January: This Month, So Far

January 20, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, Daily Life, Events, Workshop 11 Comments

IMG_0916While I do planning (24/7 tbh) for the blog and projects I am involving myself in, I figured that trying to lay off on personal writing has put me into a constant stir of being uninspired and stuck in a rut.

Another side note: Today was horrible. I am stuck in bed since last night, trying to make sense of this stomach flu and dizziness and all the bad things I have accumulated after a weekend of extensive holiday work. I think I’ve reached to a point that I really, really need to take a breath and live for a while, so here I am writing this post.

Here are a few snippets of life so far on the first month of 2015. Not quite perfect, but I’d like to think things are definitely off to a good (and the crazy kind of) start. :)

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Learn by ABC at Fully Booked

workshop photos by Gian Nicdao

IMG_0969IMG_0993I kicked off my first workshop for the year at Fully Booked. I am secretly congratulating myself because for the first time in all of my workshops, I felt a sense of accomplishment. It was most likely because I was able to be fully prepare and go through my curriculum very well this time around (I’ve grown and learned so much over the course of last year, as I taught over 12 workshops). Bias aside, I really love The Forum – best venue ever.


The guidebook I created, aptly called “The ABCs of Hand Lettering”, covers all the essentials for basic lettering and is an accompaniment for the workshop proper. It won’t be available on its own – I’m working on something similar but details will be shared soon.

Anyway, to sum up my first workshop – it was a blast! I am extra grateful for Angel of Fully Booked who helped organize this event and did the logistics, and to my friends Raniel, Gian, Celina and Cidee for volunteering to help out. It’s always easier having people to support these types of events.

I remember telling myself that I’d ease away from workshops this year, just because I felt like I couldn’t picture myself continuously teaching – that wasn’t my main goal as a letterer. I simply wanted to inspire, to post, to be behind the laptop screen, posting away and belting out my thoughts through text and art, not by way of speaking. But when I met up with Tippy of Googly Gooeys late last year, she helped me figure things out and realize that this is an opportunity I should be taking advantage of. So here I am now, quite excited to announce workshops coming up this year – and ready to further fulfill my teaching duties and sharing my love for lettering to others.

For updates on schedules, please visit my Workshops page!

Birthday Week


The weekend before my birthday was spontaneous – I spent the morning teaching at Fully Booked, early afternoon shooting with Raniel (for my birthday) and late afternoon catching up with my college best friend, Erika, over coffee at Craft. Then, Rolly fetched us and we headed up north to Pampanga, where Tosh & Tinne are. The night was a blur, and it was quite crazy – but I loved it. Sometimes I forget that I am still young and it’s okay to be reckless sometimes (with the right people).

SubhouseThe day after, we ended up hitting the beach after nursing our headaches & hangovers. It was nice – seeing the sun and sea again during the cool breeze of January weather. We rolled down the car windows, enjoyed the view, and most of all, savored the moment that we were all (finally) complete after so long. These people have made my college A+, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.IMG_5587My birthday week was good. I am grateful to the people who have made it special (hi to my awesome officemates, friends, and family) and to everyone who sent messages and tweeted me. SML.

I spent my first day of being 22 at a coffee shop drawing letters for my birthday post (lol) and writing. I also had a nice lunch with my mom, dyed my hair at home, wrote a bit more, and celebrated with Greek food at night. I slept with a contented and happy heart – and I was rather ecstatic to wake up the day after (partly because it was a holiday, and partly because it was a day full of exciting meetings!).

If you’re wondering what I did over the holiday weekend, it’s 80% work and 20% socializing. Not quite how I’d imagine it, but I’m glad I finally got to hang out with a few friends I’ve been missing for quite some time.

TEDx Preparations

I asked Bianca to mentor me for my TEDx talk. I know it’s a far stretch considering we are both busy, but I super appreciated her inputs for the content I’ve been working on for my talk. We met up this month to talk about the flow and how to effectively deliver my talk. I’ve yet to meet her before the event, but I’m hopeful that her hosting skills will at least rub off a bit from me. Hahaha.

My internal struggle and pressure to gather my thoughts for this big endeavor is killer. I’m super thankful to Tricie for guiding me and putting my thoughts together properly and Gian who helped out in filtering my ideas for the talk. This week, I’ve been working on drafts for my presentation as well as figuring out the best possible way to deliver my talk effectively.

Being an introvert is so hard that I could only wish that I don’t stutter or freak out the moment I am up on the TEDx stage. For now, I’m just trying to take this in at a pace that I can manage (and not daunting myself in the process). Let’s hope it works out! I don’t want to waste my 18 minutes on the stage. :)

So basically that’s how life’s been…for me. Not quite easy, not quite hard, always stuck and struggling in the middle – and finding out how to live normally the best way possible. I am hoping that I get 1000x more energy when I wake up tomorrow (I feel half alive and more like a 70 year old crippled person at the moment) because work is calling, and I don’t want to waste more days in bed.

How’s it been for you this month?

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11 Responses to “January: This Month, So Far”

  1. Nurul
    January 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    All the best for TEDx talk, ABC! Hope to see the video and learn from you. Also, pretty curious about The ABCs of Hand Lettering secret project you mentioned. Get well soon, by the way :)

  2. Abbey
    January 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    More on that soon :) Thanks Nurul!

  3. avery
    January 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I want to learn too! But I’m not living in Philippines :(

  4. Abbey
    January 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I’m considering teaching in places outside the PH but not as of now, sorry! Maybe end of the year around Southeast Asia. :)

  5. Maine
    January 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Oh girly, you have no idea how excited I am for EVERYTHING! So excited to hear your TED talk too!

  6. Abbey
    January 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks bb <3 Man that TED talk is freaking me out hahaha

  7. Chester
    January 20, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    You’re literally the busy abbey! Too much work kaya nagkakasakit! Take time to time breaks Abbey. Get well soon! Belated Happy Birthday sweetie! :) <3

  8. Abbey
    January 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Chester! :)

  9. abegail fadri
    January 25, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hey abbey. I just finished bianca’s book and saw your name there. I just followed you on ig earlier. I really love your works. I hope to see you soon, learn from you and be like you. Im a big fan of yours.

  10. Abbey
    January 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks Abegail!

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