My Travel Essentials

My Travel Essentials

Products
I find a lot of time to devote to myself while travelling. I read, I write, I work on a personal project, I listen to music etc.. To be able to do these I need some stuff with me; my travel essentials: Lightweight Laptop - I need my laptop for pretty much all of my personal projects. My laptop being lightweight and thin to make travelling with it easier was actually a big factor while deciding which one to buy. I am using an HP Spectre x360 right now. High Capacity Powerbank - This is a powerbank that can even charge my laptop. Some might think this would be too heavy to carry around but it is around 0.5kg, so it is no a big deal, at least for me.…
Read More
Strandbeests – New Forms of Life And Their Mini Models

Strandbeests – New Forms of Life And Their Mini Models

Products
I would like talk about some new model kits I have discovered recently. They are mini Strandbeests, and actual Strandbeests are referred to as new forms of life by their creator Theo Jansen. He has been building and improving them for some time. Compared to the size of the models, his Strandbeests are actually huge. When I saw the video of these big skeletons move smoothly on a beach I was beyond impressed. You should definitely check it out here. Regarding the models, I am actually not sure if these are “satisfying” enough for model hobbyists because Strandbeest models are actually not very challenging to build. Some people might even consider them as educational toys. I built two and it took me about an hour to build each but it…
Read More
Nutrition Bars

Nutrition Bars

Products
I am a big advocate of eating less and more often. And I get that it is hard to find some healthy food to eat every two hour or so among all that rushing in the 40-hour workweek lifestyle. I personally achieve this by getting a lot help from these things called snack bars, or granola bars, or protein bars, or power bars, or breakfast bars, or meal replacement bars, or whatever bars they are called. Here is a table that compares most common ones. (more…)
Read More
Laptop on a Hammock

Laptop on a Hammock

Products
I enjoy going to an electronics store, such as, Best Buy or Micro Center and checking out all sorts of new electronic devices. I can spend hours doing that. But during this particular Best Buy trip, I wasn’t happy at all. We were trying to find a new laptop for my sister. I was trying to pick the laptop that was most suitable to her needs, based on the technical specs, while she was just trying to pick one based on how it looks. After two hours, I was very frustrated as she didn’t like any laptop I picked, she claimed they were all ugly. And I didn’t like any laptop she picked as they were either not worth the price or had terrible specs. This was about three years…
Read More
Kindle or No Kindle

Kindle or No Kindle

Products
I believe that this is my favorite among all other products that I have on this website. I don’t think anything will beat this, at least in the short term. I am talking about my Kindle Paperwhite. I was packing my luggage for a 10 hour flight when I said to myself, for the first time, I need an e-reader. The books I have in my luggage were just not leaving enough room for the rest of my stuff that I needed to pack. They were not even books that I was planning to read. I had already read them - I was taking them back to my parents’ mini - library. Our family and I have this thing about keeping all our books at my parents’ house, in their…
Read More
Fitbit, Need It

Fitbit, Need It

Products
What gets measured, gets improved. These words, spoken by Peter Drucker, made me think of my Fitbit when I saw them on a poster in my office kitchen. I knew my Fitbit measured all sorts of things for me but did any of those things improve? When I thought about it, not really. Do I go to gym more often or take more steps every day? No. Fitbit did not make any significant changes or improvements in my life at all. I was already going to gym regularly and I had all sorts of active outdoor activities before having a Fitbit. The calories I burned everyday did not go up since I bought it. Neither did the average number of steps I take every week. Do I have one because…
Read More