Changing the world one chapter at a time

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Photo credits: Thankyou.co

Tackling poverty is a reoccurring, problematic  issue. We know what it is and we’ve seen it before. In fact, uni made me care about it more. So Mon why do you care about the poor? The thing with most people is that once they see  people living in  unjust  conditions, they start to feel sorry for them. All of a sudden they care about fighting poverty because of their emotions towards the poor. Guys, making decisions should never be based on your emotions.

Poverty means “wasted lives” – remember, there’s also a vast  majority who’ve missed opportunities to grow and learn but never take it and end up being poor. These people are prone to bullying, crime, illnesses, and starting radical groups…all of which  create a path to severely  impacting the economy. I believe no one deserves to   experience poverty. The source of the problem is actually us, we still treat and view them as if they’re poor by donating goods or  forcing them to work at such a low rate. They don’t want to be reminded as poor people. They don’t need donations. They need guidance and self-motivation.

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Like myself, there are many people who want to combat poverty and think that it is achievable. Emily, a friend of mine from uni introduced me to the great work of  Thankyou.  Thankyou is a great example of a group  who believe poverty should not exist. You may have seen their water bottles, food and body care products. They’re  a social enterprise who is fully devoted to ending poverty.

Turning the attention towards us and forcing ourselves to realize  that we  are the causes of poverty is the first step to alleviating  the problem. What adjustments in our lives we can make to help fight global issues like poverty? The Thankyou project is the perfect solution to help  us with this decision making process. Their new  book is designed to inspire and to see and do things differently. It talks about the need to implement more and more fresh ideas instead of the traditional “donating” method.

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Moreover, it outlines Thankyou’s past, present and future and investing in this book means investing in their grand vision for the future. Their book, Chapter One, is the start of this epic journey to fight global poverty. Anyone can buy a book at any price they wish. By the end of March, the aim is to get $1.2million in crowd funding and 100% of the  proceeds go towards what I like to call it as their “chapter two” phase,  which will focus on two things: developing a range of  Thankyou baby care products to fund maternal and infant health programs (Thankyou Baby) and expanding the Thankyou  project to New Zealand (Thankyou New Zealand). Every chapter is a checkpoint towards the big goal and co founder Daniel Flynn is going  to write a story every step of the way.

“I know it sounds a little crazy to be growing an organisation from funds generated by the sale of a book, because traditionally books don’t make a whole lot of money. But at Thankyou we don’t usually do things traditionally.”

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It was my mama’s birthday over the weekend and whenever my parents have their birthdays we either prepare a seafood dinner at home or have lunch at yumcha. If you had to pick the best birthday present for them, it would be food. For this post  I’ve decided to muster up some of my favorites photos of mom  with, of course, food.

I forget that she’s actually my mom sometimes, she’s also kinda like a sister to me. We’re eating buddies and we like to try out different places. I’ll admit I eat the most when I’m around her only because she expects me to eat a lot and she’ll get upset if I don’t. “Skinny is not sexy” she says to me and my sisters, which is true!

 

 

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Green tea dessert bowl in Jakarta

 

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Fruity fishies  in  Melbourne

 

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Disneyland’s  famous turkey leg in LA

 

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50 cent ice cream in Taipei

 

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Kitty cafe in Tokyo

 

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Rabbit sponge cake in Singapore

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I know I’ve been missing for the past how many weeks or so, November/December are always the busiest months of the year and this December is probably the biggest month I’ve had in a while.

 

• Graduation

House of Cards exhibition

• An online branding site

T-shirts

• Birthdays

• More birthdays

 

Proud to say that I graduated last week! Like everyone around me, I initially had one goal when I started uni; to get that piece of paper. That slipped away as soon as I finished 1st year, I knew it wasn’t the right goal to chase. I’m at uni to learn how to use Photoshop better geez! No not really actually, my photoshop skills are about the same as when I started.

 

Communication Design isn’t graphic design. Graphic design is part of our job but we only consider ourselves to be “designers” because adding the term “graphic” isn’t enough to describe our new profession. I took this course because it covers areas including art, fashion, marketing, media, advertising and business. These aspects contribute to what design is today.

 

When I was approached by Jin & Co. to do an illustration in 2012 I started thinking seriously about freelancing. He took me seriously therefore I took him seriously and we both took the job seriously. It was my first time in the “professional world” and I was such an amateur. The first ever briefing we had I brought nothing but myself and a bag with my phone in it. “Bring a notebook and a pen next time, you need to sketch and write notes down” Jin said.

 

There are 18247982377 small businesses offering design services out there and I’m one of them. I already knew beforehand that this industry is one of the most competitive but I chose to do my freelancing anyway. You begin to wonder, if there’s tonnes of design firms and artists out there then why do people still come back to you? It motivates you and pushes you to work harder because you’re confident the service you give to your clients is the kind of service they expect in return. You go out of your way to work on any given day.

 

I’ll never regret the experience of uni, I mean, it wasn’t all rainbows, fairies, sunshines and glitter. It was painful in the most good and bad ways. I won’t go into that but it’s helped me focus on my passion for working in the fashion industry even though the course wasn’t directly related to fashion. Whether I land a job in a fashion studio working on a magazine or designing clothes and doing fashion illustrations, Communication Design has helped me merge art and design into everyday life despite it being two completely different areas of practice.

 

Ok now I’m starting to feel really nostalgic. I’ll post some old work from uni as my next post. Stay tuned…

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I document life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and sometimes a bit of food.

My appreciation for creativity began at an early age when I made trips back to the motherland, Indonesia, I experienced the surroundings and the lifestyle that was vastly different from what I was used to. I found myself passing by villages where children made their own toys with whatever was left around them; scrap metal, bits of cloth, banana leaves, and even cigarette butts. Despite this, the children were happy and proud with anything they created.

This image struck me and forever inspired me in pursuing a design-driven lifestyle. Embracing creativity in all forms and using it to inspire and help people, much like how they inspired me. Design helps me make decisions, while art helps me take risks. Both areas reward me with opportunities to create something fun and everlasting!