iOS 9 data warning!

29 Sep

This is not a tech blog.  I repeat.  This is not a tech blog.  But I thought I’d share this little tidbit of information, as shared with me by Alan tonight.

Do you have an iPhone?  Have you updated to the new iOS9?  Do you use data…a lot?  Well, do this now: Head to Settings, then Mobile Data, then scroll to the bottom of the menu where you can turn Wi-Fi Assist off.

I have a little gizmo which is otherwise known as mifi but I noticed that since I upgraded to the new iOS, my phone automatically disconnected from the wifi connection from my little mifi thingmebob and switched to 3G.  This happened only when my wifi signal from the mifi was weak or when the connection failed.  I don’t mind so much, but the whole point of my mifi is so that I don’t use up all the data that I have.

Apparently, the new iOS has a feature called “wifi assist” which automatically helps you connect to the best data connection.  So if, like me, you’ve a mifi thingmebob or mobile broadbandy thing, and the little doohickey has a weak connection, your lovely iPhone which you dutifully upgraded to the next brand spanking new operating system, will disconnect from your weak wifi mifi and connect to the strongest wifi signal around.  If said wifi signal isn’t available, it’ll use your data connection.  If, like me, you’re trying to be diligent and trying not to use up your data allowance, then this spells bad news.  Luckily, I’m on a prepaid account so I can still monitor my usage.  But for everyone on a mobile contract, you might see your data usage skyrocket ergo, HUGE mobile phone bills!

So, have a care and head to Settings, then Mobile Data, then scroll to the bottom of the menu where you can turn Wi-Fi Assist off.

If you’d like to read more, the Washington Post article is one of the best articles that explains this.

Really, Apple was a bit naughty doing this, but I forgive them.  Am just thankful the tech boffins cottoned on to this little hiccup before I managed to use up all my mobile data!  Phew!

Radio silence

27 Sep

Sorry about the non-updates.  Life has a way of interrupting writing goals.

In my head, I’ve got this all planned.  But the to-do list in my head doesn’t always translate into what I want to do in reality.  I need time to think about everything I want to do.

Old thinking

31 Aug

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu


Sometimes the old quotes grab you.  They made a lot of sense in the old days.  They make sense now.  There is a certain timelessness in true wisdom and true insight.


23 Aug

Yesterday was a bit of a shock to the system.

I forgot my mobile phone at home!

Quelle horreur!

Ever since I got a mobile phone (gawd! nearly 20 years ago now!), I’ve very rarely forgotten it.  I can count on one hand the times that I’ve forgotten the phone, and each time, I felt like I lost a limb (and in some situations, sometimes more than one major limb!).  There is this crippling sort of fear that encompassed me each time.  I think it had something to do with my control issues.  I didn’t feel on top of things when I didn’t have my phone.  I felt like my most convenient (and comfortable) method of communication was snatched away.  I remember feeling the same way when I moved back home in the Philippines.  Mobile phone contracts are different in the Philippines and 3G access isn’t built into the mobile phone plans so I didn’t have access to the internet in the same way I do here (24/7 unlimited connection to 3G and a pocket mifi gizmo is a necessary creature comfort to me!).

Yesterday, I went to London and discovered whilst I was on the train that I’d forgotten my phone.  I desperately wanted to get off at the next stop and go back to my flat and get my beloved phone.  I didn’t.  And for the rest of journey into the Big Smoke I felt utterly bereft.  I could feel the familiar stirrings of a panic attack beginning.  I was going to LONDON without my phone.  How was I going to survive?!?  Now bearing in mind that I had my handbag (which contained my emergency pouch – lippy, emergency meds, hand cream, pressed powder, hand wipes and tissues!), my purse (debit and credit cards) and my trusty bridge camera, I was panicking about the situations when I might have to use my phone.  Also, Alan was with me (with HIS mobile phone).

But yesterday, despite the heat and humidity (it reached 31°C in London!), was the most fun I’d had.  Alan and I had actual conversations and I was actually in the moment, enjoying each experience.  Yesterday ended up being one of the best days ever.  Sometimes, accidents turn out to be the best things.  Going off the grid, albeit inadvertently, was a good thing to do.  Maybe I will be brave enough to do this again!

National Girlfriends Day

1 Aug

To all the beautiful women I am privileged to call friend, today I celebrate you all.  I could not get through this thing we call life without you!



28 Jul

Sometimes when one needs clarity, one just has to step back and look at things differently.  Sometimes, when we’re too preoccupied with the everyday busy-ness, we lose sight of what we’ve always believed was the bigger picture.

I’ve always loved the phrase “can’t see the wood for the trees.”  That’s what happens when we get bogged down in the detail.  But then again, on the flip side, sometimes we get too preoccupied with looking at the bigger picture, we forget that it’s the pixels that make up the image.  The art of not losing sight of the end goal is to make sure you’re looking at the picture from exactly the right angle, from exactly the right distance.  When we lose our way, we get into a muddle.

Sometimes stepping back, looking at things differently, thinking about things differently helps us get out of the muddle.  Sometimes we become to preoccupied with living our everyday life, we forget to listen to our inner selves.  Sometimes taking a step back lets us hear our inner voices again.  When we do that, we find clarity again and the murky waters become less muddy.


St Paul’s

23 Jul

Sometimes you take a picture and you give yourself a pat on the back because you took a really good picture.  Alan told me that this would be a great place to take a snapshot of St Paul’s Cathedral.

And he was right!

St Paul's Cathedral


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