*Nope, this post has not been sponsored by Monefy or anything (unfortunately? haha); this is just my personal opinion.*
For many university students, living on your own is the first big step to adulthood, which comes with being independent, learning to enjoy your sole company, taking into account mundane tasks such as doing the laundry… and managing your finances. And unless you have been well-educated about the subject, this can be quite a challenge especially with such a small allowance, which ends up mostly in rent, utilities and food. And sometimes, even that RM1 daily coffee can accumulate to a lot at the end of the month, which will make you wonder: “Where did my money go?”
If you have no choice but to learn the art of budgeting on your own, by trial and error, like me, the dexterity of dividing your allowance, however small, effectively, then I’d strongly recommend you to try out Monefy! 🙂 It’s a simple and colourful money-tracking app that I’ve been in love with and been using for the past few months.
There is a much better app in the US called Mint, which is a money-tracking app which connects to your bank accounts, but I’m unfortunately in Malaysia, so every night, I sit down on my bed, receipts of the day around me, manually keying the information of my expenses in the app.
Continue reading “‘Where Did My Money Go?’ How I Track My Finances With Monefy”
I’m on my last week of exams and I’m able to squeeze in some time to finally announce that I ended up eating all of my Japanese snacks! Therefore, here’s PART 2 of ‘Discovering Japanese snacks!’, which involved buying lots of Japanese sweets and try them out, because eating has become one of my dominant hobbies here in Malaysia. 😉
If you haven’t read Part 1 and want to go through it before scrolling through this post, click HERE to have a look!
Here we go for my mini reviews of the last 4 Japanese snacks:
1. Lotte Koalas March Cookies
Classic Japanese’s definition of cookies, filled with mouth-melting chocolate. This definitely reminded me of my childhood favourite: Hello Panda! I love how the cookie part was crunchy and actually quite easy to break due to its surprising thinness, but without being too soft. It was cooked just right. The chocolate was as enjoyable as one would on biting on any Hello Panda cookie.
Continue reading “Discovering Japanese Snacks! (Part 2)”
It might be because the NBC series Hannibal has started, that makes me want to indulge in exclusive fancy/expensive foods (last year was berries). (Because Japanese foods are pricey in Malaysia T.T except the Daiso quality ones haha).
It might also be because I want to explore another dominant aspect of Japanese culture, knowing that I’m still especially completely in love with Japanese food, and the fact that the more I dived into the semester, the less time and thought I put into cooking, so I only ended up repeating the same easy recipes I had learnt (busy and heavy university life, guys).
Anyway, on one evening, about one hour before the shops would close, I had a crazy Japanese snacks shopping spree!
(If you are on a budget, like me actually oops, don’t do this at home, unless you’re in Japan, I guess? Or unless you don’t mind spending your savings on food.)
Oh I bought all of this just in time for the exams period 🙂
The stores I went to were the famously Japanese shop, Shojikiya, and the typical AEON supermarket.
By the time this post is going to be published, I would have tried all of them and therefore, now, I am going to review every one of them down below!
Continue reading “Discovering Japanese Snacks! (Part 1)”
After months of an internal conflict between watching the movie ‘Lucy’ for psychological curiosity purpose and not watching it because it is based on a scientific myth (that we used only 10% of our brains), I finally gave it a go and YOLO, I watched it, not expecting anything extraordinary.
Well, erm. Verdict… Continue reading “Why I Believe that ‘Lucy’ is Misunderstood”
The fourth season of ABC’s television series, ‘Once Upon A Time’, is upon us. If you love modern adaptations of classic fairy tales, this is the cherry on the top of the cake. As you run through each episode, try to identify all of the children’s stories the producers integrated throughout the storyline: it makes a viewer’s experience more interesting. What is also appealing in the series is the contemporary, but somehow still ideal, approach towards gender and socio-cultural issues.
- Equal rights in a romantic relationship
Ever dreamt of living in a world where women are the ones to ask men for a date without the fear of being considered as ‘weird’ or of humiliating the male ego? Well, Emma Swan makes the first move to make this a reality by – finally – asking Killian (a.k.a. Captain Hook) out officially in the fourth season. An equal compromise was maintained when the latter offered to choose the restaurant. Moreover, they are business associates, looking after each other’s backs. Besides, the fact that Emma is the town sheriff, therefore the one with higher social power, does not seem to disturb the Captain, or anyone else in Storybrooke for that matter, which leads us to the next point…
Continue reading “4 Reasons Why Contemporary Feminists Have To Watch ‘Once Upon A Time’”
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I’ve been using Blogger for some months and I was pretty surprised to see such a “dynamic” improvement. First of all Blogger has recently launched a new Blogger interface – new dashboard design. Then came these dynamic views! It just didn’t seem like Blogger. These themes are awesome!
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It’s been a while since I’ve been reading Nora Roberts and recently I’ve borrowed one of her books: Blood Brothers; and I’ve thought about making a sort of praise and critic Nora Roberts post. Therefore…
What I like about her:
She knows how to capture her readers – whether they be horror books fan or romance book fans. Her writing is defined and beautiful. She has the ability to write about anything really… fortunately for me because I don’t like 100% romantic books… but at the same time she is faithful to what she has already decided: to write romance books. She knows her subject very well and does some research before writing. Very easy to read and description doesn’t make one sleep… 🙂
What I don’t like about her:
Her romantic stories are too… well too dreamy, “soulmates”-like, unrealistic… and when I read her books it hurts because I know it just can’t be like that in real life. She always follow the same pattern: if she writes a trilogy there are 6 main characters: 3 men and 3 women – and in each book Nora tells the story of each couple. After some time you get bored with her novels because you already know this pattern – therefore no unexpected turnover of the romantic story, no cheating 😉 then you better prefer and concentrate on the background story i.e. the horror included one or mystery included one… 🙂
Thus her single books are better as the romantic story in them are more profounded and better told… but not for me because I don’t like romance ^^ compared to the trilogies which are full of different themes!