Posts Tagged ‘journal’

I added some sketches to make the recipe book less boring …

Posted via web from bubba’s usual babble

It was not the first time that this had happened to me. Someone asked me what was I doing during a meeting last Saturday.

A gentleman next to me tapped on my shoulders and asked me what was I doodling while an executive was giving a presentation.

“Taking notes”, I replied.

“Notes …” he said “I am sure you were drawing or sketching something of sorts.”

“I was taking notes”, he added, while showing a piece of paper with some words scribbled on it.

“Okay, I was taking notes … and doodling at the same time”, I admitted to him, and showed him my note book.

The last response I got from him was a small nod and “Ooo .. I see”.

I have a short attention span, especially listening to something new and something I don’t really have interest in. In this case, I am not interested in the topic, but needed to jot down some important points for work purposes and reference. When it’s not interesting to me, facts, figures and procedures usually won’t stick in the glob of white mass between my ears. I hear, but I was not really listening … so, I take notes to remember.

But sometimes, my mind still wanders around and I’ll be thingking of a different thing altogether. I usually doodle or draw what is related to the topic at hand so that it keeps my mind attached to the topic and catch important items put forth in the meeting or briefing.


This is a page out of my moleskine with scribbles of notes and doodles I scribbled during that meeting on Saturday that attracted one man’s attention.

What do you think?

Posted by Wordmobi

Free Notebooks/Journals

Posted: 2 December, 2008 in Babbles & Rants
Tags: , , is giving away free Rhodia notebooks and Moleskine Journals. All I need to do is write some “pretentious poetry” in the comments section of the post to enter for the giveaway contest. Here’s my “poetic” entry ….

Twelve steps to winning a free journal.

one step, two step, three step, four
I love to write more and more
four step, three step, two step, one
Moleskine journal is the one

five step, six step, seven step, eight
write about food, travel, love or hate
eight step, seven step, six step, five
I’ll keep writing while I’m alive

nine step, ten step, eleven step, twelve
it’s the CrunchGear Mokeskine I want to have
twelve step, eleven step, ten step, nine
I wish what I want would be mine

Via [notebookism]


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.