Jinhao X750 roller ball

Jinhao X750 roller ball

The Jinhao X750 roller ball is proudly made in China, and is great value if you want something a little bit more interesting than a typical executive style pen. They’re around $4 delivered, and are available in a variety of designs. Refills are available in packs of 10 for around $10. The same roller ball case is also available as a fountain pen. The Jinhao X750 roller ball has a really nice weight to it, and a lovely matte satin finish. This is one of the classiest roller ball pens you can buy under $50, and at under $5 it’s an absolute bargain.

Where to buy an Seiko SKX007 in Australia

Seiko SKX007 Australia

The simple answer is nowhere. I’ve spent the last week looking for an SKX007 in various jewellers in Melbourne, and those that actually have the SKX007 in stock (on the stainless Jubilee bracelet) are just dreaming if they think I’m going to pay that close to retail for one. $499 is their ticket price. And it’s like getting blood out of a stone to get them to move under $450.

So how about we cut that in half, down to $250 and get it from Singapore instead. Retail in Australia is an absolute joke. I’m prepared to pay a bit extra for “the retail experience”, but not double the price. If you want to buy an SKX007 in Australia, then buy it from Singapore or Malaysia for half the price.

Garmin Vivofit Jr Band

Garmin Vivofit Jr Band

You can buy Garmin Vivofit Jr replacement bands for $5-$7 to replace your damaged or lost band, or just because you want a new colour or design. This is way cheaper than what Garmin is selling them for. They will fit the original Garmin Vivofit JR and also the Garmin Vivofit JR Version 2.

Flairform Greendream hydroponic nutrient

Flairform Greendream

If you’re just getting into hydroponics, then Flairform Greendream is probably the easiest nutrient to get started with. It’s a one part nutrient, meaning that you don’t need to mix anything – you just add Greendream to water and you’re good to go. It’s available in GROW and BLOOM mixtures, so depending on what you’re growing you may need just the GROW formula, or your may need both. I use Flairform Greendream to grow super hot chilli peppers and I’ve only even used the GROW formula, and have had no problems getting my peppers to flower and germinate. I’m using Greendream mostly in a DWC system, but have also used it in an airlift system with great results. I don’t even bother to check the pH – I use rain water from my tank, and have never had a problem with pH. Flairform Greendream is available in 1 litre and 5 litre bottles, and it goes a long way.

Casio MTP-S101 solar watch

Casio MTP-S101 Solar Watch

I bought the Casio MTP-S101 primarily because I like the look of it, and I like budget Casio watches – the solar power was a bonus as I was able to justify buying yet another watch because I didn’t yet have one that was solar powered. I’ve had it for around 1 year now, and it has become one of my most worn day to day watches. From memory I paid around $70 AUD delivered, with tags, no box. Delivery time was 2 weeks to Australia from Malaysia.

I got the black face with stainless steel bracelet (MTP-S101D-1BVDF). The bracelet is much nicer than I expected, and significantly better than other budget stainless bracelets such as the Seiko 5 SNK809. Legibility is excellent EXCEPT FOR ONE MASSIVE FLAW… there is absolutely no lume on the Casio MTP-S101. None. Zero. Although this seems inexcusable, I actually find myself not caring, and still grab the MTP-S101 most mornings when selecting which watch to wear.