Tuesday, October 10, 2017

iPlanner for Digital Life

I have been using iPlanner for more than two years now. I love the idea of using my iPad as my note taking app. Back in the days when there was so many stylus to choose from to use with your iPad. I have tried most of them and I did not find one close to writing as pen and paper. During that time I went from digital to paper constantly. As the result I have way too many paper planners and too many system to get use too.

Iplanner daily

Last year I decided to buy an iPad Pro 9.7" with the Apple Pencil. I really want to give digital planning one more try to see if I can finally ditch my paper planner. Everybody was talking about how amazing Apple Pencil is and they are definitely correct. Apple Pencil just works beautifully with my iPad Pro. 

I am happy to say that these two devices definitely changes things. Earlier this year I bought iPlanner Daily for 2017 and I have been using it daily. This iPlanner works perfectly with Goodnotes App. Then in the middle of the year I discovered that the digital planning community has grown tremendously and there are many sellers on Etsy sell digital planner for Goodnotes App.

Here are five thing why I think you should try iPlanner
  1. iPlanner had been around for the longest time. It has evolve from a normal pdf files to clickable tabs which makes this planner feels like the real thing. 
  2. iPlanner works so well with GoodNotes app. 
  3. The simple designs that allow your creativity to flow. You can design this planner anyway that you like 
  4. Adding your own template and digital paper is so much easier. You can reused any pdf template that you have in this planner 
  5. iPlanner has a few format you can choose - Daily, Vertical Weekly and Horizontal Weekly. You can choose one or you can choose all three.
I am looking forward to 2018 iPlanner which should be out soon ( I hope). I will definitely buy the new iPlanner from digitallyspeaking.net . I am not an affiliate with digitallyspeaking, I am just a fan who enjoy using the product.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

TravelLog: Guilin China 2017

My September ends beautifully. I had a chance to travel to Guilin China with my family. This was my first ever trip to China. I've always wanted to visit China especially the Great Wall of China but I still don't have the opportunity to do so yet. 

6 days 5 nights
Travel Agent: Andalusia Holidays
Flight: Air Asia
Date: 21 September - 26 September 2017
Guilin - Yongshau - Ghaungzhou
29 people in our group

Day 01 - KLIA 2 Airport at 3:30 am. We did not get any sleep that night.



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The oldest mosque in Guilin. Islam has been here for more then 800 years and yet there are not many Muslim here. IMG_8624

Li River Cruise - Yongshau Untitled

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Day 02 - Silver Cave


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Day 03 - We are already in Guilin. We stayed at Hotel Universal
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Some random things about day 3
  • Day three of our fun holiday in Guilin
  • I just finished having breakfast nasi goreng cina again. I have ate a lot of rice these last few days
  • On our way to Silk Factory
  • I have a soar throat since yesterday
  • I think the water here is not so clean
  • I am missing Hanif so much
  • I am having the time of my life. I am finally feel free
  • Guilin is a small city compare to Beijing and Shanghai. Less than 3 million people here. In Beijing and Shanghai is about 25 million people and the cost of living there is way too high
  • Our tourist guide is Alex and right now he is telling us a story of Guilin and China too 🇨🇳
Day 04 - At Train station in Guilin. 

Arriving at Ghaungzhou town from Guilin. Two and a half hours speed train ride.

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Day 05 - More sight seeing and shopping. I need to come back just to Ghaungzhou to do some serious shopping.

Day 06 - At Ghaungzhou airport


Overall I am so happy here. Six days taking a break from my normal life really makes me happy. Life is so much bigger than my problem. If given a chance I wanted to travel the world and spend like a year just to experience the culture and the scenery.

I don't have any problem follow the itinerary set by the company. It's a stress free travel all I have to do is show up. I highly recommend this trip for the whole family to enjoy. You don't have any problem to meet 10,000 step a day requirement because you have to walk a lot. The food was also great and I don't have any issue. The point of travelling is to experience the local food and culture.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Evernote for digital lifestyle

One of many ways to living a digital lifestyle is to use technology as much as possible. One of the app that I have been using for a long time and still learning to set it up is EvernoteIn the simplest form Evernote is a note taking app that is universal enough for multiple platform. Evernote can be what ever you want it to be because it can captured almost anything like text, photos, videos, audios and many more.


Back in 2012 I used Evernote for basically everything, now I am trying to limit the way I used Evernote. I am in the process of reviewing what I captured in Evernote because there are so many apps I am using right now like Todoist, Goodnotes, Calendar 5 which sometimes can make my workflow a little bit complicated. 

As always when I want to learn something new or new ways of doing things, I turned to youtube for inspiration and knowledge.

Here are a few channels that I have come across during my research that I totally enjoyed watching

1. How Nora Conrad used Evernote
2. Using Evernote for Travel Planning
3. Using Evernote to Achieve Long Terms Goals
4. Carl Pullen Working with Evernote Series - I am totally obsess with this series!
5. How to Use Evernote Effectively: Top 5 Things You'll Want to Know
6. Evernote Tutorial 2015
7. Learning to use Tags
8. How I plan with Evernote
9. How To Plan Your Day Using Evernote

My plan for my new Evernote setup are as follows

1. Re organize my tags and setup nested tags
2. Limit Evernote for Notes, Emails, Receipts, Recepies, Reference Materials, Travel Plan
3. Keep track of everything that I have in my Evernote
4. Re organize my notes and notebooks. Backup and archives old notes and notebook
5. Standardise naming convention through out my notes
6. Add Evernote as one of the tools that I used daily and become part of my workflow

Living a digital lifestyle can be fun and effective. Learning how to use technology is a key to successfully implement digital lifestyle. Evernote is on of many tools, if used effectively can help you out in a long run.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 17: Important women in my life

List 17

Important women in my life

The lists reads

  • my mother
  • my daughter
  • all the ladies in memory keeping industry
  • my colleague 
  • my ladies friends

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 16: Tasks I am putting off

List 16

Tasks I'm putting off

The lists reads

  • clean out our living room
  • groceries shopping for this month (I'm running out of rice)
  • talking to him even though he doesn't want to talk
  • working out daily
  • clean out my kitchen and pantry
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