05 Feb 2017

I have been busy binge rewatching the HP movies! So my dad finally set up the blu ray player for me. So I started binge watching on Thursday after I came back from work. It took me one and half day.  I am not a super fan of the movie. (You can’t be if you love the books). But yeah, its great to watch! I love most of the casting.

Maybe it’s psychological thing or what. But the screen resolution do seems better after I use the blu ray player. There is talk of 4K UHD set coming out. But my tv can’t play them so it’s useless to splurge on that kind of money.

My Hufflepuff rug from Thinkgeek has arrived!
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(It’s still all wrapped up cos my mum say she will find time to put this up with me) I was writing this and she say lets put it up.

I think it’s super worth it. Although it’s 100% polyester (My current rug is 100% cotton..) and Made in China, but you cannot find this anywhere else. The “feel” of it is definitely different – it’s not soft but scratchy!

I wanted to use it to cover my cabinet instead but it’s obviously too big seeing the real thing lol
But I believe this would be a super awesome decoration!

On a side note, their shipping is really much slower these few days as they are moving warehouse. It’s stated on their website. I wish they would ship the Newt’s scarf I ordered quickly!

Talking about decoration etc, I am going to redecorate my room. I have been looking at the HP-inspired rooms over pinterest, they are so beautiful!

Here’s some thoughts:
– The first obvious thing to do is to continue to get rid of more stuffs. Yup, I still have too many of everything. I really need to get rid of them! But I cannot be getting rid of them tooooo fast. I always wanted to just chuck some stuffs. But these are really good stuffs that can still be used. So I think it would take some times.
– Of course essentially, I have to stop buying so much stuffs. I know, I have been trying for so longggg. Now I think I am much more determined. Minimalism all the way!!!
– Wallpaper. My current walls are in pastel blue. It’s good if I am in Ravenclaw? lol. But I want it to be either bright yellow, maroon (Ya! I always love maroon but I am in Hufflepuff but who cares!) or vintage patterns like stone or sand? For DIY, it would be cheaper but I don’t know if I have the patience or talent for such project. I could DIY an area first. For e.g. the wall in front of my table. Otherwise, I can ask a contractor to do it for me. It would be good as it would be a complete makeover. But I think it’s not going to be cheap. And furthermore, my walls are still okay. They have been repainted 3-4 years ago. They still look ok. Such a waste of money. Otherwise I could keep it the same way. I was thining of going for an nautical theme previous year. So perhaps it could be a mixture  of both theme.  Then the pastel blue walls fit in 😀
– I have 2 cupboards, 1 cabinets, 1 kiddish (I am not kidding. It’s plastic and in pastel pink!) shelf. The kiddish looking shelf have to move somewhere obviously. Ok, my mum bought it for me. Not that I don’t appreciate it. But it’s super odd. The stuffs on the shelf are things like makeup, facial products… these are the stuffs which I wanted to get rid of (Yes, those memebox days….)! The rest of the things like tissue box can be moved somewhere. The other cupboards and cabinets are fine as they are in brown. Well, my wardrobe are in black/brown so it make sense to keep to this colour scheme. Brown is kinda like fitting with the HP theme. But I probably try to paste some pattern on it or something!
– As for the contents, I need to get rid of some books, textbooks (NOT from Hogwarts :P), some stationary (I was way too obsessed with stationaries :P) and less clothes, bags and shoes. Minimalism! Its so hard. But I got to do it!
– Picture frame! I never thought of hanging anything. But picture frame are very important in the wizarding world lol. Of course my picture don’t move. But I am going to hang a couple of it! I always like the view of hogwarts at night. It would be wonderful to display it.

 

 

01 Jan 2017

Happy new year!

I have been looking forward to a new year – as I can finally start my routine of doing planning and organising.  So looking forward to a fresh start!

This year’s new year resolution:
1) Keep room tidy & organise
2) Minimalism
3) Need not want
4) Reading target – 20
5) Daily planning
6) Write more, read more
7) Brisk walking

For me, the most important thing is to “practice” minimalism. I have not been applying the concepts to my life as diligently as I would. But hey it’s a new year, I hope I would be able to work on this again!

A friend bought this from Japan Daiso for me 🙂 It is so cute! Japan’s Daiso is one good reason for me to visit Japan as they always have different stuffs. I wish they could have it in Singapore too. I am using it to record my spending 🙂  I hope I won’t write much in it!

On the background is a notebook from Campus which I am using to jot down my daily thoughts! It is a great notebook as it’s not pricey and it’s super smooth to write on. I got it at Tokyo Hands. For buying a pack of 5 and a stack of loose leaf, I got 2 notebooks free 😀 Both Muji and Daiso sell similar notebooks. But the ones from Muji are not as good. I haven’t try the one from Daiso.

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It was always good to meet up with friends over for meals or coffee. As I grow older and having a change in lifestyle, I no longer find shopping a joy. Sure, I do like shopping once in a while. But mainly I shop to get the essential stuffs. I am okay with not shopping for a long time. To me, the most enjoyable thing is to talk to friends. I realise some people are glue on their mobile phone instead of having conversations. There was this friends  who have dinner next to us. They were looking at their phones instead of talking. Maybe they have shopped for long time so they don’t want to chat. But well, I think it’s important to keep your phones away when you are having dinner.

As mentioned in my previous post, brisk walking is in my agenda to get more active. For me, it is never about pushing myself to run or jog for marathon. I don’t like gym activities either. Maybe few years down the road, when I have the space, I would get a treadmill. But for now, I enjoy brisk walking with the nature. 🙂

I finally update my reading challenge for 2017. I haven’t read much for 2016 due to my study. But I will definitely aim to read more. In fact, my target has been set at 20.

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.

Oct roundup

It been such a long time since I posted anything at all. I have been busy as a couple of changes in my life took place. I am now ready to be quite focus on making new posts although I may not be posting that much!

Life
For the past 3-4 months, I faced tough challenges in my personal life. Some changes happened. I learn alot of lessons from these tough days. I would be making a separate post on a couple of topics. But here’s are some highlights and thoughts…
– An ex-colleague decided to walk away from my life. I was obviously devastated at first as I didn’t see this upcoming. I have never faced such situation before and wasn’t able to handle it that well. I could only say we have a couple of misunderstandings and I did value our friendship. But since she had decided to leave my life, I no longer find the reason to treasure it anymore. I would probably treat her as an stranger which I never met. Whatever the reason was. It no longer matters as we would never cross path again anyway. Like what a friend said, you do not depend on her for survival which is quite true. Honestly, I am still trying to get over it… There is still a small part in my heart wished that things didn’t turn sour. But I know that it is not worth it be pondering over it.
– I faced a low point in my life. While I appreciated many people who stand by me during this tough period, but I am also frustrated by a couple of people who show the lack of compassionate. I am not saying I do not appreciate their concern. But sometimes, it just went abit over the line. There is an limit to one’s tolerance level. If you cannot help to solve my problem, then please do not add burden to my problem.
– I am now in my last semester for my study. A friend asked me how I feel? I say I do not have any special feeling. Probably because I am on my first baby step to my dream 🙂 I was in a better place than when I first started.
– I am however excited for my other plan for next year. A couple weeks ago, I realised that I am not as active as I should be. I never enjoy sport or running. But I realise it is good to be out actively even if it means just doing brisk walking 😉 So I am going to devote more time next year to brisk walking! Of course, I am hopefully to write and read more 🙂
– I would also be focusing my energy to Minimalism! For the past few months, I haven’t been able to focus. Hence, I did break my own rules…

Minimalism
– As mentioned, I did break my own rules.
– My main focus is not to eliminate shopping as it still play an important part of my life.
– But I wanted to focus on NEED and not WANT. Obviously, it is something I am still learning.
–  With my energy fully focused, I would be able to think more thoroughly. – Although I may have break my rules, but I have try to minimise whenever I could! For e.g. I am throwing away things I no longer use.

Planning
– Likewise I wasn’t able to do any planning during my down time. I believe it was the lack of focus.
– Being more focused, I would be able to do more planning.
– My next year planner would be a Le Petit Prince from moleskine: http://www.moleskine.com/en/collections/model/product/12-months-limited-edition-planner-petit-prince-weekly-notebook-large-light-gr-1
I received an discount code for a local bookstore. So I decided to get a new planner for myself 🙂 I am excited about being able to plan actively again.
– After experiencing with different kind of planners, I realise there is no point in having a big planner. It all boils down to being convenience. Having a large planner means having to lug it around everyday which is something quite tiring. So while personalised planner (Erin Condren, Plum Planner etc) are fun. But it is something I am not considering again.

 

 

 

How to be happy?

This question has been on my mind constantly for the past few weeks or so. I thought I was happy but then some things happened and I wasn’t happy anymore. Then I realise I wasn’t happy for a long time. It is probably the time for me to get happy again!

I am not going into details… of whatever that has happened. A quote from one my favourite tv show, “Whatever happened, happened…“. So I shall move on!

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1) In order to be happy, you have to change something! This is fortunately easy for me. Because I knew what was causing my unhappiness. I am working towards making that change happens. Again, I am not going into much details as I just don’t feel like explaining the situation.  Coincidentally one of my classes of an new degree that I have taken up is on organisational change. One of the model I learn which is super useful is called Lewin’s change model. It is time to apply what I have learned!

2) Surrounded with positive quotes. I have been working towards a positive lifestyle for a couple of years. One of the things that I find useful is to surround myself with positive quotes. The most simple thing to do is to google “positive quotes”, print, cut and paste at the workstation. I am doing a minor revamp at my workstation so nothing much has been pasted yet. But I have done this previously and found it really useful. Other than positive quotes, it is also useful to print out stuffs related to a favourite tv shows. Another favourite quotes of mine from lost is “It only ends once. anything happens before that is just progress.” Being an avid reader, I find quotes from famous authors like George Orwell useful as well – “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”

3) Don’t listen to others – except your close friends. I found out that a major mistake that I have made is that I talked to too many people. This causes my disrupted mind to be much more disrupted and I lost my direction. and yay unhappiness! One keep bugging me to give up on “something”. While I appreciated her concerns and advices, but it doesn’t help… at all. That “something” wasn’t contributing to my unhappiness. In fact, it was the very opposite. So I realise who are the real ones that I can talk to and I will keep it this way.  Talking about people, It is definitely important who you choose to hang out with. Remember this – Better be positive alone than with the negative crowd. =) 

4) Stay simple. I was watching this documentary on Youtube on Bhutan and Vanuatu. The citizens there are really happy. And that is because they have a simple life! Of course in order to do that, it is best to adopt to the “minimalism” lifestyle. As I was quite busy with stuffs for the past three months, I admit that I have not been thinking about my minimalism much. I will definitely pick this up again as I need to concentrate on exam for the time being.

5) Continue to enjoy what you love doing. I sort of lost myself…. and stop doing some stuffs that contributed to my happiness – e.g. reading a book and writing. So my happiness index dropped. It is important to know what you enjoy doing. I have a friend who told me she doesn’t know what she likes doing. Nobody can help you on this. Pick up a hobby and enjoy life.

6) Have a dream. I have a “dream” and I shall not elaborate on it hehehe. I realise a lot of people misunderstood my “dream”. It is a “dream” that keep me happy and alive. They thought that I wish for something to happen to that “dream”. But it doesn’t matter what kind of outcome I will have. It is something that keep me happy, that’s all I need!

7) Keep a journal. I talked too much lately but I realise they are not helping. I love writing and keeping  a journal is a great way to “vent” my frustration and reflects.

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!