Slamet Hendry

Olivia Dean

Last night I stumbled upon Olivia Dean's performance – “Live at the Jazz Cafe”.


Please check her out in whatever platform you listen or buy music on.


Comparing cloud

I update my cloud providers global footprint comparison from time-to-time. For this update, I remove Heroku and add OVH. So the current cloud providers that I track are: Alibaba, AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean, Fly, Google Cloud, Linode, OVH, Tencent, UpCloud, and Vultr.


Morning run


On running

Did you make a resolution to start running? Or have you always wanted to and kept it off? Let me share my lessons learned. Maybe useful for you.

But please consult a qualified doctor to check that running is suitable for you. And keep in mind that everyone IS different. What works for me may not work as well for you, so apply with caution.


It is never too late to start. Start gently and short and then increase over time.

Pay attention to how you run. To make running sustainable, you need to get into the habit of running style that minimises pain. Everyone is unique, so you need to invest time to figure out your running style that minimises your pain.

The running style that you grew up with may not be suitable anymore and it is difficult to change style. But if your running style causes pain, you need to change it.

Running shoes that fit your running style will help. The shoes do not need to be expensive as long as they are shoes for running, not for a different sport.

There are two pains: pain when running and pain after the run. Pain is different from sore. Pain is to be avoided, but sore is at times unavoidable.

If you have no sore whatsoever after a run, there is a chance you did not push yourself enough. If you want to improve, you want to push yourself.

Your sore level will gradually change for the better, if you run regularly. In the beginning the sore is intense and may take days to dissipate. If you run regularly, the sore eventually will lessen and disappear quicker.

If you desire to run further and push yourself regularly, your body can potentially run further. But push gently and gradually. Do not rush: increase your distance over time.

You must hydrate yourself properly.

Regularity is important, but you do not need absolute precision. Pick a schedule and try to stick with it. Moving it a day early or a day later is alright. For example, you decide to run once a week every Saturday. Running on Friday or Sunday, if you cannot do Saturday on a given week is no big deal, as long as you run.

There may be circumstances that you cannot run for a period. Running again after a hiatus will give you a lot of sore. It is normal. Do not let that stop you from returning to your regular schedule and getting back into shape.

Running is a mental / psychological exercise as much as a physical exercise. Pick a personal objective to stay motivated to run regularly.

And even if you do not feel motivated at all, run anyway.


Your CV does not define you

“I want to celebrate the rest of us. People like me who do not have a perfect track record within the same firm or industry. Those who were not afraid to change careers because they followed their passion or quit that toxic work environment because they value their mental health. Those with a sidetracked career because they had to take care of a family member / significant other that fell ill. Those who took the leap to find themselves and explore what this earth has to offer. People who take the time to discover new hobbies or study new things just for the sheer curiosity of it. The ones that got fired or keep getting overlooked for that promotion.


Your CV does not define you. It does not define your worth, your life experiences, and it most definitely does not define your future.”

~ Rawan Kayat


Keep moving

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

~ Albert Einstein


Picture: Mathias Reding


“Know your limits. Know your limits change.”

~ Amanda Goetz


Good morning


Bits of unsolicited advice (part 3)

These were forwarded to me. Source unknown.

  • A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

  • If your path is more difficult, it is because your calling is higher.

  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away.

  • You can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

  • “I am”: two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.

  • It is only when it is dark enough that you can see the stars.

  • Each day provides its own gifts.

  • Forget the day's troubles; remember the day's blessings.

  • Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace.


Related: Part 1 and part 2