Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)

24 Jul 2013

When I got my very first Android phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, it had Eclair on it (Android 2.1). Back then it was good enough as I only used it for tweeting and stalking people on Facebook. However, when Instagram announced that they were going to release an Android version, I was super excited. That was when I hadn't known that it needed Gingerbread and up, and you should know that Sony Ericsson did not give Xperia X8 an update to Gingerbread. And then I found that it was actually possible to upgrade my phone to Gingerbread by using a custom ROM called GingerDX. Vicky taught me how to root my phone and then install the custom ROM on it. I was happy. I was glad.

Then I got another Android phone, the Sony Xperia Miro with ICS. It is actually more than enough: nice camera, bigger screen, and with what I've learnt I can customised it all I want. I rooted it, installed Link2SD, etcetera. But then Instagram did it again: they released the video feature only available for Jelly Bean. You can call me crazy, but I really love Instagram so much that I took a big decision to once again upgrade my phone to a newer Android version using custom ROM. This time, it is Cyanogenmod 10.


I'm using Nova Launcher for my home screen. The icons are from an icon pack called Tiny White Icon Pack. I don't put any widget on the home screen just so my wallpaper can be seen clearly. Hehehe...

Turns out my Instagram still can't be used to upload videos because the app stops working everytime I get to the "Choose a Cover Frame" stage. I'm still yet to find how to fix this, but hey... at least I have an old-but-new phone now, right? And I'm also glad that I can use Unlockbootloader and Flashtool now. I'm not a real geek so that makes me think "How cool is that, huh?"

When You're Sad

20 Jul 2013


When you’re sad:

1. Write letters to the people you love. Don’t seal them; don’t send them. Instead, stick them between the pages of library books.

2. Eat raspberries off your fingertips.

3. Venture outside and observe natural life. Watch a honey bee suck the nectar from lavender plants. Watch a snail slowly make its way towards the shade of a tree. Watch a hummingbird innocently fly above your head. Realize how insignificant you are.

4. Smile at strangers; say hello. It will improve their day and your own.

5. Write lists. They can be about anything.

6. Read several pages of the dictionary. Learn new words. Write down the ones you wish to remember.

7. Never feel compelled to apologize when you don’t feel sorry. It’s okay that you’re honest. It’s okay that you have a different opinion from someone else.

8. Read books and watch movies from your childhood. A healthy dose of nostalgia is okay. Immerse yourself in your past innocence.

9. Walk to a park and get on a swing. Go as high as you can; feel limitless. The world is yours.

10. Eat if you’re hungry. Food is not the enemy. You are a human and need food to survive. You deserve to eat. Put those raspberries on your fingers and sprinkle sugar on your tongue. Taste the summer breeze and sweet aroma of jasmine flowers.

11. Don’t marinate in your sadness. You are not a steak. You are a person; you’re irreplaceable. Open yourself up to contentment. Bathe in the rivers of Glee. Go for hikes with Satisfaction. Sleep in a warm cocoon of blankets with Bliss. Let endless happiness overcome your hopeless sadness. You deserve to be happy. If life is a game and you are the referee, be biased for once and let happiness win.

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Dealing with Midnight Anxiety

13 Jul 2013


Ramadhan mubarak, people! It's already the fifth day of Ramadhan (or for some of you it might be the sixth) and I've been busy worshiping God by the most convenient ibadah of the month: sleeping. Not good, I know. But I have a legit reason behind it. I started Ramadhan with a good sleepless night. I didn't sleep at all before facing the first day of Ramadhan because I had a serious midnight anxiety attack. All the worries I've had for the past year came altogether that night that I couldn't even close my eyes without feeling the urge to ugly-cry.

I did, however, get over it fifteen minutes before getting out of bed to help my mum preparing for sahur in the kitchen. I haven't had any more midnight anxiety since then, though that one did screw up my sleeping schedule.

About one hour before that, I opened the email app on my phone and started writing to someone I trust. At first, I really intended to send the mail. After spending an hour writing about my anxiety without re-reading and changing any single word, I decided to just keep it as a draft. I may or may not send it someday, but saving it into the draft successfully released me from the midnight anxiety attack I was having. It was really helpful.

I guess I'll do it again if someday I get hit by yet another anxiety attack (not just the midnight ones).

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Summer is for...

8 Jul 2013


Swimming Pool!

Introducing: William Hooper

6 Jul 2013


Exactly one month ago, on 6 June 2013, Miss Molly gave birth to three cute kittens. One male and two females. They are very healthy and like to run around the house since they were 3 week old. However, since two of them have full black fur, I find it kinda hard to take their pictures. So, I'm going to introduce them one by one, starting from the first born one. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome
William Hooper
aka Bill

He is the only tabby cat among the Three Diablos (yes, based on this). He has striped black-brown-grey fur. He is the naughtiest of them all and the first to mastered the skill of escaping their nest, a cardboard box where they were born. He is super handsome and likes to cuddle. He's going to be a playboy cat one day.

I Hate How It Used To Be

4 Jul 2013


Once upon a time (or three weeks ago), I was cleaning my room when I found this treasure: an old diary of mine. Not that old, actually, as the last entry was in 2010. The diary has a picture of a blue elephant with a "HAPPY DAY" heart shaped balloon on the cover. But believe me when I say that there is almost no a single entry telling about happy day in it. Everything was so stressful and sad and bad and negative back then.


85 % of the pages are filled with the sad story of 19-years-old Dara, who was dealing with her first and second years of university, her psychological issue, and her boyfriend back then. Not the story 21-years-old Dara could be proud of. If I could, I really would like to take everything back. Oh God, how I had wasted my time!

Looking back at how stupid the me depicted in the diary was, I decided to also look back at the old posts in this blog. Whilst there are some stressful posts just like my old diary entries, I could totally see that what I posted here are not 100% true. There are some "I'm happy"s to cover up the ugly truth about how unhappy I actually was. For the love of God, I really want to delete those posts but I'm still not sure yet. Should I delete them or shouldn't I?

My life is moving forward. I'm growing up (a lot) and I have plans now. I have moved on from the past, but as long as my past is still there in the form of old blog posts, I can't feel secure. I'm afraid that they would interfere and mess up my future plans.

So, should I or shouldn't I?

Minions!

3 Jul 2013

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This was the fourth movie I watched in these past three weeks. Summer sure is a hard time for a college student like me. There are so many good movies that I want to watch but I have to keep it on my budget limit. Why can't they be released periodically, like, one good movie each month in the whole year? Ugh, Hollywood!

Anyway, Despicable Me 2 is super hilarious. I've read many good reviews of this movie and I agree with most of them. It actually has a cliche plot and storyline that I could guess who the bad guy was since, like, halfway through the movie. Besides, it doesn't have a sad part; unlike the first one and any other children's movie.

However, these flaws are put aside by none other than the Minions! Yes. I think it will be safe to say that Despicable Me 2 would be nothing without them. Take them away, and the movie is dead. 90% of the laughters in the theater was caused by them ("Bottom! Hahahahahah..."). I hope they could do it better if they are going to make Despicable Me 3. Since there will be Minions Movie, if Despicable Me 3 doesn't have a good stodyline, I don't think people will be interested.

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Oh and by the way, have you watched this mini movie?

Honeybees Went Out for Pizza and Ian's Early Birthday Party

2 Jul 2013


Today, the five of us finally had the chance to have a meet up to throw Ian her (early) birthday party. We went to Domino's and bought the Two for Tuesday promo. We stayed there for hours before we finally left it for Daiso and Gramedia.


We talked about a lot of things and laughed together. Though we mostly talked about final paper, it was really fun to finally see them again. The college life will end very soon, and until that time, we won't get the chance to see each other very often like we used to do in the early years. This kind of meet up will be very rare soon and that's why we should cherish every minute that we spend together.

Birthday gurl!

Happy birthday, Ian!
We love you very much.

Now You See Me

1 Jul 2013

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This movie was super entertaining. I've always loved crime stories since I was a kid, and this one is just brilliant. You should see it.

I'm not writing a review for this one, but I tell you this: This movie tells you why Mark Ruffalo is always angry and why he becomes Hulk.

Also, Dave Franco is cute.