5/19/2016 04:31:00 pm

What's in my Pencil Case

My pencil case is something that I always bring along when going for classes. However, these are not all the stationery I use- some stay in my pen holder beside my desk at home (but that's for another post). I thought you guys would like to know what I store in my pencil case. So, without further ado...

Writing pens: 
Pilot 0.5 Rexgrip Pencil
Pink | Orange | Light Blue | Emerald Green | Blue (x2) | Black 0.38 uniball signo DX.
0.5 Pilot Super Gel Blue/Black

I like to use the 0.38 uniball signo DX blue pen for writing the major parts of my notes, as well as in essays and exam papers, that's why I have two of them.

Mint Green Zebra Midliner
Pink | Orange | Yellow| Green| Purple Pilot SWSLR Spotliter
Blue Stabilo Flash
Just yesterday I had the chance to go to Popular (large chain of bookshops here) and checked out the Zebra Midliners a lot of studyblrs have been talking about/featuring. They were a bit on the pricey side, for highlighters ($1.95, compared to Spotliter's $1.20 and Stabilo Flash's $1.05). But since I found the highlighters a bit too glaring for me when I highlight my written notes, making it difficult to read them, I decided to try one of the midliners. The ink came out closer to a shade of light blue than green, but that's okay with me, I guess.

These highlighters, pens and pencil get a little unorganised in a pile when stuffed in my pencil case, and it takes awhile to navigate through all of those writing materials to find the pen that I'm looking for, so I figured out a way to 'organise' them, without changing my pencil case- by clipping them onto a piece of paper (folded many times).

(left to right, up to down)
Pencilcase and Miscellaneous
'icon HIGH SCHOOL' pencil case 
Green post-it pad
Pentel hi-polymer eraser
kangaroo stapler
Toyo Klic 5mm correction tape
Uni Pin Fine Line 0.05 Black pen
Sakura Japan White Gelly Roll pen
light purple | dull green | grey Clean Colour markers
uni 0.5 2B Leads
Casio fx-96SG PLUS calculator
Elsoon protractor, 
scrap paper for scrap notes
x2 SureMark 15cm ruler

The pencil case was bought 4 years ago at Popular when I started secondary school, they don't sell these any more. I like the kangaroo stapler which is collapsable, compact and convenient. The green post it pad is mainly for extra information to add into my notes.

That's it for today (and probably this week), guys! As you can see, that is quite a lot of items in a pencil case. I'm amazed myself that I can zip the case close.

This post is also on my studyblr.

5/15/2016 08:31:00 am


I've seen this term floating around in Catalina Blue's blog, but thought it was just a label on study. But recently I've seen photos of very neat desks with the notebook open revealing their neat notes, with colour coded pens and all that stuff... and I kind of got motivated.


5/12/2016 08:19:00 pm

I collect words

I collect words.

I've always been obsessed with those words in other languages that have meanings that English words lack. Or those that have been made up in attempt to describe a feeling or action.

It kind of started with a short film by Wong Fu Productions, on this Japanese word komorebi, which is:
komorebi 木漏れ日 [Japanese] -sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees

"There are certain words that are specific to a culture. Words that can't be translated directly into another language" -Komorebi, Wong Fu Productions

Here are some of my favourite words from my collection:

Jayus [Indonesian]-a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.

shirin-yoku 森林浴  [Japanese] - a visit to the forest for relaxation, a chance to stroll through nature and take in the atmostphere for one's well-being; lit. 'forest-bathing'].

gökotta [Swedish] - to wake up early in the morning to hear the first birds sing or to go outside to appreciate nature; literally 'dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong'.

psithurism - the sound of the wind through the trees.

la douleur exquise [French] - the exquisite pain of wanting the affection of someone you know you can never have.

natsukashii 懐かしい [Japanese] - of some small thing that brings you suddenly, joyously back to fond memories, not with a wistful longing for what's passed, but with an appreciate of the good times.

Eutony- the pleasantness of a word's sound. I think this is what Envy from her blog Lost in Translation meant.

l'espirit de l'escalier [French] - the feeling you get after leaving a conversation, when you think of all the things you should have said; lit, 'the spirit of the staircase'.

Iktsuarpok [Inuit] - the frustration of waiting for someone to turn up.

meraki [Greek] - to do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work.

Waldeinsamkei [German] - being in the woods and feeling connected to nature.

"It says a lot, don't you think? The language of different people can tell you what they find important in life" - Komorebi, Wong Fu Productions
In the same way, a person's favourite words can tell you what they find important in life.

These are some of the words that were referred from the internet, so it may not be very accurate. Do you speak another language? What are some words in that language that cannot be directly translated to English?

5/05/2016 08:50:00 pm

Youtube, I'm back!

I have been Youtubing on and off these few years.

As you can see, my video doesn't really focus on one area- I have some on music and some on science. And now I'm about to upload my first vlog. At least, I think it's a vlog. 

Here it is!

Also, I'm going to be changing my Youtube channel screen name (the username is already set and cannot be changed) to Ningo. Does that sound okay or a bit weird? What do you think?

Watch the video and comment below (or in Youtube) on what you think!