Daily Monday

September fashion and tech items wishlist

I haven’t been busy with anything lately, which leads me to browse the web even more often and finding stuff I don’t really need that gets into my wishlist.

PRESSo Wallet

Image from drip.base.shop

I discovered this brand after watching a Japanese Youtuber who features this brand called Drip on his channel a lot. I love leather products so naturally, I’m attracted to it. I don’t need another wallet since I’m really satisfied with my abrAsus wallet I got a couple of months ago, so I’m eyeing this more as a card holder. But then again, I still have my current card holder doing perfectly fine aside from being a tad too bulky. This PRESSo wallet costs around $100 so it’s on the pricey side. I guess I’m not getting this any time soon haha.

The classic Muji backpack

Image from Muji.com

I feel like almost every Japanese would have seen this backpack or possibly own it. It’s a very basic backpack from Muji with an extra feature of being water repellant. With a very affordable price of $30, it just makes me want to own this and add it to my personal backpack collection. But of course, I have too many bags right now and I don’t even use them since I don’t go out these days. I do have an option of selling my old bags off to someone else or to the secondhand shop but both options doesn’t really bring any merit or good income to cover the purchase, so … No.

Allbirds sneakers

Image from Allbirds Japan

I’m a sucker for pure white stuff. And I know sneakers are the first thing that I will get dirty upon receiving. I have three pairs of sneakers lying in my cabinet unused because somehow they’re too tight for me (even though I got my usual size) and it hurts when I use it for too long. I’m actually facing the same dilemma with the backpacks since I have multiple of it but I’m not really sure whether I should sell it off and where to sell it off to. These wool sneakers are $100 a pair and it looks so soft to wear (and also machine washable!). I’ve heard great reviews about it in the past and only rediscovered it recently (of course, from an ad ….).

New Macbook and iPhone

In terms of item condition, my laptop and smartphone are probably the ones that needs to get replaced soon. Both batteries are busted and they can’t live without a charger. Plus, both are above 4 years old which causes applications to run slower and apps to crash more frequently.

I’m waiting for October’s iPhone release to see if it’s worth switching this year or wait for another year again. I’m definitely changing my laptop once I get enough income after starting my job next year. But that’ll be in a couple of months. I know Apple’s trying to release a new Mac with their own chip but I’m really risk adverse so I fear bugs and whatnot coming with the first release. So if I do get a new laptop, it’ll be their current Macbook Pros with the intel chip.

Experimenting with a film camera

I’ve always had this thing for vintage/analog stuff. So far I’ve played around with polaroid and this time, I decided to try out film. I’ve seen my parents use old film cameras when I was still small. I remember going to photo studios just to get it developed. It was a fun process. Then it just disappeared all of a sudden and got replaced with digital.

Then I noticed that the first polaroid camera brand I bought, Lomography, also sells film cameras. It was on sale as well, so I decided to purchase it. I got a normal version (featured in this post) and a fisheye camera that I have yet to test out.

I got a camera from the La Sardina series. It’s modelled after a sardine can, which is really cute. The set comes with a flash and different color filters. I had to purchase the film rolls separately, though. I got the ISO 400 film.

I immediately experimented with it but never got the chance to develop the film since there weren’t any photo studios around where I live. I had to send the raw film to my friend who lives in Osaka and have him develop it there. Sadly, a few days after the pictures are done, that photo studio itself closed down forever. So now I gotta look for a new studio to develop my future films.

Anyways, here are some of the (sad) results.

As you can see, I still suck at taking pics. The images are all blurry since I didn’t hold the camera properly haha. But I like how the blurriness adds to the charm.

This is a shot of my friend that unexpectedly turned well. Lol.

Notice that the picture got cut off on the left side. Actually, I did a very stupid mistake of exposing the negatives to the light before I got it developed. So half of the roll was damaged and only pictures that I took after this strip was salvageable. It would’ve been great if this whole scene was complete, though. Never again expose undeveloped negatives to light.

I’m liking the first batch of results even though it’s not the best. Taking pictures with these cameras always fill me with excitement since you cannot 100% plan your composition and the outcomes are full of surprises. I’m definitely looking forward to take more pics with this and eventually try out the fisheye version!