Oct 13, 2016

CLEAR Ice Cool Bus, #BebasPutihPutih!

A few days ago I was invited to CLEAR event at Bluegrass. As most of you might already knew that CLEAR is one of the most famous shampoo in Indonesia. CLEAR is known as one of the best solutions to fight dandruff off your life. Yessss, life. Dandruff is such a small small thing that’s also one of the biggest problems for both men and women. But apparently based on research, not many people know what are the best ways to get rid of dandruff. In order to give a real solution to this problem, CLEAR step in with a campaign bus called Ice Cool Bus that has been running since May this year and went to 14 cities across Indonesia. You can check the hype on Instagram by searching hashtag #BebasPutihPutih.

This time, CLEAR comes with a new formula called Nutrium 10, which is a combination of 10 important nutrients that can help to bring back the healthiness of our scalp and hair. This new formula can also keep the natural moist of our hair and increase the production of lipids. Luckily I attended the discussion about dandruff and hair care with Sandra Dewi, the brand ambassador of CLEAR Indonesia, Luisa Collins, CLEAR Hair Expert Unilever Global, and Reisa Wardhana, a health enthusiast and one of the founders of 3 Skinny Minnies. I found out that treating the scalp only is not enough to stop dandruff coming back. We have to give nutritions to our scalp so it’s strong enough to maintain the natural defence.

A few myths and tips that are roaming around issues about dandruff:
  • Hair fall isn’t caused by dandruff
  • A messy sleeping pattern can cause hair breakage
  • Hair breakage isn’t caused by anti-dandruff shampoo. Your messy sleeping pattern, hair coloring habit are some of the factors that caused hair breakage. 
  • Stress is one of the major factors if dandruff. So gurl, you need to calm down.
  • If you’re commuting around using motorcycle, please wear a hair cap to prevent your hair and scalp from bacterias and dirts
  • If you work out daily, please also wash your hair after you finish the work out. Sweats are all in your hair and a smelly and dirty hair must be the last thing you want in life.
  • Use CLEAR Anti-Dandruff to wash your hair with, because it can help you to reduce the dandruff starting from the first time of using it. It also helps to prevent dandruff from coming back if you use it regularly.

Food that can help to improve the healthiness of your scalp and hair:
  • Beta-carotene, to improve our immune system, our eye sight and is very good for our skin. found in orange-red fruits and veggies, like carrot. 
  • Lycopene, helps to fight the free radicals and acts as an antioxidant. Found in red veggies, especially tomato. Cook the tomato (I’m thinking about pasta) and the amount of lycopene will be increased by 3 times!
  • Lutein, helps to maintain our hair condition and adds more glow to the hair strands. Found in egg yolk, spinach and kale.
  • Resveratrol, fights the bacteria, fungi and other microns, and also helps to prevent ourselves from dehidration. Found in grapes, berries, peanuts, and pistachios.

Thanks for inviting me to such an educational session, CLEAR Indonesia. Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the afternoon event. Until next time!

Oct 11, 2016

Oct 5, 2016

Art Supplies Shopping in Tokyo

I have a new hobby now.. Editing videos! So I've been wanting to share my thoughts about art, design, and illustration through a video for such a long long time. Because I think reviewing art supplies and illustrating tools are much better and easier through a video. If I want to review a brush pen, I have to write and describe how the brush tip feels like, which is quite challenging. Not to mention the picture taking. I don't think a blog post is the best channel to review and share my thoughts about art supplies. So video is the best answer. But my MacBook used to work veeeerrryyy slowwww when it comes to using iMovie, until I upgraded the RAM. Now as my MacBook works powerfully, it really affecting the way I work. Everything is done faster, I feel so productive. That's why I can do many things and try new tricks in editing video. Yay!

So yesss now I can share more ideas and thoughts to you through a video on my Youtube channel. This blog will still be active for sure. But the illustrating and design posts in this blog will be changed into a video from now on. I'm planning to review more illustrating tools and my fave art supplies regularly, because those are the main questions I received from you guys. Oh I will also be sharing videos about my book collection, because my enthusiasm in collecting books has been increasing massively in the past 3 months. Here's a link to my Youtube channel. Please subscribe because it means a looooottt to meeeeee. I promise to share more art and design topics in my channel. Pinky promise!

Meanwhile, here's a video of the places I really love in Tokyo, stationery and art supplies stores! I covered Sekaido, Flying Tiger, Daiso, Tsutsumu Factory, and Tokyu Hands in the video. I've been wanting to go to Sekaido for such the longest time. I was googling 'art supplies store tokyo' and found that Sekaido is on the top of the list. I was such a freak that I searched the location tag on Instagram and watched a few videos on Youtube, so I kind of knew how the store looks like hahahaha. The first time I went there, last August, I got sweat on my hands because I was toooo excited hahahahaha. I went there many many times this yearrr because I had 2 Tokyo trips in the past 2 months. I stayed in APA Hotel Shinjuku on my last Tokyo trip and it is located just 2 blocks away from Sekaido. Soooo happpyyyy!

Ok ok here's the video, enjoy! :)

Oct 2, 2016

When in Tokyo: How I Manage My Finances

I’m back again from Tokyo! It feels soooo surreal to actually fly back to Japan after a month. Never in my life I would have thought to be in Japan twice a year. But I did! I feel so blessed. This time I wasn’t flying to Tokyo for a holiday, but instead to participate in Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016. So many excitements in this blog post opening phrase. Scroll down to read my story.

The first time I knew about Tokyo Art Book Fair (TABF) is around a year ago. I really wanted to join because Diana and I have #88LOVELIFE. So I think why wouldn’t we try our luck, right? By the time TABF announced the registration opening, Diana and I were so ready to submit our application because we have prepared our docs. Then a few days before we flew to Tokyo last July, we received an email from TABF that they accepted our submission and we were listed as one of the exhibitors in TABF 2016. I feel so happy to have this chance of joining TABF with #88LOVELIFE, it’s such a new experience for me to be sharing space with designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, and publishers from around the world. I will tell you more about TABF in a different post because this time I’ll be sharing with you how I manage my finances during this trip. It was such a bit of a challenge, because we took many taxi trips due to our heavy luggage. Uh oh.

While traveling, I like to bring just enough money for meals and transportation. I calculate the budget and add a few extra cash for emergency. I personally feel that bringing many cash while traveling is inconvenient. I rely on my BCA credit card when it comes to shopping. Because it’s simple, no fuss. I also love using my BCA credit card because it gives points that calculated based on my shopping. Then I can use the points for other transactions as discounts. 

I initially didn’t plan to shop during this trip, but as I extended my trip for two days and visited many stationery and art supply stores, so I did a little shopping. I went to Sekaido, Flying Tiger, Tsutsumu Factory, Daiso (they have cute collection of stationeries!), Tokyu Hands, and Loft. Gosh… The stationeries in Japan are so cute! They have so many selections of cute pen, note book, sketch book, yearly agenda, stickersssss, washi tapes, post card, you name it. I’ve seen so many cute things that I wanted to buy, but you know when you see so many things that you like all at once, you become so numb. That’s what happened to me hahaha. So I chose only the best ones and shopped more art supplies for me to work. I did all the transactions using my BCA credit card. As I mentioned earlier, the card saves me :p

Paying the credit card bill is not the one I’m happy about hahahaha. I always try to do full payment and clear out the bill every month, I’m not a fan of instalments. I call it spending responsibly, only buy what you can afford. So speaking about the credit card bill, I do the payment usually on internet banking. I bring my Key BCA everywhere so I can pay the bills even when I’m on the go using Klik BCA. I find Klik BCA is very helpful. I can do transactions on my macbook or simply using my phone. Also I just found out that you can block your BCA debit card from internet banking or mobile banking account. So simple, you no longer have to call the customer service or go to Bank.

So if I may conclude, here are my tips to manage your finances while traveling:
  • Bring enough cash for meals and transportation only. But make sure you have extra for emergencies. 
  • Have a credit card for shopping purposes, use it wisely. Remember that you’ll have to pay for the bills :p
  • If you don’t have a credit card, bring your debit card so you can withdraw some cash
  • Always have Key BCA with you, so you can do internet banking transactions when you’re on the go. Mobile banking can also works abroad, but you’ll have to activate the account in your country
  • Save the important contacts in your phone. Like the embassy, hospitals near you, and your bank's customer service. So when there's an emergency, you only need one sec to make a call. I saved Halo BCA 1500 888 (for international call is +62 21 1500888).
Do you have any tips to manage your finances? If you do, please comment down below! And lastly have fun if you’re about to go traveling soon!

Aug 31, 2016

Thoughts About Illustrating

I think it's been ages since I draw digitally, like full digital from scratch, just like what I did every day, seven to eight years ago when I was still in college. Today feels so meaningful. Shortly as I finished my meeting with Diana, I went to Kitty's studio to paint with other creatives. There we painted things randomly, shared our paints and stories. It's really fun, I never did things like this, painting together with other illustrators and painters. I feel so happy to see other people do their painting, the way they brush the paint, the way they start their painting, their color preferences. As most of us brought our own paint and brushes, I got to try the paint that I've never tried before. It's really fun. I wish illustrators and painters in Jakarta can gather around to do things like this more often. 

Back when I only had an old laptop and a mouse, I was mesmerised when I saw Danny Roberts' fashion illustration blog. It was very new to me, I was hooked instantly. I remember that I tried to do digital illustration on Photoshop using a mouse. It was fine back then, I didn't find anything wrong with illustrating using a mouse. I then illustrated lots of bloggers and uploaded them to this blog. Sea of Shoes, Style Bubble, Karla Deras, Gary Pepper are some of the bloggers I illustrated. Diana is one of them too, I wasn't a friend of her back then. I remember I was so into Gary Pepper's blog and I drew her. It was when she still had her line, Gary Pepper Vintage. Instagram wasn't even a cool thing before 2010, so I emailed her my illustration and said that I love her style. She replied my email and even uploaded my illustration to her Facebook page. I was so happy!

After I graduated from college, I was working as an account executive, so drawing wasn't a day to day activity. But I still draw every now and then and uploaded my illustrations to this blog. My boyfriend lent me his Wacom so I could learn and draw better digitally. It was clearly an improvement to my drawing, here's the post when I just started using Wacom. One day my boyfriend wanted his Wacom back because he needed to use it, so he insisted me to buy myself a Wacom. I was a bit hesitant because I thought I don't need it urgently and my salary was pretty tight for even thinking about buying a Wacom. But I finally did, and I never regreted my decision to buy a Wacom. One of the best things I did for my illustrating career in years. I wouldn't have illustrate that much if I didn't buy a Wacom. You can see some of my thoughts from 2012 in these posts, here and here. P.S., I'm still using the Wacom until now, even made this illustration below with that small Bamboo Wacom.

I feel a bit emotional now. The memories of how I started illustrating again, when I was still in college, the tools that I'm using, my brush strokes, my color palettes, everything is continuously developing up until today. Through this link you can see my progress in illustrating starting from years ago. Illustrating has always been my favorite thing to do and I never thought that it will be my main job. Glad that I finally be able to convince myself to illustrate full time and left my job as an account executive, public relation executive, copywriter, notification strategist  employee. I also never expected that I would even teach on workshop or private coaching session for illustrating or other creative subject. I think good things happen to those who least expected, but have work pretty hard to improve themselves. More things to come, more dreams to achieve!