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HWZ.MY CNY survival guide

By Peter Chu & Bryan Chan - 26 Jan 2017

HWZ.MY CNY survival guide

The trip back to your hometown this Chinese New Year is a time to reacquaint yourself with members of your family, but let's face it, not everyone enjoys conversations about politics and football, and some of you may not even enjoy having conversations at all.

For those of you who would rather busy yourself with entertainment, you'd likely need a tablet or a smartphone, along with some other gadgets. Here's a checklist of sorts made specially for you.

The Essentials

By entertainment, we mean video games, music and movies that you can easily access on notebooks, tablets and smartphones. You may or may not have downloaded these content, but for the sake of this guide, we'll assume you didn't. If we're right, the first thing you'd want to do is to ensure that you have enough mobile data to download these content. Something like Umobile's Unlimited Mobile Internet plan looks like a good deal.

If you have a gaming notebook, especially if it's something like Illegear's new lineup of notebooks, you definitely wouldn't want to forget that. Not only can you catch up on some gaming, you could also reply some emails and maybe even get some extra work done.

If you don't have a gaming notebook, you can still do some gaming with the likes of portable consoles like the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. Heck, even most modern smartphones can handle games with rather impressive graphics nowadays. You may also want to take a look at our list of must-have applications to get you through  the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration.

The J.I.C. Crew

In case you're wondering, J.I.C. Stands for Just-in-case, so yes, the following items aren't exactly essential, but it could definitely come in handy. Items on this list include a (an):

Power Bank

You might think that the 5,000mAh battery of your smartphone would be able to last you for an entire day, but with the way you’re chronicling your entire Lunar New Year experience on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger – you know that’s not possible.

Multi-socket plug / adaptor

If you’re going to be heading back to your hometown this festive season, chances are your entire extended family would be doing so as well. And just like you, they will have mobile devices that needs to be recharged. Yes, watching your relatives clamor for a single power socket can be quite the spectacle, but just do everyone a favor this one time by bringing along a multi-socket plug or adaptor.

Bluetooth Speaker

No Chinese New Year reunion dinner would be complete without Chinese New Year tunes blaring in the background. But instead of using the tinny-sounding speakers of your smartphone to get the job done, use a Bluetooth speaker instead – preferably one that would allow multiple users to connect to it concurrently, like the UE Boom 2, for example.

Pair of headphones

We know, you’re probably going to get a verbal lashing for isolating yourself from everyone by wearing headphones, which is why you must ensure that your headphone of choice has active noise cancellation technology. Okay, we kid, the headphones are more for keeping you company throughout the potentially long and weary journey back to your kampung.


There’s no denying that the camera of your smartphone is perfectly capable of taking great pictures, but it probably won’t be able to hold a candle to the image quality of a proper camera once night falls – which is when the Chinese New Year festivities really begin.

In-car charger

“What’s the point of lugging along a power bank when there’s going to be a charger in the car”, you might be asking. Well, you know how unpredictable the Chinese New Year exodus can be, which means a two hour journey could easily take double the amount of time, depending on whether there are any traffic incidents along the way. You don’t want to end up completely draining your power bank before you reach your destination, do you?