Hobominci : Ohayou Hobonichi Cousin 2018

I am still on the Hobonichi bandwagon. Last year I used the English A6 version of Hobonichi and penned my thoughts on it. For 2018 – after much contemplating, I decided to switch to the A5 Cousin Avec.

After binging on Youtube videos on how some people choose to setup their Cousin – this is my take on how I choose to personalise mine. 

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An overview of my local school holidays. Note that I havent slot in the special school hols related to the major festive seasons. That I need to ask my sister.

If I am to take blogging at least semi-seriously, I should at least plan some of my posts. Heres an index of what my blog post should be like

The page to put in birthdays, important appointments or events. The occasional Malaysian holidays as well of course. Not to forget the CME dates once I get back to work.

This would be the more precise outline of the day but not exclusively to my daily task. It could be my To Do List. Random words of wisdom in between the columns. Interesting facts here and there. Or just a sticker and a picture to brighten the page. At the sides would be a rough estimate of my expenses throughout the week. Perhaps my list of parcels Im waiting to be delivered. Meal planning at the bottom part, maybe? Nothing too personal on these pages for sure – as I might need to show them to certain people as the days go by. To prove Im busy sorta thing. HAHAHA.

And these pages are where my inner thoughts or creative juices would flow. A vision board in the early part of the month followed by highlights of the day sort of journalling. This, can be more personal. I can cut out pictures. Or use Instax ones for really special days.

And this – every year its the same goal. Losing weight. Maybe this year Id be more motivated as its more obvious on the graph. Huhu.

I know I will plan utilizing the features in the Cousin well. Im just hoping to be more consistent in my journalling. Heres to a Hobo 2018.  

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Confinement Room

“You can make the TV room as your confinement area. Can play your Korean movie or watch Youtube there” – MR HUSBAND

It’s a new space in our house. Dimly lit. Equipped with a few sets of sofa, bookshelves and an air conditioning unit. It does lend a bit of privacy when you don’t feel like sitting outside in the living room. I guess you could say it’s a family area where you can just watch TV, read a book or just lie down. Cuma.. dapur jauh skit nak menapak to grab some snacks. Ha ha.

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Me watching one of RainbowHolics videos using the HObonichi

I usually use this room in the afternoon when Mom, my confinement lady wants to watch her Hindi Puteri Ular show on TV3. Although the family room TV is dominated by EE and his Hagemaru/Upin Ipin stuff – at least I can breastpump discretely whilst doing some journalling or blogging.

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My postpartum journal and washi tapes

Perhaps later I’ll share the very very very traditional confinement rituals I have to put up with on top off the more ‘modern’ aspect of it (once my Mom goes back to her house to fulfill her other motherly duties. HA ha ha).

Till then – just trying not to stress myself out. Smell the baby. Kiss my kids and take it one day at a time. InsyaAllah everything will be fine.

Hobonichi : My thoughts on the first year (2017)

2017 I used an A6 with a blue cover.

I like that it was compact and easy to carry. I used it to plan and journal at the same time. I lost my mojo for quite a while when I suffered from morning sickness and up till now I still find it hard to get into the momentum. Im still planning with my Hobo but doing less of journalling.

Then as I did my flip through – I discovered that my A6 is a jumble of Planning and Journaling on the same one day page. It was a bit ugly, as some of these thoughts are quite private and yet I needed to show other people what I have planned for the week or so.

That’s when I thought that for 2018 – I’m going for the A5 Cousin Avec.

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Hopefully it’ll give me space to plan and at the same time privacy to voodoo people at the journaling page. Splitting the year into half would also help to motivate me to pick up the spirit if say I slacked off during the first part of the year.

The covers for the A5 are pretty limited though but I suppose I could always find a substitute on aliexpress.com. China has everything. hehe

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I have yet to figure out how I’m going to utilize this planner fully but I believe it’ll be in order once the new year comes.

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FujiFilm Instax Share Sp2 photo printer – I choose you!

I am not a professional photographer nor a full time blogger. I don’t even know how to reformat my laptop and when it comes to knowing the tech words people who are into cool gadgets know – I’m afraid you need to explain to me again about RAM, WIRELESS, BLUETOOTH and stuff.

But I am passionate about memory keeping, journalling, kawaii stuff and so on.

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It took me a lot of Youtube videos, blog posts and techie articles to go through before finally deciding on getting my hands on the FUJILFILM INSTAX SHARE SP2. Prior to reading the reviews on the SP2 – I had an idea of what I wanted.

  1. Easily available and maintained. Meaning no weird batteries or films or repair centres.
  2. Small and handy. Easy to use.
  3. Print nice photos.

and later of course.. you learn new things along the way. I think a particular video got me sold on the SP2 – about a girl walking in a park, saw a nice flower, took a photo with her SMARTPHONE, got the SP2 out of her handbag, printed out the picture and put it in her scrapbook.

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I bought the Instax on SHOPEE for RM699.00 and the retailer threw in 20 pieces of instax film for free. Here is my take so far;

PROS;

  1. Instructions were quite self explanatory in the pamphlet and also the INSTAX app on GOogle PLay Store for a noob like myself. Especially when it comes to setting up the printer and its connections. It seems that I have to turn on my GPS as well to make it work. I’m using a Samsung J7 Prime by the way.
  2. Printing does take only 10 secs. And there’s an indicator on the app to tell us how much films are left in the printer. You shouldn’t open the hatch prematurely as it could ruin the leftover films.
  3. The polaroid films are easily available online. You just need to be wary of those trying to sell nearly expired ones. Check the dates.
  4. You can print photos not only on your device but also the ones on your social media accounts.
  5. The app has made photo printing more exciting as you can add your own text and filters to the photos.
  6. You can share the printer with your friends. As long as they download the app and bring their own films of course.  So it’ll be a great attraction to any planner meetups or social party.

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CONS;

  1. Its really expensive. To me. Both the printer and the film. You could get alternatives like Pringo I think, but there weren’t much reviews on that in the local scene #malaysia. I did consider getting the Instax Mini (camera) but since I’m very shy to take out that bulky camera and take a photo – I ditched the idea.
  2. The printer tends to time out really fast, so you might need to switch it on and reconnect it before printing another photo. Unless you’ve organized your photo already.
  3. The pictures are of the size of a mini credit card. So details in the picture can vary.

These are a few points I could think  of right now. I don’t think I would paste these pics in my HoboMinci. But I’ll definitely display them on the kitchen table or something using one of those stand alone albums. They’re very cute.