20 December 2016

Jeju Christmas Trip 2016 Travel Journal part 1: Preparation

I have been working on this sketchbook for the past couple days and I'm very excited that it's finally tomorrow! Yes, I will travel to Jeju for 6 days starting tomorrow, and that being said, I'm going to celebrate Christmas day there as well. Yay! This is going to be my first winter trip and as someone who easily gets cold, I am a bit nervous. Haha. Therefore, I have been preparing a lot for this trip and it came to my mind to start a travel journal to record the memories.

This is how my desk looks like right now. When I draw, I like to fill up the environment with the appropriate decorations to keep me inspired. Like putting that mini Christmas tree I bought from Daiso and lit it up with that twinkle lights I bought from Typo. I also put a Hello Kitty plushie wearing Korean outfit that I got from KL as a souvenir from his South Korea trip earlier this year. For the artwork itself, I use 0.2 pigment ink pen for outlining and Faber-Castle watercolor pencil for coloring.

Making this travel journal helps me know better about my destination before I really go there. I had a good time learning about Jeju with my iPad. While I made a profile about Jeju, I found 3 interesting attraction spots that make me want to pay a visit: Teddy Bear Museum, Loveland, and Hallasan National Park.

For this trip, I am going to be hotel-hopping. So, instead of staying in the same hotel for 6 days straight, I will be switching hotels every single night in order to maximize my experience to explore Jeju. These are the hotels that I'm going to be staying in. If you realize, the hotels are spread out in many different areas. That was the plan!

These are some local brands that I want to visit when I'm in Jeju. Most of these are beauty and makeup related products because that is what South Korea is famous for. Besides that, I am also excited to check out Artbox store. I heard Artbox there is way cheaper than in Singapore so this is a great opportunity to hunt cute stationery there.

Anyway, that's not all but I guess I will just split it into several different posts just so this post won't be too long. I will schedule the next post and most probably it will be posted while I'm already in Jeju so I'll still have new content while I'm away.

Read part 2 here.

09 December 2016

#CYBOX - Stationery & Snail Mail Subscription Service

It's been weeks since my last post on this blog. Guess what, I've been busy setting up for my new project: #CYBOX - Stationery & Snail Mail Subscription Service

Basically, I just started a monthly stationery subscription box service called #CYBOX. It hasn't launched yet, but I am currently running a campaign on Kickstarter for this project. I need your help to support it.
Please support me on Kickstarter to get your very first #CYBOX! I'd really appreciate any support :)

If you want to know more about this project, you can read it up on the Kickstarter campaign, or visit the website: CYBOX.me


Stationery & Snail Mail Subscription Service

Support on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2gKBPn6

Website: CYBOX.me
Email: hello@cybox.me
Instagram: @cybox.me
Facebook: CYBOX.me

30 November 2016

November 2016 Illustrations

November comes to its end and you know what I've been doing in November? I've been updating my portfolio, adding some new illustrations to keep the content fresh and updated. The theme of my drawings during this November is autumn, as you can see it reflected in the pictures. If you noticed, I use less vibrant color now and use softer and less bold color palette. I still like colorful and vibrant bouncy color, but somehow, I found this color very comfortable in my eyes. I think I just found my favorite color palette.

Artworks (from top to bottom): Cat Lady | Sweater Weather | Thanksgiving | Hide and Seek | Mime

22 November 2016

A Magical Wonderland at Singapore Garden Festival 2016

I visited Gardens by the Bay to see Singapore Garden Festival 2016 (SGF 2016) in the last day of the festival which was last July (I know, it's like half year ago! Haha). It was my 3rd time visited Gardens by the Bay and it was still an amazing trip, especially because this time was a bit different. When first we got the SGF 2016 tickets, I really had no expectation about the festival because everything in Gardens by the Bay itself is already so beautiful.

We began the journey by seeing this, right in front of the entrance. If you realized, I always like to take picture of maps! However, it was cloudy and about to rain at the time of my visit and I couldn't get the best shot of this map since there were so many people crowding outside the entrance and I had to start queueing to enter the festival.

After entering the entrance gate, Worlds of Terrarium was the first stop. As someone who likes to see terrarium, it was really wonderful! Unfortunately, I didn't spend a lot of time there because the crowds were so crazy and I didn't like to throng around a bunch of people.

These are some of the highlight exhibitions of SGF 2016. Everything looks beautiful and amazing! I really admire the designer's hard work. One of my favorite artwork was named Cocoon (two last photos).

This festival was surely a magical wonderland. It was not solely just showing you flowers or plants, but also a place to tell a story. I like this wonderful area called Secret Garden. There are a bunch of small details there that excited me and made me wish that I was Alice.

The dome didn't have any significant change except for adding a corner for orchid show. It was crowded and I wasn't in the mood of squeezing so I didn't go near the orchid show. However, I can still capture the view from up there. I could tell that most visitors looked very enthusiast about the orchid show.

Overall, I really like this festival. It was beautiful and amazing! I am looking forward to visit SGF 2017 next year.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
23-31 July 2016

16 November 2016

A View from Petronas Twin Towers

There is no doubt that Petronas Twin Towers is the must-visit spot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These two identical towers are known as the country's most iconic building and it is sure to be found everywhere as a souvenir when you visit Malaysia. I made a weekend getaway to Kuala Lumpur months ago to visit this famous skyscraper and go inside it to enjoy the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. The city looks pretty magical from up there.

Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Operating hours:
Tue to Sun 9am - 9pm

Visit the website: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

10 November 2016

TreeTop Walk Experience at MacRitchie Reservoir

Before this, walking through a treetop bridge was not necessarily thing on my bucket list; matter of fact, that I'm scared of height. However, after spending a nice Saturday trekking at MacRitchie Reservoir, I'm kind of want to get more challenging experience like this again somehow.

I took a total of 10 km trekking at this beautiful reservoir. To get up to the treetop, first I took a roughly 5 km walking through an intricate boardwalk and hiking through a long and steep stairs inside the forest.

Frankly, it wasn't the best exercise ever because I just got my blood taken as a sample test for a medical check-up on the same day before I visited this park. If you notice, the medical plaster was still on my left hand when I started off the trip. I also didn't get enough water to start and during the trekking, because I innocently thought that they will anyhow provide vending machine inside the forest to compliment the visitors. Well, it was a very wrong thought about visiting a nature reserve.

And this is me, finally made it to the top. This free-standing suspension bridge connects two highest points in MacRitichie. I need to make a confession that I was really terrified at first and this unglam picture of me described it well. Haha. I held tightly onto the bridge fence the whole time to keep my balance and so I would not fall (not that it was something that was going to happen). Not sure if I had acrophobia, but after a while everything was okay and if I should stroll along this treetop again, I certainly will. Still with my hand holding the fence, obviously.

These were pretty much everything that I saw from the treetop: TREES. If I wasn't that scared, it would be a perfect moment to take a deep breath and enjoy the bird's eye view. I could still feel a bit of breezy air going through me when I was there and it was a very good feeling.

And of course, this park also offers more than just the walking trail and the treetop walk. There is a designated area for watersports so people can rent kayaks for some fun in the water. Overall, this place is another great outdoor for nature enthusiasts.

MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 298717

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 8:30am - 5pm

Visit the website: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/k

05 November 2016

Postcard from Singapore Flyer

Last year, I wrote a post about riding Singapore Flyer in the right time to efficiently get both day and night view in one single ride. This year, let's just admire how beautiful things are from up there. I rode Singapore Flyer again a couple months ago and this time I took a nearly midnight ride. Nothing much has changed and it was still a breathtaking experience to see this beautiful vibrant city from above. Look how photos that I took with only a pocket camera turned out surprisingly amazing just like a postcard without any filter or editing (unless for resizing it).

Singapore Flyer

30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

Daily Flights: 8:30am - 10:30pm
Last Admission: 10:15pm

Book ticket online at www.singaporeflyer.com