Pen of the Day and a Decidedly Retro Camera


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My pen of the day is something I recently bought from Everything Calligraphy. I used  to have three Lamy pens–a Lamy Umbra (Safari in charcoal black), Vista, and Studio. I gave the Vista to somebody who wanted to try out fountain pens, but I’ve been missing it since. I’m not really a fan of Lamy Safari, but I want the Vista as a partner to my Umbra to round off my Safari collection (until they come out with a nice-looking brown and green).

Oh, in the background of the photo above is a gift my husband gave me yesterday. I often include photos in my journal entries–I print them out on photo paper or I (less frequently) have them printed out at digital photo printing services. My husband thought it would be fun to give me something that would let me print photos instantly. This was actually on my Christmas wishlist, so I’m crossing it out early. He’s such a sweetheart.

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It’s surprising that Instax cameras have developed a cult following in Asia. I’ve wanted one for a while now, but I never seem to get around buying myself one of these. Maybe because the designs were a little too colorful for me? This one’s the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, and speaks of the distinctive, two-tone retro camera design. I really love the way that it looks. It’s also light, and has a lot of options that give you a lot of control over the photos you shoot. The lens collapses when you turn the camera off, so it’s not as bulky as other Instax cameras.

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I think that one of the reasons why Instax camera appealed to me (aside from that magical feel of getting your photo printed out instantly), is that I like how the photos you take with it are unique and cannot be reproduced. You can scan it and print it again, but it won’t be quite like the original print. It’s as unique as the moment it captures. 🙂

I already started to include some photos in my journal entries last night (yes, they’re photos of my cat). It’s good that Instax film isn’t very bulky. The paper of my journal holds it up pretty well and it doesn’t really bulk up the pages too much. 🙂

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Happy International Doughnut Day, Pen Friends!


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After a long week, Saturdays are always like the proverbial light at the end of a tunnel. I usually sleep in, wake up late, read a lot, write a lot, and I don’t usually bother with cooking. Saturdays are awesome! It’s even more awesome today because it’s International Doughnut Day! Haha. My husband woke me up from my afternoon nap with a box of my favorite doughnuts. 🙂 Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a blast!

My pens for this weekend…cedar blue Parker 51 and Waterman Expert II.

Old and New


Writing is both mask and unveiling. – E. B. White

What a beautiful, cloudy day. 🙂 It didn’t rain in our area but the overcast skies made the day quite a pleasant break from the sweltering heat we’ve been enduring these past months. I’ve got so many reports to finish today, but it’s always great to find a bit of time to write.

My companions for today are my two Parker 75s (inked with Diamine Safari and Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri) and my Pilot Capless (inked with Sailor Jentle Miruai). All these pens are gifts from a dear friend. Two are from the 1960’s and one is a modern pen. I love all three not just for sentimental reasons, but because all are spectacular writers. 🙂

Break time is over! Back to work I go. 🙂

Reds in Rotation! And a few other things…


I’ve given up on carrying just 6 pens. I figured if I really wanted to just carry six pens, I should be able to do it haha. The thing is I have a lot of new green inks, and I MUST TRY ALL OF THEM AT ONCE! I know, I know, I have a problem. Sigh.

Anyway, back in rotation this week are two great writers. A marbled red Waterman Hemisphere and a Pilot 78G, both with medium nibs but both write very differently. I have gone without red inks for a few weeks so I guess it’s time to put away the pink and get back to my favorite shades of very dark red.

These past few weeks have been a bit overwhelming because I have new things to do at work, new reports to do, etcetera etcetera. My stress level is climbing and I realized that all the constant buzzing of social media isn’t helping me at all. So I decided to unplug unless I’m working. I forced myself to seek out the peace and quiet–extend my daily devotions, find time to write again, and read a few chapters whenever I can. It’s worked, so far. I stayed home as much as I can, I went out to celebrate my husband’s birthday month with him…but mostly, I just wanted to stay home, reflect and enjoy the quiet moments.

Monday na uli. 🙂

In this photo:
Waterman Hemisphere (Marbled Red, inked with Diamine Oxblood)
Pilot 78G, red (Inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo)
Large dot grid journal by Elias Notebook
Maroon Single pen slip by Elias Notebook

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I’ve decided to once again try to whittle down my daily carry to two. That is gonna be a very difficult thing to do since I like to carry at least nine pens every day. I just think that narrowing down my daily carry to two pens with complimenting inks would be a great way to have a lot of quality time with all of my pens. It would also be easier to lug around. 🙂 Right now I’m down to seven pens from last week’s nine. Easy does it.

#FPOTD:
Parker 51, medium – Burma Road Brown (vintage pen, vintage-looking ink)
TWSBI Micarta, medium – Diamine Terracotta, my favorite brown ink.