I’m branching out my freelancing into creating workshops for students to learn skills, tips and shortcuts for some of the software needed to make it through Architecture school.
To be honest, I wasn’t from a family that had architects or engineers or interior designers as some of my peers did. I also was probably the only student who did not know what a door or window looked like in plan view in my first year of uni. It’s still a wonder how everyone “just knew” what those things looked like! I also wished there was someone who could’ve taught me all the basics so I could’ve done better! So I hope to be able to be that someone for all those who feel alone at archi school!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a cafe. Life has been busy but over the weekend I managed to visit this place with a friend. It started to rain when we reached and the place was packed out. We found a quiet spot beside the window and enjoyed watching the rain drops outside.
Interesting side note: I did not know that this cafe was named after the Murakami book until later on.
The waffle’s earl grey flavored whipped cream was really yummy. I prefer my waffles fluffy but this one was a little hard. It was not not nice, but it was different. I’d come back for the space which although was packed didn’t feel too busy.
We ordered a cappuccino and a flat white. Both of which was really good.
They’re closed on Mondays, however, I went on a Monday which was a public holiday and called before hand to check if they were open. So give them a ring to find out if they’re open if you plan to go on such a day!
Address:6-1, Jalan 1/109E, Off Old Klang Road,Desa Business Park,
Taman Desa,58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Tue to Sun. 12pm- 8pm
The name Japan is synonymous with many things and among them are Sakura’s or Cherry Blossoms.
Tourists from all over the world hope to see these beautiful flowers every year. I was fortunate enough to be in Japan on what happened to be the first day of the Kawazu Cherry Blossom festival.
The Sakura’s in Kawazu area bloom the earliest because of it’s location. Kawazu, located in the Izu Peninsular, is warmer than other parts of Japan in winter which contributes to the sakura’s here blooming a month early.
To be honest, I thought I would not be able to see any sakura’s as I was traveling to Japan in mid February and many friends had mentioned that Sakura’s bloom only in March. So when I reached Kawazu, I was estatic and blown away by this magical beauty. This may sound lame, but in my whole life, I had always wondered what was so special about these flowers, but… when I saw this entire street and river flanked with these Pink Cherry Blossoms trees…it was the most beautiful, magical, amazing sight I had ever seen in my life!
You should definitely catch take the tour to Kawazu if you have the chance! It’s about a 2.5hour bus ride out of Tokyo and the scenery along the way is also beautiful. A day trip would do if you have a tight schedule, but if you can spend the night if you have the time. Whichever you choose, make sure you have your camera’s and phones fully charged so as not to miss out on these beautiful memories!
I don’t think I mentioned this in my previous post but I’ve quit my day job and started to do some freelance work. Freelance design, drafting and authority liason work.
How has it been?
To be honest… It’s been an adventurous month and a month where I learnt alot about myself and working in one’s own time. For example, I found that I need to learn to balance work, family, volunteer work and KOREAN DRAMA time or else I end up trying to catch up on work in the middle of the night. Haha. So if you’re thinking of freelance, you need to work on balancing out your time and having the self discipline to reach your deadlines.
It took me awhile (although I should probably had done more research on freelance life beforehand) to realize that it’s not easy and it means having a pretty unstable life for awhile. Until you actually build up your client base, you may go months without income. So start planning!
Well, some advice I found really helpful was:
Tell everyone you know that you’re going freelance and what kind of jobs you want to take on.
Advertise yourself / create a brand to market yourself.
It helps if you have experience in the field that you choose to freelance in.
Plan your days/ week ahead so that you are able to reach your deadline and have the time in between for other things.
I read up blogs online that gave awesome advice and especially loved the one on Career Foundry on Secrets To become a Successful Freelancer! It opened my eyes to some of the things I wish I had done before I started!
If you’ve been freelancing yourself or just started, I’d love to hear about your experience and tips! Leave them in the comments below!!
It’s been awhile since my last blog post. A lot has changed over the past 6 months! The most memorable one was that I traveled to Japan for 2 weeks!
Japan was amazing.
Honestly, Japan was never ever on my bucket list of places to go (although strange enough Tadao Ando buildings are the buildings I’ve always dreamed of seeing.) so I went with mixed feelings.
When I reached though, it was a whole different world. Tokyo city was eye opening. I loved its density, the busy streets filled with people on their phones or with earphones walking to their next destination, the busy and packed subway stations with people doing pretty much the same thing, and warm and welcoming shopkeepers. I absolutely loved my time there. I would go back again. Here are some prelim photos of my first day in Tokyo.
Subways and metro : Each subway line has its own station, so take note of the lines you need to get on to. I learned this the hard way in Asakusa as I had got there on the JR Line but for my next destination, I had to change to a different line and was confused as to why I couldn’t find the right gate to get to. So, yes, take note!!! This site really walks you through the whole subway and metro thing so do check it out!
-Subway App : I used the Tokyo Rail Map app while I was in Tokyo and it was super helpful.
2) WIFI – I found it really difficult to find free Wifi spots in Japan, so I recommend to yes, do get that pocket wifi or “the egg”. You can “order” it to the place you’re going to stay and when you’re done with it, just drop it into the nearest post box! (It comes with the package for you to mail it back to them so you won’t need to search for packaging etc etc.) Everything in Japan is just so convenient! ❤
3) CLIMATE – It rained while I was there and a friend told me, in Tokyo, when it rains…it rains the whole day! I didn’t believe her, but, it did. ALL DAY. Everyone in Japan checks the weather prediction religiously and for good reason. It’s very accurate. So before you head out, check the weather for the day and if it’s going to rain, well get those umbrellas ready! (Or buy them for 500yen at the nearest convenience store!)
4) ARCHITECTURE – If you’re a student or in the architecture field, do your research on the famous architects because all their buildings will be in your path!!! You don’t want to regret not recognizing them when you walked past! Well, I wouldnt.
That’s all for now. If you’ve got any other tips to add to the list or on the ones already on the list, don’t be shy to write them in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
So after a couple of weeks of compilation and hard work, I’ve finally compiled and printed my work portfolio. The design for the cover was inspired by the initial of my name “M” and my love for angles and perspective. 🙂
Here are the photos. Photo credits to shadow for helping me out on short notice!! 😀