These are a few of my favorite things: a good cocktail and a great pen (Photo taken during the Online launch in EDSA Beverage Design Group)
People find it somewhat strange, or I guess a novelty, when they see me during events taking down notes using my notebook and colored gel pen instead of my smartphone, which is what everyone else normally uses. I have several reasons for insisting I write in longhand.
I had my Online fountain pen engraved! I thought script would look better until I saw how neat it looks in block letters.
1. I write longhand faster than I type—my hand keeps up with my thoughts better when it’s flourishing across a page, not when my thumbs are tapping on a glass screen. I prefer to jot down my observations on a notebook when doing a food review, so I remember them when I finally create my blog post. I also prefer to write the first draft of my blog posts on paper before typing them up—I believe there’s more feeling, more of ME that way. And besides my blog that is for everyone to read online, I also keep a private journal for my handwritten thoughts, feelings, and memories of my life.
I wrote the first draft of this blog post in longhand—on the hard copy of the Online press release, hehe.
2. I never want to lose my handwriting. I like how it looks, I worked hard to develop it. Mine’s a combination of Paulininan penmanship (I attended St. Paul’s in elementary), my mom’s neat handwriting, and, some say, Assumptionista penmanship (it’s probably influenced by the beautiful handwriting of my high school Literature teacher who attended Assumption College).
Pretending I can do calligraphy—not! That’s how my handwriting normally looks when I’m not in a hurry—that is, when I’m still trying to get used to a new pen, like my Online fountain pen.
In this age where touchscreen is replacing the keyboard, some people almost forget what the keyboard slowly replaced: handwriting. I personally find it both sad and happy that calligraphy is all the rage these days: I’m happy that people are once again using their hands to write; sad because handwriting is now but a novelty, a hobby, a current passion or trend—instead of something we all had to learn and use to communicate, get points across, to remember things by. I don’t want my handwriting to become like Algebra or Trigonometry—something I’ve forcefully tucked away in the farthest corners of my mind. I know people who can no longer even write in script.
3. I love notebooks and pens. And I love them because I love to write in longhand. It’s a chicken and egg sort of thing. I always scour National Book Store for new pen finds, and I’m glad they now carry Online, Germany’s top pen brand. The design-oriented writing instrument brand is made for creative minds, young professionals, and pen enthusiasts—like me! Haha. I bet NBS brought it in for those into the calligraphy craze, but it’s also great for people like me who just like investing in good pens for everyday. I learned in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project that if you love to write, you must invest in good pens—and I do. I get more satisfaction when using a really good pen to write than when I’m using a cheap ball pen giveaway from events.
Established in 1991 in Germany by Thomas and Alexandra Batsch, Online is known for high-quality writing instruments for students, professionals, and the young at heart. They produce writing instruments for school and office that boast of functionality and technology.
This fountain pen has a Lefty version, and both versions have a stylus tip for use on your smartphone and tablet—yes, use that touchscreen to practice your handwriting!
The contemporary finish and modern design of the Young.Line Collection is meant for students and young people, with their colorful and vibrant lifestyle. A new set of hip, chic, and cool pens are made each year as part of the collection in response to varying needs, whether in school or in the office.
The Top.Line Collection of Online was launched in 2006 and is tailored for adults. It is a favorite of professionals, with its sleek barrel, classy and elegant design, intricate detail, and ergonomic grip with superior craftsmanship and which provides a smooth writing experience. Browse the gallery below for some of Online’s pens, which would make great gifts! Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the image and launch the rest of the photo gallery.
Online also offers cute stationery items such as binders, notebooks, pencils, erasers, and pen pouches in candy and macaron designs called the Candyworld Collection. I think they’d make great presents for kids and even grown women like me who still love cute stationery. Browse the gallery below for some of the items. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the image and launch the rest of the photo gallery.
I’m somewhat amused that Online is named after what killed handwriting in the first place—when people “went online.” So, please, my dear readers, even if we’re already online all the time (I know you are reading this online, hehe), go offline and use your Online pens instead to document your life and connect with people—instead of via social media. Write notes on stationery and journal entries on notebooks. Your loved ones and yourself will thank you for it.
Online’s Young.Line Collection is available in National Book Store Alabang Town Center, Greenlanes Arcade Greenhills, SM Megamall, and Trinoma. Online’s Top.Line Collection is available in National Book Store Glorietta 1, Greenbelt, Shangri-La Plaza, and SM Megamall. Online’s Candyworld Collection is available in Powerbooks Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt, SM Megamall, and Trinoma.
Shop online and buy eBooks on nationalbookstore.com. For reservations and delivery, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila (toll-free), or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Monday to Sunday from 8AM to 10PM