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Little Things 233 : Over Coffee

For the past several weeks, I’ve been coming really early to the office, (at least an hour before my office opens) because my sister is currently out-stationed all over the country and Af had to go to work early + I still don't drive to work. 

So I stayed at mamaks and Subway (most of the time) to finish up my travelogue draft before coming in to work. Today, I wanted something different because I’m bored of the cheap sweet instant white coffee at Subway and I definitely can't consume anymore of Mamak’s Nescafe with exaggerated condensed milk after-taste. Like I’ve said because, my taste towards sweet things really changed over these few years. If it’s not because I’m getting old, I don’t know how to explain this bittersweet taste I’m looking for instead of all things sweet and sugary.
Anyone over 30 agrees with me? 



Anyhow, so I went to the famous overpriced cafe at my office - that I use to think of as one-kind of wealth & luxury that I would want to achieve (Note : If I can go to this cafe everyday without worrying about spending it over coffee, that means I reached my comfortable phase - kind of thing) Lololol. 

But I got old.
And I got over the overpriced coffee.
Funny how time changes things.

Little Things 232 : This thing called Love


You know what makes me move forward and never stop illustrating since I was 13 ?
LOVE

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Yeap, that love that keep me waking up early in the morning just to draw, or stay up late at night. The strength, that energy, that passion come from my love for the things that I can illustrate and I can appreciate. The title that I can hold on to because I know almost everyday of my adult life were spent on creating this sparks that fulfil me. Thank you my Patrons for believing and supporting in me, it's love guys, LOOOOOVE, and I love you guys. 

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I was a bitchy friend - I guess I still am. I can't change this, it's who I am. I don't make friends much, I get too attached and hurt and in weird situation all the time if I get close to someone. I have some issues guys, so I chose to not make any friends. 

But I'll try to be the best illustrator/designer I can possible be.

Sticker : New sticker + Mini Gift-away


I ordered my old sticker to be printed on a die-cut sticker sheets. So I don't have to hand-cut it anymore - time matters, I want to achieve some small goals this year and it takes more than half a year to complete. I don't have enough time to : work at Fin, do my on-going freelance work, finish up my personal travelogue and take care of my little online business. 

So I sent time to be printed and die-cut. Now you can get it in mini version for your planner, waterproof and matt-laminated, plus cheaper than the ones before. They are now up in my Etsy (international). Locals can buy from me via email or go to Salt x Paper (but it's in KK) :D


Gift-away's How to :
  1. Share this post to your blog/instagram/twitter/facebook and comment below to inform that you are participating in this gift-away. Plus, tag your crafter lover friends !
  2. Each share will count as 1 submission - because I will also run this gift-away in facebook and instagram as well. So you can enter as many times as you want.
  3. Winner will be selected by random name generator on the 24th February 2016.
Winner : There are 10 sets of Made by Hands sticker sheet to gift-away. 
Note : Anyone can participate in this gift-away.
Good luck !




Movie : Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Captain Fantastic & Split


I've been watching a lot of movies while I was doing my works. Among all the movies I watched in January, here are some movies worth mention :


Captain Fantastic (2016) :

It is about a couple that chose to live in the wilderness and they raised their 6 children outside of the modern world. These children were home-schooled, trained to be fit, think critically and live independently among what's being naturally provided by the mother-nature. They need to plant their own veggies, pick chicken's egg in the morning, hunt for food in the forest, learn everything provided by their parents, find their own entertainment eg : play instrument for mini concert, and such.

Almost everything I ever wanted : except for the wilderness thing which I'm not so fond of. Well this movie show both pros and cons of wanting to live independently away from the modern world, of being too obsessive in trying to create what-so-called a 'better' live. 

It's an opinionated movie, in showing us the good and bad of both worlds.
I agree on some matters and I disagree on some others. Af and I both concluded that we need both world to live in. Not too obsessed with consumerism in this capitalist world and not too obsessed in trying to live outside of it too. 

Maybe for me, yes to :
  • country living outside of modern world,
  • fit and active lifestyle,
  • home-school and teach critical thinking,
  • healthy & organic foods,
  • buying only things needed 
  • it's okay to choose a different way of living
  • don't lie to children
But not so okay with :
  • Avoiding modern medical treatment
  • Not going to public school (this is where we learn to live with the people)
  • Thinking how other people choose to live is bad if it's different from us
I think what's important is balance.

But things I definitely agree on :

  • Stop eating unhealthy foods, 
  • stop buying things you don't actually need, 
  • the vast importance of read - learn and think.
Note : They used Sigur Rós songs for the soundtrack - even our song  And the director didn't produce so many works as well : Face/Off(1997), American Psycho (2000), and  The Aviator (2004). He has been away for awhile before coming up with Captain Fantastic.

Here, watch the trailer, tell me what you think ? :



and :
Hunt for Wilderpeople (2016)

It's about a problematic orphan city boy was being sent to his new foster parents, that lived far out-skirt of town. Halfway through the story, they were stranded in the wilderness. The town-folks and the people from the orphanage speculated that his foster father kidnapped him/the boy ran from his foster family- so the whole town went out to hunt them down. It is a fun-family movie with a bit of comedy even in such a gloomy topic. 

I really love the unique story-telling style, it reminds me so much of Wes Anderson. Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, actor and a comedian - so I've never seen his other works before. Plus it was innocently funny, in a very light way - not exaggerated like most comedy movies I avoid.

Note : Wilderpeople is a not even a word in the dictionary, he made it up - so cute.
And I found out that the director directs the upcoming one of the big movie franchise Thor : Ragnarok (2017). So I better suggest you guys to watch this one first.



and of course, the latest movie I watched at the cinema : Split (2016)

The movie is directed by the famous director M. Night Shyamalan - the one that created famous 'The Sixth Sense' (1999). Af likes the director (must-see movie) and I like the topic (Mental Illness - Multiple Personalities) so we went out to the cinema to watch the movie a week after it went out. But boy - it was quite hard to find the cinema that shows the movie at the right time and right place. I think it wasn't as commercialized as Resident Evil or other CNY movies.

Af taught me how to appreciate movie, not only about the story and the actor/actresses but along with the director, writer, cinematography, music, colour, shots and such. All the things that makes a movie complete. He really likes those things, so I'm learning a lot from him. 

I don't want to spoil too much of the movie, because it was pretty straight forward and easy to predict. Just watch :D


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Whole movie list I watched in January :
  • Hunt for Wilderpeople (2016) - Taika Waititi
  • Captain Fantastic (2016) directed by Matt Ross
  • Proof (2005) directed by John Madden
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994) directed by Neil Jordan
  • Split (2017) directed by M. Night Shyamalan
  • Good Will Hunting (1997) directed by Gus Van Sant
  • Ouija : Origin of Evil (2016) directed by Mike Flanagan
  • Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella

Mini Escapism : Melaka



I got a 5 days fully sponsored trip to Melaka by Lejen Komik & Tourim Melaka - for my next freelance project this year *which I'm currently working on. I don't want to spoil the story-telling and energy in writing it all down in this blog :F  Let's just wait for the book shall we 

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