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...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.



Secrets to switching off
while being switched on

The trouble with making a living on the internet, be it via web design or blogging, is that if you’re ‘Out of Office’, you are most likely dead, or doing your taxes. Even though this trip to Royal Palm Marrakech marks the 18th flight this year, technically I am yet to take some personal time where I can truly switch off and loosen my bikini strings without the fear of a Skype call from a client. My laptop is the ball, connected by a chain that is wi-fi – and every time I organise prison-break it either ends up in 23-missed calls or emails with titles ONLY consisting of the word ‘urgent’ in capital letters. So, for the time being I’m learning to embrace it, calling my laptop a trusty sidekick instead of giving it scary names like PiL (Parents-in-Law). I‘m also finding different ways of switching off while still being connected, one of these ways involving putting aside my primary laptop and experimenting productivity with different devices like the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T100, a laptop-tablet hybrid. Verdict? Slick and handy, definitely more of a laptop than a tablet in terms of performance. Battery life leaves something to be desired but I probably should not have watched a whole season of Sherlock Holmes before determining this.

Here‘s a few ways I get the most out of working holidays:

Created for ASUS. Snap with Tripod + Nicole Lovett + Simon Schmidt

Cardigan – Zara (similar). Dress – PYRUS. Bag – Chloe. Shoes – GHBass 1876. Luggage – Globe Trotter. Trousers – DAKS (similar)

1/ Fly with flicks

As much as I‘d like to pretend I can get work done in transit, most of the times I end up writing half an email and then proceed to adding a foundation version of my face on a stranger’s shoulder, or re-watching the same Game of Thrones episode that I saved four months ago and feeling like a pervert. (Me gusta) So now, I stock up on sunscreen at Boots.com, pareos at Net-a-Porter and movies at Amazon Prime before every trip. Best part is, the 2560×1440 resolution and vibrant display of the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T100 makes gore-flicks even more fun to watch on the plane next to a crying devil-baby. *cackle*
Also, super handy for pulling up e-tickets when you’re a doofus like me and you‘re on 12% battery after snapchatting (@sparkncube) your journey to the airport.

Instagram @parkncube




2/ Bedside matters

I believe I have officially entered my late 20’s with this obsession: white noise. My dude found a 2-hour Youtube video of fire crackling and we’ve been falling asleep to that for months now (most nights I dream of s’mores). The alarm functionality is also handy when you want to be the first bird at the breakfast buffet, BECAUSE MOROCCAN PANCAKES. Although, the highly responsive touch-screen on the ASUS Transformer Book means I’m snoozing 35 times and waking up at lunchtime.

Park-n-Cube_ASUS_008 Park-n-Cube_ASUS_009

3/ Yoga in your jammies

I’ve recently started a 30-day yoga challenge for the sake of my posture and howling back-pain, and so far loving the fact that I don‘t have to look up There-but-not-there makeup tutorials on Youtube before heading out to a yoga class bustling with East London hipsters. All you need is a towel, some floor space and a stable wi-fi connection.



4/ Breakfast with a view

What’s one more window? In fact, more windows, the better, said every single realtor I’ve come across. And for the sole reason that an episode of Big Bang Theory can also be considered morning news. What‘s new in the world of finance? Suits. While I’m personally hesitant of Bing as a search engine, the News app on Windows 8.1 does a great job of collating the latest from the top sources. Of course, if you‘re like me you‘re going to want to hit up latest in Aww on Reddit after.


5/ out of office

Let me preface this by saying I don’t believe in 1) tanning 2) lying still yet forcing oneself to keep awake, so down-time by the pool is ironically one place I do find motivation to catch up with work – even better when there’s beach/pool-side wi-fi. For those who do enjoy self-baking, this works best in downwards planking position, unless you‘re in to the whole rectangular tan on your belly and a potential laptop on fire. With that said, it‘s best to place the laptop on the floor and in shade, when I use it for Spotify I usually place it under the sun lounger.

Hat – Melissa Odabash (similar). Tunic – Tallulah & Hope


Phone case – Casetify




6/ ok, if you insist

Delicious are those moments when you sit in a conference call in a blouse + bikini bottom get-up. It‘s a step up from PJ bottoms, and about twice the fun.
I always bring a bluetooth mouse with me on trips, which pairs up with the ASUS Transformer Book instantly and makes photo-editing a million times easier. Also handy when you run out of space in your camera memory card and need somewhere to unload to/back up. With up to 256GB in storage, you can indeed take a billion selfies in your new bikini.



and finally…
7/ look back at good times

It might have taken you and two of your mates to close the suitcase after an afternoon of fervent shopping in the souks, but a powerful little device like this packs even more valuable souvenirs from the trip: memories and sound-bites from the Medina.

Bracelet – Astley Clarke. X-Ring – Elizabeth & James


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  1. great article. I love the photos.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  2. Loved this post! The layout and photos were so nice & it was very personable.
    xx http://www.nuunablog.com

  3. such a beautiful post as always! artful photos and words!


  4. How to combine work and play


  5. Great article! (“PiL” – that part cracked me up!)
    Ah, ASUS… I remember the time when my ASUS laptop and I shared a loving relationship. But then my brother needed a lap-top with better performances for his humongous animation and logo-making(?!) programs. I could use one of these babies. Looks awesome. ^^

  6. sounds like a great device
    love the set out of this post



  7. Great tips!


  8. I’ll never be able to get over to how amazing your graphic design skills are — I love feeling like I’m reading a magazine! Fantastic photos, hope you get a chance to truly unwind!

  9. Oh wow your photos are just beautiful. They’re a cross between modern and vintage. The laptop sounds and looks pretty good and something I would consider as I will be needing a new laptop soonish. Great post.

  10. Amazing post! xx

  11. I wasn’t supposed to comment, but Asus.

    Also Asus.

    Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by Asus.


  12. You’re SO f*cking hilarious aren’t you :)

  13. visual extasy this blog is
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  14. Beautiful post!! I love the layouts.


  15. This post has an amazing layout and photos!

  16. I love love love this post. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love love love this post. Thanks for sharing!

  18. This was such a lovely post! I love how you turn your travel diaries into something that is os much more meaningful, i.e. tips on unplugging! Thanks for another beaut of a post, Shini! x

  19. Thank you always always for commenting and your kind message Supal, it’s so wonderful to have readers like you. x

  20. The first photo is art piece! Wow! Beautiful Shini. An you’ve inspired me by 30-day yoga challenge. Thank’s for tip!

  21. Shini your blog is always like looking at an amazing magazine editorial – if not better. I can never believe the quality of your photographs and composition. Sophie xxx

  22. Aah, somehow I think these Tab/Notebook Things are “weird” :/

    Joy Della Vita Travelblog

  23. The Asus looks great, perfect for mobile work life.



  24. That looks like a mean machine… I love how tablets have got more affordable lately.

    Beautiful country, and great photos.

  25. An amazing well written article, and such useful tips :D


  26. Danielle

    Fantastic photos!

  27. I am always amazed by your writing. Lovely post (really love the simplification of at-home fitness: a towel, floor space, stable wifi)…And, as always, fantastic photography :)

  28. This post makes me want to go to Marrakech even more than I already do!

    Lovely lovely photographs


  29. The Asus looks like a great notebook! Love the photos!


  30. Sarah

    Fantastic post with gorgeous photographs, I especially love the very first one, so eye catching! Also, yay for white noise, although I usually go for Tibetan singing bowls.

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  34. I really enjoyed the thoughts you put into creating your posts :)

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  37. Shini, you never cease to inspire me…

  38. I just love how informative and detailed your posts always are! Thanks for sharing Park and Cube!
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  39. Such a beautiful post! Everything from the photos, to the layout to how you write is so nicely done. Love your work. Cheers. :)