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Event : Urbanscape x NicheMarket + Week 2 Video


Urbanscape x Bookit's Niche Market :

Last minute event ! The organizer contacted me and asked whether I wanted to open a booth for that Sunday. It was a last-minute fill up so I wasn't sure, but they gave me a discounted booth fees because it was last minute and I told her I can't afford pricy booths for now. So I just joined the event :F

Preparation :
I was busy because of the client-based project I'm currently working on, but I had to steal some time here and there. I managed to finish up the version 3 of Japanese foods and snacks ( I think that's it for now, we'll move on to different stuffs after this ). We went to print out the new and old stickers, and also did the cutting and packaging in short amount of time (+ a lot of Pretty Little Liars series).


Most of my postcards and greeting cards were destroyed so I don't have those to sell anymore T^T I sold mostly sticker packs and the latest Eid money packs. Pheww.

Event day :
The event was held for 12 hours (one of my longest event), it was mostly slow paced (because of the crowd - there wasn't enough people for such a big event), so basically, it was a boring one. Af was sleepy throughout the whole day, and I managed to cut all my Japanese stickers (there are more than 40 new packs - so can you imagine the time I was having).

Also in the building : 
Photography exhibition and arts classes on the third floor, and exhibition on the second floor, music and lights exhibition on the first floor. We were on the ground floor : Niche Market and open mic sessions.



Their branding illustrations are the best : you can see event's posters, signage, labels all around the place, and they are definitely inspiring !


After-thought :
Even though the event was super slow and long, I think it was a success because any booths with sales over RM 500 is a big success to me. Imagine I just sell mostly sticker packs guyyyyys.
Sales : Rm 526
- Booth (last minute discount) : - RM 100
- Parking (Central Market) : - RM 26
- Foods : +- RM 50
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Here is a video compiled for this week's activities : 

Mini Escapism : Sungai Kanching + FRIM


This week's outing + picnic session : Sungai Kanching, Rawang and FRIM, Kepong.

We were excited about the picnic that we planned since our last outing to Bagan Lalang. I told Af that I wanted to go to any rivers in the area and after some research, these 2 places came into our attention. 

So we bought some foods and snacks to our mini picnic the night before. I cooked Japanese rice that night because I wanted to make some onigiris in the morning (but failed because they just won't stick together - I guess I can't leave it cool down the whole night, I should have done it right-away) :F So it turned into fried rice instead.

Sungai Kanching :
We took off in the afternoon, after I posted my parcels at the post office. We took around 45 minutes to reach Sungai Kanching. I was so excited ! It was a work-day so the place was quite peaceful, only families of foreigners were there and surprisingly hundreds of monkey!


Monkey Stories :
We hiked at least 2 levels up and sat right in front of a small waterfall where no one was around. We even bought a bamboo mat and the picnic location was perfect :D Af was taking pictures after pictures and I was settling our bags when one big monkey came. It followed us when we were hiking up the stairs, and slowly it came closer and closer to us. From 50 meter to 20 meter on the bridge behind us, and slowly it walked to the big stone right in front of me, and just when I looked over suddenly it was sitting right next to my slippers. I was shocked and terrified :F It peeked to our bags and I started to collect all our stuffs. Af said we should go down where there are more people. Slowly I stood up and took all our stuffs, the monkey showed its teeth alarmingly when Af tried to take my slippers. The other monkey on the bridge even tried to snatch one of my bag when we passed through >.<

So we went down and then we settled to one of the public gazebo where there were more people. 
Again, slowly one by one monkeys came around the gazebo =.= I was annoyed and still terrified because there were a group of monkeys trying to snatch our bags plus foods and we haven't even had our lunch. Af said maybe we should just eat in our car instead, so we finally did. 

Note : These monkeys are dangerous, they walk in a big group of 20-40 monkeys around the area and they do snatch things from people. There are big groups of monkeys everywhere :F Some people bring huge stones and tree branches to shoo them away. Don't bring bags or foods, if you want to go for a swim. I think just bring towels with you. These monkeys aren't kidding guys, they are quite aggressive. 

Next stop : FRIM
The incident in Sungai Kanching annoyed us, so we decided to go to FRIM instead because it is located not so far from our location (around 20 mins).


We went to the picnic area in FRIM. 
Note : There are no bicycle renting during weekdays, the skywalk is closed (and soon forever closed), the river is gloomy compared to Sungai Kanching, most of the forest pathways were almost destroyed and closed.

Let's conclude our outing for this week : it felt almost like a failure. 
The beaches were dirty and contaminated with rubbishes from God knows where.
The rivers were depressingly gloomy or terrorized by a community of monkeys.

I'm not quite sure where to explore in the area - we already did KL city and Melaka. We explored to places a bit farther as well, but nothing seemed good enough to be plastered in my mind and be a place where I want to go over and over again :(

We should definitely plan on our next long big escapism (already have one big international event coming up! )

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Work Related : Skillshare Scholarship 2017



Oh, oh, oh!
Last week I received an email from Skillshare stating that I won their Skillshare Scholarship by Mailchimp! So I received a one-year premium subscription :D

How did I win this scholarship ?
  1. I've been using Skillshare Premium on and off, every time I received a promo or referral.
  2. I wanted to use Skillshare more so I tried to search for an alternative. 
  3. That's how I found Skillshare Scholarship list
  4. I applied for Mailchip Scholarship for Small Business (explaining and answering their question about how I started my business and how I've been using Skillshare to help me improve my skills)
  5. And after a few months, I received an email saying that I won the scholarship !
I was so happy that morning when I read the email !
I've been taking a lot of awesome classes by remarkable artists, designers and illustrators. Some of the classes are very fun and useful. 

Try for one-month FREE :


Classes that you can try in that one-month :
Note : I'll update the whole list by time, because I'm still taking classes during my work-time. 

Reckless Life 8 : End of First Week


Well I've always been wanting to become a fulltime-freelancer so I can't get over this excitement. I'm planning on sharing more to a freelancer and illustrator life online (Patreon, blog & Youtube), so here's my outtake on compiling a video + simple animation for my weekly activity. Thanks my Patrons, you'll be getting the latest news every-time, don't you worry !


On video compilation :
I'm usually very-very-very lazty to learn another new software because I want to focus on illustration alone, but Af said it is better if I can explore another skill along the way. So he taught me the basic on Adobe Premier (at first the UI seemed a bit hectic compared to Ai + Psd) but he makes it look less scary - that's why people take classes guys :F Plus I'm also very impatient because I rather do illustrations than spending hours on video editing, so this only took 3 hours of basic learning from him and the simple animation (I figured this out!) were done using Psd. Now I can compile my own video without disturbing him :D - and I bet you did not noticed the "azreechan" by the end of the video? Well, that's a typo I'll change in the future videos guys, I noticed I spelled my own name wrong. Hah.



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Other than that, this week :
  • Other than my freelance works,
  • I posted all parcels,
  • had a nice ice-cream day,
  • I went to Bagan Lalang for a sunset hunting with Af,
  • we went to Tasy's engagement partayay,
  • celebrated Mom's day with both Af's and my family
Hope you guys had a great week.

Note : I hope I'll make more video compilation and tutorials soon. 
I'll try to be super productive and share inspiring things that help me get on with my never-ending mini projects. 

Plus, congratulation to Tasy + Ashraf for their engagement ! 

Mini Escapism : Bagan Lalang, Selangor


Another mini escapism with Af.
He wasn't happy about not getting any good shots when we travelled to Kedah 2 weeks ago. So on Fridayay,  he told me that he wanted to go to Bagan Lalang - he's nature-sick :F He needs his dose of nature every once in awhile. Plus he is more to ocean/beaches guy and I'm more to greenery (and I don't fancy water) so, I wasn't full-heartedly excited as he was. 

But being there wasn't all that bad, yes, the beach is still dirty and I always feel saddened by it. Next time I come to these places, I'll bring big plastic bag and a picker to pick up all the rubbish in the area la. So depressing thinking about how human can make such a irresponsible thing. 

Note : It took almost 1 hour 1/2 to drive from my house to this location. 
Next week we'll hunt for different spot :


I sat at the marble bench, waiting for Af to take his video shots. I think he was super excited, because that night he edited the video right-away. He didn't even sleep the whole night. Usually it takes him several weeks/months to finish a video editing (when he isn't inspired) :p 


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Now, you can enjoy his video :


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Anyway, after that we went to HM Bagan Lalang for a seafood dinner : we ordered 2 ekor sotong celop tepung - ( RM 19.90 ), expensive weyy! and  200 gram of lala masak sambal (RM 7), mixed veggie (RM 4), mushroom fried rice for Af and half plate rice for me. Super full. After this we should consider to reduce the food ordering, we've been trying several time and still not quite sure how to order 'just enough' for both of us yet.