Dec 2, 2016

Kindness and Friendship

There is always something to be grateful about every day. It's not always about the earnings in your bank account, but more to the values of life. I feel like I'm actually an old soul trapped in twenty something body. 



Those thoughts are usually crossing my mind whenever I'm driving home by myself. Every day I keep on thinking how grateful I am to have everything I have right now. I constantly look back to the older days and keep on saying Alhamdulillah. Sometimes my melancholy side of me is taking over and I cry when I'm driving at night, because I feel that God is being really generous to me. Last night I was thinking about my life and the family and friends, that circle around me. I feel so thankful that I went to a good jr. high school which then lead me to one of the best high schools in Jakarta. Because without those two foundations, I wouldn't be able to be entering Universitas Indonesia. I used to be very proud with the label of 'best high schools' or 'best university in Indonesia', but now I started to think beyond that. It's not about the labels, it's about the elements in school and university that I treasure the most. I feel so grateful to be surrounded by friends who are very positive minded and smart. Without them I might have stepped to other directions. My high school was full of challenges, I remembered I cried a lot fearing to fail in exams. High school was the worst part of my education, everyone was so smart and I felt so behind. I failed in most of Math exams. I hated it, Math hated me too, I think. Every day was a struggle. But no matter how often I cried, I never wanted to miss one day at school, because I would've missed the subjects. It was clearly the hardest days, but now I'm happy that I have been in those hard times. Those challenges were keeping me busy to catch grades. I never had other thoughts than studying and making efforts to reach higher scores, which is a good thing. I never had my times wasted in high school. Every day is full of pressure to study and be better, but as people say, diamonds are made under pressure. And in this case, my friends are those diamonds. They transformed into smart personalities and sparkle beautifully until today. Each has their own charm.

I also feel very very very grateful for the amazing opportunities in front of me. One lead to another. This is one of the most powerful keys that I hold onto in my illustrating career. This job is kind of tough because I can only depend on myself. No more stable income. I have to think far before I make a decision, but I must take the decision fast enough so I wouldn't miss the opportunities. I'm a newbie in this whole freelance career, but one thing for sure is that money isn't everything. Don't chase for money because the faster you run, the more opportunities you'll miss behind. There are much more things to value, like networking, friends, and doing good deeds to help others. I believe that kindness will take you extra miles. You will harvest what you're planting today, and in my case, the seeds are called kindness.

Nov 27, 2016

Colors

I don't know why but I really love this picture I took this afternoon.
The colors make me smile ♡


Nov 24, 2016

English Roses

This year has been an amazing journey for me. Had a few solo trips and went to Japan for two times. I had a visit to Yokohama English Garden, one of the best impromptu day trip ever.


Last August was a summer in Japan and as I've written in this blog, I flew to Tokyo and spent half of the trip all alone. I didn't have an exact itinerary so googled the places that seemed exciting the night before. I was really looking for the Pikachu festival, which I will share in another post, in Yokohama. As I was staying in Tokyo, so Yokohama was a day trip by train, I decided to go on Sunday. I googled what other places I should visit in Yokohama, this English Garden popped up in the search result and I decided to go seeing the flowers before catching Pikachu. I was too excited to go to Yokohama, for both flowers and Pikachu. I had hard times to sleep and woke up once in every hour because I didn't want to be overslept and missed everything. I took the early train and arrived in Yokohama at around 8AM. Even though it was Sunday, I still remember that the train was crowded, people were catching their steps and walked fast to different directions. I walked to the garden from the nearest train station and was amazed by how silent the surrounding was. I remember the air was so clean, wind blew nicely, birds were chirping on the background. I'm not making up the whole setting of the street in Yokohama, it literally was so silent that all I heard were the sounds of the wind and my foot steps.

I arrived in the garden one hour too early and waited outside by just staring at the plants and people passing by. I paid 500 yen (around Rp 60,000) for the entrance fee and immediately greeted by the beautiful roses in the garden. The weather was burning hot, even much hotter than Jakarta, but I didn't care and had my watermelon printed umbrella to cover me. The umbrella didn't help much though, my skin got really dark after the garden visit, but it was all worth the experience. I am easily fascinated by flowers, I spent more than two hours going around the garden and stared at the flowers one by one. It was such a lovely experience to stare at flowers and admire the beauty, and enjoy nothing but what were in front of me, with no one interrupted me. Words couldn't describe the beauty that I saw in the garden, nor these pictures that I took with my iPhone. I would love to go back.















Nov 20, 2016

Black and White

I am so happy to be involved in the launch of BCA credit card Batman Visa and Platinum Mastercard. I've been using BCA credit card since a few years ago and began working with them for #88lovelife trip to Tokyo last September. I am actually very pleased to be working to with brands that I've been using for years, like the love is genuinely there. So when the brand team asked me to be a part of their new campaign, of course I said yes! The agency team that I was working with was lovely too. Yay!


Nov 17, 2016

Live Illustrating at Breguet

Last Wednesday I did another live illustrating session at Breguet afternoon high tea event at Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta. I feel so honored when the team at Time International contacted me and asked me to do live illustrating at Breguet's. The brand is very prestigious, I feel so honored to be a part of their private viewing event. Usually for live illustrating session, I used my Copic and Touch markers because they are very practical and fast (think about waiting the watercolor to dry at a speed drawing session). But for Breguet, I felt like challenging myself. I took the risks and used watercolor instead of markers. Because I think it suits the brand and.... Why not?

A few hours prior to the event, I was pretty nervous and kept on thinking will the watercolor dries fast, or can I do it fast enough, and so on. I had Putri to accompany me, gladly she helped me to overcome my nerves. The whole team of Time International was very kind, even the Vice President of The Swatch Group S.E.A. was very very very humble.

Thank you Breguet and Time International for having me at your high tea event :)