Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei

Following its previous ink releasing pattern, in 2016 Sailor "resurrected" limited edition from years before. When I caught a glimpse of orange in the rotation, I immediately thought Sailor has brought back the coveted and beloved Apricot. Since Sailor ink priced a bit lower overseas (a little over 10 USD versus 18 USD in the…

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Schneider 670 Fountain Pen

While I may hanker after specialty nibs and gorgeous fountain pens, I enjoy simple, economic beginner fountain pens just as much. They are great to carry around and my heart will not skip a beat if they are cosmetically marred. In my past experience, they are more reliable than luxury fountain pens at times because…

Ink Swatches

A problem constantly faced by stationery lovers is owning an abundance of something stationery related. Though these objects of endearment inspire creativity and joy, they can also be sources of worry-- am I hoarding?  At the beginning of this year, I finally read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While parts of the book…

Happy New Year!

Happy belated New Year and Handwriting Day! Even though this blog has been quiet, the pens in my rotation are ever increasing.  Toward the end of the year, I took advantage of various promotions and purchased some fountain pen ink I have longed for.  As you may have guessed, too many pens are inked!  I…

Stationery shopping in Taipei

cotBesides 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…

Unboxing Hobonichi 2017

To me, the unboxing of a highly anticipated package can be exhilarating with a hint of magic.  The downside to the heightened anticipation is checking that tracking number chronically.  After about two weeks of waiting (I ordered mine on August 31, Pacific Standard Time), the signature yellow package from Hobonichi finally reached my door. The deliberation…

Hobonichi 2017

It is never too early/late to plan.  My incessant debate over which planner to use for the following year begins as early as June, almost around the same time as when Hobonichi rolls out various announcements on its exciting offers for the coming year. Check out the 2017 line up here.  The webstore will open September…

Galen Leather Tool Roll

Truth be told, I do not have a dedicated fountain pen carrying case.  The one I have been using is a leather pen pouch that I have since I was in third grade.  Perhaps this pen pouch has been formative in my pen case experience, I have wanted to look for something similar but with…