28 July 2018

I decided to write an post as I have some time to kill before my nieces and nephew are here!

Fitbit
I finally gotten one! I have been thinking about getting one for 2 years! I finally decided to get because I am on this health programme with my insurer to clock in steps each day to get voucher. I can also clock in using my iPhone but it is very tiring to carry my phone everywhere I goes. I feel that it is not as accurate as well. Having a watch on my wrist is much easier. I was very wary of getting smartwatch after my encounter with Pebble. Never never get tech stuffs from startup company. I thought they were quite solid but it turns out to be… sigh I don’t even want to think about the amount that I have spend on this company. So I waited for 2 years before I was really sure about this.

So I purchased an Atla HR. It was an older model but I learnt from my past when dealing with Pebble is never get an expensive one. My main focus is anyway to clock in steps so I don’t need a lot of function.

I decided to get black although its boring. But its much cheaper. Again, never pay extra for special or limited edition. haha.

I purchased third party strap from aliexpress for USD3. Introduced to an fellow colleague. She say its fake. I was like so what lol. Honestly, nobody really cares if your strap is real or not. I mean as long as the watch is real right. I used third party strap all the times… even back in those Pebbles days. There is no right or wrong in this. You can get any handphone covers. Why do you have to restrict yourselves on your watch strap choice? Duh. And she complained the real strap is expensive. You think the real one is expensive and the third party one is fake. Then what do you want?

Okay, for my goal of 10K everyday, I have been doing well for the past 4 days. Lol. But its weekend. I charged up my Fitbit (just got it yesterday) and clock in much lesser today. But its good as I am being reminded to walk every now and then.

Minimalism 
I decided to give up my plan to minimise books LOL. I mean I do borrow from the library or read e-books. But I decided not to restrict myself from buying books. But I would buy only books that I am really sure on! I purchased Marie Kondo’s book recently even though I have read it before. I know that I would refer to this book very often. So I decided to purchase it.

I am currently organisation my DVD/CD. I threw all of my VCD collection. It was a good decision because I would never play them again. I throw away some DVDs and CD casing… leaving only the disc itself. And I organised them into CD pouches. I haven’t buy DVD and CD for like a long time. Whenever possible, I purchase them on iTune instead. 🙂

Then, as usual, I am trying to reduce my stationaries. I “donated” some parts of it to my nieces by putting them in the common area for them to use when they comes over. Other than that, I would try to use them as much as possible.

I minimise my wardrobe every now and then. Of course, I have tried to avoid purchasing  whenever possible.

Will be continuing to work on this.

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My Tom Bihn wish-list

My family and I are planning a trip to South Korea in Dec. I am excited because it means I can splurge on a nice traveling bag like finally!! LOL!!
So I am looking at Tom Bihn obviously. Its now one of the brands I always look at! I only have a couple of products so far including a Sidekick which I love and some pouch. It is not much but I do want to get more because they are such a great brand!

So as I started planning for my holiday, I am also start planning my wishlist because the shipping is not cheap.

Medium Cafe Bag
I never like buckle bag. I always feel that they are too boyish for my liking. But… as much I love my Sidekick, its too small to carry some stuffs. I do have other bags but sometimes I just want a Tom Bihn. MCB is a great size to be used as a carry on. If I am not flying budget (which I am not for this time round), I like to carry the right size – not too big or not too small. I tried a tote and a backpack. But they are all too big for comfort!

What I like: The Size (seems right for my use)
What I don’t like: The buckle

Luminary 10
Its love at first sight. I have this bag on my wish-list ever since it has been released. But I have 2 backpacks. So I couldn’t buy. But I imagine this backpack would be soooo wonderful for traveling around!! My current backpack aren’t really good for traveling…
So, I am very determined to get this for my upcoming trip!! I am just waiting for the new version to be released. It could be my work backpack too since its such a beautiful bag!

What I like: Everything? LOL.
What I don’t like: Colour combination (My perfect combination would be Mars Red/Black)

3D Organizer Cube (Clear)
I am really into organisation & I have a lot of pouch to organise my bags. I just hate looking for things in my bag. It seldom happens to me because I keep things neat and tidy! This is on wish list because I don’t have a clear organiser. And having a clear one is very useful – especially when you are on a trip.

What I like: Clear – visible to see things
What I don’t like: Only one size

Travel Tray
When I saw this, I was like I need this!!! I always like to keep some stuffs at my side when I am in the hotel and I hate it when its messy!

What I like: The function
What I don’t like: None yet

 

3 March 2018

It is weekend. I have some free time so I decided to write a post!

Reading
I have gotten into the reading “mode”. I have a book at my office’s table for some light lunchtime reading. It is a productive way of spending my lunch hours when I bring my own food. Yay!

Other than that, I have also completed Surprise Me from  Sophie Kinsella. It wasn’t as good as her previous novels. I really love the previous one – My Not So Perfect Life. But Surprise Me isn’t half there. I was abit hesitating because the Kindle version is so expensive. It is USD14! I had to get the kindle version because I don’t have much space for books. So I can only get books that I would really read and re-read.

I have Thinking, Fast and Slow next on my list. It was a book that I have wanting to complete. But somehow, I couldn’t complete. And then, I have The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I feel ineffective recently and need this classic book to reboot me.

Watching less TV series
I am being committed to watch less tv series.. at least for this month. I came to realise that I watched too much of it but then it’s my own life. Why should I let it affected me. I should be doing things that make me happy. But I decided to watch lesser this month to focus on other things like reading!

Lasik
After hesitating for years, I decided to do something this year. I have signed up for a information talk – mainly to get free discount and consultation lol but I would be booking an appointment and doing the thing if I am able to. I have been reading abit of information here and there. It sounds scary but I guess it is definitely  worth it. I am scared, nervous but excited!

Hobonichi Drawer Pouch
I hate Hobonichi. I am always craving for their covers, accessories and now this!
I am obsessed with stationary and organisation.  So…
But then, I have not get it as it is too expensive! It is probably high quality and lasting etc. And it could the one. pencil. case. that. I. need. But no.. I just couldn’t justify spending so much on this. Some other pouch from Lihit lab or Kokuyo are way cheaper. Beside that, there isn’t a pattern/colour that I really want. Black is my usual choice but no, it’s just too plain. If I am going to spend like $60 on a pouch, it got to be the one that I really love. I like the picnic design. Its cute, colourful and everything. But I am not sure I am going to go for it as I would be seeing it for a few good years. None of the other patterns appeal to me. And yellow. It’s a colour that I want to like. But I am not sure if it is not going to be my colour. So if they ever come out with a colour that I really loves (e.g. maroon), I will not be buying it.

FieldNote subscription
So I have FN subscription for a year now? It is fun to get new FN every season. Now that the subscription is due soon. I am thinking if I should continue? I really love FN for its simple design and quality paper. But I obviously have too much of it. I am attracted to the fact that they are released on limited edition,

New spending behaviour
I am so happy that I am spending less now. My colleague even told me that she want to learn from me as I am really thrifty. It is not so true in some way. I likes to save up and spend on things that I really need. So whenever I see anything, I would think and consider if I need it. It is the same for online shopping. Yes, I still browse them but I am checking out stuffs less often. I would only get stuffs that I really need. 😀 I am actively writing them in my Hobo or in a googledrive doc that I keep track of. I would spend on things that I really need. Working towards my minimalism goal as usual 😀

Minimalism
I think I am stuck in a roadblock. I done some stuffs over the past 1-2 months. But I am at a loss on what I should be doing next. I am clearing things, not splurging on things that I do not need and sticking to having only one for most stuffs. I bought a couple of books for inspiration. I am so Hermione sometimes. When in doubt, go to the library.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Easier to find things!

This week I discovered one of the many benefits of minimalism – Easier to find things!

I was never a messy person. In fact, I organised my things very well! I have many things in my room but I knew where I placed my stuffs. In the past, I was able to find things.. but it takes some times and more efforts to locate. But with lesser things, there is lesser areas to look for and hence, the time spend on searching will cut down. I was looking for an old octopus card in preparation for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong next week. In the past before I started cutting down things massively, I have 4-5 areas to look for in my room. But with the massive minimalism, I know straightaway and only have one area to look for..where I put all my traveling stuffs and its not there. So I am quite sure its with someone else or I have simply forgot that I have returned it!

In the past, I would tend to spend so much times on these few areas that I thought I have kept the thing. I wouldn’t just give up if it is not found in these few areas. I would most likely to search the whole room. Even though I feel that I organised well, but since it cannot be located, I would think that I must have misplaced it somewhere else. But with lesser things, there is even better organisation and you would know that its not possible for it to be elsewhere. Even if I do ended up searching the whole room, because there is lesser things, I will not spend so much time!

 

Baggallini Avenue Tote Review

Late last year, I have changed job. And I started bringing my own lunch. Being me, I changes bag often and sometimes I just want to carry a huge tote to throw everything in!

3 weeks ago, I decided that to find a bag with organising compartments! I didn’t realise it for years that such bag are much useful. It is much more functional as compared to bags that look nice but do not have the compartments. Yes I am super obsessed with organising. An ex colleague used to comment that I have way too many pouches in my bags. Yes I love putting things into pouch because I simply cannot stand them all over the places. I usually have 2-4 pouches depending on what bag I uses. I also realise that there isn’t much choices in the market. Not much bag companies focus on this – making bags with compartments.

So after doing some research, I decided to purchase an Baggallini bag. There is a lot of good reviews on this bag (Avenue Tote) on eBags, Zappos and Amazon. I wanted to buy from Zappos as it is cheaper. But fortunately, I was unable to pay with my card. It was fortunate as I realise Amazon has it and was on sale! I purchased it at USD69.90 and now it is listed at USD98! And I get free shipping! Well I have to spend USD125. But it was worth it. I purchased some OST and Funko.

Baggallini focus on bags for traveling. My main focus is for commuting rather than traveling as I don’t like carrying a lot of stuffs when traveling. But who knows? Maybe one day, I will take this on a trip.


On the first look it wasn’t impressive. It look cheap. But after examining the material, I felt that it seems to be of good quality. The bag is  made of nylon and made in China. But the quality is different from those usual nylon bags that I have seen from China. This is far better quality. Those cheaper nylon are usually very shiny looking. But this bag seems to be in between canvas and those lower quality nylon bag. I felt that it could last much longer than those bags. But my main concern is how waterproof this bag is. I guess I will find out when I uses this when it is raining.

Of course the main focus of the bag is the compartments! The video on Zappos shows the different compartments and it was the deciding factor for me. I felt that the compartments would be useful as I can now organise my things into the bag instead of putting them in pouches! As a result, I may cut down on pouches. Yay minimalism! I don’t carry laptop or tablet. But the compartment meant for laptop/tablet can be used to put planner, notebooks etc. When I buy bags with compartments, I always ensure that there is one for pens. Because being me, I cannot go anywhere without a pen! So I am looking forward to using the pen compartment.

So, on the first look, this bag seems really functional and useful with the different compartments. The materials aren’t something very impressive. But it looks like good quality and seems lasting. So this bag will replaces a couple of big tote that I have to be the daily work tote. I am going to start using and will eventually “remove” the rest from my life =)

Organising, decluttering and Minimalising

Recently, professional organisers are in the news. Who are they – In short, they help clients to organise and decluttering. Some clients paid them for their service and advices. Some have no idea what to do about the mess and want to be organise! Hence, they decided to engage an expert!

I wrote about Decluttering 101 about 2 years ago. It is not 101 tips but it is a good 23 pointers to get you started.

I am not against getting professional advice or help. But most of the stuffs are pretty much common senses. Throw what you don’t need or never use for a long time. Organise the rest by using plastic containers etc. Keep things to a minimum. And don’t buy things you don’t need. Most people have a problem (Myself included) because they are attached to their belonging… and likes to shop for things.

Professional organiser/expert are good for the first use. But they are not to help everytime you have a mess. It’s all about habits. Those professional organsier/expert mainly (?) gives tips on keeping your stuffs organise. BUT I don’t think they actually provide the root cause of the problem. In the first place, if you don’t have so much stuffs, you wouldn’t have the mess to deal with. So at the same time, CHANGE your habits! For e.g. do not go to the malls for window shopping as you know you would end up buying 1 or 2 things. Find other activities to do – walk at the park!

So organising and decluttering should conclude with a minimalising!