[Lifestyle] My Nametag Bag(s)

I always like to support local businesses in Thailand for a long time but disappointed with some of them. (For example, 42-size-high-heels i bought from the internet that hurt my feet like hell, so the little mermaid i understand you now or sneakers that made me look like Pinocchio!) I decided not to buy shoes or anything else from local shop anymore! But after i discovered a personalised bag shop called, “Nametag”. I changed my mind. I ordered a brown Gym Bag (Dimension: W50 cm.) with my name “Pannita” on it. The bag arrived after about 20 days. Although it’s a bit pricey, i found that the quality is great. I immediately used it for my 4 days trip to Taiwan. I found that it’s made to withstand abuse and quite durable. On the first day, i slept at the airport using this bag as a pillow. For me, it’s perfect for 3-4 days trip and of course, a trip to the gym (which i do not take, LOL)! Anyway, I love it so much that i decided to order another one, Everyday Bag (Dimension: W38 x D15 x H23 cm.) with my nickname “Kor” embroidered in white.

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https://www.instagram.com/nametag.bkk/

[Book] Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time

Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) is one of my favourite animation growing up. I recently saw “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2016) in theatre and it wasn’t as bad as everyone said it is. I enjoyed it a lot, especially “Time” as a character. 😀

This book explores Walt Disney’s fascination with Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. It consists of how he developed Alice animated feature, including Wonderland and its characters, as well as how the film turned into attractions (rides, shows, parades) in Disneyland.

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The book also features some detail regarding the Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action adaptations, directed by Tim Burton, “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 and its sequel in 2016. I like this book a lot as i’m a huge fan of Alice and her Wonderland! Highly recommended for any Alice’s fans out there, especially fans of the 1951 classic animated film.

What is your favourite character? I like Mad Hatter, Dodo Bird, White Rabbit a lot but my favourite has to be the Cheshire Cat! 😀

“You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.”

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Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time

Author: Mark Salisbury

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Disney Editions (2016)

Language: English

Source: Book cover is from Amazon.com

P.S. This is the not the first Alice related book i reviewed. The 1st one is “The Art of Alice Madness Returns” and you can check it out here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/the-art-of-alice-madness-returns/

[Tech] Wacom Intuos Comic Creative Pen & Touch Tablet

I feel sad for my 5 years 5 months 15 days old Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet as it’s getting laggy. I think my almost 3 years old MacMini is also part of the problem. (Thinking about getting a new computer by the end of this year, perhaps MacBook Pro or Surface Book, we shall see!) Anyway, i decided to order a new one, a Wacom Intuos Comic Creative Pen & Touch Small Tablet (Black). Its active area is 152 x 95 cm (6.0 x 3.7 inches). Included in the box are the tablet, pen, USB cable, 3 x replacement pen nibs, software download instructions/code, quick starter guide and installation CD. It would be better if a small soft case is included. I have to order the case separately, for 19.95 USD from Amazon. What make this ‘Comic’ one different from another versions (Draw, Art, Photo) is the downloadable software pack. It comes with a Comic Pack including: Clip Studio Paint Pro and Smith Micro Anime Studio. However, i haven’t try them out yet as i already have Manga Studio 5 installed on my current computer.

Pro:

  • reasonable and affortable price (4,050 THB or about 115 USD)
  • smooth working surface with grid system (dots are printed on the surface)
  • small and light, very portable to carry around (need to buy the case first)
  • with 4 customisable shortcut keys which located above the working surface
  • driver can be downloaded directly from the website and it’s easy to install

Con:

  • need to spend extra for a wireless kit (38.77 USD on Amazon) and the case
  • the pen doesn’t fit with the loop on the top side of the tablet (i was so surprised!)

Conclusion: 4.5/5

I enjoy using it so far and i don’t mind the small size because all i’m doing is touching up my scanned handmade works. If you plan to use it mainly for digital art, i recommended the bigger one (medium size) instead.

Keep Calm and Be Creative!

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Source: Tablet image is from http://www.reichelt.de/

https://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-tablets/intuos-comic

[Book] Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design

I backed Fashionary’s campaign on Kickstarter for vector templates and the FASHIONPEDIA – The Ultimate Fashion Bible. This book is 49.90 USD but worths every penny!

It consists of 8 chapters as the following:

Chapter 1: Fashion History & Style

  • Fashion and World History – timeline between 1900s to 2010s
  • Fashion Style and Silhouette – popular fashion trends from 5th Centuries to 1990s

Chapter 2: Apparel

  • Names, pictures and measurements of Jacket, Coat & outerwear, Shirt, Blouse & other tops, Dress, Vest, Sweater & cardigan, Danim & jeans, Pants, Skirt, Jumpsuit & overall, Suit, Sleepwear & nightwear, and Underwear

Chapter 3: Detail

  • Names and pictures of Neckline, Collar, Lapel, Sleeve, Cuff, Opening, and Pocket
  • Detail components of Jacket, Shirt, Pants, and Jeans

Chapter 4: Accessories

  • Types (with names and pictures) of Hat & cap, Mask, Eyewear, Tie, Scraf, Bag, Wallet, Watch, Gloves, Hand fan, Belt, Hosiery (socks, stockings, & tights), Shoes, Gem, Ring, Body piercing & earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, and Other accessories

Chapter 5: Textile

  • Classifications and terminologies of Fibre, Yarn, Fabric (woven, knit & nonwoven), Leather, and Lace
  • Types of Finishing (dyeing & printing), and Fabric patterns
  • Organic textile and labels
  • Suggested guide for fabric selection and dictionary

Chapter 6: Manufacturing

  • Product development: Planning -> Development -> Presentation
  • Design studio and factory
  • Flat pattern markings
  • Sewing detail (darts, pleats, tucks, gathering) and classes of stitch, seam, hem & other edge finishings
  • Embellishment: buttons, buckles & sliders, hooks, zippers etc.
  • Common germent labels, description and placement positions
  • Types of packaging
  • Fabric sourcing

Chapter 7: Body & Beauty

  • Body terminologies and shapes
  • Common hairstyles, hair accessories and comb types
  • Makeup, products, tools and nail styles
  • Classification of perfume and aromatic sources

Chapter 8: Measurement & Care

  • Body measurements and standard hat/shoe sizes
  • Care labeling and fabric care

In my opinion, it’s not only useful for fashion designers but also for artists/illustrators… like myself. While reading it, i found myself learning English terminologies related to clothing,  accessories, body types, and hairstyles along the way. So, it’s the best Fashion reference book i’ve ever own! Highly recommended. 😀

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Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design

Author: Fashionary

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Fashionary (2016)

Language: English

Source: Book image is from Fashionary.org

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[Travel] Dinosaur Planet Bangkok

When i was a kid, i loved dinosaurs! I read all about them, memorised their names and drew them on my school books. 😀 Anyway, I discovered that there were going to build an temporary dinosaur theme park near my office and BTS Phrom Phong. So, once it finished i decided to check it out!

The entrance fee is 600 THB for adult and 400 THB for kid. My friend and i got 50% discount coupons from a bread shop. (Spent 250 THB at the bread shop, got 1 coupon) So, we paid 300 THB each. With the ticket, you can play every attractions inside for fee, except Dino Eye (ferris wheel) and Dino Farm (dinosaur ride for kids). I tried most of the park rides/activities. They are interesting but too kid-oriented for me. If i have to pay full price, i wouldn’t have come in the first place! 600 THB is too expensive for what we’ve actually got. I recommended finding at least 30% discount coupon, then it could be worth it.

http://www.dinosaurplanet.net/

[Lifestyle] City Backpacker Vol. 2

After got my hands on the famous and popular Kanken backpack, i’m now addicted to backpacks and bought more! I was torn between two brands, Hershel Supply Co. from Canada and Carrot Company’s anello EST. 2005 from Japan. But after I saw my friend using an anello backpack on our 4-days trip to Taipei, i decided to get one. I couldn’t find the right colour from any shop in Thailand, so i ordered it directly from Japan. It’s a bit more expensive, plus shipping and custom, but i’m super happy with the one i got! 😀

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I bought the regular size one, Light Grey x Black colours. It looks small but comes with high capacity! The bag is very light and waterproof. There are 2 compartment, a main large one and a small one on the front where i put my small items like train cards, office access card and etc. There is also a zipper at the back so that i can access my stuff without having to open from the top. Very convenience, indeed! 😉

There is a mini size as well but it’s too small for me (and my stuff). LOL Btw, if you are interested in one, i recommended “Onimaru Shop”, “Choose ME” or “Nukoy Shop” , as there are so many fake ones in the market right now. Please, beware!

http://www.onimaru-shop.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Choose.ME.again/

https://www.facebook.com/nukoyfb/

Anyway, check out my 1st City Backpack, Fjallraven Kanken No.2 (Deep Red) here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/city-backpacker/

[Tech] Jawbone UP2, my 2nd Activity Tracker!

I broke my first activity tracker within 6 months after started using it… Sadly enough! I loved the Misfit Flash but it was too fragile for my taste. Nonetheless, it’s a good product. You can read the review here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/misfit-flash-my-1st-activity-tracker/

My in-laws decided to get me another one and this time it’s the UP2 from Jawbone!

Pro: I like the look and feel of it. 🙂 The band is quite thin like a bracelet, so i can wear it with my watch. The band is pretty smart. It automatically detects my workout without needed to be logged manually. Moreover, “UP” on IOS is the best app of them all! Jawbone really does it right. I also benefits from the “UP Coffee” where i can track my caffeine intake and associate the data with my sleep patterns from the main app. Great feature!

Con: I have to charge it every week as the battery will last about 7-8 days in my experience. Unlike the Misfit Flash, the UP2 is only water resistant. (Showering is fine actually.) I wish the band is waterproof, so that i can swim with it.

Conclusion: 4/5

I love it! However, i wish there is a better product out there… maybe the combination of Misfit Flash/Shine and Jawbone UP2 would be a perfect one! LOL

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https://jawbone.com/fitness-tracker/up2