Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Year, New Journal!

It's 2 weeks into 2017, and "Happy New Year" greetings are already outdated. But really, I'm feeling positive vibes for 2017, and I've been mostly happy and productive so far! So I'd like to wish all of you Happy New Year again, and I'd like to share the interesting things I've found.

I got this 2017 Moleskine Starbucks Planner for free thanks to a friend of mine (it took 15 drinks, but they forgot to credit his account, so we got 2 planners for 15 drinks). Since high school (2006), I've been in a habit of keeping a new planner every year.

Then everything changed when THE FIRE NATION ATTACKED I discovered bullet journal.

I came across a post Cappy shared about bullet journal. It was the first time I heard about it, and as someone who keeps a planner and loves making and striking out list, this piqued my interest. Immediately, I set off to Google.

(The post I came across, and the original website about bullet journal)

The simple idea behind it is to organize your life using a bullet system to set tasks, migrate them, record memorable events, and ultimately increase productivity. But what pushes this to the edge is the amount of creativity and customization the bullet journal community has put into this hobby.

source: twentyfivestars

The internet was swarmed with articles, photos and videos on bujo and I've only scratched the surface. I knew I wanted to pick up the habit, but I also know that I wasn't as artistic, and won't be able to put as much effort into it like all those Instagrammers and Bloggers. (Have you seen what everyone is doing? It's intimidating!)

Barely a week into a plebian's bullet journal

There's a lot of thought that can be put into how you want the journal to be set up, but I know I wouldn't start writing if I overthink it and was afraid of screwing up the flow. Instead, I started immediately on my on bujo with my already available Starbucks Planner, with the most basic layout and design. I accepted the fact that I would make a lot of modifications in the future, and that's actually quite fun to look forward to.

Honestly, I don't think keeping a journal has changed how I do things significantly, since I already had the habit of tracking things on a calendar. But recording everything down and trying to neatly organize my life helped put me into the right mindset. It's also a fun activity to look forward to, seeing the blank pages fill up. :D It gives me a sense of achievement and I'm excited to see where this takes me to.

It's also an excuse of me to hoard washi tapes and cute stationery, ehehehe

In other news, I would like to share my January 2017 achievements so far.

  1. I've almost completed all my patient work, except 1 bridge, and it's officially my last "schooling" day tomorrow!
  2. I did a spring cleaning in my room and now it's super clean and decluttered and it makes me happy. :D
  3. I won something from a crane machine for the first time!

Took me 14 tries for this cutie Ampharos!

I don't know how it happened, but my uni has been hit with the crane machine craze, thanks to a sudden abundance of crane machine that's stocked up with Pokemon plushies. After tasting abit of success, my friends and I have been addicted to these machines. TT Honestly, these machines are such a gamble and you don't have complete control over the odds of winning. I'm obliged to share this video from Raz on the mechanism of claw machines.

Claw machines are rigged. But we can't help but be addicted to it. TT (low-key gambling here haha)

That's all for a mid-January update! I've been planning several cosplay-related blogposts, which I hope I'll be able to dish out, while studying for my final year exams too. Also, I should get around to changing my blog layout soon... it's getting kinda aged, haha. See you guys around!

Quote of the Day: "In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Sunday, January 08, 2017


This is something that seems really stuck up to write. Who goes around saying "Hey, my birthday is coming soon, just FYI but you can get me this"? (actually, I'm sure we know a handful of these thick-skinned people :P)

But all too many times, when a friend's birthday is around the corner and you've already exhausted all your awesome gift ideas for the years before (or not), you'll start cracking your head on what to get them this time. Then, you might end up not getting anything useful or meaningful enough.

So! I'm writing a list of gifts that I would like for those of you who need some ideas. Whether it's for a birthday, or Christmas, or whatever occasion. Thanks a lot for thinking of me and wanting to get me a gift, ehehe. ^///^

(this list is in no particular order of preference)

1. Cute Accessories
Earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, rings, you name it. I love accessorizing, especially earrings. And I'm a fan of cute and unique designs.
Oh, an accessory manager would definitely be awesome too. My tree has broken apart and luckily, Zoe has bought me a new accessory manager for Christmas! I definitely could use more space, though.

2. Make Up
As a cosplayer and a girl, make up is a great idea. I'm recently into lip tints. But my skin colour makes it hard to pick out pigmented stuff like bronzer, foundation or eye shadow. With that in mind, eyeliners, fake eyelashes and eyelash glue would be safe choices.

3. Plushies
I appreciate cute things, so plushies of stuff I like is always a yessss.

4. Pokemon Plushies/Stuff
Here's the detailed list of Pokemon shiz I would like to own:
- Rowlet (bought my own |D)
- Rotom (preferably, Rotom-Wash!)
- Pokemon-related accessories, keychains...
But really tho, Pokemon anything is good. 8D

5. Notebooks
I like writing things down and have a habit of keeping a journal, so cute and classy-looking notebooks with a simple layout on the inside is very much welcome. *hintmosseryhint*

6. Games
I don't expect anyone buying me a game console again (but if you do, Nintendo Switch or New Nintendo 2DS plz :P) Would appreciate any Pokemon-related carts, RPG, or anything you would like to intro me. ^^

7. Perfume
I received a bottle of perfume as a birthday gift in 2013, but I only started using it more frequently starting late 2014. I'm finally more than half bottle down and I think it's not too bad of an idea to get some new fragrance. :D

8. Selfie Stick/Tripod
I'm perfectly able to selfie, even without a front camera or while using a DSLR (I just wanted to brag, hehe). But I think a selfie stick does help a lot in capturing a wider view. Plus, with some of the more canggih ones having bluetooth and tripod functions, I think it would help a lot for solo travelling. ^^
EDIT: I recently just bought a wired selfie stick! So the next think I need is one with tripod and bluetooth, thanks. :3

9. Car FM Transmitter
I've been driving a lot more lately, so something that can transmit my music will be nice. :D

10. Earphone/Headphone/Bluetooth Speaker
I'm not a big audiophile so I don't know what's the good brands out there, but I definitely can use some good audio devices for long travels and dancing. ^^

11. Foam Head
For my cosplay needs, hehe.

12. New Digital Camera?
Bluetooth/wifi functionality seems pretty cool, haha. I'm just jealous of the newer ones because mine is out dated. But honestly, I don't really need a new one, since my current one works fine, haha. :P

Lower Priority

13. Hoodie
I only have one hoodie that I bought from a roadside stall in India. This stuff is kinda comfy and I kinda want one but I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to wear this often enough. :')

14. Laptop Sleeve
Something nice to touch, soft, protective, and cute, of course. (or cool)

15. Pillowpet
I've been wanting this for awhile. It's a cute plushie that can be opened up to become a pillow! I have a China knock-off one long ago, but the fluff became clumpy so I left it behind in India. Honestly, I'm ok with knock-off stuff. As as it's cute, nice to touch and hug.

And that's all for now. I'll update this list if I think of anything else. |D

Updated 21 November 2017

Quote of the Day: "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet." - Jaune Arc, RWBY

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2016 in a Nutshell

With one more year passing us by, it is time for another one of this post where I look back and review the year!

(2015 in a Nutshell here)

I didn't set any resolutions for 2016, unlike the year before. At least, I've continued the trend of gradually losing weight ever since coming to Penang. I think I've lost about 2-3kg in 2016? Honestly, it's nothing much, I'm still overweight by BMI standards. I've just rechecked my calculator and I'm actually borderline normal now?!?? Oh gosh, I'm shocked and amazed. ;___;

I'm finally graduating from dental school next year, so my first goal is of course to graduate safely in April 2017. After graduation, I would be jobless for about a year before my government hospital placement, so I'll have a "gap year" where I can do whatever. I hope I can utilize the time well, though. So I guess this deserves a sorta-general-2017 resolutions list!

2017 Resolutions:
  1. Graduate safely in April 2017
  2. Improve myself
  3. Explore more
  4. Challenge myself more in cosplay projects
  5. Earn money and have proper savings
  6. Blog more (I said it :O)

It's nothing much but... it helps putting things in a list, hehe.

12 Months
366 Days

Without further ado, let's jump straight into it!

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