Handmade creation ep.2

It’s Bee theme birthday gift for my friend’s baby boy:

baby bee theme 2baby bee theme 1

A very simple and easy to make kind of gift, I spent only two hours making it!

To make it, you can just take theme background from internet (I made this one by myself on MS word) and print cute bee characters and paste them with thick tape to make it 3D.
You can add abit of glitter here and there to make it sweeter.
You can basically buy frame anywhere, I got this one at Giant only for Rp. 10K!

For more ideas on free bee theme, you may check these cuties I found from other net sources ^^

Happy crafting!


A Visit to Singapore

I’m going to be in Singapore next week for work purpose (and play, of course!!), so I’m in a mood to talk about it.

Singapore is probably the most popular destination for Indonesian tourists. It is like a blend of West meets East type of city/country where you can find a hip hangout place for expatriates coming from all over the globe next to a traditional chinese shop; or a shopping heaven full with most prestigious brand within few hundreds meters to Malay-Indian community area. It is Asia in soul but American/European in looks.

Lack of natural charms, Singapore creates its own charm by constructing many kind of remarkable building and developing great manmade attractions. With a little help from mouth watering local cuisine, support of good infrastructures system and reliable facility of medication has made Singapore an irresistable place for many people to visit.
By having the busiest port in the world, Singapore has been recognized as business centre of Asia. This lead to many foreign companies to invest and own an office or factory in Singapore which consequently build the competitiveness culture within the country (local people vs expat).

Personally, I would love to stay in Singapore for one or two weeks, I love the food, I love the convinience to be independent and I love the liveliness. But then again, I am having a difficult time imagining myself to stay there for longer period of time. Why? I am not so sure, perhaps I am too scaredy cat to be in such competitive culture (you can see everybody is walking rushing, briskly, busy checking their iphone and even the oldest grandma you met was working as a cleaning lady in random places!!).

Anyway, what do I do when I am in Singapore? Well, beside working (of course!), I would usually visit these places:
1. Orchard Rd — no, not to shop, dear…But only to walk around, chill and see the beauty of the shops  during the evening; you can grab a bite at Killiney kopitiam nearby too, yum!
2. Clarke Quay — to enjoy the nightlife, chill with friends with live music and cooling drinks.
3. Bugis Junction — to satisfy my hunger for rather cheap yet fashionable accesories (you can find cute snapbacks, dangles or pair of flats with good bargain!). Accross the street, you can find rows of local food shops (the durian ice is all-kill!)
4. Daiso (all $2 shop) (you can find them in many places, but I usually go to Plaza Singapura) — to buy unique (and cheap..hehehe) souvenirs for family and friends.

Where would you go?


Ps: Pictures are not my property.


The Netherlands – Part 2

Indonesian culture have been influenced alot by the Dutch, as a result of more than 350 years of colonialization. Not the best memory, one would said.

However, we have to admit that not all bad things we got from them. The Dutch left us not only the old infrastructures that we remain use them until today, the law system that we remain engaged to or ancestors that we respect and remembered by, but also languages.
Interestingly, many of young people do not recognized this now… Especially in Java Island, a lot of words we used are actually deriving from the Dutch. Examples: Kulkas (koelkast), wastafel (wastafel), kantor (kantoor), om (oom), tante (tante), aanval (aanval), persis (precies), gratis (gratis), korting (korting), atret (uitrit), klop (klopt), and soooooo many more.

The love between Indonesia and the Dutch even resulted a song called “Surabaya” that is quite popular among the Dutch, here is the lyric and Indonesian translation, in case you are interested 🙂

Singer: Anneke G
Surabaya, Surabaya
mijn gedachten zijn altijd bij jou
Pikiran saya selalu dengan Anda
Waarom moest ik jou verlaten
Mengapa saya harus meninggalkan Anda
eenzaam sta ik voor mijn raam
kesepian saya berdiri di hadapan jendela
grauw is de lucht
abu-abu, udara
en als ik zucht
dan jika aku mendesah
vormen mijn lippen jouw naam lippen you nam
bibirku membentuk nama mu

Surabaya, Surabaya
Met je zee en je hemel zo blauw met ye see
Dengan laut dan langit begitu biru Anda
Surabaya, Surabaya
mijn gedachten zijn altijd bij jou mein hedahten
Pikiran saya selalu kepada mu

Ik zal jou nooit meer vergeten
Aku tidak akan pernah melupakan Anda
ik droom van jou elke nacht
Aku bermimpi tentang mu
dan hoor ik weer
Aku mendengar lagi
net als weleer
seperti tadi

Gamelang klanken heel zacht
Gamelan terdengar sangat lembut

Surabaya, Surabaya
met je zee en je hemel zo blauw
Surabaya, Surabaya
mijn gedachten zijn altijd bij jou

Handmade creation ep. 1

Hello all!

Aheem..first of all, I know that it has been few weeks behind my schedule to post a new thing here…real life was extremely demanding that I have to resist myself to touch my laptop, don’t you dare give me that look, laptop! To redeem myself I’d like to slave myself with couple of writings today, so BE prepare!

Last few years, I have been fascinated by all things related to scrapbook. Scrapbook is an art to keep your memories, whether they are in pictures or souvenirs related to the experience. As we all know, conventional printed photography had lost its charm way long time ago. Now, people prefer to keep their pictures digitally in their hard drive or CD, for simplicity sake. For me personally, eventhough the digital version is indeed more space efficient, but I felt that I could not grasp the memory without holding something to remind me (not only looking at it on screen).

I started to try to create a scrapbook or card for my colleagues and friends back in 2012. I use alot of simple embelishment that I can create by myself and keep at low cost to buy fancier stuff from shops.

I am not creating them in regular basis, but love to browse around to get inspiration and know new techniques. I will post some of my creation and talk about it abit and please share your thoughts!

— Project Eve —
I called my very first project, Eve, because it’s not officially my first creation. I did make some other stuffs before, but never really finished and give it to someone.
Carton paper (thickness: 2-3mm) as cover.
Coloured paper (weight 180-200gsm) — I chose dark pink with glitter to wrap the main cover and dusty pink as content.
White paper (weight 70-80gsm) — you can basically print different images on this papers and paste them as embellishment. Or you can make paper quiling or simple origami out of them.

The scrapbook was for one of my ex colleague who resigned after 1 year service because she needed to move to Bali.
She is very feminine and she loves cat. One day she wears this bright pink shirt to office and all men at work cant stop looking at her! Which is why I chose the main colour as pink 🙂


detail front page paper quiling

Front page

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