My Thoughts On Dayre

A Confession

Many of you might have noticed that I’ve hardly blogged in this precious space of mine that I’m so proud of for the past year.

There are many factors to my negligence to this space.

I was preoccupied with a relationship that have now ended on a bad note. I deleted the post on Dayre because he saw it, came to talk to me and gave me the closure I wanted.

It’s been a month now, and I think I can say I’m ok now. I did spend a whole day being super miserable about it. And another few days feeling super angry and unjust. But I think I’m slowly finding peace with myself. Memories still haunt me but I guess with time they will retreat to the archives of my brain.

I guess I just have to have better judgement in future.

And yes, Dayre.

That’s where I have been regularly updating for the past 2 years. And I’m sure many of you have heard of how the owner of Dayre have decided to close it down after a feeble attempt at fundraising through a sticker sale.

The news has been nothing but upsetting within the Dayre community. Dayre have been a space for many to rant and share easily. It’s like a blog with Instagram and Twitter capabilities all in one. One can just update on the go as and when. And as its name suggests, Dayre is like a dairy, all posts are sorted by date. You can look back and see what happened on the day itself.

It’s unfiltered, raw and real.

Unlike a proper blog where everything is curated. Maybe mine is not as carefully curated as others. But the effort in taking proper photos, having a proper thought process, making sure information and all are accurate… All the effort behind a proper blog post is different from micro-blogging.

Just like how I never shared about my relationships issue on my blog because sometimes emotions just come at that spark of the moment. Dayre allows me to just type out my thoughts in one line. But in a blog post, I must ensure that I have certain number of words, certain number of photos, certain number of outbound links etc.

It didn’t use to be like this. A blog used to be as personal as what Dayre was. But somehow with the popularity of social media and all, a blog has evolved to be a curated platform, just like Instagram. And I think that is a problem that is created by us, the users.

When the announcement was made that Dayre was closing. Many users were scattering to find an alternative and some even created a petition to try to save Dayre. It will be good if Dayre can remain. But I’m pretty sure that even if it’s bought over, the new investors would probably make changes etc and it might not be the same Dayre we love anymore.

Let’s be honest, if the app can be monetized, why would the current owners not do so?

For an example, Dayre Plus. The price point has been lowered from 128 USD to 37 USD but only 300 over users out of 50K active users are subscribed to it.

Another example, the sticker sale. The sticker set cost about 5 USD and only 700 USD was raised. Which makes only about 140 people who supported the sale. True, it might have better response if they let us know how much they need. But to be honest, how many of you have paid for stickers even before this Dayre crisis?

As a normal Dayre user, I’ve only previously purchase 1500 coins which was 14 USD and supported the sticker sale at 5 USD. That’s 19 USD I’ve contributed to the app while using it since end 2013 though I was only more active on it in 2015.

I could probably buy more stickers etc but the Dayre team is not really working on their stickers set like Line app etc. I spent a substantial amount on Line stickers and themes. And I don’t even use it as much as Dayre. So, this is two-way to be honest. You need to let the users have a way to support the app through viable means.

Like the original creator of Dayre said, the app was created for users. We all love it and enjoyed using it. But to say the cruel truth, the demise of Dayre is because of us, the users.

We weren’t that willing to pay for the extra features for Dayre when it was well and running. And now when it’s closing, all of us suddenly wants to crowdfund to keep the app alive? I’m sorry to say, things don’t work that way. Even if someone were to buy the app, will they see enough value to even invest?

I still do hope Dayre can somehow survive because I love the community for how it is. The support and encouragement that strangers gave to each other. Those are priceless. And I’m thankful for that.

It had been awhile since I’ve written so much. But I think I need to remind myself this is my own space. I don’t have to upload photos if I don’t want to. I can write however I like. If you want to read the beauty/ travel related stuff, you can click on the categories on the sidebar and ignore personal posts as such.

And with that, I will try to update more in this space of mine moving forward. Because I neglected it way too long. It’s not the same as Dayre but this was where I originally started. And of course, I still have Twitter as my ranting space. I mean, that’s why I had 42K tweets till date. But I did tweet a lot lesser after Dayre.

Oh wells…

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Roaming Man SG – Stay connected on your travels!

Roaming Man Sg

Travel the world with Roaming Man SG!

Staying connected while travelling is the topmost concern on my list. Not only do I need to update my social media, having wi-fi connections is also important for Whatsapp calls back home to report safety.

I personally hate to buy sim cards as I’ve to meddle with my phone to change the cards and make sure I keep my own card safely. And it’s annoying to share the hotspot because it drains the phone battery. Roaming Man devices allow up to 5 connections at any time! Which is great for me because my mum can stay connected too!

Connect up to 5 devices with roaming man sg device

One thing I like about Roaming Man is that the connection runs only when you’re active on your phone. Which is great as it not only saves power but also prevents you to exceed data especially when you’re in countries with the Fair Use Policy! Data is unlimited otherwise!

Good coverage and Fast connectivity!

Updating on the go at the far end of Okinawa at Cape Manzamo

Coverage is also really good! I have very good connection through my stay in Okinawa even when I’m by the seaside or at secluded parts of the island!

And the battery life last for at least 12 hours! Which is great because I don’t have to worry about it running out of juice and the need to bring extra power bank for the device.

I also like how convenient it is that the device is sent to you before your trip and you can just send the device back with the return label provided. The device will be sent to you within 2- 4 days before your departure!

If you are going on multiple trips back to back, you can simply customize your package accordingly to your travel plans as Roaming Man Sg supports multi-countries coverage! No need to change devices or meddle with multiple sim cards!

Roaming Man Sg also have unlimited global coverage for all 100 countries they support for just $16/day! Their price plan goes as low as $5 per day for single country plans or within the same area like South East Asia.

RoamingMan WiFi hotspot works in the following 100 destinations:

Asia:

JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, CHINA, HONG KONG, MACAU, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM, PHILIPPINES, LAOS, BANGLADESH, BAHRAIN, MONGOLIA, PAKISTAN, NEPAL, INDONESIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, INDIA, JORDAN, SRI LANKA, KAZAKHSTAN, STATE OF ISRAEL, YEMEN

Europe:

GERMANY, ITALY, GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, UNITED KINGDOM, TURKEY, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, NETHERLANDS, IRELAND, MALTA, VATICAN CITY(THE HOLY SEE), ROMANIA, SAN MARINO, ALBANIA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DENMARK, FINLAND, NORWAY, ICELAND, ESTONIA, LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, POLAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LATVIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, MONACO, UKRAINE

North America:

PANAMA, MEXICO, UNITED STATES, CANADA, COSTA RICA, GUAM, SAIPAN

South America:

ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN, ECUADO, PERU, VENEZUELA, URUGUAY

Africa:

ALGERIA, ANGOLA, EGYPT, GHANA, MAURITIUS, MOROCCO, KENYA, NIGERIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA, TUNISIA, ZAMBIA

Oceania:

AUSTRALIA, FIJI, NEW ZEALAND

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WordCamp Singapore 2017

WordCamp Singapore 2017 is happening this weekend on the 28th October!

Have you been to a WordCamp?

Are you a user of WordPress? Be it for your blog, as a CMS or needing to work with it at work?

If the answer is Yes, then you should take some time off on the 28th October and head to WordCamp 2017, which will be held at Suntec City Convention Center.

Check out the Conference Schedule where there will be speakers both local and from all over the world who flew in specially to have talks related to WordPress. There’s something for everyone, regardless if you’re an end-user like me or a developer.

This year, they are also having a Contributor and Workshop Day on the 29th October. If you want to contribute to the WordPress Project, here’s your chance! No experience is required!

There’s also an Afterparty where you get to mingle and network with people from various industries using WordPress differently.

Get your tickets here!

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Modern Map Art

Modern Map Art: Your Favorite City in your home

modern map art

Love traveling?

Have a city that meant something special to you?

Or simply just a city that you love and always be on top on your travel list despite being there for umpteen times?

With Modern Map Art, you can now have the map of your favorite city at home.

I guess it didn’t came as a surprise that my favorite city is Tokyo. I would have chosen the whole of Japan if I could, but that would be too huge. Not every country is like Singapore where the whole map could fit into one poster with visibility.

You could choose to get the poster framed up but I choose to just put it up on my wall as a poster. It’s facing directly to my bed and every morning, it reminds the travel lust in me that I will need another trip to Tokyo again.

It’s also fun to look at the map and try to identify the routes within the maps.

Modern Map Art provides various posters sizes for your favorite City Maps. There’s also Ski-Maps if you’re a ski-ing fan. A unique and fun take in Art, Modern Map Art is something you will want to consider for your home decoration!

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Urban Decay NAKED Heat Review

NAKED Heat Palette First Impressions

naked heat

NAKED Heat, the 5th palette in the NAKED series is a ‘hot’ palette featuring mainly warm, earthy, fiery tones. With 5 shimmer and 7 matte shades, it’s a good mixture of formulas. As compared to the previous palettes featuring only 2-4 matte shades and mainly shimmers.

I am not a huge fan of the NAKED series, owning only the NAKED 3 palette prior to the Heat palette. Both NAKED 3(rose-gold tone) and Heat(fiery earth tone) are the one tone kind of palette. Which I love because they are very easy to use yet so versatile.

The dual-ended brush that comes with the palette is as usual of good quality, with one side for packing on the colors and the other for blending. As long as you clean the brush in between colors, the dual-ended brush is all you need for this palette.

Swatches of NAKED Heat

Here are swatches of the Naked Heat palette. The shimmer shades all have good pigmentation and are all very smooth and buttery. The mattes are soft and buttery but some shades can be a little chalky to touch but no issues when blended out on the eyes.

From left to right: Ember, Ashes, En Fuego, Cayenne, Scorched, Dirty Talk, He Devil, Lumbre, Low Blow, Sauced, Chaser and Ounce.

Indoor lighting

Outdoor natural sunlight

My thoughts on NAKED Heat

I feel that this is the palette for summer and for those who love warm tones in general. Is this palette for everyone? I would say yes and no. The colors in the palette are mostly complimenting and very easy to pair with. However, dark earthy orange tones are not the easiest colors to work with. One can easily end up with a bruised look if the colors are not blended properly.

The colors are definitely on trend for the season. Perfect summer colors that can be used even in transition to fall.

My favorite colors in the palette are Chaser, Lumbre, He Devil, Scorched and Ember. Chaser is a lovely light peachy matte brown that is very smooth to blend. It works great as a transition or highlight. Lumbre, Scorched and Ember are shimmers which are really smooth and buttery with great pigment. These are great lids and outer V(Ember) shades. He Devil is a nice medium reddish matte brown that works great all over the lid or in the crease.

My rating of the Urban Decay NAKED Heat palette: 4/5

Retailing at $83, the NAKED Heat Palette is available at Sephora and Urban Decay Free Standing Stores.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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