you know what, why no just write a post about it!

as this four-day national holiday comes to an end, i have to go back to work tmrw…… my feeling right now is more like numb, UGH i don’t want to feel or know that i have to get back to office, but complaints end here, period.

a fellow blogger friend if i may call her that myself, Julia from Walhallavagen left a hearty comment on my “coming-back” post and it encouraged me greatly that i’m actually just not overthinking and typing another post in such short period of time, wow.

first off, my guy went back to visit his family so i’m along in Taipei w my family, i have so much time and let’s see what i’ve used all my time in the past four days.

— Day 1. declutter my phone and laptop, organize my room and stuff, luckily i kept my promise and keep things under control since my last huge clean-up like 3 months ago so it was quite a swift process. I did it, i can maintain things under control! I also upload / backup and organize all the photos taken at Japan trip.

— Day 2. burning my brain cells trying to be a youtuber JK LOL, i literally learnt from scratch from watching iMovie editing tutorials from YT and just got on with it, it’s FUN.  i can feel that more practice will make the process easier/faster, i have so many ideas that i want to finalize… btw actually getting my hands on the editing work makes me even more admire some of the content creators i’ve been following religiously, just to name a few, i highly recommend them in turns of video content, editing quality and general vibe:

CaseyNeistat, Claire Marshall, Estee LaLonde, Fran Meneses, LaMadelynn, Sara Dietschy, sunbeamsjess; to name a few, i’d love to know some of your fav creators too, hit me up! 

— Day 3. finally updating my MBA to OS High Sierra, i just straight up skip Sierra altogether, hahah, i honestly procrastinate it too well:S everything’s fine with the update, and my startup disk storage somehow free up 30GB of space, hooray! I also set up FCPX which i intend to use on my next video editing, so excited about that! i’m hoping to make the video in following Saturday, it’ll be a shorter one which i shouldn’t have that much pressure on. ohhh almost forget to mention i watch full season one of “The Good Place” and I LOVE IT!!! i’m not a gal of comedy but this gem is no typical comedy, i can’t give away anything but just to say if you’re into good black humor and smarty dialogue with a twisted  setting of your afterlife good place bad place thang ANNND some weird cartoonish shit element, give it a go, you might end up like me binge-watching:D

— Day 4. so today i catch up with latest episode of Outlander (#305), the story has finally moved on to another climax and i couldn’t help but feel all soppy and eyes watery, i still love a good old intense love story. later in the afternoon i decided to go on YT again (yeah this is literally my go-to place for anything from entertaining, inspiring to educational purpose) and check out some vids on how-to-sketch cuz the other day i saw a friend sharing his quick sketches of landscapes and cathedrals during his travel in Italy and i thought to myself; wow that’s so interesting to do you know, and it didn’t look very hard, i mean i can take  up a camera and shoot and edit i can surely start to learn drawing, drawing has always been a skill i wish to have but i have zero confidence because i do it badly and thus i didn’t want to try and that perfectionist mentality is rubbish, it’s a poisonous negativity to prevent a person from doing anything that he or she could have accomplished and i waited too long to realize that in life. so i got a pen and i got some notebooks, what’s the waiting for?

right now i got some random house music playlist on Spotify as my BGM and realize how chatty i am! technically it was a very relaxed and chill weekend, i get all the me-time although i still get sorta panicky or annoyed about life’s trivia but overall i did stuff and accomplished goals slowly, step by step, one may never know how the road maps out ahead, and i’m open to surprises.

 

nites guys, xoxo

 

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hey i’m back and i made a youtube video, yeees that’s right!

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2017 Japan Vlog 01

sorry i’ve been absent i wasn’t feeling very inspired, not until this long waited/needed trip that took place 9/23-30 where we traveled Kyoto, Arashiyama, Osaka, Nara, Kobe.

before the trip i decied to get a canon g7x mark ii and i challenged myself to take better photos and shoot some clips which i did both and had a lot of fun tweaking camera settings, it’s not easy but it’s not that hard either once you get your hands on it and just start shooting!

i’m at home enjoying a four day national holiday and just yesterday i completed my travel jounral on Traveler’s Notebook ( i did it along the way in Japan so it was easier and more organized than having a pile to sort out when i got back, that’s the trick i guess!?) i uploaded/backed up all iphone/canon photos and watched some iMovie tutorials and just started editing LOL it took me hours and i was pretty exhausted afterwards but looking at what i’ve done it made this trip even more wonderful now that i have more memories to look back on:)

this was my second visit to Kansai area and i couldn’t be more grateful that my body’s in great healthy condition, our trip went well, had so much fun and wow just by saying these makes me smile:)

if you’re reading this blog post thank you for stopping by or if you just happened to fallen into the rabbit hole and have no idea what i’m rambling about, take your time and i still hope you enjoy your visit!

i feel like i’m talking to a friend with this message, just being casual and so regarding this blog after hiatus i still have no idea what to do with or nor there’s any plan to be laid out but something to be sure is that there’ll be a part two vlog coming up and a TN flip-through, so stay tuned, but only if you want to.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

Chitchat & Random Ink Test on Hobonichi Techo

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Surprise surprise guys! After a brief hiatus I’ve managed to snapped some photos and put this content together which I’ve never done before, that’s an INK TEST, sound a bit serious and professional isn’t it? Well… it’s nothing like that. Before we get into seeing some colour here I just want to mention that Thank God we’re finally having some wintery vibe here to catch up with Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year), I haven’t been in my best shape physically, been going in and out of hospital for check ups and stuff, everything’s okay now, just need to do more rounds and take care of myself, I wasn’t feeling that bad anyway but it’s more like mentally I hate being labeled as a patient, annoyed being partly known for some facts and still not 100% sure of the condition but I disgrace…

I’ve been seeing some post about these Zebra Sarasa clip gel pens in vintage colors and it just got me that I have to have them all! So I stormed to Kingstone Dongmen branch last Friday after work and bought a whole set of 5 colors, it’s retailed for NTD$36 (that’s roughly about USD$1.1) each and they give out one mini correction tape for each pen so I got five of them!

See how lovely these colours are! I like how the plastic pen itself is corresponding to each’s own colour and the buttery beige clip & gold labeling on top making it a bit more retro than it is. I believe these colors aren’t too unique to find on the market but for a gel pen it’s a nice launch for stationary lover to have an easy access of the essential colour of selection if you’re not using fountain pens. I personally love the RED BLACK & BLUE GRAY ones the most! They’re all very subtle and opaque and 0.5mm nib is very easy to write with, I just glided those roller balls on hobonichi techo’s creamy smooth papers with content:)

Downside though, they don’t offer refill at the moment and 0.5mm is the only size available now. So that’s something to be considered before purchasing!

Here are some of the pen sets I bought along with my Sept. purchase of hobonichi. On top is this Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen which I find very useful when you’re trying to do some amateur calligraphy and nice little topic writing while journaling.

On the bottom are those Zebra Mildliner Double Sided Highliters that are just generally beautiful to look at, I’ve always hated highlighers that literally HURT my eyes and as the name suggests, mild these colours are, they still don’t go unnoticed!

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I hope you enjoy this quick post and let me know what’s your fav colour from Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pen Vintage colours!

 

Just saying… #TGIF

This could be the most random post ever, I wasn’t planning on writing one but I’m so distracted on last working afternoon in the office of year 2016 and I know I’ve been lacking any kind of motivation here on blogging which kind of sucks, I know and I apologize for that:(

First of all a quick recap of what’s been happening in the past few months! After coming back from USA business trip I was caught up in preparing Tokyo Travel with my boyf , the trip happened in early Dec. and I ended up being hospitalized for almost a week due to frostbite, don’t worry I’m almost all recovered with soft, new skin like a baby:D But man! It was hell of a trip and adventure and I really don’t have the time or energy to do any kind of grand journaling or blogging…… Then I was visiting Tainan & Kaohsiung last weekend and now we’re straight heading to counting down to 2017 ?! Where did all that time go???

I was talking to my Polish friend and we both agreed that this time of year is especially hard, like in the early Dec. you get so stocked about entering holiday season and feel like everything’s festive even the country or area you’re in is not but mentally, everything’s just extra lovely. but once you roll into the last week of Dec. you start to panic because somehow any sorts of goals or motivation simply get drained away with rush of time and you start to feel annoyed about 1. Not ready for the big countdown even you’re not actually going to do any extravagant celebration according to your past behavioral history. 2. Feeling impatient getting stuck in the limbo of 2016/2017 because you still secretly/stubbornly hold on to the idea that by clocking into 2017 everything will be better, you get your energy back on, positivity all that fantastic things, in logic you know it’s not true but it has always been a ritual with our brain processing like this. I mean, after a couple of days in Jan. everything will be back to normal, there never ever was a pumpkin to begin with!!! Does anyone out there feel the same??? Or is it just me …

Anyways, I tried to come up with at least some plans like go watch Lala Land tmrw morning, where to eat and what to buy at Costco so me and selient can cuddle up in house and get this over with lol maybe I’ll watch NYC Time Square countdown the next day like I always do. Ohh we have to finish Westworld too…… that would take up some time!

This is the last post of 2016, I hope you have a lovely weekend and celebration and a great start of 2017, Happy New Year!

 

 

What I Eat During My USA Business Trip

I like to take photos of food before I eat them, not necessarily to put them on social media because many of the times I just randomly snap a quick one without curating them to look delicious. This is more like a ritual / habit started this year to document what I consume as a little reminder of my intake which I can look back to and see if I’m eating healthy, and sometimes it’s simply just a about a happy memory these food can bring me back to:D Whatever, food is good and I love food!

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America Mini Haul & some random thoughts / Oct. 2016

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Guys, sorry about the absence here, I’d been super busy & stressed since late Sept. due to a brand vendor submit meeting so I was away in the states 10/17-24. Business trip is never that fun but I gotta make the most out of it after all we fly all the way across the earth with 2 long haul flights and those crazy domestic layovers my flight hours in total this time hit like 40HRS sigh……

I went to Tampa, FL & Easton, PA. I was able to witness the glorious sunset in Tampa St. Pete Beach thanks to our lovely clients, the beach view & breeze were amazing and I’m so glad I got to truly experience a bit of Tampa which I wasn’t able to had last year. The other location I went to was Easton and this was absolutely something new and lovely to me too! The temperature drops drastically and it’s all autumn/halloweeny vibe, leafs are turning yellow, orange and red. The places I went to neither were big cities so it was relatively more peaceful and quiet, I’m still very impressed with all that space and relaxation you get out of it from America, everything’s just BIG and spacious compared to Asian hectic metropolitan like for example my  hometown, Taipei, Taiwan. I’m pretty proud of myself with my presentation on work and the fact that my mental/physical health had been pretty much in best shape during the trip making everything so much smoother.

Today I have only one photo to share, it’s mostly what I got from mall-shopping, went to this one in Tampa called International Plaza and Bay Street which concierge said to be the better mall, the other one was at Easton called Lehigh Valley Mall I asked the girls at the front desk to recommend mall that carries Sephora:P (I had nice little girls chats with them and I really love the cozy hotel feel they give, if you’re ever around that area looking for a place to stay why not try Hampton Inn Easton)

Things I’ve purchased: 

AEO DENING X HIGH-RISE JEGGINS
AEO Antique Rings 3-Pack
AEO Blue Lapis Shapes Ring 5-Pack
AEO Ming & OPAL Shapes Ring 5-Pack 
LULULEMON REST LESS PULLOVER
KAT VON D INK LINER in Trooper Ultra Black
KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK in Lolita II / Double Dare / Santa Sangre
TOO FACED MELTED MATTE LIQUEFIED LONG WEAR MATTE LIPSTICK in Lady Balls
CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR
ELIZABETH AND JAMES NIRVANA BOURBON ROLLERBALL
TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR BLUSH in Natural Beauty
OUAI TEXURIZING HAIR SPRAY

 

It really isn’t that much we can just call it a mini haul right? As you can tell I’m very obsessed with liquid lipstick ATM especially into reds and nudes. I can’t believe I’m so late on this bandwagon for its incredible wearing time, color pay-off and texture, I’m afraid the obsession is only the beginning! Basically I don’t like to shop clothing too much during business trip because it took up too many time trying them on and fitting, all that stress already! But I do wish I snatch more accessories at AEO, they do offer some pretty cool pieces.

Now that I own KYLIE LIP KIT – Dolce K, KVD, Too Faced, is there any other liquid lipstick brand that I should definitely give it a try?

Thanks for reading, hope you stick around for some food shots coming up soon:D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Hobonichi Techo 2017 UNBOXING

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So I finally jump into the hobonichi techo bandwagon, hooray! Ever since I started my journal / stationary journey on year 2015 I’ve been a faithful traveler’s notebook kinda gal:P I adore the system, how it’s very user-firendly and flexible to customzie even for a not-quite-so-artsy person like me. I know there’s another very popular system called hobonichi and somehow I just had the WRONG impression that it woudn’t suit my recent released free spirit whatever that is! A journal/planner with dates printed out and format laid out sounded so depressing but I was so wrong!

Thanks to the lovely stationary community on youtube and instagram I’ve been seeing some very amazing sharing about hobonichi and how it has its advantage or eye-catching designs that gradually grew on me and BOOM a couple of months ago I decided to join the Septembre preorder, the desire to get my hands on my own hobo finally got satisfied with 9/1 release and I quickly picked out below rather basic items to kick start my 2017 hobonichi experience.  First let’s take a peak on this year’s pacakge, it’s a soft baby pink with dark green lettering, I have to admit to actaully have a box to unbox is like an early christmas!

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Let’s open it up!

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So I bought these……

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I decided to pick up the basic cover this year, choosing a rather earthy/dirty yellow keeping it simple and neutral since I thought the planner design itself is already “girlish”. At first I wanted to get A5 to fit into my Roterfaden but I couldn’t resist the idea of having one hobo cover too so I was gladly convinced to get A6 the original planner size instead, the actual impression is quite compact and I’m confident I can adapt to this One Page Per Day system, I wouldn’t want to waste any page of this little badass, it has this magic to make you commit journaling daily, or at least that’s how I feel right now, maybe it’s all too early to say but let’s stay positive and experimental, shall we?

I decided to go with the English ver. this year for no particular reason I guess. Really like the free cover on cover that comes with the planner kit, it even has a pocket in the back so you can still access your planner pocket. Hobonichi seem to be giving out different exclusive accessories every year and for this year it’s a mini butter toast plate (so cute! scream!! I’m putting this in my office to add a pop of cuteness onto the worktop vibe) & 3-color ballpoint pen that tested to be able to write smoothly (BONUS!)

I got myself another cover-on-cover with Japanese style pattern on, thought the white artwork would go really well with my solid pineapple cover! And who could resist not throwing some useful accessories into shopping cart anyway? Photo album for more storage, Dot sticky notes for a pop of color and pinpoint on important dates-A MUST, Mildliner highlighters? Gotta Try!

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This is just a Dokonoko App (Instagram for cats and dogs) flyer that came in with the box and I thought was pretty cute so I snapped and put it here.

So that’s pretty much about the unboxing! I didn’t really buy too much stuff as you can tell, lol. Overall the purchasing experience was very pleasant, hobonichi has a very detailed English website to meet international customers’ needs which I’ll linked it down below, the packaging is impeccable and shipping was super fast! Basically pre-orders take up 1-7 business days’ preparation, I placed mine 9/1, received email confirmation 9/2, got shipping notice on 9/9 and my parcel was dispatched by EMS on 9/10, took only 3 days to arrive (Japan->Taiwan) Wonderful! It made my day:)

 

Please go check out HOBONICHI TECHO 2017 website if you haven’t already, watch out your money in the purse, considered it warned.

Let me know if you’re getting one hobo for yourself this year? Which combo are you most interested in? Or share with us if you’re already a hobonichi techo user:)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon. xxx

 

 

Feline x Cafe = Love

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  • Time: Some weekend night in August, 2016
  • Location: Yaboo Cafe @ Taipei

This little guy is one of cafe’s cats, I hardly ever capture so many photos of him, he was just lazily lying on the big table and letting me do all the snaps. I just love his color so much and his attitude lol 

 

 

[Taipei/台北] 銀兔スープカレー/Soup Curry/湯咖哩

 

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  • Time: 2016.08.07 Sunday lunch 12:00
  • Location: 台北市浦城街13巷14號
  • Contact: 886-02-2369-7331 (lunch hour 1100-1500, dinner hour 1700-2100)

* We got to 銀兔 around 1130 but it was not open until 1200, they haven’t changed their opening hour details on Facebook so be sure to call in advance to confirm and book a table! 

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sink #2

Thought I wasn’t gonna journal down my dreams anymore, but here I am still. Lately I’ve been dreaming less, I didn’t count the numbers it just came to me as an impression but it didn’t mean I sleep better or worse, it’s just me entering a different phase in terms of sleeping. I sometimes wake up at 4am without any obvious reason, I’m not feeling particularly hot or cold in A/C room, nor am I thirsty or needing a piss, I just wake up and my head’s kind of crystal clear, you know?

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