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Solo backpacking in India

Posted by in Travelbug

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. It is rather safe to travel as a solo female based on my experience.

It’s a beautiful country. 

I see vibrant colours everywhere I go and amazing festivals. I get all excited when I see a group of women donning bright colourful saress walking on the streets. What a beautiful sight. Why do I say this? Coming from a big city where people usually just don black, grey and blue outfits on daily basis, this is a completely refreshing sight to behold. Snagged myself a few pairs during my stay in India.

Amazing local food

Cheap, unprocessed food comes in abundant in India. Don’t be intimidated by the 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 cooling pleasant weather makes a good excuse to explore the city on foot all day too.

Friendly people

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’s dedicated female coaches which you can opt for. This applies to queues as well for train tickets & in the airport.

During my trip, I had pleasant encounters with lots of older India ladies whom were more than happy to help me with my saree shopping & fitting. We used mostly used hand gestures to communicate but it did not deter us from having a ball of time picking out bangles & colours 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,  Lehegnas skirts are worth checking out as well for its beautiful embroidery work. They are my favourite after everyday wear sarees.

Cheap tailoring

I got my saree blouse & saree sewn for USD6.50. They forgot about my order so they started sewing on the spot. Took them about 1.5 hours to sew my blouse and saree.

Mosquitos

For most of the places I’ve traveled to, mosquitos are actually not a rampant 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. That said, do keep a bottle of mosquito repellant in your bag.

Kitchenware & Fabric shopping

Remember to opt for a 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.

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Posted by in Travelbug

Elephants everywhere. Cuteness overload!

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.

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When you’re bored & because you can…

Posted by in Humor

Am sure you know at least one troll whom does this once a while at work. Figured it would make someone laugh a little when they accidentally stumble upon these silo projects, someday.

Things I do to amuse self

Random notes inside Zendesk

WordPress Plugin should have funnier descriptions at times.

 

 

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Another day at work

Posted by in Humor, Work

Engineer request for a mockup with only the ‘Logout’ function for the first release.
Designer(me) makes the changes under 3min & sends it over for approval.

Who says tech guys can’t be fun to work with? They can be pretty hilarious when the mood arises.

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Switching to inky-rb gem: Email template made easy!

Posted by in Sharing, Work

Screenshot 2016-07-15 18.45.44

 

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.

Ingredients:

  • a pinch of curiosity
  • 1 gem installation manual
  • 3 pieces truffle paste pizza
  • 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)

Instruction:

  1. 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.
  2. Follow the instructions
  3. Run it
  4. Replace all codes with the new markup
  5. Test again & again till you get it right

Takeaways

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.

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Gigantic AWS loading bar

Posted by in Thoughts

AWS Loading bar is huggeeeeee

There is no way am the only who notices this. This is like the mother of all loading bars. Its huggggeeeeeee.

And I know this may be a little subjective but is that a Refresh icon being used as a loading icon?

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Dr. Seuss

Posted by in Quotes

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.