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.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

TBR: Mini Loots from My Best Friend

Among my best friends, Uli is probably the only one who loves to read as much as I do—or, you know, close enough. We often share stories about books that we love and find that we also share similar interests in numerous titles. And, because of that, we often trade books. She tends to borrow books from me and I tend to borrow books from her. We stop by each other's house quite often that we can borrow a truckload at once or little by little and know we can always do it again. The other day, by pure chance, I managed to stop by Uli's house after an event, and I used that chance to borrow some of her books—it was perfect timing too, because I've just finished the previous book. Since this year I'd like to take it rather slow, I thought it was fine to only do a mini haul. Here are the books that I picked.

Moon Over Soho

Five years ago, I read this book called River of London—it was borrowed from a library. It's taken quite a long time, but I can finally continue on the series and read the sequel. It's all thanks to Uli's interest in reading the series last year. She has since, however, found problems in the series, so had donated the first book. She kept this one for me and—though I have forgotten most of what went on—I decided to try it out again. The story revolves around Peter Grant, the new addition to this police force in London—if memory serves me right—who has to face spiritual and/or mythical beings in his day-to-day. That's pretty much all I remember. Can't wait to dig in—and see if I still like it.

A Little Life

Oh gosh, this one is a big one—both physically and content-wise. As you can see from the cover, this book might actually give you a head- or heartache. Uli herself—and many other readers—has given this book major trigger warning. As far as I know, the book tells the story of this character who has depression and suicidal tendencies. According to Uli, this book is pretty...detailed in its description of what the character goes through. Also, it takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, just as our main character keeps on going back and forth between joy and gloom—to the point that it actually exhausts the readers. I wouldn't recommend it to people who actually do have depression—or worse.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Having seen this title being read by someone on Goodreads, I was quickly attracted to this volume on Uli's shelf as soon as I spotted it. The title itself is absolutely intriguing and the cover doesn't really uncover a lot. Now, upon reading the back of it, knowing that it's based on a real event, set in Jamaica and written by a person of colour, I am ten times as excited about reading it than ever before. It is basically based on a little-known attack back in 1976 at Bob Marley's house—wounding him, his wife and his manager. It just makes me think that there was a little shady cover-up going on around this incident—which, I guess, I need to read to find out. Can't wait!


Ah, a Youtuber book. There's got to be one, right? Full disclosure: to this day I have never read a Youtuber book before—not even John Green's. No hate, no prejudice—I just haven't wanted to actually spend money on one. A few years ago, one of my favourite Youtubers (at the time), Estée Lalonde, published a book—and it turns out Uli loved her too. I was interested to find out what her book would contain, but not enough to want to buy one. So, when Uli said she bought it, I was ready to just borrow hers. This, by the way, felt like a lifetime ago somehow, because I feel like the Youtuber in question has since changed so much, that I barely recognise her now. It's nice to read her words from way back when.

Okay, yeah, as you can see on the right sidebar of this blog—if you're reading this realtime—I am currently reading some other book. Until that book is over, unfortunately, I have to put aside the books in this post. Hopefully, soon I'll be able to flip through them. Not going to lie: I'm only very excited to read 50% of the books in this pile—the rest are okay, but I don't feel like I'd be missing anything if I don't read them, somehow. I think you can tell very easily which ones go into which category. As per usual, I wasn't well prepared and was quite distracted when I was at Uli's place, so there are probably a lot of titles I wish I could have borrowed too. Well, there's always the option of going back, right?

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Mix It Up a Notch: Windowpane Pinafore

This was an item I swapped with my friend Divina back in 2016. She wanted my book I didn't particularly like and I wanted this item from her closet shop. Instead of paying each other, we decided to just swap the items. I'm all about pinafores, so I was more than happy to be on the other end of that deal. It fit me perfectly, what with its stretchy waistband. The pattern is one that is much to my liking, the material is breezy enough and the cut is definitely up my alley. I love how it's both minimalistic in its pattern, but quirky enough to fit snuggly into my personal style. The fact that it's black has allowed me to pair it with numerous colourful items—much to my delight, of course. Thank you, Vina, for giving me this item. I'll cherish it to pieces for sure!

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

A Food Utopia

Last Tuesday, I ironically went back to the area of my campus—now that I'm no longer going to class, but instead am doing my internship. But, you see, there is a mall across the street from my campus and its food court just got a makeover. For such a big mall, however, it leans more toward the quiet side—very few people tend to go there. Now, its food court—truth be told, I don't remember much about what it used to look like—resembles something of a modern jungle, mixed with neon lights here and there. It's adorned with numerous plastic plants, unique seating and so much wood. I knew it would be devoid of people, for the most part, and it's absolutely perfect for a photo shoot. I somewhat dragged my sister there—because we were going to see a movie and go to IKEA afterwards; her ideas, not mine—and she helped me take these photos. Okay, yeah, the place looks great, but what about the food? Glad you asked. This place is pretty packed with numerous local restaurants, dessert places and snack stalls—including Cheung Fun. If you like pork, this place has a few selections for you too. I would recommend Kwetiau 28 Aho—they have the best Kwetiau Siram Daging and pretty awesome Kwetiau Goreng as well—and it's pork-free, for all Muslims out there.

Hand-me-down dress + tights + purse // thrifted jacket // MKS shoes // photos by Akita

While I pretty much enjoyed the food—oh man, my mouth is watering just from the thought of that godly Kwetiau—and the movie—we saw Terlalu Tampan and it cracked us up!—I can't say the same about IKEA. I've been to IKEA in Indonesia before, but back then it was a weekday, so there weren't a lot of people. We could still breathe and walk around freely, no problem. This time, though, my sister dragged me there on a national holiday—and man, was that a mistake. It felt like a zoo in there, truly. Numerous families with little children were walking all over the place, fathers climbing onto children's beds and boyfriends taking photos of their girlfriends like they own the place. There were too many people and too many products—my head spun. A bit of a culture shock for me—so different from the IKEAs I've been to before. Is this even from the same brand? I can see the exhaustion and frustration in all the workers' faces—I feel you, ladies and gents. Can I just have a little shoutout to everyone in Indonesia who's going to IKEA at some point? Please, please, please remember that it's not your home—so don't get too comfortable—but also don't treat it like a tourist landmark. It's really just another furniture store, okay.
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Saturday, 2 February 2019

One Lucky Cat

 Lucky Cat

I feel like most of us have those friends who will always revert us back to our youth when we see each other. To me, those friends are almost always my Germany pals—did you see where this was going?—and we met up last Monday. It was a bit of a fated meeting, since we all just happened to have free time that Monday and we spent the greater part of the day together. It was a reunion brought about by a heartbreaking news for one of us, but I'm glad we still managed to laugh a lot. Whenever we're together, for the most part, the world seems to melt away, to make way for the irreversible past—a time when we were much younger, more reckless and more carefree. If only the one member who should've been here could've joined us. We caught up on each others' lives, falling back on old jokes and finding out that some things will never change—even though so many others will never be the same again. I think we're all so different, yet so similar in our curious nature. I'm always grateful for the new pieces of information and knowledge that I pick up after hanging out with them—always something useful to know. It's bittersweet somehow, I miss them already.

Gifted batik jacket // thrifted top + skirt + loafers // outfit photos by Edwin

One of the things I love about hanging out with this lot is the enthusiasm my friend Edwin exudes about photography. It is very rare that I find a friend who is as excited about photo-taking as much as I do. We always exchange ideas and come up with different concepts while we go on. He knows how to make a photo look good and isn't closed to trying something new. It's just so much more fun to do something with someone who's excited to do it with you, don't you think? The place itself is a place I've been meaning to try for a while, due to numerous instagram posts and TV spots. It looks bigger on camera, as it felt a whole lot cozier and compact in person. The interior is very rustic, with some semi-outdoor seats in certain corners—with most locations being smoking areas, sadly. The menu is pretty overpriced, I must say, but it's nothing unusual for places like this. We ended up only ordering one beverage—for far more than I would've wanted to spend, to be honest—while sitting there for an hour or so. I guess here's to me spending the rest of the weekends at home :')

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