Dehydrating Singapore

I love Singapore, this from a person who loathes heat and humidity, and Singapore bountifully provides both.

I first visited here in April 2016 and really appreciated how this island nation did things a little different. As I was driven to my tours I noticed the metal barriers we all see in the middle of our roadways were covered in greenery here, what a wonderful idea to hide and yet beautify and eyesore.

Safety is also paramount here; you can leave a suitcase unattended I’m told, no one will touch it, instead police will be called to remove it – where else in the world might that occur?

Today, day one of my return journey here I am reminded the importance of carrying a bottle of water with you. I was just over an hour on the island and at my first venue, the Asian Civilisations Museum, when my Apple Watch kept going off. Strange I thought, why is it insisting I breathe or whatever so much? I relented and looked, it was a heart warning to say despite inactivity my heart rate was high. I was dehydrated, I could tell something was going on as I wasn’t feeling too well.

When I’d arrived at the museum I had been stressed by the heat and humidity and stupidly didn’t get a drink, a mistake in these conditions. Now back at the hotel I’m resting up and gulping the H2O, all helping thankfully. Is making me reconsider walking around over the coming days now.


Round: Meds app

I take a few different medications, heck I joke we're I to jump I might just rattle.

A few years back my pharmacy had me subscribe to an app to remind me when my meds were getting low, I could then press a button to just order and pick up later that day, it was quite good. Sadly they decided against continuing with the service, moving to SMS messages that were weeks ahead oh my needing a refill.

I did rely upon the SMS messages but would delay my response, but they too stopped. Just last week I went to take a pill and noticed I had none left in the draw, the box was atop the draw, my signal to self I need to visit the pharmacy – I failed!

I decided to go in search of an app that might help keep track of my meds and the number of pills remaining, and more importantly prompt me to restock when I am running low. Hitting the iOS App Store I eventually found Round Health (

Round Health allows entry of your meds and when you take them, but unlike most apps I've seen before its reminders work on a range e.g. 5-7am, so you will actually be reminded twice if you don't indicate you've taken the meds. To assist with restocking you enter the number of pills you have remaining, when at 5 you will be reminded to visit the pharmacy. If like me you have an Apple Watch it includes an app which is convenient.

Check it out.

Apple Watch Nike+

I’ve resisted getting myself a smart watch for some time, mainly due to the fact that I didn’t want to charge yet another device nightly. Recently I took up cycling for the first time in 25 years, I was frustrated when I went to use my Fitbit and it didn’t support entry of cycling distances. What the!

Initially I just had my iPhone 6S Plus in my cargo shorts pocket which seemed to generate some statistics with the phone, however it was wildly inaccurate as to distance I’d travelled, one 9km journey got reported as 3.6km. That had me seeing red, I needed something else, aka Bry wants a new toy.

Sitting at Gloria Jeans for a coffee I decided I was going to have myself an Apple watch, but which one. The original version was definitely out of the running, why bother with the last generation, even if it is cheaper to purchase; so that narrowed the field to either series 1 or series 2. As the price difference wasn’t that great I was more greatly attracted by the Nike+ series, so essentially the Apple Watch 2 with a slightly different look, I lovely the look of its band.

The Apple Watch offered support for cycling, and the Apple Watch 2 generation supports GPS tracking, thus I could finally go out for a cycle and know what I did, meagre as it is at this stage, would be tracked. I’m going to combine the watch with tracking app Strava, recommended by my friend, and fellow Apple Watch user, Michael. Today was my rest day, so tomorrow I have to try work out how the heck you use it, and at 5am to boot.

In general, the watch itself it quite good to use once you understand the functionality of the crown and the button. As the supplied documentation is quite light-on it really is a journey of discovery, some of which is discovering the online documentation at the Apple website to understand what some things do, but as a geek exploration is also a part of my psyche. I quite like the breathe app, might help to destress a little, as well the reminders to get off arse and stand every hour, something I am guilty of failing to do at work. Will be interesting to see how the Apple Watch inspires me with my future exercise endeavours.