The Art of Moment Collecting

Written by Mikka Wee | Photos by Sofia Lorenzo & Abbey Sy

QuietIMG_0780It has always been said that we should live for the small things—those delicate, two-second moments of contained time that make you realize how wonderful it is to be alive. These quiet, fleeting moments are enough to tell a story. From someone’s eyes, you know: he is in love, she is happy, he is lonely, she is alive—and as the clichéd adage goes, these little moments make up this huge, spectacular, overwhelming, daunting, beautiful puzzle that we simply like to call life. What a shame it is to be so consumed by our day-to-day that we forget to actually live.

And we often do.

There is a graphic novel called Daytripper by twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, which talks about the knowledge of death. Knowing that you will be gone from the face of this world only encourages us to take advantage of every breath, of every second. Reading the back cover instantly gripped me with a question that made me think hard: ‘What are the most important days of your life?’

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When I think of these important days, they funnel down to moments—quietly watching the slow ascent of lanterns during the Yi Peng and Loi Krathong festivals in Chiang Mai, the smile and skipped heartbeat elicited by a sweet text message from my love as I spent my last few days of 2014 sprawled on La Union’s shores, running for our lives through the bustling streets of Bangkok, digging into the best darn duck with my best friend in Bali, getting to stand on the surf board for the first time in Baler…

What are the most important moments in your life?


My friend Abbey and I have a shared love for notebooks as we like remembering these moments through pen and paper—her, through drawing and lettering; me, through words. Another thing Abbey and I share closely with each other is our passion for travel. We realized that this is where and how we have learned some of the most important life lessons. When we shared our best travel moments with each other, we were both surprised to know most of them were seemingly-mundane: having a light bulb moment right smack in the middle of a café, randomly meeting a fellow backpacker who was asking for directions, dipping our feet into the sea. These moments that you don’t really expect; they just come to you and the may disturb you, nuance you, but they will change you forever.
Abbey and I have always wanted to do a travel workshop together that focused on moment collecting through art and words. And we’re very excited and happy that Moleskine and Fully Booked partnered with us to make this possible on July 12!


#MoleskineOnTheRoad is a workshop on expressing your passion for travel through moment collecting by #ABCxMikkaWee, in collaboration with Moleskine and Fully Booked Soft. It’s a one-of-a-kind workshop experience that makes use of illustrating and writing, enabling you to collect these rare, life-changing moments through pen and paper. We can’t wait to share and document our travel stories with you. Hope to see you there!

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7 Responses to “The Art of Moment Collecting”

  1. Erika
    June 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Hi, I was wondering how much this would be? Thanks so much! :)

  2. Abbey
    June 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    P2700, but slots are already full, sorry!

  3. Kux
    June 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Hi, does this worshop come with a fee? Thanks.

  4. Abbey
    June 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Yup it’s P2700. But apparently slots are already full, sorry!

  5. Trisha
    June 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Too bad the slots are already full but I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun! Hopefully you’ll get another workshop/talk scheduled soon. ;)

  6. Myka
    July 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hi, Abbey! What kind of instant camera is shown above? I really like how the photos turned out on film. I hope you’ll reply :-)

  7. Abbey
    July 6, 2015 at 9:36 am

    iPhone! :)