Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ho ho ho!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and have a blissful holiday to all my fellas! ☺

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Yes, people. My 16th birthday was on Sunday, December 16☺

I'm not sure if I do look like a 16-year old. I don't know how to apply make-ups properly. I still feel awkward on high heels. I still draw random scribbles on my notebooks like a kid. Far away from what people call as 'a lady'.
I felt a little bit sad, somehow. Now that I'm 16, that means I'm turning 17 next year and I will finally become an 'adult'. The idea of being totally independent and mature can be scary, sometimes

Anyway, I didn't throw a birthday party or treat. My mom bought me a birthday cake, and we also went eating out the night before. I went to the church alone (!) to join the morning Mass. Then my auntie came over with her family and gave me a box of chocolate as a present, yayness!

Since it's Sunday, I didn't go to school, nor did I go for a hang-out with my fellows. But they did send me lovely birthday wishes via text messages, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and some fellas I met at the church also gave their wishes directly. It was such a simple way to celebrate my birthday, but I felt totally blessed with the presence of those people around me!

And last but not least, I'd like to thank everybody for the wonderful birthday!--for the warmth, for being with me these 16 years, for the lessons you taught me that made me who I am today-- I'm totally grateful! Love you, people! ♥

Hugs and kisses, xx


Saturday, December 1, 2012

hello, raindrops!

color peps and markers on A4 regular paper?

Been a while since my last artwork, huh? High school has been so hectic :(

Thursday, October 18, 2012

daily eye-candy

Anybody noticed that I’ve removed the chatbox from my sidebar? Nothing serious, actually. It’s simply because I wanted to get rid of those annoying ads and spam messages. Well, it's a hard decision, though. I’m sure going to miss reading comments from people like ‘blogwalking!’ or ‘mind to exchange link?’, yeah I appreciate your comments :) So if you want to leave me comments or questions, you can simply comment on my blogposts. And oh, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

 A calculator from m&m's I had as a kid. Fortunately, it's still working well now, though it depends fully on solar energy, unlike today's calculators.

 Can't resist this cute Lego keychain! Belongs to a friend of mine.

Cute souvenirs someone gave me when I was younger -- can't remember the details! If you have no idea what they are... they are drinking glasses!

See you! xx


Friday, September 21, 2012

oh senior high.

Never did I expect such a big difference between junior high and senior high life. Not only in the amount of assignments and tests, but also the atmosphere. I really miss going wild and crazy, laughing with my best friends. But here in senior high, I rarely do crazy things with friends. I spend most of my time in the class daydreaming, and to make it worse, I fall asleep very easily (I swear I don't do it on purpose!).

Also, I don't have much time to do productive things after school. There are always a pile of homeworks to do. I don't even have lots of time to play, especially because I have to share the laptop with my mom and sister. So what's there left to do?

Monday, August 20, 2012

home, sweetest home.

Happy Idul Fitri to my readers who celebrate it! Mohon maaf lahir dan batin. It must be fun going back to your hometown, spending time with your family and relatives, right?  My parents are from Belitung, but I was born in Jakarta. Jakarta became my hometown, hence I don't know how it feels to be miles away from 'home'. I did not stay for long in Jakarta, though. I spent almost my entire childhood in Tangerang, and I didn't have any vivid or remarkable memories about my place in Jakarta (I was only 1 back then!).
So yeah, whenever I say 'hometown', I'm referring to my place in Tangerang, because that's what first comes to my mind, even though my real hometown is (probably) Jakarta. Weird, uh?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

me being a freshie.

I've been spending less time online since senior high. Yesss, lots of exams and assignments, and lots more to learn. I'm planning to learn some foreign languages for the next 3 years, and my goal is to master one by my graduation from senior high. And oh, I want to enhance my drawing skills, too. And setting up a small business. And many, many more! Woot!

Lots of love! xx

Sunday, July 29, 2012

if forever young really existed

"Senior high is the beginning of your adulthood. Your real life starts here."

That's what a teacher said to open the class few days ago. Well, people talk about adulthood as if it's a really terrible thing. When you grow up, people change, they said. You can't tell friends and enemies apart. You can no longer depend on people around you. People become really selfish.
Honestly, that makes me afraid of growing up. I've seen my family undergoing lots of problem, even since I was little, and that helped me to mature. I started to become deep in thought. I no longer thought of myself, and started to pay more attention to people I loved.
But still, even until now, I'm still a little kid at heart. Though I have lots of deep thoughts in mind, I can't help but looking at the world as a child.
I wonder what people will be like when I grow up. The friends I have now, who cheer me up everyday with their smiles and laughter... will they ever be my enemies? Will their smiles and laughter fade away as they face the 'reality of life'?

Well, this is why I'm calling myself naive.

Monday, July 16, 2012

a gag for a friend

A special birthday doodle I made for a best friend of mine, Stevano. Happy birthday, perv! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

fresh freshman


Hello! Today is my first day as a freshman in senior high. Wish me the best of luck! :D

Sunday, July 8, 2012

the abandoned

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

old hobbies

Some of my price tags collection. I decided to continue this hobby after abandoning it for years. It started when I was like 11 or 12, when I found that some price tags were too cute to be thrown away. Some price tags were made of thick and glossy paper (I think I got them from expensive clothes), some just looked nice that I always wanted to look at them.

And I put those price tags in that Hello Kitty beads bag. My auntie made it when I was little. Actually, she also made some more of it with different patterns and colours, but this one is the only one left, since the nylon strings used were fragile. It took her quite long to make it, and it brings back good memories of my childhood, so... I love it really much. And oh, she made some keychains too! (which I always lost)

I really had strange hobbies as a kid. I remember collecting tea bag labels in a business card box (though I ended up throwing them away), making my own magazine, celebrating my doll's birthday party with me and my sister as the MCs, writing drama scripts, and loooottttsss more. What a precious childhood ♥

Monday, June 25, 2012

attention seekers out there..

It starts to annoy me how some people on twitter are trying to get public attention by doing such disgraceful things: being racist, insulting religions, fan-wars, thinking that 'the more haters I get, the more I will get popular'. I don't know whether those accounts are real or fake, but begging for attention that way is just so shameful, somehow.

Monday, June 18, 2012

people won't get it

I was once a really naive person. I trusted people too easily, I said everything I thought I needed to say, I did everything I thought was right, and when I said I wanted something, I really meant it. I was too honest to myself, and to people around me. Well, I was really foolish back then. And not to mention, weird.
What I don't know that time is that people would dislike me (even until now) because of my naivety. As I grew up, I did change a lot. But even now people still look at me as that naive person.

If only I could change my past, I would not act so foolish. Really.

Friday, June 8, 2012

'ready for a brighter future'

Finally, our yearbook is finished! It's a relief that we don't have to wait so long like the past years. 

 I don't know who designed the cover, but it's not bad.

 My class, 9D's pages, 'Yesterday Once More'. As I've told you, I designed these pages (though I'm still a rookie), and it was also me who first came out with the 'Back to the Childhood' idea. I designed it for A4 printing, but somehow it turns out that they made the book in smaller size, so they stretched the pics and put additional backgrounds, which I don't really like. The pics look darker than they did on the screen when I was designing them.

The back cover. By the way, they should write "Angkatan XII" instead of "Angkatan XI". Geez.

What I don't really like about this yearbook is that they didn't put the photos of the school events and our junior years in it. They didn't even put the teachers' bio. 
But the paper quality is quite a surprise for me. I was told before that they would use art paper instead of art carton, but it turns out that they used art carton! Thank the people who worked for the book!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

farewell-ish weekend

I've had a really great weekend. Started with crazy retro-themed prom party at Gading Raya Golf (which is not a really big place for a party) on Friday, where we danced until midnight (literally). The next morning, I went to Puncak with my classmates for a 3D/2N farewell sleepover. Despite my sickness (that I didn't join the tea walk!), I had loads of fun there. I realized many things through this farewell -- why they liked me and why they didn't, the fact that we're all precious... and more. I don't mean to sound so cheesy, but 9D is the best class I've ever been in so far.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

junior high: check!

I don't know if this means that I have officially graduated, but the graduation ceremony was held yesterday.

I started my junior high years as a loner. I only had few friends, and I felt it was enough. Then I started to experience many things. I met many kinds of people. I loved and being loved. I disliked and being disliked. I made mistakes, I did foolish things. I got stressed out. I got excited. And many things also happened outside school.

I'm sure things like those would also happen not only in junior high, but also during my lifetime. Ought to prepare myself for all possibilities. Fight! :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

good old days

Does anybody here know any good old movies or dramas? I need more movie suggestions for my holidays. I've been watching some good ones lately, and now I'm addicted to them!

It's been quite long since I last watched a good movie in the cinema. Movies nowadays have amazing special effects and are visually pleasant, but personally, I prefer the quality of old movies. Despite the picture quality of typical old cameras and the lack of special effects, I love the natural-flowing storyline. Just saying :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012


If I was asked what I want to be in the future...

I don't actually want to be a billionaire -- oh well, I do want it (and everybody does!), but I just don't think it's necessary. I just want to live a simple life : living in a simple small house in a quiet and beautiful place, an ordinary car, a small family business (bakery, cafe, etc.), spending time with my family, making artworks and baking, helping others...

But yeah, it's not that easy to live that kind of lifestyle, since everything needs money!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

freedom, at last.

Finally done with the National finals!

I'm really excited about the holidays, because this time it's REAL -- no assignments, no tests, and probably, no studying, though I still have to do some activities outside school. I actually have a list of what I'd like to do during the gap, but I don't want to end up doing too many things that I can't really enjoy the holidays, so I finally decide just to let it flow. We don't need to plan everything, right? :D

Anyway, still looking forward to the exams result. Wish us the best! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

one step ahead

Hopefully this is not my last post before the National Exams.

I've just finished designing my class yearbook pages. It was fun and challenging for a beginner like me. It's not as easy as I thought -- each pic had to be copied with many different formats, set to the right resolution, then I had to group them into folders. It's hard not to mistake one with another. And I had to go to the printing center several times -- one day I had to go at midnight! Lucky me, it only took me 2 days to finish it. To be honest, I was afraid that my friends wouldn't like my design, but it turned out that they liked it, so I'm kinda proud of that :)

And oh yes, good luck for all the 12th graders who are taking the National Exams this week, and wish us, the 9th graders the best of luck for next week!

Friday, April 13, 2012

old project

I made this photo album for my art assessment. I don't own the photos inside - I took them from magazines, because I was too lazy to go to the printing center. 

The front cover. It's a bit difficult to cut the Teddy Bears pattern that I had to do it over 2 times.

The back cover. The random stripes were made of paper cuts and fabrics.

The first page. Well, the other pages weren't that nice, so I didn't took the pics of them.

Monday, April 9, 2012


'Living young, wild, and free.' A phrase many teenagers use these days to describe themselves. I have no idea what kind of living it really is, and I'm not even sure if they really do live that way. But whenever I hear that phrase, I'm like, "Wild? Seriously?" Well, maybe I shouldn't take it literally. Don't get mad people, it's just my random thought.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

keep calm and eat chocolate.

I'm so damn tired after a week of school final exams. Feeling like taking a long nap, but I have to go to the church this evening. Yeah, it's holiday, at last. Still, we've got so many to prepare : National Exams in less than 3 weeks, the yearbook, class trip, prom night, and so on. I can't wait for the graduation, but to be honest, I don't feel like leaving Junior High.

Stay tuned, xx

Sunday, March 25, 2012

daily struggle


I'm delighted about the fact that I no longer have to struggle with school assignments and projects, since it's getting closer to the National Examination (I mean, it's just a month away!), and they want us to focus on it and prepare it well. I think studying for the exams is still much better than doing all the assignments -- especially when there are so many of them and the teachers don't even give us much time!

By the way, it's a bit funny how I haven't finished the makeover of this blog. You know, I'm a lazy cat and sometimes I have to force myself to look for makeover ideas. It's not always easy even to find our own style, I swear. I've changed my header like 2 times this month and now I'm planning to change it again. Phew. Maybe I'll finish it all after I'm done with the finals, so please be patient! :) And wish me a bunch of luck! xx

Thursday, March 15, 2012

aja aja!

[pardon my bad handwriting]

I may sound like I'm not grateful for being who I am now, but there's one thing I really want to change about my personality: my low self-esteem. Yes, though I always assure myself that I'm precious, I'm often jealous of everyone around me, feeling that I'm not as pretty as they are, that I'm not given as many talents as they have. Seriously, this is VERY unhealthy. Call me ungrateful. I'm feeling guilty, since God must have created me specially.

I should change it. Like seriously.

"Everyone's pretty. It just needs the right person too see it." -@vildawitaria

Saturday, March 10, 2012

another guilty pleasure

I know that I should be doing something more useful right now, rather than just sitting here in front of my laptop for hours, scrolling and clicking pointlessly. Well, it gives me pleasure, and also guilty feeling. I should be playing an instrument, making artworks, studying for the exams, helping my mom, and many other positive activities. Laziness is killing me slowly.

Anyway, notice my new header? I just changed it, but it doesn't look as good as my expectation. Too simple, and my doodle really sucks, since I haven't been drawing for quite a long time. But sure, my hand will soon get used to it again :)
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Maira Gall