Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I've been hovering around 99percentinvisible.tumblr.com for awhile..

Some really cool stuff:

 According to designer Elizabeth Perez, “The book’s spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned.”

The Design Deck is a set of 52  cards with essential graphic design terms, design principles and concepts, strategies for good design and quotes by famous designers. 
I thought this was really clever..
(to be honest) it still kinda looks the same to me.. oh well!

Elephant Building (Bangkok)
 (now.. i truly have a valid reason to go bkk!)

note to self: do something about gewwybeans and change this blog's layout.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter weekend!!!

Really excited for this weekend :) It's gonna be a hugely significant one!!!

This is random but isn't this the cutest shirt everrrr :D

Railroad Play Mat Tee by bkykid
I've been so busy (buzz buzz buzz..)
Promise to come up with something soon!

lots of love!!!


Friday, March 7, 2014

first post of 2014

oh hullo!
I know this is incredibly belated, but ... happy 2014 and happy (belated) lunar new year! :D 
I've finally decided to update this lil blog of mine.. well, yes, I've been busy busy.

It has been a great year so far I feel! Life truly has its ups and downs, but I'm thankful that through the 'downs', I get to learn a great deal from it and continue to mould my character and gain closeness to my heavenly Father. :)

I love how John 16:33 says, 'These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.'

It's the horsey year! :>

the awesome 7/11 taiwan trip, with the awesome-est people!

I think I should really blog about my taiwan trip when I have the time! More of to really keep track, and leave a piece of memory on this blog, so that I can revisit. I get so amused when I read my old blogs.. I wonder who reads this too, heh!

Alrighty, ciao!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ponder ponder

hullo! happy tuesday! Just thought of dropping by with a quick blog post! :>
busyness is not overrated, it's a reality! nargghhh. I'm having an artist's block too. Have been struggling with coming up with new ideas. BUT, I think it's gonna be exciting heh.
here's a sneak peek at one of the new christmas designs we're coming up with!

plumpy penguin :] we'll most probably be joining two art markets in dec as well! So, must really come up with new stuff heh.

Today I woke up with a bit of an unrest, and then I felt this verse creep into my heart:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Truly, nothing can ever surpass the peace from the Father. Thank you Jesus, for the peace in my heart today. :) so.... YAY! happy day haha.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

so beautiful Your love

Hi there! Happy 5/6 of November! :)
Where did october go? I finally submitted my final year dissertation, woohoo!! (3 more reports to go though, but yes I can do this!!!). I had such a crazy stressful day, felt sick, emotional and made horrible horrible decisions. But I believe that whatever setbacks we encounter, there is always something we can learn from it and many revelations are revealed. I'm so excited to finally have a bit more time to focus on gewwybeans, to quickly come up with christmas cards and new designs!!! I think.. it's gonna be super exciting because we signed up for not one, but two art markets! heehee

A very lovely friend of mine wrote this wonderful wonderful heartfelt letter to me, to comfort me as well as to remind me of God's love. Revenge and anger is truly like feeding poison to yourself, the only way to let go is to forgive. I think of how Jesus was mocked and tortured, yet He prayed to God to not forsake them. How amazing and sacrificial is that?

Glory to the King who gave His life
Glory to the Lamb of sacrifice
Beautiful and broken, holiness and love
Glorious the wounded hands of God


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

busy busy bee!

Hullo hullo!
Sorry for the lack of gewwybeans updates. I really want to come up with christmas cards, new totes, new items (calendars, notebooks maybe?) and there are just so many ideas in my head, sometimes I feel like it might burst! haha. I just have been so crazy busy with my final year dissertation, not to mention 3 more reports due… real soon. But I'm grateful, really! 2 years ago I probably would never have thought I would be where I am right now, following God's plan for me.. and doing my final term in sch! I've never mentioned it here before, but I really struggled through school, lots of obstacles I had to overcome. It's a real miracle how I made it to this final year 3. Even for this dissertation, I hit a really low point, and started lamenting and complaining, feeling depressed about why I was doing this, something that I dislike and simple have no interest in. But yes, we can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US! I suddenly got blessed with not one but two friends who helped me with my research, data analysis (how blessed am I!), and countless of other support through encouraging notes, surprise visits and prayers. :) And yes, I'm grateful that at least I have the opportunity to study, to obtain a degree, what's there to complain about? But to be thankful in all circumstances. 
my favourite bobokim and kek who stayed up to help me analyse my report - super super amazing and giving friends I have.  They are the true example of how it's always more blessed to give than to receive. :)

Wanna encourage whoever is going through a rough patch, have faith and don't give up! You WILL walk through this and achieve more in return. :)

And to end off this post rather abruptly.. I was watching How I Met Your Mother a few weeks back and there was this episode whereby all of them wanted to dress up as the characters from The Breakfast Club (one of the best movies everrrr!!) for halloween. Unfortunately, everyone had the same idea and dressed up as "the criminal", John Bender. I just thought it was so hilarious I actually laughed out loud in my room, to myself, hahahahha. Lily's "i give up" face is so funny.

Okay, that was very abrupt. haha, I shall scoot back to schoolwork.

Lots of love to you!!!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Life is a road that I wanna keep going

pooka being all shy when Anastasia and Dimitri's kissed (aww)

The other day I was just talking to my friend, hui-ting, about how much I loved (still love) Anastasia. We first started singing (softly) 'we were strangers starting out on a journey....' and then it escalated to a giggly and full of gusto rendition of the whole song, with surrounding and amused friends joining in.

Even as I kid I remembered watching the movie countless times with the pirated VCD (ops) that I requested my dad to buy. I don't quite know what it really was about the movie that formed such a deep impression on me, perhaps it was the music, the romance, and the secret wish that I too were a long lost princess. :p I had a mini microphone in the computer that could record sounds, and I just played and manually recorded all the songs, even printing out the lyrics so I could memorize and sing anytime I wanted. Kinda miss those carefree days of innocence.

Just a little random post, heh... of reminiscences..

Alright, have a loud and wonderful wednesday! :>

ps: some gewwybeans updates: we're trying to come up with more designs for Christmas! and totes. Possibly looking into creating notebooks or calendars. I just need to... work on my dissertation and project work. time management time management narggh!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

new totes! (and some behind the scenes, haha)

hullo! a big big happy weekend to everyone! 
I absolutely love weekends because not only can I get to take a break from work/school, I get to go to church and be found in the House of God, yay! :]

Anyway, this is a little late, but I wanted to blog about the new totes we have! We decided to go for a more petite sized tote this time round. Okay, I just realised I'm always typing "we decided, we wanted, we chose.." but actually gewwybeans comprises of just me - grace. so.. there's no we, there's just me, and xiaojia at times hahah. Okay, sorry for side-tracking.. yes! Our smaller and cuter bags are handy enough to bring anywhere. But don't belittle its size because you can really store a lot of things in it! I bring it to school with me sometimes (think 2 big textbooks, one water-bottle, small pouch of random necessities, wallet and a pencil case).

I had a lot of fun taking pictures for this set of newer totes because I did it with my bestie, ros, and in Melbourne! I usually put off taking pictures of new products because Singapore is just so hot I would sweat with the camera and everything... but Melb was just perfect cos of the cold weather, heh.

 Here are some pictures! You can find the full set of totes here. :)

don't you just love ros' cute ugg boots!

And to make this post less boring, I have some 'behind the scenes' pictures to share. :D

check out the super sunny sky! It was a lovely day :]

and of course, my best helper, rossie ros. thank you for posing so patiently for me and helping me with finding spots and coming up with ideas.

Alright, have a good weekend! :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

octopus october

hullo! Oh man, I can't believe it's October already.. I bet I'm not the only one lamenting on how time really flies (it truly truly does, no one is even exaggerating anymore). Anyhow, I hope everyone had a good september (i sure did, hehe!). Life has been busy, but I just thought I could share a mini comic/drawing that I doodled a long long time ago, about what happens in a typical day for xiaojia.

And I would like to share a verse that spoke straight into my heart:

I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.

I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
Isaiah 41:16

Have a good week!!! Eat more macarons! :p

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rose St. Artists' Market & MAAD!

Hullo there! This has been a much busier period for gewwybeans, what with setting up stalls at craft markets(within a time span of less than two weeks), preparing new items and also revamping the etsy online store! But it is a good kind of busy I must say. That little bit of a push really helped snap me out of the rather passive attitude I had for gewwybeans. Now, I just need to continue this momentum. :p

So, in August, I took a step of faith and decided to take part in the rose st. artists' market in Melbourne. It's just the loveliest little market filled to the brim with creative items and designs that are completely one of a kind. I remember being really sad the last time I visited rose st. because I only had less than an hour to browse.
The last time I really took part in a market was more than a year ago, and with the long hiatus in between, starting gewwybeans up again was exciting yet scary at the same time for me. I wasn't sure what to expect especially since I wasn't super familiar with Melbourne.
It was a great experience though! People were really friendly and chatty and being the typical 'I'll never ever speak up in class' kind of Singaporean, it took me a while to open up and to just enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the market.

I'm really thankful I had my pretty best friend, ros, who was there to help me. You are really gewwybeans' best best helper! :D

And of course, an obligatory picture with the stall, haha. We truly braved the chilly weather and cold winds!

There's really everything at the market.. from pottery to bags to cards, photography, candles, just everything!

The awesome people behind rose st. market also recently opened a really cool cafe right beside the market, called young blood's diner. Unfortunately we didn't really have time to try out the menu, but the food sure smelled duper good, haha.
The Rose St. Artists' Market is at 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy and it's held every weekend! It's definitely a must to drop by if you're in Melbourne. :>

Back in Singapore, I decided to take part in September's MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers), just one day after my bday, heh. :D
It was a really good experience as well, I realised that there are many people in Singapore who really appreciate the arts and MAAD is pretty awesome in providing people with a platform to showcase their creative works.

The awesome mom who really helped me so much, and without a word of complaint. Thank you for sewing all the gewwy tags onto the bags (and calming me down when I kept having trouble printing the bags).

MAAD is held once every month, on a friday, 5pm-12am. The next one is on the 11th of Oct! It's at the red dot museum, 28 maxwell road.

wow, this is my longest blog entry in a long long time. Do stay tuned though, gewwybeans is gonna come up with more exciting new stuff! :D

Have a blessed week!