Traveling with the Filofax

A quick post while I’m traveling.

I’m usually quite anxious when I travel. I always feel that I’ve misplaced either my passport or my tickets or my money. So what I decided to do this time is carry a personal size instead of a compact (as usually do when I travel). And what did I choose? ….. None other than the Malden.

The soft leather of the Malden makes it functional not only to carry papers in the ring but to stuff the pockets as much as your heart desires. It has a lovely pocket at the back (pad holder) where I slipped in passports, tickets and boarding passes. It still had room for me to carry passport sized photographs of my family and my daughter’s last medical report, in case I needed to take her to the doctor.

I printed travel information and punched them into my info section and I used a zip lock back to carry foreign currency. The front zip pocket is being used to carry coins from the country I’m traveling to. It gets very annoying when coins from different countries get mixed up and then I’m rummaging in my wallet for them.

I also put in a few extra blank pages so that I could journal on the go.

I feel much calmer traveling now. It does add a bit of weight but then I don’t mind carrying a big bag when I travel.

Here is a picture of my lovely stuffed Malden:


Product Review: Sephora Instant Moisturizer

Here goes my first product review… starting with a simple one.

I’ve been going to Sephora for a while to pick up my regular face products. I didn’t venture much into the Sephora branded products until I decided to have a look at the section with moisturisers. I found something nice. A small tube called “instant moisturizer”.


  • Light-weight texture. Absorbs easily into skin
  • Smells wonderful…it’s scented, but it doesn’t irritate my skin
  • I have semi-sensitive skin and this didn’t me break out
  • Comes in a lovely small tube which is so easy to carry around in your purse
  • Can be put over makeup (I sometimes get dry patches during the day)
  • Relatively inexpensive – $12 for the 1oz tube – so I use it for my hands as well


  • It’s not intensive and sometimes I need to reapply during the day
  • It doesn’t do anything special for your skin. It’s just a basic moisturiser and there are no healing properties or ingredients that give you healthier skin.

I really love this moisturiser because it does work instantly. I also feel keeping your skin moisturised automatically leads to healthier skin over time. Being able to carry this around and use it during the day, without fear of looking oily has worked out great for me.

For those of you who want to see what’s in it… pictures of the packaging are below

Product details from the packaging
Product details from the packaging

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Finally, here’s the link

***Disclaimer: I have not been asked to endorse or review this product. These are just my private views from using the product after I purchased it at the the store. ***

A5 with a touch of Personal

I’ve had my fair share of confusion with choosing my perfect size of Filofax. I recently had a change of roles at work, with which came a change of cities. This coupled with the fact that I got a lovely new Patent Original in Black, really made me want to change things and have a go with the A5 again.

I think we Filofax addicts will say almost anything to justify what we do with our Filofaxes. ­čÖé

So this is what I did…. I moved into the A5 for work and moved into my Raspberry Compact Chameleon for my personal stuff and something to carry in my handbag all the ┬átime.

Firstly, I tried to keep it really simple with few pages so it doesn’t get heavy and too bulky, since I carry it in my laptop bag.┬áNo dashboard, no stuffed papers. Just diary, notes and some info pages punched in, which is easy to do with an A5 by just printing booklet style on A4 pages.

The one thing I had a terrible problem with was having both my Compact and my A5 open at work. This meant that my personal items were getting missed out. I had to either remember things or put them in my work planner. Which was getting my brain all muddled and defeats the purpose of having planners. So this is what I did. Every day, I took the page out of my Compact and clipped it onto my week with a magnetic book mark. This is really helpful and has helped solve my problem of having to sync the two planners during the day.

A5 with a touch of Personal
A5 with a touch of Personal

Beauty product reviews

I am by no means a beauty conscious person. In fact, growing up, I was a bit of a tom boy and never even bothered to wear make-up. But I’ve come to realise two things – firstly, using good products and taking care of your hair & skin becomes essential as you grow older, and second, a bit of make-up goes a long way. I now enjoy trying out beauty products. I used to read reviews on sites like Makeup Alley or Total Beauty for guidance and now like to participate on those sites as well.

I have decided to put up those reviews in my blog as well. There are so many great blogs out there with reviews on products that have helped me. I hope in doing this, I can be of some help to people.

Stay tuned for reviews to come….

My Filofax Setup – Personal Osterley

I’ve been wanting to do a filofax set up post for a while now. I see all these wonderful posts on the Internet about people and their lovely Filofax set-ups and I’m inspired to do my own now. I use my Filofax for everything. It’s a “Life in One Book”.

The Filofax

Let’s dive right into it… over the past year and a half, I’ve been using a personal. While the binder has changed a few times, the set up remains the same. I started off with a Louis Vuitton personal (a little treat I got myself as a 8 year anniversary present at my job) and then moved onto the Malden and finally settling into a Plum Osterley Filofax. I just love love love the Osterley. The leather embossed leather looks love and the colour is simply divine. Although the leather is not soft like the Malden, I actually prefer it this way. There’s a very compact feel to it and the leather is quite scratch resistant, so throwing it right into my bag doesn’t seem to take a toll on it. Best of all, the Osterley lies flat out of the box (which is very very important to me).

Personal Osterley in Plum - Embossed Leather
Personal Osterley in Plum – Embossed Leather

First section 

First off… is my dashboard. It’s not much of a dashboard, but I like to keep a nice picture that I open up my filofax to. In the inside cover is a picture of me and my family. Just personal touch to remind me that I have a life and work is not everything. I have kept the full year calendar that comes with the filofax and the personal info page as well. After these pages, I put in a card holder page with sticky notes that I can use. I love these sticky notes… I bought them from amazon. They are from a company called Cavallini, who make awesome sticky notes.

Cavallini Vintage To Do Sticky notes on a FF Card holder page
Cavallini Vintage To Do Sticky notes on a FF Card holder page

Diary Section

My diary is always a week on two pages (WO2P). I can’t make do with anything else. I used to use a Week + Notes last year, which worked well for me but then decided to change when I got these lovely cotton cream inserts with the Osterley. The paper is definitely of better quality and I love that all the days are the same size with a little notes section on top. I use my diary for my daily To-do lists. Events & meetings are put into my Outlook which syncs with my phone with reminders. I do write down birthdays in red or pink, just to make sure I don’t miss them out. Some important meetings are also put in, just in case. I love putting boxes to check off, but mostly I cross of the whole item when done, only because I feel a particular sense of achievement when I do that!!

Diary - Wo2P - used for daily to-do's
Diary – Cotton Cream Wo2P – used for daily to-do’s

Other sections

I don’t have a lot of time to beautify my filofax so I cheat by using washi tape. I got some nice vintage style washi tape again from Amazon (my go to place for everything) and made by the same company as the sticky notes – Cavallini.

I have a section for internal notes and section for meeting notes. I have a finance section where I keep track of some of my expenses and other lists (like my daughter’s height and weight). I use the address book to keep only certain specific phone numbers and reference info like membership numbers, frequent flyer numbers. Most of my contact info is on my phone and regularly backed up. This address book is for quick reference and just in case I forget my phone at home.

At the back, I have several card holders that hold passport size pictures of me and my daughter, my business cards, cards I don’t keep in my wallet and zip lock section that I carry some money for emergency – local currency and US Dollars. I also use stickers from Filofax and some that I bought at Paperchase, just to mark important dates and events.

Here are the rest of the pictures….

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