Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014!

2013 had been an eventful year for me. First I graduated from Waseda Business School in Tokyo, then I was selected for a fully sponsored trip to CoFesta Japan. On 25th Dec, I finally got to move to an empty room so I could setup my own home studio.

I must thank all my loyal fans who had supported me throughout these years when I was just drawing unpopular short comic strips about my daily life till I changed them to comparisons between Japan and Singapore (and sometimes US) in April 2012. Thank you all for your awesome support by liking and sharing my comics, and especially fans who had bought my merchandise online and specially came down to visit me at Marina Barrage, Singapore.

After 3.5 years of fun, study, close shave with death from earthquakes and radiation worries in Japan, it is finally time to pay back in Singapore XD
My wish for 2014 is to publish my first book and to develop Evacomics brand. And of course, to gain more wonderful fans like you.

Wishing everyone a fabulous 2014, Happy New Year!❤ \(≧▽≦)丿♪

January 2014 Desktop Wallpaper for Download

With calendar:
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Without calendar:
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Apologies everyone for the late update! I had been terribly busy moving house, buying new furniture and appliances, and catching up with lots of family gatherings. I made a tweak to the colours so this one is different from the ones at Smashing Magazine (if they choose my work again ^^;;).

This design is based on Japanese 初詣Hatsumoude on the midnight of new year. Hatsumoude can also mean first visit to the temple or shrine during the first few days. You can read more about how Japanese celebrate their new year from my previous comic strip post. Hope you enjoy my new calendar! Happy New Year!

Update: My wallpaper is selected by Smashing Magazine again! Check out the page for more great wallpapers! http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/12/31/desktop-wallpaper-calendar-january-2014/

Monday, December 30, 2013

Japanese New Year

Although we celebrate new year with a loud countdown and elaborate fireworks, Japanese celebrate(?) it quietly by visiting their nearby shrine or temple. Towards midnight, the bells at those shrines and temples would ring and people would make their wishes for the new year, usually for health and happiness. I had never been to one when I was in Japan because it was always too cold~ XD But hey, I heard the bells!

You can read more about how Japanese celebrate the new year at the Japan National Tourism Board webpage.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Celebrating christmas in Japan

Although Christmas is not a public holiday in Japan, it is well celebrated by retail shops there...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Now you can buy direct from the artist!

For prints such as calendars and postcards. Prices are in USD.
Ships from Singapore, directly from me :)

If you live in Singapore, you can also pay via local bank transfer to POSB savings 042-26859-3 or Citibank checking 0803296006.
  • A4 Calendar =SG$10
  • Postcard (one pc)=SG$4
  • Postcard set (3 pcs)=SG$10
  • Calendar+postcard set= SG$18
Delivery is SG$2.80 for the calendar, including the plastic hard sleeve for protection.
Postage for postcards is SG$0.80.

To order, please send me an email at:

*Please indicate if you would like to have it autographed (front or back) or not.

For merchandise such as mugs, shirts and printed canvases. Ships from US through a fulfilment service company (like an agent). Items are only produced after you place an order so shipping takes a longer time. You should receive the products within 3 weeks if you live outside of US, but longer depending on your country's customs.
Thank you for your support!(≧▽≦)

Friday, December 13, 2013

My first mini-stall at EOY this Sunday!

Special thanks to Diayaku for offering to share their table space with me!
I will be selling my A4 Calendar prints (limited to 100 pcs) and 3 postcard designs (only 40 sets available for EOY).

This is my first time selling my prints at a convention so please support! See you there at Marina Barrage this Sunday! ;P

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Grape picking and Strawberry snow cones at Tochigi

Japanese kyoho grapes tochigi ichigono sato japan
Tochigi is famous for their strawberries but this place called Ichigo no Sato (meaning Strawberry's homeland) had other fruits for people to enjoy during other seasons. I would have picked Nagano prefecture, famous for their grapes, but the Sunflower day tour that I had signed up for on 6th Sep brought us here instead.

Monday, December 9, 2013

It can be cold in Singapore too

Feels cold in Singapore too with air con blasting everywhere! Well, at least it's not winter temperature!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mt Fuji one day tour at farm, ice cave and fifth station.

Mt Fuji makaino farm makai no farm
My family trip on 3rd Sep continued with a one day tour to Mt Fuji, except that it was a Japanese tour :P The tour was special because they bring people to an "experience" farm called Makai no Farm". Basically it is not the actual farm that harvests milk for the mass market, but one that was designed to allow kids and family to spend time with farm animals.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Giving up seats in Japan to people who need it

I think Singaporeans give up their seats more than Japanese. Perhaps salarymen in Japan are too tired and just want to sleep or look at their smartphones...

Friday, November 29, 2013

December 2013 Desktop Wallpaper for Download

With calendar:
Without calendar: 

I added a bigger portrait size wallpaper for tablets now :)
Hope you like December's desktop too, happy holidays!

Update 1 Dec: My design was selected in Smashing Magazine again!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Evacomics opens online shop with Society6

Ends 2 Dec (Cyber Monday)!!!

 What is Society6?

Society6 is a fulfilment service company that helps artists to setup their online shop and take care of everything from collection of payment, production of goods, all the way to shipping of a product. Items are only produced after an order is made so the shipping time is a bit longer. All items are shipped from US and listed in USD. The only thing artists need to take care of is to create and upload the designs. I had chosen Society6 because of its easy to use interface and recommendation by a few fellow artist friends. Unfortunately, there is no such service in Asia yet.

  What happens after I purchase from Society6?

Items are only produced after you place an order. If you live in US, items will typically arrive around a week or so. Overseas customers would have to wait 2-3 weeks (or more, depending on customs). And of course, I get a design commission (around 10% of sales) for every item sold with my design on it :)

  I like your design!

If you are from a company looking for such artwork to sparkle your products or marketing material, please do not hesitate to contact me. More information about my services and rates can be found here:

And yes, I also do caricatures and illustrations for individuals ;)

Chinese food and Japanese food

It's very difficult to tell what meat you're eating when you eat Japanese food~

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sushi and beyond at Tsukiji Fish market

Tsukiji Fish market tokyo tuna cutting
I went to Tsukiji several times with friends (both Japanese and foreigners) so I brought my family down for some fresh sushi on their first day in Tokyo. However this post will be a compilation of ALL my trips down to Tsukiji so you can have a better idea of what to expect.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tokyo Sky Tree with elderly and toddler

Tokyo Sky Tree
Now that I'd cleared everything from CoFesta, I'm going to travel further back in time about my family trip to Tokyo in September!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Manner in drinking sake rice wine in Japan

I tried to pour sake (rice wine) for myself but was often stopped by my Japanese friend because it is a custom for others to pour for you. Oops!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bathing habits in US, Singapore and Japan

You are never alone in Japan :P
*PS. Monkeys don't drink and you can only find them at Nagano's onsen (hot spring).

Saturday, November 9, 2013

CoFesta Day 3: Difference between a 20,000yen sushi meal and a 2000yen sushi meal

Ginza Sushikoh
I am finally getting into the finale of our whole trip: a grand treat at Ginza Sushikoh, located above Tokyo station on the 35th floor, worth 20,000+++yen! (SGD250/ USD200) My Japanese friend told me that it is a very famous sushi restaurant and is difficult to get a reservation there.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

CoFesta Day 3: Animate, world's biggest anime goods store at Ikebukuro

After our techie morning at the Digital Contents Expo, we took a cab to Ikebukuro, where we stayed for hours at the world's largest anime goods store: animate. Of course, we didn't go there just for shopping…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CoFesta Day 3: Digital Contents Expo 2013

Ok, this is going to be a very techie post. We started day three with an early morning tour of Digital Contents Expo held at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation(日本科学未来館), which is located in Odaiba area on 24th Oct. We got to enter before it was open to public and the first exhibit was this virtual reality flight experience:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Buying Fruits in Japan and Singapore

While fruits in Tokyo are ridiculously expensive, fruits in Singapore are usually squeezed by many people…even though it's obvious that the fruit isn't ripe yet...

Friday, November 1, 2013

CoFesta Day 2: TIMM Tokyo International Music Market Showcase Live 2013

TIMM Tokyo International Music Market Showcase Live 2013
We attended TIMM Showcase Live event (23 Oct) from 4.30pm till 9+pm, a solid 5 hours of live Japanese music!!! This concert was organised for international buyers so the artistes were chosen by their record labels to promote to overseas market. Each artiste/group were allowed to invite a limited number of their own fans to the event. We were invited to sit at the second floor so we won't tweet about how tired our legs were from standing :P

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

November 2013 Desktop Wallpaper for Download

November 2013 Desktop Wallpaper for Download red leaves
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Needless to explain about this month's theme: Red Leaves
One of my unfulfilled wishes is to see red leaves at Kyoto…

You can find my wallpaper now at Smashing Magazine!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

The grass always look greener at the other side

I miss Singapore very much, but when I'm back home, I start to miss Tokyo too~ But hey, now I'm back in Tokyo for 5 days! But I had a long day so I will continue tomorrow!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Going to Tokyo as a CoFesta Ambassador from Singapore

cofesta ambassador
I am going to Tokyo again, but this time as a CoFesta Ambassador because of my activities related to Japanese content. So yes, I will be saying "Hello Tokyo" again tomorrow! ;D

So what is CoFesta? It is a Contents Festival that brings Japanese contents like games, animation, manga, characters, broadcast, music and film to international audience and vice versa. Examples of events underneath CoFesta include; Tokyo Game Show, Tokyo International Music Market, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Tokyo International Anime Festival.

The festival is part of Cool Japan Project, which is funded by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan. I thank them very much for sponsoring my air flight and hotel accommodation during this period. In return, I will be blogging and updating about my experience. Don't miss out anything, so please like or follow Evacomics on various social media platforms now!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What I learnt in Japan while traveling with family of 7 and a baby stroller

My family came to visit me in Tokyo from 1-5th September but I got very ill soon after... But I managed to recollect memories for this overdue post!

What I learned:

  • Baby stroller is called "baby car" in Japan.
  • Meiji Shrine is difficult for elderly and baby strollers because of the long walk through the park and pebbles on the path.
  • Elevators in train stations are very small.
  • Gap between the train and platform can be very big.

What my family learned:
  • Toilets are always conveniently located inside the train station after entering the ticketing gates.
  • Toilets are very clean and have bidets and water sounds to play with.
  • No soap in many train station toilets.
  • You can buy food inside train stations.
  • People do not give up seats to elderly and toddlers in trains.
  • Most train stations are not wheelchair friendly.
  • Free newspapers everywhere.
  • Beautiful wrapping.
  • Many people were using plastic umbrellas and left them outside the shop. Nobody steals them.
  • Safe to leave your bag and go away to order food.
  • Need to take off shoes at some restaurants so the place is cleaner.
  • Many eateries use disposable wooden chopsticks (not eco-friendly).
  • There are vending machines everywhere, no fear of going thirsty.
  • No chilli sauce.
  • Less oil in many foods.
  • No trash-bins on the streets. (So that's why we have pockets in our bags right?...hehe....)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Things to do before leaving Japan

Terminating services and dying to pay them is never easy in Japan... but if you must leave, here is a detailed account of my experience:

1) Cancelling utilities (water, gas and electricity)
They can come on your last day (only weekdays and half a Saturday) to tell you how much you owe them and pay cash on the spot. Otherwise you can also request them to deduct from your bank account if you had already setup automatic payment deduction. Gas will be stopped immediately but water and electricity will continue to run.
★Call 1-2 weeks ahead of time.

2) Selling off furniture
Bulky trash, called "soudai gomi", is always troublesome to get rid off because you have to pay for their disposal. This includes bulky furniture and large futon. My friend's tip is to cut them up  or dismantle them into smaller pieces to reduce cost or free if you can squeeze into smaller bags. Alternatively, you can contact recycle shops like what I did to see if they can remove everything without paying them. Of course if you live close to schools like me, selling to new students is always better than to recycle shops.
★Start listing and selling 2 weeks ahead of time.

3) Giving away things.
There are many things you might use till the last day or maybe not towards the last day. It's always better to ask some friends who would come to accept your "leftovers" like detergent, soap, toilet paper, towels, etc...
★Prepare 2 weeks ahead of time and ask friends to come down on your last day to help clear your leftovers if you don't want to just trash them away.

4) Shipping things back home.
My post office was a pain in the ass and Yamato Kuroneko opposite them wasn't anyway better. For example, when I wanted to ship skincare, the Japan post office wanted me to list each item exactly, like toner, moisturizer, etc. and even wanted me to list the prices for each item. I had to tell them  I bought them in sets and the guy reluctantly allowed me to just put in an estimate. However, when I went to them for the second time, they told me that they could not ship my skincare because most of them contain alcohol and they are forbidden by Singapore customs! I had to argue that they allowed me to post the other time and they became so confused that they simply rejected my shipping.. ... ... So I went to Kuroneko, and unfortunately, they told me that they are weak in global logistics and could not accept my parcel if it contains skincare because of the alcohol content. Ok, that's really crazy but fyi, my mum received the skincare parcel within 5 working days although the post told me that it will take 2 weeks. Another ridiculous instance was when I listed my item as "toy" and the lady asked me to specify what toy. I replied that it was a Daruma, so she told me to write "Doll (Daruma)"... ...
★Try to ship at big post offices like the one in Shinjuku because other post offices behave like countryside and weak in dealing with complex shipment like personal effects. Cheapest is by sea via Japan post although it will take 1-2 months. I used both SAL (2 weeks) and EMS for very important items. You can find out the charges and duration here: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-charge/

5) Cancelling residency card and national health insurance.
Head down to the municipal ward to cancel your residency. Then the insurance department will tell you how much you owe them. I had to pay for the entire month of October so they gave me an envelope to return the card at the airport's post office. Strangely, I think you can just leave Japan and not pay anything. The amazing trust in Japanese society...
★Can be done anytime or a few days before you leave Japan.

6) Cancelling Flets broadband internet.
It's weird but the broadband provider and the internet providers are different and you have to cancel each one by yourself!? (Japanese system is not as automated, centralised nor efficient) I tried to cancel my Yahoo BB on the day I had to leave via the internet, thinking it will terminate immediately. But instead, the website say that they will mail me a postcard...  -___-;; Luckily there was an option to leave a new address so I left my friend's address. What if I just closed my bank account and left the country? ... Once again, the amazing trust they give despite making the termination and payment process so inefficient and troublesome.
★Cancel 2 weeks earlier so they can mail you the envelop to return the modem and mail you the mysterious postcard... (I wonder why they don't just terminate and accept credit card payment, oh wait, it's Japan...)

7) Cancelling mobile phone.
I went to Softbank near my place to cancel and waited for 15mins for processing. Then I was told that I needed to wait for another 30mins-1 hour for the payment invoice to be generated from their central system. Wow... there I was dying to give them my money but they won't take it! Then I went to the Softbank retail at Narita airport and was told that because I had already setup automatic monthly payment deduction from my bank account, they might double charge me next month if I pay them in cash now. It is evident that their finance system is not well-integrated and centrally controlled. Hmm... once again, I could have just closed my bank account and left :/
★Terminate on the day that you're leaving. It will take 30mins-1 hour to terminate an account and generate an invoice so you can pay them. "Amazingly fast".

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

October 2013 Desktop Wallpaper for Download

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October's theme is "Sports Day in Japan". Sports day is held every October in Japan for kids in kindergarten to high school.

And btw, I'm on Smashing Magazine again!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Some things are just international

Some things are international, even though it's dangerous. This is called 「あるきスマホ」in Japan, which means "walking smartphone". How about your country?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Some Japanese fashion for women

Japanese fashion
I learned that anything can become a fashion in Japan with neat hairstyle and makeup!

(Sorry no more Chinese/Japanese versions)


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