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How I fell in love with Traveler’s Notebooks

Every year, around November, I start thinking about what planner I’ll use for the following year.

Yes, I still use a planner. Keying appointments into my phone doesn’t cut it for me, I need to see my schedule in black and white.

For well over a decade now, I’ve used only three brands: Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917 or Frankie.

But for my 2019 planner, I decided to broaden my search.

I still looked at my old favorites. I considered this Marauder’s Map Moleskine planner.


The 2019 Frankie journal


The 2019 Leuchtturm1917 planners


But I looked at other brands too.

Like kikki.K


Kate Spade




I loved the look of Hardon Epoch’s WTF planner


and came really close to ordering this beauty from Easy, Tiger.


But I forgot about all of them when I wandered into Scribe in Megamall. I was working on a Christmas advertorial and Scribe was one of the stores they wanted me to include. I spotted the Hobonichi planners which I’ve heard so much about. “Hmm, I can add these to the story,” I thought, so I started asking the salesgirl about them.

Then she pointed to a display of Traveler’s Notebooks. “These sell as well as our Hobonichis too,” she said.

I was intrigued. What were Traveler’s Notebooks?


That night, I looked up the brand and discovered that it’s a system of leather covers with different inserts that you can use and modify according to your needs. People use their Traveler’s Notebooks (formerly known as Midori Traveler’s Notebooks) as notebooks, travel journals, sketchbooks, bullet journals and yes, planners.

Ding ding ding! We had a winner.

But I was leaving for Hong Kong the next day and had no time to run back to Megamall. “That’s okay,” I thought. “I’ll look for my Traveler’s Notebook at CitySuper.”

But I wanted the blue one and couldn’t find it anywhere in Hong Kong.

So weeks later, back in Manila, I proceeded to call every single Scribe store in search of the blue Weekly Memo Diary Pack.


And I went to Glorietta to get it.


I picked up some extra inserts too, of course.


And then I assembled my planner for the year. And got stickers and brought out my washi tapes so I can personalize it.


There are so many things to love about it: your ability to make it your own, the fact that it looks even better as it ages, the craftsmanship, the endless possibilities.

And suddenly, one didn’t seem enough. After watching a lot of YouTube videos, I decided I was going to get a passport-sized one as a wallet. I saw the Traveler’s Notebook display in Rustan’s and went a little crazy.


I couldn’t resist picking up the 10th anniversary mini notebooks too. (And now I’m on the hunt for the camel one. That’s the only one I’m missing.)

I chose the camel passport.


I’ve been using it as a wallet for a couple of weeks now and I love it.


And that’s how I fell in love with Traveler’s Notebooks.


There are three Traveler’s Factory stores in Tokyo and I cannot wait to visit them. I booked a trip to Tokyo months ago and now it looks like my trip will turn into a Traveler’s Notebook trip.