It’s weird how when you are with someone so different, and yet you see some similarities as well.
It’s shitty to be feeling uncomfortable yet only when one is in this state of uneasiness where one can grow the most.
I hadn’t realise, it’s true that one could get inspiration simply from anywhere. Had a long day doing our brief in school and was so ‘beaten up’ in a good way…. Was worn out but feeling well-worth-the-time-spent-kinda day and all i wanted was a simple and superbly comforting meal to end my well, drained-brained day. Ate at the over-hyped up Koya bar and I finally knew why it was such a success.
The whole counter bar was packed and it seems like fairly busy thursday night. And as I sat there, having my udon (hiyashi buta miso was amazing) people watching, indulging in my favourite habit. The Japanese and ang moh staff behind the counters were absolutely in 100% full concentration in doing their thing. Poised and calm faces. with an occasional grin, doing their routine work of boiling udon noodles, preparing & etc. I can’t helped but felt in awe that such a routine work may seem like a chore to some, but these Koya chefs take pride in their work. It is also shown on how tasty the food were. A simple grilled and fried tofu could be done with such intricate detail and thought. I was so amazed and in full respect of this. Good and simple food, prepared from the heart. Such simplicity, done with the addition of tiny details show how serious japanese are with their craft.
It dawned on me that the same should be applied in what I do. In fact, it should be a golden rule in everything we do. To design with my heart, to give it my all. Cooking and designing is like a craft. We have to hone it, throw yourself into it 100% and just keep doing it routinely. I started to have a deeper respect and a higher level of love for graphic design (which i do but i was torn between if I should do it, if i am up for it). I guess, i could, if i put my soul into it.
The simpler it look yet so much thought has been put to it to make it look effortless. You may think it’s easy but, it’s definitely not.
Anyway, I think I am really grateful to be doing what I am doing NOW. Thankful for the wonderful group mate and lovely fashion people in my team and I CAN DO IT! xoxo #thoughts
p.s: Was sooooo inspired by the craft of japanese chefs/designs/way of life!—