Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stories of home // a little bit of home

Another week, another photos of home. I have such a great time, walking around my home and capture a few details of things that makes life so much easier and fun.

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My son always put his glasses all around the house and at a very dangerous place.

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I love reading a book for inspiration while watching TV

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Things that makes my life a little bit easier and fun - iPad, mobile phone and headphone

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A yellow toy car on the floor waiting to be play or put away.

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As always, all those unfold laundry waiting to be fold and put away.

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A little bit of wall treatment still waiting to be make pretty.

So far I am loving this project. It really helps me to zoom into my world closer and appreciate life 

Friday, January 24, 2014

5 tips for living a paperless life

I was told that right now money is very tight, for me as the individual and for the country as a nation. We were told to make a lot of sacrifices to help out any way we can to reduce expenses during this financial crisis.
For me as an individual who really embrace technology, it's a welcome challenge. Now more than ever people are going to rely more on technology to shorten their work process, to cut cost and to expedite their work.  
From my personal view, one thing that we can do as an individual is to find a way to simplify any process and to use technology as a tool to work more effective and faster. One of the thing that we need to reduce and get ride of is paper clutter.
Here are five ways that I have been using for years to help me managed and reduce paper clutter in my life.

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#1. Receipts - scan all of your receipts and put them in Evernote
#2. Bills - opt for digital billing and pay your bills online. Most of telco company and other utilities company already have some kind of online payment system. Go for that and never look back
#3. Mails - try to opt for receiving letters. If possible use email as a form of communication. If you do receive them, sort and toss any unwanted mail 
immediately.
#4. Kids art work - Scan the original, print them and put them in your Project Life album. Toss away the original
#5. Books or magazine - Do the purging and scanning process. For those important article you can scan them and store them in Evernote for future reference. Toss away the old ones and the not up to date content. If possible go for ebook version if you really must have them.

Going paperless is not easy initially. It takes a lot of scanning, tossing away stuffs, shredding and storing. Having Evernote and smart phone really helps expedite the process. Living a paperless life can help reduce stress and clutter in the long run. As long as you have internet, a smart phone and cloud services, all your information is at  your finger tips. This will left you with more time and energy to be more productive and invite creativity into your life.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

#thursday3 [23.01.2014]

I just love Thursday. Selfie is one of my favourite thing to do on a daily basis. I can just see how much I have changed over the years. I totally look different from 2004. I think I have grow up, be more confidence and more comfortable in my own skin.
I am totally loving this project.

"Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done."excerpt from http://rukristin.com
HERE IS MY PHOTO AND FACTS FOR THE WEEK

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#1. I am finally letting go of PC world and jump into Mac world. It has been a really really long time since I use Macintosh. It was way way back when I was studying for my degree in the US. Now after more then seventeen years I am ready to revisit Mac. It feels different and familiar at the same time.
#2. Life at work is finally going back to normal. No more late night meetings and calls. No more feeling stress out when thinking about work. I love the freedom I get to do my job.
#3. My obsession with Project Life product is getting out of control. I need to go on Project Life diet. Just have to remind myself "Being with the End in Mind" ... what are my goals and make some planning before going on online and purchase stuff just because it's cute. So February is all about photos, making the album and finish up all my plan projects.

Follow along each week using the hashtag #thursday3 dan taged me @hanizeyecandy. I want to see your selfie and read about you.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The untold story

Back in November 5th 2006, I started my journey as a blogger. At first my intention was to write a little bit of this and a little bit of that about my life in general. It was such a great experience for me to be able to share my in sights and my thoughts about life and random things. Back then it was never about the money, it was never about popularity, it was only about the stories.


In April 2008, I decided to close my old blog and open a new blog that focus more on digital scrapbook, photos, life, art and beautiful things. My intention was to blog about all the happy things and all the beautiful things in life. This blog has become my sweet escape.

Since than the blogging world has bloom and become an industry on it's own, popularity and money becomes the main objectives. I was suck into that world and along the way I have lost the fun and the freedom to be myself. I just don't want to quit blogging. This is my sanity, this is my passion. I may not have the time to scrapbook all the things I want to remember, at least I have a little piece of history jot down on this blog.

I went to Ali Edwards, A Beautiful Mess, Amy T Shubert , Elise Blaha and many more for inspiration. This is when my One Little Word hit me right in the face - Write or Journal. I want to document my life more and write about them. I have thousands of random photos of my life and people around me in my hard disk and on flickr but with no stories attached to it. I was so busy obsessing with snapping photos but never really sit down, take a pause and really document and write my stories.
Once in a while when I had the time to scrap, I will write my journaling on the layout and these layout still remain on my hard disk.


Now with all the technology in the world, people still want to make a mark and tell our stories. Having something tangible you can hold on and look at is still the best option. This is where project life and smash book helps to simplify the process.


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Just by writing this post, lists of ideas keep flooding in my mind for documenting the everyday like....
- I could make a layout base on this untold story
- the process of loosing weight
- pregnancy journal
- lists of the awesome things about your life right now
- top 5 apps that you use daily
- your inspiration journal or notebook
- 5 things you worry right now
- your bucket list
- if you could be in a tv show which one would you be in

Prompts like this can really help you to take a pause, think and write what's on your mind.
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My intention and planning for this year is to think and invite my word into my life on a daily basis. Get the habit of writing back into my life. So far I am using Day One app for writing down facts, thoughts and feelings about my project 365. I also use Evernote to make plans and ideas of what to write and lists of the things that kept, lingering in my mind. I also use Dropbox to keep all my Digital Project Life working files and finished layout so that I have access to them in all my devices ( so damn cool!)

Documenting your life is not only fun but it's historical. No one can tell your stories better than you.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10 things right now // Hanif

I am having trouble injecting my One Little Word into my life this week. I am so obsess with backup my data and finding the right work flow and the right solution so that "backup" will be part of my process. 
The only thing that I could thing is making a list. Since my baby boy is growing up way too fast for me, I decided to capture his right now through the 10 things right now blog post.

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1. He is still nursing. He will reject any bottle given to him when I am around. I stop forcing him. Sometimes I just gave him milk or drink in a big boy cup.
2. He is obsess with iPad. He immediately lighten up when he sees it. His favourite app so far is Nursery Rhymes and Coloring.
3. He loves to watch videos of him or any of his family member.
4. He can point out which one is which when he looks at our family photos
5. He can follow and understand simple instruction.
6. He can walk down the stairs and up the stairs by himself. He walks so carefully and really watch his steps.
7. He loves banana and can't get enough of it. He always asked for more than one.
8. Like all boys, he does love to play with cars, anything with wheels and he loves to play ball especially with his brother.
9. He still enjoys hide and seek.
10. And he calls every animal "Meow", (which in the beginning refers to cats). So so cute!

Oh boy! I am so loving this age. He is almost two and he is exploring his world like crazy and he absorbs tremendous amount of knowledge at a lightning speed. Only the act of writing down and documenting them is the only way I could think of to freeze time and captured him right now.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Project Life Week 03

I am so obsess with Project Life this month, either the real thing with core kit and album or the digital project life version. Somehow this system makes my life so much easier. Like Becky said, Simple equals done. And it's also help me focus more of the photos and not so much on the designs. 


This is my Digital Project Life for Week 03

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Page 2

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People always asked me or wonder how do I have the time to make a photo book or make a Project Life album. Well the answer is so simple. I print out my photo book only once a year. I design the page weekly and I made the time to capture my everyday life. It's the little things. I did not spend hours and hours every day for this project. Only once a week and I don't watch TV.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week 03 // Project 365

It's the third week of January and I am feeling a little bit excited not because of work but because I decided to join One little word workshop and embark on Project Life using Becky's Product for the first time.
So far I am having a fun week just because I had two days public holiday and that means I had more time for Project Life and everything in between.

These are my week so far

day 013 - I had a really hectic start this morning. I wasn't prepare to send my kids to school. I had to skip a few of my morning routine just to cut short the process of getting out of the house a little bit faster. Alhamdulillah I've managed to send everybody to their respective destination safely. As the result I got to my office a little bit early than usual even though the traffic in the morning is congested. I am able to work at my desk with my iMac. I am still learning and getting used to Apple operating system. I an thinking of getting one for myself.

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day 014 - I love this face, so so cute. He was a little bit busy playing with iPad but when he saw me with a camera in front of my face, he immediately stop what he was doing and make some cute poses just for me.

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day 015 - Almost half of January gone by. The thing about doing Project 356 you are constantly aware of how fast the time moves. The thought of capturing the glimpse of what's your life look like at the moment is so satisfying.

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day 016My favorite makeup to date - Naked 3 eyeshadow from Urban Decay. I got this from Sephora last December at RM178 (I think).

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day 017 On the 17th January 2014, I finally letting go off Window and jump into Mac world. Today I bought my first iMac 21.5" retina display computer for the price of RM4997. After almost three month deliberating weather to buy a macbook pro or an iMac, I finally decided to invest on an iMac. My old HP PC is getting a little bit slower and occupied space.  
My decision to buy an iMac is also due to the fact that I have already own ipad Air which is so much ligther than the macbook pro. On an average month I rarely bring my own laptop to work or anywhere I go. 

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day 018 - It's Saturday even though at first I thought it was Sunday just because I was not working yesterday. I don't feel like cooking today, so we order Nasi Arab for lunch. This was the price today.

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day 019 - Sunday morning breakfast at Bangi Kopitiam. I just love this place not because of the food but because of the deco and the environment. I've always inspired every time I was here. This is my to do list notebook. I am already filling in the week of 20th January - 26 January. Wow! When you take the time to really documenting your to do lists, you are more aware of things you have to do - personally and professionally.

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These are my life in photos for week three. So many things happened in less than a month. I think when you took the time to document the every day and the good things that happened in your life, you will be more grateful. Just saying.

Do you join Project 365 this year?
 If you do linked up in the comment, I would love to
see your work and a glimpse of your life in 2014
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