Previously when I first got into drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, I did not know better so I bought the Dolce Gusto Melody coffee machine to brew the coffee. I then realised that it had limited numbers of coffee pods, none of which appealed to me. Hence I tried opening up the used pods and replacing them with ground coffee and placed aluminium foil over it to form the lid, just so I could make a cup I would be happy to drink.
As it was a lot of work and not always successful, I finally gave up and bought a Bean-to-Cup machine by Delonghi to meet my coffee needs. But now that there are refillable pods available for the Dolce Gusto, I thought I would buy these to try – will save money in the long run, reduce the amount of waste produced by those disposable pods, and more importantly allow for the use of better coffee beans/ground coffee to make that nice cup of coffee worth drinking. Continue reading Lictin Pack of 3 Refillable Dolce Gusto Pods
About two weeks ago, one of my colleagues reported that her house had been burgled during the daytime when everyone was out. Apparently there is a gang of burglars operating in the area where she lives.They seem to target victims whom they think may have cash and jewelry stashed away at home – and avoid taking things which can be traced e.g. laptops, tablets etc. The frightening thing is that they somehow managed to deactivate the house alarm, so it was rendered useless.
And this week we had a visit from a police officer one evening who informed us that a neighbour had been burgled that day in the daytime. The police were going around to ask if any of the neighbours had noticed anything suspicious. With things like that happening close to home, we felt the need to increase the monitoring of our premises particularly when we are out. As we feel that the Ring Video Doorbell works really well, we decided to buy their Stick Up Cam for use in our backyard. Continue reading Ring Stick Up Cam
A few weeks ago, I noted that the Gel nose pad I had mounted on my glasses had started leaking and was no longer providing adequate support. This is probably the third time that the gel nose pads have leaked and needed replacing. Hence I had to look for alternative nose pads. I finally settled on the German made Frey & Winkler Air Active comfort nose pads from Amazon.co.uk. Continue reading Frey & Winkler Air Active Comfort Nose Pads
Recently I had an issue with the home electrics tripping, which resulted in all the appliances cutting out. When power was restored, I realised that my D-Link Smart Plugs were not automatically reconnecting to the Router. And it took a fair bit of time to get 2 of them to work, and the remaining 2 I simply could not reconnect. Hence I had to look for an alternative. It needed to be priced right, easy to setup, controllable through Alexa and have a better App interface for controlling the plug. Continue reading Coosa Wi-Fi Smart UK Plug
Recently I was browsing the Amazon website looking for travel adapters which will come in handy when we do go away for our Summer holiday. I noted that there was the Kinden travel adapter with 2 USB charging ports and a built-in 6000 mAh power bank. This retails normally for £24.00 but I managed to buy this for £19.20 from their Lightning deals. Continue reading Kinden Travel Adapter with Built In 6000mAh Power Bank
One of the things I would like to do is shoot panoramas of places I visit either with my iPhone or 4K video with the GoPro Hero 5 Black. So the brief for this purchase was – it had to be compact and light, have motorised control for panning the device and be relatively inexpensive. In the end I bought the Neewer version as it was available for £25.49 (RRP £29.99) with Amazon lightning deal. Continue reading Neewer 360 Rotation Panorama Head with remote
Now I have bought many different camera bags in my lifetime, as I have never found a camera bag that could meet all my needs – particularly as the needs and the gear are ever changing. With the purchase of the GoPro Hero 5 black with Karma Grip, I needed to find a bag which had a built-in mount for the GoPro, and which would work well with the Karma Grip but still hold the other camera equipment I am likely to bring around. I did consider the Peak Design 20L/30L Backpack, but because of the features and price I finally settled on the GoPro Seeker backpack instead. Bought from Amazon.co.uk for £89.99. Continue reading GoPro Seeker Backpack
On Amazon Prime day, there were a few interesting deals which caught my attention. One of these was the Deyimei wireless Bluetooth ear phone which normally retails for just under £30.00 on Amazon.co.uk – but on Prime day it was selling for £23.00. At that price, I thought it was worth a try. Continue reading Deyimei Wireless Bluetooth Ear Phone
Recently while videoing my koi with the GoPro Hero 5 black camera, I noticed that the reflections on the water was having a significant impact on the visibility of the koi. In order to reduce the reflections, I would need a polarizing filter which would fit on my GoPro Hero 5 and be light enough not to affect balance on the Karma Grip. Hence I bought the Polar Pro Venture 3-filter set, which has a linear polarizer, an ND8 filter and an ND8 graduated filter – cost £49.99. Continue reading Polar Pro Venture 3-Filter Set
Now one of the things which drew me to the GoPro Hero 5 Action camera, was the fact it had a gimbal head made just for it which could be used with the Karma grip for capturing smooth videos while on the go, as well as stabilize video capture on the GoPro Karma Drone. As I am not into Drones at this point in time, I decided to get the Karma Grip to use with the GoPro Hero 5 Black for smooth video capture. Cost £289 in Argos. Continue reading GoPro Karma Grip