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2012, It's Been A Ball

Wow, there's less than hour to go before 2012 ends. I'm struggling to write a post that can express my thoughts coherently about this past year, so please bear with me! I`ll start with the top 3 highs and lows.

Lows:-Horrible grades despite my efforts and time spent on them
-A lot of self-hate for not being able to do well
-An emotionally draining friendship - to the point which I was ready to call it quits

Highs-Got an internship under a professor at my university
-Finding out what I love to study
-Making friends that I can laugh, cry, and spend time with for years to come

2012 was a rollercoaster year for me. There were times like I felt like the luckiest kid ever, other times I'd feel like a big ball of failure. This was the year I was supposed to do things right (academically) but I wasn't able to do it. There was a lot of pressure (all self-induced) to do well, and I'm sure that led to my academic epic fails. I wasn't happy, no sirree.In all honesty, I don't think I've felt so bad about myself until the last few months of this year. There was also a friend who, in my opinion, was asking for more than what I could offer. This did not help. I haven't been so angry at a friend before, and it was frightening to see that side of me come out. It would have been wiser to end that friendship (my other friends were for it), but I didn't. I'm glad I made that choice.

Although those events happened, I figured out a lot of things about myself. One, that I don't do well under pressure, so that has to go. Two, I'm the luckiest child in the world to have parents and friends who accept me for not my GPA, but for myself; they have been supportive and helpful in my times of need. In fact, my friends helped me find a back-up plan (since my Plan" A" went up in flames) that sounds just as good as Plan "A". Three, today might be bad, but there's always a tomorrow. And tomorrow will be different.

This post is getting too long, and there's less than 1 minute to midnight...

To 2012,
Thank you for allowing me to spend time with my beloved family.
Thank you for giving me friends that I treasure dearly
Thank you for showing me that in times of despair, there will be light

Finished, Fini, Finito

After 3 weeks of problem sets, note reviewing, and little sleep, I have finished finals. And how do I celebrate? Good pub food, Starbucks, and some window shopping with my close friend. Two thumbs up. I'm excited to go home and spend time with family and friends! But first, gotta clean the apocalyptic mess of papers in my room.

To-do list:

-Clean room (wow I don't even)
-Reset sleep schedule
-Spend time with friends and family
-Buy Christmas gifts
-Draw. Draw. Draw.
-Cook some goodies at home
-Watch my shows!
-Run (and invest in some good winter running gear)

Life Offline

Woooo, bad quality phone pictures!

A small peek at what I do outside of school no I don't pig out I promise. In order from top to bottom:
1) Smoked salmon eggs benedict (my friend's) when we celebrated my other friend's birthday.
2)Various tacos : fish, beef cheeks (sounds weird but it tastes really good), chorizo, pork(?)
3)Various macarons: lemon, cranberry, pumpkin, salted caramel, apple spice.

Time to roll my sleeves up and dive into finals. Best of luck to anyone who's writing them! :)


A quick study done once I was done drawing out "what i wore". Only took about 15-20 minutes (aw yeah)! I'm very pleased with how it turned out, this is a small bit of encouragement to play around in Photoshop.

P.S. Don't be hating on the crow skull.

Brave the Rain

[what i wore]
mint green cardigan, Forever 21
colour block sweater, Forever 21
collared shirt, unbranded
jeans, American Eagle
heart necklace
rain boots, some durable Canadian brand 

I've kind of been neglecting the "style" portion of the blog, figured I'd start now. The idea comes from VM-Bui, one of my favourite artists! :)

Lately I've fallen into a sort of fall uniform that consists of the following: collared shirt, sweater, cardigan (for that extra warmth), jeans, and rain boots (for the trek through puddles). Very simple, doesn't make me look like a complete slob, and it's appropriate for work! If only I had the the guts to don the skirts and dresses...maybe indoors.

Not Down Just Yet

*start motivational talk*
It's been two weeks since I've posted, and oh boy, has my life gone up and down in that time. I won't whine,   I have to admit that I was subconsciously setting myself up for the crappy bits. In spite of it all ( oh look at me, using the English skills I paid for at university), I won't let the bad stop me from getting to the place I need to be.
*end motivational talk*

In other news, I got a small wage raise at work and became a big blob of burnt-out student today. And I don't care...YET. Big emphasis on the yet as finals month is rearing its head.
Today's big decisions:
-Get out of bed? Nope.
-Get out of my comfy pajamas? Nope. Okay I did, but it was hard. :(
-Read the wonders of cell junctions for the 3rd time? Nope.
-Solve lots of organic chemistry problems? Nope. okay I do this everyday but i gotta work on efficiency
-Speak like a sane person? Nope. Just kidding (?).

Okay, it's time to either get to bed, or try to review my Stats notes for online homework. I think sleep's gonna win this one.


RIP Toph, Aang, and Earth Kingdom pumpkin.
The good die young. I miss you guys.
I finally got out of the dungeon I call my room to celebrate Halloween with some classmates! This included a haunted house (which I didn't go in but I probably would have hit someone bahaha) and pumpkin carving. I made a good Earth Kingdom pumpkin, and a messy Toph pumpkin.
The best part of the night? Throwing the pumpkins from the balcony of a building (don't worry we weren't causing shenanigans). Such good therapy.

Hope y'all had a fantastic Halloween!

Halfway to a Hundie

A small recap of the night. It was my dad's 50th birthday (he's turning into a geezer.. my sister's words not mine) and we celebrated with dinner at a nice golf club and cake!

Here's to: reaching the halfway point to 100,
being a year closer to playing golf every day,
being happy and healthy each day,
and being the definition of "success".

Con yêu bố/ I love you dad. :)


A WIP. I should probably improve on drawing non-human things.

Lazy Days

A photo I took during the summer. It's been so long since I've shot any photos. :(

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posting these days. I can sum up the last few weeks with a conversation with my aunt:

Aunt: "You look so tired, what happened?"
Me: "Life happened."

That's right, I've been busy at school. As a Bio major, my life revolves around reading, reading, and more reading. It's hard, but I love my bacterial cells! If I can keep being a shut-in this up, I'll reach my goal for next year. :)

And there's some work too. And some volunteering (I love frosh). And then my internship is getting started as well. My first year English courses have led to terrible sentence structure (I don't even think these are sentences), money well-spent. Brb, mastering the art of organic chem.

[Hurriane - Twin Shadows remix]

One of my favourite songs right now.


I'm seriously debating whether I should sleep at all.
On ne devrait pas essayer de faire trop d'activites a la fois. Ca cause une multitude de problemes.
Si je survis cette semaine, je serai une fille contente.

Gift #1

It's finished! I made a little trip to Staples today to get a poster done and it turned out great! Oh glossy paper, you complete my art. One done, two to go.

P.S. Small confession, TforT isn't going to be finished. Mainly since I'll be busy working and volunteering for the rest of the summer, I'll just have enough time to prep for school/ complete gifts. I'm kicking myself in the shins.

P.S.S. Will post incomplete TforT stuff/ other things soon.

Time taken:~15 hours (mostly due to learning Photoshop)

One Year Older, One Year Wiser (?)

[Looks like it's a party for one]


"I've been waiting for this!"
  Lineart for a friend's birthday gift.

Double Dose

Well, it's been one heck of a week. Volunteering, tutoring, work orientation session... Friday was the first day I was able to actually do something all to myself. The result?A 13km run, the completion of Avatar, and a small painting. And I didn't stop there, no sirree. Another painting today, that's right. Oh, how I love traditional media. If you're interested on me blabbing about the process for each and my feelings for painting, read the descriptions below.

[Galaxy Girl]
Okay, the photo doesn't do this any justice whatsoever. This took about..2-3 hours total. The materials used were some old absorbent news print -like material from art camp, watercolours, and some acrylics (and construction paper for the background). The most frustrating part was probably the watercolour portion. The wash turned out alright, but I couldn't seem to get the galaxy feel with just green and red blobs. As soon as I grabbed my acrylics, balance was restored to the world. Hooray! 

[Le Coucher du Soleil]
Ignore my attempts to be cool and use my rapidly rusting French knowledge. Again, the photo doesn't show the texture of the painting that well, but it's better than Galaxy Girl. The materials used were Naugahyde (a brand of pleather), acrylics, and a small amount of watercolour paint. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I grabbed pleather from art camp (with permission of course), but it was awesome to paint on. The thick texture allowed me to slather paint without worry of damaging the material, aka best thing for Jennifer .Plus it gave a cool timeworn look with the cracks (not pictured). This one was more fun to paint since the limited palette (2-3 shades each of blue and orange, as well as black and white) gave a great contrast. The hill/ person could have been done better, but whatever - the background is what matters the most. I was intending on doing a simple sunset, but in the end it became my vision of this quote (taken from Le Petit Prince):

                           «Tu sais, quand on est tellement triste on aime les couchers du soleil...»
«Le jour des 44 fois tu étais donc tellement triste?»
Mais le petit prince ne répondit pas.

Confession Session / Art Dump

Well, I've clearly underestimated TforT big time. Putting it off until July was not such a great idea. Add a dash of frustration/ running out of my comfort zone for each illustration makes a not so fab experience. As much as I hate to admit it, I will not be able finish TforT by the time school starts - woo serving food to teenagers at the amusement park for the month of August / promised art for birthdays/ school-related things.

But that won't stop me. I can promise that all the sketches (pre-digital painting) will done, but colouring is another matter. If I live like a hermit for winter break, it'll be done. Maybe.

But to better things! I went to my first life drawing session since 2 years ago. I'd like to say I've improved (hallelujah for slightly better anatomy knowlege), but my sketches prove otherwise. Aka, I rocked the 3 minute and 5 minute poses, but still struggle with 30 seconds and 1 minute.

Ready for the art dump? Lets go.

 [inspired by James Jean's cover for Fables Animal Farm story arc]

 [TforT / Avatar]

 [quick sketch that's going to be painted tomorrow]

 [TforT extras]

 [Life drawing: 3 minutes]

 [Life drawing: 30 seconds]

 [Life drawing: 5 minutes]

 [Life drawing: 5 minutes]

[TforT sketch. I hate perspective.]


"You're the Avatar, and I'm an idiot."
(I just realized that his eyebrows are like video game controllers orz)


I really don't want to stop with my little nerdy/anime phase right now, I've missed watching my shows so much! (currently watching Persona 4: The Animation then will proceed to this basketball one that my friends have been raving about and ATLA <3) Drawing original work has become harder when fanart is constantly swirling in my head. Stop it self, TforT is the thing you should be focusing on.

Here's a chibi from Avatar The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. He's such a playa. Will have him coloured and ready for love tomorrow.

Azula Appreciation Day

Here is my very very very late submission for Azula Appreciation Day (last Friday). For those of you not familiar with the name, she's a prime character in the tv series Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you don't know what that show is, you're missing out on life. Seriously.

So for non-watchers, who is Azula? Without spoiling anyone, she's a villain in the show. Azula is the princess of the Fire Nation, and a power hungry fire bending prodigy. Throughout the series, she's usually seen plotting to capture the Avatar. She's not a favourite character of mine (who am I kidding, I love all the characters in Avatar...except Jet..and Ozai), but her development in the show is what interests me - especially in contrast to her brother Zuko.

On a another note, this is my very first flash animation! Very basic, very easy...nope. It took me 3-5 hours to figure out because I had no idea how to use it. Especially alpha levels. But I admit it was fun changing a simple illustration to an animation. Time to make some more basic ones and improve!

Here's a quick gif of the painting process.
make gif

Keep Moving

Feeling lazy on a nice day is a bad sign. I should probably head out for a run. Then again, I did do my first Grouse Grind run with A yesterday (1 hour and 8 minutes for my first time, very pleased). Which was quite wet and foggy. Surprise surprise, we live in Rain City. Thanks A, for bearing with me and telling me to slow down! I probably would have lost any motivation to keep moving somewhere after the halfway point.

*Brb, doing quick painting of a character before I get back to TforT (my new shorthand). I leave you with these two great videos. If you don't smile AT LEAST, we can't be internet friends anymore.

Fresh Meat

 Asian supermarkets are hidden with geniuses.
P.S. the "meat" is actually okra, something that's put into hot and sour soup.

Eye Eat 17/18

Remember my post about living life like a parisienne, simply spending time at cafés and enjoying time with your companions? What a beautiful - and expensive- past-time. Well, here's the visual accompaniment to that, with my lovely senior classmate, H!

For dinner, we had ramen at this small restaurant on Robson and Denman. We were lucky enough to avoid a big line-up - H claims that that particular restaurant has high quality ramen. While we waited, we ordered our ramen. You can pick the richness of the broth(this is based on how much fat they put in) , the cut (fat or lean) of the meat, and extra toppings. As we made our way into the shop, I was mystified. It had the exact layout of what I would imagine a traditional ramen shop would be like (I blame two RPGs for this haha). As mentioned before, dinner was good for the price we paid (well, I paid).

Afterwards, we left the restaurant with warm bellies... which were ready for dessert. The plan was to have cheesecake, but we ended up at this upscale patisserie (H's friends changed their minds) which I've longed to visit for a while now.W
hen I heard the news, I might have started talking in an octave higher than I normally do . And started doing funny hand gestures. Classy. H paid for dessert, and I got 7 fabulous macarons while they got a spiked tea. Then we sat with their friends and had a lovely conversation while enjoying the sunset.

Eye Eat 17:
 - Spicy Garlic Ramen with medium broth and lean pork (H's)
                   - Miso Ramen with light broth and lean pork (mine)

[H's ramen, with egg and a garlic ball on top]


The verdict: I thought my miso ramen was good, but there were some things I was iffy on. First, the broth. Maybe it's just me being a pansy about spicy things, but there was a spicy note to the broth. The last time I checked, miso was not spicy. In spite of this, the broth was flavourful and I enjoyed it.Another thing which I wasn't fond of was the cut of pork. Lean meat doesn't mean dry meat. Enough said.

Eye Eat 18: Macarons - lemon, raspberry, mint, passion fruit, salted caramel, gianduja (fancy word for chocolate hazelnut), and earl grey.

[beautiful presentation, I felt bad opening the box haha]

[passion fruit, salted caramel, and mint macarons]

*the sudden improvement in image quality is accredited to a different camera with manual focus

The verdict: Between this patisserie (that H and I visited) and the one where I got the caramel macaron, I personally favour this one. These macarons were more dense and cake-like, and generally more rich in filling. Take for instance, the lemon macaron (not pictured since my camera died and I ate it). The lemon ganache/ filling was thick and bursting with lemon flavour. The mint one turned out to be a pleasant surprise! I expected the ganache to be too minty for my taste (something similar to the paste in After Eight chocolates), but it was very light. However, the earl grey one was a miss. I've actually never had earl grey tea (I haven't developed a taste for citrus teas), but I felt this one wasn't up to par with the others. There was something off with the flavour - I can't describe it in words. If there's one that I'd recommend to my friends/classmates to buy, it'd be the raspberry one. There were raspberries in the shell, and this provided a nice, fruity note to the almond taste.

Art Dump!

Okay, all my "T for Temptation" stuff (excluding current sketch/ plot details and what not) is here as promised. Ready? Lets go.
P.S. Any critique is welcome, please tell me so I can improve! :D
P.S.S. I know A's falling off the page  haha

 Profile:Name- Adam
What You Need to Know- He's a bit of a control freak/perfectionist. He's used to having everything being in place (a thing since childhood), so the way he acts can be somewhat rigid. When things fall apart, he's cooked. But he's a very loyal guy. (all this info seems random, but will hopefully make sense...)
Character Song- Did I mention he has major swag value? (being a business student does that to you)

Other project-related things:
[research for T's prop]
[research for A's prop]

 [quick sketch of the cover]
 [actual sketch for the cover, final details to be added then inking will start(?)]
[In case you didn't want to rotate your head awkwardly]

A Beautiful Night

This piece captures the essence of a good evening. All you need is someone to talk to and good food. Once those two components come together, magic happens. You forget about the daily stresses of life; the burdens of tomorrow are washed away with a wave of calm. Plans, schedules, they all slow down and come to a gentle halt. There is no such thing as moving forward. All you want is to live in the simplicity of those wonderful moments.


So yeah, haven't been drawing as of late. Here's a crappy webcam photo of a sketch of the interior of the family car that I did today. Speaking of which, I've been rather busy this week, packing up all of my family's belongings for the new house that we're moving into. It's surprising finding all the things that I've been holding onto since we've moved into this house. Letters, boarding tickets, pamphlets of the places my family has been to, notes from Gr. 10 (yup, I'm kind of obsessive of having my notes with me in case I need them), planners, you name it. It's also kind of heartbreaking throwing them away - even though they're worthless and clutter up the house . One example was an cute gift from a friend in Gr. 8. But then again, the memories associated with them are more important. I hope everyone is doing well! :)

P.S. Eurovision songs are so addictive, like this one and this one! I wish I could sing beautiful songs about the rivers in the motherland..except they're probably not as nice.

Eye Eat 15/16

 Once upon a time, a tiny girl had a job interview in the northern end of the city. On that faithful day, she came across a famous patisserie (okay she knew it was already there) located beneath. These are the delicacies she came across...(with the help of the shop assistant)

Eye Eat 15: Jamaican Style Panini with Almonds, Watercress, Fuji Apples,Chicken with Moroccan Spice, and Havarti Cheese. (forgot the actual name)

The Verdict? One of the stop assistants recommended this sandwich to me - it's apparently a customer favourite- and I have to say it was quite delicious! The tangy taste of the apples gave the sandwich a pleasant twist. To be honest, I couldn't really taste the watercress nor the almonds (I don't think I could even find almonds); the main flavours that I remember were: the cheese, butter (?), and chicken. Speaking of the chicken...I was kind of disappointed. There was an expectation that the Moroccan spice would give the chicken a bit of a kick*, but I couldn't really taste it in the sandwich (it was fine alone). But overall, this was a lovely sandwich - maybe the chicken was under seasoned that day - which I would love to have again.

*For those of you wondering, Moroccan cuisine makes use of spices such as paprika, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. 

Eye Eat 16: Caramel Macaron

The Verdict?: Okay, so this is my first time analyzing a macaron before (I've had the patisserie's macarons before - cassis and chocolate- but never did anything but swoon in happiness after eating them), so I've examined it according basic guidelines*:
-shell should be smooth, and free from bumps
        -- the shell was smooth, with a minor bump
-"feet" (the rough edges of the macaron) should be present
        -- yup 

When You Eat:
-when you pick them up they shouldn't fall apart
        -- didn't break
-when biting into the shell, it should crack like an egg shell
        -- not sure if I like that, but it didn't happen
-should be soft, moist, tender  
        -- it was definitely soft to the tooth, and tender
-flavour should not overpower the basic ingredients (almonds)
       -- the caramel flavour was light, so you could still taste the almonds, yum
-even ratio between filling (jam/confiture, buttercream, etc.) and shell
       -- i felt there was a nice balance between the buttercream and shell

So according to these guidelines, I think it was a lovely treat! Only flaw is that it's sort of pricey for a poor university student like me. These bad boys fit into the palms of my tiny hands and they cost ~2 Tim Hortons donuts. Ouch to the wallet.

*Adapted from Follow Me Foodie, found here


This weekend has been a fantastic one. Finishing up my English Lit. course, going to the seasonal nightmarket with my seniors, finishing my OC revamp and a yummy Father's Day dinner equals happy happy happy. Ah, written English at its finest. I'll be posting some shots from my visit to a famous chocolatier very soon. For now, here's the revamp and the painting process. I know, I hate the lips too.   Happy Father's Day!

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