Review: Gaston Luga Pråper Backpack + 15% Discount Code

Singaporean’s favorite activity is probably planning for a holiday and physically traveling around the world. That’s where Gaston Luga backpacks come in, as their backpacks are specifically targeted for holidaymakers. Why do I say so? Read more to find out!

Gaston Luga produces and sells several minimalistic designs for both Men and Women. Below is the Pråper backpack collection that I’ve received from Gaston Luga, which comes in 4 different colors. (I will be talking about this backpack in awhile.)untitled.png

Gaston Luga also has another backpack collection: Clässic for you if you need a bigger capacity. Ladies, there’s also a unique backpack collection for you too – Clässy collection (you can see them here).

Okay, so back to the Pråper backpack that I’ve got. I fell in love with the design immediately thanks to its simplistic and minimalistic, elegant design! This backpack is different as it doesn’t have any zips but was replaced by strong hooks to keep the items inside safe and secure.

It is made from highly durable canvas, that comes with an inner pocket to fit your 13″ – 15″ laptop, and 2 other pockets. There is also a passport/ticket pocket! The shoulder straps are easily adjustable to fit you comfortably. The dimensions given for the backpack are 30cm x 42cm x 15cm and 18 litres of capacity. And yes, as seen above, it comes in 4 different colors. I brought it out during the Lunar New Year to bring along my laptop, camera, water bottle and umbrella. It just holds everything together perfectly, and for me to keep all my angbaos!

So if you are looking for a new backpack for your everyday needs or travel needs? Look no further, head over to GASTON LUGA website to get yourself one now!

Gaston Luga provides free DHL delivery shipment to Singapore, and with the use of my promo code <hypetraveler15>, you will get an extra 15% now!

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Celebrate Christmas with Star Wars At Waterway Point

 

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Source: Frasers Centrepoint

 

It’s 6 days from Christmas & 12 days to the new year. What are you doing this coming weekend and next weekend? Why not head down to Waterway Point to join in the last of the “Fulfill your Destiny” Star Wars: The Last Jedi Christmas event.

Waterway Point will be transformed to a Galactic Party, as we invite you and your friends & family to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and catch the screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Do remember to snap photos, share new memories at the Star Wars photo booth. There are art-and-craft activities available for kids too!

Simply spend a minimum of S$200 in a maximum of 3-days receipts to redeem the coveted spot for your family of 4 in the party!

So what are you waiting for? Start texting and ask your friends and family out at Waterway Point to finish up your Christmas shopping and have some Star Wars-time this weekend! Attending the event this coming weekend is sure a way to celebrate Christmas in advance while attending the event next weekend is a great way to end the year 2017!

Star Wars Galatic Party will be held on 23, 24, 30, 31 December 2017 at Waterway Point: The Plaza @ Basement 1. Time is from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

Check out Waterway Point website for more details here.

Waterway Point

83, Punggol Central, Singapore 828761

Nearest MRT/LRT: Punggol MRT/LRT Station (NE17/PTC)

It’s A Christmas Wonderland in Orchard

This year, there’s something special about celebrating Christmas in Orchard!

Yes, you may have gotten it right! There’s a Christmas Market at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, which will run daily till Dec 25!

The Christmas Market is opened daily (Sun – Thu) 11am – 10pm, (Fri – Sat) 11am – 11pm. With Christmas Week having an opening hours of 11am – 11pm daily.

What you could expect there includes Christmas Market with 25 stores like Starbucks Coffee, Megafash, Gift Shoppe, Kele, Paul, Toast Box and more. There’s are amusement rides situated at the side of the stage. Don’t forget to visit Hitachi Santa’s House when you are there too!

The Christmas Eve Countdown Concert features an extensive line-up of local band acts performing Christmas classics, all-time favorite English & Mandarin pop hits. The concert will begins at 8pm on Christmas Eve (24 Dec 2017). There will stunning pyrotechnics show at midnight!

Safari Zoo Run ‘18: Running For The Wildlife

This coming January 27, are you free?

Why not sign up for Safari Zoo Run ’18? Taking place at Singapore Zoo, from 6am! So what’s Safari Zoo Run is all about? It’s actually conceived to commemorate Singapore Zoo’s famous animal personalities ‘Ah Meng’ that passed away in February 2008.

Safari Zoo Run is a fun run to encourage family bonding and to raise awareness for endangered animals and wildlife conservation. This is their 10th anniversary year, so be sure to expect more during next year’s edition of Safari Zoo Run.

For Safari Zoo Run ’18, organizers are also working hard to raise awareness for wildlife conservation by coming out with 4 different animal icons for this run. They are Team Ah Meng, Team Canola, Team Sunny and Team Chawang.

The 4 different teams individually support 4 different initiatives to raise awareness. Team Ah Meng, which supports the conservation of her fellow primate friends, the Raffles’ Banded Langur. Team Canola supports her fellow aquatic friends, the sharks, and stingrays. Team Sunny supports his fellow feathered friends, the Songbirds. And lastly, Team Chawang that supports his fellow friends in Night Safari, the Sunda Pangolin.

To raise awareness for the endangered animal your team is supporting, simply take part in the Team Instagram Contest from now till Race Day. The team with that spread the most awareness wins, and a lucky winner from the team will stand a chance to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the park.

Simply tell your friends about the animal your team is supporting and hashtag #TeamAhMeng, #TeamChawang, #TeamSunny, #TeamCanola and #SafariZooRun. Upload them to Instagram and make sure your profile is public.

Fees for the Run (Rates from now till 7 Jan 2018):

Competitive Run – 10km  Safari Zoo Run Challenge (Men & Women Open) – S$80

Competitive Run – 2.5km Safari Zoo Kids Dash (Boys & Girls) – S$55

Non-Competitive Run – 5.5km Safari Zoo Run (Adults) – S$70, (Junior & Kids) – S$50

Non-Competitive Run – 2.5km Safari Zoo Dash (Adults) – S$56, (Junior & Kids) – S$50

USE PROMO CODE SZR18THEHYPETRAVELER FOR 10% DISCOUNT.

Safari Zoo Run ’18

Date: 27 January 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 6:00AM

Venue: Singapore Zoo – 80, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826

Website: http://www.safarizoo.run

Facebook Page: @SafariZooRunSingapore

Daniel Wellington Christmas Gift Set

Still unsure what to gift to your friends, family or lover?

Why not gift them a DW watch? It’s minimalist, simple and easy-to-match with most clothes! And if you are planning to buy one… Read on!

There are currently 4 different collections available: Classic, Classic Black, Classic Petite, and Dapper, packed with tons of watch straps and watch sizes for you to choose from.

It’s usually not cheap buying a Daniel Wellington watch, usually around S$250 plus-minus. But this Christmas, Daniel Wellington has made purchasing their products a bit more wallet-friendly, more affordable!

Simply head over to their website here, and create a Holiday Gift Set! Simply choose any 2 items and enjoy a 10% off discount. Firstly, select your desired watch design, color, and size of it. Next, choose between getting another watch, an extra strap or a cuff (which is normally the preferred one, if you are getting the set for a lady).

All gift sets come with a very classy black gift box, with red ribbon. It’s really the perfect gift you could give! And shipping (by UPS Express) is totally free, will arrive in 2-3 working days.

Furthermore, to help you save more! Simply use my code <thehypetraveler> during check-out and save another extra 15% off your purchase!

Wanna save somemore? Simply head over to Shopback and link over to Daniel Wellington webpage to enjoy 4% cashback. May not seems alot, but in total you are actually saving 10% + 15% + 4% = 29% of your purchase! Else click HERE to Daniel Wellington website.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase a Daniel Wellington Holiday Gift Set now!

Earning Miles Now Is Easier Than Ever With MilesLife

Love traveling? But find it very very hard to earn required miles to offset your flight? Not to worry, as MilesLife is here to help you earn your miles faster and easier.

What is MilesLife? It’s a mobile application that allows you to earn miles on top of the regular miles and the points earned on your credit cards. How awesome is that?!

You can earn miles for most of your everyday lifestyle activities, like dining at Wheeler’s Yard, Peach Garden, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Sky22, Enchanted Cafe, Post Bar and many more, where you could earn an average 2 miles per S$1 spent.

You could also earn miles for booking activities, for example, Wing Of Time Show ticket costs S$12 and will earn you 60 miles, and Adventure Cove Waterpark ticket will earn you 90 miles for S$25 spent. There are more activities that can be bought thru MilesLife like Universal Studios Singapore theme park, Wild Wild Wet water theme park, and Sentosa Luge etc.

Lastly, you can earn your miles by booking a staycation or a relaxing spa therapy session.

So you may ask what are the airlines that I could credit your earned miles to? And the answer to your question is that you could credit them to frequent flyer programs of:

  • ANA
  • British Airways
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Lufthansa
  • Air China
  • Qatar Airways
  • Sichuan Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines

Yes, you see it correct! There’s Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles that you could earn by using MilesLife. So what are you waiting for?

Simply sign up now with MilesLife and use my referral code THEHYPETRAVELER to get bonus miles of 1,000 upon installing the app.

MilesLife iOS App – HERE                                           MilesLife Android App – HERE

ANNETTE – Debut EP ‘All Our Achilles Heels’

For those who are familiar with Sue-Ann from SGAG… Yes, she had recently released her debut EP – All Our Achilles Heels.

This debut EP was produced in Nashville, she recorded this EP with help of producer brothers Ed and Scott Cash. All 5 tracks within this EP was written by Annette, herself.

During an interview with The Straits Times, she mentioned that she wanted her songs on the EP to send out positive vibes, like confronting weaknesses and recognizing that every single one is different.

In this EP, I personally love the track ‘Ready for a Savior’, an electronic pop genre song that was properly delivered. She does have some Hollywood-style in the song and her music video.

Annette Lee’s latest debut EP is now available for all digital music services (e.g. Spotify, iTunes etc). CD copies are also available through her Facebook Page here.

I personally love this EP, and to me, local talents/artists/stars need a lot more support from local Singaporean for them to fly higher and brighter in the entertainment sector, as Singapore is just that small. They really need our support for them to bring their music and performances to a much bigger stage, for more people to witness how good Singaporeans can be in doing entertainment.

Below is her music video from her single ‘Ready for a Saviour’.

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Source: ANNETTE FB Page

Annette is having her Debut EP Launch on November 4, 5pm – 6:30pm at Canvas Club. Do support her, support local artists.

Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners

Love photography? Love traveling and taking tons of beautiful stunning photos? But all you could use is your smartphone? Wanting to get hold of a DSLR camera? That’s my thought to myself when I’m blogging about this.

So to enlighten you guys and also myself, this is a compilation of what’s the best DSLR cameras for us, beginners.

 

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Source: Nikon Singapore

 

1. Nikon D3400

Nikon has always been one of the popular camera brands in Singapore, especially for DSLR cameras. And also has also one of the best DSLR camera beginners could get! It’s built on top of the Nikon D3300, with a sweet addition of Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, allowing you to share your photos with your phone via Bluetooth. This makes sharing of photos on your social media platforms a lot easier and faster!

This camera uses APS-C CMOS sensor, with 24.2 megapixels, an 11-point autofocus system, comes with a 3” screen and able to shoot Full HD 1080/60p videos. And whats more, it weighs only 395g only! It has an awesome battery life but the 3” screen doesn’t support touchscreen and there isn’t any microphone port.

This camera comes with a Guide Mode that allows beginners like me to get the hang of it easily. It’s a useful guide that gives real-time explanations of the features.

Nikon D3400 DSLR camera is retailing at S$749, which comes with an 18-55mm lens kit.

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Source: Canon Singapore

2. Canon EOS 1300D

The other big brand for cameras, Canon has some superb DSLR for beginners, and this is one of them, the Canon EOS 1300D. It has an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4+, that’s able to capture images beautifully. Clear photos with little noise can be taken indoors and in low-light environments thanks to the DIGIC 4+ image.

It has a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for simple uploads and sharing to your smartphones or laptops. This camera is also capable of remote shooting! Canon EOS 1300D has 9-point all cross-type autofocus system with 1 centre cross-type autofocus point. Similar to the Nikon D3400, it doesn’t have a touchscreen display.

Canon EOS 1300D weighs over 400g and is now selling at S$669 at major retailers and online.

 

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Source: Sony Singapore

 

3. Sony a6000 E-mount with APS-C Sensor

This 24.3-megapixel camera with APS HD CMOS sensor is quite suitable for beginners, as it is easy to use, and there are lots of help provided by the camera itself.

You will be able to capture beautiful moments in almost any conditions with the help of a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600. And it has 179 extremely accurate phase-detection AF points that cover nearly the entire image.

It has a tiltable 3″ display to help you when snapping a photo from low to high angle shooting. There’s also Wireless and NFC capability for you to sync your images and take photos using your phone.

This camera cost S$849, and with an addition 16-50mm Power Zoom lens, it will cost you S$1099, comes in 4 different colors for your preference.

With this 3 top DSLR cameras for beginners, which will you buy? Or will you just stick with the ever-changing smartphone cameras from Apple, Huawei, Sony and Samsung?

Sudio TRE Earphones Review: Designed for Actives

Firstly, would like to thank Sudio Sweden for sponsoring me their latest Sudio TRE earphones.

Sweden brand ‘Sudio’ isn’t going to be the brand that you will think of when someone talks about earphones/headphones. But honestly, you should. Because they manage to combine stylish design seamlessly with splendid sound quality in their wireless earphones and headphones.

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Source: Sudio Sweden

Sudio TRE earphone is their latest wireless earpiece for actives. It comes with a clean and minimalist design, and it’s surprisingly light, which is very good for joggers/runners. It comes in 4 different colors: Black, Classic Blue, Pink, and White.

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I’ve received the black one which looks damn nice and classy!

Some quick facts about the earphones first. This sporty-looking earphone has an impressive playtime of 9 hours with 10 minutes quick charge (120 minutes for a full charge). It features Bluetooth 4.1 technology and can work within a 15m range. It also has exceptional microphone clarity and Siri voice-control for iPhones’ users.

Sudio gave this earphone special looking wing-tips for a secure-fit during your run. Even though it may not feel comfortable in the first place, I got used to it quickly after some time.

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Sudio TRE comes with the earphone, three pairs of different sizes’ wing-tips, a leather carrying case, a metal tip, micro-USB charging cable and a quality assurance card.

Quality wise, Sudio TRE has a splendid sound quality with great bass delivered, even if you turn up the volume. The sound produced is quite well-balanced, though at times you may felt the treble is a little flat, which I find that it’s still acceptable. Sudio TRE also offers full sound transparency, allowing you to hear your surrounding without removing the earphones. So that you won’t be caught off guard by unexpected noises while listening to your favorite tunes.

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Sudio TRE is compatible with all iPhones and Android phones. And if you are using iPhone (just like me). You can easily view the battery life of your earphone with a swipe to the right on your home screen, under ‘BATTERIES’, which is very convenient.

Sudio TRE is currently retailing at S$139 (which is very affordable) at Sudio online shop. Simply head to their website here and make your purchase. For delivery wise, you get to enjoy free DHL Express delivery (3-4 business days) or you could opt for DHL Express Gold at S$7.99 (2-3 business days).

And something more for you! Use this promo code ‘thehypetraveler‘ and get a 15% discount!

*Reviews are strictly by myself.*

McDonald’s Team Up With UberEATS

Calling all McLovers! You all-time favorite fast-food chain has teamed up with UberEATS! What does this mean to you? We are able to get our McDonald’s meal quicker and easier!

With the help of UberEATS mobile app, it will complement the current 24/7 McDelivery service. It can provide customers greater accessibility to McDonald’s meal.

Currently, there will be only 60 outlets that support UberEATS app, but this will be increased to all 133 outlets by the end of the year.

The advantage of using the UberEATS app is that there won’t be any minimum order, and you are able to track your order till your doorstep via the app. You will also be able to contact your delivery partner when needed.

However, do take note that the standard UberEATS delivery charge of S$3 still applies. And do expect price surge during times of high demand.

So, what will you be having for your next meal? A UberEATS delivered McDonald’s meal?