The ONE pencil case?

Like pens & notebooks, I am a little obsessed with pencil case. Trying to find the one that I really love.
However, I have yet to find my real love.

Muji PP Pencil Case

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This pencil case is my childhood dream. Ever since I saw a classmate using it, I wanted it! I didn’t buy back then because Muji was sooo expensive during that time and Muji wasn’t that common back now. Now they have 8-9 stores!

Now I have 2 of them. I couldn’t really tell this differences. But I remember my first one (a few years ago) was made in Japan but the second one is made in China. In fact, they no longer have the made in Japan version in store. They do have a bigger version which is made in Japan.

They fulfilled my childhood dream of owning it. I like that its simple and durable. But of course it’s too small to hold more stuffs. Being a stationary nerd, it is too small for my daily use!

Handmade Dusty Pink Dots Pouch (Etsy)

I have mentioned a few times that I am obsessed with Handmade stuffs because they ate unique and tends to last longer. I fall in love with this design because its so simple and classic.  The original picture was much nicer with a mint green zipper. That was another reason why I choose to buy it. However, as the seller have switched to a white zipper, it wasn’t as nice now. It was also too big for a pencil pouch HAHA. I don’t carry so THAT much pens. So the pouch is being used as a pouch to carry lipbalm, tissues etc.

Handmade Nautical Pouch (Local market)

Another handmade pouch. I came across this while shopping around at the local market. I was able to choose the fabric. Being obsessed with anything nautical, I choose this pouch. It was my love for 4-5 months. I would have continue using it but there is too much pilling! So I have to switch around with others.

Adidas Original Nylon Pouch

A few years ago, I was very very obsessed with Adidas due to an influence from a good friend of mine. I was delighted to see a pencil pouch (being a student back now. I needed one). So I purchased it without hesitation. I don’t keep much adidas stuffs anymore. But this one of the few items that I kept. I must say that this is really one of the most lasting stuffs I have. The only thing I didn’t like about this pouch is the lack of support. It is too soft and too dull.

LootCrate Harry Potter “Azakan” Pouch

This is one of the rare things I find useful in the LC. Most of them are quite rubbish :/ which is why I have unsubscribed it. Well, I don’t find the designing appealing. But since I have paid for it, I will be using it every now and then.

AliExpress Pencil Pouch

I introduced this previously. I am using this as my “home” pouch because it is easily to transport pens if I need to do some writing at my living room. I don’t expect this pencil pouch to last very long so I invest in a cheaper pouch online.

Well, although it seems like I do have a few pencil pouch, but I have not find one that I really love.

On the wish-list

Field Note Zipped Case
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I just love how it can be displayed into a tray and I love anything from Field Note!

Kokuyo Neo Critz Pencil Case

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I love this when I first saw at Tokyu hands. But its very pricey. So I decided not to buy yet.

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Review on Hobonichi Techo + new pencil case from aliexpress

So I realise that I have not post anything for a long time!

It’s time for a quick review on my 2018 planner 🙂 As mentioned last year, I snapped up a Hobonichi Techo when it was first released online. I was very excited because I came across Hobonichi Techo only 2 years ago and really wanted one. So I was really looking forward to 2018 so that I can start using it lol

I purchased A6/English version and love the size of it! Some might find it too small but it was enough for my daily use. I am not exactly creative or colourful. Some people really do decorate their planner to the max! The only page I really spend time on was the page on my NYR. I just write down whatever I wanted to do/spend on/wishlist etc.

I love the daily page. The problem I have with my previous planner was that it didn’t have the space. I can only write like 3 lines max and there is a weekly page beside it. But I seldom fill it up. I still couldn’t get used to the format after 1 year of usage lol

So far it has been quite good. Even though I didn’t write anything some days, but I can always go back and fill it up. Its easier to record things, memories, future events etc. Overall, I feel so organised and well-planned!

I uses a pouch from Kikki K to store my planner. A6 is such a good size as it is small enough to fit into most bags 🙂 I uses the online exclusive hobonichi pen while at work and do not bring any extra pens to work as I rarely have the time to write in my planner. But I need to bring it to work just in case. That’s another reason why I love this planner. It is bulky but it is so light!

The only negative point I could think of is of course the price HAHAHA My friend nearly fainted when I told her how much I spend on this!
Well, I have experienced with different planners for a few years now. I could only say a good planner doesn’t comes cheap. 🙂 and this planner has proven to be well worth the money.

Pencil case!
I gave myself an excuse to buy a new pencil case to match my planner. I don’t bring it out but I would keep it on my desk to store some pens… I looked around and the one that I really like was Kokuyo.
But I didn’t want to spend so much on a pencil case. So I went to aliexpress and found one that I really like. It cost only USD2.60! As for the quality, well, it costs only USD2.60! The zip is quite fragile as compared to an old adidas pencil case that I have. But it would be good enough for a few months use!

 

Review of Longchamp Neo (With strap)

I had a Longchamp Le Pliage bag. I like it because it’s so easy to tote around and I can put really a lot of stuffs in it.

I know the trim is kinda leathery but there is so many plus points!
– Easy to match with my office clothes. Canvas and office clothes sometimes don’t go together.
– Sometimes I really need a big bag to fit in everything and likes to be hands free. With a huge tote, it’s much easier.
– I won’t feel like I need to be really careful with the bag in fear of spoiling it which is exactly the problem I have with my other vegan leather bags. Ya, I know they are not Chanel or LV. But I do feel painful if I ever ruin them.
– They are light weight! so its good for travelling etc. (Although I have never bring one on travling but I might…)
So I find it hard to give up on it lol.

Anyway a couple of weeks ago, I was reading a forum and I realize there are a lot of fakes LC in the market! What?! The ones I saw on carousell and qoo10 are fakes?! They do not have one in maroon color (not in this season anyway!)! Okay it was surprised to me.. because the market is flooded with it. The seller insisted that they are from Paris etc.. so I never suspect it to be fake. This also made me doubt the authenticity of my (old) bag and realize that It could be fake?! But I wasn’t too sure because they do have that design (cage aux oiseaux) in that color (Lagoon) sigh some sellers… they don’t even know what they are doing. It’s like if you want to fake it, then make it look real! It does not come with any dust bag or fake looking receipt. It was shipped from Korea. Hmm. But the bag do give a wierd smell. There is some kind of leathery (?) smell which I can’t get rid of despite washing it and airing it! I smell my mum’s LC (from Taipei airport!)… it doesn’t have this weird smell so I don’t know. This weird smell is making me having second thoughts and it could be due to some substandard material being used in manufacturing that bag so it results in this after an extended uses!
Anyway, so they only have like 3-4 colours in the current season and any other colours available in mass is very likely to be fake! They do have the maroon (opera is the actual name) but it’s no longer available! Some colours like green was never available and there is a shade of pink (hydrangea) is only available on Bloomingdales! Go to the boutique to check for the current season colours.

Qoo10 have alot of fakes ones. Never buy from Qoo10! Only a couple of sellers are selling the real ones. $100 or more off retail is not cost saving but rather its a scam to make you believe that you are getting the real thing. There was never overrun of factory stocks or any rejects. It is just a stupid excuse to cheat you into buying a replica product. BTW, Qoo10 do contribute to this rubbish by helping the sellers advertising the bags as authentic. Qoo10 is such a joke!
If past seasons colours are easily available everywhere, then something is very wrong isn’t it.

So I decided to replace it with a real one!! With so many fakes flooding the online market, I decided to get one from the boutique. Ya, they are slightly more expensive because price is, uh, fixed. But it’s better be safe than sorry! I do not want spend my money at a risk of getting a fake one again! I purchased it at the airport today on the way back home. A boutique!! Super exciting because it was my first time purchasing a luxury item from an boutique!! It wasn’t duty free like I wanted. I don’t know how it works lol maybe I have to get it before I go or something. But anyway, I was on a flight back from Malaysia. I think I cannot get it duty free anyway. I decided to go for Raspberry because Navy or Black is common and seems to be available always. And I was never a fan of Grey. I read online on the next season colours (Gold? Silver? Red?) and was really happy that I went for Raspberry because there is no way I am getting the new season colours and I would ended up with Navy or Black. I’m tempted to get the Yellow (or official colour name is Sunshine) next. Ha it’s on my wishlist next.

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I finally bought it out after airing it for 2 days. There was a leather smell lol
I really love the colour… it looks bright but it isn’t! It is not so bright yet it add a pop of colour to my dull clothing 🙂 I think I would love this more than opera which I would get if I can.

At first, I felt the strap is too long…. I thought of returning it or finding an alternate strap. But after 2 days of wearing it, I realise that it isn’t that bad. It is long but I am still okay with it. Maybe I would get an alternate strap from Taobao.. Please make a adjustable strap, Longchamp! The size is just right for my daily work use + lunch! There is no structure making it very difficult to adjust things. When comes to bags, I am into organisation properly. So it wasn’t something I would like.
Overall I must admit that it is not love at first sight but I feel that It would be put into a good use.

Taobao A6 cover review 

Today I’m going to review on alternate hobonichi covers from Taobao!

So instead of buying an second cover from Hobonichi, I decided to get one from Taobao. After shipping, it cost about USD12. Since it wasn’t that cheap, I limited myself to getting only one! There wasn’t much choices as what I expected. I was looking for basic colours. But there isn’t a suitable one which is not leather. So I ended up buying only one as I probably won’t change the cover as much as I would. 


I pick this because I really like the color combo and it’s abit glittery. My ideal cover is very colourful – something like thank you all. But I haven’t manage to find an ideal one.  So the cover is much harder than hobonichi’s and the inner is very very smooth. Not sure what material they used.. but it’s definitely not leather. Other than that, the compartment are very similar…

Since I have not use both, I have no feedbacks on how good they are in term of quality haha! 


I also purchased an cover on cover… they have really nice design. I purchased the firework design as I thought it would look nice on the cover that I picked. 

LL Bean (International Shipping) Review

Last year, I realise that LL Bean have opened their global site which provide direct shipping to customers outside US.

I was so happy to know that as they have become my favourite brand. They send me catalogue every season ❤  Shipping is free if you spend S$150 and above.

The only issue is that they do not allow monogram on their items . So I can’t get the boat totes monogrammed! But I would shop from their US sites if I ever need a LL Bean tote again.  LL Bean always have 25% off. So I always wait for it first before getting anything.

I finally decided to pull the plug when 3 of my wishlist are on sales. Note: Unlike other online retailer, the 25% code is STILL applicable to sales items!

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Here’s what I have gotten:
1) French Sailors Shirt Three-Quarter-Sleeve Boatneck – this is in my wishlist like forever! I have been looking for something like this like forever. The real thing looks abit different from what I have thought.  I thought its more T-shirty but its more like a knit top. The only thing is the strong smell of the clothes. After a couple of days, the smell is still there. I guess it would be fine after washing… This top is thicker than usual because it is not T-shirty so I can wear it to work too!
2) Signature Poplin Skirt Sailcloth Print – I jumped into getting this when I saw it was on sale. And only one size is left. MY SIZE! I really love the print of the skirt as it is very unique. It is still very expensive after the 25% but the quality is really good! I didn’t any really good quality skirt as I am not a skirt person. But this skirt would be perfect as it is suitable for all occasions.
3) French Sailors Hoodie Long-Sleeve – Again, somehow it is different from what I have thought lol and again, the strong smell argh! but I wanted to take this with me to a cruise next month. It is sooo perfect!!
4) West End Fitted Tee Three-Quarter-Sleeve Scoopneck Dot – I bought this because I am revamping my wardrobe to have more basic clothes that suits work too. (I am getting rid of Tshirts) 3/4 sleeve seems more appropriate for work as well.

 

 

Okay, so after placing order, I didn’t get any email confirmation which was very strange. However, the next day, I received an confirmation from BorderFree. So BorderFree is recommended by many US sites for shipping order outside US. But I have never use them as I have my own agent  if I ever need to ship something from US.

My order was shipped very quickly – the next working day. They uses Aramex for delivery. It takes about a week (minus weekend) to receive it. Overall, I am happy with everything. However, since their clothes aren’t that cheap, I wouldn’t be shopping that often.

 

 

Book Beau Review

After a long hiatus on Kickstarter, I started backing another project again.
The reason why I stopped using Kickstarter is that I met a scammer (Yeah they have like a second company or something. So I don’t know why they can’t deliver) and a few products that I don’t really used. So I became very selective. But I decided to back only products that I would use. I can’t remember how I came across Book Beau – could be some bookish post. Then when I went to their Etsy, I was so disappointed that their store is closed.

Then I saw that they have a Kickstarter! I backed because it is a bookish product – something I would use! I couldn’t decided on the size so I backed all 3 sizes.

So BB is like a pouch thingy with pad to protect your book. If you read alot and own alot of books, you would know the feeling of having a book with folded edge. Horrible feeling!

The idea of BB isn’t exactly something very unique. Well, if you are talented, you can easily DIY. But I can’t sew so I have to spend money to get one!

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I love the Carousel fabric. It is so pretty ❤ But I regretted on the Carina Nebula. The photo look so much nicer. The real thing just look different. 😦

Oh, the smaller one fit in my new Hobonichi Techo 😀

Okay now for rants…

The first issue that I have is the choice of fabric. One main reason why I backed this project is they have the Harry Potter Quirky Wizards fabric that I am fond of! But it was later out of stock due to supply issue. It was a major disappointment but things do happen in Kickstarter project! They have used Always (shown above) as the replacement. Okay, I do love the “Always” but it has become a bit overrated for me. I get too much of the “Always” stuffs in the previous subbox. And B&W fabric is too plain for my liking. So I choose other 2 fabrics instead of having all the same like I wanted.

The second issue is the additional shipping issue which I did not get any satisfactory answer. So I added on another BB as I wanted to give it to a friend for Christmas. The post in Kickstarter didn’t mention anything about additional shipping that I have to pay for. When I emailed them, they ignored me as they were busy with shipping and upgrading. So after they ship (that’s would be my third issue), I decided to email them. At first someone who just joined their team told me it was quite clearly stated. Then when I replied back with the link. She told me that she will pass it to her superior as she wasn’t here during the Kickstarter period. So her superior came back and say that backerkit will auto adjust for shipping blah blah. I did use a backerkit a couple of times before and is quite familiar with the system. But I never have an issue as it was always highlighted to me. Actually the amount is not a lot. But my point is that if there is additional shipping, backers should be notified as I would have get more to save on shipping.

The third issue is on the shipping. When they said they shipped everything out, but I didn’t get anything so I decided to email to them. Again, there was a issue with backerkit and it was marked shipped. So they have to adjust the system so that they can ship again.

Despite the issues, I am still quite happy with the items except for one fabric which didn’t look as nice as photos. I may not buy from them again since I have 3! That’s quite enough to last a lifetime. But their store would be opening soon. So purchasing from them would be much easier.

Field Notes Review

I always wanted to get a Field Notes. It is on my wish-list like FOREVER!
So I have decided to purchase it last week  as I saw a Hobonichi Memo Pad which could be useful to be use along with my Hobonichi. But I decided to go for FN instead as I have wanting to try it.

So I went on FN website. I never thought of buying them directly… hmm…

I saw the limited edition – Campfire and I really like it. Then I saw their quarterly subscription box and it is soooo intriguing. A mystery box with notebooks? YES YES YES!
I know, I know, me and my subscription box.. I should be avoiding them. But it was well worth it as shipping are included. I would need to pay for $7 shipping anyway as I need to get some notebooks.

So I ended up starting the subscription service with Campfire.
I also ordered a couple of coloured covers as they look really nice. I received the standard Kraft notebooks as a gift for the subscription service. And I get an extra pencil and pen for the order 🙂 There is some rubber band thingy but I don’t really keep such thing lol I love their pen and pencil. But I have too many pens and pencils at home!

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