First Time Backpack Travel

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I’M BACK! Well I have been back for almost two weeks now and have been loving my first week back because I had the best week in terms of sleeping pattern. Every time I’m back from vacation, I can easily fall into a deep sleep and wake up very early feeling energized. I was planning on keeping this pattern but sadly Homeland came into my life and I have been binge watching till midnight (still better than I was with Narcos). And since I’m reunited with my laptop I can finally update this dusty corner on the internet with pictures that I took while I was on holiday.

This is the first time I try to travel carry on only for two weeks vacation. Also first time I travel with backpack only for two weeks vacation. I did end up checking my bag a few times but that’s only because I wasn’t short on time and also I did end up purchasing something that is more than 100ml that I have to check in. Next time I do this kind of traveling again I want to try going fully carry on. I didn’t pack much but still have some left over clothes that I did not end up wearing. Same goes with toiletries and makeup. I can be more minimalist next time and I plan on doing so. But I am still proud with how I managed this time. I think I will post a review of the backpack that I ended up bringing for the trip because I remember it was quite an ordeal for me to choose a bag.

I would like to share my packing list for this trip just for those of you who are interested.

For clothes & accessories I brought:
* 3 short sleeve t-shirts
* 1 tank top
* 1 blouse
* 2 jeans shorts
* 1 shift dress
* 1 utility jacket
* 4 socks
* 3 bras
* 7 undies
* 1 set of swimwear
* 1 slip on shoes
* 2 sandals (birkenstocks and flip flop)
* 1 cross body bag
* 1 backpack
While on me I wore:
* 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt
* black tank top
* straight cut jeans
* down jacket
* leather jacket
* converse
* and a set of undergarments of course
For toiletries & makeup I brought:
* shampoo bar
* soap
* massage bar (used as moisturizer)
* sunscreen
* toothbrush + toothpaste
* mascara
* brow powder + gel
* cream blush
* highlighter
* eyeliner pen
* lipstick
* lipbalm
Others:
* snorkel
* microfiber towel

There was time when I had to stay longer in Bangkok without our bags because the plan was to visit Bangkok in between our Phuket trip to see my friends from Indonesia whom I haven’t seen in years. Deo decided to take it upon himself to book a room for the night instead of buying a flight ticket back to Phuket the same day. So I was without change clothes that night so I had to purchase some things. And I also went shopping a little bit.

And here is the list of things I bought:
* low top converse: to replace the ones I brought because they were filthy.
* striped dress: for that night in Bangkok that I didn’t plan.
* undies: same as above.
* swimwear: same as above and I wanted to use the pool of the hotel.
* jersey dress
* body lotion
* razor blades
* bum bag: to hold my passport, wallet, and phone when I’m also carrying my massive backpack.

So there you go, complete list of the things I brought and bought with me for my Thailand – Malaysia trip. Oh I also used packing cubes to separate things in my backpack and I can vouch the handiness of using them to organize your stuff when you pack. Try them out if you haven’t. And I realize this post is just getting way too long so I will bid adieu here!

Beach Life

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The only thing I can think of right now is how and when to go back. Preferably sooner than later.

Five Months Using Safety Razor

It has been about five months since I ordered my first safety razor. Prior to using this, I haven’t really stuck to one method of hair removal. I have tried the conventional disposable shaver, epilator, waxing strips, or just plucking one by one with a tweezer when I’m bored. Epilator was my favorite for a while due to the re-growth period. I can go a week without having to bear the pain of epilating my hair (although overtime the pain reduces significantly). But I have way too many in grown hair by doing this method and I don’t want that. I went back for a while to using disposable shaver. It didn’t last that long because I just feel I have to re buy it way too often because it gets dull quick. And I hate doing that. It costs so much money! I hate spending a lot of money at the supermarket for something that is not food.

So I looked into the safety razor territory. Initially, I was skeptical. Also feared I might cut myself very dramatically. And the initial amount of money spend is not just in the tenner category. After deliberating for a few months, I purchased it anyway. I ordered it off of a dutch website and it arrived pretty quickly. Along the razor, I also placed an order for a box of razor for future use. The one I picked from the website was the Merkur 23c one. I figured let’s just follow the most popular one. Now I realized that kind of attitude might not help me in every situation but this one turned out okay. I was kind of regretting not getting the butterfly opening (the one that opens up when you twist on the bottom) but I guess this one is fine too.

Now I’m a convert for always using safety razor as my method of hair removal. I can use this to remove pretty much all the hair I want to be gone. My boyfriend also steals the razor from time to time and he also enjoys using it very much. So far I haven’t cut myself *knock on woods*. But my boyfriend did bleed a little bit whenever he uses the safety razor due to the bumpy texture of his skin on his jawline. But once he did use the disposable one and he cut himself even worse. So I guess using this is still a winner even for him.

I wished I was brave to travel with this but I just couldn’t do that. Especially through Amsterdam Schiphol because they are very strict. I swear they can even smell the razor blade. Also I haven’t found a place to buy razor blades in store except Aesop. I ended up having to splurge in Kuala Lumpur for a very bougie razor blades because I did pack the safety razor with me but not the blade. So anyone with tips and trick on how to travel with safety razor along with razor blade is very much welcome.

Moto Leather Jacket

I did it, I bid adieu to my quest on finding the be-all-end-all moto leather jacket. Ultimately I settled for the first option that was on the table. I had to do minor tweak that I was very adamant of not doing but I decided to make peace with myself. There’s no need to spend more time and energy for just one piece of clothing. There needs to be a balance of effort for finding the holy grail without going mental. I’m pretty sure Deo is already sick and tired of me asking for his opinions on the 1000th leather jacket. He gave good pointers but I got too overwhelmed with the sea of options that I ended up neglecting his choices.

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So I went to the MANGO store and purchased their basic moto leather jacket. I went for the MANGO version because of the lack of the belt (although now I kinda want one with the belt too) as well as the price point. I also watched someone on YouTube who really enjoys the quality of her MANGO leather jacket. All Saints is a good brand for leather jackets as some people mentioned. But there are so many trips ahead of me that I can’t justify spending 400 euros for a jacket.

Ever since buying the jacket, the jacket and I have become one. It’s a bit silly really, but I have been looking for multiple ways to incorporate the jacket into my outfit every single day. My colleagues told me that I’m crazy for wearing my leather jacket underneath my coat, but I just want to wear my jacket you know?!