Mysterious Pocket in Cherry

Today, the postman finally brought me the Filofax I had traded with a nice lady in the US.
It is a pocket size, cherry red (some say it's raspberry) coloured binder without a name. Just the mystery around it is what made me go for it. So, without any further ado, here's my take on the Mysterious Pocket in Cherry.

Two of the first things I noticed were:

a) It doesn't look like a Finsbury:
The grain on the Finsbury's leather is different and more textured, harder to the touch, if you will. Not to mention that the dye of the leather is done in a way that is not uniform, so the wrinkles of the leather will be slightly lighter than the grain.






b) It is not leather:
I'm so accustomed to touching leather, that as soon as the bonder was in my hands, I could feel it wasn't real leather.
This is hard to explain for me, as not only is it a tactile experience, but also how it looks and how it sounds when I pass my fingers across it.



The way the strap wrinkles when stretched out, and the feel of these wrinkles.
And of course, the smell. It has many scents I cannot pinpoint, but among those, leather is not one of them.

Inside layout



On the left, the layout reminds one of the Finsbury, with the mesh ID slot, the card slots at the top, and the full length pocket. Except this one only has two, rather than the three card slots, like the Finsbury. 



In the place of where the thirds slot should be, there is, stitched, a piece of textured PVC leather with the Filofax logo embossed. The piece that has the slots and the mesh isn't textured, but plain PVC.


On the right, there is only a notepad pocket. All this is done in a form of nylon. 


The pen loop is not elasticated and it is also made of the same PVC leather. Markings under the strap read "JGT".




This binder is indeed a mystery to me, as there is nowhere to find the name of the model.
It does have the usual F on the spine and the logo on the ring mechanism. But that is it. Even the 3 letters on the strap don't give me any clue, except maybe, that there is no letter L to signify 'Leather'.



Oh, and just last night I found one exactly the same on Ebay. It also didn't state the model.

Let's hope one day I'll be able to know more about this nice binder. :)

Using the Aqua Mini Finsbury as my wallet

For nearly three weeks now, I have been using the Mini Finsbury Filofax I won on eBay as my wallet and back-up planner, and sadly, it is not working out as I had hoped.

For starters, I have already invested quite some time recording useful information inside my Mark's 18 month planner, and I'm already duplicating events and appointments into the Mini, so I do not wish to also copy things like postage prices, past events, lists, etc.



Because of this I have been carrying both my Mark's and my Mini, thus adding weight and volume to my bag.

My previous setup was much more simple and convenient. I wasn't carrying a wallet, instead I was using a cardholder from Bimba & Lola, that doesn't use up space and is also easy to use; I can pull and stash my cards without hassle, I can carry about 6, and also some bills, although not more than 5. And due to its tiny size, I was able to even carry it in my pocket.



The Mini allows me to carry more money bills, but I hardly ever need to. It only has three card slots that are too tight and I often find myself struggling to get my cards out.
Another thing that irks me is the fact that when I open it, people near me, like at a queue, are able to peek inside. Surely I do not have anything on the first page, but nevertheless I do not like others looking at my personal things.



Another detail I noticed now whilst paying for my coffee, is that it is more cumbersome to stash my bills, as I have to open the Mini once again.



Not to mention that the tiny zippered pocket is a hassle to use for coins! Unless you have a flat surface to lay the Mini on, it's nearly impossible to open it enough to get them.



Because I really like the Mini purely for aesthetic reasons, I want to keep on using it, but I'm not sure if its looks are going to be enough for me to be more patient and get used to it. For the time being, it still comes with me in my bag. Only time will tell if it's worth the hassle or not.

Of Readers, Filofaxes and Staying Up Late

Ah, this is going to be a nice and lazy Friday. I was up last night until 3:30am and I'm still very sleepy (12:38). The reason I was up so late is because I was trying to catch up with some of my favourite blogs.
Still not an excuse, but please let me explain with more detail.

Before Google Reader decided to say Adieu, I used Feedly on my iPad and gReader on my phone. They got along pretty nicely and were neatly synchronised.

But only a day after Google Reader's departure, Feedly was so overwhelmed that it was "over capacity", and gReader decided it was leaving, too. Only one sentence in his farewell note: "Please install Feedly on your phone."

After the guys at Feedly told me that indeed they were having issues and the service would be down temporarily, I decided I would wait patiently, and try (lol) to keep up with the blogs the old fashioned way; using my browser. It didn't really work.

So when this week (was it this or last week??) they finally announced on twitter that Feedly was up and running again, I decided to check it out on my iPad, only to be received by a blank slate: all my feeds were gone! Massive Fail, Feedly!!

See, yesterday the new member of my small Filofax family arrived and during the evening I wanted to find out how others were using theirs, how much the vibrant colour IRL differed from the internet images, when it was discontinued, etc.
This had me sailing from Philofaxy, to Lady Filo, and a couple other more, until reaching my favourite one, Zeitgeist of Zoe.

Those of you who follow Zoe's blog, might be familiar with her skilled writing. She has a way with words that keep you browsing her blog, clicking on other posts, unable to unglue yourself from your screen. At least, that's how it is for me, anyway. 

Yet when the 3:08 on the top of my screen started to haunt me, I decided to quickly close the iPad and plug it to its charger.

I should have grabbed my bedsheet over my head, and closed my leaded eyelids and succumb to Morpheus.
I should have, but I didn't.

Instead I took out my super cute Mini Urban and played a bit with it, adding the new 2013 MOTP calendar I received this week, getting rid of old pages and trying to mentally decide which inserts it should have, etc. 

What I am trying to say, your Honour, is that it wasn't my fault I went to bed so late. All of this could have been avoided if the newcomer didn't have had to undergo quarantine for being a smelly boy.

It was all the Mini Finsbury Aqua's fault.