Saturday, 21 January 2012

Otterbox Defender for iPad2

When I first got my iPad2, I bought the Otterbox Defender casing to protect my device. I've used the Otterbox device before, for my Blackberry Bold and it is a reliable casing. It gave a very good protection. The Defender series consists of an inner plastic which protects the device and an outer silicone which acts as a shock absorber. One of the features I like about the Defender series is the bezel all around the screen area. Which means if ever your device falls, the bezel would protect the screen from scratches.

For the iPad2, there is a outer clip screen protector which converts to a stand for the iPad2. It also gives an additional protection for the screen. Unfortunately, one of the legs on my clip-on protector cracked. This could be due from one my travels.

I am not sure if you can see the crack.

So I wrote an email to Otterbox and explained the problem I had with their product. They requested photos of the crack, a brief explanation and my details. After that I was informed they would send a replacement!!!

5 days later, I got the FedEx package. Date was 12th January 2012

From Otterbox

Opening the package.

A brand new clip-on screen cover, with the fold-out stand.

With the clip-on cover attached to the screen.


The silicone outer layer.

Another view of the silicone cover.

Because of the effort Otterbox placed for its customers and the extent at which it went for overall satisfaction, I recommend its products. And I would definitely buy an Otterbox product in the future.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Hotel Majapahit Surabaya

In my previous employment at a financial information company, I had opportunities to travel and stay at numerous hotels.

One of the cities that I would visit occasionally is Surabaya, Indonesia. I say occasionally because the client base is quite minimal at that time. If I do get to visit Surabaya, I would normally stay at the Hyatt Surabaya.

But there was one time, I heard about a historical hotel in Surabaya called Hotel Majapahit. It was at this hotel that the Indonesian flag was first flown. It was originally built by Lucas Martin Sarkies in 1910. His brothers built and manage the Raffles Hotel in Singapore a few years earlier. Because of the historical significance of this hotel, I decided to stay in it on my next trip on July 30th 2006. And also, I do not think I would get a chance staying at the Raffles Hotel

At that time, it was under the management of the Mandarin Oriental.

The flag staff at the top is the location of Indonesian flag when it was first flown in Indonesia. According to the current Hotel Majapahit website, a group of Dutch flew their country's flag in defiance of the Independence Proclamation by Sukarno. In anger, a group of Indonesians climbed up the hotel and tore off the blue part of the flag, leaving the red and white, which later became the Indonesian flag.

Behind the hotel lobby, is the main ballroom, the Balai Andika. It is quite a stately building, comprising of 2 floors. The main entrance is flanked by stained glass windows. This was the original building when it was first built. The front lobby was added later.

 This is a picture of the stained glass window.

I did not take any photos inside the ballroom but I lifted this from the brochure. It reminds me of the Ford Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

This is a shot from outside the ballroom, which is on the left hand side. The courtyard is quite peaceful, with the fountain and the bench.

This is the Grand Staircase. It reminds me of Raffles Hotel


Going to my room, I have to go through this long hallway. Notice the lamps and the nice ceramic floor. These rooms has their own private windows which opened to the hallway. I guess during that time, it was quite warm so the windows are all opened.

My room is the Garden Terrace Room. It is quite large and the furnishings are mostly wood, making it dark and gloomy.

The door on the left of this picture leads to a small balcony which overlook the Garden Courtyard.

The bathroom.

The light switches. The brass furnishing giving it a very high shine.

This is the view from my room balcony during the day. The garden courtyard is quite huge and it is surroundedby, if I remember correctly, 3 hotel blocks, 2 storey each.

I decided to explore the courtyard a bit more. Raffles Hotel has a similar courtyard as this but they cemented it and converted it to a lounge and 'beer garden'. Who knows, maybe Raffles Hotel was like this courtyard before.

On the right of the picture below is the garden entrance to the Presidential Suite. Numerous dignitaries, past and present has stayed at this suite, including previous Indonesian presidents.

Another view of the Presidential suite.

One thing you may noticed in all these pictures, where are the guests??

Monday, 2 January 2012

7 Led Flashlight Headlamp

There is a chain of hardware store in Indonesia called Ace Hardware Store, a division of the US brand. Imagine Home-Fix but the size of a Giant superstore, all filled with hardware, outdoor and indoor goodies. Its competition in the US is Home Depot, just to give you an idea. It is stocked with a combination of local and foreign made tools and gadget.

It is at such a place that the wife convinced me to get this 7-Led Headlamp by ThinkTank Technology. Here are some photos of the device.

Amazon has the same product here.
But I cannot remember how much I bought it for at Ace.


 The unboxing of the lamp.

The top strap that goes across the head is slightly shorter than the one that goes around the head.

The battery housing takes in 3 x AAA Size battery.

The battery housing slides into the lamp.

Light is quite intense. I am quite happy with the purchase. I remember the kitchen sink had a choke. I trace it all the way to the gully trap in the kitchen. That was the easy part. The trap was quite deep and it was dark. I  had to use a handheld torchlight and it was not easy to hold and clear the choke at the same time. I knew at that time I had to get a headlamp.