Shattered my iPhone 4

I am certifiably one of the world’s biggest klutzes, so mishaps never shock me.

You get desensitised after stubbing your toe for the nth time or after offering your 99th porcelain plate to the kitchen floor gods.

But shattering my iPhone 4 certainly stunned me.

I’d always thought the iPhone 4 was invulnerable. Invincible.

I’d dropped it enough times in the last seven or eight months, sometimes quite violently, with hardly a scratch to show for it.

So my mind wasn’t able to absorb this.


Shattered iPhone 4


It had mysteriously flown out of my hand right onto the granite pavement, facedown.

I remember when I picked it up and turned it over, my mind blanked for long seconds, my brow furrowed in puzzlement, as I tried to make sense of what I was seeing.

The next thought that came to my mind was, “Wow.”

And then, “OMG.”

Miraculously, the phone still works. The touchscreen still works. I can continue using it with just a small risk of scratching my cheeks or fingers bloody on the shattered edges.

Hasn’t happened yet, but I won’t press my luck cos I know my klutz blood will find a way for another incident to happen.


Shattered iPhone 4


I’ll try not to use it till I can get it fixed or replaced.

In the meantime, I still have my Blackberry.

I am a bit mortified to admit that I only just got my prepaid data sim card for my BB yesterday. After a month of being in England. After a month of being mobile internetless!

(My iPhone had shattered about an hour after I got the card. Perfect timing.)

You see, I had tried to get a prepaid card for my iPhone 4 when I arrived in England last month, but they don’t have prepaid microsims here, yet, so I just gave up on having mobile broadband. I figured I was on holiday, anyway, no need for 24/7 push e-mail.

Because I seldom use my Blackberry nowadays (it just sits there collecting dust), I didn’t think about getting a data card for it.

Well, I thought about it a few days ago when I decided to extend my stay in England (yet again, I know). I’m going to be here till April and I guess I can’t stand being mobile internetless for too long.




So I finally got it yesterday.

Cost me £10 (S$20) for the card, with 300 free texts and unlimited Internet for a month, and £5 worth of calls. Something like that. It’s a bit confusing all the price plans and top-ups and freebies.

But I’m all set. So very useful to have an extra phone.

My broken iPhone doesn’t even really bother me that much. Piers says he will drive me to Southampton this Saturday where they have an Apple Retail Store Genius Bar.

Hopefully, the replacement screen won’t cost hundreds like everyone on the Internet is saying.

If it does, I might just keep it as it is. Buff the sharp edges a bit. I might look very cool using a shattered iPhone 4, you think?

Converting SIM card to MicroSIM free

I got my iPhone 4 last night but I didn’t get a MicroSIM card. I won’t explain why because it’s a long, boring story. But I was going to have to visit a SingTel shop the next day to convert my SIM into a MicroSIM.

The Goonfather said, “Why pay $18 for the conversion? Just cut it yourself!”

I really thought he was joking. But he wasn’t. Apparently, many people do it. Just Google and you’ll see.

We were having dinner at The King Louis when Unker Kell started cutting up his SIM card with his steak knife, using his new MicroSIM as a template (his MicroSIM wasn’t activated yet.)

SIM card and MicroSIM card

It worked perfectly! His newly-cut SIM card fit into his iPhone 4 and he was able to make calls and surf the net.

I wasn’t ready to cut up my card yet because I didn’t want to break out my iPhone 4 outside. So I got the Goonfather to make markings on my SIM card using Unker Kell’s MicroSIM as template.

I gave him a pen to make the marks, but he decided to use his steak knife.

What’s with boys and knives?

SIM card and MicroSIM card

Once we got home, he used a pair of normal scissors and cut along the lines. One minute later, I had one perfectly functional MicroSIM card at no extra cost!

SIM card and MicroSIM card

SIM card and MicroSIM card

SIM card and MicroSIM card

It’s not a perfect fit for the MicroSIM tray, but it still works fine.

The iPhone 4 is sooooo good to use. I couldn’t imagine anything could be smoother than the iPhone 3G, but Apple has done it.

I’ve named her Cutie Prime because my iPhone 3G was Ms Cutie. The “Prime” is from “Optimus Prime”, so used because the iPhone 4 looks more high tech.

It was Kerrendor’s idea actually. When I said I was going to name my Alienware Fluffy (because my pink MSI Wind is also named Fluffy), he said, “Why not Fluffy Prime cos you need a more high tech alien-sounding name?”

He was actually joking but I really liked the idea so I used it.

iPhone 4

The Goonfather named his iPhone 3GS iGoon. He’s still deciding whether to get an iPhone 4.

Now I just need to think of a name for my iPad when it arrives!


If you don’t have a MicroSIM to use as template, you can get one here: Print out this PDF at 100%. This website also has very detailed instructions if you need.

If, after you cut up your SIM card and decide you want it back to original size, you can buy an adapter at Sim Lim Square to fit your card in to turn it back into regular size.

The missing photo and the lonely iPad

Today, I will show you a picture of me pretending to use a Macbook.

Sheylara pretending to use a Macbook

I took this picture for Star Blog, actually. We were asked to photograph ourselves with our favourite gadgets.

But this photo didn’t appear in my entry. I think there’s something strange in the neighbourhood. See, the SOP is for us to write our entries on MS Word, then e-mail them to our editor, after which the team will publish them for us. (Our entries are unedited and published verbatim.)

I sometimes like to end my posts with a photo. For a while now, I’ve noticed that my last photos never make it to publication, although I never bothered to tell anyone because it’s, like, not really a big deal. It’s just one photo.

This week, I decided to end my blog with one sentence after the last photo just to experiment. And STILL the last photo didn’t appear, although my last sentence did. But you can see a space where the photo is supposed to be.

Click here to see what I mean.

See the space at the end?

That tells me that they’re not deliberately axing my last photos. It must be some kind of programming or data entry bug or something.

Any guesses?

Sheylara and her iPhone

On a side note, there was this incident once when I talked on two phones at once, looking rather idiotic as I did so. I was going to blog about it but then this week’s Star Blog topic was quite relevant, so I told my story there, instead.

I’m becoming quite the Apple fan. To think I used to get annoyed when Apple fanboys acted all crazy over Apple products. I can totally understand why now. It’s something you can appreciate only after being a user yourself.

So, I have ordered my iPhone 4 and iPad. The worldwide shortage irritates me much. Does Apple do this on purpose to increase the hype and fanaticism? I was going to wait till the stampede dies down and there are actually stocks in the stores before I buy them. But it seems my impulse got the better of me this week.

I am expecting to receive my iPhone 4 and iPad in the third week of August, when I will be away in China. BRILLIANT, YES? I didn’t in fact realise it until the Goonfather pointed it out to me.

“I’m getting my iPad on August 20!!”

“Aren’t you going to be in China then?”


We’re planning yet another China trip from August 17 till August 23. So, the 20th is smack in the middle of our trip.



It’s times like this when I feel like tearing my hair out and burying myself in the ground. Although that would technically be quite painful so I only do it in my imagination where it’s safer.

Okay, I’m done rambling about virtually nothing. I must bugger off and do some real work now.

I’ll leave you with this link again to my Star Blog entry. It’s also Star Blog chat day today (technically tonight) so see you there at 9 pm!