Month: March 2015

What I Write When I Write About Running

No, this post isn’t related to Haruki Murakami’s memoir about marathon, in case you wonder (and no, I haven’t read it). It’s just a bunch of thoughts and nostalgia that has been popping out of my mind while running. Lately, I’ve been trying to make morning run / jog as a routine, either weekly or even more frequently. It’s not my first time or to be exact about it, it’s always been on my New Year’s resolution; to lose some weight and live a healthier life. I hate to admit that I’m a typical person who feels so excited-almost-exploded about something for the first couples of times (or days or weeks) then simply forgets it. To think about it again, it’s not only about me being inconsistent but also because I’ve always been afraid of running. It’s not only running I’m afraid of. I’ve always hated sports. If I were a word, I would undoubtedly be the antonym of ‘sporty’. I grew up being haunted by physical subject at school. When I was in elementary school, I was …

A Quick Transit in Surabaya (2014)

I just remembered that I haven’t posted pictures I took during a short transit in Surabaya before coming back to Balikpapan from Ubud (29 December 2014). Actually it was my very first time stepping on the second metropolitan city in Indonesia. I only had a couple of hours and a cousin to visit. I crossed the zoo out of my option and of course the malls too, leaving me only a few tourist attractions. Surabaya is not a touristy city but it’s a nice gate for East Java (Malang, Mount Bromo, or Baluran) and other islands on the Eastern Indonesia (yes, to Bali, Lombok, or Komodo). I browsed Wikitravel, Lonely Planet and some other articles. I decided to go to House of Sampoerna, just wander around the town with taxi and eat at Restoran Bu Rudy (which is very famous for the chili a.k.a sambal). In the morning I landed on Juanda Airport and got picked up by my cousin. She told me that the airport is actually located in Sidoarjo instead of Surabaya. We then directly headed to …

That Wonderful Feeling

According to Instagram, it’s been 28 weeks (about 7 months) since my first post at @byputy, since I decided to start drawing again. Based on the folders, there have been more than 60 projects I’ve done, outside daily doodles (not all of them are commercial though). I have to admit that it’s not easy because when you have a full time job, it means full time responsibility. Bold line. No buts. On the other hand, I also have to do my best when I work on the custom illustrations. It might sound little but people order custom illustration mostly for gift for special ones or special occasions so they have to be special. Sometimes it is logo and illustration for small business (online shop or catering). They seem simple but I can’t imagine myself disappointing people with ugly design then dimming their hope. The thing is that so far I’ve been happy to do everything. After coming back from the office there’s an excitement, “Ah, where’s my brush. Let’s get things done!” I learned a lot and even managed …