The Sunday Currently #26

It’s been such a busy month for me, and it reflects on the blog through lessened posts. I hope I can ramp it back up to my usual three posts per week, but I can’t guarantee it. Aside from an increased workload, I have also rescued another kitten and this one is already problematic from the start. I hope it survives; I’ve already fallen in love with it.

Reading

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As it’s been a busy month, I was only able to read these two books by Cyan Abad-Jugo: Letters from Crispin and Yaya Maya and the White King. I stumbled upon them in National Bookstore and I was intrigued. My instincts were correct, and they turned out to be really good books. Meant for kids around 10 years old, these are short stories centered around kids the same age that deal with family, growing up, and other similar matters. They also feature interesting facets of Philippine culture (history and lore) that are the core of the stories. Written in English, these are perfect for giving as gifts to foreign friends as well as anyone with reading-age kids. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the set!

Watching

No movies this month, but we did get to continue watching Jessica Jones. We’re now up to the 8th episode I think, and the story is really getting along now. I also just saw the trailer for the new Netflix series, Luke Cage, and I’m excited! Luke is a regular in the Jessica Jones series, and I like him there, so I’m looking forward to seeing him in the lead.

Playing

I have officially quit playing Spellstone for now, primarily because it’s such a RAM hog. It was eating up about 70% of my RAM and it was becoming ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the game and it’s really an excellent card game, but my current phone cannot play it anymore.

With its removal I was able to get quite a bit of new mobile games. Of course there’s the ubiquitous Pokemon Go, which is not really all that great on my phone either because my GPS sucks. I also finally bought Monument Valley; it’s been on my wishlist for a long time. It’s a brilliant minimalist puzzle game that makes use of perspective and M.C. Escher type environments and it’s really quite engaging. Unfortunately it’s very short, only 10 levels, but I think it’s well worth it. I will probably buy the sequel as well. Lastly, for quick brainless fun I also installed Disney Emoji Blitz which is just a match-3 game but I got it since it’s Disney and it’s full of cute emoji and it’s free to play.

Feeling

I’m feeling quite confused recently. As you have seen I switched to my Dark Brown Macata as my main planner/wallet, from being in the Hobonichi Weeks for about five months. I really enjoy the pocket size, and it’s great since my main TN collection is in that size; not to mention I’m really enjoying the new system of a weekly planner and bullet journal. The new Hobonichi release for 2017 just came out September 1, and I am very tempted to get the pink cat Weeks as well as a few accessories, but that means that I’ll be again not be using the pocket size. It’s a dilemma!

 

The Sunday Currently #25

Welcome to another edition of Sunday Currently! How are you all doing? It’s been a pretty long and stressful month, but I’m happy that I was still able to do some fun things.

Reading

Sabriel by Garth Nix – The first in a trilogy about the journeys of a necromancer named Sabriel. She is not your normal everyday evil necromancer, but she’s a necessary one to keep the Dead, well, dead. It’s a really well-made world and the writing is very compelling. I really liked how different the approach is to necromancy in this book, and I’m excited to finish the rest of the series.

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 1: The World According to Peter Parker – A version of Spider-man where a lot of other notable superheroes appear and Spider-man himself is a young teenager. It’s a pretty interesting world and maybe in another time I would have wanted to see what happens, but I’m at the stage where I want a nicely packaged story where I don’t have to wonder about things too much. That’s mostly my problem with ongoing comics runs; it’s hard to drop in the middle of it and be engaged.

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Image credits: Amazon.com

Watching

Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass – In preparation for the second movie, my family watched the first one which we missed. I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised about both movies. I really like how Alice was presented, although the “real” world in which she lived in seemed unrealistic where she was acting pretty much like an independent woman of current times, except that was back in maybe the 1900s. Regardless, I enjoyed it a lot and feel really bad that the reviews of the second film aren’t so good.

Ghostbusters – Oh man, where do I start? This turned out to be such an amazing film and super enjoyable to watch. The tone was quite feminist, almost to an extreme (like what the f is that thing with Chris Hemsworth??), but it does bring up a lot of interesting conversation especially with my daughter. I really like that this is what she grows up with, and emphasizes the idea that she can be whatever she wants, with hard work and determination.

Jessica Jones – My husband and I watched the first episode, and my immediate reaction is curiosity. There’s not really a lot of things that I end up knowing by the end of that episode, and it did make me want to watch more. Unfortunately this show is quite adult (sex and violence) and it can only be watched if the daughter is not in the house. That’s going to make it a bit challenging to continue watching, which is the same difficulty we encountered when trying to watch Daredevil.

Eating

Currently enjoying the Carbonara Longganisa of Coco Hut. It’s very creamy and comes with a perfectly poached egg. As a pasta lover, this is pretty awesome!

 

Wanting

More free time, honestly! I still have quite a long list of personal things I want to do (such as read books and crafting) but I find that I run out of time in the weekends trying to catch up on lost sleep on the weekdays. Sigh.

Feeling

I’ve been feeling very confused recently. Right now, I’m very happy about my current planning system in the Hobonichi Weeks and also quite happy that I can combine it with my wallet system because of the SLC custom cover. However, I keep thinking that my chosen TN size is still pocket, and I really wish I could have the Weeks in pocket size. I have a big collection of pocket TNs, and it’s a shame that I can’t use them to plan with. I am quite reluctant to start another collection in personal size, just so I can have variety in my Weeks covers. I’m considering creating some sort of planner with Tomoe River paper so that I can have a whole year’s worth in pocket form.

 

 

The Sunday Currently #24

June was rather hectic in both work and outside work. I was able to go on a beach vacation with family which was a good interlude and broke up the relentless rhythm for a bit.

Reading

That said, I did get a few things done on the reading end, although most of them are comics.

Journey Into Mystery Volumes 1 and 2 – A story about Loki when he was resurrected into a young boy. As Kid Loki he had very little of his god powers but has all of his wits and wile. The premise was interesting, and the ending was very emotional for me. Kieron Gillen is a genius writer!

Young Avengers – Since I enjoyed Kieron Gillen’s Kid Loki story, I decided to see what came next and he appears in Young Avengers next. I did not like this as much as Journey Into Mystery, primarily because of the very confusing montage when his group was traveling through dimensions.

The Girl With All the Gifts – I had been looking at this book by M.R. Carey at the bookstores for quite some time now, and finally I decided to pick it up. I originally wanted to read this because the title (and the blurb) led me to believe that it’s a paranormal story about some girl. It turns out to be completely different, but good different, since it turns out to be a post-apocalyptic story instead (one of my favorite genres). I got my husband to read this right after I finished it, and he absolutely loved it as well!

Fantastic Four and Future Foundation – In the same thread of reading comics, my husband recommended me to read these two (series of) titles by Jonathan Hickman. If you know Fantastic Four, then basically the premise is that this is the time when they were older and the Richards had kids. The plot is quite involved and almost rather convoluted since at some point it alternated between Fantastic Four and Future Foundation, but it was awesome and I loved the entire thing.

I really like reading comics, because it seems like it takes me less time to sit down and finish stuff compared to reading novels. I’m probably going to continue going through my husband’s recommended comics reading list, while hopefully getting in a novel or two per month.

Writing

As per my last post, I’m reinvigorated with my journaling because of my decision to incorporate some creativity into it. I’m enjoying this activity a lot! Aside from that, I got myself another journal called Q&A A Day: 5-Year Journal where the idea is that you will briefly answer a question daily. There is space for five answers per question for the five years that this journal is intended to be used, and it would be interesting to see how my answers change for each question over the years. I like this journal and I’ve incorporated it into my nightly routine so hopefully I can keep up with the entries.

Watching

The biggest thing for me this month was watching Warcraft: The Beginning. As a long-time player of both Warcraft 3 and World of Warcraft, this movie was a must-see. I have to say that I saw it through rose-colored glasses, and loved everything! Of course there are issues such as the rather weak plot development, but I’m hoping that things will become clearer for the planned sequels.

We also saw Finding Dory with my daughter. It was an enjoyable film, and I really like how it handled the concept of disability. It gave me some insights into the disabled culture, and how families with disabled kids cope and adapt. It’s probably not going to be my favorite animated film by any stretch, but it was definitely worth seeing.

Clicking

I’ve suddenly been consumed with the wish to collect reaction gifs, so I started browsing the vast reaches of the internet. Here’s a couple of my favorites, both found through reactiongifs.com.

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Wearing

I got myself a new pair of shoes for the office, and it’s called the Yogi style from the brand Parisian. It’s a nice pair of shiny black platform shoes that go well with officewear and skirts. It gives a bit of a height boost, without the strain brought by regular high heels or pumps. It does give me footaches if I walk in it for some time, but I mostly sit at a desk while at work so it’s all good. For photo reference here’s an old post by Anagon that covered the release of this shoe.

Thinking

World and local news are really quite depressing nowadays. I don’t really want to discuss them here, but rest assured that they weigh heavily in my mind.

Wanting

I want to buy more stuff! I’m feeling the itch to get new traveler’s notebooks (I totally don’t need new ones!), stationery (I have too much already!), and pens (again I have too much already!). I need to find a way to not give in to this itch!

Feeling

Super tired! Now that my daughter has finally started school again, that means I need to wake up earlier to help her get ready for pick up by her school bus. That means less or interrupted sleep for me! I probably just need to get used to it again, but I’m really feeling the effects of the routine change right now.

Hope you all have had a wonderful first half of 2016! Here’s to hoping that the second half will be better!

 

The Sunday Currently #23

Reading

It has been a great month for reading! For some reason I’ve gotten so much reading in for the past month, and I love it! I wish I can sneak in this amount of reading every month!

First up! I’ve been curious about this series for the longest time since I’ve been seeing it on bookstore shelves on prominent display. That, and I’m quite attracted to the cover art. I did what I always do with untried series: I bought the first book to see if I would like it, and if so then I would buy the rest. The photo below clearly shows what happened. The day after I finished Throne of Glass (author Sarah J. Maas) I went and bought the rest of the series. I powered through the next three books within one weekend and came out really happy and itching to read the next in the series (which, unfortunately, won’t be out until September this year). The Throne of Glass series basically follows the story of master assassin Celaena Sardothien from the time that she was taken out of the prison she’s been in for a year to compete for the title of Adarlan’s Champion. There are lots of intriguing storylines and characters and the writing is fantastic and made it quite hard to put down. It is classified as Young Adult, although I think this should really be in the Adult category not because there’s a lot of sex, but because there’s just so much violence. It’s an excellent series and very engaging. For some reason I’m having trouble reading The Assassin’s Blade, which is a collection of prequel stories that go before the events of Throne of Glass.

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As a fan of snail mail, it was a no-brainer for me to get Griffin & Sabine (author Nick Bantock). It’s an intriguing format in that the story is told through the correspondence between the two protagonists in the form of postcards and letters. The letters are actually in a separate paper that is inside an actual envelope attached to pages of the book, while the postcards are printed in a way that you can see both the front art and the back. I really enjoyed the first book (which is actually a 25th Anniversary Limited Edition reprint) that I went and got the other two books of the trilogy. At first it seemed like a straightforward love story, but there’s a lot more depth and intrigue that’s the story of Griffin and Sabine, and Nick Bantock makes devastating use of cliffhangers. Even if the story didn’t turn out to be engaging, just the books themselves are worth getting because of the wonderful production and art. The detail that tickled me the most is that it looks like Sabine writes with a fountain pen (and you know how much I love fountain pens!). There’s actually a second trilogy which I intend to also purchase.

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I also was able to finish reading books 1-7 of the Amulet series (author Kazu Kibuishi), which is a comic book aimed for kids supposedly. We bought it for my daughter but she seemed very unwilling to continue reading it. I was intrigued, and read it for myself. The story itself is quite engaging, but is unfortunately very depressing and the setting and circumstances are quite bleak. The story follows what happens to Emily when she inher I saw almost immediately why my daughter was uncomfortable with it. I did enjoy it though, and the art is quite beautiful especially the full spreads. I’ve claimed the series for my own, and will continue getting the succeeding books.

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There’s a last book I wanted to mention which is the comic Thor: God of Thunder, which I think I’ve read last month but forgot to mention. It’s a trade paperback book collecting all the issues that are included in this story arc. It follows Thor as he battles the God Butcher who is out killing all the gods. It is a really well written and well illustrated comic, and I like the fact that the book finishes the arc.

Listening

My husband and I started listening to the podcast The D6 Generation in the car again. It’s our favorite boardgame podcast and we like listening to this and helps pass the time very nicely. It almost makes the two-hour commute feel like 30 minutes.

Watching

My family watched Civil War and it was quite an enjoyable movie. The introduction of Black Panther and Spider-man is really nicely integrated, and made me look forward to their individual movies. The idea of the Sokovia Accords sparked some interesting debates and discussions. Before that, we were also able to finish watching the previous movies Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and about half of Avengers 2.

Playing

I have finally decided to uninstall Magic Rush because it was eating up too much memory. I’m still playing Spellstone of course, but I started playing a new mobile game called Zen Koi. It’s a beautifully rendered collecting game where you try to collect and breed the different varieties of koi fish, and maybe ascend them into dragons. It’s quite a relaxing game with nice music!

Boardgame wise, we have broken out a new game called Suburbia. It’s basically a tile-laying game where you build up your metropolis to be efficient and profitable and attract more population. It shines in a two-player mode, and I can see that with more players it might make the game unbearably long.

Thinking

Wondering if I have swallowed more than I can handle at work.

Wanting

 

I’ve been following @veganorganizer at Youtube and she has a nice cover for her Hobonichi Weeks that allows her to keep her wallet stuff with her planner. I want that cover!

Feeling

Mostly amazed. My daughter is starting middle school this June, and I can’t believe how much she’s grown. She’s practically a teenager (well, not really) and I feel like time is running way too fast. She continues to grow in unexpected ways, and I am enjoying every minute of it!

 

The Sunday Currently #22

I actually had about a week’s hiatus from the blog, because I went on a week-long vacation. I did not really go anywhere; just stayed home and tried to do a lot of things that I am not able to do because I am too busy with work. That week went by awfully quickly, and there are still so much more I need to do!

Reading

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From Google Image Search

I recently finished three of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith) and I really enjoyed it as much as most of Pratchett’s work. I’m surprised that I have not yet read this particular trilogy, since it’s basically within the witches storyline and I’ve read most of that. Tiffany Aching is a young witch (she started out at 9 years old in The Wee Free Men) in training, honing her natural skills and hoping to eventually step into the shoes of her village’s previous witch who was also her grandmother. The three books I read follows her through increasingly challenging adventures and sees her slowly maturing as she grows older and into her power. Hopefully I’ll find copies of the last two in the series to round out the reading.

From Google Image Search
From Google Image Search

I also finished William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, and that was also a good read. I enjoyed his Neuromancer before, and it came as no surprise that I ended up liking Pattern Recognition as well. This particular story is about Cayce Pollard who has a unique trait: she reacts to brands and logos as one would to allergens. This trait allows her to be a trendspotter and is highly regarded in the marketing field. This brings her to an adventure as she tries to use her skills and experience to find out the maker of a mysterious series of short videos that was appearing on the internet. Very intriguing, and the writing is very engaging. Researching more about William Gibson, I am shocked to find out that both Neuromancer and Pattern Recognition are each part of two separate trilogies!

Watching

In an effort to prepare to watch Captain America: Civil War with my daughter, my husband and I decided to rewatch the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies starting from Captain America 1. We’ve basically gotten as far as Thor 1, and we are planning a marathon this weekend to make sure we are ready to watch Civil War as well. I’m very gratified to see that my daughter finally became a fan, as she had an adamant anti-superhero movie stance before.

Playing

Still hooked on Spellstone at the moment, while also still keeping up with my Magic Rush account.

Eating

In an effort to control the food I eat, I started signing up to a food delivery service called Gourmet Kusina. I first tried out the shortest program they had, a three-day, two-meals-a-day program that gave me healthy, 1200-calorie meals straight to my office. The food was actually delicious, although I still need to get used to smaller meals. I like that they occasionally give apples and other fruits along with the order. I was happy enough with that trial period that I signed up for another week. I’m hoping it will have a positive effect on my health!

Wanting

More vacation time! There are still a lot of pending things that needs to be done around the house, and I could not attend to it while I have work.

Feeling

Very tired of all the election-related posts in Facebook, so much that I uninstalled the app from my phone. I’m keeping it off my phone until at least the elections are done, which thankfully is soon.

 

The Sunday Currently #21

For some reason, this is going to be a post full of mini-reviews. There seemed to be a lot that happened this past month or so!

Reading

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I’m still on a Mercedes Lackey reread, because I want to get on and read the newest series she has of the Valdemar world. I’ve also finished reading a black little book of short stories by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. Unfortunately I did not really like those as they seemed to tend toward the depressing side of things, but I did enjoy the little black book format. I’ve also started reading a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov, in preparation for reading the Foundation trilogy, which I confess to never have read before. Lastly, my husband discovered a new comic book called The Unwritten, which is kind of a homage to the Harry Potter universe, but takes it a lot further into the strange and exciting. We only have the first book, and I can’t wait to get the next of the series!

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Watching

I was not able to include Zootopia in the February update, but we did watch it towards the end of last month. It was amazing! It is quite possibly one of our all-time family favorites! On the other hand, Deadpool was indeed enjoyable to watch as the reviews say but did not hold up to post-movie discussions. We felt that the message it was trying to say wasn’t really good (PS this is the only movie on this list that my daughter did not watch). Gods of Egypt was the next on the list, and this one was something my daughter was really looking forward to. She’s a big fan of the Egypt mythology and it was a treat for her to see the gods in action. Lastly Kung Fu Panda was great initially, but like Deadpool it did not hold up to post-movie discussions.

Playing

I’ve installed Star Realms for some time because I was told it’s a step up from Ascension, but I found that there are some specific issues with it that make it unplayable for me. Not to mention, it is rather heavy on the memory and my phone cannot really handle a lot so I ended up uninstalling it. I still wanted a game I could play offline and I found 94% and 94 degrees, which are fun puzzle and trivia games. They both remain installed as they aren’t that heavy memory wise. Lastly, I discovered Spellstone through my wanderings around the Play Store, and it got both me and my husband hooked! It’s a nice combat card game that has upgrading elements, which make it really engaging!

Eating

We’ve recently rediscovered Faburrito, a very healthy place that offers fresh ingredients in burrito and bowl formats. I feel like it had gotten a lot tastier than I remembered, and it is now a personal favorite for both me and my husband!

Creating

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I love it when two of my interests combine! Recently I’ve attempted what are called box inserts, which are basically custom-built trays for boardgame components. We have a lot of boardgames with a lot of components, and box inserts make it a lot easier to organize the components for faster set up and clean up. I’ve so far made two, and there are still a lot more that I can learn about making them.

Feeling

Very very guilty. This month hasn’t been really good in terms of my no-spend goal, and I spent so so much. I need to reign in my wishlists and adhere to them strictly. You’ll definitely see what I got in future haul posts.

Also feeling quite tired. I’m entering my busy season at work, and I can already feel it. I’m just relieved that I don’t have to wake up super early in the morning as my daughter is on summer break and that gives me about an hour or more of sleep.

 

The Sunday Currently #20

February has been really bad to me. Some bacterial infection swept through my family, and hit me twice! In fact I’m still recovering although I’m done with my (second) run of antibiotics. My doctor did say that my diabetes gives me a slower recovery time. This edition of Sunday Currently is going to be a really short one.

Reading

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Mercedes Lackey is one of the earliest fantasy authors I became obsessed with, and I have a very extensive collection of her works, most notably of the Valdemar fictional universe. I had a craving to reread books that I’ve already read very many times, but it’s something that’s very comforting to do. These are the five I’ve finished rereading so far. I guess in a way, it’s a preparation for reading the latest series she published for that universe, which I’m just beginning to collect.

The Valdemar universe is centralized in the Kingdom of Valdemar, of which most of the stories are centered on Heralds and their Companions. Heralds serve as Valdemar’s peacekeepers, justice-dispensers, and occasionally fighters as needed. They are considered universally to be good, primarily because of how they come to their positions. They are chosen when in their teens (although some are chosen younger, or even much older) by creatures called the Companions, who are benign spirits in the shape of white horses. The reigning monarchs of Valdemar are required to be Heralds, and this keeps the kingdom to be generally honest and trustworthy. According to Lackey’s bibliography, there are already 30 novels and 7 anthologies in this universe.

Watching

Image credits: Gravity Falls in Wikipedia
Image credits: Gravity Falls in Wikipedia

It is with sadness that I watched the last ever episode of Gravity Falls. The series finally ended after two seasons, and for the most part I was really afraid of how rushed it might seem considering the episodes leading to the finale. Without elaborating further, I would say that it turned out to be much better than my expectations, and it is quite the fitting end to what will be a classic. If you have not watched Gravity Falls, I highly highly recommend this series!

Playing

Image Credits: store.steampowered.com
Image Credits: store.steampowered.com

I’ve gotten hooked into another mobile game. This one is called Ascension. It’s actually originally a deckbuilding card game that has been translated to a mobile app. It seems like a good translation, never mind that I haven’t actually played the real world version of this. It’s a fast time burner where each (offline) game lasts only about 5 minutes. It loads fast too, mostly! I like to play it for those times where I have to wait a bit, such as waiting for my lunch order to arrive.

Feeling

My self-control has been really bad in the last week or so. I’ve been craving sweet things so much it’s scary. I didn’t really have this degree of craving in the past few months so it really took me by surprise. How I’m combating this is making sure I have the correct (and delicious!) foodstuff available on hand whenever I get cravings like this. I’m hoping that this blows over soon; it’s really very hard to resist!

The Sunday Currently #19

This edition of The Sunday Currently is going to be rather massive, as it will span both December and January.

Reading

I’ve finished reading the (depending on your view) infamous KonMari book in about a couple of hours; it’s a pretty light book, both in content and in actual physical weight. It’s a book about tidying, and the biggest controversy about it is how much discarding you will be doing to achieve the best results. While I don’t prescribe to the whole philosophy, I can see the advantages to making sure that your house is kept tidy, and all your belongings are where they are because you want them to. In fact I’ve started going through some old clothes, old hobby stuff, and other things in an attempt to get a bit more organized and to reduce the general clutter in the house. It does feel good, but it is quite a lot of work involved.

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Much of my holiday vacation was spent reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (please note, this is different from Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo CEO). The series follows the adventures of a well-known girl mechanic named Cinder, who happens to also be cyborg, and her friends in their efforts to oppose the machinations of the evil Lunar Queen Levana. It draws from a lot of classic fairy tales, and retold in a sci-fi setting which I thought was a pretty good innovation in fairy tale retellings. The story was quite gripping, and I spent several times surfacing from reading to see the sun rise as I could not put the books down once I started on them. For an author’s debut series, this is quite well done and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Writing

I have to say that I attempted some kind of gratitude journaling, in the BDJ Petit Planner that I previously got. The weekly format seemed well suited to writing down a few lines per day, and I thought of penning down three things I’m thankful for daily. I got most of December, but stumbled towards the end and never came back up. I think this sort of thing might not exactly be for me.

I also recently started experimenting with creative journaling, very similar to what is currently popular in Instagram. The CBTL The Giving Journal’s weekly layout (horizontal week-on-one-page with notes on the opposite page) follows the current trend, and I thought I’d give it a shot. Here’s my first week. While it does need quite a lot of improvement, I feel like it might be something I can do on the regular. I just need to remember that mine does not need to be as pretty as the ones on Instagram, considering I just started!

Playing

December saw me playing Magic Rush quite a lot on my phone, and it’s actually rather enjoyable. It’s an MMO with elements of tower defense and rpg combat, and the character designs are pretty nice. It’s also a free-to-play with a lot of in-game optional purchases, and I have to admit that there were several times that I was tempted to get micro purchases.

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Image credits: Google Image Search

In January I revisited an earlier game I had bought from Humble Bundle, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers. It’s also a tower defense game and I thoroughly enjoy it. Since it reminded me where I bought it, I visited Humble Bundle again and found that they are running some hefty discounts in their store, and I took that opportunity to buy three mobile games that amounted to about Php250 in total. The one I am currently playing is called Detective Grimoire, an adventure puzzler similar to Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. I’m nearly done with it, in fact, and left me wanting for more chapters!

Image credits: Google Image Search
Image credits: Google Image Search

Creating

I bought some Tomoe River paper in loose A4 sheets from Pengrafik, and immediately attempted some Tomoe River paper inserts in pocket size. I assigned one to be my prompted journal insert, and gave another one to my sister in law. I really like this paper, and I can’t wait to start my daily journaling in one!

Wearing

As I mentioned earlier, I KonMari’d some of my clothes and in the process I rediscovered my stash of office wear back when I still worked for a company with a dress code. Score! I had been wanting to upgrade my work wardrobe for a while to something less casual and more suited to my station, and the discovery of this old set of clothes means I can use the money I’d been planning to spend on clothes on something else! And most of these old clothes still fit!

Thinking

Having a lot of hobbies and not having enough time for all of them makes me think of which hobbies I really want to focus on. The problem is, I’m not sure if I’m willing to let go of any of them! The reason why they are my hobbies in the first place is because I really enjoy doing them a lot. The workable solution I have come up with is to rotate hobbies or scheduling them such that I can pay enough attention to each one. This way, I can find out naturally which hobbies I really want to do when I have time time and which ones I actually just think I like but am not willing to spend time on it when I do have the time.

Wanting

Since I don’t need to spend on clothes, I probably will try to get a new pair of work shoes. Something that I can wear socks with, since I can’t really go around without socks anymore. Boots have always been a staple, and I might go and get myself a new pair.

Feeling

Generally I feel sad that the holidays are over, and the next one will probably be during the easter weekend, when my family usually goes to the beach. It’s back to the grind, and unfortunately traffic is getting worse by the day. As always I’m in desperate need of sleep!

 

The Sunday Currently #18

There’s been a quick hiatus for this blog for the past week. My brother got married to his long time girlfriend, then things got busy at work immediately afterwards. Unfortunately I did not have any posts prepared and I was not able to find the time to write and take proper photos, and I would really much rather not post than post bad content.

I’m back though! So let’s get on with it!

Reading

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I finished #Girlboss by Sophia Amuruso a couple of weeks back, and I really like it. It’s basically half an autobiography and half an entrepreneur tips book. I really enjoyed reading through Sophia’s journey to Nasty Gal fame, and while I don’t really see myself being an entrepreneur, I admire her determination and drive.

Writing

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I’m starting to formulate my goals for 2016. There’s been a recent trend to do “16 for 2016” which inspired me to start writing down my goals, but I doubt I will do that many. I’ll take it easy (in fact I only have one at the moment, haha!) and really have goals which motivate me. As I am a management professional, I can’t help but make sure that my goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Playing

Image credits: Argent Kickstarter Page
Image credits: Argent Kickstarter Page

I’m back into playing boardgames again! I have sorely missed this, especially the really heavy thinky eurogames. I’m especially into the eurogame called Argent: The Consortium, where each player is trying to be the new Chancellor of the Argent University of Magic by garnering enough votes from the influential board members. You gain a board member’s vote by achieving the highest or most in his/her chosen criteria, and you do this through gathering supporters and magical items, increasing your spellbook, and gaining influence. It’s a pretty involved game, and can last for a few hours depending on the number of players, but it’s quite enjoyable especially if eurogames or worker placement games are your thing.

Creating

I’m currently experimenting with various forms of traveler’s notebook inserts, which is definitely one of the things I will be offering in my shop. It’s actually an enjoyable process, but I’m a bit challenged by the amount of time it takes to make one. I’ll be streamlining the process a bit more.

Thinking

It’s funny, but recently I’ve been thinking about the future, that is, the far future. It got me to thinking about what I want to be doing 10, 15, 20 years from now, and while that might be a depressing or scary thought, I really want to get down into the details. I don’t want to be going around without a plan; in fact, right now feels like it’s already too late to start a super-long-term plan, but it needs to be done. Have you thought about something like this?

Wanting

It is crazy, but it seems like there is no end to the desire to have more things. I definitely have way more than enough traveler’s notebooks and clear stamp sets, yet I want more. I need to read that book about decluttering (KonMari) to help me cope with this.

Feeling

The past couple of weeks have been really hectic and tiring, and I feel like I have not yet caught up on rest. Then suddenly I realize that Christmas is less than a month away, and I have barely made a dent in my shopping list! Traffic is going to get progressively worse as well the nearer it is to Christmas, which is increasing my anxiety. I need to calm down and take things a step at a time, and planning will definitely help as well.

The Sunday Currently #17

Reading

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This month I had been trying to go back into regular reading. I finally cracked open this book given to me by my husband. It’s Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. He had been a reader of Jane Yolen works since he was a kid and wanted me to experience it. I had been enjoying the first few chapters and was on track on finishing it within a day or two (my usual reading pace), that is, until my daughter spotted it and became interested. Now, I had been trying to get her into reading longer novel-length books as at her age I was already a voracious reader. Of course, when she showed the slightest interest I immediately gave way and let her have the book for the meantime!

Listening

My husband recently discovered Adele, and we’ve been listening to her songs a lot. She has a new album out and the new single Hello is not bad.

Watching

Image credits: IMP Awards
Image credits: IMP Awards

We watched Goosebumps last weekend, and enjoyed it immensely! Jack Black is really such a great actor, and he really brought on the show! The special effects were believable, and the rest of the actors seemed appropriately cast. My daughter was really into it! The whole of the ride home after the show was spent discussing alternate endings!

Playing

Image credits: thepocketplayers.com
Image credits: thepocketplayers.com

We recently bought a few second-hand 3DS games at a great price. One of them is a game I had been wanting to play for some time, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. It’s a game where you play Luigi who is apparently a ghost hunter, and his main weapon is a vacuum cleaner tweaked to capture ghosts! It’s a pretty fun game that is actually mostly puzzle instead of action as the premise suggests.

Eating

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Genki Sushi is a recent favorite of ours. It is a unique Japanese restaurant in the sense that you order what you want via a tablet (Ipad, if I’m not mistaken) installed near your table. Your orders arrive via a mechanized serving tray in the shape of a bullet train running along a pre-installed track beside your table. It’s a pretty fun experience just to see that mode of serving, but actually the food is pretty good too! Genki Sushi is at BGC Stopover, and at this point it is usually full around mealtimes, so be prepared to wait if you want to eat there.

Creating

I’m toying with the idea of opening my own shop, and I’m experimenting on some products that I want to offer. I’m not sure yet what form this shop will take, but certainly it will have something to do with traveler’s notebooks and accessories.

Thinking

I’ve been lately thinking about excess and hoarding. There have been recent debates about hoarding in the planner community. I am definitely a hoarder (as my recent TN buying shows) but I do believe in using what you have. I really need to remember this before buying any further, specifically in the area of traveler’s notebooks, stickers, and washi tape. I definitely have enough to last me for some time, I just need to remember it and not get caught in the hype!

Wanting

More time and energy. I feel like I’m in that stage of having too many things I want to do, but not enough time nor energy to do it.

Feeling

Quite a bit stressed recently due to work. There have been some unnecessary upheavals caused by a new person, and my colleagues and I have been trying to adjust to it and to some extent fix it. It’s really frustrating because none of it really needed to happen. I’m hoping that things settle down and wishing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.