Favourites: January 2017

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It’s been a month since I’ve written here! A couple of my weekends in February were burned on an out-of-the-job-scope work (I had a last minute column to write), had lots of Spring cleaning to do, and without knowing, time just zipped passed us all—we are now in the second week of March! Can you believe that we are almost done with the first quarter of the year? Yikes.

As I mentioned in my last post, since January this year, I’ve embarked on a 10-months of no spending journey and so far, I’ve been pretty good at sticking to the plan. Of course, I’ll be lying if I said this wasn’t a difficult challenge—we are living in quite a materialistic-dominated world after all, and there will always be something that we desire to own immediately and I am no different.

So how did I conquer this?

I suppose other than constantly reminding yourself on your purpose of doing this challenge (are you: getting out of a debt, saving for a holiday, saving for the future, et cetera), one of the other things that I did to prevent myself from being tempted to spend was to take a step back at the end of every week and reflect on what I had enjoyed—using and/or doing.

Of course, it was hardly surprising that this action helped me better appreciate the things that I currently own (hence this post’s title). But as someone who is quite a sentimental fool, this self reflection ended up helping me to decide what are the things that I shouldn’t be hoarding any longer and I was pleasantly taken aback at my ability to let them go easily now.

So without further ado, here are some of my favourites in January!

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The Body Shop muslin cloth
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of a muslin cloth. It’s quite a handy piece of fabric because of its multiple uses—from making dresses out of it, to becoming cheap green screens in film, and even as a diaper to help toddlers wean of wearing diapers altogether (that’s what my mother did for me). But perhaps the best use of it all: for your face.If your skin is a combination of sensitivity and spottiness, then this might be something you should try! The muslin cloth made cleaning more thorough and I don’t experience as much clogging or breakouts like I once did (damn you puberty!). Every evening, I’ll pair this with my Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser^ and I do find that it’s very helpful in getting rid of those pesky little surface bumps. Of course, there are also other brands that makes muslin cloths but I find that size from The Body Shop is the most ideal for our face.

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ROOTOTE canvas tote bag of Mount Fuji
Unfortunately, this design was specifically made and sold only in Japan, and I bought this late last year, at the Tokyo Haneda Airport—after running back and forth through the duty free shops, trying to decide if it was worth getting! And yes it was worth my money because, aside from the clever incorporation of  Mount Fuji (can you see it?), it’s huge! I’ve been using it ever since for almost everything possible—from bringing all my travelling outerwear to be washed at one of those coin-operated Laundromats (I don’t own dryers at home), to using it for work because it is large enough for me to put my lunch in. Best of all, it has a hidden exterior pocket that’s large enough to fit in my house keys and transport card—now I don’t have to dig around the main compartment for these small objects like a lunatic!

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Japan Flag Mug^
It’s a bit strange to say this, but this is actually the first mug that I’ve ever purchased on my own and only because (a) I love the wide mouth of it because it’s perfect for dipping in biscuits and I’m actually excited to drink water out of it, and (b) the incorporation of Japan’s flag is actually one of the cleverest designs that I’ve seen, compared to the other countries.

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Well, I suppose that’s the end of this post; I wish I had a film, book or music to include but I couldn’t really recall any. I think I might have some for February’s Favourites (which I should be posting next week!) so I’ll see you then!

Meanwhile, I’m curious to know what were some of your favourites in January? Well, if you remember of course—this was a pretty late post after all!

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