Phone loss

It was a dark and stormy night. /wry face

I tucked the phone into the skirt pocket, opened the compact umbrella, wrapped the billowing skirt around myself and hurriedly trotted home.

With less than 5 minutes left to home, I checked the pocket to make sure the phone was still inside. Yes it was.

Reached home, reached into pocket… Nothing.

As I half-heartedly searched through my pouch, the other half called the phone.

First call: A couple of rings.

Second call: Straight to voice mail.

We sprang into action.

  1. Suspend and order new sim card
  2. Order new phone
  3. Put iPhone into remote wipe mode
  4. Change email password, set 2-factor authentication via SMS to other half’s phone. Check to make sure it works.
  5. Change a few other important passwords.

Once that was all done, other half nodded and said, “it could have happened at a worse time”.

I smiled.

A. Despite it being a relatively packed social engagement week due to the festive period, we would always be travelling around together, so I could rely on him to be my point of contact and for GPS.

B. I was already in the market for a new phone and we had set aside budget to purchase one.

C. I could truly disconnect over the weekend. Peace!

It has been a full 3 days of no phone. I have had no phone whilst being at retreats, but not while living “daily” life. It has been great! When out travelling, I stare idly around, taking in people and scenery or chatting with the other half more.

Fun fact: When phone-less, only 5 people were personally informed. Others found out from my Facebook post and other half posting to 2 (friends) group chats.

Future of food delivery in Singapore

As a long-term, strategic thinker, I’ve occasionally shared predictions of various issues. More often than not with the other half because he challenges my predictions and we have a great discussion.

Reading Seth Godin’s blog post on training our instincts made me decide to write down these instincts.

Food delivery has seen a surge of popularity in Singapore, with big players like FoodPanda, Deliveroo and UberEats. However, I do not think they will become as huge achieve as large-scale market penetration on a scale of Uber or Grab.

Setting the backdrop of Singapore

Food is a MASSIVE part of our culture. The food scene is extremely varied and diverse, from low-end cheap hawker food to high-end fine dining, all showcasing a variety of cultures and tastebuds. Totally spoilt for choice. Eating out with friends can be affordable and there is no tipping culture. Why is this important? It means that gatherings with friends can frequently and easily happen outside, no need to gather in anyone’s home in order to “eat cheaply”.

Most people in Singapore live in houses with not that much space for large gatherings. Thankfully, not yet the way of Hong Kong’s cramped housing.

Affordable eating out + small homes = eat out frequently

Reasons why people would utilise food delivery services despite the above:
1. Food you want is too far away
2. Order large quantities of food
3. Too lazy or busy to go out and eat

All of the above does not occur on a daily or frequent enough basis for a majority of the population such that they would repeatedly use food delivery services on a B2C level. For companies that are located in hard to reach places, they would have arranged for catered options or something similar for employees already.

Why I decided not to try Thinx

via Put a Cup in It

I have been advocating for reusable menstrual products for years, and as exciting as it is to see safer, reusable menstruation products becoming more mainstream I can’t help but feel that we’ve all been betrayed… and I didn’t even use their program. I give props to THINX for their part in blowing the menstrual conversation up, but it’s disheartening to watch them build their company on the good faith of consumers and writers, and then turn them away because they were no longer needed. Commutations attempts have been ignored and trust has been broken.

Thanks to a Canadian friend, I was introduced to menstural cups in 2014. As they weren’t sold in Singapore at that time, the ever-supportive partner (who was based in Canada at that time) purchased them in Canada and brought them over to Singapore. He did get a weird look at the supermarket check-out. Haha.

I’m not very evangalistic about menstrual cups simply because just being open and casual about it has led to curious questions from other friends. We are all at different stages of comfort regarding resuable menstruable products!

Unfortunately, after about a year, the cup started leaking. Cups were changed, insertion positions were adjusted, but it didn’t go back to the perfect no-leak.

Occasionally using disposable pads made me uncomfortable contributing to landfill, which is why I switched to menstrual cups in the first place. So the research for other resuable menstrual products began.

Menstrual underwear seemed an easy introduction, so I purchased one Modibodi period panty from LiveLoveLuna, Singapore company (affiliate link). Coupled with the cup, it worked wonderfully. Even on days when the cup hath overflowed.

Eager to try other brands, I stumbled on the big cheese of period undies, Thinx, with a ton of gushing reviews and I nearly purchased them. However, after stumbling on the above article, the shopping cart was abandoned.

If you’re considering purchasing Thinx, please read the (really long) article and think twice!

Starting afresh

The previous blog used the Ghost CMS. While trying to upgrade it, I couldn’t restart the node and decided to switch CMS for the time being. Ghost is a fairly new CMS when compared to WordPress. I’m admittedly way more familiar with WordPress, so this fresh install onto the server was super fuss free!

There is a backup of the previous posts in a .JSON file. However a stable plugin that allows a .JSON import of posts has yet to surface, so let’s take this afresh for now.