Bullet Journal, My Style

I have always been a lover and addict of planner/organizer/journal ever since I got one during my freshmen year in college. I not fond of writing diaries, but I just love to have something where I could keep important information and plan things to do or want to do (regardless of how many times I procrastinate!)

My love affair with planners continue to grow as I began to work. Ironically, I never finished a single planner, that is, there would be lots of pages left for note taking. I noticed that I am only using the monthly calendar to write schedules and appointments.

It’s almost the end of the year and time to buy a new one. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a planner that I wanted…you know, that kind of thing wherein the weekly calendar starts on a Sunday instead on a Monday! Most planners now starts on Monday, which is frustrating to me.

So I searched online shops and that’s when I accidentally found the Bullet Journal video (see video above) I was instantly hooked and found myself looking for the famous notebook used for bullet journaling, or at least any notebook that would be best for the method.


The said notebook is nowhere to be found in my area. The nearest place but it is 12 hours away from my town.:-( Buying it online would cost me a lot because of the price and shipping fee.

NOT ALL IS LOST, however…


My Adrenalin rushes and I don’t know where to start! Haha!

I just wanted to buy pens and stickers when I saw this notebook similar to the Moleskine notebook usually used in¬†bullet journaling. Lo, and behold, it is very similar and doesn’t cost as much as a Moleskine! Ha!I was so excited I wanted to buy all the available colors!!!

I also got a small notebook to write my Prayer of Gratitude and Prayer Requests.

I think I’m gonna stick with this method for while. I still love the filofax planners and I think I would always have a filofax planner. I would use it for a different purpose instead, a more personal purpose perhapsūüôā

And oh! I would also highly recommend it to anybody who loves to plan and organize.


Plantology: Why, Oh Why?

Peperomia Puteolata_2The first time I saw this Peperomia Puteolata, I immediately fell in love with it! I bought it¬†a month ago¬†and has been constantly watching and paying attention to make sure it’s growing healthy.

It was doing fine until one day the leaves and stem mysteriously became¬†rotten¬†and started to die. I have no idea why. I searched online on its proper care but couldn’t find anything that explains the rotten stem and leaves.

At first, I thought I was just over watering or under watering it. But nope…the soil is in perfect condition. ¬†So most likely some kind of disease or infection and I cannot find anything online that talks about this kind of disease.

This is what is left of my once beautiful Peperomia Puteolata….


Hang in there, dear!

I wasn’t able to take pictures of the stems…only the¬†unexplained rotten leaves.


I hope someone could tell me what happened to my Peperomia. I would buy another one and see if it will happen again.


Plantology: My First Container Garden

Finally been able to buy one of my favorite plants…COLEUS!


Three different variety of coleus with neon pothos.

They’re one of my gazillion favorites plants, because of their colorful and stunning foliage. they come in different shades, foliage patterns, shapes and sizes. Best of all? They’re not so expensive here in Thailand.

DSC06373 DSC06370

DSC06372 DSC06371

I got myself my first coleus in 5 different varieties. I don’t know their names yet, because there are so many varieties that it’s hard for me to remember and recognize them. But for now, I’m content with what I have.

I’ve been learning recently about container gardening. I wanted to try it… so now is the¬†perfect chance to do it!


The other two coleus variety as the thriller at the back , yellow and orange zinnias as fillers and moss rose in various colors as spillers.

So there goes my first and simple container garden. I think I’m gonna make another one when I have more time to buy plants and pots. I’m soooo loving it right now!‚̧

Bucket List: Malaysia

As part of ASEAN, traveling to Malaysia is definitely in my Bucket List of places or countries that I wanted to visit.

Actually, our main destination is Singapore. Since the cost of airline ticket from Thailand to Singapore can be expensive, we opted to go  via Malaysia.  The layover was almost 7 hours so we had an opportunity to visit the world-famous Petronas Tower and Batu Cave.









The enormous statue reminded me of the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar built in ancient times, which was much taller than this.

Petronas Tower

How can your Malaysia trip be complete without visiting these majestic towers? One cannot fully appreciate the grandeur of this tower without straining the neck. You have to go farther to see and take picture of the tower.





Plantology: Propagating Pothos

Even before I knew its name, Pothos has been my favorite flower because it is hard to kill. I had a pothos plant back when I was in Korea. Believe me when I say it’s hard to kill! It survived 4 winters and still alive and healthy until the day I had to leave Korea. So sad I couldn’t bring it home with me.

Fortunately, pothos is a common plant here in Thailand so it is not hard to find them. They’re also reasonably priced and it so easy to propagate.

I used two medium to grow my cuttings: Water & Soil

I cut off a two-leaf glacier pothos from the mother plant and put it in a water. After a couple of weeks, it has produced 4 more leaves.


“Glacier” pothos propagated in water.

Cutting off two-leaf Golden pothos from the mother plant and transplanted it in a hanging planter with soil. After a couple of weeks, it produced ¬†4 more leaves. The latest leaf can’t be seen in this photo, though.


Golden pothos in a hanging planter.

Plantology: Pothos

Pothos is one of my favorite plants, simply because it’s hard to kill. ^^ hehe.

Golden Pothos, Neon Pothos and Glacier Pothos

Even before I knew its name, I had already experienced its resilience. I just love the variety of foliage patterns and colors, easy propagation, and adaptability on soil and water. Most of all, its air-cleaning ability.

Pothos on my bookcase
They look perfect on top of my book shelf.

Plantology: Germination

I saw videos in YouTube of people growing beans and sweet potato. Out of curiosity, I decided to try if I could make them germinate or root. I also includes lemon. Here’s the results:


Kidney beans

red beans germination 2

In less than a week, the sprouts grew tall and with more roots.

The other seed that I tried to germinate is lemon.


Lemon sprouts

The last but not the least….sweet potato.

sweet potato


Now what? ^^*

A Must-have for Health Conscious People

I can’t believe it has been more than 2 months since I last posted here. I guess the end of school year got me busy and the anticipation of 2 months vacation. Yey!!!

So, what’s happened to me in the¬†past 2 months of blogging hiatus?¬†Well,¬†I started a life-long love affair with JUICING! Yep, you read it right! Juicing!

After searching for a juicer that is¬†best for a beginner like me and what’s available in my town, I could only buy this¬†juicer…for now. It is not the best one, but would do just fine…for nowūüôā

A¬†slow juicer, also known as masticating juicer, can keep the juice¬†fresh for 2-3 days. I guess, juicing will forever be part of my lifestyle now.¬†Mine¬†is¬†a fast juicer. It uses centrifugal force to extract juice from the fruits and vegetables. The juice stay fresh for up to 24 hrs. only.That’s means I have to drink the juice at least 15 minutes after juicing to get the most of the nutrients.


Not endorsing the brand. Image from Google images.



Right after I bought the juicer, I made my very first green juice that night. This new addition to my lifestyle kept me busy reading about its health benefits and collecting recipes that I could make, depending on what’s available in my area.


I think every health conscious person should have a juicer. Not only does the juice taste good, it is VERY HEALTHY! Believe me, it gives so much energy and nutrition!

There are tons of recipes out there that you could try. But these are my fave recipes. perfect for beginners:

Recipe #1

  • 6-8 large leaves of kale with stem
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch parsley (or cilantro)
  • 1/4 to ‚Öď pineapple meat, no skin
  • 1 medium apple (either yellow or green)

Recipe #2:

  • 1 apple (large or medium, any kind you like)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 medium-large carrots
  • 6-10 stems parsley
  • 6-8 stems fresh mint

Here a link for more simple recipes.


Plantology: Update on My First Flowers

What ever happened to my luscious deep red and white chrysanthemums?


They all died! T_T

They looked so pitiful I couldn’t even take a picture of them.

I was freaking out when I saw the leaves turning brown. I thought I wasn’t giving them enough¬†water¬†because¬†it’s drying out.¬†Only to find out that they’re over watered! The roots have drowned.

There goes my first lesson learned in a hard way.

In the meantime….

It’s been raining cats and dogs these past few days and so I decided to collect rainwater to water my plants. Rainwater is much better that tap or chlorinated water.


Plantology: New Plants to Kill

Following the tragic death of my chrysanthemums, I now venture to try to grow begonias.

IMG_20150412_092607 IMG_20150412_092621

My first encounter with begonias was when I was in high school. My Mama went came home one time with a begonia plant and propagated them in milk cans. I was amazed of how they can be easily propagated by a cutting.

I never saw those begonias after college. I think my mother stopped growing them or gave the caring to my siblings. I believe they’re my mother’s favorite flower. So I’m growing them for her.

I also bought another flower. I didn’t know the name at first. I just bought it because it looked so beautiful. Later on, after googling, I’ve learned that it is called “Sweet Williams” and that it is a biennial plant.


Sweet Williams in the middle of pink and red begonias

Plantology: Recycling Plants

As seen on YouTube and Pinterest. Trying my green-thumb-wanna-be hands on regrowing vegetables.

Morning Glory. I was able to harvest sprouts twice!

morning glory cuttings IMG_20150408_080704

Garlic. I just used the leaves as garnish. Aaahhh, such a wonderful smell.


Onion. So wonderful to have fresh and chemical-free veggies right in your kitchen.


Romaine Lettuce. My new favorite lettuce.



They’re all successful and I had fun recycling them. Other than the Morning Glory, all were recycled once. I stopped recycling veggies because if i don’t, I wouldn’t have enough space in my kitchen. ^^*

Whole Again

“I praise the love that makes me whole again”

I come before the throne of God
My kneeling soul is filled with wond’ring awe
As the Savior’s tender mercy
heals the wounds of all my sin
I praise the love
that makes me whole again

I come in hope; I come in faith
To feel the touch of His redeeming grace
As I offer him my broken heart
He heals the hurt within
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

Alleluia! my healing spirit cries
As He reaches out his hand to bid me rise
Alleluia! praise the Healer of all men
Who makes me more than what I was
And sees beyond what I am

And when I fall He lifts me up
Restores my soul, removes my bitter cup
For He heals my every heartache,
and He carries all my pain
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

Plantology: My First Plants

I got a call one Sunday morning from a friend, telling me of something(s) that she and another friend bought. She said that I would surely want to buy when I see them. The curios cat ¬†leaped! I went to her house and saw beautiful and colorful flowers! She’s right! I surely did want to have a few for my house. Actually, I have been wanting to buy plants whenever I passed the nursery. I just couldn’t find the time¬†to buy then. So am I glad she got me into buying plants? ¬†She accompanied me to the nursery where she got the plants and these are what I bought.


Deep Red and White Chrysanthemums, potting soil mix


I bought only these two because it would be my first time to take care of plants on my own (also¬†because of budget constraints :-)) ¬†Actually, I am not a green thumb. I’m¬†kinda hesitant to take care of plants because I don’t want them to dieūüė¶

My flowers

My flowers in their cozy planters.

There goes my first flowers for this year. I hope they won’t die^^*


More Books for Me!

Received 3 more books yesterday! Yey! You could probably imagine now how excited I was opening these envelopes:-) I was smiling the whole time.


Inside, I got Haunted: Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums by Jamie Davis and So What! Stories or Whatever! by G J Griffiths. Both authors requested me to read and review their new book coming out this year.


Haunted…is the first book I got that is signed by the author. It’s also the first paranormal book¬†(which I’m not really a fan of) that I will be reading. I hope I would like it. ¬†So What!…is part of a series. The cover looks interesting.

C360_2015-01-15-18-56-20-236 C360_2015-01-15-18-50-07-133 C360_2015-01-15-18-50-33-658

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.¬†I’ve heard and read a lot of good reviews of this book so when it was available¬†in Bookmooch, I mooched it! I’m glad my request was granted by the owner of the book and send it to me all the way from the US.


10 Days of Prayer


“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn¬†from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7: 14)

The General Conference has launch the 10 Days of Prayer worldwide. This year’s theme is “Experiencing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.” The daily readings, prayer suggestions and guidelines on how to do the 10 Days of Prayer are available in the website¬†www.tendaysofprayer.org

Dasa Book Cafe

I’m glad to have found this used book store, Dasa Book Cafe, in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. You can choose books through their online database or book list which is updated on a daily basis. Orders are sent through email and payment is done through ATM. They don’t accept credit cards. It has been months of hesitating before I finally gave in and sent them my first orders. After a couple of days of emails and confirmation, I sent my payment via ATM on Friday, 9th of January. ¬†I opted for regular Thai post service instead of EMS and after 6 days (including weekends) I received the package.ūüôā

This is how the packaged looked like after removing the string ribbon.

Inside the improvised cardboard box are my books wrapped in a magazine page.

After the magazine is a plastic wrapper.

And finally my two books. Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

I’m very much satisfied with my first experience of purchasing books from Dasa¬†Book Cafe. The transaction was fast and easy. I have a list of books that I wanted to buy from them when my budget allows a little indulgenceūüôā

52-Week Money Challenge Thailand Edition

52-Week Money Challenge: Challenge Accepted!

C360_2015-01-06-21-03-19-290My eldest brother sent me a link about this so-called 52-Week Money Challenge. It sparked my interest and my impulse told me that I should start at once. So today I bought my biggest piggy bank ever.

So how does this 52-Week Money Challenge works? Basically, it’s saving certain amounts of money every week.

I think Rhea of Kuripot Pinay could explain it better. Since this would be my first time to try this challenge, I would start with a fairly low increment of 20 per week. I’m in Thailand so that would be 20 Baht per week.

Here’s a sample table of 20 increment

20 increments

If I’d be able to do this challenge faithfully, which I really hope so, by the end of December 2015, I’m expected to have 27, 560 Baht! This would really take a lot¬†of hard work, frugality, and motivationūüôā