Hobonichi 2019 Haul!

While I prepare for the Hobonichi wrap-ups I’ve missed (click here to see the latest one), I’d like to share my Hobonichi haul for next year! It took me a while to decide on what cover I’ll use for the next year, but after weeks of indecision, I’m happy with what I chose. When I got the package, I ran to my room to open it up right away (then I placed everything back to take a photo of everything, haha!)

The box is so cute! Happy 20th anniversary, Hobonichi!

When you open the box, this is what welcomes you. I feel encouraged already!

What to open first?!

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August Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

Hello everyone! We’re half-way through September already, and I thought it would be a great time to post my August Hobonichi wrap-up. Last month was one of the most important months of my academic life since I submitted my thesis and defended it a few weeks later—I’ll talk more about my thesis in a future blog post (there’s just so much that happened!) For now, please enjoy my wrap-up:

Submitted my thesis and watched the new Mission Impossible movie to celebrate—a great way to start the month!

R: My aunt had an operation and I stayed overnight in her hospital room to watch/assist her.

R: *Ako (or A-ko): the elder sister of your father; my aunt

L: Went back to Taft to do a few errands (and claim my graduation photos! 🙈)

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July Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

With August more than half-way through, I thought it would be a good time to post my Hobonichi wrap-up from last month! July has been a memorable and busy month for me—aside from balancing my thesis and internships, I also had personal achievements and attended different events! (If you’d like to see the start of this series, click here to view the January wrap-up.)

I’ve been working on my high school yearbook as the editor-in-chief for four years already (there were a lot of complications) and it’s finally ready for distribution! July 2 was a memorable day for me, for sure.

We finally decided the names of our puppies: Pepper and Oreo!

Two back-to-back events: an ABC book launch and a spoken word poetry show by Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay!

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June Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

Hello everyone! I’m excited to share my Hobonichi spreads for the month of June! I know it’s a little late, but I’m catching up with my posts so expect July’s wrap up very soon! (Speaking of, if you want to see where it all started, click here to look at January’s wrap-up!) Without further adieu, here’s June’s Hobonichi Wrap-Up!

My trip to Osaka! I actually have a separate travel journal for my trips—will share them soon!

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May Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

Hello, everyone! I’m back with another Hobonichi Wrap-Up. (If you want to start from January, click here!) Without further adieu, here are the entries for May—

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April Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

Since June is right around the corner and my Hobonichi wrap-up for May is still a work in progress, what better time to post my April Hobonichi Wrap-Up? 🙂 (Click here to start on my January wrap-up.)

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March Hobonichi Wrap-Up! (ほぼ日)

I’m slowly catching up on all my pending blog posts, yey! Here’s my March Hobonichi Wrap-up (if you haven’t seen my previous Hobonichi wrap-ups, you can start here!):

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February Hobonichi Wrap-Up (ほぼ日)

Yes, this post is long overdue (it’s a little embarrassing that I’m starting almost all my recent blog posts with this huhu), but here it is—my Hobonichi February wrap-up! (Click here if you want to see my January wrap-up post.)

Happy birthday to me! Hehehe.

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January Hobonichi Wrap-Up (ほぼ日)!

Hello, everyone! 💖
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. 🙂 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 for 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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LEAP 2017: Calligraphy

Last month, I had a friend who approached me with a proposal: teach a calligraphy class for LEAP (an annual alternative class event in my university). Of course, I freaked out. My mind went into overdrive thinking – was I good enough to teach a calligraphy class? Was I ready to face a class of around thirty or more to talk about my passion? Why was I chosen when there are so many other people who are better than me in calligraphy? Would my class think that I am too inexperienced?

I asked my friend calmly, “What specific type of calligraphy? Using the nib and ink?”
She replied later with, “Brush pen.”

I felt my confidence rise. I knew that using the brush pen was one of my strengths (well, as compared to nib and ink calligraphy). I took a deep breath, typed in: “I’ll do it” and hit send. I had a month to prepare.

Official publicity material! 💚

I was so anxious, I couldn’t sleep at night for a while – I was really scared of my inexperience and how I will teach the class. I was afraid of what they’ll think of my work and my very being. It got to a point where I practiced teaching the class on my Snoopy stuffed toy (don’t judge) until I felt I was ready. So the night before, I prepared my bag of art supplies:

After checking my presentation slides for what seemed like the hundredth time, I finally went to sleep. The next day, one of my best friends, Nicole met up with me and encouraged me over lunch. She eased my worries and even walked me to my class where the project heads were waiting for me! A few minutes later, people started coming in. I felt my hands go cold and my blood rise up to my head. I knew I could nail it, but my perfectionist-self wanted everything to go according to plan.

My set-up. (L-R: notes I made the night before, warm up piece, and calligraphy book)

I had three friends (angels) who attended my class – two of them on purpose, while the other was completely by accident – so I felt reassured and calmer. I set up my things on the table in front, cleared my mind, and signaled to the project head that I was ready.

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