Do you know what A2, A3 or A4 paper is? Neither did I, until I moved to Indonesia. And even then, I’m still having to remind myself that there is an inverse relationship between the increase in reference number and the size of the paper. But after someone explained it to me that each number refers to the number of folds in the original sized paper, I finally understood. This was last week. I’ve lived in Indonesia for almost 2 years.
The big stationary store here is Gramedia, but it doesn’t have the sweet Expo markers in the quality and vibrancy that you find at Staples or OfficeMax. It doesn’t carry Sharpie poster markers of the same quality either so I had to stock up on a visit home.
But, here are 3 office products I was introduced to in Indonesia that I enjoy:
- White double-sided tape
As prevalent as glue sticks and used when / where I would have directed students to use glue sticks in the U.S. Neat and clean. It turns everything into a sticker. Plus, it holds up under the demands of 90% humidity when display posters on classroom walls.
2. Correction Pens
This looks like white-out in the traditional bottle, but has a thin metal wire that acts more like a pen, an alternative to the brush which grows less and less effective the older and gloppier the white paint becomes. Look for these in the US or order online.
3. Zipper Pencil Holders with personality
These pencil monsters are trendy. But they are only one of hundreds of adorable options available in an Asian stationary store.