Quick Update: Journaling Workshop!

Just a quick milestone + life update!

Last month, I’ve been invited by Sakura PH to teach a journaling workshop under Scribe PH’s event, Dear Diary!

My students + the event organizer!

It was such a milestone for me because I’ve never imagined that I’d get toย teach my passions this way in the past. I’ve been unconsciously journaling all my life, and have only recently placed more effort into it through my Hobonichi (you could see my January spreads here!) It gives me such joy teaching people my passions and seeing them express themselves in different ways through journaling and writing.

Can’t wait to meet my next milestone. In the meantime, I’ll work hard to reach it.

[Also, (shameless plug hehe) I teach basic brush lettering and journaling by groups or even one-on-one! If you’re interested, kindly shoot me an email at sophiaysabelledyu@gmail.com. Thank you!]



Big Bad Wolf Book Fair Haul!

After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for theย day before opening to the public. I-of course- had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!

Bright and early on the 15th of February.

I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!

I’m in love with the tickets!

Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)

After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!

Pays to go early!

I love how neatly all the books were stacked!

Gorgeous books for an even more gorgeous price!

Even their plastic is cute!

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Hobonichi January Wrap-Up!

Hello, everyone! ๐Ÿ’–
It feels great to write here again after so long! As usual, I’m busy with my academics and my thesis (so excited for this!)

Aside from those, I’ve also been busy filling up my Hobonichi every day! What is a Hobonichi? Well, it depends on the person using it, but for me – it’s my ‘life scrapbook’/ art journal. ๐Ÿ™‚ I record the day’s highlights on it and practice my calligraphy, lettering, and illustration in it, too. As the title suggests, here are my January spreads!

First spread of the year! I wrote a letter forย 2017 as a good-bye and my resolutions for the new year.

On the left, I wrote down some encouragement for the month. The right page officially starts the first Hobonichi day!

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Calligraphy Workshop: The ‘Last Hurrah’ Before School

Just wanted to make a quick post about what I’ve been up to.

School just started (for me) a few days ago and I’m happy. While staying at home is nice and all, there’s just this sense of peace and achievement within me whenever I go to class or complete a task. For my “last hurrah” before school started, I attended a watercolor pencil calligraphy workshop (courtesy of Faber Castell) last week with my cousin.

(Photo from bhotel’s Facebook page)

The funny thing is that it’s supposedly for mothers only (as a treat/celebration for mother’s day). My aunt (who is a mother) signed up so I decided to sign up as well (well, technically I can be called the mother of my two dogs heehee).ย Anyways, my aunt couldn’t go last minute so my cousin stepped in for her.

My cousin, Trixie!

As you can see, MOMS EVERYWHERE. The photo is blurry because they all started looking at me and I felt shy HAHA.

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Japan 2k16 Photobook

I know, I know.

I haven’t updated my Japan 2016 blog in a LONG time – but bear with me. I’m writing it slowly, and you should expect a post probably next week (if school work doesn’t drown me). In the meantime – I’m very excited to announce that for the past few months, I’ve been working on a secret project. I was looking through the past photos of my Japan trip when I was suddenly struck with inspiration –ย why don’t I make a photo album?ย 

So that’s what I did – I combined my photography, my brush lettering, and my photo editing skills together in one huge project.

It was a difficult process to choose only a hundred photos for the entire album – I distributed it to 20 photos a month (excluding the collages, it counts as “1 photo”) – but after much deliberation, I finally completed it. I arranged the photos in the order that it happened. If some photos don’t make much sense, it’s because it’s probably an inside joke or story. Maybe if I have the time, I’ll write about it in my future blog posts!

Without further adieu, here it is! The product of several sleepless nights, blood, sweat, and tears:

Update: I actually had this printed in hard copy via fotogra.ph! I highly recommend this company because the prices are really good, the service is speedy, and the outcome is perfect. Would definitely order again in the future!

[2018 Update: I don’t think I’d be able to ever complete the 2016 weeklyย Japan blog posts at this point ๐Ÿ˜ญย It’s been too far gone, and I’mย  trying to move forward and focus on things that are coming instead. I hope that you’ll understand! I kept the majority of my day-to-day life during my exchange program in a journal and I think that’s enough for me.]

Storybored: Artistic Progress

A few weeks ago, Wingstop Philippines announced that they were holding a contest:

Photo from Wingstop PH.
Photo from Wingstop PH.

When I saw the phrase: “win P 1,500 worth of GCs from Wingstop“, I knew I had to join.
I started sketching my idea:

(So, basically, it’s a basket of wings with smoke coming out of it, an iced cold drink beside it, hands reaching out to get some wings, and a brush lettering of “Wingstop” on top of everything.)

It started out so well:


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The Art of Letters – Short Documentary

After working on this project for several months (October – December), we finally finished it. Last term, I had this elective called “Introduction to Documentary Film” and the final project is to create a 10 – 15-minute short documentary. Pitching our ideas, we ended up with the topic of lettering and calligraphy.

We decided to make a documentary entitled,ย The Art of Letters because we wanted to highlight and raise awareness of the art. In the Philippines, the country is fond of fads – whenever there’s something new, everyone immediately gets into it; however, like clockwork, fads die. When lettering and calligraphy rose to popularity in the country some time back, everyone was obsessed with buying books and art materials that relate to the art. In this documentary, we wanted to show and prove that the art of lettering and calligraphy in the country won’t die – rather, it will prosper and continue to thrive. Aside from that, we also wanted to show how important and necessary it is to have a creative output (art) in your daily life by interviewing local amateur and professional artists and showcasing art created by local artists.

The crew! (L-R) Larosh (editing), Gianne (camera and sounds), and me – Sophie (director-producer)!

The photo above was taken during the SM Art Fest in Mall of Asia. It was our first shoot, and we were so excited. We worked really hard on this documentary and are very happy with the results.

Without further adieu, here’s the link for the documentary! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

#FILEDGoldenGoal Keepsake Planner – 2017!

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while, yes – but I assure you, there are many things to talk about!

First of all – I would like to announce that I’m (along with my groupmates are) shooting a documentary film calledย The Art of Letters!ย We’ve been working really hard on it and have been filming since the beginning of October! I can’t wait to share the film with all of you once we’re done! For now, I won’t be giving any details on what the film is about (but you’ll probably get an idea from the title already, hehe).

Second – last month, I pre-ordered my planner for next year (yes, I’m sticking to FILED again since it’s price friendly, local, and has almost all the things I’m looking for in a planner) and it finally arrived earlier this week! FILED released two planners this year for 2017 – the Scribble Planner (Php 595; click here to see details) and the Keepsake Planner (Php 545; click here to see details).

[Note: I am not paid or connected by FILED to share this; ย this is my personal thoughts and opinion!]

(I was having a pretty bad day, but when I saw this box waiting in my room, my mood instantly lifted!)
(angels singing)

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Japan 2k16 – May 1 (Snoopy Museum!)

After waiting for several weeks, theย Snoopy Museum Tokyoย finally opened last April 23 in Roppongi! I tried to get tickets to the opening day, but when I went to Lawson to buy – it was sold out! I got the next possible date, which was May 1!

Let me tell you about my day in the best way:


Through writing and through pictures!

So, as seen in the picture – Pam and I went to the Snoopy Museum together! (I’m so happy that I found someone who’s just as crazy with Peanuts / Snoopy as I am.)ย Winona also came with us, but she didn’t go in the museum. Instead, she explored Roppongi.

The entrance to the museum!
The evolution of Snoopy – from classic Peanuts to modern Peanuts!

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Photography Project – Alphabet Hunt

Hello, everyone! Today, I thought about sharing this project I’ve worked on for the past two months. It’s called “Letters to You (Yu)” and basically, I went on an alphabet hunt, trying to find alphabets all around my surroundings! This is my final project in my Introduction to Photography class (one of my majors), and I thought I’d like to share it with you! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚





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