This commissioned illustration of baby bunnies (some in diapers!) is for a farewell gift card. It was drawn using a Uniball Signo DX 0.28 (black) pen, and coloured in with Daler Rowney Watercolour paints.
This must come across as very abrupt, but a couple weeks ago, around the time when the global cyber attacks struck, I heard of some websites hosted on WordPress getting hacked, and so, decided to back up all my stuff. And in the process, I REALISED I NEVER TALKED ABOUT THE EOY TRIP I BLOGGED ABOUT BACK IN DECEMBER!
Haha! Yeah! So, this post is going to be all about my EOY holiday! Read on if you’re interested to know what I got up to last DECEMBER (omg I procrastinated for half a year…) in Thailand and Malaysia!
Day 1 (Dec 27): Arriving in Bangkok
Checked in at Chic Hostel, which by the way has a great breakfast buffet option (they’ve a partnership with the hotel next door)
Visited Or Tor Kor Market, the cleanest wet market ever
Met with Meerkats at Little Zoo Cafe
Watched a Muay Thai match at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium! What an experience!
Day 2 (Dec 28): Hiking up Erawan Falls!
Woke up seriously way too early to catch the 6am bus to Kanchanaburi, after which we hopped on another bus to Erawan
Hiked up to see all seven waterfalls in Erawan National Park! Difficulty level: pretty okay from levels 1-5? The terrain gets much steeper and harder to climb up from there onwards. And as always, coming down is way harder than going up.
Ramen, Bingsu and clubbing @ Demo Nightclub
Day 3 (Dec 29): Shopping at Pratunam, Clubbing at Route 66 and some surprises in between!
Went shopping for clothes at Pratunam
Took in the sights of the city at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Day 4 (Dec 30): Temple Hopping + Bus Ride to Koh Samui!
Stood in awe at Wat Pho & the Grand Palace
Hopped on a bus and ferry to Koh Samui!
And at this point I really must say that it is incredibly paramount to research the transport option you’ve chosen. Hilda and I ended up having a really… questionable ride, to say the least. Not only was our bus late by over an hour, meaning we waited by the road side for that amount of time, they also dropped us off for another couple hours at a rest stop in the middle of the night with no information on when our next bus would arrive. Plus, when we finally got to the ferry terminal for Koh Samui, we were made to wait yet another hour or so. Valerie, who took a different transport option, left Bangkok two hours after us, and arrived Koh Samui two hours before. If I was alone, I’d have been so scared!
Day 5 (Dec 31): Arriving at Koh Samui!
FINALLY arrived at Koh Samui, and checked into our hotel, The Lodge
Checked out Fisherman’s Village along Bophut Beach
Took a life-threatening (I am not kidding) speed boat ride to Koh Phangan for the FULL MOON PARTY! There ain’t no better way to usher in 2017 than this!
Day 6 (Jan 1): Temples and MORE CLUBBING
Visited Koh Samui’s Big Buddha
Chilling out at Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s most popular beach
Clubbing at Ark Bar
Day 7 (Jan 2): Off for Malaysia!
Bid Valerie a fond farewell 😭 If you’re reading this, it was wonderful having met you! Thanks so much for making our trip so memorable!
Because it started pouring (the streets were flooded, in fact) we camped out at Fisherman’s Village, and had more awesome green curry
Finally, we left for Penang on a huge ferry from Don Wai pier
Thank you, Thailand, for the beautiful memories! Okay, I don’t think I’ve ever clubbed as much as I did in a week alone, but drinks and dancing aside, thank you also for gifting me with beautiful sights, sounds, meaningful conversation and insane experiences! It was amazing.
And now, off to Malaysia! At least, tbc in my next blog post. Stay tuned! 🙂
I came across a whole slew of weird facts while researching what a judge (or barrister rather) traditionally wears, and just had to share them with you!
Did you know that…
Barristers started donning wigs in the 17th century, when Charles II brought back with him to England the French fashion of powdered wigs. According to law professor Charles M. Yablon, they then soon became the “de rigeur” for English aristocrats. The wig wasn’t particularly hygienic, cost a ton and weighed probably about that much. Still, people came up with all sorts of weird reasons to preserve it, one being that it created a unified appearance of counsel, so that no one be favoured over another.
However, in recent years, traditional court dress appears… endangered, to say the least. As Ackland reports, last year, a Victorian supreme court judge expressed “profound disappointment” and even felt “disrespected” because barristers had turned up in wigs! Further, Aldridge notes a general trend towards informality in the legal profession, in that more and more London firms are adopting business casual dress codes – a stark difference from their devout commitment to formal dressing in the past. One law firm takes this to a whole other level, its only dress code being that “you have something between your feet and the carpet – and that’s because our insurance company requires it!”
Will lawyers in smart looking Ralph Laurens become increasingly commonplace then? Hm… Maybe in some places, but generally, my sense is probably not. In Singapore, for instance, expect advocates and solicitors in long sleeved white shirts, ties, dark jackets and trousers. After all, “conspicuous jewellery or ornaments”, or any other statement fashion in a way risks undermining the ‘image of good judgement’, does it not? Like Professor Oak says in the popular Pokémon game: “There’s a time and place for everything, but not now.”
So while horsehair wigs may fast become a thing of the past (that is, if they’re not already), we can still probably expect lawyers to be the most formal of dressers. And that’s great! Who doesn’t love a (wo)man in a suit!
Before may flies by, and before my (quite literally) fishy wave of inspiration ends, here’s a practice drawing of Ariel, The Little Mermaid! (Get it? Mer-may? )
Anyway, you may have noticed that I hardly ever draw faces, and to be completely honest, that’s cause I’m super duper bad at it! Well, what I mean is that it takes a long time before I’m perfectly happy with how it turns out. Sometimes the eyes look off or the lips (lips are the hardest imo) are too thick or the nose is just misshapen… Faces are really hard because every line has to be super precise.
But hey, practice makes perfect right? I’ve never been more sure of the 10,000 hour rule guys. Practice practice practice!
Hi guys! Just wanted to update that I completed my orange print today! HUGE YAY! It wasn’t a super time consuming project, and I’m really happy with how it turned out 🙂
Also, and more excitingly, I recently discovered Society6, this awesome website which lets artists upload and sell their original artworks as over 30 premium consumer goods, from art prints to throw blankets! I mean… they’re just so beautiful! It’s such a magical feeling to see your own artworks as actual products.