If you have a furry pet you’ll know what a chore it is to keep the floor clean. I have been waiting for a robot vacuum to come with mopping function for quite some time. Robot vacuums at the most basic level can sweep the floor but requires that you mop after to thoroughly clean the floor. The prices of robot mops finally started to come down recently — we now get solid features at more affordable prices. One of them is the Alfawise V8S Pro.
There are a few things you’ll want to know about the V8S Pro before picking it up. It requires a bit more work than just setting it and forgetting about it.
First week was a struggle
People seem to think that a robot vacuum-slash-mop will take over the whole activity. A cleaning robot like the Alfawise V8S Pro isn’t going to tidy your floors up before it sweeps or mops.
If you were to mop your floor manually, you would tidy it up, move things around, sweep it, then mop it. This doesn’t change when you get a robot vacuum. The only difference is it will be doing most of the heavy lifting.
The Alfawise V8S Pro sweeps and mops — it goes over your floors but you have to take the time to set it up. Lucky for you it has voice-controlled functions, an Epson gyroscope to map rooms, 1800Pa of suction, and is quiet at 65dB.
The first week with it I wasn’t sure if this was the right product for me. I haven’t had a robot vacuum since moving to my new Berlin apartment and I hadn’t considered my furniture choice. This meant the robot mop kept getting caught on a chair that had bars going across the floor. The floors also didn’t end up perfectly clean during that week. Then it took a while getting used to having to change the attachment to go from sweeping to mopping. Not to mention I had a corgi staying with me one weekend.
Honestly, only a monster would mop a dirty floor, so I came up with a system that worked for me. I scheduled two sweepings a day. Before setting the V8S Pro to mop, I would spray the spots with water that needed cleaning before I left the house. Not doing this would leave the floor to still have marks. The mopping function is essentially just a wet cloth wiping your floor.
I also tried putting a dash of floor cleaning solution in the water tank and it seems to work quite well. The floor would feel and look clean after but not perfect. Even though there is a spot and edge mode and the mapping does a good job of making sure the entire floor gets passed over, you will have to clean corners manually. It’s also worth noting that you’re going to have to mop your floors by hand once a month, depending on how clean you need your floors.
My tile floors in the bathroom do get watermarks on the floor after I shower, so that also needs spraying if want it to look really clean. But the robot isn’t perfect — it doesn’t reach the corners of a room, although it does pick up some of the dirt closer to the walls. Those areas don’t get as clean compared to the rest of the floor.
Dog sitting a corgi
The real test for me came when I had to dog sit Juancho the corgi for a weekend. This is a dog that sheds — a lot. I didn’t change my plan, the V8S did two passes with the sweeping mode.
I emptied it after the first sweep out of curiosity, did a second sweep and found that it was equally full of fur after.
Then I switched to mopping. This time I left the apartment for a bit, and I came back to a few stray fur strands. Overall though, there was almost no evidence of the fur explosion.
I scheduled sweeps with the Smart Life app but you can control it with voice using Google Home and Amazon Alexa. If you don’t want to mess around with the app, and this is often the route I went, I would just grab the remote and use auto. One time I spilled a glass of water and controlled the robot mop using the remote. It’s fun but the novelty quickly wore off.
A look at the technology
The Alfawise V8S Pro has a BLDC brushless motor with 1800Pa of suction power and does not exceed 65dB. There are three modes of cleaning: Auto, Edge and Cleaning along the planned route. In mopping mode it never goes over 30dB. Of course, it has sensors to prevent collisions and falling from the staircase if you have one.
The power modes are Low, Normal and High. After experimenting with these I found that keeping it on Normal works for my apartment. High makes a lot of noise and Low leaves some dust behind. I also always use is Auto mode.
There is one button on the robot that you only need to activate Wi-Fi. After that you probably will never use it again.
It’s 7.6cm thin so it can easily clean under a couch, bed, or other furniture. Sadly, it doesn’t fit under my European toilet.
It has a 350ml water tank, which is more than enough to clean 90 square meters, with around 25% of liquid left in the tank. The dust box is 600ml and I empty it once a week, with around 10 sweeps a week.
We like that Alfawise didn’t try to make their own software. It uses Smart Life, a third-party app that’s aiming to be the go-to app for your smart home appliances and devices.
Battery life and charging
The Alfawise V8S Pro is equipped with a 2500 mAh battery. A single battery charge lasts about 2 hours of cleaning. At the end of the cleaning or if the charge level drops below 20%, the robot returns to the charging dock.
A full charge takes 4-6 hours. If it had to return to the base to charge in the middle of cleaning, it will pick up from where it left off once it’s done charging.
The things you get in the box
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Side Brush (2x)
- HEPA Filter (2x)
- Microfiber mop (2x)
- Charger base with adapter
- Remote controller with 2 x AAA Battery
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At US$ 169, the sweeping and mopping features of the Alfawise V8s Pro E30B are amazing. It’s intelligent, and the auto cleaning mode seems to be getting better and better as I use it.
Once I figured out the ideal schedule for my home between the sweeping and mopping features, this robot has been more than welcome to move into my home. Spraying a liquid solution in problematic areas before setting the V8S Pro to mop results into floors that look and feel clean. The only parts you’ll have to worry about are the 3 inches closest to the wall and corners.
You do need to be involved with your robot since you have to change the dust bin out of the mopping pad, and the first tries can be a struggle. But once you get used to it, it won’t feel so much of a chore. The dust bin is large enough that I only change it once a week after a total of 10 sweeps.
If you’re looking for something that nearly removes the need for you to mop your floors and don’t want to spend more than US$200, the Alfawise V8S Pro E30B is a steal.
A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight
With CIMB Bank’s help
There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.
I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.
I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle.
Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things
We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.
For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind.
I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care.
Seize life’s moments by being financially fit
CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.
Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.
I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.
True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!
With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.
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This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.
How to cook Jjapaguri from Parasite
Because we NEED to try it
Alright, seeing as everyone and their mother is talking about the award-winning film, “Parasite (기생충),” we need to figure out something very very important. How do we all make that fancy Jjapaguri and can we make it at home?
Kidding aside, I saw Parasite months ago and it clearly did not fall short of stunning everyone to their core. Every detail in the film fixates on depicting the painful gap between social classes. This leaves everyone watching with an almost haunting juxtaposition between two very different families. But, back to the most important thing at hand: jjapaguri. What, how and where can I have it?
Before we deep dive into recipe iterations people have posted online, we need to figure out what jjapaguri actually is. Jjapaguri or Chapaguri (짜파구리) is actually a combination of two different Korean instant noodles “Jjapaghetti (짜파게티)” and “Neoguri (너구리).” In the movie though, they make these two cheap packets of instant noodles into a fancy dish with Hanwoo or Hanu (한우) beef tossed into the mix—another homage to the film’s overarching social commentary.
Jjapaguri: how it’s made
The process is simple:
- Cook both noodles and their vegetable flakes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
- Then, you’ll need to strain most of the liquid until you have about 6-7 tablespoons of water left. You then dump the entire packet of black bean paste from the Jjapaghetti and half of the Neoguri into the noodles.
- After that, you need to mix well. That’s how you typically make Jjapaguri.
For the Jjapaguri in Parasite, you might need to fancy it up with more than just a pinkie raise. You need to cook thinly sliced steak, season the steak to taste and top the Jjapaguri with it.
Now, you can obviously buy the instant noodles and get yourself some fancy Hanwoo beef. But, if you want to really take it to the next level, you can make your own ramen and udon from scratch.
- Pour in the required amount of flour
- Select the desired pasta mold
- Add in the required amount of liquid ingredients (be it water, vegetable juice, or egg)
- Let the noodle maker do its thing and the noodles will be ready in 18 minutes!
If you want to be able to make homemade pasta and ultimately have more control over the ingredients in your Jjapaguri–just minus the fuss, consider getting yourself a Joyoung noodle maker. It’ll have no preservatives and it’ll drastically improve the Jjapaguri you get to try out!
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