Book Review | The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I just finished reading another book by this month. It's the second one, guys! I admit that I am a slow reader. I keep buying the new books and just put them on the bookshelf; waiting to be read. Till one day I realised that I really need to read all of them before buying the new one. Ada ke yang macam aku? Beli tapi tak baca. It's a fact that I adore books more than everything! *sniff sniff*

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It was hard for me to understand the stories because the author flips between 18 years old Victoria and her childhood. But it gets interesting once you have immersed yourself in the story. 

Victoria dibesarkan di rumah kebajikan sejak kecil. Mempunyai personaliti yang tidak sukakan orang dan lebih suka menyendiri. Tiap kali di hantar untuk tinggal bersama keluarga angkat, dia akan sengaja berperilaku nakal yang amat supaya keluarga angkat akan menghantarnya semula ke rumah kebajikan. Pada satu hari, dia di hantar untuk tinggal bersama Elizabeth; seorang yang sangat penyayang dan memang ikhlas untuk menjadikan Victoria sebagai anaknya. Tetapi disebabkan kisah silam bersama adiknya yang bernama Catherine, dia menghadapi sedikit masalah emosi berkenaan hal keluarga.

Sepanjang kehidupan Victoria bersama Elizabeth, Victoria telah belajar banyak perkara terutamanya tentang bunga dimana Elizabeth mengajarnya tentang makna disebalik bunga yang ada. Dan ianya lebih dikenali sebagai Victorian Language of Flowers. Victoria yang pada mulanya tidak suka mempunyai sesiapa kerana merasa dirinya tidak layak disayang telah merasakan sesuatu pada Elizabeth. Ya, Elizabeth adalah satu-satunya yang dia mahukan. Tetapi pada hari proses pengambilan Victoria sebagai anak angkat Elizabeth yang sah, sesuatu telah terjadi antara meraka. 

Pada umur 18 tahun, Victoria mula hidup di jalanan. Nasib menyebelahi dia apabila Renata (owner kedai bunga) mengambilnya bekerja. Dan semenjak itu dia mula belajar hidup berdikari. Sampai satu masa, Victoria telah berjumpa dengan Grant. seorang petani bunga. Perkenalan mereka menjadi sangat rapat dan Victoria akhirnya jatuh cinta. Tetapi sayangnya ada sesuatu di antara mereka yang menjadi penghalang. Perasaan benci, takut, kecewa dan selainnya telah mengganggu emosi Victoria yang sememangnya rapuh sejak awal lagi.

I would say that this novel is kinda sad, heart-wrenching yet warm piece of fiction. Victoria has gone through so many things but still manage to endure every pain that she has in her heart. It revolves around things she loves; Elizabeth, Grant, flowers and her own life. Growing up with no one that could understand what she wants, with the complex personality and chaotic emotions, it is obvious that she is struggling to be better. Not only Victoria, other characters also have their past, their traits and their stories which will intrigue the readers to know about what's actually happening between them. This story is something like finding a happiness from every forgiveness. If you really played the scene in your head while reading, trust me, it will be one of your favourite books! I am fascinated with the language of flowers that has been mentioned in the novel. I will share it to you in the next entry. And for this novel, the rating is 4.5/5. Highly recommended!  

Toddles! x 

Test Your English Level

I am trying hard to find something for my blog but end up taking an English test online. To be honest, my English skill sucks. Even though my mother is an English tutor, but the genius gene doesn't run in my blood. I am writing based on nothing but just following my instinct and with the help from Grammarly. But sometimes with Grammarly, you still have to make choices from the option that is given to you and it's all depend on what you are going to write. Trust me, its's really a great stuff and you can see the review HERE. Despite the difficulty of trying to learn and understand every single thing, I would still say that English is fun and interesting. So here's my result after taking the online exam.

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This is from Cambridge English website. I got 19 out of 25 which is in Cambridge English: First (FCE) category. Taken from the website, here is the better explanation of FCE : A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English. Maknanya aku dah boleh berhijrah ke negara mat salleh tanpa ada masalah komunikasi. Okay just kidding. That is totally a complete tale. I can't even speak English smoothly. I need to take English speaking test to prove that I am capable of handling the language independently.

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test your english language
Two photos above is the result from Exam English website. I got C2 for both English/Vocabulary and English Listening test. (which is again a lie.) Selagi tak mampu nak cakap dalam bahasa Inggeris dengan lancar, selagi tu aku tak puas hati. I'm not wanting to be fluent, but cukup sekadar boleh bercakap lurus tanpa gagap. English is an international language, remember? It gives you advantage in work field if you can speak better. 

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C2 is Mastery. But trust me, I am not that good! The listening test is somewhat difficult because of the different accents. I am able to understand few words and think logically based on what I got. Super tricky! Have you ever wondered what's your English level? If you were curious of that, do take the test but don't get upset of whatever the result is. We can always improve our skills! 

Toddles x

Move On or Hold On?

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Pernah tak korang berada dalam situasi macam ni? Cuma ada dua pilihan, teruskan atau bertahan? Dilemma macam ni paling aku tak suka. Sumpah tak suka. Sebab aku memang tak boleh decide apa-apa. Aku terfikir, kalau aku move on, aku akan curious untuk tahu apa akan terjadi kalau aku follow the flow. Tapi kalau aku hold on pulak, aku takut yang aku akan kecewa. Alahai. Kenapalah susah sangat macam ni. Kalau korang, korang akan pilih mana? Teruskan atau bertahan? :/

Toddles x

What Is Your Personality Type?

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Have you ever wondered what is your personality type? It might not be 100% correct but still, it is fun to try and to learn about ourselves. You might get something that kinda related to you. I am an INFJ-T (quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists) which is a very rare personality type based on the website where I took the test :D There are 16 personalities and check this out!

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Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything. 

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Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

what is your personality type
Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.

what is your personality type 
 Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.


what is your personality type
Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.

what is your personality type
Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.

what is your personality type
Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners. 

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Enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.


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Practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.

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Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.

what is your personality type
Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things – or people.

what is your personality type
Extraordinarily caring, social and popular people, always eager to help.


what is your personality type
Bold and practical experimenters, masters of all kinds of tools.

what is your personality type
Flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience something new.

what is your personality type
Smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.

what is your personality type
Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic people – life is never boring around them.

To know what is your personality type, you can simply go to 16Personalities website and take the test. Make sure not to leave any neutral answer! I am intrigued to know your personality type and do tell me what you get once you took the test! :D

Hope you enjoy. 

Toddles! x

8 National Parks in Sarawak

This is definitely one of the reasons to love Sarawak, especially for a nature lover. Apart from the foods, Sarawak offers an incredible beauty of nature. We have the most extensive protected area networks in Malaysia. Based on Sarawak Forestry, the protected area network includes 30 national parks, 4 wildlife sanctuaries and 10 nature reserves. There are only 15 of them that is opened to public which includes national parks, nature reserves and wildlife centers. And in this post, I am going to list 8 of the national parks in Sarawak!

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Photo Credit : Wikipedia
1. Gunung Mulu National Park is famous for its limestone karst formations. Features include enormous caves, vast cave networks, rock pinnacles, cliffs and gorges. The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species in twenty genera noted. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 m-high sandstone pinnacle. At least 295 km of explored caves provide a spectacular sight and are home to millions of cave swiftlets and bats. The Sarawak Chamber, 600 m by 415 m and 80 m high, is the largest known cave chamber in the world.It has been said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. The nearby Deer Cave is one of the largest single cave passages in the world. (source : Wikipedia & UNESCO)

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Photo Credit  : Wikipedia
2. Niah is one of Sarawak’s smaller national parks, but it is certainly one of the most important, and has some of the most unusual visitor attractions. The park’s main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found at Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Yet there is much more to Niah than archaeology. A vast cave swarming with bats and swiftlets; the thriving local economy based on birds-nests and guano; ancient cave paintings; a majestic rainforest criss-crossed with walking trails; abundant plant and animal life - all these and more make up the geological, historical and environmental kaleidoscope that is Niah. Niah National Park is located on the Sungai (River) Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110 km south-west of Miri. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

bako, miri sarawak
Photo Credit  : Borneo Adventure
3. With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches, panoramic rocky shoreline, bizarre rock formations and extensive network of trekking trails, Bako It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. The well-maintained network of nature trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment. National Park offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest and coastline of Borneo. Bako may not have an instantly recognisable star attraction, but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area, all just 37 km from Kuching. Its accessibility - and its sheer range of attractions and activities - have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

loagan bunut, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Trip Advisor
4. Loagan Bunut, which centers around Sarawak’s largest natural lake, is one of the most unusual aquatic ecosystems in Malaysia. The lake normally covers an area of approximately 65 hectares. However when the water level in the adjacent Tinjar river is low, the shallow lake can drain completely, leaving a huge expanse of dried and cracked mud. This normally occurs two to four times a year, in February and in late May or early June/July. This unique cycle of flood and drought has created a remarkable food chain which supports a large variety of aquatic and terrestrial animals. The remaining parkland, which covers approximately 100 sq km, is covered with a variety of forest types, ranging from mixed peatswamp forest with huge stilt-rooted trees at the water’s edge, to towering Alam forest with a canopy height of over 60 m. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

lambir, miri sarawak
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
5. Lambir Hills National Park is probably the world’s most complex and diverse forest eco-system. In a total area of just 6,952 hectares, experts have found what appears to be the greatest level of plant biodiversity on the planet. It is not only plant life that is diverse and plentiful at Lambir - 237 different species of birds (at the last count), flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons, many different types of monkey, various species of deer, and untold insects and other invertebrates, all combine to create Lambir’s rich biological kaleidoscope. As if all this abundant nature wasn’t enough, Lambir’s unusual geology has created dozens of sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest. Take into account how compact and conveniently located Lambir is, and you have one of the most accessible and enjoyable national parks in all of Malaysia. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

similajau, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Paul White via Flickr

6. The beauty of Similajau National Park is its coastline, a chain of golden sandy beaches, punctuated by small rocky headlands and jungle streams, and bordered by dense green forest.The park covers an area of 8,996 hectares, and the main trekking trail hugs the coast so that visitors are never far away from the main attractions of Similajau. Similajau is best visited during the dry season (approximately February to October) when the coastline at its most beautiful and the emerald green waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming. The park is located 30 km north-east of the town of Bintulu, and is a very popular destination at weekends. If you wish to avoid the crowds you are advised to go during the week, when you are likely to have the park very much to yourself. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

batang ai, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Travel2Malaysia

7. Batang Ai National Park is part of the region’s largest trans-national protected area for tropical rainforest conservation. The 24 sq km park adjoins the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysia and the Bentuang-Karimun National Park in Indonesia. Together these totally protected areas cover almost 10,000 sq km and form a sanctuary for one of the few viable orang utan populations in Borneo (estimated at over 1,000 animals) as well as many other endangered species. For conservation reasons, Batang Ai National Park is the only part of this area open to visitors, but as it has the highest orang utan population density in central Borneo (up to 1.7 animals per sq km), there is a good possibility of seeing wild orang utan. However orang utan sightings should be regarded as a bonus not as a guaranteed experience. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

gunung gading, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Alexander Leong
8. Gunung Gading National Park has a very special star attraction - the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower - and the park is one of the best places in Asia to view the Rafflesia’s spectacular blooms. Gunung Gading sprawls across four jungle-clad mountain peaks, and its dense primary rainforest is criss-crossed by crystal clear streams and waterfalls. The park is easily accessible from Kuching on a day trip. Those wishing to stay longer can enjoy Gunung Gading’s other attractions - particularly its rainforest scenery, waterfalls and jungle trails. Some of these trails lead to the peaks of the mountains that make up the park and offer challenging jungle treks. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

Ain't this is amazing to you? There are also other national parks in Sarawak and you can simply visit the Sarawak Forestry website to see the list and read the information. Among all the national parks I listed here, I have only been to Gua Niah National Park. The rest is yet to be explored! Maybe I'm not supposed to create this post cause I myself never been to these places before. My intention is only to share with people about the places and for myself to learn and read. If I had the chance, I would defnitely go to all this places. Lambir Hills National Park is seriously the nearest from my town yet I still haven't got a chance to visit the place. Hopefully one day I am able to experience and get closure to this nature for real! 

Toddles! x 

Nature-Inspired Color Palettes

I do this just for fun! I was stumbled across one article this morning about a colour palette taken from famous movies and I simply love to see the colours, honestly. You can see it HERE. Another colour palette that I found is a nature-inspired and you can check it out HERE. It looks pretty beautiful is it? I decided to make them too with my own photographs. I don't really have much nature photos but here are my own nature-inspired colour palettes! 

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Colour Palette of Pantai Dalit, Sabah

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Colour Palette of view from Gunung Brincang, Cameron Highland

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Colour Palette of Ciwidey, Bandung

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Colour Palette of Pantai Pulau Melayu, Miri Sarawak

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Colour Palette of Luak Esplanade, Miri Sarawak

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Colour Palette of Luak Esplanade, Miri Sarawak
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Colour Palette of Gua Niah, Miri Sarawak
The colours seems to be really soothing, though. I would love to make a colour palette from other photographs too. Please be alert that I don't own the idea. I just remake it on my own photos cause I find it's interesting and really cool actually :D I read somewhere that the numbers of colours that exist around the world is infinity. If you happens to live in a black and white world, it's time for you to bring some happiness in your life through colours!

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Toddles! x

Free Supercool Writing Tool

Have you ever wanted to write in English but not confident enough with your words? I admit that I am not good in English either but since I love the language so much, I keep trying my best regardless how many grammar errors they are in my writing. I know that some people tend to lose their ideas or have a limitation of ideas when writing in English. That happens to me a lot. We tried to find words to describe something but as we realise that our knowledge in that second language ain't wide enough, we lost interest in using different language. 

But hey, I want to introduce this one writing tool that can help you with your English writing. It's a true grammar nazi! Well, not that grammar nazi that keeps bashing your typo in social media :P


I have been using this over the past weeks and I would say this is seriously a cool writing tool. It helps me to fix my spelling, check my grammar error, doing the proofreading, detect any plagiarism and even helps me to fix the confused word that I tend to have. If you see there's a red line under your words, meaning to say that there's something wrong with that. Just click the words and Grammarly will help you to change a suitable word in your writing. Cool is it? At least you can learn from it! 

It is so easy to install the plug in. Go to Grammarly website and simply click "Add to Chrome" and you are done. Oh don't forget to sign up or register your account. The best thing is it is FREE! You can also add the extension to Microsoft Word, well you know, just to help you with your assignment, work or whatever it is :D If you doubt it, then feel free to read the reviews HERE!

Seize the knowledge, guys! I hope this post will help you in your English writing! ^.^

Toddles! x

Book Review | Want You Dead by Peter James

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I decided to read this book cause it is kinda related to me when the word "online dating" caught my attention. Please don't misunderstand me. I love talking with strangers online and the synopsis of the book is interesting to me! I have spent less than one week to finish reading this novel and finally come to the last page yesterday. I find it its quite interesting and I wanted to make a quick review of the book. Well, you know, just to have something to be updated on my site :P 
Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead . . .
Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? 
When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.
Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too . . .
I believe by reading the synopsis help you visualise the story. It is about a girl named Red who seeks a love from an online dating site and finally met someone who caught her heart. They were so in love with each other until one day they broke up when the truth about Bryce has been revealed. He is actually a freaking psycho. Everything he told to Red was all lies. Red then met her new boyfriend but sadly he is being murdered. Her life turned into a nightmare when everything that she loves is suddenly burned down to ash. Even though I know the novel is a fiction, but I learned that dealing with a psycho is hell difficult! That person won't let you go until they get what they want from you regardless whatever it takes. You will live in a constant fear. As for Bryce, he knows how to get his way to stalk, to spy and to scare Red. If you read this book, you would know how insane he is!!! I love the part when Bryce monologue to himself. His words will absolutely give you goosebump and chills! 

I would say that the plot of the story is interesting and how the story goes give you the urge to keep reading until the last page. It gives you a curious feeling of what's going to happen next and what the predator is capable of doing to harm their victims. Never underestimate this kind of people! There's actually a lesson to learn of course. Never trusted people easily and always listen to your mum because they got the best instinct in the world. If she's doubting your boyfriend, means that there's something wrong with him :P 

Trust me, this book is interesting and not boring at all. This is my first time reading Peter James' novel and I would like to say that he knows how to excites his reader with his words. The English words are not complicated at all and I would recommend you to read the book if you are into crime genre! 

Toddles! x

Review | Filofax Original Personal Organizer

As someone who is really into a stationery stuff and a notebook, I am feeling extremely happy to get my new planner which I have long for all the time. I was actually in a long hiatus from planner world because I realised I had spent too much on stationery lol. I didn't follow any online shops that sell beautiful planners, pens, stickers and washi tapes etc anymore. But you exactly know what your heart wants don't you? It will keep bothering you until you get the thing you desire. That happened to me! After making a hard decision, I finally decide to buy a new planner and promise to myself that that will be a pretty last one. Hopefully! I am actually feeling guilty to myself cause I paid few amount just for planner/organiser lol. 

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So this is my new planner! I have mentioned in my previous post here saying that I am waiting for my new Filofax and yes, it is finally with me. I am feeling overjoyed to finally own it yeay! This is a Filofax Original in Pillarbox Red. I would say it is something like a dark red colour and vampire-ish. Other striking colours that they have in store are Lilac, Brown, Dark Aqua, Burnt Orange and Fluoro Pink but this one caught my heart. 

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This is a close-up of the iconic design and feature of the button on the strap closure which looks retro cool and vintage! I would like to put a little bit history about Filofax that I take from their website which I find kinda interesting to at least know about the planner origin.
The beginning of Filofax started around 1910 originates in US where a Canadian Engineer named J.C Parker invent a system to  replace the technical book that is too big to carry. In 1920, British Army Officer, Colonel Disney, comes across a Lefax personal organiser in the US and suggests that his friend, London printer William Rounce, launches the product in England. In 1921, Norman & Hill Ltd is set up by William Rounce and partner Posseen Hill to export Lefax organisers to England. Temporary typist Grace Scurr suggests the organisers should be called 'Filofax' - derived from the term 'file-of-facts'. On 27th November, 1930 Filofax is registered as a trademark. In military circles, organisers are sometimes known as vademecums – Latin for ‘always with me’. 

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This is an embossed logo on the inside front cover. I actually love to see this!

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Now let's go through the details. Filofax Original comes in two sizes which are Personal and A5 size. I prefer Personal size cause it is smaller than A5 and much easy to be carried everywhere and less heavy. This planner is made out of a cow leather and the thickness is superb. Even though it might look stiff, it still lay flat! That black strap is a multifunction elastic holder and divided by three section. Yeah, you can put few pens there or anything you like but I decided to only put one pen on the loop. As the strap is quite short, you can't really have a so-called bulky planner. That's the cons, though. Filofax should lengthen the strap. As you can see in the photo, there are only two pockets there which is more than enough to me.

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 This is at the back of the planner. It's a free notepad stick to the pocket.

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I guess you do notice the flower-ish wallpaper there. Well, it is a piece of fancy paper I placed there to protect the leather base inside. I'm scared I might scratch it off so the protection is needed. I am still looking for a way to protect the outside cover too cause I am afraid that it might accidentally damage but still couldn't find any planner addict do that :o

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I am using only five tabs in this planner which is personal, listing, diary, brainstorm and expenses. I might be adding few sub-tabs in the main tab listing soon. The divider I am using is from my previous Kikki K Personal Planner which I have sold earlier. I like to keep it simple for now for the divider. Minimalist but still cute! :P

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I love everything about this planner except for the short strap but it's ok cause I'm not willing to have a super thick planner! Can you see the perfect stitch there? This planner is the most simple and straight forward design among other Filofax and it has been one of my favourite after Malden Filofax. Glad to have one :)

Toddles! x