Year – End Reflection 2018

Year End Reflection 2018

Entering the tail end of Advent and count down to Christmas it is time again to reflect on what had happened this year- 2018. This year I have cut down a lot on blogging as I focused more on the family. I’ve actively hit the books and completed the year long course that I had signed up for. It’s time again for me to decide on what else I will want to add to my resume and what skills I would like to acquire or fine-tune come 2019.

Next year I will be pursuing hobbies which I have neglected while I was busy adjusting to my new role as a single parent. Photography and Japanese are the areas that I am going to add back into my weekly routine. Macro photography, Japanese Cuisine and speaking and writing the language. I’m looking forward to the new challenges in picking up new photography skills and being more fluent in Japanese. ūüôā

Here on Dominique’s Desk I will be starting of a new series which will document the challenges/ experience of moving from Primary to Secondary. Having experience this twice with Monkey Boy and Doggie Boy I have a better idea how to prepare both the child and parent adequately for this transition. I will be sharing my thoughts and some pointers which parents can look out for if their kids too are in the transition year.

Do drop me a comment if you have any issues you would like me to address in this upcoming series.

Note taking with Ease on a Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook


Using a notebook to journal

Using a notebook to journal


If you are you would be like me and have tons of note books of different sizes to record different notes on.¬† Being an avid writer I have notebooks to record different things. I record milestones for each kids,¬† ideas that I have, topics that I am researching on and recipes which I am interested to try out on a later date. Notebooks would pile up in my cupboard after use. Filled with memories/notes they are too precious to discard and I’m fast running out of storage space for them. There has to be a better option to getting new physical note books.


The Contents of the Rocketbook Package

The Contents of the Rocketbook Everlast Package


The kind people¬†¬†from Rocketbook¬† notice this storage issue that I had and they sent down a set of their¬† Everlast Rocketbook via DHL for me to try out. Now¬† I don’t need to worry about not having space in the cupboard to store yet another notebook. Yeah me!!

The package came with the following items

  1. The Everlast Notebook where one can write 30+ pages of notes.
  2. A  microfibre  cloth which one only has to wet and the notes that you have written can be effortlessly wiped off and the page reused.  (Do note to ensure that the page  is completely dry before writing on it or Рelse you may damage the surface in the long run)
  3. A Pilot FriXion pen for use with the notebook.

Writing with the Pilot FriXion pen

Writing with the Pilot FriXion pen

The  Everlast Rocketbook allows you to have access to your notes online by having your notes stored directly to your choice cloud storage device via the Rockbook App . You can also pre-set which folders to drop off different which set of notes by choosing the icons at the bottom of each page before you scan in the page using the App which can be downloaded from Google Play/ Apple App Store.

The Rocketbook App

The Rocketbook App


Road Testing the  Everlast 

Initially I gave  the  Everlast to Monkey Boy to test out. I thought that it would be most appropriate for him to try out since he is studying 10 subjects in Secondary school and there is need to take lots of notes on a daily basis.  He had fun road testing it at home and  gave me his opinion on it.

In his words he mentioned that it was a nifty tool for writing notes and there is no hassle in re-organising what was written however it would be a useless item in school. It would be impossible to do any scanning via the app as they are banned from using mobile devices in class during curriculum time. He also found having to manually scan each page quite cumbersome.  He suggested that the developers of the notebook look into how to upgrade it  into a  self scanning device where one only needs to  press a button on the page for the content to be automatically upload to the cloud storage.  That would certainly be a nifty function if it existed.

The scanned note I wrote

The scanned note I wrote

I did my own testing of the Everlast and enjoyed how easy it was to convert the notes written into PDF and stored virtually.  One just need to ensure that there is ample storage in the cloud to store all the digital notes and a good  WI-FI connection to upload the scanned pictures.

The Rocketbook Everlast retails for USD $34 and you can more information on it from their website.

Disclaimer: I was sent the RocketBook Everlast Notebook for review. All opinions are 100% mine.