Car Camera: Dengo

Having a car camera is in trend and beneficial. We are really not the type who would just jump in the bandwagon, but we found it useful, so we got one. Firstly, as we’re expats we could not speak the local language effectively and so explaining things is really frustrating at times. Secondly, nowadays some people would do or say anything just to get away with something, so it is better to have a piece of evidence.
We have scouted stores for the right one, by the way there are many choices to choose from, but eventually settled for Dengo Cam which is only available online. So what got us decided on this?Here are the reasons.

  1. It is a dual camera for a little over $56, great deal we thought. It has a 140 and 120 wide angle lenses for front and back respectively.
  2. It has an auto on and off, loop recording, and motion detection features.
  3. It has a built-in battery and a FHD recording resolution.
  4. Plus, installation is easy and the delivery is right on time.

Wow!

But there’s the catch.
Although the image quality is great, the recording lags all the time. We tried changing the memory card from a lowly 8gb to its maximum capacity as advertised of 32gb, then back to 8gb, and then to an even lower 2 gigabyte, it still lags. It is important that your car cam does not lag. What if an important thing happens right on the moment it lags and so that won’t be recorded.

Another is that it does not loop automatically as advertised. We found this out the hard way. We got bumped from behind and the driver initially denied it but immediately “agreed” when we told him it’s on camera. Looking through the recordings we found out that it has stopped recording two days prior to the accident. Good thing he didn’t ask for it. Whew!

We’ve learnt that aside from image and recording quality these two features mentioned above are total essentials.

Now, we know what to look for in the car cam.
Well, if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t ……….

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Product Review: AJ sound system Thailand
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Product Review: AJ Sound System

For the first time my family bought a Thailand made sound system, AJ.  In the past 10 years here, it has always been either Philips or Samsung.  But for whatever reason we just decided to try AJ.

Anyway, what about it?

Well, for the price of 2,990 baht (85$), the sound quality is the closest thing you get to a Sony. That’s right.  Great, isn’t it?

It has a two-tone color design with wooden panels.  It looks massive, heavy, and simple without fancy stuff.  Features include AUX, DVD, USB, Bluetooth, and FM radio. It’s a 5.1 ch surround system starting with a beautifully crafted sub-woofer, left and right speakers, left and right surround speakers and a center speaker all of which are separately controlled by four knobs.

However, there is one quirk that can be annoying at times.  It does not have a general knob for the volume.  So what I’m saying is that, you would have to turn all the knobs (all four of them) to adjust the volume.  Just imagine if the baby stirs a bit and you’d have to hurriedly lower the volume or else your ME time is over.

Now, I don’t know if this is how it is at the present modern-day sound systems but for sure it was not like this with our previous.  Anyhow, apart from this everything else works very well.  It may not be the best looking, fancy appliance there is but in terms of functionality, it is unquestionably great.  It means business.  What you see is what you get.  There are no compatibility issues, which was the case with our previous sound systems.  AJ works perfectly with other electronics like TVs, laptops, and mobile phones.

Have you had any experience with Thailand made products? How was it?

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Fotor and Postermywall

The best thing in life is, free.

When internet started way back, almost all were for free.  As years passed, internet has crawled into the “must-have” list of every households and offices. The internet has become the largest market across the world. Companies started curtailing the free things, and started selling.   Others on the other hand, offers free versions of their products.
Most of the photos I posted here are in collage. I have tried several photo editing websites online, but there are only 2 which I love and use most of the time, FOTOR.COM and POSTERMYWALL.COM. This is a voluntary review. I am not compensated whatsoever. This is my way of giving back to these 2 great companies aside from sharing their websites in social media every time I use their services.
What do I like the most about fotor and postermywall?
 
They allow saving/downloading directly to your computer or drop box, no fuss, no long-endless-do-this-to-save-it kind of thingy.  Which by the way is not allowed in other photo editing websites. Now, why do I like this feature? I am a blogger, so I want my photos seen first in my blog and not in facebook,twitter, or anywhere else.
What other features I am sure you would love too?
* You won’t have problems using the websites as they are user-friendly and opens almost immediately even with my slow internet connection.
* They have other options if you choose to share your photos directly to your social media.
* The photos on the collage/poster come out great, not pixelated even with the free version.
* They have loads of features to choose from.

Fotor …

 

Collage (classic,funky, magazine, photo stitching, canvas, stickers)

Edit a photo

Design a card (holidays, weddings, and birthday)

Postermywall…

over 60 poster templates to choose from including 4th of July, Soccer, Photography, and even Hanukkah and Divali.

How are online photo editing websites significant to you?

 

 

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Songs are a sure hit with kids. They like songs and definitely love to sing along.  Songs are fun way to increase vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and general comprehension of the language.  In this app the lyrics are written in large letters with catchy colors.  Letters or words are highlighted for kids to sing along in karaoke mode.  There are so many kids’ favorite songs to choose from.  Each song comes with an appropriate and attractive graphics which depict the story behind the song. Kids learn quickly and easily through songs. One app allows you to record your kid singing which my daughter and I find so fun to do.

 

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I am financially compensated for this review.  But the opinions expressed here are honest and unbiased.

 

 

 

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Learning how to write is an easy task for kids if their fine-motor skills are developed early on.  This app which is designed for kids age 5 and below will aid them in developing these necessary skills.  The graphics and presentation are responsive and attractive.  The letters and numbers are presented in a simple, but catchy manner.  There is not so much clutter around which lessens confusion, consequently making instructions easy to follow.  The app starts with number and letter tracing and moves gradually to writing single words requiring more developed fine-motor skills.  Stars awarded depend on the number of attempts made on each task.  The voice over which is clear, gently, and encouraging has a male and female options.

 

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The skills that are emphasized and being developed in this app are the very foundations needed for kids to do reading operations.  Kids using this app are assumed to have prior knowledge on letter recognition and sound.  It starts with rhyming words and beginning letter sounds exercises which develop their listening skills and complicated sound recognition.  It will then move on to short vowels sounds, long vowel sounds, and finally being able to write words.  The voice over is clear.  The words are well pronounced and enunciated making it easy for kids to follow and understand.  The letters are large and colorful which can draw the kid’s attention to it rather than the other graphics on the screen.  In this app music and sound are enhanced, and the graphics are very responsive.  Plus, it can be personalized by creating your kid’s own profile.

 

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KidCoder Beginning Web Design Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Did you ever wonder how websites, games, and smart-phone apps created by people who made their living from these? Have you in your wildest dream, thought of creating apps and designing your own website?

Well, your dream is about to come true.  Even your kids as young as 4th graders can design his/her own website.

In this modern, technology jammed times, a know-how is definitely an advantage. Having the knowledge will not only make one a mere user of technology, but a creator.  Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs are creators who made it really big.

 

This is a review of  KidCoder Beginning Web Design.

KidCoder Beginning Web Design is a self-study, no prior-programming-experienced course,  offered to 4th to 12th graders. This course which needs to be installed in your computer comes with student activity starters, supplementary instructional documents, fully coded solutions for all activities, tests and answer keys, and guidance on evaluating projects. The step by step activities are detailed, thorough, and engaging. It can be completed in your own computer using the text editors and web browsers that already exist in your computer.  There is no need to purchase any additional software.  Plus, they offer free technical support.

 

 

So, what’s in store for you in this  course.  Let us take a peep.

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This is the student menu.  To the left you will see the things needed in this course.  The student textbook are both in PDF and electronic versions.  You can choose whichever best suits your kid’s learning style.

 

 

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Here, you will find 20 lessons which are linked to easily view the content.

 

 

 

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This is where your finish product goes.  Detailed instructions are given in order to create this folder.  To make your website design live, which means uploading in the internet, they also provide step by step procedure and online documents needed to make this happen.  All of these are found in INSTALLATION AND EXTRAS.

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Pros

*Designed for people who do not have any technical or programming experienced at all. solution menu

*It provides hands-on activities as against just feeding series of instructions right away. This provides opportunity for learners to think, explore, and resolve given tasks on his/her own.

*If ever one gets stuck on certain activity, the solution menu provides the answer on how KidCoder engineers solve the task themselves.

*They provide online technical support for free.

*Depending on your own pace, you could be a web designer in no time.

*Information are selflessly and generously imparted.

*There are no hidden third party software purchases.

Cons

I took my time looking into the course, trying to find any loophole or negative thing about it.  Honestly, none at all.

Would I recommend this?

Absolutely, without any second thought. I am glad, I was given the opportunity to review and be given a free course.  Its relevance to me as a mother, blogger, and teacher is surmountable.

For more information about KidCoder beginning web design please visit them at the following links.

Website: Homeschool Programming

Facebook Page: Homeschool Programming, Inc.

Twitter:  HS Programming

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

All opinions expressed here are honest, and are not influenced whatsoever by anyone or anything.

 

 

 

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Tmart Digital Weight Kitchen Food Diet Scale Review

 

 

This is a product review for the best digital scale in the market today, the digital weight kitchen food diet scale by www.Tmart.com.

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I received this fragile-looking parcel, but the interior is actually lined with bubble wrap that serves as cushion for the item.  The actual product looks very dainty, light, and handy.  It comes in 2 different color choices – white and blue, with an all steel display panel. The digits are big enough even for people with bad eyes like me.

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  DSC01494 DSC01493 That’s right this versatile device does the conversion for you.  Some people finds manual conversion a bit difficult, and at times could be both a hassle and a hindrance.  So, this automatic unit conversion feature is really a CONVENIENCE.

 

 

Further, this digital kitchen food diet scale is useful in so many ways.  It is very   for Science experiments and Science Laboratory use.

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 It can also be used in Jewelry Shops.

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It can also be used in candy and sweets stores.

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This digital kitchen scale is actually an ALL PURPOSE DIGITAL SCALE!  This is definitely a VERY GOOD BUY.

 

Other basic features include the following.

  • Strain Gauge Precision Technology
  • Key with Full Function: ON/OFF
  • Key with Full Function: Unit
  • Easy-view LCD display
  • Low battery indication/Over -load indication
  • Auto/manual shut Off
  • Powered by 2 pieces AAA battery

The longevity of any gadget and device for that matter, depends largely on how one use it.  This digital kitchen scale is no exception.  It is important to know the do’s and don’ts.

1.  Keep the steel panel dry at all times

2.  Keep the steel panel free from any corrosive chemicals

3.  Clean any stain immediately with damp but not wet soft cloth

4.  Put the digital scale on hard flat surface when weighing

 

I RECOMMEND this product not only for home use, but also for school, industrial, and business-related purposes.

 

Disclaimer:

Although, I received a free digital weight kitchen food diet scale from tmart, all the opinions and reviews expressed here are my own.  I am not influenced whatsoever by any form of payment.

 

 

 

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