17 Jan 2018

new pen! jin hao x750 shimmering sands in a medium nib

After I started my job as a junior doctor in August last year, other doctors would comment on how I always used a fountain pen (usually my trusty Lamy Safari Coral Pink in extra fine, inked up with either Diamine Blue-Black or Lamy Black or Diamine Denim). Comments included: 'I knew you were on-call because I recognised your fountain pen and handwriting in the notes' and 'You're not using your usual colour of ink!'. (The second one was after I briefly ran out of Diamine Blue-Black.)

These comments triggered me on a quest to find a cheaper pen which I could potentially use at work. Especially because I once had to lend my TWSBI Eco (review of that coming later) and cringed when I watched them use it.

This is where this Jin Hao X750 comes in. I saw it for just over a fiver on eBay from a UK seller (because I'm impatient and did not want to wait for it to ship from China for the sake of a pound or two) and the shimmering sands design is just gorgeous.

When the pen arrived, it came in the barest of packaging: just a plastic bag inside a padded envelope but that's ok - I wasn't expecting much for a pen of this price. The pen also weighs a lot more than expected. The expectation was cheap, flimsy plastic but instead, I received a bulky pen of a decent weight and build.

The nib is a medium and it writes quite a thick line. I'm a lover of fine and extra fine nibs so this was something a bit different. It won't be the pen that I carry around with me every day but it has made itself useful. Having purchased Diamine Blue Pearl and struggled to find a pen that it works well in, this Jin Hao X750 has come to the rescue. More on that in another blog post!

The pen comes with a converter which I've been refilling with a needle and syringe. Below is a scanned copy of the page seen in the first photo. The paper isn't the best so I make apologies for that!

Though I rated the nib 3/5, this was before I realised it worked super well with Diamine Blue Pearl. I guess the rating depends on the ink chosen!

All in all, I'm very impressed with this pen. It is of a decent quality for the price and it will serve me well for when I want to use shimmer inks.

10 Jan 2018

2018 goals: 100 things I want to tick off

For the last two years, I've written a list of 100 things I want to achieve over the coming twelve months and this year is no different. Last year, a lot of the goals were medical school oriented - 'pass finals', 'start work as a doctor', etc but this year, the goals are all about getting through this first year as a doctor.

Do you set goals for yourself? If so, how regularly do you set your goals? And how are you doing with them? :)

3 Jan 2018

hello! a re-introduction

A new year and after a brief unexpected hiatus, the intention is to start blogging again regularly. I do feel like I lost my way with blogging over the last year so I've taken that time out to re-focus on what this blog is really about. Paper Lovestory started out as a blog about stationery and then a blog about being a university student whilst at medical school but then things went a bit downhill. Now, we're returning to the roots and we're back to stationery, pens and all things relating to paper, though there may be sprinklings of other lifestyle posts too.

Anyway, to re-introduce myself with this new start!

Hello! I am Angela, a twenty-something girl who lives in London but grew up in the country. Two degrees later, I now work as a junior doctor within the National Health Service (NHS).

Fountain pens and ink are a huge love of mine - I definitely own too many pens and bottles of ink (then again, is there such a thing...?). Another love are notebooks and all things relating to paper. It may be because of my Hong Kong heritage that has fuelled this as stationery shops over there are very different to shops here in the UK. They are usually small, family-run stores, crammed to the rafters with stationery with aisles narrower than a plank of wood.

This is essentially what this blog is about. A twenty-something girl working as a doctor who has a huge amount of love for stationery. If this sounds like something you can get onboard with then I welcome you on this journey with me :)