Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bullet Journal Mini Haul

The first quarter of 2017 is over and I have been so bad at writing articles. The past term in school had just been so busy, I didn't have much time to breathe let alone keep up with the blog writing and stuff. I promise myself to do better this term, and hopefully, this Bullet Journaling thing will help me work it all out.

I first heard all about Bullet Journals in the latter part of December 2015 on Pinterest. There are loads of inspirations one can get in there. I got so excited about the concept that I decided to try it out as soon as the year 2016 started. Life took a turn though and I wasn't able to continue the journaling. At the time, I thought bullet journaling was not for me because of all the setting up I had to do before being able to journal (you know what I mean.)

Anyway, during finals week last term, I came across a this Plan With Me video by YouTuber Amanda RachLee and she just made things look so fun and pretty and by the end of the video I was dying to have my own bullet journal. So I planned to start my journal by April. I do have a couple of things that I needed to buy before starting to bullet journal (or bujo as they call it) like a new journal and stuff but I already have colored pens at home so I don't really need much more but I do have a few things in mind to pick up.

My friends and I had an appointment to watch "Beauty and the Beast" and, hitting two birds with one stone, I got to roam around Glorietta/Landmark/Greenbelt to pick up a few stationery items for my bujo.

First, we dropped by Daiso where everything is at a bargain price of PhP.88. I planned to get a fountain pen and ink since I heard they Daiso has fountain pains at a bargain price. They weren't selling one, though but I picked up this brush pen instead, and it's my first brush pen so I was very excited to use it.

Of course I had to drop by National Bookstore. I was thinking of picking up my journal there, sadly, none of the journals available at NBS Glorietta spoke to me as "the one." I may seem overly dramatic here, but I really am very particular with buying stationery products. This journal (although I'm just gonna be trying bujo out) has to be perfect. I did pick up this Best Buy set of 10 matte sticker paper for PhP.33.50 and Elmer's All Purpose Glue Stick for PhP.37.50.

I wanted to get stickers but the ones available at NBS were a bit childish in design and a little on the expensive side. I figured I'd just get pictures off the internet and print them out on sticker paper or on ordinary paper (hence the glue stick.)

Next stop was a store I've been dying to go to ever since they opened their first store in the Philippines at Robinson's Manila. Miniso Glorietta just opened and it was just heaven for us girls who love to shop. I was so proud to say that I limited myself to stationery shopping while in there since getting these stuff for my bujo is already way out of my budget. Anyway, I saw that they have cheap notebooks (around PhP.149 to PhP.199) that can be used as journals but the notebooks where covered in plastic so you wouldn't be able to see if they have lines or such - I was looking for one with dotted or blank pages. We were on a rush so I wasn't able to ask the attendant if the notebooks have lines or what (our movie is about to start in 15 minutes and we needed to pick up some popcorn). I was able to get their 3 for PhP.99 gel ink pens and one washable watercolor pen set for PhP.149.

I got the pens because they reminded me so much of the Muji gel ink pens (which are my faves) although the tips are thicker at 0.5. I got two black pens and one in blue. The watercolor pen set (I have no idea why they call this watercolor pens) was an impulse buy because I wanted to get brush pens. I thought they were really cheap at PhP. 149. I regret buying them though since the brush pens get frayed as soon as they touch the paper. I felt like I should have bought their dual ended brush pen singles instead.

Alas, I was able to get a notebook that I can use as my bullet journal at Muji.

I got this A5 notebook for PhP.165. It has 80 leaves and blank pages. And though it is a bit pricy, I didn't care cause it's from Muji (I'm a sucker for any Muji products.) And while I'm there, I decided to pick up two of my absolute favorite pen in the world: these are the Muji gel ink pens in 0.38. I just got the black inks though I wanted to get colored ones because the colors that have 0.38 are in shades of pink, red, or orange (which are not at all my type) and the shades of green and blue were only available at 0.5. I have tried their 0.5 gel ink pens before (I still have my green one at home) and I really prefer their 0.38 ones.

That is it for my bullet journal mini-haul. I didn't buy much since at the back of my head, I still have doubts if I'd be able to continue bullet journaling for a long time. I'm trying my best and so far so good. I'd be writing about my bullet journal set-up soon so watch out for that. 

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

I have officially failed at my 2016 Reading Challenge. By October I knew I was gonna fail, so I stopped trying. The thing was, I didn't really have a good enough excuse why I failed to finish the challenge: it wasn't the amount, for sure, since I listed about an average of one book per week so that's pretty much 'realistic'. I think the real culprit was just me and my overthinking. Last year was quite a challenge and it took me away from the things that I love (and that sure includes reading).

So 2017 is a good enough start (I'm working on my second book this year, though the first two aren't really in my reading list, but it's a good start) and I want to share with you my own Reading Challenge for myself.

This year's list is inspired by something I've seen on the internet. One day I was struck by the fact that I stuck with YA books last year and while there's nothing wrong with the genre, I just wanted something that will challenge my intellect. Part of my goal in 2017 is to focus on developing my mind and reading up on books that are far from my genre comfort zone is one way to do just that. I came across a list of Top 25 books that will blow your mind and was a little bit sad that I've only read one of the books on their list. So this year I wanted my mind blown. Sadly, I was only able to get a copy of 19 out of the 25 books in the list, which for me was quite a low number for a reading challenge so I added a few books of my own.

(Updated April 6, 2017)
  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  9. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  11. Think Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  12. The Stranger by Alber Camus
  13. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  14. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  16. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  17. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  18. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  19. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  20. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  21. Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  22. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  23. The Light in the Wound by Christine Brae
  24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  25. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
*Titles in bold are already read. :)

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