What’s Up March!

I can’t believe it’s March already! Time flies so fast and so much has happened already that I feel like the year is about to end soon and 2018 is just around the corner haha! On a good note, the first two months of the year has been great so far for me. I’m truly grateful because I was able to travel to 2 countries already in January which I will share soon (hopefully I can finish post processing my photos). I also had lots of freelance works coming in which means extra money (for more travels) yay!

I’d just like to share more important happenings the past 2 months:

Lifestyle

Let’s start with my recent favorite things:

1.) The Happiness Planner

DSCF8178So my boyfriend got me the  The Happiness Planner.  I told him I wanted a planner since one of my new year resolutions this year is to get organised so this will truly help! According to their website, The Happiness Planner helps inspire people to live a purpose and passion driven life and to find happiness from within. It is designed to increase our self-awareness, cultivate positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and personal growth. It will increase your happiness level and will be okay no matter what happens in life. I love this planner since it also matches the color of my blog and my new (personal) branding and I super love its packaging too (i’m a sucker for any product with good packaging)! I feel really bad though cos I’ve been really super busy I couldn’t find time to write much here. I guess I really need to sort out my priorities and I really need to do some time management.

2.) Mood Calendar

DSCF9849This DAILY MOOD Calendar from desertcart. It’s like a desk calendar, but instead of telling you the day, it tells your mood… Since I’m an introvert and a particularly complex individual, it helps people in the office to know what mood am in for the day. If you’re an introvert like me, you really need this in your life.

3.) Matte Black Mug from Coffee & Motivation Company.

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I pretty much live on coffee and every morning this motivational mug helps me get inspired to work harder everyday! It says “The goal is to retire rich & young.” I also like this mug since the design is super minimal and it’s matte. Totally worth every penny.

Finally! My Personal Branding!
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I’ve decided to create a branding for myself and after so many years of being a graphic designer, i’ve finally decided to print my own business cards. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to create and design a branding or brand identity for myself when if it’s for work or if it’s for a client I easily come up with something. I’ve decided to use the colours gold-beige-ish sort of pantone and black. My icon is a combination of my initials which is a T & C. Also, it resembles the “pi” symbol which is used in math (3.1416…) or the greek symbol. Accdg. to wikipedia “pi” is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter but I really don’t care about that. All I care is that it’s an irrational number. Meaning, its exact value is inherently unknowable. Just like myself: I’m very unpredictable. I’m very difficult to interpret. Also, I think Pi is the most beautiful mathematical equation of all time. Even if I didn’t paid much attention to my Math subjects, I still remember and haven’t forgotten PI.

Work

On Being Late.
I got so used to being late it’s getting out of hand. I mean i’m very fortunate enough to be able to have a kind of flexible time in the office but of course nothing beats starting early. You know, early bird catches the early worm 😀 so i really think this is the most important thing that I need to change right now. Being Punctual.

1 year Work Anniversary
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I just celebrated my 1st year Milestone at work! It’s quite a big deal for me since the past few jobs I had was really tough for me and I really didnt feel I was happy then. This time, I’m very glad to say that I like what I’m doing and very happy with my work environment for realzzzz!

Series
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Me and Ralph has been making the most out of our Netflix subscription! We’re not really party-goers and we’re both the type of person who always want to just stay at home so since last year, we couldn’t stop but binge watch a lot of series! Last year, we’ve finished Silicon Valley, How to Get Away with Murder, Making a Murderer, House of Cards, Stranger Things, True Detectives, Real Detectives just to mention a few but here are our top picks so far:

Making a Murderer
The one that started it all. This is the reason why we’ve decided to continue our subscription from Netflix from the free trial. I had trouble sleeping for a week after watching this. This series will let you feel all the hate in the world and will make you start to create your own theories and will start to read on forums about others’ theories too until you don’t know what to believe anymore. If you haven’t watched this series yet, you’re missing out a lot.

The Fall
I’m not really sure how we ended up watching this show but maybe because we love crime-dramas. The Fall is is a British-Irish crime drama television series filmed and set in Northern Ireland. To be honest I really didn’t expect much from this series cos I thought it was boring but we got so hooked! It was really good and very upsetting. Also, I swear I think my accent has changed after watching this series.

D-Day
This one’s a korean drama and it’s on Netflix and we’re running out of series to watch so me and Ralph gave it a try. Now I’m a big fan of k-dramas or movies so I know I’m gonna like it initially but Ralph isn’t so he’s a bit skeptical if we should really watch it. I forced him into it and he eventually liked it after the first episode! D-day is not your usual cheesy/romantic k-drama. We were blown away after finishing the whole series in a week and it’s actually one of the best ones I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot of k-dramas haha. The story was built around a disaster (earthquake) that happened in Seoul and how the characters responded during the whole disaster scenario. Mostly focused on a team of medical doctors and emergency personnels that struggle to deal with its aftermath. I’m telling you, there isn’t any single boring episode on this series. Definitely worth watching even if you’re not a fan of korean dramas. So many WTF  moments and will leave you hating so many characters.

Black Mirror
This one we finished last year and I don’t know why but for some reasons it’s starting to get some buzz again this year and people were talking about it again. I guess it’s that good and all episodes from all 3 seasons really reflects what’s happening in reality. Black Mirror is  television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. Technology is evil you guys! haha but nevertheless I don’t think I will have a job right now without technology too.I guess the machines or technology are not really the danger here: it’s the anonymous, antiseptic monstrousness they can empower. Me and ralph binged watch the whole 3 seasons within a week.

My favorite episode is Nosedive, first episode from Season 3 . Another episode I love is the third episode from Season 1 which everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear. You will never forget a face again because you can easily rewind everything that happens!… but is that always a good thing? I think each episode makes you question and think about reality. It criticizes the absurd society we’re living in. Most of the times I feel like each episode is almost too accurate as a representation of what most of our lives look like right now, it’s super scary! 

Orphan Black
We just finished season 1 of this series yesterday and can’t wait to see the other seasons (uhm hello Netflix Middle East, please upload it soon will ya???). Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction thriller series that is so good I badly wanted to finish the whole first season in one sitting. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her fellow clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs’ suicide. There is mystery, humor, action, drama, suspense, and the sci-fi element in this series, I just couldn’t get enough! Also, I think the actress who plays the lead role, Tatiana Maslany did a great job portraying all the clones. I adore her! I feel like the other clones were really portrayed by different people.  

Technology

Google Adsense Update
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Although I’ve created and set up a google adsense account ages ago, I haven’t really paid much attention to it since last month! I mean I still have no clue how it works and how I could earn money from it up until now but I’ve started to set up my ads properly here on my website. I’m still clueless but I promised myself I’m gonna start reading more about it. I mean I don’t think it will hurt to monetise my blog right? It’s actually cool since I can also see that people are somehow reading my blog and I’ve actually earned almost $9? I mean it’s nothing but I didn’t actually do anything to earn it aside from setting it up. 

Google alerts
Did you know that google can now notify you whenever your name appears online or somebody mentions you on their website? So cool and helpful since I have a habit of always googling my name when I’m bored.Untitled-2

On another note, March started with a bang too! I’ve been selected as one of the influencers for Dubai Food Festival and was given a budget to eat, eat and eat and almost all my weekends in March have already been booked with restaurant invites! How can I say NO to food? so you can expect loads of food post soon and on my instagram (i’ve actually started to flood people some photos!  Here are some snaps last weekend:

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So stoked on what else March has to offer!

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