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Friday, June 21, 2019

Review : Zebra Pen Mildliner Double Ended Brush and Fine Tip Pen

Over here at TN5C we love our Mildliner highlighters so when ZEBRA [the manufacturer] announced that they would be making MILDLINERS in BRUSH form, we were quick to purchase them!

They come in 15 colors [also available in 3 sets as shown grouped below]

The colors are exactly the same as the existing MILDLINERS highlighters and are wonderful for coloring and lettering [of course]. The larger brush tip is soft yet sturdy enough to make lettering a breeze whilst the other end with the smaller nib is good for basic thin lines and writing.
I've found them wonderfully useful in my daily journaling and I would almost consider them a must have!

What about you?
Have you tried them?
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Friday, June 14, 2019

New find! Stick'n

There is a store in Singapore called Popular, a bookstore best known for school books and supplies. 
I shop there pretty often, I buy office supplies, snacks, cute stationery and even phone cables.

The other day, whilst looking for some new pens, I came across a range of fusen that I had never seen before. 

Stick'n, as it turns out, is a Taiwanese fusen brand. 

Popular had everything from normal paper fusen to index tabs, film fusen, roll paper fusen and even fusen pockets, which we'll discuss in a bit. 

I picked up 3 items. 

Decorative film fusen inspired by famous fruits of Taiwan, pocket film fusen and fusen index tabs. 

 Out of the 3, the fusen index tabs were my least favourite, simply because it is so big and that makes it inconvenient to use. 

The pocket film fusen is really interesting. 
You can use it to hold pieces of paper anywhere in your notebook, receipts instantly comes to mind. 
You can also use it as a temporary frame and because it's film, it's reusable and can be written on. 

There are also 2 types in the 1 package. One has a tab, and the other is a plain pocket. 

I used the pocket fusen here to hold my laundry docket in place, so I don't forget to pick it up. 
Very useful! 

However, I do wish the colour selection is a bit better, but it is quite subtle when you attach it to a notebook page so that's not a big dealbreaker. 

The decorative film fusen is also really cute. 
The material is conducive to colouring, great for that pop of colour on your notebook pages. 

So if you see this brand out, you should definitely look out for some of these items! 
Are you already a fan of Stick'n? What's your favourite product? 

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Daiso Neon color fusen collection

Another day, another trip to Daiso, another new cute collection! 

I picked up a few pieces from the Neon color fusen collection, but the full collection looks like the above picture. 

The square one is film whilst the other 2 are paper. 

The size of the fusen is what really I was really interested in. 

I had recently begun using a Jibun Techo, and finding stickers/fusen that would fit in its narrow columns was proving to be a challenge, so I bought these Daiso ones, hoping they would fit. 

And they did! 

I loved that the back of the fusen was 80% adhesive, this made it easy to peel and stick.
The colours of all the designs also worked well together. 

Writing on the fusen is easy, although like other film type fusen, a marker is required. 
The paper fusen performed well too.

If you have a Jibun Techo or a similar notebook, I would definitely recommend these.

For reference, the width of these are 1in/2.5cm and 1in/2.5cm tall for the film and 0.4in/1cm tall for the paper fusen. 

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review : MASTE Life Log Masking Tape

Japanese masking tape brand MASTE made a new range of tapes known as Life Log Masking Tape meant for journaling. There are 8 types in the collection so far. 

I picked up one in the range for FITNESS.

The tape is very wide with sections for detailing's one fitness progress. 

One nice feature about this tape is that you can use water based inks to write on it as well! Making it a lot more convenient than most masking tapes [which require markers or alcohol based inks to write on]
They fill up the journal nicely; adding a lovely pop of color. 

Have you tried any of these? What do you think of them?

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Friday, May 24, 2019

June 2019 Printable

Its almost June~ we are into the second half of the year!

We can't get enough of the pink and purple color combo!

As always, tag us #TN5Cprintable on instagram to show us your pages! 
Download our free printable here. 

p.s If you are thinking about printing this on sticker paper. Check out all the new additions to our Etsy store. We have lots in stock including printable washi sticker paper ! Do check it out here!
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Friday, May 17, 2019

SARASA Select Present Set 2019 Spring

 ZEBRA Sarasa pen range often puts out a present set perfect for those stationery lovers in our lives. This spring they have launched one with a little difference!

Other than the usual 5 color body + 5 pen refills, they have also included a limited edition mini size SARASA clip!

Its about 1/2 the size of the full size SARASA clip pen ^^

This would make a cute addition to anyone's collection!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo

Unless you've been living under a rock, you must have heard of the latest Starbucks Roastery store in Tokyo.

It is a brand new type of Starbucks store, of which there are currently only 5 (including Tokyo).
The Tokyo store, located in the Meguro area, is the biggest, comprising of 4 floors and a dedicated Teavana tea bar. 

Since it's a new store, there were reports of really long queues of people wanting to visit.  
I visited 2 months after the opening and decided to give it a try. 
The queue process was relatively simple and easy. 

  1. I arrived around 11.30am and headed to the building next to the main Starbucks building where I received a queue number. 
  2. When my number was called on a screen, I entered a queue in this small building where I waited to be moved to another queue of about 10 people in the front of the small building.
  3. When it's time, 2 staff members would escort this smaller queue to the entrance of Starbucks roastery.

I spent about 30mins doing the above 3 steps. Keep in mind that the queue later in the day is longer. 
Also, once you enter the building, the queues do not end. There are queues for food, drink and merchandise so budget your time accordingly. 

The good news is that the number of people allowed in the building at one time is restricted so even though I had to queue for my food/drink. I didn't have a problem locating a seat/table. 

The kind of good available include pastries, sandwiches and pizzas and it all comes out of an in-house bakery.
There are also an assortment of desserts and a drinks menu that is exclusive to the store.

I had a pepperoni sandwich and a cream macchiato and it was both very delicious. 

Overall, I feel it is worth a visit but get there early and be prepared to spend a few hours there.
If the queue numbers are too far from the front of the queue, there is a Don Quixote on the main street or the area is also known for it's cute stores.  

Now, on to the merchandise. 

As is with everything exclusive, Starbucks Roastery Japan has it's own range of merchandise that is only found in their store. Not just designed by Starbucks but also in collaboration with other brands. 

The obvious one is Travelers Factory. 

The collaboration goods included covers, inserts, stickers, masking tape and pens. 

Starbucks' own merchandise.

Gorgeous limited edition cards.

Other brands that have made exclusive goods for the store include Baggu, BEAMS, Tokyobike amongst other local and international brands. 

Lots of great products to look at and bring back as souvenirs. 
Note that there might a limit per person on the number of items you are allowed to buy. 

But other than that, happy shopping!

If you made it this far:

We have brought back some inserts to be added to our store soon. Stay tuned! 

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Friday, April 26, 2019

May 2019 Printable

Hello May! We're almost halfway through with the year, where did the time go?
We're always into constellations and galaxies so we hope you'll enjoy May's printable.

Download here!

Don't forget to tag us if you feature the printable in any of your instagram posts.
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Travel Folder Part One : Set Up

One of our favorite ways to chronicle our travels is to save ephemeral we encounter each day. However sometimes it can be hard to remember what day we collected each item. To help with that, I've begun using a travel folder and today's blog post will be about how I have set mine up!

 To start, here is the folder I have used. Its about A6 size with 12 sections inside. 
To personalize it, I have used a gold transfer sticker on it as a decoration.

I have also added numbers to each pocket tab by using my trusty labeler. 

Each pocket will be used for each day of the trip but I have also included some items which I find useful to bring along on trips.  
These include
1. sticky memo paper
2. small stickers
4. grid paper for writing daily thoughts/snippets
5. Sticker Release Paper for stickers/labels I collect along the way (Buy Here)
6. Pen 

To see it in action, do look out for Part 2 where I will show you how I used it on a trip! 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Daiso Korea Calligraphy Pens

We really enjoy reviewing Daiso Japan stationery, they've always got a great selection of items for a great price. 
But did you know Daiso Korea is slightly different from Daiso Japan?

They carry a similar range but with variations. They also have their own specific to Daiso Korea product lines and the prices are not fixed though it is within a reasonable range. 

We went to Seoul recently and picked up a lot of cool stationery so there might a few posts like this. 

What did I pick up? Calligraphy pens. 

It comes in 3 different sets of varying colours and the pens are dual tip. One side is a 3mm brush pen, the other is a 2.2mm flat tip marker. 

Each pen has a 'whiteman' brand and states that it is archival quality, water based, odorless and xylene free. 

It is also made in Korea and each set costs 2000won which is roughly USD1.80, a really good price for 4 pens I have to say. 

The first set includes a black, a blue, a red and a green. Colours that remind you on a typical school or office environment. 

The second set includes a bright green, bright orange, bright yellow that is almost highlighter-like and a bright pink. A very summery neon set. 

The final set consists of a light blue, a purple, a muted orange and a muted pink. 

Out of the 3 sets, this is my favourite. I feel the colours are more unique, the muted orange really speaks to me. 

In terms of use, the brush is shorter than a Tombow brush pen but just as flexible. 
I'm no lettering specialist but I could create the same type of lettering as I would with a Tombow brush pen. Which would make this a good choice for a beginner but don't quote me on that. 

The flat tip is not something I'm used to but I found it easy to use as well. 

The ink runs thru the pen well and the colour is sharp and beautiful. 
It is indeed odorless as stated as well. 

Overall, the pens are great value for money. If you're into brush pens, I recommend you pick these up if you're near a Daiso in Korea! 

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