Daily Monday

Expense Log #3: (Mostly) otome games

I didn’t purchase any fashion items (because I’m trying to reduce my clothing and I remembered that a jacket I preordered last year is arriving this month). I didn’t purchase any other form of entertainment other than my otome games and microtransactions on Genshin. I did purchase some skincare this month since I ran out of moisturizer and my concealer expired a long time ago, but that’s about it.

I’ve been enjoying two of the games that I bought thoroughly. I must say they’re really pricey around $50 each, but this price tag is standard for an otome game on Switch. I’m a complete sucker for scenarios that have dark plot twists and the titles I bought were exactly that, so I’m very satisfied with it. I was really tempted to buy a bunch of titles in one go so I have a stash of titles to go through later, but I realized I won’t have the time to play all of these once I start the preparation for moving out (and finally start working).

In-game city decorated for the Lantern Rite event (in time for Chinese New Year)

Other than that, I guess I gave in to my temptations to roll for more gacha on Genshin. I was really happy to get the characters I wanted, but I know I don’t actually need them. Thinking about it right now, I really shouldn’t have done it, though. I’m slightly regretting my decision. I guess the festive mode in-game somehow influenced me.

I’m quite happy that I didn’t purchase many things this month, but then again, the price for each transaction was quite high. In the end, the total amount of money I spent didn’t change much compared to last month’s. I’d like to say that I want to lessen my expenditure next month, but that’s clearly impossible.

Next month’s expense log is definitely going to explode. 90% of the stuff would be costs from moving out and I’m not looking forward to see how empty my bank account will be in a couple of weeks.

Expense Log #2: Fashion items, tarot stuff, and ceramics

I think I managed to suppress my expenses a bit this month in comparison to last month’s. But then again, the laptop expense might be too high for it to be a fair comparison.

A backpack

I got a new one from the Japanese brand Standard Supply to replace my old backpacks. It wasn’t cheap but I think the price I paid was OK since I used up extra points that I’ve saved up. I was going for the Standard size but ended up purchasing the Tiny version instead. I’m regretting a bit for not picking the bigger one, but I guess the smaller one fits my body size better. Since the appearance is very clean, I think I can use this for both future work and casual outings. Overall an OK purchase.

Chuu Fashion

I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any clothing items this month but I once again lost to flash sales. I got two pair of jeans for $15 each, a trench coat for $20 and a blouse for $13. I just love how comfortable their jeans are that I always go back to purchasing a new pair from them once my old ones are starting to look worn out. Their blouse and trench coat turned out to be great too. I’m glad I could get this deal before it was gone!

Tarot Cards & Guide Book

I owned a set of Kawaii Tarot cards but I left them back in my home country and forgot about it until I discovered that one of my favorite Japanese voice actors was practicing tarot readings (yes, I’m weak to external influence). I decided to purchase the original set because I actually like the original illustrations with all the little details and symbolic meanings. I also got a guide book to go with it and have been progressing in reading it daily. There’s a ton of information for each major and minor arcanas that it’s actually overwhelming me a bit. Also, trying to interpret my own readings have been challenging so far, but it’s been really interesting. I probably should’ve tried a 3 card spread first before jumping into the celtic spread lmao.

Val Do Sol Ceramics

I purchased a ceramic bowl and plate from IDEE’s online shop last month and it finally arrived this month. As seen in the picture, they’re created with a perfection in imperfection type of concept. My friend hated the imperfection but I’m weirdly attracted to it, which led me to purchase it (it was also 10% off for winter sale). I think it’s a worthy purchase!

I don’t think I went too crazy this month, which made me a bit happy. Haha. Although I did impulse purchase on the clothing, it’s still something I know I’ll wear for a long time. I think it’s worth the money spent in the end!