How are we already halfway through 2021!? I don't know about anyone else, but my brain refuses to understand the notion of time anymore.

How are you planning to spend the rest of the year? I like to use June as a way to reflect and figure out the plan for the next half of the year, and it'll be the same this year. I may share some of my planning and thoughts along the way along with new projects and happenings too.

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‘If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting’

‘If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting’

Blog post title, ‘If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting’ is a quote by Peter Shaffer – a British writer. Next year I want to save up to go to New York City.  I really, really really want to go so badly. I’ve never travelled overseas which makes it all the more scary to think about going alone. I don’t know if my mom would want to go to NYC. I have so many friends there (and in New Jersey) who I want to meet. I also want to go and watch a taping of the Rachael Ray Show. I want to go and drink Starbucks and do every other tourist type activity in the city.

So, wish me luck in saving for this over the next few months. A return ticket to NYC is about R8000 (US$1100)… it’s a lot but going to the USA, UK and Australia is always so pricey from SA anyway. It’s really depressing if you think about it.  My one friend who is a television journalist is studying towards her Masters in Columbia University – I love looking at her photos of NYC on Facebook!

I think I’m melting. It is so darn hot! It’s Summer here now so all I see is sun and hot air – well, I imagine the hot air! Flip, it’s really annoying! But, when it rains I want the sun and when it is sunny I want the rain. I can never make up my mind.

Oh yeah, I blogged about Alexa Prisco in the last post. Here is one of the artwork pieces I was working on. Oh yeah, did you guys know that Alexa uses my artwork on her website? Yup! Another reason why I adore her so much!

The photo reference I used:

Let me know what you think.

I’m thinking of putting up a Frequently Asked Questions page – I think I need one.


What country/city in the world do you want to visit?

  • December 27, 2011

    Wow, I wish I could go to New York too. If I will be given a chance to visit a country that would would be Paris and London, and of course the US too. 🙂 Goodluck on saving up for your future trips!

  • December 27, 2011

    hi! thanks for dropped by and leave a great comment in my blog.

    i really hope i can stay at NYC 🙂

  • December 27, 2011

    Right now, I’m saving up for Thailand. I seriously want to go to Thailand. I’m currently even studying Thai language. Lol. 🙂

    That artwork you did looks fantastic!

  • December 27, 2011

    Great post! New York is a place I want to go to too! Everything is so fast-paced and exciting. That’s so cool that she uses your artwork on her network! I love that pic you made, so cute!

  • December 27, 2011

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by my blog.
    That picture is absolutely adorable,New York is on my list of places to go,I’d live there if I could 😀
    I’ve just joined twitter and Im now following you…
    Hope you had a wonderful christmas x

  • December 28, 2011

    Wow, nice photo, I would love to go to NYC too!

    Hope you had a great holiday! Check out my blog today on my review of Sharp Hill Designs 😉

  • December 28, 2011

    omg the first picture is really beautiful, it is such a breathtaking scenery ! i would stay up the whole day seeing that 😛 anyways, i love your blog dear <3 xx

    follow me if you love to, and i’ll follow you back 🙂


  • December 28, 2011

    NY is a dream place for me too! I wanna go there before I die. I hope you’ll be able to save for the trip sis and watch the Rachel Ray show! Happy Holidays!

  • December 28, 2011

    Someday I look forward to visiting NYC… I’ve been to london already and it is lovely but nothing beats NY in my heart. 🙂

    Lovely artwork! Soooo creative! <3

  • December 28, 2011

    That’s such a great work of art! Good job. 😀

    I used to want to study overseas to get a taste of another country, but it’s really expensive. 🙁 I dream of travelling the world one day, especially to cities like New York and London.

    I have a lot of blogger friends who I want to meet and most of them are scattered across the United States. I wish it were cheaper to travel. One day, one day.

    It’s not getting very hot here in Australia and it’s meant to be summer as well. :/ It’s just kind of cool. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining because I seriously hate hot weather!

  • December 28, 2011

    I want to visit South Korea and Japan! I’ve seen a lot of photos and the city looks beautiful.

    NYC would be another place that I would like to visit one day. It is a very nice place and it is pretty hectic. I was in Portland, Oregon last month and it was nice. Do blog about NYC once you visit! Tell us about what we should do or see once we are in NYC.

  • December 28, 2011

    Great photos!!!

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  • December 28, 2011

    I grew up near New York City and have been there many times. I think that you’ll love the city both as a tourist visiting all the sites (Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc.), and just walking around Manhattan with a friend like someone who lives there. If you’re really up for a challenge, then you should also explore areas like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and Little Italy as well. New York is a very international city with all kinds of people. Also, if you’re willing to pay a lot of money, then seeing a Broadway show or a show at Lincoln center would also be an experience in itself.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if you went there professionally as a journalist covering a celebrity’s trip to New York, just because of the sheer number of events and the number of media companies around there.

    I have spent my whole life in North America and have visited many places in the US and a few in Canada. My parents immigrated from Taiwan and I haven’t been to Taiwan since I was four, so I remember nothing from there. So if I had to visit somewhere, I’d try to tour Europe, tour the safe parts of Africa, and trek parts of Taiwan and China.

  • December 29, 2011

    Hello dear. First of all thanks for dropping by my blog and thanks for the comment. I’ll follow you.

    Anyway, I wish you’ll be able to save enough for your NY visits. That’s really awesome. I’ve never been overseas as well. I wish I can do that next year. Happy new year!!!

  • December 29, 2011

    If you want to do something really bad, work hard for it! I wish you for the best of luck for saving up to go to New York City :D! I never went there before, I’m just a LA chick :P!

    Don’t just save up $1100 to go to New York! Save like $3000 and ENJOY yourself :D! Heck, I’d say $5000 but that sounds extreme XD! But still, you have more choices then :P! Drinking Starbucks is AWESOME. :D! That’s a must thing :D!

    How hot is it at where you’re at? :O!

    That artwork looks awesome :P! And it’s cute :P! I want to go to Paris. It’s just a done deal there XD!

    Hard work always has its own rewards :D! I try my best to have rests and it works out (:

    Take care and enjoy the holidays! (:

  • December 29, 2011

    I’d say: go for it! I’m traveling to Japan (alone for the first time) to see a friend there. And then also have plans to travel to Australia for a longer time (traveling around, alone). I’d say travel now that you still can. I mean, many say they want to visit certain places but they never do because they’re afraid to go alone – don’t let that stop you 🙂

  • December 29, 2011

    NY is definitely first on my list ^ ^ … Hope you can save the soonest for your trip 🙂

    Nice artwork you got there 🙂 Love it


  • December 30, 2011

    I love New York too! And most of my friends have been there. The city’s at north from me, and I heard it’s also a lot like Miami (well, the party scene…) But for me, New York is much more great. Everything just happens there. And I’m actually planning on moving there if I’m quite stable already.

    And I think when travelling overseas, it usually costs more than $1000. Because when I bought my ticket to the Philippines, it was more than that as well. 🙁 I’m also planning on visiting my country next year, by December, so I must save more! 😀

    Glam Fairy! I’ve been meaning to watch that show, but the timing is so bad. If I don’t work, my bro uses the TV all-day long! 🙁 Anyway, I love your artwork!

    I really want to visit Japan. Ever since I turned 13, and met my first half-Filipina, half-Japanese friend. Actually, I want to visit a lot of countries.

  • December 30, 2011

    I saw that pic on your fb and i so love it! ahaha! so that’s the pic you use for reference. cool! It really looks very alike! your talented 😀

  • Maja
    December 30, 2011

    Yeah, that’s true 🙂
    And thank you very much!

    It’s my biggest dream, too to travel to NY
    I hope everything will work out so that you will be able to travel there 🙂

  • December 30, 2011

    Everyone wants to go to NYC! I still don’t get it, haha. I have a love/hate relationship with the city. Just don’t come here now though because it’s so cold! I want summer now but when summer comes I want the cold because it can get so humid! Good luck saving because in addition to that $1100 ticket you’ll be spending a lot.

    Wow that’s a great drawing of her! Wish I could, I love cartoonizations of people.

    I want to visit Jeju, an island south of Korea. I heard it’s very beautiful and touristy!

  • December 31, 2011

    New York is expensive but worth it. I’ve been. However, I disagree with the Quote, I prefer London. I live in London and it’s fabulous ~ Both are exceptional places 😛


  • December 31, 2011

    I love that quote..it made me visualize the two places 😀 I really enjoyed NYC when I got to visit..but it was only for 1 and a half days so it wasn’t enough! The only part I dislike about NYC is the filth! It’s really dirty in the subway as well.

    Very cute artwork! 😀

    Hmm I wanna visit all over the UK one day 😀

  • December 31, 2011

    I Love New York City!!!

  • December 31, 2011

    If there was one country topping the list of countries I’d want to go to, it would be hmm. The United Kingdom. <3

  • January 18, 2012

    Manhattan is fabulous! I’m planning on visiting again during the summer; it’ll be the first part of my roadtrip all over the States.

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