My Loqi Reusable bag

As part of my green initiatives, I started to cut down plastic bags.
I used to have a few reusable bags from Baggu.  But I never really used them. I kept one at work for emergency use. But I rarely find the need to take it out. I used another for bringing my lunch to work. But the rest are mainly kept at home. I didn’t have the habit of bringing one out with me whenever I went out. So a few weeks ago, I decided that I should bring one wherever I goes!

As much I love Baggu, I find them a bit too plain for my liking. Sure sometimes they have very nice prints in limited supply every now and then. But the shipping fees doesn’t justify for me to get them. The ones that I have are in plain colours. Despite it being an popular brands, not many stores carry them locally. I only came across them once!

Then I came across.. Loqi! It is slightly expensive when compared to Baggu. But its worth it! I have heard of Loqi for a long time but I never thought of buying one as I am a Baggu fan. LOL. So I came across a sale page on one of my favourite shopping platform. It is expensive but still quite reasonable priced. There are a lot of prints.. its like Baggu but much much prettier. So I decided to invest in one! Nothing really caught my eyes except for The Sunday on the island. But for some reason, it was sold out. The Starry Night is too common… although my niece would be delighted to see me carrying it. She is only 7 years old but she already know this painting! 😀 So I went to their website to see and saw  Vase with sunflower. It was love at first sight and I know that I have to get it! It is no longer available online at the office online shop and the seller wasn’t selling it either. And I wasn’t even sure if the seller are selling the authentic Loqi or not. You never know, these days… anything could be fake. So the next day, after work, I rush to one of local retailers (Yes they are much more common as compared to Baggu). I was really hoping that they have this exact design. They also have the The Sunday on the island. In fact, it was displayed out and for some reason, it didn’t look as nice in the actual product lol so obviously, I purchased the Vase with sunflower instead.  I am really happy with the purchase. Because it is still so beautiful even though I keep looking at it. And I feel like getting like 4-5 of them just to make sure I have it forever like when it break or something. But the minimalist me say no.

So after getting this, I keep it with me like 90% of the time! The only exception is when I am out for a quick meal. I gifted one of my Baggu and another reusable bag (given by an ex-colleague last year for Christmas) to my mum. I saved about 7 plastic bags (Refusing them at the cashier) so far and looking forward to save more 🙂

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Random rant: jobsearch

Sometimes I don’t like to answer certain questions – like when I am having a bad day and do not feel like texting, when someone keep bugging me for answers and I have already said that I would get back to them, when I am not “right” party and they just assume I am etc.

I have one particular friend which I always avoided certain type of questions & after many times of ignoring, she still do not get it. It’s really sad how ignorant some people can be. Hello when someone do not reply to that question every single time, it’s damn obvious they do not want to answer! So kindly stop asking and talk about other stuffs GET IT?

I am looking for a new job. It’s taking me much longer time than usual – because there is so much going on in my life right now! Yes, I am really actually quite busy. I have so many things to be bothered with! I am not in the real rush to get another job. I hate my job a little and I wished that I have gotten a better compensation  (who doesn’t?). But I still have a job and many people don’t. When you still have that job, you commit maybe 30% of your time in the job search. So the progress is slow.

So that particular friend loves to be updated on my progress by asking me if I have attended any interview.

The reason that I do not reply to her because I don’t feel that I need to keep her updated on my progress. It is after all my personal life and my career. It has nothing to do with her. It seems like she is following up on me like we are on this shared project.

Everyone experience some  form of frustration when they are job searching. Many people do not get a job instantly! Some people are lucky. They might get interview as soon as they send out that resume. But I don’t think a lot of people experienced that. So…Nobody likes to be reminded that they have not attend any interview!

I have done Lasik!

Another item checked from my life goals 🙂

Why do it now?
I always thought Lasik is painful and scary since its an operation on eyes! I only have one pair of eye!!!

I never wear contact lens and do not have the guts to do so lol so Lasik is obviously the best solution for me. So yes I always wanted to go for Lasik but never thought of understanding Lasik until this year. I have some extra cash from LONG-TIME saving. I have been trying to save really hard for the past 1 year plus. It is not particularly for my Lasik surgery. But I just find a joy to save and with my “becoming minimalist” lifestyle, I have no reason to splurge like before.

After learning that Lasik is simple and painless procedure from an talk, I decided to take the first step.
So after the talk, I took the chance to register for my assessment. It is only after the assessment, then the doctor would inform you if you are suitable for Lasik. And yes, not everyone are suitable for Lasik! I didn’t know this previously! So don’t get so exciting yet..
Do attend one of those talks to get discount. Although its not a lot, but its better than nothing!

I randomly went this clinic (I am not here to promote it so I am not going say which one I went to lol) as my aunt passed me the name card of a doctor. My cousin did it there few years ago?
Some people did research on it and picked the one based on some factors. Like the doctor is really good, friendly nurse etc. But it doesn’t matter to me because the clinic did a lot of Lasik surgery and I find it much safer to do in a private clinic!
However, I might not recommend this clinic to my friends because I feel that the doctor is not so detailed in explaining and consulting. I didn’t even get any information on my eye results. I think because I paid very little for the assessment and need to pay extra for the full results. -_- I am already paying so much for the surgery. Why can’t you just included in right? Anyway, I find it an hassle to switch clinic since I have done the assessment. I DO NOT want to do my assessment again. So I went ahead with the clinic even though I am not 100% happy or satisfied with the service. I am not those demanding client! 😀

Eye assessment 
I went through a few machines for the assessment. Although it sound scary, but they are painless. Most of them are easy as you just need to focus on the lights and avoid blinking. Took me 2-3 hours although it is due to some waiting time for the eyedrops to take effect and I have to re-do some machines due to not so good results. My doctor told me that I am suitable for all procedure (yay!). I wanted to take the smile procedure initially because its the newest technology. With the extra cost that I have to pay for the customised Lasik, I am paying for the same amount. But of course I know I should think through so I told the nurse that I will consider and call back.

Choosing the procedure – Lasik VS Smile
I choose Lasik in the end instead of Smile. Because its difficult for enhancements if I do smile.  I have fairly higher degree so having the customise surgery means I get custom results? Also, Smile is also still quite new as compared to Lasik so really long time stuffs are still unknown. I am lazy to change glass. My glass is like 2-3 years old so I don’t know if my degree are stable for the past one year. And I think Smile will take longer time to get the vision.

So I booked the appointment for one month later. I choose a Thursday because I want to have rest time over the weekend and have less absence days from work lol (Because nobody covers me when I am away!)

During the one month plus, I read a lot about the surgery, post and after surgery…. I put all information in my Evernote so as not to mess up my brain. But honestly, reading all the information make me feel as nervous because you still feel unprepared and didn’t know what to expect. Also… this is my first surgery. So I am extra nervous.

A friend keep asking me if I feel excited. I don’t feel any bit of exciting because its all nervous.

Pre-surgery
Nothing much needed to prepare for it as I don’t wear contact lens. Its apparently okay to bath and shampoo on the previous night and on the day itself (before not after). I was misled by some informations online but I also didn’t want to take chance (being a very kiasi singaporean XD) 

Other than that, I tried not to use my mobile phone, watch television or use my MacBook too much lol although I think its quite okay to do so!!!

Surgery day
My appointment was set at 2.30pm. So I enjoyed my last moments by playing my mobile phone as much as I can and being very nervous. I keep questioning myself – why did I want to torture myself into this!!

I ate some lunch (too nervous) and bath (REALLY CLEAN UP because you cannot do after the surgery) and took a cab down.

Reached there much earlier like 20-25mins. Mum (You need someone to bring you home) and I shopped around first looking at shoes. Then when its nearly the time, I went to washroom first.

Reached the clinic and was asked about the payment. I paid everything at one go because I hate doing things by instalment.

Then after 5 mins, I was called to go in to prep for the surgery. I was given some form to read, a valium to calm down  and the medication package. I was being explained by the nurse about the surgery procedure, the medications and after surgery important “to do”. Some of the information are not new to me due to my research. This is also the opportunity to clarify any doubts that you have. But with technology, you can pretty much get most informations online.

The valium did calm me down but I am still nervous!
Despite reading it online and hearing the information from the nurse, its still quite nervous sitting there and waiting for your turn.

I waited for about 15mins and then one person went in. She was sitting at the far left. I thought I am going to be the last person… So I started to relax for like 2-3 mins… But the nurse came to me and told me I am going in soon?! what??!! I am not quite prepared!! But because of the valium, I didn’t panic hahaha.

An nurse came to put in the numbing eyedrops (I hate eyedrops. This is like the most torturing experiences for me. After surgery, I have to put in eyedrops every hour!). Took him awhile to get the eyedrops in (Too nervous). Then I was ushered in and asked to lie down on the operating bed. The nurse asked if I am okay. I say yes but I am bit shaking….

Get yourself into a comfortable position and breathe normally. Because silly me. I forgot to breathe lol

So the surgery begins. I was quite worried about doing things wrongly. But there is nothing to worry because it is super fast and you didn’t have the time to think! All you need to do is stay still! And they are doing it eye by eye. so you can relax one eye.

First machine helps to create the flap. They have this suction ring thingy to do it. I didn’t feel the pressure as described by others (Too nervous??) but I was more worried about doing it all wrong. But it went well apparently.

Then second machine… the lesser scary part is the laser machine to do the actual thing. It is not scary and you just have to focus on the red light. You would smell some stuffs. just ignore it lol the doctor will say how long it takes. It might take longer (my right eye was 56sec). My colleague (who is also considering the surgery) told me that I would smell some burning stuffs. I insisted I will NOT! But I do actually smell it.

Finally the last part because I signed up for corneal cross-linking. This is the most easy part because you just have to stay still. Doctor will drop the eyedrops (yellow-ish stuffs) and shine your eyes on some laser lights.

After doing one eye, that’s when I get excited because I am half way there. Then we continue with the next eye (less nervous now that you know what is going on).

Immediately after surgery (after eyedrops wears off)
It is not pain. But it feels uncomfortable like some stuffs got into your eyes. But you cannot touch it or wipe it away. You will just keep tearing up…
You really need someone to hold you because you cannot see well. Its blurry at first and clears up slowly.

Really prepare your transport. We stood in the line in the taxi stand but it was raining…. ARGHHHH.

After reaching home (finally), my mum helps me to put on the eye shields and I slept. They gave sleeping pills. But I always avoid medicine if I could. So I just fall asleep naturally.

The night after the surgery
I slept about 2 hours although it was recommended to sleep for 4-6 hours. I wake up with a clearer vision. I feel that I can see 100% but I think it was 50%. I don’t feel any pain. But started my eyedrops routine. (This is the part which I didn’t manage to get from the research. I thought its only for dry eyes. But you need to put other eyedrops too. This is only thing I hate. Because I am not a fan of eyedrops. Until today – 9 days after surgery I still couldn’t instil eyedrops perfectly lol)

Day 1 – Day 3 
I did my surgery on Thursday so that I can have the weekend to recover.
I was able to see immediately the next day. I wasn’t as sensitive to lights as I thought. But it does feel better with the sunglass on when I am outside.

I didn’t notice any night vision initially because I stayed at home.

Dry eyes. HA I am soooo lucky!! I never have any dry eyes problems before. I will only tears up only when eyelashes get into my eyes. And after Lasik? Not much problem either! My clinic recommend putting non-preservative lubricating eyedrops into my eyes but I rarely have to do so (like today – 9 days after surgery, I didn’t even find a need to drop even one drop to my eyes!) I find it strange but feel very lucky because I hate putting eyedrops!

I feel tired easily. So I tried to sleep as much as I can. I don’t use mobile phone that much to avoid tiredness.

Avoid washing hair and face for 48 hours. My face and hair feels so oily. But its for my own good. After 48 hours, I used cotton wool to wash my face. Although some says its safe to use towel, but I prefer cotton wool. My mum helped me to wash my hair while I cover my face lol. I have to avoid getting water into my eye for a week!

Day 4
First day back at work!! I felt like I was on a strange movie set with extra and lots of odd bright lights… I asked my colleague if they changed the lighting. She say no. It was just my eye then!
I noticed my night vision finally. I was resting at home on previous days. So it wasn’t really noticeable. But I get the usual halo, ghosting etc.

My eyes do get tired easier when looking at laptop for long. I just switch to paperwork to rest my eyes. I slept earlier because I need more rest time and I feel tired.

I continue putting on eyeshields (for a week) when sleeping as extra precaution. It is recommended to wear for 3 days only.

Day 5
Nothing much. Same tiredness after work. Noticed that I can’t see far that well yet.

Day 6 
I took leave and rest at home because my mum feels that I shouldn’t work so hard. My eyes feel less tired (due to not working? :p) and otherwise, it almost seems like normal.

Day 7 – Day 9
Back to normal. I can finally wash my hair myself. I also stopped using the eye shields when sleeping. For the past 2 days, I feel very normal lol because I can stop the eyedrops (the prescribed ones) so it doesn’t remind me that I just have Lasik. And I can bath normally without having to worry about getting water into my eyes. The only thing I am avoiding is rubbing or touching my eyes directly with hands. I don’t rub eyes much and have been avoiding since I have the surgery, so it is not a big issue.

I still don’t get dry eyes issue. yay! Although occasionally, I feel bit uncomfortable but it usually goes away in a short few seconds.

My eyes aren’t that tired now. I went back to abusing my eyes lol by using my macbook for many hours. My mum told me off. But I do tried to rest my eyes every now and then.

Sometimes I still forget I don’t have my glasses on and wanted to take it out. Especially when Im bathing or sleeping. And it feels amazing to be able to see things when I wake up in the morning.

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This is one of the things I can see from my bed. Yes my Harry Potter merch. I wasn’t able to do so previously as I have to wear my glasses first.

Completed my first audiobook

Three days ago, while recovering (I am still recovering but adjusting much better!) from an eye surgery, I decided to try out an audiobook because I was bored lol
I have to limit my time on electronic devices and television.

I borrowed Murder on the Orient Express originally. But the accent was bit hard to understand but its a great audiobook – there’s sounds etc!

So I looked for another audiobook – I ended up with small great things.
Originally, I lost myself in some parts… I just couldn’t catch up with one of narrators. But after switching to mobile, it was much better.

Do I enjoyed audiobooks? Well, it really helps me while recovering from my eye surgery. But I feel that the time needed is simply too long. I got bit impatient at the end… maybe because I am a fast reader and it takes less than the time to get a book done. So I could have spend lesser time if I read them instead. But it is definitely a good way to let my eyes rest. I might use it again seeing that my local library let me check out audiobooks electronically!

Terrible experience with opening an bank account with OCBC

As part of my job, I get to hear some foreigner employees complained about the difficulties in getting an bank account.

I never thought that it would be equally difficult for an citizen!

Recently I thought of opening an new bank account for no particular reason at all! I always put all my money in the same bank but I think I shouldn’t do that anymore..

Anyway I decided to open up OCBC 360 account because I saw many people using it!

I went online and fill up an application. Shortly, I have received an acknowledgement email.

So I send in the document as per request.

After 1 weeks plus, I still didn’t hear anything so I called the CS.

CS 1 – told me that there is no record of my application. Then why is there an acknowledgement email? Told me to re-apply online. If the same issue happens, they will check with their IT. Why can’t you check with your IT because uhh obviously there is an problem.

Being an demanding customer (at the right situation), I wrote an complaint online!

CS 2 – tried to explain the situation and asked me go down to their branch to apply because I’m not an existing customer.

So obviously I didn’t want to do that because

1) I applied online for convenience sake. I do not want to go to the branch and waste my time.

2) he is basically like telling me you are not our customer so..

3) I have filled up my application online. Why is it so difficult to retrieve it?

So I told him never mind I will find another bank to set up my account with.

Today I received this letter in the mail. Obviously the person who processed it didn’t know what is going on. All my bills are electronic hello?! How would I be able to submit original when I didn’t even get the original? Hello?!

And again OCBC showed me again they do not care about potential customer cos I’m being asked me to re-apply again which I will not waste my time on!! Goodbye! I have applied for an UOB account!!!

22 April 2018

Some updates 🙂

Lasik Surgery
Yes, I am going for the surgery soon!
Why I choose to do it now? It has been on my mind for years. I never have the time, money or courage to go ahead with one until this year. So I just decided to take a big step ahead.
It is bit scary thinking about it… I am quite nervous that I couldn’t sleep well for a couple of night last week. 😛 But I keep telling myself that its a quick and painless technology. That’s another reason why I wanted to go ahead with the surgery. Because the technology is much much better now. I will write up on this after my experience!

Minimalism 
I am putting my minimalism project onto a hold. Because I am going to have surgery soon. So I decided not to do any major tidying or organisation work for the next 3-4 months at least. I am also facing some challenges. I lived with my family. So my mum discourages me to throw furniture even though I really want to throw one cupboard out for some extreme minimalism. But the other way is probably to get rid of my stuffs until I do not need the cupboard. So I can convince my mum that I need to throw it away. I am also lack of inspiration on what I should be doing next. I changed my shopping habit. But I still have so much stuffs 😮 anyway, I decided to read marie kondo for inspirations like finally! I keep telling myself not to stress over this too much because its not good for me 😮 sometimes I spend my afternoon thinking about my cluttered-free room and get stress up un-necessary. Although it’s achievable, but this could only happen few years down the road.

Reading
I finally completed one book! I have been really slack in my reading for a couple of years. I know its bad but I hope I can do better this year.
Recently I just discovered my local library have a e-book system!! Which means I can borrow e-books and read on my MacBook. Its bad for the eye but good for my pocket. 😀
As part of the minimalism goals, I am NOT buying physical books as much. I would only buy books that I know I would keep and love for many years. But e-books aren’t exactly cheap either. But anyway, I anticipate that I am going to use the library more often. I am currently reading Marie Kondo 😀 So hoping that I get some ideas & continue the journey after my short hiatus 😀

Writing
I love my Hobonichi Techo. I suspect this is the only planner I am going to use for the rest of my life! But I find myself getting slack in this too. I am not exactly creative so I still not using stuffs like tapes, stamps etc although I own some. I am aiming to start using them. Oh yeah, I reduced my “craft” collection seeing that I would not be using all of them anyway. I still have far too much stationary though. Yay for some minimalism efforts.

FieldNotes subscription
The good: You get limited edition stuffs and it is really worth it. I pay only 10bucks for international shipping and it covers all the shipments (4 of them!). You get extra stuffs sometimes.
The bad: I am usually “spoiled” before I get the stuffs because international shipping is so long. So its not really surprise. There is no auto-renewal so you have to subscribe to it again.
It’s not too bad if you are re-thinking. I am re-thinking and will not have plan to re-subsribe because the drawers where I put my new notebooks is full! I also don’t have much use for it yet.

Other stuffs
I am happy to read such news! Too bad for the person who got caught. But I really hate when consumers are being cheated. In some cases, seller claimed that they are authentic when they are not. Although this could be avoided if consumers do a proper research, but its very unethical for the seller to be making money by claiming that they are authentic. So I strongly feel that these sellers should be punished. I hope the e-commerce site like Qoo10, Lazada could really take this seriously! I tried telling them about the obvious fake longchamp bags but they only tell me that they will direct to the relevant department. And they are still promoting them! Terrible!

 

3 March 2018

It is weekend. I have some free time so I decided to write a post!

Reading
I have gotten into the reading “mode”. I have a book at my office’s table for some light lunchtime reading. It is a productive way of spending my lunch hours when I bring my own food. Yay!

Other than that, I have also completed Surprise Me from  Sophie Kinsella. It wasn’t as good as her previous novels. I really love the previous one – My Not So Perfect Life. But Surprise Me isn’t half there. I was abit hesitating because the Kindle version is so expensive. It is USD14! I had to get the kindle version because I don’t have much space for books. So I can only get books that I would really read and re-read.

I have Thinking, Fast and Slow next on my list. It was a book that I have wanting to complete. But somehow, I couldn’t complete. And then, I have The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I feel ineffective recently and need this classic book to reboot me.

Watching less TV series
I am being committed to watch less tv series.. at least for this month. I came to realise that I watched too much of it but then it’s my own life. Why should I let it affected me. I should be doing things that make me happy. But I decided to watch lesser this month to focus on other things like reading!

Lasik
After hesitating for years, I decided to do something this year. I have signed up for a information talk – mainly to get free discount and consultation lol but I would be booking an appointment and doing the thing if I am able to. I have been reading abit of information here and there. It sounds scary but I guess it is definitely  worth it. I am scared, nervous but excited!

Hobonichi Drawer Pouch
I hate Hobonichi. I am always craving for their covers, accessories and now this!
I am obsessed with stationary and organisation.  So…
But then, I have not get it as it is too expensive! It is probably high quality and lasting etc. And it could the one. pencil. case. that. I. need. But no.. I just couldn’t justify spending so much on this. Some other pouch from Lihit lab or Kokuyo are way cheaper. Beside that, there isn’t a pattern/colour that I really want. Black is my usual choice but no, it’s just too plain. If I am going to spend like $60 on a pouch, it got to be the one that I really love. I like the picnic design. Its cute, colourful and everything. But I am not sure I am going to go for it as I would be seeing it for a few good years. None of the other patterns appeal to me. And yellow. It’s a colour that I want to like. But I am not sure if it is not going to be my colour. So if they ever come out with a colour that I really loves (e.g. maroon), I will not be buying it.

FieldNote subscription
So I have FN subscription for a year now? It is fun to get new FN every season. Now that the subscription is due soon. I am thinking if I should continue? I really love FN for its simple design and quality paper. But I obviously have too much of it. I am attracted to the fact that they are released on limited edition,

New spending behaviour
I am so happy that I am spending less now. My colleague even told me that she want to learn from me as I am really thrifty. It is not so true in some way. I likes to save up and spend on things that I really need. So whenever I see anything, I would think and consider if I need it. It is the same for online shopping. Yes, I still browse them but I am checking out stuffs less often. I would only get stuffs that I really need. 😀 I am actively writing them in my Hobo or in a googledrive doc that I keep track of. I would spend on things that I really need. Working towards my minimalism goal as usual 😀

Minimalism
I think I am stuck in a roadblock. I done some stuffs over the past 1-2 months. But I am at a loss on what I should be doing next. I am clearing things, not splurging on things that I do not need and sticking to having only one for most stuffs. I bought a couple of books for inspiration. I am so Hermione sometimes. When in doubt, go to the library.