2011 Retrospect

In a day time we will say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. The year 2011 has been a great and productive year for me despite some heart pains such copyright infringement and jealousy. But that did not stop me from making new artworks and posting them on my blog because I believe that most of my readers can relate to my artworks that would somehow remind them of their childhood. To me, making people smile is enough for me to get me to create, create and create more.

look before you cross the road

Left, right, left – one of many illustrations I made this year.

2011 also saw me winning the iMasTravel contest which gave me the chance to visit Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa and Seoul, South Korea. The experience was great despite the disappointment of not being able to be on top on Table Mountain in Cape Town and the fact that we travelled to Seoul in rainy season. My husband and I dubbed it as honeymoon vacation we never had before.

me under oak tree

I really love this big European tree. ` Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town.

Jetlag is not really it but after two weeks of vacation, I had hard time coming up with new illos as my mind was still in vacation mode. Took me quite some time to get back on track.

Had quite a number of commission works done this year including book illustrations. I haven’t got the time to come up with my own new books this year but will have more next year. For the time being, I am working on My Kuala Lumpur Scrapbook and My Fathers’ Kitchen.

My Kuala Lumpur Scrapbook

My direction early last year saw me making some crafts and mugs but after thinking about it very hard, I had to let go of those two. I haven’t got the time to make crafts and as for the mugs, I have been having problems with broken mugs due to bad handling by local delivery service.

bushra's dad


And the most devastating part of my 2011 was when I lost my kittens. The kittens followed their mum making rounds around the neighbourhood but somehow, the mother came back without its kittens. I searched high and low and cried many times over. Searching effort and flyers distribution around the neighbourhood failed. I had to face the fact that I will never see them again. I still miss the kittens.


Do visit my archived posts if you need to read my 2011 stories.

So, how is your 2011? Good? Bad? So-so?

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Yassin is 8

Yassin had a blast during his garden birthday party yesterday. He invited the neighbourhood friends but as he invited them in the afternoon, I did not expect for the kids to bring him pressies. “Just come and eat,” I told Yassin to tell them. Without Yassin knowing it, his cousins and me had bought few little things to make it up with the WWF Belt he wanted. I strongly did not agree with the idea of buying WWF belt that cost RM100 ! So we bought books, alarm clock, some small LEGOs to assemble and a wrist watch that cost about the same amount of the belt and wrapped them in different wrappers. Yassin was so happy that he got so many pressies from us!

Yassin on his birthday

Mango cake

makan time!


Yassin's friends


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My upcoming book: My Kuala Lumpur Scrapbook

I guess this book will come out first before My Father’s Kitchen.

My Kuala Lumpur Scrapbook is a delightful new book by me featuring several unique buildings and spots in Kuala Lumpur – Masjid Jamek, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Chinatown, Perdana Lake Garden, Brickfields, National Museum, KLCC, KL Tower, KL Sentral and the National Mosque.

This­ book is a combination of text, watercolour illustrations and scrapbook elements that will inspire you to start your own scrapbook.

Title: My Kuala Lumpur Scrapbook
Edition: 1st
Author/Illustrator: Emila Yusof
Publisher: Oyez!Books
Language: English
No of pages: 24
Size: 210 x 297 mm
Finishing: Hardcover
Price: RM32
Publication date: Feb 2012


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I am the pirate!!


If you think I am the copyright pirate, well, you are so wrong! Haha.

I found out this What Disneyworld Ride Are You? quiz from Marzie’s blog and took it. The result shows that I am one of the Pirates of The Caribbean. It says:

You Are Pirates of the Caribbean

You are prone to vivid fantasies about private escapes. You travel to whole other countries and worlds in your mind.

You are a mystical person at times. You believe there’s more to this world than what you see.You’re very kind, gentle, and empathetic. You can’t help but feel whatever others are feeling.

You may be a bit quiet, but deep down you have a heart for adventure. You have romantic notions about traveling the world.

Let me know what type are you. This is fun.

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Are you banned from this blog?

If you are, it is probably because:

  • you spam me with ugg boots link, live sex chat link or anything similar,
  • you try to link my link through my RSS feed and making profit from it in the sense of Google Adwords,
  • you are spying on me and copy everything that I do.

I banned all the above only using URL link, not IP address ; for example: www.yourblog.com.If you cannot view my blog and have nothing to do with the above, do let me know as soon as possible. I’ll add you to my white list.

So far, I have blocked 3 local URLs due to some reasons. Who are they? I am not telling but I think they know who they are. I am not the kind who can really deal with emotional attacks and what I do is, to forget that these people exist and completely refraining myself from visiting them. It is better not knowing what they say about me rather than deal with pain in the heart.

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