Downtime Companion

Story By
Devina Wiriadinata

In the midst of a busy and hectic schedule, a holiday, weekends, or even just a short break should be greatly appreciated. Therefore, a great companion to bring maximum joy and entertain you during your downtime is needed. Here is the list.

Even though the recording industry keeps declining as an impact of digitalization, vinyl has succesfuly made a resurrection. Besides the fact that it is collectible, vinyl will bring you the rich sounds that pamper your eardrums. There is nothing better than good music that will give you an eargasm, right? The Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable will give you a whole new experience in listening to music. This belt driven turntable with an NP6 needle and manual return tone arm can play music in 3 speeds, from 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM. It has dynamic full range stereo speakers and also a headphone jack. Plus, it looks classic andsophisticated, yet simple and slim.


Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition will take you back to the 1980’s when you were still in your pyjamas, playing the hottest Nintendo game console from that era with your brother, sister, or children from your neighbourhood. It has similar look to the 1980’s Nintendo Entertainment System and comes with the games that you loved during that time. From Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Balloon Fight, to Bubble Bobble. The big difference is that it has modern features and the size is a lot smaler than the original version. All games are built in, just connect the NES to your TV using the HDMI cable provided, connect the controller and away you go. The controller can also be used to play virtual games on Wii. Collectible and entertaining.


Thinking of reading a good novel while sipping your favorite brew at a coffee shop, but feel too lazy to bring along a thick novel? Try Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. This e-book reader is probably the best companion for the busy person who loves to read. It has a slim figure but is still comfortable to hold. It is easy to be carried around or slipped inside your bag. Through its sharp and bright screen you can read all of your favorite passages clearly. It has a simple but excellent user interface, equipped with cloud based storage and it is also waterproof. Amazon Kindle also offer a wide selection of e-books. If you are too busy to purchase books from your favorite bookstore, just go to Amazon Kindle and choose any book that takes your fancy.
Once in a while you need something that unleashes your creative side. The Lomo ‘Instant is a great companion to your experiments in photography. This instant camera is ideal for anyone who loves to take pictures with a wide range of effects. You don’t need to be a photography expert to produce amazing pictures using this camera, complete beginners can too. It has an easy to use feature which allows you to experiment freely. It also comes with fisheye, portrait, and close up lenses. There are even additional accesories to create a multiple exposure effect sold separately.  You will soon become addicted to capturing all of the moments and things around you with a fabulously creative look. 

Forget cables and plugs, Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Speaker will allow you to stream and listen to music freely. And you don’t need to be an iOS user to get the whole new experience of entertainment offered by this most successful Bowers & Wilkins wireless speaker.  This UK made speaker can connect to Apple Airplay, or Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. With 25 mm dome tweeters and a 150 mm subwoofer, this elliptical shaped wireless speaker produces an amazing sound. That sound can fill a large room perfectly, but is not too overpowering for a small or moderate room. The revolutionary physical design makes this wireless speaker also suitable as an elegant centerpiece in your room.


For those who always seeking  an advanced movie-watching experience, the Harman Kardon HKTS 15 Home Theater System would be a great choice. Produced with advanced speaker technology and higher powered subwoofer, this home theater set will bring high definition sound to your living room. AQ Harman Kardon HKTS 15 Home Theater System set  consists of 1 subwoofer, 1 center channel speaker, 4 satellites, 4 leatherette coasters, 4 wall-mount brackets, 1 15' RCA cable, 1 15" mini plug cable, 3 20' speaker cables, and 2 40' speaker cables. It can be connected to HD sources like Blu-Ray DVD, and would be perfect for a moderate sized living room. This  home theater system has a sleek and elegant design  suitable for any home decor.