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!
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 – why don’t I make a photo album?
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 weekly Japan blog posts at this point 😭 It’s been too far gone, and I’m 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.]
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, 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 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! 🙂 Enjoy!
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, 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 called Stuck in Love 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!
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!
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 Biorè were there)!
So, I’ve mentioned at an earlier blog post that I’ve participated on the #FILEDWonderADay 31-day challenge that took up the entire month of October. So, without further adieu, here are my entries from the entire challenge (to see the details and instructions per photo, click me! )