Sheylara’s and Nanny Wen’s driving adventure


So, I’ve got a Garmin-Asus M20 and I decided to do something I’ve always wanted to do — explore Singapore randomly to find unexpected fun things to do!

Nanny Wen was my partner-in-crime for this adventure.

Sheylara and Nanny Wen

We’re both equally blur and directionally-challenged, so I thought she’d be a good partner to help me test out the navigational functions of the Garmin-Asus M20.

Makkuro Kurosuke
I just wanted to show off my cute little makkuro kurosuke, lol.

After picking her up from her home with the M20’s help, we got it to suggest a lunch venue for us.

Garmin-Asus M20

Clicking on Food, we were shown a whole list of food places, sorted by type, and arranged in order of distance.

Nanny Wen picked this placed called Green Room Cafe cos it sounded nice. We didn’t check the location map to see where it was, so we could be surprised. We just clicked GO and voice navigation started!

A caucasian lady’s voice started directing us to our chosen destination.

Our cafe turned out to be in Bishan Park. It was a bit far but what a nice and unexpected place to have lunch!

Bishan Park


Nanny Wen

We didn’t eat at Green Room cos we realised upon arriving that it was vegetarian. Since we’re carnivores, we decided to eat at the cafe just beside Green Room.

Acacia Restaurant

Halfway through our lunch, Thomas Ong walked into the cafe surrounded by a bevy of ladies who looked like his film crew. They were sorting out his wardrobe in the cafe, lol.

I didn’t take a photo of him cos I don’t like bothering celebrities while they’re having their private time.

While we were waiting for our food, I played with the Garmin-Asus M20 while Nanny Wen took secret photos of me.

Acacia Restaurant

I thought they turned out nice, though!

Acacia Restaurant

I also took a photo using the Garmin-Asus M20 and immediately uploaded it to my Facebook.

Sheylara's Facebook

If you’re a StarHub subscriber, accessing Facebook and Twitter on the M20 is free of data charge.

Our real adventure started after lunch. Together, we looked through a list of attractions recommended by the M20.

Garmin-Asus M20

We picked Sun Yat Sen Villa because we both like history and museums. We never even knew such a place existed in Singapore!

Once again, the trusty voice navigation took us to our chosen location. By the way, the M20 also provides navigation for walking on foot if you choose to.

Sun Yat Sen Villa had, in the past, been used as headquarters for revolutionary activities. Exciting!

Sun Yat Sen Villa

We had a lot of fun in there learning history!

Sun Yat Sen Villa

Sun Yat Sen Villa

Sun Yat Sen Villa

Next on the agenda: SHOPPING!!

Because it was raining, I didn’t want to drive too far, so we picked the nearest decent shopping mall.

Garmin-Asus M20

Square 2!

Nanny Wen wanted to have a foot-pampering session, but I didn’t want to, so I sat there and busied myself with e-mails and net-surfing on the M20. It uses Windows Mobile Pro so it’s like having a mini PC with me!

I also secretly took photos of her. LOL.

Nanny Wen

But she eventually found out and yelled at me. Doh.

Sheylara and Nanny Wen

After we were tired of Square 2, we went next door to Velocity and found an ice skating performance. We found ourselves riveted. Cos one of the skaters was so cute! Haha.

Ice skaters

We stayed till the end of the performance and I got a picture with the boys!

Ice skaters

Dinner at Take 5 (by Old Chang Kee)! We had two meals with drinks for only $5.50 total because they were having a 1-for-1 promotion. So lucky!

Nasi Lemak

And that was the end of our great day full of random fun and surprises, thanks to the Garmin-Asus M20!

Garmin-Asus M20

I’ll be going on another adventure this Saturday. It’s the Live-Navigation Challenge, remember? Hurry up and sign up for it!

Also, last chance to take part in the Facebook Memorable Experiences contest for your chance to win a Garmin-Asus M20 or G60!

See you at the Live-Navigation Challenge.

Have fun and win a trip to the Maldives!


First, take out your calendar and look for Dec 19, 2009.

Then put a big red circle around it because it’s going to be a fun, fun day!

Dec 19 is the day of the Garmin-Asus Live-Navigation Challenge so I’m challenging you to a race! Well, it’s a race of smarts and resourcefulness so I’m sure you’ll do very well. I know I have smart readers! ;)

Garmin-Asus Live-Navigation Challenge

On the day of the challenge, you’ll get a clue that will lead you to the first pit stop. There, pass a challenge to receive the clue for the next pit stop. Get through challenges at all the pit stops to reach the end.

Speed is of the essence! Be among the first to navigate your way to the final pit stop to win a host of fabulous prizes!

Garmin-Asus Live-Navigation Challenge

The prizes

1st Prize: A pair of air tickets to the Maldives
2nd Prize: $1,000 cruise trip voucher
3rd Prize: Garmin-Asus M20
4th Prize: Garmin-Asus G60
5th Prize: 2D1N Weekend Stay at Fullerton Hotel
6th-15th Prize: $50 Takashimaya cash vouchers

Such awesome prizes, yes?!

I’m not eligible to win any prizes (boohoo) but I’ll still be taking part cos I think it’s going to be fun. I hope you’ll take part and win some prizes on my behalf! I’d be so happy if my readers win something!

Who knows, we might even bump into each other at the pit stops. That’ll be cool, ya?

How to take part

Click here to register before Dec 19, 2009, 12 pm.

The clue for the first location will be sent to you via e-mail on Dec 19 at 1 pm. Make your way there, complete the challenge, get the next clue and so on. Be one of the first to reach the final pit stop to win!

Garmin-Asus Facebook Weekly Contest

Hint: Having a Garmin-Asus M20 or G60 would help.

(You will need to familiarise yourself with the functions and features of both the G60 and M20 smart phones to help you complete the challenges. Find out more via the emulator and demo videos found here!)

More contests

Besides the Live-Navigation Challenge, there’s also a weekly Facebook Memorable Experiences contest here, where you stand a chance to win a set of M20/G60 each week till Dec 18. Become a fan to take part.

Hope to see you at the challenge, then!

Go places with Garmin-Asus M20


Once, I had to attend a function at St Regis Hotel. The taxi driver didn’t know where that was, so I turned on Google Maps. It led us to a small field, with some private houses a short walk away. No hotel.

But Google Maps insisted that I was where I wanted to be, so I paid up and alighted, rather than circle around blindly in the cab.

I called the event organiser and realised that I was about 10-15 minutes’ walk away from St Regis.

Annoying! Because I was all dressed up and in high heels!

I wish I had a Garmin-Asus M20 then.

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

Garmin is the world’s leader in GPS devices. Asus is a trusted and reliable computer hardware brand.

Put them together and you get a kickass smartphone with smart navigation!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

You can also turn the phone around to view the map in landscape.

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

I like how the phone looks so sleek and compact!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

The Garmin-Asus M20 is made for people like me — always on the go, sometimes get lost… okay, fine, always get lost, and sometimes stuck outside for hours between meetings.

So, this smartphone makes itself useful by telling me where I am and how to get where I want to go. If I start grasping at straws, it will even suggest nearby venues for, like, food, ATM, carpark, places of interest, taxi stand, whatever I want.

What a handy lifestyle tool!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

The great thing is that there’s this feature called LocationLink, which automatically hyperlinks addresses found in my MSN, web browser, calendar, task list, SMS, e-mail, etc.

Like, when I click on an address, I will get to choose whether I want to do a search for an address or point of interest, from a list. Then a map will open up and a voice will tell me how to walk or drive!

Er… I mean, like, “Turn left, turn right” and not, like, “Lift your left foot and place it a little forward.”

Hey, if you have the M20, too, we can locate each other easily using the Ciao! service and geo-tag features! Like, I could call you and transmit my geo-tag to you, and you could GPS your way to me instantly! Well, assuming we’re in the same country and hopefully not at opposite ends of the island.

And while you’re on the way, GPS yourself to a gift shop to buy me a present first! Cool, huh?

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

There’s more that the M20 can do, but I’ll come back again with a field report once I’ve had the chance to give it a proper test run.

Stay tuned!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20