Teatime: Favorite Apps

January 15, 2018

I spent a good amount of time on my phone daily. Checking social media, news, emails, or just browsing through to see if there is anything interesting happening. I also use a handful of very practical apps to help me stay organized and connected. In this post, I would like to share four apps that I use every day to make my life easier.



Monefy (Free and paid)

In my post about saving money, I mentioned that I've been tracking my money, and this is the app I use. I love Monefy because it's very simple to navigate and the user interface is very clean. I can create my own categories, such as "grocery" and "online shopping," for every spending, and it provides a great visual for me to see what I'm spending on the most daily, weekly, and monthly. Additionally, I can create multiple accounts, so I can separate my saving and checking. This function also comes in handy for me last month when I had to do the holiday shopping. I could create a "gift account" and was able to track everything.


*This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.


MyFitnessPal (Free, can be upgraded to premium)

This app is a huge help for me to plan my meal. I love using this because I can find almost every food that I typically eat in the system by entering the item or simply scan the barcode. Since my meal prep would result in me eating the same meal for three days, I can simply copy it over the date that I need, instead of re-entering everything. I can also create and save my own meal, which is really nice since I usually have the same kind of breakfast on the weekends.


*This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.


LINE (Free)

When I have to connect with my family or friends in Taiwan, this is the app that I use. My family in the U.S. also has this app as well, so we can still keep in touch when someone's traveling overseas. I can text, call, and video chat with people who are my friends for the app. Recently, my grandma got a smartphone and had a LINE account. So now I get to chat with her more often!


*This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.


Chinese English Dictionary & Translator (Free and paid)

Almost every day, I would run into a situation that I hear or see a word that I don't understand. That's when this app comes in handy for me. This is a wonderful app because not only does it translate the words for me, it also provides English explanations and example sentences that help me remember the words better. And if I still forget, I can always go to "History" and can easily find my search again.


*This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.



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