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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  1. Hi Emila, dropping by early to wish you a great year ahead and hoping your business will grow even bigger next year 😀

    The year has been decent for me and I’m hoping it will be better next year.

  2. Salam kak Emi. Happy new year for you.
    May us learn from the past to be better next year.
    Disappointment never let us despair. Though it really hurt us in the heart, but we are stronger kan? 🙂

    I wish you have good health and get much ideas to produce more cute and meaning arts. Thank you for being my friend this year straight. Thank you for make me smile by your art.

    Sincere from me. Azah Skaliskala. <3

    1. Salam Azah, Happy New Year to you too. We learned from the past and yes, it made us tougher and stronger. I wish all the best in your future undertakings. Thank you for being a faithful reader and friend and a sister.

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