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Checklist before you travel

Postby mathsparks » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:33 pm

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Just to summarise what we did/should've done.
1) Inform your neighbourhood police post.
==> DH called to inform them but forgot to leave his name with them. Our nice men-in-blue called back to reconfirm. :salute: kudos to them.

2) Signup for mail retention service at the post office.
==> Paid $21.40 before departure, indicated on the form that I'll collect mail from the MP PO upon return. This was also confirmed with the staff there.
Well, this morning, dh went down to MP PO to collect our mail, and....the nincompoops there said our mail will be redelivered from Katong PO tomorrow. :rant: :mad: Looks like our PO aren't sure of their own processes/forms.

3) Inform your newspaper delivery agent.
==> The agent stopped delivery on day1 but subsequently left the newspapers piled up at our front door. If there had been a break-in while we're away, I wonder if they can be responsible. So pissed off with them. Wouldn't he know after a few days that the owner has gone away? What the *@&^#! Now dh has to catch up more than 10 days of newspapers. He called them his TYS (ten year series). :mad: :mad:

4) Check the adaptors required for your overseas trip.
==> We bought adaptors which worked in some hotels but not all. Rent from hotel if you're stuck.

5) Check your mobile phone is tri-band/quad-band or what ever band.
==> Didn't expect all 3 phones we had weren't able to connect. But ok la. No calls from office. heehee, blessing in disguise. :lol:

6) Call your telco to check which call home no. is cheaper *121 or 00165
==> Did this too; but unfortunately, without a mobile connection, this proved pointless.

This list looks strangely short, do contribute to help reduce the hassle/surprises of fellow kiasu travellers.

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Postby mckenzy » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:46 am

Adapters...
Whats more important is the voltage on the individual adapters for the different devices...

Insurance
If you bought travel insurance, take pictures of the luggage at the airport with the date of departure somewhere in the background


Paperwork
Duplicate important documents (passport scans etc) and keep them separately from the originals... best option, post securely online on the internet
Addresses and contact numbers of Singapore embassy and hotel/s

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Postby mathsparks » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:07 pm

hi mckenzy,
adaptors/mobile networks just get me so confused. :? :?

and the tip abt taking pics of yr luggage, wonderful! we never thot of that. Thanks!

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Postby mckenzy » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:00 pm

hi Mathsparks...

Each electrical device comes with an adapter, e.g. your mobile phone has an adapter to recharge the battery... most important is that the voltage matches the country you are going-to... if you are heading to Japan for example... the adapter should indicate: 100-240V... this is the important part.

The other 'adapter' you need is actually a a multi-pin plug. this is the one that will allow the device adapter to draw power through different pins on the plug...

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Postby mathsparks » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:17 pm

thanks mckenzy. luckily i've not blown any gadgets yet. :wink:

to be honest, adaptors and what-nots belong to the men's dept (while packing of medicine belongs to the women's dept) and i leave it to dh to sort out all this. but thanks again.

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Postby Way2GO » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:30 am

mckenzy wrote:hi Mathsparks...

Each electrical device comes with an adapter, e.g. your mobile phone has an adapter to recharge the battery... most important is that the voltage matches the country you are going-to... if you are heading to Japan for example... the adapter should indicate: 100-240V... this is the important part.
This thingy used to be correctly called transformers, when did it get changed to adaptors?
The other 'adapter' you need is actually a a multi-pin plug. this is the one that will allow the device adapter to draw power through different pins on the plug...
:D
This thingy is the socket adaptor and has no voltage or current rating

To avoid confusion, we shld call a transformer a transformer and a socket adaptor an adaptor here. Hope this helps.

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Postby mckenzy » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:41 am

i think calling an AC Adapter a Transformer will just confuse everyone no?

when i order a notebook from my Dell Supplier, the specifications indicate the 'transformer' as a "90W,3-PIN,AC ADAPTER"

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Postby Way2GO » Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:22 am

mckenzy wrote:i think calling an AC Adapter a Transformer will just confuse everyone no?

when i order a notebook from my Dell Supplier, the specifications indicate the 'transformer' as a "90W,3-PIN,AC ADAPTER"


Hmm, let's go with the current nomenclature and not cause any more confusion. How about 'AC/DC adaptors' for those with voltge/current/wattage ratings that are actually transformers and 'socket adaptors' for those devices that adapt the various pin connections at the power supply. Sounds good?

Most, if not all, AC/DC adaptors supplied with electronic gadgets nowadays can handle 110 or 220 -240 VAC (it's always good to confirm before plugging the device into a new location).
It's the socket adaptors that are more troblesome since there are many variations across different countries. A good universal socket adaptor
will cover all known variations.

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Postby mckenzy » Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:52 am

Another for the travel list:

Leave your Flight details, Hotel reservations and Travel Itinerary in Hardcopy with a relative or someone you trust to handle administrative matters.

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Postby VitoRelax » Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:56 am

mckenzy wrote:Another for the travel list:

Leave your Flight details, Hotel reservations and Travel Itinerary in Hardcopy with a relative or someone you trust to handle administrative matters.
Have a nice holiday !

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