Forget the bland, white walls filled with smart lighting yet no sign of greenery. As our cribs transform into smart homes, the appreciation for a well-lit, open, green, and airy space grows.
However, nurturing greenery can be a difficult task. Though, people still try to foster potted plants, in hopes of making their homes breathable and beautiful.
Fret no more, experts at Habitat Horticulture — an award-winning design firm — designed Gromeo, a copious spot of greenery attached to your walls.
A sustainable living wall system
Gromeo is a ready-to-hang, fully planted palette that has a self-watering living wall system, without the need for plumbing and electricity.
It uses Habitat Horticulture’s signature geotextile called Growtex — using 100 percent recycled water bottles — to combine soil and a hydroponic blended system. This makes plants passively absorb water to maintain their ecosystem.
In short, no drainage is needed, making it the perfect low-maintenance plant to nurture, especially for busy people.
Beneficial in the long run
Living wall systems like Gromeo can help improve a busy bee’s physical and mental well-being. The presence of natural greenery can enhance self-esteem, reduce levels of stress and anxiety, and produce feelings of revitalization.
It increases happiness, productivity, focus, and concentration — prompting a person to work smarter. More importantly, it cleans the air and removes volatile organic compounds found indoors, most of which causes headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems.
There’s a Gromeo for every type of space
Admit it: we all check the lighting before taking the perfect selfie. The same should apply to plants if you do consider getting one. Some can handle basking in sunlight, some find it too much.
This is why each Gromeo is designed depending on the levels of light available. A High Light Gromeo is recommended for walls that get full, direct sunlight. Or at least very bright lights.
Meanwhile, walls that get dappled sunlight suits a Medium Light Gromeo. For those who have walls that get no direct light at all, consider getting a Low Light Gromeo.
Price and availability
Gromeo starts at US$ 265. It’s available at shop.habitathorticulture.com. One percent of each Gromeo sale goes to Feeding America. Meanwhile, teachers and healthcare workers can avail a 10 percent discount upon purchase.
Sharp’s new lineup of smart refrigerators look classy AF
Matching your interiors and spaces
Sharp unveils a new lineup of refrigerators and we are loving it. Aesthetically speaking, it’s pleasing to look at with its sleek coating and classy appeal. But Sharp’s focus isn’t just the looks.
Being at the forefront of innovation, Sharp’s new models come with a host of innovative features to keep you and your family in tip-top health and shape. For instance, the new lineup is powered by Sharp’s J-Tech Inverter — which helps reduce wastage of energy and saves on energy consumption.
Sharp’s unique Plasmacluster Technology also found its way to the new lineup, using its powers to eliminate 99 percent airborne bacteria and 97 percent airborne mold in the refrigerator.
Additionally, the fridge comes with a Mega Freezer which is larger than usual compared to common fridges. The extra space helps homemakers store large containers and bulk purchases — like stocking up on fresh frozen food.
In lieu of stocking up, the refrigerators run on a Hybrid Cooling System to keep the food fresh. The feature is helping prevent excessive dryness, uneven cooling, and over-cooling.
Meticulous homemakers can also keep their fridges free of odor through the Ag-Nano deodorizer filters equipped inside the appliance.
Lastly, the refrigerators come with smart features such as door alarms that alert you when you leave the door open, and an External Touch Control Panel. This makes it easy for anyone to control and regulate the appliance’s settings.
Pricing and availability
Sharp’s new lineup of refrigerators under the PG series comes in three models: SJ-PG60P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1599), SJ-PG55P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1499), and SJ-PG51P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1399).
All models come in two colors: Black or Dark Silver. The new lineup will be available at major electronics retailers and online stores.
Fitbit’s special edition of the Ace 3 makes physical activities fun for kids
Time to get them active!
With the advent of smartphones and other distracting technology, keeping kids active might be a challenge — especially if you aren’t the type to engage in physical activities. But starting ’em young can help build a healthy, fit, and sustainable lifestyle.
Fitbit’s kid-oriented smartwatch, the Ace 3, comes with a special edition that will catch your kid’s attention. And it might just make them excited to do a bit of sport and exercise.
Meet the Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions. It comes with an engraved band with an embossed Minions design that will make any kid eager to wear it. Built with a kid’s behavior in mind, the watch is comfortable and secure to wear even when using a silicone band and bumper. Moreover, it can be even submerged in water with its swim-proof design!
For those who aren’t keen on having yellow on their wrists, there are two more Minions-themed bands that kids can wear: Despicable Blue and Mischief Black.
Just like every adult’s smartwatch, it comes with nifty features we need. There are hourly alerts to move and reminders to reach your daily goals. More importantly, the Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions ensures there are extensive safeguards to secure a kid’s privacy.
Parents, for instance, can set up a family account to have more control over privacy and protection. The Parent View in the app will let parents track their kid’s activity and manage the kid’s app experience.
Kids, on the other hand, can enjoy Minions-themed activity badges in the app. The badges serve as a reminder for kids to keep chasing daily activity goals. Along with that, the Kid View allows kids to view important data such as their activity and sleep stats, as well as parent-approved friends, clock faces, and avatars.
Price and availability
The Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions is powered by eight days of battery life. It’s available in the Philippines at Fitbit.com, Digital Walker, and Lazada for PhP 4,790. Meanwhile, accessory bands are sold exclusively on Fitbit.com at PhP 1,390.
Spotify’s Only You gives us a reason to showcase our weird listening activities
And here’s how you can find it
Spotify’s year-ender Wrapped has just got a mid-year version called Only You.
It’s a global campaign that gives people a reason to share their weird listening activities and show off their bizarre personalities through social media.
By now, you might be seeing your friends sharing their personalized experiences through their social media accounts.
So how do we access the feature? (In case you have FOMO.)
First, you can go to Spotify.com/OnlyYou to enjoy a Wrapped-like experience that you can share with your friends. That, or you can visit your Spotify app on iOS or Android. For first-time viewers, you can see the Only You tab automatically on the homepage.
If you want to revisit it again, just search Only You on the search tab and it will appear as a genre meant only for you.
But what’s the content?
Assuming you know how to preview your Only You feature, it’s time to get ready for several pages that will show you what kind of listener you are.
Your unique artist pairs
This page highlights the unique pairings you’ve listened to, demonstrating your range of listening interests. In my case, I listened to Rihanna particularly “S&M” and “What’s My Name?” after playing American alternative rock band The Score’s top hits.
Your Song Year
If time travel via music is real, then this is a glimpse of how your music interests will transport you through time. This page shows the different time periods you listened to, based on your favorite songs’ debut.
And yes, I’m obsessed with Taylor Swift’s reputation album, particularly “Dress”, “Call It What You Want”, and “New Year’s Day”. Also, Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” has been on my repeat every month.
Olivia Rodrigo has been my 2021 music travel, just because my dear friend Martynne suggested listening to her so I can cry my heart out.
The weirdest of the bunch — this page combines the music and podcast genres you’ve listened to. Don’t ask why I listen to Business podcasts and Otacore (also known as Otaku Core). I’m a complex human being.
Your Time Of Day
Oh for heaven’s sake, I can’t believe Spotify is reminding me how I wheeze-cried myself to sleep listening to “The Days We Loved” by Baek Ji Young, which was featured on the K-drama The World of the Married. I can’t help but remember the days I was with my ex-lover and Spotify is a witness to that!
Your Dinner Party
Okay, Spotify lets you plan your dream dinner party by letting you cheese three artists you’d love to invite.
For my first guest, I chose Taylor Swift — three-time Album of the Year Grammy award winner.
My second guest is Yuki Hayashi — Japanese composer and arranger behind the heavenly official soundtracks from Haikyū!!
My last guest is Dua Lipa — the embodiment of strength and independence.
Of course, I would want LANY as well but Dua Lipa has more songs that I enjoy singing in the shower, so she gets that spot.
Once you select your dream dinner party guests, Spotify will create an option for you to personalize Spotify Mix for each artist.
Your Audio Birth Chart
For some reason, Spotify Philippines didn’t have an Audio Birth Chart on the Only You feature. It would have been fantastic for avid fans of astrology (and an astrologer like me).
But in case you want to know, the Sun Sign picks the artist you kept listening to for the last six months. Your Moon sign will showcase an artist you listen to that best shows your emotional side.
Meanwhile, your Rising sign puts the spotlight on an artist you’ve recently connected with. It’s like the stars aligned based on your music tastes!
Aside from the Only You feature, Spotify rolls out a new personalized feature called Blend. While it’s still in beta, Blend lets you and a friend merge your musical tastes into one curated playlist. What a fun way to connect and share music they love, right? After all, music brings people together and Spotify came up with a better way to appreciate that.
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