Wednesday, 29 November 2017

things I think about today

I want to cut or color my hair. But how? Nothing too complicated. 
And not short, that will end up being too sweaty. Also, no bangs, for the same reason :(

I'm currently working on this year's photo-book and we have taken too many photos
But I'm still glad I'm doing this so at least some of them ends up being useful. 
A lot of work though

Today two meetings that I had in my calendar got rescheduled. 
People, check your calendar before booking a meeting! 
And realize that if you cancel or reschedule you are going to make
 the people involved feel like you are not prioritizing them

Should I even continue blogging? It feels like Instagram is just so much more accessible and relaxed.
Although I like this place too.

What should I name my company?! If I ever decide to start one (freelance designer) 
I want a catchy name

All of a sudden, because of reasons, it seems I will only take one course next year. 
If I don't apply for a course via a private school, that is. Which I am considering

It's not possible to get in to any kind of Christmas feeling when you live a 
billion miles away from your family, cold weather or all of the traditions you are used to. 
December begins in a few days? You have to be kidding me

Sorry for a very negative post today. I'm cranky and for some reason a bit sad. 
Probably homesick. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

last week in OOTDs

Hey peeps, it's a new week! I have a reasonably normal week ahead of me: I'll attend a few meetings, workout a bit and then mostly work on my various projects. I'll try to write a few blog posts too, but lately I've been a little uninspired, so we'll see. 

Here's what i did last week, told with outfit photos taken in our hallway mirror:

Skirt and top: h&m, cardigan: asos
On Monday I began the day with a meeting and spent the rest of the day catching up with my courses and watching video lectures. 

t-shirt: Muji, trousers: h&m. cup: orla kiely
Tuesday was spent at home, I only left the house to go swimming in the evening. I got some course work done and plenty sketching and drawing!

top: åhléns, trousers: uniqlo, earrings: lindex
On Thursday I was a bit low and tired after a night where the cats didn't want to sleep. I had a project meeting before lunch and then I did laundry and studied. 

top: monki, trousers: warehouse
When Andreas came home from work on Friday we drove over the border to Malaysia, to spend the weekend at Marriott hotel and attending the Kuala Belait Scottish Society's St Andrew's ball!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

the past week

So I have been traveling again. My brother and his partner visited us so we first spent some time together here in Brunei, then we went to a rain-forest resort near Lambir national park in Miri (about 2 hours away from here by car) and finally I went with them to Hua Hin in Thailand for a few days. So that's why it's been a bit quiet here, lately.

As usual, I'm not a huge fan of writing travel-posts, but here are a few photos to summarize the highlights of the past week.

the mosque in central Bandar Seri Begawan (capital of Brunei)

Raniforest waterfall in Malaysian nature reserve

Our hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand. 

Caves with hidden buddah statues, Thailand

Palace an hour away from Hua Hin

Palace in Thailand
Trainstation in Hua Hin

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

a corner

it's almost always a bit dark in our bedroom. We have big windows but the curtains are always drawn, they function as wallpaper and privacy screen. Plus our roof has massive overhang so even though we have plenty of windows in all rooms, the sunlight only reaches the rooms in the mornings and afternoons. It's ok though, I don't mind.

What's more than ok is that I finally hung the beautiful print by Vee Speers that my mum gave me as a belated birthday gift when I was in Sweden this summer and we visited Fotografiska together. It's perfect.

Monday, 6 November 2017

I bought stuff

So it seems I will fail my "no shopping for 90 days in a row" goal for 2017.

Here are a few items that I could pick up from the post office here in Brunei, two weeks after I ordered them from ASOS. The themes are a continuing fascination for tropicana patterns and an attempt on adding a bit more pink to my otherwise so black, blue and green closet. So, how did they all fit?

I was already a bit skeptical about the green of this skirt from Warehouse, and it ended up being maybe five shades more bright (neon) green than I thought from the photos online, but hey, there are pretty tigers and trees on it, sooo... I have already cut off ca 4 inches from the length you see in this photo since it was way too long, but the fabric is nice and light and the fit in the waist perfect.

This knee length caftan from Monki was really hard to shoot but it's pretty, trust me. Beige palm leaf print on a thin (not super comfortable) fabric. It has a few buttons in the front so it can be worn as a cardigan or some kind of  dress is you wear tights and a top under.

I'm packing both of the next two pieces for my Thailand trip... I use thin open cardigans a lot here, it's great to wear indoors over a dress when the air is cool from the AC. The dress is a bit shapeless in the upper body and looks better with a belt, but I do love the print. 

Another pink little thing! I wore this last week on our team building day and it was quite comfortable, except the fabric got a bit clammy when it got hot. But it has a nice fit in the body and lovely butterfly sleeves that feels like the perfect style for when you want to dress modest enough for a Muslim country but airy enough for a tropic country. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

october resolution check

Hi November! The months pass by here in Brunei without much difference. Well, it's been raining a lot in October, but otherwise it's been same old, same old. One way for me to mark the passage of time is to look back on the month that was and see how I have done with my long lists of goals for 2017. So, here's how I did during October:

  • Start scuba diving again
    still no news here. Meh. :(
  • Become a person that runs
    Since the 1st of October I've been running 4 times. Not too bad!
  • Paint my fingernails with fun designs more often
    Getting better here, best of this months was my Dalmatian nails matching my top one day. 
  • Try galloping at least once
    I've started doing this slowly but surely, even though my last two lessons have been less than satisfactory from my part. But I now consider this item as completed!
  • "Read" five of my architect-books
    I have read 1/4 of one and 1/3 of another...
  • Go 90 days straight without shopping clothes
    It's been a few weeks since I bought anything now, but I don't think I'll manage 90. There isn't even 90 days left of this year... :(
  • Eat vegetarian at least two days per week
    11 of 31 days in October was vego-days!
  • Post three blog posts per week
    This month has been so-so here on the blog. 1-3 posts per week, ok but not what I want.
  • Complete at least one project for my portfolio
    Nope. But at least I'm trying to get a better overview of what I want to do, plus updated my software... 
  • Take 90 kg in dead-lift and 60 kg in deep squats
    Two new PB's this month! Not in dead-lifts, but in squats (55 kg) and 52,5 kg in bench, closing in! Weird that those two are so close...