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Musings

5 AM Thoughts At 2 AM

Just when I started to feel a hint of nostalgia for my insomnia nights, or as I romanticised as “5 AM Thoughts“, it came for a visit. On a Monday night, when I desperately needed a goodnight sleep — after having to work 12 hours straight a few hours before — and about to take on a new task that requires me to start to work an hour earlier the next day, essentially, a few hours later.

And in case you don’t know yet, I am not a morning person.

The insomnia wasn’t a welcomed visit! Well, when is it, though?

It’s 2.36 AM now. I am tired. I should be sleeping. I tried to identify the culprit.

Is it the anxiety about the new task that I am taking on at work? Is it the stress of house hunting? Also, why do we call it house hunting — such a weird term for finding your forever place. Is it because I put too much spicy sauce on my tacos earlier? Or is this the aftereffect of the double spiked Sangria that I had with it? Is it the internalised sadness of not being able to travel for more than a year and, worse, not knowing when it will be next?

After tossing and turning for 88 minutes, I decided to give it space — to be listened to, mulled-over and recorded. Based on past experiences, writing these swirling thoughts seemed to be the only way to put it, together with my brain, to sleep.

My mind is filled with things. From winter soup to adopting a dog, from starting a tarot journal of the 78 cards in chronological order to the #100HappyDays challenge, from the narrowness of the house that we saw over the weekend to the size of the apartment we are living in, from the new work to old colleagues, from my first time in Japan to my last time in Japan, from Tynan to Beth, from filling the Indo tax to paying my future mortgage, from Parisian to witches.

Then there are things to write, books to read, food to eat and places to visit.

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Autumn
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First Day of Autumn

Another March ━ the the last month of the first quarter. But also feels like I am stuck in 2020. At least it’s officially Autumn now, my favorite season of the year.

Autumn in Melbourne is all about warm cider, book+bed+blanket, trying out new soup recipes, light sweater, beautiful foliage, colourful socks, red nail-polish, home-made porridge, starting a new journal and windy sunny days.

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Kurated by Kovfefed – February 2021

I just finished Echoes by Shu-Ling Chua in one seating and spent the rest of my night going through her blog, Hello Pollyanna, archive. It was a Friday night well spent.

Starbucks Roastery Tokyo releases lucky Japanese dolls to end the pandemic in the new year.

Found a travel blog filled with beautiful pictures: The Blue Dot Prespective.

Mebourne went into a 5 day lockdown this month. Here is my day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 note about it and I did Adriene’s Yoga for Uncertainty the first day of it. It helped more than I anticipated.

Recipe for Sazerac, a New Orleans cocktail with a sweet and spicy bite. Yum!

Blending Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian hygge, Japandi is the latest interior design trend and I am here for it.

40000ft up in the air is the ultimate dream wedding.

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Tulips Pink Flowers Valentine
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Lockdown Diary: Day 5

It’s last hour of lockdown. Making it the shortest lockdown I have experienced so far, but didn’t mean it was in any way easy or got easier.

These five days have been a constant battle of staying positive.

I couldn’t take a mental health day off today from work, nor can I anytime soon. And by the end of workday today, I felt entirely drained, like I am running on empty.

Alas, it’s almost over now. For now. This wave.

Ps. After work, I watched Contagion to wind down. Weird choice, I know. It’s a good movie, eerily similar to the current situation.

Pps. Something random, I wondered about the zoo personnel during the lockdown. Some of them still have to go to work every day to feed the caged animals. Strange time we are living in.

Ppps. Tarot card of the day was the Seven of Pentacles from the Fifth Spirit Tarot deck.

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Lockdown Diary
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Lockdown Diary: Day 4

Fourth day of the lockdown. Feeling really low today. Too much going on and it feels like everything is spinning out of control. I texted Liz, asking for her therapist details. Might start on that path soon. I am also thinking to take a mental health day off from work tomorrow. Here’s to healing.

Ps. a highlight of the day was Tivoli Bakery’s ham sandwich.

Tivoli Bakery Sandwich
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Kurated by Kovfefed – January 2021

It’s still new-year-ish to kick-start your (bullet) journaling habit with affordable tools and or join the Writer HQ intro to journaling newsletter.


New to me tarot blog: 78notes. Too bad they had stopped posting for a while now.


A photo-diary of a Saari residency in Finland.


One day I got curious whether there would be curry flavoured ice cream. There are many indeed! Here is one that looks delicious: Curry Coconut Ice Cream.


Japanese homeware delivered to you worldwide.


My favorite fried hard boiled eggs recipe.


90% buckwheat Soba.



Shooting with expired film camera.


7 Tips to Actually Stick to Bullet Journaling This Year, According to People Who Say It Changed Their Lives

Dexter – one of my all time fave TV shows is making a come back!!


The Rooftop Beehives Of Paris


Everything Haruki Murakami has ever compared to writing.


New Moon in Capricorn Tarot Spread.


A List of the Best of Domestic-Thriller books.



Poetry inspired tarot spread.


I am adding Yumori No Sato, Tokyo’s Black Water Onsen, to my ever-growing Japan travel list.


52 memoir prompts , self-discovery prompts and some more if you want.


How pulling one tarot card each day for a month transformed Gina Tomaine’s yoga practice. Another good read: Tarot for meditation: A Crash Course for Modern Yogis.


I will accept this beautiful art-work as an advance half-birthday or birthday gift 😀


Japan’s ancient vegetarian meal.

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Cat Themed Tarot Decks

After one heck of a work-week, I decided to have a quiet Friday night. The blind is closed, and the socks are on. The TV is playing Ritual on the background, and I am here on my laptop, accompanied by a glass of chilled red wine, browsing cat-themed tarot decks. Exactly, my kind of self-care.

Here are some of my favourite in order based on my liking:

1. Considerate Cat Tarot $80

A tarot deck inspired by rescue cats, how lovely! It’s beautiful and gentle.

2. Cat Tarot $10
3.Tarot of Pagan Cats Mini Deck $13

It’s witchy and affordable.

4. The Weird Cat Tarot Deck $50

Created by Gabrielle Kash, a cat-loving NY based illustrator. The illustrations are pretty cute, all drawn with a black background.

3. Mini Cat Tarot $60

Super cute square-shaped tarot cards.

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