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Getting my Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone Aug. 9, 2016

Getting my Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone unseen hand gave me a Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone but left a fingerprint!

LG old Phone
For a few years now, I had been putting up with a phone that wasn't doing it for me - limited memory so I can't load Apps, hard to learn interface and sluggish. It was never appreciated. While working out along the Malacca River, I somehow forgot to take it with me. Someone else found it, and took it.

Xiaomi Redmi Note3
It was imperative for me to get a replacement in Singapore - I couldn't function without a phone. But which phone? A cab driver in Kuala Lumpur who is reliant on his phone for Grab/Uber and GPS directions once remarked that the Huawei was bang for the buck. I've never heard such brand as I'm not really a phone geek. I know Samsung and iPhone and that's it. I did a research on Huawei and learned that it has a new powerful offering - Honor 5C. After more research I found out the Honor 5C is intensely rivaled by competing brands/models, Xiaomi Redmi Note3 being one of them. Friends favored the Xiaomi for value and performance.

Xiaomi Redmi Note3

No Budget
The only problem about getting a Xiaomi is, I didn't really have a budget for a new phone, let alone a mid-priced phone at MYR 799 (US$197.77). What to do? Do I settle for a cheap phone instead and end up having another LG-type that's next to useless? Then I'd be back where I started. No. I don't want to make that mistake again.

Alexander 'Sasha' Kozini to the Rescue
I remember Alexander 'Sasha' Kozini, a Russian yogi/guru/traveler/tea expert I met in Penang who remarked that when he wants and needs something, he doesn't settle for anything less - even if the money isn't there. And somehow, the money finds its way to him. It resonated. I took it to heart. So.....Xiaomi it is. I'll worry about the money later.

Where to Buy a Phone in Singapore?
Where to get the Xiaomi Redmi Note3 in Singapore? There are literally thousands of phone dealers. I researched, and from a reputable blogsite, 3 phone stores were recommended at Far East Plaza - a little more expensive than the same phone bought at Sim Lim Plaza, but you're less likely to be ripped-off. I don't mind paying a little premium for credibility and added security. This experience also underscored for me how powerful a blog can be. Without that blog, I wouldn't even know there was a Far East Plaza, let alone the choices inside.

Apps Galore
Excited about my new toy, I lavished it with a protective screen cover, a rubber back cover and a sealable case for added protection and prop for movie viewing. I've never splurged on anything before. This phone revealed a whole new universe for me that I couldn't do from my lost phone. It felt empowering to be able to use smart Apps designed for traveling like Maps.Me, Tripadvisor, Agoda,, Hostelworld. Maps.Me even works offline! Apps are just more efficient than using Google Chrome on a handheld.

Ending Thoughts
Having leased new life on my new phone with all its helpful functionality, I now understand why I had to 'lose' my old phone - the LG. The LG was the cheapest I could buy and wasn't really helping me. I could not however, in good conscience, replace it when it's a perfectly functioning phone. I was essentially stuck to it while the world moved on without me. My universe found it convenient to make me 'forget' it and for someone to 'find it'. And in my line of thinking, the guy who 'picked up' my phone probably needed a phone. I don't see it as my phone being 'stolen'. The LG wasn't appreciated and simply had to find another home. Life unfolds in uncanny ways.

And lastly, how did I pay for the phone? Miraculously, I made money in Malacca. How much? Exactly MYR 800, leaving me a 1 ringgit change after paying for the phone. The exact amount earned and the exact time I earned it, is the telltale fingerprint that my benevolent universe is once again looking after my well-being, making things happen to provide for my essential needs. Of course it can all be coincidence. Right? But this has been a repeating pattern with a historical track record - not a one-off. It's as predictable almost as nature's own repeating pattern and symmetry - Fibonacci sequence, fractals, mollusc spirals, crescent shaped desert sand dunes and its ripples, etc. I am somehow led to conclude that these repeating patterns are not exclusive to nature. They apply also to us - afterall, we are part of nature. But it's equally essential to make it put the intention out and let the powerful forces at play do its magic. I am a grateful beneficiary. Thank you universe!

--- TheLoneRider

Xiaomi Phone Stories

  1. Goodbye Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Dec 8, 2018
  2. Getting my Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone Aug. 9, 2016

Google Map Singapore

tourist attractions in Singapore tourist attractions
  • Little India Little India - Little India is the main tourism hub in Singapore. Friday and Saturday nights become animated with the night market
  • Chinatown Chinatown -colorful and animated with Chinese ware shopping, sumptuous street food and hawker-style eats, try Ah Balling Peanut Soup
  • Orchard Road Orchard Road - upscale shopping and glitzy night life
  • Arab Street Arab Street - backpacker dorms, shisha smoking with Middle Eastern atmosphere
  • Singapore Zoo Singapore Zoo - experience the night zoo, S$38
  • Fountain of Wealth Fountain of Wealth - at Suntec City, largest fountain in the world (Guinness Book of Records in 1998), shop-til-you-drop
  • The Southern Ridges The Southern Ridges - best trekking trails in Singapore extending 10kms through lush forest canopy. Bring water, sunscreen and a hat
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery - biggest Buddhist temple in Singapore
  • Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands - Singapore's most iconic building and most expensive at US$5.5B. Imagine a surf board on top of three skyscrapers
hotels in Singapore hotel
  • Arcadia Hotel Arcadia Hotel - stylish, modern, urbane, cool and confident. Jalan Besar district
    32 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209201
    +65 6718 0700 | | 1°18'42.0"N 103°51'41.1"E
  • 7 Wonders Hostel 7 Wonders Hostel - backpacker community, sleeping capsules, free wifi, complimentary breakfast, live English Premier League, dining, motion sensor lighting, alfresco outdoor sitting area
    257 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208930
    tel: (+65) 6291 3774 | 1°18'36.2"N 103°51'29.8"E
  • Meadows Hostel Meadows Hostel - newly opened, all new and clean, backpacker capsule beds, central Lavender District location, 24/7 compli tea and coffee, wifi, compli breakfast
    7A Hamilton Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore 209178
    tel: 6298.1323 | 1°18'40.2"N 103°51'38.0"E

More Information about Singapore

Singapore Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Mini-Life in Singapore August 8-22, 2016
  2. Peoplescape of Singapore Aug. 8-22, 2016
  3. Discovering the Neighborhood Cafes of Singapore Aug 8-22, 2016
  4. Biological Cell Regulation (BCR) Therapy at Chang Wellness Aug 16, 2016
  5. Getting my Xiaomi Redmi Note3 Smart Phone Aug. 9, 2016
  6. A Roof Over my Head in Singapore Aug. 8-22, 2016
  7. 2-Hour Detention at Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority August 8, 2016
  8. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Mar 23, 2015
  9. Life Hacking in Singapore Mar 22, 2015
  10. Exploring More of Singapore Feb 21 - Mar 22, 2015
  11. Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore Mar 21, 2015
  12. Touring Marina Bay Sands Mar 17, 2015
  13. The Singapore Magic Mar 16, 2015
  14. Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc. Mar 8, 2015
  15. Singapore on a Shoe String Feb 20, 2015
  16. Things to do in Singapore Oct 20, 2013
  17. Singapore Girl July 21, 2013
  18. Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos Jan 26, 2003

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Reader Comments:

Lora Frances LorenteLora Frances Lorente
200-RYT | 500-RYT
(6 Sep 2016) Finally a new phone!!

Jom DaclanJom Daclan
(6 Sep 2016) Great choice. I'm on a Samsung now, but used to have a Xiaomi. Really bang for the buck.

FranCz PantilagFranCz Pantilag
(6 Sep 2016) maktub: it is written

Aug. 9, 2016 Peoplescape of Singapore

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Singapore Hotels

Arcadia Hotel, Singapore
Arcadia Hotel
stylish modern hotel

7 Wonders Hostel, Singapore

7 Wonders Hostel
sleeping capsules

Meadows Hostel, Lavender, Singapore

Meadows Hostel
backpacker capsule beds