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. ;)

Design Her Story is a conference on creativity + purpose + fun and it’s happening on August 2 at the Century City Mall.

If you’re looking into meeting like-minded and passionate people, this conference is for you! Five Filipina leaders are sharing their stories and experiences that will inspire you to be the best (creative) version of yourself. I love how Arriane is always spearheading these events to empower young women - it just goes to show how much our community needs to further grow if we all collaborate together. :)

(Wishing I’d be able to attend but I’m still in transit so, next time!)

Register now at http://bit.ly/designherstoryappform to secure a slot - deadline is on Wednesday, July 23!

Sketchography # 12

Defy your own limits.

Oftentimes, I am trapped with my own thoughts and I keep myself limited to what’s around me. I know that there is still much to learn both in my field and in life - so this is me trying to embrace new things by living vicariously and taking advantage of opportunities that I believe will make me better.

When I was in high school, I was always unnoticed and not taken seriously with my work. I used to contain myself and express my feelings online (deviantART days). Four years later, here I am (hopefully) telling people that you are not confined within the limits you set for yourself - and that there is always a chance to exceed your own expectations. :)

So yeah, here’s something to get you through a new week. Happy Monday!

PS Many thanks to Fons for this quote - I am making a point to credit the people who have suggested Sketchography quotes to me. I’m extra choosy with quotes ‘cause I like to do ones that relate to my stories and experiences.

Sketchography # 12

Defy your own limits.

Oftentimes, I am trapped with my own thoughts and I keep myself limited to what’s around me. I know that there is still much to learn both in my field and in life - so this is me trying to embrace new things by living vicariously and taking advantage of opportunities that I believe will make me better.

When I was in high school, I was always unnoticed and not taken seriously with my work. I used to contain myself and express my feelings online (deviantART days). Four years later, here I am (hopefully) telling people that you are not confined within the limits you set for yourself - and that there is always a chance to exceed your own expectations. :)

So yeah, here’s something to get you through a new week. Happy Monday!

PS Many thanks to Fons for this quote - I am making a point to credit the people who have suggested Sketchography quotes to me. I’m extra choosy with quotes ‘cause I like to do ones that relate to my stories and experiences.

Work (nope, not currently)

Managed to squeeze in the last few projects I did before leaving - two of which were pretty fun to do! Takes me back to when I first started out and I didn’t have to worry much on the design aesthetic since I was pretty comfortable working with this kind of style. :)

  1. Design work for…something! I’ll share it soon. It’s a collaboration with one of my favorite craft brands.
  2. Wrote guest cards for one of my clients, Kristin, who’s celebrating her 18th this month. New medium as well - white pens. 

Hope everyone’s having a swell Sunday! :)

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I’ve been constantly asked about the materials I use as a hand letterer, and while I have shared some of the weapons of mass creation that make my lettering pieces come alive, I’m doing an update to let you guys in on some tools I currently use.

A year of freelancing has opened many opportunities for me to further enhance my craft and know which materials are essential for my work. Although it’s only been a year and I have more to learn, I hope this post will be adequate enough for aspiring letterers out there who are planning to start this out as a hobby. Freelancing at a young age is hard, promise - I’m not discouraging you, but it took a lot of effort to work especially if you’re like me who started this thing as a student. I suggest taking it slow first and making it a hobby to not put too much pressure on yourself.

Anyway, I’m not here to sermon about lettering in general so let’s move on to the materials I use. :)

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Down time yesterday at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.

This post officially marks week 1 of Life in Transit - 3 more (exciting) weeks to go!

So far I’ve been (aside from doing lots of explorations of course) drawing a lot every day (on my travel journal), brainstorming ideas for future projects this year (can’t help it, work really sticks with me sometimes), reading books on long bus trips (currently reading Landline!) and learning to detach from my iPod ‘cause I forgot my adaptor (*cries*).

We just arrived in Siem Reap today after that grueling 7 hour bus trip. The weather was scorching hot, which I know is the exact opposite in Manila. Hope everyone’s doing well in the Philippines and please stay safe and dry! Regards from miles away in Southeast Asia. ;)

PS More updates on our Instagram hashtag #lifeintransit2014 :)

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