Hobonichi 2019

Yay this year’s purchasing process is so much smoother! I completed my first order in just 1 min and hold the shipment! Then a couple hours later, ordered a few accessories and merge the shipment!

After going through minor hesitation of getting an second planner for my work. I went from wanting a week to a A6 to a Cousin. But in the end, I decided not to purchase an Hobonichi for work. Then I would get to explore other planner. lol.
And… here’s my final purchase:

1) Yes I decided to for the Circus cover because its too colourful to resist. I wanted something more unique… Last year, I choose the Soda Dots. It was my love at first sight. But I realise I wanted A Book and Flowers more after seeing more posts on it.So this year, I went for something different.

The real life cover isn’t really WOW to me. The print on the cover isn’t as clear as I thought. But considering that they are printed on polyester, its quite understandable.
Its still beautiful just not as WOW.

2) Clear cover no longer given out as an freebie. But it wasn’t that expensive. So i decided to get one just in case. It should be good enough to last for one year!

3) One of my issues for this year is I cannot find pages. I think I am still not familiar with the monthly features so it is such a waste. Hope the index tab will help me find my way.

4) I purchased those cute plastic folders as its very hard to find cute plastic folders like this that will fits exactly into a Hobonichi cover! Besides, I am into keep reciepts before I entered them into my Hobonichi Techo. So they would be so useful for me!

5) I didn’t purchase pencil boards last year as they reminds me of the boring paper cutter board. But the pencil board is so different…

6) I am into expenses tracking. And one of my goals next year is better keep track of it. I saw this stamp last year and felt that it was expensive. But, I realise that it would helpful because sometimes, I forgotten to write. It would make things more neat too.

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Planner for 2019

Yay it is time of the year again!! To get a new planner for next year! Bit too early? No its not! I like to get ahead  on this because a paper planner IS VERY IMPORTANT!

What planner I am getting for next year?
Hobonichi Techo! This is my second year using this wonderful planner.

After one year of use, here’s my thoughts:
1) Its much more useful than other planner that I have tried. The format really works much much better. Some days when I am down (with sickness etc), the pages are not fill completely. But that’s okay! But I do admit I get stress sometimes trying to fill things. I keep telling myself not be stress over this.
2) I am not into decorating my hobo like mad. I know some people are very creative about. But I am into minimising my stationary stuffs + I was never a creative person in terms of drawing and decorating.
3) I love A6. I have thought of upgrading to A5 to put in planning for my work. Read online about putting everything into one planner to be more productive. But there wasn’t any nice cover (not for 2019) and I wasn’t too sure if A5 is the size that I am comfortable carrying.
4) I might get a week for work. I tried using a moleskin for work this year. It fails. arghhh. The covers for week are so nice! I wish that they have similar teddy bear cover for A6. I am not into furry stuffs + they are … made from Mohair. Not my kind of cover!
5) One thing I love about Hobonichi Techo is weight! I really love that its very light weight so I carry it with me almost everyday.

I also realised that I have not change my cover although I purchased a new one + I have 3 cover-on-cover (2 from Hobonichi, 1 from third party). So I have changed it!

Yes, its actually an third party cover and cover-on-cover from Third party seller on Taobao! It is actually okay. Fit in well and doesn’t damage the book. By now, my book isn’t in the best shape so yeah, its okay to damage it a little bit.

I love how the pattern of the cover-on-cover perfectly fits in with the cover that I have chosen!

Okay, so the lineup for next year have been revealed.

Here’s what I have in my mind:

Very Berry https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_colorsberry.html
I am a fan of certain shade of red. This happens to be one of them! Plain colour is always so good. You can mix and match with any cover-on-cover and it will look nice!
But I am looking for something more colourful this year!

Sugar Rose https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_colorsrose.html
I was known to some friends as the pink girl. I grew out of pink although I am still get pink sometimes. (As I am typing this, I have a pale pink thermal flask on my left & a bright pink hoodie on my right lol) but anyway, hey this pink shade is quite cute.

Pastel stripes https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_border.html
I love anything pastel-y! But I am not quite into stripe as much as dots which is why I choose the dots last year. But this would be a good cover. It has a bit of colour… and not too loud.

I am Doraemon
https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_doradora.html
Not a huge fan of Doraemon. But its one of the many manga characters that I am quite a fan of. It would e a good buy because its unique. But then I am not too sure if I would like to use that for the whole year. haha.

I forgot when it was, but we sure had fun
https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_arai.html
I am not a cat lover but this fits in to me trying to get something more colourful this year.  I really love the illustration! But, I am really not a big fan of cat.

Circus
https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_mikke.html
Oh yes! Its such a fun cover. Definitely, it is one of my top choices!

Shakespeare
https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/2019/pc/detail_cover/oc19_shakespeare.html
The nerd in me says yes! The only thing is that they use leather bookmark. hmm.

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

 

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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Hobonichi Review

After much anticipation, I finally received my Hobonichi parcel last evening!

Excuse the lousy photos as I was too excited to get rid of the packaging to touch the stuffs!!! And more to come…

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I like it that they uses an extra packaging so I wouldn’t have to destroy the beautiful box! Most online retailer do not do that and you ended up destroying the beautiful box 😦
The outer packaging is in white with the simple black font of Hobonichi which is so sleek!

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I love the box this year (okay I do not have other boxes to compare lol) but its in bright shiny yellow! So Hufflepuff! Yay. I generally do not keep boxes being an minimalist… But I think I have to keep this one. I keep all the hobonichi stuffs inside so its like christmas every single time when  I open it up ❤

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Cool quote on the box. Lets fix things next year xD

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So here they are – the hobonichi goodies ❤

Hobonichi Techo (English) A6 – Being an stationary lover, I have an idea of how small A6 is. I do not want A5 as I uses A5 planner before and its heavy and slight inconvenience for daily uses. Some days I don’t even want to bring it out. But maybe because the paper was too light. It made the planner look smaller than what I have expected. I am very tempted to get the Japanese version lol cos the Japanese wording is like so beautiful. I can read like 5% cos some words are similar to Chinese. But the cover of the English version is much nicer looking xD
Soda Dots cover – It looks more beautiful in real life. After watching Hobonichi Live on Sina weibo last Saturday, I knew that I would love this cover and I have like 3 others on my wishlist lol I picked Soda Dots as I wanted to go with something more special rather than the plain looking covers ones.
Cover on cover  (Tokyo, Paris Alphabet) – I picked this two and didn’t get “Light”. I always love Paris so “Paris Alphabet” was an obvious choice. “Tokyo” looks nice on Soda Dots from their FB photos. But “Light” doesn’t seems that nice on Soda Dots. I didn’t take a photos of them. Perhaps I would be more excited when I start to set up the planner. I never use an Cover on Cover on all other organisers/planners before so it is something new! I thought they would like flimsy but they are quite thick PVC. So its not easily spoil! I hope!!
Stencils – I decided to pick up 2 stencils since I am terrible at drawing. They were quite pricey but branded as Hobonichi. I can probably get similar ones at Taobao at a cheaper price. They are however quite soft so I hope that they don’t break!
Weekly Calendar – This would be useful on days where I am lazy to bring the whole planner 😀 Being me, I know some days I will just neglect my planner :S
Zebra Mildliner – I used this before and love it. They are very different as they are more lighter in colour whereas staedtler highlighters are very brighty! I have also started to discover how useful highlighters are when doing planner this year. After calculation, they seems cheaper to get online (!!!) than getting from stationary stores. So I decided to buy a pack.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchases. I absolutely cannot wait for next year to come so that I can kickstart my new planner ❤

Now for the ordering experiences…

It was my first year ordering so like everyone else, I jumped into ordering on the first day. I didn’t know what I was expecting as I don’t want the cover(s) that I wanted to be sold out. (It was later then I realise I could have waited as my cover wasn’t one of those popular/sold out). So I took 55 minutes with multiple trying and refreshing to get the order processed. The experience is indeed very frustrating. I totally understand how some people feels especially if after multiple attempts, the stuffs they wanted are sold out! If I didn’t have much patience (:D especially when I am doing online shopping!!). I was lucky that I have a holiday on that day so I can sit in front of my MacBook to patiently place my orders. I tried to order everything at one go but my cart keep getting refreshed. In the end, I decided to order only the cover and it works better. I was checking out 55 minutes later. Then it took me multiple re-tries within the next few hours (I was doing some other things) to check out the rest of the orders.

Will I order on the release day again next year? Maybe or maybe not. It really depends on …Tokyu Hands. They will be bringing in Hobonichi this year but it will only be in early/mid October. (Which is why I decided to buy online as I cannot wait being the first year!!) If their range is okay and price is reasonable, I would probably get from Tokyu Hands next year??

03 September 2017

It has been a long time since I do a random post!

So here it is…

Journal
I have been attempting to keep up with my journal (as usual). I always love Kikki K’s 365 but the price put me off. I found an cheaper alternative from Taobao but I am still not updating it daily. I always say this but next year, I would try to do it on a daily basis. In the meantime, I would just write whenever I feels like to.

I have been watching too much soap!
I am currently watching a old soap of mine. I loveeeee that soap when I was in still in school but school have prevented me from watching it properly. I been wanting to catch up on it for several years and found it online a few weeks ago. It is addictive as I know all the characters so well. At the same thing, I seen things from a new angle. I realise that it has becoming too addictive a couple of weeks back and have since implemented a system where I watch it on alternate days. This allows me to work on other tasks and hopefully be more efficient!

I finally cancelled my HP subboxes!
I was very determined to cancel the Lootcrate ones as they are rather trashy. I was never satisfy with any of the box with the amount of money put in. Although it was licensed products, but they look simply cheap looking. GeekGear is abit hard to let go as they generally have better products (Although one month I received some childish rubber band and silicon mold which I would never use – safety concern!) I delayed the cancellation by skipping the next renewal but I decided it was enough. I wasn’t particularly excited for the box that I received. I forgot to skip the month! It was good but I have too much of the similar products – tees, posters, enamel pins.. It was just too much for a learning minimalist! So I pulled the plug a few days and feels happy!

But I subscribed to a new box!
My purchase of a new planner regain my interest for stationaries as I am so excited to for the new year to start writing. One of the accessories I stopped myself from buying is the Hobonichi memo pad. I decided that Field Note (which I always wanted to try out) would fit in the need. So I came across their subscription packs which seems too intriguing for me! Before I knew it, I purchased the subscription box and 2 packs of the limited edition packs (to save on shipping ha!). I would keeping them for next year to use along with my new hobo 🙂 I know I have many notebooks but I do not have compact ones to slot into the hobo cover.

Minimalism Efforts
I have been reducing my wardrobe. It hasn’t been easy but I try to get rid of clothes slowly! What I do is pack the clothes I do not wear in a box/plastic bag but I do not throw it away immediately. But I would throw it after a few days. This would allows me to realise that the clothes are useless to me since I don’t wear it.

I have a dilemma for books. I have dig out two stacks of old novels that I do not want to keep. But as a bookish person, I find it hard to get rid of it.

Other than that, I am still working hard at NOT SPENDING on unnecessary thing. I keep reminding myself in my planner etc.

Got my new planner

Hobonichi Techo (English) with Soda Dots

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It took me about 55mins to place order! Originally I have a few items in my cart but like everyone else, I couldn’t check out at all due to server’s error. So in the end, I decided to keep one. After all, the planner itself is much important. The accessories would be unlikely to be sell out. That’s when I decided on get Soda Dots. Originally I couldn’t decide on Canary or Soda Dots. But I decided to get something special.. as chances are Canary would be available at Tokyu Hands. (I might get one if I do see them at Tokyu Hands.. They are not selling the covers separately but I might just use the Japanese version and give the English version to a dear friend. Or maybe I would get a Cousin for some crazy writing HAHAHA)

So after many retrying, I was finally able to check out and I was feeling sooo nervous when I check out. Because I am using an Debit Card! One of their old posts on facebook has mentioned that some Debit Cards do not work and they were not be able to help you.  But luckily I was able to check out!!

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Although I was feeling very frustrated at first with Hobonichi, but I am so glad for designing the webstore for allowing people to hold their shipment. So I am going to place my accessories when the website has lesser traffic.
I also do not have any issues at all when I was going through the checking out process. I was so worried that the error is going to come back to haunt me and I have to go back to retrying.

However, I still feel that they could have prepared for it better. Their planners are getting more and more popular so…

If I wasn’t so determined to get mine, I would have given up and they will lose business from me.

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I placed my accessories order too. There was abit of error but it went through!!! I could have wait for like a few days but I really just want to get it over with! Furthermore, I didn’t know when they would start shipping and I just want to get it ASAP! 😀 So my orders are all set!

Luckily it is an holiday today and I told my friends that “I am not free” as I know I would be spending my hours on this.

I guess you really need a lot of patience… to keep refreshing and re-trying!!

There is alot of angry people as they couldn’t get what they want (The bear cover and some leather covers… which I would not think of buying at all. haha!)