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Image to Word: The Converter App Review

Few days ago, I started using an application named Image to Word, an app which basically does what its name says: converting image to word. The first time I tried this app, I was captivated. I mean, all my life I’ve been retyping all documents in image format to edit them. Now, I don’t have to. Superb!

At work, it helps a lot when I need to rewrite my work-related documents. Basically I just need to copy paste it and just add some words, adjust some sentences; but not all the documents comes in electronic copy. They come in papers. They make me retype and retype. Ugh. But this time-consuming task finally can be cut, thanks to this app!

You can see how this app comes in a clean and functional design, a simple kind of app, which makes it easy to use. I just need to tap the plus button in the app to go to camera for capturing the paper I want, crop the part I need to transform into a Word document, then voila, it is converted.

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This is how the app looks like. Clean.

You can crop the document you capture, but even if you scan the whole page, like this, it will be just fine. It won’t affect the converting process anyhow.

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This is what it looks like when the converting process is on. What is so wonderful about this app is it only takes 1 minute or less to convert the whole page I scan/capture. Isn’t it great?

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I tried to open the document in my phone but it was so messy, perhaps because I didn’t have any Word app in my phone. Then I opened it in my PC, and it was great. It was neat. There were some sentences that were not aligned but it was only like 5% of the page. Good enough for me.

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What the conversion looks like in phone

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What the conversion looks like in PC. Nice!

This is the kind of app that I should have known since long time ago, when I was busy working on my papers at high school or college, or when I was writing my thesis. You know, that dreadful moment when the best journal (or book) you find in the internet or digital library is the one which is not available in pdf format, instead it is in an image format. Or, when the most important thing you need to put in your papers or work is in the most precious book in the library so that the librarian won’t ever let you bring the book home, not even photocopy it, let alone have the digital version of it, so all you can do is just typing word per word as fast as you can before the library is closed. Seriously, if only I had known about this app, I would not have spent too much time retyping my theories and previous researches when I was working on my thesis. I would have worked more efficiently.

For someone who loves to read and write, and work with documents involved, this app helps a lot. 3/5. And the score mostly because I love how fast it converts files.

Find it in PlayStore or AppStore, and tell me what you think about it! 🙂

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Happy converting!

Aulia

P.S.: I use the paid version. If you use the free version, perhaps the converting time is not as fast as it should be. It only takes less than 25.000 rupiah for a lifetime so I suggest that everyone just take it.

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Between: The ‘Couple App’ Review

Not so long ago, my boyfriend asked me to install an application for couple that he found few days before. The app is named Between. Sounds good, I thought. He then offered to install it to my phone–because installing a new app was too much work for my slow phone, thanks to my laziness to move the photos from my phone memory.

My boyfriend’s main reason to install this app for us was because we needed a shared calendar. Being a type A, I often get everything scheduled and have the urge to fulfill the schedule. Unfortunately, I usually forget to tell him the whole plan, and get annoyed if the schedule is not followed. I am the one who needs this, actually. Haha. Using Between, we both will get the notifications each time new task is added. Between the tasks at work and everything we needed to do in daily life, this is such a functional feature. This is like Evernote or Trello etc in more fun form. I love it. Now I don’t have to remind him over and over again about my movies plans and he doesn’t have to tell me repeatedly about his business trip schedules–so that I do not make other plans when he has to work–and our agenda can finally be organized. No hassle, no squabble.

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We put everything we both need to do, either together or just for one of us, no matter how insignificant the task is. (However, for a person like me, there is no such thing as insignificant task). But this app is more than just a shared calendar. This app is super private. It can only contain two users, which in my case are romantically involved, and this is basically like a small private social media for couples. There is a chat app inside, and it’s filled with cutesy lovey-dovey stickers (those are gifs, by the way).

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It also has a Memory Box where we can store photos, videos, notes, etc, and we can see it all in the home screen. Lovely, although I am not sure this will make my home screen feel like home if I put too many things in the memory box.

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To add more lovely nuance, Between also has a events (put-your-important-dates) feature and show it in our home screen. Oh, of course, we can change the home screen to our own photo. Like those cover photos in other social media apps.

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Wonderful, eh?

If you’re attached to your lover and your lives have tangled up to the point you can’t deny that you feel like you’re going to explode arranging schedules, use this app. It’s amazing to have your life finally get back on track again. Really.

But if you’re not that attached, or not really into the guy or girl you’re with (let’s assume we use this for romantically involved partner, though surely you can use this for work too), or this app brings too much commitment (darling, I can see where you are and what you’re supposed to do at what time), or you’re simply someone who doesn’t want your personal space to be invaded, perhaps this app is not for you.

3/5. And that 3 mostly comes from the shared calendar.

Have you ever tried this app?

 

Organized and happy,

Aulia

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The Cloth Heaven: Pasar Mayestik

For the first time in my life, I went to the well-known cloth market, Pasar Mayestik. Again, in Blok M. What is it with Blok M and wedding preparation?

The first time I and my partner arrived at the market, I was stunned. I thought it would be like Tanah Abang or Thamrin City, a building full of stalls. It was not. It consisted of many shops, individual ones, and they were not inside a building. This is the kind of market that I like. I don’t really like being in a crowded place, I easily feel suffocated, so this open space market with people walking, car honking, sun shining, really makes me happy.

My partner parked the vehicle and asked, “Which shop?”. I answered with hesitation, but I finally said “Fancy,”. Yes, Fancy was one of the most talked shop in the forum each time I searched about where to buy cloth for wedding costumes. One of the blogger said it was the cheapest shop around.

Unfortunately, the Fancy shop we saw from the market entrance was closed that day. The shop was on renovation. Luckily we asked one of the men there and he said that another Fancy shop was still opened on another side of the market. Alhamdulillah. But since we had to walk a little, we decided to stop by the shops we passed.

The first shop we stopped by was Mumbay. The shop was not crowded, only a few people in it, and there were many shopkeepers. One of them asked me what I was looking for, and showed me the clothes that were usually used to make the kebaya I want. It’s been a long time since the last time I shopped for clothes, so I haven’t had any standard for the price in this shop. They offered me beautiful sequined lace in nude-ish gold, the color I’m looking for, for almost half a million per meter. I asked for a bonus, “Can I have it with free lining?”. The Indian that the shopkeeper asked said yes.

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(I already knew from past experiences in Pasar Baru that most of cloth shops are owned by Indians (if not all), but still I wondered about how it always happened).

Anyway, I knew it sounded cheap, but I was glued to the doctrine that Fancy was the cheapest. I walked on. I stopped by another store, and asked for a few clothes, but the clothes were not so good and the price was not too low.

So I walked again, straight to Fancy. Along the way, I saw why Pasar Mayestik was really more than just clothes shops center. There were a lot of street vendors selling food (kue ape, my favorite!), ceramics, and also a shop full of sewing materials. I may talk about this later in next post after my next visit. *so many conditions applied*

When I finally stepped on Fancy, I was overwhelmed. So many people! So many signs of discount! So many rolls of cloth! So messy! I felt like walking into a warehouse, a fun one, and got ready to get lost. Then an Indian man approached me and my partner, asking what we’re looking for. I answered in Bahasa Indonesia, not absolutely sure what language to speak because he still had a strong accent, but he then spoke in Bahasa Indonesia clearly. Fuh.

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He brought us to the third floor, where the rolls of lace cloth located, and there I saw girls and their moms–and some were accompanied by their fiance, busy trying and choosing lace clothes in various beautiful colors. One woman was assigned to help me shopping, and I directly told her what I searched. I told her I was looking for clothes for my mom and my mother-in-law’s kebayas. After a while she gave one last piece of cloth, full of sequins and swarovski, 3.35 meters, for only Rp1.260.000,00. Now, that’s what I called cheap.

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Then I searched for cloth for my midodareni kebaya, and she gave me the lace in the color I wanted, costed only around Rp100.000,00 per meter, which I was sure costed thirty percents more in Mumbay, which I took immediately. And for my mom and my mother-in-law’s kebayas for midodareni, she offered me a roll of sequined lace, not even twice the price of my cloth per meter, which I was pretty sure cheaper than Mumbay or any other shops around.

Why was everything so cheap?!

I got clothes for 5 kebaya, only one of them that didn’t have sequins on it, for less than I expected. I even spent almost half of what I paid only for the lace for my engagement kebaya when I shopped in Pasar Baru. Is this the real life or is this fantasy~

Well, to be fair, perhaps the quality of the product was different from Mumbay or other shops around or shops in Pasar Baru. I am not a picky costumer. If it has the color I want, it feels good on my skin, and it is proper for the costume I want to make, it is good enough for me.

Long live Fancy!

 

Busy grinning,

Aulia

 

*kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination, national costume of Indonesia that is originated from Java

*midodareni is a Javanese ceremony held at the night before the wedding

*kue ape is a soft and fluffy center pancake surrounded with thin and crispy crepes

 

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The Search of The Ring in Jakarta: Kaliem

The first thing we bought when the wedding date was set was the ring.

In the middle of a hot day, my partner took me to the most reviewed jewelry store in the city (based on my own research): Kaliem. It is located in Blok M, inside of Blok M Square, South Jakarta. When I arrived, I saw a lot–really, a loooot–of rings that I was sure Gollum won’t bother about Frodo and just left his ring and chose another from this store. It surprised me to see how crowded that place was. There were plenty other jewelry stores in that place and only Kaliem that had a lot of people in it, looking at the rings one by one and chose and talked and bargained and sighed.

That’s exactly what I did. I looked at the rings, chose, talked, bargained, and then sighed because it was too expensive. The first ring I tried on had six diamonds on it, costed me 27 millions rupiah. That’s why I sighed, and then gave the ring back to the woman that was assigned to help me to choose my ring–err, our rings. The woman kindly explained to me that, “Well, I don’t recommend you to choose that ring to be your wedding ring. You’re going to wear it everyday. Diamonds have tendency to fall off, it’s an inherent risk. I don’t think you want it to happen. They’re expensive. Well, unless you only stay at home all day and do nothing with your hands, though. It’ll be fine then,”.

I laughed. Thank you, Mbak. Such a kind consolation. I then moved on and began to search for another.

The problem was I knew exactly what kind of ring I wanted to wear as my wedding ring. Compromise, I whispered to myself. Compromise. Compromise. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t wear the many-stoned ring in your finger. Compromise. But they are so beautiful, I want them. Compromise. Geez, they’re so out of my budget. Compromise. I don’t want to take the risk of losing the diamonds either. Compromise.

Then I came to a decision–after like more than an hour. Hahaha. My partner is the most patient person in the world, really. We actually spent an hour only to find my ring, since we already chose his ring since the very first time we arrived. Easy. He will only wear simple designed ring, no diamond needed, and he can’t wear jewelry made of gold (it is restricted in our religion). We decided to have palladium ring for him, a silver-colored metal, which narrowed my choice because we want to have same-colored rings. Kaliem had wonderful rose-gold rings, they looked really good in my tanned skin. If you don’t have a fair skin like those pretty girls in Korean drama, go for rose-gold ones, I swear it is good, like real good! I couldn’t choose them though. Compromise, I whispered to myself again, you don’t want to wear a different ring from your husband (for a sentimental reason). Then I decided to choose a beautiful simple white gold ring that looked normal to be worn everyday.

I actually a little bit hesitated to buy rings in Kaliem because I heard that another store had lower price than it. But when this hesitation came, I already found the ring that I wanted (the last one, not the six-stoned ring), and my partner didn’t mind paying for the price the store gave us. It was not really expensive though. Perhaps I could find another store that could give us lower price, perhaps Rp500.000,00 lower, but I didn’t think I had energy left to find another rings just like what I chose. What made the price a little bit higher in Kaliem was because they counted the cost for the making of the ring for each gram of it, while another store usually just gave an additional cost without counting it per gram. The cost of the making is the only thing that you can bargain with the jewelry stores. So if you only wanted ordinary rings, a plain rings perhaps, not a custom-made one, I suggested you to think twice and bargain hard or leave to another store.

But I think if you’ve already been there, if you already tried on many beautiful shiny rings on your fingers there (because you can, and they suggest you to, and they’re just so kind, giving you any rings that you want–but you can’t bring them home because you can’t afford them *cry), I don’t think you want to visit another store. Especially if you’re fasting. Choosing rings in one place for an hour and a half is exhausting already.

Anyway, one box ticked. Yay!

 

Been practicing to say “my precious”,

Aulia

 

*Mbak literally means big sister in Javanese. It is a common word to call/greet young women in Indonesia.

*the picture is taken from my friend’s blog, Esti’s.

 

 

 

 

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A Burgreens Experience

Halo, sudah lama tidak bertemu. Sekalinya memegang keyboard lagi, rasanya rindu menulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Jadi, mulai sekarang saya pakai Bahasa Indonesia saja, ya. 😀

Dua bulan terakhir ini saya menjalani hidup seperti orang benar. Makan teratur, olahraga rutin, tertawa banyak-banyak. Semua berkat kembalinya saya ke kantor, tentu saja. Kehidupan kantor yang rutin tujuh sampai lima membuat saya menjalani hidup dengan teratur juga. Yay! Ada untungnya juga jatuh di rutinitas yang membosankan.

Selama dua bulan terakhir ini pula, saya memerhatikan ada yang berbeda dengan tubuh saya. Saya menggendut–dan susah kurus lagi. Hahaha. Umur baru 23 dan saya sudah merasa metabolisme tubuh menurun drastis dibanding dulu saat belum 20 tahun. Karena pola hidup sudah baik-baik saja, terlebih saya bahkan sudah berolahraga rutin, hal pertama yang muncul di kepala saat memikirkan sebab gendut yang tak sudah-sudah ini adalah: makanan.

Tanpa berpikir dua kali, saya membuka situs restoran makanan sehat kesukaan saya, Burgreens, dan memesan kateringnya. Mereka punya banyak pilihan paket katering, kita pun dapat mengatur sendiri kateringnya sesuai kebutuhan kita (misalnya saja, alergi terhadap sesuatu). Berhubung saya tidak punya alergi ataupun sakit tertentu, hanya ingin makan dengan benar, saya memilih paket katering yang paling sederhana (baca: murah), Alkalizing and Balancing. Selama lima hari saya akan dikirimi makan siang dan kudapan ataupun sari buah, yang menurut definisinya cocok untuk mereka yang ingin memulai clean eating. Ini sempurna. Saya bahkan tidak bertanya pada admin Burgreens apa saja menu yang akan saya dapat. Yah, Sagitarius suka kejutan. 😉

Hari pertama saya disuguhi tempe yang dibalur berupa-rupa herba, yang entah apa saja, tapi baluran herba bercita rasa kuat ini sukses membuat lidah saya kegirangan. Kata siapa makanan sehat rasanya tak enak?

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Hari-hari berikutnya, parade sayuran, kacang-kacangan, jamur, dan herba yang melimpah memenuhi lambung saya dalam bentuk yang membangkitkan selera. Belum lagi racikan saus yang mereka gunakan untuk salad sayur dan buah. Nyam! Kudapan dan minuman yang disertakan juga di luar bayangan saya. Dua kali saya diberi minuman, yang pertama campuran sayuran hijau entah apa, dan yang kedua campuran kunyit dan sesuatu yang segar seperti jeruk. Terdengar aneh, ya, padahal saat melewati lidah rasanya sebotol saja kurang.

Benar lho, pola makan berpengaruh terhadap tubuh. Sekarang saya sudah tidak terbawa kemelikan lagi. Biasanya sedikit-sedikit lapar, sedikit-sedikit ingin yang manis-manis. Sekarang, tidak makan malam pun tak apa. Keajaiban apa ini?

 

Menuju langsing 2016,

Aulia

 

 

 

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Happiness Challenge: Day 10

Huffington Post says day-10 challenge is the one I am going to like. They ask me to watch my favorite film! Nice. Surely, the one I am going to like, but this challenge will also be the one I need to allocate my time to work on.

After scrolling up and down my film folder on a bad day, I choose Ruby Sparks (2012) to watch.

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Ruby Sparks is basically a story about how Calvin meets Ruby, only the story is not as ordinary as another love stories. It becomes my favorite film for some obvious reasons: its brilliant idea, its tone, its dialogues, and personally because it has a writer in it as the main character. Actually, watching this film, I can’t help but cursing and wishing that I were the one who wrote this film. The idea is simple, but executed well, and I don’t think I have watched another films that sell the same idea. (If you think there are another ones, please tell me!)

My most favorite scene is the swimming pool scene. Sooooo beautiful. (My artsy senior will label me as a “slave of beauty” but well what can I do about that).

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Ruby Sparks has this one scene which is so emotional that I myself ache and cry. It is the scene that takes place in Calvin’s house, where they just have a fight and Calvin starts typing and Ruby starts dancing and screaming stuff. Zoe Kazan, the cool girl who acts as Ruby, who also somehow has the ability to contribute to this film as writer, acts so well in this scene. She is a promising young talent.

Anyway, here is one of the quotable dialogues.

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Told you, I am cheesy,

Aulia

 

 

 

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