an attempt

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Welp, I decided to take the plunge and go try the bullet journal for September.

I’ve been seeing posts about the Bullet Journal for the longest time and I considered using it as a productivity tool. I’m a planner girl at heart, what with my yearly Moleskines and/or pretty planner. This year, I deviated and got a pretty Typo planner. Serves its purpose, but only for work and bills — the serious stuff. Haha. Serious but necessary. I don’t have a planner for my mind dump (story plots, songs I like, books to read, etc.), just little pieces of paper scattered around or some random page in MS Note.

I suppose for September, I decided to consolidate all in a notebook. Let’s see how it goes!

friday 5: pounding the pavement

I have been doing Friday5 ever since my Blogger days. I might as well keep up with tradition.

1. What was the occasion for your last going door-to-door?
Outreach program, getting to go around and talk with people about their issues and concerns.

2. When did you last trip and fall?
Most memorable would be during my banking days. My foot got caught in a chair and all of a sudden, *crash* and I found myself on the floor! People from the other side of our floor even turned around to see what caused the crash. I just got up, brushed off the dust, and was all showbiz with my “I’m okay! Really!” I did have a medium-sized scrape on my arm afterwards. The news of my crash got around and our big boss asked me how I was when I saw her later in the day.

3. When wandering about, where are you most likely to stop and take a photo of something?
Bookstores and coffee shops, for sure. They’re quite picturesque.

4. How safe do you feel walking around your neighborhood at night by yourself?
I live in a gated subdivision, so it’s quite safe to walk around at night. I miss those days when we would walk our dog before! We got all the way to the neighboring gated communities, even crossing a main thoroughfare.

5. How do you feel about FitBit and other smart health gadgets?
I actually don’t know anyone among my friends who use one! I’m curious if it works, though, like if there is any improvement on their lifestyle and the like.

sunset at florence

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No wonder Piazzale Michelangelo is highly recommended to visit, especially during sunset. The sun rests gently over Florence, giving the city a beautiful gold tint. You can see the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Uffizi from way up there. Well worth the walk.

What I love about Piazzale Michelangelo also is the very fun vibe. Families hang out and taking pictures, couples talking about everything and nothing, friends with drinks and chips, artists sketching the gorgeous view, photographers setting up to capture the sights. Everyone just seems to be in a good mood, sitting on the steps and relaxing.

On a side note, I always look at this picture with amusement. This was the day that my friend Jen and I walked from Via Salviati (that’s one end of Florence!) to the laundrette to the train station to Academia (did not go in) to Uffizi (went in and walked through the rooms) to Ponte Vecchio to Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s no easy feat going up by food because it’s very steep! So after a lot of pit stops and the promise of gelato when we got up to the Piazzale, we made it! It forever amuses me to that we walked that much and that far! But again, well worth it!

it has come to this

UntitledIt has come to this. I am now a cliche: a crazy cat lady, albeit online and via app.

Out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I downloaded the game, Neko Atsume. It’s a very simple game–you just buy toys and refill food in your backyard for the cats to come. The cats will play with your toys and eat your food (that fat Mr Tubbs! We’ll get there) and will leave you gifts of silver or gold fish which you can use to buy more food and toys and eventually expand your garden and house. That is all there is to the game! You can further challenge yourself to get the rare cats to come over, collect the mementos, take funny photos, and so on.

I just started a few days ago and… what have I become?! I don’t even like cats, but the graphics of Neko Atsume are so cute and it’s fun to check out the cats coming over. They all have personalities and preferred toys. I have been going on Reddit and Quora to read up on other players’ tips and tricks on how to get more fish, which toys or goodies have the best return on investment or attracting the rare cats. So far, the only rare cat I’ve gotten is Tubbs (who, for some reason, I call “Mr Tubbs.” Did I mention you can rename the cats?), who always eats all the food and lazes around until he feels like it, but gives a whole lot of fish if you leave him alone (don’t refill the food while he is around or else he won’t give a lot of fish!).

Crazy, right? It’s a very simple game, and your only competition is yourself and what challenges you can come up to make the game fun. I’ve been playing this game and I think my biggest challenge is, aside from thinking which goodies have the best ROI, is to stop myself from checking my phone! Sometimes I don’t want to miss out on certain cats or seeing who popped by, since it can be checked via the Catbook, but still. There’s something so amusing and calming about watching cartoon cats hanging around your make-believe backyard.

like a hole in my head

I need another blog like I need a hole in my head.

I still have my old blog (it’s still here: pondering lifetimes)–and I can’t bring myself to delete it. I’ve been blogging on that site since 2002 until around 2012 (wow, that’s a decade of random thoughts and ramblings). Then I discovered microblogging. I loved Twitter from the onset for brevity and the immediate responses and… yeah, I kind of stopped blogging from then on.

But I miss blogging (akin to screaming into a void, hah). I still keep a written journal for thoughts that I don’t want to share to the world, my Tumblr account is my fangirl dump, Instagram and Pinterest for my visual diary… I realize blogging is a different format and is special unto itself. So here I am, again.