Posts Tagged ‘notebook’

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.

27072009217.jpg

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

Advertisements

Brando offers up a laptop cooling pad with a dock for a 2.5 inck hard disk.

Priced at US$33.00 (roughly around RM120), this would be a cool laptop cooler to have. the hard disk dock looks interesting at first, but on second thought, I’d prefer to get a portable hard disk, complete with a good housing and connect to the laptop via a USB onnector. So, having four or even five USB ports would be a better option for me.

A proper 2.5 inch HDD in a good casing is easier to store since all the contacts and electronics are housed in a case and the only socket you have is to connect the USB cable from the portable hard disk to the laptop. The delicate pins and sockets of the HDD don’t have to bear the abuse of plugging in and pulling it out of the dock.

But still … it’s a great “Hey! look at this cool thing I have …” gadget to have.

(more…)

Free Notebooks/Journals

Posted: 2 December, 2008 in Babbles & Rants
Tags: , ,

CrunchGear.com 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.

Why?

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.

Rhodia-Webnotebook

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 www.blackcover.net 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 www.blackcover.net, to try out my luck in winning one. Who knows, I might get hooked to the Rhodia Webnotebook …..

Wish me luck.

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 www.blackcover.net 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 www.blackcover.net, to try out my luck in winning one. Who knows, if I win one, I might get hooked to the Rhodia Webnotebook …..

Wish me luck.

Read and post comments |
Send to a friend

Notebook Fetish …

Posted: 28 June, 2008 in Babbles & Rants
Tags: ,

The Plan was to go out with my friend Adib a.k.a. Berisman, and enjoy some good photos at a Photo Exhibition, organized by the Kuala Lumpur Flickr Group … KLickr.

The Exhibition was fun and I picked up a few ideas throughout the slide show presentation … BUT the highlight of the day was finding this little journal (or notebook) at a book fair at a nearby shopping mall. The stop to the mall was just for lunch initially, but the crowd at the bookfair was so … soooo … irresistable.

This is the journal I got myself today. A Peter Pauper Press Pocket Journal.

The cover is thick, really thick, without any plastic, leather or faux
leather wrapping. Just thick cardboard, with a glossy finish. This A6 sized (3-1/4 in. x  5-3/4 in.) journal is decorated with plaid pattern on the cover. Slightly taller and a wee bit wider than the pocket sized moleskine. The journal comes with an elastic band to keep the 192 lined page journal closed as well as an accordion style pocket attached at the inner section of the back cover.

Comparing the paper quality with other notebooks I've used, This one here is no Rhodia. The paper is a little rough but thicker than the plain pocket moleskine I normally use. I tested the paper for fountain pen friendliness, and my combination of Pelikan M215 Fine Nib, paired with Sailor Blue ink can be friends with the paper quite well. I observed very minor feathering, and bleed through is minimal. The ink bleeds through to the other page only if I write too slowly, or when I place the nib too long at a single point, while thinking of what word to write next.

This journal by Peter Pauper Press is available online.

The best part is the price. At RM14.00 (US$4.95), I can get three of these journals for the price of one pocket moleskine, with some change to spare for cab fare. Here, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a pocket moleskine cost somewhere between RM50.00 and RM56.00. I really think this is a good buy, a good low cost alternative to save some dough to cover for the higher fuel prices we are paying today.

I already have a bunch of unused journals that I've collected but seeing this one here, makes me want to get a few to add to the collection. These are some of the unused journals in my collection.

And I have a few more A5 and B6 sized journals/notebook which are not included in the "group photo" 😀 ….
I may not use all of them before the end of the year but these little gems make great gifts.

Read and post comments |
Send to a friend