Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's requiredSir Winston Churchill

Monday, May 30, 2011

happy monday:)

Hello all, how was your weekends? I had a good time involved in Hari Belia 2011 at Putra Jaya. It's been such a long 3 days to me... kind of flat and I am hoping to lay down all day long to recover. It was a nice experience with lots of crowds, a very good exposure to me. Thanks to whoever that came, giving me continuos support. You know who you are...mmmuaahhh:)

In between Lorong Seni there are a stage where live performance are all day long to night..and I have been fed with various types of music, from Jazz to Rock by many talented independent artist that I never realise of their existance before. The music still lingering in my head till now...

Many peoples have make an enquiry on my upcoming book binding workshop. I have add on additional info http://little-syam.blogspot.com/p/book-binding-workshop.html on the venue detail.

I am not a poet and not an expressive type of person but I dedicate this poem to one Uncle that helped me three night ago.

Terlalu banyaknya kejadian berlaku kebelakangan ini, 
hingga kerap aku mempersoalkan, apakah kebaikan yang telah aku lakukan?

Kau datang menghulurkan bantuan waktu tengah malam
sedikit ganjil tetapi aku tidak merasakan kejanggalan
Uncle Cina mengutip sampah, memakai seluar pendek compang camping
penuh keikhlasan...menolong menyumbat barang...

setelah kerja kau lakukan, kau mengangkat tangan
tidak mengharap duit upah belas ehsan..
hati tersentuh, dalam kesusahanmu aku cemburu kerna riak gembira di muka mu tiada tandingan.
Hanya domino piza sejuk makan malam dapat aku hulurkan

terima kasih Pakcik... 
Kau adalah antara bidadari
yang sentiasa membantuku
yang memudahkan urusanku

I supposed you just need to believe in one:) //syam

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances. Julia Sorel

Integrity combined with faithfulness is a powerful force and worthy of great respect. Real Live Preacher
Lorong Seni, @ 1 Million Youth Gathering 2011
We play the hands of cards life gives us. And the worst hands can make us the best players. Doc Searls

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it - Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

June Bookbinding Workshop

Yeaaayyyy I have the date and venue for June book Binding Workshop 7. For the first time I am going to bring my workshop to this lovely place PIECES. I have published some hint on my previous article about the place, so do check it here..will post more pictures if I had an opportunity on my next visit ...very very exciting place and charming. I am sure you will like it too... Learning book binding skill there will be a very interesting experience.

Click here for further info and how to register:)
You could register directly to me or, you could also register through PIECES. 
Email stars@pieces.com.my or call them at 03 2110029 (Nana/Joanne).


Have you ever need to make a decision in a very short period? Then if you commit to it you need to change a way of doing and thinking for 360 degree? It's been one year this month since I quit my design manager position. Since then, I had the best quality of life, been doing something that I truly passionate about, working with so many wonderful people and quit my job has been the best decision I ever made. 

Now I need to make a decision again. I've been comfortable with this one year experience. Honeymoon was over, I got to pull myself back to reality and it is about time to shoulder a responsibility in order to make an impact. .  I am on a crossroads again. Wish me luck..

Hello there:)

What a lovely day today. Myself been so busy having an important meeting and site visit...pheeewww just looking at other possibilitIes of  putting up my products at different level, something that still very far from being materialised. It going to be a busy day for me on top of blogging I will keep continue creating, creating and creating. 

Another 2 days before the Youth Day at PutraJaya. The organiser has confirmed my demonstration slot; at 5pm on Saturday..if you are gonna be around, please drop by at Lorong Seni and say hi. 

What do you expect from my booth will be many many handmade goods from bags, plushies, tshirt, painting, handbound books and cuppies. 4 of us going to be under 2 booth no 9 & 10 > Eita, MayaPuri, My Glass Cubicle & myself. I am not usually join any of government event..but I thought, why not give it a try on top of helping out a friend that wanted me to become one of the speaker. So my OK just a simple demo session will do...less stress:)

Here my latest creation going to be amongst LittleSyam product sell at Youth Day. 
This one fresh from oven:)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Monday:)

Hello all... do you have a wonderful weekend? Time flies super fast and it is Monday again. I had a great weekend doing my book binding workshop.

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday going to be a busy day to me again. Will be at Putra Jaya fo Hari Belia. I might have my slot on Saturday doing the demo for book binding workshop. So watch this space for the update: http://www.inovacreative.com/?page_id=30. So many things will happen within that 3 days. They will have all sort of programme, such as creative talk, seminars and demo, art show, video and film screening, creative playground, degree show. The whole event was called INOVA. So if you are around please drop by at our booth no 9 & 10.

INOVA will be held in at the Ministry Youth & Sports Building in Putrajaya but at the Lorong Seni section, located right BEHIND ISTANA KEHAKIMAN

Kementerian Belia Dan Sukan Malaysia, Aras 3, Menara KBS, No 27 Persiran Perdana, Presint 4, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62570 Putrajaya
Check for the map here.
Here are some fun photos from workshop yesterday:) So enjoy...have a great day!
Pi Chuey, YinZ & Cheryl with me
Jan & Me, Sook Mei, Rita & Cindy with me
from top left: Cindy, Pi Chuey, Sook Mei, Cheryl, YinZ, Rita
from right bottom: Jan, Me & Eva
YinZ, Rita & Eva
student master piece - Rita & Cheryl

Eva creation

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

LittleSyam Book Binding Workshop 6- Day 1

Hello all...

How was your Saturday? I am occupied with my LittleSyam Book Binding Workshop 6. I love it and am so grateful to be able to meet up with so many wonderful people so far. Different background with the same common passion. I wont be able to tell which workshop is the best.. all are fun in its own way, where I personally feel emotionally connected with each of them in different way. I been teaching and it has become a learning curve to me too. They are amongst the best people I've ever known, genuinely interested to learn the skill.

8 peeps joining my workshop this time: 

Cindy / Event&PR 
Jan / HR Manager
Cheryl / Graduate
Rita / Marketing & Sales
Yin Sze / Internet Banking
Pei Chuey / Flavourist
Eva / Graphic Designer
Sook Mei / Trading Firm
Sweet Rita..working very hard. She used to be my client.. Thanks for your support dear:)
Mother & Daughter > Jan & Cheryl

Some have art and craft background and some with attention to learn a skill as a plus point. I am happy to look at Jan (mother) & Cheryl(daughter).. whereby by attending the workshop they could spend their time together, learning this skill as a mother's day gift from a daughter. How sweet....

Top & right: Cindy, Pi Chuey, Eva
Bottom: Pei Chuey & Yin Sze

I felt touched when learning this skill was like a sentimental value to Pei Chuey as a remembrance of her late father. It gave such a greater meaning to me personally rather than just passing a skill.

I had a wonderful time, everything just perfect even the rain that fell so heavily at the end of class.


Friday, May 20, 2011

What a bless Friday:)

I had such a wonderful week..I am so blessed being surrounded by people that appreciate what I am doing..I am not sure if I believe in miracle but miracle does happen at the upmost time, when I need one... .. Small little thing that consider a real big, good instinct and vibe that never lie. 

I did mentioned before that I am attending a jewelry class organised by Emi Kaz. Such a talented and master in his own right. I am attended the soldering class..pheww need lots of practise especially being friend with the flame. He was so patience and full of passion. I had so much respect of what he was doing. Email him should you wanna give yourself a try learning this skill miyaemi@gmail.com. I been learning how to solder a few part into one and  been worked with brass and silver. Been introduced to the tools..these are all so new to me..but having a chance to learn a new skill make me appreciate handmade stuff even more.
my first attempt..which I feel...more than good. Me very easy to please:)

wonderful place, that full with loads of precious

Got this email from this place called PIECES, located at Changkat area next to No Black Tie. PIECES is a boutique furniture, selling mostly furniture and art & craft that either a new design or precious pieces that they refurbished. Here I would like to share this wonderful boutique and I am all excited because they are invited me to have my LittleSyam book binding workshop there..Thanks to Petrina, Joanne & Nana, for believing in me and my passion. June workshop gonna be there so if you wanna learn the book binding skill in this wonderful places the date has been confirmed which is 25 & 26 sat sun. I will publish further info soon. Should give myself a try...
imagining the outdoor workshop

captivating nature infront of No Black tie

9 students will attending my bookbinding workshop tomorrow and sunday...what a great week I had. I hope all of you have a wonderful week as well.

Passion is seldom the end of any story, for it cannot long endure if it is not soon supplemented with true affection and mutual respect - Kathryn L. Nelson

Do keep on doing, pursuing, living your passion....big hugs//syam

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.Ann Faraday

New Book:)

Photos of my latest creation, requested by client that wanted a photo album that could fit 4R picture with a little space to write. She wanted to incorporate the image of Australia and this album will fill with travel photos while she visited the country. I could always customised the front page but it gonna cost to create a new mould so my suggestion to her is to have nature images. I also included dotted background like an Australia aboriginal art...

I have bind 5 album in total, with another 8 cover options:)
Photo Album

Binding type Kettle stitch 
Paper Thick paper, 180gsm, Beige colour
Total of page 102 front back/ 51 sheets
Measurement 8"(height) x 7.5"(width)
Finishing Metal corner with elastic band
Price RM75 + RM10 (optional) postage within Klang Valley


cover option
cover option

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hello There:)

At last I got myself a new card reader..A few photos to share here....Last few days has been a day that I feel like doing nothing, I am being such a lazy, laying down make myself occupied by reading some romantic novel..LOL... 

I am not sure if you believe in this blues thingy... but for sure I can't drag myself too long, got to come out from this grief....looking at many works needed to be settled. I am so looking forwards for my book binding workshop, excited to meet up with new people, make new friend..exchanging view does make my mind stimulate...
Experimenting with leather cover...gonna produce more. this is such a long delay project for someone.
Comission job: 25 pcs packaging for jewelry. 
I am using 5 types of fabric for outer and velvety effect fabric for inside to protect the jewelry from scratch.
Next week gonna be a busy week for me; preparing materials, finalise menu, fine metal class, visiting potential new place for book binding workshop (I am sooo excited about this), creative indulgence with Lina & book binding workshop 6 on Sat and Sun.

 I am joining a class on fine metal lesson next week. Something that I always wanted to explore...and one in my wish list, something that I need to do:) will share more soon...
I am experimenting with colours. This is for photo album cover proposal. 
Dotted element like an aboriginal art for photo album, Australia version.
Will post the final output soon.
I have a great week, keeping myself busy and welcome to the other new week..Don't you think time really flies.. I am so afraid, I have stop counting the day, hard for me to catch or speed myself to ensure I keep up with everything, I just gonna embrace and enjoy whatever comes... ppheeewww

Take care folk...Loads of love//syam

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis - Martha Beck

Monday, May 09, 2011

Hello There:)

Not everything made you stronger. It was possible to survive, yet still be crippled for your trouble. Sometimes it was okay to run away, to skip the test, to chicken out. Or at least to get some help.Scott Westerfeld

I started my day with morning walk..been stopping this habit for months. Kind of regain my energy back. I have created one book and the cover were made of leather. Unfortunately my card reader are gone kaput. Couldn't transfer photos from my NIKON. Will do that soon.

Got my copy of CutOut Magazine..will sleep with smile on my face:)

Today was my 13th wedding anniversary. Wow...that long and my prayer will be the happiness, ever lasting commitment and love forever..Amin

I am looking forwards to have another book binding workshop on 21st and 22nd May. I had to close the application since my home can't handle much students and few will join June workshop instead.. I am so looking forwards...

Take care//syam

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Emak

I won't ask for more than Emak good health. I am not usually celebrating mother's day, but I did called to wish her. Everyday such as special as this day. So looking forwards for a weekend break next week. I am going home mak:) Without her I am not what I am now....

Loads of Love, Huge Hugs and Many Kisses //syam

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Creative Indulgence

Went for creative indulgence with gang from workshop 5. I am not fully myself today, thinking of Larry ashes going to be scattered at Beach of St Clair, Dunedin. Good bye white butterfly, fly high, free yourself and be happy...

Went to a few places, holding myself from buying a lot...Have to start creating, but seems the mood not fully recover..Crafter blues? Dropped by at Pipit market...huge crowd..lots of follower. Met many familiar faces...and many handmade books, creation from students used to attend my workshop...Happy and really proud of them. Many interesting stuff...but I am so lazy capturing photos....blame for the blues I am facing at this moment.

Love xoxo //syam

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Quote of the Day:)

Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning your shoulders sideways to walk quickly on a crowded sidewalk. It's your move.Real Live Preacher

Hello There:)

Been keeping myself busy... had Cynthia came for coptic lesson today, she missed 2nd day class..and time seem flies really fast.

Get yourself copy of latest Cutout Magazine VOL 02 Issue 02 available at major bookstore nationwide. It was my design on the cover:). If you wish to subscribe email them at subscribe@cutoutmag.com. 

picture copyright of cutout mag
Cutout Mag team going to have their first Creative Muse. If you wish to join them, booth available at only RM30. So hurry, email them at creativemuse.marketplace@gmail.com

picture copyright of cutout mag

11 June 2011 

The Weld Shopping Centre KL 
(Concourse, LG)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Happy Wednesday

Despite feeling a bit down for loss of Larry...and sleepless night keep thinking of him..I had received a lovely email from Mel, visitor from Christchurch New Zealand at Etsy Market, last Saturday. It was good to hear that familiar tone of slang again. She sent me a photo of my hanging mobile she took. Her kind words is an encouragement... from unexpected person that I met in my life journey...

Thanks Mel, perhaps we could meet again one day when our life might cross at the other side of world.


Quote of the Day:)

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rest in Peace My Dear Larry:(


Like a comet Blazing 'cross the evening sky  Gone too soon

Like a rainbow Fading in the twinkling of an eye Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly And splendidly bright Here one day Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight On a cloudy afternoon Gone too soon

Like a castle Built upon a sandy beach Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower That is just beyond your reach Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight Here one day Gone one night

Like a sunset Dying with the rising of the moon Gone too soon

Browse through his photo, saw my dolltopia kuda on top of his fire place,
my christmas present to him last 2 years.
He was the reason why I keep teaching book binding passionately, sharing everything I know and I wish I could inspired people as much as he has inspired me. I am paralysed when I got to know today that he was gone, forever. 

Now I know...why there are no answer...You kind of knew..that you not going to be around...My heart are so heavy..when I think of it.

Larry..you are my guru, my motivator, my inspiration, my magician..you will deeply missed..I thought we will meet on my next travel to NZ...ohhh Larry I just can't believe that you are gone. May you rest in peace..I'll make sure your legacy continue. I still keeping compilation of poem you sent me, where I always think it sounded so weird. And that made you truly a unique person. You left so much love and had touched so many heart. How I wish you are much stronger to hold your sorrow.

I remembered we had mistaken you for a painter (tukang cat) on the first day you turned up in the class. Larry that I knew was always wearing Hawaiian Shirt , Khakis Pant and Canvas shoes. You brought million colours with your magic show. You always gave me A+...I love seeing you playing piano...your love towards cats..and your craving for sweet food and royal blue was your favourite colour. I still felt the warmth of your last good bye hug while I left NZ for good. Too much memories and I won't forget the book binding skill you passed on to me and your encouragement to continuously spread the skill, even how difficult it is sometimes. 

Lots and loads of love///syam

Happy Tuesday

I am going for creative indulgence with my group of students from workshop 5 this Saturday... We will end up our creative indulgence trip at Pipit Market. So for whoever free please drop by at:

  • venue : Annexe Gallery , Central Market , KL
  • date : 7th May 2011 , Saturday

It is worth spending your money while supporting our local creative talent and you will find many handmade craft, art design, independent brand and unique limited items, there.

More than 60 artists / designer / crafter ! & miniature exhibition will be featured and involved in wonderful market. 

RM70, size: 8" x 7" / 120 pages double sided using 180gsm beige quality paper
with 1100gsm hand silkscreen cover
Here I would like to share latest book I made recently... I have been sold one at Etsy Crafter market 3.