Le Petit Prince weekly scheduler

I walked into the Young Generation shop at Nex today and a neat little notebook caught my sight:

My new plaything

My new plaything

It is a weekly diary with the theme of The Little Prince, renowned literature of France. It has a knob on the cover around which I can hook its elastic band to secure the notebook. The leaves of the book are made of nice, thick card-like paper. The material reminds me of recycled brown paper. On one side of each page, there is a “Weekly Schedule” page with the 7 days of the week and a box for you to write important, “First things list”. On the flip side is a page for a “To do list” complete with checkboxes and date, subject and details columns. There are watermarks of The Little Prince pictures in all the pages.

Insides of the planner

Insides of the planner

On the last page of the planner there is no weekly schedule anymore but instead it has a folded cardboard piece that could stand the book up like a desktop calendar:

It can stand!

It can stand!

Likes:

  • The overall appearance of the book has a nice vintage look to it
  • Looks like more than enough space for me to write my daily doings in
  • The pages are made of thick paper
  • There is no specific year so as long as we have empty pages we can just fill in any date and use it anytime
  • Looks expensive but is cheap (SGD 8.95 only!)

Could be better:

  • What happened to 53 weeks? Only 40 weeks’ worth of space in the book! Maybe I should try my luck to ask for an exchange. I feel slightly cheated. But perhaps one cannot expect much from a notebook of this low price.
  • Hmm, probably could do with a slot inside the cover to slot things like bookmarks and mini calendars, or even a pen.
Since I have more likes than dislikes of this notebook, let me add one more point of note to conclude why I generally dislike it:
It cannot withstand the use of a fountain pen.
It doesn’t bleed through the page but upon contact with the nib, ink starts to spread like chromatography. Ok I exaggerate. But you get my point. Unfortunately as this notebook is due for an exchange I am not able to post a writing sample up here. Once again, I reiterate that I shouldn’t be expecting too much from a cheap notebook.

UPDATE: I managed to exchange this notebook for another! Read about it here.

I would love to hear your thoughts!