Hello Hobonichi!


4 A6 Techos and 3 A5 Cousins

Ahhh, seeing  the new 2019 Hobonichi lineup  brings back fresh memories of my first Hobonichi Techo which I bought in 2016.   It’s been three years, and every year, I look forward to buying a new one.


A page from my #riatriesillustration project in an A5 Cousin

The Hobonichi uses Tomoe River paper, so it’s quite strong enough to handle watercolor and most types of ink.   Even fountain pen ink!   I’m actually using my A5 cousin as a watercolor sketchbook.


Love painting food!

I use my A6 for daily memory keeping so I’ve been loading it up with calling cards, photos, and stickers to help me remember past events.


Happy memories from 2017


This is why it gets so fat!

End of year, it gets really fat and chunky, but it can still stand on its own without collapsing.


The OC in me is actually bothered by the chunkiness!

This year, I bought the Japanese A6 to save a few pesos, but I struggled with it because the days were in Japanese!


Japanese Techo has no English days

Some tips:
1.  Other than for planning, you can use the Hobonichi as a journal or an ordinary notebook.

2.  Buy the English Techo if you’re going to be looking at the dates.

3.  If you’re starting out, best to start small with the A6. The A5 can be so big, there’s a lot of pressure to fill it in.

4. Don’t want it to get chunky?  Get the Avec.

5. Save money and skip the covers and other accessories (like I do!)


I resolved to use stamps more to reduce the chunkiness.

You can order directly through the Hobonichi website but here are other local options I have tried:
1. Crafty Lane
2. Mommy Jets Little Japan
3. Scribe Writing Essentials

I’m only getting the English A6 for now to use as my 2019 daily memory keeping journal (third straight year!). How about you?

Journaling Ideas: Book Reviews

Hi everyone!  A lot of people are afraid to start journaling because they always say they don’t know what to write about.   Really,  you can write about anything and everything!   Anyway,  I decided to start a series of blogposts (journaling ideas) about what I write inside my journals so that you can begin journaling too.    To start off,  reading is a big part of my life, so I like writing about books in my journal.


I have always been a bookworm and you know what?   I secretly loved doing those book reports in grade school.   Hehehe!


This year, I started doing a mini review of every book that I have read.   I add a very short synopsis about the book so that I’ll remember what it was about.   Some of the questions I ask myself while doing the review are these:  Did I like the book?   Why or why not?   What were my favorite parts?   Who were my favorite/least favorite characters and did I identify with them?   Are there any questions about the book that I have left unanswered?   I would also jot down some of my favorite lines if I could.   Most of all, I love adding the learnings I get from each book.


I like taking the time to respond to what I have read so that I’m not just breezing through the book with the aim of just finishing it, but that I also get to savor and learn from it as well.


By the way,  I love using the Everyday Explorers Co. Book Club stamp set to do my book reviews.  You can purchase it from here.

My goal is to read at least 25 books this year.   How about you?

#riatriesillustration Project

Hello!  Today I’d like to share a few bits about a personal project I started last year.   I want to improve on my watercolor and illustration skills so I’m trying to make a year’s worth of watercolor illustrations (so ambitious!).   I’ve been tagging my work online as #riatriesillustration .


I’ve been using the Hobonichi 2018 A5 planner as a watercolor sketchbook because I didn’t want to buy expensive sketchbooks.   I don’t want to feel pressured to produce masterpieces.   Just really glad to know that Tomoe River paper can hold its own with watercolor.   For my palette, I have the Sakura Koi 18 watercolor set.

I always paint with a reference photo from the internet.   At this point, I don’t think I’m ready to work from my imagination. 🙂


I paint at night when everyone has gone to sleep.   At first, I was able to paint daily until life got in the way.   Now, I’m lucky if I get to paint at least once a month (!!!).

Some days I felt really happy with what I’ve produced, and some days, my work is just so ugly, it makes me want to give up, hehehe.


Hopefully, with practice comes progress. I can’t wait to reach Day 365. I’m so excited to see how my work has progressed from Day 1.

I did a flip through of my first 31 days.  Hope you can check it out here.

Do you have a similar project going on right now?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!


Rhodia Goal Book: A Review


Rhodia Goal Book in Iris

I’ve been wanting to try the Rhodia brand of notebooks because I heard they were good for fountain pens.

I bought a Rhodia Goal Book from Scribe, here in Manila.  It came in so many beautiful colors and it was really hard to decide but I finally settled on the Iris.   I love touching its soft leatherette cover!

The Goal Book comes in A5 size with 240 pages: 224 numbered dot grid pages, a table of contents, and undated annual and monthly calendars.  It also has an expanding inner pocket at the back.


The Rhodia Goal Book as My Common Place Notebook

The Goal Book is fitted with premium 90 g. ivory, vellum paper.   The paper is so smooth to write on.   I used my Pilot Kakuno Clear Fountain Pen with a F nib and Versamagic inkpad in Midnight Black.   Love how there is no bleed through and the show through is very minimal.


No bleed through

I decided to use my Rhodia Goal Book as a Common Place Notebook.  It’s basically a journal where you can jot down notes that you think you can use at a later time.  I read a book by Regina Brett recently and I decided to copy the passages I liked into the Goal Book.


From Regina Brett’s book: Be The Miracle

If I could change anything about the Rhodia Goal Book, instead of being orange, I wish that the ribbon markers and elastic closure matched the notebook color.   I love this journal so much.  Stationery lovers, grab yours now!

You can check out the Rhodia Goal Book in detail here.


Taipei Shopping Guide: Where To Buy Books and Stationery


Visiting Taipei for the first time?    I dreamt of visiting Taiwan years ago, not for the delicious food nor the famous Taipei 101 but because I have been inspired by stationery and journaling personalities from Taiwan on Instagram.   I  was convinced that this is the book and stationery heaven I’ve been looking for!  Guess what?  It is!!!!


Here’s my book haul.  I bought these foreign books for the illustrations.  Eslite trip = success!!

Here are my Taipei must buys: chinese/japanese illustration books, stickers, washi tape, Traveller’s Notebooks, Hobonichi items, La Dolce Vita stickers, Bear stamps.   You can also buy the following Kaweco fountain pens that are exclusive to Taiwan and Hongkong: Rose Gold, Rose Quartz, Serenity Blue and Lagoon Blue.

I”ve compiled a list of places you can check out if you are a stationery and book nerd like me.  Click on the addresses to open a link to its location on Google Maps so you can plan your trip accordingly.    Easy right?  You’re welcome!!! 🙂

Xinyi District


Spot the Eslite Bookstore – Xinyi in my washi map

I’m sure that you’ll be visiting the famous Taipei 101.  You’ll find these places a short walk away.

  1. Eslite Bookstore, Xinyi Branch

If you have limited time to visit other book and stationery shops, then I suggest that you at least drop by at this Eslite branch.  Among the shops I have visited, this store has everything.  There is a stationery section where you can buy journals, Rifle Paper cards, etc.   There are English titles at this bookstore, but I was personally hunting for Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese books on illustration and scrapbooking for art inspiration. You’ll find a lot of those here.     Btw, it’s pronounced “Elite” not “Es-Lite”.   Hehehe!

Website:   www.eslite.com

Address:  No. 11 Songgao Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei

2.  Hands Tailung

Hands Tailung is the Taiwanese branch of Tokyu Hands from Japan.  In here, you’ll find your usual bargain beauty and homeware items.  They also carry affordable stationery items as well.  Traveller’s company TNs are stocked in this place too.  However, Hands Tailung’s inventory is not as impressive as their Japanese counterparts.

Address:  No. 12 Songshou Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei


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