Oct 18, 2014

Dreamy Dream

I'm adoring Olivia Bee's photographs. She's a very talented young photographer. At the age of 15, she was shooting for a campaign for Converse. She continued to work with a lot of big brands. Three years later, she was shooting for Hermes. Check out her dreamy works below, I'm a big fan!

Oct 17, 2014

That Time

When I was a little girl, there was a time when I could pick anything that I wanted. Me, my Mom, my sister usually went to Kris Gallery or Plaza Indonesia (they were some of the hippest malls in early 90s). I remember one day I got an orange Esprit shoes, I was in the 2nd grade of school. I clearly remember the vibrant orange color, the three velcro straps and the white thick sole. The shoes was my ultimate favorite shoes, I wore it everywhere. My early kiddo life was a happy dream of mine. But life is not always a playground.

There was a time when my family was so poor that the relatives were mocking at us. I remember one time in elementary school, when my Mom's friend gave me a pair of Nike shoes. Nike was a big trend at that time. Well, the shoes was not new, it was used but the condition is excellent. I was so happy, I wore it to school on the next day. I remember I was queueing to get into the class. I was a happy little girl with a new shoes until one of the students asked me "is that a new shoes or a second hand shoes?". Then she was laughing with her friends. They were mocking at my shoes. I didn't know how she found out about that the Nike shoes. I didn't know why should she asked me loudly about the shoes. I didn't know why she laugh as if I was telling her a joke. That student then told her friends about my second hand shoes. I felt so humiliated. I didn't give them any response. I kept everything in silence until when I came home, I told my Mom and cried. 

Now everything is fine, Alhamdulillah, the economy got better. Every time I think about it, it hurts a little but then I laugh. I laugh because now I wear a lot of second hand outfits and I'm feeling cool about it. Well, you know that the prettiest gems are usually in the stacks at the second hand shop. 

All of my past experiences gave me a lot of life lessons. When someone is mocking at you, its not because you have the problem. People loves to throw comments at us, good and bad ones. The bad ones hurt the most, I know. But its how you keep up with the comments. Either you will go home and cry like the little girl version of me or you treat is as nothing and keep on walking. I always remember how my Mom taught me and my sister to never be afraid of anything, never be ashamed of our flaws, and keep on believing in Allah and yourself.

My past had formed me into a personality that cares nothing about negative comments. Well, sometimes it hurts me so bad that caused an overthinking and some tears. But then I walk forward and being careless about the negativity. I show them nothing but proofs that I'm not your target, dear haters. And because I find no excitement in negative comments, I believe in a thought that says "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". Life doesn't always go in my way. If I don't like what's on my left, then I look on the other sides. Life is simple, so we shouldn't make it complicated :)

Oct 15, 2014


I'll be announcing my latest project very soon! 
Its a collaboration with a super talented blogger (you-might-know-who).
Here's an illustration I did for the project. Meanwhile, please follow @88lovelife on Instagram :)

Oct 13, 2014

How to Be The Coolest Intern (Part 2)

So you’ve got your resume ready? Now it’s time to send it. 
This part is one of the reasons why I created this post.

First of all, list down all the companies you want to work in. Find the HR email addresses, usually available in the websites. You can also check Twitter @kampusupdate, @InfoDKV, @advertisingUI, or @ahensiexahensi. If you’re planning to have internship during your college holiday, lets say in June. Send your resume in April, to more than one companies. Just because you send it today, doesn’t mean you’ll get response and be accepted tomorrow. Chill and wait. No response for two weeks? Find another company. Basically agencies and magazines always need interns. So if you don’t hear anything from them now, you might get a call in the future. Because we usually keep the interesting resumes.

The last time I looked for interns, I received so many useless email. I’m sooooooo tired by emails with no subject and even worse, with no body text. Like seriously?! If the subject and body text column are empty, that email will go off to the trash folder right away. I don’t care if you have an excellent resume attached in your email, but if you send the email without writing anything, you’re joking me. Here’s a simple cover letter template that you can use as a reference.

Dear (insert name) Sir/Madam,

My name is Sharla, I’m a college student at Universitas Indonesia, majoring in Communication. I saw your internship program announcement on Twitter and I’d like to apply as your digital strategist intern at Ad 101 Agency. I am a social media enthusiast and I would love to learn about digital strategist in your company. I am active on social media and blog, you can read it at http://xxxx

I am seeking for internship in June to July 2014. I enclosed this email with my resume. Hope to hear from you soon, thank you.

Sharla+62818 xxx xxxwww.blogaddress.com

In the next post, I’ll be talking about what to wear and what to say at an interview. See you!