Weekly roundup – 19 July to 26 July

Work
Now last week I have mentioned that I need to work on my career plan….
I didn’t work on it yet (was busy reading!) but I received an call last week for a future opportunity. The opportunity is still in a vague stage and I am not even sure if anything solid might comes out of it. But I have been thinking a lot! I was a little depressed when a close friend kinda spoil my happiness when she brought out the negativity of the situation. But then it will be MY choice after all. But I am grateful for her valuable inputs!

Anyway, my current situation – I feel aimlessly and “lost”. Business is rather bad, my boss is kinda idling around sometimes. So as a result, a couple of us are also idling around. A friend say she rather be in my situation. But if you stay in the same situation for a long time, my dear friend, you kinda feel too bored and would be thinking constantly non-stop about serious topic like – what is the purpose of life. She then argued that I can do something else – e.g. personal stuffs. Well, I wouldn’t want to lie and say I haven’t! But it just get bored after a long while…

I do want my current situation to change – Find actual things to do. I am trying hard. But there is so much you can do during working hours. One of my favourite to-do is to write.. But I mean how much you can write right? I ended the conversation with we should be grateful that we do have a job!

Alternatively, I could also take on a new challenge! The future opportunity is not an easy one. I would be in a “sales” line. It is not like sales sales kind of sales but it is something along that line. Sales? You must be kidding! People who know me know that I might be the last person they thought that would be in this line. Well, I admit that I am not a good talker (Some people can just go on and on… and know when to start and end a conversation.) Me? I am just the quiet girl who keep her mouth shut throughout dinner. There was a couple of times I feel like I could finally jump into the conversation but I quickly shut it as I don’t want to feel so stupid. I guess it might be different as I am talking to a person. Wait… I don’t feel that I am really stupid. In fact, when talking to friends, I feel like I am rather knowledgable. I read a lot. So I know things. But I guess it depends on the kind of audiences that I am dealing with. It has always been one of my aim to work on this. My ex-manager keep saying I need to socialise more. It’s hard if I didn’t need to. If I need to, then I would definitely start trying 🙂 Stressful life? Bring it on! I didn’t know when was the last time I feel really stress about work. It was really too long ago. I love being very busy at work…. as long as it don’t take away my weekend 🙂 Boring environment with only a couple of colleagues? I have done it! I was in a situation where I have just 3 colleagues and we were somehow like alone in a warehouse. Well at least I would be in CBD area! Lastly, it would be a total new area again. I have been thinking…. really thinking… but I cannot find my specialise area. Its not as if i am not good at anything. but I just don’t know what to be specialise in. Sometimes I wish that I am really technical or have chosen a degree that really concentrated on something I wanted to do – e.g. HR. But unfortunately I did not. To go back to school would be insane. Anyway i would be contacted again in a week or so. Let’s see.

Reading
Proud to say I have completed a (rather long) book – American Gods on my Kindle! I wouldn’t say I really enjoyed it. I like Stardust better. But maybe because I am not familiarise with ancient mythology. It was still a good read! Anyway my goodreads IS looking alive again! AWESOME~ And I am going to start on yet another Stephen King’s book next!

(Not) Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Pleased to report I didn’t make any crazy purchase this week! I avoided most purchasing urge with the help of my planner 🙂 The key word for this week is NEED not WANT
However, One of my favourite site is handing out 50% coupon. I managed to snatch it…. Initially I thought I could get 50% off everything. But there is an capped value of $20. It is still good. After adding 3 items that I wanted to the cart, I am paying 30% to 40% lesser. I was playing my cart and was ready to check out…But I decided to hold on as I need to brainstorm the want/need again and look into my possession!

The need or want for this week:
1) A brown PU tote – The new bag that I purchased (mentioned in last week’s weekly roundup) is from Matt & Nat. If you followed them on their social media, you would know they are having major problems with shipping. I am surprisedly not as angry as most people out there cos I am just so excited for my new purchase! But it was intended for a short trip to a wedding which is happening in just 2 weeks later. With the delay, it is unlikely I would get the bag in time for the wedding. An good alternative would be an Made in Korea PU tote which look just as pretty. But I received news yesterday that my M&N is shipping soon. So I feel like I shouldn’t purchase something that I might ended up NOT using?
2) Military Jacket – After 2 days of using at work, I am pleased with the jacket. It keep me warm at work and at the same time, don’t create any itch as the jacket itself is not tight-fit! So I wanted to buy another new one! I am tempted to get two but I feel like I should only get 1!
3) Cotton Skirt – I placed an order for a couple of coloured cotton skirts last week. They are in prefect length and material. I was going to order a couple more!

Minimalism
I have been actively minimalism whenever I could. I have throw away some old clothes and little things here and there. Although my mum convinced me to keep one old pant. 😦

Weekly roundup – 12 July to 19 July

Just a quick post to declutter my brain…

Work
Work is boring as usual 🙂 There was moments at work that I feel like I should start looking for another job. I do enjoy my work, but the company is not doing exceptionally well. It affects the remuneration package deeply. I am not a person who wanted very high salary. But I wanted to be paid according to quality. Anyway I shall try to develop a plan and start applying for some jobs next week… I also must admit after so long, I still don’t know what I want to do. I knew what I wanted but… somehow it wasn’t working for me. I know in my mind what I likes to do. But I just didn’t have any plan to get it started. I should work on this.

My shopping trip + Melissa shoes
Being a jelly shoes lover, I knew about Melissa shoes for a long time. But because they are very expensive, I have never own any pair. I got into a bit of Melissa craze lately :/

Firstly, I saw it on sales in one of my local shopping sites. The seller is from Japan but surprisingly it is very cheap (as compare to the usual price). So I decided to buy one! I went to read the reviews online. It seems like Melissa shoes are really popular and they are made in Brazil. I am not going into details on whether this shoes is environmental friendly or not. But being an vegetarian, I love this shoes for using non-animal material. I always avoid shoes that uses animal materials!

It took me a few days to receive as it was shipped from Japan.

It is for a wedding in August. It is an excuse to buy – I mean you cannot wear plain boring shoes right! 😀

I am not an expert at this. But it looks too real to be fake?! They even have the same smell LOL! I didn’t see this design anywhere (in departmental stores) so I guess it is an old design which is why it is cheaper. It is very glittery. I accidentally touch the shoes and got glitters on my hand…. oops. But there is way too much glitters anyway…. If it becomes less glittery, it would look good too.
Being so happy with the shoes, I decided to buy another pair as it was again on further sales. The clear/white one are so much cheaper because I guess nobody would buy them haha. I usually don’t buy white shoes (or anything white…) but then I decided it look good for the wedding too. Beside Melissa shoes are easy to maintain! I just splash lots of water on my Sunjellies and all the dirt came off! I figure Melissa shoes works the same way…The clear/white one is now on its way to my house!

Then, today I purchased another pair! This time round I purchased it from a reputable departmental store! I figure out buying from the departmental stores mean you won’t get “cheated” 😛  I saw this shoes on MyHabit a couple of weeks ago. But they ran out of my sizes. So I didn’t manage to buy. The international shipping was ridiculously expensive anyway. I was happy to see them. I couldn’t decide between the two colours – red & blue. I ended up buying blue cos the sale assistant told me its nicer. LOL. I feel a bit regretted at first… but then I am in love with blue now as it matches more with the clothes I have!


Anyway I have received $300 vouchers from my company (for some awards). I wanted to use $100 for something nice and give the rest to my parents. I had a bad day on Friday so I feel like “rewarding” myself. Beside, I will receive a small payout for my bonus! I walked around the departmental stores and decided to get another Melissa. I would get a bag but I am trying to cut down my bag quantity! I saw another brand of jelly shoes…which is 50% cheaper but I decided to get from the best 🙂 since I have the voucher to offset.

There was some clothes that caught my eye. But somehow for clothes, my limit is always at $40. Even though I am getting it for free in a way but I just don’t feel like spending that much on clothes. I mean… clothes… if I don’t like them, I will just buy new ones. and throw them away. HA. I don’t really invest in them especially on brands that I am not a fan of… except for shirts maybe but I have way too much shirts now. There is a lot of linen dress in season. But they look exactly just like the ones online. They are also very sheer so I don’t know what make them different! Beside, cheap clothes that cost $20-$30 are good enough for a few years. Beside I have a wardrobe full of clothes! 🙂 But for shoes and bags, somehow I would invest in them more… I used to buy cheap shoes all the times. But I decided to start investing in them to find good and lasting shoes rather than shoes that I would throw after a few months.

So I ended paying only $40 for the shoes! Happy!! 😀

On the other hand, I have been thinking about shopping for the past couple of days. They are so unattractive these days…
Scenario: I go to a mall… walked into a shop… looked at the clothes… nah, too many of it. Then I moved to the shoes department… nah, I don’t need shoes. Then you move to the bags department (which is always my favourite!)… But cheap bags don’t last and expensive bags contains leather… and I don’t need any bag… Move again… this time I goes to the lingerie… I don’t even need new bras! Walk away and time to go home. Even my stationary temptation is getting lesser. I have only made one purchase in the whole month of June/July. HAHA!

Minimalism 
Clothes – From the last time I posted, I have been keeping a daily record of what I wanted to buy and the reasons. I ended up avoiding most purchases but I did purchase a tank dress from Popbasic (I have CREDIT!), a couple of tank tops and cami for matching and a couple of skirts from Korea which I have been eyeing. As a result of a couple of impromptu purchases and as a “punishment”, I decluttered my wardrobe again and happy to say I throw out at least 20 pieces of clothes!

To declutter effectively, I have divided my wardrobes into the following categories:
1) Shirts/Dress/Top (basically clothes that needed to be hang up)
2) Home clothes
3) Tee
4) Cami/Tank/Work-friendly top
5) Skirt and Pants
6) Short/Legging
7) Jeans
8) Inner wear

Then I worked on each section for 10-15mins. Anything that look worn-out from tee/cami/tank section goes to the home clothes section and anything from the home clothes look worn-out goes to the bin. In this way, I can reduce the no. of clothes and at the same time, I do not need to buy new ones.

Bags – I purchased a new bag (oh no….I will write about it when I get the bag!) but I threw away some old bags (yay!) I made some adjustments to my room and my bags area look much neater. I am looking forward to further reducing them.

Shoes – I kept a list in my planner so that I can update anytime and sadly to note that I own 21 pairs of shoes! I would be throwing 4 pairs in the next couple months or so. And 3 more pairs should go within the next few months or so. In the meantime, I have to follow this rule – no more shoes! (Until needed)

Beauty stuffs – Inventory
I started a tough project of doing an inventory taking for my beauty stuffs (from those memebox days….) It is still ongoing.

Current wants
1) Non-itchy Cardigan/Military jacket
Late last week, I suddenly have this…. thought… Why is all my cardigans so itchy?!
I don’t really feel bother by this before. But suddenly it became a problem. I started searching for a non-itchy cardigan but… I don’t know where to look. I mean they would turn up to be the same. I could only try and feel for myself 🙂 At the same time, I worn one of the military-style jackets that I bought in late May to a day trip. It look so nice on me… and I feel like getting another one!
So I figure out that I should bring my military jacket to work. If its non-itchy after a day of wearing, then I could get another… and all my itchy cardigans has to go… (okay, except for the nice ones)
2) Le Breton
I was looking at Popbasic website last week. (I still have another credit!) and I was tempted to get the red one. Then for some reason, I feel like the red one will make me look fat. After viewing the original/navy, I was tempted to get the original one. But they ran out of my size. 😦 Anyway I still have this little urge to get one.
3) Jellybag
I am eyeing at “toyboy” brand. But they are rather expensive and there is too many fake ones….

Reading
I finally start reading again. I am now reading American God on my Kindle. I purchased this very long ago but seeing how long it was kinda put me off. But since I am not having any target in my Goodreads (too stressful), so I started reading this. It is good so far!

Reduce burden = simple

A couple of weeks ago, I went for a religion talk in my religion group. There was one particular line that inspired me so much!

It was originally in Chinese, so it wouldn’t be so obvious in the translated English text. But anyway…
减担=简单
(Reduce burden=simple)

This applies well to the minimalism concept. In order to reduce burden, you must firstly lead a simple life. To lead a simple life, you need to have a simple kind of lifestyle. To have a simple kind of lifestyle, very ideally, you should own less things as possible. So simple!

Off to making my life simple by minimalism! 

Naruko Singapore review

People who watched taiwanese beauty show must have heard of Naruko or Niu-er (in Chinese). It is in fact a Taiwanese brand developed by Niu-er – an beauty expert! He has been making own mask since 12 years old.

I was introduced to this brand two years ago. A friend introduced me their shower gel and while on vacation, the salesperson introduced me the night gelly which is some kind of mask that you don’t have to wash off.

So a couple of weeks ago, I was finishing my second bottle so I decided to purchase it again.
The problem is… they don’t sell it at the retail store (Watson). I tried searching it at Taiwan. (Yes I was at Taiwan again :D). But I couldn’t find it anywhere. Frustrated that I couldn’t get it in store, I decided to purchase it online!

They were having a promotion – get 3 and get 30% off!

This Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Shower Gel is really good for people with back acne like me. I have this problem since I was young. I thought the problem never goes away until I tried this! I am still having back acne but it has become much much better. I usually apply it on my back and then go do some washing to let the gel absorb first before washing it off. It has a cooling effect which I love.

At the same time – I purchased a couple of stuffs to get free shipping and they were having some GSS promotion.


I haven’t try this yet but I was attracted that this cleanser allows you to wash effective in the morning without wasting too much effort!


Trying the apple seed series too. They have a promotion for cleanser. So I got this and the AMPM cleanser at S$23!

I received free shipping as I spend $74.80! It was courier by an external company, Ninja Courier. They have a tracking system and they are rather efficient. I received it within 3 working days.

First week of using Plum Paper Planner…and loving it!

So if you remembered, I order a very expensive planner from Plum Paper very long time ago! (To be very precise, it cost 87bucks!). A good planner is very important so even if it cost really a lot (much more than most of my bags lol), I would go for it. My first impression when I received the package was good. So I have already decided to go back to PPP for my 2017 planner! 😀
I have stopped using my old planner (Passion Planner from Kickstarter) because it is not working at all for me. So I was in between notebooks and was very excited for July. Time flies – It is now July. I actually missed one day cos I was a little busy. But I started on 2 July!


The previous planner was not working because:
1) The space in between are too small. I have a medium handwriting. The space for PPP is perfect!

2) The timeslot in the daily column is just no! I loved that PPP allows you to customise your page (this is exactly why they cost a lot more than the usual planner…) I do not need time to consider this. But selected the “Just Lines” option. Happy to say I love it cos I can just write anything I want.
3) A planner is not a planner. It doesn’t have to contain of the activities I do hour-to-hour which is insignificant for a single woman like me. I actually write my buying decision and I enjoyed doing it!


I am using Erin Condren’s snap to do as a Today bookmark and well, an external To-do list.


I uses Erin Condren band on my PPP. 🙂

The only thing that I am not used to it is to carry a much heavier planner to work. But I have to carry it with me.

Yay for more productive life!

Reflection – June to July

I have wanting to write on this post for a couple of weeks. But my mind has been cluttered. Today, I will try to “declutter” my mind and start writing… (That’s was yesterday...)

Firstly, I have a CONFESSION to make – I have not been minimising! Uh yes. I did not really think of minimising. I did at some point of time. e.g. when I was on vacation, I didn’t buy as much as I would! But still I went a little over….

To get to the root of the “problem”, I must first analyse my actions.
1) Vacation – Well, when you are on vacation, you tend to ignore your mind and do what you feel is right which is … spending!
2) Too many desire – I got into the much more crazy stage of liking a certain cartoon character and a certain colour. So I have many desire and want!
3) Less productivity due to planner – I kinda stop using my old planner as it was not working well. But I couldn’t start on my new planner. So I am not productive! When I am not productive, I tends to spend time on… other matters. Fortunately this has come to a end as I have a new planner and happy to say I love the new planner! I will explain in my other post.

Minimalism – Bags
I have purchased like a few new bags. Firstly, I do not need them (well most of them)…

As you can see the bags that I have purchased, most of them are small and not really practical for work! So as a result, I am eliminating my other smaller bags in order to keep them. However, I don’t regretted purchasing some of them e.g. the ones in picture 2 as they are locally made (Made in Taiwan). But I could do without them >_<  Other than that, I have purchased (in the midst of this post actually >_<) a Matt & Nat bag. I have been wanting to try them. But sales. you know. cannot resist. >_<

Minimalism – shoes
I have 4 new shoes! (One shoes is on its way to my house!) 


Again, as you can see, I don’t really need them! Well, it wasn’t as if I have no shoes to wear. I bought them for various reasons – prints, sales etc.

Ultimately I would only need a 4-5 shoes.
1) A work shoes – I must admit I do have several pairs at the moment. But if I need only one, I would choose a handmade vegan leather Mary Vegan as Mary Jane is always so versatile and cute! Well I have wait till all shoes are broke before investing in one as they are really not cheap.
2) A casual shoes – A slip on would be nice. I haven’t found one that I really love. Toms would be a good choice but then again, I am against their material! Okay, stop buying!
3) A sandal – I love sandal more than slipper especially when I am riding a escalator lol The fear of the shoes got stuck >__< I have 4-5 pairs of jelly which I am using as sandal. My current favourite is adidas jelly! Even Sun Jellies get a bit slippery after a long day of wearing. But my Adidas jelly is the best! 🙂
4) A slipper – I wear slipper only if I am not tending to ride the escalator lol. Happy to say I have a lasting and good slipper. Now I only need to make sure I keep to one! I have a black non-narrow one from havaianas. After a few years, it is still working fine as a slipper. But then again, I didn’t use as much as others.
5) A sneaker – Despite the fact that sneaker does not look nice or “matching” with clothes, but they are still the best for traveling! Ultimately comfortable is the most important!

So in conclusion, I need to minimal more! I need to work on my want and need more diligently!

Measures to control:
1) Remember – Simple is beautiful.
2) Keep minimalism concepts in my mind all the times!
3) Segregate need and want. Purchase only if it is a “need”.
4) Be more productive!