On The Edge!


Making a case for the Spigen watch case.

I am the person that sticks to originals. I usually buy something, and I hardly make any modifications on them to make it mine. Colour me a purist if you will. I just like to keep things the way they were intended and let them die the same except for two things that I can think of. One is my bike that got repainted, and the next one is my company provided Apple MacBook pro, which is heavily stickered to differentiate when I am on trips with my colleagues. There are hundreds of MacBook pros that look alike.

I had a minor kerfuffle about 6 weeks back, and I dinged my Apple Watch Series 5 when I was trying to cleat in. While the little scratch is hardly visible to anybody else, it never missed my eye, when I take a look at the time. It was getting annoying to the extent that I wanted to replace the watch within 11 months of purchase which is not my thing. The watches are usually on a 2-year cycle plus I wasn’t impressed enough to upgrade to the Series 6 this year. The disappointment with the dent was real and so was not upgrading, so I decided to look for third party cases that could conceal the ding so that I can live with it.

I considered a clear case and the black sport strap as I was hoping that would conceal the ding and make it protective for future dings. But boy was I wrong by miles. The case was hideous, especially with my grey watch and the black strap that I removed it instantaneously and tagged it a $7 waste for me. That said it looks great on a silver watch with a grey strap and looks fine.
I came across the rugged armour Spigen case, and it was interesting as it held the watch inside the case and it offered at least an mm of silicone thickness over the screen and its edges were just enough to cover most of the scratches on my watch, but not 100%. I took a chance of adding another $20 to my already existing waste pile of $7 But I am impressed now. If you are on the fence, I would totally recommend it.

I have a small wrist which got me worried on the looks. I still gave it a shot. I was surprised that the first two people who saw with this case congratulated me on a new watch and then I had to clarify it was just a new strap. The rugged outdoors look was impressing people who saw it on me. It didn’t look too big, even for my wrist. Moreover, I was happy to sport the same colour to match my phone in green.

When I wore it the first time, there was a big gap between the watches HR sensor and my wrist, which I thought would make my HR readings inaccurate. I couldn’t wear it any tighter as I ran out of slots with the classic buckles on the strap. I was already on the nearest buckle hole. I was wrong; my readings are still the same. The watch with the case actually weights 2 grams lesser than the apple watch with sports loop at 61grams. It does feel durable, well designed and sturdy. The only con that I think of right now is that this feels too chunky to wear to the bed, but I got used to it anyway, and now it doesn’t matter.

So yes, I will recommend you try it for your outdoor activities, I feel this case is a good value for money. In fact, I am so convinced right now that I am considering a case for my phone from Spigen. I am not sure I will go for it yet given the hefty price I paid for the silicone case, but that is a topic for another time. If you have any thoughts or questions or recommendations (I am not a purist anymore, hahaha!), please leave them in the comments.

Enjoying a rut.

Photo by Nicole Y-C on Unsplash

That time of life when you are disturbed, maybe things aren’t falling into place as often as you want them to, things are too volatile, you feel the urge to step on the throttle, yet nothing works because there isn’t a clear direction.
That’s when you do a lot of introspection, a bunch of soul searching and you also come up with ways to blame yourself for everything that is going on. You tend to be a bit harsher on yourself than needed, you find fault in all the missteps that led to this moment, and you want to blame it on someone, but eventually, it all just ends up on you.

To catch a break, you watch everyone succeed, aka wasting time on YT, Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram etc. A good distraction is always welcome, but spending time mindlessly on these aren’t helping much, but only taking life away. Mind mysteriously called these your addiction to blame you further. But understanding that everyone is addicted to something helps a bit. May be addiction isn’t as damaging as portrayed. Addiction in itself isn’t a bad thing after all the outcomes define the negativity or the positivity.

While the rut isn’t the right place to be, it’s ok to be here for a while, as long as it takes. That’s where germination takes place; something new eventually comes out. You force yourself to rediscover yourself. While the end isn’t sight, getting to the bottom of the rut is the only way to get some clarity. Being grateful to what you have, helps with all this anxiety but may not offer a solution. It can make life a bit more pleasant than the grave picture mind paints. There is no fix, there is no quick exit, but patience and hope are the virtues that will make a difference.

5 Years

Five years back today, I started my day as a Happiness Engineer. I started my day with a bunch of hours on Live Chat support with customers of WordPress.com. It only fits that today happened to be a similar Monday with chat shifts to start my day. Call it life coming a full circle. It felt nostalgic to relive the very same excitement as I navigated chats today.  

I am incredibly lucky for what I have for myself today. Thanks to Automattic for providing me with this and numerous other opportunities to grow and develop myself, not just as a better Happiness Engineer but as a better human being.

Everything I enjoy in my life today, everything I show off today and anything that I may take for granted (0 km commute for example) today comes from this incredible opportunity I got five years back. 

Even to do this day, this work-life, feels like a dream. There is a teeny tiny bit of doubt that I may wake up from this dream; and everything would vanish. Even if it were a dream, it has been incredibly rewarding, and the experience has been nothing but a pleasure. 

It would be amiss if I weren’t thankful for the team who make it what it is. Automattic then was a road not taken. Now, I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.

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