read while you eat

Eating and Reading copy

It’s a ‘bad’ habit I have never been able to shake loose. Not that I ever wanted to. Since I was a kid,
I have always had a book in my hand while having my meal. A novel, comic book, manga, magazine.
I don’t really remember how and why I got to so attached to my reading materials that putting them down for half an hour felt like a great sacrifice. I guess it wasn’t so much about the book as much as it was about me feeling more comfortable hiding behind them. No matter how many times my mom scolded me I’ve never grown out of the habit. Funny thing is, my husband got exactly the same habit, if not more intense. One time, we tried to have dinner without our books or cellphones around. Without his manga or news or his twitter feed, he grew so restless that unconsciously he reached a bottle of soy sauce on table and read the label. We succumb to our beloved eating style ever since. It may not be considered a good manner by most people so we try not to bring our eating/reading habit outside our own dinner table. Anyway C.S. Lewis is one of the author I admire and I’m glad we share the same table manner. :p

in some kind of reflective mode


| IES Kelapa Gading Mission Tee / 2 0 1 4

Something from about a year ago.
Designed for Outreach Ministry of International English Service Jakarta

As far as I remember, most of the time their commissions have reached me during my busiest periods. That way – too bad – the works have always felt like one thing too many on my plate;
one more thing that I had to wedge into my crammed tiny brain. Of course I’ve always wanted to work cheerfully and wholeheartedly. That’s the essence of doing ministry. But the fact is, I could never give them the best allocation of time – let alone my whole heart.The works I’ve done so far were like crafted just enough to meet the deadlines; to ease me from my ‘debt’; Left me with a ‘It could have been better crafted’ feeling.

But if they had been such a burden then why did I keep doing it?
Because as far as I remember, they have also been such a blessing.
Those commissions have challenged me to accomplish something otherwise I wouldn’t have.
They insisted I use the little free time I had doing illustrations, letterings or designs instead of
catching up with my favorite TV series. Thus they’ve sharpened me as an illustrator/designer.
And I’m grateful.