Been three weeks since the big pyrotechnics went off to make another new year! Another year, same resolution for me. Been practicing clean eating and would like to continue to do so. A bonus if I could get my bum off my sedentary lifestyle too. Took half year off to travel to different countries. Learning how to cook their local cuisine. Living with the locals. It was an amazing experience & would not hesitate to do so again in a heartbeat.
I love making food from scratch. You get to learn a lot about what goes into your food. Like the hummus for example, I didn’t know so much oil is incorporated into it until I start making them. That said, am not giving up my falafel & hummus. Love them sooooooo much. Just got to take them in moderation. Apart from that, cooking (and washing up) is a great way to practice mindfulness too.
Need some motivation to keep a healthy lifestyle in the kitchen? Follow my instagram to see what am whipping in the kitchen. I tend to get pretty hyped up whenever I watch cooking snippets on Instagram. Might work for you too.
I have finally got to tick off backpacking to India off my bucket list! I loved it, enjoyed it and would definitely do it again. Let me clear up some misconception about that awesome country. I hesitated for quite a while for my circle of friends & family would react badly to the idea of me traveling to India – alone. It is rather safe to travel as a solo female based on my experience.
It’s a beautiful country.
Vibrant colours and amazing festivals everywhere I go. I know its weird but I get all excited whenever I spot a group of beautiful women donning bright colourful sarees walking on the streets.
Why does this excite me? Coming from a big city where the cityscape is peppered with people donning neutral coloured outfits on a daily basis, this is an entirely refreshing sight to behold. Snagged myself a few pairs of sarees during my stay in India too. It cost about SGD$2-5 for an everyday wear piece.
Amazing local food
Cheap, unprocessed food comes in abundant in India. Don’t be intimidated by the local terms, just randomly pick a few and give them a try. My personal favourites are their local tea, puri masala and dahi puri.
It’s not cluttered with tourist
You get the whole place to yourself. Its a pleasant change to walk around by yourself as you visit famous UNESCO sites or art galleries. No touristy crowds and selfies activities blocking your sight. A change I highly appreciate and is grateful for during this trip. The pleasant weather makes an excellent excuse to explore the city on foot all day too.
Despite the language barrier, the locals are actually very friendly and chatty if they know any English. Rarely have I come across any situation, where I felt it was unsafe for me to backpack across the country by myself. In trains, there are dedicated female coaches which you can opt for. This segregation applies to queues for train tickets & in the airport as well.
During my trip, I had pleasant encounters with lots of older India ladies who were more than happy to help me with my saree shopping & fitting. We had some language barrier but it did not deter us from having a ball of time picking out bangles & fabrics that suited me well.
Beautiful traditional attires
I need not explain how beautiful women attires can be from India. Apart from the usual Pashmina shawls, Lehengas skirts are worth checking out as well for its beautiful embroidery work. They are my favourite after everyday wear sarees.
I got my saree blouse & saree sewn for USD6.50. Need I say more?
For most of the places I’ve traveled to, mosquitos are actually not a widespread issue. I’ve only gotten bitten once when I opted to sleep outside for a night. That said, I was traveling in the South & West area during the cooler seasons. That might have played a factor and was told mosquito isn’t really an issue over there.
Kitchenware & Fabric shopping
Remember to opt for check-in baggage. Their stainless steel dining wares are of really good quality and are ridiculously cheap!
Drowning in garbage
I can’t deny that some cities are notoriously known for their trash issues like Mumbai. Try not to let that stop you from visiting their amazing Gothic-Indian architectures that are available all over Mumbai that was left behind by the British colonial times. I was absolutely in awe with their majestic train terminal, Victoria Terminus.
Tips: If you happen to be there at 4pm, you’ll get to see all of them without paying any entrance fee. This is the time when they herd all the elephant back to the Elephant orphanage from the riverside.
The boilerplate seems dated. Googled and discovered that Zurb has made big changes to their boilerplate. To make our lives even easier, they released a Gem a month back.
With that Gem, you essentially just need pick up their current markup which makes your life a lot easier.
I weighed my options; continue to use the laborious tables method or pick up some basic Ruby gem installation skills and make sure it runs with the current setup.
a terminal (As a designer, GUI is still my first option whenever possible)
give your sr dev a heads up that you will be messing with their stuff (My head of architect is this really cool guy that encourages anyone to learn new things)
Give self a Smack talk that the migration seems pretty easy which means any clueless designer should be able to do it themselves and it seems like a great way to spend the Friday night.
Follow the instructions
Replace all codes with the new markup
Test again & again till you get it right
I LOVE IT. A 1500 lines of code been reduced to a neat 300 lines. Am sold! It makes my email layout a lot more digestible. Specially for the backend engineers. They are generally not a fan of HTML markup language or any frontend codes.
Bye bye cluttered tables
Noticed how much more compressed it is without the table structure? No matter how I format it, tables structure can be pretty daunting when you have a team of designers & backend engineers working on it as well.
Markups aren’t new. I think it’s especially useful with email templating as we are still limited to very primitive options like TABLES. Let’s not start ranting about how fragile these templates can be when there’s a single that manage to sneak in and breaks everything. I’ve seen designers struggling for hours trying to fix the layout so this help takes care of that too.