11 November 2005

5 Things (Part 4) - My Appointment Diaries, Filofaxes & PDAs

I remember the last week of December before I was about to start Sec. 1 when we were given a list of textbooks and school stationery to get before the school year starts. Among the list of stationery was the School Diary, which marked the beginning of my relationship with my appointment diaries.

The format is like that of a monthly calendar spread over 2PP and it first started with mundane stuff like test and exam dates, special reminders (e.g. "bring extra test tubes"), birthdays and phone numbers.

The following Christmas, I received an appointment diary as a present. It was essentially the same thing as a school diary except that it was smaller and more elegant to carry around. However, every time come end of the year, there will be the pain-in-the-ass exercise to need to transcribe all the phone numbers and birthdays reminders to the new diary.

By Sec 3, I was pretty much very dependent of this diary and in it, grew the content as I have more and more stuff written into it. Most importantly would be fast growing list of telephone numbers of girls. Call it the birth of my "Little Black Book" if you will.

Then Sec 4 was the time Filofax was hitting the mainstream and I got myself one of those that I used all the way to graduation. En route, I have tried those Sharp/Casio digital diaries but felt that the rigidness of the functions not to my liking. Filofax was still the best and since I only need to get the refill for the new calendar each year. There was no more need to copy all the phone numbers every year anymore, which by then had grown to be quite big. No longer "Little" liao. *grin*

Today, I am using a Nokia 9300 PDA/Phone and that from a long way from very first USRobotics Palm Pilot, through Visors and the Sony Clies. I have also tried HP Jornadas and Compaq iPaqs but yuck! Microsoft PPC sucked!

Anyway, for all these years, I kept all my diaries and refills. The first one was 1985 and it's actually nice to take them out and flip through them from time to time. Reading through the diary, re-tells the story of the path that I have traveled and the people who walked with you along the way. Well, some may have parted at some point further down the road, but there were also those that have been walking with me till this very day.

P.S. Here's an interesting tidbit. I crash-and-burned with every girl named Adeline, Adelin, Adelyn or any other variation. Machiam like my Achilles' Heel. No kismet in the Adel department. Ouch.

- Voxeros

1. mihuatang left...
Thursday, 10 November 2005 4:29 pm
how come can read yr 11 nov 2005 post on 10 nov 2005?

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 11 November 2005 8:53 am ::
mihuatang: That's because I am in HuNan now on a 4-day golf tournament. No time to blog during this period and so I write in advance and set the timer to release a new blog at midnight each day.
So now you know. :)

3. mihuatang left...
Friday, 11 November 2005 10:03 am
something is wrong with your digital timer. it released your post before 0001 hrs of 11 Nov 2005.
cannot trust machines; pen and paper still better.

4. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 12 November 2005 8:47 am ::
mihuatang: Paper? That's true. Ironically because of the fact that we are going digital in order to push for a paperless society, studies showed that we actually consumed 3 times more paper as a result.

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