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Spring 2017: Yamazaki River, Nagoya

April 4th, 2017 (Tuesday)

I went to Tsuruma Park in March for the cherry blossom but I only managed to find one or two trees blooming. Quan invited me to join his friends for hanami at Yamazaki River. It was a great afternoon (well, at least it was not as awkward as I thought it would be).


Lovin’ the weather in April.

All photos were taken by Nikon D5200, 18-55mm lens.

More from Spring 2017: Tsuruma Park, Nagoya 


April & May 2017


Yamazaki River, Nagoya (iPhone 7)

April was great. I went to few places to see the sakura (cherry blossom) with some friends and did hanami. I love the weather in April, it’s so hot in Japan now (well, at least it’s not humid).


Nagoya Caslte (iPhone 7)


Nagoya Castle (iPhone 7)

I moved out from the dorm in April too. I really hoped that I could stay in the dorm forever. The dorm was great, but we were only allowed to stay there for a year. I found an apartment near the university (around 10-15 minutes’ walk). Looking for a new apartment in Japan was so troublesome and tiring because I couldn’t speak Japanese. I was rejected for a few times just because I’m a foreigner. Also, I needed to stay at my new place without furniture, electric appliances (fridge & washing machine) and internet access for a while. So grateful that I have already settled down now.

Spring semester began in mid of April. I took more subjects compared to the previous semester. I’m busier, but I like this semester more.


cute school bus (iPhone 7)

The first week of May was the Golden Week holiday (3rd May – 7th May). I planned to travel to other provinces with Michael but all the hotels were booked and we didn’t have a good plan. We ended up staying in Nagoya. We went to Meijo Koen, Oasis 21, Nagoya Port, Osu and Yagoto. Golden Week holiday with him was great; we know each other better after the holiday ❤


Nagoya Port, Nagoya (iPhone 7)

The past two months were really hectic: moving out from dorm + catching up with school works. I felt so stressed out and tired every day.  I struggled a bit in some of the classes, glad that I have Michael to help me with (also, be there with me most of the time). Not sure if I could manage all these without his companion.


cute Starbucks barista ❤

Guess that’s all for this time. I will try to update more consistently (since I finally have Wifi now). It’s so hot in Japan now! Not as hot as Malaysia, but still. Stay hydrated! 🙂

Some random photos:


lovin’ the sunset (on my way home) (iPhone 7)


view from my new apartment (iPhone 7)


Asia Legal Plaza @ Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


played frissbee with Lenny for the first time


summer @ Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


May 26th, 2017: Global Political and Economic Scene @ Nagoya University



soccer class (every Friday after lunch) *sigh*



Thanks for reading!

Jiaxin x

What’s On My iPhone (August 2016)

I owned a 16GB iPhone 5. If you’re having a 16GB iPhone too, you might understand my struggle. I wrote about Minimalism on my blog last week, I decided to declutter my iPhone too, because (1) my iPhone always has insufficient storage (2) I spend way too much time with my phone

I watched this video: ‘Minimalist Phone: A KonMari approved-way to tidy up your phone‘ by Tara White recently. In the video, she organised all her apps into just one single folder, and we can access to the apps through the Search function.

Well, I don’t feel comfortable if I sort all my apps into just one folder. I think my smartphone becomes less smart (maybe I’ll challenge myself doing this in future). Instead, I sorted all my apps into 8 folders – Productivity, Social, References, Media, Language, Utilities, Travel and Apple.

Before decluttering my phone, I owned around 75 applications. I had a lot of tracking, fitness and productivity apps.

This is how my iPhone looked before I sorted them into folders. I’ve two pages of applications, and all my social apps could be easily accessed (reason why I’m always clinging on my phone)


This is how my iPhone looked like after I decluttered and organised into folders. I owned 36 apps right now. (so clean and tidy!)



I turned off notifications for most of the apps. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I unsubscribed to all newsletters, also unfollowed tons of people on social media. This reduce my times spend on social media.

I’ve my Calendar, Photos, Camera and Music on display because these are apps I use everyday.

What’s On My iPhone (August 2016)


  1. Phone
  2. Outlook – I never used Apple’s Mail, don’t like it
  3. Messages
  4. Safari


  1. Clock
  2. Notes
  3. Reminders
  4. Google Calendar
  5. OneNote


  1. Whatsapp
  2. Line – only platform to connect with my Japanese family and friends
  3. Facebook Messenger
  4. Twitter
  5. Instagram
  6. Snapchat
  7. Contacts
  8. Facebook
  9. Youtube Studio


  1. BBC News
  2. Pocket – read articles offline
  3. Feedly
  4. Pinterest
  5. Goodreads


  1. Youtube
  2. Spotify
  3. Podcast


  1. Easy Dict (english dictionary)
  2. Google Translate
  3. Dictionary (Japanese dictionary)
  4. Japanese translator – more accurate than Google translate
  5. Memrise


  1. Afterlight – the only photo editing app I owned
  2. Dollarbird – to track my income and expenses
  3. Clue – period tracking apps (quite accurate, my monthly reminder!)
  4. Forest – stay focus
  5. KonMari
  6. Dropbox
  7. TodoMovies – movies suggestion and my to-watch & watched lists
  8. MiFit – my friend bought me a MiBand!
  9. 1010! – the only games I played, doesn’t require wifi
  10. Timehop


  1. Maps
  2. Google Maps
  3. Weather
  4. Rail Map Lite
  5. Swarm
  6. Foursquare
  7. Uber
  8. Waze


  1. just a bunch of Apple build in app which I rarely use.


Below are all the apps I removed (and reasons why I removed)

  1. Skype
  2. SkyScanner
  3. AirBnB
  4. Startbucks MY – can easily access through website
  5. GSC Movies – leaving Malaysia soon
  6. Human – switch to MiFit
  7. SleepBot – switch to MiFit
  8. Run Keeper – great apps! but I don’t run on regular basis
  9. 7 minutes
  10. Water In
  11. Up Coffee
  12. Wunderlist – build in Reminder fits my need
  13. VSCO Cam
  14. Snow
  15. Snapseed
  16. Flipgram
  17. Tumblr
  18. Line Tsum Tsum – I prefer offline games
  19. Blendoku
  20. Dots
  21. Pile
  22. Mathtastistics
  23. Quiz Up
  24. Wallpaper+
  25. Math 42highly recommended to math students! deleted because I don’t need it anymore
  26. Dreamdays
  27. Printic
  28. 8trackts
  29. Pomodoro
  30. IFTTT
  31. Been

(not the complete list) 




Thanks for reading!

Love, Jiaxin


I liked to collect things since I was a kid. I kept a lot of random stuff like letters, birthday cards, a post-it notes from a friend, stones, seashells, pretty gift bags etc. I owned a lot of books.

I came across the idea of Minimalism on Pinterest last year, but I never applied it in my life until earlier this year. I was inspired by Marie Kondo (a Japanese organising consultant) method of organising, which also known as KonMari method. It consists of gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy”, and choosing a place for everything from then on.

I love the idea of ‘Spark Joy’ – it means keeping only things that bring us joy, and letting go items which doesn’t.

I started my decluttering process by cleaning my closet. I’m moving abroad soon, so it’s also a good opportunity for me to think what I really want to keep and get rid.

Getting rid of my sentimental items was easier after I came across of this ‘Spark Joy’ concept. There’s no point of keeping items which trigger bad memories and don’t bring me joy.

Ever since I started journaling and penpaling in 2014, I bought a lot of stationeries like washitapes, stamps, ink pads (different colours), letter sheets, envelops etc. I realised I’ve way too many stationeries and I didn’t actually use all of it. I gave some of it to my friends/penpals. They’re happy when they received it (all in good condition, almost look like brand new!)

As for my collection of books, I found it really hard to make a decision. Back when I was in junior high school, I read a lot of Chinese literatures. I had quite a lot of books I bought but never read – I donated all these books to my high school library. I kept only books I really like, and got rid of all those books I didn’t enjoy reading.

I started reading English books since 2012. I bought more than 100 books in 3.5 years time. Of course I’ve books which I didn’t enjoy reading, but I still feel like keeping them. I feel so happy everytime I look at my gorgeous and handsome bookshelves. They spark joy!

Besides from physical things, I declutter my digital spaces too. I finally made the effort to unsubscribe all the newsletters, thanks to UNROLL.ME , my job became easier by just one click. I went through my Twitter and Instagram following list, I unfollowed quite a number of users. I don’t like going through my timeline and reading negative thoughts everyday. Also, no point following updates which I never care. I created few lists on Twitter, I can easily go through all the tweets based on topic, and only check it when I feel like.

I feel so guilty everytime when I look at all the things I decluttered, for instance, books I bought but never read, clothes which I only wore once or twice, stationeries I bought but never use… (uh the amount of money I wasted!!)

My spending patterns changed because of minimalism too. I feel bad for wasting money on things I don’t need, so I’ll make sure I won’t repeat the same mistakes again.

Now, I wouldn’t go crazy when there’s sale. ‘Everything is free if you don’t buy it.’  Before spending money, I’ll ask myself for a few times – ‘Do you really need this?’. If I can think of a single reason of ‘why I shouldn’t purchase it’, I won’t buy it. I rather save more money, and own better quality products, than buying cheap products which don’t have good quality (try to think of all the cheap labour in India and China) (also, our environment)

I spend less time with my phone after I unfollow/unsubscribe  – I don’t have a lot of updates to catch up! Also, I wouldn’t be affected when I came across posts with negative vibes.


I’ll blog about my progress again, stay tuned for more.

Thanks for reading!

Love, Jiaxin

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50 Facts About Me


One of my 101 in 1001 challenge is to write a ’50 Facts About Me’ blog post. Here’s it!

  1. I was born on a rainy Saturday night (21st of December!)
  2. December is my favourite month (my birthday, christmas and winter!)
  3. I am left-handed.
  4. I’m moving to Japan in September to further my study. (majoring in Economics!)
  5. I love animals, especially dogs (I’ve a pet dog Koharu)
  6. I have a lot of hobbies and passions.
  7. I prefer hot chocolate more than coffee. I like tea more than hot chocolate.
  8. I like to drink water.
  9. I like to walk. (I’ll use the staircase instead of escalator!)
  10. I love Harry Potter! Still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.
  11. I was sorted into Ravenclaw on Pottermore. Also chose as Erudite in Divergent quiz. *only things that give me hope during exam*
  12. I am a morning person, but also a night owl.
  13. I started writing diaries since I was six.
  14. I started blogging in October 2008.
  15. I like to write letters.
  16. I like to keep everything well organised.
  17. I like to wear hoodie (so warmth and comfy)
  18. My favourite colours are white, blue and pink.
  19. My favourite number is 21.
  20. I like early mornings because it never fails to bring me positive vibes.
  21. I like rainy day, especially rainy morning.
  22. I like to eat breakfast.
  23. I love adventures.
  24. I like train station and airport.
  25. I love to read and watch movies.
  26. I like books with bad endings. (weird?)
  27. I have a lot of fictional crushes.
  28. I like to take photographs and make videos.
  29. I like the idea of minimalism. Slowly applying it in my daily life.
  30. I like to set goals and challenges for myself.
  31. I like Apple products lol
  32. I spend a lot of time on Youtube.
  33. I like to learn new language.
  34. I like to observe people, and try to imagine their stories.
  35. I like to spend time with myself.
  36. I’m an introvert. Shy. Socially awkward.
  37. I am very quiet.
  38. I feel insecure very easily.
  39. I don’t know how to express myself.
  40. I’ve short attention span.
  41. My family and friends said I’m a total perfectionist.
  42. I act differently with different group of people – a bad habit I want to change.
  43. I hope I can be more confident.
  44. I hope I can be more creative.
  45. I learn electone (electronic organ) since I was 8 but I am not good at it 😦
  46. I don’t like pickled food.
  47. I like chocolate but I don’t like chocolate ice-cream.
  48. I don’t like to spread negative vibes.
  49. Parents and friends said I bring positive influences. (hmm, i don’t know)
  50. You can find me on the internet at @jiaxinxlee or @micjiaxin

Thanks for reading! Click here to find out more of 101 in 1001. 

Love, Jiaxin

Monthly Favourite: June 2016

Instead of writing a monthly wrap-up post – I decided to write a Monthly Favourite post for June. Not sure if I can continue doing this for the next few months, let’s try. 



  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling – finally finished Harry Potter series this month. It took me a longer time to complete the last book – I was feeling so emotional. I woke up with puffy eyes every morning because I cried so hard in the previous night. ps / i’ve a minor crush on Sirius Black. 


Movies //

  1. Me Before You – I wasn’t sure how I feel about this movie – it’s a nice movie (funny & cute – make me laugh so hard) – but I couldn’t tell whether I like it or not. I read the first two chapters of the book after the movie, but I didn’t feel like want to continue it. I hope the disabled community won’t give up on their life or think they’re worthless after watching the movie.  (including this as my monthly favourite because 1, cute movie 2, watched it with my best friend and little sister) 


Songs //

  1. Rather Be – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
  2. The Sound – The 1975
  3. Girls – The 1975
  4. fallingforyou – The 1975
  5. Me – The 1975
  6. 告白气球 - 周杰伦
  7. 说走就走 - 周杰伦
  8. 一点点 - 周杰伦  (gosh so in love with Jay’s new album!)


Purchases //

  1. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens – I finally got myself a 50mm lens this month! I love how my photos looked under the 50mm lens. I bought a manual one so it took me a bit of time to get used to it.

Others //

1.  Lunch @ The Library, NU Sentral – with Dawn and Jiayi. The food was so nice until I forgot to take photos lol

2.   Haircut – I cut my hair short this month. I’m so happy with my new hairstyle. I always think that I look better with long hair but I guess I was wrong. 

3.  Decluttering –  I donated some of my books to the local library. My bookshelves looked more spacious now. Also got rid of some sentimental items (letters, diaries). I liked to collect stamps, stickers, washitapes when I was 17 but I wasn’t using most of it – decided to give to my friends as gift (of course it’s in very good condition)


^ view from where I live (definitely going to miss this scenery) #snapchatquality

4. Sleeping pattern – I finally adjusted my sleeping pattern. I sleep before 1am (oh don’t judge it’s a big achievement for me!) and wake up before 7am now every day. My skin condition become so  much better and I’m more productive. Early morning never fail to bring me positive vibes. 


trying to take a selfie with dog is so hard (#snapchat)

5. Koharu (my puppy) – my baby girl is so attached to me now! couldn’t picture my life without this cutie pie. thank you for bringing so much fun to my life ❤

Thanks for reading. Hope you’ve a great day 🙂 Stay tune for more!

Love, Jiaxin

May 2016


I was being extremely unproductive this month. I tried to redefine ‘productive’. I am now on gap year (sort of – i’m having 9 months break before university starts). I don’t need to go to college and I don’t have a job. I have all my times to myself and I am free to do whatever I want. So, what it meant by ‘being productive’?



I spent most of my time reading Harry Potter in May. I finished reading Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince this month. I already ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child online but it’ll only be published on 31st of July. I’ll read and watch Harry Potter again and again until I get my copy of Cursed Child (not joking)


My parents bought me a new laptop earlier this month. A Macbook Air. It’s so light and thin so I can now carry it with me wherever I go. I didn’t know if I made the right choice to switch to Macbook. Mac was all greek to me (I was so used to Windows).


I realised that I couldn’t read slides clearly in class if I wasn’t sitting in the front row. I went for an eye test last few week. (Right eye: perfectly fine. Left eye: -0.75D) The optician said it’s not necessarily for me to wear glasses but I still got myself a pair


I read quite a lot of articles about Minimalism and Decluttering but I never apply them. This month,  I tried to declutter using Marie Kondo (KonMari) method. I donated some of my old clothes and also threw away some sentimental items (they didn’t spark joy!) My wardrobe looks more spacious now. Also easier to search for clothes. All thanks for KonMari Folding method. I am not done with it yet, still trying to get rid of more things.


31 May – Lunch with Dawn @ Nana Green Tea, Pavilion, KL.



Thanks for reading.

Love, Jiaxin