So many hobbies, so little time

My mind have been so full of ideas lately. I don’t know if it’s a good thing. Recently, I met one of Tim’s colleague, Rozy and she’s crazy about cross stitching! Check out here instagram here and tell me you think her work is amazing too?!?!?! She’s currently trying to design her own patterns. I truly have no idea how does she have so much time to stitch, not one but MANY designs. My love for cross stitching rekindled when I saw her pictures. I used to be crazy about it too until I didn’t have time to do it anymore and grew another interest. You can see my stitches herehere and here.

And if you read my previous posts, I’ve been investing my time on watercolour painting lately. I used to hate it because I wasn’t very good at it. But now I’m seeing improvements so I’m enjoying it a little bit more.

I joined a copperplate calligraphy class 6 months ago from Salt x Paper and it is the most mind-blowing and liberating type of art. It was a live in the past while in the future kind of art.

Naturally, brush lettering came next after tasting the delicate art of cursive writing. This one took me a while to understand and practice because the soft tip was all too foreign to me especially for writing.

Bullet journaling is next on my things-to-do list too but I figured that I would have nothing to write or plan because honestly, my day job plus my daily life is a routine. There’s nothing to be reminded of, no appointments that need me present, no notes to copy. I have a book where I used to bujo but the only table or entry I drew each month was the habit tracker and my mood tracker. It was a huge waste to stop using that book because there were so many pages. So now I use it as a medium for my brain dump or quotes I like from a book/magazine, random doodles, notes or lists. It works for me because I’m not obliged to fill in my schedule everyday unlike the fixed calendar layout that draws out the entire day of the month. One of my pet peeve is leaving an area of a page that is supposed to be filled or blank pages.

And I love writing too! That’s why this blog exists. Of course I can just write an entry in my physical diary or type it into a Word document. But writing and uploading it into the web is great for edifying purposes and sharing of knowledge and interests and I enjoy that.

I love being active and being outdoors from time to time. And sometimes just staying home accompanied by a good book (So many books have been neglected). The problem is, I have 6 types of other hobbies listed above. How much time do I have left for other activities? I want to do them all!

When I’m working, I wished I had time for my hobbies. But when I’m free, I do nothing but scroll through instagram and pinterest or watch TV series I downloaded.

Which makes me wonder if my hobbies were my job, would I yearn for something else?

21/6/2017

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The chair has nothing to do with what’s written in the next page.

And to those that may have noticed, yes. The sketch is the chair from IKEA.

I write down quotes or phrases that I like in this book. In this particular entry, I was reading an article from a magazine reviewing about a book. The star below the phrase is the title of the book that is added to my wishlist.

15/6/2017

I recently bought the Pentel Aquash water brush and the application is soooo much smoother than the first water brush I bought. Don’t recall the brand though. My sketchbook is filled with novice attempts of roses, hydrangeas and a explosion-looking flower. Love the new brush because it doesn’t leak like the previous. I’ll post more pictures soon! And the post about my stationery haul from KL.

》2/5/2017《 KL Trip: Day 6/6

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 |

wp-image-367611315.The dreaded last day. So much to do before heading to the airport. Tim’s coursemate wanted to have a meal with us before we left so I picked a place that had a stationery store that I’ve been dying to go ;p Check out their website and you KNOW that it is one of the most comprehensive and well-stocked stationery store. It’s like Popular Bookstore but minus the rack of books and more journal, writing and art supplies! I didn’t take any picture of the interior because I was too busy indulging myself with all that they have. But if you check out their instagram or you know about their washi tape wall, you know this store is the real deal. Their recently hired Community Manager, Joy Chong came up to me while I was mesmerized by their collection of Tombow and Sakura Koi brush pens. Obviously she didn’t know who I was because she’s not a stalker like I am.

Hi, do you need help with anything?

Oh, no worries I’m just exploring.

Okay, if you need anything just let me know.

wp-image--1454484725Being able to visit and enter the store is surreal enough but seeing and talking to the person I’ve been stalking and artwork I admire it’s as if I’ve met a celebrity. 😍

As I promised in Day 2, I’ll do a haul on the stationery I bought 🙂

We drove the car back to Jeff’s dad’s workshop, called a taxi and head to the airport. We made a stop to KLIA2 because our friends requested Garrett’s popcorn in their shopping list. Then, we took the express train from KLIA2 to KLIA1.

I really hope to go back again if I get the chance. It was a wonderful and memorable trip. The food, my friends, the shopping – I’ll be back for you.

No pressure

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This is a “green” notebook that absorbs the crap out of any water to comes in contact with.

Now that I’ve familiarise myself with watercolouring, I understand now why artists love it so much. I used to hate the idea of letting go control and let the water does its work. I hated that I needed watercolour paper to paint on and to consider how much paint you pick up and how much water the brush can hold. Unlike colouring pencils or crayons, if you want it lighter, loosen your grip. If you want a darker shade, just press harder. In watercoloring though, all you’re gonna create are thin and thick strokes and possibly even fraying the hairs of your brush.

I started doing calligraphy using copperplate nibs and I think that really became a challenge for me when I used the same technique for brush lettering. Because copperplate nibs are solid, you’d need to press harder for thicker strokes and literally no effort besides holding the pen for thin strokes. I tried brush lettering and I loathed it, saying that I’ll never use it again.

But seeing instagram and pinterests with all kinds of art mostly done using brush lettering, I knew I had to give it another chance.

I’m glad I did. Otherwise I wouldn’t have understood that giving up control doesn’t always mean chaos; it reveals another side of it.

Not what they seem

I just found out that those people that sells beauty product does not really know much about skin. Some do but mostly doesn’t. They’re only trained to sell products they represent. They’re only trained to give advice on what products to sell upon hearing certain keywords customer says. Huge pores, oily, dry, flaking skin, dark spots, redness. 

My toner was running out so I went to the counter of the certain brand I’m using. She was commenting about the oil on my face and where the pimples are and scars were.

Seller: Do you use any hair products? Perhaps hair oil? Because what I’m seeing is that the pimples and scars are mostly on the side of your face and at your jawline.

Me: Yes I do use hair oil. But when I do I’ll tie my hair up so it doesn’t touch my face.

Seller: Hmm… But I still don’t understand why does your pimples gather at your jawline. Are you a night burner?

Me: No I have a regular sleeping routine. The jawline area is usually associated to hormones.

Seller: *continues to figure out why*

Me: It’s probably because of hormones.

Seller: *hmm.. Why… Hmm… But she doesn’t sleep late or let her hair touch her face.. Hmm…*

Me: My hormones are imbalance.

Seller: You sure it’s not your hair? *ponder ponder*

Me: No.


Then she asked about the condition of my skin on my point of view.

Me: A lot of people has been telling me my skin type is oily but most of the time i feel that it’s dry which makes my skin oily.

Seller: What do you mean?

Me: Like when your skin is dry, it will produce more oil to substitute the dryness making your skin more oily than usual.

Seller: *stares blankly at me*

Me: *do even know anything about skin* Forget it.

If y’all want advice, please consult a dermatologist, pharmacist or even a beautician. Not over the counter seller. They’re just there to say the right things and make you buy their product.