SFPL Pen Meet, Jan’15

Time flies and it was time for yet another pen meet, this time the first one of the year Twenty Fifteen! We the Singapore Fountain Pens Lovers Facebook group administrators got together to organize this pen meet, and I grabbed the chance to do some filming on site. The pen meet was located at a very beautiful condominium, so it seemed to make everyone really happy!

I’ll show you the pictures from now, and do watch out for the video at the end of the post!

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Once again, more people than expected turned up and the room was bursting!

The room was meant for 15-20 people, but 30+ people turned up! Some of them had to stand around, which I feel bad about. The admins wanted to split half the group to a nearby shopping mall to look for space to hang around to talk pens, but everyone seemed to prefer cosy and noisy.

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Soumya, who is lately getting into Spencerian and Copperplate writing

Soumya was sharing about the pens he had brought over, and I badly wanted to include his part into the SFPL Pen Meet video, but the video got really long. So I will be posting up a separate video with Soumya’s part another day! Hope you don’t mind this, Soumya!

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Beautiful ink colours to “collect”!

This is something I’ve been wanting to do: to have a notebook for pen meets and try out all kinds of pens and ink colours in the notebook, and keeping a record of all the pens and inks I have tried out. Well, I’ve got a notebook now, but I haven’t had the chance to try out various pens and colours, nor kept any record as neat at the one in the photo. Pity!

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Vials and vials and vials of ink. SFPL people love inks!

Speaking of inks, look at the sheer number of vials of inks that someone brought to the pen meet. Crazy! Yes, we love inks, we love inks!

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Those are some beautiful ink bottles and pen wrap!

Look at that… more inks!

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And more inks… with tissue paper blotting out the excess.

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I wonder if he’s brandishing a pen or a knife… or a penknife?

 

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Sketches of Little India by Meng Foo

In my video, I have interviewed a couple of people, and one of them is Meng Foo, an architect/sketch artist. He shared about his preference for fountain pens over technical pens for drawing, due to the feel of the nib and the pen. Watch the video to find out more about it!

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Flexing flexy nibs

I’ve also interviewed Urner, who is a self-taught budding nibmeister in Singapore. I probably can’t call him a “budding” nibmeister anymore as his nib modification skills are really quite awesome! Urner has shown me a variety of pens whose nibs he had modified into a variety of flexibilities, and I must say I love almost every one of them. Those I didn’t really love are the semi-flex nibs, which are actually pretty good semi-flexes, but I would like a very soft and flexible nib as a personal preferences. I’ve already gotten a Creaper with Urner’s modified nib and reviewed it before, but lately I’ve received another pen which I hope to review soon.

Not in the photos are the special stuff that we got at the pen meet. On Fountain Pens (yes, us!) has sponsored a bunch of Pilot Penmanship fountain pens in EF nib as door gifts. So yes, everyone got either a black body or a clear body Penmanship. Apparently the clear one seemed to be much more popular than the black one. Straits Pen has sponsored 2 Ohto pens and 2 Pelikan 4001 inks for the lucky draw, and also plastic pipettes for everyone. Urner has also sponsored a Noodler’s Creaper with its nib modified to have extra flex.

Coming up is the pen meet video that I filmed. Now, I am a total newbie at videography, so please bear with the low quality of the video. I will be trying to improve my filming skills next time!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you’re a fountain pen enthusiast who is in Singapore (you don’t need to be Singaporean), I hope it inspires you a little to come down to one of our pen meets! It’s a fun place and everyone is pretty friendly.

 

4 Responses

  1. erasmo gonzalez 27 January 2015 / 11:45 AM

    Very professional video and you are pretty young! My perception was that you were older! May I ask the name of the program you used to put the subtitles and credits? Thanks. E. Gonzalez
    , Mexico City

    • Maybelline T. 27 January 2015 / 12:01 PM

      Thank you Erasmo! I use iMovie for the editing of this entire video, including titles, subtitles, credits and so on.

  2. Ludovic 26 January 2015 / 11:11 PM

    Lol so strange watching you folks on video, glad that you lot had fun!

    • Maybelline T. 27 January 2015 / 7:01 AM

      We missed you there! Do come for the next one 🙂

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