Mon at Om Nom

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Om Nom Dessert Bar – The Alice in Wonderland of all desserts. Just recently I went with my Mom to meet fellow Indonesian and the Head Chef of Om Nom,  Christy Tania. As fans of Masterchef and anything food-related, we were keen on trying the signature dishes  mentioned  on the show. Christy has appeared as a guest chef a few times and we hear she’s at the bar most days of the week. So why not pay her a visit Mom asks. It was a Tuesday evening and Christy was sitting in front of her MacBook (designing a new menu perhaps?). She greets us warmly and Mom instantly speaks Indonesian with her.

My Mom and Christy mainly  exchange  their experiences as chefs with one  another, both agreeing and labelling the job as “stressful but rewarding”. Mom loves dining out at various places and meeting the Head Chefs when she gets the chance. Earlier this year when we were in Indonesia we visited Fukuro and a week later, Ristorante de Valentino. When Ryo (owner of Fukuro) found out mom was a chef he knew that she was his biggest critic of the night – he constantly came back to our table to check up on us, and he didn’t do that to any other table. Chef Marco of Valentino did the exact same, why? Because as Mom says, another chef’s opinion on their food matters more than any regular customer dining that night. Christy  didn’t have to check up on us, Mom loves dessert and we knew the desserts we ordered  would exceed our expectations.

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Chocola Terrarium

The first dessert we ordered was the one in the large glass casing. A huge favorite on the menu, it has  cinnamon sugared churros, chocolate ‘gravel’, pistachio and  chocolate sponge, chocolate icecream, valhrona manjari mousse and milk foam. I loved the softness of the churros, I’ve only ever eaten churros with a crunchy texture in Melbourne and in LA so tasting this was a little unusual but still tasted pleasant nonetheless! The glass case holds the structure of the dessert and gets taken off as soon as it reaches your table. I thought it was more for show but guess not. 

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Raspberry Field

I’m sure many Melburnians have seen this mushroom dessert all over Instagram and Facebook last year. I know I did. I hated ruining this awesome plate of food though. It looks relatively simple but there’s different elements and textures that kinda get you confused but you can’t stop eating it because it’s a weirdly good combination. The mushrooms are made of raspberry and lychee sorbets with a baked meringue base. Surrounding it is raspberry panna cotta, rosewater pearls and white chocolate.

I like Om Nom bar because I find it has a nice ambient atmosphere and is a good spot to relax and have a decent talk with a friend or a fancy meeting with a client, seriously. It’s really casual. But taking photos is bothersome given  that you’re in a situation  where there’s extremely low lighting in the room. I was the only one who awkwardly used a flash on my phone to take these photos, ah well despite the lame looks I got from the waiters, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out.

Zetta Florence

3Last week  I had a small photoshoot of my artworks to promote Zetta Florence folios. The folio is  a compulsory purchase for every RMIT communication designer students’ last semester of uni – it is one of the highest quality folios on the market  that professionally  presents your work without getting unwanted fingerprints and mess on each sheet. It’s recommended we bring these to any design interview but at first glance, it looked  more suited to showcasing art pieces than design work. With that impression in mind,  I decided to use it as proper storage for my artworks.

2145Presenting artworks neatly to investors and clients  is a very daunting thing to do, especially when you don’t have the right folio for it. Zetta does the job. The traditional folio with a bind doesn’t cut it due to it’s limited nature with providing  the best viewing experience for yourself and the viewer. Instead, the best option is to have loose  sheets  and let the viewer carefully examine each piece in whichever order they prefer. The Zetta folio is known for being a hand-made leather box protecting individual  sheets inside.  Even though mine have  no clamps to hold  the sheets together, the sheets are  incredibly durable and don’t move around as much as you think – in fact they fit  perfectly inside and don’t move around at all! The polypropylene sheets are purchased separate to the box and in bulk. They’re definitely not your average  A3 plastic pockets. They’re heavily coated and designed to conserve  your artwork for as long as possible, meaning the artwork will never fade and lose its color.

I’m happy uni introduced us to Zetta or else I would’ve spent many more years trying to find better ways of preserving my art. It’s also perfect for my future travels, I don’t have  to worry too much  of it being smudged or crumpled in my luggage. Thank you for answering my prayers Zetta Florence.

Random facts about me

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Credits: Judy Christine

One of the things I love to do in my spare time is go through messages people send  me of their work inspired by my art or emails requesting to use my me for their art project. I really appreciate these as it makes my life as an artist  extra fulfilling. I recently Skyped with a senior high school student from Myanmar who wanted to interview me for her art  assignment and it’s great feeling to know  we got along well through sharing common interests in kpop and holidaying in the US. One of the questions that sparked me the most is “what do you think the role of an artist is?”. There was probably a long pause after that as I was wondering how to construct my sentence….it’s an easy but not so easy question to answer. My understanding of this role changes overtime based on experience: I think the role of an artist  is to entertain  while using it to make a good living. Witnessing  works by other people inspired by my own art is my form of  making a “good living” through art.

 

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Credits:  Liz

 

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Credits: Jamie Barnes

 

I enjoy  being interviewed because I get  to be challenged with all these questions  that I don’t usually think about, plus I get to know myself better (ironic!).  What I’m noticing the most out of these interviews is that people often wonder what kind of person I am or what I do  when I’m not drawing or designing. I thought this would be fun, here’s a list of 15 random things you should know about me:

 

1. I’m allergic to dust and so is my Mom so we find ourselves cleaning a lot….from tidying up rooms to wiping down specs of dust on my macbook keyboard. You name it!

 

2.  I prefer drawing over painting as I can’t get technical with painting. That said, I don’t draw everyday.

 

3.  But I design everyday. I’m a workaholic that works way past 9 to 5.

 

4. The very first “cool” gadget  I ever got  was the 1st gen iPod shuffle  and since then I’ve always stuck to using  Apple products. Apple has made me love music from the very beginning, as well as design 😀

 

5. I like  sport. I’d probably be an ambitious badminton or tennis player as another  chosen  career path.

 

6.  Not a fan of celery and coriander.

 

7.  My ideal workspace is my bedroom. My desk is cosy and  spacious enough for me to do my typical A3 drawings.

 

8. I’m a city person.

 

9.  I value first impressions the most rather than waiting for something amazing to happen. This applies to everything.

 

10. For some girls they can’t go out without makeup. For me, I can’t go out without a bow headband.

 

11.  I secretly critique menu designs when I’m at a restaurant.

 

12. My favorite tv shows  are Breaking Bad, Masterchef, Orange is the New Black and The Walking Dead.

 

13. I’m crazy about  fonts.

 

14. I usually buy  magazines for the design and layout rather than for the content itself.

 

15. My dream project would be to collaborate with Burberry and Big Bang or 2NE1.

 

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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