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Friends who Make.Good.Art.

8 Jun

Call me slow, but I just realised that I have quite a fair bit of creative friends. By creative, I do not mean those who work in a creative industry, but rather, those who add a splash of creativity in their  lives through their own projects. So I’ve decided to write a post to pay tribute to my friends who put their souls out there. You guys are such an inspiration.

In no particular order, here’s to my friends who Make Good Art.

Oh & Ah by Teck Yew, Tuck Loong and team

This charming little store is chock full of handmade goodies. Whether it is a piece of jewellery  or a home deco item, everything is made with much love and heart. Just browsing the site makes a gloomy day a whole lot brighter!

L.A.R.K  by Ching

If I were to pick just one word to describe this store, it’s “Kaleidoscope”. Everything is so colourful! This talented designer also fronts a band and offers her expertise on audio thingamajigs. It’s a wonder how many things she can do in a day! Salute!

Lines+Splines by Caryn Foo

My buddy from high school is an interior designer by day and a jewellery queen by heart. Ever since we were pimply-faced teens, she’s been into jewellery. She would make bracelets and necklaces with whatever materials she could find and give them to deserving people (like moi) as gifts. In fact, I still have a yellow bracelet which she made for my 15th birthday! I’m so proud that she has a store of her own now.

Pestle & Mortar by Hugh and friends

If you think Threadless is the only t-shirt store worth checking out, you’re dead wrong. This brand has swag. But these guys don’t just stop at making uber-wearable designs. They also put heaps of effort into the branding, marketing and photography of their lookbook. They also undertand the power of creative collaboration and more often than not, you’ll catch local DJs/ tv hosts sporting their designs.

WhoMovedMyFckinWords by Lilian Lee

This collection of quirky quotes will, to borrow a phrase from its creator, “warm the cockles of your heart”. The brainchild of a hyper-talented (and hyperactive) art director, these pearls of offbeat wisdom often leave me shooting coffee out of my nose as I struggle not to laugh like a hyena over breakfast. Fans of subtle sarcasm should totally bookmark this site.

Earring Addict by Dawne Lee

Just one look at the name of the store and you should know what you’re in for. These simple, elegant designs pair up fabulously with a multitude of outfits. If you haven’t got any piercings, go get some. Or, you could just pick up a necklace…or two.

I’m pretty sure I have more friends who are making good art but I’ve spent more than an hour writing this and I’m hungry. So I’m going to end this post with a speech that inspired the title of this post.

So guys, thanks for making the world a tad more creative and artistic. I hope you will continue to Make.Good.Art.

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Friday, the 13th – The Bad Stuff

14 Jan

In my previous post, I blogged about the good stuff that happened on a day that the superstitious among us would deem as an unlucky day. In this post, I will elaborate on the unpleasant incident that took place on the MRT ride home.

We live in the suburb of Jurong East, which is about 20km from the city centre. It’s quite a commute but it gives us the opportunity to observe Singapore’s society on a daily basis.

So yesterday, at approximately 1030pm, we boarded the East West Line from Tanjong Pagar. As usual, it was packed. We hopped into the sardine can and started our journey home.

Our carriage had a mix of locals and foreigners of different nationalities. One that I would now highlight for the purpose of this post is a passenger who was travelling with a rather huge bag, which he propped up as close as possible to the hand rail which was at the centre of the carriage.

A few stops later, a man boarded the train and squeezed past the bag, knocking it over in the process. It grazed my leg, but I paid no heed as it was really packed, and I didn’t think it was a big deal anyway. However, what happened next was totally unexpected.

The owner of the bag bent down to set his bag upright again, and passed a remark at the man who knocked it over.

“Cannot see ah?”

He didn’t really sound angry. Just mildly annoyed. So that was why the reply that came out of the other man’s mouth made me fuming mad.

“F*CK YOU LAH! YOU…YOU…PUT THE BAG AT THE ROAD! F*CK YOU!”

The chatter in the carriage came to a sudden stop and everyone looked at the man with the bag, wondering what he would do next. Admirably, he did not react.

Now what made me mad was the fact that the man with the bag was trying his best not to obstruct anyone by placing his bag as close to the hand rails as possible. No one else had problem getting in and out of the carriage before this uncouth man stepped in. So that outburst was totally uncalled for. (And, if you want to yell at someone, at least try to use the right word.)

I suppose I should reveal now, that the man with the bag was someone whom people would classify as an unskilled worker. A labourer who has come to this land of opportunity to work, and support himself, and maybe his family back home. And the man who knocked the bag over, was someone in his late 50s or 60s, one whom people might classify as a general office worker, with some form of education.

Now I wonder, if the bag had belonged to someone of the other class of foreigners, those of the expat variety, would he have been subjected to the same outburst?

Disclaimer: I’m also a foreign worker here and I’m not implying that everyone in Singapore have the same attitude towards foreigners. 

Making a move, or rather, a few moves

19 Mar

There was a quote I read some time ago… I can’t remember the exact words but it goes something like “The greatest regret is not moving backwards, but standing still.” And at this point of my life, I’m glad to say that I’m not standing still.

I was recently promoted to Senior Copywriter, but my promotion was never announced because I resigned shortly after. Honestly, I never expected to ‘level up’ so soon. After all, I’ve less than 5 years in the industry. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was told the good news. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for the opportunities given to me so far and will continue to improve my skill sets in my new place of work. There’s still so much to learn and discover in this world!

So, where am I heading to next? Well, Ian and I are moving to Singapore really soon and we are stoked! Of course it will be a challenge to plan our wedding from another country, but thanks to Tiger Airways, AirAsia and the Internet, planning and travelling will not be as difficult as say… 20 years ago. 🙂 I will talk more about my new place of work once I have a better feel of it… so hang in there…

Hmm, maybe I should give a quick update on our wedding plans since I haven’t been blogging lately.

Our next milestone would be our ROM on 11 June 11. Why that date? Well, we just scrolled through the calendar and that date looked nice. So we picked it. Yup, it was as simple as that. We won’t be spending much for this civil affair. Hair and make up will likely be done by yours truly, photography by a friend, and I plan to wear a really retro dress that Ian’s dad made for Ian’s mum back in their courting days. I just hope I can fit into the dress since people were so skinny back in the 1960s!

Yes, we are moving. And I am glad that we are moving together.

Walking together

 

 

A 10-minute revelation

8 Jan

It was a normal Saturday morning. I was watching “Life Unexpected” when I got a call from my mum.

“Hey, can you bring your sister to the shop later?”

“OK”

Nothing strange about that conversation right? Well, not on surface level. But if you consider the fact that my mum’s shop is just about a 10-minute walk away from my house, then the conversation reveals more than just a request to take my 13-year old sister to the shop. To me, it showed how unsafe our country is these days.

When I was 13, I used to stay back at school for basketball at least twice a week. After practice, I would take a 20-minute walk through Petaling Street (buy some CDs along the way), and take the LRT home from Pasar Seni station. I would get off at Wangsa Maju station, and walk another 20 minutes to reach home.

But today, if you had asked me to do the same thing, I would say NO. Because now, I don’t even trust society enough to let my sister walk alone for 10-minutes.

I wonder… what will it take for our streets to be safe again?

Greetings 2011

3 Jan
First of all, Happy New Year to all you smubbly people out there! Happy first day at work for 2011 (Don’t hate me…I’m not working today… :P)
Since this is my first post for the year, I’ll be writing about various topics.
The most common question people ask at the start of the New Year is “What’s your new year resolution?”. Well, I used to make resolutions, and most of the time I achieve 50% of it… so eventually I gave up making resolutions altogether. But for this year, I decided to make one: “Live healthier”. It’s broad and undefined so that I can make little changes as opposed to a concrete statement that would doom me to a 50% chance of failing.
As part of my resolution, I started the Dukan Diet on 1.1.11. I know it’s the most cliche thing to do – starting a diet on New Year’s Day, but I figured that if I was ever going to go on a diet, this would be the best time to do it. According to the calculator on the Dukan Diet’s website, I’m supposed to lose 4kg and achieve my target weight in March. That’s not too long a duration and I think I should be able to meet that target.
Another part of the “live healthier” resolution is my spiritual health. You know, connecting with myself and with God. So yea, I’ll try to make more “me” time, and “God” time in 2011. These little moments should keep me sane from the daily grind, and keep me relaxed while I plan for our big day on 5.11.11. (That’s 5 Nov 2011 for all you “Americanized” people.)
On another note, I bought 36 Agatha Christie novels simply because I was attracted to the book cover designs. (Yes, I’m guilty of judging a book by its cover.) It didn’t help that there was a discount… something like RM35 for 2 books… so I guess I’ll be reading a lot in my “me” time.
Some pics of the books…

The 36 titles

The Agatha Christie Collection

Lined up according to colour

The Agatha Christie Collection

On the table top

So gorgeous right? Well, looks like it’s time for me to end this blog post and start reading one of those 36 titles.

 

Happy New Year!

New Year, New Dreams

30 Dec

 

This is the time of the year when people compile the best of everything in 2010… the best ad campaigns of 2010… the best invention of 2010… the best photos of 2010…

So I suppose I should jump on the 2010 bandwagon, and compile my own list for the year.

2010 milestone 1: I finally left my first agency

In the advertising industry, it is quite a feat to stay in the same agency for more than 1 year. But yours truly stayed for almost 3 years before jumping ship. I felt like I was breaking up with my first love, but like all other relationships, I managed to find happiness in another agency.

2010 milestone 2: I finally bought a car

My days of relying on friends, family and utterly unreliable public transport came to an end. In September 2010, I paid my first installment for my first car. I wasn’t entirely happy because I still think owning a car is a stupid luxury. But since I live in Malaysia,  it has become a stupid necessity. Every month, my heart aches thinking about the fact that 1/5 of my salary goes to just transportation alone. Oh well, that’s just life I guess. My dream of going to Spain will take longer to come true.

2010 milestone 3: I finally set foot in Australia

Ever since some of my best secondary school friends ditched Malaysia to make Australia their home, I’ve been wanting to visit the Land Down Under. But I’ve never had enough money to fly there and the ridiculously strong AUD didn’t help either. So when AirAsia opened up a route to Melbourne, I saw a glimmer of hope.

At the same time, Ian and I stumbled upon the superbly talented Jenny Sun, and would do anything to have her shoot our engagement photos. So we checked her schedule and found out the dates when she would be in Australia, and planned our holiday according to those dates.

So in September 2010, we flew to Australia and made 2 dreams come true :

  • Visiting my friends (and his)
  • Having Jenny shoot our portraits

Other than those 3 big personal milestones, 2010 was also the year that we started planning our wedding seriously. We booked the date, booked the venue, attended a marriage course, bought stuff for our house, planned for our future and all that stuff…. stuff that I didn’t think we’d be doing in 2009.

So 2010 was a big year for me. And I believe 2011 will be just as amazing, if not better… because this time next year, I’ll be married to my best friend for life.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I haz salad in peace?

17 Nov

Recently, I’ve started making my own lunch. And since my culinary skills are about as good as my sheep-shearing skills, all I can make is salad.

Thanks lowcostdieting.com for the picture

There’s a supermarket right below my office, so getting fresh vegetables isn’t a problem. The problem is the mindset of the people around me.

More often than not, people tend to assume that I’m on a diet when I’m caught with a bowl of salad. And the first thing that people say is not “Oh, trying to be healthy?” but “Oh. Are you on diet?”

So I would like to declare on my blog that: I’m not dieting

Thanks bigfatboyfriend.com for the picture

The reason why I’m eating a serving of salad every day is simple. I just want to get my daily required intake of fruits and vegetables. Me eating salad is in no way an indication that I will give up my char kuey teow, chili pan mee, bak kut teh, or laksa. In fact, I still munch on chocolates when I come home after a long day’s work.

Besides, my recent long working hours has effectively zapped away my energy to exercise. So if I want to stay healthy, all I can do is eat healthier. Right?

Eating more vegetables is also good for digestion. Ever since I started eating salad regularly, I’ve been able to poo better. TMI? Well, I just want to ensure that people stop judging me and let me have my salad in peace.

Disclaimer:

This post is in no way an outburst of rage against my lovely colleagues and friends who have innocently assumed that I’m dieting. I just couldn’t think of anything else to blog about. I still love you ok? XOXO.

Testing 1,2,3

18 Apr

“Smubblerz. Smubblerz. Do you read me?”

“…”

“Hello?”

I guess that would suffice for a 1st post. 🙂