Tuesday, 29 March 2016

053. #FOMO

Image credits here.

We've had the popular hashtags #YOLO, and other related hashtags in every social media engine, and one can only wonder how does one get to the right events and the right functions.

I'm not usually one to attend huge events, but when I do, I usually look forward to it. For instance, the ink calligraphy workshop I attended was an activity I looked forward to attending. Or that beauty fair from my favourite planner brand.

Recently, someone from Eventbrite emailed me about their project, FOMO Prevention. So, you ask, what exactly is FOMO? It's actually Fear of Missing Out.  This Huffington Post article can give you an idea what FOMO is. They have also asked me how do I keep myself informed about events, and this is well, how I kept myself informed up to date.

Lately, I am interested in calligraphy and lettering-well, basically, about typography. I've signed up for newsletters from local craft shops that offer workshops. To be honest, I follow Facebook pages of stuff ranging from frozen yoghurt to brush pens. Probably someday, I could save up to buy that set of Zig brush pens!

 And I do appreciate the value of mailing lists from blogs--they usually have something new to offer every week. Well, almost. I've signed up for newsletters from every possible website. While I may not always be able to attend or afford something, it's good to know that it's there. 

And it's not just Facebook-liking pages that keep me connected. A few days after the ink calligraphy workshop, I was added to the Viber group (Hi, Sweets and Letters!), which informed me of a certain yoghurt brand's promos, as well as new workshops. If only the main branch of my favourite bookstore wasn't so far away, I'd be there often. 

How about you, guys? How do you keep yourselves in the loop?  Please let me know in the comments! 


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

052. Lately, lately.

  Mark Umbers and Scarlett Johansson as Mr. and Mrs. Windermere in A Good Woman.  Image credits here.

There is no excuse--being busy doesn't count, and plus I had to deal with a personal matter, that my resolve to keep this blog updated regularly like clockwork has again gone down the drain.

I've been inspired by Just Charlotte's manner of giving her blog readers her updates--it's a very efficient way of updating, so I'm borrowing this idea! Hope she doesn't mind!

(Re-) Reading: As a young girl, I've finished reading Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. After that, I have been fascinated with her, and her family. Last year, while I was browsing at books at one of my favourite bookstores, I've been hooked with this book--Treasures in the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family, by Mirjam Pressler. I read this book during lunch break at work, as part of my me-time. I've finished it earlier, and I'm revisiting Anne Frank's world. If you've read the The Diary of A Young Girl,  you would enjoy this.

Eating: The Manner citrus wafers from my aunt, who lives in Vienna. They are the bees' knees!

Watching:  I somehow got my hands on a copy of United, a TV movie about the Manchester United players who died in the 1958 plane crash. The movie stars David Tennant, Sam Claflin and Thomas Howes, Dougray Scott, among others.

Looking Forward To: Learning basic brush pen calligraphy! I've attended an ink calligraphy workshop two months ago, and I'm eager to learn more! I've signed up for another workshop, and I can't wait for May! :)

Wearing: Nothing noteworthy, sorry!

Feeling: A roller coaster of emotions, something I'd rather not share here!

Wanting: The Benefit Majorette cream blusher! I've tested this during a beauty fair sponsored by my favourite planner brand. And let's not forget the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation! But I'd like to know what you think about these products!

Thinking: A variety of things! Stuff I'm really excited to share with you!

Loving: the movie called A Good Woman! It stars Scarlett Johansson, Mark Umbers, Tom Wilkinson, Helen Hunt and Stephen Campbell Moore. It is based on Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan. I never knew that Scarlett had been in a movie like that, and it's worth a watch (no matter what the reviews say), and I'm watching it again! :)

Let me know what you're currently reading, eating, looking forward to etc in the comments!


Saturday, 12 March 2016

051. What's in my bag?

While on our way to a sensory test activity at work, my friend Bill asked if I ever thought of taking a picture of the contents of my bag (he's posted his on Instagram), and posted it on a social media platform, ie, Instagram. Actually, once upon a time, I did. But I blogged about it, since there was no Instagram yet on 2011. (Or was there already?)

After careful consideration, I've decided to bring my self imposed blog tradition of posting the entire contents of my bag back. I've had a bad experience as I've lost my phone years ago, so, better be safe than sorry! But I think it won't do any harm if I revive that long extinct, self-imposed tradition.  

I've read somewhere that the personal effects of one person determines what he is or she is like.  I'm still wondering if that's true.

Without further ado, the contents of  my bag--starting well, with the bag itself.

I found this bag in the local department store. As a child, I've always had a love for anything British, or Irish. Don't ask me why. So it would come as no surprise that when I found this pretty roomy Union Jack flag, it was love at first sight.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

050. That Me Before You trailer

I'm trying to figure out why I HAVEN'T read this book before. Well maybe, because, law school (when I was still there). But I've caught on, before this one hits the cinemas! I really can't wait to see it!

For those who have read the book, are you looking forward to watching it? :)

049. Go-to morning songs,and why I love them.

It's been ages since I've made a post like this one--particularly because I've stopped listening to music through my phone for the past few months. Because of recent events, however, I needed something to help pick me up, and it made me wonder why I put it to a stop, apart from the fact that my old laptop went kaput. 

Music has been one of the things that helped make me feel less sleepy at work--many thanks to Spotify and iTunes! Seriously, there were days that I didn't want to get up for work, but music made a lot of difference.

Below are the songs that made its way to my phone...and my heart!

1. Breakfast in NYC, Oppenheimer- While sorting out files in my laptop, I came across this song--I was in the middle of skimming through an album labeled Gossip Girl Music. I really can't deny it--that TV series really had an awesome soundtrack! The opening notes alone can motivate one to wake up your eyes!

2. Young Folks, Peter, Bjorn John-Also from the Gossip Girl soundtrack album, this song is perfect while traveling to work--be it driving or commuting. Which reminds me, I SHOULD BE LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE. Haha. The artist's name also reminds me of peanut butter jelly sandwiches. (PBJ)

3. Love for Sale, Jamie Cullum- Having read the lyrics this song is basically about um, prostitution, but it doesn't stop me from listening from his rendition of one of Cole Porter's songs. The beat is very far from the original one, but it's what Jamie Cullum is good at--delightfully reinventing old standards.
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