Monday, December 15, 2014

Passed :)

Received my result for my Annotated Bibliography & Critical Analysis assignment today. Thankfully, I passed! Well, not with flying colours but I'm just glad that I managed to pass hehe. As you can see the comment in the picture...I totally agree on the need to improve on my written English. Like I said, I might read a lot but that doesn't mean I can write very well. I guess I really should brush up my writing skills cos when I enter the second year of my studies, I will have to write more than 1000 words of essay. According to my colleague, it's up to 5000 words *yikes* Actually there are some other things that I gotta improve as well like how to do a proper critical analysis and investigate a chosen subject more thoroughly. 

A part of me wished that I could get a better grade for this assignment but you know, I am not a perfectionist and at the end of the day, there are probably so many other important things that I should be more concern about rather than sulking myself and wishing I can do better. I prayed for the best and indeed, it was already granted :) Anyway,  I might also think that the subject that I've chosen was not an easy one hence I had a hard time looking for resources BUT....on the other hand, if I chose a simpler subject, it wouldn't be that challenging to me right? Oh goes on haha. Just glad that I passed. That is all :)

Gonna be a busy week and the most important agenda: Indy & Jess's Punjabi wedding in Penang is this weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kitty Kat Christmas

The time has come for me to do another Christmas card illustration and this year, I decided to paint my most favourite animal in the whole wide world...which is obviously cat hahah. The direction of this painting is pretty much the same as my owl painting last year with just a few different twist. Just like last year, I am also gonna print it as a one-sided Christmas card and will send it to my lucky friends. Printing cost can be a burden for me now but heck, I chose to do this so Imma just sacrifice my money and send the cards out :) Had lots of fun painting this and I hope my lucky friends will like it too.

WIP. I always make a point to take photos of my work in progress to document my painting journey haha.
Lighting is kinda bad because I was painting this in my office hehe...don't tell my HOD lol.
Final version. Of course, I brought this painting to Photoshop later for colour adjustment and touch ups.
BONUS: I've just sent a whole bunch of Christmas cards for my primary school friends since we have decided to revive the art of snail mailing again...which is really GOOD! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December twenty fourteen

So the month of December did not arrive with a BANG, in fact the last two weeks of November until the first week of Deember, I was still busy trying to finish up my second assignment...all this while still juggling with my classes but thankfully, most of my classes are ending at that time and I've no more lectures to conduct. Still, that 2 and a half weeks was just busy busy busy! Stayed up in the office till late almost everyday, accompanied by another colleague of mine who's also rushing on her freelance work. But I've finally submitted my assignment last week so right now I am...FREE!!! Okay, not exactly because there is gonna be another deadline in the first week of January pffft. Gonna work on that soon.

As expected, although December is my favourite month,  I knew that I've got TONS of stuff to do/complete with so little time. I don't know why but this kind of situation always happen in know, when you want to finish up all your tasks but time is just too limited. You'd also realise that since December is the last month of the year, you tend to want to make the best of it but then's finding the time is always the main problem. Well, I guess we gotta try to make everything work at the end of the day. Just continue to do what you do best, give what you can and eventually our lives will be fruitful :)

As a self reward for finishing my assignment, I went down to KL with my GBF last weekend to hunt some Christmas gifts and also to see all the nice Christmas decos around the 'popular' shopping malls. I had a pretty good time hanging out and not think about work and my studies although something totally unexpected happened which I don't think I wanna share it here but it was not exactly a big deal so it's okay. This is probably the last time I am able to head down to KL since next week onwards will be another busy time for me. Indy and Jess's Punjabi wedding in Penang, department meeting to attend and then it's back to KK.  I will try to blog more, though I can't really promise much hehe...but I'll try! By the way,  do you like the new Christmas themed header?


The reason why I kinda took a long time to finsih my assignment was because I had a lot of things to paint. I'm trying to use different medium (if possible) for my next project so that I won't bore myself with only using watercolour. Ill show WIP of this project in my study blog.
DIM SUM is LOVE! For real. I freaking love dim sum. Had lunch at this restaurant called Dolly Dim Sum in Avenue K last Saturday. Foods are quite pricey but thumbs up to the nice environment though.
Gian Christmas tree in KLCC park. I bet it would look nice during night time.
Visited this exhibition which was like heaven to me hahaha.
Gotta LOVE Typo for having these cool Star Wars Christmas cards.
Pavilion, hands down have the best Christmas deco so far. Love the whole feeling of it and the little kids (elves?) They look kinda scary but I guess it does suit the whole theme haha.
With my GBF. Look at that eyebags of mine!
Nu Sentral's Christmas deco is nice too!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Christmas shoebox twenty fourteen

Not an advertorial post:

I have finally sent my shoebox for Shoebox Christmas KK two weeks ago at he PJ drop off point, which was in One Utama. This would be my second year participating this project. Found out about it while I was googling to see if there is such project because I knew there's Operation Christmas Child, a project also with similar concept that runs internationally. Then by luck I found out about Shoebox Christmas KK and thought that it would be more meaningful to participate this locally, where my shoebox will be send to kids in the rural area in Sabah. So, here I am again joining in for the second year. Basically the concept for this project is simple. You get a shoebox, fill it in with gifts and choose to give either a boy or a girl in 4 different age categories. 

The fact that Shoebox Christmas KK even have a drop off point in Klang Valley is an added bonus for people like me who works here in the Peninsula. If I have the chance, I would love to join the team to deliver the shoeboxes to the kids in the rural area but unfortunately, due to work and other commitment, I can't. This year the team are delivering the shoeboxes to areas such as Nabawan, Kuilu, Pitas...mind you, these are the interior places that I've never been before in Sabah but have met people from there before. All I know is that their life in these places are not as luxurious as how the city people live in so it is good that there is such project like Shoebox Christmas KK where kids can have the chance to receive Christmas gifts as well. Christmas is about giving and if I am able to do my part in giving back especially to the people in my homeland, I am already grateful that I am able to do so. Like what they said, it is more blessed to give than to receive :)

This year, I decided to give my shoebox to a girl aged between 9-12. Actually it is much more easier to find gifts for girls cos well...I am a girl as too haha. Anyway, the gifts that I have chosen for my girl are pretty much leaning towards educational use cos I believe it will be much useful for her instead of getting soft toys. Not to say soft toys are not good but, I am just thinking about the things that can be much more useful for my girl. I encouraged my girl friends to join this project in KK as well but...I guess they were too busy or just soimply forgotten about it *sigh* Anyway, if you're interested in joining this, here's the facebook page of Shoebox Christmas KK and you can read the details over there:

Here are the things that I got for her...basically it is a mixture of random stuffs.
1. Stationaries
2. Books (Doraemon! Cos who doesn't love reading it? Haha)
3. T-shirt
4. Colour pencils and crayons
5. Bilingual mini dictionary
6. Hair accessories
7. Cute band aid
8. Stickers
9. Notebook
10. Snacks (cos who doesn't like food?)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's done

I have finally submitted my first assignment today and the HUGE amount of relieve...I totally can feel it at this moment. Actually, I have finished my assignment since yesterday and I thought, for my self-reward I was gonna watch some Running Man episode so that I can laugh my ass out alone in my room lol but I ended up having green tea latte and a small glass of beer at night. The beer was actually a bad idea but you know, you only live once hahaha. Okay, not that funny actually. 

This Research & Enquiry assignment that I had to do was actually pretty tough for me and I had some struggles because looking for references and trying to think critically in a lot of aspect was just soooo damn hard. Not forgetting the part when I have to write my paper in the 'academic writing way' for the Critical Analysis part. My colleague, who's one year ahed of me in this course told me I wouldn't have any problem doing this because my command of English is good. Well, I just want to clarify that it doesn't mean I can write well. I mean, yes I read a lot but writing has always been something that I struggle with too since the high school days. So the entire two months+ was just tough but I'm just grateful that I did not gave up too easily when the going gets tough. 

I've another assignment that is due on the first week of December and with only two weeks left, I haven't actually started anything yet *yikes* Spent too much time on the Research & Enquiry assignment so another two weeks of struggle, but definitely a 'better' kind of struggle than before haha. So again, wish me luck on this :) I had my first Skype chat with my tutor last week and he had gave me good input on the project that I want to work on so again, wish me luck on this :) I've got some other personal things that I wanted to do like start my Christmas painting which I REALLY should do it before it gets too late to send Christmas cards for friends and family. December is gonna be a helluva month and probably also another month where $$$ will just go poof in an instance. Anyway, I shall *try* to sleep early tonight, get some rest from all the late night working and kickstart the second part of my assignment. 

I did this painting of a fox for my colleague while I was in the midst of finishing my assignment. The story behind this painting was I started painting it on Thursday night and halfway through painting it I realised I screwed up the body of the fox and had to re-do all over again so I stayed awake till almost 6am. The following day I experienced the worst shoulder and back ache but had to endure it and still go to work. The moral of the story is, while it is always good to have the chance to paint, do not follow my footsteps in staying up late when you know your body just can't handle it anymore. I can never learn my lesson pffft.