[Personal Project] ELEMENT

Ok, so this past few weeks are holidays for me. And realizing how many things I missed during my busy college days, I decide to put this free time into my little personal project called ELEMENT. This wallpaper project is inspired from various typography I saw on internet. I always like typography and I really want to experience more with photoshop. After roaming around the internet, I found several photoshop tutorial that help me with this ELEMENT. I made 7 variations which are Fire, Water, Earth, Air, & Life, plus Glow & Shadow…

Oh, and one more picture. This one is not from ELEMENT project, I just made it out of curiosity… Here it is The MATRIX

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Live Life to the fullest – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies

“Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re going to get” -Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump.But for those who take critical decisions,life can be different. How true that is. Stare life in the eyes as you experience it like a roller coaster ride. The meaning of your life is something you create day after day with your own actions and thoughts.Life is made up of choices and decision making is critical as each choice has both consquences and benefits

I just finish watching an anime titled Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora. It was about a girl named Suzuki Sora, who is a cheerful country girl from small town Bie, Hokkaido. She has magic power and made a promise to her father (he already died) to enter the magic internship in Tokyo. After being accepted she go to the big city when she has to adapt with the new kind of life. While training to het better with her magic (which already really good), she meets a mysterious boy who also practicing to become a mage. He attends same school with her and even sits next to Sora. While he can’t use magic that well and seems distant and cold at first, Sora’s fate intertwines with his and the two are thrown together, learning a lot of new things about life and each other.

*Spoiler alert

I already set my eyes on this film since 2 or 3 years ago, but haven’t really got any chance to watch it until recently. It is a good series for me. It has lots of nice songs and unique style of drawing. They combine simple drawing with photo as the background. Not to mention the story was good, even though I didn’t expect the end to be like that (Sora dies). I’m not a fan of sad ending but how should I say it, hm… it didn’t fell that sad. It’s not a real happy one, but I’m quite ok with it in the end, and didn’t feel frustrated with the story.

I learned a lot from this short series (12 episodes), especially about life. Sora is someone with high potential of early death due to a particular illness that only happens to mage. Whenever she is exposed to the loud voice and bright light, her heartbeat will go up and unlike normal person, it won’t go down to normal again. His father also died because of it at the second attack. Sora already got her first last summer and so her risk now is really high. No one knows about it until latter part of the story and even then, only several people know about it. Her boyfriend, Midowikawa Gouta, is one of them.

However the illness didn’t make her bitter with life, quite opposite in fact. Ever since the first time I watched it, Sora already made me like her. She has that sweet and cheerful personality that almost made everyone like her. She is also a great student with brilliant talent on magic. One of her weakness is she often late coming to the class because of helping some sort of people or animal, or many other things. She’s just the type that has to help others. And this side of her wins many of her client’s heart when she helps fulfilling their magic requests. Same case applied to her relationship with her mentor and friends.

I love to watch how she made full of her short life. She may not do a real big save-the-earth act with her magic (since she had no time for that), but she changes the world in her own way. She gives a good impact to the life around her and thus being remembered even after her death. She was actually scared of death and can’t stop thinking why it has to be her. She still wants to life and experience a lot of things in life, especially after she fell in love with Gouta. But Sora act tough and didn’t acknowledge that until Gouta “force” it so she feels better. What a sweet and lovely boyfriend that is!

I guess sometimes we just rarely appreciate small things that happened in our life. How our small act can give impact to others. Thinking that we still have lots of time in life, if not forever, to amend them later. This film helps me to see that we don’t have all the time in the world and therefore it’s better to make the best use of what we have now.

Beside that, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora, also teached me many things from other characters. How Gouta doesn’t give up even when there’s no sign of him having any talent in magic at all. Sora’s mother who has lot’s confident in her own daughter. Asagi, who shows that beneath that confident and arrogance appearance she still care about her friend. Kuroda, who even though gave up in the beginning, can still come back to magic school; and many other things from Sora’s clients…

[Video] The Paradox of Our Time

I watched this amazing closing video from AIESEC several months ago, and yesterday when I looked around my collections, I found it again. I think this video is one that has a really good message and fact (paradox & irony) of life that we often forget, or for more accurate, ignore. I think this video represent the aim and nature of AIESEC, as well as most of us should be. Oya, after I googled it, I found the famous complete version (which some said written by Dr. Bob Moorehead not George Carlin) and here I present you both the video and the words:

VIDEO

In Paradox of Our Time In History

is that we have taller buildings,

but shorter tempers;

wider freeways,

but narrower viewpoints;

we spend more, but have less;

we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses,

with smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time;

we have more experts, but more problems;

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, 

laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, 

stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, 

watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions,

but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We have learn how how to make a living,

but not a life;

We have added years to life,

but not life to our years;

We have been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We have conquered outer space, 

but not inner space;

we have down larger things, 

but not better things.

We have cleaned up the air,

but polluted the soul;

We have split the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less;

we plan more but accomplish less.

We have learned to rush, but not to wait;

we have higher incomes, but lower morals;

we have more food, but less appeasement

we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever,

but have less communication;

we have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods and slow digestion;

tall men and short character;

steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are times of world peace

but domestic warfare;

more leisure, but less fun;

more kinds of food, but less nutrition;

These are the times of two incomes,

but more divorce;

of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips,

disposable diapers, throw away morality,

one-night stands, overweight bodies,

and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window

and nothing in the stockroom;

a time when technology has brought this letter to you,

and a time when you can choose either to make a difference,

or to just hit delete…

AIESEC’s ending version:

This is a time when technology can bring this story to you;

and you can choose whether to make a difference or ignore it.

By being here you have already made the first step

You’re not ignoring the world around you

but engaging with it.

You want to learn

and expand your view of the world.

So that’s why you’re here,

Investing in your future.

All of us united under this desire to learn about how we can make a difference.

So welcome, one and all to…

AIESEC

Often we heard and know the fact about that even the smallest act sometimes can change a lot. But do we really understand and engage in it. Sometimes doing all of these alone is not enough, but knowing there’re thousands of people out there that has this kind of awareness really help me to actually act upon the quote. What about you?