More Than Happiness

I am sure that there are finer writers who can put it more eloquently. But as 2019 came to a close and 2020 walked in with a swagger (not giving a fuck about whether it ushered in a new decade or not), I realized that it is okay not to wish for happiness. Perhaps it is better to break it down to digestible pieces. First, it doesn’t have to be Emotions versus Reason. For many, rationality meant shedding emotions away…

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Troublemaker Inks’ Nautical Highway

Troublemaker Inks are one of those inks that I wish I was able to acquire sooner. While that it is true that they are active in mixing and selling inks, I wish I was able to have had more time earlier to get acquainted with the first colors they released. I only have some samples and I am loving those. I wish I was able to get some more full-sized bottles. But they still have more inks to produce and…

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Veco Block Pads: Affordable Fountain Pen-friendly Paper

Recently, people from my Fountain Pen Facebook group have gone gaga over Veco Block pads, which are available from National Bookstore branches and Lazada. If you’re familiar with the Veco white and pastel-covered notebooks (which are available in lined, grid, sketch, and dotted variants), you’d understand why folks are excited about having another kind of paper to hoard. The available size for now is A5 (148 mm x 210 mm) with 80 gsm paper and come in various colors: yellow,…

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Takumi Spirits of Artisan notebooks by IWI x Awagami Factory

As a fountain pen user and enthusiast for quite some time, the perpetual problem (and obsession) that I have is looking for paper that is fountain pen-friendly. Although I have no choice in the user of paper in the hospital for charts and prescriptions, I still need to have fp-friendly paper for my journaling, lists, and note-taking. And like many folks who fell in the same rabbit hole like me, it’s an endless search, not because we can’t find any,…

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Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen: Reliable Capless Convenience

Eversince I have started using fountain pens for daily writing (especially at work), one of my few apprehensions is that I always fear losing the pen cap. During hospital duty, everything can happen so fast: one minute you’re quietly writing orders on hospital charts, and the next minute, you’re already prepping for emergency endotracheal intubation on a patient at the emergency room. I used to write with retractable ballpoint pens and since I have switched to fountain pens, I terribly…

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