KALA in Eco Pop Up Shanghai

KALA is our in house home decor and accessories dual brands. We are in Life Hub, Shanghai until 9 August. If you are around, please pop by! Otherwise you can also follow us in Wechat Official Account: kala_artisanal or IG: @kalaartdecor . Design and made in Indonesia.

These are our favourites: the bamboo coffee filter and bamboo tea strainer.

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Our new brand: KALA

Find us in Instagram @kalaartdecor, in Wechat: kala_artisanal

As a subsidiary of Aksen (Indonesia and China), we launched our dual line brand, KALA. This brand is for our mum, who passed away in November 2019. Her sudden passing was (and still is) difficult for us and it led my sister and I decided to get back to our root. My sister moved back to our home city not long after my mum’s passing and she became the anchor of our brand in Indonesia.

KALA provides high quality stylish home decor and accessories that highlight a few simple attainable changes towards an eco friendly lifestyle that keeps both environmental and human safety at the core of our philosophy. There is always an Indonesian touch ensuring we empower our craftsmen and promote Indonesian culture and craftmanship.

Based on the etymology referring to Wikitionary , KALA means
waktu” in Indonesia or “time” in English. While in Hindi origin word means “arts” or “a skilled craft”. The Javanese handwriting in the logo reflects our roots, our ancestors in Yogyakarta sultanate.

Our products are also in GoEco online platform, an Indonesian based platform for sustainable products.

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Call for Donation: 100 coveralls from Indonesia

Edit: donation has been raised in 24 hours, thank you for your kind help.

Hi all, I am running a small donation campaign to send coveralls to frontliners in Indonesia. If you are in position to help me with the cost of one or two coveralls, please donate. QR codes are available on the flyers for those who live in China or familiar with Chinese payment methods (Wechat Pay or Alipay). Otherwise, donation can be received through my: Indonesian BCA account, British Barclays account or Chinese BoC account. I will bear other costs such as delivery and tax, the 85RMB price is the price from factory for one piece.

Contact me on Whatsapp and Wechat: +8613884434131 and I will share my honest plan and information in hand. Thank you for reading.

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Happy Christmas

This Christmas I made some laser cut baubles, putting my rusty AutoCAD skill to use at last 🙂 Made around 650 of them in total for the Christmas market and personalised orders. 22 meticulous design and A-Z. Anyway, here is hoping for a Merry Christmas and have a fantastic 2019! Cheers.

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DCC18 conference: list of papers

List of papers could be found here:

http://dccconferences.org/dcc18/papers.html

THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN COMPUTING AND COGNITION (DCC’18 or DCC18)
Bringing artificial intelligence, cognitive science and computational theories to design research. July 2018. Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

 

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Ningbo Focus November 2017

A little bit something about myself and our life in Ningbo, China. Ningbo is a home of 7 million people, 2 hours away on high speed train from Shanghai, and only an hour away from Hangzhou. Just a hop skip away. Ningbo is good compromise between urban life and nature, and the campus is our home. Matt and I came nearly  5 years ago to the University of Nottingham ( in its China campus. The university has 3 campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia).  After 8 months I decided to pursue a PhD degree, and that is me for the time being :)  Ningbo Foreign Ladies Group (NFLG) provides a great support system, thank you Ayleen from NFLG for giving  me the opportunity. And also Ningbo Focus.

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Life Cycle 7 Endurance Ride 2017

It is that time of the year again, Life Cycle time. The 4 days endurance ride covering up to 540km in Zhejiang province. We will be riding next week, from October 3rd to 6th. A much bigger riding team (18 cyclists) and a logistics team. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meanwhile, here is a glimpse of the endurance ride last year (LC6).

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LaTeX or Scrivener

Have been using Scrivener for more than two weeks as a writing software, and I have to say it is a sturdy way of writing. A regular word processing software is commonly regarded as not the most optimum environment to write big chunks of writing. Also yesterday I had a chance to attend a LaTeX training on campus, delivered by our colleagues. So I have tried both LaTeX and Scrivener. They are cross compatible, you can combine both strategies. Lots of online reviews about both software, but here are my take on them.

The question remains however, which one I prefer to use for my PhD theses? I am still a big fan of Scrivener. The idea of each sub-section is a new page document, “write now and format later” strategy, flexibility to move around the sub-sections, no more scrolling up and down through hundreds of pages of writing, its cork board view, and the document notes which facilitates my haphazard thoughts are paramount to my workflow. Scrivener is (as advertised), a writing software. Of course it is no an impeccable software. I found problems with referencing system, as the integration is not as smooth as in MS Word.

University of Nottingham uses Harvard system, and there are two ways to produce in-text citations: (Author, year) if the citation is located at the end of a sentence, or Author (year) if the citation is in the middle of a sentence. The first format was not difficult, what we need to do is copy and paste the reference from EndNote to Scrivener. It will appear like this: {Rosenfelder, 2011 #1453} . How about the latter? From Scrivener forum , I received help within a few hour of posting a thread. {Rosenfelder, 2011 #[email protected]@author-year} is an example if we want to use Author (year) format.

Now that the minor citation problem was sorted, I began to explore more. Biggest negative review about Scrivener is its compatibility. Unless my supervisors have Scrivener too, I still need to do “compile” and do the final touch up (creating the reference list, list of contents; for instance) in Ms Word. I tried, and it worked fine. I need to account for these extra time in the future, but for Scrinever has to offer as a writing software; I am happy to proceed. Also, Scrivener does not do well with images and tables, and they still need to be adjusted in other program. What I have been doing is to import my tables as images instead of keeping the format.

Is Scrivener superior compare to LaTeX? I don’t think so. They are different, and it depends on which one you prefer really. Despite the complicated look of LaTeX, I was impressed that it is not as difficult as it looks. LaTeX is a markup language and it is a coding based program, in contrast with MS Word which is an interface based software. It is excellent for typesetting equations and formula, and is also potent in terms of handling large documents. From my personal viewpoints, I prefer working in a less wordy environment (jittery brain!). I am a truly graphic person, and having codes intertwined with my writing will confuse me. For a long piece of writing such as my theses, it will not work. For shorter ones such as papers or resume, I think I can manage. Good knowledge to obtain for future publications as it is used widely in scientific world, and I thank Chuang Gao and Liming for the training.

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Figure 1. My first LaTex trial.

 

 

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