2bU’s top 10 unique, affordable 2012 planners
Design Your Life Planner
Best for: the highlighter freak
Can’t get enough of Stabilo brights? Light up your 2012 with this zany fluorescent planner! The sisters behind C & S Designs have been producing their own planners since 2008. This year’s offering boasts of a unique design for each month and comes with stickers, a compartment for notes and a space for 3R pictures.
Price: P530, free shipping nationwide
How and where to buy: Fill out the order form at cnsdesigns.multiply.com. Visit Design Your Life Planner on Facebook.
Best for: The adventurous foodie
From the man behind the food and trek blog, “Our Awesome Planet,” comes a planner that doubles as your next road-trip companion. Choose from 12 local destinations to try each month. Fill out the vision board, and ditch the gullible tourist act by stocking up on insider traveling tips. As a bonus, challenge yourself to try the 100 tried-and-tested restaurants that made it to the OAP shortlist.
Price: P588, plus P100 for delivery anywhere in the Philippines
How and where to buy: Available at the following bazaars: Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City, Soderno at Molito Alabang and Distrito at Makati. Visit ourawesomeplanet.com or Awesome Planner on Facebook.
Gawad Kalinga Planner
Best for: the catalyst for social change
Planners come and go, but the drive to make a difference chooses neither time nor place. Celebrate the transformative power of community involvement 365 days a year with the Gawad Kalinga planner, jotting down your visions (and actions!) for a brighter Philippines in its ample weekly spreads.
How and where to buy: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Gawad Kalinga on Facebook.
Handy Dandy Planner
Best for: the doodler
This planner is made for people who’d rather take things in their own hands. Take your stock of colorful pens—or your good old black ballpoint if you’re minimalist—and fill in the blank spaces with your own doodles and scribbles. Besides a variety of useful lists, tabs and free-note pages, the Oh Snap! planner comes in three delectable designs: watermelon, fish maki and McDo fries.
How and where to buy: Fill out the order form at teamohsnap.wufoo.com/ forms/oh-snap-handy-dandy-2012-planner. Visit Team Oh Snap! on Facebook and Multiply.
Clone Stamp 2012
Best for: the shutterbug
They say life is like photography—we use the negatives to develop. Whether or not you’re into analog or lomo, capture the highlights of your 2012 with the Clone Stamp planner. The brainchild of two Fine Arts students from UP Diliman, the planner features inside pages in pastel pink and a pocket for your knick-knacks.
How and where to buy: Fill out the order form at the Clone Stamp Facebook page.
The Es-Kwela-han Project 2012 Planner
Best for: the student with an A+ sense of humor
Turn your school day from blah to a blast with a planner especially designed for the Gtec-grasping, notebook-toting, non-taxpaying crowd. When the going gets tough and “hell week” rears its ugly head, keep your cool with the planner’s hefty supply of jokes, pick-up lines and trivia.
How and where to buy: Call Carlo at 0906-4802944; Rosalie at 0905-8525428, 0946-7507010, 0922-2391178. Visit Es-KWELA-han Project on Facebook.
Best for: the child at heart
Make each day a touch more playful with this nifty Lego-inspired organizer. Let your inner child loose all year round as this neat looker keeps your milestones and building blocks in check for a solid, colorful 2012.
How and where to buy: Visit Pretty In Fairness on Multiply.
The Last Planner You’ll Ever Have
Best for: the deadline aficionado
Many people laugh off the Mayan prediction and look forward to debunking it by partying on Dec. 22. But there’s always that one person who laughs a couple of seconds later than everyone else, mentally calculating the days left to check off the items in his/her bucket list. Assuage his/her/your fear of the unknown with the Last Planner’s tongue-in-cheek predictions of the world’s demise. Whether or not 2012 is the year of reckoning, nothing beats a go-getter carpe diem attitude—and a planner that imbibes such—to shoo the doomsday blues away.
How and where to buy: Fill out the order form at thelastplanner.multiply.com. Visit The Last Planner You’ll Ever Have on Facebook.
Best for: the milk tea addict
Crazy for Moonleaf? Then this planner will be just your cup of tea. All-out “fanateacs” can get their fix 24/7 with the planner that launched a thousand tweets. Feast your eyes on the trademark Moonleaf aesthetic with its clean lines and minimalist black, white and green palette. The planner comes with discount coupons, including one that entitles you to a free drink on your birthday and another on Moonleaf’s anniversary.
Price: P300 for the white cover, P450 for the black
How and where to get it: Available in all Moonleaf branches. Visit Moonleaf Tea Shop on Facebook and Twitter.
The Book of Ten
Best for: the person who doesn’t believe in planners
Making schedules and keeping records of daily events isn’t for everyone. The more spontaneous are inclined to veer away from routine, and may find updating a planner too much of a chore. The Book of Ten may just be your best bet if you’re more into the big picture than the small details. Featuring 10 lists that pertain to different facets of one’s persona, this “life planner” espouses the bare essentials, daring you to push limits and to achieve more, no matter what day, month or year.
How and where to get it: Visit wanderlustfinds.multiply.com.