There are notebooks meant for messy doodles and taking down notes but the cuter ones are usually stacked quietly in a corner. They’re so pretty to look at that you can’t fill them out to avoid spoiling the crisp, beautiful pages. Kapamilya star Alyssa Muhlach knows exactly how it feels that she ended up with a collection of empty notebooks.
While notetaking has gone digital, nothing beats the joy of writing down words by hand. Alyssa enjoys taking notes, although she doesn’t really keep a journal.
“Like, sa character in a teleserye or movie. I like writing notes about my character and at the same time when I attend seminars. Sometimes I attend online classes and short courses, so I need notebooks. Iba pa rin ‘yung experience ‘pag nagsusulat,” the actress shared in an episode of Kapamilya Chat.
But the ones with alluring covers are off-limits. “These are notebooks that I find pretty and cute pero never ko silang nagamit. They’re stacked in a box altogether and I don’t use them at all,” she said while showing a few favorites from her collection.
Alyssa continued, “As in tinititigan ko lang siya. Sometimes, when I need a notebook tapos hindi ako makapunta sa mall, maghahanap ako kung ano bang hindi pinaka-cute dito para ‘yun ang gagamitin ko.”
However, nothing from the bunch really fits the ‘hindi cute’ description. “Actually, ilang beses ko na siyang binuksan pero hindi ko rin talaga binabawasan. Ang cute! Sayang!”
She’s easily seduced by notebooks with vintage covers, especially if it has the Eiffel Tower on it, “Kasi I love Paris and dream ko pumunta doon.” She also loves glittery, floral, and Hello Kitty notebooks.
These notebooks that she started collecting when she was 10 aren’t necessarily expensive. She‘s simply drawn to their designs. Among the first items in her collection are a pink Paris notebook she got at 14 and another Paris cover gifted by her sister.
Notebooks are very delicate, so Alyssa is extra careful especially when cleaning them. “Hindi ko sinusulatan. Hindi ko rin siya ginagalaw, actually. When I clean my room, I wipe it lang para matanggal ang alikabok kasi it’s paper so mabilis siya maluma.”
“Nahihirapan ako maglinis ‘pag papel kasi you can’t wipe it with alcohol, Kailangan mo siyang i-UV. I actually UV my stuff pero even if I UV it, I feel like it’s not really clean enough so I have to wipe it with alcohol pa rin,” she added.
This is why she hasn’t bought new notebooks since the COVID-19 happened. “I haven’t bought this pandemic kasi ayaw ko siyang ihalo diyan sa mga ilang years ko nang kino-collect.”
Check out Alyssa’s collection in this video. Catch more of her as Atty. Helga in the digital romantic-comedy series “Hello Heart” with Gerald Anderson and Gigi de Lana, this December 15 on iQiyi.