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.

Chinese New Year was in full swing by the time I arrived back home. I did some cleaning~ you know about my past attempts with various clutter reducing methods (documented here and here).  For me, tt’s very much a work in progress. According to this recent article in the Atlantic, about the early adopters of the Marie Kondo method, apparently, I am not alone in my struggles. This time, I tackled some truly befuddling items, such as this notebook that I use to keep track of the beauty products that I’ve purchased.

After much thought, I’ve decided to let this notebook (and the habit) go, because I realized that I was accumulating a backlog of clutter of packaging waiting to be documented. In reality, I could easily just maintain a Pinterest page of the products.

Another confusing pile was this stack of receipts leftover from my previous trip to Japan.  I think I intended to scrapbook them, or something, but of course, I haven’t had the time. To be honest, if I haven’t had time to do it in the year or so that I’ve returned, I probably will never make the time to do it.

One of my friends mentioned that she had an epiphany during the Chinese New Year holiday, and ended up throwing out most of the items leftover from the past 20-30 years of her life. She only ended up keeping three meaningful photographs, which she looks at every day. I’m not sure if I’m quite at that stage yet, but I think I’m leaning in that direction.  That same weekend, I took out about 4 bags of recycling downstairs, filled with files, old notebooks and other papers.

I rewarded myself for my efforts with an iced tea and a bouquet of my favorite flowers…hopefully I’ve started a step in the right direction for this year. I’ll keep you posted!



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!


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!

Another noteworthy mention for October is that I’ve also started receiving paper magazine subscriptions again. I had forgotten how luxurious it feels to page through the pages of a magazine. (Somehow swiping pages through an iPad screen doesn’t quite feel the same). Currently, I have subscriptions to  Monocle and The New Yorker. Monocle is a monthly issue, while The New Yorker is a weekly issue. It feels so decadent to read them at a quiet coffee shop on Sundays.

One of my absolute favorite moments of this month was seeing “A Star is Born.”  Quite honestly, I went for Bradley Cooper, but I ended up being absolutely awestruck by Lady Gaga.  I bought the soundtrack off of iTunes as soon as I left the theatre, and have been listening to it on repeat since.

But in addition to being enthralled by the music, what also resonated with me was the underlying messages of the movie; your accomplishments in life depend on your own hard work and dedication, but also by the types of people that you choose to surround yourself with. Those people can contribute and support your ascent, or send your hurtling to your descent.  At the end of the day, you hope that the person that you care about the most sees you, understands you, and admires you for the person that you are, and for whatever your contribution is to the world.


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.

The pop up shop is located in the food court level of the A4 building. Even though it’s a small shop you will be able to find their signature desserts, such as the guava chiffon cake (Guava Delight) and carrot cake, and also their decadent cinnamon rolls. Two new types of cake that can also be found exclusively at the pop up are the Pink Guava Cheesecake and their caramel chocolate cake.

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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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Review: Visit Minuit, Taipei for your midnight dessert cravings 深夜裡的法國手工甜點

Information: Minuit| Address: Nanchang Road, Section 2, No. 207-1, Taipei, Zhongzheng District| MRT: Guting Station (Green line) Exit 2, 1 minute walk |台北市中正區南昌路二段207-1號(捷運古亭2號出口步行1分鐘)

One day, I noticed an intriguing ad on Facebook… something about a secret dessert place…where they only serve desserts at midnight?  I did a little sleuthing online, and found out it was quite a complicated process, involving lining up at midnight, in a dark office building, which to be honest, sounded a little creepy to me.  So I promptly forget about the idea.  However, a few months, later, I saw this video on their Facebook page, announcing the opening of their shop.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I knew I had to visit!

I was relieved to see that the shop now has a front door located on the first floor. The shop is open on Wednesdays from 2pm-7:00 pm, and from 4:00 pm to midnight on other days of the week.  It’s just a takeaway shop, so you pop in through one door, order the dessert that you would like, and rush home to eat it before the cream melts.

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