what’s on my playlist?

One’s a Kiwi. The others are Brits.

I won’t overthink nor oversimplify the songs. But the first time I hear these, I was drawn to the lyrical content synced with (mostly) electronic pop sounds. One word: brilliant.

Lorde and Bastille are great artists making great music.

Lorde is gaining international recognition, much more than Bastille. Google Lorde and see her music top international charts in less than two years. Now, how’s that for a (nearly) 17-year old?! Anyway, I do hope fame doesn’t get in her head and she continues to do good music.

On to Bastille. Seriously, they remind me of the 80s. I like it. Led by frontman Dan Smith, they are a British indie rock band formed in London. However, with them receiving four nominations at the 2014 Brit Awards, they have officially gone mainstream. No problem with me, as long as they grow with their music style without compromise.

Enjoy the playlist!

coffee or tea?

Tea.

I have indulged in coffee way too much, I decided to slightly distance myself from it. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the first time I’m into drinking tea. I’ve been (drinking tea), but my go-to drink ever since was coffee. Like comfort food, coffee has always been an upper for days wherein I’m in dire need for hype (which is like EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.) But it’s time to inject some changes around my system.

Sort of.

Thus, the need to further explore coffee’s close relative. So as soon as I found out the discounted price* (of tea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, CBTL) via Taste Central, I took the plunge.

CBTL_VanillaCeylon

My “go-to” drink lately, Vanilla Ceylon goes well with milk. This had me at first sip. This has a sweet aroma and has rich vanilla flavor (obviously).

CBTL_AfricanSunrise

African Sunrise is a full-bodied flavor tea with a delightfully sweet and creamy aroma.

The other one I purchased was Lung Ching Dragonwell, a green tea with mild flavor which I find perfect for relaxation or nightcaps. I’ve only purchased three tin cans for now, but going into research, I’m quite surprised with the many, many types of flavored teas (CBTL offers a LOT!) I’m thinking, this experimentation may actually take a longer while. 🙂 Hah! Here’s to looking forward to many more awesome tea variants.

(And just to be clear, I’m not deviating from coffee. It’s just me being adventurous with my caffeine fix!)

*Price has been one hesitation for me to join the tea drinkers’ bandwagon. To get quality tea, there’s a certain price to be paid. I’m not a snob. Obviously, I buy tea in supermarkets; however, mostly offered are black teas with limited variants and it’s not enough should you wish to experience a wide range of tea flavors.

the room project never ends

I’m turning Martha Stewart.

It started as a room project approximately two-three years ago, with the goal of a “minimalist and clutter-free” vibe. I’m not exactly there yet, but I’m happy to say little by little, I am (getting there). I would love to share photos of the project (included in my 2014 bucket list), but for the mean time, I’m doing an online board of my “must-buys” (Edit: Already did this evening!):

Alice_Blue

Alice Blue Scented Candles

Portable Book Reading Stand

Portable Book Reading Stand

Food Container

Food Container. Yes, that included especially when you are tired from work and just want to relax on your down in your bed and watch your favorite TV show.

Small Industrial Fan

Small Industrial Fan

Happy camper here. Turning 32 has never been this much of an adventure, domestic-wise!

#belated2014

Last quarter of 2013 has proven to be a roller-coaster ride, filled with challenges personal and business-wise.I’m looking ahead for better things to come, exciting things which may prove, once more, to help me mold my character.

Cheers! Here’s to a more hands-on blogging ahead!

HNY2014