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New Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Crater uses recycled materials

Launches in Malaysia and Singapore

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Converse is debuting a brand-new Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Crater collection. What’s different? It uses over 40% recycled material by weight in its construction. Announced earlier in July, it’s finally going on sale here in Asia, starting with Malaysia and Singapore.

Inspired by Nike’s Space Hippie series of sneakers, this new iteration slightly updates the silhouette while retaining most of its heritage. It’s a move that apparently required feedback and work from over a hundred Converse employees.

The Converse All Star Crater sticks with the same classic high-top cut as the OG Chuck Taylor 70s. It also has similar pinstripes, collar badge and even the top cap. But the major change is the use of entirely different, sustainable recycled materials.

Sustainable kicks

Nike’s Move to Zero initiative made big headlines this year with the launch of the Space Hippie collection by the Swoosh. They then brought the same initiative to Jordan brand for the Jordan Crater and the Air Jordan 1 High Zoom Crater. These all boasted a similar use of recycled materials.

The midsole is made entirely out of Nike’s Crater foam — it’s made from 12% recycled rubber. That recycled rubber comes from Nike Grind, which is made from recycled surplus manufacturing materials.

Meanwhile the upper is made out of a new material called Morphlon. It combines recycled polyester with industrial textile waste scraps to create a material that feels like classic canvas. Along with this, there’s new stitching details on the heel, midfoot, and on the pull tab on the collar.

Converse’s popular Renew line has always been a personal favorite of mine in the way they used recycled materials. It gets a nice little jumpstart thanks to parent company Nike’s aforementioned Move to Zero initiative and the use of the new crater foam.

The fact that they managed to construct these Chuck Taylors out of 40% recycled material by weight is just awesome. It’s also much needed in the times we live in.

Pricing and availability

The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Renew Crater will be available in Malaysia and Singapore on October 1. Pricing and where you can cop them are as follows:

Malaysia — MYR 299.90

KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion, Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama, Mid Valley Southkey, Gurney Plaza and Lazada Malaysia

Singapore — SG$ 129.90

All retail doors, Dover Street Market, Lazada Singapore.

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5 reasons why I made the big smartwatch switch

Huge for someone who prefers analog timepieces

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Watch GT 3 Pro

I’ve always been the kind of person who prefers analog watches despite the rising trend of smartwatches. I find them basic and simple to use. It’s also easy to mix and match it with my outfits whenever and wherever I need to wear it. 

Then came the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

With all its features and very versatile design, things are about to change. It made me want to do the big switch to smartwatches ASAP. Let me tell you why. 

It makes a statement

Just one look at the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro and it screams premium quality. Its seamless titanium body and ceramic back case give it a very classy and sleek look. And its built resembles analog watches which I really like. 

Its titanium crown works as its power button as well as its scroll and zoom wheel. It not only looks mechanical but also feels like it too. With its haptic feedback, I still get the satisfying feeling of turning — just like that of an analog watch. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Watch GT 3 Pro sports a 1.43-inch AMOLED display perfectly paired with its sapphire crystal lens. It’s a vibrant and vivid display that makes its content visible even when outdoors. 

You may prefer the titanium bracelet on this Titanium edition. Perhaps even the 43-mm Ceramic Edition that’s claimed to be created for women. But personally, I would rather have this gray high quality leather strap variant as it blends easier with my array of outfits.

Watch GT 3 Pro

My beau would also love this wearable as it also suits men, while I can use his Huawei Watch Fit 2 on days that I feel like using a smaller but still featured-packed smartwatch. 

Still on its versatility, I can customize this with different watch faces I can choose from the watch itself. I can also pick from a myriad of faces to download via the Huawei Health App. This makes it easier to mix and match it with my style. The watch also features an Always On Display and what’s great about it is that for every watch face, a corresponding Always On Display appears. 

It definitely is a good-looking smartwatch that makes a big statement on my wrist. 

Helps you watch your health (pun intended)

Watch GT 3 Pro

These days, I’ve been so pumped up to hustle at work and have been preoccupied with passion projects that I sometimes tend to neglect my health. Gratefully, I have the GT 3 Pro to keep track of that as this watch brings health management to a whole new level. 

This smartwatch has a medical-grade ECG analysis app. It helps me stay informed about any heart health-related risks. An ECG is a test that can be used to check your heart’s electrical activity and rhythm. And to check using the GT 3 Pro, it’s as easy as holding on the ECG sensor button with my index finger for 30 seconds and it provides the summary of my heart condition. 

It also has an SpO2 and heart rate monitoring but what has been really useful for me are its stress and sleep monitoring that reminds me to take more rest and slow down when I’ve been overworking. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The GT 3 Pro has also helped me to stay focused on my primary health goal of controlling my weight through its Health Living feature. This is Huawei’s way to track your daily health and fitness progress. I just had to set it up on my Huawei Health app and I was given a list of tasks and I can also receive reminders to help me reach my goal. 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro may not be a professional medical equipment but it was still great to have it as an easily accessible health indicator. 

Motivates you to squeeze fitness into your lifestyle 

During rare days when I have some free time, I’m tempted to just be lazy. But look at the Watch GT 3 Pro and I’m motivated to hop back into working out. 

Whatever workout I’d choose, this watch definitely has it. The watch can track over 100 workout modes. During my workouts, I was also getting audio guides from the AI fitness on the watch where I was given the information on my workout status.

I’ve also been planning to go swimming and I know I can freely do that even while wearing the GT 3 Pro. This comes with IP68, 5 ATM ratings for water resistance and can even record diving data. It also supports free diving for as deep as 30 meters so I can definitely use it for my swimming workout plan along with its swimming workout mode.

Has a software that lets you do more  

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro runs on Harmony OS and it definitely gives you a smooth and great-looking interface. Whenever I need to jump from one feature to another, the watch’s fast responsiveness is really obvious. There are no discernable lags and navigation just feels easy.

With this software, I can access a number of thirty party apps that come in handy. There’s the Calculator and Petal Maps for navigation to name a few. I just had to download these via the AppGallery on the Huawei Health app. What’s great is you also get regular notifications so staying up-to-date is worry-free.

It also became easy to attend to important calls, send quick replies and view call logs via the GT 3 Pro’s notifications while it is connected to my smartphone. 

As someone who also likes listening to music while working out, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro makes it easier for me. I get to listen to my BTS beats during my gym routine since I can add songs directly on the watch. Since the built-in speakers aren’t annoyingly loud, I can play my music without disturbing other gym goers. 

Packs a robust battery life that lets you go on and on

I must admit, I’ve become a bit forgetful these days. I don’t even remember to charge the GT 3 Pro but that isn’t a problem.

I’ve been really enjoying exploring this watch that I’ve been using it for my daily activities. And true to the brand’s promise, its battery lasts 8 days for heavy usage. But if you’re unlike me and you would just use it once in a while, the battery can most certainly last for more. 

Meanwhile, charging it is fairly quick with the wireless charging cradle that came with it. I took a nap for a little over an hour while leaving the GT 3 Pro charged and when I woke up, the battery was fully charged again. Talk about convenience. 

Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro your GadgetMatch? 

Honestly, I think I’ve met my match that has definitely changed my perception when it comes to smartwatches.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro ticks all the right boxes. It has a very classy and versatile look that surely catches attention. It’s very user-friendly and motivates me to stay fit and healthy. Plus, it also packs a lot of features that I never knew I wanted and needed. 

This has positively made me do the big smartwatch switch. 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. Get it from May 27 to June 30, 2022 and you’ll get a freebie Huawei Strap worth PhP 1,399. 

It is available on Huawei Store and authorized platforms such as Lazada and Shopee. It’s also in Huawei Experience stores and other retail partners. 

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Are the new Secretlab Gaming Chairs worth replacing your old ones?

Lovin’ that loud, pink look

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When it comes to gaming chairs, Secretlab is (usually) the first brand that comes to mind. They’re sort of like the Ferrari of gaming chairs — only the gamer-iest gamer will have them (gaming chair diff, anyone?). I’m sure some will disagree. Ergonomic chairs are getting more and more popular in the market but that’s a discussion for another day.

I’m not really the best gamer around but I love collecting anything and everything that screams gamer. Back in 2020 when the pandemic started, like everyone else, I found myself sitting in my gaming room a lot more than usual.

I worked there and played video games there and was basically on my butt a lot so it made sense for me to upgrade from the old dinky office chair to a gaming chair and what better way than to get myself a Secretlab Omega 2020 Series Dva Edition

My two-year-old Secretlab x Overwatch chair still holds up great!

It’s been two years since and while I’m quite a hyper gamer (I will literally bounce in my chair as I game), the chair has held up pretty well. 

This year, a brand new version of the Secretlab chair has been released and it comes with some great quality of life upgrades which we didn’t see in the previous versions of the chair. What’s even better is that even the older chairs got a makeover with the upgrades. 

So now, for those who already own a Secretlab chair, is it worth the upgrade? Let’s compare.

Setting up

You don’t have to worry about living with grayed out arm rests now as it is easier than ever to replace

I remember the moment back in 2020 when my first ever gaming chair arrived. It felt like a coming-of-age (in gaming) moment. Now, note that I’m a 5’2″ girl with absolutely no muscle, living a sedentary lifestyle. My fingers are the only part of my body that gets a workout day in and out. 

Setting up the chair back then felt pretty awful without help. It was heavy, the screws had to be manually put in as I held the chair up. I remembered crying because my fingers hurt (haha). 

Now what about the SoftWeave Plus? This is where it gets interesting. The chair is still as heavy as it was before but it felt a lot easier to put together (did I get stronger?). Parts of the chair are now magnetic which removes the need to hold up the chair and screw on parts at the same time. 

Sliding the base of the chair with the back is also a lot more convenient thanks to the brackets. 

So yeah, you don’t need a plus one (or a crying session) to set up your chair. Overall, it only took me about 30 minutes to put the whole thing together compared to my previous chair which took me about two hours (yes, I will factor in the time I spent crying).

What’s different

While I absolutely loved the loud and pink look and feel of the Secretlab x Overwatch chair, this time around, I opted for the Secretlab SoftWeave Plush Pink chair (which fits in more with my pink and white setup if I do say so myself). Regardless, the latest versions of the Secretlab x Overwatch chairs also got an overhaul with the new designs.

The differences aren’t super stark but are definitely noticeable. The base of the chair is now flat instead of having raised sides which I absolutely love because there’s no more gap between the raised sides of the chair and the cushion. It was an absolute nightmare getting crumbs out of there to clean it. 

Magnetic memory foam pillow makes the chair look more sleek

On top of that, I noticed that over time, the main cushion and the raised sides of the chair started to widen, leaving a noticeable gap in the back and under the chair (likely from me sitting cross legged on my chair and bouncing around). Also, because of the wider seats, sitting cross legged on the chair is now comfier than ever!

Better neck rest pillow

The removable neck rest pillow is now magnetic instead of secured by a stretchy band which I also love. The previous band around the neck pillow of my previous chair was starting to stretch out and loosen.

In addition, the pillow’s shape is a lot more comfy as well. My only wish is that I’m able to put the pillow lower as it’s placed a little too high up for someone of my height (similar issue with the previous chair which I ended up removing the pillow altogether).

The gap in my previous Secretlab chair’s raised sides got noticeable as time went by.

Instead of a memory foam pillow for your back, the Secretlab SoftWeave now comes with lumbar support. You can’t really see it on the chair itself but you’ll find a knob on the right side of the chair to control it. It isn’t necessarily the widest in terms of the lumbar size range but it’s acceptable. You’ll definitely feel the back of the chair curve into your back as you twist the knob. I wish that it can curve a lot more forward to provide support to a wider range of users. However, I do prefer this a lot better than the memory foam pillow. That kept slipping down and needed to be adjusted multiple times a day. 

Easier to replace parts

The knobs that control lumbar support.

Remember I mentioned how some parts are now magnetic? This includes the armrests. I noticed that after around a year, my Secretlab Dva chair’s arm rests turned a cloudy gray which can’t be cleaned off. With the upgrade to magnetic armrests, this allows for the replacement of parts to be easier. 

The wheels also have been adjusted for better stability and weight balance. Personally, I didn’t notice too much of a difference in regards to that (likely due to my small frame and weight) but I did notice that the wheel glide feels smoother compared to before (I mean, it was already pretty smooth, how are they doing this?). 

SoftWeave Plus fabric

A closer look at the material.

Now, let’s talk about one of the most interesting selling points of the chair: the brand new SoftWeave Plus fabric. According to the website, the fabric is inspired by “performance footwear”. It definitely isn’t something I’d think about having on a chair but it is interesting regardless. 

The site mentions that the chair is “as soft as your favorite t-shirt and with a rich texture that feels incredible under your skin”. While I disagree about it being as soft as your favourite t-shirt, the texture  is definitely very, very comfortable. It’s reminiscent of my Nike Flyknit’s texture — a lot more comfortable than the previous version of the chair. 

My previous Secretlab chair’s neck pillow that’s stretched over time.

The breathable fabric does exactly as what it says on the tin. With the heatwave hitting Malaysia, my back usually feels very sticky after a while when I sit in my chair, even in an airconditioned room. Now, I don’t have that issue anymore. 

This time around, the Secretlab SoftWeave Plus gaming chairs also come in a variety of colours from the basic black and white to gray, pink, mint and blue which will definitely fit any gaming or productive setup’s aesthetic 

The verdict

If you’re running on the 2020 version of Secretlab gaming chairs and thinking of upgrading, I say get it. You get so many quality of life upgrade. And these are in the same price range as before with better longevity for your chair as well. 

It’s comfier with better support and a sleeker look. I really can’t think of any other gaming chair that both looks and feels great. 

Understandably, the pricing for a Secretlab chair can be pretty steep which is why this purchase is definitely an investment. Regardless, the 6.6 sale is coming very soon for Secretlab. So, go ahead out there and grab one while they’re on discount! You can check out Secretlab’s brand new designs on their official website.


Secretlab 6.6 sale:

  1. Up to 25% OFF select Secretlab chairs
  2. FREE Upholstery Wipes worth ₱1,190 with every chair purchase
  3. FREE Shipping with every chair purchase
  4. From as low as ₱3,315/month for up to 12 months
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Customize your kitchen with Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerators

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Ever wanted to customize your own refrigerator, expanding or reducing the capacity and colors as you wish? Well now, you can easily do that as the Samsung Bespoke refrigerator series is finally here.

We first encountered this line at IFA 2019 in Berlin and it’s great to finally see it make its way into the global market, the Philippines included. To celebrate the launch and get people to see what the new line can actually do for our kitchens, a roving exhibit which started at BGC Central Square was mounted this month.

“As users’ lives become more ‘home-centric,’ we’ve realized that innovation can no longer follow a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The global launch of Samsung Electronics’ Bespoke refrigerator ushered in a whole new era of customizable home appliances,” said Samsung Philippines President Minsu Chu. “Allowing you to personalize your fridge’s color, material and modules to suit your needs, Bespoke epitomizes Samsung’s commitment to offering products that cater to consumers’ evolving lifestyles,” he added.

Customizable and modular

What’s great about the Bespoke line is how it can grow as needed. From a size that’s just perfect for someone who’s living solo to any addition to your home — be it a relationship, a roommate, or even a family. The colors are also customizable, featuring shades of pastels like pink and sky blue to basic hues like white and navy. The panels are made of highly durable glass, adding a chic and sophisticated sheen to any kitchen.

From L-R: Ramon Medina, Head of Division, Consumer Electronics of Samsung Philippines and Samsung Philippines President Minsu Chu

“The core of the Bespoke philosophy is about creating home experiences that are tailored to each user. To achieve this, we decided to hold our first Bespoke Roving exhibit in the Philippines to engage with our consumers directly to foster meaningful interactions and dialogues,” said Ramon Medina, Head of Division, Consumer Electronics of Samsung Philippines.

See what’s possible

The roving exhibit definitely helped put things into perspective for possible buyers. With a beautifully designed kitchen right in the middle of BGC Central Square featuring a couple of possible configurations of the Samsung Bespoke line, it was much easier to imagine what it can look like in one’s own kitchen.

The Bespoke line uses a Digital Inverter Compressor to help keep your electricity bills low. You can also avoid the dreaded chore of regular defrosting as they’re all ‘No Frost’ units. Personally, I’m a fan of the 2-door model. I love the configuration of having a bottom freezer and the fact that it already has its own rack for chilling wine. A minor thing for some but it can be quite the priority for others.

To know more about Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerator and find out where the next exhibit will be, go to SamsungPH on Facebook or visit samsung.com/ph/refrigerators/bespoke-refrigerator/.

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