Author: literaryboutique

A Game of Thrones: Chapter 2 – Catelyn I

Chapter two, a short chapter that introduces Catelyn, Eddard Stark’s wife. A woman of faith, we see a brief insight into the relationship between herself and Eddard (Ned). To summarise this chapter, Catelyn receives news from King Robert Baratheon that Lord Jon Arryn, her brother-in-law, has died. Ned is clearly saddened by the loss. We discover that John Arryn was a second father to him and his friend, Robert Baratheon. Upon receiving the news from Robert Baratheon, we learn that Robert and the queen’s family, The Lannisters, are making their way to Winterfell; displeasing Ned greatly.

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The Traveler’s Guide: #3 Filofax | Weekly Agenda Inserts

“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”Thomas Edison I don’t recall when my love of analog planners began. All I remember was that I have always loved handwritten projects. Perhaps it has something to do with being a 90’s kid, where computer technology was only at its initial stages. These days there are thousands of planner/calendar apps to choose from, but it just isn’t the same as planning by hand. Additionally, I have always believed that if you write down your thoughts and to-do lists, you won’t easily forget them. Consequently, my passion for Filofax began. Who knew that a simple leather-bound binder would give me so much joy. Filled with different kinds of inserts and customisations to choose from, I was in stationery heaven. Established in 1921, Filofax are well-known for their personal organisers, which has thankfully kept up with the rise of digital calendars. Nowadays, with a loyal fan base, organiser/planner inserts can easily be purchased throughout the world. Aside from Filofax, Etsy is a great place to find personalised …

New Year: Book Haul

Since it’s 2018, I thought I’ll share with you all a few books I purchased, specifically self-help books. Why this genre? My word for 2018 is ‘change’. I want 2018 to be all about change. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in this situation, but I’m bored of being stuck in this repetitive cycle I’ve somehow created. So I thought a bit of reading may help me solve my current situation and make me more motivated to try something different. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Discover the six habits that are transforming the lives of thousands of people around the world, showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus I love working in the mornings. The problem is, I have trouble waking up and getting out of bed. I’m fine during the weekends, but when it comes to weekdays, I struggle getting out of bed. One day whilst I was browsing through social media, I spotted ‘The Miracle Morning’ with rave reviews. I decided to purchase the …

The Traveler’s Guide: #2 Traveler’s Company Notebook

“There was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery.”Charles Dickens One of my recent purchases that I fell in love with was my traveler’s notebook, olive edition. I first noticed the traveler’s notebook back in 2012, when it was previously known as Midori. Back then, I was looking for a planner/diary setup, so I purchased the brown edition with a few inserts. I remember travelling with it for a year and then setting aside for my new-found passion with Filofax (another future blog post). Towards the beginning of 2018, I came to realise (again) my love for writing. Due to having a full-time job, I truly missed writing. Thus, I was on the lookout for a new notebook for my daily journal writing. After spending a lot of time on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, I wanted to revisit the traveler’s notebook again, especially the olive edition; and thus started a whole new adventure in researching different refills and setting up the traveler’s notebook to my liking.

The Traveler’s Guide: #1 An Introduction

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi It’s been a while since I’ve last shared my thoughts and opinions with you. When you’re busy working with a full-time job, it’s hard to find time to sit and review books. As a temporary alternative, I thought I’ll share the things that brings me joy and happiness. Thus, let me introduce to you ‘The Traveler’s Guide’, the blog section of Literary Boutique, where I go about obtaining memories from around the world in forms of ephemera, stationery, books and photographs. Why call it ‘The Traveler’s Guide’? After a pretty stressful 2017, happiness and creativity is all that I wanted this year (and maybe a small pinch of change). Incidentally, the blog was originally named ‘The Happiness Diary’. Why the change? After trying to pursue happiness for several months, I’ve come to realise that I’ve been searching in the wrong direction. Here I thought happiness can be found through searching, but no, happiness is earned; and it …

A New Beginning

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”Graham Greene, The End of the Affair It’s been a while, give or take a couple of years since I last posted. At present, I have branded myself as a workaholic, which greatly exists in our family genes. Indeed, I have worked continuously for the past two years with no regrets…I lie, my only regret is not writing enough. I have read plenty of literature throughout these two years, but I have never had the chance to put them into writing. Consequently, I have missed this blog very much. What’s new? As you can see, we have a new website layout. I am using the Zuki WordPress theme. It’s a minimalistic, magazine theme, which I think will fit this site very well. Not only does it display large featured posts, but I also get to add my favourite quotes anywhere I like. Additionally, I am thinking of expanding my blog to …

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called on to investigate the bizarre proceedings of The Red-Headed League, a philanthropic society which promotes the interests of men with red hair by paying them handsomely to perform small tasks. Holmes soon realises that The League is not as charitable as it appears but rather part of an ingenious criminal plot involving the fourth smartest man in London.