Recalling my LIBF 2016 Experience

It was a heck of a journey going on a road trip with my high school best friends for the first time. And it was also my first time to drive the fam car without my parents. Nervewracking!

Imagine my excitement the morning I woke up that Saturday. Skies are clear, meaning we can expect seeing afternoon flight of the balloons.

I met with Karen, one of my high school friends, so we can buy something to eat on the way. Then, we met with Justine, Joyce, and Margarette. And off we go!

For a Saturday, I am so hyped because of the fact that we are going out of town and I will finally see some big-ass hot air balloons! My childhood self will be so happy.

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Lubao International Balloon Festival

One more day ’til the opening of Lubao International Balloon Festival, but the anticipation and excitement in me grows more!

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Happening tomorrow, April 14th until Sunday, April 17th, various activities relating to hot air balloons and flying will take place at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.

I am so excited as this was at first a dream during college. Now I will be able to witness it on the weekend. If you have been following me on my twitter, I have raved about this more than ever the past month!

For more details, check out the webite: http://www.lubaoibf.com

A new hobby

Hello, guys! It’s been months since I posted something here. It’s really hard to be juggling a day job and my small shop plus the blog. But I’m trying my best in here!

In relation to that, and because of one unusual gift (from the boss), here I am, finding myself in an all new hobby, which is planner design.


The main culprit of this new hobby (lol boss sorry) is this beautiful Ever New/Forever New Sophie large planner in pearlized blush. It’s not really visible in this photo, but the holes in the cover design show the simmery fabric beneath it. So cool! By the way, this is also equivalent to A5 size Filofaxes and Large Kikki.Ks.

(In all honesty I was eyeing those pastel colored Kikki.K planners but this is a gift so… Who says no to gifts?)

I pretty much DIY-ed almost all contents in my new planner. FYi, this planner came with its respectful day inserts but I personally did not like the layout so I decided to find printables on Pinterest and Google for my inserts.

Here’s the inside of my planner. I got those dividers in a thrift store near the Antpolo Cathedral for just PHP10. Customized it with some of my few washi tapes and as of now, two of them have their markings already. I have yet to fill this planner with this I’d like to track.


First divider (yes, pink) contains the main planner pages.

Photo quote from Pinterest

 

MO2P printable from http://www.wendaful.com

 

WO2P printable from artandwhimsy.net

 

Blank (still) month spread, and my first week of April spread.

The week’s theme is Sakura, because cherry blossom posts are everywhere. Springtime!

 

Notes printable from blackeyedthoughts.blogspot.com

The notes section of my month spreads serves as a scrapbook-like part where I document random things during the month it’s in.

Next divider contains some of the original planner inserts that I am planning to use. Gotta keep track of everything!

Will try to post my weekly spreads to share with you. Hopefully I can make time for everything.

Of Being a Corporate Slave and a Natural Wanderer + Thoughts Before Anawangin Trip

OF BEING A CORPORATE SLAVE AND A NATURAL WANDERER

As I have said in my previous posts, I have recently landed a job (hearing the “YES!” of my mom) after so many months. That being said, I was so reluctant to start this journey because of the what ifs. What if I mess it up? What if I cannot do the things I love anymore?

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I decided to go out of my hiatus status.

Hello!

After two weeks of being in hiatus, I decided that I will fight whatever is bugging me lately.

It was never easy to choose what I want to do. I planned my future beforehand, hoping that this day I already have landed a career in the corporate setting. During high school, I used to have another blog (which I eventually deleted) and I was so active with the campus paper. I dreamed of being a web/graphic designer.

Then came choosing time. I was scared that I may not be able to earn with my dream. So I chose Accountancy. Turns out, I really never liked it, resulting to my failure in qualifying for the next half of the course.

I felt so devastated by this, thinking my plans are ruined. I was crushed by that incident.

The following months were agonizing. I hoped that I would die after I finish college, and end my sadness.

During these times, I am really lost.

Looking back, I was sure before graduation that I wanted to change my life. The transition from that incident helped me pick myself up and be someone who is strong enough to handle things. That’s when art became my companion.

Lettering, calligraphy, photography, and sketching became my go-to hobbies when I wanted to clear my head about things. It makes me calmer and more focused on things.

Fast forward to this day. As I said in my previous post, I needed some break because (1) finding a job is not easy, and (2) I feel like I am pressured to have a job already because of my younger sister who is currently employed.

I have always prayed that I may have the answers to the questions I have, and that may God give me a sign whether or not I should focus on finding a job or take my time. In reality, I am so afraid of what’s going to happen to me. I worry a lot about the future.

But God’s only answer to me was the book of Joshua, that teaches me to not be afraid. I may have made mistakes in the past, one thing God constantly tells me is that He loves me for who I am, and I should love my brothers and sisters like He does.

For now, I am going to continue the things I love to do, and give it all up to him.

Thus, I am breaking my hiatus status and will be back to share things with everyone here in my blog.

Explaining a month-long hiatus from blogging and DIYs and Lettering/Calligraphy

Just got home tonight from today’s activities. This day is one of my “white lie” days, TBH. I always have these times whenever I feel lost about my life. I’m just afraid of what my mom will tell me.

In this blog, I am always sharing my endeavors in DIY and Lettering and Calligraphy. But as the month of May started, the posts stopped, because of our family reunion/summer outing and me continuing to find a job to finance these hobbies of mine. (I love to collect books and scarves too, mind you)

But in each day that I wake up, I feel like my room: a very disorganized place. I always ask myself frequently, “Am I doing the things I’m supposed to do? Should I be myself and continue doing what I love to do, or find a job already?”

What added to my dilemmas is the fact that my sister found a job faster than I did. (She graduated last April and I last December) I can also feel that my mom is so giddy about me having my job too. #pressured!

I know, I know. Many elder acquaintances told me to take a rest and relax before entering the workforce. But I feel like I’m going overboard with that. What should I do?!

This time, I feel somewhat down about the things happening to me today. I am continuously praying that I could find myself already and be able to be who I should be.

And for that to happen, I decided to take a month-long rest from my creative world. Meeting new friends online through my hobbies is fun, but I now think that I should give back first to my family for all the things they have done to me.

Calligraphy diary: Brush Pens

Hello! This post will tackle about the mighty brush pens that I possess and my review about them. I am not a really good commenter (I even suck at blogging ORZ), but I’ll try my best to describe these pens when at my use.

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L-R: Pigma brush pen, Marvy Le Plume II , Local brushpen (forgot the brand), and Zig Fudebiyori metallic green

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Sorry for the blurry photo. A closer look at the brush tip of these pens. The Pigma has the finest tip, and the Marvy hass the opposite (for the lack of term lol).

As for the testing, I wrote the same phrases to test the flexibility of the tips. Here are the scanned pieces:

(1) Written with the Pigma brush pen

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As you can see with the blurry picture of the tips, the Pigma boasts of its fine upstrokes. The only problem I have with brush pens is controlling the upstroke after the downstroke, and this pen is a very good tool when you want to improve controlling your upstrokes and downstrokes without being wobbly.

(2) Written with the Marvy Le Plume II

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The Marvy Le Plume II has a thicker tip than the Pigma, and it is better used in larger projects. However, the ink is not really my liking because as I write, the pen seems to strive like a pen with so little ink in it. You get what I mean? Haha!

(3) The local brushpen I bought from NBS

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This brushpen’s writing is just like Le Plume II, but I like the blackness of the ink better than the previous.

(4) Written with Zig Fudebiyori Metallic

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The fudebiyori metallic is a brushpen with a glittery ink (thus metallic). The color is super my fave! I totally love the color! Brush tip wise, I love how the tip is flexible despite being a bit thick for my liking. I can easily make upstrokes and down strokes. For now, this is my fave brushpen to use.

Copperplate diary: Practice with Pangrams

Hello! This is a very late post regarding my practices in writing with pointed pen. Read along!

At the beginning of my journey in learning Copperplate, I was weary that I might be doing the strokes wrong. I looked up on youtube tutorials, pins on pinterest, and even google-d e-books that teach Copperplate. Also, keeping tracks on the calligraphers I follow on instagram, too.

Upon looking in flourish forum threads, I saw a suggestion of pangrams that can be used to practice. Then I stumbled upon this site (dailypangram.tumblr.com) where I based some sentences for practice.

Here are my outputs:

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(1) One whole page written with pangrams using walnut ink and Hiro 40 nib

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(2) Pangrams written using DIY ink and Hunt Imperial

As you can see, the letterforms are so far from perfect and the majuscules are simply unacceptable yet (I was to use the term hideous, but I don’t bully myself like that). But there are still lots of days and I can still improve this!

Will post again about my copperplate journey in a few days!