Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Evacomics at Comic Fiesta 2014, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

I didn't plan to go Comic Fiesta initially because I was uncertain how to bring my books there by myself and nobody to help look after the booth when I am not around. Strangely, one week before CF, I met Shawn (artist) from Draw Slowly and Mark (writer) from Temploy during Bookmate's launch event and they were going to CF to launch their crowdfunding comic project: "Silent War". They offered to share their booth with me so yup, off I go!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Something good about Singapore

So I'll end off the comics for this year with a good thing about my home country, and yes, it does feel good to be back home :)

I'll be posting about my experience at Comic Fiesta tomorrow! ;)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Odd Japanese English: Half

Odd Japanese English half
Ok, this one is not very odd, but it sounds like ordering something at Subway... half-sandwich please! ...and half-salad, half-pasta...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Evacomics at Popular BookFest (12-21 Dec 2014) Suntec Singapore

It was a privilege to be on BookFest stage despite being assigned a weekday evening from 7.30-8.30pm and labelled as a for "Kids"event. I was very worried that there will be no crowd and my fans won't show up so I asked a few of my friends to come support me (and of course buy the book at 20% discount hee hee hee)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Decision making in Japan

Besides trying to achieve 100% consensus all the time, most Japanese companies try to make sure that everything is fixed before they release their product. But this also means that they are slower than their competitors...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Evacomics at AFA 2014

creators hub afa anime festival asia
This was my first time at Anime Festival Asia (AFA) so I didn't know if sales would be good or not. I heard that there will be a lot of people but I wasn't sure if they were into well-known anime or into my original creation. I was very lucky that my booth location was pretty good at the entrance into the Creators Hub section.

Lingerie Theft at laundromat in Japan

Lingerie Theft in Japan at laundromat
Based on true story, but luckily not mine. My friend did everything as usual, put in all her clothes and then come back an hour later to take them out. Everything was fine, except, all of her "private collection" were missing.

Another case happened to my gaijin (foreigner) girl friend, but not at the laundromat but at her backyard. She lived on the first floor and put her lingerie to dry out one night. Unfortunately, someone went over the fences and stole her entire "showroom pieces".

If I'm not wrong, Japan is the only country with some sick people going around to steal underwear at laundromats, backyards and veranda.... =_=;;

Update: According to fans in Malaysia, their underwear can also get stolen if left at the backyard...hmm...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hair salon service in Japan and Singapore

Believe me, if I have more money I will visit the more expensive salons to do my hair and not get scratched, splashed and scrubbed on the face...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sales staff in Tokyo are speaking more English

I am not sure if it is because my friend looked like a foreigner during my latest trip to Japan or sales staff are now more courageous to speak English. Even an "obaasan" (auntie) waitress could ask us "English Menu?", which was quite a surprise for me. It seems that the depreciating yen really helped Japanese tourism and the service line is finally picking up English.

Now... I wonder if that Immigration Bureau at Shinagawa has more staff who could speak English or Chinese. It was strange that nobody there could speak a foreign language although everyone who goes there is a foreigner. Luckily the forms are in English and Japanese, whew!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 9: Shinjuku Awaodori Review (Japanese traditional dance theme restaurant)

Shinjyuku Awaodori restaurant shinjuku tokyo awa odori japanese culture entertainment restaurant 新宿阿波踊り
If you want a nice restaurant in Tokyo to chill out with friends/colleagues and experience traditional Japanese culture at the same time, this is it! Shinjuku Awaodori Restaurant (新宿 阿波おどり) is a new Japanese traditional dance themed restaurant located right outside Shinjuku station's East exit and sits right next to ABC Mart (shoe shop). Very convenient!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 8: Hitachi Seaside Park to see Red Kochia

Red Kochia Bassia scoparia (syn. Kochia scoparia) Hitachi Seaside park kaihin kouen
Kochia is actually Bassia scoparia (syn. Kochia scoparia), which is a kind of grass that turns red during fall. You can see the sea of red at Hitachi Seaside Park (ひたち海浜公園) in October but 19th Oct was the last day in 2014 to see this plant before they change to brown.

Day 7: Kawagoe Festival 2014

Kawagoe Festival 2014
Kawagoe Festival is an annual event held every year in the 3rd weekend of October. The place is within 40mins train ride from Ikebukuro and has buildings preserved from the Edo period.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Trompenaar's Cultural Dimension: Internal Direction Versus Outer Direction

Trompenaar's Cultural Dimension: Internal Direction Versus Outer Direction locus of control

Based on Trompenaar's dimensions of culture: Internal Direction Versus Outer Direction
(How People Relate to Their Environment)
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/seven-dimensions.htm

Americans are vocal about their opinions and believe they can change their environment. On the other hand, Japanese tend to avoid conflicts and remain silent to maintain harmony with other people. Foreigners often find it irritating because we do not understand if their silence means consent, still thinking, or rejected. As for Singaporeans, we are a mix of both due to our traditional values but westernised education.

Previous cultural dimensions:
Collectivist and Individualist
Neutral and Emotional
Universalist and Particularist
Specific and Diffuse
Achievement and Ascription

Day 6: Otaku Special at Akihabara, Odaiba and bonus: Nakano Broadway

Akihabara
japan tokyo akihabara denkigai electronic town otaku anime manga figurine toys games
Well actually we went to Tsukiji for early sushi lunch first but I won't blog about it since I already covered the topic in my Tsukiji article last year. Do note that they will be moving out of Tsukiji in early 2016 to allow redevelopment for Olympics 2020.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 5: Mt. Fuji, Oshino Hakkai and Grape-picking day tour

mt mount fuji fifth 5th station japan
My friend had never visited Mt. Fuji before so we signed up for a day tour from HIS Travel. We departed from Shinjuku early in the morning and we reached there within 2.5-3 hours by bus. This wasn't my first time at Mt. Fuji's fifth station and you can read about my previous trip here, when I visited a farm and an ice cave.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blogspot.jp domain is down

It is strange but the entire blogspot.jp has been down since this morning.
If you clicked on a link in my article that doesn't work, please change ".jp" in the url to ".com"
Thank you!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 4: Chilling out and being interviewed

So the main reason why I visited Tokyo again was because of an interview by a Japanese major company for their staff magazine. I am not allowed to disclose any information right now but hey, I can post my "selfie" first!

The interview took like an hour or so with me sweating profusely because of the walk from the station to the office. (I hope my photos turn out fine...)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day 3: Tokyo Disneyland Halloween special 2014

Tokyo Disneyland Halloween 2014 special guide
October was still freakin HOT when there's sun! So if you are going to Disneyland on a sunny day (except for Winter), bring a cap or something!!!

My friend and I were both horribly bad at waking up early so we ended up arriving late (like 11.30am) at the park. By then, queues for all the popular rides had become very long. For tips on getting fast passes, etc. you might want to check the following Tokyo Disneyland survival guides here:
http://tdrexplorer.com/tips-for-dealing-with-massive-crowds-at-tokyo-disney-resort/
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3016_tickets.html
http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201308/3624/

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 2: Nissin Cup Noodle Museum at Yokohama

Nissin Cup Noodle Museum yokohama japan
I am definitely not into a cup of nothing nutritious for 343kcal but my friend was. So we went to Nissin's Cup Noodles Museum at Yokohama to spend our rainy day there. In fact, many fans thought that I would be stuck at my hotel because of typhoon but its strength had decreased dramatically and became a heavy rain instead. Having stayed at Tokyo for 3.5 years and experienced typhoon a couple of times, I learned to always check JMA a day before for a more accurate weather forecast. Thank you all for your concern! ^^

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 1: Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro Review

https://www.google.com.sg/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=sakura+hotel+ikebukuro&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=_35YVIbbMsiCuAT4koHgAg#rls=en&q=sakura+hotel+ikebukuro+review
I finally have some time to blog about my 9-days Japan trip (12-21 Oct) for work and holiday so I decided to start with my budget hotel review. It definitely feels good to be back after I left there for a year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Coffee on the go in US, Japan and Singapore

I do miss the can coffee in Japan. There are ridiculously small but really good! On the other hand, lesser and lesser coffee shops are using plastic bags now in Singapore. Maybe because they know it's not good for health?

My lovely coffee with bread~

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beer and drinking custom in Japan

Yup everyone has to drink beer in Japanese parties, even just a tiny sip. I personally prefer sweet wine and mixed juice+alcohol such as: レモンサワー (Lemon Sour: Shochu with soda and fresh lemon juice)、ゆずサワー (Yuzu Sour: Shochu with soda and fresh citrus) and カシスオレンジ (Cassis Orange:  Mixed orange juice with Creme da cassis, which is a sweet dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants). These cocktail mixes are usually served with ice. Many women also like to order 梅酒 (Umeshu/plum wine) and it is served with either ice (ロック rock)or soda water (ソーダ soda) in Japan.

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Sake 酒: Often referred to as Rice wine although the fermenting process is closer to beer.

Shochu / Shouchuu 焼酎 : Distilled spirit from barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat or rice, etc. Typically contains higher percentage of alcohol content. It is also often mixed with soda and fruit juice to become Chuhai 酎ハイ. My favourite is with lemon or grapefruit :P

Cheers :P

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trompenaar's Sequential Time vs Synchronous Time

Trompenaar's dimensions of culture
Based on Trompenaar's dimensions of culture:  Sequential Time vs Synchronous Time (How people manage time). http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/seven-dimensions.htm

Although Japanese are deadly punctual for meetings, they are quite vague when it comes to setting up deadlines in business setting. For example to finish a certain thing by a certain date... and not to forget that we have no idea what's going on at Fukushima...

Previous cultural dimensions:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leaving your belongings behind in Japan

Of course, it is always a good idea to not let your bag out of your sight unless there's really nothing important inside...

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Birth of Eva, Kopi and Matcha at Japanese Association Singapore

I usually give talks (20-25 mins or so) as part of a program for festivals or at bookstores. But this was the first time that it was just me, yup, JUST ME alone to sustain a 2 hour session consisting of a 45mins talk, 10 mins demo and 15 mins QA session. The venue is far from shopping malls and their restaurants only serve Japanese Association members. So people who came were really there for my talk only.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What to do when it gets too hot

This is the original version... but the haze in Singapore became heavy today... (from fires in Indonesia) so I changed it to this:

I guess we need air-con anyway...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why my books are still not in Malaysia and other countries yet

After releasing my first book in late June, my distributor took 1000 copies from me to be distributed to local AND Malaysian bookstores. However after selling another 500 copies by myself through talks and conventions, they STILL have not gotten ANY of my books to Malaysia yet!

WTH!? WHY!?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ikeda Spa Review (Japanese hot spring bath experience in Singapore)

ikeda spa evacomics
You must be thinking it's crazy to have a hot spring bath in our hot sunny Singapore but I can assure you, it was VERY GOOD and can improve your blood circulation! Thank you Ikeda Spa for inviting me to experience Japanese hot bath again!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Japanese Hot Spring Etiquette


This comic strip is proudly sponsored by Ikeda Spa, experience Japanese hot bath experience in Singapore! My recommended packages are at 25% off or you can choose any treatment for 20% off when you quote "Evacomics" during booking :P More details and booking here!

My full review coming up next!

Monday, September 15, 2014

When the CEO makes a mistake in US VS Japan

My friend and I were discussing about the behaviour of a CEO when a crisis occur. We concluded that CEOs in US generally stick on until they are forced down by the shareholders and CEOs in Japan will either say "We are deeply sorry" or  simply just resign, leaving the mess to whomever takes over.

Evacomics Comicbookbook™ VS Ikea Bookbook Review

Introducing the new Evacomics comicbookbook™, a new device that is so simple yet life-changing!

VS Ikea Bookbook:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Evacomics at STGCC

Evacomics at STGCC social media and comics
Thank you very much to all my fans who came down to visit my booth and hear me talk at STGCC! Also special thanks to the organizer for inviting me as guest and giving us a stage time for our "Social Media and Comics" panel discussion! (Above photo from Ink Fusion Studios )

Monday, September 1, 2014

Getting into lifts

I tried 3 times to get into the lift at a train station basement with my small trolley luggage and nobody... nobody bothered to give way, even to people on wheelchair and those with baby strollers... Kids and young people who were perfectly fine simply darted pass me while I gave way to alighting passengers and tried to let the wheelchair and baby strollers go in first.

After 10mins of waiting and letting people who need it more than me go first, I was disgusted and went up the escalator with my luggage.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Follia Italian Restaurant Review

Follia Italian Restaurant evacomics review
To my fans who love to eat like me, you are in luck! :P
I was recently invited to dine at a fine casual Italian restaurant and was simply impressed by the great food and service, so here is my review with a surprise behind!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Creative Process Talk at Extravaganza 2014, Scape

Thank you to all my fans who came down specially to hear me talk about my work, my journey and creative process last Sunday at Scape! And thank you to Extravaganza  committee for inviting me there!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Specific and Diffuse Culture

Trompenaar specific diffuse culture cultural difference
Based on Trompenaar's dimensions of culture: Specific and Diffuse
Work and home relationship is separate VS work relationship extends beyond working hours.

Previous cultural dimensions:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekday lunch time at restaurants

My Japanese friend had a surprise when he saw so many guys having their lunch at restaurants when we were dining at Orchard, a shopping district in Singapore. He was thinking, wow they don't have to work? Well... I guess all office workers in Japan eat bento (lunchbox) or company canteen food?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Evacomics Mini Exhibition at Sun Ray Cafe

Evacomics Exhibition at Sun Ray Cafe pet cafe
You can now see a selection of my hand-drawn original comic pieces at Sun Ray Cafe (beside their pet cafe section) while chatting with friends and enjoying their nice cup of coffee!!! You can also buy my book there for $19.90 (cash transaction only).

79 Brighton Crescent
Serangoon Gardens
Singapore 559218 
Tel: 62838700
https://www.facebook.com/SunRayCafeSG
Evacomics Exhibition at Sun Ray Cafe pet cafe
We have also raised $1,880 of donation through selling of my artwork at Sun Ray Cafe to the Singapore Cancer Society and A Packet of Rice. There are still 4 more paintings available for sale at $250~300 with 100% proceeds towards either of these two groups!

More info about our Charity Sale here: http://evacomics.blogspot.jp/2014/06/charity-sale-at-sun-ray-cafe-by.html

Monday, August 4, 2014

Gender Discrimination in Japan

Based on true story of what happened to me when I was in Japan. The final straw was when the editor who actually flipped my work let his pizza drip onto it and not wipe away! The biggest insult to an artist is to treat her work like trash, thanks old man, thanks...

I'm pretty sure things would be different if I was a bright young Japanese man. But then again I don't regret being a Singaporean woman because we are strong.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Odd Japanese English: BABYCAR

I realised this when my family went to Japan to visit me last year. My nephew needed a stroller and the staff at Disney Sea couldn't understand it... so I had to point to them the babycars....

YouTube Live event on 29 Jul (Tue)

Evacomics x Ichiro Films presents... 
YouTube Live event on 29 Jul (Tue)
 8-8:30pm Singapore/ Malaysia time! 
Jakarta 7pm / New York 8am / Germany 2pm / Sydney 10pm

3 more free tickets left to the live talkshow!!!

Yup, you can ask us any questions during our live event on YouTube or on my Facebook!
Here is the link to YouTube Live:

TEASERS:


Based on my comic strip:



Then I found out I gained lots of weight recently so...

UPDATE:
The final edited clip is here!
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Going to a Supermarket in Japan and Singapore

I'm thankful that I don't have to look as if I'm going for a date when I'm just going to the supermarket anymore. But then again... do people have to call me Auntie when I have no make-up or hair wax? Grrr...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Train etiquette in Japan and Singapore

Hmm correction, there is no train etiquette in Singapore.

Sorry I am so busy this month that I forgot I left my post as draft :S

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