Irma's Planner Picks for 2015

There's no denying it, I love planners. Even in this smartphone era, I still use planners. In fact, I don't only have one but three or four in a year for different purposes. 

For 2015, I picked out these planners or calendars or journals. 

Three planners for 2015

I finally graduated from years of using Starbucks planners. I used the Philippine Starbucks planner this year as my prayer journal. But it was so distracting with all the literature on coffee. And it is not easy to customize with washi tapes because of its design. 

I decided then to find simpler and plain ones for next year. I have too many washi tapes and I would like put them in use. 

My first pick is the kikki.K Weekly Planner to serve as my main planner for 2015 to keep track of schedules, to-dos, important dates, etc. 

I love this brand which I learned from Fat Mum Slim's post. Yes, I had to order it from Australia. But it's just perfect as I want a weekly VERTICAL planner to organize my daily schedule. There are not many weekly vertical planners in Bangkok thus the need to source abroad. 

A big mistake though is the size. Lesson learned: Do not simply click on A5 thinking it is smaller than A4. I was surprised to see this large planner. It won't be easy to bring everywhere so the planner stays at home. 

My kikki.K weekly planner

My second pick is the Muji planner which will be my prayer journal. 

I love how basic it looks. And I like how the days are all on one side. That leaves with one page free for whatever I want to write. I'm thinking I'll put down my weekly verses here and list of prayer requests. 

Our family calendar

A dear friend gave me this kikki.K family calendar. When she saw it in the store, she knew I was meant to have it.

We are a family of four and our schedules are becoming crazy. Our eldest son's activities are just coming up one by one. Pretty soon our little Caleb will have schedules of his own. It is nice to see a large enough calendar with all our activities so we can sort our schedules out.  Love the stickers and the dinner planner. The menu planner is so me as I only cook one dish a day which is for dinner. 

And there you have it, my attempt at organizing our family life. Take note that I wrote down "organize" instead of plan. 

My biggest lesson this year is that I am not in control but God is. It's not about what I want for my life but what He wants. So whatever it is that He thinks is right for my family, I will write them down on these planners/calendars. 

How do you organize your year? What planners do you use if you ever use one?

My November 2014

I am back! Did not complete photos for September and was not inspired in October. 

But my favorite month is here so it is a good time to go back to FMS Photo-A-Day challenge. 

It is a better month. Started off difficult but it ended with all the good things. 

Happy to share my November with all of you --

1. Something blue (Back at this familiar restaurant, ordered my usual cappuccino and tried the cinnamon bun.)
2. I saw this! (My two loves sharing a moment together.)
3. Weather (It was a beautiful sunny morning in Bangkok. I need the ray of sunshine the sun brings.)
4. Can’t live without (I am usually exhausted by the end of the day taking care of these two boys. But when I am away from them, I miss them like crazy.)
5. 8 o’clock (The little one's bath time. And his OOTD awaits him. The Beatles shirt is for my mother who celebrates her birthday today.)
6. Made me smile today (Thailand celebrates Loy Krathong festival today. My preschooler brought home this "krathong" which he decorated.)
7. On the floor (It's my little explorer! Everywhere I turn now, I have to clean up Caleb's mess.)
8. A place (We ❤️ Kidzania.) 
9. Heck yes! (It's not even 8PM and we are ready for bed. It has been a very long day. Actually a very long two weeks.)
10. I do this every day (I read to my boys at night - even if they are asleep.)
11. A set (My Hello Kitty Momijis) 
12. Normal (My introvert personality has never been afraid to dine on my own. In fact, I look forward to times like this from time to time. It recharges me.)
13. Letters (Was at H&M earlier. Checked out the Alexander Wang collection and didn't see something I like.)
14. For me (One of the most thoughtful friend sent my family these. She knows me too well and sent me a family calendar and eyeshadow palette. Yay!)
15. Hot + Cold (Soft baked chocolate chip cookie topped with chocolate sauce & Hokkaido soft cream from Muteki by Mugendai. Yummy and sinful.) 
16. After (How we ended a really good Chinese meal.) 
17. Cooking (I hid these spinach in a pasta dish so my 5 year old can eat his vegetables.)
18. I love this (I swear by this product. What a time saver. I can be reading or writing and my nail polish comes without much effort. No more cotton balls. I just dip a finger and voila!) 
19. Whole (What we are juicing. Especially for Jed.)
20. Bright (My movie date with a Christmas tree we saw before watching Mockingjay.)
21. Shoes (Took a break from wearing Crocs/walking shoes and put on sandals. Met with mommy friends and had a great afternoon out.)
22. A favorite thing (Aaack! Bath & Body Works is opening in Siam Center soon. Just right above Sephora. Oh my poor budget.)
23. I made this (I love pancit. Since I cannot easily buy it here in Bangkok, I learned how to cook it. It's my toned down version of pancit sotanghon.)
24. I need to do this! (I am a planning freak. The year is about to end so time to plan for the next year. But the biggest thing I learned in 2014 is I am definitely not in control but God is.)
25. Time (Time is quickly passing by and I don't feel it. I have no sense of time lately. This is the clock at the BTS Siam Central station.)
26. Wall (Ooh, they put up frames on this wall of my neighborhood Starbucks store. This area used to be blank.)
27. I’m thankful for this… (It's my husband first week back at work after a couple of months of extensive treatment. The journey has been tough but his recovery is remarkable. We only have God to thank for that. We continue to pray for more good news.) 
28. Black (Swatching my black eyeliners. I realized these are the only black I have. I should get more then. But very happy with these two brands.)
29. So, this happened (After a couple of months, the four of us can go out again and enjoy our weekend.)
30. I bought this! (I buy produce and dairy items weekly. It has become a chore I'd rather not do. Dreaming one day all supermarkets in Bangkok would offer online grocery shopping.)

I am ready for December. It is going to be very busy. Looking forward to ending 2014 on a happy note. How was your November? 

Celebrating My 38th Birthday

This month, I turned 38. I have done it again, I put out my age out there. Why keep it a secret or worse lie about it? I have 38 years to be grateful for. I have the most wonderful and loving husband and am a mother of two sons. 

I almost didn't have a happy birthday. My husband's extensive treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer made him stay in the hospital towards the end. But God never fails, he was home on the evening of my birthday.

And after almost three weeks of being home alone with our sons and shuttling back and forth to the hospital, I had a "me" time. I always do that on my birthday, spend the day alone. 

Mommy.s Day Out

It was pamper and eat whatever time. My biggest achievement that day was a haircut. Sheesh, my last haircut was before I gave birthday to Caleb which was more than a year ago. My hair needed some TLC. 

And for dinner, I had a date with the love of my life. We walked to the office building next to our place and tried this fancy restaurant, The Capital by Water Library. I was so touched he agreed to go out for dinner for me despite that he hardly ate and he felt cold because of the anemia. It was one of the most memorable dinner dates we ever shared. 

The perfect way to end my day

God blessed me with amazing friends who made sure I get to celebrate my birthday.

Friends I have made in Bangkok

People who are close to me know my one wish is - complete healing of my husband from his cancer. I want nothing else. 

So there you have it folks.. God turned my birthday week into something memorable. 

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