Today, I tried my hand at a DIY linen pin board. My inspiration? This overpriced beauty from Pottery Barn. Looks great, but I’m not paying a three digit price for it.

So instead, I bought (1) four foam boards, (2) two yards of linen, (3) one set of eight 12×12 cork board squares, (4) one can of spray-on adhesive and (5) one staple gun. I have the box cutter, black marker, duct tape and measuring tape.


I started off by measuring the wall space. To fill it, I decided to make a 55 inch by 40 inch pin board. Next I duct taped the form board together and cut it to size.


Afterwards, I laid down my cork squares and realized that I am short. (Doh!) So now it’s off to Amazon to buy some more cork and wait till next weekend to continue this project.

Movie Tally: 27

A Simple Life A rare HK film that’s about HK. Most Asian movies today seem to be a big multi-country collaboration between HK, Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, etc. But this one, it’s a very HK story about a grown man who’s been taken care of by his amah (nanny or domestic servant) his whole life, until she has a stroke. This is when the tables turn and the man becomes the one to take care of his amah. It’s a touching story about the loving bond between two people that in the beginning seemed be a very distant master-servant relationship. It’s also an eye opening look at elderly care in HK. Apparently this was based on a true story about a film producer and his amah, making it all the more touching. What’s very notable about this movie is that it’s gimmick-less. You would almost think that it was a documentary with the way it shows two people’s normal every day interactions. There are no tear-jerking scenes or monologues, or characters who’ve done wrong or have taken each other for granted. No, it’s simply a story about a man and his nanny.

Celeste and Jesse Forever This movies is like “The Breakup“. You expect funny things to happen based on the trailer, but in the end, the movie is one heck of a tear jerker of about two people who used to love each other, let their relationship deteriorate, realize it too late and deal with trying to let go and move on. Celeste and Jesse are a young couple who are best friends, but are separated at the start of the movie and plan to divorce. Funny thing is, they still act like best friends and do everything together. Until Jesse knocks up a girl he has a one night stand and then decides to really call it quits. It’s very touching to see how these two struggle with the realization that they still love each other but don’t want to go back on their decision to go their separate ways. In thinking about relationships, it can be really easy to look at the bad to justify leaving, but remembering the good can just completely break your heart when you realize what it was that made you fall in love with someone to begin with.