Free Printable: Pocket Monthly Calendar

I’ve shown you a glimpse of my planner setup in the Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook. My planner is completely DIY, using a blank Alunsina notebook. I hand-draw the weekly layouts. At the beginning of each month, I put in that month’s calendar on one page and the opposite page is meant to be the receptacle for my monthly reminders.


The monthly calendar is something I made on my own, as I wanted a nice clean layout that is clearly readable but will fit in a pocket notebook. I came up with this.


This layout is entirely made in Excel, and exported to a pdf format. I just basically print it out on an A4 (or letter) paper, manually cut it out, and tape it to the appropriate page in my planner. Today I wanted to share with you the pocket monthly calendar layout that I made, completely free!


Each of these is 13.3cm x 7.3cm, so you can judge if it will fit into your planner before you print and cut. I only included April until December since the first quarter is already done. You are free to share this as long as you don’t make money off it, and attribution is always appreciated!

Click the link to download the pocket monthly calendar! Pocket-Calendar-April-Dec-2015.pdf

If you used my printable, I would love to hear your feedback!

What’s New: Caronia Shades of Summer

A very sweet surprise greeted me upon coming home one day. Caronia very kindly sent over this very intriguing set of nail polishes housed in a very handsome looking box! This is Shades of Summer, six great colors that will definitely put you in the summer mood!


Check out the colors! From left to right they are:

  • Summer Fling – a coral red tone that brings back that first blush and summer love
  • Rainbow Tan – a frosted skintone tint that brightens up your toe nails
  • Sun Kissed – a pumpkin orange glow that matches your wavy beach hair
  • Sweet Surprise – your favorite yellow shade that will remind you of those sweet summer moments
  • On-The-Go – an aqua green color that gives us an adventurous feeling to take on a new challenge
  • First Crush – the flawless rich lilac hue that sets out your youthful vibe


Rainbow Tan is the shade I’m most excited to try! Next to that is a different-color-per-nail spread that just screams summer! Watch out for that as I’ll be sure to post swatches.


Disclaimer: The set of six nail polishes and the box was kindly sent to me by Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation for my consideration.

The Sunday Currently #12

I’m back in the Philippines! It was quite a short trip for such a long travel time, but I loved every moment of it. I thought it was worth going, but I’m definitely happy to be home as well.


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There’s quite a few things on my reading list right now, but the one that’s staying on my mind is the comic called Chew. The story follows the life of a US FDA agent who is able to psychologically read the history of things through… eating them. The idea is very interesting, and there’s actually a lot of action (and gore!) going on. The art is great (it’s colored!) and I’m enjoying the pace as well.


I’m pretty much on a roll here, with my journals moving splendidly along. I’ve recently started to experiment with my own version of Project Life, which is basically attempting to have a photodiary-slash-scrapbook of sorts. Once I get it going well, I’m going to write about it in more detail.


Still on a Manhid high, so I’m listening to their official soundtrack on repeat. It unfortunately only contains 12 songs. I would love to get a copy of the whole thing to be honest!


My new diabetic diet has been sort of compromised during my trip because of all the eating out I did with my friends and colleagues. There weren’t always a lot of healthy options for me, so I definitely need to do a lot of catching up. The biggest challenge is really to consciously make sure 50% of my meal should be vegetables and fruits.


I got quite a few items ordered online which will not be arriving for quite some time yet, but I’m already getting quite impatient! I want to get them now!


Quite a bit thankful for some nice news I got in my life. Let me be vague for a while so that I won’t jinx it, haha!

Happy sunday to you!


Unboxing the Midori Traveler’s Notebook Passport Size

If it’s not that clear yet, I’m pretty much a paper addict. I love all things paper, and I have an unhealthy stash of unused notebooks. Not content with two iterations of planner, I found myself suddenly handing over money for a Midori Traveler’s Notebook over at Scribe Glorietta 5. I had already been considering getting one, even if I already had the Alunsina traveler’s notebook (TN), just so I can make a comparison with the one that started it all. Now the Midori TN happened to be on a considerable sale at Scribe, so I did not hesitate and got the passport sized one.


The package came in this nondescript looking kraft box, wrapped in plastic. The dot over in the corner indicates that I chose the brown leather (the other option is black).


Upon unboxing, we see the contents of the package. There’s a diary guide and a sheet of stickers on the left, a list of contents and a paper filled with Japanese writing along the top, a red sheet of paper on the right showing that I have the monthly spread refill, a pack of replacement elastics on the lower right, and the actual TN wrapped in a canvas bag in the middle.


The TN itself is this very nice brown leather with elastics threaded through it to hold the refills, much like the Alunsina system (or rather, the Alunsina system follows Midori’s). The actual color of the TN isn’t this light; it’s closer to a dark brown than the camel color that somehow this picture shows. For now, I am keeping to the matching brown elastic that keeps the TN closed.


The included refill is the month-on-two-pages view. To be honest I’m not quite sure yet if I’m going to be using this at all. In point of fact, I’m not quite sure yet what I’m doing with the Midori TN itself, since I’m quite happy with my current planner setup in the Alunsina TN. I didn’t purchase any other refills because there weren’t any at the store.


Don’t be fooled! The TN passport size is quite small, as you can see in the photo above. It’s practically only as big as my palm! And this is a good thing, as it is really quite portable in this size, as long as I don’t stuff it with too many refills.


In comparison with the Alunsina TN, the Midori TN is quite a bit shorter. The refill size of the Midori TN passport size is at 3.5″x5″ while that of the Alunsina is 3.5″x5.5″. I will make a full comparison post once I get a good setup going with the Midori.

Now… if only I can silence that voice saying I need the regular size Midori as well..

What I Packed: Crafting (Caribbean 2015)

This is the last of my What I Packed series for my latest Caribbean trip. I can’t go on without talking about what I brought for my crafting and writing needs.


Most of these are packed in my checked in luggage, especially the green mesh bag as it contains my scissors. It had a too-long blade which means I can’t bring it with me on the plane cabin. In any case let’s start with the notebooks.


As you can see I brought a lot. Clockwise from the top left: Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook (which came with me in my purse), an Acryl Ringnotes refillable notebook (I think this is A5 sized) which was for my work notes, a black lined Moleskine notebook which is my personal journal, a black dot-grid Copelle notebook which is my art journal, and two unopened sets of Venzi Flexy2 notebook refills for my traveler’s notebook. Only the first three were actually used. I had underestimated just how busy I was going to be in this trip that I simply didn’t have the time to try any lettering (in the Copelle) or do as much journaling as I wanted. Let’s move on to my pencil cases.


This first one is the pencil case part of the Filed pen roll I recently bought. In it are, from the top: three Frixion stamps, a magnetic bookmark, a black Pilot G-Tec-C3, a black Pilot Drawing Pen, a black Daiso marker, three colored Frixion Point pens, a Faber-Castell eraser pen, a Staedtler pencil, and an extendable plastic ruler. Again, most of these were left unused, except for the Frixion pens, the magnetic bookmark, and the G-Tec.


The other pencil case is a very slim Bear Huggs pencil case and contained only three Frixion Point pens. These came with me in my purse, and was used mainly with my traveler’s notebook. Lastly, we come to my craft bag.


This is a green mesh bag that I borrowed from my daughter. In it are a pack of stickers (most are from Toys R Us), my long-bladed scissors, seven rolls of medium-width washi tape, six rolls of slim washi tape, and three planner clips. Now these were all used, I think, since I did have time to play with my planner. As I mentioned earlier, these were packed in my checked in bag because of the scissors.

There we have it! Thanks for checking out what I packed in my trip!

What I Packed: Skincare (Caribbean 2015)

A continuation of the What I Packed series in my latest trip, this time for skincare. This is basically what I brought.


I packed some of these in the same Ellana makeup bag that I used as there were still some space, and the rest in a generic mesh zip pouch. What I have are, going from left to right top row first, then bottom:

Bifesta Eye and Lip Makeup Remover – big bottle, but very little product left. I figure it should not be a big deal to bring since it’s practically empty.

Olay Moisturizer – again a big bottle. For some reason I couldn’t find my travel sized Celeteque Hydration moisturizer so I brought this instead.

Marks & Spencer Body Powder – a big bottle yet again! I had a travel sized bottle of Johnson’s baby powder, but it was almost empty and I am a huge body powder user that I’m sure it would run out on me. I brought this one instead.

Jergens Ultra Healing Body Lotion – This is the smallest bottle I can find in my stash, which wasn’t so bad all things considered.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunblock – I didn’t have any other sunblock available, so this went in my bag.

Etude House Dear Girls Be Clear Moisturizer – is actually not much a moisturizer, but a facial sunblock. Again, no other option available, so into the bag it went.

Nivea Extra Whitening Deodorant – is the only deodorant I will use, so a fresh one went into my bag.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner – finally something travel sized! A no brainer toner that is an automatic bring.

Bifesta Agecare Cleansing Lotion – also in travel sized! I filled this up from my current big bottle, and is a great partner to the eye and lip makeup remover.

Vitress Hair Cuticle Coat – all of the Vitress bottles I have are small enough for travel, but this is the tiniest! Love this thing!

Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash – apparently this is the only surviving one from my Celeteque travel kit as I couldn’t find its toner and moisturizer partners.

Pure n’ Fresh Cologne in Tropical Fresh – I’m not such a huge perfume person so I didn’t really care what fragrance I brought as long as it was small, and smelled decent.

There we go! Thanks for reading! Next and last in this series will be my craft carry.

What I Packed: Makeup (Caribbean 2015)


As I mentioned, I went to the Caribbean for work for about 8 days. I want to show you what I packed, and this might be a several-post series. First I want to show you the makeup I brought. Take note that this is a mainly work trip, so I focused mostly on work-appropriate makeup.

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My Current Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook Setup

It has not even been two months since I posted about my Moleskine planner setup, and now I’m writing about another planner setup. This time I finally got myself an Alunsina Kislap traveler’s notebook! It took a bit of time to ease into my current setup, as I tried out some combinations of books before I settled into this one. Here’s my Kislap:


I got the distressed brown leather cover and I had my name stamped in the lower right as well as the letter P in the middle center. I thought it was the most neutral of the available colors, and I am intending to bring this one everywhere, including into meetings so it needs to look business-like (note: the other two available colors at the time I ordered it are pink and sea green). I also chose the tree charm to go with the traveler’s notebook because it looked the most elegant of the four available charms. Do not be fooled by the photo above! This is actually quite small, about the size of the Moleskine pocket planner. Check out the size compared to my grip.


Warning: This is going to be pretty image-intensive as I go into a detailed tour of my current setup!

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The Sunday Currently #11

As this publishes, I’m probably up in the air on my way to the Caribbean on business. It’s exciting and also quite stressful, but I actually enjoy long haul flights.


The geek in me is pretty much hooked in the Transformers comics I’m currently reading. The series is called More Than Meets The Eye, and what’s interesting about it is that the storyline centers around the events after the conclusion of the great war between the Autobots and Decepticons. There’s a lot more of intrigue than of action, if you’re familiar with Transformers.

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I’ve moved in to my Alunsina traveler’s notebook fully. I’m going to show you around it soon, but suffice to say that I’m very pleased with it. I’m also trying to catch up on my journaling prompts, and I feel like I will have a lot of time to do that while on the flight!


I love this video. Great song, great message. Every Filipino should watch it.


I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I’m hooked on a farmville-type game right now called Township on Android. There’s really not much to say about it except that it’s kinda like farmville, haha!

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Chicken, seafood, and veggies mostly. (see below)


As I’m preparing to pack for my trip, I am wearing out all the clothes I don’t intend to bring (I don’t have a big wardrobe). That means I’m usually in a skirt, blouse, and boots combo for work instead of my standard slacks and blouse.


Excited, and also apprehensive, because of my upcoming work trip. I’ve been unable to sleep well for the past few nights because of a very nagging feeling of “I’m gonna forget to pack something”.

Also feeling a bit of denial. I’ve been diagnosed as diabetic (type 2) recently, and I haven’t quite accepted it yet, going around thinking it’s not a big deal. Intellectually I know what that means, and what effect that will have for the rest of my life, but emotionally I’m not there yet. I have started changing my diet (see above) and so far I’m doing fine in that regard. I also need to start busting my ass on physical exercise, to get my body back in shape. That is what my doctor has prescribed (beyond the maintenance meds) – a more active lifestyle is the best answer.

See you soon Philippines!

OOTD: Manhid

Since I got a chance to have someone take outfit photos, I’ll take this opportunity to post about an OOTD worn on the day my husband and I watched Manhid: Pinoy Superhero Musical.


I really liked how this turned out. The whole combination of well-fitting dress (Paperdolls) + black stockings + slouchy boots (S&H) seem really put together, and was actually quite comfy. In addition my husband looks quite dashing here as well!