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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router | Quick Unboxing Review




Hello Guys! Ceddy here. And it's tech quick unboxing time!

This is Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router.

Throwback...


As the year passes by, new technology is being developed indefinitely.
And as you are reading this content, at this moment,  you are connected to the internet via wifi or subscribed via mobile data.

Connecting People thru the Internet...


Living in the United Arab Emirates as an expatriate means we need to have constant communication with our families on the other side of the world. However, for example. In my country (The Philippines), obtaining the internet at home is a scarcity for middle-class families. And trust me, The internet in my country is pretty expensive and the internet service is pretty slow as well. But despite these setbacks, I was able to have a subscription from my ISP (PLDT-Internet Service Provider) And I'm with them for more than 6 years now.  Very expensive DSL Service (I am paying around 115 Dirhams or the equivalent of 32 dollars per month up to date. And the internet upload speed is up to 3mpbs the same as the download speed. Comparing to this year, that was way far too low.

That was 6 years ago, and still, I'm using that same ISP. I am too lazy to move to another ISP as it's very difficult to apply and so much documentation and processing time can take more days. By the end of the day, I am stuck with this ISP, As my Auntie is using it at home for basic internet like browsing on Facebook or watching videos on youtube.


The reason I shared with you my experience related to the product that I am reviewing? Just keep reading below.

LTE Router. What's in it for me?


This is Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router. I am planning to buy another one as I wish to send this to my other Auntie in the Philippines, who doesn't have any wifi internet at home.


These are the contents of the box. 



  • 4G680V2.0 device
  • RJ45 Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Power supply 12V/1A(EU)
  • Dual Antennas


The Contents of the Box



4G680V2.0 device

Back of the Device

RJ45 Cable

Quick Install Guide

Dual Antennas
Power supply 12V/1A(EU)

Convenience and Accessibility...


This is a Wifi/LTE Router which means you can use this router via sim card of your choice. It can support over 300 mobile/cellular networks in over 135 countries.

Just pop in your sim at the sim card port located at the underneath part of the device, switch on the router, and presto... Hello Internet 😃, no configuration needed. I need to have at least enough data packages and regular credits to make phone calls so that I can utilize all the service features of the product.

Sim Card Port and the WPS Button


Hello, It's Me...


Please do note that the device can make phone calls simultaneously, however  (it switches back to 3G while the router is being utilized for making phone calls). It's called CSFB ( Circuit Switched Fallback).



Size does matter... I'm talking about the router... 😙


How huge this device is?

Pretty simple, check the picture below. That's how small yet powerful this beasty is.




Is it a Yah or Nah?


Yah! I highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to have the internet at home, without spending too much from there ISP.

Benefits:


  • Portability (It's very light about 295 grams)
  • Accessibility (you can use any sim card to different countries and its LTE feature)
  • Internet Speed (Up to 50 Mbps. of upload speed and 150 Mbps of download speed) - N300Mbps.

To learn more about the product, you can always visit their website by clicking here

I have a separate quick video unboxing review on my Youtube Channel. To learn more about it, you can watch it here or my video above this content.


Once again, thanks for reading my blog, and see you next time!

--Ceddy


Monday, February 10, 2020

Food Review: Graffiti  Burger at Airport Road, Abu Dhabi UAE


Graffiti Burger at Airport Road Abu Dhabi

I'm back again for another food blog


Hey there! Ceddy here, And I'm here again for another food review.

Its a BURGER!


And for today's food blog, I am going to share with you my unplanned food trip at Grafitti Burger located at Airport Road here in Abu Dhabi.

Actually, my plan for today is just to visit the church, go home and will cook, but I remember that one of my close and highschool buddy -Sheena who is working at Grafitti Burger.


And a big shout out to Sheena :) for treating me at this cool vibe and funky color restaurant.


What is Grafitti?


So yep, for those who are clueless about Grafitti, it is a drawing made on a wall or other surface. It's a form of artistic expression.

So yep, without further ado, this is my food review of this funky resto.

Which is which? The best in my palette is...


So Sheena recommended me the good one that she usually eats. (We have the same taste of palette so why not?) She recommends the Graffiti Smoke Hotdog and the Graffiti Style French Fries.





As you can see from the picture, it looks like a normal hot dog with some toppings on it.

Grafitti Smoke Hotdog


BUT TRUST ME, (Yeah caps lock) My first bite? It was SOOO GOOD. Like seriously, where in Abu Dhabi you can find a juicy hotdog? with some mild and sweet sauce on it and heaven? Oh well,  adding more the meaty flakes on it. That is one cloud nine experience.  (I'm not overreacting folks, It's LEGIT! I LOVE IT!)



Regular fries are out... Poutine is IN!...


There Grafitti Style French Fries (Or I call it Poutine) it has a mild brown sweet and salty gravy top with oozing soft cheese and more like a barbecue flavor (I guess so).

Grafitti Style French Fries

...and coca-cola is needed...


Partnered with cola. It is an epic meal for me. If you are so hungry and wants a bigger portion, the restaurant also offers a variety of double-patty burgers.

Apart from sodas, they have a variety of smoothies too.

Competitive prices,  that is a bang for your wallet...


They offer competitive prices on the menu and I can say that its all worth the price.

Even the menu is very eye-catchy 

I notice that there's a lot of competitions outside as the street where Grafitti burger located,  is a food hub of burgers and cafeterias as well.

And I observe that all of the employees are Filipino. How cool is that?

And now, let's talk about the restaurant's interior and design.

It's Grafitti. From the sideways of the ceiling to the wall and the lighting is even funkier. The staff's uniform matches the ambiance of the restaurant. Getting this cool vibe eh?.

Check this out:









They have multiple branches across the emirates. 


Abu Dhabi- Aiport Road; Musaffah; Al Shahama
Dubai- Al Khawaneej; Jumeirah
Al Ain- Al Hili
Sharjah- Muwaileh; Helwan
Ajman- Al Yahar


Verdict...


Do I recommend this restaurant? It's a YES! A TRIPLE YES!

If you're an Instagram user, this is the perfect place for you to share those tantalizing and appetizing meals matched with the colorful vibe of the place.

What I like:


The vibes of the place, the staffs are very courteous, lively and the FOOD!

Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time!

--Ceddy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


At Taipei 101


Hey Folks, Ceddy here and I am back again for another travel review.

Planning is the KEY!...


It's been a long time that I planned this travel along with my Auntie. This trip was a D.I.Y, the reason I booked this as a D.I.Y,  is that it is much cheaper than buying a tour package. I was able to save a ton of money rather than buying a group tour package.

It took me 4 months to set the trip, (it's too long right? as my travel dates were unsure and my vacation leave that time was pending to get approve) Finally, after my vacation leave approved last September of 2019, I booked a ticket right away and I was able to find a seat sale from Air Asia, If it's not on sale, that would cost me 4x the price of two passengers, but I got it only for half of the price. (Including the travel tax and the food for round trip which includes the domestic and international). 

Surprisingly, the food that they were serving during the flight was good, and it's pretty cheap as well. 

It's my first time as well to travel along with a senior citizen, (yes, I bring my Auntie with me during my travel) and surprisingly, she never felt tired at all during our travel timings the fact that our domestic flight was delayed for more than 4 hours. She is even excited than me as this is her first time to travel out of the country. How cool is that? :)


It took us 8 hours and 45 minutes including the domestic flight, layover and international flight with Air Asia, excluding the delayed timings for more than 4 hours. To know more about my in-flight experience with Air Asia, you can check my in-flight review here.

Do It You're Self...Pretty Self Explanatory...


Since this is a Do It You're Self Tour, I managed to book the ticket starting from my flight, hotel bookings, airport transfers, and tourist spot package.

For my flight,  I booked my flight online at Air Asia's official website. I'm a member of their loyalty program Air Asia BIG Rewards (Flyer Reward Programme). I get discounts and more from them.

I booked a ticket including the following:

  • Food for a round trip (including the domestic and international), 
  • Mandatory travel insurance (Tune Protect) 
  • A choice of seat for two persons
Total expenses for the flight is 432.11 USD 

You can check the screenshot below for your reference:



After the long wee of hours of layover (6 hours and 10 mins.) and flight travel. We are now at Taipei! Yey!

Hello Taipei! The Land of Milk Tea and Meteor Garden!


 (Just kidding, 😜)

I am skipping the part when we're inside the plane, As I made another review. You can check it here.

Yey! We're here! at Taiwan International Airport

Unfortunately things happened, but there is always a solution ...


And unfortunate things happened. Uber is not working by that time and we're not able to utilize the application. But the first thing I did was to rent a portable pocket wifi.

At the arrival of the airport (after passing thru the immigration lane),  Plenty of shops and kiosks that sell portable pocket wifi and sim cards that come with data. I never managed to book a klook online for some reason, but I was able to get one from another shop. 

The name of the shop is Unite Traveller 


I paid 500NTD (Equivalent to $16 US Dollars). It's worth it as the data is unlimited without capping and the signal is very strong (4G) that even in the furthest outskirt of Taipei has still good reception. For more information about getting a portable hotspot from their end, I will leave a link here. You can reach them out as well via LINE. 

After acquiring a portable hotspot, I eventually use the Uber App, but for some reason, there was no available car at that time. We reached Taipei around 1:40 in the morning. 

Good thing, there was an Airport Taxi (The yellow ones).
I presented the hotel booking that I made. I present it to the woman who is assisting the taxi drivers on the lane. Though it is difficult for them to understand English (language barrier), I gave them the Chinese printed of my hotel booking and without any problem, the woman advised the driver to drop us at our hotel. Our hotel is Diary of Ximending, located at Ximending District- The shopping district of Taipei. 

Things to remember...


Guys, My advice, If you are traveling to Taipei in the morning, better use the train as it can save you more. I paid 30 US Dollars for the taxi and the travel time was half an hour. So expensive but we don't have a choice as its late in the evening.

So guys, My tip: If you are traveling out of the country, make sure to print a hard copy of your accommodation translated in the local language. Trust me, It would be easy for you and for the locals to know where you are going.


For my accommodation, I always check the best hotel rate. I opt to book at booking.com as they have a more competitive rate. I choose a hotel which offers a buffet breakfast and a room for two persons.

I was so blessed that I  found the best price for our hotel stay. 4 days and 3 nights for only 168 US Dollars.

If you are wondering if how does our hotel accommodation look like. You can check the pictures below:

Diary of Ximending Hotel. Photo credits to Agoda




Twin Bed

The Shower

Guys, Please do note that there is no bidet in here

Just my Auntie, chilling out after day 1 of our tour


You can also watch my Taipei Vlog on the top of this article :)

The only thing that I don't like about the room was the lacked a bidet. So after relieving your self from the call of nature, you have to use the toilet paper instead of water. 

Buffet Breakfast is included in the payment. The front office staffs which include a Filipina and Chinese assisted us. They gave as a stub receipt for 4 days. We gave it to the attendant and we're able to eat during breakfast. Breakfast timings start from 8 AM.






The food consist of egg dishes like omelet egg, noodles, and some meat. Beverages such as orange juice and coffee are available as well
Please do note that this hotel is very strict when it comes to cleanliness and upon noticing, most of the attendants at the buffet area were senior citizens. And also, everyone should clean up after you are done eating, as this is a courtesy to the other guest who would like to use the table.



Overall, the hotel accommodation was superb as its very accessible to the night market. The hotel is situated beside the famous Ximending Night Market. I was not even expecting that there was a night market just beside our building. How cool is that? :)


You can check the pictures below:

















And for my day to day itinerary trip. A friend of mine recommended this Filipina (who arranged tours in Taiwan). I contact her and she provides me a quotation for our day to day excursion.

Below is the itinerary that I made as she advised me to make a new one since immigration might ask for it.





Relatively Cheap and Bang for your Wallet...


I paid 25 US Dollars for two-person in two days tour from Ms.Mel (Our tour guide) it is very cheap compared to others.  The tour package comes with a free meal and a very comfortable coaster to ride on. The meal is Filipino food too. I highly recommend this Filipina to everyone who is planning to visit Taiwan.



Some of the pictures below during our tour outskirt of metro Taipei (North Coast) :

The temperature during our visit was kinda bit high around 38-degree Celcius. However, the place that we first visited was full of lush greenery, It was still manageable. The first stop was the Green Fantasy forest.







After having lunch, we went to Chung-She Flower Garden. It is likely similar to Dubai Miracle Garden in the UAE. The entrance cost is 4 US dollars per person.













The next tourist spot we visited is the Rainbow Village. As you may know, Taiwan recently allowed same-sex marriage in the country last year 2019.














The last tourist spot we visited for a day is the GaoMei Wetlands- It is a wetland preservation area in Taichung, Taiwan. Various small crabs and amphibian creatures can be found here, adding some dozens of windmill that generates electricity in the region. A green energy resource.















To wrap it up...


This was just our first-day tour in Taipei provided by our Filipina tour guide. I recently made a vlog of our day trip to Taipei 101.
You can check the vlog at the top of this content. A playlist is enabled :)

This is a developing blog, and there will be another part 2 of this content :)

So to sum it up. Our expenses for everything is 68O US dollars. Relatively cheap compared to booking from a tour agency. 


So if you are planning to visit Taipei. Just take note of all of the information that I've provided. (And please, make sure to have a power bank 😊 )


Thanks for reading my blog and see you on part 2 💕

--Ceddy