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About Norman3000

Hi Guys, I'm Norman3000 of Norman's Randoms and PowerBondSeven of YouTube, I created this new blog to serve as my clean slate as I work my way back up to do reviews! I hope I can still have the hearts of my old fans as well as getting some new ones! Happy Reading, Guys!

TKK 4 Port USB HUB 3.0 Review

TKK 4 Ports USB HUB 3.0

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USB hubs are one of those devices that aren’t flashy but are probably a necessity.
For me, for the longest time, they have been but I never bought one. Until now.
I recently purchased this TKK Black 4 Ports USB HUB 3.0 from Shopee for only Php239 and it is an absolute win of a purchase!

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One use case for this USB Hub is with my Xiaomi Mi Box S. One of the Xiaomi Mi Box S’ biggest flaw is the single USB port at the back. Contrary to probably 90% of people, I hate streaming content. The only instance that I stream is when there is a DOTA 2 Tournament. The purpose of my Mi Box S is to play movies from my Hard Drive, so the single USB is a definite stinker.

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This USB Hub enables me to connect multiple HDDs at once and then some. In addition to HDDs, I am also able to connect a Wireless Touchpad/Keyboard with the Mi Box. Google’s voice recognition has gotten very good especially with my Filipino Accented English but it just can’t beat the accuracy of just typing what you need.

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Use case number 2 is with my laptop. I am using an MSI GL62 6QF, and even though it already has 3 USB ports (2x USB3.0 + 1x USB2.0), my inability to use the built-in keyboard and touchpad effectively subtracts 2 ports for an external mouse and keyboard. This USB Hub gave me extra ports for HDDs and another probable essential, a cooling pad.

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Use case number 3, though this is more of a good to have for me, it works with my OnePlus phones (OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 7). I was able to connect my external mic and 2 HDDs with no issues!

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The best part of this cheap 3.0 USB hub is that the advertised USB3.0 speed actually works! I’ve tested all the ports transferring a 2GB file and all ports were able to give me about 100Mbps of transfer speed!

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There is an input power adapter here but no included cable is included in the package, though I didn’t seem to need it even if I connected 2 HDDs and 1 External mic.

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For Php239, this TKK Black 4 Ports USB HUB 3.0 is a no-brainer purchase. It gives you extra ports that actually has 3.0 speeds.

 

Honda Brio 1.2S MT 2019 First Impressions and Review

 

Disclaimer:

  • I am not a car expert. I see a car as something to transport people, goods, pets etc. from point A to point B. I’ve ridden a few different types of vehicles so this review is not more about specs but how it performs based on my day to day usage.

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I’ve hated Honda Brio before. Purely because aesthetically it looks ugly to me. It looks like a rat with the Honda emblem resembling a rat’s front teeth. (Yes yes I’ll look in the mirror and I’m ugly). This is the reason, back in 2015, we decided to get Mirage instead of Brio or Wigo, because at that time, Wigo was relatively new, and Brio looked like a rat. Again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I apologize to those who don’t share the same sentiment as me. And, finally, Mirage’s UAAP advertisement worked on me. It was on literally every UAAP game multiple times. I think this is the reason why my dad decided to get one as well.

You want to know what is cool? The Honda Jazz! Ever since college way before the show Community’s S06E07 Advanced Safety Features I have fancied the Honda Jazz. Especially the yellow one. But since it is too expensive, we settled on the aforementioned Mirage Hatch. Yes I know prior to 2014 Jazz also looked like a rat too but it was a cute rat. Rattata is to Jazz as Raticate is to Brio one. I’m very sorry older gen Honda Brio. 😦

Fast forward to 2019, a few things have cropped up.

  • Our Mirage decision back in 2015 proved to be the a good one as it is still alive and well
  • Ateneo, which has just 5 peated in 2012 has 3 peated once again leaving UST 0-4 in the UAAP Finals since 2012 beating UST twice along the way
  • Our 2006 Isuzu Crosswind XT has gotten long in the tooth which will be know throughout the review as Cruisewind (because I had it repainted to look like an FJ Cruiser)
  • And Honda had face-lifted Brio into one of the best looking car in the segment. A true ugly duckling story. Ugly pupling? (baby rats are called pups)

The other prominent facelift I was impressed by was the 2016 Innova, which I on doing a long term review on as well.

Cruisewind's Final Pic

Cruisewind’s Final Pic

I did not want to have our Cruisewind sold because it was our first 1st hand car, and the first car I drove. You know, the feels. But alas, moving on was all but inevitable.

Initially, my dad was adamant on getting the Suzuki Celerio. I have nothing against Suzuki but come on, I’m pretty sure at least 90% of people, if not 100%, would agree that Honda is the more reliable brand especially down the line. Have you seen how much a 2009 Jazz cost compared to a 2009 Suzuki Swift? I convinced him to not get Celerio and fortunately he came to his senses and ultimately bought the Red Honda Brio 1.2 S MT. Why not the top of the line Brio? Well, our family is not a fan of Automatic Transmission so we tend to only get Manual Transmission cars. (Planning to do a write up about our late 2014 EcoSport as well)

So after digressing for too long, I can now finally get into amateurly reviewing the Honda Brio 1.2 S MT 2019

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It just looks so damn sexy

First of all. I cannot believe how good this car looks. This segment has gotten extreme facelifts over the past few years. Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Suzuki Celerio to name a few, but none hold a candle to Honda Brio. I’ve mentioned how I adored the Honda Jazz for almost a decade now and Honda basically, at least aesthetically speaking, made one minus Php300, 000. I don’t know about you guys but Php300k is a lot. That is almost 2, 000 Coco/Macao/Serenitea/Dakasi/Gong Cha!!! That is 5 years’ worth of diabetes MilkTea!

When looking at the 2016 model vs the 2019 one. The only visible change I noticed right away was the headlight. I know there is more but since I only rely on pictures I can’t exactly pinpoint what else has changed.

With my drooling out of the way we look inside. The driver seat fits me perfectly and passnengers do not have any qualms so we move to the trunk. I saw somewhere how versatile the Jazz is with respect to trunk space and seat adjustability. And immediately, Brio can’t compete with its higher priced brethren. At the very least, you can flip the back seat for more space. So, let’s call this a win.

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Bluetooth Connectivity!

Since this is the cheapest model, I expected nothing in terms of stock car stereo. I was pleasantly surprised to see the KENWOOD brand on the car stereo that offers Bluetooth capability. This got me giddy! Why? Because the Hyundai Accent Hatch (at least the 2016 model) does not have Bluetooth and it is way more expensive. (I know it is Diesel, blah blah blah, but come on skimping on a bluetooth car stereo even back in 2016 is just pathetic).

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Darker Tints at Night. Beware of Ghosts 👻

As taught in driving school, one of the first thing to do is check your mirrors. And immediately notiecable, especially at night, the stock tint is of a darker shade. It is hard to see anything on your rearview mirror or side mirror at night especially if you are on an area where lamp post are scarce to non-existent. A minor nitpick but something valid to point out nonetheless.

Starting the engine makes little to no noise compared to Innova’s loud engine. Starting Innova at 4am in the morning is obnoxious. I don’t know why it sounds so loud given Cruisewind isn’t as loud. Brio takes a definitive win here even against the Mirage.

A few notes going from idle to running, I don’t really have a problem with Gas engines but I find them more cumbersome to start to run. Whilst I rarely get our cars to turn off, inclines included, I find gas engine harder to find the gas-clutch pedal balance to start the drive. On our Innova, Accent, Cruisewind, this was never a problem, but on our mirage, expect me to floor more gas than I should. It is no different in the Brio though I find it easier here (maybe new car jitters or I am just a better driver now 😜 ).

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What Gas engines lack in idle to start it comes back with insane Acceleration. Comparing diesel (Accent, Cruisewind, Innova) to gas cars that I’ve used (Mirage, EcoSport), I found gas engines to accelerate faster with a substantially smoother ride. Brio is no different. I love that quick kick of speed.

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Stick feels somehow different. It feels better

And probably the best minute detail that I love about the Brio is the stick. That stick feels so good to shift. I never thought I would find the shift stick to be a good point but damn. All previous sticks that I’ve used now feels like crap. Brio’s stick has a small head with a thin body that makes the Mirage’s and Innova’s shift seem atrociously large.

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Brio vs Humps

As I drove around the village, I specifically passed through streets with egregious humps. I was fairly happy to not hear the internals of the car not clash with the humps but one hump did and it was painful. So in terms of ground clearance. Brio is definitely better than Accent but still pales in comparison to the Mirage.

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The penultimate point against the Brio would be its inability to close the windows on its own. Cruisewind shuts the window after a click but Brio requires you to pull the button until it is closed.

The final point I would like to deduct Brio on is NO AUTOMATICALLY LOCKING THE DOOR.

This specific feature is the bane of our Hyundai Accent. And I am disappointed bordering on infuriated that this minor feature was left out of the 2019 Honda Brio. I cannot rattle my brain as to why Honda and Hyundai made this inexplicable oversight. Honda Brio is replacing our lower tiered Cruisewind from 2006 and it has auto lock feature. Why is automatic door lock not a standard feature?! This is a very minor issue and I should not get too triggered especially since the solution is just to lock the door before I step on the gas.

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Moving on to the Fuel Efficiency, no verdict yet. I’m not hoping for Accent levels of Fuel Efficiency but if it is anything as good as Mirage. I would be fine with it. I’ll update this after a few more weeks with this one.

So after all the ramblings, the impressions, with no actual specs review, where does that leave us with this the Honda Brio?

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I find it hard to give a definitive conclusion because, aside from the fact that I am an amateur car reviewer, I tend to compare every aspect of the Brio to everything. As with everything else, when you go looking for a product especially a long term investment such as a car, you should do your research, do test drives and weigh in on the minutia of details each car brings to the table. You wouldn’t want to spend your hard earned cash to buy something which will breakdown in 2 years’ time correct? So it would be natural to me and should be to you to weigh in on your options.

In this price segment, I can argue that Honda Brio takes on the Mitsubishi Mirage, Toyota Wigo, Hyundai Eon, and Suzuki Celerio. Of the four mentioned, I’ve only driven Mirage and comparing this 2019 model to a 2015 one isn’t exactly a fair comparison.

I can’t even conclude via ‘for the money I spent’, since this is my Dad’s car I spent nary a peso for this one.

So let me just say ask you a few questions.

Does the Honda brand inspire value, reliability, and resaleability to you?

Do you like the Honda Jazz but do not have the extra dough?

Do you like respectable ground clearance, fuel efficiency, acceleration?

Do you like to bluetooth connectivity from your stock car stereo?

Do you like your car to not automatically lock your doors while driving?

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If you said yes to all, then Honda Brio will probably serve you well!

But before you do, go out and test drive for yourself first!

Settling for a life of Mediocrity

Since July 2017 after my horrible breakup with Natalee, gusto ko icheckup sarili ko once a year.

Last year, nagsulat ako about anniversary namin ni Nikia.

Ngayon, akalain mo 2 years na kami ni Nikia! Bait nga niya eh siya yung partially na nag sponsor ng OnePlus 7 ko!

So, self, kamusta ka naman ngayon?

Hmmmm, well, self, Ok-ish parin ako kay Nikia. Ok na hindi. Gusto na ayaw na. Ganon. Not sure if ako lang nagkaka feelings na ganto. I love the company she provides. As usual, bait padin niya sa mga kapatid at parents ko, at sagot din niya pagpapalinis ng ngipin ko.

Lately, parang namomroblema siya. Dati free parking ako, ngayon dami niya visitors napapabayad tuloy ako.

Actually ako din nagkaka problema parang kay HoPe noon kaya Ok-ish lang ako. Alam mo yung comfort zone ko si HoPe noon? Back then I felt that I needed to let go to grow, and I deeply regretted it initially. Pero ngayon mas ‘mature‘(?) na ako and I realized I guess I needed makipag break kay HoPe, ayawan si Stellanini, iwanan ni Ana, at isexually harass ni Natalee para mameet ko si Nikia.

Ewan ko ba, si Natalee kasi noon trip na trip pwet ko. Sa araw araw na nagkikita kami lagi niyang sinasabi ‘Ass of U and Me’. Pretty sure if I say that to a co-worker I’ll get reprimanded, probably fired, not impossibly jailed. Mejo naka move on naman ako sa trauma na caused ni Natalee, pero at times nagttrigger siya, minsan natatawa nalang ako minsan nalulungkot na nasapit ko yun sa kanya. Hello, di ako maka move on sa relationship ko 10 years ago ito pa kayang 2 years ago lang tapos pain and suffering lang sinapit ko. But I digress.

Ngayon, same as with everytime I am in my life after two years, may feelings na parang ayaw ko na. Two years kami ni HoPe, below two years kami ni 10 years ago, below two years kami ni Ex. Para akong Spam na may 2 year expiration date (yes yes canned goods have 2-5 years expiration date).

Torn parin ako eh. On one hand, similar to HoPe baka iregret ko na umalis. Sayang yung benefits na bigay ni Nikia and yung kaluwagan niya, but then again nameet ko si Nikia due to me leaving HoPe, pero this hand is the hand that stays with Nikia. On the other hand, nahihirapan nadin ako on some days with Nikia eh. Ganto kasi, sobrang talino ni Nikia. Like ang dami niyang alam. Mga 154 years of knowledge yung alam niya. Recently lang naman siya nag aral about telecomms pero ang vast. Kahit two years na kami I feel like hindi ko parin siya maintindihan. I understand the need to add responsibilityies dahil two years na kayo, pero parang lagi akong kulang. Parang hindi ko mameet expectations niya sakin. Tinry ko naman aralin pero wala talaga eh. Bigla kang tatanungin ng something na hindi mo alam tas ayun mafefeel mo ang bobo mo. At least kay HoPe and Ana alam ko gagawin and I welcome new stuff. Pero kay Nikia I still feel overwhelming me incompetent most of the time. And nakakadepress yun. Well, at the very least, unlike Natalee hindi niya ipapa mukha sayong bobo ka via 1 hour sermon. (G NA G FOREVER).

Next question is, anong gagawin ko if mag break kami ni Nikia? A few months ago, may FB ad na nag pop-up, may free Pilot Training daw CebPac! Tapos naalala ko childhood dream ko yun. So since wala naman mawawala sakin nag apply ako. Kahit na alam ko na I am too old, short, fat, ugly, short-sighted to be a pilot.

So ayun literally today (10/17/2019), nakatanggap ako ng email, to no one’s surprise hindi ako napili hahaha. So my ningas-kugon pilot dream ay wala na.

May filipino saying na ‘kung gusto may paraan kung ayaw maraming dahilan‘. Sabihin mo sakin ‘May ibang ways naman para mag pilot’. To you I say, yes there are. I e-mailed tons of Flight training schools. All of them costs minimum of Php2Million pesos. And most, if not all, require 20/20 eyesight, and not even all guarantees na mahihire ka after grumaduate. Malaki kasi Php2Million para sa akin. Hindi ako kasing yaman mo, retired na din tatay ko. Mag loan ng Php2Million? Tapos pag wala akong work after 2 years pano na? Pano ko babayaran yung Php2Million? Eh kung ininvest ko nalang yung Php2Million diba edi sana magka Php200Million ako in 5 years! #FinanciallyIlliterate

I am currently at an impasse now. I am a man with no yearnings for greatness. Ok na ako sa mediocrity. And is that really a bad thing? This is a reason kaya ayoko magka anak. Ayoko ng responsibility. ‘Eh being a Pilot responsible ka sa lives ng marami’ siyempre had I become one my view would change. Also hello parental and pilotal/work responsibility are NOT THE SAME. Pero ngayon. Ok na akong maging grunt. Wala akong yearning na maging Manager and above. Masaya na ako na tell me what to code and I will code it adequately. Hindi ko alam if ako lang yung may feelings na ganito. Yung walang managerial aspirations. I mean if I will stay with Nikia or find someone like Nikia, gusto ko ganon lang nag cocode lang no managing people just code code code. If lahat destined for greatness, sino yung gagagwa ng low-level work para ma ensure na dekalidad yung vision mo?

So ano take away ng post na ito? Hmmm wala. Unlike 2 years ago na nag Starting Over Again ako, from pag susupporta ng mga operation nina HoPe, Ana, at Natalee. Ineensure ko na dekalidad yung sistema kasama ni Nikia.

At last year yung post ko sabi ko wag matakot kasi may Lina naman.

Ngayon wala hahahaha. I realized and accept that I have no aspirations for greatness and mediocrity will be my life. Depressing but it is what it is. Ika nga ng ibang Catholic friends ko ‘Be thankful na may trabaho ka, yung iba walang trabaho’. HA HA HA

Torn Between Wheel Brothers!

Torn Between Wheel Brothers!

A commentary between Xiaomi’s electric transporters Xiaomi M365 Scooter and Xiaomi QiCycle

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I’ve previously reviewed the Xiaomi QiCycle and commentareviewed the Xiaomi M365 scooter. The past few weeks both have had niche uses. And although, I’m pretty sure nobody asked, I now write before you. A probably unfair, unscientific and purely subjective comparison of these two transportation device from Xiaomi. One of the best and reliable Chinese brand out there. So, without further ado, here it is.

 

Why Purchase either?

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Initially, the main reason I bought the QiCycle is solely as a substitute for my car on coding. Why bicycle and not a motorcycle? Well, getting a bicycle is much cheaper, it does not need any license (or modification of your existing license) and the bicycle is a proven and tested transportation device with a surprisingly large community on Facebook.

Relating to the Facebook page which is Bike to Work Pilipinas, An unsolvable problem in Manila is definitely traffic. And while this isn’t actually my main reason for buying the QiCycle, it became a retroactive smart decision that I did. Since January 2019, I’ve used my bicycle more times than I’ve used my car. It has saved me tons of gas money, though the saved money went to other frivolous spending, and it has made travel time a little bit faster much more consistently. For reference, I live about 8km from work, it takes me about 30 to 40 mins on car (60mins on a very bad day). On bicycle, it has been a consistent 27mins to and from work. I can’t comment that I have become healthier because this bicycle has Electric Pedal Assist which substantially cuts the effort and smoke is smoke regardless of mask used.

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If that would have been the case wouldn’t buying the Xiaomi M365 in the first place be the more economical route? Wouldn’t having both be redundant? Yes. Definitely. But, as mentioned from my M365 commentary, I don’t really purchase gadgets for economic reasons. I bought the M365 because I wanted to try it. I wanted to experience it for myself. Barring cellphones, I tend to fall into the  latter part of early majority in the Technology Adoption Life Cycle. I tend to purchase gadgets way beyond its release date. What I am into is experiencing them. On gaming (read on Sony gaming consoles), barring Nintendo consoles, I tend to get the latest consoles at the end of their lifespan. That way, I am able to assess if it would be worth it. My dad bought us the PS1 at 2000, I was gifted the PS2 at 2008, I bought the PS3 at 2013 and the PS4 and PS Vita at 2018. I have had no regrets since then. But I’ve digressed long enough.

I don’t know what stage are Electric Kick Scooters are in but as far as M365 goes, it has been a couple of years since its release. Today, there is a relatively big community of EKS enthusiast here in the Philippines and it is not surprising that the M365 group has about 4.2k members. The M365 has had multiple good reviews as well as good feedback months after use and I felt like this is a good time to try it out.

 

Riding in QC

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There is a familiar joy in riding a bicycle. Back in high school (2007), I used to bike to school every day. So the moment I biked to work some 12 years later, was truly awesome and nostalgic. Add the fact that the Pedal assist is nothing short of spectacular. Riding the QiCycle, is stable, fun, fast and effortless. Unfortunately, locking the QiCycle can be tricky as there are only a few spots you can safely lock it. It is too much of a hassle to lug around and it is quite heavy at 14.5kgs. Whenever I bring my QiCycle to work, I fold it and keep it in my workstation. I don’t think this is applicable to all companies so this is definitely something to look out for. Sadly, having the M365, massively dropped usage of my QiCycle.

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Other than trying it out, I initially had no use case for the Xiaomi M365 given the QiCycle. But damn, the day I got it to work properly, I felt like this was it. If QiCycle was effortless. This was, well, more effortless. Kick start it and press the throttle and that is it. It is that much easier. It is much more portable than the QiCycle and much less of a hassle to carry as well. As previously discussed on my M365 commentary, I thought to use the QiCycle to go to the gym, but I did not want to risk being victim blamed if I leave my LOCKED QiCycle on the first floor of the gym and it gets stolen. Even if I use 10000 locks, if my bike gets stolen, I will get victim blamed and get tagged as stupid for leaving the bike unattended. A solution would be ‘Then carry the damn bike to the gym’ yeah no. Carrying the 14kg Qicycle up and down 3 flights of stair is exhausting.

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The M365 has changed that. Lugging the 12kg M365 around is much easier than Qicycle. Please note that the folding mechanism of both are night and day. You can carry the M365 with one hand. If you can teach me how I can efficiently hold the QiCycle with one hand and I will take back everything I said.

This portability has extended my use of M365 further. Though both are electric and therefore not advised to be splashed with water, I have seen quiet a few who braved the rain on either. I am not one of them. Instead, what I do is I fold the M365, hail a cab, ride a jeep or hitch a ride from my officemate, and put it inside the vehicle. Now try that and use QiCycle. QiCycle is too big to ride into a vehicle. Try not to get bothered by rolling eyes on the jeepney, and the incessant rambling of the taxi/jeepney driver you put your QiCycle into.

The only downsides that I see on the M365 are the range and the performance. The heavier you are, the worse the M365 performs. Worse in terms of acceleration, max speed and max range. Where the QiCycle takes me to and from work for 2 days. The M365 can barely take me to and from work once. M365 is advertised at 30km range but a 7km ride from house to work drains the battery to 50-55%. This was infuriating at first as it means I have to bring the charger all the time and charging it takes a lot longer than the QiCycle. But I have grown to live with it.

Let me stop rambling and put on a summary list of each device against the other based on my personal subjective experience:

For Team QiCycle:

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  1. Longer range, faster charging time. 45kms on 3hours charge. I get about 35kms due to my heavier 87kg weight.
  1. Much more stable and comfortable ride.

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  1. For what it’s worth, little exercise when Pedal assist is on? Turn up the cardio by going manual (not recommended due to hellish experience)

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  1. Higher payload of 100Kgs. Unlike on M365, where the nearer you are at 100kgs, the worse the performance. On QiCycle, there is no performance degradation on heavier weight (Tested by riding both with and without a 5kg backpack).
  1. Faster at stock speed at 29kph M365 is 25kph. Note: NOT EVERYONE WILL BE COMFORTABLE with Custom Firmware regardless of how easy it is. 
  1. Bikes are recognized and therefore is actually allowed on some roads. You can argue all you want that EKS are allowed but unless you show me actual writing. Biking is definitely better in terms of road legality. EKS regulation is basically non-existent. From here, LTO clarified last January 2018 that E-vehicles which “can be propelled manually” or “run solely by muscular effort” are exempted from registration. Legally speaking QiCycle is perfectly legal. Why am I not surprised to see the late great Miriam Santiago introduce this Policy. 

 

For Team M365:

  1. Much more fun to ride. (Very subjective).
  1. More portable.

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  1. Better after-market support. I had a flat tire on M365 and it was fixed by an EKS shop in QC. I am yet to find a reliable QiCycle repairman.
  1. Better community due to abundance of different available EKS on the market. (A regular bicycle and a QiCycle is NOT the same.) 
  1. Cheaper. 
  1. Easier to use CFW. (International Version of QiCycle has no Bluetooth Support.)

 

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So where does that leave us with the M365 and QiCycle? For the past few days, I have been using M365 more. Maybe because it is the newer toy I have. Look this type of comparison can be akin to, stupid analogy incoming, both owning a Sony Playstation 4 (QiCycle), and Nintendo Switch (M365). I’ve played with the switch a lot more partly because it is much more portable (oh hey another similarity with the M365 LOL) but in no way will I say that the Switch is definitively better than the PS4. Just because I use the other more does not mean it is better. This is just personal and subjective preference. As far as M365 vs QiCycle goas, I hate to do it. I have to cop out on this one and say this is entirely up to you. Factors such as use case, road to be used on, budget, etc. are things only you could decide on. As for me, I like having choices to suit my mood.  I think a rain is coming? I’ll probably use the M365 because I have an officemate I can hitch a ride on and use the M365 for the last mile. It’s a sunny day! Do I want to get to and from work faster? I’ll take the QiCycle! Don’t want to pedal? I’ll bring the M365 and its charger. LOL.  Do your research well and I can guarantee you that neither the QiCycle and M365 will disappoint.

Xiaomi MiJia M365 My First EKSperience

Xiaomi MiJia M365 My First EKSperience

Disclaimer: This is not a review. This is a disjointed commentary on my experiences with M365.

A few months back, I decided to buy a Xiaomi QiCycle for coding days. I bought it not to save some gas money, not for exercise, but specifically for coding days. I drive Diesel cars so my gas consumption is substantially more bearable than Gas cars so getting a QiCycle was definitely not due to economic reasons.

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Now that I have a QiCycle for coding days and going to and from near places, why did I get a Xiaomi M365? Well, for one, is because it is soooo damn fun to ride.

Frustrations Before Bliss

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I got this M365 dirt cheap on Facebook. Someone was selling for Php13,000 and that was too enticing not to grab. YES I AM VERY IMPULSIVE. After buying, this was when I experienced two frustrations. One by my stupidity, the other by luck.

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First, I was initially very disappointed as M365 was not able to pull me uphill. I am obese yes, but I am barely 90kgs. I thought M365 was weight-ist. It was really frustrating I wanted to sell it. Then I read the label. Green Light is eco mode. Damn that was idiotic. When I used in normal mode. Zip zap! That was amazing! It was so fun that I circled our village multiple times. Even my dad got in on the fun and loved it!

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Here is the second frustration. A friend of mine has been scooting for quite some time now in Makati and he never had a flat tire once. On my first ride, boom, FLAT. This was incredibly infuriating as I had to get a grab to work (Php139), if I used the car it would barely cost me Php40. (Mileage of Hyundai Accent is about 13km/L).

That was when I decided once is more than enough and bought Honeycomb Solid Tires from Bee Store Lazada (Which costed me an astounding Php1,700) and additional Php1,000 for installation. Yes I could have installed it myself right? Yeah, no. I’d rather pay someone to do it than do it myself and risk destroy it.

After the tires were installed there is assurance now that Flat tires will no longer be a problem. I’d gladly sacrifice ride comfort over unexpected unusablitiy which then includes unexpected expense. I know my route and I know when to go faster and when to slow down so personally, solid tires is the way to go.

Use Case(s?)

As mentioned earlier, I typically don’t buy stuff for economical reasons. I’ve spent Php30,000+ for QiCycle solely for coding days and getting an M365 seems redundant. Yes and no. Yes it may seem redundant but for me M365 has some niche uses.

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I love MilkTea and this love has made me suspect to diabetes. I tend to forego going to the gym because the gym near me is 3 flights of stairs with almost always no parking. I can’t leave my QiCycle on the ground floor because the chain maybe cut and people will blame me, the victim, and offer me hindsight advise like ‘Dapat kasi nilock mo ng 1000 locks’ (you should have used 1000 locks for your bike), ‘Alam mo naman na maraming magnanakaw iiwanan mo pa unattended’ (You know it is dangerous to leave unattended why leave it?). Carrying a 27kg bike 3 flights of stairs sounds and is hard. Hence this is a use case of M365. Going to the gym. As of writing I’ve already went once! How devoted will I be going to the gym moving forward? I don’t know but currently, M365 is a much better option.

Actual Usage

As mentioned earlier, I replaced the pneumatic tires with solid tires. On plain roads, riding does not feel that much different. If the road is not plain, this is where the solid tires is a literal rattling ride. There is an ongoing road reconstruction near me and I go through it all the time and that thug thug thug thug thug rattling in your head is a certainty.

I’ve read that M365 is supposed to have about 30km mileage, unfortunately for me, for the past 3 times I used the scooter to work, from my house and to the office, I go from 100% to 50%. My work is only 7km away so this is a bit of a disappointment. But I then realize, this is probably due to multiple inclines, some steeper than others as well as my heavy weight. So, I understand this mileage and do not hold this against the scooter. Better hit the gym more than I planned, I guess. LOL.

Lastly, justifying my purchase, riding a bicycle and riding an electric scooter are vastly distinct. There is a familiar joy in riding a bike (I bike to school back in the day) whereas riding my M365 is like riding a toy. A fun big boy toy that puts a smile on my face whenever I push the throttle. And I don’t know about you guys but I personally think that as long as that frivolous thing I bought makes me happy. I’m ok with it. And riding in our village, riding to work and from work, bike or scooter, devoid of traffic with extra time to spend to play games, play with your dog, chatting with family, or whatever you do is definitely worth the premium.

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I don’t want to give too much comparison between the QiCycle and the M365 as I intend to make a comparison on it in the future. So for now, Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2S CommentaReview

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2S CommentaReview

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Disclaimer: I have no way of verifying my room’s AQI on my room except for the display on 2s. This is purely what experienced I had over the past month. Buy at your own discretion. This is not really a review. More of a commentary.

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I recently purchased Hisense AS-09TR2S 1.0 HP Split Type Air Conditioner, and immediately I was not able to enjoy it. Why? Because there is an ongoing construction at our house and using aircon on an air polluted 5sqm room is a moronic idea. The first night I tried it, yes it was cold, but damn was it suffocating. Then and there, I was caught between a rock and a hard place. Do I stop using my aircon and revert to my loud electric fan on my very hot room? Or push through with the aircon and breathe dust particles? That night I decided on the former and looked for ways to remove dust in the air.

As I went to work, the Xiaomi flyer on my desk called to me (yes I keep a Xiaomi flyer on my desk at work LOL). My browsing led me to Xiaomi Air Purifier 2s. At Php6,999 that was kind of steep. But then I searched for alternatives online and found that this was actually one of the cheapest.

Luckily, as I asked for friends’ opinions one of them actually has one. He told me that this was sulit (worth it), and it has made his sleep substantially better. I read reviews online as well and sans this review from smartairfilters.com, it seems to work.

After work, I went to Trinoma to buy a 2s. Unfortunately, they were out of stock.  SM North had no stock as well. I decided to call Xiaomi Gateway before going there, finally, they responded with available! I went there, bought it and went home immediately.

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I was very eager to use it and, after assembly, without cleaning my room, I turned it on. AQI was 39. Initially, I thought this was not that bad. As airnow.gov points out 0-50 AQI is good. I think to myself, ‘Inatake nanaman ba ako ng kaartehan?’ (Was I attacked by artistic?). Then I rationalize and defend my impulse buy. The 39 Dust particles are probably more dangerous than outside AQI due to the fact that these come from wood, cement, marble chippings, and other house construction dusts.  And so I slept. And boy was that the best night sleep I have had in my room for eleven years. I started living in Quezon City way back in 2008 and that night April 30, 2019. That was the best sleep yet.

 

Labor Day, May 1, 2019, since I woke up fresh and energized I took out all my stuff in my room, sweeped the room, wiped my electronics and mopped my floor. I wanted to have a very relaxing Vacation day and after cleaning, that was what I had. Breathing deeply in and out on ‘purified air’ is something you have to experience for yourself. It was amazing. Before I go, let me give you a few more things to know about the Xiaomi Air Purifier 2s.

  1. You only have 3 modes to choose from: Auto, Manual, Night.

 

  1. You can connect it remotely via Mi Home App.
  2. It actually removes unwanted smell. Or at the very least lessens unwanted smell. My room sometimes smell like my dog but when I turn the purifier on, the smell goes away.
  3. There is no substitute for cleaning your room. Think of the Air Purifier as a maintainer. Though I can confidently say that the dust settlement on my soundbar when the purifier is on for two days vs off is very substantial.
  4. It gets very loud. As per Sound Meter, it gets to as loud as 60dB on my room which is typically only 20-30dBs

 

  1. It is suggested to have your filter replaced every 3 to 6 months. As of May 25, 2019, my Filter is at 85% already. I tend to leave my Purifier on for more or less 12 hours a day. This can get expensive quick as filters costs Php1300.

 

  1. It does not cool your air. This is an air purifier not an air conditioner. There is air that comes out the top on Manual mode but don’t expect it to replace your fan/aircon.
  2. Its power consumption is barely noticeable. This is one of the best feature of this device. It barely made dent on my electric bill. I expected my bill to shoot up by Php2,000+ due to my extensive aircon use and this but my bill this month was barely Php2,000!
  3. It works. Now as stated earlier, I have no other way to measure Air Quality Index. The reason I say it works is because I have had better sleep ever since I bought this and I don’t have clogged nose when I wake up even if my dog is sleeping beside me (Irish, my dog, is a Pomeranian)

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Hisense AS-09TR2S 1.0 HP Split Type Air Conditioner Review

Hisense AS-09TR2S 1.0 HP Split Type Air Conditioner Review

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High heat index, high temperature, uncomfortable sleeping nights.

2019 has been one of the hottest in recent years. And I don’t know about you, but personally it has gone so absurd that frequent nights, I have had a hard time falling asleep and I wake up too early feeling super sticky and sweaty. To combat this, I recently purchased a Hisense AS-09TR2S 1.0 HP Split Type Air Conditioner due to the extreme temperature Manila has been having.

After a week of use here are things that I want to share about my purchase. I don’t know if this qualifies as a review though.

  1. Hisense is offering Free Installation but it is only up until June 30, 2019.

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  1. Only 10ft of materials are free. After the 10th foot, it costs Php350/ft.

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  1. If you can afford it, go for Cash option. Instead of Php23,395, I paid only Php21,200.
  2. Be patient with Hisense’s customer service. They are not streamlined yet. I got multiple calls from Hisense with different numbers they seem to be unaware what the other department is doing.
  3. I initially got confused with the remote but this site helped me a lot. https://www.manualslib.com/manual/978282/Hisense-Essense.html?page=13
  4. Prior to an Aircon I used an industrial fan Hanabishi HVSF-18. I can safely say that, not only was it not enough, it could get very noisy. If I get to a point where I want to sleep but can’t its noise is very noticeable. Hisense is substantially quieter.
  5. Previously, I usually sleep past 12mn. Now, I haven’t slept past midnight. I usually fall asleep at around 11:30pm. When I wake up previously, I wake up sweaty, sticky and fat. Now I only wake up fat. LOL.
  6. My dog ENJOYS it! Irish (My Pomeranian) usually sleeps on my Aunt’s room because she has aircon. Now it is very easy to lure her away from my Aunt as my room is just as cool.
  1. Clean your room! The first night I used it was a nightmare. There is an ongoing construction at our house and the dust that came to my room was too much it felt like it is too suffocating.
  2. If you can shell out an extra for a Xiaomi Air Purifier 2s, I say go for it. I purchased one after installation and the two has been the greatest one-two punch for a Tito like me.

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  1. It works. At the end of the day, it comes down to this. It works. It cools my room and it has made my sleep substantially better and more comfortable. It may cost me more on the bill approximately Php1800 (estimated via Meralco move app), but personally I’d gladly pay the extra than wake up tired, cranky, sweaty and sticky.