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Hey! Should I be this happy/relieved that I didn’t get sick until after my trip to Asia? I don’t know. Well, I’m very much relieved that I didn’t get sick at all during my trip to Asia, but I did, however, get a cold & a fever when I got back home. My body just can’t adjust to the rapid climate change fast enough. It was super hot in China, then coming home, it was quite chilly, & that sent my body’s immune system into a tailspin, which resulted in myself catching a cold that became compounded with a small fever. I am now at 87% recovery, if you can claim regaining an appetite for Taco Bell fast food burritos to be a sign of good health. But hey, at least I’m back to the point where I can sit up long enough to write this blog post & not feel like the room is swaying, or like I want to physically recall what I ate for lunch. Yuck! Anyway, let’s get on with it then.

One thing I love to do whenever I travel to Asia is to stock up on a ton of stationery goods that would usually be imported, over-priced, & expensive back in The States. This is especially & exceptionally true whenever I go back to Japan (because everything made in Japan is so damn cute & resistance is futile). So, needless to say, I pretty much gorged myself silly while I was in Hong Kong & Guangzhou on stationery goods, as well as a bunch of souvenirs for friends & family. Did I ever mention to you that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE GIVING GIFTS??? Yes, I love to give presents to friends & family even when it’s not any special occasion. Hey, I can give as well as I can take…but I like to give more. Ok, I’m going to jump right into the thick of things & just post my G*d D*mn photos already.

hk stationery haul

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Pens

I am a Zebra Sarasa Gel Pen addict & fanatic, especially of the 0.5mm tip sized pens. I think I have nearly one of each color in the entire pen line. When I first saw the “pastel milk” series of pens at my favorite online pen shop, I nearly creamed my pants. I was tempted to buy every single pen right then & there, but ultimately decided to wait. However, when I finally saw these pens in Hong Kong, I could no longer resist them. I saw these pens at the popular bookstore chain JP Books (by Joint Publishing Hong Kong) near my hotel, so I grabbed every color I could get my grubby little hands on. Since they didn’t have the entire pastel milk series of colors on hand, these are the colors I chose:

  1. Yellow (not part of the color series)
  2. Milk White
  3. Milk Pink
  4. Milk Orange
  5. Milk Green
  6. Milk Red

Aaaannnd…do you know what’s the best part? The bookstore was having a “buy three gel pens get one free” event that day! Now, you know I won’t pass up that offer. However, here’s the catch: the “free pens” only come in black ink. You don’t get to choose your own “free pen”. These are the free pens I ended up picking:

hk stationery haul1

I also have a passion for washi tape. My storage box that I keep all my tapes in, which I named Pierre, is now full to the point of nearly bursting. The same goes for my pen box, which is named Leroy. Leroy got so full, I had to take away some unused & unwanted pens to make room for my new additions. Now, I’m not saying that I’m exactly a stationery hoarder, but I’m getting there. I’d much rather say that I’m an avid collector.

hk gz stationery haul

washi tapes

Some of the washi tapes I got at JP Books in Hong Kong. Others I got at a different bookstore called Eslite Bookstore in Hong Kong. The rest of them I got at a third bookstore called “方所书店” (a.k.a. Fang Suo / a.k.a. Commune) in Guangzhou. These are the designs I chose:

  1. London print
  2. Pink cherry blossoms
  3. Metallic gold Japanese geometric pattern (this metallic color is more bronze)
  4. Blue & Red plaid pattern (this pattern is a comedic parody to the cheap plastic woven shopping bags popular in Hong Kong)
  5. Metallic gold with white pin-stripes (this metallic color is more yellow-gold)
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Sanrio washi tapes

I should also note that I am a Sanrio fanatic (more accurately, a “purist” fan). I’ve been an avid fan & collector of Sanrio goods since the early 1980s. My sister’s biological father used to manufacture goods for Sanrio, so my sister would get a lot of free goodies from her dad when she was younger. As she grew older, she would pass down a lot of her unwanted stuff to me, which I cherished greatly. Also, I would get a lot of cool & unique Sanrio gifts from all of my aunties & uncles from Japan, which turned me into an instant fanatic. So, obviously when I saw these washi tapes, I snatched them up immediately. Ok, I’ve seen these tape designs in the U.S., but they’ve always been too expensively priced, so when I saw how affordable they were in Hong Kong, I bought them right away. These were the designs I chose:

  1. Sanrio characters with a vintage stamp pattern
  2. Timeline of Hello Kitty designs
  3. Hello Kitty’s family & friends pattern

I saw one roll of tape with a pattern of Hello Kitty faces in a neon colored artsy avant garde design, but I didn’t get it because I thought it looked too weird, & I probably wouldn’t use it in any of my DIY craft projects. I am a purist Hello Kitty fan at heart, & I covet the very traditional Hello Kitty style from the 1980s & 1990s, NOT the new, modern designs of Hello Kitty wearing rocker clothes or wearing “nerdy” glasses.

On top of pens & craft tape, I also got a few greeting cards. I love the unique designs of greeting cards from Asia. A lot of the cards will have intricate cut-paper patterns or a cool pop-up effect. Plus, they don’t cost much more than U.S. based Hallmark greeting cards. Most of the cards I chose were birthday cards, since those are the category I tend to use the most. I also got my friend a “new baby” card, since he became a new dad two months ago. These are the birthday cards I chose:

hk cards collage

birthday greeting cards

How could I write a stationery blog post without including the most important item of all? S-T-I-C-K-E-R-S! Yes, folks! I bought even more stickers. My sticker box, Trevor, is almost bursting at the seams as well, & he is already huge! Jian says I have a sticker problem, but I think buying more stickers is a great solution to my problem. These are the stickers I chose:

hk stationery haul2

my sticker hoarding continues

  1. Motor scooters
  2. Chocolate bars (this sticker has some metallic elements)
  3. Sail boats (actual stickers are primary colors, not neon colors)
  4. Pink cherry blossoms with cats
  5. Tea cups, saucers, & plates (this sticker has some metallic elements)
  6. Korean lovely bear
  7. Shiba Inu & Japanese theme
  8. Miscellaneous animals
  9. Metallic schedule stickers with borders, frames, gems & ribbons
  10. Schedule stickers for the calendar
  11. Metallic seal stickers with message: Especially For You

When I was in Guangzhou, Jian took me to the modern art museum that recently opened. It was beautiful, & we learned quite a bit of history about the city. I originally had no intention of buying anything from the gift shop, but Jian encouraged me to buy these fun name stamps. Of course, he just wanted me to buy the stamp pad with his name, but I ended up getting more than just that. These stamps are cool because you can pick whichever stamp base you’d like, & all of the stamp pads can be interchanged. (They were also cheap as hell & extremely kitschy, so why not?) I chose these stamp bases & stamp pads:

gz stationery haul

staaaaamps!

  1. Limited edition “Year of the Monkey” base
  2. Asian girl (which coincidentally resembles the Korean cartoon character Pucca)
gz stationery haul1

If you can read Chinese characters, congratulations! You’ve figured out our names. 😐

  1. Jian’s surname
  2. Year of the Monkey (this came with the monkey base)
  3. My mom’s maiden name (got this for my mom, just for fun)
  4. My surname (or is it? Mwahaha!)

We are getting towards the end of this blog post. No, wait! I have one more thing to show you. Well, it’s not exactly stationery related. Actually, it has nothing to do with stationery at all, but I thought I’d include it in this post because, a. it’s a part of all the crap stuff I brought back, & b. it won’t fit anywhere else. Now, I normally don’t post anything about beauty or makeup, but I recently found out that one of my all-time favorite Japanese brands MUJI now carries their own beauty & makeup products. I only picked out three things to start because I don’t normally wear makeup, but I wanted to try them out. In the U.S., most, if not all, of our MUJI shops do not carry the full line of cosmetics (nor do they carry the awesome line of food products & groceries made by MUJI). These were the items I chose to try out:

hk muji mini haul

Me so pretty!

So far, I’ve only tried the cuticle oil & the nail care oil, & I must say that I am in love with them! They work really well, & none of these products were even wallet draining. If the lip gloss works just as well as the other beauty products, then I’m so glad I took a chance to try these items. For those of you who don’t know what the first two items are, 1. cuticle oil is supposed to moisturize the skin around your finger nails to prevent unwanted dryness & peeling, which makes the hands look sloppy & unkempt, & 2. nail care oil often gives your finger nails a healthy looking shine & is supposed to strengthen your nails to prevent brittleness & chipping. Of course everybody knows what lip gloss is used for. It’s for you to eat. No. It’s for kissing. No. It’s makeup. Duh.

Well, that concludes the end of this long-winded blog post about stationery. I still have to post my pictures from my trip, but I am still sorting through all of them, & I’m editing the photos Jian has shared with me, so that’s going to take a while. Plus, I’m still getting over the last remnants of my recent illness. I promise you, my immune system is not as weak as I make it seem. I am a healthy person, & haven’t gotten ill this many times in a rather long stretch of years. I just don’t know why I’ve been prone to getting ill so easily in the more recent months. I’ve been taking good care of my body & myself, & I will continue to do so. Until then, cheers!

Today’s song of the day:

“The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” by Death Cab for Cutie

The Ghosts of Beverly Drive

 


I love this word! I just wrapped up reading a particular book series written by a wonderful author, & this word was all over this book series.  In this series, this word had various meanings, but it mostly conveyed the unspoken feelings of love. The last book in this series truly made my heart melt. I just finished reading it today, & I’m about to go back & read the book all over again (yep, that’s how much I enjoyed the last book).

I picked this word to be my favorite word this time around because this particular book series really tugged at my heartstrings, & I’ve been thinking about the storyline lately, letting my imagination & my daydreams to run amok inside my head. This word, crossfire, really sums up how I feel about the series, just like how the main male character feels about the main female character in this series. Crossfire conveys what I dare not say aloud, yet feel from the inside out.

I don’t usually like to chat about the books I read. Most of these books are of a very specific genre that I don’t like to openly talk about, which is my way of saying that I’m too shy to admit that I enjoy reading this specific genre of books (most of which Jian would call “bean flickers”). However, with this particular word that I’ve chosen, I guess I basically just outed myself to the whole world & announced quite obviously that I read books of a certain flowery genre, & while I’m on a roll of announcing things, I will thoroughly admit that I am a fan of this author & her storyline in this particular book series. Therefore, I choose this word. Cheers…no, wait. CROSSFIRE.

Today’s song of the day

“Crossfire” by Brandon Flowers (of The Killers)

 

sticky-def

I was thinking about this word the other day & had mixed feelings. What triggered me to focus my thoughts on this particular word? I was watching the Hugh Grant Drew Barrymore movie “Music & Lyrics“. One of the main characters in the movie is a young, hip & famous Pop singer, who in one particular scene, was describing her background beats as being sexy & sticky. I don’t know exactly why that scene got me all worked up over the word sticky. I guess deep various thoughts just flow when one is taking a soothing bath & watching a Netflix movie on their iPad.

On one (clean) hand, this word…STICKY…it gives me the creeps; it grosses me out. I don’t think I’m a full-fledged germaphobe. However, I DO have a particular habit of liking &/or wanting things to be clean. When I think of sticky things, I tend to think of nasal snot (not the polite mucus kind, but the gross, rip through the tissue kind), boogers, gooey muck on one’s hands (i.e. toothpaste, glue/adhesives, hair gel, etc.) & so on. 

I also tend to think of sticky, clingy clothes in humid weather. Since I’m going to Asia in two months, that’s about all I can focus on whenever I think about packing for my two week trip. Oh, the humidity! I think about how frizzy & birds nest-y my hair will become, & how my face will be so sticky & greasy, & how my clothes (no matter how flow-y or baggy) will just cling to all of the unflattering contours of my not-so-trim body (among the sea of lithe model-like Hong Kong youthful women). Oh, the humanity humidity!

(As I’m typing this paragraph, I have noticed myself constantly breaking in between words to rub my hands together as though I am trying to brush off some imaginary substance that has sullied up my palms.)

On the other (equally clean) hand, this word prompts me to think of cute & sweet things, like my 6-year old niece & her love of all things sugary & chocolatey. My niece constantly has sticky hands, but it’s usually from eating so much sugary candy & her favorite treat of all, chocolate. Whenever I’m around my niece (& also my 7-year old nephew), I am always wiping her hands with an anti-bacterial wet wipe (that I always keep in my purse) or a napkin.  Thinking about the word sticky in this sense has me imagining, or perhaps daydreaming, about delicious desserts with chocolate or caramel sauces, whipped cream, & other delectable confections. I am getting hungry just thinking about desserts, & I love to eat dessert!

Finally, I also associate the word sticky with a topic a little more adult related. Yes, I’m talking about that three letter you-know-what word. One can describe that act as being sticky, or involving sticky aspects/things. If one is engaging in such a sticky act, it must surely be quite sultry & detailed indeed. I’m not going to go into too much detail because that would just be a little to saucy & tart for this blog post that includes a little blurb about my innocent & adorable niece. I will just finish here, & you can let your own imagination run amok. Cheers.

Today’s song of the day:

“At Least We Got To the Race” by Ben Sidran

got to the race

fluff-def

I have recently been thinking a lot about this word, mostly because I just bought a new set of pillows for my bed, & I am so utterly in love with these new pillows. It’s crazy how much I am in love with my bed pillows. They are so perfect for me, & so… F-L-U-F-F-y! I love how this one word nicely describes just how my pillows feel, fluff-y. Also, I like this word because it reminds me of all things soft, cute, cuddly & pastel colored. When I think of this word, I often conjure up images of puffy white rabbit tails & the rosy cheeks of newborn babies. This word also gets me thinking about whipped cream toppings, cotton candy, & overflowing bubble baths. I even enjoy saying the word. The word, as you pronounce it out loud, even sounds like its own definition: light & downy. Writing this blog post about this word has got me itching to climb into bed & snuggle with my new pillows, & I think I’m going to do just that. Cheers!

Today’s song of the day:

“Pork and Beans” by WEEZER

milk-def

I love to drink milk (just plain, not flavored like chocolate, strawberry, soy, or almond). I also love the word “milk”. Well, this is actually the verb “to milk”, but I enjoy the action word anyway. There is one specific book on my tablet’s e-reader app that uses this word frequently. I have probably read this book well over a dozen times, & I never get sick of it. This particular book is one of my all-time favorites (even though it’s not one of our history’s classic works of literature, or a Pulitzer prize winner). I always find myself going back to re-read my most favorite parts of the book, which coincidentally, often contain the word “milk” in them. Referring to the cold beverage as well as the action word, I find the word “milk” to be quite sexy & a little erotic. I’d like to use this word more in my everyday vocabulary…if only others would not interpret my words as smutty innuendo. Let’s see if I can try to use this word more, hm…? Cheers!

Today’s song of the day:
“The Riot’s Gone” by Santigold
riots gone santigold

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