I’ve learnt that everyone complains. Some complain about everything all the time, some complain about some things all the time, some complain about some things some time, some complain about everything some time, but the point is, at one point or another, everyone complains.
There are also varying degrees of complaining. Sometimes it’s just a passing complaint. Sometimes it’s something that annoys you and you just want to let some steam off.
I started reading Mini Habits by Stephen Guise recently and really enjoyed it. It challenges the conventional advice that you need motivation to form good habits. Instead, Stephen says that the trick to forming good habits is to basically set goals so small that you cannot fail, “too small to fail” as he calls it. There’s a lot of sound reasoning and even some research data being referenced in the book. One of the bigger revelations (for me at least) is that the usual “you’d need 21 days to form a habit” is not true. Instead, it’s been shown that habits take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to form.
Sheryl and I have been talking about cycling at Punggol for a couple of weeks, but plans being plans… We don’t always stick to it :P. Also, the one time where we made up our mind to do it, it started raining. Anyway, after probably 2 weeks, we finally decided to try cycling at Punggol on December 28, 2014 (I’ve an obsession with dates so I find it necessary to include it).
This was a day we’ve been looking forward to - Mount Merapi Jeep Tour! In addition, this was our second chance to catch the sunrise after missing it at Setumbu Hills previously. We woke up at 3am, and got ready to leave by 4am for the jeep tour :)! We reached the shop organizing the jeep tour around 5.15am. Unfortunately it was raining heavily and we had to wear ponchos again.
After a somewhat tiring Day 1, an entire day out for Day 2, we decided to do what’s the best thing we can do to rest and recover. An adventure-filled day! Seriously. Thankfully, we only had to leave the hotel at 9am, so we could sleep in till 7.30am or so (unlike the ungodly 2.45am the previous day).
More importantly, we could finally try out the hotel’s breakfast! And we’re so glad we did!
After an exciting and somewhat tiring first day, we had to be ready by 3.45am for Day 2. Clever planning on my part :P. We woke up around 2.45am, prepared, ate some bread that we bought at a nearby bakery the day before, and met Sapto!
This is the most packed day in our trip, as we ended up visiting the following places:
Setumbu Hill Sunrise Borobodur Kopi Luwak Mendut Temple Mendut Buddhist Monastery Sultan Palace Water Palace Silver Factory Malioboro Shirt Factory Italics = Not on the original itinerary
So what drew us (or me, since I did the planning :P) to Yogyakarta? I’m not sure if it was Mount Merapi, the Prambanan Temple or Borobodur, or a combination of it all, but I was very drawn to the place from the images I’d seen. I contacted Reza from Indoparadiso with the itinerary I had in mind, a lot of which is also thanks to Indoparadiso’s informative website, and he was able to accommodate to the dates and itinerary.
This post took a lot longer than I had planned, anyway, here goes…
Day 14 - June 21
The day to leave Madrid, and Spain, finally comes :(. As mentioned in the previous post, we had planned an itinerary the night before, which basically boils down to:
Buy olive oil and vinegar back to Singapore Have breakfast Enjoy the city of Madrid by walking around Return to the lodging before 2pm and then head for the Madrid Airport to catch our flight at 5.
Recently I found out about Ionic and decided to use it to build the Android and iOS mobile apps for Huat.SG. In their own words:
“Create hybrid mobile apps with the web technologies you love. Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components, gestures, and tools for building highly interactive apps. Built with Sass and optimized for AngularJS.”
I had written apps for Android a few years ago, but have not been involved in mobile development since then, and have been wanting to build something again.
I recently got a new MacBook Pro Retina 13” with Mavericks and took the opportunity to set it up properly from scratch. Thought I’d shared what I think are essential in every OS X user’s arsenal.
I use Homebrew to install just about every package. Need the latest version of python? Just type: brew install python
2. Homebrew Cask
Sick and tired of dragging and dropping to install apps on OS X and prefer to use a simple command line?