast for the first day was not included) and walked around first before checking into our Room A9.

The cost of accommodation was $292.18 for 3 nights, and it looks pretty decent.



Had a short dip in the pool (have to right, it's a villa hor) before we headed out for dinner



Day 2
13 May 2018 (Sun)

The most forward-looking day of the trip - diving day! The van from the dive centre stopped by along Gg. Kayangan to pick us up (as the road to Jas Green Villas is too narrow). We arrived at the dive centre in the morning to pick our gears, and departed on a 1.5-hour journey to Padangbai.

Our dive master was Firas from Bali Aqua Dive Center. We communicated via email prior to this on our choices and proficiency of diving. He's pretty nice as he listened to our experience and he explained what to be expected and what can be observed for our next dives at Padangbai. Funny that we ordered our food at a restaurant along the beach where we departed to our dive sites, when the food was only served after both dives.


Topi Inn at Padangbai

We'll be doing a total of two dives today at Blue Lagoon and Tanjung Jepun.

Dive #1: Recreational Dive @ Blue Lagoon

Time in : 09:44 Starting pressure : 200 bar
Time out : 10:50 Ending pressure : 50 bar
Safety stop : 3 minutes Max dive depth : 14 m
Weight used : 3 kg Bottom time : 66 minutes

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Mar 8, 2018

Succulent Terrarium from Floral Garage Singapore


Feeling bored with the emptiness of your office desk? Or getting tired with the dull environment of your living room?

Placing a terrarium in your living room or on your office desk will certainly deliver liveliness and brighten up your mood with its natural touch.


Big thanks to Floral Garage Singapore for sending me this simple yet lovely Succulent Terrarium. Not only it's a great birthday gift for myself, I can use it to add some color to my living room.

This is an open terrarium as succulents adapt to dry climates, and this allows air flow in the terrarium to prevent excess moisture.

Busy people like us, however, tend to forget watering and rendering adequate care to plants. This make succulent terrarium a perfect one to keep for these people (because it's so easy to maintain).

Simple tips to care for a succulent terrarium

  • Light
    • Succulents have a preference for bright or direct light.
    • You want to place your succulent terrarium in a spot with sufficient and adequate light, but at the same time monitor and make adjustment as the glass may have refracted and magnified direct sunlight, causing your succulents to burn.
  • Water
    • Succulents are drought tolerant because they're able to store water in their stems and leaves. Water when the soil has gone almost completely dry.
    • Rule of thumb: Water once a fortnight
    • Watering terraria with spray bottle is pretty common, but be careful not to leave obvious water marks on the inside of the glass.
    • When you notice shriveled leaves, it's time to water. If you notice spongy and dark-colored leaves, you're probably watering too much.

Check out their website for a variety of terraria which you too can use for a green decoration idea. They also deliver products like hand bouquets, dried flowers, bridal bouquets, flower stand, party supplies and hampers.

Floral Garage Singapore

Contact
Call: (65) 6282 2813
WhatsApp: (65) 9387 8871
Email: service@floralgaragesg.com

Operating hours

Weekdays: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 1pm

Address
756 Upper Serangoon Road
#03-34, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre
Singapore 534626



Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Jan 27, 2018

Laptop Table from Primero


First of all, thanks Primero for sending me a Sato Classic Laptop Mobile Cart to try out.


If you didn't know, Primero is a newly emerged online furniture store in Singapore, which focuses on wide range of trendy yet affordable Scandinavian styled furniture.

Let's talk about this laptop mobile cart, not only it's sturdy and wide, it even has a separate mouse table to allow the user to alter the height, because I would say it's ergonomic that mouse is at the elbow height and the laptop screen is at eye level. I don't like to strain my neck for looking at my laptop screen downwards, so this is definitely a plus point.

Besides, it's a mobile cart, I can literally drag it to my bedside or the couch wherever I feel like using my laptop.




What about iPad or Kindle? Similarly, I find this laptop table ergonomic for use of such devices as well, with the surface being able to rotate clockwise-anticlockwise and tilt up-down, especially for readers and musicians. Move this laptop table with you to wherever you feel like reading or playing your instrument with a music score on your iPad.

Do check out Primero's new arrivals, they provide free shipping and installation services for purchases over $100.



Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Jan 23, 2018

A Few Ideas to Sending Birthday Flowers Gift


Flowers are one of the most beautiful way you could think of to wish someone a happy birthday. Sending birthday flowers means that you care for them and they have a special place in your heart.

Even if you are thinking to get a present, you can choose flower to complete the gift—a single or a bouquet of That Flower Shop. Of course, the flowers must not be a random choice. There are a few things you need to consider before you choose the flower gift and there are some ideas you could do to make it special.

A few ideas when sending birthday flowers:


1. Choose birth flowers

Did you know that each month have a certain birth flower? When you choose the flowers based on this, the receiver would likely think that you have put some thoughts and considerations for the sake of their birthday, and it means good. Here is the list of the birth flower of each month:
January for Carnation
February for Iris
March for daffodil
April for Daisy
May for Lily of the Valley
June for Rose
July for Larkspur
August for Gladiolus
September for Aster
October for Marigold
November for Chrysanthemum
December for Narcissus

2. Choose the perfect color

You must know that specific color can deliver or convey different ideas or messages with it. Below is the list:
Yellow: Choose this color to make someone smile because yellow is generally associated with happiness and brightness.
Pink: This color symbolizes innocence, youthfulness, grace, and joy. Choose this color if you want to leave the receiver wonder about your intention.
Orange: Orange is about enthusiasm and excitement. Choose this one when you want to encourage or support someone.
Red: This one has the strongest meaning of all. It associates with love and can be used to convey such deep and passionate love.
Blue: Blue represents success or pride. Can be used to convey “I’m proud of you” kind of message.
White: White is always about purity and innocence. Choose this to convey your pure emotion to the receiver.

3. Choose the special arrangement

There are so many arrangements of flowers available, choose the one that you think will be liked by the recipient and fit their personality. Don’t forget that you can add greeting card or small present as the special addition of your birthday flower.

4. A surprise delivery

And last but not least, you could use a delivery service from an online florist. Order flowers online from the website and makes sure that the birthday person will be able to receive it well. Online flower delivery is easy to approach and indeed a good idea for a surprise.
So how about it? Already got an idea to send your birthday flowers now? Don’t waste any more time, sending flowers as a birthday surprise is a pleasant experience, you should try it sometimes.


Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist