Friday, May 22, 2015

I Was Here

I finished reading this book in less than five days. It was interesting. It's very hard for me to identify what I was feeling. The topic discuss in this book is heavy but it was told from the perspective of a young adult girl who just lost her best friend to suicide.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

What is this book about?
When her best friend, Meg, commits suicide by drinking a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how did she miss the signs of Meg's depression? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question " excerpt from

What do I think about the book?
- I don't have any opinion about the author. This is my first book by this author.
- I'm can totally related to Cody when she felt like she doesn't know Meg at all. I totally don't get it why Meg never mention anything to Cody about her depression. Can you really be close to someone without really know who that person is? 
- Her quest to find the one behind Meg's decision was ridiculous. 
-I know that I enjoy reading and listening to the audiobook but after I've finished with it, the story and the characters did not stay with me.  

I recommend this book if you like Gayle Forman. It's not bad but it was not great either.

Currently reading: CELL by Robin Cook

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#thursday3 [21.05.2015]

I had such a busy week. I need to keep myself busy and keep my brain thinking and creating. I have switch my planner from Kikki K to Filofax domino and I love it! Now I am using this planner as my main planner and my Key Life Planner as my go to planner for work and life.

I have been doing this project for a year now and my current album is full. I am still contemplating about where to put my photos now. I have two options either used the same method (project life mini album) or use a journal. 


#1. I've finished reading I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This book was interesting for me. Loosing someone that you love so suddenly can really effect you emotionally. You kept playing the blaming game and will always wonder if it's your fault. 

#2. Currently reading Cell by Robin Cook. This book is definitely explore the Internet of Things. It can be helpful but at the same time it is scary. 

#3. I am currently doing Insanity Max 30 workout program. Wow! This is definitely an intense program. I hope I can stick to the schedule for 60 days.

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

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Plan for Memory Keeping in 2015

Wow! 2015 is already in the second quarter of the year. I've spend the first three months of the year, trying out many systems and ways to make life more meaningful this year. One of the things I want to create this year is to making memories and cultivate a good life. None of these things can happened without the tools to capture the memory.

Right from the start I knew that 2015 is going to be hard for me because the most important person in my life is no longer with me. It feels like I've lost a part of me. Coming back from that is so difficult than I thought. 

Memory keeping is one of the legacy that I got from my mother. I used to treat memory keeping as an afterthought, never really plan or think about it. But after the death of my mom, I often wish that I have took the effort to really record and document the important things. I've begin to forget what she feels like, what she smells like and deep down that's scared me.

When I read Ali Edward's blog about her plan for memory keeping in 2015, I felt inspired to make my own plan for memory keeping in 2015. So this year I am making it my mission to take memory keeping to the next level which is to use every available tool at my disposal to document my life. 

I knew from the beginning that I will keep doing Project Life app and project life system this year. I am not going to stop there.



#1. Photos
- Ever since I bought a smart phone four years ago, I have been using it as my go to camera. I love taking pictures with my phone. It's light and it's there. So this year I plan to use my phone to capture almost anything like daily photos, scan papers and receipt, scan my mom's recepies book and scan some of old photos. I also plan to take photos other than selfies. I need to involved things and places more this year.
All of these photos will either be send to flickr or Evernote for reference.
I will also be using some of these photos in my planner and journal by printing them out and paste them in my journal.

#2. Planner
- I have never thought of planner as one of the place where I can capture memory and thoughts. I used to look at calendar as a planner but the truth is a calendar is not a planner. A planner is your life, your map of the things you want to do, of the places you need to be and your goals and intentions for the year. In other words it's an extension of yourself. (No wonder those planner addicts on youtube are so crazy about it)
Ever since I got hung up and obsess with planner in February, I realized that I can use my planner to captured bits and pieces of what's happening and things I have to do through out the year. It's already organise chronologically with dates, times and months. I will definitely put my planner to a good use this year. 

#3. Journal
- I have been obsess with watching Hobonichi, Journal, Doodling on youtube lately, I have been so inspired to journal every single day. I have a lot of notebooks that I've collected through out the years. I am going to use these book as my free flow journal, where everything goes. Write without editing myself. Draw and doodle to my hearts content. I just can't describe how wonderful it is to hold a pen in your hand and just write on a paper. 

#4. 30 days of lists
- 30 days of lists is a semi annual project that I've participate for over two years and I love it. This project helps me to document my life in lists. I love lists and I love looking back at my lists and look at what I wrote back then. This year I planned to join in the fun of doing lists. On top of 30 days of lists, I also join The Reset Girl #listersgottalist challenge. I love the prompts and I love writing lists. Somehow these projects help me to think and focus more about the important things in my life right here, right now.

#5. Evernote
- I have been a user of Evernote since two years ago. I love using Evernote in the begining but after awhile I seems to use this app less and less. 
This year I found out that Evernote app has evolved and changed a lot. I like the user interface on the phone and on the Mac so much that I decided to come back to it. I have totally revamp my notebooks and keeping it as simple as possible. 
I plan to use Evernote for memory keeping like keeping an online journal, inventory of my purchased kits this year and the year before, as a place to keep all my receipts, archives conversation from whatsapp and bits and pieces from my sosial media. Come to think of it, I might use Evernote to backup all my non digital media like Planner, Journal and my lists. 

My intention is this year is to keep as much as possible about things that happened in my life, document them and find a pleasant way to preserve it and showcase it for the whole family to enjoy. Create the life that I love and record it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Digital Project Life [ Week 20] and more

Lately I have been keeping things simple from my life up until my layouts. Making a project life style layout complicated and fancy can be so much fun especially when you have the luxury of time. At the moment I am trying to make my life as simple as possible so that I have more time to do things I love like reading and discovering new things.





Other than using Project Life app to make week by week layouts, I also used Project Life app to make a random layouts like my favourites and my son's birthday. I love the simplicity of the app. It's straight to the point - photo and journaling at it's simplest form.

My Faves May2015-web


To see what I did in 2014, see them all here in my flickr albums

Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Project 365 [ Week 20]

Week twenty was a little bit different. I was out of the office again for two days and the rest of the week work filled with meetings and discussions. And for the weekend I went back to my hometown visiting my dad and celebrating his 70 birthday. 


DAY 131- I am determined to take photos of this little guy. I think when I have props for him to work with than I can get a few decent shot. 


DAY 132- And this time it's my husband turned to pose him. He was willing to try the big hat and the big sunglasses without hassle. I just love it when he mad cute faces like that and so willing to try anything.

Day 132

DAY 133- Workshop at Foundation of Leadership. I love this place. It's not too far and the view is breath taking. 

DAY 134- After two days working out side the office, I was so glad to be back at my desk. And to make it more interesting and fun I got my Filofax Domino in the mail. It's finally here and I finally can hold it in my hand. So light and beautiful. I might changed my Kikiki K Planner to this planner.

Day 134

DAY 135- The last day of work and I have another workshop. It's Digital Document Management System. I like the idea of having everything at one place but to keep it like the conventional setup  is horrible. I felt like using an old technology in the 21st century. It's going to be hard for me. I need to find a work around to system and setup.

Day 135

DAY 136- I am finally at home with my dad and his new wife, celebrating my dad's birthday. The family is getting bigger and we should have a family day just to get to know each other better. Otherwise we might not remember each other names.

Day 136

DAY 137- These two little boys really know how to play with each other. I love watching them communicate. So innocent and raw. Anything is open for discussion and the world is their playground.

Day 137

These are my life in photos for week twenty for 2015  . So many things happened and if I don't take the time to document them I might miss a lot. I still believe 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 2015 

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