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How I wished I have this when I was in college. Cool gadget to have to impress friends and lecturers/professors

I’m no artist for sure, but when I don’t know what to do, I doodle. I doodle, sketch, draw … from, my own interpretation and imagination. Sketching, watercolour, colour pencils, it doesn’t matter. The result, frankly, I think it’s far from good. My kids could draw better probably …

However …

I like it. It’s my work. I guess it’s a subconscious me. When I start to doodle or draw, my mind gets separated from the real world. Peace … That’s it!

I am in a world where nobody can tell me what to do, or what I do wrong. Very therapeutic in a sense. I’d get a pen and paper if I want relaxation. I would either write in my moleskine of doodle something.

Yoga? …

Nahhh … It’s for someone else, not me.

… But good enough to be used to write stuff or record something into.

I am referring to these hard cover notebooks by WHSmith. Yeah! It’s a UK brand, but I came accross it at Campap Stationery Store in Ampang. (near Tesco Ampang). The best thing is the price. A 70 sheets A6 sized notebook costs RM1.50 and the larger A5 notebook is only RM2.50.

And I bought a bunch of them to use at work. I take note of discussions and meetings a lot for reference, so these notebooks will sure come in handy.

The cover is very hard and sturdy cardboard wrapped in canvas like fabric. Comes in red and black, both looks very nice to me. The paper inside is ruled white paper and takes in Pilot G2 gel ink pretty well. The ink doesn’t feather nor bleed to the other side of the sheet. I’m quite impressed since the paper is quite thin, like a 70gsm rated paper.

I now have a special notebook for every govermment agency I deal with. That’ll make it easier to trace to a particular meeting/discussion or the dig out needed information.

I think I’ll get myself a few more to keep as stock.

I carry a Moleskine journal as well, but I write more than I draw. I’m all thumbs when it comes to art, but I really appreciate art and like to look at beautiful drawings. Here’s a youtube video of drawings and sketches in a Moleskine sketchbook by Emila Yusof.

I wanna be able to draw like that …..

This morning a friend sent me a link to an article about food diary and how it helps to reduce weight. It’s a good read but, eventhough I keep a personal journal (and a few other notebooks), keeping a dedicated food diary is not for me. I do write about what ate occasionally in my journal if it’s interesting enough or if it’s something different.

I tried this food diary “thing” before and I can only stick to the food diary for a few months before giving up, because I felt it became repetitious after some time.


I cook my own food, so I know what I put in my cooking. I generally plan my meal in advance. A typical meal has 3 dishes, One legume/bean based veggies like, French beans, Okra 9ladies fingers), Snake beans, bean sprouts … etc. One leafy veggies (white or green) like cabbage, Bok Choy, Kailan … etc. And 1 protein, tofu, chicken, fish or beef. I rarely go out for lunch so when I jot down what I ate everyday, the menu seems the same through out the week. I lose motivation to keep on jotting down my daily consumption because of this.

Also, I don’t snack between meals. Instead, I replace my lunch with a light snack like homemade sandwiches I packed from home or fruits. So, I did not have anythig to write down in between meals.

I followed this type of diet, for more than 2 years now, eating more vegetable based food, but my weight loss has been very minimal. I am still as big as a cow!! … I used to weigh 122kg a couple of years ago and the weight did drop to 108kg and has plateaued since early this year. In order to lose weight, I need more physical exercise which I know I really lack doing. I know I need to sweat the weight out, but still bogged with self made excuses …. sigh!!!

Not knowing the exact calorie content of the food I cook makes calorie counting useless, at least for me. How much calorie did I consume this morning? …
– I mug coffee with artificial sweetener,
– 2 slices wholemeal toasts with last night’s leftover chicken curry.
– 1 bowl of cucumber and mint raita, also leftover from last night. (love this simple salad, suitable anytime of the day. I’ll post up the recipe someday)
Without knowing how much I consumed for breakfast, I am quite at loss as how much should I take for the rest of the day.

I am not saying the article is off the track or totally wrong, it’s a good read and may be beneficial to lots of people. I am just sharing a personal point of view and experience, that I tried it and did not work very well for me.


The price of moleskine journals here in Kuala Lumpur is pretty high, so I’ve been for the look out for a suitable and cheaper replacement for quite some time already …. but still going back to the pocket moleskine.

I found out about a moleskine lookalike by Rhodia at called Rhodia Webnotebook. I would like to own one, to test one out for myself. After reading the full review, and some googling, this notebook will not be any cheaper than a moleskine. How soon this will arrive Malaysian shores is also a big WHEN?

So, I’m entering the giveaway contest organized by, to try out my luck in winning one. Who knows, I might get hooked to the Rhodia Webnotebook …..

Wish me luck.