Life in Transit // 05

Have you ever felt that there are just too many amazing things happening that you just have to take a step back and have a moment to take it all in first?

That’s exactly how I feel about Singapore.

I’ve been to this country so many times already but it always feels like home to me - this is me considering settling here soon, if there are chances. So far this week has been nothing short of amazing - from touristy sightseeing to book hoarding to catching up with old friends and feeling much like a local (I’ll coin this as benefits of being born Chinese lol), I can’t really point out any negative thing for this part of Life in Transit (except I did fall on my butt the other day and got left by the train…).

It seems so fast how we’ll be back in Manila shores a week after next. I’m feeling iffy and excited about it - but I can’t keep on evading reality, so yeah - time to adjust (again).

Hope everyone’s having a great day!

PS Follow #lifeintransit2014 on Instagram for updates :)

I’ve got something to say - I’m moving (platforms).

As much as this thought has been considered for so long already, I will tell you that I have never wanted this to happen. How many times have I debated on this? A lot. I’m not one to keep moving - I like to settle into things I’m comfortable with. I planned to move into my own (web) space by next year, when I believe I can be more credible both as a freelancer and a blogger, but I realized that now is the right time to do so.

Don’t take this against me - I admit it’s partly because of recent happenings that concern my blog and lettering work. But it’s also because I feel that I need to take a step further with my endeavours and that this is the best way to begin that road to change. Even if I try to avoid this, I know that it will come to a point that I have to face the fact that I have to do this (also: here goes the craziness of new planning duties).

I would like to thank the Tumblr community INFINITELY for the 4 years of love and support - to all 9,000 or so of you, who have been there to witness my beginnings as a struggling college freshman trying to find herself and her talent. Who have kept on giving me encouragement as time went on, and to those who have continuously showed appreciation of what I do. You all have been a key to becoming who I am today, and I can never thank you all enough, really. I’ve met so much amazing people on Tumblr, and most of the experiences I have learned from came from the birth of my blog. Heck, I wouldn’t even call myself a “letterer” if it weren’t for this blog, and my business, and everything else that transpired in between. You guys have been an instrument to me reaching my ‘artistic dreams’ and what warms my heart more is receiving messages saying I have inspired you as well to pursue your own passions.

Before I only wanted to prove myself to people that I am good enough - but now, it has become more of a selfless act to constantly remind others that you can do it, too. My blog has taught me the importance of helping others and inspiring them to live with passion and motivation, and with that, I think it’s why it’s relatively difficult for me to let this blog go.

This is definitely not goodbye - you can always follow me and my adventures over at my new website (with the same URL) http://artistic-dreams.com (which I am launching SOON). I am also housing my portfolio and some shop announcements there so it’s basically an all-in-one portal for all my work - both in blogging and freelancing.

I am still going to update this blog until I get things sorted out for my new space - so I’m pretty much still here for the time being. Content will be crossposted here as well just in case you’d still want to get updates on this platform. And of course, I’m still active on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

I have to say, this is REALLY REALLY REALLY HARD of me to let go of - my blog is my baby, and I care for it more than anything - but I believe change is good and that more (and better) things are in store for me. I hope you respect my decision.

See you on the other side real soon! :)

Much love (and a bit of tears),
Abbey

Dynomighty design for Quirks // Mighty Pinoy

I’m more than honored to have been able to design a Pinoy-themed mighty wallet for Dynomighty as commissioned by Quirks. I have been working as a chalkboard illustrator for the brand for more than a year now and I can’t be any more grateful that my boss trusts me with projects like these. The work process was pretty intense (I haven’t shared much of it yet) but I’ll post it on my Behance and portfolio soon!

I’m just internally squealing right now ‘cause it’s already released. Heh.

The wallet is available at http://quirksph.com and as well as its branches in SM Megamall, Aura & Rockwell. :) Let me know if you get one!

Life in Transit // 04

A recap of the past week spent in Chiang Mai, Thailand - definitely enjoyed this part of our trip. From spontaneous cafe visits around the city, elephant riding and caretaking, crazy night market shopping to traditional Thai cooking, this was definitely for the books.

Although we’re getting quite hesitant to spend now (thank goodness the stuff in Thailand are cheap - even the delicious food), so far it’s been great. Except for the fact that I am slowly doing some work at night (which we agreed I am not supposed to do) and getting negative thoughts to consume my thoughts.

Heading to Singapore tonight, and nope, not gonna let that happen. I need this break - I need to stay focused on my freedom while I still have it. :)

Have a great Sunday everyone!

PS Follow the hashtag #lifeintransit2014 for our updates!

Just a little reminder for everyone out there: copying won’t make you any better. There is a fine line between imitation and inspiration.

I am planning some new things for my portfolio (ABC) and given the situation I am in now, I believe it is the right time to start what I’ve been visualizing to hopefully do in a few months. 

You’ll find out soon, but for now, just clearing out this message to everyone: my work is for inspiration, and it is publicly shared because I want to share it. It is not intended to be copied, imitated and claimed as your own. I have worked very hard to achieve the things I have today, and I am not going to let anything stop me from pursuing my passion - even if it’s a shallow attempt at copying my blog layout and lettering work.

Thank you to everyone who helped me cope with this. I really appreciate it.

Just a little reminder for everyone out there: copying won’t make you any better. There is a fine line between imitation and inspiration.

I am planning some new things for my portfolio (ABC) and given the situation I am in now, I believe it is the right time to start what I’ve been visualizing to hopefully do in a few months.

You’ll find out soon, but for now, just clearing out this message to everyone: my work is for inspiration, and it is publicly shared because I want to share it. It is not intended to be copied, imitated and claimed as your own. I have worked very hard to achieve the things I have today, and I am not going to let anything stop me from pursuing my passion - even if it’s a shallow attempt at copying my blog layout and lettering work.

Thank you to everyone who helped me cope with this. I really appreciate it.

Brooklyn’s | May 2014

This has got to be one of my most favorite projects, ever.

From the moment I met with the client (who was super appreciative of my work) last March, down to the grueling afternoon I spent conceptualizing on how the piece would eventually turn out (this was specifically harder than all my previous projects), figuring out a decent way to fit this into my already crazy schedule and all up to that Wednesday afternoon shift I spent at Brooklyn’s headquarters caged in an airconditioned room and armed with pizza (the staff are so sweet) and an iPod with tons of chalk dust all over the place, this was definitely one of the best projects to cap off my full-time freelance stint which ended last May*.

Many thanks to Ivy & Johan for trusting me with this project. I am very glad to have gotten this opportunity - it also makes me feel extra special that this is hung up at a restaurant. It’s one of those "I never imagined my work would be displayed at a public place" feels that I can never ever replace. <3

*Technically, I still do freelance but I’d like to call it “part-time” ‘cause I dedicate most of my hours on my day job. :)

You can view more information about Brooklyn on my Behance. Yes, I finally updated it after a few months of being MIA!

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