The Big Move

November 23, 2014 Filed Under: Abbey, Personal 44 Comments

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It’s always been a struggle to move, I’ll admit.

After more than eight years of blogging, moving platforms (Xanga – Multiply – Blogger – Tumblr), finding my “style” and all those soul-searching antics, I’m finally settling into what feels like my permanent home for quite a long time.

Let’s not get into the nitty gritty of the reasons why I came up with the idea of moving, because that part might just bore you off. Although I will tell you that it was an impulse decision for me to launch this before 2014 ends – I was aiming an early 2015 for more time. But I figured that if I waited until I was ready, the time would never come.

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The big push that triggered me to really put my game face on was realizing that I had no platform for ALL my work – sure, I had my Instagram, Facebook, Behance and all other accounts. I just didn’t feel that it was sufficient enough for people to see what I really do. That, and dealing with certain issues that I realized I would overcome through the conception of this website.

In addition, I really missed writing (like, really writing) on my blog. I think that dimension of mine (which I eventually lost as I spent 4 years on Tumblr) sort of died down.

Let’s face it; I am no writer. I cannot write to save my life – I can only probably draw or paint. But if there’s one thing I know I can do, it’s to share my insights, experiences and advice to those who need it.

And with that –

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Welcome to my website!

I am more than happy to have you visit. This is like welcoming you into my online home, a place where I can (finally) call my “own” – a place where I can share my daily musings through this blog, events and workshops for those interested to learn more about lettering, a curated page of projects that I can finally declare as my portfolio, and an occasional tab for shop updates and other contact information.

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Everyone has dreams, and this is one of mine. 

I have always struggled as an artist. It has never occurred to me that I am capable of doing things, and I will never get over the fact that I am still overwhelmed with all the opportunities that have come my way. Heck, I didn’t even call myself an artist back then (more like “self-proclaimed” lol). Never did I imagine reaching to a point that I am actually having my own website (please excuse my low self-esteem).

Four years ago, when I entered college and started my small blog and shop online, it was merely just a way of proving people wrong, coming from a place where I was underestimated as an artist. Being who I am now or doing what I do now was never the path I envisioned to take at seventeen. In fact, this life I am living now has been such a blessing to me (*cue legit tears as I’m writing this*). Being able to inspire others through my work and getting acknowledgement for the hard work and commitment I’ve been pouring out has been some of the best things that have happened to me.

I know I’m only 21 and I have so much more to learn and to prove, but for me, this already translates to getting the gold. I have set such high standards on myself as a person and I’m very, very blessed for everything that has been given to me (you guys, my readers, included). I’ll admit it was a tough journey for me, and staying motivated and driven was never an easy task. But I realized how much sacrifices I did to continue all my endeavours proved that this is really what I want to do in my life.

I’m taking this opportunity to thank all the amazing people who have helped me make this dream come to life:

  • Mary Silvestre, who has been my blog coder ever since Tumblr (what would I do without this awesome developer friend of mine) – and until now, I am still appalled that her codes for my Tumblr blog were ripped off.
  • Shutter Panda Photography – Mare Collantes and Sara Abrigo, who willingly shot me for some of the photos you see in this website (both of you are amazing, really)
  • My managers, Fons & Tricie – who I constantly bug for advice, opinions, ideas and recommendations. I am so grateful for these two, and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them.
  • My close friends (and future guest writers on the blog) – Mikka, Tricie, Den – who are just some of the people I occasionally share my goals and aspirations for this blog, for this “career” and for my future. Also to Kaila of Rainbowholic, who has always been a mentor to me as I go along this crazy journey to discover what I’m really meant to do in the creative blogging industry;
  • Blog inspirations: Elsie & Emma Larson and Tricia Gosingtian, whom I’ve been following ever since I started blogging and creating my “identity” online;
  • And of course, to all my blog readers and followers online – you have made me who I am now, and I am so grateful for each and every one’s support in my endeavors. I am so blessed to have some of the kindest, most honest and wonderful followers (others, I already became friends with). You guys are amazing.

 

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So basically what’s here now are just some curated posts from my Tumblr – but do expect new things in the coming weeks, including announcements and the launch of Life in Transit 2014 (pictured above) this coming weekend! The big move is finally happening omg.

Feel free to look around (house blessing? lol kidding) and leave a comment – and don’t forget to bookmark this blog! Full-on blogger duties commence yet again, and I’m super excited to plan out stuff here and finally get back to my blogging mojo! :)

Again, welcome, and hope you all continue with me on this journey. Because after all, it’s all about moving forward and taking higher steps– always.

Photos by Mare Collantes and Sara Abrigo of Shutter Panda Photography


Travel Diaries: Southeast Asia

October 2, 2014 Filed Under: Travel Journal, Worldly Whereabouts 2 Comments

I’ve developed a habit to write about my travel experiences every time I’m in transit – and my month-long backpacking trip last July across Southeast Asia was no exception.

Tricie & I spent most of our down time at cafes and I’d use that time to draw, mostly, or write about our daily adventures. And apparently, I found it a good way to not just keep memories but also a way to destress (yup, drawing destresses me too) and mindlessly put my thoughts into paper.

Soooo here are snippets of what’s inside my Life in Transit travel journal. :)

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I’ve posted this on Behance as well – hope you can check it out and follow me!

Oh and before I end this post: Life in Transit is going to launch on the 29th! So do check back here for the link to the e-book. :)


Share the Love

September 27, 2014 Filed Under: Events, Workshop 4 Comments

Sharing a photodiary of our workshop (which was two weeks ago, wow) with photos ℅ our resident Love, Type photographer BerKawaii Philippines representative for the day (and my fellow Capricorn girl / super good friend) Kaila and Share Movement Managing Director (and our collaborator) Jam. :)

To be honest, I had a hard time plotting this project out (I’m just extremely relieved we are a team working on this) in my schedule because it entailed a lot of meetings, planning sessions and basically all stressful things in one. 

Initially this was planned to be last June (before I left for my trip) but due to time constraints, we decided to push it back to September – which I think was much better because we had more time to prepare and do concrete actions to take this workshop to the next level. 

Our first workshop was okay. I mean it wasn’t super successful (I blame the venue for this, mostly, and being very unprepared) but I personally didn’t think it was good enough (you know my standards). So we really set the bar high on this one – and to our surprise, 80+ people signed up!

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Extra effort this time around as we got to do kits and name tags for our students!

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We raffled off goodies too. Thanks to Marvin of Chief Clothing for these shirts!

Cutest addition to our goodie bags were these Keybies from The Keybie Cafe.

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Our lootbags were filled with lots of freebies thanks to Hodge Podge, Sunday Paper, Keybie Cafe & Abbey Sy (well, me, lol). 

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We started off with Jam talking about how Share Movement started, and how collaborating with others has helped them raise funds for Joseph Feeding Mission.

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Then, it was teaching time!

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Den & I have been friends since who knows when (actually, the day we were born) so this was pretty easy for us. We taught the students the basics of hand lettering – from types of type, layouting, and other tips and tricks for beginners.

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Snacks were served thanks to Heston the Happy Monster’s yummy pies.

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Our batch this time around was pretty talented. Most of them didn’t have to call us and were silently working on their pieces.

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(Praise my photogenic arm party-filled right hand, lol)

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Teacher duties!

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After two hours or so of mentoring, the students did their DIY activity and had a photo op on our wall – which we really spent doing just for photo ops (because!).

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Class photo! :) 

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The representatives for When in Manila who covered the event – thank you guys for coming!

Many thanks also to Ber & Kaila for helping out! I appreciate it. Support group forever <3

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Thank you also to AJ of Sunday Paper for dropping by! It was really nice meeting you and we can’t thank you enough for your willingness to collaborate with us.

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Share the Love team. Claps for us for pulling this off! 

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We were able to donate to Joseph Feeding Mission from the proceeds of our workshop, and we were more than willing to share our blessings for the benefit of others.

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This is me on a rare occurrence – signing autographs, lol! Thank you Nicole for the support. I appreciate it. :)

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Many thanks also to the TROMS volunteers who willingly extended their hand to help us out that day! We are more than grateful.

I have to say, our second run was so much better and we were so overwhelmed with the feedback (thank you, students!). Thank you very much to our sponsors, media partners and collaborators who were more than willing to help us organize this event for a cause. Here’s to more future workshops soon! :)

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