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Work Related : Freepik 07


All my shared vectors reached 37,000 downloads while I'm writing this ! This is a facebook link to all my collected vectors in the past 3 months. 

For task 7, it got delayed a week from the due date because I wasn't around to do it. My art director was understanding and he gave me the time that I needed to catch up on the weekly task later. Some of the illustrations also got rejected several time maybe because I wasn't putting my heart 100% in doing it - I just pushed myself to finish it as soon as possible.

2 of the Ramadhan-theme illustrations got rejected twice, and soon I was demotivated. I finally created something that I'm not even proud of but they are listed nonetheless. I got no favorite works in this task. Maybe the next task will be better :(

Even my blog posts are consumed with Freepik links lately - because I got no stories to tell :o But personally I think Freepik has been a really great practice field for me - especially in creating vectors. They are quite rough and messy for my liking but I think with extra time, I can polish them to be better. This is like a bootcamp - I need to create 2-3 illustrations every day to catch up so I don't have the time to do the detailing and stuffs on each illustration. I personally don't like them all or even proud of the work - unless I can put more effort in making them more refined. 

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Ramadhan Iftar Invitation

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Ramadhan Iftar Invitation

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Ramadhan Night

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Ramadhan Night

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Vintage Postal Stamp

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Postal Stamp Collection

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Tropical Plants

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Exotic Plants

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Environment Day

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Environment Day

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Mini Escapism : Sungai Petani, Kedah


My dad dropped the bomb several weeks ago in our big-family group Whatsapp saying that he's getting married o.O We didn't thought we would receive the news this way but because I'm so much mature than my 25 year old self, I accepted the way the story goes. All I can say is I'm glad he found someone that can take a good care of him. 

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On Saturday :

We planned to go to Sungai Petani together along with two of my siblings. The rough plan was to go as earliest as possible on Saturday, have lunch, go to the river and enjoy a nice sunset before reaching the pre-booked homestay in Laguna Merbuk. 400km took around 5 hours car ride including lunch stop at the famous Restoran Hussain Nasi Kandar *by Aja's recommendation.

We stopped at the Vista Point to take some nice picture of Ipoh from afar :


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For lunch, we had to queue up to select our dishes - and knowing that I don't really like nasi berkuah, I just chose nasi separuh, sayur kobes + puyuh goreng. It wasn't at all like nasi kandar supposed to be without the kuah. Our lunch was around RM54 for the 4 of us - * a bit too expensive for nasi berlauk. 


This is the map to the famous nasi kandar in Kedah :


We were the earliest to arrive at the homestay, so we had to wait for the others. By then, it suddenly rained so hard we had to cancel all outing plans and go to the nearest mall instead. We were avoiding the hectic homestay so we stayed at the mall for awhile; window shopping, bought new books, played basketball at the arcade *which I won!, bought little trinkets and stuffs.  

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On Sunday :


Note : My sister is annoyed with my protruding high-cheekbones since I can even remember. She complained about the scarf making my face look rounded - even though I don't really have any problems with it because my face is naturally oval. I don't mind the cheekbones and I don't feel the need to hide my chubby cheek for that matter. 

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After the akad nikah at the bride's brother's house and reception at the club's building we went to Kompleks Jeti Sungai Merbok not quite far from our homestay house. *We were still avoiding the hectic house because there were so many people - I can't explain our whole introversion sibling-pack :D

The place looked a bit deserted *probably people don't really hang-out here during the afternoon, except for a giant lizard :


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Next to the jetty was a deserted modern-looking building that we weren't sure was what until I googled it - Gallery Bakau Jeti Semeling. It was located right next to the wild paya bakau territory, we even saw a swimming snake in the lake! All the gallery, office, shop in that area were closed - I think they are still under construction. So we just explored the opened 1km long walkway on the river. 

+ Plus after I checked on Wiki - I found out that Bakau is called Mangrove in English :D I've never known that.






That's the only places that we managed to visit in the short 2 days mini escapism, partly because it rained every day and partly because we had to spend time with 'the families'. 

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We stopped by to minum2 petang before heading back. Aja ordered some dimsum that tasted just decent and a bit too expensive for a ready-made stuffs. This and the water cost us : RM20. Also a short stop at R&R Tapah to buy some fruits and pau for dinner.


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Only the 3 of us siblings went for the wedding, my youngest sister couldn't make it :


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Summary :
  • We travelled around 800 km on car in that 2 days.
  • We spent : RM 98.80 on tolls, RM 82 on gas, RM 75 on foods. The place to stay was sponsored by my dad, plus he gave us some money to spend on tolls and gas too afterwards - so we just spent our own money on foods.

Work Related : Freepik 06


For this task, I got so many love-wedding-couple theme =.=' *except for the sunburst.
I had to cheat a bit and manage to produce these illustrations :

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Hand-drawn Happy Couple

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Lovely Hand-drawn Couple

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 Lovely Hand-drawn Couple

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Romantic Card + Hand-drawn Flower

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Hand-drawn Star & Sunburst

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Hand-drawn Star & Sunburst

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 Stylish Wedding Suit + Bride Dress

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 Wedding Suit + Bride Dress

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Hand-drawn Cactus with Leaves

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Hand-drawn Cactus with Leaves 2

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Event : Secret Lies by Fadilah Karim


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Last Wednesday, Af asked me if I wanted to go to Fadilah Karim's solo exhibition - Secret Lies at Taksu, KL. I've been planning to go since she shared about the event in her IG, it took years for me to finally she her artworks live in her own solo exhibition. 

I'm a big fan ! I bought a postcard pack from Art Expo at Matrade several years back just so I can have that one printed painting by her - and I framed it and put it among my small collections :D Among Oren, May-Ann Licudine and Astronautboys' works. 

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Taksu is located in Dato Keramat area, the residential house turned into a private gallery in Jalan Pawang. The gallery is amazingly beautiful ! I didn't expect it to be so green and modern mixed with Balinese elements here and there like those white flowers and leaves that were floating on the small swimming pool, the house was surrounded by trees T^T

There were just 2 of us when we arrived at the gate. We had to press the bell and someone opened the gate for us. She said that the gallery is open only when people come by - to save the electricity. 



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In my personal opinion, I'm not much of an art appreciator even though my mom is an artist herself. I don't really enjoy going to art events EXCEPT if I really like the artworks. I hardly have any understanding with abstract arts or messy patterns and mixture of those things. But this girl, Fadilah Karim, she just blew my mind since she started her art projects in Uitm even when she was a student several years back. I believed that she will make it. I know she will, because she made someone like me appreciate something like this. 

And this is really rare, for me. I've been her biggest fan since then.




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I really wish she produces art prints and postcards so I can buy it and frame it. Alas, she did not. All I got was a catalogue of her current exhibition, which is great because they are giving out for free. Tapi takkan I nak potong the book and frame it kan T^T

Note : Her exhibition will end this 20th of May. 

Work Related : The Sleepyheads Card


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If you are Malaysian and planning on buying this card, you can send me and email : azreen_31@hotmail.com for a special local price.  


Little Stories 221 : A Soft Goodbye


That Thursday night, we received a news about Af's dad. He complained about his headache, and before he manage to walk out after he agreed on going to the hospital, he fell down, unconscious. The ambulance took him to Raub's hopsital, and they directed him to a bigger hospital in Temerloh. 

I was having my usual headache, so I slept early. Af woke me up saying that he needed to go back to Raub, his father was unconscious and in critical condition. I stayed, my headache was too bad to even think rationally. I woke up early that morning, replied to Af's update. His dad had stroke attack, and brain haemorrhage. I knew what that meant, I watched too much of Grey's Anatomy. So I decided to pack my bag and head to Temerloh. Ma and Mi wanted to follow and send me - so I cancelled the bus ride.

Af and I stayed at the hospital that Friday to wait with Af's mom. His father was brain dead and the machine was keeping him alive, for our sake. Everyone came, they can't decide on turning off the machine. No one can hold that responsibility in letting people go, can they?  It was the hardest time for his family, and it hurt me to see them hurt so much. I've never cried that much in my life. I'm glad I was there, witnessing everything. I'm glad I stayed next to him until his last breath, I held his hand when his heartbeats slowed down and stopped. I have nothing to say to him, except for a soft goodbye.

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He was a kind man, quite soft-spoken, and always kept to himself. I hardly talk with him over the year compared to Af's mom, but I find myself at peace with his solitary life. I like to claim him, Af and me as pure introverts, the small team of people who keep ourselves among ourselves. I liked him. 

I realized that the things that matter is not things that were left unsaid or undone, but just the things left behind after all that happened. We can never rewind the past even how much we regretted certain things, but we can always make a change for things that will be written in the future. Don't dwell on the past and people go went it's their time to go, the hard part is for us to accept and adept.

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Al-Fatihah. 

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Work related : Freepik 05


By the time I'm writing this, it is officially almost 30,000 downloads :)
I'm quite happy. So many people downloaded the mother's day illustration early this month. 

For this task, the most complicated illustrations were alchemy themed illustration and boho styles. I don't really now what elements to draw for alchemy, so I was stuck for days, keeping it for last. Here's something I don't understand myself *I think this is just a random doodle of alchemy themed elements. Main tipu. :


Hand-drawn Science Symbol Collection

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Collection of Chemical Elements

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Pack of sale Banners in Boho Styles

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Offer Banners with Boho Styled Ornaments

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Sketches Coloured Boho Border Collection

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Hand Drawn Feathers & Leaves

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Farm Animal Collection

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Flat Barn with Veggies & Farming Tools

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Garden Party Invitation

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Garden Party Card

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