Plantronics Backbeat Fit is adding Music and Fun to my Run

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I have recently added Music to my running routine.
With the right song (and tempo), I hope to be motivated to run faster and further 🙂
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My previous headset was wired, and I hate the dangling cables. It proves to be more distracting then helpful in my runs. The ear plugs kept dropping off, and it was uncomfortable to push the ear buds deep into the ear canal.

I knew wireless (and bluetooth) is the way to go.
It would help if new headset is light and enduring too.

Enter Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

1) It meets all my requirement, and can last 8 hours!
I do not even need to bother to switch it off, the unit can lasts me for 3 or 4 days’ worth of run.
More importantly, I know my BackBeat Fit will accompany me throughout my upcoming Sundown Marathon in 2017!
You can have a full recharge in around 2 hours (Quick charge 15 minutes for up to 1 hour of music play)

Press a button and my headset will tell me “4 hours of “Listen time left”. Iphone icon will display estimated battery live left.
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2) Look at my perspiration, minimal amount of sweat will stick to my Backbeat Fit. The unit’s waterproof design meets the IP57 rating and has an additional sweatproof nano-coating. The last thing we need is for sweat or rain to corrode our headset (Plantronics Youtube)
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3) Durable and sporty
The material feels flimsy but is actually very durable, no matter how you twist or loop it.

4) Love the functional design of my BackBeat Fit. The “Hooks” secure the ear plugs snugly near my ear, and will not come loose no matter how I shake my head. It weighs only 24gm, and you will hardly feel it!
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5) The buttons are super easy to understand, user friendly and intuitive. I manage to connect the Plantronics BackBeat Fit to my Iphone within 10 minutes of un-boxing.
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In addition, Backbeat Fit has a few fancy features too.

6) The most important is the open eartip (ear buds) design which provide ambient awareness. With the music playing, I can still hear the bicycle bells and vehicular horns coming from behind.

Situation awareness is especially important when I go running in the evening. Those noise-cancelling headsets would be good for surround-sound music but might not be recommended for running.

7) Love the vibrant colours.
Love the neon flashy strips, choose a colour to define your style, but I opted for conservative Black Core. The neon “strips” is a safety feature, they can help to reflect lights in the evening.
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(Image credit http://www.plantronics.com)

I am definitely looking forward to more runs with my BackBeat Fit 🙂
Follow our running journey here.

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More details about Plantronics BackBeat Fit can be found on their website, Facebook and Youtube (Older BackBeat Fit version). Do take note the latest Plantronics BackBeat Fit no longer bundle the reversible-armband together.

Have fun learning at Happy Sparks

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From 10 to 13 of November, bring your child to Happy Sparks and have Fun Learning and Exploring.

Organised by Times Experience, Happy Sparks is an edutainment event for families and children aged 3 to 12. The theme is “Ignite, Inspire and Innovate” and Happy Sparks aims to promote learning through play and technology.

Because it is not just about education, you can look forward to entertaining singing and dancing competitions. Who knows, you might just witness Singapore’s next young star!

If your child has difficulty learning Mandarin, the parenting forum on Saturday is a must-attend. Pick up tips on speaking Mandarin at home from speakers like Diana Ser and moderated by Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang from 88.3Jia FM.

I popped by Happy Sparks website earlier and these are some of the workshops and activities worth checking out.

1) Fun Workshops (Fees apply) :
– The little ones can create musical moments with Beatboxing or Ukulele
– Parents can gain useful tips to handle problem-solving (for Upper primary Maths)
– Toddlers can indulge in some play sessions (indoor playgrounds) with parents

2) Interesting Activities (FOC) :
Magical Chemistry – Concoct your own potion anyone?
Brainy Arkies, a new mobile learning app by Marshall Cavendish Education that encourages learning and building through play
Media Star – Nurturing tomorrow’s media professional?
Motivating Your Child to Learn – Pick up tips on how to motivate your child to learn
Marine Discoverers’ Skit – Learn about Singapore’s marine biodiversity with your child

The full four days itinerary are available at this link -> http://www.happysparks.com/programmes, and Registration is already opened for interested participants. With Happy Sparks less than a week away, seats for many of the workshops are filling up fast so register now!

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Besides studies and curriculum,you can participate in fun games and get an insight into your child’s abilities.

3) Explore “Happy Expedition” which has up to 10 game stations. All you need to do is complete 5 of the 10 stations to enter a sure-win dip. Find out more here.

4) Parents might be keen to discover your child’s SMARTS at the MI Zone.
Learn about Multiple Intelligence and find out your child’s SMARTS with a simple test. You can take it online or at the Multiple Intelligence Zone. Then present the results for a free evaluation! There will also be fun booth activities and discounts on classes by education vendors.

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Doesn’t some of the activities above sounds interesting? Visit the Happy Sparks website for more details!

– Event: Happy Sparks
– Date 10 – 13 November 2016
– Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 10am – 8pm
– Venue -Singapore Expo Hall 4B

What has Boon Yee learned from his Arts class

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In our home, Boon Kang (no 2) is always the most creative.
He loves painting as it allows him to express his imagination and thoughts.
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(Boon Yee with his Argentina idol Messi)

But we heard from heART Studio that Arts do not only improved a child’s artistic skills and passion, Arts encouraged a child to focus and be patient too.

We decided to send Boon Yee (No 3) to attend heART Studio’s curriculum.
Boy was a little hesitant, I can imagined his inertia.

Boon Yee is a very active boy and he will be the first one to volunteer for soccer or basketball curriculum, but he might struggle to sit down for extended period of time :p

Drawing and painting is not exactly his comfort zone.

From scratching to outlining to different tones of colours and even shading.
Everything has a sequence. Kids are sometimes impatient, and they might skip some steps after losing focus.

Boon Yee has already finished one term, and from his weekly assessment, Teacher Erma can already see some improvement. I do notice he is fidgeting less in class now (haha).

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I asked Boon Yee what he likes about Heart Studio so far.

1) Teacher is kind and polite. He is referring to Teacher Erma.
Whenever Boon Yee has problem focusing, Teacher Erma will patiently guide him to finish his assignment.

2) He is looking forward to more art classes. Boon Yee is confident that his arts passion will be improved further with teacher’s guidance. He is always eager to “showoff” his artwork to me and Mommy 🙂

3) He loves to see his cartoon characters comes to life, from scratching, outlining and putting the finishing touches. Spongebob, Star Wars’ BB-8.

Boon Yee has a lot of freedom to decide the backdrop, colours to his art work. His artwork can be as abstract as he wanted.

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Weeks after weeks, we see Boon Yee completing more “masterpieces” from his arts class.
Boon Yee is now paying more attention to his artwork and in class.

Through Arts, he is slowly but surely molding his own character.