Birthweek Recap + Events/Announcements

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I always look forward to the start of the year because January is my birth month. I just turned twenty three last week, and here’s a quick recap of how I spent it, events/announcements you don’t wanna miss out on this month, plus an update on my 100 Movies a Year project. :)

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Birth Week Happenings

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(I haven’t painted in such a long time! ;_;) Above is something I managed to squeeze in on my birthday, and is a constant reminder for me to keep enjoying the journey and moving forward. :)

So, I don’t just celebrate my birthday. 24 hours isn’t much, to be honest. I like maximizing the week; and maximize I did with a quick beach trip to Batangas.

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Got to spend my pre-birthday with Christie at Laiya. It was beautiful! I used to hate beaches in my past life (lol) but I digress. Three days basking in this beautiful view, watching the sunset on top of a huge rock (climb levels), chill work sessions by the beach, late night movies and good food – oh, and unexpected tricycle + bus rides. It was gewd. :-) 02


That pink sky totes reminds me of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Am I right or am I right?01

If it were this easy to escape Manila often, I’d do it. But I don’t think I can with all the projects I’m bound to work on this month, heh. Nevertheless, I promised myself to do more local sightseeing this year, so I definitely can’t wait for that.

Meanwhile, back in Manila…I started to change a few things. I began to eliminate pork in my diet. Not that you have to know, but I just decided to cut my meat intake. I’ve also vowed to run more (I love running) and quit having excuses. So far, I’m slowly becoming ~normal~ in terms of being human (this means, I don’t end up being a workaholic zombie hahaha).

I also met up with friends and some of my favorite people, of course! I think I spent half of my week at my favorite coffee shop (which is a few blocks away). This also explains why I tweet at 2AM sometimes, lol. Nevertheless, friends > work. S/O to my best friends whom I got to spend time with before my birthday: Den, Tin & Nix!


Also: (1) Coffee + conversations two Sundays ago with (achi) Koko at Craft. And I got new movies, yay! (So far I’ve watched Pride & Prejudice and You’ve Got Mail hnnggggg) I also received a box of Pantone postcards and they are so pretty ;_; Huuuuuu I want to cry. Thanks Koko!

(2) Finally got to celebrate me & Tippy‘s friend-iversary. I owe a lot of my growth as a person to her (being her officemate/pseudo sister/assistant last year definitely covers that aspect, haha) so I guess it was mandatory that we eat our favorite treats: chocolate cake, Loacker (haha) Quadratini crackers & Cocio milk (yumz). In all honesty though, we really had a meeting for upcoming projects and collab work. Stay tuned! The giveaway we had last Christmas is just the beginning. ;)

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(3) Long overdue meeting / catch-up with Tricie & Tin. It’s been a productive year of work-ship/friendship! I’m so grateful to be surrounded by amazing people.

(4) Catch-up with the power baes AJ & Maine and mind-blowing conversations. Always love hearing insightful things from these two.

(5) Got to (finally) get some sisterly brunch time with Mikka Weeee. I missed her!

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January 14 was okay. I went shopping, ate alone for lunch (haha, typical me), painted a bit and watched You’ve Got Mail (!!!). Then, I treated my family to dinner at my fave place, Lola.

Oh, and then I sort of freaked up because hi, crush (HAHA) and teared up at the same time because (1) gahd my friends sent me their long birthday greetings I was literally flooded with tears, and (2) Alan Rickman passed away. Harry Potter was a fundamental part of my life; so is Alan Rickman’s role in playing Professor Snape. He is irreplaceable.

In other news, Maine told me to “get a copy of Young Star” last Friday because she said “it’s about Advertising”.  Yeah, right. I got a copy and I was shocked to see a full spread on Rookies of the Year with me in it. Thank you, Young STAR for this!

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Full article here, written none other than Maine herself. Please notice the Jimmy Eat World “23” reference (it’s my favorite JEW song), too.

(I’m framing this baby up on my ~new office~ soon huhu)

Letters from ABC Availability

ICYMI, my newest baby (and 2nd published ~thing~ with Summit Books)Letters from ABC, is now available at major bookstores, department stores & groceries nationwide for PHP 350.

(You may also order from me by clicking here!)

Related post: Alphabet Postcards: Letters from ABC


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Above: Snap from Robinsons Magnolia Department Store

Spotted some of them at Fully Booked GH, National Bookstore MOA, Rob Magnolia & E. Rodriguez, Robinsons Supermarket in Magnolia and yes – Mini Stop! As of this writing, it’s now available nationwide. *confetti*

There will be more deliveries in the coming days so I’ll keep you guys posted! If you have your boxes already, don’t forget to post it, tag me and #LettersfromABC :-)

NBS Color Pop Fair Demo


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I’ll be doing a live lettering & illustration demo using Faber Castell pitt pens from 3-3:30PM. Hope to see you! Say hello :D Entrance is free. Materials will be provided, too. You may have some of your stuff signed by me, too.

Apart from that, June Digan is having her book signing for A Year of Positivity, and The Googly Gooeys will be having a talk & workshop in lieu of their coloring book, Around the World with Googly Gooeys. There are also a lot of interesting activities you can participate in, plus a lot of your favorite art brands will have pop-up stores there. Time to splurge!

100 Movies a Year Update

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I haven’t watched a lot this past week BUT I got to work on my personal art project involving film (above). In the works: Submarine.

  Movies I’ve watched:1Submarine. I finished this film with a weird question mark on my head BUT after a week, I am still not over it. Very true-to-life and a quintessential coming-of-age comedy drama, not to mention beautiful set design & overall branding, this is a must-watch for creatives.

Might I add that I kind of resonated with the protagonist and his thoughts and the fact that he writes a lot in his journal. It creeps me out that it’s very me.

*Also: I swear, I want Oliver Tate’s room*

1Pride & Prejudice. Never consumed anything Jane Austen has written because…classics intimidate me. This was a lighter spin on the book and I super loved it because (1) Keira Knightley and (2) set design + warm colors! Except for the acceptable fact that the language is pretty…deep English (lol), I loved this period film. The hopeless romantic in me sort of revealed itself, hahaha.Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 5.20.25 PM

You’ve Got Mail. Back when the internet was operated through dial-up, who knew things like this already transpired? Although this was way back in 1998…I enjoyed this film. Mega kilig love tandem between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, too. Definitely a classic.

So much for my lengthy post; hope you all have a great week ahead. See you on Saturday! :)

PS: Movie / music / book recommendations welcome. Please and thank ya – leave a comment!

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8 Responses to “Birthweek Recap + Events/Announcements”

  1. Tippy
    January 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Aww…I’m so happy for you that you got to spend time at the beach!
    So zombie of me to have forgotten it was a friend-versary of sorts. Haha.
    I just finished a bottle of Cocio by the way.
    Also, I have to confess that when you were gone, I had 3 McDo Big & Tasty before I gave birth.
    *Explains my figyahhh*

  2. Abbey
    January 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Haha. eez ok. No worriez. I know your zombie state and I’m totes not judging ya!

    LOL at Cocio. I’m on chocolate ban already. LOL ON BIG & TASTY.

    *Zumba toime*

  3. Fraulein Maricar
    January 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Miss Abbey! I’d like to recomend some bands/ records 😀
    Peripheral Vision by Turnover
    No Closer to Heaven by The Wonder Years
    Sports by Modern Baseball

    Hope you enjoy them! Belated happy birthday and have an awesome 2016

  4. Abbey
    January 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Heya, Fraulein! :)

    Thanks for these. I’ll look for em :)

  5. Fraulein Maricar
    January 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    You’re welcome po 😀

  6. Shannelle
    January 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Submarine sounds great, and ugh, Abbey, I now have so many films I want to watch because of you. ;___; Must make time somehow. I love your piece for Submarine so much too! And Pride and Prejudice BE STILL MY HEART. That movie, seriously. I was full out shrieking by the end.

    Hmm, and music, Halsey for some badass lyrics (Castle, Hold Me Down, Gasoline), Amber Run’s I Found because the vocals is perfection, and Melanie Martinez, if you like the irony of a sweet voice singing some really dark things. The cool thing is her whole album is themed, too, and she has all these adult situations in a child-like scenario while telling a story throughout the whole album.

  7. Abbey
    January 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I wanted to tweet you all my feelings about Pride & Prejudice but I digress. Haha. Yes, you should totes watch Submarine! It’s the best :) Try watching around 2 movies per week, should be good (that’s what I do now haha).

    Thanks for the music recos! Wew, I should def explore more out of my indie preferences. :) Hope you’re having a good week!

  8. Shannelle
    January 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    And wait, Oh Wonder! Their music is so beautifully mellow, and at least check out their Without You video because it’s so beautifully color-coordinated. In pastel, too.