Finally have some time and tried to create my first NFT collection. Go to Opensea to check them out.
Will work on new collections in the mean time.
Created fruit flash cards for kids.
Here some sample low res image.
I've recently went for dinner with a few ex colleagues. The question that struck me was, what did you do this year? Anything new? Everyone seems to do things that they loved to do.
I think the whole year 2021 gone in a flash. I think I didn't do much in 2021. I didn't answer this question. ~somehow I was blank, didn't know what to say.
When I think again, I didn't do as much drawing as I used to. I didn't read as much books as I wanted to. Also, I feel burned out from doing those things and instead found something that I didn't think I have as much interest as I was with drawing, but I picked up this skill. I learned a bit of python. It helped me to do some web scraping of information, it's also, somehow helped me a few times in my current job. I'm so glad I did it. At least, I did something that's helpful.
So, what to do this year? I just hope things get better, so we can go back to travel, at least so I can go back to my home country and see my family.
Happy New Year 2022. Stay safe!
I found Mr Jones Watches randomly on my social media feed, and went to the website.
They offer unique watches, and a lot of the designs have caught my eyes, I wish to have them all XD.
I bought one of them that's called Perfectly Useless Afternoon by Kristof Devos.
All lovely watches also come with customization on the straps or engraving, which can be good gifts for your loved ones.
They also have limited edition pieces, which are always sold out, if you are not quick enough!
Today I randomly listen to a podcast called "Our daily bread podcast" on Spotify. It's as if reading daily bread that I received last time in school/church, only in podcast form. The speaker talked about how to find joy in our every day mundane habitual activities, he also referred to a blog by James Ward called "I like boring things".
I read a few of the blog posts. Totally random everyday things, the last post called Loop was written May 2019, talking about when the author taking a walk, which reminded me about the walk I did recently.
Since working from home, for nearly 2 years, that means my physical activities has greatly reduced, and I realized a lot of health problems
arises. For some people, the things I experienced might be a small thing, but I believe it's a reminder that there might be issues that can be bigger if it's not handled properly. I went for a health check and doctor also suggest to go for 30 mins exercise every day.
So to start, I went for a walk in the morning in botanic garden, halfway then return back to the starting point, 30 mins walk from the start to the end. I feel more refreshed as a result. Although it's hard at first, I'm getting use to this, after few more times, it becomes boring, as I took mostly the same route every time. Basically I want to incorporate this as a habit, so I will not think much about it, and just do it.
Every time I'm doing something for the first time, there's a joy/excitement in doing new things at first, and a lot of things to discover.
The example that I experienced is, I want to be better at French. I listened to a lot of French language learnings podcast, more than 30 mins every day, but soon I would loose interest in it.
I feel if I can set up a habit of the things that I want to achieve, and be consistent with it, I would achieve what I want. Of course I'm aware that habit is not something that is built overnight, so, I'm trying, and I think the key is to find joy in the meaningless. Find what makes you happy in doing these things, and it won't be chores to do, but habits, good habits to have.
This is my second work that I did for HonestKitchen. They are basically a company that sells food for your pet. Go and check them out the website here.
Check the GIFs I created for them, or use them in your instastory in Instagram, and search "honestkitchen".
After successfully created inktobers art every day for 2 years (with a lot of pressures, hehe), this year, I only managed to do 12 of them.
This year theme that I created is my favorite packaged foods. I also tried to draw this using a textured watercolor paper and watercolor brush in procreate, which I enjoy using, just it takes longer time to work on each piece.
I also doesn't set a goal to do this every day in October, and didn't set expectations, so a bit relax I supposed.
Here's all of them, not in order. Go to my Instagram to check them out.
After 14 times of trying hard, I finally success in baking my own macarons. HAHAHA.
As silly as it seems, after the span of few years I tried to re-create recipes from Youtube, and failed. Finally successful when I went to baking class. It's not about the recipe, in fact they are pretty similar with the recipes I saw from Youtube, but I learnt some techniques from the class. The cookie should be dry enough before it's baked. This is the main problem that I had in my earlier attempts, also, different trials have different problems. So, glad, I finally found the secret of baking one. Mind you, it's really seriously finicky cookies, and you need to spent a lot of effort in making one, so I think 2 to 3 Dollars per piece is really because it's hard to make. The funny thing is, I don't really like this cookie because it's too sweet, it just looks cute (especially in pastel colors, or cartoony shapes).
Every time I failed in doing something, in the end I want to think that I will be able to do it, I just need to learn from the mistakes and try again. :)
Wow. It's end of the year. I literally just wrote 4 posts this year, talking about lazy.
Things that I'm grateful for: