Tuesday 27 February 2024

Stationery Review 4: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Topaz (Brown) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys,

Lamy Topaz is another ink that is in my arsenal of ink for 2024 the count of which has now increased to 25 different inks from different brands. I am not talking about the cartridges I have or samples of the inks received with the pens. I am sure the focus will be getting and collecting some more inks during the year. I will try to participate in all the contests possible so that I win some inks and review them as well. For the rest of my life, I have enough as I won't be able to finish the same in the next 10-15 years or so. 
Stationery Review 4: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Topaz (Brown) 30ml Bottle
I need to contact Lamy South Africa's marketing manager to get more inks for review if possible.

Lamy Topaz T53 Crystal Ink comes in a beautiful bottle that we discussed in our previous posts. But the unique thing about this bottle was the little plastic line on the cap that's in the same colour as the ink. This is different from T52 where the whole cap is in the colour of the ink. 

If we look at the dried ink swab, I can see that the ink is a little bit darker than the cheaper Karkos ink I bought from Ali Express. Also, Lamy Topaz has a bit of green colour sheen that comes on the paper where we put some more ink. Also, there is a bit of red colour mixed into the ink on the darker spots. 
The price of the Lamy Crystal Inks is consistent on the Lamy Online Shop for ZAR 299 and during the black Friday sale, I got it at a 25% discount and bought the same for ZAR 225 only. I strongly suggest you buy directly from the Lamy Online Shop at https://www.lamyshop.co.za/ and get some of their limited editions of ink. 

Check out the videos and the writings in the video. A new short video will also feature in this blog post soon. Thanks!!!

Aum Namah Shivay!

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Friday 9 February 2024

2024: A Big Year for TECNO and itel @TECNOMobileSA #StopAtNothing

Hi Guys,

With new smartphones scheduled for arrival in South Africa and exciting competitions and campaigns planned for this year, 2024 is shaping up to be a big year for TECNO and itel

The start of a new year brings a chance for reinvigoration, exciting plans, and a relook at strategy and approach, and this is no different for smart tech brands TECNO and itel.

Following on from an impactful year in South Africa in 2023, which included the introduction of the SPARK 10 Series into the country, 2024 is shaping up to be another exciting year for both brands with significant developments, including a major launch scheduled for TECNO for the second quarter of the year (be on the lookout for more news about that).
2024: A Big Year for TECNO and itel @TECNOMobileSA #StopAtNothing
TECNO Supports African Soccer
The year has already kicked off with a bang, with TECNO celebrating African soccer excellence as the official smartphone sponsor of this year’s African Cup of Nations tournament in Côte d'Ivoire. Both TECNO and itel will continue to explore partnership and collaboration opportunities that enhance things that South Africans love.

Democratising Smartphone Access
Both brands will continue to bring affordable, reliable, and great value-for-money devices to fans, while also listening to their needs and wants. TECNO and itel will also be a part of significant moments in South Africa’s social calendar, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Youth Month, Nelson Mandela Day, Women’s Month, Black Friday, and Christmas and New Year, bringing their own flair and glow to these occasions.

Winning with TECNO and itel
Who doesn’t love winning prizes? There were plenty of opportunities for TECNO and itel fans to win in 2023, with devices and other fantastic items given away, and in 2024 both brands will continue to host regular competitions on their social media pages. Visit TECNO’s Facebook page and itel’s Facebook page for more information and to enter.

Availability
TECNO and itel devices are available from select retail partners, including Ackermans, Edgars, Game, JET, Mr Price, PEP, and TFG (availability varies per retailer, per store per product, and while stocks last).

Keep an eye out for deals currently available for both TECNO and itel, which bring devices at an even better price. These include POP 7, SPARK GO 2023, SPARK 10C, SPARK 10 5G, SPARK 10 Pro for TECNO, and the P40 for itel. To find out more news about these, follow TECNO’s Facebook page and itel’s Facebook page.

Aum Namah Shivay!

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Thursday 8 February 2024

Stationery Review 3: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Agate (Grey) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys,

In continuation with our Lamy T53 Crystal Fountain Pen Inks review, I also bought this really light colour as I wanted to try the same as well. The grey colour is also available from the Kaweco inks range but then this was crystal ink so thought of investing in the same. I am talking about the Lamy Agate which is a silvery Grey in color. 

Stationery Review 3: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Agate (Grey) 30ml Bottle

I got an idea when posting these blog posts that there should be some YouTube Shorts video that needs to be created separately so that it can form part of this blog and also it can then be shared on the YouTube Channels and IG as well. Every day I clean my desk and then again it's full of chaos before I can start shooting the shorts. I definitely need to work on a flowchart where I can leave aside my mental blocks to work on the videos. As you know Universe loves speed and so many ideas get lost if you grab them right when they appear so I am going to grab them and work them smoothly going forward. 

Coming back to this Lamy Agate (Grey) T53 Crystal Ink in a 30ml bottle, we have silvery ink that can really be a mixture of white and a little bit of black coloured inks. With this ink also there is no sheen or shimmer to be called crystal ink. Maybe the only way to test them further is to use different kinds of paper that I don't have currently with me.

The best feeling about his ink is that it feels like your fountain pen is writing like a pencil as after the drying time, the paper and the ink feel like written using a H/2H pencil. In case you want to relive your childhood and doesn't want to use the clutch pencils etc then this Lamy Agate is perfect for you. 

Paper does make a lot of difference to the way your ink will behave along with the nib size. A lot of it depends on the GSM of the paper along with the fabric of the paper. There are so many problems like feathering, ghosting, bleed-through and smoothness (drying times) that need to be observed for the inks and papers along with the colour of paper that's available in the market. Like with this Agate, white colour paper will be better as compared to the yellowish or cream coloured ones. 

This ink is priced at ZAR 299 at the Lamy Online Shop in South Africa and with a 25% discount during the black Friday period on the website, I got it for around ZAR 225 only. 

Overall, I wouldn't recommend the Grey colour inks unless you have a specific purpose like paintings, drawings or doodling that you have to do. What idea I have is to mix this ink with something that can add some shine to the same and will try mixing yellow into the same along with some green in a separate one to check what colours can be made out of it. If we add a drop of black ink into this one, there will be no difference left between black and grey then as you can see from the ink swab in the video. 

Check out the videos and the writings in the video. A new short video will also feature in this blog post soon. Thanks!!!

Aum Namah Shivay!

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Wednesday 7 February 2024

New Year Resolutions - Week 31 Achievements & Failures in 2023 #TheLifesWay

Hi Guys, 

Week 31 started from 30 July to go till 5th August 2023 and since the last few weeks, it's been hectic as there were a lot of launch events during these months. Sometimes all this travel and attending events leave you with very less energy to focus on other things so it's of extreme importance that you do exercise your body and build some strength on a daily basis. 
New Year Resolutions - Week 31 Achievements & Failures in 2023 #TheLifesWay
1. Entertainment - The week started with the Pankaj Udhas show at Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been performing live for the last 43 years and his voice quality is not really up to the mark but it was great to see a legend live in action. 
2. Launch Events - This week all days I have attended one or the other launch events from a lot of diverse brands. I started with the Women's Conference where I could not spend much time as it was really cold out there and kids felt the same so we had to leave early to attend the Pankaj Udhas Show as well. 
I got to play Soccer with the real team players of the South African National team with some people from Huawei South Africa as well. This was for the launch of some new Huawei Wearables. I got a Watch FIT SE along with a Soccer kit. 
The next day it was a Dell Technologies dinner and it was really a great personalized event. The next few days there was the Decorex Expo which I went to twice on the weekends. Thanks to Proud SA for making me a winner of the VIP Passes and all my family and friends also saw the event due to the same. 
Skyworth also launched their 100inch TVs at a big event and I got the invite for the same as well. It was really nice and got to see some of the latest TVs from Skyworth. The only thing was the event was in Boksburg and it took a while to reach there. 

Castle Lite invited us for another dinner party in Houghton and it was really a good one too. It was the launch of some new ambassadors where they got nice jackets and some other products from the brand. I don't think we got anything at the end of the event. 
Lastly, to end the week, I attended the Sony Alpha Festival Kyodoka Event in Randburg but had to leave early as I had a dinner appointment. The lines were long to grab Sony's Cameras so I didn't wait and this time I could not lay my hands on their powerful cameras and they were given 30 minutes for each person at the show. They didn't give them earlier and only after the first speaker then initiated the process and it meant the long queues. 
3. Thank You - I started again from zero to reach the 20000 mark by the end of the week. The counter is giving me some problems I need to find an app on mobile to keep tracking the same permanently and in the best way possible. 
I didn't watch any web series or movies during this week as there were so many things going on. 

4. YouTube - I did a lot of YouTube Shorts during this week and for July 23, I got 141 subscribers that's almost double the previous month in terms of subscribers count added to the channel. I thought that someday my channel would have a snowball effect but that has not happened as yet I will continue to create videos so that it eventually happens and then I will reach that 100k mark Silver play button and thereafter 1M Golden play button from YouTube. If you don't have subscribed to my channel and if you love unboxing, gadgets and stationery items then please do give it a look and then decide to subscribe - www.youtube.com/@thelifesway
Thanks a lot to all the brands for all the launch event invites and other expos happening around me to attend. I am really grateful to the expo as it has expanded my mindset to check out thousands of brands and companies that are there to help their customers in whatever way possible. 

Aum Namah Shivay!

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Stationery Review 2: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Azurite (Deep Blue) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys,

I thought of also marking the stationery review posts to maintain continuity as well. This will take a while to post for all the YouTube videos I have shot which are more than 500+ for long format and 1200 + for Shorts format. I love stationery products and I am sure you also must have fallen in love with them during your life.

When you have a lot of pens, the next item is to buy the inks in different colours. I really love the colour of inks that get popped out and are reflective/brilliant in nature, by which I mean that they should shine on the paper whether they have shimmer or not, doesn't matter. It should really have a personality of its own. To pursue this passion, I have bought numerous colours of inks which will be showcased to you in my YouTube videos as well as in blog posts. 
Stationery Review 2: Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Azurite (Deep Blue) 30ml Bottle
Lamy Germany is one of my favourite brands in terms of the range of products they offer. They have a unique style and owning a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen was one of my dreams. It all started when I bought one in Yellow colour during 2022 from Sandton Stationery & Print shop in Sandton City Mall. I got it for around ZAR 280 and then the ink converter cost me about ZAR 120 more so overall I paid ZAR 400 for the pen and got my EF nib as well. Now I am looking for a black F nib to fit my Safari Fountain Pen. 

My second reason to love Lamy Germany is also due to its limited range of products, not in terms of the colours that they keep bringing but in terms of the designs of the products. The writing instruments range they offer starts from Safari, 2000, Aion, Studio, Swift, Vista, Ideos, al-Star, LX, Logo, Cp 1, Scala, Nexx, Accent, Joy, Dialog, Imporium and some more. The same models are also available in Rollerball and ballpoint pens as well. I am in pursuit of owning Lamy 2000 and Lamy Dialog. 
If we talk about the inks, they only have two ranges - T52 (50ml) and T53 Crystal Inks (30ml) bottles. T52 are normal day-to-day inks that are cheaper as compared to crystal inks and come with tissue paper to take care of any stains or extra ink on the body of the pen. 

T53 are expensive crystal inks that have sheen and shimmer built into the same and really reflect the quality Lamy offers. The design of the bottle is awesome as you unbox the ink. The bottle has a big opening that is both beneficial in terms of filling the ink in any kind of pen as well as the same can lead to accidents in case you drop it and the whole ink will be on the desk or ground. 

I wanted to go into the crystal range of inks so I kept waiting for the Black Friday sale at Lamy Online shop because the price kept on increasing at all the online stores. I thought the same would be offered at a discount like last year when T52 ink bottles were sold for ZAR 99 only. The price of the T53 was the same as the T52 ink bottle last year in 2022. But the black Friday sale this time has very limited pens on discount and no ink formed the part of the same so I had to take a plunge to buy the inks at the price mentioned on the website. My good luck was that there was a 25% discount that was applied store-wide on all the products so it cost me a little bit less than the retail price of ZAR 299 (USD 16). 

I bought this Azurite T53 Crystal Ink from Lamy Online Shop for ZAR 224 (USD 12) only. Lamy Azurite is also called Deep Blue and the ink is really nice tilted towards the darker purple shades as well. I am sure you won't miss the letters written in this ink as it's really dark and makes you wonder if this is black or blue or what? I am not sure why Lamy is calling the same as Crystal ink when there is no brilliance in the colour on the page. 

I have not seen any of the Lamy inks feature in the top inks on the famous stationery shops videos on YouTube. There was also a problem with the ink bottle as most of the ink came out of the box and fell on other ink packets as well. The brands replaced the bottle but the same happened with the other Azurite bottle as well. The rest of the colours I bought have no leakage. Also, the packaging was different in all the T53 bottles I bought. 

Overall, I am not clear about this ink as it should have been bought in the first place or not and now I have two bottles to finish. If anyone wants the same, I can sell the same for ZAR 200 cash in Johannesburg, South Africa. I will definitely try different pens and use this ink more as I just bought it before I went on holiday to India and since that time I have not used it. I will definitely try to use this ink in my new Fountain Pens from Kanwrite. More about the same in the next video so keep watching my YouTube channel

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