Not quite a moleskine …

Posted: 28 July, 2007 in Babbles & Rants
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I was at the Times Bookstore KLCC yesterday, at the Pelikan pens and stationery
corner and saw what I initially thought was moleskine notebooks …
well, they were not.

It's a moleskine copycat produced by and branded as "monologue" notebooks. The dimension of
the notebooks matches the pocket moleskine exactly, with the elastic
band and the back accordian pocket. Comparing the paper with the plain
pocket moleskine I had at that moment, the Monologue has slightly
thicker paper. Thicker doesn't mean quality paper, I've learned, but I
only get to know the quality of the paper when I put ink on the pages.
It's not going to be anytime soon because I still have about half of my
pocket reporter still blank …

The price is less than a third of what the pocket moleskine would cost
here in KL. The cost of one pocket moleskine can buy 3 of the
monologues and I would still have change to pay for the parking.

Here are some pix …

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  1. Chet Chin says:

    I finally found them at MPH The Curve. I bought the two in shrinkwrap, one A5 and the other A6, both red (or more accurately, orange). There are a few more there, including one in beige (light brown), but already opened.

  2. Chet Chin says:

    Oy, I never thought of MPH One Utama! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Chet … my wife bought the rest of the monologue pocket notebooks at Times KLCC. There was also 2 A5 sized monologue, the same size as the large moleskine, and those ended in my shopping bag. Between the two of us we bought all the monologue, moleskine clones at Times KLCC.Why?Because it's a lot cheaper than the original moleskine … And the fact that the monologue is almost the exact copy of the moleskines, they could be off the shelves due to legal reason at any time. So, I decided to keep some spares :DI also cleared the remaining stock (pocket sized) at MPH Jusco Maluri, and Adib bought the last ones at MPH Great Eastern Mall. :PAnother friend told me there're a few more at MPH OneUtama. You can try your luck there.

  4. Chet Chin says:

    I went to the site but there's no info on the Monolog range. Wonder why?I couldn't find the notebooks at the Pelikan section in Times KLCC or Parkson One Utama. At Isetan KLCC, there was limited choice – black ruled or beige (light brown) ruled. There was also a sketchbook with the elastic fastener closing horizontally instead of the usual Moleskine (vertical) way.

  5. " …me? …. I don't care one …. me, tai kor …. hahahahaha " 😀 😀 :Dp/s: I told my wife if she use digi, the big yellow guy will follow here everywhere she goes 😛

  6. I agree… I opt for an A6-sized notepads or palm-sized pads… worst comes to worst, buku 555… my constant personalised PWA.Sorry aaa… tumpang lalu… 🙂

  7. Chet Chin says:

    I don't actually use Moleskines anymore cuz they're really too expensive to justify.

  8. I have started to write on one … While the monologue can't open as flat as the moleskine, the paper quality is better compared to the other moleskines I have. The paper is thick enough that I would rate it as fountain pen friendly, as the wet ink doesn't bleed through the pages and feathering is minimal … at least with the pen and ink combination I use.

  9. Berisman says:

    I bought two sets for my kids, but I shall remain a moleskine user for the time being;-)

  10. Chet Chin says:

    They have it in Crimson Red? Woohoo, I need to get me some.

  11. SengMing says:

    Thanks Nazley, it's starting to sound like a really good deal =) Will put this on my shopping list when I get to KL.

  12. SengMing …. it comes in a variety of colours. I bought one brown, as
    in the pix, one orange, the other one burgundy. A couple of days later,
    my wife 2 of those, a conservative black and a crimson red. I
    tried writing on the paper with a fountain pen, and would rate the
    paper as fountain pen friendly. I tested with Pelikans, Lamy, Pilot,
    Sheaffer in different colours, the results came out very good.

  13. Hmmm.. what would they think of next…

  14. SengMing says:

    One good thing is that the brown color does look like a welcome change from the black only moleskines.

  15. Zotta says:

    Excellent find.