2016: First Few Days

January 9, 2016 Filed Under: Abbey, Books / Film / Music, Daily Life, Local Lovin' 6 Comments

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It’s 2016! And I don’t think my system has acknowledged that enough yet. I still end up writing “2015” at some of my documents and I kind of wanna tell myself “hey, wake up, will you?” The start of the year always feels weird in a sense that there’s still a lot of months ahead. But as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I guess having a continuation mindset sort of puts things in order.

Quick update because I miss writing and all the randomness of it. And I’m stalling my next deadline tomorrow (which involves – yup, you guessed it, more writing – lol).

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Last weekend (literally the day after I arrived from Europe), we had a shoot / mini getaway at Pico. After being friends for quite some time, we all realized we’ve never collaborated – so me, Maine and Shutter Panda (Mare + Karen) got to work on a shoot together! Well, not much for me ’cause I was the subject. Haha.

Processed with VSCOcam with e6 presetIf you follow me for quite a few years now, you may know that I write a lot about turning a year older. Well…this year’s gonna be a bit different. And Maine’s on board with some of the design work (TY Maine!). :)

Speaking of, I’m turning 23 on Thursday. Geez. ;_; Anyway.

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Catching light by the beach at 5PM. :)

Brought a few of my vintage gear for the shoot – radio + suitcase from my grandfather.

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Quick stop at the helipad before driving back to Manila. Also: my CRV at the back says hi!

I’m glad I’ve been kinder to myself this past week. There were some work tasks I had to leave out because I’m still recovering from jet lag. I also got sick yesterday and slept the whole day (it definitely was the worst feeling ever), so I think it’s just fair to take a breather every now and then.

Processed with VSCOcam with a7 presetCurrently reading this and hoping Marie Kondo rubs off her tidying skills on me. I also promised to read more books and magazines every month. They’re all rotting here – more on that later.

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I’ve been way overdue on visiting Riley so I finally got to visit a few days ago. HE IS THE CUTEST! I don’t like babies and kids (idk why) but Riley is an exception. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent most of my days glued to Tippy during her pregnancy (well, officemates!). So glad I got to see them again after a long time. Congrats again, Tippeh and Pong!

Processed with VSCOcam with a7 presetI started unboxing some of my purchases from Sweden. I wrote on IG that Stockholm was my favorite among all the Scandinavian countries I visited…I’m not taking that back. I’m still dreaming of returning maybe in a few years.

So, I got this DIY clip thing and it’s pretty cool. I also purchased a lot of vintage style postcards (guilty).

In other news, I started teaching a private workshop too and work on my first deadline for the year (below).

Photo 07-01-2016, 9 25 49 AMI was talking to a friend and she told me how it felt to work on this project (it’s actually a masthead for a local publication!). As usual, I replied with “tryin’ to be cool about it”, lol. I like to hide my excitement if it’s not obvious. Anyway, more on that soon!

Processed with VSCOcam with a7 presetI haven’t fixed my shelf yet but here are some additions from friends over the holidays:

  • What I Wore Today by Gemma Correll (thanks Maine!). The most exciting part about this is actually getting to step up my non-existent fashion sense.
  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (thanks AJ!). I haven’t dabbled into novels for a long time so this should get me back on track.
  • Tasty Stories by Jake Gosse (ordered from Amazon, c/o Tricie). Only ’cause it was cheaper in the US and I have a thing for vintage logo type and packaging. Looking forward to flip through this for my future projects.
  • Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes (thanks Tricie!). I have the People & Motion one which I don’t find that useful (I don’t draw people), so this one was the perfect book for me. Can’t wait to learn more techniques about drawing architecture and urban sceneries.
  • Monocle: Dec-Jan issue (bought from Denmark airport). I have yet to read this.

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I have two playlists I’ve been following religiously since October last year. Heh.

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Oughties October / October ’15 is a playlist by Maine, featuring mostly 90s songs. One word: FEELS. I remember belting out Behind These Hazel Eyes with AJ & Maine during our #PahingaMunaAnak2015 trip the first time we heard it. LOL. She’s added new songs so that’s probably making me want to replay this playlist over and over.Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 5.16.11 PM

KokoJam is curated by one of my friends, Koko. I rode with her once and loved her car playlist – apparently it was taken from this compilation of songs. Initial thought: I finally found someone with the same wavelength of indie music as I have! Perfect for chill work days because I find myself constantly playing this on a daily basis. Faves: Across the Map, Silhouettes, Wild Motion and When I’m Away.


Albums on repeat: European tunes, featuring CHVRCHES‘ and Of Monsters and Mens‘ new albums. Side note: I can’t wait for OMAM Live in Manila!

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Okay, Maine dragged me into this, so I’m doing it! Hahaha.

Tbh, I don’t like watching films. I used to think they were a waste of time…I was wrong. Being visually attached to design and photography, I found watching films to be an avenue for me to discover different angles and perspectives of people, places, and stories. So there, I’ll be *hopefully* writing a few of the films I’ve watched in a month to keep track.

For those asking where I get my films, it’s over at 100 Movies A Year aka Maine’s movie tumblr. I’m joining her challenge of watching 100 films this year. Do join if you want! :) It’s a good excuse to take breaks once in awhile (ahem, I need it) and have movie nights in (best part: it’s free!).

So far, I’ve watched:

  • The Bodyguard. From romance to thriller to action and all the drama, this film is a head turner (in the best way possible). Whitney Houston is amazing, by the way.
  • Very Good Girls. Color-wise, yes. Storyline-wise, I didn’t find it interesting.
  • Men, Women & Children. This film literally bothered me and how social media can really affect relationships. Ansel Elgort’s performance was amazing though.
  • The End of the Tour. Jesse Eisenberg has always been one of my celeb crushes because of his geekiness. This movie was really something, though. Not your typical biopic – it’s mostly conversational and I found it very insightful. I’m still not over this film. Please watch it.
  • The Intern. Probably one for the books. So much millenial feels and start-up feels (I can relate!). A+
  • Love Actually. I’m so late at this; I just found out it was a holiday movie (lol). I have to rewatch ’cause I worked while watching (hue hue).

How was the start of the month for you? Any film / music / book recommendations welcome, please! And if you’ve watched / read / listened to any of my suggestions, let me know what you think about them! :) – Abbey

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6 Responses to “2016: First Few Days”

  1. Shannelle
    January 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    *gasp* Are you working on the masthead for Candy? *inserts the gasping emoji* And I wish I could say I’ve watched those films, but I haven’t. I do want to watch The Intern, but I’ll most likely spend my time on Netflix and watching Jessica Jones. But books I would rec, if you want something young adult with romance to just melt and unwind with, then The Summer of Chasing Mermaids (Sarah Ockler and I highly recommend this, the book is gold) and Anna the French Kiss. And maybe The Winner’s Kiss, if you like a really good slow-burn romance with politics and the smartest characters ever and this whole conflict inspired by the relationship between the Greeks and the Romans. All young adult, and I don’t know if you might be interested in those, but if you want some other types of books, you can always ask!

  2. Abbey
    January 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm


    Anna and the French Kiss is my fave. Haha. I think I’ve graduated from YA only because #adultduties in the way. Thanks for the recos, Shannelle! I’ll def check out some of them and download the e-books :)

  3. Maine
    January 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Before anything else: “THAT’S MY BODYGUARD!!!” (I had to. I really had to.)

    Aaaahhh! I’m so excited to see the photos from Karen and Mare. I’m so pumped to lay out. Lels. I’m so happy you’re doing the 100 Movies project with me. At least I have a friend who’ll panic with me in December because we’re still 20 movies short. Hahaha!

    Also: stalking your comments section for movie recos.

  4. Abbey
    January 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Ugh. I wanna watch The Bodyguard again!!!

    Yes. I have a deadline tomorrow LOL. Yes, we won’t make that happen. Instead of mani pedi, let’s watch films together soon :))

    I shall update you once I have movie recos at my comments box! LOL

  5. Nurul
    January 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

    The Intern is two thumbs up!

    I’ve only read a few pages of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert so I can’t say much about it except it receives a lot of praises :)

  6. Abbey
    January 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks Nurul! I’ll check it out once I have the time :)