26 March 2014

Birthday Weekend in Krabi

For my birthday weekend, JP and I went to Krabi in Thailand. We were only there from Friday till Sunday, but going to the beach was a good escape from Singapore's hectic pace.  JP put me in charge of preparing our trip, and handed over his credit card so I can book our flights and hotel. Such a trusting husband, 'no? 

Longtail Boats in Krabi
traditional long-tail boats

21 March 2014

A Useful App For Procrastinators Like Me

Do you know that there different types of procrastinators? Check out what kind you are over here. I tried the test myself and found that I'm a Pinball Procrastinator. This means that I don't accomplish my tasks because I easily get distracted and do other things. I also like to bounce from one pursuit to another that I don't get to do what needs to be done now. Oftentimes, I get overwhelmed by too many ideas that it takes me a long time to get started, if I even decide to start at all.

Pomodoro App

Recently, I downloaded the Pomodoro timer and it has helped me a lot to finish my tasks. Let's say I want to write a couple of blog posts in 2 hours. I do all the things I need to do for my posts in 25 minutes (ie. draft, edit pictures, rewrite, etc). Then I take a break for five minutes, then come back and work on my blog posts again for another 25 minutes. Since I'm the type to get easily distracted (I often visit other blogs, look at Pinterest, or Facebook) this works perfectly for me. The timer makes me think I have a deadline, so I really focus within that 25 minutes. Plus, I actually look forward to the 5 minute break. 

Check out the principle behind the Pomodoro technique. It's quite interesting. What about you? What do you do when you feel like putting off your To-do list? 

19 March 2014

Speed Reading 2.0

I saw and shared this article about the Spritz reader on my Facebook timeline a couple of weeks ago, and commented that this is "Amazing". I read the article again and now I'm having second thoughts. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that it's going to get people to read (hopefully), but…is the reading  experience going to be the same? Try reading at 350 words per minute.

from Huffpost

When Kindle came out, I was totally sold on the idea, because it made reading more portable. I can store a hundred or more books into one device and switch between the books I'm reading. Apart from the fact that I was pressing a button, rather than flipping a page, the experience was still the same. Did it cut my reading time? No. I was still in control of my pace. I use it more frequently, even if I have iBooks.

Spritzer claims to make you finish a book in more than half the time you would usually take. Can you imagine finishing book 7 of the Harry Potter series in less than 3 hours? That will certainly be amazing. You can read a whole lot of books with that pace. Heck, I can probably cross out my bucket list of reading the top 100 books of all time in less than a year.

But reading (at least for leisure), is not about speed. It's about taking your time, letting your mind absorb the words and evoke some sort of emotion in you. Such a romantic notion, you'd probably say, but that's just me. Reading has to be about the experience, IMHO.

Would I try this device? Oh, definitely! But it looks like it will only come out for Androids for now. 

Read more about Spritz here.

10 March 2014

Collage Mondays: Running Gear Wishlist

The last public run I did was way back in 2012. Somehow, I never got the motivation to participate in anything again, until now. Yesterday was my first time back in the running scene (haha, I feel like an athlete). It felt good, so to celebrate, today's collage is all about running gear. 

Running is a pretty basic sport that doesn't require too many things. If you have a sensible pair of running shoes, and comfortable socks, shirt and shorts/tights, you should be good to go. But this should not stop you from trying additional/fashionable gear. Check out the pretty stuff I found, of course, in PINK! I should get my hands on these soon.
Pink Running Gear
Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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05 March 2014

The 1-Dollar Makeover

This is my jewelry box. The inside is made of felt, and it's gotten dirty over the years. I tried to use a damp cloth with soap to clean it a couple of months ago, and I think it just made the thing look dirtier. There's even some residue.

Dirty Jewelry Box

At any other time, I would have just thrown this out and bought a new one. But I think JP's attitude about money has been rubbing off on me lately, so I thought of a way to make this look cleaner and maybe, a little bit newer without spending a lot.

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