Name: Ahmad Ziyad Maricar 

Age: 30

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Occupation: Executive Business Coach


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Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?

I run my own coaching/training/consulting firm based in Kelana Square, Kelana Jaya. We specialise in Executive Business Coaching, Business Model Innovation, CEO Masterclass, Soft Skills Training and Business Consulting. I have been running the business since 2008. 

My main interest has always been in Business. I love reading business and motivational books, and autobiographies of successful people.

I also love creative stuff. Been reading books from Sketchnote by Mike Rohde, Wreck My Journal series by Keri Smith, books by Danny Gregory and a few more. Not very creative myself so I just indulge in other people's work and try to do it myself.

When did you start keeping a journal?

I started journaling with Moleskine. Bought my first Moleskine in 2009. It was more of a diary where I keep all my daily activities, write notes, paste items which I found, etc.

How did you come across the Traveler's Notebook?

I am an avid reader of Patrick Ng's blog. Been following his blog for few years. He was the one who got me started with Moleskine. Then he introduced Midori Traveler's Notebook in his blog and I LOVED it instantly. That time, you can only buy from overseas, as it was not available in Asia Pacific. After looking high and low, finally bought my first Midori Traveler's Notebook in December 2011 from The Journal Shop in UK. They had a promotion of Free Delivery worldwide as a Christmas promo.

Do you have a website or a blog? What encourages you to keep a journal on a physical notebook instead of a blog?

My blog is more business oriented. I don't really share my personal stuff online. Maybe I am too shy to share my work. Hahaha...

I love a physical journal because I can carry it around everywhere I go, cut and paste stuff from travels and also I love the leather of Traveler's Notebook.

Can you share a few pages of your customisation in your notebook?

What or who inspires you and the customisation on your journal?

Instagram #travelersnote

Flickr Group - Traveler's Notebook

What does 'travel' mean to you? And where will be your next destination?

Travel means going out for a GREAT TIME with friends or family without any work obligation. This is my kind of travel. Over the years, I have travelled a lot for work and also pleasure. Every time, I will record my spending, where we went for the day, pictures, ticket stubs and many more.

Next destination? I have no idea.. :)

Are you into photography (analogue/digital) as well? If you are into analogue cameras, which one is your favourite?

Yes I love photography. I use a Canon 60D as my main camera. Don't fancy analogue cameras anymore. Too expensive to buy the film and get it printed.

I have a Diana+ Lomo but don't know how to use. Planning to buy a Fuji Polaroid camera one of these days for the fun of it.

What's your take on doing things the analogue way in a digital era?

Well, there are always a lot of Pros and Cons in going either way. For photography, I prefer Digital as I can snap as many photos as I want and just keep or delete them. Easier to share with friends, families and also the world.

As for journal, well, as I am shy, I would prefer to keep it analogue for now. Plus don't think I can live without my Moleskine and Traveler's Notebook.

If there is no Internet in this world, what do you think you will be doing to replace the time you spend online each day?

Great question. Maybe I would spend more time with my family and friends. Write more journal, keep better scrapbook and watch more TV. 

Thank you Ziyad for spending time on doing this interview despite his busy schedule and his life with his cute baby (we adore his smiling face!) Here's wishing him great success in his business, and we look forward to hearing more from him about his life and experiences. :)

What's in Ziyad's Traveler's Notebook:

1- Traveler's Notebook 5th Anniversary Camel colour (Regular Size) - Discontinued 

2- 008 Zipper Pocket (Regular Size)

3- 016 Pen Holder (M)

4- 020 Kraft File (Regular Size)

5- Roll Sticker (M)


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