• Tech

    Want to customize your phone? Try Total Launcher

    A month ago, when I was seriously considering buying the iPhone XS Max, Trish tagged me in a Tweet. She posted a screen recording of her Android phone with a launcher installed. She had all kinds of shortcuts to trigger different functions, and she pressed me to try it.

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    Not fully convinced, I installed one for myself, and IT CHANGED MY LIFE. Android launchers are the best thing that has happened to me tech-wise in a long time.

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    Plot twist of the year: I made the switch from iOS to Android!

    As a hardcore Apple fangirl for the past decade, I myself cannot believe this has happened. My boyfriend told me several times about the advantages of Android but I never really listened.

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    The past three months, though, I began seriously thinking about switching. After all, Apple’s products are notoriously expensive. And if I can get a better product for a lesser price, well, what’s stopping me?
    I must admit that my owning an iPhone made me proud, as it was deemed a status symbol in this consumerist world. But I don’t want to pay for an overpriced gadget anymore. Keeping up with its new releases is simply unsustainable, and impractical.

    So, I did a bit of research and settled on buying the Huawei P20 Pro.

    It has three Leica brand lenses which make for highly detailed and sharp photos. I love how clear the pictures turn out, and how there are so many photography features in the native camera app (aperture, long exposure night mode, portrait, etc.).

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    YNAB: You Need A Budget (Yes, you do!)

    You Need A Budget, or YNAB as it’s affectionately called by us YNABers, is a personal finance management app that underscores the philosophy of zero-based budgeting.

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    I stumbled upon YNAB on the App Store’s recommendations list and now I am quite addicted. I check it multiple times a day, and religiously input every single expense and income.

    YNAB says that it takes an average user 4-12 months to see positive results if you follow their 4 Rules. I especially like rule number 3 (Roll With the Punches), because it doesn’t let you beat yourself up if you’ve forgotten to budget for a particular need. The rules are basically all about prioritizing: where do you need to put your money?

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  • Mental health,  Tech

    I nuked my Instagram account

    I’ve had that account since around 2011. Needless to say, it has become a diary of sorts chronicling the joys in my life for the past 7 years. So you may be wondering why I did what I did.

    Yesterday, I said, “fuck this” and deleted my account.

    Not deactivated the account or even just deleted the app – I deleted my entire account, including posts, followers, the entire shebang. I thought I would feel instant regret, but writing this, I feel utterly relieved.

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    I have a new iPod Touch!

    It’s the new iPod Touch 5th generation. After much consideration, I named her Mia after Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction. It’s a partial graduation gift from Mama, but I think she only got it for me because she got so tired of my wheedling for an iPhone. I still want an iPhone 5, but if I couldn’t have one, I couldn’t do any better than my Mia.

    There are plenty of iPod Touch 5G reviews on the Internet, but in a nutshell, Mia has:

    • a way better camera than the previous iPod Touch.
    • more storage memory for a better price
    • a slimmer exterior which comes in several delicious colors
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