Favourite Android Apps

31 Mar 2015

Favourite Android Apps
If you have met me in real life, you might have known that I'm always attached to my phone at any time, anywhere. I can't even sleep before scrolling through 9GAG on my phone. I used to be obsessed with experimenting with my Android phones: rooting, changing the ROM, swapping the internal and external storage, etc. But after what feels like hundreds of bootloops, I reduced my curiousity and try to accept my phone as it is. Now that I got a new phone (it's a white Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime) with bigger internal storage (8GB, rather than 4GB like my old Galaxy Ace 3), I don't feel like rooting it and swapping the storages. The internal storage is big enough that I can download any app I need (or rather, want). Today, I would like to share my favourite Android apps. I won't put Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Path on the list because duh, they're everyone's favourites!

1. Apollo Music Player
Apollo Music Player
A few years ago, I changed my phone's ROM to Cyanogenmod. The custom ROM came with its own music player called Apollo. The interface was simple and easy to use. It also allowed us to control the player using the button on the earphone. I've found out that I can install Apollo on my Samsung phone because it is a stand alone app now. But it's not available on Google Play Store so I had to download the apk file and install it manually on my phone. If you are interested, you can find the apk file here. I'm using a theme called eyeOS 7, which can be found on Google Play (along with other themes for Apollo).

2. Aldiko
Aldiko eBook Reader
Honestly, Aldiko is not my number one choice as my favourite ebook reader. My most favourite reader is ASUS's MyLibrary Lite. However, it's not available on Google Play Store nor can I find the apk file out there. It's exclusive for ASUS gadgets only. I had it on my ASUS tablet, but the tablet is now used by my mum, so I had to find an alternative reader for my phone. For me, Aldiko is the second best. It has all the features of MyLibrary, minus that little page corner flip animation when you move to the next page. Aldiko also allows us to change screen brightness by sliding our finger up or down the screen. The font size is customizable too, so if you feel that the font is too small, you can change it. I have three books on my Aldiko shelf (plus one that pre-installed on Aldiko). I'm currently reading Veronica Mars #2 (right picture).

3. Perfect Viewer
Perfect Viewer Comic Books Reader
I've tried several comic books readers for Android, but I've found that this is the most convenient one to use. It's free but has no ad. My 5 inch screen is actually a bit too small for reading comic books, but with Perfect Viewer, I can easily zoom in and out by pinching the screen. It also has a small indicator on the shelf marking which comics we've finished and which ones we've started reading but not yet finished. All in all, it's super awesome.

4. Bloglovin'
Bloglovin' for Android
Oh... this app. Need I say more about this app? Well, basically it has all features that the web version has. The only thing I dislike about this app is that when I open a blog post it doesn't directly open in my browser; instead, it opens in the Bloglovin' app which only loads texts and images, but I can't see the other things like the header and the sidebar. It loads faster, but not as pretty as if it opens in browser. But the app is very helpful for when we're on the go and can't log in to our laptops.

5. Google Keep
Google Keep for Android
This is a Google app but it doesn't come pre-installed on my phone. I don't know what is the reason behind it, but I think it should be pre-installed because it's super helpful. It's much more simple than Evernote and the likes, but it has pretty much the same functions. I love that I can take notes on my phone and can later open them on my laptop. I use it for various things from jotting groceries lists and ideas to keeping my bank account numbers (I have many. Haha!)

6. Line Let's Get Rich
Line Let's Ger Rich
I don't really like playing games on my phone because the small screen usually limits the fun and excitement. But this game is an exception. It takes much of my free time. I'm totally absorbed to it. It's basically a monopoly game, but with various maps and cute characters from Line (the chatting app). You can play with your Line friends or you can play with random players from all over the world. However, you will need a strong and steady internet connection to play it. I played with an up and down connection once and I ended up getting kicked out because I lost my connection all of a sudden. And when you get kicked out, you also lose the game and you will lose your game points.


Are you an Android user or an iOS user? What are your favourite apps?

Weekend Links

29 Mar 2015

It's Sunday night here in Indonesia, so it means the weekend almost ends. But at least it's still weekend, so here is my Weekend Links post! My mum went to Palembang earlier this week, so I was in Bandung mostly this week, staying at my parents' house and taking care of my little sister while mum was away. And on Saturday, Afief and I did a major cleaning in our house because my dad's family was coming on Sunday (or today). Nothing can beat our laziness like a news from a relative saying "We're coming to your place tomorrow", right? Haha! So we're suuuuuuuuuperrr tired tonight, but the brighter side is that our office space is (mostly) done at last. I have a reading corner with a lot of light now. Yay! Perhaps someday I will post a home tour, how about that?

Enough rambling, now links!
  • Have you ever tried seeing things from another point of views, like how Sauron is awesome because he creates millions of jobs?
  • I hate vegetables, especially the green ones. The only exception is broccoli. And this recipe looks awesome so I may try it someday (with less vegetables. Haha!)
  • Cat shares several tips so that you will never run out of blog post ideas. They're so helpful!
  • I must admit that I'm a sucker for Instagram. I really love looking at my feed and seeing beautiful photos that people share. The cat hashtags are my absolute favourite. That's why I think this "Catstacam" is the most important invention of this century.
  • I stumbled upon Laura's blog and I really like it! Do you read her blog too? If not, this post about ways to grow your confidence is a good starter.
  • I downloaded a copy of Veronica Mars #2 Mr. Kiss and Tell a few weeks ago and yet I'm still on page 23. But I love it so far! Can't wait to read more about Veronica and Logan. (I'm shipping LoVe since the beginning. Super glad to see they're back together!)
Did you have fun this weekend?

Sponge Out of Water Movie Review

26 Mar 2015

Sponge Out of Water Poster
Another movie I watched last week was Sponge Out of Water. I wasn't waiting for this movie, but when it came out, a bunch of old friends asked me to join them to watch it. I hadn't seen them in a while so I decided to hang out with them. Spongebob Squarepants was a part of our favourite things to talk about when we were in junior high, so watching the movie with them made perfect sense. It made me feel nostalgic.
Sponge Out of Water Review
The story is about yet another Plankton's (failed) plan to steal Krabby Patty secret formula. Everything goes well until the formula vanishes. Spongebob is the only other person in that room so he is the only one who trusts that Plankton is innocent. The people of Bikini Bottom goes crazy due to the shortage of patties and Bikini Bottom goes into a doomsday. Spongebob and Plankton teams up to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Krabby Patty formula. The investigation leads them to an adventure above the water.
Sponge Out of Water Movie Review
I must say that I found this movie a little disappointing. The story is so-so and the jokes are not that funny. The little kids were all laughing, but I didn't even smile, except for the puns. The puns are hilarious, but I'm a big fan of puns, so there's that. Compared to the previous Spongebob movie, this one fails miserably. Some people may enjoy it, but it's just not for me.

Have you watched Sponge Out of Water? What do you think about it?

Images are from: 1/2/3

Cinderella Movie Review

23 Mar 2015

Last week was crazy. I hadn't been to the cinema since December, but last week I went there twice. First was on Wednesday, when I watched Cinderella. Second was on Friday, when I watched Sponge Out of Water. In this post, as stated by the title, I'm going to review Cinderella. Next post will be Sponge Out of Water ;)
Cinderella 2015 Teaser Poster
Can we talk about the teaser poster first? When I saw it, I knew right away that it was Cinderella's poster. It was only a glass slipper, a Disney logo, and "March", but people understood what it meant. So smart!

I'm sure you guys know the story of Cinderella (who don't, right?) and I'm also sure that everybody has watched the old animated version at least once in their lifetime. So, I'll just skip the usual part in a review where I give a short synopsis and move right on to the differences between the animated version (on which this film was based) and this new live action one.
Hayley Atwell as Cinderela's Mother
First, Cinderella's mother is alive in the beginning of the story. And the character was brought to life by non other than our very own Hayley Atwell! She's gorgeous as usual. I miss Agent Carter so much and seeing her in Cinderella with blonde hair broke my heart just a little bit. Haha *end fangirling* This live action movie gives us a hint as to why Cinderella's mother died and then why Cinderella's father chose Lady Tremaine as his new wife.

Second, Cinderella and the Prince meets before the ball. There is a scene where Cinderella can no longer take the abuse that her stepmother and stepsisters do to her and she escapes to the forest riding a white horse. There, she meets the Prince who is hunting with his men. The Prince introduces himself as Kit, an apprentice, but Cinderella doesn't reveal her identity. This meeting is the backstory of why the Prince invites every maiden in the kingdom to the ball, noble or not. After that meeting, however, Cinderella goes back to her house--something that I didn't fully understand.
Cinderella and the Prince dancing at the ball
Third, and my most favourite difference, Disney added diversity in to the cast. The Captain, the Prince's right hand, is black. And we can see in the ballroom there are Arabians, Indians, East Asians, and many more. This is a good effort of Disney and I respect them for doing that, although there are reviews out there which say that the diversity looks too forced and/or isn't diversed enough, but hey, at least they tried. And I hope it's a good start of a long line of more diversity in fairytale movies (and all other movies, generally speaking).
The glass slipper
The shoe doesn't fit
I must admit that I watched Cinderella with an expectation that it would be like Maleficent, in the sense of more mature theme. But no, Cinderella is a children movie. Aside of those three differences I have explained, it's an exact reenactment of the animated version. One of my friends suggested I watch Into The Woods if I want a version with twists. So maybe that's what I'm going to do tonight. But in general, Cinderella isn't that bad, nor is it good. It's somewhere in between; more like an 'okay' movie. I give this movie three stars out of five.

Have you watched Cinderella? What do you think of it?

Images are from: 1/2/3/4/5

Weekend Links

22 Mar 2015

Ooops... Only one post this week? Heheh. I was actually busy with a project deadline and yet I procrastinated by going to the cinema twice(!!!) to watch Cinderella and Sponge Out of Water with my friends. It was bad, I know. But in my defenses, I had promised my friends before the project deadline was announced, so...

Anyway, I didn't get much time to be online this week, but I managed to bookmark these links only for you, my dear friends. Hope you enjoy them.
  • I have several deceased friends who are still on my Facebook friend list. It breaks my heart whenever I see their profile are in random tag posts (usually spams or hacked posts). I found this article about what we can actually do to our deceased friends' online accounts and I think I may let their families know about it.
  • Need cute prints for your walls? Look no further! Here are some awesome prints you can download, print, and hang for free.
  • My husband and I laughed for about 5 minutes non stop after looking at this. It loops endlessly so had I not click that little close tab button, we would be laughing for hours.
  • My favourite blogger, Anna, whose blog inspired me to start blogging five years ago, is finally back in action! If you're not following her yet, here's my #1 favourite post to get you started.
  • I'm a big fan of emojis and the changes in iOS' new emojis are quite... confusing for me. Here's one of the changes I can't get.
  • I read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and loved it. I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and loved it too. You know the similarity between the two? They were both co-written by David Levithan. He's just released a spin-off of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I can't wait to read it!
Go and have fun this weekend!

Things I (and You) Need to Stop Doing Right Now

18 Mar 2015

Stop crying over the past. Who you are today isn't defined by your past mistakes. It's okay to look back, but only to reflect so that you won't do the same mistake. Don't live in the past.

Stop putting things off today. Do what you can do today, but don't push yourself.

Stop worrying too much about the future. Your future depends on what you do in the present. Remember: you build your own future. You choose your own path that will lead you to a certain point in the future. Plan it carefully.

Stop hating yourself. Stop blaming yourself.

And most of all, stop comparing yourself to someone else. You are precious.

Weekend Links

14 Mar 2015

This week was kinda hectic with a lot of phone calls from new clients, managing current clients, and finishing translating projects. It's nice to finally get to stay home and cuddle with my husband while watching Jess playing with a piece of paper. I still have another translating project, but I think I'll just put it until tomorrow and enjoy this Saturday instead.

Fun links this week:
  • Who is (or are) your favourite blogger(s)? Show your support by giving them some love.
  • As for "reviving the blog" project, I've managed to constantly post three posts a week for these past few weeks (yay, me!). There are several things I still need to do, though, and these tips from Anjali and from Naomi have been very useful.
  • I'm a very, very bad procrastinator (who's with me?), and this links list to websites to productively procrastinate is not helping the case. Haha
  • Cats are suuuuuuuuuuuuper busy, you guys!
  • My small business is growing and lately I've been digging productivity tips. This one is my favourite.
  • I'm a huge fan of handwriting fonts, and I'm so excited to try this handwriting font creator!
  • I've just found a spare time to create a new Facebook page for this blog. I'll appreciate it if you like it. And if you have, thank you! ;)
Have a fun weekend!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

12 Mar 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service Poster
Have you seen this movie? Well, if you haven't, you should!

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy movie. As stated by the title, its main focus is on a secret service agency called Kingsman. When one of the agents was killed, the agency started searching for a new candidate to replace him. While other agents promote educated, high class young people, Harry Hart aka Galahad choose Eggsy, a military-school-drop-out-turn-criminal young man whose father was a candidate who was killed in his last stage of the test to become a Kingsman agent.

While Eggsy undergoes his training and test to become an agent, important people are going missing and Valentine, a businessman, is expanding his telecommunication business and producing SIM cards that will be distributed for free for everybody in the world. These SIM cards provide "free calls, free internet, forever". Turns out, Valentine has a bad, hidden agenda. Then a twist happens and Eggsy has to save the world (just like any other hero).

Before deciding to watch this movie, I had already heard people talked about how good it was. So I had a really high expectations when I bought the ticket. And I was satisfied with it! The story is not particularly good, but I really like the action and the music. The director, Matthew Vaughn (Kickass, X-Men: First Class), smoothly used slow motion in a hilarious way that even the most violent scene becomes funny. Watching this movie is almost like watching a Marvel movie, with the action and the cleverly inserted humours.

Also, who doesn't like men in suits? Or men in suits kicking ass? Or Colin Firth in suits kicking ass? *scream*
Colin Firth in Suit as Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service
And look at this hottie? Doesn't he look a lot like Josh Hutcherson? They both look so cute and so hot!
Taron Egerton as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service
And how about Nick Fury without his eyepatch and with more swag?
Swag Nick Fury aka Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Oh dear, how I love this movie!

Images via 1/2/3/4

Eating: D'poer Pizza and ShinMen

10 Mar 2015

Pizzas at D'poer Pizza Kopo
Dara & Afief in D'poer Pizza
On Sunday morning, Afief and I had a brunch at D'poer Pizza. It's a small pizzeria in Kopo, Bandung. We had two small pizzas, garlic bread, and soft drinks. I love D'poer Pizza because their pizza crust is hands down the best pizza crust I've ever tasted (even better than that of Pizza Hut and Dominos). Their prices are also considerably lower, so it's a win for me.
At ShinMen Paris van Java with friends
Kimchi Ramen at ShinMen Paris van Java
Dara in ShinMen Paris van Java
And yesterday afternoon, I went out to see a bunch of uni friends. We had lunch at ShinMen in Paris van Java mall. ShinMen is a Japanese restaurant. We ordered ramen noodles. Mine was a Kimchi Ramen. I never really like Japanese food, so I didn't think ramen was all that great. This Kimchi Ramen made it worse because it was made of 80% vegetables, 10% meat, and 10% noodle. I wanted noodle, but they gave me veggies. So... No. Not my taste.

After the lunch, we watched Kingsman: The Secret Service. It was soooo good. I may write a review this Thursday. See you then!

Weekend Links

7 Mar 2015

Hey, there! What are you up to this weekend? While writing this post, I'm currently making donuts. This morning I logged on to my laptop to read my favourite blogs and the very first thing I saw was this picture of donuts in Amanda's post. It was so tempting that I had to go to the nearest Borma (it's like Walmart of Indonesia) and bought supplies for making donut. Stay tune on my Instagram to see how bad it turns out. Haha

During this week, I've found several interesting reads on the internets. Here they are:
  • Do you like last week's link to a list of links for when you're having a bad day? Here's another one. (I've been quite busy this week, so these links are very helpful in bringing a little bit of sunshine into my days.)
  • As I've stated many, many times before, I'm a bad blogger. Sometimes I post five times a week, some other times I don't post anything at all for weeks. Right now I'm reviving it and while I'm not really starting from scratch, these tips have been super useful.
  • I'm sure most of you have your own bucket lists, but how about a reverse bucket lists?
  • A few days ago, I woke up to an email from Being Geek Chic. It's a nice essay about the term "cat lady" which has more of a negative connotation nowadays. (Seriously, if you haven't joined their mailing list, go join!) They also give us this super cute cat people desktop wallpapers free to download.
  • Have you seen Kim Kardashian's new hairstyle? I came across a tweet saying that she looks like Lucius Malfoy and I cracked up. Then Tom Felton posted this.
  • An old post of mine about keeping secrets, in case you haven't read it yet.

Fifteen Days with Jess

5 Mar 2015

Jess in the Morning
Today marks the fifteenth day Jess lives with us. It's been a fun adventure so far. She's super sweet and funny (here's a hilarious Instagram video of when she didn't want to stand up). It took her only three days to know the secret spots inside our house. For a used-to-be stray cat, she's adjusting pretty well. But yesterday I found her inside a trash bin in our kitchen, looking for something to eat, even though her food bowl was not too far away from there and it was full with dry food. She used to live in the street and looked for food in people's trash cans. Perhaps she still needs more time to love dry food.
Looking at a Fly
She is really curious, if not nosy. She watches me while I'm doing the dishes, doing the laundry, cooking, putting my make up. She even waits outside the bathroom door whenever I take a bath. She constantly tries to get inside but I always lock the door. She will jump and follow me once I'm out of the shower. She really loves me.
Jess' Paw
But it is clear that she prefers Afief to me. There are days when she completely ignores me and keeps looking for Afief, who is at work. She won't answer to me but voluntarily approaches him and naps on his lap while he's on his laptop. Whenever he comes home after work, she will meow repeatedly and won't stop until Afief pulls her up and hugs her. She is so spoiled by him.
Selfie with Jess
We love her very much. She's our little furry bundle of joy. She is still quite thin, but we will surely make her chubby ;)

Link-Up: The Guy Behind The Blog

4 Mar 2015

Today, I'm joining the link-up on Heavens to Betsy. It's called The Guys Behind The Blog. Every month, Betsy would post several question prompts for our guys to answer. It's a nice idea to get to know what's in our guys' mind (you know, because guys tend to bottle it up inside their own minds). Here are my husband's answer to this month's questions:

1 // if you could write a book, what topic would you write about and why? Book about Unity programming and node.js. I went to the bookstore last weekend and couldn't find anything about those two. Such a bummer.
2 // what is one thing on your bucket list, or one thing that you'd like to do or accomplish in your lifetime? I want to create a best selling game and make billions out of it!
3 // if you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life, what would you want to see? A quiet beach/seashore.
4 // imagine you're opening a shop, what are you selling? Raspberry and arduino.
5 // if you could have 50lbs of anything other than money, what would it be? A gaming PC. All 50lbs of them.
6 // time to brag on your girl...tell us one thing that makes you proud of your wife! She can do everything. Literally everything. I love everything about her. Except perhaps her fart. Haha!


My comments:
Whoa, what a game nerd! Haha... Maybe I have to give you all a background story so his answers will make sense. My husband is a game developer and web programmer. That's why almost all of his answers are relating to all that geeky stuffs. Also, we often fart in each other's company, so to explain his answer for the last question. We're not a classy couple, honestly :p