Life Lately + See You, Davao!


Quickly catching up with some writing while I’m on work break for today (read: 30 minutes). It’s Day 2 of Hermit Life for me (aka my attempt to work efficiently because I have a lot of major deadlines next month) and so far I’m surviving. I realized how much I love spending time at home than going out – I worked for 8 hours yesterday and finished more than expected. 🙂

So, guess I really am a homebody. Lol. Anyway, a few updates on how things have been lately on my end:



I’ve been reading up on a lot of books (even consulting my own ABCs book) and looking up on insightful information for my upcoming projects. This is like working on 2 thesis projects (that level of crazy).

It feels weird to know that I’m actually researching for work – this time last year, I was on the verge of asking myself what I’m doing because I was fresh out of my day job. Hehe.

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I may have also turned into a human painting machine over the past couple of days. After surviving a talk, 3 workshops, and 2 events in a week, I must say I have officially turned into a robot.


Yesterday, I started painting on art materials (yes, art-ception right there) for one of my submissions. I actually enjoyed it – and coincidentally, this time last year, I was also doing the same thing for my book before. Haha!

Also: I am currently crushing on this baby succulent (news flash: it’s fake) I purchased from niko and’s gachupon in Japan. Best. Flatlay. Friend. Ever. 🙂

The ABCs Book Challenge has been going great so far. I’ll be announcing the Day 2 challenge later so do watch out for that! So psyched with all the participants and their eagerness to practice on their skills!

In other news, that notebook above came fresh from the mail yesterday. I have a lot of stocks here so they will definitely be up for purchase at the shop next month. 🙂 Also, I painted “Breathe” because I realized how amazing it is to ~breathe~ and remember to take things one step at a time (and yes, favorite Michelle Branch song).


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Major fangirl moment meeting Merlee Jayme a few days ago at the Summit office. She’s been one of the advertising icons I look up to since my college years (I studied Advertising Management). My professor then, Sir Aries Estrella, let us watch her video about her agency and how it worked – and ever since, I’ve always dreamed of meeting her. Well, it was nice to finally meet her and hear her talk about creativity, which can also be found on her book, Everyone Can Be Creative (available at major bookstores nationwide for P295! hehe). 🙂


Every weekend now feels like work because of the events I had to be part of. But either way, I enjoyed meeting some of my readers 🙂

Earlier this April was the SM Stationery Art Fest, where I did a demo for lettering + signed copies of my books. I purposely asked Tippy for a photo because we rarely have prim and proper photos like this (we’re “officemates” lol). You can check out snippets of the art fest on their blog.

The day after, I organized a sketchwalk in Intramuros for Design Week Philippines. It was a fun afternoon! We drew on location at Manila Cathedral. Thanks for my first batch of students; hopefully I get to do more of these soon.

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We’d also like to say thanks to our students from the Letters & Colors workshop with Googly Gooeys last weekend. We’re having another round on May 14 (slots already full!) and hopefully by July. More on that soon. It was great having you guys! 🙂


Before I forget: I’m going on tour! *confetti*

I’m kidding. But I am going to sign your books in Davao next weekend!

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I will be having a book signing and workshop at SM Lanang Premier (Davao) on May 7, 4PM. More info on the poster below:


I will also be giving a special gift to the first (20) who register. See you!

PS: You may bring previously bought copies to the event. I will sign them for you as well. 🙂

Hope everything’s good on your end. And if you’re looking into doing something artsy and productive this summer – don’t forget to join my ABCs Book Challenge. 🙂