The Good to Know contributors page! (issue #4)

Thank you so much for coming along for the Good to Know project!

As a token of appreciation, you can download the PDF copy of the zine above for free, and if you’d like to have a copy to keep, we’ll send it to you for just USD$4.00 (I’ve tried to see if I could afford to send it to everyone for free, but I don’t think that’s possible — so this price will cover the minimum shipping + misc fees!)

I would love it if you would love to participate again in the next issue! The topic for the FIFTH issue is below, and you can email me with your reply anytime before the 2nd of September:


Do you think that artists need to have degrees/qualifications from art school in order to be one? Did you study art? Does it matter?


Big hugs,

p/s—the complimentary issue is for you only! I would appreciate that you do not share this link with others — if you’d like to direct others to the Good to Know zine, please direct them to this page:

Thanks guys!

A zine on friendships and loss


I have been missing in action for a few months now, and I’m sorry I didn’t leave a note or an explanation. So many things have happened in between then and now – life got in the way (among many other things) and I just couldn’t bring myself to write for the past few months. The good news however, is that I’m easing myself slowly into being back into the groove of things (it feels like 2018 has just begun for me!)

While I didn’t do much writing here on the blog, I do have something new to show – I created a new zine in collaboration with Weng Pixin and it talks about friendship. Or rather, the lack and loss of it, all wrapped up and titled “This Ship’d Sailed”. Now, I’ve experienced friendships that have gone on and off, or perhaps even on again. We’re not bitter nor angry about them – we just felt that there’s a certain mystery about friendships, of how feelings and emotions tied to such relationships can affect us so much.

Who hasn’t lost a friend in their life? Or who hasn’t felt the stung of rejection that arose from not feeling like they belong? Or what about feeling less than memorable? So much so that you feel tossed aside and ultimately forgotten? It hurts a lot, and I can relate.

This was the reason why Pixin and I decided to create this zine – it’s 40 pages long (yes!) and consists of 7 artists sharing their stories of lost friendships – from friendly fallouts to eventual growing-apart-itis. It’s a less talked about subject – so many people were celebrating friendships that we thought that it might be interesting to talk about the flip side to BFFs.

Having had my fair share of friendships that did not turn out as well as I had hoped, I was hoping that I wasn’t the only one who felt hurt, left out and bewildered by such incidences. Turns out, it’s quite normal (if what I see and read from the contributors are anything to go by). Perhaps you’ve gone through something like this as well, to which I say sharing is really caring.

So do share with me:

Have you ever lost a friendship that was near and dear to you? Or perhaps you’ve felt a little sidelined by a group of friends before? I’d love for you to break open those floodgates and release your frustrations and feelings, and share them with me. Who knows? You might just help a friend or two (even if you don’t know them as one yet).

To see the insides of This Ship’d Sailed zine in all its full-colour glory, head over to my Etsy shop for more pictures and to get yourself a copy!

So you want to start a magazine? [YCN magazine review]

I remember the thrill of being a magazine editor, just before I left the publishing arena a little more than 6 years back. The seemingly never-ending work of changing paginations and shuffling of ad space to make everyone happy. The swoosh one feels as time ticked closer to signing-off time, and when deadlines were looming so quick the only way to slow down time was to focus on the task at hand.

So when I saw the first issue of YCN’s magazine – given out as part of a subscription in their latest new membership site, it brought back memories. Very specific memories of that harried time of printing presses and multiple edits.

The theme of their inaugural issue was about magazines – specifically, the publishing of independent titles. With a very meaty 10-point-plan into staking your very own corner in magazine publishing by none other than Jeremy Leslie (who runs the fabulous Magculture blog), the magazine is off to a sprinting start. This is then followed closely by a look at some independent publishers (I was thrilled to see some of my favorites like Wrap, Oh Comely and Anorak profiled), along with words of wisdom garnered along their journey; and as their spotlight into magazine publishing progressed, a couple more articles on the oftentimes perilous world of publishing wrapped it all up thoughtfully.

The magazine then moves on to profile some interesting individuals and their enterprises – with a firm nod to beginnings. I particularly enjoyed the article on Charles Olive who designed his first tie collection with Microsoft Excel (because he didn’t know how to do it any other way.)

A section dedicated to travel is in the magazine’s second section (there’s 4 main ones altogether), where the focus is on Antwerp, Belgium. The third opens up to various writings on tech, sports, food, travel, an in-depth interview and miscellaneous musings in between. The last chapter is a showcase of talent recommended by the contributors themselves, and runs gamut from photographers, illustrators and artists.

What made YCN’s magazine special was the extended features that made up a big chunk of the first half of the magazine. It was helpful enough for anyone who wanted to break into the magazine publishing industry, and shared enough advice from others who came out the other end triumphant; all the while without being dry or condescending.

What I look for in a magazine comes down to whether or not I was being entertained and enlightened at the end of it – and YCN has certainly managed to surprise and delight with a broad enough range of topics that served to inspire. A strong beginning indeed for what’s to come, and I can’t wait till the next issue rolls off the press.

You can get your subscription of the quarterly magazine, bundled with their Super Membership over here.


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[Images from YCN’s website]