Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fruits stuff

WIP.

Had some free time during the semester break last month so I decided to do a food/fruit illustration practice with watercolour. It is always fun to do this because it can really be a good stress reliever for me and I do wish I have more time to paint...you know just for fun. Gonna tackle on some vegetables soon before my REAL class start in err...one week's time! Well, my classes with my students have already started since last week but I have my own 'real' class soon. I'm excited yet nervous about it. Anyway, I do commission on watercolour painting so if you're interested, drop me an email :)

On the other note, I want to re-learn and practice more on urban sketching as well. Been looking through all these urban sketches via instagram and dayum, I am so keen to do it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Visit to the lion city

I made a trip down to the lion city last weekend. The actual reason on me being in Singapore was to attend YG Family Concert with two of my friends. This concert...well, it cost a HUGE fortune and I didn't felt like attending at the first place due to my current financial situation BUT since if *could* probably be my last K-concert in my life, I gave in and decided to go. Plus, I've got to see not only BIGBANG but the rest of YG Family artistes (ie. 2NE1, Epik High, Winner & Psy). I shall blog about that concert in another post.

Anyway, back to the lion city...this is only my second visit to Singapore. The first time I visited this country, I was only 10 years old and I couldn't remember much but I did remembered  my family and I was in Sentosa and we took a boat cruise to see some scary statues lol. So, 20 years later I finally got the chance to visit Singapore again. I only stayed two nights and since this trip was a budget trip for me, there was no chance to me to shop and I could only do a short sight-seeing around the city. I stayed in Bugis in a cabin hostel called Plush Pods. This hostel has a great location because it is like only 100 metres away from the MRT, there were row of shops around the area plus once you cross the road you'll be able to go to Bugis Junction and Bugis Street very easily. On Sunday, I had a couple of hours to spare before I head to the airport so I decided to be on full tourist mode and took the MRT to visit the Merlion and get a glimpse of Marina Bay Sands. Then I went back to Bugis, walked further down and also made a visit to the national library and the design centre. If only I had more time, I would've made a visit to Marina Bay and Orchard Road too but oh well, I guess I shall plan for another visit to Singapore again someday...provided that I am financially okay first and when I finally can buy another digital camera haha.

Singapore is pretty much similar to Malaysia. The people, the foods, the language...they're just the same. Of course there is no denying that Singapore is effing clean and the public transport system is well-organised. There are a lot of nice designed buildings around as well which was really fascinating to see. But aside from all these, gotta give much love to my own country too after all, it is where I was born and raise. I just hope that Malaysia will soon be a better country for the future generations.

I always find venturing alone is something that I truly enjoy because it is much easier to plan my route and list out the places that I wanted to visit. I mean, I do enjoy venturing to new places with my friends and family as well but not all of them would share the same interest as me so I am always okay with venturing places by myself. Taking the MRT here is actually very easy since I've learned looking at subway lines while I was in Seoul last year. All you need to know is which line colour you need to take to reach your destination, whether you need to change different lines and also know which exit to go to. Take it from a person who takes the public transport ALL the time here in KL haha. I guess practice makes perfect :)

One more thing, the heat in Singapore can be really crazy...so do bring your sunblock, sunnies and hat if you know that you need to walk a lot. 

Kallang Wave Mall, a shopping mall just right next to Singapore Indoor Stadium.
That's Singapore Indoor Stadium where the YG Fam concert was held.
Attended the 8am Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, located in Victoria Street Bugis.
Capital Mall, Bugis. I love the design of this building.
My main commute in Singapore.
Merlion!
Marina Bay Sands on the opposite side.
The many ways of people tourist taking a picture with the Merlion lol. #asiansatwork

Silver Arts Celebrating Seniors & The Arts Exhibition in National Library Plaza.
F1 cars made out of card box.
Love these postcard designs :)
Changi Airport.
And it's back to KL City!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Give, not receive



I read this article taken from the weekly church bulletin yesterday and it was indeed something beautiful written by Pope Francis. So many things that I have to constantly remind myself over and over again regarding on God's love. Been having a little sucky/depressing moments these days...I don't know maybe because I've just attended my colleague's wedding 2 weeks ago and just yesterday my cousin Jess had just tied the know in Perth. I am of course very happy for them but thinking how my life is right now...well, it's not something that I can be really happy about at the moment *sigh* There are friends who are showing their confidence, like they can just do anything and brag about it every single time...that kinda depresses me at times because it feels like I am never gonna be good enough for everyone. I constantly tell my students to always be blessed and be proud of their own artwork but it is me who kept forgetting about this value...the same thing with how I tend to forget God's infinite love for me. I just don't know why it can be so hard to be grateful, to be happy and to feel blessed.  

I think my biggest problem when dealing with God is trust. Sometimes I am not convinced that he is always there or he's constantly listening to my problems and not being able to trust Him in solving it as well. But if there's one thing that I am so grateful to God is that, he gave me the ability to give so much for my family, friends and the people who matters to me without asking for anything in return and no matter how depressing or sucky my life can be, giving is something that I will continuously do because I believe it's a projection of God's love towards me to pass it to the people I love. 

Everytime I try to write something meaningful, I am not even sure if it really make sense at all. But yeah, I really love this article and yes my life is not exactly in the happiest phase at the moment but God's love is infinite, and that's the best reminder that I need to know right now.

P/S: I apologise to my friends for being a pain in the butt for the constant 'I'm not good enough' phase that I always go through haha. It is really hard to be happy but just know that I'm always trying to be.

God needs our smallness, to lower ourselves. And he also needs our amazement when we look for him and discover him already there, waiting for us.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Some thoughts

About 3 weeks ago, I finally completed the Alpha Course in SFX Church. I did mentioned about it briefly on my previous post and now it is finally done. I had to give a short testimonial on the last week of the course and it was pretty nerve wrecking seeing that I did not prepared anything to say at all. Plus, standing in front of a bunch of people who were older than me...man, I was feeling more nervous compared to standing in front of my students. It was such a different atmosphere to be in...you know, I did *try* to crack some jokes while I was doing my testimonial but it seems like none of them actually laughed at it so it was quite a failure to me haha. An uncle who was in the same Alpha group as me said I did a good job presenting my testimonial...well, not sure if he really meant it or he just wanted to make me feel better haha. But thank you Uncle James!

Personally, this course gave me a great opportunity to meet new people and of course it also refreshed my knowledge on Christianity because like I've said, I have been feeling like a cradle Catholic for quite some time now plus I sort of challenged mt introvert self to be more outgoing and be involved with other things that myself. I was assigned to be in the same group with people who were not in the same age range with me and I thought I would probably have a hard time trying to blend it but it turns out to be fine. I am thankful actually that I get the chance to hear stories and life experiences from people who comes from different walks of life. There's Aunty June, who is not a Christian but wanted to discover and learn more about the Catholic belief. I must say that her life stories taught me a lot. Then there's Uncle James, who is a humble and good man. Someone who has a strong faith in what he believes and someone that will always give you encouragement when you needed it. There's out leader Annabelle who basically took good care of everyone and also a person you can count on. There's Dev...he's the person that my heart goes out to during the Holy Spirit Weekend. I hope he's doing alright now despite all the things that he is going through.

I enjoyed the fellowship during the 11 weeks of the course and I honestly felt glad to have signed up for this. Someone had said that we didn't joined this course by choice but it was the Holy Spirit who worked its way to bring the people to this Alpha Course. Well, I'm not exactly sure how does the Holy Spirit works really haha...but I do know that it is powerful that it could convince people to participate. If you asked me why did I ended up joining this course, I have no idea too. It was just an out-of-the-blue decision after I saw the announcement during the Sunday Mass. I even told the organiser lady that I doubt I could commit myself to come every Saturday afternoon for 11 weeks just for this course. But I did managed to attend it every week except for one when I had to work on that particular Saturday. I sometimes can be the person who wouldn't want to be involved in Church stuff or attend a seminar/talk/camp organised by the Church because I felt like it's a big burden for a not so 'Holy' person like me lol...but I don't know, somehow these things kept drawing my attention to participate in. I believe it all comes to the willingness in our heart. If you're sincere to serve Him, you definitely won't think it is a burden and eventually you will make time for it and...that was how I decided to sign up for Alpha Course. 

Once you're done reading this, please do note that I am not gonna sign up to be a nun or anything hahaha...but if there are any upcoming events involving the Church in the future, I am hoping that I will always be willing and open to join in and not to give myself some unrealistic reasons for not joining in :)

Monday, September 01, 2014

So good so good




There has been quite a number of Korean R&B/HipHop artists who are making their comeback this summer season and I would LOVE to give a list of my favourite songs from them here but maybe I'll do it some other day. But I just wanted to share Jay Park's new MV here which is called 'So Good'. His 2nd album, Evolution is finally out today and the first thing I did when I woke up was to watch this MV haha. My thoughts on the song and video? Well, I loved it :D To me, this song is kinda perfect to commemorate the end of summer...you know it's like when you listen to it, you'll think about the good and fun things that you've done during the summer although, here in Malaysia it is summer season all year long pffft. So yeah, the thoughts of your awesome summer season will make you feel so good, just like the song lol. On Jay channeling MJ in this music video...I have no complaints because I personally think Jay Park is a good dancer and the MJ trademark dances that he did in this video was pretty awesome. It's great that MJ was a big musical influence to him too. I know that Michael Jackson is one irreplaceable human being but I do appreciate younger artistes who can make a tribute for him in terms of their songs, dancing, style, etc. Hardcore Michael Jackson fans would probably disagree with me tho haha...I've no problem with Justin Timberlake being featured in MJ's Love Never Felt So Good song but then I do understand some fans would personally prefer it to be sang by the original singer since it'll sound more real/genuine. Anyway, try and give it a listen and enjoy the MV :) This song is gonna be on loop for a while.