Personalized Presents with Moleskine

November 25, 2015 Filed Under: Art, Sponsored Post 0 Comments

I’ve been a fan of notebooks ever since my early days. I would keep diaries, planners, sketch pads, and archive them for years. And like what I’ve mentioned before, Moleskine’s been one of my favorite go-to notebooks to chronicle my thoughts, ideas, and musings.

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Currently, I’ve been using Moleskine not just for writing, but also for painting especially on-the-go.  It’s great that Moleskine here in Manila has been bringing in new notebook variants that cater to each individual’s preferences.


Moleskine’s pop up store in Trinoma (located near the cinemas) showcases a variety of the brand’s products (notebooks, planners, sketch pads, etc), making it the perfect companion whether you’re an artist, traveler, writer, or simply, a notebook lover.

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To add to that, this holiday season, Moleskine makes gift giving extra special with their customization services. Make your presents personalized by purchasing a notebook at the pop up store (available in Trinoma and Rockwell Power Plant) and having it embossed for free.


I had mine embossed during the launch last June with my mantra, Always be Creating. :)

Don’t forget to do your Christmas shopping early! The pop-up in Rockwell is up until end of November while Trinoma pop-up will run until January next year.


For those of you on a quest for the perfect planner, take your pick with Moleskine’s limited edition collaboration with Coca Cola, Doraemon, and coming this December – Star Wars.

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ICYMI, also check out the Blend collection featuring weaved patterns in different colors and sizes to choose from.

Moleskine notebooks are available at Fully Booked, National Book Store and Powerbooks stores nationwide. Shop online at

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Life, Lately: Shifting

November 20, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, Daily Life, Personal 0 Comments

I wrote myself an e-mail yesterday and I’m currently keeping up with my pace in life (what did I just type out), so I’ll leave out more photos and less text on this post for a change.

This month’s not over – but my energy level is slowly going down the drain. I realized I’ve been overthinking a lot of things, and that I should shift focus to my own well-being instead. I’ve been haunted by nightmares (about work), chasing deadlines over the past couple of months and trying to fight my right to be a workaholic (because there is and always will be something to work on), only to find out everything’s being backfired to me now that I’m supposedly taking a break from work. *Yeah right* *What break*

Anyway, a few snippets from November so far.

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I painted today! Quick work from earlier today. Also, secret’s out: that’s usually how my flatlays happen here in the office. :P

#PahingaMunaAnak2015 was two weeks ago? Surreal. I miss every bit of it.


Last client for the year: Bobbi Brown (!) Who wouldn’t say yes to writing on lipsticks? :)


Had a shoot for Project Letters at Summit Media a few weeks back. Played art director for the day (first time!) and worked on 10 layouts with Ishi (above). Despite being a super tiring day, I had fun – and it was such a fun experience. It was a whole day of flatlay here, flatlay there, blu-tack here, blu-tack there…haha. I can say posting on Instagram / my blog / Facebook definitely trained me to be more adept with my flatlay work. Hahaha. Special thanks to Pat Martires for being our photographer, Ishi for helping out in art direction / production design, Koko, Krystle and Kiko for moral support. :)



A few weeks left until Project Letters makes its big reveal! Any guesses? :)

Havaianas Filipinas invites arrived last week. Can’t believe we’re launching next week! *confetti*

BTW, we have a workshop with Havaianas! Check out this post for more info.


BTS from a shoot for Canon Printers earlier this week. I have no clue how shoots work (with me as talent + with me talking) since I’ve only started to be involved in some earlier this year. Wew, this experience! It was eye-opening, of course. Also a reminder to smile more often and how better it looks on camera than being all serious. Lol. Thanks Christie for being my PA!

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New babies: watercolor pads from Fully Booked (Daler & Rowney is my holy grail), Midori journal (!) and Pan Am stickers (too pretty not to buy) from Scribe, PITT pens + watercolor pencils c/o Faber Castell Philippines.


Spent the APEC holiday working with Tricie on marketing / planning / strategy. If you’re wondering how I survive social media management / content creation / being an artist / living normally – well, a chunk of it is because of Tricie and her awesome ~manager skillz~. Haha. First time we got to have a legit office day together, too!

We tried out doing a timelapse because it seemed like fun. You can check out the video here.

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Last few dates with Tippy before she gives birth. Often a staple – Baskin Robbins ice cream :P

I sort of always have a theme for what every month entails but I figured that this November should’ve been something in the lines of “relaxation” or “self-worth” but…nope. Let’s stick to shifting. To be honest, I’m looking forward to shift my focus to my travels in the coming weeks (3 places to go before 2015 ends!). And I hope I slowly shift into chill mode as the holidays come up. Definitely not yet feeling the Christmas spirit but…getting there. Lol. Lastly, I hope I get to shift into becoming stronger. I’ve been feeling super weak lately and my thoughts are all over the place…not that you needed to know. But I haven’t been in good mental shape. I hope I get to change it before anything gets worse.


Oh, before I forget. A few things:


ICYMI, my book can also be purchased online via Buqo. This is ideal for those living outside the PH. (But, we’re looking into having them available online soon!)

Also, I’m currently raffling off a Giving Journal 2016 thanks to the folks over at Coffee Bean. You can check out the mechanics + full details on Instagram.



Speaking of journals, Write Now is available for pre-order at Sunday Paper. It’s your all-in-one travel planner + journal, divided into chapters for easier navigation. Don’t forget to take it with you on your next trip! Full details + order at Sunday Paper’s website here.


Hope everyone’s having a good November so far!


Laro, Lasap, Lakbay

November 16, 2015 Filed Under: Art, Collaborations, Events, Workshop 2 Comments

Let me trace it back to earlier this year.

In between juggling my (then) day job, I remember panicking on a presentation I had to fix for a pitch – yes, a pitch. For a freelance design client. Not just any client – it was Havaianas. WEW. Imagine my nerves when I had to collate ideas + come up with design studies for this project, haha!

I’ll leave out more of that soon when I publish the project on my portfolio. But for now, let’s focus on the present, shall we? :)

If you follow me on Twitter and Snapchat (aka where most of my real, informal self is seen), you might have seen me taking snaps of invites, packaging, design…basically anything and everything about this project. Well, secret’s out – yup, I got to design for Havaianas‘ limited edition holiday collection this year called Filipinas. Yup, my design is on flip flops. And not just any flip flops…Havaianas. And to be honest, as I’m typing this, I can feel the goosebumps creeping up on my system still.

I’ve worked on many dream projects this year, and this is definitely one of them. It took us over a year of coordination, back and forth submission and all the other craziness that comes with working for a project as big as this to finally put everything together, but I definitely had a fun journey throughout the duration of this project.

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My design is entitled Lakbay, featuring excerpts from my adventures and focusing on my love for travel. All of you know how much I value my time outside work, and I invest most of it exploring the unknown and getting out of Manila. The design I made is reminiscent of our favorite Filipino landmarks and expressions. Lakbay is part of a 3-pair collection: Laro is by Patrick Cabral and Lasap, by Alessa Lanot. :)

The collection will be out in stores this December (for the holidays only), and I hope you can check it out soon! Also looking forward to the launch next week, aka my last hurrah before I close all events this year. :)

We definitely can’t wait to show you guys the designs soon. Super duper thank you, Havaianas, for this opportunity!


Anyway, while production was ongoing over the last couple of months, I met up with fellow artists Alessa & Patrick to discuss our ideas and plan possible collaborations for the launch of Filipinas. I’m so honored and happy that I got to coordinate and collaborate – and most of all, be part of a collection with them. Their passion and dedication to art and design is contagious; and I get to learn and appreciate what I do more because of them.

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Anyway, to cut things short, after endless meetings + planning sessions (over good food at Hillside!), we’re having a workshop this December in partnership with Havaianas! :)


Join us this December for Laro, Lakbay, Lasap – a creative afternoon workshop in partnership with Havaianas on December 6, Sunday, 1-6PM at Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar.
Aside from receiving a wonderful assortment of art materials c/o our awesome sponsors (no kidding, they are a lot, mind you!), participants in this class will get a surprise present from Havaianas Filipinas collection. The 5-hour class will cover Hand Lettering (by me), Watercolor Washes & Monograms (by Alessa) and Flourishing (by Patrick). 
To sign up, visit :) Hope to see you there!