Monday, 22 August 2016

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine Mini Review (Ink of the Year 2016)

As promised, the new post on my favourite brand!

This one is about IotY 2016 Aquamarine.

I would call this the ink version of Lamy 2000.

What do I mean? I mean Aquamarine wasn't love at first sight, but upon the continuous use of it... it just grew on me.

Love at second sight <3 <3 <3

I've put it in the Danitrio (refer to previous post for more info on the Dani). I find Aquamarine a good match for the body!

My personal choice for Aquamarine would be something a tad brighter than what Pelikan has produced. However, having said that, I still like this ink. It pushes me to explore a different shade from my usual repertoire of rich bright blues.

Here are the pics!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Danitrio Cum Laude (Blue Grey)

It's been over four months since the last post! Life's been quite busy these days... also I didn't get new stuff so nothing to talk about :P

Today's piece is on the Danitrio Cum Laude. Yes again. It's not deja vu kay!

I lost my original one and the replacement came in yesterday, hence the post.

Which is a little strange. Why? Because I had originally wanted the blue grey version, but my first Cum Laude was a brown one. It slowly grew on me, but I lost that, and now here I am, with the colour I've wanted all along. Strange how fate deals out its cards huh?

Currently it's being filled up with a blend I came up with. I was looking for a grey that wouldn't be too light (not going for the pencil effect here!) and so I mixed grey with a touch of black - the exact ratio is 4 to 1.

Pictures pictures of this beauty! Did I tell you I was in love?

Look out for the next post.... on my favourite brand!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library Exhibition

Today's post is to talk about an exhibition that's currently being held at the National Library in Bugis!

It's called "From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library", and showcases the best of the library's many years of collections!

They range from WWII comics, the Malaya/Singapore newspapers, maps of harbours, and my personal favourite: the letters of Raffles.

Here are some pics! (They're all from the letters of Raffles section. I'm bias as always)

I highly recommend a visit! It runs till 28 August, so lots of time to go! In fact, I'm definitely going back again!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Short Review of Muji B5 Notebook

Well, technically it wouldn't be a review in the strictest sense, but rather just some thoughts after trying out this notebook.

Just a little background. These notebooks were bought because I wanted to give them as gifts to my friends who have April birthdays! (April is a good month, I have three friends who were born in April whee!)

So I went to Muji, knowing that (most of) its products were fountain pen friendly.

I ended up with a B5, 80 page notebook that was made of 58% recycled paper that cost me $4.30 a book.

Anyhow, after writing in it, I think they're great! Plus, it helps that they can be fully turned about 360 degrees (if you're into that kind of thing)

Without further ado, some pictures!

Pen used: Lamy 2000. Ink used: Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite (not colour corrected)

Pen used: Pelikan Pharo. Ink used: Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst (not colour corrected)

Pen used: Pelikan M605. Ink used: Noodler's Liberty Elysium (not colour corrected)

Tag to look out for on the notebook!

I hope this was useful! I can't recommend it enough - great product that's affordable and durable!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Mid month update on InCoWriMo

(This post is dedicated to my dear friends who indulge me in my letter writing hobby. Thank you for indulging a Luddite!)

Hi all,

It's just over the midway mark of February, and I'm happy to say I've finished this year's challenge already!

Yes I know it's early, because I tweaked the rules a little.

I have indeed written 29 different pieces and delivered them, but many of these 29 were written early, in Jan.

Well, I guess you could call it cheating yes, because I'm lazy to go out everyday to mail a piece. Can't really blame me for that now, can ya :P

Still, I'm going to continue writing and replying letters throughout the month! It's nice to see letters in the mailbox. I'm happy for having friends who take the effort to write! I'm thankful for these letters, so keep them coming! :D

Monday, 1 February 2016

The daily carry

Ever since I had a good talk with my ink magician friend about decluttering my life, I've been meaning to work on getting rid of some of my pens.

Of course, I haven't gotten far with that yet, but I've at least confirmed my 8 daily carry pens. Why 8? Because I have two 4-pen cases, with 4 pens being the max number you can have in a case and still have that case fit in your pocket.

From now, if I want to get a new pen, I will have to get rid of another, to free up one existing slot, be it by gifting the pen or selling it.

Latest Update (August 2016):

These days I'm only carrying four pens on me... I find that I haven't been writing much anyhow...(shock horror! Where are you, my penpals?). The current four are the Pelikan (Noodler's Liberty Elysium), the Pilot (Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue), the Lamy (Pelikan Edelstein Turmaline) and the Danitrio Cum Laude (Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine)

The Craftsman and Pharo are out of ink and sit at home. The Eco sits in my pencilcase, displaced by the Dani. The M200 and Platinum are currently not with me.

Future acquisition plans:
1. Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise (to replace the lost one)
2. Pelikan M605 Dark Blue (and then I'll sell the Blue Silver)
3. Lamy 27 and/or 99 (predecessor to the Lamy 2000)

Without further ado, an introduction to my daily 8.

1. Pelikan M605 Blue Silver - A nice fit for my hand, since I don't like posting my pens. The blue and silver complements each other very nicely and it brings me joy to use this pen.

2. Pilot Custom Heritage 92 - A reliable workhorse, this has quickly become joint favourites with 1. I especially like seeing how the ink sloshes around in the demo.

3. Lamy 2000 - I have to say, I didn't like it initially. However, it slowly grew on me - to the extent that when I lost it, I searched for a replacement. And now, I have another piece again, making me a happy person.

4. Pelikan Pharo - My first nibmeister customed nib. I bought it for the Binder nib and it performs beautifully. I like it and use it when I want a little extra something, flourishing in my writing.

5. TWSBI Eco - The value for money demo. Although not as beautiful as the Diamond 580, it is cheaper and more robust (ie less prone to having parts cracking) due to its one piece construction. The 1.1mm nib comes in useful when writing Christmas cards.

6. Sheaffer Touchdown Craftsman - I won this last year during FPD. I admit, it is not something I would have bought for myself. But like the Lamy, it has grown on me. It's a beautiful little piece with a true 14k fine nib and looks great despite its age.

7. Pelikan M200 demo - My first pen upon getting back into the FP world. A sentimental piece, and one that brings back fond memories.

8. Platinum 3776 - The blue of this pen is mesmerising. I find myself taking it out to look at because of its immense beauty. Yes, I'm drunk on this colour! Writes with just a touch of feedback, something to my tastes.

Which do I like most? 1 and 2, but they all have their place and usage. I love them all.

PS. Happy February! And for all of you InCoWriMo-ers outside, here goes!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo)

InCoWriMo is almost upon us! I am excited for it :D

InCoWriMo lasts for the whole of February and challenges one to handwrite and deliver a card, note, postcard or letter to someone every day of February.

And because this is a leap year, we get one extra day and one extra piece ;)

It's my third year doing this!

Ain't easy, this InCoWriMo, but hey, it's a reason to break out my pens and inks so... Challenge accepted!

If anyone reading this would like a letter, please leave me a comment with a means of contacting you! I will try to write back, especially if you're local! :)

Have fun doing InCoWriMo! I know I will :)