Passion + Process

April 1, 2015 Filed Under: Feature 0 Comments

Vela Manila

If you asked me last year what I envisioned my art to become in the coming years, I’ll honestly (and blatantly) tell you that I have no idea.

Fast forward to this year, and it feels like this is probably where I’m meant to be. The universe may not have plotted it out this way from day one (neither did I), but I’m holding onto the hope that wherever I am and whatever I am doing now are just go signals for *possibly* better opportunities for me to grow as an artist. True enough, I’d like to think that with the right amount of passion & determination, good things are always bound to happen.

I met up with Mariel & Maura (the wonderful ladies behind Vela Manila) last week for a quick chat + interview and it was great to hear their story on how the brand started. Coming from an interest to weave both traditional and modern aesthetics through their versatile line of bags & accessories, I found myself inspired with the beauty of how their culminated their brand to what it is now. In turn, I also shared the ABC story and did some kwento about my passion + process for lettering for their blog.

Thanks for the feature, Vela Manila! You can read about my interview here.


Life Lately: Adjustments


As I’m writing this, I’m swamped in lots of work for the week – my first week of being just ABC (I resigned from my day job last week). It’s pretty much going okay, and I’m slowly adjusting to freedom (yay, this exists in my dictionary!) as the days go by.

I’m traveling to Europe this Saturday (!!!), so things are getting a bit hectic because I have to at least finish 90% of work before I leave. And I have to work on #theroadtoabc completely while I’m in transit, so. I cry.

Anyway, here’s a recap of the last few weeks of March. They may have been the best ones I’ve had so far this year. :)

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Transition Week

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This week was hard for me. I laughed, I cried, and I basically felt everything – mostly separation anxiety and everything in between. SML for these people, though. <3

1. I started the week with an Art Over Coffee session with a few creatives – Maine, JL, Gian & Karen at Crisp on 28th. It was a nice way to refresh myself with new perspectives on creativity and art in general. We all come from different backgrounds and it’s really interesting to see how we all align on certain things. Thanks Karen for organizing this intimate meetup! (Part two, please!)

2. I also had a catchup dinner with my former bosses Agnes & Maan on a Thursday night at Wildflour & Farmacy (food + dessert here is always A+, I swear). Agh, I miss them! I owe it to them that I was able to appreciate strategic planning (which I now adapt to my ABC brand) and working in the Advertising industry (even for just a short time).

3. Last Friday (my last day) was my farewell lunch at Early Bird Breakfast Club. I’m going to miss my officemates, definitely! My last day was surprisingly depressing. Towards the end of the day while I was heading to the exit, everything started to sink in. But then – agh, dreams are calling - and I really think it’s time to go.

On The Road Again Tour Manila

I cannot begin to even articulate this night in words. I got to see One Direction perform live. I’m not a hardcore fangirl (I try to hide it sometimes) – but for the record, THIS WAS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE.


Some things:

1. I am glad my sister is equally passionate about her fandom for One Direction as I am. And I’m super grateful for my mom who convinced us to get VIP tickets. I REGRET NOTHING. The boys are worth that much.

2. Never would I sacrifice my health for people — except for these guys. It was raining during the start of the concert and we all sang our hearts out despite the rain and getting extremely wet. #dedication #fangirlduties

3. Speaking of singing, I may have acted like a 16 year old with all my singing and dancing and not caring whoever’s looking at me (I’m sure they judged me. I’m sure of it). I also might have ninja-ed my way towards the boys so I can take nice pictures.

4. I also may have changed my crush to Louis instead of Harry and Niall. But ok, they are all still my crushes. (I didn’t even know why I wrote this bullet)

I am still on a huge hangover right now, and I can’t help but be super grateful to be able to see the boys live. And yes, I’m still playing their Discography. L O L

Freedom Week One

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First week of easing into this lifestyle has been going good. It’s midweek, and I’m slowly getting the hang of things. Some highlights:

1. Here’s a peek from a shoot with Vela Manila at Commune for a feature they’re doing of me. More soon!

2. Went up north last Monday to Rustic Mornings with AJ & Maine for our monthly work + play meeting (and an excuse to be our “tita” selves). Love these girls!

3. Currently fixing the ABC HQ, too. Guys, it’s just my attic. I pretend it’s a fancy office, but it’s not. Lol. Workspace tour soon! For now, here’s my wall with some art made by my friends.

4. Friend-iversary celebration with Mikka at our favorite brunch place, Wildflour. Always an amazing time catching up with her.

5. Weekend art trade + art talk + demo session with Raffy at Tweedle Book Cafe (this place is perf). Here’s the thing – I became friends with Raffy on my last week in the office (what is timing?!) and he’s a pretty awesome artist himself. I definitely didn’t regret not being able to go to Art in the Park for this meetup, lol. Among other things, we’re working on a collaboration this year – should be fun (and challenging). I’m pretty excited myself!

6. In a nutshell: This week, I am slowly getting used to breathing more, which is a good thing. Although my work hours have been overtime since Monday because I haven’t been sleeping well (blame it on the coffee and the work I have to finish this week), my schedule’s become more flexible. Whew. We’ll see as the weeks come along!

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So basically, things are changing again for me. More adjustments are bound to happen (also because Team ABC will be starting their shifts next month!) and I can only hope for the best and that I’ll be able to deliver to my standards (aka, really high standards). That, and sleep more. And live more (hah!).

How was March for you? :)

Five Seconds

March 20, 2015 Filed Under: Guest post: Tricie, Personal 7 Comments

Today marks my last day as a planner (!) – and while it was something I didn’t see coming for the first quarter of the year, the universe did hint that maybe not knowing when I was ready proved to be the exact reason why I took this risk and made the big leap.

In line with today’s events, I’m sharing an article Tricie wrote (wonderfully) – which is pretty much on point. Read on. 

Five Seconds

I believe that if you want to move forward in life, all it takes is 5 seconds.

I know, many of people have said it before: “5 seconds of insane courage.” Like most clichés, it’s corny but true.

Courage is always depicted as something someone has all the time. In fairytales, the prince is always brave, willing to fight anyone for his princess. In movies, the protagonist always has a game face on, rarely showing any hint of fear. When they show fear in movies, it’s more of a short wave of fear, not really about a person who lives in fear. But if we are honest with ourselves, fear may actually be more constant than courage.

Sometimes, we don’t even know we are afraid. Our monsters are no longer what hide under our beds, but really, what hide in our hearts. We are so used to what we have now and we are so used to normalcy that change is not really desired. We fear how we would be treated if we were to truly be ourselves. We fear how life will be if we go after what we want. We fear telling the inconvenient truth over the comfortable lie. It is our fear of the unknown and the things we cannot control that eat us up. It may not feel like fear because of the comfort we feel. It doesn’t feel like fear because of the illusion of safety. But deep down, it exists, and it is holding you back from moving forward.

Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing – when used in the right way. In Divergent, one of the characters said, “Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up.” That’s what you do with fear. You realize it is there, and work against it. Are you afraid to be yourself? Then maybe your fear is waking you up and telling you that you’re not surrounding yourself with the right people. Are you afraid to quit your job to do what you want? Then use your fear to make a plan so you feel more secure of what you’re going to do.

Then go out and do it.

Take those 5 seconds and turn it into courage.

It takes 5 seconds to tell someone you like them. It takes 5 seconds to put down your pride and say “I’m sorry”. It takes 5 seconds to hand in that resignation and start what you want to start. Whatever happens after, will be for your benefit. If things don’t turn out the way you want it to, it’s okay. It will be okay because you have the capacity to change things. But you will never know what’s going to happen if you don’t think, act, and be courageous.

Just for 5 seconds.