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!)

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.

July Stationary Haul – Tokyu Hands & Miniso

I decided to visit Tokyu Hands today as I have been wanting to get a new notebook!

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Before I could get into Tokyu Hands, I was greeted by a new Miniso outlet.
I wouldn’t say  that I am a huge fan of them. Ya, their stuffs are really cheaper. But they are all Made In China. The main problem is their packaging seems so rip off from other brands. But then, they do have a wide range of interesting products. They are a little bit like Daiso… cos they have everything from stationary to cosmetic products 🙂

So I saw they have this reasonable priced fountain pens at SGD3.00 so I grabbed without thinking. It comes with the refill cartridge too!!! They have white and black too. For fountain pen, I tried not to buy black or white as they seems boring. And I have an major obsession with pens. I believe everyone around me realised that. And the green colour is just the perfect colour.

Then, I saw these cheap soft cover notebooks with nautical prints. So…… I grabbed all the available designs without thinking. Each set turned out to be SGD3.00. They have decent plain hardcover ones too in shade like pink, yellow etc! But knowing the paper quality of these cheap notebooks, I decided to give them a miss. I haven’t start using them yet. Keeping it for vacation 🙂 But I won’t be expecting too much.

Then I quickly paid and left the shop before any more damages could be done.

So, Tokyu Hands also restocked the Anello bags!

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I saw at least 5 people buying it when I was walking around the store. I was indeed tempted to get the small size boston bag. But I don’t feel like spending 50bucks on a bag yet. Beside, they still do not have wine colour in that design. I have been waiting forever for Anello to release that. Although the wine backpack is tempting too, but I know that I do not need any backpack at all!

I moved on to the stationary sections and grabbed the campus notebook.

(I must be too excited to see the campus notebook as I had a stomachache!)

After thinking and thinking, I decided to get the 5-packs as they have the limited design (It is the same price at SGD9.90!!) and a pack of loose paper. At the counter, I was given 2 free ones! Yay for freebie! 🙂

I also get the new Uni Signo pens as they have new limited design with Hello Kitty and My Melody. Since I now preferred Sarasa clip than any other pens, I decided to get only one design for each character.

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I must say I really love the campus notebooks. I started with the free ones as I didn’t want to open the shrink-wrapped ones. It write really well using my Sarasa Clip (of course!). I feel like throwing away all my other notebooks at home. HAHAHA!

My favourite pen

I never had a particular brand or model of pen that I really love… I just use whatever that I buy. And last year, I went into  this “crazy-pen-buying” mode. I have been resisting buying pens every other days haha (:

So…. after using a few pens, I found my love ❤

It is….

ZEBRA SARASA CLIP!
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I take a lot of notes and loves writing in my free time. And I have a lot of exams this year. I have at least 8th exams so far. Going into an exam hall with a good pen is really important!!

Zebra Sarasa clip just write so well. I don’t know if you have that experience – when you are using a pen, then suddenly it stop writing… the ink don’t flow or something. The ink has not run out. so…. It is irritating! I never have problem with Zebra Sarasa clip!

I have used Uniball Signo RT. As compare, I like Zebra Sarasa clip better!

Another reason why I like Zebra Sarasa clip is also because of the design! They release new designs every now and then. Beside the london series which I have just brought, I also have the snoopy series, the chupa chups series & the french casual series. I skipped the florist series & Kumamon series as I don’t really like the design! But if you do see something you like at your local stationary shop, just buy as its limited edition 😀