bring back the old groupon

I used to enjoy shopping at Groupon due to the fabulous “deal” they have. But in the recent year, Groupon has transformed itself into a marketplace instead of a place where people go and find deals. There are simply too many deals going on. But most of the deals aren’t attractive as they are just things like clothes, bags etc that you can get anywhere else.

If I want to buy something from an marketplace, I would go to Amazon, Taobao or Qoo10. I will NOT patronise Groupon.

Groupon deals used to be quite exclusive. It was easy and fun to navigate. But there are so much “deals” now… I only stay at the website for like 30 sec everytime I visit. Because there are simply too many deals and it is tedious to scroll through only to find the deals not being quite like a deal. So it ended up not being as unique as it would be. I remember one of my lecturers alway say this – In order to have competitive advantage, you should have something where your competitors don’t have. I am not a business person of course. But as a consumer, I just find Groupon losing its unique feature.

28 Dec 2016

My answer is always the same when I being asked what I am planning to do for christmas and new year – Spring cleaning for the new year! Traditionally, we will do spring cleaning as in prepare for the upcoming chinese new year. This period is always the best time as it is a good idea to start early! With the promotion going around in the stores, it is best to avoid visiting the malls. I have started doing this for 3-4 years and it remains as one of the activity. This year is extremely important as I haven’t been organising well due to my hectic schedule with school and work. With school being over for good, I can now concentrate better.

So I started yesterday and continue for a few hours today. It was great thinking about all the decluttering I have done.

-Almost all the invoices from buying things online. This has been accumulated since I start buying things which is like years ago. So there is a stack of papers and I decided to throw them away. I would never look at it anyway!
– Some magazine and newspaper cutting and brochures. I haven’t accumulate a lot but well, they should go to the bin!
– some old cards. Totally useless
– a couple of gifts from undesirable people. Ha.
– some old CDs. I used to love buying CDs back in those days as it is the only way to get music. But with iTunes, I kinda stop buying CDs. It help to save space anyway. I still have lots of CDs. But I decided to keep only the ones that I really love.
– bags. I have been trying to reduce my bag collection. Nothing much have been accomplish and I am still buying bags. But I am happy to throw out a couple of them once a in while.
– poster. I have a love/hate thing for poster. They are nice to look at but yet, they waste space and I wouldn’t put them up. So I decided to throw away those that I no longer love.

I will continue to organise, decluttering and minimising next week.

And  I started using my new planner. Yay!

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So last year, I experimented with a few planners. Finally, I picked this – Le Petit Prince Weekly notebook diary planner from Moleskine!

1) I love the weight! The problem I have last year was the weight with Plum planner. Yes it is great with all the space and customisation. But it was too heavy and I ended up not getting much out of it. sigh.
2) I like Moleskine paper. It is smooth to write on!
3) Le petit prince is always one of my favourite. But you couldn’t find their stuffs easily. I picked this over peanuts which I love too!
4) The size is great. The writing space is just nice. It’s not a lot. But I realise that I don’t need a lot of space like I would write so much in it. But it’s not too small either. Until I have to squeeze my handwriting.
5) It’s hardcover but not too hard. The cover is hard enough for protection but it’s not too hard either.
6) You could never go wrong with Moleskine!

Actually, mainly it was due to a voucher I have! I walked around the bookstore for a long time and this is the only thing I wanted.  My wish for this year is always the same – hopefully I would plan with more diligence.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

11 Dec 2016

My year-long degree programme has finally come to an end. I just had my last paper on Friday. It was a relief to be able to finally completed everything. Although the results won’t be out in a few weeks, but I am pretty positive I would be able to pass through! This year alone, I had 10 exams. So I no longer fear exam like I used to.

Some (a friend was thinking of taking another degree) think that it is easy to take up another degree. It was never easy to juggle between work and your study. And do not forget – you have own life too! Sometimes, you have assignments due or exam while you have an life crisis to deal with! I do not recommend taking another degree (the keyword is another) if you could. Not only you have to devote your time to attend class, you have to dedicate your nights and weekends for classes etc. Many people do not want to sacrifice that.

My next agenda would be having a good rest and enjoy life! I wasn’t having a good rest before I start my degree programme. I was worried about my career progression. But now, I am in a better position and I can relax for a couple of years before I start making plan about my career again. My idea of “enjoy” is to watch a tv series (I have a full set of ’24’ DVDs to be watch!), read books (I haven’t been reading much this year as I was busy, busy, busy!) and write/blog more! A colleague asked me last week why I didn’t want to get more active. Oh well, I believe everyone have their own version of enjoyment. Doing more brisk walking is in my agenda next year as I do want to be more healthy. But it doesn’t mean I have to start signing up for marathon run. Getting active is always beneficial for one’s health but not everyone can do it. So I rather start with brisk walking and go slow. I don’t go to gym either because I simply don’t like the idea of having to bath after the gym activities. haha. I am weird but I hate that feeling!

Other than that, of course I do want to devote my time to minimalism. I must admit I haven’t been able to concentrate on the concept as much as I wanted to this year. Being busy means I make very instant and careless buying decision. Buying things is probably one of the way I associated with emotions like stress, angry etc. I am not buying as much as I used to. But I am still buying more than I am suppose to be! But anyway, with more free time, I am going to work on my thinking process and ensure that my thoughts are carefully think through. Buying decision would be considered more carefully. It always boils down to need or want. I will only purchase if it is a need. I would also spend more time organising and decluttering as our lunar new year is approaching too. Traditionally, I keep my room neat and tidy. Year after year, I hope that my room would be less cluttered and I am working to make it like the zen kind of room. Totally minimal.

A couple of random stuffs before I sign off!

I was at Tokyu Hands yesterday…. Naturally, I bought a new pen!

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Oops, yes I need to really work on this. No pen, no pen, no pen. But anyway I bought a Pentel EnerGel. It was limited edition – inspired by cat? I wasn’t a big fan of cat but I couldn’t resist limited edition and beautiful pens. Unlike Zebra’s Sarasa clip, for other brands, usually I would buy one or two. I had a opportunity to write an Pentel pen when someone passed me the pen to fill up a form. It writes very well. I wonder if I would ditch my love for Sarasa clip 😛

An update on my Matt & Nat bag. After one year plus of using, I am still quite pleased with it.

The model I have is Mitsuko in navy.

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After one year plus of usage, I don’t see any wear and tear which I normally would in a PU bag. Although this bag is Made in China, but it is much more higher in quality as compared to those cheaper bags. The bag look very classy and doesn’t look like a non-leather bag. The bag itself is extremely light and doesn’t hurt your shoulder. The only problem I have is that the bag doesn’t fit A4 file that well. Hence, I don’t carry it when I need to carry A4 file. However, it is still a good size!  Overall, I would recommend Matt & Nat bag. However, last year, I have blogged about their service – if you read their Facebook, they have terrible customer service (I guess due to the lack of staffs) and terrible shipping problem. I am disappointed that their service hasn’t improve much. A few months back, I tried emailing them but they never get back to me. I purchased this bag from ASOS. Since I don’t intend to purchase a new bag, I cannot comment on their shipping. But hopefully, by the time I am ready to purchase a new one, their shipping would be much better. I am tempted to get the mini mitsuko as it would be super cute for holiday.

A few months back, I discovered another brand, Love Moschino, through my ex-colleague. I purchased an bucket bag 2-3 weeks back. I am super happy with the purchase as it is not very expensive (less than SGD200) and it is from Italy. I am also tempted to get a smaller bag 😛 but of course, considering that I have so much bags, I will not be purchasing.