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).Β 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 my past photos of my Japan trip when I was suddenly struck with inspiration –Β why don’t I make a photo album?Β 

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!

Storybored: Artistic Progress

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

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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:

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(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,Β 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.

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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! πŸ™‚ 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 calledΒ The Art of Letters!Β 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; Β this is my personal thoughts and opinion!]

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

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Japan 2k16 – May 1 (Snoopy Museum!)

After waiting for several weeks, theΒ Snoopy Museum TokyoΒ 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:

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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.)Β Winona also came with us, but she didn’t go in the museum. Instead, she explored Roppongi.

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The entrance to the museum!
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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 for two months, 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! πŸ™‚

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D

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I’m Back + Color Manila Run 2k16

I know, I know.

It’s been almost a month (or even longer, I think) since I’ve last updated BUT I do have very good reasons for why I’ve not been as active! First of all,Β school. I’ve been juggling my school work, org work, and other duties altogether. Second, I’m preparing for something amazing that’s happening next month (which I will reveal very soon)! Lastly, finals week (for me, at least) is coming up and I’ve been incredibly busy.

The reason why I decided to post now, though? I’ve missed writing for myself — and actually just finished watching a movie with one of my best friends, Nicole; it’s calledΒ Stuck in LoveΒ and it was released 2012. It’s easily one of my new favorite movies because the protagonists are writers so it pretty much inspired me to take a break and write again!

Before I start talking about the second part of the blog, which you can already tell from the title (hint: Color Manila Run), I would just like to share my recap from February!

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I decided to start doing this monthly for reflection and for me to practice on my lettering! πŸ™‚

Anywho, on to the second part of the blog post – Color Manila Run!

Earlier this month, on the 6th of March, my best friend Courtney and I went to Color Manila Run for the first time! Imagine this: colored powder, awesome music, running / walking, obstacle courses, and lots of laughs!

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So this is Courtney (right) and I (left) at the finish line!

The night before, she slept over at my house (but we didn’t sleep oops) where we caught up and played loads of board games and card games (she studies in a different university). We left my house at 3 in the morning (!!) to make it to Mall of Asia by 4 in the morning, which was the call time. What surprised us was that there were so many people already at wee hours in the morning (also that from my house in Valenzuela City to Pasay City – it took around 30 to 40 minutes only)! While waiting for the fun run to start, we went around the booths and hoarded on free samples and freebies (most of them were sun screen, which I was happy about since two of my favorite brands – Daylong and BiorΓ¨ were there)!

 

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4AM in the morning!

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Type Kita 2k15

Last December 13 (Sunday), I went to 1161 Pasong Tamo Street, Makati for… Type Kita 3! Type Kita is an annual typography event / exhibit held by local artists. This year is my second time to go to Type Kita. My aunt and I have this small tradition to go to Type Kita and the 10a Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair together whenever we can. Finding the new location (as Type Kita is usually in 10a Alabama) was a little tricky, and we got lost a couple of times, but we eventually made it! When we arrived, I was so excited that I almost broke out sprinting to the entrance. We didn’t spend too long in the event though, as we had other places to be. I got two things from the exhibit:

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(L) a Zig Kuratake Silver brush pen and (2) a Song of the Sea inspired postcard by @don.fumar !

Β I bought a gold Zig Kuratake brush pen during the MIBF (Manila International Book Fair) and I absolutely loved how the brush is! The tip is firm and it’s easy to control and use, plus the color is really nice. The art exhibit itself is really impressive, unfortunately, my phone is messing up so my camera only functioned long enough for me to take two photos. Continue reading “Type Kita 2k15”

New Project for October 2015: Wonder A Day

Today, I was so happy to see that one of my favorite brands (when it comes to school supplies and other necessities), FILED, announced a challenge for October. It was no ordinary challenge, because when you do complete the challenge, you get one of their gorgeous planners (for year 2016) for free!

So the challenge basically is to follow a day-to-day set of ideas and write about it / doodle it on a journal. Click here for more details. I am encouraging you to join!

I just HAD to join! I am obsessed with their products (most especially their planner). In such excitement, I already picked out one of my best notebooks (my one and only Muji notebook) and started decorating the cover.

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Now, all I have to do is prep up for October. I’ll update you on how my posts and challenges go πŸ™‚

Note: This post is no way connected or sponsored by Filed.

*Stickers are from the book “1001 Stickers” (National Bookstore) and masking tape is byΒ Ella Lama.