Trade-in old electronic devices and get Newstead vouchers

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I consider myself a geek techie, and I find IT shows fascinating.
We can experiment the latest technologies, be it gaming, GPS, camera, or even fitness gadgets.

This time round, Newstead would like to encourage me to trade-in my old notebooks, tablets, or smartphones and get some Newstead vouchers.
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Do lookout for Newstead’s upcoming campaign “Gift Your Tech“, which will run from 05th Dec 2016 to 27th Jan 2017. Just nice for Singapore to spring-clean their electronic gadgets before Chinese New Year (28th Jan 2017)

For some of you out there, Newstead might be new to you, but most folks will recognise nΓΌbox and Notebook.com stores.
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As the leading IT retailer, Newstead wish to raise awareness for “e-waste” recycling in Singapore, in line with National campaign to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle“.

Newstead will be offering vouchers for your trade-in products!
These vouchers allow you to purchase new items at all Newstead stores.

1) The vouchers are valid for a year and you can combine as many of the vouchers to get a new items.

2) Even if your machine is going to be scrapped (no recycle value), you will still get a book value of discount vouchers.

3) For machines that can be traded-in, 20% of the trade-in value of your item will be donated to TOUCH Community Services.

4) We can be assured that Newstead will dispose our equipment properly. If we throw away the notebook ourselves, we might not realised lithium battery might leak out corrosive chemicals.

There are so many WINS to trade-in your old machines πŸ™‚

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Another topic which I learned from Newstead is the protection of data in your electronic gadgets.

We need no reminders that our hardisks contains our photos, emails, perhaps confidential (passwords) materials or even privacy (address, mobile number). Imagine what would happen if unscrupulous vendors use our details to hijack our accounts or blackmail us?

We have seen newspaper reports of some folks getting a re-work smartphone, and voila you can see the previous owner’s data. Not cool!

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Simply “Emptying your Recycle Bin” will not be sufficient to eliminate the data permanently.
I hope you had at least reformatted your notebook or reset our phone to factory-setting before exchange or trade-in.

We have always seen how CrimeWatch or CSI detectives extract data from “crashed or damaged” hardisks (forensics).
As part of a value-add service, Newstead and its partner for this campaign, PC Dreams, will perform data cleansing on all donated devices. (Ditto for all traded-in devices as well)

PC Dreams ran a quick demo to prove their point.
We surrendered one Usb stick and “Seagate File Recovery” was able to retrieve “deleted” and hidden” files from years back!

With Newstead’s campaign, you’ll have peace of mind when you trade in or recycle your IT devices.
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I am NOT comfortable at all seeing how the engineers can extract so much data from a simple USB drive.
Imagine what he can “salvage” from a computer hardisk!

I have already prepare a few old notebooks and phone for trade-in. Newstead “Gift Your Tech” starts on 05th Dec 2016 and these are the participating outlets.

–> Newstead stores are Suntec L1, Suntec L2, Marina Square, Jurong Point, NEX, Causeway Point – Asus & Lenovo, Sim Lim Square

Wakeboarding Fun at Singapore Wake Park

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We were introduced to some wakeboarding fun at Singapore Wake Park.

For newbies (aka us), “wake boarding” consists of two words. Board is the platform which you stand on and Wake is the waves created by motorboat, except there is no motorboat at East Coast Park lagoon πŸ™‚
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As we walked towards Singapore Wake Park, anticipation grip us as we could see folks having fun in the lagoon.

Singapore Wake Park utilised a cable-ski system instead of motorboat to pull you along, generating the same adrenaline kick. More details about cable-ski here.
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Located at East Coast Park (next to Hawker centre), this lagoon is now a wake boarding site surrounded by lush greenery.
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Grab your helmet and life jacket, leave the fancy (professional) surf boards alone, they belong to the regulars.
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All Singapore Wave Park users need to sign a Liability Waiver Form before we can play in the lagoon πŸ™‚
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The lagoon is split into two sections, one for beginners (System 2) and the other is for (Full size cable). Both cable will pull you along, beginner’s speed can be adjusted and instructors will be on hand to guide you.
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The smaller ones can start with knee board, which will give them a sense of the “pull and jerk” while maintaining their balance.
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All the kids fare better than me, as I could not even balance pass the first set of cone! Of course I did not admit my balancing sucks, but I told the kids they are good because they always practice with skate board and scooters :p
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One advantage of Cable ski systems is you can literally wakeboard day and night (motorboat wakeboarding might be dangerous in the evening).
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Sashaying like a model on catwalk? We definitely had a lot of laughter and fun as we cheer each other on!
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The board can be taller (and bulky) than the kids, and sometimes they might have problem pulling themselves out of the water, I would recommend one parent to be on standby to help the kids.
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Video (link) : Wakeboarding fun at Singapore Wake Park!

You will be hungry after all the splashing, head over to Coastal Rhythm for some tasty finger food. Our overall favourite is actually the Nicoise salad, fresh and crunchy. Kids love Mac β€˜n’ Cheese (Boon Xin picture below).
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Enjoy the scenery and action while you snack πŸ™‚
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We have been talking about Beginner on the System 2 so far. To promote to the “Full-Size cable”, you must be successful three times consecutively on the System 2. No one is talking about flips and sommersaults yet…

We hope you will have better luck (and balance) than us.
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Singapore Wake Park rates are listed in image below, do take note of 2 for 1 opening promotion, which ends 30th Nov.
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(Image credit Singapore Wake Park)
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If you are looking for something unique to try in Singapore, we will definitely recommend Singapore Wake Park. More photos had been uploaded to our Fanpage album.

Do follow Singapore Wake Park website and Facebook for the latest updates.

Contact : +65 6636 4266
Address : 1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891
Opening Hours : Mon to Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat/Sun/PH – 9am to 10pm

By Bus: Board buses 401 (operates only on Saturdays and Sundays) and 197 from Bedok Interchange. Alight at Laguna Park and walk 1km through the Pedestrian Tunnel to Singapore Wake Park.

By Car/Taxi: Via ECP highway, exit 7A and take the Laguna Flyover into East Coast Park Service Road. Park at Car Park E1 and walk 500m to Singapore Wake Park.

Kirei Kirei keeps the germs away

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When my kids were still in childcare, the number one concern for us parents were always kids’ health, especially contamination and spread of germs. Our morale really drops when teacher calls to report your child is sick.

Infectious diseases and conditions like diarrhea, HFMD (Hand Food Mouth Disease), chickenpox and even flu spread from kids to kids via toys and common surfaces.
We can ensure our kids practice proper hygiene, but we just need a few selfish parents to “smuggle” their sick child into school to start a chain-reaction πŸ™

If you have multiple kids in a childcare, you might need to endure the trauma once or twice as infection goes through a few cycles!
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Parents have to take leave and stay home with the child, or the child might bring the germ home to infect his siblings.
Inconveniences (taking urgent leave) and expensive consultations follow!

Teaching our kids proper hygiene practices is one of the effective ways to stay healthy. On top of proper hygiene practices, we are using Kirei Kirei products at home, from sanitizer to hand soap and body foam to help our family to get additional anti-bacterial protection.
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Did you know that Kirei Kirei’s anti-bacterial ingredients are not within FDA list of banned active anti-bacterial ingredients. This does give parents more assurance.

Kirei Kirei products use 100% cleansing ingredients from plants formulation. This means Kirei Kirei products can help to cleanse and care for our skin too, without causing any irritation.

We love Kirei Kirei’s soft creamy foam, which is unlike normal hand-wash liquid (form). This allows for effective cleansing of hands.
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Our family loves the great outdoors, be it hiking , cycling or jogging.
But we sometimes cannot find a place to clean our hands before we consume our snacks.

The pocket Hand Sanitizer will be useful during such situations to keep our hands hygienic.
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Choose your favourite Kirei Kirei out of four fruity fragrances πŸ™‚
Natural Citrus, Moisturizing Peach, Refreshing Grape and Caring Berries.
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Kirei Kirei means “Clean Clean“.
Visit www.lioncorp.com.sg for more information.