Things I Love Thursday, #9

Sunnies Specs in Reagan Bronze

I used to wear the Alister prior, but in less than 6 months my grade shot up and wearing plastic lenses suddenly became so heavy. I tried their metal collection and was pleasantly surprised at how I loved the fit of the Reagan. What I like about Sunnies Specs is that it’s stylish but inexpensive.

Kehlani’s Distraction

Been obsessed with this song recently.

Terrace House Aloha State

Terrace House Aloha State is a Japanese reality show centered around human beings who live and interact with each other for a certain amount of time. This time, it’s set in North America so relationships and way of life are more Westernized as opposed to the original series. Everything is based among the famous Japanese simplicity of interior design and cinematography. Impatiently patiently waiting for Part 2 to come out on this side of Netflix!

Riverdale

I can’t really say I love Riverdale yet, but the fact that I keep watching it every week is an indication of my interest. I kind of gave up on American hour-long TV shows for a good year or more now. I think I may even love the characters more than I love the storyline, and the aesthetic is pretty great even though I don’t feel like it totally matches the supposed tone of the ensemble. I guess I was really just spoiled by the comics growing up. Let’s see how long I can keep up with it!

New MacBook Pro

It’s a work machine, and I’m so happy because I didn’t have to shell out a couple of thousand bucks for it. I finally got to replace my 2011 MBP and this time it’s 15″ and retina! Work asked me to choose if I wanted the 2016 ones but I opted for the previous line before that. I can’t live a life of dongles, not into that yet. Suddenly with retina the world is so clear.

The Sunday Currently, v23

FEELING
I’ve been having really sudden bouts of bad headache the whole weekend. It’s weird because when I’m doing something like reading or watching something it goes away but when I’m idle or just looking around that’s when I really feel it. I have a feeling it has something to do with my glasses usage because I’ve had to take it off and put it on again a few times this weekend.

READING
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan. I’ve been having a good streak with cheesy, romantic books this month and fortunately this is a trilogy starring 3 friends and their 3 different love lives. So far, so good!

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Review: ban.do 2017 Classic Agenda

I admit, I am always on the hunt for new notebooks, planners, agendas, journals, and anything similar to it. I love the current planner that I use daily, the Peter Pauper Press Weekly Planner because it’s compact, not too thick, and just the right size to fit into any bag. It’s also not too heavy (for a 17-month planner) and I’ve been using it for about a year now.

I am obsessed with stationery and planners become naturally part of that obsession. I have lost count on how many journals I have loved and put away unfinished, just because I found a new one. Here’s my review of the ban.do 17-month classic agenda!

First Impressions

I honestly thought it would feel more compact. I was a little surprised that it was thicker and bulkier than I had expected. If I’m not mistaken this is the smallest size but it still feels quite bulky and heavy. I think I just got spoiled with my current planner because it’s the right size and thickness. The ban.do planner on the other hand, is not something I can shove into a handbag. It looks kind of like a very good quality hardcover bible or novel. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it will take time getting used to for me.

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Things I Love Thursday, #8: Vlogger Edition

I was about to tweet about the vlogs I watch, but it turned out to be more than 200 characters so an entry about it turned out to be the better option.

I wasn’t really a fan of vlogs. My previous job involved working in an office that limited creative process and that was partly to blame because we had a lot of internet restrictions. I didn’t have interest in gaining interest about the lives of others through videos so I didn’t get into it–until recently. It was only this year that I started watching and following lives of random people on the internet and I’m not even sure how it really came about. Here’s a rundown of my favorite vlogs and how I came to love them.

This is totally different from my list of beauty YouTubers (oh I watch a lot of those) so it’s not to say that I don’t spend a lot of time on YouTube still.

Sam Sheffer

I’ve been following Sam since he did social media at The Verge (particularly after this entry) and had no ounce of vlogging in his system. Then he started traveling for conventions and filmed his experiences and turned them into a weekly recap vlog. His followers, including myself, started to really get into the videos so he started doing more. Have not missed a single vlog and I think it’s been about 100+ now.

What I like about him is that he is so engaging and so informed (tech culture in general considering his line of work–now Mashable) in a way that he imparts that information and spreads it so that no one gets left behind. I also love his Boosted board rides and how he lives such an organic New Yorker life, if you know what I mean. Very millenial Casey Neistat version.

What I like: boosted board shots and the way he talks.

Erik Conover (with Jessica Clements)

Erik seems to be a very genuine and appreciative person, and you just can’t help but feel happy for their lives. A lot of positivity and good vibes radiate from his vlogs and we take an almost very personal peek into what their lives and travels are like. It’s crazy how you can feel so connected to a person by just watching 8-10 minutes of their life on camera.

What I like: his use of 1930s – 1950s (?) New York or French style of music for his B-roll or timelapse and normal day to day life in NYC.

Jon Olsson (with Marcus Valeur)

Jon Olsson is a pro ski athlete and vlogs daily with the help of Marcus, aka his cameraman and video blog producer. As they say, two heads are better than one and it is very apparent with the content that’s being put out. Jon’s living the life and gets to take Marcus with him too. It’s quite a new concept of vlogging, having a cameraman, as opposed to just using the viewfinder to help you out. Even the color grading is on point. Watch and you will see what I mean when I say I love this duo SO SO much.

What I like: Marcus (!!!!), his girlfriend Janni, and Jon’s obsession with anything and everything.

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What Are My Hidden Talents?

When The B Bar introduced another link-up for July, it immediately caught my eye and wanted to write about it. I admit I am quite selective with linkups but I will not pass up a chance to write about something that interests me, especially since I’ve been doing so well with blogging lately. I also like that this is another one of those entries that require positive self-introspection and that’s always a good cognitive exercise.

What constitutes a hidden talent, really? Is it the something that you know you can do well but other people don’t know, or something that you have yet to discover but actually possess it (does that even make sense)? In my understanding it has always been the former, so let’s get on with it!

Cooking
I consider myself to be pretty okay at cooking. It’s mostly trial and error, but people who eat the meals I prepare are pretty satisfied by the end of the course. By no means am I a chef in the making, or have any formal education for it but I’m not a stranger in the kitchen and can probably whip up something with whatever’s left on the fridge or pantry. Growing up my mom would always do the Sunday dinner cooking at home back in Jakarta if we’re not eating out and I would watch her and learn or follow everything that she does. This is how I knew the basic ingredients and how to make everything work even with just a little. Thanks, momma!

Fist in Mouth
I am not proud of this “hidden talent” but it makes for a comical story, provided that I don’t actually have to demonstrate it, but oftentimes I have to when it’s brought up. I can fit my whole fist into my mouth. I don’t know if it’s because I have small hands or I just really have a big mouth. Either way, it’s funny.

Tech Stuff
Being a child of the internet, my skills are nowhere compared to my counterparts online. But in the real world, they actually matter, much to my surprise. I do a lot of troubleshooting and fixing different devices for family and friends. I’m usually pretty successful and not charge anything because I feel like it’s something that can actually be done easily with the help of online articles and troubleshooting guides. Although I feel like I should be charging if I end up doing too much, because that would mean utilizing my time, right? I remember my ex-boss giving me 3 broken iPhones and I managed to fix all of them. Huh. I kind of feel bad when I start “charging” though, but I feel even more annoyed when other places charge an arm and a leg for them.

Finding Deals Online
I am probably at level 4 (out of 10) for this one but I consider it a pretty good feat (mostly because my family depends on me for it). There have been quite a few instances where I got really great deals online, whether for plane tickets, hotel stays, the normal shopping spree coupon codes, or even downloads for stuff that can’t be named (if you know what I mean).

Check out these lovely bloggers below to know about their hidden talents too!