Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Don't fly KLM!

We're off to Phuket tomorrow!

In fact, Grandpa G is on the plane right now to KL, and 5 hours after arriving, we're flying off to Phuket! Hope he won't be too tired.

Actually, Grandpa G would've been here one day earlier, except he got delayed at Birmigham Airport because the KLM plane he was supposed to board broke down last minute and everyone had to wait for the guy from Amsterdam to come fix it. By the time he fixed it, the passengers had missed their connecting flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur!

Grandpa G's arrival has been delayed 16 hours by KLM, and all the compensation he got was a night's stay in Amsterdam (which he darn well should have without asking anyway) and 20 euro vouchers to use in the bloody airport. Plus 50 euros off the next flight on KLM... as if he will take KLM again after being delayed a whopping 16 hours! Oh and measly £5 to spend in Birmingham Airport. Totally fine if you're delayed 5 hours. But 16 hours?

Anyway, we're all looking forward to Phuket tomorrow. Hoping and praying for good weather as well. Will definitely put up pictures when we're back!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Funny Things Seen #1

Found these in TMC. Eet Sum Mor, man... tastes so good...!

Best English ever - "Stimulating the styles and making carefully! Many colours a lot, selected freely by you." What do you think THAT means??

I like this! The tin being repeated over and over again. Just plain cute.

By the way, this is not what I referred to in the last post about bringing you guys something funny. That'll come a bit later on when I'm free.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Let's go to the Car Wash

Sorry for the bad quality picture! Had to adjust the black and white levels in order to make the words legible, and therefore, had to sacrifice on realistic colours :P I took this picture at the petrol station while waiting to fill my tyres with air.

Anyway, I just HAD to display this car wash coupon after I'd read it!

Tank You & Come Again: A misspelt word, or a pun intended to give out subliminal messages to make me fill my tank at BHP? (Didn't work anyway, since after my wash I drove down to Shell)

Wash At Ur Own Risk: Very modern spelling indeed. Also, quite an ominous sentence, don't you think?

And now you have another idea of gifts for Christmas! If you look at the date this coupon is valid until, you'll see that you can purchase coupons a month in advance, and you don't have to use it there and then. So go grab a bunch of these coupons, put them in an angpau and give them away for Christmas! Everyone needs a good car wash.

By the way, stay tuned for the next post, because I'll be bringing you some GREAT testimonials I read in a flyer I picked up that got me cracking up with laughter and has brought so much joy into my life!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Do I enjoy my work?

I sometimes get asked if I enjoy my work.

My answer is usually a simple "Yeah". But really, it does take some thinking about. Do I really enjoy it? I've experienced some bad times and there are also certain aspects of it I love.

Some people don't realise how much goes into running your own studio. See, I have to be everyone rolled into one. By everyone, I mean, everyone in your typical office. Being a designer is just slightly more than half of what I have to be. I gotta service clients, manage finances going in and out, sort out office appliances and check supplies as well. Oh, and be the canteen lady too. Luckily I don't have to clean the toilets. Got someone coming in for THAT hehe.

So when people ask if I enjoy doing what I do... yeah, I enjoy designing. That's the hard part, really. Aside from finding new clients, it's bloody difficult to come up with fresh ideas to use. And I find that working in an agency or design firm tends to make you comfortable and lazy. Well it does for me, anyway. In my own studio, everything comes back to me. Credit for my design and every single sen that comes along with it. And so that pushes me to be more creative, while also making my clients happy hopefully! Win-Win.

Bad clients? Not worth thinking about. Just makes my blood boil and I'd rather think of nicer things, like when I get a completely free hand to do what I like.

I don't understand... why do people think they can advise designers on their area of expertise when they wouldn't advise a lawyer, dentist, construction worker or WHOEVER on their respective fields? If you can bloody design, why don't you be a bloody designer yourself instead of hiring me?

I'm attaching a neat comic strip sent to me by a fellow designer which illustrates one of the things we have to face in daily life.

And yes, I do enjoy my work. But I don't care if you know that. Just give me some respect for doing this all on my own.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


So we went to Marketplace on Thursday night to usher in Merdeka.

...cut to 5 hours later...hehe...

As I don't have a lot of time to write this, long story short, there were no fireworks at the Twin Towers!! What a huge disappointment to its many fans at Marketplace! So what was left to do but to drink?

And drink we did. 'Cept for me, cuz I'm not a fan of beer, and it seems there was an unending flow of Carlsberg at our table. I did have two glasses, though, cuz I WON'T BE LEFT OUT! But still didn't enjoy it.

Anyway, that's the update for Merdeka. I think Timstone was having a good time chatting (up?) with some girls there. Hehe. Sorry no pix...

Okay, off to Bangsar now. See y'all.