My love-and-hate relationship with my new Apple Watch.

A gift for my birthday, I don’t know whether to love it or hate it. Yes I still have mixed emotions about my new Apple Watch. Why? For so many reasons. But let us start first things first.

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Undoubtedly the Apple Watch is beautiful. Personally I have a thing with oversized square-shaped watches and my dream watch is the Cartier Tank MC (did I just dare to compare the Watch with the Tank MC? Naahh..) So, big, check! Square, check!, Rose gold, check, check, check!

Notification reminders (can the Cartier Tank MC do that? I doubt..) It’s not like I didn’t have these before with my Misfit Shine but with the Watch notifications and reminders become a little more “personal” a little more “creative”. There are times though that I feel overwhelmed. You can certainly decide on the kind of notifications you want on your Apple Watch but when you have an iPhone then almost certainly you will choose all that apply to your phone. And if all these notifications and reminders cause you stress, then “Breathe” will remind you to take a break and bring your focus on your breathing so to relax. Which turns out to be a paradox… if you really needed to relax maybe you shouldn’t have all these notifications and reminders telling what to do in the first place. Does it make sense?

Apple Watch is waterproof and you can shower or swim with it and track your activity. It has a cool feature to remove any water that might have got in the speakers too. In this case you need to activate the “drop” icon and then turn the crown upwards to have sound vibrations push the water out. But however cool this feature may be, you might feel, just like me, that if water can penetrate the Watch, it doesn’t seem that safe to swim with, especially in windy conditions when fine sand and salt water mix. So last time I went to the beach determined to test my expensive gadget in the water, I finally didn’t dare and had to take it out before I plunged into the sea. Then, while in the water, I saw a guy next to me wearing his while trying to catch a wave with his boogie board. Yes I admit it, I was a chicken. I just couldn’t bear the thought of having Minnie Mouse telling me the time (yes! she does tell you the time when you tap on her!) with her voice distorted because of a sore throat after a swim…

Apple Watch can be used as a fitness tracker. Despite the initial puzzle with setting up the apps, when everything was set it still didn’t feel like I could use it as my strenuous exercise partner. It’s a lot more bulky and heavy compared to my Misfit Shine and I would have to make sure I had plenty of space around me while exercising so not to bang the Watch on some wall or hard surface. It is delicate and even if I have been very careful since the beginning I have already spotted a scratch on its ION-X glass out of nowhere, I can’t recall of even coming close to a hard object so it’s a total bummer. And then you look for all these reviews about how easily or not Apple Watch can get scratched and how scratches can (if they ever can) be fixed. And then you look for ways to actually protect the screen but at the same time keep the beautiful lean look. And then you realize good protection is costly but then again it doesn’t really offer much anyways. And then you decide to go for the Apple Care+ where you could eventually replace your Watch or have it fixed twice for accidental damage which the normal Apple Care doesn’t cover but you have to pay extra for that. And then you realize that if you didn’t have the Apple Watch you wouldn’t have all these issues and worries IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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So with all this time and money invested on the Apple Watch it seems that its aim is becoming your irreplaceable piece of jewellery. With all these notifications and charming little sounds it claims a place in your everyday life and becomes an absolute necessity so you’d forget about wearing your conventional watch ever again. But I love my other watches too. I want to wear my other watches too. I like alternating between my jewellery. At the end of the day I believe we already depend a lot on technology, I certainly didn’t need another mind organizer. Apple Watch seemed to take more of my freedom and independence than what it could offer me.  So I was ready not to fall for this technology trap (you could also replace t with c) and just send the Apple Watch back. My decision came also after Misfit Wearables offered, to my suprise, to replace my favorite lost Misfit Shine 2 with a brand new one, something I will be writing soon about. But then again Apple Watch “talked to me” and insisted I should keep it. It was hubby’s gift afterall. Plus I had an accident with hot soup exploding from my Nutri-bullet on my hands (don’t ask how I managed this, I’m a natural blonde) and if it wasn’t for my Apple Watch (and the miracle cream I have from Greece for burns) my wrists would have been totally burned. The Apple Watch strap prevented a large part of my wrist been exposed to the bursting hot soup. The Apple Watch strap survived the burning test.

So we made a deal. I will keep the Apple Watch. I will not stop wearing my other watches and I will mainly rely on Misfit Shine 2 for my swimming activities tracking. But I will certainly stay in charge and keep enjoying my Apple Watch and its features whenever I want. It’s actually simple: I will not let this relationship become one of a destructive interdependence…

Chasing Rainbows

Here I am after a long time. After a long journey. After lots of thinking. The beginning of a new adventure.

I said goodbye to Bahrain. I won’t miss the Kingdom as I am in Paradise. But I will certainly miss my friends there.  I already do.

And where exactly am I? What am I doing?

Far, far away. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But so close to the House of the Sun.

Living the life the way it should be. Simple.

Chasing Rainbows after the storm on Maui. Enjoying my every ride to and from home. Filling my lungs with oxygen and my heart with joy. Bathing in sun and salty water. Sipping sunsets and nature’s little wonders. Stargazing. Gulping the love of the Creator.

I’m settled but yet I’m not. I will be here to tell you all about it.

Love you all,

xxx

Evie

 

The Wine Box in Athens

IMG_1107 (1)Some friendships are like good old wine. You keep your precious bottle hidden in some cellar, away from light, gathering dust but never forgotten. You know its production year, what is made of, where it’s coming from yet you anticipate for the time that you will finally blow the dust off the bottle and open it to pleasantly surprise you with its taste.
Being away from home for all these years, it wasn’t easy to maintain contact with all of my friends. The only means I had to get a glimpse into their lives was social media. From time to time I would see pictures of their holidays, weddings, celebrations, new starts, I would read their profile updates, political views, jokes and my reaction would be a “like” on their posts or a comment at best. But a “like” or a “comment” is a poor substitute to verbal and eye to eye communication and recently I found myself determined and committed to meet at least one of my old friends in every visit to Athens.
I had been promising Alexander that I would visit his wine store The Wine Box since the day I found out about it. And I finally did it! It all started with a call from my side changing my voice and asking him for the biggest and most expensive champagne bottle but I couldn’t hold myself for too long and burst into laughters… Eventually, over a glass of fine wine we made up for all this time each was “lost” in the adventure called life.
The Wine Box is an exceptional cellar for wine enthusiasts where they can find everything from rare selections from around the world to wine glasses and bottle openers or assortments for gift baskets like fine chocolates or extra virgin olive oil.
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Suggestion for a basket with cookies and “Lithino”cretan olive oil
I mostly like red wine so here are Alexander’s suggestions:
La Bernardine – Chateauneuf du Pape – M. Chapoutier 
OIKONOMOY – Sitia – Domaine Economou – Ziros Crete 
So when you are in Athens drop by The Wine Box at Xenokratous 25, Kolonaki or order your gifts or favorite wine online at www.wine-box.gr. Also make sure to follow their Facebook page as quite often they organize wine tasting evenings where varieties from all around the world are introduced by wine experts.
Until I open my “next bottle”… Cheers!

 

Tripping to Paradise

Paradise does exist. It’s a tiny little dot laying in the middle of the pacific ocean. Mortals call it Maui, Hawaii. I’m back in town but I left my heart there.
What to do… Life is a beach.
Maui’s beauty is irresistible and our stay at Alejandro’s studios in Haiku- Pauwela was beyond enjoyable. You definitely have to visit the island at least once in your life and if you finally do, check with Alejandro for your accommodation. His profile on Airbnb is found here.
Aloha! 

The adventure begins

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Oh boy! Oh boy! Finally, I am test driving my new iMac and does this hi-tech genius make wonders! So easy to use!

Well, I just got back after spending one month in the US (part of the shopping frenzy I got into is my new iMac too) and have so much to share with you. I’m sure I left you in good hands and we all got some interesting reads from Dona. Now it’s her turn to take a long vacation while I will be entertaining you with some amazing stories and photos from overseas (give me some more time to get ahold of the video editing on my iMac and promise I will share videos too).

Although I was too busy in making the most of my journey in the US and my gadgets’ technical issues left me unable to share my experiences on the spot, I still posted some photos on my Instagram so if you want to have a look of what’s going to follow here, then go and follow @idol_image on your Instagram! (I always follow back 🙂 )

My holidays are not over yet and soon I will be hitting the beaches on some Greek coast. But we’ll get to that too 🙂

The jet-lag is getting me and need to go for now, will be back with a clearer mind shortly! In the meantime, have a great weekend,

Evie V.

Season’s Greetings!

What more could I ask from father Christmas? The world at my feet…

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I wish you find the gift of happiness in every little thing you do in life.

Merry Christmas!