Since creating this blog, I have been thinking about rolling out a “Friday Feature”. I’d like to take time featuring bloggers who inspire me and the lovely people I’ve come to know through this blogging journey in various social media.
I’ll get to play Ms. Interviewer (yay!), asking the person a series of questions and getting to know him or her better. I think it will be so much fun! And it’s a great way to connect with like-minded folks or to discover new blogs.
I’ll start with myself to break the ice.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you like to do when you’re not planning?
I love to cook. I started cooking about 7 years ago but didn’t really have time to cook at home as much when I was working. Nowadays, I cook almost daily and my husband is quite appreciative of having good ol’ homemade food when he comes back after a long day at work.
Knitting is another pastime I enjoy. I used to knit quite regularly but work got rather overwhelming a few years ago and I stopped. I plan to pick up my dusty needles again and start churning out a few new projects. So, you’ll probably be seeing more of my crafty endeavours around here.
2. What is your favourite planner and why?
I just blogged about this yesterday! I only have three Filofaxes and my favourite is the personal Saffiano. It’s sturdy but not too hard, it holds two of my favourite multi-pens, it has potential to be stuffed, the colour is pretty, and the size is just right. The Saffiano was my first Filofax and I still enjoy using it today.
3. What is your favourite planner accessory or stationery?
My favourite are stamps. Washi tape is a close second. And oh, stickers too. I like decorating my planner pages with these things. I try not to go overboard though because I need to have some space to write so just a few bits here and there is all I do. I like that they add a touch of colour to an otherwise boring piece of white paper.
4. What inspired you to start a blog?
I’ve always enjoyed putting my thoughts down in writing. I had diaries when I was a kid and when the internet era of blogging came about, I started with Open Diary (remember that one?), LiveJournal and Blogger blogs. I moved to a self-hosted WordPress platform with my beauty blog and now this blog. I became a fan of so many lovely planner / journaling and home-keeping blogs that I thought it would be nice to be part of this community too.
5. Where would you like to go on a holiday?
I would love to visit Japan again. My husband and I were there on holiday last year and we fell in love with the culture, scenery, food and architecture. But I wasn’t into stationery or planners at that time. The next time I go, I’ll come back with every cute washi tape I can get my hands on!
6. What are your favourite stores (online or brick & mortar) to shop in?
I haven’t shopped for planner related goods in many places yet but here are a few online shops I’ve purchased from.
Moonestore – I purchased a bunch of cute Korean stamps here. The shop has quite a good selection of Zakka made and inspired products too.
Scrap-n-Crop – This is probably one of the most well-stocked local scrapbooking e-sellers. I got the VersaMagic stamp ink sets from them. I think they organise scrapbooking classes too.
StudioL2E – I love, love, love her planner stamps and was lucky enough to get a couple when they were still in stock. I’m now waiting for the pre-orders of her newer stamps to arrive. She launched her new stamps on 15th October at 3AM my time but they were all sold out by the time I woke up to place an order.
Tabiyo Shop – If you’re looking for Midori Traveler’s Notebook and accessories, this shop has you covered. I bought some washi tape from them. Fast and reliable delivery.
My favourite physical store is Kinokuniya in Suria KLCC. It’s the only place in Malaysia that stocks Filofax, many other planner goodies and a fantastic collection of Japanese stationery. And oh, they have a huge selection of crafting books too.
7. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Cheerful. I like being happy (don’t you?). There’s no point wasting one’s energy dwelling on bad thoughts, so just think happy thoughts.
8. And lastly, please leave a link to your blog and social media so we can connect with you.
See, just a few simple questions and nothing intrusive (I promise!). I really hope you’re open to the idea and will join in if you have the time. On days when I don’t have a blogger to feature, I will perhaps feature other topics, such as a new tool, product, links, shops, etc.
If you have a planner, journaling, crafting, organising, or home and living blog and would like to take part in the Friday Feature, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the questions (customised to fit your “niche”). And oh, don’t be surprised if you happen to receive an email from me although you didn’t write in.
Please feel free to share what you think in the comments below, even if just to say, “hi”. I love hearing from you!
Wishing y’all a fantastic weekend ahead!