Scription has been very slow in the past year of 2012. I thought situation at work would become smoother but it didn't. Simply opening too many stores too fast, losing important connection between sourcing and customer wants/needs. In addition to under staff situation in my departments, I had a lot of tedious problems to tackle for developing new stores in Shanghai. That left me essentially no time in cultivating people and projects at work, let alone my own Chronodex adventure. 2012 was a very tiring year.
(A Room vintage cafe: dolls from the 50s meet present day Traveler's Notebook)
(GZ cafe: which I brought a dear Korean Traveler's Notebook super fan/friend there)
I did managed to stop by a few nice places during my business trips, which is like Shanghai every month, such as Le Jardin Secret (秘密花園) restuarant, A Room which is a nice cafe flooded with vintage stuffs and GZ cafe which the owner is always there to chat with.
I did managed to steal time, like I said before, to do something I like in small chunks of time too, but that's not too fulfilling and I always feel like missing a lot of things. Like bringing personal projects to business trip hoping I could work on them in hotel but eventually too tired to do so, like I needed to organize ideas floating around but there was never a quiet moment I could use productively. Despite what you think apparently, I myself feel like losing myself bits and pieces here and there. 2013 new year resolution? Be smarter.
Smarter! Like forget about Apple's Map, use Baidu in China once and for all. For the rest of the world, Google Map rocks. Yup, Apple led somebody in Australia to a dessert, it led me to a wrong building too. Not smart to roll out an app like that. Not smart when you don't know you are not ready for it (I'm reminding myself).
(Sensu brush is the best stylus I've ever found! Writing with it on iPad is effortless, not to mention the amazing low friction digital painting in apps like Paper)
(Words notebook: made in USA, carefully chosen paper and ink, size the same as Moleskine Cahier, unique system of notation for tasks and bullets. Fountain pen will bleed through pages, finer rollerballs, pencils and ballpoints are perfect. I would say it is the tasks/bullets version of Field Notes)
As for product reviews in 2012, I believe I did nothing at all. Did managed to post some pictures with short comments on Instagram/Twitter feed, but no analysis and comparison, zero. Well, Scription is not about product reviews afterall, I am sure you trust what I share here or on Instagram/Twitter has some points of interest. Maybe I filtered too much, should have revealed a little more.
Yes I posted porns on my feeds too, judging from the responds I get, I figured people really don't mind. I hope in between these porns, you can see tibits of my life and practise perhaps something good will come out of the sharing.
Oh meeting people in 2012 was fun, great fun. I took the liberty to further disrupt my work boundaries and went to Tainan University of Technology sharing my retail experience, hope I had inspired some students there. They are very polite and teachers are super friendly, I appreciate the opportunity. I also went to a forum to speak to dozens of secondary school students in Hong Kong, sharing thoughts about creating a sustainable campaign for their Chinese New Year projects. I love sharing, which is part of my very own learning, I just hope I can have more time to do that in our industry as well.
(Thanks world Traveler's Notebook fans @fishball and Colin for sending me lovely greetings! Merry Xmas!)
Lastly, thanks to all of you Scription readers and Chronodex users whom have been heart warming and supportive. Let's continue the Scription journey in 2013!
Please do comment for the Scription content so far, I'd like to see what I can improve.