September 14 2014

Why would @fitbit take away a product I loved with no replacement?

Over the past week I have discovered some cracks on the back of my Fitbit Force. As you remember I purchased this device in the US as I am still as yet to see it available I Australia.

I contacted Fitbit support first via twitter as then by their support page as they requested. I provided photos. After a follow up request to find out what was going on as I had not heard from Support.

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What I received, I thought was sent in error. Basically due to a small number of people (mainly in the US) suffering skin irritations, the Fitbit force was recalled. While I knew about the recall, the issue didn’t effect me and I carried on.

As there was a recall in place Fitbit support stated they would not replace my damaged force but would refund me. I don’t want to go back to using the Fitbit flex, for one, I had issues with the band breaking after 8 months – the same time I have been using the force, not to mention the shocking battery life of the flex compared to the force.

I am now left with either rigging up some repair or take the refund and look for another product after I have already invested in the Fitbit ecosystem including the matching scale.

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August 26 2014

Holiday Plans – April 2015

Holiday Plans – April 2015

Frankie has been looking at holiday locations for next year. He is looking at being home in Myanmar for the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April.

Taking onto the end of that I am planning some dive spots in Thailand as well as some much needed rest and beach time.

Some probable locations are:
Kuala Lumpur
Krabi
Bangkok
Chiang Mai

And for the many may Americans who read my blog this should help

Have you been to any of the above, particularly Krabi or Chiang Mai? Suggestions? Diving Suggestions too?

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August 26 2014

Working on my Fitness!!

Working on my Fitness!

I know it may come as a shock to some of you, but I am no athlete…

I have just entered week 7 of the couch to 5km running program.

If this fitness thing all sounds a little familiar, well yes.

I have been using the fitbit ecosystem for over 12months now. First the fitbit Flex which the band died after 9 months and there were little to no replacements available at the the time, so I imported the fitbit force which still does not seem to be available in Australia widely. Read the rest of this page »

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August 6 2014

I am now a Student – God help us all

I am now a Student – God help us all

I have resisted it for as long as I could…

I have signed up for a Bachelor of attendance.. I mean Arts ( Internet Communication) with Curtin University in WA.

Looking at the subjects and units, I am actually really excited – most of them will benefit you, throughout this blog and who know what else it will bring.

As can guess, I live in Canberra, and the Uni is in WA. So the course is online based.

First off it will start with some introductory work for those of us like me that have shied away from formal higher education. That should start around the start of September 2014.

Stand by for more when I know more.

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August 4 2014

Seal Diving – Montague Island, South Coast NSW

Diving with Seals on the NSW South Coast

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As you know I recently learnt to scuba dive. I also became a member of my local scuba club, which offers a few times a year, trips to Montague Island
off the coast of Narooma NSW to dive with the Australian Fur Seals
that inhabit the island .

The boat ride out to the island was choppy to say the least, we anchored in the lee of the sou’easter that was creating the chop, which as (bad) luck would have it was directly down wind from the seal colony.

 

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The day was split into 2 dives with the dive boat captain supplying soup and rolls to fend off the chill (temps were low teens out of the water, even less with the wind, while the water was 17-14ºc degrees depending on depth).

I really can see the ease that having a regular dive buddy creates. I joined a small group of 3 experiences divers.

Any one was more experienced as me – I have not dived since my open water qualification.

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July 22 2014

How to read the news: a beginners guide for Generation Y and the “Millennials”

news-05Two tragic events this year have brought to the fore the fact that my generation and the generation following (Gen Y and the so called a i generation or the millennials).

I am often dismayed at the inability of my peers to be able to evaluate and reconcile news stories, rather than just take every word as fact.

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July 17 2014

Travel: Winter Road Trips – Ep1

I love going for drives around our region during winter, it is the best time of year to see the region after the winter rains.

Starting early we headed off from Canberra to Batemans Bay via Bungendore, Braidwood. The sun was bright over the green dewy fields of Bungendore followed up by a stop off at the Lolly Shop in Braidwood.

 

 

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Lunch was on the waterfront with fish and chips in Batemans Bay followed by wandering around the marina looking at boats and slips for #ProjectSailBoat, just information gathering.

 

Heading back south heading through Narooma down to check out our favourite camping site at Mystery Bay, then south to Bega and up to the mountains through Bemboka (remember to stop off for a pie at the famous bakery) then up further into Cooma.

 

Just before dark we managed to make it back to Canberra having missed most of the first snow of the year but we did catch the trail end of the storm.

Were is your favourite road trip to?

 

 

 

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July 6 2014

House Update: SURPRISE!!!

I have just had it confirmed by our real estate that our house might be finished a month early. This does throw our financial planning into disarray but I am sure we will sort it.

At this stage we are looking at settling in around early October 2014.

 

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June 29 2014

#projectsailboat boat features / boat shopping list

I guess to truly explain what I am looking for in a boat I need to further explain why the dream is there.
That the dream is split in two parts.

1) This may sound strange to some seafaring folk but the idea of even tinkering and working onboard a boat at mooring all weekend I find incredibly appealing. Even when the weather is crappy, just being aboard a vessel that by definition is part of the sea. Every movement, every wave, ever breeze effects what you do.

2) The actual sailing – clearly this is linked to part one. A safe and comfortable boat that you know well only further enhances the time you have underway – that feeling when you cut the engine and nothing but the unseen force of the wind filling the sails – just like solar power – it’s magic.

 

A typical example of an E24

A typical example of an E24

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June 25 2014

#ProjectSailBoat Solar Battery Box pt2

 

Following on from the project that I have previously show (pt1) I wanted to share with you, pt2 which is more a ‘how it fits all together’ upgrade from version 1.

Let me know what you think

 

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