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.
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!
Life in Transit // 03
This is just a handful of cafes and eateries we’ve been to during the first half of our trip - more on these when I write about it on Pepper! We spent some afternoons staying in these places during downtime aka my favorite part of the day because I get to read, write or attempt to work.
We’re skimping on our meals here in Thailand (just cause street food is unbelievably cheap and tastes really good) because I’m 100% sure we will spend a lot and that there are going to be more food photos on my camera roll when we head to Singapore this weekend, lol.
Hope everyone’s having a great week so far. Hello weekend! :)
PS Follow the hashtag #lifeintransit2014 for updates on our trip!
You can now find my lettering posts on Instagram via the hashtag #typebyabc. I filtered it out so it would be easier to access my work (sort of like a mini portfolio) in the midst of all my “life” posts.
If you haven’t noticed - ABC is Abbey Sy, lol. I forgot who mentioned it to me but I found the nickname pretty catchy so better use it, then! It’s also funny how one of my friends said that I’m super meant for lettering cause my name is actually the alphabet itself. Hahaha. We’ll see then. :)
PS for Tumblr it’s artistic-dreams.com/tagged/typography.
Life in Transit // 02
Highlights of Siem Reap - art, books, coffee and culture.
Spending 6 days in Siem Reap was definitely loads of fun. Temple run (literally) in the morning, downtime at nearby cafes in the afternoon (also did some work for Pepper -I’m now a contributor!) plus shopping at the local market (wherein I hoarded a lot of art) and takeout dinners (sometimes, dinners at Pub Street). I love how laid back Siem Reap is and how friendly and kind the people are - definitely returning sooner than ever (once I get back to saving up!).
Anyway, almost 2 weeks into Life in Transit! :) I’m trying to slowly adjust to doing minor projects while I’m abroad just so I won’t get shocked suddenly when I return in August. Right now, I’m struggling to figure out what my next step in life is - buuut I’d rather not share about it in this post.
For the meantime, follow me & Tricie’s updates on our Instagram hashtag #lifeintransit2014. ;)