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.

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

I was lost but now am found


Have you ever wished you had been born later?

I have. All the time.

New technologies are being invented every day, making me lament the years I’ve had to live without them.

I am serious. I’m not just saying this because it seems a convenient way to start an article.

I really wish I had been born later. And I’ve never felt this more keenly than when I was introduced to this phone.

The HTC Touch Cruise 2009!

HTC Touch Cruise 2009

I wish it had been around back when I first started using mobile phones.

I’ll tell you why.

I’m always getting lost. And I’m always losing places.

Yes. You can bring me to a certain place, let’s say, a famous durian stall, maybe three times, and I’d still not know where it is and how to get there on my own the next time.

I’m really bad at recognising places and remembering roads and stuff.

In fact, I once lost a place I used to frequent with an ex and never found it again until seven years later.

So, what’s really amazing is that the HTC Touch Cruise 2009 seems like it was made for me and my crappy internal radar! Maybe the inventer is also someone who always gets lost and loses places, like me. Hur hur hur.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009

The two key features of this phone which I find immensely useful (and fun) are Footprints and Papago.

Footprints is a GPS-enabled photo album. Snap a photo (outdoors) and the GPS will save the photo together with the coordinates of your location!

See, I took this photo while I was at Leisure Park Kallang the other day.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 Footprints

The phone detects the location and stamps it onto the photo.

If you tap the photo (this is a touch screen phone, by the way, duh), a photo detail page will appear.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 Footprints


See the GPS coordinates? If you tap the middle button, it will give you a map showing the exact spot where you took the photo!

You can also enter reminder notes about the place.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 Footprints

OMG I will never have to lose a durian stall ever again.

Of course, only directional losers like me will rave over using this in Singapore. I think Footprints was meant to be used for worldwide travelling.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 Footprints

Basically, it helps you keep a helpful record of all the places you’ve visited around the world. Use Footprints to invoke fond memories, or use it to find a spot you want to return to, possibly years later.

Very cool, huh?

The other important feature of the phone is Papago, the GPS system that has been pre-installed in the phone. It works in tandem with Footprints to help you find places, but it also works on its own to get you places.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 Papagp

I find most useful the voice that tells you to turn left or right when you’re driving.

The Goonfather, though, was very irritated when I used it while he was driving.

He was, like, “I don’t want to turn left lah, shuddup!” LOLOLOL.

Speaking of driving, the HTC Touch Cruise 2009 comes with a car kit which allows you to dock the phone while you’re driving, all the better to use the GPS navigation as well as charge your phone.

HTC Touch Cruise 2009 car kit

The HTC Touch Cruise 2009 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Well, it’s basically Windows. If you’re a PC user, you can navigate the phone with ease.

The touch screen detects both finger tip and fingernail, so that’s pretty useful. The touch screen sensitivity is pretty good. Stuff on the phone scrolls around fluidly. Comes with a stylus if you like that kinda thing.

There’s also an Internet browser, a 3.2 megapixel camera and an expansion slot that accepts microSD memory cards.

Full specs here.

That’s basically everything one could ask for in a phone.

Unless you’re the sort who wants your phone to make your coffee and bring the paper every morning. Then maybe you’ll have to wait a few more centuries.


Okay, not very funny.

The HTC Touch Cruise 2009 retails at $858.