• Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: on speaking English, how I draw sunblock, and the land of Oz

      I don’t remember what I was thinking of that prompted this quick, warm-up drawing I made last week. But it’s a true story and during my last trip to the US almost a year ago, I got asked that question more times than I can count in a span of two months. One such incident was when I visited my cousin at her college dorm in Irvine and I was introduced to her American roommate. “Your English is so good!” the roommate exclaimed, after I answered the requisite questions on where I was from and how long I was staying in the States. She wanted to know how I…

  • Illustration

    Learning my ABCs of illustration and self-promotion

    I’m about to send out my very first postcard mailer to art directors and potential future clients abroad. As a freelance illustrator, self-promotion is important, and one way of catching an art director’s and potential client’s eye is going the old-school route: sending a postcard mailer. It’s essentially a direct mail piece but a pretty, less spammy one! You’re still trying to hard-sell a product (yourself/your work) but you do it in style.   I thought it would be best to show what I like drawing the most to get work related to what I like drawing– children, animals, cupcakes, colorful things, and my hand-drawn letters. I’d want an art…

  • Odds and Ends

    DIY Tattooed Banana (WHUT?!)

      Here’s a fun and silly little DIY you can do this weekend with a banana, a needle or a pin, and a few precious minutes of your time which you will never get back!   Did you know that if you poke holes into a banana, the holes will turn brown almost immediately? “Saging lang ang may puso” is a line from a campy Tagalog movie that went viral a few years ago. Don’t ask. Let’s leave it at that.     Using a needle or a pin, poke tiny little holes into the banana skin.   The holes will turn brown and then black the longer you wait.…

  • Arts & Crafts,  Singapore,  Travel

    Singapore’s Bras Basah Complex and Art Friend, the Asian equivalent of Michaels Arts and Crafts

    (Read the first part of this two-part series here) On our last full day in Singapore, my family and I decided to go our separate ways one afternoon since we all wanted to do different things. My parents went to Bugis, a street/flea market (they later complained that it was just like Manila’s Divisoria), my brother did touristy stuff like the Gardens by the Bay since he didn’t know what else to do (haha), and I took this chance to go to Bras Basah Complex. Photo: Wikipedia

  • Arts & Crafts,  Singapore,  Travel

    Singapore stationery loot: kikki.K and The Little Happyshop

    As you may have noticed (or not) from my last Wordless Wednesday, I was in Singapore recently. I was there together with my brother and parents for my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. I don’t have a travel journal for Singapore and probably won’t be making one (at least not for this trip). Singapore is nice. REALLY nice. But that’s all it was to me– nice. Singapore is a destination a lot of Filipinos have been to due to its proximity to our country (3 1/2 hours by air), the abundance of cheap airfare from Manila, and the lack of need for a tourist visa. A lot of people, tourists and…