Nov 19, 2012

Pretty Little Things #15

Another idea by sweet Angela. It works wonders, being greeted by this in the foggy early morning! :)

Nov 13, 2012

Pretty Little Things #14

Japanese fried noodles in classic Yakisoba sauce. I could eat tons of them!

Nov 6, 2012

All Stars Guest Post: DEM From Thoughts & Exploration

I'm so happy to be able to publish such a lovely post - another round of Philofaxy All Stars Guest Posts! This time it's from Deborah, and as it's always with her, it's thoughts-provoking (and enabling!) post with her trademark brilliant-photos - you must check her beautiful, beautiful blog for more!

I’m really pleased to be a guest poster on Vanja’s lovely blog.  Thank you, Vanja!!  I enjoy reading this blog and decided to focus my post on an experiment that Vanja wrote about here.  The formula for falling in love…with a Filofax…so here goes!

Since discovering Filofax I’ve purchased a total of three Pocket Filofaxes – a spring green Chameleon, a grey Malden, and a brown Kendal.  I’ve sold all but the Kendal.  After reading the formula for falling in love I decided to apply that formula to the Kendal.

I moved into the Kendal a couple of weeks ago.  I was excited to pull it out of the box and actually start using it because the leather is just sooooo gorgeous!  Here he is along with his big brother:

How can you resist that leather???

This is the formula that I used during my two weeks:


I first stripped Kendal of his calendar.  I have to say that it was a bit of a wrestling match!  He just fought me all the way!  He didn’t want to stay open for me which was a bit frustrating.  I think it is fair to say that our relationship began on rocky footing.

Then I pulled out the wallet that I had been using – Saddleback Leather’s Big Wallet.  Take a gander at the difference in size!  As soon as I put these two together I started to worry.  How was I going to get everything from my Big Wallet into this FF?

 Just look at all the space in my Big Wallet!

After wrestling with Kendal I wasn’t about to give up so I squeezed things into him and ended up with this:

I placed 4-5 cards in the top open envelope.  The three card slots on the inside left fit two cards in each slot.  So it turns out that I was able to fit everything in but it was cramped.  I placed my loose change in the back zip pocket and my dollar bills in the back outside pocket.

I carried this handsome Filofax in my purse and took it everywhere with me for two whole weeks.  I had it in hand when enjoying a fall weekend day at the pumpkin patch with my family, I used it to pay for my wonderful husband’s birthday dinner, I had it with me each time I headed to Starbucks for my yummy coffee drinks, etc.  All things that brought me much pleasure...

But after two weeks of using this stud of a Filofax, he just couldn’t win my heart as a wallet, and unfortunately I don’t prefer the Pocket size as my planner; I’m a Personal-size kinda gal. 

So now what?  I’ve moved back into my Big Wallet and Kendal has been lovingly placed back into his box.  I fear that I won’t pull him out again. 

I’m seriously contemplating selling him to someone who will use him.  Is there any interest out there?  If so, feel free to contact me at
The good thing is that at least I tried.  Now I won’t wonder whether or not I could learn to love and use a Pocket FF.  Thank you, Vanja for encouraging me to give it a try!

Deborah, thank you for sharing the experiment - and like I already told you, with a fine wallet like this, many popular Filofaxes would loose the match, I'm sure! SO it is obvious which one gave you more pleasant encounters so far! :)I hope you sell the Kendal soon and successfully!

Nov 5, 2012

Pretty Little Things #13

My beloved Yi Xing mugs - one for the Green Guardian and the other for the Long Jing. 
And they really do make the difference!!!

Nov 4, 2012

A Year!!!

Last year, on this day, my first post on this blog was published. The first post is now reverted to drafts for some reasons, but the rest is - still here! :)  

The thank you goes to you, all my readers, for your great support, for your company and for teaching me so much so far!  **

                                                    The picture is borrowed from here.