Want to discover the best apps of iPhone (that might also be on Android)? Well, look no further than this post, but scroll further down it!

Social Media:

Snapchat

#SelfieDay was yesterday, but it’s every day thanks to Snapchat.

Instagram

The above, but without the dog ears. By filter, Instagram means Clarendon, Gingham, Moon and the like.

Twitter

Well, well, well… If it isn’t the most overused app on my phone. Yes, I tweet a lot.

What can I say? I love birds, and would do anything to sound like them. Tweet-twoo! 🦉

TikTok

I’ve heard it’s good, but not using it. It’s a video app, kinda like Vine (before it closed), but not, because it closed. If you use any social-media platforms from the above list, you’d have come across a TikTok video.

Why haven’t I included Facebook? Because it drains out our phones’ batteries.

Games

Homescapes

The Sims, but architecture only. Build a house, the best house. Enjoy.

Balanced Tower AR

Jenga, but better.

I’ve also been known to play Flow, Flappy Bird and Temple Run, I bossed all. I also love all word games including Word Cross.

Peak Brain Training

This is amazing if you want to keep your brain active and healthy. There are puzzles and quizzes to test and improve your memory, focus etc.

Anxiety

Calm

A great app for motivation. It has a lot of affirmations, and you’ll feel great after each use. This app has it all: guided meditations, mindfulness – also awesome at beating insomnia.

How To: Get Around In London

City Mapper

Yeah. If you’re in London and want to learn quick and simple transport routes that’ll get from A-B, download this. It promises to get you around easier and faster.

Music

Spotify

All your music and playlists in one place. The ‘Browse’ feature is pretty ace too because it’s categorised well. You’ll be sure to be introduced to new music. You can also follow musicians on there too, getting notified when they release new albums/music.

Shazam

You ever been out and a song comes on which you can’t for the life of you remember the name of? Well, not any more thanks to, Shazam. You’re welcome.

Getting Around by Car

Uber

Where would I/we be without this app? Probably flued up because of the germs on public transport. I/we cannot and have never been on a train without catching a cold. So, Uber is the way forward.

Also, when was the last time you sat down on your commute during rush hour? Exactly. Money well spent.

You can even use this abroad in most countries and cities.

Finance

Apple Pay (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

Speaking of money, this app will ask you to scan your credit card before recording its details, making its easier than ever for you to ‘make it rain’ while you’re out & about… Just be sure take an umbrella, even if you’ve forgotten your wallet at home!

Apple Wallet (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

I love this. You literally won’t need to carry your wallet again. Just keep everything there. Do you have a flight coming up? Store your eTicket there automatically, ready to scan at check-in.

Pennies – £3.99

Be your own accountant. This makes it easy to save and keep tabs on your spending.

Communication

WhatsApp/FaceTime/Skype

See and hear your loved ones while they’re away at no extra cost (FaceTime – if they too have an iPhone).

**In-app purchases (for most apps featured in this list) may apply.

We live in a world where smartphones have dumb batteries!

My phones’ batteries just so happen to be the worst, always.

The one time I had a Samsung, the battery was ridiculous.

Since then, it’s been back to iPhone, which is somewhat less ridiculous but still shocking nonetheless.

So, how do I make the most of my phone’s battery? Truth is, I don’t really. It’s inevitable that the battery is going to die after one straight hour of using it.

Oh yeah, speaking of phones… I’ve turned off the setting for ‘Screen Time’, too.

Do I want to have visual evidence of what I already know, which is – I’m addicted to my phone, and social-media in particular? Nope.

Do I need to know that I spend 28 hours a day on social-media? Again, nope. I already know, I was there when I spent it. The thing about that was I tried to cheat. I thought that if I deleted my social-media apps and logged into my accounts using Safari, it won’t calculate it as ‘social media’… Still got caught.

Anyway, back to battery-saving life hacks!

1) Switch location settings off

This is important if you want to save battery life. Location settings being on the whole time ruin your phone’s battery life and cause your phone to overheat quicker. After using it to order your Uber or use Google Maps, get in the habit of switching it off.

2) Turn brightness way down

This is important. It helps with sleep too. If you don’t want to switch your phone to Night Mode, making your screen turn a tea-stained shade of yellow, do this.

3) Delete social-media apps from phone

I know it sounds like a really obvious thing to say, but social-media apps drain the battery.

If you delete them and use Safari, it doesn’t just improve your phone’s battery life, but saves space on your phone too! Just think of the pictures, videos and songs you won’t have to delete!

TOP TIP: Facebook and Messenger apps are the most notorious of battery stealers.

4) Turn Bluetooth off

Apple’s bright idea to remove the headphone socket – making us sacrifice charging and listening to music at the same time – sucks. It means that we have to wear wireless headphones if we want to do both.

Obviously we cannot connect wireless headphones without Bluetooth, so – my advice is charge your phone while you listen to music.

Yes, I know this isn’t something you can control, it just means your battery won’t die quicker than it would if you wasn’t listening to music.

5) Turn on Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead

This is so important! When you’re in a place where you can connect to the WiFi, switch to Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead of your data.

6) Close all your apps after you finish with them

Don’t keep your apps open if you’re not using them. This drains your battery. Even keeping multiple tabs in Safari open is enough to drain your phone’s battery, remember that.

7) Check battery usage setting to see which apps* are draining your battery the most

Do this. It’s worth it. Get rid of the one that wastes the most battery – I ain’t no Claire Voyant, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be Facebook.

8) Switch the ‘battery saver’ setting on

Easy fix. Easy to do.

9) Free up space

I believe that space on your phone affects your phone’s battery life too. So, if you can afford to, don’t download your Spotify playlists* and/or delete old photos, videos and music. Back them up first, though!

FACT: If you download the songs on your Spotify app, it takes up a considerable amount of space (depending the amount of songs you have on there).

10) Don’t charge your phone until it goes under 20%

I’m quite bad when it comes to charging my phone at the correct time. I don’t let it drain out until below 20% before charging it, and I charge it through the night.

Both of the above are bad if you want to maintain your phone’s battery life and make it last longer.

However, if you follow the hacks above, you won’t feel your phone overheating at least. Basically, your battery won’t melt.

Ultimately, your phone’s battery will die at some stage… Therefore, you should always keep a portable power bank with you (or your phone’s charging lead) at all times to avoid being cut off.

If you spotted the ‘*’ in this post, those are clues to the next posts to look out for…

I just need to charge my phone first.

Travel. I’ve seen these types of post kicking about, so I thought I’d join the bandwagon…

Well, what better way to post a travel blog than one specifically highlighting my bucket list?

I’ve lived in Africa, the UK and am from the Middle East. I’ve also seen parts of Europe and USA. But, there are still so many places I’d like to tick off my list…

1) China – Hong Kong*

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I’d love to go to China. I’ll be going there at the end of the year, I cannot wait.

2) Australia – Bondi Beach

A trip of a lifetime. I watch Home & Away in awe of that lifestyle. Finish work, head to the beach and chill. I can’t ever imagine being depressed when living that life. Sun, sea and sand… What’s not to love?

3) Japan – Ishigaki

For the sushi and the geishas. Also, for Kiki’s Delivery Service (and the aesthetics).

4) Greece – Santorini

A friend of mine just got back, and the photos she showed me were amazing. Those famous ‘white with blue roof’ houses are to LIVE for!

5) Caribbean (everything)

I just want to Island hop.

6) Kenya – Giraffe Manor*

I’m booking this for my 30th. This will be the way I’ll be celebrating my 30th. (I’m also not even 28 yet.) So, that is my long-term goal.

7) South Africa – Safari

Yep. This. I want to be surrounded by animals – specifically giraffedem.

8) Iceland – Igloo Hotel.

For the frostbite. I mean, they don’t call it Ice-land for nothing… You wouldn’t want to go there for heatstroke!

9) Monaco

Top of the list. But, number 9 on this one. (My day of birth.)

10) Orlando, Florida*

I’ve booked this for my 29th birthday already. I’ll be going with my family to Disney Resort. Reliving my childhood the year before I turn qwerty 30? The name’s Miamii, you should expect nothing less.

TV Series… Nothing beats a good one, right? I love a good one, or ten! Speaking of which, want to know what made my Top 10 list of TV Series? Read on… (This list is based on my favourite sitcoms. It is a rundown of my favourite boxsets that I can binge on no end!) 

Watching TV sitcoms may help health because there is a direct correlation between laughter and positive effects on the body and mind, a U.S. researcher says.

My Top Three are my ultimate go-to watches, the last three are the ones I’d least likely watch alone but happily watch with my brother.

1) Friends

Nothing better. Phoebe for a girl, Phoebo for a boy.

TV SERIES

2) Scrubs

Fancy a trip to the E.R? It’s a barrel of laughs!

3) 8 Simple Rules

There aren’t that many rules for dating the Hennessy teenagers…

TV SERIES

4) The Simpsons

D’oh!

5) Futurama

The future’s bright, the future’s Bender.

TV SERIES

6) How I Met Your Mother

How did you meet your mother?

7) My Wife & Kids

His wife and kids… There’s a story to it.

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8) Everybody Hates Chris

Everybody hates Chris, but me. I love him.

9) Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody loves Raymond, including me.

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10) Seinfeld

Sign, sealed, delivered, it’s FELD.

When I think of the word ‘holiday’, the first question that crosses my mind is: “How to pack a suitcase?”

What are your plans?  Whatever you’re doing, I’m sure you’ll have a great time whenever and wherever you go. Anyway, this is a very cool and relevant post that I think you’ll enjoy. I hope it inspires you and takes the edge off some of the planning.

I always find packing a suitcase strenuous. For me, it’s the most grueling part. I always worry about packing too much, or too little. Also, there’s the whole breaking a disc in my back from carrying it around… Not fun.

Anyway, I’ve been on enough trips to have ‘cracked the case’ where packing is concerned.

DRESSES/COATS:

If you’re going away and just know that you’ll end up at a party or need a coat for the evening chill, keep them on their hangers – but fold them when you put them in. Also, they should always, always be at the top of the suitcase, so you can take them out easily and hang them up when you get to your hotel room.

UNDERWEAR & SHOES:

I put my bras, knickers, and shoes in the zip-up compartment usually found in the lid of most suitcases. That section is great for blazers and smartwear too – if you’re going away for work purposes. It prevents major creasing.

PJS:

PJs should be placed in the second layer of your suitcase. So, you’ll have your dresses/coats/robes front facing (ready to hang in your wardrobe), and your PJs should be just below them.

The reason for this is that we arrive in day clothes unless being a naturist is your thing… Which, if that’s what you’re into, more power to you!

So, realistically, the first garment of clothing you’ll need is your PJs. That’s why I’d put them second.

OUTFITS:

Your outfits should be placed in the order of days that they’ll be worn. For instance, the clothes you’ll be wearing on your first full day should be just below your PJs, as they’re the next thing you’ll be needing.

TOP TIP: t-shirts/hoodies/sweatshirts on left and trousers/shorts/skirts on right. Think of your suitcase as a trifle. Layer it up, in order.

ACCESSORIES:

Nestle them in between. There’s always room if you just drop them in sporadically between clothes.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

Whether it’s your hair or beauty products, keep them locked in a safe bag that won’t leak. I have a beauty bag that fits everything I need.

TOP TIP: leave ALL your liquids in your cabin bag. Don’t leave it in your hand luggage. It’s such a hassle when getting past security!

What suitcase should you take? One that suits the duration of your trip. I have My American Tourister, it’s SO easy to pack and light enough to carry. And, it wheels around pretty well. It’s a dreamboat. Also, the colour is to LIVE for! Can’t carry it around if I’m dead, can I? 💞

OTHER TOP TIPS:

This is a video on how to FOLD your clothes for suitcases appropriately because no-one has the time to carry an iron & board… If your hotel room has an iron and board, there’s no way you’ll be using it… Only I’d do that!

Lastly, I’d advise that you wear clothes and shoes/boots that take up the most space in your suitcase on your flight day. This’ll ensure your suitcase doesn’t go over when you’re checking it in.