Monday, April 15, 2024

Unleashing the Power of Precision Typing: MACHENIKE K500-B94 Mechanical Keyboard Review

April 15, 2024 0 Comments

In the ever-evolving world of gaming peripherals, finding the perfect mechanical keyboard can be a daunting task. The MACHENIKE K500-B94 enters the scene with promises of precision typing, customizable RGB lighting, and a robust build. 


In this review, we'll dive a little more into the features and performance of this mechanical marvel to see if it lives up to the hype. We got this one sales from Shopee so this will only be based on our experience. You can check out Shopee and check out more reviews before your make your decision to get your very own!


Design and Build Quality:

The MACHENIKE K500-B94 immediately catches the eye with its sleek and modern design. The brushed aluminum top plate not only adds a premium touch but also ensures durability. The compact tenkeyless design is a gamer's dream, saving valuable desk space without sacrificing functionality.

The quality of the keycaps and switches are comparable with the ones which came with the RK71

The keycaps are made of double-shot ABS plastic, providing a satisfying tactile feel and ensuring longevity. The key switches themselves are customizable, we got the one with the Red Switches. Typing on the K500-B94 is a delight, with the perfect balance of actuation force and smooth linear feeling.


[Royal Kludge RK71 Mechanical Keyboard Review: Compact Elegance with Versatile Performance]


In the end, we switched out the keycaps for pudding keycaps to highlight the RGB lighting effects. Of course, they were also on sale and under SGD$25



Performance:

The MACHENIKE K500-B94 does not disappoint with it’s responsiveness and smooth experience on the Red switches: whether you're engaged in an intense gaming session, or typing up a lengthy document, the Red switches deliver a smooth responsive and satisfying linear experience.


Want a little light effect in your experience? Then look no further at the customizable RGB backlighting which adds a touch of personalization, along with a plethora of colors and effects to choose from. The lighting can be easily adjusted through the dedicated software, allowing you to create your own unique gaming setup. But we are happy with the default options and settings.


Functionality and Features:

The K500-B94 doesn't just stop at performance; it offers a range of features to enhance the overall user experience. There are dedicated media controls, programmable macro keys, and a Windows lock, all of which are thoughtful additions that make this keyboard versatile for both gaming and productivity.


In conclusion, the MACHENIKE K500-B94 Mechanical Keyboard is a good option for gamers and typists alike who are looking for something affordable and user friendly. Its sleek design, reliable  switches, customizable RGB lighting, and hot swappability (for both switches and keycaps) make it a standout choice in the crowded mechanical keyboard market. With a perfect balance of performance, features, and build quality, the K500-B94 is a worthy investment for those seeking a reasonably affordable and good mechanical keyboard experience.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Guide: iPad + Wireless Keyboard Shortcuts

April 14, 2024 0 Comments


Ever since I dived into the world of mechanical keyboards, I started to use them (wirelessly of course) with my iPad. It does give an alternative experience versus using a Windows system. The good thing is that you can also connect a mouse via Bluetooth for a more laptop experience on the iPad.



One thing I could not get used to was having to navigate my screens (the urge to resist touching the iPad screen vs just using the keyboard was challenging and definitely took time to get used to). When I wanted to go to the home page, take a screenshot or even switch to another screen or app, it was a bit intimidating and took some time getting used to it.  Now, with the shortcuts and my iPad, it’s like I’ve gotten another laptop.

The main difference is that instead of using the control button (Ctrl), the Command button is used instead. Once I got used to it, copy / cut / paste / undo / redo were a breeze. But then came another question, the navigating between apps and screens. 

So, I compiled these shortcuts below, hope it is useful for you as it was for me:

Do you know another other useful iPad + Keyboard shortcuts? Let us know in the comments below! ūüėĀ




Sunday, April 7, 2024

Keycap Series: A Shopee Guide to Affordable and Good Quality Artisan Keycaps

April 07, 2024 0 Comments

This guide will be about sellers on Shopee selling reasonably priced and quality keycaps for Singapore buyers. The best part about Shopee is that there are vouchers which could be used to discount the final price and the best part is delivery is free (just ensure you remember to download the vouchers). 


If you are wondering what is Shopee, it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. So if you are not located in these countries, you'd have to use the next best shopping platform available for your country.


These sellers from Shopee below are ones which I have bought from before, hence sharing them with you because sharing is caring. If you do find any other artisan keycap sellers with affordable prices, let me know in the comments below!

Seller: wowking|Life Technology Digital

Looking for adorable and good quality keycap sets for a reasonable price?  Spy x Family, Sanrio Theme or even the cute bear / cat ears keycap sets etc.. The list goes on... 

Spy x Family Design the purple number keys were a mix and match with the Kuromi set

I found this seller on Shopee and tried their keycaps. I got the Spy x Family, Pokemon and Kuromi designs and the quality is not too bad for the price.  The delivery experience was not too bad, taking about 8 days to reach me. The keycap sets survived the delivery process and came in bags.

Seller: Rabbit Keycap Shop

Cute, affordable and the best part is that it is customizable: you can choose the color of the keycaps! 

The seller is also pretty responsive to the chat and there are many options to choose from. I've bought from this seller a few times and delivery times are within 6-9 days, which can be considered pretty fast. It is also well packaged and the keycaps came in good condition each and every time. 

Seller: happykeycap89.sg

Looking for something more unique and familiar? I stumbled across this seller on Shoppe because of the adorable Winnie the Pooh designs! The heart also got my attention.

Here you can also choose your own keycap color and the type of keycap used is different too, it's XDA which give it a different feeling and profile.

Delivery time is slightly longer than the other sellers, taking about 8-12 days but each key is bubble wrapped and in a cute bag too.  Their designs are unique and adorable. Workmanship is also good.



Friday, April 5, 2024

Crafted Keys: Unveiling the Magic of Artisan Keycaps for Your Mechanical Wonderland

April 05, 2024 0 Comments

Artisan keycaps are fascinating in many ways: they represent a fusion of artistry and functionality, adding a unique and personalized touch to mechanical keyboards. The creativity and craftsmanship involved in making artisan keycaps are impressive, with artisans often pouring their passion and skill into creating intricate designs that appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts.


One of the most appealing aspects of artisan keycaps is their ability to allow keyboard enthusiasts to express their individuality and personality. With an ever-expanding array of designs, colors, and themes, there's something for everyone, whether you're into gaming, pop culture, nature, or abstract art


Moreover, artisan keycaps contribute to a vibrant and supportive community of keyboard enthusiasts. This community-driven aspect fosters collaboration, creativity, and a sense of camaraderie among artisans and enthusiasts alike,


However, it's worth noting that artisan keycaps can sometimes be pricey due to their limited availability and handmade nature. Additionally, acquiring certain designs may require patience and persistence, as they often sell out quickly or are traded within enthusiast communities


Overall, artisan keycaps are a testament to the creativity and passion of both their creators and the enthusiasts who appreciate them. They add a touch of artistry and personality to mechanical keyboards, transforming them from mere tools into objects of admiration and self-expression.


Let's delve into the enchanting realm of artisan keycaps, where each key tells a story and adds a touch of whimsy to your mechanical keyboard adventure. Explore the artistry behind these handcrafted treasures, their limited-edition charm, and the vibrant community that brings them to life.


There are various ways which artisan keycaps are being sold:

  • Promoting via Instagram and having Raffle Sales via Google Forms when a new design is out.
  • Artisan's own website (in additional ot Etsy), usually a Shopify shop
  • Shopee 
  • Lazada

I will be consolidating a list of good quality, unique and reasonably priced artisans which I have tried, so check out the links below:



Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Royal Kludge RK71 Short Keys Guide

April 02, 2024 0 Comments

Did you know that there are so many short keys which are not in the manual which comes with the RK71? 


Check the short keys before to take full advantage of your RK71!

  • FN + Pause = Print Screen
  • FN + Enter = Displays the level of battery 
  • FN + Shift + Esc = ~
  • FN +Del = scroll lock
  • FN + A / FN = S = Switch to Windows-/Mac-mode  


The known short keys:

  • FN + F1 = My Computer
  • FN + F2 = Opens Windows Explorer

I managed to get  keyboard from the Royal Kludge Offical Shopee Shop at a fairly good price during the Black Friday Sales, and so far I am happy with my Royal Kludge RK71 with red switches. The typing is smooth like butter and the fingers are less tired since they are using less strength to hit to keys. The only downside might be that they are too sensitive but after some getting used to it it's really good to use. 

You can check out my review below:



What other shortcuts do you know as well? Share it with us in the comments below! 

Monday, March 11, 2024

MAR10 Day 2024 Announcements Reveal Dates For Upcoming Games and Mario Movie Sequel

March 11, 2024 0 Comments

MAR10 Day, commonly recognized as Mario Day, consistently brings forth thrilling revelations, and this year proved no exception. Today, enthusiasts of Mario received some exhilarating updates regarding the beloved plumber and his iconic companions.


Share the fun on MAR10 Day with savings on select digital games featuring Mario and friends.


The Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo and Illumination have officially announced a new Super Mario Bros. movie. Chris Meledandri from Illumination Studio, the same team behind the first movie, has confirmed that they are currently engaged in storyboarding and world building, aiming to perfect every detail. The animation is set to commence "soon," with the movie scheduled for release on 03 April, 2026, in the US.

Despite Nintendo's reluctance to disclose specific details about the film, it's already known that Yoshi is expected to make his cinematic debut on the big screen.



Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Release Date

Enthusiasts of the Paper Mario series have eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Thousand-Year Door remake. The wait is over as the confirmed release date is set for 23 May, 2024. The original, launched in 2004 as a sequel to the first Paper Mario, quickly gained recognition as a beloved RPG classic.


Luigi's Mansion 2 HD Release Date

Finally, a release date has been announced for another remake, Luigi's Mansion 2 HD. The game is set to launch on 27 June, 2024. As one of the most popular 3DS games, fans are eagerly anticipating how Luigi's Mansion 2 will be transformed in the remake, featuring enhanced graphics for the Nintendo Switch.

For more news on Mario Goodies, head over to the Mar10 Day Nintendo Page.

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Mystery Gift Codes List

December 31, 2023 0 Comments

Have you gotten your copy of Pokemon Scarlet or Violet yet? If not, do check out the link below to get your copy to start your adventure! 

You might be wondering what are Mystery Gifts? Well, they are basically Pok√© freebies (for perpetually almost forever) and who doesn't love freebies? ūüėĀ 


They did it with the other Pokemon games such as Sword and Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and The Legend of Arceus. Since Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are ones I started really paying attention to, I'll be having a handy list of the here. 


So check out this page for the latest code for few Mystery Gifts

Below is a full list of the Mystery Gift codes you can currently redeem in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.


SEEY0U1NPALDEAChipper GimmighoulNovember 30, 2024SH1NYBUDDYShiny LucarioJanuary 3, 2024No code – Get via InternetMaster BallJanuary 3, 2024TEAMSTARFighting Tera Type RevavroomOctober 31, 2024L1KEAFLUTECetitanAugust 31, 2024SWEET0RSP1CYSweet Herb Mystica or Spice Herb MysticaSeptember 30, 2024


  1. SUPEREFFECT1VE Expert Belt Expires 28 February , 2025
  2. G0TCHAP0KEM0N 30 Quick Balls Expires 28 February, 2025
  3. SH1NYBUDDY  Shiny Lucario Expires 03 January, 2024
  4. No code – Get via InternetMaster Ball  Expires 03 January 3, 2024
  5. No code – Get via Internet 10 TM223 (Metal Sound)  Expires Mid-January, 2024
  6. L1KEAFLUTECetitan  Expires 31 August, 2024
  7. SWEET0RSP1CY - Sweet Herb Mystica or Spice Herb Mystica  Expires 30 September, 2024
  8. TEAMSTARFighting Tera Type Revavroom  Expires 31 October, 2024
  9. WEARTERASTALCAP - Sporty Cap  Expires 30 November, 2024
  10. SEEY0U1NPALDEAChipper Gimmighoul  Expires 30 November, 2024
  11. THA12022CHAMP - Shiny Grimmsnarl 18 Aug 23
  12. DARKTERA0006 - Dark Tera Type Charizard 31 Aug 23
  13. GETY0URMEW - Free Mew 08 Sept 23
  14. NATSUN0T0KKUN - Sandwich Ingredients 30 Sep 23
  15. LEVELUP -10 Rare Candy Expires 02 Oct 23
  16. REV1VE -5 Max Revive Expires  02 Oct 23
  17. CATCHBYBALL -5 Dive, Dusk, Luxury, Nest, Quick and Timer Balls Expires  02 Oct 23
  18. ENJOYBATTLE -TM082 Thunder - Wave and TM087 - Taunt Expires 30 Apr 23
  19. ROCKANDBATON -TM116 Stealth Rock and TM132 Baton Pass Expires 07 May 23
  20. LETSTERA - TM171 — Tera Blast Expires 31 Mar 23
  21. HAPPYVALENT1NE - Destiny Knot Expires 14 Mar 23 
  22. L0VEL0VEL0VE - 2x Love Balls Expires 14 Mar 23 
  23. T0KUSE1STUDY - Ability Capsule Expires 28 Feb 23
  24. No Code (under "Get via Internet") - Pikachu (Tera Type: Flying) Expires 28 Feb 23
  25. HAJ1ME0R1G1NAL - Sandwich Ingredients 10X: Peanut Butter, Prosciutto, Hamburger, Cream Cheese, Noodles, Rice Expires 31 Jan 23
  26. READY4RA1D - 20,000 League Points Expires 31 Jan 23
  27. HAPPYH0L1DAYS - 50 Ice Tera Shards Expires 25 Dec 22
  28. SALTV1NEGAR - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  29. PEANUTBUTTER - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  30. LETTUCEBAC0N - Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22
  31. T0MAT0SL1CE -  Random assortment of sandwich ingredients Expires 18 Dec 22



How do you redeem Mystery Gift codes?

To redeem the above codes, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Open the main menu in your copy of Pokémon Scarlet or Violet
  2. Select 'Poké Portal', then 'Mystery Gift'
  3. Select 'Get with Code/Password' and input the code to claim your free gift


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Royal Kludge RK71 Mechanical Keyboard Review: Compact Elegance with Versatile Performance

December 26, 2023 0 Comments

The Royal Kludge RK71 is a compact powerhouse, offering a tenkeyless design without compromising on features. It comes with71 keys, along with multi-device Bluetooth connectivity and Wired mode, and RGB lighting options. 


With a focus on portability and versatility, the RK71 promises an elegant solution for users who demand performance on the go. In this review, we'll explore the design, performance, and unique features that set the RK71 apart.



Design and Build Quality:

The Royal Kludge RK71 boasts a sleek and compact design, combining a tenkeyless layout with a slim profile. The keyboard's frame is constructed from durable ABS plastic, ensuring a lightweight build without compromising on overall sturdiness. For a keyboard made of plastic, it does have a nice weight to it of around 642g and it feels really solid.


The low-profile keycaps enhance the aesthetic appeal while contributing to the RK71's compact form factor.

The RK71 typically comes equipped with a variety of switch options, including popular choices like Gateron or Kailh switches. This allows users to tailor the keyboard to their preferred typing experience, whether they favor tactile, clicky, or linear switches. The RGB backlighting adds a touch of flair to the design, and users can customize the lighting effects to suit your preferences.



Performance:

Typing on the RK71 is a satisfying experience. The keyboard provides a good balance of feedback and actuation force, making it suitable for both typing enthusiasts and gamers. The compact layout might require a brief adjustment period for those used to larger keyboards, but it quickly becomes intuitive.


The wireless capability of the RK71 is a game-changer for those who value flexibility. With Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, this keyboard allows seamless switching between multiple devices. Want to use your keyboard with your laptop, mobile and tablet? Done. The wireless performance is reliable, ensuring a lag-free experience during both casual typing and intense gaming sessions.



Functionality and Features:

The RK71 is not short on features despite its compact size. The keyboard supports N-Key rollover and anti-ghosting, which is essential for gamers and fast typists who require precise and accurate input registration. While dedicated media controls are absent, the compact layout allows for a clean and uncluttered design.


The keyboard also includes a USB-C port for wired connectivity, offering users the flexibility to choose between wireless and wired setups.


If you want to customize the RGB options, that is possible via the software which you have to download.


Overall, the Royal Kludge RK71 Mechanical Keyboard excels in delivering a compact, elegant solution without compromising on performance. Its thoughtful design, customizable switch options, wireless capabilities, and RGB backlighting make it a versatile choice for those who value both style and substance. Whether you're a gamer on the move or a professional seeking a sleek, portable typing solution, the RK71 proves itself as a worthy contender in the competitive world of mechanical keyboards.



Should you buy?

I managed to get this keyboard from the Royal Kludge Offical Shopee Shop at a fairly good price during the Black Friday Sales, and so far I am happy with my Royal Kludge RK71 with red switches. The typing is smooth like butter and the fingers are less tired since they are using less strength to hit to keys. The only downside might be that they are too sensitive but after some getting used to it it's really good to use. 


I also managed to replace the keycaps with some really adorable Spy x Family ones from Shopee since it was the sales period so I gave myself a Christmas present.  The process to remove the keycaps were effortless and not much strength was used - it was a therapeutic process. 


There are vouchers and sales at Shopee and it is one of my favorite platforms to buy things from. So if you are interested in getting one for yourself or even check out some really adorable keycaps, check out below!


Who says having lesser keys means lesser joy?

Check out my guide on the cool key shortcuts below!

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Unlocking the World of Mechanical Keyboards: A Beginner Guide

December 10, 2023 0 Comments

If you are new to the world of mechanical keyboards, they are both a functional necessity and a symbol of personal expression. We will be exploring the basics of mechanical keyboards, the benefits they offer, and how to choose the perfect one for your typing needs. 



Understanding the Basics: What Sets Mechanical Keyboards Apart?

Unlike their membrane counterparts, which you can find to be the standard on laptops, mechanical keyboards rely on individual mechanical switches beneath each key. 


These switches are comprised of several moving parts, including a hard plastic "stem" containing two metal contacts and a spring underneath. When a key is pressed, the stem pushes the contacts together, registering a keystroke. The tactile and audible feedback from these switches provides a satisfying typing experience that many users find addictive.



Benefits of Mechanical Keyboards:

  1. Durability: Mechanical keyboards are built to last. With individual switches rated for tens of millions of keystrokes, they outshine membrane keyboards in terms of longevity.
  2. Customization: Mechanical keyboards come in a variety of switch types, each with its unique feel. Whether you prefer a linear, tactile, or clicky switch, there's a mechanical keyboard out there for you. This level of customization extends to keycaps and backlighting options, allowing you to personalize your typing experience.
  3. Typing Speed and Accuracy: The distinct tactile feedback of mechanical switches often results in improved typing speed and accuracy. Many users find that they make fewer errors and experience less finger fatigue during extended typing sessions.
  4. N-Key Rollover and Anti-Ghosting: Mechanical keyboards often feature advanced functionalities like N-Key Rollover and Anti-Ghosting, ensuring that every keypress is registered, even during complex key combinations. This can be a game-changer for gamers and fast typists.


Choosing the Right Mechanical Keyboard:

  • Switch Types: As mentioned earlier, mechanical switches come in various types—linear, tactile, and clicky. Understanding the differences between them is crucial in finding the switch that suits your preferences.

    From the clicky and tactile Cherry MX Blue switches to the smooth and linear Red switches, each switch type caters to a different typing preference. Other popular switch brands, such as Razer and Gateron, offer even more options, allowing users to fine-tune their keyboard to match their unique typing style.

  • Build Quality: Look for keyboards with a solid build, preferably with an aluminum or steel frame. This not only enhances durability but also provides a premium look and feel.

  • Backlighting and Customization: If aesthetics matter to you, consider a keyboard with customizable backlighting. RGB options allow you to personalize the colors and effects to match your setup.

  • Size Matters: Mechanical keyboards come in different sizes, ranging from full-size to compact tenkeyless (TKL) and even smaller. Choose a size that fits your workspace and usage preferences.


Making the Leap: Choosing Your First Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards are a playground for customization enthusiasts. The keycaps, the physical pieces you press, come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing users to create a keyboard that not only feels great but also looks stunning. Backlit keys add another layer of personalization, with RGB lighting options that can be customized to match your mood or your gaming setup.

If you're ready to dive into the world of mechanical keyboards, start by considering your typing preferences. Do you prefer a clicky, tactile feel, or a smooth, linear experience? Are you interested in customizable keycaps or vibrant RGB lighting? With a plethora of options on the market, finding the perfect mechanical keyboard is an exciting endeavor.


As you embark on your journey into the world of mechanical keyboards, keep in mind that finding the perfect one is a personal quest. With benefits like durability, customization, and improved typing performance, a mechanical keyboard can elevate your computing experience to new heights. Explore the diverse options available, consider your preferences, and get ready to unlock the full potential of your typing endeavors with a mechanical keyboard by your side. Happy typing!


Check out this really useful video Guide to Mechanical Keyboards for Beginners!

Friday, November 24, 2023

Super Rare Games Black Friday Sales 2023

November 24, 2023 0 Comments

Did you know that Super Rare Games is having a Black Friday sale which ends in 48 hours? If I knew, I would have waited to buy my copy of Dicey Dungeons.


The allure of this sale lies not just in the exclusive timeframe but also in the substantial discounts offered, reaching up to a remarkable 50% off on a diverse array of editions. The regret of missing out on the Dicey Dungeon deal is somewhat mitigated by my newfound interest in the Steelbook version of Lost in Play. #girlmaths


This limited-time extravaganza kicked off on November 23 at 6 pm GMT and will run until November 25 at 6 pm GMT. With a tad bit of time left on the clock, the opportunity to fill my cart and proceed to checkout still beckons.


How about you? Have you unearthed any hidden gems or taken advantage of the Black Friday sales to add to your collection? Feel free to share your finds and recommendations in the comment below!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Quantium Solutions - The worst Logistics and Shipping Company

November 23, 2023 0 Comments

Remember my Quantium Solutions Postal Problems


Well, there's been some interesting and new developments. Right after the seller, PlayAsia, affirmed that the parcel was lost and offered to either reship or refund, miraculously on the same day about 3 hours after their response, there was an update!


Like magic they suddenly found the parcel which was sitting there for days on end, processed it and shipped it out the next working day... Wow just simply wow... where did all that efficiency go on 26 October?


The update was that the shipment was sent to the postal operator. So it was sitting around being "lodged" with the postal operator since 26 October 2023 with no updates, and on the very day the seller responded to me they decided to update the information that the very same parcel which lodged with said postal operator had it's information sent to the very same postal operator, got processed and I received it the next day?


But wait... isn't Quantium Solutions supposed to be part of SingPost, so why the horrible delay in process when they are affiliated and lack of transparancy?


I've had things ordered from overseas before and sent through SingPost and the updates, along with delivery times were definitely not as dismal. How is Quantium Solutions still in operation baffles me. If the fact they are affiliate with SingPost but there seems to be no common database or process for the handover is a red flag and super sus.


Don't even think of getting support from  them, as Quantium Solutions is non-responsive and hopeless. And if you think you could try getting some help from SingPost... well they just make it a lot complicated and difficult for you to contact them to get assistance on such matters. 


PlayAsia being the seller and the one who (unfortunately) engaged the services of Quantium Solutions were much more supportive and responsive. They actually provided a resolution and updates where they could. This was very much appreciated. They must have initiated a process which propelled the movement in updates from a nonchalant Quantium Solutions, and probably Singpost team. Otherwise the timing of how fast it suddenly got processed and delivered was literally magic... and not the good kind either.


It is undeniable that there is a gap in the process between Quantium Solutions and SingPost.  As a buyer it was really a bad experience with Quantium Solutions, and I will keep a look out to avoid this logistics / shipping coming as much as possible.


As for PlayAsia, I might give them another chance if there is something I really like from their site. After all it was not totally on them the parcel was lodged in Singapore with no updates when it had actually reach it's destination country. I cannot even imagine how it must be like for those who are living in countries further away. 


Seriously, if you are are seller please don't use Quantium Solutions!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Review: Pokemon Snap (Nintendo Switch)

November 20, 2023 0 Comments

Pokemon fans, both old and new, can easily get into playing Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. This sequel to the classic N64 game from 1999 promises a fresh take on photography and adventure in the Pokemon universe. As an avid Pok√©mon enthusiast and a photography enthusiast myself, I couldn't wait to dive into this game and see if it lives up to the hype. In this review, I'll share my thoughts on Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch.


Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch is an absolute visual treat for the eyes. The game takes full advantage of the Switch's hardware capabilities, offering stunningly detailed and vibrant environments. Each level, referred to as an "island," is brimming with life and charm. 


The Pokemon themselves are beautifully animated, and their behaviors and interactions feel incredibly authentic. You'll be awestruck by the picturesque landscapes, whether you're exploring dense jungles, shimmering oceans, or icy tundras. The level of detail and creativity put into each island truly captures the essence of the Pokemon world.



Gameplay:

The heart of Pokemon Snap is, of course, photography. You will be embarking on expeditions guided by Professor Mirror, tasked with capturing the perfect shots of Pokemon in their natural habitats. The game encourages you to be patient, observant, and creative. 


Your photo expedition begins with just a camera, but as you progress, you'll unlock a set of handy tools to enhance your photography experience. These tools include edible fluffruit, luminescent illumina orbs, a music player, a scanning feature to elicit unique reactions, and an accelerator to keep up with swift Pokemon. While each tool has its uses, the illumina orbs stand out as the most unexpected. They can activate crystabloom flowers, luring Pokemonor even altering the course dynamics. Additionally, you can throw illumina orbs directly at Pokemon, causing them to radiate with a captivating glow. While many Pokemon may not react significantly to the orbs, a select few will surprise you with their responses.


The mechanics are pretty easy to grasp, making it accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. The challenge lies in taking the best shots. There's a rewarding sense of accomplishment when you finally get that perfect picture of a Pokemon in action; it's all about timing which is challenging to get at times.


Although I have to add that while the mechanics are relatively easy, if you are prone to motion sickness then go slow or play in short bursts rather than a long session. I initially played for more than an hour and found myself dizzy with maneuvering the camera Pokemon; espcially when it was docked. I found that sessions of 30 minutes or less were much better.


That said, one of the highlights of Pokemon Snap is the wide variety of Pokemon you will encounter. From the beloved classics like Pikachu and Charizard to newer additions, the game offers a diverse roster of creatures to photograph. As you progress, you'll unlock new areas and behaviors, adding a layer of excitement and anticipation to each playthrough



Exploration and Discovery:

One of the most enjoyable aspects of  Pokemon Snap is the sense of exploration and discovery. You never know what you might find around the next corner or beyond that dense thicket. The game encourages multiple playthroughs as you strive to capture every Pokemon species and observe unique interactions. This adds replayability and depth to the experience, making you want to return to the islands time and again.



Interaction with Pokémon:

In addition to capturing photos, you can also interact with Pokemon by tossing them Fluffruit (fruity snacks) or playing music to get playful reactions. These interactions add a layer of charm and unpredictability to the game. It's adorable to see how different Pokemon react to your presence and the offerings you provide.



Online Features:

The online features of  Pokemon Snap enhance the sense of community among players. You can share your favorite photos, compete in ranking battles (for the best photo of course), and even see the photos taken by others in your friend list. It's a fantastic way to connect with fellow Pokemon enthusiasts and compare your photography skills.


Verdict: 3/5

In the end, Pokemon Snap  for the Nintendo Switch delivers a delightful experience. It successfully captures the magic of the Pokemon world and combines it with the joy of photography. The beautiful visuals, engaging gameplay, and the sheer number of Pokemon to discover make it a must-play for fans of the franchise. 


Whether you're a long-time Pok√©mon Trainer or a newcomer, Pokemon Snap is a game that will make you feel like a part of the Pok√©mon world. So grab your camera and embark on a memorable journey to snap 'em all!



Should you get it?

While Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch is generally well-received, it's essential to acknowledge that no game is without its flaws. Some potential drawbacks include:

  1. Limited Gameplay Depth: "Pok√©mon Snap" primarily focuses on photography and exploration. If you're looking for traditional Pok√©mon battles and deep RPG elements, you may find the gameplay somewhat shallow.
  2. Repetition: The game encourages replayability by revisiting the same areas multiple times to capture different Pokémon behaviors. Some players might find this repetition less engaging over time.
  3. Short Playtime: The main storyline of "Pokémon Snap" can be completed relatively quickly, leaving some players wishing for more content or longer gameplay.
  4. Lack of Evolution: Unlike the original N64 game, "Pokémon Snap" for the Nintendo Switch does not feature the ability for Pokémon to evolve, which might disappoint some fans who enjoyed this feature in the original.
  5. Limited Multiplayer Interaction: While there are online features for sharing photos and competing in ranking battles, the multiplayer interactions are somewhat limited, and players cannot directly interact with each other in real-time.
  6. It's important to note that the appeal of "Pokémon Snap" largely depends on your expectations and what you enjoy in a game. While it may have some shortcomings, it excels in delivering a unique and enjoyable photography and exploration experience in the Pokémon universe.



Monday, November 6, 2023

Quantium Solutions Postal Problems

November 06, 2023 0 Comments

As technology continues to advance, so does the realm of online shopping and shipping. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that everything has accelerated, from the swift delivery of food to the seamless online shopping experience and the rapid distribution of goods. Everything except for Quantium Solutions, they should change their name to Quantium Problems instead. 


Considering the potential of blockchain technology, it's disconcerting that Quantium Solutions, seemingly a part of the SingPost Group, appears to be falling behind in technological advancements. The order from PlayAsia (my very first!) was dispatched on October 4, 2023, and it took 17 days to finally reach its destination in Singapore. However, it took 2 days to reach SingPost and it has been stuck in that status since.... and they are telling me that cannot tell where it is!

Upon emailing the Singapore branch of Quantium Solutions, they replied saying to "Based on the record, the item was shipped out via Quantium Solutions Hong Kong to Singapore. However, we do not have any record in our system. Please reach out to your merchant/sender or the origin shipper,  Quantium Solutions Hong Kong for more details and further assistance."


Really Quantium Solutions? You could tell me where it was shipped out from, but cannot tell me where it is now that it has arrived in it's destination which should be under your purview? 


I've ordered from Bokksu and they deliver from Japan. When the parcel arrives in Singapore, dispatch is done by SingPost, and I usually received it within 2-3 weeks from dispatch. So that works out to be an average of 15 working days, not more than 21 days and counting. Even Amazon Prime shipping from the US to Singapore has arrived faster than this, with frequent status updates. And let's not even take about anything bought from China on Lazada or Shopee, where you are updated on the status constantly.


It's just Hong Kong to Singapore, not Hong Kong to the Netherlands. Plus, the status was updated to have already arrived in destination N days ago with no new updates and when it will be delivered.


But what's worse is that Quantium Solutions Singapore is telling me that they cannot find it in their system as it was sent out by the Hong Kong Branch. Since they are basically the same company just in different locations, where is the blockchain technology or visibility  to check for such deliveries?


I would say it's a red flag when the same entity does not seem to use the same system for something as simple as shipping. The reviews on Google and on the internet for this company also reflects the experience.


How is this company still in existence is a mystery - tracking is bad, customer service is hopeless and their system is not even integrated! Oh and did I mention that Quantium Solutions is a subsidiary of SingPost and yet their tracking system is hopeless.


Thankfully the seller, PlayAsia, has replied me saying that they would proceed with the full refund or reshipment so let's see how that goes. I would have to say that the customer support for PlayAsia has really been good and supportive, unlike Quantium Solutions.


Have you encountered Quantum Solutions with you shipping and deliveries? If so what are your thoughts on it?