Saturday, 23 March 2019

Pops of Red

Lately, there has been a lot of clear skies in the morning—and then it'll rain in the afternoon or evening—so I thought I would use this lovely time slot to shoot an outfit post, before I had to go to campus yesterday. You know, I've been blogging for over 7 years, but it was only recently that I've got a tripod to help me—eternal thanks to my best friends for gifting me this beaut! I can't tell you just how life-changing it is. Now, if I spot a gorgeous backdrop somewhere, I know I can just grab my tripod, hop on a vehicle (or take a walk) and snap some shots. This spot, for instance—which you may recognise from this post before—is just in my neighbourhood. I can always take a walk here, if I'd wanted to. Before, it would've been short of impossible for me to do without a partner, now I can be that-crazy-lady-with-the-tripod-taking-photos-of-herself—trust me, people always look. It's kind of nice to go out and do indulgent things for myself for once. Lately, I feel like I haven't had time for personal projects anymore—this blog is the only thing I've got going. But I'm excited to try planning some more personal projects this weekend. Can't wait to share them with you guys!

Insect of the moment: Neon Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula croceipennis)

Old hat + top // hand-me-down pants + purse + sandals

There seems to be constant pops of red in these photos, eh? The tiny (inedible?) fruits, the cute little dragonfly and—most obvious of all—my harem pants. These pants are given to me by my sister, since the burnt orange ones—that I absolutely loved—went missing several months ago. I've looked high and low for them, but have yet to find them. Can't say I wasn't heartbroken :'( I'll keep trying to find it, mind you, but in the meantime, there's this pair my sister refuses to wear. You've seen it before, but I've never talked about how this came about before, have I? The comfort level is about the same, but this one still has a rope/belt to tighten the waist, so a lot more figure-hugging. Now, about the dragonfly—if you would indulge me. It's been so long since the last time I took photos of insects, so I was determined to capture them in film somehow. There were a lot of butterflies too, at the time, but they disappeared in a flash. This dragonfly really caught my eye, though, since I've never seen one so bright red. I tried researching it a little and I think it's a Neon Skimmer—native to southwestern US, Central America and northern South America. Huh, how did they get all the way over here, I wonder.

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

An Oldie but Goodie

 Kedai Kopi Tenong

Yesterday I had a day off work—after staying up all night earlier this week for a corporate event—and decided to use the chance to catch up with one of my buddies. We decided to meet up at this coffee house in the midpoint between both our houses—just so you know, our houses are actually quite far apart. It was one of the first ones to come up when I searched a place to eat at the area, organising it in a ascending order of price range (lol). What I didn't expect was to find such an antique-laden, local-tasting coffee house and/or restaurant—with a pretty good price range too. Fun fact: It derives its name from tiffin boxes—tenong means tiffins in Javanese, apparently. It is adorned with tiffin boxes on pretty much every corner, it's immaculate. There were a lot of vintage motorbikes too—which are just bloody awesome! I absolutely love how they arrange the counter too, really cute and homey-like. I ordered their Nasi Goreng Shirataki Kampung—which consists of rice-substitute made out of tubers—and I think it was rather tasty. I'd like to return again someday.

Thrifted shirt + loafers // Book of Deer dress // outfit photos by Iqbal

Now, about my friend Iqbal. We haven't seen each other in months, so it was really nice to catch up. As is usually the case when I hang out one-on-one with someone, let me sing praises of them. He's starting a new project now and he thought I could probably help him out. In the end, however, he ended up teaching me more about things relating to it (lol). We always have a ton of laughter when we get together—his sense of humour is one of the few that I've always truly enjoyed. Often, however, with friends like this, you never get past the surface; with him, it's different—or maybe it's my age. It was very rejuvenating to be able to have a great balance between comedy and deep, stimulating topics. I feel like Iqbal is a really sincere guy—when he does something, he does it with meaning. It may not always last very long or work out very well, but he rarely half-asses anything. It always makes me want to root for him. So here's for you, buddy! I wish only good things for you.
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Menstrual Cup: Six Months Later

Back in August 2018, I started to transition into the low-impact lifestyle. It's been quite a fast transition, what with substituting a lot of things with compostable or less-waste options. From straws and cutlery to toothbrushes and produce bags, my life has started to look so different from what it once was. However, it took me a month before I made the biggest change yet—switching to menstrual cups. You see, menstrual cups aren't a new concept for me. I've known about them for at least a whole year beforehand, but hadn't tried it for two reasons. One, I didn't know there were some ways of acquiring them cost-efficiently in Indonesia. Two, the concept of them frankly scared me a little bit. That being said, I was determined to reduce my waste production by at least 50%—and fuss-free, no less. So I got one—thanks to my sister—and six months later, here we are.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Business Casual

Starting last December, I became an intern to a startup company called Jojonomic in Jakarta. I'm not usually one to share personal information you could use against me—please don't!—but I really believe in what this company strives to do. In short—because this isn't the main point of this post—they are working towards promoting and supporting a work culture, in which everyone can work from everywhere and still be easily monitored by their employers. For more information, feel free to check out their website—or shoot me an email ;) Now, let's talk a little bit more about me—because isn't that what a blog is for? I've been quite enjoying the office life, which is a first for me. Everyone is pretty kind, friendly and a whole lot of fun. My favourite moment so far, to be honest, would have to be my turn in their weekly sharing session—in which I talk about plastic waste. The CEO himself commented positively and asked for my suggestions. I started seeing co-workers sporting stainless steel straws and the catering at work has changed dramatically to abandon single-use plastic. There's still a lot of room for improvement, of course, but I'm super, super thrilled to know that people still listen to me at times.

Old t-shirt + socks // hand-me-down blazer // borrowed skirt // thrifted loafers

Okay, so that's one thing off my 30 Before 30 List—a low bar, I know, but a surpassed one nonetheless. Office life was so different from what I imagined to be. I think it's great that I first experienced it at a startup—and a quite wholesome one, no less—because a gigantic corporation would probably give me culture shock from the easygoing freelance lifestyle I've been so used to. This experience, however—if nothing else—affirmed my initial decision and determination to go freelance for life, if I could be so blessed. One of the best perks of having an office for work, though, is the numerous outfits I could choose to rock everyday. And, for once, I can actually use the term "business casual" correctly—and not feeling like I'm just playing pretend the whole time. Ever since I found this blazer in my Stepmom's wardrobe—and deliberately moved it to my own—I've always wanted to wear it in a semi-casual way. Since I can't really wear it with shorts to work, I've opted for my sister's skirt instead. I've worn half of this outfit to as an event committee before and was determined to recreate it at some point. So here it is. What do you think?

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Comic Frontier 12 Prep with Gogoprint Indonesia

Today is the day! It's finally time for Comic Frontier 12! If you don't know what that is, it is an anime/game convention held here in Jakarta. Aspiring illustrators from the city and across the country all gather to open a booth and sell their creations. You can find a variety of illustrations there, whether fanart or original, ranging from the Japanese pop-culture, to American/Western one and even Indonesian aesthetics—a.k.a. "kearifan lokal." If you follow my Instagram, you might've known that I opened a booth at Comic Frontier 11 last year and this year I'm going to do the same. For this opportunity I've decided to come up with a few new designs. However, I'm really bleeding money at the moment and it feels quite impossible to come up with a budget for this shindig. Luckily, Gogoprint Indonesia contacted me a few months back for a chance to collaborate. I thought it would be a good idea to show you a little bit of my preparation for this convention.

The first thing I did, obviously, was plan out what I want to sell and design them accordingly. I was starting to run really low on business cards as well, so I thought it was a great chance to shake things up—you can see my old one here. The items I wanted to get printed consist of name card, postcard—both of them double-sided—and stickers. After the design process is done, it was time to place my order. This is where it gets a little bit tricky.