Friday, July 10, 2015

Calligraphy Workshop (KL) for Beginners by InksandLetters

Friday, July 10, 2015
For the longest time I wanted to sign up for the calligraphy workshop and I finally did! All thanks to my sister for the final push! I have always love beautiful hand lettering and calligraphy is one of the things that amazes me. Jil (from InksandLetters) and Inez offered workshops for beginners in calligraphy so I decided to sign up for the session as part of my birthday present. The workshop took place at The Alphabet Press @ SS2 Studio, PJ from 1pm to 6pm. 


I went early so that I could spot the best seat. Unfortunately, I was down with a really bad sore throat so I could not really asked a lot of questions.


At 1pm, we started the session with a little self-introduction from Jil and Inez and all of us. I couldn’t help but notice that most of the participants are from the creative field.  We started with pencil drill to get used to the upstroke and downstrokes. When we were more familiar, we went straight to the actual drill.


Jil took us through the different holders (straight and oblique) and the different types of nibs. The session was 5 hours (for RM320) and it comes with a carefully curated kit, which includes:

·          ·    1 Oblique Pen Holder
·      1 Straight Pen Holder
·      2 Pointed Pen Nibs
·      1 jar of Black Ink
·      1 jar of Walnut Ink
·      Worksheets with Alphabet Guides
·      Calligraphy Practice Sheets


We got right down to getting dirty with the inks and time really flew by when Jil mentioned we really should take a break and have the snacks prepared by Mad Treats KL
I had so much fun. It’s a shame I could not speak much or else I will have tonnes of questions but nevertheless, it was one of the workshops that I really looked forward to and enjoyed it.

I had trouble with how to hold the calligraphy pen and also the scratching noise it made when I make my upstrokes. I went home and researched more and found that the only way to get better is to practice more. So that would be it! Will definitely practice more!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To a better half of the year!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Hello! Just like that, June is over. The first half of the year has been really interesting. I had my fair share of ups and downs for the first half of the year. I was looking out but at the same time I did not know what I was looking for. Career wise wasn’t going very well for me at that time and most of the time I was frustrated and lost. How could I not feel that way? How do you go to work with an upbeat optimism and enthusiasm knowing what was looming ahead? For months I woke up with a dreadful feeling. 

Finally I made the decision to quit not knowing what I wanted or where was I going.

Little did I know it was the best decision I have ever made. Let’s just say, I believe things will only get better from this point onwards. 

June also happened to be the most happening month for me. Besides being my birthday month, I attended Cooler Lumpur Festival and signed up for calligraphy workshop. I will talk more on the calligraphy workshop on a separate entry. 

As of now, I am regaining the balance lifestyle I wanted and longed for so long. I woke up early in the morning and take short hike with mom and do my HIIT workout. I journaled, practiced calligraphy and read. The only thing is, I wished I could do this longer. But no regrets! I am also thankful for all the supports from my family, Mr J and my friends have given me. I think I would be very lost without them.



Here’s to a better half of the year!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Backstreet Boys In A World Like This Tour Live in KL – 3rd May 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015
I anticipated this since I was 15. Their first song that took my heart away was Anywhere Like You with Nick Carter’s baby crooning voice hehe! Alright, that was when my hormones were raging and I was a teen!

But after 1997, they never came until much later but only for brief appearances. Never a full on concert. Early this year, they announced Kuala Lumpur as one of their stop for their In A World Like This Tour. I was ecstatic! I queued up outside of Rock Corner early in the morning for the ticket despite the slight giggle and remark from my younger sister on how everyone there who queued up looked like my age.

I was lucky to get the early bird price for the Category 3 seating and it was one of the best decisions. I met up with the Sunflower and went there with her friend and the friend’s brother. Everyone was so chilled out and it was so different from Taylor Swift’s concert. It was after all…people around my age. No more screaming teenagers. LOL!

They came bursting out on stage with their first song, The Call, in suits and tie that sent all of us off our chairs screaming. Rela guard tried to calm us down and made us sit but it was a futile effort. They took us back to some of their earlier hits and introduced some of their new ones too. In between, they tried a cappella and played instruments. Everyone went mad when they sang “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life”. I think the Millennium album is still by far everyone’s favourite album. It was undoubtedly one of my best nights ever! 


This was how close the stage was. Worth the price I paid. 



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Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015
“Is it Saturday today?”

Then it dawned on me. It’s Friday. The clock is ticking, time to get up, get ready and drive out to work. Every fiber of my being tried to resist from getting up. This is not the first time this happened. I don’t know how I got here to feeling so negative but I know deep down, this is a result of so many unresolved issues, dissatisfaction and feeling underappreciated and at some point, misunderstood.

All these have somehow leave me feeling bitter and I am aware that I am carrying a full on hatred on my shoulder that everyone around me feels the amount of bitterness in me. I cannot talk. I didn’t want to talk. I refuse to talk about it. If I do, I will start to shout and scream and you may just have to put me in the asylum.

Oh the amount of tears I had when I am alone. I cried, literally sobbed, oh Universe, how did I get to this stage feeling like this? Most importantly, how do I walk out of this? Fuck my life.
I want to feel okay again. I’m in this state where I am looking at that girl who looks a lot of like me, who used to be so happy and full of joy with her laughter and looking at my current state thinking, how do I come from that to this? Can she inch a little closer to me so that I do not have to crawl that far?

I am very close to becoming insane. 15 more days.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Watercolour Workshop @ Stickerrific

Monday, May 25, 2015
For the first time, I decided to try something new so I decided to sign up for a watercolour workshop last week organised by Stickerrific. For your information, I have no clue in watercolouring and I am really bad at arts. Before this, I tried the pencil colour with water colour feature and I don’t know why, I just turned out ugly weird. When I saw SzeToo from Stickerrific posted the workshop (and she stressed only for beginners with no basics), I immediately signed up.

A few days before the workshop, I was fretting on where to get my watercolour. I wanted to get the palette ones but all the real good ones are very expensive. A Windsor and Newton palette can easily cost RM120! I texted a friend whom I know is going and she told me Cziplee does sell the lower end ones and I drove over after work immediately. Jovi 12 watercolours for RM14.50 sounds like an awesome deal eh? For any of you who would like to get it, they also sell the larger palettes (with more colours) at around RM25-ish. But do get your brushes separately because the brush that comes with the palette doesn't hold and disintegrates easily.

I arrived 10 minutes earlier and went around checking out some stuff in Stickerrific. It’s hard not to shop for washi tapes and stickers when you are here. This place is a heaven. Heaven loads of goodies for stationery junkie like me. She started the class with a little introduction to watercolouring and then told us to test out each of the colours available in our palette. Just simply wet the colours and brush them on our paper/notebook. SzeToo also did mention the difference between the higher end (more expensive) palette and the lower end ones. Apparently the lower end ones is a little more powdery and do not wet easily.


 Next, we were introduced to the basics in watercolouring skills such as solid wash,  scumbling, gradient wash,etc. I had fun and thought I did pretty well here. Hehe!




SzeToo then proceeded to put fruits and vegetables on each tables. She sorted them into colours. My table got oranges, lemon and ginger and oh my gawd. Ginger is the hardest thing to paint. I messed it up so badly I had to apply contingency plan to it by turning it into a potato. Still, SzeToo was very patient and went on to provide me with tips while I was on the verge of giving up. It was very nice of her!


It was definitely a fun experience for me. Like everyone kept telling me, practice makes perfect so yes, I will be practicing more. Now, let me just go and get one or two brushes.



As usual, one do not leave Stickerrific empty handed. Love the Amifa flake stickers and washi tapes I have gotten. Now my outgoing mail would have a little something  ;)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

sketching in a cafe

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One of the favourite things I do when I go offline was to sit in a cafe alone with my Midori Traveler's Notebook. While I love blogging and journaling online, I find it therapeutic to just sit there and sketch whatever is in front of me.

I am terrible at sketching people/portrait so normally I'll do the static stuffs. I'll pick a spot (my usual favourite will be the one facing the front counter) and just sketch whatever I saw. I was and always have been bad at arts but my sister once mentioned this to me,

"Everyone is never good at drawing until they start to pick up the pencil and draw. Even the most talented artist will not be able to draw without practice." 

I didn't realise how true that sentence was until I started to pick my own pencil up and just bring something to life. However, what kept me going is mostly that few minutes of calm and zen feeling I got when I sketched. My mind went into a trance mode and all I need to focus on was the blank paper in front of me.

That is why I draw/sketch. That peaceful feeling and happiness is something money cannot buy.

Friday, May 8, 2015

You Look Fine

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hey girl!
There isn’t anything wrong with the way you look. Skip that eyeliner today if you feel like it. Wear that sweat pants if makes you happy. And if that long hair has been bothering you bunch them up into a cute ponytail and trust me, you still look fabulous. Flats, sneakers or heels, it’s your call. Wear them high and wear them proud.  In the end of the day, YOU and your smile matter.


p/s – You look fine!
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