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Stuff we found at the bookstore this week

April 07, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Sponsored 1 Comment →


A pencil sharpener in the shape of a tennis racquet…


that also projects pictures of a Disney princess. Is that Cinderella? For 25 bucks!


A metal pencil case with a smaller metal pencil case in it. 100 bucks.


A set of Sharpies in 5 neon colors for defiling personalizing stuff, Php299. Single colors, 38 bucks.


New Limited Edition Moleskines: Batman and Alice in Wonderland. Available in pocket-size (Php1160) and large (Php1580), lined and unlined.


The pocket-size unlined Alice carnet features artwork from the first edition.


*Prices quoted are from National Bookstores.

The notebook challenge: Leuchtturm vs Moleskine

February 03, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks 3 Comments →


We’ve been using Moleskine notebooks with unlined pages for many years and have no complaints, but we’re curious about other notebooks. Must be what marriage is like.

At the bookstore the Leuchtturm and Moleskine displays were right next to each other. They cost the same, so neither has the advantage price-wise. Leuchtturm has a wider range of colors—orange, fuchsia, dark green, bright purple, etc—than Moleskine, but Moleskine has the limited edition themes— Star Wars, Lego, etc.

Both Moleskine and Leuchtturm notebooks are available with unlined, lined, and squared pages. Leuchtturm notebooks are about one centimeter wider.

Price: Tie
Colors: Tie
Size: Leuchtturm


Leuchtturm pages are numbered, and there’s a table of contents so it’s easier to find the notes you need.

Convenience: Leucchturm Leuchtturm


The limited edition Moleskines come with stickers so you can customize the designs. Leuchtturms come with sticker labels for the covers and spines for easy filing.

Easy filing: Leuchtturm


Moleskines come with a “history” (they co-opted the story of the generic notebooks with elastic bands) and so do Leuchtturms.

History: Tie
Ease of pronunciation and spelling: Moleskine

We started using our Leuchtturm yesterday, and the quality of the paper is the same as Moleskine’s, although it is slightly thicker. However, it does not open flat on the table.

Paper quality: Tie
Flat-opening spine: Moleskine

Decision: We like them both. Good thing we’re not married.

Holiday presents for completists

December 22, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies, Notebooks No Comments →


We feel about the limited edition The Hobbit Moleskine clothbound notebook the same way we feel about the third episode in The Hobbit trilogy: We’ll get it because we have the previous editions, and we kind of like it, but we acknowledge that it doesn’t have to exist.


This one is boxed and clothbound. Yay. (Say that exactly the way Sean Bean’s Boromir in the mines of Moria said, “They have a cave troll.”) With a handwriting sample of J.R.R. Tolkien’s on the cover, so more money for his descendants.

And there’s a map in it…just like the earlier notebooks. What a surprise.


The endpapers are facsimiles of the original illustrations by Tolkien, and there are 7 pages of illustrations and 8 quotes inside—the same illustrations and quotes that appear in last year’s notebook and the year before last year’s notebook.

However, this Hobbit Moleskine is available only with lined pages, no version with plain pages. We prefer plain pages because strangely, we can write straight lines, but when there are lines our writing goes in all directions.

The Hobbit Moleskine boxed and clothbound notebook is available at National Bookstores, Php2,240.


Speaking of new isn’t necessarily better, there’s a new Lego Moleskine notebook in blue.

Compare it to the black one that came out a couple of years ago.

True, this one has stickers so you can customize the cover…

Naah, it doesn’t make that much difference. Available at National Bookstores, Php1,580.

It’s back to plain monochromatic Moleskines for us for now.

The week in stuff

March 28, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Clothing, Notebooks 1 Comment →

beaded front

beaded back

An elaborately decorated zippered pouch that we bought at the souvenir tiangge in Puerto Princesa for 90 pesos, now doing service as our phone case.


Funny earrings we made out of Solane LPG keychains, zero pesos. Our friend required our presence at a media lunch to introduce the LPG provider Solane’s gas-tight safety cap and seal, tamper-proof for auto/shut-off valves. The safety cap completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks. We could’ve used these at our high school chem lab, which always had a whiff of gas early in the morning. (Ah, fond memories of hair burning in bunsen burner flames. Not ours, of course.)

Simpsons Moleskine

The Simpsons 25th anniversary Moleskine notebook, Php1495 at National Bookstores. We like the yellow version better, but that one has lined paper.

villa del conte

The difficulties of writing at home

February 18, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Notebooks, The Workplace 8 Comments →

We’re writing a short story when a shadow falls upon the paper, followed by furry feet.

Saffy, get off our notebook, we’re writing.

Please get off our notebook.

You can’t be hungry, you just ate. And we just cleaned the litter box so you can’t complain. It’s our writing time, go away.

– I am inspiring you.
– Thanks, but what’s the point when we can’t see the page.
– That is not my problem.

Things to get yourself for Valentine’s Day, part 2

February 12, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Notebooks, Shopping, Television 4 Comments →

Our Philippine Eagle toy arrived yesterday in its own drawstring bag. It’s a good-looking bird.


– Hello, I am Jeffrey, short for Pithecophaga jefferyi.


– I’m Drogon! You’re a funny-looking creature. What are you?
– I’m a Philippine Eagle!


– What’s a Philippine Eagle?
– A giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines.


– A raptor? Like in Jurassic Park?
– Well we are descended from dinosaurs.
– But you look like a bird.
– I am a bird. Did you know some dinosaurs had feathers?


– Do you taste like chicken? I love chicken! Can I eat you?
– No. You may not eat me. I am rare and critically endangered.
– Oh. Wanna play?
– Okay!


– When I grow up I’ll kick your ass.
– When I grow up I’ll have dragonfire.
– Eagles eat small mammals in the wild.
– We’re not in the wild.

Get your adorable Philippine Eagle stuffed toy at The Library of Babel today. Retail price: Php699 plus shipping to the known world. Your purchase helps fund the Philippine Eagle Foundation, which is dedicated to saving this endangered species and its rainforest habitat.

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8. Dove yourself. Good skin and hair care doesn’t require huge expense; the trusted brand is available in supermarkets everywhere. We especially recommend it to people who get headaches or break out from strong (masangsang) scents. Go buy yourself a whole lot of Dove products—they’ll still fall under Basic Necessities.

9. Cheap date with yourself! Note: Cheap is bad only if your date is paying. If you’re paying, it’s great.

Oishi products in the giant pack
First, buy your favorite Oishi snacks.

Then curl up with Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock. It’s not just a show, it’s leverage in negotiations with China. (Read Chinese Sherlock Fans Asked David Cameron to Make Producers Hurry Up.)

Baked Porky Popps, Holmes and Watson. Happy.

10. Write.

You can never have too many beautiful notebooks. To justify acquiring them, you’ll just have to write more. The Pantone Artist and Writer’s Notebook from Chronicle Books features a Pantone color chip on every page. Thick cardboard covers, perfect binding, smooth white paper. The notebook measures 7 x 9 inches and retails at Php897 at National Bookstores. (We have a book moratorium; we didn’t say anything about stationery hahahaha.)