Monocle Singapore National Survey

For the past three months, Monocle editors, writers and photographers have been shuttling in and out of Singapore to interview CEOs, check out on the rise neighbourhoods, meet the country’s cinema sirens and even visit the odd oil refinery for their second national survey (1st was Mexico). The Monocle Singapore National Survey is compact and concise, and it covers many significant grounds like business, culture and media with perspective from both inside and out.

We are excited to learn that Totobobo was spotted and mentioned as one of five high potential Singapore brands that can make it globally. We are indeed working in that direction- providing high quality products from Singapore to the world. The other four brands being mentioned are: Central Provident Fund, Osim iEcologi (innovative Vacuum/Steamer/Air purifier), Stikfas (Action figures) and Singapore’s Civil Service. From hip toys to government service, the combination seems funny but you would not be too surprised if you are familiar with the unorthodox Monocle approach and have heard that Singapore government run the country like a well organised company.

5 Brands/ Monocle Singapore National Survey

5 Brands/ Monocle Singapore National Survey

Monocle is a magazine and Web site founded by Tyler Brűlé, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a “meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair”, the magazine purports to provide a globalist perspective on international affairs, culture and design to wealthy, cosmopolitan readers. This issue’s Monocle published a Singapore National Survey in association of Economic Development Board.
Downland the full Monocle Singapore National Survey.

Monocle 2009 September cover

Monocle 2009 September cover

Photos of 7 respirators and masks

Top 3: reusable respirator, bottom 3: disposable mask

Top 3: reusable respirator, bottom 3: disposable mask


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Totobobo reusable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: moisture built up
Weight: 20g
Totobobo reusable respirator mask

Totobobo reusable respirator mask


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3M 6200 reusable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: weight, strap, bulk
Weight: respirator=80g, P95 filters=30g
3M 6200 reusable respirator mask

3M 6200 reusable respirator mask


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3M 7500 reusable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: weight, strap, bulk
Weight: respirator=135g, P100 filters=20g
3M 7500 reusable respirator mask

3M 7500 reusable respirator mask


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3M 8200 disposable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: heat from exhalation, strap
Weight: respirator=10g
3M 8200 disposable respirator mask

3M 8200 disposable respirator mask


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3M 9211 disposable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: strap
Weight: respirator=13g
3M 9211 disposable respirator mask

33M 9211 disposable respirator mask


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3M 9210 disposable respirator mask
Fitting type: tight fitting
Fit-factor: 100+
Source of discomfort: heat from exhalation, strap
Weight: respirator=10g
3M 9210 disposable respirator mask

33M 9210 disposable respirator mask


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Surgical mask
Fitting type: lose fitting
Fit-factor: 2-10
Source of discomfort: mask touching mouth and nose
Weight: respirator=3g
Surgical mask

3Surgical mask


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Tour de Timor

Tour de Timor
Tour de Timor, – an initiative of Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta – is a five-day, 450-kilometre mountain bike race across nine of the country’s 13 districts. But the Tour is much more than a sporting challenge. It is a means to showcase to the world, the beauty behind the scars that remain in Asia’s poorest nation. It is also symbolic of the struggle for positive change.

Through my friend Kenneth of Adventure Nomad, we have the opportunity to sponsor the Singapore teams. They will be using Totobobo mask for resistant training (before the race), for flu prevention and moisture regulation during the fly and perhaps to protect them from heavy dust in some part of Timor.

We are excited that this local innovation is making a small contribute to our local teams riding outside.

Cheers! to all the Singapore teams!

How did they find us?

Visitors from India keep coming in, there is no sign of slowing down. How do they come to us? A significant proportion of them is coming from the search engines (Google, Yahoo or Bing).
The search terms reflect what they are looking for. Quite a number of visitors are searching for a reusable N95 mask.
For example:
– How to keep N95 mask clean
– N95 mask washable
– is N95 mask reusable or not
– for how long N95 mask be used
– N95 washable mask

Clearly, there is a market looking for a reusable N95 mask, unfortunately, such a product does not exist. In fact, a 3 months study in 2006 concluded that it is not possible to decontaminate used N95 mask and allows it to be reused safely.

On the contrary Totobobo mask is easily clean and reusable. The anti-virus property makes reuse safer. There are two types of filters available: 94% and 96%. The high quality reusable mask combine with economic replaceable filter refill is probably the most advanced protection you can get now. Thanks to Google/ Yahoo and Bing for doing a good job in guiding our visitors.

Snap shot of the search terms of the visitors

Snap shot of the search terms of the visitors

India H1N1 flu (Swine flu) increase demand of Totobobo mask

We’ve got tips from our India connection 3 days ago about the Swine flu (H1N1) outbreak in Pune.
“The swine flu made its entry India in Pune. Its only a matter of time before it surfaces in rest of the country. I foresee a huge need for Totobobo masks in India.” Our connection mentioned in one of his email.

Spike started on 2009-08-10

Spike started on 2009-08-10

This statement is also confirmed by visitor’s comments and the spike of demand from India over the last couple of days. We want to make it easy for India customers to obtain Totobobo mask for their protection, especially for children. We geared up our offer. The special offer at the end of this post is only available to customers ordering from India.

Note:
Totobobo mask now comes with 96% filter for better protection

AUG 11: H1N1 flu spread quickly in Inida

How does a mask protect you from haze?

Haze in Singapore

Haze in Singapore

The haze is back in Singapore, fuelled by raging fires in Sumatra. Thursday’s PSI was the highest recorded here in almost two years. Experts here said on Thursday the haze might linger over Singapore for a while, due to the prevailing south-west monsoon season conditions, which typically last till late October. If the situation worsen, put on a mask when you go out may be a good way to protect yourselves. Do take note if you do use a mask:

If a mask can not seal your face, it can not protect you from the haze.

Haze is an atmospheric phenomenon when airborn particles such as dust, smoke and other particles obscure the clarity of the sky. The haze particle are very fine and easily get breathe into your lung by following the air flow.

Buoyant haze particle follow the “passage of least resistance”. The working principle of a mask is to seal off the breathing zone such that the least resistant path through the mask is the filter. Air must go through the filters before it can reach the breathing zone. The particle is trapped on the filters and therefore the air is cleaned before entering your mouth or nose.

Regular surgical mask or even N95 mask won’t help if there is gaps between the mask and your face. A gap between the face and the mask is an alternative passage with less resistance than the filter. Air and the particle will leak through the gap rather than going through the filter. One of the key concern when using a regular mask is how can one decide if the mask is truly fitting and sealing the breathing zone?

Here in Totobobo mask we provide the possibility for you to check the fit through the transparent mask. You can adjust the position, the tension of the strap, or even cut the mask to make it better fit to your face. Although we can not guarantee it will fit everyone, yet the chances of fitting is much higher than a regular mask.

In addition, judging by the colour change you will be able to tell when the filter has done it’s job and should be replaced.

For demonstration, here is a pair of filter kindly provided by Kenneth Koh of Advanturenomad. He use the Totobobo mask during his cycling trip in Vietnam. The colour collected on the mask is the result of nearly 30 hours of cycling in Vietnam from Hanoi to Dalat.

Used filter after 28 hours of cycling in Vietnam

Used filter after 28 hours of cycling in Vietnam

Gelang Methodist School

Today we have the pleasure to deliver 30 Totobobo mask and 100 filters to Gelang Methodist School (Primary).
The resuable mask will be used by the school’s care corner to protect pupils when they get unwell or sick.

We feel it is important to contribute a part of our earning back to society. in this case it is for the protection of school children, this is completely in agreement with the original objective of the designer.

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Today at 12 Hrs 34 min 56 sec, the time and date will be 12:34:56 07/08/09 which is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
This moment will never again be repeated in your lifetime.

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a moment in life

In fact none of the moment we pass everyday is going to be repeated, that’s a good reason to treasure every moment, right?