Feb 11, 2016

Solo Trip, Laneway, and All

My short trip to Singapore last week made me happy! And here I have a few things to tell you..

Went there mainly for Singapore Laneway Festival 2016. On the side notes, I need some kind of refreshment from the routines and deadlines. I haven’t had a break or holiday since public holiday during Eid last year. I resigned and threw myself to a pool of deadlines of projects, continuously until now. It’s like a marathon, even a runner needs a break, right? :D

When I saw the lineup of Laneway Singapore 2016, I screamed because I saw Flume, Hermitude, and Chvrches. I immediately booked a ticket with no hesitation. It was kind of pricey, but I bought it anyway because I had savings and I really like Flume. One of my saving purpose is to help myself (sounds super lol) buying concert ticket without thinking twice. Anyway, I asked a friend if I could join her at the festival, because going there alone seemed pretty lonely. I booked a ticket for two. I screamed for the second time a few weeks later because I saw Grimes in the artist lineup. Gosh, I love her tunes!

I booked my flight a bit later and decided to have one day before and after Laneway to go around the city and spend my time alone. I was kind of nervous before the trip. Knowing that I’ll be alone for three days was pretty nerve wrecking. It’s only three days and it’s only Singapore. Yeah I know. But for someone who is 50% introverted, it successfully made me stressed. I’ve been to Singapore many times, but never been there all alone. In fact, I never been to a solo trip for all my life. 

What I really love from this really short getaway is that I did everything just when my heart said so. I walked under the sun until my feet hurts, ate once a day (and no one complained), woke up late and didn’t rush myself to go out, I literally spoiled myself and I love it. It feels sooooooo good to do things just how I love it.

Unfortunately I didn't met my friend at Laneway because her phone dead and there was an ocean of people and it was really hard to find her among the thousands. So yes I spent my Laneway alone hahahahahahaha. That was the worst thing in my mind before the festival. Turned out that it wasn't that bad. Well, it was a bit scary to enter the venue and explore the whole place alone. Yes it was a bit boring to wait all alone, but when my fave musicians were up there, everything was too epic to complain. 

I went to Singapore National Gallery and wowed by the paintings, installations and the architecture. I'll write about it more in an upcoming post. Also went to my fave street, Haji Lane, on my last day in Singapore. To me, Haji Lane is such a happy place and I never get bored of it no matter how often I walk along the street. It's full of small and cute stuff, handmade, creativity, quirkiness, it feels soooo me. 

I'm happy that the trip has brought me lots of inspirations. I think I should go on a solo trip more often, don't you think? :D

Feb 2, 2016

Workshop with Me!

As some of you are asking for workshops, now I'm planning to have them soon! 
But I need your help to answer some questions and define the workshop a bit more detailed. Please go to bit.ly/workshopwithme to see the questions. Your answers mean a lot to meeee!

Jan 26, 2016

#88LOVELIFE Vol. 02 is Here!

My #88LOVELIFE Vol. 02 is here! Our #88LOVELIFE Vol. 02 is here! 
It’s #88LOVELIFE Vol. 02!


It was a week ago when Diana and I finally revealed our secret, yuuupppp it’s our newest project, #88LOVELIFE Vol. 02. It’s a sequel to the first one, I personally think that the vol.02 has deeper stories and quotes.

Ok I gotta share a short story behind #88LOVELIFE Vol. 02.

So, Diana and I said no whenever we were asked whether we’d like to publish the second book. We treat #88LOVELIFE as an artwork, so we don’t really like to push ourselves to make the sequel as we just love things to flow naturally. Until October 13th, we were brainstorming with our publisher about a one year anniversary party for #88LOVELIFE. Our publisher suggested us to make the volume 2. At first we were unsure and thought that it wasn’t a great idea. We came to a conclusion that we would love to make the 2nd book if only the cover is full glitter and with some pom poms as the book mark. Our publisher accepted the challenge and we then we said yes.

Then Diana started writing the quotes and short stories. FYI, this 2nd volume has more short stories than quotes, that’s why I like it. Diana finished her writings in a month and she quickly passed it to me. At that time I was in transition from being an employee to a freelancer to things were pretty messed up (I’m talking about schedules and stuff). Two weeks after I got the transcript, I finally able to start the illustration. I started by reading all the short stories and quotes, tried to think about the mood and made some notes, more like the initial ideas of how the illustrations would look like. Those side notes worked really well to me and saved a lot of time.

I finished the illustrations in two weeks. Whoa! That’s really fast because I finished the first volume in four months hahahaha. I love all of the short stories and quotes Diana wrote in the book, and all the illustrations I did. I feel like I put all my heart in it. Everything feels so connected, feels so me! :D

We invited some friends and media to the book launch at The Goods Cafe, Lotte Shopping Avenue, last Sunday, January 17th 2015. We also invited our readers to come to the book signing. I didn’t expect to see many of our readers came from other cities, even far from the north east, Makassar. THANK YOU!

It was a lovely day, me and Diana wore matching outfit, black, pom poms and some metallics. I DIY-ed most of my outfit on that day, my top by making the sequined patches, put pom poms on my shoes and made a pair of pom pom earrings. It feels really good to finally make another DIYs, it’s been too long.

I’d like to say millions of THANK YOU to my mom for being so patient during the deadlines, Diana as an awesome partner, my publisher, Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia, Kitty Manu for the pretty decoration as always, Fete Party Goods and Organizer for the cute party supplies, The Goods Cafe, our readers, friends and media who came to the book launch.

Side notes:
#88LOVELIFE Vol. 02 is definitely DIFFERENT with the first one. It comes with deeper stories and colourful illustrations, and yes stickers are attached in the book. If you’d like to have a copy, the book is available at all Gramedia book stores and at my new shop, Michiko and The Box.

Click read more to see other pictures from the book launch! :)

Jan 7, 2016

Thoughts of 7/366

First of all, let me say this before I tell you much more about what happened recently.

It’s the 7th day of the year and I feel sooooo lazy :D

I started this year at slow pace, no short time plan, no rush, no deadline. It’s a blue ocean for me, it’s clear and feel so free. I sleep after mid night, wake up a bit later than usual, take a nap in the afternoon whenever I feel like to, watch movies in my room — which I haven’t been doing in ages, swiping on pinterest to admire other artists’ works, work out at the gym and join the classes, read blogs — by reading means clicking on the ‘older page’ button for multiple times, basically I do things that I’ve been longing to do for quite a long time. It feels good to loosen up a little. I know that there’s a line between loosing up and being lazy, I gotta keep myself together for not hitting the lazy part of my self. I can say that I was in a marathon since September last year. I kept on running over times, deadlines, emotions, — everything, until the new years eve a week ago. So happy that I’m able to enjoy my time at the fullest by the beginning of this year :)

I don’t have a specific topic that I want to share in this post. I just want to talk about random things that I feel, that I like recently. Ok here we go.

I’ve been listening to Burberry Acoustic a lot lately. It’s a playlist on Burberry’s Youtube channel. I’m so surprised that Burberry has this really nice acoustic playlist featuring indie bands and singers from UK. I found the playlist when I was searching on James Bay — this is another gold of the month. The artists featured in the playlists are amazing. They sing that kind of song that makes me smile whenever they start singing. The songs warm my heart instantly. It’s the kind of song I’d love to listen at night or in the late afternoon while sipping on my chamomile peppermint tea.

I’m a coffee lover, always, but lately I’m very into tea. As what I’ve told in my previous posts, I’ve been drinking a lot of green tea to help me reducing my addiction to coffee. It works really well. I still drink coffee when I want to, but the thirst for coffee is no longer that strong. I’m surprised. I found my self sipping on two big glass of warm green tea every day and another glass of other tea like chamomile tea. I recently tried Twinings’ chamomile spearmint tea and I’m hooked. I normally don’t like mint tea, but somehow I really like how it soothes my tastebud when it comes in a tea bag along with the chamomile.

I watched The Intern last night and I reaaalllyyy like the movie! I didn’t expect for such a really nice story from the movie. I thought it would only be some dramas happening in the office, but it’s clearly much more than that. I like how the movie connects with me in multiple ways, the office setting, the apps they are using in the movie, the things they are doing in the e-commerce office, the feelings, etc, etc. Everything feels so current and modern. It tickled me a little and made me miss to be working in such a dynamic office like that, like those days when I was still working in the advertising agency. Oh those busy days, I kinda miss you.

I’m expecting to launch something I really like by next week. Something that I made with all my heart, sleepless nights, countless glass of coffee and green tea, and of course, excitements. I couldn’t tell you much right now, but I will share lots when I’m allowed to!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you here with songs from Burberry Acoustic playlist. Enjoy!

Dec 31, 2015

Dear Myself

Dear myself,

Even though you feel like you're still far from your goals, please remember that you've been doing really well in 2015. Yes, it was full of hard work, sweat, sleepless nights, and cups of coffee (and lately green tea), but everything is worth it. Next year, which is the day after tomorrow, you will have to learn to manage your time better. So you'll have that balance between work and life. Bismillah.

Here's a picture I took today to mark this amazing year of 2015.