Going through a phase

” She is going through a phase. She will be out of it soon..”

Familiar remark. Heard in almost every household in the world. Even now as an adult, I still go through certain phases in my life cycle. While there is a baseline mood phase which swings from calm to wild/ easily irritable to depressed – I also have an Interest phase which sways from gaming to diligent reading. Some recognizable phases include;

  1. Gaming – There’d be a time when I would just play Candy Crush one after the other or Farm Frenzy. I would actively build rooms in my Fun Hospital and earn some money via my Hotel. Or I would just do a re-run on Boboiboy and see how much points I could gather until my next death, leaping from one place to another.
  2. Shopping – this is a dangerous stint as I would just shop and shop through various apps. It could be a makeup related stuff I need on Althea Korea. Another fujifilm instax pack or some rare food item on Shopee. Very rarely something from Fashion Valet but it can happen.
  3. Studious phase – this usually happens after a particular course or a meeting with my specialist. I would be motivated to study and will sit through lots of online modules at one go. I would make notes. Highlight points. Do a quiz. Sometimes creating a power point presentation just in case I feel like doing some teaching/sharing about a topic.
  4. Youtube binge watching – as of recently I have been hooked onto videos involving Mukbang (but not those ugly , hurried, gelojoh ones), Korean Cafe Vlogs, anything involving journaling, new music videos like Hari Ini by HaeYang couple and short clips of Kdrama.
  5. Blogging – once in a blue moon I ‘d be able to write a few blog drafts at once, ready to be published on their supposed dates. I really like it when that happens for I feel so productive then. I would be making nice IG Stories using the Unfold or Canva app. I would fine tune my pictures using Snapseed or Pixlr. Occasionally, when I feel really creative I would use Zoetropic. I edit my videos for Youtube using Kinemaster instead of Movavi. *remind me to invest in a good camera once I get the hang of shooting & editing videos on top of my already busy schedule. I try to participate more as a butterfly blogger ( in telur stage still) but time and kids are a restraint for now. Ha ha.
  6. Reading – When the bookworm spirit drops by, I could finish reading a book in less than a week.I feel this is partly influenced by my workload in my daily job and who was my partner at work. If my partner reads, I am more likely to read.
  7. I don’t give a damn – as much as I try to avoid it, this phase almost always will appear before my first day of menses. Everything irritates me. I hate the world. I hate my husband. If it gets really bad, sometimes I’d be thinking of getting a divorce just because he didn’t put the bread back into its container or put the trash out. Or when he squeezed the toothpaste the wrong way!!! I will also hate my patients and not bother on further empathetic counseling if he/she refuses insulin for a badly controlled diabetes. “I don’t want insulin!” , the patient would say. “OK. See you in 2 weeks. here is you prescription. Goodbye” I would respond. But of course when I see the patient in 2 weeks, I would feel much better and talk more so that patient would understand why they need insulin.
  8. Religious – I would watch every single Islamic video on Youtube. I would start reading my sirah books. I would recite my Quran more and memorize more dua. Again,this is another rare moment. I am always deceived by the ‘no time’ devil and tend to put off any good, positive religious-like activity. It can be something simple like a prayer and all.
  9. K Drama – once I get hold of a nice series or movie, I would be hooked onto it until it ends. I watch them on Viu for a monthly fee of Rm8.00 so that I wouldn’t have to watch the interrupting adds. Viu does not host all KDramas especially the ones shown on Netflix, but never the less the options are still equally good.
  10. Beauty & self care – I love this phase but it doesn’t come by every often. This would be the time when I’d be dolling myself up with mascara or a lipstick which is bolder than my usual colours. I would wear heels or sport a different colour tudung everyday. At night, I would lather myself with moisturiser or sleep with a face mask. In short, the goddess in me is awakened (for a while).

Do you have a phase you’d like to share with me? Comment down below 🙂

Challenges I faced in this ongoing weight loss

The popular advice from almost all fitness enthusiasts including those who managed to shed many pounds of themselves would say that the secret to losing weight is;

80% food, 20% exercise

After giving birth to my youngest, I am back at square one in the mission of losing fat. Now with 2 kids with the potential to disrupt my eating regime, I need to generate more willpower and determination to make this work. Undeniably, as a working mom I do encounter several challenges in #misiBMI25Minci.

  • I have to fight the urge of finishing my kids food. So it is either I prepare food ‘just enough’ for everybody or I force the kids to eat. Because honestly, most of the time their food is well portioned for them – they’re just being picky. Including the dad.
  • Colleagues at work. The lunches outside is to me fine because then I can pick my food. At times, I do have to refuse certain food just so I wouldn’t tip over my calorie counter. This would usually lead to the unbearable questions along the lines of, “ ohhh? you’re on a diet? ” or “oh? are you doing the keto, the intermittent fasting” . I would say a Yes, I am on a diet and suddenly you’re not invited to lunch anymore. HA HA HA HA. I guess that is kind of calorie saving if you look it in the positive aspect.
  • Having to balance your calorie intake with what the other family members are eating especially if you’re the one preparing the meal. It can be tedious having to make a few meals with different calorie requirements in each. So when it comes to this, it usually means me having to control my portion and supplement it with lots of vegetables.
  • Reminding myself to drink enough water. So, to encourage myself I would bring water bottles of different sizes to work. Maybe a 500ml, 1litre etc. It is a bit of a hassle having to carry them to work but at least I feel accomplished.
  • Making time for physical activity, exercise. I suppose this is a universal dilemma. I get fired up at work to do a workout once I am home. So far, I’ve only managed to do some swimming on the couch on my back. It is so exhausting on certain days. Hence until we get to burn the calories, we need to be selective in our calories intake.
  • Having to give up instant coffee and hot chocolate. I have totally omitted Aik Cheong hot choc from my daily night time routine. I have yet to find a good substitute hence it is only water for now or green/camomile tea. I am also trying to ditch instant coffee. So far, I have managed to cut it down to only 3 x/week instead of having it every morning. I have also restrained myself from getting Avocado Dream from Juicee. I feel rugi taking liquid calories for now. Plus, it’s not the time to do cheat day yet. huhuhu.. I miss them a lot. Like a LOT!

My Upin Ipin fun run just got cancelled. I will need to find a new short term goal for this purpose. Maybe a night run. gosh.

The family is going for a holiday soon. I am anticipating some difficulties whilst we are there in terms of food choices and physical activity. At the same time, I also do not want to become that sucker who is not eating because she is on a diet. *roll eyes*. I have bought a ‘convenient pack’ of bottled water in preparation cause you know how hotels only give you like 2 mineral water bottles per day. I am thinking of packing some healthy snacks too, just in case. I am contemplating to bring my workout shoes. hmmm..

Any tips people?

On a side note, its a Palindrome Day today. 9102019-which of you read it in reverse, it will still be 9102019. I discovered that on FB.

MT Washi tape pop up store at Kinokuniya KLCC

I’m a newbie in washi tape. I have only got to know about them since 2015.  I bought my few first rolls from aliexpress. Many months later I discovered washi tape sellers in our local scene. My current favourite is Lootersbox. I really hope they would open a physical store in Melaka one day and conduct workshops and such. I would be their regular customer and buy something on a weekly basis even though they’re just sticker flakes.

Last Wednesday I went to Kinokuniya KLCC to check out the MT Washi Tape pop up store.

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I salute Youtubers who could produce content on a regular basis on their channel. I think it requires courage and be a bit shameless on your part to actually hold out your camera in public to capture a moment. I am a bit shy on that part which is an obstacle, I think, if you intend to be a Youtuber or successful lifestyle blogger. But it’s ok, it is a learning curve for a jaded writer like myself. There is always a price to pay for being successful but let’s hope it is all worth it yahh..

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I spent just below RM300 in Kinokuniya alone on the washi tapes and FLOW magazine.  I figured since this is an annual event for MT, I should splurge within my means and save more money again for next year’s convention. After all, I did miss the ones they had in Pavillion last year.

If I were to include my petrol, toll and duit makan all… I’d say the trip to Kay Ell is about RM500. Thank Allah for pay day the next day. Regardless, I am a happy lady. A happy mom. A happy wife. Not so happy to get back to work the next day though.

HoboMinci. Completed the 1st half, going into my second A5 Cousin Avec

“Hobonichi means Almost Everyday”

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I call mine my #HoboMinci. And so far the journaling game is still going on strong. I have a lot of reflections and activities to reminisce on, I guess. My choice of medium are similar to previous years – washi, stichers, colourful inks, instax photos… I tried to take up stamping but it’s too much effort for me. Although I do love to see people do it in Instagram.

My monthly page are usually very simple. My weekly pages are more detailed. I try to divide my weeks into a few categories.

Work.

Social Media.

Non-work daily To- Dos.

Weekends.

 

My daily pages are the most interesting. On certain days I have a lot to shout about. Or social meets to keep memories of.

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Sometimes it is just quiet. No words. Just washi or die cuts to fill the page.

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I ramble.

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I reflect on religion or important stuff.

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I write down memorable quotes.

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Sometimes I give movie reviews.

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Or extending a thought from a book I read.

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Sometimes it a Pinky and The Brain moment as I elaborate on my plan. Like the iftar get together a few months ago.

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In short, there is never just a single way on how you choose to fill up your Hobonichi. In Malaysia, there is only a handful of us using Hobonichi. Price is a major factor. Furthermore, journaling or diary keeping is just not everybody’s cup of tea. Despite that, we still find joy in our little group called Planner Addicts Malaysia on Facebook. We get to mingle with fellow planners using other brands of journals. And if I need a more international take to my #hoboMinci – I have the Rainbowholic FB group for inspiration.

I heard there’s a Jibun Techo out there. I am keen to explore that as well. We will see.