Life, Lately: Complacency

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 Here’s an interesting fact I’d like to share, but I think this feeling is just fleeting: I’m coming to terms with what I have now. Complacency, as they call it. After a whirlwind of launches/projects/events over the course of a year and x months, I really think I have to put myself in this position of saying “let’s have a quick pause and try to evaluate things first.”

On a very ironic note, I am mentally preparing myself for (2) big projects I am working on which will be coming out at the latter part of 2016. No promises yet, so I won’t share anything unless I actually start the work (probably next month, aka tomorrow). 2 words: I’M EXCITED!

Anyway, here’s a recap of things this month. Mostly events, a bit of adulting realizations, days off, and remembering the importance of sleep. Oh, and a few updates from my 100 Movies a Year project.

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Valentine’s Weekend

I had a very eventful Valentine’s weekend. No, I did not go on a date (lol). I spent the weekend having a concert (lol), signing books, and meeting some of my favorite people: my readers / followers.

Saturday (Feb 13) was Love Calligraphy, and first off, I got to do a huge mural for the Love Calligraphy wall. Mind you, I was not aware of the size – it was pretty huge. Thanks to my assistant Alex for keeping up with my sanity while working on the wall and basically during the whole event.

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This wall is dedicated to all the artists, writers, and musicians who inspired me to fall in love with words. Spot some lyrics / quotes there on the wall. :)


Special thanks to National Book Store & Faber-Castell Philippines for this opportunity!

After doing the wall (wew 2 hours only I cry), I headed to the Summit booth to sign books & postcards.


(huu, my books got sold out after the event. confetti!) Signing_Me3

Special shoutout to Maine for making me look less like a zombie and more like a female human being.Signing_Gifts

Thanks to my lovely readers for the gifts. Yay!


And for the Summit Books team for always taking care of me :)

Also, the photo below freaked me out because how would an introvert like me actually get to do something like this? Either way, thanks Faber-Castell for letting me do a demo of your Pitt Pens for this event!


The day after (like, real Vday) was spent at TriNoma giving a demo & workshop as well. Thanks to Kayo & Nica Cosio for inviting me. Definitely calling it a working weekend!



In other news, weekdays were more…stable. Or so I thought. It’s taken me longer than usual to recover from that busy weekend but work is calling, so yeah. Time to hustle.

Gave a career talk of sorts at DLSU’s College of Business. I had no idea if the students understood what I said, with all the art slides I presented. I hope they learned a thing or two. Haha. Also, gave a talk on freelancing + lettering at UST CFAD’s Touchpoint. Had fun visiting the campus thanks to all the friendly / accommodating students :)

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I’ve been painting a lot lately. Yay! Here are a few WIPs from my ongoing personal film project (which involves me painting an artwork a week).IMG_9817

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Also, I’ve been going out on weekends…a lot. Sort of an achievement for an introvert like me. Discovered this gem of a Toby’s Estate branch in Whitespace Manila before heading to Blogopolis 4D last weekend. Aesthetics = 100.

(hi, Koko!)

Ask Abbey Sy

So I started this hashtag called #AskAbbeySy on Twitter. I’m so late at this, I want to strangle myself lol. I know most of you are curious of my responses and basically other aspects that I don’t usually share here or on Instagram, so I promised myself to have these ~sessions~ once a month to talk to you guys. :)

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So two weekends ago, a lot of you asked some pretty interesting Qs. Here are some of my fave responses.

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I’m doing another one with Kaila in Japan next month (in video format!) and possibly with my homies Maine & Karen (in video format too!). I’ll announce more about it soon. :)

Art Days

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Spent a weekend at Art Fair Philippines with Maine. I liked it, except for the fact that the behavior of the visitors were very…unacceptable. I have nothing against taking photos of the artwork but if you visit these events just to “Instagram”, you could at least give some respect to the artists.

I’m no fine artist but I didn’t like how I had to bump into people taking #ootds in front of huge paintings. I guess that’s why I like exploring museums abroad than here in Manila. This article was very on point, too.


On another note, spent the holiday (Feb 25) meeting up with Kar, Vin & Jamie for a watercolor session together. It was FUN! I always paint alone so this was nice to have for a change. :) Not to mention we ended up geeking out on papers and paints like crazy. “Are you a hot (pressed) person? Or rough?” “I’m actually cold.” HAHA.

IMG_5024Can’t wait to have our part 2 this March!

February Films


I didn’t watch a lot this month. I need to catch up this March! Favorites below:

Perks of Being a Wallflower / Chef / Safety Not Guaranteed

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List / Chungking Express (A+!) / Adult World (Evan Peters!)

See you at my signing this March!


 I’m having a book + postcards signing at National Book Store SM Megamall this March 12 at 2-6PM. Save the date! This *might* be one of my last signings in Manila (heading to *guess where* this May) so don’t miss it :)

How did your February go? Moreover, hope this leap day served you well. For me, it did…I spent it working like crazy, but it was for a good reason anyway. Lol.

Abbey :)

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4 Responses to “Life, Lately: Complacency”

  1. Eunice
    February 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    February was a chill/no chill month for me. I’m caught between procrastinating and doing some fine work but I’ve struck a balance between the two. Haha, I spent this once-every-four-years day with midterms. Oh midterms. </3 I wish you luck always~

  2. Abbey
    March 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Waaah. Good luck with midterms, Eunice! :)

  3. Denise
    March 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I can relate to your Art Fair PH sentiments. I was really excited about it, looked forward to it for a week, but ended up being dizzy on a Saturday night. There were too many people and you can’t take time to appreciate the art works that well because the place was so jam packed! HUHU #introvertfeels. And yeah you feel rushed because it seems that you’re disturbing the people who wants to take of photos of everything. So yes to galleries and museums that actually lets you breathe! HAHAHA

  4. Abbey
    March 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    HAHAHA. RIGHT??? Or better to go on a weekday / day when there would be less people. :)