FUNctional at Megamall.

Cute has invaded my life. First bunny shoes, and now this. FUNctional is a stationery shop in Megamall A. It’s beside Toy Kingdom, which means I have two black holes to fall into.

FUNctional at SM Megamall

FUNctional at SM Megamall

Everything in the shop comes from China. There are ballpens in all shades of sherbet, folders, pencil cases, and notebooks.

Two small notebooks

Two small notebooks

I bought two notebooks, both with plastic covers. I bought them because the pages weren’t blank.

Inside the notebook

Inside the notebook

Every page, or spread, is a way of doodling or writing. This one invites you to write down four daydreams.

Built-in doodles

Built-in doodles

Sparely-illustrated pages make you think of different ways of interacting with the notebook.

Ruled - but just in the middle

Ruled - but just half

This spread amused me – only half was ruled, the other left plain. This is for people who change their minds mid-page. Or for those who draw and write at the same time. (The desk and chair on the lower left was a built-in doodle. I added the sitting figure and the thought balloon.)

Another notebook - watercolor wash backgrounds

Another notebook - watercolor wash backgrounds

For those in a dreamier frame of mind, there’s a notebook with watercolor washes in different colors.

Floral thoughts

Floral thoughts

These remind me of petals. I imagine you can write one word per petal.

The paper is thin, but not irritatingly so. I’d like more of these notebooks. Every writer or artist has experienced the fear of the blank page – with these notebooks, that point is moot. (Plus they’re cute.)

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