Troubles Before Nöel…

The time just before Christmas is the best described as “chaotic” and any unexpected mishaps during this certain time of the year make one’s stomach more acidic than usual.

Firstly, my Philippe Starck loo broke down. It was Hubbie’s favourite seat in our walk-in shower room which is now disabled until our plumber finds a spare time in January.
The water has stopped filling the tank but it trickles down the bowl incessantly. So I have employed a chopstick as a wedge. A sad sight, indeed…

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Then, my left eye started to go wrong.
In the lower eyelid, I felt very uncomfortable – prickly, light sensitive, stingy, teary and sticky. The symptom has been going on for a good few days, and with no sign of improvement, it starts to worry me. Do I have to suffer like this during the holiday? I have so many DVDs to go through! What am I gonna do???
Fortunately, London’s best known eye hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, was a few minutes walk from my flat and I decided to pay a visit to their A&E.
After being examined by two specialist nurses and waiting for three hours, a doctor diagnosed my left eyelid’s infection and handed me a care instruction and a copy of prescription. Phew! I was worried if they were to say ‘Stop crying wolf and go home!’…

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Then, another mishap ensued.
Hubbie claimed that he seemed to have misplaced his iPhone somewhere, either his office or home, since last evening and it was still missing. ‘Oh sh*t! What am I gonna do?!’ His gaze was suspended in mid-air, jogging his memory.
We practically emptied his bag upside down and shook it more than three times, searched all pockets on his jackets, crawled around the floor of our car and peeled every pile of papers on his desk at home. Disappointingly, the search bore no fruit, so we drove to his office and resumed our search there. The result was just the same. We found no phone. So we came home feeling dejected. Hubbie said he was going to give one final sweeping inside the car before reporting about his missing phone to his network provider. I wished him the best of luck as he walked out of the door but he returned promptly, saying that he forgot a car key. Then, I heard him stopped dead on the spot, ‘I found it! I found the phone!!’ The phone was on his desk chair all the time, being hidden under the cushion. It must have slid out of his jeans pocket when he plonked himself down the night before. Oh dear…

Mr.B did not participate in our search party, by the way…

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He said he was just a lap dog, not a sniffer dog nor a retriever.
Do you think it’s a good idea that you give a cold shoulder to a Santa’s help before Christmas Eve?…

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iPhone 6, At Last…

As large as a piece of Ryvita! That was my first impression when a new iPhone 6 tumbled out of the box.
First of all, let me give a piece of advise to anyone who is about to open the package with an iPhone in it. Be extra careful when you are unpacking. Because the protective film on the handset is sticky and therefore the phone maybe stuck to the ceiling inside, instead of resting on a plastic tray. When I prised mine open – the casing was annoyingly snug – a handset fell out like a jumping jack and landed on the table top rather heavily. And It gave me a hell of a shock. I laughed at that Aussie guy who became a bit of joke by dropping his iPhone in front of the awaiting TV crew at the Apple Store in Perth but never imagined I could share the same near tragic predicament! So remember to open yours over some soft surfaces, such as a cushion or a rug, never never on a pavement…

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In spite of being much larger than my old iPhone (4S,that is), the handset feels good in my relatively small hands. The devise is thinner and all the edges are tapered and therefore feels pleasant to grasp…

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Now, about a controversial iOS 8. We’ve heard a lot of bad reviews about 8.01. Regrettably, the 8.02 is no good either. My phone no longer recognises my finger tip ID and the wifi reception can be a bit wobbly time to time. I hope Apple will sort out the glitches pretty soon…

Mr.B is just happy with his rib treat…

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He doesn’t see what is all the fuss about human gadgets. He think it’s much ado about nothing…

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Lost In The Woods…

Can you believe it that my iPhone is still not out of the woods yet?!
It takes way too long when it is synced with my MacBook and the display looks just wrong. That means yet another visit to the Genius Bar. I am truly exhausted and fed up…

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Nope, you ain’t coming with me.
I have to carry a MacBook, an iPad Air & an iPhone with me. No excess baggage allowed…

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Fingers Crossed…

I am off to the Apple Store on Regent Street again.
Hope they will fix the problem…

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I envy you, Mr.B. You are free from this kind of nonsense…

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Genius Bar @ Apple Store, Regent Street

2 days ago, my iPhone started to behave erratically. It stopped picking up wi-fi and refused to shut down properly. The battery was running out at alarming speed – I went to bed with my iPhone 100% charged and came next morning, found the phone only 36% power left. It was so unusual, unless I was sleep-surfing with my iPhone during the night!
As Apple’s help page suggested, I restarted the device, reset network, checked my broadband connection, etc, but nothing worked. A wi-fi setting button in my general setting was dimmed out, refusing to acknowledge all wi-fi networks around me. With a big resonating sigh, I made an appointment with the Genius Bar at the Apple Store, Regent Street. The nearest slot was at 1pm on Sunday so I grabbed it.

Oxford Street on Sunday…

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The pavements were choking with Christmas shoppers. Their hands were laden with shopping bags of all colours and sizes. Some people were even tagging along suitcases. Were they from the outside London, day tripping for festive shopping?

I arrived at the Apple Store 10 minutes earlier than my appointment…

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The inside of the shop was teeming with Christmas shoppers and tourists alike…

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I was checked in by a friendly staff and ushered to one of the stools by the counter…

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Another staff came and ran a test on my iPhone…

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Alas, my phone had some internal damage which could not be fixed! How could this happen?! My phone was only one & half-year old! However, I couldn’t envisage my life without my iPhone, therefore, I bought a replacement there and then. I was shocked and saddened…

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At home, I tried to restore my email accounts on my iPhone but for some unknown reason, it failed to connect to servers. And with my dismay, the same thing happened on my iPad!!
Does that mean I will have to go back to the Genius Bar again? I groaned. I really loathed all this chores related to tech stuff. I am just a user /consumer, not a techno wizard…

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