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New Month April

6:55 PM

Hi!

*sweeps away cobwebs and dust bunnies then sprays lavender mist spray

How have you all been?

I do hope everything is well and you all are in good health, also with more wealth. We can always either work more hours or work smarter to earn more moolah. 
I know I need some from my over spending in March.

Anyway, I will be updating my blog more, starting this April. Finally, I came up with a blog editorial calendar that I like! All those Facebook, Instagram, blog posts and Pinterest do help, you guys! Partly because I find that my blog is so randomized that I myself got lost, what the fuck am I actually blogging about. Plus, I did not actually like some posts in the past. They were posts just to fill up the void. Hence, the low quality of them. Sighhhhh.

By next year, might be earlier, I will do away with the 'le awkward lady'. I am no longer awkward, just an introvert who loves her solitude to ponder on life. When I say introvert, I meant it.

Which is why, I started throwing myself into planners. My favourites now are the Hobonichis and I got all the three Doraemon versions, shows how much I adore it but not exactly that cray cray yet lah. I will not buy those horribly disfigured Doraemon selling for cheap. *side eyes

“Hobonichi-Doraemon-2019”

Hobonichi Weeks
Hobonichi Avec
Hobonichi Original


Weeks (Every Day Carry)
- Fastlog, Expenses Tracker, Event, Book Read List

Original
- Daily Journal, Day Highlights, Random titbits

Avec
- Junk journal

I am doing fine with the hoboweeks as EDC but failing Avec and Original. But I am not worried by the blank pages. Lol. The avec is filling up nicely with the nice wrappings of purchases received from my hauls. The original might be forgotten a few days but that's okay. Blank pages can be used for doodles, lettering practice or just conteng conteng. 

“Paperdorable-Kate-Spade”
New babies: 
Royal White from Paperdorable
Kate Spade Wellesly Pink Cabaret

Both uses personal size inserts, the Kate Spade came with 2016 inserts while the Paperdorable is empty. I have already recycled the inserts with stickers from Artsunami and bought beige coloured inserts. I did not realized that the inserts were beige, you all! I totally skipped reading that and was shocked when they came. Lol. But as the Paperdorable is for work, it will be a trial and error system. I am trying to be up to date with the Purchase Orders. It is HELL. Lol.

And that is all for now.

Thanks for reading this far.

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Diary

#1 2019

12:30 AM

Hi, 2019.


Does anybody still read my blog? xD Sorry if you are the rare gems here and I have not been diligent in updating.

Not saying much, I won't be blogging alot, since last year, since July 2018. Somehow, I don't feel like I should continue blogging. It is too much of a hassle to write up a post. Used to be so much easier during University. Now, I would just love to not think, brain fried from working and just enjoy watching movies or reading a book.

On that note, I found a Facebook Group for ARC (advance reading copy, advance review copy, advance reader's edition, advance copy, or a reader's edition). It is in English, receive the book copies in PDF format which can be open via iBook. I've read about 5 now. After finish reading, I give my review on the book's Goodreads/Amazon. If I do not know how to express myself, I read what the other reviewers' post. It is helpful. However, be honest when reviewing. If the book is not your type, do not ask for review. If cannot finish, let the author know. All in all, I love it as the group got my reading up. No way that I can finish 16 books for my Goodsread Target of 25 though. Been slacking too much.

Anyway, I am in Tokyo now! Can't believe that I got to experience Spring in 2016, Autumn in 2018 and now 2019 Winter. Lol. Unexpected trip, this one. Hoping there will no incidents. But then Hokkaido didn't turn out to be unbearable cold.

2018 in Retrospect
Mixed feelings

I started penpal. I posted out postcards from Japan. I bought lots of stationery, local and overseas. I bought less cosmetics and skincare. My pile grew bigger. Lol.

2019 Wish

  • Write lots of letters
  • Daily journal (for my sanity)
  • Attend journal gathering
  • Improve my work data
  • Move lots, exercise (get that gym membership)
  • Spoil myself monthly, with stationery
  • Read more, finish 50 Books
  • Be artsy, target to draw anything weekly
  • Attend 2019 Comic Fiesta, by cosplaying (I chicken out 2018  because it was hot)
  • Blog more (?)
  • Focus on content quality, not quantity
That's all.

Also, I would not be attending blog events unless it fits my working schedule and leisure time. Most of the time, only product goodies are given, which does not justify my content, time, energy and drive to the venue. Besides, I suck at doing videos last year, will improve that.

Hoping to do the daily journal. I am tempted to open a new IG especially for that but I can't imagine managing two accounts. Likely the personal IG will die with lesser and lesser updates. Lol.

Thanks for Reading and A Happy New Year!

Diary

Dear Diary #3

9:00 PM


By June, only seven posts in 2018 compared to 36 in 2017. Wow.

  17 (52)

Been letting this blog quite empty for a few times already, no posts at all in June.

I just didn't feel like posting anything or using the laptop much last month.

Instead, I'm more interested in looking at my Instagram feed (Bullet Journal Inspirations! My new addiction) and Twitter (there's more viral rants there then Facebook, LOL).

I guess this is one of my interest burst. I'm used to starting a new hobby, doing it halfway then stop whenever I feel like it. Maybe to start another interest.

So far, this bullet journaling hobby is still here. The key is to not be bothered by the prettier or more creative accounts on Instagram. Or getting hung on by why no one notices my effort.

Since my memory is quite bad that I sometimes can't remember incidents after 48 hours (worse, just 24 hours ago), I made time for a write-in every night. Or the very next day. It's good, I don't entirely forget what happened. Plus by choosing to write-in with pen and paper, my writing does improve a bit.

Will share my ugly entries in other posts.

Bye.

Calligraphy

Brush Calligraphy Workshop by Enchanted Siblings

9:30 AM


Hi!

I signed up to join a Brush Calligraphy Workshop with Enchanted Siblings at Publika, held on 6th May 2018.

If you have been to Enchanted Siblings, they offer gel nail, eyelash and eyebrow embroidery services. They also have Swarovski Bracelet by @pinkubizu.

They currently have two branches, Sri Petaling and Publika. My favourite is their Publika branch. Hopefully, I get to visit their Sri Petaling branch one day.
Sample of Expected Work

Beauty

How to throw a Unicorn Party, kick-ass style with Party Activity Card

8:00 PM

Hi!

Can't believe that we are almost at the half of 2018 now. Feels like just yesterday that we heard the New Year Countdown and then the Chinese New Year fireworks (though some can be illegal but we won't go into that lah, best left hush hush).

And soon, Malaysia will be going to vote. #GE14 #undiiturahsia 

But I digress here.

The Butterfly Project, AKA TBP, is a Blogging Community that I joined back in 2014, is now officially 5 Years Old! Actually, it started back in 2013 but back then, it wasn't 'officially' a community...yet.

Get that, FIVE great years. And it started out as, well, quite a quiet community for bloggers to gather and mix and share their own blogging journey. 

April Fool, 'twas not,
Butterflies stepped forth,
A magical realm of pastels.
To be or not to be
A Unicorn for a Day.
P.S.: Sorry if this is lame but yea, I just can't resist a Shakespeare urge here.

Party Banner from TBP

What is this Blogging Community that I am talking about?


Inspired by a local magazine - Female Magazine when they showcased a series of challenges for a group of women to undergo makeovers ranging from beauty to lifestyle called the Female Butterfly Project. Much like America's The Swan without the plastic surgery and dental work. Since then, Tammy has initiated her own group of women bloggers to inspire and challenge them to makeover themselves through blogging. The community's tagline "Beauty From Head To Toe" meant becoming beautiful from the inside and out.
Explore more here. Ways to join at bottom post!

Find TBP on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Email


Here's a quick My Memory Lane with The Butterfly Project that I did last year and the 4th Birthday post. Feel free to take a quick read or you can recap it at the bottom of this post too. :)

Best to prepare a drink and no interruptions until you finish reading my post.
No kidding, after drafting, I needed to read and read again for any mistakes. Lol. This post might just be the longest post for 2018.

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