A Picture A Story: White Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014 |

Everything seemed dark and gloomy to her,
even with the white snow covering every surface outside her window.

She left the flowers lying quietly on the hallway floor.
What use were flowers if the person who sent them wasn't here?

She left the box of chocolate on the sofa seat, unopened.
What use were chocolates if the person who sent them wasn't here?

The only thing she had touched was the note that came together with the rest.
What use was a sorry if the person who wrote it wasn't–

She stopped herself halfway.
The person who sent it wasn't here, that was the use of the sorry.

She snuggled underneath the fleece blanket wrapped around her. 
What use was Christmas if the person she wanted to spend it with wasn't even here?

The doorbell rang.
She grabbed a bunch of money notes to pay for the pizza.

Pizza on Christmas. What a joke.

But it wasn't the pizza delivery guy at her doorstep,
standing in the cold.

It was the main object of her thoughts,
with that familiar smile and snow in the hair.

"Baby, it's cold outside."

For the first time that night,
she smiled. 

And everything started to seem a bit brighter.
It is a white Christmas after all.


Notes: Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas just seems like the time to get a bit cheesy, other than being the most wonderful time of the year. And the lyrics in "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was supposed to be about wanting to leave. Total opposite situation in this case.

Have a great festive season ahead! =)


A Picture A Story: Traffic Jam

Monday, December 15, 2014 |

It's an ocean of red lights. Red brake lights.

Your right leg goes to and fro between the accelerator and the brakes. You keep a hand on the wheel, just in case.

You sing along with the music playing through your car speakers, in that tiny space a concert is going on with no audience present.

You check your hair in the dashboard mirror, and not forgetting to give yourself a little wink when you're done.

You yawn from the lack of sleep last night, and the early morning routine you are still no used to even after so long.

You check your side mirror for any cars on the next lane and sneak into it, with the hope you could advance even a little bit faster, and further.

You unlock your phone and scroll through any social media you have. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, emails.... eating up the valueable internet data bit by bit like a morning feast.

You check Waze to see red lines flashing on every single road, and the multiple cars icon popping up everywhere you scroll to.

You steal glances at the built-in clock, counting down to the moment the numbers on your punch card would start to turn red.

Slowly, you move ahead.

And the next day, you repeat this all over again.



A description of random things people do during a traffic jam. Perhaps I should add "You write a short story mentally in your mind as you observe the cars around you", since that is literally why this post was created.  

Malaysia's morning traffic jam is getting to the state where it is basically impossible to avoid it completely. I for one, spend 1 whole hour every morning just to go through a normally 20 minutes journey. Waste of time and waste of energy. But so far, there is really nothing that can be done about it. The amount of people are increasing, the amount of cars on the roads are increasing, and public transport is not that convenient to rely on.

As for now, this is just something we have to adapt to.

And I do rather enjoy my own little concert in the car. I rock to my own tunes. =P


Judging books by their cover @ Big Bad Wolf 2014 Book Cover Designs

Monday, December 8, 2014 |

So I went to the annual Big Bad Wolf Bookfair at MIECC last weekend. At an early 7am in the morning to avoid being sandwiched by all the book lovers from all around Malaysia.

Most novels were at an average of RM8-RM10, which was super super cheap! Crazy as it sounds, it takes a lot of self-control to stop myself from overspending on books. Not clothes, not bags, not shoes, but books.

But at the same time, I enjoyed my time going through all the book cover designs. People say don't judge a book by its cover, but as a Graphic Designer I would beg to differ on that. Visually a book cover would give you some idea of what the books is about, or it's target audience. If a cover has absolutely no effect on the buyer, books cover would just be black text on white paper. Publishers wouldn't need to spend the money and effort on creating the perfect cover design.

I for one, always take notice of the cover design of a book before turning it around to read it's synopsis.

And this post is a compilation of some of the book cover designs I found rather interesting during my visit to the Big Bad Wolf 2014.

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