Friday Feature – Ideas and Where to Start

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.


selfie with filofax

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.

plannerbug good food pics

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?

filofax saffiano personal

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?

golden pavilion kyoto japan

Kinkakuji (also known as the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan

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.

Well, my blog is here 🙂 You can subscribe to my blog rss feed directly or via email (links on sidebar). You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


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 plannerbug@gmail.com 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!

17 comments

  1. Lynette Lai says:

    How do I start something like this on a weekly basis. Basically, on home interest/hobbies and something that I am passionate about. My English is not good but I am of course able to write my thoughts. Please advise. Love your blogs. Best wishes.

    • lyn says:

      Hello, mummy! Thanks for dropping in and for the compliments! It’s such a coincidence that you asked this question because I will be posting an article that may help you next week 🙂 I also have the perfect notebook to pass to you for your gardening/hobby journal and will show you some tips on how to use it.

    • lyn says:

      Thanks, Sachiko! Quite honestly, I didn’t love the Saffiano immediately but it sorta grew on me and I now feel like owning every colour too 🙂

    • lyn says:

      Thanks, Jo! I’ve seen some of your knitting projects and they look great 🙂 I’m on Ravelry (do you know that site?) and used to be really active. I really should knit or craft more now that I have the time.

  2. plue says:

    hello Lyn! i didn’t know you knit too, I can’t even quite sew myself hahahaha.

    now that you introduce some of the place you shop in, I definitely will have to check them out. I love my washi tapes (could never have enough of them) and in recent times, stamps! The ink pads from Tsukineko (regardless which range) is really nice!

    Physical shop wise I like to go to Art Friend, they have discounts for members. I think you need to buy a certain amount around RM100-ish to be entitled to a 10% discount. They have quite a good range of art supplies like stamps and ink pads 🙂 They are at The Gardens and also The Curve 😉
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    • lyn says:

      Hi Plue, Yep, I used to knit quite frequently 🙂 If you get time, you can have a look at my projects on my Flickr album. It’s been a long time since I last completed a knit though.

      I’ve actually heard of Art Friend but haven’t been there. I will definitely check it out when I am able to. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • lyn says:

      Hi Elisa, Thanks for following, I’ve followed you back too. I am slowly (or very quickly) discovering that collecting planners can be rather expensive. I’m trying to be more discerning before picking another one up but it’s hard.

  3. Linda in Aus says:

    Hi Lyn, I am still waiting for my first planner to arrive so I am a total newbie, I’m a scrapper and a project lifer so it will be interesting to see how I go with a planner. On another note Malaysia is our favourite place in the whole wide world. We holiday in Penang every year have done for the past 12 years, we love it.

    • lyn says:

      Thanks, Linda! I’m from Penang and grew up there 🙂 My parents still live in Penang and we go back for Christmas nearly every year. Penang food is the best! I may take scrapbooking classes next year. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get into but never found time to do so when I was working. How long have you been scrapping and doing project life?

  4. YF says:

    Dear Lyn, thank you so much for mentioning Tabiyo Shop in your blog! Hope you always have fun with journal and stationeries!

    Love,
    YF

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