Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Indonesian Childhood Games Handbook

Lookie, lookie! Look what I made! As you guys might know - if you've read this post - I've been working on a series of projects since the beginning of this year. One of them being this beautiful "handbook." I say "handbook" because it's so thin, it looks more like a zine. But it has actual substance, actual contents, nothing poetic so I don't think it fits the criteria of a zine. This was my first book ever and my first experience working with InDesign and it was very lovely. With the help of my professor, who was ever so kind to be at the ready when I have questions, I could finally print this book at a local copy shop. Shout out to the kind lads and ladies at Gestochen Scharf! The quality of the printing is magnificent and I am very, very satisfied by the end result.

All the illustrations in this book was created by yours truly, including the front and back cover, the batik pattern and the illustrations of each game. The headline font was also created by me. It's not quite optimal yet as a font file but, if you're interested, I can perfect it and give it out for free. The batik pattern was made digitally, which is a thousand times easier than using actual ink on fabric. New-found respect for batik artists! The book includes six games, some I liked to play as a kid, some I'm not all that familiar with, including Lompat Karet, Benteng, Ular Naga, Petak Jongkok, Bekel and Congklak. The book isn't for sale right now but, if you're interested in purchasing, please do let me know. Ah, this has got to be what it feels like to create something new. Please leave comments down below and tell me what you think of it! I'd appreciate it ever so much ♥

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Alive as Always on Youtube

So something happened this week...I really don't know how that happened. This is seriously awkward. The short version of the background story is I've been watching a gazillion Youtubers online - especially Brit Youtubers. The long version is I've been wanting to do this for months but never got around to doing it. Also, I think it might be nice to give you guys the find-out-this-blogger's-voice experience and see what you think. But you might be disappointed. I say, get ready to hate me. As not to bore you with the details, please just watch the video and leave comments below about what you think. Now it's my cue to run away in shame.


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Friday, 25 April 2014

Grey Amidst All the Colours



When I said I was going to take pictures with various kinds of flowers, I wasn't kidding. Searching blindly will get me nowhere so I looked up the botanical garden in Kassel. I'd never been here before, this was my first time and, though it might not be as beautiful as the ones I've seen before, it still houses some magnificent blossoms so I wasn't disappointed. Plus, the place is pretty secluded, not many people were there. Definitely the perfect location for some photo op. To go here, I had to take a bus I'd never even heard of before and it took me to places I'd never seen before. Despite already in my second year living in this town, it's so surreal how I have yet to see so many faces of it. Funny thing is, this garden is located near Saku-chan's house - probably 5 minutes on foot - and I never noticed it before! Man, I've got to explore more! On another note, the deadline to my project is in 5 days. I am shaking like crazy, super excited and scared and crossing my fingers. I will share something from it soon. Afterwards, I can finally move on to other projects. All these projects are making me all tingly and giddy. Super excited!

Executive grey blouse (for sale in my shop!) // Tally Weijl denim skirt //  11 Eureka tights // Thrifted vest + bag + oxfords

This post was mainly written to promote my shop. It's still got quite some lovely stuff in there and I really need to clean them out. This blouse is also part of the items for sale. Yes, I may seem a little desperate right now but I thought it might help if I show how you can style it - though it being a solid-coloured shirt shouldn't be hard to style. Also, it's never been worn on the blog before so what the heck. Though it's not clear in these pictures, the shirt is indeed grey, not white. It's pretty standard with bell sleeves, buttoned up at the cuffs. Personally, I think it's the perfect office wear - paired with blazers, for instance. But here I styled it completely different, more a casual and comfy style. I'm not gonna lie: at first I thought it would be a rather difficult task. But even for a more laid-back look, this blouse can also pull it off. What do you think? Please come visit my shop to see some other adorable wear. Come in, take a look around and maybe purchase a thing or two.


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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Fernweh ≈ Wanderlust pt. III

Though I wasn't thinking about it when I first wrote this list, now I want to make it my mission to list the places I have visited (here's the second batch). As I probably have mentioned many times before, traveling is one of the reasons I decided to study out here anyway, one of the reasons why my dad was up for it. In fact, my dream is to have friends in different parts of the world. Who knows? Maybe someday I'd need a place to crash when I'm visiting their country. For now, though, I am quite content with having friends all over the country and crash at their place whenever the need strikes me.

Bonn, Germany (March, 2013)
Wuppertal, Germany (March, 2013)
Compared to the previous years, last year we ventured less to new places and tended to go back to places we've been to before, such as Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf (though I've never lived there, the Japanese majority keeps luring me in). There were other cities we kept coming back to out of necessity, which are normally located around Firu's current hometown. He has the NRW semester ticket now, which means he could go to any town/city in North-Rhine Westphalia at any given time. During certain hours, he could also take me with him...but only so far. Despite that fact, I could still hang out in a lot of new places and see some old friends, like the time I saw Lucy Rose in concert and crashed over at Cindy's place or when I meet some new friends on Firu's birthday. Those are the best moments.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany (April, 2013)
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (May, 2013)
Oberhausen, Germany (July 2013)
Since I refrained from splurging on traveling last year, discovering new places got harder. For the most part, I happen upon these new places by chance and/or necessity. Like the time I had to accompany an acquaintance to the airport or when Firu had some errands to run. It's so strange since these places have always been just right there, I could probably have explored them sooner. But there's nothing like coincidental happenstance to get you moving, am I right? Earlier last year Firu moved to another town, though actually very close by to where he used to live. I get to explore this town more too, though, and it's kind of nice. Plus, he's got some amazing friends there. So there's more reason to stick around. Major changes have happened as well, like Firu's sister coming to Germany or a friend of ours going back home for good - which probably have nothing to do with traveling but still somehow changed our lives.

Aachen, Germany (July 2013)
Bochum, Germany (August 2013)
Esslingen, Germany (August 2013)
I've been here for so long that traveling has found a different meaning to me. It's not always about visiting the touristy landmarks but also about checking out the culture and places to hangout in or admiring the beauty of the town in its entirety. Upon traveling, I really prefer small towns with admirable architecture or a story worth telling to big cities with tons of places to shop in. I'd rather have loads of time in my hand for exploring the place I'm visiting than for going to stores for items I probably could get anywhere - except for traditional getup or subcultural goods (you know, like getting some mori girl getup in Japan). That being said, I haven't seen much of these places because I was too confused on what to see there.

Bielefeld, Germany (August 2013)
Fulda, Germany (March 2014)
Frankly, I don't foresee many traveling this year. My goals have totally changed since the first time I came out here. Now I'm just trying to survive - which I should have tried to do the minute I got here. It's time to be a grown up and earn my own living. I don't want to get to 25 years of age and never having worked a day of my life. Well, actually I've worked before but not on a daily basis. Right now the future is kind of blurry to me. There are more things other than traveling on my mind and more aspects to be worried about. I've been to more places than I could ever dream of - though I have yet to be in places I've always wanted to go to - and that is enough to satisfy me for the time being. But, of course, I want to discover more places. Fingers crossed for 2014! Let's hope it's not going to be the last you hear of my adventures!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ハナザクラ


Sayonara Memories - Supercell


Yaay! It's cherry blossoms season again! The most comfortable season of the year, they say. Last month Saku-chan and I went on Hanami along with her boyfriend Arnaud and my roommate Adit. It was really relaxing and fun. Both houses brought food. Saku-chan made onigiri, dashimaki tamago, yakiniku-style veggies, salad and strawberries. I made fried rice and Adit baked some nastar. We also brought along Adit's homemade lemon tea. The atmosphere was rather nice. The weather was amazing and the cherry blossoms were spectacular. Their petals kept raining on us, it was like I was in a dream. It's really nice to have a Japanese experience without having to live in Japan at all. I could just lie there all day. We weren't the only ones admiring the beauty of the flowers. Other people followed our lead and gathered under the trees. Who can resist?! Afterwards, we went back to Saku-chan and Arnaud's to play with their brand new kittens. Oh, they're the cutest creatures! Mario is a curious troublemaker and Miyu is very loving. I got to babysit them the next weekend and they were the sweetest.

Thrifted shirt via lucedale vintage // Rose Gal floral skirt (giveaway win!) // Falke tights // swapped cardigan // Studio Nine loafers

I'm so glad the temperature's good enough to break out less boxy shoes now - yes, I'm talking about you, boots! It feels like it's been ages since the last time I wore these loafers. Perhaps an exaggeration, perhaps the truth. Feels like my feet can take a breather again. Also, I've been trying to wear this cardigan on the blog one way or the other all winter. It's acquired through this outfit swapping party. It used to belong to my friend Camilla. So cozy and warm! Probably still weather appropriate. And the skirt! My last win of the New Year's from a giveaway over at Into the Woods. It has a similar feel to this skirt but with a half-elastic waistband and much better quality. I love the way it feels so bouncy and doesn't crease. Such a shame that it only comes in one size and I could barely fit into it - always have to put it on over my head. I don't think it fits busty and bootylicious girls. It's also a bit on the short side for me but that's just me - and my buttocks. All those things aside, I still love this skirt ♥


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Ghosts of Spring Past 2014

The beginning of spring has long gone but since I have yet to recap my favourite outfits from spring past, I don't see why I shouldn't do it now that spring is still around. The brief existence of spring last year really got me struggling on dividing the year into four seasons. Luckily, there are still some outfits which look most likely to be spring-appropriate. Spring is the time to bring out all the light jackets and blazers and 20 den tights. It's the time to break out all the colours in the world and not feel out of place. The time you really just want to roll around on a flowerbed and pretend you're Alice - or is that just me? Spring bucket list, eh? Let's see. I'd like to finally finish my current project and move on to other things, hang out with some friends and obviously take loads of pictures by the flowers. Fingers crossed!

Monochromatic                                                Where the Wild Things Are                        
Firu ♥ Visya: Make-Believe Japan                                      How Serendipitous!        
Not Of Cobblestone Streets and Brickhouses                         花より団子,男子じゃないよ!             

May the sun always shine on us! 


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