Jun 13, 2016

Favorite Bits of Snail Mail

Some of you might know that "snail mail" was a fad back then in 2014 among girls on Instagram. I was a part of it and greedily agreed to be pen pals with around fifteen girls right away, because I was way too excited... Later, I learned that it'd be better to keep in touch only with those whom I'm genuinely interested in.

The first mail I received from the lovely Sarah. Supposed to be the second one, but the real first letter she sent to me was gone with the wind (could be literally, because I had no mailbox back then and the postman always irresponsibly left every incoming mail on the stairway instead). Anyway, you ladies really should give her blog a visit because she has the cutest collection of trinkets, clothes and paper treats!<3 p="">

Favorite items from my good friend Céline, who also happens to be one of the first stranger I followed on Instagram. Met her last December and she turned out to be much lovelier in person! She is one of the best when it comes to hand-picking paper treats ;)

Letters from Madhura are also my favorite. The fact that she is much younger than me and already aced calligraphy, painting with various mediums, paper-cutting and origami-making is.....burdening me, haha! Do check her Instagram feed :)

This set is not a part of my snail mail activity, since they were sent by the most generous Kak Fitri from Secret Staircase along with my purchase. Couldn't be more pleased to buy used books from her store because the prices are reasonable, always thoroughly packaged and...she is simply the sweetest store owner ever. How I hate the fact that I can't allow myself to splurge on books for a really long time :(

Mini prints and postcards that I sent to Kate. I have been admiring her since forever (apart from her uber cool candy-colored hair and drool-worthy outfits, she is also one talented artist and got a really good sense of humour) and dedicated one drawing to her in 2014. The timing was a bit funny though, because right after I posted and tagged her on the drawing, she decided to take a long break from Instagram due to personal reasons. Everybody was heartbroken, me included... but Kate was back around a year later and she reposted my drawing on her Instagram! She also e-mailed me and kindly asked if she could buy it as a print. I didn't allow her to pay anything for it, so I mailed the drawing as a gift (along with additional drawings in my new style because a year has passed...)

(Photo by Kate and Céline)

May 23, 2016


Throughout the years, I secretly had this dream to create an imaginary girl, plan an ideal surrounding for her (complete with detailed city map, apartment's floor plan and family history) and publish stories about her daily activities. Yep, something like Fifi Lapin...I worship the furry fashionista so hard. I love constructing characters and stories, but I suck at writing. I used to make a pile of hand-drawn comic books when I was little, but they are actually a compilation of unfinished crappy stories. My sister always complained every time I told her I got bored with the plot or I made mistake with the protagonist's hairdo, so I had to start over again.
Yet I never got anywhere with the project, until last year. I made two alternatives of the girl's looks, decided to go with the ganache-colored short hair one, and drew several pieces as a test. Apparently, I still didn't feel comfortable with this kind of drawing style and I thought it wouldn't work with this long-term plan. So, I killed the project.

May 12, 2016

Pulau Pari

Lovely little island where everybody rides bicycle everywhere.... I was the only exception.