Thursday, February 6, 2014

7 Tips To Be More Creative

creative tips

I stumbled upon a page that shared some tips to be more creative, i read it and as a person working in a creative field i'll pick five tips that working best (at least for me)

 1. Commit Yourself to Developing Your Creativity and Make Time for Creativity 
The first step is to fully devote yourself to developing your creative abilities. Do not put off your efforts. Set goals, enlist the help of others and put time aside each day to develop your skills. You won't be able to develop your creative talents if you don't make time for them. Schedule some time each week to concentrate on some type of creative project. 

 2. Become an Expert and Build Your Confidence 
One of the best ways to develop creativity is to become an expert in that area. By having a rich understanding of the topic, you will be better able to think of novel or innovative solutions to problems. Insecurity in your abilities can suppress creativity, which is why it is important to build confidence. Make note of the progress you have made, commend your efforts and always be on the lookout for ways to reward your creativity. 

3. Brainstorm to Inspire New Ideas 
Brainstorming is a common technique in both academic and professional settings, but it can also be a powerful tool for developing your creativity. Start by suspending your judgment and self-criticism, then start writing down related ideas and possible solutions. The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible in a relatively short span of time. Next, focus on clarifying and refining your ideas in order to arrive at the best possible choice. 

4. Try the Snowball Technique 
Have you ever noticed how one great idea often leads directly to another? You can take advantage of this by utilizing a "snowball technique" when you are generating ideas for your project. If the idea isn't appropriate for your current work, set it aside to work on later or implement it in a future project. And that's what the next point will get in. 

 5. Keep a Creativity Journal 
Start keeping a journal to follow your creative process and track the ideas you produce. A journal is a great way to reflect back on what you have accomplished and look for other possible solutions. This journal can be used to save ideas that can later serve as future inspiration. 
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 6. Look for Sources of Inspiration 
Never expect creativity to just happen. Look for new sources of inspiration that will give you fresh ideas and motivate you to generate unique answers to questions. Read a book, visit a museum, listen to your favorite music or engage in a lively debate with a friend. Utilize whatever strategy or technique works best for you. 

7. Create Opportunities for Creativity 
In addition to looking for inspiration, you also need to create your own opportunities for creativity. This might involve tackling a new project or finding new tools to use in your current projects.

Have fun

Monday, July 1, 2013

Garuda on June 28th 2013

On the plane from Batam to Jakarta on June 28th 2013 with Garuda Indonesia. We have a fried bihun with chicken fillet and dragon fruit slices as dessert. One of the nicest airplane food this year.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

QUICK GUIDE to Sydney's areas of interest:


by a friend of mine; Cassandra Grant

QUICK GUIDE to Sydney's areas of interest:
CBD - walking distance to Chinatown, Darling Harbour, etc. 15-minute walk to Oxford St through Hyde Park. The 555 is a free bus that runs in a loop from Circular Quay to Central Station
Circular Quay - the MCA can be found here. It's also close to The Rocks, Opera House, in view of the Harbour Bridge, etc

Central Station - walking distance to the other side of Chinatown (Railway Square side) and Surry Hills (on Eddy Ave side). Surry Hills contains every gallery, store, cafe, event space you can think of, and Crown St is a good place to start (see below)

Newtown - used to be heaps alternative, now heaps gentrified. Catch a bus (423, 426, 428) or a train (10-15 mins) to get here. Lots of cafes, stores, thai food restaurants, frozen yoghurt shops (??)

Redfern - used to be heaps dodgy, now heaps gentrified. Carriageworks is an arts/markets/creative space inhabiting the abandoned Eveleigh train station. On the other side of the station is The Block (learn more here: http://www.sbs.com.au/theblock/#)

Kings Cross - party central! junkie central! You'll know you're here when you see the giant Coca-Cola sign. Lots of gig venues, clubs, strip clubs, reasonably-priced accommodation (for a reason). 15 mins walk to Hyde Park/Town Hall, or catch any number of buses or trains in.

EAT

Cafes 
Surry Hills - Reuben Hills** (Albion St), Mad Spuds Cafe** (Crown St - dinky but really excellent way w potatoes), anything on Crown St
Annandale - Revolver (yesssss)
King St Newtown - basically everything. Try Barmuda (next to Black Star Pastry which, really, GO THERE)
Marrickville - West Juliett, Cornersmith*** (my favourite! Everything is locally produced and they don't support factory farming and the menu is GREAT)
Redfern - Shortlist
Glebe - Clipper, Well Connected, Sappho's (plus bookstore)

Coffee
Surry Hills - Single Origin
Ultimo - Mecca**
CBD - Workshop (right underneath Kinokuniya!)
Marrickville - Coffee Alchemy (they won best coffee last year and they operate out the side of a warehouse in the inner-city suburbs?!)

Snacks
Messina gelato! 
N2 extreme gelato
Custard puffs - 3 for $1 - Chinatown gate
Tacos @ El Loco (Fouveaux St, nr Central Station)

Dinner
CBD - Tetsuyas (book first), Tenko Mori for delicious cheap ramen just off George St
Pyrmont - Momofuku (book first)
Darling Harbour - Margaritaville (order nachos the size of your head, NO JOKE!)
Surry Hills - Dukes (billed as Man Food), Yulli's (vegetarian food, Crown St), Porteno, Bourke St Bakery (Sydney classic, you will not regret!)
Chinatown - "street food" stalls on Friday nights, Chinese Noodle Restaurant (dumplings and braised eggplant oh man the eggplant!!)

Drinks
King St Newtown - Jester Seeds, Corridor, Courthouse (popular dive pub social hangs). Everything else there is a meat market on weekends
Redfern - Norfolk Hotel (americana)
Oxford St - Shady Pines Saloon (americana)
CBD - Mojo Record Bar, Uncle Ming's, Baxter Inn, Lord Nelson, Grandma's, Stitch Bar (York St), Frankies* ('New York' pizza and craft beer!)
Surry Hills - Flinders, Freda's (Chippendale St)

On Fridays they have Farmers Market Nights at Zeta Bar. The whole thing sounds amazing! If you want to try out while you're here, let me know I want to join you!



STAY

There are a number of hostels where you can book accomodation clustered around Central Station. I'm sure there are a few hotels in the area as well. ​Black spot areas - The Rocks area, Circular Quay, CBD proper. Not much in the way of decent food or coffee unless you're close to Chinatown. Try to avoid staying anywhere in this area. Central​ Station is close to Surry Hills which is where the fun is at!

Hotels w go
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d reviews:
The Kirketon 
​Boutique ​
Hotel
 ​ - 
229 Darlinghurst Rd
Park8 Hotel Sydney
 ​ - 
CBD
Manor House Boutique Hotel - Flinders St
​Not sure what your budget is though


SHOP/DO

Vivid!!!

​Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (free entry)!
Check out Kinokuniya, amazing amazing bookstore!

White Rabbit Gallery - amazing collection of contemporary Asian art by a private collector/enthusiast. Free entry, great cafe attached. Chippendale.

Go shopping along Crown St for vintage boutique stores (Cream on Crown, Mintie Meets Munt, Grandma Takes A Trip), really nice clothes stores, record and skate and bookstores (Title!!), etc. It's a long street so if you start on the corner of Crown and Devonshire St and work your way to Oxford you'll hit up everything on the way. There's also a Messina on this  street so you'll cross a lot off your list in one go

King St Newtown is also great for kooky 'alt' stores and homeware and ethnic cafes and restaurants. But it's heaps gentrified so it's not so much to my taste nowadays. If you want to indulge in hippieness, you'll have more luck in Marrickville

Did you want to do more touristy stuff as well? I'd defs recommend taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. It's more about the journey (you'll pass the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge) than anything of interest at the end. Normally I eat fish and chips and have a gelato and take the next ferry back'


I'm sure there's a lot more that I've missed, I'm going off my old favourites from last year. Since my return from travels I haven't had a chance to find new things - working on it!

Enjoy,
Cass

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The last post

after a few thoughts i decided to stop posting here since i have too many blog, and will bundle the photo blog with the doodle blog.

The blog will keep remains but no update.

it's a sad decision since Serenity Snapshot are one of my first personal blog, but there are time to start and so will have time to move on.

cheers.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Treasure from oversea

One day i ask Mark Nagata, if he still have a mini eyezon left with original price.
and he said "Let's trade" and i said "cool, what about a set of mini lemi?" which i only have one set left.
Have a thought that my offers aren't worthy enough, i ask him his t-shirt size.

with his reply, he also ask about my size...

and then after a few weeks, someone send over a treasure chest.

i'm currently speechless and still admiring the great Eyezon, and watching the things inside it's guts. And petting the Tripus and Boy Karma...

I will tell God to give Mark and his family an endless happiness, health and wealth forever.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#atoyadaykeepyourpainaway : another Lego Robot

planned to build as much as robot as possible with Lego. :D
anyone care to donate a few more thousands bricks?