Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pickings from Corpick

Oh Corpick (✿ฺ´∀`✿ฺ) 

All the quirky whimsical (and functional, I guess you really can have it all) homeware and personal goods that I'd love to have in my dream home. Founded back in 2011, Corpick is Malaysia’s first modern home and gift online store offering over 700 high-quality goods made from all around the globe! All are designed and crafted with the principles of quality and affordability in mind. In fact, 95% of their products are priced below RM500.00 and available exclusively only on Corpick Store in Asia as part of their devoted effort to make homes far more livable, interesting and personal. 

As the first step towards a beautiful home (also the best gift for any independant individual out there!), here's a little present from the generous folks from Corpick. Corpick is giving out RM50 Gift Card to spend on anything in their store - with no minimum spend required (HURRAH!). Just be the first 250 to email to receive the gift card okay! #waitwhat

Read on for a sneak peek of my fave items!

I've always wanted to move out. I've said this so many times before that you're probably tired of hearing this again. It's the mind-numbing traffic that's drawing out all the sunshine rainbows and unicorns from my soul. That, and I like the idea of absolute freedom in my own personal space. I've given this matter so much thought since I started working in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, one of my favourite stuck-in-traffic past times is to daydream on my ultimate dream home. For years though I've been telling friends that there are three things I absolutely MUST HAVE in my own home.

The first, a mini bar. Hello Kahlua, hello Malibu Rum. Nothing too fancy schmancy, just a little space for my happy hour times. Even if I wanted fancy I probably shouldn't, given the rate at which I knock into furnitures and break stuff around the house fml an interesting, functional space in a small corner would suffice. Look, like this.

Image from Pinterest

"Mom's coming, quick, hide the drinks!" 
The perfect storage made from solid European wood.

Coloured box purple from Corpick.

Secondly, a bathtub. BECAUSE BATHTUB. Who doesn't like taking long relaxing baths. I'll have tons of bath bombs and salts and scrubs and foams right next to it for the ultimate bathtime playtime. I'd totally keep the bathroom decor simple and have scented candles all over. Ah can totally imagine this in my head already. Hahahaha I also got this close to saying that I want a bookshelf next to the bathtub too, then it hit me that the humidity level in Malaysia could turn it into a mini moss garden. Oh well.

Image from Pinterest.

Let's not forget bright fresh flowers in a delightful vase.
The name of this vase is irresistable. Clouds and sky, so dreamy ♥

Clouds and Sky Vase from Corpick.

Mirrors are a must, duh.  The bigger, the better.
The frame reminds me of boats alongside beaches in Kanagawa, Japan.

Colour Mirror 4 from Corpick.

If I can't have a bookshelf in the bathroom,
I shall insist on pop of colour regardless.

Big Top Bookend Orange from Corpick

Third, a mini garden. Love lush greens and brightly colored flowers(ノ´∀`)Daisies, sunflowers, poppies, hibiscus, lavender, more sunflowers! Zero knowledge on how to grow these stuff but well, I could learn. Pretty sure there are tons of youtube tutorials on nature and stuff. I don't even need a proper garden garden, just some balcony space and lots of plant pots, thank you.

Image from Pinterest.

Strategically-placed vintage lanterns with lit candles at night.

Lantern Indi from Corpick.

Perhaps some whimsical plates for an Alice in Wonderland vibe.
Also for snacks and sweet treats while enjoying the fresh garden air.

Cat Plate and Rabbit Plate from Corpick.

Corpick believes that there shouldn't be anything more important than your home and the people around you, and I absolutely agree with this point of view. If I can have a comfortable, delightful home to go home to every day with my loved ones, ain't no insane city traffic is going to bring me down. Stay tuned to Corpick's Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates and dream home inspirations! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



Boo. Not fun so far. One whole month in Japan, damn that was good.

Found this draft hanging about unpublished, written on the night before I fly off. 

Thought I'd share it now as I reflect on the past month spent in Japan and the incredible experiences. Being back home though, and settling back into my usual routine, it feels as if the last few weeks were nothing but a dream. Strange feeling. I want to cling on to the memories as much as possible, and keep the good feelings alive for as long as I can.

Anways, here's what I wrote on the night of 6th April 2014.

Okay lah one more just before I fly off.

The past week have been gooooood. It's been way too long since I get to sit back and relax with absolutely no worries. A year and half actually. Holidays were never really holidays and day offs were never really day offs when you're almost always on call. Eh macam doktor dah tetiba hahahaha am glad I made this decision for myself though, to quit my job without any real backup plan and just take a week off to chill (meaning to run all pending errands only do-able during weekdays) and a month off to travel around my favourite country - Japan.

It's scary, that's for sure, and you know I'm not too fond of stepping out of my comfort zones. But it was absolutely necessary, to push myself in this direction and take that damn risk for once. I didn't really realize the need for me to take action until a few moments too late, and thinking back, it could have been that casual conversation at an event that sparked the revelation. In the chaos of everyday life, it feels as though I've lost myself along the way in a pursue of - what exactly? Career progression? Financial independence? Self-actualization? Happiness? Blood, sweat and tears were poured without restraint but at the end of the day, I am nowehere near. The minute details were so thus magnified that I was blinded to the bigger picture of my life. This is the opportunity to make things right again, to reset my entire self and start afresh.

This is not happiness (yet) but at least it's one step forward, one step closer.

So what have I been up to this entire slack week? Mostly running errands, preparing for my trip, meeting friends, watching lots of tele and rewatching the old Arashi variety shows for Tokyo location spotting hahahaha I was so excited to catch the cherry blossoms in Japan this year, anxiously monitoring all the sightings on my Instagram feed and hoping everyday that it'll continue to bloom until my arrival. Well, as luck goes, just found out yesterday that the cherry blossoms have started falling off since a few days ago. It damn well broke my heart, but I've chosen to accept it and be grateful that I'll still be spending a month in Japan in the springtime. I'll be grateful, I am grateful, cherry blossoms or no cherry blossoms. *determined

Funny how things turn out in the end huh (✿´‿`) 

I need some time to arrange my thoughts right now, and well, I still have yet to finish documenting on this blog my previous trips to Japan from two years ago wtf so don't keep your hopes up high on much news from this trip, as much as I am sorely tempted to. I'll try to catch up on things as best I can. Anyways starting new job tomorrow, much excited! 

Here's to new beginnings!