On my trip to Salzburg, I went to Haus der Natur, one of the top attractions in the city. The museum presents nature at its most exciting: from fascinating underwater worlds in the aquarium to extraterrestrial experiences in the outer space hall, from colossal dinosaurs from a bygone age to a journey into the human body. Another highlight is this treasure room: magnificent precious and semi-precious stones in their natural crystal form are organized neatly on display.
So so many rare minerals that I had never known before. I literally spent hours just to go through this section, checking out all of the crystals throughout the whole world. Enjoy this slideshow below:
A corner with all glow-in-the-dark stones! How cool!
Here we are at the last stop of my journey: Budapest - the capital and the most populous city of Hungary. After 10 days of traveling from Prague, Salzburg and Vienna, I decided to explore this city at a slow pace for the remaining 6 days...
Buda Castle Disctrict
I took public bus up to Castle Hill and wandered around the district on foot. Two of the must-visit tourist attractions are Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion, which are just side by side. There are many cafés (Starbucks as well) and restaurants to stop for some refreshment. I loved checking out some Hungarian art and design shops, and also went in the Hungarian National Gallery before going down to cross the Chain Bridge back to the Pest side.
Váci Street - the most renowned pedestrian shopping street of Budapest, as well as souvenir shops and restaurants.
Shoes on the Danube Bank
The Hungarian Parliament Building, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and it is still the tallest building in Budapest.
Had a Sunday brunch at Grand Café Budapest 🍽️ and continued my way at Andrassy Avenue.
Heroes' Square / Hungarian Folk Art / City Park
One of Budapest landmarks - Heroes' Square (Hősök tere). From far I can see there is another museum-like building just beside the square. The hanging poster written "Hand | Craft | Art". Went in out of curiosity, so it is a National Salon exhibition which currently features fresh Hungarian folk art of all kinds. 😍
After finished exploring the site, walked through the park, and hey what a coincidence there's children playground and outdoor market selling foodies and beverages. People are enjoying a summer Sunday!
Central Market Hall
Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, built in the neo-Gothic style, offers a variety of food stalls, from fresh vegetables, fowl and meat to wine and liquor shops. I had this yummy Goulash Soup and a plate of European noodle for lunch.
Fascinating day trip to Szentendre, a cute little town in the outskirt of Budapest. It has quite a few handmade, design houses, art galleries, gift shops and cafés which could spend hours walking around. Go by train, back by boat. Perfect! ☀️
P.S. If you're on planning and need more guidance going to Szentendre, why don't you check out this post by Audrey Bergner.
Goodbye my dear bagcharm~ After 2 weeks "following" me on this Europe trip, been asked several times by the passerby, I literally sold this piece to Gabriella - a shop owner in Szentendre who sells handmade things related to lavender. The fragrance from her shop is so tempting and certainly can't hold myself not to get in. While exploring all of her stuff, she kept her eyes on my bagcharm and asked if she could purchase it. 😆
We all love beautiful handmade things, don't we? 😄
Leaving Salzburg, I took Westbahn train to the capital city of Austria - Vienna. However, I'll do a quick recap for Vienna trip since I only have 2 short days to explore this artistic city (which I regret, should have added another day here!). Same as in the previous two cities, I bought Vienna Pass which gives us free entry to over 60 top attractions. I had a tight schedule for such limited time, so I decided to chose these places for my first time visit: Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere, Leopold Museum, Time Travel Vienna, Sisi Museum, Albertina, House of Music, and Natural History Museum Vienna. Btw, it's getting hot in Vienna near the last week of May... ☀️
Schönbrunn Palace and its surrounding
Schönbrunn Palace was the former summer residence of the Habsburgs. To be honest, I never fond of history, but listening to the audio guide while touring through each room at the palace makes me curious about the story of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
Not only the palace, there are other sightseeing around this area as well, such as: Apple Strudel Show, Imperial Carriage Museum, Children's Museum, Marionetten Theater, Maze & Labyrinth, Gloriette, Schonbrunner Gardens, Desert House, Zoo Vienna, etc, etc...
The Leopold Museum, housed in the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria, is home to one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art. One of the artists who currently exhibits his works is Anton Romako. Oh I love his works and the story behind each of his paintings.
The House of Music is a modern interactive experimental museum. Five floors are dedicated to the presentation of the fascinating world of music and sound. The third floor takes us back to the days of the great Viennese composers. Each room focuses on the life and work of different composer and surrounds with the sound of his music. They are: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss, and Gustav Mahler.
The history of the earth and the breathtaking variety of nature can be practically experienced due to 20 million objects. From insects to gemstones and minerals and pterodactyls, the Habsburgs united everything under the roof of this museum. Numerous taxidermy specimens of animals that are either extinct or threatened with extinction make the collection all more valuable.
What can I say more... Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.
Let's continue the journey to Budapest...
From Prague, I took a train to Salzburg and fell in love with this city from the first time I arrived the station. Salzburg is widely known as the City of Mozart & The Sound of Music, where every gift shop offers souvenirs that relate to both icons. I had two full days to feel Salzburg, and here are some hot places that I went: Mirabell Palace, Mozart's Birthplace, Mozart's Residence, Mozart Statue, DomQuartier Salzburg, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains, Folklore Museum, Museum of Modern Art - Mönchsberg, and Museum of Nature and Technology.
Mirabell Palace & Mirabell Gardens (Schloss Mirabell & Mirabellgarten)
Mirabell Gardens is one of the most important shooting locations from the famous Hollywood musical movie “The Sound of Music”.
Mozart's Birthplace (Mozart Geburtshaus) / Mozart's Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) / Mozart Statue (Mozartplatz)
Visited three historical Mozart sites in Salzburg reminds me when making "I am Music" collection almost 2 years ago.. 😄 The two museums exhibit all that are related to the Mozart family.
Love Locks Bridge
Beautiful pedestrian bridge over the Salzach connects the old town to the city and is festooned with thousands of colorful love-locks. In summer, there are a lot of handmade items and food stalls near the old town side of the bridge along the river bank.
Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on the Festungsberg, high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district. It is the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe dating from the 11th century.
Hellbrunn Palace has enchanted and amazed us with its trick fountains. A unique experience with water-powered figures and hidden water jets surprised along the guided tour. Behind the palace walls of Hellbrunn, there are meadows, ponds, a big playground, and green spaces invite guests to relax and take a deep refreshing breath. Also, there is the gazebo in which Liesl and Franz sang to each other in the movie "The Sound of Music".
A massive, interactive science & natural history museum, which also offers an aquarium & reptile zoo. There's a huge well-displayed mineral (stone, crystal, fossil) section and I separated a special blog post just for it. I spent hours just to check out all mineral sections, until it was closed 😂. This museum is so fun and interesting! A super recommended place to visit in Salzburg.
In addition, there are a few cute stores in Salzburg that sells Christmas and Easter decorations 😍🎄🐇😍
Coming on, Art in Vienna...
There is a Chinese idiom "休息是為了走更長的路" which means: "Taking a break is for accomplishing a longer journey".. 💃💃
So this year as well, I took a two-week solo holiday went to 4 beautiful cities in Europe: Prague - Salzburg - Vienna - Budapest 🛫
Let's discover my first stop: Prague - the capital and the largest city in Czech Republic. Once I arrived at the airport, I purchased a 3 Days Prague Card. It is a sightseeing pass which gives you an outstanding way to explore everything the city has to offer with free entry to major attractions. Because of jet lag, I woke up early the next morning and started exploring the city center. I hop on the free bus city tour and went up to Prague Castle.
Prague Castle and its surrounding
One of must-visit places in Prague is of course... the castle! I got my ticket which includes St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane (my favorite!), Daliborka Tower, and a nice view overlooking Prague city. After spending the whole afternoon strolling around castle area, I walked down to Charles Bridge (Karlův most), the famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. It was a pouring day, yet beautiful views on both sides the bridge are still mesmerizing!
Bohemian Garnet Museum
Not far from Charles Bridge, there is Bohemian Garnet Museum. Of course, I wouldn't miss it! I'm very happy to spend some time here to learn something new about Garnet - the January birthstone. The red wine color of Czech Garnets are indeed more vibrant than other Garnets in particular. Thank you very much Clodi for your detail explanation and superb service! You're my first friend in Prague! =D
The next morning, I took the funicular up to Petřín Hill for some fresh air. There are Petřín Lookout Tower - mini size (five times smaller) Eiffel Tower, Mirror Maze, Astronomical Observatory and many gardens in this area.
Old Town Square
The most popular tourist spot in Prague is the Old Town Square. There are many cafes around, the chocolate museum, souvenir shops, etc. I took these bird's eye view pictures from the tower's viewing gallery at the Old Town Hall - a historical seat of Prague's municipal government. Inside the building, we can tour the chapel and state rooms.
I decided to visit the zoo since I have one more day to spend in Prague. To my surprise, there is an Indonesia pavilion introduces our species and moreover, it is located near the entrance. Suddenly I feel proud being an Indonesian.. haha! And hey a Czech beer while strolling inside the zoo? Not a bad idea~ 🍺😆
If it weren't because of Prague Card, I would not have this precious chance to visit so many museums, zoo, and rode all the convenient public transportation in the city.
Other galleries and museums that I visited: The National Gallery in Prague, The National Museum (Národní muzeum), The City of Prague Museum, Jewish Museum, Lapidarium, Vyšehrad Castle, etc.
Found a stall selling raw stones and crystals while strolling around Jewish Museum. Can't hold myself not to purchase! Teehee.. 😁 looks like my collection is getting bigger after this trip!
Next, let's move to Austria: The Sound of Salzburg.
It's been 2 years since the last time we joined market fair in Jakarta... THIS WEEK! We'll be joining Jakarta International Jewellery Fair.
Venue: Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
Date: 19 - 22 April 2018 (Thu-Sun)
Booth: Assembly Hall, No.B12H
I will try to bring all jewelry designs that currently in stock, and some you might never seen! If you're in Jakarta, do spare a day to come and visit our booth! See you there~
And the week after, we will get ourselves ready for INACRAFT - the biggest and the most complete exhibition of gifts and housewares in Indonesia.
Venue: Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
Date: 25 - 29 April 2018 (Wed-Sun)
Booth: Main Lobby, No.62
Since it is an art and craft fair, we prepare something extraordinary!
Remember my earlier posts in IG regarding our collaboration in making geometric glass decor with Innovative Art? So we decided to make this project as a DIY for you, and only available at INACRAFT! You will be able to choose the type of container you like (we prepared 8 kinds of geometric & glasses), sands, stone chips, and corn husk flowers. With over 40 types of selection to choose, I'm sure this gonna be super fun! You can bring home your materials and do it in your free time, or craft it at the spot! How fun is that! We call this project: "DIY MINI GARDEN".
So few days ago we're making some samples and prepared all the necessary tools to make... 💃🏻🛠️💃🏻🛠️
Curious about this Mini Garden? Follow our Instagram @treecraftdiary and stay tune for our daily posts ^^
Not only DIY Mini Garden, I also prepare a lot, A LOT of new gemstone bagcharms/keychains with special price! So do spend a day or two to come and visit our booth!
Marking the 6th anniversary of Tree Craft Diary, we moved to a brand new studio!
I still remember when I first started Tree Craft Diary in Singapore 6 years ago, all equipment fitly stored in just one small toolbox. Six months later, I moved back to Jakarta and the table in my bedroom was my working desk. Things got so packed that a year and a half after, I moved to a shared office room and began nesting happily there, working day and night. Year after year, my inventories getting larger and clearly the space is (again) getting smaller. My working desk barely had enough space to breath... 😅
Until a month ago, after returning from material hunting which apparently a lot more new stuff coming in... I thought hey I think it's time for a larger space! Luckily there is an empty room in the house that I can use. So I planned the room layout, picked wall paint colors, went to IKEA back and forth, and with some help from my parents, Tree Craft Diary brand new studio is now ready for action! Yuhuuuuu!!!
I am pretty sure I'll get more creative and inspiration working here! XD
A part of raw stone & crystal collection from all over the world which been collected for nearly 6 years
My favorite painting illustrates Jeju forest scene by a Korean artist who lives in Jeju Island
So what do you think of Tree Craft Diary studio? =D
We'd love to see some snaps of you with our jewelry
We hope you'll post them on Instagram, tag @treecraftdiary with hashtag #StyleWithGems
We oftentimes share it on our own feed :)
P.S. Can't wait to see how you'd style them with!
🤩 I am beyond happy these days!!! So fortunate to meet Thunder 천둥 few days ago at CGV Slipi Jaya back door with Caitlin when they're promoting their latest movie: Forever Holiday in Bali. Not only shined in becoming multi-talented Korean idol as a singer, dancer and actor, Thunder is so cute and handsome, he smiles all the time! 😊😊😊 My hands were trembling when I helped him to wear my handmade bracelet as a gift.. ㅋㅋ (look at his wrist! 😆) I gave him a Scott Bracelet (Tiger’s Eye and genuine leather combination), hope you’ll like it and wear it often to bring you luck and prosperity. For her sister Sandara, I give one-of-a-kind druzy crystal necklace as a gift, let’s hope she likes it! 🎁❤️ Thank you Thunder for being a kind messenger. We wish you have a great time in Indonesia, and can’t wait for the release of your new works!
Caitlin Halderman is soooo pretty and beautiful and super nice! Really! Before entering the cinema to watch this movie the second time (yes, I've watched it twice in a week!), I reached her at the back door and handed out my gift, a special druzy crystal necklace that I prepared earlier. She's so adorable, happily accept my gift and thanking me like so many times. Thanks Cait, you made my day! 🌞 Needless to say that her acting in the movie is great and so natural. I hope you take lots of rest and get well soon though!
P.S. We’re wearing matchy clothes! Aha! 😆
It’s their last roadshow in Jakarta promoting Forever Holiday In Bali presented by Sonamu Films, the first Indonesia-Korea collaboration movie. It’s a fun love story, where scenes were taken in Bali (yes lots of beaches with cliffs, white sands, trees.. hehe) which seriously makes me want to go to Bali for holiday! Please watch our local-made movie and give your best support to the actors, actress and production team who had worked hard all this time. Making a movie apparently is not easy.
As most of my friends know, I am very enthusiastic and excited about this kind of multinational collaboration, hoping there will be many more to come! I do wish that my works can take part in such project, whether in drama, movie, or magazine. That’s my dream and yes I dare to dream! 💪
So for stylists, if you need fresh idea for accessories and jewelry, or design-related, please reach me and let’s work together! 😉
Tonight would be the first FULL MOON in 2018 🌕
Crystals have the ability absorb and hold unique energies, both positive and negative. So its important to cleanse them often and the full moon is the perfect time to do this. When we say "cleanse" in this context, it's on a energetic level, not just cleaning the dust off them. Many people believe that the full moon can clear a crystal's energy and recharge the positive energies it holds.
On the full moon, set your crystals outdoors or on a windowsill where it will be bathed in moonlight, and leave them out until morning. The moon cycle is a great regular reminder to keep your stones neat and tidy. Approximate time: 8-12 hours.
I'm sure you have lots of questions about cleansing and re-tuning your crystals with full moon energy. Why you don't check this complete guide from Crystal Guidance. Other than full moon, there are also many other ways to cleanse the crystals. Check this post to find out more, as well as the list of crystals that don't need cleansing, crystals that don't like water and sunlight.
P.S. Here's my Crystals Love Moonlight blog post recapping from Crystal Guidance.
Every the end of the year, I always look forward to Pantone to release their official color for the upcoming year. (Here is the post introducing our creations inspired from Color of the Year 2017). Now let's take a peek at Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet
A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Source: Pantone
Cosmic Sky Bracelet is designed with Charoite tumbled stones in enigmatic blue-based purple hue that evokes the inventive spirit and imaginative thinking. The infinite symbol and dimensional star charm are connected to mimic the exploration of greater galaxy. Bracelet is in stainless steel fancy box chain with lobster clasp closure.
P.S. Charoite is the “Stone of Transformation”. Use it to transform negative emotions such as anger and fear into positive feelings. As part of the transformation process it allows release of those negative emotions. It is also a stone of inspiration, bringing enhanced creativity, spiritual growth, and showing new possibilities even in old situations.
We only have several pieces left! Grab it fast to collect this Pantone inspired jewelry collection made of real gemstones.
Few days after Pinkoi Market, journey continued to Pop Up Asia. Remember my post last year that I shared about the first year of PUA? This year I decided to join in their second year, which is bigger and more activities like workshops and international forums.
In 松山文創園區 Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, 亞洲手創展 Pop Up Asia officially started with the opening of 최루시아 Lucia's performance with her calligraphy moves. In front of a group of media and audience, she wrote the word: "POP UP ASIA". Below is the rehearsal video a night before. I did Instastory that day but forgot to save the video (sorry.. >.<).
Mighty Lucia performed two times that day! Another one was at the opening night party, in the evening right after we called the day. This time she wrote: "손으로 만드는 세상", which means: Handmade World.
Lucia and I shared the same booth in warehouse #3, while our other friends set up booths in separate warehouse next to us. There are many familiar brands attending this year as well: 木梁作 Muliangzuo - the art of wood & metal fusion, DoDo 手作 - animal drawn ceramic dishes, 匠子設計 ChanZ Studio - marble home decor, 小房子裝可愛手作村 BJ Art Village - mini houses pottery, 右手超人 Yohand - cute illustrations, 麥戈 Magger - from and for bulldog lovers, Spruce Artistry - indigo style hand-dyed fabric, 날닭 Naldak - all about chicken, Hanaduri - handmade soap, Haeiz Mundle - pattern maker, 책짓기 Chaekjitgi - pop-up book artists (our good friends!), Luvinball - magical snowball jewelry, Liunic On Things - illustrations for the connoisseurs of cute (the only other brand from Indonesia) , and many more local and international brands from Asian countries.
Although I've expressed my gratitude several times in Facebook and Instagram, but still, I'd like to thank my friends who helped me during four days in Pop Up Asia..
Thanks to Ben for lending me your super pro LED light! Without you my booth will be very dark!
Thanks to Choe In-ho for coming all your way from Korea to support us
Thanks to 이제 for lending me your big mirror, dried flowers, chairs, and bought super nice lunch!
Thanks to 維尼 for your pineapple cakes. Yumm..
Thanks to Yaching for coming from Keelung to meet me (*hug)
Thanks to 책짓기 윤혜 for your fruits, 우리 for joining my workshop, and 오인 for buying a bracelet from me. Love y'all! ❤️
Very happy to meet Mickey Huang 黃子佼大哥, a famous Taiwanese TV host, comedian, actor and entrepreneur. My name was called three times! Haha! XD
I also did some workshops, teaching how to make necklace and bracelet with their own selection of stones and materials. I then suggested the design and guided each student how to make it into final pieces. Attendees are from Macau, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was fun! 🤩
Our days won't be complete without having dinner together! We surely get together every night, keep smiling and laughing even for the simplest thing, because happiness is handmade. 😊
We make handmade, give handmade, buy handmade, live handmade #讓喜歡的事成為生活
Thank you Pop Up Asia! Till we meet again! ^^
It's been 3 weeks since I joined Pinkoi Market 品品市集・台北聖誕站 in Taiwan, and it is one of the best experiences I have!
Let me start from a night before the main event. We're honored to visit Pinkoi HQ and met many new friends, local and overseas artists and brands. We briefly introduced ourselves and our products, and played games prepared by Pinkoi team. It was a very interesting moment especially for overseas artists like me, getting to know each other and jump into the mood since most of us were just arrived Taipei.
Next day, I arrived pretty early to Huashan Creative Park 華山文創園區 where this 2-days event took place to set up the booth. The hall was decked with crafty decors and Christmas-y banners since it's a Xmas edition market. Over 120+ booths neatly spread in rows. Moreover, there were also live paintings and variety of workshops.
Look at everyone's preparing their best before the gate opened for public! XD
And here comes the most interesting part.. The crowd was massive! Long queue surrounding the hall had begun before the market started. Even though it was raining the whole day on both days, but seriously, the queue never ends, and needless to say that the crowd inside the hall was crazy. Really glad to see everyone supporting handmade artists!
Below is the conversation I had with Wendy, Studio Cewemic from Hong Kong who makes cute ceramic decoration products. Her booth was at the first front row, while mine was far at the back. It proves how amazing Pinkoi Market is! ^^
Been participated in various events at overseas countries for years, making more and more stall friends who work in the same field. Thank you my friends for the food & drinks, and for lending me a hand whenever I need help!
I definitely had a great time with Pinkoi and I think they really did a great job! From the moment I was accepted in this Pinkoi Market, all the information they provided are crystal clear. Thank you Pinkoi staff, thank you Raffi for visiting my booth to ask if everything's okay even though you were super busy! Big applause to PINKOI! 👏👏👏
🔎 Visit my Pinkoi Shop: www.pinkoi.com/store/tree-craft-diary
P.S. Use this referral link if you want to open a shop in Pinkoi ;)
We're preparing our best, going to Taiwan to participate in two international-scale handmade markets in Taipei! So excited to meet friendly Taiwan citizen over the next two weeks!
1. Pinkoi Market 品品市集
Date: 18 - 19 November 2017
Venue: 華山1914文化創意產業園區 (東二四連棟) / Huashan Creative Park (East Area)
Address: No.1, Bade Road Sec.1, Zhong Zhen Dist., Taipei City
2. Pop Up Asia
Date: 23 - 26 November 2017
Venue: 松山文創園區 三、四號倉庫 / Songshan Cultural Creative Park, Warehouse 3 & 4
Address: 1/223, Guangfu South Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
During 4 days in Pop Up Asia, I will be doing one-hour workshops as well:
11/23 - Making necklace with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/24 - Making bracelet with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/25 - Making necklace with your own selection of natural stone and charm
11/26 - Making bracelet with your own selection of natural stone and charm
Time: 12:00 - 13:00, Table E
This workshop suitable for beginners. I will guide all the process of designing and making to match your favorite final piece.
In this diary I'm going to write a quick recap of my Seoul trip in autumn 2017 for my personal record, but of course, you are very welcome to read through and enjoy every pic of them!
Seoul Fashion Week
It was a bright Saturday and also the last day of 18S/S Seoul Fashion Week, which is held two times a year in DDP. The venue was packed with people, Korean, foreigners and visitors, always crowded, but it's interesting to feel the vibe and see all well-dressed fashionistas gathered, and photographers hunted for perfect model shots. 📸 This was my third times visiting Seoul Fashion Week and never get bored to see what's new in the world of fashion.
Not far from Seoul, Lucia and I went to Paju 파주 by bus and it only takes about 40 minutes. Paju Book City is a cultural complex entirely devoted to the creation, publication, merchandising and sales of Korean books. See how amazing with the number of books they have!
After that, we went to Heyri Art Valley 헤이리 예술마을. Korean artists of various field of work such as writers, painters, actors, architects and musicians constructed the cultural town of Heyri. Within this community, there are residences, workrooms, art galleries and museums. Paju is also a popular filming location for a number of K-dramas, music videos and movies. In fact, there was a drama shooting going on in a coffee shop when we were strolling around the village.
White Table Art Fair
Our friend, Mr. Jang Hyeong Sun 장형순 just released a new book "Arus on the Hill" 언덕위의아루스. He is a paper model artist with numerous years of experience. I see a child with full of great imagination inside Mr. Jang that allows him to create the strong character of Arus. During 10 days, he exhibits his works in a pop up show - White Table Art Fair, along with other beautiful creations of Korean artists.
Other artist's works that caught my eyes are the photo gallery showcased by Mr. Kim Dae Nam 김대남, a Korean photographer whom 6 years ago came to Yogyakarta and took over 100+ pictures of "Pos Kamling". He said: "There is no such post in Korea, it is something different yet interesting". He even filed up the history and origin of Pos Kamling. At the other day, we visited his gallery in Bang Bae, and when I listened to his story about his trip to Indonesia, I know he loves Indonesia people and our culture.
Ilsan Lake Park
Autumn in Ilsan Lake Park 일산호수공원 is really amazing! 🍁🌾🍂 It was a super windy day when I arrived in the late afternoon. There is a small size Rose Garden as part of the park (big size is in Million Rose Blossom Garden in Bucheon), so I took the advantage of these beautiful roses and did a mini collection shot for these new druzy necklaces. Love how the colors match each other!
Stone 303 Studio
Was just intended to visit and take a look at friend's studio in Gangnam area, Choi In-ho 최인호 from Stone 303 who is a professional scene & stage photographer, ended up I have some new prof pics to choose now haha! 😆 I surely had a great time in your studio!
I think autumn is the best time to travel to South Korea. The above slideshow explains it all!
Together with my artist friends Ahn Yun-hye 안윤혜 & Yun Sang-ji 윤상지, we went for a one full day healing tour to Damyang 담양. We booked a bus tour departed from Seoul and took us nearly 4 hours to Damyang. Here are the 3 major tourist sites that we visited, plus that yummy Tteokgalbi lunch! ㅋㅋ
1. Metasequoia Forest 메타세콰이어 숲 길
2. Bamboo Forest 죽녹원
3. Gangcheonsan County Park 순창 강천산
Seriously incredible to see the trees and leaves in autumn color hue! 🌳🍂🍁
How did I get this idea you ask? Well.. there was one day when things did not go according to plan and I was disappointed, a friend of mine shed a light and gave me this fascinating concept idea..
[ Blackcellence ] - A cool jewelry collection that utilizes black color gemstones combine with warm color shade crystals. Lately, I keep receiving feedback and high demand for men accessories. So I thought this collection would be perfect to generate new designs that would appeal to both men and women. After all, you can't go wrong in wearing black. And hey, black is a lifestyle! 😎
Let me introduce the black stones that involve in this series. There are: Lava, Onyx, black Agate, Tektite, Hematite, Cat's Eye; in conjunction of daring red hue: Coral and Strawberry Quartz, gentle pink: Rose Quartz and Pink Opal, and mild yellow: Citrine and Yellow Fluorite. Other incorporate crystals such as: Smoky Quartz, Tiger's Eye, Moonstone, and Shell.
Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience. They have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.
Other than that, as part of Blackcellence, I also launch new combination bracelet designs that merge with genuine leather strap. Nice eh? 🤗 They are absolutely perfect for your everyday wear, and I believe you'll never run out of style!
I AM LIMITED EDITION. ARE YOU?
ASEAN PLUS THREE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS FORUM
"Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community"
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 23-25 August 2017
SOKHA Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence
It was truly an honor for us to be invited to participate in this APT Young Entrepreneurs Forum at Phnom Penh. The 2 days forum which started with opening ceremony by Mr. Rommel Gerodias (representative from the Philippines) - President of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council / Sauber Professionals Inc., Ms. Kyoung A Eun (representative from Korea) - President of Korea Entrepreneurship; CeraArtCo., Ltd., H.E. Reach Ra (representative from Cambodia) - Under-Secretary of State; Ministry of Commerce, and opening remarks by H.E. Dr. Sok Siphana - Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia.
The sessions divided into 4 parts:
1. Overview of ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation: Trade and Economic Challenges and Opportunities after the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015
2. Roles of Young and Women in SMEs Development, Exports and Innovation in East Asia
3. Mobilizing Resources to Support Young and Women in SMEs Development in East Asia
4. Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community
Allow me to introduce the 8 participants of successful young entrepreneurs from Indonesia:
P.S. Thank you Ivan as our representative from Indonesia for the great introduction of young and women entrepreneurs breakthrough in Indonesia. You rock!
Thank you so much to all of Cambodian organizers for your kind hospitality. We surely had a great time during these 3 days. Special thanks to Faye who created the Facebook group which makes all of us even closer. We hope to see you again soon!
Last but not least, to all of the delegates:
WELCOME TO INDONESIA!
There is always, always something to be thankful for..
4-days of 핸드메이드코리아 Handmade Korea Summer 2017 which took place in COEX Hall C - Seoul, S.Korea; 20-23 July 2017 has finally come to an end. This year we're collaborating together with my artist friends: Yeung Draw and Miss Times from Hong Kong, and Roomism from Singapore, which makes our booth name: "IDxHKxSG" (stands for Indonesia x Hong Kong x Singapore).
A year ago, I joined HMK together with Meet Lucia (read this diary), and was very happy to experience that bonding between the locals and overseas artists. Without any doubt, this year I decided to once again take part in this event and it was beyond fantastic! This time, HMK expanded its categories, not only handmade classification which includes drawing, sculpture, illustration, calligraphy, DIY experience class, quilt and sewing; but also goes further to living interior, fashion and beauty, food town and book art. Yes, the hall is BIG and super crowded with people. I witnessed the long queue in front of the hall before the gate was open to public!
Other than four of us, there are many other overseas artists participated as well: HamiiG Hong Kong artists with Mike Ha as the leader, Astha, Yukari and DaYeon who support Women for Women Nepal, Olfac3 Malaysia's signature perfumery house, talented visual artist Cristjen Lai and Chai Diam Ma who runs an artspace+cafe in Malaysia, Yoko Saito who draws Antenna Diary from Japan, Turk Kultur Merezi from Turkey displaying unique handmade Turkish dishes whose booth was just next to us, C Plus Culture from Taiwan who brought the spirit of Pop Up Asia, my good friend 최루시아 Lucia Choi whose booth was just right behind us and that she took care all of the overseas artists (thank you so much!). Last but not least, and for the first time, there were 24 Indonesian artists in Indonesia Pavilion brought by Deka Event.
Also, I met the most famous Korean fashion designer, 이상봉 Mr. Lie Sang Bong for the second time! Two years ago, I greeted him when I had exhibition in Indonesia Fashion Week 2015. He still remembers me when I showed him the picture. 😄 It was nice meeting you again!
We had a great night with other overseas artists after the end of the third day! We shared our backgrounds and experiences, we talked about our countries, and undoubtedly, we're trying to help each other to find a way reaching our dreams. 🌟🌟🌟
Thanks for the delicious dinner, beer and wine, and of course, this precious opportunity that you arranged for us, Ms. Kim Urah 대표님. We really appreciate it! 🤗 감사합니다~
I feel a deep sense of gratitude for meeting my old friends who came over, and of course, appreciate every moment of having the chance in making new connections and friends.
We are from different countries in the world but we all have dreams and share the same smiles. :)
Until next time... IDxHKxSG
I'm busy working on some custom designs lately! So happy and appreciate to my regular customers who put trust on me, asked me to design without restrictions, hence allowed me to freely choose the complimentary charms, stones and crystals that match with each theme. Eventually, they turn out to be pretty pieces! Genuine conversations always make things easier to find through one's preferences.
Thank you! ❤️#tcdhappyfriends 😊
After spending one week at Melbourne, my next destination is Sydney for another week!
The weather in Sydney is apparently much warmer than Melbourne 🌞. On my first day, of course, went to the famous Sydney Opera House overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge, and fresh Royal Botanic Garden which located just beside the Opera House. I brought some of my jewelry pieces with me that day, was intended to take nice outdoor pictures with leafy garden background, but sadly it was raining and I forgot to bring my umbrella! Aaaa....☔️
On the other side of Circular Quay, there is The Rocks market, another must-visit place if you're in town! Besides cafes and food stalls, there you'll find passionate people selling things such as dresses and bags designed by the stallholder, one-off jewelry, original artworks and prints in a cool, relaxed environment.
The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in color. I booked a tour to Blue Mountain, but actually, it's not difficult to get here by yourself (via public transportation). There are hop on and off buses which take you to several tourist spots in Blue Mountains area without hassle. Once there, you should take the Scenic Skyway, Scenicsender and the Steepest Railway to see the breathtaking views of Katoomba mountain villages and the famous Three Sisters Rocks. Such a fresh mountain air!
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting
First, I'm not a drinker, but I was so curious for this wine-tasting tour and before I knew it, I booked this super memorable tour. We traveled down to Hunter Valley about 2 hours drive from Sydney CBD. It is one of Australia's best wine regions (another one is Yarra Valley in Melbourne), known for its internationally acclaimed Semillon, family-owned wineries, innovative young winemakers, delicious restaurants and fresh produce. We visited 3 different boutique wineries and tasted over 20 wine varieties.. Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho (read: red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sweet wine 😆). OK I almost drunk! 🍸🍾😵
The Finders Keepers Sydney
Besides Markit in Melbourne, this is the second handmade market I visited in Australia.
The Finders Keepers is a design market that features the works of independent makers from across Australia, with new sellers being showcased at each event. Every time I scrolled their posts on Instagram, I always thought how nice would it be if I can go and check out myself, and now I did it!
The Finders Keepers is more of a festival than a market. The event combines design, art, good food, live music and a fun community spirit under one awesome roof. Each stalls with their amazing product presentations are well-prepared and so professional which inspired me even more!
Bondi Beach & Art Gallery
These are the last two stops in Sydney before going back to Jakarta: Bondi Beach - Australia's most famous beach, and Art Gallery NSW - one of the most popular art museums in Australia, featuring modern and contemporary works.
And that concludes my 2-weeks beautiful journey to Australia. I'm so pleased and full of joy to feel the atmosphere of Melbourne and Sydney. Australian people are so so friendly and always greet each other with smiles 😊. Other than that, I also made new friends from Thailand, Vietnam, India, France, Malaysia and Singapore during the tours. I cherish every moment I travel to new places I've never visited before, as I can learn new things, gain fresh insight and refresh my mind. The experience is priceless!
Above all, thank you for reading! I really appreciate it! 😊
P.S. If you're planning a vacation to Australia, why don't you check out this comprehensive guide: 100 Best Things to Do in Australia by Your RV Lifestyle.
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