Notes and News

Firstly, I am getting giddy and excited because Sunaree is coming to visit me in 2 weeks! Hooray! We’ll be heading off to some (hopefully) quiet part of Bali and enjoying some time together in the sun, on beaches, etc. I’ve got some friends to visit there too, which should be nice.

Lots of work to get done before then. The work is coming along well and I feel like I’m being pushed in new directions, working on many designs in themes I’ve not yet tried. It alternates between exciting and frustrating, depending on the day and the mood. Either way, some good work should come out of it… [Side note; the colour scheme was kicking my arse earlier on, because the old design’s very brown-centric (a Javanese thing). I’ve done some experimenting with earthy tones before, but never had brown as an integral part of the design. It makes things tough when you’re trying to make it more modern, exciting and interesting to a foreign market. Somehow sepias just don’t pull that off.]

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This weekend was another slow one, which was ok because I got some drawing practice in and spent a lot of time reading. Part of the slowness was my fault, when I changed my number on Friday night, then missed a message about going out.

Highlights from the weekend were hanging out with the guys from my kost (boarding-house style accommodation I stay in) and soccer. A lot of kosts are segregated and I’m (obviously) in a male one with a whole bunch of other young guys. They hang out in the common area watching tv, playing guitar and, as you’d expect in a building full of bachelors, talk about sex. They’re an entertaining and welcoming bunch though.

Soccer last night was, like my first time, intense, draining and fun. Everyone seemed to agree that it was tougher this week, because we had less people and played with some local guys, who were really good. I found it easier this time though, because at least I knew what to expect. I’m less sore than expected, but usually it’s worse the 2nd day, so tomorrow’s the real test.

Somehow, in amongst it all, I managed to avoid 2 storms. One happened Saturday, while I was online in a cafe in a mall. I was in the middle of a Skype conversation and there was a huge crack of thunder, then the skies opened. On Sunday, heading into soccer on the bus, I could see clouds of doom building around the city. The doom clouds kindly waited til after we got to the (roofed, netting walled) pitch to dump, and by the time we were done, it had finished. Very convenient.

Lots more designs and drawings, both for work and fun, shall be posted in the near future. Some need scanning (still not working) and some I’ll export or screen capture.

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