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Mink Schmink

21 Nov

Eartha Kitt, what a woman. She growls, she purrs, she drawls and her voice is sultry and confident. Her voice is smoky bars and seduction. She somehow made couple of Christmas songs dirty but playfully so. Santa wouldn’t stand a chance. I don’t know about her as an actress but it seems like she had a decent career.

‘Mink Schmink, Money Schmoney
Think your hot now don’t ya honey.
What have you got if you haven’t got love’.

Well for me, I’ll always have nice pens.

I am a stationery addict and have been since I was young. Back in primary school it was Faber Castell connector pens, Xoom crayons, Lisa Frank paper. The rich kids had Derwent pencils.  In highschool,  novelty Asian stationery was all the rage. I was an odd teen who would ask to see the pencil cases of others as theirs held such interesting things,. ‘Hello Kitty’ and her friends on pens that had lil dangling things off the ends. Pencil cases with mirrors in them and a cartoon character. And expensive for highschool some had $15 pens, $40 pencil cases. I competed of course, my pencil case was tin with a French quote on it and my pens were ‘inky’.

I don’t use standard ballpoints as a rule and instead use ‘inky’ pens, felt tipped, gel or rollerball. I have scrawly, slightly old fashioned writing that looks rather pleasing with ‘inky’ pens but terrible with cheap ballpoints. Whenever I need to write a form in public, I eschew the nasty supplied pens and use my own.

I turned into a stationery snob when I got to uni. My friends mainly used the Bic four colour pens. But one had a fountain pen, ink bottle and all. I started pens and mechanical pencils from opshops and on occasion, from specialty pen stores. Oh what a different world specialty pens are. And the brands I collected. Faber Castell, Shaeffer, Parker, Cross. Never a Mont Blanc but someday.

And the paper in the those stores. Heavy, good quality parchment. Colours, patterns. And the  leather desk accessories. Bliss. All obscenely priced, all very nice.

I no longer use whatever diary happens to be popular. I am a ‘Filofax’ girl.  I had tried the ‘Moleskine’ system and though the paper is excellent, it’s fantastic for jotting thoughts but no, not as a diary. I love the binder system and the fact that I can customise my diary. I’ve read forums comparing the two brands. Oh it’s a heated debate. ‘Moleskine’ is popular amongst the hipsters, the artists. ‘Filofax’ is for the corporate and other creatives. And I write with cheaper Pilot, Artline or Uniball pens, whichever is handy.

There’s something so old-school about a sleek silver pen and a leather diary. Heck, writing is considered old fashioned. But then again, I still send Christmas cards.

For me, writing was important. Less now unfortunately, I’ve turned to my laptop to write and my notebooks were sorely neglected. A writer who still uses paper and pens needs to use the finest quality stationery they can afford. Your words come from your soul and mind, why spill those thoughts on cheap paper. Why write your signature using a cheap pen, your name should get the best. An artist uses the best paints they can find, a builder the best hammer and so forth. Your magnum opus shouldn’t be on supermarket paper. What do you write with and on?


Music Box Dancer

14 Nov

‘Music Box Dancer’ by Frank Mills is one of my favourite songs. It’s a happy song of childhood, of innocent times. A simple, sweet melody that has been used on many ice-cream trucks (at least in America it seems, not so much here in Aus). It’s my life song and I want it at my future wedding and maybe funeral.

Okay, so I’m doing this. Copied it from (how do you link posts?) I used to do a tonne of these ‘About Me’s’ on the good ol’ days of Myspace which was oh, about six years ago.

Here are my 11 facts:

  1. My favourite book is ‘The Little Prince’.
  2. My favourite animal is…oh it’s too obvious.
  3. I don’t own a television. That apparently is an odd thing but I don’t have any need for one.
  4. I can’t ride a bike. I did own one as a kid but as the parents didn’t know how to either, I didn’t learn. I was too afraid of falling.
  5. I know that Jude Law and I are destined to be together. We are going to get married and have hot children. Or maybe I’ve got the wrong ‘J’. Maybe it’s Johnny Depp that I’m going to be with.
  6. I wish I could speak French. I listen to French music, know about their culture and watch French films-subtitled!
  7. French food is my favourite. I could live off their pastries and cheese. Cheese! I love cheese.
  8. I’m a stationery addict. I used to have a nice collection of Cross, Shaeffer, Faber Castell pens and some divine diaries and letter paper. It’s a bit sad but I could have long conversations about stationery brands and types.
  9. I buy a new Filofax every year. I tend to get bored of it around March and then write some sporadic guilt entries throughout the year.
  10. My favourite singer is Kate Bush. I would turn for her.
  11. I don’t even want to think about how many clothes and books I have.

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Getting some of my work published when I was at uni. I don’t have the articles anymore (darn usbs) and haven’t really written anything noteworthy since.

If you could go back to college again, what would you major in?  If you never been to college, what would you major in if you went?

I’d major in Marketing or Business. I’d work more and keep in touch with relevant people.

What memory would you re-live again?

Hanging out with friends at uni, the euphoria of getting something published or the dirty weekends with my ex.

What’s the best thing about the 90′s?

Growing up in it. ‘The Spice Girls’! I still love them.

What the worst thing about the 90′s?

Primary school. Eww. And yoyos. I still can’t play them.

If you could be in any movie, which one would it be?

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. For a lot of obvious reasons.

1. What’s a movie that you think is terrible but you enjoy anyway?

Oh most chick flicks. I’m a sucker for films about goodlooking people who have great jobs wear nice clothes and find tru luv. ‘Bride Wars’. So inane but ohhh, the clothes.

2. What movie received positive reviews but you don’t like?

‘The Notebook’. Not a fan of formulaic Nicholas Sparks books and the films made from them. I cried at the end resented them for using the cheap trick of a dying person who suffers from a wasting illness.

3. Is there a movie which you disliked the first time but liked later?

‘Melancholia’. I was a bit tired when I first saw it and felt nauseous from the jerky camera movement. I thought it was a bit pretentious. I still think it’s a bit pretentious but Kirsten Dunst’s performance is fantastic, she really captured depression. One must see the film as a metaphor rather than take it at face value.

4. If you can meet any director/actor/producer, who would it be?

Hitchcock/Audrey Hepburn/Spielberg.

5. If you could change one award at the Oscars, which one would it be?

Oh easy. ‘Citizen Kane’ rather some other film that nobody has ever heard of.

6. If there was one movie you could watch over and over for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hmm, maybe ‘Amelie’.

7. What film would you like to see a remake of?

‘The Valley of the Doll’s’. Trashy book, trashy film of course. But it would be so much fun! There was a rumour that Anne Hathaway (who I love) was to play Neely but it seems to have fallen through.

8. Do you refuse to watch any movie from a certain actor or director just because you didn’t like one of their films?

I’ve never seen a Uwe Boll film and I don’t intend to.

9. Who is your favorite director?


10. Which film do you wish had never been made?

Every Disney sequel.

11. What is your favorite moment in any film?

Maybe when ‘The Oneders’ first hear their song played in ‘That Thing You Do’.

Brown Eyed Girl

11 Nov

Hello World!

So I’ve been wanting to make a blog for a while and have regretted not writing my thoughts down. Writing is therapeutic and I am interested in seeing what comes out. I spend a lot of time reading posts on ‘Apartment Therapy’ and various fashion blogs. Blogs are peculiar things and give a tantalising hint to somebody’s life. I find myself being fascinated by the mundane and trivial just because it’s in a blog. Reading about what a person has had for breakfast takes on a different meaning somehow, one has entered into the person’s life and shared the experience. I wonder if I’ll be fascinating, interesting, amusing, profound.

With my blog entries, I’ll be putting song title as my heading. I love music and my taste is quite eclectic. Now ‘electic’ is a bit overused but my music taste is truly diverse. Music joins people and it’s always lovely when I meet people who share my tastes. I have chosen ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrisson as it’s currently my ringtone and well, I have brown eyes.