Life, Lately: Creating Connections

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I know, I’m being such a bad blogger for skipping last month’s update. The thing is, if I were to revive it, I wouldn’t – I wasn’t in the right state of mind to actually write about specific things, so I’d rather not share some of them and go back to writing this entry, not the draft I have waiting on my Evernote for weeks now.

Anyway, the past 2 months in general have been about connections with others and myself – creating them, sustaining them, and knowing which ones work (and which ones don’t).

Speaking of work, I have been immersed in lots of work (as per usual) and as of this writing, I’m slowly recovering from my withdrawals and mishaps with work life balance (yes, it happens to me). I’ve met up with some of my friends this week and everyone’s been telling me the same thing: RELAX. And to cut myself some slack from work. Which is what I’m trying to work on at this point until June. Let’s hope it works, yes?

For the meantime, here’s how life’s been so far on my end.

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The Road to ABC

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If I had a chance to redo my thesis and have it more catered to my own preferences, The Road to ABC would be it. Aside from churning out lots of artworks for the past two weeks, I have also immersed my brain into numerous ideation sessions and a lot of writing – two things I am still struggling to be good at. Either way, it was pretty good training, as I can say that I efficiently made my way through this project (thanks to caffeine, music, and a lot of food) and didn’t cram on the last leg (I crammed on my first two submissions, it was horrible).

I hid myself away from social media (aka deleted apps on my phone), declined any social endeavors (sorry, friends, I am alive now!) and really focused on my work. Most mornings and evenings were spent in my attic, consumed with paint, ink, paper, and a lot of self-doubt moments. “Am I even good enough to do this?” “I don’t even know what I’m doing to be honest huhu” It didn’t help that I was alone most of the time while working on this project, too.

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Thankfully I spent one afternoon having another office (Scarsdale, thank you!) + meeting up with Tippy (we’re “officemates” on some days, lol) so at least I got to get some proper advice and encouragement to keep me sane while working. Thanks (mommy) Tippy!

Anyway, long story short, I’ve submitted things on my end two weeks ago – and it felt like thesis submission x 1000000. I am so excited to share what this is, BUT I will keep quiet until the news comes out. :)

Type Lab MNL

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Another thing that’s been heavy on my plate lately is this event I’m organizing with Type Kita called Type Lab MNL. More details soon!

BTS Photos by Sofia Lorenzo

Here are some outtakes from our shoot for the past weekends with Shutter Panda at Scarsdale. I am so, so excited for this – not only because it’s something close to my heart, but it’s another effort to help keep the type community alive here in Manila. Always up for things like these. <3

BTW, save the date, folks – it’s happening this July! (and kudos to my intern Katsy for creating Type Lab’s A+ branding!)


Tokyo Hangover
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NGL, I’m missing my fellow Capricorn girl Kaila and our coffee dates. I need more recharging sessions and enlightenment from her! Aside from that, I’m terribly missing Japanese food and the crazy train rides for some odd reason.

I’ve yet to write about my trip but for the meantime, I did blog about the places I visited for my art materials fix here. You can also check out Kaila’s photo diaries here.

Team ABC

BTW, I’ve yet to introduce my team – here are my interns: Katsy, Sofia, Aidee, Christie, Jasmine (+ Cristina) :)

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Can’t believe they’re already halfway through their internship. I started doing my mentoring duties¬†last week and it was such an insightful experience. I’m so excited (and pressured, and challenged) to put my “Ate Abbey” duties to the test.

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It’s great to have these girls because aside from having lighter work tasks for myself (aka I can breathe!), I know I am accountable for six girls, which only means – I can’t be lazy. LOL.

Learn by ABC

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I failed to write about my workshops last April, but they went pretty good! Special thanks to Fully Booked and Local Edition for providing the venues. I’m taking a quick break this June because *secret* but I have three more this May (which are already full, sorry!).

Anyway, exciting things are ahead for my workshops because this July, I’m announcing new workshop modules and workshop locations! I’m also looking into having a few sessions in *insert city here* which I will announce soon as well. :)

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BTW, in other news, I am on YouTube. And it’s pretty overwhelming!

Photo 5-18-15, 3 53 16 PMI also received a package from Swift Premium as they relaunched their new packaging design earlier this month. I did the designs inside the crate on the photo above. So surreal to see my work in print! This project was one of my favorites. I’ll share more about it soon.

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Also, I’ve collaborated with Craft Central in creating and curating a Lettering Starter Kit, perfect for those who would like to kickstart their hand lettering journey. More details about this soon – but you can pre-order here!

The design I’ve made for Punchdrunk Panda‘s latest collection is also out. :)

I’m still alive despite the stress, folks! Still getting by. Hope you are having a good month, so far! Can’t believe we’re nearing mid-2015.

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One Response to “Life, Lately: Creating Connections”

  1. Dollie
    March 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Susriiprngly well-written and informative for a free online article.