One month

One month. That’s how long I went without writing in my diary this time around. This is significant because it’s the first time in almost 3 years I haven’t written in my diary daily.

The reason; there isn’t any.

I don’t know what happened.

I just didn’t use it for the month.

A lot happened in my life that should have been documented, but I just never picked up the pen to write it down.

Safe to say, today I wrote in my diary and have promised myself to never again let this happen. I want to be able to read my diaries back when I am 90 and old and remember details I have forgotten about my own life.



Patents from yesteryear

Between getting stuck down YouTube holes and Googling any random thought that pops in my head, I found myself the other day browsing pictures of Leonardo Davinci’s notebooks which led me down a vortex of browsing patent sketches from long ago.

I find patent sketches really interesting. I am unsure of the process a patent goes through, but I assume it is something like…

1. Person gets a grand idea.

2. Person writes or illustrates said idea but in a way to not entirely give away the idea but just enough to prove that you indeed conceived the idea.

3. The patent is created.

These are just a few of the patents I found that I discovered. How to perform an acrobatic jump, how to loop-the-loop on a double bicycle for looping-the-loop and an 1869 flying machine. I doubt much flying and more falling was done, in all these cases, but it made me wonder how many other amusing and bizzare patents (or ideas) there are out there.


Oh and this patent for a game I played probably a bit too much when I was younger, Ouija.

Help; a story of what keeps me up at night

I got stuck again last night on YouTube watching various stationary videos. Fountain pen reviews, Midori Travellers notebook set ups, moleskine art journals and much much more. It led me into another which-note-book-should-I-be-using crisis as often is the case when I start watching these kinds of videos.

You see, I have so many notebooks (mainly Field Notes) which I collect. I keep a daily Moleskine pocket diary (the thick daily kind) which I write in every day as well as always carrying a field note in my back pocket wherever I go. My Midori is usually chucked in my bag and only makes itself known when I occasionally put my Field Note in it for safer keeping.


The perfectionist inside me likes a unified archive of notes. I cannot have different sized books. I cannot have a Field Note one week and a Moleskine the next. If I am journaling or catching my notes, I want it all the same. I dont know why. Maybe I have a problem. Or, maybe I have OCD. I just need my books to be the same.

By now, a bunch of people would have scrolled past this post thinking “What is this guy going on about?”. For those that have stayed, I know you know what I know and how I feel.

So getting back on topic, last night while I was watching these videos, I got out my old note books and realized my daily catch all notebooks went from a Moleskine soft cover pocket, filled with amazing notes, keepworthy thoughts, dismal but delightful drawings of random things my brain thought up, to Field Notes filled with work notes like who is changing shifts with who, random figures and time slots, sales report notes and other boring-I-don’t-want-to-read-this-again kind of notes.

What went wrong? I went from writing interesting things in my catch all notebook, things that gave a glance into the inner workings of my imagination and mind to catching all the boring un-fun stuff in my life. 

Then it clicked…

I was using my Field Notes to catch the boring work notes and just got in the habbit of it. I was pleased I was actually filling them up, but looking back through some of them, it almost put me to sleep. When looking through my old Moleskine catch all notebook, it was filled with interesting things I am glad I wrote down. And I think it had something to do with my keeping the Field Note in my back pocket and scribbling in any old junk.

Instantly I knew what I had to do.

Buy another Moleskine pocket softcover and use it as my catch all notebook, only writing in it when I have an idea, thought, want to record something profound and not all the work crap. So, thats what I did today.

Originally last night I did vow to not waste my Field Notes filling them up with boring work things, but instead use them as my daily catch all, and this would have worked perfectly fine, but, today my inner perfectionist kicked in and reminded me that it would not be right to have a Moleskine, Field Note, Field Note, Moleskine combo so instead, I will now use my Moleskine as my daily catch all so when I have a collection of notes, they are all in Moleskines.

This is what keeps me up at night guys.

Am I crazy?

Reading this post back to myself it appears so, but, I finally feel after all these years I know which kind of book and tool I like to use to record my ideas. This is progress…small steps.

I bought a new Moleskine softcover pocket blank notebook today, my first ever blank page kind. The excitement I felt looking at the blank pages and all the possibilities of what to fill in it, albeit probably with crooked wonky writing, but the joys of a fresh blank notebook is just what I needed.

I added it to my now frankenstein’esque Midori which now includes…

– Pitch black Field Notes.

– Two rivers Field Notes.

– Plastic Midori insert

– Craft Midori folder insert

– Moleskine softcover pocket blank page notebook

Look at the bloody thing.

Now my new problem is that I have the half filled Field Note which was my previous work/catch all notebook just sitting there. I guess I may as well just fill the rest with boring work notes now that I have the Moleskine shoved in there.

And another new problem…what to use my Field Notes for? I guess they will just continue to be a collection thing than a use thing for now…until I have another mid life notebook crisis.

Until then…

Catch All = Moleskine; but not for work notes

Work notes = something else that isnt wasting field notes or precious space in my Moleskine

I think I need professional help.

A Little Update

2016 came and went.

It was the quickest year I have ever lived, well, at least it felt that way.

I think the whole waiting and planning our move back to Australia took so long, that when it finally happened, it didnt seem real. Almost a year later, we are only just settling in and only just now does it feel real.

It is now 2017.

That means a new daily journal was purchased and started. Like last year, I chose the Moleskine Daily Pocket Diary, soft cover of course. It is the perfect size to jot down a little something about the day that was. Maybe I’ll add photos in another post.

I received more Field Notes subscriptions in the mail. Can we just stop and admire how sexy the Black Ice edition looks. It’s my current catch all note book at the moment. It got saturated the second day I used it due to some unforeseen rain that I got caught in. I have a habbit of getting all my new notebooks saturated within the first week of use. However, I have learnt to appreciate the wear and tear aesthetics of an aging notebook.

I bought a big new Rohllbahn Silver Metalic notebook that I currently use as my work study book.

My Midori permanently lives in my bag. It hasnt seen the light of day for some time. I get excitement rushes still to bring it out and use it but am finding less need for it. I know, I am talking crazy. It’s okay, it can’t hear me.

After realising people read this blog and actually want to hear what I have to write about, I have decided to continue it. And since my love for stationary is never ending, why not continue to share all my stories about it with you all who want to read.

So welcome inktastikal to 2017.


Sydney Harbour Bridge

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and that is because I moved country. I moved out of Tokyo and into Sydney and have spent my last week settling in and setting up jobs, apartment and just trying to re-culture myself back to the Australian way.

The flight over to Australia was very smooth. It was also a bit of a special flight because not only was I relocating with my partner to Australia, but, it was also my birthday on the same day of us arriving in Sydney.

I wanted to share with you all what my partner got for me as a gift as I think you would all be interested.

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

I have recently just got into calligraphy and dip pens and inks so this book was perfect.

I can’t wait till all my pens and inks from Japan arrive in my mail now. I posted boxes and boxes of things back by boat so will have to wait a bit, but in the meantime it looks as if I have some reading to do.

Moving to Australia


After living in Tokyo for almost 10 years, it has come time for me to say goodbye to this wonderful city. My partner and I will be moving to Sydney in 2 weeks and we are very excited to be starting this new chapter in our life.

I am going to miss a lot of things about living in Tokyo, especially all the stationery. There is just so many cool items you can buy, and many of my favorite pens are made by companies from here.

The last few weeks have been filled with boxes and more boxes. Boxes within boxes. Big boxes. Small boxes. I have been sending all my stationery, books, pens, inks to Australia and hope that when we arrive they are all still in as perfect condition as when I sent them, and not an exploded inky mess. I can not even imagine how hard it would be cleaning ink out of everything else I packed.

Although it is sad to say goodbye to Tokyo and all the memories I have here, I am very excited to start new ones in Sydney. I am also super excited about exploring some new stationery shops there and see what I find.

Before I leave, I have been making sure to stock up on all my favorite pens and things as they are a lot cheaper here. Buying inks, pens, nibs, notebooks, etc. Oh, and of course eating my weight in Japanese food too.