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How the Dyson Pure Cool Me helped my morning allergies

Get your personal blast of cool, clean air

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I’m admittedly a fan of all things Dyson. The company has been making products that are not only aesthetically pleasing (aka, pretty) but also functional. Earlier this year they released a couple of new gadgets that aim to make our lives more comfortable — one of them being the Dyson Pure Cool Me. And, as a girl who suffers from morning allergies, I was excited to be able to test this out and see the difference it would make.

What is it?

First things first, what exactly is the Pure Cool Me and how is it different from the Pure Cool? Well, they both function as a fan and air purifier but the Pure Cool Me is positioned as a smaller, more personal device with stripped-down features compared to Dyson Pure Cool.

The Pure Cool Me is most obviously smaller in size as it was designed to be a tabletop device. It operates with Dyson’s new Core Flow technology which projects air towards you in a precise direction. The center dome can be pushed either up or down which opens corresponding vents to either blow straight forward or upwards. It can, unfortunately, only be manipulated in those two directions. However, it does oscillate on a 70-degree range to make up it.

When set to the highest speed, the Pure Cool Me can deliver some serious air. I, more often than not, never had it maxed out when I was in close range. Setting the fan speed mid-level provided the right amount of wind on my face without being too bothersome. And though poised as a personal fan, the Pure Cool Me is still able to push out enough air to cool a small area.

Cool, clean air

The Pure Cool Me’s air purifier is equipped with a filter that combines activated carbon and glass HEPA filter. Dyson’s air filters are one of the few air filters approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and claim to capture gases and 99.95% of air pollutants. I didn’t instantly notice the change in the air quality around me but I did eventually start waking up without having to profusely sniff and scratch my nose. This filter is also supposed to help the fan run extremely quiet but I found that the sound was still noticeable. But, fortunately, the sound it makes is a bit akin to white noise which makes it tolerable.

You can monitor the filter’s life by using the remote control. When pressing the dedicated button, a small screen upfront will show you your filter’s status and whether or not it should be changed. To replace it, you just need to pop the top open with a button on the fan, pull out the old filter, and insert the new one. Dyson suggests filters be changed every 12 months if the fan is used for 12 hours a day but, of course, this varies from user to user.

Controlling the device

Each unit comes with a magnetic remote controller that sticks to the front of the fan. With it, you can control the power, fan speed, timer, oscillation, and check on the air filter’s status. A small, circular display is situated on the front of the fan and works as a visual aid for the controls. While having the magnetic holder is pretty useful, I found that the lack of physical buttons on-board the fan proved to be a hindrance. It only has one button on the device which controls power. I sometimes found myself without the remote and needing to adjust the fan speed and I, despite being just beside the fan, couldn’t operate it. It led me to miss one of the best features from the Dyson Pure Cool, which is its smart functionality.

Dyson’s Pure Cool fan had smart functionality that allowed you to connect it to an app to help monitor air quality as well as control the actual device. It also worked with smart assistants like Alexa but unfortunately, the Pure Cool Me is not capable of any of these features. Hopefully, they make this feature available for future generations of the Pure Cool Me.

The Dyson Pure Cool Me is first and foremost a personal fan but after a couple of weeks using it, I find that it can go beyond that. It does its job superbly as a purifier as I honestly did wake up with less of a stuffy nose and the fan speed was a lot strong than I expected. It’s a lot smaller than most of Dyson’s fans but I feel it could be just a tad bit smaller or thinner to make it more at home on a desk. Other than that and the lack of smart functionality, the Dyson Pure Cool Me hits all the other checkboxes a Dyson device might have. The Pure Cool Me is the cheapest in the Dyson fan/purifier family at $299.99. Needless to say, it’s still not cheap but could be a good starting point for those who want to try out Dyson’s products. With this, what you get is basically a small fan with a high-end air purifier.

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Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is 2020’s salvation

Mariah Carey, pray for us

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Christmas Icon Mariah Carey, together with Apple TV+, released the official trailer for Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.

The holiday extravaganza will feature Carey and a fabulous line-up of superstars: Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Carey’s nine-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe will also have a special appearance in the show.

The Special tackles a holiday cheer crisis where only one person can solve: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Through musical performances, dynamic dancing, and groundbreaking animation, the Queen of Christmas is about to bring a holiday spectacular that will make the whole world merry.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will premiere globally on December 4, exclusively at Apple TV+. The soundtrack single and new music video for “Oh Santa!” will also be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms on the same day. Other soundtracks will be available exclusively on Apple Music by December 4, and on other platforms by December 11.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions. It’s also available on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com/sg, for S$6.98 per month with a seven-day free trial.

For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

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Huawei Classic Backpack: The girl with the green backpack

A fashion statement and everyday accessory

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When you’re juggling a job and a side hustle, style ends up as one of the last things you consider in your everyday life.

Admittedly, I wear hideous, bulky handbags to carry my essentials: makeup, hygiene kit, power bank, cables and organizers, and other accessories. Sometimes, I slip a book unless I’m carrying a laptop for business meetings, which proved to be harmful to my posture.

The extra weight shouldered when using a handbag had me reeling in unnecessary body pain. When I was looking for an alternative, a confidante offered the Huawei Classic Backpack — a stylish, everyday bag.

Green is the new black

Huawei’s Classic Backpack comes in lavish Forest Green. It’s quite a recherché, looking luxurious especially in its satin-like nylon fabric. In certain lighting conditions, the color shifts from emerald to dark teal. Frankly, the bluish tint is frequently evident, making this backpack challenging to pair with your outfits.

If you’re unsure how to wear this backpack in such a rare colorway, you can always pull-off an all-black outfit. Or you can go green all the way and do a bit of tonal dressing.

Huawei Classic Backpack

Green, when done right, can be chic and contemporary — all eyes will be on you, darling. It’s never as bold as red, but it’s exotic to look at in a sea of neutrals.

Taste of Paris

Huawei’s Classic Backpack emanates a Parisian vibe — chic, exquisite, serious, respectable, and admirable. If I can think of two words to describe Paris, it’s fashion and architecture.

The same values I mentioned honor the minimalist approach, as seen in the backpack. A semblance of Parisian architects’ craftsmanship; a straightforward utility bag without forsaking style.

There’s a microfiber leather flap priding itself with the label ‘Designed in Paris’ together with Huawei’s logo debossed in gold. This complements the satin-like green body, presenting a luxe appeal.

For security, the backpack features an adjustable drawstring design with a magnetic clasp underneath the flap that connects with the fabric.

Huawei Classic Backpack

Just like the Parisian architecture, the overall design exhibits durability and comfortability — using a 290T nylon fabric for the body and wide straps that reduces pressure on your shoulders. This helped to carry my laptop and other essentials easily even when I take long walks.

Inside, it uses a 200T polyester fabric lined with an H-pattern à la prominent designer bags like Gucci and Chanel. The backpack also comes with a luggage strap, making it the perfect travel carry-on. If we get to travel again, that is.

Carry what you need

If anything this backpack has taught me, it’s learning how to carry only what’s necessary. I used to wear handbags, most are large enough to fit my hairdryer or straighteners. Who knows when I would need it, right?

Sure, it has a separate compartment that can carry laptops 14-inches and under, and an abundance of zipped storage areas. But that doesn’t mean you’ll stuff your bag so much, you’ll hurt your back.

At the very least, there’s plenty of room for whatever you need to store: accessories, cards, keys, and miscellaneous stuff you think you need.

The girl with the green backpack

The Huawei Classic Backpack is the fashion statement you didn’t know you needed. Wearing it can state your persona in a glance, and create a lasting impression just like The Girl in the Green Scarf.

More importantly, it’s the perfect everyday utility bag that you can wear with certain outfits (definitely not yellow, please don’t). It also teaches you to bring only what’s essential.

This backpack, certainly, is an icon of balance between functionality, comfortability, and style. Don’t let anyone tell you to sacrifice one in order to have the perfect bag match.


This lifestyle feature was written by Nicole Beltran. She owns a pastry brand named The Cookie Nook. Her free time is mostly spent baking, taking her Shih Tzu for a walk, or trying to catch up with Netflix originals released a year ago.

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Mercury in retrograde: When technology and communications go haywire

Your survival guide to a crazy season

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Buckle up, everyone! Mercury is in retrograde once again. In Astrology, this means the planet that governs technology, communications, and our very own thought processes spins backward. In our reality, it means doomsday is coming.

When Mercury is in retrograde, flights and travels are usually delayed, people from the past pop back in our lives, communication systems break down, and our gadgets get into accidents or start malfunctioning.

More importantly, this season makes everything fluid. Nothing will be set in stone. Decisions are usually changed when the season ends, so it’s not a good time to sign contracts, schedule surgeries, have makeovers, launch a new project, or shop for electronic devices.

But fret not, this season shall pass. Here’s what you should do before, during, and after the Mercury retrograde.

Protect your gadgets and gizmos with trusty cases and accessories

Honey, this season makes us feel frustrated, agitated, and annoyed. Often, we’ll be rushing and getting into accidents. You might drop your phone on the toilet, break them, or forget them on a cab or restaurant. You gotta get yourself some strap to keep your phone with you at all times and dress them up with hard, shock-proof cases. Should they fall from your hands, you know they’re safe.

Back up your data, make sure it’s safe and secure

Okay, Jenny, listen up. Mercury in retrograde is the season where we lose important stuff moments before we actually need them. It can be your keys, card, or presentation for your next meeting. The point here is you should back up all necessary data. Flash drives might break, Google Drive and other forms of storage may not work properly at the time you need them. The next thing you know, your life is in shambles.

Another thing to worry about is security and privacy. This season is also the time when people’s secrets tend to get exposed, such as your affair with your best friend’s boyfriend or your intimate videos getting leaked in the deepest, darkest corner of the internet. Keep your reputations from being smeared!

Double check what you type and say

Be careful with miscommunication, my dear. It’s normal to feel there’s chaos in your head since Mercury in retrograde disrupts our thought processes. We become forgetful and more prone to mistakes, so double check your typos before hitting send. In addition, think twice before voicing out your opinions and emotions. Take a deep breath, and think before you click. Your words are powerful. Once you’ve hurt someone with it, you can be forgiven but they’ll never forget.

P.S. Be mindful of what you post or tweet if you don’t want to get dragged on social media.

 

Keep your emotions in check and block your exes

If you haven’t blocked your exes until today, you need to re-evaluate your life, Susan. During this season, we barely use our logic and just follow our emotions. There might come a time where you want to send a seven-paragraph message to your ex, please don’t. You owe it to yourself to move on from the past and stop them from coming back to your life.

Oh, one more thing: Stay open to possible opportunities. Sure, Mercury in retrograde brings our past lovers back from hell, but they also bring in colleagues we’ve worked with. Most of the time, they want to work with us again. Additionally, this is a good time to reconnect with old friends. Seriously, this period isn’t that bad.

Be extremely flexible (not just in yoga but also in life)

If there’s one thing you can learn from this, it’s that life doesn’t always work out in our favor. It’s a reminder to always find a way. Be flexible and adaptable to every surprise that life brings. If we’re going to give in to our emotions, we already lost. Take a step back and reassess what’s happening, compose yourself and think of a solution. This is just another storm that’s passing by. You will overcome this.

Take a moment to slow down

Lastly, like any retrograde season, it’s a cue from the planets and the stars to slow down. We’re all rushing from one point to another, and we’re moving extremely fast. Planets spin backward to remind us that we need to look back and slow down to appreciate how far we’ve come, what we’ve been doing with our lives, and catch up on what we missed. Above all, it’s a reminder to rest. You’re doing well, my friend. I’m proud of you.

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