I (Sort of) Wrote a Self-Help Book

Jun 21, 6:46PM I’m typing this out on the last night of my writing for my 5th book, which I call “ABCFG” (short for ABC Field Guide). It’s been a tedious summer (well, technically it’s rainy season now—the downpour outside is quite strong tonight) of putting the content together and working on this book. There […]

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Inside Art Bar

As someone who’s been making art as a living for around three years now, it’s been relatively hard to source art materials for my projects here in Manila. I always go abroad to get my art fix: usually in Singapore or Japan, because I have specific brands that I use for my work that I […]

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What’s Inside My New Lettering Book

Hi! I haven’t been posting any work updates recently on the blog, but just so you know—I have a lot of announcements in the coming months before I leave for school. 🙂 One is this: my new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy, is officially out in the market! *confetti* I’ve […]

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50% of 2018: Recap + Roundup + Realizations

I’m lying in bed on a Sunday night, feeling sick (or I actually am), still on vacation mode (forced; because I’ve been feeling under the weather since last week), just finished watching two films, and realizing I miss writing daily things so much. I stopped keeping a daily journal and only write when I feel […]

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Everything’s An Experiment (For Now)

I feel like a huge chunk of my 2018 is about experimentations. Lots of trial and error, actually. Not necessarily in the creative sense, but if it counts that I’m trying out new mediums like graphite and gouache for a change (I’m sorry, I love watercolor, but I’m getting a bit sick of it), then […]

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Tokyo, Japan: Art, Books, Culture, & Coffee

True story: I was initially planning to write an “Art and Stationery Shopping in Tokyo” roundup for the blog, but instead, as I browsed for photos to include in this post, I found myself having more on my list that I wanted to share. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve been to Tokyo, […]

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Things I’m Reading this February

One of my readers asked me about the things I liked reading. “Why?”, I asked. It was because I apparently have deep vocabulary…and I laughed. Lol. Having been writing for most of my life (if teenage angst diary writing counts), I may have been spending most of my time immersed in books and lots of […]

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En Route: New York City

[written on the 1st week of October] How do you move on from a place that has given you so much life in two weeks? I’m sitting in my workspace in Manila as I’m typing this (for the nth time), jetlagged, daydreaming I was still walking the streets of Flushing as I take the Subway […]

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On Being a Student of Life

Photo by Shutterpanda for my cover story inside ABC Magazine (Life Lessons) Hey, hey! Today, I’m sharing some tidbits from ABC Mag’s launch and my two cents with regards to being a Student of Life—and the reason why we chose this theme for our first issue. 🙂 Above: My first ever “readsearch” attempt. Also known as, […]

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#ABCReadSearch is not a book

I can’t remember exactly the very first time I took an interest in reading magazines. But as an introverted “tween” (at eleven years old), I always made my way inside bookstores and getting a copy of W.i.t.c.h. magazine. W.i.t.c.h. was my escape from school— I found myself inside the world of Kandrakar, relating to my favorite characters […]

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