good things come in (complementary) pairs [Best of Both Worlds]


Image | Internet | Hammer

Image | Internet | Hammer

Image | Internet | Lightning

Image | Internet | Lightning

We, like many other Singaporeans, have just seen the start of the ‘best of both worlds’  – our desire for ‘Toyota’ to remain as the market leader, while allowing in a few critics to improve on its design and service policies to better meet customers’ needs and expectations. Is this best-of-both-worlds arrangement really the best? We won’t know just yet. ‘Toyota’ has 5 years to prove that it is still a relevant, reliable force in the market, and the critics have the same amount of time to prove that they can provide constructive alternate suggestions.

What a way to start this post. What to do? The half-life of this once-in-5-years event is rather long for us first-time voters. Now, for more examples to illustrate how good things come in pairs.

Image | Pilot | FriXion

Image | Pilot | FriXion

Remember my post about FriXion pens from Pilot? It’s such a great thing to be able to write or draw in colourful ink and erase those said markings so easily without leaving any marks. In the not too distant past, we had to use one-colour-only (black) graphite pencils should we need to doodle. We also had to live with smudges when we accidentally rubbed over our penciled graphs, bar-charts and maths equations. Now, we have the option to have the best of both worlds – use a semi-permanent pen for all your needs (drawing, writing, writing secret notes, anything), and then erase unwanted markings using the semi-translucent tough-wearing rubber stud at the top of the pen. What’s more, unlike boring graphite-coloured pencil leads, we can now express ourselves more freely as FriXion pens come in 10 vibrant colours.

Image | Internet | BlackSOD

Image | Internet | BlackSOD

Image | Internet | BlueSOD

Image | Internet | BlueSOD

Although I gravitate towards the more stable and intuitive Mac system for my design work, I still have a Windows system at home for the rest of my people to use. The PC also acts as a print and file server. With these two same same but different machines, I am at an advantage as I can execute both .exe and .dmg installers, read-and-write on NTFS, FAT32 and HFS+, and enjoy the widest range of Valve games. My people can use their engineering software on the ubiquitous platform, and I can use Final Cut Pro on my lesser-known one. A note: for new USB-only or SD card cameras that use the new AVHCD format or something, there are no freeware convertors available for the mac. Converting those files must be done using a Windows machine before bringing it over to the Mac. Without both machines, I would be ‘crippled’ somewhat. Always good to have both options readily available.

Image | Brother | A3 Colour Inkjet & A4 Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Centres

Image | Brother | A3 Colour Inkjet & A4 Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Centres

Homes and businesses need not be cluttered with many separate equipment anymore as Brother has rolled out both inkjet and laser Multi-Function Centres (MFC) that can print, fax, copy and scan to cater to varying needs and requirements of customers. What’s new, you may ask? How can Brother conjure printers that fit into this concept of the ‘best of both worlds’?

Brother has introduced the world’s 1st colour inkjet MFC that duplex prints, faxes, copies and scans, all in A3. Now, I am deciding whether to throw my old A4 inkjet printer away to welcome this new MFC that not only churns out larger-than-life beautiful colour printouts quickly, but handles all my scanning and copying requirements in one machine. With this, I can also retire my current unreliable A4 single-sided laser printer which will help me reclaim some precious desk space.

All printers above labelled with a D/DW are equipped with Brother’s cost-saving automatic duplex function which reduces paper wastage by 50%. Affordable high-yield toners (up to 2.6k sheets), individual ink tanks (up to 2.4k sheets), other consumables and power-saving technologies reduce operating and maintenance costs. With Brother speedy printers (26ppm for lasers & 10ppm for inkjets), you can still fulfill your desire to print your favourite photos and churn out thick stacks of office documents whilst being kind to the environment and your wallets as well. Best of both worlds again? And not all, Brother compact printers are priced affordably from $488 for the A3 colour inkjet MFC and from $188 for the monochrome laser MFCs. Peace-of-mind is also guaranteed with Brother providing 18-month warranty coverage for the inkjets and 36 months for their laser printers.

Illustration | BIG_MOUSE | Family: Heaven on Earth

Illustration | BIG_MOUSE | Family: Heaven on Earth

Finally, what’s life on Earth without an awesome family. Life on Earth may be full of hellish troubles and tough issues, but it is always so good to return to the comfort of home where there is warmth, company and security – a shelter from the war zone. Whilst alive, there is no way heaven will come no matter what you do. What I can do is to actively contribute to build and maintain healthy relationship with my peeps to cultivate this heaven on earth. This true ‘best-of-both-worlds’ experience happens when a family unit sticks together like peanut butter, enjoys each other company and truly treasure each other. “Blood is thicker than water” still holds true for me.

What a way to end this. So emo. 🙂

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