cheero mobile batteries: Robots and Ingress

cheero Danboard Flavours mobile battery

cheerio is a Japanese company that produces many great mobile accessories. The people there are also awesome, and they have sent me many batteries to check out. My husband and I are going over some of their best products on the video above. The products, in order of appearance are as follows:

cheero Energy Plus mobile battery 12000 mAh

cheero Palette mobile battery 4400 mah

cheero Power Plus mobile battery DANBOARD Ver. FLAVORS (Mint) 10400mAh

cheero Power Plus mobile battery DANBOARD Ver. FLAVORS (Pumpkin) 10400mAh

cheero Power Plus mobile battery DANBOARD version Block 3000mAh

cheero Power Plus mobile battery DANBOARD version Plate 4200mAh

cheero Danboard USB cable

cheero DANBOARD USB Cable with Premium Micro USB Cable (3.2ft (100cm))

cheero DANBOARD Lightning to USB Cable (1.6ft (50cm))

cheero DANBOARD Lightning and Micro USB (0.32ft (10cm))

Ingress Power Cube

cheero Ingress Power Cube mobile battery 12000mAh

Which one is your favourite???

Hand picked craft tea collection- Amoda tea

Amoda tea

I’m a big tea lover. I drink tea almost daily. Ever since I read about all the toxins in mainstream tea-bags (also here),I’ve stopped buying big-name tea bags. I am lucky to have an amazing local, organic tea shop where I can do all my tea-stocking.

However, I was delighted to hear my old friend Tegan told me about her company, Amoda Tea. Tegan and I used to take Chado (Japanese tea ceremony) lessons together. She was kind enough to let me try one of the packages.

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Amoda means Joy, Peace, Serenity and Aroma in Sanskrit. Amoda tea offers exclusive craft teas from all over North America. You can shop on their online shop and pick whatever you fancy, but what makes Amoda different from other online tea shops is that they offer monthly subscription service for hand-picked collection of craft teas.

As you might already know, subscription services are huge these days. Amoda tea send you hand-picked collections of organic craft teas every month. I was thrilled when I learned about this.

Every idea starts with a problem. Ours was simple: ordering tea online was a pain. We wanted more than our local options, but found ordering online to be frustrating, time consuming and expensive. We were tired of searching for reputable brands, paying separate shipping for every company’s order and really not truly knowing whether we’d even like any of the tea.  (from Amoda website)

I feel their pain!

Few days later, I received my Amoda package. It came in a simple flat box. Amazing thing is, when you order their subscription boxes, shipping is free! Which is a great bonus for us living in Canada. (Shipping is SO expensive in Canada.)

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Inside was a beautifully packaged collection of teas! Each package of tea has enough tea for you to enjoy 2-3 cups.
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Here are the teas that were included in my package (Winter Collection).

Candy Cane from Naked Teas
A fun green/rooibos tea inspired by the classic holiday candy. Lightly minty.
Berry Mocha Truffle from Octavia Tea
This blend smells and tastes like dark chocolate covered fruit!
Fig Peach Oolong from Modern Tea Girl
Interesting blend, wonderful aroma. Also liked since it was medium caffeine. I like Oolong tea.
Chocolate Frost from Petali Teas
A little info sheet that came with the package says, “Of all the mint chocolate teas we’ve tasted, this one is at the top.” This one smells wonderful.
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Celebration Medley from Sloane Tea
This was by far my favourite in this package. Caffeine free Rooibos tea. I’m usually not too crazy about rooibos, but this was flavoured so nicely it somehow masked the distinct rooibos smell. Blended with apple, orange, cinnamon, clove and rose. Just lovely.
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The collection comes with natural, unbleached, 100% biodegradable paper filters. They are made in Canada from Canadian and American wood pulp that is sustainable harvested.

I loved having the filters. I made different teas every day and just toss the used tea filters into my compost!

Monthly box is $18/month and you can cancel any time. This will also make great gift. I highly recommend it. Visit Amoda tea for details.

The Happiness of Pursuit

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau, whom I‘ve been following the last few years, has done it again. He’s the author of The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup, and overall pretty amazing guy. He produces World Domination Summit, where people get together in order to find out how to live a remarkable life in this conventional world. In his latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your LifeChris talks about his own quest of visiting every single country in the world, and also encourages us to find our own quest.

What is a quest?
This is a concept I initially had a little difficulty with. According to Chris, “Quitting smoking, losing weight, or getting out of debt are all worthy pursuits, but they shouldn’t be a lifelong focus.”
Thankfully, he has set some criteria for quests.

  • A quest has a clear goal and a specific end point.
  • A quest requires sacrifice of some kind.
  • A quest is often driven by a calling or sense of mission
  • A quest requires a series of small steps and incremental progress toward the goal.

Chris’s quest was to visit every single country in the world (all 193 of them), by age 35. He completed it last year.

Many inspiring stories of people who’ve taken on different quests are featured in the book. The interesting thing is, this perspective —”If I didn’t try, I’d always wonder what might have happened”—showed up again and again, like Julie Johnson, blind woman who trained her own guide dog, and Matt Krause, who has walked across Turkey.

Some of my favourites are, Sasha Martin, who lives in Oklahoma, taken a quest to cook every meal from each country. I particularly love this example because it shows that your personal quest doesn’t necessarily have to cost thousands of dollars, or be in a grand scale, such as travelling around the world. Those are, of course, great quests and I would love to take on that myself someday, but I am also a big fan of doing what we can with the resources we have.  As a parent, I loved the idea of starting something right from home.

Chris tells us adventure and the quest is for everybody. Not too into travel? No problem. Meet Robyn Devine, who is on a quest to hand-knit 10,000 hats. This quest is still in progress. A quest can be a craft project, art, learning, or anything.

Another touching quest story is of Adam Warner, who has lost his beloved wife, and now on a quest to pursuit his late wife Meghan’s list of goals she wished to achieve.

Adam’s friends agree that his pursuit of Meghan’s goals has given him a sense of purpose, changing his life for the better. The blog originally started by Meghan is now updated by Adam. He went to Blue Jays game in Toronto, something Meghan wasn’t able to do before her illness rapidly progressed. He got more serious about running and completed the half marathon. He is —slowly—learning to sew and knit.

These inspiring stories of quests remind us that our lives are indeed very short, and we need to go after what really moves us.

I’m still searching for my own quest. I would like to say my quest is to publish my own book by age XX, but maybe that is not necessarily a quest? I don’t know. Although that is one of the things on *my list* and I’m not giving up on that, but I’d like to find my own quest. (Any suggestions welcome.)

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I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of the book. See all the marks in the photo? This was a great read.

I also loved “dispatch” sections of the book, mini-essay or more personal stories from Chris’ travels. I’m going through a lot of “Growth Opportunity” personally right now, and the first dispatch of “Courage” especially resonated with me.

“Embracing new things often requires us to embrace our fears, however trivial they may seem.” You deal with fear not by pretending it doesn’t exist, but by refusing to give it decision-making authority.”

There are many, many inspiring stories in the book that will be sure to make you want to create your own quest. Make sure to grab a copy, and #FindThe Quest.

[Review] Seidio Surface iPhone Case with Built-in Kickstand

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When I was in Dallas, I came across Seidio catalogue in the goodie bag from #Geekhouse.

They have beautiful products, and I tweeted them about it. What piqued my interest particularly was their Surface line of cases with Built-In Kickstands. Here’s a quick video about it.

My phone is iPhone 4S, so they had limited colors available for me, but as you can see on their website, they have variety of colors and styles for Apple/Google/Blackberry/other phones.

I got Surface Reveal in Pearl White. It’s only 0.12cm thick, so it is very light. Exterior is soft to the touch. I love it.

-Slide-in design

-Built-in Magnetic Kickstand

-Cut-out reveals Apple Logo

MSRP: $34.95 USD

Visit Seidio website for more details.