Posted in Travel

What’s in my Carry-on Bag?

My close friend from my time as a master student in Germany has invited me to her wedding in Cairo, Egypt! So, I will take a trip with my hubby next month. I would like to share what I will be taking with me during the upcoming medium haul flight (9 hours) and 6-days trip to see the desert and the pyramids.

I will pack as light as possible and won’t be taking any expensive/heavy electronic equipment like laptop, tablet or game console. Here are my ultimate packing list! I think you can use this as a guideline or adapt it for your own trip.

CARRY-ON BAG: Nametag Bag “KOR” 38 cm.

  • Passport
  • Related documents (Copies of e-tickets, hotel confirmation, passport, travel insurance)
  • Mobile phone
  • Charger + Wire
  • Headphones
  • Power Bank
  • Roaming Sim Card
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • House Key
  • Sunglasses
  • Valuables (Jewelry for the wedding reception)
  • TSA Lock
Entertainment & Work
  • Camera or Portable Photo Printer
  • Book or eBook Reader (either, depends on what I want to read during that time)
  • Journal or Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencil
Beauty & Personal care (All liquid containers in a simple plastic ziploc bag)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Comb
  • Wet wipe
  • Tissue
  • Cushion Foundation
  • Loose Powder
  • Concealer
  • Corrector
  • Sun Block
  • Lip Gross
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand cream
  • Eye cream
  • Face cream
  • In-flight Medications
  • Health Earloop Mask
Food & Drink
  • Gum
  • Snacks (Nuts or Energy bars)
  • Empty Water bottle
Sleep & Comfort
  • Scarf
  • Cardigan
  • Neck pillow

As for luggage, I will bring my medium size hard case one because I need to bring gifts and stuff for wedding reception. Egypt is a conservative country, so no shorts for me this time around even the weather is warmer than Thailand!

LUGGAGE: Samsonite Metria Spinner

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Sleepwear
  • Shirts (T-shirt & Polo shirt)
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Dress (for the wedding)
  • Dress Shoes (for the wedding)
  • Sandals
  • Hat
  • Laundry Kit
  • Laundry Bag
  • Purse (for the wedding)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental Floss
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Face Cleanser
  • Face Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Contact Lens
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Remover
  • Feminine-hygeine Products
  • Nail file/Clippers/Tweezers
  • Wet Wipe
  • Medications (Bandages, First-aid ointment, Insect repellent, Pain relievers, Vitamins)
  • Electronics Chargers (Smartwatch, Camera, eBook reader)
  • Voltage Adapter
  • Luggage Scales
  • Instant Films
  • Instant Coffee (Starbucks VIA)
  • Gifts (for friend on her wedding and her family)
Posted in Book

Shoe & Bag Design by Fashionary

Because of the Black Friday Sale in 2016, I ordered more books from Fashionary! The first one is “Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design”.

You can read my review here:

As I was so busy with work all through last year, I haven’t read them yet. The first one is “Shoe Design”, which is a handbook for footwear designer. It consists of shoes’ library, anatomy, how-to make/care, components, templates and measurements. What I like the most about this book is the library part with different type of shoes including heels, flats, sneakers, etc. The book features more than 30 interesting lacing methods for my new Onitsuka Tiger sneakers. It also gives me the idea of how to draw foot for my characters. Very helpful indeed!

The second one is “Bag Design”, which is a handbook for bag designer. It consists of bags’ library, anatomy, how-to make/care, leathers & fabrics, templates and measurements. I especially like the library part where I learnt about type and name of bags, as well as designer signature bags from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, LV, Prada etc. I also think that a bag care & maintenance section is interesting and useful. (I should clean my canvas bags and luggage sometime soon.)

Although I like them a lot, I would enjoy them more if they were printed in full color and I think the shoe book is much more useful for non-fashion designer like me. So, I highly recommended both books for any fashion designers out there. As for me personally, I use them for my artworks. They are good references for artists and illustrators alike. 🙂


Shoe Design: A Handbook For Footwear Designers
Author: Fashionary
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Fashionary (2016)
Language: English

Bag Design: A Handbook For Accessories Designers
Author: Fashionary
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Fashionary (2016)
Language: English

Source: Book covers and videos are from

Posted in Artwork

Marker VS. Watercolor (Part 2)

In my last post, I gave my thoughts on the watercolor.

I would like to share my opinion on coloring with alcohol-based markers. About 10 years ago, I found out about them through my friend and fell in love right away! There are 3 types of markers: Classic, Sketch, Ciao and Wide. For illustrators, I recommended either Sketch or Ciao because of their brush nibs. Although they are expensive, I managed to pick one 72pc Ciao Set and another 72pc Ciao Set later on. (Yes, I own both Set A and Set B of Ciao markers. There are 180 colors of Ciao and I have 144 of them.) As a Ciao marker is smaller (regarding to an ink barrel) than a sketch one, therefore they are cheaper. After I returned to Thailand from 2 years with 2 Ciao set in Germany, I bought more Sketch markers, as well as some refills, and accumulate them as time goes by.

The markers become my main and favorite medium of art. The best way to avoid streaks, I need to move the brush in small circle strokes. Due to this painting technique, markers are suitable for a small piece of artwork. I think they fit with my style (and short temper) very well. However, in order to paint and blend properly with markers, I still have to be as patient as when I’m using watercolor. Even though I’m picking up watercolor, marker is still going to play a big part in my life as an illustrator.


The paper that I normally use is not a marker pad but a watercolor paper pad from Canson, “XL Watercolor” (300g, 9 x 12 inches, 30 sheets), which only sold in North America. When I need more, I have to ask my hubby’s parents to ship them from the US. I inked my sketch, using dip pen with DELETER’s Black Ink No. 2 (deep dark black, dry quickly, and best for alcohol based marker).

The one advantage that copic markers have over other brands is “Copic Collection” application (Free, available for iOS and android). This app allows me to keep track of my marker collection and shows which types, colors, refills I already have.


Copic Marker


  • Dry quickly, possible to layer right away
  • Available in 358 vibrant colors
  • COPIC Collection app is useful


  • Expensive, both the markers and their refills
  • Not portable, unless you carry only a few
  • Hard to find tutorial courses and books
  • Bleed through most paper

The Copic marker set that I used:

Official Copic Marker websites:
– English (USA)
– Japanese

For dip pen and ink I used, check out DELETER Manga Shop here:

Posted in Artwork

Marker VS. Watercolor (Part 1)

I have to confess that I don’t have to courage to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to art! I always have a hard time with watercolor but with my best friend’s invitation, I decided to take a watercolor course, “Food with ideas” with Daily Draw Studio. This is my latest attempt to give it a go.

I had several attempts to improve it (and failed) over years of my life as an illustrator, although Watercolor is my weakest point. When I was little, my dad bought me a tin box of 80 watercolor pencils from Caran D’ache but I mostly used them as coloring pencils. My first real watercolor set is a 24 colors tube set from Sakura, which was required for my junior high school art class. My second set, I bought by myself, is also a tube set of 18 colors by Pentel. However, I fell in love with Too’s Copic markers and their vibrant colors. So, I stopped using watercolor for a long while.

As time goes by, I grew tired of the markers and decided to start again with Cotman 24 colors half pan set from Winsor & Newton, bought when I was living in the US. The set has been with me for about 5 years now. Even though it’s a student grade, I think it’s just right for a beginner like me. I also brought and used it in my watercolor course. After 3 classes, they actually made me like watercolor more and more! I can’t wait to practice and become better at it.


My favorite watercolor paper is “Canson Aquarelle” watercolor pad (250g, A5 or A4 size, 12 sheets). Recently, my dad also got me a set of “Gansai” or traditional Japanese watercolor with full pan 36 colors. I will give it a try soon.




  • Flexible, mix to get the wanted colors
  • Portable, paint anywhere with water brush pens
  • Easy to find tutorial courses and books
  • Cheaper then markers


  • Take more time to dry, need to be patient
  • Hard to get the right colors (at least for me)
  • Water is always messy, easily rue the paper

Winser & Newton Cotman Watercolor Palette that I used:

Daily Draw Studio’s facebook page:

Posted in Game

Lesson learnt from “Travel Frog” Game

I recently addicted to this game, “Tabikaeru” or Travel Frog on my iPhone. Developed by a Japanese company, It is a super cute game and doesn’t required any actions or attention. I basically taking care of a frog who like to travel. I named her “Himeki” which was my old nickname my best friend gave to me when we were in school. Apart from packing a bag, putting stuff on a desk and collecting clover leaves, all I can do is waiting for my frog to go out, send some pictures and come back with small souvenirs.

Here are some photos, including the rare ones, sent to me from my girl.


However, I’m not here to review the game but instead I would like to give my thoughts after playing it for about a month. It taught me valuable lessons. Firstly, I learnt to be patient and maintain discipline. After the frog went out on trips, sometime I have to wait for days until she returned. Instead of checking the game all the time, I will open the game and collect clover leaves every 3 hours in order to get maximum benefit.

Secondly, expectation leads to suffering. I’m learning to let go of things that are beyond my control. I can’t really force my frog to do anything. She will come and go as she pleased. Most of the time she sent general pictures or came back empty-handed, so I have to stop myself from expecting a rare photo or a special souvenir every time. Of course, I’m very pleased to receive them and so far I got 3 rare photos and 5 special souvenirs.

Finally, it reminds me of my parents. As I already left home, get married and am living with my husband, I imagined that they might feel the same way. Your child has grown up and went out in the world doing his/her own thing. I feel like I understand “parents’ unconditional love” better than before. In my opinion, both players and their parents can learn a lot from this game. Parents should understand and accept who your child really is, on the other hand, a child shouldn’t forget about his/her parents. A small gift and kind words can make their day brighter. 🙂

Posted in Book

Girl meets Sweets by Sakizo

I would like to show off the latest book in my reference book collection, “Girl meets Sweets” by Sakizo, a Japanese illustrator ( While picking up another book I reserved via telephone at Kinokuniya, I stumbled across this book and asked a customer service representative to open it. After flipping through the book, I fell in love and decided to buy it right away.

I love every aspect of her works, from the style and color combinations to sweets and of course, those Marie Antoinette inspired dresses! Costume design is always a field that I’m interested in, so I took a fashion drawing short course with Bunka Fashion School. Ever since I graduated from it, my art style has been changing dramatically. I moved toward surrealism and incorporated everyday objects, like candy sweets, into characters’ outfits and accessories. Here are some examples of my work, colored with copic markers.

I will mainly use it as an inspiration for not only my next artwork but also during “Food with ideas” watercolor workshop that my friend and I registered for next month. Can’t wait! In my opinion, this book is highly recommended for artists who interested in watercoloring and Gothic-Lolita or Victorian style cosplayers.

Girl meets sweets

Girl meets Sweets
Author: Sakizo
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha (2017)
Language: English & Japanese

Source: Photos and cover are from

Posted in Tech

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 SQ

Last year (2017), Fujifilm launched a new hybrid instant camera for a new square format film, instax SQUARE SQ10. I was mildly interested in it because of the square film. This new camera is quite pricey (approx. 280 USD) and I’m not in to its hybrid ‘instagram like’ features (digital camera + instant printer). I keep waiting for Fujifilm to release a new line of instant cameras with this type of film. However, three months later, the company added a new portable printer to the instax SHARE product line instead. I enjoy the instax SHARE SP-1 so much when I got it in 2014. So, I decided to buy the new instax SHARE SP-3 SQ. I found that it’s what I want and about 80 bucks cheaper than the SQ10. 🙂

There are two color options for the SP-3, black or white. I already own a white SP-1, so I picked the black one. The build and design of this printer is nice and sleek. The quality of the print out is good as expected. The only downside is the price of the square instant film (16.99 USD per 10 exposures). I think I will mainly use it for special occasions, like birthday or wedding. As for printing on the go or scrapbook, I would recommended the SP-1 or its updated model, instax SHARE SP-2. because the instax mini film is cheaper and easier to find.

Read more about the instax SHARE SP-1 here: