Twenty Sixteen : Journals in the Life of A Journal Junkie

I started organizing my thoughts and to-dos  a while back in 2013. Well, that is a far my memory takes me. During my teenage era I had the "Dear Diary " moments just any teenage girl. My mum was working all the way in Saudi Arabia and there has not been a single day in my life during those times that I did not miss my mummy. I used to write her letters on a weekly basis and I would refer to my dear diary to tell her every exciting details about my life like how I got friendly with my best friend and decided that she is the one that I want to share all my life's worth secrets with, how my poem got selected and got published in a school magazine and many more life's experience and teachings.

I was not really a plan your thought kind of a person but I loved all the cute diaries that I have been growing up with. I started planning and drawing up monthly goals, to-do lists, meal plans just as I discovered the benefits of planning on paper as I aged. I must say this, I am such an absent minded person and I now wonder how I led thru my life till the year 2013 where everything about me begun with planning. Before I go into the juicy details of how I plan and what I plan let me give the due credits to the one person who has inspired me to plan my thoughts and to-dos.

She is my best friend and a planning guru Ms.Welma La'anda, You will be surprise how I struggle when I wanted to do my first ever weekly planning. Only then I realized nothing that I intended to do got done cause when I thought about something and another thing/element in relative to that was incomplete. So I broke down my thoughts into several categories, for example; family, home, blog entries, meal & fitness planing. This was so much easy to deal with no doubt the elements that needed to be planned has an incomplete task. I literally did reverse planing, is call beginning with the end-in mind just like it says in Steven Covey's - 7 Habits.

These are my journals for year twenty sixteen. I have 4 in total and out of the 4 I will only be carrying 2 of them with me at all times. 

Planner # 1 - The Creative Journal

This little cutie is from Mr.DIY Alma, was around RM 8.00++ .Gosh I don't remember the price.
This planner epics some of the scene form the novel The Little Prince. I got it because it was both cute and sturdy at the same time. It has really good binding and an elastic green band to whole the pages close. Reasonably light and compact. I added some stickers for the scrapbook look and feel.  

Front and Back View

Monthly Calendar Page

Is a free style planner. You can use them to write down or plan short-term projects what. The months has to be ticked or highlighted  and you can write in the dates based on preference.

Bank pages to doodle or writing down ideas on the go

Blank blue pages like a divider for categories or putting up inspirational quotes & pictures.
I love everything about this planner, you will love it if you like to add decoration and jazz up the looks both internally & externally.For me I am going to keep it like a scarp booking journal, note to self : Do not  overload the planner with random sticky notes and pictures.

Planner # 2 / # 4 - Personal Journal / Work Journal

This is a simple not book like planner that you can carry it with you to work or school. It has monthly calendar pages and simple ruler-ed pages for notes. I bought the exact same planner for both work and personal use. Pink lacy one for personal use and the plain fabric planner  - Planner #3 is for work. They were RM 5.30 each from Diaso Taiping. Din't see them in any of their Penang / Bukit Mertajam Outlets.

 Monthly Planner View

Notes Page

Fabric Diary Planner # 4

Planner # 3 : To-Dos Journal

I have a lot to talk about this planner. It was a gift, stay tuned for more details...........

My Christmas Story : This Week's Nails

This week I tried on some new shades that I got from both Elainto and DNS. I went for a blue and glittery look for the second week. 

This you will need for this look are as above, feel free to mix n match colours as you like.

Blue Christmas Tree with Sliver Lines and Star
Added Golden Treasure Glitter over Blue 
Topped it of with Gel Look Top Coat.

Holiday Gifting Ideas

It can be really a challenging ordeal to get the best yet cost effective gifts for your friends and family during this holiday season. December is the time of year that I spend and splurge not only for myself but for my family and friends as well. December also happens to be my anniversary month and I love getting my man double gifts to amp up the “Decemberness” of my life.

When you are shopping for gifts and having a really tight budget, always pick gifts that are meaningful for whom ever you are gifting. Nothing is considered cheap when it comes from your heart and is really meaningful to the recipient.  As for me my gift range is as low as RM 5 and could reach up to RM300 tops.

So, as I am busy preparing for the gift exchange sessions, I thought of sharing with you guys some of the gifts that I have bought so far and am still accumulating. Let’s start off with the cute gift:

I love this little bottle, it is suitable for both male or female. The cozy sleeve comes in 4 colors and design. Got this from Ceria 99 which is at the ground floor of Mega Mall Penang. I picked a gender neutral color so that I can gift it to anyone of my friends or family members.

The next gift is for all you bling junkies out there, I got this beauties at an accessory shop in Bukit Jambul Complex Penang. They were on sale – 3 for RM 10.00 it was a sweet deal, "glamed" it up in a cute jewelry box that I already had at home. 

I always buy makeup as Christmas gifts for me, myself and I and for everyone I am gifting. I really believe that makeup is one weapon every person should have, wear and carry along at all times. You may never know when a lip balm or the bright siren red lipstick may come in handy. So I got these 6 lovely lipsticks from Wet and Wild; 5 of them were only RM 12.90 each the 6th one is RM 20.00. Got them at SaSa. Haven’t packed them yet.

The second batch of lipsticks that I got is my very own gift to myself the NYX Matte Lipsticks. I just fell in love with these babies the moment I saw them at Sephora, they were RM 55.00 for a box of 3 gorgeous lipsticks.

Last but not least I have 2 more gifts to show you guys, the first one is from Watsons a lovely box full of hand cream. They come in a good and descent size that you can give them as a set or individually. The best part is they were supper inexpensive 2 boxes for RM 30.00. I'm not kidding....

No I am not kidding, I ended up getting 2 sets. tested all of them they smell amazing. The first one and the third one is very subtle/mild. My fav is the middle one it smell so yummy - Palm Tree Vanilla.

This is a yearly staple, I always get face products for my mom and aunts every year. Mary Kay has become my family's fav and it is safe to say that there is no turning back or second thoughts when it comes to repurchasing these babies....they range from RM 75.00 - RM 79.00 in price. Is worth every cent.

So my loves, do check these cools goodies up, they are pretty affordable and meaningful. Gifting should always begin from the heart and is not what you give is important is the thought that matters the most. Stay happy and shop smartly.

Let's Catch Up - Reminisces of 2015 (Part 1)

2015 was and is still a fabulous year for me. I have hit many cool milestones this year and will love to keep the motivation going for year 2016. I moved up my career ladder by moving out of my comfort zone “INTEL”. Apparently life can still go on after a big jump…lol. I love my new job, the people I work with and the opportunities I get here. Hoping for more and more enjoyable moments at Penchem Technologies Sdn. Bhd. in year 2016.

This year I have learned to paint my nails well and all thanks to a dear friend & a sister Ester Kaur. She is a nail junkie and she collects nails polish. She has tons of nail polishes and has influenced me to get more now. Well is a talent I am sure proud I enhanced, I used to only do my toe nails and now my finger nails looks just as dolled up and done as the toe nails.  We now do weekly nail art challenge and keen in learning and exploring more nail art techniques.

In my next post I will show you how I have gone from just a few bottles of nail polishes to now a collection which fits well in three medium sized storage boxes.

Stay Tuned :)

Shade Me Red

Red has always been my favorite shade that I would without guilt wear it on my nails all the time. It is such a versatile shade that you can go full blow with the artwork or is just great on its own. It brings out the glamour in every lady. 

That’s what I think…anyways I love wearing red nails in December because it just brings out so much of the holiday and Christmas feel. 

So for this month I will be doing many more looks with the shade red. I added a little mosaic glitter on my nails, they were from Ciate’s Mosaic edition….and every time I look at it, it reminds me of all the sparkle any celebration would have. 

Elianto Gel Nails - Ultra Gel Series in the shade Red Hot Chili Pepper

Enjoy the holidays and stay safe my loves. 

Glitter Pic :

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