29 October 2013

Where do I get Midori Traveler's Notebook in Singapore?

Midori Traveler's Notebook is NOT common in Singapore, but there is already a pool of users here who have fall in love with this notebook system.

So here are some of the places where MTN leather covers, and accessories are available:

(1) Singapore Main Store
391 Orchard Road #03-09/10/15 
Ngee Ann CIty, Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Singapore 238872

This is the place where I usually go to when I need to get the refills or accessories for my Midori Traveler's Notebook. Here, it offers a wide range of accessories compare to the rest of the available stores. Most of the expensive items like the brass products, are kept inside the glass cabinet. 
For a spender like me, it makes viewing of the items difficult; but it keeps the money safe inside the wallet. 
I suppose this is the place where the MTN users get their supplies from.
Therefore, the stocks can run low within a short period of time. 

(2) Liang Court Store
177 River Valley Road
#03-50 Liang Court
Singapore 179036

From my experience, this place does not offer much MTN's refills or accessories. 
But at times, I found some refills where the other stores do not offer. 

(1) NBC Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #04-20H
Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238872

This is the 2nd place I will visit if I am looking for MTN accessories. 
It is located just 1 level about Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, and it might offers some accessories that I cant find in Kinokuniya. 

(2) NBC Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-22 Raffles Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103

This is the place where you can simply get MTN refills and accessories Off-The-Shelf. 
The items are not kept or locked inside the glass cabinet, thus make viewing easier. 
If you are keen to look at the MTN and accessories, without an intention of purchase (yet), this will be the best place to visit and have a feel of the items. 

Another shop that I know of is Little Man, located at 7C Binjai Park, Singapore 589821. 
Personally, I have not visited the store yet, but a good friend of mine actually brought me a Midori white bras pen from this store. 

There will be more updates should I discover more places selling MTN and accessories. 

~ Blank and Write ~

28 October 2013

How I used my Midori Regular Size Traveler's Notebook previously?

A notebook user will not run out of ideas on how to use a notebook. 

My regular MTN had gone through a few transformation... but it usually bounce between:
Work; Personal; Planner; & Ideas.

I would pen down notes and information into the MTN whenever I went for meeting.
The size of the MTN is also an advantage. 
You can simply grab the notebook and go; you dont even need to put it inside a bag.

Sometimes, I would carry my MTN to the nearest Starbucks, and start to doodle whatever ideas that crossed my mind.

I used to have my planners inside my regular MTN (together with my other notebooks). 

Journaling always clear my mind, so I had a notebook refill just for writing.

The flexibility of the system allows me to change the notebook refills according to my needs. 
If I need to carry more than 2 notebooks in my system, I just have to slot the extra notebook refills at the back; It wouldn't take up too much space. 

Like I mentioned, there are countless way a user can transform his/her MTN. 
And mine, is still changing according to my needs. 

~ Blank and Write ~

27 October 2013

My notebook - Midori Traveler's Notebook

I own 2 Midori Traveler's Notebook; one Regular Size, and the other, Passport Size.
To make things simple, I will call this notebook, MTN. 

I got my first Traveler's Notebook in Feb 2009, and only the Regular Size was available. 
The initial package, also known as the Starter Kits, comes with a white cotton bag, a leather cover, 1 blank notebook, and some spare elastic bands. 

So what is a Midori Traveler's Notebook? 
Basically, it is a leather notebook cover which allows the user to hold up to 4 notebooks (refills). 
Inside the leather cover, there are 2 elastic bands to hold down the notebooks.

What's so special about Midori Traveler's Notebook?
The unique part of this notebook is that the user can customize the notebook to his/her own preference. 
There are many accessories available for the users to build the notebook according to their needs.

Pocket Sticker to hold additional notebook.
Card File to hold business cards.
Pen holder to hold pen by the side of the notebook.
Pocket sticker to hold document at the back of the notebook. 
Zipper pocket is similar to having a small zip-lock bag inside the notebook. 
Beside the wide range of accesseries that allow users to customize their MTN, the design of MTN also allow the users to carry more than 1 notebook in one system. As you can see, I have 2 notebooks in my system: each notebook serve a different purposes.

1 system, many purposes.
~ Blank and Write ~ 

Blank & Write - The Introduction.

 Back in 2009, I wanted to create a blog / website to share information about notebooks and pens.
And hopefully with the succession of the blog, I can start selling notebooks online too.
(I even thought of creating my own brand of notebook to sell - and thats certainly a wild dream.)

But, there are already many (many) websites that share information about notebooks, and why would I want to commit to one? 

This idea has been boiling inside me for the past 4 years, and I decided to make it happen.

I was struggling on the name for this blog, and I finally decided to use the name, Blank and Write, based on a photo that I took back in 2009

In this blog, I hope to: 
(1) Write reviews for the notebooks and pens that I have used.
(2) Share information for notebooks and pens. 
(3) Promote Notebooks and Pens that are worth buying. 

I also hope to work with crafters to promote their notebooks.