Doodle : Food Illustration


Other than little plants' illustrations, 
I'm having fun doing colourful foods illustration :D

It started with illustrating perfect sandwich for lunch : 2 slices of bread, cheese, fried egg, Kewpie mayo, and slices of left-over chicken. And then somehow those colourful fruit pies, pudding, napkin, and coffee came into the illustration as well. 

Eye-straining weekend, I'm going home now 

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PS : I noticed that the blogspot changed the original colour after auto-compression, making it a bit dull & greyish, so I'll post the proper version again in my Behance soon. 

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In need of freelance works on food illustration,
if you want something like this,
please send me an email : azreen_31@hotmail.com. 

DIY : Body & Lips Scrub


I have a bad skin, easily irritated by :
  • sweat
  • commercial stuffs eg: make-ups, soap, detergent
  • hormonal season - acne

My skin can vary between being too oily on some part of my face and too dry on some part of my body. I tried drinking juice every morning, also drink 2-3 bottles of water every day, take vitamin C supplement, being picky on what I put on my face and what I eat, I also own oil-blotter all the time. Name it, I can be considered taking care too much or too little, but nothing really help much. 

It's genetic, really. Some people are born with good skin, some people are not born with good and healthy skin, it's not that we don't really care on beauty regime. What I can do is control some things, so the effect won't be too bad. 

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So I always have to find ways to make some organic things on my own. Internet is the best place to learn almost anything. This time, I tried making my own body & lips scrub because boy, the price of one small bottle of commercial body scrubs in Guardian and Watson are between RM10- RM30. Plus, there are too much of weird chemical names in the ingredient that make me feel uncomfortable :F

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Note :
I use everything that I can have from my kitchen, except for lemon, that's RM 1 each. After few drops used to be added in the body scrub, I put the remaining lemon into a bottle of water for detox. Most of the western people claim that the best oil are olive and coconut oil, it's almost true, but our country produces palm oil that is almost as good as other vegetable oils in market. 

Mix everything in a bowl and pour it in a bottle. You can keep it in the fridge and take it out 1/2 hour before you take shower - so it won't be too cold. Use body scrub once or twice every week, to exfoliate your skin. Perhaps you can reduce your bills on these items that you can do yourself. 

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This is how it looks :


I love the light smell of honey and rosemary.

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Ingredients in one of commercial brand's body scrub - example :
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-39, Parfum, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Benzophenone-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, CI 17200, CI 42090, CI 19140.

Kan, it's just too much of big names for such a simple thing O.o
So maybe you can try make one yourself.

Run : Running Trails & Parks in KL area


Other than running tracks in your own home area, you can try going out to some parks or running trails. I've tried some over these past few years and I have my favorites (Taman Tasik Titiwangsa at night, Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil on weekdays and Taman Tasik Perdana - all the time). 

Here is a list of running trails that you can try:


1. Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil
Crowd : Crowded on weekend and 5-7pm on weekdays
Distance : 3 - 8km 
Level : Vary - it got normal track for beginner, and hard ones for bigger tracks and hilly
Public transportation : None
Night : Closed


2. Bukit Komenwel Bukit Jalil
Crowd : Crowded on weekend and 5-7pm on weekdays
Distance : Vary, 2 - 5km
Level : Vary, flat and hilly
Public transportation : LRT Sri Petaling & Bukit Jalil
Night : Closed


3. KLCC Park
Crowd : Very crowded - all the time
Distance : 1.3km per loop, marking tracks for every 100m
Level : Easy, synthetic rubber pavement
Public transportation : LRT KLCC
Night : Open until 10pm, well-lit, security guards


4. Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
Crowd : Crowded on weekend and 5-7pm on weekdays
Distance : 2.5km per loop
Level : Easy, flat track
Public transportation : None
Night : Open, people start running around 8.30pm, avoid running alone


5. Taman Tasik Perdana ( Botanical Garden )
Crowd : Normal, crowded on weekends
Distance : Vary, the park is huge
Level : Vary - Stairs, hills, flats
Public transportation : LRT KL Sentral
Night : Closed


6. Putrajaya
Crowd : Not so crowded except on event days
Distance : Putrajaya is huge, less car, you can try new routes every time
Level : Vary, open road, mostly flat sometimes hilly
Public Transportation : No trains, just bus
Night : It's an open road, never tried it except on events, quite calm & silent - preferably in big group


7. Taman Pemaisuri, Cheras
Crowd : Normal, crowded on weekends 
Distance : Vary, the park is huge
Level : Vary - Stairs, hills, flats
Public transportation : LRT Cheras, but you need to walk 15 mins more
Night : Not quite sure

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Running at night after work is quite new to me, but I found it quite satisfying. Less people, cold and calm, no hot sunlight, silent paths so that I can focus solely on the running. The best part is I can run 3-4 times a week after work :D If you have running partner or running group, I suggest you to try this.

Doodle : Little Girl


Other than being bullied at work for posting images not so worth the likes on Instagram and ate 3 slices of Classified Chicken pizza with with a couple of chicken wings from Dominos, nothing much happened. Work starting to line-up again now the boss is back, and there's also a rumour of good news from the company soon - *like soon-soon. 

I sketched with Intuos again last weekend at work, random image taken from Pinterest :

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Can't stay-up for movie, I need my beauty sleep. 
Good night 

Run : Goals 2015 & 3km - V2


*First written on 10th Jan,
and updated throughout the 3km-challenge.

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This year, I'm avoiding running events.

It's time to improvise my goals. I've joined 3km - 12km runs over these couple of years, managed to achieve my yearly total distance goals, and received now too many running shirts. *I actually have 13 running shirts now but less than 8 working shirts that I repeatedly use daily! I CAN'T afford to spend too much money on things that I can actually do freely anymore =.=  

So I choose to improve my fitness chart instead :

First Challenge :
Run 3 km under 15 minutes. Based on this chart, a healthy 28 years old female should at least achieve 13:55 for a 3 km run. So I'm aiming for below 15 minutes to reach a 3km run :

  • 7 Jan - Duration 20 : 32 - Pace 6:51 min/km - Calories 155
  • 9 Jan - Duration 19 : 23 - Pace 6:28  min/km - Calories 157
  • 12 Jan - Duration 19 : 17 - Pace 6:26  min/km - Calories 154 
  • 16 Jan - Duration 18 : 44 - Pace 6:15  min/km - Calories 159
  • 21 Jan - Duration 18 : 41 - Pace 6:14 min/km - Calories 159
Note : By this time, I think I need to change certain strategies like try the 3 weeks running cycle, vary the tracks and daily routines, because the pace improved only tiny bit. Or maybe I'm being too annoyingly impatient for a result ? So I'm going to add second challenge :

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Second Challenge :
Run 5k under 30 minutes. Based on the same chart, I should manage to achieve 24:40 for a 5km run. So I'm going to aim for below 30 minutes to reach 5km in a run :

  • 19 Jan - Duration 37 : 47 - Pace 7:33 min/km - Calories 249
  • 22 Jan - Duration 33 : 11 - Pace 6:38 min/km - Calories 255
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Plus point : Use runkeeper app, it's free and easy to use. You can track your distance and pace. Or you can just use timer - set up a timer using your phone/watch and reach the distance, most running parks in KL have distance indicator. 

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Why do we run?

We run from our demons and race to discover our potential. We combat middle age, forget ex-partners and escape the nine-to-five melancholy. We desire to find purpose in pain. We seek strength in solitude. We long for fraternity forged in the wilds. We believe in the power of one foot in front of the other. We love to move, for the joy of exploration knows no bounds. We seek to be humbled by nature’s surreal splendor. We honor our ancestors and our God. We aim to find our limits and push past them.

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