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Happy Easter!

March 31, 2013

photo credit: marimekko

Hello Easter, a time of resurrection, new chances and hope. How perfectly reassuring. This print, by the way, is from Finnish brand, marimekko, a brand I like for its bold and bright patterns. I came across this Easter print from Maeve Parker Design. Happy Easter everyone!

One Day. Seven Churches.

March 28, 2013

Visita Iglesia

Now that I’m suddenly back in Manila it means I can properly observe Catholic traditions like Visita Iglesia during Maundy Thursday. The practice is you go to seven churches and pray the Stations of the Cross along the way, thereby commemorating Jesus’ journey before he is crucified on Good Friday.

In Singapore, where I lived for a while and before this blog was born, several religions are given respect since it’s a multiracial country. While that’s all nice, it also means you can’t have all the non-working days required for religious observances. In this case, the Philippines allows Holy Wednesdays onwards as holidays, unlike in Singapore with only Good Friday as a break.

So I missed Visita Iglesia with the family when I was there. Besides the spiritual value and quality time with the family, I like doing it because it really is a road trip as well. Through the years, we’ve said the stations in churches around Rizal going to Lucban, Quezon City (yeah, I know, sounds like a bore but really, there are interesting churches in a congested city) and more. This year, we went around Makati with a final stop in Pasig before going home.

I don’t want to go all self-righteous or Miss Goody Two Shoes on you, but I missed doing this. I needed this. Finding myself unexpectedly back in Manila, I needed to search my bearings and have a sliver of understanding that I’m destined for somewhere, something.

I won’t go through my spiritual ordeal here and get all sappy, but just moving about this day, being with family and seeing something beautiful in each church, well, it was uplifting. (Okay I can’t help it: Along the way in reciting the stations, I remembered that Jesus was also going through the same emotions (He was the original ‘God, why have you forsaken me?’ kid, you know) — He didn’t know what God’s plan was, but He trusted him.)

Beauty, design is everywhere. We just have to open our eyes. Here are the design-laden seven that had my attention:

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March 27, 2013
photo credit: BBH via Adobo magazine

photo credit: BBH via Adobo magazine

The Unorthodox

March 27, 2013

Will Any Agency Hire This Man?


He is 38, and unemployed. He dropped out of college. 
He has been a cook, a salesman, a diplomatist and a farmer. 
He knows nothing about marketing and had never written any copy. 
He professes to be interested in advertising as a career (at the age of 38!) and is ready to go to work for $5,000 a year.


I doubt if any American agency will hire him.

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March 27, 2013

Van Gogh table_Fotor_Collage

After my last post I came across another interesting nugget. This time from TED via Maria Popova (love her! follow her!). It’s about the intersection of creativity and mental illness. I guess that’s why I’ve always thought and joked one day Alzheimer’s will just kick in. It’s in my mother’s side of the family after all, plus I have a few loose bolts on the head. Of course, ever since The Secret, I try not to joke about it as much or else the Universe will make it come true. Eek. (It’s okay, I have wonderful crazy memories of my youth to look back on! No! Stop it with those thoughts! Hahaha. It’s not Alzheimer’s pala, I have split personality! Kidding, kidding.)

Here it is. To celebrating ‘mental skillness’, being ‘more sensitive’ and a ‘little bit mad’ and to luck! Cheers!

Crossroads & Cliffs

March 27, 2013
photo credit: Google Images

photo credit: Google Images

I told you I didn’t know what to do right? Well, one of the things I’ve been toying in my mind is becoming an entrepreneur. I’ve always had ideas in my head of different businesses, of things I can create and sell. I’ve just never truly thought of pursuing it. (Then I complain when somebody goes ahead with that idea, I’d say ‘I thought of that first!’) But now I have and I am thinking about it. Why only now? I don’t know. Maybe because I don’t want to be under another boss. Maybe because when there’s a crisis, there’s opportunity. Or I just want to do things on my own terms. To be honest about myself. To have a goal of independence, a line I got from Beyonce and her documentary. You go sister! Hahaha. Seriously, it’s inspiring to see her artistry because that’s what I’m trying to find. I don’t know what I exactly want to do for sure, but a business, artistry, creative expression, those are in my head. That’s for sure.

What do you think?

Coincidentally, I came across this NYT article today. It’s a good read: Following Your Bliss, Right Off the Cliff.


Comfort Food Coolness

March 26, 2013

Look what I stumbled upon in Tumblr: delicious-looking doughnuts in lovely illustration! Now that’s what I call double yumminess! Cute.

Monica Ramos' I'm Hungry Now

The artwork is by Monica Ramos, a young Filipino illustrator. She has all sorts of other endearing illustrations, but her series on Comfort Food really caught my eye. Plus that fact she’s into unhealthy carbohydrates!

Here’s another one I like. Hello, it’s pancakes! Well, waffles. It’s called Waffle Spa. What’s not to love? Somebody give me some maple syrup!

Monica Ramos' Waffle Spa



On ‘The Thing That Makes Our Heart Beat’

March 25, 2013


It’s hard to follow after a great person. It’s even harder to succeed after a genius.

Tim Cook has the honor and burden of taking the reins of Apple from Steve Jobs. What a tough job to build upon the legacy of the world’s most valuable company and for that to be toppled by Exxon early this year. I don’t think I can take the pressure!!

I would have probably died of cholesterol, diabetes or something, after trying to survive by emotionally eating my way through. Too much chocolate, cake, hotdogs and burgers.

Besides (and as if!), I have a hard time as it is trying to figure my life with the nagging thoughts of other people, contemporaries or peers achieving so many things or easily achieving their dreams. I have to constantly remind myself that no success is truly easy. It only appears to be.

When I came across this article on Tim Cook, his first ever extensive interview after becoming CEO of Apple, I realized that all the more. You just have to keep at it.

I also realized, no matter how cliche it is now, passion still rocks! It’s the mojo!

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Everyone Needs A Pep Talk

March 25, 2013
Awesome Kid President

photo credit: Empower Network

There are good days and there are bad days. And there are days when you’re straddling both. Whether you’re in the first, second or third situation, everyone needs a little affirmation. A push that tells you that YOU can do it. That you can go on. No matter how hard. No matter how much you want to cry. No matter how much you don’t know what else to do.

I’m in the third type of day today. Thank God! It’s not easy to be positive, but because I don’t want to sulk in this blog every single post (after all, I want to load up on the inspiring nuggets that this universe has to offer), here’s my favorite video thus far this 2013. Enjoy!

You rock Kid President! You get me smiling every single time.

Why I’m Reading This Book Now

March 13, 2013

Steve JobsI believe everything happens for a reason. It wasn’t always the case, but I do now and despite the situation I find myself in at this point in time.

I’m presently reading the Walter Isaacson’ biography on Steve Jobs and it is my latest proof on the difficult-to-accept maxim.

I had requested the book as a gift two Christmases ago, but I’ve only read it seriously now. As I turn each page and learn about the genius and follies of an iconic yet complicated man, I find myself scratching my pencil underneath words and phrases that resonate with how I feel, things I believe in, things I like, things that struck me, and things that there were painful to consider and wish I could simply fast-forward to and look back wistfully upon.

I am only half way through the book and already it has comforted me in many ways that I look forward to waking up each morning and reading it as I take my breakfast. It has become an unplanned routine.

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