Monthly Archives: January 2017

Worst Buy: 2016

I only have one thing on this list: COS Crossover V-neck Dress.

It’s the worst I have spent my money on in the year of 2016. So I went to Amsterdam for a conference. But since the conference started super early, I didn’t want to take the ghost train early in the morning from Eindhoven to Amsterdam for one a half hour. I decided to stay over at my friend’s place in Amsterdam the night before. Genius idea!

So I packed my bag knowing that I will only spend two nights in Amsterdam (it was a two-day conference). I packed very minimally because I didn’t want to carry a lot of stuff along with me. I thought to myself that I can re-wear the same outfit for both of the conference days. Wrong! So I had to resort to my emergency t-shirt to layer underneath my sweater to stay fresh.

But then, I somehow made plan with other friends to hang out in Amsterdam the next day after the conference. I ended up sleeping over at the same place, which means I extended my stay in Amsterdam. So I decided to buy new clothes due to minimalism gone wrong.

At that time, I was looking for to purchase a new dress. It felt like good timing to buy a dress at that time. I settled with one from COS because it looks cool and it was on discount. The first day of wearing it, I felt great. But after it went to the washing machine, I got nervous. It has lost it’s shape and it wrinkles like mad. I’m not the master of ironing but I’m not that shit either, but this dress just won’t cooperate! So after that initial wear, I have not worn it ever again. I’m not even sure where the dress is right now.

This is how the dress looks:

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I’m still so mad at myself because I think I paid either 40 or 60 euro for that dress.

The First Week of 2017

Monday

First day of work in 2017. Of course everyone got sick due to the random sleeping hours as well as the cold. I have been trying to face work with a different attitude. Which is less time spent for whining. Not that I hate the work that I do, it’s just a thing to do when something goes boom. Just say “FUCK THIS”, curse at it. It won’t change anything but the frustration dose become less somehow. But it’s time to be more positive and remind myself that I can do this. Today I picked up an order from a department store here. It’s a Proenza Schouler wallet. And spent about an hour after that contemplating whether or not I should keep it. I even involved my co-workers into this decision. I ended up not keeping it though because who am I kidding, who uses long continental wallet anymore nowadays?

Tuesday

Planned to go to the gym after work since the past weekend. And surprise surprise, it didn’t happen! I decided to stay home and bring my work home. Although I ended up not doing traditional work, I researched a lot about Angular2 and Webpack (work related topics). I went home during the lunch break to cook myself some warm lunch (we got complimentary lunch at work such as sandwiches and some variants of salads). From time to time having warm meal for lunch is really enjoyable.

Wednesday

Finally booked my birthday trip! I’ll be traveling to Thailand and Malaysia for about 14 days. Starting from flying in to Bangkok for a transfer to Phuket and continuing to Kuala Lumpur, back to Bangkok for the remaining three days, and finally fly back to Amsterdam on a Sunday. All the airplane tickets as well as accommodations have been booked. So basically the only thing to do is wait until April, pack, and leave! I’m very very excited about this!

Thursday
I have been sleeping extra late than usual since Sunday 1st and now finally my body is telling me to cut the crap and just rest. Also in conjunction with the first day of auntie flo’s visit, I wasn’t just feeling it. Today I finally decided to get a haircut. When I arrived at my apartment building, I popped into a hair salon downstairs first to make an appointment. I have been meaning to get a trim for the longest time! Now that I live practically above a hair salon, I should be more diligent with getting a trim regularly.

Friday
Last working day of the week! Wheeeeee! Weirdly enough, I didn’t remember that it was Friday until 3pm. The whole day morning I thought it was Thursday! Not that much stuff to do work related so I had a lot of chit chat with my co-workers and attended a presentation class (in-house). And before lunch I had a small meet-up with Deo to get a cup of coffee downstairs (of my office). It’s always nice to hang out with him :) And now I’m waiting for the rice to cook and I’ll have dinner afterwards. Possibly will spend the rest of the night chillin’ or making prototype app with Angular 2.

How was your week? Do you feel like it’s 2017 or still hangover of 2016?

2017 Goals

Happy new year!

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I’m embracing 2017 with open arms and new energy. As per usual, I have some goals up on my sleeves. 2017 has to be the most productive, effective, and interesting year. After an eventful 2016, I’m even more excited to experience 2017 in my new apartment with new adventures.

So yes, 2016 I hit a pretty big milestone. I bought an apartment of my own (I didn’t pay it in cash but still it’s pretty cool). The decorating/renovating phase is still ongoing up until now. It’s kinda scary though, what if it lasts for years??? The apartment only need kitchen and bathroom renovation. While the kitchen is 80% done, the bathroom hasn’t even been touched. So fingers crossed, it will be done before February graces upon us. But why am I rambling? I should talk about my 2017 goals!

First thing first, I have a plan to celebrate my birthday outside of The Netherlands for possibly a week. The destination is still undecided but if I can be a good girl when it comes to saving my money, then I can go a little bit HAM.

Secondly, I also want to make extra payment for my mortgage (because I didn’t pay my apartment in cash). I’m seriously unsure on how much money I can spare for this because I also want to increase my emergency saving but I will try my hardest!

I also want to go back being a bookworm, all these social media platforms have stolen my precious reading time (because I’m addicted to them, time to get sober). So I’m setting myself a goal of 24 books for 2017. Which averages to 2 books a month. Seems doable.

When it comes to work related goals, I just want to spend more time trying out new advancements in the world of web development. Prototyping more. That I found is the most effective way to learn a new framework, for example. Also taking more responsibilities at work. I will be mentoring an intern (my second one actually!) for the internship period of February – July 2017. So stuff like that.

So that’s it so far! I have all points above written down on a piece of paper and I want to try reading them everyday to stay focus. A little bit like ‘The Secret’ book. So how about you? How was your 2016? Any goals for 2017?

Mulberry Bow Clutch

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About a year and a half ago, my mom, deo, and I paid a visit to Roermond. If you live in The Netherlands, you might be familiar with Roermond. It’s just a small village with an outlet shopping center near the train station. My mom is a big fan of the place because of the discount that they offer. The brands that the outlet carries are also not that bad. To me, the most important shop there is Mulberry. Which is where I got my first Mulberry leather good ever. This Mulberry piece has a special place in my heart because I bought it off of my first month working full-time salary.

After watching Light By Coco’s What’s In My Bag video, I was interested in looking for a similar bag like the one she showed (Ferragamo Miss Vara Clutch). After doing my research, I found that Mulberry does a similar style bag within their famous Bayswater line. Which is basically like the one I purchased, but instead of a bow on the front, it has a classic Mulberry postman lock instead. I was not prepared to find the Bow Clutch at the Mulberry outlet boutique in Roermond. I was simply going in just for the sake of it. Mulberry is a luxurious brand that I have always liked. Their Alexa satchel can be dubbed as my dream bag since forever ago. When I saw the Bow Clutch significantly cheaper than the retail price (about €200 off), I was starting to think the possibility of purchasing this bag (or clutch). So I left the store to give myself sometime to think about it. I think about 15 minutes later, I found myself back in the store waiting for the SA to fetch me a new Mulberry Bow Clutch in black. Which until this date I still don’t regret buying.

I mainly use this clutch as a cross body bag whenever I don’t need to carry a lot of things with me. I’m not that high maintenance whenever I go out other than work, so this small clutch is most of the time sufficient to carry my belongings. I can fit my phone, my wallet (more like card case), my keys, a lip balm, and my earbuds in the clutch. All those items are what I usually needs to carry with me. This is however not sufficient for work because as you can see, there’s no way in hell I would fit my agenda in it.

The clutch is secured with two buttons on the opposite side of the edge of the clutch. I actually prefer the postman lock but it’s not a deal breaker for me. My clutch is in the soft leather rather than the small grain one. Which is actually unfortunate because it’s more prone of scratching. But for the past year and a half, mine has held up so good because I sprayed it with the leather protect spray regularly and have coated it with the leather balm once. Like I said, I wear mine usually as a cross body bag because it comes with a detachable chain. You can wear this clutch as a normal clutch, a shoulder bag, or a cross body bag. So it’s quite versatile, really. For my height (163 cm), I find the chain is quite long so I’m still contemplating on shortening the chain to a bag repair store.

But all in all, I’m thoroughly happy with my clutch. I did show some interest to the famous Chanel Wallet on Chain but I don’t think I will ever in my life justify the purchase of that one. It’s just so much money! Although this one from Mulberry ain’t cheap either but it’s no Chanel price tag :P

Details:

Color • Black
Material • Calf skin leather
Height • 11.5 cm
Width • 20 cm
Depth • 2 cm
Shoulder drop • 61 cm