Just A Minute In January

not sure since when people started telling people that good visuals stick to only a couple or sometimes just three typefaces. and then now, finally, there are people coming out to say “oh, fuck that, lemme prove you wrong.” making this reminded me of the times when I was in secondary school. I used to write the same word over and over again in Photoshop and apply different typefaces to each word. can’t really say I like this. after all, I’m not one who has finished learning the rule. so I guess it’s not the time for me to break any yet. but boy, I’d love to see more experienced people come out to say, “fuck that, lemme prove you wrong.”

you know how it goes… January always feels like the longest month.

watching… Healer (still good even it’s my second watch after four years, to the Top 2 KDramas you go~), Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (can’t believe I actually watch this) and some Thai flicks: Back to the 90s and Bangkok Traffic Love Story.

thinking… about a lot of things. like the diffusion of innovation graph. or like why, on one hand, the unemployment rate is high, yet on the other, a lot of working class are working overtime? issit really as simple as the unemployed being unskilled enough to meet the job requirement? or are corporations exploiting the working class, paying only two people to finish a three-person task? what exactly is the point of longevity? seems to me that in the quest for longevity, we forgot to look at the social consequences. that’s just some examples. I have a lot more swirling in my head. and discussing these only makes me ask more questions.

striving… to strike that balance in all aspects of my life at the beginning of the month. but after some ruminating, I guess that’s what life is all about—wobbling on a tight rope. if you stop wobbling, it only means that you’re not moving forward.

getting… interested in reading interviews and biographies. I’m starting to love reading non-fiction more nowadays and I love meeting new people but are always to shy to approach them. so these are good to bridge the gap for me.

looking… at surface textures first, then wall tiles, fabrics somewhere in between there, then brutalist architectures. so, so much things to see!

loving… blazers.

listening… to a lot of movie soundtracks.

learning… that home is not a place, but the people around you and you never remember what someone did, instead you remember how they made you feel.


Just A Minute In December

just wanted to do something with Ultraviolet (Colour of the Year 20118, anyone?) before the year ends. it’s one colour that I find really difficult to match but this year actually made me like it a little more. bring it on Living Coral!

so… what’s up? some highlights of the month: my favourite jack-of-all-trades blogger replied my message! saw Chapman Toh! watched something sweet—About Time—and something I wouldn’t usually choose—Brawl in Cell Block 99. settled on a new life. truly glad that many of you enjoy reading my story. surprise that I can still yell for the things I care about. that there are still things I care about.

as for lowlight: I couldn’t get my hands on cheap tickets for Honne’s Malaysia show. I’ve never been so unlucky in getting tickets, have always been able to nab early-bird tickets these past five years. yet, I wasn’t even disappointed. I guess I’ve come to the age where I can’t be bothered with these anymore. (screams: OLD!!!)

anyway, this month I’m

struggling… with self-confidence. but don’t worry, I’ve got a better grip of it now!

listening… to jazzy Christmas tunes. I only love the jazzy ones.

watching… Girlboss and now Midnight Diner: Tokyo Series, two Malaysian films, namely Guang (catch it in the cinemas y’al!) and Crossroads: One Two Jaga (now available on Netflix Asia).

feeling… excited that I’m on a life-long journey of learning. (I only realize it now??? XD) one of the things I hate is being stagnant.

trying… to re-wrap my head around the idea of reading. the internet always says that successful people like Bill Gates or Elon Musk read a a lot, between fifty to a few hundred books a year. I can never reach that number and most of my paperbacks are fictional novels. but then after having all sorts of different conversations with all sorts of different people, I realize this and I wanna proudly say… boy, I actually read a lot… online! haha from tech to art to game to business to fashion. and I only wish to continue to be able to do that every day.

Happy New Year in advance, y’all!


Just A Minute In November

have always wanted to try my hands on art deco style but didn’t really have the time to properly figure out how to do it until now… love it even though it’s very simple. anyway, this month I’ve been

developing | this finger-tapping-on-my-steering-wheel-to-the-beat-of-the-music thing. post road trip syndrome I guess…

learning | to strike a balance between work and hobby - which means saying goodnight to work when it’s time to and to have things to do purely just for pleasure, no need for goals, no need for deadlines, etc.

loving | bossa novas after listening to this and this (good Indon song!). you know, back about five years ago all cafes ever played was bossa novas and they all started to sound the same to me. thankfully now they’ve moved on to this lo-fi thing so I’m in love with bossa novas again.

watching | La Casa de Papel a.k.a. Money Heist. best. series. I’ve. watched. thus. far. a plot that’s meticulously planned as the heist itself.

reading | One Day by David Nicholls.

my parents were out of town for more than a week and truth be told, by day three that they’re gone the house was starting to feel like a mansion to me… thankfully they’re back now! <3 met up with old friends from university and secondary school. and, finally, I’m settled down for something long-term after two months being home. :D


Just A Minute In October

gonna be upfront and say this is a copy. somehow these block gradients kept creeping into my mind earlier this month but if look it up on Pinterest and you can see many pretty block gradients there. only that I wanted one with colours that I like so I redo myself. :P also… I bought myself a gradient puzzle. <3

anyway, just wanted to share a quick update before I dive into writing long posts in the upcoming few months. so what happened is that I got sick after a nap on my flight home (talk about good timing) and on top of the jet lag, all the catch-ups were pushed forward… and now I’m swamped.

dreaming | of a pair of ankle boots. just wishful thinking. what the hell am I gonna do with them in this tropical heat?

listening | to Dancing by Mellow Fellow (the more I listen to it, the sadder everything becomes) and Coldplay’s Shiver (hands down best Coldplay song).

feeling | a little bit blue. not the post-travel kinda blue. more like I’ve been observing time and they make me feel blue??? shit what am I talking.

thinking | about death. no, wait, calm down. I’m not suicidal. instead, I’m processing the fact that death is a part of life and the last part of life in this world and thinking about people embracing it during their last breaths.

catching | up with a few movies - Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, Searching (one-of-its-kind presentation method and several plot twists), Loving Vincent (I’ve never cried in a cinema for so much and so long before - all the way till the credits ended. his story is moving).

watching | Kim’s Convenience and people. also, I’ve been meeting old and new friends and watching how they go about everyday is pretty new to me. .___. you know they say you can either learn from books, experiences or people… I wasn’t that learn-from-people kinda people.

reading… Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

I’m back to my bed at home… and I’m back to insomnia. and I’m back to dreaming after four months of nothing.


Just A Minute In July

is it just my workplace or what? seems like most of the kitchen equipment uses vintage typography. also, still inspired by the hot summer here! I really wanted to add sun rays but after a couple of hours trying I decided it's too ugly so here's a lazy one. haha.

missing | home. like how familiar each turn and traffic light is. having to figure things out every day is so mentally taxing.

finding | these 90s camcorder zoom-in shots interesting. I'm starting to develop a weird love for them.

watching | movies set in Paris - The Dreamers (again!) and Amelie Poulain. I really want to continue by watching Ratatouille again but I don't have it with me. :(

feeling | a little bit frustrating that I don't really have time for any creative output or experiments. I don't even have time to digest stuff to begin with. information overload. /.\

there's nothing much to update really. working takes up pretty much of my time. otherwise I'm either shopping, sleeping, watching movies or planning for my trip. also, I realize I'm a huge bookworm (or screenworm) 'cause on my off day I can really just stay on my bed reading through my feed the entire day.


 

DON'T MISS

SEE
Josh Carmody's clamp system turns material samples into tables
John Dykstra's surreal photography without Photoshop

WATCH
Shanghai 4AM

 

Just A Minute In June

working at a water park, I see a lot of skins every day. I always joke to myself that, here, it's easier to spot someone with a tattoo than one without. a few of them have pretty totem / dreamcatcher tattoo, which makes me miss building one in Illustrator. so here's one after six months! inspired by the scorching hot sun and the moon hanging in the cloudless night here.

watching | a couple movies at the cinema here. I really wanna take advantage of being out of the country to watch something that Malaysia doesn't have, but so far, only Hollywood movies have attracted me and god, the bus ride is long. anyway, Incredibles 2 is well worth the 14-year wait.

feeling | fascinating especially whenever I pass by the shared kitchen, with so many nationalities cooking all sorts of food and speaking all sorts of languages. also, meanings getting lost in translation happen so often here I can't really wrap my head around the fact that so many of them get sucked into a void.

reading | Old Man and The Sea because I got bored waiting for the bus so I got it from Barnes and Noble. it's one of those books I had trouble finding in Malaysia. speaking of which, that is why I've always wanted to live out of the country - the limitations of books and movies and CDs. butt then again, if I grew up here, I wouldn't appreciate them that much.

I'm pretty busy making dough and new friends here *smirks* so hopefully I'll be able to update on time the next month.