Friday Read

Happy belated new year! I hope the new year has treated you well. While perusing the news, I have stumbled upon a photo essay on one of the last pencil factories in America in The New York Times Magazine. Even though pencils are not often featured on this blog, it is an indispensable and constant presence in daily…

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Stationery shopping in Taipei

Besides family and food, stationery store visits are one of the "must-do" while I am in Taipei.  The revival of writing and paper culture worldwide has also reflected in the rise of specialty stationery stores in the City. Guangnan (光南) It is not a stationery store by the strictest definition since the store is a combination…

Stad T’Gaal Pencil Sharpener

Pencil sharpening is very nostalgic to me.  Before I abandoned wooden pencils for the supposedly cool mechanical ones, my mother would sharpen all my pencils by blade every night when the bookpack was packed.  For some odd reason, I envied kids with sharpeners that came in various shapes, castles, animals, you name it, without considering…

100th post giveaway

The goodiesIt is hardly believable that I have written one hundred review posts, long and short.  I am in a bit shock that I have the perseverance to post my two-cents periodically.  Part of the motivation is from you, the readers, for supporting (and in some way tolerating) the existence of this blog.  As a…