Ciao Selects: Favorite products I’ve bought during my travels 焦點嚴選:國外帶回來的好物

Great news! I’ve decided to launch a new series, called “Ciao Selects. “Ciao Selects (or in Chinese: 焦點嚴選) will be a way for me to organize (and share!) all my recommendations across the different lifestyle categories that I’m interested in.

This week, I’ve decided to talk about the best and worst products brought back from my travels. In this context ‘best’ refers to the items that are used most often, and ‘worst’ means rarely or never used, or simply just a waste of money.

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Habit Shifts: Money Matters, Experiences with a 30 Day Shopping Ban

My weakness: face masks made from all different kinds of ingredients

Around this time last year, I tried to exercise some financial discipline~ I instituted a 30-day shopping ban, where I would try to cut down on unnecessary or impulse shopping. When I first mentioned this challenge to some of my nearest and dearest, I asked them to list out things that I couldn’t buy, and here are some of their responses:

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Monthly Roundup: February 2019

Hello, hello! I’m back! The recent months have really tested my professional and emotional limits~ I’m not quite sure if I’ve fully recovered yet, but I’m hoping by returning to doing the things that I love, I will slowly regain my equilibrium. One of the big projects was a trip to the U.S.  I was lucky to have a day in one of my favorite cities~ where I bought four pairs of shoes to relieve the stress from working so much.

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See you in 2019!

Just dropping in to say a quick hello! I’m still here~ I’m just completely overwhelmed with year-end tasks at work. I definitely have new posts planned for 2019, so please pop by then. Meanwhile, as always you can follow me over on Instagram.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy holiday season!

Enjoy!

Monthly Roundup for October, 2018

The next few months for me are extremely deadline driven. I basically eat, work and sleep, with a little bit of a break on Sundays and Monday afternoons. Currently, I’m wrapping up projects from the previous year, while simultaneously working on new ones. It’s now gotten to a point where I’m having trouble keeping track of all my notes from each project, and I have papers flapping everywhere at work and at home. My solution for now is that I just put everything in one notebook, and use dividers to demarcate between each project.

I don’t know about you, but I never use up an entire notebook from start to finish with just one subject, so this method is a good way for me to get maximum mileage out of one notebook. Plus, the tabs are removable, so I just move them further back if I need more pages for a particular topic.  Such a simple solution, but I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to figure it out!

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Heritage Bakery & Cafe Pop-up Shop in Mitsukoshi A4, B2 (until October 31, 2018)

Information: Heritage Bakery and Cafe Pop Up Shop, Xinyi Mistukoshi  Department Store, B2 level.

Heritage Bakery and Cafe: Hankou Street, Section 1, No. 73-2, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District| Phone: 02 2311 1079| Website: |台北市中正區漢口街一段73號之2

Today, I interrupt all regularly scheduled programming to bring you the important news that Heritage Bakery has a pop up shop!  I’ve written about Heritage previously. Their dreamy pink guava chiffon cake constantly pops up in my daydreams… The great news is that until October 31st, you can find some of their classics right in their pop up shop, in the A4 building, B2 level of Mitsubishi department store.

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Product Review: My solution for a cake emergency~ the very chocolate cake from Gakuden (家庭聚會少不了的樂天麵包屋生巧克力蛋糕)

My role for most, if not all family gatherings is to “bring dessert.”  In the past, on occasion, I would either bake a vanilla bundt cake,  or a honey cake. In more recent times, I would whip up a quick batch of blueberry and lemon friands.  I love baking for these occasions, and I love watching my family members enjoy my desserts.

However, when the mid-Autumn moon festival rolled around this year, I was knee high in paperwork and other sundries of life, and simply could not find a spare moment to bake.  I thought of staying up late the night before to whip up something quick, but I couldn’t quite muster up the motivation or energy to do even that.  In my fog of exhaustion, I suddenly remembered a delicious slice of chocolate cake that I purchased on impulse on my way home after a tedious work meeting.

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Field Trip: Paper & Tea 柏林選茶

Information: Paper & Tea| Address: Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Alley 36, No. 18, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan| Phone:  02 2523 9860| Hours: 11:00am-9:00 pm| MRT Station: Zhongshan, Red or Green Line| 中山區中山北路二段3618

One of my favorite places in Taipei is the Zhongshan (中山)area.  It’s not as crowded as some areas in Taipei, and there is always something new to discover in the many lanes and alleyways off the main road.  The time, we visited Paper & Tea, which is a combination eatery and homewares shop.

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