Life, Lately: Restructuring

April 15, 2016 Filed Under: Abbey, Daily Life, Personal, Worldly Whereabouts 7 Comments

Hello, internet! I’m sorry for the lack of the updates. I’ve been busy catching up on life and I haven’t had enough time to actually sit down and write non-work stuff. I’m just sneaking in this post before other things get in the way of my currently busy schedule.

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To make up for my absence, here’s a quick update on life lately. I spent the past two weeks hibernating in Japan so I thought I’d share a few snippets from this month’s events while in transit. :)

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My usual “pack your bags and leave” prompt made me book a two-week trip to Japan early this year. And no, it wasn’t because I wanted to be a tourist. I’ve been to this country six times; the least I could do was to live like a local – and live like a local I did.

There have been a lot of unexpected things during my trip: I got sick for a week (YEP, a week!), I had to tone down my itinerary because I got sick (and had to rest), I spent more time writing and drawing and recharging, and I came home with a restructured way of thinking and living – which, in my opinion, is deeming to be a good move.

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First off, I purchased a Hobonichi planner. This has been on my radar ever since I’ve returned to writing analog (about a few months ago!). Kaila also got hers and I love the spreads she did (check out a sample here). I used my Hobonichi planner not for work, but for daily journaling (above is a sample!). So far I’m enjoying it. My goal is to finish this and do a spread every day. Har har!

Other things: went art shopping / materials checking and visited coffee shops on meet-up days!

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Sekaido from the other side of the street.

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Little Nap Coffee Stand. Such a quaint little cafe tucked in the small towns of Yoyogi!

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Hello from me & Reese! Twinning at the Railway Museum.

The Omiya Railway Museum drew my attention because the design was on point. I was hooked. (That and the Museum Shop was…let’s not talk about it. I bought a lot of things, lol)

Side note: Reese and I lived under one roof (Kaila’s house!). It was a fun couple of weeks spent bonding and whatnots. Who would’ve thought things would be this coincidental?

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Went to Osaka / Kyoto for 3 days. The VIP bus we took was awesome. I’ll share more about it soon.

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Kaila & I wore kimonos during our day trip to Kyoto. Check out more photos from that on Kaila’s blog post.


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From our hanami session at Omiya Park. Sakura everywhere! <3

Here’s one of the last spreads I worked on before leaving for the airport. *tears*

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Way, way back before I started to do lettering, I kept journals like this – I think since I was thirteen. Lately I’ve been finding it a good way to really sit down and filter memories properly. Also a good excuse to use up all the stationery and craft stuff I’ve been purchasing recently (sometimes I ask myself if I’m really 23 aka an adult, with all my priorities LOL).

I’m also working on a project that involves…journals! And lettering! Obviously. So expect a few snippets of my journals from time to time :) I can’t jinx it yet but you will find out more about my major ventures soon.

Speaking of projects, one of the longest projects I’ve been working on is my website. It will be up this Sunday at 9PM! A few little tweaks and it’s good to go. Here’s a peek:

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I’ve been meaning to pay homage to the projects I’ve worked with, as well as provide a mini home for my babies (book, postcards, published work etc) so this is definitely going to be a big move. In a few months this blog will be gone (huhu, but I will import everything to the new site – promise!) and I’m settling into a new home.

I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who has read through this blog or dropped by in one way or another. I have been writing for more than six years now, and I’m looking forward to write more once I move to my new website. That, and I look forward to share more things I’ve been doing in analog form. More soon.

Anyway, hope all is well with you! I’m having events this weekend if you’d like to meet me. Details are on the previous post.

Good night from here,

Abbey :)

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7 Responses to “Life, Lately: Restructuring”

  1. Laura Rain
    April 15, 2016 at 5:39 am

    I can’t wait to see your new site! I’m a fan from a far away land , you inspire me so much, I love everything you do!!<3<3
    Greetings from Colombia!

    Moth And Poppy

  2. Abbey
    April 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hello Laura! Thanks and hello from the other side! :D

  3. Broken Biyahera
    April 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

    How I wish I were as artsy as you! But sad to say, I’m just…fartsy. LOL. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your Japan trip. Have to highlight the way you record memories through putting them in a journal. So creative!!! <3 Looking forward to your new website! :)

  4. Abbey
    April 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Haha. Funny!!! I think everyone has that creativity though – you’ll just have to slowly find it :) Thanks! :)

  5. Josit Duntar
    April 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I love it how you inspire people to find their passion one step at a time. Slowly finding it is its secret sauce, I would agree. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words. No one is born excellent, true but impatience is such a force so irresistible. But I am making it a habit now of reminding myself everyday of the things I have to keep in mind. Indeed, making a good mark that’s uniquely you is one of the best keys to boundless opportunities.

    Way to go Abbey! Keep inspiring! I am a fan!
    God bless!

  6. Abbey
    April 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks Josit! :) And all the best!

  7. Josit Duntar
    April 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Anyway, its sad that you’re on to transferring to your website. But I am holding on to what you said about importing everything to your new site.

    Best of luck! Keep chasing your dreams, Abbey!