Travelling & Freelancing Freedom

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Yesterday I took a day off from drawing (but not from inspiration), and I went to Hamburg.
The day was beautiful: warm, sun, good vibes.Read more


Get inspired by the streets of Berlin

 

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I have traveled a lot but not as much as I wanted.

After Singapore, Bali, Perth and London, my home is Berlin now.

Rome is always in my heart, but it's time to aim higher: and not only geographically speaking!Read more


Calm over the horizon

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


Real time design tools

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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Moving to Berlin

The 27th of February will be the beginning of a new adventure: we are moving to Berlin!Read more


Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

All night long...

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


Me Myself and I

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


Some amazing buildings

Minimalism and geometric.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

An universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.


Top Deejay headphones

First impressions.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed. Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

John Williams

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


LONDON HOUSE

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It’s official and still a bit strange to say but I moved to London!
I know, it’s already been one month and a half since I am here… where’s the big change then? Now is getting more real: I found a place in West London and I’m ready to live my personal UK dream. My state of mind changed in the last few days: in a first moment I was depressed and I missed my friends and family. I felt alone all the time and too small for this big city. I seriously considered to come back to Rome and give up. Then, one day, I woke up telling to myself: ‘Why are you reacting like this? You are in one of the most incredible cities of the world, doing what you love and with tons of opportunities in front of you: you MUST be happy!!!’

So now I am super excited and still a bit scared at the same time. But I have a plan and I am running my own activity as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I ordered some business cards with my new UK number on MOO and they arrived after just 5 days! When I was in Rome I was usual to wait 3 or sometimes 4 weeks: but since I am here in the UK the shipment time is faster of course. You can see the cards in the pictures: they are lovely, isn’t it?

For any enquires you can also contact me via email at contact@manueladesimone.com… commissions are now open!

Wish me good luck!

E’ ufficiale, è ancora un po’ strano da dire ma mi sono trasferita a Londra!

Lo so, è ormai un mese e mezzo che che sono qui… Qual è il cambiamento quindi? Ora è tutto più reale: ho preso una casa a West London e sono pronta a vivere il mio personale sogno inglese. Il mio stato mentale è cambiato nel corso di questi ultimi giorni: in un primo momento mi sentivo triste e spaesata in una città così grande, mi mancavano i miei amici e la mia famiglia e stavo considerando seriamente la possibilità di tornare a Roma e rinunciare. Poi, un giorno, mi sono svegliata e mi sono detta: ‘ stai reagendo così? Sei in una delle città più incredibili del mondo, stai facendo quello che desideri e che ami con migliaia di opportunità che ti aspettano: tu DEVI essere felice!!!'

Così ora sono super entusiasta e comunque sempre un pò spaventata allo stesso tempo. Ma ho un piano e sto esercitando la mia attività di libera professionista come illustratrice e grafica. Ho ordinato su MOO i biglietti da visita aggiornati con il numero di telefono UK e invece che aspettare 3 o 4 settimane come quando ero a Roma, sono arrivati dopo solamente 5 giorni! Potete vederli nelle foto che ho messo: non sono bellissimi?

Per ogni informazione o richiesta di collaborazione potete contattarmi via email a contact@manueladesimone.com … sono disponibile per nuovi lavori!
Fatemi un grosso in bocca al lupo!

 

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A corner of my new studio :)
A corner of my new studio :)

Perth - Looking for ispiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here I am to share with you some pictures I have done walking around Perth. I'm in this amazing city so far from my beloved Rome from three weeks, and I am going to stay here for other 6 days before my return to Singapore and than back to Italy next week.

I have spent two beautiful months traveling during which I was finally able to clear my heart and my mind from the preoccupations I had in Rome. I come back finally happy and sure about what I want from my life. I can't wait to realize all the projects I have in mind... but everything at its own time!

For now I want to show you the photos of some inspiring places. In particular I loved the wall in the Public Library covered by travelers' messages. I think I spent almost one hour reading all them!

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Eccomi di nuovo qui a condividere con voi qualche foto scattata in giro per Perth. Sono tre settimane che mi trovo in questa fantastica città così lontano dalla mia amata Roma, e mi accingo a vivere i miei ultimi 6 giorni prima di volare nuovamente a Singapore per poi rientrare in Italia la prossima settimana.

Questi due mesi di viaggio sono stati molto intensi e mi hanno aiutata a liberare cuore e mente dalle preoccupazioni che ultimamente mi affliggevano. Torno a Roma finalmente serena e certa di quello che voglio nella mia vita. Sono molto impaziente di realizzare tutti i progetti che ho in mente... ma diamo tempo al tempo!

Per ora voglio condividere con voi queste immagini di luoghi che ho trovato particolarmente ispiranti. Soprattutto mi è piaciuto molto il muro ricoperto di messaggi della Libreria Pubblica, lasciati per lo più da viaggiatori ma non solo. Credo di aver trascorso un'ora intera leggendoli tutti!


My life in Bali

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I want to share with you some pictures of my three weeks trip to Bali.
I had a great time there: the island is simply beautiful but most of all I met lot of interesting people during my stay.

At the moment I'm in Perth, Australia, and I am already in love with this beautiful city. I'll be here for the next month: I rent a room near the ocean so every day when I finish to work I can walk all along the beach and the view in front of me it is so beautiful that I almost want to start crying.

 

Voglio condividere con voi alcune foto del mio viaggio di tre settimane a Bali.
Come esperienza è stata eccezionale: l'isola è semplicemente bellissima, ma, soprattutto, durante il mio soggiorno ho avuto la fortuna di incontrare molte persone interessanti.

Al momento sono a Perth, in Australia, e già mi sono innamorata di questa bellissima città. Trascorrerò qui tutto il mese: ho preso in affitto una camera in una casa vicino al mare così ogni giorno quando finisco di lavorare posso fare una passeggiata lungo la spiaggia. La vista di fronte a me è così bella che ogni volta ho quasi voglia di piangere .

 

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A little bit of Singapore

As I wrote in my previous posts, I'm traveling in south-east Asia right now. It's been 10 days since my departure from Rome and I have already had experiences that have changed me deeply. Visit new places, get in touch with other cultures and meeting new people is an enriching experience. I spent the first 5 days in Singapore and I was enchanted by the beauty of this city.
What most struck me is how so many different cultures and religions can live together so well : many cities should draw an example.
I was also impressed by the perfect balance between past, present and future: while you're going around the city you can find cool designs architecture, the technology is everywhere to make your daily life simpler. In the meantime you can find old temples, shops and markets that recall the more traditional aspects of each culture that lives here.
Finally, the green areas. Everywhere there are flowers, tropical plants and huge parks. Singapore is the city where you can take a walk surrounded by the jungle and only a few minutes later go for some crazy shopping in a luxury shopping center.

Of course, I took a lot of pics! :)

Come vi avevo anticipato nei miei precedenti posts in questo periodo sono in viaggio nel sud-est asiatico. Sono passati 10 giorni dalla mia partenza da Roma e ho già vissuto delle esperienze che mi hanno cambiata profondamente. Visitare nuovi posti, entrare in contatto con altre culture e conoscere nuove persone è un'esperienza che arricchisce enormemente. Ho trascorso i primi 5 giorni in Singapore e sono rimasta incantata dalla bellezza di questa città.
Quello che maggiormente mi ha colpita è come culture e religioni così diverse possano convivere tanto bene: molte città dovrebbero trarne esempio.
Il secondo aspetto che mi ha colpita molto è il perfetto equilibrio tra passato, presente e futuro: girando per la città si trovano strutture di design all'avanguardia, è la tecnologia a farla da padrona per rendere la quotidianità molto efficiente. Contemporaneamente si trovano antichi templi, botteghe e mercati che richiamano gli aspetti più tradizionali di ogni cultura che abita questa metropoli.
Terzo punto: il verde. Ovunque ti giri ci sono fiori, piante tropicali e parchi enormi. Singapore è la città in cui puoi fare una passeggiata immersa nella giungla e dopo qualche minuti camminare tra i negozi di un lussuoso centro commerciale.

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