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Friday, April 23, 2010

Write a book......



It is a life long dream of mine to write a book.....and it would be wonderful if I could include in it as well some pop ups and illustrations like the photo above. I love stories......fantasies.....true stories......funny ones too....but I think for my own book I would prefer fantasies.......or fantasies mixed with true stories. Stories from my own personal experiences. I would like that very much. It will be a good combination. Since I love to draw, then I'll combine my stories with my illustrations. I've been practicing my drawing skills lately.....it has been pretty rusty. I used to love to draw a lot as a child, all the way to my teens and varsity days...

It triggered me most when I saw this movie.....about Beatrix Potter in the movie "Miss Potter". How she made a living by writing children story books. She was a bestselling author and illustrator back in the 1900.  "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was so beautiful...... :). I felt so inspired watching that movie. I kept thinking to myself.....hmmm.....I could do that.....it doesn't seem so hard to do......heheheh.....all I need now is to seriously think of that story that I wanna share with the world with. ;) 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I wanna be a self made millionaire!!

Be a self made millionaire has always been my dream.......and I'm sure it's everyone's life long dream as well to get there some day. We all want to be successful in what we do but sometimes our occupation does not help us get to where we want to be.........and to have that financial freedom is not an easy journey.

I've always thought that what I do now for a living will help me get there. But as you all know, I'm only making handmade cards.....not handmade jewelry......cards don't fetch much money.....unless it's a mass production type of business. So how do I get that financial freedom? For once in my life I don't want to have to worry about paying my bills....I want to be able to buy whatever I want and whenever I want it......I also want to use it to help people.....especially those in need. I know of a lot people who needs help......and I always wish that I have more to give. 

I know the road I will be on for the next few months or years to come will be a tough one ......but I believe that I will make it. I have a strong believe that I will make it.......I want to make it happen this time. I've wasted too much of my precious time years ago because I was too afraid to follow my own dreams....instead I was trying to fulfill other people's dreams.....so much of pain I had endured all this time. No more pain from now on, because now I have no fear of failing......since I've failed many times before. I'm ready.....ready to be a millionaire........ :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Learning Mandarin online..... :P

Ok ok......this has been  going on for years now....years and years of obsession about learning this unique language. If you wonder how this obsession came about.....it's probably because I live in a Chinese neighborhood since small and love watching Chinese TV shows, soap operas and movies. I even adore some Chinese singers from Hong Kong....and I used to be sooooooooo in love with Leon Lai Meng!!!! I even bought his cassettes.....sang his songs like some crazy loony.....not knowing what in the world I was singing about.....but because I was in love.....and the melody sounded great....it just made perfect sense to me at that time! LOL!

I only know a few words in Mandarin and that alone is enough to make me feel so proud. Of course I have a lot of other languages that I would love to learn someday, but somehow Mandarin is close at heart. I donno, all I know is no matter what I have to be able to converse in Mandarin before I kick the bucket. I live in Malaysia and there are a lot of Chinese people here.....and it would be great if I could converse in their own language once in a while..... :) I know they would love it too if we know the language and can speak it fluently.

Ok, so here is the thing.......I'm staying in Alor Setar, Kedah and I have no idea where to get Mandarin lessons here.....I don't know of any class operating nearby that I can attend to. Plus, I'm quite broke right now and I need a cheap alternative to learn this language.......I wish I have a Chinese friend right now who is good in Mandarin so that he or she can teach me for free....LOL! Unfortunately, my Chinese friends can't even speak Mandarin! Why? Because most of them never attended Chinese school.....they all went to the National school like I did therefore skipped learning the one language I want so much to learn! Urrrghhhh! What a bummer!

So I was thinking and thinking.......could there be a possibility that they have Mandarin lessons online???? Could it be??? So I tried googling it just now and whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! It's available online!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! Why didn't I think of this before???!!! :I How silly of me not to try it before. I clicked on the website link and my goodness!!!! It's so cool! There are quite a few websites that offer these tutorials and I'm thinking of checking them all out soon enough. But for now I'm sticking with this one first. It looks good enough and it's one of the most sought after it seems. So I'll just go with this one now. I'll give it a go! I hope by the end of this year I can communicate with someone in Mandarin. Wish me luck ya!! ;) 

Check out this website if you are interested to learn Mandarin too! ;) Have fun!
http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Annual Blog Giveaway

I cannot believe it! The last time I blogged here was in January....and now it's already April....and April is moving real  fast towards May! Urrrgggghhhhh! To think that the only thing I've actually tried to accomplish in my bucket list  so far is the blog giveaway. So, for the past 4 months now I've been giving away my handmade cards and embellishments to my lucky followers in my card blog. It has been quite a challenge to pull it off since I've been so busy keeping up with my work......the work keeps getting more and more heavy and sometimes I feel like I'm about to lose my mind trying to manage it all. It's hard....so very hard to do it all by myself. 

I'm really hoping that things will get better and I will be able to fulfill my dream to giveaway as much as I can in my handmade card blog. I was even thinking of doing the same for my other blogs but looks like that will have to wait till next year. Because this year alone I really wanna concentrate fully on my handmade card blog and make it really successful. 

The idea was to giveaway according to the number of the month....so that means this month I would have to give away cards to 4 lucky people. Next month, it will be 5 lucky people....then 6 lucky people.....till end of the year, which is to give to 12 lucky people!!!! Yikes! Wonder how I am going to handle 12 gifts for 12 people then.......I would probably have to prepare them much earlier.....as early as possible. The problem with me usually is that I have problem deciding what to give. That has always been the case! Maybe it's a Libra thing....or what...I donno.....but I've always had problems making up my mind hahahaha........it has been a life long struggle since I was in my primary school. LOL! I can't seem to shake it off! But whatever it is....in the end, I usually managed to settle the problem....I always find a solution in the end......it usually works out fine eventually. But, before it is settled....there will always be a panic attack....hahahaha!

I'm really glad overall with how the giveaway is turning out so far.....so far so good. I wouldn't want to giveaway cards that are not of good quality.....I don't want to give them rejects....I want to give them a selection of my best work. This is so that they will have an idea of how my cards are like , they will get to see them in person and hopefully they will help in promoting my work to their friends and family as well. Although I want it to be a win win situation, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. I'm just happy to be able to give.....that's what matters most to me. Giving is sharing.....sharing is caring.... :)