Weekly roundup

So a couple of days, I came across an post on Quora about journaling. This is my attempt to start journaling again. I should really be decluttering my brain as there is so much thoughts on my mind.

School
I have been working on my assignment for the whole weekend! Although the assignment is not due for another 3 weeks or so, I am quite stress by it. I really wanted to do well this time. I am not “talented” in… e.g. making decent conversation but I am okay with writing! So there shouldn’t be any excuse for me for not doing well. So with lots of water, coffee, tea, whatever… I aimed to complete it by today!

Other than that, exam is close. So I should really be spending my time revising. I probably keeping my lunch to a minimum. So that I can start revising as well. It is important that I aimed to do well so that I could get a good grade.

I mentioned about the presentation 2 weeks ago… I admitted that I didn’t prepare much as we are only required to speak 1-2mins and I was really sick. But I am glad that our content was good (Much better than others) and we passed with flying colour!

Kickstarter
So people who actually read my blog from the beginning would have know I was quite a kickstarter fan a few months ago! But since then, I haven’t been backing stuffs and I do not even want to look at that site anymore..

So what went wrong?
1) Pebble – I was proud of Pebble until they launched another product before they could deliver the actual product people backed. It is like they took our money and spend on developing another product at the same time. I don’t have the time to charge my pebble (being lazy busy hehe) so I no longer like smartwatch as much….
2) Holga Digital – Reading the KS comment, you can see that the actual product sucks. Some of them got spoiled camera. whatever. I haven’t get mine cos I ordered 2 and it is “special order” which they have yet to ship. It sucks cos I supported them by buying one more but….
3) Planetware – I was excited about this cos being an vegan/vegetarian, I love anything natural…. But there is still no shipping and eventually, it would be this way. Beside, I realise there is something in the market when I visited my local department store.. (!!!)

So its no longer exciting and the idea of Kickstarter not stepping in is eventually a terrible thing. I lost confident in backing these new companies. Of course not everyone will take your money and not deliver but I have to be careful…

Reading
I have been wanting to read a book for the past 2 weeks or so. Being sick, I wasn’t able to! I hope I would be able to start reading next week… Keeping up with reading is important as I don’t want my mood to disrupted for development.

The ending of ATV 
I woke up with a sad news… ATV has (officially) closed its door. I am not surprise if many people have not heard of ATV as the station has not been making decent productions for a long time. But back in those days, they have really great production. One of which is “My date with a vampire”. This was my first touch with SciFi! Perhaps it was cheaper to import ATV shows… my local television station imported a lot of their shows which is a nice change. HKTV who didn’t get the license have fabulous production! There is a new station called Viu TV starting in April. Not sure how good their production is but I am glad there is some competition coming up. TVB honestly have not been producing decent television show for a long time. Maybe I am not watching enough, but nothing really keep me interested.

Tea
Due to my sickness, I sort of cut down on coffee and drank more tea. I am not fussy about tea, so anything from flower tea to Chinese tea attracted me. Other than the packaged drink, I love all kinds of tea!

Misc
Last 2 weeks, I let my mood sunk due to my sickness. I am almost recovering from it and it is an important learning lesson for me.Definitely I need to improve on this and hopefully I would be able to face more challenges in future!

Weekly roundup – 26 July to 31 July

Okay I am going to do a weekly roundup + a reflection for July!

Work
Well, unexpectedly I did not hear anything. I wrote a nice thank you email but there isn’t any response!
I suppose there is some stuffs I need to start working on:
1) Read more about the line of business that was being offered. I came across an article last Thursday. I read a bit and wanted to continue reading it. I should also google and find out from people who are actually in this line.
2) Look into my CV again. I have added responsibilities at work. So I should start making it look even better.
3) Start applying! I wrote in my planner that I will submit 5 applications. But I did not. I should get it going.

On the other hand, I feel much happier at work 🙂 I am still bored by the lack of work… But somehow I make myself more productive by working on the laptop more instead of playing with my mobile phone.

Reading
I passed by a local bookstore and was really tempted to get some books. But I decided to look for the Kindle version instead. I need to start on a new book!

There was some issue with my iPad Mini so I did not really use for long tim. Last Sunday, I decided that I need to look into my magazine subscription and I found out that I still have subscription to Mental Floss and a couple of magazines. I am now reading the back issues on my iPad Mini as I have missed them. I do enjoy reading it and it is my favourite magazine!

Shopping
After I trying to get an refund, I dropped by the local gift shop, Precious thots as I have an voucher for use! After walking around the shop several rounds, I have gotten this:


Ashlyn & Anne seems to be their in house brand of products. They have smiliar design like Cath Kidston – floral, polka dots etc. But they are much more cheaper. I decided to get myself a wristlet as I need a wristlet for lunch. I used to have one from aliexpress but the quality is horrible (Don’t buy cheap stuffs from Aliexpress!) and it wouldn’t fit my iPod Nano. I do another one from Coach but it is too small! I could barely fit my phone (iPhone 5S!) When I saw this on their website, I thought its rather obvious that I would end up buying this lol. And I did. because it is really big in real life. After putting in my phone, there is plenty of space! I love this design – beige with white polka dots (I have an scarf from Muji with similar print :D) I also purchased an notebook in order to use up the balance. Personally I find their notebooks too expensive. I am sure they aren’t very good quality. But its beautiful! I was going to buy an padded pouch to put my planner but then I decided not to as I have a couple of pouch for that. So after offsetting from the voucher, I only need to pay 80cents!

Kickstarter
Now if you remembered I was quite into kickstarter until earlier this year. But I have stopped. Because sadly, most of the stuffs aren’t really in my life and MINIMALSIM!
Anyway here’s my quick comment/summary:
1) Passion Planner – I have stopped using. Cos it’s just not working.
2) Silmger (Indiegogp) – Worse product. Do not buy cos they are no longer delivering. I recommend XiaoMi Powerbank for extra juice on the go. 🙂
3) Articulate Clutch – An okay wallet/clutch but too heavy for daily usage. Creator have given me lots of doubts. Will not support again. This is firm.
4) Popbasic – Now this is the one that I really love. I have all 3 shirts. Wore black and strawberry and I love them! I will continue supporting if Popbasic need to use Kickstarter again.
5) Gmail for Mac – Cool mail app for MacBook. But eh…. I am fine without having it 😛
6) EDC pen – I lose the pen!!!!! ARGH!!!! But I am sure it is somewhere in my house!!!! The price after Kickstarter is too expensive otherwise I would consider to get an replacement. But luckily I have a lot of pens waiting to be love.
7) Leak Free – Have not try during the period cos they always happens on weekdays. 😛
8) Z-Charge – set up but not use. I find it messy to connect to my plug which is far from my bed! I will need to work on this x100000
9) Spoolee – Couldn’t do the cool fast un-cording  like the video :/ But its still cool to manage the cord. I have 3 more. I should give it away.
10) PX backpack – damn too big!
11) Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure kits – Have not try :/
12) Save the Sci Fi – Sci Fi subscription that I need to start using. I paid for lifetime sub 🙂
13) Pebble Time – alternating between other cool watches 😉
14) Magnetic paper – one piece is struck on my board. Need to start using the rest…

Planner
I am very happy with my planner. Its beautiful and easy to use. It is also very effective. The only problem I have with it is the weight as it is rather bulky. But I love it because its a customise planner for myself 🙂
I wanted to making MORE out of it in August!
Improvements needed:
1) My To-do list is rather blank. I couldn’t even fill up one page and I have two pages!
2) My calendar view page is also very blank. I need to fill a way to fill it up.
3) Improvement and efficiency is needed to my checklist.
4) i need to implement a way to record/track spending.

July’s Reflection
– I spend too much! Last week I mentioned I have discount coupon for one of my favourite local shopping site. I ended up making 3 separate purchases as I have 3 accounts! This is bad cos I bought things I might not need! Now, I understand to change an habit isn’t easy. I didn’t start out as a pure vegetarian. It took time. So I can say I am 50%-70% there. I just need to work harder!!
– My minimalism have progress this month. As mentioned, I threw away clothes and declutter my area. After months of effort, one of my area is finally decluttered and I am so happy! Of course this does not stop… I still need to work on various area of my room!

Magnetic “paper” – how well they work?

Okay I backed these stuffs a while back at kickstarter. The whole process was rather smooth for me. I was able to add on without any problem (Not using hotmail, outlook etc) and received my magnetic paper just yesterday!

So today I tried them out…

Firstly I am not completely satisfied with the packaging. Since these are paper (or equivalent) products, I expected better care in handling the packaging. I expected it to be shrink-wrapped. But not only it was not shrink-wrapped, I feel like the notes are just throw into the box. There was slight damage to the corner and my orange sheet was separate into half. Other than that, they seem fine. And did they run out of tape in the warehouse? I am seriously not kidding. Every single package I received in a tube from the past years are tapped at the top because those cover? they don’t stay on. But it was not taped at all. So the cover drop off :/ there were some air cushion thingy but most of them are not cushioned properly. anyway enough of the packaging. lets move on to the product.

Magnetic board
As much as the name sounds, it does not feel like a board. It is very thin and flimsy.  It is in fact very similar to those whiteboard sticker thingy found on aliexpress etc. To get one sheet out of the tube is messy…. You would expect to damage some parts of the sheet. As a result, there are marks on the sheet!

It is unavoidable I guess. But I would recommend doing this in a large space without any wind!

I tried putting it on a wall first. (I was going to replace my DIY board). But it won’t stick. It was okay when the fan do not blow in its direction. But it drop off almost immediately whenever the fan move to its direction. I cannot adjust the situation as I would be using fan all the times. (We are in a all-summer country).

So I moved to my wardrobe which is far “cleaner” and less dusty.

I moved my fan to face it but luckily it didn’t drop off. I was happy for about 10mins….. Then a strong wind blow in that direction and it drop off…. again. Argh so I put it up again. But it drop off…again. I decided that these “board” cannot stay when wind blows. Sigh. Kinda disappointed.

Oh well, I have 14 sheets to try out again!

Magnetic notes
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I bought a few of the size M and 3 in size L. I did not buy size S as they seem very small.


A compare to my regular stickies (Non Post-It) shown that the magnetic note is much better! it stayed on for a long time!

As for my other stickies – I normally have to put an extra tape. Even for Post-It!

In conclusion, out of the two products that I have tried, I would recommend the note but not so much for the board. If I have a choice, I would not buy the board again. I would stick to my DIY board (whiteboard sticker from Aliexpress pasted onto a corrugated plastic board) and use magnetic notes. 🙂

Weekly roundup – 29 April to 3 May

So I decided to use a new format in my weekly round-up. Instead of using the week number, I would be using the date. I didn’t do a round-up last week so I would be writing everything for the past 2 weeks!

What have I been busy with?
So I couldn’t write an round-up last week as I have been rather busy. Firstly it was work. I came home slightly late everyday. It took my energy away and I just want to rest and do nothing else!

Then I was distracted by….. TV! I don’t watch much Korean drama but I do catch a bit here and there during my dinner time. I like to watch something while having my meals. This is very bad for health but it is a habit I simply cannot change. So last week or so, I found out the channel that I was watching my Korean drama on has extended the time for an extra hour. An full extra hour! which means originally it is supposed to be ending at 8pm but instead it will end at 9pm! Not only that, they also broadcasted a Japanese drama which I wanted to watch for a long time. So I couldn’t resist keeping myself free for television from 10-11pm!

My usual schedule is like this:
7-8pm: Dinner, TV, after work resting
8-8.30pm: Bath
8.30pm-bedtime: Stuffs I need to do.

My now schedule:
7-9pm: Dinner, TV, after work resting
9-9.30pm: Bath
9.30pm: Stuffs I need to do
10-11pm: TV time (again)
… and straight to bed!

So you can imagine the past few days on weekdays hasn’t been very useful! I have done much lesser work. Uh this is really bad as I don’t like to be doing less things. But the good news is the Japanese show is ending soon! So I will go back to less hectic schedule. Hoping I would catch up with my work soon!

Other than that I have been busy reading on…… NORTH KOREA! I don’t know how but a couple of days ago, I came across something which prompted me to read up on NK. I am fascinated by everything I have read. I know they are a country that are mysterious but I didn’t know about so many stuffs – e.g. how the citizen is unable to access the internet as freely. There is a couple of books on this mysterious which I am interested to read 🙂

World Book Day
So 23 April was World Book Day so I took my morning off from work to visit Kinokuniya. They are giving out a free Black Penguin Classic to all members.

I was expecting the store to be crowded at opening. But only a couple of people dropped by to get their free copy. I guess next time I shall come by after work? 🙂


I also decided to purchase one of Stephen King’s books as it is the last day of their 20% discount! I was eyeing at Christine originally but the book is too thick as I wanted a new book for my upcoming holiday! Btw my favourite Stephen King’s books are 11/22/63 followed by The Shining and Carrie! I thought I will enjoy Under the Dome but I keep stopping it 😦 But I guess at some point of my life, I will finish that book!!

They have a similar event for yesterday’s Free Comic Book Day. But I am not really a fan of comic/manga etc. So I didn’t go down. And its on a Saturday so probably there would be crowd.

On the same subject, I backed this wonderful SciFi project a while back… Scifi book is just so WOW. So I got myself a lifetime subscription! I got my code last week and have signed up for an account. I am probably going to start reading something soon.

Face to face promotion
Can I say I hate such promotion? I do get it once in a while. But recently I feel like there is too much of them and  it started to get on my nerve. I mean bothering people at the mall is fine as it is a public space. But visiting people at their house is like really just plain annoying. People could be in the middle of something important – e.g. a phone-call. I noticed they never ask if you are okay for a small chat. They just went straight to the topic. Yesterday yet another “company” came to visit my house. Originally I thought it was the deliveryman. Some courier company do deliver on weekend now. So I went to answer the door. Turn out to be some insurance agent people promoting some insurance stuffs. If I want insurance, I will go get one. I do not need people to “brainwash” me into buying one. So in order to get out of the conversation I just say 1) I am not working.(I look young anyway) 2) I never work not even part time. (They can’t tell anyway) 3) My parents are not in. (Truth). One of the sale person even ask me about my age. I gave her the “none-of-your-business” look. I think they don’t really believe it as she asked me to confirm again. I was in the middle of doing some work so I really can’t bother to chat with these annoying people. I know it is their job. But really I am sure they are grown up who knows there are better jobs out there.

Minimalism, To do
Last week I finally threw away some expired snack. I got some muesli bars from Australia last year when I visited. I realise they were expired when I wanted to eat a couple of months ago. They were cheaper as Australia is the manufacturing country. Anyway since they are cheaper, I got greedy and bought too much. I went online and check – Some website claimed that such dry snack are actually still okay even after expired date. The snack will just lose the flavour and maybe much less crunchier. I did have 1 or 2 even though they are expired. Ya, it tasted all right. But soon I forgot about them again. Last week i realise they are expired for a few months. So it is really not safe to eat them anymore. A self-note to myself not to get greedy and buy too much snack. I am not really a snack person. I going eat snack when I feel hungry at work. I can go by months without having snack!

Next is my to do, planning stuffs…
Firstly the budgeting I started a couple of weeks back is officially fail 😛 1) I am suppose to do this on Sunday but Sunday is my busy day as my nieces are always around. So I don’t really have much time. 2) I always run out of $2 notes which I am suppose to be using. :/ But I am happy to say that this is just a concept that do not need actual action for it to work. I keep this in my mind everyday and I spend less than what I wanted to budget! I need to think of a way to fix this system again!

Secondly, It almost come naturally…. but I stop using my passion planner. It has been a week? I kinda stop bringing to work. I don’t know. I just feel the A6 organiser I am using as my daily notebook seems to be enough for me. It is pointless for me to write something and ultimately I have a similar schedule almost everyday. Furthermore I uses the bigger A5 organiser at home. So I am kinda used to the system. Oh well I will try to write something in my passion planner and see how it goes for next week.

Weekly roundup: Third week of March


Work updates
Nothing much this week except I received an good new. That day my boss asked me to go into my CEO’s room for a close door meeting. I was a little bit scared. I went to my CEO’s room all the time for work. But I seldom have an close door meeting. But it turn out they have decided to rise my salary. I was naturally very happy about it. With this additional money, I am planning to enrol in a couple of short courses to brush up on my HR qualification and skills 🙂 I do have something in mind but I am not sure if I will be accepted as they do have some strict requirement. It is opened to HR personnel. I am not 100% HR personnel based on my current job-scopes. One of my friends also suggested that I should take up business course. I never like business course as they are too dull. So I didn’t even consider it when I was picking an course for my degree. But of course, I feel kinda regretted 😦 I wished I knew what I want back then.

Minimalism, To-do etc
Nothing much for this week 😦 I had a personal health problem for a couple of days. I didn’t have full usage of my arm so I couldn’t do much! Unfortunately that’s also meant I neglected my planner for a couple of days again. My arm is better today (I even have my first craft lesson which I would write more about!) so I am hoping to get back into shape by tomorrow. I have guests for tonight so I would be not doing much.

But I did came up with an idea which I would start soon! I have been thinking about the way I saved. I don’t spend as much as before. But I still feel I am not saving enough. For e.g. I wanted to spend only $3.50 maximum for lunch. But I always exceeded my spend on one of those days. I would either get a drink or get expensive lunch 😦 It is okay once in a while but not every week!

Then there is this problem – stationary purchases. I always see and buy without sparing much second thoughts. Same for online purchases. Okay, I did not buy everything I see. But I am still spending. which is bad.

I suddenly thought of a wallet which I saw on Etsy – basically it has dividers which you can put cash in. It is actually an common saving method. But I just didn’t think I need another fancy wallet that cost $35! Breaking my minimalism goal at the same time. I think expansion folder would work well. So I am going to visit the bookstore tomorrow. I do remember seeing those mini folder before. Otherwise I can always use whatever I have at home 🙂

Reading
Due to the above situation, I have not complete my book – Totto Chan. But I am going to try to complete it tomorrow. I am going to visit the library and pick up some easy reading books like Agatha Christie. I have read a few last year and I enjoyed every books so much! I am trying to get more reading before I get myself busy with holiday plan. Most likely I need to plan for my family vacation again.

Online purchases, Kickstarter etc
As usual, this week I kinda wanted to buy something online. I have wanting to find a pencil case/pouch. In fact, I had one pouch in my Etsy cart ready to check out. I was attracted to the panda cute prints 😦 Then I keep reminding myself its silly as I have many pouches which work well to keep my stationaries and pencil box at home! I should really curb, curb, curb! My next urge is to buy a new short. I always buy something when I have vacation plan :p It is kinda like “I-need-something-new-cos-I-am-going-holiday” but it is silly as I do not need new things especially short. I will buy one when it is torn. On the other hand, I will get something new for the trip. I wrote about waiting for a couple of kickstarter rewards to arrive.They were from last year (before my life goal commerced :() One of them is an backpack. It should be on my way! I am going to use it for my upcoming trip!  😀

I was really excited to back an new project. It is some kinda of magnetic board which I feel would make my organisation lots easier. I thought about it for a few hours. But decided to jump in at the very last couple of days. It attracted me as it can be pasted onto any surface which is just so great for me! I need a board all the times! My current board is an D-I-Y whiteboard which I ordered through aliexpress. I pasted onto corrugated board and hang it in front of my desk. It worked well as a notice board. But it is kinda shaky and doesn’t write that well. 😦 The sticky notes also drop all the times so I have to use tapes very often. In long term it would be better as I am really saving some costs. But I think the quantity given might be too much. I would have to re-look at it again when it arrives. Most probably I am giving the rest away! 🙂

Lastly, as usual, complaints for Kickstarter/crowdfunding. I really need to curb my crowdfunding spendings as well 😦 I would work on this with my new system.

Okay, so my “some charger” actually work. I had some certification error. But it somehow still charge when I tried the second time. But, it is the most horrible charger I ever have. I leave it and it will depleted by itself. So in order to charge I have to charge it first which doesn’t make sense if I am using it as an backup/emergency charger. :/ It doesn’t cost very cheap either.  With this bad experience, I am avoiding that particular crowdfunding site 😦

My “some clutch” have not arrive. Last week, I posted an rather-lengthy comment (Nothing rude btw!). And I got an email from them in a couple of hours later. Amazing eh?
– They need hire professional customer service. The person sending email is….. 1) There is no greeting. 2) There is no signature + company details. Hello you ARE representing an company. 3) There is no response to what I want to know. 4) She/he just sounds a bit impatient.
– I still didn’t get what I want to know. I discussed with an colleague who buy stuffs online all the time. She agreed that all posts from US usually comes with a tracking.

Selling
I am very excited that I made two transactions last week! I sell online mainly to get rid of the stuffs I do not want. It is not for making an income. So I am very fussy and strict when it comes to selling. I wasn’t able to sell anything previously as I have buyer who wants to meet up and bug for discount. I wrote about why I hate meeting up previously. It is mainly because of the time wasted. So I am really happy that I have two buyers who is fine with getting their purchases mailed. It is like old time. Nobody do meet up back then 🙂 I have another buyer who bug me two times to meet up. He/she still refuses to give up when I say no for the 3rd times. It is honestly just an very light weight item so I really don’t get it why he/she cannot make my life less miserable. I was also very happy that they didn’t bargain. I have people who offer me ridiculous prices. I gladly click “decline” each time. I am not selling for the money so I am happy to wait for someone who know how to appreciate the price I set.

Vacation
I mentioned that we are planning for a trip to taiwan and it is now confirmed! I am really excited as Taiwan is my favourite holiday destination ❤ We booked budget airline tickets and it cost only less than SGD400 per pax. I usually take budget if it is a short flights (less than 5 hours) but I would opt for non-budget airline if its a longer flight. Last year I took my second non-budget holiday to Australia. My first experience is of course our very own Singapore Airline which was very long ago when I was quite small. Anyway it was a awesome experience with Qantas. I would go for it again if I am visiting Australia. I feel like I need to see the rest of Australia as well 😀

Talking about this,  I have one friend who claimed that she cannot travel as she will fall sick during long distance flight or bus. It is such a pity but personally she also didn’t quite make an effort to do something to her situation. I suggested that she should see a doctor to get medicines. But she say nevermind. Oh well, it seems more like she don’t want to travel which is a little silly to me. Traveling is always good. You can see the world. Everywhere is so different. Culture, food and just EVERYTHING. Even the building are so fascinating. I was so fascinated by the old buildings I seen in Sydney. They are just so beautiful. ❤ I don’t enjoy Hong Kong when I was there for 3 times (as compare to other countries I have visited) but I do remember Hong Kong being the first country I ever visited. The neon light scenery at night is just so beautiful and always in my mind.

Weekly Round-up: First week of March

I think I am going to do a weekly round-up of my life with thoughts cluttered in my brain. Depending on how cluttered my brain has been, it could happen weekly or occasionally. This week happened to be one of those week that I am completely cluttered! Being a random post, it will be long and boring. If you want to be bored with details of my life, please read on! 🙂

Work updates
I had a new challenge this week! So there was some restructuring and people had to go. And finally the company decided to increase my pay! yay! But it is not happening soon. It will be probably taken place in the next two months. So I am stuck & on a slight pause for my jobs-searching. I would have a better position to negotiate for a better pay after my increment. Sigh. This is not what I wanted. But hey something good is happening.

So my challenge was to learn new stuffs. I have been asked to sit in board meetings to take notes etc. They are lengthy but interesting as I get inside information. 😀 I understood most of the stuffs rather well. But detecting the important points is really a challenge! Again, this is not what I wanted as this is not my speciality. But I always find a pleasure to learn new stuffs. I do love any job related to writing 🙂

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