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Holiday season just started! My 2018 xmas list.

3 Dec

The turkey day is over, everybody has recovered from the food coma, Black Friday is over, the Xmas tree has been lit at the Rockefeller center … it means that the hunt for the perfect gift has just started!

Here’s my list

1. The weighted blanket aka the Gravity blanket. To fall asleep faster and deeper naturally thanks to the tiny micro beads inside the blanket that will hug your body.

2. I broke my Apple Watch serie 1 and it’s true I was always watching my wrist when I was not watching my iPhone … but I miss it. Need to close the rings, need to know what time it is in Paris and when I have my next appointment … $399 for the Apple Watch serie 4 GPS 40mm.

3. I’m a sneakerhead and I would like a private session with Dexter the Creator to customize my Van’s. Please Dexter? Dexter is one of the creatives of Surgeon Studios founded by Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Ciambrone.

4. Winter time calls for comforting food. What comforts me is ramen, and the first ever one star Michelin ramen joint is Tsuta Tokyo in Tokyo! I always wanted to visit Japan …

5. CO and fires claimed too many lifes lately and it’s time to protect your love ones with a detector. I chose the battery-powered Nest Protect ($119) because it combines CO and smoke detection as well as an off site monitoring through the iPhone.

6. Follow your luggage even closer than your airline. No more lost luggage with Airbolt, a Bluetooth TSA-compliant lock which let you track your luggage on your phone (iPhone and Android). Exists in 4 colors, $78,99.

7. To protect my brand new iPhone XR, I would fancy the Rockform Predator ($119). Design, light with a magnet to stick it all over ..

8. The brighten my interiors during the cold, blustery, snowy winter, I need the Pina Colada lamp (flamingo pink, $90) by The Goodnight lamp.

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Got a piranha in the pocket!

22 Sep

imageOften when I’m working outdoor, I need scissors, something to cut carton boxes open, open a FedEx plastic envelop, unpack products, … And in the middle of nowhere what’s left to you is your bite and nails … Maybe not!
I’ve been benching solutions for quite a time now and recently found the Piranha Alpine Knife by Trango.
It’s a small pocket knife made from surgical 440-C stainless.
The Piranha is small and can be the beat friend of your keyring.
The blade is dented and cuts really well (watch the fingers or no more piano lessons) but Trango thought about it and it’s advised to carry the Piranha on a regular carabiner and it won’t open itself.
When you are finished your work with the Piranha, you’ll be able to open bottle thanks to it’s bottles opener.

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Specs
. Dimension (blade: 1″/26mm, Piranha closed: 2,4″/6cm)
. Weight: 2,7oz, 19mm
. Price: 19,95$
Now you can say small, light and efficient as a Piranha!

If you are a regular outdoor person this will greatly help you but you might need another blade for long heavy work as because of it’s small size it may be uncomfortable.

I also have the Curve by Gerber (which brings to the plate many different screw imagedrivers and a bottle opener), 9,99$

More about the Piranha
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PS: don’t forget to check it in, as blades even tiny ones are not TSA-approved.

My travel kit

5 Jul

My travel kit
I am a frequent flyer and I’m packing again for a 5-days trip abroad, don’t like packing … I always forget something, always! It’s a rule, so lets make the exception and at least help you pack the “survival kit” and forget what you can easily buy at destination.

1. The hardware.
Cables and chargers.
photo-9You will of course bring your chargers and adapter with you BUT if, like me, you have 1 blackberry, 1 iPhone, 1 iPad, a Fuelband, …
You already need 3 plugs and you’ll have to search the room for plugs, unplug lights to charge your devices, scatter them across the room.
I don’t like to have my phones scattered across my hotel room!
So I bring with me my Belkin with 3 electric plugs and 2 USB plugs.
This is handy and you will gather  all your electronic devices in the same area so you don’t forget them when you leave your hotel.

Power.
Especially when you travel you need power. Power to charge your phone or camera or computer while visiting new countries and taking so many pictures.

Photo 27-06-13 11 57 51 AMI always carry my Guide10 or Sherpa50 depending my needs. Usually a Guide10 will be enought, but if you need to charge 2 phones, 2 cameras on the fly better go for the Sherpa50.
I also bring the solar panel that I tie to my backpack while walking, so I can charge my charger during my busy working day and enjoy free-from-plug charging.

2. The software, the travel apps.
Worldmate app will accompany you from the booking to the landing of your plane at destination. Delay, changes of gates, … You’ll be able to communicate the details of your trip (departure, arrival, gate, …) and if you want share it with friends (twitter, facebook) and LinkedIn contacts (no worries, you have the option to keep your trip private too), you can.
Currency convertor, tips calculator are included as well as weather forecast at destination and local searches are available thanks to Yelp!

You are not a star in languages and you didn’t take French or Japanese as 2nd language?
Don’t stress, great translator apps are out there ready to help you.
Of course there will be mistakes and it’s not perfect but you’ll get understood and your iPhone will become your personal translator.
Try Google translate, type or just say the sentence you want to translate and let it do it’s magic.
Lots of languages available, easy to use, and handy to read the translation.

Also, if you want to understand the local newspaper, give a try to Pixter which will scan the article and translate in to own mother tongue! Impressive results!

Need a cab? Get a personal driver with the Uber app!
Don’t book in advance, just on demand.
The closest car will pull down in front of you.
Prepaid fare and invoiced to your mail (no surprise with the price), you’ll receive a text on your phone to alert you when your driver (professional taxi driver) is there. You’ll love it ! Alittle bit more expensive than with a regular cab, but better driving and service.
PS: Uber works with iPhone, Android, web and even SMS (Canada and USA only).
The countries covered are France (Paris, Lyon and Cannes), UK (London), Australia (Melbourne and Sidney), USA, Italy (Rome, Milan), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Toronto), Germany (Berlin), The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Passwords? Your passwords, bank cards details, and passports number will be always on you with the Dashlane app.
Lets say you lost you passport, your bank cards have been stolen, … You need to access your emails from a computer in a cyber cafe and don’t remember your password or credit cards numbers? Just launch the Dashlane app and all of your important informations will always be within reach, you got yourself an eVault! Free trial than 17,99euros a year.

The convertor
Centimetres into inches? Kmh into mph? Degrees Celsius in degrees Fahrenheit? You never got it? You are not the only one!
With Measures app, this is all a bad dream.

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3. Also don’t forget …

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a Knife.
Great to open a carton box, cut food or defend yourself. Don’t need a big one, I have a keyring Curve knife by Gerber  that comes with screw drivers and bottle opener.
Be aware that small knifes are allowed again on planes by TSA but I prefer to put it safely in my checked-in bags.

many Karabiners.
Great to hang my solar panel to my backpack or to my office balcony, but also great to tie your backpack to the chair you are sitting on so no shoplifter runs away with it or simply to hang the keys of your b’n’b. I use the S-Biner (lots of sizes, colors and durable).

a Rope.
Coming in the shape of a good looking and customisable survival strap, you will now always carry a rope with you. Ready to be unravelled when needed (hang your laundry while camping, tie stuff together, …).

a Drinking bottle.
Photo 25-06-13 7 02 55 AMAlways stay hydrated thanks to your vey own bottle that you carry with you wherever you go.
Klean Kanteen, Bladder bottles are great.
Brita bottle or Purificup bring added value with their filter. Brita bottle will take away the bad taste of tap water while Purificup will let you drink safely the water in the river, … Killing more than 800 bacteria thanks to its filter.

Nice to have, a sleeve for your bottle to keep it warm or cold.
I love the Built-in ones or the the Greenspan ones.

And of course, a flash light. Check the key ring size Swipe to Shine by Niteize.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, this should be your basic kit and you could face whatever situation.
Now travel safely and dont hesitate to share your travel tips with us 😉

Happy holiday!

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