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The Pen Noobs Podcast

"We're just two pen noobs, standing in front of the pen and stationery community, asking them to love us."

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Pen Noobs Episode 09: Kaigi-ed

It's been a long three weeks since our last episode, but we're back and keeping with our promise to release episodes right around [Filipino] paydays!  Ryan and I have missed each other very much this school year, since we don't get to hangout much in online school anymore, so we dedicated an episode to catch up with each other and check in on our journaling and planning, well, plans via a mid-year techo kaigi session. This episode is largely inspired by @thestationerycafe's somewhat recent techo kaigi episode and @jobsjournal's #aesthetic youtube video.  Noob Discoveries cited in this episode include: Generic Inkable Rollerball Hobonichi Exclusive Uniball Jetstream Multi-Pen Pentel Pulaman Pelikan M200 Cafe Creme Art Oracles The Daily Stoic Lilian Letter's Instagram Page Again, we're keeping the write-up short for this one (it'll likely be a permanent move), but here's the link to our faces if you want to see 'em on youtube: https://youtu.be/R6yHCtS_aHM

1hr 13mins

16 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Pen Noobs Episode 08: Not-So Noobs - David Parker of Figboot on Pens

Hallo, Pen Friends!  This episode is one we've been keeping for a while (we recorded it in May!) because we've been waiting for the right time and we’ve been finalizing our formats for our now-upscaled bi-monthly releases. As the cold open shows, we're really really REALLY excited about this one.  Since Episode 7 was about Noobs, this one features experts--an expert: David Parker of Figboot on Pens.  We've long idolized David for his dedication to fountain pens and the fountain pen reviews he provides the community with. His ever-dependable format and input make it so much easier to understand the ins and outs of pen or stationery product--so much so that, every time we'd lust over a pen, you'd be sure that we'd go to David's Youtube to get the "intel" on it.   We'll keep the write-up short, but we do want to thank David again for reaching out to us Noobs so early in the podcast game. Support his work via subscribing to his Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/c/figbootonpens) and his Instagram (@figboot11).As usual, if you want to catch this one on video, here's the youtube link: https://youtu.be/cj4O4W_bdss

1hr 3mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Pen Noobs Episode 07: Pens and Professions (Teachers)

You're back and you're here, Pen Friends! This episode is special to us (then again, when is an episode not?). We've invited a few of our teacher friends, Nicah and Paolo/Swapee, to virtually sit down with us, sip tea, and share tea about what it's like being a teacher and a pen enthusiast.  We're all somewhat new to this game--give or take an average of 3 years of PENabling across the board--but already have a relative wealth of pens, stories, and advice regarding the hobby. So, as usual, sit back, and maybe flush your pens or journal while listening to this one. Oh, and take notice of how their special English Teaching powers manifest in how vividly they describe their pen collections. *wink* Here are some of the relevant links for this episode. None are sponsored by the way: Pen Chalet Website: https://www.penchalet.com/ Pen Boutique Website: https://www.penboutique.com/ Tortoise Chrome Estie Fountain Pen on Pen Chalet: https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/fountain_pens/esterbrook_estie_fountain_pen/Tortoise+Chrome Sailor 1911 S Kagero Green Pen Boutique Exclusive: https://www.penboutique.com/products/sailor-1911s-fountain-pen-kagero-green-pen-boutique-exclusive Esterbrook "The Journaler" Nib Review on the Pen Addict: https://www.penaddict.com/blog/2020/6/29/esterbrook-the-journaler-nib-review Kokuyo Campus Smart Ring Binder B5 on JetPens: https://www.jetpens.com/Kokuyo-Campus-Smart-Ring-Binder-Notebook-B5-26-Rings-Blue-Green/pd/23652 Noodler's 54th Massachussets on Goulet Pens: https://www.gouletpens.com/products/noodlers-54th-massachusetts-3oz-bottled-ink Disclaimer/s: The noob discovery regarding the memorial day sales have already expired as of the airing of this episode. 

1hr 19mins

11 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Pen Noobs Episode 06: The 1 About Journaling

Let's end May with some journaling, Pen Friends!Since we already covered planning in the last episode, this one was inevitable. As our summer break comes to a close, listen or watch us wax sentimental about the humble and personal beginnings of our journaling journeys and our current journal-specific habits and line-ups. Oh, and we talk about how journaling complements our mindfulness practices too.Again, here are the links to what we talk about in this episode: Adventure Denali on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeATIzBVFBlYmxzZFMNGZAA Figboot on Pens on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/figboot11 The Pen Addict Podcast: https://www.relay.fm/penaddict  Tokyo Inklings Podcast: https://tokyoinklings.com/ The Stationery Cafe Podcast: https://www.thestationerycafe.com/podcast/ The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance/dp/0735211736 Kokuyo Jibun Techo: A 3-in-1 Planner on JetPens: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/kokuyo-jibun-techo-a-3-in-1-planner/pt/949 Paperang P2 Thermal Printer: https://paperangprint.com/products/paperang-p2 Hobonichi 5 Year Techo: https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/5year/ Midori 3 and 5 Year Diaries on JetPens: https://www.jetpens.com/Midori-3-and-5-Year-Diaries/ct/4696 The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Pudicombe: https://www.amazon.com/Headspace-Guide-Meditation-Mindfulness-Minutes/dp/1250104904 Journaling for Mindfulness: 44 Prompts, Examples, and Exercises on Positive Psychology (with credible sources and studies cited): https://positivepsychology.com/journaling-for-mindfulness/ Morning Pages by Julia Cameron: https://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/ The Artist's Way Starter Kit by Julia Cameron: https://juliacameronlive.com/books-by-julia/the-artists-way-starter-kit/Also, if you want to see our actual journal spread, watch us on Youtube by clicking here: https://youtu.be/BG6NEzusmkYThank you so much for coming back for another episode, and we've got a big one for the next one. Catch you then! :)- Jika and Ryan#thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #fountainpen #fountainpen #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #hobonichi5yeartecho #travelersnotebook #tn #journal #journaling #planning #planner #noobdiscovery #morningpages #mediajournal #gratitude #dailypages


27 May 2021

Rank #4

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Pen Noobs Episode 05: PLANoobs

We're back with episode 5, Pen Friends! If you've been tuning in to the last 4 episodes, you might now be wondering about what to do with all the gear you just acquired. Of course, we don't #PENable for nothing, so we're here to talk about PLANNING as a regular means of maximizing pen-ink-and-paper usage, and as a means to get ourselves and our days in order. As usual, here are the links to what we talk about in this episode: "Sailor's Sailor Ink Review" by Mountain of Ink: https://mountainofink.com/blog/sailors-sailor  "Pen Cleaning and Maintenance" by Goulet Pens: https://blog.gouletpens.com/2012/06/fp101-pen-cleaning-and-maintenance/ "Guide to the Hobonichi Techo Planner" by JetPens: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-the-hobonichi-techo-planner/pt/900 Hobonichi Techo Lineup Website: https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/lineup/ Hobonichi Techo Download City (you can download special page layouts here; only in Japanese): https://www.1101.com/store/techo/ja/download/ "Traveler's Company Traveler's Notebook: A Comprehensive Guide" by JetPens: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/travelers-notebook-a-comprehensive-guide/pt/726 Bullet Journal Method Website: https://bulletjournal.com/pages/learn Lastly, if you do want to watch this one on youtube instead, click here: https://youtu.be/FvpKLcnE0Dw Thanks for your support and catch you again on a Friday two weeks from now! - Jika and Ryan #thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #fountainpen #fountainpen #sailorink #pencleaning #penflush #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #travelersnotebook #tn #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #planning #planner #noobdiscovery


13 May 2021

Rank #5

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Pen Noobs Episode 04: PINKS (Paper and Inks)

Welcome back, Pen Friends!   This is a bit of a long one but we promise that it's good and meaty. In this episode, we discuss the last two components of a great writing experience: Paper and Inks (PINKS, for short). We get into different paper and ink qualities and quirks, our preferences, and maybe some that could be yours.    Do note that we make a mistake regarding ink capacities in this episode so here are some **corrective links** that could help clear that up: TWSBI Ink Capacity Infographic from TWSBI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/-eV5XpzEqa/ Pilot Converter Ink Capacity from Goulet Pens: https://blog.gouletpens.com/2013/08/pilot-converter-ink-capacities/ Sailor Ink Capacity from Unsharpen: https://unsharpen.com/refill/sailor-fountain-pen-converter/ Platinum Ink Capacity from EstiloFilos: https://estilofilos.blogspot.com/2011/02/platinum-converters.html Lamy Ink Capacity from Unsharpen: https://unsharpen.com/refill/lamy-z28-fountain-pen-converter/ Platinum Ink Capacity from EstiloFilos: https://estilofilos.blogspot.com/2011/02/platinum-converters.html Lamy Ink Capacity from Unsharpen: https://unsharpen.com/refill/lamy-z28-fountain-pen-converter/ And, as per usual, if you want to see our faces in this one, here's the Youtube link for this episode: https://youtu.be/E4DmbaElN7s Anyway, that's all from us for now. If you're new to the podcast, welcome, and if you're back because the last 3 episodes left you hanging, then we're glad you're back!   - Jika and Ryan #thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #fountainpen #fountainpen ,#fountainpenfriendlypaper #ink,#fountainpenink ,#tomoeriverpaper #diamine #inks


29 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Pen Noobs Episode 03: Starter Poké--PENS!

Hello again, Pen Friends! Due to some demand, we dedicate this entire episode to starter pens--the pens that you, well, start with, whether they choose you or you choose them (Yes. We do lean into the Pokemon analogy very strongly in this one). We go into our own starter pens, and make recommendations about other entry-level options. We also go into the various things to consider in choosing that starter pen because, as we always like to say, everyone's pen journey is different after all.  Additionally, we'll have a giveaway on Instagram within the next few days, so if you want to join and are a Metro Manila resident or have a Metro Manila mailing address, do add us up. We're @thepennoobspodcast :) Lastly, if you want to peep our real faces and the pens discussed here, you can catch us on Youtube via: https://youtu.be/pWMlhJaKOXc Thanks for dropping by! - Jika and Ryan #thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #starterpen #starterpens #chooseyourstarterpen #fountainpen #fountainpens #fountainpennetwork #fountainpennetworkphilippines


15 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Pen Noobs Episode 02: NIB-er Enough

Hello PenFriends!    We're back this time to discuss nibs and the endless promise of their use. Being the ever-dependable noobs that we are, we talk non-exhaustively about our nib preferences, some nib-related phenomena, the differences between Japanese and Western nibs, and the differences between nib materials.    If you're interested to hear our take on these OR want to inform, correct, or clear some things up for us, then we're glad you're here to tune in! Here are a few nib-related resources too, that helped us in forming our now-stock knowledge:   - Jet Pens "Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs": https://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-fountain-pen-nibs-choosing-a-fountain-pen-nib/pt/760 and https://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-fountain-pen-nibs-troubleshooting-tips-and-tricks/pt/777 - Pen Chalet "Fountain Pen Nib Infographic": https://www.penchalet.com/blog/fountain-pen-nib-infographic/ Thanks for dropping by and catch you on our next episode!  - Jika and Ryan  thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #fountainpens #nibs #fountainpennibs #stationery #fountainpennetwork #fountainpenphilippines


30 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Pen Noobs Episode 01: Why Even Anything?

Hello PenFriends!   We're Jika and Ryan, your pen noobs trying to reclaim the term noob while also doing our best to lift the curtain off some of our favorite things: fountain pens and stationery.   We're by no means experts on either, thus meriting our noob-ish title, and hope that this podcast PENlightens and PENables not just ourselves but also our viewers/listeners. We hope to cover other related topics (nibs, inks, cases, and planners, for example) and catch-up with the scene through the remarkable businesses, business owners, and enthusiasts somewhere down the line.   For now, in this episode, we talk about our pen journeys, our pen collections, and daily drivers all in the span of some 35 or so minutes (not enough time, really, but it's the first episode). So if you're here, welcome! And if you want more, PENcil our next episode into your calendar.    Brands and Stores mentioned (these aren't affiliates, just resources just in case you want to see what we're talking about):    TWSBI: https://www.twsbi.com Moonman: https://www.jetpens.com/Moonman-Fountain-Pens/ct/5757 Jinhao: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/jinhao Kaweco: https://www.kaweco-pen.com Platinum: https://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/english.html Pilot: https://www.pilot.co.jp Sailor: https://sailorpen.co.uk Galen Leather: https://www.galenleather.com Scribe: https://scribeph.com Also, here's a link to the youtube version, if you're curious about what we look like: https://youtu.be/5uH7m89ch1o Now, enough with the PEN puns and THANKS FOR DROPPING BY!  - Jika and Ryan thepennoobspodcast #pennoobs #fountainpens #stationery #fountainpennetwork #fountainpenphilippines


30 Mar 2021

Rank #9