Inspiré

So yesterday, when I was in the meeting with Hennesy for their upcoming concert (I must prepare myself for all stresses from now!) the pretty lady aka the brand manager was explaining the design concept I came out to her GM by speaking in French. You guys must be bored every time I mention how I dream to be able to speak French right?

I won’t dream and dream without action. Even though I won’t start very soon, listening on how sexy when they were speaking woke me up again that inspirations, or anything inspired you to upgrade your skill, is needed. So, we won’t be “there” and lulled. I’ll keep French for now yet I want to share two creative persons I’ve been eyeing for last two weeks.

//all images are taken from their Instagram pages, © martin and © jiajiafei – layout and edit by me//

 

I love every single thing Martin posted on his Instagram especially his portraits. Anything simple could be so eye-catchy from his eyes. I really adore his skill. Tho I have no clue reading French on his blog yet I could linger upon his pictures for a whole day. Oh, thanks to MacBook that has automatic translator!


If Martin captures on simpler and softer look, JiaJia Fei is the opposite. She’s vibrant and I kinda love it too. Very unique, strong character and distinct. I really love her page here.

Looking at these two makes me think there are so many amazing insanely creative human beings outside there. What makes you and me different? This last sentence just made me say to myself, “You better sit down and think what and what of the “things” cause you really need to upgrade yourself, Zis”

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I was so buzzing picking a wrapping paper, writing a short note on the “I-designed-and-printed” card, and arranging all items together for one of my very best friends Andreas Knogler. I finally made time to send the package today! (two times I postponed sending it cause I used the money for berries lol). Even though he’s currently studying his Master degree in Girona, Spain, I thought sending it to where his home is would be better. I just hope Andreas won’t be grinning when he read what I wrote on the card. Well, he’s used to my cheesiness, anyway.

Oh, is there any job like: you have a creative license to pick awesome gifts, package them thoughtfully, and send them across the globe as a surprise? If any, I’d be so glad to do that!

In The Mood Of Flatlays

 

 

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It was started on Saturday night when I wanted to just drew something with watercolor because it’s been long since I attended basic design class years back. Been trying few times and found that it wasn’t as easy as I thought. Even just for a simple object like a leaf (sounds like I need serious practice). So it ended with abstract lines using red color. Why red? Cause it felt like I missed somebody outside there then (everyone was wondered who is E that I always mention on my Instagram page?).

From an abstract drawing to few flatlays-play, I thought I shouldn’t share these only on my IG page but here too.


 

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As I wish my day-off today could be more and more longer. Unfortunately it’s 10:03PM already.

September’s Inspirations

 


Pablo Picasso used to say this, “every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”


I’m not gonna preach about how to be an artist to you guys :) though I do agree with the statement above. Everyone has their own ‘creative’ side in different ways and it grows if you let it grow.

Your creativity will step forward by keeping your imagination grows, too. And it is a good thing when you can expand your creativity by looking for

 

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And on this post I’ll share some inspirational people that inspired me a lot recently. Most of them about photography.


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“Oh, the Goddess of the most exquisite blog in the universe if I may say. Everything about Park&Cube is on point. Yes, EVERYTHING”


Shini Park, the founder of Park&Cube is definition of amazing. Super supersuper talented and her job is such a dreaaaaaaam job!

The content, the photos, the art direction, the fonts!, the lay-outs, and how she writes her posts is KILLER. Distinct and very tasteful. It’s hard to say if I’m not a big fan of her work. I mean, you guys know so well that I’m the biggest fan of Alice Gao, but Shini is one of a kind. Honestly, I knew Shini’s blog when Alice posted about her trip to UK and finally met Shini in person. Since then I fell in love with Park&Cube. I guarantee you will spend hours reading her blog (what are you waiting for?).

And you know what I love the most from gorgeous bloggers outside there, they’ll inspire you how they grow. I used to read Alice’s stories when she moved to NYC to pursue her passion in photography, capturing many coffee-shops and her food with an iPhone and her Canon, until she’s on her stage today. And I found ‘that’ too when I read Shini’s old posts. Looking at her old photographs and her recent ones makes me think ‘you imagine what you desire’.

 


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“If you want to cry by looking pictures above, don’t worry, YOU ARE NOT ALONE”


I almost cried when I saw Teppo posted –“oh I don’t have words to describe it!!”- amazing sceneries from Greenland where he spent a whole summer this year. Two reasons, number one, how breathtaking the Greenland is (and it’s on the same earth you and me are living guys!). Two, Teppo is extremely talented, NO DOUBT. The last reason is the most thing I adore from him. He has sharp eyes for beauties indeed.

Oh OK, I probably have to tell you this ; I might call it “hate?” no, that’s not it, “jealous”? I don’t think either. So, what is the word then? mesmerize? I don’t know. When you know somebody and feel that ‘oh my God, he’s still soooo much younger than me and that’s not fair!” (I assume you know what I mean). A little bit ‘jelly’ with Teppo cause he’s still young and full of talent in photography I must confess, but good news is we became a friend from Instagram (still remember how I screamed when he sent me a photograph of ices floating on the sea in Greenland through WhatsApp!). 

I’m still looking forward to let Teppo shares his experiences and indulgences in photography on KitKat :)) oh come on, don’t tell me you are not following my buddy in his Instagram?

 


 

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“Noah Mills’s Instagram shows his talent in photography”


I’m not following Paris, Milan or New York Fashion Week, though I love to see how wild and crazy creativity in fashion world are. If you’re among of those ‘fashionista’ who always get a front-row invitation or you’re a real fashion blogger, you must know who Noah Mills is.

Since I found his Instagram through ‘explore’ page, I found that he always post beautiful pictures from his daily life. He’s not like those models or public figures, oh let me make this clear, I do hate ‘so-so’ public figures who post pictures with their endorse products on Instagram. If they are nicely captured that’s not a problem, but if it’s tacky post, oh come on I know I shouldn’t say this since that is their right on an era like this but I have a right too to speak my mind, nah? :)

Noah is different. I felt like he maintains his page on a simply yet tasteful way. Even when I saw a cup of his morning coffee in a black and white stripes cup placed on a wooden table, it was so artistic. If you are in doubt with my opinion, look at his page here. Let me know if we are on the same page!

 


“I didn’t pick inspirations only from Shini, Teppo and Noah. I still have three people who for me, their stories and passions are inspiring too”


Katerine, a Russian who fell in love with Japan and it’s culture shares her love for that amazing country on her Instagram. Read her interview too on this page.

Are you a dessert person I’m crazy with dessert? Love sweets and stylish decorated cakes? You must know Caroline Khoo, open this page and tell me she’s blown you away with her craft like she did to me!

And the last one is Audrey, a traveller and professional travel blogger on thatbackpacker. She shares a lot of travel stories that I trust, it will tease you to pack your things and explore this world more often. You may like to read her ‘post-uni blue’, it’s so interesting!

 

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March’s Inspirations

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I’m trying to clear my mind from I repeat this words I know ‘ups and downs’ feeling and looking for some inspirations to enrich my creative soul. I shouldn’t be so lazy updating this blog when I had a lot of free time last month that I spent more in front of my iPhone instagram of course. Instead, I should wake up and believe that everything will happen, if it has to be happened. I’m not gonna talk too much on this post guys, just wanted to share to you some of the inspirations that inspired me. From music, design and photography. Here we go!


 

Music 

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First time I found her song on YouTube, I mean, whattt? she’s so catchy and original! She is Yuna.

Sounds cheesy I know, but who doesn’t like 25? Most of her song I like, but what she did at Brit Award was awesome. Plus, no words could describe how the stage design mesmerised me. Watch here and you’ll understand what I mean.

I adore with someone who can write something beautifully. Whosoever, whatsoever. From poem, novel, till song. And Ryan Tedder? A songwriter who made me dream to wake up in a hotel near Piccadilly.

I always see how serious a singer through their video clips apart their beautiful songs. And what Tulus did in his latest single is beyond beautiful. The scene, Prague of course. Shit!


Design

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For you guys who think that I’m a graphic designer, I’m not! :). Though I had my bachelor degree from Industrial Product Design, yes I love to know different spectrums of design. Stationary from Venamour is ‘must see’ if you are interested with graphic and paper. Their products are awesome!

Fucking cool stuffs from Fendi makes me want everything about those cute monsters! From bag, jacket, wrist watch till wallet! F*ck!

Opening this site reminds me that I used to work as a jewelry conceptor few years ago. But what Giampiero does is beyond beautiful, his sketches is oh my God and so does this site! Loook how beautiful the front page is! I die!


Photography

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The last inspirations come from pictures, pictures and pictures!

I fall in love how the brilliant Hideaki Hamada captures something. If you love photography I swear you’ll love this.

Come on, it’s been a while for food photography! Gosh, beautiful food photography and clean blog? you’ll be pampered with these ones, this | this | and this.


 

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random”

-Ken Robitson-

 

I’ll try to keep this blog moving but let me say hello to March, thanks for bringing me closer to July :)

Breakfast à la Azis

Fourteen of January and wow guys, its twenty and sixteen!! Who feels that January becomes a month when “What’s Next, What’s Next?” is flying on mind? Is it only me? Or you too?

Before I share photographs of my breakfast yesterday morning, I wanna make some confessions. First thing first, “What’s Next, What Next?” feeling is really bothering me lately when I keep thinking what my next journey is. It’s quite different from last year when I was very relaxed with what would I face a year ahead. This year, I really, really have to think what is my next step in life.

Second confession ; today is the end of my day off! I should have 10 days off but unfortunately, I just had two days. The rest was ‘half-day’ and still working from some upcoming projects. How do you feel when most of your colleague is resting and you’re still working? :(. Third, I feel like I’m not having a good start managing my allowance (hellooo! this is new year!). Trying to be discipline on spending my money but couldn’t help myself to not to pick a new bowl and two white saucers. Because sometimes, buying things like that for ‘food-scene’ purpose makes me happy (in fact, when you should be resting but still working, gah!).

Fourth, I cooked chinese noodles (been craving it for a while), fried chicken in thick honey and sweet soya sauce, and chocoffee (chocolate and coffee :|) pudding in one hour the day before yesterday just right after I came back home by 4.30 pm. I always love to cook something simple yet tasty. Quite brainless but versatile enough.

Okay, time to share a short story behind this breakfast scene. When I woke up yesterday morning, I had an idea to play around with my new bowl which I’m sure the color will be beautiful in picture. But then I found that hammatan season is still here and morning sun wasn’t smile and said no hello. I thought I would enjoy my breakfast normally without busy taking picture and I should forget photographing my breakfast-scene. I went straight to brew a cup of coffee and accidentally found a soft natural light from the window in my living room. I dropped my cup on a purple ‘flatlay’ and surprised that the color of the background was interesting enough. So, I boiled chinese noodles for a sec and mixed with the remaining sauce I cooked the day before yesterday (for sure, I kept it inside fridge!). Then, time to play on a new bowl! I added chicken on top and sprinkled with fried onion I brought from Indonesia. I was surprised that the light was fantastic, it wasn’t harsh yet gave a perfect lighting on the food. And believe it or not, I didn’t need complicated editing for this shot cause all the pictures are clear. A little touch-up in Lightroom and Photoshop for text (some of these are straight from camera)! Hm, I still dreaming someday I’ll have a mini studio complete with light box, so that every time I have an idea for food photography, I just take my camera, set the lighting and shoot!

Hello, it’s been a while for a food lodge on this blog (click on the image to zoom)!

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Oh wait, I have one more confession ; I still want Sony A7r for my next cameraaa! :(

Happy Friday guys! Hope you have a groovy weekend just like how Justin grooves on this clip! :))

 

Have Courage and Be Kind

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I got the title for this post after I watched Cinderella last week. I know you’ll think that I’m so cheesy but it is a very good words indeed.

Last week, I had a quite traffic on my Instagram page. If you are following me on Instagram you’ll know why. I want to write this here, on my personal blog, just for my own note. A note that I really, really want to share about something important.

It was started from my ‘screen-shot‘ post on my Instagram page two weeks ago when I was quite shocked for the fact that somebody, consciously, stole a lot of my pictures and posted (and claimed as hers) on her page. I rarely, in fact, it was my first screen shot post on my page. I take my Instagram seriously that all my pictures have to come from my iPhone. But that one, it’s an exception.

There was somebody mentioned me on her comment on my page that my pictures has stolen. I didn’t take it seriously then. After she mentioned the account, I visited on it and I was quite shocked that indeed, a lot of my iPhone snaps were there. I scrolled down to make sure that they were mine and I was smiled. I smiled because for me it was so funny. I didn’t have an anger tho yet felt a bit sad. Sad because I had no idea why somebody pretend her life through small thing like, pictures. I once commented on one of my iPhone picture on her page, and told her that she took a lot from my page and claimed as hers. She deleted directly and made her page as private, so that I couldn’t see it again. Before she made it private I did screen shot with my iPhone and day after, I posted it on my page. I couldn’t believe after somebody tweeted this case on his twitter, somebody that I didn’t know before, my Instagram had a lot of visitors and followers. People started coming to my page and dropped their comments. Most of them had anger to her, just few that gave their suggestion to delete my post.

For me, the message on that case is simply important that we, shouldn’t pretend our life. We shouldn’t steal somebody’s thing and claimed that theirs is ours. Maybe this sound’s cliché, but everything that is not belong to us is stealing, and it will never be a right thing. Come on, I’m not an angle that always be saint. I do mistake a lot, sometimes I lie. I’m just an ordinary man. But what I concern from that case is those pictures of mine is the same thing like another creative work that born from thought and creativity. We can’t just take it from somebody and claimed as ours without any credit. I did forgive her even though she never announce her apology directly and clearly to me. For some of them that asked me to erase since a lot of contra on my page about her, and few felt inconveniences, I respected their request yet I decided to leave that post there. I didn’t erase cause that’s my right. I have to be brave to say my mind, have courage but in the same time, I have to be kind to forgive what she did. I just want that case can give us the same lesson for what I had mentioned before that we, shouldn’t steal somebody’s thing and pretend our life. Oh, you can even read comments from another instagrammers that some of those, will make you smile or laugh.

Well, an iPhone snap of yellow gerberas above to brighten your Monday (I know, some of you guys already live in Monday, while I still on Sunday here :)).

Cheers,

-A-

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