I haven’t done much in terms of stationery shopping recently. Either there’s a dearth of good affordable stationery in Singapore, or I’m just cheap. I mean in Singapore, you get the high-end stuff: there are a few places where you can get ‘premium’ notebooks (usually Moleskine) or pens (Lamy), or designer boutiques (ranging from Faber-Castell to Montblanc); or it’s really low-end China-made cutey-pie faux-japanese-anime-korean-whimsy-cute stuff. I don’t seem to know of any mid-to-high end stationery shops which carry the better brands or independent stationery brands that are good for browsing. If anyone knows of any, let me know!
Anyway, I had time on Wednesday before my Korean class, so I went into one of the lower-end shops (讀意, it’s like a Popular but I don’t know what’s the equivalent in the US…Wal-mart?). They were having some mark-downs on diaries and notebooks, so I decided I liked these rather whimsical notebook covers.
On the spine, it says “Dreaming Robot”. There are 3 colours (I got all of them), and around A6 (?) size. Each costs S$3.40, they’re made in Shanghai, quite thick, but still rather light, because the pages are very thin (they’re off-white blank pages btw). The designs are obviously a rip-off of the Tinman, but I love the colours and the illustrations, and I think they’ll make rather nice…presents, ha.